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June 3, 2014

Bible on Jesus as the advocate and intercessor

 
Memorise: “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world” (1 Jn 2:2)Read: 1 John 2:1-2
advocateThe Lord Jesus Christ is a lover of names. Each time He introduces Himself or He is introduced by an angel or a member of the Godhead, He may be called by a new name or title. One of such names is Good Tidings of Great Joy.The name of a powerful man is of great significance both to the owner and anyone who comes under its influence. In today’s reading, in a general epistle to the body of believers, Jesus is introduced as the Advocate with the Father.Why is He our advocate? According to 1 John 1:7-9, it is to ensure that His atoning blood is still effective in cleansing us from sin even after we are saved. But for this provision, all believers who sinned after their salvation experience would have been eternally doomed.

Here, we are told that provided believers do not deliberately engage in sin, but continue to walk in the light of the Word of God they have received, fellowship with other believers and immediately confess sin, the blood will avail for them.

“Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:25). According to Hebrews 7:24-25, another reason He is called our Advocate is so that He can intercede for us. Do you know that just as you need man to intercede for you, so also you need members of the Godhead to intercede on your behalf . The Advocate and the Holy Spirit intercede for us in Heaven.

For instance, in Luke 22:31, when Satan had concluded his plan to turn Peter – the most zealous of the 12 into a reprobate, it took the intercession of the Advocate to spoil that plan.

In addition, Jesus is our Advocate so that He can represent us before every court whether in Heaven or earth. In those courts, you need a lawyer to defend you, or else once the accuser of the brethren brings a case against you, and there is no one to defend you, the case will be decided against you.

One way the Advocate represents us is by getting His blood to speak on our behalf (Heb 12:24). Every case raised against you in witches’ covens and kingdom of darkness shall be struck out by the blood of Jesus. Also, He is our advocate so as to help us package our prayer requests for expedited answers. If Jesus is your advocate, you will never lose any case on earth or in Heaven. Employ His services today!

Unlike earthly lawyers who are limited to earthly courts, the Advocate can represent you anywhere in and outside our planet where there is a case against you.

 

 

 

By Pastor Enoch Adeboye

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June 3, 2014

How to solve hard and difficult problems

 
Memorise: “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich (2 Cor 8:9)Read: Psalm 75:5-7
praWhen God’s blessings overflow your containers and you are now looking for more to contain them, that is a good problem. This year, the Lord will give you a good problem in Jesus’ Name. In 2 Kings 6:1-7, that was the type of problem the sons of the prophet came to report to Elisha. Just as you have good problems, you equally have bad problems . Sickness is a bad problem.Thank God for the provision He has made for our healing in 1 Peter 2:24. Poverty is a bad problem. You can be the poorest fellow on earth, yet if you are not born again, you would still go to hell. God never admits the poor into Heaven for the sake of their poverty. Let no one deceive you that poverty admits into Heaven. It doesn’t!On the other hand, you can be the richest fellow on earth, yet if you are born again and live holy, you will get to Heaven and see God. 2 Corinthians 8:9 says Jesus Christ entered into an exchange program so that you can have His riches. This season, you shall be a full beneficiary of this exchange programme.Bondage is another bad problem. It is what draws you back whenever you want to move forward. If you can surrender to the Lord of Hosts today, the yoke of bondage shall be destroyed and you will be free. Barrenness is also a bad problem. This could take several forms. It could manifest as inability to procreate – have your own children. It could be inability to generate ideas that will cause you to make progress at work.

John 15:5 says if you can make Jesus your permanent abode from today, the problem of barrenness will be over. Remaining on the same level for years is another manifestation of barrenness. Some people have not known progress as they have remained on a fixed salary. When God promotes you, it is progressive. You will find yourself going higher every day. Psalm 75:5-7 says true promotion emanates from God.

There is a limit to which any man can promote you, even your friends; most people will not want their friends to surpass them. Even when a man wants to go the whole hog in promotion, he cannot lift you higher than his hands can go. But the Everlasting arms of the Most High cannot be limited. Ask God to put an end to every bad problem in your life today.

What is that bad problem in your church, or place of work? Ask the Lord to solve it today. 

 

 


By Pastor Enoch Adeboye

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June 3, 2014

Qualities and attributes of a fake ad true born again christian

 
Memorise: “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the spirit is spirit” (Jn 3:6)Read: John 3:5-6
fakeIf you are born again, it will show in various compartments of your life. It will affect your desires, priorities, goals and association. In John 3:6, Jesus says, ” That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the spirit is spirit”.Every human being experiences a fleshly birth. Even if it were possible to enter your mother’s womb and be reborn, it is still a fleshly biological birth. But there is a spiritual birth. It is when you take a trip to the womb of the Spirit and you are born a new creation.That is the new birth. Without this, man is lost. One thing about this spiritual birth is that it will stir up intense hunger for spiritual things.A young secondary school student was in form four when he became born again during the holidays. Thereafter, he returned to his former church but it was no longer fun. The religious activities he used to enjoy now became a drab. He began to thirst after righteousness but was not satisfied. He felt like someone being starved. He soon saw himself like a stranger in a church he attended from his childhood. At some point, he went to counsel with his spiritual parents and was asked to move to a gospel church. That was where his spiritual needs were met.

The day you are born again something dies. You claim to be born again yet you still keep girl friends, smoke, steal, cheat, or fornicate. That claim is highly questionable. You claim to be born again yet you do not pant after spiritual things – to study God’s Word, pray, fast , read Christian books, fellowship within a living church, etc.

It is either you are born again or you are not. There is nothing like partially saved. Ask some people why they claim to be born again and they will tell you, ‘I used to chain-smoke but now I take just one cigarette daily’. ‘ Or, I used to have several girl friends but now I have one’. Or, “I used to demand bribes before but now I only receive the one I am given: afterall, I did not ask for it’.

Congratulations. You are getting close to the Kingdom of God. But the day you truly realize you are a sinner, confess and forsake your sins and receive Jesus into your heart, you will be saved. That day you will begin to notice some changes taking place from within .There is no New Birth without commensurate change.

Where are the fruits of repentance in your life and character? 

 

 

By Pastor Enoch Adeboye

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May 31, 2014

Sermon on how to stop worrying too much about money

 
Memorise: “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof” (Matt 6:34)Read: Matthew 6:31-34
moneyOne day, the Lord asked me, “of all fundamental issues in your life, how many of them did you choose by yourself?” I told Him, ‘Lord, I don’t understand. I think I have done a lot of choosing’. Then He asked, ‘Who chose your dad, mum, place of birth, height, complexion, etc.? Suddenly, you feel you have become grown up and want to choose all by yourself’.Then I realized I was charting the course of independence from the Most High God! The One who had laid the foundation of your life and has taken you this far, says He wants to complete what He started but you say, ‘I know you are God but step aside and let me handle my affairs myself’. That amounts to foolishness! Ephesians 1:3 says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ”.In other words, God is saying all your spiritual needs are provided for. It is a settled matter. Why then are you worrying about what to eat, drink, wear, where to school, and who to marry when Jesus promised that if only you can completely depend on Him all these shall be satisfied? (Matthew 6:33).

One problem with Africans is that no matter how wealthy a man is, he never stops acquiring more. Like Oliver Twist, he keeps asking for more money, more houses and estates, more cars and businesses. When asked why, he will say he is acquiring it for his children to inherit after his death. God opened my eyes one day to see the hollowness of such reasoning;

Your prayer should not be: ‘God, when I die, let my children inherit all I left behind’, but ‘Lord, prosper my children to the extent that they do not need anything I have acquired’. I do not want to die and my children will be dragging one another to court to fight over houses, land and other assets. I want them to thank God for my life but also thank God for prospering them too.

From scriptures, the Lord showed me that if my children will follow His footsteps and do His will, He will do far greater for them than He did for me. He showed me that Abraham was great, Isaac was greater but Jacob was exceedingly great. Why worry about what will happen to your children? If they follow Christ’s footsteps they will be greater than you. Just give them a solid foundation in Christ’s and a good education. These are part of your primary responsibilities.

Father, let my peak be the starting point for my children.

 

 

By Pastor Enoch Adeboye

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May 31, 2014

How to make the best use of opportunities

 
Memorise: “Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread” ( Prov 20:13)Read: 2 Kings 4:1-7
images (1)An individual can be blinded to what can destroy him. The fellow can also be blinded to good things that are coming towards him. In any way you have been blinded, the Lord will open the eyes of your mind in Jesus’ Name. Another possibility here is being blinded to opportunities around you. Opportunities are the raw materials that must be processed in order to get to your ultimate destination. As long as you do not take advantage of the opportunities you have, you can never fulfil your destiny. One secret of those who are outstanding is their ability to identify opportunities when they see them. Your link with the man of God provides you opportunities. In 2 Kings 4:8-17, the Shunammite woman had a great opportunity lurking around her by virtue of her link with Elisha.For so long, she refused to use that opportunity. As long as she refused to use what she had, she remained barren until God intervened in mercy. The medium of releasing her desired child had been with her all the while but she never utilized the opportunity until it was almost too late. She was blind all along. Has your access to a genuine man of God paid off?

Similarly, what you already have could provide you with the opportunity you need to reach your goal. In 2 Kings 4:1-7, the oil, friendly neighbors, neighbors’ vessels, two sons, the man of God and ability to ask, were there all the while but the prophet’s widow never saw the possibilities in them. While she had what could turn around her debt situation, she lamented daily but remained in poverty.

It took the prophet of God to open her eyes to see that what she was expecting from Heaven was with her at home. Do you know that the talent that will bring you to the limelight is already with you? On the other hand, you may need to enrol in a course or acquire more skills or training to make you proficient. Do you know that if you can combine all your material, spiritual and intellectual assets, you will have the opportunities to get wealth, excel, and be outstanding?

Some people never see the opportunities in their assets so they die in sorrow, pain and debt. Are you in tears over your so-called predicament? Stop those tears! What do you have? You can use what you have to get what you need or desire. Ask God to open your eyes today. This year, you will see and take advantage of all opportunities coming your way in Jesus’ Name.

Lord, open the eyes of our youths to opportunities surrounding them.

 

 

 


By Pastor Enoch Adeboye

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May 31, 2014

How to totally depend on God

 
Memorise: “The horse is prepared against the day of battle; but safety is of the LORD” (Prov 21:31)Read: Exodus 17:8-13
dependAt the Red Sea shore, God asked Moses to lift his hands to part the sea. Moses’ hands were special hands. Once in a while, God raises up a man and gives him special hands. In the battle between Israel and Amalek, it was the hands of Moses that determined the result of the war. Whenever his hands were raised, the Israeli soldiers had the upper hand, but whenever they went down, the Amalekites gained momentum. Aaron and Hur observed how the hands of Moses affected the war.If at the time he was tired of lifting the hands, his lieutenants had raised theirs, they would have lost the battle. They recognized Moses had special hands so they provided him a seat and made him comfortable. Thereafter, they provided support for his hands. It was those hands, not the Israeli army that gave them the victory.Also, in Exodus 4:4, when those hands touched a serpent by the tail, the serpent became a rod. This means while many believers depend on the Gospel shoes of Evangelism to tread on serpents and scorpions, Moses’ hand could silence demons.

Apart from having special hands, lifting the hands also means total dependence on God for victory. Many attribute their success to their strategies, efforts, human and material resources. You can have all that but fail if God does not deliver you the victory. The Israeli army could not prevail with all their weapons of war until Moses looked up to God for victory.

Proverbs 21:31 says, “The horse is prepared against the day of battle; but safety is of the LORD”. The horse has been designed by God as a war machine; yet it is not able to deliver the victory that God has not released. Are you trusting your abilities, intellect, position or money to see you through?

You will be disappointed! Thank God for them but put your trust in the Lord. This season, the Lord is calling you to total dependence on Him. The more you look up to Him, the easier your victories will be delivered to you. However, there are certain powers that are in the hands of certain men of God. They are not physical.

Hence, if a genuine man of God raises his hands to bless you, respond with a resounding Amen. If he raises his hands to curse you, immediately fall on your knees to beg. Do you have special hands?

The configuration and delivery of victory are determined by the direction you look towards during the battle. Where is your gaze directed?
May 30, 2014

Bible commentary: Why did Jesus said I am the door?

Memorise: “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture” (Jn 10:9)Read: John 20:18-20
doorIn Matthew 28:1-7, some devoted women went to Jesus’ grave side and found to their surprise that the stone had been rolled away and that He had risen. An angel had descended and rolled away the stone. Many of us believe that the angel rolled back the stone for Jesus to come out. I differ.Jesus was already out before the stone was rolled away because there is no stone that could keep Him in since He is the Door. If He is the Door, He does not need a door to get out. In John 20:19, when the disciples of Jesus were gathered in a place, and all doors were securely locked, suddenly, they found Him in their midst. In other words, He came in through the locked doors being the access way. No door of blessing can be permanently shut against a true believer.Why? Even where the doors are shut, Jesus the Door will be his access. Do enemies think they have shut you out of your breakthrough, fruitfulness or promotion? They are misinformed. If nothing could keep Jesus Christ out, nothing can keep you locked out. As long as you have Jesus, you cannot be limited. The only place the Lord may not enter except He is invited, is the heart of man. Have you opened your heart to Him today?

A man was dying in a hospital bed. The doctor looked at him and said, “Oh we better call in the priest since he is a Catholic “. While they went for the priest, someone came in and gave the man a tract which introduced Jesus to him. Right there and then, the dying man gave his life to Christ. When the priest returned, he administered the last holy communion to prepare him for death.

As soon as the priest left and shut the door after him, somebody in white came through the closed door and served him his first right communion. By the time the doctor returned to check if he had died, he met him completely whole. The stone was not rolled back for Jesus but for the women so that their source of worry could be eliminated. What are you worrying about? Trust in the Door to make a way for you. Every door the enemies have shut will no longer stop you because the Door Himself will be your access.

Ask the Door to give you access into all closed doors of opportunity.

 

 

 

By Pastor Enoch Adeboye

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May 30, 2014

Does God accept all offerings and tithes?

Memorise: “Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me” (Jn 14:30)Read: Deuteronomy 23:17-18
tithesAnother divine partnership requirement is that one must not touch unclean things. John 14:30 says, “Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me”. What you get involved with will determine if you can be God’s partner or not. Your hands refer to the means by which you fend for yourself – particularly the right hand.If you are involved in any dubious business, you cannot be His partner. If you make a living from prostitution, you cannot be His partner. Deuteronomy 23:18 says, “Thou shalt not bring the hire of a whore, or the price of a dog, into the house of the LORD thy God for any vow; for even both these are abomination unto the LORD thy God”.Those sisters who promise brothers marriage intending to derive only monetary and material blessings from them are increasing by lies. They cannot be God’s partner. The promotion or favours you obtain from flirtatious flings with your boss or leader amounts to dogs’ wages. If you tithe such supposed ‘windfall’, you can be assured it is an abomination to God.Unfortunately, several testimonies by some believers glorify Satan and should never have been shared in church in the first place.

If you took bribes at your work place and purchased a car, built a house or performed some feat, God cannot be your partner. You have touched the unclean thing and your hands are defiled. If you paid tithes on such money, your pastor will thank you if his spiritual eyes and ears are not open, but God will reject it.

So much tithes, seeds and gifts brought to the church have no rewards because the hands of the givers are defiled. Any increase that comes to you out of lies, deception, immorality, or any form of sinfulness must be rejected. If you must be a partner of the King of kings, your hands must not touch anything that defiles. What is it you are doing that could prevent you from being a partner of the Lord? Repent, and turn a new leaf today.

Are your hands and heart clean? 

 

 

By Pastor Enoch Adeboye

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May 30, 2014

Life problems: I want to give up on everything

Memorise: “Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, until that he have mercy upon us” (Ps 123:2)Read: 2 Kings 13:14-19
problemA notable inventor once said he kept making attempts at his targeted breakthrough but could not arrive there until after about 6000 failures. To him, he did not fail but only learnt 6000 ways by which you cannot arrive at that invention. To arrive at your desired success, you may need to fail several times. It is allowed.In today’s reading, when Elisha was about to die, king Joash paid him a visit. This was to be a very crucial visit because it would determine his destiny. He asked the king to bring his bow and arrows. Then he put his hand upon the king’s and asked him to fire shots into the open air. He shot and the man made a prophetic declaration.Thereafter, he asked the king to hit the arrows against the floor. And he did it three times and stopped. Elisha was angry. He could not obtain total victory over his enemies because he could not sustain the hit!

Every problem has the required number of hits to bring it down. Every tree, depending on its size, structure, root network and age has varying hits from the axe before it will fall. The fainting hardly ever overcome problems. When they are so close to their miracle, they give up. That shall not be your portion in Jesus ‘Name.

Sometime ago, we wanted to dig a well behind our house at Ilesha (Nigeria). Unknown to us, the land sat on a huge rock. After deliberations, we contracted one Hausa man to do it. He dug for days without water. He returned my money and left. Another fellow came. He dug and could not find water so he asked me to keep my money and left.

This continued until one day, a man was engaged. He dug for one hour and hit water. This means if the last but one had endured for one more hour, he would have got to water level. For some people all they need do to get to their breakthrough is pray or persevere for one more year, month, week, day or hour. All efforts are lost when you give up. Don’t give up on anything you have laid your hands on this year. You will reach your goal.

Your prayer efforts are not in vain for each effort axes the tree of problem. Sustain the effort until the tree crumbles.

 

 

 

 

By Pastor Enoch Adeboye

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May 30, 2014

Why is there so much bad news in the world today?

 
Memorise: “And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people” (Lk 2:10)Read: Luke 2:8-12
newsIt is the practice in public functions to introduce the special guests, notables or dignitaries present. One person that you will not find so easy to introduce is Jesus Christ. Matthew 1:21 says, “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins”. To introduce his person, Jesus Christ may take a day or more because each timeHe does, He gives you a new name or title. If you meet Him today, He may say, ‘I am the Word of God’. By the time you meet Him tomorrow, He may tell you He is the Lamb of God. The next time you meet Him, He may introduce Himself as the Door. Occasionally, He may combine two and say: He is the Resurrection and the Life. Sometimes, He may even roll three together and say: I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. Whenever He wants to flex His muscles He would roll about five together and say: I am Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.One occasion, He reeled out eight names at once introducing Himself as Alpha, Omega, The Beginning, The Ending, The One Who Is, The One Who Was, The One Who is to come, The Almighty.

Jesus is a lover of names and titles. Simply, you could introduce Him as the God with many names. But why so many names and titles? It is one way God arranged to meet each of our needs. Whatever the need, there is provision for you in one of His names or titles. His names therefore are needs-driven.

In Luke 2:10, while introducing Jesus to the shepherds that night, the angel told them, “I present to you Good Tidings of Great Joy”. Why do you think He was given such a title? It is so that you will never sorrow again. It is Good Tidings so that He can cancel every bad news you have heard and turn them into good news.

Also, so that you can be guaranteed of hearing good news throughout this year and for the rest of your life. What is that bad news you received which has caused sorrow, tears, discouragement and much pain? I bring to you the Good Tidings of Great Joy. He shall absorb your sorrow and turn it into good news. This season, you shall receive good news.

Lord Jesus, because You are the Good Tidings of Great Joy, terminate evil news coming my way and cause me to hear only good news throughout this year.

 

 

 

 

By Pastor Enoch Adeboye

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May 28, 2014

Should Christians go to clubs and house parties of unbelievers?

 
Memorise: “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you” (2 Cor 6:17)Read: 2 Corinthians 6:14-18
partyIt is great to partner with the Most High God. However, there are certain conditions you must satisfy if you truly want to be God’s partner. First, to partner with God, you must not partner with unbelievers in business, marriage or in any other area. Why? You are made righteous by the blood of the lamb but they are not. You are light but they are darkness and both cannot combine: one must displace the other.When you are looking up to God for help, they will be looking down for help from satanic forces. When you are praying for Jesus to guide and direct your meetings, they will be making enchantments. While you are pulling to the right hand, they will be going the reverse direction.

You belong to Christ but they belong to Belial and each must serve his master.You are God’s temple while they are for idols. They are full of boasting. Whenever you find two idols talking, you will find one trying to impress the other that he is greater.The second divine partnership requirement is that you must come out from among unbelievers. Proverbs 21:16 says it is a backslider that abides in the midst of the dead. John 3:18 says unbelievers are already condemned. It is not until the final judgement day before they will be damned: they are already damned! It is only when they receive Jesus that that condemnation is lifted (Romans 8:1). Luke 24:5 asks why you should seek the living among the dead.

I cannot see how a true child of God will be comfortably seated at a party organized by an unbeliever. Ecclesiastes 9:3-4 says there is hope for the one who is joined to the living. Matthew 22:32 says God is the God of the living. The best friends of some Christians are unbelievers. This is unfortunate. If you are always in the company of unbelievers or you prefer their company to being with fellow believers, something is wrong somewhere. If Matthew 8:21-22 is anything to go by, ensure your parents are born again before their death and burial. Why must you be separated from the unbelievers?

Although Matthew 5:45 talks of general blessings, certain rains – showers of blessings will only come on believers. Amos 4:7 talks of God’s ability to release rain on one part of the city and leave out the other. Be wise, do not let your partnership with unbelievers rob you of your blessings.

Watch the company you keep. Ask God to carefully select your friends for you. 

 

By Pastor Enoch Adeboye

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May 27, 2014

How Christians can prevent and stop backsliding

 
Memorise: “Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being his counsellor hath taught him?” (Is 40:13)Read: Numbers 11:10-15
backMatthew 12:36 tells us that a day of word stock-taking will surely come because every idle word we speak is recorded. God allows us to have the wisdom to record things both audio and video so as to give us a clue that Heaven has even more sophisticated recording devices. Ephesians 5:3-7 says even ordinary jokes are recorded. What jokes do you crack? We are called into a long race. One thing about running a marathon is that there is the possibility of getting tired along the way. When a man is becoming weary in his Christian race, he begins to fear what he never feared. Elijah had challenged the king and the people of Israel to godliness. He single-handedly shook the nation with the power of God. He engaged the prophets of Baal in a duel and defeated and killed them. But in 1 Kings 19:1-4, he fled for his life at the threat of Jezebel.He was becoming tired. Similarly, Moses happily led the children of Israel through the wilderness for several years. But at some point, his enormous task was getting at him and he asked God if he was their father and that God should take his life. He was getting tired.

Are you getting tired of the race? Other ways of identifying those who are getting tired in their Christian journey are: when you begin to question the truth you once upheld or find the standard of God’s word becoming too high for you. Are you now wishing it were lowered?

Are you questioning why Christians are not allowed to marry more than one wife like unbelievers and other religions do? It is because you are becoming tired. Also, when the ministry you once enjoyed has become what you must endure, you are becoming tired. When you find yourself always complaining over what you should have thanked God for, you are getting tired.

If you find it difficult to forgive and look for ways to even your scores with offenders, it is a sign of spiritual tiredness. When you are ready to quit the assignment God gave to you before its completion, you are getting tired. The Lord will renew your strength. If tired, take some rest, and wait on the Lord (Is 40:13). Take a holiday, rest and use part of the time to talk with God. Meet Spirit-filled believers and leaders to counsel you. It shall be well with you.

What are the signs of boredom you are presently experiencing in your Christian life? Confess them to the Lord and ask Him to help you.

 

 

 

By Pastor Enoch Adeboye

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May 27, 2014

Who created evils and demons: God or Satan?

 
 Memorise: “Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy” (Is 54:16)Read: Deuteronomy 28:1-7
god“Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy” (Isaiah 54:16 ). God created everything. The devil created nothing. This is another limitation of Satan. He is constrained to operate within God’s planets including the earth. He can manipulate what God has created but cannot create his own. He cannot create human beings like God. All he does is manipulate, feign and deceive.According to Isaiah 54:16-17, Satan did not even create wasters and destroyers. God created them, no wonder they have no choice but to obey Him. The One who created witches, wizards and devourers says none of their instruments will work against you. Why not believe Him and stop worrying?

This year, because God promised, the devices of the enemy against you will not succeed.Today’s reading says if only you can obey Him completely, the enemies that come against you this year will seek seven ways of flight. What does this mean? First, your enemies will be confused.Also, they will panic and scatter. Similarly, they shall not only withdraw fresh attacks, but also all past attacks. That is, there shall be complete withdrawal. In the Name of Jesus, your enemies shall make a complete withdrawal of their battles against you this season. Your enemies fleeing seven ways also means that they will see something behind you that will make them brand you ‘an untouchable’.

From today your enemies will see and treat you as the untouchable that you are in Jesus’ Name. It also means that all the wars, attacks and battles of enemies against you will cease completely. In the Name of Jesus, the Lord will put an end to the attacks you have suffered . It also means that while the enemies’ path to attack you is limited and restricted, their exit from you shall be unrestricted. These will be your portion this year.

Father, let every war against my life and destiny from the four corners of the earth cease today! 

 

By Pastor Enoch Adeboye

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May 27, 2014

Sermon: Why should I depend on God not man?

 
Memorise: “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing” (Jn 15:5)Read: 1 Peter 5:6-7
dependingThe day Adam and Eve decided to live without God, they died. All the blessings embedded in the spiritual life were gone due to one wrong decision! Things were never the same both for them and the entire world. Independence from God can be the greatest undoing anyone can ever experience.In what ways are you running your life without Him? What decisions are you taking without involving Him? You are taking the path that destroyed our first parents! Repent and humbly submit to the Majesty on High. Even when the devil says you can live without God, in reality, he does not leave you alone. He knows as long as you leave God out of the equation of your life, you become highly susceptible to his suggestions, manipulations and control.Anytime God is not controlling or leading you, you may be under Satan’s control. Involve God in every area of your life today so that the abundant life Jesus promised in John 10:10 can be yours.

You will notice that there is no full -stop but a colon joining the two verses in today’s reading. This means both verses are together and should not be separated. The thought expressed here is that before you can cast all your cares on Him and have Him take them over, you must first humble yourself under Him.

A proud or arrogant person will not be able to do this. If God is not taking over your cares, it could be because there are still elements of pride in your life. John 15:5 says you cannot do anything without Him. The most important thing you do is breathing. The moment you stop, you die. Without God you cannot even breathe.

A corpse in the morgue can no longer respond to any form of stimuli, hence you should shun any form of pride. To what extent do you subordinate your will under God’s? For you to achieve what God has reserved for you this year, you must move up in your level of dependence on the Lord.

Don’t do anything without involving Him. Take time to seek His face. It is worth waiting on Him for as long as it takes to receive your needed instruction or answer, for that is what will give you the desired outcome. And that is wisdom. Decisions taken without God’s input can be very costly because they may fail to hit the bull’s eye.

If you depend completely on the Lord, any decision He leads you to take will not be regretted!

 

 

 

 

By Pastor Enoch Adeboye

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May 27, 2014

Mystery of Praising and Worshiping to God

 
Memorise: “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief” (1 Tim 1:15)Read: Acts 19:11-12
praiseA woman once came to the church some years ago. She had been battling with vomiting. Medical doctors had done their best but she could not stop vomiting. After she had spent all she had, somebody invited her to our service and she came. Nobody prayed specially for her.While ministering, the man of God was led to ask those trusting God for a miracle to shout a loud Halleluyah. She was more desperate than others so her Halleluyah was louder. Immediately, a big worm jumped out of her mouth and that was the end of her vomiting!

There is power in shouting Halleluyah. A shout of Halleluyah pulled down Jericho’s walls. A shout of Halleluyah will deliver your victory on a platter of gold. Now, let somebody shout Halleluyah!I have lived along the expressway since 1984. Until then, there were at least three or four robberies daily but God has protected me ever since. When we say, Let God arise and His enemies be scattered, first ask yourself if you are His friend or enemy. Malachi 3:6 says God does not change. He does not change in character, power, desires, or plan. If you used to be His enemy and decide to be His friend, He will receive you like He received Saul of Tarsus.

God took a chief sinner and made him an apostle of apostles (1 Tim 1:15). He was so empowered to the point of casting out demons by the use of his handkerchiefs. This is the beauty of Christianity. No matter how terrible you have been, if you can come to Jesus, He will not only receive you but will make something praise worthy of your life. If you have ever told a lie, you are an enemy of God. If you ever stole a piece of meat from your mother’s pot or money from under her pillow or bag, you are an enemy. If you do not pay your tithe even after you have received Christ into your heart, you are His enemy. You have to repent and make right your crooked ways today so that God will not consume you when He arises! God is still in the business of beautifying erstwhile rebels!

Ask God to be with the leadership of this nation at every level – federal, state and local government. Pray that every root of corruption will be destroyed.        

 

 

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May 26, 2014

Sermon illustration and examples of spiritual blindness

Memorise: “Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works” (2 Cor 11:15)Read: 2 Corinthians 11:13-15
blindnessSome people are blinded to what will destroy them. This accounts for wrong choice in marriage, career, job or even ministerial engagements. Some people are presently fellowshipping or ministering in their church just because they are blinded to where they ought to be. A few years ago, a brother had a revelation about a popular man of God. Until that revelation, he held him in high esteem and defended him against certain accusations. In it, he went to meet the man of God for prayers. He knelt before him and told him his two areas of need. Then he closed his eyes as the man of God began to pray. During the prayer, he observed that the pastor removed the fingers he placed on his eyes and later returned them. But when he did, he felt something on the pastor’s finger rubbing against his eyelids. After the prayer, he got up and saw a bowl containing some black powdery stuff and a dagger on the table. As he got up, it suddenly dawned on him that he had just been initiated by the ‘man of God’. As he left, he observed all his members had patches of the black powder on their faces. He also realized that they were already initiated.The brother was angry in his spirit and he immediately began to renounce any covenant he had entered into by coming to that supposed gospel church. As he came out of that revelation, he organized prayers of deliverance for his children.

n the past, his children had taken that ‘man of God’ as their mentor and had hoped to be like him someday. But with this experience, he rebelled against all he stood for and banished them from watching him on television. Subsequently, the Lord kept revealing more things about this ‘man of God’ and how he was transferring contrary spirits into members.

Not all that glitters is gold. Many so-called churches are worse than occultic centres. Why are people still attending such places? It is because their eyes of understanding are blinded. Are you sure you are where God wants you to fellowship or be in ministry? Seek God’s face for direction. Where you are will determine where you are going.

Father, if I am under the manipulation of a fallen angel where I worship, in your mercy reveal it to me and relocate me where you want me to be. 

 

 

 

By Pastor Enoch Adeboye

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May 26, 2014

How to stop worrying and trust God

 
Memorise: “Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?” (Matt 6:27)Read: Matthew 6:25-27
trust“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (Jn 1:12).A man who had been chain-smoking for years, gave his life to Christ. Not long after he went back to his cigarettes. He kept battling with a relapse of his Christian faith until one day the brother who led him to the Lord plainly told him: “If you truly took that decision to follow Jesus, then God has forgiven and saved you.The power to overcome this sinful habit has been released. But you have to choose whether to enforce your rights or not. As long as you fail to receive and use the power, you will remain enslaved to smoking”. The day you received Jesus Christ into your heart, power was released. But the power may not work until you exercise it. Change occurs in the process of exercising it.

You cannot live holy until you receive and exercise the power from above.

A sister once invited me to lunch. After I accepted to be her guest, she became troubled. Apparently, she gave the invitation expecting that I would turn it down. She was worried as to whether I would enjoy the meal. She prayed and fasted before the appointed day.

After enjoying the meal on my visit, I asked her, “How were you able to prepare such a delicious meal?” She said it was the Holy Spirit who assisted her. John 15:5 says without Jesus we can do nothing. How often do you present your fears before the Lord and allow His power to take control? Yes, God cares so much for you – even up to what you will prepare for your visitors.

Do you ask Him for help? Many have taken worry as an option. It is not ! You cannot cast your cares on Him and be worrying at the same time. Stop worrying, and start trusting. If you worry, it will reflect on your face. If you trust Him, it will also reflect in your countenance. Attitudes also show whether one is worrying or trusting. Learn to completely depend on Him for all the needs in your life.

Matthew 6:27 says your worrying cannot accomplish anything positive. It lacks power to increase, rather, it will diminish the good things it meets.

When God worries about a matter, He will solve it. When you worry about it, your attempt to solve it may compound it.

 

 

 

By Pastor Enoch Adeboye

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May 26, 2014

Prayer points for divine protection

 
Memorise: “So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him” (Is 59:19)Read: Isaiah 59:18-19
protectionParting the Red Sea also means taking a giant stride that has never been taken before, or that is not commonly taken. Until Moses parted the Red Sea, the children of Israel could not go forward, even when God instructed them to do so. They could not obey God until Moses first obeyed.Until the pastor or leader gives towards church projects, most members will not give. Until the pastor is seen paying his tithe, the members of the congregation may remain complacent towards tithing. Anything you want the congregation to do, go ahead and do it: first, be the one to break the ice.

If you want them to respond to church evangelism, be the first to come. Win souls and challenge them. As long as you are not prepared to take that giant stride for the Kingdom, your sheep will remain limited. What are those areas you are yet to lead members on? Go ahead and do so today. When they see you doing it, they will follow.Another thing we observe in Exodus 14:19-20 is that God directed the angel and the pillar of cloud which were both ahead of the Israelites, to relocate behind them, so that there would be a separation between Israel and Egypt. This tells us that if you are walking in God’s will, you need not fear those coming behind you: your back is already taken care of because God is right at your back. Every arrow shot at your back shall be absorbed by the presence of God behind you.

Also, there is always a separation between light and darkness, day and night, believers and unbelievers. As long as God is behind you, your enemies can never catch up with you. Everyone chasing you shall never catch you in Jesus’ Name. Isaiah 59:19 says, “So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him”.

In other words, the Holy Spirit will separate you from every flood of attack of the enemy. Hence, Romans 8:31 says none can be an effective enemy against you as long as God is on your side. He will remain the dividing line. This year, the Lord will separate you from armed robbers, ritualists, fraudsters and hired assassins. Draw closer to Him as never before. However, for God to separate you from the evil ones, you must be separated from sin, Satan and the world.

According to Isaiah 59:19, ask the Holy Spirit to raise a standard against every satanic flood sent your way this season. 

 

 

By Pastor Enoch Adeboye

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May 26, 2014

Christian Inspirational message for today



Memorise:
“He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength” ( Is 40:29)Read: John 21:1-3
the wordIt is possible to become weak while running the Christian race. Luke 18:1 says, “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint”. It is also possible for the one who is running this race to faint. After the death and burial of the Lord Jesus Christ, Peter became tired. At a point, he fainted and returned to his secular assignment.The danger with fainting is that as the fellow goes down, he takes several others with him. When Peter fainted, he took six apostles with him. Have you resigned from pastoring or from being on full time service for the Lord? It is because you have fainted. When you visit the altar of consecration and pull out your wood of consecration one after the other, you have fainted. When you go back on your Nazarite vows, you have fainted.”If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small” ( Prov 24:10). The fainting believer is one who has almost totally lost all strength. Are you fainting? The Lord will restore strength to you this minute. Divine strength is surging into you, displacing physical weakness.

Are you fainting concerning an assignment God gave to you? Be encouraged. This is part of what we have to go through in this unusual race. Are you in a situation where you have no strength to continue? Isaiah 40:29 says, “He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength”.

You are a candidate for divine empowerment. God’s angel is injecting you now with dozes of strength. Your strength is taking a raise. At the garden of Gethsemane, the Lord had to face His final battle against the flesh and the forces of evil. He had lost so much strength, yet He must win that battle. Without it, God’s salvation plan would not come to light.

In that moment of tiredness, depression, indecision and agony, an angel came and gave Him some dozes of strength. And He overcame for the whole of mankind. You too will overcome that depressive moment. It is well with you.

The fainting Christian is both a danger to himself and others. Ask God to empower you and trigger your spiritual revival.

 

 

 

By Pastor Enoch Adeboye

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May 23, 2014

Causes and solutions to marital crisis, conflicts, and breakdown

Memorise: “Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake” (Rom 13:5)

Read: Romans 13:1-5

Wives are commanded to submit to their husbands in all things (Eph 5:22-24). Some wives find it difficult to submit to their husbands just because they are taller, richer, more better placed, or more educated. Even if you were the president of a nation, God still expects that wife to submit to her husband in all things.Submission is an act of faith. That means if you can submit to your husband in spite of contrary opinions and situations, it will be counted to you as righteousness. Similarly, the woman is expected to submit to her husband as if she was submitting to Christ (Eph 5:22).

This means that it is not the man that the wife is really submitting to, but the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. It also means the extent to which a wife can submit to her husband is the extent to which she can submit to Jesus Christ. A woman who cannot submit to her husband will not also submit to Jesus. Show me a woman who is wholly submitted to her husband and I will show you a woman who is wholly following the Lord. Based on this scripture, many wives who claim to love Christ and obey Him have been found to be liars.

There is a chain of obedience in every home. Children should submit to their parents, the wife to her husband; and the husband to submit to Jesus even as Jesus submits to God the Father. At any point this order is not followed, the obedience chain is broken.

“Therefore as the chumarital crisisrch is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything” (Eph 5:24). The question is, how is the church submissive to Christ? The church is the body while Christ is the Head.

All decisions are taken by the Lord and communicated to the church through the leaders. The church is dependent on the Lord. To what extent is your submission to your husband? The only extreme is where your husband tells you to do something that will displease God or break your fellowship with Him – that is sin.

As long as you are not asked to sin, the wife must totally comply with the decisions of her husband. After making suggestions, you will pray for divine guidance for your husband so that he does not make wrong decisions. You cannot be one with the husband you fail to totally submit to.

Whenever you submit to your head in the chain of obedience, responsibility and accountability are transferred to the one above you.
May 13, 2014

Prayers to receive help from God in times of need

 
Memorise: “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help” (Ps 121:1)

Read: John 1:9-12

God sends earthquakes to get the attention of people, also to open prison doors and set the captives free. In addition, God can use an earthquake as a sign of answered prayers, and evidence of His presence like it happened in Acts 4:23-31. It can also be to bring judgement upon the wicked like it happened to those who rebelled against His servant Moses (Numbers 16:28-35).help from GodThis season, every formation of the wicked shall be swallowed up by God’s earthquake in Jesus’ Name. Another thing we can note in Matthew 28:1-7 is that an angel of God descended from Heaven before the stone on the door of the tomb could be rolled away. In times past and until now help has always come from above to those who look unto God. Hence, Psalm 121:1 says, “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help”. Whatever must raise you must be above you. Is it easy for someone standing beside you to lift you above him?

Your help is not from man. Stop looking at that better placed school mate or relative for help. Your help is up above you. Your help comes from above. Trust in God and your help will locate you through any human channel. Yet, no man is the source – only a channel!

However, the beautiful thing about the descent of this angel was that the women never prayed for the stone to be rolled away: They only got there and found it already rolled away. By this, God was making a statement that if you are truly devoted to Him, help will come to you even before you ask for it. There is a user of this Devotional: the Lord is giving you what you never asked for because of your past devotion to Him. Remember to thank Him when this materializes.

Power from above is now available for you. Have you been struggling to live on your limited strength, wisdom, or resources without success for so long? The good news is that power is now available from above. You can never live above sin in your strength. Yield to God today. He can empower you to do your daily work. Have you been failing over certain assignments? From now, you shall succeed. Tap into His power.

Father, before the end of today, let there be a definite turn around in my situation.

 

Related posts-Sermon: Lord is my helper 

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May 13, 2014

Prayers for faith in God during hard times

 
Memorise: “So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief” (Heb 3:19)

Read: Deuteronomy 34:1-5

God can make the seeing to become blind especially after refusing to heed several warnings. What has the Lord been speaking to you about which you have paid deaf ears to? Repent and obey Him fast before your mind goes blind. It is also possible to see but not enjoy what has been seen. It is one thing to see a blessing before hand and another to actually partake in it.Esau and Reuben saw the blessing of the first born coming but they never partook of it. Nothing can be as painful as seeing what should have come to you go to some other person. You shall not lose your blessings this year in Jesus’ Name.

In 2 Kings 7:1-20, in the wake of turn around over the Samarian siege, the set man – prophet Elisha proclaimed a sudden economic revival that would take the nation from extreme lack and deprivation to the other end of the continuum – extreme provision and abundancefaith in God

The Economic Adviser of the king tried in vain to figure it out, applying all known indices but could not, so he told the prophet, ‘It is impossible’. Prophet Elisha’s reply came like a bombshell: “You shall see it with your eyes but you shall not participate in it”. It appeared like a joke. Within 24 hours, the breakthrough came for Samaria. The king assigned his Economic Adviser to be in-charge of the distribution.

If only the man had known that that crucial assignment was his death warrant, he would not have accepted it. God will not allow you to accept any appointment or promotion that will destroy you in Jesus’ Name.

The Economic Adviser of the king of Samaria saw the national breakthrough but never partook of it because of unbelief. Hebrews 3:19 says, “So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief”.

Any blessing you cannot believe God for cannot be possessed. In today’s reading, Moses saw the promised land but did not step into it. It is a curse to see and not possess. He flouted God’s instruction. He did not give God all His glory. He carried out God’s instruction in anger. What is that thing that can make you to see and not possess?

Ask God to uproot it from your life today. Are you paying attention to God’s genuine prophet?

Father, let my hands possess every blessing my eyes have seen.

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May 12, 2014

How do I tame my tongue according to Bible scriptures?

 
Memorise: “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man” (Col 4:6)

Read: 1 John 2:15-17

It is possible for Generals to be swept away by the things of the world. In 2 Timothy 4:10, Apostle Paul said one of his able lieutenants, Demas could not resist the pull of the spirit of worldliness. At some point in their ministry, he gave up on God, left Paul and went after the world. This is why we must be careful of the attention and resources in time and money that we devote in pursuit of earthly things.Today’s reading commands us not to love the world. It is possible to live in the world and not love it. It is possible to live in the world and not be defiled by worldly pollution and allurement.

When we look at the lives of those who missed it on the Christian path, it is so that we can avoid the same pitfalls. Anything your flesh enjoys doing is most likely at variance with what God wants done. What are the worldly things you must avoid? Avoid worldly language.

Matthew 12:36 says one day, you will account for misuse of tongue. Believers speak like Christ. It is wrong to use swear words. It is wrong to say things that fan the embers of lust, greed or vengeance in someone. Your tongue is not for swearing. Some believers still swear anytime they want to convince someone that they are telling the truth in a matter. You can wear over a lie yet that does not turn it into the truth. Believers do not swear.

If you are truly a Christian, your word is your bond. People should be able to take you at your word without any iota of disappointment. Your tongue is not meant to insult or abuse others. If you hear some so-called ministers’ wives use their tongues, you will be ashamed to be identified with them.tame the tongue

Colossians 4:6 says your speech must always contain a seasoning -salt. It must sweeten the heart of the hearers. It must bless them. Today, although still regular in church, many believers and ministers have returned to the world in their manner of speech. They are copying the language of the world.

Today, some believers conveniently abuse people and they feel right, yet they could not do this some years before. How is it with your tongue today? What kind of words do you release from your mouth? If you speak like the world, you will end where they will end. Repent today and ask God to deliver your mouth from backsliding.

Ask God to open doors for the Gospel to penetrate all Arab nations and raise die-hard evangelists and pastors in those countries.

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May 12, 2014

God as a warrior, God as a man of war

 
Memorise: “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”( Rom 8:31)

Read: Joshua 10:8-11

The Almighty God is a war veteran who is not only good at fighting on land, but also at sea. Every battle against you this year coming from the land or sea shall be terminated and frustrated by the Man of war in Jesus’ Name. Our God is also an expert in air battles.godasawarriorThe air forces of the world have a lot to learn from Him. The airways belong to Him. You cannot know a house better than the designer, builder or owner. In Exodus 9 when Pharaoh refused to release the Israelites, God took over the air and sent grievous flies in their billions. Instead of breathing clean air, the Egyptians breathed in flies and many lost their lives in the process (Ps 78:45).

Also, He raised series of thunder peals and large hail stones from Heaven upon Egypt (Ex 9:22-26). In today’s reading, when five kings connived against Joshua because he was succeeding, God sent bombs from Heaven which killed most of them. Every enemy against you from the air this year shall become a casualty of heavenly bombs in Jesus’ Name. Every satanic force operating against you shall be roasted this season in Jesus’ Name.

When the Almighty God is on your side, victory is certain. Romans 8:31 confirms this, hence you have nothing to fear. Which enemy can attack you without passing through the air, land or sea? If it is through any of these, then you have nothing to fear. Battles under the earth are under His control.

He went to the region of the dead and defeated Satan in his headquarters and set the captives free. Battles in the heavenlies are also within His area of operations. That was where the demonic prince who withstood Daniel’s prayer was resisted and the answer was released after 21 days (Dan 10:12-13 ). Every prince of Persia trying to block your blessing is paralysed now in Jesus’ Name. Every gate of hell militating against your success is roasted now in Jesus’ Name.

The Lord will grant you total victory over all enemy forces – seen and unseen this season. Only ensure you are not His enemy. Never take sides with God’s enemies else you will surely fail. It shall be well with you this season.

Pray for the success of all Holy Ghost services to be held in various countries throughout this year.

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May 11, 2014

What does the Bible say about submitting to authority?

  Obedience is one of the fruits of the spirit and an essential quality of every christian. What does the Bible say about being obedient  and submitting to authority?
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Memorise: “O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps” (Jere 10:23)

Read: 2 Timothy 3:1-5

The spirit of self-centredness and self-adoration is becoming rife in the lives of men today. It did not just start today but from old times. In Paul’s second epistle to Timothy, the former made it clear that self government and self centredness will be a common feature in the last days. Men will be so full of themselves that everything they do will revolve around themselves.obedience to GodPersonal convenience would be central in all they do. Personal gains must be guaranteed before they do anything. They will hurt their fellows – cheat, tell lies and manipulate just to increase their fortune. They cannot be under anybody’s control so they rebel against their parents, guardians, school, church or nation. They want to accomplish and beat their chests. Pleasure has become their god and they can do anything for pleasure. Is the spirit of the last days catching up with you?

In Genesis 3, when Satan met Eve, he lied to her. In Genesis 2:16-17, God commanded them not to eat the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil and that the day they ate of it, they would die. But when Satan came to Eve, he told her, ‘You will not really die.

In fact, that is when you will start to live. Go ahead and eat the fruit and prove to God that you have a mind of your own, and you do not need Him’. When Adam and Eve ate of the fruit, they lost the most important life they had – the spiritual life! All that was left was the physical life.

Their physical eyes opened and their spiritual sight was lost. They began to learn basic things such as clothing, eating from one’s sweat, and others. Until they took the path of independence from God, God kept them as perpetual babies. He completely cared for what they would wear and eat. They had no need to wash their clothes because they were clothed with His glory.

Independence caused them to lose everything. Everything. Are you thinking you can make it all by yourself? Are you saying you do not need to pray or take your fellowship with God seriously? Do you believe you are able to govern yourself, and do not need to wait on God for direction? That is the first mistake returning! The day you resolve to be independent of God, the real life in you dies and you are left with only the physical life. In what way are you becoming independent of God? Repent and return to Him today!

Every measure of independence from God is the degree of dependence on the devil. You cannot have both at the same time.

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May 11, 2014

Why should I depend on God?

 If you depend on God, dependence on man will be unnecessary. But if you are independent of God, you will be compelled to depend on men who will fail you
Memorise: “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding” (Prov 3:5)Read: Genesis 3:4-5
Pride makes many not to yield to God. When you surrender all to Him, your present and future, ambitions and plans will be determined by Him. The one who is surrendered to God must completely depend on Him. Like a baby, you will let Him do things for you. To any rational mind, this is a hard pill to swallow because we have been trained to be independent, and to stand on our own.Being independent is a great virtue, but we must never count God as part of those we can be independent of. Nobody can live independent of God and be what he or she was originally designed to be. The sin Adam and Eve committed in the Garden of Eden was not just the sin of disobedience: it was a drift towards independence from God. Satan told Eve in Genesis 3:5, “For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil”.depend on God In other words, Satan was telling them, ‘You do not need to keep depending on God. Eat this fruit contrary to His command and you will find that He has been covering up a lot of things from you. You will also discover that you are a god like Him and you do not need to be taking orders from Him as you have been doing’. They listened to Satan’s sermon and took the path of death.

In years past, when some third world countries were ruled by the colonial masters, they were unhappy. They wanted to be independent. They wanted to govern themselves. Then they were released from colonial rule and became independent. That was when problems began. Some of such countries are still grappling with foundation issues almost 50 years after independence.

For instance, there are some problems Nigeria is facing today which were none issues while they were under colonial masters. I do not oppose independence of nations. but I am saying we cannot afford not to have God rule over us. The day you decide to do without God, it means you have signed your death warrant. How can you cope with the forces of darkness and enemies all around you?

You need God at every point in time. Are you living independent of God? Beware! You are treading on very dangerous paths. Return and submit to Him today!

If you depend on God, dependence on man will be unnecessary. But if you are independent of God, you will be compelled to depend on men who will fail you.                                                                By Pastor Enoch Adeboye

 

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May 9, 2014

Breakthrough prayer points: My red sea must part

Memorise: “But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea” (Exo 14:16)Read: Exodus 14:15-16
When the Israelites got to the shore of the Red Sea, they forgot they were being chased by the Egyptians. They declared a picnic. But as they were settling down to rest, they heard the sound of the enemies behind them and became afraid.They knew that the advancing army would either return them into slavery or kill them. In their panic, they converged on Moses in tears instead of crying to God. Moses went back to God on the matter and the Lord told him what to do and what the Israelites should do (Exodus 14:10-16). In verse 16, God told Moses, “But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea”.From the above passage you will discover that it was not really God who divided the Red Sea but Moses. God asked him to stretch his rod. He obeyed and God backed him up. As leaders, there are expectations from us. Until you divide the Red Sea before those you are leading, they may terminate their journey to the promised land at the sea bank.

The Red Sea could mean a common problem affecting everyone under a particular leader, congregation or family. In this regard, Red Sea can be doses of false doctrines taught in a particular church. Or it could be the refusal to teach those under you certain aspects of the Word of God. Any aspect of God’s Word you deny those you are leading could prevent them from entering the promised land (Matt 5:19). If you want your people to prosper, you must not only fast and pray but also provide solid teachings on giving, tithing, sowing and reaping, vows and hard work as conditions for material prosperity.breakthrough prayer points

If you refuse to teach your congregation or family on divine healing and health, they may end up depending on doctors for the rest of their lives. This Red Sea is what the leader must part. As parents, have you parted the Red Sea that could hinder your children’s glorious future? The Red Sea in this regard may be to provide them a solid knowledge of Christ, and the Christian life, a qualitative education, good moral upbringing, etc. If you do not do it, God will not do it for you.

Until you part the Red Sea before you, Heaven may keep looking on passively.                          By Pastor Enoch Adeboye

 

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May 9, 2014

I need the anointing of the Holy Spirit

 
Memorise: “It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments” (Ps 133:2)Read: Psalm 133:1-3
When Isaac prayed that God should release the dew of Heaven on Esau in Genesis 27:28, he was saying, ‘May you ever have rain in its season’. Deuteronomy 28:12 says, “The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow”. When God opens His treasure house to you, you become so blessed that nations will queue up to borrow from you. That shall be your portion this year in the mighty Name of Jesus.anointingRecently, I returned from a trip. A particular young girl was thrown into prison. Both the press and electronic media including the CNN were on her trail. This made me to ask what was special about the girl, afterall, many girls end up in prison daily without anyone making a fuss over it.

Then they told me she was the only daughter of the owner of a popular hotel chain, located in most countries of the world. Asking God to give you the dew of Heaven is another way of saying you will never lack rain, you will never know dryness again. Someone once said the level God had taken him to made it impossible for money to stop coming his way. When I asked him how, he said he had several houses dotted around the land. When the heavenly windows are open over you, you cannot stop the rain from falling.

Dew also stands for anointing. Psalm 133:1-3 compares the anointing with dew. The implications of the anointing are: It destroys yokes. This means there is no permanent bondage for the anointed.

Also, it acts like fire to burn ropes binding the anointed like the case of Samson. In Psalm 23:5, David said he was anointed in the presence of his enemies. The implication of this is that when the dew of Heaven falls upon you, and you begin to prosper, your enemies will be multiplied. Nobody wants to trouble the man with a fairly used bicycle or a man with one or two ordinary clothes.

But when people realize that the value of what you are wearing – your clothes, shoes and watch is enough to buy a house, you had better secure your house. However, if it is the dew of Heaven bringing your prosperity, no number of enemies can harm you.

Father, your blessings add no sorrow. As you prosper me exceedingly this year, equally deal with all the enemies that are negatively attracted to me                          By Pastor Enoch Adeboye

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May 8, 2014

Steps to achieve success in life

 
Memorise: “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Rom 12:2)Read: Acts 16:25-26
In Matthew 28:1-7, before the Lord arose from the grave, there was an earthquake. Anywhere an earthquake occurs, people will gather. In contemporary times, if there is an earthquake in any major city, representatives of the various media will be there to provide live coverage.successIf it occurred in developed countries, different groups or individuals conducting research on earthquakes will be there to measure the dimensions of the earthquake, as well as the extent of loss of lives and property and compare these with past ones. If it occurred in developing countries, some people will be there to pick properties of victims which to them is a ‘windfall’.The misfortune of some has become the fortune of others. Anyhow, those living in the affected areas will be evacuated to other safer locations. An earthquake is a phenomenon that nobody can ignore. This was one reason God caused the earthquake – to alert both the community where it happened as well as the entire world that the Lord had risen. God knows how to get the attention of anyone. Have you been trying to get someone’s attention for so long without success? Ask God to send an earthquake to the fellow. God’s earthquake can bring about divine remembrance.

Just as nobody can ignore an earthquake, so also can nobody ignore Jesus Christ. The moment you allow Him into your life, nobody will be able to ignore you again. If you really want to attract attention like the earthquake, become a Christian. If you say you are a born again Christian but you are still ignored, or your life is not attracting attention of others, that claim is suspect. May be what you have is not the genuine faith in Christ.

The attraction you get by selling your body for money, or by drinking in beer parlours does not last. You do not get lasting attention by doing things like the world. But when you refuse to conform with the style of the world, or rebel against it according Romans 12:1-2, you will get their attention. How are you getting attention today?

You can make yourself relevant to your generation by being different for Jesus. Another reason God sends earthquakes is to open prison doors and set the captives free. Are you in captivity? The Lord will send His earthquake and set you free!

Father, visit anyone holding me captive with your earthquake today. 

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May 8, 2014

Is the Holy Spirit real?

 
Memorise: “For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean” (Jn 13:11)

Read: Jeremiah 17:5-8

It is an unfortunate development not to have a pre-knowledge of good things coming your way. According to Jeremiah 17:6, the one who is blinded to imminent blessings may lose them and end up with leftovers and rejects. That shall not be your portion in Jesus’ Name. Seeing your promotion ahead of time informs you of certain things: it tells you of God’s plan to promote you.It may also give details regarding your new office, the obstruction on the way, etc. This will therefore help guide you on how to channel your prayer efforts and address the real stumbling block on your path. It will provide you courage to fight to possess what Heaven has released. Do you see good things coming your way before hand?holy spirit

A minister was trusting God for a new apartment. He prayed until God showed him his new place in a vision. Thereafter, he went inspecting different accommodations. As they took him from one to another, he shook his head in disapproval because they were at variance with what he was shown.

Eventually, he was taken to an apartment a bit more distant from the rest. As soon as he saw it, he jumped at it in excitement and screamed, ‘This is my new house’. When you see things before they come, you stop being a blind seeker. A blind seeker looks for what he does not know. When he sees it, he will not recognize it.

If you can walk close to the Holy Spirit and have the eyes of your understanding opened, you will be able to tell precisely who your spouse would be. You can tell the next country you will be visiting. You can tell the next apartment or job you are taking up. You can tell your next school or profession. You can tell the period a car or another car is coming to you. You can tell what to wear for your wedding.

You can tell the type of building structure to erect for your church. You can tell. To what extent can you tell today? Ask God to open the eyes of your understanding.

When God shows you things before hand, you can be sure of what to expect and not just accept any offer.

 

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May 6, 2014

Lord is a man of war, God is mighty in battle

 
Memorise: “The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name” (Ex 15:3)Read: Numbers 16:28-33
“The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name” (Ex 15:3). Our God is a super war veteran. He is an expert in fighting in the heavenlies and galaxies. He is also an expert in fighting on earth. He is the Lord of wars. If you think you know how to fight, wait until you meet my God. He never loses any battle.God mighty in battleIn today’s reading, the Lord demonstrated His prowess and expertise in fighting on land. When He fights on land, everything on it becomes His weapon, and cooperates with Him to fight a common enemy – the one who is challenging the Man of war. In the above battle, His enemies were standing on the earth He created to oppose His servant Moses. All He did was ask the ground to open and swallow them up. And it obeyed and swallowed all the enemies, their assets, houses and families and closed up again as if nothing happened.This war veteran is so perfect at war that after He is through with a battle, there will be no evidence that it took place, except that the enemies would have completely disappeared. Any enemy that will come through the land to fight you this year will be completely swallowed up in Jesus’ Name. There will be no trace of them after the war veteran is through with them.

Our God is also an expert in battles at sea. In Exodus 14, when the Egyptians who had the best military formation then had to contend with the Israelites at the river bank, God displayed His maritime war expertise.

He parted the Red sea, and made a road for His children to pass through. But when the Egyptians entered the miracle road God created for His children, they did not know that it was a trap leading to their mass burial. When they had travelled far mid-sea, the heavenly army began to dismantle their chariot wheels. Movement was seriously impeded. By the time they realized they were fighting with a marine war veteran, and decided to escape on foot out of the sea, the Lord brought back the water walls, turning the sea into a mass burial ground.

Once again there was no trace of any battle! Exodus 15:5 says not one corpse was found. They all sank like lead. This season, any enemy from the marine kingdom or others who come against you through the sea shall be subdued and sunk as lead without a trace in Jesus’ Name. Worship Him today.

O Lord, thou Mighty Man of war, subdue every battle against my life, family and destiny.                                          By Pastor Enoch Adeboye

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May 5, 2014

Making heaven: How to go to heaven

 It is war to get to Heaven. If you patronize your flesh regularly, you will terminate your heavenly race on earth
 
Memorise: “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier” (2 Tim 2:4)

Read: Jude 5-7

One person whose heavenly race was terminated as a result of worldly weights was Lot’s wife. She was one person who obtained mercy from God but still missed it. Lot’s uncle – Abraham interceded for them. God sent angels to the town they resided, and ensured that they passed by the front of Lot’s house.God arranged everything for Lot to see and recognize the divine visitors. In spite of these efforts, they were dragging their feet and so the angels grabbed them by the hand and forced them out. The angels thought at least they had saved four souls. But then Mrs. Lot remembered her gold, diamond and trinkets in Sodom which she could not take with her. Her attachment to them was so strong. Their control over her was so overbearing.making heaven

How could she ever part with such precious treasures? Heaven was pulling her on one hand but the pull of worldly things was stronger. The stronger pull must prevail. Eventually, worldly weights got a better part of her. She took one last look and was lost forever!

“No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier” (2 Tim 2:4). It is war to get to Heaven. If you patronize your flesh regularly, you will terminate your heavenly race on earth. Lot’s wife looked back. That was not her first time.

She did it several times before and she got away with it. She thought doing it one more time was harmless. Little did she know there was a looking back that could totally damn the looker forever. Have you been compromising with sinful colleagues in the office or at school? Have you been lying and getting away with your lies? Have you been fornicating and have never been caught? Have you become so bold and comfortable stealing church money because you have never been caught?

Beware! Your last time is coming and you cannot escape it except you totally repent and turn a new leaf. Lot’s wife looked back and she lost both ways – she did not receive her treasures in Sodom and she did not escape God’s judgement. In the end, the compromisers become double losers. Are worldly pleasures pulling you so strongly to hell? Ask God for grace to break away.

While some faithfully serve God and become double winners, others play smart with God and lose on earth and in Heaven. Your actions today will determine your placement.

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May 5, 2014

Sermon on : Fight good fight of faith

 
Memorise: “But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end” (Heb 3:6)

Read: Revelation 3:11-13

In Exodus 14, after the Israelites left Egypt, they got to the Red Sea and thought danger was over and declared a picnic. As they were settling down to rest, eat and play, they looked back and saw the enemies they thought were gone advancing towards them. Then they panicked.power of faithOne lesson here is that as long as you are within the territory of the enemy, keep on guard. Even when the enemy brokers peace with you, don’t be fooled. Keep your spiritual vigilance, maintain your prayer fire. In most cases, when the enemy is talking of peace and settlement, it is another strategic plot to get you. Beware! Ephesians 6:13 says after doing all you know to do, stand. This means it is not time to sit down and rest. Luke 9:62 says once your hands are on the plough, there is no looking back.

We must daily strive towards perfection according to Hebrews 6:1. Paul says holding our confidence to the end is what qualifies us to be partakers with Christ (Heb 3:6).

“Behold I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown” (Rev 3:11). Have you just recorded breakthrough in a particular area? Your church attendance or tithe has suddenly doubled or tripled. At last the embargo over your promotion was lifted and you were promoted in your office. Have you just moved to the next level in ministry, academics or family? Praise God.

However, there is no resting yet for you. Sustain all the efforts that led you into that blessing. In 1 Kings 13:1-24, a young prophet was sent to deliver a message. Signs and wonders followed his ministry and everyone took notice that God was behind him. On his way back home, he declared a picnic when he had clearly been warned not to rest on the way until he returned home.

His premature celebration killed him. He never returned! Rest is only rest when God says it is time to rest. But declaring rest when God says its no time for rest is suicidal. Many believers in whom God’s blessings eventually turned into something like a curse found themselves there because they rested a little too early. Are you resting before time? Get up and make amendments today.

When rest is taken at the wrong time, it delivers negative effects. Father, help me to take rest at the appropriate time.

By Pastor Enoch Adeboye

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April 30, 2014

Pastor Adeboye on Open Heavens

Memorise: “Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Matt 18:18)

Read: 2 Chronicles 7:11-14

And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word” (1 Kings 17:1). Heaven has windows which can be open or shut. If shut, there will be no rain. Rivers will begin to dry up and this will lead to famine and death.One way God judges is by shutting the windows of Heaven over the offender. In Amos 4:6- 9, God says He can open Heavenly windows for some and shut it over some. That means, while some are crying that things are too hard, others are feasting, celebrating and saying things could never be better. This year, the Lord will open the heavenly windows over you, your family, business, ministry, etc.Open Heavens Adeboye

Tithing is one medium of opening the heavenly windows (Mal 3:10). God’s anointed prophet can also open or close heavenly windows. This is one reason you must carefully relate with a genuine man of God.

Just one pronouncement is all Heaven is awaiting before deciding whether to open or shut the windows over the person, city or nation in question. Elijah used his delegated spiritual authority to shut heavenly windows over his land (1 Kings 17:1). While several people were dying of hunger, the widow of Zarephath was becoming fatter. This year, as people complain of hunger and lack, you will be celebrating abundance in Jesus’ Name.

Ultimately, God, the Owner of Heaven has the key of David to open or shut the Heavenly windows (Rev 3:7 ). Elijah exercised his authority and put the nation into famine just to get them to repent.

Do you know that as long as you remain in right standing with God, and please Him in all you do, you can shut the Heavenly windows temporarily over individuals, loved ones, cities and even nations just to compel them to accept the Lord Jesus Christ? This is one key believers have but many have not been using. It is high time some loved ones were compelled into the Kingdom of God by the application of the key of David. Take this step today and prayerfully follow it up. And the Kingdom of God shall be enlarged.

Let the windows of Heaven be shut over all my unsaved loved ones till they humbly turn their lives to Christ.

 By Pastor Enoch Adeboye

 

 

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April 28, 2014

Bible sermon on spiritual blindness

 
Memorise: “For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited” (Jeremiah 17:6)

Read: 2 Kings 6:8-19

Several people are blind to what will destroy them. Proverbs 14:12 says, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death”. When a man’s eyes of understanding are blinded, he may embrace what could kill him, with the hope that it could help him.The Syrian army came after Elisha and got to Dothan. They came with full understanding and alertness but lost the same the moment the man of God asked God to make them blind. They met Elisha with their eyes wide open and told him they were looking for him, and he took them to where they could have been destroyed. The Lord will blind your enemies and those who seek to hurt you and they will be incapable of their wicked devices in Jesus’ Name.

If you cannot recognize the contracts or job openings that can cause you trouble, anguish and regret, it is because you have lost the eyes of your mind. Another type of blindness is when you cannot see good when it is coming. The ability to sense good things before they come will help you prepare to receive them.

Do you know that God can give you a sign when money is coming to you? If you have recognized the various ways God deals with you, you can tell when certain things are about to happen in your life. God still gives signs to His children. It is another type of blindness not to recognise a good thing that is imminent. The danger of this is that such things could easily be lost to the enemy.

“For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited” (Jeremiah 17:6). One thing that can blind somebody’s eyes from seeing good things that are imminent is confidence and complete dependence on man.spiritual blindness

If you trust in man, you can only see what that man is doing; you will not see what God is bringing your way. Some believers can almost accurately tell different things that will happen to them within the year. It is because they have seen them ahead. What have you seen about yourself? Do you see good things before they come to you? If you cannot see them, the devil can steal them and you won’t have any sense of loss. This accounts for several losses recorded in the Body of Christ.

Are you a victim of unknown losses? Ask for open eyes today!

Father, destroy whatever is not making me see good things coming to me and my family.

  By Pastor Enoch Adeboye

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April 28, 2014

Easter messages: Jesus is risen

 
Memorise: “And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD” (Ps 40:3)

Read: Psalm 40:1-3

There are vital lessons from the devotion of the women to the Lord Jesus Christ recorded in Matthew 28:1-7. First, it is possible to love supremely by remaining faithful to the one you love even after death. Also, the Lord always helps those who are determined to do His will. A look at the first verse says a new day was beginning. The first message from Easter is that it is going to be a new beginning.In the life of every child of God, Easter morning represents a new beginning. It ushers in a new song. In today’s reading, Psalmist David said he waited on God in his unpleasant and troubled situation and He heard him, changed his status and put a new song in his mouth. This Easter, the Lord will put a new song into your mouth in Jesus’ Name. Those who have been saying, ‘Our God is dead’ can now sing ‘He is alive’. The weak can now say, ‘I am strong’, the poor can now say ‘I am rich’, the defeated can now say ‘ I am more than a conqueror’.

God is giving you a new song. God is giving you a new beginning this period.

Jesus rose on Easter Sunday so that we can have a new name. Because He rose, we can be called the children of God. Of all religions of the world, it is only in Christianity that people claim to be children of God. Some religionists call themselves God’s slaves. Thank God you are more than a slave! You are a child of the King of Glory. Because He rose, we now have new hopes, goals, aspirations, etc.

Every negative name you have borne shall be changed this season because He arose. Your worth is established. You are worth more than slaves. You are now of great value to God the Father because Jesus rose. Similarly, there was an earthquake. Why an earthquake on Easter morning? To get the attention of those around. Nobody can ignore an earthquake. In the same way, nobody can ignore Jesus Christ. You may hate or disagree with Him but you cannot ignore Him. From today, because He arose, nobody will ignore you.EASTER MESSAGES

Nobody will despise your youth. In any case, has Jesus risen in your life? Until He does, Easter is meaningless. Receive Him into your heart today. Ask for forgiveness of sins and ask Him to empower you to live as His child. It shall be well with you.

Thank God for the new beginning the Lord makes available to you this Easter.

                       By Pastor Enoch Adeboye

 

 

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April 28, 2014

How do I worship God in spirit and in truth?

 
Memorise: “And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost” (Lk 23:46).

Read: Matthew 6:24-34

).1 Thessalonians 5:23 says man is a trinity comprising spirit, soul and body. Of these three, the most important component is the spirit. If all is well with your spirit, all will be well with your soul and body. Proverbs 18:14 says, “The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?”

praise GodIn other words, if your spirit is buoyant and robust, even if there was an infirmity in the body, your spirit will absorb it; but if something happens to your spirit, that is the end of the story. Hence, Jesus told Nicodemus in John 3:5-6 unless a man is born of the Spirit he cannot enter God’s Kingdom. Until you worship God in spirit, you have not started worshipping, because God is a Spirit. Hebrews 12:9 calls God the Father of spirits which means all His children are spirits.

The role of a spirit is extremely important in the life of a man. This was why Jesus committed His Spirit into God’s hands. That is ultimate surrender. When you hand over your spirit to someone, you have handed over everything. Once a matter is settled in the realm of the spirit, it manifests sooner or later in the physical realm. An example of this is Job’s trial in Job 1:8-19.

Most of us worry because we have not completely surrendered to Him. A summary of Matthew 6:24-34 is that you cannot have more than one God. If you claim to be a believer in Christ but you have not yet totally surrendered your spirit to the Father of spirits, then you are serving two gods – the Almighty God and yourself.

If you have only one God, you have nothing to worry about because He is more than enough to take care of you. He is the Jehovah El-shaddai – the God that is more than enough. If you do not want to inconvenience yourself while claiming to serve God, you are serving yourself. Have you truly surrendered to His Lordship?

1 Timothy 4:8 says bodily exercises have some measure of profit for us. If you fail to obtain that virtue, your body may disappoint you. Start regular 10 to 15 minutes exercise for your family.

 

    By Pastor Enoch Adeboye

 

 

 

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April 27, 2014

How to overcome the spirit of fear

 
Memorise: “Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: Let them also that hate him flee before Him” (Ps 68:1)

Read: Psalm 68:1-3

“Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: Let them also that hate him flee before Him” (Psalm 68:1). Be very careful when you sing or pray the above scripture. Why? The one saying that prayer could be among the enemies that would be sfearcattered when God answers the prayer.Are you God’s enemy? We live at a time we are daily surrounded by enemies – enemies within, enemies without, those at home and those on the high ways. If you visit high brow areas of Nigerian cities – for instance Victoria Island (Lagos), you would be forced to pity the wealthy who live there. If you drive through, you would see how the fear of armed robbers has converted residential quarters into prison houses. You would find beautiful houses enclosed in high walls. In fact, the government cannot boast of having the sophisticated security fences that some individuals have.

In those days, robbers operated only at night in my village. They would knock on the door, to find out whether the house owner was asleep or awake. The moment they heard, ‘Who is that?’, they took to their heels. But today, it is a different ball game completely. They would write to inform you when they are coming so that you can be prepared. When they come, they force their way through various security barriers and head for the kitchen .

They serve themselves and take their time to steal whatever they want. They waste human lives, rape and maim their victims in the process. Thank God we are serving the One who is a Mighty Warrior. Exodus 15:3 calls Him the Man of war. He is a super war veteran. He has fought and won the highest numbers of battles without losing any. Check His track records. He has seen different shapes and shades of battles and wars and has an array of weapons, the largest army and inexhaustible battle winning strategies. He will fight for you.

Every spirit of the waster sent against you and your family will be wasted this year. Every attack of armed robbers and hired assassins against you this year shall be disappointed. Those that are against you shall flee in seven ways. There is a user of this Devotional who has lost so much to the attack of robbers. Fear not, the Lord is restoring all you lost to robbers. The Lord will shield you from subsequent attacks of robbers that you are afraid of. Just let God be your Helper.

Lord Jesus, thou Man of war, scatter by fire now every spirit, power or force fighting against me.

 

        By Pastor Enoch Adeboye


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April 26, 2014

Pastor Adeboye on Serving God and Mammon

                                                                By Pastor Enoch Adeboye
Memorise: “And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful” (Mk 4:19)

Read: Mark 4:18-19

greedIn Hebrews 12:1, God commands us to run the Christian race with patience. One reason many find it difficult to be patient is because they see themselves more perfect than the next fellow. The root of impatience is pride just as humility is the mother of patience. The One we should look up to is described as the Lamb. Generally, people view the lamb as a dumb or stupid animal. But in John 10:1-5, Jesus says the sheep hears His voice and therefore do not follow strangers. This means they are not as stupid as many think. The goat thinks it is very smart and clever. With all its wits, it is the goat that ends up in the pepper soup pot. How often do you hear of sheep pepper soup? But goat pepper soup is available anytime.

Are you in the race to Heaven? Be very careful. You are under secret surveillance. People are secretly noting your actions, words, reactions, relations with people, commitment to promises and vows and general character. It is possible for the one in the Christian race to be weighed down. Mark 4:18-19 lists possible weights on believers as the deceitfulness of riches and the cares of this world. Do you know riches deceive its owner? This is why you must not allow the love of money in your heart.

There are some very committed Christians who were quite exemplary in character and commitment while they were waiting for their financial breakthrough. But after it came, they could barely attend church meetings.

No time to pray or study the Bible. They are too busy to evangelize. They are now pursuing money. Once you start making money, if care is not taken, you will always desire and work towards making more and more and more. A time comes that all you live for is just to make more money! This is part of the deceit of riches. Similarly, you would want to join the clubs and associations the rich belong to.

Before long, you would find yourself doing what they do – drinking, smoking, unfaithfulness to your spouse, etc. Soon, God is abandoned for the god of money – Mammon. Drop that weight! You have been bought with the most expensive blood. You are different. Don’t allow worldly weights to stop your heavenly race!

Father, do not allow any wealth, opening or opportunity that will derail me from my Heaven-bound trip, to come my way.

 

 


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April 25, 2014

Why should I pay tithes to my church?

Memorise: “Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine” (Gen 27:28)

Read: Malachi 3:8-12

“Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine” (Genesis 27:28). tithingWhen Isaac was about to transfer the generational blessing on Jacob, after the latter provoked him with a mouth-watering meal, he asked God to bless him from Heaven. James 1:17 says Heaven is the source of all genuine blessings. Malachi 3:10 says Heaven has windows.

They can be open or shut to an individual, family, church, community or nation. When the windows are open, showers of blessings fall from Heaven. But when they are shut, there will be no dew or rain. It is amazing that what you do on earth affects these Heavenly windows. For instance, faithful tithing by a bonafide believer in Christ opens the windows over the fellow.

In the same way, default in tithing by a genuine believer shuts these windows. This shows that although the Heavenly planet is so far away from the earth, yet it is so spiritually close to the earth, and earthly activities affect it on regular basis.

Tithing is a very powerful activity if done accurately, and without sin. Any professing believer who does not tithe ought to be pitied. Apart from individual tithes, do you know God expects groups, Christian communities and nations to tithe?

In our text, God cursed the Israeli nation for robbing Him of tithes. This means corporate organizations belonging to believers should tithe. Whole Christian communities say in Nigeria or Liberia should tithe. Do you know that God expects the Body of Christ in each nation to tithe?

Any one who refuses to do so attracts curses and shuts the heavenly windows. In a Christian family, every member of that family must tithe. When the father and mother pay tithe but the children do not, it can affect the windows of Heaven in a negative way. If you want Heaven’s windows open to your family, ensure every member of that family faithfully tithes.

Otherwise, only those who tithe in that family will receive the blessings. Yet, it will not be full because somewhere, somehow a member of that family is shutting the windows others are trying to open.

From today, get a tithing envelope for every member of your family, particularly your children. Teach them what tithing is about and ensure they participate in it.

 

                                                                                       By Pastor Enoch Adeboye

October 21, 2010

Plan for success, become succesful

PASTOR ENOCH ADEBOYE
 

Memorise: “Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest” (Prov 6:8)

Read: Ecclesiastes 11:1-4

“Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest” (Prov 6:8). Another lesson from the ants is that they know how to prepare for their desired harvests. Harvests do not just come: They are planned for.

Before the sky breaks forth as rain, you must first load it. Ecclesiastes 11:3 says, “If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth: and if the tree fall toward the south, or toward the north, in the place where the tree falleth, there it shall be”.

 

The clouds cannot deliver the rain they have not conceived. Many times, believers expect the downpour of blessings without necessarily working towards it. It does not work like that. If you fail to load your clouds, you will continue to be in dryness. Famine is guaranteed for the one who fails to sow for the rainy day.

Some people around us are just spending their last reserves of God’s blessings. After this is exhausted, they will go through lack, want, and financial dryness because they failed to prepare for the future.

Are you preparing for your harvest? What plans do you have for yourself and family in 5, 10, 20, 30 years from now? To be like the ants, you must take decisive steps concerning your future. Not every blessing God gives to you is meant to be spent. Some believers have no bank accounts. They hardly save anything from their income. Usually, the excuse is that they earn far too little to save from. That is not true. Every provision comes with a seed and a fruit.

Never eat the seed with the fruit. Sow the seed to guarantee a future harvest in every blessing God gives to you. Your future depends on how you treat your seeds. If you eat them up, you will starve and surely beg tomorrow. If you invest them wisely, your harvest will be awaiting you. You can sow seeds into the Gospel, invest in landed property and shares and carefully monitor their activities. Save at least 10 percentage of your income in a fixed deposit account capable of attracting interest.

Reduce your expenses and cost of living and stabilize these even when your income increases: Channel the remainder into more meaningful investments. Cultivate an investment sense and mindset. Do not wait until you have millions. Start investing in shares with the N1,000 or N2,000 on you . Over a period of time, you will enter your harvest.

Draw up a 10, 20 or 30-year investment plan for yourself and every member of your immediate family in savings, stocks, bonds, shares, etc. Invest also in soul winning.

 

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October 21, 2010

God will intervene in your crisis

PASTOR ENOCH ADEBOYE
 

Memorise: “Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings” (Is 3:10)

Read: 2 Kings 4:8-17

When God visits the hopeless, hope is restored. There was a woman whose mother was blind. They were very poor. They could not afford to pay the rent of their apartment, so it began to accumulate. Each time the landlord visited, he was forced to give them more time because of the plight of the blind woman.
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October 21, 2010

How to receive the blessings of God

PASTOR ENOCH ADEBOYE
 

Memorise: “The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be” (Gen 49:10)

Read: Genesis 27:26-29

“And his father Isaac said unto him, Come near now, and kiss me, my son” (Gen 27:26). When a father pronounces a blessing upon his son from his heart, it is a summon for the fellow to be assisted to succeed. This accounts for why someone selling water with such a blessing may become wealthier than the one selling cars. The blessed one succeeds in all his endeavors.
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October 21, 2010

Beware of Judgemental spirit

PASTOR ENOCH ADEBOYE


 

Memorise: “Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits” (Rom 12:16)

Read: Romans 12:3-5

“Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits” (Romans 12:16).

There are two broad types of criticism – the constructive, (change -producing type) and the destructive, (change-forbidding type). Whether the criticized will take correction or not is largely dependent on the packaging of the criticism.

October 13, 2010

Sermon:deliverance from sadness and sorrow

PASTOR ENOCH ADEBOYE
 

Memorise: “Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit” (Ps 51:12 )

Read: Luke 7:11-15

When you encounter Jesus Christ, your lost freedom can be fully recovered. Some years ago, a man was brought to us. He had a peculiar problem – one I had never seen. He was under an uncommon demonic oppression.  

Whenever he scratched his head, he would bring out a butterfly. If he put his hands into his ears, a cockroach would come out. His head became the abode of rodents and roaches. As a result, he could not freely mix with people for fear of being identified with this peculiar condition. His enemies thought they had finished his case but they left God out of the calculation.

We prayed a simple prayer and he left. When we met two weeks afterwards, he had become an embodiment of a perfect gentleman; He looked radiant and completely at peace. Are you under an unusual satanic siege? That siege is broken now! You are set free by the Almighty God. Receive your freedom in full.

October 13, 2010

Bible Sermon:Causes of failure in Business

PASTOR ENOCH ADEBOYE
 

Memorise: “The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets” (Prov 26:13)

Read: Proverbs 24:30-31

“By their fruits you shall know them”. A sluggard is recognized by his fruits. One of such is having several untreated files pending on his table.

Proverbs 24:30-31 says the field of the sluggard is overtaken by weeds, thorns and nettles because of long neglect.

 

If visitors come to your church and you keep heaping their cards but hardly follow them up, that church is full of sluggards. If the Lord has given you different assignments which you have not done, it is because you are a sluggard.

October 6, 2010

How to overcome idleness and laziness

Pastor Enoch Adeboye
Memorise: “The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them” (Prov 20:12)Read: Proverbs 26:13-16
“As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed” (Prov 26:14). Another trait you find in the sluggard is that most times, he refuses to make effort. It is all noise but no movement. All faith talks but no works. His problem is procrastination.  

He always has hope for a tomorrow that never comes. ‘When will you start to pray aggressive, effective prayers?” ‘Ah! Tomorrow’. The following day, he will say the body is weak so he will resume his prayers ‘Tomorrow’. The next day, he will say the weather appears too dull for his liking so he will say once again, ‘Tomorrow’. The ‘tomorrow’ of a sluggard is a myth – a mirage. It is borne in emptiness and exists only in the mouth realm. If you are fond of carrying over today’s assignments, responsibilities and duties to the next day or some future date, you are a sluggard.

October 6, 2010

How to overcome sin of drug addiction

PASTOR ENOCH ADEBOYE

Memorise: “Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other” (Matt 12:13)

Read: 2 Kings 6:1-7

Whatever you have lost can be regained. Not only can God restore your health, lost years and wasted effort, He can also restore lost activities and abilities. Some of us used to sing beautifully. Some used to pray fervently and effectively. But that belonged in the past.

Today, the same people see singing or praying as an uphill task. If this describes your situation, this season, restoration of lost abilities is coming your way. The grace to operate that particular gift which was lost is being restored to you now in the Name of Jesus Christ.

October 6, 2010

Christian sermon to overcome Barreness

PASTOR ENOCH ADEBOYE

Memorise: “They that were full have hired out themselves for bread; and they that were hungry ceased: so that the barren hath born seven; and she that hath many children is waxed feeble” (1 Sam 2:5)

Read: 1 Samuel 1:19-20

The barren is a potential over taker. One person who experienced this was Hannah. She was branded barren. She even accepted the verdict of men concerning her state. Her mate and adversary believed conception and delivery of babies were her exclusive preserve in the Elkanah’s family until the day Samuel was born. 1 Samuel 2:1, 21 says that Hannah did not only nurse the greatest prophet of their time, but also had three other boys and two girls.

When people began to hear the cry and laughter of children from the same person they wrote off as barren, the embarrassment Hannah bore all through the years became their permanent possession. According to Ecclesiastes 9:11, the winner of a race is not necessarily the fastest. The fastest can trip. He can suffer muscle pull. He can mistakenly cross over to the track of another person and be disqualified. Anything else can happen to him and someone behind overtake and win the race.

The fact that somebody else went ahead of you does not necessarily mean that the fellow will stay ahead. The truth is, if you walk diligently with the God of recovery, you can be assured that those who have gone ahead of you will soon join the list of those you have overtaken.

Are you tagged “barren”? Reject that report. Has the specialist told you it will be impossible for you to carry your own baby? Drop that report. There is a better report for you.

Hannah – a woman who successfully rejected the negative report about herself says: “They that were full have hired out themselves for bread; and they that were hungry ceased: so that the barren hath born seven; and she that hath many children is waxed feeble” (1 Samuel 2:5). \

In other words, Hannah says the tide is turning. Some fruitful ones may soon lose their potency to the barren. The late starters may soon take the lead.

The barren may soon emerge winners in the race to have one’s quiver full of children. The good news is that the Lord will visit you this year. Every limitation will lose its hold over you. The tide is turning in your favour this season. Those who have been laughing at you will soon lose their strength, wisdom and abilities to you. You shall recover all.

Draw closer to God and worship Him. Reject every negative report your flesh, family, friends, specialist or situation have given you. Believe and accept Heaven’s report. Your end shall be glorious!


Pray that the Lord will remember every barren woman in your local church and bless them with unique children.
October 6, 2010

Sermon on healing in the bible

PASTOR ENOCH ADEBOYE

Memorise: “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed” (Jas 1:6)

Read: 2 Chronicles 1:6-12

One of my sons once had a stomach ache. When he got to the hospital, it was discovered that his intestines had been eaten up by cancer.

The only option for doctors was to cut off the intestines, but this would also attract other health challenges: he would have diarrhoea for the rest of his life. Whatever food he ate from that moment would not be digested.

This would affect his sight too. Inspite of these, he could only live for a few years. These were unpalatable medical reports. Then he came to the Holy Ghost service and the Lord said that there was someone whose intestines had been condemned and He was giving the fellow new ones.

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