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New month prayers: But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord- Genesis 6 vs 8

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But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord- Genesis  6 vs 8

 

What does Grace do?

  1. Grace saves when others are being destroyed.
  2. It brings favour from God.
  3. It causes one to hear from God
  4. Grace is infectious, grace saved Noah, but his household also benefited from this grace. He went to the ark with his wives, his sons, and the three wives of his sons -Genesis 7 vs 7, 13. The grace of God not only saved Noah but also saved his household.
  5. Grace brings you into remembrance with God – Genesis 8 vs 1.
  6. God brings answered prayers- Genesis  8 vs 21.
  7. Grace brings spiritual blessings-Genesis 9 vs 1
  8. Grace establishes God’s covenant with you and your household- Genesis 9 vs 9

 

Why did Noah find grace in the eyes of God?

  1. He was a just man – Genesis 6 vs 9
  2. He was perfect – Genesis 6 vs 9
  3. He walked with God – Genesis 6 vs 9
  4. He was totally obedient to God-Genesis 6 vs 9
  5. He was righteous before God- Genesis 7 vs 1

 

Holiness brings grace, sinfulness brings disgrace. If you want to experience the grace of God this month, give your life to God, and be a Noah of this generation.

 

This is your month of grace in Jesus name

 

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What are the blessings of Abraham?

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Read Genesis 1

  1. Abraham was blessed by God and many people pray to receive similar Abrahamic blessings.
  2. The Lord appeared to Abraham and gave him conditions to receive divine blessings. It goes without saying that if you wish to receive the same blessings, you need to fulfil the same conditions.

Conditions for receiving Abrahamic blessings

  1. Walking before God- Genesis 17 vs 1
  2. Perfection before God – Genesis 17 vs 1

What happens if you receive the blessings of Abraham?

  1. God will be talking with you one on one- Genesis 17 vs 3
  2. God will make a covenant with you – Genesis 17 vs 4
  3. God will enlarge your coast- Genesis 17 vs 4
  4. God will change your name for good – Genesis 17 vs 5
  5. God will make you fruitful- Genesis 17 vs 6
  6. God will make you great- Genesis 17 vs 6
  7. God will make your descendants great- Genesis 17 vs 6
  8. God will establish His covenant not only with you but also with your descendants- Genesis 17 vs 7
  9. God will be your God- Genesis 17 vs 7
  10. God will give you a land in a strange land- Genesis 17 vs 8
  11. God will possess your Canaan for you – Genesis 17 vs 8
  12. God will roll away your reproaches – Genesis 17 vs 16

Prayers

O God of Abraham, bless me the way you blessed Abraham in Jesus name

 

‘Thy prayer Is heard’: Lessons from the Bible story of Zacharias and Elizabeth

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Read Luke 1 vs 5 – 13

  1. Zacharias was a Priest of God, like a Pastor, Reverend father, or Evangelist of these days. (vs5)
  2. His wife, Elizabeth was a daughter of a Priest, so she had a godly ancestry. (vs5).
  3. The Bible describes the couple- Zacharias and Elizabeth as righteous before God. (vs6).
  4. The Bible describes the couple as obedient to God, walking in all the commandments of the Lord (vs6).
  5. The Bible confirms that the couple obey all the ordinances of God (vs6).
  6. The Bible describes the couple as blameless before God (vs6).
  7. In other words, the couple were sinless before God.
  8. The Bible further confirms that Zacharias is diligent in his priestly duties, always taking the prayers of the multitude to God (vs9).
  9. Yet, the couple had no child, as Elizabath was barren (vs7).
  10. The couple remained barren till very old age (vs7)
  11. As I meditated on these passages, some questions occurred to me: Who made or What made Elisabeth barren? Why did a blameless man and woman remained barren till old age? Why did God allow His Priest to remain barren? If Zacharias prayed for multitude of people, and I believe God honoured his prayers, why were his prayers not answered? Why did a sinless couple remained childless almost throughout their lifetime?
  12. The lesson I learnt from this passage is that not all afflictions are caused by sin, or the enemy. Not all unanswered prayers are caused by sin. And there are times God decides not to answer some prayers for reasons best known to him.
  13. The good news is that the story of Zacharias and Elizabeth did not end in barrenness. For the Bible records that at a point in time, an angel of God appeared to him and said: ‘thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elizabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shall call his name John’ (vs13).
  14. John later became a great man of God, a fearless evangelist, and the forerunner to the Messiah Christ.
  15. There is a Priest of God, there is a blameless woman, there is a righteous brother, there is a ‘sinless’ couple, there is an obedient servant of God that has remained ‘barren’ in spite of his or her righteousness. It may be spiritual, financial, marital, or academic barrenness. The Holy Spirit is encouraging you to continue to trust, hope, and believe in God in prayers. Zecharias and Elizabeth believed in God and continued in prayer, otherwise the Angel of God would not have told them ‘thy prayer is heard’.
  16. My prayer for you today is that ‘thy prayer shall be heard’ over your family, marriage, work, ministry, finances, and destiny in Jesus name.
  17. You shall not remained barren in Jesus name.

 

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Qualities of a good Christian: Long suffering and Patience

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 Christianity is easier said than done. You must carry the cross of Christ, and have His qualities, if you wish to be called his disciple

But this man has done nothing amiss- John 34 vs 43

  1. What should you do if you have done nothing amiss, and your friends or colleagues insult or abuse you?
  2. What should you do if you have done nothing amiss, yet you are demoted in the office or even sacked?
  3. What do you should you have done nothing amiss and you are shouted down by your spouse, elders or parents?
  4. What should you do when you have done nothing amiss and you suffer for an offence not committed by you?
  5. What should you do if you have done nothing amiss, yet you are denied a travelling document or even deported?
  6. What should you do if you have done nothing amiss and you are falsely accused?
  7. What should you do if you done nothing amiss, yet you are denied a benefit or entitlement?

Please read Isaiah 30 vs 15; and Exodus 14 vs 14; and Jeremiah 31 vs 11 for answers to this posers?

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Commentary on the Bible story of Jonah

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How to achieve deliverance: lessons from bible story of Jonah

 

Jonah was a disciImage result for jonah bibleple of God, who fled from the presence of God. There are still many Jonahs in this generation, and this message is to enable us learn from the lessons from the Bible story of Jonah; repent and come back to God.

 

      By Babatope Babalobi  + 2348035897435 babalobi@yahoo.com

 


Read Jonah Chapter 1 and 2

  1. Jonah was a man of God, God used to speak to him, and he hears God. (Now the word of the Lord came unto Jonah- Jonah 1 vs 1). Several of us use to hear God speak, but that has stopped because of our disobedience.
  • I cast out spirit of disobedience in Jesus name.

 

  1. Jonah was an evangelist, he had a commission to preach the gospel and intercede for lost souls. (Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it for their wickedness is come up before me- Jonah 1 vs 2). Every Christian was saved to become an Evangelist. But most of us have refused to fulfil our commission. Instead of interceding for souls, we are busy praying on personal issues. We have abandoned the prayer requests of God and refused to answer His prayers; rather we have laboured God with our prayer requests. The spirit of God is calling for repentance today.
  • I receive power to win souls in Jesus name

 

  1. Jonah, the man of God and Evangelist abandoned his ministry and embarked on tourism. (And he found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish- Jonah 1 vs 3). Jonah was supposed to be winning souls in Nineveh, but he choose to go on tourism to Tarshish. He paid the ship fare forgetting that the God who gave him the money. Several people are no more interested in serving God, rather we like to spend our God given prosperity on worldly pleasures.
  • Carnal desires, die in my life in Jesus name.

 

  1. Jonah the servant of God disobeyed God. (Arise, go to Nineveh – Jonah 1 vs 2..and he found a ship going to Tarshish- Jonah 1 vs 3). Tarshish is in an opposite direction to Nineveh. There are many Jonahs in this generation who are willingly and stubbornly disobeying divine instructions. The promises of God are tied to obedience. If you are not willing to obey His laws, then you are not qualified to be his servant, disciple, of follower.
  • Love of God, envelop me in Jesus name.

 

  1. Jonah cut off from God. (But Jonah rose up to flee…..from the presence of the Lord- Jonah 1 vs 3). Can I man run away from his maker? Jonah cut off himself from God, and many Christians are like Jonah running away from the presence of God. They have refused to fellowship with Him. How often or when last do you read your Bible? How many minutes do you spend out of the 1440 minutes in a day to pray, worship, and do other things of God? Many Christians are no more in the presence of God, but now in the presence of mobile phones, Television, movies, etc
  • I cut you off from the world in Jesus name.

 

  1. God became an enemy to Jonah. (And the Lord sent out a great wind into the sea- Jonah 1 vs 4). Once you leave the presence of God, He allows the enemy to take over. Evils are punishment for wilful disobedience.
  • Spirit of God arrest me, in Jesus name.

 

  1. Jonah abandoned the altar of prayer. (But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship: and he lay and was fast asleep- Jonah 1 vs 5). Jonah had cut off himself form the presence of God, therefore prayer was no more a necessity. Even when unbelievers, his co travellers were praying to their gods, Jonah was fast asleep. Christians like Jonah has become a sleeping generation.
  • The spirit of God reignite my prayer altar in Jesus name.

 

  1. Jonah the Evangelist became a lost soul. (So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him, what meanest thou, O sleeper? Arise call upon thy God, – Jonah 1 vs 6). Jonah had so backslidden that it was an unbeliever that reminded of his God. Jonah must have been a prayer warrior, for him to be hearing from God as stated in Jonah 1 vs 1. But he had become a sleeping giant. He was not only asleep, when he should be praying and winning souls, the Bible describes Jonah as being fast asleep. Even an unbeliever described him as a What a tragedy!
  • Word of God, confront my problems in Jesus.

 

  1. Jonah became idolatry. (So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah- 1 vs 7). Jonah fled from God into the arms of Satan. Jonah who used to hear from Go, but He now decided to hear from Satan. Lot casting is idolatry. Jonah the man of God subjected himself to casting of lots, and (after they had casted lots), even Satan confirmed to him that he has abandoned his God. If Jonah had been on the ship to Nineveh rather than the ship to Tarshish, (and a storm had occurred on board), God would have spoken to him about the cause of the stormy winds and he would have prayed the ship into safety. Like Jonah, many of us prefer to hear from false prophets.
  • Powers drawing me to worship the gods of my ancestors, be cut off n Jesus name.
  1. Jonah the evangelist was unknown. (What is thine occupation? –Jonah 1 vs 8.) Normally, an evangelist does not need to be introduced as his soul winning works will speak for itself. If Jonah had preached the word of God to his co- travellers immediately he boarded the tourist ship, they would have known he was an evangelist. But because he kept silent, they never knew who he was. Many of us have kept silent for God for too long. Many of us are ashamed to open our mouth for the gospel. Many of us are not known by our words and deeds to be Christian. Repent and do the work of an evangelist today lest an unbeliever take you for an atheist.
  • Fire of evangelism, fall on me in Jesus name

 

  1. Unbelievers preached to Jonah. (Why hast thou done this?- Jonah 1 vs 10). God raised up unbelievers to rebuke and preach to Jonah, because he (Jonah) refused to preach to unbelievers. In this same way, unbelievers asked Jonah why he wilfully disobeyed God, the Holy Spirit is asking us questions: Why are you stealing money from your office, parents, business or church? Why did you allow your friends to take you to a diviner? Why did you allow a man who is not your husband to dis virgin you? Why did you allow that strange girl to penetrate you and take your heart from your family? Why are you cheating on your wife? Why did you lie? Why are you secretly masturbating and watching pornography?  Several other whys?
  • Mercy of God cancel every sin speaking against your breakthroughs in Jesus name.

 

  1. Unbelievers tried to save Jonah. (Nevertheless, the men rowed hard to bring it to the land, but they could not –Jonah 1 vs 13). Jonah was supposed to be a soul winner, but his body, soul, and spirit was at the verge of being lost. Jonah was supposed to be a deliverer, but at this point he needed deliverance. Jonah was supposed to save others, but because he refused to do this, he was at the end of destruction and needed to be saved. Many problems and difficulties we are experiencing may be self-inflicted as Satan exploits both our ignorance and disobedience.
  • Finger of God save me now in Jesus name

 

  1. Unbelievers prayed for Jonah. (Wherefore they cried unto the Lord- Jonah 1 vs 14). God raised up unbelievers to pray to Jonah, because he had cut off himself from the presence of God. Jonah the prayer warrior had gone into fast sleep both physically and spiritually, and his salvation was now in the hands of the people he should have saved.
  • I shall not lose my destiny in Jesus name.

 

  1. Jonah cast into the sea. (So they took Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea- Jonah 1 vs 15). No man can run from the presence of God. No sin goes unpunished. Human beings may break God laws, but God does not break His law. Deliverance comes by casting away unwanted loads. There are many Jonahs in our life that has to be casted away.  There is a sister that needs to cast away indecent dressing. A brother needs to cast out the spirit of lusts. A Pastor needs to cast off spiritual lukewarmness, and a believer needs to cast off worldly friends.
  • I cast off garments of sin in Jesus name

 

  1. God had mercy on Jonah. (Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah- Jonah 1 vs 17) Even in his unfaithfulness and sin, God decided to have mercy on Jonah. Jonah could have been drown in the ocean, or eaten up by sharks or reptiles, but God closed the mouth of the reptiles, and gave him a home inside the belly of his ‘enemy’. Your disobedience and sin shall not lead to your destruction, and the mercy of God shall shut up every mouth that wants to devour you in Jesus name
  • Mercy of God, deliver me now in Jesus name

 

  1. God’s grace was on Jonah even in disobedience. (And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights- Jonah 1 vs 17). Jonah had three days of grace inside the belly of the fish to repent. Several people have committed evils, that could have destroyed them both physically and spiritually, but the grace of God is still keeping them alive. God delights in your repentance and salvation rather than destruction. Make use of the grace of God today, as tomorrow may be too late.
  • Grace of God save me now, in Jesus name

 

  1. Jonah repented of his sins and returned to God. (I remembered the Lord- Jonah 2 vs 7). God is waiting for your repentance. God did not destroy Jonah because He wanted him to repent. Are you willing to repent today?
  • I repent of my sins in Jesus name

 

  1. Jonah prayed and fasted in repentance. (Then Jonah prayed into the Lord his God out of the fish’s belly- Jonah 2 vs 1) Jonah prayed for three days inside the belly of the fish. I am sure he also combined it with fasting, because in any case, he had no food to eat inside the fish’s belly. Many of us find it difficult to fast, but Jonah fasted in the belly of the fish. I pray you will not wait to be afflicted before you start to fast and pray.
  • Spirit of prayerless, be cast out in Jesus name

 

  1. Jonah worshipped God in affliction. (But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving- Jonah 2 vs 9). God praised and worshipped God in his afflictions, and this was one of the acts that turned around his captivity. Cries, lamentations, murmurings, unbelief, sorrows etc cannot deliver us from the captivity of life. No matter the nature of your challenges, move God with praise.
  • I kill the spirit of depression in Jesus name

 

  1. Jonah vowed to God. (I will pay that I have vowed- Jonah 2 vs 9. Jonah vowed to be a good child henceforth, he vowed to work for God, he vowed to do the work of an Evangelist, he vowed to remain in the presence of God, he vowed not to run away to Tarshish when he should be in Nineveh, he vowed not to backslide, he vowed not to disobey God. The God of Jonah is waiting for your vows right now!
  • I vow to serve God.

 

  1. God delivered Jonah (And the Lord spake unto the fish -Jonah 2 vs 10). Several people are presently in bondages, just as Jonah was in bondage for three days inside a fish; what is your own ‘belly of fish’? Has sin held you captive? Has a strange woman stolen your heart? Is it poverty, failures, delays, or sicknesses? Has God allowed dark powers to hold you captive because of your past wilful disobedience?

 

I see God speaking to your problems, I see God speaking to your headaches, I see God speaking to your finances, I see God speaking to your womb, I see God speaking to your marriage, I see God speaking to your business, I see God rebuking the strange powers that have held you captive in Jesus name.

  • O God of Jonah, speak to my problems in Jesus name.

  1. God gave Jonah a second chance. (And the Lord spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land- Jonah 2 vs 10). God gave Jonah a second chance. God caused the fish to vomit Jonah, thereby giving him a second chance, immediately he repented.
  • What do you do when God becomes the enemies of your breakthroughs?
  • What do you do when God himself is sponsoring afflictions into your life?
  • What do you do when God himself decides to fight you?

Your deliverance is at the corner if you could only retrace your steps, fast, and pray, and come back to your maker.

 

Prayers

  • Swallowing powers, vomit my destiny in Jesus name.
  • Swallowing powers, vomit my marriage in Jesus name.
  • Swallowing powers, vomit my prosperity in Jesus name.
  • Swallowing powers, vomit my children, prosperity in Jesus name.
  • Swallowing powers, vomit my, healing in Jesus name.
  • Dark powers vomit my breakthroughs in Jesus name.

 

 

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Lessons from the Bible story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego

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Read Daniel 3
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego faced the option of worshiping Satan and live; or refuse to worship Satan and be put burnt to death. They opted for the latter and God intervened and they ended being promoted.

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What lessons can we learn from the story?
1. There is power in dedication. King Nebuchadnezzar organised a big ceremony and decided to dedicate his image god. Christians should learn to dedicate every of their belongings to the living God with pomp and pageantry.
• I cancel every evil dedication on your life and properties and rededicate your life, family, and businesses to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in Jesus name
2. You should learn to worship God with all kinds of instruments. King Nebuchadnezzar brought out cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer and all kinds of musical instruments to worship idol god. How are we worshiping the living God today?
3. Don’t be ashamed to invite or bring your friends to Christ. Open your mouth and tell your friends about Jesus. Nebuchadnezzar brought all his associates to worship an image. He brought Princes, Governors, Captains, Judges, Counsellors, Sheriffs and Rulers of all the Provinces. How many of your colleagues, friends, business partners, associates, relations have you brought to Christ this year?
4. Don’t join the mob to do evil. Avoid negative peer pressure. Stand alone with God instead of joining the multitude to worship devil. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego decided to stand alone and apart from their colleagues – Judges, Princes, Treasurers, Sheriffs etc. who bowed to Satan
5. Be bold and courageous once you are on the right path. Don’t compromise your righteousness out of fear. Stand on what is right even if you are the only one standing.
6. Fear God, not the king. Fear God but honour the king. The three Jews decided to disobey the king’s order and please God rather than obeying the king’s order and displease God. Evil decrees that are contrary to the Bible should not be obeyed.
7. Hold on to God even to the point of death. The three Jews knew whom they believe and were ready to sacrifice their lives rather than deny their faith. How well do you trust God? How strong is your faith in Him?
8. If you hold on to God, He will fight for you. The man that threw Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego into fire were all killed, while Jesus appeared inside the fire to protect his servants.
9. Jesus is always with you in your crises. Jesus appeared inside the fire to prevent his servants from becoming hurt. Jesus is appearing in the fire of a reader of this message today.
10. Unbelievers shall be converted to Christianity when you trust in God. Nebuchadnezzar became an Evangelist when he saw the power of faith.
11. There is a God in heaven who can change the evil decrees. Even Nebuchadnezzar confessed that the Almighty God has changed his word, only the Word of God changeth not.
12. Every test of faith and presentation of righteousness ends in divine promotion. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were meant to be roasted to death but they ended up being promoted.

 

Prayer:

I refuse to worship Satan!

Jesus, appear in my crises!

 

 

 

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Bible on qualities of a good Christian mother and wife

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Qualities of a good Christian wife, mum, or mother

Proverbs 31 provides us a guide in considering the qualities of a good wife

1. She is a honorable (vs 10)
2. She has good relationship with her husband (vs 11)
3. She adds value to the family (vs 12)
4. She is enterprising (vs 13)
5. She is not idle or slothful (vs 13 and 15)
5. She is hardworking, responsible, and cooks for the family at set times  (vs 15)
6. She has good vision, not a spenddrfit, and makes good investment decisions (vs 16).
7. She is compassionate (vs 20)
8. She cares for her children and ensures the comfort of her household (vs 21)
9. She is a good adviser and counsellor for her husband ( vs 23)
10. She is wise (vs 26)
11. Her children and Husband love ( vs 28)
12. She is not necessarily beautiful
13. She fears the Lord  ( vs 30)
14. She brings honour to the family

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Who is a Christian?

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What are the qualities of a good Christian? Read Proverbs 3

  1. A good Christian is a good giver – verse 27.
  2. He does not plan evil against others – verse 29.
  3. Not a trouble maker – verse 30.
  4. Does not oppress others – verse 31.

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Bible commentary on 1 Corinthians 3 vs 16: Christians as temples of God

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Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the spirit of God dwelleth in you1 Corinthians 3 vs 16

Being the temple of God, means being His representation, His image, His living church, His glory, and His Holiness. Of course, you can not be a temple of God without the spirit of God living inside you.

Do you wish to be a temple of God, then become born again. Do you wish to remain a temple of God, then avoid these things.

Things to avoid as a Temple of God

  1. Avoid lying- The temple of God should reflect the truth.
  2. Avoid sexual perversion- Fornication, Adultery, Pornography, Homosexuality, Masturbation. The spirit of God inside you will not join you to sleep with a woman not your wife.
  3. Dress well- Your dressing should be modest, add to your beauty, and glorify God.
  4. Don’t Tattoo your bodies- You are the image of God, don’t deface your body with other images.
  5. Avoid evil- Take control of your heart, and cast out wicked thoughts as they come.
  6. Feed your Spirit- The spirit of God inside your needs to be feed from time to time, with the word of God, godly music, and godly movies.
  7. Avoid Anger- the Spirit of God is meek, watch your tongue, avoid anger, provocation, bless don’t curse etc
  8. Avoid evil company- Watch where you go. Before going anyway, ask yourself, would the spirit of God like to be with me in this place? Flee from ungodly places. Don’t go where Jesus will not go.
  9. Avoid fear- You are a temple of God, you cannot be destroyed by Satan. Avoid fear of sudden death, accident, assassination etc. The spirit of God inside you will keep you from all harm.
  10. Be a good Christian- You are a carrier of God’s spirit. There is God in you, let your character show forth His praises.

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Should students or children pay tithes?

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But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth- Deuteronomy 8 vs 18

About three decades  ago, my Late father was furious with my elder brother because the latter decided to pay  tithes out of the N500 (five hundred naira) bursary awarded my brother by the the Oyo State Government.

My brother was then a student of the University of Ibadan. The argument of my father was that the bursary was not an earned income, and   my elder brother should have devoted it wholly to his expenses on the campus, especially when the family was then in dire financial straits.

Thirty years later, I faced a similar situation.  I normally send pocket money to my son who is an undergraduate of a Nigerian university. Yesterday, he phoned to inform me that he had spent about one third of his pocket money I sent to him few days ago (for the month of May 2015) for church related expenses, including of course, a tithe of the pocket money. The implication of e this is that, I have to send more money before the end of the month, as the church related expenses have eaten into his pocket money.

I did not know how best to respond when he gave me this information. I remembered the situation my late father faced and wondered whether my father (in retrospect) was right or wrong. My first reaction was to inform my son that if he decides to spend the money meant for his feeding and books on church related expenses, then that should be his own business.

But I restrained myself and meditated on the situation. Should I encourage my son to tithe from the pocket money I give him?

I finally decided that I should not discourage him. Though the money he is tithing from is not his earned income, it is a financial increase for him, for which he should remember his Creator in line with Deuteronomy 8 vs 18.

More importantly, it is good to train our children on how to tithe from an early age. When they grow up and start to earn income, they will not have any problem tithing. In any case, tithes should not be paid only from earned income, but an financial increase coming to us. So, in my son case, the pocket money I sent to him represented a financial increase.

In any case, I thought I should not discourage him from building a personal relationship with God.

Also as a friend  counselled, the underlying principle of giving to God, is an expression of God’s love towards God…and any child who is old enough to recognize that and wishes to express it should not be discouraged, but can be guided.

 

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How to make and keep New Year resolutions

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Power for Keeping Resolutions
by Evangelist Godwin
      
It’s December 31st, just few hours away from the New Year, you are set on making a countless number of resolutions again. Most of the resolution goes like this: It’s time to quite smoking and drinking, it’s time to be faithful to my spouse, it’s time to get out of drugs, it’s time to stop spending all my time in the bars and night clubs, it’s time to stop bribery and corruption, it’s time to stop selling my body as a prostitute, it’s time to stop raping and killing innocent people, it’s time to flee from sexual immorality, it’s time to escape from pornographic bondage.
The list is endless. Resolutions upon resolutions! You make unprecedented vows never to do those things again. Lo and behold! It is just one week into the New Year you did them again. In fact, you even got worse than you were before the resolution.
 
In your helpless and confused condition you shout within yourself, “who shall deliver me from this burden of sin.” Dear friend, there is only one way out: Jesus Christ. No amount of resolutions will stop you from sinning. The power to cleanse and forgive you is in Jesus. Jesus Christ said, “come unto me all ye that labor and heavy laden, I will give you rest.” Looking for freedom from the bondage of sin? Jesus Christ is closer than you think. “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit.”
 
In this coming New Year, do not take God for granted. Do not use the excuse of the fact that God is merciful to continue in your deliberate sinful disobedient to God. Remember that God is also a God of judgment. Why not use this time to go quietly go on your knees and asked the Lord Jesus Christ to come into your heart.
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Jesus says in Revelation 3:20 “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hears my voice, and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” This is an awesome opportunity to open the door of your heart and let the Lord of the New Year, Jesus Christ, to come into your life.
 
Dearly beloved, remember that as we approach the New Year, the biggest and the most important resolution you can make is to walk closer with God. Remember that you have no power of your own to make your resolutions to become a reality. Lay it all at the feet of Jesus and He will give you power to keep all your resolutions.
 
Blessed are your eyes for reading this message. Please, don’t let this message die, read it again and pass it to others. We will meet in heaven if you do them.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

 

 

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How to control/overcome anger, bitterness, and depression

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Psalm 30 vs 5: His anger lasts only a moment

  1. Several scriptures in the Bible records God as being angry especially against His enemies and those that disobey him.
  2. But the goodnews is that His anger lasts only for a moment, and His mercies endureth for ever.
  3. It seems unbelievable that God could only be angry for just a moment.
  4. If His anger lasts only for a moment, it means this moment He is angry, the next moment, He is happy with you.
  5. How long does your anger last?
  6. For some of us it is a lifetime, for some of us it is  for some of us it is a decade, for some of us if is for years, for some of us it is  for months, for some of us it is for weeks, for some of us it is for days, for some of us it is for minutes, for some of us it is for seconds.
  7. If your anger lasts more than a moment, know that you have not met the pass mark.
  8. Anger that last for a moment may be a disqualification from making heaven.
  9. May our angers not take us to hell in Jesus name
  10. May God give us the grace to forgive, the moment we are offended in Jesus name

 

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Sermon: Evils of Television programmes

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Ephesians 5:16 King James – 

16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Televisions as a bondage

 

There are several positive and negative sides of the Television. Since we all know the positive side, this article shall dwell on the negative sides, and how we need to carefully handle this to avoid its repercussions.

television evils

  1. Television could become an addiction, taking of your interests and attention from other necessary duties.
  2. Television could gradually break the bond between a nuclear, as they are more tuned to programmes being aired rather than communicating between themselves.
  3. Television could become a time waster, if we spent most of the time watching entertainment Programmes that don’t have value to our lives.
  4. Television could decrease productivity, if we stay glued to Programmes instead of reading, working, studying, or praying.
  5. Television could decrease our spiritual growth as there is always one programme or the other to watch, which takes off the time we should spend reading the bible or praying. Have you ever considered the time you spend watching Christian programmes compared to other non-christian programmes?
  6. Television could kill our prayer life, especially night prayers; as it is very difficult to pray after watching movies and programmes till late night.
  7. Television programmes could subtly introduce sin, lust, idolatry, godlessness, lust, and evil spirits into a home or family as most of the ‘action, adventurous, and romantic’ movies we love to watch are really glorifying Satan. There is no neutral television programme, it is either it is glorifying God or Satan.
  8. Television could be a time waster; as addiction to its programmes could decrease human productivity. If you are football fan, you are likely spending your Saturday and Sunday afternoons/evenings watching Premiership games, La liga, etc.
  9. Football could become idolatry. Millions have turned football clubs into their gods and football stars into their idols. Football has taken our attention from God into clubs. People are now more passionate about football and sports rather than Christianity. And the Television is the chief medium that binds the human race to this new religion.
  10. Television reduces family income that could have been better spend on essentials. Many people pay more to watch games in viewing centres or to subscribe to cable channels offering favourite programmes. I used to have a neighbor who prefers to go hungry and save money in order to watch English premiership games. Even when he could not put food on the table for his household, he would still be able to raise money to watch premiership games at viewing centres.
  11. Television could reduce the productivity of our children. Have you noticed that school pupils find it difficult to do their homework these days, as they are addicted to mobile phones and television programmes?
  12. Television could breed laziness, disobedience, idleness, and bad manners at home. Parents now find it difficult to take the attention of their children off the television. When you are talking to them- they are watching television; when you send them on errands- they are glued to the television; and even when they are eating—they are still busy watching television programmes intermittently.
  13. Television could reduce moral standards at homes. Television movies are full of sex, money, and status. Kids watch it with or without parental consent. Children have become exposed to kissing, love making, etc at a very young age, and there is a tendency for them to wish to practice what they are seeing.
  14. May God deliver us from evil television programmes in Jesus name

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Attributes and Characteristics of Abraham- friend of God

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  1. He was loved by God- Genesis 12 vs 2
  2. He was called by God- Genesis 12 vs 2
  3. He was obedient to God’s call- Genesis 12 vs 4
  4. God fought for him and his household; God withheld Pharaoh from taking over Sarah, Abraham’s wife- Genesis 12 vs 17
  5. He was very rich; he bequeathed riches to his children- Genesis 13 vs 2; 25 vs 7
  6. God blessed him in all things- Genesis 12 vs 2; 24 vs 1
  7. He was a blessing to others- Genesis 12 vs 2
  8. He was a Peacemaker, not proud, greedy, or haughty; he proposed a peaceful solution between his household and that of Lot over access to grazing land for their cattle- Genesis 14 vs 9
  9. God made a covenant with him and his descedants- Genesis 13 vs 15; 17 vs 4
  10. He worshipped God, though all people around him were evil- Genesis 13 vs 13; 13 vs 18
  11. He was the first person to pay tithes to a Priest of God-Genesis 14 vs 20
  12. God was always appearing to him- Genesis 17 vs 1; 12 vs 1; 13 vs 14; 18 vs 1
  13. God did a naming ceremony for him- Genesis 17 vs 5
  14. He was God’s adviser, friend, companion, and confidant. God chatted with him one on one- Genesis 18 vs 33abraham
  15. God plagued his enemies with sickness; there was barreness in Abimelech’s house because he took over Sarah, Abraham’s wfe- Genesis 18 vs 32
  16. God rolled away his reproach and that of his wife- Genesis 21 vs 1
  17. God was faithful to him, and fulfilled all He promised him- Genesis 21 vs 2
  18. He was stupidly obedient to God; willing to sacrifice his only son to God- Genesis 22 vs 2
  19. He experiences divine provision- Genesis 22 vs 14
  20. He lived long and died at a good old age- Genesis 13 vs 1; 24 vs 1; 25 vs 7

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How to live a victorious Christian life

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By Pastor Kosmi Ilegogie

Reference texts: Acts Chapter 2 vs 4; James 1 vs 14-15; Ephesians 5

1. Dont allow anything to keep your from the Word of God.

2. Dont allow anything to keep you from the altar of prayer.kosmi

3. Always be joyous in Christ. Have a personal joy pattern. Sometimes just rejoice without musical instruments. Dont depend on musical instruments before you rejoice.Always dance for joy with or without musical instruments.

4. Always pray in the Holy Ghost. When you are filled to the spirit it is easy to submit, but when you are full of the flesh, you wouldn’t be submissive.

5. Avoid lusts and rebellion- Lust is love for which is forbidden. Rebellion is resistant to lawful authority and refusal to accept authority. Prayers and the Word of God are two things that will keep you from the state of lusts and state of rebellion. Lust is watching English Premiership League, when you are supposed to be in Church. The Bible warns you to flee from youthful lusts!

6. Always declare God’s goodness and Wonderful works

7. Set your affections on things above.

Confessions
I am not unlawful, I am not rebellious, I stay under authority in Jesus name.

Prayers
1. I stand against the spirit of lust and rebellion in Jesus name

2. I mortify the deeds of the flesh by the blood of Jesus.

3. I declare victory over death, over sorrow, over lust, over rebellion in Jesus name.

4. I am delivered from spirit of lust and rebellion today in Jesus name

Deliverance prayers: I cast out my failures

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Mathew 11 vs 28: Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

  1. I cast my problems into sea, they shall rise no more in Jesus name
  2. I cast my burden into the consuming fire of God of Elijah
  3. I cast my Pharaohs into the red sea in Jesus name
  4. I cast my sickness into River Jordan in Jesus name
  5. I cast out demons into the pit of hell in Jesus name
  6. I cast out my yokes unto Jesus
  7. I cast my sin on the blood of Jesus.

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What is the grace of God?

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I need the grace of God is the urgent cry of someone. How does the Bible define the grace of God and how can we receive it?

But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. ( Genesis 6:8)

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  1. Grace is divine favour
  2. Grace is divine selection
  3.  Grace turns weaknesses to strength
  4. Grace overlooks failuresgrace of God
  5. Grace heralds success

Prayer

  • I receive grace to succeed where I deserve to fail in Jesus name
  • I receive grace to be appointed where I deserve to be disappointed.

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How to avoid getting angry, mad, and bitter, all the time

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 Anger is an evil spirit that will deprive you of divine blessings. The Holy Spirit can not work in an atmosphere of anger and wrath, and you need to walk in the peace of God to live a fulfilled christian life

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James 1 vs. 19-Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry

  1. Best way to avoid anger is by Holding your peace, Holding your tongue, and         Closing your mouthanger
  1. Anger begins from the heart but manifest through the mouth and hands.
  2. You need to keep sealed lips and disallow spirit of anger from possessing you.
  3. The lesser you speak, the holier you become.

Prayer

  • I arrest the spirit of anger in Jesus name
  • Spirit of anger, you shall not rule over me in Jesus name

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Bible scriptures on how to walk in the truth

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How do you walk in the truth? What is the the truth and how does the Bible define walking in the truth?

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2 John 4-It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us.

  1. Obeying the commandments of God
  2. Obeying the laws of your country as long as they are not contrary to the Bible
  3. Obeying the rules of your office that are not contrary to the Bible
  4. Following the dictates of your conscience
  5. Avoiding lies

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Bible and idolatry: What is Idolatry in the Bible?

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Should a christian accept traditional and/or chieftaincy titles?How does the Bible define Idolatry?

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1 John 1 vs. 6:If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truthidolatry

  1. You cannot serve God and gods of this age
  2. You cannot belong to the body of Christ and secret group sat the same time
  3. You cannot take Holy Communion and eat at the table of idols at the same time
  4. You cannot take church titles and traditional /idolatry title at the same time.
  5. The Bible calls all those who do these liars, who are walking in darkness.

 

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How to become a good #christian

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A good christian is supposed to be a blessing to others. #James 1 and 2 contains rules for good #christian conduct

 

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Read #James chapter 1 and 3good christian

  1. Help #orphans (1 vs. 27)
  2. Support #widows (1 vs. 27)
  3. Don’t discriminate against the #poor (2 vs. 3)
  4. Love your neighbor (2 vs. 8)
  5. Be merciful (2 vs. 13)
  6. Give food or help the destitute or mentally insane (2 vs. 18)
  7. Accommodate #strangers (2 vs. 25)

 

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Bible verses on Tongue as fire

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James 3 has a description of the potential harm of the tongue, and why we must tame the tongue to live in holiness

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Read James 3

  1. Boastful words come out of the tongue (3 vs. 5)
  2. Sinful words are uttered by the tongue (vs. 6)
  3. Hurtful words come out of the tongue (vs. 9)tongue as fire bible
  4. Curses come out of the tongue (vs. 10)
  5. Evil and destructive utterance came out of the tongue (vs. 8)
  6. Bitterness, strife, envying, and anger are altered by the tongue (vs. 14)
  7. The tongue is the author of confusion (vs. 16)
  8. Lies come out of the tongue (vs. 14)

Prayer

  • My tongue receive the coal of fire in Jesus name.

 

 

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Prayers points to tame the tongue

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The Bible describes the tongue as a fire. How do we tame the tongue so that its fire does not consume us?

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Read James 3.

  1. Use your tongue to bless (vs. 10)tame the tongue
  2. Use your tongue to say sweet and positive words alone (vs. 11)
  3. Use your tongue to release wise words to settle quarrels and make peace (vs. 18)
  4. Use your tongue to spread holiness (vs. 18)
  5. Use your tongue to say the truth (vs. 17)
  6. Use your tongue to glorify God with mercy, impartiality and meekness (vs. 17)
  7. Let your tongue portray you as a Christian (vs. 18)

Prayer

  • I tame my tongue in Jesus name.

 

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Why does the Bible describes the tongue as fire

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Why does the Bible advise Christian to tame their tongue? Read James 3

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James 3 vs 6:And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature;tongueas fire

  1. Boastful words come out of the tongue (3 vs. 5)
  2. Sinful words are uttered by the tongue (vs. 6)
  3. Hurtful words come out of the tongue (vs. 9)
  4. Curses come out of the tongue (vs. 10)
  5. Evil and destructive utterance came out of the tongue (vs. 8)
  6. Bitterness, strife, envying, and anger are uttered by the tongue (vs. 14)
  7. The tongue is the author of confusion (vs. 16)
  8. Lies come out of the tongue (vs. 14)

Prayer

  • My tongue receive the coals of fire in Jesus name.

 

 

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Lessons from qualities of Noah in the Bible

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Noah was described as blameless and perfect. What lessons can we learn from his Bible story? How can we become the Noah of this generation?

Noah arkRead Genesis 6,7,8 and 9

  1. Found grace with God (Genesis 6 vs. 8)
  2. A just man (Genesis 6 vs. 9)
  3. Perfect man (Genesis 6 vs. 9)
  4. Noah walked with God (Genesis 6 vs. 9)
  5. Obeyed all instructions of God (Genesis 6 vs. 22)
  6. God described him as a righteous man (Genesis 7 vs. 1)
  7. He built an altar to God (Genesis 8 vs. 20)
  8. God blessed Noah to be fruitful, multiply and replenish the earth (Genesis 9 vs. 1)
  9. God made an everlasting covenant with him – (Genesis 9 vs. 9)
  10. You can become a Noah of this generation by following the character of the Biblical Noah

Prayer:

Holy Spirit, make me the Noah of this generation in Jesus name

 

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Easter messages: lessons from the character of Judas Iscariots

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What lessons can we learn from the betrayal of Jesus by one of his disciples- Judas Iscariot? What does the story of Judas Iscariot tell us?

Read Mathew 26.

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  1. Judas was privileged to be one of the twelve disciples that followed Jesus Christ around. He listened to his teaching and preaching’s, yet he was not converted. He betrayed Jesus without cause. The lesson here is that you can never satisfy the world. You can never satisfy your followers, no matter how good you are, there are some people that will hate you without reason.
  2. The love of money, greed, and covetousness remains the root of all evils. Judas received 30 shekels as a reward of his betrayal. If Judas was not promised a monetary reward, if was unlikely he would have agreed to betray Jesus. Be careful how you make money. Run from every filthy lucre.
  3. Another lesson is that you should expect to have a Judas around you. There is popular saying that there is a Judas among every 12 of your disciples or assistants. Watch out for the Judas in your midst and beware of Judases.
  4. Another lesson from the story of Judas is that your enemy is within your household. Your greatest enemies are within your household, within your offices, businesses, and ministries. Jesus was not betrayed by an outsider, but by one of his personal assistants.
  5. Another lesson is that if you are in the spirit and walking with God, He will always reveal the future to you, He will reveal the plans of your enemies, and the conspiracies against you. Jesus perfectly knew Judas was planning and going to betray him, because this has been revealed to him by the spirit. However, he could not resist it because he had to fulfil his destiny.
  6. Another lessons, is that the kiss of the enemy is poison. Judas kissed Jesus to identify him to the accusers/enemies. When you enemies kiss you, know surely he has poisoned you. Therefore it is better to avoid the kiss of the enemy. Don’t negotiate or become friendly with the enemy in order to avoid an evil kiss.
  7. Another lesson is that you should not be bitter or vengeful against your perceived enemies. Jesus still called Judas my friend, and embraced him, when he came with a band of people with swords. Vengeance belongs to God and leave the battles to God.
  8. The last lesson and the most important lesson is that the wages of sin is death. Judas returned back to the elders, the blood money he took to betray Jesus; and he hanged himself. Evil breeds sorrow and grief, and Judas did not leave to fulfil his destiny
  9. Another lesson is that those planning evil with you will not stand with you when the evil backfires. The elders and fellow conspirators that planned evils with Judas and bribed him with 30 shekels refused to take the money back after he became remorseful. They described the 30 shekels that Judas as blood money and refused to return it into the treasury.
  10. The final lesson is that Judas missed a glorious destiny that awaited him because the lure of money, he missed and sold his glory for 30 shekels of silver. All the other eleven disciples later on went to fulfil destiny and became saints. If Judas had not betrayed Judas, perhaps we could have a church named ‘Saint Judas Church’, later on such as we have churches named after Saint Paul, Saint John, and the others.

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Mother’s day:Qualities and Characteristics of a good christian mother

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Proverbs 31 provides us a guide in determining the qualities of a good mother as we celebrate mother’s day.

1. She is a honorable (vs 10)

2. She has good relationship with her husband (vs 11)

3. She adds value to the family (vs 12)

4. She is enterprising (vs 13)

5. She is not idle or slothful (vs 13 and 15)

5. She is hardworking, responsible, and cooks for the family at set times  (vs 15)

6. She has good vision, not a spenddrfit, and makes good investment decisions (vs 16).

7. She is compassionate (vs 20)

8. She cares for her children and ensures the comfort of her household (vs 21)

9. She is a good adviser and counsellor for her husband ( vs 23)

10. She is wise (vs 26

11. Her children and Husband love ( vs 28)

12. She is not necessarily beautiful

13. She fears the Lord  ( vs 30)

14. She brings honour to the family
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What are qualities of a good christian leader?

What the essential qualities of leadership? What are the intrinsic qualities of a good christian leaders? What are the main characteristics of christian leaders? Able, capable, God fearing (Exodus 18 vs. 21; 2 Samuel 23 vs. 3; Ezra 7 vs. 25) God fearing, and truly religious. Proverbs 9 vs 10 Truthful, (Exodus 18 …

 

How to be a good christian man or christian woman

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Living like a christian demands huge sacrifices, but there is no man or woman that is unable to make the sacrifice if there is a willing heart. 1 Thessalonians 5 contains rules for becoming a good christian woman or good christian man. These are summarized below:

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1. Don’t take revenge- 1 Thess. 5 vs 15.
2. Do well always – 1 Thess. 5 vs 15.
3. Pray always – 1 Thess. 5 vs 17.
4. Give thanks in all situations 1 Thess. 5 vs 18
5. Speak in tongues, fast, and prophecy – 1 Thess. 5 vs 19 -20.
6. Don’t be gullible. Prove all things before you believe. 1 Thess. 5 vs 21.
7. Run from all evil and all things that look like evil 1 Thess 5 vs 22
8. Be blameless. 1 Thess 5 vs 23
9. Pray for the Saints especially God’s workers. 1 Thess 5 vs 25.0
10. Be watchful, while you sleep, keep one eye open- I Thess. 5 vs 6.
11. Be sober. Don’t be extravagant or arrogant. Do all things in love and faith. 1 Thess 5 vs 8
12. Avoid Anger and be cool tempered 1 Thess 5 vs 9.
13. Speak week of your neighbors, Edify members of the body of Christ. 1 Thess. 5 vs 11
14. Hold Pastors, Priests, and other God servants in high esteem. 1 Thess. 5 vs 12-13.
15. Avoid quarrels and fights. Be at peace with yourself and with all men. 1 Thess. 5 vs 13
16. Rebuke bad mannered people, inspire and help the weak, and be patient to all men. 1 Thess 5 vs 14.

What are qualities of a good christian leader?

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Why should we fear God?

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Several scriptures in the Bible extol Christians to fear God not the gods. Why should we fear God? How should we fear God? And why does Christians need to fear a loving God?

Fearing God; what does it entail? Simply it means obedience to God’s statutes, Laws and commandments.

Eccl 12:13-14: “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: “Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgement, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.  

Just like a father is pleased with a child that obeys and follows his instructions, Jehovah loves His sons who are willing to do His will and bidding.

The Bible says in Isaiah 1 vs. 19: If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land” (NIV). Just like the way a football team Coach scolds his players for not playing to instructions during a lost game, God punishes those that flouts and ignores His instructions.

Isaiah 1vs. 20 (NIV) – ‘but if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it”         fear of God

 It is recorded in Dake’s Bible that King Saul made 21 unsuccessful attempts to assassinate David. Yet, when David had the opportunity of killing Saul his archenemy, he restrained himself out of the fear of God. Compare David’s attitude to that of a former Military ruler in Nigeria in the 80’s, who ordered the execution of his close friend for allegedly plotting a military coup. If the Military ruler had the heart of David, maybe the alleged coup plotter, a literary genius would not have been wasted.

 What are the benefits of fearing God?

First, a God fearing person will be able to lead a righteous life free from sin. Second, the person will gain knowledge; possess divine wisdom, and good understanding, to cope with the crises of life.

“The fear of LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”    -Proverbs 1 vs. 7   ¨

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of the wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever.      Psalm111 vs. 10 

Third, the person will possess the spirit of God helping him/her in all things. “The spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of the knowledge and of the fear of the LORD. His delight is in the fear of the LORD, And He shall not judge by the sight of his eyes, Nor decide by the hearing of His ears;”      -Isaiah11 vs. 2-3 ¨    

   “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one another” –John13 vs. 35

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There are very few people recorded as having Walked with God in the Bible.  How do we walk with God, and how did Enoch walked with God? Genesis 5 vs. 22 – And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters Genesis 6 vs.9 …

Bible lessons: Character, qualities of Joseph

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                                          By Babatope Babalobi  babalobi@yahoo.com

The Bible story of Joseph shows he is one the greatest characters in the Bible. What are the qualities of Joseph that makes him a great Bible lesson in good character and leadership quality?

  1. He was a special child given birth to answer in long prayer – Genesis 30 vs. 22 – Then God remembered Rachel, and God listened to her and opened her womb.
  2. He took away the reproach of barrenness on RachelGenesis 30 vs. 23 – And she conceived and bore a son, and said, “God has taken away my reproach.”
  3. 3.      He was more righteous than his brothers, refused to participate or join them in evilGenesis 37 vs. 2 – This is the history of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brothers. And the lad waswith the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives; and Joseph brought a bad report of them to his father.Joseph bible
  4. His father loved him. He was the son of Jacob’s old ageGenesis 37 vs. 3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age. Also he made him a tunic of many colors.
  5. He had a divine gift of dreamsGenesis 37 vs. 5 – Now Joseph had a dream, and he told it to his brothers; and they hated him even more., Genesis 40 vs. 8 – And they said to him, “We each have had a dream, and there is no interpreter of it.”So Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell them to me, please.”, Genesis 41 vs. 25 Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, “The dreams of Pharaoh are one; God has shown Pharaoh what He is about to do:
  6. He  loved his brothers, but his brothers hated himGenesis 37 vs. 5Now Joseph had a dream, and he told it to his brothers; and they hated him even more.
  7. He was a prophetGenesis 37 vs. 7 and 9 There we were, binding sheaves in the field. Then behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and indeed your sheaves stood all around and bowed down to my sheaf.” Then he dreamed still another dream and told it to his brothers, and said, “Look, I have dreamed another dream. And this time, the sun, the moon, and the eleven stars bowed down to me.”
  8. Envied by his brothers because of the gift of God in his life – Genesis 37 vs. 11 – And his brothers envied him, but his father kept the matter in mind.
  9. Hardworking, persistent and does not give up easilyGenesis 37 vs. 15-18 – 15 Now a certain man found him, and there he was, wandering in the field. And the man asked him, saying, “What are you seeking?” 16 So he said, “I am seeking my brothers. Please tell me where they are feeding their flocks. 17 And the man said, “They have departed from here, for I heard them say, ‘Let us go to Dothan.’” So Joseph went after his brothers and found them in Dothan. 18 Now when they saw him afar off, even before he came near them, they conspired against him to kill him.
  10. Favoured by God – Genesis 39 vs. 3 and 21 –  3And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand. 21 But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.
  11. Even as a slave, he was very prosperous.
  12. God’s presence was with him in Potiphar’s houseGenesis 39 vs. 2 – The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian., in Prison, Genesis 39 vs. 23 – The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was under Joseph’s authority,[a] because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper
    1. a.      In Potiphar’s house – Genesis 39 vs. 2The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.
    2. b.     In Prison, Genesis 39 vs. 23  The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that wasunder Joseph’s authority,[a] because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lordmade it prosper. and
    3. c.       In Egypt Genesis 45 vs. 1313 So you shall tell my father of all my glory in Egypt, and of all that you have seen; and you shall hurry and bring my father down here.”
  13. Always experiencing divine promotion, even when all seems down and out.
    1. a.      In the pitGenesis 37 vs. 28 – Then Midianite traders passed by; so the brothers pulled Joseph up and lifted him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. And they took Joseph to Egypt.
    2. In prison – Genesis 39 vs. 23 – The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was under Joseph’s authority,[a] because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper.
    3. c.       As an immigrant – Genesis 41 vs. 41 – And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.”
  14. Feared God – Genesis 39 vs. 9 There is no one greater in this house than I, nor has he kept back anything from me but you, because youare his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?
  15. Hated sin – Genesis 39 vs. 9There is no one greater in this house than I, nor has he kept back anything from me but you, because youare his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?
  16. Genuinely born again – Genesis 39 vs. 9-109There is no one greater in this house than I, nor has he kept back anything from me but you, because youare his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” 10 So it was, as she spoke to Joseph day by day, that he did not heed her, to lie with her or to be with her
  17. He fled from sin – Genesis 39 vs. 12 – that she caught him by his garment, saying, “Lie with me.” But he left his garment in her hand, and fled and ran outside
  18. Focused, diligent in his secular business – Genesis 39 vs. 11 –  But it happened about this time, when Joseph went into the house to do his work
  19. He was prosecuted for righteousness
  • By his brothers – Genesis 37 vs. 18 Now when they saw him afar off, even before he came near them, they conspired against him to kill him.
  • Ignorantly by Potiphar – Genesis 39 vs. 20 – Then Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were confined. And he was there in the prison. 

20. Always giving glory to God –

        a.      Genesis 40 vs. 8 – And they said to him, “We each have had a dream, and there is no interpreter of it.”So Joseph said to them,Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell them to me, please.”

       b.       Genesis 41 vs 16 So Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, “It       is not in me; God will give Pharaoh an answer of peace”

        c  .       Genesis 45 vs. 7, 9 – And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.Haste ye, and go up to my father, and say unto him, Thus saith thy son Joseph, God hath made me lord of all Egypt: come down unto me, tarry not:

21.  Even unbeliever attested that he had the spirit of God – Genesis 41 vs. 38 – And Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find such a one as this, a man in whom is the Spirit of God?”

22. He was wise, tested his half brothers to know whether they still hate his (Joseph’s) brother, BenjaminGenesis 42 vs. 34 – And bring your youngest brother unto me: then shall I know that ye are no spies, but that ye are true men: so will I deliver you your brother, and ye shall traffick in the land.

23.  An accurate dreamer. His dreams came to pass. Those that hate him, bowed before him four times.

  • 1st Genesis 42 vs. 6 And Joseph was the governor over the land, and he it was that sold to all the people of the land: and Joseph’s brethren came, and bowed down themselves before him with their faces to the earth
  • 2nd Genesis 43 vs 28 – And they answered, “Your servant our father is in good health; he is still alive.” And they bowed their heads down and prostrated themselves
  • 3rd Genesis 44 vs. 14 – And Judah and his brethren came to Joseph’s house; for he was yet there: and they fell before him on the ground
  • 4th Genesis 50 vs. 18 – Then his brothers also went and fell down before his face, and they said, “Behold, we areyour servants.”

24.  He was forgiving – Genesis 45 vs. 4 – And Joseph said to his brothers, “Please come near to me.” So they came near. Then he said: “I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt

25.  He loved his Father – Genesis 45 vs. 9 – “Hurry and go up to my father, and say to him, ‘Thus says your son Joseph: “God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do not tarry

26.  He did not forget his family even when he became prosperous – Genesis 47 vs. 12 – Then Joseph provided his father, his brothers, and all his father’s household with bread, according to the number in their families.

27.  He was a good manager – Genesis 41 vs. 57 – So all countries came to Joseph in Egypt to buy grain, because the famine was severe in all lands.

28. He became a changed man physicallyGenesis 42 vs. 8 – So Joseph recognized his brothers, but they did not recognize him. Then Joseph remembered the dreams which he had dreamed about them, and said to them, “You arespies! You have come to see the nakedness of the land! . He recognize his brothers because they were still the same, but his brothers did not recognized him because he has grown so fat

29.  Faithful to his master – PharaohGenesis 47 vs. 23Then Joseph said to the people, “Indeed I have bought you and your land this day for Pharaoh. Look, here is seed for you, and you shall sow the land.

30.  Good businessman – Genesis 47 vs. 16, 20 – 16 Then Joseph said, “Give your livestock, and I will give you bread for your livestock, if the money is gone.” 20 Then Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh; for every man of the Egyptians sold his field, because the famine was severe upon them. So the land became Pharaoh’s. 

31.  Made profit from his business – Genesis 47 vs. 14 – And Joseph gathered up all the money that was found in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan, for the grain which they bought; and Joseph brought the money into Pharaoh’s house.

32.  He did not seek vengeance or vengeful – Genesis 50 vs. 21  Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.” And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

33.  He had a happy marital life and saw his great grand children – Genesis 50 vs. 23 – Joseph saw Ephraim’s children to the third generation. The children of Machir, the son of Manasseh, were also brought up on Joseph’s knees.

34.  He died at a good old age – Genesis 50 vs. 26 – So Joseph died, being one hundred and ten years old; and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.

 

Prayer: O God of Israel, make me this Joseph of this generation in Jesus name.

What are qualities of a good christian leader?

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What the essential qualities of leadership? What are the intrinsic qualities of a good christian leaders? What are the main characteristics of christian leaders?

  1. Able, capable, God fearing (Exodus 18 vs. 21; 2 Samuel 23 vs. 3; Ezra 7 vs. 25)
  2. God fearing, and truly religious. Proverbs 9 vs 10
  3. Truthful, (Exodus 18 vs. 21; Deut. 16 vs. 19) Honest, and just.
  4. Men who hate covetousness, doing all things for God’s sake and the love of men, labouring to promote the best public good so as to inspire others to live upright lives.
  5. Of a disposition to refuse bribes. Provebs 10 vs 2
  6. Wise and Understanding (Deut. 1 vs. 13)
  7. Prominent in the tribes (Deut. 1 vs. 13)
  8. Having love of justice and judgement (Deut. 1 vs. 16; 16 vs 18-19; 27 vs 19; Zech. 7 vs 9-10; Isa. 5 vs. 23)
  9. Without respect of persons (Deut. 1 vs 17)
  10. Fearless (Deut. 1 vs 17)
  11. Conscientious (Deut. 1 vs. 17)
  12. Strong and Courageous (Josh. 1 vs 7)
  13. Obedient to the law (Josh. 1 vs. 7-8)