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Commentary on Luke 8: The divine touch of Jesus

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Luke 8 vs. 43-46

43 And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any,

44 Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched.

45 And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?

46 And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.

  1. The woman with the issue of blood for 12 years touched Jesus and was healed
  2. Someone needs to touch Jesus today, to receive a miracle.
  3. Someone needs to be touched by Jesus to receive healing
  4. Receive the touch of Jesus and be healed
  5. Receive the touch of Jesus for favour
  6. Receive the touch of Jesus for fruitfulness
  7. Receive the touch of Jesus for breakthrough in Jesus name.


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Does the Bible supports women ordination?

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Luke 2 Commentary: Bible on women ordination

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  1. The issue of women ordination is hotly debated among Christians
  2. Some churches believe it is biblical, others believe in the contrary.
  3. A biblical truth and fact is that women served in Apostolic offices in the Bible.
  4. One of such is Anna, described in the Bible as a Prophetess, a widow and aged 84 years – Luke 1 vs. 36
  5. Anna was also a prayer warrior and fasted day and night.
  6. Anne was also a Missionary, Evangelist and Preacher – Luke 1 vs. 38
  7. May God give us the grace and wisdom to believe the Bible, rather than Church doctrines in Jesus name.

 

 

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Sermon: Stop them before they stop you. Kill them before they kill you

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1 Samuel 2 vs 6
“The LORD killeth, and maketh alive: he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up.” 

  1. Pharaoh wanted to stop Israelites from entering the promised land, but the God of Israel killed him at the Red sea.
  2. Samson refused to stop Delilah from seducing him, and the enemies of Samson, the Philistines, killed him.
  3. Goliath boosted against the Lord and vowed to stop the Israelites from entering the land of milk and honey, but David rose up and beheaded Goliath.
  4. 850 false prophets gathered on Mount Carmel to kill Elijah, but Prophet Elijah called down fire from heaven and killed all the 850 false  prophets with a sword. 1 Kings 18.
  5. King Ahaziah sent 100 soldiers to arrest Elijah, but Prophet Elijah called down fire from heaven and killed all the 100 soldiers. 2 Kings 1.
  6. Haman planned to kill Mordecai and the Jews, but the Jews prayed and Mordecai was hanged.
  7. Herod wanted to kill Baby Jesus, as a matter of  fact he killed thousands of babies while searching for Jesus; but Herod died suddenly and Jesus fulfilled destiny.
  8. Herod demanded for the head of John the Baptist.
    Unfortunately, John the Baptist  allowed his enemies to use his head as pepper soup rather than calling  down  fire from heaven in the power and spirit of Elijah
  9. Stephen full of Holy Ghost (See Acts 7 vs 54) , prayed for his murderers as he was being stoned to death. If he was Elijah, fire would have consumed his enemies.
  10. Herod killed James with the sword,but when he wanted to kill Peter, the Brethren rose up in prayer and stopped him. Acts 12
  11. Forty Jews swore not to eat and drink until they kill Paul ( See Acts 23 vs 13). They all died of hunger because God saved Paul.
  12. Conclusion
    Beloved, if you don’t stop the enemy like David stopped Goliath, the enemy will stop you.
  13. If you refuse to spiritually kill your enemies like the Jews killed Haman, your Hamans will use your blood for witchcraft pepper soup.
  14. If you behave like Samson and refuse to kill sin in your life, you may end up dancing in a party organised by your enemies to celebrate  your downfall.

Stop them before they stop you.

Kill sin before it kills you.

Kill your enemies spiritually before they kill you.Image result for 1 Samuel 2 vs 6 “The LORD killeth, and maketh alive: he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up.”

Prayers

I stop the powers stopping my marriage.

  1. I stop the powers stopping my pregnancy.
  2. I stop the powers stopping my moving forward
  3. I kill the powers killing my business
  4. I kill the powers killing my salvation
  5. I kill the powers killing my life, my glory, my destiny, my health, my joy, my breakthroughs etc in Jesus name
  6. I kill the  Pharaohs.
  7. I behead the Goliaths.
  8. I kill the Herods
  9. I hang the Hamans.
  10. I destroy the false prophets
  11. I kill sin In Jesus name
  12. I kill household and family witchcraft in Jesus name
  13. My head my life shall not end up in witchcraft pepper soup in Jesus name

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DIVINE PRESENCE FACILITATES GOOD WORKS

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  By Pastor Enoch Adeboye
Memorise: “That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God” (Colossians 1:10)

Read: Colossians 1:9-11

In Acts 2, after Peter delivered a powerful few minutes’ sermon, he made an altar call and 3000 souls responded. This shows that he was experiencing open Heavens. I have observed that prospering is not so much as the line of business or one’s expertise in one’s field (although these matter) as much as whether Heaven is open or closed to the individual.

If Heaven is open to you, even when all you sell is water, you will stand out and be a multi-millionaire. If it is firewood you are selling, people will stop patronizing others, and all roads would lead to your location. If you are operating a canteen, people will come to ask where you learnt to cook so well.

This season, Heaven will be opened to you. Peter and John had been seeing the lame man at the Beautiful Gate parish for years but could not do anything. But when Heaven opened to them on the day of Pentecost, they met the same lame man at the same location, in the same state, but this time, they had something to offer (Acts 3:1-8). When Heaven opens to you, you will have something to offer to the needy.

Thank God for laying on of hands. Many lives have been dramatically affected through this. The reason some lay hands on your head and nothing happened, is because the hands were empty. Heaven has not empowered them. In Matthew 3:16, not only did the Holy Spirit descend on Jesus, He also abode with Him. Jesus became the permanent residence of the Holy Spirit.

When Heaven opens to you, you will be guaranteed of divine presence which also means divine backing over whatever you embark on. According to Acts 10:38, Jesus could produce good works because God was with Him. If you desire to do good or be full of good works, you must crave the divine presence in your life. Have you been struggling with living the Christian life? Are you compromising with unbelieving colleagues in your office? Is it difficult for you to stand for the truth in the face of compromising believers?

Do you find it difficult to forgive that neighbour who has offended you? You need open Heavens to release the divine presence that can help you do what you cannot ordinarily do. The Lord will open Heaven upon you and empower you to be fruitful in serving Him, living right, and in doing every good work in Jesus’ Name.

Lord, as never before, let me be a carrier of the Holy Spirit.

WHICH SURPRISE PACK?

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romans-11-22-660x330Memorise: “Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off” (Romans 11:22 )

Read: Romans 11:17-24

Our God is called Wonderful (Isaiah 9:6). He is loaded with awe-causing events – both good and bad and distributes these to people, depending on whether they are friends or foes. He revealed Himself to the Israelites and the Egyptians as the Wonderful, only that each saw His wonders from two different ends.

Another person who knew Jesus as the Wonderful was Peter. In Luke 5:1-11, after exhausting all effort without catching a single fish, Peter encountered Jesus. From the same lake where he could not catch a fish, with the revelation of the Wonderful, Peter’s catch sank two ships. When the Wonderful is involved in your case, where you could not get anything from will be the same place, idea, business, profession or family you will obtain a harvest beyond comprehension.

Peter was so shocked, awe-stricken and dumb-founded at this surprise pack from the Wonderful that he became confused on how to respond. This season, the Lord will release a positive surprise package into your hands that will cause you to open your mouth in surprise in the Name of Jesus Christ.

“Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off” (Rom 11:22). God’s goodness is released from His positive wonder packs, while His judgement come from the negative wonder packs. In today’s reading, we are told of the dealings of the Wonderful with both Jews and Gentiles. Initially, God chose to introduce Himself to the Israelites.

He specially chose them as His children and fought against all their enemies. Even when Jesus came, He said He was sent to the lost house of Israel (Matthew 15:24). Also in Acts 1:8, priority was given to Israel. These were all parts of the pleasant surprises from the Wonderful. But when they continued to grieve His Spirit, He cut them off and started dealing with the Gentiles. That was His severity – a negative surprise as far as the Jews were concerned.

Are you a believer? You qualify for pleasant surprise packs from the Wonderful. But if you do not sustain your righteous standing and daily make Him happy, He may show you another aspect of His surprises – judgement. That shall not be your portion in Jesus’ Name. You are the one to determine which surprise package will come to you by your works, thoughts and desires.

Lord, as you visit me with good surprise packs, visit every oppressor of my destiny with negative surprises.

End of year Prayer points: 2017 wait for me I am coming.

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Have you commanded the morning since your days began, And caused the dawn to know its place- Job 38 vs 12

  1. Favour of 2017, wait for me I am coming.
  2. Visas of 2017, wait for me I am coming.
  3. International travels of 2017, wait for me, I am coming
  4. International tickets of 2017, wait for me I am coming
  5. Contracts of 2017, wait for me I am coming
  6. Good jobs of 2017, wait for me I am coming
  7. Dollars of 2017, wait for me I am coming
  8. Euros, Pounds, and Naira of 2017 wait for me I am coming
  9. New souls/converts of 2017, wait for me I am coming
  10. Good fortunes of 2017 wait for me I am coming
  11. Sound health of 2017, wait for me I am coming
  12. Celebrations of 2017 wait for me I am coming
  13. Promotions of 2017, wait for me I am coming

In Jesus name

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Prayer point: My star and glory must shine

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  By Pastor Enoch Adeboye
Memorise: “And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him” (Matthew 2:11a)

Read: Matthew 2:1-8

birth-of-jesus“And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child: and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also” (Matthew 2:8).

After Jesus was born, some wise men came looking for Him. We want to learn one or two things from this passage. First, the people that came searching for Jesus were no ordinary men. They were the wise men of their day.

In those days, kings depended on the advice of their wise men. These were powerful people who prophesied, explained omens and dark secrets, interpreted dreams and generally practiced divinations. They were well respected and feared by kings because they were of priestly caste.

If a commoner had come to king Herod with the news of the birth of a unique king, he would have laughed it over and gone to sleep. But when these powerful and revered wise men came from a distance with the message, Herod was afraid.

God got his attention through this. He thought, if these powerful priests who were skilled and versed in the study of the stars could leave their country with the intention of worshipping a new born baby king, then, it must be a serious matter. Herod and his men had no rest from the moment the bombshell was delivered.

God knows how to get your attention. Just one unpleasant news is enough to get somebody’s attention. Have you been trying to get somebody’s attention but your efforts never paid off? Is the fellow always complaining of not having time? If you call on the Attention Specialist to intervene, the fellow would suspend everything else just to attend to you.

Whoever has ignored you, your family or desires for so long will have no choice but to attend to you this season in Jesus’ Name. Besides, these honourable wise men decided to see the One the special star announced. There are stars and there are stars. The star announcing Jesus was an unusual one. It was so remarkable that they knew this King was no ordinary king. That He was a child did not matter.

They knew this child was the King of kings. They were determined to go and worship Him: They told king Herod that there is a Super King that kings should worship, and he too promised to do so, although he was not sincere. Are you a king? Are you a man or woman of authority? Then you need to know this King that kings, lords, and great people must worship. If you fail to bow your heart to Jesus, your position or power can be voided.

Go on your knees and worship this Super King for at least one hour.

CHOOSING FOR YOURSELF?

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Memorise: “So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skilfulness of his hands” ( Psalm 78:72)

Read: Genesis 2:21-22

psalm78In Genesis 24:1-6, not only was Abraham concerned about Isaac’s bride, he ensured his chief servant was put under oath to pick from his home town. For many years, Abraham sojourned in Canaan – the promised land yet when it came to choosing a wife for his son Isaac, he went home. A time to marry is a time to return home – to the Body of Christ.

Every believer has his or her spouse waiting in the Body of Christ, not necessarily in the same denomination. Are you single and trusting God for a husband or wife? Go back to the Body of Christ. Once you have accepted God’s verdict that unbelievers are completely out of it – no matter how intelligent, rich, understanding or compatible the fellow may be, the next thing is to decide whether you want to choose by yourself, through some assistance by men, or you want God to choose for you.

You are free to choose a fellow believer as a marriage partner but there are high risks involved in this. It is possible the fellow you see as very zealous, up and doing and an ideal spouse could be putting up an act, or may be a spiritual weight. Many believers have fallen prey to such actors in the past and are today full of regrets.

A promising young brother got involved with a sister who joined the church. She went through the young converts class and was water-baptized. Before the pastor knew it, they were seeing each other and eventually fell into fornication. After the brother was disciplined, he went ahead to marry the lady. Years later, the initial fire in the brother refused to ignite.

He continued to serve God peripherally. When he was being considered for a ministerial training, his wife was the excuse. Her presence in his life had quenched the Pentecostal fire in him. Younger believers have come and over taken the brother, yet his eyes have not opened to his persistent lukewarm state. Another reason not to choose by yourself is that whatever you use as criteria for your choice may not stand the test of time.

If you are choosing him because he is rich or choosing her because she is very pretty, what happens when that wealth or beauty disappears tomorrow? You can be sure that will become a big problem. Also, human beings are generally limited in their ability to make right choices. You may be choosing that fellow because of what you can see today instead of looking at his tomorrow. Let God choose for you!

Some pastors manipulate their members to marry only from their local parish contrary to the will of God. Never play God in the lives of those under you!

Prayer points for Christmas

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1. My gifts in the hands of people be released to me in Jesus name.

2. My Father and My Lord, give me a Christmas gift in Jesus name.

3. O God, give me a surprise gift this Christmas.

4. Spirit of God, direct wise men to locate and bless me.

5. My heavenly father, give me gifts to celebrate this Christmas.

6. Christmas gifts I do not deserve put them in my hands o Lord.

7. Blessings I have not prayed for, be divinely showered on me in Jesus name.

8. I claim by faith, Christmas gifts that will make me dance.

9. Christmas blessings that will make me scream like a mad man, I receive in Jesus in Jesus name.

10. Gifts that will make me sing a new song, give them to me O Lord.

 

 

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WHAT PRAYER CAN CHANGE

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Memorise: “Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 18:19)

Read: Mark 4:35-41

matthgew-18Jesus encounter with Heaven in the Garden called Gethsemane reveals the immutability of God. He cannot be changed by our prayers since He maintains His essence eternally. If prayer cannot change God, why pray? If prayer cannot change God, it can change people. For instance, on Mount Carmel in 1 Kings 18:36-39, the same people who had equated the Almighty God with idols suddenly began to scream: “The Lord is God, the Lord is God” after prayer.

If people are undecided on who the true God to be worshipped is, it is because we believers have not prayed to the point of effecting a change. Many believers were prayed into the Kingdom. I am one of them. Are your loved ones, relatives and friends still living in sin? It is an evidence that you have not prayed enough for them. Back up your evangelism with serious intercession as you stand on scriptures that promise salvation for the lost. Many evangelistic outreaches and efforts are lost to prayerlessness.

With prayer, you can change the decisions of people on issues. Those who were opposed to you can become affectionately disposed to you if you can pay the price on your knees. Your prayer closet is a strong control room. Use it regularly from today or you will be held accountable for the changes you could have made which you failed to make.

Although prayer cannot change God, it can however change situations and circumstances for good. Every challenge, situation or circumstance that comes your way is waiting for the right prayer heat to change it. Through prayer, you rename problems. Whatever does not make you happy can suddenly be changed to deliver your greatest joy, if exposed to the appropriate change agent – effective and fervent prayer.

In 1 Samuel 16:11-13, a shepherd boy changed his job and became a most famous king through prayer. What is that unpleasant situation before you now? Confront it with your prayer fire and see it change before you. When the wind and waves arose against Jesus and His disciples in Mark 4:35-41, He said a prayer of decree and the tempest ceased. What is that contrary wind blowing against your family or business? Take it up in prayer and it shall cease.

Agree with your prayer partner over a certain matter you want to come to pass and pray about.

ASKING FROM THE TOP?

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Memorise: “Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off” (Psalm 138:6)

Read: 2 Kings 5:9-12

138Elisha heard how the Israeli king tore his royal robe into shreds for fear that the king of Syria was seeking an occasion for war with them, so he invited Naaman over to his house. Naaman came with pomp and pageantry. He came with fine horses and chariots and was decorated with his uniform as a general. He got to Elisha’s house but felt it was not presentable enough so he stayed outside. He was the one in need of help yet he was the one exhibiting pride.

With all the things he was proudly displaying, he was still a leper. Without Jesus Christ, a sinner is still a sinner no matter how highly placed he is. Sin in the life of a sin is worse than leprosy, hence a sinner is worse than a leper. Every sinner is far removed from God except the fellow takes advantage of the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the Cross of Calvary. Isaiah 1:18 says, “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool”.

This talks of the efficacy of the blood of Jesus Christ. What is meant here is that even if one’s sins have been doubly immersed into the deep coloured dye of the coccus worm meant to give it a permanent fix, it can be restored to its original whiteness. The blood of Jesus can both deal with the colour and texture of sin. This means, no matter what sin you have committed, there is forgiveness for you if you can sincerely come to Jesus and ask for cleansing by His blood today.

Another lesson here has to do with attitude. Pride and blessing never go together. Psalm 138:6 says, “Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off”. The spirit of pride can never walk in agreement with our God. Never! As high as God is, He will only regard the lowly or humble seeker. You cannot seek God if you feel too big, too knowledgeable or too wise.

As long as you cannot come down from your high tower to meet God at the lowly place, you may never meet Him. Whenever you are seeking God’s blessing, align your ways with His. Humble yourself. Forget how important people say you are. Come to Him as a nobody – someone who is helpless, hopeless and impoverished. Call out to Him with humility and He will hear you. Some people cannot get their desires, not because they are not asking, but because they are asking from a high place instead of the lowly place.

Humility is key to receiving from God.

CHANGE WHEN HEAVEN OPENS

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Memorise: “See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant” (Jeremiah 1:10)

Read: Matthew 3:13-17

kjv_jeremiah_1-10Mark 16:15-18 says after you are born again and have undergone a valid water baptism – by immersion, the next thing to expect is the manifestation of the miraculous. If you are born again but have not been baptized correctly, immediately take steps to correct this. Heaven is keen on your demonstrating to the world the change experienced inside of you. The world is waiting to see the Jesus that is in you. May they not be disappointed in Jesus’ Name.

In today’s reading, as soon as Jesus Christ was baptized, the Heavens opened to Him. This year, you will experience open Heavens in Jesus’ Name. There are several benefits that descend when the Heavens open. First, when Heaven opens, power descends. When the Heavens opened to Jesus, suddenly Jesus of Nazareth became Jesus Christ of Nazareth – the Anointed One. The ability to succeed, perform miracles, signs and wonders suddenly came.

Acts 10:38 says, “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him”. The moment the Holy Spirit came upon Jesus, He became a different person. Signs, wonders, and miracles became common place in His ministry. Shortly before His ascension, He told His disciples in Acts 1:8 that they too would receive the power He got.

When the Holy Ghost comes upon you, it means Heaven has opened to you. When this power from Heaven alights on you, you would have the ability to succeed in all you do. Infact, accomplishing difficult tasks become stressless.

When Heaven opens to a minister, when he makes an altar call, people will rush forward on their own. Those who have been complacent towards the things of God would hear his message and break down weeping. When Heaven opens to a preacher, before he waves his hands, the sick would be healed. Demons would see him and flee. Have you been struggling?

Have you been preaching with few or no responses to your altar call? Has it been difficult for you to market your products or services? You need open Heavens. In the Name of Jesus, I command the Heavens to open over you today. This season, Heaven will open to release your blessing in the mighty Name of Jesus.

Some friends take you up while others bring you down. Lord, replace every evil friend with friends who will lift me up.

DECIDING PROTECTION MODE

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Memorise: “He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler” (Psalm 91:4 )

Read: Matthew 2:13-15

underhisfeathersGod is the ultimate in protection. Anyone who comes into a covenant relationship with Him by the blood of Jesus Christ is in a safe place. When negative covenants are broken and the aggrieved enemy or cult plans to take revenge or evoke their pre-agreed consequences of such a violation on the offending believer – like the wise men from the east, he is under divine protection and therefore free from hurt.

When the wise men broke their agreement to disclose the whereabouts of the child born King to king Herod, the latter was furious but could do them no harm. Although breaking good covenants is contrary to God’s Word, God however expects you to cancel all previous negative covenants or agreements with the devil or sin partners. If you don’t, such unbroken negative covenants remain Satan’s inroads into the life of that believer. If you had agreed to offer a particular sacrifice at a shrine before you became born again, you are no more under that bondage.

Don’t go back to that shrine. If you had agreed to the sexual advances of the fellow who proposed marriage to you before you received Christ, that agreement is now null and void. If he threatens to quit that relationship, it is better for you; God will give you someone far better. Anyone who threatens to call off a planned wedding because you refused to sleep with him is not worth marrying. Let the fellow go!

Some believers are still haunted by past agreements. Do not let this continue. Bring them under the blood of Jesus and you will be safe. God can protect every child of His. However, how that protection is delivered should be left entirely in God’s hands. For instance, to protect baby Jesus, God asked Joseph to flee secretly to Egypt. To protect Moses, God took him to the palace of his greatest enemy and was raised with the funds of Egypt.

Was God weak when He asked Joseph to run? No. It is just that running to Egypt had something to do with a prophecy earlier given concerning Him. And that was the way of escape God has provided for Him. To protect you from an accident, God may ask you not to enter a particular bus. If you refuse, you may be outside God’s protective cover. At other times, He will tell you not to worry. The bus will be involved in an accident but you will escape unhurt. You ought to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit.

Many believers have become victims of accidents or problems they could have avoided because they wanted to dictate their protection mode. God always provides for your protection. However, always find out the details from Him.

The keys to accessing Heaven’s protection are sensitivity and obedience to the Holy Spirit.

Christmas messages and wishes

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Matthew 1 vs. 21: – And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus; for he shall save his people from the sins

1. A time to read the Bible and get better understanding of the story and significance of the birth of Jesus Christ.

2. Time to fully understand who Jesus is, and his ministry.

3. Time to become a Christian by accepting Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior.

4. Time for recommitment and rededication to Christian life of holiness and righteousness.

5. Time for genuine repentance.

6. Time to demonstrate the love of Christ for those in need, by sharing gifs and paying visits.

7. Time to fellowship with other Christians in Churches, attend Christmas Carols, and related activities.

8. Time to declare a Prayer season and talk to God in Prayers.

9. Time to preach the gospel to those that are unsaved.

10. Time to visit Jerusalem and visit the historical footprints of Jesus Christ.

 

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UNDER WHOSE GOVERNMENT?

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Memorise: “Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end….” (Isaiah 9:7a)

Read: Isaiah 9:6-7

messiahOf the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end….” (Isaiah 9:7a). There are different kinds of kingdoms – that of men and that of the devil. There is another Kingdom – a very special one at that – where every subject is either a king or a queen because the King of that Kingdom is called the King of kings. About 6000 years ago, there was a government which existed in the Garden of Eden. This was the government of Adam (Genesis 1:26-28).

This kingdom was prosperous and glorious and the gold there was grade one – better than the one commonly seen today (Genesis 2:8-12). Adam – the head of that government had a lot of time. He spent his time commissioning animals, projects, and other things similar to what contemporary governors and presidents do today. Then God looked down from Heaven and decided to give him something special (a wife) to make him complete. Then trouble came.

Since then, even when God knows you need some miracles, if you fail to ask Him, you may not have it. Why? Adam said God caused him to sin by giving him the woman he never asked (Genesis 3:12). That was the beginning of a most unexpected change. Adam lost his government and a new government headed by Satan took over.

Satan’s government was obtained through deception. This satanic government is what controls the world today with billions of people under it, except a few who have rebelled against that government and have opted for a divine government. Satan’s government is one of degradation and vain glory since God’s glory was taken up the moment Adam fell.

It is also a government of loneliness as Adam became separated from His Source after the fall (Genesis 3:8). It is a government of fear (Genesis 3:9-10). It is a government of curses (Genesis 3:16-19 ). If you find yourself almost succeeding but never able to achieve that success, it is an evidence that you are under a curse. It is a government of loss. Adam was sent out of his earthly paradise. It is a government of failure, disappointment, sorrow and death.

Anyone under the satanic government will be fed with all these tokens of the liar. Are you under Satan’s government? If you are still living in sin, you are under the government of Satan. If you find it difficult to obey God’s Word, you are still under Satan’s government. Everyone under his government becomes a victim of Satan’s manipulations, attacks and unhealthy control.

It is easy to fall into the pit of fornication but it takes the grace of God to come out of it. Ask God to bring you out of any sinful pit.

RETURNING ON HORSE BACK

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Memorise: “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

Read: Luke 15:17-19

prodigal-sonTo ride on horse back is unusual progress. Effortless progress is quite an exciting experience. Who would not want to come to church when you know that the blind could see, the lame could walk or you will receive a miracle judging by past services? The presence of the miraculous has a way of spicing people’s enthusiasm to attend church meetings.

On the other hand, why won’t people lose interest in coming to church when they know it is the same praises, sermon or activity? Nothing is as spiritually killing as a cold Sunday sermon. Ministers must pay the price to deliver life-giving sermons to the congregation. In the Early church, they had great services both in the temple and in house fellowships. It was glorious progress because the leaders were riding on the back of the Holy Spirit.

Struggling stops the moment you ride on the back of the Holy Ghost. If only we can allow the Holy Spirit to carry us instead of carrying ourselves, the world will see remarkable exploits they never imagined. This is because riding is next to flying.

What can a trekking prince do to get back on the horse? First, find out what you did wrong that got you displaced. This calls for frank and unbiased personal examination. Ask yourself, where did things go wrong? Once you discover this, acknowledge your fault like the prodigal son. Willingly retrace your steps and make amends.

You would need the help of somebody greater than you to help you unseat the servant that is riding your horse because that servant would do anything to prevent a return to trekking. In the case of Samson, he cried to the Almighty God for help (Judges 16:28-30). Some time ago, our church was increasing by about 100 people every one or two months. I thought we were doing great but one day, God told me I was trekking instead of riding. Then He reminded me of the glorious days when the two of us will be chatting in my car.

Sometimes, I would stop the car just to discuss with Him. So He asked when last that happened? I apologized and put things right. That marked a new beginning for me. As you reconcile and restitute, and the Lord puts you back on the horse, keep all servants where they belong. Your flesh is your number one servant. It must be kept under (1 Corinthian 9:27).

Also, always remember to remain under the authority of the One who can lift up and pull down. Or else, no servant will want to obey you. In addition, pray without ceasing ( 1 Thessalonians 5:17). If you cannot pray, you are indirectly telling God you do not need Him. You will be restored to your horse back but stay there by His power and grace.

Some believers are trekking today because they took their internal weaknesses for granted until they were enslaved by them.

Why Christians celebrate Christmas?

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Luke 2 vs. 11 – For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour is born which is Christ the Lord 

1. When God created the earth as recounted in Genesis 1, man was sinless.

2. Man was also supposed to live forever in fellowship with God. But this was based on one simple condition- man must worship God and disobey his commandments.

3. In creating man, God gave man the freewill to decide on his choices, between good and bad, right or wrong.

4. Unfortunately, the first man-Adam, lured by his wife- Eve (acting under the influence of Satan a fallen angel of God) disobeyed God by eating the forbidden fruit in the garden of Even- Genesis 3. God had commanded that both of that must not taste of this fruit.

5. As a result of this sin ( act of disobedience) , man fell from the favour of God, lost the opportunity of living for ever, and came under the dominion of Satan who influenced man to act contrary to God.

6. Since Adam and Eve were the first human beings that were created, every of their offspring (now including you and I) automatically inherited the genetic sinful from them, lost the opportunity of living on earth forever, and also came under the influence and dominion of Satan.

7. Sin became a debt man owned to God, and every man that was being born through a biological process inherited this debt. If let unchecked, man would be under the dominion of God forever. The penalty or punishment to be paid for this sin is death, both physically and spiritually.

8. God is fair, and would not bend rules even in his own case. Though he was saddened by the downfall of man, he had to work out a fair way of redeeming man from his debt.

9. The only person that could pay back this ‘debt’ back to God on behalf of man, and clear man of his sin is someone who is not born through the ancestral line of Adam and Eve, and therefore blameless.

10. No man on the face of earth that biologically descended from Adam and Eve could pay this debt and clear man from the sin of the Garden of Eden.

11. God had to come to earth in human form to perform this redeeming role. Since God was not created or born through a biological process, he alone is sinless and blameless.

12. He caused himself to be divinely born through a virgin woman- Mary outside the natural process of sexual intercourse between a man and a woman.

13. To put in simply, Virgin Mary had spiritual (rather than the human sexual) intercourse with the Holy Spirit thereby empowering Mary to conceive a child. This should not be difficult to understand for anyone if we know and accept the fact that God is the Creator who created the first man through a non biological process.

14. The Holy Spirit is a person, and a form of God. He is invisible and acts for and on behalf of God on earth.

15. To explain further, God manifests in three forms- as God, the father, as God the Holy Spirit, and with the birth of Jesus, as the Son of God. But this is not the subject of discussion here.

16. Jesus Christ is therefore and in fact God in human form.

17. Mary was not only a virgin but was conceived of the Holy Spirit, before the birth of Jesus Christ. Now, sin is naturally inherited through the paternal line, because the man is divinely recognized as the Head of the family. This means a child cannot inherit sin from his mother, but only from the mother.

18. Jesus Christ was therefore born sinless and blameless. A perfect person to carry out the work of canceling the sin of man as inherited from the Garden of Eden.

19. The main reason Jesus was born was therefore to cancel man’s sin and destroy the dominion of Satan who originally lured him into sin over him. To achieve this, God worked it out so that Jesus was wrongly charged and crucified for an offence he did not commit.

The people who committed this act worked under the influence of Satan, the fallen of God who originally caused man to sin, and was hitherto denying man access to God’s benefit. (By using that sin of man as a basis of accusing man before God.)

20. This had two implications. First, by influencing the process of the cruxification of a blameless man, Satan himself committed a sin, and therefore lost the moral basis of continuing accusing man of sin in the Garden of Eden.

Second, there is a spiritual law that the only way of canceling a sin or offence committed against God is by shedding a blood. Before the birth of Jesus, the Israelites made blood sacrifices in order to seek forgiveness of God from their sins. But since this blood was of animals, it was not perfect and could not permanently cleanse mankind of his sins.

21. Because Jesus was a sinless and perfect human being, only his blood became the perfect sacrifice to wipe off the original sin of man; and destroy all the evil works of Satan over man brought about by Satan’s dominion over man.

22. Jesus was therefore born in order to achieve a goal of cleansing man from the originally sin that every man inherited from Adam and Eve, and restored the originally plan of God of ensuring Man lives forever in fellowship with God.

23. It is for this simple reason that Jesus Christ is called a Savior. By his birth and death on the cross, Jesus successfully performed his salvation mission.

24. Now, any man that now wants to be reconciled from his fallen state back to God had to come to Jesus, and use name to get to the God.

25. Jesus is therefore like the visa to heaven- and in this case the only available visa. No other person in history was sent by God to perform this redeeming mission. Jesus is the ticket to God. He is the Key to the gates of Heaven. He is the power of God over every satanic dominion on earth. He is the Saviour.

26. As the world marks and celebrate Christmas, the birth of Jesus every one must know why Jesus was born. And the big question is have you availed yourself the golden opportunity of becoming reconciled to God through Jesus Christ?

27. Here are simple steps you should take now to achieve this:

· Repent of any known or unknown sins. Repentance means regretting the sins and deciding not to commit the sins again.

· Tell Jesus Christ that you believe his salvation mission and ask Jesus Christ the saviour to cleanse these sins away by his

precious blood.

· Ask God to forgive you of these sins and accept you back as his son.

· Tell the Holy Spirit, the form of God on earth to come and guide your life in holiness henceforth.

· Congratulations! You are now a born again- a child of God.

· To build your relationship with God, start attending a local Christian church where you will listen to the word of God and share experiences with other Christian.

· Get a copy of the Holy Bible and read more about God and his plans for you.
· Talk to God in prayer.

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Should a Christian marry an unbeliever?

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  By Pastor Enoch Adeboye
Memorise: “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you” (1 Peter 5:7)

Read: Genesis 24:1-6

“And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof” (Genesis 2:21).Image result

God is the author of marriage. Marriage was originally designed to be one of the most beautiful relationships that could exist. But the fall of man into sin has produced several versions of marriages.

Today, all kinds of things happen in marriage because we have left God out of an institution He established. Couples choose to go ahead into marriage without consulting Heaven’s manual for marriages. No wonder things are not as were originally designed. The good news is that no matter how bad the situation might have been with your marriage or family, it can be brought back on line as you return to the basics. This season, the Lord will intervene in your family and give you a true home in Jesus’ Name.

In Genesis 24, Abraham had advanced in age when he arranged for his son Isaac to be married. He was very concerned about where his son’s wife would come from. He warned his chief servant – Eliezer not to take any of the daughters of Canaan even though he lived there. In verse four, he says, “But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac”.

And he made him to swear that he would do as instructed. Beloved, just as Abraham was concerned about where his son would marry from, so also is the Lord concerned about where your spouse would come from. It is clear from Abraham’s experience that there are places believers can marry from and those we cannot marry from. Believers are forbidden marriage to Canaanites – unbelievers.

Are you single and searching for a partner? God your Father is very concerned about it. In 2 Corinthians 6:14-18, He warns that you should not consider an unbeliever as your partner. It is spiritually suicidal to do so. If you are genuinely born again but you are in a relationship with an unbeliever or an unsaved churchgoer, break that relationship or you may regret it later.

The least a believer can do is to marry any fellow believer, but this is not good enough. God does not want you to be married to just any believer but the right one for you. Every believer has a right partner. Prayerfully wait on God for the fellow. Besides, God cares about every other aspect of your life. If you can lay all your cares and worries on Him, He will prove to you that He cares.

A believer with God’s gifts who sins will continue to manifest the gifts. If he repents, the Holy Spirit will continue from where He stopped. But if he does not repent, demons will take over the use of his gifts.

CONFESSING CHRIST

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Memorise: “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 10:32)

Read: Matthew 10:32-33

christA young slave girl that was brought into the house of Naaman witnessed of the power of her God and eventually linked her master to his miracle (2 Kings 5:2-4). Never underestimate the power of a maid, house help or subordinate. You cannot tell if the person you are looking down upon is the same avenue for the miracle you crave. In any case, with how many people have you shared your testimony?

A driver led his female boss to Christ and she also led another lady to Christ. This second lady brought in a harvest of souls to the Kingdom through whom about 12 churches were established. All from the testimony of one driver! There will be lots of surprises in Heaven. Some insignificant people – house maids, messengers, cooks, gardeners, drivers, house boys, etc. who were faithful witnesses of Christ will be sitting closer to Jesus Christ, than many well acclaimed pastors.

The name of this maid was not mentioned because she was considered insignificant. But I believe when we get to Heaven, the Lord Jesus will introduce her to us as the one who brought salvation to Naaman. She will stand tall among others on that day!

I want Jesus to talk about me to God, His angels and fellow brethren. This is more important than when men sing your praise. In Matthew 10:32, Jesus says, “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven”.

Do you know by declaring God’s goodness in your life or His saving grace, you are sowing on earth? Each time you preach Christ to somebody, you sow a seed. However, Psalm 126:5-6 calls it precious seed because it is a rare seed that is sown on earth, but releases its harvest in Heaven. Of all seeds anyone can sow, soul winning is the greatest because apart from the immeasurable harvest, Jesus Christ will become the herald of the soul winner.

He will summon the angels and everyone in Heaven and talk about how good, loving and kind the soul winner is to His Kingdom. No wonder soul winners are very popular in Heaven! People would have heard so much about you even before your arrival.

Besides, He will take the fellow’s matter to God and speak so well about him that the Father would be compelled to grant his requests. This period, lead at least 10 souls to Christ, then ask Him to intercede on your behalf before God.

You can determine how popular you will be in Heaven by how popular you make Jesus on planet earth.

UNCHANGING GOD

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Memorise: ” And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail” (Hebrew 1:12)

Read: Hebrews 1:8-12

hebrew1In Matthew 26:36-46, the Lord Jesus Christ went into a garden called Gethsemane with His disciples. He separated Himself to seek God’s face on an issue. He prayed. The prayer He said that day was so remarkable because the salvation of mankind depended on it. He prayed until His physical strength gave way to supernatural strength. He agonized in prayer until His sweat became as thick as blood.

Until then He had a record of 100% answers to prayer requests but on this day, He repeated the same request three times yet God did not change His mind. From this, we learn that where God’s plan or purpose is involved, no amount of prayer can cause Him to negate them. If you are asking God to change His Word, you are wasting your time and effort. Rather, ask to know His will and align with it.

“For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed” (Malachi 3:6). Prayers do not change God. The above scripture tells us we are not consumed because of God’s immortality. James 1:17 says God cannot even change in the slightest degree while Hebrews 13:8 says He retains his essence in spite of fleeting moments, situations and circumstances.

Before, during and after your prayer, God remains God. He does not change. Your request does not add to or subtract from Him. Your prayer does not strip him of his dress. What He wore before creating the world is still what He is wearing. The fashion of earth fades away and continues to change but heavenly fashion never changes. God’s clothes are of the best designer – made by Himself, hence it does not need to be changed. He wears light. God is not carried away by the direction the multitudes are going.

God is eternally God. His seat is never vacant for anyone to contest for it. That might be one of Satan’s bones of contention but there is nothing anyone can do about it. God cannot be dethroned but is willing to share His throne with His human favorites, not angels. And this is for all eternity! For all who will share God’s throne, they will become unchangeable as God is.

Can you imagine yourself sharing God’s throne with Him? To do this you must be genuinely saved. You must overcome sin, Satan, the flesh and the world like Jesus did. You have to love and obey Him beyond everyone else. This year, God will not change His good plans towards you.

Jesus died for street urchins too. Pray and plan to present Christ to them and to take them off the streets.

IS THIS BAPTISM VALID?

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Memorise: “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned” (Mark 16:16)

Read: Mark 16:15-17

baptismShortly before Jesus began His ministry, He went to river Jordan to be baptized by John the Baptist. Immediately after this, the Heavens opened. One vital lesson for us today is that everyone who is truly born again and undertakes baptism by immersion according to Heaven’s specification could encounter Heaven. When you give your life to Christ, change occurs inside you.

One of the reasons for water baptism is to identify with the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. More importantly, water baptism is meant to openly demonstrate the change that has occurred internally. Once there is an inward change at new birth and this change is satisfactorily demonstrated publicly through water baptism, the recipient could have an encounter with Heaven.

However, to experience this, the convert must approach water baptism with faith and lots of expectation. If you do not expect the Heavens to open to you, even when you have been genuinely saved, it may not. Faith is key in every act of obedience to trigger the miracle.

“He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned (Mark 16:16). Water baptism is a necessary experience every believer should have. Jesus had to be baptized by immersion because it was divinely required (Matthew 3:15 ). There is a divine order regulating water baptism.

First, you must have truly received Jesus Christ as Lord and personal saviour before being baptized. If you were water baptized before your salvation experience, you have reversed the order. That baptism is null and void. If you were baptized by merely sprinkling water on you, it is not recognized. If you were baptized as an infant, or you were an adult church goer but not truly saved, that baptism is invalid. The only recognized baptism is done by immersion after being born again.

You will also discover according to Mark 16:16 that it takes being born again and being baptized to be saved or to make it to Heaven. That means, if any part of the equation is missing, there may be no Heaven. Some believers have refused to submit to baptism by immersion because they thought it was not important. No, it is. You may not make it to Heaven if you are not baptized.

Similarly, if you are baptized but not saved, there is no Heaven for you. If your baptism is invalid, enrol in the believers’ or young converts’ class today and have one that is recognized by Heaven.

God has a purpose for commanding saved souls to be baptized. Water baptism is very important. Find time to do it if you have been born again.

ACCEPTABLE COVENANT BREAKING

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Memorise: “I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom” (2 Timothy 4:1)

Read: Romans 1:29-31

wisemenThe wise men immediately responded to the revelation of the unusual star they saw announcing the birth of Jesus (Matthew 2:1-12). These were nobles, highly respected and feared, but when the unusual star revealed that Jesus was more than any noble they had seen, they decided to seek Him. They did not worship Herod because he was just an ordinary king. All nobles have just One person they must bow to: His Name is Jesus Christ.

Any noble, president, governor, captain of industry or highly placed individual who feels too big to bow to Jesus now, will bow to Him later – when He seats to judge all men (2 Timothy 4:1). The difference is, if you bow now to Him, He will be on your side and make you a king under His everlasting Kingdom. That Kingdom has no end (Daniel 2:44). But if you fail to bow to Him now, it will be too late for the fellow if he or she dies in that state.

Have you bowed to Jesus Christ of Nazareth? If you can bow to Him, He will make sure your enemies bow to you. It is great wisdom to bow to the King of kings. Any king in your life or circumstance who refuses to bow to His will shall be uprooted this season in Jesus’ Name.

On the other hand, before the wise men departed, king Herod entered into an agreement with them that they must bring him feedback on the city, address and details on this child born king. After they traced the star to the location of the King of kings and had worshipped and offered Him gifts, they had a dream. In it, God warned them not to return to king Herod.

In fact, they were not to take the path they came by. By this, they were to break their covenant or agreement with Herod. But why would a God who is against covenant breaking encourage breaking of certain covenants at the same time (Romans 1:29-32)? Any covenant that God does not uphold is null and void. Any covenant that goes against God’s Word or will is voidable. If before you were born again, you had a certain covenant or agreement with the kingdom of darkness, now that you are born again, you are under no obligation to stick with it.

You can and should void it. Break it. Renounce it. You are now under a new government. You must not adhere to the agreements of the secret societies, lodges, cults or covens you once belonged after you have received Christ. Also, you should not fear them because you are now operating a far higher authority than any satanic group. Submit yourself for deliverance prayers and destroy all their symbols, regalia, books and property. You have no agreement with hell. Break away from all sin partners.

List negative covenants you have been involved in. Break them one by one using the authority in the Name of Jesus Christ.

DELISTED?

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Memorise: “And the Lord said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book” (Exodus 32:33)

Read: Revelation 20:11-15

blotted-8-728“On that night could not the king sleep, and he commanded to bring the book of records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king” (Esther 6:1).

The story of Mordecai is an interesting one with several lessons for us today. The first thing that comes to mind is that every organized kingdom keeps records. Just as king Ahasuerus kept records of events, so does the King of kings. Heaven has lots of books out of which are some registers for human beings. Revelation 20:11-15 tells us of two sets of books – the book of life and the books of death. Everyone that is born into this world has his or her name in one of the books.

Wherever your name falls is where all your deeds will be recorded. Everyone who is born again and is still living right until time of death can be assured that his or her name is in the book of life. The moment you are washed in the blood of Jesus and become a new creature in Christ, your name enters the Lamb’s book of life (Revelation 21:27).

It takes your daily living to please Him to sustain your name there. If you return to sin, God has no choice but to erase the name of that fellow from this book. Also, what will happen to anyone and where the fellow will spend eternity will be determined by which book the fellow’s name is. Every sinner’s name is in one of the books of death, hence, they will be doomed in eternal hell.

“And the Lord said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book” (Exodus 32:33). Even from the time of Moses, it was common knowledge that God had a book where all righteous souls are listed. Are you born again? If yes, congratulations! It is not enough to have your name in the most important book in the universe. Keeping it there is the challenge.

Satan is out to delist your name from that book. That colleague that is mounting pressure on you to compromise with sin, is actually Satan’s vehicle to delist you. Some powerful names have been delisted from that book. Judas Iscariot and Demas once had their names in that book but were delisted. It is only when your name is there, that you will be entitled to your portion from God’s Kingdom. Do everything in your power to retain your name in this glorious book. Has your name been delisted? Re-enrol today!

Father, frustrate every known or unknown move of the enemy to delist my name from the Lamb’s Book of Life. Lord, fill this year’s Convention with your presence, power, and miracles. Grant us journey mercies during the Convention.

ACCESSING FUTURE JOY

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Memorise: “Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full” (John 16:24)

Read: Matthew 16:21-28

john-16God took some foundational decisions concerning you without seeking your opinion. For instance, your father, mother, siblings, place of birth, height, complexion, etc. were decided by God. If He could take such crucial decisions concerning you, why not allow Him to decide your tomorrow? According to Isaiah 3:10, it shall be well with the righteous.

This is why I know that my tomorrow shall be great. My main concern is how to make it to Heaven. Do you share my sentiment? 2 Timothy 1:12 says if you can commit yourself to God, you need not worry. When the rapture comes, because your spirit is in good hands, you will make it. Jude 24 -25 says God is able to keep you from falling. If you think you are standing, it is only by the power of God. It is because the Advocate is interceding for you even though you are not paying for His legal services. He cares for you.

I once preached a message titled ‘Joy cometh’. God told me that He is overseeing His church, and asked why I was carrying the burdens. ‘Who owns this church – you or me?’, He asked. So I replied, ‘But I thought you put me there to look after things for you?’ ‘I can take care of my own’ was His reply.

From that moment, I stopped worrying. In the past, whenever I returned from a trip, my wife would be waiting with a list of problems that should be tackled. But after this encounter with the caring owner of the church, after she had reeled out all the issues on the list, I would ask for my food. She would think I just needed strength from the food so that I could tackle the problems. But after the meal, we would pray then I would go and sleep. Sometimes, she thought I was crazy.

One day she asked why I was behaving that way and I told her it is because it is written that weeping may endure for a night but joy cometh in the morning. If joy is coming tomorrow morning, why waste time worrying tonight? Somehow by the following morning, the problems would have been solved. It is also possible to borrow from the future joy. In today’s reading, a woman came to meet Jesus for the healing of her daughter. She was turned down but refused to accept defeat. She said even if the time of the Gentiles had not come, yet she must get her miracle that day. And it was so. You can enter your joy before its time. Stop worrying. God cares for you. How surrendered are you?

Father, let whatever is limiting my joy be taken out of my way and let my joy be full.

PROMPT COMPLIANCE

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Memorise: “When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed” (Ecclesiastes 5:4)

Read: Ecclesiastes 5:4-6

vowBut be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves” (James 1:22). To satisfy the deep longings of the King of kings, you must be a man of action. God is looking for doers, not hearers. During my early years as a believer, after hearing a sermon, I immediately practiced it.

When we were told in church that worldly music was not good for our spiritual growth, that very day we destroyed record albums of Sunny Ade, Ebenezer Obey and others in our apartment. If after hearing God’s Word with conviction and you agreed to do it but failed to do it that day, you will observe that by the following day, your commitment to doing it would have reduced. And as each day passes without doing it, so goes your resolve. If you leave it for one week without doing it, you may never do it.

Many of us have made some pledges at some point in time without fulfilling it because we have forgotten. If you forget, God does not. “When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed” (Ecc 5:4). Heaven takes record of all your vows. It is dangerous to be a vow debtor. God classes vow debtors and those who say there is no God as the same – fools. Pay your vows today. The way out is to pay your vow as soon as you can. No delays.

Another quality of those who would satisfy the deepest longing of the King of kings is that they must be single-minded. They must be people who know exactly what they want and make up their minds about it. Once a vow is made, there is no going back (Luke 9:62). This is why you must count the cost before taking any decision.

One thing however is that if you have taken the decision in favour of God’s Kingdom, He will help you through. You must not pursue several things at the same time. Be focused. Are you owing God? Think. If you are, immediately pay up. By paying your vows, you are telling God you are not a fool. Tell God you are not a fool by paying your vows.

As long as you fail to pay that vow debt, Heaven may withhold your blessings. One reason some believers are experiencing delays in certain areas of their lives is because they have failed to pay their debts. If you have forgotten, ask God to remind you.

Take stock of pending restitutions. Repent and go ahead and comply

RELEASE YOUR BEST

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Memorise: “Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts” (Zech 4:6) Read: Zech 4:5-7

zechIn Ecclesiastes 10:5-7, we read that it is an abnormal thing for princes to trek and servants to ride on horses. To ride on horse back is to make unusual progress. In a few days, a small and fragile church of 120 members moved to a super mega church of 8,120 congregation. When you ride on horse back, your progress could be in excess.

This was what Pastor Peter’s church experienced in Acts 5:12-14. The raw power of God was released and it manifested in signs, wonders, and continuous church growth. This was not the effort of the apostles but God in action. Zechariah 4:6 says, “Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts”.

If you learn to play your part so well in any partnership that involves God and man, God will take up His part. How He does His, depends on how you do yours. It will also be determined by His mercy. But one thing is sure: the day that He says it is no longer by your power but by His Spirit, you should jubilate because from that time you will make effortless progress. Many believers do not get to experience such progress because they have not exhausted what they should do for the Kingdom.

Peter delivered his most anointed sermons and God gave him a commensurate harvest. If you cannot give God your best effort, He will not give you His best harvest. If Peter had preached dry sermons at the feast of Pentecost, he might have earned a beating, not a soul. Preacher, as long as you keep dishing out those dry, flesh-baked messages, you can never get God’s best.

Some believers have become too fixed in their offerings. Some cannot go above a particular amount. As long as you reserve the best, God reserves His too. It is greed and spiritual covetousness to sow your least or little and expect a bountiful harvest. You are a thief! Remember God will always use the same container you gave with to return your harvest.

Do you truly want to move to the era of effortless progress? Do you want God to take over your battle as He did to Israel in Exodus 14:14? Then bring out your best effort, gift, prayer, worship, thanksgiving and give it to Him today. It is in your power. It is a choice only you can make.

Some have not given their best because they have not taken time to determine it.

EFFECTS OF POLYGAMY

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Memorise: “And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth” (Luke 12:15)

Read: 1 Kings 11:1-10

polyThe polygamous home is anything but peaceful. Because polygamy is the contrivance of man, borne out of fleshly lusts, it negates God’s original plan of bringing a man and a woman together to become one (Matthew 19:3-9). Polygamy is one satanic medium of turning the home that was designed to be Heaven on earth into a war zone. Selfishness and self-centeredness are regular features in such homes. Polygamous homes are prone to in-house strife, quarrels, suspicion, division, envy, murder, etc.

God cannot be the author of polygamy when all its characteristics negate God’s glorious plans for the family. Whether you are a public or private polygamist, you are a bad role model. Parents are supposed to show good examples to their children and wards, but a polygamist by his action is making a statement that it is right to be a polygamist. Children of polygamists will require God’s grace not to be one.

Several broken homes can be traced to polygamy, which has become a silent breeding ground for rape, armed robbery, hired assassins, prostitution, ritual murders, etc. Some of these were rife in the polygamous home of king David. Polygamy steals the heart of the polygamist from God.

The numerous wives of king Solomon turned him from serving the Almighty God into serving several idols. Solomon became a devotee of the idols his numerous wives served (1 Kings 11:1-5). Any public or private polygamist can be sure that his heart is far flung from God. The polygamist is separated from God. It is a mark of greed and covetousness not to be faithful to one partner.

Find out, the one who says one wife is not enough and takes a second wife, will still be seeing a third, or fourth or more women outside. Polygamy is only an excuse to be loose. If you look at the polygamist, you will find greed manifesting in other areas of his life. The polygamist lays a foundation for his children to have broken marriages in the future. The church must eradicate both public and private polygamy. You have a part to play in this. Are you married? Remain faithful to your partner.

If you are married to an individual, you have accepted his or her God. Polygamy turned king Solomon into the greatest idolater of his time.

BENEFITS OF HIS WITNESSES

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Memorise: “Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead” (Acts 10:41)

Read: Acts 10:39-41

acts-10“Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen. That ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me” (Isaiah 43:10).

God has called you to be His witness. To what extent are you His witness? There are several benefits accruing to those who are God’s faithful witnesses. God gives power to His witnesses. In Acts 1:8 , God promises to give the disciples power so that they can be His witnesses – true representatives.

After the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost in Acts chapter two, they spoke in tongues. That was just a sign and they were filled with power. Yet God waited for them to be witnesses of Jesus before they could walk in the miraculous. Today, so many believers are baptized in the Holy Ghost and speak in tongues. Nothing more. They feel as empty as ever.

They often wonder what happened to the power God promised, or whether it has stopped with the Early Church. The power has been deposited in you the day you were baptized in the Holy Spirit. But until you use the key of evangelism (witnessing) to open the door, you may never see signs, wonders and the miraculous which the early church experienced.

Many who claim to be spirit-filled cannot cure a headache or cast out a demon. Of what use is the Holy Ghost baptism then? God never has witnesses without empowering them (Rev 11:3). If you die without releasing the power of the Holy Spirit inside you, you will give account at the judgement seat of Christ.

Being a witness is the missing link in the level of obedience many believers have manifested. 2 Corinthians 13:1 says if two or three witnesses agree on a thing, it is settled. One reason some agreement prayers have defied all efforts is because the evangelism ingredient which should open the doorway to the supernatural so that the blessing of synergy can be released, is usually missing.

If you want the agreement prayers between you and your spouse or fellow members to be more effective, become His witness. Also, in Acts 10:41, we see that the witnesses are chosen by God and as a result qualify to be given special revelations. What God will not reveal to others, He will expose to His witnesses. Hebrews 12:1 says it is God’s witnesses that are in Heaven.

Heaven has no accommodation for non- witnesses. Are you His witness? You can start by being born again. Then declare Jesus to others and lead them to Christ.

Father, let all the benefits of being Christ’s witness manifest in my life.

SAINT OR SINNER?

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Memorise: “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not” (Romans 7:18)

Read: Romans 7:18-25

learning-to-lean-on-jesus-33-638“Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep” (Rom 12:15). Not everyone who appears to rejoice with you over an accomplishment or promotion is sincere. Infact, many people mean the exact opposite of their good wishes. It is only in the Kingdom of God you can have those who would genuinely rejoice with you. If you claim to belong to God’s Kingdom and still find it difficult to rejoice at the rise or elevation of others, the law of sin is still very strong in your life.

Even among relatives, you have several foes who pretend to be sheep. A brother established a big thriving business. Because he was not on ground he asked a female relative to head the place. Under her were some managers. Over a period, the managers connived with some of the workers and stole huge sums of money. One day, he brought in some men of God and recounted his ordeal.

By this time, the organization had almost grounded to a halt. While they were discussing, his sister came in. Immediately, the Lord spoke to one of the pastors that she was not clean but part of the problem. He found it difficult to convey the message to him because the brother said if not for his sister, the company would have closed down completely. So they prayed and left.

Months later, one of the pastors came again to the brother’s company. Another manager had just bolted with several millions. While there, the brother’s relative started to cry and the brother was consoling her. Once again, the Lord made the pastor to know that she was not sincere. So they began to pray.

Not long after, it was revealed that this relative was in partnership with the other staff, and was out to ruin her brother. Although she pretended to go by public transport, she like some others, had bought big cars and acquired things from her brother’s sweat. She also used charms to manipulate both her brother and his company. This Muslim relative the brother thought was a saint was the devil eating him up and he had been thanking and paying her for it.

Every devourer pretending to be a friend shall be exposed to you. Do not hire the person you cannot control. Ask God to flush out all your internal enemies. Any relative pulling you down must be shown the way out!

Thank God for adding another year to Pastor (Mrs) Folu Adeboye. Ask God for greater grace, wisdom, patience and love so she can be a mother to millions of believers across the globe.

End of the year prayers: O earth swallow my battles, vomit my blessings

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Jeremiah 22 vs 29: O land, land, land, hear the word of the LORD!

  1. O land, hear the word of the Lord, swallow my battles in Jesus name
  2. O earth hear the word of the Lord, swallow my troubles in Jesus name
  3. O December hear the word of the Lord, swallow my afflictions in Jesus name
  4. O day hear the word of the Lord swallow my sicknesses in Jesus name
  5.  O earth, hear the word of the Lord, swallow my poverty in Jesus name
  6. O earth, hear the word of the Lord, vomit my marriage, husband, job, baby in Jesus name
  7. O earth hear the word of the Lord, vomit my money in Jesus name

 

 

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What is the true essence of Christmas?

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Matthew 1 vs. 21: And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus; for he shall save his people from the sins.

In the next couple of weeks, Christians will mark the birthday of Jesus Christ, on what is popularly known as Christmas day. What is the significance of Christmas?

Jesus is the essence of Christmas, as a matter of fact, the word Christmas is a derivation of the word ‘Christ’. If we are celebrating Christmas, it is therefore important to know and believe in the person after whom the day was named.

As shown in the biblical passage above, Jesus Christ came on a salvage mission, to save mankind from their sins. Christmas should therefore be a time for repentance for those who have not accepted God’s plan of salvation for mankind, and a time for sober reflection and rededication for those all those that have accepted the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

Jesus was born about 2007 years ago to save you from your sins. The good news is that his salvation programme did not end 2007 years ago. He is still alive ready to save you from your sins. God has given a grace of 2007 years for anyone willing to be saved to come unto him. As Christmas rolls in, it should be a time of remembrance of Gods plan of salvation.

If you do not have Christ in your life, then you be celebrating Christmas without the presence of the Celebrant in your life.

The essence of Christmas is therefore to accept Christ, the celebrant into your life and invite him to dine with you for the rest of your life. The good news is that there is a greater Christmas in heaven, a Christmas whose celebration do not end in a day. Only the redeemed can participate in this everlasting Christmas.

To register your name as a redeemed, repent of your sins, accept Jesus Christ as your Lord, and live a life of complete holiness. Make this confession:

Jesus Christ, I welcome you to my life as this Christmas, I accept God’s plan of salvation through you and accept you as my Lord and Saviour. Come into me and rule me in Jesus name i pray. (Amen).

 

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ACTING ON THE WORD

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Memorise: “But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed” (James 1:25)

Read: James 1:22-25

doerer-of-the-wordWhen a gift or service is backed up by sacrifice, its value increases. In 2 Samuel 23:14-17, king David made a very expensive request. He asked for water which could cost the lives of his men. Yet they risked their lives and got it and returned it to him. How the value of that water soared! In like manner, the King of kings is thirsty, not just for ordinary water but for a specific, costly water.

To meet His request, you may have to risk your life – make a sacrifice that could cost all you have! How ready are you to make necessary sacrifice capable of enhancing the value of your gift, service or commitment? In the same vein, your prayer effort can be modified depending on the level of sacrifice involved.

For instance, at the Garden of Gethsemane, our Lord Jesus Christ prayed. It could have just been one of His regular prayers. But his prayer effort was so intense, sacrificial and hot that his sweat became as thick as blood. Once again, value was added to the form of His prayer. How do you pray? How intense is your prayer life?

A look at the lives of these outstanding mighty men of king David reveals certain qualities that would be present in everyone who would satisfy the deepest longing of the King of kings. The truth is, not every believer is ready to pay the price even when they can. The first quality noticeable in the lives of these three men, is that those who will satisfy Christ’s deepest longings must be men and women of action. James 1:22 says we must be doers of the Word.

There are many hearers but very few doers. Some hundreds of people heard David express his desire for special water, yet only three moved into action. There are many believers who hear the needs of the church being announced and they are in a position to help, yet they never do so. When a need is expressed, it is to give you an opportunity to be blessed. If you fail to respond, you are only blocking your way.

Can you see the needs in your church? What have you done about them? Have you seen the unannounced need in the life of your pastor or members of the church? What have you done about it? It is time to rise and meet the needs of the Most High.

If you find it difficult to obey God’s word, heaven cannot retain you among those who will satisfy the deepest needs of the King of kings.

THE FIRST

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Memorise: “But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept” (1 Cor 15:20)

Read: 1 Corinthians 15:20-23

resurrection-of-christ“But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept” (1 Cor 15:20). Jesus Christ is called Alpha because He is first in everything. He is the first to resurrect from the dead. He is first so that you can be first. If you are anything but first in your academics or secular endeavors, it could be because you have not been introduced to The First.

Do you know it is your Kingdom right to be first? Jesus became The First so that you can be first in every good thing. From today, you shall be the head. You shall move up from where you have been, and become the head – the first among your colleagues. One way to enter and occupy that reserved space in leadership, is to carefully listen and completely obey what Jesus the Head says. You cannot be disobedient to the First and expect to be first.

Also, make Him first in every area of your life. Colossians 1:18 says Jesus is Head and First so that He can have pre-eminence. Does He have control over your life? As long as He is not the Lord of your life, you cannot take a seat in the space of leadership He has reserved for you.

Genesis 1:1, says “In the beginning, God…” Whenever you are starting anything, make sure you start with Him. Start your business, home and career with Him. Let Him be the foundation of all you do. He is the best foundation you can ever find (1 Cor 3:11). Take Him as your confidant because He is a friend that is closer than your brother, spouse or parent. Share all your challenges first with Him.

Moreover, according to Matthew 6:33, seek Him first. That means making Him your life’s treasure hunt. Search for Him with all your heart. Seek Him daily. Set time apart just to seek Him. As you do so this year, He will take you up to occupy that headship space He has reserved for you.

When you occupy that position, struggling stops. With little efforts, you will be making expedited progress. It is a place of power. Everything subject to the Head will be subject to you. You will decree and He will personally supervise its manifestation. This year, let your focus be how you can occupy this position in Christ. When there, your future is guaranteed!

Never share your plan or secret with anyone until you have shared them with the First.

Sermon and prayer points for divine acceleration

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Memorise: “And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 1:14)

Read: Acts 4:1-4

graceWhile some are trekking, others are riding on horse back. To ride is to make unusual progress. What took place on the day of Pentecost is an example of riding on horse back. After the ascension of Jesus, Peter went into his shell. He could not boast of a convert from 10 sermons.

All he could do was join the others in the upper room praying. Then Pentecost came. The Holy Spirit came to earth and the feast of Pentecost was disrupted. With one sermon, the congregation of Pastor Peter increased from 120 to 3,120 (Acts 2:41). That is unusual progress. Imagine 3000 souls won and added to your present church congregation in one day. For many churches, that will be a good problem.

There may be no space, chairs, speakers, lights or even workers and ministers to accommodate such a crowd. The kind of progress that so exceeds your capacity or container to the extent that you have to immediately design larger ones is unusual progress. From now on, that will be your portion in the mighty Name of Jesus Christ.

Riding on horse back also means galloping progress. Pastor Peter’s church was faced with severe challenges of counselling, discipline, ushering, and visiting the new comers. Even to collect offering in each meeting was such a challenge. Then he preached another sermon. Who sent him?

Suddenly, the congregation moved from 3,120 to 8,120 in one day. In just a few days, a small church of 120 people had become a super mega church of 8120. That is unusual progress! For a reader of this Devotional, the Lord is opening to you an unusual door. The transformation you are about to witness will be so sharp, and extensive that you will think you are dreaming for quite some time. When the Lord fulfils His Word in your life, be thankful to Him, testify of it and move on to a higher level of commitment to Him. Unusual progress is your portion.

The time has come for you to stop trekking. It is time to ride on horse back. From today, everything responsible for trekking in your life, family, ministry, or academics will be dealt with. Every spirit assigned from hell to stop you from riding on horse back shall be paralysed. It is your turn. It is your time. God is behind you. Take time to worship God for your next level of blessings.

According to Ephesians 3:20, You who can do far beyond my requests, cause me to experience progress far beyond my dreams and wishes in Jesus’ Name.

THE FALSE WITNESS

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Memorise: “I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God “ (Isaiah 43:12)

Read: Isaiah 43:8-12

7-gifts-of-holy-spirit-lg“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:8). Are you born again? If yes, congratulations! You have been called to be a witness unto Jesus. According to the above scripture, it is only witnesses that qualify for the power of the Holy Spirit.

In other words, the reason God empowered you with His Spirit is so that you can become an effective, faithful witness unto Him. If you are not winning souls to Christ, you defeat your calling and frustrate the grace of God upon your life. If you are truly a child of God, why would you not be concerned over what your Father is concerned about? The complacent believer is not only foolish but also wicked. It takes wickedness to see someone you know heading for the pit and not warn him.

Proverbs 14:25 says your ability to deliver the souls of perishing men and women marks you out as a faithful witness. Since you were born again, how many converts have you made? How many of those converts are doing well spiritually and on their way to heaven?

It is either you are a faithful witness or you are a false witness. There is no middle ground! If you are a liar or involved in anything fraudulent, you are a false witness. Deuteronomy 19:18 says the one who lies or deliberately misrepresents his brother is a false witness. Are you falsifying or cooking up misleading stories about someone so that he can be sacked, and you can benefit from that sack?

You are a false witness. If you cannot declare the whole counsel of God’s Word, you are a false witness. If the anointing of God upon your life and ministry is not producing souls for the Kingdom of God, you are a false witness. If your character contradicts the nine-fold fruit of the Spirit, you are a false witness. If your life-style is leading people astray, or people cannot copy your ways and get to Heaven, it is because you are a false witness.

Proverbs 21:28 says a false witness shall be destroyed. If your life does not convict sinners and point them to Jesus Christ, you are a false witness. Check your life today. In what ways have you been a false witness? Repent before it is too late.

If the power of the Holy Spirit is not evident in your life and ministry, it could be because you are not His witness.

QUALIFYING YOUR GIFTS

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Memorise: “Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 15:26)

Read: Acts 15:25-26

menAccording to Ephesians 5:26, water is a type of the word. In 2 Samuel 23:14-17, David who was in a hideout requested for the water from the well by the gate of Bethlehem instead of one from the enemy’s territory. As pastors and leaders, the quality of God’s word that is dished to members during each meeting should be of the highest quality, oven-fresh, sizzling and garnished with Holy Ghost spices. There is a hunger in the heart of every genuinely born again Christian.

If you are able to satisfy that hunger, not by acrobatics and worldly eloquence and philosophy, but by the sincere milk of the word backed by the Holy Spirit, they will stay. There will be no need for them to seek water elsewhere. But if you present them with dry, stale and cold dishes, expect member migration to other assemblies. What are you doing to improve the quality of your church services to ensure everything members encounter in your assembly helps to promote their growth?

Another significant thing about David and his mighty men here is that after he declared his need for the water at Bethlehem, and some brave men risked their lives and brought the water to him, he saw it as the blood of these men and rather offered the water to the Lord. Water was offered but it was being taken as blood. What does this mean?

A gift that is offered can change form depending on the prevailing conditions under which it was offered. The eventual value of a gift is a function of the level of sacrifice put into it. Because the three men risked their lives to bring that water to David, its value suddenly shot up, and was rated in the same class with blood – the value of a man.

Any gift you present to God without some risk or sacrifice automatically devalues. For instance, if you have N100 million and you offer N1 million to God, its worth may be reduced to N10,000 or even less because no real risk was involved. If you endangered your life or family to be able to raise N500 and you offer it to God, its value automatically could be up to N1 million to God.

Stop devaluing your gifts! Ensure the element of risk or sacrifice is ever present in any gift you present to the Lord from today. Sacrifice is a positive qualifier and value raiser. Employ it always. Paul and Barnabas always included this ingredient of sacrifice.

Always blend your offerings with spices of sacrifice. Great dividends will follow.

Sermon on godly wisdom

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Memorise: “By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone” (Proverb 25:15)

Read: Colossians 4:1-6

Naaman’s pride stood between him and his healing. Seeing that the prophet failed to meet his expectations, he left in anger. He was on his way to his land. Pride is a terrible thing. It is some kind of blindfold that veils the mind of its host. Naaman was ready to waste all his efforts just because of ego.Image result

Thank God for good advisers. But for his servants, Naaman would have died a leper. One way they could get his attention and have him to change his mind, was in their approach. Approach is very important in communication. You may have the right answer but if you do not carefully select your approach, it will be turned down, and you will not achieve your desired objective.

In many superior-subordinate relationships, where subordinates come up with great ideas to positively affect that organization, family or ministry, poor approach has been largely responsible for rejection.

How do you advise your leader, husband or pastor? If you cannot get that leader to buy your wonderful suggestion, you are not only using the wrong approach, you may also be a bad subordinate.

One reason some husbands refuse to take their wives’ advice is because of wrong approach. If you make that leader feel that he or she is a block head and that you are the only one who has sense, your advice may never be required, no matter how good it is.

If you are always trying to impose your opinions on your head or leader, it will be rebuffed. When you advise your leader, leave him or her to take the decision. It is your leader that will be accountable concerning the assignment given to him, so allow the fellow to take the decision.

It is very wrong for subordinates to fight or gang up against their leader because he refused to take their suggestions. He is not bound to take it. Even if he takes the decision and it back-fires, he will learn in the process. Never gang up against him or you may have God to contend with. If you have good advice on a pressing issue, first pray about it.

Ask God for wisdom – preferably when that head or leader is in a good mood, humbly present it to the fellow as a suggestion that occurred to you which he may need to give some thought. Afterwards, pray for help to do his will on the matter. Ask for grace to be a good subordinate.

Approach is a platter on which ideas are served. If it is clean, the idea will be accepted. But if it is dirty, no matter the delicacy on it, it will be rejected.

Bible on godly and wise counsel

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Memorise: “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning” (Prov 9:9)

Read: Ruth 3:1-6

How did Ruth move into her new level of breakthrough? She received good counsel from her mother-in-law. Proverbs 20:18 says, “Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war”. When you are about to embark on an important journey, project or decision, good advice will be required for success.

The quality of your preparation will depend on how good your advisers are. If your advisers are ungodly, they will lead you astray with their advice.

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They will ask you to do things that violate the Word of God. Of all counsellors, there is none as good as the Wonderful Counsellor (Isaiah 9:6). His knowledge is so vast that there is no area He cannot advise you on. If you want the best of counsels, go to Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 12:15 says it is wisdom to receive good advice. Are you already wise? Proverbs 9:9 says if you receive wise instruction, you will be wiser. Proverbs 1:8 says if you are truly a child of God, you will keep His instructions. An adage says, even if a child has as many clothes as an elder, he cannot have as many rags as the elder.

 

When counsel comes from someone older than you, take it into consideration, not minding his level of education or other limitations. In any case, there is nobody older than the One called the Ancient of Days (Daniel 7:9).

 

In Proverbs 11:24-25, the scripture says if you want to be fat, be liberal. To the modern man, that does not make sense, hence most people including Christians are tight-fisted today.

 

Some years ago, I went to visit one of our pastors. I expected that he would entertain me with at least a bottle of coke. Then, it sold for five kobo. Meanwhile, I had a gift for him worth 100 kobo.

 

After we exchanged pleasantries, I took my seat. Instead of offering something, he kept greeting me and I greeted in return. Shocked at his level of stinginess, I greeted him and left with the cash gift I had planned to give to him. On the way, I stopped by a petrol station, bought two bottles of coke at 10 kobo and pocketed the change. God still withdraws big blessings from those who fail to release the little in their hands.

 

Do you take godly counsels? Or are you too big to be counselled by God-fearing leaders? Some pastors and leaders stopped taking counsels the day they were elevated in their place of work or ministry. Never shun good, godly and God- glorifying counsel!

Ask God to show you the little things you are ignoring that can rob you of His greater blessings. Attend to them now!

Mark 16: Soul winning, commandment of Jesus

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Mark 16 vs. 15- He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.

  1. The last wish of Jesus before He left the world is that his disciples should embark on soul winning.
  2. It is often said that the last wish of a man must be respected.
  3. Are you respecting the last request of Jesus?
  4. The prayer request of Jesus is for you to evangelize. Instead of answering this simple prayer request, we bombard Jesus with our prayer requests daily NOT knowing Jesus may not answer our request unless we answer his own request.

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GO –   This is a commandment not an optional instruction.

 

YE –   Jesus is talking to you. The commandment is for you.

 

INTO – Move. You cannot WIN a soul unless you take a step.

 

THE – Preach to THE blind, THE lame, THE rich, THE poor, THE young, THE old, THE sinners etc.

 

WORLD – Go to every nation, every continent, town, city and village. Salvation is for all.

 

AND – You need to do something.

 

PREACH – Tell them about the adamic sin inherited by  all men and salvation plan of God through Jesus.

 

GOSPEL – Your message must be based and rooted on the word of God, which is the Bible.

 

EVERY – The gospel is for everybody.

 

CREATURE – God does not discriminate on basis of gender, race, age, on language. Gospel is for everyone.

 

 

 

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Commentary on Mark 13:  How to be saved

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Mark 13 vs. 13- All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.

  1. You need to deny yourself food, and endure hunger to be saved.
  2. You need to avoid worldliness, and endure on the altar of prayer to be saved.
  3. You need to avoid business deals, bribery and corruption, and endure in honesty to be saved.
  4. You need to carry the cross, endure the mockery, and ridicule of men to be saved.
  5. You need to deny yourself watching wordily movies, listening to ungodly music, and endure the reproach of men to be saved.Image result
  6. You need to endure in faith, even when your prayer requests are not being answered to be saved.
  7. You need to do the work of an evangelist, missionary, and endure the persecution of anti – Christ to be saved.
  8. You need to resist the devil, and endure satanic attacks to be saved.
  9. You need to resist sexual temptation, sin and endure the hardship of Joseph in order to be saved.
  10. You need to pursue your divine mission, and endure the attacks of the enemy to be saved.

 

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