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Working for God: understanding your divine calling

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What are the signs of divine calling? Read Ezekiel 3

By Babatope Babalobi

Many people have called themselves into ministry when God has not called them.

  1. You will become addicted to the word of God ( vs. 1) – Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, eat that thou findest; eat this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel.
  2. You will become a expert a master of the word, and lover off the word of God ( vs. 3)And he said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee. Then did I eat it; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness.
  3. You will love to speak the word ( vs. 4)And he said unto me, Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with my words unto them.
  4. You will receive the anointing that disgraces the enemy ( vs. 8)Behold, I have made thy face strong against their faces, and thy forehead strong against their foreheads.
  5. You will become fearless speaking with authority and power (vs. 9) – As an adamant harder than flint have I made thy forehead: fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.
  6. You will believe in the word ( vs. 10)Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, all my words that I shall speak unto thee receive in thine heart, and hear with thine ears.
  7. You will become an evangelist (vs. 11)And go, get thee to them of the captivity, unto the children of thy people, and speak unto them, and tell them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear.
  8. You will proclaim the word without fear or favour (vs. 11) – And go, get thee to them of the captivity, unto the children of thy people, and speak unto them, and tell them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear.Image result for Ezekiel 3
  9. The spirit of God will dwell with you ( vs. 12)Then the spirit took me up, and I heard behind me a voice of a great rushing, saying, Blessed be the glory of the LORD from his place.
  10. The spirit of God will lead and direct you (vs. 12)Then the spirit took me up, and I heard behind me a voice of a great rushing, saying, Blessed be the glory of the LORD from his place.
  11. The spirit of God will show you vision ( vs. 14) – So the spirit lifted me up, and took me away, and I went in bitterness, in the heat of my spirit; but the hand of the LORD was strong upon me.
  12. The hand of the Lord shall be upon you (vs. 14) – So the spirit lifted me up, and took me away, and I went in bitterness, in the heat of my spirit; but the hand of the LORD was strong upon me.
  13. God shall speak to you ( vs. 16)And it came to pass at the end of seven days, that the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
  14. You will become a watchman (vs. 17) – Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.
  15. You will become a prophet ( vs. 17) – Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.
  16. God will talk to you ( vs. 22) – And the hand of the LORD was there upon me; and he said unto me, Arise, go forth into the plain, and I will there talk with thee.
  17. You will see the glory of God ( vs. 23) – Then I arose, and went forth into the plain: and, behold, the glory of the LORD stood there, as the glory which I saw by the river of Chebar: and I fell on my face.
  18. The spirit of God shall possess you ( vs. 24) – Then the spirit entered into me, and set me upon my feet, and spake with me, and said unto me, Go, shut thyself within thine house.
  19. The spirit of God shall empower you ( vs. 24) – Then the spirit entered into me, and set me upon my feet, and spake with me, and said unto me, Go, shut thyself within thine house.
  20. The power of God shall open thy mouth (vs. 27) But when I speak with thee, I will open thy mouth, and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; He that heareth, let him hear; and he that forbeareth, let him forbear: for they are a rebellious house.

 

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Parable of the Goat: Are you are goat or a sheep?

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Matthew 25 vs. 31-33 31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:

32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

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Are you a goat?

  1. A goat is stubborn
  2. A goat does not take instructions
  3. A goat is disobedient
  4. A goat does not believe n team work
  5. A goat is a glutton
  6. A goat strays around
  7. A goat is impatient
  8. A goat is a wanderer
  9. A goat is impervious to correction
  10. A goat is restless.

 

Are you a sheep?

  1. A sheep is gentle.
  2. A sheep is meek
  3. A sheep obeys the shepherd
  4. Sheep stroll and walk in groups and teams
  5. Sheep are easy going and patient.
  6. A sheep sits down to meditate from time to time
  7. A sheep is patient
  8. Sheep are obedient
  9. Sheep are choosy in eating food

 

Prayer

  • I kill goatee spirit in me in Jesus name
  • Good shepherd Jesus, make me  a good sheep in Jesus name

 

 

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Lessons from the story of the Good Samaritan

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Read Luke 10 vs. 30-37 

The story of the Good Samaritan is one of the most popular biblical stories.

Who is a good Samaritan and what are the qualities of a good Samaritan?

  1. He is compassionate – vs. 33   But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,
  1. He is fearless and courageous – vs. 34And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
  2. He is caring – vs. 34
  3. He is loving – vs. 34 
  4. He is accommodating
  5. He is patient
  6. He spends his money on strangers

7. Does not maltreat strangers

     8.  Share his wealth with others – 34, vs. 3534 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and        wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 And on the morrow              when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and           whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.                                                                          

  9.  He is generous – vs. 35And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will                   repay thee.

10.  He is not idle – vs. 35

11. He is merciful – 37And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou  likewise.

12. He loves his neighbour as himself – vs. 37 And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.

13. He abandoned his journey to take care of a situation – vs. 34 

14.  He does not help for selfish motives or personal gain – vs. 35 

15.  He is not poor – vs. 35

16.   He is not a debtor – vs. 35 Image result for good samaritan

17.  He is a good nurse – vs. 34

 

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Bible facts about Virgin Mary

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  1. The Bible is silent about her ancestry. She is just called a Virgin – Luke 1 vs. 26 – 27 26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.
  2. She received the favour of God to have been chosen to be the mother of Jesus as she could not have been the only Virgin woman in the land – Luke 1 vs. 28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
  3. She was divinely blessed to be the mother of Jesus – Luke 1 vs. 28  And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
  4. She conceived by the power of the Holy Ghost not by sexual relationship with a man – Luke 1 vs. 35And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
  5. She was from a poor family – Luke 1 vs. 48For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
  6. Jesus did not grant her any special status or privilege – Luke 8 vs. 21  And he answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it
  7. Jesus preached against Mary’s adoration – Luke 11 vs. 28 But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

 

 

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Sermon/Prayer for divine visitation

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Luke 1 vs. 34 – 34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?

  1. “How shall this be?” were the words of Mary when she was told she will give birth to baby Jesus without sexual relationship with a man
  2. Some of us are asking a similar question wondering how a supernatural miracle will come to pass in our life
  3. Someone that has experienced marital delay is asking: How shall this be that I will get married soon?
  4. Someone sick to death is asking a similar question: How shall this be that I will get healed and recover my strength?
  5. Someone that has been in debts is asking the same question: How shall this be that my credit rating will improve?
  6. No matter your situation, you do not need to ask in disbelief any longer; for
  • The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee – Luke 1 vs. 35And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
  • The power of God shall overshadow thee – Luke 1 vs. 35And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

Prayer

  • Holy Ghost come upon me now in Jesus name.
  • Power of the Most High God, overshadow me in Jesus name.

 

 

 

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Commentary on Luke 12: How to overcome covetousness

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Luke 12 vs. 15, 21 15And 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.  21So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.Image result for Luke 12 vs. 15, 21 - 15And 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. 21So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

  1. Covetousness is the spirit of ingratitude, not being satisfied and never contended.
  2. Covetousness is the spirit of envy and jealousy, not appreciating Gods goodness in your life, but desiring to compete with your neigbour
  3. Coventousness is the spirit of greed, having good clothes and shoes that you have not worn in a year, yet complaining that you dont have enough.
  4. Covetousness is not being satisfied with one wife, but acquiring a harem of women.
  5. Covetousness is not being faithful to your spouse, but engaging in adultery because of rewards.
  6. Covetousness is offering sex for favour and profits
  7. Covetousness is a compulsive desire for the latest trends, desiring to acquire every new technology and gadgets while the old ones in your house are largely utilized.
  8. Covetousness is desiring  to make profit from every activity, desiring to make gain from every relationship and monetizing every act.
  9. Covetousness is stealing and earning income illegitimately.
  10. Covetous people are never satisfied with their material assets. They are never contented and never have enough.

Prayer

  • I reject material riches that will destroy my soul in Jesus name.

 

 

 

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Commentary on Luke 12: How to be rich towards God

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Luke 12 vs. 21So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.Image result for Luke 12 vs. 21 - So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

  1. By winning soul
  2. By supporting the gospel financially
  3. By serving God in a church or ministry
  4. By teaching the word of God
  5. By preaching the message of God
  6. By manifesting the love of God to the needy
  7. By manifesting the character of a good Christian and attracting others to the kingdom
  8. Being filled with the word of God, the greater the word you know, the richer you are spiritually
  9. By sacrificing material comfort for the kingdom, for doing missionary work.
  10. Investing time, money and energy in God’s work.

Prayer

  • My soul receive spiritual riches in Jesus name.

 

 

 

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Bible study: Rebellion and stubbornness of King Saul

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1 Samuel 15Image result for and God repented that he had made saul king

  1. God anointed Saul, as such he is expected to implement a godly agenda – vs. 1
  2. Soul was given a specific instruction to utterly destroy all – vs. 2
  3. Soul carried out the assignment on his terms, not as divinely instructed. He spared Agag the King of Amalekites and the best of the Amalekites – vs. 9
  4. God regretted anointing Saul. Prophet Samuel was depressed that Saul disobeyed God vs. 11
  5. When you disobey, you need to tell lie to cover up your lies. King Saul lied that he has obeyed God – vs. 13
  6. Saul praised God in disobedience. Your worship in disobedience is an abomination before God vs. 14
  7. King Saul was not convicted of his sin, and was ignorant of his sin – vs. 13
  8. King Saul was impatient. Samuel came to ask him but he did not want Samuel to speak, before justifying his disobedience – vs. 14
  9. Saul was a victim of greed and covetous – vs. 15
  10. King Saul preferred to obey the people rather than the voice of the Lord – vs. 15
  11. King Saul brought abomination to worship God. Your ill-gotten treasure is an abomination before God – vs. 15
  12. King Saul refused to admit his error. He reinforced his sin, lied against God, twisted the word of God by insisting he has obeyed God – vs. 20
  13. You cannot bribe God with abomination – vs. 22
  14. Rebellion is equal to witchcraft – vs. 23
  15. Stubbornness is equal to idolatry – vs. 23
  16. King Saul feared the world rather than word of God – vs. 23
  17. King Saul feared the people more than God, he pleased the people rather than pleasing God
  18. King Saul sin is comparable to treason against government
  19. Idolatry and witchcraft are two grievous sin in the Bible punishable with death penalty.
  20. Even in sin and rebellion, King Saul was much more interested in pleasing the people and gaining public honors. He forced Samuel to join him in public worship – vs. 30
  21. Stubbornness and rebellion kills vs. 35
  22. Disobedience will cause God to reject us – vs. 23
  23. If you stand with righteousness, though you may be poor now, richness is waiting for you
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Power of prayer

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Read Luke 9 vs. 28-36 – 28 And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray.

29 And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering.

30 And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias:

31 Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem.

32 But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw his glory, and the two men that stood with him.

33 And it came to pass, as they departed from him, Peter said unto Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias: not knowing what he said.

34 While he thus spake, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud.

35 And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.

36 And when the voice was past, Jesus was found alone. And they kept it close, and told no man in those days any of those things which they had seen.

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What happens when we pray hard, fervent, deep and without ceasing prayer?

Jesus prayed on the mountain and the following occurred:

  1. His appearance changed – 29And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering.
  2. The light of God shined on him and his cloths turned white – vs. 29And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering.
  3. Host of heaven appeared and visited him – vs. 30And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias
  4. Host of heaven talked with him – vs. 30And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias
  5. Glory of God appeared to him – vs. 31Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem.
  6. Visions and revelations were shown to him on the future – vs.31 Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem.
  7. Cloud of heaven overshadowed him – vs. 34 While he thus spake, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud.
  8. Heaven spoke to him – vs. 35And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.
  9. He was loved by heaven – vs. 35 And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.

Prayer

  • Spirit of prayer fall on me in Jesus name.

 

 

 

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Luke 15: benefits of evangelism, why evangelism is important

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Luke 15 vs. 7, 10I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance. 10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

  1. There is joy in heaven over one new convert in Sunday service more, than 99 saved members who came for service.Image result for Luke 15 vs. 7, 10 - 7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance. 10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.
  2. There is joy in heaven over a Christian that won a soul to Christ than a big church congregation that has not converted a single sinner to Christ.
  3. There is joy in the presence of God over one sinner that gave his life to Christ than 99 saved church members who came for Sunday service.
  4. There is joy in the presence of God over a street evangelism that led to conversion of sinners, rather than a big church service that did not lead to a conversion of anyone.

Prayer

  • Wisdom to win souls anyhow, anywhere, anytime, fell on me in Jesus name.

Sermon on Luke 16: Account for your stewardship

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Luke 16 vs. 2 And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward.Image result for Luke 16 vs. 2 - And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward.

  1. There is a day God is going to ask you to account for how you spent the 24hrs of the day in your life time.
  2. There is a day God is going to ask you to account for how you spent your teenage years, adult years and old years.
  3. There is day God is going to ask you to account for how you spent the riches He gave you.
  4. There is a day God is going to ask you to account for how you used your talents, gifts, and skills.
  5. There is a day God is going to ask you to account for how you trained your children.
  6. There is a day God is going to ask you how many souls you brought along to heaven
  7. There is a day God is going to ask you how you used your beauty to lead people to heaven or hell.
  8. There is day God is going to ask you how you used your position, status, businesses, time, energy, and power to serve God or Satan.
  9. There is a day God is going to ask you how you made your money
  10. There is day God is going to ask you how many men or women who were not your wife or husband you slept with, or how many marriages you destroyed through your sexual infidelity.
  11. There is a day God is going to ask you to account for your life and defend your biography.

Prayer

  • My life shall not glorify Satan in Jesus name.

Sermon on Luke 14: Compel them to come!

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Luke 14 vs. 23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

Jesus instructed his followers to compel people to come to the House of God. How could you achieve this?Image result for evangelism

  1. You must know you are a servant of God
  2. You must be willing to serve God.
  3. You must develop or prepare a strategy or plan to serve God
  4. You must ‘Go out’ to serve God
  5. You cannot serve God in the comfort of your bedroom ‘Go out’ to the streets, ‘Go out’ to office, ‘Go out’ to the burdened, ‘Go out’ to the unbelievers, ‘Go out’ to the unsaved.
  6. ‘Go out’ means doing the work of a Missionary or Evangelist
  7. ‘Go out’ means leaving your church for mission fields.
  8. There is no resident evangelist or missionary. Evangelists and Missionaries are always on the field.
  9. Nowadays, we are contended in preaching to saved souls. We focus only on Churches on Sundays and during week service
  10. ‘Go to the highways’. Highways are places you find a crowd and human traffic. Go to markets, public spots, football fields, schools, take over the internet, facebook, twitter, Instagram etc. for Christ
  11. Go to the hedges. These are places that are remote, inaccessible, and difficult to reach. The Hedges are urban slums, coastal areas, mountainous areas, deserts, and Island, villages, Iceland etc.
  12. Compel them to come with spiritual and material gifts
  13. Compel them to come by offering them a ride, give them a meal pack, follow them up, remind them through phone calls or text messages. Visit them, intercede and pray for them
  14. Compel them to come. Pressurize them to come to God’s house!

 

Prayer

  • Holy Spirit teach me how to evangelise in Jesus name

 

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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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Prayer for the fruit of the womb

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Prayer to overcomer barrenness

Read Luke 1

  1. Zacharias was a Priest in the Bible.
  2. he Bible says his wife, Elizabeth was barren.
  3. It is a mystery that, Elizabeth was barren despite her righteousness and her husband’s Priestly role.
  4. The Bible said both were righteous before God (Luke 1 vs. 6) yet they had no child.
  5. Both walked in the ordinances of God, yet they had no child (Luke 1 vs. 6)
  6. Both kept the commandments of God yet they had no child (Luke 1 vs. 6)
  7. The Bible described both blameless before God, yet they had no child, even till old age (Luke 1 vs. 6)
  8. Why did they remained childless? Why did the prayers of the Priest of the Lord remain unanswered? This is a mystery only God can explain.
  9. The good news, however, is that their life did not end in barrenness, as they eventually gave birth to John the Baptist.

 

How were they able to overcome barrenness?

  1. Zechariah continued to serve the Lord diligently – Luke 1 vs. 8
  2. Zechariah had angelic visitation – Luke 1 vs. 11
  3. The Bible says in Luke 1 vs 13 that God heard their prayers, which implies that they must have been praying
  4. God turned their impossibilities to possibilities – Luke 1 vs. 38

 

Prayer

You may be serving the Lord, and still experience barrenness. To overcome barrenness,

  • Trust Him.
  • Serve Him.
  • Pray to Him for divine visitation

 

As you do so, the Lord of Zacharias and Elizabeth shall visit your womb 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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Prayers against barrenness -Your impossibilities shall become possible!  

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And behold thy cousin Elisabeth she hath also conceived a son in her old age and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren ..Luke 1 vs 36Image result for For with God nothing shall be impossible. Luke 1 vs 37

  1. Elisabeth was called barren but she gave birth to John the Baptist at old age.
  2. Elisabeth was very old and remained barren, even his husband never had faith he could ever become a father.
  3. But the Bible said God appeared and visited to him.
  4. For with God nothing shall be impossible. Luke 1 vs 37
  5. Elisabeth who was called barren conceived at old age.
  6. The God of Elisabeth shall turn your impossibilities to possibilities in Jesus name

My impossibilities shall become possible in Jesus name

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MESSENGER OR MESSAGE?

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  By Pastor Enoch Adeboye
Memorise: “The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever” (Isaiah 40:8)

Read: Isaiah 40:6-8

In 2 Kings 5:9-12, when Naaman eventually got to the house of Elisha, he felt too big to enter. He stayed outside and waited for the man of God to come and meet him. However, Elisha sent a messenger to him, instructing him on what to do to be cured of his leprosy.

Naaman was furious. He felt humiliated. ‘Who does this so-called prophet think he is anyway? Has he not heard of my name? He feels too big to come out to attend to me, and finally sent a messenger’, he wondered. He decided to return to Syria! Whenever God sends a message through a messenger, one is more important than the other.

The message is God’s Word. God’s Word is the same as God (John 1:1). Therefore God’s Word is more important than the messenger or vessel through whom it is sent. Several believers today are not different from Naaman in this aspect. When they get to church and discover the preacher taking the sermon is not the G.O. or pastor, they will suddenly grow cold on the message.

You will hear some of them say, ‘ I don’t get blessed whenever any other pastor preaches other than my pastor’. This is a mark of childhood. If your reception of God’s Word is dependent on who preaches and who does not preach, you are exalting the messenger above the message.

“The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever” (Isaiah 40:8). Today’s reading tells us that long after the messenger has passed away, the Word of God still stands. If you are a true seeker of the Most High, the messenger He uses in communicating with you does not matter. You will joyfully receive the message and act on it.

Today, even when some prophetic utterances are coming directly from the Throne of Grace, some highly learned intellectuals cannot receive it, because they focus on the grammatical errors of the messenger. Some find it difficult to receive a divine message coming through their child, ward or even house help.

If Naaman had not listened to his house help, he would have died a leper. Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit. Concentrate on the Word not the messenger. The messenger can make mistakes being a man, but God’s Word stands forever. Sharpen your reception today!

Father, help me to receive your messages through whatever medium you choose.

DIVINE PRESENCE FACILITATES GOOD WORKS

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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.

BEYOND ENEMY’S DEATH

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wolfsMemorise: “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves” (Matthew 10:16)

Read: Matthew 2:19-23

After the wise men returned by another route to their home country, Herod was more than furious. He had waited in vain and now he was quite certain they were not returning. That was not enough to terminate his secret plot to kill Jesus. Then he went all out to get Him. He ordered all children from two years and below to be executed. This shows Satan’s limitation in knowledge.

Satan knows too little – in fact next to nothing compared with our God who is All-knowing. Why could Satan not inform his representative – king Herod where Jesus was? Why did he have to depend on the wise men to tell him? Up till now, Satan acts on the information he gathers through his agents from people.

Unfortunately, some believers are the ones keeping Satan informed about their plans, strategies and next moves, yet they are surprised when they meet with disappointments. Can you imagine, even though king Herod was told of a child born king, he was so mad that he could not differentiate between male and female children. He killed all, even when common sense should have told him that his target was a male. Satan is an indiscriminate life waster! He does not mind taking 10,000 lives in an attempt to waste just one valued life! And most times, it is the supposed innocents that are wasted.

No unbeliever is safe. God can do anything to protect His own. It is an irony that the parents of the children who were killed were under Satan’s control. This tells us that the greatest victims of the devil are his devotees and their families. Satan cannot keep anyone who comes under his cover!

Moreover, one would have thought that the search for the child Jesus was over the moment king Herod died. That was far from it. Why? King Herod’s son was well informed. Infact, he thought the child was born to displace him. So he continued his search, hence God warned Joseph on his return from Egypt not to stay in Judea. This was how Jesus grew up in Galilee. We should not rest on our oars even after the death of an enemy. Watch his or her descendants to know if any of them has continued from where their parents stopped.

The death of a notable enemy is not necessarily the end of his or her wickedness or dreams (Esther 8:3-14). Some people who were delivered from their strong enemy, later became preys of the children of that enemy because they were taken unawares. Be on guard! After that victory, don’t go on vacation. Stand!

Father, terminate by fire every satanic arrangement of my late enemies and their successors against my destiny.

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.

Prayer points: I overcome the strongman of the new year

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Luke 11 vs 21- 22: When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe. But when someone stronger attacks and overpowers him, he takes away the armor in which the man trusted and divides up his plunder.

  1. Strongman of the new year, somersault and die in Jesus name
  2. I overcome every strongman of the new year in Jesus name.
  3. Power to overcome strongmen of the new year, fall on me in Jesus name.
  4. Strongman assigned to hinder my blessings in the new year, be arrested in Jesus
  5. I plunder my blessings from the hands of the Strongman of this year.
  6. Anointing to be stronger than the strongman fall on me in Jesus name

 

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New Year declarations: I download the blessings of the new year

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Jeremiah 22:29 – O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD

  1. New year hear the word of God favour me in Jesus name
  2. New year arise and vomit my blessings in Jesus name
  3. I receive the power to start and finish the year in Jesus name
  4. I programme goodness and mercy into the new year
  5. I deprogramme evils waiting for me in the new year.
  6. I download the blessings of the new year in Jesus name

 

 

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New Year Prophecy: I shall not be sick in the new year

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Isaiah 43 vs 4-5- 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

  1. In this new year, I shall not be admitted to an hospital in Jesus name
  2. Balm of Gilead heal me from January to December in Jesus name
  3. You spirit of sickness waiting for me in the new year, I arrest you in Jesus name.
  4. Those who want me to die in the new year shall die in Jesus name.
  5. I kill powers waiting to kill me in the new year.
  6. I waste powers waiting to waste me in the new year.
  7. Fire of God consume demons assign to afflict my body soul and spirit.
  8. I receive divine healing from January to December
  9. Roots of sicknesses in my life, roast by fire in Jesus name

 

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New year declarations: This year I shall seek God first

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Matthew 6 vs 33: But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

  1. In the new year, I shall submit myself to Jesus
  2. In the new year, I refuse to serve Satan.
  3. In the new year, I shall not be a sleeping Christian.
  4. In the new year, Holy Spirit help me to read the Bible
  5. In the new year, I shall be obedient to the word of God
  6. In the new year, Jesus shall be my first best friend
  7. In the new year, God shall be first.

 

 

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Declarations for new year: In this new year, I will serve the Lord

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“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with ….LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the LORD  -Mathew 22 vs 27

  1. In this new year, I shall flee from sins.
  2. In this new year, I shall stop lying.
  3. In this new year, I shall control my anger.
  4. In this new year, my ways shall be right.
  5. In this new year, I shall not cheat my wife or husband
  6. In this new year, I will serve the Lord
  7. In this new year, I shall be a responsible parent.
  8. In this new year I shall be a soul winner in Jesus name

 

 

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New Year Prayers: This year shall favour me in Jesus name

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Psalm 102 vs 13: Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.

  1. This new year shall favour me in Jesus name
  2. I name this new year FAVOUR!
  3. I command this new year to favour me in Jesus name
  4. This is the year of my favour in Jesus name.
  5. Favour pursue me in the new year in Jesus name

 

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Cross over prayers: Holy Spirit mark me for favour

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From now on let no one trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus –Galatians 6 vs 17

  1. As I cross over to the new year, I mark myself with the blood of Jesus.
  2. As I cross over to the new year, I mark myself with the fire of the Holy Ghost.
  3. As I cross over to the new year, Holy Spirit mark me for favour.
  4. As I cross over to the new year, Angels of God encamp around me in Jesus name.

 

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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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New Year prayers: golden gates of the New year open in Jesus name

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And for a spirit of judgment To him who is sitting in the judgment, And for might to those turning back the battle to the gate. Isaiah 28:6

  1. Gates of the new year, I possess you in Jesus name.new year prayers
  2. I take authority over the new year in Jesus name.
  3. Gates of breakthrough in the new year, be opened in Jesus name.
  4. Evil gatemen of the new year, I overcome you in Jesus name
  5. Gates of the new year be lifted up in Jesus name
  6. Breakthrough doors of the new year, be lifted up in Jesus name

 

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Prayer points for the end of the year: The Lord shall fight for me

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Exodus 14 vs 14: The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace

 

  1. God of Israel, fight my battles in this new year.
  2. Battles waiting for me in the new year, fade away by the blood of Jesus
  3. The enemies I saw in the past year, I shall not see them this new year in Jesus name.
  4. I receive power to become stronger than the strongman in Jesus name.
  5. Powers planning to reinforce poverty, sickness, failures against my life this new year, be consumed by the host of heaven
  6. Evil reinforcements against my destiny scatter in Jesus name

 

 

 

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Prayers end of the year: My glory arise and shine

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Genesis 45 vs. 13 – And ye shall tell my father of all my glory in Egypt, and of all that ye have seen; and ye shall haste and bring down my father hither.

  1. My glory arise and shine early in the new year in Jesus name.
  2. Glory destroyers, I destroy you in Jesus name.
  3. Glory that cannot be insulted, envelop me in the new year.
  4. Glory of the new year, possess me in Jesus name
  5. I shall be a blessing not a liability in the new year.

 

 

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New year Christian prayers: I receive the power for a new begining

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Revelation 1 vs 8: “I am the Alpha and the Omega–the beginning and the end,” says the Lord God

  1. I receive the power to start and finish the new year in Jesus name
  2. I receive the power to breakthrough early in the new year in Jesus name.
  3. As I enter the new year, I shall start and end well in Jesus name.
  4. Alpha and Omega guide me in the new year.
  5. In this new year I receive the alpha and omega anointing in Jesus name

 

 

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End of Year prayers: Evils of the new year, pass over me in Jesus name

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Ephesians 5:16: Redeeming the timebecause the days are evil

  1. I shall not eat the evils of the new year in Jesus name
  2. I shall not eat out of the tragedies and calamities of the new year in Jesus name
  3. Evil days waiting for me in the new year, be converted to the days of Joy in Jesus name
  4. Powers that say the new year shall not be happy for me, be silenced in Jesus name.
  5. Evils of the new year, pass over me in Jesus name

 

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End of year deliverance prayers: My failures shall expire

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“Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert” (Isaiah 43:19).

  1. I receive power to move from minimum to maximum in the new year
  2. My head, be lifted up in the new year.
  3. My horn be exalted in the new year.
  4. Failures that followed me this year, expire with this year in Jesus name
  5. My failures expire with this year in Jesus name.
  6. As I cross over to the next year, my problems shall expire in Jesus name

 

 

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End of Year prayers- My blessings in Year 2017 wait for me, I am coming!

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Lift your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in- Psalm 24 vs 9

  1. My father and my God, give me an end of year bonus in Jesus name
  2. Year 2016 shall not use me to balance its accounts in Jesus name
  3. I refuse to carry over sickness into the new year in the name of Jesus
  4. I refuse to carry over poverty, bareness, joblessness, into the new year in Jesus name
  5. Every affliction, expire with 2016 in Jesus name
  6. Year, 2017, wait for me, I am coming in Jesus name
  7. My jobs, contracts, breakthroughs, sound health, visas, international travels, and blessings in 2017, wait for me I am coming in Jesus name
  8. My miracles in 2017, wait for me I am coming in Jesus name

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Make this Christmas merry

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John 3 vs. 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him, should not perish but have everlasting life – 

Another Christmas, the greatest celebration in the world is here. How are you preparing to mark the Christmas? Are you planning to go on holidays or you are on holidays already?

Have you decorated your offices and homes with lightings and Christmas trees? Have you given gifts to friends and relations that have been of support to you throughout the year? Have you done the traditional Christmas shopping and have bought clothes for the kids

Christmas is a time of fun, entertainment, merry making, relaxation, and festivities.

No matter how you are planning to spend the Christmas, it is important to remember the reason for the celebration. Jesus Christ is the author of Christmas as the day is a remembrance of his birthday.

Your Christmas celebrations will not be complete and will in fact be meaningless if you do not know and discover the reason for the celebration. How would you feel if someone marks your birthday and forgets to wish you the celebrant a happy birthday?

Jesus is the celebrant and one important thing you must do this Christmas is to understand his ministry and accept his call for your salvation. Read the rest of this entry »

Names of Jesus Christ-Wonderful, Counselor,The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of

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Memorise: “Thou didst blow with thy wind, the sea covered them: they sank as lead in the mighty waters” (Exodus 15:10)

Read: Exodus 15:1-11

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

In the above verse, we are told of five names and titles of our Lord Jesus Christ and each of them is not only power-packed, but also significant for His church on earth. He is called ‘Wonderful’.

This means full of wonders. The fact that He is called Wonderful means that we should expect lots of wonder, surprise-causing events from Him. Exodus 15:11 lends credence to this special name saying, “Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods?Image result

Who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?” Why is He called Wonderful? It is because He is the custodian of wonders – both pleasant and unpleasant, and gives them out to His friends, foes and demons as situation demands.

For instance at the Red Sea, He revealed Himself to both the Israelites and the Egyptians as the One full of wonders. He gave the former pleasant wonders by parting the Red Sea for them to escape from their enemies. It was in appreciation of this that the Israelites sang the song of Moses (Exodus 15:1-19).

On the other hand, the Egyptians got their dose of surprise – but a negative one this time. They saw the Red Sea open and they went after Israel. Their mouths were open as they saw what they never saw before, and were still looking when the sea covered them.

Unfortunately, many enemies of God never live to tell the story of their encounter with the Wonderful. Someone asked, What is a wonder? A wonder is an unexpected event that leaves your mouth wide open. The Yorubas call it Iyanu – (a wonder that leaves your mouth agape). When you encounter the Wonderful, you will not know when your mouth will open in surprise. If nothing has caused you to open your mouth without closing it, you are yet to know Him as the Wonderful.

Until He reveals Himself to you as the Wonderful, you cannot assess the surprise packages in His kitty that can truly overwhelm you. From today, ask Him to reveal Himself to you as the Wonderful. Situations in your life will only respond to Him as the Wonderful.

Ask that God would terminate the activities of false prophets and false churches in this nation.

Christmas day sermon: Lessons from the birth of Jesus Christ

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Christmas sermon: lessons from the Birth of Jesus Christ

 Read Mathew 1 and 2; and Luke 1

  1. You shall be rewarded. There is a reward for chastity and purity. Mary would have lost her divine destiny if she indulged in premarital sex during courtship with Joseph. –Mathew 1 vs 18. As you hold on to sexual purity, you shall be rewarded in Jesus name.
  2. You shall be favoured. Mary was favoured. She could not have been the only Virgin in the land, but she was highly favoured among women. – Luke 1 vs 29. I pray you shall attract favour in Jesus name.
  3. You shall be singled out for blessing. Mary was singled out for blessing. God decided to bless Mary with a son of the Holy Ghost. – Luke 1 vs 29. I pray you shall be singled out for blessing among a multitude of men and women in Jesus name.
  4. You shall be promoted. Mary was a house girl, promoted to become ‘mother of God’. The Bible describes her as a handmaid. Luke 1 vs 47.  Yet she was magnified above all women. I pray God shall turn your weakness to strength in Jesus name
  5. You shall not be barren. Bareness is not from God. The Holy Spirit that caused a virgin woman to conceive and bore a son called Jesus, without sexual intercourse, would cause every woman that has a womb or without a womb to be a mother of children. – Mathew 1 vs 18.
  6. Your reproaches shall be rolled away. Jesus rolled away the reproach of Elisabeth. John was born six months earlier, as a forerunner of Jesus. John had to be born earlier because he had a part to play to fulfil Jesus’s ministry. Elisabeth who faced the reproach of bareness for many decades, gave birth to John who heralded the ministry of Jesus. Luke 1 vs 36. As you celebrate Jesus every reproach of bareness in your life shall be rolled away in Jesus name.
  7. Receive faith. Mary was a woman of faith. Mary believed the Angel of God. Luke 1 vs 38. I pray faithlessness shall not deny you a breakthrough in Jesus name.
  8. Your husband shall be a just man. Joseph was a just man. Joseph the ‘father’ of Jesus was described as a ‘just man’. May God give single ladies just men as husbands in Jesus name. – Mathew 1 vs 19
  9. Receive divine visitation and guidance. An Angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph. The angel of the Lord shall appear to you today to give you direction and guidance in Jesus name– Mathew 1 vs 20.
  10. Jesus shall save you. His name means saviour. No matter the depth, degree, or nature of sin you have committed in the past, Jesus will save you when you call unto him. Mathew 1 vs 21
  11. God shall not fail you. God does not lie. Jesus’s birth was in fulfilment of prophecy by Prophet Isaiah 9 vs 6; and several other prophets. I prophesy that every good prophecy on you shall come to pass in Jesus name- Mathew 1 vs 22.
  12. God is with you. Jesus means God with us. Anytime you shout the name Jesus, know surely that you are bringing down the attention and presence of God to your situation – Mathew 1 vs 23.
  13. There is a reward for obedience. Adam disobeyed God. But Joseph obeyed God. Joseph would have lost his place in the divine salvation plan of God if he had not obeyed God and agreed to accept a pregnancy he is not responsible for. – Mathew 1 vs 24. Choose to obey God today.
  14. Wise men shall minister to you. Wise men came to look for Jesus. I pray that your destiny shall attract wise men in Jesus name- Mathew 2 vs 1.
  15. Your star shall shine. The Star of Jesus appeared brightly from the time of his birth and was seen from the East. I pray that you Star shall shine early in your life- Mathew 2 vs 2.
  16. God shall trouble your troublers. Herod was troubled at the birth of Jesus. God shall trouble your troublers in Jesus name. The powers that are sad because of your breakthroughs shall be silenced in Jesus name- Mathew 2 vs 3.
  17. Follow follow powers shall die. Wise men followed the Star of Jesus for good, but Herod monitored Jesus’s Star for evil. I pray powers following and monitoring your star for evil shall die suddenly like Herod in Jesus name- Mathew 2 vs 7.
  18. You shall move from poverty to prosperity. Jesus born in a manger, became wealthy from birth as He was presented with precious gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. I pray you Star shall attracted gifts that shall banish poverty from your family in Jesus name- Mathew 2 vs 11.
  19. You shall move from minimum to maximum. Jesus was born among animals in a manger with swaddling clothes around him. Luke 2 vs 7. This is the humblest of birth, but he ended up being the greatest person that ever lived on earth. It is not your beginning that matters, nor where you are, the power of God shall promote you from the minimum to the maximum.
  20. God will give you space. There was no space for Jesus in the inn. Luke 2 vs 7. Those denying you a space now, shall come back to bow before you in Jesus name.
  21. Prepare for divine visitation. Angels visited Jesus at birth, Luke 2 vs 9. An angel of God shall visit you today and always in Jesus name.
  22. Receive God’s Glory. The glory of God filled the presence of Jesus from birth. Luke 2 vs 9. The glory of God shall overshadow you today and all the days of your life in Jesus name.
  23. God shall deliver you. Herod sought to destroy Jesus from birth. Those seeking your life from birth shall die, the battles of your life from birth, shall expire in Jesus name- Mathew 2 vs 13.
  24. Your Herods shall die. ‘But when Herod was dead’ Mathew 2 vs 19. The powers that want you dead shall die in Jesus name.
  25. Expect divine direction. Jesus was born in Bethlehem- Mathew 2 vs 1; and was taken to Egypt on divine instruction- Mathew 2 vs 13; and later to Nazareth by divine revelation- Mathew 2 vs 22. I pray that your steps shall be directed by God in Jesus name. You shall not walk amiss in Jesus name.
  26. You shall not be stagnant.And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon him’. Luke 2 vs 40.
  27. You shall move forward. You shall grow just as Jesus grew. Luke 2 vs 40.
  28. You shall increase. You shall increase in strength just as Jesus increased in strength. Luke 2 vs 40.
  29. You shall be wise. You shall be filled with wisdom just as Jesus was wise. Luke 2 vs 40.
  30. Receive great grace. The grace of Jesus shall be upon you just as Jesus was filled with grace. Luke 2 vs 40.

 

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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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    By Pastor Enoch Adeboye
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!