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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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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 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
  24. Instead of saying My God, My God, Saul was saying the people, the people.Babatope Babalobi: + 2348035897435 babalobi@yahoo.com

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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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Commentary on Luke 13: Facts about heaven and hell

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Matthew 7 vs. 13-14 – Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Luke 13 vs. 24 –  Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

  1. It is not easy to make heaven
  2. Entering heaven requires an effort
  3. You cannot make heaven by mistake
  4. There are strict rules you must follow and obey before you can enter heaven.
  5. Heaven is not for all comers
  6. Few people will make heaven
  7. Many people will end up in hell
  8. Entering heaven requires a life of sacrifice
  9. You need to cut off from the crowd to make heaven
  10. The way to heaven is lonely as the world will cut off from you
  11. You must struggle to make heaven
  12. You cannot stroll into heaven
  13. You cannot walk casually into heaven
  14. You need spiritual violence to enter heaven
  15. Many people desire to enter heaven but will be disqualified at the gate of heaven
  16. Few people shall be saved inspite of all teachings, number of churches, various denominations, and warnings.Image result for Matthew 7 vs. 13-14 -

Prayer

  • Holy Spirit, squeeze me into heaven 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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Ezekiel 18 vs 20: I shall not fight the battles my parents fought 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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  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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  By Pastor Enoch Adeboye
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.

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 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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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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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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  By Pastor Enoch Adeboye
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!

Christmas sermon on the birth of Jesus Christ: I shall rewrite my family history

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Mathew 1 vs 1: The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

Mathew 1 vs 17So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations.

  1. There are 42 generations between the Abraham and birth of Jesus, but Jesus was only called the son of two out of his 42 ancestors.
  2. Jesus was called the Son of Abraham and David.
  3. The forty other ancestors were mentioned just in passing, because they were not story changers like Abraham and David.
  4. Why was Jesus referred to as son of David, son of Abraham? Why not son of Josias, and son of Azor, who are part of his ancestors?
  5. It is simply because the history of the ancestry of Jesus Christ changed during the lifetime of Abraham and David

Prayers:

  1. My name, rewrite the history of my generation in Jesus name
  2. My name, redefine the history of my descendants up to the 42nd generation in Jesus name
  3. My name shall be the reference point for my family in Jesus name

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ASKING FROM THE TOP?

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    By Pastor Enoch Adeboye
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.

Christmas messages: Who is Jesus Christ?

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Mathew 3 vs 13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.14 But John forbad him, saying, I have John-The-Baptist-Paintingneed to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.

  1. Jesus was a humble man, though he was Lord, yet he subjected himself to be being baptized by John.
  2. John the baptist himself was embarrassed to baptize Jesus.
  3. Compare this to the way, the present Priests and Pastors behave as tin gods over their congregation
  4. Compare this to the way, Christians behave arrogantly over their subjects
  5. Prayer: O Lord give me a humble heart

 

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Sermon on Christmas gifts

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God needs a Christmas gift from you……My son give me thine heart- Proverbs 23 vs 26

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CHANGE WHEN HEAVEN OPENS

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 By Pastor Enoch Adeboye
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.

How to celebrate Christmas Eve

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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 vs. 6

  1. Jesus I give you my heart because you are my Saviour
  2. Jesus, I give you my life because you gave yours to me first.
  3. Jesus I give you my time to serve and worship you.
  4. Jesus I pledge my love to you because you love me first.
  5. Jesus, I give you my word to live in holiness, so that you death may not be in vain for me.
  6. Jesus, I give you my mind to meditate on your teachings day and night
  7. Jesus, I give you my strength, power and might to preach your gospel to the whole world.

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DECIDING PROTECTION MODE

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 By Pastor Enoch Adeboye
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.

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.

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John 8 vs. 12 I am the light of the world; he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life

Are you for Christmas light? There is a light that illuminates not only your homes but your life. There is a light that would be useful for you not only during the Christmas season but throughout the year.

Jesus says he is the light of the world. This is a powerful self testimony from a person whose birth causes the world to stand still on the 25th of December of every year, and whose message changed the destiny of the whole world.

When Jesus calls himself the light of the world, what does it means?

1.         It means, he is the only one and only through his name could anyone overcome all works of darkness such as sickness, crime, wars, assassinations, sins, abortions, homosexuality, and greed.

2.         It means he is the person that gives you life, and if you reject him, you will become a victim of Satan.

3.         Jesus is the light of the world, because only belief in his name can guarantee you a place in heaven, otherwise you are doomed to darkness which symbolizes hell. Read the rest of this entry »

Sermon: How to celebrate Christmas?

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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 2006 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 2006 Christmas is to understand his ministry and accept his call for your salvation.

Jesus Christ was sent by God to save the world for its sins. He was crucified on the cross shedding his precious blood as a sacrificial offering for the remission offering of the sins of mankind. The only thing God expects of you is to believe in him, and accept his plan of salvation through Jesus Christ.

This 2006 Christmas must not end without you believing in Christ, the subject of Christmas. Open your heart to him today and he will fill you with everlasting joy ensuring that everyday, not only the 25th of December is a Christmas in your life.

If you want to be saved this Christmas, say this simple prayer.

Father God, I thank you for sending your son, Jesus Christ to save me from my sins. I believe in him and accept him as my Lord and Saviour. I repent of my sins and pray that the blood of Jesus wash them away now. I am saved by the blood of Jesus this 2006 Christmas. Amen.

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CONFESSING CHRIST

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  By Pastor Enoch Adeboye
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.

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.

THE FINAL WORD

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Memorise: “He setteth an end to darkness, and searcheth out all perfection: the stones of darkness and the shadow of death” (Job 28:3)

Read: Job 28:1-3

jobThe Lord Jesus Christ is not only Alpha but also Omega. This means He is the Ending. He is the Last. He is the final Word. Revelation 22:13 says, “I am Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and Last”. On earth, nobody would want to be the last. Even a dunce in a class would not want to take the last position. Nobody would want to struggle for the last position in any competition because of the shame and disgrace associated with it.

Also, no one ever gets a prize for coming last. Why then would Jesus want to be last? He did not only become last but struggled to be the Last. Jesus became last so that you do not have to be last. He has occupied the last position for you His loved one so that there is no more space for you there. Beloved, you cannot afford to come last in anything you do because Jesus has already occupied that space.

He took your place in the space called last and absorbed your shame, disgrace and dishonor. That is why in Deuteronomy 28:13, He says you shall not be tail or beneath because there is no vacancy for you there. Are you frolicking with the last position or are you the tail? Check it out; something must be wrong somewhere – especially with your relationship with Christ. If Christ has taken your place in failure, how come you still fail?

Another reason Jesus is called the Last or Ending is so that He can control the end of anything, particularly the end of your life. He is the Ending so that He can give you a good ending. According to Deuteronomy 8:16, inspite of your wilderness experience, there is a great end awaiting you. Job 8:7 says, “Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase”.

How you started is not as important as how you will end. Many started big but ended small. Some started strong but messed up at the end of the race. Jesus is the Ending so that you can successfully terminate the race you started here on earth, in Heaven. Increase and greatness are waiting for you at the end if you are connected with the Ending.

He is the Ending so that He can have the final word – the last say in all situations and circumstances involving you. Do not be worried over what men, experts or enemies say about you: Jesus as the final say. Because He is the Ending, your future is secured. Also, He is the Ending so that He can terminate every negative occurrence in your life (Job 28:3). Worship and thank The Ending today.

Lord Jesus, because you are the Ending, let me finish strong in the Christian race.

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.