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Proverbs 23 vs. 26 – My son, give me thine heart: Sermon

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Proverbs 23 vs. 26 – My son, give me thine heart…”

  1. Daily we all pray to God to give us our needs. This is quite biblical and scriptural.
  2. Our prayer every day to God is mostly about requesting one thing or the other from God.
  3. Our prayer requests most times is requesting God to give us something
  • God give me a husband
  • God give me a wife
  • God give us children
  • God give me house
  • God give me money
  • God give me car
  • God give me visa
  • God give me job
  • God give me clothes
  • God give me.., God give me…,God give me….is a recurring decimal in our prayers
  1. The interesting thing is that any good relationship is not a one-way traffic.
  2. Relationship has to be mutually benefitting.
  3. Just as we want God to give us various things, God also want something from us.
  4. There is something God wants you to give him today, will you be willing to give Him?
  5. We may have various prayer requests before God, but God only have one prayer requests for us
  6. We may want God to give us several things, but God wants just one thing from us
  7. There is something God wants you to give him today, are your ready to give Him?
  8. We want clothes, money, house, job, husbands etc from God…but He also wants something from us. Just one thing.
  9. Let’s look at what the Bible says

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Proverbs 23 vs. 26 – My son, give me thine heart…”

Heaven is lamenting that several of us have giving our heart to several other gods.

Who have you given your heart?

What have you opened your heart?

How have you given other gods your heart?

I refuse to give my heart to Satan

  1. Many people have given their heart to football. A lot of people have given their heart to Manchester United (Red devils), Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Barcelona football clubs their heart. There are ready to sacrifice anything for their idol clubs and stars.
  • I cut your heart from the god of soccer in Jesus name.

 

How have you given other gods your heart?

  1. Have you given your heart to mobile phones instead of God? T. Are you attached to phone more that the Bible? Do you spend more time on phone more than on prayer? Don’t become too much attached to your phone, that affects your relationship with God and man.

How have you given other gods your heart?

  1. Have you given your heart to Television programmes, movies, and films… Hollywood, Nollywood, and Bollywood? TV programmes like Nigeria can become your idol when you waste productive time watching unproductive programmes. Is there any TV programme you cannot do without watching? Spend more time praying, reading the Bible rather than sleeping and watching TV programmes that never ends

How have you given other gods your heart?

  1. Have you given your heart to Guinness, Stout, Heineken, and other Strong drinks and Beers?If you are hooked to drinks then it has become your god. If you can’t do without drinking bottles at set times, that the Bacchus spirit has overcome you.
  • I decree your deliverance from Bacchus, the god of beer in Jesus name

How have you given other gods your heart?

  1. Have you given your heart to drugs and cigarettes instead of to God?:Many people are addicted to drugs and cigarettes and its adversely affecting incomes, causing depression, breaking marriages and ill health.

 

How have you given other gods your heart?

  1. Have you given your heart to strange women like Samson and Solomon? Are you addicted to sex? Two much sex even with in marriage becomes an addiction. It becomes worse if you are involved in any form of sexual perversion, fornication, adultery, masturbation, pornography etc.
  • Receive your deliverance from the god of sex in Jesus name

Proverbs 23 vs. 26 – My son, give me thine heart…”

  1. Have you given your heart to money?:Money anwereth all things but the love of all things breeds evil. Love of money creates greed and an insatiable appetite for money makes you define every relationship in monetary terms. The love of money has caused many people to commit evils and worship money as god.
  • Receive your deliverance from Baal, the god of money in Jesus name.

 

How have you given other gods your heart?

  1. Have you given your heart to fashion?:Do you lay too much emphasis on your looks, make up, make down, the cloths you wear, jewelleries, rings, and attires? Are you fashion conscious always chasing the latest styles and trends?
  • Receive your deliverance from the spirit of Jezebel in Jesus name
  1. Some people have given their heart to Dogs. Their Dogs is their God.In most parts of Europe, the dog is the heir apparent, crown prince and best friend of its owner.. Do you spend more money and time on your dog more than for God?
  • Receive your deliverance from the god of the beast in Jesus name
  1. Have you given your heart to newspapers, novels, Magazine, Books?:The Bible warns against much learning. The Bible, a compilation of stories of life, proverbs of wisdom, moral virtues and God’s plan for mankind. Some have read all series of popular Handley Chase, Mills and Booms, whereas, they have not read the Bible thoroughly. Some cannot do without reading newspapers daily, but reading a chapter of the Bible a month becomes a big problem.
  2. Have you given your heart to food:Do you find difficult to fast even till 12 noon once a week? Are you a glutton or cannot take your eyes off from food? Do you eat 24 times a day? Then food has become your god. Unless you kill your flesh and abstain from food and drinks from time to time, your spirit man will not receive the fire of God.
  • Receive your deliverance from the spirit of gluttony in Jesus name
  1. Have you given your heart to worldly music- Hip Pop, R and B, Rap??Some Christians know all kinds of latest worldly songs and sing them all day. The Bible warns about evil communication corrupting good morals.? Do you sing worldly songs rather than praising God? Unfortunately, worldly music and dance has not only penetrated but taken over the church. There are lot of dancing and entertaining churches around
  • Receive your deliverance from the god of music in Jesus name

 

Proverbs 23 vs. 26 – My son, give me thine heart…”

How do you give God your heart?

  1. You give God your heart by obeying his commandments and living by his laws.
  2. You give God your heart by serving him with all your strength, power and might.
  3. You give God your heart by running away from every appearance of sin such as adultery, fornication, pornography, drug addiction, greed, and covetousness.
  4. You give God your heart by joining a local church, worshipping and serving God with other Christians.
  5. You give God your heart by placing his matters first above all other things.#
  6. You give your heart by supporting the gospel, supporting evangelism, soul winning , missionary work
  7. You give your heart by paying your tithes offerings and supporting the less privilege- widows, strangers, etc
  8. You give God your heart by reading the Holy Bible and meditating on its contents day and night.
  9. You give God your heart by not embarking on any course of action without informing him and seeking his advice.
  10. You give God you heart by discussing your plans and anxieties with him in prayers.
  11. You give God your heart by refraining from joining or withdrawing your membership of any worldly, satanic and occult association
  12. Most importantly You give God your heart by accepting Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, and inviting the Holy Spirit to guide and rule your life.

 

Proverbs 23 vs. 26 – My son, give me thine heart…”

Do you want to give your heart to God your heart today?? Make this simple confession:

Jesus I give you my heart

 

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Commentary on 2 kings 4:26- It is well

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And she said, “It is well.”- 2 Kings 2 vs 23

When the man of God saw her at a distance, he said to Gehazi his servant, “Behold, there is the Shunammite. 26 “Please run now to meet her and say to her, ‘Is it well with you? Is it well with your husband? Is it well with the child?'” And she answered ,“It ill.”s we  – 2 Kings 2 vs 24-26

Say to the righteous that it shall be well with them, For they shall eat the fruit of their doings.- Isaiah 3 vs 10

  1. There is somebody here today that has to say the words IT IS WELL to his soul
  2. There is someone here today that has to say the words IT IS WELL to his body
  3. There is a person here today that has to tell his spirit IT IS WELL

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When should you say, IT IS WELL?

  1. You need to say IT IS WELL when debtors come calling and you don’t have money to pay.
  2. When should you say, IT IS WELL?…You say it is well when you have just been embarrassed over hospital bills, house rent, or school bills
  3. When should you say, IT IS WELL?…You need to say IT IS WELL when the doctors have given you a death certificate because the disease afflicting you is incurable.
  4. When should you say, IT IS WELL?…You need to say IT IS WELL when stormy winds are blowing against your ship of breakthrough
  5. When should you say, IT IS WELL?…You need to say IT IS WELL when there is turbulence in the aircraft of your destiny
  6. When should you say, IT IS WELL?…You need to say IT IS WELL when there is people are about to be retrenched in your office and your name is No 1 on the list
  7. When should you say, IT IS WELL?…You need to say IT IS WELL when your friends are mocking you because they appear more successful
  8. When should you say, IT IS WELL You say IT IS WELL, when you have just been jilted by your fiancée few days to your wedding day
  9. When should you say, IT IS WELL You should say IT IS WELL when you just lost a job in spite of you good performance.
  10. When should you say, IT IS WELL ….You should say IT IS WELL when you appear stranded at the junction of life and no helpers in interested in your case.
  11. When should you say, IT IS WELL ….You need to say IT IS WELL, when you don’t have money to buy the next meal for your children.
  12. When should you say, IT IS WELL ……You need to say IT IS WELL, when you are sick and don’t have money to buy needed drugs.

 

What do you mean when you say IT IS WELL?

The Shunamite woman lost her only son, the son of her old age, yet she said IT IS WELL..AFTER SHE SAID IT IS WELL HER ONLY BEGOTTEN SON CAME BACK TO LIFE.. What do you mean when you say IT IS WELL?

  1. What do you mean when you say IT IS WELL?……..It means God is in control.
  2. What do you mean when you say IT IS WELL?……..It means I shall laugh last.
  3. What do you mean when you say IT IS WELL?……..It means the story of my life shall end in glory.
  4. What do you mean when you say IT IS WELL?……..It means my best is yet to come.
  5. What do you mean when you say IT IS WELL?……..It means everything shall work out for my favour.
  6. What do you mean when you say IT IS WELL?……..It means I refuse to believe every contrary situation.
  7. What do you mean when you say IT IS WELL?……..It means what the devil is saying is not what God is saying
  8. What do you mean when you say IT IS WELL?……..It means I believe in God
  9. What do you mean when you say IT IS WELL?……..It means God will intervene
  10. What do you mean when you say IT IS WELL?……..It means the devil is a liar
  11. What do you mean when you say IT IS WELL?……..It means I refuse to believe the report of the devil
  12. What do you mean when you say IT IS WELL?……..It means I believe the report of the Lord

 

  1. What do you mean when you say IT IS WELL?……..It means this is not the end of the story
  2. What do you mean when you say IT IS WELL?……..It means God will do it
  3. What do you mean when you say IT IS WELL?……..It means God will provide
  4. What do you mean when you say IT IS WELL?……..It means I have faith in God
  5. What do you mean when you say IT IS WELL?……..It means I trust God
  6. What do you mean when you say IT IS WELL?……..It means God will not disappoint me
  7. What do you mean when you say IT IS WELL?……..It means God will help me
  8. What do you mean when you say IT IS WELL?……..It means the grace of God will see me through
  9. What do you mean when you say IT IS WELL?……..It means GOD is working out a solutio

 

What do you need to do to ensure IT IS WELL?

  1. Hand over the matter completely to the Holy Spirit
  2. Cool down
  3. Calm your nerves.
  4. Be patient
  5. Weep Not as this glorifies Satan
  6. Don’t cry.
  7. Don’t murmur against God
  8. Don’t lament
  9. Run to God
  10. Run to the Church so that brethren can intercede for you.
  11. Run to the Man of God for counsel and prayers
  12. Observe a quiet time with God

 

What do you need to do to ensure IT IS WELL?

  1. Be silent in order to hear God
  2. Listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying
  3. Embark on aggressive praises to overcome depression
  4. Embark on quality worship like 6 hours non-stop to bring down the presence of God
  5. If necessary, declare a dry fast- three day no food no water
  6. Declare a 30-day warfare night vigil
  7. Follow divine instructions.
  8. Most importantly repent of your sins and COME BACK TO GOD

 

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Jesus is Lord or God?

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Matthew 28 vs. 18 – All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth”

 All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me

Philippians 2:9-11 (KJV) – Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, And given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus, Every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father
Four key messages
  1. Everything in this word has a name
  2. The name of Jesus is above every name
  3. Every affliction bows at the name of Jesus
  4. Every good and godly human desire must answer to the name of Jesus

 

Every problem in this world must bow to the name of Jesus

  • I command my problems to bow to Jesus
  • In Jesus name, my problems must bow
  1. Poverty
  2. Credit card debt
  3. Lack of money to pay bills- School fees, Transport, House rent, mortgage
  4. Joblessness
  5. Stagnancy, lack of job satisfaction
  6. Hunger, lack of food, lack of water
  7. Late marriages, loneliness
  8. Marital crises- separation, divorce, unhappy home, unfaithful husband
  9. Vagabond children
  10. Addictions to internet, TV, Drugs, Smoking, Football clubs
  11. Worldliness
  12. Depression, Suicide thoughts
  13. Fear
  14. Crime
  15. Sin
  16. Rape, Masturbation, pornography, adultery, fornication,
  17. Nightmares, evil dreams, night oppressions
  18. Academic failures
  19. Business failures
  20. Persecution of Christians
 
Image result for Jesus is LordAll curable and incurable sicknesses must bow to the name of Jesus
  • In Jesus name, sicknesses in my body bow.
  • Sicknesses afflicting me, bow to Jesus name
1.      Insanity
2.      HIV/AIDs
3.      Arthritis
4.      Asthma
5.      Autism
6.      Breast cancer, Lung cancer, Prostrate cancer, Lung cancer, skin cancer, colon cancer, brain cancer, lung cancer, cervical cancer, bladder cancer, ovarian cancer Leukaemia, Liver cancer, uterine cancer, vagina cancer
7.      Eye diseases
8.      Kidney failure
9.      Heart disease- heart failure
10.  Fever- Malaria fever, Typhoid fever, Dengue fever, Ebola fever, Yellow fever, Meningitis, Measles , Pneumonia, Haemorrhage, Lassa fever,
11.  Diabetes
12.  Hypertension, High blood pressure, Low Blood pressure, Stroke
13.  Ear infection, Nose infection, Vagina infection
14.  Hepatitis A and B

 Every good and godly human needs must answer to Jesus name

  • In Jesus name my jobs, come forth!
  • In Jesus name, my comfort, come forth!
  1. Good health, Peace
  2. Good Job
  3. Good clothing
  4. Love
  5. Happiness
  6. Good home, happy marriage, good husband,
  7. Job satisfaction
  8. Fruit of the womb, Godly children
  9. Educational achievement
  10. Profitable business
  11. Comfort- Home, Car, Physical assets
  12. Pleasure- travelling opportunities
  13. Money to meet needs
  14. Salvation

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Jesus, Saviour of the World

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Matthew 1 vs. 21 – And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sin

  1. Names are important
  2. You can know a person by his name
  3. Everyone answers his name
  4. Jesus means Saviour
  • Saviour means the person that saves from evil
  • Saviour means the person that saves from calamity
  • Saviour means the person that saves from difficulty
  • Saviour means the person that saves from sin
  • Saviour means a person that saves from harm
  • Saviour means a person that saves from danger
  • Saviour means a person that saves from hell
  • Saviour means a person that delivers
  • Saviour means a person that redeems your debts
  • Saviour means a person that turns your story around
  • Saviour means restorer
  • Saviour means helper
  • Saviour means your only hope when you became hopeless
  • Saviour means a person that saved you for strongman
  • Saviour means a person that saves you from the enemy
  • Saviour means your God
  • Saviour means your messiah
  • Saviour means your deliverer
  • Saviour means your protector
  • Saviour means your testimony
  • Saviour means your Good Samaritan
  • Saviour means your buckler
  • Saviour means your strong tower
  • Saviour means your preserver
  • Saviour means your rescuer
  • Saviour means your armour
  • Saviour means your Guardian
  • Saviour means your salvation

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Call on Jesus to save you.

Psalm 9:10 – And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.

  1. Jesus shall save you from sin
  2. Jesus shall save you from debts

 

 

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Just say the Word and my servant will be healed : Mathew 8 vs 8

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This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day  and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good successJoshua 1 vs 8

  1. Few days ago someone sent a message to me, saying : ‘Help me, I am going to die’
  2. I asked her if she truly wants to die, and she said No
  3. I asked her whether she has started preparation for death, and she said No.
  4. I asked her why was she confessing death, and she said she was afraid of dying.
  5. I told her that death is at the corner anyway, and if she keeps saying ‘I am going to die’, she will surely die soon. But if she confesses life, she will surely live instead of dying

 

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. – Proverbs 18 vs 21

What do you confess today? Go ahead make your confessions in Jesus name

  • I shall live and not die in Jesus name
  • There shall be comfort all around me in Jesus name
  • My coast shall be enlarged

 

  1. Followers of all religions in the world pray.
  2. Beggars pray, Idolators pray,
  3. Prayers is universal but not all prayers are answered.
  4. The difference between answered and unanswered prayers is the power that backs it up
  5. The answers you seek and the strength you need can be found only in feeding on God’s Word and fellowshipping with Him in prayer.

In the Bible the centurion told Jesus: ‘Just say the word, and my servant will be healed- Mathew 8 vs 8

 13And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour Mathew 8 vs 13

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  • The word of God is a sword.

And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God – Ephesians 10 vs 17

  • It is quick, powerful, double edged, sharp and effective

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4 vs 12

 

  • It brings results and does not return without accomplishing its purpose

Isaiah 55 vs 11:So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall.

  • When you speak the word of God, it is God speaking Himself

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. – John 1 vs. 1

  • It delivers, heals, saves, prospers and promotes

He sent out his word and healed them, snatching them from the door of death.- Psalm 107 vs 20

 

Jeremiah 22:29 O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the Lord.

  • Year 2017 hear the word of God, favour me in Jesus name

The assignment the Holy Spirit is giving us tonight is just to say the word on what we want.

  • There is a word for your healing
  • Just say the word and you shall receive your miracle.
  • Just say the word and you shall be healed in Jesus name
  • You can issue commandment to anything by the word of God
  • Look for a word of God in the Bible, memorise, confess it, chant it, stand on it, meditate it, sing it, say it until you see results

 

  1. My womb hear the word of God be fruitful in Jesus name- Genesis 1 vs 28
  2. My children hear the word of God- be for signs and wonders in Jesus name- Isaiah 8 vs 18
  3. My body hear the word of God, reject sickness in Jesus name – Exodus 23 vs 25
  4. My destiny hear the word of God reject enchantment in Jesus name – Numbers 23 vs 23
  5. My certificates hear the word of God- get me a profitable job in Jesus name- Psalms 75 vs 8
  6. My life hear the word of God be prosperous in Jesus name – Job 36 vs 11
  7. Money hear the word of God pursue me in Jesus name – Genesis 13 vs 12
  8. Ancestral curses hear the word of God turn to blessings in Jesus name – Galatians 3 vs 13

 

 

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Commentary on Matthew 8

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Matthew 8 introduces us to the three-fold ministry of the Lord Jesus:

  1. Ministry of healing
  2. Ministry of deliverance
  3. Ministry of salvation

 

  1. Jesus is the Healer
  2. Jesus healed the leper – 2 And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
  3. Jesus healed the man sick of palsy (vs.6)And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented;
  4. Jesus healed Peter’s mother sick of fever (vs. 14)And when Jesus was come into Peter’s house, he saw his wife’s mother laid, and sick of a fever.
  5. If you wish to receive a miracle, start by worshipping God. The leper worshipped Jesus before requesting for healing

vs. 2 –  And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying

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  1. The leper worshipped Jesus. What are you passing through that is hindering you from worshipping God?
  2. The leper worshipped God and received a miracle. Jesus does not respond to weeping, murmurings, or lamentations. Jesus respond to worship
  3. You need faith to receive divine healing. The centurion received divine healing for his servant by faith. Verse 88The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.
  4. Jesus healed by speaking word of God (vs. 8 and 15) –

8The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.  15 And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them.

 

Jesus did not heal by asking people to drink holy water, asking them to bath in streams, asking them to sow a financial seed for healing, or asking the sick to rub spiritual cream on the body. He simply spoke the word of God healed the sick.

  1. If you desire healing, just speak the word. Compile healing scriptures and recite them daily.
  2. Jesus healed the sick by touch. The finger of Jesus shall touch you today in Jesus name

Verse 3:And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him

  1. Jesus is the deliverer. He delivered many that were possessed by devils ( 16) – 16 When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:

And (vs. 28) – 28 And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way.

  1. Deliverance is core of Jesus’s ministry. Jesus cast out devils. You can cast out every devils troubling your life in Jesus name.

 

  1. Deliverance is by the word of God, Deliverance is not by any other material, except the word. It is the word that delivers, not intermediaries such as oil, handkerchief, water, soap, clothes, or photograph of men of God.

Verse 16 – and he cast out the spirits with his word 

  1. Jesus was asleep despite the stormy winds that was drowning the ship because he knew angels are ministering to him and God is in control. We need to be calm in face of crises and trust in Emmanuel, God is with us

Verse 24 – And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep. 

  1. The disciples of Jesus were almost getting drowned but Jesus intervened. The disciples were almost perishing in the sea, but Jesus saved them. As long as you are with God, you shall not perish in any stormy wind of life in Jesus name. The Lord Jesus shall surely save you from perishing

Verse 25: And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.

  1. Jesus is the Saviour. He rebuked the stormy wind, and saved his disciples from the drowning ship.

Verse 26  And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

I rebuke every storm in your ship in Jesus name

 

  1. Christians should be ready to make sacrifices for the kingdom. If you wish to carry the cross and follow Jesus, you should be ready to make sacrifices.

Verse 20: And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head

  1. Are you a true follower of Jesus.? Are you ready to follow Jesus anywhere? The disciples of Jesus followed him. If you are not doing any thing for the kingdom or obeying Gods laws, then you are not following Jesus

Verse 23:  And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.

  1. You need to speak the word to claim your healing, call on Jesus to deliver you from devils; and pray to Him to save you from the stormy winds threatening to drown you.

Prayer

  • My body hear the word of God, be healed in Jesus name
  • Devils afflicting my life, I cast you out in Jesus name
  • Jesus of Nazareth, save me.

 

 

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What is the spirit of the Lord?

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Acts 1 vs. 8 – But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

1 Samuel 10:6 The Spirit of the LORD will come powerfully upon you, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person

Works of the Holy Spirit

  1. In the beginning, when the earth was void and full of darkness, God used the Holy Spirit to recreate the earth and brought light out of darkness.

Genesis 1 vs 2 – And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

  1. It was this same Holy Spirit that fell upon Othniel the first judge of the Israelites and he was able to deliver Israel from the hands of their enemies Chushan-rishathian the king of Mesopotamia.

Judges 3:10The Spirit of the LORD came on him, so that he became Israel’s judge and went to war.

  1. It was this same Holy Spirit of the Lord that came upon Gideon, causing him to blow a trumpet and he successfully mobilized the Israelites to overcome Medianites that were tormenting and oppressing them.

Judges 6:34Then the Spirit of the LORD came on Gideon, and he blew a trumpet

  1. When the Spirit of God came upon Japheth, he was able to confront the children of Ammon who were oppressing the Israelites.

Judges 11:29Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jephthah, and he passed over Gilead, and Manasseh, and passed over Mizpeh of Gilead, and from Mizpeh of Gilead he passed over unto the children of Ammon.

  1. Samson was a man who was able to do extra ordinary things when the Spirit of God fell upon him. The Bible recalls that the Spirit of God came mightily upon Samson and he was able to slew thirty men, he killed a lion with his bare hands, and he destroy a stadium with his physical strength Judges 14:19, bringing the whole stadium down, with the jaw bones of an axes, he slew a thousand men, he was able to tear a lion into pieces.

Judges 14:6  And the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and he rent him as he would have rent a kid, and he had nothing in his hand: but he told not his father or his mother what he had done.

  1. When the Spirit of the Lord came upon King Saul, he was turned into another man and started prophesying.

1 Samuel 10:6The Spirit of the LORD will come powerfully upon you, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person

  1. The same Spirit of God came upon David when he was anointed by Samuel and he became transformed from a sheep boy into a king of the nation.

1 Samuel 16:13So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came powerfully upon

 

  1. In the New Testament, on the day of Pentecost, the Bible recalls that the apostles were visited with the fire of God. They were filled with the spirit of God and they started speaking in new tongues. Therefore, when the spirit of God falls upon you, you will speak in a new language.

Acts of Apostles 2 vs 1– And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

  1. Jesus Himself was visited by the spirit of God. The Bible recalls that after His baptism at river Jordan, He was anointed by heaven; He became full of the Holy Spirit and became led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness,

Luke 4 vs. 1Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into[a] the wilderness,

  1. It was this same spirit of God that visited Mary. It was this same power of Holy Ghost that came upon her turning she who was a virgin into a pregnant woman.

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.

 

  1. When the Spirit of God fell upon Elizabeth, she conceived even at an old age.

Luke 1 vs 41When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabethwas filled with the Holy Spirit

  1. When the spirit of God fell upon Elijah, he was able to stop rain from falling for three years, he was able to command fire to fall down from heaven, he was able to command rain to start falling again after three years, he was able to run faster than the king who was riding on a horse at a point of death, he was carried into heaven in a wild fire, I Kings and II Kings.

1 Kings 18 vs 46And the hand of the LORD was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.

  1. When the spirit of God came upon Moses, he was able to confront and disgrace Pharaoh and his horses and riders,

Numbers 11 vs 25And the LORD came down in a cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease

 

  1. When the spirit of God fell upon Prophet Ezekiel, God opened his eyes and he was able to see the glory of God

Ezekiel 3 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

  1. Jesus Christ Himself testify that it was because of the spirit of the Lord that is upon Him that he’s able to preach the gospel, heal the sick, deliver the captives, give sight to the blind and give liberty to those who are in captivities

Mathew 3 vs 16.  16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him oppressed, Luke 4 vs. 8

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

  1. It was this same spirit of God that fell upon Philip taking him away in the wild wind and dropping him in another location.

Acts 8 vs 39 –  When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing.

 

Why do we need the Holy Spirit?

  1. Do you need power in your Christian word, then you need the Holy Spirit. The spirit gives spiritual power enabling His carriers to become spirit champions, Acts 1 vs. 8
  2. When you are filled with the Holy Spirit, you become bold and courageous. Apostle Peter was able to preach the gospel to the Pharisees and Sanhedrin because he was filled with the Holy Ghost, Acts 3 vs. 8
  3. The Holy Spirit helps you to pray. The Holy Spirit turns you to a prayer warrior and you are able to touch the heavens with your prayers. The Bible recalls that when the apostles who are filled with Holy Ghost prayed, the place where they were meeting shook and  they  were able to speak the word of God boldly, Acts 4 vs. 31.
  4. The Holy Spirit enables you to see the glory of God. The Bible recalls that when apostle Stephen was being stoned to death, even at that point of death, he looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, Acts 7 vs. 55
  5. The Holy Spirit enables you to see deep mysteries and revelations. It was the Holy Spirit that directed Ananias to visit brother Saul and restore his sight, Acts 9 vs. 17
  6. The Holy Spirit gives you power to do miracles. Ananias was able to restore the sight of brother Saul because of the power of Holy Ghost in him, Acts 9 vs. 17
  7. Jesus Christ started His miracles after the Holy Ghost fell on Him at river Jordan, Luke 4 vs. 1
  8. Apostle Paul who the Bible described as being filled with the Holy Ghost was able to silence Bar-Jesus the sorcerer, Peter was able to shake off the python that had fastened itself on his hand because of the Holy Ghost in him, Acts 28 vs. 5. The Apostles were able to do diverse sign and wonders because of the Holy Ghost in them, and Apostle Paul’s handkerchief and shadow became vessels for miracle because Paul was full of thee Holy Ghost.
  9. The Holy Spirit gives you the spirit of wisdom, understanding, knowledge and direction, Isaiah 11 vs. 2
  10. When the Holy Spirit falls upon you, you become an evangelist, bold, and willing to preach the gospel, to rebuke sin and preach holiness to all the ends of the earth. Micah 3 vs. 8, Luke 4vs. 18
  11. The Holy Spirit gives you the power to overcome temptation. If you are filled with the Holy Spirit, you cannot backslide or fall into sin. If you are filled with the Holy Spirit, you will be able to withstand all the temptations of the devil.
  12. If Jesus Christ has not received the Holy Spirit at river Jordan, He would not have been able to withstand the temptation of Satan in the wilderness. Luke 4 vs. 1
  13. The Holy Spirit cancels your losses and bring to pass something that seems hard, impossible and beyond comprehension. Mary a virgin conceived without union with a man.
  14. The Holy Spirit enables you to speak in a language of the spirit, Acts 2 vs. 4

 

How do you receive the Holy Spirit?

  1. Become born again: When you become born again, you become born of the spirit.
  2. Live a life of complete and uncompromising holiness, run away from all appearances of sin.
  3. Desire the Holy Spirit fervently and strongly
  4. Become completely obedient to the instruction of God.
  5. Be ready to serve God with all your money, time and energy
  6. Overcome these three things, the love of money, the love of women and overcome pride and arrogance
  7. Kill your flesh, kill canal desires and worldly desire. Set your heart on thing of the spirit.
  8. Be filled with the word of God
  9. Pray fervently and always.
  10. Combine prayer with fasting
  11. Become a soul winner: Do the work of an evangelist.
  12. Sing hymns, song and psalms to the Lord, become worshipper.

 

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How to receive blessings from God

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SPIRITUAL DOWNLOADS

Psalm 2 vs 8Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.

  1. The Lord through the Holy Spirit showed me a revelation this morning, as I saw things being downloaded from heaven into a person’s life
  2. I asked the Lord what is this? And the Holy Spirit told me it should not be difficult for me to understand.
  3. In the physical realm, the internet is full of materials we download into our computer
  4. We go to app stores and download apps on our computer.
  5. We go to web sites and download several video, audio and textual materials into our phones or computers
  6. In the same vein, as I meditated I gained the understanding there are many things in the spiritual realm both positive or negative that can be downloaded into the physical realm
  7. As I meditated I gained the understanding that there are several things available for download into your marriage, family, life, body, soul, and spirit in the spirit realm
  8. There are blessings or curses, evils or goodness available for download from the spirit realm
  9. I prophecy to you today that your blessings shall download into your life for heaven in Jesus name
  10. I prophecy to you today that your miracles shall download into your life from heaven in Jesus name
  11. I prophecy to you today that your breakthroughs shall download into your life from heaven in Jesus name

 

The Holy Spirit is asking What have you downloaded in your life that is causing your problems?

  1. The Holy Spirit gave me the understanding that several people have downloaded evils into their life, which is causing problems for them today
  2. What sin have you indulged in the past that have downloaded evils into your life?
  3. If you have been involved in illicit sex, you might have downloaded demon spirits in your life
  4. If you have been involved in idolatry, you might have downloaded anger of God into your life
  5. If you have been consulted false prophets, herbalists, sorcerers in the past, it could have downloaded jealousy of God into your life
  6. If you have been involved in pornography, masturbation, you are simply downloading spirit husbands and wives into your life
  7. If you have stolen money that does not belong to you or received bribe to do a favour, then you I am sorry to say… you might have downloaded sorrows into your life. The Bibles says Proverbs 10:22 Verse (Click for … The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it
  8. The Holy Spirit is calling for repentance today in Jesus name

 

What has dark powers downloaded into your life that is causing problems for you?

  1. Most sickness people are walking up and down with were downloaded into their lives by witchcraft powers.
  2. Most unexplainable failures, sudden job loss, bareness, depression, marital crises, business failures etc were downloaded into the lives of people when they slept. The Bible says-Matthew 13:25-30 New King James Version (NKJV) 25 but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way
  3. I pray for you Let every enchantment downloaded in your life break in Jesus name
  4. Let every evil deposit downloaded into your life through dreams be flushed out in Jesus name
  5. Let generational curses downloaded on your head be broken in Jesus name
  6. I download generational blessings on your head in Jesus name
  7. Every evil word downloaded into your life, be cancelled in Jesus name

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How to cancel evil downloads

  1. But before we start downloading blessings, it is important you make your ways right with God, because if your hands into any iniquity, or you gave the enemy a legitimate ground to attack, and you may not have a right to download blessings from heaven
  2. Confess and repent
  3. Command the blood of Jesus to flush out every evil that has been downloaded into your life
  4. Replace every evil download with good downloads

 

 

What do you wish to download in your head?

  1. The Holy Spirit is informing us today there are many blessings, many miracles in heaven that are available for download by Christians
  2. You can download any good thing on your head from heaven in Jesus name

Go ahead and start downloading blessings from the throne of God

Download spiritual gifts

Download material gifts

Download answers to your prayer requests

So shall it be in Jesus name

 

Prayers

  • I download good ness on your heads in Jesus name
  • I download mercy on your heads in Jesus name
  • I download favour into your life in Jesus name
  • I download good husbands to your life in Jesus name
  • I download babies into your womb in Jesus name
  • I download good jobs to your life in Jesus name
  • I download holiness and righteousness into your life in Jesus name
  • Every of your blessings that is refusing to download, blood of Jesus Christ, download them
  • Your hanging blessings that have refused to download for years, the fire of God shall download them for you today in Jesus name

 

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What is the anointing of God?

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Isaiah 10:27 And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.

Lessons

  1. Your need the anointing to succeed, excel, or to prosper in life
  2. There is a burden that needs to be lifted.
  3. There is a yoke to be broken.
  4. Anything that is against God’s plan for your life is a yoke.
  5. The yokes and burdens in your life was not placed by God.
  6. Every contrary situation is the work of the devil.
  7. Any yoke and burden that you have seen in your life can be broken.
  8. Today is your day of deliverance.
  9. Burdens and yokes can only be broken by the anointing.
  10. The anointing of God is the presence of God.
  11. The anointing of God is the power of God in your life
  12. You can get the anointing of God by studying and meditating on the bible, by fasting, living in holiness and righteousness, by being in the presence of God worshiping him and praising him

Prayer

  • I receive the power of God in Jesus name

 

 

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What is difference between Spirit, Soul, and Body?

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Genesis 2:7And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

  1. Man is made of the dust(body), the breath of God(spirit). and the mind of God(soul).
  2. The most important in the three is my spirit because it’s what makes me alive.
  3. The spirit is like the unseen current in the electrical wire. The soul is the power of the current, and the body is the wire itself and its covering, which is useless when it does not have electrical energy
  4. I must not forget to take develop my spirit, which is by praying, fasting, worshiping God always, by reading is word, and complete holiness.
  5. God relates not with our soul or body, but our spirit.
  6. Before i can deeply and successfully walk with God I must kill my flesh by avoiding worldliness and carnality.

Prayer

  • My spirit, receive fire in Jesus name
  • My body die to sin in Jesus name

 

 

 

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Why God does not answer my prayers?

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Isaiah 65 vs 24: And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.

  • God may not answer your specific prayer because He has given you a response before; and He is wondering why you are praying again on the matter.
  • God may not answer you because, He knows you will not like, accept, or believe His response, most likely because you have made up your mind on what to do; and you only want God to rubber stamp your desires.
  • If you involve in evils, wickedness, and idolatry, God says he will not hear your prayers.

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Isaiah 1 vs. 14-15 –  hate your new moon festivals and your appointed feasts,They have become a burden to Me;I am weary of bearing them.“So when you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide My eyes from you;Yes, even though you multiply prayers,I will not listen.Your hands are covered with blood.

Isaiah 59 vs. 2Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.-Sin.

Willful sin. Isaiah 59 vs. 2But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

God may not answer because of your sin. The prayers of a sinner is an abomination to God.

  • Read Genesis 31 vs 19: And Laban has gone to shear his sheep, and Rachel has stolen the images that are his father’s.
  • There was a secret sin in the life of Rachel that was only known to her.
  • She stole her father’s idol, and when her father searched for it, she sat on the idol and refused to get up, and said she was experiencing her menstrual cycle. (Genesis 31 vs 35)
  • Rachel’s sin was three in One. She committed stealing by taking images that were not hers; she committed idolatry by having in her possession idols; and she committed lying by claiming she was undergoing her menses, actually she was not.
  • What are the secrets sins in your life that you have refused to confess to anybody? Is it adultery, stealing, masturbation, fornication, idolatry, or pornography?
  1. If you have any material, article or item that belong to Satan, it becomes a legal ground for Satan to attack you. You need to search your house or office and get rid of any satanic possession in your life. It could be a charm, instrument, photo, amulet, medicine or textual material.

 

Joshua 7 vs. 13 – Up, sanctify the people, and say, Sanctify yourselves against tomorrow: for thus saith the LORD God of Israel, There is an accursed thing in the midst of thee, O Israel: thou canst not stand before thine enemies, until ye take away the accursed thing from among you.

  • Holy Spirit reveal to me any accursed object in my possession in Jesus name.
  1. Idolatry is always a cause of unanswered prayers. Have you consulted an herbalist, a false prophet, a magician, an occult, or practice witchcraft in the past? Unless you repent and cut-off your evil past, God will shut His ears from your prayers.

 11 Kings 17 vs. 17&18 – 17They sacrificed their sons and daughters in the fire. They practiced divination and sought omens and sold themselves to do evil in the eyes of the Lord, arousing his anger.  18So the Lord was very angry with Israel and removed them from his presence. Only the tribe of Judah was left

  1. God may not answer you because he wants to test your patience. If you want a response in a hurry, He may decide to keep silent to build your patience in patience.
  2. God may not answer you because he want you to pass through a wilderness or long suffering experience. This will end up building your christian faith and increasing your testimonies.
  • Genesis 16 vs 1 – Now Sarai Abram’s wife bare him no children
  • Genesis 20 vs 7 –  And Abraham prayed unto God and God healed Abimelech and his wife, and his maidservants and they bare children
  • Genesis 21 vs 1 – For Sarah conceived and bare Abraham a son in his old age at the set time of which God has spoken to him
  • There are some prayers that remain unanswered because God has refused to answer them.
  • Sarai, the wife of Abraham was barren, yet Abraham was a perfect man before God.
  • Sarai, the wife of Abraham was barren, yet the same Abraham prayed for Abimelech wives and maidservants who were barren, and they conceived and bore children; but the prayer of Abraham for his wife remained unanswered.

 

  •  Murderer, abortion. – Isaiah 59 vs. 3 – For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.
  •  Lies. Isaiah 59 vs. 3For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.
  •  Partiality. Isaiah 59 vs.4None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.
  • Worldliness. Isaiah 59 vs. 4None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.
  • Evil conspiracy. Isaiah 59 vs. 4None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.
  • Wickedness. Isaiah 59 vs. 5They hatch cockatrice’ eggs, and weave the spider’s web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper.
  • Crime and violence. Isaiah 59 vs. 6Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands.

 

  1. Evil thoughts. Isaiah 59 vs. 7Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.
  2. Troublesomeness. Isaiah 59 vs. 8The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.
  3. Disobedience. Isaiah 59 vs. 13In transgressing and lying against the LORD, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.
  4. Deceit. Isaiah 59 vs. 13In transgressing and lying against the LORD, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.
  5. Prayerlessness. Isaiah 59 vs. 16And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.
  6. Tiredness in the altar of prayer – Luke 18 vs. 1 – And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint
  7. Inconsistency in prayer, ON and OFF prayer life – Luke 18 vs. 1 – And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
  8. Lame prayers, unaggressive prayers. God does not answer prayers of gentleman, but those that cry like Violent soldiers – Luke 18 vs. 7 – And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?
  9. Failure to pray DAY and NIGHT. You must combine the two – Luke 18 vs. 7 – And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?
  10. God may not answer you because you have not prayed hard enough. You dont only need to ask, you have to seek and knock before your prayers could be answered.
  11. God may not answer your prayers because he has allowed Satan to block your prayers as a way of testing your trust and faith in Him. As you remain in faith, He will surely answer you

Matthew 37 vs.46 – And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

  • Quite often at times, we often found ourselves in situation that seems God does not hear our prayers. No matter how much we prayed, fasted or worship
  • In this case, even Jesus Christ complained that God has forsaken Him.
  • Those observing Him were also mocking. “He trusted in God, let Him deliver Him now” (vs. 43).
  • In such situation, God expects us to be still and He will manifests Himself as the Lord.
  • God may not answer you because he has really answered you before through dreams, visions, a message, or a word; but you could not interpret or discern
  • God may not answer your prayers, because it is not yet the appointed time.
  • God may not answer your prayers because, granting your request is against His will or it may lead to your spiritual destruction
  • God may decide to forsake you if devil has legal ground to afflict you.

Prayer

  • Mercy of God, replace judgment of God over my life in Jesus name.

 

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Bible study on Matthew 10

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  1. The 12 disciples of Jesus were introduced in Mathew 10.
  2. Why did Jesus choose 12 disciples, perhaps the tribes in Israel?
  3. Why were all the disciples’ male? The plausible reason is to avoid issues that may occur in mixing married or unmarried male and females together on His hectic missionary and evangelistic work. However, several other female disciples ministered to him
  4. Disciples of Jesus should preach the gospel, and the central message should be that of repentance and salvation. Sermons should be heaven focused (vs.7)And as ye go, preach, saying, the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

 

  1. Ministers of Christ are empowered to heal the sick and raise the dead (vs.8)Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead
  2. Ministers are empowered to cast out devils and deliver people from demonic oppression (vs.8), cast out devils
  3. Ministers should not commercialize the gospel or place a price tag on healing, deliverance, or salvation (vs.8)freely ye have received, freely give.
  4. Ministers should trust God to provide their wages- Verse 9 and 10 Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses,10 Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat.
  5. Ministers should depend on God for financial provision (vs.9, 10) 9 Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses, 10 Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat.

 

  1. Salvation is by informed consent. Ministers should not spread the gospel where they are not welcomed (vs.11)And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, inquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence.
  2. Ministers of the gospel should be wise and smart and avoid falling into traps of the ungodly (vs.16): be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
  3. Ministers of Christ should abstain from all evils, and be peaceful (vs.16)be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
  4. Ministers should be watchful and vigilant of haters of the gospel (vs.17)But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues;
  5. Ministers of the gospel should expect to be persecuted, hated by the ungodly (vs.22)And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

 

  1. Ministers should not confront persecutors of the gospel, but ‘flee’ from them (vs.23)But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come.
  2. Ministers of Christ should not be ashamed of the gospel (vs.33)But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
  3. Ministers should preach the gospel boldly and openly (vs.27)What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.

 

  1. Your enemies will be blood relations– verse 36- And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.
  2. Any Christian who does not minister Christ is akin to an infidel (vs.38)And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
  3. Those that support the Minister of the gospel shall be divinely rewarded (vs. 40, 41&42)40 He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. 41 He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. 42 And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.

 

 

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Bible study on Mathew 9

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  1. Matthew 9 further reveals the healing and salvation ministry of Jesus Christ.
  2. Jesus healed the paralytic, (vs.2) – And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee;
  3. Jesus healed the woman with the issue of blood for 12 years, (vs.22) – But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour;
  4. He rose the daughter of the king from dead, (vs.25)– But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose.

 

  1. He also caused the blind men to see, (vs.30) – And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them, saying, See that no man know it.
  2. He healed the dumb  (vs.33)– And when the devil was cast out, the dumb spake: and the multitudes marvelled, saying, It was never so seen in Israel.
  3. Jesus also introduced himself again as the Savior, and friend of sinners. He dined with a crowd of drunkards and sinners. He did not stigmatize nor label them as outcasts. Rather, he announced his ministry to them: ‘(vs.13)– for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
  4. If the only thing we do in church or Christian ministry is to preach to the saved, then we are not fulfilling the ministry of Jesus Verse 12 – 12 But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.
  5. Jesus revealed himself as a teacher of the word, preacher of the gospel, and a city/village evangelist. The miracles of Jesus were either preceded or accompanied by teaching of the Word of God, and preaching on repentance from sins.

 

  • Lastly Jesus lamented that absence of labourers to harvest souls to the kingdom. Would you decide today to harvest souls for the kingdom by doing the work of a missionary, evangelist, or Pastor?

Verse 37Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but     the labourers are few; 38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

  • Do you want to remain as a church goer, a bench warmer in church or you want to step out for Jesus from today as a harvester of soul?

Prayers

  • The devil shall not harvest your soul in Jesus name
  • The devil shall NOT harvest my soul in Jesus name

 

 

 

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Bible study on Mathew 5: How to make heaven

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Be ye therefore perfect, even as your father which is in heaven is perfect – Matthew 5 vs. 48

  1. Jesus listed various criteria for making heaven, and these include the poor in spirit- verse 5; pure in heart- verse 8; and those persecuted for righteousness- verse 10.
  2. Jesus also listed qualities of good Christian, which are meekness- verse 5; merciful- verse 7; and peacemakers- verse 9. How do you fit with these qualities?

 

  1. Jesus also symbolically describes Christians as the Salt of the earth- verse 13. Salt purifies, seasons, tastes, invaluable, cleanses, and heals. Are you a salt or one of the pollutants of the earth?

 

  1. Jesus also symbolically describes Christians as the Light of the world- verse 14. Light gives protection, peace, direction, clarification, dries wetness, provides energy, and clears our darkness. Are you a source of light to the world, or your work is reinforcing darkness in the world?

 

  1. Jesus also taught that he came not to abolish the mosaic old testament laws but to fulfil them. Verse 17. We need spiritual direction in interpreting the mosaic laws in the light of the new testament revelation that Jesus represents.

 

  1. You can’t make heaven by being religious. For instance, the Pharisees pay tithes religiously. You need to do pay more than tithes by faith not as a form of a tax, to fulfil rigorousness. Matthew 5 vs. 20 – For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

 

  1. Anger may deny some people a place in Heaven. Don’t be angry without a cause , and be quick to forgive.

Matthew 5 vs. 22 – But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

 

  1. Your prayers will not be answered unless you forgive those who have offended you- verse 23.

Vs 23-24: Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

 

 

  1. Abusive: Let no uncouth, insultive or abusive words come out of your mouth. Don’t curse, don’t abuse, don’t say you are a fool

Matthew 5 vs. 22 – But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

 

  1. As much as possible, avoid issues that will take you to Police station or the Court of law. Resolve issues amicably as soon as possible- verse25

25 Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.

 

  1. Lust is adultery of the heart. If you lust in heart after a woman, you are in danger of losing heaven

Matthew 5 vs. 28 – But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

 

  1. Cut off from every ungodly relationships or friends-verse 29 and 30

29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell

30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

 

 

  1. Divorce not allowed unless on the basis of Adultery: If you divorce a man or woman unless on the ground of adultery, you have committed adultery

Matthew 5 vs. 32 – But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.

 

  1. Integrity: Be straightforward. Be a man of integrity, Be a simple man.

Matthew 5 vs. 37 – But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

 

  1. Vengeance: Don’t take revenge- Matthew 5 vs. 40 – And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also.

 

  1. Love your physical enemies- verse 44. We must understand the enemies Jesus is making reference to are physical enemies who offend you in day to day life rather than spiritual enemies described in Ephesians 6 vs 10. Love everyone, both friends and foes – Matthew 5 vs. 46 –

43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?

  1. The most important requirement for making heaven is perfection. Be perfect – Matthew 5 vs. 48 – Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

 

  1. Repent and be saved: Repent ye and be saved-Mathew 3 vs 2

 

 

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Training material for church workers

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By Babatope Babalobi

 

Ezekiel outlines divine instruction for anyone called to be minister

Don’t be lazy, indolent or waster. Stand upon your feet ( vs. 1) – And he said unto me, Son of man, stand upon thy feet, and I will speak unto thee.

Preach the gospel whether people listen to you or ignore you ( vs. 5)And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them.

Be bold in the Lord. Don’t fear the enemy (vs. 6) – And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.

Don’t abandon the work of God ( vs. 8) – But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; Be not thou rebellious like that rebellious house: open thy mouth, and eat that I give thee

Don’t be silent, open thy mouth and preach the word (vs.8)But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; Be not thou rebellious like that rebellious house: open thy mouth, and eat that I give theeImage result for Ezekiel 2: Guidelines for church workers

Submit to God and obey His will (vs. 7)And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious.

 

 

 

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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

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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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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.

Cross over service prayer points: I shall eat the good of the new year!

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Job 38:12: Have you ever in your life commanded the morning, And caused the dawn to know its place

  1. Favour pursue me in the new year in Jesus name
  2. Goodness and mercy, pursue me in the new year in Jesus name
  3. I refuse to eat out of the evil of the new year in Jesus name.
  4. I shall eat the good of the new year 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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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.

Prayer point: My star and glory must shine

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

Read: Matthew 2:1-8

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CHOOSING FOR YOURSELF?

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

Read: Genesis 2:21-22

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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WHAT PRAYER CAN CHANGE

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

Read: Mark 4:35-41

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

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

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

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

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

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

ASKING FROM THE TOP?

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

Read: 2 Kings 5:9-12

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

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

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

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

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

Humility is key to receiving from God.

POLYGAMY NOT ALLOWED

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Memorise: “Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband” (1 Corinthians 7:2)

Read: 1 Corinthians 7:1-2

polygamy“And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery” (Matthew 19:9).

A Christian who is married but goes ahead to take a second wife, or keeps a mistress outside, or divorces and remarries is an adulterer. In the Old Testament, polygamy was allowed but not without its negative effects on family life. However, in the New Testament, the Lord Jesus brought us back to how it was from the beginning.

Certain practices such as polygamy and divorce were permitted then because of the hardness of their hearts. Having seen the negative effects of such on families, He came to put things right with His grace to support. Anyone who is married but still looks out for sexual gratification from any other woman is an adulterer and is heading for hell.

In Matthew 19:4-6, an equation is given: Two – a man and his wife shall be one flesh. Two, not three or four. This talks about a divine blend into oneness. No polygamous home is one before God because they have failed to meet with Heaven’s equation. It is when two become one that it becomes difficult to separate them. This is why most polygamous homes are faced with division and strife, and break faster than true two-some homes.

If you look at the early church, you will notice that polygamy was out of fashion, but the few who stuck with it were not given any meaningful spiritual assignment (1 Timothy 3:2). God did not make a man to be the husband of two or more wives. That is utter confusion! If your pastor or leader is the husband of more than one wife, run out of that assembly. If your pastor or prophet is married, but still keeps a mistress or freely sleeps with other women, he is a false prophet.

Run away from that assembly before he takes you to hell. A polygamist leader will look for various ways, including scriptures to justify his sin. Abraham was a polygamist but he made restitution concerning Hagar. Were you a polygamist before you got saved? Go to your pastor for counselling.

Lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and pride of life are the root causes of polygamy. Ask God to break their hold over you.

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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CHANGE WHEN HEAVEN OPENS

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

Read: Matthew 3:13-17

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DECIDING PROTECTION MODE

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

Read: Matthew 2:13-15

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Sermon on Christmas gifts?

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Proverbs 23 vs. 26 – My son, give me thine heart…”

Christmas is a season of gifts, exchanged between friends, associates and relations. The greatest all year shopping takes place at Christmas. Shopping malls, boutiques and markets all record high sales in the days preceding Christmas day.

Millions of people throng shops and stores looking for Christmas gifts to present to others.

As you are preparing to give gifts to your friends, are you also planning to present a gift to God? Have you forgotten God is one of your friends, and also expects a gift from you? Surprising people seem to forget God in their planning and calculations. If you have given or received Christmas gifts this year, but have not yet factored God in your planning it is not too late.

God expects a Christmas gift form us. The Bible says that we are created in the image of God; therefore God has passions and emotions such as we do. What are you planning to give God this year? If you have not planned on this, this is the moment to start planning.

Do not be surprised to know that God is also expecting a Christmas gift from you and me. The scriptures quoted above gifts us an idea of the nature

How do you give God your heart?
1. You give God your heart by obeying his commandments and living by his laws.


2. You give God your heart by serving him with all your strength, power and might.


3. You give God your heart by running away from every appearance of sin such as adultery, fornication, pornography, drug addiction, greed, and covetousness.


4. You give God your heart by joining a local church, worshipping and serving God with other Christians.


5. You give God your heart by placing his matters first above all other things.


6. You give God your heart by reading the Holy Bible and meditating on its contents day and night.


7. You give God your heart by not embarking on any course of action without informing him and seeking his advice.


8. You give God you heart by discussing your plans and anxieties with him in prayers.


9. You give God your heart by refraining from joining or withdrawing your membership of any worldly, satanic and occult association.


10. You give God your heart by accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior, and inviting the Holy Spirit to guide and rule your life.

This Christmas Season, God expects a gift from you. Give God your heart today and make him happy. If you can only do this, he will give you several other gifts you do not expect. Are you ready to give God your heart now? Then say this simple prayer.

Father God, I come before you as a sinner today. I thank you for your son Jesus Christ my Christmas gift for the salvation of my sins. I accept him as my Lord and saviour. I give you my heart today, and invite Jesus to lead my life. Amen.

 

 

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RETURNING ON HORSE BACK

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

Read: Luke 15:17-19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why Christians celebrate Christmas?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

precious blood.

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

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

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

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

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

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Should a Christian marry an unbeliever?

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

Read: Genesis 24:1-6

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONFESSING CHRIST

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  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.

UNCHANGING GOD

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

Read: Hebrews 1:8-12

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

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

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

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

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

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

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