Wednesday, 31 January 2018

THE STRENGTH OF THE LORD

Devotional Type : LIVING WORD DEVOTIONAL

Date : JANUARY 31

Topic : THE STRENGTH OF THE LORD

Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Ephesians 6:10

You have perhaps had someone at one time or another seek to comfort or encourage you in the midst of a personal trial by slapping you on the back and telling you to "be strong." The counsel was well-meant but not too helpful. If you could just make yourself "be strong" then you wouldn't need encouragement to begin with.

But Paul is here providing much more than a simple pat on the back and optimistic slogan. 

He is reminding us of exactly where all true and lasting strength comes from. He is saying to you, "Turn your eyes away from your problems and place them on the Almighty."

Perhaps you do not have the strength to tackle the huge challenges that are facing you now, but God does. He can give you the strength to go through them, or the ability to overcome them.

Stop relying on your own solutions, your own efforts, your own wisdom; instead, look to the wisdom of God's Word and the strength of God's Spirit to energize and direct your daily life. Confess your weakness and your helplessness to Him, and throw your burdens on Him.

Only God can give you the power you need in order to successfully battle with sin, with sickness, with selfishness, and with Satan. 

But He can and does give that power to those who turn to Hun in faith. No matter the challenges confronting you today, turn to the Lord by faith and be strong in the power of His might.

*Prayer:* _Lord, I turn to You today for strength to overcome all my challenges. In You, I can do all things._

*Scriptural Reading:* Ephesians 6:10-20

10     Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 

11     Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 

12     For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 

13     Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 

14     Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 

15     and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 

16     above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 

17     And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 

18     praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 

19     and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 

20     for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

NKJV

PROSPERING

Date:  January 31st, 2018

Preacher : Dag Heward-Mills

Topic : PROSPERING

Author : Dag Heward-Mills

READ: Psalm 26

For thou hast made him most blessed for ever: thou hast made him exceeding glad with thy countenance

Psalm 21:6

If you do not have to sit with sinners all day long, you are truly blessed. You cannot prosper in the wrong company. Pray that God will give you people whose company you enjoy. “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful” (Psalms 1:1).

It is a painful experience to work for someone you dislike. You cannot prosper working for someone you dislike. It is truly a joy to work for someone whose company and leadership you enjoy. I pray that you will find an opportunity to work for someone who does not oppress you. “Surely oppression maketh a wise man mad; and a gift destroyeth the heart” (Ecclesiastes 7:7).

The lack of preparation makes work a very difficult thing. Preparation is necessary for every job. Sometimes you have not read your notes or prepared adequately. A lack of preparation makes you incapable of your tasks. You cannot prosper without a proper preparation. “Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house” (Proverbs 24:27).

This lack of preparation makes work a difficult experience every day. It is important to prepare yourself adequately so that you will find yourself enjoying the work God has given you.

PROSPERING

Date:  January 31st, 2018

Preacher : Dag Heward-Mills

Topic : PROSPERING

Author : Dag Heward-Mills

READ: Psalm 26

For thou hast made him most blessed for ever: thou hast made him exceeding glad with thy countenance

Psalm 21:6

If you do not have to sit with sinners all day long, you are truly blessed. You cannot prosper in the wrong company. Pray that God will give you people whose company you enjoy. “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful” (Psalms 1:1).

It is a painful experience to work for someone you dislike. You cannot prosper working for someone you dislike. It is truly a joy to work for someone whose company and leadership you enjoy. I pray that you will find an opportunity to work for someone who does not oppress you. “Surely oppression maketh a wise man mad; and a gift destroyeth the heart” (Ecclesiastes 7:7).

The lack of preparation makes work a very difficult thing. Preparation is necessary for every job. Sometimes you have not read your notes or prepared adequately. A lack of preparation makes you incapable of your tasks. You cannot prosper without a proper preparation. “Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house” (Proverbs 24:27).

This lack of preparation makes work a difficult experience every day. It is important to prepare yourself adequately so that you will find yourself enjoying the work God has given you.

DON'T OVER-INDULGE

Version : Rhapsody Of Realities TeeVo 

Date : Wednesday, January 31

Preacher : Pastor Chris

Topic : DON'T OVER-INDULGE (You Shouldn't Get Lost In “The World”)

TO THE BIBLE: 
Luke 21:34 AMPC
“...Take heed to yourselves and be on your guard, lest your hearts be overburdened and depressed (weighed down) with the giddiness and headache and nausea of self-indulgence, drunkenness, and worldly worries and cares pertaining to [the business of] this life, and [lest] that day come upon you suddenly like a trap or a noose”

LET'S TALK 
A young man once told me he couldn't make out time to go to church on Sunday because he had to go play soccer. How sad! The Lord Jesus Christ wouldn't want us to over-indulge in the things we're interested in or like to do, so much so that we get lost in them, and forget what's most important. 1 John 2:15-17 says, “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world--the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does--comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever” (NIV).

Playing soccer or getting involved in any other kind of sport or recreational activity is good, but it's only profitable to you in this life. Therefore, you shouldn't let such engagements take pre-eminence over being in Church when you ought to. If you give your wholehearted attention to such transient endeavours, you'll miss out on the most significant things in life: “...bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come” (1 Timothy 4:8). So, to miss Church services for soccer or another kind of meeting isn't the best for you.

Even if you were ordered to go for soccer practice on a Sunday morning, show yourself to be different and request a change in the schedule! Show yourself to be spiritual. Take it as an opportunity to prove your love for God by letting everyone else know you value worship of God more than anything else in the world. Don't let the things of the Spirit be relegated to second place in your life.

GO DEEPER 

Romans 8:5-8
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

Hebrews 10:25
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

PRAY

Dear Heavenly Father, I'm so thankful to you for your Word and the peace and comfort I derive therein. Nothing in this world is worth anything compared to the fullness of joy and the pleasures of your presence. You alone are my heart's desire and I worship and adore you today and forever, in Jesus' Name. Amen.

DAILY BIBLE READING

ONE YEAR 
Matthew 21:33-22:1-14, Exodus 20-21

TWO YEAR
Matthew 11:11-20, Genesis 31

ACT
Make out time today for a diligent study and meditation on the Word. 

CAN CHRISTIANS LISTEN TO SECULAR MUSIC? & DON'T DRAG THE TRAY


  • I have had a serious war going on in my mind for long. Should I listen to secular music or not? The real question is if listening to these music is a sin. Well, I have argued this over in the Sunday school class a lot of time. Since no scripture said it specifically that I should not listen to secular music, then I was cool with it. The beat of these music are just something else and irresistible. When you hear the beat that precedes 'WO' by Olamide, One corner, Man's not hot and the like, you will definitely want to go crazy. The beat will even make you sway back and forth unconsciously. I will not deceive you, I used to really love those music. Who will not even love them? The beats are making more sense than other gospel music now . Gospel music are definitely boring right? They are just slow songs with practically no beat. You just listen to them when you are depressed, or when you just left church with a powerful sermon and you feel sober. You might even probably listen to them just to fall asleep. Well, if you  are probably satisfied and agree with all I have written above, I will not condemn you because I have once been in your shoes. I used to love all these until the Holy Spirit taught me something.

  • Like I said, I was a die hard fan of Hip Hop music and I was a Christian. It might not be shocking to you because it was not to me then. But now, It is a big deal to me. I was really updated about all the latest music by Olamide, Lil Kesh, Dbanj and the likes. I knew all the lyrics from A to Z. When I don't seem to know the lyrics, I get frustrated and sit down to learn them. When I could recite only John 3:16 in my Bible and I proudly called myself a Christians. Maybe a fire branded one. One day I decided to delete all these music. Not because I was convinced oh. But I never wanted a fellowship brother or sister to catch me listening to them or see them on my phone. I would take my friend's phone and listen to these music. When I heard the songs from speakers I was always happy and I dance crazily and secretly. The most  striking feature that I developed was idolizing these artists. I wanted to be like them. I particularly idolised Nicki Minaj. I even swore to have a plastic surgery and look like her by any means. Hmmmm.... What/who  you actually listen to is what/who you really become. Listen to the Holy Spirit and you become like Jesus. 

  • All these songs had an effect on my life. When you listen to these songs as Christians, how do you feel? What do you think of? Do you think of Christ at this moment? Is your soul lifted up? Do you feel like rejoicing in him? Do you feel the atmosphere of his glory? I'm stressing the term Christians specifically. Kingdom Minded Believers, the redeemed of the Lord, the people of Jehovah. If we want to experience the glory of the lord every time, should we listen to these music? Music that kills our inner man slowly A particular day, I got tired of pretending and I went online to download the music back. I collected from friends and my phone was loaded back with them. The day I got the songs back, I was happy and delighted. I thought I won't have a boring day anymore. I plugged my head phone and slept off while listening to these songs
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  • I woke up the following day and quickly unplugged the head phone. I prayed and observed my quiet time. This went on for three days. By the third day, I knew something was wrong. My quiet time was not divine anymore. I was not hearing the Holy Spirit speak  to me and teach me. The Bible was just like any other book. I read without understanding. I knew something was wrong. I could not even feel the presence of God. I waved the feeling by and continued my quiet time in this manner. Some days later, I went for mid week service. The atmosphere was charged but my spirit was unwilling to pray. This is so unusual and I questioned myself and the Holy Spirit. Then my eyes were opened. How can I be listening to the devil and still want to listen to God? I was disturbed because these were just ordinary music now. But I remembered how David was called to use music c calm the evil spirit from Saul. I then asked "But I listen to Christian music also? ". I also got a reply

  • The problem with us is the way we practice on and off Christianity. We have a time dedicated to be off from His a bit. Then we activate the spirit again at either the church or during quiet time. The devil has really deceived us. As Christians, we are the soldiers of Christ. We are at war everyday. A soldier does not dare take off any of his armour or be distracted. He is always at alert. As Christians, we should do things that keep our spirit burning every time. We should not give way to the flesh at all. Never! So most of us think that spirituality is for church alone. We have even adopted the saying "when you are in Rome you behave like the Romans". Does that have a scriptural reference. The apostles never bended to become like the people they preached to. Rather the people become like them. What the Bible says is that the Holy Spirit will abide forever. So we behave like the world do when we are amongst people of world. We then behave as Christians in church. I pray God removes these shackles of ignorance from us.

  •  The unbelievers can never play Christian songs in their club houses. But as Christians we feel comfortable listening to them. Don't you know the Spirit of God lives in you and your body is the temple of the Lord. Are you trying to grieve the spirit by feeding your spirit with these songs? Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast  of the field which the Lord God had made. And  he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye  shall not eat of every tree of the garden? Lastly, note that the serpent was the most subtil animal. If the Lion had gone to deceive Eve, she might have easily known that it was a temptation. The devil will surely make these things look nice. Whereas, they are killing our spirit daily. Okay let me agree with you on this. Listening to worldly music is not a sin but it will lead you to sin. "Flee from all appearances of evil', says the Bible. The kind of music you listen to can make or damage you. When you observe your quiet time, can you be listening to these songs and reading your Bible at the same time. What you cannot do in the presence of God, do not do it in his absence.


  • DON'T DRAG THE TRAY!                       
  • A man was sent to the annual national convention of his professional body by his company. The convention was a congregation of about 10,000 people. During one of the days at the covention, it was time for lunch and people were being served. 

  • This man saw that, they were serving people beside him left & right but they were not serving him and the people on his row. He shouted at the ladies serving and they told him to keep calm that there is enough food for everyone &that it will soon get to his turn. 

  • He watched angrily as they passed the tray containing plates of soup and amala before him again twice without serving him. When he saw another lady carrying the tray, he stood up angrily & drag the tray of ewedu soup to take his food by force.

  • Suddenly; the whole tray containing about 6 plate of soup landed on his head as he dragged the tray from the lady's hands. His white cloth was stained, soiled and spoilt. Pepper got into his eyes and he was shouting,' my eyes ooo, somebody help me, my eyes oo, pepper in my eyes oo, '. People around him had to drag him out as he could not open his eyes because of the pepper that was still in his eyes. It was a complete show of shame & a reward of impatience.  

  • Dear reader, many of us are like this man, we feel others are already 'eating' success, breakthroughs, fame, popularity, academic excellence, accomplishments and we are yet to be served our own 'food' and we are being tempted to 'drag the tray' and take our  own food by force. Friends, I know waiting period is not an easy period. Atimes we feel our friends have left us behind. Many that we started as single ladies together are now married with children& here we are; still single and no ray of proposal talk less of marriage. Some of us,many of our friends that we got married the same year are through with child bearing and here we are, no miscarriage once talk less of pregnancy, and we feel like 'dragging the tray'. 

  • Atimes, many of us feel that many of our friends that we started work together have left us behind as we see their career blossoming, we feel the only way we can also see our careers validated is to 'drag the tray'.  Friends, be encouraged! The one serving this 'food' of marriage, success, promotion, career breakthrough is not a man. HE is GOD your Maker! HE has your own plate of 'food' in HIS tray. At the appointed time, HE will serve you & when you will be eating your own food, those who have eaten before you will watch your mouth as you 'eat' with pleasure. Don't 'drag the tray'. Don't take short cut. If you get the 'miracle' by 'dragging the tray' you will end up in ridicule as you will later be dragged out in shame as the 'pepper' in your eyes will make the end of your 'miracle' a show of shame. If you are waiting for a man, you can waste the wait, but if you are waiting on the Almighty , your waiting period is never a wasting period! Wait on your God. Your 'food' is closer to you than you think. 

MAN'S FREEDOM OF CHOICE

Devotional Type : Maranatha
Devotion Time : January 31
Topic : Man's Freedom of Choice                                             

In him was life; and the life was the light of men.  John 1:4.

God instructed our first parents in regard to the tree of knowledge, and they were fully informed relative to the fall of Satan, and the danger of listening to his suggestions. He did not deprive them of the power of eating the forbidden fruit. He left them as free moral agents to believe his word, obey his commandments and live, or believe the tempter, disobey and perish. They both ate, and the great wisdom they obtained was the knowledge of sin, and a sense of guilt. The covering of light … soon disappeared, and under a sense of guilt, and loss of their divine covering, a shivering seized them, and they tried to cover their exposed forms. The Lord would not have them investigate the fruit of the tree of knowledge, for then they would be exposed to Satan masked. He knew that they would be perfectly safe if they touched not the fruit.     

Our first parents chose to believe the words, as they thought, of a serpent; yet he had given them no tokens of his love. He had done nothing for their happiness and benefit; while God had given them everything that was good for food, and pleasant to the sight. Everywhere the eye might rest was abundance and beauty; yet Eve was deceived by the serpent, to think that there was something withheld which would make them wise, even as God. Instead of believing and confiding in God, she basely … and cherished the words of Satan.  

After Adam's transgression he at first imagined that he felt the rising to a new and higher existence. But soon the thought of his transgression terrified him. The air that had been of a mild and even temperature, seemed to chill them. The guilty pair had a sense of sin. They felt a dread of the future, a sense of want, a nakedness of soul. … They had not been clothed, but were draped in light as were the heavenly angels. This light which had enshrouded them departed. To relieve the sense of lack and nakedness which they realized, their attention was directed to seek a covering for their forms; for how could they meet the eye of God and angels unclothed?  [SR 38-9]

PRAYING IN HIS NAME

Devotinal Type : Rhapsody Of Realities Daily Devotional*

Date : Wednesday, 31st January

Topic: Praying In His Name

Bible Text: And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full (John 16:23-24)._

Jesus never said we should call on the saints who have gone to heaven to pray for us, like some Christians do today. Even Jesus said He wouldn’t have to pray for you, because the Father Himself loves you. Thus, the idea that Jesus is beside the Father, begging Him on our behalf, as some Christians wrongly assume, is unscriptural. Read His words: *_“At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you: For the Father himself loveth you…”_* (John 16:26-27).

As read in our opening scripture, He taught us how to pray, which is in His Name, and not through His Name. There’s a difference between the two. To pray through His Name is to make Him a medium. To pray in His Name is to exercise the power of attorney He’s given us. The next time you hear someone pray and conclude with, “...through Jesus Christ, our Lord,” let the person know he hasn’t prayed yet, because that prayer isn’t going to be answered.

You might say, “But I’ve been praying that way and getting results”; that’s because you’re still a spiritual babe, and God is waiting for you to grow up. The Bible says, *_“And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent”_* (Acts 17:30). If you don’t think this means much, try to cast out devils by saying, “Through Jesus Christ, I command you to come out”; it’ll not work, because that’s not what the Word says.

Jesus said in Mark 16:17, “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils”; He didn’t say, “through my Name.” To pray in His Name is to assume His authority, His glory and His person. When you ask the Father anything or make a demand in the Name of Jesus, it’s as though Jesus Himself were asking. We live in His Name. Halleluja

PRAYER
Dear Father, I thank you for the legal right to pray in the Name of Jesus and receive answers. Even now, I declare that my day is blessed, fruitful and productive, in the Name of the Lord, Jesus. Amen.

FURTHER STUDY:
Philippians 2:5-11
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: [6] Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: [7] But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: [8] And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. [9] 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; [11] And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

John 14:13
And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

A WORTHY WALK

Date : Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Devotional Type : DCLM Daily Manna

Preacher: Pastor W.F. Kumuyi

Topic: A Worthy Walk

Text: 1 John 2:1-19 (KJV)
1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.

4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.

6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

7 Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning.

8 Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth.

9 He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.

10 He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.

11 But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.

12 I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake.

13 I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father.

14 I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.

15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.

19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.


Key Verse: “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.” (1 John 2:6)


MESSAGE:
In an era when every Dick, Tom and Harry claims and wears the tag of “child of God,” John the beloved admonishes believers to go beyond the empty claim of knowing God. In verse 6 of the chapter, he uses the phrase, “ought to walk”. It means that if we claim allegiance to God, we have a moral burden and obligation to follow Christ’s steps. It is only those who live according to the will of God that will remain in fellowship with both the Father and the Son.

Believers are admonished to hold onto Jesus, who alone is the Saviour of the world and our Advocate “with the Father”. Every professing Christian must genuinely follow the path of righteousness as Christ did. Christ-like life and walk is only possible through the gracious experience of salvation. To obtain this experience, the sinner must turn away from sin, believe that Jesus the Son of God died and rose again to procure forgiveness for him/her and receive Him as His personal Lord and Saviour. As Christ comes in, He activates his/her heart to love God and live a righteous lifestyle.

One who is saved will be different from a pack of other so-called Christians who make mere profession of their love for Christ but live contrary to Him. It is strange to note that many churches today are populated with people who are bereft of genuine experience of salvation. Any superstructure without a foundation will surely collapse. That is why John the beloved conveyed God’s message of Christ-like living to all classes of people.

As witnesses for Christ, we must carefully and wisely choose words to suit those we witness to in order to achieve maximum success. We must not forget that we are in the last days and this truth places a heavy burden on us to watch over our lives while guiding others on the path of righteousness and into God’s kingdom.

Thought For The Day: Those who walk worthy of their profession of faith will ultimately fulfil destiny.

Bible Reading in a Year: Exodus 4-6

PRAY FOR CHURCHES IN INDIA

"Pray for the Church in lndia.  20 churches were burnt down last night. And tonight, want to destroy, more than 200 churches in "Olisabang province".  They want to kill 200 missionaries within the next 24 hours. All Christians are hiding in villages.... Pray for them and send this message to all Christians you know  Worldwide.  Ask God to have mercy on our brothers and sisters in India.  "When you receive this message, please urgently send it to other people. Please pray for the 22 Christian Missionary families sentenced to be executed by Islamists in Afghanistan. Now;   The islamist group (ISIS) just took over "Quaragosh",  the biggest Christian city in Iraq.  There are hundreds of men, women and children that are being beheaded. The people are asking for Prayers  to be made on their behalf concerning the ongoing atrocity in their country. They asked for this special prayer. Please, ensure you pass across the prayer request to the body of Christ for fervent prayers offered on behalf of the brothers, sisters and children in Iraq. This is an urgent SOS message please. Thank you for your concern. May the Lord bless you and your family and always send help your way. Amen. 

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

THE WINDS OF THE SPIRIT - THE EAST WIND

Devotional Type : PHANEROO~DEVOTION

DATE: 30th January 2018

PREACHER : Apostle Grace Lubega

Genesis 41:22-27 (KJV), And I saw in my dream, and, behold, seven ears came up in one stalk, full and good: And, behold, seven ears, withered, thin, and blasted with the EAST WIND, sprung up after them… And Joseph said unto Pharaoh, The dream of Pharaoh is one: God hath shewed Pharaoh what he is about to do. The seven good kine are seven years; and the seven good ears are seven years: the dream is one. And the seven thin and ill-favoured kine that came up after them are seven years; and the seven empty ears blasted with the EAST WIND shall be seven years of famine.

TOPIC : THE WINDS OF THE SPIRIT: THE EAST WIND 

As a child of God, you ought to understand the winds of the Spirit: what they are, how they blow and why they blow. When you do, you will ably position yourself in line with divine purpose.

Our theme scripture draws our attention to the East Wind. The context of the scripture shows that the blast of this wind brought with it famine, represented by the “seven ears [of corn] withered thin…”

Several other examples in scripture explain the working of the East wind. 

Exodus 10:13; “And Moses stretched forth his rod over the land of Egypt, and the Lord brought an EAST WIND upon the land all that day, and all that night; and when it was morning, the EAST WIND brought the locusts.”

In Jonah 4:8, it says, “And it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God prepared a vehement EAST WIND; and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah that he fainted, and wished in himself to die, and said, it is better for me to die than to live.” 

The East wind carries the judgments of God.

How then do you position yourself in this wind?

Job 38:24 (KJV) shows us how. It says, “By what way is the light parted, which scattereth the EAST WIND upon the earth?”

Light represents illumination/knowledge. This scripture means that by knowledge, judgment is executed on the earth.

The judgments of the Spirit work in favour of the man who knows God in a distinctive manner.

This particular knowledge of God comes with the grace, the Greek word called “epilusis”.

“Epilusis” positions you to not only interpret these judgments, but also know what ought to be done. 

In this instance, by “epilusis” Joseph understood the judgment of famine and also knew the course of action to be taken and he advised the king accordingly(Genesis 41:33-38).

When a man of knowledge meets the East Wind, he not only sees judgment but he also knows what he ought to do in that time and season. 

FURTHER STUDY: Psalms 78:26, Job 38:24

GOLDEN NUGGET: East winds are the judgments of God. When a man of knowledge meets the East Wind, he not only sees judgment but he also knows what he ought to do in that time and season. 

PRAYER: Father, I thank you for this Word. I understand the winds of the Spirit and position myself to function in accordance to how they blow. Even as the East wind blows, there is a shaking in my favour. All things work for my good because you judge matters in my favour. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

EVE BECOMES A TEMPTER

Devotional Type :  Maranatha

Devotion Time : January 30

Topic: Eve Becomes a Tempter   
                                            
And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; … but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.   Joshua 24:15.    

She then plucked for herself of the fruit and ate, … She was in a strange and unnatural excitement as she sought her husband with her hands filled with the forbidden fruit. She related to him the wise discourse of the serpent and wished to conduct him at once to the tree of knowledge. She told him she had eaten of the fruit, and instead of her feeling any sense of death, she realized a pleasing, exhilarating influence. As soon as Eve had disobeyed she became a powerful medium through which to occasion the fall of hery husband.  

     I saw a sadness come over the countenance of Adam. He appeared afraid and astonished. A struggle appeared to be going on in his mind. He told Eve he was quite certain that this was the foe that they had been warned against, and if so, that she must die. She assured him she felt no ill effects but rather a very pleasant influence, and entreated him to eat.   

     Adam regretted that Eve had left his side, but now the deed was done. He must be separated from her whose society he had loved so well. How could he have it thus? His love for Eve was strong. And in utter discouragement he resolved to share her fate. He reasoned that Eve was a part of himself, and if she must die, he would die with her, for he could not bear the thought of separation from her. He lacked faith in his merciful and benevolent Creator. He did not think that God, who had formed him out of the dust of the ground into a living, beautiful form, and had created Eve to be his companion, could supply her place. After all, might not the words of this wise serpent be correct? Eve was before him, just as lovely and beautiful, and apparently as innocent, as before this act of disobedience. She expressed greater, higher love for him than before her disobedience, as the effects of the fruit she had eaten. He saw in her no signs of death. … and he decided to brave the consequences. He seized the fruit and quickly ate it, and like Eve, felt not immediately its ill effects. [SRP 36-7]

Monday, 29 January 2018

THE GENESIS OF PENTECOSTALISM IN NIGERIA


Pentecostalism in Nigeria ‘began’ or 'started ' in 1918 when a group of believers took a decision to start a prayer band at St Saviours Anglican church Ijebu-Ode to intercede for the church as they were led through a dream. Before this time, sometime in 1917 David odubanjo came across a booklet titled the seven principles of prevailing payer at a friend’s house. Odubanjo was fascinated by the idea in the booklet that anyone could consistently have their prayers answered. This idea was totally strange at the time. Odubanjo thereafter began exchanging correspondences with Ambrose Clarke the Pastor of faith Tabernacle church Philadelphia. Clarke responded with a generous number of publications on various topics on the Christian life.By studying, and applying the teachings in the publications Odubanjo experienced a spiritual transformation during which his heart was overwhelmed by love. He later went ahead to start preaching the gospel at Ijebu-Ode. Through a divine orchestration in1919 Odubanjo was invited to attend the prayer group that started in 1918 that started in St Saviour’s church. The exposure to literatures and the ministry of faith tabernacle Church in the United States gave Odubanjo an edge of revelation knowledge over his contemporaries. After a brief fellowship with the prayer band in Ijebu-Ode, everyone unanimously adopted odubanjo as the leader of the group, as it was evident to all that He was ahead of them in spiritual things.

The group was first named precious stone society and later renamed diamond society in 1920. Ambrose Clarke continued to send large quantities of faith tabernacle publications to Odubanjo which he then circulated to members of the group. Pretty soon the members started corresponding with Ambrose Clarke themselves, asking questions about teachings they did not understand. At this time the sword of the spirit publications became the bible of some sort to members of this group. Odubanjo later left for Lagos to establish the Lagos branch of the society and eventually the group metamorphosed into the faith tabernacle group in Nigeria after formal affiliations with the faith tabernacle church in Philadelphia.The society required its members to abstain from the use of both traditional and modern medicine thereby differentiating itself from the Anglican congregation of which it was still a part. They developed a form that was more rigid and demanding than the Anglican persuasion which eventually led to a clash with the Anglican authorities.

Their rules were puritanical in nature, defining as immoral; dancing, drumming, debt, drinking, cigarettes, cards, gambling, interest in money, too much ornaments and chewing kolanut.The issue of baptism of infants which the group was against as it was being practised in the Anglican Church at the time, created a controversy that led to the group formally exiting the Anglican Church and was subsequently officially affiliated with the faith tubercles church in America. This group in 1923 then became the faith tabernacles church Nigeria.The faith tabernacle church Nigeria exploded numerically due to the fact that most of  it’s members were in the employ of the government and whenever they were transferred  to other parts of the country, they started branches of the church to cater to their spiritual needs 
The faith tabernacle churches were pockets of small churches with very strict holiness doctrine. They lived very austere lives denying themselves of most conveniences. they were generally looked upon with pity by members of the community who referred to them as the ‘wretched tabernacles’. The decade long relationship between the faith tabernacle America and Nigeria abruptly came to an end when Clarke the leader of faith tabernacle in America was accused of adultery. This fiasco led to developments that ended the decade long relationship between the two groups.One of the largest faith tabernacles congregations in Nigeria was the Ilesha church with 120 members in 1930. Under the leadership of a man by the name J A Babatope.

In 1928, the Nigerian faith tabernacle church stated querying the American faith tabernacle's restriction of the manifestations of the Spirit and began to fast extensively seeking revival and the power of the spirit.It was in this season in 1930 that revival broke out in Ilesha through the ministry of a 26 year old man by the man Joseph Ayo Babalola a faith tabernacles member.It was in 1929 that Babalola was introduced to the leadership of the faith tabernacles church and was subsequently baptised by them in the same year. Odubanjo later said of Babalola “since the days of the Apostles I have not met with any of his type who has direct dealings and intercourse with the Holy Spirit”

In July 1930 precisely July 9th and 10th Babalola was invited by Odubanjo to a congress of the leaders of the church in Ilesha, it was here, after praying for a dead boy and the dead boy came back to life the 1930 revival was ignited. After raising the boy from the dead many sick people rushed to Babalola for healings and miracles. 200 people came for healings, the meeting could not stop but continued into its second and third week. By the third week of the revival about 100 lepers, 60 blind and 50 lame persons had been healed. Subsequently all kinds of healings of diverse sicknesses began. The meetings became so large that it had to move to a new venue an open space near a hill called oke-oye in the outskirts of Ilesha.

 In the following weeks people began to troop in day and night to experience the spiritual revival and miracles in oke-Oye at Ilesha. Babalola’s fame spread throughout the country and beyond its shores.In the following weeks and months other healing evangelist were raised like Daniel Orekoya, Peter Olatunji and David Babajide. Babalola and the other healing Evangelist focused on stirring the faith of the people to believe in the miraculous. Unlike the faith tabernacle leaders, Babalola and his team did not teach the biblical doctrine of healing in any systematic way but rather relied on the operations of the healing gift of the Holy Spirit which many of them were strongly endowed with.

Typically the meetings consisted of a stirring message by Babalola, Olatunji or Orekoya followed by vigorous singing and prayers and then specific instructions to the sick and the oppressed as a means of receiving cures for their ailments. By far the most prominent of this instructions was the application of the holy water. Generally the crowd took on the words even seeking to touch their garments.The government later embarked on a crackdown of the activities of Babalola and his team, this was due to pressure from the mission churches who were fast loosing members and many of the traditional chiefs who accused the revivalist of instigating unrest in their domain. The height of this was the arrest and subsequent and subsequent imprisonment of Babalola for 6 months in 1932.Even though babalola was a faith tabernacle member.many of His converts acknowledged him as their leader but didn’t not have any connectedness to the faith tabernacle movement. Surprisingly Babalola submitted himself to leadership of the faith tabernacle movement.

Two streams emerged from the revival; the faith tabernacle stream with Odubanjo as leader and the healing revival stream with Babalola as leader .both streams were connected by their faith in divine healing. Odubanjo was however the overall leader of the movement and provided crucial source of funds for many of the evangelists Babalola included.The movement was continually troubled by the authorities, hounded from place to place, the situation that later became overwhelming for everyone involved. This led to a quest for foreign partnership with British missions whose doctrines were in agreement with theirs.It was Odubanjo who eventually came across a publication from the apostolic church in Britain. After studying its contents he began corresponding with the leaders who sent to him loads of their literatures. Odubanjo was convinced that the apostolic church was the answer to the church’s partnership dilemma, being a British church. This was a huge blessing since Nigeria at the time was a British colony. Also the church believed in speaking in other tongues. After reading and studying the apostolic church literatures on the subject of the baptism of the holy spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues and after listening attentively to the inspired biblical teachings on the subject matter from the leadership of the British apostolic church, odubanjo and his team decided to hold revival tarrying meetings for the baptism of the Holy Spirit. 

This was the beginning of tarrying meetings for the purpose of being baptised in the Holy Spirit in Lagos in 1930. This led to odubanjo and the faith tabernacle leaders extending an invitation to the leadership of the apostolic church in Bradford England to visit Nigeria. Upon the arrival of the team of leaders from Bradford in Lagos the power of the Holy Spirit was tremendously felt such that men and women of the church were swept off their feet and baptised in the Holy Spirit. Some of them wept and flood of tears rolled down their checks rejoicing and praising God at the meetings held under the leadership of DP Williams the founding president of the apostolic church.This meeting conducted by the leadership of the apostolic church from Bradford England became what birthed the modern day Pentecostal move in Nigeria. It was a meeting that brought together men and women from all works of life and from all the mainline denominations. People came from different part of the country to be part of this spiritual awakening. The meetings held with both morning and evening sessions filled to capacity. The team later visited Ijebu- Ode, Abeokuta and Ibadan with great testimonies with multitudes being filled with the Holy Spirit. The meeting was later taken to Ibadan with odubanjo, Babalola and Akinyele as well as other key leaders in attendance. It was at this meeting in Ibadan that the final decision was reached, by the Nigerian leaders to form a partnership with the apostolic church of Great Britain.

 In 1931 in Lagos, the apostolic church of Great Britain having been accepted as the governing authority of the emerging apostolic church of Nigeria ordained seven leaders of the erstwhile faith tabernacle into the pastoral office. The seven leaders were Babatope, Odubanjo, Mensah, Akinyele, (who later became the Olubadan of Ibadan), Esisinade, Adegboyega and McCauley.After deliberations, the faith tabernacle leaders decided to adopt the name the apostolic church Nigeria.The arrival of the apostolic church missionaries marked the beginning if Pentecostalism in Nigeria, their arrival activated in their Nigerian brethren the nine gifts of the Spirit, the power and gifts of the Spirit, their proper use, correct method of tarrying for the Holy Ghost baptism, liberty, prayers in divine worship, prayer meetings, divine guidance by the word of the Lord through prophetic ministry, singing of joyful choruses, clapping of hands scriptural dancing and jumping and shouting s of hallelujahs. The years between 1932 and 1940 saw a great outpourings of the Holy Spirit which laid the foundations for the decades that followed. The movement was then in its infancy before institutionalization set in.

According to historians and documents available what happened between 1932 and 1940 was indeed our own version of the famous Azusa street revival as the Holy Spirit manifested mightily in sweeping powers. The experience was comparable to what happened on the day of Pentecost as peoples from all works of life began to speak with other tongues as the spirit gave them utterance.These continued until mid 30S when strains began to appear in the relationship between the British Missionaries of the Apostolic church and the Nigerian leaders which led to the polarization of the leadership of the church.

This eventually led to a major separation in which healing evangelist as well as their loyalist led by odubanjo babalola and others formed the Nigerian apostolic church. This was the first split in Nigerian Pentecostal history. The assemblies which chose to stay under the leadership of the British missionaries retained the name the apostolic church while the churches which rallied under the leadership of odubanjo, akinyele and Babalola was renamed Christ Apostolic Church (CAC). Unfortunately, the great movement that had started with a handful of saints who formed the nucleus the first precious stone group in Ijebu-Ode in 1918 which had gone through many changes and phases of partnership and which by 1940 had become a vibrant nationwide movement could not reconcile the differences that had begun to threaten its unity since the mid-1930s. Sides were taken, friendships broken, insults traded, blame passed and eventually the house did not stand. By April 1940 the center could no longer hold and the great split occurred. The issues that played out in the breakup were not strictly based on the interpretation of the biblical doctrine of divine healing it was largely due to sectional loyalty. Then In 1936, 40 apostles met in a certain place in England to consider what to do about the great call of God and the revival in Nigeria, they wanted to resolve the issue surrounding the activities of the healing evangelist in Nigeria. Then a prophecy came “send Elton my servant to Nigeria”. The arrival of SG Elton in Nigeria specifically Ilesha in 1936 kick started the next significant era in the development of body of Christ in Nigeria.

Elton was sent by God to bridge the obvious gaps and lapses in the revival. He was sent to preserve the gains of the revival that broke out in 1930. He was sent to take over a revival that had happened, which had very little gospel in it by adding to the value chain of the said revival things pertaining to justification by faith, baptism by water, the second coming, baptism of the Holy Spirit with signs following and the manifestation of divine government in the church today. Elton argued that the practice of blessing water encouraged many to place their faith in “holy water” rather than in the word of God, the revivalist countered saying that the practise had come by revelation and Elton was to face his business which was to teach new converts the basic doctrine of the bible. This infringement on what the revivalist considered a divine mandate was completely unacceptable to Babalola and other prophetic figures who became embittered towards Elton and his colleagues who were increasingly perceived as a hindrance rather than a help, to the move of God in their midst. “mefoyinbo” which means “we don’t want the whites” became their war cry. Pa SG Elton later between 1960 and mid-80S worked with and mentored the likes of Archbishop Benson Idahosa of the blessed memory. It was his relationship with the late Archbishop that led to the meeting between the late Archbishop, TL Osborn and Gordon Lindsay, who was later responsible for the training of the archbishop in his bible school in America.



 Another individual greatly influenced by Pa Elton is the incumbent General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God Pastor E.A Adeboye. Pastor Adeboye had this to say about Pa Elton. “Papa SG Elton knew the word of God and taught it with simplicity; with candour he was a great instrument of God in the life of many people including myself. I visited him towards the end of his life every two weeks, I used to spend only one hour and you can be sure we were not talking politics; we were not talking business. We were discussing the Lord Jesus Christ. I remember he said once that he regretted that he didn’t me earlier in his life, I regretted I hadn’t met him earlier either , but I thank God that the last days were profitably used, and I think it’s on record that the last major meeting that he had in 1984 or 1985 was on this RCCG campground . He slept in our little house and we had time for fellowship together, and I remember that his last sermon brought every one of us back to the altar – General overseer, Pastors, everyone. We all came back to the altar to cry before God and rededicate our lives before God. So nobody can truly write the history of either Pentecostalism or full gospel in Nigeria and leave PA SG Elton out of it. He was a tremendous influence not just on individuals, but on the church of God as a whole.






KNOW WHO YOU ARE

Date : MONDAY, JANUARY, 29th 2018.

Devotional Type : Word from God Devotional

Preacher : Prophet Hermeline Mwesigwa.
 
Topic: KNOW WHO YOU ARE

Ignorance of who we are causes us to operate below the God kind of standards. The people who don't know who they are in God are victims of circumstances and can't see beyond their situations.  A mighty man called Gideon was hiding from his destiny, he was called of God to wipe out the midianities to free the children of Israel from their oppression but because of fear he also hide like the rest of the Israelites. God sent an angel to remind him of who he was. Judges 6:12 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour.

The angel reminded Gideon who he was but he started pointing at the circumstances as an hindrance. Judge 6:13-14 says, And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt? but now the LORD hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.14 And the LORD looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee? When we get to know who we are in God we see beyond our natural strength and tap onto the Super natural because our natural abilities can't accomplish anything.Zechariah 4:6 says,.......Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.

You see God gave birth to us and that's where we draw out identity because as He is so are we in this world.

1John 5:4 says, For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

2018 OUR YEAR OF FLYING (ISAIAH 40:31)

KNOW WHO YOU ARE

Date : MONDAY, JANUARY, 29th 2018.

Devotional Type : Word from God Devotional

Preacher : Prophet Hermeline Mwesigwa.
 
Topic: KNOW WHO YOU ARE

Ignorance of who we are causes us to operate below the God kind of standards. The people who don't know who they are in God are victims of circumstances and can't see beyond their situations.  A mighty man called Gideon was hiding from his destiny, he was called of God to wipe out the midianities to free the children of Israel from their oppression but because of fear he also hide like the rest of the Israelites. God sent an angel to remind him of who he was. Judges 6:12 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour.

The angel reminded Gideon who he was but he started pointing at the circumstances as an hindrance. Judge 6:13-14 says, And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt? but now the LORD hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.14 And the LORD looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee? When we get to know who we are in God we see beyond our natural strength and tap onto the Super natural because our natural abilities can't accomplish anything.Zechariah 4:6 says,.......Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.

You see God gave birth to us and that's where we draw out identity because as He is so are we in this world.

1John 5:4 says, For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

2018 OUR YEAR OF FLYING (ISAIAH 40:31)

CHOSEN TO GOD'S WORD

Devotional Type : RHAPSODY OF REALITIES DAILY DEVOTIONAL

Topic: CHOSEN TO KNOW GOD’S WORD.

Date: Sunday, January 28th 2018

Preacher: Pastor Chris

And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 3:15).

After Saul’s encounter with the Lord on his way to Damascus, God sent Ananias, a devout man according to the law, to him, with these words: …The God of our fathers HATH CHOSEN THEE, THAT THOU SHOULDEST KNOW HIS WILL, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth”_ (Acts 22:14). Saul, who later became the apostle Paul, isn’t on the scene today, but you are; so, this is the Word of the Lord to you, because Jesus said, _“Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away”_ (Matthew 24:35).

More so, God is the Father of spirits; He addresses the human spirit, which is eternal. When God speaks, you ought to know whether He’s revealing principles or He’s saying something that only a particular person can act upon. The Lord wanted Saul to know he was chosen to know His will—the Word.

Do you realize that you’ve been chosen also to know the will of God? This isn’t about being chosen to handle a particular assignment or responsibility. This is God choosing you to unveil His Word to your spirit. For example, it was God-ordained that you’d be studying this devotional today. If God never chose you to receive the blessed words, these spiritual revelations, you’ll never receive them.

God chose you through the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit that He may unveil truths to your spirit: Who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit...  (1 Peter 1:2 NIV). He foreknew you and separated you unto Himself to know His will; it’s the reason you can never walk in confusion. It’s the reason you can know God in your spirit. He’s flooded your spirit with light; the light of His Word, that you may know and walk in His perfect will.

 PRAYER
Dear Father, I thank you for choosing me to know your will. I’m rooted and grounded in your Word, producing fruits of righteousness, for your glory. There’s no cause for stumbling in my path, because your Word lightens my way, and in my path, there’s no darkness, but life, peace and success, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

FURTHER STUDY:
2 Timothy 3:15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

Luke 8:10* And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING

1-Year Bible Reading Plan:
Matthew 19:16-20:1-16,   Exodus 15

2-Year Bible Reading Plan:
Acts 13:13-25,  Job 26-27

TEMPTATION AND FALL contd

Devotional Type :  Maranatha

 Devotion Time : January 29

Topic: Temptation and Fall – cont.                                         

All his commandments are sure. They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.  
 Psalm 111:7, 8.

Satan would convey the idea that by eating of the forbidden tree they would receive a new and more noble kind of knowledge than they had hitherto attained. This has been his special work, with great success, ever since his fall. …  

It was not the will of God that this sinless pair should have any knowledge of evil. He had freely given them the good but withheld the evil. Eve thought the words of the serpent wise, … for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil"--making God a liar. Satan boldly insinuated that God had deceived … God said: If ye eat ye shall surely die. The serpent said, If ye eat, "ye shall not surely die."  
   
The tempter assured Eve that as soon as she ate of the fruit she would receive a new and superior knowledge that would make her equal with God. … He ate freely of the tree and found it not only perfectly harmless but delicious and exhilarating, and told her that it was because of its wonderful properties to impart wisdom and power that God had prohibited them from tasting or even touching it, …  He stated that his eating of the fruit of the tree forbidden to them was the reason he had attained the power of speech. He intimated that God would not carry out His word. It was merely a threat to intimidate them and keep them from great good. He further told them that they could not die. Had they not eaten of the tree of life which perpetuates immortality? He said that God was deceiving them to keep them from a higher state … The tempter plucked the fruit and passed it to Eve. She took it in her hand. Now, said the tempter, you were prohibited from even touching it lest you die. He told her that she would realize no more sense of evil and death in eating than in touching or handling the fruit. Eve was emboldened because she felt not the immediate signs of God's displeasure. She thought the words of the tempter all wise and correct. She ate, and was delighted with the fruit. … [SR 34-6]

THE WORD

Devotional Type : Living Word Devotional

Preacher : Pastor Mensa Otabil

Date : Monday, 29th January, 2018

Topic: THE WORD

Then the children of Joseph spoke to Joshua, saying, "Why have you given us only one lot and one share to inherit, since we are a great people, inasmuch as the LORD has blessed us until now?" - Joshua 17:14

Christians are often defeated in day-to-day living because they ‘.....don't really realize how many resources God has placed in their spiritual account. They are like a fish which jumps out of the river and complains to the tortoise that he is thirsty. In the midst of God's abundant supply, many Christians still go around begging for 'mercy drops'. A lot of times we pray, "God help me. God, I'm hungry. God, I need a blessing." Meanwhile, the Lord is saying, "Will you please go check your account? I have deposited more than you could ever use. Go to my Word and find out what I have given you."

Can you imagine a soldier fighting a battle with no ammunition while he was sitting on an armoury filled with thousands and thousands of rounds of ammunition, more than he could use in a thousand wars? He has more than he needs right under him but he is trying to fight the battle without the resources he has.

Defeat in our battle against Satan, sin and scarcity is largely in our ignorance of our spiritual inheritance. In Jesus Christ there is power to live a new life and to overcome.

Perhaps, like many other people, you make bold resolutions whenever a new year rolls around. You make plans regarding what changes you want to make in the coming year. But it's not long until you have gone back on those great resolutions.

This year, let it be different. Break the cycle of defeat and walk in victory. Don't just admire His Word. Take it, believe, claim it and live by it!

Prayer: In the name of Jesus, I claim this year as the year of my break-through.

Scriptural Reading: Joshua 17:14-18

THE WORD

Devotional Type : Living Word Devotional

Preacher : Pastor Mensa Otabil

Date : Monday, 29th January, 2018

Topic: THE WORD

Then the children of Joseph spoke to Joshua, saying, "Why have you given us only one lot and one share to inherit, since we are a great people, inasmuch as the LORD has blessed us until now?" - Joshua 17:14

Christians are often defeated in day-to-day living because they ‘.....don't really realize how many resources God has placed in their spiritual account. They are like a fish which jumps out of the river and complains to the tortoise that he is thirsty. In the midst of God's abundant supply, many Christians still go around begging for 'mercy drops'. A lot of times we pray, "God help me. God, I'm hungry. God, I need a blessing." Meanwhile, the Lord is saying, "Will you please go check your account? I have deposited more than you could ever use. Go to my Word and find out what I have given you."

Can you imagine a soldier fighting a battle with no ammunition while he was sitting on an armoury filled with thousands and thousands of rounds of ammunition, more than he could use in a thousand wars? He has more than he needs right under him but he is trying to fight the battle without the resources he has.

Defeat in our battle against Satan, sin and scarcity is largely in our ignorance of our spiritual inheritance. In Jesus Christ there is power to live a new life and to overcome.

Perhaps, like many other people, you make bold resolutions whenever a new year rolls around. You make plans regarding what changes you want to make in the coming year. But it's not long until you have gone back on those great resolutions.

This year, let it be different. Break the cycle of defeat and walk in victory. Don't just admire His Word. Take it, believe, claim it and live by it!

Prayer: In the name of Jesus, I claim this year as the year of my break-through.

Scriptural Reading: Joshua 17:14-18

THE WORD

Devotional Type : Living Word Devotional

Preacher : Pastor Mensa Otabil

Date : Monday, 29th January, 2018

Topic: THE WORD

Then the children of Joseph spoke to Joshua, saying, "Why have you given us only one lot and one share to inherit, since we are a great people, inasmuch as the LORD has blessed us until now?" - Joshua 17:14

Christians are often defeated in day-to-day living because they ‘.....don't really realize how many resources God has placed in their spiritual account. They are like a fish which jumps out of the river and complains to the tortoise that he is thirsty. In the midst of God's abundant supply, many Christians still go around begging for 'mercy drops'. A lot of times we pray, "God help me. God, I'm hungry. God, I need a blessing." Meanwhile, the Lord is saying, "Will you please go check your account? I have deposited more than you could ever use. Go to my Word and find out what I have given you."

Can you imagine a soldier fighting a battle with no ammunition while he was sitting on an armoury filled with thousands and thousands of rounds of ammunition, more than he could use in a thousand wars? He has more than he needs right under him but he is trying to fight the battle without the resources he has.

Defeat in our battle against Satan, sin and scarcity is largely in our ignorance of our spiritual inheritance. In Jesus Christ there is power to live a new life and to overcome.

Perhaps, like many other people, you make bold resolutions whenever a new year rolls around. You make plans regarding what changes you want to make in the coming year. But it's not long until you have gone back on those great resolutions.

This year, let it be different. Break the cycle of defeat and walk in victory. Don't just admire His Word. Take it, believe, claim it and live by it!

Prayer: In the name of Jesus, I claim this year as the year of my break-through.

Scriptural Reading: Joshua 17:14-18

THE WORD

Devotional Type : Living Word Devotional

Preacher : Pastor Mensa Otabil

Date : Monday, 29th January, 2018

Topic: THE WORD

Then the children of Joseph spoke to Joshua, saying, "Why have you given us only one lot and one share to inherit, since we are a great people, inasmuch as the LORD has blessed us until now?" - Joshua 17:14

Christians are often defeated in day-to-day living because they ‘.....don't really realize how many resources God has placed in their spiritual account. They are like a fish which jumps out of the river and complains to the tortoise that he is thirsty. In the midst of God's abundant supply, many Christians still go around begging for 'mercy drops'. A lot of times we pray, "God help me. God, I'm hungry. God, I need a blessing." Meanwhile, the Lord is saying, "Will you please go check your account? I have deposited more than you could ever use. Go to my Word and find out what I have given you."

Can you imagine a soldier fighting a battle with no ammunition while he was sitting on an armoury filled with thousands and thousands of rounds of ammunition, more than he could use in a thousand wars? He has more than he needs right under him but he is trying to fight the battle without the resources he has.

Defeat in our battle against Satan, sin and scarcity is largely in our ignorance of our spiritual inheritance. In Jesus Christ there is power to live a new life and to overcome.

Perhaps, like many other people, you make bold resolutions whenever a new year rolls around. You make plans regarding what changes you want to make in the coming year. But it's not long until you have gone back on those great resolutions.

This year, let it be different. Break the cycle of defeat and walk in victory. Don't just admire His Word. Take it, believe, claim it and live by it!

Prayer: In the name of Jesus, I claim this year as the year of my break-through.

Scriptural Reading: Joshua 17:14-18

THE WORD

Devotional Type : Living Word Devotional

Preacher : Pastor Mensa Otabil

Date : Monday, 29th January, 2018

Topic: THE WORD

Then the children of Joseph spoke to Joshua, saying, "Why have you given us only one lot and one share to inherit, since we are a great people, inasmuch as the LORD has blessed us until now?" - Joshua 17:14

Christians are often defeated in day-to-day living because they ‘.....don't really realize how many resources God has placed in their spiritual account. They are like a fish which jumps out of the river and complains to the tortoise that he is thirsty. In the midst of God's abundant supply, many Christians still go around begging for 'mercy drops'. A lot of times we pray, "God help me. God, I'm hungry. God, I need a blessing." Meanwhile, the Lord is saying, "Will you please go check your account? I have deposited more than you could ever use. Go to my Word and find out what I have given you."

Can you imagine a soldier fighting a battle with no ammunition while he was sitting on an armoury filled with thousands and thousands of rounds of ammunition, more than he could use in a thousand wars? He has more than he needs right under him but he is trying to fight the battle without the resources he has.

Defeat in our battle against Satan, sin and scarcity is largely in our ignorance of our spiritual inheritance. In Jesus Christ there is power to live a new life and to overcome.

Perhaps, like many other people, you make bold resolutions whenever a new year rolls around. You make plans regarding what changes you want to make in the coming year. But it's not long until you have gone back on those great resolutions.

This year, let it be different. Break the cycle of defeat and walk in victory. Don't just admire His Word. Take it, believe, claim it and live by it!

Prayer: In the name of Jesus, I claim this year as the year of my break-through.

Scriptural Reading: Joshua 17:14-18

17 SOULS IN HELL FIRE PLEADING WITH HUMANITY ON EARTH TO REPENT

17 SOULS IN HELL FIRE PLEADING WITH HUMANITY ON EARTH TO REPENT 

Preacher : Evangelist Thompson.

SOUL 1: I was a house wife on earth and i loved to kiss the penis of my husband every time we had sex. my pastor did not teach that this was a sin so when i died, i was thrown to hell for this

SOUL 2: I used to be a woman on earth. i loved to use contraceptive pills so as not to conceive. my husband did not want
more children but when i died, the demons dragged me to hell and have been torturing me day and night.

SOUL 3: I was a lad
y on earth and my husband allowed me to climb over him during sex. we did not percive that this was sinful and demonic so when i died, the demons threw me in hell and have been forcing me to climb over spears/weapons and do
thesame act i used to do ontop of my husband. each time i do this my genitals will tear into pieces and grow again over and over.

SOUL 4: When a brother warned me about using earrings i did not believe him and when i died, i found a big demon waiting by the heaven's gate. when he saw me he asked me to give him his property of which i did not understand first. He then clarified
that all earrings belonging to him and any woman who dies with any of his property such as earrings, wedding rings, jeweries,
fake hair, nail paint, eye lashes, make-up, weave on, curled hair, contraceptive coil etc will find him wautung for her at
heaven's gate and will be thrown into hell..

SOUL 5: Please warn all the women not to use contraceptives, injection or pills or else they will join me in hell. these things are demonic ideas and billions are here in hell in torment because of it.

SOUL 6: Please warn all humans on earth not to drink any form of alcohol. God cannot be mocked and He hates alcohol. Since
i came to hell, the demons have been forcing me to drink deadly acid in place of alcohol.

SOUL 7: Please tell all the children on earth to love Jesus and read their bible. i was a child when i died and i have been in hell since, recently Jesus came to hell and i pleaded with Him to remove me from hell but he asked me to name one bible character before He could remove me but unfortunately i could not name one. i failed this test and fell back into the fire.

SOUL 8: Tell all women on earth that hell is full of women some of whom were strong christians on earth but died and came to
hell for little sins such as quarrel, anger, lack of surrender to husband, envy, jealous, gossip etc.

SOUL 9: Tell all the people who are watching football that football is demonic and that footballers are in hell as well as their fans. They will not believe this but tell them.

SOUL 10: Tell all humans that all worldly musicians such as Bob Marley and Michael Jackson are in hell being tortured badly. Any
human listening to worldly music is doomed and is on his/her way to hell. Tell them..

SOUL 11: Tell all men who have not paid their wives'dowry that they will die and come to hell if they fail to do so.

SOUL 12: I was a catholic when i died. while i was alive, i did not believe that rosaries, statues honouring Mary and angels were
idolatry and demonic, when i died, snakes have been coiling around my fingers just as i used to coil rosaries around my fingers.

SOUL 13: I died as a pope in a catholic church. i remember travelling every where in the world and enjoying the wealth,
security and glory but when i died demons grabbed me and threw me here in hell. Tell all catholics to leave that church and give their lives to Jesus in Holiness and Righteousness

SOUL 14: When i was on earth, i loved to watch horror films. i did not percive that the creatures in horror films were actually real
demons torturing human souls in hell like this, the very same demons i had been watching dragged me to hell and have been torturing me.

Soul 15: Tell all those young men and women who are engaged for marriage but are having sex already to go to their pastors and confess this sin so that prayer can be done for them before they join us in hell:

SOUL 16: Tell all those People who have not repaid their debt that they are on their way to hell..

Soul 17: Tell those christians who are not doing their restitutions that Lucifer is waiting for them in hell. Restitution means
restoring goods/money, declaring fake documents, confessing secret sin to person you offended, Abandoning second wife,
returing to your first wife/husband, declaring your adultery to your husband/wife etc.

YES THE STANDARD OF HEAVEN ARE HIGH "Matt 5:20 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.

17 SOULS IN HELL FIRE PLEADING WITH HUMANITY ON EARTH TO REPENT

17 SOULS IN HELL FIRE PLEADING WITH HUMANITY ON EARTH TO REPENT 

Preacher : Evangelist Thompson.

SOUL 1: I was a house wife on earth and i loved to kiss the penis of my husband every time we had sex. my pastor did not teach that this was a sin so when i died, i was thrown to hell for this

SOUL 2: I used to be a woman on earth. i loved to use contraceptive pills so as not to conceive. my husband did not want
more children but when i died, the demons dragged me to hell and have been torturing me day and night.

SOUL 3: I was a lad
y on earth and my husband allowed me to climb over him during sex. we did not percive that this was sinful and demonic so when i died, the demons threw me in hell and have been forcing me to climb over spears/weapons and do
thesame act i used to do ontop of my husband. each time i do this my genitals will tear into pieces and grow again over and over.

SOUL 4: When a brother warned me about using earrings i did not believe him and when i died, i found a big demon waiting by the heaven's gate. when he saw me he asked me to give him his property of which i did not understand first. He then clarified
that all earrings belonging to him and any woman who dies with any of his property such as earrings, wedding rings, jeweries,
fake hair, nail paint, eye lashes, make-up, weave on, curled hair, contraceptive coil etc will find him wautung for her at
heaven's gate and will be thrown into hell..

SOUL 5: Please warn all the women not to use contraceptives, injection or pills or else they will join me in hell. these things are demonic ideas and billions are here in hell in torment because of it.

SOUL 6: Please warn all humans on earth not to drink any form of alcohol. God cannot be mocked and He hates alcohol. Since
i came to hell, the demons have been forcing me to drink deadly acid in place of alcohol.

SOUL 7: Please tell all the children on earth to love Jesus and read their bible. i was a child when i died and i have been in hell since, recently Jesus came to hell and i pleaded with Him to remove me from hell but he asked me to name one bible character before He could remove me but unfortunately i could not name one. i failed this test and fell back into the fire.

SOUL 8: Tell all women on earth that hell is full of women some of whom were strong christians on earth but died and came to
hell for little sins such as quarrel, anger, lack of surrender to husband, envy, jealous, gossip etc.

SOUL 9: Tell all the people who are watching football that football is demonic and that footballers are in hell as well as their fans. They will not believe this but tell them.

SOUL 10: Tell all humans that all worldly musicians such as Bob Marley and Michael Jackson are in hell being tortured badly. Any
human listening to worldly music is doomed and is on his/her way to hell. Tell them..

SOUL 11: Tell all men who have not paid their wives'dowry that they will die and come to hell if they fail to do so.

SOUL 12: I was a catholic when i died. while i was alive, i did not believe that rosaries, statues honouring Mary and angels were
idolatry and demonic, when i died, snakes have been coiling around my fingers just as i used to coil rosaries around my fingers.

SOUL 13: I died as a pope in a catholic church. i remember travelling every where in the world and enjoying the wealth,
security and glory but when i died demons grabbed me and threw me here in hell. Tell all catholics to leave that church and give their lives to Jesus in Holiness and Righteousness

SOUL 14: When i was on earth, i loved to watch horror films. i did not percive that the creatures in horror films were actually real
demons torturing human souls in hell like this, the very same demons i had been watching dragged me to hell and have been torturing me.

Soul 15: Tell all those young men and women who are engaged for marriage but are having sex already to go to their pastors and confess this sin so that prayer can be done for them before they join us in hell:

SOUL 16: Tell all those People who have not repaid their debt that they are on their way to hell..

Soul 17: Tell those christians who are not doing their restitutions that Lucifer is waiting for them in hell. Restitution means
restoring goods/money, declaring fake documents, confessing secret sin to person you offended, Abandoning second wife,
returing to your first wife/husband, declaring your adultery to your husband/wife etc.

YES THE STANDARD OF HEAVEN ARE HIGH "Matt 5:20 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.

17 SOULS IN HELL FIRE PLEADING WITH HUMANITY ON EARTH TO REPENT

17 SOULS IN HELL FIRE PLEADING WITH HUMANITY ON EARTH TO REPENT 

Preacher : Evangelist Thompson.

SOUL 1: I was a house wife on earth and i loved to kiss the penis of my husband every time we had sex. my pastor did not teach that this was a sin so when i died, i was thrown to hell for this

SOUL 2: I used to be a woman on earth. i loved to use contraceptive pills so as not to conceive. my husband did not want
more children but when i died, the demons dragged me to hell and have been torturing me day and night.

SOUL 3: I was a lad
y on earth and my husband allowed me to climb over him during sex. we did not percive that this was sinful and demonic so when i died, the demons threw me in hell and have been forcing me to climb over spears/weapons and do
thesame act i used to do ontop of my husband. each time i do this my genitals will tear into pieces and grow again over and over.

SOUL 4: When a brother warned me about using earrings i did not believe him and when i died, i found a big demon waiting by the heaven's gate. when he saw me he asked me to give him his property of which i did not understand first. He then clarified
that all earrings belonging to him and any woman who dies with any of his property such as earrings, wedding rings, jeweries,
fake hair, nail paint, eye lashes, make-up, weave on, curled hair, contraceptive coil etc will find him wautung for her at
heaven's gate and will be thrown into hell..

SOUL 5: Please warn all the women not to use contraceptives, injection or pills or else they will join me in hell. these things are demonic ideas and billions are here in hell in torment because of it.

SOUL 6: Please warn all humans on earth not to drink any form of alcohol. God cannot be mocked and He hates alcohol. Since
i came to hell, the demons have been forcing me to drink deadly acid in place of alcohol.

SOUL 7: Please tell all the children on earth to love Jesus and read their bible. i was a child when i died and i have been in hell since, recently Jesus came to hell and i pleaded with Him to remove me from hell but he asked me to name one bible character before He could remove me but unfortunately i could not name one. i failed this test and fell back into the fire.

SOUL 8: Tell all women on earth that hell is full of women some of whom were strong christians on earth but died and came to
hell for little sins such as quarrel, anger, lack of surrender to husband, envy, jealous, gossip etc.

SOUL 9: Tell all the people who are watching football that football is demonic and that footballers are in hell as well as their fans. They will not believe this but tell them.

SOUL 10: Tell all humans that all worldly musicians such as Bob Marley and Michael Jackson are in hell being tortured badly. Any
human listening to worldly music is doomed and is on his/her way to hell. Tell them..

SOUL 11: Tell all men who have not paid their wives'dowry that they will die and come to hell if they fail to do so.

SOUL 12: I was a catholic when i died. while i was alive, i did not believe that rosaries, statues honouring Mary and angels were
idolatry and demonic, when i died, snakes have been coiling around my fingers just as i used to coil rosaries around my fingers.

SOUL 13: I died as a pope in a catholic church. i remember travelling every where in the world and enjoying the wealth,
security and glory but when i died demons grabbed me and threw me here in hell. Tell all catholics to leave that church and give their lives to Jesus in Holiness and Righteousness

SOUL 14: When i was on earth, i loved to watch horror films. i did not percive that the creatures in horror films were actually real
demons torturing human souls in hell like this, the very same demons i had been watching dragged me to hell and have been torturing me.

Soul 15: Tell all those young men and women who are engaged for marriage but are having sex already to go to their pastors and confess this sin so that prayer can be done for them before they join us in hell:

SOUL 16: Tell all those People who have not repaid their debt that they are on their way to hell..

Soul 17: Tell those christians who are not doing their restitutions that Lucifer is waiting for them in hell. Restitution means
restoring goods/money, declaring fake documents, confessing secret sin to person you offended, Abandoning second wife,
returing to your first wife/husband, declaring your adultery to your husband/wife etc.

YES THE STANDARD OF HEAVEN ARE HIGH "Matt 5:20 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.

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