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The Word! The Heart!

Romans 12:6-8 If you preach, just preach God’s Message, nothing else; if you help, just help, don’t take over; if you teach, stick to your teaching; if you give encouraging guidance, be careful that you don’t get bossy; if you’re put in charge, don’t manipulate; if you’re called to give aid to people in distress, keep your eyes open and be quick to respond; if you work with the disadvantaged, don’t let yourself get irritated with them or depressed by them. Keep a smile on your face.

9-10 Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.  

11-13 Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality.

14-16 Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath. Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down. Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody.

17-19 Don’t hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody. Don’t insist on getting even; that’s not for you to do. “I’ll do the judging,” says God. “I’ll take care of it.”

Let these words find a resting place in our hearts Lord! 

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

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Genuine Conversion, Holy Spirit, And Mammon!

Acts 8:9 But there was a certain man called Simon, who previously practiced sorcery in the city and astonished the people of Samaria, claiming that he was someone great10 to whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God.” 11 And they heeded him because he had astonished them with his sorceries for a long time. 12 But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized. 13 Then Simon himself also believed; and when he was baptized he continued with Philip, and was amazed, seeing the miracles and signs which were done.

Friends, from the passage above, you would think and believe Simon’s conversion was genuine. You see friends, as human and as feeble as our emotions are, we want to belong! None of us want to be ostracized no matter how independent, wise, powerful or strong we are. We don’t want to be the only one out of the pack if we can avoid it.

Note that Simon had been a celebrity in Samaria, well known and celebrated by all until Philip came on the scene. Philip brought the real deal and everyone quickly saw the difference between darkness and light. They unanimously yielded to the light. The people believed the things they heard concerning the Kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ and were baptized.

Unfortunately, people are not hearing about the Kingdom of God and the name of Jesus today according to the Scriptures. What we hear these days, from the Catholic to the Protestant – Presbyterian, Pentecostal and all is more of self-marketing, promotion, traditions, and outright deviation from the truth of the Gospel.

It seems it’s the in thing to be a Christian now, to be born again, to be associated with truth, light, moral, right standing and all that many are willing and ready to pretend in order to belong without conviction and repentance of sin.

Simon was one and many more today declaring faith in the Kingdom of God and in the name of Jesus Christ, yet offering money to purchase positions in the Kingdom, miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit. In verse 18. And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money, 19 saying, “Give me this power also, that anyone on whom I lay hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”

The gift of the Holy Spirit cannot be bought! Neither the fruit of the Spirit! How else can this be explained to you? We have all sinned and fall short of the glory of GodRomans 3:23. Every single one of us! However, there is provision for us to be saved, For God so loved the world that He gave us His beloved sonJohn 3:16! To everyone that believes in the Son of God – John 3:36, Salvation is guaranteed by faith alone. You cannot buy it, and if you fake it, time will tell! Faith can only come by hearing the word of GodRomans 10:17. 

What word then are you hearing? Preachers! what word are you preaching? Are we seeing a transformation in ourselves? Are people been discipled? Or is it all about the money, position, numbers, activities? All these are not going to be in the book of records! Neither will it matter here when you are gone. Ask the super rich! They are soon forgotten! Every single one of us will be forgotten, only the lives we touch and how we make others feel about themselves will outlive us! Do not base your existence here on mammon! It will never satisfy you! It will make living easy, but contentment is from God!

Greed-is-a-bottomless-pit-which-exhausts-theActs 8:20 But Peter said to him, “Your money perish with you because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money! 21 You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for your heart is not right in the sight of God22 Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you. 23 For I see that you are (avaricious) poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity.” 24 Then Simon answered and said, “Pray to the Lord for me, that none of the things which you have spoken may come upon me.”

 

Father, I pray in Jesus mighty name that the thought of my heart and those of my friends contrary to your words be forgiven us in Jesus mighty name. Amen.

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

 

The Healing Word

Excerpt from The Healing Word – Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E. A. Adeboye

1 John 1:8-9 says:

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Beloved, the above scripture is the healing word that the Lord is sending to you today, irrespective of the number of years you have spent in your walk with Him.

Do you believe it?

The healing we are talking of today is not only physical; it is also spiritual, material, financial, marital, intellectual, and all-encompassing.

In whatever you are need healing today, by the word of the Lord I say to you, be healed in Jesus’ mighty Name.

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

Meant To Shine! Sparkle You Should!

I am a city set on a hill, I will not be hidden! I am a royal diadem, treasured and valued.  Declare so friends!

The enemy of your shine and mine, have been going to and fro, throwing obstacles here and there to deter us, hoping to cover up our glow, make us self-conscious and deceive us that our shine is blocking others glow. So we taper it down a little, and then a little until we don’t even recognize ourselves.

Kick that thought out of your mind. The thought that you may be casting a shadow on another, minimizing yourself in other to be “normal”, to fit in. Get it straight, treasures are not normal, you are not meant to fit in, you are meant to stand out. Treasures, jewels are worn on occasion for all to see! That is who you are! You carry the radiant glory and presence of God.

You are not normal, you are uniquely created to be who you are for every occasion! A light in the dark! Oh, how you shine even in those dark places! In the desert sun with a torn garment, under the element without covering, yet regal, glowing, and radiant! Moses, Joseph, Esther, Ruth, …………., Jessica, Amanda, Lindsey, Lisa, Beth, Avril, Martha, Mary, Janet, Irene, Deborah, Adenike, Ola, Olu, Seun, Abigail, Morgan, Joan, Miriam,……… Josephine! Put in your name! Arise shine for your light has come!

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

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Word of Knowledge – Festival Of Life Boston. Let The Fire Fall!

Word of Knowledge from the just concluded Festival of Life in Boston titled “Let The Fire Fall” by Pastor E. A. Adeboye, The General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Worldwide. March 23rd, 2018

Anchor Text: Exodus 3:1-5 and 10-11.

  • Every stranger in your system shall be driven out
  • In the last meeting, you were supposed to receive a miracle but you lost it. The Lord said He will restore it to you now
  • The manifestation of your miracle will be sooner than later
  • The blanket that is covering your glory will be rolled away
  • Because of you, the curse that has been tormenting your family is canceled
  • The tide is already turning in your favor
  • Your business is coming out of the grave
  • Before the end of this year, even your enemies will say you are a winner
  • Your rainfall will begin and it will not stop in a hurry

Brethren, your not being present at the Festival Of Life does not exclude you from partaking of these blessings. Claim the above for yourself with faith and it shall be so. Only if you have given your life to Christ Jesus by inviting him into your heart can you partake though!.

Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Ask the Lord to come into your heart today!

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

 

Double Provision

In lieu of being double crossed, you are double promised, double blessed, doubly guarded by heaven, double Portion, double covenant, Yahweh will Never forget you nor forsake you. For everything you need, or have lost, YOU WILL HAVE DOUBLE. You will have twice what you had before. DOUBLE PROVISION IN EVERY AREA OF YOUR LIFE!

Am I seeing double? The Lord says, “Yes, for I am doubling what you’ve lost, doubling what you’ve gained, and I’m doubling your vision, so you can see beyond limitations. I am doubling in quality, doubling in return (what you’ve given out), and doubling in great measure, your portions, your life.

Pure Glory

by Apostle Gabriel Cross

In lieu of being double crossed, you are double promised, double blessed, doubly guarded by heaven, double Portion, double covenant, Yahweh will Never forget you nor forsake you. For everything you need, or have lost, YOU WILL HAVE DOUBLE. You will have twice what you had before. DOUBLE PROVISION IN EVERY AREA OF YOUR LIFE!

Am I seeing double? The Lord says, “Yes, for I am doubling what you’ve lost, doubling what you’ve gained, and I’m doubling your vision, so you can see beyond limitations. I am doubling in quality, doubling in return (what you’ve given out), and doubling in great measure, your portions, your life.

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Understanding Birth Reflection! It Regenerate And Transform!

In Luke 8 Jesus Christ traveled from one town and village to another proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. Jesus was accompanied by the twelve disciples and some women who He had cured of evil spirits and diseases. The women ministered to the Lord from their own substances.

Christ Jesus then told a parable to His hearers. The parable of The Sower. He then said, ” whoever has ears to hear, let them hear”. The disciples did not understand the parable and asked Jesus to explain it. This was the case in Nehemiah 8 also, when the book of the Law was read. The people said “Amen”, without a clue as to what it meant until Ezra explained it to them clearly. Only then where they able to receive, digest and bring up fruit of repentance.

Luke 8 10How often do we hear the word of God and it profit us nothing? Some of us have been following the Lord for decades, hearing with ears quite alright, but devoid of understanding. Why devoid of understanding?

For one, the Word of God according to Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword,it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

luke 8 18The Word of God is a two edged sword. It is meant to transform, to change, turn things upside down, down upwards. If we have been with the Lord for a while and our heart has not changed, if our minds have not been renewed, even when things around us have changed, then I doubt if we understand the good news of the gospel.

Luke 8:10 He said, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that, ‘though seeing, they may not see; though hearing, they may not understand”.

This shows that we can hear, know about something, yet not understand it. It then will not profit us, for it is only after we have heard, know and understand that what we have heard can nourish and produce fruits typical of a regenerated soul.

There is a difference then in hearing, acquiring knowledge and understanding.

  • Hearing – You can hear without understanding
  • Knowledge – You can know about something without understanding it.
  • Understanding – You cannot understand anything without hearing and knowing.

It is thus, the understanding of what you are hearing and have knowledge about that will yield and can produce results, that will bring about transformational change from within.  

Except we understand the greatest commandment, we cannot be regenerated and transformed to the image of Christ Jesus.

Matthew 22: 36 Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the first and greatest commandment.   39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Whatever we are doing, if it cannot pass through this filter unscathed, then it is not worthwhile, it is of no eternal reward, be it paying tithe, worship, activities, service, “working” for God, whatever!!

Father Lord, give us understanding. Help us Sovereign God to understand your every word so that it may profit our soul in Jesus mighty name. Amen

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!