The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, said on Saturday that begging has no basis in Islam and challenged those engaging in the act to find legitimate means of earning a living.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Abubakar made the remark in Sokoto at the graduation of 2000 women trained in various skills by the Wife of Sokoto State Governor Hajiya Mairo Tambuwal.
The training was conducted in collaboration with Sokoto State Zakkat and Endowment Commission to empower the women drawn from the 86 districts of the state.
The Sultan said: “Our women should always desist from street begging, as it has no base in Islam and it only generates more harm than good among the society.
“Women have always been the pillars for any societal development, so we need to do more in encouraging and supporting their living standard in order to yield a better society.
“Moreover empowering women is one of the positive bases to a better, secured and productive society.”
He commended Mrs Tambuwal for initiating the programme and admonished the beneficiaries to utilize the opportunity to enhace their livelihood.
Earlier, the governor’s wife had expressed appreciation to the Sultanate Council, the state government and Zakkat commission for supporting the initiative.
She said that the skills’ training was principally to make women in the state self-reliant.
Mrs Tambuwal, who was represented by Hajiya Hauwa Muhammad, called on the beneficiaries to apply the new skills they acquired to uplift their economic status and contribute to the overall development of the state.
The Overseer of the Zakat commission, Malam Lawal Maidoki, said that the 2000 women were carefully selected and empowered to live above the poverty line.
GOFAMINT Akowonjo holds praise festival
The Gospel Youth Fellowship, the youth arm of the Gospel Faith Mission International, GOFAMINT has announced that all is set for the second edition of its annual praise festival, otherwise known as Praiseoprophesy which is scheduled for 30th June at Akowonjo District Headquarter church, Lagos.
The Music Director for the fellowship in Akowonjo District, Dare Shopade revealed that the theme for this year edition is “The Holy Spirit; A New Dimension of Power”, adding that it will feature music ministers like Ibironke Bashorun, Elijah Daniel, Wole Isaiah and a host of other.
Shopade in a statement said that the edition will be an improvement on the previous edition as God is ready to endue His people with a new dimension of power through praises because “when praises go up, blessings come down”.
He further stressed that since “God inhabits the praise of his people, quality praise brings God’s presence which manifest as His word in prophesies to His people”.
The Music Director urged members of the public to attend Praiseoprophesy 2.0 with a heart of reference, worship and expectation to be blessed because true worshipers must worship in truth and spirit.
When a spouse commits adultery
It was after the long holidays in September 1975 and I was going back to resume studies at the Federal School of Art and Science, Sokoto, where I was doing my higher school. It happened that one of my father’s friends was traveling from Delta State to Lagos and I had to follow him on a free ride. We left Delta State late and my father’s wealthy friend had to check me, himself and his wife into a hotel in Benin because we arrived there at about 6pm. This wealthy professional barked and shouted at the wife from time to time in the course of the journey. Each time the man shouted, she would obey him like a frightened rain beaten cat. Himself and the wife never gisted or exchange pleasantries throughout the long journey to Lagos.
It was a long time later I found out that his wife was caught in adultery in Lagos where they lived. The man had to take the matter to his family in the village. As expected, the woman was summoned to the village where she owned up. It was on their way back from the family meeting in the village that my father told me to join them to Lagos. It was after I had this knowledge that the shouting and their not talking to each other throughout such a long journey made sense to me.
I am telling this story because all those involved are dead. And there is no way any other person would have an idea of what I am writing about. During some Christmas seasons, my mind would go to what that man did and what Joseph the husband of Mary (the earthly mother of Jesus) did to her. Matthew 1:18-19 tells us, “Mary was engaged to Joseph but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit”.
Verse 19b says “because Joseph, her husband to be, was a righteous man and was not willing to bring shame on her publicly, he planned to privately break the engagement.” From what we can see, Joseph did not want to make any noise that would bring further shame to the shameful thing which he thought marry had done. Right from when I became a preacher, I have had cause to tell people to take example from Joseph by not bringing further disgrace on their sons, daughters, husbands or wives by bringing into the public domain any disgraceful thing they might have done. I believe this is the quality of a good man or woman. This is the quality required of a civilized man or woman.
My father’s highly disappointed friend could have handled the matter of his wife’s adultery with a responsible priest who knows how to keep secrets or a responsible inner circle instead of taking the matter to the village. He did more damage to his family name. I hereby advise that you should not advertise the disgraceful action of your loved ones. Instead, meet a responsible pastor or a responsible inner circle to resolve the issues and bring healing to damaged feelings. Love you.
God’s goodwill message to you
Goodwill Message is usually giving to someone celebrating victory, birthday, appointment, enthronement or celebrating something. It means friendliness and support. This was exactly what the Lord wished us. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. (Luke 2:12 – 14) What Jesus Christ symbolized, towards God is GLORY, towards us on earth, Peace and GOODWILL. The Lord Jesus Christ, or rather His birth represents glory to God in the highest, and to us GOODWILL.
One aspirant in 2019 politics wished another aspirant goodwill at his birthday, and added, we shall see on the field next year! That is not goodwill message. Real goodwill message says you will succeed; I will do everything to ensure your success. I will celebrate your success with you. Count on me. But that politician refused to wish his opponent success. Is that goodwill message? Another person sent to his predecessor a goodwill message at his birthday and added, you shall be great again.
This is goodwill message in all ramifications. That is what God wishes you at the first Noel, and even in the 2018th Noel, lest December 25, 2018. This is the essence of Christmas. It is the renewal or re-enactment of God’s goodwill to you and all mankind who believe. The Lord is saying you will succeed and He will celebrate your success with you. Only this way can the Glory in the Highest form can get to Him, the God Almighty. He says He will be friendly, helpful and co-operative to you. His goodwill is a noun and also as an asset, i.e a intangible asset of God transferred to you. If you are asked to take either MTN, GLO or 9Mobile, which will you like to take? I will take MTN because of the Goodwill MTN has. It has already made name and a reputation.
It is Goodwill a political party has that brings that party to power, or makes the party be rejected at the poll. God’s Goodwill makes you win in all battles. God’s Goodwill makes your business prosper. It makes your health improve and makes you live long. Do not forget that God’s Goodwill is priceless asset. Claim it and see the next series of events in your life, and family. Never doubt God’s goodwill for you.
He gives you Goodwill without reservation. Do you need God’s goodwill? His Goodwill is a measure of His Grace. If any of you lack God’s Goodwill, let him ask of God, that giveth to all man liberally and upbraideth not, without reproach, without querying you, without asking you to account for what He gave you previously, without keeping scope.
God will give you His Goodwill without demanding something in return. He will give you His Goodwill overwhelmingly (James 1:5) You need God’s goodwill and that is why He, the Lord Jesus Christ was sent to us. Believe that God through Jesus Christ has given you this Goodwill and this God’s Goodwill will overwhelm and displace the evil will or bad will of Satan and his agents your enemies have for you.
Unveiling the enemies of praise
Welcome to the concluding part of this teaching! I hope you were blessed by last week teaching. Today, we shall focus on: Unveiling the Enemies of Praise! We discover from scriptures that praise is one of the most powerful spiritual weapons that provoke the acts of God, yet, many are not aware of its potency. On the other hand, those who know are yet to experience the benefit embedded in it. We must understand that while there are several wonders in praise, there are also enemies of praise which stops the acts of God in our lives. This is because it is acceptable praise that works! Erroneously, many people sing without actually praising God. They sing for different reasons and with different motives, which make their songs of no effect.
Thus, it is one thing to engage in praise and another for our praises to be acceptable. To experience the wonders of praise, we must understand what it takes to make it acceptable. Thus, it is important to note certain hindrances to praise which we must watch against. What then are the Enemies of Praise? •Murmuring and Complaining: It is written: Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer (1 Corinthians 10:10). No matter how legitimate our reasons, “neither murmur ye…” No reason is acceptable to God for complaining.
The shortest way to getting destroyed and seeing no results is to have a case against God. When we stop seeing what God has not done, everything keeps getting done in our favour. It’s time to recognise that it is dangerous to give room to murmuring and complaining. Every time we murmur, we invite the destroyer. Everything we murmur about never grows, rather it diminishes. When murmuring stops, accomplishment begins. When complaining stops, triumph begins.
When we complain to men, we secure sympathy but when we complain to God, we incur His anger (Numbers 11:1). There is nothing to complain about but there is everything to praise God for. • Spirit of Heaviness: Heaviness is a spirit. It is one of the key strategies of satan to strip God’s people naked. He knows that with heaviness, God is absent and when God is absent, we become a cheap prey in his hands.
It is written: …the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness… (Isaiah 61:3). The reason the devil steals joy is to make victims of men but we have the gift of joy from the Most High God. He has not withdrawn it. If it is not seen, satan has stolen it. Satan calculates heaviness for God’s people because he knows no one can stop the fiery acts of God when man is giving Him quality praise. That is why we must fight heaviness more than we fight any other sin. • Discontentment: Until we are satisfied with Jesus, we will never smell contentment. Our satisfaction with Jesus is what provokes heaven to satisfy us.
Why our N118m cheque bounced, by WEBIC
The Board of Trustees of World Evangelism Bible Church (WEBIC} headed by renowned Prophet Samson Ayorinde, has refuted the allegation of issuing N118m dud cheques against its General Overseer, Prophet (Dr.) Samson Ayorinde.
The rebuttal came on the heels of recent publications, in some national newspapers, alleging that General Overseer of the World Evangelism Bible Church (WEBIC), Prophet (Dr.) Samson Ayorinde, could be arrested for issuing dud cheques to the tune of N118 million.
This is following the dismissal of the fundamental human rights application filed by registered trustees of WEBIC, Prophet Samson Ayorinde and Rev Harold Chinonyerem by Justice Yetunde Adesanya of the Lagos High Court.
Reacting to what he described as negative publications, during an interview with newsmen recently, the Resident Pastor of the Headquarters Church; Rev. Harold Chinonyerem said: “We want the world to know that these publications are a misrepresentation of what actually transpired.
“There was a loan with Smartlinks. But unfortunately, during the transaction, the Prophet became indisposed, was flown overseas and as such could not personnally handle the business transactions.
“Then the officers of Smartlinks brought the matter to the principal officers of the church who assured them that there were no problems but pointed out that Prophet Ayorinde was at that moment indisposed.”
The church, he added; agreed to resolve the matter and consequently entered into some agreements with Smartlinks.
“But along the line, while payments were going on, there were some disagreements on the figures that led to the presentation of the cheques, against the Church’s advice. It was then the police were invited and the matter got out of hand,” Rev. Harold explained.
The Resident Pastor asserted: “I like to make the following positions clear; “(I) That there was no criminal intent or intention to issue dud cheques (II) That the Church was paying the loans until there was breakdown in negotiations. (III) That at no point has the Church, the Prophet, the Trustees or Rev. Harold been sued for dud cheques. (III). That the Church is still in negotiation with Smartlinks and is ready to clear the brouhaha whenever there is an agreement on terms of payment.
Apparently waving the proverbial olive branch, the Resident Pastor said: “The Church and its officials are honest, peace loving people whose desire is to help make Nigeria a better place to live.”
“The Church is a friend of the Press and is therefore open to inquiries from media operatives before publications concerning it are made. We are a peaceful organization; we don’t want any fight; we are on a peace path,” the man of God stressed.
Text: Galatians 3:13 ‘’ Christ had redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us; for it is written, cursed is everyone that hangeth on a three; that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise the spirit through faith’’. Brethren, the major problem of many people in the world today, is to discover what belongs to them, and how to poses them.
As a result, the enemy has taken advantage of this ignorance of the people to constantly torment, and subject them to lack, and want. This is the consequence of the inability to discern what is theirs. Brethren, my beloved, children of God, the people of God, you need the knowledge of what God have for you. You need the knowledge of the ways of God. As the lack of this knowledge has led to destruction of many people. [Hosea 4v6] says ‘’My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou has rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shall be no priest to me: seeing thou has forgotten the laws of thy God, I will also forget thy children’’.
With this knowledge in mind, therefore, whatever you looking today be assured that it is done. Maybe, you are looking for a life partner for marriage, or you are sick, and desires healing, it could also be that you want to be favored, or to be blessed, whichever. It is done. [Revelation 21:6] [John 19:30]. It is done. Jesus Christ did it for us more than two thousand years ago at the cross of calvary.
He suffered, and was bruised for our transgressions. He paid the supreme price, to secure our salvation, our blessings, our future, obtained our healings among other needs. Consequently, brethren, you don’t need to struggle, or over labor yourself in other to get these things, including, deliverance, and miracles. All you need do is to make claims to them scripturally, spiritually, and take possession, as at when due. [Isaiah 53v1] [Isaiah55v1][Mathew 8v16]. Our salvation has been given to us. Our deliverance has been given us. Our miracles has been given to us. Having known that all these belongs to us, and has been kept as a will since after the death of our Lord Jesus Christ at the cross of calvary, what do we do.? Do we need to call Jesus Christ to come and suffer for us again? The answer is emphatic no. What we need do is to live our lives according to the will of God. [Mathew 7v7] [Hebrews 10v7]. The name our Lord Jesus Christ stands as an open cheque already signed to take care of your needs. You just go and cash as at when due. [Numbers 13v30] [John 14v13].
Churches under python, marine spirits –Cleric
The General Overseer, House of Love and Fire Ministry, Pastor Frank Uche, has disclosed that some churches in the country operate outside the influence of the Holy Spirit.
His word: “Many churches in Nigeria are controlled by marine and Python spirits and many pastors have allowed themselves to become agent of the devil instead of being the servant of God.
“Some, who started well with a sincere and genuine call from God, have left the track, to work for the devil in quest for money, fame and power.”
He warned that the wrath of God is so much on this generation because according to him: “We have deviated and left the path of righteousness. God is seeking for somebody that will go and warn them of the judgment of sin, someone that will liberate and deliver his people from the power of darkness.”
Pastor Uche advised fellow clerics to remain steadfast in the faith pointing out that those who live righteously must suffer persecution. “But it the Holy Spirit of God that will make them prevail over challenges,” he added.
According to him, holiness and obedience should be the watch word of every believer.
He, however, urged believers’ to pray for God’s peace and help in the forthcoming elections
Sacrifice that speaks
God did tempt Abraham and said unto him, Abraham! take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest and get thee into the land of Morial; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. Abraham rose up early in the morning and saddled his ass and took two of his young men with him, Isaac his son and clave the wood for the burnt offering. He went into the place which God have told him. Abraham said unto his young men abide here with the ass and I and the lad will go yonder and worship and come again to you. Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and laid it upon his son.
He took the fire in his hand and a knife. His son Isaac said to him, behold the fire and the wood but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? Abraham said, my son God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering. When they got to the place, Abraham built an alter there, laid and arranged the wood accordingly and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the alter upon the wood. Abraham stretched forth his hand and took the knife to slay his son Isaac and the angel of the Lord called unto him from heaven and said, Abraham! Abraham! And he said here am I.
The angel said lay not thine hand unto him, for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son thine only son from me. God gave Abraham ram for the burnt offering and called the place “Jehovah Jireh” God is not a respecter of any body. Note: · Be attentive to God’s instructions. When God said to Abraham to take his son that he loved he heard God clearly. • Obey God’s instruction. When we hear Him we should also obey. Hearing without obedience is a sin.
• The blessing of God is always sure when we hear him and obey all instruction giving to us. The angel called Abraham the second time from heaving, “Because thou have not withheld thine only son. In blessing, I will bless thee and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is upon the seashore, thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies. And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed because you obeyed my voice. This is the kind of sacrifice that provokes the Almighty God to speak and pronounce everlasting blessings to the life of Abraham. Remain graceful in Jesus Christ Name
Unity as a mark of progress
Compliment of the season! I pray the blessings of the season abide with you and yours (Amen). As we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, it is expedient we recognise the fact that unity is one a reason Christ came to the world. He came to reconcile humanity to divinity thereby making us like HIM. Our text will be from Isaiah 11: 13 – 14; “The envy of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim. But they shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines toward the west; they shall spoil them of the east together: they shall lay their hand upon Edom and Moab; and the children of Ammon shall obey them.” (KJV) The importance of unity cannot be over emphasized, especially on the body of Christ. It serves as prove of true religion, then as a mark of progress.
The early church were united; had one voice one message hence there was tremendous progress in their number and in the propagation of the gospel. Our text made us understand that when the strife and envy is been aborted between Ephraim and Judah they shall ‘fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines…
they shall spoil them together… they shall lay their hand upon Edom and Moab…the children of Ammon shall obey them’. The presence of strife and envy hinders progress. The church, which is the body of Christ, is to march on in unity and togetherness in order to prevail over the enemy. One reason the enemy is bringing disunity, strife and envy in the midst of believers is because he understands the power in unity. Unity of the church explains better true religion; true religion encompasses love, joy, peace, unity and a host of others. Just as the early church, the body of Christ needs to do away with any form of differences and envy if we want to record any form of progress. For the church to move forward, and for the gate of hell not to prevail over it, there is need for unity as was foretold of the people of Judah and Ephraim.
It is unfortunate that the church today is filled with jealousy, hatred, and disunity. Little wonder it seems the adversary of the church is prevailing! But as the scriptures say “…the gate of hell will not prevail…”Unity is the power the church needs to progress, to excel and to show the true religion. United we stand divided we fall!
2019, a year of uncertainty–Timothy
Apostle Collins Timothy is the General Overseer of Olive Mountain of Prayer and Praise Ministry, off Ologun New Layout Estate Ijegun, Ikotun, Lagos. He speaks on what Nigerians should expect in the New Year, 2019 in this interview with Tai Anyanwu
As a prophet, what is the Lord saying about the incoming year 2019?
The incoming year is a bloody year. I see 2019 as a year that will be bloodier than the outgoing year 2018. Blood will flow across the nation but God can still avert it if Nigerians submit to God in true repentance. The level of killings across the nation in 2018 cannot be compared with what is going to happen in the coming year.
I see bloodbath in 2019, I am not saying these things to please or displease anybody. I don’t dabble into politics because of the intention of the political actors who are there to feather their own nests but I am only playing my role as a true minister of God. The system is corrupt but I am called to preach peace and pray for the wellbeing of the nation and liberate the people from their problems.
I see disagreement on the outcome of the forthcoming general elections which will lead to crisis that will claim many lives particularly in Northern Nigeria. I will advise the people especially Christians whose relatives reside in the North to urge them to relocate to other parts of the country because these killings will be targeted at Christians in the North. Terrorists’ attacks will increase in 2019.
There will be food abundance in the land if the choice of the majority of Nigerians is respected in the presidential election but if the process is manipulated, unprecedented hunger and hardship will envelop the land. Hunger will be so severe that many people will find it difficult to feed themselves and it will get to a situation where people will resort to cannibalism to survive.
God has been giving to us lots of revelations about this country right from 2008 and most of these revelations have been fulfilled. For instance, I predicted about the emergence of a construction company from China that would displace Julius Berger in Lagos State and other parts of the country, this was published by some papers in January 2008.
Similarly, in 2010, I warned the nation that the Boko Haram would resort to terrorism and that the group would appear in human form but with animals’ heart and that they would shed much blood in the northern part of the country.
I also gave a prophecy on the 24th of January 2009 about the then President, Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’Adua when I saw him being flown out of the country and I was shown that he couldn’t come back to the country alive and I stated this in one of my prophecies at the time.
In 2010, I also spoke about Dr Goodluck Jonathan taking the mantle of the country’s leadership; there were many of such fulfilled prophecies.
What do you see concerning Lagos and other states of the federation in the coming year?
There will be more laws in Lagos State that may make many people to relocate to other places. Denying Governor Akinwnmi Ambode the opportunity of going for second term is not the best for the development of the state, Ambode should have done better in making Lagos a place of dwelling to everyone but the person they are bringing in to govern the state will not fare better.
There will be multiple taxations to the extent that some house owners may want to sell off their houses because of levies on such properties. Accommodations will be scarce and it will cost more to secure accommodation in the state but we are praying for God’s intervention.
There will be conflicts in Abia State. Security operatives should monitor Ibeku and Aba because crisis will erupt from these areas during and after the coming elections.
But a major crisis will be witnessed in Imo State and it will take lives. The state will witness electoral violence as the process will be disrupted in several areas, there will be problems, and ballot boxes will be hijacked. There will be plans to hack into the Independent National Commission (INEC)’s data base. There will be war and many lives will be lost, there will be massive killings in the riot that will ensure, we have to pray to God to intervene.
In the light of these revelations, how would you advise the citizens and the nation’s leadership?
Any leadership without the fear of God can never execute good judgment. Any leader that does not fear God will always bring problems to the people he leads, all he does will fetch negative consequence to the land.
Our prayer point now is that God should wipe out all the evil minded men and women that are on the helms of affairs of this country that is the only way this nation can progress and have peace. Even in some churches today so many altars have been taken over by the kingdom of darkness and satanic agents.
Satanic altars exist in several places and some men are giving false prophecies and deceiving some gullible individuals. Some are operating with magical powers while some claim that they are the Christ himself. However, this is fulfillment of the end time scriptures that says that men will be lovers of themselves rather than lovers of God.
My advice to the whole citizens is that they should embrace God and look up to him instead of looking up to men, no matter their status men will always disappoint them. Nigerians should stop running after miracles and run to Christ because miracles will cease but Christ the Word of God remains forever. Many people have been misled as a result of running after miracles.
God will help us to liberate such people. So in 2019, let Nigerians embrace Christ for in him is salvation and protection.
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