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You don’t have to be sick

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elcome to the concluding part of this teaching! I hope you were blessed by last week teaching. Today, we shall focus on: You don’t have to be sick!

 

 

From scriptures, we discover that the day Jesus died, He did not only pay the price for our sins; He also paid for our sicknesses. As it is written: But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5). As they were beating Him, the price for our divine health was being paid. So, we can’t be enslaved again by sickness. We must understand that it is possible to live on earth absolutely free from sicknesses and diseases. In other words, by covenant, we are not supposed to have anything to do with sicknesses and diseases. Therefore, the hour has come for God to separate us from sickness forever! Remember, we are not permitted to go through what people in the world are going through. That is God’s promise in Exodus 15:26: …If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee. Jesus fully paid the price for us to be healthy, strong and sound. The Bible says: For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s (1 Corinthians 6:20). That day, 2,000 years ago when they were beating Him and blood was oozing from His flesh was the same day the price was fully paid for a healthy and strong life. Friends, the price has been paid! We don’t pay for an item twice. No! The price for our liberty is fully paid; the devil cannot reclaim it! Our bodies are now to glorify God, not the devil. So, whatever is not glorifying God in our bodies is making a mockery of the price Jesus paid.

 

 

We also understand that one of the blessings that must come our way as a result of service is divine health; blessings always follow service. The Bible records: And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee. There shall nothing cast their young, nor be barren, in thy land: the number of thy days I will fulfil (Exodus 23:25-26). When the Apostles were here on earth, not one of them was ever reported sick. Thus, to know the will of God for us, we should look up to Jesus whom Colossians 1:15 refers to as “the image of the invisible God”. Jesus was never ill; even though He was a workaholic. He was as sound as a stone! Thus, demonstrating to us what divine nature was all about. He never suffered from any ailment. Divine nature was always flowing in His veins. Hence, until we become angry with sickness, we won’t walk in divine health.

 

 

Furthermore, we discover that behind every sickness is satan; it is never from God. No! For it is written: Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning (James 1:17; see also Job 34:10/12). Friends, as long as we mistake that sickness, disease and affliction to be from God, we remain in bondage. That was what prolonged Job’s suffering; he kept thinking that it was from God. The Bible says: The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly (John 10:10). Jesus does not take anything from us rather He came to give us in excess everything we will ever need in life.

 

 

In summary, stop nursing sickness because Jesus has paid the price for our total health package in redemption. Therefore, fight that sickness and give no place to the devil. Friends, it’s time to make a choice. However, to do this, first, you must be born again. Are you born again? If you are not, this is an opportunity to do so. Simply say the following prayer: Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins. Cleanse me with Your precious Blood. Today, I accept You as my Lord and personal Saviour. Thank You Jesus for saving me! Now I know I am born again!”

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Pentecostal Ministers Forum vows to uphold Christian brotherhood

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…says discipline is key

 

 

The Pentecostal Ministers Forum (PMF) has vowed to take Christian brotherhood to the next level; caring for one another and ensuring that younger ministers are also helped to avoid pitfall in ministry to the glory of God.

 

The PMF President, Archbishop Chidi Anthony, who gave the assurance at the end of year party of the forum held in Ajao Estate, Lagos, also said that mainataining discipline among its members would be given a pride of place.

 

According to the Archbishop, who is also the presiding minister of King in Christ Church International, PMF is predominantly made up of younger ministers who feel abandoned to their own fate by older ministers in the faith, especially whenever they had challenges in ministry.

 

He, however, explained that PMF members still retained their CAN and PFN membership; but pointed out that PMF provides the support and guidance which the other parent bodies do not necessary bother about. In his welcome address, the President said: “I want to assure you that you are in the right place at the right time.”

 

According to the Archbishop, PMF is no longer a forum; “it is now a movement. As long as you belong to this movement you don’t need to be afraid because we are not afraid. “You belong to a forum where there is love for one another.

 

That’s why our slogan is one love. When you are crying we all are crying with you; and when you are smiling we are also smiling with you.” Quoting from the Bible to buttress his point, the PMF President reminded his members that God says he will build his church and the gates of hell will not stand against it. He said: “We are matching on and nothing will stop us.

 

The days when you preach with fear has gone. Most of us know what happened in the recent past when some preachers had to relocate to other states due to constant harassment from some quarters. “But just as the saying goes, after rains comes the bright and crispy sky. I want to assure you that those rainy days are over.”

 

 

At that juncture, the Archbishop enjoined the PMF members to always remember the Commander of Inspector General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team (IGPSIRT), Deputy Commissioner Abba Kyari, for his patriotic and nondiscriminatory stance on issues. His words: “Deputy Commissioner of Police (DC) Abba Kyari, is a very good man.

 

That man really showed us love. Not minding that he is Muslim, he demonstrated that whether one is a Christian or Muslim, God is one. I am not going into much detail here. Those that understand know what I am saying. “But hear me, as long as you belong to this forum make sure that you hang our banner in your altar, get your certificate also have your identity cards. “The banner at your altar will cover lots of things for you. I must speak in parables now.

 

There are some people who will enter your fellowship unannounced but when they see our banner they will just respect themselves and leave,” the PMF President further explained. Speaking on the relationship between PMF and CAN and PFN the PMF President said; “We are members of CAN and PFN, they are still our fathers and we can’t move against them.” He added: “But at CAN and PFN at same time can’t crush us because we mean well for ourselves and we have freedom of association. “Somebody might ask why we formed the PMF.

 

 

I make bold to say that our fathers have failed us.” He explained that each time any pastor has problem both CAN and PFN would abandon the minister.

 

“For example when Pastor Fatoyinbo of COZA had issues, and the case started, our fathers, rather than come forward and intervene, was the first to go to the media and disowned the embattled pastor. Even the CAN chairman of Abuja and PFN Chairman who showed solidarity with COZA were suspended by the national bodies. “But after the court acquited the pastor and ordered his accusers to pay him N1m, they came back. “This is the same pastor they wanted to crucify without hearing his own side of the story. “

 

The difference between us and the parent bodies is that no matter the nature of the case our member may have we will go and sought him out,” he added. However, the PMF President warned the members to be careful and avoid any reckless conduct in the course of their ministerial duties; adding that the forum would not condone any form of indiscipline among its members. “If you are a man of God be careful with whatever you do or get yourself into.

 

 

Now you cannot say because PMF will come to your aid and then you decide to go into crime. We will not tolerate any kind of behavior amongst our members. Next year, we are going to scrutinize our members and any member that is found wanting will be expelled,” he further warned.

 

“There are still people we are going to scrutinize because if a rotten egg is allowed to mix with good eggs it will definitely spoil the good ones. So we need to be very careful so that those who want to nail us will not have the opportunity. “They can accuse us but they must not have anything to prove their allegations.

 

So I advise that in whatever you do or say, be careful and don’t do anything that will attract police to your work, it is not a good testimony that a pastor is preaching in the church and police is harassing the man of God or even have him arrested in church for wrong doing,” he stressed.

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Taxing Christian marriages is unacceptable –Primate Okoh

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The outgoing Primate of Anglican Communion Nigeria, His Eminence, Dr. Nicholas Okoh, has slammed the federal government over the new marriage registry policy stating that taxing Christian marriage is tantamount to wishing Christians bad.

 

The Primate reacted to the policy while responding to questions from journalists, after a Gala Night held by the Anglican Diocese of Lagos to mark the Dioceses’ 100 year of anniversary, in Lagos recently. Recently, the permanent Secretary in the Interior Ministry, Georgina Ehuriah, recently announced a new regime of marriage regulations which requires any church wishing to operate a marriage registry to obtain license from the federal government at N30, 000 renewable annually; including a N21, 000 for each marriage certificates payable by couples.

 

He said: “I think taxing Christian marriages is not wishing us well. People who go into marriage deserve good wishes.” Okoh reiterated the stands of the leaderships of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), which earlier condemned the policy describing it as unacceptable. “If CAN has said something, that is what we have said. We do not divide our house,” he said.

 

He continued: “And it is not only Christians who get married, traditionalists also get married; Muslims get married and the other elements in society also get married. “Why should our own be different,” he Primate wondered adding; “is it because we want to be law abiding? So I think it is not something that should be encouraged. He (apparently referring to the Minister of Interior or President Muhammadu Buhari) should be advised to rethink this law.”

 

He also advised the government to be more society friendly. Primate Okoh commended the Diocese of Lagos for its exemplary role and success of its centenary project. He, however, added; “like I said earlier, to whom much is given much is required.

 

“This is a community that is burdened with so many challenges. There are so many people who will feel the trailer and come here. “They have no home, they have no job and they have nothing. You don’t know why they are here.

 

“So I think that there will be need to regulate certain things otherwise they will turn Lagos into a slum,” Okoh pointed out. Responding, the Diocesan Bishop, Dr. Humphrey Olumakaiye said: “I feel so elated; I give all the thanks onto God. Indeed our God answers by fire; it is well for the prayerful.” “We have been praying for the successful anniversary and today we can look back and say God is great, God is good, God is beautiful and he has blessed us beyond our imaginations and His name continue to be glorified,” Olumakaiye added.

 

The Diocesan Bishop also used the opportunity to name a Church after his predecessor, Bishop Emeritus, Dr. Ephraim Ademowo. For his own part, Ademowo described that as a big honour saying, “I have thanked the Bishop for the honour.”

 

“And we thank God for the Diocesan Bishop. He is going places. Have you heard about what he has been doing? So he is moving the diocese in the right track and he is taking the diocese higher and higher and we are very grateful,” Ademowo added.

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Demonic human agents (witches)

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“Lest satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices”. (2nd Cor 2:11) The demonic agents are witches. Witches are in different categories according to their levels of authority and power. Witches are human beings that possess demons which provide them with extra human sensibilities and abilities for wicked acts.

 

Perhaps the first witch was Eve, among two other reasons she ate the fruit of the forbidden tree was because “it is a tree desired to make one wise”. (Genesis 3:6) Those referred to as wise men in the Bible are the witches and wizards.

 

The wisdom that Eve desired for which she ate the fruit of the forbidden tree was that of witchcraft. Later on, the fallen angels (Demons) came as sons of God and mated with the descendants of Eve to produce special men (The Giants).

 

These men combined extra physical and mental abilities that were used in disobedience to God. Their wicked acts led to the destruction of the first set of human race by flood leaving only Noah and his household as survivors.

Gen. 6:1-6 As soon as the earth recovered in human population, there arose a man called Nimrod. (Gen. 10:8, Gen. 11:1-9) Nimrod re-introduced the act of associating with the demons. He led in the building of the house of Babel for which the Lord confounded their languages that they could not understand each other any longer. Every witch is wicked because she possesses the spirit of wickedness.

 

A witch is also in bondage in that she has mortgaged her life to Satan the devil. She can no longer do her own will except such a will is in agreement with the desires of Satan the devil. Demon becomes the senior partner or higher nature of the witches. Local witches are organized into groups called covens. Each coven has between five to thirteen human agents. The most senior of each of the groups and sometimes his deputy will belong as ordinary members in a senior group. Africa has black and red witches.

 

These are witches that operate while asleep. At night, a witch leaves her body and journeys down in astral plane to their meetings. Commonly, some of them sleep on their backs with their feet stretched to the wall. Some may sleep like the toads.

 

These sleeping positions are to pin down the spirit of the people that sleep around them until they return from their meeting. People that sleep in the company of witches may notice fatigue, weariness or tiredness in the morning because the normal refreshing sleep was denied them. Witches usually cast a spell on them to disturb the normal rest of the body and the soul. Where witchcraft is combined with another demonic derivative like “Ogbanje’ or ‘Emere’ such human agent will be able to operate both day and night, their practice is called psychic projection (i.e sending out flood of demons). She could control the lives of people around her through a power propelled from her eyes.

 

She can control and manipulate people’s thoughts. She can cause vehicle accidents and do so many other unthinkable wicked acts. Married women with such powers could help their husbands acquire wealth but will bring same husbands to the dust if they are disobeyed or disrespected. A woman with such power is normally the centre of worship in a cult even where she does not hold any senior post in the real life in such a gathering. These women also disguise and own churches or organize women meetings like cooperative groups where they manipulate the lives of their unsuspecting members under the pretense of helping them. Some are prominent in churches as prophetesses because they have the ability for accurate visions and predictions.

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Maximising the wonders of godliness

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Welcome to another impactful week! I hope you were blessed by last week teaching. Today, we shall focus on: Maximising the Wonders of Godliness! From scriptures, we understand that godliness is not a state of perfection but a tireless ‘press’ towards it (1 Timothy 4:8).

 

This means that maintaining a life of godliness is a lifelong battle for every believer and we cannot overcome without the fight of faith. Therefore, we must keep pressing because when the press stops, our victory is truncated (Matthew 5:6). Nature of Sin

 

•Sin is Enticing: The word ‘entice’ connotes pleasure or attraction. It implies that sin is attractive and pleasurable in nature. For instance, the Philistines engaged Delilah as an agent to subdue Samson by enticing him. No wonder the Bible admonishes, ‘My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not’.

We must, therefore, avoid the attractions of sin by being content with what we have; for godliness with contentment is great gain (Judges 16:4-5; Proverbs 1:10; 1 Timothy 6:6; James 1:13-15). How, Then, Do We Break the Trap of Sin?

 

• By Seeking Sin-cleansing Words: This can be gotten through anointed books and electronic media such as CDS, DVD, etc., that deal with issues of ungodliness. God’s Word carries sanctifying virtues and every genuine encounter with the Word liberates us from sin (Psalm 119:9-11; John 15:3, 17:17; Ephesians 5:26; 1 John 3:9; Luke 8:11).

 

• Through Commitment to Continuous Fellowship: The church, which is referred to as Mount Zion in the New Testament, is a holiness service station where our spiritual lives are serviced. Among the happenings in Zion is the spiritual sprinkling of the Blood for our cleansing (Hebrews 3:13, 10:25, 12:22-24; Psalm 84:7; Obadiah 17). Some of these relevant spiritual gifts include:

 

•The Spirit of Obedience: It takes the Spirit of obedience to live a triumphant life and this Spirit enables us to keep God’s commandments without stress (Ezekiel 36:27).

 

•The Spirit of Holiness: This is also called the Spirit of the fear of the Lord and it is the cure for every attack of filthiness. Therefore, when we are filled with the Spirit of holiness, our dominion over sin is established (Isaiah 11:2; Romans 1:4; John 8:46). In conclusion, everyone who genuinely walked in the fear of God in scriptures became a wonder among men (Proverbs 21:17).

 

However, you must be born again. Are you born again?

 

If you are not, this is an opportunity to do so. Simply say the following prayer: Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me of my sins. Cleanse me with Your precious Blood. Today, I accept You as my Lord and personal Saviour.

 

Thank You, Jesus, for saving me! Now, I know I am born again.

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It’s done, take possession

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The Bible speaking in the book of Galatians 3:13 says:‘ “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 possess 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, chosen people, you need the knowledge of what God has for you.

 

You need the knowledge of the ways of God because the lack of this knowledge has led to destruction of many people. The book of Hosea 4:6 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 for today, be assured that it is done.

 

Maybe, you are looking for a life partner, or you are sick, and desires healing, it could also be that you want to be favored, or to be blessed, whatever is your need; 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 53:1; Isaiah 55:1; Mathew 8:16.

 

Our salvation has been given to us. Our deliverance has been given us. Our miracles have been given to us. Having known that all these belong to us, and have been kept as a will since 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 7:7 and Hebrews 10:7. The name our Lord Jesus Christ stands as an open cheque already signed to take care of your needs. You just go and cash it as at when due, -Numbers 13:30 and John 14:13.

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Your destiny helpers are God’s gift to you

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The purpose and destiny of Moses blinded the eyes of all the officers of Pharaoh to the fact that Moses was growing in the palace. The voice of destiny shut up the mouth of the maids for forth years about the nativity of Moses. The voice of your divine destiny can make people speak when they are to keep quiet on your behalf.

 

And can also make them to be silent when they are supposed to complain about you. The voice of your destiny can open the eyes of people to notice you when they should not have noticed you, and can blind their eyes from seeing the faults they should have easily noticed. Moses has not read the scroll of the Jewish scriptures and has not learnt how to pray well, but God, based on the divine destiny he assigned to Moses, was directing every activity associated with his life.

 

Once we can find out His design and purpose for our lives, all things will work together and fit into His grand design and plans for our lives. Everybody needs at least, one destiny helper in his or her life time.

In spite of the amount of wealth you may think you have, it is a grievous mistake to ever think you can be a lone ranger. Our Lord Jesus Christ came to accomplish the work of redemption, and yet He needed destiny helpers. Here is what the Bible says concerning Him in Mark 3:14 “And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach”. It is equally amazing to discover that even mighty angels require help in carrying out their assignments.

 

As a credence to this fact, the book of Daniel10:12-13, states, “Then said he until me, fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come forth to bring thee words.

 

But the Prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days, but, Angel Michael, one of the chief Princes, came to help me, and I remained there with the kings of Persia”. David, though a mighty man of valor had destiny helpers.

 

His destiny would have been truncated without these destiny helpers especially when opposition, persecution and even death stared him in the face. Read what the scripture says about the impact made by one of his destiny helpers in the book of 2Samuel 1:15-17.

 

 

“Moreover the Philistines had yet war again with Israel; and David went down, and his servants with him, and fought against the Philistines, and David waxed faint. And Ishbienob, which was of the sons of the giant, the weight of whose spear weighed three hundred shekels of brass in weight, he being girded with a new sword, thought to have slain David.

 

But Abishai the anon of Zeruiah succeeded him, and smote the Philistine and killed him. Then the men of David aware unto him, Saying, thou shalt go no more out with us to battle, that thou quench not the light of Israel”.

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Your destiny helpers are God’s gift to you

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The purpose and destiny of Moses blinded the eyes of all the officers of Pharaoh to the fact that Moses was growing in the palace. The voice of destiny shut up the mouth of the maids for forth years about the nativity of Moses. The voice of your divine destiny can make people speak when they are to keep quiet on your behalf.

 

And can also make them to be silent when they are supposed to complain about you.

 

The voice of your destiny can open the eyes of people to notice you when they should not have noticed you, and can blind their eyes from seeing the faults they should have easily noticed. Moses has not read the scroll of the Jewish scriptures and has not learnt how to pray well, but God, based on the divine destiny he assigned to Moses, was directing every activity associated with his life.

 

Once we can find out His design and purpose for our lives, all things will work together and fit into His grand design and plans for our lives. Everybody needs at least, one destiny helper in his or her life time. In spite of the amount of wealth you may think you have, it is a grievous mistake to ever think you can be a lone ranger.

 

Our Lord Jesus Christ came to accomplish the work of redemption, and yet He needed destiny helpers. Here is what the Bible says concerning Him in Mark 3:14 “And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach”. It is equally amazing to discover that even mighty angels require help in carrying out their assignments.

 

As a credence to this fact, the book of Daniel10:12-13, states, “Then said he until me, fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come forth to bring thee words. But the Prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days, but, Angel Michael, one of the chief Princes, came to help me, and I remained there with the kings of Persia”.

 

David, though a mighty man of valor had destiny helpers. His destiny would have been truncated without these destiny helpers especially when opposition, persecution and even death stared him in the face.

 

Read what the scripture says about the impact made by one of his destiny helpers in the book of 2Samuel 1:15-17.

 

“Moreover the Philistines had yet war again with Israel; and David went down, and his servants with him, and fought against the Philistines, and David waxed faint. And Ishbienob, which was of the sons of the giant, the weight of whose spear weighed three hundred shekels of brass in weight, he being girded with a new sword, thought to have slain David.

 

But Abishai the anon of Zeruiah succeeded him, and smote the Philistine and killed him. Then the men of David aware unto him, Saying, thou shalt go no more out with us to battle, that thou quench not the light of Israel”.

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Status in God’s Kingdom (II)

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So Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different…” Mark 10:42- 43 NLT. In the previous week we started the topic ‘Status in the Kingdom of God’.

 

We discussed what it entails in obtaining and sustaining our positions in God’s kingdom. We saw that obedience to God’s word and humility is what entails one unto becoming ‘great’ in the kingdom of God (Mat. 5:19).

 

This week’s edition will be a continuation from where we stopped on how to obtain and sustain status in the Kingdom of God. The role servanthood attitude plays in one’s greatness in the kingdom cannot be overemphasized. Jesus in correcting the wrong attitude of His disciples about leadership, rebuked them that they should not pattern theirs after the world’s system. The world system believes that a leader should be served, and such thereby exercises authority over the led.

 

In the world, leadership is more of a title that one prides in and not service. Status of greatness in God’s kingdom is not gained in that way. Mark 10:43-44; “Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all.” Contrary to the world’s system, anyone qualified to be known as the greatest is one who serves. It is not by who stands at the front but about his/her service in the kingdom.

 

A pastor who does not have the mindset of serving, or who is not ready to be a servant to the people he is leading will not be recognized as the greatest in the kingdom. Just like the disciples of Jesus, pathetically, church leadership is now being patterned on many fronts after the world where leaders are in it for prestige of title and not the need for service. Recognition as the greatest in the church, and the kingdom at large depends solely on our heart of service. How well do we serve? Not how well do people serve us. The call to attain a position in the kingdom is a call to be a servant to the people. In God’s kingdom a true leader serves, both God and the people.

Hence Jesus said in verse 43 that whosoever wishes to be great among you should be ready to serve. Our Lord Jesus, the One through whom all things were made, is a very good example of “the greatest” in the kingdom. This is seen in His humility in washing the feet of His disciples; and giving His life as a ransom for mankind (Mark 10:45). He emphasized that service is not an exclusive reserve of “leaders”, but it is the duty of every believer. We all are to serve at different levels thereby being the ‘slave of all.’

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Avoiding family quarrels during burials of loved ones

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There is the nuclear family and extended family. When a member of a family dies, these two lines of authority (the nuclear family and the extended family) are usually involved in planning the burial. More often than not, there is always competition between them. Each side wants to dominate. This usually leads to nasty burial quarrels.

 

A burial was suspended some years ago because the brothers and sisters of the dead man refused to conform to the burial plans of the grown up children. This is not how it should be. The nuclear and extended families need to bury previous grievances in order to successfully bury their dead family member. Both sides need to come together and unite to give their dead loved one his/her last honour on earth. The grief of the loss should unite both sides. Make allowance for each other’s views and be patient with mistakes. It may not be easy at first but make up your mind to be a peacemaker.

 

Families should know that periods of grief and periods of burials are periods the enemy specially uses to cause problems in families. Families should therefore pray more together at such periods.

 

The role the deceased‘s children ought to play in their parent’s burial has always been controversial.

 

In a situation where the children are still young like in the case of a family, the father of the home died living his three children and a few months later, the mother also died, leaving the three young children as orphans. Since the children were young, (the eldest was about fourteen years old), the extended family was in charge of the funeral arrangements.

 

However, in a situation where the children of the dead person are grown, they should be given their right to bury their late father or mother. Aunties, uncles, cousins and other members of the family should know their limitations.

 

They should allow the children to bury their parents. Family members should honour the deceased by standing firmly behind his/her children. It is not a sign of maturity to use the burial of a loved one to fight for who is the greatest. An aunty flared up during a burial quarrel and said, “I knew my brother long before you were born and I know how I want to bury him.” She is wrong. In reality, a person cannot love his/her sibling more than his/her children. If we must compare, the children are the offspring of their parents. Their uncles and aunties cannot therefore be closer to them.

 

Genesis 25:9 tells us that Isaac and Ishmeal buried their father Abraham. Genesis 25:29 also says that Esau and Jacob buried their father Isaac. The children on their part should respect the contributions of other family members and carefully and respectfully put aside those suggestions they do not like. They should honour their uncles and aunties. If it were possible for the dead to see what goes on during their burials, many would weep at the rivalries and quarrels among family members. People should therefore deliberately give peace a chance to reign during the burials of their loved ones. Love you.

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A prophet is a man or woman with insight into the will and purpose of God. Prophets are oracles of God. A prophet is a divine mouth piece. The prophet is a man with his head is in heaven. He is a spokesman of God. The prophet of Jehovah will receive visions and dream from the Lord but the greatest character of the prophet is seeing in the spirit.

He is someone who sees in the spirit and knows how to dissolve serious situation. I am praying for someone here that the anointing of the prophetic will come upon some here in the name of Jesus!

 

I was sharing a message with the A.G.Os. A man got a gift of prayer Rain. He began to read in the book with a topic ‘knowing the secrets’. Later, he had a dream, that someone showed him a laboratory. On top of the laboratory, it wrote DNA test. He had four children and a wife. The dream troubled him. One day, he took two of the four children to the laboratory for DNA test. When they did the DNA test for all four children, he was not the father of all the children.

 

 

The oldest is 15, when he learnt about it, he was very angry. He didn’t know his way here. When he was going home, he bought a very sharp cutlass. He locked the house and threatened his wife that if she doesn’t tell him the father of those children, he would kill her and kill himself. She said if she tells him the father of the children, he will not be able to stand it.

The wife said all the four children belong to her father in-law. The man came here and told the story. If you were in the shoes, what answers would you give this man? All this years, he was looking after his junior brother and his sisters. This is why you need to key into the prophetic. Rise up on your feet and all eyes closed.

We will continue on this teaching next time. Prayer Rain:

 

1. Arrows of darkness assigned to drink my blood, backfire in the name of Jesus!

 

2. Battles assigned to send away my angel of favor, scatter in the name of Jesus!

 

3. Powers that want me in the grave before my glory shines die in the name of Jesus!

 

 

4. Powers assigned to me to desire good things but never getting there, die in the name of Jesus!

 

5. Every struggle that my parents pass to me, break in the name of Jesus!

 

6. Powers assigned to make me feed from my enemies; before I leave this place, die in the name of Jesus!

 

7. Jesus Christ, yoke breaker, break my yoke now in the name of Jesus!

 

8. Generational goliath, hear the word of the Lord: I’m not your candidate; therefore, die in the name of Jesus

 

9. Spiritual cataract, hear the word of the Lord, depart from my eyes in the name of Jesus!

 

10. Oh God arise and make me your battle axe in the name of Jesus!

 

11. My Father, my Father, my Father, defend your interest in my life in the name of Jesus.

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