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My husband and I were once with a youth group. There were three kids sitting across from us at a meal: two guys and a girl. The one guy was a computer geek with glasses. The other one was a college student with slightly cooler hair and no glasses. The girl was obviously with him. But while the computer geek was busy serving everyone at the meal, clearing plates and garbage, the college student got angry with the girl for a small accident and poured red juice over her leather jacket and white shirt. She picked the wrong guy, and the juice didn’t seem to change her mind. She is in for some grief if that relationship continues and especially if it leads to marriage.


So to all the young, unmarried Christian girls out there, listen up: who you marry matters. You might think that the way he treats you isn’t so bad. It’s not going to get better after the wedding. You might think that he’ll change. It’s possible, but most don’t. You might think that you’ll be able to minister to him and help him. Possibly, but if you can’t now, you won’t then, and you will be at risk yourself. A husband should lead and cherish you, not need your counsel for basic personality or behavior issues.


Unless someone married is very frank with you, you can’t understand how much a husband will impact your entire life. Next to salvation there is no other long term event that will change so many areas of your life so deeply. Here are just some of the ways that marriage will impact every aspect of living.


1. It will impact you spiritually. If the guy is not a believer, you can stop right there. You have no business yoking a redeemed soul with an unregenerate one, even if he seems open to change. Christ has bought you with a price and it is not an option to give away that blood bought heart to someone who doesn’t know and love your Lord. It will cripple your spiritual development, open up a host of temptations, stifle your prayer life, make regular church going difficult, and cause massive parenting conflict if you have children.


If the guy is a believer, is he a strong one? Will he lead you in prayer, Bible reading, family devotions, and public worship? Or will you be on your own? Is he going to make spiritual growth a priority or do other things come first? Is he going to ask you how it’s going with your soul so he can help you grow in holiness and love for Christ, or will he leave that to your pastor? Is he going to lead the children in this, or will you have to spearhead that? In church, is he going to help the kids sit well, pray, find the hymn, or will you be the one pointing out what is happening next and helping the family keep up? Many women have married spiritually immature men, thinking that it wasn’t a big issue, or that the man would change, and they were wrong. They bear the scars.


The health of your eternity is at stake. Think carefully.


2. It will impact you emotionally. Is the guy you’re thinking of going to encourage you, love you, be kind to you, and seek to understand you, or will he want to go out with the guys when you’re having a hard night? Will he listen when you are struggling with something or will he be preoccupied with a video game? Is he going to be annoyed when you cry or will he get you Kleenex and give you a hug? Is he going to understand that you are probably more tender than he is, more sensitive to issues and comments, or is he regularly going to run rough shod over your feelings? One woman was struggling to breastfeed her new baby, believing that that was the best thing for her, but it was very difficult. Instead of giving support and encouragement, the husband would make mooing sounds whenever he saw his wife working at it. We have to get rid of princess complexes, but we do have emotional needs. Any guy who is uncaring about your feelings and self esteem is selfish and should be left alone.


Be careful – a husband can cripple or foster emotional health.


3. It will impact you physically. Is the guy you’re with going to provide for your basic needs? Will he be able to shelter, clothe and feed you? At one point in our marriage, I was worried that there was no employment opportunity. My husband assured me that he would work at McDonalds, dig ditches, clean up roadkill – whatever it took to provide for the family, regardless of his gifts and training. That’s the kind of attitude you want. A man who doesn’t provide for his household is worse than an infidel (I Tim. 5:8). You might have to help ease the financial burden, but unless your husband is disabled or there is another unusual circumstance, you shouldn’t have to carry it yourself.


Will the man you are with care for your body or abuse it? If he gives you little smacks, kicks, etc. when you’re dating, get away. It’s almost guaranteed that he will abuse you after marriage, and stats show that’s especially true when you are pregnant. Is he going to care for and protect your body or will he hurt it? There are women in churches across America who thought it was no big deal to have little (sort of friendly) punches or slaps from their boyfriends, but who are covering up the bruises from their husbands.


Will the man you are with care for you sexually? Is he going to honour the marriage bed in physical and mental faithfulness to you or will he flirt, feed his porn addiction, or even leave you for another woman? You can’t always predict these issues, but if the seeds or practices are already there, watch out. I recently saw a newly married couple and the husband was flirting openly with another woman. Unless something drastic happens, that marriage is headed for disaster.


Is he going to be tender and gentle to you in bed? An unbelieving co-worker once told my sister that after her first sexual encounter, she had trouble walking for a few days because her boyfriend was so rough. In other words, he wasn’t selfless enough to care for the body of the woman he said he loved.


Watch out. Your body needs care and protection.


4. It will impact you mentally. Is the man that you’re thinking of going to be a source of worry or will he help you deal with your worries? Is he going to encourage your intellectual development, or will he neglect it? Is he going to value your opinions and listen to what you are thinking, or will he disregard your thoughts? Is he going to help you manage stress so that your mind is not burdened that way, or is he going to let you struggle through issues alone? Is he going to care for you and be thoughtful of you if you are experiencing mental strain, or will he ignore it? I know of a woman who could handle pregnancy and child birth very well physically but postpartum depression took a huge toll on her mind. The husband overlooked it, continuing to have more children, until his wife ended up in a mental institution.


You might think that the intellectual or mental side of a marriage is small. It’s bigger than you think. Consider it seriously.


5. It will impact you relationally. How’s your relationship with your mother? Your dad? Do you love them? Does your boyfriend? Fast forward ten years: you tell your husband that your mother is coming for the weekend. Is he excited? Disappointed? Angry? Making snide jokes with his friends? Of course, a husband should come first in your priority of relationships, as you both leave father and mother and cleave to one another. But parents are still a big part of the picture. Whatever negative feelings he has about your parents now will probably be amplified after marriage. Your marriage will either strengthen or damage – even destroy – your relationship with your parents. The people who know you best and love you most right now could be cut out of the picture by a husband who hates them.


It’s the same with sisters and friends. Will they be welcomed, at reasonable times, in your home? Will the guy who you’re with encourage healthy relationships with other women, or will he be jealous of normal, biblical friendships? Will he help you mentor younger women and be thankful when older women mentor you, or will he belittle that?


Don’t sacrifice many good relationships for the sake of one guy who can’t value the people who love you.


So how will your boyfriend do after the vows? Because this is just a sampling of the ways that a husband can bless or curse his wife. The effects are far reaching, long lasting, and either wonderful or difficult. True, there are no perfect men out there. But there are great ones. And it’s better to be single for life than to marry someone who will make your life a burden. Singleness can be great. Marriage to the wrong person is a nightmare. I’ve been in a church parking lot where the pastor had to call the police to protect a wife from a husband who was trying to stop her from worshiping and being with her family. It’s ugly. Don’t be so desperate to get married that your marriage is a grief. If you are in an unhappy marriage, there are ways to get help. But if you’re not married, don’t put yourself in that situation. Don’t marry someone whose leadership you can’t follow. Don’t marry someone who is not seeking to love you as Christ loved the church. Marry someone who knows and demonstrates the love of Christ.



Praise God. I love God and he really really loves me. When I got back to the states it was already close to winter, I don't like to spend money on my clothes, i like to get cute stuff for real cheap, all my friends now me know thats a hobby of mines. So I bought a real cheap coat for $15. It didn't look it,but i loved it but it was not for the snow. So a sister of mines yesterday came to me and said she wanted to buy me a coat. She gave me her store visa card so I could buy a coat and a few items, that's testimony one, she said just go get what you need and swipe away. So I got to the store after service today. When i entered all the winter coats were gone, and the sizes were all small. I usually get a black or grey but there was just one warm coat and it was red, with a fur color and gold buttons, I tried it on and it fit perfectly. As I got in line to pay the store clerk said, wow I just put that back on the rack, a woman returned it this morning, I said really it was the only one my size. She said the woman was gonna donate it to her church she said but decided to bring it in that Sunday morning. Hallelujah. Now that was for me! And to make it more sweet, the color I wore to church today was an all burgundy suit with burgundy boots and a red shirt. The Lord, picked that color just for me. Thank you Holy Spirit. I love you and I love the coat you picked for me.

Safetu Jibril

Dec.31st Testimony

Posted by Safetu Jibril Jan 31, 2013

Praise God for His Divine Spirit in us. On the 31st night a sister of mine was in the hospital, the day before she told me she was spotting, i had a word of wisdom and told her she was pregnant, she did not know,i prayed with her then at the hospital they found an empty sac of 8 weeks in her, it was Gods favor at work. Her husband traveled and her 1 yr old was facing challenges i layed hands on them both and interceeded then moved in for 3 weeks to help her, I loved her, favored her,i was the light in her world and they both were healed quickly and without depression. I give all the Glory to Jesus.

Praise the Lord for He loves us and every time we give an offering, it is to Him. During the financeconvention 2011' I had just received a laptop two weeks before from my sister and her husband, I had spent the last 1 year without it and needed it for work and to communicate online, utilize Yookos.etc. I was excited and then the finance convention came. I have always released items of value to me to God because I always received giftes more than money which held value. My first laptop needed repairs but I sold it and used the money to sow a seed, so this laptop was for me, but during the finance convention I was moved to place my laptop on the alter, if I could just lay myself there I would have but I was already a volunteer staff in church at the time and Miss RON. I  am telling you, when I layed the laptop on the alter I tried to stand up and I could not move, I was sweating, speaking in tongues and weeping, I kept trying and couldn't move, I was still a young Christian just 1yrs in Christ and didn't know what was happening,i wanted to hear God talk to me but I didn't hear a word on the outside  because i was panicking all I knew was I  was being held down to the alter. i was there even when others left for 10 minutes. Until the Alter usher came and took the laptop, immediately I was released and could stand up. God then spoke to me as i was seated at my seat.

 

Brethren it doesn't matter what people say, when you give an offering it is to God himself. for you. I thank God for that day for the rest of my life is settled, when I have seed I give it, whether it is small or large, if it means my phones cut off for two weeks, my car note is late or  2weeks, my t.v is cut off, or I have to sell my jewelry, I have done it all. I  pay my tithes on everything, if 1.00 or 50 naira I write it down and give it at service immediately, the first time Iet me i tried to wait for the end of the month my money was less then before and i struggled becasue i used it. God is present to make you if you do th word,  if you can just release what you have in your hand, I started at 50 naira, 100 naira, i came to U.S. and started at $5.00 but that doesnt mean I will stay there, not when I'm paying my tithes and sowing seeds, giving my first fruits of every new increase even if that leaves me with no physical cash that moment but as I walk away from the alter, God has my request, answer, blessing, harvest at the next moment as I walk away rejoicing in faith  knowing and singing "  God Is Blessing Me  right now, the Lord is blessing me right now, i may not be able to say, all he has done for me, but the Lord is blessing me right now" !  And you too when you give.

Fear not for I'm with you. I'm your strength. I'm the rock on which you stand; the rock on which you are founded. Dread not! Fear not for I'm God saith the Lord. For I made the heavens and the earth. Nothing exist that I didn't make. The world is mine saith the Lord. And I've given it to you. Thus saith the Lord. I've given you My Word and I'm your strength. I'm your life. Have no fear for I'm with you. Have no fear. Fear not the night nor the darkness. For the darkness has no power over you. And the wicked shall not overcome you. For you are mine saith the Lord. And the evil shall bow before the good and the wicked at the gates of the righteous. For I'm your strength saith the Lord. I've enabled you. I've empowered you. My hand is upon you. And I've exalted you with My hand of righteousness. For thou art mine saith the Lord. Thus saith the Lord, I've given you an understanding heart and My wisdom is perfected in you. Walk in the light of My Word. I've made you victorious in all things. Therefore walk in victory. Walk in the consciousness of victory. Do not look at the shadows for I've laughed at the enemy. I've laughed at the adversary. Therefore consider him not. Consider not your adversaries for they're fallen before you. I've exalted you.

 

For it's your year of favor saith the Lord. I will demonstrate My glory before you. And men shall know that you are mine. For you shall show forth my praise saith the Lord and your mouth shall be filled with testimonies of My goodness. I'm your shield. It is your year of favor. So saith the Lord unto you. Hallelujah.

Tunde Oboh (ZE1)

ROR 17 December, 2012

Posted by Tunde Oboh (ZE1) Dec 18, 2012

"Be Not Conformed To This World" · Monday, December 17th ·

 

Pastor Chris

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God (Romans 12:2).

 

Pastor Chris

As a child of God, you’re not of this world, though you’re in the world. You’ve been chosen out of the world (John 15:19). Therefore, refuse to be influenced by the system of this world, which is run by Satan.

When God made the world, it was perfect and beautiful (Genesis 1:31). After Adam’s transgression in the Garden, Satan became the prince of this world (John 12:31, 14:30, Ephesians 2:2). But the wealth and riches of the world are no longer his; he lost them when Jesus defeated and paralyzed him, and made an open spectacle of him and his demons in hell (Colossians 2:15). However, Satan set up a system, which the world runs on because of ignorance and unbelief (2 Corinthians 4:3-4). This is the reason the world is in such a mess.

You can’t win with the system of this world; you’d have to apply the principles of God’s Kingdom to win because the system of this world is designed to fail. The world’s principles of success are selfish and godless. Its god and architect, Satan, is defeated and so is the system.

God’s Word contains the most assured principles for lasting success. That’s why you must study the Word voraciously and consistently, and apply the principles therein to your personal life. God’s Word will illuminate your spirit to know how to function in this world and be a success in life.

Confession

My path in life is a shining light that shines brighter and brighter unto the perfect day, because I live in the Word, by the Word and through the Word, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

f u r t h e r s t u d y: John 15:19; 1 Corinthians 2:6-7

Daily Scripture Reading

1 Year Reading Plan : Revelation 9, Ezekiel 45-46

2 Year Reading Plan : Revelation 14:11-20, Habakkuk 1-2

Tunde Oboh (ZE1)

ROR 16 December, 2012

Posted by Tunde Oboh (ZE1) Dec 18, 2012

Praise Him! · Sunday, December 16th ·

 

Pastor Chris

Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing (Psalm 107:21-22).

 

Pastor Chris

As you take stock of the year, it’s not a time to muse over the failures and disappointments of the days gone by, but a time to count your blessings and praise the Lord with joyfulness. Rejoice over what the Lord has done for you this year, and celebrate His goodness and wonderful works in your life. Give Him the sacrifice of true worship; make confessions to His Name. He has led and guided you through the year in health, safety, victory, success, and prosperity! Therefore, praise Him excitedly.

Perhaps, in the course of the year, you experienced certain difficulties and challenges that made you almost despair of life. Maybe you really don’t see the need to be exuberant with praise to the Lord due to the hardship you experienced in the outgoing year. My counsel to you is, praise Him anyhow! Habakkuk 3:17-19 says, "Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation...."

Observe the profundity of the prophet’s submission in the latter part of the preceding verses. Everything may have failed; everything may have been destroyed; yet, he says, "…I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation." This is the kind of faithresponse you should have when things seem not to be going your way; don’t despair. Instead, reiterate your trust in the Lord by giving Him praise for doing all things well.

Recall the testimony of Paul and Silas. Rather than cringe in fear and hopelessness, lamenting their predicament, they decided to praise God joyfully (Read their inspiring story in Acts 16:23-36). It’s time for you to praise God like you’ve never done before. You may not feel like it, but praise Him anyway, because that’s where the victory lies!

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I worship you in reverence, humility and joy today! Let my praise ascend to you as incense, as I declare your great and mighty works in my life. Your praise, O Lord, shall continually be in my mouth, for you’re the living God, and have blessed and decorated my life with your glory, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

f u r t h e r s t u d y: Hebrews 13:15; Psalm 34:1-4

Daily Scripture Reading

1 Year Reading Plan : Revelation 8, Ezekiel 43-44

2 Year Reading Plan : Revelation 14:1-10, Nahum 1-3

Tunde Oboh (ZE1)

ROR 15 December, 2012

Posted by Tunde Oboh (ZE1) Dec 18, 2012

Declare Your Victory · Saturday, December 15th ·

 

Pastor Anita

But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord (2 Corinthians 3:18).

 

Pastor Anita

When all hope seems lost and it appears the walls are closing in on you, don’t despair; look to the Word. Looking to the Word doesn’t mean staring at the pages of your Bible; it means to study, meditate, act and depend on its message to you. Through meditation, you give opportunity for the Word to permeate your spirit, soul and body.

When you face challenges, boldly declare your victory over the situation. God’s Word spoken forth in faith will always prevail. So voice your faith and declare your victory in the face of adversity. This was what David did when he confronted Goliath. He made bold declarations of his victory over the giant, before he went against him: "This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcasses of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel" (1 Samuel 17:46). How inspiring!

David’s confidence wasn’t in his physical skill, agility or strength, but in "...the Name of the LORD of host" (1 Samuel 17:45). Make your boast in the Lord by declaring your victory ahead of the battle. Remember, you’re more than a conqueror. Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world. You can do all things through Christ, which strengthens you and causes you to always triumph gloriously.

Prayer

Dear Father, I thank you for your power and ability at work in me. Thank you for making me a victor in Christ Jesus. Irrespective of the adversities that may come my way, my victory is assured, because you’re my sufficiency, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

f u r t h e r s t u d y: 2 Corinthians 3:4-5; 2 Corinthians 2:14

Daily Scripture Reading

1 Year Reading Plan : Revelation 7, Ezekiel 41-42

2 Year Reading Plan : Revelation 13:11-18, Micah 7

Tunde Oboh (ZE1)

ROR 14 December, 2012

Posted by Tunde Oboh (ZE1) Dec 18, 2012

He Came To Help You · Friday, December 14th ·

 

Pastor Chris

And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever (John 14:16).

 

Pastor Chris

As a Christian, you need the Holy Spirit to fulfil God’s plan for your life and for your service to be acceptable to God. That’s why the Lord Jesus said "I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter…" (John 14:16). The Holy Spirit came to help you live the Christian life because no ordinary person can live this extraordinary life.

There’s no reason for you to fail in anything in life after you’ve received the Holy Spirit; in fact, you’re answerable to God for any failure. You have no right to fail because the Holy Spirit is your helper! He’ll help and teach you to pray, and He’ll teach you the Word! If you were in debt, He’ll show you how to be free from debt and live in surplus. If you have no job, He can help you get one or show you how to make one. He’ll energize and give you the ability to succeed; His ability will become your ability, and His strength will become your strength.

Recognize Him as your helper and know that He came to make you a success in life. No evil can drown or suffocate you because He says He’ll be with you in trouble, to deliver you (Psalm 91:15). He’s your very present help in time of trouble (Psalms 46:1). It doesn’t matter the strength or number of your adversaries; if you have the Holy Spirit, you’ll be in charge.

Give the Holy Spirit the preeminence in your life and you’d be amazed at the magnitude of God’s glory that’ll be manifested in you. You’ll become a man or woman of excellence, dignity and honour; and His ability, strength and wisdom will be evident in your life.

Confession

Blessed Holy Spirit, you’re my helper, my strengthener and my guide! Your ability, might and wisdom are at work in me today, and I walk in your glory, manifesting excellence, victory, prosperity and success, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

f u r t h e r s t u d y: 2 Corinthians 3:5; Ephesians 3:20

Daily Scripture Reading

1 Year Reading Plan : Revelation 6. Ezekiel 39-40

2 Year Reading Plan : Revelation 13:1- 10, Micah 5-6

Tunde Oboh (ZE1)

ROR 13 December, 2012

Posted by Tunde Oboh (ZE1) Dec 18, 2012

Comrades Of The "God-kind!" · Thursday, December 13th ·

 

Pastor Chris

Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust (2 Peter 1:4).

 

Pastor Chris

The expression "divine nature" derives from the Greek "theias phuseos," which literally means an association of the "God-kind," just as you’d say, mankind.

1 Corinthians 6:17 says, "But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit." We’re partners, comrades and associates of the God-kind. This is Christianity! That God would bring man into union with Himself, and bring us into His class of being! No wonder the Bible says, "...Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High" (Psalms 82:6).

Furthermore, the root word for "partakers" in our text is "koinonos." It means associates, comrades, partners or sharers. Our opening text therefore means you’re an associate of the God-kind; you’re in fraternity with divinity! It means you’ve been born into God’s class, with His nature and character in your spirit. You’ve been translated from the ordinary realm of mankind to the supernatural class of the "God-kind."

You’re in vital union with divinity; it’s an inseparable oneness. Now, you can better appreciate the Word that says, you’re superior to Satan and have dominion over the forces of darkness! It’s the result of your fraternity with Deity. The religious minds can’t accept this kind of thought, but this is God’s dream for you, not when you get to heaven, but in the now! It’s something He already made possible and available in Christ.

1 Corinthians 1:9 says, "God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord." What an honour! This is what the Gospel of Jesus Christ has made us. You’ve been brought into the unity of spirits with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; it’s an association of the God-kind.

Confession

I am an associate of the God-kind, having been made free of the corrupting influences, decadence and destruction in the world. The miracle-life of God is at work in me, therefore, today and always, I live the victorious life of glory and success that God has given me in Christ Jesus. Amen.

f u r t h e r s t u d y: 1 John 4:17; John 1:12; Revelation 5:10

Daily Scripture Reading

1 Year Reading Plan : Revelation 5, Ezekiel 37-38

2 Year Reading Plan : Revelation 12:11-17, Micah 3-4

Tunde Oboh (ZE1)

ROR 12 December, 2012

Posted by Tunde Oboh (ZE1) Dec 12, 2012

Faith: A Positive Force · Wednesday, December 12th ·

 

Pastor Anita

…As it is written, the just shall live by faith (Romans 1:17).

 

Pastor Anita

There are forces that operate in the world that cause people to do the things they do. Hate, fear, unbelief, doubt, discouragement, envy, and jealousy are all negative and destructive forces that influence people to act wrongly. Some of the most heinous atrocities carried out by men were motivated by envy, jealousy, fear, and lust.

Correspondingly, in the Kingdom of God, there’re forces too, such as faith, righteousness, love, and wisdom. Our study today, however, is on the force of faith. Until you understand faith as a force, you may never be able to grow prevailing faith. Just as negative forces make men do daring but negative things, the force of faith has caused men to achieve great exploits for the Kingdom.

Hebrews 11 gives us an inspiring chronicle of men and women who obtained a good report through faith, such as Noah, Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Rahab, Gideon, and David. Through faith, they subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouth of lions, quenched the violence of fire, and more (Read Hebrews 11:33-38).

This ability is not exclusive to some "special people" in the Kingdom of God, but to all God’s children. God has dealt to every one of us the measure of faith (Romans 12:3). Grow your faith. Increase the force field of your faith through the Word. Don’t talk fear, talk faith! Voice the Word, not your situation, and your faith will rise like a giant, dispelling fear and negativity from your life.

Speak the Word; concretize it with prayer, and you’ll experience a greater influence of the force of faith in your life.

Confession

My faith is active and prevails today. The favour of God overshadows me, and His protection mantles my heart against the wiles and darts of the devil, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

f u r t h e r s t u d y: Hebrews 11:1-33

Daily Scripture Reading

1 Year Reading Plan : Revelation 4, Ezekiel 35-36

2 Year Reading Plan : Revelation 12:1-10 Micah 1-2

Tunde Oboh (ZE1)

ROR 11 December, 2012

Posted by Tunde Oboh (ZE1) Dec 12, 2012

His Eternal Love · Tuesday, December 11th ·

 

Pastor Chris

Who then can ever keep Christ’s love from us? When we have trouble or calamity, when we are hunted down or destroyed, is it because he doesn’t love us anymore? And if we are hungry or penniless or in danger or threatened with death, has God deserted us?…despite all this, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ who loved us enough to die for us. For I’m convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love (Romans 8:35, 37, 38 TLB).

 

Pastor Chris

Satan will always try one way or the other to make you think God doesn’t love you as much as you think He does. He tries to use one experience or another that you might have had to prove that God is mad at you. Refuse to buy into his lies. Nothing can separate you from the love of God. Never let the devil get you thinking that something has gone wrong with your relationship with God or that He doesn’t love you anymore. God’s love for you is eternal and unconditional. In Jeremiah 31:3, the Lord says, "…Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee."

God didn’t start loving you today. He loved you when you were most unlovable; when you were yet a sinner: "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). If He loved you then, how much more now that you’re born of Him! People talk about God being a God of love, but He’s not just a God of love, He is Love! The Bible says: "God is love…" (1 John 4:8), and that He so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son (John 3:16). The Bible didn’t just say "God loved the world"; rather, it says, "He so loved the world"; the world of men.

God’s love for you is beyond what your natural mind can think or fathom. He loved you so much, He gave something so priceless—His precious Son—to have you. He would never have paid the price of His Son’s blood for your salvation if you weren’t worth that much to Him. Therefore, always remember that no matter who you are, where you are or what you’re going through, God loves you anyway. His arms of love are ever outstretched to embrace you; and His love for you is not only unconditional but eternal.

Prayer

Dear Father, I thank you for your matchless, unconditional and eternal love for me. I’m fully convinced that nothing, no one or circumstance can ever separate me from your love that’s in Christ Jesus. I rejoice greatly in your love today, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

f u r t h e r s t u d y: Romans 5:6-8;1 John 4:16

Daily Scripture Reading

1 Year Reading Plan : Revelation 3:7-22, Ezekiel 33-34

2 Year Reading Plan : Revelation11:11-19, Jonah 3-4

Tunde Oboh (ZE1)

ROR 10 December, 2012

Posted by Tunde Oboh (ZE1) Dec 12, 2012

The Glory Is In You · Monday, December 10th ·

 

Pastor Chris

To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27).

 

Pastor Chris

Romans 3:23 says, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." This was the condition of man before the coming of Christ. All men were under the curse of sin, and as a result were subject to Satan, sickness, disease, poverty, and depravity. But as our text reveals, the glory that was lost in Romans 3:23 is now restored. Romans 8:30 says, "Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified."

You’ve been glorified; that means brought into a life of beauty, excellence, success and prosperity. Jesus said in John 17:22, "And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them." This is better than what Adam had in the Garden of Eden. In the Garden of Eden, Adam lived in the presence of God. That presence was the glory of God. Adam was however cut-off from that glory when he sinned against God. As a new creation in Christ, the glory—the presence of God—is not just around you or with you, but in you: "Christ in you, the hope of glory."

The presence of God is no longer just a voice walking in the cool of the day, as was the case with Adam in the Garden of Eden; that "Voice" is in you now. The glory is in you now! You’re the carrier of the glory of God, because Christ lives in you: in every fibre of your being, in every cell of your blood and in every bone of your body. Blessed thought!

Look inwards, to the glory within, and show forth the virtues, splendour and perfections of your heavenly Father. Recognize and walk in the glory.

Prayer

Blessed Father, I thank you for your glory in my life! Thank you for your power, beauty, excellence and perfection that are revealed through me to my world. As I contemplate your glory in the Word, I’m metamorphosed and walk in ever-increasing glory, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

f u r t h e r s t u d y: Isaiah 60:1-3; 2 Corinthians 3:18

Daily Scripture Reading

1 Year Reading Plan : Revelation 2:18-3:1-6, Ezekiel 31-32

2 Year Reading Plan : Revelation 11:1-10, Jonah 1-2

Tunde Oboh (ZE1)

ROR 9 December, 2012

Posted by Tunde Oboh (ZE1) Dec 12, 2012

Just Do It! · Sunday, December 9th · Page Visits (2,375)

 

Pastor Anita

But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed (James 1:25).

 

Pastor Anita

Some people find it difficult to believe the Gospel because it’s so simple. What they haven’t realized is that the power of the Word of God is in its simplicity. The Word of God, however simple it may sound, is full of dynamic power. It requires no additions, "ceremonies" or traditions on your part for it to prevail in your life. All you need is DO the Word. If you truly believe, then stop trying to get the Word to work for you; just do it!

You experience the power of God and bring it to bear on your situation when you act on God’s Word. The Word has the ability to produce faith in your heart and put you over in any situation. Doing the Word always results in miracles. We find an example of this in Acts 14:8-10: "And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother’s womb, who never had walked: The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed, Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked."

This man had never walked in his life, but as he listened to the Apostle Paul speak, his faith was stirred. Perceiving he had faith to be healed, Paul said to him "stand upright on thy feet." The man immediately leaped and walked for the first time in his life. He got his miracle by acting on the Word. Imagine if he had asked Paul, "If I could stand, will I be in this condition?" He didn’t try to reason out or negotiate God’s Word in his head. Rather, in faith, he acted on the Word and an awesome miracle ensued. The Bible says, "… he leaped and walked" (Acts 4:10).

It’s time for you to leap. Act on the Word and leap out of that predicament or precarious situation you might be in right now. The victory that overcomes the world is your faith, and faith is a leap on the Word. Act your faith and put the Word to work.

Confession

My faith is effectual and productive because I’m a doer of the Word and not a forgetful hearer! I’m blessed without measure today and produce fruits unto righteousness because the Word is working mightily in me, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

f u r t h e r s t u d y: James 1:23-25

Daily Scripture Reading

1 Year Reading Plan : Revelation 2:1-17, Ezekiel 29-30

2 Year Reading Plan : Revelation 10: 1-11, Obadiah 1

Tunde Oboh (ZE1)

ROR 8 December, 2012

Posted by Tunde Oboh (ZE1) Dec 10, 2012

Your Primary Assignment · Saturday, December 8th ·

 

Pastor Chris

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-12).

 

Pastor Chris

Your primary assignment in life is the work of the ministry. This is your highest calling; everything else is secondary. You may be a politician, a medical doctor, or a lawyer, which is great, but your number one assignment in life is to do the work of the ministry. Notice the reason God gave the fivefold ministry gifts to the Church; it’s "For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry…." (Ephesians 4:12).

The work of the ministry is the reconciliation of the world to God. 2 Corinthians 5:20 says, "…we are ambassadors for Christ…." As His ambassadors, our responsibility is to turn many to righteousness, and from the power of Satan unto God. We’re to call sinners to repentance and change lives everywhere. This sovereign responsibility to change lives is entrusted to you because you have the Gospel message that works. Since this message is in you and working in you, you can help others receive it and have it produce results in their lives too.

Christmas is meaningless to the one who doesn’t know Jesus. So make it a meaningful Christmas for someone this season; go out to where you work, where you live, and to all you’re in contact with and pour out of the blessings of heaven that are in you. Relate with those in your sphere of contact in the language of love and communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which is able to change their lives once they receive it.

2 Corinthians 5:19 says God, through Christ, has made peace with all men and is not holding men’s sins against them. This is the message of the Gospel that He has committed to us; a message worth hearing, especially at Christmas time. Spread it in your world and to the regions beyond.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I thank you for bringing me into union with your Son Jesus, and imparting to me the same passion for lost souls that was evident in the life of Christ. By the power of your Spirit, I saturate my world today with the knowledge of your Word and men shall be drawn to the light of your glorious Gospel, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

f u r t h e r s t u d y: 2 Timothy 4:5

Daily Scripture Reading

1 Year Reading Plan : Revelation 1, Ezekiel 27-28

2 Year Reading Plan : Revelation 9:11-21 Amos 8-9