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SATAN WIELDS IGNORANCE OF THE WORD AS A WEAPON: by Canon Sam Akinlawon

Though we have more access to the Bible than any generation before us, most Christians still have never read it all. The abundance of biblical access, on smartphones and bookshelves, generally hasn’t resulted in an increased personal knowledge of the Word. And yet our generation speaks very authoritatively about God and the Bible.

Technology is a shield, providing the opportunity to say with confidence what we would rarely say in the presence of others. We can easily hide behind screens and pseudonyms touting opinions and outrage with cowardly confidence.

Lack of knowledge plus authoritative opinions: This is a dangerous combination. I’m afraid, like Hosea’s audience, that if God were “to write for him [and us his] laws by the ten thousands, they would be regarded as a strange thing” (Hos. 8:12). How can we recognize what we fail to become familiar with?

THIS IS WAR

“Did God actually say . . .?”

Mistrust of God’s Word is thrown at Eve like a grenade. This is an act of war the serpent’s words are the first shot at God and His people.

And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die’” (Gen. 3:2-3).

In her response, Eve misquotes and subtly distorts God’s clear command. She enlarges God’s prohibition (neither shall you touch it), and she lessens God’s punishment (lest you die, as opposed to you shall surely die).

But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (4–5).

With growing uncertainty about God and His Word, the serpent’s explanation of how things are becomes attractive. That first bite of forbidden fruit was made possible by Eve’s lack of knowledge of and trust in God’s Word.

THE DANGERS OF IGNORANCE

Most Christians have never read the entirety of the Bible. They may read it frequently but only parts of it. But daily reading parts of the Bible doesn’t mean you know it any more than daily reading. Ignorance of the whole of God’s Word makes us easy targets in the war Satan has waged against God. Lies can slip through undetected like poison gas because we’re just not that familiar with the truth.

For example, when suffering comes, some will say it is spiritual attack and blame it on Satan. This doesn’t seem wrong. But the Bible informs me that God does indeed bring about trouble, even and especially for His own people, for His own good purposes (Isa. 48:10–11; 2 Cor. 4:7–11). It is not that Satan is not involved (as we see in the case of Job) but that God is also involved and sometimes the initiator of the hardship in the first place.

With all the authoritative opinions around us about God and His Word, how can we recognize the one true and living God? The answer will always start not with learning to spot the counterfeits but becoming intimately familiar with the real thing.

MAKE A PLAN

If you don’t know all of the Word of God, why not attempt to change that? It likely won’t happen in a year, or even five years. But have a goal to make progress—not to complete a task but to know a Person. This is about beginning a lifelong journey in knowing the God we love, the One who saved us. Your initial complete read through the Bible is hopefully the first of many.

Familiarity with God’s Word is one of the best protections we have in this war the serpent still wages against God and His people. May we be so familiar with all the revealed facets of His character in His Word that each did-God-actually-say missile is easily spotted and rejected while still miles away.

God Bless  you

2018 DAILY CONFESSION/DELARATION BY CANON M.I.FAMUSIWA

I thank you Lord for seeing me through the just year 2017 . With God, nothing shall be impossible for me, I receive the grace to live above sin . I submit my flesh to the dictates of the Holy Spirit. I will obey the word of God in all circumstances. I ask that you release upon me an unexplainable hunger for you, that I might pursue you daily through the study of your word. No matter what I experienced last year, this year shall be different. It shall be full of enviable and notable testimonies for me. From far and near, my God shall send help to me daily. Jehovah Jireh shall provide for me and settle all my bills. I command the winds from the four corners of the earth to begin to work for my good this year. The moon, the stars, the sun, the sea, the earth, the night and day shall answer no more to the manipulation of my enemies. All my challenges and ugly experiences shall turn to my testimonies this year. All my disappointments shall turn to my appointment; all my wasted years shall be compensated. The favour of God shall lift me up above limitation; I receive God’s anointing upon me that will make my hand produce great miracles and wonders to outperform my contemporaries in order to make me stand out. My business will deliver great result and outperform my competitors, no matter where I find myself I will be a carrier of God signs and wonders; I will not record any loss this year. I decree and declare that as I step out this year no one will reject me and my Services. Sorrow and bad news shall be far from my address. Progress, joy, strength and victory shall be my portion. I will never be a liability to my family, I shall be spiritually, financially and emotionally stable ,my marriage shall not surfer barrenness, poverty and dryness. Goodness and mercy shall locate me this year; I shall eat and be satisfied. I will end this year on a note of Joy and gladness, people shall ear my own testimonies this year in Jesus Name. AMEN.

WHY IS IT DIFICULT TO FORGIVE BY REV, AKINYOOLA

 

There’s a reason you and I struggle with forgiveness, but I don’t think it’s because of how deeply we’re been wounded by another.

The main reason we often don’t forgive those who offend us is because we have several misconceptions about what forgiveness really means.

Do any of these conditions (or excuses) sound like yours?

  • I’m still dealing with the consequences of how that person hurt me, so I’m not about to forgive that person.
  • Why should I forgive a person who has never apologized?
  • I’ll forgive him when he proves that he has changed.
  • What that person did to me wasn’t right so I can’t bring myself to let him/her off the hook.
  • Why should I forgive a betrayal and unrepentant?

The concept of forgiveness is one of the core doctrines of Christianity. It is quite difficult, and in some ways impossible, if we believe, we might first receive an apology from the person who offended us. Likewise, we will have difficulty forgiving another person. If we are expecting that person to show remorse or evidence of having changed; we can also tend to believe that if we forgive someone, we are giving them a license to hurt us again. Mostly, we withhold our forgiveness because we don’t feel like the person deserves it.

We remain in chains of emotional bondage to those we refuse to forgive. By withholding forgiveness we are saying “You will never be able to make this right”. But what we are ultimately saying is: “I will always hold unto this pain” when you’re stuck like that you end up living with the burden of bitterness. Instead, you can live freely by freely forgiving. When God forgave us of the debt of our sin, He expected us to then forgive others of their debt toward us (Eph. 4:32)

Here are some misconceptions we have about forgiveness that often make it difficult for us to forgive someone:

  1. We think forgiveness is excusing a person or letting them off the hook: when we admit that our offense was real, it hurt and it’s inexcusable but so is our offense to God, we can forgive another person just as God has forgiven us.
  2. We think we can forgive only when the offense no longer hurts: what can heal our hurts speedily is when we choose to forgive. You will begin to heal emotionally when you release that hurt or make things right again.
  3. We think we must wait for an apology: If an apology by the offender were necessary in order for you to forgive, then you would never be able to forgive someone in order for you to forgive, then you would never be able to forgive someone who has died and never come clean with you. We are commanded to forgive an offender regardless of that person’s remorse or efforts to gain our forgiveness.
  4. We think we must meet face to face or resume the relationship: forgiveness happens in your heart when you release another person from the expectation that they will never be able to make right the hurt they caused you and when you stop identifying that person by their offense.
  5. We’re afraid we won’t be able to forget the offense: To forgive and forget is something only God is capable of (Isaiah 43: 25). We have memories and perhaps for our protection, or tend to remember hurtful things. When the offense comes to mind, remind yourself. “I have released that person from his/her obligation towards me” and move on, mentally and emotionally.

The forgiving life is a channel through which people may be won for Christ. When you forgive others, you are showing the manifold greatness of God’s grace, mercies and generosity. Can you make that first move to forgive your offenders and release yourself? You won’t be letting the other person off the hook only but you will, instead be releasing yourself to live freely by freely forgiving.

Topic: Can anyone hear me? I need help { John 5:1-9} by Rev. John Adejuyigbe

More than ever before, people all over the world are feeling more isolated and alone in their pains. Many of us today are going through challenging situations in the midst of friends and loved ones yet none seems willing or able to give a hand of help.The façade of happiness and success presented by your friends on the social media makes you wonder if it will ever be your turn to smile. It is as though everyone else is succeeding and moving forward in life while you are stuck with one failure or the other. While you observe the smiles on everyone’s face, you silently cry within you hoping someone someday will just notice that you need help.

This was certainly the state of the man in our text (John5:1-9) who had been an invalid (blind, lame and paralyzed) for thirty eight years, confined to a spot by a pool and with no one to help. The Bible recorded that at appointed seasons, an angel of the Lord goes into the pool and stirs it such that whoever steps in first into the pool is healed of any form of disease being suffered hitherto. This man obviously has tried all he could to be that one person year after year, season after season but failed by reason of physical limitations. Someone was   nalways getting there just before him. His cry was “can anyone hear me, I need help.”

Does this look like what you are going through today?Have you labored so much to overturn the negative situations of your life without success because of spiritual, physical, financial or social limitations?Maybe you have undergone stages of interview and reached the final stage only to end up being the eleventh person when only ten people are being recruited. So every day you see or hear of good things happening to people that were once in the same situation as yours and you wonder when it will be your turn. Testimony time has become your most dreaded period of every service in church because peoples’ testimonies only remind you that everyone is moving forward except you. So you are crying in your heart; can anyone hear me? I need help.

In John 5:3-8, it was recorded that though there were a great multitude of impotent people at the pool that day, Jesus saw and noticed that invalid man who had being in pain for a long time. He heard his silent cry and answered him. I have good news for you today; Jesus has seen your struggles and heard your silent cries for help today. You are reading this write up today because it is your turn for a breakthrough. Jesus Christ who is same yesterday, today and forever is asking you the same question He asked that man today – “Do you want to be made well?”Anywhere you are right now, declare whole heartedly that YES LORD, MAKE ME WHOLE.

In other words, it is no longer about the severity or age of your pain or struggles, sickness or limitations but about the unlimited power of Christ and your readiness to receive His help today. You may have noticed that that invalid man had failed at least 38 times before Jesus walked into his life and made turned his complaints into testimonies. In spite of his wrong response, Jesus gave him a complete package of instantaneous healing.

Have you answered Christ’s call today? He is calling out to you today; come to me, you who labour and is heavy laden, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28). All you have to do is surrender into His loving arms and allow Him into your heart if you have not done so. Kneel down and ask him to wash you clean of your sins and make your heart His throne. And if you have known Him before but have made mistakes along the way, He is ready to receive you back into His loving arms. Don’t resist His help today, just surrender humbly in prayers and He will help you through today.

Prayer: LORD, I need your help, I surrender my life and struggles to you, change my life, give me a life-changing testimony today, in Jesus name. Amen.

NOT BEYOUND GODS CONTROL : BY REV. EMMANUEL AKINLAWON

NOT BEYOND GOD’S CONTROL

Life is always full of ups and downs. There are situations in man’s life that seems to defile every possible solution. In such situations, man rather takes to fate or find alternative. Such was the case of ABRAHAM and SARAH in Genesis 18. The couple had advanced in age without the promised child but when the announcement came from the messenger of God; to SARAH it was a childish play hence, the question to Abraham in vs. 13-14: “And the Lord said to Abraham…. Is there anything too hard for the Lord…?”

The same statement was reiterated by an Angel of the lord in Luke 1:37 saying emphatically that “For with the God nothing will be impossible”. Brethren, what is it that seems impossible to you? What are the things making you cry day and night? Why is your soul cast down?

What situation of life have you written yourself off? Here is the good news: that situation is not beyond God’s control. See ,God is absolutely in charge. He who made Sarah to laugh will make you laugh. He who removes the reproach of Elizabeth will remove your reproach. Men all over will hear of God’s goodness in your life and call you blessed. God Bless you.