WORD FOR TODAY

DON’T EXPLOIT THAT RELATIONSHIP!
Text: Proverbs 27:18
“Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof… “

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The reason God connects you to people is not so that you can exploit them, or become a parasite or a leech to them – only always thinking of what you can get from them, or how they can solve that your financial problem. No! It is never God’s will to make you a burden to anyone.
God looks beyond your problems and needs when he connects you to people. He’s looking at the future. It may even be for the sake of your children, grandchildren or many generations of your children to come. Or it may even be for the sake of someone else… God always thinks long term. God is always farsighted!

BUILD THAT RELATIONSHIP!
Once God gives you the privilege of connecting to someone, first…
♡ Be grateful to him for that new relationship that has just been born.
♡ Value the relationship
♡ Nuture the relationship
♡ Build it
♡ Invest in it
♡ Be ready to make sacrifices for it
♡ Keep the relationship healthy by all means.

THEN THE FRUITS!
As you do this without being weary, with patience and tolerance, avoiding offence, gossip and third party intrusion, very soon, the fruits of that relationship will begin to bless and enrich your life in dimensions you could never have imagined!
Yes! That’s the way things that last work. So don’t put unnecessary pressure on your relationships!
Don’t ever think someone owes you something, just because you have a relationship with them!
Don’t take advantage of your relationships! Don’t be selfish in your expectations and demands of that relationship! Rather keep it strong and blossoming… okay?

ABOUT RESTORATION…
Knowing this now, if there’s any of your relationships you have hurt, or that has badly hurt you, believe God for restoration! Forget about who was wrong or whose fault it was.
Or maybe the relationship is as good as dead? Well, God’s Word says, in Job 14:7 that there is hope for a tree that has been cut down… at the scent of water, it shall bud again.
So you see, there is hope! Just make that first move of love,humility, faith, and confidence in the power of restoration, as God has promised in Joel 2:21-27.
If God says restoration is possible, and you agree with him, no devil can stop it!
Go for it! I tell you, God will be with you! He will help you! In Jesus precious name! Alleluia!
#relationship

MOTHERS ‘ DAY IN ABA…

WHERE ARE YOUR CHILDREN?
Text ” John 15:16
“You did not choose me, I chose you… I have chosen you that you may bear fruits and that your fruits may abide… “

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CHOSEN TO BEAR FRUITS.
This was the theme of the Mothers’ Day service I preached in Victorious People’s Assembly Aba last Sunday…..

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One very important area we have been beairing fruits but have not been consciousmy ensuring whether our fruits abide, and where they are abiding is in the area of the “fruit of the womb”.
Psalm 127:3 tells us that children are an heritage of the Lord, and the fruit of the womb his reward (legacies).

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ONCE YOU MARRY…
Once a husband and wife enter into marriage, you are automatically qualified, chosen and given the high privilege of bringing forth children children. Children that God expects you to nuture and train to abide in him and become generational legacies on this earth.
But how many of us are raising our “fruits of the womb to abide?
To abide means to accept or act in accordance with a rule, decision or recommendation. Now,what rules, principles, values are you raising or have raised your children to accept or adhere to?
To abide also means to stay fixed, remain in a given or recommended condition or location.
So, you have raised your children, but where are they abiding? In the world or in Christ? In sin or in righteousness? In the ways of God or in the ways of the world? Living for God or living for money and possessions?
That’s the question, you see! A question that all parents must give a thought to… And be ready to answer when God comes asking….
#parenting #chidren #mothersday

ABOUT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE…

Text: James 5:13
“Is any afflicted, (is any suffering) let him pray. “

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THE TRUTH ABOUT THE MOVIE “WAR ROOM”
It makes me so, so sad to hear people say that it is unfair, senseless or unrealistic to counsel a woman suffering domestic violence not to leave the marriage but to pray about it….
What a vote of no confidence in the power of prayer!
What an exhibition of unforgivable ignorance of God’s recommended weapon of getting Him and all of heaven involved in the affairs of men on the earth – 2Chronicles 7:14;James5:16-18!
What a despise of the only way to move the hand of God to give you victory and cause you to triumph over every satanic and demonic incursion – 2Corinthians 2:14;1Corinthians 15:57!

Jesus was face to face with a host of armed men who came to arrest him, and his disciples drew their swords, ready to fight. And he told them, ” Relax! I know how to call for divine intervention if I so wish. Do you not know that I can now pray to the Father, and he will give me twelve legions of angels to fight this battle for me?” – Matthew 26:53.
And here are mortal ignorant men saying that prayer is pointless, quitting is the answer… “Stay there and be praying until the man beats you to death! ”

NOW, ABOUT WAR ROOM…
All over the world now, the movie WAR ROOM is being recommended to women facing challenges in their marriages. And it’s like, “Prayer will handle it, like it did for the woman in the movie. Prayer works! ”
This is because those who have watched the movie think that things changed just because the woman prayed. So if any woman will pray, things will change.
But can I tell you this, friend? It is not prayer that changes things, it is the “tremendous power” that prayer makes available, which is “dynamic in its working” that changes things – Read James 5:16 (AMP).
So, if your prayer has not made any power available, nothing will change! You can now understand why many have been praying and it’s like nothing is changing. Yes, God is not a magician.

NOT A MAGIC WAND!
Prayer is not like some magic wand you wave and everything just changes to how you want it.
Prayer is not a botton you press and an instant coffee, cookie or fresh wads/notes of dollars, pounds, Naira or Euro drop for you. No! Prayer is a spiritual labour, hard work that makes spiritual power available for God to do what you desire of him. That’s why nobody can pray for you like yourself.

CHANGED IN HIS PRESENCE
The power that prayer makes available is not just a force that disarms the power of darkness in your issue. Much more your prayer:
☆ Changes you, gets you on God’s side with all your heart, all your soul and all your might. Then God begins to use the changed you to change what you want changed.
That was the mystery behind the dramatic turn around in the woman’s marriage and family life in WAR ROOM. Her prayer changed her and empowered her to take personal responsibility for the change she desperately desired.
☆ At the place of prayer you receive wisdom, strength, courage, boldness, great grace and divine strategies to orchestrate the change you desire – Read Acts 4:21-33.

So you see, it’s not all up to God! It’s not “Oh God come and do it for me! ” God will definitely do it for you, God will fight for you; but he will do it with you and through you. Because having given man charge over the earth and all his creation, he does not have the legal right to get involved except you let him do it through you.

STOP ALL THAT WEAKNESS!
Can’t you see that it’s time to be strong? Stop all that weakness, pity-party and hopelessness! Your life is in your hands! You determine the timing for the change you desire! Tears (whether secret or open) won’t change anything. And stop looking for sympathy! Wake up, rise up and take responsibility for the positive change you desire –Mark 5; 25-34.
Quitting is not the answer! You dodge any exam, you will still need to write it sometime, and pass it, to move to the next level. Don’t go through the rest of your life with a label of failure plastered all over you…
#prayer #power #victory

WORD FOR TODAY

FAITH FOR LIFE
Text: Habakkuk 2:4
“… But the just shall live by his faith. “

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BORN A SON OF GOD
Your faith cannot be separated from your life.
As a new creation, you have received the God-kind of faith, to live the God-kind of life that you have received from God, your Father.
The day you accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, you received power to become a son of God (John 1:11-13).. Then you received the very kind of life that God has (eternal life – 1John 5:13). into your new spirit (Ezekiel 36:25-27).
Then you received the exact measure of God’s kind of faith that you will need to make that life produce for you as it produces for God (Romans 12:3). So, no faith,no life!

It is impossible to live the God kind of life without the God kind of faith. You cannot practice the God nature with your human nature. That would be practicing righteousness with sin –2Peter 1:3-4; 2Corinthians 5:21, Psalm 45:7). You practice human life with human nature and you practice the God life with God nature (2Peter 1:3-4); and that requires faith.

WHAT KIND OF FAITH?
You can only see the reality and blessings of the life of God you have received by the application, or operation of faith of the Son of God. That is faith as Jesus had it; faith as Jesus knew it; faith as Jesus operated it; faith as it produced for Jesus.

You have been born a son of God like Jesus, to live the same kind of life that Jesus lived – 1John 2:6. He was the first man to live the God life in his humanity. And he made it (with the devil very much around and doing his thing), and God was pleased with him – John 8:29; Luke 3:22-23. So he is our perfect example of practicing the God kind of life with the God kind of faith.

DON’T LIVE IN FRUSTRATION
Until you begin to put the faith of God in you to work, to power the God life (eternal life) in you to deliver maximally to you, Satan will keep frustrating your life and keep you a very miserable specimen of the glory of God on the earth. Jesus testified of himself, “Father… I have glorified thee on the earth…”- John 17:4.

Colossians 1:15 said he was the very likeness of the God that men can’t see, when he was here on earth. And he has left you and I an example for us to walk in his steps. So the faith life is easy. Just find out how Jesus lived it.
You need to sit down with the Books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. They are records of the operation of the life of God, the faith of God and the ministry of the Word and the Holy Spirit in a man called Jesus. So God is not asking you for what you can’t do. All you need is to put off your humanity and live in a daily consciousness of your divinity. You are born again to live in the class of your Father GOD, no longer in the class or nature of your natural father (John 3:3-8).

SAME QUALITY OF FAITH.
The faith God has armed you with is the same quality of faith by which he created the world (Hebrews 11:2). It is the same quality of faith that Jesus used to do all the miracles in his life and ministry. It is strong enough, it is great enough.

But you know, no matter how sharp a cutlass is, its effectiveness will depend on the strength or weakness of the person using it. So it is you that need to be strong (spiritually) not your faith. The strength and quality of your spirit man will determine the performance of your faith and the good reports you will obtain…
God said it’s “as your soul prospereth”. The more of the Word of God you hear or eat, the more your faith comes, or stands at attention to give you victory anytime, anyday, anywhere – 1John 5:4!
The size of the problem is not an issue, it’s your strength that is the issue… Read: Matthew 17:20; Mark 11:23-24; Matthew 7:24-27; Proverbs 24:10; Proverbs 24:5, 13-14

YOU AND YOUR MARRIAGE

Text : Genesis 2:24 & Malachi 2:16.
“… a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one… Didn’t the Lord make you one with your wife?…For I hate divorce…To divorce your wife is to overwhelm her with cruelty…says the Lord…” (NLT)

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YOUR MARRIAGE MUST WORK!
You see, God never made marriage to fail. Because Ecclesiastes 3:14 makes us understand that whatsover God does, or makes has a forever capacity.
If that be so, he must have adequately wired and potentialed the key players (the man and his wife) to make marriage work. Genesis 1:27-28 makes that very clear – ” Male and female made he them… And God blessed them (fully and adequately empowered them to succeed)…”

So why are so many marriages not working?
Why all the trouble, stress and tension in marriages?
Why is marriage more like hell on earth for many?
Why are marriages breaking?
Why are marriages dying? You know, God told me that divorce is the death of a marriage… Yes! And when a tree dies, what’s the hope of the branches, the fruits and all those whose wellbeing have been dependent on the fruits from the tree?
Are you getting the picture of the ripples and generational effect of a sick marriage; and worst still, a dead marriage? Lord have mercy!

I WAS THINKING…
Listen to this… I was thinking, why is it that men won’t let their businesses, career, profession or jobs fail? Nor is any man quick to quit his job, career, profession, or give up on a business that is not working or not generating the profit desired? No matter the challenges and hardship, he has so much faith in it that he keeps investing and putting in his best to see it succeed.

The world will definitely not have businesses that have become generational legacies and commanding global influence today, if the men and women who started them gave up on them when challenges and hardships came. Yet business, career, profession and a job don’t have an eternal value.
But tell me, why are men so very quick to give up on their marriage at the least challenge or trouble that comes up?
Why don’t men think, “To hell with this business, I can start another one.” Or “To hell with this career/job/profession! I can get another one.”
Yet just because there’s trouble in the marriage, a man is already thinking of another marriage, a “better” life with someone else (as they’re often deceived to think). Because of that, men are not willing to commit fully or put in their best to see the marriage work…

IT’S ABOUT DESTINIES…
Business is all about making wealth and having fame, social status and a comfortable life.
But marriage and family are more important to God; because it’s about destinies and future generations.
The men and women that God uses to man the affairs of the world of humanity and his own business on the earth are raised, shaped, empowered and prepared by the quality of our marriages and families.

Can’t you see, husband, wife,that your marriage is not about you at all? So stop all those selfish, self centred desires, demands, and expectations! Settle down and begin to use all that God has furnished you with to make your own contribution to the success of the marriage.
Be quick to make whatever sacrifice or investment you need to make for that your marriage to succeed. Read Ecclesiastes 4; 9-12-17. By all means, your marriage must work!
Stop making excuses!
Stop casting blames!
Stop all those unrealistic expectations from that your spouse!
Just do your own job, play your own role. There’s a God you are accountable to. You just labour to qualify for his “Welldone” and rewards! I tell you, he pays well…Oh Yes! Receive grace, in Jesus precious name!
Peace and blessings!

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