WORD FOR TODAY

BECOMING YOU

Text : Galatians 4:1-2

“Think of it this way. If a father dies and leaves an inheritance for his young children, those children are not much better off than slaves until they grow up, even though they actually own everything their father had.

They have to obey their guardians until they reach whatever age their father set.” -NLT

Listen : there is a YOU required for the dimension of success and destinyGod has planned for you.

Until you become that you, that person, you may go through life here on earth struggling and sweating…and maybe even thinking that it’s impossible to achieve your dreams of success and greatness.

The quality of you is what guarantees your success and greatness in life…

So, success is all about you…Yes, you! Not your location, your family background, where you come from, your certificate, your connections, or anything else for that matter.

That man who had been lying there sick for 38 years, said to Jesus, “ I have no man…”

Jesus said to him, “No! The question is, ‘Do you want to be well?”. (Read the story in John 5:1-9.

Success is all about you, dear…the quality of you…the stuff you’re made of…what you bring to the table…

Joseph was a successful man (a man who went from the pit to the palace…from a slave to the Prime Minister of the country where he was bought as a slave)…Read Genesis 39.

Why? How? It all had to do with the man, Joseph himself…Yes!

Pharaoh asked, “Can we find a man such as this…?” Read Genesis 47.

Daniel was also a super success in the land where he was a captive. For 70 years he was relevant in the government of the country…from one king to the other. Why?

Daniel 5:10-12 says it all,

““The queen heard of the hysteria among the king and his nobles and came to the banquet hall. She said, “Long live the king! Don’t be upset. Don’t sit around looking like ghosts. There is a man in your kingdom who is full of the divine Holy Spirit. During your father’s time he was well known for his intellectual brilliance and spiritual wisdom. He was so good that your father, King Nebuchadnezzar, made him the head of all the magicians, enchanters, fortunetellers, and diviners. There was no one quite like him. He could do anything—interpret dreams, solve mysteries, explain puzzles. His name is Daniel, but he was renamed Belteshazzar by the king. Have Daniel called in. He’ll tell you what is going on here.” -MSG

So, what kind of person are you? Your success and greatness on this earth will remain differed until you become the person required to attract it.

Remember Esau? Reuben? Judas? Amnon? Absalom? Eli’s two sons (Hophni and Phinehas)? They missed the great destinies they were born for because they didn’t have what it takes. As for Moses, it took him 40years to become the man for the assignment he was born for.

God will not use you until you become the person he requires for the assignment he created you for…(even men will not hire you except you have acquired the training and skill required for the job). It’s a price nobody can pay for you.

And one beautiful thing with God is that he will never give up on you…When you’re ready, he’s ready…And he’s a God of second chance. Alleluia!

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WORD FOR TODAY

TRAINING YOUR HEART

(Attention Parents)

Text : 2 Peter 2:14

“..They have a heart trained in covetous practices…” -NKJV

Did you know your heart can be trained to determine how your whole life plays out?

Yes… because Proverbs 4:23 makes us understand that your heart powers your life…

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” – NLT

Christianity is a heart business – John 4:23-24.

Relationship with God is a heart business…

That’s why God is interested in the state of our hearts…

That came out clear in Jesse’s house, when Prophet Samuel almost anointed the wrong son, Eliab, as king.

God said to Samuel,

“…Pay no attention to how tall and handsome he is. I have rejected him, because I do not judge as people judge. They look at the outward appearance, but I look at the heart.” – GNT

That’s why Jesus, referring to the importance of the quality of a man’s heart, said in Matthew 12:33 -35,

“Either make the tree sound (healthy and good), and its fruit sound (healthy and good), or make the tree rotten (diseased and bad), and its fruit rotten (diseased and bad); for the tree is known and recognized and judged by its fruit.” – AMPC

So the heart can be trained in that which is good…Just like it can also be trained in that which is evil…So a man either does good or evil, based on how and with what material his heart has been trained…Yes!

You can train your heart or your child’s heart to practice righteousness, for instance.

You can train your heart to practice prosperity, peace, praise, worship,

thanksgiving, integrity, love, patience, gentleness, honesty, tolerance, gratitude, etc.

So, check your life, whatever you see yourself (or your child (ren) practicing now, is from the heart…You can not separate who a person is, or how he or she behaves from the quality of his/her heart.

Jesus continued in Matthew 12:35,

“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.” – NKJV…No two ways about it, people!

Still talking about the heart, he said in Mark 7: 21-23…

“For from the inside, from your heart, come the evil ideas which lead you to do immoral things, to rob, kill, commit adultery, be greedy, and do all sorts of evil things; deceit, indecency, jealousy, slander, pride, and folly— all these evil things come from inside you and make you unclean.” -GNT

This was why God promised to give man a new heart in Ezekiel 36:25-27…And in Christ, this promise was fulfilled – Read 2Corinthians 5:17-21

God will only and always relate with you based on what he sees in your heart…Proverbs 16:1,

“The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the Lord.” – KJV

Your heart dictates your ways, your language, your doings.

So…What does God want your heart full of?

He wants your heart merry, willing, wise, obedient, glad, cheerful…and full of:

-his Word, faith, love, understanding,

-the fear of God, might, compassion, meekness, peace, etc.

This will require diligent, committed training…Because when you got born again, God gave you a new heart that needs to be trained to power your born again life.

How do you train the heart?

1.First..rescue your heart from the love of money, idolatry, greed or whatever you had hitherto given it to, that has been controlling you)…and give God your heart – Proverbs 23:26

2.Use the Word of Christ to re-educate your heart…

– 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Colossians 3:16, Proverbs 4:20-23,

Psalm 9:7-8; Psalm 1:1-3; John 17:17

3.Keep your heart clean and defended by the Word and the blood

Hebrews 9:13; Psalm 119:11

4.Keep your heart strengthened by the Holy Spirit…through a lifestyle of prayer – James 5:16b; Colossians 4:2…praying in the Holy Ghost (tongues) always…Ephesians 3:16; Jude 1:20.

May this teaching spark of a new and profitable thing in your life, in Jesus name!

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WORD FOR TODAY

HOLINESS!

Text: Romans 1:3-6

“Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:

By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:

Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ…”

If you in Christ…you have been made holy also…by the same Spirit of holiness…

Ephesians 4:24

““And to be transformed as you embrace the glorious Christ-within as your new life and live in union with him! For God has re-created you all over again in his perfect righteousness, and you now belong to him in the realm of true holiness.” TPT

Holiness is not an enblem!

It’s not a badge !

It’s not a look!

It’s not a way of dressing or talking!

Holiness is the nature of God that comes with the new birth…into the spirit of the new creation in Christ – 2 Corinthians 5:17-21…

So it is not worked for…it is not earned…it’s one of “the things that accompany salvation”…a reality of the New and better Covenant in the blood of Jesus Christ…

Holiness is a working, divine force in a person who has eternal life in him (the God kind of life)…which produces seeable evidence that advertises God…

Holiness is a power working in a man who is born again (in Christ)…to produce the personality of God for men to see…

Holiness is something to be…”Be ye holy”…Yes! Because you now have what it takes to be holy…it’s in your DNA as one born of God…

Just like sin is in the DNA of everyone born by natural parents (it came from Adam)…John 1:12-13; John 3:3-6.

Holiness, dear friend, is loving righteousness and hating wickedness – Psalm 45:7!

Holiness is the realm of God…where there are no shadows, no fears, no doubts, no darkness! Just glory, peace, joy, prosperity, health, total liberty from sin and Satan! Alleluia!

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WORD FOR TODAY

“IF YOU HAVE RESULTS…”

Text: Matthew 1:21

“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.”

Hello! Do you know your name is worthless without results?

From the record of Jesus, in our text above, you can see very clearly that it wasn’t his name that gave his assignment credibility, importance and recognition…rather his assignment (and the results he commanded on the assignment) gave his name importance and recognition.

I say this again : whatever name or title you bear, whatever position you occupy, is worthless without results!

MY OWN STORY

I’ll never forget what my Papa said to me one day…

He told me, “If you have results, you will have respect…”

That profound statement (which remains my greatest motivation till date) was intended to provoke me to greater productivity on my job then, as Editor In Chief Of Dominion Publishing House (DPH).

God distinguished me (among other pastors’ wives in the Ministry then) by my undeniable results, impact and influence…Yes!

In fact, that was what got me the ordination as Pastor, in Winners’ Chapel, that December 31st, 1995.

I was not known and respected in the Ministry then just because I was “Pastor Ezeka’s wife”…But because of my relevance and usefulness to the Ministry.

Yes…I followed my husband into the Living Faith Ministry as his wife…But by maximizing every privilege and opportunity given to me to make the difference, in the Ministry of God’s renowned servant, Bishop David Oyedepo, I left my own footprints in the Living Faith Church Worldwide…And I sincerely give God all the praise!

Friend, it’s time to settle down and begin to re-examine your status in life…

I don’t care where you are in the social ladder, or how many figures describe your bank account…You’re worthless to God and his world of humanity that he “so loved”…if your life is not speaking volumes that history cannot neglect!

Ecclesiastes 1:4 says, “One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh…”

You know what that means? The next generation will soon take the stage…So the only way not to pass away with your own generation, is by what you’re giving to your world now…Something that no generation after you cannot do without…Yes!

So, wake up and begin to live friend…every time is not your time!

#DrAdaEzeka

WORD FOR TODAY

Emotional Stress And Your Work…

Text: Proverbs 11:29

“The fool who brings trouble to his own family will be cut out of the will, and the family servant will do better than he.”

There’s a very strong and counterproductive relationship between emotional stress and your work, career, business, etc.

Whether you’re a man or woman, married or single, emotional stress will limit your productivity and effectiveness on any job or assignment.

Emotional stress comes when we mismanage our relationships.

Whether you like it or not…whether you know it or not…if your relationship is not working, it will cause you emotional (and sometimes mental stress and also damage to your health)…which then affects your performance and success rate. Yes!

That’s why it’s important to learn relationship skills…and how to manage your relationship in a way that makes it a plus…and not a minus…for your pursuits in life.

Some people pursue success, fame and results at the expense of their relationships….This is so wrong.

Because you can retire from a job, business, career or profession, but relationships are forever.

For instance…You don’t retire from beign a wife, husband, father or mother.

Your desire for success in any secular pursuit…places a demand, and an uncompromising responsibility on you…to take care of your love life, your relationship with your husband /wife, children, siblings, in-laws, etc…

If any of these relationships are strained…whatever success, fame or fulfilment you ever attain will taste like ashes in your mouth.

Our greatest joy and happiness come from healthy strong and working marital and family relationships…I tell you!

Don’t feel free to hurt your relationships! Don’t be careless with your relationships! Don’t take advantage of your relationships for personal gain! I repeat, “Don’t!”

Value, invest in…and protect your relationships!

Note, however, that your personal relationship with God is the lifewire and sustaining force for all your relationships…So,give the utmost attention to it…Okay!

You are blessed with true wisdom to manage your relationships in a way that pleases God…and gives you joy and peace…in Jesus name!

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WORD FOR TODAY

BEWARE!

Text: 1 Kings 11:1

“Now King Solomon loved many foreign women. Besides Pharaoh’s daughter, he married women from Moab, Ammon, Edom, Sidon, and from among the Hittites.”

You see, satan will always present to you more than God has given you…more than God allows for you…

So, you need to be sensitive to know God’s will for you…

To know what is outside God’s will for you…

To know what does not in any way agree with God’s will and ways of operation.

God wants more than enough for you, Yes! But you must be spiritually sensitive enough to know where the “ more than enough” is coming from.

Proverbs 10:22 says,

“The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich,

and he addeth no sorrow with it.”

Whatever adds sorrow, pressure and unnecessary stress, distraction and less time for God and church to your blessing, is certainly not of God!

So…Beware!

Yes, it’s increase…it’s addition…it’s multiplication! But who and where is it from?

Yes, it’s available…it’s cheap…it looks good! But is it from God? Does God want you to have it?

Remember Eve? Genesis 3:6 says,

“And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.”

And that’s how the whole of humanity became satan’s slaves…until Jesus came and freed us all – by his death, his burial and his resurrection from the dead – 1 Corinthians 15:1-4.

Verse 2 of our text says,

“The lord had clearly instructed the people of Israel, “You must not marry them, because they will turn your hearts to their gods.” Yet Solomon insisted on loving them anyway.”

Verse 4 says,

“For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father.”

May you not insist on what will turn God’s blessing in your life to a curse…or what will turn your heart away from God!

We are in very dangerous days when the devil is taking advantage of pressing needs in our lives and families, to present alternatives that belly the destructive end that comes with it.

So, again I say, “Beware!”

This is my prayer for you,

“…I ask – ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory –

to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally,

your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for Christians.” (Ephesians 1:17-18 – MSG)…In Jesus precious name!

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WORD FOR TODAY

THE MINISTRY OF ANGELS

Text: Hebrews 1:13-14

“But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?

Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?”

The ministry of angels is a New Testament reality that every believer in Christ must begin to pay attention to…if we must enjoy the full benefits of our “so great salvation”.

In Psalm 91:10-11 we read,

“There shall no evil befall thee,

neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

For he shall give his angels charge over thee,

to keep thee in all thy ways.”

The ministry of angels came with the salvation package…it’s one of “the things that accompany salvation”…freely given to us from heaven (our country)…to richly enjoy…as “ambassadors of Christ” here on earth…Hebrews 6:9,

“But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation…”

The Passion Translation Of Hebrews 1:14 says,

“What role then, do the angels have? The angels are spirit-messengers sent by God to serve those who are going to be saved.”

If have confessed Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, you are now saved – Romans 10:10. So you qualify for the ministry of angels.

When Jesus was here on earth (as the exemplary man we have now become in Christ), he enjoyed the Ministry of angels.

After his 40 days and 40 nights ordeal in the wilderness, where the devil came to distract him from his mission, Matthew 4:11 says,

“Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.”

He said to Nathaniel in John 1:51,

“And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.”

If you’re born again you are now in the likeness of Jesus, and for as long as you’re here on earth fulfilling God’s purpose for your life, you are also entitled to this same privilege that Jesus enjoyed.

He said in Matthew 26:53,

“Don’t you realize that I could ask my Father for thousands of angels to protect us, and he would send them instantly?”

So, it’s your responsibility to place a demand for them.

Apostle Peter was arrested and put in prison, awaiting the day of his execution…

“But while Peter was in prison, the church prayed very earnestly for him…

Suddenly, there was a bright light in the cell, and an angel of the Lord stood before Peter. The angel struck him on the side to awaken him and said, “Quick! Get up!” And the chains fell off his wrists…

Then the angel told him, “Get dressed and put on your sandals.” And he did. “Now put on your coat and follow me,” the angel ordered…”

That’s how Peter came out of that prison where he was “fastened with two chains between two soldiers (and) Others stood guard at the prison gate.”

You can read the full story in Acts 12: 1-12.

Even in the Old Testament, people like Daniel enjoyed the Ministry of angels for divine intervention….

Daniel was thrown into the lions’ den, and in the morning, when the king came to check on him…Daniel was still alive and well…(Remember Daniel was also a man of prayer?)…

He told the king, “My God sent his angel to shut the lions’ mouths so that they would not hurt me, for I have been found innocent in his sight. And I have not wronged you, Your Majesty.”

Read the full story in Daniel 6:1-22.

Finally, note that the words you speak (in line with God’s Word and promises) and your confessions of faith in the finished work of redemption)…can also provoke your ministering angels.

So you must be careful what you say…because satan’s angels are also at alert to work with the things you say that are contrary to the Word of God…

That’s why you are warned in Psalm 34:12-13…

“Does anyone want to live a life

    that is long and prosperous?

Then keep your tongue from speaking evil

    and your lips from telling lies!”

Speaking words contrary to the realities of the finished work of redemption (even as a joke)…is speaking evil against your destiny, it’s speaking lies…

So, you need good, accurate and exact knowledge of who you are and what you have in Christ…to enjoy the ministry of angels – Read Ephesians 1:17-22; Philemon 1:6.

From today, I see you enjoying this awesome privilege of the Ministry of angels that is yours in Christ…in Jesus name!

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FOR MEN WHO CARE…

FAMILY LIFE UNIVERSITY

This picture you see here is not a joke…

It is the sad reality in many families…And it is a very unhealthy situation…I tell you!

That’s why every man who wants to take back his family, and begin to advance it with a very strong and responsible leadership, should read this book that Daddy and I put together…

In his section, my husband said…

“Right now, in their homes, most men can’t say anything and it is obeyed, or taken seriously. Rather it is challenged, either by the wife or the children.

“Why? Because they’ve lost their place.

The enemy has crept in subtly and dispossessed them…men are busy blaming their wives…just like Adam did…!

“…Most men don’t have a voice in their family again…

You must take a quality decision. That is, a decision you can’t change in a hurry…Take a quality decision…Say to yourself:

“ I am taking my place in my family!

“ I am reclaiming my family!

“Enough is enough!”

See…if you don’t know, you don’t know! But knowledge is available…pay the price for it and stop playing the victim, okay?

Free your family, sir!

Enough is enough!

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WORD FOR TODAY

OH THE WONDERS OF BELIEVING!

Text : Romans 4:1-21; Romans 10:10

“What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found…Abraham believed God…

For with the heart man believeth…”

It is required of everyone that will walk with God to believe – Read John 6:28-29; 1 John 3:23.

Until you believe, you will never see the glory of God manifest in any area of your life…And the sufferings of Christ has qualified all men to enjoy that glory here and now – Read John 11:40; Luke 24:26.

Until you come to the place of believing, you’re just in religion…like the Scribes, Sadducees and Pharisees…

Their only problem was unbelief – John 1:12; Mark 1:15.

Believing is what makes you supernatural…it is what authenticates your supernatural nature as a new man in Christ – John 3:6-8; Mark 16:16-20.

Abraham was a man in the flesh (a human being)…But believing God translated him into the realm of God…He became a friend of God…God was able to prove himself, to confirm his word through him – Read Romans 4:1-21.

Believe! Believe! Believe!

Jesus told them in Mark 9:23 “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”

You’re no longer ordinary when you believe…you’re no longer human…you take your proper place in the realm of the spirit where things are settled…where things happen before they happen here on earth…where battles are won…where victory is purchased…where authority answers. Alleluia!

– Read 2 Corinthians 10:4; Ephesians 2:6; Ephesians 1:19-21; Ephesians 6:10-13; 2 Corinthians 2:14.

Exercising spiritual authority demands that you get into the realm of the spirit…It is your believing that locates you there.

Once you believe, you automatically leave the natural/ physical realm…

So, until you believe, you’re just flesh, human, carnal…And please, don’t you dare attempt any spiritual feat/ exercise/ project/ assignment…you will definitely suffer all manner of frustration…Like the sons of Sceva – Read Acts 19:13-16.

Go for accurate, exact, perfect and full personal understanding of the gospel of Christ…of the realities of the New Testament…it will make your heart a believing heart…and you’ll begin to enjoy life at God’s expense. Yes!

Do have a wonderful weekend! Peace!

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FAMILY LIFE UNIVERSITY

STOP STRESSING PLEASE!

Marriage is about making destinies…

Not making money…

Or making ends meet!

Nothing is too much to sacrifice to make your marriage work…

A strong and working marriage will always attract God’s strong involvement for favour, divine provisions, wealth and riches without sweat…Read Psalm 112:1-3, Job 1:1-3

So, stop stressing! God wants to help you…Just begin now to order your priorities right…

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