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WORD FOR THE WEEK | A LIFE GIVEN TO ONE GREAT PURPOSE

From The Book:  THE MAN GOD USES  by Oswald J.  Smith

THIS ONE THING I DO

“You remember that the Apostle Paul said, ‘This one thing i do.’ Paul was a man of one thing.

The man who is going to be successful (in ministry) is the man who has set everything aside, who has become a man of one thing, one purpose, one aim in life.

Any man with divided interest, any man with many schemes, plans and programmes, any man who is interested in other things, is not going to be successful  (in ministry). The one who is going to succeed is the one who has but one great purpose in life.

WHEN I WAS A STUDENT…

When I was a student, I never dreamed of getting married until I had graduated and had commenced my ministry.  For a student to take upon him the responsibility of a wife and family, is a tremendous financial burden. If his interests are thus divided, how can he concentrate on his studies and expect to succeed in his work? Would it not be better to wait until  he is through with his schooling before taking such a step?

MINISTRY AND BUSINESS?

I never have been able to understand how some ministers can carry on their work as ministers and the same time go into business on the side.

If God calls a man to preach the Gospel, he should live by the Gospel. There is no reason why he should make a little money on the side. If he turns to business he’s going to become interested in business. He will give thought to it and he will not be a man of one thing. Part of his time will be spent in the ministry and part in business.

I have learnt that the ministry demands all that there is of a man. It requires his entire attention  – all his thought, all his study, both day and night. He must be completely wrapped up in his vocation. He must be given over absolutely to the one great work to which God has called him….

Can a wife be a successful wife if she is interested in another man? Can a husband be a successful husband if he is interested in another woman? You know the answer…

MY FRIEND…

My friend, have you a number of different interests? Are you trying to do several things instead of devoting yourself to the one great work to which God has called you? Do you want to be a success? Then, I say again, concentrate on one thing… “

Sex and your Marriage

Husband and wife, don’t let your sex life die; it will kill your marriage!

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SEX in marriage is not just for procreation. There is something about sex that keeps the marriage alive. That’s why when a man begins to get sex outside his marriage, it begins to affect the marriage, big time.  And most times divorce follows! Because sex enhances bonding.

That’s why God ordained sex for only a man and his wife. It is to enhance the process of becoming one flesh. Let’s look at the scriptures:

“Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.”1 Corinthians 6:16 New International Version (NIV)

AND

” ¹Now for the matters you wrote about: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” But since sexual immorality is occurring, each man should have sexual relations with his own wife, and each woman with her own husband. The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife. Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. I say this as a concession, not as a command. I wish that all of you were as I am. But each of you has your own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that. Now to the unmarried  and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I do. But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry,for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.1 Corinthians 7:1-9 New International Version (NIV)

That’s why I preach against separate rooms! It is not good for fellowship and intimacy between husband and wife. Let’s see what Ecclesiastes 4: 10-12 says about that: “10 If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. 11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? 12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:10-12 New International Version (NIV)

If the fire has gone out or is going out in your sex life, don’t think it doesn’t matter- Take the matter to God (Matthew 18:18-19). Yes, God is interested in your sex life- “Husband, return to your wife – “Drink water from your own cistern… “, Proverbs 5:15 says. Stolen water is sweet, but it can also kill! (Read Proverbs 5 to the end)!

I believe this is rescue message for someone! God is so good, caring, merciful and committed to our joy and total well-being. Let’s co-operate with him.

God bless you!

WORD FOR THE WEEK | SPEAKING WORDS OF POWER

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“What is in this man’s words that even demons obey him? ” – Luke 4:36 (TLB).

It’s not enough to speak, there must be power in your words! The Christian life is a speaking life. That is, a life that demands that you keep speaking (Joshua 1:8). It’s the only way to fill your life with good things (Matthew 12:35). Continue reading WORD FOR THE WEEK | SPEAKING WORDS OF POWER

WISDOM FOR SINGLE/MARRIED MEN – DON’T BE A STRANGER!

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Children  (both male and female) are born into a family, trained and empowered to make that family greater, more prosperous and comfortable than their parents ever did – totally taking the family to a new level!

So, when you go take a daughter from a family as wife, it’s supposed to be a gain not a loss to that family. So don’t become a stranger or start acting like one after you have taken their daughter with you! Don’t turn your back on that family! So that they’re not plagued by a sense of loss. No! Be more of a son that God has added to that family, than one who has come to take their daughter (and in most cases their bread-winner) away. Don’t let that family become so impoverished and neglected  because their daughter got married. No! Continue reading WISDOM FOR SINGLE/MARRIED MEN – DON’T BE A STRANGER!

WORD FOR THE WEEK – WHO ARE YOU?

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Text  Acts 19: 11-16

Who you are is very important to the exercise of the Spirit in you for supernatural results. You can’t fulfill or operate the power of the Spirit with an anyhow personality. Continue reading WORD FOR THE WEEK – WHO ARE YOU?

SHE’S DEEP INSIDE! 

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I was telling a very distressed husband today (his wife just packed up and quit the  marriage!); that what husband’s don’t know is that the wife they married, is like oil or a treasure deep inside that former ‘Miss Whatever’ that they married, that needs to be rigged or dug out with lots of love, wisdom, patience and understanding. No wonder God advised husband’s to “dwell with them according to knowledge” -1 Peter 3:7. Continue reading SHE’S DEEP INSIDE! 

YOU? CHILDLESS? IT’S A LIE!

It is the Will of God that every family be blessed with children. So, He (God) put a supernatural process in place for getting pregnant.
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  • He made MAN male and female (Genesis 1:26-28).
  • He brought them together to be husband and wife, in marriage; and empowered them to have children (Genesis 2:18-25).
  • How? He made the male man with his children in his loins as seeds (Hebrews 7:5 – 8).
  • He made the man’s wife with a womb, where he (God ) gives the man’s seed a male or female body with which to come into this world as the man’s son or daughter (1 Corinthians 15:36-38). .

Continue reading YOU? CHILDLESS? IT’S A LIE!