PRINCIPLES OF CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE PT 2

Sunday Service

Pastor Gbenga Ogunnaike

PRINCIPLES OF CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE: pt 2

DIVORCE                                        

Text:

Matthew 19:3-9

The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?

And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,

And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?

Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?

He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.

And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.

In every marriage challenges are normal, as are conflicts.. but how we handle these is what matter.

We have allowed the world to rule us as Christians.. and therefore have allowed what the world accepts as been normal to also rule us.

We are no longer under the law, as Jesus came and we therefore are under the dispensation of grace, and we must walk with the understanding that, as different individuals, joined we should walk in love and forgiveness, giving allowances for each other’s imperfections.

What God has joined together let no man put asunder- Matthew 19:6

Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

 

This above text states clearly that NO POWER, MAN should put asunder what GOD HAS JOINED TOGETHER.

What is divorce?

It is the legal dissolution of a marriage by the govt of a land. This has become so because of the wickedness of the heart of man and if these individuals are not separated they may even kill the other.

Gen 6:5-6

And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

The Bible gives the allowance for divorce based on a condition, which is sexual immorality….

The consequences of divorce affects the family, the children, the couple.

When a couple is grounded in the Word, then alone will such joining last. The bible supports the joining of believers alone, to help the institution of marriage last.

The law permits divorce, but the Love of Jesus preaches forgiveness.

The process of acquiring a divorce in the courts takes a period, it is not instant, the courts go through a process to see if the parties can be reconciled, before granting the couple the certificate of divorce.

Malachi 2:16 says:
“For the Lord God of Israel says
That He hates divorce,
For it covers one’s garment with violence,”
Says the Lord of hosts.
“Therefore take heed to your spirit,
That you do not deal treacherously.”

 

Lev 3: God hates adultery.

1 Corinthians 7:6-13

But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment.

For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that.

I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, it is good for them if they abide even as I.

But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.

10 And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband:

11 But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.

12 But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away.

13 And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him.

 

In reality, circumstances when divorce may be a better option: when one of the parties has left the faith and gone into cultism…. The parties may separate but remain single and keep praying for God to touch the heart of the other.

Marriage is an institution of give and take; it is not one of touch and go as we please. We give up to easily on our marriages, on our spouse.

Basic knowledge to prevent divorce:

  1. Marriage is worth the investment:

It is a good venture and is worth all the work you are putting to it.

  1. You need to work on your marriage for it to be worth the investment:

You need to work hard at your marriage, to reap the benefits.

  1. Choosing your marriage partner is the most important human decision you will ever make.

Do not choose anyhow.

Never choose on what you see today….

  1. Know that most fights you have as a couple are over things that do not matter.

Things that could be ignored. Marriage should never have a plan B.

  1. Know that most arguments can be resolved when both parties are more concerned with being in a relationship than being right.

When arguments turn into a feud, malice festers..by being right.

  1. Sex is essential to a marriage relationship 1 Cor7:9

The marriage bed should never be turned into a place of feuds, sexual depravity or depriving each other.

  1. Let courtship experience be practiced in your marriage.

Take time to treat each other, hold hands while you stroll out together ALONE.

Take one another out.

Have conversations, talk to each other about each other.

Leave your daily lives

  1. Know that your children are awesome, but they also stress your marriage:

It requires a lot of work to still look good after child birth.

Take care of yourself even within your tight schedules.

Do not stop your lives because of your marriage or your children.

Do not end your career for children or marriage.

Do not become frustrated, improve yourselves.

Prepare for your marriage during the time of your courtship, better a broken courtship than a broken marriage.

  1. Never go to bed angry:

Resolve every issue in your marriage before you go to bed, never build a mind filled with malice against each other. Do not look to be right.

  1. Make Jesus the center of your lives:

Let Jesus have the final say in your home, let the scriptures direct your home.

 

PRINCIPLES OF CHRISTIAN MARRIAGES PT 1

SUNDAY SERVICE

PASTOR GBENGA OGUNNAIKE

Father, every Christian marriage going through storms, Father intercede this morning.

Father, in the name of Jesus, reign in our homes forever.

PRINCIPLES OF CHRISTIAN MARRIAGES: Pt1

MARRIAGE                                        

Text: Genesis 2: 15-25

15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.

 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden,

 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone;  I will make him a helper fit for him.”

 19 Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature that was its name. 

20 

The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of     the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him.

 21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 

22 

And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man.

 23 Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”

24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 

25 

And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.

 

It is not good that the man be alone…out of the ground-dust He formed everything and brought to Adam…but Eve.. He caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and He covered with flesh, and brought to Adam who said..THIS AT LAST IS BONE OF MY BONE- not my sparring partner….

Marriage is God’s idea for fellowship, companionship- partnership ( a Help meet), procreation between A MAN and A WOMAN.

God realized that Adam was lonely as He saw that all the animals He had created were in pairs, and decided to make a partner out of Adam for Him

The foundation for any good marriage, is a relationship…many have decided to ignore the essence of having a good relationship and jumped straight into the semblance of what looks like marriage.

For marriage to be successful, you must have a relationship- a good one, because you both need to be a friend- a confidant, a companion, a partner to achieve your dreams.

Good relationship must come before sex.

God introduced Adam to Eve in Genesis 3, but there was no consummation-sex of their relationship till Genesis 4, he took time to know her, to understand her.

Definition of Marriage:

It is a formal union of a man and a woman as husband and wife. It is a union of 2 people which is seen as 1 in the sight of God.

Matthew 19:4-6 says:

And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’

 and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?

 So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”

 

He which made them;made them, man and woman and they twain shall be 1.. in the sight of God the couple become 1 and cease to be 2.

In taking the decision to marry, it is a decision that you need facts, research, and both parties need to take time to know more about each other. Traditionally, in most African homes, before any couple comes together, the families research each other; ask questions about each other’s background.

But today as modern people, we look at the surface, what we can gain from the other to get married…physical attributes, financial. God’s plan for marriage is that both people stay together till death do them part and therefore no one can put them asunder.

Know the person you are getting married to: when a person has decided to take the next step, you need to search, research, ask questions, ask more questions, find out, and pray harder. It is not a time to flaunt or flit about. Know the person very well, likes, dislikes…

Proverbs says that it is better to never make a vow than to have and fail on it.

A sample of marriage vows-

I,(Man)take (Woman), as my wedded partner, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part.

I,(Woman), take (Man),as my wedded partner, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part.

 

These marital vows are vows taken in the house of GOD, Before God……………………………………….  Friend and families….

To say” I am married”- Gen 2:24 says :

24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 

 

While Matthew 19:5-

And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?

.. the man has to LEAVE his father and mother- the old FOUNDATION and cleave to his wife- to build a new FOUNDATION.

The woman is not asked to leave her father as she does not have the authority to have or build the foundation. Neither does the Bible say the man should pack his load and meet his wife….

When a man builds his marriage on the old foundation- his parents, he creates cracks which eventually lead to a cave in of his marriage.

Some ladies are also not ready to leave their families, her parents, her mother…Sharing her marital issues with her mother, sisters…

You- woman are a partner to your husband, you are to be a covering to him, you must leave and cleave to Him.

Marriage is for matured minds, it has little to do with age, but more to do with maturity. Age is not a determinant of maturity or how mature a person is. A younger person may have a more mature outlook to life.

Maturity is a sum total of how a person speaks, thinks, behaves towards others.

When a man returns to his home to implement, the ‘advice of outsiders’-be they friends, parents, older siblings he is not mature.

When a woman turns her home into a battle field- she is not mature.

A lot of people- men and women prepare for the wedding day but never for the marriage.

A person who is not mature looks at the physical attributes: these attributes are ephemeral and will fade after child bearing, ageing, sickness…

Physical attributes will never tell you the type of person an individual is..

  1. It will never tell you the person’s temperament,
  2. if such a person is responsible,
  3. Is frugal.

Matthew 19:6

Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

Marriage is a life time contract, it is not one you where you have the option of pulling out, rescind, default and therefore leave.

Marriage is not a short cut out of poverty; it is not a get rich quick establishment. Have the right motives in getting married.

You must have a source of income before getting married, do not become a liability…do not become a chair potato wife. Be a help meet, a helper, not a nag mate, a spend thrift mate or babe mate wife..Ladies help your husband.

SEX IN MARRIAGE

1 Corinthians 7:1

Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.

Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.

Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.

The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife.

Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.

 

Sex is for marriage- for the couple- a married man and a married woman.

No party has the right to deny the other of sex.

Sex before marriage is fornication- a sin and is evil in the sight of God.

Sex with other person asides your marital partner is adultery and is evil.

Sex has destroyed many lives in the bible we see: David, Solomon, and Samson who all lost their way because of sex.

Sex is a mutual relation between HUSBAND AND WIFE….

Prayer Points

Lord help my marriage.

I and my spouse will live together and no strange woman or man will separate us.

We will live to fulfill our days and our destinies.

(As a single person)

Lord I will not marry another person’s partner- husband or wife.

Lord provide my source to make my marriage heaven on earth.

VICTORY THROUGH FAITH

Pastor Gbenga Ogunnaike

VICTORY THROUGH FAITH

Text: Mark 4:35-41

35 And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side.

36 And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships.

37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.

38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?

39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?     

41 And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?

 

Faith is not religion- while religion is a show or practice while Faith is a lifestyle.

To some faith, looks like fanaticism, acting illogically….

Faith is speaking to your reality that which is not physical.

THE TOOL OF FAITH

The tool of faith that as believers we ought to work with is surrendering all, and acting foolishly within the will of God.

David walked within the complete will of God when he challenged a man whom, even his elder brothers- men trained in warfare- were scared of..

The 3 Hebrew boys acted in the complete will of God when they refused to bow to the golden image, even while facing the threat of been thrown into a fiery furnace.

Daniel walked in the complete will of God, he had faith that God would come through for him.

Faith works with God’s own time table..the fact that a man professes to have faith is not an automatic ticket for whatever he claims to have faith about to materialize immediately…

Faith makes the difference.

When a man is too realistic, when he only act on what he can see, what can be explained by logic, mathematically, by science; faith cannot work for such an individual.

As believers we need to act in faith.

We need to act foolishly within the complete will of God

Prayer Points:

Father increase my faith.

ALL MEN ARE BLESSED

DIGGING DEEP

Pastor Gbenga Ogunnaike

BLESSINGS: ALL MEN ARE BLESSED

INTRODUCTION:                        

God created us- men to flourish in EVERY AREA of our lives: His promises are that we be like the tree planted by the side of the waters. Like the tree, He planted us close to our resources- blessings.

A man that is planted by God, is one planted close to His resources.

Definition of Blessings:

For the purpose of this Bible study, we will use these definitions:

  1. Being planted in the midst of your resources.
  2. A situation when you can access your resources at exactly the time of your need.

When you are planted in the midst of your resources and therefore do not need or have to beg, because like the tree in Psalm 1 you are planted inside of your source and this is akin with the Command given to man at creation in Genesis to “ GO YE AND BE FRUITFUL, MULTIPLY”.

TEXT:

Deuteronomy 28:1-13

1 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lordthy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:

And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God.

Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.

Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.

Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.

Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.

The Lord shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.

The Lord shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

The Lord shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy God, and walk in his ways.

10 And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the Lord; and they shall be afraid of thee.

11 And the Lord shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers to give thee.

12 The Lord shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.

13 And the Lord shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the Lord thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them

 

The above text lists the blessings God promises to anyone who will obey and keep His commands in full with no short cuts or modifications.

In life as individuals, we should always be able to say- I AM BLESSED…no matter what the prevailing circumstances around us are telling us.

No man created by God was created without a purpose: in the book of Jeremiah 1:5

I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb

we read the account where God told Jeremiah that BEFORE I CREATED YOU,I KNEW YOU. He made man to glorify His name. The fact that things are difficult today is not a determinant of what your tomorrow will be, you are created to manifest the blessings of God, these blessings He made available at creation.

You are blessed beyond those challenges you are facing.

In Deuteronomy 28:1-13 God promised us a lot of things, and these promises are the foundation of His blessings to us. We were not created paupers or to be in lack.

At creation we find out that He created EVERYTHING before man- then gave man dominion over all that had been created. So man had resources available at his creation, he did not have to scour or struggle, so also as believers and children of God we need not struggle, He has provided for us.

God created man to be a solution finder or provider.

The fact that a man is blessed the requirement that he must work is there. You can never fold your hand and profess you are blessed. You must work for that blessing to manifest- you must have a source that He will breathe upon and the blessings will come forth.

As Beings created in His image and likeness, you also can create: the propensity to create is instilled in every individual the ability to create- make, think up ideas, create solutions.. Every individual at birth is given same number of days…individual backgrounds may differ, individual choices may be affected by choices parents make, but after a certain time YOU alone can decide to use the lemons or grapes you are served to make either lemonade or wine….so make your choice right.

The blessings of God for every man at times elude some people- reason being that so many tend to be impatient, we look for short cuts, get rich quick schemes…as it looks to us that God seems to be dawdling….Remember the text of Habakkuk 2:3

‘For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry’

The vision is for an appointed time, even when it looks as if it may never occur, know that it will surely come… So if you have some vision or have an idea..it will not automatically come to being…even a baby needs days, weeks, months, years even to grow into a full grown individual……….Talk more of an idea that will evolve into some money making venture…it needs time(plus plenty of hard work) to grow and become that which you have dreamed of.

Know that because that dream has not materialized does not mean God has forgotten you. He has something in store for you. Because He created you in a unique way, you therefore need to apply the right principles to activate the blessings in store for you. He will never break His principles.

You have an advantage over everything He created, as you also can re- create…The mirror we use is made of sand- heated, put through a refining process……and today every home, individual has a mirror, whether as a looking one or as an accessory necessary to drive a car!

In Deuteronomy 28, he says He will bless ALL that you do, if you OBEY ALL He commands…so to access the blessings in store- we must obey His Word/commands, be patient- trusting Him to be faithful.

What deters us Christians from enjoying His blessings most times is disobedience, we chose and decide which laws, commands we will obey, we modify His word to suit our selfish purposes. We sing ‘Abraham’s blessings are mine’… but we refuse to be as obedient as Abraham was………to qualify for Abraham’s blessings get ready to be as obedient as he was…to the point of giving up all he had, was familiar with (he left his father’s land to a land where God promised to show him), going to sacrifice a child he had waited 30 years from the time of the promise to the time of said child’s birth …….

What has God called you to do? How have you modified obeying? When you are not patient to wait to hear from God, or disobey His will and His Word- you farm in another’s land..and you will never reap anything from it.

The blessings of God on an individual outlives the person.. So obedience to God should never be premised on what people around would say, how it would look… remember Noah and the building of the ark..people around probably called him mad or funny……

The first King of Israel- Saul lost his throne and sanity because of disobedience, we see this in 1 Samuel 15: 22.. Samuel took God’s response back to Saul that obedience is better than sacrifice, or fatted calves.

While Isaac enjoyed the blessings of God, he reaped a thousand fold from a land where there was famine….. God blessed his obedience.

Prayer Points

Father take me to my own land, I do not want to farm on another man’s land, I do not want to do another man’s business.

Lord let Your mercy speak for me today and let Your name be glorified

Prosper me ohh Lord, Help me to wait on You alone, let me not work in vain, let me shine in all I do.

Take me to the place You have prepared for me.

 

LAZY BELIEVERS CANNOT OPERATE BY FAITH

Sunday service
Pastor Gbenga Ogunnaike
Victory through Faith
Lazy believers cannot operate by faith
James 2:18-26:
18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?
26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

Yea, a man may say thou hast faith and I have works, show me thy faith
Faith without works is dead….
People who exhibited works in the bible, they did not just profess their faith and sit back waiting for God to complete it…. Remember Abraham and how he waited for Isaac for 25 years after the promise to manifest? Or Rahab- the harlot?
In order to operate in faith you need to take steps, (spiritual steps) you cannot be stationary and expect God to act on your behalf- or better still come down and make all the moves you ought to. Your faith must be mixed with some acts or works.
In Matthew 15:27-29 we find the account of the woman whose daughter was possessed with demons, whom the disciples sent away, but Jesus helped her when she had showed that she did indeed have faith. She was determined, she showed her faith by works…she didn’t sit at home and say since she had faith her daughter’s healing would be sure…
Matthew 15:25-28
25 Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!”
26 But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.”
27 And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.”
28 Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

Jesus said to her in verse 28 “great is thy faith woman” and from that day her daughter was made whole.
As believers we tend to deceive ourselves, that since we have faith we do not need to do anything in the form of works.
When you operate by faith, you are focused to your target, unwavering in your belief.
The account of the woman with the issue of blood for 28 years, found in Luke 8:43-48
43 And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any,
44 Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched.
45 And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?
46 And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.
47 And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately.
48 And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.
We read of a woman focused on getting her healing, she made up her mind, believing that just a touch of the hem of the garment of Jesus she would be made whole. She did not look at the prevailing situations- the press of the crowd who would be milling around Him also. Jesus felt power (virtue, anointing) leave Him….. And He said to her- ‘your faith has, made you whole.’
James 2:20
But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?
John 8:1- devil was called a liar and the father of all liars.
The tactics of the devil is to lie and many believers have given in to these lies.
The Lies of the devil about Faith:
i. You do not need to pray too much or aggressively as your faith is sufficient:
In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
16 Rejoice always,
17 pray without ceasing,
18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Prayers can never be too much. Prayers are like seeds and they grow and germinate at different times, working for us at different seasons. Prayers are not discretionary.
1 Chronicles 4:9
Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother named him Jabez saying, “Because I bore him with pain.”
10Now Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that You would bless me indeed and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from harm that it may not pain me!” And God granted him what he requested.…
We read the story of Jabez…he prayed through, having acknowledged that God was his source, he operated by faith, he prayed till something happened- God changed his name for good.
1 Thessalonians- pray without season and ceasing.
The story of Hannah in 1 Samuel 1:
1 Now there was a certain man of Ramathaimzophim, of mount Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephrathite:
2 And he had two wives; the name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah: and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.
3 And this man went up out of his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice unto the LORD of hosts in Shiloh. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of the LORD, were there.
4 And when the time was that Elkanah offered, he gave to Peninnah his wife, and to all her sons and her daughters, portions:
5 But unto Hannah he gave a worthy portion; for he loved Hannah: but the LORD had shut up her womb.
6 And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the LORD had shut up her womb.
7 And as he did so year by year, when she went up to the house of the LORD, so she provoked her; therefore she wept, and did not eat.
8 Then said Elkanah her husband to her, Hannah, why weepest thou? and why eatest thou not? and why is thy heart grieved? am not I better to thee than ten sons?
9 So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a post of the temple of the LORD.
10 And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore.
11 And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.
12 And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli marked her mouth.
13 Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken.
14 And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee.
15 And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the LORD.
16 Count not thine handmaid for a daughter of Belial: for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken hitherto.
17 Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him.
18 And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad.
19 And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the LORD, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah: and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the LORDremembered her.
20 Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the LORD.
21 And the man Elkanah, and all his house, went up to offer unto the LORD the yearly sacrifice, and his vow.
22 But Hannah went not up; for she said unto her husband, I will not go up until the child be weaned, and then I will bring him, that he may appear before the LORD, and there abide for ever.
23 And Elkanah her husband said unto her, Do what seemeth thee good; tarry until thou have weaned him; only the LORD establish his word. So the woman abode, and gave her son suck until she weaned him.
24 And when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, with three bullocks, and one ephah of flour, and a bottle of wine, and brought him unto the house of the LORD in Shiloh: and the child was young.
25 And they slew a bullock, and brought the child to Eli.
26 And she said, Oh my lord, as thy soul liveth, my lord, I am the woman that stood by thee here, praying unto the LORD.
27 For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of him:
28 Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the LORD. And he worshipped the LORD there.

The woman and the unjust judge..she kept disturbing the judge till he answered her. Luke 18:1-8.
The Parable of the Unjust Judge
18 And he told them a parable to show that they must always pray and not be discouraged,
2 saying, “There was a certain judge in a certain town who did not fear God and did not respect people.
3 And there was a widow in that town, and she kept coming to him, saying, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary!’
4 And he was not willing for a time, but after these things he said to himself, ‘Even if I do not fear God or respect people,
5 yet because this widow is causing trouble for me, I will grant her justice, so that she does not wear me down in the end by her[a] coming back!’”
6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unrighteous judge is saying!
7 And will not God surely see to it that justice is done[b] to his chosen ones who cry out to him day and night, and will he delay toward them?
8 I tell you that he will see to it that justice is done[c] for them soon! Nevertheless, when[d] the Son of Man comes, then will he find faith on earth?”

ii. You do not need to add fasting to your prayers:
By fasting, you deprive yourself of food, pleasures added with prayers and you will break through. Do not be religious as you can never operate by faith. Even unbelievers acknowledge the power of fasting…the recognize it and use it..
Fasting is very powerful, it opens the eyes of your spirit man. Jesus says this in Matthew 17:20-21 about fasting.

20 So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief;[a] for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.
21 However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”[b]
Faith as a grain of the mustard seed…especially v 21:
However, this kind does not go out by PRAYERS AND FASTING…….
He acknowledges that some circumstances, with faith will go, some will go with a combination of faith and prayers, then some will only go by faith, prayers and the FASTING. And this is the author and finisher of our faith talking…..
Fasting is biblical, it is not an injunction from the pastors or men of God…There is POWER in fasting.

iii. You do not need any servant of God, you can do it alone:

The world tends to deceive people by telling you that there are fake men of God, yes this is true but there are also genuine men of God.. and you need to join your faith with theirs to achieve, to break through.
God uses men to speak and help, sometimes a man’s help will come only through a certain person…The woman who was childless and Elisha prayed for her.
Faith works with other enablements: prayers, fasting, using men of God
In 1 Samuel 9:6, we read of the account of Saul while searching for his father’s donkeys.
Namaan- got his healing through the little maid in his household

iv. You do not need to go to church, or attend church programmes.

You cannot compare physical attendance to special viewing- watching T.V etc.
These are the lies of the devil.
Mark 2:1-5- the sick man who was brought to Jesus.
Many deceive themselves, with their erroneous beliefs, propaganda, thoughts…All in all LAZY.

v. You do not have a any part to play, God will do it :

God can never appear to man, some mighty epiphany of God- remember the still small voice in 1 Kings19:11-13 He came in, while Elijah expected He would be awesome in His appearance. Those operating in faith, listen to God, they are sensitive in their spirit, they have a close relationship with God, such that they hear Him, they listen and obey His instructions. God will give an instruction, then you will play your part, by obeying and then alone will your breakthrough come.
vi. You do not need to accept any information or instructions.

People are given instructions, and refuse to obey or take the instructions….even Jesus whilst the devil tempted Him, rebuked him, when the devil said He should jump from the pinnacle- when we do not obey simple instructions from God we act in pride.
Faith is not pride, it is not tempting God Jesus rebuked the devil that he should not tempt God. Acting foolishly, taking unwise risks with your life, claiming to have faith is not faith.

Prayer points:
Father increase my faith.
Give me evidence of my faith.

VICTORY THROUGH FAITH: FEAR NOT

Sunday Service

Pastor Gbenga Ogunnaike

Decree to yourself: This year this season, my path will shine brighter

Victory Through Faith : Fear Not

Matthew 14:22-27

22 And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away.

23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.

24 But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.

25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.

26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.

27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.

 

2 Timothy 1:7:

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

I John4: 18:

18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

 

In the bible there are 365 places we find, God telling us to FEAR NOT, one for each day. Every human being at one time or the other encounters fear of one form or the other.

You cannot be victorious in life, unless you have victory over fear. Fear has limited people such that it has stagnated them to such a point that they can neither go forward nor retrace their steps.

Fear defined for the purpose of this message to mean lies of the enemy magnified.

Challenges are common to man. It does not define a man rather, his reaction defines him.

Esther was victorious because she did not allow fear to hold her down. Her background would have been her greatest challenge, her uncle (as an orphan) guided her, told her what to do.She did not start asking questions, looking for loop holes…she obeyed and was therefore victorious.

The story of the 3 Hebrew boys was another story of a fearless lot, they said to the king that if God would not save them, they still would not bow.

Fear makes a lot of us compromise just to avoid problems, the 3 Hebrew boys were not afraid, they conquered fear by faith in God.

To get to where you need to be, you need to conquer your fear. You may fail in an assignment, but you are not a failure. Do not be afraid of that assignment, or test…Do not look at the current trials, it may be God pushing you out of your comfort zone to where you a=should be.

Do not be jealous of the unbelievers who seem to be victorious.

Make an attempt, even when it seems the odds are all against you. When you are afraid you fail even before attempting.

When the devil sells the lies of fear, refuse to buy every negative word not documented in the Bible concerning you, refuse to believe the lies of the enemy concerning your life.

The way God speaks to your life, so also does the enemy speak

Exodus 14:10-13-

10 And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the Lord.

11 And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt?

12 Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.

13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of theLord, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.

The story of the Israelites at the crossing of the Red sea. The comments they made, were such that were so contrary in the light of all He had already shown them and done for them.

As a believer, those comments we make about ourselves, despite all He has already done negate His word, His promises to us… When we are faced with challenges, we should be telling the challenge Whom our God is.

The Lord has not given us the spirit of fear, He has given us the spirit of POWER- DUNAMIS…the power to excel, to prosper.

Fear will make one to make the wrong decisions, whether in your career, martially, financially..The consequences of decisions made in fear, will never make such a person fulfilled. Such decisions made in fear are made with the wrong motives.

Fear will make a person to tell lies: remember Abraham and his lie that Sarah was his sister, to Abimelech..

Fear kills ambition; it makes a man think and talk like a failure.

In Genesis 3:10, God visited Adam, after Adam had disobeyed God…Fear will make you think and talk the way you should not. Adam, whom God had dined and conversed with, talking in fear…Fear reduces your productivity.

Fear cages destiny(ies), and makes many unfulfilled. It brings torment, discouragement, it brings envy, and fear is evil. Whenever you feel afraid, refuse it and say no.

I Samuel – the story of Goliath…His aura emboldened him to such a level that even the king was afraid of him. As such men trained in the ways of war fare were afraid, but little David came and challenged, confronted and was victorious over Goliath.

The only solution to fear is FAITH, it- faith is God’s report against the lies of the devil.

John 19:38:

 

38 And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus.

Some of Jesus’ disciples were afraid to come out and declare themselves as such: Joseph of Arimathaea who collected Jesus’ body SECRETLY……

Reject fear today.

The only good fear is the FEAR OF GOD.

Prayer Points

Lord give me power over fear..

Every fear limiting me, Lord take it away in Jesus name.

I receive grace to overcome fear.

 

I WILL RISE AGAIN

Pastor Bolu Solomon

In life, sometimes some situations seem as if you will remain where you are, but the Word of God says you will rise.

Job 14:7-9

For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.

Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground;

Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant.

The story of Job:

This was a man who lost everything he had in a day, he did not have the opportunity to prepare for the loss. His loss was not as a result of his sin or an offence he committed……but in it all he still held on, believing that there was hope.

 

Micah 7:8-10

Rejoice not over me, O my enemy;
    when I fall, I shall rise;
when I sit in darkness,
    the Lord will be a light to me.
I will bear the indignation of the Lord
    because I have sinned against him,
until he pleads my cause
    and executes judgment for me.
He will bring me out to the light;
    I shall look upon his vindication.
10 Then my enemy will see,
    and shame will cover her who said to me,
    “Where is the Lord your God?”
My eyes will look upon her;
    now she will be trampled down
    like the mire of the streets.

Financially:

2 Kings 4:1-7

Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the Lord: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen.

And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil.

Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few.

And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full.

So she went from him, and shut the door upon her and upon her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured out.

And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her, There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed.

Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest.

The story of the widow and her cruise of oil which multiplied and she sold to free her and her family from debt.

Like the story of Job and even that of the widow, when the Lord changes the story of a man, it happens with no conditions, no strings attached…He doesn’t bless a man so such a person can kill fatted cows or buy Him a jet!!! In every situation never give up on yourself, never consider the option of committing suicide, never give up on yourself or on your God.

Judges 16:21-30

21 But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he did grind in the prison house.

22 Howbeit the hair of his head began to grow again after he was shaven.

23 Then the lords of the Philistines gathered them together for to offer a great sacrifice unto Dagon their god, and to rejoice: for they said, Our god hath delivered Samson our enemy into our hand.

24 And when the people saw him, they praised their god: for they said, Our god hath delivered into our hands our enemy, and the destroyer of our country, which slew many of us.

25 And it came to pass, when their hearts were merry, that they said, Call for Samson, that he may make us sport. And they called for Samson out of the prison house; and he made them sport: and they set him between the pillars.

26 And Samson said unto the lad that held him by the hand, Suffer me that I may feel the pillars whereupon the house standeth, that I may lean upon them.

27 Now the house was full of men and women; and all the lords of the Philistines were there; and there were upon the roof about three thousand men and women, that beheld while Samson made sport.

28 And Samson called unto the Lord, and said, O Lord God, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes.

29 And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars upon which the house stood, and on which it was borne up, of the one with his right hand, and of the other with his left.

30 And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life.

The story of Samson who was victorious over the people who had gorged out his eyes..it was recorded that he killed more people at the time of his death than when he was still active.

Judges 11:1-11

11 Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty man of valour, and he was the son of an harlot: and Gilead begat Jephthah.

And Gilead’s wife bare him sons; and his wife’s sons grew up, and they thrust out Jephthah, and said unto him, Thou shalt not inherit in our father’s house; for thou art the son of a strange woman.

Then Jephthah fled from his brethren, and dwelt in the land of Tob: and there were gathered vain men to Jephthah, and went out with him.

And it came to pass in process of time, that the children of Ammon made war against Israel.

And it was so, that when the children of Ammon made war against Israel, the elders of Gilead went to fetch Jephthah out of the land of Tob:

And they said unto Jephthah, Come, and be our captain, that we may fight with the children of Ammon.

And Jephthah said unto the elders of Gilead, Did not ye hate me, and expel me out of my father’s house? and why are ye come unto me now when ye are in distress?

And the elders of Gilead said unto Jephthah, Therefore we turn again to thee now, that thou mayest go with us, and fight against the children of Ammon, and be our head over all the inhabitants of Gilead.

And Jephthah said unto the elders of Gilead, If ye bring me home again to fight against the children of Ammon, and the Lord deliver them before me, shall I be your head?

10 And the elders of Gilead said unto Jephthah, The Lord be witness between us, if we do not so according to thy words.

11 Then Jephthah went with the elders of Gilead, and the people made him head and captain over them: and Jephthah uttered all his words before the Lord in Mizpeh.

The story of Jephtah: This young man was sent away by his half- siblings, because his mother was not married to his father, but a time came when he became their savior….God had a purpose for his life and when the time came his brothers looked for him to help them. This he did but with his own conditions to his benefit, he won the battle and came back rejoicing, because he had connected himself to the Source of victory.

Esther2:15-18

15 Esther was the daughter of Abihail, who was Mordecai’s uncle. (Mordecai had adopted his younger cousin Esther.) When it was Esther’s turn to go to the king, she accepted the advice of Hegai, the eunuch in charge of the harem. She asked for nothing except what he suggested, and she was admired by everyone who saw her.

16 Esther was taken to King Xerxes at the royal palace in early winter[a] of the seventh year of his reign.

 17 And the king loved Esther more than any of the other young women. He was so delighted with her that he set the royal crown on her head and declared her queen instead of Vashti.

 18 To celebrate the occasion, he gave a great banquet in Esther’s honor for all his nobles and officials, declaring a public holiday for the provinces and giving generous gifts to everyone.

 

Esther, an orphan child, a foreigner became queen.

Never allow the present circumstances of your life, of your birth, dictate your future. You can rise again…never allow that period of your life which you can see determine that period you cannot see.

From the account of the story of Lazarus, we read that he had died and buried, for more than 3 days but when Jesus arrived and asked that the stone over the tomb be rolled away, then called Lazarus forth.

The woman with the issue of blood for 18 years, she had sought cures from different places and physicians to no avail, but when she heard about the Healer, and had an encounter with Him, that which had previously defied a cure went away with just a touch….

In Ruth 1:1- end

Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehemjudah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons.

And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Bethlehemjudah. And they came into the country of Moab, and continued there.

And Elimelech Naomi’s husband died; and she was left, and her two sons.

And they took them wives of the women of Moab; the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth: and they dwelled there about ten years.

And Mahlon and Chilion died also both of them; and the woman was left of her two sons and her husband.

Then she arose with her daughters in law, that she might return from the country of Moab: for she had heard in the country of Moab how that the Lord had visited his people in giving them bread.

Wherefore she went forth out of the place where she was, and her two daughters in law with her; and they went on the way to return unto the land of Judah.

And Naomi said unto her two daughters in law, Go, return each to her mother’s house: the Lord deal kindly with you, as ye have dealt with the dead, and with me.

The Lord grant you that ye may find rest, each of you in the house of her husband. Then she kissed them; and they lifted up their voice, and wept.

10 And they said unto her, Surely we will return with thee unto thy people.

11 And Naomi said, Turn again, my daughters: why will ye go with me? are there yet any more sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands?

12 Turn again, my daughters, go your way; for I am too old to have an husband. If I should say, I have hope, if I should have an husband also to night, and should also bear sons;

13 Would ye tarry for them till they were grown? would ye stay for them from having husbands? nay, my daughters; for it grieveth me much for your sakes that the hand of the Lord is gone out against me.

14 And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her.

15 And she said, Behold, thy sister in law is gone back unto her people, and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister in law.

16 And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:

17 Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.

18 When she saw that she was stedfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her.

19 So they two went until they came to Bethlehem. And it came to pass, when they were come to Bethlehem, that all the city was moved about them, and they said, Is this Naomi?

20 And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me.

21 I went out full and the Lord hath brought me home again empty: why then call ye me Naomi, seeing the Lord hath testified against me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me?

22 So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter in law, with her, which returned out of the country of Moab: and they came to Bethlehem in the beginning of barley harvest.

 

The account of Ruth: we read of a young lady who got married and was widowed without any children from the union, her elderly mother-in-law a foreigner to her land, decided to return to her kinsmen.. As a promising young woman, she still had the option of remaining in her own land and re-marrying, instead she decided to follow her mother in-law( despite her advice).  She followed her, obeyed the instructions she gave her and is today counted as part of the lineage of Jesus Christ.

Today most people run away from the presence of God when facing challenges instead of running to Him. Some give up on God, some feel He is too slow, God’s time is not that of man, He is never late…His timing is just right. Connect yourself to the source.

Who says that it is over, when God has not said so? In Lamentations 3:37 we read this question….

Who can speak and have it happen if the Lord has not decreed it?

Even if you have gone astray, but come back and acknowledge your sins and ask for His forgiveness, He is faithful and will take you back.

Know that where you are now is not even a determinant of where you are going, it may be a bustop not the end of the journey….God has the power to re- write your story, remember the story of the valley of the dry bones in Ezekiel 37?

God will change your story in Jesus name.

                                  

 

POWER OF AGREEMENT

 

Sunday Service

Power of Agreement

Pastor Gbenga Ogunnaike

Gen 11:4-6, Matthew 18:19-20

When people come together and agree to do something, are focused then only will they achieve.

Genesis 11: 4-6

And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.

And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.

And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.

 

The tower of Babel

These people purposed and agreed in their mind to act as one….even God recognized that if these people were left alone, they would achieve it.

Matthew 18:19-20

19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.

20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

 

If the two of you agree as to anything it shall come to pass.

One-ness of purpose is not a new concept. Even in Esther 4:16:

16 Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.

We see Queen Esther declare a  fast with her maiden servants along with the others to avert the threat of death.

There is power in agreement.

The 3 Hebrew boys spoke in agreement to the King, that they would not bow.

The problem we have is that we tend not to believe that by agreeing we can achieve. We doubt everything we see in the bible, what men of God prophesy.

Definition: To agree means to have the same opinion with another about a thing. Matthew 16:18.

2 is the number of witness, as seen from above.

Ecclesiastes 4:9 says two is better than one. As they get more reward for their labor. Two people with different opinions cannot be easily discouraged as just one person.

2 is a force that cannot be easily broken, which means that prayers of agreement  cannot be easily broken.

 Benefits of Agreement:

Matthew 18:20:                                                                

 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

  1. When you agree you are in oneness and it bring God presence down.
  2. It brings answers to requests.
  3. It brings unity. Amos 3:3- can two walk together except they agree?
  4. It brings progress.
  5. When you agree it makes you unstoppable.

 

When you are determined and you have an agreement with God, your spouse..miracles must occur.

Joshua and Caleb who led the Israelites to the Promised Land, as they alone agreed that the land flowed with milk and honey and that God had given them the land.

Prayer points.

Say to that challenge that enough is enough.

Thank God for the Word of God, for the Word of life

Father visit me today. Lord I ask for a divine visitation.

Father in the name of Jesus, I pray that my enemies will not laugh over me, in the name of Jesus.

Father, in the name of Jesus, I will not die, I will live to declare the glory of God in the land of the living.

Father in the name of Jesus, lack is far from me, from today I am planted in the place of my resources

Father in the name of Jesus I speak against every voice speaking sickness, evil news, lack I speak against it in the name of Jesus. it will not come to pass. Evil arrows back to sender in the name of Jesus.

I pull down every embargo of the enemy that is causing delay in my life be pulled down in the name of Jesus.

 

 

“And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full” (Mark 4: 37).

That is the Focal Scripture of Streams of Joy Devotional today.

Whilst Jesus and His disciples were on their journey, a great storm of wind arose. Ordinarily, a wind can even be used to power the movement of a ship; but in this case, the wind turned against the ship.

Something that should have eased movement made movement difficult. Aren’t there times when the things that should make movement easier turn around and make it difficult?

Sometimes, the same people who should help us succeed turn against us to stop us; policies that should move us higher turn around and make our movement difficult; people promise to help sometimes, and later turn around to hurt us.

Friend, when the wind turns against your ship, don’t give up; when the people who are meant to help turn around to work against you, don’t lose hope; when destiny helpers turn around to become destiny destroyers, don’t let them stop you; when they suddenly become enemies after posing as friends, don’t be embarrassed, and don’t let the shock freeze you to a spot. It may not be easy to operate in the midst of enemies, but God says, press on and don’t give up.

The wind turned against the ship, but Jesus was in the ship, and in the end, it didn’t sink. The people who have turned against you don’t have the capacity to drown you if Jesus is in the ship of your life; no matter how great their conspiracy is, they won’t succeed, and you won’t be defeated.

God may allow them to toss you around, but in the end, you will arrive at your destination. Your destiny is in God’s hands; and if God be for you, there is no need to give up.

Isaiah 54 vs 15 (GWT) says: “If anyone attacks you, it will not be my doing. Whoever attacks you will be defeated by you.” Pray With Me: Lord, I won’t give up, I will press on despite those who are gathered against me

Digging Deep

Digging Deep.

Conditions for God’s Blessings

Sister Funke Olamigoke

Text: Psalm 1

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.

Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

The conditions to receive God’s blessings are diverse but for the purpose of this bible study, we will limit ourselves to that blessed man in Psalm 1.

The above bible verse begs that we ask ourselves this question:

What are blessings?

To be blessed refers to

  1. Being favored by God
  2.  A special favor, mercy or benefit.
  3. A formal act of giving approval

All the above refers to God’s blessings that come from Him to men.

While conditions are defined as:

  1. A premise upon which its fulfillment yields certain benefits.
  2. A dependant prerequisite that makes a person entitled to get certain items.

Put together the conditions for getting God’s blessings therefore refer to the fulfillment of certain terms which will entitle the person to be favored by God.

Our study of Psalm 1:

v.1 -Blessed is the man that walketh not :

  1. In the counsel of the ungodly,
  2. Nor standeth not in the way of sinners,
  3. Nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

What does it mean to stand in the counsel of the ungodly?

Since counsel refers to advice, therefore ungodly counsel means:

-bad advice;

-keeping the company of evil friends, relationships

Sitting in the seat of the scornful: To scorn means to make jest of, people make fun of bible thumbing, tongue speaking, holiness preaching folks a lot…. Why waste your life living in holiness when you can live your life to the fullest, do what you feel is best for you…..live as selfishly as you want. When we criticize men and women of God, make jest of things in the bible, of miracles, testimonies we hear we have taken the job of the scornful as ours!!

Remember that a person who constantly walks a path will eventually be like those he or she associates with…..So when we join our ‘friends” in doing what they do, speaking as they speak and call it harmless fun, we may unconsciously have become the scornful referred to in the bible. Check that harmless fun making… Check how you work, how you sit(who you sit with), who are our companions if we want to be blessed.

v.2  But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in His laws doth he meditate day and night     

This verse talks about this man who will be blessed by God, he is a man who renews himself daily by reading- not just reading .. he memorizes, ponders, he meditates on the Word of God, such that he digests, acts ,lives and obeys the commands of God. He is diligent.

V3. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season, his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

A person who meditates on the Word of God will not be left out of the care of the Gardner. Such a person will be renewed always. He will flourish always. This third verse is a reward accruing from obedience.

Vs 1 and 2 summarized:

A man who watches his speech, who guards his heart, his speech, his association, his action, who makes the Word his light will get the blessings of Vs 3. Verse 3 lists the blessings such a person spoken of in verse 1 and 2.

V 4.- The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.  

‘Like’ underlined in the above verse is a simile which means- it resembles..

So the ungodly are not so, chaff has no weight, can and is blown away by the wind. The ungodly, the sinners, the scornful are like chaff which are blown away, they receive no blessings, they are not like the tree by the river side that yields its fruits in its season!!!Which would you rather be?

Verses 5 and 6 go on to state that the ungodly shall perish……May we not perish in Jesus name.

Joshua 1:8 - This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is .

This book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, you shall meditate on it, day and night..you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe GOOD SUCCESS….

This is at par with what we see in Psalm 1:3.

God wants us to make His Word our Light, so we may prosper.

May we prosper in Jesus name.