WORSHIP

Pastor Gbenga Ogunnaike

Thanksgiving Service

Text: John 4: 21-24

21 “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 

22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 

23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.

 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

God is a spirit and all who worship Him must do so in spirit and truth.

Worship is to pay a deep, intense respect to your God, which has to do with your spirit. Worship is when you go on your knees, whether literally or in your spirit. Worship is a feeling of profound love, admiration.

How do you worship God? In spirit..not with eye service!!! He is the Lion of the tribe of Judah, He is a consuming fire but still a merciful God. He is the God that parted the sea, He forgave a prostitute and made her an evangelist. He brought back a person from the dead after 4 days..He is full of mercy, and forgives totally…slow to anger and plenteous in mercy….

Worship is not coming to church; when we worship

  1. He makes Himself visible and moves on our behalf..You experience Him in such a way that He becomes audible to your ears, giving you directions and instructions. When we worship God in truth and spirit not with malice, nor spite or a vengefilled heart. God moved on behalf of Jehoshaphat, when he moved in obedience and worshipped Him, while they worshipped the other side heard the sound of a large army
  2. You enjoy divine information; He begins to give you divine instructions and directions on how to go about your daily activities..
  3. You become intimate with Him..You can only become intimate with God when you spend time in praise, prayers, meditation and most of all WORSHIP.
  4. You carry the fire of the Holy Spirit, you become anointed..Elijah was a true worshipper and called down fire from heaven.
  5. True worshippers are the apple of God’s eyes. David is an example of a true worshipper who is the apple of the eyes of God, despite all the numerous plans against him, no one could hurt him.
  6. You begin to do the impossible: Paul and Silas in the prison regained their freedom from the prison because of the intensity of their prayers and worship…He shook the foundations of the prison and they were set free.

You want God to use you…then worship Him, spend quality time with Him…The key that will open the way to the throne of God is worship; remember He inhabits the praises of His people- Psalms 22:3 But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.

I WILL MAKE A WAY

Pastor Gbenga Ogunnaike

Text: Isaiah 43:18-19

18 ‘Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.

19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the   desert and streams in the wasteland.’

He will make a way in the wilderness because He wants to do a new thing. To desire a new thing, you must be tired of the old one…Jabez desired a new thing, he was tired of same/as usual. Hannah was tired of being barren and desired her own children.

Many desire the new but hold tenaciously to the old things/ his past…Erase the picture of the old from your mind’s eyes, do not brag on the old news…

Philippians 3:13

‘Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,’

Paraphrased: ‘I press forward; I forget the successes of the past’. God wants to give you a new success, take you to a new height..remember that whatever thing that is not being improved on will of a fact become obsolete. While holding unto or reminiscing on past glories will cage such a person or hold the person down.

I will do a new thing- is not referring to the past successes, neither can the two be compared..example is Joseph as a prisoner and Joseph as the prime minister..both positions are worlds and positions apart!

Note that a new thing will only happen when God commands it to; you cannot force it to happen because you wish it to.

When a new thing happens:

  1. Your story will change.
  2. You will sing a better song
  3. Your association will change, this is because when God wants to bless you…He uses people to do so.
  4. Your style/taste will change.
  5. A new thing comes with plenty other new things.

A new thing is:

  1. Telling a better story.
  2. Shows a clear difference between the new and the old as it used to be in that person’s life.
  • God overriding your enemies who have turned your life into a caricature of what it ought to be, to glorify His name in your life.
  1. God breaking the yoke of SAME in your life

A new creature is the greatest thing that can happen to a man and this happens when you give your life to Christ.

And to be a new creature

– your thoughts must be regenerated,

– your focus must be changed to Him alone,

-your thinking must be recreated.

Prayer Points

1. Father give me the grace to break new grounds this year 2015.

2. Father in the name of Jesus, I refuse to be comfortable with the old or same.

3. Father this year, change my story.

4. Father please this year, do something new in my life, my family and Nigeria

5. Every yoke of same,be broken in the name of Jesus.

Due Season

Digging Deep

Bro. Stanley

Text: Ecclesiastes 3:1-3

Season is important, if not things will not come to being.

Due season refers to an inopportune time/opportune time. It is a time when things are in order, when things come together for a thing to occur.

Due season is synonymous to harvest!!it is a successor for harvest… It is a specific thing/ condition that must occur for another to come to being.

But whilst waiting for your due season, we must not grow weary, but keep trusting that because He promised, He will indeed do it. Stay in faith, do not be diverted by sights and sounds of activity around you. God’s time is the due season, do not be moved..set your face like flint..Do not be worried or moved by the seeming prosperity of the wicked:

Psalms 73:3-5

‘3 For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

4  They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong

5  They are free from the burdens common to man; they are not plagued by human ills’

Malachi 3: 18 goes on to say…

‘And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.”

But Psalms 126: 1- end states

1 When the Lord brought back the captives to Zion, we were like men who dreamed.

2 Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations,’ the Lord has done great things for them.’

3 The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.

4 Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like streams in the Negev.

5 Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.

6 He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.

Due Season will be treated for the sake of this study into two classes:

  1. Sequential time: this is the regular chronological measure of time: This is the step by step timing; it’s the ‘sow and wait’ to reap after set out timing. This is things occurring according to the understanding of man. Galatians 4:4 speaks of a set time thus:

But when the time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under law.

Under the Chronological time, one needs to be patient, to wait for the time of harvest ,as patience gives you experience with God. Knowing that you are not a creature made of a mistake neither are you a coincidence…Remember Jeremiah 1:5 where He said that :‘ Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations’

He guides you through the seasons so you will not miss what He has in store for you in the future. Your daily confessions should be ‘NOT YET I don’t have it yet, but I know God is working it out for me’..because your season of harvest must indeed come.

2. Kairos time: this kairos time is the time of God, He doesn’t exist in time, He does as He pleases. This timing is                      accelerated and the ordinary mind of man can neither understand, nor explain it. While under the chronological                     timing, you have to participate, you have to be faithful, then wait on God but under the Kairos timing, you do not                   play any part …God does it, He steps in to the life of a man and does as He pleases.

Galatians 6:9 says ‘ we will reap a harvest  IF WE DO NOT GIVE UP’…due season going by this verse is predicated on a condition…so ask yourself, can you withstand the test of time?

In your race of life, whenever you look back or take your gaze away from God, the process of your due season begins all over again.

How do you recognize that your due season has come:

  1. Temptations increases
  2. Trials double up.

Note that when you start to reap at your due season, whatever you do with your due season now determines what will happen at the time of your next harvest season!!

Prayer Points:

1. Lord grant us the grace to do well in our due season

2. Give us the grace to be faithful even in the seasons of owing.

Arise

Pastor Gbenga Ogunnaike

Text: Isaiah 60:1&2

‘1 ARISE, shine; for the light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.

2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, an gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee.’

What is that thing in your life that is lying dormant, that needs to obey the command- ARISE? Now command everything that is stagnant in your life to ARISE…Remember that all authority has been given to you as a child of God?!?!?!?So everything that has a name therefore must hear and obey the command coming from you….

Arise is a command.

You must be militant and a soldier when it comes to matters of your destiny, never be lukewarm or leave it to the whims of ‘whatever happens’. Every man created by God has his own glory- which is a gift from God to man…and so long you are exist, your glory is also existing. There is something in you that needs to be spoken to, and the language that something understands is a command.

Man was created by God with glory, so that His name may be glorified. Matthew 5:16 says: Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father, in heaven….. You are your glory and your glory is you! Any attempt to separate you from your glory, therefore is evil and must not be allowed. When a man’s glory is taken away from him, he becomes useless- remember Icabod- the glory has departed…And one fact every individual should note is that the enemy is after the glory of every man- to steal a man’s glory, the devil lures him into believing the little white lies he tells are harmless, that idolatry is keeping the traditions and culture of his forefathers, that fornication is just exercising a right to own his own body or discover his or her sexuality, that divorce is ok because you must not die in a bad marriage (forgetting you also ample opportunity to court and pray to determine if you both were indeed compatible or not..) and the list goes on.

Arise is a command:

  1. Because the devil does not want any man to shine. Isaiah 60:2
  2. The destiny and glory of a man is a matter of life and death..ask yourself, what is the purpose of living without glory?
  3. You must make impact here on earth so never take your glory with levity.

Therefore you need to ask your glory to ARISE!!

Three things that can help a man to arise:

i. The glory of the Lord; the glory of God is a force that when it comes upon a man, your glory has no choice but to arise

Examples of persons’ who the glory of God spoke for include:

1. Isaac who prospered even during the time of drought, he stood out.

2. David whom his family felt would amount to nothing and therefore was sent to care for his father’s flock in the bush..to the point that when Samuel asked that the sons of Jesse be brought he wasn’t even considered, but the glory of God spoke for him and made him outstanding.

ii. God’s mercy and compassion:

He says: I will have mercy on whom I choose..(paraphrased). Jabez sought and obtained the mercy of God, despite the name given to him..his prayer “ O that You would bless me, you would enlarge my territory. Another of a person who enjoyed the mercy of God was Esther, an orphan, foreigner to be chosen amongst so many others, she found favor with the person in charge of the harem, where all the girls were kept. She was used to replace Queen Vashti…. From this we see that God indeed qualifies the unqualified person by His mercy,

iii. Man’s obedience to God’s words and commandments:

The book of Deuteronomy 28 lists what a man’s obedience will obtain for him. Joseph had the opportunity to fornication with his master’s wife, but he fled..had he succumbed, his glory would have been taken away, his destiny cut short and he would probably have remained a slave.

Obedience is not negotiable for your glory to shine, you must obey in totality… remember the 3 Hebrew boys, they could have compromised to stay alive.

Prayer Points

1. Thank God for watching over your glory.

2. Father I command my glory to ARISE, SHINE

3. My glory from today onwards, I command you in the name of Jesus bring blessings, favor, honor to me and glory to God.

4. My glory you shall not be stolen, nor shall you be covered in the name of Jesus.

5. My glory receive God’s mercy and begin to attract good helpers and favor in the name of Jesus

6. My glory you will not be manipulated in the name of Jesus, no force will ever manipulate my glory.

7. I seal and cover my glory with the blood of the Lamb.

SPEED

Pastor Gbenga Ogunnaike

Text: Psalm 126: 1-6

‘1 When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.

2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, the Lord has done great things for them.

3 The Lord has done great things for us; whereof we are glad.

4 Turn again our captivity, O Lord, as the streams in the south.

5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.’

1 Kings 18: 46

‘And the hand of God was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of the Jezreel’

SPEED

When the Lord brought back the captives to Zion, we were like men who dreamed.

Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy.

Every man desires speed!! As far back as the time of the Psalmist- he says ‘satisfy me early with your blessings’..But whilst speed is most desirable in the life of every man, speed without balance will lead to disaster. The plans of God for a man’s life is to help him achieve without delay..Note though delay is not denial, delay is frustrating, it is evil, it creates bitterness in the heart of the person waiting. Delay of a person’s blessings may make such a person take the wrong steps, seek wrong alternatives. When a person experiences any form of delay, it is best to sort said areas out in the place of prayers with God.

To experience speed:

  1. You must be spiritually balanced: you must be spiritually minded, be in tune with God..Honor Him at all times and in all things..Release sow what you need to sow when and how you must to reap what you want to reap- you need to give something that will open up the way to your blessings. Sow the seed to get that which you need…Honor God with your seeds, tithe, pledges.
  2. Be Prayerful: Have regular communications with God. Never place prayer at the back burner of your plans..never use prayer as the last option when all else fails..rather make prayer the go to section of your decision making in every area of your life..

    Be expectant: never give up on your dreams, never say it doesn’t matter whether or not it happens, I no longer care. Be full of expectations, if not you are purposeless.

  1. Have a culture of excellence: In our world now, we see putting excellence in anything we do as a waste of time, resources. Putting excellence into a thing; is that little extra touch that takes our ever day activities out of the ordinary to an extra special. Give attention to excellence in everything you do- what is worth doing, is worth doing well…
  2. Be divinely connected to God and you will gain divine direction!! No matter how stupid or silly it looks to others..men abound in the bible who were divinely connected to God, who listened and obeyed Him and His commands. Jehoshaphat was divinely directed to get singers to go to war…instead of looking for soldiers and probably mercenaries- as any common sense king should have!!!! Noah built an ark in the middle of the dry season..no cloud in sight and was raving about a flood…..for real…Talk about the foolishness of God and its being wiser than the wisdom of man!!!!

Prayer Points

1. I experience speed in 2015

2. Father, I break the yoke of delay in my life in Jesus name.

3. Father, grant me grace to catch up with those that have gone ahead of me in this year and the speed to recover every      lost ground in Jesus name.

4. Lord help me to release that which I have held unto.

5. Father my story will not be the same this 2015.

6. Lord that which limited me last year will not stop me this year in Jesus name.

7. Lord move me by the help of the Holy Spirit into my purpose this year.

8.  Lord give me unstoppable speed in the journey of life to fulfill my purpose here on earth.

 God’s Blessings Manifest in Due Season

Digging Deep

Bro. Tokunboh Akinbiyi

Text: Ecclesiastes 3:1

1There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven-

We tend to want everything to happen ‘now’ and when it doesn’t, we give up hope that it will in fact ever happen….or we want the promises of God to align with our own time table, but we forget that like the text says everything has a set time to happen. Things may be more difficult than we expect, but we need to understand that there is a good way to getting what we need and a bad way so we must wait on Him believing that His will for us is of good.

Galatians 6:9 says this clearly; that:

‘And let us not be weary in well doing; for  in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.’

Remember that we should not grow weary in doing good, even when it is not convenient.

Due season comes

  1. After planting/sowing and
  2. Then comes the season for reaping

The season of sowing, planting, nurturing’s equivalent in the life of a Christian is the time of studying, meditating on the Word of God and putting it into practice, living a life of faith, speaking positive things to yourself and your situation.

How do we sow?

  1. Malachi 1: 13 says:

‘Ye said also, Behold, what weariness is it! And ye have snuffed at it, saith the Lord of hosts; and ye brought that which is torn, and the lame, and the sick; thus ye brought an offering: should I accept this of your hand? Saith the Lord.

We must give the best of ourselves: the praise from a true heart, sincere worship, dedicated one on one time spent learning the heart of God, the best of our gifts/material items-He is not hungry and doesn’t NEED anything we give to Him.

  1. When sowing, you cannot be idle:

You cannot be idle, you need to be persistent.2 Thessalonians3:13 like the ant that can carry 10 times its weight, never feel anything is too difficult or impossible. 1 Peter 4: 19, 3: 17             Even the priciest of jewels doesn’t grow on the ground, you have to mine, dig, pan, forge in fire…they all pass through some intense, time taking session to come out as sought after gem stones and not cow dung…So also to reap/ harvest a bright future/ destiny you need to see tough situations as the preparation period and you must refuse to give up.

  • Be patient:

Never be in a hurry, every person has his own time and season to reap..same way every one is born on a particular day, even twins are not born at the same time-minute…they are born seconds even minutes apart!! So also the time for Mr. A to reap is different for Mr. B to reap. Never set your life’s timetable with the timetable of another. When it is time for you to reap, you reap… It follows therefore that if there is a season of sowing there also must be a season to reap

  1. When we wait on God’s time, we make heaven..

Seeing as we wait on Him, walk in His will, obey His words, we become qualified to be called His own. While waiting on Him, he satisfies us with everything- physical, material..

Prayer Points

Prayer Points

Thank God for being the God over your life. Psalm124:1-8

  1. Praise the name of the Lord for bringing you into a bright new year.
  2. Thank God for providing for your family throughout the past year. Psalm 23:1-6
  3. Thank God for defending your home. Psalm 20:1-3. Psalm 145:1-21
  4. Bless the name of the Lord for His mercies over your life and family members. Psalm 136:1-26. Psalm 51:1-19.
  5. Plead God’s mercy for all your shortcomings. Psalm 51:1-14.
  6. Thank God for His ultimate power that established RCCG.
  7. Bless the name of the Lord for the obedience of Late Pa. Josiah Akindayomi, and Pastor E.A. Adeboye, to the voice of the Owner of ultimate power.
  8. Ask God to remove everything that is acting as a hindrance to your prayers and progress.
  9. Ask God to arise in His wrath and destroy every satanic plan against your life.
  10. Pray that God would be glorified in your life from now on and forever.
  11. Ask God to encourage you all the way in 2015 like never before.
  12. Ask God to make your life attract millions of people unto Him.
  13. Pray for all round peace throughout 2015.
  14. Father, let me enjoy joy unspeakable and fill my life with your glory throughout the New Year.
  15. Please, fill my mouth with laughter and give me a lot to dance and shout about in the 2015.
  16. Lay your hands on your head and decree, you my head, you are destined to be the head anywhere you go. As from today, begin to take your headship position in Jesus name.
  17. Father, I decree destruction upon every power magnetizing me away from your will, in the name of Jesus.
  18. Father, in this year, make a way for me where people said there is no way.
  19. Father, take your church to her next level of explosion.
  20. Father, because I believe in you, let shame be far away from me in the name of Jesus.
  21. Lift your hand to the Almighty and say, “Father, please lift me to such a height that no one can ever pull me down.”
  22. Father, among the multitudes of people, single me out for miracles
  1. Ask God to make His Power of Resurrection shake RCCG and make every dying life resurrect, in the name of Jesus.
  2. Ask God to send His ultimate Power upon RCCG and revive every dead virtue in the name of Jesus. Matthew 28:6.
  3. Let the Power of Resurrection descend upon RCCG worldwide and rend every veil of sin and disobedience that is shielding people from favor Matthew 27:51a.
  4. Ask for the Power of God from heaven to go before His Church and grind every rock of opposition to powder, in the name of Jesus. Matthew 25:51b.
  5. Command the grave to receive the power of Resurrection and vomit every virtue of the Church swallowed by it. Matthew 27: 52-53.
  6. Let the ultimate power of God to do exploits in ministry rest upon all the Ministers in RCCG and transform them for good. Matthew 28:18-19.
  7. Ask the Lord for more grace and boldness to witness and win souls for Christ for every worker in RCCG. Matthew 28:19.
  8. Ask God to be merciful and release grace to say NO to sin into His Church. Psalm 1:1-2.
  9. Ask the Lord Jesus, to have mercy and baptise His Church with grace to obey His voice, as sheep obeys the shepherd. Psalm 23:11.
  10. Let the ability to be a disciple and to disciple others operate freely in every RCCG Church worker, from now. Matthew 28:20.
  11. Ask the Lord to anoint all His children in RCCG and other living churches with the ability to abide in His teachings forever and to make heaven. Matthew 28:20.
  12. Ask God to arise on behalf of His church, and let every enemy of the Gospel be scattered.
  13. Ask God to arise and let every pit dug for His servants swallow up the digger. Psalm 35:7-8.
  14. Ask God to contend with those contending with the servants of God in RCCG. Isaiah 49:24-26.
  15. Pray that every enemy of revival in RCCG shall dry up from its roots, in Jesus’ Name.
  16. Pray that the 40-day fasting shall be fruitful for all participants, their families, our Nations and the Church.
  17. Pray for Open Heavens for showers of blessings and testimonies throughout the year.
  18. Let us pray for bumper harvest of souls like never before this year 2015.

i.Ask God to give you a new song in 2015.

ii.Ask God for rapid and steady progress Psalm125:1-5.

  • Ask God to bless your family more abundantly. Psalm 128:1-6.
  1. Ask God for full restoration of losses of yesteryears. Joel.2:25-27; Psalm 126:1-6.
  2. Ask for the grace to become broken in God’s hands. Psalm 15:1-6
  3. Ask God to help you stop your leaking vessels. Psalm40:1-2.
  • Pray to God to reward your holiness with blessings Psalm 128:1-6.
  • Thank God for full restoration Joel.2: 25-27; Psalm126:1-6.
  1. Thank God for answered prayers Psalm 20:1-9

Prayer for Daddy & Mummy G.O

1 Father, please pray for Your son the General Overseer, in this era of testimonies, increase his strength, anointing and wisdom in Jesus name.

2 Let us pray for Daddy and Mummy G.O that God will empower them the more to cope with their ministerial assignments in RCCG. Isaiah 41:10-18

3 Let us pray that God in His mercy will silence every evil personality that is making the ministerial assignments uneasy for Daddy G.O. Psalm143:11-12

4 Let us pray that God will fortify the strength of Daddy and Mummy G O. Isaiah 41:13-14.

5 Ask God to fortify Pastor E.A. Adeboye more with His ultimate Power.

6 Let us ask for God’s protection on Daddy G O’s family Psalm 125:2

7 Let us ask God to contend with those contending with Pastor E. A. Adeboye and his family lsaiah.49:24-26.

8 Let us ask that God will baptize Pastor E. A. Adeboye and his family with the special anointing that automatically sends evil arrows back to their sender. Genesis 12:3

9 Let us ask God to increase Daddy G.O and his family in all their endeavors. Isaiah 60:22

10 Let us pray for Daddy G.O’s children that God will anoint them to fulfill destiny and also be in divine health. Psalm.128:3

11 Let us ask for God’s special hand of favor to rest on Daddy and Mummy G.O. that they will flourish and will never fall nor fail in life. Psalm.27:1

12 Let us pray that God will help Daddy and Mummy G O to finish strong in God’s own time. Psalm.90

13 Let us pray for Daddy and Mummy G.O that God will help them to break more new grounds for RCCG worldwide.

14 Father, whenever Daddy and Mummy G.O call unto you, please answer them

A Living Example of God’s Love

Digging Deep

Definition of  Love:

  1. Love is a strong affection between two people.
  2. It is something that is passionate, intense; that has to do with extending a hand of sharing/ caring to another.

Focus on God’s love; God kind of Love:

How does God require that we show love to others- by loving our neighbors and each other.

Text: 1 John 4:7-21

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 

This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.

10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 

11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 

12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

13 This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit.

 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.

 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God,God lives in them and they in God. 

16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 

17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 

18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

19 We love because he first loved us.

 20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.

 21 And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.

Love is personified in the makeup of our God..In verse 19 of the text we see that before we even thought of loving Him, He first loved us. Then in John 3: 16:

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

He demonstrated the highest form of love; He gave up His ONLY Son for mankind.

The word Love is an action word, it’s a verb…To say you love a person; you must show/ demonstrate this act of your love. God demonstrated His love in verse 10..by giving His Son as an atonement for us sinners..This all goes to say that a character of love is showing or in demonstration. You can show love to different people in different ways.

Verse 20 of the text says goes on to say that if you say that you love God, you must therefore love your neighbor as yourself….your neighbor –you can see but you cannot see God, if you cannot love a fellow human whom you see, your claim to loving God is suspect…

1 Corinthians 13: 1-8

 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 

If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.

 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

Characters of Love

Love is not envious, it doesn’t boast, it isn’t proud nor is it rude, self-seeking, doesn’t mock others, or easily angered..Which character reminds you of how not to love people around you?

These 3 will remain: Faith, Hope and Love..the greatest of these is Love.

Love never fails…

What God expects:

When we say we love, God expects:

  1. Sacrifice: love is sacrificial..You must be willing to make sacrifices for people you claim to love.
  2. Love is Patient
  • Love is supporting another to meet his needs
  1. Love is being merciful and forgiving.
  2. Love is giving and caring for those you say you love.
  3. Love doesn’t provoke. Galatians 5: 35-36
  • Love is doing the will of God; which is loving your neighbor as yourself. Philippians 4: 8

In John 11:33-36 we see an account of a demonstration of love from our Lord Jesus.

33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 

34 “Where have you laid him?” he asked.

“Come and see, Lord,” they replied.

35 Jesus wept.

36 Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”

In Matthew 18: 21-35 we see a clear example of what love is not, while getting his own debts cleared the unmerciful servant held to heart a fellow servant’s debts…

The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant

21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”

22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.[a]

23 “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.

 24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold[b] was brought to him.

 25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.

26 “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’

 27 The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.

28 “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins.[c] He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.

29 “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’

30 “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 

31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened.

32 “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 

33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’

 34 In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.

35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”

So in conclusion: according to Philippians 4:8

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Prayer Points

Prayer Points

RCCG PRAYER POINTS FOR 40-‐DAY FAST (02/01/15 -‐ 10/02/15)

THANKSGIVING
1. Thank you Lord for all You have done in our lives, in our homes, in His Church, in our nation Nigeria. 1 Chronicles 16: 8-9
2. Thank you Lord for all Your provisions to us as individuals, as families and as a church. Deuteronomy 8:10
3. Thank you Lord for our salvation and for our heavenly inheritance. Colossians 1:12
4. Thank you Lord for forgiving us our sins Psalm 103: 3
5. Thank you Lord for divine health enjoyed throughout 2014. Exodus 15: 26
6. Thank you Lord for delivering us from all forms of destruction in 2014. Psalm 103: 4
7. Thank you Lord for all the good things you have satisfied me with in 2014. Psalm 103: 5
8. Thank you Lord for not allowing us to be preys to our enemies. Psalm 124: 6
9. Thank you Lord for causing us to escape all the traps the enemy set for us in 2014. Psalm 124: 7
10. Thank you Lord for fighting all my battles for me in 2014. Exodus 14: 14

INDIVIDUALS FOR 2015
1. Father God, please make this year a year of rest for me and my family in Jesus name. 1Kings 5: 4, 2 Chronicles 14: 7
2. O Lord, in your mercy, release me from every judgement that I deserve in Jesus name. Psalm 25: 7, Psalm 94: 18; Psalm 145: 8
3. O Lord, in this year of release, please set me and my family free from every form of bondage -‐ spiritual, physical, financial and emotional in Jesus name. Exodus 2: 23,- 25; Exodus 20: 2; Isaiah 1-: 27
4. Father God, please cancel all my debts supernaturally and let there be a transfer of the wealth of the heathen and the unrighteous into my storehouses in Jesus name. Deuteronomy 28: 12; Zechariah 14: 14; Isaiah 61: 6-7
5. O Lord, let there be a restoration of all the assets -‐ land, property, investments, deposits that I have lost to creditors and fraudsters in Jesus name. 2 Kings 8:5-6; Joel 2: 25-26
6. Father God, let there be peace, unity, love and reconciliation in my family in the mighty name of Jesus. Psalm 133:1-3; Genesis 11:6
7. Father, make this year a year of divine scholarship for me. Cause me to
reap and to benefit from where I have not sowed or labored in Jesus name. Deuteronomy 6:10-11
8. O Lord, please protect me from every destruction and calamity reserved for the disobedient this year in Jesus name. . Job 31: 3; Psalm 55:23
9. O Lord, please annul and set me free from every agreement or contract designed to short change me or frustrate me in Jesus name. Genesis 31: 7-9
10. Every prison door and every ancient gate between me and my breakthrough, be lifted up in Jesus name. . Psalm 24: 7

TO THE CHURCH
1. O Lord, establish the Tabernacle of David as a place of true worship; bring
men and women from all the nations of the earth to worship you and to hear and obey your Word. . Isaiah 2: 2-3
2. Lord send us revival and let it start with me. Psalm 51: 12-13
3. O Lord, bring back to life everything in us that is dead. Psalm 85: 6, Ezekiel 37: 9-10
4. Lord, let there be a fresh outpouring of your Spirit upon us in TODAY. Isaiah 32:15
5. O Lord, give us a fresh hunger for YOU. Psalm 42: 1-2
6. Lord, cause us to increase numerically and spiritually; let us have a greater impact in our surrounding communities. Exodus 1: 7
7. O Lord, let your signs and wonders be wrought continually in our midst and in all our house fellowships. Is 8:18
8. O Lord, please deliver all our members from every form of STAGNANCY; increase us on every side and cause us to move forward. Gen 26: 12-13
9. O Lord, let signs, wonders, healings and uncommon miracles be our portion throughout 2015 and beyond. Acts 5:12
10. O Lord, let there be accelerated promotion for all our career brethren and flourishing businesses for all our businessmen and businesswomen. Ps 75:
6; Ex 12: 36; Ps 35:27

RCCG
1. Oh Lord, grant the RCCG Leadership (the General Overseer, Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the Governing Council, the Elders, the Provincial Pastors/Asst.
Provincial Pastors/Pastors) wisdom and deep revelation in the knowledge of Him. Eph 1: 17-19; Phil 1:9-11
2. O Lord, please be a wall of fire around the RCCG Leadership and safeguard them against all forms of satanic attack. Luke 22:31; Zechariah 2:5
3. O Lord, we take authority against everything that the enemy would want to use to threaten the UNITY of RCCG. Ps 133:1-3
4. O Lord, in RCCG, give us pastors that will shepherd the flock with INTEGRITY of heart. Psalm 78: 72
5. Father, let your FRESH ANOINTING be upon all our Pastors. Psalm 23: 5b; Ps 92: 10
6. O Lord, we ask for WISDOM and UNDERSTANDING in the lives of all our
parish/area/provincial pastors to lead the flock aright. Col 1: 9-11
7. O Lord, let there be the full operation of the revelational, vocal, and power gifts in the lives of all RCCG ministers. 1 Corinthians 12:6-10
8. O Lord, manifest your power and glory in all Holy Ghost Services, Conventions, Congress, Shiloh and Divine Encounter Programmes this year 2015. 2 Chronicles 5: 14; Acts 16:26
9. O Lord, let there be great expansion of your Kingdom through the parishes both in Nigeria and all nations of the earth. Mark 1: 28
10. O Lord, let nothing bring your Name or the name of RCCG into disrepute. Matthew 5:13, Rom 2: 25

NIGERIA
1. O Lord, let our land Nigeria experience rest this year in Jesus name. 1 Kings 5: 4, 2 Chronicles 14:7
2. Father Lord, let your will be done in the forth-‐coming general elections. Give us leaders after your own will. Let your counsel alone stand. Matt.6:10; Prov.19:21
3. O Lord, give us God-‐fearing leadership at local government, state & federal levels. 1 Timothy 2:2; Proverbs 29: 2
4. O Lord, deliver Nigeria from all forms of violence and acts of terrorism. Isaiah 60:18
5. O Lord, deliver Nigeria from every form of natural disasters. Psalm 91: 1-10
6. Father, expose every form of corruption in our land and cause the nation to
recover all that has been stolen through corrupt acts. Amos 5:11;  Ezra 7: 26
7. O Lord, Revive all the dead sectors of our economy. Ezekiel 37:1-‐14
8. O Lord, cause Nigeria to be a debt-‐free nation. Deuteronomy.15:6; Deuteronomy.28:12
9. O Lord, deliver Nigeria from all from of financial waste. Isaiah 61: 4
10. Father, please restore Nigeria’s prominence as a leading economy in Africa.

A MASTER KEY TO OVERCOME TROUBLES

Pastor Harrison

Text: Proverbs 18:21

Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit. 

Be careful what you profess over yourself and over your life that it does not come back to haunt you.

A MASTER KEY TO OVERCOME TROUBLES

Proverbs 11:8

The righteous is delivered from trouble, And it comes to the wicked instead.

Proverbs 12:13

A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.

What is Problem?

Is a source of difficulty, or an even t that causes distress or pain..or something that causes discomfort or troubles

Sources of Trouble?

Job 5:7

Yet man is born unto trouble

  • The day of a man’s birth can bring problem

Icabod- 1 Samuel 4:21:

And she named the child Ichabod, saying, “The glory has departed from Israel!” because the ark of God had been captured and because of her father-in-law and her husband.

A pronouncement made at the time of the birth

Jabez- because I bore him in trouble..

Psalm 9:13

13 Have mercy on me, O Lord!
Consider my trouble from those who hate me,
You who lift me up from the gates of death,

  • Hatred can be a source of trouble.

Esther 3:2-5 the example of Haaman and Mordecai

  • Prophesy: 2 Timothy 3:1

In the last days perilous times shall come.

1 Kings 17:1

  • Our mouth Proverbs 6:2, how do you use your mouth? What do you speak to yourself or about yourself?

What is the master key we can use to tap into our victory? It is thanksgiving

People who have used the weapon of THANKSGIVING

2nd Chronicles 20:1- end The story of Jehoshaphat

Jesus used the weapon of thanksgiving to do the extraordinary. Matthew 14- the story of the feeding of the 5000

Matthew 8:1-3

The story of the lepers..And the man who came back to give thanks.

Mark 5:1-15 the demon possessed man

A Demon-Possessed Man Healed

Then they came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gadarenes.[a]

 And when He had come out of the boat, immediately there met Him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,

 who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no one could bind him,[b] not even with chains,

 because he had often been bound with shackles and chains. And the chains had been pulled apart by him, and the shackles broken in pieces; neither could anyone tame him.

 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains and in the tombs, crying out and cutting himself with stones.

When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped Him.

 And he cried out with a loud voice and said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God that You do not torment me.”

For He said to him, “Come out of the man, unclean spirit!”

 Then He asked him, “What is your name?”

And he answered, saying, “My name is Legion; for we are many.”

 10 Also he begged Him earnestly that He would not send them out of the country.

11 Now a large herd of swine was feeding there near the mountains.

 12 So all the demons begged Him, saying, “Send us to the swine, that we may enter them.” 

13 And at once Jesus[c] gave them permission. Then the unclean spirits went out and entered the swine (there were about two thousand); and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and drowned in the sea.

14 So those who fed the swine fled, and they told it in the city and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that had happened.

 15 Then they came to Jesus, and saw the one who had been demon-possessed and had the legion, sitting and clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid.

EFFECTS OF THANKSGIVING

  1. 2 Chronicles 20:25

It gives God the ability to convert the wealth of the Gentiles to become that of the children of God.

  1. It gives us the privilege to have abundance the 12 left over baskets
  2. It gives freedom from the power of darkness: the mad man was made whole.
  3. Acts 16:25-30- the praises and worship of Paul and Silas in the prison. Their praises made God to arise, He shook the foundations of the prison house which was an earthquake, broke the chains that held them bound also.

John3:30

He must increase, but I must decrease

To  have Christ in you is the greatest victory..

Prayer point:

Father in the name of Jesus, let Your praises never cease in my mouth..Lord help me.