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Make Full Proof Of The Ministry, by Revd George Adegboye

Bible Text: 2 Timothy 4:5

One of the differences between rich people and poor people is that poor people watch TV and listen to entertainment; rich people read and love reading.  So learn to read.

Some people only resurrect on Sunday morning, we only see them on Sunday. Coming to church is a way of life, it is a place you sharpen yourself for the real world, don’t take it likely.

2 Timothy 4: 5 – “But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil your ministry. (NKJV)

“As for you, be calm and cool and steady, accept and suffer unflinchingly every hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fully perform all the duties of your ministry”.(AMPC)

Joseph endure affliction, Job endured affliction and you see the end of these two people, they had more than enough at the end of their life. This book of Timothy was the last book Apostle Paul wrote to his mentee and he was giving an instruction.

Some people will say I do not have a ministry but you have, there is nobody who is born again who does not have a ministry.

2 Corinthians 5:17-19 – “17 Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!

18 But all things are from God, Who through Jesus Christ reconciled us to Himself [received us into favor, brought us into harmony with Himself] and gave to us the ministry of reconciliation [that by word and deed we might aim to bring others into harmony with Him].

19 It was God [personally present] in Christ, reconciling and restoring the world to favor with Himself, not counting up and holding against [men] their trespasses [but cancelling them], and committing to us the message of reconciliation (of the restoration to favor).” (AMPC)

God has given us the ministry of reconciliation and this ministry is for everybody.

There is a word which many of us are familiar with, the word “NEWS”. It was a word that was introduced in the 14th century. It can be defined as newly received or noteworthy information especially about recent and relevant events. In the world today there is various kind of news, whether on radio or TV, we have world news, entertainment news, headline news, sports news, in recent times news was added called fake news. Donald Trump has propagated this news. One thing about news is that people are committed to sharing it. CNN share news, Organisations share news, even you share news when you hear about someone waiting on God for many years either for a job or baby and then suddenly gets one; you share it.

You hear it through news network. I did a research recently and discovered that about 84 public news channel exists. There are 179 private news channels, there are 33 business news channels, there are 14 sport news channels, in Africa alone; there are 18 news channels. You can see that sharing news is something people and organisations are committed. Human beings are interested in learning and share news, what is going on; nowadays technology has increased the speed of news sharing. Organisations have taken advantage of this. Before it should be word of mouth. Some of you are used to sharing and tagging on Facebook.  However one common thing about the news channel of close to 370 is that most of this news is fake, are bad, they are not too good news. It is always very depressing when you switch on your TV or radio and you hear an aircraft crashed in southern Sudan,  a man came back from work and discovered that his wife has been beheaded, a child walked into the neighbourhood and have not been found. Most of the news in the world is not too good; even at that many people still depend on the news, many people trust it and many people adhere to it.

There is, however, news which I believe everyone around us deserves to hear. You know you share a lot of news. For example “…our club won, Spain defeated England but there is news worthy of sharing with those people around us and people in our neighbourhood need to hear and deserve to hear. While news can be defined as newly received, or noteworthy information especially about relevant and recent events. The good news literally can be defined as news received or worthy information of a high standard.  We share a lot of news especially on social media but we refuse to share the news that those who are around us deserve to hear from us. The good news of the gospel of Christ is beneficial and to the advantage of someone. It is news of a high quality. Of all the news, the best news is the good news which the Lord Jesus Christ gave us to share. He didn’t give us world news.

As believers, we share a lot of other news with friends, family, colleagues and unbelievers in various forms but we do not share the good news as we share other news. If we share the good news as we share other news, this world will be a better place. All other news is depressing.

However, there are characteristics that make the news Jesus gave us the best news of all.

The book Matthews emphasizes that the purpose of the news God gave us is to pass it on.

Psalm 91:8…

If you and I can share the bad news why is it that we are not committed equally to share the good news? The best news of all is the good news. If you are used to news sharing through any means, this is an important thing to share with them. The good news has 3 parts that people you share it with will appreciate. The 3 parts are:

  1. God has done something about the peoples past. 1 Corinthians 5:17 emphasizes that old things have passed away for those in Christ. Every one of us has a past with a lot of mistakes. I don’t know about you but I have made a lot of mistakes in my past. Between 1973 and 1980 I lived a terrible life. But the good news God is saying is that “I have taken everything you have done and wiped the slate clean”; you do not have to be guilty anymore over your past. The pregnancies either you impregnate somebody or you got pregnant the lies. Though you since may be as scarlet they shall be as white as snow. Your past is gone, even if that is the only news that is good news but there is a second part to it.
  2. God has something good for you in the present. He has made you for a purpose but for you to discover the purpose you need to come to Christ and discover God. There is a purpose of God for your presence. You may feel hopeless but there is hope, you may feel destitute that life is tough and very unfair, but there is hope. People are committing suicide, throwing in the towel, abandoning their husband, wife and children. Not only has He dealt with my past but he has provided for my present. The present is brighter even more than you can imagine, think or believe. Jeremiah 29:11, Psalm 139:17

“How precious and weighty also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them!”

  1. Not only is your past taken care of, not only is there a provision for your present taken care of but there is a great future for you with a home in heaven. It is good to have a home in Las Vegas, Washington DC, it is good to have a home in Madrid or even in London but you need to have a home in Heaven. You may not even have a home here, maybe you are still renting but the good news is you have a home in Heaven and it is a place you will abide forever and ever; even without you buying a land. There is a plan for your future.

All these 3 constitute good news. God says forgiveness for your past; there is a purpose for living in the present and a home in heaven for the future. Don’t you think some people will be interested in that? Old things have passed away, tell your friends, families, people you meet every week, on a daily basis, and colleagues need to hear this. How can they come to the knowledge of this without you fulfilling your ministry? Your ministry is to share this good news. You don’t have to make it happen, you don’t have to do anything more than tell people about it, and if they believe it; it will change their lives. Do the work of an evangelist, that is what God says, He didn’t say leave your work, resign from your work just share the good news. Many of us do the work of a pharmacist when we prescribe drugs and give medicine to our kids at home, or when someone comes to you for advice; you do the work of a lawyer, you are not a lawyer. Let me tell you when He said to do the work of a preacher, he didn’t say you are a preacher, he didn’t come down with thunder and speak to you. Like he did to Moses. But he said, “Do the work of a preacher, do the work of an evangelist…” Another one says “go on preaching the good news, another one says “keep the message alive.”  When you share messages, you keep it going on, keeping it alive.

Many of you have received messages on WhatsApp; after reading it; it says “share / forward it to 10 people or 20 people. Some of you do it, if they say you can get free human hair, you will forward it so why won’t you forward a more beneficial message. Someone forwarded it to me, that is why I am here and I have forwarded it to you, so you need to forward it to other people.  Keep the message alive. A Bible version says, “do the work of telling good news”, many of us like to carry bad news. There is a news station in Yoruba (Nigeria Tribe)   named “Iroyin Kayefi” which means hefty news.

Another one says “work and tell others the good news”.

I remember when I bought my first house in Spain in 1992, I could almost tell anybody when I bought my house in America, I could tell anybody.

Oh taste and see, singing “I have seen the Lord’s goodness, his mercies and compassion …” How many of you have seen and experienced the Lord’s goodness, the Lord has been good to you? If you have? then share the good news, you have depth and wealth of knowledge to share from. Good news is refreshing to a thirsty soul. Proverbs 25: 25

“Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far [home] country”.

The heat of this world is terrible; people need to cool off, how do you do that? By sharing the good news, Good news is reviving.

Make full proof of your ministry. The ministry many of us have is not the ministry of singing, the ministry is not being able to counsel people, being able to tweak, there is the ministry you don’t need any microphone, your ministry is to save souls. Mathew 18: 11. Some people say my ministry is to play the drums. No, it is to preach the gospel, to share the good news. When I newly gave my life to Christ, I had nothing but my testimony, I  share my experiences, this was who I was, this is who I  am now and this is who I AM BECOMING, AS I SHARED they started listening and becoming like me. Good news is reviving, refreshing, delightful, reassuring, comforting. Good news is different. It is different from world news, sports news, entertainment news and every other kind of news. I want to implore you to make full proof of the ministry and share the good news.

2 Corinthian 5:18

But all things are from God, Who through Jesus Christ reconciled us to Himself [received us into favor, brought us into harmony with Himself] and gave to us the ministry of reconciliation [that by word and deed we might aim to bring others into harmony with Him].”

Paul said it; God gave us the ministry, everyone, anyone, no matter who you are, what you do, and what your circumstance is. One translation says   “he has given us the work of reconciliation. Adam was in a relationship with God, but walked away but reconciling means to bring us back to God.

Another translation says; “He has committed to us the work of making peace” you have the ministry of making peace; making peace is a serious work, how many of you have seen two people fighting and try to separate them, but you need to do this. One translation says “the task of making others His friend…” If you are a friend of God, don’t you think it’s a good position that others need to be? He has also called us into a work of restoring relationships; he has called us to settle our relationships with each other. It is a general ministry; you are not a Christian if you do not have this ministry.

He has committed unto us the task of telling others about the peace in Christ. We need to pass on the good news. He has given us the task of bringing others back to him through Jesus Christ. It is so simple; you have tasted and seen, all you need to do is describe your taste.  He has also given us the office to preach the atonement; atonement means what God did to bring man and God back together again.

With all I have just said, you will expect that many Christians will be sharing the good news, because of how beautiful it is. According to a recent research, 80% of believers know that they are called to preach, but 61% of them admitted they have not done anything along this line in the past 6 months they have not done anything about it. If I ask the same question now and if you all are going to be truthful; the statistics are right but it is your ministry. Apostle Paul in Colossians 3:17

And whatever you do [no matter what it is] in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus and in [dependence upon] His Person, giving praise to God the Father through Him.”

I am reminding you and pricking your conscience. You are the one enjoying it but there are neighbours, friends, colleagues who need what you have but you have never shared the good news.

I went to visit one of our members in his office when I got there; there was this man sitting near him for the past 9years. I asked him “are you born again?” the man looked at his friend and said answer him, my member said NO and the friend said why you have not told me. There are friends, family, neighbours, colleagues you have not told about the gospel, you told them you bought a car, you told them you have a child, you told them you bought a house but this good news you refused to share. Make full proof it, give expression to it, and fulfil the work of the ministry.

Reasons why people don’t share the good news.

The seeming unwillingness of members to share good news has been a major concern and frustration for Pastors. If every member here share the good news and win one soul we will start the second service, and church growth will be very easy. When Jesus called Peter he didn’t say I will make you rich, He said I will make you fishers of men. Follow Jesus and He will teach you to catch people. The following is to help you develop a capacity to catch people.

Several reasons why many are not catching people, they toil all night and are not catching somebody.

  1. Many Christians are thinking it is an extraordinary assignment for the Prophet, for those in full-time ministry and not their job. However, Jesus Christ has committed this assignment to us. No matter what assignment you have, it is secondary; every member in any department needs to win soul first. Sharing the good news does not require any skill; share it with whatever language you can share it in. The early church was uncooked, ordinary men; if they can; you too can.
  2. People do not make it a priority. Women make making their hair a priority; they make manicure and pedicure a priority, painting your face a priority, make sharing the good news a priority. Anything you make a priority you are committed to doing. Singing should not be your priority, if there no souls in this Church who will you sing to, who will you record if there are no souls.
  3. We don’t share the good news because we have lost our love for God and others. If you love God for the price you have paid; don’t you think you need to help. If you love someone and you know the person has cancer, you know the cure for cancer won’t you tell them. Sin is worse than cancer. There are people who are from a Christian background but have wandered away. Jesus said if you love me keep my commandment, what is the commandments “…go ye into the world …” One translation says, “…go into your world….
  4. It is because we have become isolated from unbelievers. We don’t know how to connect with them. When you got saved you had unbelievers around but you were told for you to grow you; you need to make new friends. So after awhile Pastor says invite your friends to church you come inviting nobody. Over the years you have developed only Christian friends. There is an MP3 message I am going to give to the Pastor if you are interested in becoming a fisher of man, speak with the Pastor and get the message. You’ll need to understand how to connect with people, how to build bridges with people?
  5. Another reason why people don’t share the gospel is that of fear satan put in people. People are afraid of what they would do to them in their workplace, in school at colleges. If you cannot talk to them during work, speak to your colleagues after work.

Prov. 29:29, Number 14:24.

You can go to the park, the mall and speak to people. Where I stay in London, I just go to the mall; I invite people for lunch. Building bridges with people are very easy. Isaiah 41:10- “Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice”.

I do not know the reason for the fear you have but God is with you.

  1. People are looking for an immediate result. I invited him but he did not come. You want to share and get an immediate result, the man that has been a sinner since 1920 you want him to turn around immediately. Don’t worry; do your best and leave the rest to God.
  2. It is because of their own spiritual state. If Christianity is not real to them, they cannot share what they do not have. You come to church, I agree with you because you are still closer to the person that doesn’t come at all. Your sharing the good news is a reflection of where you are in Christ. You cannot give what you do not have.

God will reward you as you share the good news. God will not reward you for building houses, for having many cars, for having plenty of money, God will not reward you for people you know but God will reward you for making Heaven happy.

Luke 15:7- “Thus, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one [[a]especially] wicked person who repents ([b]changes his mind, abhorring his errors and misdeeds, and determines to enter upon a better course of life) than over ninety-nine righteous persons who have no need of repentance”.

How many people will walk up to you in Heaven and say “Thank you for sharing the good news”.

Go ye into the world and fulfil your ministry, make full proof of the ministry by sharing the good news.

Prayer: Pray to be committed and bold to share the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The sermon, Make Full Proof Of The Ministry, by Revd George Adegboye, founder RHEMA Chapel International Churches.

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Move Forward, Stretch Forth Your Rod, by Archbishop Tunde Adeleye

Bible Text: Exodus 14

Father interpret your words in our heart. Let us not just be hearers but also doers in Jesus name (Name)

The Bible text is about the children of Israel and Moses as they sojourn out of Egypt through the Red Sea to the promised land. Moses job was a tedious one, he was sent to lead the people that were inherently stubborn. After he had communicated the message, they will leave him and go gather together and do something else (Exodus 32).  The Israelites were a set of stubborn people but God mercies endureth forever.

God hardened Pharaoh’s heart so that he would pursue the Israelites, at a time the Israelites were complaining “are there no graves in Egypt so much more than you want us to die here? ….” (Exodus14:11). Moses was caught amongst the children of Israel and God. The Israelites were very stubborn people as at the time, so it was difficult to do the job of Moses. The kind of people who witnessed the miracles and still were impatient to wait for Moses to come back from the presence of God (Exodus 32).

In Exodus 14: 4 God said he was going to harden Pharaohs’ heart so that God could manifest his power.

“And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them. But I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD.” So the Israelites did this.

I tell you today do not pursue or go after God’s anointed. The consequences are great, an example is that which happened to the Pharaoh.

Meanwhile, God will always take care of his people and look out for them. Maybe you are in a state where you have no one to turn to, no help, no one to borrow from, full of debts and do not how to move forward, you are by the red sea.  God told Moses to move forward, even in the midst of the red sea.

Have you been in a situation where you think there is no way, you evaluate your life and it seems no way, yet God says to move forward. Maybe you looked at yourself, it seems you cannot make it, you visited the doctors they said you cannot have children, God is telling you today, “Fear not”, “Stand still”.

There are many situations people face today, I may not have mentioned yours, I do not know what your circumstances are but I know there is a God.

If you have a relationship with God and hear his voice, you will know he is the one speaking and heed His voice; “… Move Forward…”

The Bible says in Gen. 22: 1; God called Abraham and he answered, “Here I am..”; this happened because Abraham could hear his voice.

I have been through the Christianity, from a worker to where I am today as an Arch Bishop.  At a younger age, although born in a Christian home there was a moment in my life I knew I had to surrender my all to God, it had nothing to do with my Christian background. Even though I was born in a Christian home, something was still missing. I listened to a message and the message came to me and the question was “what next”?

I pray for you today; may you not just be filling the church, may you have a relationship with Christ, so that when he says go forward, you will understand what he is saying and heed His voice.

Exodus 14: 15-16 – “Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. 16 Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground”.

If you think you are down God will lift you up. You have the rod right now in your hand, the rod is grace, the rod is the power of God, it is the word of God in you, use it and move forward.

The story of how Jesus discipled Peter is also an interesting one. Peter and his colleagues had been toiling all night but on the arrival of Jesus, He said to move forward and cast your net, Peter replied at your word we will cast the nets (Luke 5: 3-5)

I tell you today, God is taking you to another destination, take your rod and move forward, stretch your faith, stretch the word of God.  Use your faith, work out your salvation, whatever you do, you do for yourself and do wholeheartedly.

There are some people who think doing the word of God is a form of getting popularity with the Pastor or pleasing the Pastor but I tell you today, whatever you do you do for yourself.  God will remain God.

Brethren, the rod to move forward is with you, there is nothing to be afraid of. Just stretch forth. God said to Moses stretch forth over the sea and divide the sea, which means the capability is with Moses.  Thus, the children of Israel worked on the dry ground.  The red sea parted and became dry and all enemies drowned. You will go through the dry ground, you are moving forward in Jesus name (Amen)

Prayer: This red sea that is before me, father help me to stretch forth my rod and let every impossibility became possible in Jesus name, Amen.

The sermon, Move Forward, Stretch Forth Your Rod, by Archbishop Tunde Adeleye, Archbishop of Niger-Delta and Bishop, Calabar Diocese Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, was delivered on August 19, 2018.

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God’s Will for Christian Families, by Pastor (Mrs) Yomi Adewale

Bible Text: Psalm 115 Vs 12, Isaiah 32: 17 -18, Psalm 144: 12-15

Isaiah 32:17-18 – “The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever. My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest”

Your home shall be a peaceful habitation in Jesus name, Amen.

There are 4 pillars upon which anyone who has a meaningful existence must be standing for a peaceful home; these are:

  1. Faith: If it is an important aspect of individual life we must not joke with faith in our homes. Pay attention to your spiritual life. Your faith will affect your dispositions and the decisions you make. It will affect your financial decision and marital decisions.
  2. Fitness: Anyone that would go far must be healthy. Pay attention to your health. Whatever you eat, pay attention to it. You want to enjoy marriage be healthy, a sick husband or wife cannot play his or her role in the home. To enjoy good health you need more education, not more medication. Trust God for your health, your maker knows your makeup. If you don’t take care of yourself, you may be calling yourself home before God calls you home.
  3. Family: This refers to your parenting style and how you are starting your home. Ensure your style and direction is based on biblical principles.
  4. Career: This refers to your purpose on earth. I have tagged this finance.

How are you presenting yourself? Do work hard and arrive on time to meetings or even though you call yourself a new creature you still use or follow the African timing. 2 Corin 5:17, As a new creature lives as one.

Emphasis will be made on Faith and Family Pillars to explain the essence of a Christian home and features of a Christian family.

In Christian family there are certain features that are evident; these are:

  1. Presence of God: God’s presence removes tension and deflates pressure within the home. The Holy spirit regulates actions and activities of couples, such that as a spouse when you are supposed to be angry, to be selfish, to be secretive, raise your children anyhow, the Holy Spirit will not permit.
  2. A Christian home is a nest that provides rest for its habitants.
  3. There is a man in this home who is a committed husband and a devoted father, in a Christian home you have to be a promise keeper. It is amazing when you see people who are in courtship how they are all over and paying the price and after the wedding ceremony; it all stops. You need to continue to make efforts.
  4. A Christian home includes a devoted and loving mother. How a woman should behave, to love and take care of the home is orchestrated by the Holy Spirit.
  5. It is a place of mould and grooming Godly children. A child that is well rooted in the word, the ways of the world will not influence that child irrespective of where you are bringing him or her up. That is why we say Christian home not African or European home.
  6. It is a home of honour where children honour their father and their mother.

Genes 18:19

  1. It is a place of genuine love where there are true friendship and togetherness.
  2. It is a home of a love of where you say it and demonstrate it. After an argument “what are you going to eat?” is not synonymous with “I love you”. When you offend your kids saying “Be careful” is not synonymous with “I am sorry” and “I Love you”
  3. In a Christian, couples run their affairs by Biblical teaching
  4. A Christian home upholds good and godly values. Godly virtues are inculcated by children.

May the Lord make our home a place of peace, transparency, friendship and genuine love in Jesus name, Amen.

When marriage starts, most times it starts with fantasy (i.e the myth that spouses would not offend each other, everything is rosy), then gradually reality sets, the man or woman begin to do certain things (e.g snoring, becoming big etc.), if  reality is not managed well, resentments sets in.

Reality: You begin to see differences; maybe you are very sharp, very good in finance, you are not a laid-back person. You realize the man or woman is a laid-back person. The reality in all phases, if not managed with communication, you begin to grow apart and may become sworn enemies. It begins with a crack in the wall of your home if you don’t mend it before you know it; you are living with a total stranger.

You are living in a singleness marriage, you are doing your thing, and he or she is doing his or her thing. But if the differences are handled properly you enter into a level of consolidation. It is a situation where you accommodate and tolerate each other.  You adjust and know truly that no one is perfect and if you are able to move and conquer this phase you enter into a period of rest. A phase of comfortability and joy.

Reason to build a Christian God

  1. Please God: Isaiah 33 – You refuse to have sex before marriage, you want to have morning devotion at home because you want to communicate with your maker and make Him the author and finisher of the faith in your home.
  2. You want to be healthy. A bad marriage is bad enough. You need peace which means you need to do it right. When you are happy is like medicine to you, when you are not it dries your bone. You can imagine living under the same roof with somebody who is an enemy. You don’t like the person, you don’t want to see the face, even if you appear happy outside; going back home may begin to bring you sadness and ill health.
  3. You want to be a role model for others to emulate. If you are doing things right automatically you become a counsellor. Whether you are speaking or not speaking someone is following in your footsteps. When we go to campuses to speak on marriage and we ask how many will want to marry someone like their father or mother; you will see them rejecting it by fire. This is because no good example has been laid down. I get irritated when parent involve their children in their issues, it is not a good idea, they were not there when you met so don’t bug them; leave them alone. Maturity is very key in a marriage. Learn to handle issues amicably.
  4. You want to enjoy benefits and blessings associated with a Christian home. It is only in a Christian home you can pray in unity. The devil discourages you from praying together.
  5. You want to enjoy your old age, you want to be at peace, If you and your spouse have managed each other well, at old age you will be at peace. The Bible says, the path of the righteous is like a shining light, it shines more and more unto a perfect day (Prov. 4:18). You don’t want to end up in a care home, you want to have people around you.

All those choleric attitudes that have no rule, no control, no room for others (e.g that is me I can never change) change it for you can do all things through Christ that strengthens you.

  1. You want to make your home heaven on earth, build a Christian home. You cannot be a man and managing three homes in different locations; only you. If you have that skill use it for something better.

Make up your mind that your home will be heaven on earth. Ask for the grace to be the wife and the husband that the Lord wants you to be.

Four factors needed to have a Christian home

  1. Divine factor: Job 22: 21 & 22 – “Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you. Accept instruction from his mouth and lay up his words in your heart”. Let God direct your path so you don’t encage yourself.

You may be in a peaceable environment and people around you; may be at peace but still, you would not be peace. As a Christian, if you hook up with a non-Christian, he cannot love you genuinely.

A non–Christian is selfish and self –centered. Only God teaches how to love genuinely. If you are still in this meeting you don’t care about others. You need to grow up.

  1. Individual: It is achievable when you and whoever you are marrying is ready to have a Christian home. There has to be a personal conviction to make it work and goals are achievable.

Luke 6:45. “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

A guy who womanises, who has been drinking, he cannot change after marriage except he is convicted from within to change.

For married couples, your spouse is not as bad as you think, if you change your spouse will change become a lover boy and she will become a lover girl. The way you use to do those days go back there and you see her give you the generosity of those days. Stop pursuing what is not profitable. Godliness with contentment is a great gain, your husband is a blessing to you, your wife is a blessing to you. He or she is the person that can tolerate you.

  1. Biblical Factor: 2 Timothy 2:15. “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth”.

There are some principles in the Bible we cannot compromise. These Biblical principles are:

A). Pray together: Learn to have family devotion together, interact and share the word.

  1. B) Maturity is another principle. Gene 2: 24. You have disagreements with your spouse you call your parents to report; that is childish. People who are ready to respond positively when there are issues, they are ready to sort out things, treat each other as adults are the ones required in marriage.
  2. C) The principle of Purity: Heb 13:4. You are not married, you have been living together as husband and wife for years without no form of marriage in sight. There is already a problem.
  3. D) Forgiveness: Learn to forgive. Break the record of offences.
  4. E) Agree –  Amos 3:3, you have to agree and have godly policies, how do you want to raise your children up; these are things you must set before you start having kids. Agree and talk about it. What do you permit in your home? Godly policies are very key in your home.
  5. Godly parenting: Godly children without blemish, not that one will be bad others will be good, you check their temperament and know how to raise them individually, in a Christian home we groom, mould and project them to the world. Don’t do mass production, they have individualities.
  6. Submission, respect, and unity: Leaning and Clinging to your spouse are very important. Galatians 6:16. When you like to be secretive, abusive and report there will be trouble. Walking according to the rule of God there will be peace.
  7. Joint Factor: You have to both partner with God as husband and wife to build the marriage of your dream. “If you are willing and obedient you will eat the good of the land “you need to be open to knowledge and wisdom. Isaiah 1:19.

Isaiah 33:6. You must have the wisdom to relate with in-laws. It is not a battle you want to start and win. Always apply wisdom.

  1. Don’t glory in your infirmities; don’t glory in your anger. For example, when you say words like “go and do research in my family we can get angry; that is the way we do in my family etc

If you have come from a family where polygamy is normal, disassociate yourself and be different.

Ecc. 9:10- “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom”.

you must make effort, make contributions, don’t be laidback, demonstrate love and learn new things. Don’t just be bragging that you are the head of the family. Do it well, do everything well, do your parenting well, study the scriptures.

You need the mercy of God. Rom. 9:15.  God’s mercy is the final blow to everything in life. Maybe you have missed it in life ask God for mercy.

Prayer: May you continue to enjoy peace in your home and God will show you mercy in Jesus name; Amen.

The sermon, God’s Will for Christian Families, by Pastor (Mrs) Yomi Adewale of Family Boosters Ministry, Lagos, Nigeria was delivered on Sunday, August 12, 2018.

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Don’t Miss Your Place In God’s Program, by Pastor Peter Yakubu

Text: Ruth 1:1-22

This happened in the days when judges ruled: needless to stress that the rule of judges and not kings as should have been the case was brought about as a consequence of the error of a man called Judah, the son of Jacob. This error denied ten generations of kings access to the throne because a father satisfied his lust.

Elimelech was a man in the lineage of the Messiah from the city of Beth-lehem-Judah. (Bethlehem means the house of bread or the place of food.) It was an irony that there was famine in the house of bread and Elimelech whose name means “My God Is King” would relocate to somewhere else, and of all places, Moab; outside of the Commonwealth of Israel. He left with his wife and two sons to live in Moab.

Soon after, Elimelech died leaving his wife Naomi ( Naomi mean” pleasant, lovely” hence -“my pleasant one or “my lovely one”) and their two sons Mahlon (meaning “weak, sick”) and Kilion (meaning “frail”)

The two boys married Moabite ladies Orpah (“back of the neck” or ” to turn back”) and Ruth (“friendship”). Within the space of a short time, the two boys died leaving no children. Having been in Moan for ten years, Naomi decided to return to Bethlehem having heard that the famine was over (Vs 6). Orpah ‘turned back’ to her people while Ruth befriended Naomi to the end (vs 14).

In vs 13, Naomi said, “…the LORD is afflicting me!” (NET). Why would she claim so and not that the hand of the LORD was against her husband and children by killing them? Obviously, she knew she was in the heat because it was her decision to relocate in the first place. Don’t ever undermine the power of a woman: if a man is tired of a place or church and desires to move and the wife does not consent, trust me, they will remain there. If the woman got tired and decided to move and the man does not want to, still trust me, they are moving. For whatever reason Naomi wanted out of Bethlehem during the ‘temporary’ scarcity, I cannot say: maybe she thought she was smart, or she wanted her ailing children treated abroad or maybe, she was just an impatient person. Whatever the reason, DO NOT MAKE PERMANENT DECISIONS OVER TEMPORARY SITUATIONS.

When Naomi got back to Bethlehem, she met the same people she left behind, they did not die. Rather she suffered losses. She said “I left here full, but…return empty (vs 21). Her decision to relocate did not pay her.

How many people have left the churches where God planted them at the slightest provocation or offences. Whatever the offence, if God planted you there stay there (Ps 92:13). You don’t resign from your job because of provocation or offences, do you? Why leave the church? Why leave your country or city for a reason that might not stand the test?’ The LORD Jesus said “offences must come” (Matt. 18:7). Patience and self-control are the fruit of the Spirit.

Elimelech should have been the great-grandfather of David and a progenitor of the Messiah but he lost it to a woman who could see beyond the mundane and attached herself forcefully and by faith into the genealogy of the Lord Jesus Christ. Ruth was a woman of the Spirit, willing to go to where Naomi ran away from. She became the mother of Obed, David’s grandpa through Boaz, Elimelech’s brother. Elimelech lost it and his brother had to raise the seed for him through Ruth. Even if Obed bears Chilion’s name, we know the seed is Boaz’s.

Elimelech’s one mistake erased his entire generation from God’s program for them. Let’s be careful about our choices and decisions in life.

Final Note:

That interesting four-chaptered book was not dedicated nor named after Elimelech, nor Naomi, neither Boaz nor Obed but to a total stranger, a gentile woman, a Moabitess, RUTH, who knew to plug herself into God’s program when those for whom it was prepared failed.

Seek To Know And Stay In The Centre Of God’s Will.

The sermon, Don’t Miss Your Place In God’s Program, by Pastor Peter Yakubu, founder, Prevailer’s Arena, Lagos Nigeria, was delivered on August 5, 2018.