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The Power of His Presence, by Rev’d Jonathan Adeboye

The Power of His Presence, by Rev’d Jonathan Adeboye

Bible Text: 1 Sam 4: 1-11; 1 Sam. 5: 2-12

This month the theme is Divine Presence and I pray that the presence of God will be with you wherever you go. From the Bible Text, the presence of God meant so much to the Children of Israel. It is very important to you as an individual’s, as a family and as a corporate entity. Exodus 33:14 -16; Moses emphasized that without the presence of God; How would not lead the children anywhere.

However, the Lords’ presence require certain factors for it to manifest its’ power.

  1. The sanctity of the ark it is described in the Bible that the ark was overlaid with gold. It depicts that when we are in Christ we will enjoy forever and not be put to shame.

  2. The ark contained tables of covenant and Rod

Worthy of note that the Ark is the outward embodiment of the Presence of the Lord Jehovah. It depicts God s’ presence. If there was trouble anywhere, the presence of the Ark calms it.

In 1 Samuel 4: the Ark was brought by Hophni and Phinehas; the 2 sons of Eli. During the War between the Children of Israel and the Philistines’, the Ark was brought and the children of Israel shouted in Joy that they would win the war that the Lord God Almighty had come to fight for them; and the Ark shook. 1Samuel4 : 7 records that the Philistines were afraid; for they realized the God of Israel had come in His presence of the Ark, since the days of Pharaoh they had not had an encounter as this but they summoned courage and continued fighting; and won the War.

The Ineffectiveness of the Ark

The Bible records that after the Ark were brought, the children of Israel suffered greatly and from 4000 the death recorded increased to 30,000. The defeat they suffered after the Ark was brought was greater. However, why didn’t the Ark work for the Children of Israel as expected? Meanwhile, the Ark was captured by the Philistines and it caused great havoc in the city of Gath. The Presence of the Ark in the city smote the men and troubled aroused, the Phillistines were afflicted afterwards. Although the Ark of God seem lifeless during the war but it was not powerless.

There are 7 reasons identified as factors that could hinder the manifestation of the Power of Gods’ presence.

  1. The family life of the High priest was displeasing to God. It matters how you handle your family, issues concerning your family take it more seriously.

  2. Due to the corrupt and morally bankrupt ministerial team such Hophin and Phinehas. The Bible declares that they sexually harassed women that came for worship and took the sacrificial offering for their use.

  3. Inconsistence and clueless leadership; the elders were not available to give direction to the people. Godly elders should show the way to younger ones. Jeremiah 7: 9-11 depict Gods’ detest for uncleanliness- Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not; 10 And come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations? 11 Is this house, which is called by my name, becomes a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen it, saith the Lord.

  4. Living and serving in the Spirit is essential. Do not operate in the flesh. God’s service should not be mere show off- John 6:3. Do not operate in the flesh – depend on the Holy Spirit to carry out your assignment.

  5. 1 Peter 4:8- operate in Brotherly love. Do away with any nagging as a father, as a wife, as a husband, as a Parent as an ambassador of Christ.

  6. Stay within your calling- No rank breaking – Romans 12:6-8. Operate within your gift. The gift God has given you. He will give you grace commensurate within the gift. Recognize leadership does not be quick to be promoted.

  7. Make the glory of God your ultimate goal in living and serving – 1 Peter 4:11 “11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen”.

Wherever you find yourself; In the church, with family, at work – whatever you do, do it unto God and you will continually enjoy the Power of Gods’ presence

Prayer: I prophecy over the whole Church , over your family , over your life in the journey of the second half of this year; you will enjoy grace , the Power of Gods’ presence will be real in your life and you will not be a laughing stock to your adversaries in Jesus name Amen.

Prayer: “I will not become a laughing stock to my adversaries in Jesus name, Amen”

Sermon delivered by Rev’d Jonathan Adeboye, the founder of Total Missions Global Network Ministries, Nigeria on July 3rd, 2016.

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God’s Fire Brand, by Rev’d Isaac Omolehin

God’s Fire Brand, by Rev’d Isaac Omolehin

Bible Text: Judges 15: 1-5, Acts 28: 1-8

There is nowhere fire enters and things remain the same. Fire cannot be burning you and you remain where you are. That definitely would not be fire. Fire changes you it moves a man, it motivates for motion. It is either you run or you never remain the same but it changes something within and without. E.g. the incident of fire in a building evacuates people or damages; even a sick person hears fire he jumps and move. In the same vein the Holy Ghost fire when it falls on you never leaves you the same way it met you.

Holy Ghost fire would move you from where you are now to where you need to be. When the fire of God comes upon you, it evacuates all demonic and contrary spirit within you. Whatever is hidden within you the fire of God would evacuate them away from your life in Jesus name. God heals and deliver through the Holy Ghost fire.

In the books of Acts, Paul gathered sticks from the bush and set fire for comfort but the snake coiled round Pauls’ hands instead of going back to the bush. The snake refuse to evacuate into the bush but coiled round Pauls’ hand, this shows there are some abnormal problems that have refused to leave. Paul shook the snake back into the fire. As Christians we need to reject certain things in life, understand the principles of back to sender and possess only that which we want; that belongs to us made possible through the power of the Holy ghost fire.

Christians need to learn to pray their way into victory, like Jabez – when Jabez was born ( 1 chronicles) he was born in sorrow and his mother named him bitterness but the Bible records that Jabez prayed ( 1 chronicles 4:10) and the lord answered , God is ready and willing to change our story only if we are ready to pray and reject that which we do not want. We need to stand in affirmative for what is ours in Christ.

Prayer:

  1. Father those who are playing God over me, today Father push them over and let them know I am serving a living God.

  2. Father, there is snake around my hand, I can’t find work, I can’t get money, I shake the snake into the fire, back to sender in Jesus name.

  3. Father, today I separate myself from my pain, from my fear, I separate my dwelling, my family, my home from fear in Jesus name.

Perhaps the snake which could represent pain , sorrow, has deposited some venom of bitterness; I pray that the Holy Ghost fire remove and burn such serpents and their deposits in your life in Jesus name.

The story of Samson from Judges 15 indicates how God works when he wants to take over a place. When God wants to harvest a community / city, he sets off fire brands developed from a church into the city. Amongst all the leaders of Israel Samson was one warrior without an army. He ruled Israel for 20 years but no army. Although, disorganized Samson understood the concept of firebrands and used it to pull down the city of the Philistines.

Although Samson used it negatively but fire has positivity. The Holy Ghost fire which we speak of; relates to that which was released as a gift on the day of Pentecost to energize the people for the work ahead. However, God uses people in twos, Paul and Barnabas; God uses people who have a history of good relationship. God is interested in people and families. He is interested in saving families and so blesses people in the context of their family that is why he raises Firebrands for multiple harvests.

Prayer: As you go about in life the Lord will double your efforts he will make you a firebrand for multiple harvests. What takes you years to achieve you will achieve in months, what takes months to achieve you will achieve in days in Jesus name. God will fast track your destiny in Jesus name. Amen

The sermon, God’s Fire Brand, by Rev’d Isaac Omolehin, General Overseer, Word Assembly Ministries, Nigeria was delivered on June 26th, 2016. You can watch the video of this sermon on our YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/RCCGEFALeeds

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Jesus is Coming Soon, by Pastor Femi Agboola

Jesus is Coming Soon, by Pastor Femi Agboola

Text: John 14:1-3

Intro: Jesus is the way, truth and life. John 14:6

The Father sent Him for so many reasons, the major reason is to show us the way to the Father.

When He finished the assignment He returned to heaven and He gave us hint of His wilderness experience and He said to us that we will experience the same.

John 16:33, Jeremiah 1:19.

As we are all aware that the end time signs of His second coming according to Him are already manifested e.g nation will rise against nation, children against parent and earthquake all these are the signs of his coming. My question to you brethren is are you prepared for His coming because you and I must not miss His coming which is rapture.

Example: the ten virgins with their lamp, Matt 25:1-12

Warning: some people will obtain their salvation as one passing through the fire. So you have to take a serious decision today. He says in matt 11:28, come today for your salvation, healing, deliverance and blessing.

That negative attitude and that unholy habit must stop. Beware, be prepared, limit that worldly pursuit avoid lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes.

The bible says two will be on bed, one will be taken.

When the lord appears in the sky, there will be a shout and trumpet of the angel. Suddenly we shall be rupturable.

Conditions for us to be rupturable

1.     Salvation

2.     Sanctification

3.     Baptism of the holy spirit

4.     Holiness

Conclusion

To be rupturable with Christ, we need to make holiness our way of life.

Jesus is Coming Soon, by Pastor Femi Agboola was delivered on May 8th 2016.
Pastor Femi Agboola is a REGIONAL PASTOR at the RCCG International Headquarters, Lagos, Nigeria

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Divine Lifting, by Pastor (Mrs) Ekundayo Aruwajoye

Bible Text: 1 Samuel 2:6-9 – “The Lord killeth, and maketh alive: he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up.7 The Lord maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up.8 He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, and he hath set the world upon them.9 He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail”.

This year is our year of Spreading, so I pray for you that God will grant you a divine lifting that will spread your fame in Jesus name, Amen.

The Bible Text 1 Samuel 2:6-9 is the account o Hannah, when she was desperately in need of a Child. She had been molested, abused by the other wife Peninnah. The day came that it dawned on her, she needed and wanted to be lifted amongst the barren. She remembered the Lord and cried unto him. The Lord answered her, and gave her a gift of an extra ordinary Son “Samuel” – the prophet we read about today. No one could have given her. Our God is a mighty God and He is mighty to save. Whatever situation you find yourself, The Almighty is alive and would save you.

Another example of divine lifting is the account in 2 Samuel 9:1-13. It is the story of Mephibosheth, Jonathan, David and Saul. The whole story detailed how King Saul and his son died at war , Mephibosheth who could have been the next heir got lame at age 5 and was taken away ; forgotten during the war crises.

Young David was made King but on one fateful day, David remembered that his friend Jonathan had a son. He asked if there was anyone left in the lineage of Saul and Jonathan, for the sake of Jonathan; he would bless such a person. Mephibosheth was summoned; all that belonged to him was given back to Him. Mephibosheth had been forgotten but his day of divine lifting came, all wasted years were restored and his fame spreads. Mephibosheth had referred himself to a dead dog that has no value. Some Christians are living like that today but I declare today as your day of lifting. The Lord will remember you henceforth and lift you up.

Divine lifting is synonymous to supernatural acts of God in one’s life. Divine lifting is God’s promotion, when God promotes you no man can demote you. Divine lifting is appositive change in the life of a man. With divine lifting; an ordinary man is made great and will sit with honorable men. Divine lifting brings people from dust to the throne. When God decides to visit you all atmosphere will change for you.

Another example is our father in the Lord, Daddy G. O. He was lifted from an ordinary person to somebody to be set aside for glory; even his doctorate could not give him such glory.

Esther 2 gives account of Esther a slave girl in a foreign land made Queen. The wife of the King was put in a position where she had to disobey; the subordinates turned the heart of King to choose another wife. Amongst all the maidens Esther was favored and chosen. Another example is Mordecai; who happened to be Esther’s’ Uncle. The Bible records that the King was unable to sleep, restless; he began to open the books and read about how Mordecai saved the Kings life. The incident had happened a long time ago but at the appropriate time Mordecai was remembered and lifted up. I employ today not to lose hope, as long as there is life, there is hope. Be consistent, committed and remember that the Lord liveth.

Genesis 1:57 confirms the life of Joseph. He went through a lot of diversities, from been sold by his brothers, to a slave, to be accused of fornication, thrown into prison and forgotten. At the Prison Joseph met some of the Kings attendant interpreted their dreams and once they were free; they forgot all about Joseph. Well, Joseph was forgotten not because the Kings staffs were ungrateful but because it was not yet time. Note, God does not share His glory. The people who are to help you are not helping you because God has not giving them permission and it is not yet time for you to be announced. At the appropriate time, the King had a dream that no one could interpret except Joseph; he was remembered at last. God did it so much that Joseph was made a Prime Minister in a foreign land, even the King had to depend on him. I pray for you today, God is giving you a divine upliftment and everyone would look up to you in Jesus name.

Another example is the story of David, how he was made King. Samuel said, we are not going to seat until he comes. The Bible declares that immediately David was anointed, things changed in his life. When King Saul was sick, David was called to play the harp and King got better as a result of the anointing on David. I declare today that you are a solution provider. Like Elisha God will give you double fresh anointing, and double blessings for your trouble in Jesus name. 1Samuel 16 states that David became King and God was with him.

Divine lifting is not just taking a step forward; it is taking so many steps together that people will become to wonder how you did it.

Why must you have divine lifting?

  1. It will bring glory to your maker. The bible records the story of David when he was dancing and the wife accused him of not been ashamed and David answered, I will dance to the Lord who removed your father and made me King. Always ascribe glory to the Lord in all things.

John 14: 13 “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son”. God will give you divine lifting but God’s name must be glorified.

  1. Divine lifting will give you peace that you need. Lifting that comes from God.

  2. It will serve as a magnetic force to give glory to God again and again. Have you ever wondered why our father in the lord, Daddy Adeboye continually praises the Lord? Because he was divinely uplifted.

  3. It is and will be convenient to serve God instead of man. Our God is merciful and his mercies endureth forever. Is it not convenient to serve such a God?

How can I connect to Divine Lifting?

  1. 1 John 1:9- “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” . Repent of any known sins and unknown sins.

  2. Live a holy life- “Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy”. Be holy, keep your body holy. Some people say it’s my life; I live it the way I want. It is a lie. Do not become a testing ground for everyone all in the name of marriage.

  3. Be a giver. Solomon was a giver and God gave him what no one could give. Learn to contribute to Gods’ work so you can be divinely blessed.

  4. Be a soul winner, an incurable one. For the Lord God Almighty will not forget your labour of love.

  5. Connect yourself to the word of God.

Note: Anointing is a point of contact for divine lifting. David was anointed and the anointing caused tremendous changes in his life.

Isaiah 10:27  “And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing”.

The anointing of God upon your life will catapult you to Gods’ divine destination. . I pray for you wherever you are, wherever the devil has hidden your glory, the Lord will open your eyes and release you from every bondage, the yokes will be broken in Jesus name . Amen