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November 2017 Theme – Grace and Peace Multiplied

Grace can be defined as an unmerited Divine assistance given unto man for sanctification or regeneration. It is a spontaneous (generous, free, totally unexpected and undeserved) gift from God, which takes the form of Divine favour, love, clemency, and a share in the Divine life of God.
Peace can be defined as freedom from disturbance, a state or period in which there is no war or in which war has ended. Both grace and peace are virtues and blessings that come from God. Jehovah is the Giver of all grace (I Peter 5:10); and He is also the Giver of true and lasting peace (Heb. 13:10).

God told Moses that it was His prerogative to decide who He wants to be gracious unto or to show mercy. It happened that God showed Moses special grace and granted him peace in the course of his life and ministry (Exodus 33:12-2). Moses led over two million people through the desert, in difficult terrains for forty years, whenever he was faced with difficulty, God always showed up for him.

Despite the kind of grace and peace Moses enjoyed, Joshua received a multiplied version, nothing and no one was able to withstand Joshua in his lifetime (Joshua 1:5; 24:31).

Again, David was able to enjoy the grace and peace of God, despite the wars and persecution he faced. He was still gathered peacefully to his ancestors in death. However, Solomon was privilege to enjoy grace and peace multiplied, despite the way he was born (I Chro. 22:9).

God has granted us special grace and peace from the inception of this year; He is however saying that for the remaining days of this year, His grace and peace will be made multiplied unto us. May these be our portion in Jesus name. Amen!

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October 2017 Theme – The Uncommon Inheritance

Inheritance can be defined as “the act of inheriting property; the reception of genetic qualities by transmission from parents to offspring; the acquisition of a possession, condition, or trait from past generations”. Uncommon on the other hand can be defined as “out of the ordinary; unusual; rare; extraordinary; unconventional; unfamiliar”; etc.

Inheritance is not a new concept. It has been in existence for many generations, it is very common. When people die, they bequeath their estates (houses, cars, investments, cash and other material possessions) to relatives, friends, helpers, charities and even pets. It’s nothing new or strange.

However, there are few people in life who are privilege to be recipient of ‘uncommon inheritance’. Such inheritance can range from a good name (Sons of Rechab); notable feats done by a family member (House of David); evidential favour of God (The Levites); generational covenant of God (Abraham descendants); etc.
In Gen. 12:1-4, God told Abraham that in him will all the nation of the earth be blessed. Since Abraham was not to live on earth forever, it means that blessing must pass through his genealogy. Interestingly Abraham had no child at this stage. In Gen. 22:15-18, God again reiterated this blessing on Abraham, by this time, he already had two sons – Ishmael and Isaac.

Later on, Abraham had another wife and concubines who bore him more sons. But before Abraham died, he called all his sons to himself and share his estates to them as gifts, but unto Isaac, he gave his all – the blessing of the covenant, i.e. uncommon inheritance (Gen. 25:1-6, 11). No wonder, Jesus – the blessing to all Nations of the world had to come through the linage of Isaac and not through any of the other sons.

In this month of October and beyond, God’s word to our Assembly is that we shall enjoy uncommon inheritance inherent in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Blessings pertaining to dominion, multiplication, fruitfulness, abundance, supremacy, overflowing joy, sound health, victory, etc shall be ours in Jesus name

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September 2017 Theme – The Changes That Birth Progress

September 2017 Theme – The Changes That Birth Progress

Progress is one thing that everyone desires. We all want to move forward. We want to advance. We want to forge ahead in life. No one in their right mind wants the opposite.
The bible tells us in Psalm 75: 6-7 ‘For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: He putteth down one, and setteth up another’.
The question however is, why will God put one down and set up another? Could the personal state of the two people in question warranted that judgement of God? Very likely. It is possible for one to show certain attitude, disposition and/or deeds that can dispel progress. While it is possible for another to show aattitude, disposition and/or deeds that can propel progress.
The story of the man in John 5:1-15 is a good example. His attitude, disposition and deeds have seemingly kept him in sickness for 38 years, and not because there is no one to help him. His focus had always been on not having a helper, rather on how he could have made changes to help himself.
For years, he had been lying down under any of the five porches around the pool, so that when an angel stirred the pool, someone very close to the pool would have entered before him. Since he could at least walk, I suppose he should be sensible to stay very close to the pool after few years of disappointment, but for 38 years, he didn’t! To the extent that when Jesus who could heal him without the stirring of the pool was asking him if he wanted to be healed, his state of mind shows that he was not still ready. If Jesus had not have special compassion on him, he would have died in that condition.
As we enter September, God has impressed it upon my mind, that some may not have experienced the progressive change they are expecting, not because ‘the pool hasn’t been stirred or the angel been sent’, but because their attitude, disposition and/or deeds are such that they are in a spiritual state that cannot propel the change to happen.
It is needful for me therefore, to charge us all to examine ourselves, and so make necessary inward changes that can birth the sort of progress we desire from God. May the required willingness and grace come upon us in Jesus name.

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August 2017 Theme- Unhindered Advancement

August 2017 Theme- Unhindered Advancement

Advancement can be defined as ‘a forward step; an improvement; a progress; a promotion or an act of moving forward’. Unhindered on the other hand can be defined as ‘not slowed down; not blocked or not interfered with’. So that unhindered advancement could then be said to be a forward step that cannot be slowed down; an improvement that cannot be blocked; a promotion or a moving forward that cannot be interfered with.

The Divine mandate upon Apostle Paul was to take the gospel of Christ to the Gentiles. Despite all the plans and attacks of the Enemy of the gospel (Satan), Paul was very successful in ministry. His ministry spread from Judea to the present day Middle East, Europe and parts of Asia.

In I Cor. 16:8-9, Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Corinth that he would tarry a bit in Ephesus City as there was a great opportunity for him to preach the gospel, though there were many opposition. As a result of his stay, a very thriving church was birthed in Ephesus that could not be hindered by all kinds of opposition (Rev. 2:1-7).

Also, God promised Paul that He would make him to stand before Caesar in Rome to preach Christ. So that somehow, the Jews convicted Paul and sentenced him to death for spreading a new religion, which made Paul appealed to Caesar. Paul was bound by chain and sent on a ship to Rome. Along the way, God sent a tempest that got rid of Paul’s shackles. Not too long after he arrived in Rome, someone who was supposed to be locked up in prison began to live in his own rented apartment and was able to preach Christ to everyone for over two years (Acts 28:30-31).

In this month of August and beyond, God has impressed it upon my spirit that as a church we are to experience unhindered advancement: a forward step that cannot be stopped or slowed down; an improvement that cannot be blocked; and a promotion that cannot be interfered with. May we all experience these in Jesus name. Amen!