Utilize the Arsenal of Faith

The sayings of Christ took the lid off our minds and triggered off a new wave of awareness in our hearts during home church this week. It was a rude awakening to realize how much we’ve been deprived, by sheer ignorance, of all that God has made available for us.

The above was the palpable state of mind of each individual that participated in our interactive bible study in this week’s home church. In the meeting, one particular thing was obvious: everyone had, registered on their face, an unmistakable expression of hope, excitement, and blissful serenity which I attribute to the preparations for our Pastors’ appreciation day coming up in church on Sunday.

We prayed, commenced the meeting, then went into the interactive bible study session. Utilize the Arsenal of Faith was our topic. This was inspired by Pastor WD Favour’s sermon in church last Sunday. We read Mark 11: 20 – 24, and were startled to discover that God has made faith available to all – Christian or not. We saw that anyone, even the greatest sinners can achieve feats using faith. Christ says: “If ANYONE …” that means faith is a universal force put in place by the Almighty, that responds to anyone who applies it. Today, it appears non-Christians utilize faith much more than Christians do!

Now, think of this: if faith could work tremendously for the non-Christian and the sinner, how much more will it work for Christians who pattern their lives according to the dictates and precepts of the Holy Spirits? This is why Christ pointed out that some people, despite having worked wonders by faith in His name, will still end up in hell.

Christ also warned against inward doubt (verse 23). God cannot but respond to faith, but doubt is anti-faith (Matthew 14:25-31). We concluded by pointing out that according to II Corinthians 3:18, our faith grows to fullness as we meditate and act upon the word of God.

God bless you.

Royalty Home Church Reports

An Immaculate weather suddenly laced with the threat of a mild shower. However, we were reassured of a good weather as we caught a glimpse of the good old
rainbow – a sign of a covenant keeping God. 

We were all overwhelmed by the raging zeal of the newest members of the Royalty Home Church as they were the first to arrive. We barely had enough space to accommodate the old and new alike, nevertheless we all felt at home.

The theme of our interactive bible session was ‘Divine Love.’  We drew inspiration from 1 Corinthians 13:1-12 and Galatians 6:10 . Lots of deep and thought-provoking contributions to the discussion led us to realize that there were lots of teachers in our midst!

We had dinner together just before our rehearsals.

The theme for our next home church meeting will be ‘Influence.’ 

An Unforgettable Experience.

The Ancient drums were rolled out, the forest fires were enthralling, bantering was in the air, the beats were tranquilizers soothing the deep recesses of our souls. Since the beginning of mankind, there has been one common thread that ties together all cultures, all people to the Lord.

We wept uncontrollably, drenched in His presence and just when we thought it was all over, mortality gave way to the implant of immortality, ushering in transcendental experiences. We went into an unending trance as the Spirit of Jehovah put us in fire mode, ambushing us in His embrace.  Then voices, steady voices, like the echoes of the wind…it was a member, who jolted us back to earth with his sharp entrance. The journey was illuminating and after that we were then able to say a short prayer.

We planned to study “Purity”, but the move of the Spirit led us in a different direction, “The Manifestations of God and its significance to us in this generation”. We discussed the Pentecost experience, the Parting of the Red Sea, Gideon and the fleece, Elijah bringing down fire, and dried bones being raised to a standing army.

It was an unforgettable experience.

Have a remarkable weekend.

The Secret of Champions

This week has been a bee hive of activities as we’ve been preparing for home church pastors appreciation day taking place this Sunday. It promises to be exhilarating – I can hardly wait!

Members arrived, chatting excitedly as we discussed our plans for Sunday. We had to squeeze out time for our bible discussion. At Excellence home church, we all know we have a date with destiny and that is the reason  for the bible discussion themes. We looked at the story of David and his slaying of Goliath. We see him refusing to use King Saul’s armour because he wasn’t conversant with them, he insisted on using his sling and stone, and that gave him overwhelming victory.

We were reminded all over again that champions  fight the battles of life from their area of strength. One of us remarked that it is a sure recipe for failure and disaster to focus on our weaknesses. What you focus on multiplies  is a timeless law that works when ever it is applied.

We agreed to dwell more on the topic next week and quickly moved into our rehearsals for Sunday. It’s a reggae song dance presentation about following God forever. Home church presentations are assuming phenomenal proportions for us as it has become a medium for us to display our God given talents.

Have a nice weekend.

He Will Answer

Sometime ago, my dad gave me his prayer diary. The man has a very beautiful habit, he keeps a journal of his prayers!
So he gave me his prayer diary containing a record of all the prayers he made between 1995 and 1998.

When I went through the diary in 2006, I was stunned to observe that all the prayers he recorded in that diary had been answered to the letter!

Yes God answers prayers.

Have you ever thought about something you wanted or needed, and suddenly, that need was supplied—before you ever even stopped to pray about it?
I’ve had such experiences so many times and I’ve heard of such experiences from lots of other people.

Ultimately, these kinds of experiences show that God knows your needs before you even speak them.
He wants to provide for you and answer the very desires of your heart.

Pastor WD Favour in prayersHere’s a fabulous Scripture for you.

“I will answer them before they even call to Me…” ~ Isaiah 65:24

Don’t ever think God is too busy to answer your prayers.
Don’t ever think your needs are too small, or that you don’t matter.
He cares about everything that concerns you, I mean everything; and He loves to hear you call upon His name.
You are very special to God, and He promises to answer in His timing, and sometimes, before you even call.

I’d like you to download this very special and inspiring audio mp3. Its from one of my radio broadcasts here in Nigeria, and I felt moved in my heart today to share it with you.  I don’t know what you are passing through at this moment in your life, but the LORD has put it in my heart to share this audio message with you. This message will surely inspire you to believe God for answers to all your prayers.

And because I spent quite some time during the message praying specifically for different areas of needs, I trust the Lord will perform some spectacular miracles for you as you listen.

I’m certain you will want to listen to it again and again and again

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Put Out into Deep Waters

Perfect conditions are pure illusions. They don’t exist. So, take whatever ideas you have and implement them right away if they are within your power to do so.

Here’s a summary of the sermon I preached yesterday, a challenge to you, as Jesus said to Peter 2000 years ago to "Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch."

We live in a very negative world where people are so little minded, and fearfully anticipating the worst to happen to them at any time. The worst disease on this planet is negative and small mindedness. You must learn to protect yourself from this poison.

Majority of people on this planet have quit their dreams because of their past failures, other’s opinions, or difficult circumstances. Never let that happen to you because if you refuse to quit, God will hand you the means to make your dreams come true.

Dare to move out of your comfort zone

When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch." Simon answered, "Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets. When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink." (Luke 5:4-7).

Peter, like most religious folks, was obviously running his business in shallow waters of comfort, convenience, and of course, mediocrity.  He was going around in circles in the shallow waters, making do with meager catches every now and then, like other fishermen around him, and other generations before him.  He was used to frustratingly little catches, so this day was no different from most days.

But everything changed when a stranger walked into his life and gave him a new set of instructions for his business – "Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch." In other words, "Peter, get out of your shallow waters of convenience and mediocrity, make a daring and audacious move, and take your business to a new level!"

He essentially told Peter to steer away from the status quo, from the way every person in that neighborhood was living their lives.  Jesus challenged Peter that morning to step out of conformity, to break the mold, and to transcend all the limitations of his environment. He did, and his seasons changed; his story changed.

Your seasons too, your story, could radically change today!

Your faith decides your seasons

You must understand the mystery of divine delegation. Which means that though God is the sovereign of the Universe, He has delegated a lot of His power and authority to humans.  Please, note the underlined in the Scripture verses below.

"Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground. "" (Genesis 1:26).

"The highest heavens belong to the LORD, but the earth he has given to man." (Psalms 115:16).

"I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you." (Luke 10:19).

God has delegated His divine authority over this planet to man, that is, to you and I.  So, he no longer decides your seasons; your faith does that.

Season is a matter of changes, and how fast those changes take place in your life is a function of your faith, because your faith decides your seasons.

That persistent longing…

I don’t believe Peter got any new instructions that morning. I believe it was an old voice speaking in a new way.  Somewhere, deep in Peter’s heart lurked the dream for something more than a scanty net of tiny fishes. I can imagine him starring at the sea and wondering what great catches lay beyond those horizons.

I also imagine that, though most of the fishermen fished in the shallow waters, every now and then one or two boats would pull in from beyond those scary horizons. These men brought back phenomenal sizes and net-full of fishes. These men were considered heroes and extraordinary fishermen. The rest probably thought these few individuals were lucky too.

And I imagine that Peter constantly dreamed to venture beyond those horizons for his own boatload of large sized fishes.

So, when Jesus spoke to him that morning, He was speaking to Peter’s dreams and aspirations. He was speaking to his dreams, to that persistent longing in his heart.

That inner voice

"Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch."

So spoke Jesus Christ to Peter on that fateful morning.  But Jesus Christ is the eternal word of God that continues to speak in our hearts today, filling us with faith, hope, courage, and giving new life to our dreams.

But the righteousness that is by faith says: "Do not say in your heart, `Who will ascend into heaven?’ ( that is, to bring Christ down ) or `Who will descend into the deep?’ ( that is, to bring Christ up from the dead )." But what does it say? "The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart, " that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming:" (Romans 10:6-8).

In other words, you don’t need to have Jesus Christ come down from heaven physically to speak to you today as He did to Peter then. His voice is now within you; it is that inner voice, that word of faith within you.

How you respond to that voice will decide your seasons as nothing else will.

Refuse to be hemmed in and held back by your fears, and release your faith!

When Peter heard that voice, he could have permitted his fears, his circumstances, or his past to hold him back. He decided rather to obey the voice and venture out of his comfort zone. I’m certain he was glad he did, because that decision altered the realities of his life.

Release your faith.

Your faith includes the following:

  •  Knowledge of God’s promises. Grow it daily through bible study, meditation, and memorization. Grow it daily by listen to inspired preaching of men of God.
  • Your imaginations. Imagine great and beautiful things for yourself. Think big. Dream big.

"Finally, brothers, 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." (Philippians 4:8).

  • Your expectations. Expand your expectations. Expect to succeed. Expect to be favored. Expect miracles and positive surprises.
  • Your enthusiasm. Fuel your enthusiasm daily by meditating on God’s words, imagining beautiful things, and hanging out with positive people.
  • Your words. Say what you want. Speak boldly, authoritatively, and prophetically.
  • Your actions. Make bold moves. Be audacious and courageous.

Stop listening to people’s opinion about your future.
Stop listening to your circumstances.
Stop listening to your fears.
Stop listening to past mistakes and failures.
Stop listening to doubters who are heading nowhere.

Begin to listen to the voice of faith and possibilities within you.
Begin to listen to the ability and power of God.
Begin to listen to promises of God for you.

Dare to venture beyond your fears.
Dare to step beyond those limitations imposed by your doubts and fears.
Get out of your cozy cocoon and comfort zones.
Venture into the deep and scary ocean of phenomenal breakthroughs.

Perfect conditions are pure illusions. They don’t exist.  So, take whatever ideas you have and implement them right away if they are within your power to do so.

In short, "Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch."

Accessing the Vastness of God

It was elating to see old members who’ve been away, and new ones, in home church this week. We had a swell time worshipping.
Then we concluded our series on the concept of SELFLESSNESS. We dwelt on how God responds to selflessness. Just as the butterfly gets attracted to a colourful flower and its nectar, and in the process, pollinates the flower, so God gets attracted to selflessness thereby ”pollinating” and impregnating the individual.
There arose contributions that selfishness weakens, while selflessness strengthens spiritually. Hence selflessness empowers us to access God’s vastness – as the bible says ”the kingdom of God is for the strong.”

The book of Ruth served as our road map.
There, we saw that in the race of life, only self and sin are your opponents. Once you conquer these, you automatically win a place among Kingdom Giants.
Finally, one of us said it all: ”selfishness has to die in our hearts for us to carry out God’s purpose for our lives.
Here, almost amidst tears, we all asked God to create in us selfless hearts – so that OUT OF OUR BELLIES SHALL FLOW RIVERS OF LIVING WATERS.

See you next week.
Bye!

Working on Your Ideas

Chimes of destiny, melodies of merriment and gladness echoed from the dome of Royalty Home Church as members trooped in for our weekly gathering. Even the indifferent could surely testify to the presence of the Holy Spirit as the atmosphere was catapulted from common to divine. Salutations saturated the air as each member exchanged greetings, as though the home church were an annual event.

I began the bible study segment by offering intercessory prayers to our Most High God.

The theme for the day was ‘Working on Your Ideas.’ We consulted the bible, the custodian of truth, and drew references from Luke 18:27, Romans 8:15, and Timothy 1:7.

I emphasized that we should never use prayers as alibi for timidity, laziness, and indolence.  I also told my members that it is very important that we work on developing our minds in order to be able to recognize ideas when they come. This is because ideas are signals of answered prayers from God.

Our drama rehearsals for the Sunday presentation took place alongside refreshments, and when the time came to draw the curtain on our meeting, it was hard to say goodbye.

Stay tuned for another exciting story from the Royalty Home Church next week.

Unlocking the key to infinite possibilities.

How beautiful it is to see God’s people gathered together as one in his name. The worship session drew us into the deep core of worship, stirring our souls and saturating our hearts with an inexpressible longing for Him. The infinite nature of His goodness was made manifest.

Our study on "The Faith Experience" with our reference text from Matthew 8:5-10 embodied the experience Jesus had with the centurion, a man of faith. His position and experience as a soldier broadened his horizon to believe in the ability of Jesus to declare the Word and heal, even from afar. That’s powerful.

We were encouraged to take more calculated risks and experience more, enlightening our hearts and minds. This is because faith is borne out of experience and our experiences either limit or expands our faith.

We sowed our seeds and welcomed two new members who brought a new dimension to our interactive study, evoking strong emotions. They went home with take-away packs filled with goodies.

Our presentation this week is focused on the concept of oneness and its attendant benefits.

Next week, we’ll discuss "Purity".

Have a pleasant weekend and God bless you.

Fortune Favours The Bold

This week’s home church meeting was entertaining as members gathered. Quite a number had experienced success in their professional exams, and we all celebrated as they recounted their testimonies.

We then delved into the day’s discussion – a beautiful story in I Samuel 13:16-14:15 about boldness. We saw Jonathan, the royal prince, attempting to take on a much bigger and better equipped army with only a sword and his armour bearer in tow. Though it looked ridiculous, he decided to take the bull by the horns bearing in mind the popular maxim, ‘The Lord will save whether by many or by few.’

One of us commented that most times, a bold step is all that is required to deliver your dreams and desires to you; in other words, ‘no guts, no glory’.

I told a story of a huge project I had to undertake that required taking scary steps to achieve. I would have let the opportunity pass but I have learnt that courage involves moving on in spite of your fears. I went ahead and none of all the possible mishaps I was scared of materialized.

We came to the end of the discussion with great resolve in our hearts to exercise more courage in our daily lives.

Have a lovely weekend!

5 Spiritual Keys To Create Your Own Prosperity And Wealth

God has given you the power to create your own prosperity, wealth, and success.
This sermon article contains 5 very powerful spiritual laws of wealth plus several keys to divine prosperity.

Your prosperity and wealth is important to God.

I’ll say that again. Your prosperity and wealth is important to God.

Carefully examine the following verse; note my emphasis.

“Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.” (Psalm 35:27)

So, God has pleasure in your prosperity. In other words, when you are prosperous, He is happy.

Think about that.

Actually, one reason I want to prosper, and enjoy divine prosperity and wealth is because it brings pleasure to God.

Here’s another verse showing God’s attitude towards the prosperity of His children. Again, carefully note my emphasis:

“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” (3 John 1:2)

I always paraphrase the above verse thus, “Beloved, there are so many things that I wish for you, but above them all I wish that you prosper and be in health.”

It matters to God that you, as His child, be prosperous. Your groveling in the dust, worried about how to pay the bills, barely managing to get by, and feeding from hand to mouth does not pleasure God at all.

Your prosperity and wealth is important to God.”

The anointing of God that came on Jesus Christ is a poverty-killer

Did you know that the first category of people targeted by the Messiah’s anointing were the poor?

Well, read it for yourself below:

“”The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. “” (Luke 4:18-19)

As you can see from my emphasis in the above verses, four people groups are listed as targets for emancipation by the anointing on Jesus Christ:

  • The poor
  • The prisoners
  • The blind
  • The oppressed

But observe also that the poor were listed first! The first enemy marked for destruction by that anointing was poverty. This is no coincidence.

If God delights in the prosperity of His servants, He must be grieved by their poverty.

God loves the poor, but He sure hates their poverty and wretchedness!

The anointing of God that came on Jesus Christ is a poverty-killer. If you are a child of God, if Jesus Christ is Saviour and Lord in your life, then you have absolutely no business with lack and wretchedness.”

You have the power to create prosperity for yourself

The anointing of God within you – that is, the presence of the Holy Spirit of God in you – means that you have the POWER (potential and capacity) to break free from the yoke of poverty and soar to new heights of refreshing divine supernatural prosperity and wealth.

This is because an important result of the presence of the Holy Spirit in your life is POWER – that is, your ability to transform your circumstances!

“But you will receive POWER when the Holy Spirit comes on you…”” (Acts 1:8a)

When the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you don’t receive religion, emotionalism, or empty gibberish. You receive POWER!!!

And one of the purposes of divine power is to get wealth.

“But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee POWER TO GET WEALTH…” (Deuteronomy 8:18)

God has deposited His power within you for many reasons, one of which is to GET WEALTH. Within you lies the POWER TO GET WEALTH, to create your own prosperity .

You have the POWER to transform your circumstances. That power is within your inner man. You are not a victim, so for God’s sake quit thinking and whining like one!

From the following verse, we note that prosperity is a cardinal function of the anointing.

“…You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.” (Psalms 23:5b)

Because my head is anointed with oil – a symbol of the Holy Spirit, the presence of God – my cup overflows.

An overflowing cup symbolizes abundant prosperity and wealth. It is the opposite of being in lack, wallowing in the despair and frustration of being continuously broke and in debt.

Yes, God wants your cup to overflow. He wants you to enjoy His prosperity and wealth in your life; that’s why He anoints your head with oil.

So, why are so many cups empty in the among God’s children?

Why do many of God’s children, who have the Holy Spirit, and thus the power to get wealth, live in abject poverty and wretchedness? Why is it that many whose heads have been anointed with oil have empty cups?

The answer is simply because of the violation of the following vital spiritual principles.”

5 of the most powerful spiritual keys to create your own prosperity and wealth.

“Spiritual Key #1: Submit to God

“Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you.” (Job 22:21)

God is the absolute Ruler of this Universe. If you claim to be His child and yet consistently flout His natural and universal laws, you deceive yourself.

To submit to God has very little to do with the various rituals and ceremonies with which the religious masses deceive themselves into thinking they are worshipping God.

True submission to God can only happen when you learn, understand, and master His natural and spiritual laws. When you submit to divine laws, you are submitting to God, thereby ATTRACTING PROSPERITY AND WEALTH.

God is inseparable from His WORD (laws).

There are natural laws governing the creation and attraction of prosperity and wealth. You have the power to obey and apply these laws, but you must know what they are!

Spiritual Key #2: Delight yourself in the Lord

“Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalms 37:4)

TO delight yourself in the LORD refers to a love affair with Him! It means ‘fall in love with the Lord.’  This has to do with fellowship and intimacy with the Lord.

You see, when you are in love with the Lord, it will lead to intimacy with Him, then spiritual intercourse. And guess what?

Something beautiful happens…

He gives you the desires of your heart!

Actually, this doesn’t mean that He’ll give you the things that you desire, such as money and stuff. It rather means that He’ll place desires in your heart. He’ll plant dreams, goals, and visions in your heart!

When you delight yourself in the Lord, it means that you are in love with Him. This will ultimately lead to intimacy and intercourse wherein He plants divine sperm (dreams and visions) within you.

Wow!

But eventually, you will need the ‘know-how’ to translate these dreams and visions into realities, which is why you need the third spiritual key.

Spiritual Key #3: Tune into the inspiration of God within you

“But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.” (Job 32:8)

The inspiration of God lies within you. You must learn to tune into it for guidance and breakthrough ideas.

Whereas many religious folks have mastered how to make their requests known to God through religious prayers and rituals, only very few have learnt how to hear God’s ideas (wisdom) within them.

This is not surprising as majority of human beings are too busy blindly and lazily following the manipulative ideas of others, that they have no room for the voice of God within their own spirits.

When you delight yourself in the Lord, he places dreams and visions in your heart. But you must learn to tune into His inspiration within you for ideas, plans and strategies to translate those dreams and visions into realities.

“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it. “” (Isaiah 30:21)

Many have dreams and visions but are groping in the darkness of ignorance and foolishness, all in the name of trying to achieve their dreams. The result is disappointment and frustration. But when you learn to tune into the inspiration of God within your spirit, you discern the way to make your dreams happen.

I heard someone tell recently of how he took time to get quiet and listen to the inspiration within. “I got an idea that gave me four million dollars in just one hour,” he said.

Think about it. One breakthrough idea is more than enough to give you the life of your dreams.

However, every genuine inspiration from God will create the need to apply the fourth spiritual key.

Spiritual Key#4: Give!

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. “” (Luke 6:38)

The above instruction, of course, comes from Jesus Christ Himself. According to Jesus Christ, prosperity and wealth – the kind I’m writing about here – are not measured in terms of how much you possess, but rather in terms of how much you give.

The presence of Jesus Christ within you means that you have a lot to offer your world. Don’t expect to prosper if all you know to do is take and take and take, without giving anything in return.

If I may ask, what are your unique contributions and gifts to the human family? A lot of people are on welfare, living off the labour and sweat of other hardworking persons.

If you want to release your prosperity genius, you must switch from the mindset of consumption, to that of contribution.

When I say contributions, I mean the products and services that emerge from your talents and skills. These should be deployed towards the benefit of your fellow human beings if you must attract prosperity.

To give means to put your skills, talents, and abilities to work to create beneficial products and services for others.

Prosperity will ultimately come to you if and when you invest time and energy, plus other resources, to translate your talents and abilities into products and services for the welfare of the human family.

That’s how it works.

Whatever you use your talents, skills, etc. to do for others is a product.  However, you must be consistent and organized in the creating and delivering of your numerous products.

So, you already have products and services, but:

  1. Are they organized?
  2. Are they being delivered consistently and diligently?
  3. Are you constantly improving the quality of the content and delivery of these products and services?

At the end of the day, you need the fifth spiritual key as the glue that binds them all together.

#5. Be thankful

Don’t become blind to your present blessings. You are already prosperous. There are so many blessings of God in your life for which you should be thankful.

“Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.” (John 6:11)

Jesus had only 5 loaves and two fishes to feed a crowd of over 5000 starving men, women, and children. Yet He didn’t complain about His meager resources. He rather looked up to heaven and gave thanks to God.

Thanksgiving is a great multiplier of resources. You will easily attract prosperity and wealth into your life if you maintain a constant attitude of genuine and sincere gratitude.

Give thanks to God for the life you have, for your family, and for the beauty of His creation that surrounds you. Give thanks to God for your job or business even if the income isn’t yet at the level you desire.

Beloved, the anointing of God within you – the presence of the Holy Spirit of God in you – means that you have the POWER (potential and capacity) to break free from the yoke of poverty and soar to new heights of refreshing divine supernatural prosperity and wealth.

I encourage you to carefully master and diligently apply the 5 spiritual keys I’ve shared here in order to create your own prosperity and wealth.

God bless you.

Home Church Reports 13

“The refreshing thing about our home churches is the freedom to be ‘you’ without fear of being judged, or condemned.  For us it’s never about do’s and don’ts; it’s rather about caring for one another, and being there for each other. We call it ‘home.’”

~ Pastor WD Favour on Understanding the Church

Enjoy this weeks summaries of our home church meetings.

home churches “We were all excited to receive gifts from a member. It was a pleasant surprise. We then sang some spirit-filled songs before praying to formally start the meeting.

Our interactive bible study was on the subject “The Very Fundamentals,” and our text was from Proverbs 8:21. We defined the term ‘fundamental’ as the center of a thing which is extremely important. Then came the question, ‘What is the most fundamental aspect in our walk with God?’

After much thinking and brainstorming, ‘putting God first’ emerged as the answer. We concluded that once this becomes our ultimate priority, every other thing – relationships, finances, career, and so on – will fall into place.

Our study next week will be on ‘The Faith Experience.’

Have a peaceful weekend”

~ Pastor Anuli Mbakwe
Home Church B
Ogui Rd., Enugu, Nigeria

“Home church is getting more interesting as dinner is becoming a constant feature of our meetings.

After a Spirit-charged worship session, we continued our interactive bible study on last week’s subject of ‘Selflessness’ from I Corinthians 13: 1-3. We centered on the fact that love should be our primary motive our caring for others. It is love that qualifies our sacrificial deeds as SELFLESS. Verse 3 points out that even the greatest and most sacrificial humanitarian deeds without love as the underlying motive is indeed selfishness.

One of us decried the fact that Christians nowadays make sacrifices not because of love but because of what they want to get out of it.  We rounded-off by agreeing that we should make love our motive for caring for others.

I was stunned as one of us, who traveled to a far away state, surprisingly appeared in the room saying, ‘I can’t imagine not being here!’ He testified of journey mercies and of the Lord’s favours on his trip.

Next week, we’ll continue exploring the concept of selflessness.

Pause, smile, God loves you.

Bye.”

~ Pastor Sopuru Akandu
Home Church D
Agbani Rd., Enugu, Nigeria

The just concluded Easter season offered stories of merriment as we shared our experiences and thanked God for the safety and peace enjoyed throughout the period.

After a review  of our performances so far, we resolved to abandon the well trodden path of mediocrity in order to walk the narrow path of excellence.

Our interactive bible study was on the topic ‘Keys towards building courage.’ We drew inspiration from 1 Samuel 17:32-48, Colossian 4:17, and Exodus 15:14. We learnt that fear looses its power as we confront it. Every time we move by faith we alter the realities around us. We ultimately learnt to courageously embrace present opportunities even if the conditions are not perfect.

Next week we will be discussing how to work on your ideas.

~ Udoka Enujeko
Home Church A
New Haven, Enugu, Nigeria

This week’s home church was fun as members trooped in excitedly. Most of us had travelled to spend the past Easter weekend with family and friends, so the joyousness was quite evident on our faces. We happily sang worship songs and prayed to usher in the Holy Spirit.

We pondered on the phrase ‘the meek shall inherit the earth’  from Matthew 5:5. A member summarized it to mean ‘a child like attitude,’ that is,  being willing to learn, which is a key to greatness. Another said that it means submissiveness to the rules and laws that govern life, which invariably lead to excellence in life. When someone asked whether meekness meant the absence of courage, we decided that it takes courage to be meek.

After a light refreshment, our great time together came to an end. It is a beautiful thing to fellowship with people of like minds in God’s presence.

~ Dr. Chidinma Njoku
Home Church C
Maryland, Enugu, Nigeria

Wow!

Have a refreshing weekend…

Delivered by the power of Jesus Christ!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1obtJQREOfs

When I returned home last month from my first overseas mission trip for 2010, my wife, Sharon, who pastors our church in Nigeria, told me of a very interesting presentation by one of our home churches during the period I was away. When I asked if it was recorded on video, she said that one of our pastors did so.  And, as you can imagine, I couldn’t wait to see it!

I eventually got to see the recording last Sunday and I was so thrilled that I decided to share it with you today.  It is a really inspiring dramatization of deliverance by Jesus Christ. It was presented by one of our home churches (Home Church A). I believe you will find it inspiring too.

Bearing in mind that it was recorded with a Blackberry phone, I ask you to forgive the poor video quality…  🙂

Please, let me know what you think of the concept as I believe it will help the home churches towards preparing and packaging future presentations.

God bless you.

How To Transform Your Desires Into Realities

My sermon yesterday morning was on ‘How to transform your desires into realities.’ It was essentially a message on the power of faith to move mountains and positively alter your circumstances.

I quoted extensively from the eleventh chapter of the Gospel of Saint Mark, and I encourage you to meditate on the Scriptures used in this sermon.

"Each person here this morning has one thing or the other that we desire to have, change, or remove in our lives.

This morning, I want to show you how to transform all of those desires into realities.

Mark 11:12-14

The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. Seeing in the distance a tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs.  Then he said to the tree, ‘May no one ever eat fruit from you again.’ And his disciples heard him say it.

Mark 11: 20-24

In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots.  Peter remembered and said to Jesus, ‘Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!’ Have faith in God,’ Jesus answered. ‘I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received, and it will be yours.’

One of the first things I observed from the above incident was that Jesus did not make this miracle an issue about Himself, or His divine powers. He rather turned it right back on the disciples and practically made it a matter of their faith.

"Our realities and experiences in life are not just functions of God’s abilities, but that of our capacity to operate in faith.

In fact, what happens on the earth is not a measure of God’s abilities, its rather a measure of man’s capacity to believe.

You can transform your desires into realities. Jesus shows us how."

I then shared 5 key insights on how to transform desires into realities- how to move the mountains in our lives.

"#1. Have the faith of God…

Faith is how God gets things done! Jesus challenged His disciples to develop the God kind of faith.

This is consistent with the constant admonitions of Scriptures that we observe how the Maker does things and do the same. In Ephesians 5:1, we are actually told to be imitators of God!

An essential attribute of this God-kind of faith is revealed in the following Scripture:

(Romans 4:17)As it is written: ‘I have made you a father of many nations.’ He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed – the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were.

The God kind of faith is being able to envision invisible realities and then speak of them (pursuing their realization) with as much confidence and certainty as though they were already visible!

So, in other to transform your desires into realities, begin by developing the faith of God.

#2. I tell you the truth, if ANYONE…

So the principle of faith does not respect age, gender or religion. Anyone can operate it and get exactly the same results.

Regardless of your present socio-economic status, or the complexity of your mess, you too can appropriate the power of God’s faith to alter your circumstances.

#3. If anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’…

Of course, this implies more than mere talk. Jesus is referring to something far deeper than idle talk and fanciful wishes.

What is meant here is a crystal clear definition of a possibility you are resolutely determined to achieve; a reality you definitely want to experience.

So, WHAT DO YOU WANT? WHAT EXACTLY DO YOU EXPECT?

Take time to clarify your desires, prayer requests, goals, and objectives in very clear and definite terms.

#4. And does not doubt…

Everyone has doubts, so this statement does not mean the complete absence of doubt, but rather the refusal to yield to your doubts.

Doubts come from your own negative thoughts; use God’s words to defeat them.

Doubts come from cynical and negative people; get away from them and cultivate the company of positive people.

Doubts come from your circumstances; speak Gods words constantly over them.

#5. Have whatever he saith…

You will have whatever you continue to say, not whatever you say once and gives up as soon as doubts arise!  But again, this means more than just repeating bible verses. It also involves a continuous operation of all the keys above.

‘Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)’ (Hebrews 10:23).

The emphasis here is on persistence; persistence in cultivating Gods faith, clarifying your expectations, and in not yielding to your doubts."

There’s no mountain in your life that is beyond your potential to move. So don’t give up on your miracle. Move in faith today and begin to transform your desires into realities.

God bless you.

Home Church Reports 12

Our home church meetings afford us the opportunity to share our lives with one another.  We are open to learn, to grow, and ultimately to discover how best to use our abilities to glorify God. ~ Pastor WD Favour on Understanding the Church

I had a great time yesterday reading these reports.
Be inspired!

Home churches “Dusk was fast approaching and the serenity that accompanied it was relaxing. We welcomed one another excitedly with hugs and warm embrace.

The Spirit filled our hearts with his presence as we worshipped uncontrollably before saying our opening prayer.

Our interactive study was on ‘The Seed-time of Character,’ and our text was Proverbs 25:4.  We defined seed, dross, and character, emphasizing that character is the core of a person – an individuals strong qualities which must be built before we can be fit for the master’s use. We concluded that passing through the fire refines us and makes us useful to our generation.

We gave our offerings and practiced for our presentation, a ballet dance on ‘The Price.’

We had red tomato sauce and white rice sprinkled with fish fillings for dinner. It was tasty and appetizing.

Next week, we’ll study ‘The Very Fundamentals.’

Have a lovely weekend.”

Pastor Anuli Mbakwe
Home Church B
Ogui Rd., Enugu, Nigeria

Home churches “Home church this week was quite challenging to me personally as we dwelt on a subject that has always made me feel helpless.

Just as last week, my people had got lost in singing praises to God, even before my arrival at the venue. With the songs and a prayer, we opened the meeting.

We entered the interactive session and discussed SELFLESSNESS. We looked deeply into the story of Ruth. We saw Ruth, Naomi and Boaz as people that demonstrated absolute selflessness – in that they placed other people’s interests above theirs – in line with biblical injunctions. This led us to defining selflessness as caring for others despite your own pains.

One of us pointed out that absolute selflessness is the minimum requirement for greatness in the Kingdom. He defined it as considering others in whatever we do. Here, we concluded the session. We’ll continue with the topic as a series next week.

Next, we gave our offerings and fine-tuned our presentation for next Sunday. We then, had some refreshments, prayed and closed the meeting.

Each of us left the meeting with a firm prayerful resolution to make selflessness a habit.

God bless you as you join us in this effort.

We love you.”

Pastor Sopuru Akandu
Home Church D
Agbani Rd., Enugu, Nigeria

Home churches “I cheerfully looked forward to this week’s meeting. Our discussion this week was quite illuminating as we looked continued the series on ‘Achieving Your Desired Results.’ We examined the roles of diligence, grace, and information in achieving our goals. We saw that ‘It is only when you have both divine grace and human endeavour that you can experience bliss; just as you can enjoy the breeze of a fan only when you have both a fan and the electrical energy to operate it.’ Or, as someone else put it, ‘The harder you work, the luckier you get’, and ‘The more you know about an endeavour, the greater your chances for success at it.’

Next week we will be looking at the topic ‘The meek shall inherit the earth.’”

Dr. Chidinma Njoku
Home Church C

Maryland, Enugu, Nigeria

“Our meeting started in an atmosphere of praise  followed by intercessory prayers.

Our discussion this week was on ‘Courage.’ Texts were taken from Joshua 1:6-9, and Deuteronomy 31:6-9.  Some people, as we opined, are naturally courageous whereas others have timidity and fear as their major weakness. However, we agreed that courage can and should be developed if we are to be effective for God.

Next week’s discussion will be on ‘Keys towards building Courage.’”

Udoka Enujeko
Home Church A
New Haven, Enugu, Nigeria

I’m personally excited with what’s going on in these home churches, particularly the way each member is realizing his or her potential to make a difference in the lives of other people.

Home Church Reports 11

"The love we share is not earthly; it’s divine and transcends human comprehension. Our oneness in God is the mystery that makes our hearts beat as one.  Truly, we are one in Jesus Christ…" ~ Pastor WD Favour on Understanding the Church

Pastor WD Favour in Florida For the past two weeks, I’ve been travelling within the United States, speaking at events as well as spending some training time with old and new members of our international ministry family.  It’s been a great experience for all of us to witness God’s grace.

My very hectic flight schedule has made it practically difficult to post at my usual pace on this blog, but I’m glad to be able to receive and publish our home church reports – thanks to the internet!

Reading these reports, especially as I’m so far away from home, gives me great joy and, of course, helps me to stay spiritually and emotionally connected to my spiritual family whom I miss so very much. 

I pray you enjoy this week’s reports as much as I did.

Home Churches "It was a beehive of activities at our Home Church this week. A friend of our Home Church had a lovely baby girl. We were there to welcome her into the world and then prayed for her.
We sang a song, prayed and refreshed our minds on last week’s ‘Prayer as a key – Part 1’ before delving into ‘Prayer as a key – Part 2.’

There were remarkable answers to prayers; like a member whose sibling missed an ill-fated flight that claimed hundreds of lives.  God’s love for us is absolutely incomprehensible to human mind! 

We gave our offerings and practiced for our presentation which is a culmination of all our past presentations embedded in one. It promises to be exceptional. 

A member had a downcast face but a smile alighted on her face the moment she came in and saw other members. It came to my notice and that made me glad. We really are a family.

Next week, we’ll discuss ‘The Seed-time of Character.’
Stay elated and have a cool weekend."

Pastor Anuli Mbakwe
Home Church B
Ogui Rd., Enugu, Nigeria

“This week’s home church was awesome. As always we commenced with an opening prayer lead by one of our members, Joy.

Our discussion was life transforming as we looked the topic ‘Achieving Your Desired Results.’ We all quipped different remarks… ‘Result is something that follows as a consequence of another action, condition, or event,’ ‘Don’t try to impress people, focus on results,’ ‘Positive mental attitude enhances productivity.’

The high point of the gathering for me was our Supervising Pastor’s (Pastor Emeka) comment from the bible that ‘A longing fulfilled is a tree of life, that is, success attracts more success.’

Next week we will be looking at the second series of ‘Achieving Your Desired Results.’

Arrivederci!!”

Dr. Chidinma Njoku
Home Church C
Maryland, Enugu, Nigeria

“On arrival at our home church venue, I had an experience reminiscent of Pentecost in the upper room! My people were all in the room singing praises to God with ferocious and joyous vigour. Stunned to immobility, I struggled to ward tears off my cheeks as it dawned on me how much God’s zeal has consumed them. I went into a rhapsody of prophetic blessings upon them.

With this godly ecstasy, we commenced the meeting. We concluded our discussions on the series WORK ON YOUR CORE. We summarized that it entails:

  • Strictly avoiding showiness in all you do, as showiness reflects a deep-seated defect in one’s personality.
  • Being a fundamentalist, observing the principles – FIRST THINGS FIRST; THE INSIDE BEFORE THE OUTSIDE.
  • Constantly asking God to search and rid your heart of any defects therein.

Each of us soberly told how God has refined their essence with this series.

We rounded off with a heart-moving solemn prayer and got into rehearsals for our drama in church on Sunday. It’s entitled FAULTY CORE. We then gave our offerings, had some vital deliberations while enjoying a delightful light refreshment.

Next week, our activities will include a discussion on SELFLESSNESS.

God bless you.

Bye!”

Pastor Sopuru Akandu
Home Church D
Agbani Rd., Enugu, Nigeria

I’m truly excited with what God is doing in our home churches, and even more so as I look forward to adding reports from Tampa, FL, and Clarksville, TN!

Enjoy your weekend.

Home Church Reports 10

The love of God is the heart of our home churches.  Not only do we share common values and priorities, we also share the same spiritual genes based on the blood of Jesus Christ. This is the real power of our fellowship. ~ Pastor WD Favour on Understanding the Church

 

Enjoy this week’s reports…

Home Churches“The birds were chirping, the skies were blue, and we were excited as we went through albums and saw members when they were toddlers. It was reminiscent of the past. 

After our worship and prayer session, we delved into our interactive study, ‘Prayer as a key.’ Our text was Matthew 11:46 and we brought to light classic conceptions of prayer but stuck to the concept of prayer as a means to communicating with God.  During the session, a member said that the enemy keeps throwing the dice, sowing seeds, not relenting, all in a bid to steal, kill, destroy, and deter us from our destinies. So, ‘watch and pray,’ we concluded.

We gave our offerings and practiced for our presentation, an African dance drama on ‘Home Church B – as we are.’  I was awed at the refined talent and expertise of members during practice for our presentation which is mind blowing. 

Everyone shared the unexpected faithfulness of God in their lives, which was morally and spiritually uplifting.
We then reluctantly brought our meeting to an end.

Next week, we’ll look at ‘Prayer as a key – Part 2.’ 

Be a distinct paradigm and have a splendid weekend.”

Pastor Anuli Mbakwe
Home Church B
Ogui Rd., Enugu, Nigeria

“Each person on arrival had a warm handshake and hearty welcome awaiting him. There was palpable love and liveliness in the air as we got immersed in worship and opened the meeting.

The interactive session followed and the topic was WORK ON YOUR CORE. This was a continuation of our previous discussion.

We defined ‘your core’ as your central essence, your substance, who you are. We saw that since God looks on the inside, our self-improvement should start from inside out. Contributions came that our motive is an integral part of our core, hence we should let justice and God be the motive for our actions.

We individually shared how we’ve been able to apply this principle since the beginning of this topic of discussion.

Next came our offerings and then rehearsals for our presentation in church on Sunday – a speech on integrity that promises to be overly mind-stirring.

As dusk had set in, we had a light refreshment and rounded off by praying for one of us as he’d requested.

Next week, we’ll conclude this series of discussion.

See you then.

God bless you.”

Pastor Sopuru Akandu
Home Church D
Agbani Rd., Enugu, Nigeria

 

“It was another wonderful Wednesday with a general air of excitement as we all gathered, conversing and interacting with one another. We prayed and committed the meeting into Gods mighty hand. 

The topic of our interactive bible study was ‘Be fruitful and multiply part 2,’ with texts from John 3:16 and Ephesians 2:10. It was quite interesting as everyone tried to contribute. Comments included ‘make every opportunity in your life count in the lives of people around you,’ ‘Our attention should be more on giving than on receiving,’ and ‘Men are Gods master pieces, therefore we should invest in them.”

It was a great time of bonding as we all put heads together to come up with a song for our Sunday’s presentation.

Next week we will be looking at ‘Creating desired results.’

Stay connected!!”

Dr. Chidinma Njoku
Home Church C
Maryland, Enugu, Nigeria

 

“This week was another awesome gathering as most members arrived an hour earlier. We began with worship, and, led by the holy spirit, we moved into intercessory prayers. It was breath taking as the zeal to intercede fell on everyone. The atmosphere was saturated with God’s presence.

After the intercessory prayer session, we began our interactive bible study period. The topic was ‘Perfect Focus,’ and texts were taken from 2 Corinthians 5:10, Proverbs 4:23, Proverbs 24:21, and Proverbs 23:18-19. We learnt that when your faith is built strongly on what you believe, you don’t see defeat no matter what. We further observed that the only limitations we have are the ones we have placed upon ourselves. We then encouraged one another to be on guard and mind what we say as well as our companies.

We had contributions such as ‘Focus should be a life style that is determined by our values.’

Afterwards group pictures were taken as well as offering. Then we had our rehearsal for a drama presentation.

The meeting ended with light refreshments.”

Udoka Enujeko
Home Church A
New Haven, Enugu, Nigeria

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“The friendships we share, the connectedness to one another, the inner feelings of oneness and love that we have…these are invaluable assets that make our home churches such a sweet and pleasant family.”  ~  Pastor WD Favour

Home Churches

Experience the joy and ecstasy of our home church fellowships…

“A light snack awaited everyone on their arrival. ‘Nice one,’ a member thrilled.

We were glad to see each other and this was evidenced by the warm greetings during our snack time. We then ushered in the presence of the Lord and said a short prayer.

Our interactive study was on, ‘Consecration to God,’ and our text was from Proverbs 18:1. An avalanche of perspectives on the subject came to the fore, such as: extremity, focus, sacrifice, yielding, submission, being set apart, dying to all but one.
What a day!
In totality, a member postulated, ‘Consecration to God is allowing God to possess you.’

We transcended the present state of our minds and the power of thought during this session. It was a timeless experience.

We gave our offerings and then practiced for our presentation which is a mimic on ‘Blaze.’ Its a top-notch performance and will certainly edify the Church.

I personally prayed for everyone and their families and told them to be expectant as the Lord ushers new and pleasant realities into their lives.

Next week we’ll discuss, ‘Prayer as a key.’

Be expectant too and watchful.

Remain blessed.”

Pastor Anulika Mbakwe
Home Church B
Ogui Rd., Enugu, Nigeria

 

“Wednesday is fast becoming my favorite day of the week.
There was a general air of excitement as we all gathered, conversing and interacting with one another. We then said a prayer to usher in the Holy Spirit.

Our interactive bible study was on the topic, ‘Be fruitful and multiply’. Our texts were taken from Genesis 1:28; John 15:8; Luke 19:12-26. It was quite interesting as everyone tried to contribute. Comments included:
‘To be fruitful means to produce the desired results…’
‘Fruitfulness is God’s love language as illustrated in His first command to Adam and Eve…’
‘God expects us to multiply the gifts, opportunities, and talents He sends our way…’

It was a great time of bonding as we all put heads together to come up with a great presentation for our Sunday Family Gathering.

One of us, a nurse in training, passed her clinical exams; so we celebrated with her over drinks and snacks.

Next week we will be looking at ‘Be Fruitful And Multiply – Part 2.’

Have a nice weekend!”

Dr. Chidinma Njoku
Home Church C
Maryland, Enugu, Nigeria

“Our meeting began in an atmosphere of worship with a soft gospel music playing at the background as we welcomed each other. When most of the members had arrived, we began with worship songs to get our minds fixed on the lord. This was followed by intercessory prayers, after which we entered the interactive bible study segment.

Our topic of discussion this week was on “ Building a Strong Relationship with People.” Texts were taken from Deuteronomy 7:3-4, 2 Corinthians 6:14-18, and 1 John 2:15. 

Questions were asked on how to manage relationships that were going through crisis; answers given include, ‘Define what you stand for, what you can tolerate and what you cannot tolerate,’ and ‘Build your relationships on the word of God, and not on human sentiments and feelings.’ We also shared our individual experiences on relationship matters.

Afterwards we had our group picture, took our offerings, rehearsed for our Sunday presentations, and ended with light refreshments.

Next week’s topic is ‘Perfect Focus’”

Udoka Enujeko
Home Church A
New Heaven, Enugu, Nigeria

“How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!” ~ Psalm 133:1

Faith and Focus for Victory

At certain phases in every venture, every thing seem negative and hopeless.  Most people become sad here and quit.  Yet these are the most critical phases because at these phases the force of nature is ‘decaying’ the old to release the new. 

So, if all around you at this time appear negative and hopeless, don’t give in to sadness, rather raise your positive expectations now!

During my sermon yesterday, I challenged our congregation to focus on God and His promises, and not on whatever crisis they are going through:

“Understanding Crisis

Crises usually occur at the curve of change.

"And do this, understanding the PRESENT TIME.
The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber,
because our SALVATION IS NEARER NOW than when we first believed."
~
Romans 13:11

New levels are always preceded by new devils. One of the signals that you are about to move into a new realm of favour and beautiful experiences, is that all hell breaks loose around you!  For me, this is usually a thing of joy.

Now think about this: Before you put on a new clothe, you take off the former one. So, for a while, you are naked.. right? 
Such is life. 
The transition between where you are and where you’ll rather be, is usually characterized by nakedness – by circumstances of life that make you ashamed, and vulnerable…so you want to hide.

You see, just as nakedness is necessary for a change of attire, so also is crisis necessary for a change of realities, and circumstances.”

I exhorted the people to look beyond immediate negative circumstances to focus on the unseen realities of God’s presence and power working on our behalf.

“Stand Firm

"Do not be afraid.
Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today.
The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.
The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still."

~ Exodus 14:13,14
.

The ‘Egyptians you see today’ may be that life-threatening financial crisis, that torturing marriage pain, or that scary health issue; God has promised that you will never see again if you can stand firm upon His word and trust in His faithfulness.

Fix your eyes on the unseen

"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our LIGHT and MOMENTARY troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." 2 Corinthians 4:16,17,18.

Do not waver in your commitment and determination to believe and expect the fulfillment of God’s promises in your life.  Your faith should be firmly anchored on God’s word. Your focus should be on God, on what He has promised to do, and never on the crisis going on around you.

I outlined 5 powerful keys to strengthen our faith so that we thrive at all times in spite of life’s crises.

“5 powerful keys to strengthen your faith

  1. Reject the company of negative minded people. Some people are pessimists and possess very negative and poisonous personalities. Avoid these people like a plague.
  2. Connect with highly positive and enthusiastic persons. Fellowship particularly with individuals that have very strong faith in God, and who are experiencing the manifestations of GOD in their lives.
  3. Meditate daily on God’s word. Study it, memorize it, think constantly on it.
  4. Learn to speak Gods words constantly over your life and your situation. Use God’s words to defeat negative thoughts, words, and dreams.
  5. Stay diligently on course. Each day, in spite of your fears and doubts, pursue your best ideas and keep implementing those right actions you’ve already started.”

My prayer is that as you meditate on the message of this sermon, you will become empowered to rise and soar triumphantly above all storms of life and enjoy supernatural testimonies every day of your life, in Jesus name.

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“In our home churches, everybody is important, every persons worth is valued, and everyone’s skills are celebrated and utilized.  Each individual within our home churches has something unique to offer to the overall wellbeing of every other member.  This is the most beautiful aspect of our union in the LORD.”

Enjoy this week’s reports from some of our home churches…

Home Church B
Ogui Rd., Enugu, Nigeria

Home churches “We were basking in the euphoria of God’s goodness and finding out about one another when the final crop of our members arrived.

The presence of the Lord filled our hearts and home as we worshipped. Then, we said our opening prayer.

We discussed, ‘The real ways of men,’ a subject that saw us categorizing men as hopeful, courageous and full of desire. Ecclesiastes 12:13 was our text, as men who keep the laws of God are real men and have a secluded spot reserved for them in eternity.

The interaction was intense, much to my delight.

Although, no one was willing to see the session come to an end, we all decided to take a chill pill and continue next week.

We gave our offerings and practiced for our Sunday presentation which is an expose on "Ancient Words". Our presentation on Sunday is laced with finesse, perfection and class and will definitely produce a chilling effect.

Next week, we’ll study, ‘Consecration to God.’

Keep on loving Him and enjoy your weekend.”

~ Pastor Anuli

Home Church C
Maryland, Enugu, Nigeria
 

“As always, our home church meeting began with members’ arrival and friendly chats amongst ourselves as we tried to catch up on one another’s activities in the past week.  Opening prayer closely followed as we acknowledged the presence of the Lord in our midst.

Our discussion this week was one of the best we’ve had so far as members chipped in their personal experiences on the subject ‘Standing Firm in the Face of Challenges’. Strategies listed included the following:

  • Applying patience
  • Viewing challenges as stepping stones and not disasters
  • Prayer
  • Applying information from different spheres of life[ horizontal learning]
  • Having the right kind of friends
  • Wisdom.

The Assistant Supervising Pastor – Emeka – was in our midst and we were blessed by his contribution that ‘no problem is a condition till it conditions your mind.’

We had a swell time rehearsing together for next Sunday’s presentation – a song that involves praising God in the various native languages of our country; I can’t wait!

Next week we will be looking at ‘Be Fruitful and Multiply.’

Catch ya!”

~ Dr. Chidinma Njoku

Home Church A
New Haven, Enugu, Nigeria

“Our meeting started in an atmosphere of praise to usher in the Holy Spirit to the meeting. This was followed by intercessory prayers, then the interactive bible study.

Our topic of discussion was ‘Building a Strong Relationship with God,’ with texts from 2 Corinthians 6:14-18, and 1 John 2:15.  In order to build a strong relationship with God, you must understand the ‘why’ of your existence, and also separate yourself from sin. 

Other contributions from our members were that ‘Faith is essential to building a strong relationship with God, because we cannot see God,’ and ‘You must be willing to pay the price at all cost to maintain your relationship with God.’

Next week we will be discussing, ‘Building strong relationship with People.’”

~ Udoka Enujeko

Oh how good and pleasant it is for brothers and sisters to be together in love and harmony!

Please, do have a lovely weekend…