PASTOR ADEBOYE:

PASTOR ADEBOYE: "THE RICHEST MAN IN THE WORLD."

"I have houses in at least 188 countries in the world, so I am richer than Bill Gates." (Adeboye). Recently, a friend took me to the...

IS IT ISAAC OR IS IT ISHMAEL?

IS IT ISAAC OR IS IT ISHMAEL?

They are not all Christian who are Christians. They are not all followers of Christ who call themselves Christians. Are today’s Christians the...

THE RESURRECTED LIFE

THE RESURRECTED LIFE

Don't believe in any faith where the dead cannot be raised back to life. How many times have you heard these kinds of testimonies?  “Praise...

IT IS FINISHED

IT IS FINISHED

With Jesus, it is finished with God's goodness.  With Jesus, we  have received the fullness of God. “When Jesus had received the sour...

IT IS WRITTEN

IT IS WRITTEN

There is something already written about every situation we are going to face and every circumstance we are going to encounter. Have you just...

SATANIC PROSPERITY

SATANIC PROSPERITY

Jesus'words don't lead to Aso Rock but to the cross. If you cook a prophet his favourite meal and he prays for you, what kind of prayer is he...

THE LOVE OF LIFE IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL

THE LOVE OF LIFE IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL

Man's love of life is the root of all evil and the basis of every sin. Is it good to go to school; get a good job; build your own house and have...

GOD BLESSES US WITH TROUBLE

GOD BLESSES US WITH TROUBLE

God creates success out of failures. He creates life out of death. He creates wealth out of poverty. He brings joy out of sadness. The wise man...

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SPIRITUAL LAWS OF PRAYER

prayer off faithGod is all we need and he who has the Lord will also get groceries

Jesus establishes three spiritual laws pertaining to prayer.  He says: “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8).


Asking and receiving

Believers’ need for things is met through prayer.  The Lord is our shepherd, therefore he provides for us.  Jesus asks: “What man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (Matthew 7:9-11).

God’s “good things” are different from man’s “good things.”  The Lord says: “My thoughts and my ways are not like yours. Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, my thoughts and my ways are higher than yours.” (Isaiah 55:8-9). An anonymous writer says: “I asked for strength and God gave me difficulties to make me strong.  I asked for wisdom and God gave me problems to solve.  I asked for prosperity and God gave me brawn and brains to work.”  Add a comment

THE PRIVILEGE OF PRAYER

prayerEmmanuel Igein's old man knelt down to pray for his family. Right in the middle of the prayer, the Lord called him home.

Don’t believe the lie: all men pray.  There is no man on earth who does not pray; even atheists do.  Put him in a particular space where he is confronted with his humanity and man will cry out for help in prayer.  He might not know who is he is praying to, but he will ask for a deliverer.  However, there is only one deliverer: God.

When the storm came upon the boat carrying Jonah to Tarshish, everybody started calling on their god.  The shipmaster woke Jonah up.  He said to him: “How can you be sleeping at a time like this? Call upon your god.”  He did not to know who Jonah’s God was.  It made no difference to him if Jonah was an idol-worshipper.  Just call upon your god.  Maybe your god will be the Lord.

 

Emergency God

Find an atheist who has just been diagnosed with terminal cancer and ask if you can pray for him.  He is now more than likely to answer yes.  When adversity comes, when we are at the limits of our endurance, we seek a higher power.  When we are at a dead end, we are forced to acknowledge there is someone greater than we are.  The psalmist says: “From the ends of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”

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IS IT ISAAC OR IS IT ISHMAEL?

isaacThey are not all Christian who are Christians. They are not all followers of Christ who call themselves Christians.

Are today’s Christians the seed of Isaac or the seed of Ishmael?  It all depends.  Don’t be too quick to generalise and say it is Isaac.  The promise was Isaac but many have ended up with Ishmael and are reconciled to Ishmael: “It is not that the word of God has taken no effect. For they are not all Israel who are of Israel, nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham; but, ‘In Isaac your seed shall be called.’” (Galatians 9:6-7).

Likewise, they are not all Christian who are Christians.  They are not all followers of Christ who call themselves Christians.  As a result, instead of a life of victory, many so-called Christians are living defeated lives.  In spite of Christ, we remain at the mercy of situations and circumstances.  We run from pillar to post; looking for answers.  We are often anxious for nothing and are easily shaken by afflictions.

 

Mundane or extraordinary

True, both Ishmael and Isaac are children of Abraham.  When Ishmael was born, there was rejoicing in the house of Abraham.  Presumably, there was a naming ceremony and Abraham gave a testimony in church and blessed the name of the Lord.  But Ishmael is not the promise of God: it is Isaac.  Ishmael is not Isaac and Ishmael should never be confused with Isaac. 

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IT IS FINISHED

FINISHEDWith Jesus, it is finished with God's goodness.  With Jesus, we  have received the fullness of God.

“When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, ‘It is finished!’ And bowing his head, he gave up his spirit.” (John 19:30). 

It is finished with what?  What exactly did Jesus achieve in three years of ministry?  How many people were saved?  How many were healed?  Jesus’ entire ministry did not go beyond a 200-mile radius.  Jesus never came to Africa or to the Americas or to Australia.  At the end of his ministry, many remained sick.  Many remained untouched.  Most rejected his gospel.  The Jews remained Jewish.  The Romans crucified him.

John the Baptist proclaimed Jesus as: “the Lamb who takes away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29).  However, at the end of his ministry, the world remained mired in sin.  Murderers continued to kill; liars continued to tell lies; armed robbers continued to pillage; “pen robbers” continued to defraud.  Clearly, Jesus’ ministry can be labelled a failure simplistically because his right-hand man betrayed him, all his disciples deserted him, and the Jews, the very people he came for, asked for him to be crucified. 

So what did Jesus mean by saying: “it is finished?” 

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PASTOR ADEBOYE: "THE RICHEST MAN IN THE WORLD."

adeboye"I have houses in at least 188 countries in the world, so I am richer than Bill Gates." (Adeboye).

Recently, a friend took me to the jewel-in-the-crown of the Redeemed Christian Church of God; a glitzy parish called “City of David” in Victoria Island, Lagos.  Displayed resplendently on a wall in the church-office is a design of their current building project; a 14 storey architectural extravaganza titled “Trinity Towers.”

Is Redeemed still a church or is it now essentially a business concern?  The Trinity Towers project shows the lines are now totally blurred.  Jesus warns: “No one can serve two masters.  You cannot serve both God and Money.” (Matthew 6:24).  Nevertheless, this Tower of Babylon being built with church funds is designed both for the worship of God and for the worship of money. 

The project is an appeal to crass commercialism; a blatant celebration of wealth.  In this poverty-stricken Nigeria, the foundation of the building alone is expected to cost over 2 billion naira.  Side-by-side with a 5,000 seat auditorium for church services are high-brow restaurants, cafeterias, indoor swimming pools, cinema halls, gymnasiums, retail shops, games arcades, lawn tennis courts, relaxation spots, and a helipad as the crowning glory.  Of what relevance is all this “supermarket” in a church?  Add a comment

WHAT DOES JESUS SAVE US FROM?

jesus savesJesus is more than able to save from any and every human affliction.

Many Christians don’t even know what Jesus saves us from.  Some believe he saves us from God.  But that would make God evil for no man is saved from good but from evil.  However, Jesus affirms that: “Only God is good.” (Matthew 19:17).  Moreover, God is Almighty; therefore no man can be saved from him.  God declares: “I am he; and no one delivers out of my hand.” (Isaiah 43:13).

Indeed, it is God who is first and foremost our Saviour.  He says: “I am Jehovah your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.” (Isaiah 43:3).  It is God who sends Jesus to be “the Saviour of the world.” (1 John 4:14).  Therefore, Jesus does not save us from God.  On the contrary, he brings us to God and reconciles us to him. (2 Corinthians 5:18).

Who and what then does Jesus save us from?

 

Salvation from the world

God saved the Israelites by delivering them physically out of Egypt.  He saves today by delivering us spiritually out of this present evil world. (Galatians 1:4).  When we accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour, God gives us the Holy Spirit and then translates us into the kingdom of God. (Colossians 1:13); a spiritual kingdom not of this world.

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THE RESURRECTED LIFE

resurrectedDon't believe in any faith where the dead cannot be raised back to life.

How many times have you heard these kinds of testimonies?  “Praise the Lord!  Hallelujah!  God has blessed me with a brand new car.”  “My wife just gave birth to a beautiful baby girl.”  “Glory be to God, I have just been promoted at work.”

These testimonies are invaluable, but you must admit they are run-of-the-mill.  In the first place, they are not limited to believers.  Unbelievers also buy new cars, have children, and get promoted.  But there are testimonies that separate the sons of God from the sons of men.  Those testimonies are usually preceded by a death, after which they reveal the power of resurrection.

 

Living death

Imagine you are in church when Lazarus gives this testimony:  “Praise the Lord!  I fell sick and died.  After four days, the Lord Jesus raised me from the dead.”  I bet you would sit up and really pay attention.

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IT IS WRITTEN

writtenThere is something already written about every situation we are going to face and every circumstance we are going to encounter.

Have you just bought a new cell-phone and are wondering how to operate it?  It is written.  Simply check the manual.  Have you just set up a new business and want to know how to get it registered?  It is written.  Are you a new creation in Christ but don’t know what being a new creation means?  It is written.  Where is it written?  It is written in the scriptures.

How would you introduce yourself?  What is your self-identity?  Many people don’t know who they are.  Some men see themselves as women.  Some women see themselves as men.  Some thieves call themselves Robin Hood and believe they are honest.  Some murderers call themselves Boko Haram and maintain they are righteous.  Some identify themselves by their jobs and say they are carpenters, bricklayers and doctors. 

The Lord says: “The children I raised have turned against me. Oxen and donkeys know who owns and feeds them, but my people won't ever learn.” (Isaiah 1:3).  For this cause, Jesus was made manifest in the flesh; so that we may know exactly who we are.  Add a comment