Wednesday, 19 August 2015

The wonderful ministry of Jesus Christ

The declaration of Jesus' coming to the world was unquestionably wonderful. The 40th verse of Luke 2 demonstrates that He likewise was Wonderful in youth: 40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him. He was Wonderful in youth. No big surprise His Name ought to be called Wonderful. Later, He was Wonderful in ministry. When we consider His ministry, we contemplate the healing and the deliverance; we consider His whole ministry. It comprised in Word and works. Jesus said in John 14:12, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”12 We ought to deliberately examine and follow the work of Jesus. The Bible says concerning His ministry, “And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, TEACHING in their synagogues, and PREACHING the gospel of the kingdom, and HEALING every sickness and every disease among the people” (Matt. 9:35). Our ministry ought to comprise of the same thing. We additionally see something about the ministry of Jesus in Luke 4:14, “And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.” The Bible says He returned in the force of the Spirit. He was Wonderful in ministry. So we see that Jesus' ministry comprised first of instructing, then teaching, and, at last, healing.

During his ministry on earth Jesus accomplished more teaching than anything else. You'll find this on the off chance that you read through the four Gospels and underline the words "teaching" or "taught." Yet when we consider doing the works of Jesus, we typically consider healing the sick or maybe casting out demons. Those things are a piece of it, however showing the same is doing the works of Jesus. Presently see the 32nd verse: “And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power.” Hallelujah! Then we note the 36th verse of this same chapter: “And they were all amazed, and spoke among themselves, saying, What a word is this! for with authority and power he commanded the unclean spirits, and they come out.” They said that in response to what had happened in the 33rd verse: LUKE 4:33–37 33 And in the synagogue there was a man, which had a spirit of an unclean devil, and cried out with a loud voice, 34 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art; the Holy One of God. 35 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. . . . As it were, Jesus said, "Be silent!" That's the way you need to address the devil instruct him to shut up. You can't be decent when managing the fallen angel. Whatever remains of verse 35 says: “And when the devil had thrown him in the midst, he came out of him, and hurt him not.” That devil wanted to act up before he left. He knew it was his last chance, so he threw that fellow in their midst, but he came out and didn’t hurt him. 36 And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a word is this! For with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out. 37 And the fame of him went out into every place of the country round about. Obviously His popularity spread. At the point when individuals get healed and demons are cast out, individuals discuss it. . Jesus was Wonderful: In  ministry, Wonderful in works, and Wonderful in his Words. Peace be with you. In Jesus name.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Encounters With The Powers Of The World To Come.

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by pastor Akomolafe Adebayo (living faith church worldwide)
‘Until one does what makes things happen he may never see things happen’- So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breathe entered them, and stood up upon their feet – a vast army.… Ezekiel 37:10
Covenant day of breaking invisible barriers.
Barriers are strange invisible forces at work against your glorious destiny but today you shall see them no more in the name of Jesus. Your deliverance is guaranteed.
What is heaven on earth?
Upon marveling at the authority of and dominion that Christ walked in over evil forces, his disciples could not help but seek to know their masters secrete.  ‘Teach us to pray; they said, almost from a standpoint of envy over johns disciples (who were well versed in prayer by then) but in reality were driven by a genuine desire to dominate the earth through the heavenly order, just as he did.
As their request was granted Jesus showed them the very essence of all prayer and that is to bring heaven down to earth.  Prayer is fellowship with the Father so as to command the super natural – bringing God’s will to play on earth.  Matthew 6:9. It is practically living in the Fathers will on earth; a heavenly lifestyle in the now. Heaven’s reality shall become tangible in your life ‘in the now ‘and not in the ‘by and by’.
The powers of the world to come rule in the world to come.  And if we can be able to hold of the power then we can exercise rulership and dominion on earth to the glory of God. This is only but a test of the grand reality to become our lifestyle when we ascend to glory.  Hebrew 6:5. Jesus tested the power hence he could manifest it. When the tax collector came knew how the heavenly banking system worked. He sent his disciples to the sea of God’s wisdom, dominant in the world to come, to make the needful withdrawal from the first fish they caught. The heavenly ATM responded accordingly..and the outstanding debt /tax settled!
Understanding the workings of the power of the world to come will always put you in charge of every contrary situation. Having known the mystery of the miracle meal and the authority a believer’s tongue commands as a surprise how one can become healthy for 22 year without medication or lying in hospital. The challenges do come but in the name of Jesus everything happens at your command and authority!
The powers of the world to come are essentially to wipe the tears off your face. No more tears or crying for in heaven there’s unspeakable joy in eternal proportions.
The power of the world to come is divine enabling and not of man. This is what Jesus meant when he constantly referring to his father. He did not make it a secret that he could by his own self do nothing  but as he saw and heard his Father so did and spoken he. Joseph also admitted before Pharaoh that it was not him but that God in heaven would manifest his power and favorably address pharaoh’s dilemma and confusion. Jesus was living by the power of the world to come by the Father who sent him. And as Jesus has sent us so do we live and manifest in the same, even greater order of the supernatural. John 6:57. The power of the  world to come ushers us into a world free of curses. It is only the blessing of God that reigns there.  Revelation 22:3.
The power of the world to come put you above all the forces of darkness, not ceremoniously but in unquestionable dominion for you are blessed and cannot be cursed.  Numbers 23:23
The enemy has to depart your life in the name of Jesus. When satan was defeated in the war in heaven he was eternally cast out. Revelation 12:7-9. It was a word of wonders without end. Revelation 21:1-5 read also verses 22-26.
The connection to this power is prayer. Prayer and fasting, such as the ongoing 21 days of fasting is the gateway to endowment of the power of the world to come. Effectual events fervent prayer; intense and focused in every sense running through to at least an hour. Jesus, Moses, Elijah all ascended mountains (of prayer and fasting) to call on God for power; the powers of the world to come. 
Daniel’s prayer life.
Daniel was a man given to tireless and ceaseless praying. And it was due to this aspect of his walk with God that earned him a place in the den of lions. Even the threatening of wicked men and law he did not fret nor waver but continued along his pattern and lifestyle of prayer. Upon  being thrown into the lions den ‘his night vigil’ turned out to the glory of God with him sharing his testimony of heaven coming down unto the earth causing the lions mouths to be shut. He must have continued in prayer despite the seemingly obvious death sentence upon him. The lions could not eat him. Daniel 6:22.
Daniel was also able to decipher heavenly writings while nobody else could. Read Daniel 2:16-23, 5:11-12, 25-28.            
How did he get in to this level of empowerment.
Daniel sought after the word of God on all matters and whatsoever we receive from heaven will always be above  every other. .Daniel 9:2-3 Daniel operated in righteousness and prayed tirelessly. As mentioned earlier his prayer was accompanied with fasting. Daniel 9:20-22. Daniel was not a priest but a politician yet he excelled beyond even the priests of the days. He was a consultant for various governments in four different regimes. They could not do without him… he fasted and prayer his way into the unusual order. He operated in the power of the world to come…… the supernatural. You cannot walk in this powers without prayer and fasting.  Daniel 10:2-3, 12-14.  

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

The Fundamental Cost Of Leadership

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Everything of value carries a cost. In fact value is a function of cost. How much you are willing to pay for something will determine how much you can get out of it. We have various categories of believers. And, how much you are willing to leave (forsake) will determine the category you belong to finally. Leadership is not an exception. Vehicles, houses are in categories, determined by how much you are ready to pay to get one. How much you are willing to pay will determine what category of leadership you belong to. Every child of God is a potential leader, by redemption. You have been redeemed out of every tongue kindred, people and nation to reign (Rev. 5:9). However, leadership is not occupying a seat, it is accomplishing a task, it is not in the titles we wear, and it is in the values we add. To be called great does not guarantee greatness. It is one thing to play a game and quite another to be a star in it. But every player is a potential star. But how much you are willing to invest in training, dedication, discipline and sacrifice will determine whether you become a star or not. Leadership is not talking the lead, it is taking the lead. Talk is cheap. Take the lead in your assignment or field, not just talk it.  Now, if we are all potential leaders, it is important to determine the price, we must pay to be effective leaders. Luke 14:28-30 it is vital to count the cost first. You have a towerly destiny in Christ, but there is a cost to it and that’s where many fail. Many do not know the cost. Some know the cost but are not ready to pay the price. Greatness is not born, or thrust on you.   It is consciously worked out, just like you do not stumble into success. You can’t just wake up one morning and become an expert doctor. You train into it. Greatness is either achieved or it never comes to be Jeremiah 1:5 before God formed Jeremiah in the womb he had called and ordained him prophet. But does it stop there? Jer. 15:16 Jeremiah had to find the word and eat it in order to become what God called him to be. What about David? You say leadership was thrusted on him? No! The brothers came to town, but David was left behind caring for animals. His responsible lifestyle took him to the top. God’s eyes watched David defend animals from being destroyed. He knew David would take care of Israel, with such a heart. Matt. 20:20-23 Mary mother of Zebedee’s sons wished leadership for her sons. Jesus said he must drink of his cup and be baptized of his baptism. Greatness is not prayed for, it is paid for. There is a cup into it and a baptism into leadership.

The covenant of leadership.

What must you do for the leadership seed in you to grow, blossom and flourish? We call the covenant of leadership. Eccl 109:5-, There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, as an error which proceeddeth from the rules folly is set on great dignity, and the rich sit in low place. I have seen servants upon horses and princes walking as servants upon the earth. He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and who so breaketh a hedge, a serpent shall bite him the covenant of leadership. Read (Eccl. 10:10).

a)      Vision
This is a fundamental requirement of leadership knowing where you are going is called   the wisdom of direction. Until you identify your field, you have no future in leadership. Prov.29:18 Where there is no vision the people perish. Vision is the foundation upon which leadership is built. You discover your purpose and stay on with it. God has a plan for every one of us. Your journey of leadership begins with discovery of God’s plan for you. Once you do this and abide by it, you have secured your future. To miss vision is to lose value, and to be stripped of honor and dignity. Your future is in God’s plan not in your plan. Until your task on earth is defined, your leadership, your leadership will not find expression. Whatever comes to your mind, check it in line with God, so you don’t misinvest your energy. There are three ways to discover God’s plan for your life;

(i)           It may come to you as a heavenly vision, like Moses and the burning bush, Paul on his way to Damascus Acts 26: 19 or  1st May, 1981 (my encounter God)
(ii)          It can come to you by a burning passion like Nehemiah, check on your inside, you may have God’s plan inside.
(iii)       By discovery of the divine gifting God has given you. They may be pointers to your God-given plan. The gift can help define where you belong. So locate your field for the leadership potential in you to come alive.

(b) Wisdom
Eccl. 10: 15x The labor of the foolish weareth every one of them, because he knoweth not how to go to the city. He knows the city to go to, but he doesn’t know how to get there. Prov. 8:15 By me (wisdom) kings reign and princess decree justice. Even though you are destined to reign, wisdom is a requirement or ascending to the throne. Unfortunately many have mistaken common sense for wisdom. Wisdom is an intelligible application of acquired knowledge. Commonsense will beget common results, Matt 7:24-28 wisdom is acquired and applied sense, not common sense. Many are grounded today because they mistake commonsense for wisdom. The principal raw material for wisdom is knowledge. Covenant University is emerging as the leading university In Africa in 7 years! But before she was founded, I engaged in an exhaustive study of nine world class universities like Harvard, Cambridge, Oxford, Yales etc. How they started, their growth pace, how they developed their programs. Universities that were hundreds of years old. I needed an understanding of how these great universities had acquired their greatness, so as to lay out our administrative structure. That’s how wisdom is cultivated. Many people in Africa are weary because they have no value for wisdom. They mistake native intelligence for wisdom. God called me to ministry in an 18-hour long vision. But before I started off, I studied 39 selected biographies of great ministries. So when speaking as a full time minister, I was speaking with 39 borrowers senses which goes on to enhance the quality of our decision making. Am therefore not surprised where we area today. There are people in business who have not read even one book on the business they are doing in their life. Common-sense! Poor leadership in African politics is a result of having too many empty headed politicians, who don’t belong to any school of thought. There is no president in America who doesn’t belong to a particular school of thought in politics. There are ministers of the gospel who may not have read any book of ministry, or some even can’t define ministry. Careful acquisition of facts is what guarantees you a step into practical leadership. Don’t stop learning .Keep your mind young. Wisdom is a growing virtue. Luke 2:52 Jesus increased in wisdom, stature, favor with God and man. Prov 1:5 A wise man will hear, and increase learning, and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels. Wisdom shall attain unto wise counsels. Wisdom has unlimited capacity for growth. Never forget that wisdom    demands acquisition of knowledge and applying intelligibly. There is a common saying in the West; that if you want to hide anything from a black man, write it in a book. He may never find it! Anything you engage in without acquiring adequate knowledge and applying that knowledge you get ordinary results at best.

(c)     Discipline
Eccl. 10:16-17Woe to thee o land, when thy king is a child and thy princes eat in the morning. Blessed art thou, o land, when thy king is the son of nobles, and thy princes eat in due season, for strength and not for drunkenness! This statement defines self-discipline. Every truly distinguished person must be highly-disciplined. 1 Cor 6:12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient; all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. 1 Cor. 9:24-27 Race runners are many, but the winner is only one. We keep our bodies under subjection. Discipline is operating as commanded. Not as convenient. Whatever demand your envisioned future   places on you, you subscribe to it.

(d)     Diligence
Prov 12:24 The hand of the diligent shall bear rule; but the slothful shall be under tribute. You can get out of life more than what you are willing to put into it. Seed time and harvest not just about money, but also about investment consciousness. You need to invest time, energy and resources. Bill Gates labored to be where he is today. Prov. 22:29seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men. Billy Graham is sold out to kingdom business only. He’s a world ruler in the gospel realm. The whole world gathered to bury his wife. A diligent man in his business. Therefore, it is impossible to reign without  vision, wisdom,   discipline and diligence. Those are four fundamental costs of leadership.

(e)   Sacrifice
That’s the capital price to pay, going all the way, Luke 12:49-50 I am come to send fire on the earth, and that will I, if it be already kindled? But if I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straightened till it be accomplished! Global impact places global demand. Stretch yourself! It is a baptism of sacrifice that births great leaders. This means putting your life on the line. David was not going for Goliath to get title but to stop the harassment of Israel by this giant, at the risk of being killed. Where you say, “I rather die than watch this shame”, is what sacrifice means. Moses didn’t fear going back to Egypt Israel free. Daniel didn’t fear being thrown into a den of lions. They fulfilled their leadership destinies by sacrifice. The altar of sacrifice is broken down in Africa, it must be repaired. You never have a star without a scar. The scar of every star is sacrifice. Matt 20:20-23 it takes the cup of wisdom and the baptism of sacrifice for great leaders to emerge. Your leadership potential will find expression on this platform. If it means crawling, get at it. I have brought enough funds to cater for everything including whatever needs to be paid here. Those that in the world to get don’t amount to much at the end, but those that are in the world to add don’t loose value. Great leaders both in the Bible and contemporary history are products of sacrifice. Abraham, Moses, Joseph, David, Daniel, Nehemiah are examples. Think of Esther, Ruth, Martin Luther King Jnr., and Nelson Mandela.  The sacrifice of such men gave birth to free nations today. The quality of your sacrifice determines the quality of your leadership rating. How much are you willing to give up in driving the plan of God for your life? Always on your assignment, doing beyond normal. We are all redeemed to reign, but not without a cost. Doing more than what others do, you will be a leader in your area of endeavor. There is nothing extraordinary without extra-ordinary investment. Africa has an army of men who don’t know where they are going don’t care to learn how to get there, and those who care to learn how to get there are not disciplined enough to apply themselves to their finding. Find out what will make a difference. I went on a search of three days into financial prosperity in 1982 and found the secret. I follow it. You cannot blame God for blessing me. I’ve never had any stress helping to see others smile; you can’t blame God for sending me favors. It is one thing to find the truth and quite another to line up with it. It takes self-discipline to do it. God told me spiritual impact is the best way to enter into supernatural supplies. The people you preach to must have heart to show for it or else you won’t have access to supernatural supplies. Labor in the word and doctrines, it takes plenty of discipline, fresh preparation for every meeting, fresh noted. You can’t wish leadership. You build yourself into it. The grace to commit yourself to the fundamental cost of leadership is released upon you today. Go and work hard, anointing is no substitute for hard work. You are either a worker today or a beggar tomorrow. Prov. 13:4 Too many non-working people abound in Africa today, some at 30, they are still in their parent’s homes! God blesses what you do. Doing nothing multiplied by one million equals nothing. You don’t have a future without a working hand. You drive 80 kilometers perimeter to cover Canaan land today. Why? A mind to work. If ministry is not work for you, you can’t have results. Many say I resigned work to go for full time ministry. That’s a misconception. You make a living by working 8 hours a day, but you can only make impact by working beyond 8 hours. Receive grace to actualize the leadership potentials embedded in you by applying yourself to the price involved. Peace!!!

Sunday, 18 January 2015

I Will Restore Your Health

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By pastor Akomolafe Adebayo (living faith church worldwide)
How to secure God’s intervention for restoration of your health.
Joy is a divine therapy for healthy living. A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones… Proverbs 17:22. You need joy to be healed and ward off sickness hence a healthy life despite the present state we must embrace joy in our heart and jealousy safeguard it to enjoy sound health and vitality. Joy is a fundamental requirement for securing divine health. He will only intervene at the point of joy. Isaiah 58:11.
Joy is a free for all virtue that God has made available to every believer. It is a fruit of the Holy Spirit and you are entitled to it hence there should be no reason for being downcast. Read, Galatians 5:22. Many an offer to sin shall satan make the believer because he knows your being defiled is enemy to the Spirit birthing joy in you, hence an open door to sickness. As earlier stated we need to safe guard our heart that we may not lose the joy of salvation. David in: Psalms 51:12 cries thus: “Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free Spirit”.
Secondly we secure our intervention via the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit is referred to as the spirit of joy and gladness. The Holy Spirit is also the oil of gladness. The is always hope for a believer under sickness for as long as the spirit resides in him. He has the power; oil of joy and gladness resident in him hence is able to arise even if he fells seven times. Your situation in being turned around in Jesus name.
The revelation of the word of god also stimulates joy in our hearts. Stumbling upon revelation of the word of God powers one to joy. This is the provision of the Lord for you. Joy can be found in the revelation of the word of truth. Psalm 119:162. Every child of God carries divine or unspeakable joy.  Read, 1 Peter 1:8. Because joy is a facilitator of health every child of God is entitled to super health.
Having joy is having access to restoration of health….. For a merry heart doeth good like medicine. God can in no way mis-prescribe for. Every time God counsels on any matter especially on your health, be assured that it is both equal to and greater than that issue.  So when he speaks joy and gladness BE FULLY PERSUADED He indeed is spot on.
One of the characteristics of joy is that it provokes praise. Read, James 5:13. Praise is one of the most formidable avenues of bringing heaven on earth. Psalms 22:3, 2 Chronicles 5:13. Where praise is life is.
Knowing that we are the temple of the Holy Spirit, we should deeply appreciate that when we praise Gog his Mighty power (glory) fills the house. As the glory fills us the forces of wickedness even sickness advice themselves away from the tabernacle of heaven…. On earth. Where God is sickness and sorrow have to flee. Read, Psalms 114:7. Despite being dead for four days Lazarus, Jesus found reason to thank God right there in front of a decomposing body. Joy is a requirement of for supernatural turnaround because it brings divine intervention. John 11:41-44. Complaining and murmuring worsens the matter. Maintain your joy and weep not. Stay blessed in Jesus name.