Saturday, 26 October 2019

China Demolishes Megachurch During Worship Service




Communist authorities destroyed a 3,000-seat megachurch over the weekend, using a large excavator to tear apart the building as members and citizens watched helplessly,
according to China Aid .

The large building – which resembled many large church buildings in the United States and was topped with a spire and cross – was located in the province of Anhui, which rests in the eastern part of the country and has about 60 million residents.

The congregation was part of China’s officially recognized network of churches.

 Communist officials lacked the proper legal paperwork to order the destruction, China Aid reported. China Aid monitors religious persecution in the country.

A China Aid video shows the excavator pulling the building apart, as pieces of concrete tumble into a pile of rubble on the ground.

“This is yet another clear example showing the escalation of religious persecution today by the Chinese Communist regime,” said Bob Fu, president of China Aid.

 “The total disregard of religious freedom's protection as enshrined in the Communist Party's own Constitution tells the whole world [Chinese] President Xi is determined to continue his war against the peaceful Christian faithful. This campaign will surely fail in the end.”

The officials also detained the church’s pastors, Geng Yimin and Sun Yongyao, on suspicion of “gathering a crowd to disturb social order,” China Aid reported.Christianheadlines

WINNING BATTLES

Hebrews 12:1-2

 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

We have a cloud of witnesses ( Hebrews11) that ran the same race and were Equipped To Win as we are,  whom we can draw inspiration from.

They were men and women of FAITH or men and women of  Hope and Trust in God who fought to the end.

Some lost everything but NOT  their *Faith Hope* and *Trust* in God.

HEBREWS 11

32And what shall I say further? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets,

33Who by [the help of] faith subdued kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promised blessings, closed the mouths of lions,

34Extinguished the power of raging fire, escaped the devourings of the sword, out of frailty and weakness won strength and became stalwart, even mighty and resistless in battle, routing alien hosts.

35[Some] women received again their dead by a resurrection. Others were tortured to death with clubs, refusing to accept release [offered on the terms of denying their faith], so that they might be resurrected to a better life. [I Kings 17:17-24; II Kings 4:25-37.]

36 Others had to suffer the trial of mocking and scourging and even chains and imprisonment.

37 They were stoned to death; they were lured with tempting offers [to renounce their faith]; they were sawn asunder; they were slaughtered by the sword; [while they were alive] they had to go about wrapped in the skins of sheep and goats, utterly destitute, oppressed, cruelly treated--

38 [Men] of whom the world was not worthy--roaming over the desolate places and the mountains, and [living] in caves and caverns and holes of the earth.

39 And all of these, though they won divine approval by [means of] their faith, did not receive the fulfillment of what was promised,

40 Because God had us in mind and had something better and greater in view for us, so that they [these heroes and heroines of faith] should not come to perfection apart from us [before we could join them].

WINNING BATTLES

 *Equipped To Win*

Hebrews 12:1-2
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Prayer of Jabez

The prayer of Jabez is found in a historical note within a genealogy:

 "Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, "I gave birth to him in pain." Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, "Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain." And God granted his request" (1 Chronicles 4:9-10).

Little is known of Jabez, other than he was a descendant of Judah, he was an honorable man, and his mother named him "Jabez" (meaning "sorrowful" or "sorrow-maker") because his had been a painful birth. In his prayer, Jabez cries out to God for protection and blessing. Using a play on words, Jabez, the "man of sorrow," asks God to keep him from that sorrow which his name both recalled and foreboded.

The prayer of Jabez contains an urgent request for four things: 1) God's blessing. Jabez acknowledges that the God of Israel is the source of all blessing, and he asks God for His grace. No doubt, this request was based, at least in part, on God's promise of blessing to Abraham and his descendants (Genesis 22:17).

2) An expansion of territory. Jabez prays for victory and prosperity in all his endeavors and that his life would be marked by increase.

3) The presence of God's hand. In other words, Jabez asks for the guidance of God and His strength to be evident in his daily existence.

4) Protection from harm. Jesus taught His disciples to pray in this way: "Father in heaven . . . deliver us from the evil one" (Matthew 6:9, 13). Jabez looks to God in confidence as his defender.

Jabez's goal in his prayer was to live free from sorrow, and the last thing we read about him is that God heard and answered his prayer. Like Solomon's humble prayer for wisdom (1 Kings 3:5-14), Jabez's devout prayer for blessing was answered. The success Jabez enjoyed outweighed the sorrow of his beginning. The prayer of Jabez overcame the name of Jabez.
The Preacher's Sincere

Safety Tips: How To Avoid Snake Bites

ESMI, an international organization that focuses on environmental issues has released tips on how to avoid snake bites.

See statement below:
DUE TO THE HEATWAVE AND HIGH TEMPERATURES CURRENTLY IN AFRICA, SNAKES, ESPECIALLY COBRAS, SEEK REFUGE IN COOLER PLACES LIKE INSIDE HOMES.

SAFETY TIPS

1. Avoid leaving windows open for too long. Cobras and Mambas can reach heights that are very high.

2. Avoid leaving your front doors open for fresh air in the evenings. These reptiles are absolutely STEALTHY (too quiet). You won't hear or see them go inside your house.

3 Before sitting under the tree that has that cooling shade, check the branches that there are no snakes lurking in the branches.

4. Check your bed and surrounding before you go to bed, cobras are notorious for hiding under the sheets.

5. Avoid the age old trend of liking to chill outside of the house, with mattresses and wrappers in the evening. Most reptiles are nocturnal (hunt at night and more effective)

6. Not only snakes might bite you, but also the age old human enemy; the centipede (Mosithaphala), which is fast and very venomous.

7. Clear bushes round your house. They attract rats and mice which are the favourite snacks of the most dangerous snake’s favorite meal.

8. Buy snake repellent powder and pour it round your yard. You will definitely decrease the chances of a snake ever visiting your home by 90%.

Beware of confronting snakes that get into your homes. Some snakes can be killed easily, others like the black mamba are very cocky. If threatened, they will chase you at an alarming speed and give multiple bites while still on the chase; and bitten victims may not live to see the next forty minutes. So, just be very careful when trying to kill those snakes.

Stay well and be safe. It's snake season. It's very hot and they are highly active and get agitated and angry very fast.

Keep sharing as you may be saving lives.

Please do have a wonderful day-ESMI
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THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF MARRIAGE

SCRIPTURE: Wives,"submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.

Ephesians 5":22,"25.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY": Your muscles are not meant to fight your wife but to fight for your wife; it is not to intimidate your wife but to accommodate her.

Marriage is the legally or formally recognized union of two people,"a man and a woman. Simply put, it is the state of being married.

In marriage, a man leaves his father and his mother in order to be united with his wife (Genesis 2":24). It is critical also to know that God is the originator of marriage.

 (Genesis 2:18). So,"marriage is not just recognized by humanity but it is also approved and recognized by Divinity.

Now, marriage itself is responsibility. The man should be responsible to his wife and the wife should be responsible to her husband.

The truth is, you are meant to relate with your husband or wife the same way Christ relates with His Church. And this applies to singles who will get married someday. Anytime a woman sees her husband, she should be reminded of Christ, and not be reminded of the devil. The man is not meant to be a picture of wickedness in the home or a symbol of tyranny to his wife.

The tragedy today is, some men are the lions of the tribe of their families, including those who are Christians and church workers. When they are returning home from work, their children and wives would begin to quake. This is absolutely not of God.

Beloved, your muscles are not meant to fight your wife but to fight for your wife; it is not to intimidate your wife but to accommodate her. Masculinity is responsibility, and marriage is responsibility.

REMEMBER THIS": Your muscles are not meant to fight your wife but to fight for your wife; it is not to intimidate your wife but to accommodate her.

ASSIGNMENT:

1. Determine to be responsible or to become more responsible in your marriage

2. Let your wife or husband see Christ in you by the way you treat him/her.

PRAYER: Lord,"I ask for the Grace to embrace responsibility in my marital relationship. I refuse to be a source of pain to my wife or to my husband. Make me a reflection of Your Image when my spouse beholds me, Lord, in Jesus’ Name.

For Further Understanding, Get this Message": Revelation of Marriage

QUOTE: When you are getting into marriage,"understand your husband’s practice with his people. This knowledge will help you to continue the practice in marriage. Culled from  ‘In-laws, In-loves  and outlaws’ by Dr. Becky Paul-Enenche

AMAZING FACT": Frogs breathe through their skin in hibernation

DAILY READING: Jer. 31:27 to 32:44,"1 Tim":1 to 16,"Ps 88": 1 to 18,"Prov. 25":20 to 22.

PROPHETIC DECLARATION/WORD: The grace to exist as a picture of Christ both in the home and in life generally is released upon you in Jesus’ Name.
Education and entertainment

Why did Jesus Christ call Peter Satan?

Matthew 16:23 MEV
But He turned and said to Peter, *"Get behind Me, Satan!* You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things that are of God, but those that are of men."

Why did Satan entered Judas? Because his heart & mind was not good.

John 13:27 MEV
After receiving the piece of bread, *Satan entered him. Then Jesus said to him, "What you are going to do, do quickly."*

According to the BIBLE not according to me, Satan is a demonic spirit looking for whomever if available to either influenced or used to fulfill the desires of the King of darkness. Don't allow Satan to use you. God bless you.
Editor's Critical Eye

Spirit of divination

Many true and genuine Prophets because of fame, control, luxury lifestyle & etc are now influence by divination spirit (demonic spirits) to discern deep and secrets things from the hearts and minds of those who are not spiritually strong.

Sometimes you go to programs and many people receive prophesies upon prophesies but you are always left out and you sometimes doubt if even you are a child of GOD because you don't receive prophetic messages.

1. When you have a deeper relationship with the Holy Spirit, you might not receive much prophesies because the Holy Spirit always directs your life but you sometimes don't believe it because it's not coming from a servant of God.

2. God can also protect your life by covering you with His divine angels so people can not prophecy your destiny just for show.

3. Ask the Holy Spirit why u are not receiving prophecies.

Jeremiah 23:30-32 MEV
See, therefore I am against the prophets, says the LORD, who steal My words, each from his neighbor. [31] See, I am against the prophets, says the LORD, who use their tongues and say, "The LORD says." [32] See, I am against those who prophesy false dreams, says the LORD, and recount them and cause My people to err by their lies and reckless boasting. Yet I sent them not nor commanded them. Therefore they shall not profit this people at all, says the LORD.

NB: If you believe you are a child of GOD, then the spirit of God (holy spirit) is in you to speak to you personally concerning every issues of your own life. Focus and depend always on the holy spirit. Amen
Education and entertainment

How You Give Reveals Your Heart

“I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done” (Philippians 3:7 NLT).

Every time you give, you reveal what matters to you. Tell me how you spend your money and your time, and I’ll tell you what matters most to you. Your schedule might reveal that your children are what matter most to you. Your spending might reveal that what matters most to you is your hobby.

Life is not about things. It’s about learning how to love. If at the end of your life you’ve acquired a giant pile of things but you’re estranged from your family, you’ve missed the point!

When you are generous with your time, money, effort, and energy, you’re saying that God and people are what matter most. To put it another way, what matters most is love.

In Philippians 3:7, Paul tells us, “I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done” (NLT).

How do you break the grip of materialism? There’s only one way. The antidote for getting is giving. So every time you’re generous and give to others or to God, then you are actually breaking the hold of materialism in your life.

“We are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives” (Philippians 3:20 NLT). Your purpose is not to live for here and now. You’re storing up for eternity! You’re not building a pile on this side of eternity. You’re building into people and relationships that will matter on the other side of eternity. You’re living in light of heaven.

If you don't know Jesus as Savior, you can pray this right now: ", Jesus Christ, i want to get to know you and trust you. I humbly ask you to accept me into your kingdom, not because i deserve it but because on the cross, it was finished. You paid it all! I accept you as my Lord and Savior today, you died for me and rose for me, thank you Lord. I pray this in Jesus Name. Amen."

If you just prayed to accept Jesus, please email me at mindofchrist00@gmail.com and let me know about it. I’d like to send you some free materials to help you start your journey with Jesus.

 Rick Warren
Opinion/teaching

Preach the gospel

You might declare God's Word at all times, good or bad. After Jesus was crucified, He rose from the dead.

 Mark 16:15-16;
15. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16.  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved: but he that believeth not shall be damned."

 Matthew 28:19-20; 19. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen."

You must preach the Gospel of Christ and never be ashamed to speak about God. This is called the "Great Commission." Manifest the love, light and joy of Christ to everyone.

 Let them feel.  Acts 1:8; "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." You must raise your children in the Word of God and His love.

Plant the seed of God in every heart and God will do the rest. Jesus died for us. It was love, not nails that held Him on the Cross. He loved us before we were in our mother's womb. (Jeremiah 1:5). He loved us before we loved him. (1 John 4:19). God doesn't give us joy, He is our joy.
                       Glory Hallelujah!!!

Sybil "Sweetmama" Woodall
www.CFMFAN.ORG
Sermon

Never give up!


Don't stop praying because you don't see the physical manifestations.

 Keep on believing God for things you have prayed or are praying for according to His will is and will be answered. Amen.

1 John 5:14-15
Since we have this confidence, we can also have great boldness before him, for if we present any request agreeable to his will, he will hear us. [15] And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we also know that we have obtained the requests we ask of him.

NB: PRAY ACCORDING TO GOD'S WILL NOT ACCORDING TO YOUR OWN CARNAL SELFISH DESIRES. GOD BLESS YOU.
Opinion/teaching

CHILD OF PURPOSE


“Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.” (John 18:37)

Esther, despite being a slave taken from her country to another in captivity, lived to fulfill her purpose. Esther 2:6.

When trying times and difficulties want to make you question yourself if truly you are a child of purpose and if that purpose will be fulfilled, my answer to you is.

Yes! God brought you to this earth for a reason and the purpose of God in your life will be fulfilled.

God gave us all diverse gifts, talents, skills and knowledge. Esther’s was beauty which facilitated her being queen after Vashiti’s mistake. (Esther 2.12).

Her position as a queen was eventually the instrument God used in saving the Jews from Haman’s plan of destruction.

What are you using your gift, knowledge, talents and position for in the house of God? How are you assisting your spiritual parents in promoting the work of God?

You must fulfil your purpose in life by living your life to reflect the image and likeness of God with dominion over every circumstances in your life (Gen 1:26). God is a Creator.

For you to fulfil your purpose, you must be a creator. What you create, creates the wealth you need. Create something!

Words of Wisdom: Would you rather God use somebody else to fulfil your purpose in His house?

Confession/Prayers: I have discovered my purpose. I will fulfil my destiny. God’s purpose in my business, job, marriage, children, ministry etc., will come to pass in Jesus’ name, Amen!

Further Reading: Esther 4; 1 Cor. 3:16 -17.
Sermon

Mourinho Taunts Klopp

LONDON. — Jose Mourinho claims Manchester United’s tactics skewered Liverpool as he bizarrely claimed Jurgen Klopp “liked meat but got fish”.

Kop boss Klopp certainly looked crabby as VAR decisions went against his English Premier League football leaders in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.
But former United boss Mourinho believes Klopp’s biggest beef will be Liverpool failing to cope with United’s “solid” defensive tactics.

Klopp’s men floundered in the first half, Marcus Rashford’s opener for United being awarded after video replays, just before VAR ruled out a Sadio Mane equaliser. But midfielders Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain came off the bench to get Liverpool out of a stew.

And it was fit-again Lallana who tapped home to put Klopp’s men six points clear of Manchester City, albeit the first time Liverpool have failed to win in their nine Premiership games this season.

And noting Liverpool’s poultry first-half display, Mourinho said of Klopp: “He likes meat and he got fish.
“United, with the limitations they have at the moment, they played with five at the back, were solid and didn’t give the chance of transition.
“Jurgen Klopp didn’t like the menu.”

United’s improved display still leaves their manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with plenty on his plate.
But Mourinho focused more on Klopp’s potential problems.

Ex-Chelsea chief Mourinho ribbed the Champions League winners by saying: “They missed quality to play against a team with a low block. “— The Sun.
Sport

Warriors Through To CHAN Finals

SThe Warriors of Zimbabwe have qualified to the 2020 CHAN finals set for Cameroon after beating Lesotho 3-1 on aggregate.

The Warriors carried a 3-1 lead into the game and managed to preserve their advantage following  a goalless draw in the second leg of the final round qualifier played in Maseru on Sunday.

The triumph, meanwhile, marks the return of Zimbabwe to the tournament after missing the previous edition.
Sport

The Church's Extra Judicial Proposal Is Pointing In The Right Direction

As Transform Zimbabwe political party, we acknowledge the role of the church in changing and transforming our nation, pre and post Independence.

The church has a pivotal role in the politics of the nation and even in the bible, they gave guidance to the Kings and Queens of the time.

Our nation has grossly suffered from dibilitating economic challenges, fragmented society, lawlessness and intense polarization. The political, social and economic situation is continuing to deteriorate and surely, a Transitional government is the way for our nation to recover. The electioneering mode in Zimbabwe refuses to die down because for a very long time now, we have not had conclusive elections. Zanu Pf has always found ways to manipulate the outcomes. The courts have equally not assisted, with the supreme court failing to conclude the previous election.

As Transform Zimbabwe, we applaud the church for at least coming up with a practical solution in solving the political, social and economic crisis our nation is facing. The current electoral system has failed to usher change and transformation into our country. In this kind of situation, elections won't yield any positive results up and until we have revived the genuine ethics and values of politics. Our politics has been so toxic that they are suffocating the people of Zimbabwe. So it's time as nation, we prioritize national interest above political interests. We need to revive our country, put food on the table for the general population, genuinely engage in electoral reforms before we go to another general election. Zanu Pf will continue to enjoy the advantage of incumbency and their grip on key institutions will never allow for free and fair elections. Therefore elections in the current setup will not change our fortunes.

So we salute and applaude the call by the church under ZHOCD (Zimbabwe Heads of Christian Denominations) to suspend all electoral process. Thinking that the idea is trampling  above people's constitutional right is hypocricy because we have a situation where ZanuPf has clearly rigged, MDC has failed to respect the Constitutional court ruling. This proves how our laws and current electoral system is polluted.

As Transform Zimbabwe, we propose and support, an extra judicial solution. This will be a people driven process without political meddling.

When you are stuck in a pit, you should stop digging. As Zimbabwe, we are in a dungeon because of this polluted electoral system.

So an extra judicial solution, which ushers in a transitional arrangement, is a genuine solution to the national cancer.

As Zimbabwe, let's embrace the idea of extra judicial to make sure that we put food on table, address electoral reforms and emerge stronger than ever. A church led process will once again deliver this nation, everything else has failed.

God bless you and God bless Zimbabwe.

*Jacob Ngarivhume*
_TZ President_
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Striking Doctors Face Disciplinary Action

The Health Services Board (HSB) is likely to commence disciplinary hearings against doctors who ignored last Friday’s Labour Court ruling ordering them to return to work within 48 hours.

This followed revelations that the provision for arbitration in the ruling was based on the doctors’ return to work, which they defied.

Furthermore, striking doctors who spend more than 30 days without reporting for work were not paid October salaries.

Speaking from Harare Central Hospital where he was assessing the situation, including availability of medicines and equipment, Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo said Government was still open for dialogue and would want the striking doctors to return to work while negotiations continue.

“The arbitration process as of today, I have been advised by the Attorney-General that, because the doctors did not meet the deadline, they didn’t turn up for work, so that provision now falls away,” said Dr Moyo.State media
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Ngarivhume Defends Church Position On Elections

 Transform Zimbabwe leader Jacob Ngarivhume has defended the Zimbabwe Heads of Christian Denominations' position on the postponement of elections.

See Ngarivhume's argument below :
As Transform Zimbabwe political party, we acknowledge the role of the church in changing and transforming our nation, pre and post Independence.

The church has a pivotal role in the politics of the nation and even in the bible, they gave guidance to the Kings and Queens of the time.

Our nation has grossly suffered from dibilitating economic challenges, fragmented society, lawlessness and intense polarization. The political, social and economic situation is continuing to deteriorate and surely, a Transitional government is the way for our nation to recover. The electioneering mode in Zimbabwe refuses to die down because for a very long time now, we have not had conclusive elections. Zanu Pf has always found ways to manipulate the outcomes. The courts have equally not assisted, with the supreme court failing to conclude the previous election.

As Transform Zimbabwe, we applaud the church for at least coming up with a practical solution in solving the political, social and economic crisis our nation is facing. The current electoral system has failed to usher change and transformation into our country. In this kind of situation, elections won't yield any positive results up and until we have revived the genuine ethics and values of politics. Our politics has been so toxic that they are suffocating the people of Zimbabwe. So it's time as nation, we prioritize national interest above political interests. We need to revive our country, put food on the table for the general population, genuinely engage in electoral reforms before we go to another general election. Zanu Pf will continue to enjoy the advantage of incumbency and their grip on key institutions will never allow for free and fair elections. Therefore elections in the current setup will not change our fortunes.

So we salute and applaude the call by the church under ZHOCD (Zimbabwe Heads of Christian Denominations) to suspend all electoral process. Thinking that the idea is trampling  above people's constitutional right is hypocricy because we have a situation where ZanuPf has clearly rigged, MDC has failed to respect the Constitutional court ruling. This proves how our laws and current electoral system is polluted.

As Transform Zimbabwe, we propose and support, an extra judicial solution. This will be a people driven process without political meddling.

When you are stuck in a pit, you should stop digging. As Zimbabwe, we are in a dungeon because of this polluted electoral system.

So an extra judicial solution, which ushers in a transitional arrangement, is a genuine solution to the national cancer.

As Zimbabwe, let's embrace the idea of extra judicial to make sure that we put food on table, address electoral reforms and emerge stronger than ever. A church led process will once again deliver this nation, everything else has failed.

God bless you and God bless Zimbabwe.

*Jacob Ngarivhume*
_TZ President_
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Why the enemy is targeting you

The Preacher's Sincere Talk
The enemy is only attacking you because you're valuable to *God*.

Thieves don't break into empty houses. You're very important to *God*. Stay strong and keep moving forward.
                                      When you run alone, it's called race, when you run with *God* it's called grace.

I pray that *God*'s will abound to you to finish the week strong as you run closely with *Him* in *Christ Jesus* name.
                                      Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trials, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life which *God has promised to those who love Him *:-(James 1:12)*.
The Preacher's Sincere

HOW THE APOSTLES DIED

Editor's Critical Eye

1. Matthew. Suffered martyrdom in Ethiopia, Killed by a sword wound.

2. Mark. Died in Alexandria, Egypt , after being dragged by Horses through the streets until he was dead.

3. Luke. Was hanged in Greece as a result of his tremendous Preaching to the lost.

4. John. Faced martyrdom when he was boiled in huge Basin of boiling oil during a wave of persecution In Rome. However, he was miraculously delivered From death.

 John was then sentenced to the mines on the prison Island of Patmos. He wrote his prophetic Book of Revelation on Patmos . The apostle John was later freed and returned to serve As Bishop of Edessa in modern Turkey . He died as an old man, the only apostle to die peacefully

5. Peter. He was crucified upside down on an x shaped cross. According to church tradition it was because he told his tormentors that he felt unworthy to die In the same way that Jesus Christ had died.

6. James. The leader of the church in Jerusalem , was thrown over a hundred feet down from the southeast pinnacle of the Temple when he refused to deny his faith in Christ. When they discovered that he survived the fall, his enemies beat James to death with a fuller's club.

This was the same pinnacle where Satan had taken Jesus during the Temptation.

7. James the Son of Zebedee was a fisherman by trade when Jesus Called him to a lifetime of ministry.

As a strong leader of the church, James was beheaded at Jerusalem. The Roman officer who guarded James watched amazed as James defended his faith at his trial.

Later, the officer Walked beside James to the place of execution. Overcome by conviction, he declared his new faith to the judge and Knelt beside James to accept beheading as a Christian.

8. Bartholomew. Also known as Nathaniel. He Was a missionary to Asia. He witnessed for our Lord in present day Turkey. Bartholomew was martyred for his preaching in Armenia where he was flayed to death by a whip.

9. Andrew. He Was crucified on an x-shaped cross in Patras, Greece. After being whipped severely by seven soldiers they tied his body to the cross with cords to prolong his agony.

His followers reported that, when he was led toward the cross, Andrew saluted it in these words, "I have long desired and expected this happy hour. The cross has been consecrated by the body of Christ hanging on it". He continued to preach to his tormentors For two days until he expired.

10. Thomas. He Was stabbed with a spear in India during one of his missionary trips to establish the church in the Subcontinent.

11. Jude. He Was killed with arrows when he refused to deny his faith in Christ.

12. Matthias. The apostle chosen to replace the traitor Judas Iscariot. He was stoned and then beheaded.

13. Paul. He Was tortured and then beheaded by the evil Emperor Nero at Rome in A.D. 67. Paul endured a lengthy imprisonment, which allowed him to write his many epistles to the churches he had formed throughout the Roman Empire.

 These letters, which taught many of the foundational Doctrines of Christianity, form a large portion of the New Testament.

Perhaps this is a reminder to us that our sufferings here are indeed minor to compare to the intense persecution and cold cruelty faced by the apostles and disciples during their times For the sake of the Faith.

 And ye shall be hated of all men for My name's sake: But he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

"All these people died still believing what God had promised them.

 They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth.

 Obviously people who say such things are looking forward to a country they can call their own.
 If they had longed for the country they came from, they could have gone back.

 But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland.

That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them."Hebrews 11:13-16. No matter what they faced, they didn't stop believing in God. What situation are you passing through in right now, which can make you leave God?

 Stick to God always and He will reward each and every one who makes it to the end. Amen
Editor's Critical Eye

You are unique in your own way


A bone may be the sweetest food in the world of dogs, but you'll never see a hen chasing after bones even when it's starving.

A worm may be the sweetest food in the world of hens, but you'll never see a dog chasing after worms even when it's starving.

Some things are not your portion.
You were created for something special than what others may see.

When Daniel rejected the king's sweetest food and waited for his own sweetest food, he grew better than those who ate the king's food.

What the dog eats and lives, the hen may eat and die.

Your sweetness is not determined by others' sweetness.

You are original and created for a purpose. You have a role to play that will glorify the name of the Lord.

Don't follow others to taste their lives. Your time will come. God cares.
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Prayer and fasting


Prayer fasting without good attitude and  character will not  help you.

I never fasted & prayed to travel abroad. I only open my door of services to people as a communication center care taker & that was the beginning of my travelling experiences.

You can be the best prayer & fasting warrior but your untrained character & attitude will delay your own blessings.
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BENEFITS OF RENDERING SERVICES IN GOD’S HOUSE (Pt 1)



“I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham's sake.” (Genesis 26:24)

When you come to God’s house to work, you learn three things: How to work for God, how to go to Heaven, and how to live successfully on earth.

It is important that you have a mentor, someone who will always correct you and give you useful advice, whenever necessary, and to whom you will always listen.

Proverbs 11:14 says: “Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.” I went to preach somewhere and after the service, a young man met me and said he suffered a false accusation which sent him to jail.

I don’t know how long he stayed in prison but he was eventually released. After his release, three members of his church donated $10,000.00 to him to start his life afresh.

The day I went to preach was the day they gave him the money. That same day, he gave the money to me, sowing it as a seed. We parted ways, though he took my address.

Two years later, a man, a wealthy clothing merchant, who owned a big clothing store worth millions of dollars decided to relocate to another city.

Also a member of the same church with the man who was wrongly accused, the wealthy man called this young man who sowed the seed and said to him, “I have watched you all these years and appreciate your activities in this church.

I give my clothing store to you. Please take it and don’t pay me any money for now. When you have made sufficient profit, whatever amount you deem fit, send to me.”

Everything started because the man was rendering selfless service in God’s house. His service was what attracted the wealthy merchant to him. Today his level has changed!

Word of Wisdom: Follow me as I follow God in my service to God.

Prayer/Confession: Oh Lord, empower me for your service. Amen!

Further Reading: Proverb 15:22, 24:6.
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CHRISTIAN LIFE AND CHALLENGES


The Need for Divine Intervention

BIBLE TEXT: PSALM 120:1-2

1. In my distress I cried unto the LORD, and he heard me.
2. Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue.

These days within certain theological circles it is a declaration of war to mention the word DELIVERANCE yet people need deliverance from time to time of one kind or the other.

The problem cited above arises out of religious semantics. In fact, with mentioning the word deliverance, in religious is that the word has been given special religious meaning apart from its dictionary definition.

So each and every time you mention the word deliverance, you are likely to cause or stir a robust debate over deliverance. For some, deliverance is no longer needed because they believe Christ has redeemed them from the curse of the law. In this theology deliverance is viewed as REDEMPTION.

REDEMPTION suggest total deliverance from sin and death in terms of salvation. So deliverance in this context mean nothing but salvation. When they argue they argue that one does not need to be saved again because salvation is done once and for all which is true.

In other contexts of religion Deliverance is seen as rescue from any situation and condition that hinders your welfare and progress though you are saved, which is true again.

Some believer that casting out devils, healing the sick, and praying for people to come out of difficulty spiritual, social, economic or any other limiting condition or  circumstances is deliverance which is also true.

The Psalmist cried out unto the LORD and asked the LORD to DELIVER him. Here the Psalmist crying for deliverance was David.

The covenant history  of Israel showed that Israel  was a delivered nation that belonged to God. So what nature or manner of deliverance David needed from God at that time?

David spelt out his need for deliverance and God heard him. According to Psalm 120 David desired that God would deliver him from lying tongues (120:2).

Psalm 120 (KJV)

1. In my distress I cried unto the LORD, and he heard me.

2. Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue.

David felt he needed divine intervention to overcome the falsity of lying tongues against him. This example serves to clarify the many situations out there that may need divine intervention in specific areas of need.

Challenges and needs that need divine intervention are still there even though we are saved.

The practice of prayer and intercessions among Christian believers testifies to that need. In the early church the believers prayed that Peter be DELIVERED from a jail situation that was meant to terminate his life as was done to James.

Acts 12 (KJV)

5. Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.

11. And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath DELIVERED me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.

The word INTERCESSION is also another word that can provoke theological war.  Some theologians are of the view there Christ is the only intercessors therefore there is no need for intercession, It is true that Christ intercedes for us before God.

Rom 8:34  Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh INTERCESSION for us.

Nevertheless it is also true that believers can pray for one another and for others and that is intercession.

1Ti 2:1  I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, INTERCESSIONS, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;

In the case of DILIVERANCE the history of Israel is replete with various kinds of DELIVERANCES apart from being DELIVERED once and for all from the bondage and slavery in Egypt. They experienced various deliverances in various settings that needed divine intervention:

#1. Deliverance from danger, distress, enemies, Egyptian slavery (Exodus 14:13; 15:2)

#2. Deliverance from Babylonian exile (Isaiah 46:13; 52:10-11)

#3. Deliverance from adversaries (Psalms 106:10)

#4. Deliverance from defeat (Deuteronomy 20:4)

#5. Deliverance from oppression (Judges 3:31)

#6. Deliverance from social decay (Hosea 1:7)

All these, to mention but a few Biblical cases, were forms of deliverances apart from the Exodus Passover Redemption.

If we operate from a Biblical perspective of things we will have no problem with people using the word DELIVERANCE either to mean SAVED from sin and death (salvation) or SET FREE ( helped out) from a spiritual or physical condition, situation, or circumstances through prayers of the saints as was in the case of Peter (Acts 12:2-11).

There is NO NEED for building a religion out of the word deliverance such that when you hear people talk of DELIVERANCE in one sense or the other you fight tooth and nail to defend your theological position. It is a word that can be freely used to mean salvation of soul or healing of the body or rescue from a situation.

Just get to understand from what point of view is the word deliverance is used before you make unnecessary arguments to defend your religious views on deliverance.

The Biblical view on deliverance is very clear. Simply put it is just a need for divine intervention in a given situation or condition. Theologians and preachers should help believers look at deliverance from a Biblical view since the Bible is very clear on the subject of deliverance.

As worshipers we also face challenges in one way or the other that we often feel we need God's help to overcome as the Psalmist did.

Psalm 120 (KJV)
1. In my distress I cried unto the LORD, and he heard me.


CHRISTIAN LIFE AND CHALLENGES
The Need for Divine Intervention

BIBLE TEXT: PSALM 120:1-2
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Holy Spirit is our witness


ROMANS 8:16-17;
16. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
17. And, if children, then heirs: heirs of God, and joint--heirs with Christ: if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together."

In important court cases, attorneys will sometimes hire an expert witness.

This is someone who has a special area of expertise which will lend credibility to the case the attorney is trying to present. Many courtroom dramas use the expert witness testimony for dramatic effect during the scripted courtroom scene.

 Someone is contesting a will. The heir to the estate must now prove himself. The case seems to be lost, when suddenly the expert witness is sworn in. He testifies to a little known fact, that turns the tide for the entire case.

 His credentials have made him the final word. His evidence is beyond contestation. The heir is proven. When the world tries to take away our holy inheritance, God sends His own expert witness, the Spirit, Himself.

 The Spirit steps in and testifies that we are wholly a child of God. His Word proves that we are heirs of God and joint--heirs with Christ. We are vindicated; our future is secure.

  Glory Hallelujah!!

Prayer!!
Father we thank You that You think enough of us to step in Yourself to defend us against those who would deny us our spiritual heritage.

 Your Spirit is the expert witness that proves our claim. We are Your children and Your heirs and joint--heirs with Christ. Nothing can take that away from us.
In the Mighty Name of Jesus. Amen!!!

Sybil "Sweetmama" Woodall
www.CFMFAN.ORG
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THE LOVE OF GOD

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1 John 4:8; "He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love."

  God is love- An infinite fountain of benevolence and beneficence to every human being. He doesn't hate anything that He has made. He cannot hate, because He is love.

 He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends His rain on the just and the unjust. He has made no human being for perdition, nor ever rendered it impossible by any necessitating decree, for any fallen soul to find mercy. He has given the fullest proof of His love to the human race by the incarnation of His Son, who tasted death for every man.

How can a decree of absolute, unconditional reprobation, of the greater part, or any part of the human race stand in the presence of such a text as this? It has been well observed that, although God is holy, just, righteous, merciful, faithful, etc. He is never called holiness, justice, etc.in the abstract, as He is here called Love.

 This is the essence of the Divine Nature and all other attributes to be modifications of this. Let us feel that our interests, and our destiny are in the hands of God who is love.
 Glory Hallelujah!!!

Prayer:
Heavenly Father we pray to love You in all things. We pray we reach the joy which You have prepared for us in Heaven. Nothing is good that is against Your will and we know all that is good comes from Your hands. We pray we always have the desire to please You in our hearts Father. We pray You will fill our minds with thoughts of Your love that we may grow in Your wisdom and enjoy Your peace.
In Jesus Name.  Amen!!!

Sybil "Sweetmama" Woodall
www.CFMFAN.ORG
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Nakamba Subjected To Racist Attacks

Marvelous Nakamba has become the latest victim of racist abuse following offensive chants from a small portion of Aston Villa fans after the game against Norwich on Saturday.

The midfielder has created a huge fan-base since joining the EPL side in the pre-season, and his performance has earned him praises from the club fans.

But there was a chant by some supporters meant to praise him but contained racist connotations.

The lyrics included calling the Zimbabwe international a son of a ‘Rasta’, and his ‘master’ is John McGinn.

Several people who shared their views on social media condemned the song which has been reported to racism charity Kick it Out, who have yet to make a statement.Soccer 24
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Newcastle Stun Man U

Manchester United’s woes continue after they were edged 1-0 by Newcastle at St James’ Park today.

Matty Longstaff’s second half goal was all Steve Bruce’s men need to pile more misery on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United.

This was United’s second consecutive away defeat in the Premier League after they also lost 2-0 to West Ham three weeks ago.

United have the lowest points tally after 8 games since the 1989-90 season and they are now in 12th position on the table heading into the international break.Soccer24
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Tuesday, 1 October 2019

HAVE YOUR PRIORITIES RIGHT

“Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these?” (John 21:15a)

When the disciples finally got to the shore, Jesus gave them food first. After they had eaten, He directed His attention to Peter, “Now, let Me talk to you”:

“Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these?” In other words, “Peter, what is your priority in life? Is it money, fish, or Me?” Jesus asked Peter this question three times.

When you set your priorities right, light will come in to your darkness. David says, “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.

 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.” (Psalm 121:1-4)

Verse 5 of the same Psalm decisions: “The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.” The word shade means a protective covering from the elements, such as an umbrella.

Because of that, “The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.” (Psalm 121:6-7) What will the LORD preserve you from? All evil!

When you have your priorities right, your faith in Christ will stand. You will see things going well for you even as you’ve chosen to put Christ first.

Prayer/Confession: Lord, I accept You into my life today. Help me set my priorities to conform with Your standards. Preserve my family and I from all forms of evil this day now and forevermore, Amen.

Words of Wisdom: When you set your priorities right, light will come in to your darkness.

Further Reading: Psalm 121.
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Senior Pastor Commits Suicide?


Unconfirmed reports say Senior Pentecostal Assemblies  of Zimbabwe Pastor, Berry Dambaza threw himself from the balcony of his church in Harare  died on the spot.

I have just learned with heaviness of heart the passing on of Pastor  Berry Dambaza of Pentecostal Assemblies of Zimbabwe a few moments ago.

 The news has hit me hard and the circumstances surrounding his death are still not clear to me. He was a man whose powerful ministry I admired. The last time I was with him was in June .

 We were sitting together at the EFZ heads of denomination quarterly meeting. I wish I had created more time with him as we had planned together. I pray for the comfort of GOD on the family and church," said Bishop Magaya.

"So sad to note that  Pastor Dambaza fell from the balcony of his church in town and died on the spot- I
Am shocked.
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Prominent Pastor Dies After Falling From Church Balcony

 Unconfirmed reports say Senior Pentecostal Assemblies  of Zimbabwe Pastor, Berry Dambaza threw himself from the balcony of his church in Harare  died on the spot.

I have just learned with heaviness of heart the passing on of Pastor  Berry Dambaza of Pentecostal Assemblies of Zimbabwe a few moments ago.

 The news has hit me hard and the circumstances surrounding his death are still not clear to me. He was a man whose powerful ministry I admired. The last time I was with him was in June .

 We were sitting together at the EFZ heads of denomination quarterly meeting. I wish I had created more time with him as we had planned together. I pray for the comfort of GOD on the family and church," said Bishop Magaya.

"So sad to note that  Pastor Dambaza fell from the balcony of his church in town and died on the spot- I
Am shocked.
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The Preacher's Sincere Talk

Dear servants of God

Today we mourn one of our association members and a great friend,  Pastor Berry Dambaza. He was such a lovely man, ever smiling and well respected.

 His death is a big loss not only to His family but also to the body of Christ.

 Servants of God we are really under pressure in this season, a lot is happening but in all these pressures Please don’t suffer in silence. Don’t wait until you get to breaking point. Reach out, there is someone who can walk with you.  please talk to someone even at  ZCMA we can walk with you in  confidence.

Ministry is a journey which you can't walk alone, ministry is not for lone rangers that's how it was designed by Him
In Genesis He says let *us* create man in our image"  remember even Jesus Christ had 12 disciples around Him. No Fisher man can do it alone .if you are a Moses you need a Joshua, if you are an Elijah you need an Elisha. Ministry is about others and even as a visionery you cant  go it alone.

Let me also encourage  you brethren that every problem has a solution , if there is a way in there is also a way out. In some places they have even written " in case of emergency  kick out panel".

Pastors we know you carry heavy loads please create time to offload , prayer room is one of the best places to be as the word of God says "Cast your burdens unto the Lord for He cares for you. 1Peter 5:7.

You are not alone in this ministry journey, we are here called by God to walk with you. We are a phone call or a text away from you.

Zimbabwe Christian Ministers Association 5th floor Megawatt House 44 Samora Machel Ave Harare
+263773265642
Email: zcmainfo@gmail.com

 SHEPHERDING THE NATION
Tribute to Pastor Dambaza

Wicked generation

This generation is more wicked than any generation that has preceded it.

 Every form of idolatry is being executed; every form of sexual immorality has become the lifestyle of the youth.

 Murder, rape, and human atrocities are more widespread than ever before in the history of the world.

The righteous are few and are being mocked and betrayed by the evil world. The prophecies of the word of God are being fulfilled daily, as wickedness abounds and few are lifting a standard against the evils.

 Luciferian worship/worship of Satan is growing more widespread as the world marches towards the worship of the Antichrist.

Churches are silent on the wickedness that abounds, while they teach self-esteem and learning to love yourself so you can love your neighbour.

The high moral standard taught in the word of God is a reproach not only to the world but to the churches that claim to be preaching the gospel.

 While the wicked are enjoying the evil world, the righteous are praying, "Even so, come, Lord Jesus." (Rev 22:20 KJV)
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Renew your mind


Romans 12:1-2
Philippians 4:6-9

Renew your mind and enjoy the presence and power of divinty already planted in you by the ALMIGHTY CREATOR.

Invest in changing your mind from all negatives & evil thoughts!

Freedom in the mind is very essential to the human immune system.

The mind is the creative power of the human being.
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UNDERSTANDING THE ELEVEN WAYS IN WHICH GOD SPEAKS TO US


(1) *THROUGH DREAMS*

- GOD gives people, dreams to warn, encourage, rebuke, and to guide them. We should therefore not ignore the dreams of GOD.

- Dreams are the most common means of communication between the spirit world and our physical world. {Job 33:14}

Although God speaks again and again, no one pays attention to what he says.  {Job 33:15}

At night when people are asleep, God speaks in dreams and visions.



(2) *THROUGH VISIONS*

- visions are not like dreams.

- visions are received when a person is awake or the person is in Spirit but dreams only come when a person is in deep  sleep.

- visions can come as pictures or events in your mind especially when you are praying and you begin seeing  certain pictures maybe of a place or a person. So it's you to try and relate and find out what exactly the LORD is  trying to communicate to you.

- visions can also come when you are walking or doing your activities whereby certain images come to your mind in few seconds then they disappear.



(3) *THROUGH SONGS*

- Sometimes when the HOLY SPIRIT sees that you are low in spirit and discouraged, He makes you sing songs that will uplift  your spirit and give you hope.

- He uses songs to encourage, warn , and give directions to people.

- There is power in holy songs. Worship usually brings down GOD'S Glory and revives your spirit .Worship removes burdens from your heart and gives you peace so be worshipping the LORD always even as you work, walk, do cleaning or in any activity, do them as you worship the LORD JESUS.



(4) *THROUGH CIRCUMSTANCES*

- The LORD uses real life events to talk to you. Maybe you have  committed a certain sin, and  everything begins to backfire against you. For example, you may hit yourself against walls or floors or objects in which GOD is trying to make you realize that you have sinned and you need to repent immediately.

- maybe it's something you want to buy but it displeases the LORD, so the LORD can make you feel burning sensations in your stomach as a warning message to you not to purchase it.



(5) *THROUGH OTHER PEOPLE.*

- GOD can use a person to give you a certain message of guidance, directions, warning or comfort. He can use your friends, your spiritual leaders, your workmates, or any other Person.  {2 Samuel 12:1}

The LORD sent the prophet Nathan to David. Nathan went to him and said, "There were two men who lived in the same town; one was rich and the other poor.



(6) *THROUGH THE SCRIPTURES.*

- The Word of GOD is food to your spirit. By reading the Bible frequently, you get to understand the LORD'S will for your life.The more you read GOD'S word daily the more you become a spiritual giant.The more you ignore frequent bible reading the more the desires of the flesh overcome you.

- The word of GOD cleanses your mind from evil thoughts and empowers your spirit.

- Be a Bible reader and train yourself to love reading GOD'S Word on most occasions. It's through the scriptures that JESUS was able to overcome the  temptations of satan. {2Timothy 3:16}

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching the truth, rebuking error, correcting faults, and giving instruction for right living,



(7) *THROUGH PROPHETS.*

- All prophets must be tested to confirm whether or not they are from GOD.

Ignore false prophets and teachers who preach a watered-down gospel of prosperity and they teach on a false twisted doctrine. False  teachers will teach you on grace and motivational doctrines alone and fail to teach on the the need to be holy and righteous and prepare for JESUS coming. Denounce prosperity preachers, denounce false prophets who are wolves in sheep's clothing and they aim at destroying many souls.

- pray that the LORD gives you the spirit of discernment to be able to  detect and run away from false prophets.



(8) *THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT*

- The HOLY SPIRIT is the "still small voice" that always whispers to you anytime you want to make any spiritual decision. Sometimes you want to do something but you feel inside you a conflicting force telling you not to do it, that's the HOLY SPIRIT speaking to you.

- He gives us the messages of JESUS and His will for our lives.



(9) *THROUGH NATURE*

- When we realize that each person has a unique finger-print different from that of others, it communicates to us the wisdom and power of GOD in creation.

- when we realize that the Pacific and Atlantic oceans meet but they never mix, it shows the Creativity of JESUS in creation. All creatures, the oceans, the birds, the fish, the heavens and earth worship JESUS indeed.



(10) *THROUGH PRAYER AND FASTING.*

- When we pray and fast, our minds become clearer to the things of GOD, our spiritual eyes get more opened, our hearts become more sensitive to GOD and this makes our spiritual ears to hear the LORD more.



(11) *BY VOICE*

- when you are sleeping and in your dream you hear a voice giving you spiritual  instructions, that's the voice of the HOLY SPIRIT.

- the LORD can also speak by voice when a person is in deep prayers. GOD THE FATHER, JESUS and the HOLY SPIRIT have all different unique voices.  {1 Samuel 3:10}

The LORD came and stood there, and called as he had before, "Samuel! Samuel!" Samuel answered, "Speak; your servant is listening."

MAY WE BE ALWAYS OBEDIENT TO GOD'S INSTRUCTIONS AND HAVE A CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS SO AS TO BE ABLE TO HEAR GOD'S MESSAGES AND HIS WILL FOR OUR LIVES.
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Power of prayer

To You, O Lord, I called, and to the Lord I made supplication.
Psalm 30:8, NASB

God promises so many things to those who call on Him. He is always listening; He is always ready to receive us when we come to Him.

The question is, how often are you calling on Him? A lot of times people think, “Oh, I need to pray about that,” but then they get busy about their day and distracted with life. Thinking about praying isn’t the same as praying. Knowing that you need to pray isn’t the same as praying. We have to be diligent to make time every day, throughout the day, to stop and pray and call on Him.

One way to develop a habit a prayer is to have a prayer partner, a friend whom you agree to connect with and pray together. It doesn’t have to be long or formal.

 The Scripture tells us there is power in agreement. When two or more come together in Jesus' name, He is there. If you don’t have a prayer partner, Jesus will be your prayer partner! Just make sure you carve out time each day to develop a habit of prayer!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Father, thank You for Your promises and many blessings for those who are faithful to seek You in prayer.
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 Help me to be faithful, help me to be diligent to keep you first in everything I do. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Seek Jesus Christ Earnestly


“Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near.

 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return , the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” (Isaiah 55:6-7)

In John 21:4, Jesus was standing at the shore but His disciples did not recognize Him.

Jesus was there throughout the night when they could not catch anything. He was standing there and they did not know.

What you do not know during the day, you cannot know at night. What you cannot recognize when there is light, you will never recognize when it is dark.

The Jesus you see in the day is also present with you at night. He says in Hebrews 13:5, “I will never leave you, nor forsake you.”

Whether it is day or night, He will answer your prayers.
God cannot forsake His own, no matter how things are looking and no matter what time it is.

 If you can recognize Him in the dark then you can see Him clearly in the light. I don’t know where you are and I don’t know what you are going through.

Jesus is right there. God is there at night and during the day. You must recognize Him at both times.

In Matt 6:33, the Bible says “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.”

Jesus knows our needs and He is always there for us even when things may seem down.

All He requires is for us to seek His kingdom and abide by His word daily.

*Prayer/Confession:* Lord Jesus, give me the grace to seek You at all times. Help me never to depart from Your presence, Amen.

*Words of Wisdom:* Seek God in the day time as well as in the night time as well.
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Are You Vengeful?


“Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.” Matthew 5:38–39 (KJV)

The Kingdom of God is far better and lovely than the kingdom of this present world.

 The worldly kingdom believes so strongly in revenge because it appears to satisfy the emotions of the victim, but it has no eternal blessings. In the Kingdom of God, vengeance is not allowed because vengeance is the LORD’s (Hebrews 10:30–31).

 Forgiveness has present and eternal blessings, hence the children of God should choose forgiveness over vengeance. It is painful when you are hurt by someone, but you have the power to forgive. When you exercise the power to forgive those who hurt you, it opens doors in the spirit for God to bless and keep promoting you.

 Be bold to let those who hurt you know that they have hurt you, forgive them, and ask the Lord to take the pain away. Remember that you are not infallible and you can also hurt someone. Apply the golden rule, and be blessed (Matthew 7:12). Hallelujah! God Bless You!
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Liverpool Retain Five Point Lead At EPL Summit


Liverpool retained their five-point lead at the top of the table as they became the first team to win their opening six Premier League games in successive seasons with a fiercely-fought 2-1 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Jurgen Klopp’s title pace-setters looked on course to win in comfort as Trent Alexander-Arnold’s magnificent free-kick and Roberto Firmino’s header gave them complete control at the interval.

Chelsea, who had been denied an equaliser when Cesar Azpilicueta’s close-range effort was ruled out for offside by VAR, were in no mood to capitulate and made Liverpool fight every inch of the way to maintain that perfect record.

Tammy Abraham had chances to increase his tally of seven goals this season, particularly when he was denied by Liverpool keeper Adrian when clean through in the first half, but it was left to N’Golo Kante to set up a grandstand finish with a superb strike with 19 minutes to play.

 Liverpool remain unstoppable in their Premier League duel with Manchester City after one of those victories all potential champions will need to secure if they are to claim the big prize at the end of the season.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have made a habit of unleashing an attacking blitz on opponents in a remarkable run of only one league loss since the start of last season, their winning sequence now extended to 15 games.

Meanwhile, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s stunning free-kick helped 10-man Arsenal come from behind to beat Aston Villa 3-2 in a pulsating encounter at Emirates Stadium.State media
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Madrid Bounce Back To Winning Ways


Real Madrid are back to winning ways after an impressive 1-0 victory away to Sevilla in LaLiga last night.

Zinedine Zidane’s men, who needed a response after last Wednesday’s embarassing defeat to Paris Saint German in the Champions League, welcomed back their influential skipper Sergio Ramos for the clash as the Spain international had missed the Paris game through suspension.

Karim Benzema’s 64th minute header was all that Madrid needed to collect points and go joint-top of the table with Atletic Bilbao.

Real, Bilbao and Osasuna, who play Zidane’s charges on Wednesday, are the only sides in the Spanish top division yet to taste defeat.
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