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Pastor Mary delivers a message on giving.

This is an excerpt from a message delivered on the 16th of December 2012 by Deacon Lanre Afolabi.


“MAN’S NEED OF SALVATION”

Man since the fall of Adam, was on a steady fall and decay, consequently spreading death upon everything in his world which includes his home, his business, his health and all.

 

“But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnessess are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” - Isaiah 64:6 (KJV)

 

Man and everything about him decays slowly, “fades”, being carried away from the presence of God. Nothing he did could save him, and the decay continued unchecked, and undoubtedly, had a need of Salvation.

 

“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one ……….. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” - Romans 3:10, 23 (KJV)

 

The coming of Jesus has set us free from this bondage to corruption, setting things right between Man and God and opening to Man the door to a rest that is not of this world.  

What we go through now are consequences of our past deeds, since coming to Christ!

 

“………though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet will I not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished.” – Jer. 30:11c (KJV)

 

As a Father God disciplines us when we fall out with Him. When you continue to live in rebellion to God and His word, situations and circumstances of this world would defy and resist you because only when you obey God would you be able to punish disobedience.

However, if you repent you will hear Him speak; and He will speak peace to your life. Be faithful.

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. 30 I and my Father are one.” - John 10:27-30 (KJV)

 

“But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.” - John 20:31 (KJV)

 

 

From our programme COUPLES, discussing the difference between male and female and how it reflects in the communication between husbands and wives.

THE CORE!

 

There is no time in the history of the Church as now when we need to fumigate our spiritual lives, killing off the spiritual pests that trouble us; and make straight the way of the Lord.

“And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him. 2 And Aaron said unto them, Break off the golden earrings, which are in the ears of your wives, of your sons, and of your daughters, and bring them unto me. 3 And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron. 4 And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. 5 And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, To morrow is a feast to the LORD. 6 And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play.And the LORD said unto Moses, Go, get thee down; for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves: 8 They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them: they have made them a molten calf, and have worshipped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. ……..And when Moses saw that the people were naked; (for Aaron had made them naked unto their shame among their enemies:) 26 Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the LORD'S side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him. 27 And he said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbour. 28 And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men.” - Ex. 32:1-8; 25-28

 

For centuries, theologians have said that Aaron lied about throwing gold in the fire and out jumped the calf. But, Moses never said he lied! Yes, to the natural man, this could be the greatest lie in the history of mankind. What if he did not lie!

There are things that we cannot see with the naked eyes, yet we cannot deny their existence. Aaron could have seen one of those. But how would he explain to people what they couldn’t see? Sometimes it is very difficult, almost impossible explain to others what they cannot see, how much more a spiritual thing! 

In Psalm 22, David narrated what Jesus saw behind the actions of men.

 

 “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? ……..He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him……….Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round. 13 They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion. 14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels. 15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death. 16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. 17 I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me. 18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture. 19 But be not thou far from me, O LORD: O my strength, haste thee to help me. 20 Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog.” - Psalms 22:1,8,12-20 (KJV)

 

 

These are not the words of David but of the Lord Jesus! You see David was a prophet and one so dear to the heart of God; he was permitted a peek into what the Messiah would go through on the Cross.  There is no place in Scripture where David’s garment was parted (vs. 18) or cast on lot. Neither is it recorded that his hands and feet were pierced (vs.16).  

Jesus on the Cross saw “bulls of Bashan” (vs.12) and “dogs” (vs. 16), the forces of darkness that influenced man against God, prompting His prayer, “Forgive them for they know not what they do.”

There were unseen forces at play around the Cross which were also at play in the wilderness in the days of Aaron; even today those forces are still at work, which is why we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” - Eph 6:12 (KJV) Humans are not our enemies, there are forces influencing them that cannot be seen!

Aaron saw something others did not see.


.......to be continued.

 

You Can’t!

God has got a plan for each and every one of us, borne by the vehicle of His Word. 
Locating His plans for us through His Word grants us victory in every spheres of life. This is the reason Joel said that whoever executes His Word is strong. 
So, victory in the eternal battle comes only by adhering to His word. He told Joshua to remain on the Word day and night. 
Satan has unleashed against the Church and the Children of God, weapons never before imagined! Strange diseases are suddenly emerging, some that had been are resisting treatment, situations and circumstances are defying solutions, poverty is on the increase and the hearts of men are getting more and more vicious! 
How can the child of God come through victoriously? 
This can only be by the written Word of God! 
YOU CAN'T! Tells you, you can't be defeated by the weapons of the enemy, no matter how vicious!

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CORRUPTION!!!

Corruption
has crept into Church! Lets be watchful!!

"If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?" - Psalm 11:3.


I have often heard people interpret this scripture as meaning objects surrounding one's birth: the sponge, water, placenta, soap, bowl or bucket, etc, even people; especially at deliverance sessions. Yes, it is possible. Oh, very possible!However, receiving Christ, I became a brand new person, with a shift in everything, which includes my foundations. As a child of God, I have a brand new foundation now, laid by God Himself.


"For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ." - 1 Corinthians 3:11.


"NO OTHER FOUNDATION"! This is the Word of God! "No other"!
Perhaps before coming to Christ, those were my foundation. But "NOW"! "Now Faith is ..."  Now, by the Law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus (Rom. 8:1-2), I have been set free from that, and now my foundation has been relaid!
Note the plural term used; "foundations", not "foundation" as in singular! To truly understand that scripture we should start from verse one. If clearly understood, it talks of me having challenges as a result of enemies whose arrows are aimed at me. So you invite me to leave my mountain and go with you to your mountain, your church, where I would have my deliverance. But, should I leave my mountain, it would prove I do not know my God, neither do I trust in Him!!
Daniel says


"..... but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits." - Daniel 11:32b


So obviously, because I do not know Him or trust in Him, I would receive nothing from Him, for without faith.... Heb. 11:6


Moreover, Jesus said it is not the church I go to that brings deliverance!

But the understanding of my inheritance in Him!
Good understanding procures favour.
So, Christ is my foundation.


A foundation is a solid base on which a building, an idea, etc, rests. It is made with various materials: granite, iron-rods, binding wire, cement and sand.
Jesus our foundation, said 
"Learn of me. I am meek and lowly of heart, and you will find rest for your souls." Matthew 11:29
Where you have meekness and lowliness of heart, you will find love, temperance, gentleness, and the complete fruit of the Spirit.
(Gal. 5:22-23)
The fruit is one and where you have one segment, the others are there; in various levels or quantities, but they are there. They go together. Against these there is no law; no limit. 
The Christian is built on these. Hence, Jesus said "learn of me". These He taught in the Beatitudes; be in the attitude of heaven. 
The absence or "destruction" (Psalm 11:3) of these renders the believer powerless; impotent spiritually. When a house has cracks, the fault is from its foundation. When a Christian's character does not reflect Christ, it is from his or her foundation.


FOUNDATION NUMBER ONE


"Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the Kingdom of God." - Matthew 5:3
Jesus was not talking about being poor materially, but "in spirit"; spiritual bankruptcy.The Greek word "ptochos" from which the word "poor" is translated means "chosen poverty"; a voluntary emptying of the inner being: giving up, surrendering or choosing to become dependent, not on oneself but on another - the Lord Jesus.
This foundation says "Lord, help! I can't make it on my own."It is self-renunciation, surrendering of the ego to Jesus: self-denial. It is not self-centered but Christ-centered. In Galatians 5:23, Paul identifies this as MEEKNESS, a character trait that makes one look foolish!
...... to be continued.