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Detailed insight into the word of God from Pastor Dave.

Sunday, 14 May 2017 03:45

Glorious Mom

There is one irreversible truth: None of us would be here without our moms. Moms are the ones that carried us all in their wombs; they were the ones subjected to indescribable body changes. And in those early months of our fragility, mothers were the ones there to nurse us to strength. And through many periods of sickness and hospital visits, there were usually none but the moms alone that were there with many of us. Now don’t get me wrong. I recognize that not all mothers are perfect. In fact, I’m aware that there are certain moms that are far from the norm. There ever remains one indisputable truth; they are the divine channels through which we all came and without them none of us would be here. It sure isn’t fair to throw away the baby with the bath water. Honor must be given to whom it is due. We thank God for you and although we might not say it as often as we should, we know you are all so special, so wonderful, so precious, so kind, so trusting, so sacrificial…..On behalf of all living beings, accept our appreciation today and every day.

I came across a wonderful and true story that typifies true motherhood and the endless sacrifices they make for their children. Old as the story may seem, it’s still true of good mothers today. It’s about a young woman in South Wales, England. She was making her way across the hills of South Wales, carrying her tiny baby in her arms, when she was overtaken in a blinding blizzard. Unfortunately, she never realized her destination. When the blizzard finally subsided, her body was found by the search party underneath a mound of snow. One other thing they also discovered was that before the death of this lady, she had taken off all her outer clothing wrapped them around her baby. When they unwrapped the child, to their greatest surprise and joy, they found the baby was still alive and well. She had her body around his and given her life for her child, proving the depths of her motherly love. Years that child, David Lloyd George, grown to manhood, became prime minister of Great Britain, and without a doubt, one of England’s greatest statesmen. What can be more sacrificial than that. Mom, thank you so much, without you many of us would not be here.

It's so right to treat mothers right. That’s why God says they should be honored so that you wouldn’t die prematurely (Exo 20:12; Eph 6:1-3). Exo 21:17 says those that curse their father and mother must be put to death. Mothers deserve to be honored. Pro 20:20 says, “If you curse your father or mother, the lamp of life will be snuffed out” (NLT). This is now severe those that don’t deal with their mothers with reverence should be treated. Let us bless our mothers, even those you might perceive in your own judgment that they are undeserving because without them you wouldn’t be here. Do it for that reason and if that is not enough, do it because God says so.

For many of us, there were many frail moments of grave difficulties, yet you held to us, refusing to consider the alternatives. For this reason, we say thank you. In our early years, we began by crawling and then walking, and now we think we can fly. Would we have reached this point without your countless sacrifices? No! You are the only that knows the enormity of your sufferings over us, and your prayers, that brought us back on track. For this we say, thank you so much. Your role and impact on our lives can never be overstated. You are the laboratory from which what we are today has been crafted. Without you, there will not be no today or tomorrow. All the money and gold bars on earth cannot pay for your sacrifices. You are a gem beyond what money can buy. You have been all things for all occasions: awesome cooks, terrific cleaners, wonderful trainers, champion prayer warriors, fantastic women of faith, the most indescribably nurses, etc. Name and you are it. We actually wish that we should celebrate you much more than we do. Again, please accept our appreciation as genuine and most deserving.

I recently read the story of an awesome mom, not any different from many of you. She had married a good man who got himself entangled with alcohol and gambling. One thing led to another and she was left alone to raise three kids. To say they were poor is an understatement. They ate from the garbage. But that is not the real issue. The real issue was that in spite of their seemingly hopeless state of affairs, the lady had faith in their children and was pumping hope, faith and great dreams into the future of her kids. Again, and again she would tell them, “you will become Doctors, Engineers, etc. Even when school reports showed that the second child was sleeping rather than learning or that he was too unkempt, but in spite of failing grades, this mom stayed on her knees, praying tirelessly. And you know what? One by one, just like she had been prophesying, each one of these kids became great. There are no better believers than mothers. And where great mothers are, great kids are raised. Thank you so much mom for believing in us when no one else would.

I have been a pastor for nearly three decades. I have met all kinds of people. There is definitely something that sets mothers apart. I strongly believe that mothers are the most undervalued risk takers there are anywhere. When there is challenge with conception, guess who they blame: When the child turns up the way you do not want, guess who they blame? And the good harvest of their harvest, who would you imagine would have received all the praise? No! Not moms, sadly. Moms deserve better appreciations than they really ever get. Thank you so much mom.

On this Mother’s Day, what have you done to bless your mom for all she has done for you? And as the year progresses, what have you resolved to do on anon-going basis, say every month, to honor her? Remember, what you do reveals what you believe. If you truly appreciate your mom, do something good about it and do it on an ongoing basis. Honor God in her. It gladdens the heart of God when you do it and much more so when you do good to a mother whom you perceive to be undeserving.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Sunday, 21 May 2017 03:42

Unleashing The Power Within

If there is one thing you must learn, it is that you will determine whether or not the life of God flows into, or is blocked away, from your flesh. Without a doubt, this can very well be the most profound lesson you need to learn. This truth will transform your life, give you better grasp of the Word of God and your perception of God.

Let me begin by reminding you that if you are born again, the same power that raised Christ from the dead is resident within you. When you got saved, the Holy Spirit came to take residence in your spirit. You therefore have, regardless of how you feel; joy, peace, and love in your spirit, even though you may be feeling unhappy, depressed, bitter or even angry. It is very important that you grasp this very fact.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation” - 2Cor 5:17-18.

The text above is weighty. It says if you are in Christ, old things have passed away. You are no longer who you used to be. It says all things, not some things, have passed away. All things are brand new. For this to make sense, you will need to understand that God made you as spirit, you have a soul, and you live in a body. You are a tri-partite being.

“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1The 5:23.

It is important that you grasp this. We are spirit, soul and body. Understanding this will totally transform the way you live. The real you is not your flesh. The real you is your spirit. That it is the part that became totally new when you got saved. It is your spirit that gets born again. It is here that you contact God. God lives inside you in your spirit.

Your soul is the Control Tower, where command and control is issued. It is the seat of your will, your emotions, your personality, your conscious and sub-conscious mind. It is the seat of your beliefs, attitudes, feelings, memories, thinking, reasoning, choices. If you see your soul as a gate keeper, it controls whether or not you will allow the life of the Spirit to flow into you or the death of the flesh into you. It controls your mind, your heart, your emotions and your conscience, otherwise referred to as your will, mind and emotions.

Let me explain it just a little more. This that you are reading is your way of contacting my soul. If I were speaking to you face to face, you will see my flesh but talking soul to soul. Your soul therefore encompasses your mind, will, emotions, conscience, thinking, imagination, your personality. You are constantly receiving impulses from your soul and your flesh. That’s why you feel the heat or cold around you. It is also how you feel happy or unhappy. But it’s not the same with your spirit.

“For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” – Rom 8:13.
“That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” – John 3:6

The things of the spirit and the things of the flesh just don’t mix. You will either be a person of the spirit or a person of the flesh. This is an extremely important assertion. Only spiritually regenerated people can grasp the things of the spirit. It can be explained a hundred times, yet the carnal, worldly folks cannot grasp it.

“But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” – 2Cor 2:14.

Your born-again spirit and the Word of God are in synch. They are in agreement. The Bible and mind of God are one. That is the way you know the mind of your spirit.

There is so much that Christ already got for you by His death, burial and resurrection. They are done deals. You don’t have to cry or beg for them. But they are all stored up in the Testament, waiting for you to grow into them.

You see, between your born-again spirit and your flesh is your soul. Your soul is not born again. Hence, you may think your old thoughts and you may struggle with your new reality. Nevertheless the massive supernatural power that saved you permeated your total being, spirit, soul and body. That is why, in your own interest, God commands you to do something about your soul. How quickly you fulfill your destiny, to become like Jesus, is determined by you. You alone control it, not God.

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” – Rom 12:2.

You can pray and command from here till kingdom come, nothing will change. Change occurs when you renew your mind by reading, and adjusting your life, your behavior to what the Word of God says. You alone will determine how quickly you grow, by choosing to renew your mind with the Word of God. Your soul is like a gate keeper. It controls the volume and the rate that the things of the Spirit will flow into our body. The more renewed your mind is, the more the flow. The less renewed your mind is, the less the flow.

If you don’t learn to release or tap into the power of resurrection that is resident in you, you could well die of sickness or disease. It’s like living in poverty, lack, disgrace and pains in the midst of surplus. You must learn to tap into the boundless resources of God within you – by simply agreeing with the word of God. The greatest good you can do to yourself is to feed on the word, and ensure that your soul is in agreement with it. That’s how you release the flow. If however you don’t conform your soul to the word, the flow of the spirit will be blocked, you will do as you are feeling and body dictates.

Your soul has ultimate power to release or keep you bondage to sickness by blocking the very life of God from within you from flowing into your circumstances. As a believer, everything you need is already inside you. You are the one that must release it, from within. You don’t need to impress God to do anything. You do what you do because you appreciate Him. God has not only done, He has also delivered them all to you. You are called to release the treasure from within. This changes everything. Grace has already been released inside you. You don’t need to perform to get anything from God. Jesus paid it all.

If there is one master key you need as a believer, it is the knowledge that you are spirit, soul and body and that you can release the power of resurrection from within you by simply renewing your mind with the word of God and conforming your life to scriptures.

May God bless you richly!

Wednesday, 03 May 2017 21:22

Dominion

"Then God said, “Let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them."
- Genesis 1:26-28

Dominion begins with knowledge.

The original dominion was given to Adam in the Garden when he was asked to be fruitful and to multiply and to replenish the earth, and to subdue it and have dominion over it. Man however lost his dominion in Adam’s treasonable felony, when he fell to Satan’s trickery. Adam knew God’s instructions not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, which would result in sure death (Genesis 2:17). However, when the woman ate the fruit and gave it to him to eat, he did eat. Immediate change ensued.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 23:26

Unlock The Resurrection Power In You

If there is one thing you must learn, it is that you will determine whether or not the life of God flows into, or is blocked away from your flesh. This may very well be the most profound lesson you need to learn. This truth will transform your life, and give you a better grasp of the Word of God and your perception of God.

Let me begin by reminding you that if you are born again, the same power that raised Christ from the dead is resident within you. When you got saved, the Holy Spirit came to take residence in your spirit. You therefore have, regardless of how you feel: joy, peace, and love in your spirit, even though you may be feeling unhappy, depressed, bitter or even angry. It is very important that you grasp this very fact.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 23:20

It's A New Era

The third chapter of the book of 2nd Corinthians is loaded with blunt points: All the laws of God and Moses, including the ten commandments have all been fulfilled in Christ on the cross. We are now under a new and better covenant: full of grace and love, rather than vengeance and condemnation (Heb 12:24).

God has made us able ministers of the New Covenant. If the old covenant of death, written and engraved in stones—that is, the ten commandments—was glorious, and made the face of Moses to shine such that people couldn't look at his face, how much more glorious do you perceive the magnitude of the glory of ministration of righteousness! A more excellent glory arrived in Christ.

O friend, for emphasis, the old testament has been abolished. It has been done away with (2 Cor 3:6-15). Eph 2:15 says:

“Having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace.”

This was also reiterated in Col 2:14-17. You are not under the laws and ordinances of the old covenant. It has been done away with and abolished in its entirety and replaced with the better and gracious new covenant at Calvary. (Exo 24:12, 31:18, 32:15; Dt 4:13, 5:22, 10:4).

Monday, 10 April 2017 00:57

Broken For God's Use

Brokenness doesn’t sound like a sweet subject to talk about, but it is very powerful. It is one of the greatest lessons you could ever learn if you want to be used by God.

To be "crushed" literally means to be shattered; to crumble and break into pieces. This brings to mind the words of Alan Redpath:

“When God wants to do an impossible task, he takes an impossible man, and crushes him.”

That's just like God, isn't it? But why? "That no flesh should glory in His presence.” – 1Cor 1:29.

Unbroken men are like unbroken horses. No one can ride them, and not even God can use such people. If He must ride, then such men must be broken first.

Where does God do this? In His university. Gene Edwards said, “God has a university. It’s a small school. Few enroll; even fewer ever graduate.” And A. W. Tozer said, “It is doubtful that God can use a man greatly until He has hurt him deeply.”