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Religion / The Law Of Harvest by kpakpandoN(m): 6:35am
The law of harvest states that you will reap much more than whatever you sow. This is why you must be careful of the kind of seeds you sow, because when harvest comes, it is always much more than the seed. In Genesis 27:18-23, Genesis 37:26-35, we see Jacob sowing a seed in the first passage and then reaping the harvest in the second. In the first passage, he deceived his father in order to get the blessing and so his children also deceived him that Joseph their brother was dead. Genesis 37:35 says:

“And all his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted; and he said, For I will go down into the grave unto my son mourning. Thus his father wept for him.”

Many a time, the harvest of your seeds comes when you are too old to do anything about it. Everything you do now is a seed and the harvest will come back to you when you may not have as much energy as you do now.

I thank God for some of the seeds I sowed as a young man because I am now reaping the harvests. In 1961, as a 19 year-old, I gave some money to a poor, sick old man – a neighbour, so he could get some medicine. The man said to me that someday, I would be travelling abroad as often as people go the market. I laughed at that prophecy because in my village in those days, if anyone was returning from a trip abroad, the entire village would not go to the farm that day. The hunters would come out and shoot their guns in celebration of the person and everyone would be rejoicing. At that time, there were only 2 people who had gone abroad in my village, and they studied there for a number of years. Now this man was saying that I would be going often. It appeared funny, but I had sown the seed. Today, by God’s grace, that prophecy has been fulfilled.

Beloved, pay attention to every opportunity you have to sow a good seed. On the other hand, always check your actions to be sure that you are not sowing bad seeds that you will regret when the harvest comes.
Written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye.
Religion / For An Appointed Time by kpakpandoN(m): 7:16am On Jan 26
The Bible says in Proverbs 13:12, “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.” You may have really been hoping for something, but have not gotten it yet and your heart is beginning to feel sick. Beloved, summon up strength and keep hope alive. Habakkuk 2:3 says that every vision Is for an appointed time. Your appointed time will soon come in the name of Jesus.

While waiting for their appointed time, many people do things that put a dent in their testimonies. In Genesis 16:2, Sarah asked Abraham to have an extra marital affair with her maid so that the young girl could have a child for him. Sarah gave up hope and compromised. She later regretted it when her appointed time came and she now had her own child. In Genesis 21:10, she told Abraham to send the maid away with her son. Beyond that, I’m sure when she looks down from heaven now and sees some of the seeds of that maid attacking her own seeds, she would wish she had kept hope alive.

While waiting for your appointed time, just ensure that you are obeying every instruction of God to the letter, whether it makes sense or not. Many years ago, we were offered the chance to buy all 40 acres of a serene campground called the “Youth Camp”, for N100,000. That was a lot of money back then. I gathered my people together and we prayed quoting the Scripture:

Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.
Joshua 1:3

We put off our shoes and walked round that camp ground praying and confessing that it was ours, by faith. Not long afterwards, another ministry heard that the property was available for sale and they promptly paid for it. Our hopes were dashed, but I encouraged myself in the Lord and kept hope alive. Before long, God led us to where the Redemption Camp is situated, though then it was notorious for being a home for highway robbers and big snakes. We trusted in the Lord and purchased the first parcel of land that has grown to become Redemption City today. The Redemption City now sits on an expanse of land far greater than what we had earlier wanted to purchase. Thank God that we kept hope alive for our appointed time.
Written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye.
Religion / Flames Of Fire V by kpakpandoN(m): 7:31am On Jan 25
Fire is relentless; once it starts, it could take over its entire surroundings if not well controlled. It just keeps going, clearing off anything that is on its path. As we see in Acts 21:4-13, Paul did not allow anything at all to discourage him from working for God. In another instance (Acts 13:6-12), Paul was trying to preach to a governor, but Elymas, the sorcerer, tried to convince the man not to accept the gospel. Paul did not get discouraged; he struck the sorcerer with blindness, got him out of the way and won the governor for Christ. Fire is never afraid of whatever stands in its path.

I remember when we first went to the town of Ede in Nigeria to hold a crusade. There were indications of resistance in the spirit realm, but we put our faith in God and were not discouraged. As the programme was starting, it began to rain very heavily. I wasn’t bothered; as long as it was rain and not fire falling, I decided we would continue the programme. Suddenly, as the choir was about to step on the stage, it collapsed. There was a brother there who owned a tipper. I told him to drive the tipper into the crusade ground, and it became our stage. We went ahead to hold the programme despite all the challenges we faced.

Don’t be discouraged by all those who are trying to stand in the way of the assignments God has committed into your hands; keep going. If they refuse to move out of your way, they will be consumed in Jesus’ name. Be relentless in your pursuit of Kingdom goals. Don’t let lack of funds stop you from doing what you want to do for God. Get going; God will provide the funds when you move. Don’t let disappointments and betrayals weigh you down; encourage yourself in the Lord and keep moving (1 Samuel 30:6).

Over the years, so many things have stood in my way – including man-made laws. If those who decide to obstruct me remain in my way, no problem; whatever casualties will result from that will not be my fault. You must be relentless if you really want to be what God has called you to be. You must never let anything stop you.
Written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye.
Religion / Flames Of Fire IV by kpakpandoN(m): 6:17am On Jan 24
Fire is very generous. If you have one hundred candles to light, all you have to do is light one of them and that one candle can be used to light the remaining 99. Fire lights up other materials that have the potential to carry it.

Fire is always looking out for good materials that are flammable. In Deuteronomy 34:9, when Moses saw that Joshua was a good material, he imparted the Spirit of Wisdom into him. When Elijah saw that Elisha was a good material, he gave him a double portion of his power. Who are the good materials that you have noticed around you – people with potential to do exploits for God, if only they could be mentored correctly? Get close to them and heat them up for God. You don’t know how far that good material around you will burn for God if only you can bring him or her close enough to get some heat from you.

I don’t understand how some men of God try to quench the fire of others. Fire does not compete with itself. When fire meets fire, they join forces to impact the environment even more. Is there someone else who carries fire around you? Put denomination aside and join forces to advance the Kingdom of God. Individually there are some obstacles that your fire may be too small to overcome, but when you come together, you can bring down very high mountains. When one fire seems to be going down, the moment it comes in contact with another, the new one rekindles it and makes it burn more. It amazes me that sometimes when children of God see another child of God going cold, they would rejoice and say they are ‘minding their own business’ rather than getting closer to the person and helping to rekindle his or her fire so that the person can burn even more for God.

Fire burns better when it is in contact with other fires. You and other fires around you will burn better if you come together from time to time to rekindle one another. This is why you find pastors coming together to form associations, so that everyone can ensure that nobody’s fire goes down. Believe me honestly, you will burn better if you don’t look away when you notice that the fire of someone else is going down.
Written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye.
Religion / Flames Of Fire III by kpakpandoN(m): 6:19am On Jan 23
Fire cannot be ignored; it always affects its environment. Wherever fire is, everyone around there feels it’s heat and whatever comes in contact with it would either be consumed or become fire too. If there is a little fire somewhere and you throw some sheets of paper at it, they will catch fire themselves. I am charging all believers today. It is okay when you have just come into a school to say, “Oh, we are surrounded by sinners” but after three months, it would be a shame if they are all still sinners. How can you be in an office for three years with everybody there remaining the same? Fire compels everything around it to become like it. If you have not been preaching the gospel to the people around you, where is your heat? Why have you gone so cold?

In 1 Kings 18:36-39, when Elijah demonstrated that he is fire, the whole nation fell on their faces and said, “Your God is God”. In Acts 16:25-34, when Paul and Silas were thrown into jail, by the time they had demonstrated that they are fire, the jailer humbled himself and said, “Tell me what I must do to be saved”. I pray you will receive the ability to demonstrate the power of God in your environment now, in Jesus’ name. Shining your light would, however, require some personal sacrifices. You must spend time praying and dwelling in the presence of God. You would need to fast and study your Bible regularly.

Don’t shy away from any opportunity to show that you are fire. When a classmate tells you they are not feeling fine, don’t suggest medication; lay hands on them and pray for their healing. By the time the fellow gets healed, he or she would spread the news to others and before you know it, you would have won your faculty over to the Lord. Is there any of your colleagues who is looking up to God for the fruit of the womb? See it as an opportunity to preach Christ to your entire office. Pray for the fellow and assure them that they will carry their babies in nine months. When God does the miracle, everyone will know that your God is real and they will bow to Him.
Written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye.
Religion / Flames Of Fire II by kpakpandoN(m): 5:57am On Jan 22
Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment.
Exodus 23:2

Fire does not follow trends, it remains the same all the time. Fire is fire. It is not frozen today, liquid tomorrow and vapour the next day; fire is always fire and remains in one state. It does not copy anything or anyone else – it remains in its own state.

I remember a time when the custom amongst men of God in Nigeria was to wear a flowing robe – Agbada. It was their way of proclaiming, “We have arrived”. I don’t have anything against the Agbada. It is the traditional attire in many Nigerian cultures and I do wear it now and again. However, I refused to follow the trend of wearing it all the time. One man of God said to me then, “I like you, but I don’t like the way you dress like a hunter” – apparently referring to the conservative French suits I often wear. I told him I was not a hunter, but rather, a soldier of Christ. Fire does not blend in with its environment; rather, it affects it.

You must stand apart. You cannot afford to do something simply because others are doing it. Fire does not conform; it is not afraid to stand alone. Fire does not yield to peer pressure. Proverbs 1:10 says when sinners entice you, don’t consent. It doesn’t matter how enticing the new trend is, if it is not in line with the word of God, reject it. In 1 Kings 18:22, Baal was worshipped across the land of Israel but Elijah set himself apart. He did not blend with the others around him because He was fire. It doesn’t matter if everyone is doing what is against God’s will, because you are fire, you cannot join them. 2 Corinthians 6:16-17 urges us to come out from amongst unbelievers.

Matthew 5:16 says that we should let our light shine before men, that they may see our good works and glorify our Father in Heaven. How will they see the works of God in you when you are always trying to blend with people who are doing the works of the devil?
Written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye.
Religion / Flames Of Fire I by kpakpandoN(m): 7:12am On Jan 21
This teaching series on ‘flames of fire’ is meant for everyone; however, I’ll encourage youths to pay extra attention.

There are four basic elements in the world – water, earth, air and fire, each of which is very important to human existence. As important as all these elements are however, it is interesting that God chose to make His ministers flames of fire.

Let us discuss some characteristics of fire. The first thing about fire is that it is distinct. When you see fire, you recognise it immediately. In 2 Kings 1:1-8, the king was sick and sent his servants to enquire from some idol worshipers whether he would recover or not, only for them to meet a man on the way who sent them back to the king with a message that he would die. Once the messengers described the man, the king said, “That is Elijah”. Fire is uniquely distinct and you cannot mistake it for anything else.

People should be able to see a child of God and say, “This is a child of God”. These days, many people say, “Oh, it’s not about the outward appearance; God is only interested in what is on the inside”. One day while teaching at the Bible College, I brought two oranges-one green and one yellow, and asked the students to identify the ripe one. They all pointed to the yellow one, explaining that, from the way it looked, it was clear that it was the ripe one.

Fire has a distinct look; when you see it, you would know it. Don’t believe the lie that God is not interested in your outward appearance – He is. While it is true that He cannot be deceived by your outward appearance as He said in 1 Samuel 16:7, His word says that what you are on the inside will show on the outside. Matthew 23:26 says:

Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.

You cannot claim, as a minister, that you are a flame of fire when you don’t look it. You cannot claim that you are a child of God, yet dress and look like people of the world. If you need to tell people that you are a child of God before they believe it, you are not yet a flame of fire.
Written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye.
Religion / Set The Right Example by kpakpandoN(m): 6:17am On Jan 20
Following our discussion which started yesterday, the second question that you should ask yourself is, “What kind of example am I going to be for those coming behind me?” You see, God can raise somebody and promote him or her greatly, but when the fellow makes a mistake and crashes, he or she becomes an example for others to learn from, so as not to make the same mistake. If you read 1 Corinthians 10:1-11 carefully, you would see that verses 1-4 were dedicated to describing the investments that God had made in the people of Israel, then the rest of the passage goes on to list how many of them became bad examples for those of us coming after. God is making investments in you now, He is making sure that you read and hear certain messages, He is promoting you and doing miracles for you now; what will be the outcome of all these? Will you be used as a good example later in future or a bad one?

But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
1 Corinthians 10:5

The verse above says God was not pleased with many of them. The truth is that not many people will end up as good examples; most will end up as bad ones because only a few will be violent enough to take the Kingdom of God by force (Matthew 11:12). The devil will throw a lot of temptations your way. Some of them will come as harmless suggestions, but you have to be fully ready to submit to the Lord and resist the devil so that he would flee (James 4:7).

As we see in 2 Timothy 2:19-21, purge yourself of all unrighteousness so you can set the right examples for those coming behind you. Ask the Holy Spirit for help. You must never get to a point where you feel you have enough of the Holy Spirit. Only the Holy Spirit can keep you from falling; embrace Him like your life depends on it, because it actually does.
Written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye.
Religion / Learn From Others by kpakpandoN(m): 6:01am On Jan 19
It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the LORD all night.
1 Samuel 15:11

The first time I read the passage above, it was shocking to me that God would repent. I had read passages in the Bible like Ezekiel 33:14-16 where God said if He says to the wicked that he will die, but the wicked changes his ways, then He wouldn’t let him die anymore. However, what is mind-boggling about Saul’s case is that this is a different kind of repentance. Of a truth, Saul was a very humble, diligent and responsible young man before he became king. In 1 Samuel 9:3-4, his father sent him on an errand to search for some missing animals. Saul kept searching and was determined not to return home until he found them. God is the Alpha and Omega (Revelation 1:cool, He knows the end from the beginning (Acts 15:18); how can somebody like that repent of the decision He had made? One day, the Lord used the scripture below to provide an answer to my question:

Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
1 Corinthians 10:11

All the stories we read in the Bible, even some of the things happening around us today, are supposed to be lessons to us. One could therefore say that He looks for scapegoats to use to teach others a lesson. Now, there are two questions you should ask yourself from this revelation: first, are you really learning lessons from the examples that God has given you in the Bible and around you? Have you learnt from Judas Iscariot’s case that greed can destroy a person both here and in eternity? Have you learned from Samson that sexual sins will reduce a strong man to a piece of bread (Proverbs 6:26)? Have you learnt from the examples around you?
Written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye.
Religion / Sacrifices Can Avert Disasters by kpakpandoN(m): 6:16am On Jan 18
In 1 Kings 17:8-16, we read about the widow of Zarephath who had only one meal left. She and her son were going to eat and die. She sacrificed that one meal and she and her son lived on. In Psalm 50:14-15, the Bible says if you offer sacrifices of thanksgiving and pay your vows, God will deliver you in the day of trouble. In 2 Samuel 24:11-25, seventy thousand men had died from a pestilence that arose in Israel due to David conducting a census that displeased God. This was a big disaster and something had to be done immediately to stop it. They had prayed and, although God had stopped the angel that was spreading the plague, He did not recall him; the angel remained at the threshing place of Araunah the Jebusite. This still meant trouble, so David’s seer – Gad decided that they should apply a principle to avert the disaster.

And Gad came that day to David, and said unto him, Go up, rear an altar unto the LORD in the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.
2 Samuel 24:18.

When David wanted to make the sacrifice, Araunah tried to give everything needed to him for free, but he refused. He insisted that he had to bear the cost. He gave the sacrifice and the disaster was immediately averted.

And David built there an altar unto the LORD, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. So the LORD was intreated for the land, and the plague was stayed from Israel.
2 Samuel 24:25

The funny thing is that many non-Christians know this principle: that, in the face of impending doom or disaster, a really big sacrificial offering can avert it (2 Kings 3:26-27). We as the children of the living God should follow David’s example and be ready to give a sacrificial offering, especially in troubled times.

May God help us – the true children of God to apply this principle in order to avert looming disasters, in Jesus' name.
Written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye.
Religion / The Living Sacrifice by kpakpandoN(m): 6:50am On Jan 17
The sacrifice that pleases God the most is your life. You become a living sacrifice the day you surrender your life to Jesus. From the day you genuinely surrender your life to Him, He can send you wherever He wants, set the direction of your life and use you to fulfil His plans. God knows, I never wanted to be a Pastor, talk less of a General Overseer, but I am a living sacrifice. I had wanted to retire at the age of seventy, so that I could then begin to live a normal life-sleep when others sleep, eat when others eat and so on, but God said, “No”. Since I am a living sacrifice, my response was, “Yes, Daddy”.

God expects your entire life to be a sacrifice to Him; you are to go wherever He sends you. When He says witness - you witness, sit - you sit, pray - you pray.

The moment God knows that He has you as a living sacrifice, whatever other offering you give becomes acceptable because it would be given under His guidance. Some of us, even before coming to Church, have made up our minds on the offering to give. For the fellow who is a living sacrifice, God will tell them what to give.

When I became General Overseer, things were hard. We could hardly pay the staff on the church’s payroll and many a time, there would be nothing left to pay the General Overseer. Having left paid employment for full-time ministry after working for the government for several years, I received my gratuity, with plans to save some, invest some in shares and so on. However, since I am a living sacrifice, I asked God, “What do I do with this money?” He responded that I should divide it into three parts and give each to a different ministry while retaining nothing for myself. As painful as this was, I was comforted when He said further, “I will be your source”. When you become a living sacrifice, God will become your source. The day you became a living sacrifice, you became His property, so He will take care of you. Things may be hard at first, but He will make sure that your tomorrow will be all right (Colossians 1:27).
Written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye.
Religion / Raising An Altar Unto God by kpakpandoN(m): 8:44am On Jan 16
Abraham was a man who raised many altars for God (Genesis 12:7, Genesis 13:4, Genesis 13:18, Genesis 22:9). Little wonder why he had transgenerational blessings. An altar is a meeting place between God and man. In Genesis 28:11-19, we see how, even when Jacob was unaware that he was at an altar, he saw in a dream that the place was a meeting point between heaven and earth. For example, an altar can be a corner of your room if you are living in a one-room apartment. You could set aside a corner in your room with a commitment to meet with God there regularly. You must treat the place as holy; because that is the altar of the Almighty God. The moment you set aside that place as an altar to God, any time you go there, God would be waiting.

When man goes to an altar, he does so to offer sacrifices to God and to worship Him. In Genesis 22:1-14 when God asked Abraham to offer Isaac as a burnt offering, He asked him to go to a particular place, raise an altar there and present a sacrifice. When visiting a great man, because of how much you honour him, you don’t go empty-handed, so why do so when going to meet with the Most High God? Don’t go to God empty handed. If you don’t have anything at all, He will accept a sacrifice of praise (Jeremiah 17:26).

When God comes to meet man on the altar, He comes to bless. Psalm 67:5-7 tells us that when praises go up, blessings come down. In Genesis 22:15-18, when Abraham brought Isaac to the altar to be offered, God stopped him and said, “You have done your part, let me do mine, in blessing I will bless You, in multiplying, I will multiply your seed”. God meets with His children during services to bless them, especially those who come with a sacrifice. I raised an altar in a small room inside the first house I lived in the Redemption Camp well over 20 years ago. The house is now called the ‘Open Heavens International Centre’. Since that place was marked out as an altar, up to today, people who go there to pray in faith receive mighty miracles from God that even I find amazing.
Written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye.
Religion / You Are Nothing Without Him by kpakpandoN(m): 6:03am On Jan 15
I heard someone preaching recently and he said if God leaves him, there will be little left. I don’t know how come in his case, there would still be anything left; in my case, there would be absolutely nothing left. As for me, I am fully aware that without God, I am nothing, absolutely nothing and I tell Him that regularly.

I preached a sermon at the commissioning into ministry of one of my sons about 40 years ago. I told them about the ass that Jesus rode in Luke 19:29-38. The ass must have suddenly looked around and seen people laying down their clothes on the ground for him to walk on, with a lot of singing and dancing going on as he passed by. He must have really felt special. However, the moment Jesus got down and left him, he was abandoned. By then he must have been far from home and probably did not even know his way back. He must have passed by humans and instead of rejoicing like before, they most likely chased it away. At best, he would have ended up as a labourer on a farm. Beloved, the moment God leaves you, you are finished. You think you’re smart? Just a little tweak of a professor’s brain and he can become a mad man roaming the streets.

When people see me living holy, being humble, obeying God to the letter, it is because I don’t want Him to leave me. I don’t want to look around and discover that He is no longer with me. I don’t want to pray and have Him ignore my prayers. I am imploring you my beloved, don’t do anything that would make God leave you.

At some point on the cross, Jesus cried, “Father, why hast thou forsaken me” (Matthew 27:46). Think about it: when the whole world turned against Him, He did not mind, but when the Father turned from Him, He cried. Even if the whole world turns against you, you are fine as long as God is still on your side. Without God, you are nothing.
Written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye.

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Religion / Only By Grace by kpakpandoN(m): 8:54am On Jan 14
Some people think that God is doing great things for them because they deserve it. They think because of all that they do for God, then it is only expected that He would bless them as He does. Believe me honestly, everything that God does, He does for His name’s sake – not for you, but that His name will be glorified (Psalm 106:7-cool.

Don’t become arrogant, God could use anyone else. There are people who pray, study the Bible and are even more talented than you, but God chose you; you should be grateful for that. In any case, if we were to count iniquity, who will stand? (Psalm 130:3). When people see the things God is doing in The Redeemed Christian Church of God, they think I must be special. The only thing special about me is that God chose me, because even from as far back as when I was a little child, God had promised my Father-in-the Lord that The Redeemed Christian Church of God would go round the world. It had nothing to do with me at all; God just decided to glorify Himself through this Church and it is only by grace that He chose me to be the General Overseer. He could have chosen anyone else. There are people far more qualified than I, but it is by grace that I was chosen.

When you see people still drowning in sin, don’t judge them because you are on your way to heaven; rather, pray that God will save them by His grace. It is by His grace that you are not the one on the way to hell. Never forget that it is He who is working something out for His name’s sake. You are only graced to be a recipient of God’s blessings. The people of Israel may have thought that God parted the Red Sea and drowned Pharaoh and his army because they were so special. He did it for His name’s sake. They were only graced to be the ones He did it for. Romans 9:17 testifies to this:

For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.
Written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye.
Religion / Kill Pride by kpakpandoN(m): 6:10am On Jan 13
More often than not, the people who provoke God do so through pride. The most junior staff in an organisation would typically be humble and submissive. However, the day the person begins to feel overly important, he or she will start provoking some people. The moment you become proud, you begin to provoke God. Never forget that no matter how high you go, God is still the Most High.

God usually deals with proud people in two ways. The first way is by recalling such a person suddenly and in a disgraceful manner. In Acts 12:20-24, king Herod’s pride made him consent to being compared to the Most High. This made God order worms to eat him up alive. The Lord said, “Oh, you think you are big because you are the Commander-in-Chief of some armies? I have armies that don’t carry guns – ordinary worms”. One moment Herod was sitting on the throne, the next moment, he was being eaten by worms. However, the Lord could also decide to disgrace the fellow openly while preserving his or her life. That is what He did to Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 4:28-37.

Nebuchadnezzar was the greatest king of his time. He built a city called Babylon, which had one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. At a point, God saw that he was becoming proud and sent him a warning through a dream. Unfortunately, one year after the message came, he had forgotten it, so God said, “Okay, you think you are big? Go and eat with animals for seven years”. Nobody removed his royal robes from him; he removed them with his own hands. If there is something that must leave your life permanently today, it is pride.

Be careful as you rise, so as not to begin to feel like you are overly important. The elders say that when the cockroach falls, nobody hears the sound; when an ant falls, the ground doesn’t tremble, but if an elephant falls, the tremors would be felt both near and far. If God is elevating you, be weary of pride so that it doesn’t become a case of Him raising up an elephant so that when it falls everyone would pay attention, like in the case of Pharaoh (Romans 9:17).
Written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye.
Religion / Do You Hate God? by kpakpandoN(m): 6:20am On Jan 12
Galatians 2:20 says, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

Apostle Paul said that because Christ loves him, He gave Himself for him. We can infer a theorem from this – that when God loves you, He will give you His life. In mathematics, whenever we establish a theorem, there always has to be the corollary – something that follows as a result of what we just established. The corollary to our newly established theorem is in Proverbs 8:36:

“But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death”

Herod was a man who hated God; he did everything he could to hinder the work of the Lord and he died a shameful death. After his death, the Bible says, “But the word of God grew and multiplied” (Acts 12:24). Anyone who tries to stand in the way of the Most High God hates Him and is calling for death.

Some time ago, in another country, we wanted to dedicate a new parish, but in the process of trying to get the necessary approvals, a government official swore to prevent it. My children called me to report the incident and, believe me honestly, I didn’t even bother to pray about it. On the day of the meeting at which this government official was planning to have our application rejected, he put both feet into one trouser leg. While struggling with the trouser, he fell, hurt himself and was rushed to the hospital. He died with both legs still in one side of the trouser.

You may claim not to oppose the work of God as directly as that. Do you discourage other people from submitting to the authority of your Pastor and the Heads of Departments? Do you steal money from the Church’s purse, thereby making it more difficult for God’s work to be done? You are hindering the work of God and anyone who does so is toying with death. A word is enough for the wise.
Written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye.
Religion / Stand Up For Christ Everywhere by kpakpandoN(m): 8:16am On Jan 11
In Daniel 1:8-20, we see how Daniel, Hananiah, Mishel, and Azariah rejected the king’s food so as not to defile themselves. Though they were slaves in a strange land, these boys were determined to maintain their consecration to God.

Unfortunately, there are many Christians who begin to behave like the people of the world the moment they get to a land where nobody knows them. We see several examples of such in the Bible. Let us consider Lot. He was Abraham’s nephew and must have been trained according to the instructions of God, but when the Angels got to Sodom and Gomorrah, who did they find at the gate of the city? He had blended so much with them that he was amongst those who sat at the gate of the city (Genesis 19:1). He ended up losing all that he had amassed, including his wife.

Wherever you find yourself, you must live by the standard of the Most High God. Some Christian students resume in the University and dump all the consecration they maintained while at home. They start mixing with ungodly friends and join them to lead sinful lives. Some others travel to a different country or state and begin to misbehave.

Be warned! When Daniel got to a strange land, he ensured he kept the company with fellow believers. When you get to a strange land, locate other believers – people who are on fire for God – and befriend them. Join a Bible-believing church where you can continue to serve God as you used to back at home. When you refuse the king’s meat and wine in that strange land so as to stay pure, God will defend you at all times.

When Hananiah, Mishel, and Azariah (now renamed Shadrach, Meshac, and Abednego by their captors) were thrown into fiery furnace, the fire could not burn them because they took a stand for God (Daniel 3). When Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den, the lions could not eat him because he had not defiled himself by indulging in the sinful lifestyle of the inhabitants of the land (Daniel 6). Stand out for Christ anywhere you find yourself and Christ will stand up for you too.
Written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye.
Religion / Sow Good Seeds Ahead by kpakpandoN(m): 6:02am On Jan 10
There is a popular wise saying that in the time of peace, prepare for war. Similarly, before you have a need, sow seeds ahead, so that when a storm arises, your seeds will speak for you. Sow seeds of service to God now because a time is coming when you will be so old, you will not have the strength to run around doing God’s work. Even if you don’t face any storm at all in your lifetime, a time is coming when you will face the storm of death. At that time, God will ask you, what did you use the talents I gave you for?

Sow good seeds now because when a storm comes, you would need them to speak for you. When you read the story of the sinful woman in Luke 7:37-38, you would see that she sowed a seed that day by washing Jesus’ feet with her tears and wiping them with her hair. She also poured a very costly ointment on Him and Jesus took note of her. May you do something today that will cause God to take note of you.

During a meeting with my covenant partners some years ago, I told them to ask God for just one thing. There was a woman amongst them who had been barren for many years and what she asked God for was a baby. She got pregnant and went to the U.S. for tests, but the doctors said that there were high chances of the baby being HIV positive and would have to be evacuated. She refused and cried to the Lord, asking for a sign that would convince her that He had heard her prayer. He responded, “Go home; before you get there, you will get a sign”. It was during her return to Nigeria that we ran into each other on the plane. She started screaming and when I asked her what the issue was, she explained to me. I prayed with her and few months later, she delivered the baby safe and sound. The baby was HIV negative and even her husband who had been HIV positive also became negative. Her seed spoke for her.

May the Lord hear you in the day of trouble and remember all your offerings in Jesus’ name.
Written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye.
Religion / Everyone Needs Good Friends by kpakpandoN(m): 6:10am On Jan 09
Love is a two-way street (Proverbs 8:17). You show someone love, and typically, they will show you love in return. If you want to make friends with people, show yourself friendly to them first (Proverbs 18:24). If you want them to favour you, favour them first. I have seen people arrive at my house frowning but depart with beaming smiles after experiencing my wife’s hospitality. Indeed, some people don’t have friends because they don’t show themselves friendly.

Several years ago, one of my daughters came to me and said, “Daddy, I’m this old, and nobody has approached me to say, ‘Thus saith the Lord…”. I said, “With the way you glare at everybody as if you are spoiling for a fight, who is going to approach you and say, ‘Thus saith the Lord” even if God is actually speaking? You never smile; you are always looking as if somebody offended you, and so, if a brother should even be coming your way, one look at your face is enough to make him change his mind.” Thank God she took the feedback graciously and made the necessary changes. It wasn’t long after that she got married. Love should be reciprocal.

Whether you believe it or not, everyone needs good friends. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 says for the one who has no friend, WHEN he falls, there would be no one to lift him. Take note that the word ‘when’ was used, not ‘if’. Everyone will have times when they need someone to lift them; God forbid that there is no one to lift you when that time comes. Proverbs 18:24 says that there are some friends that stick closer than a brother. You need friends, so show yourself friendly to those around you.

You must, however, choose your friends carefully because, as iron sharpens iron (Proverbs 27:17), so does evil communication (bad company) corrupt good manners (1 Corinthians 15:33). Everyone needs good friends, and the greatest friend of all is our Lord Jesus Christ. Surrender your life to Him today if you I haven’t, so you can also become His friend (John 15:15).
Written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye.
Religion / Joy Unspeakable by kpakpandoN(m): 6:04am On Jan 08
Many have heard the term ‘Joy Unspeakable’, but only a few have ever experienced it. That is the kind of joy that overwhelms you so much that even when you want to express it verbally, you would find yourself speechless. Some years ago, we had a programme in a town called Ota in Ogun State, Nigeria. A lady who had been barren for several years came there that day asking for prayers, after her husband’s relatives had threatened to throw her out within the year. There were many people so I didn’t even know who I prayed for. The following year, we were holding another programme somewhere else, with a long queue of those who wanted me to pray for them. Unknown to me, this same lady was there and when it got to her turn, she kept opening her mouth to speak but said nothing. Finally, she was able to utter just one word: “Jesus”.

When she finally was able to speak, she explained that she was that barren woman I had prayed for the previous year. It was then I realized why she had been speechless earlier; she was carrying a baby on her left and another on her right – she had given birth to twins. I pray you will soon experience joy unspeakable, in Jesus’ name.

1 Peter 1:8 says if you believe in God, then He will make available to you joy unspeakable, full of glory. All you have to do is believe in Him. Believing in Him means that you act according to what you say you believe. James 2:17 says:

Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone

Your behaviour must show that you believe in God. Your attitude must reflect your belief in all the promises of God in the Bible. It must be that of one who goes to God believing that whatever he has asked for will be given to him. James 1:6-8 says anyone who comes to God without faith should not even think that he will receive anything from Him. Put all your faith in God and you will experience unspeakable joy as He begins to unfold His glorious plans for you in Jesus’ name.
Written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye.
Religion / Perfect Love by kpakpandoN(m): 7:09am On Jan 07
God is love and perfect love can only be experienced in Him (1 John 4:16-17). No matter how strong human love is, it usually has a hidden agenda and will remain imperfect if it is not established in God.

There is a classic example of two people who loved each other in the Bible: David and Jonathan. In 1 Samuel 18:4, the Bible says:

And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle.

Looking closely at the gifts, you would observe that Jonathan gave David practically everything except his shoes. This is because in Bible times, one way to seal a contract is the giving of shoes, without which everything given can be reclaimed (Ruth 4:7). In those days also, only sons wore shoes; servants were not allowed to. That is why in Luke 15:11-24, when the prodigal son returned, the father asked that shoes be put on his feet to show that he had accepted him back as a son and not a servant. Thus, we see that Jonathan was saying to David, in essence, “We are friends, but don’t forget who you are. You are a beloved servant, but I am the son. You are only a beloved servant”. In 1 Samuel 20:13-16 and verse 42, we see that Jonathan entered a covenant with David when it became clear that the latter would be king, extracting a promise from him not to wipe out his family. Later on, he even asked to become David’s assistant (1 Samuel 23:17). Be careful when people say they love you; it may be because of what they can get from you. If it so happens that there is nothing to get anymore, then you would know who truly loves you.

God’s love for us, however, is perfect and unconditional. He loved us even while we were yet sinners (Romans 5:cool. He sacrificed His only begotten son so you and I can be saved (John 3:16). He alone is worthy of all your trust (1 John 4:16).

Choose the perfect love of God today by surrendering your life to Jesus. It is only in Him that we have an assurance of boldness on the day of judgement (1 John 4:17) and eternal life (Romans 6:23).
Written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye.
Religion / Prayers For The New Year by kpakpandoN(m): 6:07am On Jan 06
PRAYERS FOR THE NEW YEAR

1) Father, thank You for bringing me into the year 2023.

2) I surrender all that concerns me into Your mighty hands this year. Please, take absolute control of my life Lord.

3) Father, please grant me divine speed and success this year in Jesus’ name.

4) Lord, don’t let me lose any of my loved ones this year. Please keep and protect everyone connected to me by Your power in Jesus’ name.

5) Father, please use me for your glory this year, more than ever before, in Jesus’ name.

6) Lord, any evil that may have been programmed into this year, please take them far away from my loved ones and me.

7) Father, this year, please open my ears to hear You clearly at all times.

cool Father, let me grow closer to You and let your presence be with me at all times.

9) Lord, please breathe on my finances. I will not spend money on ailments, court cases, funerals and the likes in Jesus’ name.

10) Father, please open great doors for me this year. Let all my efforts yield great results in Jesus’ name.

11) Year 2023, I decree that you will favour me. All things will work for my good this year in Jesus’ name.

12) Your personal prayer requests for the year.
Written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye.
Religion / Learn From The Word Of God by kpakpandoN(m): 6:22am On Jan 05
2 Timothy 2:15 says that the workman that will not be ashamed is he or she who rightly divides the word of truth – not just one who reads it, but one who divides it and learns from it. Many people read their Bibles but do not really learn from it. It has become something done just to fulfil all righteousness. There are many great treasures of knowledge in the Bible that will benefit anyone willing to search them out.

When you study the Bible, you should be on the lookout for new things you can learn and apply in your marriage, business, career, ministry or any other aspect of life. Proverbs 18:15 says:

The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.

The Bible is not a story book; it is a life manual, and lessons from it must be applied in our lives. Romans 15:4 says “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”

2 Timothy 3:16-17 tells us that the Scripture is given to us so that we can be perfect and thoroughly furnished unto ALL, not some, but ALL good works:

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

Living according to the standards of God as shown in the Bible may appear difficult, it is however, better that you discipline yourself to do so because the results would be great in your life. For example, the word of God says you must be humble, so be humble. As a result of your humility, God will give you grace to succeed (James 4:6). His word says you should be diligent, so be diligent and as a result, you will stand before kings (Proverbs 22:29).

Believe me honestly, I have found that God’s word is the key to true success in life. Be dedicated to studying it and applying your learnings correctly from today.
Written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye.
Religion / When God Breathes II by kpakpandoN(m): 6:24am On Jan 04
When God decides to breathe for the sake of someone, He may not do so directly on the individual; rather, He could breathe heavily to blow away the fellow’s enemies. Whenever you see the Bible say ‘blast of His nostrils’, that is God breathing heavily to blow away the enemies of His children, as we see in Exodus 15:8-10.

With the blast of His nostrils, He parted the Red Sea that was standing in the way of the Israelites to the Promised Land and then He made the water return, to drown Pharaoh and his army. When God breathes against your enemies, not only will they be no more, you will also be established in the place of your destiny. David testified to this in 2 Samuel 22:20:

He brought me forth also into a large place: he delivered me, because he delighted in me.

With one breath, the Lord cleared off all David’s enemies and also brought him into a large place. Do you know that God can do the same for you today? He can clear off all your enemies and take you to that same place that they have been trying to stop you from getting to.

Now, I have always said that the summary of all Jesus’ messages in the Bible is that nothing goes for nothing. In other words, there are always conditions to be met for everything that we expect God to do for us. What is the condition for God to breathe against our enemies and to lead us to the glorious end He has set ahead of us? It is in verses 21-25 of 2 Samuel 22 - holiness. David said the Lord rewarded him according to his righteousness and the cleanliness of his hands.

Are your hands clean? When a person is faced with enemy forces he or she cannot defeat; an ally stronger than the enemy forces would be required to guarantee victory. The ally would however, withdraw their support if the person offends them. Don’t offend your Ally. Don’t do things that will make the Lord refuse to fight for you.
Written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye.

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Religion / When God Breathes I by kpakpandoN(m): 8:19am On Jan 03
The first thing you need to know about our topic for today “When God Breathes” is that God does not breathe to survive like we humans do. Someone who cannot die definitely does not need to breathe to stay alive. Thus, when we say that God breathes, it means that something rare and special is about to happen. Genesis 2:7 says:

And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostriis the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

The Almighty God, who does not need to breathe to remain alive, decided to breathe because He wanted to give life to a non-living thing. He breathed on ordinary clay, and it became a living soul. When He breathes on the dead, they come to life. That is how powerful the breath of God is, and believe me honestly, as humans, one thing or the other will seem to be dead in our lives at one point or the other, so we all need God to breathe on us.

Romans 4:19 says not only was Sarah’s womb dead, her husband’s body was dead too, but the One who can breathe life into the dead brought it back to life. He does not only breathe on dead wombs; He can also breathe on dead businesses, careers, marriages, ministries and many more.

You may have noticed an area of your life where there has been no progress for years; you would need God to breathe on it and bring it to life. Genesis 49:22 says “Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall”. Joseph prospered everywhere he went – even as a slave (Genesis 39:2), a prisoner (Genesis 39:21-23) and then as a prime minister (Genesis 41:41).

Psalm 128:1 shows the secret of Joseph’s fruitfulness – he feared the Lord and walked in His ways. You have to stop committing sin and walk in the ways of the Lord, then you would find out that what had seemed dead before would begin to bear fruit. I pray that God will give you the grace to fear Him and to always do His will, in Jesus’ name.
Written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye.
Religion / Setting And Achieving Goals II by kpakpandoN(m): 6:30am On Jan 02
After you have received your vision for the year from God, the next step is to write it (Habakkuk 2:2). Many times, the reason we don’t achieve what we set out to, is simply that we never wrote it down. God’s recommendation for running with a vision is to, first and foremost, write it down. Have you received an idea or instruction from the Lord? Go ahead and write it down now. In the course of doing this, you are bringing it to life; you are taking it from the spirit realm to the physical. Writing it is your first step towards achieving it. You are to write it down along with what you will do to achieve it.

The next step will be to “make it plain upon tables”. In making it plain, you can break it into objectives or smaller goals, and as you accomplish each of them, you’ll get closer to achieving the entire vision. Note that Habakkuk 2:2 says ‘tables’ and not ‘table’. You are therefore to paste it everywhere around you where you will keep seeing it over and over again. When you do that, you and those the Lord has prepared to support you can begin to run with it.

Now, beyond writing down what to do to achieve the vision, you must also take note of the things not to do to ensure that your vision is fulfilled. Matthew 9:17 says:

Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.

You cannot achieve new things with old habits. There are some friends who pulled you back last year; you need to dissociate yourself from them this year. Check your morning routines last year; did they help you get the best out of your days? If not, then you need to change them. How was your relationship with God last year? If it was shaky, then you must be determined to draw closer to Him this year than ever before. Remember, if the Lord does not build a house, those who try to build it are merely wasting their time (Psalm 127:1).
Written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye.
Religion / Setting And Achieving Goals I by kpakpandoN(m): 6:06am On Jan 01
Every New Year typically comes with renewed hope, encouraging many people to set new goals. Yes, it is important to set goals; however, it is more important to ensure that they align with God’s will for your life. Let us consider God’s recommendation for setting goals as captured in Habakkuk 2:1, which says:

I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me…

Have you asked the Lord about His plans for you this year? Have you waited on Him to know what exactly He will have you pursue this year? If you haven’t, please spend some time seeking His face for divine direction.

Speed is not always synonymous with progress. If you are speeding away in the wrong direction, you will discover that you have gone backwards rather than forward at the end of the day. Only God, who created you for His purpose knows the direction you should be going per time, so always ask him for guidance. Remember, a way that seems right may have death at its end (Proverbs 14:12).

There was a time when we were organising crusades across various cities in Nigeria. When we were scheduled to move to the southern part of the country, I asked God for His will and He told us to go to Ede instead, a town in the western part of the country. I responded that we had just been to Ife (a town just a few kilometres away from Ede) but I still went ahead to obey Him.

At the crusade, the king of Ede, a Muslim, promised to gift us whatever size of land we desired. As we were about to mention a size we considered huge enough, the Lord directed us to ask for a whole lot more. Humanly speaking, it didn’t make sense to make such a request, but we obeyed God, and the king granted our request. Today, the Redeemer’s University and the School of Missions are situated on that land. Let God be the One to show you the goals to pursue this year. If it is His vision, you are assured of His provision and support until you achieve it.
Written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye.
Religion / Prayers For Year 2023 by kpakpandoN(m): 7:05am On Dec 31, 2022
1. Thank You so much Lord for preserving me this far in year 2022. I am grateful for all the times You healed me, provided for me, and protected me this year.

2. Father, please don’t let anything stop me from seeing year 2023. Let me see the new year in joy, in Jesus name.

3. Father, please disappoint every enemy that has determined that I will not reach my goal in 2023, in Jesus name.

4. Father, please don’t let any bad habit cross into year 2023 with me, in Jesus name. Whatever would hinder me from moving forward in 2023, I will leave behind in this year, in Jesus names.

5. Father, year 2023 will be far better than 2022 for me in Jesus name. I will experience numerous breakthroughs in the new year, in Jesus name.

6. Father, please go ahead of me to make every crooked path in 2023 straight and help me escape every trap of the enemy in the new year, in Jesus name.

7. Father, I ask for greater grace to live holy and serve You better in year 2023 than I did this year in Jesus name.

8. In 2023 Lord, please bless the works of my hands and let me flourish in Jesus name. Let all that I lay my hands on prosper in the new year, in Jesus name.

9. Father, every good thing You started in my life in 2022, perfect it in 2023 in Jesus name. Dont let me have any unfinished projects in my life, in Jesus name.

10. I speak blessings, greatness, prosperity, promotion and celebration into 2023 for myself (mention your full name) in Jesus name. (Mention your full name) – you will prosper in 2023. You will be first amongst your peers in 2023. 2023 is your year of great exploits, in Jesus name.

11. Father, all the prayers I will pray in 2023, please answer them speedily in Jesus name. Please hear me every time I call on You in the new year, in Jesus name.

12. Your personal prayer requests for the year 2023.
Written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye.
Religion / Never Provoke God by kpakpandoN(m): 6:05am On Dec 30, 2022
The greatest mistake anyone can ever make in life is to provoke the Almighty God. 1 John 4:8 tells us that God is love. He is not just a loving God, He is love personified, but Hebrews 12:29 also says He is a consuming fire. Every coin has two sides. On one side of God, you have love – love so great that He gave His only begotten Son for our sake. On the other side, however, He is a consuming fire. Thus when you hear of people who talk about God as love only, about grace 100% of the time and nothing more, stay away from them. God is indeed kind, merciful, and loving, but don’t mess with Him because He is a consuming fire. If He loves you specially and you fool around with Him, He will deal with you. The word of God made it clear in Hebrews 12:6:
“For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.”

You would think the Bible would say that whosoever the Father loves, He kisses, but that is not what it says. If you know that what you are doing is wrong and have been corrected severally yet you refuse to yield, then you are very likely provoking Him to anger already. You had better stop doing that thing you know He does not like. Proverbs 29:1 says:
“He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.”

Nobody can tell me that because God loves you, you can go ahead and do whatever you like. If you can do whatever you like, it is likely that He has forsaken you, because the Bible made it clear in Hebrews 12:8:
“But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.”

For those who say, "Pastor Adeboye is legalistic, he is always talking law", I didn’t write the Bible. It is stated there clearly in both the Old and New Testaments that if you are doing wrong and God is not punishing you for it, then you are a bastard, and bastards will not be admitted into the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 7:21-23).
Written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye.

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Religion / Sacrificial Giving by kpakpandoN(m): 7:39am On Dec 29, 2022
In Luke 21:1-4, we read about a widow who gave her all and the Lord Jesus was very impressed with her. He said she gave more than others even though what she gave was not as much as theirs.

Many people, when they want to be miserly, will take that story and say, "This is my widows mite". They are deceiving themselves because I will tell them, firstly, you are not a widow. Secondly, you are not giving your all. It is when you have given your all that you can use that example.

When you bring something to God that costs you nothing, it holds little value in His sight. In fact, sometimes, He sees peoples offerings and feels insulted. He knows how much He gave to them, yet when they bring an offering, they bring it to Him as though He were a beggar. No wonder God ignores the offerings of many. David's statement in 2 Samuel 24:24 where he said he would never give to God what cost him nothing should be one of our watchwords whenever we want to give to God.

Psalms 126:5-6 says:
“They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”

When taking your seed to God, check it: can it be described as a precious seed? It is those who go with what amounts to a precious seed who will doubtless come again rejoicing. Proverbs 11:25 says it is the liberal soul that will be made fat, not the miserly one. It is with what measure you sow that your harvest will come. 2 Corinthians 9:6 says:
“But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.”

Don’t give unto God what will cost you nothing. You can decide the volume of your harvest by the size of what you sow.
Written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye.
Religion / Divine Love IV by kpakpandoN(m): 6:16am On Dec 28, 2022
The divine love of God makes Him set a person up for uncommon miracles. Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings in one day; this moved God to ask him for what he wanted and he said, "Give me wisdom". God responded to his request by saying, "I will give you wisdom and add every other thing you didn’t ask for". I spent some time studying Solomon because of his wisdom and prosperity. I had to ask myself "This was a young man who knew he was not wise, because that must have been why he asked for wisdom; how come he thought of giving God a thousand burnt offerings?" I then got a revelation from the Lord - it was a divine set-up. It is God who inspired Solomon to do something nobody had ever done before so that He, in turn, could do for him what He had never done for anyone before.

In 2 Samuel 12:24-25, the Bible says that when Solomon was born, God Himself called him Jedidiah, meaning Beloved of the Lord. When God loves you, from time to time, He will set you up for an uncommon miracle. He will inspire you to do something that will sound stupid to everybody else so that He can give you what nobody else can get.

One day, when my Father-in-the-Lord was still alive, he told all the Church workers that there was an urgent need in the Church that had to be met early that week, so he asked us all to go and close our accounts, then bring all the money to the Church. My wife and I went to the bank the next day, closed our accounts, then brought the money to Church. The next Sunday, my Father-in-the Lord announced to all workers that the need had been met, then asked "Wait a minute; how many of you closed your accounts?" Only my wife and I raised our hands. When I realised that we were the only ones who closed our accounts, I started to think, "I hope I have not added madness to my own Christianity?" Just then I heard the Lord speak to me, "Son, you are not mad, I have made you do something that nobody else will do, so that when I take you to where I am taking you to, nobody can complain".

Is the Lord inspiring you to do something seemingly crazy for Him? Do it so that you don’t miss the opportunity to get an uncommon miracle.
Written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye.
Religion / Divine Love III by kpakpandoN(m): 5:45am On Dec 27, 2022
The very first time I read Isaiah 63:9, I couldn’t believe my eyes. The first sentence really surprised me.

“In all their affliction he was afflicted...”

Whenever those that God loves are afflicted, He is afflicted too. No wonder in Matthew 25:37-40, Jesus referred to Himself as the one in prison, the one who was hungry and so on, while the people He was talking to saw other humans in those situations. Anytime God's beloved is in pain, He is in pain too. Galatians 6:10 says:
“As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”

It makes sense that when we, His beloved, are in pain, He is in pain too. When you see someone you love in pain, you wish that the pain could be transferred to you. Each time someone you love is suffering, you are suffering too. This explains 1 Peter 2:24 to us:
“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.”

What He is saying there is, 'Let your sickness fall on me'. He was saying I would rather die than see you die. This gives me the assurance that aches and pains cannot stay in my body. You can say confidently to any pain in your body, Jesus and I cannot suffer for the same thing. He has already suffered my pain, so I cannot be in pain again. If death tries to threaten you, tell him, Jesus died so that I can live. It is because of Jesus' love for me that I know I can never be poor. 2 Corinthians 8:9 says:
“For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.”

Surrender your life to Jesus Christ and forsake all your sins if you also want to experience this special divine love.
Written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye.

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