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Religion / Year 2023: Refuse To Be Lazy! by topshore(f): 12:04pm On Jan 31
Scripture Text: 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13

Memory Verse: "The soul of the lazy wants, but has nothing; but the soul of the hard worker will be made fat." – Proverbs 13:4

Being lazy kills your dreams.

How can we tell if someone is lazy?
Here are some things we can look for:

First, a lazy person always has an excuse for why he or she doesn't do anything. For example, a lazy person might say it's too cold or too hot (bad weather). In Proverbs 20:4, it says, "The lazy person won't plough because it's cold. Because of this, he'll have to beg in the harvest and get nothing." Also, a lazy person will find faults with his tools in this way. According to an English saying, a lazy worker fights with his tools.

Second, a lazy person loves sleep. Being lazy and sleeping too much make people poor. In Proverbs 20:13, it says, "Do not love sleep, or you will end up poor; open your eyes, and you will be full of bread."


Third, a lazy person is fails to study the Bible and to pray. These two things can lead to spiritual dryness, helplessness, and even death. Lastly, lazy people often don't have a plan, a goal, or their own drive.

How do you overcome the spirit of laziness?
Beloved, laziness leads to poverty, dependence on others, begging or "sponging" off others, low self-esteem, and dishonour.

1. Pray the negative traits of laziness and their consequences out of your life. The Bible says in 2 Thessalonians 3:10 that people who don't want to work shouldn't eat either.

2. Put your hands to action and get to work. If you have to, try twice as hard. God will give you a lot of food. You will not labour in vain, in Jesus’ name.

3. Surrender your life to Christ and let Him help you heal all your weaknesses and loose you from your infirmities.

If you wolud like to give your life to Christ, just say this short prayer:

"Lord Jesus Christ, I come to you now, come into my life, take control of my life. I say bye-bye to the devil, I enter into the Kingdon of Light. Thank You Jesus, in Jesus name I pray, amen!

Congratulations!!! You're now a new creature and free!

God bless you.

Peace!

Reference list:
Dr. D.K Olukoya, Mountain Top Life Daily Devotional, 2023: Vol 8.
https://flatimes.com/mfm-devotional-15-january-2023-say-no-to-laziness/
Religion / How Family Allows The Devil To Enter by topshore(f): 10:20am On Jan 24
Text of the Bible: Deuteronomy 6:4–9.

Matthew 18:20 says, "For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there in the middle of them."

Prayerlessness! This is a big way that families let the devil in. When the whole family prays together, they win and stay together. A world where people pray is a peaceful world.

On social media and in newspapers, we've read about families with constant fights that led to assaults and sometimes death. Today, the enemy is attacking many families over and over again. At other times, the enemy goes after the children. Parents who are at odds with each other and whose homes have become battlegrounds for the enemy can't raise morally sound and good children.

There are a lot of separations and divorces. Today, there are so many broken homes, single parents, and families that don't work that it's scary. The devil is clearly at war with families and the people in them. Families need acidic prayers to fight well against the enemy and take away their weapons.

God has great plans for families. A family that prays together is a strong family. He wants everyone to know Him, serve Him, and be greatly blessed by Him. In the same way, He has good intentions for every family and desires for them to maintain a strong, enduring relationship with Him by abiding by His Word, praying for Him, and serving Him.

There are ways in which families make room for the enemy, such as:
1. Not knowing what the devil is trying to do when a fight breaks out between two people (Ephesians 4:27).
2. Not making God the most important thing in their lives and homes (Matthew 6:33).
3. The family doesn't have a place to pray, study the Bible, or pray together.
4. Friendly with the world and everything that doesn't come from God.
5. They are too busy for God and too shy to be connected with Christ because they don't want to be called "Churchy" or "spiritual," especially when they are with their worldly friends.
6. Neither cold nor hot for Christ—a lukewarm family, always on the fence about issues related to the Truth—Christ—and never on fire for God.

What do you need to do?
Come back to God now! Make sure everyone in your family has real salvation (Genesis 18:19). Bring your family's prayer altar back to life and keep it burning for God. Family Bible study, prayer, and worship should be done every day and regularly.
In the name of Jesus Christ, amen, God will protect our homes and family members from attacks from the devil.

God bless you.

If you want to give your life to Christ, just say this short prayer: "Lord Jesus, I come to You now." "Come into my life, take control of my life, and change my world." I'm leaving the devil behind and moving into the Kingdom of Light. Thank you, Jesus. I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, amen."

Congratulations!!!
Peace!

Reference list
Dr. D.K. Olukoya, Mountain Top Life Daily Devotional: Vol. 8, 2023.
Religion / Let God Rewrite Your History This Year by topshore(f): 6:21pm On Jan 10
Scripture Texts: 1 Chronicles 4:9-10 (KJV); 1 Samuel 16:1-13 (KJV); Exodus 3:7-9 (KJV)

MEMORY VERSE: “He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, and he hath set the world upon them.” – 1 Samuel 2:8

Again, Brethren, happy new year!

God is the best storyteller, plain and simple. When someone's life or future is shattered, he has the power to make it into something beautiful.


God can change the way people, families, and nations live.

Individual
God, the Great Rewriter of History, stepped into Jabez's life at a low point, and the rest of his story is a happy one (1 Chronicles 4:9–10). God brought Jabez out of obscurity and put him at the centre of the Bible. Christians all over the world still pray the prayer that Jabez wrote. God took a man who started life in misery and without benefits or honour and turned him into someone who is much more blessed, favoured, and respected than his peers. He went from being a nobody to a famous person because of how history was changed.

Family
According to the Bible, God also changes people's lives and rewrites their family histories. And the Lord said to Samuel, "How long will you cry for Saul when I've told you I won't let him rule over Israel? "Oil your horn and go; I will send you to Jesse and the Bethlehemite, for I have found a king among his sons," says the Bible. When Prophet Samuel made David king over his brothers, he changed the story of Jesse's family for the better. After this, David became a man after God's own heart. He became the great king of Israel, a great psalmist, and an unbeatable warrior. He was also one of Jesus's ancestors.
Does your home have a lot of idols and bad things? Abraham and Gideon both came from strong families that believed in idols. These men gave their whole lives to God and turned into powerful tools that God could use. God gave them a reward by rewriting their family history in a wonderful way. Does your family tree show signs of long-term suffering, such as slavery, famine, poverty, illness, early death, etc.? Here to help you is the best Historian Who Has Ever Lived. If you're tired and stressed, He can help you feel better. He will change your account so you can sleep well.

Nation
We've seen that God changes the way history goes in a way that is clear and that the Bible backs up. We'll also hear about the amazing things that the Narrator and Rewriter of History has done in the past, present, and future to change national politics. The God we serve is amazing, no doubt about it.

In all, the Jews were slaves in Egypt for 430 years. Hard work, agony, and pain brought them to their knees, and they cried out to God, who makes new starts possible. God heard their prayers, and in the person of Moses, he sent them a rescuer. He said, "I have seen for sure how bad things are for my people in Egypt, and I have heard them scream because of their slave masters. I know their pains." And I have come down to rescue them from the Egyptians and bring them up from that land to a good land and a big land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites (Exodus 3:7-cool.

The future of Israel was shackled, tortured, and changed. The Israelites were all against the Egyptian Pharaoh, who was a scary strong man, the Egyptian gods, and the Egyptian magicians and sorcerers. They needed help to deal with the hostile environment and the hostile people they were up against. So, they prayed to the Supreme Being to save them from the cycle of servitude, pain, shame, and misfortune that had been going on for four generations with their ancestors. God woke up with Moses to free Israel from slavery in Egypt. As a dramatic ending, God drowned the stubborn Pharaoh in the Red Sea.

Nebuchadnezzar and Babylon got the same kind of harsh punishment because the king thought he was as great as God. Soon after that, God showed how merciful He is by bringing the king back to life. The king then started to praise and thank God, and the kingdom grew again (Daniel 4:28-37).

Is it time for the One who can change the past to step in and help our country, my dearly loved ones? Let's pray to God about the wrongs our country has done and promise to do so often. In the name of Jesus, God will come out of hiding and change the past of your country, amen!

If you let God into your life in this new year, He will change it for the better.

You have to give your life to Christ if you want to meet the One who changes history. Say this short prayer if you want to give your life to Christ:

"Lord Jesus, I come to You now. Come into my life, take charge of my life, and change my world. I'm leaving the devil behind and moving into the Kingdom of Light. Thank you, Jesus. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray, "Amen."

Congratulations!!!

Peace!

Mountain Top Life Daily Devotional, Vol. 8, 2023, by Dr. D.K. Olukoya.
Religion / Benefits Of Being Grateful To God by topshore(f): 11:53am On Jan 03
Scripture Texts: Philippians 4:6-7; Luke 17:11-19

MEMORY VERSE: “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Happy new year to you Brethren!

“O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.” – Psalms 136:1. It's a great privilege to be alive today. His mercy and grace brought us into year 2023 as it had been in ages past, and not by the works of our own righteousness. You may be thinking or saying: why should I be grateful when certain things happened or did not happen but I have a word from the Lord today from our memory verse: "In everything, give thanks to God..."

This new year- 2023 is another opportunity God Has given us to bring forth good fruits and that's why He didn't hew us down because of His mercy. We should be grateful for another chance to live right. In addition, when we show our gratitude to God no matter what challenges we may be passing through, there are many benefits that are attached to it, and that is what we'll be looking at today. I pray that God that brought us into this new year will see us through by the same grace and mercy. He will preserve us from all evils and will never allow any grief or sorrow befall our hearts and loved ones this year and beyond, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen!

Benefits of Being Grateful to God
(1) Staying grateful to God and expressing genuine thanks to Him always glorifies Him. When we glorify God, He is always provoked to bless us more. 2 Corinthians 4:15 underscores this point: “For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.”
(2) It helps you to see God. The more you thank Him, the more you see Him working in you and around you.
(3) It helps you sense God’s presence, love and care.
4) It fully positions you in the centre of His will. It is God’s will that you are thankful on good days and bad days (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
(5) You will see God’s hands in all situations and circumstances and He will give you supernatural peace (Philippians 4:6-7).
(6) It will draw you closer to God and qualify you for more of His blessings. In Luke 17:11-19, out of the ten lepers that Jesus healed, one stayed grateful. He returned, glorified God and thanked Him. He did not take the favour of the Lord for granted like the other nine. Jesus put a divine seal on his healing – he was made completely free from leprosy!
(7) It brings contentment and makes what you have enough. It will save you from incurring God’s wrath like the Israelites who murmured against Him in the wilderness. Godliness with contentment is great gain (1 Timothy 6:6-cool.
(cool It deepens faith. I encourage you to keep a record of God’s faithfulness. It is called gratitude or testimonies journal. Read them from time to time and you will never forget that God is forever faithful. This will boost your faith (Psalm 136:1).
(9) It leads to joy. Psalm 126:1-3 confirms that the Hebrew exiles were thankful to God for turning around their captivity, and the result of their gratitude was their hearts being filled with joy.
(10) It protects you from falling prey to the devil’s lies and deceits.
(11) It guards you against envy. You will be happy with what you have and will not want what belongs to someone else. A heart that is truly grateful has no room left for envy.
(12) It helps you live in the present and appreciate God’s goodness every time. Ungrateful people ask, “Why were the former days better than these? For it is not from wisdom that you ask this” (Ecclesiastes 7:10).
(13) It is a way of giving your testimony. Every time you openly thank God and acknowledge His goodness in your life, you make yourself evidence of a changed or blessed life and that is a testimony.

Gratitude is the sign of noble souls. It is the key to your divine increase and all-round fulfillment. Let's thank God profusely for what you have on a daily basis. He will give you what you want and your joy will be full this year and beyond, in the name of Jesus. I pray that the Lord that made us see this year will make us enjoy His life and give us grace to do His Will. He will give us the grace to see next year and many years to come, in Jesus Christ name, amen!

In case the mercy of God has brought you into this new year but you have not given your life to Christ, please do so now to enjoy God's maximum blessing. Say this short prayer after me:

"Lord Jesus, I come to You now, come into my life, take control of my life and change my world. Give me a new beginning and translate my life to the Kingdom of Light. I say bye-bye to satan and darkness , in Jesus Christ name I pray, amen!

Congratulations!!!

God bless you!

Peace!

Reference List:
Mountain Top Life Daily Devotional 1&2 January 2023, Dr. D.K Olukoya
Anon, (n.d.) https://flatimes.com/mfm/ [Accessed 3 Jan. 2023].
Religion / How To Know You Have God's Wisdom by topshore(f): 10:09am On Dec 27, 2022
Scripture Text: James 1: 5-6

Wisdom is the correct application of knowledge or information that comes through understanding. There is wisdom of man or earthly wisdom and there is wisdom from above.

Characteristics of the Wisdom of God
- The fear of God constitute His Wisdom (Job 28:28).
- Experience augments God's Wisdom (Job 32:7).
- Wisdom is the believer's supreme acquisition (Proverbs 4:7).
- Divine wisdom enables believers to understand divine truth (Hosea 14:9).
- Wisdom of God makes believers to lay immovable foundation (Mathew 7:24).
- The Scripture is the source of God's Wisdom (2 Timothy 3: 15-16).
- Wisdom is full of spiritual fruit (James 3:17; 1 Cor. 3:19).

Some Biblical examples of those who enjoyed God's Wisdom are Solomon (1 Kings 4: 29-34), Stephen (Acts 6: 10), Daniel (Daniel 1: 17-20), and Our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 1:24; Colossians 2:3).

How Do You Know You Have God's Wisdom?
These are signs that the Wisdom of God dwells in you.
- The ability to hold one's tongue (Proverbs 29: 11)
- The ability to make good decisions (Isaiah 30:21).
- The ability to impact wisdom to others |( 1 Kings 4:34).
- The ability to lean on God in trials (Proverbs 3:5-6).
- Ability to fight one's and others' battles (Psalm 46:10).

Now, there are some benefits enjoyed when we possess God's Wisdom
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Wisdom delivers happiness to those who apply it (Proverbs 3:13-16). Wisdom also gives us access to long-life. The wiser we are, the more grace we will have. God's Wisdom can make one wise man more powerful than ten rulers in a city (Eccl. 7:19). It also preserves the life of the possessor (Eccl. 7:12).

What Do You Do To Obtain God's Wisdom?

- Repent from all known sins and be a friend of God.
- Admit that you lack God's Wisdom and ask Him to give you (James 5:1).
- Ask God for His Wisdom faithfully (James 1:6).
- You must be a God-fearing person (Psalm 111:10).
- Be humble (Psalm 147:6)
- Be prudent (Proverbs 8:12).
- Be peaceful and considerate ( James 3:17).
- Know the Word of God and live by it (2 Timothy 3:15).
- Know the Lord better (Colossians 2:2-3).
- Preach and practice God's Word (Colossians 3:16).
- To your best to get the Wisdom of God.

Remember! To get God's Wisdom, you need to be in Christ. If you would like to give your life to Christ just say this short prayer:
"Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You now, come into my life, take control of my life and change my world. I say bye-bye to the devil, I enter to the Kingdom of Light, in the name of Jesus Christ. Thank You Jesus, for in Jesus' name I pray, amen".

God bless you.

Congratulations!!!

Peace!

Ref: Dr. D.K Olukoya, Mountain Top Life Daily Devotional, Vol 7, 2022.
Religion / Re: Symptoms Of Spiritual Dehydration by topshore(f): 12:31pm On Dec 20, 2022
topshore:
Scripture Text: John 4:1-10

"For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty; and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thy offspring".- Isaiah 44: 3.

Dehydration is insufficient water in the body which could be mild or very serious, depending on the level of water one has in his or her body. In the same vein, spiritual hydration is the insufficiency of the Word of God and the presence of the Holy Spirit in a believe's life. You need to know that spiritual dehydration is not something you handle nonchalantly. It is a critical condition that needs concerted attention.

Let's look at the symptoms of spiritual dehydration which conditions are critical:

1. Spiritual Fever: These are people who have allowed the mosquitoes of sin and evil habits to bite them. Many Christians are suffering from this fever today because of their constant exposure to the mosquitoes of sin and iniquity. Remember that fever has killed and still killing several people.

2. Spiritual Diarrhoea: These are symptoms connected to verbal indiscipline. A lot of people have brought different kinds of problems upon themselves because of the wrong use of their tongues. Diarrhoea in the physical makes one lose fluid. Spiritual diarrhea also causes dehydration because many are given to too much talking which drains them grace and unction of the Holy Spirit.

3. Spiritual Vomiting: This happens when you have fed yourself with the wrong spiritual diet through watching of obscene movies, listening to polluted music or feasting on social media garbage. When you engage in any of these you throw up spiritually and get sapped.

4. Spiritual Thirst: This is when a person begins to crave and lust after those things Lord forbids us from engaging in. Many believers today have spiritual thirst for worldliness and sensual pleasure that drain them of the Word of God and make the Holy Spirit depart from them.

5. Spiritual Headache: This is another symptom. Figuratively, headache speaks of trouble and stress of any form. A Christian suffering from spiritual dehydration will have a lot of headache to contend with from this world, satan and the old man. He may move from trouble to trouble, from time to time and continuous spiritual headache.

6. Spiritual Dry-skin: This is a symptom of spiritual dehydration that talks of fading life. Spiritual dry-skin will take the shine out of one's life.

7. Spiritual Muscle cramp: This symptom of spiritual dehydration affects mobility. The progress and advancement both in physical and in the spiritual will be hampered.

8. Spiritual dry-tongue and dry-mouth: Anyone suffering from spiritual dehydration will not be able to function as the Oracle of God. Spiritually, the mouth will be so dry that he or she won't be able to praise and worship the Almighty God. He or she won't be able to pray and intercede and won't be able to evangelize for Christ.

What are the solutions to the symptoms?

1. Give your life to Christ now!
2. Confess your sins and desist from all forms of sins and iniquities.
3. Study the Word of God, ask and allow the Holy Spirit to fill you. The Word of God in your life and the manifest presence of the Holy Spirit in you, just like natural water in the body, will help regulate and maintain your spiritual temperature and functions. The Word of God cleanses the heart, the imagination and the thought pattern of a believer who daily drinks from the Fountain of the Word of life. As you take in this spiritual water everyday, your spirit-man is well lubricated to avoid internal pressure and friction which could damage your spiritual life.

Are you suffering from spiritual dehydration? Come to Jesus now and let Him give freely of the fountain of life.

Say: "Lord Jesus, I come to You now, come into my life, take control of my life, and change my world. I say bye-bye to the devil. I enter into the Kingdom of Light. Living water of God, overwhelm my life. Thank You Jesus, in Jesus name I pray, amen"!

God bless you.

Congratulations!!!

Peace!

Ref: Dr. D.K Olukoya, Mountain Top Life Daily Devotional Vol. 7.


Religion / Symptoms Of Spiritual Dehydration by topshore(f): 12:29pm On Dec 20, 2022
Scripture Text: John 4:1-10

"For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty; and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thy offspring".- Isaiah 44: 3.

Dehydration is insufficient water in the body which could be mild or very serious, depending on the level of water one has in his or her body. In the same vein, spiritual hydration is the insufficiency of the Word of God and the presence of the Holy Spirit in a believe's life. You need to know that spiritual dehydration is not something you handle nonchalantly. It is a critical condition that needs concerted attention.

Let's look at the symptoms of spiritual dehydration which conditions are critical:

1. Spiritual Fever: These are people who have allowed the mosquitoes of sin and evil habits to bite them. Many Christians are suffering from this fever today because of their constant exposure to the mosquitoes of sin and iniquity. Remember that fever has killed and still killing several people.

2. Spiritual Diarrhoea: These are symptoms connected to verbal indiscipline. A lot of people have brought different kinds of problems upon themselves because of the wrong use of their tongues. Diarrhoea in the physical makes one lose fluid. Spiritual diarrhea also causes dehydration because many are given to too much talking which drains them grace and unction of the Holy Spirit.

3. Spiritual Vomiting: This happens when you have fed yourself with the wrong spiritual diet through watching of obscene movies, listening to polluted music or feasting on social media garbage. When you engage in any of these you throw up spiritually and get sapped.

4. Spiritual Thirst: This is when a person begins to crave and lust after those things Lord forbids us from engaging in. Many believers today have spiritual thirst for worldliness and sensual pleasure that drain them of the Word of God and make the Holy Spirit depart from them.

5. Spiritual Headache: This is another symptom. Figuratively, headache speaks of trouble and stress of any form. A Christian suffering from spiritual dehydration will have a lot of headache to contend with from this world, satan and the old man. He may move from trouble to trouble, from time to time and continuous spiritual headache.

6. Spiritual Dry-skin: This is a symptom of spiritual dehydration that talks of fading life. Spiritual dry-skin will take the shine out of one's life.

7. Spiritual Muscle cramp: This symptom of spiritual dehydration affects mobility. The progress and advancement both in physical and in the spiritual will be hampered.

8. Spiritual dry-tongue and dry-mouth: Anyone suffering from spiritual dehydration will not be able to function as the Oracle of God. Spiritually, the mouth will be so dry that he or she won't be able to praise and worship the Almighty God. He or she won't be able to pray and intercede and won't be able to evangelize for Christ.

What are the solutions to the symptoms?

1. Give your life to Christ now!
2. Confess your sins and desist from all forms of sins and iniquities.
3. Study the Word of God, ask and allow the Holy Spirit to fill you. The Word of God in your life and the manifest presence of the Holy Spirit in you, just like natural water in the body, will help regulate and maintain your spiritual temperature and functions. The Word of God cleanses the heart, the imagination and the thought pattern of a believer who daily drinks from the Fountain of the Word of life. As you take in this spiritual water everyday, your spirit-man is well lubricated to avoid internal pressure and friction which could damage your spiritual life.

Are you suffering from spiritual dehydration? Come to Jesus now and let Him give freely of the fountain of life.

Say: "Lord Jesus, I come to You now, come into my life, take control of my life, and change my world. I say bye-bye to the devil. I enter into the Kingdom of Light. Living water of God, overwhelm my life. [b][/b]Thank You Jesus, in Jesus name I pray, amen"!

God bless you.

Congratulations!!!

Peace!

Ref: Dr. D.K Olukoya, Mountain Top Life Daily Devotional Vol. 7.
Religion / Fulfilling The Greatest Commandments by topshore(f): 12:17pm On Dec 14, 2022
Scripture Texts: Mark 12:28-34; Mathew 22:34-40

The two Greatest Commandments is to:
1. Love God with all in you
2. Love your neighbour as yourself.

These days Christians don't want to learn more about loving God. Most of us go to church, listen to sermons and take some jottings but after closing our Bibles, that's all. We don't revisit the Word of God again to learn more about how to love Him (2 Timothy 2:15). This explains why there's a lot of misbehaviour and indiscipline among Christians today.

Many of us claim to be busy but we've forgotten we're in the digital age where God Has provided us room to get knowledge at our fingertips. We can decide to study the Scriptures, read godly books, biographies, and watch Christian programmes online using our mobile phones, tablets, laptops, etc. This is knowing God on the go, anywhere at any available time.

Wickedness is advancing in this world so Christians should take heed to study and meditate deeply on God's Word to know Him better to able to remain in His love. The Bible says, for in the last days the love of many would be wax cold. We need to hold fast to God for the constant reminder of who God is, the depth of His love and His promises through His Word will sustain us in these evil days. Through this, we obey the Scriptures to express our love back to God.

The more we know God, the more we love Him, and the more we seek to know Him. To be central in our hearts, He must be foremost in our minds. We must continue to renew our hearts and minds through God's Word daily to know what God's love is. We can only give out the love we have experienced to our neighbours. If you don't know how to love God how do you want to know how to love your neighbour?

Let's stop forming busy and get serious in fulfilling the Greatest Commandments.

God bless you.

In case you want to give your life to Christ just say this short prayer:
" Lord Jesus, I come to You now, come into my life, take control of my life, and change my world. I say bye-bye to the devil and I enter into the Kingdom of Light. Thank You Jesus, in Jesus mighty name I pray, amen".

Congratulations!

Peace!

Ref: Mountain Top Daily Devotional Vol 7, 2022.
Religion / Signs You Are Drifting Apart From God by topshore(f): 6:08pm On Dec 06, 2022
Scripture Texts: Revelations 3:14-16; 1 John 2:15-20; John 6:60-66; Proverbs 28:9-14

Many today are drifting apart from God day by day and this is no more news. The Bible also attests to this through the prophecy in 1 Timothy 4:1 that people will give-in to seducing spirits and depart from faith. This prophecy is being fulfilled.

However, there is danger! The Word of God to the backsliders is to "spit them out" of His mouth. I pray we will not encounter the wrath of God in Jesus name, amen.

There are signs to take note of that make you know if you're drifting or have drifted away from God. You need to be conscious of these signs because they make you lose your faith in Christ. You need to avoid them for they're dangerous.

They include but not limited to:
1. Cooling off and losing your "first-love" for Jesus as well as being lukewarm, neither cold or hot (Revelations 2; 4-5). For instance, whenever you discover that your interest in the things you were fervently doing before to serve God (evangelism, soul-winning, etc.) has waned out and you have become lukewarm, you must turn to God in prayer to recover your fire of enthusiasm, repent and return to your first love for Christ.

2. Being filled with your own way and desires (Proverbs 14:14). When you have idols in your heart, stiff-necked, stubborn, and unteachable to God's Way, Word and Instructions, you're going towards perdition and need to repent asap!

3. Losing sight of heavenly goals for temporary gains. When you take your eyes off Jesus and the vision of Heaven, you drift away from God (Proverbs 29:18; Malachi 3:14; Mathew 6:33; Hebrews 12:2). Keep your eyes and focus on the vision of heaven and keep eternity in view.

4. Quitting when the going gets tough (John 10:12-13). Heed God's Word in Mathew 24:13 that assures that those who endure to the end shall be saved. When the going gets tough, do not quit neither be discouraged. Trust God because it will end well. Remember, quitters do not win; winners do not quit!

5. Desiring worldly pleasures and riches and materialism can ship-wreck your faith and relationship with God. Lot's wife looked back and became a pillar of salt. Because of materialism and worldliness, she lost her life (Genesis 19:26). Take to God's warning in 1 John 2:15-17 and obey it: "If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him" Care for this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke God's Word in people's lives and they eventually lose faith and drift away from God (Mathew 13:22).

6. Not being grounded in the Word of God. If you are not grounded in God's Word, whatever anyone throws at you is what you swallow, and you'll become vulnerable. To be grounded in God's Word is to be like the house built on the rock. Despite the rain, wind and storm, it was not swept away. It stood firm. Stand firm on the Word of God!

7. Unbelieving attitude! Without faith, it is impossible to please God and have successful walk with Him. When you lack courageous trust in God and in His ability to all things, you're drifting apart from Him bit by bit. Repent and trust the God of all possibilities.

8. Hardening of your heart to the truth. The Bible says you shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free. Jesus is the Truth! When you reject the Truth (Jesus Christ) people are sharing or have shared with you, you're drifting apart from God and close to darkness and falsehood. Your ears are dull to hearing and your eyes have been shut (Mathew 13:15)

9. Double-mindedness and Instability on God's Promises to you. Joshua and Caleb exercised unwavering faith and they captured, entered, dwelt and enjoyed their Promised Land. Is your heart and spirit right with God?- Psalm 78:8.

10. Refusing to receive correction (Proverbs 15:10). This is tantamount to rejecting God's instructions, His Word, His warnings and chastisement. This is dangerous and drifts you apart from God. Therefore, always have the right attitude towards corrections.

11. Failure to confess sins and problems. We are to confess our sins to one another, according to the Scripture. When sins are not confessed or forsaken, they will grow and multiply until they push the victim into the pit of backsliding and ruin.

12. Failure to respond to God's reproof. God reproofs us His children out of His love for us. He does this for our own good. But when you don't accept reproof from God with appreciation and make the necessary adjustment, this is a dangerous sign. God is not happy with the offender He reproofs but still continue in his or her wrongdoings (Proverbs 29:1).

13. When you allow bitterness to grow in your heart towards an offender, it drifts you apart from God. Bitterness is a negative emotion and shows that God is no longer occupying your heart but the devil. Bitterness is a counter-productive spirit that breeds hatred, strife, division and destroys peaceful co-existence. Avoid it! I pray that the Lord will deliver us all in Jesus mighty name, amen!

God bless you.

In case you have not given your life to Christ and you will love to do so, just say this short prayer with me:
"Lord Jesus, I come to You now, come into my life, take control of my life and changed my world. I say bye-bye to the devil, and I enter into the Kingdom of Light. Thank you Jesus, in Jesus name I pray, amen!"


Congratulations!!!

Peace!


Ref: Mountain Top Daily Devotional, Vol 7, 2022.
Religion / 70 Maxim Of Success by topshore(f): 5:23pm On Nov 29, 2022
Scripture Text: Joshua 1:8

"This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success."- Joshua 1:8

What is Success?

Success is the accomplishment of an aim or purpose. If you come to this world and fulfill your divine purpose before you then you are a successful man or woman.

Let's quickly delve into the maxim of success

1. Ability can get you to the top. But it takes character to keep you there.
2. If you can do as you please then success is far from you.
3. You must go straight. Every crooked way delays your arrival at success.
4. Any success that goes into a man's head usually pays a very short visit.
5. The shortest route of success is the straight road.
6. You cannot climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets.
7. To reach the front many have to be kicked at the back.
8. Ninety percent of success is correct positioning.
9. The road to success is almost always under construction.
10. Success comes to those who make the greatest profit from the lowest mistakes.
11. If you have no enemies then success have given you a red card to depart from the field of play.
12. You cannot have a real success without making real enemies.
13. He who does not sacrifice is not likely to succeed.
14. The room of success has many doors to opposition.
15. One secret of success is the consistency of purpose.
16. If you are thinking you cannot succeed you are probably right.
17. Work while others are playing. Study while others are sleeping. Prepare while others are playing. Pray while others are gossiping.
18.Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.
19.The ladder of success is never crowded top.
20. There is always a room at the top.
21. Chances favour the prepared mind.
22. It is only when you develop others that you permanently succeed.
23. Success is like wrestling a gorilla. You don't quit when you're tired. You quit when the gorilla is tired.
24. There is no success without hardship.
25. Footprints on the sands of time are not made by sitting down but made by walking.
26. What comes out of you when you are squeezed is what is inside of you.
27. If you can do something good better than everyone else no matter where you live, people will look for you.
28. To expect defeat is 9/10 of defeat itself.
29. No other success can compensate for failure in the home.
30. The best way to escape from the problem is to solve it.
31. The most successful man is the man the best information.
32. The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine.
33. Our life is what our thoughts make it.
34. To give your best is to receive the best.
35. The lift to success is always out of order. You need to use the stairs.
36. The first step towards success in any occupation is to become interested in it.
37. If you know how and when to speak and when to remain silent, you will increase your chance of real success.
38. You can never have real success till you meet the real person in you.
39. The seven areas to concentrate if you want to achieve success are: physical, spiritual, mental, family, financial, personal and career success.
40. For success, you must commit yourself to quality.
41. Watch you attitude if you want to succeed. It is the first thing people notice about you.
42. Do not resist a temporary inconvenience if it is going to result in permanent improvement.
43. Deadlines are important. So make sure you meet them.
44. Every man created by God is a solution to an existing problem.
45. The degree of God's wisdom in your life will eventually determine your degree of success.
46. Learning without thinking is empty. Thinking without learning is dangerous.
47. No man becomes a fool until he stops asking questions.
48. He who stops being better stops being good.
49. If your absence does not make any difference then your presence will not make any difference.
50. Control your tongue or it it will control you.
51. Worry destroys efficiency.
52. You have more to fear from friends than from enemies. Friends cover up their unpleasant qualities.
53. Say only what is necessary. The more words you say, the more words are available to be questioned.
54. The less you say, the more mysterious and profound you appear. You have more power when you shut up.
55. Do everything within your power to stand out. Be a pacesetter.
56. Become a divine magnet. Attach your name and reputation to quality.
57. Learn to use knowledge of the past. Climb on the shoulder of giants. Knowledge is Power! Use knowledge of the past and you will be a genius.
58. Associate with those who can move you forward.
59. While trying to help others do not allow yourself to be drowned.
60. Never associate with those who share your defeat because they will reinforce demotion. Do not associate with those who can not move 61. your destiny forward. Do not associate with those who have no plans. Do not associate with those who have no future.
62. Associate with those who will challenge your life, who will move you forward and who will make you think deep.
63. If you walk with the wise you will be wise
64. Know about your enemy. Find a way to know your enemy. The Bible says we are not ignorant of the devices of the wicked. Find out the secret and hidden intention of your enemy. Lack of adequate knowledge about the enemy is a disaster.
65. Do not stop halfway in crushing the enemy. The only peace and security from the enemy is their disappearance.
66. Never ignore a weak enemy! If you have a half viper crush it will bite you with a double dose of venom.
67. Practice the principle of line upon line, precept upon precept. Concentrate on a single goal or task and beat it to submission. No hunter can hit two target with one arrow so you must always have a goal.
68. There is something only you can do in this life that nobody else can do. There is a problem only you can solve that no else can solve. Find it!
69. There is an assignment God Has set aside only for you. God created everything to solve a problem. He created light to solve darkness. Hence there is an appointed place for you in life.
70. Mind what you do with yourself. Have a rugged determination to succeed. Shun sin. Get away from unrighteousness and pursue your destiny. Pursue access to the mysteries of God and the Almighty will move you forward.

God bless you in Jesus might name, amen!

In case you are not born again and would like to give your life to Christ, just say this short prayer:
"Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You now, come into my life, take control of my life and change my world. I say bye-bye to the devil. I enter into the Kingdom of Light. thank You Jesus, in Jesus name I pray, amen".

Congratulations!!!

Peace!

Culled from Dr. D.K Olukoya Sermon: Eagle Hour 27-11-2022
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JK0XkYv3XPI
Religion / Sow In Tears; Reap In Joy! by topshore(f): 6:11pm On Nov 22, 2022
Scripture Text: Psalm 126

"Lo, children are the heritage of the Lord and the fruit of the womb is a reward from Him"- Psalm 127:6.

Parenting is all about sowing with tears and reaping with joy. Every parent look forward to see and enjoy the dividends of their labour and investments in the lives of their children. Parents are sowers!

Like a tree, the life of a child is a seed planted, nurtured to grow to become a young plant, and later to a full grown and strongly established tree that grows branches and bring forth fruits. The stages you went through nurturing your child from the womb, to labour and travails, the sweat, sacrifices (both physical and spiritual) are the tears you're sowing. If such child's destiny is not derailed, diverted, manipulated or fragmented, you'll surely reap and enjoy according to God's divine purpose.

However, how do you nurture your children?
It's a very terrible thing to labour in vain. I pray that we shall not labour in vain in Jesus mighty name (amen). So, to avoid wasted labour, it's very important to bring our children up in the way of the Lord so that they don't depart from it when they grow up.

The four daughters of Philip (the great evangelist and Christ's disciple) are good pointers and worthy to mention. Philip's daughters were undefiled and prophetess of God. They were God's mouthpieces (Acts 21:8-9). Can you say these about your children?

As godly parents, we need to honestly answer these questions:
- Do you concentrate on yourself and leave your children to themselves without teaching them the way of life as a child of God and how to relate well with others?
- Are you busy with your career and personal achievements at the detriment of your children?
- Do you leave your children care totally with helps, carers, nannies, neighbours and son without you paying attention or having time to check on their physical, emotional and spiritual welfare?
If you are guilty of these, you need to stop!
If the foundation be destroyed, what can the righteous do? These loopholes are the likely sources of evil seeds into the lives of children uncared for by their parents. When these evil seed grows, parents shall also reap the repercussions of the carelessness and inability to watch over God's own heritage entrusted to them. Have you ever thought about why God didn't give your nanny that very child He entrusted to you? So, why entrust the child to the nanny? Are you telling God you can't run His divine errand? God cannot be mocked. What you sow, you'll surely reap. Please, repent!

Our children are our future glory, it's advisable that we build them up having divine purpose in mind. Not only our children but our children's children. Lois and Eunice, the grandmother and mother of Timothy, respectively sowed good seed seeds into his life, such that he became a committed disciples of Paul and reputable man of God.
Don't bring your children up like Eli's who reaped premature death and lost his priesthood.

The divine mandate God Has given to us parents is to: "Be fruitful, and multiply, subdue and replenish the world"(Gen 1:28). Let's nuture our children to prosper in the things of the Kingdom of God. Even after we've all gone back to be with the Lord in future, our generations shall continue to prosper in the Lord. God Himself testified to Abraham's godly parenting, what can He say about you?

God bless you.

If you would like to give your life to Christ, just say this short prayer:
" Lord Jesus, I come to You now, come into my life, take control of my life and change my world. I say bye-bye to the devil, I enter into the Kingdom of Light. Thank You Jesus, in Jesus mighty name I pray, amen "

Congratulations!!!

Peace!

Culled from Mountain Top Life Daily Devotional Vol 7, 2022.


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Religion / Benefits Of The Blood Of Jesus by topshore(f): 7:57pm On Nov 15, 2022
Texts: Revelations 12:7-11; John 6:53-58

"And they overcame by the Blood of Lamb, and by the word of our testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death."

In the world today, where many live in bondage, defeat, sickness, failure and despondency, one of the powerful weapons of God to save His own is the Blood of Jesus.

The benefits of the blood that Jesus shed for us on the Calvary are inestimable and far-reaching. The benefits are:

- The Blood of Jesus earned us forgiveness from sin and its consequences, ransomed and saved us as well as justified us (Ephesians 1:7; Hebrews 9:28).
- The Blood of Jesus heals us (1 Peter 2:24).
- The Blood of Jesus makes us overcome the devil. The blood of the Lamb was the instrument by which the army of heaven led by archangel Michael defeated satan and his rebellious angels. They could not prevail against the blood of Jesus and the word of testimony; they were cast of heaven in defeat and shame! As believers, the blood of Jesus Christ is available for us to use against the onslaughts of the enemy. We are more than conquerors!
- The Blood of Jesus redeems us from the curse of sickness, poverty, and untimely death (the curse of law) Galatians 3:13. When Adam and Eve sinned, curses were inherited through them. However, God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die and she'd His Blood for our redemption from the curse of the law and its various manifestation or consequences. So, when we give our lives to Christ, we are washed by His Blood and we are no longer manifesting under the curse of law.
- The Blood of Jesus buys us back from the devil. We had been sold to the devil through Adam and Eve's sins but the Blood of Jesus Christ atoned for us and bought us back from the devil. To get us back from the devil, Jesus Christ paid with His Life and Blood, once and for all!
- By the virtue of the Blood of Jesus Christ, we have been declared righteous (2 Corinthians 5:21)
- This same Blood of Jesus has moved us from the enemy's kingdom (darkness) into the Kingdom of God(Light), and we have gained unmerited favour of God (Colossians 1:12-13).

However, you must, please, give your life to Christ to enjoy the maximum blessings attached to the Blood of Jesus Christ!

God bless you.

If you would like to give your life to Christ just say this short prayer:
"Lord Jesus, I come to You now, come into my life and take control of my life. I say bye-bye to the devil, I enter into the Kingdom of Light. Thank You Jesus, in Jesus mighty name I pray, amen".

Congratulations!!!

Peace!


Ref: MFM Mountain Top Life Daily Devotional Vol 7

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Religion / These Walked In Spirit... by topshore(f): 12:49am On Nov 09, 2022
Joshua 24; Genesis 12:1-15; 1 Timothy 1:12-17

Joshua, Abraham and Apostle Paul amongst others were Biblical examples who walked in the Spirit.

Joshua

He was a fighter. He built his faith and courage on the book of law as the Lord instructed him. Israelites were too tough to be led and that was why Joshua was afraid to continue from where Moses stopped. But God told him to be courageous (Joshua 1: 6-cool.

Joshua walked in the Spirit because:
- He served his master humbly and faithfully.
- He believed God's instruction and obeyed them.
- He was a prayer warrior.
- He led God's people according to the laws of God.
- He loved the presence of God.
- He was a mighty man of valour.
- He stood firm on the side of the Lord.

Abraham
He was the father of faith. He walked upright with God and the Holy Spirit. Even God testified to it by Himself that Abraham was His friend and faithful. Think about it! Abraham waited for years before he received his promised child from God. After Isaac was born, that same that gave Abraham a promised child instructed him to give him up for sacrifice. What would you have done if you were in Abraham's shoes? You must have cussed, murmured, complained, backslide and say all manner of unclean things to God. But you know what? Abraham did no such thing! He didn't even question God why He would do that to him. He simply obeyed. Abraham's lifestyle caught God's attention and proved God to bless him. Abraham tapped into the supernatural at different levels. He walked in the Spirit because:
- He was a man of peace
- He obeyed God.
- He believed God.
- He was a great intercessor.
- He paid his tithe and offering
- He had the habit of building altars to God everywhere He went.
- He abandoned the idols of his father's house to follow God.
- He honoured and feared God.
- He was a friend of God.

Apostle Paul

Apostle Paul is a must study for every believer. He was one of the best who walked with the Holy Spirit
- He didn't look at the persecution he faced, nor the sufferings he went through. His gaze was on the Cross (Jesus Christ), the Author and Finisher of our faith (1 Corinthians 9:26)
- He did a lot of exploits for Christ.
- Despite his weakness he didn't settle for sin. He relentlessly fought against sin and the flesh (Gal 2:20). He counted all his previous achievements as dung that he may win Christ.
- He released captives and pulled down strongholds because God helped him and showed him mercy. That was why the kingdom of darkness recognised him but couldn't stop him.

Brethren, like Apostle Paul, do you fight the good fight of faith and keep your faith? If no, the right tine is now!

If you would like to give your life to Christ just say this short prayer:

"Lord Jesus, I come to You now, come into my life, take control of my life and changed my world. I say bye-bye to the devil, I enter into the Kingdom of Light. Thank You Jesus , in Jesus name I pray, amen!

God bless you.

Congratulations!!!

Peace!

Ref: Dr. D.K Olukoya, Mountain Top Life Daily Devotion, Vol 7, 2022.
Religion / Are You Alright? by topshore(f): 11:06am On Oct 25, 2022
Yes, I'm talking to you! Are you alright?

Don't take offense, please. I'm only checking on you if you're alright with God. Is your heart right with God?

Being alright with God have benefits you cannot measure. Let's look at Biblical examples who were alright with God and how they benefited from it.

Moses
- He was faithful to God
- He forsook the riches of Egypt to follow God
- He lived a life of fasting and prayers
- He kept on desiring God's presence
- He prayed for his followers and always stood in gap for them
- He taught God's people the laws of God
Moses was alright with God, he saw the glory of God and was greatly used for miracles, signs and wonders and for the deliverance of the children of Israel from captivity in Egypt.

Enoch
The Bible doesn't say much about Enoch but he pleased God (Gen 5:24)
How can we please God?
- Fear God (Psalm 33:18)
- Preach the Gospel (Mathew 28:19)
- Humility (1 Pet 5:5)
- Give sacrificially and cheerfully (1 Kings 8:63)
- Intercede for others (1 Tim 2:1-3)
- Obey His Commands (Ex 19:5)
- Broken and contrite spirit (Ps 34:18)
- Show love and mercy to others (Micah 6:cool
- Have clean hands and pure heart (Psalm 24:4-5)

To be continued...

If you would like to give your life to Christ, just say this after me:

"Lord Jesus, I come to You now, come into my life, take control of my life and change my world. I say bye-bye to the devil and I enter into the Kingdom of Light. thank You Jesus, in Jesus' name I pray, amen".

Congratulations!!!

God bless you.

Peace!

Culled from Mountain Top Life Daily Devotion Vol 7
Religion / How To Become God's Oracle by topshore(f): 5:05pm On Oct 18, 2022
Scripture Text: 1 Peter 4:10-11

Who is an oracle of God?

An oracle of God is a believer whose word matter in heaven. Only Kingdom-minded and heaven-focused Christian can be God's oracle, not just anyone.

If you are not serious with your spiritual life and try to be an oracle of God demons will mess you up just like the evil spirit that attacked sons of Sceva by asking you: "Jesus I know, Paul I know, who are you?

If you're an oracle of God;
1. Your word will matter in heaven and in hell.
2. You'll become the mouthpiece of God or God's Spokesperson like prophets such as Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Isaiah.
3. God's word will be very powerful in your mouth as it is in the mouth of God Himself. You'll speak as God's prophet and issue divine utterances.

4. You'll become a voice for heaven like John the Baptist was.

How Do You Become God's Oracle?
- Repent Repent!! Repent!!! From all known sins, repent!
- Be holy within and without
- Be an addict of God's Word an prayers.
- Make your heart right with God, always.
- Don't use your mouth for vanities.
- Don't entangle or conform yourself with worldly affairs.
- You must set yourself free from all demonic influences.

There's a huge reward attached to being God's oracle, and that is everlasting grace of God to do ALL things.

God bless you!

If you would like to give your life to Christ just say this: "Lord Jesus, I come to You now, come into my life, take control of my life and change my world. I say bye-bye to the devil. I enter into the Kingdom of Light."

Congratulations!!!

Peace!

Culled from Mountain Top Life Daily Devotional Vol 7, 2022.
Religion / The Fruit Of Meekness by topshore(f): 3:33pm On Oct 11, 2022
Scripture Text: Mathew 5 :5

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law."

It is noteworthy to say that christianity is a call to transform character, attitude, dispositions and habits. One of the characters necessary for anyone who claims to follow Christ is to possess the spirit of meekness. What then is meekness?

Meekness is simply the act of controlled power. Meekness can be likened to the ancient Greek tradition where the power of a ferracious male horse is applied by bits and bridle. Brother! Sister! We know you have connection, power, authority, wealth, position but the ability to bring these under control means meekness. Meekness is related to humility, gentleness, mildness, restraint, simplicity and so on. When you have power to do something according to the dictate of human nature, meekness will make you submit to the leading of the voice of the Holy Spirit within you and distinguishes you as a believer rather than a tyrant.

You may be thinking or saying that people with step on you, take you for granted or see you as weakling if you are meek. No! Meekness is not weakness. It is not timidity. It is not passivity. It is not naivety. It is a strength! A rare one at that! Meekness is a positive vibe and life-flow in you from the Holy Spirit. When you have the spirit of meekness, you will never seek revenge over anyone who has truly offended you neither will you allow yourself to be bitter or bear grudges against your offenders.

Submission to authority and people whom the Lord Jesus Christ have placed over you in every sphere of life is meekness. However, many believers of today are unruly, disrespectful, judgemental, and unteachable. Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour is a great example of meekness. He exemplified the life of meekness. He was abused, despised, molested, beaten, battered, mocked and betrayed yet He never complained or reacted negatively against anyone. He was never embittered towards anybody. Look at when His disciples told Him to call down fire like Elijah (Luke 9: 51-56) or was it when Peter tried resisting arrest of Jesus by using a physical weapon to cut off the ear of the opponent, all Jesus did was to reprove Him disciples for such actions. Jesus told them that He could as the Father to send Him more than twelve legions of angels but He denounced so that the Scripture could be fulfilled. What a humility! (Matthew 26:51-52).

Brethren, surrendering to the Will of God even if it's difficult is meekness. As a Christian you should count it as a great privilege that God remembers you among all the people He created to carry out a task for Him. Instead of you to accept the task with great joy and surrender to His will, all you is to murmur, grumble and whine. You'll be complaining of the temporary discomfort, whether minor or major and become rebellious to your Creator. This not so for the one who has the spirit of meekness. He rather submits and says, "yes Lord, send me!"

The passionate plea of the Lord Jesus Christ to all of His disciples (Matthew 11: 25-30) is to incorporate meekness as part of our inner beauty. Meekness adds the ornaments of peace and grace to the lives of believers.

Conspicuously, those who have no spirit of meekness will not inherit the Kingdom of God (Galatians 5:22-23). Beloved, without being genuinely born again, sanctified and filled with the Holy Spirit, there's no way you can possess the spirit of meekness. And without meekness, you'll continue to misrepresent Christ, mislead souls and bring reproach to name of God. So, repent!

If you would like to give your life to Christ, just say this short prayer:
"Lord Jesus, I come to You now, come into my life, take control of my life and change my world. I say bye-bye to the devil. I enter into the Kingdom of light. Thank You Jesus, in Jesus name I pray, amen!

Congratulations!!!

God bless you.

Peace!

Culled from Mountain Top Life Daily Devotional Volume 7
Religion / How To Receive God's Word Like Children by topshore(f): 12:39pm On Oct 04, 2022
Scripture Text: Luke 18:15-17

"People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, 'Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.' And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them." — Mark 10:13-15 (NIV).

What exactly did Jesus have in mind when He said this? He was really specific with children in response to the disciples’ impudent behavior and the attitudes they displayed. They had been arguing about which of them “was the greatest” (9:34). Then they had exhibited a narrow, exclusionary spirit in complaining to Christ about the person driving out demons in Jesus’ name because he was not “one of us” (v. 38). They were also trying to prohibit the little children from coming to Jesus. Putting it all together, we can conclude that they were probably ignorant, calculating, controlling, self-centered, exclusive and prideful, or otherwise.

Let's examine some of the characteristics children possess that made Jesus Christ specific about them.

A child receives:

- Simply, not over-analyzing

- Open-mindedly, with no pretentiousness

- Trustly, with complete dependency.

- Joyfully, without thinking of the correct response

- Loudly, kids are not quiet and definitely not silent

- With fun and laughter, not dull or dour

- Humbly, asking for help and knowing they don’t have all the answers

- Once they receive, kids can’t help but talk about it to anyone who will listen.

Jesus presented a gentle openness to the children. He touched them with compassion and protected them from others. We are called to follow Jesus’ example. Children are not irrelevant, little beings to be discarded. They are to be valued, loved and shown compassion. In an act of kindness, Jesus laid His hands on the children and blessed them. Children are not irrelevant in His kingdom. They are valuable. Jesus is equally accessible to every individual, regardless of age, gender, nationality or social status. Eternal life is available to everyone.

Children, in their weakness and vulnerability, have much to teach us as adults. As we grow, the hardness of the world often makes our hearts callous. Children have a humble openness to the message of Jesus and the salvation He offers. We can learn from their vulnerability.

This leads us to the question: How well do we receive the kingdom of God, and how we share it with others?

God has promised us that we will inherit the kingdom. So the crux of the matter is to receive God’s grace and his promises for the kingdom to come like a child: humbly, simply, loudly, joyfully, and to share it with others.

If you would like to give your life to Christ, just say this short prayer:

"Lord Jesus, come into my life, take control of my life and change my world. I say bye-bye to the devil, I enter into the Kingdom of Light. Thank You Jesus, in Jesus name I pray, amen".

Congratulations!!!

God bless you.

Peace!

Ref: citeschurch.com; compassion.com; opelikaobserver.com
Religion / Cheap Grace! by topshore(f): 11:04am On Sep 27, 2022
Scripture Text: Galatians 1:8

8 "But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse!"- Gal 1:8 NIV

Preaching without any Gospel content is simply cheap grace.

These days, many preachers, pastors and evangelists have turned preaching to mere entertainment with the absence of Biblical content. Sometimes ago, there was a church who did a street dance evangelism. They dance! dance!! dance!!! and said to their audience "Jesus died for you- just pick up a booklet". What a cheap grace! This was saddening because there was no single content of the Gospel of Christ to their audience, it was pure entertainment.

There is now a compromise of the Gospel just to keep a crowd. Many churches and evangelists have resorted to false Gospel while the reality of the real Gospel is misrepresented. Preaching and one-to-one evangelism is weak and this is becoming more and more paramount.

The term "cheap grace" was coined by Dietrich Bonhoeffer in his book The Cost of Discipleship, published in 1937. In that book, Bonhoeffer defined "cheap grace" as "the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline. Communication without confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the Cross, grace without Jesus Christ. Grace being sold in the market like a cheap jacket".

We must keep our Gospel content tight, undiluted, endeavour to communicate with Biblical facts and not compromise the Truth for the sake of the audience.

How Do We Avoid Cheap Grace?

Cheap grace can also be called LCD (Lower Commonism Denomination) Gospel, easy believism and must be avoided.

1. We should based our preaching on the Truth. For instance, we can preach the Gospel by telling the audience Biblical story about the "Thief on the Cross". Jesus' promise to the thief on the cross depicts forgiveness of sin, death, resurrection and incarnation of the dead, as well as Paradise (Luke 23:43). Our preaching must be intellect bu has to leads people's heart to Jesus Christ.

2. We must reach the cause of the problem. The root and fruit of sin and how to avoid it (Gen 3).

3. All our preachings must lead to the Cross where Jesus died and resurrection in after-life by the Power of God. We must let them know that Heaven is real and Hell is real. Jesus was a dying man but also regarded as the "King" at the Cross- He is the King of kings.

4. The Gospel must not be preached only for discussions, considerations or deliberations, it must be for decisions. You must present the Message of Christ to people with the tone of urgency to the matter at hand, for tomorrow may be too late.

5. Let your Gospel reveal that the only way man can have access to God is through Jesus Christ alone- the Way, the Truth and the Life.

6. Preach "costly grace" rather than "cheap grace"! Let your audience know that it cost Jesus Christ His life to give us His grace. It was not a grace cheaply given, someone had to die and that was God's only Son! The grace came with a great price- shedding of the Blood of Jesus! Costly grace is all about being a disciple of Christ, leaving all to follow Him. There's always a sacrifice made in "costly grace".
As opposed costly grace, the danger of "cheap grace" is that it misleads people. People will think they are on the right path with God when they are actually treading the path of destruction and eternal damnation.

7. Preach to press Christ on people and make them decide on that spot. Rather cut off your right hand than letting a sinner escape repentance!

Conclusively, let's avoid cheap grace and embrace God's "Amazing Grace"- oh! How sweet the sound!

God bless you.

If you would like to give your life to Christ, just say this short prayer:

"Lord Jesus, I come to You now, come into my life, take control of my life and change my world. I say bye-bye to the devil, I enter into the Kingdom of Light. Thank You Jesus, for in Jesus' name I pray, amen"!

Congratulations!!!

Peace!

Ref: OACMinistriesUK
Religion / Woman, Learn From Deborah! by topshore(f): 1:18pm On Sep 20, 2022
Scripture Texts: Judges 4:4-7; Proverbs 31:10-31.

Today, we'll talk about a great woman in the Bilbe- Deborah and how women of this generation can learn from her.

Deborah was a mother in Israel and a deliverer. A wife, prophetess and judge whom God used to save the people of Israel at a challenging time. She was dauntless, determined, energetic, confident, intelligent, clear-sighted yet she was not power drunk. A woman of great character indeed!

Deborah was highly esteemed by her people because she respected everyone despite her high position and strength. This is evident when she shared her plans to overcome Jabin and Sisters to bring freedom and deliverance to her people. She did not take the actions all by herself because she had the power, she shared the vision with Barack, one of Israel's military leaders. Barack refused to engage in the campaign unless Deborah was ready to counsel and guide him and others
She gave the word of battle to commence and the Israelites, with God's help, overcame the great army of Sisera (Judges 4:14-16).


What Are the Lessons to Learn From Deborah?

All women in these generation can learn from Deborah with some of the attributes she possessed below.

1. Deborah had passion for freedom and deliverance for her people. In this generation, women should rise up in prayer and claim freedom for their generation, their nation, town and family.

2. Deborah never attributed praises meant for God for herself. She gave all due glory to God. In whatever we do, we should never accept the glory due to God for He only used us by giving us such opportunity to do it.

3. Deborah reflected the leadership attitude of a godly woman who fears the Lord in Proverbs 31:10-31. We should also emulate her in this aspect.

4. Deborah is among the outstanding women in history. Make yourself stand out by making yourself available in God's House. God can make you a vessel unto honour if you yield yourself completely to Him.

5. Deborah was a mediator, a counsellor and an adviser. She had the ability to plan, direct and delegate duties, just as she called Barak to share her vision with him. She encouraged Barak and acknowledged his role in leading the Israelites to victory. Let women in this generation acknowledge and give honour to whom it is due.

6. Deborah was trusted by her people. Because she was very confident, courageous yet motherly, her people trusted her. Do people around you trust you, woman!?

7. Deborah was a mother in Israel. She didn't question God. She simply had the faith to do what God told her. Whether the people followed her or not did not bother her. Her only concern was doing what the Lord called her to do without allowing anything to get in the way.

8. Deborah refused to allow her gender to hinder her from doing God's Work. Nothing and no one should hinder you from doing God's work as a woman.

9. Deborah maintained a healthy balance between marriage and ministry. She was a wife and prophetess (Judges 4:4). She fulfilled her ministry and family responsibilities without allowing one to hinder the other. Every minister, whether male or female should live a healthy balanced life. Let there be a healthy balance between your ministry and other departments of your life. Do not allow any conflict between the family and the ministry.

10. Conclusively beloved, let's be good examples, whether you are a man or woman, like Deborah and make yourself available for God's use.

However, you can't do this on your own. You need the help of the Holy Spirit. And for you to connect the Holy Spirit, you must have accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord and Saviour and He must be alive in your heart.

If you are yet to give your life to Christ Jesus and you would like to, just say this short prayer:

"Lord Jesus, I come to You now, come into my life, take control of my life and change my world. I say bye-bye to the devil, I enter into the Kingdom of Light. Thank You Jesus, in Jesus mighty name I pray, amen".

Congratulations!!!

God bless you.

Peace!

Ref: Mountain Top Life Daily Devotional Message
Religion / How To Receive Power: 7 Biblical Sources by topshore(f): 10:58am On Sep 13, 2022
Scripture Text: Ecclesiastes 8:4

" Where the word of a king is, there is power, who may say unto him, what doest thou?"- Eccl. 8:4 KJV

There are many sources of power but the best source of power is from God.

There are seven(7) Bible references that give an expository on how we can source for and receive God's Power.

1. Hebrews 4:12
"For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart."
- The more the Word of God we know, meditate, memorise and use or do, the more "Power" we receive from God.

2. Romans 1:6
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek."
- If we are not ashamed, and do spread the "Gospel of Christ", we will receive the Power of God. There's no salvation anywhere else but in Christ Jesus.

3. James 5:16-18
"Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.
And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit."
- Another source of God's Power is through prayer. The more we pray, the more we discover. The more we discover, the more we recover. The more we recover, the more revelation. The more revelation, the more successful we become.

4. Revelations 12:11a
"And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony".
- We can get the Power of God through the Blood of Jesus to overcome satan and his agents.

5. Acts 1:8
"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
- The Holy Ghost is another source we can get God's Power. When we have received the Holy Spirit, He will fill us afresh and to the brim daily with God's life.

6. Philippians 3:10
"That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death."
- The Resurrection Power of God is the sixth Power source from God to us. We should connect to it everyday.

7. Isaiah 57:15
"For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones."
- Holiness and Brokeness give Power. The humble spirit and contrite heart attract and receive God's Power.

However, if you are not born again you cannot receive God's Power.

This is another opportunity for you to give your life to Christ, repent from your sins or re-dedicate your life to Christ so that you can connect to the sources of the Power of God.

If you would like to give your life to Christ, just say this short prayer:

"Lord Jesus, I come to You now, come into my life, take control of my life, and change my world. I say bye-bye to the devil, I enter into the Kingdom of Light. Thank You Jesus in Jesus mighty name I pray, amen."

Congratulations!!!

God bless you.

Peace.

Culled from Dr. D.K Olukoya Message
Religion / Key To Access The Power Of God by topshore(f): 12:05pm On Sep 06, 2022
Scripture Text: Mark 9: 14-23

Embarrassed, frustrated, disappointed, disgraced and hopeless were Christ's disciples when they couldn't heal the sick boy with dumb spirit that his father brought to them for healing. The boy wasn't healed until Jesus Christ intervened.

It's not that Christ's disciples were fake but they were powerless at the time. That was why Jesus Christ told them to tarry in Jerusalem until they received the Power of God ( Luke 24:29). After the Holy Spirit came upon them, they received Power to witness Christ from Judea to Jerusalem and to the ends of the world. They healed the sick, cast out demons and performed many miracles for soul winning to Christ.

Where there's power, there's no struggle. Having power as Christians is our birthright. We need power to confront spiritual wickedness, sin, death and satan. Blame is a lame defense for powerlessness and powerlessness makes you a slave. What is that thing within, occupying space so that the power of God cannot come in? You see, anything in your life that heaven is against leads to powerless.

The questions is, how do I get God's power?

1. New Birth in Christ: You must be born again! 2 Corinthians 5:17

2. Seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness and every other thing will be added to you ( Mathew 6:33). The mistake you're making is that you're seeking every other thing first before God and His Righteousness. Stop! Take the right turn now!

3. You must be a lamb of God. God's power and anointing only fall on His lambs, not goats who are stubborn and disobedient to Him.

4. Pray and ensure that your foundation is in Christ and purged with the Blood of Jesus. If the foundation is spoilt, what can the righteous do?

5. Pray and Fast: Jesus Christ told His disciples in our Scripture Text today that these go not except through fasting and prayer.

6. Become a friend of God.

7. Let the Word of God be your life line (Psalms 119:105, 18, 89)

8. Have violent faith in Christ (Mathew 11:23).

9. Love God and love your neighbor (John 14:24).

10. Pray for the Power of God to overshadow you.

God bless you.

If you would like to give your life to Christ, just say this short prayer:
"Lord Jesus, I come to You now. Come into my life, take control of my life and change my world. I say bye-bye to the devil, I enter into the Kingdom of Light. Thank You Jesus, in Jesus mighty name I pray, amen."

Congratulations!!!

Peace!

Culled from: Dr. D.K Olukoya message
Religion / Are You Prepared For Eternity? by topshore(f): 8:51am On Aug 30, 2022
Scripture Text: Ecclesiastes 3:1-13

"For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation"- 2 Corinthians 6:2

"Let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” - Acts 4: 10-12

Calvary greeting to you Brethren in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

As we all know, there's time for everything underneath the earth. The question to you this morning is: "Are you prepared for Eternity? This time of the world is for the preparation of where you will spend your afterlife and who you want to spend it with.

You must start preparing for eternity in time for there'll be no second chance to prepare once you have crossed the border out of this world we are. There's a specific day on the calendar (though you may not know) where all your preparation for eternity will be over. Whether you are prepared to experience unending joy with God or everlasting agony in fire of damnation with satan depends on what what happens during your lifetime. For a rudder (as small as it is) determines the direction of a great ocean liner, in the same vein, that which is done in time influence eternity.

How do You Prepare in Time?

1. The answer to this is: Don't wait! Receive Jesus today and tell others about Him. There is a deadline, but God gives direction through Jesus Christ. Tomorrow may be too late.

"Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” - James 4:13-15

2. If you have an uncertain or unsettled matter within you, with anyone, or with your Creator (God); now is the time to settle it. You have no guarantee of any more time to prepare for eternity neither can you put off responding to the One who made you and gave you time.

"But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be."- Matthew 24:36-37.

3. Prepare for Eternity by coming in faith to the Eternal Son of God, Jesus Christ. Come to Him in time and He will save you and bring you to Himself in Eternity.

"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls."- Matthew 11:28-29.

Time is short and scarce my brother, my sister. And the more scarce something is, the more valuable it is. Gold and diamond would be worthless if you pick them up like pebbles on the side of the road. Time would not be so precious if we would never die. But since you are never more than a breath away from eternity, the way you use your time has eternal significance. Prepare to meet your God!

God bless you as you do so, in the name of Jesus, amen!

If you would like to give your life to Christ, just say this short prayer:

"Lord Jesus, I come to You now, Come into my life, Take control of my life. I say bye-bye to the devil, I enter into the Kingdom of Light. Forgive me, Have mercy on me and Lead me to spend Eternal life with You, in Jesus name I pray, amen!

Congratulations!!!

Peace!

Culled from Mountain Top Life Daily Devotional Vol. 7 Jan-Dec 2022
Religion / Salvation Is A Must by topshore(f): 5:27pm On Aug 23, 2022
Scripture Text: Titus 2:11

"For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men".

The word "salvation" comes from "soretia" which means deliverance from sin and salvation from evil. It's the same as redemption. Man cannot save himself from sin or deliver himself from evil. Man needed God to rescue him from sin and evil. As a result, God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to save man from sin.

Salvation is the work of God that sets human beings in the right relationship with Him and with one another. What we are being saved from are broken relationships with God and with other people that unleash the evil forces of sin and death in the world. Salvation is the first of all the healing of broken relationships, beginning with healing that reconciles the Creator and the created, God and you. Your reconciliation with God leads to freedom from sin and newness of life that is not limited by death. The central moments are Christ's death on the cross and resurrection from the dead. You were reconciled to God through the death of His Son. Salvation is the best gift to a lost soul and until you are born again, you cannot have access to heaven and nothing can save a man outside of Christ. " Jesus is the source of Eternal Life" and until you accept Him, life will be full of crisis. You cannot understand God through human thinking, but through Jesus Christ.

Salvation is personal; you must repent and believe the good news. You must confess and repent of all the sins you have committed in the past. Beloved, there is no other name under the heaven by which you or any other mortal can be saved except the name of Jesus Christ. No man shall enter heaven except he is born again. Your status as a child of a great man or woman of God will not qualify you to make heaven. Your closeness to your pastor will not either. Genuine salvation entails saying farewell to satan, sin and the world and accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. It is the key to living a victorious and fruitful life on earth and reigning with the Lord in heaven. It is the greatest miracle!

If you would like to give your life to Christ just say this short prayer:
"Lord Jesus, I come to You now, come into my life, take control of my life and change my world. I say bye- bye to the devil and enter into the Kingdom of Light. Thank You Jesus, in Jesus mighty name I pray, amen!

Congratulations!!!

God bless you!

Peace!

Ref: Dr. D.K Olukoya- Mountain Top LifeDaily Devotional Vol 7, 2022
Religion / 7 Reasons You Are A Powerless Christian by topshore(f): 12:11pm On Aug 16, 2022
Scripture Texts: Mathew 10:1; Acts 1:8

"But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." Acts 1:8

"And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean. spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease."- Mathew 10:1

Who is a Powerless Christian?

A Powerless Christian, as seen in our Scripture texts above, is someone who has no power of Christ in his or her life and has not received or experienced the Holy Ghost.

What Are the Things Responsible For Powerlessness?
The reasons are uncountable but we will consider seven (7) strong reasons:

[b]1. Sin: This is the major culprit. The more sinful your life is as a Christian, the more powerless you become (Galatians 5:19-21). Sin deanniots grace and reduces your spiritual strength (Romans 6:1,2).

2. Lukewarmness: If your heart is not on fire for God you are lukewarm (Revelations 3:16). The deep power of your devotion to God will strike more power to your manifestation. Getting far away from God is getting close to disaster. Closeness to God is closeness to power. If you on fire, you'll become too hot to handle. If you are cold, you can be easily identified and conquered. But if you sit on the fence (neither cold or hot), you will be spit out.

3. Ignorance: What you know determines how strong you are. If knowledge is power, then ignorance is powerlessness. The mysteries you know connects you to the raw Power of God and that power gives you absolute access to God at all times (Psalm 25:14; Deuteronomy 29:29).

4. Timidity: Lack of adequate spiritual aggression, zealousness for pursuit of God's power leads to powerlessness. David's audacity was what threw Goliath off balance. Goliath was used to soldiers running away from him but he was shocked, unprepared and confused when a boy ran towards him with stones and slings. The Power of God in David gave him the gut to carry out the offensive attach towards Goliath, and God the Almighty and His Hosts gave him victory.

5. Biblical Illiteracy: When you don't even study the Bible how can you connect with the Holy Ghost that can give you power? It is only when you read, meditate and understand the Scriptures that you can get power. After all, the Holy Spirit cannot remind you of what you don't know or have not seen or heard before (John 14:26). The principle is read, study, meditate, understand and be the doer of the Word of God. God inspires us with the Word and the Holy Spirit brings it to our remembrance to act according to God's will.

6. Conformity: When you are too engrossed with the things of this world, you will continue to become powerless as a Christian. Not conforming to this world means we are not to desire what God doesn't desire (John 4:4). As a Christian, you are to be easily identified, distinguished or stand out from among the worldly minded people as God commanded us in His Word (2 Corinthians 6:17).

7. Prayerlessness: Jesus Christ told His disciples who were sleeping while He was watching vigil at Gethsemane, and praying out His out to God to: “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”- Matthew 26:41. When you cease to pray, you can easily fall into temptation. God's Power and His Spirit moves in prayer. It was at the Prayer Meeting of Jesus' disciples at the Upper Room that the Power of God fell upon them as fire and they received the Holy Spirit and Power as Jesus had promised them (Acts 2:1-12). So, when you pray, you'll receive God's Power and Holy Ghost.[/b]

Brethren, this is the time to give your all to God and receive His power. If you would like to give your life to Christ, just say this short prayer:

"Lord Jesus, I come to You now, come into my life, take control of my life and change my worls. I say bye-bye to the devil, I enter into Your Light. Thank You Jesus, in Jesus name I pray, amen.

Congratulations!!!

God bless you.

Peace!

Culled from Dr. D.K Olukoya's Message.
Religion / Backslider: Please, Come Back To God! by topshore(f): 2:56pm On Aug 09, 2022
Scripture Texts: 1 Samuel 7:1-14; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18

"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest".- Mathew 11:28

"Wherefore come out from among them and be ye separated, saith the Lord and touch not the unclean things and I will receive you".- 2 Corinthians 6: 17

Calvary greetings to your Brethren in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Have you backslide from the way of the Lord? Come back to God!

A decision to come back to God will require a change in your heart- your thoughts, motives and desires. If you are not totally yielded to God, these three things- thoughts, motives and desires can turn you away from God. If you are already in this situation, coming back to God will start with being honest all about what is going on in your head and heart.

Our Scripture Texts today make us understand that God wants the totality of our lives. He doesn't want to share us with anyone or any idol.

In 1 Samuel 7:1-14, we read about the Israelites turning away from God Almighty and getting involved in idol worship. As a result, God forsook them. Samuel rose to action by saying that if they were truly sorry, they should do something about it. Many times, we complain about our problems to God but we refuse to change and do what God requires from us. Samuel told the people that they should return to the Lord and serve Him only. They were to get rid of foreign gods.

In the same vein, the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 6:17:
"Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separated , saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And I will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." This means that we must totally separate ourselves from the sinful nature of the world. This is the only way God can accept us as His son or daughter.

Apostle Paul urges believers not to have any relationship with unbelievers (2 Corinthians 6:14). Any relationship that can weaken our Christian commitment, integrity, and standard with God should be avoided as this may also lead to backsliding. We are to avoid relationships that can force us to compromise our faith in God.

Beloved, idolatry of today is beyond serving the gods of woods and stones. Whatever holds the first place in our lives becomes our god. It can be money, position, success, material goods, husband, wife, children, career, business, phones and other gadgets, movies, etc. Anything that the place of God in your heart is an idol. There's really no difference between your commitment to these material things or human beings and your commitment to idols of woods and stone. That's why God said we should come out of the world and be separated unto Him so that He can accept and bless us as His own.

What Are the Benefits To Enjoy When You Come Back To God?

There are lots of benefits you enjoy when you come out from among the world and come to God.

1. You'll be accepted into the family of God. Remember the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:22; John 1:12).
2. God will give you assurance of eternal life with Christ. Life with Christ is a new life that begins on earth and continues forever with God (Romans 6:23).
3. God will give you rest from all struggles, labour and sufferings (Mathew 11:28).

The question now is : How is your relationship with God? Have you gone away from Him? Is your heart right with God?.

God created us to have fellowship with Him but if you have walked away from Him, you are missing out on the main reason you were created. Now is the time to come back! Please come back to God, now!

What Do You Need to Do to Come Back?

1. Repent from your sins.
2. Have godly sorrow for your sins.
3. Put away everything that takes place of God in your life.
4. Always remember that whatsoever you place first above God is an idol.
5. Commit yourself to sering the true and only God Almighty.

God bless you, in the name of Jesus Christ.

If you would like to give your life to Christ or rededicate your life back to God, just say this short prayer:
"Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You now, come into my life, take control of my life. I say bye-bye to the devil, I enter into the Kingdom of Light. thank You Jesus, in Jesus name I pray, amen.

Congratulations!!!

"If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature. Old things have passed away. Behold! All things have become new- 2 Corinthians 5: 17

Peace!!!

Ref: Mountain Top Life Daily Devotional: Vol. 7, 2022.
Religion / The Aaronic Blessing: Components, Meaning And Guidelines by topshore(f): 3:52pm On Aug 02, 2022
Scripture Texts: Numbers 6:23-26; Deuteronomy 28:1-4

Calvary greetings to you Brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Today's Scriptures confirm that it is the will of God to bless His people. These ancient prayers of blessing help us understand what blessing are supposed to do in our lives.

“Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them:

“The Lord bless you
and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.”’'

Meaning of Aaronic Blessing

Aaronic Blessing reveals the kind of God we have and serve, and what He wants for His children. Aaronic blessing is also in triplicate which signifies the Trinity in action: 1. God the Father bless you and keep you. 2. God the Son makes His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you. 3. God the Holy Spirit lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.

Aaronic blessing is a blessing with authority because it is from our Lord Jesus Christ. It is a blessing according to His divine will for our needs.
1. God will favour and protect you.
2. God will be pleased with you.
3. God will be gracious unto you, that is, He will show you mercy and compassion.
4. God will give you His approval.
5. God will give you peace.

What are the Components of Aaronic Blessing?
1. The Lord bless you" is the first promise for you in the Aaronic Blessing. This implies life, prosperity and good health. The Bible talks about spiritual blessings in heavenly places (Ephesians 1:3). What this means is that all the good things that God gives His children such as salvation, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, power to do God's will, the hope of eternal life with Christ, and so on.
1. The Lord keep you." The word "keep" means protection. This means that the Lord is our Shepherd who keeps watch over His own.
2. The Lord makes His face shine upon you". This is the light of God upon you that will give you joy, light, and radiance that will make you stand out and to glow in darkness.
3. "The Lord be gracious unto you." This signifies kindness and help from God. God was gracious unto you when He forgave your sins and saved through His Son Jesus Christ ( Ephesians 2:8-9) - "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast".
4. "The Lord lift up His countenance upon you". This involves God taking you into Hi Presence to see His face. This is a picture of a father smiling and taking pleasure in His child, which you are.
5. Lastly, "The Lord gives you peace": Jesus said in John 14:27, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you, let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." this is the work of the Holy Spirit in your life- to give everlasting peace. This is not like the peace which the world offers, but the peace of God which comes with the absence if conflict. God's peace is confidence assurance in any circumstance or situation. the peace of God in you will take away fear, doubt, uncertainty and numerous forces that are at war within you. Beloved, Jesus Christ is ready to give you that blessing of peace only if you are willing and ready to accept it from Him.

Guidelines to Receiving Aaronic Blessing
All these blessings are for you to enjoy if you a true child of God. That is, if you have surrendered your life to Jesus Christ. If not, beloved, do it now so that you can enjoy the full blessings that God has for you.

If you would like to give your life to Christ just say this short prayer:
"Lord Jesus, I come to You now, come into my life, take control of my life and change my world. I say bye-bye to the devil, I enter into the Kingdom of Light. Thank You Jesus, in Jesus' name I pray, amen!

Congratulations!!!

God bless you.

Peace!

Ref: "Mountain Top Daily Devotional" Vol7, 2022.
Religion / A-Z Of Spiritual Deliverance by topshore(f): 12:34pm On Jul 26, 2022
Scripture Text: 2 Corinthians 5:17; Obadiah 1:17

You may wonder why you have not experience a true or complete deliverance despite series of fasting and praying. The answer is not far away. Spiritual Deliverance is setting our body, soul and spirit man free from the possession, dominion and oppression of satan and his demons. It is a state where the life a Christian is completely taken over by the Spirit and Power of God.

Spiritual Deliverance done without holiness and the backing of the Holy Spirit are just mere waste of time (Mathew 12:44-45). This means that it is the backing of the Holy Spirit that will set you free completely.

Let's look at the A-Z of Spiritual Deliverance as a guide for those who are willing to be completely delivered by the Holy Ghost.

A- Accepting the Lord as your Lord and Saviour.
B- Breaking from ungodly people and association.
C- Cast out demonic spirit and cleanse your house and possessions by the Blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus.
D- Dedicate your life Christ
E- Educate your spirit man with the Word of God always.
F- Follow peace with all men./b]
[b]G- Guard and put on your spiritual armour (God's whole armour) day and night.

H- Have perfect hatred for bondage
I- Invite the Fire of God into your life.
J- join a local church that believes in spiritual warfare.
K- Keep your mind with diligence.
L- Locate the unprotected of your Goliath and hit him with the stones of fire.
M- Make positive confession at all time.
N- Never underestimate the enemy.
O- Overcome the strongman assigned to any situation in your life.
P- Pull down every stronghold assigned you.
Q- Quench all the fiery darts of the enemy by taking up the shield of faith.
R- Read your Bible and pray every day.
S- Send curses back to the sender.
T- Take battle to the gate of the enemy (offensive attack).
U- Undo every burden and evil loads placed upon your life.
V- Violence is the only language the enemy understands and violence is the total requirement for victory (Mathew 11:12).
W- Warfare should be done daily.
X- X-ray and examine yourself daily, if you are still standing in the Lord (1 Corinthians 10:12).
Y- Yield your life completely to God.
Z- Zeal and aggression are needed for complete freedom.

If you need a complete spiritual deliverance and would like to give your to Christ, say this short prayer:
"Lord Jesus, I come to You now, come into my life, take control of my life. I say bye-bye to the devil. I enter into the Kingdom of Light. Thank You Jesus, in Jesus name I pray, amen!

God bless you.

Congratulations!!!


Culled from Dr. D.K Olukoya Message "Sunday Eagle Hour, 24th July, 2022".
Religion / The Secret Of True Success by topshore(f): 3:19pm On Jul 19, 2022
Scripture Text: Mathew 6:33

"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well"- Mathew 6:33

The Psalmist said in Psalm 37:25 : "Since I have been young and now I am old; yet I have never seen the righteous being forsaken nor his children begging bread"

God measures our success with the yardsticks of obedience, faithfulness, and righteousness. If we are faithfully doing the work of God, we are successful in His eyes. In God's eyes you are successful if you have faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. You are truly successful if you love God with all your heart.

When God speaks of success in Scripture, He relates it to a focus on His Word and the inner activity of meditation. Meditating on Scripture involves bringing God’s Word into our hearts so that it gives direction for every area of our lives. By walking in obedience to God’s Word, we can fulfill God’s purposes for our lives and experience true fulfillment and success.

Two Major Biblical Examples of True Success
Joseph

Joseph was one great example of a true success. He was a man who was successful because he served the Lord wholeheartedly. Because his father Jacob had given birth to him in old age, the first to whom his favorite wife Rachel had given birth, Joseph was a favorite son. Joseph proved to be a trusting, faithful young man whom the Lord blessed, much to the dismay of his brothers. It would appear that Joseph had inherited some very basic, yet important, spiritual qualities from the great spiritual patriarchs before him: from Abraham, a commitment to God and a faithfulness that could stand the test of adversity; from Isaac, an underlying spiritual sensitivity that would make him subservient to the divine will even in the face of death. Joseph also gained from his father Jacob a steadfastness that would give him the capacity both for hard work and outright rejection from others. These were to prove to serve Joseph well. The LORD was with Joseph. He was successful and lived in the household of his Egyptian master. Potiphar appointed Joseph overseer of his household and put him in charge of everything he owned. (Gen. 39:2-4)7 Even when Joseph was wrongly accused of infidelity with his master's wife and was imprisoned, the Lord’s favor brought him success with the prison warden that all of the other prisoners were placed under Joseph’s administration (Gen. 39: 21-22). Indeed, “The warden did not concern himself with anything that was in Joseph’s care because the LORD was with him and whatever he was doing the LORD was making successful.” (v. 23)

Even greater success lay ahead for Joseph, for God had given to him the ability to interpret dreams (cf. Gen. 37:5-11). It is not surprising, then, that an occasion came for Joseph to interpret the dreams of two of Pharaoh’s officials who had fallen into disfavor with him. And Joseph’s interpretations came true (Gen. 40:5-23). One of the officials, the king’s cupbearer, was restored to Pharaoh’s service and so was available when Pharaoh had a pair of troubling dreams.8 Because none of the king’s diviners or wise men were able to interpret the dreams, the cupbearer recommended that Pharaoh summon Joseph. Because of his God-given ability to interpret dreams, Joseph successfully interpreted Pharaoh’s dreams (Gen. 41:14-36) and was promoted to be the second most powerful ruler in Egypt (Gen. 41:37-45).

Joseph truly had become “successful.” But it was not for Joseph alone that the Lord had given trustworthy Joseph such success. When the predicted seven years of famine, which Joseph had foreseen in Pharaoh’s dreams cf. Gen. 41:27) came to pass, Joseph’s elevation to power became the means for bringing his people to Egypt (Gen. 42-47). Through Joseph’s success, a whole nation and his entire family was delivered from the great famine in Egypt.

Daniel

The second person who was truly successful was is the prophet Daniel. Daniel (together with three friends) was taken captive in the first Babylonian invasion of Judah in 605 B.C. Daniel’s spiritual and moral integrity and trustworthiness soon became evident to his captors. Moreover, the Lord had given Daniel the ability to interpret dreams, which enabled him to achieve great success in the court of King Nebuchadnezzar (e.g., Dan. 2,4), including the king’s recognition and praise of “The King of heaven, for all his deeds are right and his ways are just” (Dan. 4:37; cf. 2:47).

When Nebuchadnezzar had a dream, Daniel was able to interpret, giving all reverence to God. Also, he was given a spirit of excellence and wisdom to not only read God's writing on the wall to King Nebuchadnezzar but interpreted in terms of the internationally known Aramaic: “Numbered, weighed, and divided” (vv. 26-28). Accordingly, Daniel once again achieved great success, being proclaimed: “Third ruler in the kingdom” (v. 29). True to his interpretation, Babylon fell to the invading Persians under King Cyrus that very night (vv. 30-31) and King Belshazzar was killed. 9 Daniel’s success was to continue even into the era of Persian dominance.

Like Joseph, Daniel was faithful and whole-heartedly committed to the Lord. Both were indeed men of spiritual and moral integrity as God’s chosen servants. In what follows, we shall explore several keys to godly success as indicated in the Scriptures.

Other successful Biblical examples were Moses, Joshua (Joshua 1:cool, David, Solomon (Prov. 3:5-6), Nehemiah, Job and our Lord Jesus Christ.



Promises of God for you when you seek True Success


You will have good success.
“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success” (Joshua 1:cool.

Whatever you do will prosper.
“His delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper” (Psalm 1:2–3).

You will excel in wisdom and understanding.
“O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day. . . . I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation” (Psalm 119:97, 99).

You will have power over sin.
“Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. . . . Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee” (Psalm 119:9, 11).

You will discover how to live.
“He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live” (Proverbs 4:4).

Your success will be obvious to all.
“Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all” (I Timothy 4:15).

You will make Heaven

John 1:12 says: “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name”. So, are you looking forward to eternal life in the kingdom of God, then accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, so that it shall be well with you now and forever.

Seek God's Kingdom; See True Success!

If you would like to give your life to Christ, just say this short prayer:

"Lord Jesus, I come to You today. Come into my life, take control of my life and change my world. I say bye-bye to the devil. I enter into the Kingdom of Light, in Jesus name I pray, amen".

Congratulations!!!

God bless you.

Peace!
Religion / Holy Spirit, Our Senior Partner! by topshore(f): 9:17pm On Jul 11, 2022
Scripture Texts: John 14: 16-21; Acts 8: 26-39

The Holy Spirit is the Promise of the Father. He is God's divine Executive Agent in the world. The Lord called the Holy Spirit another Helper, the Spirit of Truth, the Comforter.

The Holy Spirit is also our Senior Partner. In a partnership, the senior partner is at the top while the junior partner is below him and subservient to him. Though the senior partner leads and makes decisions, they both work towards achieving a success in their vision or project. The Holy Spirit is our Senior Partner when He is the Mentor and we are His mentees. He is the Master and we are His servants; He is our Teacher and we are His students; He is our Leader and we are His followers.

For the Holy Spirit to be our Senior Partner, there are things we need to do. We must depend absolutely on Him and live a holy life and please God in ALL our ways. We must establish consistent intimacy and fellowship with Him. We must also let Him direct our lives and get His leading or guidance on all matters before we make decisions or act. We must do the work of God in the power of the Holy Spirit rather than in the flesh. We must submit to His leadership, obey His guidance and instructions as well as follow His promptings at all times.

How To Make Holy Spirit Our Senior Partner?

- Being addicted to God's Word: We can only know the Will of God through His Word and the Holy Spirit is the One that can teach us and remind us all what Jesus taught us. By this, He will become our Senior Partner and give us the understanding grace to do the Lord's bidding and will.

- By living a consistent life of purity and obedience, we can make the Holy Spirit our Senior Partner. Making the Holy Spirit our guide, teacher and director shows our allegiance or submission to His leadership. He will then guide us in our business, career, marriage, ministry, finances and all spheres of life. Even as a preacher, He leads by inspiring our sermons for He knows those who will be in church and their needs.

- Building our day to day and moment to moment relationship with the Holy Spirit gives us access to being in partnership with Him. When we are consistent in our relationship with Him, the Holy Spirit will not only become our Senior Partner but He will also reveal deeply to us the Father, the Son and Himself . In the same vein, our level of infilling will increase from minimum to maximum and manifest greater dimension of anointing and miracles.

- The Holy Spirit can be our Senior Partner through evangelism. This can be called corporate partnership. In Acts 8: 26-39, the Ethiopian eunuch's conversion was accomplished by the collaborative effort and partnership between the Holy Spirit and Philip. It was the Holy Spirit who gave Philip the strategy for converting the Ethiopian eunuch. He guided Philip to preach Jesus to the man. The man declared " I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God". He was baptised and his soul was harvested for Christ through evangelism.

Benefits of Making The Holy Spirit Our Senior Partner

1. After experiencing His baptism, we can receive the help of the Holy Spirt for further infilling and His fire.
2. Making Him our indispensable ally and leader determines how much of His blessings we are able to receive.
3. He will move us from lowest to highest level of infilling. From ankle level, to knee level, to waist level and then to the overwhelming level as the Book of Ezekiel states the kind of different levels. This will make our effectiveness and results in life and ministry become exponential.
4. He will make His immeasurable power available to us to fulfil our purpose and scale hurdles in life and ministry.
5. We will be able to access His fruit and gifts, well equipped and excel in ministry.
6. We won't be able to lean on our own understanding anymore but will acknowledge the Holy Spirit in ALL our ways and He will direct our paths. He will be our best guide for correct direction to succeed in life and towards eternal life.
7. He will comfort and help us constantly by bearing our burdens and clearing our paths from destructions and evil judgements.
8. The Spirit of God is All-Knowing. He is our Teacher and Illuminator. When we make Him our Senior Partner, He will give us deep insight and understanding about the Scriptures and teach us all truth (John 14:26).
9. The Holy Spirit will also defend and protect us in our life matters. "When the enemy shall come like a flood, the Spirit of God will lift up a standard against Him" ( Isaiah 59: 19b).
10. He will convict us of our wrongs and teach us the path to righteousness or doing things right and the right time.

Brethren, we cannot survive this world without the help of the Holy Spirit. Without Him, we are nothing but with Him we are everything in Christ Jesus. Make Him your Senior Partner today and you're sure on the path of life.

God bless you!

If you would like to give your life to Christ, just say this short prayer:
"Lord Jesus, I come to You now, come into my life, take control of my life and change my world. I say bye-bye to devil, I enter into the Kingdom of Light. Thank You Jesus for saving me, for in Jesus mighty name I pray, amen".

Congratulations!!!

Peace!


Ref: Mountain Top Daily Devotional Vol 7
Religion / Re: Love Is Patient! by topshore(f): 10:36am On Jul 09, 2022
Tennyjot:
I like your write up. Can i know you ?


All glory to God, thank you.
Sure you can know me. My name is Grace. What would you like to know about me, please?
Religion / Love Is Patient! by topshore(f): 1:35pm On Jul 06, 2022
Scripture Text: Galatians 5: 22-23

Calvary greetings to you brethren. We bless God for the gift of life to us, and for the special gift of the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ who died to save us from sin and destruction. All glory be to God, amen.

Love and Patience are part of the fruit of the Spirit. They are intertwined and all must possess these fruit as a gate pass to the Kingdom of God.

The man who loves would patiently wait for the improvement in others. Love endures pain, sorrow and anger. Love would endure selfishness, critical spirit, and immature spirit from the other person. Love that is patient is not judgmental in rushing to criticize somebody based on assumption or expectations. Love that is patient does not harshly retaliate or promptly punish. It exhibits self-restraint in the face of serious provocation. Patience does not surrender to circumstances or succumb under trial. So to be patient is to be long tempered not short tempered. Patience is putting up with others without fighting. You are not upset, angry or revengeful when you are inconvenienced or when they take advantage of you or when you are made to wait for someone who is moving at a slower pace. Patience will not strike after being insulted. Patience is to refuse to pay evil back for evil. Patience is to turn the right cheek when you are slapped on the left side. Patience is not to keep malice at all, let alone three weeks.

True love is patient; it waits without murmuring, it never gives up and it's willing to suffer. Being unfaithful in your marriage vow is not love. Love endures suffering and impatience against anyone is evident that there is no love. True love will wait patiently. Love that is able to turn to hatred overnight is not love, but true love would go through fire, sorrow, trouble to endure suffering. Impatience against anyone is evident that there is not true love. I want us to examine the quality of love in your heart. True love does not steal other people's money. It doesn't do strange things.

Conclusively, true love will wait patiently for the Second Coming of Christ and won't disregard the Word of God. If we claim we love God, we should love His Son, Jesus Christ. God first loved us by giving us His only Son to die for our sins that we might have eternal live. Not only must we love God but also we must love our neighbours as ourselves, as these are the two greatest Commandments of God to man. Without these, we can not inherit God's Kingdom. I pray that the Holy Sprit will teach us how to love in Jesus mighty name, amen.

If you would like to give your life to Christ, just say this short prayer:
"Lord Jesus, I come to You now. Come into my life, take control of my life and change my world. I say bye-bye to the devil, I enter into the Kingdom of Light, in Jesus name I pray, amen".

God bless you.

Congratulations!

Peace!

Ref: Sound The Battle Cry Vol.22 No 7&8 Part II

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