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  • Kunle 7:00 am on June 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Divine Intervention 

    Scripture:

    2 Chronicles 7:14

    If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

    There are ways to provoke divine intervention in any area we seek or desire. Let us examine some practical ways.

    1. Humility: One of the ingredients for success in our christian walk is humility. It is non-negotiable if we must succeed in life for God resisteth the proud but empowers the humble (James 4:6). According to John Maxwell, “to be humble is not to see yourself low but to lower yourself.” God wants us to be meek, teachable and put him first in our endeavors.

    2. Prayer: We need to seek the face of God in the place of prayer to find help in time of need. Communion with the Holy Spirit is the key to divine direction for as many as are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God. (Romans 8:14)

    3. Holiness: Holiness is not an advice, it’s a command. Leviticus: 20. 7.” Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God.” God is instructing us to be holy because we’re created in his image and likeness and without holiness no one can access his help. From our scripture, God told the people if they turn from their wicked ways he will hear them. Sin hinders destinies and opens the gate to demons.

    Let us flee iniquity and lay aside every work of darkness.

    Good morning and have a wonderful day.

    Kunle  Olabode

     
  • Kunle 11:28 am on June 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Divine Training 

    David is unarguably the greatest king that sat on the throne in Israel; there is a reason for that- the word of the lord declares in Acts 13vs21-22,”They asked for a king and God GAVE them saul… when he had removed him, he RAISED for them David.

    God gave them what was available(Saul), when they clamored for a king, but he RAISED for them David- God prepared for the people David- he was trained from an early age to mount the throne: he hunted bears, lions and eventually killed Goliath as a teenager.

    Let God train you, don’t be in a hurry, don’t be disturbed if your peers are in the limelight; they are available like Saul, but God is raising you for a special assignment and when the time comes you will move with divine speed because it doesn’t take God time- Daniel became a prime minister overnight; Joseph landed in the palace within 24 hours of his eviction from the prison. It doesn’t take God time. The vision is for an appointed time, wait for it because it shall speak.

    Good morning and have a lovely day.

    Kunle Olabode

     
  • Kunle 11:27 am on June 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Thanksgiving 

    Memory Verse: Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name (Psalm 100:4)

    Thanksgiving is the expression of gratitude- It is one of the most important attitudinal disposition we can cultivate in our walk with God and Man. God deserves our gratitude because of his love and numerous works in our lives. The bible declares in Luke 2:52, Jesus grew in favour with God and man-he couldn’t have grown without appreciation, because it is the key to a life of exploits and abundance. How do you feel when you don’t get appreciated after an act of kindness? I bet we both know the answer to that. Similarly, God wants to be appreciated for his acts of love and kindness in our lives. 

    Let us look at some benefits of thanksgiving:

    1. The presence of God: From our memory verse, the Psalmist entered the gates of God with thanksgiving- the gate is the first point of call when you visit anyone, hence the need for the man of God to appreciate God to gain access into his court. If we must have access to God, we must show gratitude to God for all he’s done, for the wonderful things he’s doing, and the magnificent things he will continue to do in our lives. There are enormous benefits of the presence of God in the life of the believer-let us explore some.

    a. Deliverance: The bible declares in Isaiah 10:27, yokes will be destroyed by the anointing of the Holy Spirit- the anointing of the Spirit is a measure of the presence of God upon a man or in a given place. We’ve established how thanksgiving grants us access to the presence of God from the memory verse- consequently, yokes and burdens in our lives are destroyed as we’re led into the presence of God by showing gratitude because where the Spirit of the lord is there is freedom (2Corinthians 3:17). 

    b. Joy: The presence of the lord grants us access to Joy (Psalm 16:11). Joy comes from the lord; it is not a product of man’s logic because it is not a consequence of happenstance. It is unconditional. Joy is a very potent force in the life of the believer because there are some emotionally induced sicknesses that Joy will prevent. Furthermore, it is not possible to be oppressed unless you’re depressed-hence, the reason the devil brings situations and circumstances that can cause us pain because a broken spirit dries up the bone while a merry heart doeth good like medicine (Proverbs 17:11).

    c. The Supernatural: Thanksgiving grants us access to the supernatural where impossibilities become normalities- the bible declares in 1kings 18:46,” Then the LORD gave special strength to Elijah. He tucked his cloak into his belt and ran ahead of Ahab’s chariot all the way to the entrance of Jezreel.” Elijah outran the chariots of Ahab because of the presence of God which is provoked by thanksgiving. As you thank God for his acts of kindness in your life, you will experience divine speed in your life.

    d. Resurrection: The Spirit of the lord activates and energizes destinies- it doesn’t matter whatsoever is dead in our lives, as we come into the presence of God, the resurrection power of God that brought Lazarus from the dead after 4 days will surge into it and bring it back to life. As you thank him, he will bring back whatsoever is dead or dying in your life. 

    2. Multiplication: In Mathew 14:18-21, Jesus fed 5000 men aside from women and children with 5 loaves and 2 fishes- How did he perform such a great feat? He thanked God, broke the bread and the food multiplied to feed the multitudes. As you thank God instead of grumbling or complaining, what seems little will multiply.

    3. Abundance: In Mathew 14:20, the bible declares,” They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. ”After the 5000 men besides women and Children were fed, there were 12 baskets of food left, because thanksgiving is the key to a life of abundance and unending supplies. 

    4. Perfection: In Luke 17:11-19, the story is told of how Jesus healed 10 lepers and only one returned to give thanks to him. Consequently, he was the only one made whole- though the 10 lepers were healed, there was no change in their outlook because they still had the scars. Conversely, the leper that returned to give thanks had his skin restored to perfection with no sign or trace of leprosy. As you give thanks to God, he will perfect everything that concerns you.

    5. Divine nature: The communion is one of the sacred sacraments in Christendom-as we partake of the blood and flesh of Jesus we partake of his divine nature of love, good health, sound mind and power. It is pertinent to take a close look at the first communion service Jesus had with his disciples: In Luke 22:19, the bible records how Jesus took the bread, GAVE THANKS and broke it…The saviour of the universe didn’t offer the communion until he gave thanks. We must take a cue from the messiah because we’re admonished to be followers of those who by faith and patience obtained the promise (Hebrews 6:12)

    Thought for the day: The thankful are always joyful; the joyful are always strong, because the Joy of the lord is their strength. (Nehemiah 8:10)

    Assignment: Never cease to thank God irrespective of the situation. Don’t give in to worry and fear. Read Psalm 118 to thank God for his marvellous works in your life.

    Good morning and have a splendid day

    Kunle Olabode

     
  • Kunle 11:26 am on June 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    The Glory of God 

    Acts: 22. 11. And when I could not see for the glory of that light, being led by the hand of them that were with me, I came into Damascus.

    The Glory of God is second to none. The bible says in 1 Corinthians: 15:41. ” There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.” Glory is in varying degrees. The devil is referred to as the morning star, however Jesus is referred to as the bright and the morning star. (Isaiah 14:12, Revelation 22:16)

    Moses stayed in the presence of God and began to glow because as we behold the image of the lord we’re changed into the same image from glory to glory. As we come under his light, our light is made manifest.

    Peters shadow could heal the afflicted because he was under the light of the universe, the sun of righteousness. The key to the glory is to abide in the presence of God where no sickness nor affliction can stand because where the Spirit of the lord is there is liberty.

    Hallelujah

    Good morning

     
  • Kunle 11:25 am on June 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Speak to your mountain 

    And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.(Mark 4:39).

    There is a big lesson to learn from this story; Jesus did 2 things when the storm arose.

    He rebuked the wind because it was fueling the storm- whenever an unpleasant situation presents itself speak to the force behind it. Remember when Peter tried to stop Jesus from going to the cross? Jesus rebuked the devil because he was the force behind Peter.

    Secondly, Jesus spoke peace to the sea instead of what the disciples were doing- they were speaking about the storm instead of speaking to the storm. The bible says in Mathew 21:21, if we shall say unto a mountain to be removed it shall.

    Speak to that situation in your life, you’ve spoken about it for too long. Its time to speak peace into that situation. 

    Good morning and have a lovely day

    Kunle Olabode

     
  • Kunle 11:24 am on June 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Keep your eyes on Jesus 

    2 Corinthians: 4. 18. While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

    Several years ago, I was in Ile- Ife, osun state for a wedding ceremony-something happened dramatically on that fateful day that would change my life forever. A juju priest was hired to ward off any would-be rain at the reception ground which is rampant in some circles if i may say. I sat close to the priest and observed diligently what transpired on that special day. Very close to where he sat, he made a heap of leaves and was burning them while chanting. He went back to his seat and was given eba and legend stout to devour. However, after some few minutes, the clouds changed formation and colouration in response to nature’s call, and it started to drizzle.

    I was excited about the turn of events in anticipation of what the juju priest would do because it appeared to me the juju had failed. But with a calm that i had never envisaged, the priest simply ignored the rain that looked inevitable and focused on his eba. I couldn’t believe what was transpiring and I became more eager to see the climax to the soap opera before my korokoro eyes.

    However within 4 mins,the rain stopped completely and the sky became clear as a crystal. At that point, i said to myself- If a juju priest can have this much faith in juju, that he ignored the rain with all boldness how much more faith should we christians have in our living God who can’t fail. The priest must have been saying in his mind, ‘you this rain,  you no reach, when you are done wasting your time let me know.’

    Friends, you can’t rise higher than your level of faith- If you will forge ahead in life, you must learn to ignore your circumstances and focus on the promises of God, for we walk by faith and not by sight. The devil brings situations to distract us- the israelites didn’t enter the promised land for another 40 years because some of them saw giants instead of ignoring the so-called giants. I don’t know what you are going through today, ignore the circumstances and focus on God, for the things which are seen are temporal but that which is not seen is eternal.

    You’re coming out of that situation in Jesus name. Hallelujah

    Good morning and have a splendid day.

    Kunle   Olabode

     
  • Kunle 11:23 am on June 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Your Pain is your Ministry 

    Hebrews: 5. 2. Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity.

    Pain is not pleasant, but it is a pointer to the area or field where God will use us for his Glory. God trains us in diverse ways- one of the ways is to allow us pass through diverse challenges that will mould and strengthen us.

    Paul told Timothy, the things which I have taught you commit to faithful men who shall be able to teach others also. We have diverse assignments on earth- we’re sent to minister to some people not everyone. Paul was sent to the Gentiles while Peter was sent to the Jewish nation.

    One of the ways we can identify those we are sent to is the nature of challenges we’ve experienced or experiencing. Every man has an area of calling which is revealed progressively.

    Jesus went through oppression to liberate the world from oppression. He understands Oppression because he passed through it. The bible records in  Hebrews: 4. 15, “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”

    God allowed Moses to witness the oppression of the Jewish nation in Egypt for 40 years to liberate the Israelites from oppression. Let’s look at some examples in contemporary times:

    Pastor Paul Enenche of Dunamis Ministries was very sickly as a child-today he is used mightily by God in the healing and deliverance ministry.

    Bishop Oyedepo was sickly as a child- his mother lost many children while he was growing up. Hence, it is not surprising he is tasked to set the captives free from all works of the enemy.

    Yongi cho, one of the finest Generals of God in the 20th century had tuberculosis as a teenager. It therefore doesn’t come as a surprise God is using him mightily in the healing ministry.

    Other notable examples- the famous healing Evangelist Benny Hinn was a stammer as a teen; Oral Roberts had tuberculosis when he was young;  Joyce Meyer was sexually abused by the father; Pastor Paul Adefarasin was a drug addict;  Archbishop Duncan Williams was into drugs and voodoo.

    The list is endless, however if you observe carefully the challenges they went through and the nature of their callings, you will observe they are the same.

    You can only function maximally in a field you understand. God is not responsible for chaos or pain- the devil is responsible, however God allows us to pass through the pain the devil intended to use to destroy us and birth a ministry in the process.

    God wasn’t responsible for the abuse of Joyce Meyer as a young girl by the father, it was purely the operation of the devil who went into action because he had perceived her glorious destiny. The devil wanted to ensure her ministry doesn’t see the light of the day but God in his wisdom allowed it to happen, restored her that she may use the experience to set millions of people free from the same experience in all the nations of the earth.

    You may be passing through enormous challenges today, embrace Jesus, he’ll see you through and use that experience for his glory. Hallelujah

    Have a lovely day

    Kunle  Olabode

     
  • Kunle 11:09 am on June 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Law of Association 

    Scripture:

    Proverbs 13:20. “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.”

    One of the metrics that points to our destination in life is our association. There are two very important determinants of our orientation- the things we see and that which we hear. They have a profound effect on our belief system and our utterances because out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

    Adolf Hitler brainwashed the German nation by constantly telling them the Jews were hindrances to their prosperity. Soon enough hatred and disdain for the Jews led to the extermination of 6 million people in the holocaust. What we hear and see consistently is what we believe and it invariably determines how we act.

    Our inner circle must be people of immense quality that adds value to our lives- the bible records in Proverbs 27. 17,” Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”

    We must ensure we have only those who encourage and uplift us around us because they will influence our perspective and invariably our destiny. Conversely, if we choose to associate with foolish people it could spell doom for us.

    One of the ways the devil gains access into our lives is via our associations- when he wanted to kill Jesus, he looked for someone very close to him in the person of Judas; he also found an ally in Peter when he tried to prevent Jesus from going to the cross.

    Having those who share similar inclinations around us is a must if we’re going to succeed in life.

    Have a fabulous day.

    Kunle  Olabode

     
  • Kunle 12:44 pm on June 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    You are Called 

    You are Called

    Scripture:

    Romans 12:4, 6-7: For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function; having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching.

    Every believer is called to the ministry- the term ministry is not peculiar to the 5 fold ministry (Apostles, Prophets, Evangelist, Teachers and Pastors) which is just an arm of diverse ministries in the body of Christ. All believers belong to the body of Christ with Jesus as the head of the church; as important as the fivefold ministry is, it can’t function on its own. Various ministries are needed to fulfil the great commission- Jesus in his 3 and a half years ministry on earth had people who ministered to him; there were women who assisted him and took care of his needs other than the 12 disciples-they made it easy for him to achieve his purpose on earth.

    Apostle Paul also had people who ministered to his needs in the propagation of the gospel to the gentiles- some of those names are mentioned today in the bible, the bestselling book of all time because they played their part in their various ministries. One of the challenges today in the body of Christ is the denigration and lack of emphasis of certain ministries because they are not pulpit ministries. God has given each and every one of us different gifts for his glory and the work of the ministry- he wants us to utilize it for the advancement of his kingdom and propagation of the gospel on earth.

    We mustn’t think of ourselves highly than we ought but neither should we think of ourselves lowly because we don’t stand on the pulpit to minister. The body of Christ is in need of diverse gifts to be effective- there are different departments in church requiring competent people to serve. Some of the areas are Administration, finances, music, welfare, education, outreach…

    If the great commission will be fulfilled all hands must be on deck because the harvest is plenty but there are few labourers.

    Have a lovely day.

    Kunle  Olabode

     
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