Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 8:54-61 May the LORD our God be with us, as He was with our fathers. May He not leave us nor forsake us, 1 Kings 8:57 This was Solomon’s prayer when he dedicated the Temple in Jerusalem to God. He saw the Temple as a reminder of God’s presence with His … Continue reading OUR GOD IS WITH US
God can't think small. Even when he creates small things there has to be magnitude. His vision is always grand. Who else will create 200 billion galaxies. What's he going to do with them?! Space is largely "empty". There are enormous distances between those galaxies. And galaxies are HUGE! The diameter of the average galaxy … Continue reading THINK BIG!
THE LORD RESPONDS TO US
LIVING WORD DEVOTIONALBy Pastor Mensa Otabil Scripture Reading: Psalm 18He bowed the heavens also, and came down With darkness under His feet. And He rode upon a cherub, and flew; He flew upon the wings of the wind. Psalm 18:9–10 The God who created the world lives outside of the world He created and yet … Continue reading THE LORD RESPONDS TO US
Two Levels of Temptation
There are 2 levels of temptation. There is the temptation of the poor, and the temptation of the rich and powerful. The two are not the same. There was a youthful and powerful king. Feeling restless one evening he went to his terrace. Directly in his line of sight was an ethereal beauty, totally naked. … Continue reading Two Levels of Temptation
Why Angela Refused to get Married
There are those who carry living burdens. Angela was one of them. Though she also carried the burden of beauty - that inability to go unnoticed. She was not in short of admirers. But she refused to have a relationship or marry. Some said she was Ogbanje, a spirit of misfortune; others opined she had … Continue reading Why Angela Refused to get Married
How to: Hear God’s Voice
One of the greatest benefits of our salvation has to be that of hearing God speak to us personally. There can be no intimate relationship with our heavenly Father without it. But, as easy as it is for us to speak to Him, the average Christian has a hard time hearing His voice. This is … Continue reading How to: Hear God’s Voice
In the beginning of God created – Leke Alder
The Bible is very technical. The genius of God was to make the Bible accessible to all. A letter "s" made all the difference in determining Abraham's inheritor (Galatians 3:16). And so when the Bible says, "In the beginning God created..." my brain scrambles. Why? Because it's an unusual construct in English and a grammatical … Continue reading In the beginning of God created – Leke Alder
WHO PLANS YOUR DAY?
You know that feeling of waking up so bright and happy and you say to yourself, "I'll enjoy the best out of today. I will walk in love. I will do this and I will do that". This was exactly what happened to me. Now, to my story… I woke up that faithful morning feeling … Continue reading WHO PLANS YOUR DAY?
THE SPIRIT LIFE – Apostle Michael Orokpo
The most risky thing to do in life is to choose the part of the Spirit. Because if you choose the path of the Spirit, you must be accurate, if you're not accurate, you are finished. There are many other things you can do and manage, not Spirit Life. It's either you do it the … Continue reading THE SPIRIT LIFE – Apostle Michael Orokpo
CS Lewis, Billy Graham and other great theologians on Christian Faith
There have been diverse concepts on the subject of Christian faith, the following definitions by great theologians will help you shed more light on this subject. Photo: http://www.britannica.com C.S. Lewis: C.S. Lewis, a prominent Christian author, believed that Christianity is the only religion that made sense to him. He believed in the concept of God … Continue reading CS Lewis, Billy Graham and other great theologians on Christian Faith
What to Do When it Seems Like Everything is Going Wrong
Have you ever been in a situation where it seemed like the harder you tried the worse things got? Well, you’re not alone. If you have decided to live by faith, there are going to be times when it seems like everything is going wrong You will face challenges, but I’ve got three points to … Continue reading What to Do When it Seems Like Everything is Going Wrong
DO YOU KNOW GOD?
If you are the type who can not withstand a little delay from God...then you do not know your God. If you are the type who would challenge God and question God for not answering your Prayers at the time the answers are needed, and you would be discouraged and disappointed, THEN...you do not know … Continue reading DO YOU KNOW GOD?
“And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.” (1 Kings 17: 1) Our Focal Scripture speaks of that moment when Elijah decreed that there … Continue reading DIVINELY EXEMPTED
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN STRONG MINISTRY LEADERS AND WEAK MINISTRY LEADERS
There are statements you hear a minister make on the pulpit, and you instantly know that he is not pastoring a strong work. The difference between strong ministry leaders and weak ministry leaders is their approach to ministry. One has an approach that is shaped by years of learning, unlearning, and relearning, while the other … Continue reading THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN STRONG MINISTRY LEADERS AND WEAK MINISTRY LEADERS
DISCERN THE ENEMIES
“So I answered and spake to the angel that talked with me, saying, What are these, my lord?” (Zechariah 4: 4) The vision of Zechariah in our Focal Scripture was about the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem. Notice that in Ezra 4 vs. 1-3, some enemies of Judah showed up and posed as supporters … Continue reading DISCERN THE ENEMIES
DON’T SPEAK IN ANGER
Be angry the scripture teaches but then it says "sin not" What does it mean by "sin not"? It means don't be hasty to speak when angry. Words spoken in anger have never produced anything good. You will regret it. Psalm 39:1 says "I said I will take heed to my ways that I sin … Continue reading DON’T SPEAK IN ANGER
How to Find, Follow and Fulfill God’s Will
I was a fairly typical kid until my senior year of high school. As I neared graduation, I realized I was going to have to make decisions about my future that would determine the rest of my life. One thing I believed very strongly was that God had a plan for my life. I didn’t … Continue reading How to Find, Follow and Fulfill God’s Will
YOU WILL RISE AGAIN
“And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof.” (Zechariah 4: 3) Our Focal Scripture makes mention of the two olive trees on either side of the lampstand. Agriculturists say that when the olive tree is cut down, if there be as … Continue reading YOU WILL RISE AGAIN
God’s Kind of Love
“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love” (1 John 4:7-8) Most of us think that we really understand the love of God, but our experience proves otherwise. We … Continue reading God’s Kind of Love
You know Jay-Z don’t you?
You know Jay-Z don't you?You know Jay-Z don't you? I don't mean Sean Carter the rapper, I'm talking about the Jay-Z in the Bible, John Zebedee. In fact there are two Jay-Zs in the Bible. The other was James Zebedee. It appears their family was well connected. John for example knew the High Priest. He … Continue reading You know Jay-Z don’t you?
THE BLESSING: FROM WHERE?
Some People can not even differentiate between the blessing of God and the Promotion of the Devil. God does lifts up. Yes, but the Devil also lifts up as well. Let's not confuse the two or make a concoction of the two drinks. In Luke 4 when Satan came to tempt Jesus in the wilderness, … Continue reading THE BLESSING: FROM WHERE?
DISCERN YOUR BATTLES
“He delivereth me from mine enemies: yea, thou liftest me up above those that rise up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man.” (Psalm 18: 48) In our Focal Scripture, the psalmist declared the that Lord has delivered him from the violent man. The psalmist in this scripture was David whilst the … Continue reading DISCERN YOUR BATTLES
Hebrews Highlights: What Do You Believe?
Over the last forty years of teaching the Bible, I have learned some interesting things about how Christians determine what they believe. Unfortunately, one of the things I’ve learned is that many Christians never let the Bible get in the way of what they believe A recent Barna Survey reveals that for the first time, … Continue reading Hebrews Highlights: What Do You Believe?
I AM NOT AGAINST THE SUPER HEROES
I am not against the entertainment value of these Superheroes of the Children Movies. NO NOT at all. They are pure entertainment. But I am saying, we the Parents should find time to Introduce the reality of the Power of Jesus to Our Children, so that they don't imbibe the philosophies of these Superheroes as … Continue reading I AM NOT AGAINST THE SUPER HEROES
NO HUNGER FOR EXTRA MILE
A lot of us had attended several conferences and heard several sermons and messages on divers scriptural messages. A lot of us had been informed of the mind of God for our lives. We had received several visions and revelations of what the Lord wanted us to do for Him. BUT ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS, WHEN … Continue reading NO HUNGER FOR EXTRA MILE
GOD’S WORD IS POWERFUL
A true revelation of God’s Word is the single most important element of a victorious Christian life. The Word of God often refers to itself as a seed. There are a total of forty-four verses in the New Testament where the Greek word sperma was translated “seed.” This is the same word from which we … Continue reading GOD’S WORD IS POWERFUL
PUSH DARKNESS AWAY
“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.” (1 Corinthians 15: 41) When God created the sun moon and stars, He gave them a mandate “…to divide the light from the darkness…” (Genesis 1 vs. … Continue reading PUSH DARKNESS AWAY
SHARE YOUR LIGHT
“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.” (1 Corinthians 15: 41) One of the important functions of the sun is that it gives light to the moon. The moon gets its light from the … Continue reading SHARE YOUR LIGHT
SIEZE THE MOMENT
“Then said his sister to Pharaoh's daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee?” (Exodus 2: 7) It is instructive to observe that when Moses’ sister saw that he had been picked up by Pharaoh’s daughter, she suggested that she should … Continue reading SIEZE THE MOMENT
ACCURATE PRAYER POINTS!
This season, many believers and ministries are fasting and praying. Please note the following- The Lord's prayer came out as a valid prayer request, "Lord, teach us how to pray."In prayer, never 'cook up' prayer points'. The first prayer point is to ask the Lord to teach you how to pray; it was after they … Continue reading ACCURATE PRAYER POINTS!