MY LOVE FOR LIFE 2

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Wow!
Day by Day
Minute after Minutes
His love keeps getting more real

You obviously don’t understand
You think I’m crazy
To be in love with someone unseen
But He is real

Oh, the aura of His Presence
The feeling of warmth and care
Feeling safe in His arms
You should come along too

Teach me to love you better
That your goodness and love
May follow me
And I will dwell in your house and in your love forever

Now may the amazing grace of Jesus Christ
The extravagant love of God
The intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit
Abide with me continually

Author: Bamidele OLAMIDE
Editor: Akinola Akintayo

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HOW TO LOVE TRULY

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I am of the opinion that ‘Love’ appears as a word of action at first sight and hearing. Well, indeed, it is! Love has the distinguished honour in the English to represent what our God is! God is Love (1 John 4:8)! The genuine Love of God is pure in its all forms!

One great lesson I would like you to draw from this amazing entity called Love is this: Love does what it says! See these:

‘For God so LOVED he world that He GAVE His only begotten Son…’ John 3:16

‘But God DEMONSTRATED His own LOVE toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us
Romans 5:8 (NKJV on YouVersion App)

Love is not meant to be stored or hidden. If it is Love, it is not meant to be hidden. Love is designed to be expressed. Love is to be SEEN, FELT, and RECOGNISED. If I love a beggar, I shouldn’t sit in my airconditioned car and just say I love him/her from a distance. No. I should get out of my car, walk over to the beggar and express the love I claim to have and give something of value that can make his/her living experience better. That is Love!

Don’t claim to love people and do nothing for them. Please. Express that Love and make a difference with it. In Love is a seed to make a difference. That seed is sown as one acts out the Love one says one has.

Jesus said: “Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.”
Matthew 5:15 (NKJV on YouVersion App)
This means one does not hide the good one has! No, love is good and shouldn’t be hidden!
He then said: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Matthew 5:16 (NKJV on YouVersion App)
Just as you let your light shine,let your love shine too! Don’t bury your love like that servant that buried his talent in Matthew 25:24-25.

The profit in love is received as one uses love. Love is to be used, not stored, not hidden. Using love is a part of one’s service to God. As one expresses love,  one is expressing God. How exciting will it be to express God everywhere everyday! I want that kind of living!

Beloved, God loved you,so He did something! He GAVE you an eternal treasure in Christ Jesus! He gave the most precious gift of all time so that you could receive eternal life. He wants you to imitate Him and spread the same love you Have received around the world.

Please respond to His call and begin to make a difference with the Love He has placed within you. If you love a sinner, share the gospel with him or her. If you love your pastor, pray for him or her. If you love your country, pray for her, make a difference in her with the Love of God within you as God leads you.

As I conclude, let me reiterate that GOD is LOVE,therefore, all your acts of love must be in line with His holy and righteous nature. Again, LOVE DOES WHAT IT SAYS. LOVE IS SEEN IN ITS ACTS! Our Lord Jesus said:

“If you LOVE Me, KEEP My commandments.”
John 14:15 (NKJV on YouVersion App)

Also, the Word of God adds here that:

 ‘If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.”
I John 4:20‭-‬21 (NKJV on YouVersion App)

Beloved, what difference will you start making with the Love of God that dwells within you? Please start NOW! Do ask the Holy Spirit to help you; He is the facilitator of God’s Love within you (Romans 5:5) and your HELPER for life (John 14:16)! You can love like God loves, beloved!

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YOU CAN BE SURE!

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A young boy was asked by his teacher if he was Foluso Williams. He said he was not. Later, he said he thinks he was. The teacher was surprised at his state of confusion and asked him to confirm who he was from his parents. The boy came back the next day to declare to his teacher, saying, “My daddy said that his name is Mr. Williams and so I am also Foluso Williams.”

As funny as it might sound, this is the state some believers have found themselves in today. Why should you be confused about where you belong? Why can you not state convincingly who owns you? Why are you not sure of who begat you? I tell you today, YOU CAN BE SURE YOU ARE A CHRISTIAN! Yes you can!
This is the proof: “For as many as believed on him, he gave power to become the sons of God.” John 1:12

So you are a Christian if you have believed in the finished work of Jesus. You need not to be confused again! Glory to God!

Further, as a christian, here are three Bible verses to keep in mind as concerns you being saved and having God as your father:

1. Confession of Jesus:

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.’ Romans 10:9

2.  Witness in your spirit:

‘The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.’ Romans 8:16

3.The proof of the Holy Spirit:

‘In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise.’
Ephesians 1:13.

Don’t be tossed to and fro any longer! Know who you are and where you stand. You belong to God! Call him ‘Abba!’ with joy!

I’m proud to have God as my Father! Can you say that as well??

(Written by Bamidele Olamide; extras and editing by Akintayo Akinola)

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PRAY FOR NIGERIA

 

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Pray aloud, pray solemnly

Pray in light, pray when the night is pitch black

Pray because it is needed

Pray because the hope of tomorrow liveth

 

Pray now, don’t delay

Sitting idle and lamenting won’t take this dark mist away

The hikes in prices and the groans of the poor

Should spur you to pray night and day

 

Nigeria is blessed

And still she is blessed

As blessed as she is, still, she needs all help

Every prayer of the righteous she gets is a right seed sown

Love never ever turns its back on its own

 

Nigeria will arise, yes, she will!

She will enjoy her peace, yes, she will!

Her land will flourish, and her fields will be lush

Her harvest will be bumper, her children will eat with glee

 

But now that the dream of her smiles is clouded and hardship seems so hard set

The righteous must arise and pray, with all heart and faith

That God will touch Nigeria with His mercy

And cause the clouds of promise to rain down the blessings

Would you please say a prayer with all your heart,

Oh, Nigeria will live, she won’t fall apart

 

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MY LOVE FOR LIFE!

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I have found love at last
His love for me is deep and unimaginable
Why He chose me is unexplainable
I have got no choice but to respond positively

But you know what I found out
He is very jealous
He wouldn’t even share me with anything
Let alone anyone
He wants and owns the whole of me

But I understand Him perfectly
For He explained that
If I love anything above Him
It shows I do not really love Him

I am also aware that
My obedience to whatever He tells me
Is a proof of my love foe Him
And I’ll try my best not to hurt Him

Another thing is that
His Heart is the broadest I know
Because He loves other people too
And still runs after several, male or female

He loves you too
And I don’t know if you’ve responded
Or He is still running after you
Offering you the sweet world of His love

In fact, He has sent me to plead with you
To accept His love
And I will also love it
If I am not His only lover

I would be very happy if we could all love Him
And be happy together
Till he comes back
To marry us openly  and take us home with Him

How amazing is it?
He loves so many people
Yet I still get all of His attention
My Lover is one of a kind!

I have found this love
And I pray nothing takes His place in my heart
You want to know His name? Well, I call Him
Love

He is Love
God is Love
He loves me so much and I love Him too
And He loves you too

Oh that I may find
The privilege of meditating in His temple
Of living in His presence daily
To delight in His perfection and glory

So good to be in Love
Come, lets love Him together

Yours in His Love,
JESUFEMI.

Written by BAMIDELE OLAMIDE; edited by Akinola Akintayo

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God’s Word has creative power!

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I heard an amazing testimony yesterday which I got inspired to broadcast, so here it is:

‘A believer asked God to reveal His almightiness to him, as he fellowshipped with God one day.  He wanted to ask God some questions about His fingers, so he decided to put his hands behind his back and fold some fingers, then ask God to tell him how many of the fingers were left unfolded.

First, he folded four fingers and asked God to tell him how many fingers were unfolded. God replied ‘Six.’ He folded some more and asked God to tell him how many fingers were unfolded. God told him the correct answer.

Finally, he decided not to fold any of his fingers. So, with no finger folded, He asked God to tell him how many fingers were unfolded. God replied ’11’. The man was surprised! Every normal human being has 10 fingers, so, the answer he was expecting from God was ’10’.

When the man brought his hands forward to check his fingers, he saw 11 fingers! He had ten fingers before God told him that there were 11 fingers unfolded! The extra finger appeared simply because God said so! Amazing!

God can never lie (Numbers 23:19)! What He says is true! He calls out the visible out of the invisible!

‘(as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did;’
(Romans 4:17 NKJV on YouVersion Bible App)

‘By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.’
(Hebrews 11:3 NKJV on YouVersion Bible App)

Beloved, believe wholeheartedly whatever God says to you! If God’s Word says ‘You are blessed’, you are! If He calls you ‘Chosen’, you are! The moment God declares a thing, it is created! His Word can create! Indeed, the Word of God has creative power! Cherish the Word of God!

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A Great App for Bible Study!

Technology is causing a revolution in communication globally! The way humans interact is being changed daily with advances in technology! Christian literature has also been greatly affected by technological innovation: Electronic Bibles, audio books, and so on. In this post, I want to highlight one of the most widely adopted technological tools that is having tremendous impact on the lives of people across the world. This tool is a Bible application called YouVersion!

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YouVersion Bible App logo (source:bible.com)

I first discovered this app in 2014 and it’s been a huge blessing to me! Its interface makes the Bible so easy and  interesting to read! According to YouVersion.com, this app is

‘A free Bible on your phone, tablet, and computer. YouVersion is a
simple, ad-free Bible that brings God’s Word into your daily life.’

As seen on YouVersion.com, here are some amazing facts about this revolutionary Bible application:

‘The app has been installed on over 224 million smartphones in the world!’

‘There are 1277 Bible versions available on the app!’

‘The app is currently available in 927 languages!’

Also, the app has its own social network wherein you can create your profile, and add people as friends. These friends of yours can then get to see your activities on the app! It also suggests your friends who are already using the app to you so that you can connect with them! This app is a top pick anyday!

These facts and features are awesome! The team behind this app really deserves a resounding commendation, as they have done a phenomenal job! All the glory to God who gave them the wisdom with which to design, deploy, and keep improving on the features of the app!

Personally, it is one of my favourite apps! I love it so much! I invite you to explore it too, if you have not done so yet! The app is available for download in the major app stores- Google Play, iTunes, Windows store and BlackBerry World. You can also download it at: https://www.youversion.com/

Do you have the YouVersion Bible App installed on any of your devices right now? Kindly share your user experience of the app in the comment section! Enjoy your week!

Bookshelf: Two great books for you!

In Christianity, there is so much to learn- how to pray effectively, principles of faith, etc. Fortunately, the Holy Spirit is available as a standby teacher for believers who will yield to Him! A believer who is hungry for knowledge can be ‘fed’ via the Bible, videos and audio clips of teachings, and BOOKS! Yes, books! That is the focus of this column called ‘BookShelf’! In it, I look forward to recommending great Christian literature to you!

The benefits of reading good books cannot be overstated! Fortunately, there are many very good books that are quite affordable! So, regardless of your budget, you can still get great value from books at low cost! Also, you can get these books either in the digital formats or print, depending on your preference! It’s time to meet our first set of books!

I will be recommending two great books which are written by the same author –Pastor (Dr) David Yonggi Cho.

 ‘David Yonggi Cho is co-founder and pastor of Yoido, considered the largest and fastest growing congregation in the world.’ (Source: charismanews.com)

The first is ‘The Holy Spirit My Senior Partner’: In this book, you will learn about who the Holy Spirit is and how you can make Him your partner in daily Christian living. Pastor Cho shared extensive knowledge on topics such as ‘The Holy Spirit and believers’ and ‘The baptism of the Holy Spirit’! If you are someone who is thirsty for knowledge about the Holy Spirit, you will be glad you read it!

The second is ‘The fourth dimension’: Amazing book! In it, you will get to understand the importance and influence of your spiritual nature; how to use your God-given authority; how to reap the dividends of faith and how to overcome the barriers to experiencing the supernatural. This is a bestseller any day! I recommend it with great excitement!

The Holy Spirit My Senior Partner book cover                             The Fourth Dimension Cover

There they are, the first set of books to be recommended on ‘BookShelf’! I hope you get, at least, one of them , read it, and share your experience with me! Enjoy the week!

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The Mark Of A Leader

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The Mark Of A leader

Buds will sprout on the staff belonging to the man I choose. Then I will finally put an end to the people’s murmuring and complaining against you. (Numbers 17:5)

Read: Numbers 16:41-18:32, Mark 16:1-20, Psalm 55:1-23, Proverbs 11:7

Relate: Three thousand four hundred eighty-six. That is the number of American churches in my denomination who did not report a single conversion in the year 2014. That is the number of American churches that are wasting their member’s time and money. That is the number of ministers who need to retire or be sacked. They are in the wrong profession. Am I being too harsh?

I firmly believe that the mark of a leader is that they actually lead people. Maybe that is too demanding but if someone has a title, or the position, or the “authority” to be a leader then they should take stock. Look around. If nobody is following you, I…

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WAFBEC 2016: A GREAT START TO THE YEAR

 

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The West Africa Faith Believers Convention (WAFBEC), 2016 edition, is here! With its occurrence in the first month of the year, one can only call the timing of this event apt and strategic! This great event, is convened by the Senior Pastor of Covenant Christian Centre, Pastor ‘Poju Oyemade. He had this to say about this year’s meeting:

‘WAFBEC will put you in position in the realm of the spirit for what God has in store for you in 2016. It’s a year where the overwhelming grace for acceleration of all things will be clearly evident. Joy produced by the Holy Spirit within is what will break every limitation and turn you loose.’ (wafbec.org)

WAFBEC 2016, which is the 2nd edition (The 2015 edition being the first), has commenced today in Lagos, Nigeria. It will run continuously from today, January 22nd till January 29th, 2016! The venue is the Covenant Place, Iganmu, Lagos!

The theme for this year’s event is ‘Grace for Acceleration’. Anointed speakers that will be ministering at the event include Dr Mike Murdoch, Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo, Bishop Wale Oke, Dr Bill Winston, Bishop Keith Butler, Reverend Mark Hankins, Pastor Taiwo Odukoya and Pastor Tony Rapu. (@WAFBEC)

If you are in Lagos or close to it, this is a meeting that will bless you exceedingly, if you choose to attend! To view the event’s schedule, please click on this link: http://www.wafbec.org/sites/2016/event-schedule.php

To participate, you can get access to live streaming via: http://www.wafbec.org/sites/2016/live-broadcast.php or watch Live on TV on DTSv Channel 345.

Also, you could intercede towards the programme, wherever you are in the world. Believer, together, we succeed! Amen!

Great is our God, and when his children gather, he does exceedingly great things in their midst! All the glory to him forever! Amen!

Kindly spread the word about this great event!

Stay blessed!

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