Three revelations of greatness

By Rev Celestine Benson

"I see Him, but not now; I behold Him, but not near; a star shall come out of Jacob; a scepter shall rise out of Israel, and batter the brow of Moab, and destroy all the sons of tumult." Numbers 24: 17 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: Numbers 24: 17-19, Isaiah 9, Matthew 2: 2, Romans 8: 18-19, Revelation 12: 1, Isaiah 60: 1-2, Genesis 37: 9, Matthew 2: 11, Psalms 110: 2, Genesis 49: 10, Psalms 89: 20, Psalms 89: 34, Nehemiah 9: 24-25, Nehemiah 9: 35, 2 Samuel 5.

You are just not an ordinary person, God created you and pact greatness within you. I am important to God. When God removes the veil that is covering your greatness you can never be denied. When God sees you, you can never be hidden. 

The following are the signs: 

1. You are a star. The reason why you are suffering what you are suffering is because the devil can see that you are a star. You star is your destiny. Every star is meant to manifest. Everyone has a hidden star in it. Every greatness is attached to your star. Generations are waiting for the manifestation of your star. Star attracts. Your star befits glory. Glory means beautify. Beautify is attractive. Your star will arise and shine. Every star is born to dominate.

2. A sceptre shall arise from you. You are a ruler. Authority have been given to you. As a ruler, you need the oil for you to be respected. Every ruler have a mandate to crush. God has given you rulership to do with things as you want. You have the right to determine your destiny.

 

Prayers:

• My star begin to shine

• Every waster of my star, be wasted

• Oh Lord, every word you have spoken to me right before I was born, let it come to pass.

Faith Upgrade

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

"And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.” Luke 22: 31-32 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: John 4: 6, Malachi 3: 6, Philippians 4: 13, Galatians 4: 1, Hebrews 11: 1.

The greatest tragedy is not the shouting of the loss of anything but for someone to end a year depressed. The greatest mishap is for someone to enter a year happy but end it depressed with little or no faith.

There are times we do things and find ourselves tired. Being tired is not the issue but where you stopped when tired. It’s okay if you find yourself weary or tired but what you do when that happens is what matters. Why are you tired now? Who are you surrounding yourself when you are tired? When you are tired, your guard is out & when your guard is down, that is when the devil strikes. Why are you giving up right now? If God’s plan is to give you what he desires to give you at a particular time & you are tired, you loose that privilege and can only get it back by his mercies. Why is your faith failing now after all you have been through?

The challenges you face are not meant to break your faith but mend it & make it stronger. Only people that stand till the end are going to be rewarded. It’s not how you start the race that matters. Heaven did not just send you to earth to start but to also finish. Jesus says he prays for you. God is not praying for you for what you want but for what you need and what you need is faith.

The reason why God hasn’t answered some of your prayers is because you have downgraded your faith. Whatever is yours will always be yours, your faith is what matters. Your faith speaks! It’s either you are managing your faith, downgrading it or upgrading it.

Upgrade your faith!

Miracle

By Pastor Ayo Elijah

"For with God nothing will be impossible.” Luke 1: 37 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: Luke 1: 26-38, Matt 7.

You are going to hit a season in your life where you will run out of your own human limitation. You need to believe in a miracle before it comes. The advent season teaches us that God is a God that is amazingly interested in your everyday life. Real wisdom and knowledge come from God. Don’t be a critical people but you can be a critical thinker because at a point, you will need a miracle. When you don’t understand it, you begin to give credit to the universe for what God has done. Miracle is an inexplainable anomaly that is orchestrated by the eternal. A miracle is when God makes something happen that couldn’t happen, shouldn’t happen and wouldn’t happen unless he made it happen. Sometimes we get miracles and we don’t realize that we are getting it. 

Three prerequisites for miracle.

⁃ Failure: There would be no need for a miracle if there is no problem or if it’s a problem you can solve. 

⁃ Favour: Unmerited favour; it’s a preferential treatment you don’t deserve. Favour is what God uses to get what he has for you. It doesn’t come at anyone’s expense. If you don’t get favour from anyone, then you don’t need it from them. Favour is when God puts flavour in your life. 

⁃ Faith: 

Miracles exists! You don’t earn a miracle, it only comes from God. God gives it to you.

Then

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

"Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You. Then the earth shall yield her increase; God, our own God, shall bless us." Psalms 67: 5-6 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: Numbers 17: 8, John 6: 11-12, John 11: 41.

Praise is a weapon of your achievement. It is the tool needed to get your achievement. Praise means Yaddah. Which means to shout, to confess the name of God, to lift up your hands. 

Mystery of Yaddah (lifting up of hands): Spiritual weapon that signifies an offensive and defensive weapon.An instrument for warfare for God to use. Your hands are the weapons God is interested in using. Once you lift up your hands, what is shot against you, is shot away from you. 

When ever you lift up your hands, it means you are shooting arrows at your enemy. It means you are being specific. You are shooting at where your enemies are. You don’t need to see the arrow going, all you need is the testimony. Once you can lift your hand up, it means you are bound to increase. Every time there is going to be an increase, the enemy tries to short it.

When you can lift your hands, then you can yield, bring forth. Everything that you give thanks for, multiplies. If you can give thanks, every dead thing would come back to life. Lifting up your hand signifies victory.

Confidence

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

 "Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise" Hebrews 10: 35-36 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: Hebrews 10: 35-39, Hebrews 4: 16, 1 John 3: 21-22, Luke 11: 13, Revelation 2: 5, Psalms 11: 3, 1 Corinthians 2: 9-10, Isaiah 2: 22, Jeremiah 17: 5, Daniel 3: 18, Philippians 1vs 6, Philippians 4: 6-7, Isaiah 66: 8, Lamentation 3: 37, Romans 9: 17-18.

Confidence is very important. If you are going to get something from God, your approach is very important. Your approach has to be with confidence, boldness. It is key as children of God that confidence is the prerequisite for you to get what God has for you. One of the ways you lack confidence in the things of the spirit is when there is sin. Sin erodes confidence. Sin is a confidence killer. Confidence is something that is inward not outward. If God gives you a word and you don’t obey it, you are no longer confident to come back to God. Has your confidence been eroded by an instruction that you failed to carry? Every time you disobey, it takes away your percentage of confidence with God. The absence of confidence is the presence of condemnation. 

2 types of confidence:

⁃ Confidence in the flesh. It is your confidence in your human knowledge and that is limited. Sometimes we operate in this and think it is faith. When you put your hope in man, it will fail. 

⁃ Confidence in God. This is the ultimate confidence. Do not cast away the hope you have in God. Once you are hopeless, there is no more material God has to work with. God can show up at the dying minute.

As long as you are a child of God, your end will be good. If God began with you, he will finish with you. Don’t be anxious. If you still have confidence in God, what should have happened that didn’t happen, God said he will make it happen with addition. God will show up for you at the nick of time. When your confidence is in God, he will give you everything even the one you didn’t ask for. Hold on, change is coming!

Faith for abundance

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

"Then the people went out and plundered the tents of the Syrians. So a seah of fine flour was sold for a shekel, and two seahs of barley for a shekel, according to the word of the Lord." 1 Kings 7: 16 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: 2 Kings 7: 1-20, Matthew 13, James 1: 8, Luke 24, Psalms 107: 2, Luke 5: 18.

Faith is laying hold of unrealities of hope and bring them into the realm of reality by the word of God.

Faith is not hope. Hope is the vehicle that faith drives on. Faith is now! If it not now, it is not faith. We do not receive by hoping but by faith. If it doesn’t work, it is not God’s fault but your fault. The word can only work when you are ready for it. If your heart is not ready, nothing an happen. Sometimes the reason why you have not seen some things is because your confession and action is different. Your faith must match your action. Faith changes things, faith doesn’t change God. When God speaks, he is looking for who will agree. What kind of faith do you have?

Faith never looks back. It says now, it is mine. Be moved by what you believe not what you see or hear. Faith without work is dead. Unbelief is going against what the lord says. Satan always challenges real faith. Satan will always challenge whatever is real. Do what God says you should do not what your mind says you should do. Satan will challenge whatever is of God. Satan will test that faith. Don’t always wait for something to happen, make it happen. Enough of waiting for miracle to happen, be a miracle worker. Start acting the word!

Faith is not a promise, it is a statement of fact. Real faith says about you what the word of God says about you. Faith is a mystery that makes you a master over a situation. Faith puts you in command and makes you a commander. Faith is speaking the word of God over every area of your life.

Biblical principles of sowing seeds

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

"And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart." Galatians 6: 9 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: 1 Kings 3: 9-12, Isaiah 11: 2-3, Proverbs 3: 8, Genesis 28, 2 Corinthians 9: 7, Psalms 100: 2, Genesis 22: 2, Genesis 22: 12, Genesis 22: 5, 1 Samuel 1: 25, 1 Samuel 2: 11, 1 Kings 3: 4, John 3: 16, Luke 21: 1-4, Genesis 4: 7, 1 Corinthians 9: 6, Hebrews 7: 7, Ecclesiastics 11: 3, Luke 6: 38, Genesis 4: 6, Ecclesiastics 11: 5, Hebrews 11: 4, Genesis 22: 3, 1 Kings 3: 3, Luke 21: 1, Matthew 13: 8-9, Ecclesiastics 11: 6, Matthew 13: 25, 1 Samuel 9: 7-8, Acts 5: 2, Matthew 13: 28-29, Ecclesiastics 11: 4.

One of the ways to achieve success is by sowing seed. A seed sown is a spiritual transaction between you and God for your replenishment and lifting.

Reasons why people don’t receive reward is because:

1. It came in what you needed the most not what you thought you needed the most. The issue is that when the harvest come, not many of us go back to ask God what seed it is for. You can’t have understanding without wisdom. God is in the business of answering our prayers and we do not know it. 

2. We sow grudgingly. Once you dsow with grudge, don’t expect the grace of God to come upon you. You are supposed to sow with gladness.

3. We are not sowing exactly what God says we should sow. Once you don’t sow exactly what God says, you do not get what you want. God is not a respecter of persons. Whatever God says you should do, do it! What is God saying to you? 

4. We are not sowing sacrificially. Whatever is not a sacrifice, is not acceptable.

5. We did not sow our best. Once you don’t sow your best, don’t expect his best. When God gave us Jesus, he gave us his best & when he gave us the Holy Spirit, he gave us his all. Never think you can donate to God. 

6. We sow in jealousy. Let your offering be out of love, not jealousy.

7. We only sow once. Every opportunity to sow, is not an opportunity to withhold but to sow because you don’t know which one will bring reward. 

8. Our cloud is not yet full. Once your cloud is full, rain must fall. Every time you give a seed, it’s an evaporation that goes up to heaven. 

9. We regard the cloud, that is; we pay attention to what we reap. Our focus is more on the cloud and not the joy of the seed. When you observe the cloud, you don’t reap. 

10. We don’t have the mind like the 3 Hebrew kids. 

11. We give in doubts, not in faith.

12. We did not obey promptly. When God says something, do it!

13. Sow because you love God. When you do, you will reap in ways you never imagined. You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving. Give God lovingly. 

14. We did not sow on fertile ground.  

15. We sowed and the devil planted and it affected the harvest.

16. We sowed and did not tie it to anything. Sow expecting something.

17. We try to negotiate our seed with God and we end up not sowing all.

18. Once we sowed, some of us went to dig where we sowed by what we do or say. Be careful what you say concerning your seed. Be careful with your attitude to God. Don’t sow a seed and go back to living a life of sin and expect a reward.

19. Some refuse to sow because they observe the wind rather than obey God.

Winning with Wisdom

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

"There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots.TheSpirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord." Isaiah 11: 1-2 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: Proverbs 4: 4-5, James 3: 13-18, Proverbs 30: 4, 1 Corinthians 2: 6, Proverbs 10: 22, Galatians 5: 22-23, Luke 21: 15, Psalms 119: 98, 2 Timothy 3: 15, Job 28: 28, Matthew 7: 24, John 1: 1, Colossians 1: 1-2, Ecclesiastes 10: 10, Proverbs 24: 3.

Wisdom is the application of knowledge. It is also the application of sound judgement and experience. Wisdom is what it takes to win in life. Once you are able to navigate life, you are wise. Wisdom is application. Life will always offer you challenge but how you go through life depends on the level of your wisdom. Wisdom is knowing when, where, how to talk and when not to talk. Intelligence and foolishness is not the same. You can be intelligent but foolish.

If you don't have wisdom, forget it! Money is not answerable to wisdom. Wisdom is the principal thing! Wisdom provides you with the ability to avoid challenges you come across in life (business, job, family, church etc). Wisdom looks at things at different levels. Wisdom is what makes a young man know how to seat with elders.

There are 3 kinds of wisdom. 

⁃ Earthly wisdom: it centres on your intellect, science and technology. Earthly wisdom thinks carnally. It is sensual & limits you. 

⁃ Devilish wisdom: it operates in cults and occultism. It deals with hypnotism and manipulation. 

⁃ Godly wisdom: it is from above. This is the kind of wisdom you need to be able to win and succeed in life. This wisdom is not of this world. It gives you victory over challenges. 

Characteristics of earthly & devilish wisdom include; Bitter envy, Strife in the heart, Glory in profession, Having this life only in view, Satisfying sensual desires, Devilish inspired by demons, Confusion, Every evil work.

Characteristics of Godly/ divine wisdom include; Pure, Peaceable, Gentle (meek, modest, kind), Easily entreated, Full of mercy (live a life of forgiveness), Full of God's fruits, Without partiality, Without hypocrisy (open, honest, genuine and truth).

How to get the Godly/ divine wisdom: By prayer, In the word, Associate with the wise, Observation and experience, Follow instruction, Learning from other people's mistakes

What does wisdom give you? Long life, Direction, What money can't buy, Ability to do exploits, Ability to see what others don't see, Ability to cut through every challenge.

The reason why you are where you are not is because of wisdom. Wisdom is the key that you need to succeed in life. Wisdom tells you your stops and steps.

The nature of faith

By Pastor Mike Mustapha

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Hebrews 11: 1 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: 2 Corinthians 5: 7, Romans 10: 17, Romans 4: 18, Hebrews 11: 2, Psalms 23: 1, Proverbs 23: 7, Hebrews 11: 3-6, Psalms 91: 1, Romans 10: 17, Psalms 24: 2, 1 Corinthians 2: 7, Hebrews 11: 23, Proverbs 3: 5-6, 1 John 2: 15-17, Hebrews 11: 32-34, 1 Timothy 6: 12, Matthew 17: 20.

It doesn't take God long to do something big. He may be God to the world but he is a father to us. The father's business requires haste. If you have to live by faith, there are some essence of faith you have to exhibit to show it. Faith starts with God and he has given us access to it. 

What is faith? Faith is the cancellation of the natural laws. Faith is believing in reality before it happen. Faith is a now thing! Your future is God's present. God doesn't have a past or future. He lives in the now. Faith has hope. Faith says you don't need anybody. Faith gives you a good report. To see if faith is working in your life, see if the word of God is framing your life. Faith is a good testimony.

Faith is a walk with God. Its time to take this thing serious. God is spirit. He is not trying to be spiritual. When you are walking with God, you can't walk with too many people. You don't need the details for tomorrow. When divinity contacts humanity, that's all that matters. Faith is being willing to trust God. Faith is a persuasion.

Faith is a conviction. Faith relies on the faithfulness of God. Faith has no fear. Faith doesn't align itself with sin. There are some people you don't need in your life. Faith chooses Jesus. Choose Christ even if it is not convenient. Faith qualifies you. Faith gives you a running over.

Wisdom

By pastor John Kayode

"Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding." Proverbs 4: 7 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: James 3: 15-17, Daniel 1: 20, Genesis 41: 38-42, Daniel 1: 8-9, Daniel 2: 12, Daniel 2: 23-26, 2 Samuel 14: 20, Psalms 119, Psalms 16: 11, Psalms 100: 4, 1 Timothy 4: 14, Jeremiah 9: 23, Galatians 4: 28, Genesis 26: 4, Matthew 11: 12, Revelations 5: 10, 1 Corinthians 2: 9, Jeremiah 33: 3, Luke 11: 1, Revelations 1: 10, Matthew 6: 36, Romans 8vs 28.

What is wisdom? The quality of having experience in a thing. The quality of being wise.

The four different types of wisdom;

⁃ Earthy kind of wisdom. Some call it common sense

⁃ Sensual or intellectual kind of wisdom. 

⁃ Demonic kind of wisdom. Familiar spirit, witchcraft.

⁃ Wisdom from above.

Wisdom from above sets you apart from every other person. This wisdom makes you stand out. It gives you insight to things. Life is not about your age but your discovery. Your fear is as a result of your ignorance. A lot of things you are scared of, if you have more insight to it, you would no longer fear it. Just like light that never fears darkness. As children of God we should be over every challenges of life; & for that to happen, you need wisdom.

How to access the wisdom from above;

⁃ Tireless study of God's word. Search the word of God!

⁃ Joy and rejoicing. If you are not joyful, the holly spirit will not dwell in you. For the devil to oppress you, you have to be depressed. Refuse to be depressed! 

⁃ Impartation.

To keep the flow of wisdom, you must continually acknowledge God as the source. Every child of God we carry great potential. Every child of God is ordained us as kings and queens to reign on the earth.

How to retain the access of the wisdom from above;

⁃ You must be spiritual. Don't take the things of God so casually. Christianity and church is not a social gathering. 

⁃ You must be prayerful. Don't pray absent-minded prayers.

⁃ You must be sensitive. Be sensitive to the things and voice of God.

⁃ You must be a kingdom advancer & lover of God. To see destiny fulfilled, you must be steadfast and consistent with your walk with God. 

Prayers.

⁃ God have mercy on me. Everywhere I have fallen short of your glory, Lord have mercy. 

⁃ God, release upon me the spirit of wisdom that I will be able to discern, to make the right decisions. 

⁃ God, rekindle my prayer life. 

⁃ Lord, give me the spirit to be sensitive in the spirit to your voice and your dictate.

Secrets to soaring to greater heights: The Love Factor.

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

"You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you" Matthew 5: 43-44 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: Matthew 5: 43-47, 1 Peter 2: 17, John 13: 34-35.

Every life, business, person has something behind their success. There are principles they abide by. It is not what you see externally that determines how far something will go, but what is internal. If you want to fly high in life, there are certain things you have to do. Whenever you don't obey a principle, anything can happen. One of the factors for soaring high is the love factor. The real root of forgiveness comes out of love. If you don't love, you can't forgive.

There are two kinds of love; love towards God and love towards men. It takes more time to hate than to love. It costs you nothing to love but costs you a lot to hate. The energy you use to hate is not the same you use to love. There is a devil behind hate that wants to keep us grounded. "No one is born hating another person because of the colour of skin. People learn to hate and if they can learn to hate, they can learn to love" Nelson Mandela.

Hate grounds you. It is the cancer that stops one from flying. It keeps one stagnated in life. Your enemies bring out the best in you. Your enemies will remind you of your shortcomings. They tell you the truth. Your understanding of your shortcomings come from people that hate you. You must learn to rise above those that hate you. Don't try to be even with them. They can insult you now but they with envy what you have one day.

You have the capacity to forgive but to forget is a different thing. The fact that you still remember, you shouldn't let it pull you down. You cannot attract what you want, you attract who you are. Look at people that hate you and talk nasty things about you and love them. You cannot attract what you hate! When someone gives you a hard time, respond with prayers. Know how to love! When you love, you carry God. 

⁃ Invite your enemies for dinner, give them a good meal.

⁃ Send them gifts.

How far do you want to rise? Love is the factor.

Prayers

⁃ Lord give me grace to love my enemies.

I am favoured for expansion

By Pastor Mattew Kazeem

"But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking" Luke 5: 5-6 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: Luke 5: 1-11, Romans 9: 15, Hebrews 11: 1-5, Hebrews 11: 40, Hebrews 12: 1-2, 1 Corinthians 6: 11.

What doesn't make sense to you is what God wants to use. Your blessings is already packaged before you were born. God knows that you will pass through trials so he created an escape route for you.

The expansion of God concerning your life is not meant for you alone. God wants you to extent it to others. Your lifting from the position you are in is for God to also lift those around you. Irrespective of where you are coming from, if God favours you, he will lift you up. No one has the right to put you down.

If God wants to bless you, multiply you, he must see a "net" in your hands. When God wants to bless you, he must see what you have gone through and that is the avenue he would use to bless you. God can't make you soar when you don't have a wing. For God to increase you, you need something. If God did not allow you to go through it, he can't bless you through it! Your faith should be in Christ Jesus. Work in the faith of Christ that lives in you.

If God gives you an instruction, don't explain him. If you can explain God, he ceases to be God. If God gives you an instruction, stay in position. Position yourself in the place of prayer. 

Prayers

⁃ God distinct me from others. Give me a blessing that will distinct me from others.

⁃ Whatever be the net in my hand, I pray that I catch enough.

⁃ Anything that will stop you from harvesting your blessing, Holy Ghost fire, consume them.

Month of soaring to greater heights

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

"But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." Isaiah 40: 31 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: Exodus 19: 4, Amos 3: 7,  Isaiah 40: 1-2.

Whatever you find yourself going through is not meant to kill you. You have to sense that something is coming and go into the place of prayer and you rise above it. Once your wings carry weight, it cannot take you higher in the situation of life. God designed and called us using the eagle.

If you want to succeed, you must be willing to rise above offences. The reason why your life is not going the right way is because you are offended at so many things. When you see disappointment, offences, bitterness coming, don't let it get to you, just lock it up! If you are able to lock yourself, what was supposed to kill you, will raise you up. Are you willing to lock it up? Your adversary can be turned to an advantage. The reason why you have been trapped where you are is because of the people you are associating with.

Discouragement is a spirit so be careful allowing people talk discouraging words to you. Not every eagle in the valley survive. You need encouragers, destiny helpers around you. You are meant to always look up. The moment you look down, you miss out. What are you looking at? Many of the people that take you down are the familiar people around you. Eagles don't move in a crowd, they move alone. You are at a place where you need to shed some of your friends. You are soaring to greater heights! You can soar to greater heights when you know the people that taunt you. It's good for people to talk against you so that God can lift you up. Don't allow anything get to your soul. Challenges are not meant to take you down but to take you up. It depends on your mindset.

Whenever you lock it up, you are destined for flight.

Down but not out

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

"So they picked up Jonah and threw him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging." Jonah 1: 15 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: Jonah 1: 1-3, 1 Corinthians 15: 9, Micah 7: 8, Jonah 2.

You may be down but you are not out!

God's design is to move you forward, but in life, you realize you are moving backwards. Every time you are discouraged in life, you will be going down. If you don't address the issue, it takes you further down away from your purpose in life.

Discouragement is a spirit because it leads to depression. Once you are discouraged, you need to address it immediately. Many a times, God wants to do things in our life but we get discouraged. If God speaks something to you and you don't like it, instead of fleeing or keeping quiet, talk to him. God likes to talk to you and have conversations.

Every assignment has an adversary. What is it that has kept you down? Somehow in life, everybody gets to this level (a level where they are discouraged) but not everybody stays there; they don't allow the discouragement to overwhelm them. It's not your falling that is the issue, it's what you do when you are down there that matters. Do you have strength to pray when you are low? Prayer is the weapon you need. Pray anyways whether you feel like it or you don't. 

What is prayer? Prayer is a conversation. It is your thoughts back to God and God talking to you. When the enemy wants to attack you, the first thing he does is to cut off your prayer life. There is nothing inside of you that God doesn't know but you not saying it to him, is stopping your miracle.

Even when you are down, don't forget to praise God. If you can give God the praise at the lowest point of your life, he will raise you up. What makes you rise up is your passion. If you can only hold on to God, he will take you to your place of fulfillment and purpose. God is able to change your night into day if you can only praise him and worship him there. When you surrender, God takes you to your place.

The hardest thing to do is to thank God when you are down.

Walking by Faith

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

"But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him." Hebrews 11: 6 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: Hebrews 11: 1, Romans 8: 24-25, Hebrews 11: 5, Genesis 17: 5, Numbers 23: 19, Genesis 11: 6.

Once hope is seen, it's no longer hope. If you don't work in faith, you are not part of the category of God's people. Life is about faith. You live a life of faith to please your creator, master and God. Faith is an important ingredient in a day to day life. You need faith to exist. For you to please God, you just have to work by faith.

Faith is talking something big. If you can do it yourself, it is not faith. God is a big God so when you talk big, you talk at his level and his language. The moment you have something else to fall back on, you are no longer exhibiting faith. You can't say you have faith and have options. The moment you start doubting, it is no longer faith.

If you have to walk with God, you have to talk his language. The God that you please, rewards faithful faith livers. When you think big, God meets that expectation. Faith is the only language heaven hears. You can't offer a sacrifice without faith and expect a reward. Faith can deliver even when you think it is not possible. It's not about how long, it's about your faith. When you commit God to something, you have committed his integrity to it. The reason why things have changed for you is because you have changed. You can't change and expect God to remain.

Are you willing to live by faith? Stop looking for people to pity you. Walk like a royalty. Stop talking low to fit in, start talking big to fit out. Have the God kind of faith. God will never dishonour his word. Talk big, think big, act big, expect big and you become big. Do you want to make history or you want to become history?

Prayers

⁃ Lord, help me to start thinking big.

⁃ Lord, reward me big.

 

Shifting

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." Romans 12: 2 (NJKV)

Bible Readings: Job 14: 14, Colossians 3: 1-3, Genesis 41: 46, Ephesians 4: 21-22, Habakkuk 2: 3,  Ezekiel 47, Job 42, Psalms 30: 5, Exodus 19: 4-5, Colossians 3: 5, Psalms 29: 10, Isaiah 41, Psalms 144: 7-9.

If you want to shift, you must not fit in. You will not conform to what is happening in the world. If you want to go higher, don't care about conformity but transformity. Don't care about the world system.

When you are conformed, your life becomes deformed because you become grounded. Just because you are on the same level now doesn't mean you are meant for the same place. You mind has to be renewed for you to shift. 

Transformation is also shift. How do you shift? You do this by renewing your mind. 

 You are the only one with the power to reset. For 2017 we have passed the middle. Once you've passed the date (as a clock) you have been reset. Things have been reset to be a brand new day. There is a shift in the timing of your destiny. You are being given a fresh start, a new beginning and a brand new name. For some, the day is over but for some the time has arrived. You are being shifted to a place where you finish strong and great. 

Are you content or will you say there is something more? The position you shift in is about the wind. If he has done it before he will do it again. Only God has the final say. Heaven moves you from your strength to God's place, from your mind to God's glory.

 For you to get to this place you have to line up. You have to renew your mind: your mind is new with a capacity to rewind and shift it one more time. To renew your mind you have to shed some of the weight you have carried so you can run your race with endurance. Stop trying to conform you do not belong to the same class. Stop looking in and start looking up. Your mind has to shed off bitterness, unforgiveness, malice so you can shift.

You have to stop equating yourself with people. God is bringing you to an expected end.  The expectation of your expected end is about to rise up. You do not belong at the bottom you belong at the top! As long as you continue to look up you can never go down.

Stop looking at your connections. There is a supernatural shift that will take over your life.

Grace

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts. ‘Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! and he shall bring forth the capstone with shouts of “Grace, grace to it!" Zechariah 4vs 6-7 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: Romans 11: 6, 1 Corinthians 15: 10, 2 Corinthians 12: 9, Matthew 16: 17-19, 1 Corinthians 6: 19, Acts 20: 32, Genesis 28: 15, Lamentation 3: 37, Numbers 23: 13, Matthew 19: 7, Amos 9: 11, Zechariah 4: 10, Romans 11: 6, 1 Samuel 2: 9, Philippians 4: 13, Acts 20: 32, Isaiah 40: 1-4, 2 Corinthians 8: 9, Ephesians 2: 4-6, Revelation 3: 20.

God is present in the midst of opposition.

Just because there is grace doesn't mean you won't go through tribulation but God will carry you through it. Never assume that because God sent you somewhere means it will be easy. Anything that God is behind, that's what the devil goes after. The devil tries to make sure it doesn't come to pass.

You are the temple of the Holy Ghost. You are given the mandate to rebuild that temple and when you go to do the rebuilding, the devil attacks. You rebuild the temple by the word of God. When you are trying to build your spirit man by the word of God, that is when all hell breaks loose. The devil doesn't go after nothing, he goes after something. The word of grace can build you up and give you an inheritance.

Certain things will not happen easily. Devil will send opposition, turmoil. The reason why you gave opposition is because of what you carry. Don't let the opposition make you stop building. When you don't build God's kingdom, you are leaving a patch for the enemy to build his. Who is it that is standing between you are what God said you should do? Who is it that is standing between you and your vision? Behind any challenge, there is somebody. Anytime you try to bring human strength in God's matter, he backs off.

Allow God fight his battle! Grace is all about Jesus. Forget about the things you have gone through because God can and will do something new. While you are thinking you are starting, God is telling you he has already finished it. When grace enters you, disgrace leave you. Grace is strength, finisher, beautifier, healer.

You are a product of grace! Grace started it, grace will finish it. Your end is in Christ and if it's in Christ, it is good!

The Story of Grace

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

"For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion." Romans 9: 15 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: Titus 2: 11, John 1: 16, Ruth 1: 1-5, Genesis 6, Genesis 7, Genesis 8, Deuteronomy 23: 3-6, Numbers 23: 8, Ruth 2: 3.

The story of grace is the story of Christ.

Grace is unmerited favour. Something that you didn't earn but it's there. Grace is what makes God choose you out of everybody else and bless you. Grace takes you away from failure and put you on a pedestal of ease. Grace is for everybody. The source of grace is from God the father. There is nothing you do to earn it. Grace is what takes one from a position and makes them an enviable entity. Grace takes you away from crisis.

Grace takes you away from certain things and some times, you think it's suffering whereas, it has something better. Grace doesn't always shield you away from problems, but it gives you the capacity to go through it. Grace wants you to go through the fire so you are refined and start to look like God. Never think the absence of open doors, is the absence of grace. 

⁃ Never take shortcut.

⁃ Don't be curious over things that are dangerous.

⁃ Never act when angry. 

You carry your breakthrough all along and it only manifests when you have grown up! There are certain things that you hold close that grace has to take away before it gives you what you need. Grace makes you get what you did not qualify for. When things are happening for you, never think it's because of yourprayers or fasting; it is the story of grace!

The day you forget the story of grace is the day you fall into disgrace. When you enjoy grace, you are not afraid to release grace. Be careful not to slam the door of whom God used to bless you because you will need it tomorrow.

Strategies for success: The blessing

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

"The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it." Proverbs 10: 22 (NKJV)

Bible Readings:  Luke 5: 4-5, Genesis 12: 1-3, Galatians 3: 29, Genesis 24: 4, Malachi 2: 7-12, Hebrews 7: 1-7, Ephesians 6: 1-2, 1 Peter 2: 17, Genesis 18.

To succeed, you need heaven's approval. Blessing also means grace. It is that divine unmerited favour. Wise people look for blessings before doing anything. The blessing is what separates the successful from the unsuccessful. The blessings is what makes you wealthy. Whatever you want to do, seek for the blessing. Many people are not getting the blessings because they are not doing the right things.

There is a difference between blessings said from the lips and from the soul. You have to do some things to provokes the blessings. They include;

⁃ Tithe: When you know how to tithe, things will be easy for you. 

⁃ Sacrificial offering: Be a sacrificial giver. If you can be a dangerous giver, you'll receive dangerously. 

⁃ Kingdom offering: Anything that will advance the kingdom, be ready to do it. Be responsive to the things of God. 

⁃ Kingdom assignment: Soul winning! 

⁃ Honour: It is key. To live long, you must honour. If you want to go higher, you must honour people. Honour is valuing people.  

⁃ Humility: Be humble! 

⁃ Thanksgiving: Attitude of gratitude opens more pores of blessing.

Love

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

 "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." 1 John 4: 20-21 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: 1 Peter 1: 3, Revelation 5: 10, Luke 10; 25, Genesis 1: 26, 1 John 2.

The opposite of love is hate. When you hate, it affects you personally.

We are wired to be like God and God is love. We have the nature of God and therefore we are love. If you love the things that God gives you, will you claim to love God himself? You cannot claim to love the gift and the giver at the same time, one has to be paramount.

If you want to succeed in life, love God alone and not what he gives. If you love God alone, you own what he has. To succeed in life, you have to change your perspective and mindset from the gift to the giver. To love God is to love your neighbour. If you hate your neighbour that you can see, how can you say you love God when you haven't seen him? Every time you hate your neighbour, you hate God.

The love of God has no condition. It is the agape one. Love is not a choice, it is a command. If you love, you live. If you have life, you have success. You can't despise God and enjoy him at the same time. You can't look down on God and look up to him at the same time. 

Jealousy, envy, and pride are some of the reasons why you hate people .

Ingredients of divine love

⁃ Love is patient: wait for their turn.

⁃ Love is kindness: never act irrationally.

⁃ Love is generous: no envy.

⁃ Love is humble

⁃ Love is polite

⁃ Love is unselfish

⁃ Love has good temper: never irritated or resentful.

⁃ Love is righteous: hates sin, never glad when things go wrong.

⁃ Love is sincere: not boastful or hypocritical.