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Who I Am In Christ

I am accepted… I am God’s child. John 1:12 As a disciple, I am a friend of Jesus Christ. John 15:15 I have been justified. Romans 5:1 I am united with the Lord, and I am one with Him in spirit. 1 Corinthians 6:17 I have been bought with a price and I belong to God. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 I am a member of Christ’s body. 1 Corinthians 12:27 I have been chosen by God and adopted as His child. Ephesians 1:3-8
I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins. Colossians 1:13-14
I am complete in Christ. Colossians 2:9-10 I have direct access to the throne of grace through Jesus Christ. Hebrews 4:14-16 I am secure… I am free from condemnation. Romans 8:1-2 I am assured that God works for my good in all circumstances. Romans 8:28 I am free from any condemnation brought against me and I cannot be separated from the love of God. Romans 8:31-39 I have been established, anointed and sealed by God. 2 Corinthians 1:21-22 I am hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:1-4 I am confident that God will complete the good work He started in me. Philippians 1:6 I am a citizen of heaven. Philippians 3:20 I have not been given a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 I am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me. 1 John 5:18 I am significant… I am a branch of Jesus Christ, the true vine, and a channel of His life. John 15:5 I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit. John 15:16 I am God’s temple. 1 Corinthians 3:16 I am a minister of reconciliation for God. 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 I am seated with Jesus Christ in the heavenly realm. Ephesians 2:6 I am God’s workmanship. Ephesians 2:10 I may approach God with freedom and confidence. Ephesians 3:12 I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13. ….May I encourage you to read the bible daily. God bless you in your ministry !!!

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SILENCE

There are people who talk too much, they end up exposing their plans, future, etc. to their enemies without knowing some friends are wolves in a sheep clothing. You don’t always have to get yourself involved in some conversations; you will end up selling yourself without knowing. One thing you must know is, not everyone is interested in your plans, progress or success. Keep that information to yourself. You have to speak to be heard, but sometimes you have to be silent to be appreciated.
There is Confidence in silence. Insecurities are loud. You don’t have to be like a parrot in life, be an eagle. A parrot talks way too much but can’t fly high but an eagle is silent and has the power to touch the sky. Move in silence so when they see you they will wonder when, where and how you’re making it. You have to remember your blessing isn’t for everybody. In Proverbs 12:23, the bible says “The wise don’t make a show of their knowledge, but fools broadcast their foolishness” Wise people have a quiet confidence. Unstable people (fools) feel the need to prove themselves, but wise people don’t have to prove anything. They know they are capable, so they can get on with their work. Beware of showing off. If you are modest, people may not notice you at first, but they will respect you later. Sometimes you just have to be silent and let others talk. You can learn a lot about a person by just paying attention and listening. You don’t always have to defend yourself with words. Your silence gives people a clue that you have better thoughts in mind.
Always remember talk is cheap, but silence is golden. Shalom

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HOW TO BE AN ENCOURAGERS

One of the great tragedies of our time is that there are so few kind people around. There are plenty of mean-spirited, hateful people, but there are very few who just take the time to be kind as a lifestyle. Yet, I believe that this is how every child of God ought to be, Eph. 4:32; Eph. 4:2; 1 Cor. 16:14 ! Let’s be honest, many people are opinionated, self-centered, rude and sometimes, just plain mean in our dealings with others. This ought not to be, especially among saved people! I believe that the Lord would have us to practice a ministry of encouragement as we pass through this world. we are introduced to a man named Joses. He is better known by the name Barnabas. When this man appeared on the scene in the early days of the church, he stepped out of obscurity doing good, and when he stepped off the stage a few years later; he exited doing good as well. In fact, the Bible’s record of this man’s life and ministry reveals him as a man who had a heart to do good to all those with whom he came into contact. Today, I would like to take a quick look at the life of Barnabas, and share with you why he earned the name “ Son of Consolation .” By the way, this name is very special. The word for “ consolation ” comes from the same word that is translated “ Comforter”, and which refers to the Holy Ghost, John 14:26 . It refers to one who comes alongside of another to offer help and encouragement. Apparently, Barnabas had earned the reputation among the Disciples of Christ, as one who was a helper and encourager of others.. For these few minutes that we have together, let’s take some time to examine the life of Barnabas and see why he was called “ the Son of Consolation. ” As we do, I want us to examine ourselves and see whether or not we too might be classified as encouragers this evening. I would like to preach for a few minutes on the thought: How To Be An Encourager. YOU MUST LEARN TO REACH OUT 1. Acts 9:26-27 Encourage The Desperate. The glorious conversion of Saul of Tarsus. After Saul was converted, he tried to unite himself with the other disciples who were in Jerusalem, but out of fear and prejudice about his past, they were afraid to allow him into their group. However, Barnabas came to Saul’s side and stood up for Him and told the others about this man’s amazing conversion. He stood up for one who desperately needed a friend. There is still a need for this kind of ministry today! We need to make the effort and take the time to reach out to those around us who seem to be lonely or who have been rejected by others. This is especially true at church. We should do our best to make everyone who comes to this place feel as if they belong here and are accepted just as they are. Every person who darkens these doors should feel like they have returned home after a long absence! We need to love them, welcome them and accept them into our services! Does this describe your life and practice? We ought to find ourselves actively engaged in this kind of activity. Look around you! There are plenty of lonely, outcast people. Find them and be a friend to someone who needs a friend. That is what Jesus did! It is what He expects of us. YOU MUST LEARN TO REACH UP Every encouragers have an upward ministry. His work doesn’t merely reach out to those around him, but it also reaches up as he carries out the work God has given him to do in this life. Encourager Further the Work Of God, encourager uses his spiritual gifts and love for the Lord and the Lord’s people to see that the work of the Lord is carried out in this world. Acts 4:36-37 He Promotes The Work Of God, The first impression we are given of Barnabas is that he is a man who gave of himself freely. He gave of his goods to see that the church and its work went on. He used the things at his disposal to enhance the work of the Lord. This describes how we ought to be as well. We ought to all strive to give of our time, and our talents so that the church can prosper and that the burden of ministry doesn’t rest upon the shoulders of one or two. When we give of ourselves and our time as we should, others are then encouraged to do the same. Beware that you are never guilty of badmouthing the church or the people of God. Just as sure as you do this in front of a lost person, you stand a good chance of condemning their soul to Hell! You might as well be the one who puts them there. If all they hear from you is how bad things are down at the House of God, then why should they want to go and be part of that mess? On the other hand, when we tell the lost how great things are. When we tell them that we have been meeting with the Lord, they will be curious and they will come to see what is going on at church. Determine in your heart that you will be an encourager, one who exalts the work of God.) exhibit joy in trials and thereby be an encourager to those around us! How about you? But, if I know my heart this morning, I know that I really want to be an encourager! Wouldn’t you like for your life to be remembered as that of an encourager? If so, then it will require that you learn to rethink the priorities of your life. God is going to have to come first. Others will have to come second and you will have to come last, if at all. Where is the benefit in that, you may ask? The benefit lies in the truth that when we make the changes necessary to become an encourager, God will be glorified, others will be edified and we will be rewarded when we arrive home in glory.

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my childhood dreams

A few days ago, I was reflecting on my life. I was looking at my childhood years, the fantasies, dreams and ambitions I had and why I haven pursued most of them. I kept asking myself; What happened to all those childhood dreams and ambitions? There is no doubt that I have seen some of my childhood dreams come to pass. But I realised that I could have accomplished more if had been a bit bolder and hungrier. After sometime, i changed the question: Is too late to pursue those that are left and still dear to me? My dear, I don’t know you. But I know you had childhood dreams and ambitions just like me and my friends. And I want you to know is that it’s not too late to resurrect and pursue those that you were truly passionate about. As matte of fact, were they not the reasons why you couldn’t wait to grow into an adult? So why now? I mean, now you find yourself in the adult field and you have become less ambitious and timid. Those childhood ambitions and dreams are meant to release you into your greatness. Yeah, I agree, it’s not all childhood dreams and ambitions can be resurrected and pursued because things have changed drastically. Technology alone has change things so dramatically in our world today. But what about the drive, enthusiasm, hunger and passion you had for them. They are the most potent weapon you need to win the game of life on your own terms. My dear, it’s time you wake up. It’s time to bring back the kind of drive and enthusiasm you had for your childhood dreams and ambitions. Decide today to pursue that single ambition or dream that had always brought joy and happiness into your life when you where a kid. Here is the deal: to become the true winner you were created to be, you must be ready to tap into the drive and enthusiasm you had for your childhood dreams and ambitions. Your chosen for greatness! You are truly born to win. Stay Motivated! Stay Blessed

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Dating

1. Dating has to be between two born again people only (2 Corinthians 6:14-17). 2. A believer may enter a relationship only IF they intend to get married. In other words, dating has to lead to marriage. But if the believer is not intend to marry, THEY MUST NOT DATE AT ALL. We don’t condone FORNICATION HERE. We don’t live like people of this world who date for a short time and then move to the next person. 3. A believer may only get to into a relationship if they know Gods plan for their life are complete and satisfied in Him while they are single. It is not wise for a believer who is not fulfilled in the Lord and does not yet know himself / herself in the Lord to get involved in dating. 4. A believer must first pray before getting involved when they feel its time to start dating and that God has release them. They must pray for God’s guidance and wisdom for the right person. The right person will fulfill God’s plan for both of your lives with. The bible does NOT show God designation a specific person you must marry (soulmate), but it show that you may enter marriage with one person you love as long you are born again (2 Corinthians 7:39-40) However, God knows the kind of person you marry so that you’ll fulfil His purpose successfully and sometimes He even chooses partners for us as a loving parent who wants the best for His children. Therefore it is wise for a believer to seek God before entering into a relationship, wait for God’s time and not to hurry. At the right time, God will free him/her to start dating. 5. A believer must not just enter a relationship because of boredom or loneliness, but must enter under God’s guidance and time 6. A believer must not just consider the outward appearance of a person of a person when start dating, but they must make sure that they date one who loves and is zealous for the Lord. 7. Sex before marriage is not allowed when dating or actions that could lead there. Sex before marriage is called fornication in the bible (1cor 6:9-12 ; 2cor 7:35-36) 8. Believers in a relationship must build their spiritual lives together; they must have proper foundation for their spiritual lives. This will help ground them in their love life. 9. A believer must be in a relationship with just one person at a time and remain faithful to that person. 10. Believers must let their spiritual leaders know when they get into a relationship.

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PRAYING FOR A LIFE PARTNER

1. Deal with your character. Examine yourself to see if you are at right standing with God. 2. Deal with your motive for prayer. Why is it that l want to get married? The motive should not be self centred but should benefit the kingdom of God as well. You pray and do not receive because you pray amiss 3. Deal with any feminism attributes in your life. Accept your role as a wife and that we are different from man and have a role we have to play to complement them. 4. Deal with pride and be ready to submit. Humility and the ability to respect and to give a man his position is what most man look for in a woman 5. Pray that God moulds you to become, not only a woman who needs a man, but a woman a man needs 6. Stand in your place and minister in the house of God. Do the best you can. Ruth was located by Boaz whilst in the field working. So get into the field and work. You don’t do this to please anyone, but common sense tells us that a hardworking woman will always be attractive
7. Get rid of idols in your life. These could be a boyfriend whom you are not sure whether he is of God or not/ a guy you are targeting and think you may win him somehow. God shows himself faithful to those who are faithful to him 8. Claim your Adam. Marriage is God ordained, just as an Eve was created for Adam, you also have to find your way to your man, someone’s rib is missing without you 9. Pray that your man locates you. There is a danger that someone who was meant for you is lost and focusing on someone else. Claim for his attention in prayer. Pray that God opens doors for you to find each other. Remember your partner could be someone that you don’t even know and have never seen, but our God the owner of the universe is the best match maker 10. Assess the family which you come from and deal with every spiritual trend that you see hindering marriages in your family 11. Pray that God may open your eyes of the inner man and help you to make the right choice. Whilst God is preparing something great for you, the devil is also in the business of cooking up some trap for you to fall for good. The three thresholds of life are: birth, marriage and death. Since the devil failed you at birth, know that he is now looking for an opportunity to destroy you. 12. Marriage should not be endured but enjoyed, pray that God gives you someone who is going to bring joy and fulfilment to your life 13. Tell God about everything that you want in a person. You do not have because you do not ask. Many singles miss it when it comes to marriage issues because they are too shy to tell God what they want 14. Make an effort to be hygienic and presentable always. A dirty woman is less attractive, no matter how prayerful she is 15. Pray for patience. Be ready to wait until God brings the perfect person along your way. Do not make rush decisions, if you rush you crush and once you crush you lose 16. Pray that the Holy Spirit may help you to control yourself. Succumb not to the desires of the flesh, do not give room to the devil 17. Temptation will always come but pray for the grace to flee all youthful lusts and pleasures. Resist the devil and he will flee from you 18. Maintain your boundaries in your relations with people of the opposite sex. An “all guys’ lady” is annoying to most men 19. Be flexible in making your decision. Do not expect to find a ‘perfect’ guy, just as you yourself is not perfect, no man is perfect 20. Let the motherly attributes be seen in you. A sweet, charming and uncompromising lady is attractive to all 21. Beauty is fleeting and charm is deceitful, but a woman who fears that Lord is to be praised. It’s not all about looks, the fear of the Lord will attract your perfect match

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SPIRITUAL GROWTH

What is a spiritual growth? It is the will of God for us to become like Him, to be Christlike, Its not only knowledge of the bible. We need the spirit of God to grow. PRINCIPLES OF SPIRITUAL GROWTH 1. Prayer 2. Bible study 3.Fellowshipping
4.Witnessing-Testifying is a bomb to overcome the devil. 5.Obedience- obedience is the key to rapid growth. The more you obey God the more you grow spiritually. Physical life needs food, The same applies to spiritual growth , you need all those principles for you to grow. 1Timothy 2:15 James 1:18-27 HOW DO WE SEE SOMEONE WHO’S GROWING? 1.Greater sensitive to sin 2cor 7:10-14 2.Craving to knw God more and more 3.He doesn’t entertain the things of this world Rom 12:1-2 4. His love grows eph 5:1-2 5. He’s quick to forgive. 6. Concern for others 7. He constantly go for the things of God. 8. Increasing desire to know the things of God.

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