YOU ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD...MATT. 5:14
Vol. 5 Issue 10
Merry Christmas Welcome to The Lighthouse, a monthly publication of The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Dominion Chapel.
HEN you have the ability to sit in the presence of someone who has walked intimately with God, it is a privilege to take from his or her wisdom. The life of such a person is a testimony not to their greatness, but to the greatness of God working in and through them. Such people have seen the wonders of God’s power, and learning from them often challenges you to seek God more. This is my experience with the General Overser of the Redeemed Christian Church Of God, Pastor E.A Adeboye. The principle of “first mention”. It is a principle that states that the first mention of something in the Scriptures is especially significant and sets the stage for how it is to be understood in the rest of the Word. The book of Genesis starts with “In the beginning, God…” This sets the foundation that the beginning started with God. What will Gods records say when it first mentions you? The second principle is the role success plays in our lives. It is important to analyze what success has done to you. Has it caused you to draw nearer to God? Or has it caused you to push God away? Often times the pursuit of success leads to a spirit of ingratitude, in which believers forget what God has done on the journey. We often take God for granted in what we come to believe are the little things in life, and therefore we lose trust in Him for the “bigger” things in life. What we fail to see is that ingratitude slows down what God wants to do in our lives. And ingratitude is not apparent initially. It is a subtle virus that enters and its effects do not become apparent immediately. If you take a look at the life of Samson, you will see that his ingratitude was a deeper problem than even his lust for women, and that ultimately led
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him to a path that God had not originally intended for him to travel. The third principle is God’s leadership. Each of us as Christians is supposed to be led by God. However, God does not force us to accept His leadership. He leads only if we allow Him. The question comes down to if we are willing to submit ourselves to His leadership.
The act of submission is a choice that we must consciously make. It is not automatic, neither is it influenced by anything other than our own desire. we must make up our minds to go all the way when we ask Him to lead us, because he may lead us to the most unexpected places. Often times it is the unexpected places that cause people to not submit to God. It is only those that are convinced things can be better that desperately embrace change. Please note that wherever we are today is still far from our final destination. Proverbs 27:7 says, “If we are full, then we don’t need more.” People satisfied with where they are can never go higher and therefore do not like divinely orchestrated changes in their lives. Lastly, we must never forget that Jesus is coming back to take His church to be with Him. You must always walk with eternity in mind, because you can never tell when the last minute of your life will be. Everything Jesus said about Himself, He proved it. If He proved Himself in all other ways, he will do it again. Take heed, and be ready. As we round up this glorious year and prepare for another, may the joy of Christmas be our portion all the way in Jesus name. Merry Christmas and Happy New year
Bayo & Toun Fadugba
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“And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him” (Mathew 25:6)
Nothing moves me like the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His own. This is a message I am happy to preach any day to whoever cares to listen. Any Christian who has lost sight of the second coming of our Lord has nothing else to live for. The bottom line of most
Now is the time to go to the Heavenly departmental stores to do some shopping. activities today is to gain the world – acquire money, material assets etc. But every mundane acquisition without a complimentary spiritual acquisition amounts to a loss. God is interested in blessing His children with material blessings. However, every blessing needs a foundation. The gifts of the Spirit are great. The fruit of the Spirit however are the foundation on which the gifts should rest. If you have not developed the fruit of the
Spirit, whatever material blessings you have can easily go with the wind. One reason God allows us to go through fire, water and other wilderness experiences, is to give us the opportunity of building a solid foundation for our blessings. Or else we would have no strength to retain them.
A look at the parable of the 10 virgins tells us of three major periods – the preparation period, the waiting period and the unannounced arrival. How you handle the first two periods will determine the state at which the Bridegroom will meet you. You will notice that the virgins first prepared for the return of the Bridegroom by getting their lamps, oil and setting out to the designated location prepared. If you look around you, you will find that most of the believers who make mention of or even teach the second advent of Christ do not take it serious. They are not prepared. Now is the time to prepare. Are you prepared for His second coming? Now is the time to go to the Heavenly departmental stores to do some shopping. Go and shop for grace to forgive and love your neighbor. Shop for strength to pray. Shop for grace
to live victoriously over sin. Any vital item missing on your shopping list makes you unprepared. If you have a pending restitution, you are not prepared. If you are up today, down tomorrow, you are not prepared. If you are still begrudging your neighbor, you are not yet ready. Are you defaulting in tithes or vows? You are not prepared. What is lacking in your life today? Get it fast before its too late. Without preparation no believer can enter the heavenly planet!
PASTOR E.A ADEBOYE General Overseer RCCG Worlwide
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SEARCH THE SCRIPTURE
SEED “Now may he who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness” – 2 Corinthians 9:10” This memory verse is a very loaded just as much as it carries in it answers to several questions, principles that Christians need to know and how to best align ourselves with what heavens has in stock. The first thing to note here is that God is the one who supplies the seed to the sower. First we need to know here that the seed we are referring to are good seeds. God doesn’t give out bad or negative seeds. Or better still, all the seeds that God gives out are good seeds. Remember the scripture that says that all good and perfect gift come from above. So every seed that God gives are good seeds. So when God gives out seed to his own people – they are referred to as Godly seeds. If you need a good seed, the only source of that seed is God. Remember that whatever God gives to you is good especially when you are sure and convinced this is from God. The bible uses the word supply. This means constant in flow of the seed. It means wherever it is coming from, it cannot run dry. God has more than enough as long as you have the capacity to receive it. Your time, your money, your family, your skill, your talent, your children, etc….. They all come from God. Anything you can give out is also a seed – that is why you cannot boast about whatever you have if you are child of God because you are just a vessel, a caretaker, or a custodian. The second thing that we need to know is that God is also the one who supplies bread for food. In order words, if you are hungry, your best guaranteed source of supply is God. He has enough food in his storage. It is not his will that anyone should die of hunger. He knows that the body needs food and therefore he supplies it in abundance so that the recipient can be alive to carry out the purpose for which he or she was created. The question here
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now is how do we differentiate the seed from the food? How do we know what to sow and what to eat?
In every gift we receive we should not forget to ask the giver which one is the seed or which one is the bread. A wise man will take part of his seed and sow and part of it as bread. Within the bread, he will preserve some while he eats the rest. There is no major formula in the bible that shows how we should decide what is seed or bread. We have a responsibility to decide within every supply that God gives us. We should not forget that what the bible basically said is if we sow sparingly, we shall reap sparingly, if we sow abundantly, we shall eat abundantly. It is only what we sow that is multiplied. Sometimes you can convert all you have into a seed like the little boy in John 6, or we consume everything we have as food and be left with nothing. It is always best to separate your seed and your food from whatever God gives you. The bigger the seed, the bigger the harvest. Let us remember that the only thing God multiplies is the seed we have sown. He doesn’t multiply the food we eat or the seeds we don’t sow a seed is therefore useless if it is neither sown nor consumed. The only person who has the power to increase and cause multiplication is God himself who provides the seed. But there are certain laws or principles that we need to know concerning seed and increase. God is the source of good seeds. It is only the seed that is sown that God increases – Paul planted, Appollos watered, God gave the increase. Each seed has a season – it is our duty to understand the best season to sow so we can have the best harvest or increase... for example, you cannot sow a car into the life of a baby, that is a good seed at the wrong time or sow corn during the dry season. The birds and grasshopper would probably uproot everything. Another factor that determines the quality of the harvest is the ground on which you sow your seed. It is best to identify fertile ground and sow upon that ground. In
addition, different seeds grow better on different soil. Whenever seeds are sown, it is not automatic that you must harvest, you need to water the seed physically and spiritually. Physically with water where applicable and spiritually with prayers, confessions, faith e.t.c. Also when seeds are sown, beware that thorns and tares may grow and choke life out of the seed, so you need to weed regularly, or cultivate the ground upon which that seed is sown. In other words, avoid negative confessions, if anyone says anything contrary to your expectation, nullify it immediately. Your prayers could build the seed, why doubts build the tares. Recognize the harvest time. Failure to harvest might allow the enemies to harvest what you planted. Remember that there is a time to sow and a time to reap. Watch over the growth of your seed so that you don’t miss the harvest season. Finally as you harvest, separate the seeds from the bread. Remember that God is the one who multiplies and who is able to increase. He can decide to make a wet ground dry, or make the heaves as brass. He can also do otherwise, so as you sow always remember to pray the right prayers to support your seeds. Avoid sin so that the lord will not shut the windows of heaven or cause the ground to be like brass. Remember whenever there is no harvest, it simply means either a.) The seed sown was bad b.) The ground was bad or seed was sown in a wrong place c.) The thorns choked up the seed d.) The seed was sown at the wrong time e.) The seeds were not well watered f.) No weeding was done g.) God made the ground to become brass h.) God closed the windows of heaven i.) You failed to identify the season of harvest. In conclusion I simply pray that the Lord who gives seed to the sower and bread to the eater will give you seed to sow and bread to eat while he multiplies all that you sow in Jesus name.
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Straight A’s in Your
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ICHARD stood at my kitchen counter drinking a quick cup of coffee. Our overnight guest casually spoke about the summer plans he was making with his wife Madison. It sounded nice — a few picnics, a couple of quick weekend trips, kids sports events to take in, maybe a holiday that they had talked about for a long time. Then he paused and asked me, “Do you know where I made the decision to do those things this summer? In Intensive Care a few months ago.” A life threatening illness had brought this fresh perspective to him. He went on... “We tend to run a marriage like a business, and it’s not.” With that he put his coffee cup in the sink and was off. I realized that I had just heard a profound statement on marriage. “We tend to run a marriage like a business, and it’s not.” Had Peter hit the nail on the head in addressing the “business of marriage”? I pondered the thought all day. I recalled many examples I knew of where a marriage had recently melted away. In all these, most especially with young marriages; one partner was completely blindsided by the withdrawal of the other. The real core of what marriage is about could be missed. The checklist of outward things could be checked off just like a business list and a young couple could believe their “business of marriage” was running just fine.
their events. Able to buy the clothes we generally need and want. Occasionally go to church on Sunday. Eat out frequently. Most everything checked off. Oh sure, they were busy. Who aren’t these days? And yes, money was tight now and then but they managed. They had their differences of opinions and a few issues but nothing huge. Doesn’t everyone fight now and then? They were keeping the “business of marriage” afloat … or so they thought ...until one withdrew ... and they began to realize their marriage was in trouble.
“We tend to run a marriage like a business, and it’s not.” No, it’s not. The report card for a marriage is A nice home in a decent neighborhood. quite different than that of a business. The core of Good cars to drive. marriage is what is happening on the inside of the two individuals. It actually has very little to do with the fine Enough food in the fridge. material trappings we work so hard to acquire. For us, Turkey at thanksgiving and gifts at Christmas. we know we have a deep desire to stay connected. Kids seem to be doing very well in school. Manage to keep the kids in sports and get to some of Staying connected is the most important ingredient LightHouse | 5
in every marriage. As we think of our marriage we discover there are 5 – A’s that we have actively put into our lives. Many times, over the years, we weren’t even aware of it. Not all the A’s were necessarily there at the same time. Yet as we ponder them, and the years gone by, we see that these things were anchors or cornerstones that have kept us connected beyond the “business of marriage” and the busyness of life. Staying connected to God and to each other. This is the key. Perhaps listing our 5-A’s out can help those who come behind us. It’s really a combination of common sense, good manners and an attitude of treasuring each other and our marriage.
Appreciation: Take time to say “Thank you”.
Don’t take for granted the things your partner does in your relationship. Look for them. Express gratitude for them. From putting up a meal, helping the kids with their homework, to going out the door every morning to help provide for the family. Express gratitude.
Affirmation: Point out the good things you see in your partner.
It’s far easier to point out the negative and leave the positive overlooked. Try overlooking the negative and polishing up the positive instead. Look for the qualities you admire and express them. Don’t let compliments become so rare they are uncomfortable. Something as simple as, “You’re a good parent”. Let your partner know you see the good and you’re choosing to put your focus there. Be aware of where you are choosing to focus and find the good.
Approval: Let your partner know you have a good opinion of him/her.
Silence and sarcasm can be deadly to a relationship. Does your partner know you have a good opinion of him/her? Is (s) he confident that you speak well of him/ her? Does (s)/he know you are committed to him/her alone? Any silent disapproval will knock the foundation right out of your marriage. Be aware of the subtle disapproval signals you may be giving. Find the things you are proud of in your partner and let them be known to others. It helps safeguard your marriage as well.
Affection: Give lots of non-sexual touching. Touch is a powerful thing. It can even reduce anxiety and tension. Give physical touch often, outside the bedroom, with no expectations attached to it. Hug in the morning. Kiss good-bye and hello. Take your partner’s hand when you walk somewhere. Put your arm around the other. In moments when you sense tension in your partner and you don’t know what to say, give a hug and express, “I don’t know what to say but I love you.” Touch often. The warmth of this type of touching will also enrich the sexual side of your marriage.
Attention: Make eye contact In the busyness of the days do you communicate as you run out the door or call from another room? When you speak to your partner take the time to look into one another’s eyes. Look up from the TV or computer. Notice when your partner looks especially nice. Look at your partner with eyes that see and listen with ears that really hear. It may seem a small thing but it makes a big impact. Make eye contact when you say goodnight. Go to bed at the same time. Your marriage can be a haven from the busy demands. It doesn’t need to be a tension filled, empty place. You can help begin to create change today. By putting the 5’A’s into practice you can make sure your marriage moves toward becoming that ‘safe place’ for each of you to come and be free to be yourselves. Start now. Take a 30 day challenge. If you can share the 5-A’s with your partner and choose together to put them into practice for one month the difference it will make will astound you. If you can’t share them yet, put them into practice yourself and watch the impact. Marriage is the highest of all human relationships and our Creator, God, will help you grow yours into the marriage you desire. God in Heaven, I want my marriage to grow and be better than it is today. Please help me to put these 5-A’s into practice. Please give me the right attitude, give me the patience, and remind me every day to be conscious of these 5-A’s. Thank you for my partner. Please help me to learn how to connect in these 5-A ways this month. Thank you that You care. Amen. Shalom.
Leke and Tinu
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Wouldn’t Let Go
OME YEARS AGO on a hot summer day in south Florida, a little boy decided to go for a swim in the old swimming hole behind his house. In a hurry to dive into the cool water, he ran out the back door leaving behind shoes, socks, and shirt as he went. He dived into the water not realizing that as he swam toward the middle of the lake an alligator was swimming toward the shore. His mother was looking out the window saw the two as they got closer and closer together. In utter fear she ran toward the water yelling to her son as loudly as she could. Hearing her voice the little boy became alarmed and made a U-turn to swim to his mother but it was too late. Just as he reached her the alligator
reached him simultaneously. From the dock the mother grabbed her little boy by the arms just as the alligator snatched his legs. That began an incredible tug-of-war between the two. The alligator was much stronger than the mother but the mother was too passionate to let go. A farmer happened to drive by heard her screams, raced from his truck took aim and shot the alligator. Remarkably after weeks in the hospital the little boy survived. His legs were extremely scarred by the vicious attack of the animal, and on his arms were deep scratches where his mother’s fingernails dug into his flesh in her effort to hang on to the son she loved. The newspaper reporter who interviewed the boy after the trauma asked if he would
show him his scars. The boy lifted his pant legs with confidence and said “Look at my arms. I have great scars on my arms too. I have them because my Mom wouldn’t let go.” May be you and I can identify with that little boy with the scars. It may not be from an alligator, or any other thing that is dramatic in our lives. It may be scars of a painful past, broken relationships or betrayals. Some of those scars are unsightly and have caused us deep regret. We’ve got those scars because God has refused to let go of us. In the midst of our struggles, He’s been there holding on to us. This week, please remember that He will never let go of you no matter the “what and buts” of our lives. He never gives up on us!
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Check Your Building Materials
he household of faith is experiencing a great multiplication of churches everywhere and one of the results is that churches are scrambling for members. And in an effort to get/retain members many churches and their leaders are now taking a step that carries a dreadful curse according to Habakkuk 2:12. That scripture says, “Woe to him that buildeth a town with blood, and stablisheth a city by iniquity!” Churches are fighting and killing each other, just to have members. It is pathetic to hear servants of God speak about their fellow church leaders in a disparaging manner to make a mess of them so that as many as possible can lose the respect they have for them and stay away from their churches. Pastors, who are supposed to be Christ-like like other believers, tell outright lies about one another, forgetting that all liars will have their lot in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone (Revelation 21:8). The negative things some say about others may even be true, but then according to Philippians 4:8 we are to think or dwell only on things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, worthy of respect, excellent and worthy of praise. It may be true that the pastor whose church is across the street from yours committed adultery, but is adultery a thing to celebrate? Is it noble or worthy of praise? It definitely is not, so why would you take it upon yourself to report it to everyone that cares to listen? Doing so may seem to be to your advantage because many might run to your church to avoid being under an adulterous pastor, but when you maliciously take advantage of another person’s fall to increase your church membership or whatever else, you are “building a town with blood and establishing a city by iniquity”, and the Bible says woe to you. Many churches send out their members ostensibly to evangelize their neighbors. However, a lot of times almost nothing is
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said about Jesus during such outings. The only thing people are told is to “come to our church”. Tracts are given out to those who are either too busy or too much in a hurry to listen to what the “witnesses” have to say. However, oftentimes the only things on the tracts that are specially pointed out to the people that these brethren are trying to reach out to are the name, address and phone number of the church, which are boldly stamped on the tracts. If the church happens to have a special program coming up soon, the people are invited to “come and the Lord will bless you and solve all your problems”. The result is that there are many people today who go to church regularly but have no relationship with Jesus because nobody told them of the need to be born again. Among these people there are many who have become ordained as deacons/ deaconesses, pastors, etc. because they have consistently attended the same church for years and have been faithful in paying tithes, giving offerings and serving in one or more departments. Nobody takes the trouble to know whether God even knows these people as His children or not. Unfortunately God will never change His word just because the church is full of unsaved souls. John 3:3 will always maintain that anyone who is not born again will not see God’s kingdom. There is absolutely nothing wrong in inviting people to your church. However, if you are carelessly filling the church with souls that God does not recognize and you are doing nothing to let them know where a real relationship with God starts, you are building your city with the blood of ignorant people who believe that you know what you are doing, and the Bible says woe to you. Many handlers of the Word of God today are watering down the messages they are receiving from the Holy Spirit because the undiluted Word is unpopular with a good percentage of Christians. It is true that
many Christians do not like to hear the “hard” truth of the Word of God. However, if God has brought you up to a point where He can trust you to teach others shouldn’t you already have the understanding that it is the devil and his agents that make people kick against wholesome teachings? So instead of watering down the messages just to retain your members, should you not resist the devil and force him to stop his work in the lives of these people so that they can joyfully receive the Word that they need to grow up to maturity? And so what if people walk away from the church because you are telling them the truth (especially if you are doing it with the wisdom and direction of the Holy Spirit and not in a disrespectful, holier-than-thou manner)? After all it happened to Jesus too. Because of some of the things that Jesus said to His followers many of them went back and did not walk with him anymore (John 6:66). It is not recorded anywhere in the scriptures, however, that Jesus changed His message because of this. Instead, His attitude was that “all that the Father giveth me shall come to me” (John 6:37). If you are deliberately withholding the truth from your church members so that you can always have a large congregation (whether they are heading to hell or heaven), you are building your town with the people’s blood and there is a consequence for doing so. Think of other “materials” people use to build their cities which are capable of bringing woe upon them. Psalm 127:1 says, “If the Lord doesn’t build a house, the work of its builders is useless” (NIRV). Also Jesus said in Matthew 16:18, “…upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” If truly you believe that God is the owner and builder of the church and you see yourself as His co-laborer, please stick with the “building materials” of His choice.
~ Victoria Baiye
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Abisinuolaoluwa Harris Toyin Harris
Busola Ogun Oluwasegun Oludiran Akinyemi Okeremi Dan Egbo Abiodun Adejumobi Jr. Oluwatusin Sholotan
Olumide Oguntoyinbo Alexis Mordi
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Olubukola Adejumobi Helen Babayemi
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