The Prophetic Power of Fighting With Words
E have so many negative things that are around us in society. Many of them seek to overwhelm our lives. There are however ways to fight and win those things. God has put the weapons to fight these things in the scripture for us to learn and use them at any time in the future. By the time you start, it might look ordinary and as if you are not winning, but be determined and focused. Those weapons are between your teeth. As believers, some negative things we say work against us because we do not realize that our weapon is between our teeth. As a Church that believe in the word of God, I like t o remind you that these words of mine are entren ched in the scriptures. I Tim. 1: 18-19, Paul was giving Timothy a charge, command or instruction to pay attention to the prophecies that had been spoken to him before in ministry. There are words that God had spoken to our lives in songs, prayers, testimonies, scripture reading, etc. They are words to be relied upon in time of warfare. There are people who are in the midst of trouble, but they have forgotten the prayers that their Pastor offered over them; the scripture a friend gave them; a statement rendered by someone that pierced their heart; etc. They were supposed to keep declaring the word, but they have forgotten them. Paul was telling Timothy to use the prophetic word that had gone over his life to fight a good warfare. When a man of God speaks to you or you are reading your bible and a scripture jumps at you from the page, or it could be a message on a Sunday like this that touched your heart, peradventure it’s a song, testimony. That should encourage you to
JUNE 2013 THEME:
Strong & Courageous
- By Revd. I.D. LAWON
fight a good warfare. I have always said that a testimony shared has the power to repeat itself, if the hearers would believe. God can do miraculous deeds when you believe His words. We need to pay attention to the fact that: Sometimes we reject His words; Sometimes we are afraid to declare the word. Possibly, because someone has told us that before; Sometimes we simply forget to say the word. Sometimes we do not meditate upon the words, as in relaying the words back to God; and sometimes we do not give ourselves wholly to the world. In I Tim. 4: 14, Paul again encouraged Timothy to give himself entirely to the words of the Presbytery over his life. We must not neglect the word and work of God. Whatever makes you tense now will be changed by God. He will give you confidence and relaxation in order to take His words seriously in Jesus name. A man like Peter talk about using God’s word to engage in warfare (2 Peter 1:12-21). He remembered exactly what happened in time past when Jesus was around. He kept the words in his heart and brought it to use at the required time. Know also that when you remember a testimony to share, it is usually that there is someone in the congregation believing God for such an occurrence that is why God has prompted you to share. We must always remember our encounter with God and not the pains we go through, but the place you give to the prophetic words that come to you is very vital, because that is the way out. At the temptation of our Lord Jesus, the same thing happened. But each time, Jesus brought the word of God spoken by Prophet Moses to fight. In I Kings 18:1, the word that came to Elijah look ordinary, but because they are the words of God, they carry power. May God send rain on your ‘land’ in Jesus name. READ THE FULL VERSION OF THIS S E R M O N A T I pray that every negative http://rccgleeds.org.uk/news/sermons Excerpts of a sermon delivered by Revd. I.D. LAWON, President Full Stature Ministries International on 2nd June 2013.
voice against the promise of God in your life be drowned in Jesus name. Revd. I.D. LAWON
WAS meditating recently to find out from God what will be our theme for 2013. There were UR God is very strong and there is none stronger than Him. Jesus declared in Mathew certain challenges I saw in 2012 that I was asking God to completely eradicate in the next. 28:18 that all powers in Heaven and Earth had been given to Him by His Father. God answered and said, "All covenanted ministries (whether individual or church) will hit major Whenever Jesus sees His disciples displaying such power to His glory, He is filled with storm in their 3rd year. If the ministry escapes that by grace, a greater storm will come against it in joy and accomplishment (Lk. 11:19). its 6th year. If the ministry equally escapes the double storm, it will then qualify for the blessings The bravery and strength of man is disappointing and useless (Isaiah 40:30). God however of the 7th year”. expects that we take courage in what He had done; what He is doing; and what He has promised For us in Everlasting Father's Assembly, there were storms that we went through at three years. to do. The anointing of God upon a life can do great To the glory of God, we escape them all. Also at six years, THE RCCG (WORLDWIDE) 2013 PROPHECY exploits; however, of great importance is the thank God for all the astounding accomplishments that courage one ought to show in God that we have enjoyed, we also escaped double storms. Glory bestows the anointing. God commanded be to God! FOR INDIVIDUALS: Moses to lay hands on Joshua by way of So I asked God, since we have escaped the sixth year, 1. No matter the darkness around you, your star will shine what is the blessing of the seventh year? He took me back transferring anointing upon his life (Num. brighter. 27:18-20). After Moses departure, God to the creation of the world. He said, ‘What did the bible 2. God says, He will speak peace to your storms repeatedly had to charge Joshua that what is says I did on the seventh day’? And I said that You rested left for him to do is to be strong and 3. Certain individuals have been stagnated for sometimes, the from Your labours. courageous (Jos. 1:6,7,9,18). reasons for your stagnation will become known, will be addressed So, God said "2013 is your year of My rest". Note that it is The twelve disciples of Jesus were anointed and will be eliminated, therefore progress will follow. the God's rest, not our kind of rest. The bible says that God while they were with Him. As Jesus walked 4. In many senses of the word, this year will be of completeness. does not sleep nor slumber (Ps. 121:4). So it's not a rest of on the Sea one day, they thought it was a FOR NIGERIA: sleep. Neither is it of folding of hands. It is a rest from ghost. Jesus assured them that it was Him. He 1. The prayers of some of you minimized death of prominent Nigerians last year, excessive labours and entering into excessive favours. asked them to take courage and later to come The seventh day was a time when God stopped creating don’t stop praying. to Him on water. Peter exercised that courage on this earth, but switched to watching over what He has 2. Before the middle of the year, many will say hope rising. a bit and walked on water! As the courage created. In 2013, God will help us to look after what He disappeared, he began to sink (Mt. 14:25-31). 3. Learn from disasters of 2012 and take precaution soonest to avert bigger ones.. has created for us and through us. We will supervise and INTERNATIONAL: God has impressed it upon my spirit to charge oversee machinery that will run itself. Every system that us this month that He had invested so great 1. The Lord says prominent world leaders need a lot prayers so as not to die in office. God has helped us to create will begin to work for us. 2. Prominent Church leaders need prayers against planned scandals. power and anointing upon our lives, only if Grace will supersede haste. we would be strong and courageous in Him, 3. Weather conditions may get worse, much worst, unless prayers are intensified. There was a time when the Israelites were fighting we will as much ‘walk on water’ i.e. achieve 4. We should expect a major breakthrough in medicine this year. Canaan, the Israelites were outnumbered. So God began the impossible. May God fulfil this in us this 5. Nations who pass unholy laws will have a taste of divine fury. to use constellations to fight for them (Judges 5:20). God month and beyond in Jesus name. will assign hosts of heaven to work for us in 2013 By Pastor Enoch Adeboye Pastor Samuel Obafaiye By Pastor Samuel Obafaiye (Gen. Overseer RCCG Worldwide)
Year of Signs & Wonders
CHRISTIAN SEEK NOT YET REPOSE 1 Christian! seek not yet repose, Hear thy guardian angel say; Thou art in the midst of foes; Watch and pray.
14 Hear the victors who o’ercame; Still they mark each warrior’s way; All with one clear voice exclaim, Watch and pray.
2 Principalities and powers, Mustering their unseen array, Wait for thy unguarded hours; Watch and pray.
5 Hear, above all, hear thy Lord, Him thou lovest to obey; Hide within thy heart His Word, Watch and pray.
3 Gird thy heavenly armour on, Wear it ever night and day; Ambushed lies the evil one; Watch and pray.
6 Watch, as if on that alone Hung the issue of the day; Pray that help may be sent down; Watch and pray.
THE RCCG (EVERLASTING FATHER’S ASSEMBLY) 2013 PROPHECY. THEME: OUR YEAR OF GOD’S REST Isaiah 65: 21-24, Isaiah 14:1-4
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“Ask me not where Iʼve been but ask me where Iʼm going...”
- By Doctor Abayomi SANUSI
THANK God for the opportunity to share with you these words, mere reminders of the scriptural precepts you are already familiar with. Itʼs that time of the year. The year is nearing the end. There have been life transforming events. For countries there have been challenges and problems. For individuals the importance of being part of a community, or a family is greatly emphasised. The society continues to aggressively pursue the now familiar liberal and anti-God agenda. Some things however remain constant and unchanging. The knowledge that God cares about His children, and will never leave or forsake us is invaluable and comforting (Psalm 37.25). There is the reassurance that it is well with us, not because of the provisions of society, but by the command, decision and grace of God. That reassurance cannot be paid for with physical possessions (Matt, 6.33). The advantage we have in realising that the maker of the universe, our father, is ever with us and has empowered us to continue the work of Christ Jesus is empowering. It is a time of the year that weariness may set in. The dreariness of physical toil and mundane repetitive activities that creep upon people near the middle of tasks and projects are no respecter of us people of faith. In achieving our personal goals, spiritual, education and professional achievement, and other aspects of life we need revitalisation. We need to redefine and reassess out position. “Whatever it takes to make it, Iʼm going all the way. I may be down sometimes, but I wonʼt be down always” goes the upbeat chorus from a song I liked years back. One of the verses of the song starts “Ask me not where Iʼve been but ask me where Iʼm going...” Itʼs time to reassess and ask yourself where youʼre going. Not only that question alone though. We also need to reassess why youʼre going there, what you intend to do there, and whoʼs going with you! In the journey of your life are you a passenger, the driver or pilot, the co-driver or co-pilot? What kind of vehicle are you travelling in. Are you prepared to go all the way to get to your destination? Example from a mistake in Israel! After installing Saul as king as compelled by the people but guided by God, frail, grey and elderly Samuel assembled an entire nation and was very uncompromising in his approach. He established some facts including what Israelʼs sin was. In conclusion he established that for His Nameʼs sake, the Lord will not forsake His people. 1Samuel 12.1725 Somewhere along and in the dreary middle of the history of the nation of Israel and Judah, imperfect decisions were made. Despite rejecting God as their king, God continued to work with, guide, bless and protect Israel. They went on to produce wonderful and historic rulers including David and Solomon. God turned their error around and incorporated it into His perfect plan. My prayer is that God will arrest your errors, imperfections, weariness; and turn every wrong decision around to favour you and achieve His plan for your life. Not only this year but in perpetuity. Where are you going, What are your errors, and who will you turn to ? So as we near the dreary middle of a so far eventful year, let us as children of God reassess our journey, and establish some facts. An imperfect start is not an excuse for failure. A faulty interim is not a damnation verdict. There is no situation my God cannot turn around. The bible is full of humans making mistakes, and getting corrections and achieving a desirable result. I have personally fallen short of several of my personal expectations so far this year, yet God remains merciful to me. It is not difficult to guess which new year resolutions have turned to disappointment for many! Have you been scorned, victimised, hurt, discriminated against? Have you disappointed yourself? God is merciful and no less powerful than before! David was a broken and contrite man in Psalm 51 after committing murder, adultery, hypocrisy and blasphemy. He asked God to cleanse him and give him a new heart. Verse 10. It is an appropriate exhortation for us today. Whilst we address those things that are due to our own inadequacies, let us rely on God for His mercies. READ THE FULL VERSION http://rccgleeds.org.uk/news/sermons
Excerpts of a sermon delivered by Dr, Abayomi SANUSI on 2nd June 2013 at RCCG Everlasting Father’s Arena, York.
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