The Power of Direction
EFORE each flight, pilots have to go through series of navigational process. They check every apparatus in their cockpit, including their compass, making sure that they are functional before they set off. So for them to get to their destination, navigation process is very important. There are two words in direction: - Navigation - Destination Numbers 10:29-32 There is a place in Canaan called Elath. It is a desert from where you can go to Syria, Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan. Recently I drove there with my wife; it is such a vast open and wasteland. It is very hot and inhabitable. Here Moses was appealing to Hobab, who is conversant with this terrain to please follow them to the Promised Land so as to be their compass. We should remember that the Pillar of light and cloud from God was leading the Children of Israel; yet they needed this man who understands the terrain. In life every one of us needs direction in: marriage, ministry, family, academies, etc. One of the greatest enemies of direction in distraction. For direction to take place there must be navigation. Navigation brings us to our destination. When distraction sets into your life it could stop you from getting to your destination. To be able to prosper in this land you need to know the spiritual terrain and how things work. Hobab followed the Israelites and they were able to channel their course through the wilderness to their destination. Whenever you find yourself in the wilderness of life; may God send angels in the form of men like Hobab who will be your compass in Jesus name. Why do you need the power of direction? It will help you to gain knowledge and wisdom:
JULY 2013 THEME:
Rest By Still Waters
- By Pastor Chidi Umeh-Ujubuonu
A] It will empower you (Proverbs 11:9). B] Help you gain stability in life. When a man is working wit h stability one of the things that you notice is that there i s stability. As Christians we won't experience recession because God gives us stability. C] Direction will help us to gain accuracy. Many years ago we didn't have GPS. But now there is, so we can have accuracy when being directed. When God called Jeremiah he said to the Lord that he was not ready for this task, but God answered him saying, that He had already made him ready from when he was in his mother’s womb. Esther didn't know from the foundation of the earth that she would find herself at a place called Persia. Daniel didn't know that he would find himself in Babylon. As soon as you stepped into the land of Leeds, God has ordained you to become influential. We need accuracy because it exterminates errors. Youth, you must ask God for accuracy in your marriage. Accuracy helps us to sustain the momentum already gained. Prayers Father from today let Your direction help me in every area of my life. Father let your direction bring me to a place of purpose Father let there be accuracy in my life. Father I declare that this land of Leeds will yield her increase unto me; it shall not hold anything good back from me. Excerpts of a sermon delivered by Pastor Chidi Umeh-Ujubuonu on June 21st, 2013. TO READ THE FULL VERSION, PLEASE VISIT http://rccgleeds.org.uk/news/sermons
THE RCCG (EVERLASTING FATHER’S ASSEMBLY) 2013 PROPHECY. THEME: OUR YEAR OF GOD’S REST Isaiah 65: 21-24, Isaiah 14:1-4
WAS meditating recently to find out from God what will be our theme for 2013. There were EST can be defined as peace, ease or refreshment resulting from sleep or the cessation certain challenges I saw in 2012 that I was asking God to completely eradicate in the next. of an activity. It can also be described as relief or freedom from disquiet or disturbance; God answered and said, "All covenanted ministries (whether individual or church) will hit major or as a mental or emotional tranquillity. storm in their 3rd year. If the ministry escapes that by grace, a greater storm will come against it in Still water can be a lake or a low gradient gently flowing river. They are easy to approach and its 6th year. If the ministry equally escapes the double storm, it will then qualify for the blessings easy to drink from by sheep. They are usually warm and therefore appealing to drink. Turbulent of the 7th year”. water on the other hand is scary, challenging and dangerous. The sheep will be afraid to drink For us in Everlasting Father's Assembly, there were storms that we went through at three years. because of the surging noise; the water might enter the nose of the sheep instead; and the current might sweep the feet of the sheep away. It is To the glory of God, we escape them all. Also at six years, THE RCCG (WORLDWIDE) 2013 PROPHECY the responsibility of a good shepherd to seek thank God for all the astounding accomplishments that a still water where his flock can drink. we have enjoyed, we also escaped double storms. Glory God promised the Israelites that He was be to God! FOR INDIVIDUALS: taking them to the Promised Land as He had 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 covenanted with Abraham. Forty years they brighter. roamed in the wilderness because of their to the creation of the world. He said, ‘What did the bible 2. God says, He will speak peace to your storms sins, and after which God fulfilled His says I did on the seventh day’? And I said that You rested promise. God used hornets (stinging insects, 3. Certain individuals have been stagnated for sometimes, the from Your labours. large wasps and bees) to chase the original reasons for your stagnation will become known, will be addressed So, God said "2013 is your year of My rest". Note that it is inhabitants of Canaan away, then the and will be eliminated, therefore progress will follow. the God's rest, not our kind of rest. The bible says that God Israelites moved into their lands; cities; vine 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 yards and olive yards (Joshua 24:11-13). So FOR NIGERIA: sleep. Neither is it of folding of hands. It is a rest from that throughout the reign of Joshua, the 1. The prayers of some of you minimized death of prominent Nigerians last year, excessive labours and entering into excessive favours. Israelites dwelt in peace as no nation was able The seventh day was a time when God stopped creating don’t stop praying. to disturb them. on this earth, but switched to watching over what He has 2. Before the middle of the year, many will say hope rising. In this month of July, God will make us to lie created. In 2013, God will help us to look after what He down beside ‘still waters’; He will bring us 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: into His covenanted blessings for our 7th oversee machinery that will run itself. Every system that year. He will use ‘hornets’ to chase out 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. occupiers of our Divine heritage. He will also Grace will supersede haste. make us to dwell in peace and calmness to the 3. Weather conditions may get worse, much worst, unless prayers are intensified. There was a time when the Israelites were fighting extent that no ‘nation’ will be able to disturb 4. We should expect a major breakthrough in medicine this year. Canaan, the Israelites were outnumbered. So God began us. May the zeal of the Lord of hosts watch 5. Nations who pass unholy laws will have a taste of divine fury. to use constellations to fight for them (Judges 5:20). God over these promises to fulfil them in Jesus will assign hosts of heaven to work for us in 2013 By Pastor Enoch Adeboye name. By Pastor Samuel Obafaiye (Gen. Overseer RCCG Worldwide)
CONGREGATIONAL HYMN WHEN PEACE, LIKE A RIVER, ATTENDETH MY WAY When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll; Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say, It is well, it is well, with my soul. Refrain It is well, with my soul, It is well, with my soul, It is well, it is well, with my soul. Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come, Let this blest assurance control, That Christ has regarded my helpless estate, And hath shed His own blood for my soul. My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought! My sin, not in part but the whole, Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more, Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul! For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live: If Jordan above me shall roll, No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul. But, Lord, ‘tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait, The sky, not the grave, is our goal; Oh trump of the angel! Oh voice of the Lord! Blessèd hope, blessèd rest of my soul! And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight, The clouds be rolled back as a scroll; The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend, Even so, it is well with my soul.
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How Will You Get Refreshed From The Heat?
- By Dr. Abayomi SANUSI
THANK God for the opportunity to share with you these words, mere reminders of the
scriptural precepts you are already familiar with. Recently in this country there has been warm weather, temperatures sometimes rising to uncomfortably high figures. Many have had to seek refuge in shade after exposure. People have had to ʻget activeʼ at preventing some of the stress that high temperatures bring: heat exhaustion, dehydration, burns, and so on. Water has been important in these series of activities. Even without excessive heat we get thirsty, and need to get refreshed in our hearts, minds and bodies. In the journey of life the Christian also feels the heat. Our constant activities that help us remain focussed include physical, mental, emotional and spiritual exercise that leave us needing refreshment. Activities like praying, worship, meditation, watching, waiting, fasting, going the extra-mile for people just because of Christ. Spiritual heat can be produced from these activities as well as from battling against every appearance of the devil and his evil devices. Spiritual heat can produce discomfort, stress and sometimes pain. With certain conditions met, we have our refreshment, solace and comfort in the Lord. (Psalm 1.2-3). How will you get refreshed? The various solutions that the systems of this world offer may temporarily tackle problems. They are often a temporary fix to an enduring problem. God offers a permanent solution, giving himself as a guarantor and our insurance policy. The woman of Samaria had travelled some distance from the city by foot alone in the heat of the day to Jacobʼs well, carrying a water pot and necessary tools to fetch some water. She had practical, relationship, physical, emotional and spiritual issues that nobody had addressed before. She must have been feeling not only physical heat, but a spiritual one too. She encountered Christ Jesus at the well. He demonstrated that he knew her, her situation, her several problems, and cared for her enough to help her. Jesus offered her the opportunity to receive direction, instruction, peace and purpose in her life when he challenged her in verse 10. (If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water). I believe that encounter changed her understanding, life, and situation permanently. Have you ever wondered how busy the city might have been when she arrived to declare incredible things about a certain Jew she met at Jacons well? It would be interesting to know what was in vogue, what the gossips were, and what social challenges needed tackling all those years ago! As our society gets distracted by the temporary issues of the season (heatwaves, holidays, fires, crime, politics, the established customs and traditions which do not honour God, and so on) let us see these as reminders to refocus on the things that really matter. In case you are feeling the heat, how do you plan to get refreshed? Rather than getting distracted, what deeper things is God trying to tell us today? Here are some thoughts to help us focus: 1) We will get weary from time to time in the journey of life. In fact there will be issues to tackle, problems to solve, and we will need constant vigilance to ensure we do not drift away from our spiritual goal. Eccl 3.1-8 2) Jesus knows about each and every problem we may have, including those we are not even aware of. He is the one to associate with. He is the one to hand out with when the going gets tough and hot. 3) Jesus himself is the solution, answer and cure we need. There is sufficient demonstration by signs, wonders, power in the historical account of what he has done in the past and the testimony of saints today. 4) John 4:14. But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. 5) He wants a relationship with you. He wants to start afresh. He wants to give you relief, refreshment, relaxation. He wants to give you living water, so you will never become exhausted, overheated, or lose our spiritual vitality. Excerpts of a sermon delivered by Dr. Abayomi Sanusi on June 21st, 2013 at RCCG Everlasting Father’s Arena, York. TO READ THE FULL VERSION, PLEASE VISIT http://rccgleeds.org.uk/news/sermons
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