SUNDAY SCHOOL SERIES 66 :Faith
Faith is not the denial of facts. Faith is not denying that cancer is in your body; faith is not denying the fact that there is no money in your bank account; faith is not denying that you feel a headache; faith is not denying the fact that your marriage is in trouble; faith is not denying the fact that the exam was hard or that the news are bad. Rather, faith is denying facts the ability and right to control the circumstances of your existence.
Faith means even though you “feel” the fever, you refuse to allow it knock you down. To have faith is to believe God inspite of the circumstances. When David confronted Goliath, he didn’t deny that he was facing a giant. He didn’t say, “There’s no giant threatening Israel”; if he had done that, Goliath would have whipped him! He saw the giant, but whereas everyone else focused on the size of the giant, David only gave consideration to the truth that he was in covenant with Jehovah (1 Samuel 1 7:45). He prevailed over the giant because he overrode that fact with the greater truth of God’s Word.
The same thing is said of Abraham: “And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief but was strong in faith, giving glory to God (Romans 4:19-20). He overrode the facts with the word of God! Faith is calling real what God has said about you, and therefore acting that way. What do you see? In any situation, never give up and never give in. It is well! If God is all you have, then all you have is all you need.
SUNDAY SCHOOL SERIES 67 : When a Church is Spiritually empty.
God Jehovah El-Shaddai despite his love for King David, a man He anointed as King over his people did not allow David son of Jesse to build a sanctuary/Temple for Him, and you wonder why? After a successful King David looked at how blessed he was and he felt the next thing was a place for Jehovah, but God told Prophet Nathan to stop David
In 2 Samuel 7 and details of the refusal could be found in 1 Chronicles 22:8 because King David had blood in his hands and It was further mentioned in 1 Isaiah 56:7 that only a man of peace and honesty can build God’s sanctuary because a Church is a house of prayer for all nations, to God, David did not pass the test of peace and honesty.
What then do you think would have happened if David had ignored the advice of Prophet Nathan not to build the Temple? You know the answer from the way God dealt with King Saul over his action or inaction.
And a Temple built without the stamp of Jehovah, would been an empty house without the Holy Spirit and blessings of Jehovah in it, like the King before him, it could have earned David the curses of King of Kings.
However, God told David, his son, Solomon would do, when his son King Solomon did, God blessed him more, and even made a covenant to answer any prayer made in the Temple built by King Solomon.
Solomon not only built, he challenged God to fulfill his words and promises to make the Temple a place all prayers would be answered 1 King 8:22-53. Solomon asked God in time of famine, war, peace, justice, defeat, sin, if they turn to Him in the Temple he built, let their prayers be answered.
God in his mercy for the second time appeared to Solomon in Gibeon 1 King 9:2 and made a covenant with him…..”…I have heard your prayer and petition, and I have set this Temple apart to be holy, this place you have built, where my name is honored forever, I will watch over it, for it is dear to my heart.”
However, in 1 King 9:7. He said he can make mockery of the place if they turn their eyes away from him. And what is the lesson of this post? You can’t steal the public money and donate it to the Church, or the Pastor hoping to be blessed, your donation may even be weakening the spiritual strength of that very Church and the people therein.
The Church building built with stolen money or donations from corrupt politicians or funds from drug/cocain deals and mafias and other illegal deals, may be the largest in the world, but may infact be empty without the Holy Spirit, prayers would not be answered in it, like God told Solomon he can make a mockery of the Church. It is for this reason after so many years in some Church things did no change for you and you wonder why?
The more a church or Sanctuary takes from the evil the more the loss of spiritual energy of the Church and the people therein, a smaller Church may contain your blessing than a bigger Church built with resources stolen from the people.
After Solomon finished with the Temple he was blessed to build his palace, the best in the world, meaning, when you put God first, he can do more for you, but u must come to Him with a clean hand.
SUNDAY SCHOOL SERIES 68 : CHOICE OF WIFE: THE SAD EXPERIENCE OF APOSTLE AYO BABALOLA. . . I decided to know more about Apostle Babalola. See some of what I found on Google.
“His known mistake was his choice of wife. History has it that the woman he truly loved was a single mother, but the elders of CAC considered it an embarasement for their leader to marry a single mother. Hence, they misled him to marry the spinster who later became the thorn in his flesh. Her name was Dorcas. A Christian name is not the same with a Christian at heart.
“There was a time she poured palm oil on the white garment of the man of God on his way to a crusade ground. Another time after returning from the mountain after long days of prayers and fasting, the wife served him a delicious meal to break his fast. He had only taken about two or three morsels when the wife told him “l thought you are a true prophet, because you should have known by revelation that the chicken in the food was stolen”. The man of God gently left the remaining food and returned to the mountain to ask God for forgiveness.
“As anointed as he was, he had no adequate mentoring, part reason for his wrong choice of wife which sadly and eventually, directly or indirectly led to his untimely death.”
APPLICATION: If you want to fulfill purpose and live long, you must by all means, at all cost marry YOUR wife. Not the one a prophet, pastor, priest or parents recommend, but the one God recommends. People can only guide. The ultimate choice must be born out of your personal conviction.
SUNDAY SCHOOL SERIES 69: Einstein Vs Atheist Prof
Ever heard of the word Apologetics? This conversation gives an instance..
Professor : You are a Christian, aren’t you, son?
Student : Yes, sir.
Professor: So, you believe in GOD?
Student : Absolutely, sir.
Professor : Is GOD good?
Student : Sure.
Professor: Is GOD all powerful?
Student : Yes.
Professor: My brother died of cancer even though he prayed to GOD to heal him. Most of us would attempt to help others who are ill. But GOD didn’t. How is this GOD good then? Hmm?
(Student was silent.)
Professor: You can’t answer, can you ? Let’s start again, young fella. Is GOD good?
Student : Yes.
Professor: Is satan good ?
Student : No.
Professor: Where does satan come from ?
Student : From … GOD …
Professor: That’s right. Tell me son, is there evil in this world?
Student : Yes.
Professor: Evil is everywhere, isn’t it ? And GOD did make everything. Correct?
Student : Yes.
Professor: So who created evil ?
(Student did not answer.)
Professor: Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things exist in the world, don’t they?
Student : Yes, sir.
Professor: So, who created them ?
(Student had no answer.)
Professor: Science says you have 5 Senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Tell me, son, have you ever seen GOD?
Student : No, sir.
Professor: Tell us if you have ever heard your GOD?
Student : No , sir.
Professor: Have you ever felt your GOD, tasted your GOD, smelt your GOD? Have you ever had any sensory perception of GOD for that matter?
Student : No, sir. I’m afraid I haven’t.
Professor: Yet you still believe in Him?
Student : Yes.
Professor : According to Empirical, Testable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says your GOD doesn’t exist. What do you say to that, son?
Student : Nothing. I only have my faith.
Professor: Yes, faith. And that is the problem Science has.
Student : Professor, is there such a thing as heat?
Student : And is there such a thing as cold?
Student : No, sir. There isn’t.
(The lecture theater became very quiet with this turn of events.)
Student : Sir, you can have lots of heat, even more heat, superheat, mega heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat. But we don’t have anything called cold. We can hit 458 degrees below zero which is no heat, but we can’t go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold. Cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.
(There was pin-drop silence in the lecture theater.)
Student : What about darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as darkness?
Professor: Yes. What is night if there isn’t darkness?
Student : You’re wrong again, sir. Darkness is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light. But if you have no light constantly, you have nothing and its called darkness, isn’t it? In reality, darkness isn’t. If it is, well you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn’t you?
Professor: So what is the point you are making, young man ?
Student : Sir, my point is your philosophical premise is flawed.
Professor: Flawed ? Can you explain how?
Student : Sir, you are working on the premise of duality. You argue there is life and then there is death, a good GOD and a bad GOD. You are viewing the concept of GOD as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, Science can’t even explain a thought. It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing.
Death is not the opposite of life: just the absence of it. Now tell me, Professor, do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?
Professor: If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, yes, of course, I do.
Student : Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?
(The Professor shook his head with a smile, beginning to realize where the argument was going.)
Student : Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor. Are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you not a scientist but a preacher?
(The class was in uproar.)
Student : Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the Professor’s brain?
(The class broke out into laughter. )
Student : Is there anyone here who has ever heard the Professor’s brain, felt it, touched or smelt it? No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established Rules of Empirical, Stable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says that you have no brain, sir. With all due respect, sir, how do we then trust your lectures, sir?
(The room was silent. The Professor stared at the student, his face unfathomable.)
Professor: I guess you’ll have to take them on faith, son.
Student : That is it sir … Exactly ! The link between man & GOD is FAITH. That is all that keeps things alive and moving.
I believe you have enjoyed the conversation. And if so, you’ll probably want your friends / colleagues to enjoy the same, won’t you?
Forward this to increase their knowledge … or FAITH.
By the way, that student was Albert Einstein.
SUNDAY SCHOOL SERIES Vol 70 :SIGNS OF THE TIME – Test run to the real Run
Now I pay my DSTV, PHCN and Taxes directly from my ATM card. This ATM card is beginning to get so critical to my survival.
Now they are trying to merge all cards into 1 super card that is multipurpose and will serve as an ID card. They are generating Social security number for all men worldwide. Your fingerprints and pictures will be in the systems( SIM registration, Intn’l Passport, Embassy) so that you can be tracked easily!
If the Antichrist hold my cash and force me to insert the silicon part of my ATM card in my skin and I say “No!” cos I know its the mark of the beast! 666.(6 the no of man x3), what happens? Your guess is as good as mine.
Then the bible is true when it says, “Those that did not receive the mark of the beast were unable to buy or sell and life was pretty hard for them”.
With the cashless society everywhere, the Antichrist is getting ready for his infamous reign of terror in the world…
Hmnn… If we are this close to the apocalypse then how close are we to the 2nd coming of our Lord Jesus.
Brethren, be prepared! Don’t let this ever escape your thought henceforth. Every industry is preparing the ground for the declaration of the rule of the antichrist.
The vigour and ease with which these ATM, cashless, Tax, things happen show they are being controlled by much higher powers under the guise of technology.
The bible will always end by saying “He who has ears,let him hear what the Spirit says”.
The Stage is Set, Prepare yourself, win a Soul today by sending to your contacts, if u so wish.
Let Us Prepare for Our Lord’s second coming!!!
Be blessed as you take heed.
SUNDAY SCHOOL SERIES Vol 71: THE FALLEN CHURCH
(The devil’s playground) It amazes me today to see so many Church buildings been built, so many Pastors been called, so many sermons been preached, so many prayers been prayed and yet, people cannot seem to overcome sin and their problems keep increasing every single day, especially people who profess to be Christians… After series of prayers, I asked God, why are all these happening? And that was when He began with me on the journey to _*”THE FALLEN CHURCH”*_
He said to me……… I see my children gathered in churches to pray against the devil “Lucifer” and all they do is to scream *”Holy Ghost Fire, Fire Fire”* as many times as they can, they go home *tired* and *exhausted* and yet nothing happens… You see, _*Its because they dont really know who this devil is, let alone how to overcome him
.*_ My Son, do you remember what Lucifer did in heaven some time ago? “I couldn’t answer” You see, *the devil is not scared because you scream Fire Fire Fire*, this is someone who was able to persuade and pervert 1/3 of my angels who were with me, do you know what angels are made of? *Psalm 104:4* _”Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire”_ My angels are made spirits and were covered in flames of fire and yet Lucifer was able to corrupt their Divine nature and convert them into demons, and my children on earth think they can overcome him by just screaming fire? Even those who were made with fire fell to his schemes, how much more you who are flesh and blood? My Son, I will show you how to overcome the enemy so you can save my *CHURCH* and other *Souls* hungry for my salvation….
You see, the strategy of the enemy will never change, in the garden of Eden, _*he used what was around man to destroy what was in man*_. When the devil attacks your *finances*, _Its not because he needs your money_, because Lucifer doesn’t spend money in the dark world, he doesn’t attack your *marriage* because he wants to marry your spouse, he doesn’t attack your *car* because he wants a new ride… *You see, when the devil attacks any of these things*, _*its because he has realised your heart is connected to them*_ so *if he can touch them, then he can touch your heart and destroy you*. The devil will _*always uses what is around you to get what is in you.*_
But *Christians today are more mindful of what is around them, more than what is in them*, _*we are more scared of loosing money than loosing our soul*_ and that is why we can never overcome the devil, _*instead of setting your heart on fire through purity and righteousness*_, you are rather praying to set fire around your business, money, cars, future… I pity the Church, _*if the devil is able to capture your heart by making you live in sin, he has power over your physical materials…*_ *Proverbs 4:23* says _*”Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life”*_
Keeping something diligently is more like guarding it from any external influence but unfortunately, the *Church today is seriously guarding physical materials and we have sold our soul so cheap to the devil*, and that’s why *we don’t care living in sin and immorality but we are scared of not getting a marriage partner, or not making a lot of money*… We scream fire fire fire, whiles our heart is as cold as winter… *We have neglected the messages that prepares people for the second coming Jesus Christ and all we talk about is how to make money and be prosperous on earth*, and _*the more the messages of Repentance, Holiness, Fear of God, Heaven and Hell are neglected the more Sin increases, and the more sin increases, the more the Churches fall before Satan…*_
The fallen Church will only be mindful of building an _*extravagant building with broken souls living in it*_ and that is why there are _*Christians speaking in tongues in Church and yet addicted to all kinds of secret sins*_, and they will tell you *”We are living under grace”* as if _*grace is a license to sin.*_ Its a pity seeing my *Church walk in deception…*
They have believed in this deception that there was *God the father who was always angry at sin, and there is Jesus the Son who also smiling at sin* and says… As long as you have your church’s membership record intact, you have a fat wallet to keep your pastor always smiling, you have a few bible verses you can memorise, a nice Voice to sing about me and a deep Voice to preach about me, you can do anything you want and live anyhow…
My Church is in trouble. But I will still save those who want to be saved. So go and spread this message to all men, delivering them from the venom of Sin… Tell them _*to be more mindful of the sins that corrupt the soul, than the witch that stole their money*_, because _*if a witch can steal your money, its because it first corrupted your soul through sin.*_
*A WORD TO THE CHURCH*
*1 Samuel 12:20-25* _*And Samuel said to the people, “Do not be afraid; you have done all this evil. Yet do not turn aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart. And do not turn aside after empty things that cannot profit or deliver, for they are empty.
For the Lord will not forsake his people, for his great name’s sake, because it has pleased the Lord to make you a people for himself. Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you, and I will instruct you in the good and the right way. Only fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you. But if you still do wickedly, you shall be swept away, both you and your king.*_
*Without Complete and Genuine Repentance, there will be no Genuine Revival, and all you will be left with will be Noise making.* Please spread this message to all and save _*”THE FALLEN CHURCH”*_ God is counting on you.
SUNDAY SCHOOL SERIES 72 : Spiritual Checkup
To be spiritually fit, feed on God’s Word and exercise your faith.
READ: Colossians 3:1-14 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. Mark 12:30
To detect health problems before they become serious, doctors recommend a routine physical exam. We can do the same for our spiritual health by asking a few questions rooted in the great commandment (Mark 12:30) Jesus referred to.
Do I love God with all my heart because He first loved me?
Which is stronger, my desire for earthly gain or the treasures that are mine in Christ? (Col. 3:1). He desires that His peace rule our hearts.
Do I love God with all my soul? Do I listen to God telling me who I am?
Am I moving away from self-centered desires? (v. 5). Am I becoming more compassionate, kind, humble, gentle, and patient? (v. 12).
Do I love God with all my mind? Do I focus on my relationship with His Son or do I let my mind wander wherever it wants to go? (v. 2).
Do my thoughts lead to problems or solutions? To unity or division? Forgiveness or revenge? (v. 13).
Do I love God with all my strength? Am I willing to be seen as weak so that God can show His strength on my behalf? (v. 17).
Am I relying on His grace to be strong in His Spirit?
As we let “the message of Christ dwell among [us] richly . . . with all wisdom” (v. 16),
He will equip us to build each other up as we become spiritually fit and useful to Him.
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SUNDAY SCHOOL SERIES 73: GOD HAS ALREADY SPOKEN!
There are many reasons why God is silent, but I am going to touch on something he recently put on my heart. Sometimes God may be silent simply because he has already spoken to you! If you think about it, how can you accuse God of being silent when he has left you sixty-six letters, thousands of verses? There is no need for him to repeat himself. Aren’t you glad that the book of Genesis doesn’t say, “God said, ‘Let there be light. Let there be light’”?
If you and I had been there on that first day when God said, “Let there be light,” we would have been dancing and rejoicing from 6 o’clock in the morning until about 6 o’clock in the evening.
But suddenly, when it starts to get dark, we begin to panic. “Oh, no, I knew it wouldn’t last! I knew the light was going to go away. Maybe we’ve done something wrong. Maybe we weren’t reading the Word enough.”
The light fades away, and we spend the next twelve hours in sorrow — until the light reappears, and we realize that when God said, “Let there be light,” he didn’t mean that there wouldn’t be night; that there wouldn’t be seasons when we cannot see. He didn’t mean that we would always be able to understand everything that is going on in the heavenly realm. However, the light always reappears, and we see that what God spoke continues to be fulfilled without his having to speak again.
One reason God may be silent is because there is an appointed time for his Word to be fulfilled. One example of this in the Bible is Joseph, who was given the incredible promise that he was going to reign one day. He was going to be a man through whom great provision would be unlocked. However, there was an appointed time for the fulfillment of the promise and he had to follow God’s plan.
SUNDAY SCHOOL SERIES Vol 74 :
*THIRTY-ONE (31) SILENCE FACTS ABOUT THE RAPTURE* 1. It is going to be the next greatest event that will shock all the continents of the world. 2. It is going to take place suddenly, abruptly, unexpectedly, without warning and without prior notice. 3. There shall be no second version of the event. 4. A greater percentage of Christians may be taken unawares. 5. Careless Christians who miss the event will have no other similar gracious opportunity. 6. The event shall have no regard or respect for ecclesiastical titles or church leadership positions. 7. It shall be a day when the sheep shall be separated from the goats. 8. The day shall differentiate between the Broad Way Christians from the Narrow Way Christians. 9. The day shall separate sincerity from hypocrisy. 10. The day shall differentiate between those who harbour secret sins from those who abhor secret sins. 11. The day shall separate those whose lives are hidden in Christ from those who are hiding in the church. 12. The day shall show a glaring, clear, conspicuous, demarcation between Christians who walk on the path of holiness from those who walk on the path of worldliness. 13. It shall be a day of double emotion: joy for some and unimaginable, indescribable, uncontrollable regrets for others. 14. It shall be a day of surprises- some “Big names” may miss the flight while some “Less known” may be on board. 15. Another surprise may be that a man or woman who had faithfully served the Lord for many years may defile his or her garment a few minutes before the sound of that summoning trumpet and miss the flight while a notorious sinner may surrender his or her life to Jesus within the same time frame and go to heaven. 16. This event may happen now, today, this week, this month, this year or next year! 17. Wise Christians, like the five virgins that took extra oil, are expected to get ready, yes, to get prepared. 18. After the event, all those who are bitter against one another, malicious, unforgiving, jealous, arrogant, haters, hypocrites, drunkards, fornicators, adulterers, adulteresses, murderers with weapons and murderers with tongue etc, shall have enough time to continue in their trade. 19. When the event is over there shall be revival among those who have chosen to stay behind not because there will be a second chance, no, but because the reality of the event would have struck them like a thunderbolt. But they will have to pay with their own blood. 20. When the event is over, those who are left behind shall no longer be safe to worship in their gigantic, fanciful and multi-billion Dollars/Cedis cathedrals. Instead they shall seek safety in caves, bushes and abandoned and dilapidated but hidden structures. 21. When this great event is over, each time those who will miss their flight manage to gather for worship, they will pay attention to only one sermon- whether they gather in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North or South America; the sermon will only centre on “How to Meet the Divine Standard and Join the Other Saints”. 22. It is also worthy to note that those who will be left behind will never have any business with comedians at their altars anymore. No! There shall no longer be gatherings for entertainments. Whenever, they manage to gather, it shall always be for serious religious business only. 23. The prayer pattern of those who will be left behind will also undergo a radical change. They will not be praying for things anymore. They will only be praying for strength to withstand the tortures of the Anti-Christ and die bravely to join the other saints. None will be praying for jobs, marriages, etc. 24. It is equally worthy of note that some of those who will miss their flight will not be able to endure the torture of the Anti Christ. They will receive the mark of the beast and thereby be doomed forever. 25. When the ready saints are gone, all our denominational walls of partition will collapse. The man or woman who use to worship in Omega Fire, Jesus Chapel, Exousia Kingdom Gospel Centre, Deeper Life, for instance, will hide in the same place with those who worship in Christ Embassy, Church of God Mission, Assemblies of God, Word Aflame, Action Chapel, Winners Chapel, Lighthouse Chapel etc and nobody will remember to claim superiority anymore because then they will be facing a common enemy. 26. When this event is over, each time believers who will miss their flight manage to gather anywhere for worship, there will be an atmosphere of sobriety. This rowdiness we witness today shall be no more.
27. There shall also be a radical change in the attitude of those who will miss their flight towards Bible study. What we have now is an attitude characterized by a high degree of nonchalance and indifference, but when the ready saints are gone, those who will be left behind will begin to take their bible study seriously. 28. All the teens and youths who come to church to please their parents will repent after this great event; yes, they will begin to seek God for themselves. 29. When the event is over, all those who will do any form of business in the schools, hospitals, banks, etc, will have to bear the mark of beast (666) or be hunted down and killed like common criminals. 30. One of the gains of this reminder is that there may be someone reading this piece today who will take a firm decision to ensure that he/she gets on board that celestial flight travelling to glory. 31. However, one of the greatest tragedies of this reminder is that there may be someone too who is reading this piece today but who will see no need to heed this warning. A tragedy indeed
SUNDAY SCHOOL SERIES 75 :Let’s watch how we serve… 1. Dear singer, if you don’t study the Bible, you’re in the music industry, not music ministry. You’ll sing nonsense and call it “gospel” like we do today. 2. Dear usher, if you don’t study the Bible, you’re a traffic warden. You simply maintain foot traffic in the assembly. 3. Dear Bible study leader, if you don’t study the Bible, you’re a public speaker, not a minister. You’ll preach rubbish. 4. Dear children department group, if you don’t study the Bible, you’re just a social juvenile worker. 5. Dear drama group member, if you don’t study the Bible, you’re just doing Nollywood. 6. Dear instrumentalist and technical unit member, if you don’t study the Bible, you’re just a D Jay. 7. Dear Prophet, if you don’t study the Bible, you’re just a soothsayer. You’ll be predicting Arsenal vs Leicester city, not anything relevant to God’s kingdom on earth. 8. Dear Christian writer, if you don’t study the Bible, you’re just D. O. Fagunwa, Chinua Achebe, or the writer of “Eze goes to school.” You’ll write for fiction, not for the Kingdom. 9. Dear Christian motivational speaker, if you don’t study the Bible, you’re just a psychologist. 10. No matter how anointed you are, if you don’t study the Bible, you’re just a spiritualist, not a spiritual person. Those who preach and teach alone aren’t the only ones called by God to be rich in the Word of faith and sound doctrine. Every child of God is. This is the reason why many are “engaged” by churches, but aren’t imparting. This is why much of what some call “service” in God’s household may result in futility. How often do you attend Bible studies?
SUNDAY SCHOOL SERIES 76 :PASTOR TUNDE BAKARE ON TITHING LONG AGO:
Q: What is the position of Christianity on tithing because some argue that it doesn’t have a place in Christianity?
A: I don’t have an opinion. I live by the book. I’ll tell you what is in the book. The first man to pay tithe was Abraham, when he met Melchizedek. And when he gave that tithe, the book of Hebrews says even Levi, who became a priest later, paid tithe while he was still in the loins of his father, Abraham. So, there was tithe before the law. There was tithe during the law. And Christ Jesus now came and said, this you ought to do, but you neglect the weightier matters of the law. This you ought to do and the other you do not neglect. If you are asking what is the agreed position in the New Testament, listen to Paul in I Corinthians Chapter 16, verse 1. At least I’m not reading from the Old Testament. I can tell you by the grace of God that at the Latter Rain Assembly, you can come and watch us, stay for about five or six weeks, you will not hear such a thing mentioned. You will know a church by the time you worship there for six or seven weeks.
We encourage our people because even the running of the place requires support of those who are worshipping there. Do you belong to any club or organisation? To join Ikoyi Club 1938, there are fees. It is the abuse that is the problem because it must come from your heart. Melchizedek did not demand tithe from Abraham. It was what Abraham did willingly. My opinion is that let every man be persuaded in his own heart. If it is not honour, then it is robbery. What the Bible says is honour the Lord with your substance and the first fruits of your increase so that your barns may be full. It has to be honour. It is the same word you use for your parents. The first time I gave my mother an allowance was when I was a Youth Corper. I gave her N50 out of my N200 monthly allowance because I was the only one she depended on. And from that year till today, my mother’s monthly allowance has increased, although I won’t tell you how much she gets now. She was 100 in October. I lost my father when I was two years old. So God allowed my mother to stay to see me through. Would I neglect my mother? So also will I not neglect the God who is the source of everything I have. But it has to be a matter of honour.
There are three priesthoods in the Bible. The priesthood of Midian, the Levitical priesthood and the Melchizedek priesthood.
This is what is causing the problem. The priesthood of Midian is that of Jethro, the father in-law of Moses. It deals with strategies, administration and dedication of duties. It teaches you how to delegate so that you are not overworked. It does not raise sons, it raises workers. So in such ministries where Jethro principle is what they’re following, you’ll be hearing workers, workers, workers, instead of raising sons of God.
Leviticus priesthood is mainly about offering. And remember they were in the wilderness; no supermarket, no work and they didn’t go anywhere. There was nowhere to spend all the money they took from Egypt. So, it’s offering in the morning, offering at night and offering in the evening. When you find a ministry whose major emphasis is bring, bring, give, give, its the Levitical priesthood. They are still in the wilderness.
But we have moved out of the wilderness. The priesthood of our Lord Jesus Christ Christ, according to Hebrew 6, 7 up to 8, is after the order of Melchizedek who was already a king before he met Abraham. He did not need the offering of Abraham to be king. So those who are practising Melchizedek priesthood do not depend on their congregation. They don’t wait because they are lazy for them to go and work and bring resources to them. They also labour with their own hands to have resources and when the church contributes, they probably contribute more. You can find out these things. So it depends on which priesthood is being practised.
Tithes are to be used to take care of widows, the helpless, and services in the house of God. Why should they come to you to say we want to pay NEPA bills, we want to pay church staff? People that are working in the ministry have to be paid and the organisation has to be run. But it’s never compulsory. If anybody tells you if you don’t pay tithe you will remain tight, greed in his heart is influencing that because Christ has become the cross for us. For it is written: ‘Cursed is anyone that hangs on the tree that the blessing of Abraham now come upon the Gentile’ If it is from your heart, like it was with Abraham, it will bring blessings. But if it is teleguided, it is no longer spirit-led and does not activate anything in heaven. I think what is causing it is that we embark on projects God did not give to us and put ourselves under financial pressure, which we transmit to people.
Do I pay tithe? Definitely. But I don’t make it a law for everybody. I do from my earnings because I don’t depend on church offerings. My hands, like Paul’s, provided for my necessities. I pay my tax like any other citizen of this country. I pay from my legitimate earnings. If I have to wait for them to give on Sundays before I send my children to school and eat, then something is wrong. If this church folds up, I cannot live anymore. And in a depressed economy, so many churches have opened up that are not at the instance of the Holy Spirit.
SUNDAY SCHOOL SERIES 77 : ROOTED IN GOD
When we follow God, He makes us to flourish.
READ: Jeremiah 17:5–8
They will be like a tree planted by the water . . . its leaves are always green. Jeremiah 17:8
When friends moved into a new home, they planted wisteria near their fence and looked forward to the lavender blossom that would appear after five years of growth. Over two decades they enjoyed this plant, carefully pruning and tending it. But suddenly the wisteria died, for their neighbors had poured some weed killer by the other side of the fence. The poison seeped into the wisteria’s roots and the tree perished—or so my friends thought.
To their surprise, the following year some shoots came through the ground.We see the image of trees flourishing and perishing when the prophet Jeremiah relates them to God’s people who either trust in the Lord or ignore His ways.
Those who follow God will send their roots into soil near water and will bear fruit (Jer. 17:8), but those who follow their own hearts will be like a bush in the desert (vv. 5–6). The prophet yearns that God’s people would rely on the true and living God, that they would be “a tree planted by the water” (v. 8).We know the “Father is the gardener” (John 15:1) and that in Him we can trust and have confidence (Jer. 17:7).
May we follow Him with our whole heart as we bear fruit that lasts.
CREDITS: ODB ; Amy Boucher Pye
SUNDAY SCHOOL SERIES 78 : OUR PRAYERS, GOD’S TIMING
When we cannot see God’s hand at work, we can still trust His heart.
READ: Luke 1:5–17
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. Ephesians 3:20
Sometimes God takes His time in answering our prayers, and that isn’t always easy for us to understand.That was the situation for Zechariah, a priest whom the angel Gabriel appeared to one day near an altar in the temple in Jerusalem. Gabriel told him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John” (Luke 1:13, italics added).
But Zechariah had probably asked God for a child years before, and he struggled with Gabriel’s message because Elizabeth was now well beyond the expected age for childbirth.
Still, God answered his prayer.God’s memory is perfect. He is able to remember our prayers not only for years but also for generations beyond our lifetime. He never forgets them and may move in response long after we first brought our requests to Him.
Sometimes His answer is “no,” other times it is “wait”—but His response is always measured with love.
God’s ways are beyond us, but we can trust that they are good.Zechariah learned this. He asked for a son, but God gave him even more. His son John would grow up to be the very prophet who would announce the arrival of the Messiah.
Zechariah’s experience demonstrates a vital truth that should also encourage us as we pray: God’s timing is rarely our own, but it is always worth waiting for.
Credits : James Banks ;ODB
SUNDAY SCHOOL SERIES 80: LAST ENDTIME PROPHECY JUST GOT FULFILLED
If you are alive and reading this post and you haven’t made peace with God, you may wish to know that about the last of Jesus’ prophecies concerning the endtime has just been fulfilled.
With today’s decision by World Power, the US to officially recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital and further directive that its embassy be moved there from Tel Aviv, the next major event the world is about to witness is the RAPTURE!
This should interest all Christians and indeed all Bible students.
In 1948, God’s promise to gather and to restore scattered Israelites and bring them into their own land was fulfilled with the declaration and recognition of Israel as a sovereign nation, Ezekiel 34: 11-16.
But Jerusalem had remained in dispute till date. Though the US Congress voted in favour of the move 20 years ago, all US Presidents from Bill Clinton have blocked the move, until today.
Any follower of Endtime prophecies in the book of Daniel would agree that Donald Trump’s ascendency to the White House was something out of the ordinary.
Zechariah 12 reveals that at the time of the end, Jerusalem shall become the centre of world attention ‘with all the nations of the world joining forces to attack her,’ verse 4.
Today, that process has effectively, officially begun.
Fox News correspondent Shepherd Smith in reports strategically dubbed ‘Capital Controversy’ says that American embassies all over the world are already bracing for trouble, after that historic and stunning broadcast, today by President Trump.
“I have determined officially that it is time we recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Israel is a sovereign nation with the right to determine it’s own capital”, Trump said.
Barely a few minutes after the broadcast, more than 17 countries including Palestine, Qatar, Turkey, Jordan, and the Hamas have signed up to vex Israel and Jerusalem with fierce reprisals and rage.
This should not surprise you.
Speaking on the signs of the endtime, Jesus said in Luke 21:20 ‘And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh,’ KJV.
Concerning the armies currently encamping round about Jerusalem, God told Zechariah in chapter 12: 3-9 that ‘when that times come, I will make Jerusalem like a heavy stone – any nation that tries to lift it will be hurt. At that time, I will terrify all their horses and make all their riders go mad … The surrounding nations shall be destroyed and the people of Jerusalem will remain safe in the city … At that time I will destroy every nation that tries to attack Jerusalem.”
Beloved, the only other yet to be fulfilled prophecy, that is probably holding back the rapture and the concomitant chain of events, is Jesus’ Words in Matthew 24:14.
In that verse of Scripture, Jesus said ‘And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.’
You may ask: how possible is it to reach 8 billion humans with the gospel.
Well, that’s almost already done – from Indonesia to Mongolia, people are already being reached with the message of salvation.
Prophet Daniel in chapter 12:4 inspired by God’s Holy Spirit foresaw that in the last days, knowledge shall increase and give rise to amazing technologically innovations.
That prophecy was one of the earliest to user in the last days.
Today, ICTs, satellite communication and Internet-ready, hand-held digital personal digital assistants and gadgets take the gospel to every corner of the globe in real time, 247.
So there isn’t any tenable excuse,my dear friend.
If you have read this post or ever heard the message of salvation, that’s a Testimony.
RAPTURE IS NEARER THAN WE THOUGHT. Make the decision today.
God bless you