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Post  Admin on Sun 24 Jan 2016, 9:17 pm

Dearly Beloved,
GOD WILL FORGIVE, BUT...
“Then David said to Nathan, ‘I have sinned against the Lord.’ Nathan replied, ‘The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die. But because by doing this you have made the enemies of the Lord show utter contempt, the son born to you will die’” (2 Samuel 12:13-14 NIV).
I still remember vividly an encounter I had with an elderly man during a Sunday School general session in a village church over twenty years ago. It was question time, and a question was raised about the life of David, especially his issue with Bathsheba. The elderly man was of the opinion that if God could forgive David after his sins with Bathsheba, He will forgive anyone that sins and comes for forgiveness. My response then was (and still now is) if the elderly man wanted what happened to David to happen to him, he should continue to sin and then come to God later for forgiveness. God will really forgive, but....
What happened to David after his sins and confession? The son born out the adultery died (2 Samuel 12:14, 18); there was no longer peace in the household of David; one of his sons, Amnon, raped his half-sister, Tamar (2 Samuel 13:1-14); another son, Absalom, killed Amnon for this (2 Samuel 13:28-29; Absalom planned a coup against his father, David (2 Samuel 15); and Absalom sexually molested ten of the wives of David publicly (2 Samuel 16:21-22). David was forgiven indeed, but the repercussions of his sins were too much. Though forgiven, the sins were like scars of a wound that remained in his life for life (see 1 Kings 15:5). 
There are many Bible passages that teach about the forgiveness of sin. Here are some:
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9 NIV).
“He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy” (Proverbs 28:13 NIV).
“Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord’ — and you forgave the guilt of my sin” (Psalm 32:5 NIV).
There are also others like Leviticus 26:40-42 and 1 Kings 8:47, but what of the repercussions of the sins?
Are you also of the opinion that you can go on sinning because God will forgive you if you confess your sin? Good. He will definitely forgive you if you confess, but remember the repercussion of the sin. A scar in the body can never be as the other parts of the body. It is better not to sin than to sin and run to God for forgiveness. He will forgive, but....
In His service,
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Prayer Point: Pray that you will not play with sin because of the compassion of God.
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Post  Admin on Mon 11 Jan 2016, 2:12 pm

Dearly Beloved,
IT IS NOT ORDINARY!
“I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me” (Psalm 3:5 NIV).
Every morning, my alarm clock would ring by 4.30am and I would wake up and start my daily routine. At times, I would have woken up before the sound of the alarm. This has been happening for years, and I tend to think that it is ordinary or normal to wake up early in the morning either by the sound of the alarm or before its rings. However, it recently dawned on me that it is really not ordinary to sleep and wake up; it is a divine arrangement and grace. If you do not agree with this, place an alarm beside a dead man and see if he would wake up when the alarm rings. 
It is not ordinary or normal to sleep and wake up. Only God makes one to do so every day. The psalmist realized this and declared, “I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me” (Psalm 3:5 NIV). “I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety” (Psalm 4:8 NIV). “In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat — for [God] grants sleep to those he loves” (Psalm 127:2 NIV).
Sleeping and waking up are not only things that we consider normal or ordinary. Breathing, eating, drinking, talking, hearing, walking, lifting of hands and any other part of our body, in fact, everything that one can think of as ordinary or normal are not really ordinary and normal. It is God in His infinite mercy that has arranged them and allows us to be enjoying them. As part of His covenant with Noah after the flood, God said, “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease” (Genesis 8:22 NIV). He continues to keep that covenant! 
The implication of this is that we ought to always praise God for the gift of life every day and the ability to do what we are able to do each day. Thank you Lord for everything. It is not ordinary!
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
Prayer Point: Lord, help me not to take the seemingly ordinary things of life for granted, but to always appreciate you for all these things.
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Post  Admin on Mon 04 Jan 2016, 11:05 pm

Dearly Beloved,
WILL YOU PRAISE GOD THIS YEAR?
“Praise the Lord. How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him!” (Psalm 147:1 NIV).
The prayers of my family and me for the year 2016 for people in my Internet ministry was based on Psalm 147:8-9, 13-14. Psalm 147 is one of the “Hallelujah Psalms” – the last five psalms that started and ended with the expression “Praise the LORD.” In Psalm 147, the psalmist highlighted who the LORD is and some of the things that He has done that made him (that is, the psalmist) started and ended the psalm with the expression “Praise the LORD.” The LORD is great and mighty in power, and His understanding is limitless (verse 5). In His greatness and mighty, He determines the number of the stars as numerous as they are and calls each of them by name (verse 4). His deeds include restoration (verses 2-3), sustenance (verse 6), provision (verses 8-9), strength (verse 13), blessings (verse 13), peace (verse 14), satisfaction (verse 14), control over nature (verses 15-18), and revelation of His words (verse 19). No wonder, the psalmist enjoined his audience to sing to the Lord with thanksgiving, make music to Him on the musical instruments, extol Him, and praise Him (verses 7, 12). It is indeed good, pleasant and fitting to sing praises to the LORD (verse 1).
However, as the psalmist was highlighting what the LORD is doing, he briefly mentioned something that delights the LORD – trust in His unfailing love (verse 11). The LORD does not want man to trust in himself or any other thing apart from Him, the LORD (verse 10). Undoubtedly, relying on the LORD is a crucial way to praise Him.
Indeed, the LORD deserves our praises for who He is and what He is doing in our lives. He has done many things in our lives in the past years; He has started doing so in this young year; and He will continue to do so till the end of ages. Can you also highlight what the LORD has done for you in the past and what He is still doing for you presently? Will you praise Him this year especially by totally relying on Him? Praise Him with your whole heart and He will give you more reasons to praise Him and demonstrate His greatness more in your life. Praise the LORD!
In His service,
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Prayer Point: Pray that you will praise the LORD this year by totally relying on Him.
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Post  Admin on Sat 02 Jan 2016, 10:39 pm

Dearly Beloved,
OUR PRAYERS FOR YOU IN THE YEAR 2016
Happy New Year (2016). Glory be to the Almighty God for enabling us to see this brand new year. 
Opeyemi (my wife), Boluwatife, IfeOluwa, Michael, Abraham (my children) and I are welcoming you to this New Year with these prophetic prayers adapted from Psalm 147:8-9, 13-14 (AMP). 
This New Year:
- The Lord will cover you with His splendour;
- He will strengthen and make you flourish in all your endeavours;
- He will specially meet you at the point of your needs and fill you with the finest of His goodness;
- He will bless your offspring wherever they may be; and
- He will give you peace in your borders in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Happy and prosperous New Year!
In His service,
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Post  Admin on Sun 27 Dec 2015, 7:20 pm

Dearly Beloved,
FORGET WHAT IS BEHIND
"Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:12-14 NIV).
Glory be to God that we have come to the end of another year. The Lord has done many things for me in the year, and I know He has done many things also for you this year that make Him deserve our praises and worship. Let us return all glory to Him for everything He made us to achieve in the year.
However, I cannot achieve a particular goal that has to do with my study here in the United Kingdom this old year. I thought the goal would have been achieved by the end of the third quarter of the year. God still keeps me waiting to achieve it till now. Nevertheless, He still remains the faithful God that I can rely on. As the year is running to an end, I have learnt to forget what is behind and press on.
Take an honest look at yourself. Have you also been disappointed in one way or the other in this old year? Are you unable to achieve your set goals for the year? Do not be dismayed. Forget what is behind and press on in the coming year. The New Year will be better for you in Jesus' name. Amen.
Have you achieved your goals this year? Did you have many successes in the year? Praise God! However, do not let those achievements and successes blindfold you. God is taking you to higher ground. Do like Paul, "forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead…." Aim for higher things. Remember that old song, "Good, Better, Best/ I shall never rest,/ until my good is better,/ and my better's best."
Happy New Year (2016) in advance!
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
Prayer Point: Pray that you will be able to leave the unachieved goals of this year behind and forge ahead for a better year (2016).

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Post  Admin on Tue 22 Dec 2015, 12:19 am

Dearly Beloved,
HE WILL SELL FEW COWS!
for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalm 50:10 NIV).
Recently, I was chatting with a pastor-colleague on Facebook and told her about my financial challenge as I continue my postgraduate study here in the United Kingdom. Here was her response: God is faithful. He will do it. That is small. Just a few cows He will sell to settle it.Cows? I questioned. What have cows got to do with my situation and God's faithfulness in meeting my needs? She then referred me to the above quoted verse and explained that God has everything including the cattle on a thousand hills and what He needs to do is just to sell some of the cows to meet my needs. It was then I understood her point. I had a better understanding as I reflected on cattle rearers who usually sell some of their cows to meet their essential needs. 
While God does not need to sell any cow or any other thing for that matter to be able to meet the needs of His loved ones, He knows what to do, how to do it, and when to do it to meet their needs in His own way and in His own time. There were thousands of people that followed Jesus Christ to listen to Him. A time came when these people needed to be cared for. Jesus asked His disciples what they would do to feed these people. However, the writer of the Gospel added this: ..he already had in mind what he was going to do (John 6:6 NIV). The thousands of people were provided for with many baskets full of left over. 
Are you also in need of one thing or the other? Apostle Paul told the Philippians: And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus (4:19 NIV). You do not need to be worried or lose hope. Paul had earlier warned: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God(Philippians 4:6 NIV). God is faithful. He will do it. That is small. Just a few cows He will sell to settle it. Do you believe this? 
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
Prayer Point: Pray that you will not worry about your needs, but that you will learn to trust God for the provision of your needs.
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Post  Admin on Mon 14 Dec 2015, 1:09 am

Dearly Beloved,
ENRICHED WITH HONOUR
“But the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favour with God.’ ...And Mary said: ‘My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed...’” (Luke 1:30, 46-48 NIV).
The reality of the real meanings of my names (Adebayo Olayinka Afolaranmi) manifested as I celebrated my fortieth birthday anniversary on December 8, 2010. I had similar experience last Tuesday as I celebrated another birthday. In Yoruba language, “Adebayo” means “One who has come to meet joy,” “Olayinka” means “I am surrounded by honour,” while “Afolaranmi” (my father’s name) means “I am enriched with honour.” Actually, the month of December has been a special month in my life: I was born on December 8, 1970; I got married on December 19, 1998; my daughter was born on December 7, 2002; my family moved to our personal house on December 23, 2005; my elder sister gave birth to her new baby on December 6, 2010 in a miraculous way; my wife got a new employment on December 6, 2010 after she was without a job for almost a year; twice God saved me from danger on December 8, 1992 and 2010; this year, in this month of December, I had breakthrough in a particular aspect of my study here in the UK, and my wife had another remarkable breakthrough. December 25 has been set apart to commemorate the birth of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. These incidents were never coincidental. Indeed, I have come to meet the joy and goodness of God; God has surrounded me and enriched me with His honour. I never thought of these things till December 8, 2010 (and this year also) when people were rejoicing with me and I looked back and reflected on the goodness of God to me. Glory be to His holy name! 
As I was reflecting on this, I remembered Mary the mother of Jesus. She was so favoured and honoured by God that she was used as the instrument of bringing the Saviour of the world to this world. The Roman Catholics still venerate her till today, though to an extreme. There were many virgins in Israel when God chose her. Likewise, there are many people on earth when God chose me to be favoured and honoured the way He did, and is still doing it. Once again, glory be to His holy name!
Have you reflected on how God has favoured and honoured you also? Do you appreciate Him for this? Do not say He has not done so. Indeed, “He has blessed us by giving us every spiritual blessing in the heavenly world” (Ephesians 1:3 TEV). You might have not got what you want from Him, but I know that He has enriched you also with His favour and honour. I pray that as this year is running to an end, He will enrich you more with His honour and favour in Jesus’ name. Amen.
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
Prayer Points:
1. Thank God for how He has enriched you with His honour, favour and goodness.
2. Pray that you will always appreciate God for His favour and goodness in your life.
3. As this year is running to an end, pray that God will enrich you more with His honour and favour.
NB
I am so grateful to people that sent comments and prayers to me on the occasion of my birthday last Tuesday through e-greetings, SMS, phone calls, messages and comments by email, Facebook, etc. Some even sent birthday gifts to me! I am honoured. God will honour you also in your entire endeavour. Amen.
* Message originally posted on December 11, 2010. 

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Post  Admin on Sun 06 Dec 2015, 11:46 pm

Dearly Beloved,
WHOSE SPIRIT?
"When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to" (Acts 16:7 NIV).
I can still remember vividly a little drama in my Yoruba Sunday school class many years ago when an elderly man was reading the above quoted passage. Instead of reading "the Spirit of Jesus," he read "the spirit of the devil." Interestingly, the word for the devil in Yoruba language, "ESU" is short of a letter from the transliteration of the word for Jesus in the language "JESU." The elderly man unintentionally confused the two words together. The other members of the class tried to cleverly correct the old man. Nevertheless, I learnt a lesson from the confusion.
Reading the passage superficially, one may tend to intentionally think that it was the spirit of the devil that was hindering Paul and his companions to enter Bithynia to preach the gospel there. Probably, that was the thinking of the elderly man that misread the verse. However, it was the Spirit of JESUS, not that of the devil that did not allow them to go there because of His own divine plan for the missionary journey of Paul.
The lesson from this misunderstanding of the verse is that there has been confusion to the spirit that is leading many men of God today, especially those that find it difficult to differentiate between the Spirit of Jesus and the spirit of the devil. Do you recognize when the Spirit of Jesus is leading you to do things that are contrary to your seeming good plan? Do you willingly yield to the leading of the Spirit of Jesus when He leads you to do things in His own way?
It is a pity that the spirit of the devil is the one that is leading many people today, and they think that it is the Spirit of Jesus. Whose spirit is leading you, the Spirit of "JESU" or the spirit of "ESU"?
"For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God" (Romans 8:14 NASB).
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Post  Admin on Sun 29 Nov 2015, 12:40 pm

Dearly Beloved,
ENDURE HARDSHIPS
"I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked men, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love" (Revelation 2:2-4 NIV).
In His letter to the seven churches in the Asia Minor, God commended the church in Ephesus for enduring hardship for His name. However, the commendation was short-lived because the church forsook its first love. 
Many people are like that church who would at first endure hardship and persecution because of being Christians but who would later, because of pressures around them give in to the hardship. The Lord has called each of us into this ministry of reconciliation. He backs His call with many promises that assure us that He is with us (Matthew 28:19-20; 1 Thessalonians 5:24). Nevertheless, persecutions may come. "In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted..." (2 Timothy 3:12 NIV). 
In spite of this, we should not be afraid of any opposition or persecution. When persecution comes, we should remember that God knows how He will deliver us from such persecution. Apostle Peter said, "And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast" (1 Peter 5:10 NIV). When He does, we become stronger and purer in our faith (see 1 Peter 1:6-9; 2 Peter 2:9). Therefore, stand fast in the ministry God has called you into. He depends on you, and He will not let you down.
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
Prayer Point: Help me, Lord, to be able to endure hardship to the end.
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Post  Admin on Mon 23 Nov 2015, 1:59 pm

Dearly Beloved,
DO YOU REMEMBER THE DAY?
“The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God — he and his whole family” (Acts 16:34 NIV).
I was invited to a get-together recently where I met a white lady. This forty-year-old lady was so excited to narrate to anyone who cared to listen how she had a personal encounter with Jesus Christ in a similar get-together some weeks back. She narrated how she had previous been religious, how she read the Bible many times and went to church and other religious gatherings before this particular one. She concluded that since that encounter, she is now having an inner joy and peace that she did not previously had. From her countenance, it is certain that she is happy with her new-found relationship with the Saviour Jesus Christ.
The experience of this lady reminds me of many of similar experiences of people in the Bible who also had personal encounters with Jesus Christ. There was great joy in the city of Samaria when many people came to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ through Philip (see Acts 8:8). The disciples in Pisidian Antioch “were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit” after Paul preached to them (Acts 13:52 NIV). The experiences of the Ethiopian eunuch who “went on his way rejoicing” after he accepted Jesus Christ into his life (Acts 8:39 NIV) and the Philippian jailer who “was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God” (Acts 16:34 NIV) are classic when one talks about people with personal encounters with the Saviour. Such day is indeed a happy day! 
Have you had the experience? Do you remember the day you had a personal encounter with Jesus Christ? Can you narrate the experience? Being religious is not enough to have such experience. You have to definitely and consciously accept Jesus Christ into your life. Apostle John asserted, “...to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God” (John 1:12-13 NIV). It is only by believing in Jesus Christ that you can have that inner joy and peace in life (see John 20:31). The hymn writer Philip Doddridge (1702-1751) put it this way: “Happy day, happy day, when Jesus washed my sins away! He taught me how to watch and pray, and live rejoicing every day; Happy day, happy day, when Jesus washed my sins away.”
Do you remember that day?
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
Prayer Point: Pray that you will continue to have the inner joy and peace of salvation in the Saviour Jesus Christ.

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Post  Admin on Sun 15 Nov 2015, 11:32 pm

Dearly Beloved,
"WHERE ARE YOU?"
“Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, ‘Where are you?’ He answered, ‘I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid’” (Genesis 3:8-10 NIV).
This question "Where are you?" supposedly was the first question God asked the first man - Adam. The question led to other series of questions. Does it mean that the omniscient God did not really know where Adam was? If He knew, why was He asking Adam where he was? Why did He not bring Adam out of where he was hiding? Why did He want Adam to expose himself? Why did God have to ask other questions in Genesis 3:9-13? God did not ask these questions because He needed information. Being the omniscient God, He knows everything. Rather, He asked the questions for the good of Adam and his wife to give them the opportunity to face facts, be honest, and confess their sins. Unfortunately, both Adam and Even tried to defend themselves by shifting the blame to others (see Genesis 3:11-13). This made God to pronounce severe judgments on them. Probably if they had admitted their errors and asked for forgiveness, God would had forgiven them.
Many people deliberately sin and think that they can hide from God. In His graciousness, God is asking them, "Where are you?" However, like Adam, they are still not admitting their wrongdoings. In fact, many would rationalize the wrongdoings. They see God as an intruder who does not want them to live their lives as they want. Some people sin unintentionally and God would ask them, "Where are you?" He is doing this in order to bring them back to their senses. He wants them to be honest with themselves and ask for forgiveness. Only few people do admit their sins and come boldly to God for forgiveness.
God is still asking you, "Where are you?" Will you admit your sins and ask for His forgiveness or will you rationalize your wrongdoings before Him? The Bible says, “He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy” (Proverbs 28:13 NIV. See also Leviticus 26:40-42; 1 Kings 8:48-49; Jeremiah 3:12-13; 1 John 1:8-10). God is looking for people that will come boldly to Him to admit their sins and ask for His forgiveness. Will you come to Him NOW? "Where are you?"
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor). 
Prayer Point: Pray that you will not rationalize your wrongdoings but always come to God for forgiveness.
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Dearly Beloved,
WHAT GOES AROUND...
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life” (Galatians 6:7-8 NIV).
My fellowship with some older adults in a care home in Belfast, UK has been so fascinating to me. The personal interaction I had with one of the old women was spectacular. The old woman who is in her eighties told me her childhood experience, her family background, and the fact that she was once a professional caregiver in one of the care homes in town when she was younger. She concluded that she did not know then that she would end up being in a care home in her old age. Interestingly, her only daughter is one of the professional caregivers in that particular care home where she now receives care.
The life of this old woman reminds of the popular proverb: “What goes around comes around.” What you do now will come back to you in the near future. Indeed, whether good or bad, one will reap whatever one sows in life. It may not directly be in one’s choosing profession. This principle is re-echoed throughout the Scriptures. Here are some of the Bible passages: 
“As I have observed, those who plow evil and those who sow trouble reap it” (Job 4:8 NIV).
“They will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes” (Proverbs 1:31 NIV). 
“The wicked man earns deceptive wages, but he who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward” (Proverbs 11:18 NIV). 
“God ‘will give to each person according to what he has done.’ To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For God does not show favouritism” (Romans 2:6-11 NIV).
“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously” (2 Corinthians 9:6 NIV).
For more Bible passages, see Psalm 62:12; Proverbs 24:12; Hosea 8:7; 10:12; Luke 16:25; Galatians 6:7-8. This is both comforting and scaring. It is comforting if what one is doing is good because it is certain that good things will be done to one in returns later. It is scaring because if one is doing bad things against other people, one will be rewarded with bad things later in life whether one likes it or not. This is also referred to as “the law of Karma” or “the law of retribution”. 
What are you doing now? Do you wish to be at the receiving end of what you are doing now in the near future? There is no option. What goes around will one day come around. You will one day reap what you are sowing now. 
In His service,
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Prayer Point: Pray that you will consciously be doing what is good so as to receive good things in turn in future.
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Post  Admin on Sun 01 Nov 2015, 10:26 pm

Dearly Beloved,
ARE YOU STILL ALIVE?
“To the angel of the church in Sardis write: These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of my God” (Revelation 3:1-2 NIV).
Many people reacted sadly to my message last week, “TO LET: FORMER CHURCH”. The reactions came both from the developing world and the western world. A reaction from a recipient in one of the online groups I posted the message mostly touches my heart. According to him, “[My] experience and observation in the UK is not just a western phenomenon alone. It is already here with us in Nigeria.” He went ahead to highlight some of the things that are happening in churches in Nigeria. He enumerated how churches have become entertainment centres where CHRIST is not enough anymore in many churches. To attract people to church events, “jesters or stand-up comedians” are needed thereby making people to come to church empty and leave empty. As time goes on, people will prefer to go to entertainment centres than to go church because entertainment is now taking the centre stage in many churches. This recipient also pointed my attention to the fact that the
cross has become old fashion and is absent on the signboards of many churches. Rather, the portrait of church pastor and his beautiful wife is what is prominent on many churches’ signboards. At times, it is the portrait of the general overseer of the church. The pastor or the general overseer has become the centre of attraction in many churches. No wonder, some are fighting now for positions in many churches today in Nigeria. There have been cases assassinations of pastors because of positions in some churches today in Nigeria. To add to his observations, many churches no longer devote quality time to the study of the word of God and discipleship of new believers. The emphasis now is prayer for breakthrough, victory over perceived enemies and other self-centred issues. Holiness, righteousness, the second coming of Christ and the last judgement and other sound biblical teachings have been put aside in many churches. These have made many church goers to
half-baked Christians. Many are only religious, they are not spiritual. The conclusion of this recipient is, “May God forbid... Nigerians churches may one day become... TO LET, FORMER CHURCH”. 
While it is certain that many churches in the western world are dead, many churches in Nigeria are like the church in Sardis. Jesus Christ told the church, “I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead” (Revelation 3:1 NIV). He went ahead to charge the church to wake up and strengthen what remains and is about to die, or else He would come unexpectedly to judge the church.
Is your church in this category? Is your church still alive and Christ-centred? What of you as an individual? Are you still alive in Christ, or you just have the reputation of being a Christian? Wake up! 
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Prayer Point: Pray that you will not be a dying Christian but the Lord should keep you alive in Him.
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DearlyBeloved,

TOLET, FORMER CHURCH

“Gonow to the place in Shiloh where I first made a dwelling for my Name, and seewhat I did to it because of the wickedness of my people Israel†(Jeremiah 7:12NIV).

Iwas prepared for many cultural shocks and surprises as I was leaving Africansoil for the Western World for the first time last month. I did have, and I amstill having, many of such shocks in the less than two months of my sojourn inthis so-called developed part of the world. One that baffles me most is the bigchurches and cathedrals with few or no worshippers on worship days. Most ofthese few worshippers are old people. The youth are nowhere to be found. I wasmore surprised one day when I saw an advert placed on a big old church thatreads: "To Let: Former Church" . I looked at the church and grievedwithin me. So, what some people are saying that many of the old churches in thewestern world have become halls for secular purposes is true. I will not besurprised if some of these churches are bought by Muslims and they turn them tomosques.

AsI was thinking over this, the situations of Shiloh and later Jerusalem came tomy mind. The tabernacle (the Tent of Meeting) with the Ark of Covenant was setup in Shiloh (see Joshua 18:1-10). The town became the religious centre for thepeople of Israel (see Judges 21:1-2, 19; 1 Samuel 1:3). Because of thewickedness of the priests of Shiloh (and apparently other people of Israel), Godabandoned the town and allowed the Philistines to capture the Ark of Covenantand destroy the city (see 1 Samuel 3:11-14; 4:1-22; Psalm 78:60). Jeremiahprophesied about the impending similar destruction to the temple in Jerusalem(see Jeremiah 7). Instead of the people to yield to his warning, they werepersecuting him. The temple and the city were destroyed (see 2 Kings 25).

Iwould not want to be judgmental about the decline in the growth of Christianityin the western world that results to abandonment of church buildings, but it iscertain that the Christians there are to be blame. Complacency in their parthas made Christianity unpopular, and many churches are dying gradually whilesome are dead already.

Asan individual Christian, are you as fervent in the Lord as when you firstbecame born again? Is complacency not making you to be far from God? Can Godstill depend on you? Beware that you do not become an abandoned instrument inthe hands of God.

InHis service,

BayoAfolaranmi (Pastor).

PrayerPoint: Pray that you will not become an abandoned instrument but that you willcontinue to be relevant in the things of the Lord.
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Dearly Beloved,
"O BAAL, ANSWER US!"
"So they took the bull given them and prepared it. Then they called on the name of Baal from morning till noon. `O Baal, answer us!' they shouted. But there was no response; no one answered. And they danced around the altar they had made" (1 Kings 18:26 NIV).
The story of the contest between Prophet Elijah and the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel to decide the true God is a fascinating one. The people of Israel under the leadership of King Ahab and his wicked wife Jezebel had abandoned the worship of the living God for Baal, one of the fertility gods of Canaan (see 1 Kings 16:30-33). Jezebel had even tried to exterminate all the prophets of the living God from the land (see 1 Kings 18:4). After God had proved through Elijah that He is the only one that can bring fertility, Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal to a contest to determine the true God. The contest was that each side would prepare a sacrifice and call on his god (or God) to send fire to consume the sacrifice. Because of their large number, the prophets of Baal firstly took their turn. They cried to Baal, their god, to answer them from morning till evening, but there was no response. They did all they could do to get response from Baal, but he
did not respond. Even the jests of Elijah could not make him to save his adherents from the disgrace of their lives. Elijah on his turn did not have to task himself much after he had repaired his altar and filled it with water before the living God answered him and consumed his sacrifice by fire.
Many of us are acting like those prophets of Baal today. We have abandoned the living God for worldly things, and we are expecting those things to give unto us what only God can give. We look unto things like money, occupation, time, sports, pleasure, reputation, position, children, spouse, or even our own self instead of God to give us enjoyment, protection and security. We have placed more priority on these things to the extent that God has been relegated to the obscurity. And we can do anything to get what we want from these "Baals," though most of the time they disappoint us at the crucial moment of our life.
If you do not want to be disappointed, stop crying to these "Baals" and turn to God. He is the only "refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble" (Psalm 46:1 NIV).
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor). 
Prayer Point: Help me, Lord, not to put my trust in people and mundane things.
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Dearly Beloved,
WAIT FOR GOD'S APPOINTED TIME
“Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways?" (Psalm 37:7 NIV).
After the disobedience of Saul to the command of God to totally destroy the Amalekites and his rejection as king of Israel by God, God sent Prophet Samuel to anoint David as the new king. David served King Saul for several years in spite of the fact that he knew that he was the rightful person approved by God to be the king of Israel. He fought many wars to the credit of Saul. Even when Saul hated him and sought to kill him, he did not try to retaliate and forcefully claim the throne. He had two good opportunities to kill Saul and become the king, yet he spared his life on the two occasions (1 Samuel 24, 26). He diligently waited for his time. The time eventually came when the men of his own tribe came and anointed him as king over them, and when the whole people of Israel came after some years to proclaim him king over the whole land (2 Samuel 2, 5). He waited for his appointed time.
In one of the Yoruba legends about destine, a man has chosen before he came to the world that he would become affluent when he clocks the age of forty. When he came to the world, he began to struggle from one place to another in order to be rich. All his efforts were unsuccessful. He became a laughing stock among his contemporaries especially those that were successful in their undertakings. At age 39, when he could not bear the ridicules of his friends, he committed suicide. When he got to the gate of heaven, the gatekeeper looked at him with pity and led him to where the records of people's destinies were kept. When he saw his own record, he discovered that it remained only a year for him to become affluent. He begged the gatekeeper to allow him to go back to the world, but he did not have such opportunity any more. He did not wait for his appointed time.
While I do not believe in all such legends, there is a lesson in it - waiting for one's appointed time - the God's time that is the best. Has God promised you something? Do not be in haste to get the promise. Do not try to help God to fulfill the promise. Abraham and Sara tried to help God in fulfilling His promises for them. Their help nearly ruined their peaceful home (see Genesis 16, 21). Wait for God's appointed time. He will fulfill His promise in His own time in His own way. Even when it seems that the time does not come. Wait for God's appointed time. Do not lose hope. His appointed time for you will come!
"You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For in just a very little while, `He who is coming will come and will not delay'" (Hebrews 10:36-37 NIV).
In His service,
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Prayer Point: Lord, help me to always wait for Your appointed time for my life.
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Dearly Beloved,
 HASGOD FORSAKEN ME?"
MyGod, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, sofar from the words of my groaning?" (Psalm 22:1 NIV).Psalm22 is one of those psalms sometimes called Passion Psalms. Jesus Christ usedthe opening cry on the cross and the amazing choice of words of verses 6-8 and13-18 have made the psalm especially important to Christians. There is withinthe psalm an extraordinary combination of praise and complaint. The psalmistfound himself in a difficult situation that made him think that God hadforsaken him (verses 1-2). Because of his situation and the fact that God didnot act for him at that very point in time made people to mock him (verses 6-8,12-18). However, in the midst of this protest of seemingly neglect, he couldstill praise God for who He is and what He has done, and is still doing (verses3-5, 22-31). It is noteworthy that there is no reference to sin as the cause ofthe trouble, no plea of innocence, no claim of righteousness, and no vengeance.The psalmist just cried to God for help (verses 19-21).JesusChrist also found Himself in similar situation, and He also acted like thepsalmist: He cried out to God (see Matthew 27:46; Mark 15:34; Luke 23:46). Itwas evident, however, that God did not forsake Jesus Christ, as He did notforsake the psalmist as well. God allowed the situations to bring out somethingin the lives of the psalmist and Jesus Christ. We may not know what God broughtout in the life of the psalmist through the difficult situation, but we knowthat the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ brought about our eternalsalvation (Romans 5:6, 8; Hebrews 2:14-15; 5:9; 10:5-10). No wonder, thepsalmist could praise God even when he did not know the outcome of hispredicament. Whatsituation are you passing through? Have you prayed and God has not answeredyour prayers? Does it seem as if God has forsaken you? Are people around youmaking jest of you because of your predicament? Well, GOD HAS NOT FORSAKEN YOU!Read this: "But Zion said, `The LORD has forsaken me, the Lord hasforgotten me.' `Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have nocompassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I WILL NOT FORGETYOU! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are everbefore me. Your sons hasten back, and those who laid you waste depart from you.Lift up your eyes and look around; all your sons gather and come to you. Assurely as I live,' declares the LORD, `you will wear them all as ornaments; youwill put them on, like a bride. `Though you were ruined and made desolate andyour land laid waste, now you will be too small for your people, and those whodevoured you will be far away. `The children born during your bereavement willyet say in your hearing, "This place is too small for us; give us morespace to live in." Then you will say in your heart, "Who bore methese? I was bereaved and barren; I was exiled and rejected. Who brought theseup? I was left all alone, but these-- where have they come from?"&# 39;" (Isaiah 

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PrayerPoint: Lord, when I think I am forsaken by You, reassure me that You have notforsaken me.
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DearlyBeloved,

DONOT LET YOUR HEARTS BE TROUBLED

"Donot let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me…. Do not letyour hearts be troubled and do not be afraid" (John 14:1 27b NIV).

Thereare a lot of problems and hardships today that make the world unbearable forliving. No one is immune from these things that are confronting human beingsevery day. Many have given up all hopes and are expecting the worst to happen.Some have even resorted to taking their lives. However, in all these, JesusChrist says, "Do not let your hearts be troubled."

JesusChrist was with His disciples in the upper room giving them His farewell speechwhen He made this statement. His disciples were disturbed because of someevents that He predicted. These events included: He was going away (John 7:34;8:21; 12:8, 35; 13:33); He would die (John 12:32-33); one of them was abetrayer (John 13:21); Satan was at work against all of them (Luke 22:31-32);they would not be able to follow Him to where He was going (John 13:36); Peterwould deny Him thrice (John 13:38); and all of them would fall away (Matthew26:31) . Nevertheless, Jesus counseled them to believe in God and also in Him(John 14:1). He was saying in essence that they should believe in, adhere to,trust in and rely on Him. Trust is the great antidote for a troubled heart.Seeing God above our problems will make our hearts not to be troubled.

JesusChrist did not ask His disciples to only trust in Him as an antidote for theirtroubled hearts, He also gave some other reasons for His admonition. Heaffirmed the reality of heaven where He was going to prepare a place for thedisciples (as well as other believers), and come back to take them (John14:2-3) . The reward of Christian service in the hereafter is an encouragementto the disciples and even believers today to persevere in trials of faith.

Jesuswould not leave the disciples alone in the world. He promised that the Fatherwould send another Comforter to them, Someone who would abide with them forever(John 14:15-17, 26). This would be the Holy Spirit.

Despitethe fact that Jesus Christ would leave His disciples, He would give them Hispeace (John 14:27). This peace would be different from the worldly peace or anyother peace that they could think of. But this peace, as Paul put it,"…transcends all understanding, [and it] will guard your hearts and yourminds in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:7 NIV). This would not be for them,just as part of their lives in eternity, but as a vital aspect of their liveson earth. The peace is also for all that put their total trust in Jesus Christ.

JesusChrist briefly mentioned it as He was rounding off His farewell speech that Hehas overcome Satan, the prince of this world (John 14:30). Satan might havecome to this world, yet he would not overcome the disciples. Jesus Christreaffirmed it also in John 16:33 that He has overcome the world.

Whatare you passing through that is making your heart to be troubled? RememberJesus&# 39; admonition, "Do not let your hearts be troubled." He has goneto prepare our eternal home for us. He will come back to take us to Himself.Come to God through Him, the only true living Way. Allow the Holy Spirit tohave His way in your life. You will experience His peace. "For our lightand momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighsthem all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. Forwhat is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal" (2 Corinthians4: 17-18 NIV).

InHis service,

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PrayerPoint: Pray that you will always trust in Jesus instead of letting your heartbe troubled.
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DearlyBeloved,

YOURSILENT YEARS

“AndJesus increased in wisdom (in broad and full understanding) and in stature andyears, and in favor with God and man” (Luke 2:52 AMP).

Thewriters of the Gospels did not write much about the early years of Jesus Christon earth. Apart from His birth narratives (Matthew 1:18—2:23; Luke 1:26-38;2:1- 39) and an incident when He was twelve years old (see Luke 2:42-52),nothing is known about Him from the Bible until He was about thirty years old(see Luke 3:23). Some Bible scholars have referred to these unknown years asthe silent years of Jesus Christ on earth. Luke used just a verse to describethese silent years (see Luke 2:52). Almost all other Bible characters had theirsilent years. Much is not known about the early years of most of these people.These silent years were years when God was preparing each of these great menand women. Most of them did not have the best of time like Jesus in theirsilent years, but after God had prepared them in various ways secretly, Helaunched them into their public missions.

Undoubtedly, each one of us nowadays also has our own silent years when no one knew about usbefore now that we become known. In fact, many people are even still in theirsilent years. They are not renowned. God is still preparing them for themanifestation of His glory in their lives. Such people are still likecaterpillars in their cocoons. They are waiting for the mature time to rip openthe cocoons and become beautiful butterflies. Any attempt to open the cocoonsprematurely will cause a very adverse effect on the growing butterflies.

Areyou still in your silent years? God is preparing you for the manifestation ofHis glory in your life. The preparation may not be pleasant now. However, waittill when God is done with you. Do not be in a hurry. You will indeed shine forHis glory, and people will celebrate you.

InHis service,

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Dearly Beloved,
ANSWER ME, O MY GOD!"
Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You haverelieved me in my distress; be gracious to me and hear my prayer" (Psalm4:1 NASU).The fourth psalm is attributed to King David. It is believedthat he composed it, in relation with the third psalm, when he was in atrouble, probably when he fled from his son, Absalom. It is one the psalmist’scalls for help. He called on God to hear him. He also asked for the mercy ofGod. He expressed his confidence in God who has relieved him of his distress inthe past, and believed that He can still do it again. He wondered why peoplethat were persecuting him were doing so. However, he expressed once again hisconfidence in God who has chosen him. He admonished his foes to ponder aboutthis and serve God in the right way and rely on Him instead of engaging themselvesin wickedness. In spite his travail, David rejoiced in God because he knew thatGod had given Him joy that was more than that of his enemies. Therefore, hewould have rest of mind even in his sleep because God was there to protect him.What are you passing through at present? Are you beenpersecuted? Call unto God! He is ready to answer you. He has done it in past,and He can still do it again. Rely on Him, and He will give you rest from allyour troubles. He promises, "...call upon me in the day of trouble; I willdeliver you, and you will honor me" (Psalm 50:15 NIV). "He will callupon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliverhim and honor him" (Psalm 91:15 NIV). "Call to me and I will answeryou and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know" (Jeremiah33: 3 NIV).In His service,Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).Prayer Point: Lord, I call on You today. Answer me and let theworld rejoice with me.
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Dearly Beloved,
"ISN'T THIS THE CARPENTER?""...
and many who heard him were amazed. ‘Where did this manget these things’ they asked. ‘What's this wisdom that has been given him, thathe even does miracles! Isn't this the carpenter? ...’ And they took offense athim" (Mark 6:2-3 NIV).There have been many views and opinions about Jesus Christ. Tosome, He was a great religious leader. Some view Him as a great teacher. Tosome people, He was one of the messengers that God sent to this world,especially to a specific people. Others look at Him as only a Savior. Peoplelike me believe in Him as the Savior and Lord of the whole earth. However, toHis earthly townsmen, He was just a carpenter who they knew His background verywell. However, He was, and still is, more than a carpenter. He is even morethan what you can think of. The reason is that He is God, the Creator of theheavens and the earth. Many people will disagree with this, even today, becausethey, like those Jews, are spiritually blind.What is your view about Jesus Christ? Who is He? Having heardwhat people said He was, He once asked His disciples this question: "Whodo you say I am?" (Luke 9:20 NIV). Only Simon Peter could give an answer:"The Christ of God." That was Peter’s naïve answer. He was correct!What would be your answer to such question?Jesus is not only the Savior of the world. He is also the Lord!This means that He owns the world and all that is in it - including you! Theimplication of this is that even if you do not want to have anything to do withHim, or you are taking offense at Him like those Jews, a day is coming when youwill stand before Him at His throne where He will preside as the Judge. Youwill not have any other option than to give account of how you live your lifeon earth. The question then will be: "What will Jesus do with me?""Isn't this the carpenter?" Yes! Jesus Christ was thatcarpenter of Nazareth, but He is more than a carpenter. He is the Savoir andLord of the whole universe. Have you accepted Him? The Bible says, "[JesusChrist] came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet toall who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right tobecome children of God - children born not of natural descent, nor of humandecision or a husband's will, but born of God" (John 1:11-13 NIV).In His service,Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).Prayer Point: Pray for people that have not accepted JesusChrist as their Saviour and Lord to do so before it is too late. _________________________
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BEWARE! SATAN WANTS TO DESTROY YOUR FAMILY

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8 NKJV).

Job was a wealthy man with a happy and peaceful family of seven sons and three daughters. There was no rancour among these children. In fact, the sons used to hold feasts in turn in their homes. They used to invite their sisters to feast with them. Their father was happy with this, and he used to purify them so that the peaceful and happy co-existence of his children would not be soiled. Unfortunately, Satan was not happy with this peaceful and happy family. He looked for ways to disrupt the peaceful and happy family. An opportunity came when God gave him permission to tempt Job. It is interesting that the family of Job was his first target. When the children were feasting in the house of their eldest brother, Satan struck and killed them all before he went ahead to destroy properties of Job (see Job 1:1-15).

Satan is still targeting peaceful and happy families today. In fact, he really wants to destroy the family system. That is why polygamy, bigamy, single parenthood, homosexuality, lesbianism, same-sex marriage and other perversions of the family as instituted by God are gaining popularity nowadays. Even in many families that consist of a father, a mother and a child (or children), Satan is still working tirelessly to destruct them and cause disharmony in them. Unfortunately, many people are helping the devil to destroy their families by their actions and/or inactions.

Like Job, every father and other stakeholders in the family should always work for the peaceful co-existence of every member of the family. Do not do or say anything that will enable the devil to destroy your family. Pray regularly for your immediate family and the family system as God instituted it.

Beware! Satan wants to destroy your family. He will not have his way over your family in Jesus’ name. Amen.

In His service,

Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).

Prayer Points:

1.      Pray that each member of your family will always work towards peaceful co-existence of the family.

2.      Pray against every wile of the devil to destruct the peaceful co-existence of your family.

3.      Pray against all form of perversion of peaceful family.
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Re: Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).

Post  Admin on Mon 31 Aug 2015, 8:39 pm

Dearly Beloved,

DISCONNECT YOURSELF FROM EVIL COVENANTS

“Now Jehoshaphat had great wealth and honor, and he allied himself with Ahab by marriage” (2 Chronicles 18:1 NIV).

“When Jehoshaphat king of Judah returned safely to his palace in Jerusalem, Jehu the seer, the son of Hanani, went out to meet him and said to the king, ‘Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the Lord? Because of this, the wrath of the Lord is upon you. There is, however, some good in you, for you have rid the land of the Asherah poles and have set your heart on seeking God’” (2 Chronicles 19:1-3 NIV).

Jehoshaphat, son of Asa, was a good king in Judah. Unlike many other kings that reigned before and after him, he sought the face of God and walked in the good ways of David, his ancestor. He did not consult the false gods that other kings had put in place in the land. In fact, he destroyed the shrines of these false gods. God thereafter established him and made him prosperous. Unfortunately, he allied himself by marriage with Ahab, the evil king of Israel. He collaborated with Ahab to wage war against Syria. He acted foolishly to allow Ahab disguise himself as a king while he (Jehoshaphat) went to the warfront in his full regalia. Only God saved him from that war. When he came back home, God sent a prophet to him to rebuke him for the evil covenant he had with Ahab.

Many Christians today ally themselves with unbelievers and evil people. They do not yield to the warnings in 2 Corinthians 6:14-16: “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God” (NIV). Many have ruined themselves by this act. Christians are in the world, but not of the world. We are to be light of the world, not to compromise our faith with the world.

Who have you knowingly or unknowingly made any evil covenant with? Disconnect from that evil covenant if you want God to be pleased with you. Rise up today and pray against any evil covenant you might have made with the unbelievers.

In His service,

Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).

Prayer Point: Pray that you will have insight to who to have any alliance with.
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Post  Admin on Sun 23 Aug 2015, 10:36 pm

Beloved,

VICTORY IS SURE! (A Testimony)

“Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt his name together” (Psalm 34:3 NIV).

I am very glad to tell you the news that the Lord favoured me by granting me UK visa to study Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in an Irish school after 13 years of many attempts. Praise the Lord!

As I am rejoicing for this breakthrough, I remember this poem I composed several years ago about victory. Let me share it again with you:

 VICTORY IS SURE!

Do not accept defeat,

Do not be downcast,

Do not let your heart be depressed.

Perhaps it is not well today,

But it will be better tomorrow;

Perhaps you do not have what you want now,

But soonest you will have it;

Perhaps you find it difficult to actualize your goals,

Do not abandon such goals.

Continue to encourage yourself,

That you will certainly succeed.

Perhaps you were defeated in one battle,

Yet your victory is sure.

Despite all obstacles,

If you do not become weary;

If you do not become discouraged;

If you do not accept defeat;

If you continue to struggle,

It shall be well with you.

Victory is sure!

 Continue to pray with as I am now preparing to go to the UK in the mid September to start the post graduate study in Trinity College (University of Dublin) at Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK that:

a. God will meet me at the very point of my financial, moral, material, psychological, and even spiritual needs;

b. God will grant a journey mercy from Ibadan, Nigeria to Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK;

c. God will be with my wife and children that I will leave behind in Nigeria;

d. God will give me His Spirit of wisdom, knowledge and understanding as I will start the academic activities after many years of break.

e. God will help me to be able to cope with the new challenges that I will face over there.

If the Lord puts it in your mind to specifically help me in any area before I leave Nigeria or when I get to the UK, write a personal email to me at or . In fact, I am looking for some people that will give me at least N5000 (or at least $50 or 50 Euro) before the end of this month towards the study.  If you can, please contact me privately. Your little contribution will go a long way.

Thank you very much and God bless you abundantly! Glad shouts of victory will be heard in your tents in Jesus’ name. Amen!

In His service,

Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).

  
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Post  Admin on Sun 16 Aug 2015, 10:01 pm


I AM THINE, O LORD

“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water” (Hebrews 10:22 NKJV).

The hymn, “I AM THINE, O LORD”, written by Fanny Jane Crosby (1820-1915) is one of the most popular hymns of consecration. It was composed out of inspiration from the discussion of the blind Crosby and William Doane about the blessedness of enjoying the nearness of God. As they were discussing at length about this, Crosby started writing the words of the hymn - line by line, verse by verse, and then the refrain. Doane later arranged the stanzas and composed the tune.

Like so many of Crosby’s hymns, this hymn is written in the first person - a personal testimony of her relationship with Christ. Stanza one begins with a total surrender to Christ and the desire to be closer drawn to God. The second stanza aptly draws upon the closeness of this relationship as a thrust of service, a desire for consecration to the service of Lord. Stanza three defines the relationship further as one centred in prayer. In the final stanza, Crosby acknowledges that her relationship will not be complete until she reaches heaven and then she will find rest in peace with God. The refrain is the focal point around which the stanzas all connect.

This hymn is indeed a hymn of consecration. Do you really belong to God? How close are you to Him? Are you ready to totally surrender yourself for the service of the Lord? If the blind Fanny Jane Crosby could make this commitment in spite of her predicament, it is a big challenge to the contemporary Christian to commit him/herself to God no matter the situation. Apostle James summed it up: “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8 NKJV).

In His service,

Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).

Prayer Point: Sincerely commit yourself to God and ask Him to consecrate you for His service.
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