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So it’s been a little while since I reproduced my notes from church, not because I haven’t been attending, but because… *sheepish grin* I’m sorry. I’m glad you’re here though because today’s sermon you cannot afford to miss!

I attend HolyHill Church, and if you’re regular here you know I’m always talking about how I enjoy worshiping there, the choir ministrations, the Word of God that feeds my spirit, and the focus on charity the church has using HolyHill Relief Foundation. I love it! 

On the other hand, I’ve heard a lot about Pastor Poju Oyemade; a number of my friends swear by his messages, and I keep hearing great stories about him. Interestingly, I’ve never listened to any of his teachings, and even though I’m in Lagos a lot, somehow I’ve never been to his church.

Then it was announced that Pastor Poju would be at church on Thursday and for some reason I was super excited in my spirit. I knew I would attend.

Fast forward to Thursday evening, I was in church (EARLY), and a really intense worship session, after which Pastor Sunday Ogidigbo introduced Pastor Poju. Cue my thumping, really expectant heart.

The rest of this post is my reproduction of the notes I took during the sermon. Ready? May God bless the entrance of His words into our hearts, amen.

Title: The Economy of Faith – God’s Economic System

Exodus 6:3

El-Shaddai – God of the field. When God revealed Himself to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, He introduced Himself as the one who causes fields to produce in abundance… as the God of the marketplace. God is the God of the fields, the one that teaches our hands to profit.

2 Corinthians 9:8 (Amplified Version) “And God is able to make all grace [every favor and earthly blessing] come in abundance to you, so that you may always [under all circumstances, regardless of the need] have complete sufficiency in everything [being completely self-sufficient in Him], and have an abundance for every good work and act of charity.”

Such a powerful scripture! (There and then I downloaded the Amplified Bible onto my iPad; no time!)

Deuteronomy 11:10, 8:17, 28:11

When you refuse to work at all, there is nothing for God’s rain to fall on. You’re not in the game. Joseph was working in jail and God met him there.

The mystery is, how can anything good come out of Nazareth? Mark 4:30

Give God something to work with – He needs a seed in the ground for His rain to fall on. Even if working for free is the way to get in, do it. Get in the game.

The History of Money

Barter system – French Opera singer (there was a story here about the barter system starting to fail and this singer who was paid in sheep, goats, pigs, and thousands of coconuts and then had the problem of transporting her pay home, lolololol) – value system for products and services. Money moves when products and services of value are exchanged.

Entrepreneurship – using your skill to open the doors for business. Offering – giving a gift without expecting anything in return.

Wisdom creates labor-saving devices. We, as Christians should be full of this wisdom which is a product of the rain of heaven.

Warren Buffet said, “Acquire skills that no one else has, or invest in those who have these skills”.

The ideas God wants to give to me will be too much for me so I will start to trade in them – consultancy/strategy.

The value is not in the ground but in the idea applied to the product in the ground. For example, crude oil. It was just this black, gooey substance in the ground till someone figured out that refined it could do all the things that earned it the name, ‘black gold’.

The starting point to operating God’s economy is this…

  • When we start doing anything, whatever we make from it is not the point. Whatever we are given, whenever we are given, take God’s part and give to Him. Then He will pour out A Blessing that we won’t have room to contain.

But we need to start doing something first. The strategy of the church is (and should be) “…wherever the soles of our feet tread upon…” Where are your feet going/treading?

  • No matter what we’re doing, praise God there. Give thanks – the earth is waiting to yield increases for us when we praise.
  • Jesus is the vine, we are the branches. John 15: 5 God is the husbandman though, John 15:1, and the scriptures say the husbandman is the first partaker of the fruit. So why do we deny him the first fruits?

Anything I release of my own freewill without any demands on the recipient (implied or not) God rewards by Himself. Prosperity is not in material things but the next big idea God drops in your heart.

It was Daniel, it was Joseph, it was Jacob; God is quicker to put His people as right hand, influential men/advisers rather than kings.

Final word: Get to the office excited tomorrow and pray down God’s rain on your place of business. Glory to God!!

And that was it, the message ended while I was still on the edge of my seat, waiting to drink just a bit more. Argh!! Ah well, means I’m hooked on his messages now jor. Totally!

Good news; the message is available for download on our church website, and you’re welcome to fellowship with us in person or online.

God bless you!

 

 

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One scripture I smile at each time I come across it in the scriptures is, “prove every spirit”. That’s most needful in our world today, where some ministers of the gospel move from being vessels in the hands of the Lord to abusers, liars, and offenders of the highest degree. It is the reason why people should have personal relationships with whomever they choose to worship, and not depend on another human being to as it were, lead them by hand. Like these people are infallible, without blood in their veins.

And so we sound/act shocked when people do things that people do – make mistakes. We can’t wrap round a fellow human being doing something that is ‘wrong’. *sigh* Am I excusing wrongdoing, or people taking advantage of the spiritual authority they wield over others to wreak havoc? Not in the least. All I’m saying is that if we remind ourselves that are human like us, we won’t swallow hook, line, and sinker. Better yet, we’ll concentrate on pleasing God, not the men of the cloth.

To my mind though, the ‘prove every spirit’ line doesn’t only apply to teachings from Pastors/Priests/Bishops or other spiritual leaders, it’s a scripture that can easily be applied to every sphere of our lives.

Especially when receiving advice from people; thank God for friends – casual, bosom, with or without benefits (lol), best buddies, there are all types of them really. My people say because the lizards all lie on their stomachs you can’t tell who’s got a distended belly. In the same way, because you cannot see the roots of the advice people give you, you cannot tell a lot of things. You cannot tell what their intentions were, what their level of knowledge on the matter they are advising you on is, and the percentage of truth, half-truths and outright falsehood in their talks.

Have you ever been told “this is the way, walk in it” by a buddy and ended up in serious trouble? I’ve got tales for days on that, and to be honest I’m a lot wiser for it. Doesn’t mean I’ve become a loner, neither does it mean I don’t listen to people anymore. It just means I’m a little more careful, a lot more wary (not paranoid), and I tend to consciously pause and think before I act on anything I hear.

Most importantly, I seek divine direction/guidance, and I listen to myself. Sometimes I call a meeting that has just me in attendance, and then I troubleshoot information, or potential actions. If I’m satisfied, I go ahead, otherwise it’s back to the drawing board.

Has it worked? Yep! Don’t take my word for it though, ‘test every spirit’, including mine!

Enjoy the rest of the week!

Welcome to church!!

Sorry this category hasn’t been populated in a little while, doesn’t mean I haven’t been going to church. Ok I’ll be honest and say I have missed a few services in the last few weeks, but we’re back on track now!

Message for this week is titled: unveiling the mystery of sanctification and it was sometime in October 2012. Bible and notepad out yet?

He started by saying that the priority of God for everyone is sanctification. I Thessalonians 4:3-4  “It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable,”

2 Timothy 2:19-21. If we are of God, we should be like Him in all things, including holiness. How else are we to walk/work with Him? Amos 3:3 says “Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?”

Note that the righteousness we get by salvation can only be maintained by sanctification. Isaiah 59:1 Zechariah 3:3

Holiness is an observable trait, not a hidden secret; people should be able to see your righteousness in the way you speak and act. 2 Timothy 2:10

2 Thessalonians 3:3-7 There is a war waged against our righteousness day in, day out; that war is waged against our destiny.

In Luke 22:3, we see that “Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve”  and are reminded of the need to always remain too hot for the devil and his cronies to ‘settle on’. The same way flies never settle on steaming food, we should remain too hot for every appearance of evil!

Instruments The Enemy Uses to ‘Paralyze’ Our Lives

  1. The spirit of this world. 1 John 2:15-17 “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.  For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”
  2. The lust of the flesh; the lust of the eyes
  3. The pride of life. Please read Proverbs 6:16 and  2 Chronicles 6:19. James 4:6 says “But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”

What Has God Given Us To Overcome All Three?

1. The spirit of love. Romans 8:37. In order for us to please God our love for Him must never be in doubt. Romans 5:5

The commandments of God are only grievous to those who don’t love Him, and Philippians 2:13 posits that this deep love only comes via an encounter with the Holy Spirit. Next time you get an instruction from God and you feel yourself murmuring or complaining, ask yourself if your love for God is still ‘on point’.

2. Keeping right company. 1 Corinthians 15:33 says “Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” The easiest way to miss it is to follow someone not headed in your direction.

How Do I Engage With This Spirit of God?

  1. Have a hunger and a thirst for pleasing God. Isaiah 55:1-2
  2. Engage your faith. Matthew 11:12

The major reward/result of sanctification is favor. Do you want to enjoy God’s favor? Please Him, by being like Him!

Have a super productive week!

 

Yay!! My Pastor is on Twitter!! The Pastor of Hillsongs Church, Tottenham Court Road branch is now on Twitter! Whoop! Go! Follow! He’s a great guy! By the way, he’s on Instagram with the same handle. Funny but I didn’t know his name till he said during the service about his new subscription to these platforms.

So I attended the 11am worship service on Sunday the 2nd, and it warmed my heart to hear that there were a lot of activites lined up this Christmas season so people don’t have to be alone.

That’s what church should be, isn’t it? Yes, if you asked me. Church should be there for you when you’re lonely; church should fill the gaps in our lives. Trust me, I’m not saying don’t work, isolate yourself from your friends and family and then become a charity case for the church; I’m saying churches need to wake up to the fact that people don’t care what Word of God you preach till they know how much you care.

On to the service now. @garyjamesclark taught for the third week on the Holy Spirit, was very instructive. Some scriptures for ya:

Luke 3:22 “and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

 

John 20:19-22 ” On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said,“Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.

He said, the same way God breathed the breath of life into Adam and Eve is the same way the Holy Spirit brings life to our everyday circumstances. He turns our ordinary into extraordinary.

He also said that sometimes we see the Holy Spirit only as the third person in the Trinity, and not as the fountain of help, comfort, wisdom and strength we can draw from.

I loved the prayer he had us pray at the end of the sermon: what do you want to come alive in your life? Have you asked the Holy Spirit? Can I throw that at us today? Anything in our lives  needing resurrection? Anything we’ve battled with all year and feel like we’re about to give up? Could it be a relationship, family, an issue at work?

Have you asked the Holy Spirit for help? Go on… Ask Him…

Amen! Just in case you want to attend any of the services/activities Hillsongs has this season, find them here! I hate to say it but I won’t be attending the Christmas Live at Wembley event billed for the 21st cos I’ll be in Nigeria!! Wish I could stay….

 

 

Hello, and welcome to church! Bible and note pad in hand? Great!

Let’s start today’s teaching with a popular scripture. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says that “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

The reason why Christians today are not rising above/experiencing the power of God is because we have one leg inside the church and the other leg outside. That’s what my Pastor says and I agree with him. He said it stops God from blessing us because He (God) doesn’t want us to ever think it’s our naughty ways that make us succeed so He steps back, and that’s all the devil needs to inflict suffering.

Another poignant note from the sermon was that regardless of the prophecies God has placed in the  mouth of my pastor for me, I will not receive anything till I war with those prophecies. In other words, we all have a part to play in ensuring that God’s words for us do fall to the ground.

I AM NOT MEANT TO STRUGGLE. Amen! (Don’t just say it though, work it)!

Genesis 26:12-14 says “ Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the Lord blessed him. 13 The man became rich, and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy. 14 He had so many flocks and herds and servants that the Philistines envied him.”

Very simply, what the passage above is saying is that regardless of the prophecies, we need to do our bit. You want to be a doctor but you don’t want to study? I don’t care who prays, you will NOT be a doctor. You want to be wealthy but you’re content to pray and then loaf around? Darling you will be poor!

How else do we rise above?

Revelations 1:10-11 says, “It was the Lord’s Day, and I was worshiping in the Spirit. Suddenly, I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet blast. 11 It said, “Write in a book, everything you see, and send it to the seven churches in the cities of Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.”

This is the Lord’s Day. I must be in the spirit (rightly positioned, my obedience being complete) so I can Hear Him. We all know the positions that resist or hinder the move of the Spirit of God, can we work towards staying away from those? Seriously? The Holy Spirit is always there to help!

Amos 9:8-15

We also need to stay in the place of prayer, it is the only way to remain connected to God. Jeremiah 37:17 – “King Zedekiah sent for him and received him. The king questioned him secretly in his house and said, “Is there any word from the Lord?” Jeremiah said, “There is….. ” What is God saying about your situation?

Then, sow! The house/work of the Lord is the most fertile ground I could sow in. Let your seed speak for you. Note that seeds do not refer to finances alone, even greater seeds are our time, deeds and resources!

2 Chronicles 15:2, starting from verse 1 “The Spirit of God came on Azariah son of Oded. He went out to meet Asa and said to him, “Listen to me, Asa and all Judah and Benjamin. The Lord is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you.

Verses 3 and 4 talk about Israel being without a teacher and the law at the time but as soon as they repented and sought the Lord, He was found of them. Will you seek him today?

Build a strong relationship with the Holy Spirit. Hebrews 3:7-8

Write down the vision. Habakkuk 2:2-3 What’s the point in asking God to bless something you don’t even remember? Take notes, jot down ideas, research, put it all down!

That’s it folks! Enter this week confident of the grace and abilities of God in you, and have an extra productive week! Hugs!!

Ok! Before I say anything, can you put both hands up and say a big thank you to our ever faithful God for the privilege of another day? For countless journeys and His mercies that attend each trip, for the seemingly mundane things like waking up every day, eating the food digesting without any issues, the gift of air (and the ability to breathe unaided) that He gives without fail everyday, the functional brain, heart, and organs we’ve got, I could go on and on and on!! This God is merciful o!!!

Today’s chronicle is a testimony that happened this morning. Seriously. And I want you to read, and join me in appreciating this great God!

I spent the night at Wumi’s house because my flatmate has to be away for a few days and as much as I love the Broadway house I hate sleeping alone in a building. And the house is big!

So I slept at Wumi’s, we woke up early because she had to go to work and I had to run through a lot on my to-do list (books, culinary, laundry), before night/end of the day.

Walking home, there’s a T junction I have to cross which I always dread (today was no exception) especially there’s no ‘pedestrian help’ (I don’t know the name of that thing but I’m sure you get the idea). Anyways, so I approached the road as cautiously as always. Listening to MI and Waje‘s ‘One Naira’ on my iPod, I looked left, right, and then left again. Abi? All clear, so I crossed.

I forgot to mention that it’s a two-lane road, going and coming. There was a truck blocking my view from seeing the other lane but honestly I had seen a bus parked at the bus stop (effectively stopping any other car from moving past it) and of course there was the truck on my side, caught in traffic. Also, I had seen the line of people waiting to board the bus and calculated that it would be enough time for me to cross the road. Again, meant all clear abi?

I entered the road, and next I saw was the terrifying red of the bus inches away from me. How he pressed the brakes, how I got over my initial stunned state and got to the sidewalk, I will never know. I do remember running of course, but I also remember thinking, ‘this is it’.

Thank you Jesus from the bottom of my heart for keeping me, for not letting my family and friends mourn. Thank you for preserving me, and thank you for the privilege of another day!!!

Home safe, sound but still very shaken, it’s time to go have another bath. Why? I just noticed that I peed on myself. *sigh*