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The 5th edition of Gospel Night Live will hold on Thursday, 27th of September, 2012
Venue: Rodizzio Hall, 29 Isaac John G.R.A. Ikeja, Lagos.
Time is 6pm – 10pm.
This month’s edition features Joseph Benjamin, Benita, Henrisoul, Glowreeyah, Ebele, Fabian, Chidon, the Oshadipe twins and many more.
Its a gathering of Naija’s finest gospel acts and their fans.
Come with your dancing shoes, lets party with Jesus
Admission is FREE
By Pastor Ayo Agbelusi
Memorise: “I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” (Psalm 34:1).
Read: Psalm 100: 1-5
The possibility of gratitude in all situations of life has been much talked about. It’s evident that not everybody can choose thanksgiving when the ships are down. Thanksgiving is one great quality in Solomon that made him standout in history and among every other king on the earth. Until your heart is correctly positioned, you will never see how wonderfully the Lord has blessed and what you stand to enjoy through gratitude.
God awaits true worshipers. He seeks those who will be grateful for all they see, hear and experience. He does not expect thanksgiving only when it appear that all needs are met.
“But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. ” (John 4:23).
Beloved this is the hour. The very present time is the best for worship, thanksgiving and jubilation! If God hasn’t wrought His greatness in and through us, the present situations of the world would have swallowed us up. But you are preserved. You are not redeemed at such a time like this for mere frivolity! God specially and specifically determined that you will see the light of the day. I know you have been blinded and greatly hindered from gratitude all because it appears you haven’t receive answers to all your requests. But beloved, there is a hope of a better tomorrow. God is thinking good thought about you. A thought of peace and success to give you your desired miracle. Jer.11:29 . Hope is a great attribute that qualifies you for the supernatural. Your future is bright, colourful and glorious. That’s what the Bible says. “And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” (Romans 5:5).
A grateful heart will not murmur at the little received. Thousands of the children of israel were wasted in the wilderness because they cheaply forgot that the same God who killed all the first born of Egypt, parted the red sea and drown the host of Pharaoh’s army is more than able to give them the promised land. Ingratitude will do nothing but block your access to the next miracle. David continued victoriously throughout his lifetime because he has a heart for thanksgiving.
The little you have received is enough proof that the rest will be supplied. Say no to ingratitude and appreciate God for what he will do. Remember, he’s not a man that he should lie or son of man that he should repent of his words. Count your blessings and name them one by one. You will be greatly encouraged that the Lord is good and He’s able to do exceeding abundantly above all you could ever ask or think.
if you crave higher altitude in life and destiny, make gratitude your daily lifestyle. Dedicate a whole day to appreciate God for his great works over your life.
By Pastor Ayo Agbelusi
Memorise: “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” (1 John 2:16).
Read: John 21: 1-7
There’s no benefit in backsliding. The simple effect of backsliding is reproach and failure. It’s simple channel for the devil to revenge and drag a soul to hell eternally. “And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62). What qualifies you for all you are enjoying at the moment is grace but backsliding can erode all that if care is not taken! Watch your ways!
Where we read in John 21: 1-7, the failure which was once aborted by our Lord Jesus Christ returned to the life of Peter because he considered going back to fishing more profitable than the calling and assignment of heaven. Maybe you heart is equally drifting back or your old friends are beckoning on you. It’s possible you just relocated to another city and you have started living freely without caution. Be careful not to get your soul entangled again to failure and immoral living.
In Luke 5: 5, Peter toiled all night but failed professionally until Jesus came to the scene. It was the miracle of Jesus that translated him from ordinary fisherman to a fisher of men! What a glorious development and promotion! But look at it, after the death of Jesus, he was already on his way back to his former vomit. It’s always very painful to see believers returning to their former lives after they have enjoyed the works and benefits of grace.
Beloved, your yesterday is too small compared to what the future holds for you. Why should you be thinking of returning to your vomit? You have promised to serve the Lord with all your spirit, soul and body. I encourage you to continue fervently in the Lord without looking back. Note this, the enemy of your soul – satan and his demonic angels will never give up on you. That’s why you shouldn’t give up on God!
What you will gain in backsliding is the lost of the present glory and a return to your former failures. Your old friends can never be substitutes to grace and the works of the Holy Spirit. You will be doing yourself more harm by returning to same group of drunkards and fornicators who initially led you into destruction. Thank God for the shed blood of Jesus. Now you are made fat and flourishing. It’s just too late to consider immorality as enjoyment and iniquities as pleasures!
2Pet.2:21 says: “For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.” If backsliding is a choice, then failure and shame will be inevitable. Be careful of the life you lead.
Let it not be said that your soul is beginning to crave those former lifestyles and worldly affairs. Keep moving on, don’t get yourself entangled again with sins and worldly lusts. “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” (1 John 2:16).
Peter failed again at backsliding. He toiled in futility with no result until Jesus delivered him. Maybe you have started to fail again as a result of looking back. The wife of Lot couldn’t see the light of another day because she looked back. You can return to holy living, evangelism, prayers and the study of the word of the Lord. The Lord will keep you from falling and make His face to shine upon you.
Father, please keep my soul from backsliding and preserve me till second appearing of Your Son – Jesus
By Pastor Ayo Agbelusi
Memorise: “O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.” (Jeremiah 10:23).
Read: Isaiah 45: 1-4
The Lord Jesus is the way, the truth and life John 14:6. The race is of life will be a journey in futility if the runner knows not the way to go. You can only finish the race of life well provided you are directed by the Way Himself.
The promise in Isaiah 45:1 is for all children of God going through the wilderness of this world. The journey of life is absolutely crooked, rough and long. It will only take God’s leading to make it to the successful end.
“O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.” (Jeremiah 10:23).
It’s a hard thing to lead oneself in the journey of life. Many have wasted their entire lifetime struggling to attain greatness with human strength, knowledge and connections. Please note that the frustration of every man begins when his trust is not in God but another mortal man. No one can show you the end from the beginning except God. Nobody can explain a product better than the manufacturer. You are not a product of man’s effort. You are a people of God. Psalm 100:3 says: “Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.” He knows your frame. He has they key to your glorious destiny. Rev.3:7
Let Him take you through that journey! Allow Him to lead your marital destiny. Don’t be emotionally attached to any brother or sister. God is love. Let Him choose for you the love of your life. The pains in so many homes today started from vague emotions, physical attractions and less of God directions. You can’t be successful in life until your path is straighten by the Almighty. Why will you allow your little brain to take you out of the programme of God for your life? Each time you choose to do it yourself, you are simply telling God you know better.
Leaving the chores of your country for another without adequate knowledge of the purpose of God for you in a strange land could be frustration in disguise.
If God can only get a grip of your hand, I know you will never miss your way. He says to His anointed: “and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before Him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut;” (Isai. 45:1). If He’s the one speaking to you, you can never marry a man who will seek divorce afterwards. If God is truly the one directing the course of your life, I can assure you a glorious future awaits you. If Jehovah gets you a job, you will forever move from glory to glory and never otherwise. Why not let Him lead? He wants to talk to you! In that still small voice lies the solution you require for a better tomorrow. Hear what He says to you: “I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron:” (Isaiah 45:2). Your struggles have lasted this long because you failed to acknowledge Him as the Lord of your life.
Let the Way be your guide and help. Your season of earthly frustrations will end from today in the mighty name of Jesus!
Action: Every step you take without the leading of God is a step to an unknown destination. Let God chart the course of your destiny and you light will break forth excellently!
By Pastor Ayo Agbelusi
Memorise: “Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? ” (John 11:40).
Read: John 11: 40-45
Great number of the children of Israel couldn’t get to the promise land because their hearts melted in the wilderness through unbelieve. No man can enjoy the promises of God without believing that His words are true.
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6).
Your knowledge of the word of God compels what you believe. Until there’s a knowing there can never be a believing. It will be difficult for you to believe God’s word for your desired turn around if you are far from God himself. The more you study His words the better your believe system becomes. You can only discover His promises for your destiny when you look through the Word of life daily.
Mary and Martha sent for Jesus because they know He’s able to deliver their brother from that horrible pit of death! What exactly do you believe about the God you serve? Are you merely confessing the word or you are full of assurance of faith that what you confess will certainly come pass? What is that situation in your family, marriage and business that makes you see impossibility instead of victory? Are you seeing failure in place of success? Hear this: “Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? ” (John 11:40). Here Jesus was referring to Himself as the resurrection and life. You can’t believe in the resurrection and life and still be thinking of untimely death.
For a reader of this devotional, it’s your turn to see the glory of God! Your season of undeniable result is here. What is God asking from you? Just Believe! Until you believe, you cannot receive from Him. Take away that doubt, put off those negative thoughts of impossibility, reject the stories of failure and uncertainties that flows all around you. This is your season of the miraculous and your testimonies shall humble your mockers.
“And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.” (Luke 1:45). What God has said is settled. God will not change his mind about blessing you. His words says you are healed. He promised you will not lack you mate, he announced to hell and death that you shall never be barren. All He’s asking you to do is to receive this words with faith and take possession of His purpose for your life. He will surely perform His word concerning you and your family and it shall be well with you.
Father, give me the grace to believe You totally and never to accept the dictates of the devil over the issues of my destiny.
Please be informed that we will not be able to publish open heavens by Pastor E. A. Adeboye on the blog for the meantime. We just got a mail from solicitors to Open Heavens International Centre Limited.
However, we are working on getting approval from Daddy GO’s office and hoping to start publishing immediately we secure approval.
Be expecting New Glory Devotional as from tomorrow.
Thanks and God bless.
By Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Memorise: He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth. Luke 11:23
Read: Matthew 12:29-31
One major problem of the church in Laodicea was their lukewarmness.
I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. Revelation 3:15
On the thermometer of God, He expects you to read cold or hot but not in-between. Usually, people do not like lukewarm water. If you are given lukewarm water to quench your thirst, your stomach might get filled up but your thirst will not be quenched, this is annoying. Whereas, if you took a few glasses of cold water, the thirst will be quenched even if your stomach is not filled. Lukewarmness brings about a lot of waste. If you are lukewarm in your attitude to God and the things of His kingdom, you will be a great waste to God’s kingdom. You may not be able to quench the thirst of the King of kings! Lukewarm water is not capable of brewing some herbal teas that require hot water. After soaking such tea in lukewarm water, very little will be received of what the tea has the potential of releasing. The tea will at best be termed coloured water. Any lover of tea will not be pleased with such tea. In the same way, when you are lukewarm, God may never be able to get you to tap into your hidden resources and develop them to His glory. At the end, the lukewarm worker will earn God’s rebuke and anger.
Every lukewarm person has elements of laziness. In the Kingdom of God, there is no middle place: it is either you are for Him or you are against Him. You cannot afford to be neutral. If you are not walking the narrow path to Heaven, you are on the broad way to hell. You will recognise the fellow who is lukewarm by his or her lack of zeal. Anybody that will achieve for God must be zealous. Jesus was consumed by zeal for kingdom assignments. Do you show zeal when it comes to paying tithes, giving offering, winning souls or obeying God in general? A zealous person is in a hurry to please God. Zeal brings speed. Zeal comes with positive expectations. Zeal has genuine interest in what is being done. Lukewarm Christians do not care about the time they come to church hence many of them are incurable latecomers. Lukewarm Christians cannot spend eternity with Christ.
If you can sit, eat, or chat with an unbeliever and not be bothered that he or she is going to hell, you are lukewarm.
Bible in one year: Ezekiel 19-21
By Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Memorise: And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; 1 Thessalonians 4:11
Read: 2 Kings 7:3-11
When Elisha cried in desperation and smote the waters, the scripture says the river parted for him like it did for his spiritual father (2 Kings 2:14). This tells us that whatever happens to the father can happen to the son as long as the latter satisfies the conditions. For instance, Jesus walked on water and Peter did the same when he acted in faith but his colleagues could not do so because they failed to dare. One of the most exciting passages in the Bible is John 14:12. Here Jesus says:
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
From the day I read this passage, I believed with every fibre of my being that before I die, I will do every work that He did. I also believe that whatsoever the Lord has done for me, He will repeat in the lives of my children. Are you ready to do what Jesus did and even greater works? Are you ready to pay the price?
Also, when the Jordan parted, Elisha went over it. An English proverb says, He that aims at nothing will always hit it. Anything done without purpose is a wasted effort. You must be certain about what you want from God and not just fight one who punches the air. Let your punches be directed at specific targets so that when you hit them, you will be sure you have them. When God opens a door to you, walk right through it (Revelation 3:7-8). Some people stood in front of their open doors for so long until they were shut. If you don’t enter in, you don’t get anything out of the open doors. Elisha did not begin to celebrate that Jordan parted for him, he simply went through it; he used the opportunity to change his location. What have you done with your open doors? The way you handle the opportunity God gives to you is very important to God. The four lepers got an opportunity and they maximised it. Not only did they become celebrities and national heroes, they never begged for the rest of their lives. If you know how to use opportunities to glorify God, more will continue to trail your path. Do something about your open doors today!
Examine yourself and your surroundings to identify opportunities God has given to you which you have not taken advantage of. Do something about such today.
Bible in one year: Ezekiel 15-18
By Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Memorise: If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures. Job 36:11
Read: Exodus 4:2-4
In Exodus 3:10-14, after God asked Moses to go and deliver a message to Pharaoh, Moses objected giving excuses. He argued about his unworthiness for the assignment and said he did not have enough information about God’s identity. It is good to have sufficient knowledge about God but waiting until you know everything about God or the assignment may just be a wait in futility. God’s revelation comes to us in phases and stages. You may not know everything about an assignment before you start. Even Jesus left the disciples without disclosing some information to them because they were not mature enough to handle them. However, for Moses to go on this assignment, knowing God as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob was enough, as God’s dealing with them at this point was hinged on these three patriarchs. Today, that knowledge is quite inadequate. If you know Jesus Christ as the Saviour, Healer, Sanctifier, Deliverer, Protector, Provider, and the only begotten Son, you have more than enough message to reach your world. As a young convert, do not wait until you know the whole Bible before you start to preach to others. Simply sharing your testimonies can open the door of salvation to your listeners.
Moreover, where divine mandate is concerned, no argument will be accepted by God for human disobedience. If God did not accept the excuses of Moses, neither will He accept yours. Immediately after dismissing those arguments, Moses began his training on implicit obedience. He was asked to drop his rod without prior knowledge of what the result will be. Moses did so without questioning and it became a snake. Moses enrolled in God’s school of obedience and had to become like a child, meek and ever ready to learn. God told him to pick the snake by its tail even though as an adult one should have expected him to know that. You will notice that Moses later had to turn a rod into serpent. This tells us that God’s training is in preparation for your assignment and therefore not in vain. At the end, all Moses had to do in ministry was simply to hear from God and obey no matter what anybody had to say. Have you enrolled in God’s school of obedience? Have you learnt to be meek and to comply with God’s instructions always?
In any Kingdom assignment, two things are paramount: hearing from God and obeying Him. Your success in life and ministry lies in your ability to do these two things.
Bible in one year: Ezekiel 12-14
Emotional Intelligence for children 7-16yrs: (6 Saturdays- Oct. 6 – Nov 10, 2012
By Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Memorise: For thou has girded me with strength unto the battle: thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me. Psalms 18:39
Read: Exodus 8:18-19
The finger of God can write upon tablets of stone, upon a man and in his heart. Besides these, another significance of the finger of God is that it speaks of the enemy’s limitations vis-à-vis God’s supremacy. In Exodus 8:16-19, Moses went to deliver God’s request to Pharaoh to release the children of God. As a sign of being sent by God, he turned his rod into a snake. In defiance, Pharaoh summoned his sorcerers, wise men and magician who used their magical powers to do the same (Exodus 7:8-12). After he turned water into blood they repeated the same (Exodus 7:14-22). When he brought frogs from the river upon the land, the magicians did something similar (Exodus 8:1-7). For every plague that the magicians were able to repeat, the heart of Pharaoh was hardened the more. Then came the next plague: Moses was asked to strike the ground with his rod. He did so and the sand suddenly began to move – all turned into lice! The magicians tried but could not repeat this miracle and they concluded it was the finger of God.
Until your enemies see the finger of God, they might be deceived into thinking that what your God can do, theirs also can do. Today, in many places, fake prophets and their likes are trying to copy the miracles that God is doing. Satan never performs miracles only magic. There is a difference between the two: Miracles are supernatural occurrences that take place by the finger of God while magic are supernatural occurrences that are empowered by spirits other than the Holy Spirit. Many claims of healing through the powers of darkness are false. Those occurrences are normally pre-arranged in many instances. If you want the original, ask for the finger of God. Also, the presence of the finger of God tells the enemy, you have reached your limits and you can go no further! It tells the enemy in very clear terms that God is at work and what He can do, no other spirit, force or power can do the same. This season, all those who are contending with you will see the finger of God and bow to your God. They will disappear after that encounter. Ask for God’s finger in your life and circumstance.
Father, by Your finger, let every battle against my life be silenced permanently.
Bible in one year: Ezekiel 8-11
By Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Memorise: For with God nothing shall be impossible. Luke 1:37
Read: Luke 1:26-37
Promises determine expectations. For instance, if a father makes a promise of a toy car to his child while leaving for work, the hope and expectation of that child will be based on that promise. You can be sure the child will announce it to his friends at school that day. In addition, promises also define the scope of expectations. A particular child can expect one toy while another child might expect three based on the promise made to them by their respective fathers. In the same vein, we base our expectations of God upon the promises He has given to us. Unlike earthly parents who are limited in resources with which to fulfil their promises, our God is not.
One striking thing about God is that because of His infinite ability, He is able to make incredible promises, yet He is both willing and able to perform them. Human minds find it difficult to believe God, but if only they can appreciate the Personality of God, they will not doubt His ability to do those things that sound impossible. By comparison, it is like a man who owns the ocean, would it be difficult for him to give you a drop of water? I don’t think so. So are all the things that seem impossible with us to our God; it’s like giving you a drop of water from an ocean! Mary is an example of someone that experienced this. God promised that she was going to conceive without copulation and that the result of that uncommon pregnancy was going to save the world. How impossible these sounded! But Mary had enough faith to believe these promises. Naturally, she was just waiting for the day her marriage to Joseph would be consummated and she will have children. But now, her expectations moved from the natural to the supernatural realm of faith. She was not just expecting a baby by sight but expecting the Saviour of the world by faith, without any input from a man. If she ever shared her expectations with friends or relations, they would have asked her to see psychiatrist. Yet God fulfilled His promises to Mary. Has God made you any mind-blowing promise that made you laugh in unbelief? You had better start believing Him today. As incredible as His promises may appear, God is not a clown. He means what He says and so He says only what He means. He will fulfill His promises to you based on your faith. No faith, no fulfillment. Believe Him today!
Identify those seemingly impossible or humanly difficult promises the Lord has given you and profusely thank Him for them. They shall come to pass.
Bible in one year: Ezekiel 4-7