OPEN HEAVENS- SATAN TARGETS THE HOLY.

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL.

SUNDAY JULY 5 2015.

THEME : SATAN TARGETS THE HOLY.

MEMORISE : Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. ACTS 12 : 1.
READ : ACTS 6 : 8 – 15.
8 And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.
9 Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia and of Asia, disputing with Stephen.
10 And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake.
11 Then they suborned men, which said, We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses, and against God.
12 And they stirred up the people, and the elders, and the scribes, and came upon him, and caught him, and brought him to the council,
13 And set up false witnesses, which said, This man ceaseth not to speak blasphemous words against this holy place, and the law:
14 For we have heard him say, that this Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this place, and shall change the customs which Moses delivered us.
15 And all that sat in the council, looking stedfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 1 CHRONICLES 17 : 19 AND LUKE 17 : 20 – 18 : 8.

Holiness is very necessary for anyone who wants to fulfil destiny and make it to Heaven. Holiness also makes God to hide you in His bosom ( Psalm 91 : 4 ). In other words, holiness provides a cover for the holy, whereas sin exposes the sinner. Sin exposes the one who commits it to shame, disgrace and pain, and it makes the sinner vulnerable to the attacks of the enemy.
When you combine holiness with being a vessel of honour, you become doubly precious to God. You become like a delicate egg in His hands. This is why Psalm 103 : 13 – 14 says God will treat such a vessel with lots of care, remembering how weak and fragile he or she is. From today, the Lord will treat you with special care. You will be special to God and He will hide you in His love in Jesus’ Name.

Moreover, as an instrument of honour, never rest on your oars. Whatever level you may be on presently, you have only started; you have not yet attained the heights that God is taking you to. If you think that you have already arrived with respect to Kingdom tasks, you may attract unwanted things to yourself. Note however that the more God uses you, the more you will be of interest to the kingdom of Satan. Satan never wants any believer in Christ to end up in Heaven; so he will do all he can to stop you. Take Peter for instance: he loved Jesus so much that he vowed never to deny Him. This he said in spite of what Jesus had foretold would happen ( Matthew 26 : 34 – 35 ). Satan saw Peter as a vessel of honour in God’s hands and immediately marked him out as a target. He did everything possible to bring him down, but Jesus prayed for him and he overcome.

Similarly, Satan picked on another vessel of honour – Stephen. Stephen was holy, full of faith and full of Holy Spirit. He was also full of wisdom and was used to perform mighty signs and wonders in the early Church. Satan therefore stirred up serious opposition against Stephen, but he overcome them. When this failed, the enemies connived and brought false witnesses to lie against him. Satan never keeps to any rule of decency when he fights. He fights dirty. He kept working at it until he got Stephen killed ( Acts 7 : 56 – 60 ). But unknown to him, when he thought he had won the battle, his chief vessel of persecution, Saul, was arrested by God and did even far greater works for God than Stephen did. In the end, the devil regretted his action. He wished he had left Stephen alone to have been spared the immense irrecoverable losses he got from his ex-loyal fanatic –Paul.

ACTION POINT :
Pray that every target of Satan in your local church be protected from falling.
AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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SEEK DAILY DEVOTIONAL-A DAY OF BITTER LAMENTATION

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Sunday, July 5

Micah 2:4-11

A DAY OF BITTER LAMENTATION

“In that day your enemies will make fun of you….” Micah 2:4, NLT

This is another indictment on the oppressing classes by Prophet Micah, who warned those who used their positions to hurt others. One ready example is King Ahab’s forceful acquisition of Naboth’s vineyard. This kind of injustice had become so widespread that Micah had to announce that soon, the table will be turned against the oppressor. This will make the oppressors’ laughter turn into mourning and their joy into sorrow (verse 4).
This prophesy seemed harsh on the people but God will do anything to keep His people in the right direction.

The import of today’s message is that if we only want comforting messages, we shall miss what God has for us. False prophecy thrives only when people love to hear the things that will make them comfortable, even in their sins. Preachers who ignore telling the truth about the sins of the people and give them assurances even when the scripture says the contrary are always popular. Beloved, listen only to true teachers of the word and your life will be full of rejoicing.

Birthday Blessing: …I will be an enemy to your enemies and will oppose those who oppose you. Exodus 23:22

Read Bible Through Passage: 2 Chr. 31, 32; Acts 9:26-43
Those who will not obey the judgement of God’s mouth will not escape the judgement of His hand. – Mathew Henry

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Soft Drinks Kill 184000 Annually

The dangers of fizzy, sugary drinks have once again been highlighted as scientists have said they kill 184,000 adults every year.

It further said those under 45 consume more artificially sweetened drinks and are more at risk of diabetes and obesity.

The worldwide study is the first to estimate deaths and disability from diabetes, heart disease, and cancers caused by the drinks.

It added that 133,000 deaths from diabetes, 45,000 deaths from cardiovascular disease and 6,450 deaths from cancer were caused by fizzy drinks, fruit drinks, energy drinks and sweetened ice teas in 2010.

The study did not include pure fruit juices and all drinks had at least 50 kcal per eight US ounces (0.23 litres) serving or just over two thirds of a standard pop can.

According to Dr Dariush Mozaffarian, Dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University in Boston said “many countries in the world have a significant number of deaths occurring from a single dietary factor, sugar-sweetened beverages”

She therefore said it should be a global priority to substantially reduce or eliminate sugar-sweetened beverages from the diet as there are no health benefits from them.

The study based its estimates of consumption from 62 dietary surveys including 611,971 individuals conducted between 1980 and 2010 across 51 countries, along with data on national availability of sugar in 187 countries and other information.

Based on meta-analyses of other published evidence on health harms of sugar-sweetened beverages, it calculated the direct impact on diabetes and the obesity-related effects on cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer.

It found sugar drinks caused more deaths in Mexico with 405 deaths per million adults equal to 24,000 total deaths followed by the US with an estimated 125 deaths per million adults or 25,000 total deaths.

Japan also came in with the estimated percentage of deaths less than 1% of over 65 years old, but 30% in Mexican adults under 45.

Three quarters of all deaths are linked to developing countries. Younger adults were however more at risk of chronic illnesses than older people.

The study which was published in the journal, Circulation, raised concern on the health impact of sugar-sweetened beverage intake on the young as younger adults form a large sector of the workforce in many countries.

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OPENHEAVENS- THE ANOINTING SPEAKS

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL.
SATURDAY JULY 4 2015.

THEME : THE ANOINTING SPEAKS.

MEMORISE : But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. 1 JOHN 2 : 27.

READ : 1 SAMUEL 10 : 1 – 9.
1 THEN Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured it upon his head, and kissed him, and said, Is it not because the LORD hath anointed thee to be captain over his inheritance?
2 When thou art departed from me to day, then thou shalt find two men by Rachel’s sepulchre in the border of Benjamin at Zelzah; and they will say unto thee, The asses which thou wentest to seek are found: and, lo, thy father hath left the care of the asses, and sorroweth for you, saying, What shall I do for my son?
3 Then shalt thou go on forward from thence, and thou shalt come to the plain of Tabor, and there shall meet thee three men going up to God to Beth-el, one carrying three kids, and another carrying three loaves of bread, and another carrying a bottle of wine:
4 And they will salute thee, and give thee two loaves of bread; which thou shalt receive of their hands.
5 After that thou shalt come to the hill of God, where is the garrison of the Philistines: and it shall come to pass, when thou art come thither to the city, that thou shalt meet a company of prophets coming down from the high place with a psaltery, and a tabret, and a pipe, and a harp, before them; and they shall prophesy:
6 And the Spirit of the LORD will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man.
7 And let it be, when these signs are come unto thee, that thou do as occasion serve thee; for God is with thee.
8 And thou shalt go down before me to Gilgal; and, behold, I will come down unto thee, to offer burnt offerings, and to sacrifice sacrifices of peace offerings: seven days shalt thou tarry, till I come to thee, and shew thee what thou shalt do.
9 And it was so, that when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, God gave him another heart: and all those signs came to pass that day.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 1 CHRONICLES 15 : 16 AND LUKE 17 : 1 – 19.

The anointing creates the opportunity for you to be entrusted with God’s heritage. This great responsibility requires that you have divine information and guidance to carry out the assignment. As stated in our memory verse, the anointing speaks to or teaches the anointed, providing him with divine information. If you have the anointing, it will speak to you; it will tell you the truth. If you say you are anointed but you cannot hear from God, your anointing is very much in doubt. Based on 1 John 2 : 20, one way you can know that you are anointed is by the divine information released to you. The more the anointing on your life, the more you should have access to divine information ( Number 12 : 6 – 8 ). To what extent does then anointing speak to you?

What does the anointing teach? If you closely look at Saul’s experience, you will learn that the anointing reveals future events to the anointed. After Saul was anointed by Samuel, the latter told him of a series of events that he was going to experience sequentially, and they happened accordingly. Do you know that God loves speaking to you? God is looking for those He can share certain vital information with before they occur. No wonder Amos 3 : 7 says :
“Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.”

Any information that is only accessible by God is God’s secret. The anointing makes God share His secrets with His anointed. Do you hear God’s voice? How often does He speak to you? Does He confide in you concerning future events that will affect you or members of your family? As we speak, there are some people who are acquainted with divine information of events that will occur in some 2,3,5 or 10 years’ time. May the Lord anoint you afresh and open to you the door of communication, granting you access to knowledge of events long before they happen. When you know what will happen in the future, you will be guided on how to handle your today and tomorrow.

PRAYER POINT :
Father, make me sensitive to Your voice. Help me never to mistake Your voice for that of any other person.

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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Advantages Of Blogging

The side effects of the technological development are far more obvious. People spend most of their time on the Internet.
This, surely, gives some hints to consider that the 21-st century is the era of computerization.

So it should not seem extraordinary if people decide to earn money, to enjoy their time, or communicating with people from their and other cultures etc due to the icon of this century:
It helps people in a number of ways, but most of all it is a source of connection.
You can connect to people from any corner of the world, and everyone is linked to the other with a slimline of net. That is why people waste days and nights on thinking something new, something original, in order to attract the market attention.

In this way have developed various branches of social media, one of them is blogging.

BLOGGING BENEFITS

Blogging has the following advantages:

1. Blogging may be a hobby or relaxation for you. There are numberless people, who don’t express their thoughts, ideas publicly, but they share with ideas on their blogs. Blogging gives people an opportunity to show the society their talent in writing, poetry etc. Besides they may use the blog as a personal diary, and post there writings about their emotions.

2. You become the unique maintainer of the blog. Blog is an exclusive “castle”, where you are the king, the first and the last owner of it. You are free to direct your blog as you like.

3. There are no time restrictions. Being the one and only author of the blog is privilege. You are free to write in what time you want, you may be a part-time or full-time worker for your blog and you have no strict timings.

4. The other advantage of blogging, is working at home. There is nothing better than having an opportunity to work while being at home.

5. Blogging may bring fame. You may become famous due to your blog, and people from all over the world may become interested in your blog.

6. Increasing the number of your friends. Thanks to this kind of business you may gain a lot of friends from other countries. It is equal getting a piece of gold in an unknown country.

7. Improving writing skills. While writing plenty of articles you get accustomed to such a work and the quality of your articles becomes higher and higher.

8.Learning more. When you start writing you have to read and search more. So blogging helps you to learn a lot, especially it helps you to enlarge your knowledge about SEO techniques, professional skills etc.

9. Instantly publishing. Due to the blogging it becomes easy for you to publish your articles on other websites, and you become familiarized to do that instantly, as the blogging practice allows you produce useful material.

10. Getting global audience. With the useful information you share it becomes much easier to get people interested in your writings. Especially if your blog is specialized in a specific sphere, you may find co-workers, share with them your experience and get familiar with that of them.

11. Having a fixed routine. If you like blogging and spend most of your free time on doing that, then it is an advantage. You can busy you with some work, so don’t waste your time and spend it usefully.

12. Blogging as a source of money. And the last principle which very often attracts people and makes them blog authors is making money. Internet is a perfect place for perfect business, so don’t lose the chance.

Of course, these aren’t all the advantages of blogging and you may continue the list up to hundred. But the most important here is not the quantity but the quality.

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OPEN HEAVENS- HE IS WONDERFUL.

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL.

THURSDAY 2 JULY 2015.

THEME : HE IS WONDERFUL.

MEMORISE : And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. PHILIPPIANS 4 : 7.

READ : PHILIPPIANS 4 : 6 – 7.
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 1 CHRONICLES 9 : 35 – 11 : 47 AND LUKE 15 : 25 – 16 : 13.
One of the names or titles of our Lord Jesus Christ is wonderful (Isaiah 9:6). The word ‘wonderful’ is a combination of these two words: ‘wonder’ and ‘fully’, which jointly mean full of wonders. Acts 2 : 22 says,
“Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:”

The terms miracles, wonders and signs in this scripture are placed according to their order of awesomeness. It means that wonders are superior to miracles in awesomeness and of a higher grade. When you look at Jesus, you will discover that everything about Him is full to wonders. His Name is Wonderful because it is far highly exalted above every other Name ( Philippians 2 : 9 – 11 ). His Name commands the compulsory obedience of every force or power that exists.

Not only is His Name full of wonders, but His love is also wonderful. No one else can love you like Jesus does. He loves you even much more than you love yourself. What about His peace? It is very unique; it is unlike anything the world can offer you ( John 14 : 27 ). No wonder Philippians 4 : 7 says His peace passes all human understanding. If God gives you peace? Who or what can trouble you? It is equally wonderful. Matthew 28 : 18 says :
“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.”

All authority comes under His divine majesty, what about His grace? It is also full of wonders. The richeness of His grace goes beyond what we are currently enjoying in this world ( Ephesians 2 : 7 ). His grace is inexhaustible to the fellow who knows how to relate with Him, which is why He has a throne of grace that we can boldly approach to receive mercy ( Hebrews 4 : 16 ). Grace made God’s provision available to us at the expense of Christ sacrificing His life on the cross of Cavalry. In addition, His joy is wonderful, and so is His strength. If you have Jesus Christ in you and you give Him the freedom to do whatever He likes in your life (i.e. you regard Him as Lord and not as a guest), His wonders will be replete in every area of your life. Do you allow Him to do His wonderful works in your life?

PRAYER POINT :
Father, come and perform Your wonders in every area of my life

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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OPENHEAVENS- RETURN REDUCED WAGES!

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL.

WEDNESDAY 1 JULY 2015.

THEME : RETURN REDUCED WAGES!

MEMORISE : Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. ROMANS 13 : 8.

READ : GENESIS 31 : 36 – 42.
36 And Jacob was wroth, and chode with Laban: and Jacob answered and said to Laban, What is my trespass? what is my sin, that thou hast so hotly pursued after me?
37 Whereas thou hast searched all my stuff, what hast thou found of all thy household stuff? set it here before my brethren and thy brethren, that they may judge between us both.
38 This twenty years have I been with thee; thy ewes and thy she goats have not cast their young, and the rams of thy flock have I not eaten.
39 That which was torn of beasts I brought not unto thee; I bare the loss of it; of my hand didst thou require it, whether stolen by day, or stolen by night.
40 Thus I was; in the day the drought consumed me, and the frost by night; and my sleep departed from mine eyes.
41 Thus have I been twenty years in thy house; I served thee fourteen years for thy two daughters, and six years for thy cattle: and thou hast changed my wages ten times.
42 Except the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely thou hadst sent me away now empty. God hath seen mine affliction and the labour of my hands, and rebuked thee yesternight.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 1 CHRONICLES 7 : 14 – 9 : 34 AND LUKE 15 : 1 – 24.

God is a righteous God, and as a result, He hates all forms of fraud. According to Leviticus 19 : 13, it is a crime to delay your worker’s salary for 24 hours. Do you promptly pay your staff – whether church or secular? Another aspect of fraud is manipulating your workers’ salaries. One Bible character who was a victim of this was Jacob. All the years he worked for Laban, he suffered a great deal. He was deceived, cheated, made to bear the losses his boss should have borne and earned an ever-decreasing wage. Laban was extremely wicked. But do you know that some employers today are like Laban? They take all the gains of their businesses and push all the losses to their staff, irrespective of what caused such losses. Also, while they plan to make more profit and push their staff to work hard at it, they hardly ever plan to increase their salaries. If anything, they continue to come up with excuses as to why such salaries should remain at the same level, or even be reduced.

Laban reduced Jacob’s wages 10 times. If you are happy to cut down your staff salaries rather than increase them, though your business is not diminishing, you are toying with Hell. If your business cannot afford an employee anymore, it is better to let such staff go after paying their entitlements. Take note of the words of

Romans 13 : 8 :
“Owe no man any thing, but to love one another. For he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.”

Every cent, kobo or penny you fraudulent cut off the wages of your staff amounts to a debt you owe them. Also, the fact that you owe your staff shows your lack of love for them. You cannot be cutting down the salary or wages of those you love, while your business is doing fine. Do not be surprised that some employers who claim to be believers in Christ will die and get to the gate of Heaven, only to be told that they cannot enter in because of the debt they owe their staff. At that checkpoint, the entire amount owed will be found on them. They will then say “I am sorry; I am now prepared to pay the debts I owe my staff”, but the angles will say “Sorry, it’s too late.” The money such persons fraudulently stole from their staff will follow them to Hell-fire and torment them there for eternity. For your own good, go and restitute all the wages you have cut off without just cause!

KEY POINT :
Besides pride, another vice that God cannot stand in people is breaking of agreements. If you make a promise, you must keep it.

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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OPEN HEAVENS-IT’S NOT OVER YET

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL.

MONDAY 29 JUNE 2015.

THEME : IT’S NOT OVER YET.

MEMORISE : Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
PHILIPPIANS 3 : 12.

READ : PHILIPPIANS 3 : 10 – 14.
10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 1 CHRONICLES 3 : 1 – 5 : 22 AND LUKE 13 : 31 – 14 : 11.

The Christian journey is more often than not a long distance race. This is particularly true because of the long life that our Heavenly Father has promised us (Psalm 91:16).
We therefore need a lot of patience to run the race. Apostle Paul in today’s Bible reading gives insight in the nature of the race we are engaged in. it is a non-stop marathon. Once you start, you cannot go on sabbatical leave. Because you are already grafted into Jesus Christ once you start the race, you must ensure that you don’t pull yourself away from Him who first ran this race and finished well ( Hebrew 12 : 2 ). How do we sustain the tempo and determination to finish well? Paul answers this question in Philippians 3 : 13 – 14 :

“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this once thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

Many Christians live in the glory of their past achievements, and this has resulted in their undoing. The various indictments Jesus levelled against the seven Churches in Asia in Revelation 2 – 3, should be food for thought for all end-time Christians. In the past, when a Christian mistakenly said something that was not untrue but also not 100% true, he quickly corrected himself with an apology. For example, in the days when my father-in-the-Lord was still alive, I remember travelling to Ilesa, a city in south-west Nigeria, and forgetting to buy some oranges along the way as I used to. I remembered after I got to Lagos and quickly bought some in Lagos. I gave them to my father-in-the-Lord and he asked if I bought the oranges on my way. I said “yes sir”. Immediately, the Holy Spirit rebuked me that I was not telling the whole truth. I bought them on the way, yes, but not on the way from Ilesa as the old man meant to ask. I quickly corrected myself and he exclaimed “Holy Spirit” in adoration of the Holy Spirit’s rebuke of love. Today, many children of God tell lies with impunity and they do not feel the pain of lying even against the Holy Spirit. Their first love is all gone. Be warned that the race is not over yet. Ezekiel 18 : 24 says :

“But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.”

PRAYER POINT :
Father, please uphold me to the very end of my Christian race

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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REVEALED!How I Stopped Masturbation(Tosin’s Confession)

Are You Battling Masturbation? Read How Tosin Got Delivered From Masturbation!!!!

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Meet Tosin Silverdam  the guy who has a feminine look . He writes on how he got delivered from masturbation. Read below…

I’m writing this to share my experience with masturbation addiction, because this has become a problem for many teenagers and adults, both male and female. I almost ruined my life with incessant masturbation, I do it 2-4 times daily. I derived pleasure in engaging in it not knowing I was making my life miserable. I started masturbating at the age of 16 after watching pornography and I wanted to know if I’m matured enough to ejaculate.

I masturbated for good 7 years, i enjoyed doing it, it was quickie, i masturbate to ease myself when i’m restless, unhappy or tired. I was terribly addicted to it, i do it in the bathroom, in my room, or anytime i’m lonely. I enjoyed it most especially when i’m watching pornography, it was sweet, i didn’t have a girlfriend, i was battling low self esteem. It was crazy, it was fun, especially when you’re about to ejaculate but immediately you ejaculate, you become remorse for doing it.

Masturbation addiction made me loose so many things in life, i was stagnant, disappointment, delay to success, difficulties began to set in, it almost ruined my sex life. It affected my health because i was always weak, i was having heart burn, burning discomfort in my abdomen region, ache in my penis region. It affected me academically, financially, morally and spiritually as a christian. I needed to stop it cos i was already seeing the repercussion, it was so hard for me to stop it, i tried praying and fasting but it didn’t work, i googled some articles online on how to stop masturbation, it worked, yes it worked but i found myself doing it again after 2 months of abstinence.

Masturbation is still safer than sex(your Thought), but it ruins you psychologically when you become an addict. So many became an addict like me, some are still an addict, while some will be an addict. If you are feeling guilty after masturbation, it means you know it is bad. I’m sure you want to stop it but you just don’t know how to stop it, i went through a lot when i needed to stop it, it takes the grace of God to stop chronic masturbation, if possible deliverance. Believe me abstinence is the best. Masturbating every time is evil.

I cried, i prayed and asked God for forgiveness, promised never to do it again, but i will come back and do it. I became frustrated, I couldn’t speak to anyone about it, whom do i talk to? that i’m addicted to masturbation? God forbid! I was only naive and foolish, speaking to someone about it was the best, not just anybody, speak to someone who is sane and sage. I remember i told someone about it and the stupid advice the person gave me was, ”masturbation reduces the risk of prostrate cancer”, like seriously? Is that what i need? Watch who you talk to.

So many teenagers and youth masturbates 2-3 times daily, which is bad. It would affect you negatively. How i got delivered from masturbation wasn’t easy at all, some of the 5 major steps i took.

1. I Talked To Someone/Counsellor: I was having difficulties on how to stop this, i decided to talk to someone/counsellor, to seek an advice. They guided me, led me in righteous path. You could go to rehab center or groups, they are willing to help you. I don’t know if speaking to a pastor is adviceable cos sometimes, things like this is not only about deliverance and prayers or even fasting. You can pray, fast about it but you should also consult someone or people that are going to help you fight it.

You can’t fight masturbation addiction by yourself, talk to someone, don’t be ashamed to talk to someone.

2. I Got Myself Busy: Being idle is a disease, when i didn’t have anything to do, i tried to read some books, bible, watch movies, visit a friend, i wasn’t alone. Because when you’re alone, that thought comes straight into your mind. I’ll advice you to just sleep. In my own case, during this stage, I discovered my writing talent, I also discovered Linda Ikeji’s blog and I was inspired to start a blog of mine, I started a Fiction & Non-Fiction Stories blog. I got busy and addicted to my blog and writing stories, my blog now has over 3 million views out of being idle and abstinence from masturbation. Find something to do, don’t be idle….

3. Deleted Pornography From My Phone And My Life: This is important, to me i still prefer you stay away from browsing and camera phones, stick to non browsing phones, phones that don’t have video camera and start using Nokia torchlight for some period. I was advised to stay away from browsing phones, i had to use a non browsing phone for a long time. Although, its not easy to do for some people to do away with browsing and camera phones, but i’ll advice you to delete every pornography pictures and videos on your phone and laptop, like i did.

4. Stopped Visiting Pornography Sites Or Groups: There are so many porn sites, i ran away from them, i stopped visiting them. I remember i used to bookmark them, i had over 20 hottest and favorite porn sites, i had to delete them. Also, i know there are some porn groups on BBM, Whatsapp and other social media platform, please stay away from them. I stayed away from them and i survived..

5. I Stayed Away From Sexchat or Phone Sex: This is one of the most horrible thing to do, sex chatting, phone sex is a gateway to masturbation, is it possible to sex chat and not masturbate? Is it possible? No, it not possible, the worst part is the sex chatting on Skype, or any video calling media. Its dangerous, exchanging nude pictures and all that, i just had to stop all of it. You also have to stop it as well.

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OPENHEAVENS- DEATH IS NOT THE END.

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL.

SUNDAY 28 JUNE 2015.

THEME : DEATH IS NOT THE END.

MEMORISE : For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 1 THESSALONIANS 4 : 14.

READ : 1 CORINTHIANS 15 : 12 – 19.

12 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?
13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:
14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.
15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.
16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:
17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.
18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.
19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 1 CHRONICLES 1 – 2 AND LUKE 13 : 10 – 30.

Everything in this life will come to an end one day. However, the life of a man does not end inn death, it continues in eternity, either with God in Heaven or with the devil in the place of torment. Those who believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ and live by the expectation of experiencing the same someday, have the hope of eternal life. The Bible in 1 John 3 : 2 – 3 says :

“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.”
Jesus Christ promised that He will come back to take us home after preparing a place for us. Here are His words in John 14 : 2 – 3 :

“In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”
Those who have this hope in them will conduct themselves in a way that is expected of saints.

“LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? Who shall dwell in thy holy hill? He that walketh uprightly, and workerh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.” Psalm 15 : 1 – 2.
This scripture reveals the condition to be met by those who will triumph over death, while Revelation 21 : 1 – 7 gives a brief description of the eternal life of bliss awaiting those who give their life to Jesus Christ. But for those who remain resistant to the invitation of Jesus, what awaits them is the second death. This is described in

Revelation 21 : 8 :
“But the fearful, the unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

I pray that an eternity in the Lake of fire will not be your portion in Jesus’ Name.

PRAYER POINT :
Father, let me find eternal rest in Your kingdom in Jesus’ Name.

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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WAYS TO SIMPLIFY HOW YOU READ By: PRECIOUS IRIAEVHO

The popular saying goes thus, learning is a continuous process and its completion is at death.
It is worthy to note that we learn with each passing second on earth – knowingly or passively; formally and informally.

The formal aspect is where our discuss will veer towards today because it is the innate urge to learn more that has stretched the curiosity of man to all field and the only solace and joy so far is in the ability to fully grasp and comprehend al the varying concepts.

Man been a higher specie further saw the reason for an organized gathering or a location where learning can be done orderly and with maximum effect, thus the concept of school and higher institutions.

Every person today is in a learning process -at work, school {university, secondary e.t.c} and the circle continues, but the need to ingrain the ideas for practice of the theoretical concept learned and In most case to pass an exam that ushers one to a new level of success and achievement, hence the word READING.

Reading can easily be illustrated as trying to understand an idea, theory for long term use, I suppose you have a definition for it too?

GET YOUR LOCATION
Some people thrive well in classrooms, others the library, some the garden, cafeteria, sidewalk, I even saw a guy reading on the toilet seat, whatever works for you.

You have to discover your location, which is the place where your assimilating powers are heightened, it’s not really about the distractions, and it’s the effort you can put towards full concentration.

Find your location and stick to it.

TIMING MATTERS
While we keep getting news of individuals doing long hours of reading, you might be forced to wonder if there is an upcoming reading marathon coming up. The truth is that is what works for them, but also we have those who cannot even go beyond thirty 30 minutes.

You have to know yourself – if you are a marathon reader or a snack reader, that way you can flow better with time and put efficiency to your reading abilities.

FIELD AND SUBJECT IN VIEW

With a vast array of subjects and fields that have intersection with theoretical writing, mathematical calculations and analysis to even abstract thinking, it is noteworthy that the student has a prior grasp and understanding of the subject matter or it will just be another case of pouring water into a basket.

And another tip here is to rotate, if you are get bored of a mathematical based subject, switch to totally mathematical unrelated subject or what have you.it works all the time.

MOTIVATING FACTOR

It has been shown repeatedly that man tend to achieve more in any endeavor or activity when there is a motivating factor or incentive.
In this case reading is the activity, reward yourself for any reading achievement either by taking a chilled drink or a snack break, it works all the time.

Set reading landmarks and goals and abide all through like a sheep.

BUT wait, wait, what is more motivation than the fear of failing an exam or going blank in the interview and examination hall, you don’t want to experience this so read!

CONTINUE READING

Yes, to simplify how you read and get a full understanding you just have to keep reading, everywhere you go, take a book along

Read before you sleep, even when you wake, just keep reading and in a short time it will get so simple for you.

Or have you never heard that “READERS ARE LEADERS”

Get to comment other ways you have been able to simplify how you read and let others learn, so we can turn the world to one big knowledge pool because every is READING!

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SEEK DAILY-A DAY OF MOURNING AND LAMENTATION

SEEK DAILY (NBC)

Sunday, June 28

Amos 8:1-6, 9-10

A DAY OF MOURNING AND LAMENTATION

“I will turn your feasts into mourning and all your songs into lamentation….” Amos 8:10, ESV

Anybody who refuses to heed warning is a candidate for future regret. Today’s devotion reveals God’s decision to visit His people Israel with a high hand for their unrepentant sins. God likened the day of His wrath with “a basket of ripe fruits.” This implies that their sins are mature for punishment. Therefore, God declared that all their sins shall be remembered, a day of mourning and lamentation will overtake their songs in the temple and their feasting will turn into mourning.

Likewise, a day of mourning and lamentation is coming on all sinners who have refused to repent from their sinful ways. Do you party recklessly today or rejoice in evil? Know that the day of the Lord is at hand, closer than you think. Do not wait for it to come before you repent. Make use of this moment right now, go on your knees, confess all your sins and forsake them. Make a decision to live right before the Lord. Know that there is joy in heaven because of you right now.

• Birthday Blessing: But I will see you again and you will rejoice and no one will take away your joy. John 16:22
Read Bible Through Passage: 2 Chr. 14, 15, 16; Acts 6

Godly sorrow produces repentance. – Apostle Paul

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(FLASHBACK)Rules Of Football When We Were Kids

* “I challenge you take one post ” the challenged chooses a post of his choice then the challenger first picks a player of his choice.

* The fat kid was always the goalkeeper.

* The owner of the ball decides who plays.

* Penalties awarded only if injured player curses a lot.

* The match only ends when everyone was tired.

* No matter how many goals you score, the
winner will be determined by the last team to score.

* No referee and lines men. You could run with the ball even behind the goal post.

* If you don’t participate in repairing the ball
you were given a match ban.

* If you’re picked last, you’re a loser.

* The guy who’s never picked was to fetch the ball from the tree when it got stuck,under the car or tunnel to play in
the next game.

* When the owner of the ball gets annoyed,
game over.

* You were allowed to change a goalkeeper in case of a penalty.

*The most skillful player get automatic
selection.

*Any shot over the head of the goalkeeper is high goal.

*Also if there was too much argument,we will throw the ball in the air, the team that
gets it continues with the game.

*pass 1 and pass 2′ and ‘allowance’. Allowance must be given by d opponents during opening pass or passing after a goal has bin scored. an opponent must not touch d ball be4 pass 1 and pass 2 are complete and pass two must be to who made pass 1.

*Three penalties equal to one goal.

*The game most times end with argument. Nobody wins.

*Two hand ball outside the penalty area equal to a penalty.

*When it’s late and your team score the last goal, the goal keeper up roots the goal post and runs with it as fast as he can.

*If you burst a ball,You must buy another one or stop Playing with the Boys.

*When you are playing Football with your senior, your team must not win the game n If you dribble your elder brother at the pitch,You will explain at home(No meat for you).

*If a lady/woman seize the ball,it’s believed that she will never have a male child.

*When you are about to start playing ball, team captains fight for the best players.

*If you score an own goal and your team is removed just wash your legs and runaway because they must insult you.

*If the ball passes in between your leg in an O.C game, the players shout O.C!

*Its not PENALTY its PENARITY!!!

*And, if the ball touches your hand when playing. We call it FOUL!!!

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UNN Student Gets Scholarship From Frank Edwards For Drawing His Portrait(photo)

Today could be the happiest day of Obinna Kalu of Fine Arts(100l) as he bounced home with a full free scholarship grant from the Youth Friendly resource centre programme that held between yesterday night and this morning at UNN which featured Frank Edwards as the guest.

It is obvious Kalu know how to make good use of opportunities because as everyone was planning to attend the program, the guy was preparing what to present. It was therefore surprising to everyone when mid way between the the event, in the frenzy of Frank’s performance, the boy walked towards him and handed him a beautiful portrait of him.

In response to that, Frank granted him free scholarship grant immediately to carry him until he finish his university education . He also promised him 100, 000 yearly grant apart from the school fees. This is to actually appreciate the boy for being talented.
Another girl, Kasiri also got sponsorship from Frank the same time for performing an excellent song with her guitar
Meanwhile, UNN was agog with activities yesterday.

I think it is good to have a talent and to use it at the appropriate time.

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12 Things You Need To Know About Bank Verification Number (BVN) – Business

Bank Verification Number, BVN, is a CBN initiative to check fraud in the banking system by giving every customer in the Nigerian banking system a unique identification number that can be verified across all banks in Nigeria. below are 7 things You Need To Know About the bank verification Number which in past week has caused a huge congestion in our banks Nationwide

Things You Need To Know About BVN

1.Your BVN gives you a unique identity that can be verified across ALL Nigerian Banks (it is not peculiar to one Bank)

2.Your Bank Accounts are protected from unauthorized access

3.It reduces fraudulent activities on bank accounts

4.Gives easy access to Banking operations

5.Your BVN is accepted as a means of identification across ALL Nigerian Banks

6.Registration in one bank covers all accounts the individual might have in all other banks

7.The deadline for registration is Tuesday, 30th June, 2015.

8. A small temporary registration acknowledgement slip will be issued to you, followed by an email or SMS conveying a similar information.

9.A BVN identification card with a computer chip bearing your embedded personal information will be issued to you for collection at your designated bank branch.

10.BVN registration is for individual account holders for the meantime till further notice.

11.Registration in one bank covers all accounts the individual might have in all other banks.

12. Its free

How far have you gone with your BVN registration and what challenges are you facing with it?

What happens to those in the diaspora with accounts

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Don’t Ladies Feel Ashamed Taking Photos In Hotel Rooms, Lobbies And Lavatories? #Stolen

I reckon you gentlemen and ladies have noticed a growing trend where ladies/girls thoughtlessly but excitedly take photos in hotel rooms, lavatory and lobby, supposedly in a bid to give an impression of class and glamour but unwittingly giving off a sense/impression of indecency and promiscuity.

Don’t they ever imagine that people would recognise a hotel room, lobby and environment from its background? I was simply going through the photos of a female friend on her phone, lo and behold, I saw photos of she and another female friend in a hotel room with varying postures. Then I bluntly told her, “this photo was taken in a hotel”. Then in a weak attempt to defend herself, she said “so somebody’s house cannot have this same look”? At that point, she knew that I knew the truth. She felt awkward.

So, when taking that photo in that nice little hotel next time, let even your subconscious be aware that we can recognise a hotel when we see one, or save yourself the embarrassment if you are not up for it and knock it off. There are innumerable spots and scenery to take awesome photos. Except of course you prefer the “hotel facade” and want to prove to us that you are a hustling kind.

Didn’t say it was wrong. The idea is, some ladies get taken to a hotel for a night. While in the room, they take different photo of themselves and also while in the lavatory. They post this picture with the thought of impressing people and showing off their supposed class because of the luxurious background offered by these hotels. But they fail to realize that the picture is rather exposing their sexual escapades where people will be more inclined to look or judge in that direction.

No need for insults or obscene jesting. If you read and digest this post very well you would realize that it wasn’t a general statement. Definitely not all ladies lodging in a hotel are brought there by a man or are there for sex, but the overwhelming majority of them are.#fact.

Even when they are brought to these hotels to be slept with, they never hesitate to take selfie in the room, bed, lavatory, lobby, car park and all sorts,in an attempt to impress or show off, whereas they are in effect making a mockery of themselves and exposing their escapades to the prying judging eyes.

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The Difference Between A CV And A Resume

Occasionally as a job seeker you will run across a request to apply for a job using a CV (Curriculum Vitae) when you might have been expecting to be asked for a resume. Is there a difference? See in my new difference between a Cv and a Resume

If you happen to live in Nigeria, the terms CV and resume tend to be used interchangeably. However in Europe, Britain other provinces a CV are noticeably different from a typical resume. The mainstream of job applicants should use the standard, two-page-maximum resume. It is what most employers want to see.

But if you are a senior executive, a lawyer, professor, physician or scientist, then you will likely decide on a CV. That is because the latter document can be much longer than two pages – in fact it should be lengthy, impressive and highly detailed.

What A CV Contains That Most Resumes Don’t

Both a resume and CV contains a Summary Statement that tries to capture the best of you in 100 words or less. Then you have the Work History (also known as Employment Highlights, Work Experience, etc.) This is followed by any Special Skills you may have, and possibly a section devoted to Awards and Honours you may have received over the years.

For a CV, the above content is merely a starting point. Beyond the standard fare is a range of sections that might be included, depending on what type of employer you are applying to. Here are the other areas that you might consider adding when putting together your Curriculum Vitae:

Professional Licenses or Certifications

Listing of Relevant Course Work to Match Career or Academic Objective

Scientific or Academic Research, Laboratory Experience, Grants Received

Description of Thesis or Dissertation (if you have advanced degrees)

Papers, Books And Other Related Publications You Have Written

Academic or Professional Presentations Delivered

Travel / Exposure to Cultural Experiences

Related Extracurricular Activities, Professional and Association Memberships

Additional Information that May Support Objective or Qualifications

Letters of Recommendation or a List of References

Professional Development You Have Undertaken

Fewer Is Not More With a CV

While you’re not trying to entomb a prospective employer in an avalanche of information about yourself, a CV is often at least five to ten pages in length. If you are a senior practitioner in your field, your Curriculum Vitae may well extend to 20 pages and beyond. This is so that you can list how extensively you have been published and include your many speaking engagements of a professional nature. Over time these things add up.

The overall impression that you want to get across is that your achievements are so vast, that your work history and/or credentials are so far-reaching, that you come off looking rock solid as a candidate for the positions you will be applying to.

Make certain that you read any instructions provided by employers in their job postings. When it comes to CV’s, some employers are very specific about what they want you to include and how the information should be laid out. Follow the instructions then submit a stellar CV when appropriate – and your next job may be closer than you think.

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6 Low Quality Blog Signs You Must Avoid –

Google’s Matt Cutts has been harping on and on for years regarding Google favoring quality websites. As you probably already know, “quality” is a very subjective term.

What’s quality to me might be utter garbage to you and vice versa. In recent years, Google has been issuing some guidelines regarding what constitutes a quality site.
You only need to look up Google’s quality guidelines to see what it sees as a quality website. The sad truth is that even if your website complies with all these quality reference guidelines, it still does not mean that your blog or website would rank high for the keywords that you are targeting.

That’s the sad reality of life. No amount of reassurance from Google will make that reality go away.
The truth is, there is a disconnect between what Google says and how Google actually treats your website. There are some webmasters that slavishly follow every word that comes out of Matt Cutts’ mouth and they have little to show for their efforts.

1. AN ALTERNATIVE APPROACH

Maybe the problem that the webmasters, who try to rank well, have is that they are looking at Google’s guidelines in terms of affirmative commands – things that you should do. Maybe the better approach would be to look at Google’s guidelines like the way the constitution or the Ten Commandments are written.
The US Constitution and the Ten Commandments both share key similarity. For the most part, the first 10 amendments to US Constitutions and Ten Commandments are written in the negatives instead of focusing on what people should do, or in the case of the constitution what the government should do or can do.

The focus is on what it cannot do. In the Ten Commandments, most of the commands are what people should not do. In SEO, maybe the focus should be on what webmasters or bloggers should not do.

In this spirit, these are the five signs that may indicate that you have a low quality blog. Note that I mentioned “may”. It’s a permissive word. It’s a word that is not completely sure. I don’t use the word “is” or some other word that indicates that a consequence necessarily follows, because the truth of the matter is we don’t know the exact secret sauce Google employs to determine if one blog is of high quality and another is garbage.

Just from several years of experience these are the signs, that have a higher likelihood than not of indicating, that you have a low quality blog in your hands. read: [/b]5 blog post tips that rank very well http://www.emrislot.com/2015/02/5-blog-post-tips-that-rank-very-well.html

[b]2. NO INTERLINKING
[/b]You don’t interlink to past posts on your blog. This may indicate that you are just blogging to get notice for certain keywords from Google. Also, interlinking indicates that you keep track of your content and it also may mean that you are conscious of the past content that you have and you are building on that content.

Either you are indicating an update to that content by adding to it, or you are contradicting or creating an exception to the past content.

Regardless of what you’re doing, when you interlink this creates a relationship between your current content and your past content.

In a sense, it creates a holistic relationship between your content. This is normally not done by people that are just blogging for keywords. They‘re just sniping for keywords and they don’t really bother with interlinking.

This might be a red flag to search engines that your blog is not really that serious because you don’t care about your past posts. You focus mostly on the here and now. Again, this is not dispositive. However, it does raise red flags. [b]read: 7 Valuable way to Create a quality Blog Posts http://www.emrislot.com/2015/02/7-valuable-way-to-create-quality-blog-post.html

3. NO PICTURES
[/b]If you look at “real blogs” most of them at least bother to put pictures. The ones that get a lot of attention from their community or have a lot of traffic tend to have a lot of pictures.

These pictures act as graphical cues for the readers of your blog posts. It makes the reading experience much easier. It “lubricates” your blog, so to speak.

Nobody wants to read a blog post that just consists of a massive text block. It is extremely intimidating. It also gets in the way of readability, that’s why you should break the monotony of your blog post by putting pictures.

With each section of your post, there are subheadings that you can put graphical cues on.

[b]4. NO COMMUNITY

Real blogs tend to develop community. Why? Because the bloggers personality is on full display. While the blog’s readers may initially go to the blog to look for specific information, if they read a blog for a number of times, they tend to get drawn to the personality of the blogger; especially if the blogger uses the most powerful word in blogging – the word “I”.

This community then grows not just around the content but also around the personality of the blogger. This community is normally reflected in the number of comments the blog has.

Also, it is a bridge way to the commenters linking back to the blog by mentioning the blog in their own blog post. You see where this is headed? If you have a community, you’re not just merely engaging conversations with people who read your blog.
Many of those people have their own blogs as well so the conversation transfers over to a blog conversation. Many of those people have social media accounts like Facebook and Twitter.

They can mention your blog there. It’s a real red flag when the blog doesn’t have a community. It’s very static. It’s a one directional blog – meaning the bloggers just talk out to devoid talking to a random person who may be drawn to the blog.

This lack of community raises a red flag with search engines who might think that these blogs are really just there to spam search engines or snipe certain keywords.

5. KEYWORD-DRIVEN VS. PERSONALITY-DRIVEN
[/b]A keyword-driven blog is very easy to spot. You will usually see the keyword in the title, repeated a few times in the subheadings and of course the body of the text.

Some bloggers even go the extra mile in highlighting the keyword with a bold font. This is a dead giveaway that the blog post is primarily interested in drawing traffic by search engines by targeting certain keywords.

There’s no shame in that game, however the problem is that the game is changing very rapidly considering the impact Panda and Penguin played on website traffic. All the keyword sniping game looks like it’s on its way out. You don’t want to find out the hard way when the latest ways of updates hit.
Keyword-driven content also tends to lead to a crappy or hard-to-read content. Remember when you are blogging for keywords, by definition, you’re not blogging for people.

You’re just trying to hit the keywords so the search engines will send you traffic. While again, there’s no shame in that game, you may want to reconsider going that route.

Google may be paying attention to bounce rate and if your blog post is sub written for search engines software and not for people, the bounce rate is going to suffer. Also, it’s going to be harder to read because the grammar may be problematic.

You may just be outsourcing it to the Philippines, India, or even to American writers who don’t really care about the reader so the awkward positioning of the keywords takes precedence over the actual reader of the post.
The solution to this is not to blog around keywords but to blog around your personality. Make your blog personality-driven. You have to understand that blogs gain their following when the regular readers detect certain personal spin to news, or to certain topics in a particular content category.

Eventually, they would be coming back to your blog not just for your content but also for your personality. Don’t let this fact go to waste. Insert your personality in to your blog and see how far that would take you.

Let’s face it. Anybody can come up with a keyword-driven blog but not everybody wants to put their personality in their blog, so this is a competitive key advantage.

[b]6. NO BLOG RELATIONSHIPS

Just like no man is an island, no blog stands alone. Real blogs link to each other not just casually; they link to each other a lot. That’s why it’s no surprise that if you’re following a certain content category, the top blogs in that content category – say technology or gadgets – tend to talk about the same things.

While a lot of it is the herd mentality of many bloggers, it also reflects the fact that many blogs pay attention to each other. They blog around each other’s content and they really communicate and converse to each other through their posts.

You don’t want this to go to waste. This is a tremendous feature that blog communities have. Your blog should be part of that community. Why? Because, if for anything else, the backlinks are just too precious to ignore.

When another blog is talking about your blog post they are, by necessity, linking to you. This is a golden SEO opportunity. Don’t let it go to waste.

How do you become a part of a blog relationship? Use the golden rule. Treat others the way you want to be treated. So if you want to be linked to, you should make the first move and link out.

The normal way to link out is to link a phrase, quote from the blog, and then analyze it on your own blog. That way, the search engines would see that you are engaged in your blog’s category community.

If your blog does not have any relationships, red flags go up. It means it’s an isolated blog, and the suspicion arises that you just created a blog just to spam keywords.

Source: Nairland.com/webmaster

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OPENHEAVENS- NO FOOD FOR THE LAZY MAN.

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL.
FRIDAY 26 JUNE 2015.
THEME : NO FOOD FOR THE LAZY MAN.

MEMORISE : For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. 2
THESSALONIANS 3 : 10.

READ : 2 THESSALONIANS 3 : 10 – 12.
10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
11 For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.
12 Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 2 KINGS 23 : 1 – 35 AND LUKE 12 : 22 – 48.

Laziness is not a Christian virtue in any way. Our Lord Jesus Christ made this clear by His lifestyle of head work while here on earth. A lifestyle of laziness is outrightly rejected in Scriptures typified by today’s Bible reading. It is amazing that some people are still expecting God to rain manna on earth! It does not work that way anymore. After the children of Israel had settled in the land flowing with milk and honey and they had eaten the old corn of the land, the manna ceased ( Joshua 5 : 11 – 12 ). What the Lord expected of them going forward was to cultivate the land and expect His abundant harvest. Some people don’t know that working is a divine attribute. They think the idea of work came as a result of sin. This is far from the truth because God worked, and Jesus Christ even said this in John 5. : 17 :
“But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.”
It was reported to Paul that same so-called brethren were not working in the early Church. Paul quickly responded to the situation with the example of himself, because he was hard-working.

Read his testimony in Acts 20 : 33 – 34 :
“I have coverted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel. Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.”
Some Christians claim that they do not work for a living because they cannot get a job. From personal experience, the truth of the matter is: it is the job of their dreams that they are looking for, and because it is not forthcoming, they stay at home or loaf around, living on other people’s sweat. Such people should look for an alternative job, not only to keep busy but also to earn a modest living. Proverbs 12 : 11 declares that :

“He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.”
Apostle Paul did not depend on any person but God for survival. Despite his extraordinary anointing, he was a still a tent maker ( Act 18 : 3 ). I pray for someone reading this devotional who is currently unemployed: the Lord will provide you with a good job that will enable you to support the work of God and bless the brethren, in Jesus’ Name.

ACTION POINT :
If you are looking for a while collar job and it is not forthcoming, prayerfully try your hands on something else, and God will bless your effort in Jesus’ Name.

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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SEEK DAILY-REAPING THE WHIRLWIND

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Tuesday, June 23

Hosea 8:7-14

REAPING THE WHIRLWIND

“They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind. The stalk has no head; it will produce no flour. Were it to yield grain, foreigners would swallow it up.” Hosea 8:7, NIV
A farmer who planted good seed is expected to reap something during harvest, not the same quantity he planted but multiple folds of what he planted. As humans, we all expect results from whatever we do. Thus, you must be ready to live with the consequences of your action. Whatever a man sows the same he shall reap. In today’s passage, the Lord uses metaphor of wind and whirlwind to describe Israel’s deeds and the consequence of her deeds. Sowing the wind and reaping the whirlwind connotes that Israel has sown the seed of unrighteousness and she was going to reap judgment. Reaping whirlwind reveals that, the consequence of her deeds will be very severe and disastrous to the extent that none of them would be able to withstand it.
Friend, what are you sowing? Be aware that you are going to reap what you are sowing in multiple folds. If you sow deceit, lies, cheating, sexual promiscuity, hatred, murder and so on you will surely reap appropriate reward in no distant time. God will repay you with the same measure. Therefore, sow righteousness so that you can reap mercy.

• Birthday Blessing: The LORD will… once again… choose Israel and will settle them in their land…. Isaiah 14:1
Read Bible Through Passage: 2 Chronicles 1, 2, 3; Acts 3

The condition of a seed determines its fruit. – Unknown

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OPENHEAVENS- THE GREAT GAIN

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL.

SUNDAY 21 JUNE 2015.

THEME : THE GREAT GAIN.

MEMORISE : But godliness with contentment is great gain. 1 TIMOTHY 6 : 6.

READ : 1 TIMOTHY 6 : 6 – 10.

6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.
7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 2 KINGS 14 : 1 – 15 : 26 AND LUKE 10 : 17 – 37.

The Church of Jesus Christ in the 21st century has been robbed of godliness due to lack of contentment. The desperation many so-called children of God exhibit in their search for money has deprived them of living a godly life. “The end justifies the means” has become the driving principle of many. Why would the Church allow herself be robbed of a virtue the Bible describes as great gain? The answer can be found in the parable of Jesus on the wheat and tares in Matthew 13 : 27 – 30: “An enemy hath done this.” The enemy of the cross is responsible for this development, and the Church must do something about it as a body and as individual.

Every child of God must personally endeavour not to be caught in the web of worldliness and insatiable appetite for material things like Esau, Gehazi and Judas Iscariot. We must learn to live modestly in this world. The Bible in Hebrews 12 : 16 – 17 admonishes us :
“Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.”

Collectively, let us avoid what happened at Kibrothhattaavah among the congregation of the children of Israel, when their appetite for the delicacies of Egypt caused them to murmur against the Lord and His servants, Moses and Aaron ( Numbers 11 : 4 – 6 ). We should always have his truth at the back of our minds :
“For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.” 1 Timothy 6 : 7.

The story in Numbers 11 : 4 – 34 is a rather unfortunate illustration of lack of contentment. Although the Lord had been feeding the children of Israel with the food of angels free of charge (Psalm 78:24-25), they were not content with it; they wanted barbecue chicken instead. At the end, this brought leanness to their soul ( Psalm 106 : 14 – 15 ). Beloved, if there is anything you must seek and find today, it should be godliness with contentment. Hebrews 13 : 5 says :
“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

PRAYER POINT :
Father, cause Your fear to rule my heart in contentment in Jesus’ Name.

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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OPENHEAVENS-THE LONG-SUFFERING GOD

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL

FRIDAY 19th JUNE 2015

THE LONG-SUFFERING GOD

Memorise:
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 2nd Peter 3:9

Read: Jonah 3:5-10

5 So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.
6 For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.
7 And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water:
8 But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands.
9 Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?
10 And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.

Message

When the Bible in 1st Corinthians 13:4 says that love suffers long, it aligns with the character of God and confirms that God is love indeed. Our God is a longsuffering God.
It is His longsuffering that has kept the world intact till now; otherwise He would have destroyed it many times over.
It is however unfortunate that man tends to take the longsuffering of God for granted. Many have lost the opportunity of being forgiven because they failed to repent until death caught up with them. I was praying for a king who was sick in one city in south-west Nigeria, and the Lord told me to ask him to repent of his sins if he wanted to be healed. He was reluctant to do so, and he refused to repent until he gave up the ghost
.
The Bible in 2nd Corinthians 6:2 says:
“(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)”
One city that enjoyed the longsuffering of God and put it to good use was the city of Nineveh. The longsuffering of God kept this great city alive while God gave them time to repent
.
When this longsuffering started waxing thin, He sent Prophet Jonah to warn them to repent. The Bible in Jonah 1:1-2 says:
“Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.”
What a gracious and merciful God He is! Thank God that it heeded His warning and repented; from the king to the least person in the city.

The longsuffering of God is demonstrated in the fact that even Jonah was running away from the great responsibility of warning this city, God still put up with them until His warning got to them.

To someone reading this devotional today, I want you to know that the purpose of God’s longsuffering is to give you the opportunity to repent and not be destroyed. I therefore encourage you to give your total life to Jesus Christ and stop postponing the day of your salvation, because tomorrow may be too late.

Jesus is standing at the door of your heart; I encourage you to open it to Him so that He can come in with His forgiveness, salvation, healing and all-round peace.

Action Point:

Examine your life and see where you need to turn a new leaf, and do so today.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 2 KINGS 10:1-11:20 and LUKE 9:28-50

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SEEK DAILY-PROCLAIMING CHRIST OUT OF SELFISH AMBITION

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Wednesday, June 17

Philippians 1:12-20

PROCLAIMING CHRIST OUT OF SELFISH AMBITION

It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. Philippians 1:15, NIV

Our country today is filled with all kinds of ministers proclaiming Christ not necessarily for people to be saved but to rob and exploit the unsuspecting listeners or church members who sincerely come to hear the Gospel. This is why many pastors are struggling to stand behind the pulpit to preach the Word of God not necessarily because they were called or led to do so but they want to be noticed and redirect the attention of the people to themselves. Some also proclaim the Gospel because of the “accolade” and the financial gain that surround it. From the passage, the Word of God makes it clear that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, out of selfish ambition, not from a sincere heart.

Brethren, is the misunderstanding you are having with your pastor not because of envy and rivalry in your heart? That ministry you are starting, is it God instructed or self-motivated? Note that whatever we do for God, which He has not instructed us to do has no reward. If such is ill-motivated it will bring rebuke, for God judges the motive of our hearts not the result of what we do.

• Birthday Blessing: But you are a chosen people. 1 Peter 2:9
Read Bible Through Passage: 1 Chr. 18, 19, 20; John 19:31-42

Everything in the universe is good to the degree it conforms to the nature of God and evil as it fails to do so. – A.W Tozer

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OPENHEAVENS- WHAT TYPE OF VESSEL ARE YOU?

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL.
TUESDAY 16 JUNE 2015.

THEME : WHAT TYPE OF VESSEL ARE YOU?

MEMORISE : But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. 2 TIMOTHY 2 : 20.

READ : 2 TIMOTHY 2 : 19 – 21.
19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.
21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 2 KINGS 4 : 38 – 6 : 23 AND LUKE 8 : 22 – 39.

In the Body of Christ, there are different types of vessels. There are vessels unto honour and vessels unto dishonour. Also, there are vessels for temporary use there are those used on permanent basis. Vessels for temporary use are those used and subsequently dumped; whereas vessels for permanent use are for keeps. Every child of God must decide whether what type of vessel he or she wants to be and comport himself or herself as such. Shepherd staffs, like the rod of Aaron that budded and kept in the ark of covenant, are examples of vessels for permanent use ( Hebrew 9 : 4 ). But the jawbone of asses, like the one Samson used and dumped, have no permanent usage ( Judges 15 : 15 – 17 ). The status of a vessel with respect to being of permanent or temporary use is determined by the nature and preparation of the vessel. This is why Bible in 2 Timothy 2 : 22 says :
“If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.”

A vessel of honour is not used and dumped. They stay with Master forever. To be set apart as such a vessel, the Bible enjoins us to depart from iniquity. Jesus made a profound promise to all vessel of honour; in John 14 : 2 – 3, He said :
“In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”
Irrespective of the level of preparation by a vessel, the user of the vessel has the prerogative to determine what type of use is applied to. This is the reason why you as a child of God must be careful of who or what you allow to use you. Our God does not use and dump vessels of honour, but Satan, sin and the world do. Romans 6 : 13 says :
“Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.”
I pray for you that you will be a vessel of honour for the permanent use of God in Jesus’ Name.

PRAYER POINT :
Father, as I purge myself of the works of the flesh, set me apart as a vessel of honour for Your permanent use in Jesus’ Name
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OPEN HEAVENS- THE ESSENCE OF FORGIVENESS

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL.

SATURDAY 13 JUNE 2015.

THEME : THE ESSENCE OF FORGIVENESS.

MEMORISE : And when ye stand praying,
forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

MARK 11 : 25.
READ : MARK 11 : 25 – 26.
25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 1 KINGS 22 AND LUKE 7 : 18 – 35.

The enmity between God and man, created by sin, can only be reversed through the forgiveness of God. Going by the righteous requirement of God’s law, no man can pay the high price demanded by God for the atonement of sins, but the divine mercy of God brought us forgiveness through the Blood of Jesus Christ ( Ephesians 1 : 7 ). Without the power of forgiveness, there can be no atonement, no reconciliation and no salvation.

Just as God has extended His unconditional forgiveness to us, He expects us to extend the same to our neighbours. This is an area where the people of God have problems. We like to enjoy God’s benevolence, but we find it difficult to extend the same to others. The gravity of this negative attitude is found in the parable of Jesus about the unforgiving servant ( Matthew 18 : 23 – 35 ). Although the king forgave this servant a debt he could not afford to pay, when his fellow servant who also owed him begged him to be patient with him, he refused. Rather, he cast this fellow servant into prison. This attitude made the king so angry that he handed him over to the tormentors and charged them to torment him until he was able to pay his debt. Of course he would not be able to pay; so he was effectively banished to a lifetime of torment. The key thing to note from this parable is what Jesus said in Matthew 18 : 35 :

“So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.”
The virtue of forgiveness proceeds from the offended, and it is carried out by the offended also. There is nothing anyone can do to convince the offended to forgive, if he or she does not look beyond the offending party and choose to unconditionally forgive. There is every reason to be vengeful when you are offended, but when you cast your mind back to remember how you have been forgiven yourself; you will have no choice as a child of God but to forgive. Those who easily forgive others who offend them are likely to be favourites of God because they share the nature of God in the area of forgiveness. Their prayers are also more likely to be speedily answered than the prayers of those who are vengeful.

ACTION POINT :
Look out for those who have offended you, declare and demonstrate to them that you have forgiven them.

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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OPENHEAVENS-A WATCHMAN FOR GOD II

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL

WEDNESDAY 10th JUNE 2015

A WATCHMAN FOR GOD II

Memorise:

Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matthew 28:20
Read: Ezekiel 33:12-16

12 Therefore, thou son of man, say unto the children of thy people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression: as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall thereby in the day that he turneth from his wickedness; neither shall the righteous be able to live for his righteousness in the day that he sinneth.
13 When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousnesses shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it.
14 Again, when I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; if he turn from his sin, and do that which is lawful and right;
15 If the wicked restore the pledge, give again that he had robbed, walk in the statutes of life, without committing iniquity; he shall surely live, he shall not die.
16 None of his sins that he hath committed shall be mentioned unto him: he hath done that which is lawful and right; he shall surely live.

Message
As a young Christian, I used to think that the sole purpose of preaching was the conversion of souls. When I preached and people did not respond positively, I used to be discouraged. Often times, I felt that there was no need to preach to people whom I assumed were despisers of the message of the gospel, until the Lord led me to a truth about my assignment as a watchman.
This truth is hidden in Mathew 24:14:
“And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.”
From this scripture, I understood that the gospel must be preached not only for them to believe and be saved but also to serve as a witness so that they may be left without excuse!

The Psalmist also mentioned this truth in Psalm 51:4. As watchmen, we are therefore left without an excuse if we do not deliver the message as instructed.

As Christians, we should understand that we are watchmen and not watchdogs. Dogs can only bark, but we are sent to teach what our Lord has commanded us, and this we must do till the end of the world (Matthew 28:20).
It is satanic to consider as pointless or obsolete, the ideals of our Lord Jesus Christ, as recorded in the gospels and those revealed through His Holy Spirit in the epistles.

Moreover, as watchmen and oracles of the Lord, we must preach the message of hope, assuring people in our generation that there is room for sinners at the cross of Jesus for repentance. Whenever they ask us “What must we do?” We should answer with the words of Acts 3:19

“Repent ye therefore, and be converted that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;”

God told Ezekiel to assure the people that He had no pleasure in the death of the wicked. Rather, His desire is that the wicked one should turn from his evil ways and live (Ezekiel 33:11). This is our message, and this is our responsibility. However, we must call a spade a spade, so that the reality of Hell awaiting unrepentant sinners may dawn on them and they may repent.

Prayer Point:
Father, make me an effective watchman that will bring harvest of souls into your kingdom.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 1 KINGS 17:8-18:40 and LUKE 6:1-23

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SEEK DAILY-FULL OF HYPOCRISY AND LAWLESSNESS

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Wednesday, June 10

Matthew 23:23-28

FULL OF HYPOCRISY AND LAWLESSNESS

“Woe to you…for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.” Matthew 23:25, KJV

In drama, somebody may play the role of a rich man while in reality he can barely feed his family. What has happened? He was actually wearing a mask of “affluence.” That is the picture of many believers today. They are not real in their behaviour—they are hypocritical. So, hypocrisy is; “feigning to be what one is not.” It is the opposite of integrity — “being the same person in the dark as well as in the light.” For many, the words of their mouths do not synchronise with the meditation of their hearts.

In today’s passage, Jesus condemned this evil attitude among the scribes of His days. They were like whitewashed sepulchres, which are beautiful outside but full of rottenness inside. This is a double life and is the manifestation of the Adamic nature inherited at the fall and until such life is crucified with Christ, it becomes difficult to live otherwise (Galatians 2:20). You need to experience total victory from self and allow the Holy Spirit to guide your heart and speech. Some believers only embrace charismatic disposition at the expense of solid character. However, authentic Christian life is character plus charisma.

• Birthday Blessing: He will not suffer thy feet to be moved. He that keepeth thee will not slumber. Psalm 12:13
Read Bible Through Passage: 1 Chr. 5, 6; John 14

When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost. – Billy Graham

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OPENHEAVENS- REPORT, DON’T MURMUR

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL.

SATURDAY 6 JUNE 2015.

THEME : REPORT, DON’T MURMUR.

MEMORISE : Plead my cause, O LORD, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me. PSALM 35 : 1.

READ : LUKE 18 : 1 – 8.
1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
2 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man:
3 And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.
4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;
5 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.
6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.
7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?
8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 1 KINGS 11 : 1 – 12 : 15 AND LUKE 3 : 23 – 4 : 13.

One of the sins that God hates so much is the sin of murmuring. During the mass exodus of the Israelites from Egypt to the Promised Land, the reason why God destroyed some of them was due to their incessant murmuring. They kept on murmuring instead of discussing their problems with the One who has severally demonstrated the capacity to solve them. A reoccurring scene in their journey is described in Numbers 14 : 1 – 2. The consequence of this demonstration of faithfulness in God was that He denied them the joy of making it to the Promised Land. They all died in the wilderness, according to what they had said against themselves while murmuring. We must be careful of what we use our mouth to say in times of challenges ( Numbers 14 : 28 ).

When confronted with the challenges of life, we should learn from our Bible reading and our memory verse what our attitude should be. In our memory verse, the Psalmist asked God to come to his aid against enemies that fought against him. He chose the correct Ally for the battle of life he was confronted with – the One whose Name is the Lord of hosts. He would rather report his enemies to the Captain of his battle rather than murmur about them. When you consider the end of David and the posthumous glory accorded him till date, you will see a man whose Ally was the Almighty God.

Also, the widow in the parable of Jesus did not go to the house of the judge to murmur. She knew what she wanted: that the judge should fight her cause and grant her justice. Nobody knows what her adversary did to her; probably the adversary killed her husband and took their properties away. We are not even told for how many days, weeks, months or years she had been going to the judge for justice. But one thing we know is that, she kept on saying to him. “Avenge me on my adversary” ( Luke 18 : 3 ). The judge had no choice but to avenge her.
Hear the Lord’s conclusion from this parable in Luke 18 : 7 – 8a :

“And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily.”

This is so comforting and reassuring. I therefore urge you to cultivate the habit of reporting your adversaries to your sure Ally: the All-powerful God. Don’t engage in murmuring which you think you are praying. My prayer for you is that the Great God of heaven will avenge you of your adversaries this season, and you will know peace in Jesus’ Name.

PRAYER POINT :
Father, You are the All-powerful One, arise and avenge me of all my adversaries in Jesus Name.

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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OpenHeavens:GET RID OF THE AMALEKITES

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL.

THURSDAY 4 JUNE 2015.

THEME : GET RID OF THE AMALEKITES.

MEMORISE : And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. MATTHEW 5 : 29.

READ : 1 SAMUEL 15 : 1 – 3.

1 Samuel also said unto Saul, The LORD sent me to anoint thee to be king over his people, over Israel: now therefore hearken thou unto the voice of the words of the LORD.
2 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt.
3 Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 1 KINGS 8 : 12 – 66 AND LUKE 2 : 41 – 3 : 6.

Who or what is an Amalekite? An Amalekite is a symbolic representation of whosoever or whatsoever stands as an enemy of God or His plan. In our Bible reading, God opened the book of remembrance to the page where the wickedness of the Amalekites against His chosen people was recorded. 1 Samuel 15 : 2 says :

Thus saith the Lord of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt.”

This should serve as a warning to whoever takes pleasure in doing wickedness to desist from it, because every deed has its divine recompense.

Also, it should serve as a pointer to all children of God that they have a responsibility to identify and get rid of anyone or anything that provokes their Heavenly Father to wrath.

The Lord commanded King Saul to go and get rid of the wicked Amalekites, who opposed His goodwill to Israel, and that he should spare nothing and no one. Unfortunately, the calamity of disobedience struck, and God got rid of King Saul for failing to get rid of His enemies. In like manner, the Almighty had earlier commanded Pharaoh to let His people go so that they may serve Him, but after Pharaoh refused, God got rid of him. I pray for you today, that those who are opposed to the good plans of God for your life will be destroyed in Jesus’ Name.

Just as God sent Saul to destroy all the Amalekites, God is telling all His children today to destroy every symbolic Amalekite in their lives. The Bible in Ephesians 5 : 3 – 4 says :

“But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.”

As children of God, we must know that there are things that men do which provoke God to anger. A good child of God will not do what annoys the Father. This is why Jesus in today’s memory verse said that if your right eye would make you sin, you should pluck it out. It is that serious. I pray for God’s grace to help you today to get rid of whatever will make the Father reject you like He rejected Saul, in Jesus’ Name.

ACTION POINT :
Carry out an examination today to see if anything the Bible considers an abomination before God is present in your life. If you find any, get rid of them without further delay.
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OPENHEAVENS

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL.

WEDNESDAY 20 MAY 2015.

THEME : THE TURNING POINT IV.

MEMORISE : He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity. ECCLESIASTES 5 : 10.

READ : 2 KINGS 5 : 15 – 20.

15 And he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came, and stood before him: and he said, Behold, now I know that there is no God in all earth, but in Israel: now therefore, I pray thee, take a blessing of thy servant.

16 But he said, As the LORD liveth, before whom I stand, I will receive none. And he urged him to take it; but he refused.

17 And Naaman said, Shall there not then, I pray thee, be given to thy servant two mules’ burden of earth? for thy servant will henceforth offer neither burnt offering nor sacrifice unto other gods, but unto the LORD.

18 In this thing the LORD pardon thy servant, that when my master goeth into the house of Rimmon to worship there, and he leaneth on my hand, and I bow myself in the house of Rimmon: when I bow down myself in the house of Rimmon, the LORD pardon thy servant in this thing.

19 And he said unto him, Go in peace. So he departed from him a little way.

20 But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, Behold, my master hath spared Naaman this Syrian, in not receiving at his hands that which he brought: but, as the LORD liveth, I will run after him, and take somewhat of him.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 2 SAMUEL 5 : 1 – 7 : 17 AND MARK 11 : 20 – 12 : 12.

Gehazi was the servant of Prophet Elisha. He was privileged to be the apprentice of a great prophet and had the potential of inheriting at least the double portion of Elijah’s power that was upon Elisha. However, his covetousness ruined his destiny as a would-be great prophet. He decided to got after the material things of this world at the expense of his prophetic calling. He was so determined to go after worldly things that he even swore by God that he must “possess his possessions”. Like present-day worldly preachers, he seemed to be saying:”….. after all, he that labours by the altar must feed by the altar.” Consider his words in 2 Kings 5 : 20 :

“But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, Behold, my master hath spared Naaman this Syrian, in not receiving at his hands that which he brought: but, as the Lord liveth, I will run after him, and take somewhat of him.”

Once his sin of covetousness was found out by his master, the leprosy of Naaman was transferred to him and all his generation after him ( 2 Kings 5 : 27 ).

Judas Iscariot is another individual we should learn from. He had almost the same moral and spiritual problem as Gehazi: covetousness and greed. The Bible says he was a thief, and being the treasurer of Jesus’ ministry, he often stole from the purse (John 12:4-6). His greed got to the level where he took a decision that condemned him to eternal perdition: he decided to sell his Master, the King of glory ( Matthew 26 : 14 – 16 ). Before Judas Iscariot realised his folly, he had already ruined the opportunity of having himself numbered among the twelve apostles. He ended up committing suicide.

“Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priest and elders,… And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.”
Matthew 27 : 3 & 5.

Children of God in the 21st century must be wary of materialism. It is deadly; though it may not look that way. This is why John the Beloved warned us against worldliness, as if he knew what would become of the Church in the end-times ( 1John 2 : 15 – 17 ).

PRAYER POINT :

Father, guide me never to take a wrong decision that will blight my future in Jesus’ Name.

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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OPEN HEAVENS- THE TURNING POINT lll

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL.

TUESDAY 19 MAY 2015.

THEME : THE TURNING POINT lll.

MEMORISE : And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me? GENESIS 25 : 32.

READ : GENESIS 25 : 29 – 34.

29 And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint:

30 And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom.

31 And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright.

32 And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?

33 And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob.

34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 2 SAMUEL 3 – 4 AND MARK 11 : 1 – 19.

While the decisions made at crossroads resulted in a great future for Moses, Elisha, Daniel, Peter, Paul and Ruth, the decision of Esau at such a moment blighted his future. Esau found himself at a crossroads when his brother, Jacob, offered him food (a present need) in exchange for his birthright (a future asset). He experienced a negative turning point when he chose to sell his birthright. He filled his stomach with bread and pottage of lentils, gulped some drinks, rose up and went his way, but he forever lived to regret it. The Bible in Hebrews 12 : 16 – 17 says :

“Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel for meat sold his birthright. For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.”

Another figure who took a decision that led to a negative turning point was Reuben, the first son of Jacob. He defiled the bed of his father by sleeping with his father’s concubine. When Reuben was taking this decision to humiliate his father, little did he know that he was destroying his own future. Our Father in heaven deserves our honour and not humiliation. We humiliate our Heavenly Father when we offer Him worship that is polluted with sinful habits ( Malachi 1 : 6 – 7 ). As Priest of God ( Revelation 1 : 6 ), when we lift up unholy hands in worship of God, we are offering polluted “bread” on His altar. This is the reason why the Bible in Romans 12 : 1 says :

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”

The most fearful thing in the story of Reuben is that after he did the abominable act, he did not realise that his father knew about it, because his father never even mentioned it ( Genesis 35 : 22 ). However, on the day of reckoning, his father placed a curse on him ( Genesis 49 : 3 – 4 ). I will therefore encourage you to pray that the Lord will, through the blood of Jesus Christ, undo whatever you have done wrong in the past that is troubling you now even as a Christian.

PRAYER POINT :

Father, please undo whatever I have done in the time of ignorance that has placed a curse on me.

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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OPEN HEAVEN- THE TURNING POINT II

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL.

MONDAY 18 MAY 2015.

THEME : THE TURNING POINT II.

MEMORISE : And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: RUTH 1 : 16.

READ : RUTH 1 : 11 – 16.
11 And Naomi said, Turn again, my daughters: why will ye go with me? are there yet any more sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands?
12 Turn again, my daughters, go your way; for I am too old to have an husband. If I should say, I have hope, if I should have an husband also to night, and should also bear sons;
13 Would ye tarry for them till they were grown? would ye stay for them from having husbands? nay, my daughters; for it grieveth me much for your sakes that the hand of the LORD is gone out against me.
14 And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her.
15 And she said, Behold, thy sister in law is gone back unto her people, and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister in law.
16 And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 2 SAMUEL 1 – 2 AND MARK 10 : 32 – 52.

After Ruth lost her husband early in life and there was no child to show for the relationship, she could never have dreamt that she would be a mother of many nations through Jesus Christ our Lord ( Mathew 1 : 5 ). Ruth would have been forgotten but for a turning point in her life when she made the decision in today’s memory verse. Her sister-in- law, Orpah, kissed their mother-in-law goodbye and left, but Ruth refused to let go. She was resolute in her decision to stay with Naomi.

After moving to the land of Isreal with her mother-in-law, Ruth eventually remarried Boaz, who was a distant relationship to her late husband. This Union produced an ancestor of our Lord Jesus Christ, Obed ( Ruth 4 : 13 – 14 ). Anytime I remember the decision I made to serve the Lord in the Redeemed Christian Church of God, after the founder personally followed up on me by visiting my residence just after my visit to the Church, I give glory to God. When I was making the decision to turn away from my self- righteousness and academic pride, little did I know that I was entering into a lifetime of joy in the service of the Lord. I am grateful to the Holy Spirit who helped me make that decision. I pray for you that the Lord will help you to make the decision that will turn your life around for the best today, in Jesus’Name. The last mention of Orpah in the Bible was when she was at a crossroads, and she made the decision to return to her idols.
“And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her. And she said, behold, thy sister in law is gone back unto her people, and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister in law.” Ruth 1 : 14 – 15.
Beloved, what type of situation are you passing through now, and what decisions are you making? Have you weighed the decision you are making, and is God being brought into the picture? Think about this and go into prayer as you go about your business today.
PRAYER POINT :
Holy Spirit Divine, please lead me aright in my decision-making process at all times.

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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OPENHEAVENS- YOU CAN BE REPLACED!

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL.

WEDNESDAY 13 MAY 2015.

THEME : YOU CAN BE REPLACED!

MEMORISE : Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. REVELATION 3 : 11.

READ : ESTHER 7 : 9 – 8 : 2.

And Harbonah, one of the chamberlains, said before the king, Behold also, the gallows fifty cubits high, which Haman had made for Mordecai, who had spoken good for the king, standeth in the house of Haman. Then the king said, Hang him thereon.

ESTHER 8 : 2.

And the king took off his ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it unto Mordecai. And Esther set Mordecai over the house of Haman.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 1 SAMUEL 20 : 1 – 21 : 9 AND MARK 8 : 1 – 21.

It is great folly to contend with God. This is why I pity those societies that have become anti-God and are challenging His commandments. God spoke about such people in Isaiah 45 : 9, saying :

“Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioned it, What makest thou? Or thy work, He hath on hands?”

God can enthrone and dethrone at will. He does whatever pleases Him. You are blessed when God acts positively towards you, but if He decides to move against you, pray for His mercy. The Bible in Daniel 2 : 21 says :

“And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:”

It is a grievous experience when God decides to replace an individual. Haman the Agagite experience this, and you can see the result in our Bible reading today. King Ahasuerus promoted Haman above all his fellow princes. However, he thought it was by his own making that the promotion came. Little did he know that promotion does not come from the east or west, but from the Almighty God alone ( Psalm 75 : 6 – 7 ). So, he began to misuse his highly exalted position to victimise the people of God. He continued to misbehave along this line until the Almighty God who ordained his promotion decided not only to demote him, but also to replace him. I pray for you as a child of God, that whosoever is using his or her position to victimise you shall be replaced in Jesus’ Name.

For God not to replace you, you must learn from those He has replaced. You can be replaced if you don’t make the best of the position of authority you are given to serve God’s people. Beware of divine replacement because it can affect your future generations. Eli was replaced, and his house lost the priesthood forever. God categorically said that although He was the One who said Eli’s house would walk before Him as priests forever, He had changed His mind about this ( 1Samuel 2 : 30 ). Please run away from whatever will make God replace you. If you have done such things, you must repent quickly before he removes your candlestick ( Revelation 2 : 5 ).

PRAYER POINT :

Dear Holy Spirit, nudge my heart away from doing anything that will make the Father replace me in Jesus’ Name.

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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OPEN HEAVENS-DIVINE INVOLVEMENT COMPARED.

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL.

TUESDAY 12 MAY 2015.

THEME : DIVINE INVOLVEMENT COMPARED.

MEMORISE : And I will come down and talk with thee there: and I will take of the spirit which is upon thee, and will put it upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with thee, that thou bear it not thyself alone. NUMBERS 11 : 17.

READ : EXODUS 2 : 13 – 15 AND EXODUS 3 : 7 – 8.
13 And when he went out the second day, behold, two men of the Hebrews strove together: and he said to him that did the wrong, Wherefore smitest thou thy fellow?
14 And he said, Who made thee a prince and a judge over us? Intendest thou to kill me, as thou killedst the Egyptian? And Moses feared, and said, surely this thing is known.
15 Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian: and he sat down by a well.
EXODUS 3 : 7 – 8
7 And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;
8 And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 1 SAMUEL 17 : 55 – 19 : 24 AND MARK 7 : 14 – 37.

When God is involved in your matter, you can go to bed and sleep with your two eyes closed; the simple reason being that He can handle any situation better than you.

When Moses attempted to deliver the Israelites by his own might, he ended up fleeing and leaving a mess behind, but when the Almighty God Himself got involved in the project of delivering His people, Egypt was never the same again. I prophesy to someone using this devotional, that the Almighty God will get involved in your situation today in Jesus’ Name. At the end God’s intervention in Egypt, the Bible records this in Exodus 12 : 30 – 31 :
“And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead. And he called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, rise up, and get you forth from among my people, both ye and the children of Israel; and go, serve the LORD, as ye have said.”

Now, let us compare the difference between the result of Moses’ attempt at deliverance and the result achieved after God got directly involved. The Bible says Moses went one day to see the affliction of his brethren. Moved with compassion, he decided to take up the role of self-made hero. Before he knew it, he became a fugitive, because after he had killed a man, Pharaoh sought to take his own life also. So, Moses ran for his dear life. But when God got involved, it was a different ball-game. After thousands of Egyptians were slain in one night, Pharaoh was the one begging Moses to leave his land in peace! Divine involvement made the difference. If you are one of those who believe in human connections in high places, I encourage you to invite God into that situation that is almost causing embarrassment to you and your family. Once God gets involved, the results will make you think you are day-dreaming. Psalm 126 : 1 says :

“When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.”

To enjoy divine involvement in your situation, you must be numbered among the people of the Lord of Hosts. You don’t have to fight the battle of life alone if you are one of His. Call on Him today. He will get involved, and you will glorify Him.

ACTION POINT :
Cry to God and report all those afflicting you to Him. He will get involved if you belong to Him.

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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OPEN HEAVEN- PRESS INTO YOUR DAY OF FAVOUR.

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL.

MONDAY 11 MAY 2015.

THEME : PRESS INTO YOUR DAY OF FAVOUR.

MEMORISE : For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield. PSALM 5 : 12.

READ : ESTHER 5 : 1 – 3.

1 NOW it came to pass on the third day, that Esther put on her royal apparel, and stood in the inner court of the king’s house, over against the king’s house: and the king sat upon his royal throne in the royal house, over against the gate of the house.

2 And it was so, when the king saw Esther the queen standing in the court, that she obtained favour in his sight: and the king held out to Esther the golden sceptre that was in his hand. So Esther drew near, and touched the top of the sceptre.

3 Then said the king unto her, What wilt thou, queen Esther? and what is thy request? it shall be even given thee to the half of the kingdom.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 1 SAMUEL 17 : 1 – 54 AND MARK 6 : 53 – 7 : 13.

Queen Esther is one person who pressed into her day of favour. Her experience should serve as template for us all. She obtained favour in the sight of the king because it was the day of her favour. Be aware that the law of the land during this period was that nobody could go into the king’s inner court uninvited. Disobeying this law was equivalent to a suicide mission. But Esther went to the king in his inner court uninvited, and she lived because of favour.

The first lesson to take note of from our template is that Queen Esther did not go to the inner court of the king’s house until after three days of fasting and prayers were over.

Secondly, she went into the inner court in her royal apparel, not in kitchen aprons. What does this suggest to us? It shows us that righteousness must be the garment of any person who desires God’s favour, just as stated in our memory verse.

The third lesson to note is that the Queen was found standing in the court. Are you still in good standing with God, or have you for one reason or the other backslidden? To be favoured of men, you must be in good standing with God.

Carefully consider the location of the king on the day of Esther’s favour. This is the fourth lesson to note. Esther 5 : 1 says that :

‘…and the king sat upon his royal throne in the royal house, over against the gate of the house.’

Is the King of kings on the throne of your life?

Do not expect the day of His favour to come if He is not. Note that the king sat against the gate of the house, overseeing everything.

What will God find in you when He looks towards your direction today? Will He find filthy garments of sin or royal garments of righteousness? Imagine Esther in a kind of attire that was unbecoming, the story would have been different. A lot of people go to the sanctuary of the King of kings half-naked in the name of fashion. This they do in contrary to the Lord’s directive in Exodus 20 : 26: ‘ Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon.’

The key message here is that your nakedness must not be seen by other woshippers,thereby distracting them. The Almighty God is at the gate of your heart knocking ( Revelation 3 : 20 ). Will you open for Him to come in and show you His favour today? You have agonised enough; surrender your life to the One who can grant you favour today. I prophesy to your life that today is your day of favour in Jesus’ Name.

PRAYER POINT :

Father, let all men and all things work together for my favour today in Jesus’ Name.

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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SEEK DAILY-ONE SPIRIT, A VARIETY OF GIFTS

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Sunday, May 10

1 Corinthians 12:1-11

ONE SPIRIT, A VARIETY OF GIFTS

“There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same spirit gives them.” 1 Corinthians 12:4, GNB

God is one but He has revealed Himself to us as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Father is the Creator of all things while the Son, Jesus Christ, came in human form to save the world from sin. The Holy Spirit is the promised Spirit of God given to be with us throughout our journey on earth. This Holy Spirit operates in believers through variety of gifts He releases into all Christians. First Corinthians 12:8-11 gives us nine gifts of the Holy Spirit that are given for the common good or for our profit. Each of these gifts serves different functions but they are all given for the glory of God.
For us to function within God’s plan, we need to be filled with the Holy Spirit. The evidence of the infilling is the manifestation of the gifts in us. The Holy Spirit gives us His gifts not for pride or to oppress others but to profit the kingdom. The profit is in regard to salvation of souls. How much profit have you made for the kingdom of God since you have received the gifts of the Holy Spirit? It is good to desire a particular gift but do not use ungodly means to acquire the gifts for the Holy Spirit gives them as He wishes.

• Birthday Blessing: Arise, shine, for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. Isaiah 60:1

Read Bible Through Passage: 2 Sam. 18, 19; John 1:1-14

Unity of Spirit builds up, disunity of Spirit tears down. – Femi Okunlola

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OPEN HEAVENS- SIGNS OF HIS PRESENCE.

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL.

SUNDAY 10 MAY 2015.

THEME : SIGNS OF HIS PRESENCE.

MEMORISE : Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. PSALM 100 : 2.

READ : 2 SAMUEL 6 :10 – 12.

10 So David would not remove the ark of the LORD unto him into the city of David: but David carried it aside into the house of Obed-edom the Gittite.

11 And the ark of the LORD continued in the house of Obed-edom the Gittite three months: and the LORD blessed Obed-edom, and all his household.

12 And it was told king David, saying, The LORD hath blessed the house of Obed-edom, and all that pertaineth unto him, because of the ark of God. So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom into the city of David with gladness.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 1 SAMUEL 15 : 16 AND MARK 6 : 30 – 52.

When Moses tenaciously requested that the presence of the Almighty God should follow them in their journey to the Promised Land, he knew what he was doing ( Exodus 33 : 14 – 16 ).

Many children of God don’t value the presence of God, and so they don’t bother to ensure that they are in His presence or that He is present in their situations. The proof of this observation can be seen in what some so-called children of God do in supposedly secret places. If such people had formed the habit of craving God’s presence wherever they go, they would not indulge in such things. Nobody would steal or fornicate if he or she desires or carries God’s presence wherever he or she might be.

From today’s Bible reading, the signs of God’s presence in the household of Obed-Edom were apparent. David, out of fear of death, rejected the presence of the Lord symbolised by the Ark of the Covenant, because Uzzah died suddenly when he erroneously touched it.

An adage in my native tongue says: “Cutting off the head is not the right cure for a headache.” This was exactly what David did; he rejected the presence of the Lord instead of finding out how to behave in God’s presence. A lot of people don’t want to come to Church because they feel sad whenever they come. They feel sad because the pastor makes them feel guilty by his sermons! Such people don’t know what they are missing when they run away from God’s presence. Psalm 16 : 11 says :

“Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”

Three months after David had shunned the presence of the Lord as represented by the Ark, God had so blessed the house of Obed-Edom who accepted the Ark, that David himself heard about it. David then realised his folly in rejecting the presence of the Lord. The Bible in 2 Samuel 6 : 12 says :

“And it was told king David, saying, The LORD hath blessed the house of Obed-edom, and all that pertaineth unto him, because of the ark of God. So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom into the city of David with gladness.”

When I encourage some of my children to surrender their houses for use as House fellowship meeting points, some do not realise that I’m only trying to bring God presence into their homes for blessings and protection. God will not allow evil in any house being used as a meeting place for His praise. I pray that God’s presence shall be upon you and you will rejoice in Jesus’ Name.

PRAYER POINT :

Father, just like you did for Moses, let Your presence follow me all the days of my life in Jesus’ Name.

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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OPEN HEAVENS- ENGAGE IN WONDER-WORKING PRAISE.

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL.

SATURDAY 9 MAY 2015.

THEME : ENGAGE IN WONDER-WORKING PRAISE.

MEMORISE : But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praise of Israel. PSALM 22 : 3.

READ : ACTS 16 : 25 – 26.

25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 1 SAMUEL 14 AND MARK 6 : 7 – 29.

Praise directed towards God is a lethal weapon of spiritual warfare. This is so because God inhabits the praises of His people. Children of God must not joke with their praise life. It would be logical to say that if prayer is the “master key”, then praise is the “principal key”. You need to catch the revelation of what the Psalmist is saying in Psalm 22 : 3 :

“But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.”

In other words, God, the wonder-working Father, dwells in the praises of His people. The implication of this revelation is that wherever God is, the supernatural is always present. In the habitation of the Almighty, wonder-working power is present and breakthrough is commonplace. However, we must get it right; it is the praise we channel towards God that He receives. God will only take what you give to Him. Those who sing the praise of pastors or of themselves, particularly during testimony time, are missing a great point without knowing it. It is not your prayer or the prayer of your pastor that did the wonders; rather, it is the mercy of God in action upon your life. He alone deserves your praise.

Although Paul and Silas were kept in prison, they did something unusual of people in trouble. Even when people know that they are the architect of their own problems, they still try to justify themselves by raining curses on their tormentors. This was not the attitude of Paul and Silas. Their case was different because they were apprehended for preaching the gospel. They were thoroughly beaten and cast into prison. While they sang praises, the Almighty God came to inhabit their praises. This should not be surprising, because the promises of God are Yea and Amen. He had already promised that He would inhabit the praises of His people. Since this is true, what prison gate could have resisted the coming of the King of glory? None! It is written :

“Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.”
Psalm 24 : 7.

Paul and Silas engaged in wonder-working praise and they experienced wonder in their ministries. God is no respecter of persons; what He did for them, He can do for you also. Learn to engage in the praise of God to unleash His wonder-working power. I pray that as you engage in the praise of the Almighty God, you shall receive the wonders of a life-time in Jesus’ Name.

ACTION POINT :

Devote at least one hour to the praise of God the Almighty without asking for anything.

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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SEEK DAILY-GIFTS THAT BUILD UP THE CHURCH

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Saturday, May 9

1 Corinthians 14:1-5

GIFTS THAT BUILD UP THE CHURCH

But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort. 1 Corinthians 14:3, NIV
From 1 Corinthians 12:8-11, we see many spiritual gifts which are classified as follows:
1. Gift of revelation
2. Gift of power and
3. Gift of utterance.

Our passage today compares gifts of speaking in tongues and prophecy. Paul posited that those who speak in tongue do not speak to men but God; and they only do so to edify themselves for no one understands them except the message is interpreted. But those who prophesy edify, exhort and comfort the church. All the gifts of the Spirit are good but some are better because they build up the church of God.
Beloved, what gift do you have from the Holy Spirit? How do you use them? Many Christians speak in tongues in the church service to show off to people that they have the Holy Spirit. The Bible is saying to us today that if you want to speak in tongues you can do that in your room and alone with God. We really need to build the church up today by declaring the mind of God in the language people will understand. Let us lift up the church of God through prophecies and God will bring revival again to the church.

• Birthday Blessing: And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven…. Matthew 16:19
Read Bible Through Passage: 2 Sam. 16, 17; Luke 24:36-53

All gifts from God are good but human users determine its ultimate contribution thus, good gift in the hand of a bad person can only achieve bad purposes. – Femi Okunlola

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OPEN HEAVENS- PRAYING WONDER-WORKING PRAYERS

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL.

FRIDAY 8 MAY 2015.

THEME : PRAYING WONDER-WORKING PRAYERS.

MEMORISE : And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. LUKE 6 : 12.

READ : JOHN 11 : 41 – 44.

41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.

42 And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.

43 And when he thus had spoken, h
e cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.

44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 1 SAMUEL 12 : 13 AND MARK 5 : 21 – 6 : 6.

When we sing the song “Prayer is the masters Key”, I sometimes wonder whether we really understand what we are singing about. For some people, prayer is a religious routine, but there is a type of prayer that has wonder-working powers. Our Lord Jesus Christ set a good example of this type of prayer in our Bible reading today. Let us look at His prayer in detail to better understand how to engage in prayers that produces wonders.

When Jesus got to the tomb of Lazarus, the first thing He did was to give thanks to His Father for two wonderful reasons: that the Father had heard Him, even before praying, and that the Father always hears Him! Moreover, Jesus Christ did not pray the “gentleman’s prayer” that is common in many so-called elitist Christians organisations. The Bible in John 11 : 43 says :

“And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.”

I always tell my children in the Redeemed Christian Church of God that the intensity of your prayer will tell God how urgently you want your miracle. Whether you believe it or not, God will listen to the one who cries aloud to Him for help before He listens to those who whisper their requests. If you don’t believe, ask blind Bartimaeus. Among all those following Jesus on His way out of Jericho, only the one who cried out got his need met ( Mark 10 : 47 – 57 ).

Also, in the prayer of our Lord at the tomb of Lazarus, we can see Him expressing His faith in what His Father is capable of doing. We can also perceive the cordial relationship between the Son and the Father in this prayer. This relationship gave the Son the confidence to ask the Father what He knew would glorify the Father. Jesus would not ask for anything that did not bring glory to His Father. Many times, we pray and receive no answer. Some might think that God is on holiday at such times; not at all. The Bible gives us one reason why we do not receive answers to our prayers in James 4 : 3 :

“Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.”

Another reason is that a life of sin robs us of the confidence we need to ask God in faith. Beloved, how is your relationship with the Almighty God? Remember, your prayer can work wonders today.

PRAYER POINT :

Father, grant me the grace to maintain a cordial relationship with You, so that my prayers to You may continue to produce wonders to the glory of Your Name.

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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SEEK DAILY-GRACE GIFTS GIVEN TO US

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Thursday, May 7

Romans 12:1-8

GRACE GIFTS GIVEN TO US

Having then gifts differing according to the grace given to us…. Romans 12:6(a), KJV
Grace is considered as an unmerited favour. Grace are gifts of God given for the church to fulfil her ministry (1 Corinthians 12:7). The word “Charisma” does not only mean gifts of grace but it is also meant to bestow a favour or service. God has bestowed on the church a favour to be able to carry out her ministries in the world. Some of those gifts of grace mentioned by Paul are prophecy, service, teaching, encouraging, giving, leadership, and showing mercy.
Unfortunately, these gifts are dwindling and gradually fading away from the church. No wonder, Paul started the chapter by pleading with the Roman Christians to first give themselves to God and never conform to the world’s pattern so that their lives will manifest to the maximum the gift of grace in the church. Brethren, God has given us these gifts so that we will humble ourselves (verse 3); keep the body of Christ together (verses 4-5) and ultimately lift Christ up by the appropriate usage of these gifts (verse 6-8). So, how have you been using your gifts to the glory of God or to your own advantage?

• Birthday Blessing: He disappointeth the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise. Job 5:12
Read Bible Through Passage: 2 Sam. 12, 13; Luke 24:1-12

God’s impartial generosity is proved in that He gives diverse talents, spiritual gifts and ability to humanity according to His ultimate purpose for their lives. It is foolish to envy others. – Femi Okunlola

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OPEN HEAVENS- WHAT’S IN A NAME?

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL.

THURSDAY 7 MAY 2015.

THEME : WHAT’S IN A NAME?

MEMORISE : And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among nations, beginning at Jerusalem. LUKE 24 : 47.

READ : LUKE 1 : 30 – 35.

30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.

31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.

32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:

33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?

35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 1 SAMUEL 10 : 11 AND MARK 5 : 1 – 20.

God attaches great significance to names. It is unfortunate that many people don’t pay attention to the importance of the names they bear or the names they give to their children. Africans, like the Jews, consider the meaning of a name before they give it to their children or to someone else.

The Name that the Almighty God chose to give to His only begotten Son is very significant. It is a wonder-working Name. In Matthew 1 : 21, we are told the reason why the miracle child Mary would give birth to should bear the Name Jesus :

“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”

Salvation from sin is the greatest wonder in the history of mankind because the Bible expressly declares sin as a plague affecting all men. Romans 3 : 23 says that :

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”

The Name Jesus therefore proclaims to the world thus: “Behold the Man who came to achieve the greatest wonder the world needs.”

This is where practitioners of some other religions get confused. They wonder how the Name of one Man can save another man; not to talk of the claim that this same Name can save all who believe in it. They wonder silently and loudly; they try to rationalise the workability of this declaration which God Almighty Himself made concerning His only begotten Son. Beloved, I encourage you not to bother about how it works.

Evidence abounds as to how on the merit of this Name, souls have received and are receiving the forgiveness of sin. Not only that, the positive transformation that occurs in those who believe in this Name is indisputable proof of the wonders the Name of Jesus performs from generation to generation.

One of my sons testified that when he believed in the Name of Jesus, not only was he forgiven, he was also miraculous transformed. He experienced the disappearance of curses and abusive words from his vocabulary. He testified that “The curse words could just not come out anymore even when I tried”. To have this same experience, I encourage you to surrender your life totally to Him today. You need to identify with the Owner of this Name before it can work for you. God bless you as you do so today in Jesus’ Name.

ACTION POINT :

Make sure you know and belong to the Owner of the Name, JESUS. By this, you will experience transformational wonders, not only in your spiritual life but also in your family and business.

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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OPEN HEAVENS-POWER IN THE SPOKEN WORD.

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL.

WEDNESDAY 6 MAY 2015.

THEME : POWER IN THE SPOKEN WORD.

MEMORISE : The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. MATTHEW 8 : 8.

READ : MATTHEW 8 : 8 – 13.

8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.

9 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.

10 When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.

11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.

12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

13 And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 1 SAMUEL 8 – 9 AND MARK 4 : 21 – 41.

There is power in the spoken Word of God, and this power produces unspeakable wonders. In fact, the entire universe was formed by the spoken Word of God ( 2Peter 3 : 5 ). Hence, we must give more earnest heed to the spoken Word of God emanating from genuine men of God. Many people have missed their miracles because they mistook the Word of God for the words of a pastor. They fail to realise that God will not come down to speak His word, but He speaks through His genuine servants. The onus is now on whoever wants God’s Word to perform wonders in his or her life to identify genuine ministers of God through whom God speaks. The Bible in 2Chronicles 20 : 20b says :

“Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.”

How then do you identify a word as being genuinely spoken by God through His servants? The written word, which is the Bible, authenticates and must align with the spoken word ( John 16 : 13, Galatians 1 : 8 ). After you have ascertained that the source of a spoken word is clean, and that the word is directly from God, it is your responsibility to believe it. Only then will you receive the miracle you so much desire from God, as it is written in Psalm 107 : 20 :

“He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.”

Without controversy, there is power in the word of God as spoken by His genuine ministers. However, this power can have a positive or negative effect. We must therefore comport ourselves with wisdom so that the spoken word does not affect us negatively. The spoken word of God which came to the widow of Zarephath through Elijah in 1Kings 17 : 14 is a case in point; it says :

“For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth.”

We see the power in this spoken word, working positively in 1King 17 : 16 :

“And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Elijah.”

Elijah also spoke concerning the shameful death of the wicked King Ahab in 1King 21 : 19 and the wonder-working power of the spoken word produced the negative effect of Ahab’s death in 1Kings 22 : 38.

PRAYER POINT :

Father, grant me grace to live my life in such a way that it will attract the positive wonders of Your spoken Word.

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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SEEK DAILY-GOD DISTRIBUTED GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

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Wednesday, May 6

Hebrews 2:1-9

GOD DISTRIBUTED GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will. Hebrews 2:4, NIV

There are five warnings strategically positioned in the book of Hebrews and this is the first of them. The writer of Hebrews warned his audience and all Christians to pay careful attention to what they have heard in order not to drift away from the truth. What the writer was referring to was the word of salvation. The salvation was first announced by the Lord in Matthew 11:28-30 and was confirmed by those who heard the Lord chiefly the apostles. God testified to it by the distribution of the Holy Spirit.

God does not want us to drift away from “such a great salvation,” and for that purpose, He confirms His word to us by signs, wonders and various miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit. Do you have the Holy Spirit in you? There is no way by which you can stand unwavering in the Lord except you are filled with the Holy Spirit who will help you not to drift away from what you have heard and prepare you to share with Christ in His glory. Release yourself to the Holy Spirit and you will flourish in Him.

• Birthday Blessing: He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness…. 1 Samuel 2:9
Read Bible Through Passage: 2 Sam. 9, 10, 11; Luke 23:46-56

The Holy Spirit cannot be bought or gotten by the will of man but is in exclusive domain of God to give as He pleases. – Femi Okunlola

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SEEK DAILY-GOD’S GIFTS AND CALLING ARE IRREVOCABLE

Tuesday, May 5

Romans 11:25-32

GOD’S GIFTS AND CALLING ARE IRREVOCABLE

For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. Romans 11:29, KJV

God’s calling and election was on the Israelites since the time God made covenant with the Patriarchs. At the time Paul wrote this letter, he was trying to let the Romans know that both Israel and the Gentiles will be saved. He emphasised that both the Jews and the Gentiles are in the plan of God to receive mercy and be included in God’s kingdom after a period of disobedience by both.
Each of us must, therefore, know that we are now living at the time of God’s grace and mercy. The salvation we have received free of charge has cost God a lot of things particularly the life of His Son, Jesus. Therefore, we must not take the grace of God for granted. Let us be on the side of God and follow Him now before it is too late. Remember, once God has purposed a thing, He does not change His mind from it. Love Christ now that the grace abound.
• Birthday Blessing: Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army; for the battle is not yours, but God’s. 2 Chronicles 20:15
Read Bible Through Passage: 2 Sam. 7, 8; Luke 23:27-45

God’s gift misused on earth, may not have immediate consequences but shall be paid for surely in hell. – Femi Okunlola

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OPEN HEAVENS- TRANSFORMED BY THE NEW CREATION.

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL.

TUESDAY 5 MAY 2015.

THEME : TRANSFORMED BY THE NEW CREATION.

MEMORISE : And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. 1 CORINTHIANS 6 : 11.

READ : LUKE 8 : 1 – 3.

1 AND it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him,

2 And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils,

3 And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 1 SAMUEL 5 : 7 AND MARK 3 : 31 – 4 : 20.

One of the most profound wonders you will find anywhere in the world is the wonder of a transformed life. When a person who was demon-possessed suddenly becomes a vessel unto honour, what wonder can be greater than this? Such a person remains a wonder throughout his or her lifetime. This was the testimony of Mary Magdalene ( Luke 8 : 2 ). It is wonderful for a demoniac to become a financial backer of God’s kingdom. Another example of a transformed life that become a wonder is the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well ( John 4 : 28 – 30 ). From being a promiscuous person, she became a lady evangelist. The Bible in John 4 : 39 says this about her impact :

“And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did.”

Apostle Paul in today’s memory verse, after listing the evil characteristics of the old creation, testified to the transforming wonder of the new creation experience as seen in some members of the Church of Corinth. After I received the grace of God for the salvation of my soul, and I became a pastor in the Redeemed Christian Church of God, a woman came to the church with her child who had a problem that only a miracle could solve. She requested to see the pastor and to her surprise, it was her ex-boyfriend! On discovering that I was the pastor who would pray for the healing of her child, she said, “You? It cannot be!” However, I told her that what she was seeing was nothing but the transforming wonder of the new creation. I told her of how God saved me, and that the same God could save her also. She believed me, I prayed a simple prayer of faith, and the child got healed. This is the transforming wonder of the new creation. Have you experienced this wonder? If not, today is the day of salvation for you. The Bible in 2Corinthians 6 : 2 says :

“(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)”

Let today be the day you experience the transforming wonder of the new creation, and all things, including your worn-out hope, will be renewed.

ACTION POINT :

Take a bold step of faith by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour indeed, and you will experience the transforming wonders of the new creation.

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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OPEN HEAVENS- THE AGONY OF A BACKSLIDER

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL.

SUNDAY 3 MAY 2015.

THEME : THE AGONY OF A BACKSLIDER.

MEMORISE : Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. REVELATION 2 : 5.

READ : JUDGES 16 : 18 – 21.

18 And when Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called for the lords of the Philistines, saying, Come up this once, for he hath shewed me all his heart. Then the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and brought money in their hand.

19 And she made him sleep upon her knees; and she called for a man, and she caused him to shave off the seven locks of his head; and she began to afflict him, and his strength went from him.

20 And she said, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the LORD was departed from him.

21 But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he did grind in the prison house.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 1 SAMUEL 1 : 1 – 2 : 36 AND MARK 2 : 13 – 28.

In today’s Bible reading, we see the agony of a backslider manifested in the loss of Samson’s eyes. To lose one’s physical, intellectual or spiritual vision is very agonising. Samson, a Nezarite of God from the womb, broke the covenant of his calling first as an Israelite and then as a Nazarite. With reference to the inhabitants of the land of Canaan such as the Philistines, God in Deuteronomy 7 : 3 had thus commanded the children of Isreal :

“Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son.”

Contrary to this instruction, Samson went to seek the hand of a Philistine woman in marriage. When his parents tried to guide him back to the right path, he in Judges 14 : 3 said :

“….. Get her for me; for she pleaseth me well.”

“Also, concerning Nazarites such as Samson, God in Numbers 6:6 had thus commanded:

“All the days that he separateth himself unto the LORD he shall come at no dead body.”

But the devil ensnared Samson with honey in the carcass of a dead lion he had killed. In the process of collecting honey to eat, he ended up defiling himself ( Judges 14 : 8 – 9 ).

Many children of God are, like Samson, erring in the choice of a marriage partner. Some have been destroyed by their appetite, because they could not resist the devil when he asked them to turn stone to bread by sleeping with a personnel manager to secure a job. To such people, the end justifies the means, but the question is: can this temporary “respite” be worth the agony of backsliding? One lesson we must quickly learn is that, the moment a Christian begins to slide backward into his or her old way of life or into things that God frowns at, he or she loses the power of spiritual vision. Such a fellow beings to wallow in darkness of untold agony. After the last straw that broke the back of Samson’s spiritual camel was engaged, the Bible in Judges 16 : 20 says :

“…. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the LORD was departed from him.”

Alas, the process of Samson’s downfall was complete and his eyes were put out. The worst thing that happened to Samson was that he died with his enemies; hence, he could not be considered a victor. My prayer for you is that you will not backslide in Jesus’ Name.

ACTION POINT :

Search your life to see if there are ways you have been backsliding unnoticed. Make amends and ask God to restore you back to your first love for Him.

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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SEEK DAILY-BECOMING CO-WORKERS WITH THE TRUTH

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Sunday, May 3
3 John

BECOMING CO-WORKERS WITH THE TRUTH

We ought therefore to show hospitality to such men so that we may work together for the truth. 3 John 8, RSV

In these days of fear and violence, it is becoming increasingly difficult to be hospitable. However, hospitality cannot be neglected if the Gospel would be preached. One testimony that can be of help to us at a time like this is that of Gaius in our study today. Gaius received the truth, walked in it and he was also a “joint-worker” helping to promote the truth. He must have deployed a lot of love, faith and courage. We also need these.

We must remember that when we take care of the saints who are involved in the spread of the Gospel, first, it honours and befits God (verse 6). We are never more godlike than when we are sacrificing to serve others. Second, our partnering with other saints for the truth serves as a witness to the lost (verse 7) because supports are coming from God’s people “taking nothing of the Gentiles.” Third, our act of supporting those involved in ministry is an act of obedience to God (verse 8), which we must not neglect because it is not only an opportunity but also an obligation to believers in Christ (Galatians 6:6-10). When last were you involved in hospitality ministry?

• Birthday Blessing: … give yourself fully to the work of the Lord… your labour in the Lord shall be rewarded. 1 Corinthians 15:58
Read Bible Through Passage: 2 Sam. 3, 4; Luke 22:54-71

Saints not only desire to love and speak truth with their lips, but they seek to be true within…. – Charles Spurgeon

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OPEN HEAVENS- A NEW BEGINNING OF PROSPERITY

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL.

FRIDAY 1 MAY 2015.

THEME : A NEW BEGINNING OF PROSPERITY.

MEMORISE : This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. EXODUS 12 : 2.

READ : EXODUS 12 : 33 – 36.

33 And the Egyptians were urgent upon the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste; for they said, We be all dead men.

34 And the people took their dough before it was leavened, their kneadingtroughs being bound up in their clothes upon their shoulders.

35 And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and they borrowed of the Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment:

36 And the LORD gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they lent unto them such things as they required. And they spoiled the Egyptians.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : RUTH 1 – 2 AND MARK 1 : 1 – 28.

When the Almighty God grants a new beginning to an individual or a nation, it could be a new beginning of prosperity. Imagine the Hebrew nation which for over four hundred years had been at the mercy of their Egyptian rulers, coming out of Egypt as millionaires simply because the Almighty God decided to grant them a new beginning. I pray for you that this month shall be to you as the first month of the year in astonishing prosperity in Jesus’ Name.

How did the Lord do this for the Israelites? The Bible says that He gave them favour in the sight of the Egyptians, so that the Egyptians gave them whatever they asked for. The treasures of the Egyptians were transferred to them without them having to shoot an arrow. The Bible in Proverbs 16 : 7 says :

“When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.”

This scripture sums up the experience of the Israelites. Whenever God makes a pronouncement, we shall learn to take Him at His word. Sometimes, this is easier read about than practised. Imagine how difficult it would have been for the Israelites to believe that before daybreak after the night of the Passover. They would cross over from poverty to prosperity.

“Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month” Joel 2 : 23.

For this beautiful prophecy to come to pass in your life, some spiritual conditions must be met. Prior to this prophecy, the Lord demanded that his people turn to Him with all their hearts: with fasting, weeping and mourning ( Joel 2 : 12 – 13 ). He asked them to rend their hearts and not their garments, and return to Him.

We can deduce from this narrative that the poor condition that a lot of people find themselves in today is caused by their spiritual poverty. Some people live in abject poverty because their lifestyle has turned God, who should bless them, into their enemy. Here is the good news: when this great God turns a life around onto godliness, he also changes the physical condition of the fellow concerned.

Settling the issue of poverty was one of the reasons why Christ came ( 2 Corinthians 8 : 9 ). In the Name of Jesus Christ, I welcome you to your new beginning of prosperity. Only believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and repent of your sins.

PRAYER POINT :

Father, in your infinite mercy, banishe poverty from every area of my life in Jesus’ Name.

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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OPEN HEAVENS- RESTITUTION

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL.

WEDNESDAY 29 APRIL 2015.

THEME : RESTITUTION.

MEMORISE : And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. LUKE 19 : 8.

READ : LUKE 19 : 1 – 10.

1 AND Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.
2 And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.
3 And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.
4 And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.
5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.
6 And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.
7 And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.
8 And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.
9 And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.
10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : JUDGES 19 AND MATTHEW 27 : 45 – 66.

Restitution is the act of making right that which has been wrongly done to the injury of others. It involves restoring what has been wrongly taken, and repairing or giving the equivalent of any loss or damage. This is a very important aspect of Christianity that proves genuine salvation. Even though this teaching is not popular among preachers today, the word of God is forever settled on it.

If we are to experience a clear conscience and have a good testimony among those within the church and in the world, we must obey the teaching on restitution. Restitution is not a 21st century teaching. It has been in practice from Bible days. While salvation is aimed at making your ways right with your maker, restitution is aimed at making your ways right with your fellow man. One is not complete without the other. It is the desire of God for us to correct all past wrongs which are correctable. It may be difficult to carry out restitution for wrongs done in the past, but the mercy of God is always available to help, even when it looks difficult.

If you are genuinely converted, you should return those things that you may have stolen or converted to your own use which belong to others or to your place of work. This includes your tithes and first fruit, the non- payment of which is robbery.

There are things that belong to others which you may have destroyed. These must be replaced. Restitution includes reconciling with people who may have quarreled with you in the past. We must make restitution for all lies and things wrongly said about anyone which have resulted in causing trouble for the person involved. Every marriage contracted contrary to the standards of the Bible must be visited and reviewed.

There are some sensitive cases of restitution that you do not carry alone. In such cases you must seek counsel from those who are Spiritually more mature than you. They will guide you through the help of the Holy Spirit on the appropriate way to go about it.

When you obey God by making restitution, you will receive His favour. The favour of God removes all your years of labour and makes your life a blessed one. Also, when you restitute your ways, you will experience speedy answers to all of your prayers.
This is because you have made peace with God and you have a clear conscience towards man. When you make restitution, you will no longer live under the bondage of fears, because there is nothing else to hide.

ACTION POINT :
Prayerfully take steps to carry out restitution in every applicable area of your life.

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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POISONOUS ROSE

The garden’s here still grow;
But how do they?
Our air is adorned with the beastility of man.
For this cause my suit is always black to mourn yet another.

Insanity in government, blinded us to see the seas of death while they zoom pass with a gorilla’s voice.
But ever mindful of our finger prints to steal us still till we soot and die.

Just like Ken will I fight, I don’t mind a broken neck
Till our lungs are free off filt
No stains for our foot to print
Yes! Certainly! Yes!
Port Harcourt deserves fresh air!
Composer By Godson Osarenren

A LETTER FOR THE LAST

It’s good bye.
My emotions have been crushed like a powdered grain
And just like the wind, it’s been blown away into oblivion.
Narrowed to a path of pain where every one is my counsellor.
Is this what marriage is all about?
I am about to die like my language in this great future of junks no logic.
Ogun is gradually loosing it to hunger, a sudden mental confusion.
Famished unto death is our calabash but those in suit and tie have it as barter.
All is not well, all is not well.
A letter for the last,
See it on the wall; like my fathers did who no one taught.

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The Story Of Shina Rambo – TheMost Notorious Armed Robber InNigerian History


Shina Rambo is a former bandit who

terrorised South-West Nigeria in the 1990s.After serving jail-time for his crimes, he was converted by an evangelist and becamea Christian evangelical pastor. Shina Rambo now Mathew Oluwanifemi was a name that sent shivers down the spine of people who lived in the South West of Nigeria and even outside Nigeria, like Benin Republic and neighborhood, in the 1990s.He was a hardened criminal, a terror and killer, one whom men of the Security agencies will never forget in a haste.A man mountain, towering about 6 ft 5inch,well built, dark skinned and sweltering eyes,he carried out his operations, like a movie,in the broad day light, with sophisticated weapons, and bullet belts and explosives strapped roundabout him. He specialized in robbing exotic cars on highways and robbing banks. Nothing could stop him, not even security operatives, he was totally invincible. He was Shina Rambo! He was born in the year 1958 to a military man who was a bad egg in the service. His father was from Abeokuta in Ogun state, but his mother was a native of Sabongida–Ora in Edo state. His father had over 18 wives,as was the norm for soldiers to impregnate virtually every woman they met where they were posted to. His father used his military influence to rob innocent citizens, and always brought huge amount of money home. This used to entice little Shina. He recalls, “I remembered when I was about 7 years old, my father came home with a lot of money, foreign currencies, with blood on it, and they were using something like a woman’s scarf to wipe it, then I asked him,is this an animal’s blood, or human blood?But he wouldn’t answer me, they were just drinking, smoking, and merry making.”Shina was already indoctrinated into the underworld by his father at a tender age of 7 without him knowing it, as he would sit in front of his son, to dismantle and assemble all sorts of weapons and then polishing them in preparation for an operation. This went on for so long till one day, little Shina,entered into his father’s room while he had stepped into the toilet, and saw a dismembered gun on the floor. He sat down in front of it, and bit by bit, he had assembled it effortlessly in no time at all.His father came out of the toilet, and saw his son, with a loaded gun in his hands.Shina flashed back and said, “That day my father was so disappointed, that he wanted to kill me, he grabbed the gun from my hand and shot straight at me, but I miraculously escaped out of the room. Then he waited for me to be less alert at night he came to my room with a machete and tried to behead me, but once again, I escaped, but the machete caught my left leg (he rolled up his trouser to show us the large scar, that made everyone sighed in pity). It cut me so deep I thought I was never going to walk again.

That day I knew I had graduated, all that was left was to pull the trigger, and I was so eager. Shina Rambo became so notorious in no time, and was hell bent on succeeding in his career as an armed robber, that he went through any length to secure spiritual powers for fortification.

To the extent of pounding over 27 live new born babies in the mortar with a pestle,cutting off about 100 human tongues and cooking them to eat, visiting the spiritual river called river of life in Ogoja, Cross Rivers State, living in an Iroko tree for days,and sleeping in the cemetery.He was given a spiritual wife who always followed him for any operation, she dressed like an Alhaja, people thought she was human, but she was a spirit, that was why they never saw her face. He said she was his personal driver, that she could drive from Nigeria to Cotonou, in the speed of light.Hear him. ”I was involved in so many rituals, that I can’t start naming them now, I was so powerful, I went underground, inside trees that looked like a city, a lot of beautiful houses inside the tree, I had my own too. I went into a river called River of life in Ogoja, where a lot of politicians and wealthy men used to come. I had severalpersonalities, I could change my Form whenever I wanted to, that’s why the police were busy killing innocent people, and thought they were killing Shina Rambo.The 9 herbalists that gave me that power, I became stronger than them, one day I went to their shrines, and killed all of them, so that they don’t reveal my secrets. I had too many powers; my spiritual wife could drive any car in this world or out of it, no police vehicle, or anyone for that matter, could ever chase and catch me during an operation. She was out of this world, and when she had completed her operation, they took her away from me. I could give anything to get powers, and the Elders Knew, so they also gave me anything I wanted.

 I once beheaded hundred men, and gave them the heads fresh, they were so happy with me that they made me invincible.No matter the kind of bullet you shot at me,it was just like pure water on my body. I could give anything to get power, but of all the things I did to get power,the one that still breaks my heart the most,is sleeping with my mother. My father is dead now, but my mother is still alive, and she lives with me she is 85 years old.Whenever I set my eyes on her, I just start crying. I can’t bear it.Shina Rambo was a raging terror, he was infallibly dangerous, the police dreaded him,both in Nigeria, and Benin Republic, his place of interest for business. He would go to police stations, in broad daylight and kill every policeman there, drive to check points and open fire on every policeman on duty,he didn’t like the police at all, and was never afraid of them, he operated in broad day light armed to the teeth looking like Johny Rambo, in the popular Sylvester Stalone movie, “First Blood”.

He once robbed 40 exotic cars in one day and drove all of them in a convoy, from Lagos to Cotonou, unstopped. He was powerful; he was wealthy, and impenetrable. He was a tin god, apparently belched from the very arroyo hell, we all dreaded him. He had a wife and three children, but he lost all of them in one day during a bloody police raid whilst he was away on operation. His wife was his stabilizing factor his life changed afterwards. He says “my wife was everything to me, I was forbidden by the elders to sleep with any other woman apart from her. I could gather about 50 women around me in a hotel, and they will just be playing with me. We would smoke, drink and sniff cocaine, I will give them money but I will never sleep with them. I will go back home to my wife and sleep with her.That was why the police never caught me.

She knew my job, she knew what I was and I never left them alone at night, I operated in the day time and go back home to my family at night.


I had everything, I was very wealthy, I sometimes spent 50 million naira in a day, I did that a lot. There was one day that we were coming from an operation and it seemed as if my powers were going to fail me, the police and the army were almost closing in on us, so we had to drive into a crowd and threw millions of naira in the air,there was commotion, everybody was busy picking naira notes even the police, until we escaped.

I was too rich, but anything the devil gives you never lasts, he will collect more from you, it’s only the devil that will give you Fila, (cap) and ask for Iro and Baby (wrapper and top). I lost everything, all the money, my family; I was so powerful the police couldn’t catch me but I lost it all. I had to surrender myself to the police and I was arrested and jailed for 11 years.

Turning Point 

While I was serving my jail term in Agodiprisons, Ibadan, Prophet T.O Obadare came visiting, and having been encouraged several times by the Christian brothers and sisters in the prison to give my life to Christ, he prayed for me and converted me,and changed my name to Oluwanifemi, and it was so miraculous, the next day I woke up and started speaking in tongues. It was during the time of President Olu Segun Obasanjo, that we were granted freedom.At this point, I was glued to my seat, the revival where Shina Rambo gave this exclusive confession was on an open ground revival in the ancient city of Ibadan.Right in front of me, on stage, was Evangelist Mathew Oluwanifemi, the once feared Shina Rambo, clad in a loose fitting shirt, black pants and a pair of leather sandals with a black Holy Bible in his hands, gigantic dark skinned and bald headed, still had those fiery looks, and stealth movement.I was more transfixed than focused, God is indeed awesome, he picked the offering basket raised it to the congregation prayed and asked who had anything to give to God, at first I was reluctant, my mind was occupied and out of an innate compulsion, sheer curiosity I stood up,dipped my hand in my pocket walked towards him briskly and calculatedly brought out my offering, dropped it into the basket, and looked deep into his eyes, I had too many things to ask him, there were too many questions unanswered. He looked back at me, and spoke in Yoruba, saying

“God bless you my brother; we know your type when we see them”. The congregation broke into a mild giggle, as all eyes were on me as I went back to my seat, with a lot of things on my mind, and the red light on my midget still blinking, in the breast pocket of my jacket.

God is indeed wonderful. He has sent many people to their early grave without repentant of their sins. They will go to hell and him having given his life to Christ will go to heaven when he die. How do will judge that?

The Story Of Shina Rambo – TheMost Notorious Armed Robber InNigerian History


Shina Rambo is a former bandit who

terrorised South-West Nigeria in the 1990s.After serving jail-time for his crimes, he was converted by an evangelist and becamea Christian evangelical pastor. Shina Rambo now Mathew Oluwanifemi was a name that sent shivers down the spine of people who lived in the South West of Nigeria and even outside Nigeria, like Benin Republic and neighborhood, in the 1990s.He was a hardened criminal, a terror and killer, one whom men of the Security agencies will never forget in a haste.A man mountain, towering about 6 ft 5inch,well built, dark skinned and sweltering eyes,he carried out his operations, like a movie,in the broad day light, with sophisticated weapons, and bullet belts and explosives strapped roundabout him. He specialized in robbing exotic cars on highways and robbing banks. Nothing could stop him, not even security operatives, he was totally invincible. He was Shina Rambo! He was born in the year 1958 to a military man who was a bad egg in the service. His father was from Abeokuta in Ogun state, but his mother was a native of Sabongida–Ora in Edo state. His father had over 18 wives,as was the norm for soldiers to impregnate virtually every woman they met where they were posted to. His father used his military influence to rob innocent citizens, and always brought huge amount of money home. This used to entice little Shina. He recalls, “I remembered when I was about 7 years old, my father came home with a lot of money, foreign currencies, with blood on it, and they were using something like a woman’s scarf to wipe it, then I asked him,is this an animal’s blood, or human blood?But he wouldn’t answer me, they were just drinking, smoking, and merry making.”Shina was already indoctrinated into the underworld by his father at a tender age of 7 without him knowing it, as he would sit in front of his son, to dismantle and assemble all sorts of weapons and then polishing them in preparation for an operation. This went on for so long till one day, little Shina,entered into his father’s room while he had stepped into the toilet, and saw a dismembered gun on the floor. He sat down in front of it, and bit by bit, he had assembled it effortlessly in no time at all.His father came out of the toilet, and saw his son, with a loaded gun in his hands.Shina flashed back and said, “That day my father was so disappointed, that he wanted to kill me, he grabbed the gun from my hand and shot straight at me, but I miraculously escaped out of the room. Then he waited for me to be less alert at night he came to my room with a machete and tried to behead me, but once again, I escaped, but the machete caught my left leg (he rolled up his trouser to show us the large scar, that made everyone sighed in pity). It cut me so deep I thought I was never going to walk again.

That day I knew I had graduated, all that was left was to pull the trigger, and I was so eager. Shina Rambo became so notorious in no time, and was hell bent on succeeding in his career as an armed robber, that he went through any length to secure spiritual powers for fortification.

To the extent of pounding over 27 live new born babies in the mortar with a pestle,cutting off about 100 human tongues and cooking them to eat, visiting the spiritual river called river of life in Ogoja, Cross Rivers State, living in an Iroko tree for days,and sleeping in the cemetery.He was given a spiritual wife who always followed him for any operation, she dressed like an Alhaja, people thought she was human, but she was a spirit, that was why they never saw her face. He said she was his personal driver, that she could drive from Nigeria to Cotonou, in the speed of light.Hear him. ”I was involved in so many rituals, that I can’t start naming them now, I was so powerful, I went underground, inside trees that looked like a city, a lot of beautiful houses inside the tree, I had my own too. I went into a river called River of life in Ogoja, where a lot of politicians and wealthy men used to come. I had severalpersonalities, I could change my Form whenever I wanted to, that’s why the police were busy killing innocent people, and thought they were killing Shina Rambo.The 9 herbalists that gave me that power, I became stronger than them, one day I went to their shrines, and killed all of them, so that they don’t reveal my secrets. I had too many powers; my spiritual wife could drive any car in this world or out of it, no police vehicle, or anyone for that matter, could ever chase and catch me during an operation. She was out of this world, and when she had completed her operation, they took her away from me. I could give anything to get powers, and the Elders Knew, so they also gave me anything I wanted.

 I once beheaded hundred men, and gave them the heads fresh, they were so happy with me that they made me invincible.No matter the kind of bullet you shot at me,it was just like pure water on my body. I could give anything to get power, but of all the things I did to get power,the one that still breaks my heart the most,is sleeping with my mother. My father is dead now, but my mother is still alive, and she lives with me she is 85 years old.Whenever I set my eyes on her, I just start crying. I can’t bear it.Shina Rambo was a raging terror, he was infallibly dangerous, the police dreaded him,both in Nigeria, and Benin Republic, his place of interest for business. He would go to police stations, in broad daylight and kill every policeman there, drive to check points and open fire on every policeman on duty,he didn’t like the police at all, and was never afraid of them, he operated in broad day light armed to the teeth looking like Johny Rambo, in the popular Sylvester Stalone movie, “First Blood”.

He once robbed 40 exotic cars in one day and drove all of them in a convoy, from Lagos to Cotonou, unstopped. He was powerful; he was wealthy, and impenetrable. He was a tin god, apparently belched from the very arroyo hell, we all dreaded him. He had a wife and three children, but he lost all of them in one day during a bloody police raid whilst he was away on operation. His wife was his stabilizing factor his life changed afterwards. He says “my wife was everything to me, I was forbidden by the elders to sleep with any other woman apart from her. I could gather about 50 women around me in a hotel, and they will just be playing with me. We would smoke, drink and sniff cocaine, I will give them money but I will never sleep with them. I will go back home to my wife and sleep with her.That was why the police never caught me.

She knew my job, she knew what I was and I never left them alone at night, I operated in the day time and go back home to my family at night.


I had everything, I was very wealthy, I sometimes spent 50 million naira in a day, I did that a lot. There was one day that we were coming from an operation and it seemed as if my powers were going to fail me, the police and the army were almost closing in on us, so we had to drive into a crowd and threw millions of naira in the air,there was commotion, everybody was busy picking naira notes even the police, until we escaped.

I was too rich, but anything the devil gives you never lasts, he will collect more from you, it’s only the devil that will give you Fila, (cap) and ask for Iro and Baby (wrapper and top). I lost everything, all the money, my family; I was so powerful the police couldn’t catch me but I lost it all. I had to surrender myself to the police and I was arrested and jailed for 11 years.

Turning Point 

While I was serving my jail term in Agodiprisons, Ibadan, Prophet T.O Obadare came visiting, and having been encouraged several times by the Christian brothers and sisters in the prison to give my life to Christ, he prayed for me and converted me,and changed my name to Oluwanifemi, and it was so miraculous, the next day I woke up and started speaking in tongues. It was during the time of President Olu Segun Obasanjo, that we were granted freedom.At this point, I was glued to my seat, the revival where Shina Rambo gave this exclusive confession was on an open ground revival in the ancient city of Ibadan.Right in front of me, on stage, was Evangelist Mathew Oluwanifemi, the once feared Shina Rambo, clad in a loose fitting shirt, black pants and a pair of leather sandals with a black Holy Bible in his hands, gigantic dark skinned and bald headed, still had those fiery looks, and stealth movement.I was more transfixed than focused, God is indeed awesome, he picked the offering basket raised it to the congregation prayed and asked who had anything to give to God, at first I was reluctant, my mind was occupied and out of an innate compulsion, sheer curiosity I stood up,dipped my hand in my pocket walked towards him briskly and calculatedly brought out my offering, dropped it into the basket, and looked deep into his eyes, I had too many things to ask him, there were too many questions unanswered. He looked back at me, and spoke in Yoruba, saying

“God bless you my brother; we know your type when we see them”. The congregation broke into a mild giggle, as all eyes were on me as I went back to my seat, with a lot of things on my mind, and the red light on my midget still blinking, in the breast pocket of my jacket.

God is indeed wonderful. He has sent many people to their early grave without repentant of their sins. They will go to hell and him having given his life to Christ will go to heaven when he die. How do will judge that?

​JOB VACANCY!!!

Urgent! 
A spirit and wine manufacturing company located in Anambra State is urgently in need of Business Development/Clients Service Executives, and Manager.
QUALIFICATION – B.sc, HND
LOCATION – Benin City and its environs
CRITERIA: Interested applicants should;

1. Have completed NYSC 

2. Not be above 40 years of age  

3. Be resident in Benin City 

4. Have interest in building a career in marketing. 

5. Have good presentation, negotiation and communication                 skills.

6. Be ready to travel to any part of Edo State on short notice and ability to drive will be an added advantage.
Applicants should forward their resume with a cover letter addressed to the Managing Director, Tiso Technologies, Onitsha, Anambra State in MS word attached format to isokpehigodfrey@yahoo.com. For further inquiries, please call – 07037852715. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

 

The management of Tiso Technologies wishes to congratulate those that were employed into different lubricants companies within the South Eastern States last week. We also urge them to be good ambassadors in their respective companies to enable us create more job opportunities for other youths. 

HOT FRESH VACANCIES AT FUDMA

*FEDERAL UNIVERSITY, DUTSIN-MA*

*INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL ADVERTISEMENT FOR SENIOR TEACHING AND NON-TEACHING VACANCIES*

Federal University Dutsin-Ma, Katsina State is located in Dutsin-Ma, Kat sins State commenced academic activities in July 2012. Applications are hereby, invited from suitably qualified candidates to fill senior staff vacancies in the following Departments of the University for teaching and non-teaching staff.

*1. TEACHING STAFF VACANCIES*

*Positions:*

a) Professors (CONUASS 07) – CODE PROF
b) Readers (CONUASS 06) – CODE RD
c) Senior Lecturers (CONUASS 05) – CODE SL
d) Lecturers I (CONUASS 04) – CODE LI
e) Lecturers II (CONUASS 03) – CODE LII
f) Assistant Lecturers (CONUASS 02) – CODE AL
g) Graduate Assistants (CONUASS 01) – CODE GA

*Departments*

i. Business Management
ii. Accounting
iii. Political Science and Public Administration
iv. Geography and Town Planning
v. Economics and Development Studies
vi. Sociology
vii. History and Strategic Studies
viii. English Language
ix. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
x. Basic and Industrial Chemistry
xi. Physics and Electronics
xii. Biology
xiii. Zoology
xiv. Botany
xv. Microbiology and Parasitology
xvi. Mathematics and Statistics
xvii. Computer Science and Information Technology
xviii. Science Education and Educational Foundation
xix. Forestry Resource Management
xx. Fisheries and Aquaculture Technology
xxi. Animal Production and Health
xxii. Crop Production and Protection
xxiii. Agribusiness
xxiv. Agricultural Economics and Extension
xxv. Food Science and Technology

*2. TECHNOLOGISTS*

a) Technologists I (CONTISS 07) – CODE TG1
b) Technologists II (CONTISS 06) – CODE TG2

*3. DIRECTORATE POSITIONS*

a) Director University Health Services (CONTISS 15) – CODE DUHS
b) Director Physical Planning and Works (CONTISS 15) – CODE DPPW

*4. OTHER HEADS OF NON-TEACHING DEPARTMENTS*

a) Chief Procurement Officer (CONTISS 13) – CODE CPO
b) Chief Security Officer (CONTISS 13) – CODE CSO
c) University Legal and Industrial Relations Officer (CONTISS 13) – CODE ULIRO

*5. REGISTRY*

a) Deputy Registrars (CONTISS 14) – CODE DR
b) Principal Assistant Registrars (CONTISS 13) – CODE PAR
c) Senior Assistant Registrars (CONTISS 11) – CODE SAR
d) Confidential Secretary I (CONTISS 07) – CODE CSI
e) Confidential Secretary II (CONTISS 06) – CODE CSII

*6. BURSARY*

a) Bursar (Salary as being paid in Federal Universities) – CODE BURS
b) Deputy Bursar (CONTISS 14) – CODE DB
c) Chief Accountant (CONTISS 13) – CODE CAT
d) Principal Accountant (CONTISS 11) – CODE PAT

*7. DIRECTORATE OF ICT*

a) Network Engineer II (CONTISS 07) – CODE NE
b) Network Administrator II (CONTISS 07) – CODE NA-II
c) Network Administrator I (CONTISS 08) – CODE NA-I
d) Principal Technical Officer (CONTISS 11) – CODE PTO
e) Higher Technical Officer (CONTISS 07) – CODE HTO
f) Computer Programmer II (CONTISS 07) – CODE CP-II
g) Computer Programmer I (CONTISS 08) – CODE CP-I
h) Database Administrator II (CONTISS 07) – CODE DBA-II
i) Database Administrator I (CONTISS 08) – CODE DBA-I
j) Senior Computer Operator (CONTISS 06) – CODE SCO
k) System Administrator I (CONTISS 08) – CODE SA1
l) Senior System Administrator (CONTISS 09) – CODE SSA
m) Senior Maintenance Engineer (CONTISS 09) – CODE SME
n) Network Technician (CONTISS 06) – CODE NT

*8. IMPORTANCE NOTICE*

I. All candidates must possess NYSC Discharge Certificate or Exemption Certificate or Certificate of Exclusion where applicable.

II. All candidates for the positions of Professor and Reader would be subjected to external assessment before assuming duty, in keeping with the regulations.

III. Salaries, allowances and other conditions of service attached to the various positions are the same as approved for federal universities in Nigeria.

IV. Candidates who are awaiting results may not be considered and not apply.

V. Computer Literacy is required for all positions.

*9. METHOD OF APPLICATION*

Interested candidates should go to the University website at http://www.fudutsinma.edu.ng/career to have access to, and fill, the preliminary employment screening for online.

OR

Follow the following procedure for filling the online forms while at the site:
i) Click on the ‘careers’ tab at the top of the webpage
ii) In the menu that opens, click on ‘Employment Screening Form’
iii) Fill the form that displays appropriately
iv) Click on ‘submit’ to send the form to the collating account. (Applicants must have a functional email address for this purpose).

*10. CLOSING DATE*

Submission of preliminary screening for would be closed six (6) weeks from the date of this advertisement. Please note that only candidates that passed the prima facie screening would be contacted for further screening.

*Signed*
*A.K Dalha*
*Registrar/Secretary to Council*

For Details:

Check Daily Trust Newspaper of Monday, 21st November, 2016 on page 26.

OR

Visit: http://fudutsinma.edu.ng/event/47/Internal-and-External-Advertisement-for-Senior-Teaching-and-Non-Teaching-Staff-Vacancies

Civil Service Job recruitment 2016

vacancy.fedcivilservice.gov.ng –
Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) Recruitment 2016.
Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) recruitment , September 2016
(https://www.vacancy.fedcivilservice.gov.ng ). FEDERAL CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL ADVERTISEMENT FOR JOB VACANCIES IN THE FEDERAL CIVIL SERVICE.
The Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) wishes to announce vacancies in the following MDAs:
– Federal Ministry of Education
– Federal Ministry of Labour & Productivity
– Federal Ministry of Finance
– Ministry of Foreign Affairs
– Federal Ministry of Information and Culture
– Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing
– Federal Ministry of Science and Technology
– Federal Ministry of Transport
– Office of the Auditor
– General for the Federation
– Office of the Surveyor
– General of the Federation
– Bureau of Public Procurement.
Suitably qualified candidates with character and integrity who are interested in making career in the
Federal Civil Service are invited to complete and submit application online on FCSC Website
https://www.vacancy.fedcivilservice.gov.ng for any of the posts indicated in each of the MDAs.
For avoidance of doubt, completion /submission of application online is free and at no cost to applicants in line with the International Labour Organisation(ILO) Convention.
The completion/submission will run for six (6) weeks from the date of this publication (19th September 2016).
S igned
Mustapha L. Sulaiman
Director (PRS)

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Civil Service Job recruitment 2016

vacancy.fedcivilservice.gov.ng –
Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) Recruitment 2016.
Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) recruitment , September 2016
(https://www.vacancy.fedcivilservice.gov.ng ). FEDERAL CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL ADVERTISEMENT FOR JOB VACANCIES IN THE FEDERAL CIVIL SERVICE.
The Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) wishes to announce vacancies in the following MDAs:
– Federal Ministry of Education
– Federal Ministry of Labour & Productivity
– Federal Ministry of Finance
– Ministry of Foreign Affairs
– Federal Ministry of Information and Culture
– Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing
– Federal Ministry of Science and Technology
– Federal Ministry of Transport
– Office of the Auditor
– General for the Federation
– Office of the Surveyor
– General of the Federation
– Bureau of Public Procurement.
Suitably qualified candidates with character and integrity who are interested in making career in the
Federal Civil Service are invited to complete and submit application online on FCSC Website
https://www.vacancy.fedcivilservice.gov.ng for any of the posts indicated in each of the MDAs.
For avoidance of doubt, completion /submission of application online is free and at no cost to applicants in line with the International Labour Organisation(ILO) Convention.
The completion/submission will run for six (6) weeks from the date of this publication (19th September 2016).
S igned
Mustapha L. Sulaiman
Director (PRS)

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Potatoes, Egg and Coffee Bean

Once upon a time a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going to make it. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed just as one problem was solved, another one soon followed.

Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Once the three pots began to boil, he placed potatoes in one pot, eggs in the second pot, and ground coffee beans in the third pot.

He then let them sit and boil, without saying a word to his daughter. The daughter, moaned and impatiently waited, wondering what he was doing.

After twenty minutes he turned off the burners. He took the potatoes out of the pot and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl.

He then ladled the coffee out and placed it in a cup. Turning to her he asked. “Daughter, what do you see?”

“Potatoes, eggs, and coffee,” she hastily replied.

“Look closer,” he said, “and touch the potatoes.” She did and noted that they were soft. He then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. Its rich aroma brought a smile to her face.

“Father, what does this mean?” she asked.

He then explained that the potatoes, the eggs and coffee beans had each faced the same adversity– the boiling water.

However, each one reacted differently.

The potato went in strong, hard, and unrelenting, but in boiling water, it became soft and weak.

The egg was fragile, with the thin outer shell protecting its liquid interior until it was put in the boiling water. Then the inside of the egg became hard.

However, the ground coffee beans were unique. After they were exposed to the boiling water, they changed the water and created something new.

“Which are you,” he asked his daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a potato, an egg, or a coffee bean? “

Moral:In life, things happen around us, things happen to us, but the only thing that truly matters is what happens within us.

Which one are you?

Supreme Council of Niger Delta Students in a Visit to Minister of Environment

BEING THE TEXT OF A COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE 52ND SENATE MEETING OF THE SUPREME COUNCIL OF NIGER DELTA STUDENTS,(SCONDS) AT DELTA STATE UNIVERSITY (DELSU) ABRAKA,DELTA STATE ON THE 9TH OF MAY,2016.

PREMEABLE

The Supreme Council of Niger Delta Students (SCONDS) is the apex body of all students in higher institutions from the states that makes up the Niger Delta Regions namely: Abia,Imo,Ondo,Edo,Delta,Bayelsa,Rivers,Cross-Rivers and Akwa Ibom.
The Organisation is Saddled with the responsibility of Championing the course of Niger Delta Students across the campuses within and outside Nigeria.
Supreme Council of Niger Delta Students (SCONDS) is a pressure group which Check and Balance various Government policies, mostly in the area of Education,Economic Development, Youth Empowerment and other related Government Policies that concerns the Student body at large.
Supreme Council Of Niger Delta Students has a working relationship with all organs of Student Movement within the Niger Delta Region,Nigeria and International.The Senate Arm of the SCONDS is the Bank body of other associations saddled with the responsibility of students related issue within the region with over 17.5million Niger Delta Students both in the Nation and diaspora.

The Senate President Senator Osayomore Moore Ogbegie led the House into the Senate Session.
STATE of the NATION:
The Senate discussed Extensively and Exhaustively on the State of the Economy particularly with the hardship Unleashed on Nigerians courtesy the global fall of oil price.Also debated was the Activities of the group named”NIGER DELTA AVENGERS” .The House also Appreciated the Current Administration over the Launching of the Ogoniland Clean up.

The Senate Arm of the Supreme Council of Niger Delta Students mandated a delegation led by The Senate President to pay a visit to the Minister of Environment Ahj. Amina J. Mohammed.

1)Congratulate The Minister of Environment first and foremost for her appointment as a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, we also believe in your expertise.

2)The Senate Arm also passed a vote of Confidences on the Minister of Environment over effort In tackling the Clean up of Oil Spillage with Ogoni as the starting Point.

We condemn in strong terms the activities of Niger Delta Avengers as the constant blowing up of Pipelines within the regions has negatively affected the economy and increasingly led to Oil Spillage in the region.
The Senate concluded that dialogue should be seen as the best and quickest way of resolving this issue while arguing the Federal Government to look beyond the used of Politicians in resolving this issue we also argue the Federal Government to involve well meaning Nigerians and Traditional Institution in dialoging with all groups within the region.
The Supreme Council Of Niger Delta Students suggested that the United Nation Environment Programme (UNEP) recommendations should be holistically implemented with the 76 actions with the government having 50 actions and 22 for Shell and its partners while 4 for the community. We argue all parties involve to be aaccountable and Sincere as this are the keys to proper implication.

We also state that we will be partnering with the ministry in launching a campaign against Illegal Oil activities-tapping into oil well/PipeLine transportation of crude,artesian refining accros the Niger Delta Region. The Senate also suggested youth Empowerment as a follow up in resolving this crisis.

We want to use this medium to inform the minister that The Supreme Council Of Niger Delta Students (SCONDS) will be honouring you on our forthcoming Convention scheduled to hold in the University of Benin on the 12th of August ,2016,She will be conferred with the highest grade award in Supreme Council of Niger Delta Students.

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