Morning Dew

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Morning Dew

(By Epistle Marian Agbabokha)

  1. Understand who the holy spirit is to you

John 14:16 I will send you a comforter, the Holy Spirit and shall be in you and teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance. As Christians we have to understand that where the word of God is spoken there is power and fulfillment of his word. Regardless of what we see, we know what God has said about our situation. There is the need to hold on to the word without a doubt as all we ask God for comes to pass. The grace to perform miracles is through the mercy  and power of God and the holy spirit is the channel of the manifestation of the miracles we see today. Speak on a conscious level always to the holy spirit and you will always get all you want and even more

The Holy Ghost, a member of the Godhead, bears witness of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. He is the source of personal testimony and revelation. He can guide us in our decisions and protect us from physical and spiritual danger. He is known as the Comforter, and He can calm our fears and fill us with hope. Through His power, we are sanctified as we repent, receive saving ordinances, and keep our covenants. It is through the influence of the Holy Ghost that we receive knowledge of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and feel their power, goodness, and love.

First things first. The Holy Spirit is a member of the Trinity and as such is a person. The Spirit has attributes that only a person could have. He has intelligence (1 Cor 2:10-13), feelings (Eph 4:30), and a will (1 Cor 12:11; Acts 16:6-12). He prays (Rom 8:26). He does miracles (Acts 8:39). He can be lied to (Acts 5:3). He can be insulted (Heb 10:29). He teaches and directs (John 14:26; Acts 8:29; Rom 8:14). Let’s look at two of these examples. In 1 Cor 12:11 Paul describes the Holy’s Spirit’s role in distributing spiritual gifts: “It is one and the same Spirit, distributing as he decides to each person, who produces all these things” (1 Cor 12:11). Here the Holy Spirit is seen “deciding” what gifts to gift to each person. In other words, the Holy Spirit has a will, which is one characteristic of a person. In Acts 5:3 the Holy Spirit is directly equated with God. Here in the early formation of the church Peter is rebuking two individuals who state that they had given more than they actually had: “But Peter said, ‘Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back for yourself part of the proceeds from the sale of the land? Before it was sold, did it not belong to you? And when it was sold, was the money not at your disposal? How have you thought up this deed in your heart? You have not lied to people but to God!’” (Acts 5:3-4). Notice two aspects about these verses. The first is that the Holy Spirit is lied to. This means that the Holy Spirit is personal. You cannot lie to a table or to electricity because it is not a person. The second aspect is that lying to the Holy Spirit is equated with lying to God. This means that the Holy Spirit is God.

Spiritual Gifts

Every person who has been born again receives a spiritual gift from the Holy Spirit. Paul writes: “Now there are different gifts, but the same Spirit. . . . To each person the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the benefit of all” (1 Cor 12:4, 7). This leads us to the very large topic of spiritual gifts and their use in the life of a believer. In some cases unfortunately this is a topic comes with a lot of questions and even controversy. Lists of spiritual gifts occur in Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12 and Ephesians 4. The gifts are listed in the order in which they are given.

Discernment of spirits

We can begin the process of studying spiritual gifts by describing points of clarity and agreement from 1 Corinthians 12-14. The first point is that each Christian has at least one spiritual gift (1 Cor 12:7). It’s not that some Christians have gifts and some don’t. Second, it’s the Holy Spirit who decides what gift(s) he gives to each person. We may want to have one gift or another but it’s the Holy Spirit who decides on the distribution (1 Cor 12:7-9). It’s not what we want but rather what he wants. Thirdly, gifts are to be used for the “benefit of all” (1 Cor 12:7). Gifts are not given primarily for the benefit of the gift holder but rather as a ministry for others. Spiritual gifts are not to be self-focused but rather others focused. Fourthly, not all people have the same gift. This is Paul’s point at the end of 1 Cor 12 where he asks a series of questions where the expected answer is no.5 For example, “Not all speak in tongues do they?” The answer is that no not all have the gift of tongues. Lastly, gifts are to be exercised in love. As Paul states, exercising gifts without love is like an annoyance of banging gongs or symbols (1 Cor 13:1).

 

Most evangelical Christians are at least somewhat aware that there are questions and points of difference and disagreement regarding spiritual gifts. For example, is God giving all gifts today, such as the gift of apostleship, prophecy, tongues, or healing? The gifts of apostleship and prophecy are foundational to the church and on which the church is built. Paul writes regarding the church “you have been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone.” (Eph 2:20; cf. Heb 2:3-4). One criteria of apostle in the early church is that the person saw the resurrected Jesus (Acts 1:22; 1 Cor 9:1). Unless Christ made a special appearance as he did to Paul on the road to Damascus this criteria would not be replicable today. There is no explicitly clear statement that some gifts have ceased but one must also compare the claim of possessing a certain gift with Scripture. What is the nature of the gift in the Bible? What is its purpose? How did or does it function? Comparing claims of how the various gifts operate with the Scripture itself is the best way to determine a claim’s validity or lack thereof. God can give any gift anywhere at anytime but the question to consider now is, “Is he giving all gifts today?” To answer this question, we need to compare the claim closely with the Scripture. Lastly, for most evangelicals even if one does not hold to all the gifts functioning today this does not rule out God doing miracles directly such as healing in response to prayer (James 5:13-18). My own view though is to be very cautious about accepting claims of apostleship or prophet or other “sign” or “revelatory” gifts. These were gifts of authority, infallible prediction, miracles/signs, and revelation that God used in the founding of the church.

The Post-Conversion Work of the Holy Spirit

 

What is the role of the Holy Spirit following conversion? The filling, empowering and guiding of the believer is included in this part of the Holy Spirit’s ministry. While the baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs once at conversion, the filling of the Spirit can happen multiple times after conversion and also is commanded. In Acts after Paul’s conversion we read, “But Saul (also known as Paul), filled with the Holy Spirit, stared straight at him” (Acts 13:9). Here the filling of the Spirit is at the forefront propelling Paul’s ministry and happens well after his conversion recorded in Acts 9. To the church at Ephesus Paul writes, “And do not get drunk with wine, which is debauchery, but be filled by the Spirit” (Eph 5:18). Here the filling of the Spirit is given as a command to be followed. In this analogy the Spirit is compared negatively to wine. The point is don’t let wine control you but rather have the Holy Spirit do so. Closely related to being filled with the Spirit is being empowered with the Holy Spirit. Paul writes, “But I say, live by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desires of the flesh . . . But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” (Gal 5:16, 22-23). It is by the power of the Holy Spirit that enables Christians to live lives obedient to God. Lastly, not only does the Holy Spirit fill and empower but he also leads or guides the believer in Jesus Christ. “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God” (Rom 8:14).

Symbols of the Holy Spirit

 

A final area of discussion is that of some instances where the Holy Spirit is referred to in the Bible with a symbol. Four prominent symbols that refer to the Holy Spirit are the dove, fire, wind and water.6 Each one communicates something different about the Holy Spirit. When looking at a symbol, one must be careful to make sure the context is identifying the symbol with the referent you are considering in this case the Holy Spirit. For example, even though the Holy Spirit is identified with a dove in Matt 3:16 it would be an interpretive mistake to see the Holy Spirit in every place a dove is referred to in the Bible. In Genesis 8:8 Noah sends out a dove to see if the flood waters had receded, but one should not interpret this as Noah sending out the Holy Spirit.

Dove

Probably the most recognizable symbol of the Holy Spirit is the dove that appeared at the baptism of Jesus. It is recorded in all four gospels (Matt 3:16; Mark 1:10; Luke 3:22; John 1:32). Matthew writes, “After Jesus was baptized, just as he was coming up out of the water, the heavens opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming on him” (Matt 3:16). The dove as a symbol of the Holy Spirit communicates beauty, gentleness, and peace. The dove also comes from above, perhaps suggesting coming from heaven.

Fire

Another symbol of the Holy Spirit is fire. In the Bible, fire can communicate the Lord’s presence (Exod 3:2), purification (1 Pet 1:7) or judgment (Lev 10:2; Heb 12:29) depending on the context. The most explicit passage that refers to the Holy Spirit as fire is in Acts 2. “Now when the day of Pentecost had come, . .tongues spreading out like a fire appeared to them and came to rest on each one of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:1-4). In a similar analogy, Paul commands the Thessalonians, “Do not quench the Spirit” (NASB; I Thess 5:19). Disobedience to the Spirit is like throwing water on a fire.

Wind

The Greek word for Spirit (pneuma) can also be translated as breath or wind. Perhaps then it is not surprising that the Holy Spirit is seen and compared to as wind. Two verses in the New Testament communicate this.8 In Acts 2:4 Luke writes, “Suddenly a sound like a violent wind blowing came from heaven and filled the entire house where they were sitting.” And in John 3:8, John describes, “The wind blows wherever it will, and you hear the sound it makes, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” The image of wind communicates that the Holy Spirit is powerful, invisible, immaterial and sovereignly blows where he intends.9

Water

Lastly, water is also an image of the Holy Spirit. Jesus makes this explicit connection on one of the feast days of Israel. “On the last day of the feast, the greatest day, Jesus stood up and shouted out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink. Just as the scripture says, `From within him will flow rivers of living water.’ (Now he said this about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were going to receive, for the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified)” (John 7:37-39). As physical fresh water is needed for physical life, the living water of the Holy Spirit is needed for spiritual life.

 

 

 

  1. Learn to hear the voice of God clearly

When you are in tune with the Holy Spirit, you are one with him and he will always talk to you if you are willing and ready, a lot of us today do not have the patience to wait and hear God, and so we think or believe that he does not speak , or only chooses to speak to specific people. God has showed us in the old and new testament that he talks to us and wants to communicate with us always .there so many mysteries that the holy spirit wants us to know about and this can only come to reality if we are willing and anxious to love him and commune with him

  1. Learn to enter Gods presence

When we are entered into the presence of God everything is struggle free, we just say the word and there is instant unction action  Gods word is true and is always fulfilled and looking at the scriptures where the presence of God is there is fullness of joy this confirms his word. Christians are to live a struggle free life but do we believe that it exists and if it does have we accessed this form of living where the angels provide for all our needs and wants

 

The Ministry (CTIM)

 

Ministry means “service”. We are all called to serve one another (Galatians 5:13) with whatever gifts the Holy Spirit has given us. “Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. (Romans 12:6-8).

The Holy Spirit inspires us to be the best and so every successful ministry is a product of the Holy Spirit. We need the Holy Spirit to do God work, this is an honor and a call to service. The Holy Spirit gives gifts, anoints, leads and empowers Gods servant to be successful in Ministry.

We understand that we need the presence and the power of the holy spirit for the success of our ministry, or else we cannot continue in flesh , he stamps out discouragement, burn out, politics, negative circumstances(including financial), sin, or sickness. We must understand from the beginning that our work is for Gods eternal purpose, so we donot rely on our selves, as the holy spirit encourages us when we are down and he gives us joy in times of adversity.“Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. He taught in their synagogues, and everyone praised him. He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read. The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: ‘The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour’. (Luke 4:14-19, NIV)We have already seen how central the Holy Spirit was to Jesus’ life and all He did and so the holy spirit is for CTIM

There is no confusion when the Holy Spirit leads (1 Corinthians 14:33). He helps our prayer life and promises to guide us (Romans 8:26, 27; Ephesians 6:18). Ministry should be a response to that direction.

Leadership skills no one wants but is vital for Leaders

He gives spiritual authority to leaders. People often confuse natural authority and spiritual authority. Spiritual authority is not “power” or force, hierarchy or demand-driven unquestioning accountability, which can lead to intimidation, competition (“size matters”) and exploitation. Spiritual authority is influence; it is demonstrated through humility and service. Headship is not meant to be domination.

When God’s servants rely on human capabilities to exercise leadership they (may) succeed on one level because of natural talent, personality, education, circumstances, or positional authority (eg title), but the fruit is often not from God. This can lead to excessive reliance on networking, pride, abuse of authority, or uncritical adoption of secular “management approaches” instead of the authority that comes from God in connection with being set apart by Him for a unique purpose.

Nevertheless, the responsibility of every Christian is to submit to Christ and to leadership God has placed over them, in His purposes, and trust Him for the outcome.

Genuine spiritual authority is transformational. It always ends up with people being directed to Christ, glorifying God and being changed as they grow in their relationship with Him and with one another.

He speaks into the life of the church, “I will hear what the Lord will speak” (Psalm 85:8)

What is the Holy Spirit saying? How do we know? Spiritual leaders should always be able to speak on God’s behalf to His people. However, they will not be the only conduits through whom He communicates. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” (Revelation 2 and 3) He provides clear direction, opening and closing doors according to His will. There is no confusion when the Holy Spirit leads (1 Corinthians 14:33). He helps our prayer life and promises to guide us (Romans 8:26, 27; Ephesians 6:18). Ministry should be a response to that direction. When the Spirit opens doors, He produces results in line with God’s will (1 Corinthians 2:10).

He gives His servants supernatural boldness

Boldness to speak in God’s name cannot afford to stem from self-confidence. When Peter preached to the crowd on the Day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit made him bold. Paul attributed his boldness to God.

He gives supernatural love for God’s ‘flock’ even in difficult times. Many servants of God give up because of people. It can be difficult to love others when we feel betrayed or unappreciated, or our efforts are not yielding the results we wish for. The Spirit pours God’s “agape” love into our hearts (Romans 5:5), which is greater than every human dimension of love (see also Romans 15:30).

He gives supernatural discernment about peoples’ needs. Jesus did this all the time. God expects us to use the faculties He has given us, but there will be times when human wisdom alone will not give insight into what people are going through, or the answers they really need. We should ask the Holy Spirit for that insight.

He gives supernatural discernment about spiritual challenges facing the church. Even when others do not perceive underlying issues/causes (read Acts Chapter 5 and 13:8-12). This can include attack, or understanding what lies behind developments in individual lives and the Ministry corporately.

Spiritual challenges are not accurately perceived or dealt with by human intellect or emotion. They require wisdom and the kind of insight mentioned already, that comes from the Holy Spirit. With that insight comes guidance as to how to respond.

Christian ministry is not just about teaching, it is also about the message “getting through” (including when we do not use words); this is a supernatural act, so that the message does not bounce off peoples’ minds or become limited to intellectual consideration. God’s Word is “…. living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12) People without God are spiritually blind and deaf; they need to be “drawn” to Him and given the capacity to hear, see and understand, repent of sin and turn around.

The work of the Spirit is to make this happen. He provides “correction“ Everyone involved in (any kind of) ministry can make mistakes or need correction. If we are humble and have “ears to hear” what He is saying, the Holy Spirit can correct us when we go in a wrong direction, make a wrong decision, or start to entertain sin in our minds. If we are prepared to listen to Him, we will save ourselves a lot of heartache, time, resources and negative consequences. He anoints us, so the results are His, not ours. This does not mean we do not need to work for results (study, plan, press through difficult issues, work with people, put in long hours), but remain aware that the results have to be from God, 1 Corinthians 3:5-7. The outcome is not about “us”, but about God’s purposes and glory. He is the ‘spiritual’ side of our ministry. Ministry is not a human “activity”, a 9-5 vocation, but a developed lifestyle and a choice.

 

Leadership

“A true leader influences others spiritually only because the Spirit works in and through him/her to a greater degree than in those he/she leads.” 2 Corinthians 3:3  Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some people, letters of recommendation to you or from you? You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. Such confidence as this is ours through Christ before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, fading though it was, will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? If the ministry that condemns men is glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness! For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. And if what was fading away came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts! Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.

We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to keep the Israelites from gazing at it while the radiance was fading away. But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (NIV)

 

God’s children-Romans 8:1-17

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God’s children

Romans 8:1-17

How do you see yourself in relation to God? Do you go around always feeling, at least slightly, guilty? Do you ‘live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud’? (v.1, MSG).

This is not how you are meant to live as a Christian. You are a child of God, deeply loved, accepted and empowered by his unconditional love for you. He wants you to enjoy freedom from guilt and condemnation and to experience an intimacy of relationship with him, even closer than the best parent/child relationship.

The moment you receive Jesus the past is dealt with. You receive complete forgiveness. The barrier between you and God has been removed. Paul writes, ‘There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus’ (v.1). You are set free from the law of sin and death (v.2). Although the law was good, it was powerless to save us because of our sinful nature (v.3a). So, God sent Jesus to die for us as a sin offering (v.3b). Jesus took away all your sins – past, present and future.

Now, in the present, you can enjoy life in the Spirit. You no longer live ‘according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit’ (v.4). The Holy Spirit leads you to stop setting your mind on ‘what that [sinful] nature desires’ but rather to set your mind on ‘what the Spirit desires’ (v.5). This leads to ‘life and peace’ (v.6). Paul is not saying that you will be perfect, but rather that ‘even though you still experience all the limitations of sin – you yourself will experience life on God’s terms’ (v.10, MSG). This is possible because right now the Spirit of God lives in you (v.9).

Abba Father, thank you for the amazing privilege of being your child. Thank you that your Spirit living within me testifies with my spirit that I am your child. Thank you that my future is secure – that I am your heir and co-heir with Christ.

How to Survive Being a Pastor’s Wife

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I woke up this morning feeling so elevated in my spirit man. My morning prayer was more of thanksgiving; I guess it’s as a result of the miracle of healing through my pastor husband. He was informed on phone of a dying 16months old boy in the hospital, he just spoke a word and instantly the boy was revived. I was grateful for the privilege of being a pastor’s wife. Though it has not been easy but the Holy Spirit has being helping me.

As I was basking in the euphoria of the awesomeness of God, I got a distress call from a friend who is

also a pastor’s wife, she sounded like someone who was standing on top of a cliff ready to jump down not minding the consequences. From the phone conversation I discovered that my friend needed urgent attention.

Friend: mummy Uzo(as she fondly calls me)I need to see you now before I do what PFN and CAN will not recover quickly from.

Me: Haaaah! My friend, please don’t do anything you will regret. Have mercy on the body of Christ oh!

Friend: It’s complicated, can’t talk on phone. Are you in your church office now?

Me: on my way, please start coming let’s meet there. (I dint know what to think or what to pray for my friend before her arrival, I just heard my heart beating gbagam, gbagam, gbagam as if it will fall out from my mouth. The only prayer I could mutter was, oh God, save PFN and CAN from my friend. I stood at the gate of our church waiting for her arrival, my friend showed up 40 minutes later. Somany questions came to my mind at the same time out of curiosity.

Me: my sister, what happened? How is pastor, your children, is everything ok——-?

Friend: it’s my pastor husband and the church elders oh.

Me: is anything the matter with them, was there an accident?

Friend: that would have been better for them, for the insult they all connived to heap on me.

Me 🙁 I did not believe I was hearing what I just heard from my fellow pastor’s wife.) My friend I have always told you to control what you say anytime you are angry. Remember that you are a pastor’s wife.

Friend: Really! So why did my pastor husband and our church elders call me this morning to say that my responsibilities as a ’mama’ in the church is non-effective, therefore (sobbing)

Me: please calm down and talk to me, therefore what?

Friend: my responsibility will be given to someone else.

Me: WHAT! God forbid, they want to marry another wife for your husband?

Friend: hey! God forbid, who can try that?

Me: (I quickly heaved a sigh of relief with a big THANK GOD) what are they planning to do about your irresponsibility?

Friend: mama Uzo, are you joining them to say that I am irresponsible?

Me: hey! (I was already on the defensive) not at all my friend, am only trying to repeat what the elders and your pastor husband said.

Friend: don’t mind those people; I don’t understand the kind of responsibility they are asking for. I have my career, the children, my husband, and other matters that require my attention. Do they want me to kill myself?

Me: hmmmm! But has your pastor husband ever complained about this matter?

Friend: ye ye yes,(she said stammarinly,like a child caught stealing candies.)  he has been complaining but we have not been able to proffer any solution. He once told me that my nonperformance was affecting him negatively.

Me: ok! What solution have they come up with?

Friend: They said that they will appoint the women’s leader to take over my responsibility since she is more available.

Me: (I was short of words at that moment and the only word I could mutter was) REALLY? (How on earth did they come about such solution or are they trying to threaten my friend?)

Friend: but I will not let that happen, instead, I will raze the church down and I will do it the day time when everyone will see me. PFN and CAN will know that there is an aggrieved pastor’s wife somewhere.

Me: it’s ok my sister, it has not gotten to that, let’s just find a way forward.

Friend: that’s why I am here. See me see local trouble my sister, I am tired of all these ooh.

Me: it’s just a challenge and God will help us. First of all I want you to know that being a pastor’s wife is an incomparable privilege from God. And all privileges have responsibilities and sacrifices attached to them. As we can see from the book of Luke 12 VS 48, God has already deposited in you what it takes to handle this awesome duty.

Friend: I know being a pastor’s wife has dignity but is that why I should be accused of IRRESPONSIBILITY? After all, I dress gorgeously and always sit and smile beside my pastor husband everywhere.

Me: is that all? Tufiakwa, God forbid (you mean………. just sitting right beside your pastor husband is a dignified responsibility? Can’t imagine my own colleague of many years sounding like this) as I was saying, a pastor wife‘s responsibilities are to;

  1. Her husband
  2. Her Children
  3. Her Husband’s ministry
  4. Her local church
  5. The body of Christ and
  6. Her gift and calling

Friend: mama, mama, so how do I combine all these, am I a machine? Do you really do all these yourself?

Me: by wisdom and by the help of the Holy Spirit.

Friend: I can’t believe you are indirectly telling me that I am foolish and that I don’t have the Holy Spirit in me.

Me: haba! Friend, don’t get me wrong. I only mean that the right application of wisdom and right approach to the Holy Spirit is all you need.

Friend: ohooh!

Me: your ability to handle your pastor husband both in secret and in public will determine how well he will perform in his pastoral assignment. You must care for his spirit soul and body needs, I know it’s quite daunting  and a lot needs to be sacrificed, that is why wisdom is necessary just like it was for the vitreous woman in Prvb. 30vs1-end.

You will also have to be there for your children  not neglecting the church needs especially the ones assigned to your office.

You must also bear in mind that you have a destiny or your gift and calling to fulfill so that the deposit of God in your life will not be a waste. Also, as a mentor, you still owe the younger women a responsibility of mentorship.  All you need to do to be more effective is to DELEGATE.

Friend: DELEGATE? How?

Me: yeah. If you had done it in the first place, your unavailability or inactiveness wouldn’t have been noticed. You would have by yourself, delegated some of your responsibilities to you women’s leader and other capable hands in your church. Delegation is what your pastor husband and the elders were trying to do on your behalf.

Friend: hmmmmmm! True talk.

Me: the only responsibility I will never advice you to delegate is the one towards your husband and partially that of your children, but others could be delegated while you supervise.

Friend: mummy Uzo, mummy Uzo, I too like your talk; you always have a way of calming my temperature.

Me: you will really need to work on this your temperature.

Friend: Hmmm! I know, I know. That is why the bible said iron sharpensiron. I knew my coming here must bring solution. But another thing we really need to talk about is my circular job, its affection things oh.

Me: my friend I thank God for your job but you will need to trust God for self-employment. It is necessary so that you can have a monopoly of your time. You need to be more committed in God’s service as a pastor’s wife; whatever else you do is on part time except your service to work.

Friend: thank you so much my sister. Please let me take a little rest before going back home.

Me: that’s fine, but while resting, just take a book from the shelve for your perusal.

Friend: book again, is it part of the deal?

Me: oh yeah! Books are important, especially those of older women who have excelled as mothers and pastor’s wife. Just pick one from the left shelve, I can borrow you but make sure you return it next week.

Friend: ok madam.

Me: always remember that you have the Holy Spirit as your partner in progress.

BY Uzoma Grace Amaka

Christianity Today Int’l Ministries (CTIM) MEET US

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SECTION A

A Brief History of the Ministry

B A Purpose Statement (Why the Ministry exists)

C Vision and Mission (Preferred future state)

D Statement of Faith (What we believe)

E Our Values (What makes us who we are)

F Membership (How people join the Ministry)

 

 

 

 

Brief HistoryEph 3:20

The CTIM is founded by Pastor K.O Agbabokha, Epistle Godwin Adugba& Pastor Marian Agbabokha  in 2017, it is a non-denominational and a nonprofit Ministry. It aims at bringing to the consciousness of every christian the power of the HolySpirit within them, building a spirit of excellence in youths, preaching the word (Rhema) to all the people of the world through Communicative & Demonstrative Ministry. CTIM has a school (Christian Academy), CTIM Church Directory, Christianity Today Newspaper, Circle for the Needy but to mention a few. Its head office is in Abuja, an office in Jos, Lagos with other Regional and sub-regional offices.

Purpose Statement

The purpose of this set of guidelines is to ensure that the Ministry has an operational format for CTIM. The Bible states: “let all things be done decently and in order.” (1 Corinthians 14:40). As a believer you are already a member of the lords body, which is his church. When you are born of the spirit, you became part of the family of God and now have a relationship with all other Christians; they are your brothers and sisters in the lord. For by one spirit are we all baptized into one body (1corth 12:13). The lord church is often referred to as the invisible church” Jesus spoke of this body when he said, “I will build my church’ (Mathew 16:18). It transcends all human relationship and denominational boundaries

Vision

Is to unifypeople without counting the cost, especially Christiansbringing them to the consciousness and awareness of the power of the Holy Spirit, breeding a spirit of Excellence and spread the word of God worldwide.

Mission

  • To inform, unite and inspire Christians worldwide under one umbrella
  • To reach out to all Christian leaders in Nigeria, Africa and the world soliciting their help for young upcoming Christians as Ministers contributing to the propagation of the word(Rhema) and building a spirit of Excellence
  • To help young people get jobs or startup & sustain their businesses
  • To reach out to Prisoners who have been incaserated for minor offences but with no one to assist and offer legal assistance .
  • To start a Christian Bank.

 

Statement of Faith

We believe the Bible to be inspired and the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.

We believe that there is one God; eternally existent in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in the blessed hope of His personal, visible future return to this earth to receive to Himself His Blood-bought Church, that it may be with Him forever.

We believe that the only means of being cleansed from sin is through repentance and faith in the precious blood of Christ.

We believe that regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for one’s personal salvation.

We believe that the redemptive work of Christ on the cross provides healing of the human body in answer to believing prayer.

We believe that the baptism with the Holy Spirit, according to Acts 2:4, with evidence of speaking in other tongues, is given to Believers who ask for it.

We believe in the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit by Whose indwelling enables the Christian to live a Holy life.

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, the one to everlasting life and the other to everlasting damnation.

We believe in water baptism by immersion in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ and observance of the Lord’s Supper.

 

Friends, I urge you to stay on the Fight 4Faith, II Corinthians 5:7 says “we walk by faith and not by sight”. God has given you all the provisions to make it. The provisions are found in His Word. God is faithful and He promises never to leave you or forsake you. Yes!  You can depend on Him!  Trust God with your life and you will always be on the right path.   If you would like to make Jesus Lord over your life at this very moment, please call us 08092010075.

 

Our Values(What makes us who we are)

CTIM is a results-based, truth and solution-seeking outreach ministry that solely embraces the Word of God for the basis of existence and survival.   It’s that simple.

 

As Believers, our inheritance is that we deal with every circumstance not through our own natural abilities or understanding, but to operate by faith in God.

 

Membership (How people join the Ministry)

  • We have a website where you can join us in the propagation of God’s word
  • We meet on the 3rd Thursday of every month (Mentorship/Prayers)
  • Our emails and websites are available for you to reach us
  • You can call us day or Night

 

PROGRAMS

  1. YOUTH CAMP- we bring youths and encourage them to build a spirit of excellence by the power of the holy spirit. (August)
  2. INTERDENOMINATIONAL MINISTERS CONVENTION – we believe in the growth of the body of Jesus and encourage all Ministers to unite and support each other in winning souls for the Kingdom of God (October)
  3. TOWN HALL MEETINGS – we meet on the 3rd Thursday of every month to encourage each other in our daily walk with God
  4. CTIM MENTORING FELLOWSHIP – we meet also on the 3rd Thursday of every month to discuss practical Christian survival tools with artisans, students, private employees & Civil servants
  5. IPGAA- This is an International Award CTIM gives to political leaders who have supported the growth of the body of Christ

 

Pst. Marian Agbabokha

HEALING PRAYER POINTS

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Meditate on these Bible verse before you read the prayer points below: Isaiah 53:1-5, psalm 107:19-21, 30:2-3, 103:2-4, Jeremiah 17:14, 1Peter 2:24, Philippians 4:6-7.

Prayer points: 

  1. Father, I thank you because the scriptures I read have healed me in my testimony is permanent after this prayers
  2. I bind and I cast out any sickness in my body without consideration for their name, for it is written I shall decree a thing and it shall be established therefore I regain my sound health in Jesus name.
  3. My body is a temple of God therefore sickness and infirmity whither in the name of Jesus
  4. I declare it loud and clear by the stripes of our lord Jesus Christ, I am healed in the name of Jesus
  5. Oh God arise and let the enemy of my health be scattered in the name of Jesus.
  6. Son of David, Lord Jesus have mercy upon my life and let my sins be washed in the blood of the lamb that was slain in the name of Jesus.
  7. Whatever God has not planted in my body, get out and be disgraced now in the name of Jesus.
  8. Oh God visit every part of my body now and perform surgery doctors of the world cannot understand in the name of Jesus.
  9. I am healed by the power in the blood of Jesus.

FASTEST WAYS TO THE SUPERNATURAL BLESSINGS

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The Blessing is the invocation of favour, grace, goodwill or benefits in the life of the blessed.If this blessing is giving by Divinity it is said to be supernatural. The supernatural blessing can only come from God and not any other source.

ATTRIBUTES OF THE SUPERNATURAL BLESSING

The followingare some attributes that can be associated with the supernatural blessing. The supernatural blessing:

  1. Establishes a person above his or her contemporaries.
  2. Locates and announces a person to his/her generation Genesis17:5
  3. Is a generational asset Genesis 17:8
  4. Transforms a believer from a state of lack to plenteousness Proverb 10:22
  5. Breaks generational yokes, bondages and curses

HOW TO QUICKLY ACTIVATE THE SUPERNATURAL BLESSING

Consistent Tithing: Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it (Malachi 3:10)

Priestly Giving:And the first of all the first-fruits of all things, and every oblation of all, of every sort of your oblations, shall be the priest’s: ye shall also give unto the priest the first of your dough, that he may cause the blessing to rest in thine house (Ezekiel 44:30).

Glorify God:If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart (Malachi 2:2)

Obedience:

Trust God:Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is (Jeremiah 17:7)

Faithfulness in Service:A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent (Proverb 28:20)

Beautifying God’s House:Blessed be the LORD God of our fathers, which hath put such a thing as this in the king’s heart, to beautify the house of the LORD which is in Jerusalem (Ezra 7:27)

COUNSEL

Refuse to exist outside the supernatural blessings of God. Do everything necessary to establish yourself in the divine ordinance and supervision of the Holy Spirit.

 

Adugba Godwin E.

 

 

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