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JESUS: The Greatest Teacher

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“Your worst enemies will be the members of your own family” Matt 10:36

By the Lord’s Spokesman

Did you know that Jesus was the greatest teacher that ever lived? Not just that, He taught, He still teaches, He is the eternal educationist.
Let’s look at one of his teachings that is so fundamental, it still stands. The Bible describes satan as one who came to steal, kill and destroy. Through sin and idol worship, satan established a stronghold in virtually every family by promoting polygamy, divorce among others against the teaching of Jesus on one man, one wife.
With these measures, he planted a thief, a killer and a destroyer in most families on earth. He attacked one of God’s most important units-the family unit, starting with Eve.
He exploited the gap that existed between God and man after he sinned by introducing witchcraft with which he has used to sustain the enemies in the family. There is no family on earth where you will not find a witch or a wizard. If your father is not, your mother is. If you are not, your sibling may be. Your first, second, distant cousin or maternal relations may also be involved.
Many people have had their glory and destiny stolen by members of their family through witchcraft. Some businesses and life structures have been destroyed while so many have died.
They all suffered one hit or the other owing to ignorance, unbelief and lack of attention to the things of God.
Some people will vow that their wives or husbands are not involved in withcraft. “It is not possible”, some would say, but it is a reality because Jesus said so and this is end time.
You need to get closer to God by giving your life to Jesus so that your eyes can be opened and when they are opened, God will grant you understanding and the weapons (prayer) to do battle for the Bible says “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent taketh it by force”, Matthew 11:12.
The Holy scripture says my people suffer for lack of knowledge.
Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children”.
As the Son of God, and the Chief of all principalities and powers, Jesus has deeper insights into who we are, how we live and what is wrong with us and how to be liberated.
Jesus said in John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly”.
Many are dead, many are dying, others are in deep bondage as a result of witchcraft but they find it difficult to pray. Jesus says we should pray ceaselessly, at all times. You need to honour God by worshipping Him in the Church, so you need to be in the house of God for protection.
You also need to study the word of God for it is life, it is transformative for He says heaven and earth will pass away but His Word shall remain the same.
Don’t just attend a believing church, belong to a group in the church as part of your kingdom service.

May the Lord shine His light into your lives in the name of JESUS!

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The Burden of Witchcraft

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Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour, told us that His burden is light (when compared to that of the enemy, Satan).
He says “come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble of heart; and you will find rest. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”—Matthew 11:25-30.
Looking at the yoke or burden that Jesus refers to here, it could be said that it is indeed light.
In summary, what is required of you is to give your life to Him as your Lord and Saviour, believe in Him, follow His commandments, spread the good news (evangelism) and bear in mind that his second coming is already here.

The Burden of Witchcraft

There are millions if not billions of witches and wizards in the world presently. For you to become one, you will undergo the process of intiation, drink a binding blood with satan live, agree to a demon to inhabit your body for life with constant threats to kill you if you refuse to follow his instruction.
As a witch or wizard, that freedom God gave you is not just curtailed but bastardised. And you must do what the devil tells you whether you like it or not because you have a pact with him. You are compelled to steal, kill and destroy for him. These are monumental burdens!

Children and Witchcraft

The most heartbreaking aspect of witchcraft is the case of mothers dedicating unborn children to satan in covens. By this singular act, millions of children worldwide are already drinking blood and eating flesh at a very tender age by manipulation of parents and convenants made generations back.

Repentance

Luke 15:7 tells us that “In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!”
1 John 1:9 says “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
Daniel 9:9 says “The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him.”

Dr Rebecca Brown
Dr Rebecca Brown, a medical doctor was the No 1 witch and satan’s bride in the United States.
In her book, “He Came to Set the Captives Free”, she detailed how she was initiated into a witchcraft cult. Satan appeared live, drank the blood (pact) with her, had sex with her as the devil’s bride right there on the altar of initiation.
She also accepted to have an 8-feet demon crash into her after which she passed out as a result of the excruciating pain of the process.
When she recovered, the demon, already residing inside her told her he will remain in her body all her life (burden) and subsequently constantly threatened to kill her if she tries to go near a church, pastor or prayer zone.
She confessed that it is not an easy task for a witch to be free because satan and his demons are constantly harassing, beating and brutalising them.
But she willingly gave her life to Jesus, who is actually the Chief of all principalities and powers! Who commanded the demon to vacate her body. She was also assisted by a group of ministers, who subjected her to a deliverance process.
The moment she (willingly) gave her life to Jesus, she got automatic protection and was covered by the blood. She is now a strong preacher of the word and has written many books on spiritual warfare.
All you are required to do is show the willingness to give your life to Jesus when there is still time. Remember, this is end time. You can do it. Lighten your burden.

Deliverance

Most witches and wizards may not be able to do a switch on their own so they need deliverance. Many genuine and believing churches conduct deliverance programmes. Mountain of Fire Miracles and Ministries (MFM) is a good example. But there are two factors: willingness and deliverance. Recall that Jesus will not compel you to give your life to Him. You have to be willing to do so.

What Will Happen to Those who Rebelled against God.

Isaiah 66: 24 says: “And they will go out and look upon the dead bodies of those who rebelled against me; their worm will not die, nor will their fire be quenched, and they will be loathsome to mankind”.

Give your life to JESUS now!!!

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Carrying the Cross

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Carrying the Cross

Bishop Matthew Kukah

The birth of a child is supposed to naturally elicit immeasurable joy and excitement. But it depends on the culture. Not all cultures receive the news of the birth of a child with equal joy. Sometimes, even some mothers go into panic mode at the sight of a baby girl. They are worried how their husbands will react. The birth of a boy on the other hand elicits far more joy, a feeling of fulfilment and accomplishment in a man. For the mother who has carried the pregnancy through nine months, for some women, depending on the timing, the birth of a boy elicits the feeling that she has found favour with her husband and that her marriage is now secure.

A joyful father is likely to announce the birth of a son with a louder voice than that of a girl. Today, on the phone, he might say quite loudly and almost beating his chest; My wife has given me a boy. If it is a girl, the telephone call might come late and the announcement might be; It is a baby girl. Or, my wife has delivered a baby girl. The sense of possession and ownership is fractured. Many of us as priests might recall a typical call from a Parishioner requesting the baptism of a baby. If it is a boy, the father is likely to say, Father, I will like to have my son baptised next week. If it is a girl, he is likely to say, Fr. We are thinking of bringing our baby for baptism next week. The sense of possession is in inverse proportion to the gender of the child.

Within patriarchal societies such as ours, privilege and honour come to a man, a boy, naturally by virtue of gender. Men rejoice at the birth of a boy because they say they have someone who will ensure the future of the family name or inheritance. Mother Theresa’s name is more important to Albania than that of their President. We know Malala, but do not know her parent’s names. We know Chimamanda Adichie or Ngozi Iweala. How many of us know that they are children of distinguished Professors? Sadly, Chimamanda’s father, James Nwoye Adichie died only last week. However, to give it prominence, some media houses announced; Chimamanda loses father, or Professor Adiche, father of Chimamanda, is dead! Today, these and many other girls are the custodians of the family jewels not their fathers or their male siblings. That is the way God packaged his gifts and why we must receive them with care. Every gift of God is a treasure.

Today’s reading echoes this theme and it is significant to note that our African culture is no different from the Jewish culture and its patriarchal roots. In appreciation, when the man of God, Elijah, the prophet decided to return the favour of the rich widow, he turns to Gehazi his servant to seek advice. Gehazi is quite sensitive and he knows that the family is already rich in material wealth, what they do not have is a child, but not just any child. So, when Gehazi pleads with Elijah to pray that they have a child, the Prophet is emphatic and dramatic: By this time next year, you will embrace a son!

The Old testament has a patriarchal culture embedded in it. Among the Jewish people, if a rich man’s wife was close to child birth, usually, drummers and dancers would gather around the house. For as long as it takes to wait, since times of birth were uncertain, the eating and drinking will persist until the child is born. Usually, the drummers and dancers would receive a message from inside the house to announce that the woman has gone into labour. There would be silence and everything else will depend on what happens when the cry of a new born child is heard. If it is a boy, the drummers would break into drumming and dancing with intensity. If, on the other hand, it is a girl, the news will filter only quietly until it gets to the drummers and dancers. They would then quietly and stealthily move away with their drums in total silence to their homes. Boys were a blessing, but girls were, well….

For the last one month, the world has stood still over the tragic murder of George Floyd. Soon, the public revulsion will end and life will go on. However, we must pay attention to those victims who daily cannot breathe. And for today, let us pay attention to those who cannot breathe because they are women. These include victims of; forced marriages, forced abortions, forced pregnancies in baby factories, forced slavery, rape, domestic violence, human trafficking, illiteracy, poverty etc. We cannot call ourselves Christians if we do not honour our blessed Mother and we cannot honour her without honouring motherhood.

Today, we take so much for granted in the world. The struggle for the emancipation of women is still very much a hard sell whether it is in our cultures or even in our churches. Girl education is still a challenge, forced marriages, rape, trafficking, prostitution are the lot of the young woman today. My friend Archbishop Anthony Obinna, the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri told me a story of how one of the leaders of the Catholic Women in his Diocese took him to a pastor to pray against him because the Archbishop dared to say that he would officiate at the wedding of her daughter with an Osu! The young man’s education, being a Catholic, his social status, being perhaps from the same town did not matter.

In his first encyclical, Redemptor Hominis, Redeemer of Man in 1979 barely one year after his papacy, St. John Paul stated that: We are facing an enormous and dramatic clash between good and evil, death and life, the “culture of death” and the “culture of life. Gender constitutes a theatre for the drama between culture of death today and we are actors not spectators.
The Gospel challenges us to carry our crosses in other to follow Christ. Living the Christian life today revolves around the choice between the flesh of unredeemed person and the spirit of the redeemed person. Both are marked by the promise of the Resurrection and the gift of the holy spirit of Christ. Living out the challenges of the redeemed person revolve around whether or not we are prepared or able to carry our crosses. What exactly does carrying the cross mean today? It can mean any or more of the following:
Doing a job you are not happy with
Living in a difficult and abusive relationship
Living with a situation of powerlessness
Losing a loved one
Caring for a terminally sick person
Living with a terminal illness
Living with a misfortune/tragedy, loss of a job
There is no one, not least myself who wishes to carry a cross. We do not go out looking for a cross. However, every cross is a gift. Life itself is a cross: those who cannot carry it commit suicide midway. We have to keep carrying it because, in faith, we know that every valley has a hill. Every night has a day. Wealth is a cross: if we do not use it well, it can make us miserable. The story of Lazarus and Dives (Lk. 16).
One day, the story goes, people gathered in prayer. Afterwards, the Priest told them that they would have to set out on a journey but each will have to carry a cross. The crosses were in the parish hall and each should carry a cross of their choice. They all entered the hall and examined the crosses. Some looked lighter than others, but in the end, each picked what they wanted. In obedience, people picked their crosses and set out. There was this gentleman who came out last because he stayed back to pray for a lighter cross. He took his own cross, but it was a bit heavy. He came up with an idea. He stopped by the carpenter’s shed, reduced the size of the cross and set out to join the others. At the end of the road, there was a river and each had to use his cross as a personal bridge. Our man got to the river and discovered his cross was too short to reach the end of the river!
Many of us are interested in fashion. Fashion designers have their trademark names. You know, there are watches and there are watches. There are perfumes and there are perfumes. There are shoes and there are shoes. There are sun glasses and there are sun glasses. There are suits an there are suits. The most important thing for the trained eye is the original maker’s trademark.
In the same way, it is not the size or the look of the cross that matters. It is the assurance that it is a gift from God. How many of us would sell a precious family treasure given to us by our parents, such as a ring or a watch without pausing to think of the implications for the family legacy? Our faithfulness to the cross is a measure of our belief in the supremacy of the will of God who has assured us that even if the world sees our cross as being heavy, with Him, it is light and if we trust in Him, He will givuwe us to strength to carry it to the end (Mt. 11:28). His living water is free and we can drink it without payment and never be thirsty again(Is. 55: 1, Jn. 4:14). Along with your cross, stand by God because; If you do not stand in faith, you will not stand at all (Is. 7: 9). Recall that God has no favourites (Acts 10:34, Rom. 2:11). Therefore, I encourage you to hold your cross as a precious gift from God. You will need it at the heavenly stock exchange. Remember George Bennard’s priceless song in 1912:
On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross
The emblem of suffering and shame
And I love that old cross where the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.

So, I’ll cherish the old rugged cross
Till my trophies at last I lay down
And I will cling to the old rugged cross
And exchange it some day for a crown

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Grace for Daily Cross Bearing

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Grace for Daily Cross Bearing
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Pastor John Bisina

“The Cross is not greater (heavier) than His Grace”

Believers experience the Cross of Christ in different forms. To some, it comes by way of infirmities, reproaches, necessities, wants, persecutions, distresses, attacks, chastisement, misrepresentations and slander. Others may experience it as denial of rights, afflictions, suffering, shame, ridicule, rejection, self-denial, crucifixion, tribulation and trials, wilderness experiences and delay in answers to prayers.

God does not bring the cross our way out of wickedness. But out of love and for our good to give us an expected end. God’s ends in the believer’s cross range from our purification and refinement, maturity and perfection, conformity to Christ and keeping us humble. God also allows the cross our way to take away self and self-confidence from the believer, prepare them for greater power, ministry and manifestation. We get strengthen in our inner man through the cross. Moses’ forty years wilderness experience ensured that he did not run ahead of God and infused in him the needed experience and divine understanding that enabled him to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt.

Cross bearing ordinarily is not palatable but grievous. Without grace, the believer will resist, grumble, complain, express bitterness, worry, anxiety and impatience when bearing the cross. Our Lord Jesus Christ stated categorically that without Him we could do nothing.

Therefore, every Christian needs the grace of God to carry whatever cross the Lord has permitted him/her to carry. Grace is that divine strength that enables us to live the Christian life. Christ is the source of Divine Grace. He is full of grace. Without Christ we are graceless and cannot carry the cross. Grace lightens the weight of the cross. Through Divine Grace, the believer could carry the Cross of Christ conveniently without murmuring and complain. Job’s ability to endure his trial was due to the grace of God that was upon him. The wife who had no such grace wanted him to curse God and die.

When a believer is full of grace, he sees the cross through heaven’s lenses and demonstrates a positive attitude towards it. Paul, the apostle of Grace, rejoiced when he discovered that the cross was for his own good. He celebrated the cross. Peter and the other apostles also rejoiced when they suffered shame for Christ’s sake. Grace enables us to endure and remain on the cross, love, cherish and cling to it. With grace we are patient, not fretting and cringing under the cross. Gracious believers, like Christ their Master, pray for more grace to carry their crosses.

Grace undoubtedly is a gift of God. But certain Christian attributes act as catalysts on grace. These include: faith; righteousness; humility, obedience, fellowship and intimacy with God, prayer and God’s Word. These virtues and attributes enable the believer to abide and grow in grace. Acts of unrighteousness frustrate and stifle grace in a believer’s life.

Grace is not static. There are degrees and dimensions of grace. The New Testament mentions manifold grace, abundant grace, true grace, and exceeding grace. We need to grow in grace to daily bear our cross. END

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: II Corinthians 12: 7-10; 4: 15; 9:14; Heb 12: 2, 5-11; 4: 16; 11:25; Isaiah 48:10; Psalms 34: 19; I Pet 2: 2, 4, 20-23; 4: 12-14; 5:5, 12; II Peter 3:18; James 4:6,8; Mark 15: 32; Acts 14:22; 5:40,41; Matt 16:24; Gal 6: 14; Deut 8: 2, 3; John 1:14, 17;15:5b; I Cor 15:10; Phil 3:3; 4: 13; Jer 29: 11; Isaiah 48:10; Exo 2:15; 3: 1-10; Rom 5: 1-3, 21; Gen 6: 8, 9, 22; 7:1; 39:2-4; Luke 22:41-46
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The above is an excerpt of the Message at the Wednesday Scripture Exposition Service of the Old Time Power Church on June 17, 2020.

The Old Time Power Church, meets Sunday (Saviour Exaltation Service), 8am, Wednesday (Scripture Exposition Service), 4pm and Friday (Spirit Empowerment Service), 4pm at LITTLE PARADISE HOTEL, 27 AMBASSADOR JOEL BISINA (FORMER) UTI STREET, OFF DSC EXPRESSWAY, UGBOLOKPOSO, UVWIE, DELTA STATE

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