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MY JOURNEY IN 2018

Written by Emmanuel Salt Ashibuogwu.

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My desire is to be a man of the books, so this year (2018) I set out to read a number of books:

1. The 66 books of the Bible.
2. Two Christian books per month (Spiritual and secular or financial, in short, any book that will aid my personal development).

At the end of the year (2018), here is a breakdown of the books the Lord enabled me to read:
1. The 66 books of the Bible
2. Be the Best, the Very Best by E.A. Adeboye (Completed)
3. Beat the Best and be the Best by D.K. Olukoya (Completed)
4. Understanding Divine Direction by Bishop David Oyedepo (Completed)
5. Guilt struck by Grace Obiyo (Completed)
6. Talitha Cumi, the Candle in the Wind, etc. by Lizzy Oyebola Oyekunle (Completed)
7. Finishing Strong by Steve Farrar (Completed)
8. The Kneeling Christian by the Unknown Christian (Completed sometime in 2010, but reread some parts again this year)
9. Bible Sense for Getting Into Marriage Bishop David Oyedepo (Completed)
10. The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary Chapman (Completed)
11. 7 Basic Steps to Fasting and Prayer by Bill Bright (Completed)
12. 50 Days for an Enduring Vision by Rick Joyner (Completed)
13. Raising Agents of Transformation by Gbile Akanni (Not Completed)
14. Leadership: The Perfect Picture by Pastor W.F. Kunuyi (Not Completed)
15. The Oath by Frank Peretti (Not Completed)
16. The Visitation by Frank Peretti (Not Completed)
17. Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale (Not Completed)
18. The House by Frank Peretti (Not Completed)
19. How to ruin your life by 30 by Steve Farrar (Not Completed)
20. Before You Say I Do by H. Norman Wright and Wes Roberts (Not Completed)
21. Bible Sense for A Glorious Home by Bishop David Oyedepo (Not completed)
22. Finding God’s Will by Zac Poonen (Not Completed)
23. Boy Meets Girl by Joshua Harris (Not Completed)
24. I Kissed Dating Goodbye by Joshua Harris (Not Completed)
25. Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Got Married by Gary D. Chapman (Not Completed)
26. Becoming A Leader by Myles Munroe (Not Completed)
27. Better Than Good by Zig Ziglar (Not Completed)
28. What do you do with your time by Sunday Adelaja (Not Completed)

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You know, sometimes, there are books that come our way and leave an indelible impact in ways we never could first have imagined, I remember picking up this book (AN ENDURING VISION: A 50-DAY JOURNEY. By Rick Joyner) sometime in early January or February 2017, and stopping on Day 5 or 6, it was so frustrating then, I just couldn’t make a headway. You know, I actually started reading it as a Challenge with my bosom friend – Seyi Suulola.

Eventually, we had to call it a ‘quit’, due to the fact that we could not keep the pace. But by God’s grace, sometime in June this year, we got the fire again – the race to a 50 Day journey for an ENDURING VISION, so we set the date – July 1st 2018. In short, it took us 62 days to finish the 50 – Day book, but despite our sloppiness, I can share some nuggets the Holy Spirit allowed to stick in my heart and soul, which I doubt would ever leave me forever!

Here are some:
Exodus 16:4
“Then the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may test them, whether or not they will walk in my instruction.”
You know what! This is Baba God talking, He said He would give the sons of Israel a rate ‘everyday’ why? to ‘TEST’ them… to see if they would walk in His ways… this got me thinking, if I am ever going to amount to anything in the spirit realm, then I must be willing to pass this test daily – what is that? Waking up first thing in the morning to say, “Baba God, here am I before Your presence this morning, humbly seeking for my daily bread”
Other lessons, which eventually came in form of decisions I made include the following:
1) No one in any congregation I decide to fellowship with will die as a result of sickness or accident.
2) I (and my church family) will grow in authority over disease so that no one even gets sick.
3) I will grow in this authority so that, when I enter a place, the devils cry out and leave and sickness flees.
4) I will grow in faith (Hebrews 11:6)
5) I will grow in love (1 Corinthians 13)
6) I will pursue things that make up for peace and build up others
7) I will stand boldly for the truth of the resurrection until it becomes a central theme of the apostolic gospel in my generation once again.
8) I will live such an irresistible life such that Jesus only wants to come to take me with Him.
9) I will live a life of integrity (wholeness).
So, what books have you read this year? Please share with me in the comments section.

I challenge you to join me in finishing the 66 books of the Bible in 3 years. Even though I’ve finished reading the Bible 8 times, I still feel like a learner whenever I am reading the Bible. Kindly chat me up if you are interested in joining me in this 3 –year plan, I’d call it the Bible-Reading Challenge, starting from January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2021.

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Kindly read, like, share and comment.

I love you.
Shalom.
#See_You_At_The_Top

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RAISING AGENTS OF TRANSFORMATION by GBILE AKANNI

Do you want to be an agent of transformation?

Then, read on…

There was this book I borrowed from a friend some years ago which actively shaped my quest for Discipleship, Discipling and Disciple making.

I would tell you the name of this book later, but for now, please kindly answer this question: In your own opinion, is the quality of today’s Christianity rapidly falling? If yes, why do you think so? What then is the solution?

Even if you don’t think Christianity’s quality is declining, still hold on, the LORD still has a valuable lesson for you from this book. For me, I received two lessons I would like to share with you.

First, one fundamental practice of the early church that is fundamentally lacking in today’s brand of Christianity is – Discipleship!

This is one of the major reasons why the quality of Christianity today is rapidly dwindling.

Secondly, I learnt that as Hens incubate their chicks by “Sitting” on them, so also does God “sit” on any vessel He desires to use, to make them fit for His service. This “Sitting” process is referred to as “Incubation.” Without a complete incubation, no vessel would be fit for divine use, just like an egg can never become a chick if it does not complete the incubation process properly. Personally, this message got to me specifically as an individual because, it made me seek to be properly formed before coming into any public service for the LORD.

In short, I would like you to get a personal copy of the book from any Peace House library nationwide, or anywhere Gbile Akanni’s books are sold. Ok… So back to the title of the book. The title of the book is: “Raising Agents of Transformation: Discipleship, Discipling and Disciple Making”

Shalom!

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A BOOK THAT CHANGED MY LIFE PART VII

In the last post in this series a-book-that-changed-my-life-vi the Lord made you understand what it means to receive instruction in line with your purpose.

Now, today, God still has something beautiful for you, and it’s from chapter two of the book (Understanding Divine Direction) you’ve been studying in this series together with me.

I strongly encourage you to get one if you are yet to get one. The lessons are:

1. God has a unique plan for each one of us, and our destiny is anchored
to that plan. Whatever God has assigned you to do holds a future and will bring
you utmost fulfilment. So locate it and enjoy it.

2. Anyone who does not stay where God has designed him/her to be would become frustrated, despite his/her zeal in carrying out those tasks in which he was not called to do.

3. When you follow your choice instead of His will for your life, rather than end up in glory, what you get is shame and unfulfillment.

4. In Joel 2, the Bible describes the emergence of an end-time army, a group of people that cannot be stopped or resisted. It’s an assault group handpicked by God to operate here on earth. Enlistment in this army is by vision. That is what puts you in your own department or unit of the army. You cannot secure a place in it without vision. That’s why it says, “Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk everyone in his path…” Everyone’s place is well marked out. When you are able to locate your area of calling, then you’re set for triumph in life.

5. There is no short-cut to excellence in life without vision. Many are
frustrated today because they are being driven by ambition, rather than by vision. As a result, nothing works for them; rather, everything they do just falls apart. Some others have used their friend’s profession as a yardstick to determine what they ought to do in life. But there is no need for comparison, because God has a glorious plan for everyone in the kingdom.

The cheapest way out of frustration is to abide in God’s plan for your life.

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A BOOK THAT CHANGED MY LIFE PART VIII

And finally, we have come to the conclusion of this series. Thanks for staying with me till the end, if you have not read previous posts, please do so, and if you have, let’s dive straight into the lesson the Holy Spirit has for us from this book.

“One of the greatest mishaps that can ever happen to a man is to lack an idea of where he is going and how to get there.”
– Bishop David Oyedepo

As we wrap up this series in this post, I leave you with this word from Bishop David Oyedepo about the book Understanding Divine Direction.

“You need to be divinely directed, because misdirection can lead to many years of setback, and can even wipe out a man’s destiny. Many have travelled out of their countries to other places and have become worse off, because the answer to any man’s problem is not in a nation, but in God.

However, I trust that as you read this book God will instruct and guide you along definite lines. He will open your ears to hear His direction on issues that had confused you in the past, and consequently, you will locate yourself in God’s master plan.”

So, what are you waiting for, go and get the book, or beep me if you need the soft copy.

Shalom!

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A BOOK THAT CHANGED MY LIFE VI

In this book (Understanding Divine Direction), Bishop Oyedepo said something that really caught my heart “Vision is the unfolding of God’s master plan, whereas direction is the steps you take to accomplish it. God has called you to preach, wonderful! That is a calling or a vision. But how do you go about it? That is where you need direction. Divine direction is a lifetime demand. You will never get to a point in life where you will no longer require direction. In the Christian race especially, you will never get to a point where you no longer require God’s direction. This is because life without direction is nothing but continuous frustration! No matter how fast you are travelling on the wrong road, when are you ever going to arrive at your destination? As long as you are on a wrong road, no matter the kind of encouragement you receive on the way, you will never get to where you are going.

But wisdom is profitable to direct. Ecclesiastes 10:10

Instruction
Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. Proverbs 8:33

Divine direction come as instructions from the Lord. Dignity in life, ministry and every endeavour calls for clarity of vision. It calls for vision with precision. When heavenly vision lacks heavenly instructions, it ends one in frustration. That is why He said, “Take fast hold of instruction, for she is thy life.”

Many are genuinely called, but because they lack access to divine instructions, they are frustrated. This need not be. Every decision you take in life and ministry should be traceable to specific instructions received from God, for instructions are the highways to distinction in life. So much has been said about vision, with very little being said about instruction. Consequently, everyone pursues and goes about his vision the way he thinks best. And when things don’t work as they should, they begin to doubt if God really called them.

So, beloved, hear instruction from the Lord today!

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A BOOK THAT CHANGED MY LIFE – PART V

I have always been a guy with a tendency to be sad and gloomy before I came across this book, but since I came across the nuggets in this book, my life has never been the same. I can never remain sad or gloomy again by the grace of God!

According to Bishop David Oyedepo, there are two major ways by which we receive divine direction or instructions the Word of God and the voice of the Spirit.

One key thing I’ve learnt from this book is that in order to hear the voice of the Spirit you must come with joy in your heart, and with gladness of heart.

“Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.” Isaiah 12:3

You need joy to hear God’s voice of direction. If you’re not joyful, your access to Him will be blocked. It takes joy to gain access into the mysteries of the kingdom of God. It is a great secret for triumph. Joy must be in place before you can understand the things of God, for it is with joy that you draw revelations and instructions from God.

“Ye shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to come into the mountain of the Lord, to the mighty One of Israel. And the Lord shall cause his glorious voice to be heard…” Isaiah 30:29-30

When will He cause His glorious voice to be heard? Only when you come to Him with a song and with gladness of heart! If there’s no gladness of heart, you become deaf to the voice of God. But when there’s gladness in your heart and a song in your mouth, then the Lord causes His glorious voice of direction to be heard. Let nothing take your joy from you. Hold fast unto it. Somebody once said, “Happiness is not found, it is created.” If you’re not a happy son of God, you will never be a winning son (Deuteronomy 28:47-48). It is compulsory to be happy. In fact, it is dangerous to be sad or gloomy! If you must win in life, you must be joyful. Every time you’re broken, you lose very precious things such as divine direction. Satan steals it from you. Hear this again: until there’s a song in your heart, you never hear the sound from heaven.

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A BOOK THAT CHANGED MY LIFE – PART III

One key thing I have learnt from this wonderful book (Understanding Divine Direction by Bishop David Oyedepo) which we have been discussing for the last two days (I strongly encourage you to read part I & II of this series, if you have not done so) is that there are benefits Of Divine Direction, which I would call the fruits of diligence in listening to God’s voice. Now, the benefits include the following:

  1. You Enjoy Protection

  2. He Backs You Up

  3. You Experience Ease

  4. You Render The Devil Helpless

1. You Enjoy Protection

The word of God says in Exodus 23:20,22-23 “Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared. But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries. For mine Angel shall go before thee, and bring thee in unto the Amorites, and the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites: and I will cut them off.”

That’s it – no enemy can stand before you. Hallelujah!

2. He Backs You Up

“Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:24

The secret of Jesus’ ministry was that He did nothing of Himself, but as He heard from God. And as a result, He could not be obstructed, His ministry made impact in the lives of men, even till today.

3. You Experience Ease

“His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth.” – Psalm 25:13

Listen to the testimony of Bishop Oyedepo here: “When God said to me in 1989, ‘Arise, get down to Lagos and raise Me a people’, I sent somebody to Lagos that same day. Two weeks later, all the property needed for the work there to start had been secured with all ease. We
got a place which had not been inhabited for seven years for church service and another property nearby, which had also not been lived in in the last five years for residential quarters! He went ahead of us and secured a place for us in good time. When our missionaries arrived Bangui, in the Central African Republic, they discovered that God had told a woman of their coming two days earlier. He told her, “Two missionaries are coming from Nigeria in two days’ time. Go and pick them up from the airport.” She told her husband to help her pick them up. God sent us to reap the harvest of Africa, so He went ahead of us, to ensure that our team was not stranded.”

4. You Render the Devil Helpless

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.” Psalm 23:1,5

Following God’s plan for your life renders the devil helpless over you. You become unbeatable, a man respected by hell. Why? Because God cannot send you on a mission and Satan hijacks you. He may attempt to, by causing uproar and confusion, so that you don’t have access to God’s voice; but once you refuse to be distracted, Satan cannot handle you. Remember that it is God’s will to lead you to where the pastures are green. He is committed to leading you to where your profiting lies (Isaiah. 48:17), but you must be a committed follower.

Say with me: I refuse to be distracted! I am a committed follower of Christ.

I’m sure you have been blessed by this series, watch out for Part 4!

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A BOOK THAT CHANGED MY LIFE – PART II

I was really blessed by some of the comments I received from the first part of this series, and I encourage you to read it, if you have not – A BOOK THAT CHANGED MY LIFE – PART I.

Now, let’s get back to today’s business – Access to the Voice of God. Hmmm! I would be telling you nearly verbatim what Bishop David Oyedepo said in this inspiring book – Understanding Divine Direction.

One key thing I learnt about accessing God’s voice is that it does not come cheaply. It requires diligence and a businesslike approach. You have to consciously programme yourself to hear His voice. Just as you need to be tuned to a particular frequency in order to pick radio signals, you need to be correctly tuned to heaven’s frequency to hear God’s voice of direction; and this requires a definite determination on your part.

God is committed and ever ready to offer direction to as many as are willing to be led, just like Isaiah 30:21 says

“And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.”

So, how does a man/woman access God’s voice; let us look at some vital requirements for gaining access to God’s voice of direction:

  1. “Come Up Hither…”

  2. Joy

  3. Be Free From Cares, Worries And Anxiety

1. “Come Up Hither…”

“After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter” (Revelation 4:1)

A climbing up is needed to hear from God. It is an uphill task, though the joy it brings outweighs the price that is paid. “Come up hither…” That is, come away from all those things keeping you on the ground. A separation is needed to hear from God or to receive instruction and direction either from His Word or voice. Though Moses had to go up to the mountain to receive the pattern for the temple, you don’t necessarily have to go to a physical mountain. What is actually required is a separation unto God, in which you create a conducive environment for your spirit-man to be able to communicate with God. This can be done even in your room or house, where you have a quiet place and time to talk with God, with no interference or disturbance.

Hear the Bishop once again “Before our ministry took off, I went to God for final instructions. I told myself that the disciples stayed ten days in the upper room waiting for the explosion that came on the day of Pentecost. I believed that likewise, God would deliver to me the final instructions for the work He had called me to do. So, I separated myself to a room in Jos, determined that before the end of ten days, I would receive His instructions. And on the fourth day, the heavens opened unto me and God’s voice came! I came out of that encounter with a powerful insight. It was there that God said to me, “I have sent you forth as a prophet to nations.”

You need to be ready to pay the price of separation, if you want to hear His voice. When God called Paul, he spent three years in Arabia, receiving insight and revelations from God (Galatians. 1:15-18). “Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.”

A separation unto God is to your own advantage. You can’t hear the voice of God when you spend all your time roaming about in “earthly places.”

People go up to get it, they don’t walk about all over town to get it. So, come out of tradition and camp with God. Take grace from Him, to be able to separate yourself and go up to the mountain of voices.

2. Joy

“Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.”
Isaiah 12:3

You need joy to hear God’s voice of direction. If you’re not joyful, your access to Him will be blocked. It takes joy to gain access into the mysteries of the kingdom of God. It is a great secret for triumph. Joy must be in place before you can understand the things of God, for it is with joy that you draw revelations and instructions from God.

“Ye shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to come into the mountain of the Lord, to the mighty One of Israel. And the Lord shall cause his glorious voice to be heard…” (Isaiah 30:29-30)

When will He cause His glorious voice to be heard? Only when you come to Him with a song and with gladness of heart! If there’s no gladness of heart, you become deaf to the voice of God. But when there’s gladness in your heart and a song in your mouth, then the Lord causes His glorious voice of direction to be heard. Let nothing take your joy from you. Hold fast unto it. Somebody once said, “Happiness is not found, it is created.” If you’re not a happy son of God, you will never be a winning son (Deuteronomy 28:47-48). It is compulsory to be happy. In fact, it is dangerous to be sad or gloomy! If you must win in life, you must be joyful.

Every time you’re broken, you lose very precious things such as divine direction. Satan steals it from you.

Hear this again: until there’s a song in your heart, you never hear the sound from heaven. Nothing is more colourful than divine guidance. So, destroy whatever causes sorrow around you; they are out to destroy your destiny.

Sorrow won’t let you be joyful or allow your song to rise up to Him; and until your song rises, His voice of direction will not come down.

One of the things that generates sorrow is remembering the irreparable past. Paul said, “Forgetting the things that are behind.” Isaiah said, “Remember not the former things.” Moses said, “Tell them to go forward.”

If you don’t free yourself from a failed examination, you’ll never pass it.

Get up and hit back at it. Allow the irreparable past to be past or you will pass away with it. If you have lost your job, look for another one. Your car had an accident and it can’t be repaired; believe God, work for your money and buy another one. Receive the kind of joy that buries the past and looks forward to the future right now, in Jesus mighty name! Nothing makes life more colourful than the voice of God. I don’t care how much you pray, but the voice of God is what gives colour to living. Don’t miss it! Don’t let any devil suppress, oppress or depress your soul. It takes a song to hear a sound from heaven. He said, “Blessed are they that hear the joyful sound.”

Stop running about like the horse and the mule that have no understanding. Your destiny is tied to your ability to hear God’s voice of direction from heaven. He said, “Lo, I’m with you always.” How can He be there and you can’t hear Him? It is because you have not created a suitable environment for hearing His voice. Make it suitable right now by being joyful always!
You don’t need to be a prophet to be able to hear His voice. He said, “I know My sheep and they know My voice.” Do you need any prayer to hear and understand your mother tongue? Many today are thirty years old in the Lord but are still lambs! There is need for spiritual maturity, if you must know His voice and not be misled by the voice of the stranger. David never missed God’s guidance. As a conqueror, he never had a scar on his body. Why? He would always go to the Lord, “Shall I go up? Shall I not go?” And the Lord would say, “Go” or “Thou shalt not go; but when you hear the sound of the mulberry tree, thou shalt compass them from the other side; and I will give them to your hands.” David was ever joyful. When you become a psalmist unto God, you won’t miss direction. When you are at a cross-road and you want to know which way to go, there is a very good prescription in Isaiah 30:29-30.

“Ye shall have a song…with gladness of heart… and the Lord shall cause His glorious voice
to be heard…”

Many of you are on the verge of making very serious decisions in your life and then you say, “I’m going to fast.” That’s not what He said. He said, “You shall have a song.” If you will obey Him, you won’t have any problem. You need to become a psalmist before the Lord; then will you always hear His voice. When Elisha needed direction, he said, “But now bring me a
minstrel…” (2 Kings. 3:15). The psalmist always heard God’s voice. He said, “Seven times do I praise thee.”

He was addicted to praises, so the voice of God was always there for him.

You won’t miss your way anymore. Heaven’s telephone line is never through to you without melody in your heart. So, be ever joyful!

3. Be Free From Cares, Worries and Anxiety

To gain access to His voice, you need to be free from whatever causes you to fear or bring sorrow and anxiety. Fight them as though you were fighting against sin! You must deal with worries and anxieties as if you were dealing with adultery. Why? They rob you of your access to the voice of God, which is your secret for sweatless triumph. Sorrow of heart has very devastating effects on your spiritual destiny. When Dr. Frederick K.C. Price visited Kaduna in the late 1980s, he said he had never been bowed down once in the last twenty
years! That is, he had not been cast down or burdened for twenty years!

Nothing in the world has ever succeeded in destabilizing or casting me down. I also don’t allow unhappy people around me, because I can’t stand them looking cast down. I feel it will drive away God’s presence. Heaviness is a spirit (Isaiah 61:3). It is one of Satan’s strategies for stripping God’s people naked. He knows that God is absent wherever heaviness of heart is; and when God is absent, you become a cheap prey in his hands. The devil steals people’s joy so he can make victims of them. But you have the gift of joy from the Most High God. Heaviness takes you out of your Father’s house (like the prodigal son), and places you where the enemy can flog you.

If you can see a glorious tomorrow, no devil can cast you down. If you can see what is ahead of you, you can afford to insult the devil and slap him in the face! No reason is strong enough to cast you down. Whatever casts you down has made you a failure. It’s time to wake up and take positive steps to enjoy the values of redemption. Concerns, burdens and anxieties deafen the ears. Jesus said something very serious in Matthew 6:25: Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on… Jesus knows the things people worry themselves over. People think on the wrong things, that’s why Jesus told us what we should concern ourselves with instead.

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)

Nature abhors vacuum. Your mind is never on break; it is either charged with concerns of things of this life or overtaken with affection for the kingdom. If your mind is not charged with the concerns of life (which makes you a concern in the world), it will then be overtaken with the thoughts of the kingdom. So, rather than be a concern to the world by being anxious and concerned with the things of this world, be concerned with the things of God and of His kingdom, so every other thing can be added to you. People don’t know how to be free from anxiety, that’s why they’re held down by it. I made my choice a long time ago on what to think on. In 1976, I said to myself, “Let Him be Lord of all or not Lord at all!” The way out of anxiety is to be addicted to God and His kingdom. Be hooked to God and His kingdom. It
doesn’t make you irresponsible; on the contrary, it makes you very responsible. You can’t be hooked to God and fail. No! His Word becomes a lamp to your feet and a light unto your path, guiding you in the way to go. Understand that nature does not permit vacuum. The brain is always engaged, either positively or negatively. All you need to do is to make your choice on what occupies your mind.

Praying to be free from anxiety is an exercise in futility. Rather, take the steps He has told you would free you from anxiety “Take no thought for your life…” In charging Timothy, Paul said: Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. 1 Timothy 4:15

“Meditate upon these things night and day.” If you don’t, something else will take over your mind. May you be free from anxiety! Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Philippians 4:6 Your access to God in prayer begins with “Be anxious for nothing…”

Your prayers will not be answered when it is said in anxiety. Don’t allow little, little foxes such as concerns for what to eat, drink, where to sleep, and all that, make the Word of God of no effect in your life. When you continue worrying about them day and night, it becomes impossible to walk in the Spirit.

John the beloved said in Revelation 1:10: I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, Jesus said something in Matthew 6:27, that will help you overcome anxiety. He said: Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his
stature?

That means it is madness to be anxious. Anxiety has never provided solution for any man. It is a destroyer, not a builder. Jesus went on further to say you shouldn’t allow tomorrow to bug you down. The challenges of a day are enough for the day (Matthew. 6:34).

Many are so bothered about tomorrow, that their today has no meaning.

When you bug yourself down with unnecessary fears, worries and anxiety, you tune yourself off from hearing God’s voice of direction. Be free right now, in Jesus name!

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A BOOK THAT CHANGED MY LIFE – PART I

I usually struggled with the problem of heavy sleeping from time to time, but when I read this book, the anointing to rise early fell upon me. Here are some of the lessons I gleaned from the book.

Firstly, before I do that, let me tell you the name of the book: the name of the book is – Understanding Divine Direction by Bishop David Oyedepo.

Now, back to the lessons gained:

1. The best time to hear from God is in the early hours of the morning. Jesus had great exploits in life and ministry because He understood this principle (Mark 1:35; Isaiah 50:4-5; Psalm 19:2; Ecclesiastes.3:1.)

Hear the Bishop himself: “The vital pillars of my life and ministry were delivered to me in the early hours. The eighteen-hour long commission I received for ministry began in the early hours of May 1, 1981. When we were to move from Ilorin to Kaduna, the instruction was given to me in the early hour – 5:30 a.m. God said to me, ‘Arise, get out to Damascus and there it shall be told you what things are there for you to do.’ My wife and I had been worshipping before Him, asking Him whether to move on to Kaduna or continue our operations in Ilorin. Then He asked me to pick up my Bible and when I did, that Word just came up. It was also in the early hours of the morning that I received the instruction, ‘Arise, get down to Lagos and raise Me a people.’ I was having a nice time, enjoying fellowship with Jesus one early morning in 1983 when I received the commission for our publishing house. He said to me, ‘The words that I have put in your mouth, the same commit into writing, and I will cause the same unction upon the words you speak to rest upon the written words, bringing about the same effect.’ To further confirm what He had told me, He said, ‘What thou seest, write in a book.’ Now, by the grace of God, we have a very successful publishing house, that has printed and dispatched books all over the world.

2. You can’t be a heavy sleeper and expect to be a star at the same time. You have to choose one. You are either a sleeper or a star. Sleeping till 6.30 a.m. and stretching at 7 a.m. is not the way up. Nothing corrupts destiny like sleep!

The Bishop also wrote “I read of a man who grew to be a very great businessman. He always woke up between 2-5 a.m. daily, to map out his strategies for the day. This man has investments in 160 countries spread over five continents! You are loaded with great potential, I pray that sleep will not destroy it. You don’t have any other enemy than Satan, and all that he does is to steal, kill and destroy. Sleep steals and destroys destinies and crowns. People who should be kings are dying as mere men, because of too much sleep. Sleep kills great
destinies and dreams. It frustrates men and destroys them spiritually. It’s my prayer that you receive strength this hour, to put your early hours of the day to maximum use, standing before the Lord to hear what He will say to you.” (Genesis 19:27; Exodus 34:4-5; Joshua 6:12,15; Proverbs 8:17)

3. No amount of revelation you have can take the place of instruction. Divine instruction tells you what to do to get to your high place in life. Friend, you will not lose your destiny to sleep, in Jesus’ name! Nothing will block your access to His voice from henceforth, in the precious name of Jesus!

Say to God, “Lord, I want a baptism into this early morning rising, so I can stand before You and enjoy unending celebrations with You.”