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The Holy Spirit taught us that when an individual is instructed in God’s word, he becomes wise, and if he was already wise, he will become even wiser.

Today, we want to consider the link between God’s word and divine prosperity. What the Lord says concerning walking in prosperity in whatever we do in life is clear from today’s memory verse.

The link between God’s word and divine prosperity is that God’s word makes a person wise, and wisdom is all a person needs to prosper in life.

God specifically told Joshua that he must be a friend of His word if he would prosper in his God-given assignment.

This instruction applies to everyone, irrespective of vocation and age.

Doctors, teachers, engineers, pastors, artisans and even soldiers need the wisdom of God’s word to break through into divine prosperity.

David, a great commander of an outstanding army, needed to hear from God before he could succeed in his bid to recover all that the enemies had stolen from his camp (1 Samuel 30:8-19).

The word of God further reveals the true source of wealth, saying in Deuteronomy 8:18:

“But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.”

From this scripture, we know that the true wealth devoid of sorrow comes only from the Almighty God.

We can therefore spare ourselves the many troubles that come with looking elsewhere for wealth if we allow God’s word to dwell richly in us (1 Timothy 6:10). Beloved, do you desire to prosper?

All you need is to get properly acquainted with the word of God. Don’t be among those who see God’s word as outdated, to their own frustration and life-time agony. However, if you have not given your life to Christ, it means you have not known the Word at all, because Jesus is the eternal Word of God. So, give your life to Jesus today and learn of Him (Matthew 11:28-30).God will bless you richly as you learn His principles on wealth and apply them to your daily life.

Take note of the words used by the Holy Spirit in James 1:25: it’s the doer of the work that is blessed in his or her deeds.

May God prosper the works of your hands in Jesus’ Name.

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Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. — 1 Thessalonians 5:11

We can improve our relationships with others by leaps and bounds if we become encouragers instead of critics.

It is the greater person who does the right thing; Christ’s righteousness dwells in you to help you do what is right. You are great in God’s eyes when you choose to do right and bless others.

No matter how rough your day is today, speak words that uplift and encourage those around you.

Encourage others if you notice them doing a good job—not just those who work with you, but people wherever you go, such as store clerks, auto mechanics, and waiters.

Say something like, “I appreciate the extra effort you are making to do your job well.” You can change your life and someone else’s by choosing to speak positive words.

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Topic: We’re For Signs And Seasons

And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years(Genesis 1:14).

How powerful the scripture above is! It’s not just dealing literally with the sun and the moon and the stars. Isaiah 8:18 further helps to explain it; it says, “Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders.…”

Then, in the New Testament, Hebrews 2:13-14 refers to the prophecy of Isaiah above, stating that we’re for signs and wonders; signs and seasons.

What does this mean? The words of Jesus in Luke 10:5 help make it clearer. He said, “And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house.” This means you bring to that house a season of peace! Where there’ve been trouble, crises, and turmoil, when you show up, there’ll be calmness. Hallelujah!

The sixth verse says, “And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it…” (Luke 10:6). Note: He said, “Your peace shall rest upon them,” because you’re a bearer of peace, the peace of Jesus Christ. He said in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you….”

Peace is power over crises. So, everywhere you go, you calm the storm and effect changes.

They may have been in distress before you came; the moment you show up, things change. There’s joy! There’s victory! There’s prosperity! Hallelujah!

That’s not all; you bring health as well; a season of health! Continuing further into verse 9 of Luke 10, Jesus said, “And heal the sick that are therein….” In that place where there’s been sickness and pain, you bring health! Jesus didn’t say, “Pray for the sick therein”; He said to heal them! He reiterated the same truth in Matthew 10:8. He said, “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils….”

You’re not ordinary. You’re a bearer and dispenser of divine verities. Have the consciousness that everywhere you go, you carry seasons of peace, seasons of love, seasons of health, hope, and gladness; seasons of blessings and miracles! Hallelujah!

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A person who is not interested in serving God and is begging God for blessing is like someone who is not working in an organisation but goes to the organisation to demand for salary at the end of the month. That is bankruptcy of mentality.

SCRIPTURE: And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.

There shall nothing cast their young, nor be barren, in thy land: the number of thy days I will fulfil. Exodus 23:25-26.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: It pays to serve God; when you serve Him, He services you.

From our anchor Scripture, it is clear that our service to God provokes the blessing of God on our lives.

God said that if you serve Him, He will bless you; bread and water cannot be your problem, and afflictions cannot live in you. (Exodus 23:25)

A person who is not interested in serving God and is begging God for blessing is like someone who is not working in an organisation but goes to the organisation to demand for salary at the end of the month. That is bankruptcy of mentality.

Now, what kind of service are we to render to God?

  1. Service in the house of the Lord (Psalm 92:13).
  2. Serving God with our lives, time and resources (Mal. 3:10).
  3. Soul winning service or assignment (John 15:16).

In Luke 10:1-2, Jesus sent His disciples out on soul winning, and in Luke 22:35, he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing.

Beloved, it pays to serve God; when you serve Him, He services you. The handbill you gave to someone that led to his conversion earns you a reward before God (John 4:35-36). The words you spoke to someone that resulted in his turning away from smoking, drinking, gambling, womanising or fornication, earns you a reward from God.

There are things that will never be a prayer request for you forever when you are committed and addicted to the service of God (Job 36:11).

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Every woman is created to be a blessing, not a burden. God’s intention is that wherever a woman is found, she becomes an asset, not a liability. Remember that when Eve joined Adam, life was supposed to be better for him.

She was to be an asset to him, a help not a hindrance.

The Bible says: And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him (Genesis 2:18).

As a woman, you are to bring positive changes to your husband’s life.

There must be a difference in his life because you are married to him; and that difference should be glaring for all to see.

It is your responsibility to help him attain the greater heights God has prepared for him. This is where your productivity comes in.

No matter your status as a woman, you must learn to work with your hands in order to give value.

I have observed that no man wants a wife that is a burden to him; every man wants to marry an asset.

If a woman is not productive, she will invariably be burdensome to her husband.

The Bible says: Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands (Proverbs 31:10/13).

Another instance is the story of a woman called Lydia.

She was a seller of purple – in essence, she was a productive woman, a blessing to her generation (Acts 16:14).

God has designed a life of superlative results for you, whether you are married or single, you can be resourceful and productive.

As a woman with the mind of Christ, you must trust God for divine ideals that will propel your business or career forward.

It was just one divine idea that gave Jacob possession of all his benefits in labour.

Perhaps you might be engaged in a particular business that seems not to be profitable; rather than sit down bemoaning your lot, take a bold step towards doing something else.

There are many things your hands can do. You only need to open up your heart to God for divine ideas.

When those ideas come, work diligently towards making them a reality.

Many people have had various ideas that would have resulted in their success, but they have allowed them to slip away.

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Blessed is the man who fears the Lord…He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord. — Psalm 112:1, 7

God sometimes speaks by giving us peace deep inside our hearts. You may face situations in which everyone around you is telling you to trust God and be at peace, but the “how to” evades you.

Fears are screaming at you, unnerving you, and threatening you. Friends are saying, “Everything will be all right,” but you find that hard to believe until God Himself speaks deep in your heart and says, “You can trust Me; I will take care of this. Everything really is going to be all right.”

In 1989, I went to the doctor for a regular checkup. He discovered a fast-growing type of cancer, and recommended surgery immediately.

As a result of this news, I struggled with tremendous fear. I had trouble sleeping, and there were times when fear hit me so hard I felt I was going to fall down. No matter how many of my family members or friends reassured me, I still battled great fear until very early one morning, about 3:00am, God spoke deep inside my heart and said, “Joyce, you can trust Me.”

After that, I did not experience any sickening fear again. I was apprehensive as I waited for results on tests, but I was not terrified. I knew I was in God’s hands and whatever happened, He would take care of me.

As it turned out, I did not need further treatment. I ended up thankful instead of fearful—and that’s what can happen in any situation when we learn to hear God’s voice.

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Damaged souls still have worth

“A shop owner placed a sign above his door that said: ‘Puppies For Sale.’

Signs like this always have a way of attracting young children, and to no surprise, a boy saw the sign and approached the owner; ‘How much are you going to sell the puppies for?’ he asked.

The store owner replied, ‘Anywhere from $30 to $50.’

The little boy pulled out some change from his pocket. ‘I have $2.37,’ he said. ‘Can I please look at them?’

The shop owner smiled and whistled. Out of the kennel came Lady, who ran down the aisle of his shop followed by five teeny, tiny balls of fur.

One puppy was lagging considerably behind.

Immediately the little boy singled out the lagging, limping puppy and said, ‘What’s wrong with that little dog?’

The shop owner explained that the veterinarian had examined the little puppy and had discovered it didn’t have a hip socket.

It would always limp. It would always be lame.

The little boy became excited. ‘That is the puppy that I want to buy.’

The shop owner said, ‘No, you don’t want to buy that little dog. If you really want him, I’ll just give him to you.’

The little boy got quite upset. He looked straight into the store owner’s eyes, pointing his finger, and said;

‘I don’t want you to give him to me. That little dog is worth every bit as much as all the other dogs and I’ll pay full price. In fact, I’ll give you $2.37 now, and 50 cents a month until I have him paid for.’

The shop owner countered, ‘You really don’t want to buy this little dog. He is never going to be able to run and jump and play with you like the other puppies.’

To his surprise, the little boy reached down and rolled up his pant leg to reveal a badly twisted, crippled left leg supported by a big metal brace.

He looked up at the shop owner and softly replied, ‘Well, I don’t run so well myself, and the little puppy will need someone who understands!’”

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From scriptures, we discover that we owe ourselves the responsibility of ascertaining the genuineness of our vision before launching out in its pursuit.

The question on our mind should be ‘how does one determine a genuine vision?’ Let us see what the prophet Habakkuk has to say:

I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.

And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.

For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry (Habakkuk 2:1-3).

What, then, are the Characteristics of a Genuine Vision?

  Confirms the Scope: 

Genuine visions are plain; they clearly state what to do, when to do it, where to do it and how to go about it. As it is written: And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it (Habakkuk 2:2).

This is why great men of God today are identified with specific, clear callings. For one man of God, it is salvation, for another, it is faith and healing, yet for another, it is prosperity. God is not an author of confusion. When He calls us, He makes our calling plain.

Imparts Divine Zeal: A God-given vision always imparts a divine zeal into the beneficiary which drives him/her on to accomplishment.

Zeal is that inward excitement that pushes us forward to accomplish our mission. For it is written: For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up… (Psalm 69:9).When the zeal of God consumes us, every other factor becomes subsidiary.

God cannot call us to a task without giving us the zeal to perform it

The Time Element: Vision from God always has a time element.

Timing is very important in God’s programme.

There is always the time to take off. John the Baptist was on a divine mission.

It had been said of him, even before he was born, that he was going to prepare the way of the Lord.

He knew it but he did not go about it immediately until he came to the fullness of age. He waited for God’s time.

The Bible says: And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel (Luke 1:80).

Jesus also knew of His mission but He waited for thirty years carrying out menial jobs before He finally launched out after receiving John’s baptism and the baptism in the Holy Ghost.

The time God calls us to ministry is not necessarily the time for us to step out.

Always get God’s appointed time and walk in it.

If our vision must be accomplished, we must run and pursue it. Every calling of God culminates in glory but there is a demand to press (Philippians 3:14).

It Speaks Forth: A genuine vision speaks at the end. For it is written: For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry (Habakkuk 2:3).

The source of any vision is made apparent for all to see at the end; it speaks louder than words.

A vision is like a seed whose full dignity only emerges at the end. Thus, the source of a vision will not be a hidden secret after its execution. Surely, the vision will speak and not lie.

In conclusion, the prize for every high calling is a crown, which is enthronement. In other words, every genuine vision leads to enthronement. 

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The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God Worldwide, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has warned Pastors to flee from sexual temptation.

The highly revered cleric said while delivering a sermon at the RCCG July Holy Ghost Service, urged Pastors not to take their anointing for granted by believing they are infallible.

It will be recalled that Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo of COZA stepped aside last week amid rape allegations from Busola Dakolo.

Pastor Adeboye did not mention Pastor Biodun’s name

Adeboye said, “I don’t want to comment on some happenings.

You know I have always told you when people ask me why I don’t talk. I say I am under authority.

The Redeemed Christian Church of God belongs to CAN and we belong to the PFN and in CAN we have a president; at the PFN, we have a president.

“But I feel compelled to say some things. To those who are young and upcoming ministers of God, everything I will say will be from the Bible.

so if you want to criticize what I have said, you have to criticize the Bible.

“It is written, there’s nothing hid that shall not come to the open (Mark 4:22.). It doesn’t matter how long, if you think you have done something and it’s covered, that it will never come to the open, then you can go and throw away your Bible because the One who said there’s nothing hid that will not come to the open is the Truth Himself Jesus Christ, the harbinger of grace. Because there are some of us who think that somebody like me, they say we are old fashioned.

I agree I am old fashioned. I’m old fashioned because Jesus is old fashioned. He’s the same yesterday, today and forever. He hasn’t changed.

God the father is old fashioned, the same dress which He has been wearing before the foundation of the earth is what He’s still wearing today.

God is not fashionable. He only wears light. There’s nothing hid that will not be made manifest”.

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“For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.” – James 3:2

The MESSAGE:

Talk is cheap; anyone can open his mouth to talk. “Is it not my mouth? No one can do anything to me.

I am out-spoken, I don’t like to hide my feelings.

These are what people usually say so as not to be accountable for what they say or do.

But the Bible tells us that we must account for every word that proceeds out of our mouths.

Are you an interrupter, finisher of sentences, talk-over-another kind of person, listen-so-I-respond kind of person, how-can-I-turn-this-conversation-back-from-me participant, say 1000 words in one minute, like to dominate conversations, hardly listen to others talk? Are you one of these characters? Can God meet you, when you are in these situations or this way? Manifestation of any of these attributes separates you from God.

Will God leave you in darkness of self-denial, self-inflicted separation from Him? No, His grace and love are sufficient but we have to set a watch over our mouths and keep watch over the door of our lips.

The question now is: what kind of seeds are you planting with the words that issue from your mouth? Is it profanity, anger, hostility, unkind words spoken to our loved ones? Is your speech continual cause of sorrow and distress to people?

The truth is that the tongue possesses a tremendous power. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit (Proverbs 18:21).

David understood the power of the tongue and prayed God to set a watch over it.

While angry, say nothing because in the multitude of words, sin is not lacking but one who restrains his lips is wise (Proverbs 6:16-19).

It is better to regret you didn’t say something than to regret what you said. Words spoken cannot be recalled. Wound from stones and sticks do heal but words wound the soul. Read the Epistle of James 3:3-12.

The fact here is that no man can tame the tongue, so make Psalm 141:3 your daily prayer and watch word.

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