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Multiple award winning gospel saxophonist, Segun Oluwayomi aka Omo Arugbo Ojo has released a new Christmas single titled Bethlehem featuring one of Nigeria’s finest and gifted gospel artiste, Mike Abdul.
Oluwayomi said the track is to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ as explained in Isa 9:6 “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
Download, listen and enjoy the 4.07 min track below.
About Segun Oluwayomi
Segun Oluwayomi is a dynamic vessel that God is using as a tool in His hands in this generation. He’s a music minister in CLAM (Christ Livingspring Apostolic Ministry) under the leadership of Pastor Wole Oladiyun.
He stands out of the crowd through his unique way of worshipping God with the instrument God has placed in his hands, the saxophone. Segun worships God in the traditional way which he also blends with contemporary. He goes back to his heritage, and with his language rich in words, he entertains his God. He believes the best way to connect to your God is by speaking your own dialect.
Segun Oluwayomi has three outstanding albums to his credit, the first one is titled Arugbo Ojo (series I) which he released in the year 2000 and the second one is Aseda Oga Ogo (Arugbo Ojo series II) which was released in the year 2005 and the third one is New Glory (Arugbo Ojo series III) which was released in 2012.
He has taken his dynamic gift of playing the saxophone out of the shores of the country. He has toured round countries all around Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and some parts of Eastern Africa. The Arugbo Ojo crooner is the face of traditional Christian music, bearing his mark in African jazz. Galatian 6:17.
A strategy is a plan, method or a series of manoeuvres that you employ to achieve a specific result. If a person wants to move from Point A to Point B, he asks “how do I get there?” Whatever plan he comes up with, is his strategy for getting to Point B.
Strategy also answers the question “what is the best way to get there?” Sometimes, there are various answers to the question. He therefore has to decide what the best option is that uses the least amount of resources.
It is in a bid to reduce the amount of effort involved in carrying out activities that machines were invented. For example, it is faster to travel by air than walking and it is easier to use a bottle opener instead of one’s teeth.
When you are a strategic thinker, you want to achieve big results while employing the least effort. That way, you maximise your potentials and increase your results. On the other hand, prayer is communication with God.
When we combine the two, strategic prayer can be defined as communication with God so as to download God’s plans, methods or manoeuvres for achieving God’s results.
Prayer is not an opportunity for downloading God’s strategies to achieve your own results.
The Bible tells us that wanting to use God to achieve our own objectives is manipulation and it is described as witchcraft.
Many people are guilty of this and it is one of the reasons why many prayers remain unanswered (James 4: 3). Prayer in itself is a strategy which gives each individual a tremendous advantage.
It helps you to leverage on God’s resources to achieve great results. Through prayer, you have access to God’s wisdom and power which help you to achieve results beyond human capabilities.
Zacchaeus is a good example of a strategic thinker. He wanted to see Jesus; that is the objective.
He got to where Jesus was and there is a big crowd. Zacchaeus is described as a short man.
As human beings, we will always have limitations but he did not give up because of his stature.
So his strategy was to run ahead of everyone in the direction Jesus was going and to find a sycamore tree to leverage on. His action caused destiny to happen because Jesus decided to dine with him. (Luke 19: 1-7).
Prayer gives you access to revelation which gives you leverage (Jeremiah 33:3).
For us, prayer is the sycamore tree because it gives us access to God’s wisdom and power.
Prayer helps us to involve the Holy Spirit in our affairs. Through prayer, we step into a supernatural dimension (Romans 8:26).
Without the help of the Holy Spirit, our prayer points are sometimes inaccurate. Prayer also gives us access to God’s resources. Daniel leveraged on prayer.
He was a young captive of war who had influence on four different administrations. They did not like him but they could not do without him (Daniel 2).
When you have found prayer as your strategy, Satan wants to attack your prayer life just like he did with Daniel.
He was thrown into the lions’ den because he prayed to God but God showed up there. Prayer, in itself, is a divine strategy (James 5:13-18; Galatians 6:1). This year, engage the help of the Holy Spirit in your prayer life.
Nathaniel Bassey is a talented Nigerian gospel singer, music minister, and producer, he is renowned for his Halleluyah challenge program
He took to his Instagram page his amazing Testimony
There was a time I nursed a strong desire to travel abroad. As most young musicians, I wanted to tour the world. Even after I began to grow in Christ, I was not really dead to this wish. So we would go for visa interviews. The US & UK. In fact, all of those applications were by the church for conferences my late Pastor and Mentor wanted me to attend. I remember some of the nights preceding the interviews. I’d pray all night, read chapters of the Bible. I mean read whole books out loud. Eg, Revelations, Some Psalms etc. sow seeds, etc. Then get to the embassy and get a very POWERFUL NO stamped on my passport. This continued for a few years. But then as I grew in Christ, I became dead to traveling. That wish died. I couldn’t even be bothered. And I say this with every sense of humility and sincerity. I got to a point where the rejections never influenced what I thought of who God was/is to me. God and the things of God captured my heart. I’ve since found that in this Kingdom, “You will control & have whatever you are able to die to” Today, The gates of the nations are practically opened to me. I travel so much, sometimes I don’t want to hear a thing about traveling. In fact, sometimes with special kinds of visas for a select few.
This is what I have found. If I had travelled those times, I would NOT be doing what I’m doing today. There probably won’t be the songs and things that have blessed the world today. It was not time. My motive was not right. I would have, perhaps, traveled and ran away or stayed back. And certainly towing a path opposite to this. Brothers & Sisters, sometimes what we call disappoints are actually deliverances. God’s amazing Grace and Mercy at work. Keeping us back from missing it.
Dear Friends, I pray with you today, that in our lives, only the WILL OF GOD shall be done and established, in His own way and time in Jesus’ name. …
The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon were among worshippers at the 2018 Presidential Christmas Carol.
The Carol tagged “Christmas Praise Concert”, was held at the State House Banquet Hall, on Thursday in Abuja.
Wife of the Vice President, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo, and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, were also among the worshippers.
The first Bible reading taken from Luke 2:18 –18, was read by Mrs Victoria Gowon, wife of the former Head of State, Gowon, while the second reading taken from Isaiah 7:14–15, 9:6–7, was read by Gov. Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom State.
The Gospel lesson taken from Luke 2: 1–7, was read by SGF, Mustapha.
In his Christmas message, Adeboye thanked God for peace in Nigeria and prayed God to continue to protect the nation and bring lasting peace to it.
He prayed for God’s mercy on the nation and committed the 2019 general elections into God’s hands.
In a special intercession, Pastor Seyi Malomo, Chaplain, State House Chapel, prayed for Nigeria and its leaders especially, President Muhammad Buhari, who would mark his birthday on Dec. 16.
The congregation was thrilled by renditions from various choir groups, including Aguda House Choir, Aso Villa Chapel Choir, Aso Villa Chapel Children Choir, Plateau Unity Choir and Praise Chorale, Lagos, among others.
Also in attendance were the governors of Oyo, Lagos, Ondo, Osun, Plateau and Ekiti states as well as royal fathers, clergies, captains of industry and members of the National Assembly.
As a Christian, hospitality is one of the virtues that you must possess. As a matter of importance, it is one of the marks of a mature Christian. Paul, in his Epistle to Titus, included being hospitable as one of those requirements that ought to be present in our church leaders. For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not self-willed, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre;But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;
Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. (Titus 1:7-9). Peter (quoted above), exhorts all his Christian readers to be hospitable, and like Paul, links hospitality with good stewardship of the gifts God has given you.
How best do you practise hospitality?
Hospitality must be practised without grumbling. It could amount to pride, if you feel compelled when you are asked to serve others. But hospitality rendered with a truly humble spirit, without pretence or pride, is a beautiful manifestation of the work of the Spirit of God in the lives of His people.
Hospitality affords you the opportunity to touch other lives, promote peace within the church and families, witness and encourage those who are labouring for the Kingdom. Also it helps you to uphold those who are suffering, and comfort those in the midst of trials. What a privilege to be used of God for such important things!
There are many challenges to being hospitable, but you must not let them become excuses. The Bible says: …But wisdom is profitable to direct (Ecclesiastes 10:10). Many are so concerned about the setting of their homes that they would rather not allow anyone to tamper with their snazzy home décor. If you examine yourself, you will discover that the biggest challenges might not be within your home, but rather, within your heart. A little creative thinking can help you to find solutions to these particular problems. The focus of hospitality is on your guests, not on your immaculate home setting, china or silverware. Setting too high expectations for such things is often a matter of pride. Your guests care less!
Focusing on your guests is a good way to overcome the problem of how you feel. After all, your guests will still enjoy themselves, whether your ceiling is painted or your carpet matches the wall and their meal is not ruined, if it’s served on paper or China plates. Your guests will remember your conversation and fellowship, long after the plates and furniture are forgotten. It now depends on your priority.
Ways to be Hospitable:
Invite people over for dinner.
A person without transportation could be invited to come along on your trip.
You could cook and send to a neighbour that cannot afford the next meal.
You could include your neighbours in your picnic plan.
In all of these situations, a person new to the faith or in your neighbourhood may feel free to ask questions. The better people get to know each other, the less likely they are to misinterpret or mistrust one another which adds to the harmony in the community, churches and families.
Hospitality, as stated above, has its root in God. Therefore, you cannot be hospitable, if you are not born of God. Hospitality is born out of love and God is love.
Remember when you went to school and learned your ABCs? You learned them by using your five senses and your logical abilities to gather information and sort it out. That kind of knowledge is called natural knowledge and it’s the only kind most people know anything about.
But in the kingdom of God, there’s another kind of knowing. One that works its way from the inside out instead of from the outside in. It’s called revelation knowledge.
Jesus spoke about this kind of knowledge in Matthew 16. He’d just asked the disciples, “Who do you say I am?” Peter had answered Him by declaring, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
“Blessed are you, Simon,” Jesus responded, “because flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father which is in heaven.”
In other words, Jesus was saying, “Peter, you didn’t learn this information through your physical senses. You received it another way. You received it directly from God.”
If you’ve ever had a revelation like that, you know that when it comes, it changes things. It makes you see old things in an entirely new light. It gives you such unshakable confidence that, as Jesus said to Peter, “The gates of hell can’t prevail against you.”
But revelations like that don’t come easily. You have to meditate the Word and search the Spirit of God for them because they are “hidden” in Him. The Bible says God has hidden His wisdom for the saints (1 Cor. 2:7-9). Notice, He’s hidden it for you, not from you. He wants you to have it.
Don’t think, however, that God is just going to drop great revelations into your lap while you’re watching television. You have to seek Him.
If you’re hungry for revelation knowledge, get yourself in a position to receive it by meditating the Word, praying and fellowshiping with the Lord. Begin to receive those revelations from Him. It’s the most exciting kind of learning there is.
Burden. Overload. Stress. Do these words describe the way you feel about life? If that’s the case, I want you to know you’re not alone. And with God’s help, you can change your outlook and overcome your situation. No matter what’s going on around you, you can have a life in Christ filled with peace and joy.
Stress occurs when you perceive that demands placed on you such as work, school or relationships — exceed your ability to cope. Some stress can be beneficial at times, producing a boost that provides the drive and energy to help people get through situations like exams or work deadlines. However, an extreme amount of stress can have health consequences, affecting the immune, cardiovascular and neuroendocrine and central nervous systems, and take a severe emotional toll.
Say something positive. If you constantly feel overwhelmed or under stress and you can’t pinpoint the exact reason, start making some Biblical daily confessions. Rather than getting up each day, talking about how bad things are, begin each day declaring God’s Word and His promises over your life. I am more than a conqueror! (Romans 8:37) God will provide for my every need! (Matthew 6:26) I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! (Philippians 4:13)
Take a break from the stressor. It may seem difficult to get away from a big work project, a crying baby or a growing credit card bill. But when you give yourself permission to step away from it, you let yourself have time to do something else, which can help you have a new perspective or practice techniques to feel less overwhelmed. It’s important to not avoid your stress (those bills have to be paid sometime), but even just 20-minutes to take care of yourself is helpful.
Exercise. The research keeps growing — exercise benefits your mind just as well as your body. We keep hearing about the long-term benefits of a regular exercise routine. But even a 20-minute walk, run, swim or dance session in the midst of a stressful time can give an immediate effect that can last for several hours.
Meditate. Meditation and mindful prayer help the mind and body to relax and focus. Mindfulness can help people see new perspectives, develop self-compassion and forgiveness. When practicing a form of mindfulness, people can release emotions that may have been causing the body physical stress. Much like exercise, research has shown that even meditating briefly can reap immediate benefits.
Smile and laugh. Our brains are interconnected with our emotions and facial expressions. When people are stressed, they often hold a lot of the stress in their face. So laughs or smiles can help relieve some of that tension and improve the situation.
More than 25 years ago, as a returnee from the USA and the U.K., who was seeking for a permit renewal from the U.K. High Commission to go back to pastoring the little church I presided over in the city of London, I had my application deferred for further investigation and in spite of earnestly praying for God to open the gates of the U.K., the decision remained unchanged.
Then I shifted from praying towards reentry into the UK to now praying for the knowledge of God’s will and for Him to perform all His counsel in my life; God then spoke and said: “I have given you a mighty church here in the city of Lagos”. Questions like “where is the Church” and “who will hire me to pastor a church” came to mind but God’s response was ” the Church is in your heart”. Hence , I knew that I would travail in prayer inwardly to birth outwardly the Church that God had put in my heart.
On Friday night, 15th July that same year, 7 of us gathered together, including @ifeanyiadefarasin, then my fiancée, and we prayed and worshipped all night long. That was the beginning of what we now know of as the House On The Rock and The Experience Lagos. Then 25 years ago , who would have thought that anointed ministries would come from all over the world and hundreds of thousands of people would gather for a concert like The Experience.
This only reinforces the truth of God’s word that says there is NOTHING impossible for God to do and EVERY promise He has made you, no matter how improbable, He is able to bring to pass.
By faith and patience like the saints of old we inherit the promises. #Stories #Reflections #TE13 #Faithfulness
Preparation is becoming ready for what is desired. Adequate preparation will always receive glorious manifestations. You can’t receive from God until you are prepared.
2 Chronicles 27:6 (KJV) So Jotham became mighty, because he prepared his ways before the LORD his God.
It is those who prepare their ways that will make waves and those who cause waves bring news. If you don’t want to be dethroned, prepare your throne. In life, you don’t get ready; you live ready. Poor preparation will deliver poor results because anything you do not take seriously will not produce serious results. No matter your goal, you must make personal preparations. You become a champion by preparation. Talent is worthless without preparations. The future belongs to only those who prepare adequately. Spiritual preparation determines the results you get in the physical because the physical is controlled by the spiritual.
Galatians 2:21 (KJV) I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
When you do nothing about Grace, you frustrate it. God gives you divine ability but you must take the responsibility. Most people who sit down to analyze occurrences in life don’t go far.
How to prepare for greatness:
Be focused – Once you are specific, things will go dynamic. Distractions are side attractions wanting to get your attention to keep you in detention. Fix your eyes on the goal you intend to achieve and understand that distractions are only temporal.
The greatest enemy of focus is distraction. Be persistent – Matthew 24:13 (KJV) But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. Have a never give-up mentality. Prepare your heart – Jeremiah 29:12-13 (KJV) Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. Heart preparation determines earth manifestations.
Have faith – Hebrews 11:6 (KJV) But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
To be great, you have to have faith in God that He is able to help you achieve greatness. God is not moved by your emotions but by your faith so commit Him to perform by having unflinching faith in Him.
Make sacrifices – Luke 9:23 (KJV) And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
You must pay the price to obtain the prize. Your preparation should be at the expense of your pleasure.
Be expectant – Proverbs 23:18 (KJV) For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off.
If you expect nothing, you will get nothing.
As you prepare adequately to achieve greatness, the divine ability of God answers to you in Jesus name. Amen.