Awomberew Missionary Trip.

Date: 29th March- 31st March

Pastor Obed Preaching on Friday at Awomberew Baptist Church

It was Friday afternoon we set off our journey from the City of Accra to the Awomberew Community in the Central Region of Ghana. Our missionary teams were together in this journey to the mission field.  We arrived safely by the grace of God at about 5:30pm GMT. We immediately enter into serious prayer warfare to prepare us for our stay and assignment over there. Our prayers focus on taking over the territory and breakthrough the grounds for effective evangelism and Church planting. At evening we were in the church hall for prayer time with some members of the local church. Rev Arcton preached that Friday night. His sermon was from Matthew 16:13-18, the topic was “who is Jesus Christ to you”. The Lord himself knew people’s perceptions and misinterpretation of his true identity, something that matter a lot to him as he walk and live among them everywhere and at anyplace he goes.  He therefore engaged his disciples on the subject of his true identity! More so wanted to know if his own disciples recognize his true identity or not. He asked this question, “Who do people say I am”? It was his plan to make himself known his true identity that he was and is the true promise Messiah, the Christ who is to come into the world to save all mankind from their sins and show them the way to his Father in heaven. The wrong perception and perversion of people, he wanted to correct in the hearts and mind of those who followed him and believe him as the Promise Messiah (Christ, the Anointed One) the Old Testament Prophets preaches. Rev Arcton emphasized that knowing and believing the truth will set everyone free forever. Accepting the Lord as the Christ (Messiah) is vital in the journey of the believer to eternity because it is the foundation on which all TRUTH stands. Anyone can be saved and become new creature, set free from the dominion of sin, death and Satanic deceptions because of Jesus, the savoir of the world. The true revelation of His identity as the Christ will guide the believer’s life and pathway. This revelation of Jesus Christ true deity and identity comes only through the work of the Holy Spirit in our hearts given to us freely by God. Knowing Him as our personal Lord and savior saves us from darkness into his marvelous light. We become new creation of God, no more under the bondage of sin and death. But save eternally to be called children of God, born again by the Spirit of God.  Click here to view the full message.

After the Teaching we entered into serious prayer time with the whole church, it was led by Deacon Fiifi Kakraba. The Church service came to a close with a prayer by Pastor Obed. We take a break for the night as we rest the morrow.

Saturday morning was the 2nd day of our mission. As usual we began the day with intensive prayer in the morning; it was led by Rev Ed Arcton, the Scriptural passage was taken from the book of Isaiah 10:27. He emphasis the need to have and to be filled with the fullness of the Holy Spirit to do the work of God. We prayed intensively for the infilling of the Holy Spirit to be mightily use by God particularly for the task ahead of us. By mid-morning we move to the church premises for another intercessory prayer for the local church and the evangelization of the whole community and its surroundings. This lasted between the hours of10:30am to 1:00pm and was led by Deacon Fiifi Kakraba.

In the later afternoon we were on our knees again in prayers till 6:40pm. Evening service began with an opening prayer. Pastor Obed delivered sermon.  The topic was “Maintaining your deliverance”. He stated that the intention of God is to totally deliver man from the powers of darkness. The scriptural text was from Luke 13:10-15, where a certain woman was in bondage for eighteen years yet still believe in Christ but had not received total deliverance as a child of God. He said that so many Christian today are still in the churches that are spiritually trapped into satanic domination, control and oppression. This he said wasn’t the plan of God for his children. He further explained that Christians can receive deeper revelation from God as seen in Matthew 16:17-18.  At the same time like Apostle Peter received revelation from the Lord but later was rebuke by the Lord because was Satan hiding behind him to oppose Christ purpose in going to the cross as stated Matt 16: 21-23. He said that as believers in Christ we ought to be diligently to maintain our spiritual alertness, sensitivity and deliverance through consistence fellowship with God, daily walk with Jesus Christ, personal Bible study and prayer lifestyle. We have being delivered from the kingdom of darkness and have been translated into the Kingdom of God; we must work out our salvation with fear and trembling and holding firm our unshakable victory that our Lord Jesus Christ has freely given to us through his bloodshed on the cross. Pastor Obed ended his message by praying for revival and the total deliverance of everyone from satanic domination and oppression. Click here to view the full message. The service came to a close with a prayer by Rev Ed Arcton. Before retiring to bed our missionary team continued earnestly in prayers for the missionary work and the local church in the community.

Rev Arcton Teaching at Awomberew Baptist Church

On the 3rd day, Sunday, was worship service; early hours in the morning we engaged ourselves into spiritual warfare, also to prepare ourselves for worship service. Church Service begins at about 8:30 am with a prayer time led by Pastor Obed. Sunday school Teaching was led by Rev Arcton. The topic for was “Living the Great Commandment as we fulfilled the Great Commission” with emphasis on living as true disciple for Christ Jesus and making disciples for Christ. The Scriptural message was from Matthew 28:18-20 He explains the authority of Jesus Christ which He received through the Cross and thereby commanding the church to go and make disciples of Him, Jesus Christ. He stressed on Jesus Christ triumphing over the power of sin and death. The Lord Jesus Christ purpose was to build his Church and spread the Gospel in all Nations of the earth by means of making disciples through his own people who believe in Him. He has received power and authority from his Father in heaven and now delegating that same power and authority to all who believe in Him to go and do as he did. He explained that one can only become a disciple of Jesus Christ by faith and receiving Christ righteousness as a gift freely given. He ended with a word of prayer and asks everyone to dedicate their life to Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. Click here to view the full Teaching.

Deacon Fiifi Kakraba Preaching Sunday Sermon at Awomberew Baptist Church

Sunday sermon was delivered by Deacon Fiifi Kakraba. He preached on “The fight of faith”. The Scripture text was from Hebrews 4:2, Deacon Fiifi Kakraba explained and expanded the scripture text and highlighted the effect of unbelief and disobedience which makes the Good news preached powerless and unproductive in the life of a Christian. As children of God, we ought to manifest the glory of God through Jesus Christ who conquered sins with his great Love on the cross. He further said that we as children of God should fight the good fight for our faith in Christ Jesus; the devil comes only to steal, killed and destroys what is not his. His assignment is to destroy our faith and stop us from laying hold of the promise God as its written the Holy Scriptures. He concluded by calling people to total repentance and reject unbelief, disobedient and stubborn of hearts. We have to accept and believe that the Good news is the power of God to save sinful mankind from the dominion of sin and death. Click here to view the full sermon.

Church service came to a close after Rev Ed Arcton pronouncing the benediction and sharing of the Grace of God.

Powerful Prayer

GEORGE MUELLER, the great Christian, pastor and social reformer, tells a story of persistent prayer in his diary:

“In November 1844, I began to pray for the conversion of five individuals. I prayed every day without a single intermission, whether sick or in health, on the land, on the sea, and whatever the pressure of my engagements might be. Eighteen months elapsed before the first of the five was converted. I thanked God and prayed on for the others. Five years elapsed, and then the second was converted.  I thanked God for the second, and prayed on for the other three. Day by day, I continued to pray for them, and six years passed before the third was converted.  I thanked God for the three, and went on praying for the other two. These two remained unconverted.”

Thirty-six years later he wrote that the other two, son’s of a friend were still not converted.  He wrote, “But I hope in God, I pray on, and look for the answer. They are not converted yet, but they will be.” In 1897, fifty-two years after he began to pray daily, without interruption, for these two men, they were finally converted—but after he died! Mueller understood what the Apostle Paul meant when he said that he “night and day praying exceedingly….”  In 1 Thessalonians 3 Paul shares some good news that he heard about the faith and love of the Thessalonian believers.  This good news was the result of powerful prayer.  What was Paul praying for that resulted in such good news?  I believe he gives us a hint in verses 11-13.

First Paul prayed for connection and fellowship with those believers.  He had been forced away from them through persecution and had to leave them unexpectedly.  During Paul’s time with them he taught them the gospel, which they received and it transformed them.  While Paul was worried that in his absence they may have drifted away in their faith, he heard in the “good news” from Timothy that they were established in their faith and in their love for one another.  Paul prayed that he could soon be back in their presence.

Secondly Paul prayed for their love to increase.  While in the “good news” report he learned that they did have love, he also prayed for it to abound more and more.  He prayed that they would not just love one another, but they would also love the lost and even their enemies.  Love in this epistle is always seen as an action, “labor of love.”  In other words love has a purpose, it is not an end in itself.  Love is not simply an emotional feeling, but love results in action.  Paul prayed that their love result in more action “toward all men.”

Finally, Paul prayed for their hearts to be established in holiness.  The Thessalonian believers were taught that Christ is going to return and we need to be ready. Paul wanted them to be ready.  How do we get ready?  How do we get our hearts established so that when He comes we are not embarrassed? Repent of your sins and believe in Christ, His death, burial and resurrection.  By faith and grace we become His child.  But being His child does not mean that we will be blameless and holy at His coming.  The holiness here is separation from sin in our daily lives.  This is speaking more of our sanctification.  We must protect our hearts from hooks of sin by repenting of it immediately.  Additionally, we should seek to obey God’s instructions and find our delight and joy in His Word and in Him rather than sin. My prayer for us is the prayer of Paul, “that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints.”

The New King James Version. (1982). (1 Th 3:13). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

By Ryan

Ordination of Pastor Chris.

Ordination of Pastor Francis Christian Anoquampong

Date: 2nd December 2018

The Ordination of Rev Francis Christian Anoquampong, a student and Graduate of Christian Leaders Institute (CLI) Michigan, USA. He was ordained as a Commission Minister of the Word. This was officiated by Rev Ed Arcton from Ghana on the 2nd December 2018 at Christ Victory Evangelical Church, Takoradi – Ghana. There were other Ministers of the Gospel that witness and grace the occasion with their presence and gifts. Family members, friends of the newly Ordained Minister and the whole Church were in attendance. The Holy Spirit presence was greatly felt and the joy of the Lord fills the hearts and life of everyone presence.

The testimony about the Newly Ordained (Rev Christian Anoquampong) by Rev Hagan, Pastor of House of Kings OMI is here. Rev Forson testimony is also here

Rev Christian Anoquampong and his wife knee as the Officiating Minister and Other Pastors pray for them.

In a sermon delivered by Rev Ed Arcton, the Officiating Minister, stresses the need for the newly Ordain Pastor to learn and practice the habit of total dependence on the Holy Spirit in every area of his life, calling and Ministry. He said the Lord Jesus Christ himself during his life on earth saw the need of his fully dependency, empowerment and obedience of the Spirit of God from the beginning to the end of his ministry on earth.

In the Book of Luke Gospel 3: 21-22; scripture says; 21 Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened,
22 And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.

Likewise in Chapter 4: 1-2. He was led by the Spirit of God to the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. In verse 14 same chapter after the temptation he was full of the Holy Ghost, there he begin to preach and teach. Rev Arcton emphasis the continues infilling of the Holy Spirit if we are to make any impart that affect the life of people that hear us when we preach and teach the Word of God everywhere and anytime. The Scripture declares that from there the Lord Jesus enters into the synagogues and it was delivered unto him the Book of Isaiah, the (Holy Scriptures) where it was written about him, the purpose of his life and mission on earth. Rev Arcton said that the Holy Scriptures, is the Word of God, everything we need to start and finish our God given assignment here on earth in the Bible. This Bible must be sufficient and enough for us as Ministers of the Gospel. We should not look for anything outside the Word of God, the Bible. Worldly attractions will certainly rise its head at all course, Satan will attack us from different direction but cannot overcome us when we are fully situated in Word of God and filled with the Spirit of God.

Newly Ordained: Rev Francis Christian Anoquampong being introduce to the congregation after his consecration by Officiating Ministers.

The Lord Jesus Christ declares in Luke 4:18 “The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”

Rev Arcton said we need more of the Holy Ghost in our daily living to fully obey God, we need always to abide under the anointing of the Holy Spirit if we are to carry out God given mandate and faithfully discharge our God’s given assignment to the end. Without the Holy Spirit in our life and ministry all that we do will be in vain at the end of our journey on earth.

It is the Holy Scriptures delivered to the Lord Jesus, where he find the road map of divine assignment. He open the scriptures and it is there in the scripture he discovered His Mission here on earth.

As newly ordained minister of the Gospel, you must devote your totally life fully in studying the whole Bible not some part but all. The Bible have all that we will need to do God’s will from beginning to the end. God’s Word gives us wisdom, knowledge and power to accomplish the impossible for Christ Jesus and advance the kingdom of God wherever we are.

The Apostle Paul charged Timothy and said 1 Timothy 4:10-14 – ” 10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe. 11 These things command and teach12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 13 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. 14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. 15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. 16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

Newly Ordained: Rev Francis Christian Anoquampong delivering his Ordination speech to the Church.

The Newly Ordained, Christian F. Anoquampong response after his Ordination is here

In conclusion Rev Arcton charge the newly Ordained Minister to hold in high honor the Holy Bible. He said …

“You must open the Bible, read it and eat them everyday as your daily meal.  Live the Bible and let your daily lifestyle be a written Scriptures to all who observes you. In the same way it is your responsibility to preach and teach others the same Word of God and let them do just as you have done”.

God Bless you all. Amen.

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WHAT’S SO GOOD ABOUT GOOD FRIDAY?

What is Good Friday and why do we call Good Friday “good,” when it is such a dark and bleak event commemorating a day of suffering and death for Jesus?

For Christians, Good Friday is a crucial day of the year because it celebrates what we believe to be the most momentous weekend in the history of the world. Ever since Jesus died and was raised, Christians have proclaimed the cross and resurrection of Jesus to be the decisive turning point for all creation. Paul considered it to be “of first importance” that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and was raised to life on the third day, all in accordance with what God had promised all along in the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3).

On Good Friday we remember the day Jesus willingly suffered and died by crucifixion as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins (1 John 1:10). It is followed by Easter, the glorious celebration of the day Jesus was raised from the dead, heralding his victory over sin and death and pointing ahead to a future resurrection for all who are united to him by faith (Romans 6:5).

Still, why call the day of Jesus’ death “Good Friday” instead of “Bad Friday” or something similar? Some Christian traditions do take this approach: in German, for example, the day is called Karfreitag, or “Sorrowful Friday.” In English, in fact, the origin of the term “Good” is debated: some believe it developed from an older name, “God’s Friday.” Regardless of the origin, the name Good Friday is entirely appropriate because the suffering and death of Jesus, as terrible as it was, marked the dramatic culmination of God’s plan to save his people from their sins.

In order for the good news of the gospel to have meaning for us, we first have to understand the bad news of our condition as sinful people under condemnation. The good news of deliverance only makes sense once we see how we are enslaved. Another way of saying this is that it is important to understand and distinguish between law and gospel in Scripture. We need the law first to show us how hopeless our condition is; then the gospel of Jesus’ grace comes and brings us relief and salvation.

In the same way, Good Friday is “good” because as terrible as that day was, it had to happen for us to receive the joy of Easter. The wrath of God against sin had to be poured out on Jesus, the perfect sacrificial substitute, in order for forgiveness and salvation to be poured out to the nations. Without that awful day of suffering, sorrow, and shed blood at the cross, God could not be both “just and the justifier” of those who trust in Jesus (Romans 3:26). Paradoxically, the day that seemed to be the greatest triumph of evil was actually the deathblow in God’s gloriously good plan to redeem the world from bondage.

The cross is where we see the convergence of great suffering and God’s forgiveness. Psalms 85:10 sings of a day when “righteousness and peace” will “kiss each other.” The cross of Jesus is where that occurred, where God’s demands, his righteousness, coincided with his mercy. We receive divine forgiveness, mercy, and peace because Jesus willingly took our divine punishment, the result of God’s righteousness against sin. “For the joy set before him” (Hebrews 12:2) Jesus endured the cross on Good Friday, knowing it led to his resurrection, our salvation, and the beginning of God’s reign of righteousness and peace.

Good Friday marks the day when wrath and mercy met at the cross. That’s why Good Friday is so dark and so Good.

 

A Good Friday Prayer

Today, God, I ask that You would teach me to mourn. Don’t let me rush to Easter Sunday too quickly. Give me grace to linger here, in the place where sorrow meets redemption. Make Your death as real to me as Your resurrection. Keep me always near the cross.

As I wait at the foot of the cross, God, reveal to me again the costliness of my sin. Don’t let me live in an imaginary world where Easter’s happy ending makes my selfishness irrelevant. Remind me that Your all-consuming grace came at a highest price. Forgive me for the times I’ve lived as if sin is no big deal, as if Good Friday never really happened.

Fill me with the joy and sorrow and reverence and gratitude that befit a Good Friday funeral: joy for Your victory, sorrow for Your death, reverence for Your holiness, gratitude for Your grace. Don’t let me settle for just one of those emotions at the expense of the others. Give me a heart big enough to hold them all in tension. Make me bold enough to search after a truth that’s really true, not just a truth that fits easily in the palm of my hand.

Give me eyes, God, to see the triumph of the cross. Even when all seems lost, even as I mourn Your death, remind me that You conquered the grave by sneaking inside of it and unraveling it from the inside out. In the midst of defeat and disappointment, sing songs of victory over me. Turn my world on its head so I can recognize the upside-down Kingdom of God at work.

Jesus, You tell me to take up my cross and follow You. Today more than ever, I remember what a weighty invitation that is. You won by dying—and it’s only by dying that I can follow in Your footsteps. It’s only by dying that I’ll ever truly come alive.

Teach me, God, to mourn and celebrate Your death. Then take me by the hand, lead me into my own death, and teach me to mourn and celebrate that death too. Amen. ~ written by Gregory Coles

Good Friday Bible Verses

Romans 5:6-10 – “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!”

1 Peter 2:24 – “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”

Isaiah 53:3-5 – “He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”

Matthew 27 – The Crucifixion and Death of Jesus Christ

By Justin Holcomb

Justin Holcomb is an Episcopal priest and teaches theology at Reformed Theological Seminary and Knox Theological Seminary. Justin wrote On the Grace of God and co-authored with his wife Lindsey Rid of My Disgrace and Save Me from Violence. He is also the editor of Christian Theologies of Scripture. You can find him on FacebookTwitter, and at JustinHolcomb.com.


This article is part of our larger Holy Week and Easter resource library centered around the events leading up to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We hope these articles help you understand the meaning and story behind important Christian holidays and dates and encourage you as you take time to reflect on all that God has done for us through his son Jesus Christ!

 

 

Significance Good Friday

Good Friday, popularly known as “Holy Friday,” is celebrated conventionally as the day on which Jesus was crucified. This is the Friday that comes immediately before the Easter Sunday. Celebrating Jesus’s death does not seem a logical reason, but the Christians believe that the results of Christ’s death were all in good faith. Roman Catholics believe that “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Most of the Christian churches celebrate Good Friday during the evening hours, with a subdued service, where Christ’s death is remembered and revered by singing solemn hymns, saying prayers of thanksgiving. The Good Friday celebration gives out the message that Christ had to suffer for our sakes, and finally everyone observe the Lord’s last Supper.

Significance of Good Friday in Christian Faith –

Good Friday is actually a dark and bleak event, remembering a day of suffering and death for Jesus. Then, why is it termed as “good”? Good Friday has a deep significance and relevance in Christian beliefs; they consider Good Friday to be a crucial day of the year and they celebrate it religiously to commemorate the most momentous weekend in the world history.

The death of Jesus and when his soul was raised, ever since then the Christians proclaim that the cross and resurrection of Jesus to be an enormous turning point for all creation. They strongly believe that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and then again raised to life on the very third day following the divine promises that are mentioned in the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3).

As history says, Jesus willingly suffered and died by crucifixion on Good Friday and it was the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. Next is the Easter celebration, when Jesus was raised from the dead, declared his triumph and victory over death and sin indicating a future renaissance for all who followed Him. Good Friday is thus marked as the dramatic finale of God’s plan to save his people from their wrong doings and sins.

The significance of Good Friday is further explain in the Holy books of Christianity, saying that the good news of the gospel is only significant and well deserved if you can understand the relevance of the bad news. Sinful people will always be condemned and enslaved; only then the good news of deliverance makes sense. Another saying on this context explains that it is important to distinguish between gospel in scripture and law. The law first shows how hopeless our condition is; finally the gospel of Jesus’ grace comes to the mankind as a savior to relief and salvation.

Good Friday is “good” despite the terrible event that took place on that day because it then brings the joy of Easter. God poured out his wrath on sins over Jesus in order to bestow forgiveness and salvation out to the nations. If Good Friday and Jesus’ demise would not bring suffering, sorrow, and blood loss at the cross; God would not be revered as the “just and the justifier” who trust in Jesus. On a paradoxical note, Good Friday signifies the greatest triumph over evil and God’s plan to release the world from oppression.

 

Credit: Easter Good Friday

“THE GOD OF PEACE, GIVE US THE PEACE OF GOD WITHIN YOU”

There are four reasons why we lose our Peace of Mind and why we need the Peace of God in our hearts and Minds.

1.     We try to change the people in our lives. 

As you grow wiser you begin to realize that you can’t change other people, only God can! And He does when you back off, and love them as they are. This doesn’t mean you agree with everything they do. It means committing to love them regardless, claiming God’s promises on their behalf and allowing Him to deal with them in His own way. In His time and for His Glory. And you stay out of it, let God have His own way. The reason you are stressed out is because you keep trying to do something about something you can’t do anything about. It is better for you to commit yourself to God in Prayer. For it is written.. “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) and again “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the PEACE OF GOD which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4: 6-7) KJV. Chose to spend time alone with God than to get yourself worried about thing only God can handle.

2.     We try to make things happen when it’s not the right time.

 The Holy Scriptures declares “There is time for everything”….. (Ecclesiastes 3:1). NIV. If you’ve raised children you know one of their main characteristic is impatience; they can’t wait for anything because they do not understands why they must. God want us to outgrow our childishness so He makes us wait, trust, and mature. A man of patience understands the times and opportunity in life, but never rush in doing thing he knows only belongs to God. Never force yourself into situations to do anything you know you can’t. Know what you have to leave in the hands of God. And don’t think you can make thing happen by force or at all course. There is always an appointed time for everything under the sun, so be patient and learn to wait, you will not burn out or be left behind. God is in full control. Trust and obey Him.

3.     We get upset because we’re not progressing fast enough.

Who told you so and how did you know that you are not progressing?  You can slow down your spiritual growth through neglect, but ultimately, “We all …. Are being changed… by the Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:18) NCV). So learn to enjoy your life while God works on your problems, for you will always have problems to face! The Lord Jesus said “in this world you will have tribulations, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. Scriptures says “……. We through much tribulation enter into the Kingdom of God”.  (Acts 14:22b). Again scripture say “….. but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the Love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given to us”. (Roman 5: 3-5). If you love God nothing shall “separate us from the LOVE of CHRIST” ……. Instead “we are more than conquerors” (Romans 8:35-37) KJV. In the Book of Romans 12:12 the Scriptures declares “Rejoice in Hope; patience in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer” (KJV).  Again we were admonished not to be discouraged because of suffering that we goes through in everyday lives, it is for our glory not shame. (NIV).

4.     We push ourselves harder and harder.

 We do what we think God wants without consulting Him as to what He actually wants, or how He wants it done. As a result we wear ourselves out. What‘s the solution? “You will keep him in perfect PEACE, whose Mind is FOCUSED, STEADFAST, STAYED on You, because he trusts in YOU” (Isaiah 26:3). Are you focus in life or total confused, is your Mind steadfast or wondering in the desert. Do your Mind stay always on the Lord and the Promises in His Word or your mind are on the things around you and the problems that surrounds your life every day. You always want to fight your ways out according to your own strength and wisdom. You cannot continue that way all the time. Turn and tune your mind to God and rest in his faithful promises in the Word of God. If you chose to give Him your everything, the God of Peace will take your everything and rule your Mind with The Peace of God that transcends everything you can imagine because your Minds stayed on Him alone. To push ourselves always hard and hard will one day break you down and you will not be able to rise up again. It’s better to rest in the Lord and let your mind be at peace and steadfast on the Lord no matter what you see around, feared or trouble about. Remember the battle is the Lord’s. Don’t get trap in duty waters, if you do you wore out and faint on your way. Remember His name is Prince of Peace.

CONCLUSION

To be well FOCUS you need the God of Peace to give you the Peace of God to stay on track in the race set before you, or whatsoever you are committed to do. Don’t ever think you can help God in anything to succeed; neither thinks without you God can’t accomplish His plans and Purposes. The truth is this “God don’t need us, we need God in every area of our lives. Whatever God does for us, it’s for His Name sake and for His own Glory sake, nothing less.” Miracles happen when God is around and in Full control of affair. Let God rules your mind, your heart and your total Life for you.

 

Sermon preached at Liberation-House Chapel today. By Rev Ed Arcton

 

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God’s Word is Medicine In this article:

  1. God’s Word is Medicine
  2. The Word of God

The scripture states “I am the LORD who heals you” [Exodus 15:26]. We read in the Book of Psalms, “the LORD who heals all your diseases” [Psalms 103:2-3]. God is your physician. The medicine He prescribes is his Holy Word [Psalms 107:20, John 1:14].

 

My son, attend to my words; incline your ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh [Proverbs 4:20-22, NASB].

God’s Word has the directions for your cure. You follow the directions for the medication that God has prescribe to you for the life and health of your body. The directions given in Proverbs 4:20-22, tell us to pay attention to what God says. Listen carefully to his words. Don’t lose sight of his words. Let his Words penetrate deep into your heart. Because his Words brings life to you and healing to all your body.

In Proverbs 4:22, the Hebrew word for health is מרפא marpe’. Thayer’s Lexicon defines marpe’ as “health, healing, cure”. Strong’s Lexicon defines marpe’ as a curative, a cure, literally a medicine. The tongue of the wise is health (marpe’) [Proverbs 12:18]. A wholesome (marpe’) tongue is a tree of life [Proverbs 15:4].

You honor God as the great physician by taking His medicine, the Word of God. You continue to spend time meditating on God’s Word and renewing your mind [Romans 12:2]. But you must take His healing word in your mouth and speak it, because faith has something to say [2 Corinthians 4:13]. You are diligent to take your prescription daily or more frequently till you receive your cure. You must not neglect His healing prescription for you.

I will speak the life giving, spiritual words of Jesus [John 6:63]. My tongue will speaks life and not death [Proverbs 18:21]. I will confess [homologeo-Romans 10:10] what God says about my situation. I will bring forth a good treasure of good things from my heart [Matthew 12:35, AMP]. My words are the working, productive Word of God. Jesus said by my words, I will be justified and by my words I will be condemned [Matthew 12:37]. I will not allow my mouth to utter idle [argos] lazy, free from labor, none working words [Matthew 12:36]. I will use the Word of God with my mouth. My heart overflows with faith and my mouth speaks faith and confidence in God’s Word [Matthew 12:34].

Since we know there is no failure with God, it is obvious that when believers do not receive their healing, the problem must lie elsewhere. Keeping this in mind, we need to realize that healing largely depends on a firm stand in the fact that your prayer has been heard, and that it has been answered. The challenge then comes in not wavering from God’s Word [Romans 4:20]. And in part, that means we need to keep our tongue in line with what God says about our healing.

To help you stay in line with the final Word on healing, look up the following scriptures in your Bible, then read them over and over, and meditate on them. It may even help you to write or type them out on separate paper so you can have easier access to them throughout your day.

He that keeps his mouth keeps his life; but he that opens wide his lips shall have destruction [Proverbs 13:3]. A wholesome [marpe’] tongue is a tree of life; but perverseness [crookedness, crooked dealing] there in is a breach in the spirit [Proverbs 15:4]. Pleasant [kind] words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health [marpe’] to the bones [Proverbs 16:24]. Death and life are in the power of the tongue; and they that love it shall eat the fruit there of [Proverbs 18:21]. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones [Proverbs 3:7-8]. What man is he that desires life, and loves many days, that he may see good? Keep thy tongue from evil [bad, disagreeable, malignant], and thy lips from speaking guile [deceit, treachery] [Psalms 34:13-14, I Peter 3:10-11]. A merry heart does good like a medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones [Proverbs 17:22].

The Word of God

The Apostle Paul declares that Jesus, “is the image of the invisible God” and “the image of God” [Colossians 1:15, 2 Corinthians 4:4]. Paul is saying, if you have seen Jesus then you have seen the invisible God. The invisible Godhead becomes visible in Jesus Christ [Romans 1:20, Colossians 2:8-10, Acts 17:29].

The Apostle John said about Jesus, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life” [1 John 1:1]. In Revelation 19:11-16, John describes Jesus as, “clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God” [Revelation 19:13].

Jesus said to Philip, “he who has seen Me has seen the Father” [John 14:9]. In John 1:14, we read, “the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us. The scripture states that Jesus, the Son “who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person” in Hebrews 1:3. The NASB reads, “the exact representation of His nature”.

The invisible Godhead becomes visible in Jesus Christ [Colossians 1:15, 2 Corinthians 4:4]. Jesus is the exact representation of God’s nature, the image of the invisible God, and the Word of God made flesh [Hebrews 1:3, NASB, John 1:14, Revelation 19:13].

What Does the Word of God Look Like?

What does the scripture say Jesus was doing throughout the Gospels? He was “teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people” [Matthew 4:23 and Mass Healing Events]. So we see what the Word of God looks like when it becomes flesh .

The LORD, is our Yahweh Rapha’ [Jah-Way Raw-Faw]. He has prescribed or “sent His Word (Jesus Christ) to heal us and deliver us out of all our destructions” [Psalms 107:20]. God’s personal Healing Word to you is, Jesus took your infirmities and bore your sickness [Matthew 8:16-17, Isaiah 53:4] and by his stripes you are healed [Isaiah 53:5, 1 Peter 2:24]. The Scripture states that Jesus, “healed them that had need of healing”. Do you need Jesus to heal you? [Luke 9:11]

If you would like to receive you personal Healing Word from Jesus Christ, please see Healing Confessions 1 and Healing Confessions 2.

Jesus is called The Word of God in Revelation 19:13.

God has prescribed or “sent His Word” [Jesus Christ] to heal us and deliver us out of all our destructions”. Psalms 107:20

You must be diligent to take your healing prescription daily or more frequently till you receive your cure.

The invisible Godhead becomes visible in Jesus Christ.

Jesus is the exact representation of God’s nature, the image of the invisible God, and the Word of God made flesh.

Jesus said, “The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life”. John 6:63

 

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How Long Have You Been Waiting?

                          The Gift of Unanswered Prayer

I have been praying the same prayer for healing for more than twenty years.

If you’ve been praying for one particular thing over months or years or decades, then you know how exhausting and difficult it can feel to keep returning to God with the same petition.

I was just a child when I developed trichotillomania — a hair-pulling condition — and while it’s not a life-threatening condition, it has been life-altering for me. Imagine not being able to stop pulling out your own hair, even though you hate how it makes you look — and feel. That’s been my daily experience for more than half of my life.

“I have been praying the same prayer for healing for more than twenty years now.”

I’ve been asking God to do what no doctor, therapy, or medication can: heal me. I have tried various therapies and supplements, and I continue to seek to walk in healing, but there’s no clear “cure” for trichotillomania. I know that if I’m going to be healed, I will need a gift of grace from God himself. And while I wholeheartedly believe in God’s ability to heal me, I also know that he hasn’t healed me over these last two decades. Not yet.

Therefore, I wait.

Why Waiting Hurts

If I’m honest, waiting is something I would prefer to avoid on any level, from waiting for a prayer to be answered all the way down to waiting in line at the grocery store. Why? Because waiting elicits the feeling of helplessness — of having to rely on someone else to act on my behalf.

Waiting forces me to come to terms with my own weakness. It’s what waiting does to all of us: when we can’t work harder to get what we want, or when we can’t manipulate life to turn out the way we want it to, or when we can’t pay enough money or get enough help to achieve what our heart desperately desires, we are left with the truth of our own insufficiency: we are weak.

“God is with you in your waiting: he has heard every prayer, listened to every cry, kept track of every sorrow.”

And we aren’t in control. Not even a little bit. We have to rely on someone else — on God — to act on our behalf.

It’s difficult and humbling to come to terms with our own inability to make anything happen. When we have prayed and longed and hoped and begged and done all that we can and still — still — there is no change in our circumstances, we are forced to stop our striving and simply wait, in large part because there is nothing else for us to do. We must stop and pause and look to God to act. And in that waiting, at the end of our proverbial rope, we will become aware of our inability to attain anything of lasting value on our own.

Gift of Insufficiency

Although I never would have chosen these decades of waiting for myself, I can honestly say that being forced to come to terms with my weakness and my inability to change my own circumstances has ultimately been a gift to me. This loss of the illusion of control has been one of the best and hardest things I have had to accept. And while trichotillomania is the thing that set this journey in motion, the truth is that it’s just a microcosm of my whole existence: no matter what aspect of my life we’re talking about, I am unable to fix myself, heal myself, or save myself.

In my waiting, I have come to terms with my complete insufficiency in all things, and I have flung myself at the feet of Christ and asked him to do what I cannot. I have asked him to accomplish all that I need — not only the healing of my body, but also of my soul.

And he has healed me. He has healed my soul through his life, death, and resurrection, and one day my body will be healed, as well. I don’t know if he will heal me physically anytime in the next decade or two, but I do know that a day is coming when he will make all things new (Revelation 21:5), when my body will be just as whole as my soul.

Communion with Christ in the Waiting

In the meantime, I am grateful for this long season of waiting, as difficult as it continues to be. Waiting has pushed me to the edge of myself, and it has been there that I have been given the opportunity to see that only Christ is capable and able and in control. This is a treasure — to be able to see clearly that Christ is the only strong one, and that he does not despise or turn away from my weakness (Hebrews 4:15). In fact, he views our weaknesses as opportunities for his glory to be displayed in our lives (2 Corinthians 12:9).

“In our waiting, we have the gift of knowing God is strong in our weakness and present in our sorrow.”

And so, in the waiting — in what may even feel like languishing — we are given the treasure of communion with God. He is with us in the waiting: he has heard every prayer, listened to every cry, kept track of every sorrow (Psalm 56:8). One day, all of our waiting will come to an end in his glorious return. Until then, we have the greater gift of Christ himself — and of knowing that our Savior is all-sufficient, no matter how insufficient we may be. We have the gift of knowing that he is strong in our weakness and present in our sorrow.

Even if we wait until his coming for the answer to our prayers, we will still be a rich people. For if Christ is all that we have, he is more than enough for every need, every prayer, and every season of waiting that we face.

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