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  • 31st August, 2015
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"A Proper Evaluation Of Life – Consider where you are sitting!"

The Bible says,

“… and… they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die?”
2 Kings 7:3 KJV

That was a very wonderful question. I do not know if you understand what that means. “Why accept this situation until it kills us? Why submit our lives to this situation until it kills us? Why submit our lives to this situation until we die?” Something was happening to them. Something was rising inside of them; something was causing them to re-evaluate their lives. They seemed to have said, “does it mean that our lives will just waste away like this and we can do nothing about it? Why sit we here until we die? Why sit we here?”

What is the meaning of ‘sit’? It means to relax, to settle. The first question that those people asked themselves is what each one of us needs to ask ourselves. Must you sit down in the situations in which you find your life today, until you die? I have met people who started fornicating while in secondary school. They went through the university and are now working; yet, with the same problem. If you are such a person, I want to ask you, “why sit you here, until you die? Why sit in the place of a fornicator until you die? Why sit there as if you are destined to die a fornicator? Why can’t your story change? Why sit you here? Why do you settle, accept, relax and agree with this terrible condition of your life until you die?” For God to change your life you must consider where you are sitting, and you must ask yourself, “Why am I sitting in this condition? Why am I sitting, accepting, relaxing and agreeing with this situation? Is it where God intends me to sit till I die?”

You can quickly estimate and evaluate where you are sitting. Why is it that year in year out you are a grumbler? Something always goes wrong with you. You are always complaining. Why sit you there until you die? Why? For what purpose, for what cause, what is it that is making you to sit here? Naturally, these lepers would have answered themselves and said, “Because we are lepers.” Though they knew that they were leprous, something told them inside their hearts, “Leprosy is not the end of everything. Why sit you here in this condition?”

Why are you sitting here as a complainer every day? Why do you sit here always crying, finding fault, criticizing yourself, and always having problems? God has not destined you to sit in that condition. So why must you sit there? The four lepers realized that leprosy was not enough a reason for them to sit there. I pray that you too will rise up from your problem, the problem that does not allow your relationship with God to move smoothly. Why must you accept such condition thereby sitting down with the regular prayer of,

“Oh Lord, Our Father, we are miserable offenders, we have gone astray, all our bodies are full of sin and iniquity, we have left undone what we ought to do and we have done what we ought not to do. Oh Lord, we have no power of our own within ourselves, have mercy upon us…”

Why do you sit there a perpetual miserable offender, always doing what you ought not to do, and leaving undone what you ought to do? Why sit you here always omitting important matters and majoring in the minor? Those lepers, though physically speaking had been abandoned, they asked themselves a pertinent question, “why sit we here?” They did not see any reason on earth that would keep them there. When this question arises in your heart it becomes a premise for moving forward. You need to ask yourself, “Why am I sitting here?” If you arise to do that, something must happen to your life. And if every family that is about to scatter will ask this question, the story will change.


"A Proper Evaluation Of Life 1 – Take A Decision!"

Many people go through life with its several experiences, and its ups and downs; just drifting from one thing to the other. They do not know how to number their days or how to place correct value on their lives. They do not know how to choose that which is excellent. Until a man is able to actually value and estimate his life, he may never know how to invest it correctly. Thus the first thing God will have us deal with as a prerequisite to breaking forth in life, and from your present shackles, is to look at the correct evaluation that you as an individual must put upon your life.

We shall do this by learning a lesson from the four lepers who evaluated their lives and arrived at a conclusion that brought them to God's divine provision, turned their lives around and made them men that we can talk about. Their story has been written and inscribed on sacred Scriptures, and nobody can rub it off. They could have died as ordinary lepers and we would not have heard about them. In fact, they would have passed away into eternity as if they never lived. But they took a decision that made their lives to count and become very crucial in the eternal scheme of things. I pray that you will not go through life like ordinary mist that appears and disappears with nothing to talk about it. My prayer is that you will also take a decision to put your life to proper use and invest it properly to affect your generation.

The Case of The Four Lepers…

“And there were four leprous men in the entering of the gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die? ”
2 Kings 7:3 KJV

These lepers were at the entering of the gate because as soon as someone became leprous, he was not allowed to dwell in the camp of God's people. Leprosy was an abomination before God in the Old Testament; it was not regarded as an ordinary sickness. Thus when anyone was leprous, he must be taken outside the camp. When God wanted to discipline someone, He could make him leprous. When Miriam misbehaved and God wanted to show her that she spat on His face, God made her leprous at least for seven days. For those seven days, she was locked up outside the camp. King Uzziah of Judah became mighty as God helped him. But he became proud and so entered into the temple to do what only priests were allowed to do. The only way God employed to discipline him was to make him a leper. He became leprous and immediately they thrust him out and he was kept outside the city gate. That was a great man who had the whole throne of Judah! He was kept outside in a one room apartment where nobody could get near to him, not even his wife and children, until he died. Leprosy was such a dreaded skin disease in the Old Testament that these four lepers in the above scripture were never to enter into the congregation of men again. They were hopeless, even though they were not dead; their families, children and parents must have wept and mourned for them even though they were still alive because as far as they were concerned, they were as good as dead. The four lepers were thus destined to perish. They were abandoned, and banned from the congregation of men. They were destined to suffer shame. But instead of giving up, they took a decision that turned their lives around for God. When a man decides to take a step of faith, God rises to help him.


"The God of Impossibilities! - 2"

“Then Elisha said, hear ye the Word of the Lord; Thus saith the Lord, tomorrow about this time shall a measure of fine flour be sold for a shekel and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria. Then a lord on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God and said; Behold, if the Lord will make windows in heaven, might this thing be? And he said, Behold thou shall see it with thine eyes, but shall not eat thereof.”
2 Kings 7:1-2 KJV

As you go through this devotion, even if your situation is a terrible condition of debilitating illness, and you are even faced with indisputable evidences of several lives that have perished as a result of what you are going through, yet I tell you with all assurance that it may not take more than just a Word from Jehovah Sabaoth to handle your situation!

“He sent His Word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.”
Ps.107:20 KJV

Recall the story of Sarah: Sarah had been barren for many years. She probably married at the age of twenty and for several years she was without a child. By the time she was ninety years old, what did not happen at the prime of her life, (before menopause) took place. The question she must have asked when it happened was, ”Where was God when everything was possible and likely?” When the Lord came and said to Abraham;

“…this time next year and Sarah your wife will have a son.”
Gen. 18:10 (NIV)

Sarah laughed. That laughter was the laughter of unbelief. The Lord noticed that she laughed. Many have that kind of attitude. When somebody is speaking the word of faith, they outwardly may be nodding while inside they are saying,

“I am familiar with that: that is the positive confession we are told to always make. I have made it for ten years. I have been making positive confessions. It's all right, brother. Thank you very much.” God turned to Sarah and said, “Why did you laugh? Do you mean I cannot do it? By this time next year according to the time of life you will bear a son.” All that God needed to do to turn that situation around was just to speak. May God help you to understand that for God to turn your situation around is a very simple thing.

When it is time for God to arise and fight battle, it is nothing to Him. The first attitude you must have in order to take steps that will lead to a breakthrough is to recognize that with God all things are possible! All situations, predicaments and impossibilities are possible with God. It does not matter what people have known about you over the years. Each time people wanted to describe Sarah, her barrenness became her description. It became her title, and her credentials. But when the Lord came and said, “By this time next year, you will bear a son,” her condition changed, for with God all things are possible. The fact that it was not possible last year does not in any way mean that it will not be possible this year.

The story of the children of Israel in the passage above shows that anything is possible with God. Just before this particular chapter, every place was dry; some had cooked and eaten their children (2 Kings 6:28-29). When this happened, such people must have been biting their tongues saying, “Had I known that God was going to intervene, I would not have slaughtered my only son; if I knew that God was going to come to our rescue, I would have waited for Him a little longer.” Often times the step to backsliding or to giving up, because of pressure, may just be a step before a breakthrough. One may have given up just before God's own divine intervention. Let us learn that with God, all things are possible. There is no place for any impossibility in the hands of God.

The lord upon whom the king leaned said if all the heavens became windows and God decided to be dropping loads of food down, can what God said take place? The man of God said, “It will, but since you chose not to believe, your eyes will see it but your mouth will not taste it.” And that was how it happened, when food came and others were pressing to get the food, the man fell down and mistakenly, people trampled upon him and his stomach burst, his intestine gushed out and he died. What will make some people to die and go down unfulfilled in their lives, is because they simply refused to take God at His Word.

Now again I ask you, what is your own peculiar condition? Arise from it, and with all your heart call upon the name of the Lord. Which of His promises concerning your life have you disbelieved and taken for granted? As you continue in the next chapters, you will discover that God does the most incredulous things, with unlikely persons - even you!

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31/08/2015 - Foundation For Christian Life - Living By The word-part2.
By Gbile Akanni


Almost half of the year has gone and we have witness the demonstration of God's faithfulness in each of our lives. We have reasons to thank God for all that He has been doing hitherto for us. We equally praise God for you knowing fully well that you are the reason why the Lord has offered us this opportunity of service. We thank God for enabling you to come thus far with us in our entire periodical uploads. Worthy of acknowledgement is your forbearance with us at such moments when our weekly or monthly uploads is irregular, yet you have endured and have not gone away. We want to say “THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH”.

In our “GLEANINGS”, it pleases the Lord to take us through necessary warnings that will deliver us from the pits where several who went ahead of us fell and became fractured and scatered in their pilgrim journey. He started us with “Timely Warning”- where definite instructions to keep us alert on this narrow lane were placed before us. Presently, He is taking us through the quiet, unsuspected ASSUMPTIONS which are not only dangerous but COSTLY. Our prayer is that these instructions will serve as a light for our path and a guide to our feet.

The foundation of our Christian life is a critical aspect of our continuous hope of making it home with the Lord. This is the reason why our weekly audio messages deals with “FOUNDATION FOR CHRISTIAN LIFE”. To neglect these instructions is to leave open your foundation unto the erosion of life and that is very dangerous.

The “BOOK OF THE MONTH” is there to show us what to keep in view as we live one day at a time. We do not have a permanent place here on earth therefore we must live with ETRNITY IN VIEW.

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Our last Eastern Solemn Assembly of Disciples was four years ago at Abudu in Edo state. It was a landmark meeting with the theme, The Burning Passion of Christ. Many received life changing encounters with Jesus that redefined their lives on the path of glory and relevance in God’s purpose. This year, God has chosen to call us again under the theme: Abiding, Abounding and Abundant Fruitfulness.
He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. Ps. 126:6.
Our labour cry over the nations has not abated. The Lord must look down in mercy and turn the captivity of the nations again. The earth must yield her increase unto the Lord again in an abiding, abounding and abundant measure. Dormant seeds of life already scattered across several nations must receive fresh breath from the Lord.
The cry of the nations rings so loud and clear in our day that even the deaf can hear it. The enemy of righteousness is awake with fury like a serpent wounded by the tail. He is very strategic; he promulgates unrighteous decrees from high places across the nations. He has promoted and elevated immorality to the heights, making a light thing of the utter moral lunacy of Sodom and Gomorrah in their time. He has multiplied corruption, seductions, riots and wars in every nation. He sponsors poverty, crime and occult indulgences in youths and adults - all aimed at fulfilling his dream of again making the earth a wilderness. Yet it is this same earth that our Lord has given to us with the instruction: Occupy till I come. (Lk. 19:13).
What should be the strategic response of the Church to this scourge of darkness? We must go forth again in tears. We must take the battle to the gates with the Living seed of the word of God as our sword. God will cause His seed to grow and re-crop the nations.
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