At a time when the church has become a ground for entertainment, we need revival.
At a time when a music minister competes and compares himself with secular musician, we need a revival.
At a time when the altar of God is used for comedy, we need a revival.
At a time when a successful minister of the Gospel is measured by how rich he is and not how much impact he is making, we need a revival.

At a time, when passion for souls have been replaced with fashion parade in the church, we need a revival.
At a time when motivational speaking has replaced biblical preaching, we need a revival.
At a time when you really cannot differentiate between a daughter of Zion and an harlot, we need a revival.

At a time when pastors kill each other for post and higher position, we need a revival.
At a time when modern preachers now tell us that Jesus is not coming soon, we need a revival.
At a time when packaging and special effect has replaced the beauty of God’s glory, we need a revival.

At a time when sexual sin is referred to as weakness and the grace of God is taken for granted, we need a revival.
At a time when prophets prophesies by divination and profits from false prophecy, we need a revival.
At a time when the church does not know the difference between witchcraft spirit and the Holy Spirit, we need a revival.

At a time when filling the seats in our place of worship has become a priority than raising disciples of Jesus, we need revival.
At a time when sinners feel comfortable in our churches and saints feel no sense of urgency to preach the good news to the lost, we need revival.

At a time when pastors are more concerned about how much money members give than how much the members truly love the Lord, we need revival.
At a time when the word of God is scarce and the fire on the altar is going out, and the priests have become blind, the watchmen sleeping, and holiness is no longer our standard, we need a revival.

We need a revival not a programme. We need a reawakening of our souls and a new awareness of the power of God. We do not need another jamboree but true repentance coupled with a changed life. We do not need another noise, we need a shaking and a mighty rushing wind. We do not need another movement, we need a reformation. We need the Lord to come again and restore us unto himself. We need the Lord to open our eyes again that we may see Him. We want to see His Holiness again that we may see our depravity.

We need a genuine outpouring of the Holy Spirit, WE ARE TIRED OF SPEAKING IN TONGUES AND NOT LIVING CHRIST-LIKE.

There is no other desire that we have than to hear again the same voice that spoke in the valley of dry bones to BRING US BACK TO LIFE. Our nations are in darkness, yet we are the light. We cannot pretend anymore, Jesus come again in your power and reawaken us.

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May I Not Run Off… by Gbile Akanni

“A certain man had two sons: And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.” (Luk 15:11-13 KJV)

LORD, fire me up and set me on fire”… Let not grace diminish in my life. Let me not become obsolete, ever before the work is done completely.

The bane and doom of the Prodigal son was that he left home … he left the shadow of his father, into an open country … He took off, with confidence in his past experience and in a past blessing… He took off on a reservoir he gathered for himself… He left Baba (the father): the inexhaustible Reservoir, the Source that never runs dry and took off on a ‘Jerry can Reservoir’… How far can a man go on “gathered up” resources?

LORD, deliver me from taking off, solely dependent on little things I have gathered so far from Thy presence. Drive me back again and again until I no longer stray from this eternal lesson of total and absolute dependence on Thee.

He took off on his past dealing with God… He expected the glory that shone on his face while he beheld God continually to remain ever shining, even when he had left the source long ago. He expected some form of everlastingness, having left the ever-lasting God, the ever-living, the ever-burning, and the ever-loving God! What an impossible expectation!!

As soon as firewood is no more added to fire, existing wood must burn and get burnt into ashes. It starts by reducing in length, as it becomes very small pieces of charcoal and then it becomes the ash. LORD, help me to learn this wisdom once more in Jesus’ Name.

And took his journey “into a far country …!”

Why not a nearby country? When the devil wants to kill a man, and destroy his anointing … he sets his mind on a destination far away where he can be plundered and squandered without any immediate help from home. LORD, I desire not a far distance from Thy presence… The devil took him to places where even if he cried out for help, no one would hear. Home seemed so far away…!

LORD, help me to be tied with a strong cord around the horn of the altar. Let me lose my peace, my assurance and my confidence; the more I stray from Thine altar. Regulate the circumference of my operations. No amount of revelation knowledge, and No amount of divine unction; No amount of open doors granted unto me ought to entice and deceive me to seek personal independence from Thy presence. Revelation knowledge, divine unction, open doors, etc. are only meaningful for as long as I abide in thy presence; if I should take “my journey into a far country,” not because you sent me, I would soon discovered that such can only be sustained in your presence not anywhere else.

What keeps a man from spending the substance of grace God bestow on him “with riotous (reckless, uncontrolled and expensive thoughtless) living,” can only also be gotten from abiding in God’s presence.

No brake, No control and No inner check; No direction, No soundness of thought, No organisation and No arrangement… This is what happens when a man leaves the presence of God; trusting on a ‘Jerry can Reservoir,’ completely ignorant of how short lived “gathered up” resources are. When a man walks out of the Holy Spirit, he squanders all the truth riotously without any focus and without any meaningful application. Revelation knowledge is wasted in a riotous and loose living… ONLY, under the shadow of the Almighty God can my life, my work and my thoughts be properly focused and applied for measurable results.

The prodigal son lost all his inner checks and balances; he lost all sense of direction, as he wasted all he acquired in the presence of God. It takes years to build a prayer life. It takes years to become acquainted with the voice of God, and prove His perfect will. It takes years to have an open door into God’s word regularly… yet it takes just a few days out there to waste, squander and spend all these jewels of grace!

It takes years for Christ’s character (a treasure more precious than gold) to be formed in a Christian; it takes a combination of several things: sufferings, persecution, temptations and trials of faith to bring a Christian to a Christ-like experience and life style. Yet it takes a short moment only to destroy all these, and clothe the child of God with rags!

LORD, help me to guard jealously what you have taken several years to deposit into my life. Help me to remain within Thy shadows, so as to preserve Thy eternal investments in my heart for this generation, in Jesus’ Name.
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What God Abhors!!! by Gbile Akanni

“Then Jerubbaal (that is, Gideon) and all the people who were with him rose early and encamped beside the well of Harod, so that the camp of the Midianites was on the north side of them by the hill of Moreh in the valley. And the Lord said to Gideon, “The people who are with you are too many for Me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel claim glory for itself against Me, saying, ‘My own hand has saved me.’” (Jdg 7:1-2 NKJV)

I remember many years ago, I was crying to God for anointing. I had contracted a burden for God to revive His church. I used to ask, “Is it impossible, O God, for you to raise men in our land who will teach and get your people back on their knees?”

After many years of such praying when I thought God was already pleased with my life, I was praying again when He said something that baffled me . . .

He said, “Yes, I have heard you and I will use you, but I’m reluctant yet because I abhor betrayal of trust. I have put my power in the hands of many people before you but they have betrayed my trust. Even if I will use you I will first of all test you by putting you on probation.”

After twelve years of continual preaching from one village to another; from one meeting, one conference, one campus . . . to another, I was praying again one day when God said: “In the past twelve years, you have been on probation. I am beginning now to think of trusting you.”

I was taken aback. I said, “You mean for twelve years You have just been watching me? With all the preaching and traveling, I have been on probation?” Then I discovered that many times, what makes God to withdraw from committing Himself to a man is not just what that man has already done or what he is currently doing but what he is likely to do in the near or distant future.

So when I ask you to pray, I am not just asking you to think of the mistakes of your past. Yes, you have to cry to God and ask for forgiveness even for those ones. But I want you to go beyond that. I want you to say something like this . . .

“God, I don’t know myself. I don’t know those things that have been planted in my life which have not yet manifested today, but may manifest in the future. LORD, please, point at them and help me to uproot them that I may become useful in Your hand in the name of Jesus.”

When God desires to use a man, the crucial thing He checks again and again is the quality and condition of heart that that man carries. He must test and examine the disposition of that heart in many and diverse situations of life. He does not trust a life until He can trust his heart. So, if you want to commend yourself to God, what you must first check and work upon, is the integrity of your heart.

Are there seeds of sin already growing in your heart which may not have opportunity of outward expression today, until an opportune time in the future?

Is there a kind of secret ambition; perhaps an ambition for fame in your life that has made it difficult for God to trust you with a big work? If God knows that you cannot handle fame; and that if you have a little opportunity to become popular you will become pompous, then God may likely say, “Let’s peg his progress.” Only God knows how many of His servants whose progress He has had to peg because of what He saw in their hearts.

Will you wish to check where you are with God now? A few sobering questions will help you to check the state of your heart and your stand with God . . .

Is it taking several years for God to give you a breakthrough and to enlarge your life? Is there some secret ambition that God is querying in your heart, even though covered with zeal? Does God see the seed of pride and arrogance, which might spring up if He should fertilize you with anointing?

This is not the time to pray about other people. The people in Church are not the problem. If God gets a correct man in you to lavish His power on, the church will change overnight. It is time to focus on your own life first.

I take the liberty to challenge you here as a man that can become great in the hand of God. I challenge you not because of your height in God today but because of what I foresee God can work in your life before you leave the scene.

God may have begun with you on probation, teaching a Sunday school class. But such beginnings are usually for training and exposure. There are greater tasks ahead of your life. There is a large estate into which He would want to call you if you are faithful.

But one thing that scares God away from a man is his wrong heart. Is your heart pure? Have you gotten rid of every seed of sin in your heart?

And because there is a spiritual genetic connection between a minister and the people he reproduces, it becomes very necessary to be sure that there is no wrong thing in the life that trains others. Since what a man is, is what he will impart, whatever we do not want to multiply must not be given prominence in the Church. That is why God is not quick at picking men for His use.

Why not ask God to test every ‘gene’ of your life and throw out that which is injurious? Why not pray this hour and say, “Dear Holy Spirit, if leadership imposes such a serious demand on the life of those to be so appointed, do not delay in getting to work upon my life. No wonder You are not getting men so quickly to use today”.

Do not forget, my brother, that the back-up you need is not what a man can do for you. It is what only God can do. Everything God wants you to do, depend on if He is ready to place His approval on your life.

Do not forget that serving God is not a matter of competition with any man. I wish you could face God with the reality of your life situation. I wish you would ask God some serious questions today . . .

“God, are You still afraid of releasing Your power into my life? Are You still afraid of releasing Your Church into my hand? Why are You pegging my progress? God why are You afraid of lavishing upon me what I could have used to change my generation? LORD, are there still wrong things within my life that You are scared of?”

Will you please pray this hour for a divine intervention in your life?
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It is a betrayal of trust for me to allow Thy gifts to sever me from Thee, my LORD, Who gives me all.

It is a betrayal of trust for me to make a name for myself out of the revelations You gave me in mercy and specifically for Thy Body. A thing I never laboured for; how can I claim credit for it, if not with a serious spirit of error, betraying the trust I hold of Thee?

It is a betrayal of trust for me to carve out a line of loyalists behind me, out of men You graciously led to me, for their portion of meat which You kept in my care.

It is a betrayal of trust for me to covet and camp on the popularity that ensues from the manifestation of Thy anointing upon my life, which anointing was freely given for the benefit and edification of Thy church.

It is a betrayal of trust for me to abandon the place of prayer where You opened doors for me to serve Your people, in pursuit of open doors, majoring on moving here and there, fussing up and down as a professional preacher who always has something to say whether or not God is speaking.

It is a betrayal of trust for me to treat with levity the counseling cases of brethren, not bearing them on my breastplate at the altars; though You introduced them to me, because You thought I would be a faithful priest.

It is a betrayal of trust for me to exploit Thy people, who out of want, but with loving and obedient hearts give of their substance, for my upkeep and the ministry of Thy word, by living lazily, riotously and carelessly in the pretext of prosperity.

It is a betrayal of trust for me to be heartlessly prayerless, concerning the state of the Church and yet come forward to speak elegantly about the plan of God for this age.

Standing in His presence is my primary call! Standing before men can only be secondary. And I cannot stand before men, if I have not first stood before God for them.

It is a betrayal of trust for me to stand before men for God, for whom I have not stood before God. It is mere hypocrisy.

Father, help me! Call me to order each time, lest I betray the trust I hold of Thee, in mercy, In Jesus Name. (Amen)!

Sinner Turned Saint

Daily Devotional By Pastor E. A Adeboye
Memorise: This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. 1st Timothy 1:15
Read: 1st John 1:7-10 (KJV)

7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
Bible in one year: Ephesians 1-3, Jeremiah 5:1-17, Hymn: Sing hymn 6

Some people make defeatist statements about sin in order to justify their sinful lifestyle. Such people admit that everyone born of a woman is a sinner, but they hypocritically ignore the fact that God has made provision available to turn every sinner into a saint by the power of atonement in the Blood of Jesus
One of the foremost apostles of Jesus Christ, Paul, in today’s memory verse affirms that a sinner can become a saint if he or she is willing to be transformed. The unwillingness of a sinner to be transformed into a saint through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ is what condemns him or her to eternal damnation. John 3:17-18 says:
“He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather that light, because their deeds were evil.”
God is not interested in condemning anyone, and this is why He says to all in Isaiah 1:18-19:

“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though you sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; through they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:
Jesus is still calling all those who labour and we heavy laden under the yoke of sin to come to Him for rest (Matthew 11:28). When anyone comes to Jesus with a repentant heart and cries for mercy, He will abundantly pardon their sins (Isaiah 55:7). It is therefore important for people to take responsibility for their sins in order to receive pardon. Many people shift the blame for their sinful lifestyle to everything but themselves. Instead of acknowledging and confessing their sins and deciding to abandon the sinful acts that have held them bound for so long, they keep making excuses.
For example, some thieves and harlots will blame their sinful lifestyle on the economic recession in their country. If you have been wallowing in sin and passing the blame, I invite you today to come to Jesus Christ for pardon and experience a pleasant turnaround. In prayer, acknowledge and confess all of your sins, asking Jesus to cleanse you with His Blood and to receive you into His family. Also, promise Him never to go back to your old lifestyle again. if you do this, Christ will cleanse you and transform you into a new creature in Him as He promised in 2nd Corinthians 5:17.

Difference between Old Testament Believers and New Testament Christians

But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is a mediator or a better covenant, which was established upon better promises- Hebrews 8:6

The coming of the Lord Jesus Christ marked a significant point not only in the history of the world, but most importantly, in our Faith. His death marked the end of the old Covenant and the beginning of the New and better Covenant, which was established on better promises. As Christians under the new covenant, we need to realize our special privilege in Christ and stop leaving and operating like believers under the old covenant.
Here are a few of the differences between the believers under the two covenants
O:Mostly Jews, believers in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob
N:Christians, followers of the Lord Jesus Christ

O:Dead Spiritually, not being born again
N:Alive Spiritually, Born Again

O:Children of Abraham
N:Sons of God

O:No Holy Spirit in them
N:Have the Holy Spirit

O:Only Prophets, Priests and Kings anointed by the Holy Ghost
N:All the children of God have the Holy Spirit in them

O:Holy Spirit only came upon others for some specific assignments at a time eg Gideon
N:Holy Spirit living in us perpetually

O:Prophets (and sometime priests) are the mouth piece of God
N:Have Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, Teachers and others anointed with ministerial gifts

O:Only the high priest can access the presence of God, and that once in a year
N:Every child of God has access into the presence of God anywhere, anytime and as many times as possible

O:God’s Presence locked up only in the Holy of Holies
N:His presence is everywhere now, after the veil in the temple was turned in two

O:Approached God only through sacrifices that they bring to the priest to offer for them
N:No need for sacrifice as Christ has offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice, once for all.

O:Cannot Worship God in Spirit and in Truth
N:Can worship God in Spirit and in Truth

O:Worship God only in Temples and in High places
N:Worship God anywhere, anytime

O:Because they are dead spiritually, cannot get personal guidance from God. Have to depend on prophets or other physical means (eg Gideon and the Fleece)
N:Because they have the Holy Spirit, can receive personal guidance from God in their spirit

O:Prophets are to lead and guide the people because they do not have the Holy Spirit to hear from God directly
N:The Holy Spirit is to lead and guide, NOT the prophet. Prophets and others can only confirm what the Holy Spirit has already said

O:God speaks to them mainly through the prophets and his law
N:God speaks to them by His Spirit through the inward witness, the still small voice, the audible voice/ word of God and sometimes through visions and revelations

O:Can only approach God through an intermediary, NOT directly
N:Can approach God directly without passing through any intermediary

O:Sacrifices are a major part of theirworship system
N:Sacrifices NOT needed in our worship as Jesus became the perfect sacrifice for all time

O:Dwelling place of God is the temple
N:Dwelling place of God in the Man, not even the church building

O:Cannot manifest the gifts and fruits of the Spirit because they don’t have him in them
N:Can manifest the gift and fruit of the spirit because He lives in them

O:Looked forward in HOPE to the atoning work of Jesus the Messiah who is to come
N:Believed in the atoning work of Jesus Christ that took place in the past

Five Redemption Fallacies Refuted

1. Fallacy: God cannot and does not impute sins of believers to their account.

Rebuttal: The fact is that God cannot do otherwise if believers go back to sin again. Sin has to be inputted where there is a law broken. (Rom. 5:13; 6:23; 8:12-13)

2. Fallacy: Christ bore the sins of the saved and they cannot be charged to him more than once. Even in civil courts, a crime cannot be charged to a man twice.

Rebuttal: This is only half truth as it deals with sins that have been forgiven. If the same man commits the same sin again, any civil court will charge them to the same man again. Yes, again and again, if he commits them that very many times. So it is with the divine court. A man forgiven of past sins must quit sin. If he commits the same sin again after conversion, he will be charged with them again. They must be properly confessed and forgiving again or he will pay the death penalty for the new crimes (Ezek 18:4, 20-26; Rom 6:23; 8:12-13; 1 Cor 6:9-11; Gal 5:9-21, 2 Tim 2:12)

3. Fallacy: All sins, past, present and future are forgiven once and forever.

Rebuttal: Christ borne the sins of all men, but one cannot receive forgiveness until sin is committed and confessed. Even sins that are committed but not confessed are not forgiven. (Lk 13:3; 1Jn 1:9). The fact that all sinners are not saved proved this. If men could not be dammed for committing unconfessed sins which Christ has borne, then no man will be lost, for he bore the sins of all (Rom 5:8; Gal 1:4; 1Pet 2:24; 3:18; Heb. 2:9). Redemption cannot become effective with anyone who refuses to repent and conform to the whole truth ( Mk 16:15-16; Lk 13:3, 5; Acts 2:38; 3:19; 1Jn 1:7,9)

4. Fallacy: Good cannot and does not see the sins of believers. In fact, their sins are not real sins. All he sees is the blood of Jesus Christ that automatically cover sin. One born again cannot commit sin

Rebuttal: These claims are denials of every principle of human and divine governments. No government could possibly be just and righteous that permitted such a programme with criminals. In human government, no case is known where a criminal was forgiven and told that he could not possibly be held responsible for committing the same crime again. That if he did committed such, it was not really a crime in his case; that it will be automatically forgiven; that the law will never again see any crime he committed; that all it will see would be the pardon he has received and that stipulated in the pardon was absolute freedom from any future punishment, even for the worst of crimes. Every sane, just and righteous being would rise up to overthrow such a government if one existed. And yet this is the kind of government many in the church teach and believe in as divine government. God has repeatedly stated that he will punish every sin, even to every idle word (Matt 12:27-39; Rom 2:12-16; 2Cor 5:10; Rev 20:11-15)

5. Fallacy: It dishonors the blood of Christ to teach that it covers only past sins or the sins of the faithful only. A believer does not have to continue to be faithful to be saved. Sin can never reign over a saved man again regardless of what he does. He is saved even though he serves sin and Satan. Not one child of God can return to his former state of sin and be condemned. He cannot chose to be saved or lost. God chose men to be saved and all such are secured in his choice. If a man could chose to be saved or lost, then he will be more powerful than God. There is no human element in salvation. All men sin everyday. The only difference between the saved and unsaved is that one has accepted Christ and the other has not. Sin is inseparable from one in this life. In the believer, sin is unchanged and unchangeable, even the unsaved are not condemned for their sins, how much less is this true of the saved. God is able to keep one saved who may be sinning every day. If man’s choice govern his destiny, then the sovereign grace of God is subject to the will of man, and God himself ceased to be sovereign.

Rebutted: There is not one scripture to support these false claims. God does not lose sovereignty through his plan of redemption requiring men to meet his terms or be lost. Obedience to God according to the gospel is the basis of all justification, and imputation of righteousness to man. God requires confession of sins (Lk 13:3, 5; 1Jn 1:9). Faith (Jn 3:16, Eph 2:8-9) and Choice on man’s part in conformity to the plan of redemption before he justifies a man (Mk 16:16; Rom 1:5,16; 3:24-31; 5:1-11; Rev 22:17). From God’s standpoint, redemption is provided for all men, and it is his will that all accept Christ and be saved (Jn 3:16; 1 Tim 2:4; 2 Pet 3:9; Rev 22:17), but no man will be forgiven who personally refused to believed and conform to the gospel. When one does obey the gospel, then and then alone sins are forgiven and not inputted to him, and this is all imputation means in Ps 32:2; Rom 4:3-13, 22-25, 2Cor 5:19. No believer has to sin, but if he does it, it will be charged to him and he will pay the death penalty if he dies in sin (Ex 32:32; Ezek 18:4, 20-26; Rom 6:16-23; Rom 8:12-13; 1 Cor 6:9-11; Gal 5:19-21; Gal 6:7-8; 2 Tim2:12; Jam 5:19-20)