PASTOR NOMTHI’S WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT @SUNDAY SERVICE
Pastor Nomthi has encouraged all believers not to lose heart during challenging times or engage their own strength in the battle of life because it would fail them. She said this while encouraging the congregation at the June 25 Sunday services. “Don’t allow your hand to be weak and don’t try to fight your battle on your own because God is there to fight it for you,” she said.
Pastor Taiwo @ Sunday Service
It was joy unlimited at the June 25 Sunday services as the church chose that date to celebrate fathers. Pastor Taiwo, in his message, said that fatherhood is a blessing. According to him, it transcends having biological children; it is a calling with blessings as demonstrated by God through His love, care, blessing, provision and protection for His children. “Fatherhood is a calling
1) Psalm 133:1-3
Let us pray for Nigeria; come against every spirit of division and ethnic bias. Ask the Lord to unite us.
2) Zephaniah 3:16-17
Let us pray for the body of Christ in Nigeria; confess this scripture and declare the faithfulness of God over her.
3) Psalm 16:6; 1 Kings 5:4
Let us thank the Lord as we confess these scriptures over our lives and declare ease in all our endeavours.
Today’s Scripture: Matthew 15:17-19
Do you not yet understand that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and is eliminated? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.
Jeff Roth tells the following tale: There once was a man who sought fame and fortune. He specifically decided to make his reputation as a spiritual teacher. He began by travelling from retreat to retreat, monastery to monastery. He checked out all the spiritual traditions, old and new. But as the years went by, he became increasingly unhappy. He was no closer to his goal of being a great teacher, and became quite depressed.
One day, on his way to a gathering, he found himself in a beautiful forest. He sat down under a magnificent tree and began to reflect on where his lust had taken him. He began to look around. He noticed the bright colours and the tranquillity that surrounded him. “This is a beautiful place,” he thought to himself. “Wouldn’t it be great if I could just live here forever?” No sooner had he thought this did a house emerge in a clearing not too far from the tree. “Wow!” he thought, pondering the strange occurrence. He sat happily a while longer and naturally he began to get hungry. “Wouldn’t it be great to have a bite to eat?” he thought. Immediately a table appeared in front of his house, filled with his favourite foods. He began to adjust himself to these mysterious occurrences, and started thinking about how nice it would be to have someone serve him the food. Just then a servant came out of the house and piled a tray with the food and brought it over to him. He thought that this was the perfect situation. “All I need now is a partner to share this life with me.” As you might expect, the door of the house opened and out came the perfect gendered person for him, and he instantly fell in love. The man continued to think that this was a strange set of occurrences. Then the thought entered his mind that perhaps all of these experiences had to do with the tree he was sitting under. “What if it’s a magic tree?” he thought. “What if there is a demon in this tree?” Suddenly, a demon jumped out of the tree and landed in front of him. Frightened beyond belief he thought, “What if it eats me up?” And it did. And that is where the story ends.
The story, fictional of course, no less underscores the power of thoughts. The truth is, we are the sum total of our thoughts. And this one truth is too profound to be trivialised by our familiarity with it.
Thoughts are powerful because they influence our actions, and set the course of our lives. Jesus put it this way: “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. These are the things which defile a man…” (Matthew 15:19-20). In other words, a man who thinks of murder and adultery will eventually commit them. And before a man gives a false testimony or slanders another, he first conceives it in his thoughts.
It was Norman Vincent Peale who said, “Change the thoughts of a man, he will change the world.” Your victory never starts from the outside; it emanates from the inside. No wonder the Bible enjoins us to guard our hearts like our life depends on it, because it does.
Today, consider what you think about. Refuse to allow unwholesome thoughts control your actions. Fill your heart with the Word of God. As you proceed to take active control of your meditations today, God will flood your spirit with instructions and solutions to problems. You will not be controlled by worry, fear or doubt. Stand victorious in every area of life, in Jesus’ name. Keep vigil over your mind.
Memorise & Meditate:
“Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23
Father, I ask You for the grace to keep my heart with all diligence and meditate on Your Word diligently. My thoughts are in alignment with God’s Will at all times, in Jesus’ name.
Today’s scripture: Jeremiah 29:7
And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray to the Lord for it; for in its peace you will have peace.
In 2005, after travelling through Africa looking for business opportunities, Australian entrepreneur Steve Killelea became discouraged. It had become apparent to him that, while there were plenty of ways to measure how violent a country was, there were no such measures of how peaceful a country was. So he decided to create the Global Peace Index. Today, the GPI measures 144 nations based on 23 indicators of the existence or absence of peace both within and outside a country’s borders. The indicators use quantitative and qualitative data from the World Bank, various U.N. offices and Peace Institutes, and the Economist Intelligence Unit and are divided into three categories: five measures of ongoing domestic and international conflict, 10 measures of safety and security in society, and eight measures of militarisation. Why is this important? Killelea argues that there is a strong correlation between prosperity and peace.
Prosperity, however divine, often happens within a context. Individual prosperity cannot exist securely amidst widespread turmoil. No matter how wealthy we are, we cannot enjoy or grow our wealth if our country of residence breaks down politically and otherwise. This is why the peace and stability of a region often plays a critical role in attracting foreign direct investment. Nobody wants to put their money down in a nation at war or on the verge of it. So in a sense, our continued prosperity on earth is somewhat tied to the continued peace and prosperity of our country.
So do you not think you ought to take out more time to intercede for your country? It would be delusional to think you can ignore the travails of your country and just go on enjoying your wealth and the pursuit of more. The truth is, you need your country to work. God expects you to pray for the peace and prosperity of the land you are in. It is for such a time as this you have been called. Go down on your knees now and pray for your country. You ignore her travails to your own detriment.
It is time for you to commit yourself in prayers and in works to the overall wellbeing of your dear nation. God will keep your country in peace and prosperity; God will keep you in peace and prosperity, in Jesus’ name.
Memorise & Meditate:
“If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
Father, today I pray for my country… (mention the name). I ask that You give our leaders the Spirit of wisdom and fear of God. Cause our land to prosper, O Lord. Let it continually be well within our borders and let us prosper individually within her walls, in Jesus’ name
Today’s scripture: Ecclesiastes 9:10a
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might….
When Dave Thomas died in 2002, he left behind more than just thousands of Wendy’s restaurants. He also left a legacy of being a practical, hardworking man, who was respected for his down-to-earth values. Among the pieces of good advice that have outlived the smiling entrepreneur is his view of what Christians should be doing with their lives. Thomas, who as a youngster was influenced for Christ by his grandmother, said that Christians should “roll up their shirt sleeves and see Christianity as faith and action.”
At no time has the demand for new, sustainable wealth-creating business ventures been louder than it is today. With the ever-increasing rate of unemployment, and the attendant social consequences, there is a need for more people to rise up to the occasion and fill in the gap. No specie of people is more equipped to do this than Christians. Creating wealth has always been a matter of identifying problems within society and coming up with innovative solutions to them.
The Bible tells us that Jesus has become to us the Wisdom of God and that wisdom has the capacity to find out the knowledge of witty inventions. The time has come for us to move from being just consumers of goods and services to producers and creators of wealth. We have the Spirit of God. We have the Wisdom of God. The time has come for us to put concrete work to our faith; to launch out into the deep with the wealth creation ideas God has birthed in our hearts. We can dominate the marketplace. We can create wealth and create jobs. The world will amass and keep, but we will create and spread to others. God is waiting for us to step up to the plate.
Interestingly, we have a helper who can teach us how to put the Word of God to work – the Holy Spirit. God is committed to prospering the work of your hands. Plan your work. Flesh out your idea. Launch out. The Lord will bless you with abundance, and the world will be a better place, in Jesus’ name.
Memorise & Meditate:
“And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth; that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers.” Deuteronomy 8:18
Father, I thank You for the rich measure of Your grace upon my life. This grace has given me unusual favour in the marketplace and I have gained leverage among my peers and contemporaries. I prosper in the works of my hands; I continually bear much fruit in Jesus’ name. Amen.
WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT FROM PASTOR NOMTHI @ THURSDAY SHOWERS
While admonishing the worshipers at the June 15 Thursday Showers service on the need for patience in order to fully access God’s blessings, Pastor Nomthi said that His children’s blessings are found and can be fully accessed in the place where He has placed or planted them. Leaving the place therefore because of temporary adversity or lack of patience, according to her, could result in totally missing out on those blessings.
She corroborated this with the story of Ruth who, despite her challenges and the little blessings she enjoyed then, did not leave Naomi or Boaz’s farm but obediently and patiently stayed where she had been placed, as advised, and got the full blessings, physically and eternally. (Ruth 2:18-23)
Pastor Nomthi noted that any believer who leaves God’s presence, whatever the excuse, always does so to his or her own detriment. “God’s blessings are given in layers, stay where He has placed you. Don’t listen to the devil’s advice to leave your place of destiny,” she advised.
PASTOR NOMTHI’S WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT @SUNDAY SERVICE
Admonishing the congregation during the Sunday services of June 15, Pastor Nomthi said that the word of God is both a believer’s sword and shield against the arrows of the enemy. According to her, once a believer understands that God is loving and can be trusted, it will be easy for him or her to believe His promises and then appropriate them.
She further said that the devil will try to instil fear in believers so as to hinder them from fulfilling their purposes. This, she said, he achieves by distracting them from reading and applying God’s word. She added that when God’s children know that their God will never leave them, as He promised in Psalm 91:3&4, they will refuse to be distracted by the devil. “The devil will throw doubts at you so that you will run away and leave your place of destiny, but you don’t need to fear him because he has been paralysed by the victory Jesus gave you. So focus on and apply the word of God for your victory and success,” she admonished.
Pastor Taiwo @ Sunday Second Service
In continuation of the message he started the previous Thursday, Pastor Taiwo at the June 18 Sunday services said that faith is required for believers to access the open door which God has already set before them. According to him, fear and negative thoughts would come to suggest otherwise to God’s children about His promise but their faith and repeated confession will bring them to their expected end. “The door is opened, so you are unstoppable. But you still have to be strong and be of good courage in spite of what you are seeing or going through so as to get the desired results. So, don’t joke with the word of God; hold on to it, believe it and confess it repeatedly,” he said.
Speaking from Revelation 3:7-9, Joshua 1:1-8, Hebrew 11:3-6, and Acts 14:7, he noted that this faith is in the finished work of Christ and it comes by hearing the word of God. This, he said, helps believers to deal with any challenge or issues of life. According to him, what believers allow themselves to hear will determine their thoughts and invariably their declarations. “You have a lot to gain if you repeatedly speak God’s word over your situation,” he stated.
He then urged everyone to always focus on God and His word and neglect the devil and his distractions. This, according to him, will make them receive the full blessings of God.
Pastor Taiwo’s full messages are available on CDs and DVDs at The Fountain of Life Church Tape Shop.
1) Isaiah 11:2
Pray for the Acting President of Nigeria; ask the Lord to endue him with wisdom, grace, good health, strength and favour.
2) Joel 2:28-30, Acts 1:8
Pray for the body of Christ; ask for a spiritual reawakening.
3) Psalm 91:2-4
Pray for yourself; ask the Lord to deliver you and yours from every form of evil.
Pastor Taiwo @ Sunday Service
At the June 11 Sunday service, Pastor Taiwo emphasised the character of God as depicted in verse 1 of Psalm 126 which shows that God is in the business of turnings things around. He cited various scriptures that prove this— Luke 4:18; 1 John 3:8; Acts 10:38 and Ephesians 2:4-6.
He urged the congregation not to waste their time in captivity just weeping but to rather sow seeds because God changes things through seeds. He also admonished all to avoid living a life of sin as this is what enslaves and keeps people in bondage, emphasising however that the purpose Jesus came was to destroy captivity or every evil work.
Pastor Taiwo stated that when God intervenes and turns things around, joy always follows. “Count it all joy, even in the thick of trouble; supernatural intervention will provoke even more joy,” he said.