JANUARY 2018 TESTIMONIES

DIVINE HEALING

Last year, I fell sick to the extent that I did not know if I would make it till May. I thank God for putting the enemy to shame, even when the doctors could not find anything medically wrong with me, despite the series of tests that were carried out. In the middle of the night I would just wake up not able to tell what is wrong with me. Sometimes, I would come to church but there would be no life in me. I give glory to God for our Daddy, I would usually call him by 1: 00am everyday during this period to pray for me, he never declined and he even conducted series of deliverance for me. I thank God, who has not made me to be in the grave today. I thank God because, I called upon the name of Jesus and it worked for me. I thank God for the grace of God upon our father in the lord, May you continue to grow in strength and not fail, neither will you dwell in the valley of powerlessness in Jesus name, Praise the Lord!
Sis. F. O.

SUPPORT AND HEALING
I thank God for the life he gave me to enjoy in 2017. I want to thank our pastor because he took good care of all widows including myself in the church. I also want to appreciate the Elders’ chairman for his support for the widows, as well as the Men’s fellowship for assisting the widows. Something terrible would have happened to me but in it all I saw Jesus. My first son had a terrible accident, the car that hit him had a faulty head lamp, by the time his friends took him to LUTH, blood was gushing out of his nose and head. However, at the hospital the scans and tests showed that he had no broken bones and he was treated. We later took him elsewhere for further treatment and I thank God that today, he doesn’t even look like he ever had that accident. I give glory to God.
Sis. T. A. D.

15 YEARS OF GOD’S FAITHFULNESS
I thank God for what he has done in my life for his faithfulness for the past 15 years since we joined this church, I also want to appreciate Our father in the Lord for the opportunity he gave to me and my wife to serve in the church. It is by the special grace of God that we are still standing. Those who knew me in school would be able to tell that God has done wonderfully in my life. In the space of 15 years God has transformed my life to the point that I can boldly say that I am on my way to somewhere glorious!
Dcn. O.

OBEDIENCE PAYS
In the later part of the year 2017, our daddy in the lord was teaching us on finishing strong. On 29th December, I went to buy something, I paid with a five hundred naira note but the woman did not have change so I asked for 200 worth of eggs. On my way home I sat by a friends shop. A woman approached the shop with her two children and while she was coming, the Holyspirit ministered to me that I should give her the eggs. As soon as I did, the woman knelt down and shouted, thank you Jesus! She further went to explain the she thank God for providing the eggs, because she was still thinking of what to eat. The woman had not moved up to 15 meters somebody when called me and gifted me with a sum of 15000 naira. I thank God because I obeyed, according to a point our daddy made that whoever one follows will determine one’s destination. May we continue to follow Christ in Jesus name.
Mr. E.

10 YEARS STAGNATION ENDED
I just want to thank God for doing something so great and wonderful in my life. He ended 10 years stagnation. I started working in a company in Lagos in 2006. Shortly after that I was promoted and that was the end since 2007. When I was entering into the year 2017, I told God that I was going to do things differently for him, I made more efforts especially attending midweek programmes in church and the Lord told me that He would crown the year with goodness. In the second week of September, I was seated by my desk when a colleague came by and said she got a call that they needed certain people for senior positions in their organisation that she was told to bring along two other people and she thought of me. It was just like a joke, but within five weeks I got a wonderful job that I did not expect and did not struggle to get. God just decided to bless me. Praise the Lord
Sis. I. F.

MIRACOULOUS JOB PROVISION AND UPLIFTMENT
In 2016, some people were laid off In my office from the beginning of the year till May. During the May 2017 Breakthrough and deliverance service, Pastor prayed for those searching for a Job, I stood up and received it with faith. A week later, my sister in-law asked me to take my CV somewhere, I did and I was interview and employed that same day. I was to resume on the 1st of June but resumed on the 12th. Six months after, an appraisal was done, I was confirmed and promoted, after the promotion, and we marked our end of the year party on the 17th of December. During the Awards and Appreciation of staff program and to my greatest surprise, I was awarded the best staff of the year in the senior category with a car gift. Praise the Lord!
Sis. N.

MOURNING CANCELLED
Anytime the pastor prophesies that we will not mourn over any of our family members I always key into it. I thank God that I did not mourn over my daughter; although she lost a seven month old pregnancy, I thank God that she is alive and well today. Praise mighty Jesus
Sis. A.

A DIVINE NEW YEAR GIFT
I want to give glory to God for what he has done in my life just last week. I want to appreciate our pastor for his words of encouragements. God gave me a New Year gift last week, a gift that has never been received neither in my father nor my mother’s family. Praise the Lord!
Mr. O. A.

ALL REQUESTS GRANTED
I want to specially thank God for what He has done concerning my business, it started last year February and God has been awesome; the business has grown so big. I promised God that I would testify if He could grant the five things I asked of him. I told God I wanted an office space and He gave it to me, I asked for my own car and He gave me, I told God I wanted my own apartment and He gave it to me, I told God I wanted that special someone and He gave it to me. I also asked him to settle me financially and He did. Praise the living God!
Bro. G. S.

DIVINE FAVOUR AND BLESSINGS
I want to encourage the youths, especially ladies not to look down on themselves. My daughter told me that she wanted to further her studies in the United States. I told her that I did not have enough to finance her. However she insisted and to the glory of God provided the funds for her to study abroad. Today she is doing her PhD and she has also made me a grandfather. I am grateful to God for the many other things he did late last year. I attended a programme in Abuja, on my arrival I saw many big companies including Choscharis among others. God gave me something that was unique that I didn’t realise on time. After the programme I was given a royal reception and that took me to another part of the country where I was also given a military excort. I was lodged in the command guest house where God provided everything for me. I also went to Tokyo and signed an agreement but I was looking down on that agreement. However, this morning as pastor was exhorting us, he mentioned that we should not drift but be steadfast. I then realised that it was my consistency that lifted me up and I must give God all the glory. I want to encourage us to be consistent in whatever we do and God would lift you up as He has lifted me up. Praise the Lord
Bro. M. C.

PERFECT HEALTH RESTORED
I want to appreciate God concerning my health. Late last year, the devil really tried but the Lord we serve is a Mighty God. As we celebrated the crossover service on the 31st December 2017, I could say I was the happiest person. This is because I could recollect that I spent the crossover of 2006 to 2007 on the sick bed. Also in July 2017, I almost celebrated my birthday at LUTH on the sick bed. I came to pastor with all the doctor’s report and he prayed for me. Ever since then I have been experiencing the mighty hand of God upon my health. Secondly, I thank God I did not cry over my first daughter. On their way to a programme, Experience, as they wanted to cross the road, she was almost hit by a motor bike that was taking one way. I thank God that I am not mourning today, neither is my daughter on the sick bed. Also, during the October breakthrough and deliverance service, Pastor was praying and sprinkling the oil over us, I noticed a blister on my hand which was very unusual and painful, the Holy Spirit ministered to me that it was not ordinary and ordered me to touch the alter with my hand, I did and the blister dried off the next day. Praise the Lord!
Sis. T. O.

DIVINE INTERVENTION AND PROTECTION
Last year January, I went to school for my final clearance because I couldn’t do that immediately as there were some issues in school. So I went as soon as I was mobilized for NYSC. On getting to the academics section, it was discovered that none of my results was in the main campus, not even one of my results nor matric number was found. I was not told what the issue was, but I was not attended to. While I waited I unknowingly sat at the HOD’s office. The HOD came out and asked why I sat at his door; he saw tears in my eyes and decided to assist me. At the end of the day, he took me to the clearance office and signed my clearance without any delay. He only called of the lecturer who attested to the fact that I was a student and promised to send my results the next day. That was how I was able to go to camp. My primary assignment was in a very small community where snakes or scorpions were killed daily. It was as if we lived in their midst. I appreciate God that we were not attacked all through our stay there. I also want to thank God for a safe journey back home.
Sis. I.

SPEAK OUT – PART 2 (continued from Dec. 2017)

Pride, in most cases, is the reason why many do not seek for help when it is most needed. Pride is a destroyer; it has destroyed many great destinies, don’t let it destroy yours.
The Bible categorically says: “Pride goeth before destruction and an haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18).
Do not let the devil deceive you to make you think that you are so ‘anointed’ and therefore you can handle all challenges yourself. Nothing can be farther from the truth! Open up and ventilate your life for greater productivity and effectiveness. The bible says one shall chase a thousand and two shall put ten thousand to flight (Deuteronomy 32:30). What you are passing through might be more than what you alone can ‘chase’. It is not a shameful thing to open up to those who can be of help. Stop making excuses for things that are going wrong, having every reason in the world and explanation for why things are not the way they should be.
2. MAKING EXCUSES
Making excuses for things that are going wrong is another reason why many suffer in silence. Jesus told a parable how a certain man made a great supper and invited many to come. Despite the fact that all things were ready, they all made excuses and did not attend. The bible says: “And they all, with one consent began to make excuses” (Luke 14:18).
The master of the house was angry with them and brought in others to take their places; due to excuses. Your place in destiny shall not be taken by another!
Abigail is an example of a wise woman as recorded in the bible (1 Sam. 25: 14-28). She could have used her husband’s foolishness as an excuse not to be liberal and that would have resulted to a blood bath in her home. Instead, she opened up:
“Let not my Lord, I pray thee; regard this man of Belial, even Nabal: for as his name is, so is he; Nabal is his name, and folly is with him: but I thine handmaid saw not the young men of my Lord, whom thou didst send. Now therefore, my Lord, as the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, seeing the Lord hath withheld thee from coming to shed blood, and from avenging thyself with thine own hand, now let thine enemies, and thy seek evil to my Lord, be as Nabal” (1 Sam. 25: 25-26).
Stop making excuses for things that are going wrong, having every reason in the world and explanation for why things are not the way they should be. Instead, be a woman of wisdom, take action, make a move and seek help.
3. PRETENCE
Pretence is behaving in a way that is intended to deceive people. Pretence is what the bible calls Hypocrisy. Jesus was always against Hypocrites. Speaking about this, the bible says: “Unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, Hypocrites for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within Woe they are fall of extortion and excess” (Matt 23:25).
Stop covering up! Do not pretend that things are going on the right way when you know it is not. Who are you deceiving? Do you want to live in deceit all your life? Stop consoling yourself with the fact that it is so with everybody. You’ll be surprised that you are the only one left, still caught in the web of pretence; others have left! Wake up and begin to take action. Be open and sincere with yourself. Pretence is costlier than you think. When you pretend, you make a fool of yourself. In actual fact the person you are trying to impress through pretence might knows you more than you think.
When Jesus met that Samaritan woman beside the well, she appeared to be religious and she wanted to make Jesus feel that all was well with her (John 4:4-18). But, one revealing question from Jesus broke down her wall of pretence. The bible says: “Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy Husband, and come hither” (John 4:16).
Do not wait until your ball of pretence is punctured. Sit down and write those areas where you know that you need help and prayerfully begin to take action. Are you being faced with loneliness? Do you feel you are not giving your children adequate attention? May be your problem is finances or it has to do with ill health; don’t keep it to yourself.
There is no wisdom in dying in silence. Open up and give more meaning to your life

FINISHING STRONG (Zechariah 4: 6-9, Judges 6:15, Hebrews 10: 33)

There are different types of journeys in life – Journeys of Career, breakthrough, deliverance, ministry and marriage – and below are factors that determine how a journey ends:
1. The Beginning of a Journey: The foundation laid for a building/journey will determine how and what will end it.
2. The Relationships You Keep Proverbs 13: 20: These have the capacity and potential to influence your life. These are two types of relationships:
I. Jonathan and David (1 Samuel 18:1-4)
II. Samson and Delilah (Judges 16: 4-31)
3. Whatever influences your life can determine how you end. There are two types of influence.
I. Curses (Deuteronomy 27: 11-26)
II. Blessings (Deuteronomy 28: 1-14)
4. The one leading you can determine how and where you end up (John 10: 10-14).
This service, the final breakthrough and deliverance service in 2017, was a continuation of Sunday’s (24th December, 2017) sermon and in attendance were 58 first timers with 5 new converts.
PRAYER POINTS:
A. Father, everything that has turned me to a gazing stock, pack your load now.
B. Every demonic foundation I’m standing upon, affecting my life, business and career. I speak to you ground, everything you harbour that is destroying me, be pulled down now and destroyed.
C. Everyone dwelling in your house, who the enemy has sent to destroy you, Holy Ghost fire relocate them.
D. Father, every curse placed upon my head from first generation in the Mighty name of Jesus be broken.
E. Oh Lord, break every yoke over my life in Jesus name.

PRICELESS GIFT

The 2017 December Let’s Go A-Fishing themed ‘The Priceless Gift’ for the City of Refuge Zone took place at Igbeyinadun Market, off Moshalashi bus stop, Shasha, Lagos. After much awareness and evangelism done by the zonal workers, the residents of the community (mostly children) attended the two day outreach program (Dec. 22nd and 23rd). A movie titled – Yet Another Chance, whose theme is the Great White Throne Judgement of believers and non-believers with a traditional twist – was aired on both days.

PRAISE YE THE LORD

2017 saw the 10th edition of the 12 hours of praise service themed – PRAISE YE THE LORD (PYTL) and it was celebrated during the December edition (on Sunday, December 17, 2017). Inaugurated on April 7th, 2013, this edition was the best yet with non-stop celebration of God’s goodness.

The guest ministers such as Kay Wonder, Tosin Bee, Victor Praise, Bidemi Olaoba, RCCG National Praise Team brought down the presence of God with energetic praise filled with prophetic pronouncements.

The City of Refuge Choir and Drama unit were not left out either, with each praise God in wonderful renditions and presentations.

Pastor Ola Olukoyede delivered the day’s sermon on a day with an attendance of 1,400 persons, with 25 new converts. This was a remarkable service indeed.
Praise Ye the Lord!!!

Starting in Grace (Genesis 19:15 – 24)

To start in grace means that the grace of the Lord begins the year with you, see you through the year, end the year with you and defend you. The grace will fight your battles for you this year. In the passage, the bible succinctly highlights what the grace of God will do for you in 2018:

1. The grace of God will usher in angels of God, who will work for you and walk with you and your household in the mighty name of Jesus (Genesis 24:40). Brethren, there are walks you cannot walk alone. There are accomplishments in 2018 that you won’t be able to accomplish alone. This where the ministering of angels comes. In the NAME that is above every other name, in the year 2018, God, Who dispatched angels to walk with me, will dispatch angels to walk with you. God can use HIs angels to redeem you from all evils (Genesis 48 v 16). None of the evils in 2018 will come your way because the grace of God will usher in the angels of the Lord. Just like mountains surround Jerusalem, the angels of the Lord will surround you, your household, finances, business, going out and coming in and sleeping in Jesus name. So shall it be for you in 2018.

2. The Grace will make a way of escape for you and your household from any national and international disaster (Genesis 19 v 17). In 2017, there were lots of natural disasters all over the world that greatly affected nations but among those nations there were people who escaped. In the name of Jesus, wherever you go, natural disaster will not meet you. If you happen to be where a natural disaster takes place, the grace of the Lord will take you away in Jesus name. Wherever you go that an accident is waiting to happen, in the name of Jesus, the grace of the Lord will make you escape it.

3. The Lord will grant you every good desire of your heart in 2018 by grace (Genesis 19:21). You want to walk in prosperity, receive it by grace. You want to get married, receive it by grace. You need a good job, receive it by grace. You want to live in good health, receive it by grace.

4. The Lord will rain fire and brimstone upon your enemies (Genesis 19:24). Those who are saying they will trouble you, the Lord will trouble them. Everyone that will mention your name for evil this year, evil will follow them. Wherever your name is taken to for affliction, sickness, poverty and destruction, in the NAME that is above every other name, whatever they program against your name will backfire. Any conspiracy against you, all of them will scatter for your sake in Jesus name.

5. By grace your sun will rise again (Genesis 19 v 23). You will not know a better yesteryear. You will move to greater heights in Jesus name. The hand of the Lord will lift you up above your enemies in Jesus name. Until rapture comes, you will never come down in Jesus name. In 2018, you will arise and soar like the eagle in Jesus name. Everyone that says you will not arise will become your stepping stone in Jesus name.

Shalom!