THE POWER OF GOOD COMMUNICATION (PART 5)

PROBLEMS OF LACK OF GOOD COMMUNICATION AMONGST COUPLES.

1. Satan Looks for Loopholes: 2 Corinthians 11:3 says, “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve try his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” Every successful home is a threat to Satan’s kingdom, that is why he would do anything to destroy it. Unfortunately, he gains entrance to many homes often through the woman. Women are more susceptible to the attacks of Satan because of their roles in the home. She is usually more at home than the man. So, she is more available to Satan.

2. It Creates Bitterness and Trouble: Hebrews 12:15 says, “Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God, lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled.” Bitterness starts from very little things. Perhaps your spouse or a family member has done something to hurt you and you refuse to forgive him or her. Watch it, every remembrance of the incidence brings pain to you. And that’s a root of bitterness springing up gradually. If it is not dealt with immediately, it will ultimately trouble you. The term ‘springing up’ connotes a thing that starts small, and then suddenly shoots up. Once bitterness gains access into your heart and it is not immediately wiped, very soon, it will magnify itself and dominate you. Another thing about bitterness is that it actually troubles and embitters individuals. You lose your rest to bitterness. If you are bitter towards your spouse, when he or she is in the sitting room, you will want to be in the bedroom, and there is usually no rest within you. Bitterness makes you to fall short of the grace of God. This means when you harbor bitterness, you are actually frustrating the grace of God upon your life. And what are you without grace? 1 Corinthians 15:10 says, “but by the grace of God I am what I am.” So, while you need His grace to succeed in your family, bitterness can frustrate it.

3. It Breeds Unforgiveness and Wickedness: Not only does bitterness trouble individuals, it goes beyond that to defile them. It makes people filthy before God, as He sees you as an infidel and an outcast. In the Old Testament, outcasts were not permitted to dwell among other men (Isaiah 17:3). What a misery! Again, bitterness is a root that grows into the tree of unforgiveness. Wherever you see unforgiveness, know that bitterness is at its root. Unforgiveness is wickedness! An unforgiving wife or person is a wicked person, do you want to be identified with the wicked? Secondly, unforgiveness invites God’s anger. Let go of unforgiveness, so God won’t be angry with you.

REMEDY TO BITTERNESS

What you must do to overcome bitterness?
FORGIVE! Forgive whosoever has offended you including your spouse. Learn the secret of instant forgiveness, that is to forgive as soon as you are offended, whether the offender asks for it or not. The Bible says, “let bitterness be out away from you, with all malice” (Ephesians 4:31). So, forgive all people who have offended you so you can live a peaceful and burden free life. This is one of the secrets of success in marriage and family life. For wherever envy and strife are, there is confusion and every evil work. You don’t have to join many who have lost their homes and marriages to bitterness. This principle of instant forgiveness has helped me a great deal. I practice it and it has paid off for me. It pays to forgive.

SHINING LIGHT (ISAIAH 60: 1-3, 17- 22).

The first Breakthrough and Deliverance Service for the year, 2019 started with hymn ‘In Christ Alone’. And no power of hell will be able to take you away from His hand in Jesus name.
Light is the opposite of darkness, and shining is the opposite of obscurity. Light illuminates your path. It brings joy to every area that has brought in darkness. And you need light to fulfil destiny. But anywhere the enemy has overshadowed is filled with darkness. This year 2019, the Lord will shine His light on your path in Jesus name.

What It Means to Shine:
1. It means to arise from your present level to a greater and higher level (Matthew 9:6, Luke 15:18). And the situations of life determine and define your level. Whatever has bound you to a low level, God will destroy it today in Jesus name.

2. It means to overcome (Mark 5:25 – 29, John 5:5 – 9). There are situations in your life that if you don’t overcome, you will not have your testimony. Whatever has said you will not enjoy life, that brings reproach to you, will end today in the name of Jesus! As long as God is alive, today, your story will change for good in Jesus name. Every strange voice from the pit of hell asking you to do inordinate things will catch fire in the name of Jesus.

3. It means to receive favour (1 Samuel 2:26). It is not enough for you to overcome, when you overcome you must move forward. And to move forward, you need favour. No one succeeds alone. God will send favour to you today in the Mighty name of Jesus.

4. It means to have Jesus. This is the greatest form of shining because Jesus is the only one that can bring light into darkness. He can also turn every darkness into light. If you don’t have Jesus, you don’t have light. If you are not born again, it doesn’t matter who prays for you, who lays hands upon you, your problem can never be solved. Salvation is in the name of the Lord and not by your attendance in church. Be wise (22 people accepted Jesus during the service).
From today no one will be able to describe you with problems in Jesus name (AMEN!).

PRAYER POINTS:
I. Father! Let your light locate every point of darkness in my life and destroy them in the name of Jesus.
II. Father! Every aspect of my life where the enemy has introduced darkness let the power of God deliver me today.
III. Father! I decree by the Blood of Jesus, arise by fire, pursue my enemies.
IV. Father! In the name of Jesus, every serpent of darkness assigned against my life, hear the Word of the Lord, loose me and let me go!

There were 49 guests (first timers) during this service. Whatever it takes, do not miss the February edition.

REMEMBER: The only thing that will make your deliverance permanent is your ability to say NO to sin and satanic influences; and you can only do this by surrendering your life to Christ today.
God bless you.

JANUARY 2019 TESTIMONIES

GRACEFUL END & EVIL RETURNED TO SENDER
I want to specially thank God for two major things. He saw me through the organisation where I had worked for many years and He helped me to bow out gracefully. Before the end of December 2018, we went somewhere to work and looking at the records, I discovered that my staff had not been working there. I enquired why this was so and I was told that it was because the property owner was a herbalist, so they were afraid to go there. However, I went to the place myself, truly the man wanted to demonstrate that he had powers. He tried to direct some evil at me but God took the glory. Knowing that a child of God must never be a coward, I confronted him with the Word of the Lord and all the evil returned to him. I give God all the glory.
Dcn. A.

DIVINE PROTECTION AND FEAR REMOVED
I thank God that 5 years ago, God used my husband to make a great decision in my life. I resigned from my job without hesitation to attend a fashion school. And I thank God because, today, I have a fashion school of my own which is 5 years old today. So far, I have not had a reason to regret resigning. I also want to say THANK YOU to Jesus for always protecting my husband on his numerous journeys by both air and land. I have never received a distress call from him. I thank God for His faithfulness in my son’s life too. And I also appreciate God for removing the spirit of fear from my life. A lot of friends told me that I could not drive and this became a serious challenge for me. I attended a driving school but 4 years later, I still did not drive. There was a particular Sunday that pastor encouraged us to sow a seed and help someone, and that day someone requested for my help which I offered and I prayed to God to also help me overcome my fear of driving by the reason of the seed. I thank God that today I can now drive well, even if a trailer is by me. God helped me through and He made 2018 a blessed year for me. Praise the living Jesus!
Sis. D. D

IT ENDED IN JOY!
December 2017, I received a distress call from my daughter; I called our Daddy and Mummy-in-the-Lord and they prayed with me. Later, I travelled to meet her in the UK. I also called my son in Atlanta, informing him of the situation and requested that he join me in prayers. 24th December, we were asked to bail my daughter’s husband, whom the home office had picked up. After listening to the home office lawyer, the judge overruled the office lawyers claims and said he must be making a mistake because my son-in-law and daughter were legally married having reviewed their documents. The judge then asked him to go home and help his wife, my daughter, who was heavily pregnant. That was how he was released. In February 2018, he was picked up again, and I called mummy again and she told me not to worry and just hold on to God’s promises. The following Thursday, my son-in-law called me from detention that he would be arraigned in court the same day at 5pm. So, I called the lawyer and he said he was already going to court. The judge asked if this was not the same man that was brought before him a few months ago and he asked him to be released. However, there was a man who was attacking my son in-law telling him that he was to be deported because his name was already on the manifest. Upon looking at the list again, it was seen that his name was not on the manifest. In April, when my daughter put to bed, I went to the UK again, and on a certain day while I was at home, the doorbell rang and, behold, it was my daughter’s British stay that was being delivered. The following week, my daughter’s passport, my son-in-law’s and my two grandsons came out. Today, the entire family are British citizens. Praise the Lord!
Mrs L. O.

DIVINE RESTORATION & MYSTERIOUS CALL DESTROYED
I want to give God all the glory for restoring one of my son’s academic life which was almost cut off in 2017. He was suspended from school during his second term but today, he became the best in WAEC and is currently undergoing training at the Defence Academy. Early last year, I kept receiving mysterious calls but the caller mostly remained mute whenever I answered it. Whenever he spoke, it was in a language I did not understand. This went on until the end of February. One day my younger sister called me and instructed me not to go out between March 24th and 25th, that there would be a strange call that would require me leaving the house; that if I answered the call and leave the house, I would not return alive. I informed my wife and we prayed together. We attended the March BDS – Silencing the Voice of the Enemies, which came at the nick of time. Before then, I had made a promise to God which I wanted to fulfil in 10 months, so I told Him that I could not die before fulfilling my promise. I was upstairs during the BDS and the strange call started coming in, while Pastor was declaring against voices from the grave and that was how the Lord delivered me. I am standing here as a living soul to thank God. Praise the Lord!
Mr I. O.

MIRACULOUS DELIVERY
I give all the glory to God Almighty concerning my daughter. In November, during the naming ceremony of her baby, somebody peeped through the window of her house and said congratulations. I asked her why did she not come in to greet them and I was told that my daughter’s case was different in the community because, until the church intervened, most women at childbirth, are usually the ones calling for help. And some would die at childbirth and their husbands would be called to carry their corpse but when she heard the sound of the baby and mother alive, she had to stop and congratulate us. Even though the devil tried his best, God still spared my daughter’s life and even gave me another grandchild that same month. I give glory to God even for the ones I am still expecting. Praise the Lord!
Mrs M. J.

GOD IS FAITHFUL
I was going through some challenges and I decided to hold on until I got victory before telling Pastor. However, along the line, I decided to inform him and he prayed with me. For a year, I travelled every weekend by air from between Abuja and Lagos and I thank God for His divine protection the entire time. During the challenge, my name was sent to the CBN governor for approval by someone I don’t even know, I just kept praying and having faith. I also met with Mummy GO and she said God is working on it already. Meanwhile I received a call before the 31st of December for a next level from overseas, I don’t know how they got my contact and as regards the approval from the governor I know it will be done in Jesus name. Glory to God!
Bro. E. A.

GOD LOVES ME SO MUCH
Since I joined this church, God has shown me so much love; he delivered me of all my problems. Before Pastor travelled to resume his job at Abuja, I was always coming to him for prayers but since he was no longer as available as then God has given me power and grace to pray for myself with results, Praise the Lord! God has been so kind to me and He even used my children to teach me how to speak English fluently. God also gave me a second great grandchild on New Year Day. May all glory, honour and adoration be to Him in Jesus name!
Elder F. I.

BACK TO NORMAL
Last week, when I visited my daughter, she asked me if I did not notice her bulging stomach which had been making her uncomfortable. She went further to say people have reproached her and said so many things about that stomach and she believed that when Daddy would come, she would receive her healing. And, truly, when he came the stomach became normal. Praise the Lord!
Anonymous.

Breakthrough & Deliverance Service

Date: 26th January, 2019
Time: 7AM – 10AM
Topic: Shining Light

DON’T MISS IT!!!

CELEBRATION AT THE 13TH PRAISE YE THE LORD

There was increased celebration in RCCG City of Refuge on Sunday, December 16th 2018 during the 12 hours of non-stop praise Service themed Praise Ye The Lord. The program has produced 13 editions within its short time of existence, with its attendance continuously being on an upward trend.

This edition was flagged off with the opening prayer by Deaconess Esther Adeyeri; as the City of Refuge Choir were already in waiting to sing like Angels. To God be the Glory, Nigerian leading artists inclusive of Ebenezer Obey, Tim Godfrey, Yetunde Are, Kay Wonder and RCCG Praise Team all ministered during the service. They did not only assert themselves, but won many souls for the Lord. The RCCG Regional Evangelist, Pastor Sam Macdallys was also present as he blessed the people of God, while the Children and Teenagers’ presentations won the hearts of the many.

Another notable highlight of the marathon service was the recognition and presentation of awards to Pastor and Pastor Mrs. Ola Olukoyede for their leadership over the church. And at the end of the service, a little over 12 hours, Pastor Ola rounded up with prayers for the congregation.

Hallelujah!

DECEMBER 2018 TESTIMONIES

I AM NOT A BEGGAR
25 years ago, my people looked at me and some of them said that I would be a beggar. But I replied that it was not my portion, that instead of me being a beggar I would be giving to people and I would be paying salaries. They thought I was joking. I went on with my life and to the glory of God today, I am married, with my own car, two houses and a company. I give all the praises to God.
Anonymous

FAVOUR
On the last Sunday in October, Pastor preached that no one succeeds without a helper and suddenly, he came down towards the choir stand and laid his hands on some of us. The week after, someone called me to help erect a replica of our altar here in a church under Province 18 and I told her that it wasn’t a cheap job but she replied, ‘No problem’. And to the glory of God, I started the altar in the first week of November and within three weeks, I delivered the job. Also, none of my workers were hurt in the process. Glory be to God.
Bro. T.

VINDICATION
Sometime in June at the Microfinance Bank where I work, a colleague of mine (a cashier like me) who had been using my log in details without my knowledge for fraud, absconded with ₦3 million. On a fateful day at the office, I was arrested and this colleague had stopped coming to work since Monday, pretending to be sick. At the end of the (work) day, we got to her house but she was not there. Then the landlady took us to her husband’s shop but he was not there too. So, the policemen said that ‘I was in for it’ and I was taken to a cell where I was overnight. During this time, I was also pregnant within 2 weeks to my due date. On Friday, she was arrested and I was released but ever since we had been on the case, going to the police station in order to absolve my name. on Wednesday, the MD of the Bank suddenly called me to say that I had been cleared of the fraud and I should resume on Monday. I am here to give God the glory for vindicating me and fighting my battles. Praise the Lord!
Sis. L.

DIVINE HEALING
Last year, between December and February, I lost three people to breast cancer and the enemy started telling me that it was my turn. But I kept saying, ‘NO.’ I was 40 in October but the enemy was telling me before then that I would not clock 40, that instead of a birthday celebration it would be my obituary. I became depressed but I kept praying. I was using the RCCG Convention mantles to pray and at the end of everything, God healed me. But last Sunday, it started again, so I went back to the hospital where I was told to go for mammogram and other sorts of tests but in the course of the week, all the pains disappeared. PRAISE THE LORD!
Sis. O. O.

THE FAITHFULNESS OF GOD
Earlier this year, it did not look like anything good would come out from me but God Almighty has proven Himself so strong in my life. I requested for three things that God should do for me this year and by the grace of God, two have been done. I am now a landlord by the grace of God because when I newly arrived Lagos, I did not have a place to stay and I slept under the aircraft where I worked. Also, my certificate was withheld after graduating in 2015 but by October this year, I was given my certificate and I came out excellently.
Bro. E. A.

SPEEDY RECOVERY FROM ILLNESS
I thank God for quickly recovering from sickness. It was very serious but God took control. I want to thank my father-in-the-Lord for his continuous prayers for me; may God bless him and his family in Jesus name (Amen). I also want to thank the elders for their prayers and calls while I was in the hospital, may God bless them and make them well in Jesus name (Amen).
Mrs. A. T.

DEATH AVERTED
Before coming to this church, other churches we had been to kept telling us that before my father’s burial, somebody else would die. So, we kept praying against it. The last day of November, my mother fell ill and she was rushed to the hospital, and on the same day, my immediate younger sister who was pregnant called one of my other sisters that she was in labour and went to the hospital. I was confused and I told the Lord to take charge that I would not bury anybody this year. As God would have it, my younger sister was delivered of a bouncing baby boy and my mother was also discharged from the hospital, and she is healthy now. Glory be to God.
Bro. I.

DIVINE SURPRISE AND HEALING
During the November thanksgiving service, Pastor told us to ask for help. I had already given up hope, I didn’t want to trust anybody but he kept saying that we should ask for help. With tears in my eyes, I asked because I had been waiting for two years asking for this request. During that same week, the Lord surprised me from where I least expected. On Friday, my mother fell ill and started crying asking us to pray for her. She began to speak like she was prepared to die. We were scared because Tuesday was the 3rd anniversary of my Step Father’s death and we were told back then that my mother would pass on shortly. But I thank God because today, she is hale and hearty. Praise the Lord.
Sis. A. O.

UNTIMELY DEATH BROUGHT TO AN END
I thank God for bringing to an end untimely death in my lineage. In my family, we used to bury someone yearly. But last year (2017) and this year (2018), we did not bury anybody. I give God all the glory.
Sis. N. O. B.

THE POWER OF GOOD COMMUNICATION (PART 4)

Know that your wife will not plan your hurt neither would your husband want to harm you. The devil is behind the strife in your home. He is hanging around, in an attempt to destroy your covenant dominion in Christ. But you can choose not to give him any room. Once there is agreement in the three dimensions of a man’s life (spirit, soul and body) the couple have in their hands one of the most potent forces. Agreement in the body entails not being committed to any other person physically, but your spouse. In the realm of the mind, you should share the same thoughts, imaginations, dreams and aspirations. As it was in Genesis 11:6, a husband and wife can also be totally united, believing in the same things and sharing a unity of faith. It is time couples resolved whatever differences exist between them otherwise they will lose their dominion. If both parties will only purpose to be in total agreement on all issues concerning their home, it will be impossible for barrenness, financial difficulties etc. to have access to them.

When a couple has an enlightened understanding of their needs and are open to the help God is sending them in each other, marital conflicts subsides and each spouse is honoured and respected. Each of them, therefore, has dependency needs the must be met. It is surprising to see women who have a good understanding of their boss’ needs but not their husband’s. You see, when I got married, my husband and I were strangers, having no understanding of our courtships. This affected our relationship, but eventually time passed and we put commitment and sacrifice to our marriage and our home became real inspire of setbacks and disappointments. Few years after our marriage, things began to fall in place as we began to have enlightened understanding of each other’s needs.

“Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing” (Proverbs 12:18).
We must not allow our past to affect our future no matter what the situation maybe. You are wise if you will look at the good traits God has put into your man, and start to affirm, lift up and praise those traits. It does not matter what the situation of your spouse is right now. Your words can lift him up and strengthen him. When a man’s spirit is crushed, he becomes vulnerable to physical and spiritual attacks. You can begin to cultivate the habit of speaking positive words to your husband. Don’t ever curse him. Remember that you have become one, spiritually, and that is how some couple fail to notice it because they are used to saying negative things to their partners which later in future affects both of them. Know that what you say is what you will see and what you see is what you get.

GREAT JOY (Matthew 2:1-10)

Greater is the end of a thing than the beginning there of. It is never too late for you to testify of God’s goodness. The last Breakthrough and Deliverance Service for the year 2018 titled ‘GREAT JOY’ indeed kicked off with great joy with the hymn Joy to the world but God proved to be unpredictable by changing the message from Great Joy to ‘BREAKING EVERY YOKE THAT HAS TAKEN JOY AWAY FROM YOUR LIFE’.

The sermon was focused on (spiritual) prisons. Prisons house the saddest people in society because they do not have access to joy and they cannot make any form of progress. And the worst prison a man can be locked in is the Prison of Sin. Prisoners of sin are those who have been held captive by sinful acts or lifestyles, they cannot leave sin by themselves. And where there is sin, there is death which can be spiritual, marital, financial, career etc. So, prisoners of this kind can only be released by deliverance seasoned with prayers and fasting. And if you can deal with sin in your life, you can deal with every other thing.

The joy of the Lord cannot locate prisoners but Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not? (Lamentations 3:37). 73 people were released from the prison of sin by giving their lives to Christ while 48 were in attendance for the first time.

Prayers:

1. I decree over you the sun will not set until you are victorious in Jesus name.

2. Holy Ghost will bring you out from wherever the enemy has kept you in Jesus name.

3. Every gang up against you that says on your day of joy your sit will be vacant, I destroy them by fire in Jesus name.

4. Every conspiracy against you shall be a ladder of progress in Jesus name.

5. I reverse every sentence of the enemy over my life in Jesus name.
This message continued on Monday, 31st December 2018 during the Cross Over Service – LAST NIGHT IN SLAVERY. You can order for your copy by contacting us on social media or via this phone number – 09090879801.

YEAR OF DESTINY FULFILLMENT – EXODUS 23:20-26

Thank God, the Most High, we made it to year 2019; in spite of all the devil’s attempt to destroy our lives and make life miserable for us, God stood by us and He took absolute control, defended us all the way, shielded us from all attacks and gave us everlasting victory. I rejoice with you and your household that you are alive and among the living who shouted “HAPPY NEW YEAR!” on January 1st 2019, Glory be to the name of the LORD.

The Lord spoke to us during the crossover service that this year shall be a year of DESTINY FULFILLMENT. This means that the Lord will take us to our place of destiny and the land of fulfillment which He has prepared for us from the very beginning. Destiny fulfillment connotes reaching your goal in life and accomplishing the purpose for which God has created you, in addition to doing HIS will. I will like to take you back to our bible text for this month. The same prophecy God is giving us, He gave to the children of Israel. I see you reaching your goal this year in Jesus name. All oppositions that had hindered you in 2018, you shall see them no more. You shall have fulfillment in your career, fulfillment in your home, fulfillment in your finances, fulfillment in your body health-wise, fulfillment in ministry and in God’s calling upon your life in 2019 in Jesus Name.

Exodus 23:20 says the Lord will send an angel before the Israelites to keep them in the way; the way to journey of destiny fulfillment can only be discovered by God and HE is the only one who can lead us and show us the way and so I enjoin you to allow Him to lead you this year. Be rest assured that when Jesus leads you will never go astray. In the same verse, we also discover where God was leading them “and to bring thee into the place which I HAVE PREPARED.” It is obvious from the passage that it is God who prepares a place of destiny fulfillment, not your power, ability, connection, wealth nor knowledge. I pray for you that God will remember you and bring this into fulfillment in your life in Jesus Name.

What is expected of us to make this promise come to pass in our lives? Verse 22 says, “if thou shall obey his voice” (the words God spoke through the mouth of the Angel) and also in verses 24 and 25, all of this is pointing to OBEDIENCE. To get to your place of destiny fulfillment this year, you must obey God and His commandments, abstain from things that are not of God, surrender your life to Jesus Christ completely, pray in season and out of season, give to the poor and support the needy and it shall be well with you in Jesus Name.

Prayer Points
1. Thank God and give Him praise for His manifold blessings upon your life and protection throughout the year 2018 and also bringing you into the glorious year 2019. Thank Him for the gift of life.
2. Father! You brought me this far to lead me into my destiny this year, please Lord prepare a place of Glorious destiny for me this year in Jesus Name.
3. Father! You are the only person who can lead me into destiny, please Lord hold my hand as I follow you in Jesus Name.
4. I decree and declare that whatever I lay my hands upon in this New Year shall prosper in Jesus Name.
5. I have started this year well, if Jesus tarries, I shall end it well in Jesus Name.

Shalom and Happy New Year!