THE MANTLE

A mantle is said to be a garment representing authority or status, capable of affording protection. The mantle is seen as a man with a title or portfolio. Therefore, the man in Man-tle is an adult male decorated with authority and power in a position deemed fit to accept, shoulder and discharge responsibilities in the right and appropriate sequence.

Responsibility, here, can be seen in two ways:

  1. Response
  2. Visibility/Vision

The Man MUST be able to respond to visibilities; that is, he should pay attention to the necessities of the family life in these areas – Spiritual, Physical, Mental, Financial, Academical, Material, and Social.

The family life should possess the quality of love, care, protection, provision, tolerance, teaching and mentoring.

Let’s look at Man-tle as it relates to family life:

  1. Basic Healthcare: All family members should have at least a certain level of medical care from time to time.
  2. Parenting/Family Development: Sound education, good social behaviour, and beneficial religious doctrine.

A family should be happy always. When building a home that houses happiness, it is important to do certain things. These seemingly minor activities have the capacity to reward your family richly especially in the area of unity.

Closeness, within the family, is very important and one avenue of achieving it is by cultivating the habit of eating together. It is obvious that all members of the family cannot be present at all meals, but you can make a habit of eating dinner together daily. Another way to achieve this close bond is to vacation together. The experience and joy that comes from a family vacation are uniquely beautiful, as it helps the family to form a closer bond.

In conclusion, to really build a happy family life, you need to create a positive environment for every family member as well as improve strong family ties, self-esteem, and creativity in physical and mental fitness.

By Sandy Monday

GOD’S BENEVOLENCE – Genesis 6:7-8

Glory be to God for the privilege He has given us to see and witness a new month in the year 2019. May His Name be praised for the gift of life and divine provisions. I welcome you all to the month of May, the fifth month of the year and the month of Grace; may the Grace of God abide with us throughout this month and beyond in Jesus Name. The Lord will make this month the best month so far in our lives. The Hands of the Lord will be strong upon us and do us good this month of May. And no weapon formed or fashioned against us will prosper in Jesus Name.

‘And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy’ (Exodus 33:19).

When Moses found Grace in God’s sight, the Lord became benevolent towards him. As you find Grace in God’s sight this month, may the benevolence of God be your portion. May you find favour in His sight in Jesus Name. When God shows you His benevolence, He will make His goodness to pass before you and show you mercy. All these will be your portion this month in Jesus Name.

Grace is the supernatural benevolence of God to bless us with favour and blessings we do not deserve. In life, there are 5 levels of Grace:

  1. Grace at Salvation – ‘For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men’ (Titus 2:11). The Bible describes this level of grace as the benevolence of God which was made available to us while we were dead in sins. It is this Grace that has quickened us together with Christ in whom we have redemption through His blood and the forgiveness of sins according to the riches of His Grace.
  2. Sufficient Grace – ‘And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me’ (2 Corinthians 12:9). This type of Grace will give you the kind of encouragement you need when you are down or confused. When it looks like the world is going to collapse upon you, this level of Grace keeps you going. I pray that the Sufficient Grace of God will be available for you when you are in crisis In Jesus Name.
  3. Abundant Grace – ‘For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God’ (2 Corinthians 4:15). ‘And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus’ (1 Timothy 1:14). The Bible describes Abundant Grace as God’s benevolence of divine provisions in times of need. May you be a beneficiary of divine provisions before the need arises in your life.
  4. Great Grace – ‘And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all’ (Acts 4:33). This is the Grace that backs one up in the world of demonstration of God’s power and working of miracles, healing the sick, delivering the oppressed and setting the captives free. May your life experience this level of Grace this month in Jesus Name.
  5. All Grace – ‘But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you’ (1 Peter 5:10). May all Grace that you need to make life good for you be made available to you by God’s special benevolence unto you this month in Jesus Name.

PRAYER POINTS 

  1. Thank God and give Him praise for bringing you into the month of May, the month of Grace. Thank Him for the gift of life and miracle of sleeping and waking up.
  2. Let this month be a month of testimonies for me in Jesus Name.
  • Lord, please show me Your mercies this month in Jesus Name.
  1. Father, please do not allow me to fall victim of the enemies and do not allow evil eyes to see me this month in Jesus Name.
  2. I ask for All Grace to abound in my life month in Jesus Name.

Shalom and Happy New Month

God bless you.

Easter Let’s Go A Fishing

The Redeem Christian Church of God embarked on its Easter outreach program tagged LET’S GO A-FISHING. The two-day event coincided with the crucifixion, death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

In line with her passion for soul winning, RCCG City of Refuge partook in the outreach themed “THERE IS HOPE” (1st Corinthians 15:12-22). The program, which is in tandem with the church’s mission and vision, kicked off on Good Friday, April 19th along Igando-Isheri Road, Lagos with evangelism within which were several street dramas that raised awareness about the event.

At 5:30 pm, the program officially commenced at Diamond Estate’s Recreational Park, Igando-Isheri. The Zonal Pastor, City of Refuge, Pastor Ola Olukoyede elucidated the significance of Easter, admonishing those present to see it as a period of Hope and not sadness because Jesus’ death paid the price of sin for humanity and marked the end of satanic torment. He also reminded everyone to have Hope and Faith in God because on the third day Christ conquered the grave and resurrected.

Instead of crying why not celebrate Him, he added.

Later that night, the outreach’s main attraction – a movie titled “The Missing Link” – was aired.

The program continued on Saturday, April 20th with more evangelism, spontaneous street dramas and public awareness, as well as the completion of the movie aired the day before. During the course of the two-day outreach, 39 souls were saved for Christ, the youth conducted a street cleaning exercise, we hosted a representative of our General Overseer, Pastor E. A. Adeboye and announced the birth of a new church in the environment.

Glory to God.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS 2

These are Questions Asked by Several Women and My Responses to Them. I Hope You Will Learn from Their Experiences.

QUESTION 3

I realize my husband is having extramarital affairs but he is so smart, every-time I am set to catch him, he escapes.

ANSWER

I thank God for yours and your husband’s lives. Remember, a man will always be a man, you don’t need to set out to catch him because a lot of men will deny such accusations. What you need to do is to be more prayerful than ever before. Secondly, check yourself to see where you may have missed it. And pray for him to have a repentant heart.

 

QUESTION 4

My husband doesn’t give me feeding allowance, he only pays the school fees and house rent; and with the kind of work he is doing, he can afford it. He said it is my own responsibility.

ANSWER

1 Timothy 5:8 says “but if any provide not for his own, and especially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” As a child of God, it is the responsibility of a man to pay the school fees, house rent, and feeding allowance. As believers, according to the word of God, we are supposed to take care of our families. Therefore, you need to pray about it and afterwards, look for someone capable of convincing him on the importance of providing for his family. A woman can also support but it’s not her sole responsibility. When you take care of your family, God will direct His blessings to you.

 

QUESTION 5

Mummy, my husband does not appreciate any of my efforts, instead, he nags and curses me on a regular basis.

ANSWER

This attitude shows that your husband has not surrendered his life unto God. Your wife, after marriage, automatically becomes a part of you (husband), so how can he curse and beat himself? Foremost, you need to pray for the salvation of his soul. When he is saved, his mind and attitude will be changed. As a believer, you are not permitted to leave your unbelieving husband, but you can bring him to Christ through your godly character. Peradventure your husband is a believer, because you did not mention it, and he is still doing all these things, then you need to intensify your prayers asking for the manifestation of the fruits of the Holy Spirit in his life while you increase your patience.

 

QUESTION 6

What can I do Ma? My husband always compares me with his mother, sisters, past girlfriends and women around him.

ANSWER

You can start by looking for a time when he is in a good mood to prayerfully discuss it with him. It is actually wrong for a man to compare his wife with his mother, sisters or past girlfriends. Such an attitude is very bad. Everyone is unique, we all have our strengths, differences, and weaknesses. This is why Christian courtship is necessary because it gives you and your intended spouse the opportunity to discuss your likes and dislikes before marriage. You can also discuss it with his mentor, but if he doesn’t change his ways afterwards, don’t take it so seriously, he will get over it.

THE TIDE SHALL TURN (PART 2)

In continuation with the March Breakthrough and Deliverance Service, the Lord ministered unto His people (where 14 were first-time attendees) on the role remembrance plays when the tides are turned in a man’s favour as seen in 2 Samuel 9:1 – 13. Here are a few key components that led to the tide turning in Mephibosheth’s favour.

  1. When it is your time, God can use anyone (irrespective of age or status) to turn the tide in your favour. So, never look down upon anyone.
  2. 2 Samuel 9:3 speaks of the power of connection. The power of connection will work in your favour in Jesus name.
  3. King David set out to favour a member of Saul’s household for Jonathan’s sake.
  4. Your location sometimes matters in how far you can go in life. Lo Debar means ‘not having’ or ‘low pasture’; it was a town of forgotten people (a slum) (2 Samuel 9:4). However, in spite of this, God found Mephibosheth. Help will locate you today in the name of Jesus.

After the tide turns in a man’s favour, Psalm 126 becomes his testimony.

If God could repair Mephibosheth’s life, He will also locate you in the name of Jesus. Therefore, do not ever allow a condition to define you. Instead, make positive confessions about yourself.

Remember, Jesus is the One Who turns tides. Whenever God remembers His (Jesus) sacrifice, He turns the tide in your favour; which begs the question – do you have a genuine relationship with Jesus? (16 people accepted Jesus during the service).

Psalm 40:2 shall find expression in your life in Jesus name.

During the course of the service, the Lord dealt with people afflicted by these 5 spirits (familiar/unclean spirits, the spirit of setback, the spirit of evil projection, the spirit of near-success and the spirit of ‘up-today-down-tomorrow’.

Prayer Points

  1. Every satanic padlock used to lock my destiny, wherever you are I unlock you now.
  2. Father, that contact that will hear my story and proffer solution to my problems, connect me to him/her.
  3. Father, connect me with my destiny helpers before the end of this month.

Glory to God.

APRIL 2019 TESTIMONIES

GRACE TO FAST AND PRAY

I want to appreciate God for what He did for me during the 49-day fast. I did not use to fast in the past because I had a serious ulcer. If I fasted for just a day, it would turn into a month of health crises; so, I was always scared of fasting. But this year I told God that I really wanted to partake of the fasting with the brethren. The first day, I was afraid but I summoned courage and started not minding the consequences. And from the day I started till the day I stopped, I never had any crises and the ulcer has gone. Praise the Lord!

Sis. E. M.

 

DIVINE PROTECTION

I want to thank God for what He has been doing in my family, this year He gave us a major breakthrough. I also want to thank God because on the first Monday in March, I had just resumed at the Lagos State Teaching Hospital where I was supposed to meet a client. I alighted from the car with my sales rep after we had parked the car and a jeep came rushing towards our car with high speed and the only thing I could do was to shout Jesus because I was confused. Suddenly, the driver swerved and the car spun around three times. I thank God because the vehicle did not hit us. I also thank God for seeing me through a mini-surgery and since then I did not have any complication arising from the surgery. I return all the glory to God. In addition, I want to thank God for my younger sister who graduated from the University of Lagos last week with a second-class upper division in Engineering, despite the challenges of being on medication. Finally, I want to thank God over our last born, who recently gained admission into a university. I give God all the glory in Jesus name. Amen

Sis. P. E.

 

GOD IS FAITHFUL

I want to appreciate God on behalf of my family for what He has been doing for us. He has been faithful. Months back, I lost my job and had since been trusting God for another one. 2 weeks ago, I met with Bro. Ebenezer and told him that I did not understand how my life was going. He asked me if I was born again, I said yes. He asked me to check myself to see if I was indulging in anything that did not please God, so I did and I concluded it must be that I still patronize beer parlours. So, I decided to not visit them anymore and to the glory of God, yesterday I was invited to resume work at a place I never dreamt of. Praise the Lord!

Anonymous

 

PAYMENTS MADE

I just want to appreciate God because He is in this place. I had been trusting God for the payments of a particular contract which we executed but the money was delayed, and I had been praying about it. During the last BDS, Pastor said, “there was someone here who thinks he has lost a contract but the contract is coming back to you.” I bless God because not only was the contract restored to me, all our outstanding payments were also made last week. I also thank God for our 13th year wedding anniversary, I give glory to Him for His faithfulness, and our children will be celebrating their birthdays this month too. Praise the Lord!

Mr D.

 

DIVINE HEALING

At the beginning of this year, I had some health challenges and I felt I could not participate in the general fasting and prayer program. However, I trusted God and prayed. I came to the altar and made a vow to God that if He would heal me of the stomach problem I had, I would come to praise him. I thank God that for the first time I was able to fast almost all through the 40 days. I bless the name of the Lord because I know that by this He has healed me in Jesus name. Amen.

Sis. T. B.

 

OLDER AND STRONGER

I am giving this testimony to the Almightiness of God. In 1999, I had to undergo major surgery and God saw me through, but ever since I had been having stomach problems. My daughter also underwent surgery and God made it successful. During these periods, death snatched two of my sisters in five months, I also lost my brother and everything was really rough. I went to see Daddy Ola Olukoyede who just resumed at the church at that time. I explained everything to Daddy and he prayed for me. After he prayed, he said that the Lord would restore my health. Five years ago, I celebrated my sixtieth birthday anniversary and Daddy prophesied that as I grow older, I would only look younger. I am 65 years old today, hale and hearty. Praise the Lord!

Dcns. E. A.

 

REINSTATED TO WORK

I am here to testify to the glory of the Lord. Last year, I got a job as an assistant through a friend. I was being paid by my friend instead of the company. In December, the owner of the company, a white lady, paid us directly in dollars and said she did so instead of throwing us an end of the year party. My friend got to know and was angry that I was paid the same amount as her. In January, she called and said that we had been directed to return a part of the money. I told her that I had already given the money to my mum, and she later said that I wasn’t going to work with her again. In March, Pastor was praying and he asked us to ask for something we would like God to do for us that week and he returned to his seat. When he came back to the altar, he said God told him that someone in the congregation asked that God will touch the heart of someone to call you back to work. Three days later I was called back to work. Praise the Lord!

Sis. O. E.

 

GOD SAVED US

Last month on the 10th, it was a Sunday evening and I was getting ready to sleep. I decided to have a bath and upon getting back from the bathroom, I saw that my ceiling fan had fallen on my bed. I praise God that nobody was on the bed at the time it fell. My younger daughter who was always fond of staying in my room had just returned to the school that day. I thank God that she was not around. I can’t imagine what could have happened. Praise the Lord!

Mrs D.

 

I GOT MY DREAM JOB

I want to thank God for what He has been doing in my life in the recent past. He has been doing so many wonderful things in my life. I thank God for what he particularly did in my mum’s life, three weeks back, she underwent eye surgery and it was a very huge success. I want to bless God because even the doctor testified that my mum’s surgery was about the most successful even though her eyes were about the worst case; each time my mum calls she says that her eyes are as good as new. Secondly, just before I graduated from university in 2017, I prayed to God that I did not want to spend any time out of school unemployed. I want to thank God that my prayer was answered. Few months after my graduation I got the job that brought me to Lagos and when I resumed, I discovered that the job did not commensurate with the pay. So, I began praying for a better job and I got my dream job on the 1st of April 2019. I just want to give God all the glory!

Mr E.

 

MIRACLE JOB

I want to thank God for His presence in this place and the gift of God in the life of our Pastor. During the January BDS, Pastor gave a word of knowledge and said before the end of January somebody was going to get a job. And I was already praying to God for a new Job. On the 30th of January, I told God that it was just a day left for the month to end and I had still not gotten the job. Miraculously the following day, I got two job offers. Praise the Lord!

Sis. E. O.

 

GOD SPARED ME

About 2 weeks ago, I was on my way to Abuja from Lagos but our bus had a flat tyre immediately we got to Ondo State. We continued the journey when the tyre was changed, but between Kogi and Abaji, we heard a gunshot behind our car. I advised the driver to increase his speed and as soon as he did another set of armed robbers crossed our way, so we had to park. The car doors were opened and everyone fled. As I was running, I fell on the express road but I managed to enter into a ditch. While I was there, I could hear the armed robbers shooting sporadically. I decided to jump down the ditch and what I saw was a man in white being escorted by a man with a gun, I felt it wasn’t safe enough so I went further into the bush. We were in the bush for about an hour and thirty minutes before the police came. But they just drove through blaring their sirens, they did not even check what was happening. Not long afterwards, the military who were on patrol came and rescued us. On getting to the car we discovered that a passenger had sustained bullet wounds and was left in the car. We took him to the hospital and continued on our journey. I want to thank God for sparing my life even though I lost some properties in the attack.

Mr O. T. E.

 

REASONS TO PRAISE GOD

Earlier this year, I had been praying that God would give me the opportunity to come out to testify. I want to thank God that indeed He gave me reasons to testify. God gave me a breakthrough in my place of work, I was the best staff of the month. Last week, Pastor said that we should pray that our cloud full of rain should pour down. I never knew he was particularly referring to me. On the 28th and 29th of April, I was awarded two international trips at work. May the name of the Lord be glorified forever.

Bro. M.

 

DEVIL’S PLANS DEFEATED

I want to appreciate God for the successful completion of my 4- year degree program. I was returning from visiting a friend’s mum who was ill and I was involved in my accident where my leg was broken. However, I thank God because today I can walk properly with both legs. Last week, I had a dream that I was shot at the back and since it had been very difficult for me to sleep and wake up. It caused my lateness to the workers-in-training and Pastor asked us to attend a three-day vigil as punishment. On the same week, we started the vigils, I was able to sleep soundly after the first day and all pains are gone till. I bless the name of the Lord for spoiling the plan of the devil over my life, may His name be praised.

Sis. S. A.

 

DIVINE RESTORATION

I want to thank God for the opportunity to come out to testify. My elder brother was admitted the second day his wife delivered of their baby and I told God that He will not give me a blessing and take another from me. As the baby grew, my brother remained in the hospital but we kept on praying. In December, we celebrated a family member but in January we lost her. It deeply hurt my family. In February, I underwent surgery on my leg even in the midst of prayer and fasting. In March, there was confusion in my husband’s office, and I came here and we prayed about it. As God would have it, in April, my month of restoration and light, on the first day, God gave my husband another wonderful job. On the 2nd day, we celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. On the 4th, my son graduated from UNILAG after successfully completing his Masters’ degree and now serves in Jos. My brother, who had been sick, is now healthy and will be resuming work tomorrow. On the 18th, my daughter will be 24 years old. Behold, my celebration is here. Praise the Lord!

Sis. D. O.

 

GOD IS FAITHFUL

I want to appreciate the name of the Lord for being God over us, for being my Husband and a Father to my children and for being able to celebrate my birthday this month (April). Ever since I started attending this church, I have had no cause to lack. At times, I would just look back to see how far God has brought me, even my in-laws wonder how we had been coping. I thank God for giving me the strength to move on, may His name alone be exalted in Jesus name.

Anonymous

 

SAFE DELIVERY DESPITE DELAY

I have come to give this testimony to the glory of God. He put laughter in my mouth and I can boldly stand to say that God is good. My wife put to bed last week on Wednesday. It wasn’t an easy journey; my wife was in labour for two days but we kept on praying. She said she was having serious contractions but the child refused to descend lower into the cervix. I called Mummy and Daddy Olukoyede, and they joined me in prayers. God then ministered to me that my wife should be wheeled into the theatre for a caesarean section. I told the doctor and he said I would have to be with them in the theatre. I agreed. I was there and I saw the way she was opened up and the baby was brought out. The cord was wrapped around the baby’s neck and there was no way he could have come through normal delivery, otherwise, we would have lost the mother and the baby. I just want to give God all the glory that I am celebrating and not mourning. Two days later, I was told that my mum slumped in the hospital and was at the point of death. I said the devil is a liar; I thank God she was treated and is now hale and hearty.  I give God the glory!

Bro. Dan.

 

GOD IS GOOD

I was skeptical about coming out to share this testimony but I cannot just keep God’s goodness all to myself. Since January, we have been having issues in my company and as a result, salaries were delayed. I want to thank God because He has been faithful, we have not had any cause to borrow or beg. Recently, God raised help from nowhere and I have been wondering how He has been doing it because I cannot fathom it. I want to give God all the glory because He made a way where there was no way. I also thank God that my son celebrated his birthday on March 26th. I remember after he was born, he had a bad case of jaundice but today he is hale and hearty. I made a list of all I wanted to do for him on his birthday and presented it to God in faith and miraculously, God did it all. Praise the Lord!

Sis. F. A.