Minister Emelia encourages us to arm ourselves with the mind of Christ. With the mind of Christ we are able to act like Him and that is our defence against bitterness, hurt and anger. When offended, wounded and unjustly punished, Jesus did not deceive to escape it, detail all his good works or deny his identity to stay safe. Jesus did not rage against his abusers but rather He prayed for them. As believers we need to have this mind so that we can navigate the offences that will come.
Pastor David implores us to recognise the glory that is within us as children of God. Ephesians 3:9 says "...to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:" This mystery has now been revealed and it is that the one who created the heavens and earth, The Christ, Jesus himself dwells in those who have accepted Him! Because Christ lives within us we have a hope for a glorious life. What should this glorious life look like? It is a life that has authority, is successful, rejects what it does not want and commands what is required. We can go to Heaven like Lazarus who had an unsuccessful earthly life or like Abraham who had success on earth and moreso in heaven. Let us fulfil the word of God and be those that show principalities and powers the manifold wisdom of God...
Minister Danielle exhorts us to develop an appetite for the word of God. We are encouraged to chew over the word of God to experience its flavour and move to the place of understanding. The word of God does not need anything added to it, nor does it need to be taken in moderation. The word of God can and should be binged! Brethren switch to a word based diet and let it change your life!
Pastor David continues his teaching on Power. We are taken through Acts 3 where Peter and John meet the lame beggar whilst on their way to pray at the temple. We see that despite not planning to pray for the beggar or being “prayed up” (as they had not yet reached the temple), they were able to release the power of God, work the miracle and heal the man. This is an example of the mechanical power of God and highlights that the power is because of Jesus and what he has done and not because of us.
Minister Yinka through 1 Peter 1:23-25 shows us how wonderful and powerful the word of God is. Like flowers, we humans will one day fade, regardless of our accolades or achievements but the word of God will never fade or lose power. With this in mind let us take the word, meditate upon it and let it change our lives!
Pastor David continues his teaching on power. This week we learn that power is mechanical and does not depend on us being "right" for it to be released. We see in the example of Moses, that despite disobeying God's command to speak to the rock (Numbers 20:8-12), when he struck the rock, water still came out. Again, we see that the woman with the issue of blood was able to receive power into her body for healing even when she was breaking the law of Moses. We learn that power is strength and what the equivalent of "striking the rock" again would mean today.
Minister Emelia exhorts us with 1 Peter 5:6 which urges believers to humble themselves "under the mighty hand of God". We learn how important it is to dethrone self dependancy by totally depending on God. This has great benefits to our spiritual and physical life. The scripture continues that we will be "exalted in due time" when we do this. When we throw our life into God, we are not thrown by Satan's devices and we are able to see things from a heavenly dimension. Brethren be encouraged and depend on the Holy Spirit
Pastor David reminds us of the ability and authority we have as sons of God. We learn that the source of our power is in being born from above (John 3:3). Being born from above means that we are above all (John 3:31). Brethren, as born again children of God we have been given so much, we must let what the word says about us be imprinted in our identity. Listen to this teaching, be convinced of who you are and walk in your power and authority!
Minister Yinka exhorts us with 1 Peter 2:1 encouraging us to live a lifestyle befitting to a Christian and to put away ungodly Characteristics. We are also encouraged to see the good in others and let our light shine for others to see.
Pastor David starting with Hebrews 11:6 shows us that it is faith that pleases God. There is nothing that can make God love us any more or any less, however if God can be pleased He can be displeased. We should want to please God and the Bible shows us how we can do that. We learn through looking at Abraham that it is faith in what Jesus has done that puts righteousness into our account, despite some of our bad behaviour. Conversely our good behaviour, holiness worship and performance is not what pleases Him. Brethren if you want God to be pleased simply believe in His word above your own mind or opinion. Make His word preeminent in your life and wow what a change you will see!
Minister Yinka exhorts us from 1 Peter 1:8. He encourages us to recognize how wonderful and precious the one we have not seen is. Although we have not seen him, Jesus is real, He loved us so much he died for us and gave us great power in this Earth. He has prepared a place for us and is always with us.
Pastor David concludes the Hardened Heart series by navigating through Matthew 17:18-19 and Mark 9:20-22, which details the account of the disciples inability to heal the "lunatick" boy. We come to understand that unbelief was the root of the disciples inability to heal him. They had healed people before and had expected to do it again but were puzzled as to why they failed this time. We learn that observation of the boys ailment strengthened their unbelief (sensory unbelief) and so they were unable to do as before. However, Jesus shows them that through prayer and fasting sensory unbelief can be diminished. Brethren it is important that we deal with the hardened sinful heart of unbelief so we can walk in victory, heal ourselves and heal others.