ANCHOR QUOTE:" God is not interested in your status , He is interested in your faith " - Osunsakin Adewale

THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG “I HAVE DECIDED TO FOLLOW JESUS"                                                                                  
About 150 years ago, there was a great revival in Wales, England As a result of this, many missionaries came from England to northeast India to spread the Gospel.  The region was known as Assam and comprised hundreds of tribes.                The tribal communities were quite primitive and aggressive.                                    The tribesmen were also called HEAD-HUNTERS because of a social custom which required the male members of the community to collect as many heads as possible.                                                  A man’s strength and ability to protect his wife was assessed by the number of heads he had collected. Therefore, a youth of marriageable age would try and collect as many heads as possible and hang them on the walls of his house.                               The more heads a man had, the more eligible he was considered.                                                Into this hostile and aggressive community, came a group of Welsh missionaries spreading the message of love, peace, and hope of Jesus Christ.                                                           Naturally, they were not welcomed.                                                                                        However, One Welsh missionary finally succeeded in converting a man, his wife, and two children. This man’s faith proved contagious and many villagers began to accept Christianity. Angry, the village Chief summoned all the villagers.                                                                                  He then called the family who had first converted, to renounce their faith in public or face execution.                                                                                               Moved by the Holy Spirit, the man sung his reply,                                                               “I have decided to follow Jesus. No turning back.”                                                           Enraged at the refusal of the man, the Chief ordered his archers to arrow down the two children and they did.                                                                         As both boys lay twitching on the floor, the Chief asked, “Will you deny your faith?                                                              
You have lost both your children already. You will lose your wife too.”                                                                                                                            
But the man replied, again singing,                                                                                                                                            “Though none go with me, still I will follow, No turning back.”                                                                                                                              The Chief was beside himself with fury and ordered his wife to be arrowed down and she was.                                                                                                                                             In a moment, she joined her two children in death.                                                                                                Now he asked for the last time, “I will give you one more opportunity to deny your faith and live.”                                                                                                                In the face of death the man sung,                                                                                                                 “The cross before me, the world behind me. No turning back. No turning back.”                                                                                    
He was shot dead like the rest of his family.                                                                                                                     But with their deaths, a miracle took place.                                                                                                   The Chief who had ordered the killings was moved by the faith of the man.                                                                                                    
He wondered, “Why should this man, his wife and two children die for a Man who lived in a far-away land, on another continent some 2,000 years ago?                                                                                                   He concluded that "there must be some supernatural power behind the family, and I too want that supernatural power.”                                                                                                                             In a spontaneous confession of faith, he declared, “I too belong to Jesus Christ!”                                                                                                                                    
When the crowd heard this from the mouth of their Chief, the whole village accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior.                                                                                                                                          What have you ever done for Jesus Christ?                                                                                                                        Jesus wants you to make that decision to Follow Him today, because tomorrow might be too late.                                                                                    

     Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and He will give you everything you. Although faith tells us to celebrate winning before the match but it doesn't say don't train. Time need to be spend on the field training not on the table planning which destination to hit after winning. Have you figured out how to win?Obstacles needs to be tackled and toppled by you with the help and strength of Jesus not by Jesus while you are ignorant and unconcerned.Jesus works through you  and with you; its like a trousers and belt ,like fish and wate ;Inseparable, works hand in hand. Most Christians; Faith 101%. Action 0%. DON'T BE IGNORANT AND IRRESPONSIBLE; ignorance and irresponsibility can mean unrighteousness. You can only unlock mountain moving faith by living righteously. Your actions should coincide with your goals and hopes,they should not clash heard on. If you are hoping for a promotion, don't piss off the boss. Faith and declarations world and only work absolutely in a righteous  being. ESTABLISH YOURSELF IN RIGHTEOUSNESS: When you are established in righteousness and in faith; mountain-moving faith; you will be affirmed that all things are possible unto you, living without fears, worries, conflicts, and agitations,God will protect and provide. Isaiah 54:14 says, _In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; FOR THOU SHALT NOT FEAR: AND FROM TERROR; FOR IT SHALL NOT COME NEAR THEE. When you are established by God in righteousness, you become unshakeable and immovable (1 Corinthians 15:58).
POWER OF A RIGHTEOUS MEN: A righteous men shall be far from oppression because you shall not fear. Why will you not fear? Because the effect of righteousness has produced quietness, assurance, and confidence in you forever; it has secured you in Christ. You are no longer in the arena of those who are oppressed by circumstances, situations of life, demon spirits, etc.; you are not under the oppression of the enemy. Rather, you are in charge and in control. To walk in the consciousness of God 's righteousness is to walk in glory, dominion, and the strength of God. Hallelujah!

Sound the Note of Alarm: In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:6. In all our ways we should acknowledge God, and He will direct our paths. We should consult His Word with humble hearts, ask His counsel, and give up our will to His. We can do nothing without God. There is the highest reason for us to prize the true Sabbath and stand in its defense, for it is the sign which distinguishes the people of God from the world. The commandment that the world makes void is the one to which, for this very reason, God's people will give greater honor. It is when the unbelieving cast contempt upon the Word of God that the faithful Calebs are called for. It is then that they will stand firm at the post of duty, without parade, and without swerving because of reproach. The unbelieving spies stood ready to destroy Caleb. He saw the stones in the hands of those who had brought a false report, but this did not deter him; he had a message, and he would bear it. The same spirit will be manifested today by those who are true to God.   The psalmist says, "They have made void thy law. Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold" (Psalm 119:126, 127). When men press close to the side of Jesus, when Christ is abiding in their hearts by faith, their love for the commandments of God grows stronger in proportion to the contempt which the world heaps upon His holy precepts. It is at this time that the true Sabbath must be brought before the people by both pen and voice. As the fourth commandment and those who observe it are ignored and despised, the faithful feel that it is the time not to hide their faith but to exalt the law of Jehovah by unfurling the banner on which is inscribed the message of the third angel, the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. Let not those who have the truth as it is in Jesus give sanction, even by their silence, to the work of the mystery of iniquity. Let them never cease to sound the note of alarm. . . . The truth must not be hid, it must not be denied or disguised, but fully avowed, and boldly proclaimed.

“Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture” (Psalm 100:3 NKJV). I declare and decree today that you shall not labour in vain. Neither shall you build for another to inhabit, your little efforts will be blessed by the Almighty and it shall yield maximally. You shall be like a tree planted by the waters and you shall bring forth fruits all year round . Beginning from this morning you shall not suffer a dry season again.All that's due to you, shall be redeemed for you by the power of God in Jesus mighty Name.

Why does God allow trials and sufferings in a Christian’s life? Does it mean that when we are in deep trial and in deep suffering that God has already forsaken us or that He is punishing us for our sins? Are we promised a flowery bed of ease once we accept Christ and after we have been born-again.

PROLONG :Trials are but a normal part of a Christian life. No one can evade them nor escape them. They come as a natural part of daily life’s circumstances. Trials are a significant part of God’s permissive will, to test us and to bring us into perfection. I Peter 4:12-13 exhorts us,”Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s suffer- ings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.” I PETER 1:7 states, “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.” What we ought to do is to face our trials squarely and sensibly with prayer and supplications and with trust in God. The Bible says that “All that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” Trial is a part of the Christian Heritage: “Count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing [this], that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have [her] perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” (James 1:2-4). Blessed [is] the man that endureth. temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. (James 1:12) .The problems we face will either DEFEAT us or DEVELOP us - depending on how

we respond and react to them. Unfortunately, most people fail to see how God wants to use problems to perfect our lives. The Bible says that “All things work together for good to them that love the Lord.” If you love the Lord, your problem was sent to you by God for a purpose. Some people react foolishly (by blaming others and some even resort to commiting suicide) and resent their problems rather than pausing to consider what benefit these problems might bring.

Here are 5 ways wherein God wants to use problems in our lives:
1. God uses problems to DIRECT you. Sometimes God must light a fire under you to get you moving. Problems often point us to the right direction when we are going the wrong way. Problems often motivate us to change. Is God trying you to get your attention? Sometimes it takes a painful situation to make us change our ways. Jonah run away from God’s commission and went to Tarshish. He reap a storm, got thrown away from the ship, and got swallowed by a fish two days and three nights, instead of smoothsailing to Nineveh.
2. God uses problems to INSPECT you. People are like tea bags. If you want to know what’s inside them, just drop them into hot water! Has God tested your faith with a problem? What do problems reveal about you? When you have many kinds of troubles, you should be full of joy, because you know that these troubles test your faith, and this will give you patience.” Look at Job and Abraham as our example. Job never murmured but thanked God in the midst of his loss and suffering with boils knowing that God is able to restore him back some day. “The Lord giveth; the Lord taketh away. Blessed be the Name of the Lord”, that was his guiding thoughts. Abraham was promised by God a son to become the Father of nations. Yet later on He asked Abraham to offer this only son Isaac as a sacrifice on the mountain. Did Abraham complain? No. He had a revelation that God is able to raise his son back from the dead. But when they both passed the test, they were blessed by God even greater than before.
3. God uses problems to CORRECT you. Some lessons we learn only through pain and failure. It’s likely that as a child your parents told you not to touch a hot stove. But you probably learned by being burned. Sometimes we only learn the value of something, money, a relationship... by losing it. David said, “It was the best thing that could have happened to me, for it taught me to pay attention to your laws” (Psalm 119:71-72). David reaped what he sow when He commited adultery. He even sent Uriah to battle to die and be killed in order for him to legally take Batsheba for a wife, amidst having 500 wives already. He lost the joy of his salvation. He was ousted by his son Absalom and his kingdom was divided and ruined. Yet with deep repentance He was able to gain back the favor of God. His son Solomon by Batsheba was even considered by God to erect His temple.
4. God uses problems to PROTECT you. A problem can be a blessing in disguise if it prevents you from being harmed by something more serious. Last year a friend was fired for refusing to do something illegal that his boss had asked him to do. He was an accountant and was asked to cheat on the income tax return of the company but refused to do it considering that He is a Christian and could not compromise on it. His unemployment was a problem - but it saved him from being convicted and sent to prison a year later when management’s actions were eventually discovered. “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good (Genesis 50:20). Consider Joseph as an example. He was rejected of his brethren, sold to Egypt for pieces of silver, was imprisoned for a crime he did not make, yet through all these trials and miseries, He held on to God with faith, and God made him governor of Egypt. He saved his own family (Jacob his father, and his 11 brothers) at the end, when the great famine in Egypt took place.
5. God uses problems to PERFECT you. Problems, when responded to correctly, are character builders. God is far more interested in your character than your comfort. Your relationship to God and your character are the only two things you’re going to take with you into eternity. “We can rejoice when we run into problems... they help us learn to be patient. And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady” (Romans 5:3-4). Consider Paul and his sufferings, which built his character – Paul was beaten, shipwrecked, imprisoned, stoned, had a thorn in the flesh) yet all these trials made him stronger than ever. He said in II Cor. 12:7-10- “And lest I should be exalted above measure through theabundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 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. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” Here’s the point - God is at work in your life - even when you do not recognize it or understand it. ROMANS 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose.” It is much easier and profitable for you when you just cooperate with Him. It is hard to kick against the pricks.

GOD HAS REAL CONFIDENCE IN YOU: Brother Branham, in the following quotes, teaches us how to deal with trials positively: “When it looks like everything’s gone wrong, God’s giving you a trial. He’s got confidence in you. He don’t have to baby you around. You’re not a hotbed plant, a hybrid. You’re a real Christian. God’s giving you a test, see what you’ll do about it. Amen.No wonder Peter said, “These fiery trials, why, count it a joy. It’s—it’s more precious to you than gold.” And many times we hum and haw, “Oh, well. If I just...” Well, that—well, that’s something God give you to overcome. He—He—He knows you’ll do it. He’s—He’s—He’s put his trust in you.” “You mustn’t question anything to God. “For the footsteps of the righteous is ordered of the Lord.” And every trial is put upon you to prove you. And the Bible said they’re more precious to you than gold. So if God let a few light afflictions happen to you, remember, it’s for the correction of you. “Every son that cometh to God must first be chastened of God and tried,” child-trained. There’s no exceptions, “Every son that cometh...” And these afflictions are done or brought—brought about to see whatBattitude you’ll take. See, it’s God on this proving ground. That’s all earth is, is a proving ground, and where He’s trying to prove you.”
TRIED AND TESTED :“He that cometh to God must first be tested. Tested what? With the
Word. That’s God’s test. Do you believe it? He that cometh to God must be tested. That only shows a true child (See, see?): be tested. And when the test comes on, you can’t overcome ‘less there’s a test give to you. And when a test is given, it’s to see whether you can overcome or not. And Jesus said, “To him that overcometh,” the test. The test is the greatest thing that ever happened to you. And I believe it’s written in the Scripture, Peter said that our trials are worth more to us than precious gold. It’s a testing time; it’s... And one good evidence to us that God is with us, when we’re tested, for all children of God are tested and tried.” God brings tensions into the church, “For every son that cometh to God must be tried, and proven, and tested. He lets sickness strikes you. He lets diseases come on you to test you and to prove you, to show the world that you’re truly the seed of Abraham. He permits it by His own will. He permits disasters; He permits the friends to turn against you. He permits all these things, and turns the Devil loose to tempt you, and he’ll do all but take your life. He could throw you on a bed of affliction; he could turn your neighbors against you; he could turn the church against you; he can do most anything, and it’s God’s will for him to do it. We are taught that it is more precious than gold to us.”  “Unless we suffer with Him we cannot reign with Him. You have to suffer to reign. The reason for this is that character simply is never made without suffering. Character is a VICTORY, not a gift. A man without character can't reign because power apart from character is Satanic. But power with character is fit to rule. And since He wants us to share even His throne on the same basis that He overcame and is set down in His Father's throne, then we have to overcome to sit with Him. And the little temporary suffering we go through now is not worthy to be compared to the tremendous glory that will be revealed in us when He comes. Oh, what treasures are laid up for those who are willing to enter into His kingdom through much tribulation. “You see, they could not figure out God's love. They thought that love meant no suffering. They thought that love meant a baby with parental care. But God said that His love was "elective" love. The proof of His love is ELECTION--that no matter what happened, His love was proven truly by the fact they were chosen unto salvation (because God hath chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth). He may commit you to death as He did Paul. He may commit you to suffering as He did Job. That is His prerogative. He is sovereign. But it is all with a purpose. If He did not have a purpose, then He would be the author of frustration and not of peace. His purpose is that after we have suffered awhile we would be made perfect, be established, strengthened and settled. As Job said, "He puts strength in us." (Job 23:6b) You see He, Himself, suffered. He learned obedience by the things that He suffered. He was actually made perfect by the things that He suffered. Hebrews 5:8-9, "Though He were a Son, yet learned He obedience by the things which He suffered; And being made perfect, He became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey Him." In plain language, the very character of Jesus was perfected by suffering. And according to Paul He has left His church a measure of suffering that they, too, by their faith in God while suffering for Him, would come to a place of perfection. Why did He want this? James 1:2-4, "My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing." "Think it not strange concerning the fiery trials that are to try you." That is what Peter said. Is it strange that God wants us to develop a Christ-like character that comes through suffering? No sir. And we all have trials. We are all tried and chastened as sons. Not one but goes through that. The church that is not suffering, and is not being tried, hasn't got it--it isn't of God. Heb. 12:6, "For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth. But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons." What is Miracle? It what we called unbelievable. Unto you and your family miracle that will reverse every irreversible, the miracle that will wipe away all your tears, the miracle that will make you burst into laughter and dancing, the miracle that will make even your enemies to say the Lord has done great things for you, may the God release to you today in Jesus Mighty Name. If it is yours shout a big Hallelujah!

A lot of lessons to learn & I pray we will not make the greatest mistakes of our lives.

Episode 1

A young lady retched and bent over the toilet bowl.
The pain and nausea twisted her stomach until she couldn’t breathe. The stuff came up and burst out, all yellow and slimy and tasting of bile.
She knew more was coming, so she sat on the bathroom floor waiting. In the interval, the door banged and her mother’s voice asked her to open up. Seconds later, she was standing over her, a look of anger on her face.
She had just begun feeling the wrenching of her gullet when suddenly her mother gave her a resounding slap, She fell on the floor and that was the trigger for another outburst of her stomach’s contents.
When she rose her mother was waiting for her. Tears filled her eyes as she tried to ask her mother for help. She didn't know what was really happening to her.
Then the sound of her mother's voice shocked her
“Whose child is it?” she asked

Episode 2
“Whose child is it?” she asked
“Mumm...... ?” she forced to bring out a response. This time the tears were not held back. She began sobbing quietly.
“What do I mean? I am not stupid. Don’t you think I know morning sickness when I see it?
“I’ve heard you vomiting all over my toilet for the last two days. You have been complaining of being sick for some days.
Now tell me, whose baby is it?”
“But mum I’m a vir…”
“shut up!!! do I look like your age mate?”
There was more retching and vomiting. She was getting weaker and weaker, loosing energy to even explain herself to her mum, she wished God will touch her mother's heart to help her get to a hospital before the blames.

Episode 3
She wished God will touch her mother's heart to help her get to a hospital before the blames.
When she was done, she kept heaving but nothing would come out. Sobs gushed out of her as her mother glared at her in anger. Not ready to calm down or even help.
“All this time I thought I was raising a daughter and instead I have a whore in the house! Those tears will not help you. Tell me who the father is before I beat it out of you”
“If you don't stop calling me mum and tell me who father of that bastard is, I'll give you the dirtiest slap of your life! Was I there when that baby was made?. Do you expect me to be the proud grandmother of an illegitimate child? And who do you think will pay for that child’s upkeep?
“Believe me mum I am a vir.......”
“The mother gave her a very hot slap in the face stopping her from completing the word “Virgin”
“What do you think the neighbors are going to say of me? Do you think I can walk around  with my head up anymore? I will make you regret every second of that day you decided to bring shame on me!”
You will pay for every embarrassment I shall suffer!”
Episode 4
“You will pay for every embarrassment I shall suffer”
“MUM!” She was screaming now. “I’m not pregnant!”
“Don’t you dare! It's bad enough you spread your legs for every man, now you look me in the eye and lie? Pack your things. I want you and that bastard out of my house.”
“But mum… I…”
“Nothing. I want you to leave in the next 30minutes or I will throw you out like a dog.”
She was left crying as her mother walked away without a backward glance. She was in too much pain to move but she knew her mother. If she did not willingly leave she would be beaten up like a thief and is already weak and in severe abdominal pains.
She dragged herself on the floor to her room and packed her things slowly. A severe pain was going through her but she ignored it.
She had 10 minutes left and her mother was already yelling for her to get out. She couldn’t believe this was happening. She wasn’t pregnant, but her mother would never believe her.
The pain increased and she screamed out for her mother. Her mother came to the door but was unmoved.
“Stop that acting and get out.”
“Mum help me!” she cried clutching her tummy as she fell to the ground.
Her mother simply watched her, yelling about how it would be good if she lost that bastard. She didn’t want an illegitimate child.

Final episode
BELIEVE ME MUM: She didn’t want an illegitimate child. She cried and said a prayer for God to forgive her mother as she felt the life get sucked out of her but her mother was still unmoved. “I love you mum, and I'm not pregnant, you've trained me well and I know no man......but I'm sorry I don't really know what is making me feel this way, I wish you send me or my body to the doctors to actually tell you what is wrong with me, I know it won't be pregnancy,  trust me, but whatever it'll be...... will be too late for any help”. She managed to tell the mother who was now touched and trying to help her to the hospital. She was pronounced dead on arrival to the hospital. Days later, the autopsy results were in. Her mother had ranted about a pregnancy and the doctor had to set the record straight.  The doctor was brief. He had learnt from experience that it was best to give this sort of news in the fewest words possible. He broke it down into simple layman’s terms.“Your daughter was not pregnant. She had ovarian cysts, which ruptured and she bled out when they raptured. If she had gotten to hospital in time, we could have saved her. May she rest in perfect peace. She sat there in shock. Her daughter had told her the truth. She allowed her daughter to die in pain. Tears ran down her face as she thought of the last words of her daughter before her death. She had failed as a mother and as a human being. Her daughter's death was all her fault. You must not always be the best judge, you may be judging wrongly like the mother in the story, even if at all you won't help, just listen before you end up with “HAD I KNOWN” Treat every life as a life to exist only once.  This is a true life story. Yes, some women can do worse than that and may God have mercy upon the soul of innocent ladies that has been truncated unknowingly.