GOSPEL FOR TODAY

GOSPEL FOR TODAY

FEATURING - Drama as Pastor Adeboye kisses, lauds wife:
The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, created a scene at the Youth Centre of the Redemption Camp, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, on Tuesday, when he kissed his wife, Folu Adeboye, on the stage during a book presentation in his honour. Adeboye, who expressed surprise at the occasion, said he would have stopped the project if he knew about it, adding that he was undeserving of the honour.Present on the occasion were Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo; former President Olusegun Obasanjo; Presiding Bishop of the Living Faith Church, Worldwide, Bishop David Oyedepo; and the General Overseer, Trinity House, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo. Folu told the audience that she hid information about the book from her husband for one year, adding that she planned it to coincide with his 75th birthday. While standing with Adeboye on the stage, together with their four children, she said her hubby was only informed about the event a day before.The Master of Ceremonies teased Folu to tell the audience the pet names she gave her husband, demanding an expression of love since the occasion also marked 50 years of their marriage.“Pastor ID, why are you fast? This is just presentation of a book, not marriage anniversary. Whatever you want, I will do it…,” she replied, as she hugged the husband and went on to kiss him as the audience erupted in excitement.Adeboye, in his remark, expressed surprise at the book presentation, which was written by 40 people.He said, “The event of today, without any doubt, has been a great surprise to me. This is because my wife hid it from me, and we don’t normally hide anything from each other, because we have been married for 50 years and we are still on honeymoon.

“Why the event is a surprise to me is that God also hid it for me. I had no inkling at all from my Daddy that something like this is happening. If God hid it from me, it must mean that He approved of it. My wife knows that if I had any idea about what is happening today, it will never happen. I would have stopped it long ago because who am I without Jesus Christ? If there is anyone to be celebrated, it should be Him. “People say I am humble, but people need to know where I am coming from. I cannot say I have any ability or wisdom. Everything has been the Lord Himself. When I was about 40 and I saw grey hairs on my head, I wondered why and God said I was carrying a burden that was not mine.“God said, ‘I am just using you as camouflage. People need to see someone. So, I am putting you forward so that I can do the work from behind.’ So, everything that is happening in RCCG, nothing is of Adeboye at all; it is all about God. So, for you to say you are writing a book about somebody that is nothing, someone who has almost zero beginning, from a poor family and passed through secondary school by God’s grace.  For God to allow today to happen without telling me, it can only be that He wants to draw your attention to Himself that if you allow Him, He will do great things, using you as camouflage.”Adeboye said it was a miracle he was at the occasion as he had slept one hour a night during the seven-day convention of the church which ended on Sunday.

While appreciating people who wished he lived long, he said he would die when his assignment was over.“All those who prayed for me to be 80, I said amen. Those who said 90, I said amen to them, but those who said I would be 100, I did not answer them. Then someone said I would live to 120 and I said what would God say I did wrong to keep me for another 50 years? I will go as soon as I finish my assignment,” he added.The cleric lauded his wife for always standing by him, saying she was the greatest gift he had aside from the Holy Spirit.While recounting a year when they both fasted for 40 days three times over an issue, Adeboye said his wife refused to back out when he asked her to stop.“If you can find a woman that can stand by you with 40 days of prayer and fasting, first, second, third time and willing to go with you as long as possible, then I will classify your wife as second to mine. Without my wife, I cannot be  doing what I am doing today,” he said.The cleric later presented his four children to the gathering, describing them as God’s gifts to his family. Earlier, former President Obasanjo had narrated how he consulted Adeboye before accepting to run for President in 1999. He said after meeting Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu in South Africa, who encouraged him to go ahead, he sought counsel from Adeboye. He said, “For doing nothing, I was sent to prison. I came out of prison, and some people came running after me to contest to be President of Nigeria. I wondered that the one I did before, what did I get out of it? Prison! And now, you want me to do another one, that will be double prison. “And when you are at crossroads, you need the direction of God to know which way to follow. I prayed and fasted and wasn’t satisfied. I decided to go to South Africa to meet people I had high regard for: Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. Mandela said I should follow my instinct. Tutu said I should not be tired of serving my people.“I came back home to see pastor. And I told my story. We prayed and he said you can go, when God tells me what I should tell you, I will call for you. I was surprised that Mandela and Tutu gave me answers on the spot, but he said I should go. When will God tell him?“A couple of weeks or thereabouts, I was sent for and he said God had said I should go ahead. If there was any doubt in my mind, all were gone.“I picked my Bible to read while returning home and it was the Book of Esther that I opened. I saw where Esther was told that maybe it is because of this that God has brought you here.” Obasanjo, who noted that politicians were supposed to influence the lives of the masses positively, said Pastor Adeboye had done more than politicians in this regard.He said, “As politicians, we are supposed to touch lives, but, for Pastor Adeboye, he has touched more lives than politicians. He has been a man of God with a difference, whom I benefited from personally when I was consulting to contest the 1999 election.” He added that it was the wife of the General Overseer that invited him, without the knowledge of the husband, asking that Adeboye should forgive them for this.Obasanjo said, “I was told not to reveal my coming here by Mummy (Adeboye’s wife). How can I come to you without calling you? But, that was the instruction. Until I am in this hall, I never see anything about this programme. That means we have committed sins by keeping this secret from you and we seek for forgiveness from you and I am sure we have been forgiven. “While I was in prison, Abacha had said three of us–myself, Shehu Yar’Adua, MKO Abiola, none of us will come out alive. Two of them did not come out of prison alive, but I came out. Not because I was clever, good and upright. It was all because of the grace of God. Sir, I thank you for helping me to make the right decision at that crucial time of my life. He, who does not respect this man, does not respect God. The Acting President, Osinbajo, who was Adeboye’s protocol officer, said he accepted to run as the Vice-President after the cleric asked him not to reject the nomination.

Osinbajo, who also defended Adeboye’s use of private jet because the RCCG was in more than 180 countries of the world, second to Coca-Cola with branches in 200 countries, cited three different instances when the pastor influenced his life positively.He said his passport had been stolen in South Africa for about three months when Adeboye prayed for him and the thief returned it when he had lost all hope. The Acting President said about a month later, his second daughter, who was ill and at the point of death was healed after a prayer by the cleric.“Of course, many know that I am not a politician and I was not a politician when I was nominated to be the vice-president. What I told those who approached me was that I would speak with two people-my wife and daddy (Adeboye). People around me said he would say no. I was also quite certain that he would say ‘Don’t bother or let us just think about it’. But I was surprised when he told me that if I was nominated, I must accept it. He was categorical about it,” he added

TRUTH AND FACTS:
2Jn 1:2 KJV  For the truth's sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever.
John the apostle writing to the believers makes a very striking statement. He said, "...the truth...dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever." The truth abides in us. Glory to God. This is the reality about our life in Christ.Truth means reality. There's truth and there's fact. Facts are the evidence around you but the truth is the reality. For example, it may be a fact that you are sick. The doctors can certify this fact. Their equipments may detect the disease. You may even manifest the symptoms in your body. But if you are a child of God, the truth is that you are healed. The truth is founded on God's word. The word says, "Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed" *(1Pe 2:24). This is more than a fact: it's the truth. You are healed. And John said this truth abides in us. The facts may be around you but truth is resident in you. And the facts cannot change the truth. Everything may fail around you but learn to live from within you. Our opening text says the truth "shall be with us for ever." Hallelujah! So refuse to look around. Live from within. Let the abiding truth in you overpower the facts around you. And you accomplish this by getting to know the truth from God's word, and meditating on it! Glory to God! Confession: I live from within. Christ is my life. My environment cannot dictate my pace in life. Success is in me. Increase abides in me. Am the healed and blessed of the Lord. I live a glorious life. I operate from the truth.

TOUGH ON THE INSIDE.:
For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man (Ephesians 3:14-16).Once, I was talking to someone who said to me, “I think I’m weak inside.” The reason he thought so was because he realized that in many things in life, he lacked convictions. He didn’t seem to have the will or courage to stand for anything. When he didn’t like something, he couldn’t resist it, because he had inner fears. But when you know the Holy Spirit, things are different; you’re tough on the inside. Our opening text is the Spirit’s prayer through Paul for the Church at Ephesus. He prayed that they’d be strengthened with might by the Holy Spirit in their innermost being; He wanted them to have inner strength, because not many are strengthened from within. The same prayer is a great blessing for us today, since it’s the will of God. God wants you to be strengthened with might by the Holy Spirit in your inner man.You don’t have to pray again that He should strengthen you, or complain about lack of strength; rather, respond to His Word by declaring that you’re strengthened from within! If you’ve been unable to make serious decisions in life, because of fear and timidity, this is what you need. Stand in front of the mirror, point to the image on the other side and say, “You’re tough inside! You’re courageous, bold and sound! You’re invigorated with miracle-working ability in  your inner man.”Refuse to allow anyone describe you as weak or feeble. Your strength isn’t of this world; it’s from the Spirit who lives in you. Therefore, you’re up to any task; you’re bold and strong inside, because the greater One lives in you.PRAYER: Dear Father, I thank you for you've strengthened me from within; therefore, every form of weakness and fear is gone from me.  I'm strengthened with the strength of God, and with joy, I draw water from the wells of salvation , because the joy of the Lord is my strength. Amen.

The Meaning of Conversion:
 If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17, The old nature, born of blood and the will of the flesh, cannot inherit the kingdom of God. The old ways, the hereditary tendencies, the former habits, must be given up; for grace is not inherited. The new birth consists in having new motives, new tastes, new tendencies. Those who are begotten unto a new life by the Holy Spirit, have become partakers of the divine nature, and in all their habits and practices they will give evidence of their relationship to Christ. When men who claim to be Christians retain all their natural defects of character and disposition, in what does their position differ from that of the worldling? They do not appreciate the truth as a sanctifier, a refiner. They have not been born again. A genuine conversion changes hereditary and cultivated tendencies to wrong. The religion of God is a firm fabric, composed of innumerable threads, and woven together with tact and skill. Only the wisdom which comes from God can make this fabric complete. There are a great many kinds of cloth which at first have a fine appearance, but they cannot endure the test. They wash out. The colors are not fast. Under the heat of summer they fade away and are lost. The cloth cannot endure rough handling. So it is with the religion of many. When the warp and woof of character will not stand the test of trial, the material of which it is composed is worthless. The efforts made to patch the old with a new piece do not better the condition of things; for the old, flimsy material breaks away from the new, leaving the rent much larger than before. Patching will not do. The only way is to discard the old garment altogether, and procure one entirely new. Christ's plan is the only safe one. He declares, "Behold, I make all things new." "If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature." . . . The patchwork religion is not of the least value with God. He requires the whole heart. Jesus gave His life . . . for us, and shall we not give Him our best affections, our holiest aspirations, our fullest service?

WHERE IS YOUR DWELLING PLACE?
Psalms 91:1 ;He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Psalms 91:2 ;I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.A cub; baby lion, wandered away from its den one faithful day without the escort or permission of the lions in its den.Usually, whenever they wanted to go out of the den, they go out in groups and in company of bigger lions. All the while they never encountered any challenge or obstacle in all their outings. But on this faithful day the cub went out alone, not too far away, it was confronted by some hyenas. A little while later, the absence of the cub was noticed in the den and a search party was sent out to look for it. Already the cub was under threat and attack from the hyenas but as the hyenas sighted the pride of lions approaching them, they fled and the cub was saved that day. Imagine what would have happened had it been the bigger lion's didn't show up, the cub would have been devoured. Now the devil goes around daily seeking for the slightest opportunity to devour straying children of God, but our text today says; he that dwells in the secret place of the most high shall abide user the shadow of the Almighty. Where is your dwelling place? In the presence of God lies your protection from every danger awaiting you outside His presence. The lion is the king of the jungle, but its children are not feared by other animals as much as it is feared because of the weakness of the young lions, but no matter how small a cub is, as long as it is in the presence of a bigger lion it is feared also. Why? Because of the presence of the bigger lion. Can I tell you that, outside the presence of God, beloved, the devil isn't afraid of you. Infact, he is patiently waiting to catch you outside God's presence to oppress and afflict you. Where are you dwelling? Are you dwelling outside God's presence or in His presence? In case you have wandered away like the cub above, it's time to return back to God's presence because your health, security and everything concerning you is ensured, preserved and guaranteed in His presence under His watch. DWELL IN HIS PRESENCE ALWAYS! YOU'RE BLESSED!



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