Meaning, Purpose, RE-vision AND Revision

Meaning and purpose are similar yet different when put in context. Meaning = widely accepted perception. Purpose = intent or reason for which something is done
Meaning answers the question WHAT while purpose answers WHY.
When a purpose of an object is not known, the object is subject to abuse or misuse. Meaning gives a general insight based on beliefs but purpose gives a detailed insight based on fact. Purpose is given by the author or creator of a thing but meaning can be decided by anybody
Most dangerous thing in life is a man without a purpose: The trip to Nineveh is free but you pay your fare to Tarshish. (Jonah 1)
The meaning of life is to satisfy the purpose of life and the purpose of life is to give it away: Jesus is an example.
What you do before the fulfillment of the purpose of life matters: godly or ungodly?

Re-vision = birthing of a new vision or fresh vision. Revision = reread or reconsider work done previously
Most people wants to have a vision but ends up in revision. Our past is the stronghold of revision  (lam 3:22-24). One of the important attribute of God is that he forgets if not then we would have been condemned long ago. We need to emulate this.

Mistakes are part of life, everyone makes them, everyone regrets them. But, some learn from them and some end up making them again. It’s up to you to decide if you’ll use your mistakes to your advantage. –(Meredith sapp). It is very easy to revise but quite difficult to have a re-vision.
Have status but don’t be a statue in God’s presence. Your imagination sets the pace for your destination

Lesson learnt  ON pursuing God’s given vision

  • The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter — paulo Coelho
  • Its never too late to start all over again.
  • Expect BIG challenges on your way to greatness
  • Visions may be given but it must be contended in prayers
  • Daniel lost his strength but he didn’t loose his God.
    The ground may shake so much that you loose your legs but the God that gave you those visions will not cancel the vision
  • Salvation does not eliminate trials. Jesus didn’t kill the devil, he only cast him out.
  • It may not be your sins that brought your trials. It might be a test of faith  (1 peter 1:7)
  • Don’t build dominions in valleys. Walk through your valleys (psalm 23:4)
  • Vision can make you dumb but stay by the vision. Stay by the revelation
  • Until there is expectation there is no manifestation. Manifestation produces conviction.
  • How do you keep all this? Answer phil 2:13
  • There is so much that is possible but so little that is doable without God
  • Food for thought: in reality those you think you will lean on in times of trouble have no back. Those you think you will rely on are also looking for someone to rely on. Will you quit your dreams because of this?

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Preacher: Bro Emmanuel

Thrust in thy sickle and reap: For the time is come for you to reap

Thrust is defined by oxford dictionary as: push suddenly or violently in a specified direction while sickle is a tool for harvesting.
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds (2 corth 10:4)
Thrust in thy sickle = Entering the pool, Wakeup, Being a part of it, Strive, Get involved.
Thrusting is one thing, reaping the right harvest is another. God doesn’t start something until he has finished it. Sickle is not to be played with. It hurts if mishandled. God is not tired of doing miracles but the unavailability of men and women is limiting him.

2 important things are needed to thrust your sickle and reap: 1. Availability and 2. Strategy
Sickle is a tool and thrusting requires force or energy.

Sickles that needs to be thrusted

1. Outreach: The harvest is full but the laborers are few: thrust in thy sickle. 1 peter 2:8-10
2. Work: You cannot reap until you work: thrust in thy sickle. 1 peter 2:15
We can influence people to accept Christ through diligence in our work place. Christians are not lazy people; we are hardworking.
3. Prayer life: No justification for your poor prayer life: thrust in thy sickle. Romans 8:26-27, Prov: 20:27
When you have the right spirit, you have the right prayer life.

Benefits of thrusting your sickle

1. Confidence: Because you have a relationship with the true God. Romans 8:15, Heb 4: 16
2. Peace: Because you will be spiritually minded. Romans 8:6. You can have peace 365 days a year. 2 thes 3:3, 2 thes 3:16
Food for thought: In the end 2 sickles will be thrown down, will you be on the Lord’s side or on the angel of destruction’s side?

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Preacher: Bro Emmanuel.

Power of the Holy Ghost

Too often we commit sins over and over and we ask God for forgiveness every time but the power of the Holy Ghost gives us the power to overcome sin and temptations. We want to be a witness in our comfort zone but being a witness starts from out personal life.
Is you life a real witness for God? If people cannot emulate your life, then for who are you witnessing for?
It is easier to lift up our hands on Sunday morning but when challenges comes in our life, do we do the same thing? God of the good times is also the God of the bad times. He remains unchanged. Act 4:33-35. When you have the power of God, the devil will trembles. Act 4:31

What the Holy Spirit brings:

1. Turns weakling into witnesses. It is the counsel of the Holy Spirit that gives us utterance. Are you an effective witness? That is the purpose of the Spirit of God.

2. It brings in fellowship and not division. At this point, devotion with Christ becomes more important than devotion with man and humility becomes more important than greatness. The holy spirit wants to clean us from inside out.

We are not aquarium keeper but a fisherman.

Preacher: Pastor Z. Trevor

Intimacy with the Holy Ghost : Being a witness

The main purpose of the power of the Holy Ghost is for us to be a witness. In this world, people likes to be a sales man. However just because you are a witness does not make it right. You can be a witness for the wrong cause. The jihadist are also witnesses but when you receive power, you will be a witness of God. Living a Christian life is not difficult, but it is impossible when u try to live it on your own strength.

Martyr is the Greek word for witness. They are people that wants to die with Christ. A faith that cannot be tested is a faith that cannot be trusted. Your true faith is exposed when you go through trials. Zech 4:6, John 16:15, John 5:5, eph 2:3, psalm 51:5.
We can be martyr by dying to our desires. Ezekiel 11:19
By default, we have the heart of stone. God does a heart transplant through the power of the Holy Spirit and that gives us the boldness to witness.
The sad thing is that we are try to live Holy through flesh. John 3:5-6
When you are fearful, do you go the way of surrender or rebellion?
Jesus chose the way of surrender. 1 corth 2:1, John 3:8.

Propose in your heart to be a witness of God and not a witness for the wrong cause.

Preacher: Pastor Z. Trevor

Intimacy with the Holy Spirit 2

Devil wants us to feel like evil is normal. Until you have the Holy Spirit, there is no discernment of evil and no confession of Jesus as our Lord. Its not a question of if God wants to have a relationship with us because he always does just as he came down from heaven daily to check on Adam and Eve, the main question is do we want to have fellowship with him?

You cannot have a relationship with the Holy Ghost and still maintain a relationship with the world. You need the communion with the Holy Ghost to live through this perilous times. Acts 8:29, 10:29,11:27-28
Every single step of ours should be led by the Holy Ghost else we are bound to make mistakes. Rom 9:1-2
Communion is to have an intimate fellowship with Jesus Christ and communion with the Holy Ghost is key to a successful Christian walk.
In the old testament, Holy Spirit was living with them but in the new testament the Holy Spirit is living in us. The Holy spirit now dwells within us. 1 corth 14:39-40
Praying in tongues helps defeat our weaknesses. Rom 8:26.
The meaning of speaking of tongue is for unbelievers as in 1 Corinthians 14:22 is that when unbelievers see you they will see the presence of God when you pray in tongues.

We need to be filled with the Holy Spirit and not just having the Holy Spirit.

Preacher: Pastor Z. Trevor

Intimacy with the Holy Spirit

Without the holy spirit, we are dead. The Holy Spirit is a dynamite that gives us the ability to operate beyond human ability. However, there is difference between having the Holy Spirit and being filled with the Holy Spirit.

Without the Holy Spirit we cannot confess Jesus as our Lord and savior. That is receiving the Holy Spirit but the filling of the Holy Ghost gives power. Receiving the Holy Spirit comes immediately after accepting Christ as our savior but filling of requires more.
Signs to know that you are filled with the Holy Ghost are seeing and hearing. Act 8:5-8, Act 2:1-3
Pentecost was a celebration of God giving Moses the law.
The meaning of time of grace is that God gives us the Holy Spirit who will guide us and not a license to sin.
You cannot go to the father except through Jesus and you cannot have a relationship with Jesus without the Holy Spirit.
When Jesus reveals himself to us, even the greatest sinner will call him Lord just as he did for Paul. If we want to be a chosen vessel, we have to surrender it all. If we are so full with our cares and worries God cannot fill us. A full vessel cannot be filled.
Are you a called vessel or the chosen vessel?

Preacher: Pastor Z. Trevor

Draw near to God

God is always ready to draw closer to us only if we are ready to draw near to him. It has to be initiated by us. People are waiting to receive things from God but God wants us to move first. If we say God is far, who moved?
Psalm 129:17-18
God loves us so much that he wants to have a relationship with us. Prayer is a dialogue. God is never tired of listening to us even though we are tired of praying
Prayer = uploading your request + downloading what God has to say
Jesus said he will give us another of the same kind of spirit. John 16:7

You cannot live a disobedient life and expect the holy spirit to fill you. You have to be obedient to God’s word and authority. Without the holy spirit we can do nothing.

Preacher: Pastor Z. Trevor

Get up and get growing

God does miracle but the miracle is in our hands. If you magnify something, it gets bigger. If we magnify our problems, it gets bigger so also if we magnify God.

Growth has direction, growth has intention. Growth entails building our individual lives.

To get growing:
1. Makeup your mind
John 5
When you are in a place for so long u feel too comfortable. God is looking for our effort. Jesus healed the man at the pool because he saw his anticipation. When we step out, God honors our faith.
God gives green light but we have to make up our mind. God told Joshua to move to the promise land but God didn’t tell him when to move but Joshua moved in 3 days. God is ready all the time but we are not ready.
2. Faith takes risk, it moves mountain and blesses people around you. The lepers moved and they got plenty. 2 kings 7
God is always on the move. If we are made like Jesus, then you have to be like him. Being stagnant is unlike God.
4 men step of faith made a difference. God uses unlikely people. Jeremiah 28:7
If you carry the word of God, the word will carry you through your difficult time.

When everything around you fails, his word will never fail because he is faithful to his word.
3. If you carry the word, the word will grow you
God wants us to get growing because there is a blessing waiting for us. Faith changes your situation and brings you into your inheritance and does the impossible. Numbers 27. 5 girls took the step and God changed the law of the land because of them.

God is not stagnant and he requires us to get growing.

Preacher: Pastor John Malcolm

Living supernatural in the natural

Preacher: Pastor Janet Neville

Love, marriage and relationship

Marriage is beautiful and an ordained plan from God. Marriage means partnership. It requires commitment and not complain. Marriage is not 50 50 but given your all (100%). Self puts an end to love but love puts an end to self. We think divorce will solve all of our problems but it only complicates things. Marriage is a process of learning more about one’s self and understanding your partner.
Fight for each other rather than fight each other. Pray for each other and admit faults.

The more our self dies, he more our relationship thrives. We think the happiness of our minds should be a bigger priority than the health of our marriage but it shouldn’t. The health of marriage should be more important. Our priority should be to raise responsible adults and not happy children.
Love is blind but marriage is an eye opener, communication and commitment is the key.

 

Preacher: Pastor Neil Thomas