REPENTANCE FROM DEAD WORKS (An evidence of genuine conversion) 1

INTRODUCTION:
After a genuine salvation encounter with the saviour Jesus Christ, every child of God is expected to start bearing fruit immediately by his or her life. The new creation life in Christ is a complete lifestyle on its own. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the spirit is spirit. The outward manifestation of life in the spirit is quite different from that of the life in the flesh. As soon as the new birth takes place, the old life (life in the flesh) is terminated and the new life begins. And by their fruits, you shall know them (Matt. 7:16).
One of the first fruit of the new life is the fruit of repentance. The scripture says in Matt. 3:8: “Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance.” (KJV) “Do those things that will show that you have turned from your sins” (GNB).
We shall therefore look into what it means to repent, what to repent from, God’s response to a repented soul, the danger of refusing to repent from certain deeds. May God grant you understanding in Jesus’ name, Amen.
What does ‘repentance’ mean?
1. Dictionary meaning: Repentance means to think with regret or sorrow over something that one has done.
2. Biblical meaning: Prov. 28:13, Matt. 3:5-8, 2 Cor. 7. 10
To repent means to confess your sins and to forsake (turn from) them as a result of sorrow over those sins. Not only that, it also involves bearing fruits that will show that you have repented. To confess your sins and stop sinning is not enough because then you will be left in a vacuum. Having Stopped sinning (i.e having forsaken your sins), you must start doing something else: bearing fruits worthy of repentance.
So there are three actions that make up repentance: Confession of your sins, forsaking your sins and bearing of fruits to show that you have turned from your sins.REPENTANCE FROM DEAD WORKS
(An evidence of genuine conversion)

INTRODUCTION:
After a genuine salvation encounter with the saviour Jesus Christ, every child of God is expected to start bearing fruit immediately by his or her life. The new creation life in Christ is a complete lifestyle on its own. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the spirit is spirit. The outward manifestation of life in the spirit is quite different from that of the life in the flesh. As soon as the new birth takes place, the old life (life in the flesh) is terminated and the new life begins. And by their fruits, you shall know them (Matt. 7:16).
One of the first fruit of the new life is the fruit of repentance. The scripture says in Matt. 3:8: “Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance.” (KJV) “Do those things that will show that you have turned from your sins” (GNB).
We shall therefore look into what it means to repent, what to repent from, God’s response to a repented soul, the danger of refusing to repent from certain deeds. May God grant you understanding in Jesus’ name, Amen.
What does ‘repentance’ mean?
1. Dictionary meaning: Repentance means to think with regret or sorrow over something that one has done.
2. Biblical meaning: Prov. 28:13, Matt. 3:5-8, 2 Cor. 7. 10
To repent means to confess your sins and to forsake (turn from) them as a result of sorrow over those sins. Not only that, it also involves bearing fruits that will show that you have repented. To confess your sins and stop sinning is not enough because then you will be left in a vacuum. Having Stopped sinning (i.e having forsaken your sins), you must start doing something else: bearing fruits worthy of repentance.
So there are three actions that make up repentance: Confession of your sins, forsaking your sins and bearing of fruits to show that you have turned from your sins.

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HOPE

Hope is like expectation

Faith is now but hope deals with something that must happen

Look at this again

Hebrews  11:1 Now faith is the SUBSTANCE of things HOPED for, the EVIDENCE of things not seen.

Pls note that if you ask anything in faith, you still need to keep your hope alive or else you may never receive it

I have seen many crash bcos they ask and when it seems like what they have asked in faith is delaying, they go ahead and take another option

Some of them fall

Some of them couldn’t wait to see there results physically delivers into their hands bcos

They refused to keep their hope  alive

Without  a living hope, job would NEVER had recover all he lost

Without hope Jesus wud NEVER had died on the cross

Without a living hope, you can’t proof to God you truly have faith

Bishop Oyedepo calls it “Husband(Faith) and wife(hope)”

When you believe God for something and you’re soooo sure God has heard you then you must Never let your hope be dead

Bcos it will come to a point when you may begin to ask “am I sure God even heard me”

Am I sure God will ever  fulfill His word in my life?

It will always come to a point in your life when it seems God’s promises are being delayed… What you need at those moments is a living hope

Your hope must be kept alive and strong

But there are certain things you don’t need to waste your time hoping for… You’ll need hope but it has to be by violent faith..

When it comes to healings

Be as violent as you can be

But not all healings are instant.. Some are gradual and when its gradual, you need your hope to stay alive too.. But it has to be violent

Pls note that, God will do everything He says and He will do ANYTHING and EVERYTHING that you believe Him for (mk11:24; Eph3:20)..

You don’t need to know how He will do it. Do you know how God killed Goliath bcos David believed God for it? No!

Did you know how Jordan was driven back and rose up like a heap? No!

Do u know how the red sea parted? No! But God did them all bcos someone believed Him for it..

Believe God for the Impossible.

Never ask how just trust God to do the wow!

Many of you are trying to pity God… You can’t pity God, you can’t help God either

God is all powerful whether you accept it or not, it does not change or reduce Him

Whether u worship Him or not, He cannot reduce in power glory and greatness

I AM GOD I CHANGE NOT

Never reduce God in ur mind

Faith is not just what we need to please God( Heb 11:6), Faith is an instrument that we use to dislodge or disharm the enemy(Ephesians  6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked)

“Above ALL” it means when other things are in place, then take faith

No devil can stand faith.. They know when you have it

You talk with power when you have it

And you walk as if the devils are not a match bcos they are not if you know

No devil has what it takes to defeat a believer, but we don’t know and that’s why we’re receiving some attacks….

O they know not, neither will they understand, they walk on in darkness… I’ve said “you’re gods and all of you are the children of the most high”

God has given this earth to d children of men but the devil is against it

This is why u need faith to stand

Now what are the channels or pathways to great faith

1. Salvation

After salvation, everyone receives a measure of faith from the Lord…

2. The word of God: what we do with the word determines how we gain access into revelations which in turns powers our faith

Every new revelation of God u have deposits a tangible amount of faith into your life

3. Prayer

Without prayer you may NEVER have access to some revelations… For it is written “ask of me and I’ll answer u and I’ll show you great and mighty things which you do not know

A buoyant prayer life will result to a faith-filled life

4. Relationship with the Holy Spirit

5. Praying abundantly and excessively in tongues….

The truth is that you can’t pray  in excess

But wat I mean by that is pray in tongues like you drink water

Pray in tongues anywhere

6. God’s direct voice also builds up our faith

Jude 20 says building up yourself on ur most Holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost

And when you pray more In the Holy Ghost, you have access to God’s voice easily.

THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT 

Before we talk about Spiritual gifts, let’s talk about How God leads in this new testament and before we talk about How God leads, we must know the person of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is not a thing, He’s not a feeling, He’s not a dove, He’s not a fire but He can manifest Himself using all these.

The Holy Spirit is a person (John  14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that HE may abide with you *for ever*

Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth HIM not, neither knoweth HIM: but ye know HIM; for HE dwelleth with you, and shall be in you).

1 John  3:24 And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that HE ABIDETH IN US, BY THE SPIRIT which he hath given us.

After knowing He’s a person

And we must know He’s the one present here on earth

He’s everywhere at the same time.

 We now move to how God leads
 Is there any difference BTW Holy spirit and Holy ghost?
 Its d same

 OK…understood

It’s just like saying God is great or God is mighty
 So we’ll move on to how God leads

And this is where I’ll like to dwell more

But how well you function in these gifts is determined by how well you can hear the voice of God.
*But how does God leads?*.

Until you know how God leads His children, you may never function properly in these gifts.

You can’t define the Holy Spirit, you can only describe Him, Based on His function

And personality

 – The primary way God leads His children is through the inner witness (Rom 8:14,16; John15:15; 10:4,27). 

*A times the voice of God speaking to your spirit may sound as if its coming from outside and a times it may be a still small voice.

 – The word: the word of God is the voice of God. If you don’t accept it, you may NEVER hear His leading voice in other areas.

 – Audible voice(this is rare but He does. And those who are called into certain ministries may receive their lunching out through His audible voice ) it’s like someone standing right behind or before you and speaking to you very loudly). Anybody can also be led by this way but in this dispensation, God leads more thru d inner witness

 – Vision(open vision, trance and dreams).

– Jesus may decide to pay you a visit by Himself. 

– Angels :He can choose to send an angel.

– God speaks through circumstances.

 – He speaks through association. Saul came in the midst of prophets and he began to prophesy. Some prophets and teachers were ministering to the Lord and the word of God came “separate unto me Paul and Barnabas. There are certain things you will NEVER know or see or experience until you associate yourself with certain believers.

I have been personally blessed this way beyond measure.. By your connection to this group, there’s an anointing that God can release on you if only you can believe. Coming in contact with some people can activate the voice of God over your life.

 There’s power in association, there’s a release on you when you connect with the grace God has given to someone else

 So the next thing we’ll look at is *How do you know what you’re hearing is God speaking?*

 First, it is very possible to bear the voice of God, because you’re a spirit, u have a soul and living in a body

 Everyone born of d flesh is flesh and everyone born of d Spirit  is spirit

God is a Spirit, if u are born again, U are a Spirit. Jesus said, my sheep HEARS my voice. So the points listed above is how God speaks but How will u know if its of God? It is possible to doubt if its God speaking wen you don’t have a relationship with Him…

 I’ve found out that some people got it right on time  while others have to build their relationship and covet it before they grow into hearing Him more. Whatever comes to u from God must:

– It must agree with the word of God. Even if you see Jesus in a vision, whatever He will tell you is ALWAYS in line with His word. Remember that the devil can appear as an angel of light, so you must test all spirits whether it be from God or not. I’ll advice that you should NEVER seek experiences if you’re not worded, seek God, He’ll give you experiences.. Some people have sought experiences and because of little knowledge of the word, the devil entertained them by familiar spirits. So whether you’re worded or not too worded, seek God by spending time with His word.
– It must bear witness with your spirit.

– It will always be to the glory of God

 – it will bring peace, God won’t condemn u, He can instruct u in order for u to repent..
So that’s the first phase of the teaching
The gifts of the spirit (charismata) are spiritual abilities given by the Holy Spirit to bless you and make you a blessing to others. These are not talents but special endowment by the Holy Spirit ..

Every believer has a gift whether they know it or not

1Cor. 12:1

    “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you to be ignorant” The major reason why we lack real and consistent manifestation of these gifts is due to ignorance. Ignorance means to lack experience and practical understanding or to ignore through lack of desire or interest.

– Believers must not remain ignorant of the Gifts of the Spirit, their proper use and their purpose.
 Other reasons why we don’t see them in manifestation is because of lack of love, unity, our motives are wrong, lack of humility, etc.

Sometimes when someone wants to function, the people rejects them and say “they have demons”. Yes there are counterfeit but we can’t because of counterfeit neglect the original.

But these gifts are free

They cost you nothing…. But growing in them will cost u something, I’ll tell u what that is before the lecture is over.

1Cor 12:7

“ But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal i.e every one born again and filled with the Holy Spirit has gift or gifts whether they know it or not”

Note that, this is not talent. God has given everyone a talent whether believers or unbelievers but the gifts are given ONLY to believers..

If you’re hungry and thirsty for more of Him, He’ll lead you to know how to get it and how to increase and maintain the flow. And after this message, a very vital word of instruction will be given if you must have more manifestations of these gifts and make heaven at last. Because there are many who will have these gifts and end in hell. You remember what Jesus said ” MANY WILL SAY, WE CAST OUT DEVILS IN YOUR NAME, WE DID THIS AND THAT, AND JESUS WILL SAY, DEPART FROM ME FOR I NEVER KNEW THEE”.

 It is one thing to be blessed by God and to be used mightily and it is another thing to stand before Jesus after your journey on earth to hear Jesus say “my son, well done, thou good and faithful servant”.. 

Remember, God can use anything including animals to bring to pass His purpose, so don’t think God has given you the gifts because you’re special. Everyone in the body of Christ has a gift whether they know it or not “the manifestation of the Spirit is GIVEN TO EVERY MAN…”

Note that, 

– A gift is not something you work for, it is what you receive. It is grace and they are simply received by faith and these gifts does not show how spiritual a man/woman is.
– The problem with these gifts not manifesting is not from the giver(God) but from we (the receiver), because The manifestation of the Spirit is GIVEN…..1Cor12:7. So we’re the ones who have problem receiving the gifts of the Holy Spirit..

Pls u can see the lists of the gifts in 1cor 12:7-11

The gifts of the Spirit are divided into three parts:
(to be continued….)

HOW TO BUILD A STRONG TEAM 3.

‘HAPPY IS THE MAN WHO… GAINS UNDERSTANDING. ‘ PROVERBS 3:13 NKJV

  An important key to building a strong team is being open to new and different ideas. One of your greatest dangers as you become older (or more successful) is  that your thinking can become institutionalized; which is just another word for ‘fossilized’. To remain successful you must create an environment in which the free exchange of information and ideas takes place. If people had not been permitted to trying things we’d still be traveling by horse and carriage, dinning by candlelight, and dying a lot earlier from preventable diseases. It’s said that knowledge is doubling every five to ten years. That lets us know how much we didn’t know; when we thought we knew it all.
  ‘Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding.’ We must honour what we’ve learned by building on it, but we never stop asking, ‘Is there a better way? ‘ Champions don’t ease up because they’re ahead of the competition; they’re still accelerating as they cross the finish line. The competition keeps you sharp. You need them. 
  Irish singer Bono said something worth noting: ‘I would be terrified to be on my own as a solo singer…I surround myself with…a band, a family of every spunky kids, and a wife who’s smarter than anyone…you’re only as good as the argument you get. So maybe the reason why the band hasn’t split up is that people might get this: even though I’m only one quarter of U2,  I’m more than I could be if I was one whole of something else.’ Solomon put it this way: ‘As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpen…his friend’ (Proverbs 27:17 NKJV).

HOW TO BUILD A STRONG TEAM 1.

‘LOVE CARES MORE FOR OTHERS THAN FOR SELF.’ 1COR.13:7 TM

  Many of us would rather settle for achieving less, than put up with ‘people-problems.’ But fulfilling a great dream usually means having a great team. And great teams are made up of people with strenghts, and weaknesses. God seldom calls us to do the job alone; He calls others to stand with us. So, do you know who belongs in your life?
  Jesus chose twelve disciples to help Him fulfil His mission on earth. One of them doubted Him, one denied Him and one betrayed Him. Yet He called them, knowing what they were; and could become. After listing hardships that would make your worst day look like ‘a walk in the park,’ Paul writes, ‘Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of…all the churches’ (2 Cor.11:28 NIV). How did Paul evangelise Asia, guide the church and write half the New Testament? Through a team; he introduces them in Romans 16. Let’s look at one of his team-building secrets. It’s called:
  LOVE. If you don’t genuinely care about people they’ll sense it and they won’t stay with you. If you’ve a turnover in your relationships, that could be your problem. Even your best team members will go through times that affect their performance. Jeremiah got so stressed out that he wanted to quit the ministry and go into the motel business (Jeremiah 9:2). Paul advise his right-hand man Timothy to ‘use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses’ (1 Timothy 5:23 NIV). Here’s a helpful prescription for the stress that goes with people-problems. Write it down on a 3*5 card and read it regularly. ‘Love cares more for other than for self.’

TEN [10] WAYS TO LOOK YOUR BEST

TOP TEN [10] SELF ESTEEM

1.Help others. You’ll be glad you did.
2.Talk and walk with happiness because God created you!
3.Choose joy no matter what happens today.
4.Be content with yourself and do not envy others.
5.Be generous to God and the people around you.
6.Speak what is true and with lots of kindness.
7.Keep your heart free of wrong desires.
8.Take care of your appearance.
9.Be real, no need to fake it.
10.Wear a smile.