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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PSALM 91 (KJV)

[1]He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
[2] I will say of the Lord , He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
[3] Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
[4] He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
[5] Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
[6] Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
[7] A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
[8] Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
[9] Because thou hast made the Lord , which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
[10] There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
[11] For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
[12] They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
[13] Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
[14] Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
[15] He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
[16] With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

IT’S NOT EASY…!

It’s not easy! Keep working! It’s not easy! Keep going! If it were easy the world would have never been like this. So keep working, keep striving, If you fall down Seven times, get up Eight. Without Commitment you will never Start, but more importantly, without Consistency you will never Finish. Ease is a greater threat to progress than hardship! Ease is a greater threat to progress than hardship!!. So Keep working, Keep moving, Keep going, Keep learning!
See you at work!!!

NCIP

UNBROKEN CURSES

UNRESOLVED PROBLEMS

Many Christians attend church regularly and strive with all their hearts to lead godly lives. However, in spite of their best efforts,
everything seems to fall apart. No matter how hard they try or how much counseling they receive, nothing seems to help. For example, how often have you heard someone makes a comment such as this: “My life was going along pretty smoothly until I accepted Jesus Christ. Then everything that could possibly go wrong did!” Maybe you have even made such a statement yourself. Some Christians fail to understand why, in spite of everything they do, their children turn against them and against God and walk straight into destruction. Other Christians accept the Lord gladly, grow spiritually for a while, and then find they are no longer able to maintain a close relationship with the Lord. They seem to be unable to read and study their Bibles or pray, and eventually they give up interest and fall away. Still others struggle their whole lives with an on-again, off-again walk with the Lord, never able to establish and maintain a consistent walk with Him. Then there are those believers who battle year after year with all sorts of illnesses and catastrophic accidents. No matter how much they pray, believe, or attend healing services, nothing changes or improves in their lives. The conflict just continues without any resolution or any revelation from the Lord as to the reason for the lack of victory. Countless families are plagued by conditions such as mental illness, suicides, alcoholism, physical illness, divorce, incest, and poverty. Often, even those who come to the Lord are unable to break the endless cycles of devastation within their own families. These problems affect whole churches as well as
individual lives. Many churches are marked by divorce or other such problems within the ranks of their members. Many struggle for years but never prosper and grow spiritually. They never grow in spiritual depth or increase in membership. They frequently split and often change pastors. Even if they do seem to have a revival and grow, soon everything falls apart,
people leave, and the church ends up where it started. Why does this destructive cycle occur?
These discouraging situations may result from a number of factors, but a frequently overlooked reason is a curse on the person’s life or family that has never been broken. Many churches are also cursed. This is a
much-neglected area in Christian teaching today. We had previously been aware of curses, and we
have had to deal with them in our own lives. However, we never fully realized how widespread the problem is within the body of Christ until we started presenting this material in our teaching seminars. We have been overwhelmed by the responses of people to the information about unbroken curses in their lives. We have been privileged to see many lives change dramatically as a result of this teaching. The weapons of our warfare are powerful through Jesus Christ—that is, if we know when and how to use them. The purpose of this book is to help you recognize the hidden battle in your own life so that you can have total victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

#unbrokencurses
#rebeccabrownmd

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 2.

(Continued….) 
​ 1. Three revelation gifts i.e spiritual gifts that reveal something: They spring from God’s omniscient (All knowing).
a. The word of wisdom

b. The word of knowledge 

c. The discerning of spirits
2. Three power gifts. i.e Spiritual gifts that do something: They spring from God’s omnipotent (All powerful).
a. The gift of faith 

b. The gifts of healings.

c. The working of miracles.
3. Three utterance or inspirational gifts. i.e Spiritual gifts that say something: They spring from God’s omnipresent (present every where).
a. Prophecy 

b. Divers kinds of tongues

c. Interpretation of tongues.

We shall start from the first which is the word of wisdom. We’ll jus give like two examples because of our time
WORD OF WISDOM:
 The word of wisdom is a supernatural revelation by the Spirit of God concerning the divine purpose and plan in the mind and will of God. It deals with the FUTURE or what is to happen. 

– It is given to a person through words, visions or dreams. It provides understanding and instruction on what action must be taken. 

– It is NOT revealed through human ability or natural wisdom. It is God’s revelation of His plans and purposes. 
– Please note that the word of wisdom is not the gift of wisdom or intelligence. Solomon never had this gift of word of wisdom, what he had was wisdom. 

– This is not the ability to know how to handle life situations or challenges. But it could be a revealed Word by the Holy Spirit on how to handle a particular situation or problem. 

– It is not the ability to know how to give good counsel or advice.

– It is not the ability to interpret scriptures.

– It is not wisdom sanctified to the service of God.
WORD OF KNOWLEDGE: This is the revelation of past or present facts or events that cannot be known through our natural senses. They are revealed to the speaker by the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
– This is not the ability to understand scriptures and you can have this gift without being able to interpret scriptures at all, even a baby Christian can have this gift.

– It is given to a person through words, visions or dreams.

 Once again pls note that the word of wisdom is not the same with natural wisdom.  Because all the gifts are supernatural and none of them is natural or from the mind..
– The word of wisdom could come to someone in form of dreams like Joseph, in visions like Daniel, through angels like Gideon and in a voice like Moses.
The simple difference between WOW and WOK is that, The word of knowledge deals with the past and the present while the word of wisdom deals with the future.
LET ME MAKE THIS MORE CLEARER…
 It is word of KNOWLEDGE to know by the help of the Holy Spirit the address, the situation of a person or telephone number or name, etc of a person.
 But it is word of WISDOM that reveals the plan of God for the future with precision. 
– Moses had the word of wisdom when he was commissioned to go and save the children of Israel from bondage.
– Jonah: the word of wisdom was at work when he was sent to Nineveh..

So I’ll just simply define the rest and when next we meet, we shall be looking at the examples
DISCERNING OF SPIRITS This gift gives insight into the spirit world. It is discerning of all spirits and it is not the discerning of devils alone. 
*There are three kinds of spirits:

a. Divine Spirit

b. Human spirit

c. satanic 
*this is not the power to discover or find fault in others. Everyone easily find fault but this is not what this gift is all about.

*it is a gift to discern spirits both good and evil. Stephen was able to see/discern the similitude of God and to see the risen Christ sitted at the right hand of God through this gift (Acts 7:55-58).

* it is discerning of the Holy Spirit, Jesus, Cherubims, Arch angels, host of angels, Satan and his agents.

But you must also note that many a times we can have two or three or even four of the gifts manifesting together..

Ananias was not even an apostle but we can find at least four gifts operating thru him to reach out unto Paul

 Word of wisdom, knowledge, gifts of healing, faith and prophecy

 So many a times, the gifts can manifest together
THE GIFT OF FAITH : The Gift of Special Faith Is Not the Same as Saving Faith Every believer already has general faith or saving faith, which is also a gift. 

This gift of faith can help you to trust God for anything, no matter how great.

The gift of faith does not grow but saving faith grows

The gifts of healings.
Note that, all miraculous healings whether, lame, blind, missing body part, palsy, and etc are all the manifestation of the gifts of healings. But some people that were born with some body parts missing will require the manifestation of the working of miracles..
There are many gifts of healings because Jesus took 39 stripes for our healing. 

– A single person does not have ALL the gifts of healings except Jesus Christ Himself. Jesus always heals everyone(all manner of sicknesses and diseases).

If you want to heal everyone then you’ll have to build up their faith

U can be healed without d gifts of healings if u believe d word of God and apply it to your life mk11:24

This is why some people have the gifts for taking care of certain diseases more easily than others. You can’t give what you don’t have.

But we can press into God and have more manifestations of the gifts but we can’t have all in manifestation through a single person.

This is why we need unity and love in the church, because all the gifts can function in a church through different persons and also this does not stop people from receiving healing by simple faith.

And one thing with these gifts of the spirit is that

Most people God has called into certain ministries will be equipped with some certain gifts to stand in those offices

But some ministers may never get it until they submit themselves to grace

Association matters wen it comes to Impactation

The manifestations I had before was personal… Most of the manifestations of d word of wisdom and other ones were for only me, though very few for other tins but until I come in contact with some certain  people I never had it manifested thru me to bless others more

This is why we must get out of pride and humble ourselves to receive what God has deposited in others

I was so hungry to hear God’s voice one night, that I just sat down expecting Him to speak, ahaha…. We must know God wants to talk to us and thru us if we must flow in these gifts without sweat….

We must be ready to go thru for Him so we can grow in the gifts

Getting the gifts and anointing is more easier than maintaining it and increasing it

The anointing for instance, WILL NEVER increase if you are not willing to yield to the Holy Spirit, you must be WILLING to fast and pray, you MUST be WILLING to study the word…

THE WORKING OF MIRACLES: 
Howard Carter said, “The working of miracles is a supernatural manifestation of the power of God that alters (that is, changes), suspends (that is, lays aside), or in some other way controls the laws of nature.”

Ohhhh

We can change our world with these first 6gifts

And the last 3 is for the church

Gift of prophecy::

The main purpose of the gift of prophecy is Edification, Exhortation and Comfort….1 Cor 14:3

The gift of prophecy has no prediction

And its different from the gift of word of wisdom

The word of  wisdom has prediction and cud giv direction

The combination of tongues and interpretation of tongues equals the simple gift of prophecy

Verse 11 of first Corinthians said but ALL these gifts works by the same Holy Spirit, who divides it to EVERY MAN severally as He wills

The Holy Spirit is the giver and thank God All the gifts work

There are ministry gifts also but our major concern today is on the gifts alone

How we can covet them

This is the truth:::

Covet earnestly the best gifts.

If u know the kind of ministry God has given you. 

U must covet the gifts that pertain to that office

A teacher or pastor can covet the word of Knowledge, word of wisdom and even gifts of healings and prophecy

But all the three power gifts and revelational gifts may function in the ministry of the evangelist

To stand in d office of a prophet, you MUST function in the gift of prophecy, word of knowledge and wisdom

But a times discerning of spirits

MOST prophets hav an healing ministry

So prophets may flow many a times in healing anointing also

But every believer has at least one gift

Now covet is something that’s very wrong

If I say I covet someone’s car

Its like taking forcefully what belongs to another person

Pls sir!! Is playing instruments n singing a gift of d spirit?

Those ones are ministry gifta

Choir, ushers and d rest ar under d ministry gift of helps

But that’s not our focus tonight

So the same God who said don’t b covetous gave an exemption

U must not be covetous but wen it comes to d gifts be as covetous as u can

I have listened to adeboye many times, when he became a pastor, he wasn’t functioning in d gifts he needed

That’s what I meant wen I say, if u don’t get the gifts, u can go to God, stay there till u get it

Adeboye was extremely covetous, but he got it

Coveting is not just asking oh

Its taking it by force

U get before God, ask and keep asking till u see the manifestations

Coveting may take some times bcos God may want to check if u really need wat u said u need.. But the truth is dat, He knows u need them

But He wants to b sure u ar sure of what u ar asking

But it will definitely come

Someone can also lay hands on u to receive the gifts

But as I’ve said

For u to grow in them, u must be committed to God

Getting is more easier than even sustaining it

This is why u must make up ur mind to walk with God and work for God all d days of ur life

Its ur consistency and ur commitment that make it grow

Laying hands on u can get it into u

But u must grow in them

But there’s an important warning

Wigglesworth Said ” Do not seek the gifts unless you are purposed to abide in the Holy Spirit. They should be manifested only in the power of the Holy Spirit”.

Now we must know the difference BTW the gifts and power

While it is right to covet earnestly the best gifts, you must recognize that the all-important thing is to be filled with the power of the Holy Ghost Himself. You will never have trouble with people who are filled with the power of the Holy Ghost, but you will have a lot of trouble with people who have the gifts and have no power. The Lord wants us to come behind in no gift, but at the same time He wants us to be so filled with the Holy Ghost that it will be the Holy Spirit manifesting Himself through the gifts. Where the glory of God alone is desired you can look for every needed gift to be made manifest. To glorify God is better than to idolize gifts. We prefer the power of God to any gift..
Without Holiness, the power of the Holy Spirit won’t work through you.

Please understand that, the presence of spiritual gifts does not proof the level of spirituality of any man or woman. But the presence of the power can proof the level of your spirituality.

What helped me on time was that I got to know about the power before God opened my eyes to understand the gifts

 the gifts of the spirit can also be made manifest when you have the mighty power of the Holy Spirit and also note that it is possible to have the gifts without the power.

The only way that mighty power of the Holy Spirit can keep flowing through you is through a lifestyle of Holiness and personal relationship with God. I’ve seen men who have the power and are doing far more than those who have the gifts. Bcos to have the power, you have to be approved of God but the gifts can still remain in you even after you have backslided..
Now this is what I mean, there are men who have power with God, God literally commits Himself to these men, He gives them the authority to command a thing and see it happen, they share in that same power that God manifested at creation. These men may have the gifts function in their lives in a more dynamic way than those who don’t have power with God. Few example of men who have power with God:

Abraham, Moses, David, Elijah, Jeremiah, Peter, Paul, Stephen, Woodworth Etter, Wigglesworth, Lester Sumrall, Kathryn Kuhlman, kenneth Hagin, Adeboye, Oritsejafor, Oyedepo, Enenche, David Ogbueli, etc…

Those who have power with God are literally clothed with God, God is there portion, nothing can harm them, they are placed over territories and kingdoms/nations to rule over.

How can you have power with God?

Its extremely simple but hard to do, it’s just RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD and to be SOLD OUT COMPLETELY TO GOD.

If I tell you the price to have power with God is cheap, I would be deceiving you. As simple as those two things are, it will only take grace and higher level of determination and consistency to obtain. I.e You press into God till God literally tells you “I commit myself to you, whenever you speak I’ll confirm it”. This is what it means to have power with God..

The power of God can be touched it is tangible, it is feelable

But you must pay the price to scale great heights…

This is the end of our teaching tonight… And my prayer is that we may not just covet the gifts alone, but that we enter into a covenant wit God

This is where the power lies

If u can press in, God will help u

May God give u d  grace to pay the price required

U will arrive there but u dnt have to give up bcos of ur weakness

Tell ur weakness, I’ll see ur end and rise to move on

Remember, COVET EARNESTLY THE BEST GIFTS”

WHAT NEXT?

SO, I’M BORN AGAIN,

WHAT NEXT?

Congratulations friend. for having taken the bold step to salvation, by accepting Jesus Christ into your life as your Lord and Saviour. Now you have entered into the main stream of our Lord’s order of salvation, by confessing Jesus with your mouth and believing Him in your heart. (Rom. 10:9-10) Congratulations once again.

But it does not end here! There is more to remaining alive in Jesus than just being saved. You need to be sure that you are alive indeed, and you have to remain alive, always, through constant nurturing. We don’t give birth to a baby today and then leave it to itself. Definitely not. If we do that, the baby would die Instead. we care and nurture it with food and other essentials of living, so that it grows into a strong adult.
However, you need to be rest assured that all your sins are forgiven (Heb. 10:16-17) and you are thus a new creature (II Cor. 5:7) in Christ. Therefore, give no room for fear or doubt into your mind, for the devil will want to confuse you that you are neither saved nor forgiven and so you can’t just live the true Christian life.

How then can you live for Jesus? You need now to abide in Him and grow (John 15:5). How then do you grow in the Lord? Friend, Christian growth comes only through faith in Christ Jesus (Gal. 3:11) (II Cor. 5:7). Now that you believe you need faith to live, to stand and to grow absolutely in God (Heb 11:6) To grow therefore, you have to diligently follow these steps:

G- Go to God dairy in prayers (Jn. 15:7) “if you abide in me, and my word abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you”.

R- Read God’s Word (Your Bible daily (Joshua 1:8) This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth but thou shall meditate therein day and night that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein for then thou shall make thy way prosperous and then thou shall have good success.

O- Obey His commandments stated in the scripture. (Jn. 14:21) “he that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me, and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

W – Witness about Christ to others who are yet to know the joy of salvation i.e. Through your words and deed. (Mark 16:15-16) “He said unto them go ye into the world and preach the gospel to every creature he that believeth and is baptised shall be saved, but he that believeth not shall be damned”.

Dear friend, growth is what you need now that you have been born again (1 Pet: 2:1-3). You cannot, as a Christian, afford to remain stagnant in the faith (Heb. 5:11-14). The more you know about Christ your Lord and Saviour, the better for you. What is more, if you do that biding of Christ, your Lord, He will relate to you as His friend (Jn. 15:15) “hence forth I call you not servant for the servant knoweth not what his Lord doeth but I have called you friends for all things that I have heard of my father l have made known unto you.

So, why not just throw everything unto Christ and serve Him with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength, and it shall be well with you.