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Not Forgotten

Not Forgotten

Dearly Beloved,

Love Greetings in the Matchless Name of our Lord Jesus Christ by whom we have received the mandate to “Preach the Full Message of this New Life” to the peoples of this world.
Today is another day to look deeply into the Word of God to answer probing questions in the hearts of His people. As a student of the Word and a practical thinker, there are things I have observed that I think we should discuss. Things delayed dreams and expectations.
Habakkuk 2:2-3 NKJV
Then the LORD answered me and said:
“Write the vision
And make it plain on tablets,
That he may run who reads it.
For the vision is yet for an appointed time;
But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.
Though it tarries, wait for it;
Because it will surely come,
It will not tarry.
Many times when God speaks to us or puts a vision in our hearts, we think it will happen immediately or overnight but it doesn’t happen as quickly as we expect. When this seeming delay happens, many become discouraged not knowing that God takes time to prepare us for what He has prepared for us.
Hebrews 6:11-12 NKJV
And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Psalms 105:17-21 NKJV
He sent a man before them—
Joseph—who was sold as a slave.
They hurt his feet with fetters,
He was laid in irons.
Until the time that his word came to pass,
The word of the LORD tested him.
The king sent and released him,
The ruler of the people let him go free.
He made him lord of his house,
And ruler of all his possessions.
The fulfillment of any worthwhile vision takes time. A true vision will test your patience. It takes faith and patience to achieve your God given vision. The proof of maturity is patience: The willingness to wait. While patience is the proof of trust. See Romans 4:17-21; Habakkuk 2:1-4; Hebrews 6:13-18.
All anxiety is rooted in fear and unbelief. Anxiety, worry and stress are all rooted in a lack of trust in God’s faithfulness. Patience is resting in God’s faithfulness. Faith is trust and confidence in God. Faith is trusting God to do what He promised. See Hebrews 11:24-27; James 5:10-11; 1 Thessalonians 5:24; Hebrews 11:11; Numbers 23:19-20.
If it seems that what you are believing for is taking a long time, be patient. God will not fail you. He will not deny Himself. He will bring His Word to pass in due season. He will make His Word good. God is not slack concerning His promises. See 2 Peter 3:9; Hebrews 10:36; Galatians 6:6-10.
There’s a due season for everything that God has promised us or ordained for us. You just keep investing in your personal growth and keep developing yourself in the Word until the promise manifests. God will not fail you. Selah
To be continued….
In His Majesty’s Service,
DWF
Preserving the Faith of the Fathers For Future Generations

Unity

Dearly Beloved,
Love Greetings in the Matchless Name of our Lord Jesus Christ by whom we have received the mandate to embrace, embody and exemplify the Vision, the Virtues and the Values seen in the life of Jesus and the Apostles in our day.
It gives me great joy to welcome you into this new month. September is our Month of Unity. God is calling the Body of Christ to greater unity as couples, families and churches. We are in a time of unprecedented changes and challenges. This calls for the Body of Christ to regroup to be refreshed, reenergized and repositioned in this new season.
The enemy has successfully divided and destroyed marriages, families and churches throughout the world by strife, division and other divisive strategies. The devil believes in divide and rule. A house divided itself cannot stand. A kingdom divided itself cannot stand. A divided nation is a stagnated nation. Strife and division are the power twins of distraction, delay and destruction. He is using these tools and strategies to divide and destroy nations all over the world.
Satan promotes and encourages strife and division because it minimizes our effectiveness, hinders prayer and forestall the advancement of the kingdom of God. To deter the advancement of evil and the proliferation of the agenda of the enemy in our world, we need to practice and promote unconditional love, forgiveness, kindness and unity in our homes, families and churches.
Jesus Christ our Lord commanded us, “To love one another as He loved us.” He also affirmed that, “By this shall all men know that you are my disciples.” Love between Christian couples, families and Churches is a witness to the peoples of this world. Our love life makes Christ attractive to the unsaved peoples in our sphere.
I encourage you to embrace the commandment of love, embody it in practice and exemplify its precepts to everyone within your sphere of contact. Unity will increase your productivity, amplify the speed of your progress and raise the quality of your life. No more strife. Receive grace to do what Christ commands in Jesus’ Name, Amen. Much love from my house to yours. Shalom
In His Majesty’s Service,
David Wale Feso
P. S.
Scripture Reading:
John 13:34-35; Malachi 4:6; James 3:16 KJV; 4:1-7 KJV; Matthew 18:18-20; Philippians 1:27-28
Scripture for Meditation:
Malachi 4:6 KJV
And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children,
and the heart of the children to their fathers,
lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.
Word For the Day:
“An environment of unity is the breeding ground for God’s blessings.”
~ DWF
Shalom
Preserving the Faith of the Fathers For Future Generations

PERSONAL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

PERSONAL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT:
The Key to Vision Fulfillment
Text: Galatians 4:1-2 KJV; Philippians 3:12-14; Hebrews 5:12-14.
You cannot fulfill your destiny and purpose without a commitment to personal growth and development. See Luke 1:80. As you grow up spiritually, mentally and emotionally, the more God can put in your hand. God entrusts big things to mature people. See 1 Timothy 3:6; Hebrews 5:12-14.
Personal Growth and Development is the lifelong process of development of one’s spiritual, emotional, mental and physical potentialities, abilities and gifting for the purpose of reaching one’s full potential and the fulfillment his or her God given goals and aspirations.
Personal Growth and Development is the foundation of continuous success. It is the foundation of your spiritual, emotional, mental and physical wellbeing and happiness.
Growth is simply increase. To grow in grace is to increase in grace. Growth in knowledge is increase in knowledge. See 2 Peter 1:2-4; 3:18; Luke 2:40; 2:52.
Development is the process of becoming better. It is simply the process of becoming better, doing better, reaching further and achieving your goals quicker and faster.
Personal growth and development is the key to increased effectiveness. Hebrews 5:13
Personal growth and development is the key to gaining influence and authority. Galatians 4:1-2; Hebrews 5:12-14
Growth doesn’t only come from the accumulation of knowledge but also from the spiritual exercises. 1 Peter 2:2; Hebrews 5:12-14; 1 Timothy 4:6-8; Acts 24:14-16.
PRINCIPLES OF GROWTH
  1. Growth begins with a Dream. Growth requires a Vision. You must have a clear picture of what you want to be, do or have. Luke 6:39-40; Ephesians 4:11-13; Philippians 3:4-13; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Matthew 4:19; Philippians 3:10-11;
  2. Growth begins with Desire. Growth is intentional. You cannot be forced to grow. You have to desire it. You have to want it. See 1 Peter 2:2
  3. Growth requires Self discipline or consistency. Without consistency there can be no growth. See Hebrews 5:13-14; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
  4. Growth requires a Design or a plan. Growth requires a regimen. 1 Timothy 4:14-15; Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1:1-3. You have to plan your growth.
  5. Growth requires determination. You have to persevere to grow. You have to make up your mind to follow through with the process. See Acts 24:14-16; 1 Timothy 4:7-8
  6. Growth requires right relationships or empowering associations. The company you keep will either encourage or delay your growth process. See Proverbs 13:20; 27:17; 2 Timothy 2:16; 1 Corinthians 15:33 (ESV, NLT)
  7. Growth requires Goals and targets. Growth is in stages and in phases. You have to set goals for your growth. See 1 John 2:12-14; Ephesians 4:13-15
  8. Growth requires a commitment to a process. Growth is a process so you have to be patient with the process. 2 Corinthians 3:18; Psalm 1:2; Joshua 1:8
  9. Growth requires the assistance or the involvement of a Coach. Growth may require the involvement of a coach or teach. 2 Chronicles 24:2 NKJV, MSG; 2 Chronicles 26:5 MSG; Philippians 4:9; 2 Timothy 3:14; 1 Corinthians 4:14-17
  10. Growth requires a sincere self assessment. To grow you have to be sincere with yourself. You cannot be in self denial or be unteachable. See Matthew 11:28-30; 1 Corinthians 13:11; 1 Corinthians 3:1-3
  11. Growth is intentional. See 2 Timothy 2:15; 1 Peter 2:2
  12. Growth requires accountability. See Hebrews 3:12-13; 10:24-25
Benefits of Personal Growth and Development:
  1. Greater sense of Fulfillment: Growth brings a sense of fulfillment. See Galatians 4:19; Ephesians 4:11-15; Romans 8:29
  2. Greater Effectiveness: As we grow in Christ we become more effective in the execution of our assignments. See Hebrews 5:12-14; 1 Timothy 3:6
  3. Greater Authority: As you grow and advance spiritually, mentally, emotionally etc, you will be entrusted with more authority. See Ecclesiastes 10:16-17; Galatians 4:1-2; 1 Timothy 3:6; Hebrews 5:12
  4. Better Health: Health is part of our inheritance. The more grow in Christ, the more we should be able to take advantage of our inheritance. See Acts 20:32; Galatians 4:1-3; 3 John 2
  5. Better Character: One sure sign of true growth is character. Immaturity is synonymous with immorality and bad behavior. See Proverbs 20:11; 1 Corinthians 13:11; 14:20; 1 Peter 2:1-2
  6. Greater Quality of life: As you grow your life improves. See 1 Corinthians 14:4a (AMPC); 1 John 2:13-14; 3 John 2;
  7. Greater Income: See 3 John 2; Acts 20:32
  8. Greater Success: Success is becoming all that you were born to be, do and have. Success is the progressive realization of goals and targets that are in line with your God given destiny. See Luke 1:80; 3 John 2; Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1:2-3;
  9. Faster rate of progress: As you grow, your knowledge increases which leads to a faster rate of progress in our lives. As we grow we will experience breakthrough. Ecclesiastes 10:15; Isaiah 10:27 NIV
  10. Greater Reliability. As we grow we become more reliable. We become rock steady, consistent and faithful. See Ephesians 4:14; 1 Peter 2:1-2; 2 Timothy 2:2; Galatians 5:22-23; Romans 16:18
  11. Greater level of maturity: Hebrews 5:12-14; 1 Corinthians 14:20; Psalm 131:2; Ephesians 4:11-13
  12. More knowledge. See 2 Peter 3:18; 1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 1:2-4
  13. Increased Wisdom: See Proverbs 4:7-9; Proverbs 24:3-5; Ephesians 1:17; Colossians 1:9.
  14. Better skill. See Hebrews 5:14; 1 Timothy 4:7-8
  15. Greater Productivity and Fruitfulness: See John 15:1-7; Ecclesiastes 10:15

Exploring The History and Purpose of the Bible

Exploring The History and Purpose of the Bible
The Bible is the written revelation of God’s perfect will. It is an inspired book written by about forty authors (some say between thirty five to forty authors) over the space of one thousand five hundred years. Men from different backgrounds wrote under the inspiration and the influence of the Holy Spirit. See 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:16-21. The Bible has a common theme because it has one main author who expressed Himself through several writers. That main author is the Holy Spirit.
The word Bible is from the word “Biblos” which means “The book.” Originally it was called “Biblia” means “The Books.” It is a collection of sixty six books apportioned into two sections. One is called “The Old Testament” or “Old Covenant” consisting of thirty nine books and the second part is called “The New Testament” or “New Covenant” comprising of twenty seven books.
The Old Testament is called the Tanakh comprises of three sectors namely: The Law (The Torah) consisting of the first five Books written by Moses, The Prophets (Nevi’im) comprising of all the prophetic writings (Major Prophets and Minor Prophets) and the Writings (Ketuvm) consisting of the poetic and the historical books of the Old Testament. The Old Testament was written in Hebrew.
The New Testament is called ha Kaine Diatheke consisting of four canonical gospels, the Acts of Apostles, thirteen epistles written by the Apostle Paul, eight general epistles and the book of Revelation. The New Testament was written in Greek.
The Bible has outlasted those who were bent on eradicating it. It has transformed nations, built civilizations, preserved the dignity of human life, healed diseases and cured sicknesses, saved marriages, changed lives and defined generations. See Psalm 107:17-20; John 17:17-19; Hebrews 4:12-13; James 1:21-25;
The Bible is the RULE BOOK for all matters of faith and practice. Therefore, all visions, revelations and prophecies MUST be TESTED with God’s Word because the Holy Spirit never violates the truth of God’s Word. He confirms the Word.
The Holy Spirit is called the Spirit of Truth which means He never violates the Word but affirms it. The Bible says, “It is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth.” (1 John 5:6c) The Bible also says that the Word is truth. (John 17:17b).
Therefore, if it is not consistent with God’s Word it is not truth because the Scripture is the standard of truth. See Daniel 10:21; Deuteronomy 32:4 NKJV; Psalm 31:5; Isaiah 65:16
The Holy Spirit will only guide you into all truth. This shows that the Holy Spirit will never lead us away from the Word of God. See John 16:13. All Scripture was given by the inspiration of God. 2 Timothy 3:16. Holy men of old spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. See 2 Peter 1:20-21.
The Bible is the voice of the Spirit in print form. Remember what Peter the Apostle said in Acts 1:16, “And said, “Men and brethren, this Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus.”
The writings of Scripture are the thoughts and Words of the Spirit captured in print form. The next time you study the Word of God approach it differently. E. W. Kenyon put it this way, he said, “The Bible is God speaking to us.”
The Bible is a Living Book. It is alive and active. It is full of power to change, transform or alter the situation or condition of any life when believed and acted upon.
The Bible is the written documentation of God’s redemptive plan for humanity. It shows us the road to redemption. We can call it the written revelation of God’s redemptive plan. It is the documentation of the story of our redemption.
The Bible is also our written guide. It teaches us God’s ways. It shows us how God thinks because it is God’s thoughts captured on paper. Read it, Study it, MedItate it, Confess or Declare it, Live it. Let it guide your life and actions.
Let the Bible govern your speech. Make it final authority for all matters of faith and practice and you will open the door to a world of limitless possibilities and endless adventures of faith and exploits. See Hebrews 10:5-9; 2 Timothy 2:15; Psalm 40:9-10; 2 Timothy 3:14-17; 1 Samuel 10:25; Deuteronomy 17:14-20
In His Majesty’s Service,
DWF

Partnering for Vision Fulfillment

Partnering for Vision Fulfillment:
We have three Primary Purposes for this series:
  1. The purpose of this message is to help you understand your role in God’s redemptive plan
  2. To inspire you to get actively involved in God’s redemptive plan
  3. To accelerate the fulfillment of the Great Commission
Text: Proverbs 29:18; Amos 3:3,7; Acts 16:9-10; 1 Chronicles 12:18,22-23; Ephesians 2:10 MSG
God does nothing on earth without the frontline active involvement of men. God has delegated authority on earth to men. See Genesis 1:26-28; Psalm 115:16. So if God is going to do anything on earth He has to work with and through men. See 1 Corinthians 3:9; 2 Corinthians 5:20; 6:1.
It was John Wesley who said, “It seems as though God will do nothing until men pray.” The fulfillment of God’s dream requires both Divine and human collaboration. See Mark 16:20; Acts 14:3; 15:4; Hebrews 2:3-4.
In Acts 10, we see a partnership between God, angels and Peter. God’s work demands that we hear and do whatever God tells us to do because we all have a role to play to see God’s plan fulfilled. See Acts 8:26-40; 9:1-19; 10:1-48.
God moves through people. God heals through people. See Acts 4:29-33; 5:12-16; 19:11. God speaks through people. God works through people. Nothing will get done until we do something. See Romans 12:6-8; 1 Peter 4:10-11; Colossians 1:29; Philippians 2:13. God is counting on you. We are the Body of Christ. He expresses Himself on earth through us. See Acts 15:12 NKJV; Acts 21:19; Galatians 2:8
What is a Vision:
A Vision is a revelation of God’s redemptive plan of God’s redemptive plan and your role in it. See Proverbs 29:18; Amos 3:3,7 Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Acts 16:9-10
A Vision is a God given dream or assignment that requires collective participation for its fulfillment. See Nehemiah 2:17-18;
A Vision is a Divine Revelation of God’s Plan to save humanity through the redemptive work of Christ and the opportunity to participate in its fulfillment. See 1 Timothy 4:10; Romans 10:1-18
Who is a Partner:
See Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NLT; Matthew 18:19; Philippians 1:27; Philemon 1:17; 2 John 1:11; 3 John 1:8 NLT
  1. A Co-laborer
  2. A Sharer or partaker
  3. A Contributor
  4. A Participant or participator
  5. An associate
Partnership is mutual cooperation between two or more persons for the purpose of kingdom goals and targets.
A Partnership is an alliance. It is an intentional collaboration between people for the purpose of fulfilling a clearly defined vision that is mutually beneficial to all involved.
It takes partnership to fulfill any God given Vision. In fact, the largest corporations in the earth are partnerships that blossomed into empires. The world understands the power of partnerships and intelligent networking for the purpose of maximum impact. We have to learn it as the Body of Christ. Together Everyone Achieves More (TEAM). It takes teamwork to make the dream work. The more we are, the more we can do.
See Numbers 10:29-32; Philippians 1:3-7
How to Partner:
  1. Prayer. See Isaiah 45:11. The first call of the believer is to prayer. Through prayer we Partner with God to facilitate the advancement of His plans and purposes. See Matthew 6:9-10; 9:35-38; Acts 12:5-11; Romans 15:30-32; Philippians 1:19; 2 Thessalonians 3:1-2. There are wicked forces in the earth and we have to contend against them to minimize the effect and impact of their work in the earth amongst the sons of men. See Ephesians 6:12; Luke 12:21-23;
A. Pray for the Man of God See 2 Thessalonians 3:2; Romans 15:31; Acts 12:5-11
B. Pray for the brethren. See Ephesians 1:17-19; Colossians 1:9-11; Philippians 1:9-11; Colossians 4:12
C. Pray for the advancement of the work. See Matthew 9:38-38; 2 Thessalonians 3:1; Romans 15:30-31;
D. Pray for the unsaved. See Ezekiel 18:23; John 3:17; 1 Timothy 2:1-4; Acts 16:14
  1. Participation. This is refers to your physical involvement in the advancement of God’s work. This refers to:
A. Attendance or your physical presence in our meetings. See Luke 8:1; Acts 1:12-14; 1:15-26; 2 Timothy 2:2;
B. Physical efforts. See Romans 16:1-12; 2 Corinthians 8:23; Philippians 1:27; 2:22
C. Time: Acts 14:28; Hebrews 5:12
  1. Provision. By provision we refer to financial partnership. Financial involvement is the proof of heartfelt commitment. See 1 Kings 17:8-15; 2 Kings 4:8-17; Matthew 6:21; 6:33; Luke 8:1-3; Acts 16:14-15; 2 Corinthians 8:1-9; 11:7-9; Philippians 1:5-7 NLT; 4:10-19; Ezra 1:1-6 NLT; 3 John 5-8 NLT

PROSPERITY WITH A PURPOSE

PROSPERITY WITH A PURPOSE:
The Primary Purposes of Prosperity.
Ecclesiastes 7:11-12; 9:13-18; 10:19
We live in a world that is run based on money whether cash or digital, or as commodities even in the form of fixed, durable assets. We have to know how to function with kingdom principles to prosper in a fallen and perverse world.
Money is the medium of exchange in the natural world. All transactions are money based. You cannot get anything done without money. Therefore, we must let God show us how to make money His way without compromise or corruption.
The Goal of this teaching series is as follows:
  1. To teach you the purpose of prosperity in the kingdom of God
  2. To teach you the power of prosperity
  3. To stir within you the desire to prosper
  4. To teach you how to prosper
  5. To see that many are raised to finance the work of the kingdom
  6. To bring you into your wealthy place
  7. To help you have more than enough reasons for the fulfillment of your God given vision and dreams
Genesis 12:1-3; Deuteronomy 8:18; Psalm 35:27; Proverbs 10:22; 3 John 2
Everything that God does, He does according to a plan in order to fulfill a purpose. See John 10:10; 18:37; Luke 4:18; 1 John 3:8
What are the Purposes of Prosperity? Why does God want you to Prosper? It has been said that, “When purpose is NOT known abuse is inevitable.” The man who knows how will always have a job but the man who knows why will always be his boss. To get ahead in life you must understand the purposes of God.
  1. For the glory of God. God blesses us for His own glory. God blesses us for the credit of His good Name. God blesses you for His good pleasure. See Psalm 35:27; 1 Chronicles 16:29; Psalm 67:1-7; 96:8; 102:13-18; Exodus 16:1-16; Deuteronomy 8:18; Isaiah 60:1-7; 62:1-7; Malachi 2:1-3; Jeremiah 13:11; Matthew 5:16; 2 Corinthians 9:10-13; Hebrews 13:16
  2. To demonstrate His goodness: Your prosperity and your welfare is a testimony of God’s grace, His love and His goodness. See Psalm 35:27; Jeremiah 33:9; 2 Corinthians 8:9; 9:8. God blesses us in honor of Christ’s finished works and as a demonstration of His love towards us. See Romans 8:32; 1 Corinthians 3:21-23; Galatians 3:6-9; 3:26-29; Romans 4:13
  3. To establish His Covenant. Prosperity is our right by covenant and by virtue of the redemption. Remember that the redemption was carried out based on a covenant. See Deuteronomy 8:18; Genesis 12:3. Without prosperity, the families of the earth will not be blessed. God prospers us to fulfill His Word. See Genesis 26:1-5; Deuteronomy 7:7-9,12-15; Galatians 3:26-29; Acts 3:25-26; Romans 4:13; 2 Corinthians 8:9; Galatians 3:13-14; Proverbs 10:22; Genesis 24:1,35; Ephesians 1:3. Being born again is an upliftment. It is a divine lifting from the earthly places under the control, influence and intimidation of darkness into the heavenly places of God’s kingdom. See 1 Samuel 2:8; Psalm 113:7-8; Ephesians 1:17-23; 2:4-8; Isaiah 43:7; 60:1-7
  4. To demonstration His dominion through us. Money is power in the natural realm. See Genesis 1:26-28; Proverbs 22:7; 18:23; Ecclesiastes 10:19. The person with the most money dominates and controls the affairs of men. Money gives you influence with men. See Proverbs 14:20; 19:4,7; Money is a defense. See Proverbs 10:15; Ecclesiastes 7:12. Money gives us purchasing power to buy radio and TV stations for the promotion of the Gospel.
  5. To reward our obedience and our service in the kingdom of God. Prosperity is a reward. It is also a kingdom motivator. See Genesis 12:1-3; 26:1-5,12-14: Deuteronomy 28:1-13; Ezra 7:1-10; Job 36:11; Isaiah 1:19. In the New Testament, Jesus Christ also presented prosperity as a reward. See Matthew 19:27-29; Mark 10:29-30; Luke 5:1-7. John the Apostle also postulated that prosperity is a reward. See 3 John 2. James the Apostle corroborated the same in James 1:25.
  6. To amplify the voice of the Gospel and to find its spread. It takes money to spread the Gospel. Money is a tool. Money is a facilitator. See Luke 8:1-3; Matthew 24:14; Mark 13:10; Philippians 1:4-7; Acts 16:12-15; Philippians 4:15-19; Ecclesiastes 9:13-16. Money amplifies your voice. It takes money to buy airtime, print tracts and books and fund missionary projects. See 2 Corinthians 11:7-9
  7. To fund the needs or causes of His Kingdom. Luke 8:1-3; 12:16-21; 2 Corinthians 9:8. The primary reason why God blesses or prospers us is for the purpose of funding the needs of the kingdom of God. See Ezra 2:68-69; 7:11-24: Nehemiah 7:70-73; Nehemiah 11:22-24, 12:44-47; 14:4-14; Haggai 1:1-11; Matthew 6:33. Ignoring the needs of God’s house can surely lead to poverty or financial hardship. Deuteronomy 8:18. God gives you the power to get wealth to establish His covenant in the earth. See Psalm 67:1-2; Luke 8:1-3
  8. To meet your own needs. God wants your needs to met. He is concerned about you; He is mindful of you. He seeks your wellbeing. See Psalm 8:4; 115:12-15;; Romans 8:31-32 NLT; Philippians 4:19; 2 Corinthians 9:8; Matthew 6:11.
  9. To meet the needs of your family members. God blesses you so you should be able to provide for your own household. See Genesis 30:25-30; 2 Samuel 6:10-12; Genesis 39:5; Genesis 12:2; 1 Kings 17:8-16; 2 Kings 4:1-7; 1 Timothy 5:8
  10. To take care of our parents. God expects you to honor your parents by taking care of them. As you do this, God prospers you more and more. Matthew 15:1-9; Ephesians 6:1-3; Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 5:16
  11. To meet the needs of the poor. God blesses you so that you can be a blessing to others. It takes money to help the poor. It has been said that the only way that you can help the poor is by not becoming one of them. You cannot help others if you are not blessed. See 1 Corinthians 16:1-4; Acts 2:44-45; 4:34-37; 11:27-30; Genesis 12:2; Hebrews 13:16; 1 Timothy 6:17-19; Leviticus 19:9-10; 23:22; Psalm 112:3,9; 2 Corinthians 8:1-8; 9:6-10; Proverbs 3:27-28; 19:17; 28:8; Deuteronomy 15:7-11. Our generosity is a demonstration of our love for others. See 1 John 3:16-18; Proverbs 11:24-25
  12. For you to lay up wealth for your children’s children. God expects you to save up for your children. Don’t just spend everything you own, save for the future, especially the future of your children. See Proverbs 13:22; Ezra 9:12; Psalm 37:25-26
  13. To take care of your Man of God and those who minister in God’s house. This is one of the reasons why God prospers His people. See Genesis 14:13-24; Numbers 18:8-32; 1 Kings 17:8-16: 2 Kings 4:1-7; Malachi 3:8-12; 2 Chronicles 35:15; Ezra 2:68-70; Galatians 6:6-10; 1 Timothy 5:17; Romans 15:27; 1 Corinthians 9:1-14; 2 Corinthians 11:7-9

‪Leadership: The Jesus Style

‪Leadership: The Jesus Style

The subject of leadership is one of the most studied subjects in the world because we know that everything rises and falls on leadership. Furthermore, we know that a man’s success in life and the measure of his influence will not be any greater than his leadership ability. This is what drives the intensive study of the topic of leadership

As a result of this, there are different views about what leadership is and what leadership is not. The best reference for the true meaning of leadership is exemplified by Jesus Christ our Lord and explained in the Scriptures because Jesus is the embodiment of truth while the Bible is truth captured in print.

Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.” (Jn 10:11) ‬

In July 2005, The Lord spoke the following words to me, He said, “You are UNQUALIFIED to lead a people you are unwilling to die for.” That’s a very big statement. God calls leaders “Shepherds” and the people He called “Sheep.” He called both secular and religious leaders shepherds. This puts leadership in an entirely different light. See Psalm 78:70-72 (NIV); Isaiah 56:9-12; Jeremiah 3:15-16; 23:1-6; Ezekiel 22:23-31; 34:1-31.

Leadership is not a position. It is taking responsibility for the wellbeing of others. It is a selfless and self sacrificing commitment to the wellbeing of a person or group of persons. Leadership is leveraging your abilities, influence and gifting for the improvement of the wellbeing of others. True Leadership is adding value. It is improving the lives of others.

This is the kind of leadership that Jesus modeled to us in the Bible. He said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” See Matthew 20:25-28 NLT.

It is obvious from the text above that leadership is a call to selfless, self giving service. True leadership is serving the purposes of God. It is serving the interests and priorities of the kingdom. It is being concerned about improving the wellbeing of others. This is the kind of leader that God wants us to be.

Leadership is not a position of authority but an opportunity to serve others. It is using your position and privileges to help people be more, do more and have more. A leader will leave you better than the way he finds you. See Acts 4:13; 20:17-31; 2 Timothy 3:14-17 MSG.

Paul the Apostle wrote the following words in his letter to Thessalonican Church:

1 Thessalonians 2:3-8 NLT
So you can see we were not preaching with any deceit or impure motives or trickery.
For we speak as messengers approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News. Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts. Never once did we try to win you with flattery, as you well know. And God is our witness that we were not pretending to be your friends just to get your money! As for human praise, we have never sought it from you or anyone else.
As apostles of Christ we certainly had a right to make some demands of you, but instead we were like children among you. Or we were like a mother feeding and caring for her own children. We loved you so much that we shared with you not only God’s Good News but our own lives, too.

From the above context we can see that Paul and his colleagues were not doing it for gain. They were in ministry to please God and to give their lives for the betterment of others. Nothing wins a man’s loyalty than his knowledge of your willingness to sacrifice yourself for his own wellbeing. When people become convinced of your selfless and self sacrificing commitment to their good they are inspired to commit themselves to follow you selflessly as well. See 2 Corinthians 4:1-2; 12:13-18.

People will obey those they fear. They admire those they respect. But they will live or die for someone they love. A true leader is a good shepherd. He loves the people he is called to serve even if they don’t love him back. See Philippians 1:8; 2 Corinthians 6:11-13 NLT. Consider Jesus. In spite of all the maltreatment He received from humanity, He still loved us and gave Himself for us. It was the knowledge of Christ’s love that inspired Paul to say that, “The life I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me.” See Galatians 2:20.

Again He wrote,
“For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.” 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 NKJV

Love wins people. Love attracts people. As we begin to serve people out of genuine love for them, they will drawn to God. The power of God will flow out of us powerfully. Remember that most of the greatest miracles Christ wrought were done out of compassion; genuine concern for the wellbeing of others. See Matthew 14:14; 15:29-38; 20:30-34; Mark 1:40-42; 5:1-19; 8:1-9; Luke 7:11-17.

People crave love just like they crave oxygen. Anywhere they find genuine, selfless love they will stick. In Acts 11:24, the Bible records that the Church at Antioch grew because Barnabas was a good man, full of the Holy Ghost and of faith. It’s time to embrace the Jesus style of leadership. Serving through exemplary character, feeding the people the truth of God’s Word and praying for them continuously. Comforting the disheartened, strengthening the weak, rebuking the proud and the unruly, healing the sick, bringing deliverance to the oppressed at no charge whatsoever. Jesus said, “Freely you have received and freely give.”

Let’s help them find God and follow Him. Let’s help them become like Jesus in character, charisma and compassion Let’s help them find their purpose. Let’s equip and empower them to fulfill destiny. Let’s help them be more, do more and have more. That’s service. I mean that’s leadership. Shalom

Blessings,

DWF

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Preserving the Faith of the Fathers For Future Generations

The Spiritual Dimension of Fatherhood

The Spiritual Dimension of Fatherhood:
Text: Ephesians 3:14-15 NKJV, AMPC
Father:
  1. A male parent, one who has begotten a child. Proverbs 4:3; Genesis 5:1-3
  2. Prototype. Ephesians 3:14-15; 5:1
  3. Source: Isaiah 51:1-2 (A chip of the old man); John 8:44
  4. A male figure in authority. See 1 Samuel 10:9-13; Corinthians 4:14-17;
  5. An old man. See 1 Timothy 5:1
  6. A Priest
  7. A male guardian.
  8. A Pioneer in any field of endeavor. See Genesis 4:20-21
  9. The leading men of a city or society
  10. Forefather; Founding Father. See Exodus 3:6;
Fatherhood means the following:
  1. The state of being a father
  2. The attributes or qualities of a mature male or a man
A Father is called to be a Priest, a Prophet and a King; that is to Guide, Guard and Govern; Direct, Correct, Protect.
Who is a Priest?
  1. One authorized to perform sacred rites in a ceremony. See Genesis 12:7-8; 13:18; 26:23-25; 28:18-20
  2. A teacher of the Word. See Deuteronomy 6:6-9; 11:18-21; Malachi 2:4-7; Proverbs 4:1-4;10-11
  3. An intercessor. Genesis 17:18-20; Luke 18:1; 1 Timothy 2:8; Luke 22:31-32
  4. Model. 1 Corinthians 4:14-17; Philippians 4:9; Titus 2:6-8; 1 Corinthians 11:1.
Who is a Prophet?
A Prophet is a Divine Spokesman. He is God’s mouthpiece. He hears from God for the people.
A Father is a Prophet. See Genesis 6:13-22 15:1-21; 17:15-21; 49:1; Matthew 2:13-15; 2:19-23; Luke 1:13-16; 2:67,76-79
A Prophet blesses the people. Bless your children with your words. Genesis 27:33; 49:1
Who is a King?
  1. A king is someone that occupies a preeminent position
  2. A king directs and governs the affairs of the people under his authority. See Matthew 6:9-10; Genesis 18:19; Judges 13:12; Isaiah 33:22
  3. The king Fights for the protection of his people. Nehemiah 4:13-14; Genesis 14:21; Acts 20:28
  4. The King is a Provider. Matthew 6:11-13

Principles of Effective Problem Solving

See Ecclesiastes 10:15; 1 Timothy 4:6; 2 Timothy 2

What is a Principle?
A Principle is a Fundamental Law.
A Principle is a Universal Law
A Principle is a Foundational Truth.
Truth is universal. A Truth is a constant.
A Law is a Principle that works for anyone, at anywhere at all times irrespective of circumstances. For example, Faith is a law. It is a universal law. See Romans 3:27; Acts 10:34; Hebrews 11:6.
A law will work for anyone who will apply it. That means these principles will work for anyone.
What does it mean to be effective?
To be effective is to achieve the intended result, aim or objective.
This means when you apply these principles, it will work for you irrespective of your gender, level of education, tribe or ethnicity. See Hebrews 11:6
What is a Problem?
A Problem is anything that impedes your progress towards the attainment of a particular goal. See 1 Corinthians 16:9
A Problem is anything that distracts, deters and delays the fulfillment of a purpose or objective.
A Problem is something that makes life difficult, uncomfortable and unbearable.
A Problem is a test of your wisdom. While problems or crisis is always a test of your leadership ability. The way you handle a problem can solve it or make it worse. That’s where wisdom, understanding and knowledge comes in. See Genesis 41:1-42; 1 Kings 3:16-28; James 1:2-8
Wisdom is the Scriptural solution to an earthly problem.
Wisdom is the ability to solve a problem creatively, quickly and consistently.
Wisdom is the ability to live decisively and intelligently. That is, wisdom is doing the right thing at the right time. See Ecclesiastes 8:5-6
Wisdom is the ability to minimize your mistakes, your losses and your stress.
There are different kinds of Problems:
  1. Something can be a problem. See 2 Kings 4:1-7; Hosea 4:6; 2 Corinthians 2:11; Matthew 8:5-13
  2. A System can be a problem. See Exodus 18:13-23; Acts 6:1-7
  3. A person or groups of persons can be the problem. When it’s a person he or she is a saboteur of progress. These can also be called adversaries. See Acts 13:5-12; 1 Corinthians 16:9; Romans 15:30-32; 2 Thessalonians 3:1-2
How to Solve Problems:
  1. Identify the problem. A problem identified is a problem half solved. Know the problem. Try to identify the cause of the problem and how long it has been happening. See Matthew 17:14-21; Joshua 7:6-26; Jonah 1:6-16;
  2. Ask yourself: Can I solve the problem? Do you have what it takes? Do you have the skills? Inventory your personal arsenal of knowledge, talents and skills. See Luke 14:25-33; 1 Kings 3:3-16; 2 Corinthians 12:7-10; Luke 18:1-6; Luke 16:1-12
  3. Ask yourself the question: Do I need someone to help me solve the problem? Who is it or who are they? Where can I find them? What will it cost? This is called objective problem solving. See 1 Chronicles 22:1-5; 2 Chronicles 2:1-18; 1 Corinthians 4:14-17; 2 Timothy 4:9-13
  4. To whom do I need to report the problem if I can’t solve it? (In organizational setting) See Numbers 11:10-15; 2 Samuel 15:31; 16:23; 17:14; 17:23; Matthew 18:15-17; 1 Corinthians 5:1-6
  5. What do I need to do or learn to keep the problem from reoccurring? If a problem keeps reoccurring it means that you are not growing or learning. See 1 Corinthians 3:1-3; Ephesians 4:11-15; Hebrews 5:12-13; 2 Peter 3:14-18
  6. Be willing to do whatever you have been taught to eliminate the problem and end the cycle of repeated happenings. Exodus 17:8-13; Ephesians 4:14-15: 4:17-24; Colossians 3:8-10; 2 Timothy 2:24-26 KJV
  7. Confront the individual or individuals sabotaging your success as an organization. Identify their real challenge. Correct and train but if they don’t change that lead to number 8. Matthew 18:15-17; 2 Timothy 2:2; Hebrews 5:12-14; 1 Peter 2:1-3
  8. Fire the individual who seems to be the problem who is unwilling to change, learn or develop the necessary skills to become better. Employ a new person or new persons who will take the roles of the person or people you fired. See 1 Corinthians 5:1-6; 1 Thessalonians 5:14; 2 Thessalonians 3:6; 2 John 1:9-10; 3 John 3:9-10
  9. Change the system when necessary. Develop new processes that will improve or change your current outcomes for the better or the best. See Exodus 18:13-23; Acts 6:1-7

Mobilizing the Church to Pray for our Nation

  1. Mobilizing the Church to Pray for our Nation
Dearly Beloved,
Greetings in the Matchless Name of our Lord Jesus Christ by whom we have received the mandate to embrace, embody and exemplify the Vision, the Virtues and the Values seen in the life of Jesus Christ and the Apostles.
1 Timothy 2:1-4 NKJV
Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all menfor kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Jeremiah 29:7 NKJV
And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray to the Lord for it; for in its peace you will have peace.
According to the Scriptures above, we are commanded to make praying for our nation a priority. Praying for our nation is a Scriptural obligation. We are responsible for the condition of our states and nations. It was John Wesley who said, “It seems that God will do nothing except men pray.” God works through our prayers. See Zechariah 10:1; Matthew 18:18-20; 2 Thessalonians 3:1-2.
Prayer is making demands on God the Father based on His Written Word. It is a legal petition presented to God the Father based on the revelation of His intentions expressed in His Word. Prayer is inviting God to intervene in the affairs of men. It is invoking the Supernatural to change natural circumstances. True Prayer is collaborating with God to bring His will to pass in the earth. See Matthew 6:10; 1 John 5:14-15.
2 Chronicles 7:14 NKJV
if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
God invites us to come and pray. See Jeremiah 29:12. He gives us conditions that if met, He will be obligated to intervene in the affairs of our cities and nations. Having said that, It behooves me to remind you that today we are fasting for our nation and we will be praying for our nation and the Body of Christ.
Ephesians 6:18 NKJV
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—
Colossians 4:12 NKJV
Epaphras, who is one of you, a bondservant of Christ, greets you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.
From the Scriptures above, it is also obvious that we are called to pray consistently and persistently for the saints. God is inviting us to accept our call to prayer in order to facilitate the fulfillment of His will and the advancement of His Kingdom in the earth. Prayer is the answer to today’s challenges. It is time to take your place in prayer. Your prayer will make a BIG difference in today’s world. Let’s Pray.
In His Majesty’s Service,
DWF
Scripture Reading for the Day:
Jeremiah 29:1–13; Acts 4:1-33; 12:1-18; Ephesians 6:18-20
Please take advantage of this current circumstances to develop your prayer life. May the Spirit of Grace and supplications mantle your life like never before.
Shalom.