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Changing From Glory to Glory

Changing From Glory to Glory

Dearly Beloved,

Greetings of Goodwill, Bliss and Peace be unto you 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.
This is a New Season of unprecedented revelations and encounters with God the Father through the Written Word and the Holy Spirit. Whenever God decides to change your season he will change your thinking.
The mind is the warehouse of our thoughts and the factory of all that we say or do. The Bible says, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Your life right now is the physical manifestation of your thought life. See Proverbs 23:7; Titus 1:15-16; 1 Corinthians 13:11; 1 Corinthians 14:20 NIV
There are many of us who desire change in our lives and we think we change by sheer effort or determination but many have come to realize the inconsistencies in their lives and the inability to maintain the disciplines they need to habitually express.
However, in the Bible, God shows the way out. We change permanently when our thinking changes. The renewing of your mind is the key to the transformation of your character and your behavior.
Your thoughts are the software of your actions. If we will habitually and consistently give time to reading the Word, meditating on the truths contained in therein and practicing its principles our lives will change and move forward. See Romans 12:2; Ephesians 4:17-18; 4:20-25; Jeremiah 6:19
This is exactly what God taught Joshua in Joshua 1:8. He was to think upon the Word (Meditate), speak the Word (Confession) and do what the Word says (Corresponding Actions). That’s the guaranteed way to enjoy unending progress. See Psalm 1:1-3; 119:97-100; Matthew 7:24-27.
Paul advised Timothy accordingly. He told him to meditate upon the inspired words he had received and give himself completely to the Word and his profiting or progress will appear to all. Permanent progress is impossible without a consistent mental upgrade. See 1 Timothy 4:14-15; 1:18; 2 Corinthians 4:3-4; Ephesians 1:17-18.
You have to make up your mind to gather books that relate to the areas you want to see change and dig into the Scriptures intentionally to discover and identify truths to live by. Meditate and contemplate those truths in your mind, speak them consistently and do them and you will make unstoppable progress. Selah
In His Majesty’s Service,
DWF
P. S.
Suggested Reading:
  1. The Turnaround Power of the Word by David Oyedepo
  2. Effortless Change by Andrew Wommack
  3. Think Possibilities by David Wale Feso
  4. Influence of the Mind by David Wale Feso
Preserving the Faith of the Fathers For Future Generations

Demanding Divine Justice against the enemies of the Lord

Demanding Divine Justice against the enemies of the Lord

Pray that the Lord will recompense tribulation to those who trouble the Body of Christ
See 2 Thessalonians 1:6; Psalm 103:6 NIV; Psalm 74:21-23 NIV

Pray that the judgment of the Lord will fall on those who resist the advancement of the Gospel and sabotage its progress
Acts 13:5-12; 2 Timothy 4:14; Psalm 2:1-5

Pray that saboteurs within the Body of Christ will also be judged accordingly that the fear of the Lord might return to the Church
Acts 5:1-11; 8:18-23; 1 Peter 4:17

Pray for confusion in the camp of the enemies of the Lord
Psalm 2:1-4; 2 Chronicles 20:22-24; Judges 7:22

Demand justice against those who take pleasure in doing evil to the Body of Christ.
Psalm 103:6 NIV; Isaiah 54:15; Luke 18:7 NIV

Ask God to visit leaders of nations on behalf of the Church and for the advancement of the cause of His Kingdom in the earth
Genesis 12:17; 20:7-8; 35:5; Psalm 105:13-15 NASB, MSG; Acts 12:23

Pray that God will expose the wicked plans of wicked men and scatter their plans
Job 5:12-13 NLT; Acts 23:12-16 (12-35); 2 Kings 6:8-12

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.

Developing Intimacy with the Holy Spirit

Developing Intimacy with the Holy Spirit

Ecclesiastes 4:1;
The Holy Spirit is God Himself because the Bible says, God is a Spirit and He is Holy. Therefore, the Holy Spirit is God. He is simply God in action. He is the Creative Power of God personified. He is the Person of the Power. See Genesis 1:2; Job 26:13; 33:4; Acts 5:3-4; Acts 10:38All God’s dealings on earth are through the Person and Power of the Holy Spirit. He is the Divine Agent on the earth who partners with us in the execution of God’s will in the earth. See John 16:13-15; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 2:18; Romans 15:14-16; Revelation 2:7; 2:11,17,29
Our relationship and fellowship with the Holy Spirit determines the Power we will be walk in. Fellowship with the Holy Spirit is the secret sauce to a successful life and ministry.

  1. Be born again. You cannot develop intimacy with the Holy Spirit without being born again. See John 1:12-13; 3:3-6; John 14:16-18; Romans 8:16
  2. Be filled with the Holy Spirit. The infilling of the Holy Spirit is priceless in the Christian experience. He empowers us to live out our convictions and be witnesses for Christ. See Mark 1:9-12; Luke 3:21-23; 4:1; Acts 1:8; 2:4; 2:38-39; Ephesians 5:18.
  3. Be led by the Spirit of God. The more you yield to the leadership of the Holy Spirit, the greater intimacy you will have with Him. Intimacy with the Holy Spirit is vital to your capacity to discern truth from falsehood. See Luke 4:1; Romans 8:14-16; Galatians 5:16-18 TLB;
  4. Fellowship with the Word by reading and meditating on the Word. As you align your thinking in line with the truth of God’s Word, you enter into a deeper state of intimacy with the Holy Spirit. Acts 10:44; Romans 8:5-8 AMPC; John 6:63; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 3:16-17
  5. Do the Word. Doing the Word strengthens your spirit. As you do the Word, the Holy Spirit envelopes your life with His Presence. John 14:21-23: Acts 7:51-53; James 1:22-25; Matthew 7:24-27;
  6. Obey the leadings and promptings of the Spirit. Obedience endears you to God. Isaiah 1:19; 48:15-18.
  7. Walk in love. As you learn to walk in love and choose to forgive quickly and habitually, you will experience a greater flow and intimacy with the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 4:29-32; Philippians 2:1-4; Galatians 5:22-23; 1 John 4:16; 1 John 2:9-11; 1 Corinthians 12:31; 14:1.
  8. Fasting and Prayers: When we fast, we empower our spirits and bring our bodies in subjection to the spirit. Fasting is separation from foods and natural pleasures for the purpose of intense spiritual devotions. Fasting is renouncing the natural to invoke the supernatural. Acts 13:1-4; Luke 4:1,14; Mark 2:18-22
  9. Generosity. Generosity endears you to God. As you practice a life of sincere generosity, you become a vessel through God can flow. Barnabas was an example of this. Luke 16:9-12; Acts 4:32-37; 11:22-24. Giving sacrificially is a physical demonstration of your complete faith, confidence and reliance upon God for your sustenance. It opens you up to God. See Genesis 22:1-18; Genesis 46:1-4: 1 Kings 3:1-15
  10. Praise and Worship: Praise and Worship is vital to a healthy relationship and fellowship with the Holy Spirit. It woos God to enter into our world. When we pray we enter into God’s Presence, when we pray, He enters ours. Psalm 22:3; 95:6-8. Praise and Worship conditions the human heart to hear God. It tenderizes the heart. Acts 13:1-4; 16:25-26

Prayers Of Restoration

Genesis 20:7; Malachi 4:6 Ask God for a restoration in your marriage and your family relationships
Genesis 40:13; 41:13 Ask God to restore you to the former position you lost
Genesis 42:25; 42:28 Ask the Father to restore your money
2 Samuel 9:7-11 Ask the Lord to restore what duly belongs to your family
Exodus 22:4; 2 Kings 8:1-6; Nehemiah 5:11-12; Proverbs 6:30:31; Isaiah 42:22 Ask God to restore what you have lost in seven fold
Psalm 51:12 Ask God to restore the joy of your salvation
Isaiah 1:26 Ask God to restore unto this nation judges and political leaders who will favor his righteous cause
Isaiah 57:18; 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Ask God to comfort those who have lost a loved one in this season. Ask Him to restore their comfort
Jeremiah 30:17; 1 Kings 13:6; Matthew 12:13; Mark 8:25 Ask the Lord to restore the health of the sick and the diseased amongst us
Joel 2:25-27 Ask God to restore the years that you have lost
Galatians 6:1 Ask God the Father to restore the backsliders amongst us and those who have fallen away
1 Samuel 7:14; 2 King’s 14:22,25; 2 Chronicles 8:2 Ask God for the restoration of landed properties taken away unjustly
Ezra 6:5 Ask God to restore whatever has been stolen from the Body of Christ in this nation. Demand a double compensation

Hebrews 13:19Ask God to restore Ministers of God to the graces and gifting they once again walked in

The Purpose and the Power of Prophecy

Numbers 11:11-30; Romans 1:11-12
There will be a transference of the grace on this commission upon many. God is the distributor.

  1. Prophecy is inspired utterance in a known language while speaking in tongues is inspired utterance in an unknown language. See 1 Samuel 10:5-13; 19:18-24; Luke 1:67
  2. Prophecy is speaking under the influence and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. See Numbers 24:2-4; 2 Samuel 23:2; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Luke 1:41-42
  3. Prophecy is speaking the Word of God under the inspiration or direction of the Holy Spirit. See Numbers 23:5; 23:17; Ezekiel 37:1-10
  4. Prophecy is saying what God is saying. See Numbers 22:35,38; 23:16-17; 24:3-4; 24:15-16
  5. Prophecy is giving voice to the Word of God. The Bible itself is an inspired book. See 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20. It is prophecy in print. When we speak the Word we are prophesying. See Haggai 1:1-3

The Purpose of Prophecy:

  1. To initiate divine activity. God does nothing unless He reveals His secrets to His servants the prophets. See Amos 3:7-8; Isaiah 44:24-28; 46:1-6
  2. To prepare or forewarn us. See Genesis 6:5-22; 7:1-15; Acts 11:27-30; 27:9-12
  3. To inspire hope. See Genesis 12:1-3; 15:1-6,7-21; 22:12-18
  4. To reveal the future. Prophecy is partial insight into the future. It is a glimpse into the future. See Genesis 25:22-24; Genesis 49:1; Isaiah 2:2; Joel 2:28-29; Acts 2:16-18; 1 Kings 13:1-2; 2 Kings 23:15-20
  5. To unveil divine plan. Prophecy gives us insight into the plans and purposes of God. See 2 Kings 8:1-2; Exodus 9:16
  6. To correct our focus. See John 4:34-36; 1 Samuel 16:1-13
  7. To strengthen or encourage us. Prophecy is for edification, exhortation and comfort. See Haggai 1:12-14; Ezra 5:1-2; Acts 15:32; 1 Corinthians 14:1-5
  8. To align us with the will and the program of God for our lives. See Amos 3:3; Ephesians 3:1-9
  9. To expose hidden secrets. See 1 Corinthians 14:24-25
  10. To magnify God. See 1 Corinthians 14:24-25; Isaiah 46:5-11; 41:21-29
  11. To inspire people to believe God’s Word. To inspire faith in others. See Acts 27:25-29; Luke 1:45
  12. To show us the mind of God concerning a matter. See 2 Samuel 7:1-17; 12:1-15,24-25
  13. To confirm or affirm what the Lord has spoken in your heart. See Acts 9:10-16; 10:9-20; 2 Corinthians 13:1; Acts 20:22-23

The Power of Prophecy
Prophecy is a spoken declaration of power. God creates the fruit of the lips, therefore, when we speak the Word of God, His Power is released to perform or fulfill His Word. See Isaiah 57:19; Hebrews 4:12

  1. Prophecy has the power to initiate divine activity. God does nothing unless He reveals His secrets to His servants the prophets. See Amos 3:7-8; Ezekiel 37:1-10
  2. Prophecy moves people act. Prophecy influences the heart. See Haggai 1:12-14; Ezra 5:1-2
  3. Prophecy convicts and exposes sin. See Acts 5:1-11; 1 Corinthians 14:24-25
  4. Prophecy can be a vehicle for healing. See 2 Kings 5:1-19; 20:1-11
  5. Prophecy has the power to influence the destiny of nations. See Numbers 24:1-9,15-25; Jeremiah 1:4-10
  6. Prophecy has creative power. See Ezekiel 37:1-10; 1 Kings 13:1-6
  7. Prophecy can control the forces of nature. See 1 Kings 17:1-2; Haggai 1:10-11
  8. Prophecy can help us access or release divine provision. See 1 Kings 17:3-7,8-16; 2 Kings 7;1-20; 2 Chronicles 20:20
  9. Prophecy can influence destinies. It can lift up one and put down another. See Genesis 25:23; 41:9-13; Acts 1:15-20
  10. Prophecy can change natural circumstances. See See 2 Kings 20:9-11; Isaiah 38:1-8; 2 Kings 3:15-20
  11. Prophecy can turn the tide of life in your favor. It can give you victory in war. See Numbers 23, 24; 1 kings 20:13-30
  12. Prophecy can unlock new phases of one’s destiny. See Acts 13:1-4; Numbers 27:15-23; Joshua 1:1-9

Preserving the Faith of the Fathers For Future Generations 

The Mindset of a Successful Minister

Proverbs 23:7; Philippians 2:5; 3:15-17
Your mindset decides from the outset the outcome of your life.
The quality of your thinking is what determines the quality of your life. Your quality of your thinking decides the quality of your living.
The state of your mind is what determines the state of your life and ministry. See 2 Corinthians 10:3-6; 2 Timothy 2:24-26
Success is a reward for thinking, talking and acting in line with God’s plans and purposes for your life.

  1. Audacity: God called you to do this. Knowing that you are genuinely called of God emboldens. See Hebrews 5:4; 1 Timothy 1:12; Galatians 1:1,10
  2. Veracity: Know that God’s Word is truth. You believe it and act on it. You are called to be an example of faith to other believers and faith is taking God at His Word. See Numbers 23:19; Romans 3:3-4; Titus 1:2; 1 Timothy 5:12; Hebrews 6:12; 13:7
  3. Identity: Know who you are. Your identity is what determines your attitude, your behavior and your performance. See 1 John 4:4; 5:4; Jeremiah 1:4-10; Matthew 5:13-16
  4. Authority: You have authority over every devil. To succeed in ministry, you must understand your authority in Christ, appropriate your authority and exercise your authority. Ministry is Warfare. See Matthew 16:18-19; 18:18-20; Luke 9:1; 10:17-20; Mark 9:38-39
  5. Capacity: You have the Power to do what you are called to do. Whatever God has called you to do is what He will empower you do. See Matthew 10:1; Luke 9:1-6; Ephesians 3:7; Philippians 4:13; 2 Corinthians 3:4-6; 4:7
  6. Generosity: Know the Power of giving. Generosity endears you to God and men. See 1 Kong’s 3:1-15; Luke 6:38; 16:10-12; 1 Corinthians 16:15-18; 2 Corinthians 9:6-8
  7. Priority: Do all that you do to promote the kingdom of God. See Matthew 6:33; 2 Chronicles 26:5; John 4:34; 8:29; 9:4; 6:38; Matthew 12:28
  8. Intimacy: Your personal walk with God is very important. All fruitfulness flows out of intimacy. See John 15:4-5. The place of Prayer is the place of empowerment. Acts 4:29-33; James 5:16. The place of prayer is the place of direction. See Mark 1:35-39; Acts 13:1-2. Get intimate with God through the Word. The Bible is the thoughts of God captured in print. See Daniel 11:32; 1 Samuel 2:12; 3:7,21; Acts 20:32; Exodus 34:5-10
  9. Intensity. You cannot be passive and succeed in ministry. You need to be passionate about your work. See John 9:4; Matthew 11:11-12; 1 Corinthians 9:16-18; Acts 17:16
  10. Consistency: Success is a reward for consistency. See Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1:2-3; James 1:25. If you will be faithful to do exactly what God has called you to do, you will get the reward thereof. See Proverbs 20:6; 28:20; Luke 16:10-12

Now let us look at the primary purposes of the Church

Now let us look at the primary purposes of the Church:

  1. To Magnify God: The primary purpose of the Church is to glorify God and to magnify Him before the sons of men. All that we do in the Body of Christ has one primary purpose, that is, TO GLORIFY GOD. When this becomes the chief aim or goal of all our activities, it streamlines our focus and purifies our motives. See Isaiah 43:7; 43:21; Psalm 86:9; Matthew 5:13-16; John 15:8; 17:4; Romans 1:8; 15:5-6; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 10:31-32; 1 Thessalonians 1:4-10; 1 Peter 2:9; 2:11-12; 4:10-11
  2. To Mirror Him. We are called to reveal and to reflect the Charisma and the Character of Christ, that is, the Love and the Life of Christ, the Person and the Power of Christ. Christianity is the revelation of Christ in a human person. It is Christ reproduced in a man. That is the essence of Christianity. The Church exists to show Christ to the world. They should look at us and see Jesus. See Acts 4:13; Galatians 4:19 KJV, GNT, NLT, MSG; John 14:12; 13:34-35; 15:12-13; Romans 8:28-29; 1 Corinthians 12:7; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18; Philippians 2:14-15; Colossians 1:24-27; James 2:14-26; John 17:22-23,26; 1 Peter 2:21-22; 1 John 2:5-6
  3. Missions: We exist to expand the influence and the impact of the kingdom of God in the earth by winning souls. It’s our primary purpose. The Church is a soul winning venture. It is a spiritual organization with the sole aim of bringing people out of darkness into the light. See Acts 13:47-48; 26:16-19. The Church is more than a gathering. It is the consulate of the kingdom of God for the purpose of colonizing the nations. See Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Matthew 24:14; Mark 13:10. We are called and commissioned to reach out to the lost. See Luke 19:10; 15:1-10; Acts 8:4-13. Soul winning is the primary aim of the Church. See 1 Corinthians 9:19-23; 10:31-33; 1 Peter 3:1-2; 1 Corinthians 7:16
  4. Membership. Those we win have to organized into a local church and cell groups for the purpose of fellowship and mutual edification. A Church is no church if there’s no mutual interaction or fellowship amongst its members. There must be mutual connection between members. It is association of likeminded people. See Philippians 1:27; Hebrews 10:24-25; Acts 2:1-4; 41,46-47; 4:4; 5:14; 6:7; 20:7; 1 Corinthians 12:12
  5. Maturity. We have to work to see that our members grow up spiritually. This happens when teach and preach the Word of God and make it our Rule Book for all matters of faith and practice. A Mature Christian thinks, speaks and does the Word. See 1 Peter 2:1-2; Galatians 4:1-2 KJV; Romans 8:14-17; 8:18-22; Galatians 4:1-7; Ephesians 4:11-16
  6. Mutual Love and Edification: We exist to build one another up and to edify one another. We are called to encourage one another, pray for one another share with one another. The Church is a place of mutual love. It is community that thrives on selflessness and self sacrifice. See Acts 2:44-46; 4:34-37; John 13:34-35; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Philippians 2:1-11; Romans 15:1-6. We are called to help and support one another in times of need. See Acts 11:27-30; 12:25; Romans 15:25-26; 1 Corinthians 16:1-2; 2 Corinthians 8:1-15
  7. Mentorship. The Church is a place of mentorship and apprenticeship. People need to be mentored and discipled by mature believers. Every church must set up a system and structures that will facilitate mentorship. See Mark 3:13-15; Philippians 2:19-22; 1 Corinthians 4:15-17; 1 Timothy 4:6-8; 2 Timothy 3:14-17
  8. Ministry. We have to equip and empower the saints to serve and minister in the Body of Christ. Every believer has a Ministry within and outside the Body of Christ. We are called to serve in the kingdom and in the Marketplace. The Church is a place of Equipping and Empowering people to effectively use their gifts and abilities to serve the interests of the kingdom of God by creating value within the Church and in the Marketplace. See Ephesians 2:10; Acts 11:22-26; Acts 13:1-4; Ephesians 4:11-12,16; Galatians 5:13; 1 Peter 4:10-11; Romans 12:4-8
  9. Manifestations: We are called to demonstrate and manifest the Power of God to the church and to the world. We are called to make God real to the peoples of this world by the demonstration of God’s Power wherever we go. See Mark 16:17-18; 16:20; 1 Corinthians 2:4-5; 12:4-11; Acts 4:29-31,33; 5:12-16; 8:5-13; 14:3; 19:11-12
  10. Multiplication. God has called us to multiply disciples and churches everywhere. Every church is called to reproduce itself by raising disciples. We are called to plant churches that plant other churches. This is a kingdom and every kingdom seeks to spread and expand its geographical territory and influence. The kingdom of God is no different. We must keep planting and pioneering new churches by multiplying disciples through an active, effective leadership development system. See Acts 8:4-13; 11:19-21; 16:9-10; 2 Timothy 2:2