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The Power and The Effect of Thanksgiving 2: The Sacrifices of Thanksgiving

The Power and The Effect of Thanksgiving 2: The Sacrifices of Thanksgiving

The Power and The Effect of Thanksgiving 2: The Sacrifices of Thanksgiving

Psalm 50:14-15; 107:21-22; 116:12-14; 116:15-19

What is a Sacrifice?
An act of offering to a deity something precious
Destruction or surrender of something for the sake of something else.
To sacrifice is to give up something in order to go up
Something given up or lost
Something offered in sacrifice

What is Thanksgiving?
Thanksgiving is the outward expression of heartfelt appreciation to God the Father for what He has done, what He is doing and what you expect Him to do for you. See Ephesians 5:20; 1 Thessalonians 5:18; Colossians 3:17; Philippians 4:6-7; Colossians 4:2;

There are three aspects of Thanksgiving:
Recognition: This is thanking God and giving Him the glory for what He has done for you. Thanksgiving is acknowledging God for what He has done for you. See Psalm 115:1; Luke 17:11-19; Romans 1:21; Malachi 2:1-3

Appreciation: This is the art of thanking God for what He is doing. See Psalm 92:1-2; 136:1-4; 1 Corinthians 15:57; 2 Corinthians 2:14

Anticipation: This is thanking God the Father for what you expect Him to do for you, in you or through you. See Philippians 4:6-7; John 11:41-44; Romans 4:17-21;

Thanksgiving is the joyous expression of appreciation unto God the Father for His manifested goodness. See Isaiah 51:3; 1 Chronicles 29:10-13;

Thanksgiving can be verbal expression of gratitude to God for His manifested goodness. See Psalm 105:1-2; 106:1-2; Psalm 107:21; 26:7; 92:1; 1 Chronicles 29:13; Isaiah 51:3

Thanksgiving is celebrating God for His faithfulness. See Psalm 92:1-2

What is a Sacrifice of Thanksgiving?

A Sacrifice of Thanksgiving is a voluntary offering given to God in appreciation for what He has done for you. See Psalm 50:14-15; 116:12-19

A Sacrifice of Thanksgiving is the payment of a promise or vow made to God in times of crisis or in anticipation of a miracle. See Jonah 2:9; Psalm 50:14-15; Job 22:27; Luke 16:10-12

A Sacrifice of Thanksgiving is the expression of appreciation to God for what He has done for you by giving something very costly or precious. See 1 Kings 3:4; Genesis 8:20-22; Psalm 126:1-6

A Sacrifice of Thanksgiving is a freewill offering. See Leviticus 22:29; Deuteronomy 23:21-23; Amos 4:5; 2 Chronicles 29:31

The thanksgiving offering is given publicly. See Psalm 22:25; 35:18

The. Sacrifice of thanksgiving can be done with singing and testimonies along with the payment of the vows. See Jonah 2:9; Jeremiah 33:11; Hosea 14:2; Hebrews 13:15-16; Psalm 26:7; 119:108

Preserving the Faith of the Fathers For Future Generations

Principles of Sowing and Reaping

Principles of Sowing and Reaping

A Principle is a Universal Law. See Romans 3:27; Mark 11:23

A Principle is a fundamental truth. It is a foundational truth. See Acts 10:34-35; Job 34:19
A Principle explains how things work and why things happen the way they do.
  1. Giving is sowing. Giving is an investment. See Ecclesiastes 11:1-4; 11:6; 2 Corinthians 9:6-7; Philippians 4:15-17; Proverbs 19:17; Mark 10:29-30. See also 1 Timothy 6:17-19; Luke 12:32-34; Matthew 19:21; Luke 18:22; Proverbs 11:24-25 NIV
  2. There’s a blessing in giving. Giving activates the blessing. See Deuteronomy 15:10; Acts 20:35; Proverbs 22:9; Malachi 3:8-12; Ezekiel 44:30. The blessing makes your progress and your prosperity permanent. Proverbs 10:22
  3. Giving enlarges us. When we give God increases us. See Proverbs 11:24-25 NLT; Philippians 4:15-19
  4. You have to sow in order to reap. See Psalm 126:5-6; 2 Corinthians 9:6; Luke 6:37-38; Matthew 5:7
  5. You have to sow in faith and expectancy. See Hebrews 11:4; 11:17-19; Luke 6:38
  6. You have to give in love. Every act of generosity done in love attracts divine blessings. See 1 Corinthians 13:3; Matthew 5:23-24; Deuteronomy 15:7-10
  7. You have to give as the Scripture guides or demands. Giving is expected behavior. The Bible commands us to give. Do whatever the Bible says to do. See Proverbs 3:27-28; Malachi 3:10-12; Proverbs 3:9-10; Ezekiel 44:30; Romans 11:16
  8. You have to sow where God leads you to sow. The instructed seed releases generational blessings. When you give God what He demands, He will give you much more than you could ever wish for. See Genesis 22:1-18; 1 Kings 17:8-16
  9. Your giving or sowing affects your spiritual life. See Galatians 6:8 NIV; 1 Corinthians 16:17-18; 1 Kings 3:4-15; Genesis 46:1-4. Disobeying God in the money matters can affect your spiritual walk. Generosity is an indicator of spirituality. See James 1:27; 2:14-17.
  10. You reap what you sow. See Galatians 6:7; Luke 16:10-12; Ephesians 6:8; Colossians 3:23-25; 2 Corinthians 9:6
  11. You reap more than what you sow. There is a law at work in the earth called the law of Seedtime and Harvest. See Genesis 8:22; Judges 1:4-7; 2 Corinthians 9:6-8; Mark 10:29-30
  12. Your giving preserves your life and secures your future. See Proverbs 13:8; Psalm 41:1-3; Proverbs 28:27; Psalm 76:11-12; Psalm 50:14-15.
The Power and the Effect of Thanksgiving

The Power and the Effect of Thanksgiving

Leviticus 22:29; Psalm 50:14-15

Thanksgiving is the outward expression of heartfelt appreciation to God the Father for what He has done, what He is doing and what you expect Him to do for you. See Ephesians 5:20; 1 Thessalonians 5:18; Colossians 3:17; Philippians 4:6-7; Colossians 4:2; 1 Corinthians 15:57; 2 Corinthians 2:14
Thanksgiving can be verbal expression of gratitude to God for His manifested goodness. See Psalm 105:1-2; 106:1-2; Psalm 107:21; 26:7; 92:1; 1 Chronicles 29:13; Isaiah 51:3
Power is defined as the following:
  1. The ability to produce an effect
  2. The capacity or ability to do something
  3. The ability to determine or decide outcomes
  4. The capability or capacity to influence the course of events
Text: Luke 17:11-17
Things to Note:
Thanksgiving is expected. See Psalm 107:21-22; 107:31-32; Luke 17:17-18; Numbers 21:4-7; Romans 1:21-22
  1. Thanksgiving facilitates answers your prayers. Praise and thanksgiving facilitates speedy answers to prayers. See Acts 16:25-26; Philippians 4:6-7; 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18; Colossians 2:2-3; Daniel 6:10; Jonah 2:1-10(9)
  2. Thanksgiving is the yeast of multiplication. Thanksgiving is a multiplier. It always leads to more. Thanksgiving is the yeast of increase and multiplication. God will only increase whatever you are grateful for. See Jeremiah 30:19; Matthew 14:15-21; John 6:4-13; Colossians 2:7
  3. Thanksgiving opens the door to manifestations of God’s glory and power. The atmosphere of gratitude and thanksgiving is the atmosphere of the miraculous. See John 11:40-45; 2 Chronicles 5:13-14
  4. Thanksgiving perpetuates or sustains divine blessings. To enjoy Divine Blessings you must be a grateful person. See Genesis 8:20-21; 9:12-17; Deuteronomy 28:47-49; Psalm 106:21-27; Psalm 107:21-22
  5. Habitual thanksgiving can protect you from demon influence. Ingratitude opens you up to demonic oppression. When we complain, we murmur against God. This is an act of verbal rebellion. See Numbers 21:4-9; Romans 2:18-24
  6. Thanksgiving sustains progress. As you continue to thank God, God increases you . Thanksgiving leads to perpetual increase. See 2 Samuel 6:12-15; Jeremiah 30:19-21
  7. Thanksgiving prolongs your days. Gratitude prolongs your days. Complaining and murmuring can shorten your days. Find something to be grateful for. See Isaiah 38:18; Numbers 21:4-7; Deuteronomy 28:47-49; 2 Chronicles 32:24-26
The Man, His Marriage And His Ministry

The Man, His Marriage And His Ministry

This Month we shall be learning principles, patterns and practices outlined in the Bible that will help to develop godly character, increase your leadership ability, improve the condition of your marriage, your effectiveness in ministry and motivate your team to embrace the call to pursue the God given assignment designated to your ministry. (We will kindly advise that you come with your wife.) Selah
If you have an inner knowing that God is calling you higher, launching you deeper and stretching you farther, then EQUIP is for you. If you are at the verge of giving up on Ministry, then this EQUIP is for you. If your marriage is troubled and going through an upheaval, this EQUIP is for you. Come expecting God to heal your marriage.
If you need direction, guidance or simply a touch from God, this meeting is for you. If you are burned out, exhausted and frustrated, Just come and God will refresh, recharge and renew your strength. He will also rekindle your sense of purpose and destiny in God. Selah
We say a BIG thank you to all the regular attendees of EQUIP every month. Thanks for bringing others as well as we expand and extend the influence of the kingdom of God together. If you have never been at EQUIP, kindly consider visiting us to experience the impactful teaching sessions and the empowering demonstrations of the Spirit that will radically transform your life and upgrade your Ministry.
Until we see at EQUIP, May God bless you and keep (guard and keep a watchful eye over you). May the Lord make His face shine upon you and be favorable unto you. May the Lord lift His countenance upon you and give you His peace. See you there. Shalom
In His Majesty’s Service,
The Different Kinds of Miracles

The Different Kinds of Miracles

Definition of Terms:

A Miracle is an act of God. See See Exodus 8:16-19; John 3:2; Matthew 12:22-29; Acts 2:22; Acts 19:11
A Miracle is a supernatural intervention of God in the affairs of men that transcends human explanation. See John 2:1-11
A Miracle is a supernatural intervention of God in the affairs of men that transcends natural laws. See 2 Kings 3:14-20; 6:1-7
A Miracle is a supernatural display of God’s Power for the purpose of meeting a need or changing a situation.
There are different kinds of Miracles
  1. Miracles of Power: These are works of Power that are inexplainable like miracles of healing or the raising of the dead. See Matthew 9:1-8; Mark 5:25-34; Hebrews 11:11
  2. Miracles of Provision: To provide is to supply what is needed or required. To provide is to furnish with supplies or make something available. See 2 Kings 4:1-7; 1 Kings 17:8-16; John 6:5-11
  3. Miracles of Protection: To protect is to defend or shield. God defended the children many times in times of battle. See
  4. Miracles of Preservation: Preservation is the activity or process of keeping something that is valued, intact or free from damage or danger. See Daniel 3:19-30; 6:10-23; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24;
  5. Miracles of Promotion: Promotion is the act or fact of being raised in rank or position. See Genesis 41:39-44; Esther 6:1-14; Psalm 75:6-7; 1 Samuel 2:7-8
  6. Miracles of Prudence: Prudence is sagacity or shrewdness in the management of affairs. Skill and judgment in the use of resources. See Genesis 41:25-36; Daniel 1:17-20
  7. Miracles of Providence: Providence simply means Divine Guidance or Care. Divine Guidance is supernatural. It is revelation and insight beyond sense and reasoning. See Genesis 41:38-39; Daniel 2:1-30; 5:11-16;
  8. Miracles of Prosperity: To prosper is to succeed, break out, breakthrough or gain the victory. See Genesis 39:2-5; 39:20-23; Genesis 26:12-14
The Love Life of a Leader

The Love Life of a Leader

How to identify a Loving Leader

What is Leadership?
Leadership according to the Scriptures is the ability to inspire followership. In other words, a leader is someone others are willing to follow. See Proverbs 14:28 MSG; John 21:1-3
Leadership is influence. Influence is the ability to determine the thoughts, words, actions and behaviors of another. See Matthew 4:19; Acts 4:13. A leader is an influencer. He influences people’s decisions. See 2 Corinthians 12:17-18.
Leaders influence outcomes. A leader is a game changer. He or she is a catalyst of change. A leader is a difference maker.
When a leader shows up, things change for the better. You know you are a leader when your team cannot do without you. A leader moves things forward. A leader brings increase. David was a leader before he had the title.
Leadership is not a position or a title. Leadership is the ability to inspire people towards positive and constructive behavior. Leadership is action. Leadership is the reward for result oriented behavioral patterns. You earn the right to lead when you produce results. See 1 Samuel 18:5-7.
Leadership is a lifestyle. It is the result of following Jesus. See 1 Corinthians 11:1; Matthew 4:19. A leader is a lover. You cannot lead well without love. A leader is a lion and a lamb. As a lion, it means a leader is courageous. As a lamb, it means a leader is selfless and self sacrificing.
We are looking at the love dimension of leadership, which is a view of leadership as a lamb. See Revelation 5:1-12. Every time we sacrifice of ourselves for the purpose of kingdom advancement we gain authority.
See John 10:11: 2 Corinthians 12:14-15 NKJV, MSG, NLT; Mark 8:1-8
  1. Leaders take responsibility for the care and the wellbeing of others. See Matthew 14:15-23; Mark 8:1-8. Leaders are not gain driven. Leaders are good driven.
  2. Leaders are proactive. They don’t need to be told what to do. They do what needs to be done. See 1 Corinthians 9:16-18; 1 Samuel 17:25-26
  3. Leaders seek to use their gifting to serve others. They leverage their power and their influence to bless others. Acts 10:38; Matthew 20:20-28; Luke 22:24-27
  4. Leaders are selfless and self sacrificing. They are willing to lay down their lives for the people they lead. John 10:11; 2 Corinthians 12:14-15: John 15:12-13; 1 John 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 2:1-9
  5. Leaders know that they are under authority and are accountable to God. See Ephesians 6:9; Colossians 4:1; Hebrews 13:17
  6. Leaders know that they are stewards. They know that the way they handle their current responsibility will determine their promotion or the growth of their influence. See 1 Corinthians 4:1-2; Matthew 24:45-47
  7. Leaders are life improvers. They seek to make others better. They seek to help people become their best self or help people become better than themselves. Leaders do not compete with their followers, they do whatever it takes to make them better. See Matthew 4:19; Mark 6:34; Matthew 14:14; John 14:12. They seek the joy of others. See Luke 7:11-17; Philippians 1:19-26
The Seven Dimensional Benefits of being a Loving Leader
  1. Power: God entrusts or delegates power to people who have a genuine heart to serve others selflessly. See Matthew 14:14; Acts 10:38; Acts 13:22,36. The more compassionate you are, the more powerful you will be. See 1 Corinthians 12:31; 14:1 NIV,
  2. Riches. God the Father commits wealth to those who love Him passionately and love others compassionately. See Philippians 4:10-19; 3 John 1-8; Proverbs 11:24-25
  3. Wisdom. You will always have wisdom for whatever you love. We are more creative wherever we are passionate. God gives wisdom to those who want to serve others. See 1 kings 3:3-15; Mark 6:34; Romans 9:1-3; Ephesians 3:1-11
  4. Strength. God gives supernatural strength to those who are self giving and self sacrificing. See Isaiah 40:29-31; Philippians 4:10-13
  5. Honor: Honor comes to those who lay down their lives in obedience to God. See Philippians 2:5-11; 1 Peter 5:5-6; James 4:6-7
  6. Glory. There’s a level of glory reserved for those who walk in love. See Exodus 33:11-23; 24:15-18
  7. Blessing. There’s a great blessing in being selfless and self sacrificing. See John 13:17; Psalm 112:1-3; 128:1-3.
The Primary Purposes of the Church

The Primary Purposes of the Church

Understanding Who We Are, Why We Are and What We do

Psalm 82:5; Ephesians 5:15-17; Colossians 1:9-11; Philippians 1:9-11
Purpose is the reason for a thing. It is the original purpose for which a thing is created or made.
Your purpose is your why. It has been said that the man who knows how will always have a job but the man who knows why will always be his boss.
You cannot fully enjoy divine provision until you first of all discover and align with Divine Purpose. Purpose is the key to unlocking Divine Power and unleashing your potential. See Ephesians 1:15-19
What is the Church?
The Word “Church” is from the Greek Word, “EKKlesia” it refers to a calling out, a popular meeting, an assembly or a church. It also refers to a religious congregation. The Church is the called out ones assembled or the assembly of the called out ones.
There are several expressions of the Word Church:
  1. The Global Church. This refers to everyone who has made Jesus Christ their Lord. It refers to the entire Body of believers the world over. See 1 Corinthians 1:2; Acts 2:21; 1 Peter 5:9.
  2. The Local Church: This refers to a Body of Christ in a particular locality. See 1 Corinthians 1:2; 2 Corinthians 1:1; 1 Thessalonians 1:1; 2 Thessalonians 1:1; Galatians 1:2; Colossians 4:16
  3. The House Church. This refers to the Body of believers who meet in a home setting. See Acts 2:46; 5:42; 20:20-21; Acts 8:3; Romans 16:3-5; 1 Corinthians 16:19; Colossians 4:15 (Women can lead house churches. 2 John 1:1,13; 1 Peter 5:13)
What is the Church?
Identity is one of the keys to fulfilling destiny. Identity is also one of the keys to unlocking your authority. Identity is also the key to enjoying your rights and privileges, that is, your inheritance. Identity is the key to security. Until you know who you really are, you will be insecure.
It is important to note that the Church is first of an organism before it is on organization. It is the living, breathing, pulsating temple of the Living God.
  1. The Church is the Body of Christ. That is we are members of His Body. Whatever flows in Him, flows in us. See 1 Corinthians 6:15-17; 12:12-14,27; Romans 12:4-5; Ephesians 1:22-23; 4:4,15-16; Colossians 1:18,24; 2:9-10; 2:19
  2. The Church is the Temple of the Holy Spirit. See 1 Corinthians 3:16-17; 6:19-20. We are the temple of the Holy Spirit. He dwells in us. His Person, His Presence and His Power is available to us because He lives in us. The Holy Ghost is in you 24/7. See Ephesians 2:21-22
  3. The Church refers to the family of God. You cannot be a member of the Church until you are born again. That is, you have received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Personal Savior. The Church is an assembly of God’s children. See Hebrews 12:22-24; John 20:17; Ephesians 2:19-20; Matthew 6:9; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 3:14-15. You cannot be a part of the Church unless you have been reborn.
  4. The Church refers to the body of believers both Jew and Gentiles, male and female who believe in Jesus Christ as the only means of salvation. See Matthew 16:13-19; 1 Corinthians 10:4; Acts 2:41,47; 4:4,12; 11:15-18; 15:14; Galatians 3:26-29; Ephesians 2:11-19