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Daily Success! Faith prayers – Ezekiel Atang

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FAITH PRAYERS

Mark 11:23-24 KJV
“For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them”.

There are all kinds of prayers. There is the prayer of confession, intercession, supplication, warfare, thanksgiving, etc. But there is a prayer that is called the prayer of faith as mentioned in James 5:15; where it says “the prayer of faith will save the sick”. Here are few things you must understand about the prayer of faith:

– You do not beg in the prayer of faith: You are supposed to operate from a stand point of confidence and boldness.
– In the prayer of faith, you mostly speak to things and situations in the Name of Jesus: Jesus said “if you say to this mountain, be thou removed, and shall nor doubt in your heart…”

– In the prayer of faith your tone ought to be a commanding one;particularly when speaking to things.
– Lastly, in the prayer of faith, you must believe that you have received what you have asked for,even when the thing is yet to manifest. Receiving is done spiritually, while having is physical.

Action Points/Prayer
i. Exercise yourself in the prayer of faith today.
ii. Speak to things everyday and grow your faith by so doing.

Nugget
You do not beg in the prayer of faith,you are supposed to operate from a stand point of confidence and boldness.

 

FAITH ACTIONS

John 5:4 KJV
“For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had”.

It is a known fact already that faith without works or action is dead. Faith is mostly a thing of the heart or the spirit. It is an inner conviction that gives you the persuasion of an expected end.

But that by itself will not produce results until faith actions are taken. After all is said and done, God waits for your steps to give power to your faith.

If you believe you are healed then you had better start taking steps to confirm it by doing what you couldn’t do before.

Today’s text shows something similar;this man had been by the pool for thirty-eightyears and had watched that pool stirred up many times yet there was no result in his life. The reason was that this man never took any step whatsoever.

The condition was that when the pool is stirred by the angel, the first person to step in got their miracle. So, it was not just who stepped in but who stepped in first. This Talks of prompt and timely action.

Today, that angel is your Pastor, or any man of God you get to listen to. The water is the word of God, and the pool where the stirring takes place is your heart or spirit.

When the word is spoken and it stirs your heart, that is faith right there. At that moment you are supposed to take an action by stepping to obey that word. Once that happens your miracle will materialize and your expectations will come to pass.

Action Points
i. Make a list of all the things in your life for which you need to take steps.
ii. Take the first step and let God order the rest.
iii. Take each step with thanksgiving.

Prayer
-Lord I receive the boldness to take faith steps today in Jesus Name.

Nugget
After all is said and done, God waits for your steps to give power to your faith.

 

WHAT FAITH IS II

Hebrews 11:1 KJV
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”.

We already saw the first part of what faith is. We saw that faith is the substance of things hoped for. We also saw that the substance is the word of God. Once your faith is substantiated in the word of God, it goes into effect immediately.

Today however, we want to look at faint from another angle. We will be looking at faith as an evidence.
An evidence is something that gives a sign or proof of the existence or truth of something.

An evidence also is something that helps someone to come to a particular conclusion. Lastly, an evidence can come by way of an oral or written statement of a witness or witnesses involved in a trial or enquiry.

So, we see that evidence is required to make a case for anything,and the Bible says in our text that faith is the evidence of things not seen.

So, even though you may not have seen what you are believing God for yet, you could connect with it by way of evidence,and the evidence is the word of God Himself. The Bible is full of God’s promises made thousands of years ago, yet still valid today.

There are also many witnesses in the Bible who have seen these words come pass in their lives. In fact, the word of God is a catalogue of witnesses.

But beyond that, there are the many present-day witnesses who testify everyday of God’s faithfulness and awesome power. All of these form your evidence of what God can yet do today, because He is the same yesterday, today and forever. What He did for one He can do for all.

Action Points
i. Go on an evidence trip from the scriptures for all you are having faith for today.
ii. Listen to the testimonies of people whose faith God had honoured and copy their examples as much as possible.

Prayer
-Lord I make my case today that by two immutable things it is impossible for you to lie.
-I declare that you have never lied and cannot lie. My case will not make you lie for the first time.
-I believe you to the end.

Nugget
Even though you may not have seen what you are believing God for yet, you could connect with it by way of evidence, and the evidence is the word of God Himself.

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Daily Success! Fulfilling Your Fruitfulness Mandate – Ezekiel Atang

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FULFILLING YOUR FRUITFULNESS MANDATE

Genesis‬ 41:52‬ KJV‬‬
“And the name of the second called he Ephraim: For God hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.”

Fruitfulness is a mandate for the Christian and not just a thing that we do. It is a command of God, it is an expectation of God and it is what God designed to make this world continue for as long as He desires. When He said “be fruitful”, He meant it, and desired that we fill the whole earth with mankind. But we may need to look at the animals who are really fruitful and find out how they do it.

i. No animal or plant will be fruitful without remaining in their natural, God given habitat. Outside the water the fish will never be fruitful, detached from the ground the plant will never be fruitful, living in the water, the bird will never be able produce. Man has his natural and God given habitat and that habitat is the presence of God.

ii. We saw in our theme scripture for the month that God caused Joseph to be fruitful. It was God that caused the fruitfulness, not his wife, not his doctors, neither the state of his body. Hence he named his child Ephraim (fruitful). But how did it happen?

iii. The presence of God was Joseph’s secret. We see that he didn’t go into Egypt alone, neither did he get into the prison house alone. He was a dweller in the presence of the Lord:

“And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.”
“But the Lord was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.” Genesis‬ 39:2, 21‬ KJV‬‬

Need I say more? The presence of God in consistency is what results in all round fruitfulness. We can see it further in this scripture:

“Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing; To shew that the Lord is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.” (Psalms‬ 92:13-15‬ KJV‬‬).

Hannah located God’s presence in prayer and then she became fruitful. )1Samuel 1:9-19).
Zechariah was in God’s presence when the Angel of God visited him and he became fruitful. (Luke 1:8-24).
Locate your natural habitat today and fulfill your fruitfulness mandate in Jesus Name.

Action Points
i) You will need to go over today’s message again and make more sense out of it.
ii) Schedule times for engaging God’s presence daily.
iii) Ask God for consistency in His presence.

Prayer
-Lord please teach me to dwell in your presence.
-Cause me to truly and really delight in your presence.
-Father activate my fruitfulness mandate as I dwell in your presence in Jesus Name.

Nugget
Fruitfulness is a command of God and an expectation of God for us.

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Daily Success! From Emptiness To Abundance – Ezekiel Atang

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FROM EMPTINESS TO ABUNDANCE

2 Kings‬ 4:1-7‬ KJV‬
“Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the Lord: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen. And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil. Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few. And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full. So she went from him, and shut the door upon her and upon her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured out. And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her, There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed. Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest.”

The all so very popular story of the dead prophet’s widow has so much for us to learn from every time. And it seems to me that we will keep learning from it until the end of time. It is a story of rediscovery and recovery. Rediscovery because they had a pot of oil in their lives and in their house that they knew almost nothing about. This prophet died of debt because he had not really discovered that oil.

The man ran into debt to the point where he mortgaged his sons for loans. And he not paying the loan, thereby exposed his children to becoming slaves as payment for the loan he couldn’t pay. It was at this point that his widowed wife cried out for help to the prophet Elisha. And Elisha was led by God to point her to this forgotten and despised oil in their house. It was this oil that worked the wonders of provision and escape from slavery. Now, here are a few lessons to learn about this story:

i. The oil represents a special anointing, grace, ability, endowment, grace or special gift in your life.
ii. This oil is not in your life for fun. It is meant to be put to work so you can live a good life. So, for as long as you keep the oil unused your life will not make sense.

iii. The deployment of that oil is meant for empty vessels. And today’s empty vessels are needy people, lost souls, broken and dry people. You are supposed to reach out to them and pour your oil into them. And the more you pour into them the more the oil flows.

iv. Failure to use your oil will plunge you into poverty and a miserable life.

v. Failure to use your oil will make you suffer losses, such as: Loss of life, loss of family or children, loss of ministry and anointing, which is the loss of the oil itself.
My advice is simple; deploy your oil, and do it now.

Action Points
-Go over the devotional again and take steps.
-Ask God to show you your oil, or to help you identify your oil.

Prayer
-Lord please show me my oil.
-Grant me the grace and wisdom to deploy my oil in Jesus Name.

Nugget
This oil is not in your life for fun. It is meant to be put to work so you can live a good life.

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Daily Success! Fruitfulness Is God’s Will For Your Life (2)

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FRUITFULNESS IS GOD’S WILL FOR YOUR LIFE II

Genesis‬ 1:28‬ KJV‬‬
“And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”

God’s will is God’s counsel for your life, and the bible says that there may be many devices in the heart of men, but it is the counsel of the Lord that shall stand; Proverbs 19:21. The will of God is God’s original intention for you. The will of God is God’s purpose for your life. Most importantly, the will of God is all that God has planned and concluded about your life already.

We know that because it was God’s first statement soon after creating man. God could have said any other thing, but He blessed them declaring “be fruitful”. When next you look at your life and wonder why things don’t seem to be working, always remember that it is His will for you to be fruitful in every way. When God blessed man with fruitfulness, He did not limit it to the fruit of the womb or the fruit of your work or spirit only. It was an all round fruitfulness. He simply said “be fruitful”.

The next thing you want to know is that fruitfulness is in you already. It is a blessing that came with your creation, long before your birth. As you may know already, you were not born the day you were created. You were created long before you were conceived and born. That was why God said to Jeremiah “before I formed you, I knew you…” Jeremiah 1:5. He was talking about Jeremiah’s creation in Genesis 1:26-28. And just in case you didn’t know, your creation is superior to your formation.

Your spirit is superior to your body. It is your spirit that helps your body stand erect, it is your spirit that helps you conquer adversity, it is your spirit that helps you overcome infirmities, and God had said to your spirit way back to be fruitful.

The conclusion is that you are fruitful regardless of what you see right. Please know that it is God’s will for you to be fruitful, and you are actually fruitful according to God, regardless of what doctor’s or test results say.

Action Points
-Thank God for today’s message.
-Thank Him for your fruitfulness.
-Declare to yourself seven times a day that you are fruitful in every area.
-Search out more scriptures on fruitfulness and claim them.

Prayer
-Lord it is so good to know that I was fruitful long before I was born.
-I thank you for my fruitful status.
-I refuse to walk by sight, I will walk by faith and by all you have said in your word in Jesus Name.
-I am fruitful, I am very fruitful, I am super fruitful in Jesus Name.

Nugget
When next you look at your life and wonder why things don’t seem to be working, always remember that it is His will for you to be fruitful in every way.

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