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Daily Success! How to wait for the coming of the Lord – Ezekiel Atang

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Acts 1:6-8 KJV

When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth”.

Today, our topic is on how to wait for the coming of the Lord or how not to miss the coming of the Lord. Many have been so confused as to how to handle, prepare and await the coming of the Lord. But Jesus made it so clear, by asking His disciples not to desire to know when He would be coming. Rather, He told them what to do while they waited.
He said, “you will receive power after the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be witnesses unto me from Jerusalem to Judaea and to the Samaria and the uttermost parts of the earth”. In simple terms, Jesus implied: “in waiting for my coming, go and win souls and fulfill your purpose in life”. His instructions were clear; “let your life make Impact all around the world; make a difference in people’s lives and that will help you wait successfully for my return”.
Sitting and doing nothing will make you successfully miss the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. But being busy with what you consider your assignments, is the way out. Waiting is easy when you are busy, hence Jesus said “occupy till I come”. Which also means get busy till I come. Do my work, pursue and fulfill your destiny, keep busy till I come. (Luke 19:13).
Receive grace to be occupied and be successfully prepared for the coming of the Lord in Jesus Name.

Action Points
i. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal your specific assignment or purpose to you.
ii. Determine to win souls in a massive manner. Seek to use every opportunity as a platform to win souls.
iii. Avoid all forms of spiritual idleness.

Prayer
-Lord keep my eyes on you as I keep my hands on your work in Jesus Name.
-Lord please charge my heart with zeal and passion for your work and for souls in Jesus Name.

Nugget
Sitting and doing nothing will make you successfully miss the return of our Lord. Waiting is easy when you are busy, hence Jesus said “occupy till I come”.

 

LOVE AS BRETHREN

1 Peter 3:8 KJV
“Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous”.

There are two people that deeply taught on marriage in the New Testament apart from Jesus Christ, and they are Paul the apostle and apostle Peter. Paul taught marriage by revelation, having not married, but Peter taught marriage by experience, having been married himself. In our text, we see that Peter masterfully taught about the wisdom of how wives should treat husbands and vice versa.
As he rounded off his teaching about how best to treat your spouses, he nailed it further by saying they should love as brethren. Meaning that the love that spouses are meant to have towards each other should be the kind that exist between brothers and sisters. This makes us know that the best way to keep marriage is to see your spouse as your brother or sister. Romantic love does fail so often, but brotherly love does not fail, because a brother is born for adversity, and that goes for a sister as well (Proverbs 17:17). This is why the Bible says married people should love as brethren.

Make up your mind to not just see your spouse as your wife or husband, but as your sister or brother. Be like the groom in the Song of Solomon who kept referring to his wife as “my sister, my spouse”. According to Him, you must first be a sister or brother before you become a spouse. (Song of Solomon 4:9,10,12 and 5:1)
The truth is that family bond has limited ‘opting-out’ options. When you are related by blood as a brother or a sister, there is absolutely nothing you can do to change that. No matter how annoying your brother or sister becomes, they still remain your sibling. If couples could relate more and love as brethren, then, divorce rate across the globe will be knocked down to the barest minimum.
Receive grace to love as brethren in Jesus Name.

Action Points/Prayer
-Lord fill my heart with a brotherly and sisterly love for my spouse in Jesus Name.
-Cause me to be able to love my spouse even in adversity in Jesus name.

Nugget
Romantic love does fail so often, but brotherly love does not fail, because a brother is born for adversity.

 

THE SECRET OF SPEED II

2 Kings 2:11-15 KJV
“And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces. He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan; And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the Lord God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over. And when the sons of the prophets which were to view at Jericho saw him, they said, The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha. And they came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him”.

Elisha was not the only one in the school of prophets with Elijah. There were other upcoming prophets under training with Elijah as well, and their aim was not just to learn but to contact the mantle of God upon Elijah’s life. But only one person knew the shortest cut to that mantle; and that was Elisha. While others were busy reading and attending lectures on prophecies only, Elisha added service to his own life.

The secret of Elisha’s speed to receiving the anointing therefore was service. He served the carrier of the oil or the mantle. He waited on Elijah, in fact, in 2Kings 3:11, it was recorded that Elisha poured water on the hands of Elijah. I thought they would recognize him as the assistant prophet, but no, everyone saw him as the servant of Elijah; as in ‘water boy’, ‘bag carrier’, ‘shoe shiner’, ‘house cleaner’ ‘personal laundry man’ etc. of the prophet.
But the spirit of Elijah soon rested on him because he served Elijah to the end. He hung in there with his service till the very end. So, while other students were still praying and studying, the mantle came on Elisha, and everyone got to bow to him; recognizing that the spirit of Elijah was now on Elisha.
In 2018, receive grace to contact favour, increase, anointing and unusual speed in Jesus Name.

Action Points/Prayer
-Lord bless me with the spirit of humility and service in Jesus Name.
-Cause me never to take my service opportunities for granted in Jesus Name.
-Use me to lift the hands of my Pastor and prophet in Jesus Name.

Nugget
One of the shortest cuts to receiving the grace and oil upon a man’s life is by dogged and unflinching service; just serve and keep serving.

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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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