You Are The Ones Chosen By God

“The king pleaded with the holy man, “Help me! Pray to your God for the healing of my arm.” The holy man prayed for him and the king’s arm was healed—as good as new!” – 1 Kings 13:6 (MSG).

Beloved,

If you are sick in your body, if you are sick in your mind, if you are sick in your finances, whatever it is that is causing you an embarrassment, I want you to know that God is able to heal you and God is able to give you a new start. The holy man prayed and God answered him. God has made you a priest unto Himself and you can pray and expect to have an answer too.

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Go For Souls, And Go For The “Worst”

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Beloved of God,

As news of terrorism, kidnapping, armed robbery, economic crises/recession and challenges continue around the country and around the world, we must remember that our true battles are not against flesh and blood – they are not against terrorists, militants or deceptive government, nor an oppressive boss or unappreciative spouse – but “against the spiritual forces of evil in the Heavenly realms” – Ephesians 6:12.

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Dear Pastor (3)

Dear Pastor,

We are living in amazing days according to Luke 21:34-36. Days of destiny, days of danger, days of deep darkness in the world and days of ever-increasing light in the Church. These are the days Jesus prophesied about, days when we must watch and pray.

In my first and second letter to you, I tried to remind you that God is not looking for perfect preachers and professionals. He is looking for those who can nurture and build His people. As usual, this is another reminder that you must make a conscious effort to nurture and build people. People are hurting and sometimes they keep their feelings to themselves  because its hard to find someone who understands.

People are coming to your Church because they are seeking refuge. Everyone is coming because they need encouragement. Don’t let them get anything short of that. Romans 10:13-15, 17 (ESV) says, “13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ”.

One out of every couples that will come into your Church this week are dealing with an issue they wouldn’t want to discuss with anyone. They’re hurting, desperate, and powerless, but they can’t openly share it with you. Please reach out to them as the Spirit leads you. Comfort, encourage, and hold them securely until He touches them. Offer guidance, not for them to trust you but so that they can trust God. Your success as a Pastor is obedience, not affluence, influence or attendance.

People all over the world are facing financial problems. Many of them will show up in your Church this week. Please don’t try to make Church uncomfortable for them by demanding they drop all the $$’s in their wallet. Allow them to give willingly, “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver” – 2 Corinthians 9:7. Remind them that God is their sufficiency and not you.

Let the attention be on Him this week and not in your drama. Don’t be too consumed with your ego and you can’t reach out to everyone in your Church service. If people can’t pick a word from any of your messages then there’s a problem.

Allow people to come into your Church the way they are. It’s not your responsibility to clean them up, the Lord will do that. Don’t allow you members to raise the roof before they can get to you. Whatever ‘roof’ is separating you or the person you love from Jesus must be removed. You must tear it off! Don’t let anything stand in your way! Yours is to share His Word, the Word of His saving grace.

Love has an attitude. Don’t discriminate or judge people by their colour. God is not colour blind. Let your door be opened to everyone. Don’t let people down because of their skin colour. Pick everyone up, refuse to let them down because most often, people who are hurting don’t know what they need. Let them see Jesus in you.

Always remember that your whole job as a pastor is to make it as easy as possible for people to experience Jesus. When you minister to people, be aware of their need. They may look like they’ve ‘got it all together’, yet inwardly they may be lying on a stretcher. So take the gospel to where the sinners are. It will make your Church more exciting. Committing to bringing people to Jesus means picking them up, refusing to let them down, and carrying them the whole way.

Though you are a spiritual leader (Hebrews 13:17a), you are also human and can be wrong. Don’t expect all your members to follow you blindly for things that are contrary to God’s Word. Don’t turn your sermon into a political speech. That’s not your calling. You  have a responsibility to choose your words carefully, do not stoke the flames of violence and hatred.

Don’t be a poor ambassador of the Kingdom of God in your nation or city. Stop borrowing money from your members neither should you beg. Don’t enjoy what you cannot afford. There is nothing you desire to have that God cannot give you. You are not a Pastor for what you will gain. Don’t seek the comfort you get from being served, seek the grace you get from serving. Integrity matters more than the size of your ministry or church.

Always remember that the language of familiarity tends to rub you off of your responsibility. Don’t take sides with people when issues come up, even if it’s your spouse or relative, let the Holy Spirit use you to bring the truth in any dispute. Get rid of tale bearers. Proverbs 26:20 (BBE) says, “Without wood, the fire goes out; and where there is no secret talk, argument is ended”.

People have issues and because people are growing at different pace and at different levels of maturity, you should never complain that your members have too many issues. God has made you a problem solver and that’s why He made you a Pastor over your members. Don’t be a burden to your brethren. You’re there to inspire faith to them. God is concerned about your responsibility as a Pastor. Don’t be too much in a hurry to dismiss your members. Listen to them until they are done expressing themselves. If you can’t listen to what someone is going through, you can’t provide God with an opportunity for Him to do something in them through you. You are the chief servant in your Church. Just like Jesus, you are not there to be served but to serve.

1 Peter 5:2-4 (NIV) says, “2 Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers – not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; 3 not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away”.

You are a Pastor in love not in lust. Having sexual relationship with your members will not only destroy your members but the Church too. It’s a calling you are fulfilling when you take care of God’s people in the right way.

If you are reading this and you may not have a calling as a pastor, preacher, or leader in a church setting you must remember that you are called to be light, you are called to live by example, and to share the good news. Build on that which has been laid by others. Rest in His finished work and be blessed in the Lord’s Grace.

@IamAlipapa

Your Responsibility In Christ (1)

Dear Fellow Christians,

There is an excitement you’ll never enjoy until you’re a soul winner. When you begin to step into what God had made you, the experience becomes real to you.

Until you are on top of a mountain, you’ll never know how cooler it’s up there than when you are at the bottom of the mountain. At the top of the mountain, you see differently. Houses and everything looks small from the top of a mountain. That’s how God sees and that’s how we need to see.

It’s our responsibility to win souls. The power to win souls has already been given to us. Acts 1:8 says, “But you shall receive POWER (ABILITY, EFFICIENCY, and MIGHT) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the ends (the very bounds) of the earth” AMP.

We have received dynamic power to cause changes, to witness for Him, to become living proof producers. I’m an agent of positive change where I am. Don’t ask how. Heaven knows you when you pray for £5 million. It’s your inheritance and God remembers you. He will either send a man or an angel to bless you.

In Mark 16:15, Jesus said unto them, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature”. Jesus said we should go into our world of business and our sphere of contact and preach the gospel to every creature. And you must begin in your house.

We are not in Church so that God can bless us. We are a company of blessed men. We are the Sons of God gathered together to participate in the divine nature and to do our Father’s business. We don’t run the same race with the rest of the world. We know who we are. We are problem solvers and a solution provider.

Jesus said, in Matthew 12:30, “He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad”.

In Luke 11:23 Jesus said, “He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth”.

To rise in church and be spiritually relevant, your must be involved with God’s number one job. You must always dress for the job. You’re a salesman taking the gospel to the ends of the world. You have a portfolio!

You have to be on a mission, you have to be on the go for the signs to follow you. Mark 16:17 says, “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues”. The signs can’t follow you when you seat in one place.

Jesus is the express image of God’s personality. Hebrews 1:1-3 days, “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; 3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high”.

Today, Jesus is no longer here on earth physically. He is with the Father but he is here with us spiritually and we have become the express image of God.

Our purpose in church, my purpose in church as a child of God is to bring men into their inheritance. The Father has made us partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light. Colossians 1:12 AMP days, “Giving thanks to the Father, Who has qualified and made us fit to share the portion which is the inheritance of the saints (God’s holy people) in the Light.

If you are ashamed to preach the gospel you are locking the power.

Let your environment be your concern rather than your problems, needs and challenges. You may be in a desert place but don’t let your needs be your focus. Let the needs of God dominate your mind and thoughts. That’s a higher life in Christ. Always find out what God wants you to do with the life of the one you meet.

What are God’s needs in that company that you work for? What are God’s needs in that neighbourhood that you live? Psalms 2:8 says, “Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations as Your inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth as Your possession” (AMP).

Today is the day to stay the course and become a radical soul winner.

In His Grip,
Ali Papa.
@IamAlipapa

Kingdom Economy

wp-1482877996445.pngDearly Beloved,

There are seasons in the realm of the Spirit. Jesus said in ¶¶Matthew 6:19-21 (KJV), “19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”.

God is telling us to prioritize where we put our treasures. The only way to do that is through our partnership. There are currencies you spend here and there currencies that you can’t spend here. That’s the same way it is in the realm of the Spirit. In the realm of the Spirit you can’t spend your physical cash. You need a voice to speak for you in the realm of the spirit and the only things that can do that for you are those things that are connected to your partnership.

There is a heavenly account and a heavenly currency. There is an evil day when the devil shows up. When challenges shows up and you don’t have money in your account, you won’t be able to do anything. Jesus didn’t say in ¶¶Matthew 6:19 (KJV), “lay up treasures for your Pastors” but that you should “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal”.

Never let your physical account be more than your spiritual account. You must have money – it’s very important. God doesn’t want you to talk apologetically. Who feeds the birds of the air? God! Jesus said in ¶¶Matthew 10:29 (KJV), “Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father”.

¶¶Matthew 6:26 (KJV) says, “Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?”.

Stop looking for your house rent. Stop having sleepless night because of money.

Have the consciousness of who you are. Knowledge is very important. What do you know? Who are you? Ask yourself who am I? I dominate in this world. I have overcome the economy and the economics of my Nation. The Oba of Benin doesn’t bother to find out the price of food stuffs in his palace, I shouldn’t be bothered myself.

I’m a king. ¶¶Romans 5:17 (KJV) says, “For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)”.

I have a heavenly account! I make withdrawals from it without looking at the economy of the nation. Never shake when you look at your account balance. You too blessed! ¶¶Job 22:29 (KJV) says, “When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up; and he shall save the humble person”.

Stop looking for your house rent. Stop having sleepless night because of money. ¶¶2 Peter 1:3 (KJV) says, “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue”.

If you will only let me help you, if you will only obey, then I will make you rich! – God.

Don’t become ignorant of who you are. ¶¶Hosea 4:6 (KJV) says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children”.

You can be a cleaner but because of your knowledge you can have more money and enjoying your money more than the manager in your office. When you give you are not giving to a man but to God. You can’t give and become broke. God said in ¶¶Isaiah 1:19 (TLB), “If you will only let me help you, if you will only obey, then I will make you rich!”

Will you allow God to help you? Riches and honour comes from God and not from your hard labour. Don’t become apologetic about money. ¶¶1 Chronicles 29:12 (KJV) says, “Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all”.

Say this…
I will always have money, even now!
Money is a slave to me!
I will never be broke again!

There are financial laws – tithes, offerings and first fruits. That you are doing all that doesn’t mean you will prosper. Your prosperity outside your tithe comes from your right thinking. ¶¶Proverbs 23:7 (KJV) says, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee”.

When you give, talk! It’s your month of glorious fortunes and increase. When a message on finances comes to you, don’t reason it with your head but with your spirit. You are a child of God! You don’t have to cry or beg for God to do anything for you. Stop saying you are the only bread-winner in your house.

If you can have faith to build your own personal house, then you can have faith to do anything for God.

¶¶Ecclesiastes 6:1-2 (KJV) says, “1 There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is common among men: 2 A man to whom God hath given riches, wealth, and honour, so that he wanteth nothing for his soul of all that he desireth, yet God giveth him not power to eat thereof, but a stranger eateth it: this is vanity, and it is an evil disease”. The Living Bible Version of Ecclesiastes 6:1-2 (TLB) says, “1 Yes, but there is a very serious evil which I have seen everywhere–2 God has given to some men very great wealth and honor so that they can have everything they want, but he doesn’t give them the health to enjoy it, and they die and others get it all! This is absurd, a hollow mockery, and a serious fault”.

There are people who work so much, they work so hard but they can’t enjoy it. It’s a gift from God for you to be able to enjoy your wealth. Don’t be like that man who have a large corporation, with thousands of employees and the banks are using his money to open more branches but he can’t enjoy it because of disease. For every money that comes to you, God must have a voice over it. God wants you to use the money in your hands for the spread of the gospel. If you can have faith to build your own personal house, then you can have faith to do anything for God.

Remain blessed!

In Him,
~Ali Papa.

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Dear Pastor

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I love the Church because it’s my Father’s house not because of your exceptionalism. My granddaddy love the Church so much too that he said in Psalms 122:1 (KJV), “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD”. I have followed in his tradition of going to Church everyday of the week until circumstances made me to question if going to Church was to please my Pastor or to worship the creator of Heaven and earth.

God brings people into our lives that are different from us. Love and accept them just the way they are. They don’t need to be “fixed”, Dear Pastor.

To an extent I think I was carried away by your cult of personality and that of the Church that was at play but not anymore and that is why I am sending you the following thoughts, Dear Pastor.

  • Love people for who they are instead of judging them for who they are not, Dear Pastor.
  • Are you representing Christ or representing yourself? Remember what He said, I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols. Dear Pastor.
  • Every time you pick up the Word of God and read it, and study it, you are going to learn how to apply it to your life first, Dear Pastor.
  • If you believe that you have done all that you can to teach someone, or rebuke someone, or even correct someone, and you have done all of this in love, then you have to leave the rest up to the Word of God. Let the Word of God do the rebuking and the correcting for you, Dear Pastor.
  • Be the teacher that God wants you to become, Dear Pastor.
  • When we gather together for prayer meetings, let’s pray to God. Let’s not turn it into a Bible study meeting, let’s not turn it into a forum where people are told that they are worthless, Dear Pastor. Your Church members are born in Zion and glorious things are spoken of them.  Psalm 87:2-3 says, “The Lord loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God…” So Dear Pastor, Glorious things, not sad things, depressing things, destructive things or discouraging things, but glorious things are spoken of your members!
  • I would rather stand with God and be judged by the world, than stand with the world and be judged by God, Dear Pastor.
  • We are called by God to help people, not to judge them. Mercy is greater than judgement! (James 2:13), Dear Pastor.
  • Congratulations on your ability to create sermons out of your confidential counselling meeting with your members, Dear Pastor.
  • Treat your members how you would want your Senior Pastors to treat you, Dear Pastor.
  • Those who do not respect your assignment, disqualify themselves for a relationship, Dear Pastor.
  • God is more than enough! Dear Pastor.
  • NOBODY is too broken for the grace that Jesus has to give, Dear Pastor.
  • You’re preaching… “Are they gaining or are they losing” – Mark 8:31-38, Dear Pastor.
  • When we put our cares in His hands, He puts His peace in our hearts – that’s all that matters, Dear Pastor.
  • The bible says Love never fails… So if it fails … It wasn’t love, Dear Pastor.
  • Everything happens for a reason. You may not understand it now, but God does, and that is all that matters, Dear Pastor.
  • God does not call the qualified, He qualifies the called. Let $$ not be your motivation. God loves a cheerful giver, Dear Pastor.
  • Words are important, remember to use them carefully, Dear Pastor.
  • God wants people to come to him out of love and appreciation, not out of fear, Dear Pastor.
  • God brings people into our lives that are different from us. Love and accept them just the way they are. They don’t need to be “fixed”, Dear Pastor.
  • Our lives begin to end the day we become SILENT about things that matter, Dear Pastor.
  • Nothing hurts our presentation of the gospel more than contradicting what we say by the way that we live, Dear Pastor.
  • Don’t expect non-Christians to act and speak like Christians. Be there to build a bridge not burn one, Dear Pastor.
  • Your actions and your words should always agree with each other, Dear Pastor.
  • Instead of telling people they are wrong, why not say you have a different opinion? Only God can say who is truly wrong, Dear Pastor.
  • Heaven is not for good people. Heaven is for forgiven people. Stop judging people because of their ££, Dear Pastor.
  • A dispute dies when discussed with the persons involved, but it escalates when gossiped about with those not involved and used as a sermon, Dear Pastor.
  • Love me when I least deserve it, because that’s when I really need it. You didn’t chose me, God did, Dear Pastor.
  • Dear Pastor, God does not see as man sees. God saw in fearful Gideon a mighty man of valor and called him so even when he was hiding from his enemies in fear. (Judges 6:12) God saw in young David a king and anointed him as one. (1 Samuel 16:10–13) God saw in meek Moses a deliverer and drew him out from obscurity. (Exodus 3)
  • Today, God looks beyond what man sees and says about you, and He has dreams for you that are bigger than you can imagine!
  • I want you to remember that there is God, Dear Pastor. He is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid – Isaiah 12:2. He loves me and will protect me no matter where I am.

I will write to you again but before then, let’s stay the course and on purpose!

In Him,
~Ali Papa.

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