YOUR SECRET IS YOUR POWER.

*👤MINISTER: _PASTOR FRANK ADDO_*

👉MEMORY VERSE: _”But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”_(Genesis 2:17)

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Secrecy is something which is known by God and a particular person alone. Satan came to know the secret between God and Adam because Adam unveiled this secret to Eve, from whom Satan heard it. God commanded Adam not to eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in order not to die. Secret is something that you have it in mind and you haven’t disclosed to any other person. It is known by you and God. In some cases, it may be a mystery that God has given you alone until it’s time for it to manifest. 

In 1Kings 13:7-29, there is a true story about a disobedient Prophet who was sent by God to Bethel. He ordered Him not to eat or drink anything, and He shouldn’t return through the way by which he entered the township of Bethel. He disclosed this to a retired Prophet of God in the town and he was deceived to eat and drink, instead of doing what God asked Him to do. Thus brought death upon him on his route back home. He disclosed this secret and it led to his death.

Also in Genesis 37:5-11, the brothers of Joseph the Dreamer hated him severely, after they had heard about the dreams depicting his elevation by the Lord God, above his family. Eventually, he was sold into slavery by his brothers and we all know the hardships he had to go through. 

There are two main types of secrets: they are good and bad secrets. Bad secrets must be disclosed to the right people who can help us out of impending troubles aimed at  overtaking you. For instance, one who hears a strange voice to kill himself, one who practises witchcraft, one who tells you about his willingness to cause harm to somebody, and one who keeps a secret sin over years without telling any resourced person. These are all examples of bad secrets which shouldn’t remain secret. 

Who am I to tell my evil secrets and good secrets? The person should be knowledgeable in God’s Word, must be trustworthy, and should be known inside out irrespective of the positions they wield. God considered hiding from Abraham what He wanted to do. He knew that He couldn’t hide His Word from Abraham because He could trust Him (Genesis 18:17-19). The effects of losing your good secret to the wrong person is that, it makes you embarrassed, untrustworthy, disrespected and despised by men and God, loss of blessings, divine power and it can even lead to death (Judges 16:20, 1Kings 13:20-24).

Micah 7:1-6, is teaching us that we are in the bad times when people are always engaged in committing sin. This is the main reason why God is telling us not to believe in any friend, nor disclose everything to our married partners without being vigilant. Proverbs 20:19 tells us that we shouldn’t meddle with talkative people. A talebearer is only good at exposing your powerful secrets.

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*PRAYER: Every secret of mine that has been manipulated by the evil one is restored to its originality in Jesus name.*

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CONTINUING IN THE FAITH

*👤MINISTER: _ELDER AKWESI FRIMPONG_*

👉MEMORY VERSE: _”Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith, prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?”_ (2Corinthians 13:5)

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God is telling us to examine ourselves whether we are in the faith. God wants us to stand firm in the faith where He has brought us to live through our belief in Christ. One thing about God is that, He sees things afar off. This is one of the reasons why He knows us more than we know ourselves. *Life in the faith intends an everlasting partnership with God until the end.*

In 1Timothy 1:19, the Spirit of God is telling us to hold our faith and a good conscience in order not to have our faith in God shipwrecked. A wrecked ship is good for nothing and cannot be put into any good use. May the Lord Jesus Christ repair your faith if it is part of the shipwrecks that are parked aside and left to rust the more. *Church as an institution of God is meant for us to live and continue steadfastly in faith without drifting away or deviating from it.*

The one who lives in faith is the one who has his or her will nailed to the Cross of Christ in exchange for His will. Left to us alone, we would have lived our lives according to our personal principles and the way that we wanted it. *In these last days, God has called us into His ark of faith called the Church, and we are left to do His will alone.* If we should get out of this ark of faith, then we will fall into the flood of destruction as it were in the days of Prophet Noah.

*Beloved, the good fight of faith is not merely by paying lip services to express our commitment (1Timothy 4:13-14).* Our total reliance on the righteousness, godliness, faith, patience, and meekness of Jesus Christ. By so doing, we are called back from waywardness through self examination, to follow Him. One that continues in the faith is persistent in the achievement of the purpose of it. *The end result of Christianity is the attainment of the perfection in the character of Christ,* until we finally get rewarded in Heaven after our lives here on earth.

Recently, a weapon that the enemy is using to steal some of the children of God, is through the robbery of our joy. He brings discouragement to make Christians give up the fight of faith so as to destroy them. *We always grow in what we continue doing without stopping.* What will you do if we were in the shoes of Paul who told us about his ordeals and persecutions in the faith and ministry of Christ? He didn’t quit but grew stronger in the ministry. (2Corinthians 11:21-29)

*Know that the vision of faith in God will motivate us to know that no persecution can be compared to the glory ahead of faith which we seek to obtain (Hebrews 11:10,13-16, Hebrews 12:2).* Jesus Christ is the originator of our faith, who despised shame and persecutions in order to be honored by His Heavenly Father who gave Him a name which is above every name up to date and now has the power to judge the living and the dead.

Walk with people who have the same mind of faith with you so as not to be detracted by them. *The reason why we still have to continue with the Lord in the faith is to do the will of Jesus Christ alone. It only takes this will to bring us into eternity in Heaven and not in hell.* As we examine ourselves, the Lord also examines us. What was the outcome of your continuous self examination in the faith? *Are you still in the faith?*

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*PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, make my shipwrecked faith anew and original like yours.  *AMEN*

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HEART OF LOVE

MINISTER: ELDER EMMANUEL ACKOM

👉MEMORY VERSE: _”If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema, Maranatha.”_

(1Corinthians 16:22)

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It is easier to sing how much we love the Lord but is it the same in deeds and reality? The way we sometimes think evil of our fellow Christians and wish for their downfall, is an indication of life without love for our Lord Jesus Christ. Love is greater than every spiritual gift and that alone is the reason why it shall stand forever (1Corinthians 13:8, 1Peter 4:7).

Consider the love of our Lord Jesus Christ and how He came to die in atonement of sins. The kingdom of God is still in existence because of the love of God. He who loves God keeps His commandment which is teaching us to love our neighbors as ourselves (John 14:15). 

We don’t see God but we can love Him by loving our neighbours as ourselves, doing the best we can to promote the ministry of God. Nobody know what will bring about the blessings of God upon your life. Every evil thing that we do, makes us already condemned (John 3:18-21). Those who love God are those who have been grouped into the category of God’s flock but those who live without loving God, are in the group of goats (Matthew 25:31-46).

God wants us to be His ambassadors in order to help those in Church and other unfortunate people because we don’t physically see our Lord Jesus Christ. May the Lord help us by holding our hands into Heaven.

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*PRAYER: Lord Jesus Christ, give us a heart of love.*

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HEART OF LOVE

MINISTER: ELDER EMMANUEL ACKOM

👉MEMORY VERSE: _”If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema, Maranatha.”_

(1Corinthians 16:22)

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It is easier to sing how much we love the Lord but is it the same in deeds and reality? The way we sometimes think evil of our fellow Christians and wish for their downfall, is an indication of life without love for our Lord Jesus Christ. Love is greater than every spiritual gift and that alone is the reason why it shall stand forever (1Corinthians 13:8, 1Peter 4:7).

Consider the love of our Lord Jesus Christ and how He came to die in atonement of sins. The kingdom of God is still in existence because of the love of God. He who loves God keeps His commandment which is teaching us to love our neighbors as ourselves (John 14:15). 

We don’t see God but we can love Him by loving our neighbours as ourselves, doing the best we can to promote the ministry of God. Nobody know what will bring about the blessings of God upon your life. Every evil thing that we do, makes us already condemned (John 3:18-21). Those who love God are those who have been grouped into the category of God’s flock but those who live without loving God, are in the group of goats (Matthew 25:31-46).

God wants us to be His ambassadors in order to help those in Church and other unfortunate people because we don’t physically see our Lord Jesus Christ. May the Lord help us by holding our hands into Heaven.

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*PRAYER: Lord Jesus Christ, give us a heart of love.*

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THE COVENANT BLESSING IN TITHING AND GIVING

*👤MINISTER: _PASTOR MOSES D. AMETEPEH_*

👉MEMORY VERSE: Refer to Genesis 14:18-20

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Every covenant revolves around a mystery. Blessings are in the covenant God has with all Christians through His Word. These physical and spiritual blessings were manifested in the life of Abraham, our father of faith. His life was the manifestation of the Christian faith over which God has made him the father.

Abraham’s character cannot be learnt without his total obedience to God’s Word. In all his life, he didn’t argue with God but he did all that the LORD commanded him to do. The Bible tells us in Genesis 15:6, about how his belief in God was counted to him as righteousness. Know that this is the standard he set for us to follow as believers of Jesus Christ who are called to live by faith.

Also, he was faithful in his payment of tithes as Genesis 14:18-20 tells us in one of his encounters with Melchizedek, High Priest. Abraham took bread and wine from the High Priest, after helping out Lot to retrieve his goods from the criminals. He paid his tithe to Him. Bread and wine in this context represents the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. Melchizedek was our Lord Jesus Christ to whom Abraham gave back what belongs to Him (Hebrews 7:1-10).

If a Christian knows Jesus Christ as his or her Savior without the full payment of their tithes, then we have rebelled against Him, unlike Abraham did. Tithe payment is not a law but an inward commitment which springs out from the heart of a righteous Christian. In the Old Testament, tithes were paid in goods and farm products to the priestly class called the Levites. 

Jesus Christ has brought all Christians into a royal and priestly class but it there are those who occupy the office of leaders in His ministry. Let us bear in mind that there will never be a blessing without the office of God’s servants popularly known as Pastors or Teachers of God’s Word. If we are to refer to the Word of God in Leviticus 27:30-34, we will know that tithes are holy unto the Lord. He who refuses to pay tithes doesn’t recognize the holiness of God. These Levites, who are represented by our Pastors today, are also to pay tenth part of the tithe they receive (Numbers 12:25-27).

It is supposed to be paid in the House of God either in cash or in goods (Deuteronomy 14:22-25). This is a covenant blessing which comes upon our lives only when we pay our tithes faithfully without withholding it from the Lord. Non payers of tithe are poor and cursed because they don’t do what brings down the blessings of God (Malachi 3:6-11). God’s protection, favor, financial blessings and total prosperity will fall upon those who faithfully serve the Lord and pay their tithes. For those who also pay their tithes to some false prophets and pastors, have no blessings to receive from the Lord.

Non payers of tithes have no coffers in Heaven from which their blessings will be drawn. They are cursed with the curses of thieves. They repay the goodness of God with evil. Will such a person enter into Heaven? (Hosea 8:7, Deuteronomy 27:26). If the Lord blesses us, we are to be a blessing to His Church institution and all who lack.

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*PRAYER: Heavenly Father, forgive us for the times we have robbed you before in Jesus name. AMEN*

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PERFORM YOUR TASK VERY WELL

*_👤MINISTER: _ELDER MOSES ASARE

👉MEMORY VERSE: Refer to Genesis 6:14-16 

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Commandment is different from a duty one performs. In the Book of Genesis, God created man and give him duties to perform as a caretaker of all the things He created. After the fall of man, Noah was commanded by God to manufacture an ark to accommodate his family and a number of animals on earth before the destruction of the earth with flood.

Like Noah, all the children of Israel had God’s commandments to perform His commandments without excuses. Due to the inability of His children to obey His commandments enshrined in the Holy Scriptures, God sent His only begotten Son to bear the punishment for their reluctance to obey the commandments of God and bring gentiles into adoption.

We owe everything about our salvation, to Jesus Christ who has made us worthy to be translated from performing God’s commandments to the performance of duty. This duty is to do His will and work for the righteousness of His kingdom. His reward for us is crowned with eternal life in Heaven only if we complete our duty. This duty has no short cut to help us perform the duty assigned to us. 

Since the Lord Jesus Christ has called us into His service because of the reluctance of the people of Israel, so are we to humbly perform the task in our salvation. Beloved, we didn’t deserve to be called His own but Jesus Christ has pitied and promised us to be blessed here on earth and in Heaven. All the tools we will need in order to perform our God given duty, are found in Galatians 5:32-24.

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*PRAYER: Dear LORD. help us to give out our best in the performance of our duty as Christians, in Jesus name. AMEN*

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DON’T DIE WITH YOUR WOUND.

*👤MINISTER: _PASTOR FRANK ADDO_*

👉MEMORY VERSE: Refer to 1Samuel 18:6-9, and 1Samuel 31:1-6

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One thing I have realized is that, every one will be able to tell you something about his or her wounds. Jesus Christ is not coming to rapture those who are bearing some weaknesses. Ask yourself, when are we going to overcome your weaknesses. This weakness is like a wound which always brings about pain. Our Lord Jesus Christ warns us through the ministration of His Word and through His prophecies.

There is only one thing that cannot happen in the life of mankind: that is, God has not allowed anybody with any form of weakness to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. When will we overcome our weaknesses without being comfortable with them? Saul’s first wound was anger. After the Lord had given victory yo the House of Israel by using David to kill Goliath, King Saul got envious and angry because he taught that glory had been given to David instead of him, for the times that he led the people of Israel to defeat many people. This followed him to hate David unto his shameful death by committing suicide.

If we should get rid of God’s Word by remaining in our weaknesses, then they will become wounds that not be able to be healed. In Esther 7:1-10, we can find out about how pride became the wound of Haman, who had wanted to kill Mordecai and the Jews for not bowing down to him. At the long run, God’s anger will not cease to stare at the face of people until we repent and become transformed. Eventually, when God intervened for the Jews through the humble plea of Gehazi Haman was shamefully, hanged on the tree with his wound of pride.

Let’s turn one to learn about one of the wounds in the life of Gehazi which is still prevailing in our generation. He was a servant of  Prophet Elisha, who lived with covetous intention even while he was serving under him and that led him into bearing of the leprosy of which Naaman was healed. Many people of our days love to be wealthy at the expense of how God wants them to live their lives. Riches of this world are luring so many people to love the gifts of Mammon, while the Holy Bible has warned us not to worship the Spirit of Mammon.

Beloved, look at how Jezebel died with her wounds like whoredom and witchcraft. People are in Churches with wounds like witchcraft and sexual promiscuity, without any readiness to surrender their whole lives to Jesus Christ. Among such people are those who dress indecently like Jezebel and disown God’s natural appearance given to humankind. If people continue to live with these wounds, they will end up in hell with their wounds.

Judas Iscariot had thievery or corruption as one of his wounds, and died in with them. He took money from the Jewish council in exchange for the life of our Lord Jesus Christ and when he realised this wound, he eventually committed suicide (Matthew 27:3-5). What do you also love in this world? It could be love for fashion, marriage, fraudulence and many other wounds. Are your wounds on your eyes or in our ears? Don’t die without healing, and regret it in hell. All we have to do is to be healed and transformed into the Image of Christ. (2Corinthians 5:17 and  Ephesians 6:13-18)

The full armor of God should cover the whole spiritual and physical systems in order to prevent wounds from getting into contact with us. Make sure you don’t die with any wound. Pray that the Lord Jesus Christ will make you strong without any form of weakness as a wound.

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*PRAYER: Lord Jesus Christ, uproot all sorts of weaknesses from me and heal my wounds. AMEN*

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