Blessed be the name of the Lord our God, who daily loads us with His benefits. Our God is good, and He is our very present help in times of trouble. He knows and deliver all who trust and call upon Him. Hallelujah! “Strengthen the weak hands, And make firm the feeble knees. 4 Say to those who are fearful-hearted, “Be strong, do not fear! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, With the recompense of God; He will come and save you” Isa 35:3-4. Happy 12th Anniversary to GGDEM. Thus Far The Lord Has Helped Us, EBENEZER! We have entered our new year as a ministry. THIS IS OUR YEAR OF” SOARING ABOVE THE STORMS”. May God defend all who love Him, in the name of Jesus Christ. Thank you all who have been there to see the work of God moving forward in this ministry. I thank you all for your selfless service unto God in this ministry. I also thank God for your abiding and obedience to the word of God, it gives me fulfilments as a pastor, knowing, that there are those God will look at and said these are my children who have decided to serve me in all conditions. May God strengthen you more to serve Him faithfully and may you receive your rewards as God’s children. I pray heaven at last for us in Jesus name. We will continue with our topic of last month in which we are dealing with knowing our transgressions. “Cry aloud, spare not; Lift up your voice like a trumpet; Tell My people their transgression, And the house of Jacob their sins. Yet they seek Me daily, And delight to know My ways, As a nation that did righteousness, And did not forsake the ordinance of their God. They ask of Me the ordinances of justice; They take delight in approaching God. Isa. 58:1-20. A transgression is an error, a mistake of leaving your divine landmarks, a fall away from the right path, or a deviation from your goal. The desire of the Lord is for our touches (worship, sacrifices, offerings, services, prayers, bible studies etc) to draw virtues (life) from Him. When Jesus said “come to me all that heavily laden and I will give you rest. Matt. 11:28 He meant give Him your pain and He will give you gain. Our fellowship with the Lord is designed to be an exchange between Us and Him, unfortunately many Christians do not understand this. To exchange our weakness with His strength, Our failure with His success, our poverty with His prosperity, our sorrow with His joy, our fear with His faith. Thus, why He said, “He did not call us to seek Him in vain” Is 45:19 and in this message He decided to speak to us about our transgressions, so we will not serve Him in vain. This admonition is for those who are truly serving Him. Those who want to know Him more and more. It is for those who desire what He desires. May God perfect His word, in the name of Jesus. We transgress in…. Praying for the Church We need to know the kind of spirit that has invaded the church. And we will only know it by praying for the church. We need to pray and wrestle for the souls of men in the church of Jesus Christ. We have stopped praying for the souls of men. We are failing to stand for each other. We are also supposed to defend territories and claim them for our Lord Jesus Christ. If we the church are not standing on the gap of territories and nations, the enemy will invade the land with all kinds of sickness, affliction, and calamities. Ezek. 22:30, 1 Tim 2:1-3. TRANSGRESSION IN GIVING 8“Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. 9 You are cursed with a curse, For you have robbed Me, Even this whole nation. 10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the LORD of hosts.…” Mal. 3:8-12. A transgression/error has come into the house of the Lord. Many children of God transgress in serving God with. Disregarding the words and commandments of God. Even in giving testimonies, they transgress. Many have developed the habit of complaining. How will the things of God move forward? How will the church of Jesus Christ be equipped in this last days? No wonder the bible says that in the last days, the love of many will wax cold... Matt 24:12. Is your love for God going down? We have allowed doctrines that assist us to disobey God in our lives. We are now being tossed to and fro by all kinds of false doctrines. We need to come back to the Lord in truth and in spirit. We need to humble ourselves to Him so He may lead us. “that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting” Eph 4:14. TRANSGRESSION IN DISCERNING OF SPIRITS 16” Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling. 17 This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.” 18 And this she did for many days But Paul, greatly [d]annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And he came out that very hour.” Acts 16:16-18. The above scripture talked about the slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination. She has brought lots of profit to the masters. It took Paul some time to discern which spirit is operating in her. Brethren be careful the people you are listening to. One thing you should know is: God will never tell you to sin against Him. God will not contradict Himself. You must discern the spirit talking to you so you will be able to properly handle it. You need to discern very well and to know what is going on in the spirit realm. You need to know the reason behind the Luke warmness of many in the church of Jesus Christ. You need to know the scriptures, so you examine your love, walk and work with Christ. You also need to know the reason behind the shifting in the spiritual realm. “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? —unless indeed you fail to meet the test!” 2 Cor. 13:5. 18 “Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.20 BUT YOU HAVE AN ANOINTING FROM THE HOLY ONE, AND YOU KNOW ALL THINGS. 21 I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth.22 Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. 23 Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also” 1 John 2:18-23. Look in your life and fight against the dominion and control of the flesh (devil) The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8 Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God. Rom. 8:6-8 NIV, Gal 5:17. Cry to the Lord, “Lord show how I can overcome”! Many times, you hear stories even on social media, but you want to follow up on the gossip. Ask yourself what is that in me desiring to hear more gossip? What is that in me which makes me to lust after other people’s things and opposite sex? These and many other things you must discern and know where its coming from and how it comes so you will be able to deal with it. TRANSGRESSION IN DISCIPLINING OUR THOUGHTS You need to discipline your thoughts because your life follows the dictates of your thoughts. Dirty thoughts like sexual thoughts, murder, quarrelsome thoughts, and the likes, will lead you to those kinds of actions. This term ‘discipline’ is lacking in our modern Christianity. Unless you discipline your body; you will become a useless salt and a covered light- Math 5:13-16. Many of God’s children have tied themselves with self-condemnation, secluded themselves and still say ‘people don’t want them. They complained how people pass by them and no greetings. If no one greeted you, you could have just greeted or go your way. Our thought shapes our lives. We must discipline our thought so we may live godly lives. “Be very careful about what you THINK, Your THOUGHTS run your life” Prov. 4:23. “Let this mind be in you which is in Christ Jesus” Phil. 2:5. You must come against all negative thoughts and stop isolating yourself from others. Some people have caged their lives with negative thoughts that nobody loves them. Due to their bad thought, they have started seeing those people even in their dreams. It is extremely dangerous for you to feel insecure among your brethren. Devil has deceived many by showing them some dreams which are never true. These set of Christians are not careful who is behind most of their dreams. Its exceptionally good to check yourself and the spirit that is leading you. “lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices” ¬ – 2 Cor 2:11. It is also important to guard your heart with the shield of faith against the fiery darts of the enemy. “Above all, taking the shield of faith with which, you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one” Eph 6:16. Finally, to discipline your thought you should take heed to the word of God by keeping them in your heart so you may not sin against the Lord -Ps 119:9-11. Let us guide our hearts against satanic manipulations. TRANSGRESSION IN TELLING OURSELVES THE TRUTH “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”-John 8:32. Its only truth that will set you free. You need to check the spirit that is controlling you. When you complain against the truth, it shows the spirit of the devil is dominating in your life. This spirit comes in our fake comfort. “Oh, my soul, eat now, you don’t have to worry anymore”. It makes you not to see the need to have fellowship with the Lord. Your level of obedience determines the level of your connection with the Lord. Some Christians says, ‘they know their connection with the Lord’. Child of God do not be deceived of your fellowship with the Lord yesterday. You should seek Him daily “I love those who love me, And those who seek me diligently will find me” Prov. 8:17. This lack of truth has made many to react in a bad way when they are being told the truth, the next thing they will say ‘we are being attacked” “the preacher is preaching against us”. The person will begin to call the preacher all sorts of names. Stop telling lies to yourself for you will know lies and lies will keep you in bondage. Abide in truth, which is Christ, so you will be healed. Humble yourself so the Lord will deliver you from pride. May the chains of lies binding you be broken, in the name of Jesus! Stop looking for compliment. Some pastors will not like a quiet place when they are preaching, they want the congregants to be shouting and making all kinds of noise. Most of the time, when people are shouting Hallelujah, but no impact in their spiritual lives. The message of Jesus Christ supposed to bring us on our knees. Also, you must confirm the message you are hearing with the Word of God just like the Bereans Christians. Go to the scriptures, let God speaks to you. Pray for God to give you understanding as well. “These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so” Acts 17:11. Conclusively, INVEST YOUR TIME, ENERGY AND RESOURCES IN GODLY TRUTH. “Buy the truth, and do not sell it, Also wisdom and instruction and understanding” Prov. 23:23. May God bless His Words, in the name of Jesus. GOD BLESS YOU! Prayer Points 1. Thank You Lord for you always hear my prayers, in the name of Jesus. 2. Holy Spirit rearrange my life according to the will of God, in the name of Jesus. 3. Holy Spirit! Realign my thoughts into the thoughts of Jesus Christ, in the name of Jesus. 4. Holy Spirit! Speak through my mouth, in the name of Jesus Christ. 5. Holy Spirit! See through my eyes, in the name of Jesus Christ. 6. Holy Spirit! Hear through ears, in the name of Jesus Christ. 7. Holy Spirit! Kill any ungodly hunger in me, in the name of Jesus Christ. 8. Holy Spirit! Kill any ungodly thirsty in me. In the name of Jesus Christ. 9. By the fire of the Holy Ghost, I arrest and destroy every full-time enemy working to separate me from the life of God, in the name of Jesus. 10. Holy Spirit! Set my heart on fire for God, in the name of Jesus. 11. Holy Spirit! Move me into another spiritual dimension, die, in the name of Jesus. 12. Every desire of the enemy to afflict my life, die, in the name of Jesus. 13. Every desire of the enemy to render me useless, die, in the name of Jesus. 14. Every desire of the enemy to kill me, die, in the name of Jesus. 15. Every desire of the enemy to turn my glory into shame, die, in the name of Jesus. 16. Every satanic desire for me to stand at the grave of my love ones, die, in the name of Jesus. 17. Let the fire of revival burn in Glory of God, Deliverance and Evangelism Ministries, in the name of Jesus. 18. Let the fire of soul winning burn in GGDEM, in the name of Jesus. Pray as the Spirit of the Lord gives you utterance