AUGUST 9; THE UNCTION TO FUNCTION!

Romans 8:19 “For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.”

DAILY READING – • Ephesians 2; Ezekiel 6-7; Isaiah 40

Asa Alonzo Allen was a pastor who so desperately sought for God’s power until he found it in a divine encounter in 1936.
The resultant eruption of signs and wonders established him as an outstanding revivalist in the Voice of Healing revival of the 1950’s.
What was considered the greatest Miracle of A.A. Allen’s Ministry took place in 1959, when a mother brought her hopelessly disabled son to his crusade in Birmingham, Alabama.
The three years old child, David was called “the most underdeveloped boy ever born in Tennessee.” He was paralyzed on his right side, blind in one eye, deaf, and mute. He couldn’t even crawl because his limbs were like twisted sticks and his feet were deformed. In total, he had twenty-six major diseases or defects in his body. His mother had been told by one doctor “only God can help your boy now.”
David’s mother took that statement literally and decided to bring him to be healed by God at the A.A Allen crusade.
It virtually cost her all she had to drive
250 miles to Alabama where the revival meeting was holding. But once she got there, the Great Physician showed up.
What happened at that meeting in Alabama is called the “greatest miracle of A.A. Allen’s ministry.”
When little David was brought to Allen, he was greatly moved by the boy’s condition. As he held the boy in his arms and wept over him, suddenly two bright blue pupils appeared where once there was only the milky-grey of blindness. The boy’s limbs began to morph like putty into the correct shape.
His tongue, which had hung out of his mouth limply before, snapped inside his mouth, and he began to call out his first words “Mama! Mama!” And when he caught sight of her, he took his first steps to go embrace his mother. He was completely healed!
However, the Lord did not end there, His power spread to other sick people in the crusade with significant needs. Spontaneously, with no one praying for them, every person in a wheelchair stood up altogether, totally healed. Every person in a stretcher got up the same way. People began running to the front so they could throw their hearing aids on the altar.
Every single person was healed as the glory of God rested upon the tent that night.

Truly, the world is waiting for men and women who will, by the power of God, bring deliverance and liberty to mankind. The world is waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God who will disarm the forces of wickedness
and bring the creature out of the bondage of corruption, into the glorious liberty of the children of God. (Romans 8:19,22) The whole creation is groaning and travailing in pain together until now, waiting for the sons of God to show forth their identity.
As servants of God in this era, we are mandated to manifest God’s power to bring emancipation to men and end their cries of oppression.
To achieve this purpose, we must earnestly desire to receive the Anointing of the Holy Spirit.
The Anointing is for service, it doesn’t matter your area of calling, every believer needs the Anointing to be effective in their service to God.
We need unction to function, especially in these last perilous days where the gross darkness is increasing upon the earth. This is the time for us to arise and shine and manifestt the glory of God to the world.
Through the greatness of God’s power at work in us, the enemy will be subdued and men shall be set free.
Therefore let us go for power! Let us determine, to seek God until we begin to experience tangible manifestations of His Anointing in our lives This is what will enable us to effectively serve God’s purpose on earth and set men free from their captivities.

PRAYER: Lord, Please help me to pay the price of encountering Your Power. Please enable me to daily draw closer to You, so that I can be mightily used to bring deliverance to humanity in Jesus Name.
QUOTE;
When you are living and walking in the supernatural everything natural becomes subservient to you – WORDBITE 222.

AUGUST 8; OUR HERITAGE AS GOD’S SERVANTS!

Isaiah 54:17 ‘No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord’
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DAILY READING – Ephesians 1; Ezekiel 4-5; Psalm 150

‘Bibles For Mideast” is an underground Christian ministry serving in the Middle East and several Moslem countries.
In June 2016, three of their missionaries were abducted by a terrorist group for preaching the Gospel and leading 12 Arabs to Christ.
Immediately, ‘Bibles For Mideast”, launched a 100-hour praying and fasting for their release. As people prayed all over the world, an amazing miracle began to unfold.
The three pastors had been taken at gunpoint, to an unknown location where they were badly beaten and berated for preaching the Gospel. They were told they were going to be killed and then locked up in a cellar reeking of dead bodies and with blood marks on the wall. There were no windows or ventilation, only one small door. Knowing death was near, these pastors desperately called upon Jesus. They held hands and prayed for many hours. They could not sleep, did not get any food or water and were not aware of the day and the night. After about three days, they clearly felt the Lord’s presence in that cellar as a bright light flooded the room. As they praised and worshipped the Lord, they felt oil being applied to their bodies by unseen hands and their injuries became miraculously healed.
Soon after that they noticed a small creature going through a small hole in the wall of the cellar. They found a nail on the floor and used it to expand the hole until the opening was enough for a narrow passage.
They slipped through the hole into a dark passage that eventually led them outside of the terrorists’ main compound. It was night and they had no idea which direction to go in. But as they ran in the moonlight, they noticed that an unusual bird that looked like an eagle was circling over their head. Somehow they sensed this bird had been sent from the Lord to guide them.
The men began following the bird and trudged for hours through a desert land. This bird led them for the next 42 hours until it finally stopped at a house. They watched in wonder as it stopped to peck on the door of the home. The pastors were astonished to see the door opened by their fellow missionaries from Bibles for Mideast. All embraced in joyful amazement, praising God, then as the escaped pastors attempted to point out the bird that had guided them to the door, they found it had vanished.

We serve the supernatural God, who can raise help in strange ways and manners. He can use the unexpected and the unimagined to bring deliverance.
When we get on our knees and cry out to God, He will move mountains, cause walls to fall and perform amazing miracles for our sakes. Miracles are God’s response to the heartfelt cries and desperate faith of His servants.
As servants of God we have a heritage of divine deliverance and preservation (Isaiah 54: 17).
In the midst of increasing insecurity and worsening conditions in the world, God is certainly our ever present help..
With every temptation God will make a way of escape for us (1Corinthians 10:13).
Jesus told us that the way of escape is through prayer. In Luke 21:36 He says we should watch and pray always so as to be accounted worthy to escape the things coming upon the earth.
As we pray, we will not fall prey to the increasing wickedness on the earth.
Prayer is the hallmark of the servants of God. Luke 2:37 says Anna, the prophetess served God with fastings and prayers night and day.
As we serve God with prayers night and day, surely we will overcome in every trial.
No matter what you may be facing today, be assured that your life is in God’s hands. He will cause Help to arise for you from the least expected quarters. In the place of frustration God is bringing forth joy and laughter. He will give you double for every trouble and cause you to triumph over your enemies

PRAYER: Lord, I am grateful for the amazing heritage that belongs to me as Your servant Today,I thank You for breaking every barrier and causing me to triumph always in Jesus Name
QUOTE;
Nothing liberates like truth, the truth you know and act upon will set you free.- – WORDBITE 222.

AUGUST 7; PAYING THE PRICE OF PREPARATION!.

2 Chronicles 27:6 says ‘So Jotham became mighty, because he prepared his ways before the LORD his God.’

DAILY READING; Galatians 6; Ezekiel 2-3; Psalm 149

Alexander Maclaren was a great and prominent preacher in England during the time of other notable preachers, such as C. H. Spurgeon, Joseph Parker, and F. B. Meyer.
Alexander Maclaren stood out among them and was known as “the prince of expository preachers.” He often drew large crowds due to his powerful sermons and was twice elected president of the Baptist Union.
The secret of his success is embedded in his habit of preparation.
Every morning when Alexander Maclaren entered the study in his home at 9am to start his sermon preparation, he would kick off his slippers and put on heavy outdoor work boots as a reminder to himself of the hard work he was about to do. He understood that great spiritual labour and preparation was required to succeed in the ministry God has called.
Before his rise to prominence, the first twelve years of his ministry were spent in obscurity. But in those years of obscurity he embarked on immense and valuable preparation for the great ministry that would follow.
In that quiet, obscure little place he spent a lot of time with his Bible. Rising at dawn, he would study for nine or ten hours per day. He spent time patiently meditating on each passage of Scripture while communing with God.
The fuel gathered in his hours of Bible study, ignited a deep prayer life and fellowship with the Holy Spirit. This resulted in his powerful delivery of God’s Word and a highly impactful ministry.

The deeper our roots in God, the greater the heights we can attain in life. Serving our way to greatness means investment in seasons of preparation where we develop spiritual depth and strength for where God is taking us to. Such adequate preparation enables us to overcome the obstacles and challenges that often resist great destinies..
Truly, preparation is the mother of manifestation. God requires us to submit to the process of proper preparation before He presents us to our world.

2 Chronicles 27:6 says ‘So Jotham became mighty, because he prepared his ways before the LORD his God.’

You become a champion by preparation. Successful seasons of spiritual preparation must involve times of separation spent in deep studying of God’s Word and prayers. This is what gives us spiritual establishment which is crucial for the success we desire.
Spiritual preparation determines the results you get in the physical because the physical is controlled by the spiritual.
To successfully serve God and achieve the great destiny He has in store for us, we must learn to spend time in the secret place of His Presence ..
A hidden season of spiritual preparation must precede a period of visibility or outward prominence.
The greater our depths in God, the higher our rise in life and ministry.
Our choice for dedication today will guarantee our distinction tomorrow. Let us therefore receive the grace to earnestly seek God in this season so as to be adequately prepared to attain the glorious height He has ordained for us.

PRAYER: Thank You Lord, for preparing me for the great destiny You have foreordained for me. Please grant me the grace to pay the price of serving You diligently so as not to miss my destined place of greatness in Jesus Name.
QUOTE;
Everything that ultimately has a glorious ending usually has a humble beginning.

AUGUST 6; PROOF OF OUR LOVE!

1 Corinthians 15:58 ‘Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.’

DAILY READING – Galatians 5:16-26; Ezekiel 1; Psalm 148

Hattie May Wiatt was a child who became well-known for her inspiring act of charity that had far reaching effects.
In 1884, six-year-old Hattie May Wiatt weekly attended Grace Baptist Church in Philadelphia with her parents. But she often found the Sunday school very over crowded. One day she heard the pastor say that the Church lacked the funds to construct a bigger building.
This little girl went home and began to save her pennies to give for the construction of a bigger place.
Unfortunately, due to ill health, two years later, in 1886, Hattie May died. After the funeral Hattie’s mother gave the pastor a little bag they had found under their daughter’s pillow containing 57 cents in change that she had saved up. Alongside it was a note in her handwriting: ‘To help build bigger so that more children can go to Sunday school.’
The pastor was greatly touched by the little girl’s gesture. He then changed all the money into pennies and offered each one for sale. He received $250 – and 54 of the cents were given back. The $250 was itself changed into pennies and sold by the newly formed ‘Wiatt Mite Society’. In this way, her 57 cents kept on multiplying.
Twenty-six years later, as a result of Hattie May Wiatt’s 57-cent donation, a church was built that could contain over 5,600 people, a large hospital was built, it established a scholarship catering to 80,000 students and supported about 2,000 missionaries on the field.

David proved his affection for God by giving massively towards the construction of God’s temple.
According to modern day calculations, David gave roughly $20 billion to the construction of a temple that he would not even live to see.
When we truly love God, our hearts will pant towards the welfare of His kingdom.
The kingdom mandate requires us to faithfully love and serve God with all our heart. But we cannot truly love God without desiring to see His work progress on the earth.
God proved His love for us by giving His only begotten son for our redemption. And the depth of our love for God is proved by how much we are willing to lay down for the cause of the Gospel.
Not all of us can stand and preach in a church or go to a mission field, but all of us can play a vital role in God’s work by using our resources for His Kingdom.
Many people in the world today are suffering all manner of spiritual bondage simply because they lack access to the light of the Gospel.
When we give towards sending the Gospel all over the world, then in practical terms, we are helping to save the lost. Kingdom wealth is not an achievement, rather it is an entrustment from God to those who will promote His work on earth.
In the end what matters most is not the riches we were able to amass during our life time, but how much of it was used to serve God and impact the lives of men.
Whatever service we render towards the spread of the Gospel is never in vain. This is why 1 Corinthians 15:58 encourages us to be ‘stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord.’
Surely, God is a rewarder and when we seek first the advancement of His kingdom, then He ensures all other things are added unto us.

PRAYER: Lord, I thank You for granting me the grace to accept the spiritual responsibility of investing towards the expansion of Your kingdom. As I do, I thank You Lord, for Your multiplied blessings upon my life in Jesus Name.
QUOTE
When you make that which is priority to God to become your priority, God automatically makes you priority in His own plan. – WORDBITE 222

AUGUST 5; GOD KEEPS COVENANT.

Deuteronomy 7:9 ” Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations”

DAILY READING; Galatians 5:1-15; Lamentations 5; Psalm 147

Pastor Mike Walsh, lead pastor at Glad Tidings Church in Powell, Wyoming ,has seen firsthand the promises of Exodus 23:25.
Around 1997, when his wife, Becky, was four-months pregnant with their son Matt, she had started to bleed and a doctor informed her that she was probably miscarrying.
But as they prayed, they received the prophesy in line with Exodus 23:25 that said Becky would not cast her young.
After the prayers, miraculously the bleeding stopped and five months later, she gave birth to Matt who was born completely healthy.
In 2014, when Matt was 17 years old, again God’s miraculous deliverance showed up in his life.
On Saturday, February 8th, Matt and his elder brother Michael embarked on a day of adventure and went to the top of a mountain where they planned to snowboard off from.
Matt decided to go first and hurtled down the 60 degree incline. As Michael stood at the edge, getting ready to go next, suddenly there was an avalanche as the whole mountain began to go down. Michael had to flip his body backward to avoid being swept over the edge. When he got up, slightly dazed, he realized that his brother had been caught in the enormous avalanche, which covered an area the size of two football fields.
As Matt found himself buried three feet below the surface, he tried to dig himself out, but the snow turned to ice cementing him in and he could not move.
With just few minutes left to find his brother before he died, Michael had no idea where to look or what to do. Frantically, he cried out to God for help. At that very moment for the first time in his life, he heard God’s voice clearly speak to him, telling him ‘Go find your brother.’
Michael ran down toward the bottom of the avalanche, but there was no sign of Matt. Then as he took steps forward, his boot sunk down into a depression and then a hole opened and he heard Matt’s voice faintly calling, “Mike, I’m OK. Mike, I’m alright.”
Amazingly, out of an area about 100 yards by 200 yards, God guided Michael to the exact spot in the vast debris field where he was standing right on top of Matt!
It took Michael about 30 minutes to completely dig his brother out from the snow, much of which was frozen like concrete.
After his two sons safely returned home with their amazing story, Pastor Mike Walsh gathered his family to praise God.
Later speaking to the media, Pastor Mike said ‘Matt should have died, the only reason he was found is that God did it, I know it was a miracle..”

In Exodus 23:25 God promises that those who serve Him shall not cast their young, nor be barren and the number of their days He will fulfill.
Truly, miracles of divine deliverance, provision, preservation and victory are the portion of those who worship God in Spirit and in truth. It is the heritage of the servants of The Lord.
As we pursue kingdom service, we attract God’s blessings that make rich and add no sorrow to it.
This means that God not only provides for us, He also removes from our habitation things that cause sorrow. He removes bad news, evil reports, tragedy and every evil occurrences. He watches over our children and directs their steps away from danger and destructions..
God’s blessings and covenant does not stop with us, it extends to several generations after us.

Deuteronomy 7:9, says ” Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations”

God faithfully keeps covenant with those who serve Him.
Therefore, in the face of any confrontation always remember whose you are and whom you serve. No matter the trial or temptations always be assured that God is able to bring you out and set your feet upon a solid rock.

Psalm 40:2-3 says ‘He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God’

Certainly, today, God will put a new song in our mouth..
Therefore, let us remain thankful and keep praising Him, because He is the covenant-keeping God who never fails those who trust in Him!.

PRAYER: Lord, please help me to fulfill the conditions of serving You faithfuly, so that I can receive the blessings You have promised in Your Word in Jesus Name.
QUOTE
Illuminate your world for you are a star destined to shine. WORDBITE 222.

AUGUST 4; CHOOSE WHO YOU WILL SERVE!

Mathew 6:33 (MSG) ‘People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.’

DAILY READING; • Galatians 4:21-31; Lamentations 3-4; Psalm 146

Ann Hasseltine was born in 1789 into a wealthy family and was doted upon by her parents. As a teenager, she enjoyed various entertainments of her day and often attended amusing balls and parties. But despite her life of pleasure and opulence, Ann knew that something was missing.
She lacked peace, joy and fulfillment. One day, while the teenage Ann was reading John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress, she became greatly impacted and surrendered her life to Christ. She began to spend time in Bible study and prayer as she desired to be used by God in His service.
At age 21, she met and married Adoniram Judson, who was a young missionary. Many of Ann’s friends thought she was not in her right mind when she planned to follow her husband to serve as missionaries in India in 1812. It was unthinkable then that a young woman would travel to such an unknown place to work among the heathen in primitive surroundings. Yet for Ann, though it meant leaving behind her family and life of comfort, she insisted on going to the mission field. She knew this was the work God had called her to do.
As Ann embarked on the journey with her husband, she became the first female missionary sent out from America. They began their missionary work in Burma, where the Gospel had never reached the over 15 million population.
While in Burma, Ann helped her husband with Bible translation. With her translation of the Gospel of Matthew in 1819, Ann became the first person to translate any part of the Bible into Siamese. She also translated the Books of Daniel and Jonah into Burmese.
As a missionary, her accomplishments are quite noteworthy. She influenced people through her writing, and stirrred the zeal for missionary work in them. Through her ministry many converts were brought to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Ann Judson found no lasting fulfillment in worldly pleasures and entertainment until she located her calling and began serving in God’s kingdom.
The Christian life requires that we choose the will of God over the flimsy and mundane pursuits of the world.
Life is not meant to be spent running after what pleases us, but rather in seeking what pleases God.
How well we follow God’s purpose, not ours, is what matters most in eternity.
If we are truly serious about serving God, then we must make a definite choice to totally live for Christ and not for self.
His will must prevail over all our ambitions and selfish desires. Our great priority should be the promotion and expansion of God’s Kingdom. This should be our focus especially in these end times.
To secure our destiny in Christ, it’s important that we evaluate our priorities and ensure we are pursuing God’s purpose first.
We can no longer afford to keep wasting time, running after frivolities and things that lack eternal value. Pursuit of earthly treasures and pleasures is temporary, but our investment of service in God’s Kingdom is eternal.
Living today in a world full of distractions it can be easy to allow the cares of this life to divert our attention from the divine purpose for our lives.
We must therefore guard against this and continually keep pressing forward, towards the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus [Philippians 3:13].
Let us invest more in building up a life of great spiritual depth though prayer, study of God’s Word, fellowship with the Spirit and service in God’s Kingdom.
Truly, we can never place God first and come last in life. Certainly, God honors those that honor Him and is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him.

PRAYER: Lord, please help me to always choose You above all else. Today, I thank You for granting me the grace to seek Your Kingdom first and live a life that pleases You always in Jesus Name.
QUOTE
It takes a heart for God to make a mark in the sands of time. – – WORDBITE 222

AUGUST 3; RESCUED BY THE BLOOD.

Isaiah 49:25-26 ‘But thus saith the Lord, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children’

DAILY READING: Galatians 3-4, Lamentations 1-2; Psalm 145

Sheridan Ripley is a well known Christian author. Her book, “the Mexico Miracle”, is the gripping account of her son’s escape from Kidnappers.
On Tuesday 11th November 2014, Sheridan Ripley was praying in the morning, when she felt her 16 year old son, Devon was in danger and surrounded by evil. But outwardly it made no sense, because at that time Devon was on a Scout campout, at Joshua Tree National Park in California. Moreover, her husband had spoken to their scout leader only two days before and Devon was supposed to be home by 6pm that evening.
However, she still prayed and asked for angelic protection over her son.
Around 1:30 pm of that same day, Sheridan’s intuition came true when her husband got a phone call from the Mexican Police saying that Devon had been rescued from kidnappers in Mexico. It was hard to believe because they couldn’t understand how their son who was in California could suddenly be found in Mexico.
It was only after the police put Devon on the phone, that they became truly convinced that it was really their son.
Sheridan and her husband later found out that Devon had sneaked out from the camp out in California and travelled to Ensenada in Mexico to attend the Baja 1000 which is an annual Mexican motorsport race. Knowing his parents would never allow him travel to Mexico to attend the event, he had taken the risk to go on his own.
When he arrived in Mexico, Devon tried to sell an old GPS unit to get some money. In the attempt to sell the unit he fell into the hands of a criminal gang, who abducted him with knives. They took him to a shack, stripped him to his underwear, tied up, gagged, and blindfolded him. They got the pin of his ATM card and then left him to go and withdraw his money. After the kidnappers had gone, somehow Devon was able to remove the bandanna over his eyes, and untie himself and broke through a hole in the wall.
He ran barefoot down the street and flagged down a bus driver who was able to take him to the police station, who then contacted his parents.
It became clear to Sheridan, that her prayers that morning, asking for angels to surround her son had been answered, even when she did not know what was going on.

When we sincerely serve God and put our trust in Him, even when we are not aware, God will be working behind the scenes in our favor.
We must understand that serving God is a covenant.
God has not called the sons of Jacob to seek Him in vain. He is the rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.
God’s wonders and miracles continually speaks in the lives of those who serve Him.
His promises of deliverance also extends to our loved ones. God will rescue them from captivity because we are in covenant with Him.

Isaiah 49:25-26 says ‘But thus saith the Lord, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children’

When we are in a covenant relationship with God, we can be sure of His speedy intervention any time we call upon Him. He constantly gives His angels charge over us to keep us in all our ways. In these perilous days as iniquity abounds and temptations increases, our service to God will guarantee our deliverance from the traps of the wicked. As we faithfully serve God, He watches over us and our loved ones and ensures no evil befalls us.
Today, no matter how fierce any trial that seems to face you, be assured that the enemy does not have the final say over your life, only Jehovah does. The Creator of the universe, the one who spoke planets into existence, has your life in the palm of His hands. He had the solution even before you had the problem.
By shedding His blood at Calvary Christ has brought us into a new covenant relationship with God, where we can enjoy the blessings of Abraham.
Through the Blood of Jesus we are guaranteed constant victory over the enemy.

According to Revelations 12:11, we are overcomers by the Blood of the Lamb.
The Blood Covenant is God’s answer against all satanic assaults.
When you are in covenant with God, you will be shielded from every plan of the wicked ones. When you serve God sincerely no weapon fashioned against you or your loved ones shall prosper..
Therefore ,in this season, as we fulfill the covenant obligation of serving God sincerely, let us be assured of His divine deliverance and blessings over our lives.

PRAYER: Lord, please help me to fulfill the conditions of sincerely serving You. I thank You that through the Blood I have constant victory in every area of my life in Jesus Name. .
QUOTE;
When you obey God’s instructions you are delivered from destructions WORDBITE 222

AUGUST 2; GOD REWARDS FAITHFUL SERVICE.

Proverbs 28:20 ‘A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.’

DAILY READING; Galatians 3:1-18; Jeremiah 51-52; Psalm 144

Rodney Smith never attended a school at any time in his life, yet God used him to influence the lives of millions of people worldwide.
On November 17, 1876, Rodney got converted at sixteen years old and vowed he would live for God and serve Him faithfully.
Though uneducated, he got a Bible, English dictionary and Bible dictionary and carried them everywhere causing people to laugh.
Convinced that God had called him to preach, he taught himself to read and write and began to practice preaching. Sometimes he would go into a turnip field and preach to the turnips. He would sing hymns to the people he met and was known as the singing gipsy boy.
One day while attending a convention in London, founder of the Salvation Army, William Booth noticed the young singing boy and perceived he had a promising future. He then asked Rodney to join his ministry..On June 25, 1877, Rodney accepted the invitation of William Booth to be an evangelist with the Salvation army. For six years, Rodney served with them preaching on street corners and in mission halls.
Within nine months, the crowd that gathered to hear Rodney grew from 13 people to 250.
His meetings grew rapidly to 1,500 in attendance and to converts of around 1,000.
Before leaving the Salvation army, Rodney’s preaching assignments had produced 23,000 decisions for Christ.
As he struck out on his own ministry, Rodney became an itinerant evangelist and worked with a variety of organizations all over the world. He often held meetings where the crowds usually overflowed the halls and auditoriums. It is said that he never had a meeting without conversions. He conducted evangelistic campaigns for over 70 years and became a household name in many parts of the world and influenced the lives of millions for Christ.

When Rodney was faithful in serving under General William Booth, God gave him his own ministry.
Indeed when God can trust us to be faithful in the ordinary, He will take us to the extraordinary.
Our faithfulness in the little things will determine our fruitfulness in great things.

Proverbs 28:20 says ‘A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.’

How faithful you are in serving God currently, determines how distinguished you will eventually become.
Serving faithfully in the ordinary is a vital part of our rise to greatness.
God is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. When we obey and serve Him, He ensures we prosper in life.

We have to be spiritually sensitive to know where God has placed us per time. Once you know you are where God has ordained for you, though it may seem ordinary, continue to serve faithfully and give your best.
As you remain faithful in the little where God has put you now, it is only a matter of time before you will be entrusted with much.
If today, you are in a place of obscurity, always keep it in mind that God is preparing you for something greater.
In the hidden place, you’re being prepared for where God is taking you. Your character is being developed. Your spiritual muscles are getting stronger. And when you are through with your preparation it will be time for your manifestation.
Indeed as we continue to serve faithfully where we are, in due time, God’s rewards will ultimately locate us.
Always remember that you are a divine project and God is taking you to greater heights of destiny. Though there may be difficulties and challenges, as you remain persistent in seeking God and obeying His Word, it is only a matter of time before you emerge a winner.
Therefore, never allow challenge, people or circumstances to deter you from your faithful service to God .
Serving God is the master key to a life of sweat-less triumph. Surely when we work to bring glory to God and advance His kingdom, God will likewise put His glory on us and advance our lives to greatness.
In this new month as we commit to serving God with our time, talent and resources, He will surely bless us beyond every expectation.
As we seek God first and serve faithfully in His Kingdom, certainly every other thing shall be added unto us

PRAYER: Lord, please help me to be faithful in serving You where I am right now. As I seek You first in everything, surely in due season, I shall be elevated to the great and glorious place You have ordained for me in Jesus Name.

QUOTES
Trials, oppositions, resistances are oftentimes only an indication that your promotion is around the corner. WORDBITE 222

AUGUST 1; SERVING OUR WAY TO GREATNESS!

Philippians 2:9 [AMPC] ‘Therefore [because He stooped so low] God has highly exalted Him and has [a]freely bestowed on Him the name that is above every name,’

DAILY READING; • Galatians 2; Jeremiah 49-50; Psalm 143

On Thursday, October 8th 2020, the University of Southern Mississippi Foundation honored the life and legacy of Oseola McCarty.
The celebration featured presentations from many prominent people and the unveiling of a new bronze sculpture of Oseola McCarty at the University.
What is interesting about this celebration is that Oseola McCarty was a poor black washerwoman who was a school dropout. But her life of service to God and humanity distinguished her and brought her to international prominence.
Oseola McCarty was born into poverty in 1908. By age eight, she started doing laundry and ironing people’s clothes to earn money to help her family. When her aunt became very sick, Oseola had to drop out of school in 6th grade to take care of her. She never returned to school.
Thereafter, she dedicated her life to helping others, working hard and serving God. She received salvation at an early age and was baptized by age 13.
She would start each day on her knees in prayers to God and then she would go out to work as hard as she could and save as much money as she could. Over the years, from saving her pennies, she accumulated money in the bank. When she retired in 1995, at age 87, her life savings had amounted up to $280,000. McCarty then astounded many people by donating $150,000 to the University of Southern Mississippi to fund scholarships to help needy students obtain the education she never had.
When what she did became public, over 600 people made donations that tripled her original endowment. When the owner of CNN, Ted Turner heard her story he donated a billion dollars and told the New York Times, “If that little woman can give away everything she has, then I can give a billion.”
McCarty gave sacrificially without expecting any reward, but God turned everything around for her. Her selfless donation sparked worldwide attention. From being an unknown poor washerwoman, overnight she became an international sensation. She was honored around the world by the United Nations, the American President, the American Congress, and other international organizations. Though a school dropout, Harvard University awarded her an honorary doctorate. She died in 1999 and today, her legacy of service lives on through full-tuition Oseola McCarty scholarships that are presented annually to several students.

It is truly amazing how God totally changed Oseola’s story. Though she was born into obscurity and mediocrity, her service to God and humanity eventually lifted her into international prominence.
Though the odds initially seemed stacked against her early in life, yet the touch of God’s divine favor catapulted her to amazing new heights.
So shall it be for us in this new month of August.
Today marks the first day of August. The word ‘August’ is used to refer to someone having great importance and of the highest social class, marked by majestic dignity or grandeur.
It also means “consecrated” or “venerable’.
Certainly, August is a unique month, foreordained as special, highly esteemed and glorious.
In this 8th month God will lift us up to new heights as we dedicate ourselves to serve Him and be a blessing to people around us,
As we serve God with renewed passion, He will soon lift us to unimaginable new heights.
At the Cross, Jesus paid the price for us to have a victorious destiny. For our sakes, He emptied Himself at Calvary, and took upon Him the curse that the blessings of Abraham might come upon us.
Philippians 2:9 [AMPC] says that because He stooped so low God has highly exalted Him and has freely bestowed on Him the name that is above every name.

Today, by the Blood of Jesus, let us receive the grace to live a life dedicated to serving God and blessing humanity. However, our diligent pursuit of God in the secret place of prayer is what reflects in our dedication and service to His kingdom. Our spiritual life is the engine room that generates the light that shines from our lives to the world. It is when we have been first watered in God’s Presence that we can water others also. Let us therefore in this new month make a fresh commitment to seek God with renewed zeal. As we do, it will certainly be our season to enjoy divine lifting, breakthroughs, open doors and greater new heights in all our endeavors.

PRAYER: Lord, Please help me to be faithful in serving You where I am right now, so that I can experience the blessings of greatness You have ordained for me in this unique new month in Jesus Name. .. ..
QUOTE :
You will never need more than God to experience the impossible in life. WORDBITE 222.

JULY 31; BLESS THE LORD AT ALL TIMES!

Psalm 34:1 ‘I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.’

DAILY READING • Galatians 1; Jeremiah 47-48; Psalm 142

On Sunday, April 15 2018, a series of violent storms moved through the U.S state of Virginia, spawning several tornadoes. As the winds left a devastating path of destruction, the most impacted region was the Town on Elon in Virginia.
Six tornados carved damage paths in the area with winds of up to 150 miles per hour and a 25-mile long path of debris. As an EF-3 tornado tore through the town of Elon it destroyed about 26 homes and left many families devastated.
Yet despite the great destruction caused by the tornado miraculously no one was killed. And this was why the town’s residents who are mostly Christians chose to praise God, grateful that their lives were spared.
One of the families that suffered great devastation had hid in the basement of their home during the tornado. After the storm, all that was left of their home was the foundation. Neighbors had to help pull the family from the rubble of their destroyed home. The family knew they had escaped death only because of God’s grace. And on that remaining foundation where their home had once stood, many gathered around together to sing praises to God, thanking Him for sparing their lives.
The residents of this town refused to allow the mishap stop their praise! Despite all they lost, they remained grateful to God that they didn’t lose their lives.
As residents of the town of Elon gave God praise despite the tragedy of the tornado, miracles began to happen! Help came from various quarters as people and organizations rallied round to assist the community in rebuilding. And today, their homes have not only been rebuilt, but they are better and stronger than what they used to be.

In those times, it may seem we have a good reason to feel down and discouraged, we must discipline ourselves to always give God thanks in everything.

I Thessalonians 5:18 says “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus’

Depression will only give room to the oppression of the enemy. But thanksgiving leads to our lifting.
When residents of the town of Elon sang praises despite the tragedy, God raised help for them from various quarters.
When you chose to offer the sacrifice of praise, in the midst of difficulties, somehow, in ways you cannot fathom, things will begin to turn around.
You will see that negative medical verdict overturned, the financial problems will be resolved, the family crisis, marital troubles etc will all be overcome. Indeed there’s nothing God cannot handle in our lives, as long as we stay strong in faith and keep giving glory to Him.
A Sacrifice of praise will always get God’s attention, because it is praise that costs you something. David said ‘I will not offer unto God that which has cost me nothing.’ When we offer unto God that which costs us something, He releases unusual blessings to us. When Abraham offered his only son Isaac, God swore a blessing over him.
In this season we can turn the tides of blessing in our favor by offering a sacrifice of praise to God.
Psalm 34:1 says ‘I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.’

To rise to the mountaintop, you must learn to praise God while in the valley. Challenges are often fuel or catalyst that propel us towards our destiny. It will either make you better or make you bitter. However, our attitude of gratitude will always determine our altitude.
Praising God in the storm, which is a sacrifice of praise, moves God to act in your favour. Instead of complaining over your health, choose rather to thank God for restoration. Rather than be discouraged over your finances, choose rather to thank God for overflow, thank Him that according to scriptures you will lend to many nations.
Praise will always guarantee you a raise out of any pit.
Every time you praise despite the pain, you’re making preparation for the rain. As we come to the end of the month of July today, it is a good place to offer God worthy praise. As we keep praising God, surely there is coming the sound of the abundance of rain and we will soon experience downpours of favor, blessings, restoration, miracle, signs and wonders.

PRAYER: Lord, I know You are always good and faithful. No matter what happens around me, I know You are in perfect control of my life. Please grant me the grace to always give You worthy praise at all times in Jesus Name.
QUOTE;
Your attitude always determines your altitude in life. –WORDBITE 222