BLESSED BY GIVING UP SEAT

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God ALMIGHTY blesses those who bless HIS Children according to Genesis 12:3, Benson Idahosa prophesied, “As Aliko Dangote blessed T.L Osborn by giving up his seat for him on plane so the world will stand up for Aliko Dangote, Forbe’s wealthiest man for many years in Africa. Dangote was born on April 10, 1957 in Northern Region of Kano State, Nigeria to Mohammed Dangote and Mariya Sanusi Dantata. An ethnic Hausa showed love for business selling sweets in primary school. As a  teenager, he began to work for his uncle Sani Dangote and served diligently. In 1977 after 20th birthday approached his uncle and told him of his masterplan to establish a business to trade in cement, sugar, rice, pasta, salt, cotton, millet, vegetable oil and other products. His uncle provided a loan of N500,000 but gave a caveat to Aliko to return the loan within three-months time line practice at the time. Dangote first of all relocated to Lagos in June 1977, the commercial nerve centre of Nigeria and travelled around Nigeria to develop a strong distribution channel for a quick and efficient delivery of his products. A few years earlier, the Benin Airport constructed served as one of his routes to the Niger-Delta or South-South area of Nigeria. Benin, through 39 year old Benson Andrew Idahosa established a young Christian in the Assemblies of God pastored Church of God Mission. As Idahosa returned from missionary trip in America Gordon Lindsay, Jim Bakker and T.L Osborn. Tommy Lee Osborn, a great evangelists responded to Benson Idahosa’s letters in 1962. A relationship resulted in Osborn’s visits with his wife, Daisy to Benin on crusades or Idahosa’s Church. In 1970snT.L and Daisy Osborn stayed ministering at Miracle Centre of Church of God Mission opposite Airport. Late to catch flight to Lagos to connect a flight in Johannesburg -France, England to USA Idahosa told last flight for that day was overbooked. No seats available, the passengers boarded and flight about to take off. The jetliner begun to taxi to the runway. Benson Idahosa’s mercedes sped towards tarmac and screeched to a halt in front of plane

All was well for Alhaji Kassim Ajisebata. Business was booming, prospects were looming and he had friends in high places. He was a well-known business man in Kaduna, Nigeria, well established and wealthy. But these good times ended all too soon as his life took a tragic twist. His business collapsed and his close associates flee. Having lost everything he had labored for, he found himself moving from one spiritualist to another, desperate for a way out. The ‘way out’ they offered him came in the form of charms and mysterious items. In one extreme desperation, he was taken to a stream and taught some diabolical incantations. He was also given various evil items supposedly to restore his fortunes but he discovered that they did the absolute opposite. The items included pots with sand inside, black soap, a sponge, oil and other strange substances. He was also given a cloth from the graveyard which he was told to keep under his pillow. These practices isolated him from normal life. His friends became the dead and his comfort was the graveyard. Both day and night, he would be tormented by dead people, following him and hunting him down. He was a dead man living. With his body plagued with sickness, he began in earnest to seek for deliverance. One night in a dream, he saw many elderly people coming towards him and then he heard a voice say, “Go to Prophet T.B. Joshua”. At that instant, he woke up and determined to visit The SCOAN. Alhaji Kassim Ajisebata Sitting in The SCOAN Sunday Service the previous week, the man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua pointed him out, prophesying that he had some mysterious objects in his house. alhaji-kassim-ajisebutu-1Confirming the prophecy, he declared that it was 100 percent accurate. He went back home and returned last Sunday with his diabolical items. He displayed the mysterious diabolical items before the children of God, exposing what he had previously hidden, even from his own wife. Emphasizing that these items are now rendered powerless, Alhaji Kassim Ajisebata spoke of the freedom he had received in spirit, soul and body after receiving the prophecy. Now, he no longer has nightmares or sees dead people. He has peace and rest of mind and is free from diabetes and many other afflictions that had turned his body into an altar of sicknesses. He advised people to run to God and not away from Him. Short of words to express her joy at the freedom that has now taken over her once fetish home, his wife thanked God for delivering the family.

 

TREASURE IN CLAY VESSELS

pottery-ceramicTreasures in clay earthware vessels hidden, priceless gem, preserved to encourage you to hold on, endure by faith Jesus Name.

A rock collector named Rob once went on a dig and found a rock he described as “purdy and big.” He tried unsuccessfully to sell it, and when that failed, he kept the rock in his closet in the dark. “We have treasure in earthen vessels, surpassing greatness of power and will of God not from ourselves but from God. Although afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed says .” 2 Corinthians 4:7-9 in the Bible. Rob had guessed the blue chunk of rock could bring as much as $500, but he would have taken less if something urgent came up like paying his power bill. That’s how close he came to selling for a few hundred dollars what turned out to be the largest, most valuable sapphire ever found. The blue rock Rob Cutshaw had abandoned to the darkness of a closet two decades ago known as “The Star of David” sapphire weighs nearly a pound, and could easily sell for $2.75 million. How many have a treasure hidden in the darkness of our lives, unaware of its immense value? God wants nothing more than for you and me to have full access to all blessings and rewards He’s already laid aside for us to have.bIt’s easy to live life unaware that God has set aside this treasure to have. I can often live in desperation, wondering when I’m going to get a break, questioning when God’s going to finally come through. So, how do we discover this fantastic treasure and let God take care of our needs? Sometimes, for God to meet our need we first plant seed for others.7759295-handmade-clay-jars-characteristic-of-central-java-indonesia

Many years ago, our church ministry was about to be kicked out of a school where we’d been meeting for Sunday service. While we had no idea what would happen, we continued to teach the Word and take care of each other like brothers and sisters in Christ should. I was still at Dallas Seminary, and one day I walked by a staff member there who casually said to me, “Oh, by the way, did you know that that small church on Camp Wisdom Road is getting ready to move, and they’re looking to sell?” Before the year was done, we moved to our permanent church home. Because we stayed diligent in fulfilling our calling as a ministry, teaching the Word and caring for each other, God revealed a wonderful treasure that was mere blocks from the school we had been occupying. God has called you to a mighty work as well. The hardships we face can be distracting, even paralyzing sometimes. But God wants to know whether our focus is on Him or on our hardships. When we stay diligent with what He’s given us, God will fill us to overflowing with even more down the road. Consider this example. If you wanted to purchase a particular amount of rice, the person behind the counter would pour that rice into a measuring pot or scale of some kind. But they would not fill it to the precise measure straight away; they would only go three quarters of the way up and then shake the pot and press on the rice. The reason for shaking is to both level out the rice and fill in any gaps formed underneath. In other words, because of the shaking and the pressing, you get more rice. That’s what God can do in the midst of your trouble; He lets life press down so He can “fill in the gaps.” AsEarthen_Vessel_thumb[1] 2 Corinthians 4:8 reads, “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing.” Most often, it’s in life’s darkness that God prepares us for His best. Lord, I ask You to give us peace, to weather the storms of life and relax in dark times, knowing You are with me. Fill me with a greater measure of Your courage, that I might stand boldly against the enemy’s attacks. Finally, I ask for patience as I wait for Your great treasures, both here and in the life to come. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Isaiah 33:6, “God is the stability of your times your wealth of salvation, wisdom and knowledge; The fear of the LORD is God Almighty’s treasure.”

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REFLECT AND RESPOND:
What are some dark places you’ve been in recently? What’s one step you can take to move away from the darkness toward God’s intended treasure?

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