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No Greater Love

Galatians_2-20: I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me
Galatians_2-20: I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Galatians 2: 20

 

Romans_5-8: But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans_5-8: But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

God loves us so much that He sent His son to die for us. There was and never will be a greater sacrifice than this.

 

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends

Jesus didn’t die because we deserved it, but because He loved each one of us so much that He was willing to sacrifice Himself on our behalf. Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

 

John_10-10: The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
John_10-10: The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

Jesus Christ died on a cross so that you might have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10). This was the ultimate sacrifice; someone dying so you might live.

 

The story of our salvation is made all the more powerful because it was a perfect man-God in human form-who died for the sins of us all.

 

Acts_4-12: Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Acts_4-12: Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Acts 4:12 says, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” Only through the sacrifice of God’s son are we saved and able to approach His presence.

 

 

Further Reading: Romans 1:16, Romans 6:23, Romans 10: 9-13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May God Bless Nigeria, America And Israel And Take Care Of Us; May God Make His Face Shine Upon Us, And Be Gracious To Us; May The Lord Lift Up His Countenance Upon Us, And Give Us Peace, In Jesus Christ Name, We Pray! Amen!

 

 

 

May The Grace The Lord Jesus Christ, And The Love Of God, And The Fellowship Of The Holy Spirit Be With You All. Amen!

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President Muhammadu Buhari Of Nigeria And Vice President Yemi Osinbajo Have Declared Their Assets In Line With Provisions Of The Constitution Of The Federal Republic Of Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari Of Nigeria And Vice President Yemi Osinbajo Have Declared Their Assets In Line With Provisions Of The Constitution Of The Federal Republic Of Nigeria
President Muhammadu Buhari Of Nigeria And Vice President Yemi Osinbajo Have Declared Their Assets In Line With Provisions Of The Constitution Of The Federal Republic Of Nigeria

This was contained in a statement issued on Saturday by Buhari’s Head of Media Team, Garba Shehu.

 

The statement said that the Code of Conduct Bureau on Friday acknowledged the submission of the two leaders’ assets declaration forms.

 

The forms, the statement said, were submitted separately on May 28 and signed for by the organisation’s Chairman, Sam Saba.

 

It said: “President Buhari’s Declarant ID was given as: ‘President: 000001/2015′.

 

“The Nigerian Constitution states in Chapter VI Section 140, that a person elected to the office of President shall not begin to perform the functions of that office until he has declared his assets and liabilities as prescribed in the Constitution.”

 

By declaring their assets, the statement said that President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo may have not only fulfilled the requirements of the Nigerian Constitution, but also fulfilled the first of their many campaign promises.

 

It noted that while seeking election into the highest office in the land, the President had promised Nigerians that he would publicly declare his assets as soon as he took over government.

 

 

http://www.nairaland.com/2347242/buhari-osinbajo-declare-assets

 

 

 

http://thenationonlineng.net/new/buhari-osinbajo-declare-assets/

 

 

 

 

 

 

May God Bless Nigeria, America And Israel And Take Care Of Us; May God Make His Face Shine Upon Us, And Be Gracious To Us; May The Lord Lift Up His Countenance Upon Us, And Give Us Peace, In Jesus Christ Name, We Pray! Amen!

 

 

 

May The Grace The Lord Jesus Christ, And The Love Of God, And The Fellowship Of The Holy Spirit Be With You All. Amen!

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MFM June 2015. Mountain Of Fire And Miracles Ministries, International Headquarters, Lagos, Nigeria. Power Must Change Hands Prayer Programme JUNE 2015, THE VIOLENT TAKETH IT BY FORCE,

Mountain Of Fire And Miracles Ministries, International Headquarters, Lagos, Nigeria, Power Must Change Hands
Mountain Of Fire And Miracles Ministries, International Headquarters, Lagos, Nigeria, Power Must Change Hands

Scripture Reading: Mark 10:46-52

Pastor And Pastor (Mrs) D K Olukoya
Pastor And Pastor (Mrs) D K Olukoya

Confession: Matthew 11:12

 

 

Pastor D K Olukoya, Mountain Of Fire And Miracle Ministries, Power Must Change Hands Prayer Programme
Pastor D K Olukoya, Mountain Of Fire And Miracle Ministries, Power Must Change Hands Prayer Programme

Aggressive Praise Worship

  1. Circular problems, assigned against my life, you will not prosper, backfire, in the name of Jesus.
  1. Every satanic project, against my breakthrough, explode on the face of the enemy, in the name of Jesus.
  1. Every dream of backwardness, go back to your senders, in the name of Jesus.
  1. Any power, working round the clock, with dark powersagainst my life, perish, in the name of Jesus.
  1. Every household Cain, assigned to waste my Abel, you will not succeed, rush to your grave and die, in the name of Jesus.
  2. Every domestic enemy, anointed by satan, to terminate my life, terminate your own life, in the name of Jesus.
  3. Anti-Christ power of my father’s house, assigned to punish me, die, in the name of Jesus.
  4. Every satanic contact of my father’s house, hunting for my life, die, in the name of Jesus.
  5. Every magician, astrologers and diviners, assigned against me, go back to your senders, in the name of Jesus.
  6. Every evil progress, against my life, perish, in the name of Jesus.
  7. Mid-night and mid-day arrows, fired against me, collide on the Rock of Ages and backfire, in the name of Jesus.
  8. Every giant, occupying my promised land, loose your hold, in the name of Jesus.
  9. By the power that silenced Sennacherub, I silence my adversaries for ever, in the name of Jesus.
  10. Every wicked altar, harbouring my name and my picture, collide with thunder and die, in the name of Jesus.
  11. Every affliction, targeted against me, explode in the hands of your owners, in the name of Jesus.
  12. Every king Saul of my household, pursuing my David, die, in the name of Jesus.
  13. Satanic grave digger of my father’s house, dig your own grave and enter into it, in the name of Jesus.
  14. Any power that has joined witchcraft and occult group to attack me, thus saith the Lord, suffer not a witch to live, lose your life for my sake, in the name of Jesus.
  1. Arrows of shame, disgrace and mockery, fired into my life, backfire, in the name of Jesus.
  2. Powers of rise and fall, fired against me, expire, in the name of Jesus.
  3. Every vulture of darkness, assigned to eat my flesh, go back to your senders, in the name of Jesus.
  4. Every verdict of darkness, issued against me, backfire, in the name of Jesus.
  5. Every dominant wicked power of my father’s house, I bury you now, in the name of Jesus.
  6. Every satanic traditional manipulation, assigned to remove my glory, fail, in the name of Jesus.
  7. Any power assigned to make me irrelevant in my generation, your time is up, die, in the name of Jesus.
  8. Any power, given me a deadline to die, fall down and die on your own deadline, in the name of Jesus.
  9. Every strange material and strange deposit, in my body, disappear now and go back to your senders, in the name of Jesus.
  10. Every satanic payroll, where my enemies registered my name, I delete my name and substitute with the name of the enemies, in the name of Jesus.
  1. Any wicked hand, collecting evil against me, decay and die, in the name of Jesus.
  2. By the power that silenced Hamaan in favour of Modecai, let every power assigned against my existence, die, in the name of Jesus.
  3. Any power assigned to manipulate my destiny, enough is enough, scatter, in the name of Jesus.
  4. Every assembly of the wicked, delegated to destroy my destiny, scatter, in the name of Jesus.
  5. Every ancient strongman, labouring to waste my efforts, my life is not your victim, expire, in the name of Jesus.
  6. Every wicked mouth, sowing evil seeds against me, I command the seeds to catch fire, in the name of Jesus.
  7. Every ancient gate, standing against my breakthroughs, scatter, in the name of Jesus.
  8. I plug my destiny into the mystery of divine favour, in the name of Jesus.
  9. O thou that troubleth the Israel of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries, the God of Elijah shall trouble you today.
  10. Every enemy of the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries, scatter, in the name of Jesus.
  11. O God, arise and uproot anything You did not plant inside the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries, in Jesus’ name.
  12. You fire of revival, fall upon Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries, in the name of Jesus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May God Bless Nigeria, America And Israel And Take Care Of Us; May God Make His Face Shine Upon Us, And Be Gracious To Us; May The Lord Lift Up His Countenance Upon Us, And Give Us Peace, In Jesus Christ Name, We Pray! Amen!

 

 

 

May The Grace The Lord Jesus Christ, And The Love Of God, And The Fellowship Of The Holy Spirit Be With You All. Amen!

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Talking The Talk, But Not Walking The Walk. Human Sorrow Can Turn Into A Pity Party, But Godly Sorrow Brings Repentance, Which Results In Restoration

1-Peter_5-6: Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
1-Peter_5-6: Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death. And he said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me.

Luke 22:33-34

 

James_4-10: Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up
James_4-10: Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up

King David made some mistakes that caused much trouble for him and his family. Abraham missed God and brought problems into this world that we are still dealing with today! Then in the New Testament, we see Peter, the rock, Jesus’ right hand man, talking the talk, but not walking the walk! He said he would die for Jesus, but when a servant girl and two men questioned him, he denied Jesus three times, just as Jesus had foretold. If you read the Scriptures about Peter thoroughly, you will find out that Peter was a rough, honest, and proud man. When he said that he would die for Jesus, he meant it! However, when the pressure was on, he went back on his word; he didn’t stand for his faith, and he denied the One whom he loved. When Peter realized that he had missed it, he was devastated. The Bible says that Peter “went out and wept bitterly.”

 

Isaiah_53-4: Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
Isaiah_53-4: Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

You may have missed it, and you may be agonizing over your mistakes. Human sorrow can turn into a pity party, but Godly sorrow brings repentance, which results in restoration. Jesus restored Peter and he fulfilled God’s plan for his life. God will restore you as well. Stop agonizing over your mistakes; go to God, receive His forgiveness, and move on!

 

 

 

Prayer

 

Father, I put down my pride as I look to You for restoration. I will no longer agonize over my mistakes, but I will rejoice in Your mercy as I move forward, in Jesus’ name, Amen!

 

 

 

 

 

May God Bless Nigeria, America And Israel And Take Care Of Us; May God Make His Face Shine Upon Us, And Be Gracious To Us; May The Lord Lift Up His Countenance Upon Us, And Give Us Peace, In Jesus Christ Name, We Pray! Amen!

 

 

 

May The Grace The Lord Jesus Christ, And The Love Of God, And The Fellowship Of The Holy Spirit Be With You All. Amen!

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Lord I Want To Walk In Your Footsteps. Prayer Points

Psalms_86-11-1: Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.
Psalms_86-11-1: Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.

Dear Heavenly Father!

I want to walk in Your footsteps! O Lord! Help me to be willing to share with others what I have been given. Teach me to use my time, my talents, my gifts, and my service to show Your glory, in Jesus Christ Name I pray! Amen!

 

 

 

 

 

May God Bless Nigeria, America And Israel And Take Care Of Us; May God Make His Face Shine Upon Us, And Be Gracious To Us; May The Lord Lift Up His Countenance Upon Us, And Give Us Peace, In Jesus Christ Name, We Pray! Amen!

 

 

 

May The Grace The Lord Jesus Christ, And The Love Of God, And The Fellowship Of The Holy Spirit Be With You All. Amen!

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Do You Desire For Your Child To Prosper In Life?

Proverbs_22-6: Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it
Proverbs_22-6: Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it

Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.”

 

Proverb 22:15

 

 

 

Beloved begin now to give your children spiritual food. Don’t say they cannot understand or I will wait until they are teenagers. Start now from day one because there is a way spiritual things get to them even though the full impact may not be seen immediately. In fact you should be able to speak the scriptures to a child you are carrying in your hands and even in your womb. They have a way of sensing what you say because it is spirit communicating with spirit. So don’t say it is too early. It is never too early to begin to give a taste of spiritual things to a child. When they are grown up and are ripe to make their own decisions they would have made up their minds on what they want in life.

 

 

 

Most times children do not know how to make decisions and so need to be helped in their decision making. The idea of leaving them alone to make important decisions will not help them. Remember the Bible says train up a child in the way he should go. That is, give him a taste of the things you want him to become. As children they find it difficult to say no and so they depend on you to say no for them. When they learn early that there are certain things they should accept and some they should not accept, they will know the right decision to make when it matters. You should also choose for them the kind of language they should speak because there are some things that should not proceed out of the mouth of a child. When you notice those unwholesome words which they pick up outside, say to them “No don’t speak like that because you are a prince, you are a king, you are better off than that.”

 

 

Psalms_1-3: And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper
Psalms_1-3: And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper

 

Don’t forget too to guide them in the kind of company they should keep. Psalms 1:1-3 says “Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.”  If you desire for your child to prosper, guide him in the company to keep. However you must make sure you don’t talk down on them or allow them to talk down on themselves because they are children of God. I declare to you today that your children are blessed and they will bring you joy always.

 

 

 

Further reading: Psalm 1:1-6

 

Daily Bible reading: Morning-2 Chronicles 4-6, Evening-John 10:24-42

 

 

 

May God Bless Nigeria, America And Israel And Take Care Of Us; May God Make His Face Shine Upon Us, And Be Gracious To Us; May The Lord Lift Up His Countenance Upon Us, And Give Us Peace, In Jesus Christ Name, We Pray! Amen!

 

 

 

May The Grace The Lord Jesus Christ, And The Love Of God, And The Fellowship Of The Holy Spirit Be With You All. Amen!

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Discipline Of God. Prayer Point

Isaiah_64-8: But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand
Isaiah_64-8: But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand

Prayer:

 

Dear Father, I don’t like discipline. I didn’t like it as a kid and I don’t really like it as an adult. However, I do know that just as I disciplined my child because I love him, You discipline me because You love me. Help me to recognize Your discipline when it occurs, to receive it with a grateful heart, and change what needs to be changed, In Jesus Christ Name I pray, Amen!

 

 

 

Proverbs_22-6: Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it
Proverbs_22-6: Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it

 

 

 

 

 

May God Bless Nigeria, America And Israel And Take Care Of Us; May God Make His Face Shine Upon Us, And Be Gracious To Us; May The Lord Lift Up His Countenance Upon Us, And Give Us Peace, In Jesus Christ Name, We Pray! Amen!

 

 

 

May The Grace The Lord Jesus Christ, And The Love Of God, And The Fellowship Of The Holy Spirit Be With You All. Amen!

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Have you ever wanted something so badly your heart ached with each thought of it? So, Why Doesn’t God Give Us This Longing Of Our Heart?

Hebrews_11-6: But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him
Hebrews_11-6: But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11:6 (NIV)

 

Hebrews_11-1: Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen
Hebrews_11-1: Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen

Have you ever wanted something so badly your heart ached with each thought of it? It seems life would be so much better if you had that.

 

There would be more happiness.

 

More contentment.

 

More fulfillment.

 

More satisfaction.

 

More peace.

 

We can envision ourselves with this thing, this person, this opportunity. And all things are better. So, why doesn’t God give us this longing of our heart?

 

Because He wants us to willingly release it to Him.

 

Ouch.

 

Not the answer we want. Why would God let the aching desire linger and not make things happen? He could. He’s certainly able. But when He doesn’t, it seems unfair. Not good. Confusing.

 

It’s easy to get down when we’re constantly let down.

 

We hope this thing will happen … we’ll meet this right person … we’ll get this job … we’ll finally be healed … we’ll get that chance … we’ll see that family member turn their life around. Time and again it doesn’t happen. That’s when it’s easy to slip.

 

We can so easily slip into feeling a little distant from God because we feel hurt by God.

 

That’s what happened when the woman I thought I was going to marry told me she met someone else. That’s what happened when I didn’t get the job I was so certain was going to be the answer to all my financial problems. That’s what happened when my son didn’t get into the charter school we were so certain would have been perfect for him.

 

But, in each of these things, I eventually had to make a choice. I could either be consumed with my unmet longing or trust the plans of our loving God.

 

As an offering of trust, we must give up that which could so easily bring us down.

 

Not give up as in a discouraged surrender. But giving up as in placing this desire in the hand of God and saying, “Either way, I will see Your answer as the good answer and walk in trust.”

 

The Scriptures and today’s key verse promise He rewards those who honestly seek Him: “And without faith is it impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him”(Hebrews 11:6).

 

Sometimes I get so consumed with seeking my unmet longings, I don’t earnestly seek Him. But then I miss out on His reward. And His reward is the only thing that will fill the void in my heart.

 

Yes, I still struggle with unmet desires.

 

But not as much today as I did yesterday.

 

And that is good. Not easy. But good.

 

Prayer:
Dear Lord, I sacrifice chasing what I want so I might more fully, and with more focus, chase You. I release this grip of desire. I praise You for who You are, what only You can bring, and how You will fill whatever gap this release might leave. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

1 Timothy 6:12, “Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” (NIV)

 

Hebrews 12:1, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.” (NLT)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May God Bless Nigeria, America And Israel And Take Care Of Us; May God Make His Face Shine Upon Us, And Be Gracious To Us; May The Lord Lift Up His Countenance Upon Us, And Give Us Peace, In Jesus Christ Name, We Pray! Amen!

 

 

 

May The Grace The Lord Jesus Christ, And The Love Of God, And The Fellowship Of The Holy Spirit Be With You All. Amen!

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We Need To Repent Of Our Sins. No Man Or Woman Can Come To The Kingdom Of God Proudly

2-Chronicles_7-14: If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land
2-Chronicles_7-14: If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land

There was a time when Christians would not dare to look at some of the things we are now seeing every day. We are gradually taking in the amusements and the pleasures until our spiritual life is being dulled and the Bible no longer has the glow to it. The time of prayer no longer has the desire that it used to have. You know that is true. We need to repent of our sins.

 

I am convinced that our nation is in peril. The handwriting is on the wall. The signs of the times are everywhere. People cannot long continue in their moral degeneracy. A cancer is eating at the heart and core of our way of life.

 

The Bible says that we are to humble ourselves. No man or woman can come to the kingdom of God proudly. You must come in humility.

 

The only prayer that you can pray if you have never come to Christ is, “God, be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13). Have you prayed that prayer?

 

 

 

 

 

 

May God Bless Nigeria, America And Israel And Take Care Of Us; May God Make His Face Shine Upon Us, And Be Gracious To Us; May The Lord Lift Up His Countenance Upon Us, And Give Us Peace, In Jesus Christ Name, We Pray! Amen!

 

 

 

May The Grace The Lord Jesus Christ, And The Love Of God, And The Fellowship Of The Holy Spirit Be With You All. Amen!

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I Love Going To The Jail. Like That’s Where I Really Feel God’s Pleasure. Introducing Gang Members To Jesus

Luke_19-10: For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
Luke_19-10: For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

Gang violence is increasing in the United States as activity spreads from inner cities to rural communities. While that may sound alarming, some in Washington state see it as an opportunity.

 

 

 

 “I love going to the jail. Like that’s where I really feel God’s pleasure,” Hoke explained.

 

“They were on to what Jesus was doing very quickly. And I just liked them; they were just like my best theological conversation partners,” he continued. “They’d never provide churchy, dumb answers, and their language is full of profanity, but very honest.”

 

Hoke has served as a jail chaplain for 10 years. He found an authenticity in the jails that eluded him in church.

 

 

“I was soaked in biblical language growing up,” Hoke confessed. “I was a worship leader, but I wanted to find Jesus and touch Jesus, not just sing songs about it.”

 

Matthew_9-37: Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few
Matthew_9-37: Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few

And Hoke found what he was looking for with some of the most hardened criminals: gang members.

 

Looking at the beautiful Skagit Valley with its rolling hills and miles of farmland, it’s hard to imagine gang activity plagues the community.

 

“Gangs can happen in any community, anywhere,” Lt. Chris Cammock, with the Mount Vernon Police Department, told CBN News.

 

“In the early 90s, we saw our types of crimes changing. We saw them straying away from, say, property crimes to more violent crimes, like assaults, drive-by shootings, and things like that,” he said.

 

Cammock points out that Skagit County is on the I-5 corridor, running from Mexico to Canada.

 

“Some individuals are trying to leave the gang lifestyle, so they come here; some are branching out to do their criminal activities in areas that they’re not known for,” he explained.

 

Peer Pressure And Racism

 

Migrant workers who come here for seasonal work often stay. Their children can have a hard time fitting in.

 

“There was a lot of racism going on,” Jose Garcia, known as “Neaners,” recalled. “Like, kids used to make fun of me.”

 

“And so I think that’s kind of pushed me to, like, ‘Yo, I don’t want to mess with these guys; these are not the people that I want to be around,’ and I started hanging around with other crowds,” he said.

 

Neaners, a charming man in his early 30s, has gang tattoos covering his face and neck. He says he was just 8 years old when he started hanging out with members of one of the most violent gangs on the West Coast.

 

They gave him the name “Neaners,” a slang word for “baby.” Neaners was swept up by the gang lifestyle. He committed dozens of crimes, spending 20 of the next 25 years behind bars.

 

“I didn’t have no feeling; I just didn’t care; I’d get back out and be right back to doing the same thing,” Neaners recalled. “And everyone would be just like, ‘Man, that boy’s heartless.'”

 

Hard Love To Hardcore Bangers

 

Mark_8-36: For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
Mark_8-36: For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

Introducing gang members to Jesus might seem like a daunting task. But these lost sheep are uniquely equipped to hear the voice of their shepherd.

 

“They understand Jesus’ mode of operation, that Jesus had kind of like this grassroots posse, on the margins of Galilee, and He called people to follow Him,” Hoke explained.

 

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

“Gangs excel at gathering the marginalized, and the lonely,” he continued. “They knew how to find the lonely and the broken lives, men and women in this valley. And so they brought me to them.”

 

Hoke said he was never intimidated by the gang members.

 

“I just loved these guys; it just felt like a love adventure,” he explained. “We’d pray, and these guys would pour out their hearts, and this is the kind of friendship I’d always been looking for.”

 

An Unlikely Friendship

 

Hoke and Neaners grew close, exchanging hundreds of letters when Neaners was incarcerated. Neaners wrote of reaching out to the Lord from the depths of solitary confinement.

 

“I used to always yell at God, and stuff, just be like, ‘Yo, this is messed up; why You do this to me?'” he recalled. “Like all these things, and I didn’t know as I was doing that I was building a friendship with Him.”

 

“You know, He was actually seeing the real me, my inner heart, instead of this tough, macho guy that everybody else sees as, ‘Oh, this guy’s the gang leader, this guy’s this — ‘No, He seen something deeper. He seen the kid that was just yearning for His love, you know?” he said.

 

Hoke recalled, “When his heart started to change, and the relationship started going deeper, and he started having more hope, he said, ‘I want to meet my little girl. Can you help her come visit me?'”

 

A Second Chance

 

After months of red tape, Hoke drove 5-year-old Adelita four hours to meet her father. That kindness and self-sacrifice proved to be a breakthrough for Neaners.

 

He said he cried for the first time in 15 years.

 

As Hoke writes in his book, Wanted: A Spiritual Pursuit Through Jail, Among Outlaws, and Across Borders, “It was not misery that made (Neaners) crack and tear, but mercy. It is God’s kindness, Saint Paul wrote in a prison letter, that leads you to repentance.”

 

Three years later, Neaners walked out of prison for what he hopes will be the last time. He’s engaged to be married and helping to raise two daughters. CBN News visited the couple in his modest home, looking out over the valley. 

 

“I’ve never been there for these girls who really need me, and I never had a father, so I’m going to be something that I’ve always wanted,”  Neaners marvelled. “I always thought I’d be a gangster my whole life, you know? Active, out there gang banging or locked up. I never thought it’d be this good.”

 

Gang activity in the Skagit Valley has decreased in recent years, well below the national average. Police attribute the drop to collaboration with the community.

 

They are especially encouraged when someone like Neaners turns his life around.

 

“I think when you have somebody that is at a more, a leadership or seen in the hierarchy of a gang as being towards the top, making a choice to leave, I think that sends a very big message within the gang subculture,” Lt. Cammock explained.

 

“To have someone try to believe in God is kind of hard,” Neaners admitted. “But to believe in someone like, ‘Yo, this dude’s doing it.’ And, you know, ‘Hey, we want what he’s got.’ And so I’m just trying to give a little hope with my life.”

 

 

 

http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2015/May/What-Gang-Bangers-Taught-a-Chaplain-about-Jesus/

 

May God Bless Nigeria, America And Israel And Take Care Of Us; May God Make His Face Shine Upon Us, And Be Gracious To Us; May The Lord Lift Up His Countenance Upon Us, And Give Us Peace, In Jesus Christ Name, We Pray! Amen!

 

 

 

May The Grace The Lord Jesus Christ, And The Love Of God, And The Fellowship Of The Holy Spirit Be With You All. Amen!

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I See Men As Trees, Walking. Perseverance In Prayer Is The Key To Overcoming Satan

2-Corinthians_2-14: Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place
2-Corinthians_2-14: Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place

Mark 8:24-25, “And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking. After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.”

 

MATTHEW 7:7-11; MARK 8:22-25

 

But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ
But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ

It was unusual for Jesus to inquire about the results of His ministry as He did in verse 23. It was even more unusual that Jesus laid hands on this man a second time. This is the only example in the New Testament where Jesus had to minister to any need more than once to affect a total healing.

 

Many people request things from God and then look at their circumstances to see if God answered their prayer. That is walking by sight and not by faith. If they can’t “see” God’s answer, then they pray again asking for the same thing. This is not the way Jesus taught us to pray and receive. We can be certain that Jesus didn’t lay hands on this man a second time because He thought His Father hadn’t heard Him the first the time. Since the man received partial sight, it is evident that God’s healing power was at work in him. Jesus was not petitioning His Father again for healing.

 

Through His spirit, Jesus knew that unbelief was hindering a perfect manifestation of God’s power in this man, and He simply gave him another “dose” of the anointing power of God. Satan may hinder, but cannot overcome someone who continues resisting him. Believe that you received when you prayed and continue to apply the power of God. Press in such a degree that you can confront anything that is contrary to what you have asked and overcome it. Perseverance in prayer is the key to overcoming Satan – not God.

 

 

 

 

May God Bless Nigeria, America And Israel And Take Care Of Us; May God Make His Face Shine Upon Us, And Be Gracious To Us; May The Lord Lift Up His Countenance Upon Us, And Give Us Peace, In Jesus Christ Name, We Pray! Amen!

 

 

 

May The Grace The Lord Jesus Christ, And The Love Of God, And The Fellowship Of The Holy Spirit Be With You All. Amen!

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O Lord Draw The Heart Of Our Country Back To You Alone

2-Chronicles_7-14: If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land
2-Chronicles_7-14: If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land

2 Chronicles 33

 

Hezekiah was a god-fearing king who brought about reformation among the Israelites. His son Manasseh, however, was an evil ruler. He had watched his father walk with God and live according to Scripture. Yet he chose to ignore the Lord.

 

Manasseh worshipped false gods, even to the point of sacrificing his sons by fire in order to praise Molech. He practiced much evil—including witchcraft and sorcery— and led Israel astray, thereby provoking God to anger. The king, along with the people, paid a high price for his rebellion.

 

This story illustrates the Lord’s intolerance of a nation’s disregard toward Him. Now consider our country. We, too, are a nation that pushes God aside—one that has turned away from the only true God and embraced idols. Perhaps these aren’t statues of stone, but we worship money, sports ability, fame, and reputation, to name a few.

 

Such nation like Nigeria and United States of America were founded on biblical principles with the intent to guarantee freedom of worship. But over time, we have removed the Lord from many aspects of public life. Prayer in schools, for instance, was deemed unconstitutional. What was once a “nation under God” has turned into a country that tolerates a growing number of sins and yet belittles absolute truth.

 

If a nation turns its back on the Lord, His judgment is inevitable unless the people repent and make Him Lord once again. As believers, our responsibility is to pray that God would draw the heart of our country back to Himself—and to help the gospel and truth spread through our land.

 

 

 

 

 

May God Bless Nigeria, America And Israel And Take Care Of Us; May God Make His Face Shine Upon Us, And Be Gracious To Us; May The Lord Lift Up His Countenance Upon Us, And Give Us Peace, In Jesus Christ Name, We Pray! Amen!

 

 

 

May The Grace The Lord Jesus Christ, And The Love Of God, And The Fellowship Of The Holy Spirit Be With You All. Amen!