Monday, December 7, 2009

The Art of Worship

Pastor Sunday Joseph Adenuga worshiping the Lord. Learn to thank the Lord and worship Him every time and in any situation you may find yourself. It is the will of God for you to worship and praise Him. You should especially shorn the habit of complaining about the hard times you are going through. Somebody said "Ungrateful people never become great," so learn from now to appreciate God for His love for you and towards you.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Mystery Of Tongues

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By Sunday Joseph Adenuga

One day as I was meditating on the word of God, I heard a voice spoke to my heart these words, “I will teach you about the mystery of tongues”. I turned around to see the one who had spoken, seeing no one, I knew the Holy Spirit wanted to teach me something. As I thought about those words, I turned to
Gen 11:1-9
1. And the whole earth was of one language and of one speech...

Language or tongue is a unifying factor on earth. People of the same tongue naturally gravitate to one another, there is a natural affinity or bond between people of the same tongue. In 1988, I participated in the National Youth Service, a Yoruba man, I was called to serve in the Northern part of Nigeria which consist predominantly the Hausa's. Getting to Sokoto, all Yoruba men I saw became automatic friend and close confidants. You will be surprised how we were bounded together just because we were of the same tongue. There were no distinctions, you are Ijebu or Ijesha, I am Ondo – no, we saw ourselves as one; why was it like that? Because we were in the foreign land, the best thing to do is to unite.
All Christians are citizens of heaven, we are here (on earth) as foreigners, as ambassadors of heaven, we must speak our language (faith). Faith is our language, when we speak that language, we understand each other and communicate with home station and we receive help anytime we need it.
The people united together to build the tower of Babel because they are all of one language. The unity and power that comes from it can surmount any problem on earth. They of the then world were so powerful that God said in

Genesis 11:6
6. And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one and they have all one language and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be refrained from them, which they have imagined to do.

The unity that comes from language and tongue results in a very powerful influence that even God acknowledged that “nothing will be restrained from them.
The only solution was for God to bring confusion among them by making them not to speak the same language and tongues again. If that was done, God would now be able to stop them from achieving their purpose.
Who you hear speak to your life goes a long way to affect you. Man is a product of WORDS and so is affected by words (for good or bad).
In I Corinthians 13:1

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, …

This implies that there are tongues of men (which comprise of different languages) and of course, there are tongues of angels (which we speak anytime we speak in tongues or in divers kinds of tongues).
When you speak in tongues, you are speaking the tongue of angels, you are working in harmony with God’s spirit, you are becoming united, in agreement with the forces of God. When you are constantly doing this, you are generating such powers that make for success in any endeavor in life. When you agree with God in language (faith) and tongues (speaking in the spirit), you are positioned for success unlimited. Let’s see I Corinthians 14:2

For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh no unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; how be it in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.

The mystery of tongues make for success or failure in this world. Speak the tongues of angel and they will help you fix most problems that are seen and unseen they will help you bring your file to God’s table and ensure they help you to have a speedy execution of all your request. They (angels) will naturally gravitate towards you, when you form the habit of speaking in the spirit (or speak in tongues). Like you read earlier, every man will naturally fall in love with his towns man in a foreign country. We are citizens of heaven, we are seated with Jesus Christ in the heavenly places (Ephesians. 2:6), we are in a foreign land, we need to speak our language and tongue to get our people and government to help us succeed in all things. Dear reader, team up with God and His Angels and you will be able to build your success unhindered by any power or force in the universe. Let’s see I Corinthian 14:4

He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself …

To edify means to build up, when you speak in tongue, you build up yourself, your business or ministry, your home, your children, your health etc.
See also I Corinthians 14:14,15. If you want to hear God’s voice or opinion on any matter learn to speak in tongues often in your prayers (Jude 20), this makes your spirit open and sensitive to God to hear his direction for you life.
We are ambassadors of heaven here on earth; we are not of this world even though we live in this world; we are citizens of heaven. Speaking our language (faith) and tongues (praying in tongues) will attract the forces from our home country (heaven) to come to our aids each time we need support. We always need constant support from home if we must make it to success land and shame the devil in this world. The mystery of tongues is the secret of power. The heavens love and are gravitated towards her citizens who do not forget their home language and tongues. May the Lord give you a good understanding of these things in Jesus name.

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The Reward Of Meekness

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By Sunday Joseph Adenuga

The Bible says that the meek shall inherit the earth (Psalm 37:11 and Mathew 5:5). Meekness was the magic wand that made Moses to be very successful in his chosen career. If you want to have good success, you must be meek and if you are not, pray for it.
Have you ever considered the reason God picked on Joseph to be the earthy caretaker of our Lord Jesus Christ?
On the 28th of September 1996, I was ministering alongside with Evangelist Gboyega Ajadi in Iree Polytechnic Gospel Student Fellowship and the Lord ministered to me and asked me this question, “have you wondered why I saw it fit to use Joseph to take care of the formative years of Jesus Christ on earth?
The Lord revealed a lot of qualities found in Joseph that qualified him for this privileged position, I will share some of them with you in this book.
In Mathew 1:18 – 25

18. Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise when as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit.

Joseph suddenly discovered that though he had not known Mary, yet she was pregnant. This means, he had not have deep intimate relationship with Mary that may have led to sexual intercourse. He did not know what had happened, we know today because we have read it, and we have learnt about the life of Christ; but back then, Joseph did not know what we know today. He did not know that the child in Mary’s womb was of the Holy Ghost. How many men today will be able to bear that?

19.Then Joseph her husband being a just man

(The Bible says that Joseph was a just man, he was meek and cool- headed and was open to sound reasoning.)

and not willing to make her a public example was minded to put her away privily.

Some men today would be so angry, they could cut off her head, but as Joseph was thinking about it, an Angel appeared to him in a dream to warn him. He did not seek a confirmation, he just believed, he did not despise the dream, he did not demand to hear an audible voice or to see the angel physically in real life like Manoah the father of Samson. He just believed God –it was a simple faith. He did not quote scriptures that, “out of two or three witnesses every word shall be confirmed” He simply believed and obeyed the word or voice of God which happened to be the perfect will of God.
How many people today are led (through dreams) but rejected the dream as a mere thought of their mind. Joseph was obedient to God, it didn’t matter whether God spoke through dream, audible voice, inner still small voice prophecy, a visitation of an Angel, or anyhow else, he just obeyed. He obeyed the angel that God sent to him in the dream – this is meekness. No wonder, God choose to use him to bring up and nurture our Lord Jesus Christ in the flesh.

Joseph acted God, by becoming the father of God’s Son, he was good enough to teach Jesus some basic things of life (humanity).
When they went to Jerusalem the time Jesus was twelve years old, Jesus went to the temple, ‘to be about my father’s business’. They looked for him sorrowing for three days. When he was found, Joseph did not lift up his hand to beat or cane Jesus, many men today would be so angry that the first thing they’ll do would be to slap that child. It was Mary that spoke and said,

“Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? Behold thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing”.
It was never recorded that Joseph was ever angry (or loose his temper), he never over reacted to the situation, He was a man full of wisdom and understanding. Wisdom is believing God even when you do not understand what He is doing, saying or planning. In Luke 2:50, the bible says

And they understood not the saying (of Jesus) which he spake unto them.

Joseph may not understand but he believed God, yet he did not maltreat Jesus, he loved Jesus for who he was – what a father, much like unto the Almighty God. In the same vein we are not called to understand everything about God or His Word, we are called to believe Him and His word and that is real wisdom. In Mathew 1:25, we read

And knew her not till she had brought forth her first born son; and he called his name Jesus.

Joseph was disciplined enough not to have sex with Mary, they lived together, slept together in the same house yet he did not do it. Everybody knows that it is O.k to have sex with your pregnant wife but Joseph did not. What kind of reward do you think Joseph will receive? Think about the father of Jesus, who had the responsibility of taking care of the Lord, he lived an exemplary life, he did not go about getting drunk, sleeping with girls, lying, cheating etc. He was meek and disciplined that even God (I mean Jesus Christ) could learn from him how to be a good carpenter, he taught ‘God’ so many things in the flesh. He protected our Lord Jesus Christ, took him to Egypt when Herod sought the life of the Saviour. Meekness is the word that described the totality of Joseph’s life.
If you can show yourself a meek man, heaven and earth will see you and recognize you and reward with a sounding success in all your endeavour.
If you study your bible very well, you will understand that Joseph was a very successful carpenter. As the fame of Jesus spread abroad, people wondered as recorded in Mathew 13:55

“Is not this THE CARPENTER’S son? ….”

Joseph was the carpenter of his city, meaning he was the foremost, the most popular, the most successful carpenter. Joseph through meekness was so successful, people traced Jesus back to him, why? This is because Joseph was conspicuously successful, he could not but be noticed.
Some people are so successful today that nobody remembers or recognizes their fathers, because they do not have successful fathers. The father of Jesus was a successful father because of meekness, be meek. A meek man is too gentle to fight, he doesn't know how to argue, he is too pre occupied by his purpose that nothing else mattered. So because of this 'weakness', God Himself have to fight all his battles. A meek man cannot fight: God fights for him. If you can fight and avenge yourself of your enemies, God did not need to fight for you. Moses didn't fight with any man who rose up against him in rebellion, God did. Even when his senior sister Miriam misbehaved to him, God had to teach her a lesson for seven days that you don't toil with a meek man. When you see a meek man be afraid because God Himself is the One fighting for him. So, why not pray for the spirit of meekness now?

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