SHILOH 2013 (EXCEEDING GRACE)

Hello everyone, Trust you are all doing great. I thought I should do a little something that will be of great benefit to us, especially for those that could not attend Shiloh 2013. The next few posts will be on some topics discussed in the course of the event, I hope it blesses every reader.

UNVEILING THE EXCEEDING RICHES OF HIS GRACE
Part 1; STRENGTH (Health and Vitality)
Minister; Bishop David O Oyedepo.

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Strength is one of the riches of redemption. God is committed to providing for us who are of his household. The healing bread is our natural entitlement as children of God.

Isaiah 53 vs 4-5 “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed”. Jesus was afflicted, so that we will not be afflicted anymore. A repeat in your life is an assault on your redemption. Jesus already paid the price, no one pays for a good twice.

God’s plan for us is to be strong even in old age. Deut 34 vs 7 “And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated”. Even Abraham was strong and full of energy in his old age, and we are seeds of Abraham according to Galatians 3 vs 29 “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise”.

One of the greatest secrets of being healthy is JOY. Proverbs 15 vs 13 “A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken”. Joy is rooted in God and not in happenings. Joyful people never lose energy, the Joy of the Lord is a great source of strength.

The cheapest access to encountering the healing virtue is MERCY. Matthew 9 vs 12-13 “But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance”.

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Every other thing may fail but God’s mercies endureth forever. Lamentations 3 vs 22-23 “ It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness”. Romans 9 vs 15-16 “For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that showeth mercy”.

Jesus was always moved with compassion when he saw the sick and afflicted, he never gave any criteria before healing them Matthew 14 vs 14 “And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick”.

Mark 1 vs 40-42 “ And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean. And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed”.

Whenever you are challenged, no accusation of the devil has meaning to God. You are a candidate for God’s mercies, do not allow the devil deceive you into believing you don’t deserve it.

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Mark 2 vs 6-10 “But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God only? And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.
And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion”.

A cry for Mercy always delivers with Faith. Mark 9 vs 24 “And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief”.

Mercy will always clear up your mess. Cry out to God for mercy today!

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I stumbled across a very beautiful piece today, and I felt I should share some of the things I got after going through it. I have actually read the story of Dorcas a couple of times, but I had never seen it from this point, indeed the word of God is new every morning.

Dorcas was a woman who dedicated herself to the needs of the many. Dorcas did not go to the mission field but she found a field of endeavor at her doorsteps. She was alert to the opportunities which were round about her. Dorcas did the Lord’s work effectively in a quiet and unsung manner. Whatsoever she did she did as unto the Lord (Colossians 3:23). Her name has since been appended to countless societies of women who are willing to sew for the sake of the poor or who meet together to perform works of love which are inspired by Jesus Christ.

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This meant entering a home and giving a lift to a distraught family in a time of sickness. One thinks of the mothers who have been overburdened with care and responsibility during time of sickness of their family and have been unable to get any kind of practical help from others. The kind of service Dorcas performed is almost forgotten today. It has come to the point where sickness is prohibitive because of its terrible cost. Dorcas assumed responsibility for some aged people who lived alone and needed the ministry of a friend. Today all too many of them are prey to unscrupulous exploiters.

We Christians ought not to relegate such responsibilities to the church or government alone but to assume some of them ourselves. Dorcas accepted the direction and cost of educating some children who otherwise could not be educated. Her work can be duplicated in congregations today where there are women who use their income for the support of those who otherwise would not have opportunity. More women than we know have dedicated their lives to deeds of love as Dorcas did.

The true widows in Joppa became Dorcas’ responsibility and they came to depend upon her. In every Christian group there will be a number of needy persons who will come to depend upon the church and upon its pastor. Think what godly women can do by way of service in such needy cases. They can give themselves to good works in the church by sewing, by nursing, by aiding, and their labours will be recognized of value by God as well as men.

This is the part that really caught my attention; Upon the death of Dorcas it was learned that Peter was near at hand in the town of Lydda, and Peter was the representative of Jesus whom Dorcas followed. They sent to Peter, requesting “that he would not delay to come to them”.

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Acts 9 vs 36-42 “Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and alms deeds which she did.  And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber.  And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring him that he would not delay to come to them. Then Peter arose and went with them.

When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and showing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them. But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up. And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive. And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord”.

They recognized that Dorcas’ good works had been inspired by the Lord Jesus who has inspired all such Christian deeds of mercy from that day to this. We should ask ourselves whether the life we live would make men turn to Jesus in the hour of their need. The only types of giving that is acceptable to God is that done cheerfully, willingly, from a heart of love, and not because you want to be praised, recognised or given an award for “philanthropist of the year”.
My spiritual father would always say “If it is in your heart, God will put it in your hand”

In view of this, We (Pearls) will be going out to give of the little we have to the needy this Christmas. Giving is a responsibility of any believer, and the life of Dorcas should be the normal lifestyle of every Christian Woman. We do not have to climb a pulpit or hold a microphone to make a difference, Dorcas did not yet she was referred to as a disciple of Christ.

We would however admonish other ladies and even our men to take advantage of this opportunity to be a blessing to someone this Christmas, be the reason behind someone’s smile this Christmas. Remember that Christmas is more than a public holiday or the remembrance of a Child born in a manger over 2000 years ago, Christmas is the celebration of the greatest gift ever given to mankind; Jesus.

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If you would like to share any gift, drugs, cash, or any other form of donation, and would also like to come along with us, kindly contact me personally for more details. God bless!
Hebrew 13 vs 16 “ Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God”.

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