I DON’T WANT TO MISS HEAVEN! (VII)

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(Continued from part 6)

(7)          The reality on the scriptural ground is that only this same Jesus has the capability of the competence to keep us in this state of Godly righteousness. We have the same life as Jesus for we are, in the strictest sense, in this righteous journey together for it says that: “Christ, who is our life.” Amen.

1John 3:9, “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” ‘Is born’ comes twice and this ‘birth’ is not in the aorist. A habitual phenomenon is what it is. God, in this dispensation of grace, is in the business of upholding individual’s spiritual rejuvenation.

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Whoever gets born of His divine Being ceases to be labelled a sinner. The same can commit sins though. When or if he does 1John 1:9 takes care of his demeaning act. This means that it is not only when you prayed for the salvation that you are covered. Jesus continues, as the Advocate you never solicited for, to keep your righteousness intact. Amen! When or if you find yourself being spiritually distracted by a certain gravitational pull towards an untoward sinfulness I recommend you go for a cleansing deliverance.

You will, indubitably, lose a crown or crowns for a persistent sinfulness.

The Church (most of its leadership) is not doing well by keeping the scriptural truism from the laity. So many scriptural anomalies got ingested in the unsuspecting laity during the millennia of the hegemony of Catholicism.

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I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith

Why would Paul write, I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing in 2Timothy 4:7 and verse 8? It is simply because Jesus stated categorically in John 10:27 & 28 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

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The word ‘never’ has three meanings (i) ou me (ou may’) adv. ‘a double negative strengthening the denial, “not at all”’ (ii) eis (eis) prep 1. to or into (indicating the point reached or entered), of place, time 2. (figuratively) to or into a purpose (result, etc.), and (iii) aion (ai-own’) 1. (properly) an age 2. (by extension) perpetuity (also past) 3. (by implication) the world 4. (specially, Jewish) a Messianic period (present or future).’ And with the definition of ‘perish’ called in the Greek: apollumi (ap-ol’-loo-mee) ‘1. to destroy fully 2. (reflexively) to perish, or lose.’

No true born again Christian, according to Jesus’ asseveration of John 10:27-28, will ever head towards hell, unless Jesus is a liar! My five-part post titled, ”WHY GO ARMINIANISTIC SOTERIOLOGY” http://wp.me/p5iz2f-1H  16 Mar 2015  explores in details why no true born again person will ever go to hell, please do read it. The perceived “loss of salvation” is not an apostolic teaching!

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John 3:16 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. The soteriological act of this verse is the word ‘believeth’ and that is all that is required to be God’s child forever. Faith. John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. In order not to be condemned, Jesus tells you to believe Him and receive Him as your Lord and Saviour. That is all. He does the rest, to put you at eternal rest. Amen!

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Good question!

Get born again by praying this prayer with all your heart and truthfully: Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe in my heart that Jesus died for my sins and You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord, and I receive Him as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory, Amen.                       (Concluded)

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I DON’T WANT TO MISS HEAVEN! (VI)

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(6)              Verse 10 of Philippians chapter 3 makes a reference to the power of resurrection (confer John 5:21-29; John 10:18; John 11:25; John 11:26; Acts 2:31-38; Romans 6:4-11; Romans 8:10; Romans 8:11; 1Corinthians 15:21-23; 2Corinthians 1:10; 2Corinthians 4:10-13; 2Corinthians 13:4; Ephesians 1:19-21; Colossians 2:13; Colossians 3:1; 1Thessalonians 4:14; 1Thessalonians 4:15; 1Peter 1:3; 1Peter 4:1; 1Peter 4:2; Revelation 1:18, 20:5-6) which our righteous boastfulness carefully ignore. John 11:25-26, v.25) “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: 26) And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” Is it not all about faith? Faith and not the good works that justifies our walk with the LORD.

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If by any means I might attain of verse 11 should not be viewed as a Pauline statement of skepticism. It cannot stem from a sense of dubiety or else it contradicts Romans 8:35-39 and 1Corinthians 9:26-27 where ‘uncertainly,’ adelos (ad-ay’-loce) means: ‘ignorantly; without observation.’ What Paul is revealing here is not about the precariousness of the topic but a certain ardour and an exertion of the strength of faith on the part of the believer. His reference is to the resurrection of Revelation 20:5-6.

Romans 6:6-7 “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 7) For he that is dead is freed from sin.” Romans 8:10, “And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.” Colossians 2:13, “And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;” Colossians 3:1, “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.” This is what is expected of born again children of Jesus, as a proof of our spiritual profession.

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The offspring of kings must be found walking the paths of majestic nobility or else their blue hue of the blood of their birth gets questioned. What about a one who has just completed his secondary school education but can neither produce any good written sentence nor read fluently? What is the proof before gainsayers that he did pass academically through every class of the six years of secondary education?

1Peter 4:1 tells us: “Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;” Jesus, therefore, having suffered in the flesh and entered into death for us, has for once and for all, obtained a judicial freedom for the saints. Are we His body? Did He put His flesh or body to the death of sin?

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It is the Church that forms His mystical body that received the soteriological justification, and made righteous for celestial destiny. Amen! How many of our trespasses has He forgiven in Colossians 2:13? ‘All’, which, in Greek, is pas (pas): ‘individually, each, every, any, all, the whole, everyone, all things, everything.’ If God forgives me all my sins and robes me in His own divine righteousness, of what transgression am I culpable especially when Jesus has made sure that the legality of my culpability has been settled? Selah!

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                 Check out the Pauline Hebrews 4:10, “For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.” All the works of righteousness He had already perfected on our behalf. Note that the entrance into the rest is in the aorist which serves as a voucher to the perfection of the act of rest that the Lord entered on our behalf. The word ‘rest’ is katapausis (kat-ap’-ow-sis): ‘reposing down, that is, (by Hebraism) abode.’ Katapausis comes from katapauō (kat-ap-ow’-o): ‘to settle down, that is, (literally) to colonize, or (figuratively) to (cause to) desist.’ Is there any need for additional work, from a born again child of God, to keep him in this rest engendered by the grace of God, according to scriptural didacticism? Selah!

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Get born again by praying this prayer with all your heart and truthfully: Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe in my heart that Jesus died for my sins and You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord, and I receive Him as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory, Amen.              (…to be concluded…)

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I DON’T WANT TO MISS HEAVEN! (V)

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 Jehovah Tsidkenu (The LORD is our righteousnes

(5)          The book of Philippians 3:9-12 says in verse 9. And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith 10. That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; 11. If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. 12. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

My own righteousness cannot earn me a divine acceptability as attested to by Romans 8:3, 9:32, 10:3, 4, 5 and Galatians 3:10-13. Romans 8:3 says, For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh.” Galatians 3:11-12, But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. 12) And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. James 2:10, For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.  The new birth of a born again righteousness is designed to circumnavigate the merciless law. What serves as its lubrication is the divine grace of the LORD God.But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away (Isaiah 64:6).

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This is the Church, which includes every born again person.

Our righteousness is of Jesus (Romans 10:4; 1Corinthians 1:29-31; 2Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 2:16). This Jesus has been our righteousness since the Old Testamentary days. The Book of Jeremiah 23:6 reads, In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. Romans 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. It is lucidly not of carnal works but of a believing faith that makes us truly righteous. Amen. 1Corinthians 1:30-31, But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 31) That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

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Paul quoted Jeremiah 9:23-24 which reads thus: “23. Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: 24. But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.” Now let us look at some of these words. ‘Glory’ is hâlal (haw-lal’): ‘to be clear (originally of sound, but usually of color); to shine; hence to make a show; to boast; and thus to be (clamorously) foolish; to rave; causatively to celebrate; also to stultify:’ ‘Understandeth’ is the Hebrew śâkal (saw-kal’) ‘to be (causatively make or act) circumspect and hence intelligent.’ ‘Exercise’ is ‛âśâh (aw-saw’) ‘to do, make or create out of existing material.’ Righteousness is a virtue we should be intelligent enough not to make boastful claim of an attainment, knowing fully well that it is solely God’s creation and preserve.

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The word ‘righteousness’ in Hebrew is tsdaqah (tsed-aw-kaw’) which means: ‘rightness (abstractly), subjectively (rectitude), objectively (justice), morally (virtue) or figuratively (prosperity).’ The Greek rendition is dikaiosune (dik-ai-os-oo’-nay): ‘1. equity (of character or act) 2. (specially) Christian justification.’ If the LORD, Jesus, is our righteousness then it is clear whose moral rectitude, virtue and equity of character we are enjoying. It is by grace lest any should boast!

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1Corinthians 1:29, That no flesh should glory in his presence. 2Corinthians 5:21, For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. Galatians 2:16, Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.” The only spiritual toil needed to make us participate in this glorious journey with the most High is the exercise of faith. God has magnanimously made it very easy for us. What a good God we all have to do! He knows that we will never pass the test of the legality of the law, so, He made us His body to enable us to be whatever He is. Hallelujah!

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Get born again by praying this prayer with all your heart and truthfully: Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe in my heart that Jesus died for my sins and You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord, and I receive Him as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory, Amen. 

(…to be continued…)

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I DON’T WANT TO MISS HEAVEN! (IV)

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     The Holy Spirit has come to seal the saints forever

 4)            Ephesians 1:11-14 read: 11) In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: 12) That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. 13) In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14) Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.” In verse 11 the clause, ‘obtained an Inheritance’ is the Greek word kleroo (klay-roh’-o), meaning: ‘1. to allot 2. (figuratively) to assign (a privilege).’ Your spiritual rebirth is a privilege, an unmerited favour showered on you all because you believed the truthfulness of the gospel of redemption in Christ Jesus.

‘Predestinated’ is proorizo (proh-or-id’-zo) ‘1. to limit in advance 2. (figuratively) predetermine.’ God had seen you long before you were brought into being. He knew you would believe in His word, ergo, He did something about the unborn you. It was, is, and will also be His divine doing. The word ‘worketh’ is energeo (en-erg-eh’-o): ‘to be active, efficient.’ God’s soteriological activity concerning every Christian is marked by the efficiency of the Divinity. He does all the work of salvation perfectly. All you need to do is just to have a believing heart. So, why any should whine about the possibility of losing this salvation is clearly not of God’s Scripture.

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 He was there on the day of Pentecost!

‘Counsel,’ boule (bou-lay’), is ‘1. volition, the act of willing or resolving 2. (objectively) advice 3. (by implication) purpose.’ ‘Will’ is thelema (thel’-ay-mah) meaning, ‘1. a determination (properly, the thing) 2. (actively) choice 3. (specially) purpose, decree 4. (abstractly) volition  5. (passively) inclination.’ Counsel’ and ‘will’ tell us in an unconcealed language that it is absolutely the volitional determined will of God that you became born again. He had before the foundation of the earth, decreed your salvation. He did it knowing fully well that you will do His will.

‘Be’ of the 12th verse is an interesting einai (ei`-nai). It means ‘to exist.’ It is not of becoming; it is a being that is galvanized by God’s own life. It comes from eime, the AM part of I AM i.e. Jehovah. You are divinely covered in safety. Your existence is ensured by God’s effective safe-keeping. Amen. The word ‘trusted’ of verse 12 proelpizo (pro-el-pid’-zo), is ‘to hope in advance of other confirmation.’ Your faith in Jesus saved you. You believed the gospel, with no strings attached, and were saved.

In verse 13, we have ‘believed’ pisteuo (pist-yoo’-o). This word is defined as: ‘1. to have faith (in, upon, or with respect to, a person or thing), i.e. credit 2. (by implication) to entrust (especially one’s spiritual well-being to Christ).’

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‘Sealed,’ sphragizo (sfrag-id’-zo) is so meaningfully pregnant. It is defined as: ‘1. to stamp (with a signet or private mark) for security or preservation 2. (by implication) to keep secret, to attest.’ The seriousness of this ‘sealed’ is in the fact that God, the Holy Spirit, is the ‘seal.’ The sealing comes with a ‘promise,’ which in Greek is epaggelia (ep-ang-el-ee’-ah): ‘1. an announcement (for information, assent or pledge) 2. (especially) a divine assurance of good.’ If God assures with the sealing of Himself, i.e. the third Member of the Godhead, how can He break the same promise, knowing fully well that His word is on the line?

Verse 14 has ‘earnest’ arrhabon (ar-rhab-own’) which is: ‘a pledge, i.e. part of the purchase-money or property given in advance as security for the rest.’ How secured is the Holy Spirit as an advance payment? If the payment is a guarantee for your salvation, should you not rest assured that if the Holy Spirit is eternal, so is the earnest?’ The same verse has the word ‘inheritance’ kleronomia (klay-ron-om-ee’-ah) meaning: ‘1. Heirship 2. (concretely) a patrimony 3. (genitive case) a possession.’ Our heirship is a Holy Spirit guaranteed phenomenon. What can, in heaven or the earth, abrogate this patrimony?

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The Trinity is well involved in your security

The word of God teaches that the seal remains valid in the custody of the Comforter ‘until’ the ‘redemption’ of the ‘purchased possession.’ The preposition ‘until’ is eis (eis) ‘1. to or into (indicating the point reached or entered), of place, time 2. (figuratively) to or into a purpose (result, etc.).’ Apolutrosis (ap-ol-oo’-tro-sis) is the Greek for ‘redemption’ and it means: ‘1. (the act) ransom in full 2. (figuratively) riddance 3. (specially) Christian salvation.’ What is ‘purchased possession?’ It is kleronomia (klay-ron-om-ee’-ah): ‘1. Heirship 2. (concretely) a patrimony 3. (genitive case) a possession.’ Nothing vitiates your salvation as long as it is in the Almighty hand of the Holy Spirit. Amen!

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Get born again by praying this prayer with all your heart and truthfully: Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe in my heart that Jesus died for my sins and You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord, and I receive Him as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory, Amen.            (…to be continued…)

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REVEREND CHRIS OKOTIE (five)

 PASTOR-CHRIS-OKOTIE  (…continued from part four…)

*5*            My Deeper Life Church pastor and friend, in his asseveration, pointed out, in all seriousness, that having crashed to conjugal relationships, Reverend Chris Okotie is not fit for his pastoral office again. Too bad, the way many Christian sects interpret the protocol of the LORD God. Adam, did he not start all these earthly palaver we have found ourselves in? Did he lose his federal headship of the human race? Noah, it is on record, threw man back into the curse of sinfulness when he cursed Canaan. Where is Noah, heaven or hell?

Moses did anger the LORD God, hence, did not taste of the land that flowed with milk and honey or did he? Could he be in hell? Could he be in hell and Jesus will call for his presence in the transfiguration on the mount? David, no doubt, I believe, did worse things compared to Rev. Chris Okotie’s divorce saga (never meant to excuse any miscreant act). Did David lose his life, head, crown, Israel or heaven, which one or ones did David lose? David, for your information, was not just a king, he was a prophet.

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The brilliant thinking Pastor

Moses, as their leader, held a political post, his priestly and prophetic offices were ecumenical, thus religious. Solomon went as far as not only building satanic shrines, he was their guest and even bowed his head before those idolatrous images. Solomon did not only keep his crown, he grew older to be an improved preacher, prophet and king. Did Solomon go to hell?

The eleven disciples forsook Jesus. Were they not restored? What do they understand of Romans 11:29, For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance?” The noun ‘gifts’ is charisma (khar’-is-mah) in Greek, and it means: 1. a (divine) gratuity, i.e. deliverance (from danger or passion) 2. (specially), a (spiritual) endowment 3. (subjectively) religious qualification 4. (objectively) miraculous faculty.’

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The Diamond aged celebrant

What is ‘calling’ in Greek? It is klesis (klay`-sis) 1. a calling 2. (specially) a divine calling 3. (figuratively) an invitation 4. (by extension) a name.’ The two words ‘without repentance’ come as one Greek word, ametameletos (am-et-am-el’-ay-tos). Ametameletos comes from the negative particle ‘a’ meaning ‘not’ and metamellomai (met-am-el’-lom-ai) ‘to care afterwards, i.e. regret.’ Ametameletos here in this verse means: ‘irrevocable.’ Once HE calls you, either as a born again or into the ecumenical office, it is absolutely irrevocable. Amen.

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If you have opened your Bible, say, “Uh huh uh huh!”

I am just trying to imagine what would have happened if Rev. Chris Okotie had not heeded the call? The revolution this man of God has championed in scriptural didacticism is phenomenal. He does not sit atop hundreds or thousands of churches as the alpha and the omega. He pastors only one Household Of God Church. He is richer than many of the General Overseers or General Superintendents with too many churches they can effectively manage.

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Rev. Chris Okotie is the man!!!

I believe I know one of the reasons why his marriages would not succeed. It is to deny him of fatherhood. Imagine he has for children: two males and two females. They would be heads of the Church’s departments. When the children he had successful nurtured in the Lord would hold hands with him in prayers, what do you think will happen? They will not only relocate mountains, they will pulverize Gibraltars and the Himalayas put together! Satan will enter ‘gàù. Lucifer hates that!  2019-elections-pastor-chris-okotie-backs-buhari-says-nigerians-should-give-him-total-support

Congregational edifying and spirit lifting songs from the David of our time. Amen!

My Prince looks so good so much that you cannot believe that he is three scores years old. Your pulchritude, my dear Pastor, is a divine beneficence. Your modish sense is Solomonic exemplum. Indeed, only a man full of sapient ingenuity like Pastor Chris Okotie luxuriates in triumphal accomplishments. You fear the Lord, you love the LORD God, no wonder you are like David, the one HE has seen to lead in paths of righteousness that exalts a nation. If Moses, Samuel, David and Solomon all held spiritual and political posts concurrently in their respective days, what, I ask is wrong with Rev. Chris Okotie’s intention to run for the political Presidency of Nigeria, his dear country? I just love your swag. Thank you for being my pastor!

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He must for all reasons have the patrician swag. He’s God’s child.

Anyone who wishes to be an attestant to the vertex titillation that resides inside the stormy gene of Chris Okotie should just ask him who Jesus is! You will receive a treatment of an overwhelming amalgamation of grammar and raw scripture! Nothing commoves my Pastor like the Lord Jesus. Happy birthday, my Prince, sir! I love your patrician swag.

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THE MAN OF GOD! MANY HAPPY RETURNS, SIR!!

What do I say to my Prince at 60? My Pastor, I bless the name of our Lord, Jesus, for calling you into the ministry and the profundity of my thanks to you for heeding the call, takes on a cornucopian fluidity. Your bucolic office has engendered a certain pedagogical excellence, paving an altitudinal touchstone for ecumenism. Amen!

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“Come unto me,” asks Jesus.

Get born again by praying this prayer with all your heart and truthfully: Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe in my heart that Jesus died for my sins and You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord, and I receive Him as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory, Amen.  (Concluded)

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REVEREND CHRIS OKOTIE (four)

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The Household of God Church, called “THE VILLA.”

 (…continued from part three…)

*4*  Going back to my Deeper Life Church minister friend asseveration concerning his failed marriage which should automatically make Chris Okotie lose his sacerdotal office before God’s judgment, let us look into the Bible.  Even Elijah, the great prophet of Israel, goofed. After having wagered in faith, the name of the LORD God of Israel, to achieve a touchstone victory against other gods, all it took to get Elijah to ask for a termination of his prophetic office and from the face of the terra firma was a letter of threat from the priestess of the very god he had hitherto contemned.

What yanked Elijah from the exalted vineyard and a glorious earthly exit? It was an egregious pusillanimity! God did not allow Elijah’s pusillanimous deed to erase the irreversible call of HIS Divinity. Elijah’s epical heroism was not denied its appropriate trophy of his crowning glory.

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It’s Bible reading time in THE VILLA

There was a day that Satan, according to Pastor, came to him. This was before he was called into the ministry. Lucifer was taunting him and was yelling at him, “You want to be a preacher? That’s impossible!” The Reverend said he was wondering what he was freaking the Devil out. Suddenly, Lucifer grabbed his hand and was trying to remove the wedding ring of his first marriage. That told me one of the reasons why his marriage was having problems. The old serpent had visited each one of them and had played the same game of “had God said…….?” and they had failed to use the dominant line of Jesus -“get thee behind me Satan!” Yes, maybe he should not have gone into the conjugal relationship with them, it is evident that an unseen evil is at work!

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Teacher extraordinaire -of the Bible.

I have learned so much from this Paul of our modernity. Before I began to do serious biblical studies he had mentioned the concept of the hypostatic union. I was literally flung into a wow! wow! wowing! mesmerism when he explained it of Jesus as being 100% man, 100% God! Ponderous! He taught the intercalation of the Church age in-between the seventy weeks prophesied by Daniel, regarding the Jewish expectation of the Messiah. One of the topics of his teachings: “The Angelic Conflict,” gave me all the scriptural ingredients I needed to publish my five-part post titled “DEMONISM.” Click this URL and you will be taken to the post: DEMONISM (part one) https://hoojewale.wordpress.com/2016/04/30/demonism-part-one ….

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Praise and worship to Him with Whom we all have to do

The Reverend taught us that there are two ways of studying the Bible. One is: ‘reading out of the Bible,’ and the other being ‘reading into the Bible.’ Reading into the Bible means adding of your personal ideas to God’s word. This is the practice of too many readership of God’s protocol. The bane of scriptural adulteration.

Reading out of the Bible is the appropriation of the raw, undiluted word of God. Few do take the Word for what it says. This is why the Hebrew and the Greek interpretations are so germane. Amen!

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April children are not left out in the celebration of their month

If righteousness of the famous scripture of Proverbs 14:34, “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people;” is anything to go by, there is no doubt in my mind that Pastor Chris Okotie, Household Of Church and Nigeria form a spiritual bond. It will be quite easy for anybody to asseverate that King Solomon’s sagacity pertains only of Israel and not Nigeria.

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Bible reading time

Whoever is of this opinion has not studied this verse well enough because the word ‘nation,’ in the Hebrew, is: gôy (go’-ee) BDB Definition has: ‘nation, people, usually of non-Hebrew people.’ Strong’s Definition: Apparently from the same root as [gêvâh (gay-vaw’) ‘the back, that is, (by extension) the person] (in the sense of massing); a foreign nation; hence a Gentile.’ Nigeria is a Gentile nation, hence, Proverbs 14:34 is apropos for the Nigerian extant situation of wrong leadership. I voted President Buhari because Rev. Chris Okotie was not running.

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Baby dedication time in THE VILLA.

Get born again by praying this prayer with all your heart and truthfully: Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe in my heart that Jesus died for my sins and You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord, and I receive Him as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory, Amen.   (…to be concluded…)

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REVEREND CHRIS OKOTIE (three)

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Winner of Queen Esther Pageant 2017 of HOUSEHOLD OF GOD CHURCH

 

*3*   (…continued from part 2…)    There is this other lady, over thirty years old. Miss Oke had all her days been bedridden by sickle-cell anaemic syndrome. Her genotype had changed! It was no longer SS, she could not believe the result. Those who had been managing her health status were dumbfounded. Her genotype was now a healthy AA! That syndrome had killed her eldest brother, a very committed worker, with whom I taught in the four years class of the Children Church Department.

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There are many others. This guy, John, was up there on a very tall tree, trying to fix the Christmas (of year 2016) lights, known of our church every yuletide. Unbeknown to him, he was too close to the live electricity cable. He made a disastrous physical contact! The current flung him. A deadly descent landed him with a murderous thud. Electric officials came and they were heard asking one another whom they could remember surviving such an accident. Their verdict? None!

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We went to see him at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital. I told him, “John, I am expecting you back in church to see you take the dance steps I’ve known you for.” He gave me an enthusiastic, “Amen.” Sometime in the month of May, this year, the same young man is helping to clean the church. Last Christmas he was in church to fix the bulbs for another Household tradition of ‘light up the world’ for Christmas!

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Amiability that is of affability of this great friend if Jesus

I have my own testimony. Four times in two years I had slumped. Several people slumped not more than once and they were just dead! Three times it happened at home, once in church, of all places and moreover on an Easter Sunday. I truly sensed the attack the fourth time. And I remember telling the Lord, “I don’t want to slump! I mustn’t!” The Devil had his way but he lost the battle and the war. Praise the Lord.

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It was a Saturday and we were getting our class ready for the next day’s service. The Reverend walked past our class and showed his displeasure at the loudness of the music I was playing. I apologized. At another Saturday, the man of God told me, “This is Church and I don’t allow the playing of any music that is not Christian.” I looked at him, meeting his gaze, I said, “This is Christian music, sir.” The man maintained his accusation, and that should have got my feelers warning me seriously.

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I was stupidly sure of what I thought I knew. I stuck to my guns not even knowing the lyrics of the sung. It was when the Pastor said, “This so and so,” telling me the title of that R. Kelly’s song that I knew I had planted myself inside ‘gàù!’ ‘Gàù’ is a Yoruba expression of ‘deep trouble.’ Quickly I had gone to turn the offence off, but not before I had promised never to let that happen again.

I have been looking for an opportunity to apologize for my procacious stunt. What I am trying to enunciate here is that the man of God did not get angry with me for stubbornly arguing with him. I said to myself, “This is a man of true maturity.” The Reverend earned more of my respect for him. I love my Pastor!

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When his first marriage crashed, I told the ladies who had ears to hear that, if a whole Reverend Mrs. Tina Okotie would go against the will of God then anything could happen to any incautious wife. But when the marriage to Sister Stephanie broke down I expect my Pastor to apologize to the congregation of Householders.

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Get born again by praying this prayer with all your heart and truthfully: Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe in my heart that Jesus died for my sins and You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord, and I receive Him as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory, Amen.   (…to be continued…)

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REVEREND CHRIS OKOTIE (two)

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 (…continued from part 1…)                                                                                                   *2*   Household is the church where the altar call is given so much time as fifteen or more minutes for converts to make up their minds. I have heard pastors around the world and I do know that what Chris Okotie teaches is very difficult to surpass. This great man of God refuses to plant sister churches. His reasons? It is first and foremost not scriptural. He will be playing the Holy Spirit’s role -quite usurpative. He will have to appoint pastors; which is only by divine appointment (Ephesians 4:10-11). This man will not do anything which does not conform to scriptural verity.

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Nobody’s tithes or offerings are recorded. I remember attending a church and when I gave the man in charge of the offertory my money and told him, “This is my tithe,” and he asked me to get my tithe card and he heard my answer of, “I don’t have,” I saw him almost agitated to perspiring. I had to wait for a card to be provided for me with my name and address on it and after my contributed amount was duly entered could he receive the said tithe from my hand! In Household, even your pledged money goes into the same offering bag as the one in which you put your voluntary offering and tithes.

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    The Preacher, in a Wednesday service.

The Pastor of Household of God is of the understanding that whatever you bring to church is unto the Lord and if HE has acknowledged your pious gesture, then it is settled. When the altar call is consummated, the Reverend will tell the nascent converts among other things, “If you like our Church, we invite you to be part of what we are doing; but if for any reason you cannot come here, talk to Jesus and He’ll lead you to another Church where you’ll be comfortable, but you must go to Church.” I do not know how many pastors will continue to say this to every Sunday and Wednesday new converts. Very few you will say this, if there is any. Their perceptive stance drums it too loudly and clearly into the core of their beings that the church is their personal investment. Definitely not the Okotie, my Pastor that I have seen for decades.

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A woman, according to Reverend Chris Okotie, during the annual sensitizing teachings that gets us ready for the blessing pact we enter into with the Lord, brought the documents of her landed property to redeem her pledge. He said he told her that as an old widow whose children would be expecting to use the land in future it was better she kept the property, at least for her children’s use since neither him, the Pastor, nor the Church needed the land. This is sheer display of the virtue of moral rectitude. Rev. Okotie, who is guiltless of being under the dominion of cupidity can be trusted. The woman went home with her property.

The blessing pact enables Householders to enter into a business pact with the Lord, based on scriptural promises of God that whatever we ask of Him in faith and doubting not, He will do it. We give the amount pledged even before our requests concretize, proving our level of faith. This is Household and the grand depiction of faith in Him who hath brought us out of the darkness into His marvellous light. Hallelujah!

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June celebrants of Household of God Church

          Many people have censurably clothed Household and her pastoral headship of not seeing miraculous deeds going on in the Church. In fact, about a year of my membership, an HOD of the Church agreed, confiding in me, with the public criticism. In my bewilderment I showed him how wrong he was. The number one miracle that is constantly wrought in Rev Chris Okotie’s Household Of God is that people get born again every blessed week! They that were headed to an everlasting hellish confinement have heard the undiluted logos and by the Holy Spirit’s energizing, a simple prayer of salvation is rendered from the heart and immediately a volte-face to heavenly citizenship is engendered! Miracle!

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In the serious worship of Jesus

A very pulchritudinous woman with an envious job was without a husband for years. On the day of her testimony in a church service she said, “Pastor, the song you taught us, ‘Settle Me’ had been my prayer to the Lord.” Overwhelmed, the beautiful woman, Sister Yemisi  continued, “Pastor, look at the fine, nice, rich and handsome man the Lord has given me,” pointing at the evident truth, the young gentleman, Sina, her husband standing by her side. Today, years past, they are blessed with two wonderful, teenage boys.

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Celebration before the Lord Jesus.

What about the ophthalmologist, Sister Omena, a very nice looking woman, who did everything, went everywhere just to have her matrix serve as the receptacle for which it was created: the gestation of foetus. It has served billions of births, so why not her? When she testified of the Lord’s miracle she had been looking for the fruit of the womb for twelve, painstaking years. The good news? She had not come to thank God expecting a biological issue. She had come before the Lord God Almighty to inform Householders that her womb received and gave birth to a set of twin girls. Those lovely girls, as at this day, are in a secondary school.

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Get born again by praying this prayer with all your heart and truthfully: Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe in my heart that Jesus died for my sins and You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord, and I receive Him as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory, Amen.    (…to be continued…)

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REVEREND CHRIS OKOTIE (one)

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 This is the man of Jesus, Rev. Chris Okotie.

1)            Men of God there are, who are called personally by the Almighty. They abound as well who have continued to call themselves to do work in God’s vineyard, not having been called. Reverend Chris Okotie has continued to prove to be called of Jesus Himself to shepherd the believers of Household Of God Church, where he is the Pastor since the inception, in the month of February, the year nineteen hundred and eighty-seven.

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The ebullience of Rev. Chris Okotie has continued to unravel the mystery of the Lord Jesus Christ, using God’s own protocol, the Bible. At the diamond age of sixty, this June 16th of 2018, he is still waxing strong in the pedagogical dissemination of scriptural veracity. This, none can take away from the one who goes by the sobriquet, ‘My Prince’ or ‘My Pastor’ by Householders i.e. Church members.

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He is the Paul of our time. The altitude display of this man’s erudition can best be described as bodacious in every Sunday and Wednesday midweek service. Call him a walking Bible and you will be closest to the very truth.

I just cannot forget my first time in Household! It was on a Sunday, the eleventh of September, 1994. I christen that day ‘my own version of America’s 9/11, albeit mine wasn’t a disastrous one.’ For two decades I had stopped going to church out of sheer disappointment. The churches I knew had the laity robed in dogmatic dispositions of unscriptural involvement. Eight years approaching the twentieth year I began to ask God for my church, a place where I would worship Jesus in truth and in spirit and absolutely devoid of any religious straightjacket. One day, after prayers, I fell into a sleep.

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The brilliant thinking Rev. Chris Okotie

I saw myself standing under the roof of the girls’ wing of my elementary school and someone looking exactly like Rev Okotie walked up to me and said something I cannot remember. Agreeing with him, I jumped down from where I stood. We walked through the gate, onto the tarred street which led through two cemeteries. I looked to the red brick walled cemetery to the right and it was overgrown with elephant grass, and the end of which lay in the geographical horizon, and to the left, it was the same outstretched, overgrown weeds. Waking from the sleep, I knew the Lord had answered the prayers of my place of His worship.

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Gifts galore to worshippers!

On the next following Sunday I became a Householder, and neither can I forget the topic of the powerful sermon which was “Christian Cults.” I knew I had been led to my Church! At the last time I counted, I had 650 audio tapes of Household Of God Church. Two of the very explosive didactic excellence of earliest sermons are “The Character of Satan” and “The Angelic Conflict.” You would think that the Pastor is in the business of error dissemination. I remember sharing some points of scripture from one of those tapes and the woman, Mrs Afolabi asked, “You mean from this Bible that we all read?” My pastor’s teachings are quite astoundingly deep! On this woman’s birthday I got her about 4 or 6 of Household tapes and she could not hide her excitement of, “I was truly blessed by these tapes.”

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My Prince! My Pastor! Paul of our time!

Every Sunday and Wednesday is a celebration of Jesus. Praises and praises. Beautiful Household songs with lyrics right from the throne of HIS celestial Majesty, all written by the Prince, Rev. Chris Okotie, himself. They are soul rending, spirit elevating and faith provoking songs. Household of God is truly solid!

Is it the serial sermonic topics like: “THE THREE MUSTS IN THE BOOK OF JOHN,” “THE TRIUMPH OF HEZEKIAH,” “MARRIAGE SEMINAR” that we want to talk about? Or is it the so many Easter, Christmas or hundreds of spiritual, eyes opening didactic journeys into the mysteries of scripture, where the swaddling clothes of the baby Messiah are carefully perused? My Pastor has taught us so many things regarding God’s protocol. Where do you think I got the knack to teach the Greek and Hebraic interpretations that feature in my posts? Rev Chris Okotie.                             (…to be continued…) 

10590614_10152166816841020_8143297342606130378_n  Get born again by praying this prayer with all your heart and truthfully: Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe in my heart that Jesus died for my sins and You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord, and I receive Him as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory, Amen.              (…to be continued…)

I DON’T WANT TO MISS HEAVEN! (III)

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The Church (most of its leadership) is not doing well by keeping the scriptural truism from the laity. So many scriptural anomalies got ingested in the unsuspecting laity during the millennia of the hegemony of Catholicism. James Arminius, whose teachings sired the Remonstrance and their five points, the fifth of which states thus: “believers are able to resist sin but are not beyond the possibility of falling from grace. The crux of Remonstrant Arminianism lay in the assertion that human dignity requires an unimpaired freedom of the will.” Over 90% of Christians believe this Arminianistic didacticism (unfortunately).

                1Corinthians 1:30 says, “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:” where the ‘righteousness’ is, the Greek, dikaiosunē (dik-ah-yos-oo’-nay):‘equity (of character or act); specifically (Christian) justification.’ And 2Corinthians 5:21 has “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” Dikaiosunē is the same Greek word for ‘righteousness’ here.

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Matthew 16:18, “….and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Katischuo (kat-is-khoo’-o), that is the Greek for ‘prevail against’ which means ‘to overpower.’ Jesus says so clearly that none of His saved can be overpowered to fall into sin that will make him or her to lose heaven. This is the Bible. This verse points to the fact that it is absolutely incumbent upon Him to ensure our eventual heavenly citizenry the moment we pray the prayer of salvation. Jesus takes over our lives from then on.

Anyone who gets born again is a stone that has just been fix, permanently, in the building called Church. No satanic shenanigan can remove him from the structure whose erection is brought into a ginomai (made –righteous, that is) by Him who is the Architect, Draughtsman and the Bricklayer of the Church, the mystical body of His own being. God will never use an element which will become ineffectual to build the Church! The gates of Satanism cannot overpower a true Christian. A true Christian is a person who has professed the Lordship of Jesus.

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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.  ‘Life’ is zoe (dzow-ay’) ‘1. life-above 2. epithet of Jesus (John 14).’ Zoe comes from zao (dzah’-o) ‘1. to live {literally or figuratively}.’ It is in contrast to another Greek word, bios (bee’-os) ‘1. natural, physical life 2. (literally) the present state of bodily existence 3. (by implication) the means of livelihood.’ ‘More abundant’ is the Greek perissos (per-is-sos’) ‘1. superabundant (in quantity) or superior (in quality) 2. (by implication) excessive.’

John 10:11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. To understand the unique profundity of this asseveration let us begin with ‘I am.’ When you read this verse from the Septuagint ‘I am’ will be ego eime. When Moses asked God for His name, the Septuagint rendition is ego eime. The life, zoe, that Jesus is giving abundantly in this verse is God’s kind of life. It does not come to extermination and absolutely nothing can bring it to extinction.

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What is the connection between the ‘I am’ and the shepherd? Psalm 23 opens with “The LORD is my Shepherd” where the title ‘LORD’ is Yhovah (yeh-ho-vaw’) ‘1. (the) self-Existent or Eternal 2. Jehovah, Jewish national name of God.’ In Psalm 80 the first verse reads: “Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; thou that dwellest between the cherubims, shine forth.” If the Shepherd of this verse is not Jehovah God, then Jesus never trod upon the surface of this terra firma. So, when Jesus declared, I am the good shepherd the definite article points in the direction of the One no Israelite would feign not to know: the Almighty LORD God of Israel! Amen!

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Get born again by praying this prayer with all your heart and truthfully: Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe in my heart that Jesus died for my sins and You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord, and I receive Him as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory, Amen.        (…to be continued…)

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