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Holy and without Blemish by Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Theme: Righteousness
Topic: Holy and without Blemish
Scripture Reading:
Ephesians 5:25-27
Main Text:
1 Peter 1:14-16
“As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”
The final category of qualities that Jesus looks out for in believers that He can present to the Father are believers “holy and without blemish”.
To be holy is to be consecrated or sacred. This is a spiritual thing. Holiness is a spiritual state our spirits bear witness to. The Spirit bears witness with our spirits that we are the children of God (Romans 8:16). We may not see that we are holy or feel holy. We know it within us.
When something is holy, it is set apart. God sets believers apart for spiritual purposes (John 17:17-19). The world tries to dispute our holiness because of their fals…

WHAT DO YOU SEE? BY SAMUEL EXCELLENCE

26th September, 2018

IPR DAILY DEVOTION

Topic: WHAT DO YOU SEE?

THEME SCRIPTURE:
Psalm 36:9 (KJV)
For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.

MESSAGE:
It matters the kind of light you use at specific locations. The light used in a movie theatre, for instance, is different from the light used in a banking hall. There are different kinds of light and depending on which one you use at a specific location, you’d see differently.

Without the light of God’s Word, all you’ll see in this world is evil and darkness, because Galatians 1:4 describes this world as “present evil world.” This world is one big zone of gross darkness, yet in the midst of this darkness, God’s Word, which is our light, helps us to see the way forward.

What light are you using to view this world? With what light are you functioning in this world? If you use any other light other than the light of God’s Word, be assured that all you’d see would be evil. But from our theme Scripture, the Psalmist …

Temperance by Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Theme: Righteousness

Topic: Temperance

Scripture Reading:
Galatians 5:22-23

Main Text: 
1 Corinthians 9:25
“And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.”

Good hygiene is impossible without self-control. In the natural, we cannot maintain good health without a sense of discipline. We must control our habits and desires to avoid disease. The same logic is applicable to spiritual hygiene.

Provocation is a constant thing in church and that makes temperance an indispensable quality to possess. A leader must be careful not to overreact to provocation otherwise he or she will destroy the ministry.

The absence of the works of the flesh, and the presence of the fruit of the Spirit in believers, leads to healthy churches where righteousness reigns.

Prayer:
Pray for the discipline to walk in self-control.

Recommended Reading:
“Building a Solid Church” by East…

DO YOU LACK DIRECTION?

25th September, 2018

IPR DAILY DEVOTION 

Topic: DO YOU LACK DIRECTION?

THEME SCRIPTURE:
Ecclesiastes 10:10 (KJV)
If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct.

MESSAGE:
Wisdom is profitable to direct! What a clear-cut provision God has made for those who lack direction in life.

Do you lack direction in life? Do you want to take some major decisions, yet do not know which way to go? The solution is the wisdom of God; and thankfully, the Word of God is the wisdom of God.

Colossians 3:16 admonishes us to let the Word of Christ dwell in us richly. When you’re rich in God’s Word, you’ll be full of wisdom; and when you’re full of wisdom, you’ll never lack direction, because wisdom is profitable to direct.

That’s why it’s essential to prayerfully read the Word of God. Don’t read the Scriptures as if you’re reading any other literature. The Word of God is God talking to you daily. This is why Apostle James admonishes thos…

BOA Life Quotes By Bremansu Osa Andrews

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Faith and Meekness by Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Theme: Righteousness

Topic: Faith and Meekness

Scripture Reading: 
Galatians 5:22-23

Main Text: 
Habakkuk 2:4
“Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.”

The word “faith” in the fruit of the Spirit actually means faithfulness, fidelity and trustworthiness. Faithfulness is indispensable in our pursuit of righteousness. No organization or family can be built without faithfulness in its members. Three main areas of faithfulness are required in believers. These are faithfulness in little things, faithfulness in money matters and faithfulness in the things that belong to others.

Meekness provides the balance in the exercise of our faith and is important in our pursuit of righteousness. Meekness is submitting to God’s will without resistance and resentment. The quality of meekness is disappearing from the Church at a fast rate. Believers are motivated by pride and ego to do things in the Kingdom …

AMAZING GRACE BY SAMUEL EXCELLENCE

24th September, 2018

IPR DAILY DEVOTION 

Topic: AMAZING GRACE

THEME SCRIPTURE:
2 Corinthians 8:9 (KJV)
For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.

MESSAGE:
Our theme Scripture begins by saying, “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ...” but unfortunately, many of God’s children do not know.

Do you know the grace into which we have been called? Are you aware and conscious of this grace? It’s an amazing grace for someone who, though was rich, yet FOR MY SAKE, became poor, so that through His poverty, I might be rich!

This truth is so plain and straightforward that you wouldn’t need any special Bible interpreter before you could understand it. We are so used to making some efforts to reach out to God, such that we sometimes think we must “do something” to receive such an amazing grace. Yet, all we need to do is to believe the truth of God’s Word and function in that light.

Ye…

Gentleness and Goodness by Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Monday, September 24, 2018

Theme: Righteousness

Topic: Gentleness and Goodness

Scripture Reading: 
Galatians 5:22-23

Main Text: 
Luke 21:19
“In your patience possess ye your souls.”

Gentleness is excellence in character and demeanour.  It means, “to be seemly”, “pleasing in appearance,” “conforming to acceptable standards of behavior”, “suitable” and “becoming.” Courtesy and good manners are necessary tools in creating a solid church. Gentleness reduces the offences in a church and promotes the healing of emotional and spiritual wounds.

Goodness has to do with stretching oneself beyond convenience in order to be a blessing to another. It is not a careless passing on of one’s surplus. Goodness is the means by which believers extend God’s blessings to others.

A righteous church is filled with grace because members reach out to others and generously supply their needs (Ephesians 4:32; Galatians 6:10). The hardness of heart towards others breed discouragement when their pain …

Peace and Longsuffering by Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Sunday, September 23, 2018

Theme: Righteousness

Topic: Peace and Longsuffering

Scripture Reading: 
Galatians 5:22-23

Main Text: 
Hebrews 12:14
“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:”

Peace and longsuffering are important ingredients in our walk of righteousness. The word “peace” comes from the Hebrew word shalom, which means salvation and deliverance. It is a sense of completeness, wholeness and contentment. Peace is stillness and quietness of the spirit and soul. It is a state of orderliness in a person’s life (Psalm 46:10).

There are many people in churches who don’t have peace with God. A good number of believers don’t have peace within themselves. The absence of peace with God and the lack of internal peace makes it difficult for believers to have peace with one another (Hebrews 12:14). Troubled relationships exist in many churches and homes but I pray that, “…the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep you…

REACH OUT TO GOD BY SAMUEL EXCELLENCE

23rd September, 2018

IPR DAILY DEVOTION

Topic: REACH OUT TO GOD

 THEME SCRIPTURE:
Romans 10:12-13 (KJV)
[12] For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. [13] For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

MESSAGE:
We often hear those who are ignorant of God’s Word arguing, that, if there were a God somewhere, why doesn’t He intervene in the situations of the suffering masses? Well, such argument doesn’t change the truth, that, God does not discriminate.

Our theme Scripture reveals that God IS RICH UNTO ALL THAT CALL UPON HIM. The next verse stressed this truth even further, saying, WHOEVER SHALL CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD SHALL BE SAVED.

Did you see, that, God does not discriminate? He is rich into all that call upon Him. God doesn’t impose Himself on us; He doesn’t force anyone to engage Him. But He is rich unto all that reach out to Him.

The book of James buttresses the same point, say…

Daily Counsel with Bishop Dag Heward Mills (Witches)

Daily Counsel
Read Your Bible, Pray Everyday

BISHOP DAG HEWARD-MILLS


WITCHES

22nd September 2018        
READ: 1 Kings 19:1-18

 “And Jezebel his wife said unto him, Dost thou now govern the kingdom of Israel? arise, and eat bread, and let thine heart be merry: I will give thee the vineyard of Naboth theJezreelite.” - 1 Kings 21:7


A person with a controlling spirit is a witch. A witch is someone who has realized that she has this power to twiddle people around her thumb. She controls people and makes them do things they would not have done. She wields this power through relentless accusations. Accusations harass and threaten God’s servants. Accusations are perfect tools to control great people.              

A minister complained that he no longer felt free in his home. Witch- craft had modified his domestic behaviour! He told me how he had to always hide his phone from his wife who would search through the phone for incriminating text messsages and evidence of questionable phone calls.…

REJOICE IN THE LORD BY SAMUEL EXCELLENCE

22nd September, 2018

IPR DAILY DEVOTION 

Topic: REJOICE IN THE LORD

THEME SCRIPTURE:
Philippians 4:4 (KJV)
Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.

MESSAGE:
There isn’t enough human vocabulary to fully describe the joy of the Lord and what it does in the life of a child of God. Nehemiah says, the joy of the Lord is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10). Isaiah says, with joy shall we draw water out of the wells of salvation (Isaiah 12:3).

You see, there are wells of salvation planted in the heart of the child of God at new birth. The life and nature of God you received at salvation created these wells in you. All that we will ever need to live the victorious Christian life are in these wells as “water.” This is not ordinary water; it is the water of life!

To draw water from these wells of salvation, you need a receptacle; you need a “container” to do so; and the only container prescribed by Scripture is “joy!” We draw water from the wells of salvation with joy.

No wonder Satan aims at…

Love and Joy by Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Saturday, September 22, 2018

Theme: Righteousness

Topic: Love and Joy

Scripture Reading: 
Galatians 5:22-23

Main Text:
John 15:13
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

After looking at the works of the flesh, which are characteristics of unrighteousness, we are going to spend the next few days looking at the fruit of the spirit, that is, the ingredients that a righteous character must produce. Today, we will look at love and joy.

Love is the selfless disposition of putting others before yourself. It is the ability to show benevolence towards others. Love is the affection toward others that makes us lay down our lives for them even when they don’t deserve it (John 15:13). A righteous person is rich in the love of God. Nothing makes believers stronger than love. 

Joy is the delight and supernatural gladness that comes from our benefit and profit in Jesus Christ, leading us to praise God. Joy does not depend on external circumsta…

THE TRUE INDEPENDENCE BY SAMUEL EXCELLENCE

21st September, 2018IPR DAILY DEVOTIONTopic: THE TRUE INDEPENDENCE THEME SCRIPTURE:
Romans 8:2 (KJV)
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.MESSAGE:
Did you see the two opposing  laws mentioned in our theme Scripture? 1. The law of the Spirit of life. 2. The law of sin and death. If you’re in Christ Jesus, you’re no longer under the law of sin and death. The word translated “law” in this verse of Scripture has to do with “operations.” In other words, those in Christ Jesus are no longer under the operations of sin; the sin nature has been washed away and therefore doesn’t have dominion over the new man in Christ. Mind you, the wages of sin is death; and since the new man in Christ Jesus is no longer under the operations of sin, he is therefore no longer under the operations of death. On the contrary, once you become a new man in Christ, a new law begins to operate in you; it is called, “the law of the Spirit of life.” That is,…

Righteousness by Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Friday, September 21, 2018Theme: RighteousnessTopic: Raising the Moral Standard – A Radical ApproachScripture Reading:
Matthew 5:27-30Main Text:
Matthew 5:29
“And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.”After knowing the absolute importance of raising the moral standards, especially in the areas of murder and adultery or sexual sin, we must adopt a radical and aggressive approach in order to achieve our goal. Jesus Christ, the giver of grace did not suggest an easy way of achieving a raised or high moral standard. He compared the approach to mutilating one’s body parts (Matthew 5:29-30). The bible admonishes us to contend earnestly for our faith (Jude 1:3). If there is any area we need to contend, it is in the area of murder and adultery. Moral purity does not come by wishing it into being. Joseph showed us a good example.…

ARE YOU AWARE? BY SAMUEL EXCELLENCE

IPR DAILY DEVOTION

20th September, 2018

Topic: ARE YOU AWARE?

THEME SCRIPTURE:
Romans 8:28 (KJV)
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

MESSAGE:
The Greek word translated “know” in the above verse of Scripture is “eido”. It means to “to turn the eyes, the mind, the attention to anything.” In other words, “eido” means, “to be aware.”

Are you aware that ALL THINGS work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to God’s purpose. That awareness is what makes the difference between the babe in Christ and the mature believer.

As we mature in Christ, we develop an awareness that, no matter the situation we may find ourselves in, it will only turn out for our good. That is a phenomenon the human mind cannot fully comprehend, yet, it is a spiritual reality you must grow to become aware of. 

Are you in pain? Have you suffered any set-back or disappointment? Have you lost a jo…

Raising the Moral Standard III – The Law of Adultery by Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Thursday, September 20, 2018

Theme: Righteousness

Topic: Raising the Moral Standard III – The Law of Adultery

Scripture Reading: 
Matthew 5:27-30

Main Text: 
Matthew 5:28
“But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart”

At this point, I trust we all agree that raising the moral standard is absolutely crucial. In the last study, we looked at Jesus’ exemplification of the first law of moral standards – Murder. Today, we will look at the second – Adultery. Adultery is illicit sex with a married individual or by a married person with another person, single or married. 

The scripture reference in Matthew 5:27-30 deals with adultery, fornication and every manner of sexual impurity. It defines adultery as an act of the entire body including the eye instead of just the traditional sexual organs. The eyes can commit adultery, implying that the ears can also commit adultery. The actual culprit of adulter…

Raising the Moral Standard II – The Law of Murder by Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Theme: Righteousness

Topic: Raising the Moral Standard II – The Law of Murder

Scripture Reading: 
Matthew 5:17-20

Main Text: 
Matthew 5:21-22
“Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca (O empty one, thou worthless), shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.”

As already stated in our last study, the life of grace in Christ cannot be misunderstood to mean the life of lawlessness and moral looseness. Jesus Christ exposed the depths of the moral demands of the law. He revealed the spirit behind the written commandments of God. He went beyond the external deeds of the body and emphasized the condition of the heart.

The spiritual side of God’…

GOOD OUT OF EVIL BY SAMUEL EXCELLENCE

IPR DAILY DEVOTION 

19th September, 2018

Topic: GOOD OUT OF EVIL

THEME SCRIPTURE:
2 Corinthians 4:17 (KJV)
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

MESSAGE: 
How do you look at the negative situations that come your way in your day to day endeavour? Do you see them as evil? Do you realize the wisdom of God in allowing those negative situations?

See, a child of God can never be disadvantaged! It doesn’t matter what comes your way, it will only serve as a raw material to produce something beautiful in your life. That’s the truth about us in Christ Jesus - we CAN NEVER be disadvantaged!

From our theme Scripture, you can see the wisdom of God at work:

1. He calls whatever affliction that comes our way, “light.” Don’t call “heavy” that which God calls, “light.” If you keep confessing, “This affliction is overwhelming,” it will remain so and overwhelm you. If God calls your affliction a light affliction, learnt to tal…

FOLLOW THE RIGHT EXAMPLE BY SAMUEL EXCELLENCE

IPR DAILY DEVOTION 

18th September, 2018

Topic: FOLLOW THE RIGHT EXAMPLE

THEME SCRIPTURE:
Hebrews 6:12 (KJV)
That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

MESSAGE:
What is your expectation in life? Is there an example of people who have had similar expectation and achieved it? Is there a promise of God you’ve waited for its fulfillment? Our theme Scripture admonishes us to follow those who through FAITH and PATIENCE inherit the promises. 

There are examples of people in Scripture as well as in recent times who exercised both faith and patience to inherit the promises of God; and we’re encouraged to follow such examples.

If you’re ever going to stay afloat in the midst of the raging storms of life; if you’re ever going to achieve God’s dream for your life, then, follow the right example!

Look at a man like Abraham! The Bible calls him the father of faith. Yet, we discover from the Scriptures that Abraham didn’t only have faith to inher…

Raising the Moral Standard I by Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Theme: Righteousness

Topic: Raising the Moral Standard I

Scripture Reading: 
Matthew 5:17-20

Main Text: 
Hebrews 12:12-14
“Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:”_

The life of grace in Christ is often misunderstood to mean the life of lawlessness and moral looseness. The teachings of Christ Himself debunk this notion. He demanded a higher moral standard from His followers, unlike the scribes and Pharisees who piled up laws on others but did not keep the commandments of God.

Believers in Christ should not condemn the world for sinning while we practice the same vices and worse ones. Jesus Christ did not come to destroy the law but to fulfill it. He condemned breaking the law but teaching others the law. He demanded a high…

Revellings by Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Monday, September 17, 2018

Theme: Righteousness

Topic: Revellings

Scripture Reading:
Galatians 5:19-23

Main Text:
1 Peter 4:3
“For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:”

Revellings as a work of the flesh includes riotous feasting and letting loose. Believers use birthdays, graduations and funerals as excuses to organise riotous parties. The consumption of alcohol, sexual promiscuity and strife occur in revellings. Some believers who cannot patronize nightclubs on the streets find a subtle way of bringing them into the church.

In the attempt to entertain ourselves, believers import worldly music and dancing into the church. We sometimes attend birthdays and end of year parties where worldly music is played. People of the opposite sex pair up and take to the stage to display provocative forms of dancing. The lyrics of the …

JESUS CARES BY SAMUEL EXCELLENCE

IPR DAILY DEVOTION 

17th September, 2018

Topic: JESUS CARES

THEME SCRIPTURE:
1 Peter 5:7 (NKJV)
Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

MESSAGE:
Have you gotten to a phase of your life where you feel nobody cares? Is there an issue that weighs you down so much that it seems you have no one to give you the needed listening ear? Don’t be despondent. I have good news for you.

When it seems no one cares, our theme Scripture shows us that Jesus cares. When you feel alone and have no one to share your burdens with, be encouraged, for Jesus cares. If you have been betrayed by trusted friends and you find it difficult to trust again, remember, Jesus cares.

We’re admonished in 1 Peter 5:7 to cast ALL our cares upon Jesus. Yes, ALL your cares! Why should you carry your burdens all by yourself when you have a burden-bearer; His Name is Jesus!

The next time  you’re tempted to question God’s love for you,  kindly remind yourself that if Christ died for you while you were still a sinner, …

Drunkenness By Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Sunday, September 16, 2018

Theme: Righteousness

Topic: Drunkenness

Scripture Reading:
Galatians 5:19-23

Main Text
Ephesians 5:18
And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

Drunkenness or alcoholism is a common work of the flesh that is invading the sanity of the Body of Christ. It is hard drinking, the use of alcohol that leads to unacceptable behaviour. Believers misquote portions of the Bible to justify their drinking habits. They argue that they can drink alcohol in moderate quantities without getting drunk only to end up becoming drunks.

Abstinence is the best way to escape the bondage and destruction of alcoholism. The Bible encourages us to behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy (Romans 13:13). The problems alcohol produces are far more than anything it promises to offer. Remember that the Bible says wine is a mocker (Proverbs 20:…

DO YOU CALL THIS SORROW? BY SAMUEL EXCELLENCE

IPR DAILY DEVOTION 

16th September, 2018

Topic: DO YOU CALL THIS SORROW?

THEME SCRIPTURE:
Romans 8:18 (KJV)
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

MESSAGE:
Are you suffering any form of pain, sickness, hardship, or disadvantage, that seems to fill your heart with sorrow? Consider our theme Scripture today and be encouraged.

The worst form of sorrow that any humankind could ever be plagued with is to be eternally separated from God; to spend eternity in the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

But as children of God, we’re aware that we’ve been translated from the kingdom of darkness into God’s marvelous light. We’re not going to be; WE DWELL in God’s marvelous light as a present tense reality. This means we’re no longer under the dominion of Satan and darkness, and therefore we have no part in the worst form of sorrow where Satan and his angels are destined to go.

You’ve got to r…

YOU’RE BLESSED! BY SAMUEL EXCELLENCE

IPR DAILY DEVOTION 

15th September, 2018

Topic: YOU’RE BLESSED!

THEME SCRIPTURE:
Ephesians 1:3 (KJV)
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

MESSAGE:
Are you in Christ? Are you born again? Are you a child of God? If your answer is yes, then, cheer up, dear!

Our theme Scripture is a revelation of what we have become in Christ - God HAS BLESSED US!  To be blessed, is to be empowered to succeed. To be blessed is to have that inner “wiring” and “programming” that can only turn you in the direction of success no matter what comes your way.

Do you see yourself that way? Do you know if you’re in Christ, you have an inner “engine” that propels you only in the success direction?

Scripture makes us to understand that the blessing of the Lord makes us rich with no sorrow added. Therefore, you’re disconnected from sorrow forever because of who you have become in Christ - the blessed one.

Tell yourself every…

Murders by Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Theme: Righteousness

Topic: Murders

Scripture Reading:
Galatians 5:19-23

Main Text
1 John 3:15
Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

The Bible states simply, “Thou shalt not kill” (Exodus 2013). Hatred, wrath, emulation, strife and envy lead to murder. It is hypocritical to pretend that we cannot commit murder when we have strife and envy. Jesus Christ said anyone who hates his brother is a murderer (Matthew 5:21-22).

Abortion is a common form of murder among believers. We have joined the world in thinking there is nothing wrong with it. Doctors in churches enrich themselves by performing abortions. Acts of actual murder take place among believers.

Murder is conceived in the heart, processed in the mind and executed by our actions. Jesus Christ said that it is the things that come out from the mouth that destroy, and that out of the heart proceeds murders, adultery, sexual im…

PRAYER CONNECTION BY SAMUEL EXCELLENCE

IPR DAILY DEVOTION 

14th September, 2018

Topic: PRAYER CONNECTION

THEME SCRIPTURE:
Luke 18:1 (KJV)
And he spake a parable unto them to this end , that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;


MESSAGE:
Our Lord Jesus knew the importance of prayer as far as living in this world is concerned. Though He knew no sin, He was a Man of constant prayer when He walked the earth.

Our theme Scripture says the import of a parable Jesus spoke was to stress on how men OUGHT to pray ALWAYS and not to faint or lose heart. When Scripture talks about men, it includes both gender; after all, a woman is simply a man with a womb (womb-man).

Prayer is a way by which we connect the heavens to our affairs here on earth. But for our prayer connection, many of our efforts would have been frustrated by negative forces that seek to control the affairs of men here on earth.

Mind you, this world is not heaven! Galatians 1:4 calls this world, “present evil world.” There’s evil in this world, and you shouldn’t be ign…

Envyings By Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Friday, September 14, 2018

Theme: Righteousness

Topic: Envyings

Scripture Reading:
Galatians 5:19-23

Main Text
Proverbs 27:4
Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?

In a healthy church the members rejoice at one another’s success. Envy makes us undermine the good in others. If we don’t appreciate the good things we have they cannot increase. Envy is the enemy of growth. Believers refuse to promote one another in churches and destroy one another’s businesses out of envy.

Some leaders in congregations are envious of their pastors’ success and employ various schemes to destroy them. The writer of Philippians observed with sadness that even in the preaching of the gospel, “some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will.”

Envyings is deadly according to the scripture (Proverbs 27:4). Cain’s envy against his brother moved him into eliminating him (Genesis 4:8). The elimination tactics in the church fueled by …

ALL FOR FREE BY SAMUEL EXCELLENCE

IPR DAILY DEVOTION 

13th September, 2018

Topic: ALL FOR FREE

THEME SCRIPTURE:
Romans 8:32 (KJV)
He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

It’s important we constantly remind ourselves that Jesus Christ has fully payed for everything we could ever need through His finished work on the Cross of Calvary.

Are you in need of anything? Just name it! Whatever the name of that need is, it has been payed for! It’s available in Christ Jesus!

Our theme Scripture throws a challenge, that if God DELIVERED UP His Son Jesus FOR US ALL, how shall He not with this same Jesus ALSO FREELY GIVE US ALL THINGS?

What you’re looking for is available in Christ Jesus for asking and receiving; it’s available for seeking and finding; it’s available for knocking and having doors open for you!

Matthew 7:7-11 (KJV)
[7] Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: [8] For every one that …

Heresies By Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Thursday, September 13, 2018

Theme: Righteousness

Topic: Heresies

Scripture Reading:
Galatians 5:19-23

Main Text
2 Peter 2:1
But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

Heresies denote the formal denial or doubt of a core doctrine of the Christian faith. In today’s church, strange doctrines have led individuals and groups to form exclusive parties that teach their members to be weird in behaviour. Such parties bring their members under bondage by placing them under strict rules. They have a false righteousness that makes them think they are superior to others.

Following heretics and their damnable teachings according to Peter will lead to swift destruction. Believers must therefore be wary of false prophets and teachers who say and do things that contradict the foundational teachings of…

IT’S ALL GOOD BY SAMUEL EXCELLENCE

IPR DAILY DEVOTION

12th September, 2018

Topic: IT’S ALL GOOD

THEME SCRIPTURE:
Romans 8:28 KJV
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

MESSAGE:
The above Scripture is one of the proofs that a child of God can NEVER be disadvantaged.  What seems evil or a disadvantage can only serve as a part of the “ingredients” which ultimately produce excellent results.

What is that seeming unpleasant situation you might have found yourself in? What is that thorn in your flesh? What is that experience that seems to eat you up?

I have good news for you! Do you know that in the preparation of a delicious meal, not all the ingredients taste delicious? Some of the ingredients are sweet, others are sour, and others bitter. Yet, a good cook knows how to blend all these ingredients together to produce a tasty meal.

That’s how life’s situations are; some may be good, some bad, and some bitter. Yet, as a child of God,  you’re …

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Seditions by Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Theme: Righteousness

Topic: Seditions

Scripture Reading:
Galatians 5:19-23

Main Text
Philippians 1:16‭-‬17
16 The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds:
17 But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.

Seditions are dissensions, division and disunion. Strife leads to sedition. In many churches, it is common to see deep-seated disagreements. Doctrinal differences and individual preferences make people take entrenched positions in their hearts and minds. Confused members sow seeds of discord in the assembly that make it difficult for pastors to lead the Church in one direction. Church splits are more common in this generation than in any other.

It is interesting to note that even when it comes to the preaching of the Gospel and doctrinal issues, believers allow the flesh to take over their lives to the extent that such vicious disagreements exist. Apostle Paul revea…

Variance and Strife By Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Theme: Righteousness

Topic: Variance and Strife

Scripture Reading:
Galatians 5:19-23

Main Text
Proverbs 22:10
Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease.

Variance expresses itself in quarrels, debate, strife and contention. Variance and strife present themselves as works of the flesh that are distinguishable only by the degree of foolhardiness or the situations in which they express themselves. Variance are arguments resulting from vain ambitions that can destroy the atmosphere of serenity in churches. It expresses itself in believers in local churches who refuse to speak to one another and are quarreling notwithstanding all the counseling.

Strife on the other hand results from being provoked to anger and contention. In other words, it is a consequence of anger and wrath. They are expressed in feelings and words. Strife manifests in the struggle for entitlements and positions in churches. Anger, wrat…

HOW TO STAY AFLOAT BY SAMUEL EXCELLENCE

IPR DAILY DEVOTION 

11th September, 2018

Topic: HOW TO STAY AFLOAT

THEME SCRIPTURE: 
Isaiah 59:19b (KJV)
“...When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.”

MESSAGE:
Did you see the purpose of the enemy in our theme Scripture? Satan comes in LIKE A FLOOD  with one aim - to DROWN his victim!

Never you take the Christian warfare for granted! We’re at war on a daily basis with unseen forces, yet, we’re more than conquerors! What makes us more than conquerors is also revealed in our theme Scripture - the Spirit of the Lord!

The Holy Spirit in the life of the believer is what makes the difference. It is for a good reason why we’re told to be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18). Both the Hebrew and the Greek words translated “Spirit” also mean “wind.”

When you’re filled with the Spirit,  you’re like balloon filled with air. Can you drown or submerge a balloon filled with air? Air has a density less than that of water; and science say…

STAY AFLOAT BY SAMUEL EXCELLENCE

IPR DAILY DEVOTION 

10th September, 2018

Topic: STAY AFLOAT

THEME SCRIPTURE:
Job 22:29 (KJV)
When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up; and he shall save the humble person.

MESSAGE:
There’s one purpose for every storm the enemy brings your way - to drown you! Don’t take for granted the storms of life! Don’t play neutral and presume things will fall in their natural course. Things won’t change until you learn to use your tongue aright.

Your tongue is the steering wheel of your life; meaning, you’ll always go in the direction of your words. That’s why our theme Scripture instructs us that when men are cast down, don’t join them to sing that chorus; don’t tailor your language according to the unfavourable circumstance you might have found yourself. Rather, you’ve got to align your language with the truth of God’s Word concerning that situation or circumstance. So, when men are cast down, instead of joining them to say things like, “We’re  Finished” or “There’s no hope…

Wrath by Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Monday, September 10, 2018

Theme: Righteousness

Topic: Wrath

Scripture Reading:
Galatians 5:19-23

Main Text
Proverbs 22:24‭-‬25
24 Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go:
25 Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.

In the past few days, we have been looking at the works of the flesh as major hindrances to our walking in righteousness. Today, we will discuss wrath. Wrath is extreme anger that can lead to murder and other acts of destruction. Churches are choked with unforgiveness and bitterness.

The Bible admonishes believers to put off wrath and its related sins (Colossians 3:8). Our new nature in Christ does not make room for the accommodation of wrath. In another instance, the Bible admonishes us not to befriend an angry or furious person. Such people easily contaminate and can ensnare us.

Apostle Paul in his writings admits that as children of God, there is little space for anger, at least to accommodate our humanne…

THERE’S ALWAYS A WAY OUT! BY SAMUEL EXCELLENCE

IPR DAILY DEVOTION

9th September, 2018

Topic: THERE’S ALWAYS A WAY OUT!

THEME SCRIPTURE:1 Corinthians 10:13 (NKJV)
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

MESSAGE:
Are you faced with an unpleasant situation that seems to eat you up, and that makes you feel like you’re the only one suffering in this world? Cheer up, because I have good news for you!

Our theme Scripture tells us that whatever temptation or trial you may be faced with in this life, IT IS COMMON TO MAN. In other words, you are not the only one being “experimented” with that trial; others have gone through it and have passed the test, and many more are still going through it. So, it’s common! Don’t call strange that which God calls common.

The next line says, “GOD IS FAITHFUL...” That’s the key! If you can trust the faithfulness of Go…

Hatred and Emulations by Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Sunday, September 9, 2018

Theme: Righteousness

Topic: Hatred and Emulations

Scripture Reading:
Galatians 5:19-23

Main Text
Galatians 5:19-20
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

Hatred and emulations are the next works of the flesh we will look at. Hatred is a deep and extreme dislike for someone, which makes a person act irrationally towards another person. Hatred has found its way into families, businesses and churches and is tearing them apart. Emulations are the mixture of bad feelings people harbour against one another. Unhealthy competition among churches and within them leads to confusion and conflict.

Believers find it difficult to celebrate others for their success. Envy moves us to speak evil about one another. The opposition some believers and churches face from others is almost unimaginable. Memb…

RISE UP AND WALK BY SAMUEL EXCELLENCE

IPR DAILY DEVOTION 

8th September, 2018

Topic: RISE UP AND WALK

THEME SCRIPTURE:
Luke 5:23 (NKJV)
“Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise up and walk’?

MESSAGE:
The above verse of Scripture is a question our Lord Jesus asked the Scribes and the Pharisees when they concluded that Jesus was blaspheming for telling a paralyzed man that his sins were forgiven him (Luke 5:20).

Do you know Jesus is asking you and me the same question today? What is your answer, can you tell me, whether it is easier to say, “Your sins are forgiven you” or to say, “Rise up and walk”?

My answer is, it is easier to say, “Rise up and walk” than to say, “Your sins are forgiven you,” just as it is easier to remove the fruits from a tree than to uproot the tree.

When Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “..your sins are forgiven you” (Luke5:20), He addressed the root, the source and the cause of the man’s paralysis. Don’t forget, that sin is the root, the source, and the cause of all the e…

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