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KEYS TO FRUITFULNESS (Talents and Gifts) By Sam Korankye Ankrah

KEYS TO FRUITFULNESS (Talents and Gifts) #SamKorankyeAnkrah
Praise the Lord! Today we shall discuss the next key to fruitfulness -- TALENTS and GIFTS, as we close our discussion for this week.
"A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth".  Proverbs 17:8 KJV
Everyone is created and blessed a gift or talent, which represents your attitudes, skills or abilities at doing something. These talents or gifts have  financial or commercial values. Those who discover, develop and deploy them well enjoy the benefits.
There are three common mistakes committed the limit the impact of a person's talent: 1. Not discovering your talent 2. Not developing your talents 3. Engaging or copying the talent of others.
You will derive optimal fruitfulness and satisfaction when you match your gifts or talents to your vocations, or you make an occupation out of them.
Our talents and gifts are like precious stones that need to be unearthed, refined and pr…

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BOA LIFE QUOTES BY BREMANSU OSA-ANDREWS

Do not neglect people in their time of need.
#LoveAndCare

By Bremansu Osa-Andrews

APPROVAL BY STUDY! BY DR KWAKU OBENG

A CALL TO MEDITATE: APPROVAL BY STUDY!
2 Timothy 2:15
"Study to show yourself approved of God..."Dearly beloved,
Hope you have enjoyed this week's study on Word Study...
Let's round it up with a final instalment:As established and clearly stated in our theme verse, the believer who is a student of the Word of God shows himself approved of God.
The Greek word translated "approved" in this verse is 'dokimos', which has two literal meanings:
1. acceptable, approved (as in Rom. 14:18).
2. tried, tested (as in James 1:12).Thus, 2 Tim 2:15 is actually telling us: "Study to show yourself approved, tried and tested of God..."
Therefore, the challenge of studying God's Word is just not a conduit for obtaining the approval of God but it is also a 'test' or 'trial' designed by God to build you up!
Making ample time to study God's Word is a test every believer must pass - a challenge every Christian must overcome!Your ability to s…

Who Qualifies as a Worshipper? By Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Friday, November 30, 2018Theme: Hallelujah

Topic: Who Qualifies as a Worshipper? Scripture Reading:
Psalm 15:1-5 Main Text: 
Psalm 15:1
“LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?”After so many years of seeking after God in worship and service to Him, King David posed a hypothetical question about the identity of true worshippers (Psalm 15:1), and went ahead to answer his own question. The answer David gave is very instructive. He identified the personal qualities of a worshipper which we shall be looking at in the concluding part of this study.From Psalm 15, the qualities of a true worshipper include personal integrity, interpersonal perfection, spiritual discernment, and financial honesty garnished with the fear of God. Personal integrity is indispensable in the life of a worshipper. A man or woman of integrity is one that  walks uprightly, works righteousness, and speaks the truth in his/her heart (Psalm 15:2).A man of integrity walk…

NO WEAPON MEANS NO WEAPON! BY SAMUEL EXCELLENCE

30th November, 2018
IPR  DAILY DEVOTION 
Topic: NO WEAPON MEANS NO WEAPON!
THEME SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 54:17 (KJV) No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.
MESSAGE: Every single word in Scripture is of great spiritual significance. If God says “No weapon...” it simply means, NO WEAPON! God Himself is subject to His Word, because He has exalted His Word above all His Name. 
God says, “No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper..” It means, there’s nothing that is calculated against you that shall yield its intent. If this is the case, and that is the case, because Scripture cannot be broken; then, how come we sometimes shift blame on weapons from the enemy being the cause of our predicament. Since Adam and Eve, humankind is prone to shifting blame on others, rather than taking personal responsibility fo…

KEYS TO FRUITFULNESS  (Prayer and Fasting) By Sam Korankye Ankrah

KEYS TO FRUITFULNESS  (Prayer and Fasting) #SamKorankyeAnkrah
"However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” Matthew 17:21
Jesus in teaching his disciples how to deal with issues of any kind and weight, introduced them to PRAYER and FASTING; which He himself did often throughout His life and ministry.
Prayer and fasting, simply, is to voluntarily go without food and anything of pleasure for a period, in order to focus on God and His power, through prayer. 
Early in my marriage, I encountered hardship and lack. I entered into a period of fast with my wife and in that year, we witnessed a supernatural flow of God's provision, solutions and breakthroughs. We have since done this every year and the results remain our testimony.
Are you facing a challenge or a negative cycle of issues? Do you desire a desperate solution and transformation in your life? What level of increase and fruitfulness do you desire that has eluded you? I introduce the master's keys to you: p…

Benefits of Praise and Worship By Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Thursday, November 29, 2018Theme: Hallelujah

Topic: Benefits of Praise and WorshipScripture Reading:
Psalm 34:1-8 Main Text: 
Exodus 15:11
“Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?”Praise refocuses our minds on God and connects our hearts with His. It fosters our awareness of God’s presence with us. Praise pushes the worries of this life into the background. Praise reminds us of who God is and what He has done.Also, Praise recalls God’s past provision, thus strengthening our hope in His future deliverance. Praise voices our dependence on God, relieving our fears. It helps develop an eternal perspective, paving the way for God’s peace. Moreover, it opens our hearts to receive God’s joy and fulfills the purpose for which we were created, bringing fulfillment.As God’s people, we are obligated to praise Him. But this obligation is not a burden. Instead, praise ushers us into the presence of o…

WHO BROKE THE HEDGE? BY SAMUEL EXCELLENCE

29th November, 2018
IPR DAILY DEVOTION 
Topic: WHO BROKE THE HEDGE?
THEME SCRIPTURE: Ecclesiastes 10:8 (KJV) He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him.
MESSAGE: There’s a hedge of protection around every child of God. We are not alone in this world; we’re surrounded by the fire of God’s protection. The angel of the Lord encamps round about them that fear Him, and delivers them (Psalm 34:7). 
One symbol of Satan and his demons in Scripture, is a serpent. Satan and his demons do not have access to you so long as the hedge remains unbroken. The hedge is broken when one introduces sin into his/her life; and since sin is the nature of the devil, he will come after you for a bite once he notices his nature with you or in you. 
Our theme Scripture reveals that whoever breaks a hedge, a serpent shall bite him. Hence, if a serpent bit you, instead of looking for which witch or wizard is responsible, you should rather examine yourself to find out whi…

KEYS TO FRUITFULNESS (The Covenant of Tithing) By Sam Korankye Ankrah

KEYS TO FRUITFULNESS (The Covenant of Tithing) #SamKorankyeAnkrah
Praise the Lord! Today we shall consider our next key to fruitfulness: Tithing.
"And this stone which I have set as a pillar shall be God’s house, and of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You.” Genesis 28:22
Tithe is the tenth of what a person earns. Everything we own or blessed with are from God, and by giving a tenth back to Him, we are acknowledging that He is the source of it all. 
This was a principle that characterised the Covenant relationship of Abraham, Isaac and Israel with God. For as God blessed them, they gave, and He blessed them the more.
7 Covenant Blessings from Tithing:
In Malachi 3:10-12, God pronounced some blessings that you shall experience when you obey and follow the covenant principle and practice of honouring your tithe.
1. Constant source of supply “I will open the windows of heaven …”  2. You shall be blessed bountifully “I will pour out for you a blessing …!”  3. Abundance and overflo…

WHY SATAN CANNOT TOUCH YOU BY SAMUEL EXCELLENCE

28th November, 2018
IPR DAILY DEVOTION 
Topic: WHY SATAN CANNOT TOUCH YOU
THEME SCRIPTURE: 1 John 5:18 (NKJV) We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him.
MESSAGE: Sin is the nature of the devil and you don’t have this nature in you if you’re born again. You must have the nature of the devil either in you or with you before Satan can touch you. 
Satan keeps walking about, roaring like a lion and seeking whom he may devour. Whilst roaming, he looks around if you have sin with you, that is, if you have any habit of sin in your possession, and that will serve as a basis for him to visit and attack. But our theme Scripture reveals that “he who has been born of God KEEPS HIMSELF, and the wicked one (Satan) DOES NOT touch him.” Did you see that? Is not everyone Satan can touch; he does not touch the one who keeps himself from sin. 
Do you know Satan could not touch Jesus when Jesus lived in this world? Jesus s…

Praise and Worship is a Key to Deliverance and Salvation By Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Theme: Hallelujah

Topic: Praise and Worship is a Key to Deliverance and Salvation

Scripture Reading:
Exodus 15:1-14

Main Text: 
Exodus 15:1
“The Lord is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt him.”

The account of the children of Israel sandwiched between the Red sea before them, the ferocious Egyptian army behind them and enveloped on both sides by unsurmountable mountains reveals the power of our God to save. After their miraculous escape from total annihilation, their leader, commander-in-chief, joined by all the people could not but lift up a song of praise unto God.

The contents of their spiritual song is very revealing. The Lord has triumphed gloriously. He never fails, never loses, and the victory He gives always has a glorious outcome.

The Lord is our strength and our song and He has become our salvation. Because the Lord is our…

TARRY IN WORD STUDY! BY DR KWAKU OBENG

A CALL TO MEDITATE: TARRY IN WORD STUDY!
2 Timothy 2:15
"Study to show yourself approved of God...".Dearly beloved,
Studying God's Word is indispensable in a believer's walk with God.The Apostle Paul, the human author of our theme verse above, was an avid student of the Word!
He really studied the scriptures; and it was by this study that he received personal revelation...Biblical revelation seldom comes as a bolt from the blue!
Often, it accompanies deep study, reflection and analyses of the scriptures.
From Galatians 1:18 & 2:1, it can be inferred that Paul spent about 17 years in personal study and preparation before he started full ministry and missionary work.
How many believers today are prepared to tarry that long in study and preparation, before starting full ministry?The ultimate results of Paul's prolonged and tedious preparation for ministry are evidenced by His unique understanding and revelation of the Gospel!
Also, God worked many unusual miracles …

Praise and Worship is the Conduit for the Prophetic Grace By Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Theme: Hallelujah

Topic: Praise and Worship is the Conduit for the Prophetic Grace

Scripture Reading:
Matthew 16:13-19Main Text: 
Matthew 16:16
“And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

It is a common observation that the prophetic grace, word of knowledge, word of wisdom, discernment of spirits and all other forms of ministrations ride upon the wings of effective praise and worship. That is exactly what happened in the instance of Peter and Jesus (Matthew 16:13-19).

When Peter out of the depths of his spirit thundered out the praise of Jesus in the most profound way than any other human had ever known, the game changed immediately. That statement of praise, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16) sparked the engines of Jesus’ spirit and caused Him to make the most profound prophetic declaration ever upon a mortal – “…thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my churc…

WHAT IS SIN? BY SAMUEL EXCELLENCE

27th November, 2018
IPR  DAILY DEVOTION
Topic: WHAT IS SIN?
THEME SCRIPTURE: 1 John 3:4 (NKJV) Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.
MESSAGE: Immediately after sharing yesterday’s devotion, someone posed a question, “What is sin?” I thought that was a relevant question so I answered without hesitation. Of course, you cannot talk about the burdensomeness of sin without knowing what sin really is. 
From our theme Scripture, sin is lawlessness. As Christians, it is true we don’t live under the law of Moses, but there’s a higher law revealed in Romans 8:2 called “The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus”; this law is an integral part of the new birth experience. It is this law at work in the spirit of anyone in Christ that enables us to know right from wrong, and to do right. This law has been described in some circles as the “inner witness” or “the voice of the human conscience.” 
The inner witness or the voice of the human conscience is so strong in the heart…

STUDY THE WORD! BY DR KWAKU OBENG

A CALL TO MEDITATE: STUDY THE WORD!
2 Timothy 2:15
"Study to show thyself approved unto God,
a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,
rightly dividing the word of truth".Dearly beloved,
One of the most important duties of a worker in the Lord's vineyard is to "study the scriptures"!The word translated study in our thematic verse is "spoudazo".
It connotes diligence, earnestness, eagerness, and promptness in studying God's Word.
It carries an air of urgency and importunity.
Thus, Paul is encouraging believers to study God's Word with the urgency with which one would prepare for an impending test, exam or quiz!Often students skip sleep or miss meals when they are late in preparations for an exam;
Can you imagine what would happen if, as Christians, we transfer that same urgency to the study of God's Word???
For truly, many believers are far behind schedule when it comes to preparation for their God-given missions here on earth!!What if you anal…

SIN IS A BURDEN BY SAMUEL EXCELLENCE

26th November, 2018
IPR DAILY DEVOTION 
Topic: SIN IS A BURDEN
THEME SCRIPTURE: 1 John 3:9 (KJV) 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.
MESSAGE: The moment you got born again, you received remission of sins and therefore do not have the sin nature in you any longer. You were born of God and therefore have God’s seed (nature) in you.
God’s nature is righteousness, and righteousness is the ability to do right, make the right choices and take the right decisions. If you’re born again, that’s the new nature you have in you, and that’s why Apostle John, by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit says, the one who is born of God cannot sin. 
Our theme Scripture reveals  why the one who is born of God doesn’t commit sin and cannot sin; the reason is, he is born of God! What does that imply? When a goat gives birth, the baby goat will exhibit the characteristics of a goat because it’s a goat. Likewise, when God gave birth t…

Praise and Worship Fulfills our primary Purpose as God’s Creation By Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Monday, November 26, 2018

Theme: Hallelujah

Topic: Praise and Worship Fulfills our primary Purpose as God’s Creation.

Scripture Reading:
Matthew 22:35-38

Main Text: 
Luke 19:40
“And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.”

We were created to praise God. Yes, praise and worship fulfills our primary purpose as God’s Creation. The bible says that “out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?” (Matthew 21:16).

We are servants of God (Psalm 113:1-3). As servants, our primary function is to praise God. We must never come to the place where we neglect our primary function of praising God for stones and trees to cry out. This happens when we refuse to praise Him in the morning, for the bible says “I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble” (Psalm 59:16). Also when we refuse to praise Him in …

Praise and Worship Brings Victory By Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Sunday, November 25, 2018

Theme: Hallelujah

Topic: Praise and Worship Brings Victory

Scripture Reading:
2 Chronicles 20:15-25

Main Text: 
2 Chronicles 20:22
“And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.”

The Scripture reading in
2 Chronicles 20:15-25 is a clear example of the power of praise and worship to bring victory to God’s people. We must in all thankfulness address our praise to God for the success wherewith He has crowned our exertions.

Through the gracious expression of their praise, Jehoshaphat and Judah committed the battle into God’s hands. In other words, the course of events was committed by a specific act to God; and Jehoshaphat and Judah stood in expectation of what He would do. Solemn acts of commitment are of great importance in our spiritual life.

If we have a bad habit to fight with, or a temper or special temptation t…

GOD LOVES YOU BY SAMUEL EXCELLENCE

25th November, 2018
IPR DAILY DEVOTION
Topic: GOD LOVES YOU
THEME SCRIPTURE: Romans 8:38-39 KJV [38] For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, [39] Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
MESSAGE: Apostle Paul had a deep revelation about God’s love and was persuaded that nothing could separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our lord. 
Do you know the measure of God’s love for us? It was while we were still sinners that Christ died for us (Rom. 5:8). This means, at the time Christ died for us, we were not qualified! Is it now that we are God’s children that we would do anything to qualify for His love? God loves you! Think about His love. 
You must be persuaded about God’s love for you. God loves you so dearly that even when you become unfaithful, He ever remains faithful, because He cannot den…

Praise and Worship Brings Down the Presence of God By Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Saturday, November 24, 2018

Theme: Hallelujah

Topic: Praise and Worship Brings Down the Presence of God

Scripture Reading:
2 Chronicles 5:1-15

Main Text: 
2 Chronicles 5:13
“ It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the LORD;”

As already indicated, we want to look more specifically at the benefits of praise and worship. One of the most important benefits of praise and worship is that it brings down the presence of God (2 Chronicles 5:13). As the scripture has indicated, when the singers and trumpeters sang with instruments of music, the glory of God filled the place.

God inhabits the praise of His people (Psalm 22:3). So when praises go up unto Him,…

CURING VANITY  By Bishop Dag Heward-Mills 

DAILY COUNSEL
24th November 2018
Bishop Dag Heward-Mills 
CURING VANITY 
READ: Ecclesiastes 2:17-22
“Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.” - Ecclesiastes 1:2                        
Even King Solomon, the richest and wisest man that ever lived, found life to be a vexation of spirit. He condemned his working experience on the earth and called it vanity. He spoke of the toil he had undertaken and the uselessness of it all. He considered the future and wondered what would happen to all the things he had built. He thought to himself, “What if the person who comes after me destroys everything?” As his melancholic thoughts deepened, he could only utter the words, “Vanity of vanities; all is vanity.” Indeed, the one who succeeded him was a fool.
Solomon’s son (Rehoboam) was a pale reflection of his father. The son of the wisest man who ever lived, indeed demonstrated great folly at his very first cabinet meeting. His very first decision split the kingdom up. Th…

GIVE GOD THE GLORY BY SAMUEL EXCELLENCE

24th November, 2018
IPR DAILY DEVOTION 
Topic: GIVE GOD THE GLORY
THEME SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 3:20-21 (NKJV) [20] Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, [21] to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
MESSAGE: When you’re fully persuaded that God is able to do what He has promised, you’d find yourself always giving Him the glory, no matter what the circumstance might be, as Abraham did (Romans 4:20).
The Spirit of God inspired Apostle Paul to communicate this truth in our theme Scripture. We often quote only the verse 20 of Ephesians chapter 3, but the verse 20 runs into verse 21. He began by saying, “Now to Him who is able....” and concluded in the verse 21 by declaring, “To Him be glory in the Church...”
This means, one of the responsibilities of the Church is to give God the glory; and this can be more effective when the individual members of the Church have co…

BOA LIFE QUOTES BY BREMANSU OSA-ANDREWS

"It is better to be enlightened than to allow darkness to abide with you."

Bremansu Osa-Andrews

GOD ACTS ON YOUR BEHALF! BY DR KWAKU OBENG

A CALL TO MEDITATE: GOD ACTS ON YOUR BEHALF!
Isaiah 64:4;
"For since the beginning of the world men have not heard nor perceived by ear,
nor has the eye seen any God besides You,
Who acts for the one who waits for Him".(NKJV)Dearly beloved,
We serve a very unique God!
The only God in the universe who acts on behalf of those that wait for Him!!The Amplified Version of the theme verse says God " ...works and shows Himself active on behalf of him who earnestly waits for Him".
Hallelujah!!God doesn't have to cajoled by sacrifices to work;
He acts for you as a result of your personal relationship with Him, and your ability to depend on and trust in Him!The Hebrew Word translated 'wait' here is the word 'chakah' which means to 'adhere to, and to await'.
God acts for them that adhere to Him -
those that stick to the Lord through thick and thin!
those who keep their eyes fixed on Christ, the author and finisher of our faith!2 Chronicles 16:9 affirms …

Benefits of Praise and Worship By Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Friday, November 23, 2018

Theme: Hallelujah

Topic: Benefits of Praise and Worship

Scripture Reading:
Psalm 103:1-14

Main Text: 
Psalm 103:2
“Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:”

We have looked at various hindrances to praise and worship. In the concluding parts of our discussion on praise and worship, we want to look more specifically at the benefits of praise and worship. Psalm 103:1-14 encapsulates the benefits we derive from praise and worship for which reason we should continue to bless His name.

In other words, we have a reason why we must praise God. If for nothing at all, the redemptive package warrants a perpetual praise from our lips. The forgiveness of our sins, the healing of our bodies, continuous deliverances of our lives from destruction and the loving kindness and tender mercies are reasons why our praises must be constant.

How about the satisfaction, contentment, the freshness in our lives amidst the turbulences, the joy and pea…

BE PERSUADED ABOUT GOD’S ABILITY BY SAMUEL EXCELLENCE

23rd November, 2018
IPR DAILY DEVOTION 
Topic: BE PERSUADED ABOUT GOD’S ABILITY
THEME SCRIPTURE: Romans 4:21 (KJV) And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
MESSAGE: Your convictions about God’s ability to do what He has promised is a great key if you’re ever going to receive your heart’s desires. Many of us believe God is able, but we haven’t come to the point of conviction or full persuasion yet. 
Our theme Scripture is a reference to Abraham and his convictions about God. Although all physical signs and evidence pointed to the impossibility of Abraham and his wife having a child, Abraham still had something to hold on to; he had come to the place of conviction that God was able to perform what He had promised. 
Abraham is referred to as the father of faith in Scripture; in other words, we have an example to follow. We must also come to the place of full persuasion about God’s ability to perform His promises. Apostle Paul said in 2 Timothy 1:12 KJV “.…

SECRECY BY Bishop Dag Heward-Mills 

DAILY COUNSEL
23rd November 2018
Bishop Dag Heward-Mills 
SECRECY
READ: Matthew 13:10-14
“A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.” - Proverbs 29:11
It is important to have a system that protects the privacy and secrecy of vital issues, otherwise your plans can easily fail. You must assume that your enemy is trying to know a lot about you. Keep much information from him and let him know only what you want him to know. As Christians, having secrets sounds a little unbiblical, and even immoral, because we teach a lot about confession, openness and honesty. 
Yes, having secrets and keeping secrets in a civilian world is often evil. However, when you enter the realms of war, it is necessary to have secrets and guard them well. You must keep your enemy in the dark otherwise you will lose the war. Jesus Christ intentionally kept information and knowledge from the Pharisees and the Sadducees because they were hard-hearted evil men.
Jesus spoke in parables intention…

AN ABUNDANCE OF RAIN (Show Consistency) By Sam Korankye Ankrah

AN ABUNDANCE OF RAIN (Show Consistency) #SamKorankyeAnkrah
"...and said to his servant, 'Go up now, look toward the sea. ‘So, he went up and looked, and said, 'There is nothing.' And seven times he said, 'Go again”. 1 Kings 18:43
While Elijah was praying for the rain on Mt. Carmel, he sent his servant to look out for a sign of the rain. Six times the servant came back with a negative reply, and each time he was sent back to check again. Many of us today give up on our plans and aspirations too easily and too early. We lose hope after one rejection and throw in the towel after an initial instance of failure. 
To receive the full measure of rain, you need to show perseverance and consistency. Elijah said to his servant "go again". Today I say to you, go again! Don't worry if you didn't pass that exam; try again! Don't only lament over that failed interview; attempt it again!  Be consistent! Before this year ends, determine to keep knocking on the doo…

BOA LIFE QUOTES BY BREMANSU OSA-ANDREWS

10% of fun a day can heal what the 90% of work collapsed.

Bremansu Osa-Andrews




OUR PRIESTLY ROLE BY SAMUEL EXCELLENCE

22nd November, 2018
IPR DAILY DEVOTION
Topic: OUR PRIESTLY ROLE
THEME SCRIPTURE: 1 Peter 2:9 (KJV) But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
MESSAGE: Royal Priesthood means, king-priest. Yes, our Lord Jesus has made us kings and priests unto God and His Father (Rev. 1:6). Just as we learnt on November 18, 2018 to take charge as kings, we equally have a role to play as priests. 
As priests, we are to minister spiritual sacrifices to the Lord.1 Peter 2:5 (KJV) says, “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.” The priests under the Old Testament offered physical sacrifices including burning of incense, food stuffs and animals that were offered on the altar. But the New Testament priesthood is different; we don’t burn all those stuffs as sacr…

Hindrances to Praise and Worship – The Feeling of Unworthiness By Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Thursday, November 22, 2018

Theme: Hallelujah

Topic: Hindrances to Praise and Worship – The Feeling of Unworthiness

Scripture Reading:
Isaiah 6:1-7

Main Text: 
Isaiah 6:5
“Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.”

It is interesting to observe that the prophet Isaiah makes a direct connection between the death of king Uzziah to his seeing the Lord in His glory and majesty (Isaiah 6:1). It is also interesting to note that as soon as Isaiah saw the angelic host falling and worshipping before the Lord, a feeling of unworthiness and self-condemnation swept through his heart (Isaiah 6:5).

From Isaiah’s experience, it is obvious the existence of king Uzziah was a hindrance to his seeing the Lord. This implies that it takes dying to the self, or other physical, emotional or social encumbrances for us to be able to live a life of worshi…

SAY SORRY By Bishop Dag Heward-Mills   

DAILY COUNSEL
21st November 2018 
Bishop Dag Heward-Mills 
SAY SORRY 
READ: Matthew 27:1-5
“And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself”. - Matthew 27:5
One of the greatest manifestations of pride is the unwillingness to say ‘sorry’ or to apologise. Judas Iscariot was unwilling to say sorry. He never apologised to Jesus for what he did. He also never apologised to the other disciples. In fact he did not even want to see them again. 
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. - 1 John 1:8 - 10
Watch out for people who cannot say sorry! Watch out for people who cannot turn around! Watch out for people who cannot do a one hundred and eighty degrees turn when they are going in the wrong direction. I once encountere…

Change Your Name

Change Your NameREVELATION 2:17 NIV 17 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it.Jesus changed Simon's name to Peter, which means a rock.God changed Abram's name to Abraham, which means father of a multitude.Jacob's name was changed to Israel.God's messenger called Gideon a "mighty man of valor" when he saw himself as a fearful loser.2 CORINTHIANS 5:17 NIV 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!As a Christian believer, you are a new creation in Christ, and you are no longer a loser.So quit calling yourself a loser -- or any negative name. Now that you are in Christ, those negative names do not fit. Accept the new name God gave you: "Winner." (This is what overcomer means!)1 JOHN 5:4 NIV 4 for everyone born of …

SUPERNATURAL WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE!. BY DR KWAKU OBENG

A CALL TO MEDITATE: SUPERNATURAL WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE!.Psalm 119:98-100:
"You, through your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies;...
I have more understanding than all my teachers,
for Your testimonies are my meditation.
I understand more than the ancients,
because I keep your precepts..."Dearly beloved,
The Word of God makes us wise and knowledgeable!
In today's text the Psalmist(probably King David) tells us three distinct groups of people he is wiser than due to his study of, meditation on, and obedience to the Word :
1. His enemies, who are peers (v.98)
2. His teachers, who are older (v.99)
3. The ancient ones, who are long dead (v.100)
Praise God!!!You can really be wiser than your peers and even your  teachers and lecturers.
You may wonder, How is this possible?Well, The Bible makes us understand that in Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Col. 2:3).
God is the ORIGINATOR and REPOSITORY of all human knowledge and wisdom (including knowle…

TELL YOUR SITUATION TO EXPIRE!  BY SAMUEL EXCELLENCE

21st November, 2018
IPR DAILY DEVOTION 
Topic: TELL YOUR SITUATION TO EXPIRE! 
THEME SCRIPTURE: 2 Corinthians 4:18 (NKJV) while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
MESSAGE: We looked at the A-part of our theme Scripture yesterday. The B-part says, “For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” In other words, the things our physical senses can perceive have their expiry date; they’re temporary and therefore subject to change. 
What pain or trouble are you dealing with right now? What unpleasant circumstance have you found yourself in? What is bringing you anxiety and worry? It doesn’t matter how severe or horrible that condition is; so long as it is in the realm of the senses or physical, it has an expiry date, and that’s why we learnt yesterday that we shouldn’t consider it. Not because, you don’t feel it, bu…

Hindrances to Praise and Worship – Pride and Disobedience By Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Theme: Hallelujah

Topic: Hindrances to Praise and Worship – Pride and Disobedience

Scripture Reading:
Philippians 2:5-11Main Text: 
Psalm 138:6
“Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.”

The highest expression of pride is feeling too big to praise God. Pride means to be high or arrogant. Disobedience is a fruit of pride. A proud person is an individual who shifts ultimate confidence from God to self. They usually ask questions like, “why should I raise my hands during worship?”, “Who is this worship leader to tell me what to do?’’, “Can’t I praise God my own way?”, “where does the Bible say we should dance?

The proud cannot praise God. This is because the humble worshipper makes his/her boast in the Lord while the proud boast in themselves (Psalm 43:2). Praise brings us to a place of humility. We remember our dependency on God; we acknowledge our need for Him. As we praise Him as Cre…

God Sees Ahead

God Sees AheadGENESIS 22:14 YLT 14 and Abraham calleth the name of that place Jehovah-Jireh,' because it is said this day in the mount,Jehovah doth provide.'One of God's names is Jehovah Jireh which is a compound name meaning the Lord sees ahead and provides.“Jehovah-Jireh” means, “The Lord will see to it,” that is, “The Lord will provide.”My car recently quit running when I was in another city. As I prayed and looked to God, He helped me to work things out.While I didn't actually complain to God about having car trouble -- the thoughts were certainly there. (Thoughts like the repair money could have been put to a better use.)I believe God spoke to my heart that He could have kept my car running perfectly. Or, He could have supernaturally healed it. But if He would have, then I would not have experienced Him as the One who sees ahead and provides, which He did.It was not the first time God had provided for me, of course. But it is still always thrilling to know that Go…

YOUR HOUR OF VISITATION By Sam Korankye Ankrah

YOUR HOUR OF VISITATION #SamKorankyeAnkrah
Another blessed day for all to rejoice and be glad in Christ Jesus.  Today, I share a passage from Genesis 8:6, where the Bible says after 40 days, Noah opened the window of the Ark. 
The opening of the window signifies a time for God's visitation, and any time windows open, you know God is about to pour His blessings on you. The Lord says in Malachi 3:10, "I will open for you the windows of Heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it."
I declare, this is your moment of visitation. The windows of Heaven have been opened and the Lord would shower His blessings on you. May He give you a cause to laugh in Jesus' name.
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BOA LIFE QUOTES BY BREMANSU OSA-ANDREWS

If people dislike you because you are honest, praise God.
Don't be discouraged and don't hate them back.

BREMANSU OSA-ANDREWS

FAITH OR FOOLISHNESS? BY SAMUEL EXCELLENCE

20th November, 2018
IPR DAILY DEVOTION 
Topic: FAITH OR FOOLISHNESS?
THEME SCRIPTURE: 2 Corinthians 4:18 (NKJV) while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
MESSAGE: The phrase, “While we do not look at the things which are seen...” from our theme Scripture, is from a Greek word which actually means, “We do not consider it.” Some of God’s children have substituted faith with foolishness, yet they do not know; and when the unfortunate happens, they blame God for not responding to their faith. Not knowing what they called faith, was actually foolishness. 
Faith does not live in denial of the facts of your circumstance. For instance, if you’re attacked by toothache, the pain would be obvious. In that circumstance, faith doesn’t say, “There’s no toothache!” No! That would be living in denial of the facts at hand. Rather, faith uses the truth of God’s Word to chang…

Hindrances to Praise and Worship – Anger and Unforgiveness By Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Theme: Hallelujah

Topic: Hindrances to Praise and Worship – Anger and Unforgiveness

Scripture Reading:
Numbers 20:1-12

Main Text
Psalm 37:8
“Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.”

It is totally impossible that we can praise and worship God if we are keeping in our hearts resentment and unforgiveness towards others, ourselves, or God himself. Anger and unforgiveness darkens the mind and prevents us from enjoying the joy of exalting Him who lives forever.

We must therefore forgive those who have offended us. We should not allow anger dwell in our hearts (James 1:19-20). Anger is an emotion characterized by antagonism toward someone or something you feel has deliberately done you wrong.

We are not above God, who has forgiven all our sins. So what prevents us from also forgiving our neighbours?

Prayer:
Ask the Holy Spirit to give you peace in your heart, to forgive all who have offended you. Pray that ang…

You cannot grow and stay By Bishop TD Jakes

“You cannot grow and stay.”
When God begins to transform you, He does so in the natural realm. Then, He disrupts the spiritual realm. 
This process disconnects you from your past. Growth should yield a change in you. Just like a baby developing in the mother’s womb, the baby outgrows this space. When you evolve, you no longer fit where you once were. 
So, staying in a place that you have outgrown will cause you to become stagnant. You’re not supposed to keep growing in your relationship with Christ and stay the same person. You are supposed to develop for His purpose. 
You may have to leave others behind in this process, but remember, our lives are not our own, but the Lord’s, so we must sacrifice to receive all that He has for us. Do not conform to the world, but renew yourself in Christ (Romans 12:2). 
Watch the rebroadcast of #TruthInducesLabor now at http://bit.ly/TPHRebroadcast or on the TD Jakes Mobile App.

God Is Not Your Problem

God Is Not Your ProblemJAMES 1:17 ESV 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.We all face many problems in life, but God is not behind our problems.God is your answer, not your problem.Insurance contracts may call natural catastrophes "acts of God," but they are wrong. They are not acts of the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, but acts of the god of this world, the devil.2 CORINTHIANS 4:4 NLT 4 Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don't believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don't understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.Jesus made a clear distinction between the work of God and the work of the thief in John 10:10.JOHN 10:10 ESV 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.When terribl…

CHOOSE TO GROW BY SAMUEL EXCELLENCE

19th November, 2018
IPR DAILY DEVOTION 
Topic: CHOOSE TO GROW
THEME SCRIPTURE: Galatians 4:1 (NKJV) Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all, 
MESSAGE: We are heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ. As joint-heirs with Christ, whatever Christ owns belongs to us equally the same way it belongs to Him. That is our inheritance in Christ. 
Our theme Scripture didn’t say, “The heir, IF HE IS A CHILD.” If he is a child means, “On condition that he grows, and growth is expected with time. But “AS LONG AS he is a child” means, growth IS NOT automatic; the heir either chooses to grow or remain an infant. 
The Greek word translated “child” actually refers to an infant who feeds on milk. In other words, as long as you remain an infant, feeding on milk instead of handling solid food, the Scripture says you’re not different from a slave though you’re master of all. 
A slave is a picture of someone in chains. In life, you’re either i…

Hindrances to Praise and Worship – Sin By Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO Monday, November 19, 2018

Theme: Hallelujah

Topic:
Hindrances to Praise and Worship – Sin

Scripture Reading:
Psalm 137:1-9

Main Text: 
Psalm 66:18
“If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:”

Sin is the thief of joy. Meanwhile, the Bible says “…the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10), and we are commanded to make a joyful noise unto the Lord (Psalm 98:4). That means sin has the power to steal our ability to make a joyful noise unto the Lord. David had this understanding perfectly right. That explains why he entreated God to create in him a clean heart and renew the right spirit within him (Psalm 51:10).

The Psalmist also prescribes the condition for standing in His presence as having “clean hands and a pure heart” (Psalm 24:4). We should therefore be quick to confess our sins and He will cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

We must not soil our hands and hearts with sin if indeed we want our praises to rise up to God. This…

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