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WORD-AFLAME LEADERSHIP COLLEGE COME OH LORD!

COME OH LORD!

By Gideon in Blog, MARRIAGE on November 1, 2016

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high things that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. 2 Corinth 10:3-5”

This is end-time, Satan is fighting rigorously to completely destroy the Christian homes-values and honor with his secret weapons of lukewarmness in faith, sickness, poverty, loss, sudden hatred, death and the worst of it all is divorce!
Oh Lord Jesus, we lift our voices and pray, come and heal our homes, fight our battles, and set us on the rock higher than us, don’t allow the enemies to destroy your inheritance.
Give us permanent victory in all…..Come lord and give us a new songs in our marriages, let your light of righteousness shine on us, illuminate, prevail on our situation and predicament, free us from demonic slavery and give us total freedom in all as we receive answers by faith to all our long awaited prayer request in Jesus name!
Lord, destroy every arrows of seduction, lustfulnes and materialism that’s has attacked and caged so many of your precious families.
Lord, heal our prayer life and set loose the revival in our marriages and homes as you baptize us with holy ghost and fire again and re- awaken us unto holiness as we receive great harvest of blessings in our lives in Jesus name.
Oh Lord, continue to fix our eyes on the Calvary for us to be fit daily for the rapture of the saint in Jesus name we pray! Amen. – Please SHARE! -Dr Oyedepo G.O

WORD-AFLAME LEADERSHIP COLLEGE MY EXPERIENCE

MY EXPERIENCE

By Gideon in Blog, Life Sharing on October 25, 2016

OUR addition must not change our commission, because the Lord is blessing us greatly, and now has finally answer our prayers, this must not change or alter our sacrificial love for Him. Knowing that the Lord will always expect more from us than what He has given us in other to bless us beyond our expectations! So your prayer should be for more assignment that will bring His heavy hands of blessings upon your life !
Also in every generation God always depend on someone that will carry His name and glory to the next generation.
This is a story of a sister working in a big firm as a senior manager, she was highly respected for her dedication and passion for her contribution to the development of the company. But all of a sudden, she has a problem with the management and she was thrown out of the company.
To her, this is the end of world, and also considering her commitment to the lord, she felt that God has disappointed her.
But after a while, her Pastor ministered to her and been suffered for almost two years in this hopeless condition and unable to get another job.
One day the same company that sacked her suddenly called her telephone line, and this is how she was miraculously restored with promotion and she became a Director.
This is amazing, you said! but not quite long after six months of this miracle, things begins to happen! she can no longer sustain her Christian life any more, she no longer have time for weekly bible study and prayer meetings, her lamp of faith start going dime, the pleasure and commitment of the world finally snuffed life out of her.
At the end she got backslide…..very sad, you said!
More often we jubilate and celebrate every answered prayers with miracles and victory in our life, but the question is this, how sincere are we to this divine provision of God in our life?……is God at fault for answering your prayers?
I hope you don’t want to disappoint Him too? Hmm…..its dangerous to do that… because, His blessing upon your life is for a purpose, will you wake up now to serve Him more for more release of His power, blessings and also because of your love for him!
Paul Apostle said, “But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ.
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one things I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.
I press towards the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus -Philip 3:7,13-14.
Will you be able to control the blessings of God in your life or the blessings will control you? Choose rightly…choose wisely….choose eternal life!
God bless you.-Dr Oyedepo G O.

WORD-AFLAME LEADERSHIP COLLEGE Women Must Not do This!

Women Must Not do This!

By Gideon in Blog, MARRIAGE on October 15, 2016

A MARRIAGE COUNSELOR HAS THIS FOR MARRIED WOMEN:
*Never raise your voice for any reason to your husband. It’s a sign of disrespect.
* Don’t expose your husband’s weaknesses to your family and friends. You are each other’s keeper.
*Never ill treat your husband’s friends because you don’t like them, the person who’s supposed to get rid of them is your husband.
*Never assign anyone to give attention to your husband, people may do everything else but your husband is your own responsibility.
*Never blame your husband if he comes back home empty handed. Rather encourage him.
*Never pretend to be sick for the purpose of denying your husband sex
*Never compare your husband to your one time sex mate in the bedroom.
*Never shout or challenge your husband in front of children
*Never allow your friends to be too close to your husband.
*Never be in a hurry in the bathroom and on the dressing table. Out there your husband is always surrounded by women who took their time on their looks.
*Your parents or family or friends do not have the final say in your marriage. Don’t waste your time looking up to them for a final word –
*Never base your love on monetary things. Will you still submit to him even if you earn more money than him? –
*Don’t forget that husbands want attention and good listeners, never be too busy for him.
*Never be too demanding to your husband, enjoy every moment, resource as it comes.
*Don’t associate with women who have a wrong mental attitude about marriage.
*A prayerful wife is a better equipped wife, pray always for your husband and family.

WORD-AFLAME LEADERSHIP COLLEGE ME, AN IDOL WORSHIPPER?

ME, AN IDOL WORSHIPPER?

By Gideon in Blog, Life Sharing on October 15, 2016

I wondered why I was in the queue of accused at all. I am intelligent, aggressive, young, totally committed to my God. What am I doing here with this sheet of supposed sins in my hand I wondered?
I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, I don’t fornicate, I don’t steal, I am righteous. Others should be here not me.
It was finally my turn to face the Man.
I placed my sheet before Him, He glanced at it and sighed softly.
He looked at me and calmly said, ‘Guilty of idol worship.’
Imagine my anger, my fury, my indignation. I jumped out of the chair and said ‘Of course not! Check the sheet again, check the name, It can’t be mine.’
He sighed again and mentioned one of my names that no one knows.
I would not be stopped. It’s impossible’ I yelled. I worship only God, the Most High, Maker of heaven and earth, the King of kings and Lord of lords. I bow down to none, I have no talisman, no amulet, no pot underneath my bed.
‘You are guilty of idol worship’ He repeated calmly.
He looked at me, I looked at Him. It seemed like forever. The room was silent. I could hear the clock ticking.
Then slowly I understood.
I am never late for my British Airway flights but I am always late to church – I blinked.
My payments to unfaithful PHCN and water board are never late but I haven’t paid my tithes in three months – I looked down.
When meeting one of our local chiefs last week I would not even pick a call in the presence of earthly royalty, but I WhatsApp in church – I swallowed.
I wouldn’t interrupt my performance appraisal with my boss for anything but I missed church last week because of a movie on TV – I squirmed uncomfortably.
I wouldn’t let a day end without talking to my spouse but today I just said Hi God, Bye God. And I didn’t even pray last night – The room began to feel hot.
I would never miss going to the bank because of the weather but I missed fellowship of Tuesday nd Thursday because it looked really cloudy – It seems the AC in the room wasn’t working.
I would wear my party colors to party meetings and not care what anyone thought of me but I hate to talk to my work mates about God because of what they will think of me – Someone should fix this AC or put it on 0 because 10 was too hot for me.
I always have the latest tech toy you can think of but my bible is so worn out. I can’t even find book of Jude in my bible anymore.
I wished the Man would get a call and leave but He doesn’t allow anything to interrupt when He is with His children.
I felt so hot in the room, a nervous sweat on my forehead, I felt so ill and weak, all of my anger and self-righteousness was gone, leaving immense guilt in its wake.
I slowly got of the chair and knelt by His feet and said ‘I am sorry, I am guilty as charged, Guilty of idol worship, guilty of placing others; humans, toys; before You. I am guilty of idol worship.’
He smiled gently, looked at me with those passionate eyes of His full of love and He gave me a fresh sheet!
Deliver people from idolatry today.
Deliver souls, share with your friends and God bless you richly in Jesus name!

WORD-AFLAME LEADERSHIP COLLEGE Bishop Samuel Ajayi Crowther

Bishop Samuel Ajayi Crowther

By Gideon in Blog, Life Sharing on October 14, 2016

Samuel Crowther, of the Yoruba tribe, was enslaved in 1821 and put aboard a ship which was captured by the British navy. The freed slaves were sent to Freetown, Sierra Leone, where Crowther was baptized and, in 1827, became the first teacher to graduate from the Church Missionary Society’s Teacher Training College at Fourah Bay. He joined the 1841 Niger expedition, sent out by England to explore the Niger River, combat the slave trade, and open the country for legitimate trade. Climatic conditions prevented success, but Crowther distinguished himself. He was invited to England for further training and ordained in the Church of England in 1843.

Crowther worked as a priest in Sierra Leone but soon became a member of the Anglican Mission in Nigeria, first at Badgray and later at Abeokuta. There, by accident, he recognized his mother after 25 years of separation and baptized her in 1848.

Crowther preached in Yoruba, was a linguist. He translated the Bible into the Yoruba Language and was instrumental in the translation of the Bible into the Igbo Language, and the Book of Common Prayer and also published a Vocabulary of the Yoruba Language (1852). He believed that evangelization and trade should go together in order to bring peace and prosperity to the country.

In 1854 and 1857 Crowther was a member of two further Niger expeditions. The second suffered shipwreck, and Crowther did not return to Lagos until 1859. In 1855 he published Journal of an Expedition up the Niger and Tshadda Rivers, and in 1859, with J. C. Taylor, The Gospel on the Banks of the Niger, 1857-1859.

Crowther made frequent visits to England. In 1857 he was made head of the Niger Mission, and as the work prospered he was consecrated a bishop of the Church of England in West Africa in 1864 and also awarded an honorary doctor of divinity degree by Oxford University.

As a bishop, Crowther faced many difficulties. There was local opposition, both African and European; his duties and rights were not easily defined, and he was short of African helpers. Many of his African staff came from Sierra Leone and found it difficult to live in Nigeria. But the work prospered, and soon there were more than 600 Christians, with 10 priests and 14 teachers and catechists. His task was hard, but the fact that he was an African bishop inspired many African Christians in the years that followed. He died on Dec. 31, 1891, and was buried in Lagos.

Are you a disciple!

By Gideon in Blog on October 14, 2016

A Pastor transformed himself into a homeless person and went to the church that he was to be introduced as the head pastor at that morning. He walked around his soon to be church for 30 minutes while it was filling with people for service. Only 3 people said hello to him, most looked the other way. He asked people for change to buy food because he was hungry. Not one gave him anything.

He went into the sanctuary to sit down in the front of the church and was told by the ushers that he would need to get up and go sit n the back of the church. He said hello to people as they walked in but was greeted with cold stares and dirty looks from people looking down on him and judging him.

He sat in the back of the church and listened to the church announcements for the week. He listened as new visitors were welcomed into the church that morning but no one acknowledged that he was new. He watched people around him continue to look his way with stares that said you are not welcome here.

Then the elders of the church went to the podium to make the announcement. They said they were excited to introduce the new pastor of the church to the congregation. “We would like to introduce you to our new Pastor.” The congregation stood up and looked around clapping with joy and anticipation. The homeless man sitting in the back stood up and started walking down the aisle.

That’s when all the clapping stopped and the church was silent. With all eyes on him….he walked up the altar and reached for the microphone. He stood there for a moment and then recited so elegantly, a verse from the bible…..

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for the least of my brothers and sisters, you did for me.’

After he recited this, he introduced himself as their new pastor and told the congregation what he had experienced that morning. Many began to cry and bow their heads in shame. “Today I see a gathering of people here but I do not see a church of Jesus. The world has enough people that look the other way. What the world needs is disciples of Jesus that can follow this teachings and live as he did. When will YOU decide to become disciples?

He then dismissed service until the following Sunday as his sermon had been given.-from web.

WORD-AFLAME LEADERSHIP COLLEGE How Apostle Ayo Babalola died

How Apostle Ayo Babalola died

By Gideon in Blog on October 11, 2016

HOW APOSTLE AYO BABALOLA DIED -PROPHET I.O. OGEDENGBE
Until his sudden departure to glory on Sunday 26th of July 1959, Apostle Joseph Ayo Babalola showed no sign of illness. On Friday 24 July, he returned to Ibadan to attend the general council’s meeting slated for that day. On Saturday morning, July, Apostle Babalola conducted the Morning Prayer for ministers and members living in the residence of Christ Apostolic Church; Olugbode, Ibadan and prayed for everybody.
The same day, he sent two of his followers, Michael and another fellow to me at Ede that I should prepare a place for him to sleep. I never knew he was talking of his final sleep.

Apostle Ayo Babalola arrived Ede around 6:30 pm in the evening that Saturday and he was gladly received. Before his arrival, I had prepared my bedroom ready for him.
We ensured that nobody was allowed to rush into the bedroom with him; for it was Apostle Babalola’s habit that he never turned away anybody who came to him for prayer and counseling, no matter how weary he might be. After prayer, I informed him that his meal was ready. He declined to take any meal but requested to be allowed to have some sleep, because he had been holding series of meetings since the past nine days with little or no rest.

He woke up three hours later and took some tea and slept off again. At 4 a.m. on Sunday, he woke up, took his bath, took some tea and had his morning meditation without any disturbance. At 6 o’clock, I went to him in the bedroom and he began to talk about a great convention which will soon be held at his hometown, Odo-Owa.
He was speaking in parables, so I did not suspect that he was talking about his approaching death. He directed me to call in Prophet Babajide who was in the adjacent room. Both of us knelt down beside his bed and he began to narrate to us how he began his ministry. It was such a sublime experience. Both of us just listened; we did not utter a single word during the course of his narration. After this, we knelt down for prayer. The three of us prayed. I took the lead, Prophet Babajide followed.
When it was Apostle Babalola’s turn to pray, he prayed for a very long time, praying for the church, the leaders and for us too. After the special service, people came to Apostle Babalola in my bedroom and bid him farewell before leaving for their various destinations with joy and humor.

He bid everyone farewell and prayed for them. Nobody suspected through his speech or action that death was lurking in the corners. We left him alone to attend to those who were waiting to see him.
Meanwhile, Michael Osabi and Samuel Oluwatusin, the two young men who used to wait on him, remained with him as he took a nap. When he woke up, he called me and returned my covering-cloth to me. His action surprised me and I asked, “Baba, why are you doing this?”
He replied, “A man should sleep with his own clothes.” It did not occur to me that he was speaking of his imminent death. He advised me to go and have some sleep myself. By then, everybody else had gone to church for the evening service.

Around 5 p.m. as he lay on the bed, Apostle Joseph Ayo Babalola breathed heavily three times, saying after, “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” His breathing was like the rumbling of a rain-storm and there was a great vibration in the bedroom. As this was happening, his personal attendants (Michael and Samuel) ran to call me to his bedside before he gave up the ghost. We began to pray and quickly sent for the church leaders who had gone to church for the evening service.
We all prayed for his restoration. But while this prayer was on, the Lord opened my spiritual eyes to see what was happening in the heavenlies. The heavenly hosts had come to meet this great prophet and joyfully admitted him into the glory above. He had laid down his sword at Jesus’ feet. So he could not return to earth again. The church leaders and the elders who were present arranged for Apostle Babalola’s corpse to be taken to Efon-Alaaye that same night.

WORD-AFLAME LEADERSHIP COLLEGE Apostle Ayo Babalola-C.A.C

Apostle Ayo Babalola-C.A.C

By Gideon in Blog on October 11, 2016

Joseph Ayodele Babalola was born on 25 April 1904 of Yoruba parents (Pa David Lawani Rotimi and Madam Martha Talabi Rotimi ) at Odo-Owa, Kwara State, Nigeria.
He was brought up as an Anglican. He was registered at an elementary school at Oto-Awori on Badagry Road, Lagos State, in 1914. He got to standard four, before he became a blacksmith’s apprentice and he learned it for two years, before he became a steamroller operator under the PWD (Public Works Department), then under the control of Great Britain, learning to become a steamroller driver. After 15 days of learning to drive the caterpillar, he was able to drive it without any assistance. After nine months; he became a master in his class. A steamroller was first given to him on 1st of April 1928 to work on the Osogbo – Ilesha road. On June 14, 1928 he was transferred to Akure–Ilesha road. On 9th of October 1928 at about 12 o’clock he was by his steamroller by the river Ariran, it was here he heard a loud voice from above like the roar of thunder which called his name thrice saying “Joseph! Joseph!! Joseph!!! Leave this job you are doing; if not, this year you are going to be cut off from the earth.” Again On 11 October 1928, while trying to repair his machine, he heard an audible voice from the Lord to abandon the job and start preaching. That is how he received the call and he went into fasting and prayer. Ayo Babalola was sent out of the Anglican Church of his village by his Bishop because most members of the Church see visions; speak in tongues and pray vigorously. Babalola was baptized in Lagos lagoon in December 1929

Ministry and healing.
In 1930 Faith Tabernacle affiliated with the The Apostolic Church with General Headquarters in the United Kingdom (and not British Apostolic Church, as erroneously called by some authors)
(1). Then following a schism in The Apostolic Church about 1940, Babalola went with a group led by Pastors J.B. Akinyele and D.O. Odubanjo to form a new independent church.
(2). Christ Apostolic Church (CAC), where he continued his healing and revivalistic activities until his death. The CAC regards Babalola as an apostle owing to his evident apostolic gifts that characterized his revival ministry as the beginning of the church, while in actual sense by real church ordination he was not at any time historically ordained into that office.
A CAC retreat center was built at Ikeji-Arakeji, Osun State where Babalola was first called in 1928. However, it is pertinent to note that Babalola was not the sole founder of CAC as many claim today but one of the trio of CAC Founding Fathers.
(3). To corroborate this, on registration of CAC with Corporate Affairs Commission in 1943, Pastors Akinyele and Odubanjo occupied the offices of first President and Vice-President/General Superintendent respectively, while Babalola (who was junior to the duo in both Faith Tabernacle and The Apostolic Church), occupied the Office of General Evangelist. This error of founder-ship here pointed out needs to be corrected in history.
Although He died on 26th of July 1959, The Christ Apostolic Church has not died along with Apostle Joseph Ayo Babalola. In fact it has grown rapidly over the years, with many churches under the Christ Apostolic Church name but each church with a specific branch name. The Joseph Ayo Babalola University (JABU) a private Nigerian university located in Ikeji-Arakeji in Osun State, established by the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) Worldwide is named after him, located at the place where he says he was called by God in 1928.

WORD-AFLAME LEADERSHIP COLLEGE LOOSING IS GAINING

LOOSING IS GAINING

By Gideon in Blog on July 29, 2016

Have you experience breakthrough, Miracles and great victory before or are you waiting for one? The fact and truth about life is that, trails are the true envelope of success! People of Faith are not eroded with the magnitude of their problems and challenges, but fix their eyes on Jesus and His words ! You only need to work on your intimacy with God knowing that Faith that doesn’t take something from you is not Real Faith. I believe very soon you are going to celebrate a brand new miracle in your life in Jesus name!
Hear this “He gives POWER to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength-Isaiah 40:29”.
And Paul apostle counseled the brethren through his kingdom life style and said, “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecution, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am Strong. 2 Corinth 12:10”.
And Job in his affliction took a firmed decision because he knew that God is not the author of evil, he said “But He (God) knows the way that I take; When He has tested me, I shall come forth as GOLD-Job 23:10” Praise God! won’t you rather endure and wait for your harvest that will come very soon and sudden ! It is your turn to celebrate the power of almighty God and nothing….not even demons….not curses will hold you back anymore in the name of Jesus !
Wait and Listen to this, every long awaited prayers request will be answer this month in the name of Jesus…..amen! Please HOLD ON! DON’T GIVE UP!! Your loosing today is a great gain tomorrow! God bless you…Share this with all your friends now and give them Hope for their life!!!- Dr Oyedepo G O.

WORD-AFLAME LEADERSHIP COLLEGE HOW THE APOSTLES DIED

HOW THE APOSTLES DIED

By Gideon in Blog on July 28, 2016

1. Matthew
Suffered martyrdom in Ethiopia, Killed by a sword wound.
2. Mark
Died in Alexandria, Egypt, after being dragged by Horses through the streets until he was dead.
3. Luke
Was hanged in Greece as a result of his tremendous Preaching to the lost.
4. John
Faced martyrdom when he was boiled in huge Basin of boiling oil during a wave of persecution In Rome. However, he was miraculously delivered From death.
John was then sentenced to the mines on the prison Island of Patmos. He wrote his prophetic Book of Revelation on Patmos. The apostle John was later freed and returned to serve As Bishop of Edessa in modern Turkey. He died as an old man, the only apostle to die peacefully.
5. Peter
He was crucified upside down on an X-shaped cross.
According to church tradition it was because he told his tormentors that he felt unworthy to die In the same way that Jesus Christ had died.
6. James
The leader of the church in Jerusalem, was thrown over a hundred feet down from the southeast pinnacle of the Temple when he refused to deny his faith in Christ. When they discovered that he survived the fall, his
enemies beat James to death with a fuller’s club.
* This was the same pinnacle where Satan had taken Jesus during the Temptation.
7. James the Son of Zebedee
He was a fisherman by trade when Jesus Called him to a lifetime of ministry. As a strong leader of the church, James was beheaded at Jerusalem. The Roman officer who guarded James watched amazed as James defended his faith at his trial. Later, the officer Walked beside James to the place of execution. Overcome by conviction, he declared his new faith to the judge and Knelt beside James to accept beheading as a Christian.
8. Bartholomew
Also known as Nathaniel Was a missionary to Asia. He witnessed for our Lord in present day Turkey. Bartholomew was martyred for his preaching in Armenia where he was flayed to death by a whip.
9. Andrew
Was crucified on an X-shaped cross in Patras, Greece. After being whipped severely by seven soldiers, they tied his body to the cross with cords to prolong his agony. His followers reported that, when he was led toward the cross, Andrew saluted it in these words: ‘I have long desired and expected this happy hour. The cross has been consecrated by the body of Christ hanging on it.’ He continued to preach to his tormentors For two days until he expired.
10. Thomas
Was stabbed with a spear in India during one of his missionary trips to establish the church in the Sub-continent.
11. Jude
Was killed with arrows when he refused to deny his faith in Christ.
12. Matthias
The apostle chosen to replace the traitor Judas Iscariot, was stoned and then beheaded.
13. Paul
Was tortured and then beheaded by the evil Emperor Nero at Rome in A.D. 67. Paul endured a lengthy imprisonment, which allowed him to write his many
epistles to the churches he had formed throughout the Roman Empire. These letters, which taught many of the foundational Doctrines of Christianity, form a large portion of the New Testament.
Perhaps this is a reminder to us that our sufferings here are indeed minor compared to the intense persecution and cold cruelty faced by the apostles and disciples during their times For the sake of the Faith. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: But he that endureth to the end shall be saved.