Crucified Life

Prepared by Watchman Nee

You believe in the death of the Lord Jesus and you believe in the death of the thieves with Him. Now what about your own death? Your crucifixion is more intimate than theirs. They were crucified at the same time as the Lord but on different crosses, whereas you were crucified on the selfsame cross as He, for you were in Him when He died.

How can you know? You can know for the one sufficient reason that God said so. It does not depend on your feelings. If you feel that Christ has died, He has died; and if you do not feel that He has died, He had died. If you feel that you have died, you have died; and if you do not feel that you have died, you have nevertheless just as surely died.

These are divine facts. That Christ has died is a fact, that the two thieves have died is a fact, and that you have died is a fact also. Let me tell you, You have died! You are done with! You are ruled out! The self you loathe is on the Cross of Christ. And “he that is dead is freed from sin” (Romans 6:7 Amplified). This is the Gospel for Christians.

Our crucifixion can never be made effective by will or by effort, but only by accepting what the Lord Jesus did on the Cross. Our eyes must be opened to see the finished work of Calvary. Some of you, prior to your salvation, may have tried to save yourselves.

You read the Bible, prayed, went to church, gave alms. Then one day your eyes were opened and you saw that a full salvation had already been provided for you on the Cross. You just accepted that and thanked God, and peace and joy flowed into your heart.

And now the good news is that sanctification is made possible for you on exactly the same basis as that initial salvation. You are offered deliverance from sin as no less a gift of God’s grace than was the forgiveness of sins.

For God’s way of deliverance is altogether different from man’s way. Man’s way is to try to suppress sin by seeking to overcome it; God’s way is to remove the sinner. Many Christians mourn over their weakness, thinking that if only they were stronger all would be well; If we are preoccupied with the power of sin and with our inability to meet it, then we naturally conclude that to gain the victory over sin we must have more power.

But this is altogether a fallacy; it is not Christianity. God’s means of delivering us from sin is not by making us stronger and stronger, but by making us weaker and weaker. That is surely rather a peculiar way of victory, you say; but it is the divine way.

God sets us free from the dominion of sin, not by strengthening our old man but by crucifying him; not by helping him to do anything, but by removing him from the scene of action.

For years, maybe, you have tried fruitlessly to exercise control over yourself, and perhaps this is still your experience; but when once you see the truth you will recognize that you are indeed powerless to do anything, but that in setting you aside altogether God has done it all. Such discovery brings human striving and self-effort to an end (The Normal Christian Life, pp. 35-37).

Preaching the gospel and making disciples

By True Gospel 

Near the beginning of the Olivet Prophecy, Jesus Christ foretells that the good news of the coming Kingdom of God will be preached to the entire world:

And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. (Matthew 24:14)

This verse is not a commission to anyone in particular – neither to the first-century apostles, nor anyone else. Jesus simply makes a statement of fact, prophesying that the entire world will hear the gospel preached as a witness and then God will act to bring about the end of this present age of man. Precisely how He will accomplish this He does not specify.

However, Christ does give His disciples a commission – and through them, His church:

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20; emphasis ours throughout)

Matthew 24:14 and Matthew 28:19-20 are not synonymous. In the latter verses, though preaching as a witness is included within the scope of the commission, it actually places more emphasis on the entire process of conversion, feeding, growing, and overcoming than merely witnessing, as in Matthew 24:14.

The term “make disciples” in Matthew 28:19 holds the key to this understanding. “Teach,” as it is rendered in the King James Version, is not a wrong translation, as long as we understand that it implies a process. Not all of the teaching required to make a disciple can occur just in making a witness to him. There are major differences between the witnessing and making disciples. At best, preaching the gospel to the world begins the process of making disciples. Disciples are created through steady spiritual feeding and a believing response in those who hear, which includes overcoming their sins.

A second factor appears in verse 20: “Observe allthings that I have commanded you.” Observing “all things” cannot be done merely through making a witness. Observing all things is a lifelong project requiring the structure and nurture of a church. This is why the church of God exists (see Ephesians 4:11-16).

In verses 19-20, though witnessing is included, Jesus is primarily emphasizing the feeding of the flock (John 21:15-17), for it is the called, the elect – God’s children – who are His greatest concern. These special called-out ones are being prepared to inherit the Kingdom of God. It takes a great deal of feeding and experience with God for Christ to be formed in us (Romans 8:29; II Corinthians 3:18).

The gospel message, then, is more than just an announcement, or a basic truth to be impressed upon unbelievers. It is just as applicable to the converted church member – almost certainly more so. In Paul’s letter to the Romans, he commends the congregation at Rome because their “faith is spoken of throughout the whole world” (Romans 1:8). The congregation was already established and apparently thriving. Yet Paul says, “So, as much as is in me, I am ready to preach the gospel to you who are in Rome also” (Romans 1:15).

Why did Paul want to preach to them – for them to be converted? No, but to continue the process of conversion. How did he plan to do this? He was going to preach the gospel to them! He desired to preach it to people who were already converted – in fact, to those who were already so well-established in the faith that others had already heard of their remarkable devotion to God. Yet, even though they had already exhibited outstanding Christian faith, he nonetheless wanted to preach the gospel to them. This shows that it is the responsibility of the ministry – apostles, evangelists, pastors, and elders – to preach the gospel of the Kingdom of God continually to the church.

The apostle Paul is referring to “feeding the flock” and preaching “the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27) in minute detail. The gospel – the Word of God, when we understand it in its broadest sense – includes the entirety of the Bible. God’s focus is on preparing His children to share a relationship with Him for all eternity. He requires that everyone who enters His Kingdom to be in His image (Genesis 1:26) and to live exactly as He does. To achieve this goal, He requires his ministers to expand infinitely on the bare basics that bring a person to conversion. God wants each of His children to see the application of His way in every possible situation in life.

God’s message is called “the gospel of the Kingdom of God” because that is the goal that He wants us always to focus on. He wants it to come immediately to mind that we are headed toward His Kingdom. We not only have to know that it is coming, but also what we must do to prepare ourselves for it. God calls it by what it ends with, what it will produce – the aim, the result.

However, it also includes all the preparatory material that we need to get there, as well as any other information that may be helpful or provide background to those instructions. “The gospel of the Kingdom of God” is a huge umbrella, under which stands a massive amount of teaching. Each piece of knowledge contained in the gospel ultimately feeds into this central truth: that humanity can have salvation by being born into God’s Family – His Kingdom – through the resurrection from the dead.

The gospel message includes topics like the nature of God, the fruit of the Spirit, the Beatitudes, law and grace, loyalty and devotion to God, and other foundational topics. It contains the promises made to Abraham, the history of Israel, and the prophecies. It includes the creation and God’s sovereignty, providence, and intervention in its affairs. The gospel includes everything that is necessary to call, teach, correct, and motivate an individual so that he can be saved and inherit the Kingdom. The true gospel is the complete revelation of God to man. It includes everything contained in the Bible.

Moses and the Old Covenant

By  Michael Morrison

1. God promised to bless Abraham’s descendants and give them the land of Canaan. But first, they had to move into Egypt, and then become enslaved. About how many years would they be in Egypt? Exodus 12:40.

Abraham’s descendants moved to Egypt. Although the stories of what they did there and how they escaped are interesting, they are not directly related to our topic of interest, so we will skip them and pick up the story at Mt. Sinai.

2.What kind of covenant did God offer to make with the Israelites? Exodus 19:3-6. Did the blessings depend on obedience? Verse 5. Did the people agree to make the covenant? Verse 8.

In this covenant, the promises would be given if the people obeyed. God had already rescued the people from slavery, but further blessings depended on their obedience. The people promised to obey, but their promise seems to have been based more on fear than on faith. They did not understand what God would require of them, and they did not understand their own inability to do all that the Lord said. During the journey from Egypt to Sinai, the people had already disobeyed God several times, and they would disobey again soon after Sinai and repeatedly in the years to come.

In this covenant, Moses was the mediator. God spoke the words to Moses, and the people were able to listen to God talking to Moses (verse 9). Moses spoke on behalf of the people, and he told them what God said (verse 25).

3. What did God command? Exodus 20:1-17. How did the people respond?

God spoke the Ten Commandments, and the people were afraid. They wanted God to speak to Moses only, rather than hear God directly. As mediator, Moses would thereafter tell them the words of God and they would not have to hear God’s voice.

4. Did God command altars for worship? Verses 24-26. Did he prescribe rules for Israelite slaves? Exodus 21:1-11. Did the covenant also include rules about death penalties and other punishments for crimes against human life and limb? Verses 12-32.

5. Were there regulations for crimes against a person’s property? Exodus 21:33–22:15. Were more penalties prescribed for mistreating other people? Verses 16-27.

6. Did God claim ownership of certain people and animals? Verses 29-30. Did he make restrictions on agriculture? Exodus 23:10-11. Did he restrict the workweek? Verse 12. Did he require annual festivals? Verses 14-17.

7. Did Moses then report all these words to the people? Exodus 24:3. Did the people agree to obey? Same verse. Did Moses repeat all the commands, and the people repeat their agreement? Verse 7. How did Moses signify that the covenant had been formally ratified? Verse 8.

The covenant included laws about worship, economics and civil courts. It included general principles of human relationship with God and with neighbor, and it included some specific details of how those principles should be applied in specific situations. All these different types of laws were mixed together in the covenant.

The covenant was completed by a ceremony of sprinkling blood. Moses said, “This is the blood of the covenant that the Lord has made with you.” God then promised to give Moses some tablets of stone on which the laws were written (verse 12).

8. Did God continue to add commands to the covenant that had been made? Exodus 25:1-22. What did the Israelites do while God was speaking to Moses? Exodus 32:1-6.

God gave very detailed instructions for the tabernacle and the way the Israelites were to worship him. These details fill several chapters of Exodus and contrast sharply with the Israelites’ impatience and idolatry. As God said, they were a stiff-necked people, stubbornly disobedient (verse 9). God was willing to destroy them all, but Moses, acting as a mediator, asked for mercy (verses 10-11, 31-32). When Moses saw the idolatry and revelry, he became angry, too. He broke the tablets (verse 19) and destroyed the idol (verse 20).

9. Since Moses had broken the tablets of the covenant, what did God command him to do? Exodus 34:1. Did God again make a covenant with Moses? Verse 10. Did he use the exact same words as before? Verses 10-26. What did he write on the tablets of stone? Verse 28.

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The words of the covenant — the Ten Commandments — were written on the stone tablets. Exodus 20:1-17 (the Ten Commandments) formed the beginning of the covenant, and Exodus 20:24–23:33 was also included in the covenant. When God restated the covenant in chapter 34, he mixed some of the Ten Commandments in with other regulations from chapters 21-23. The Bible does not put any stress on the precise order and structure of the covenant. All of God’s commands were to be kept, for all were given with divine authority.

The worship regulations in Exodus 25–30, even though they were given after the covenant had been ratified, were also part of Israel’s covenant with God. So were the additional rules found in other writings of Moses, such as the book of Leviticus. Deuteronomy is a restatement and expansion of the same covenant. Some regulations expand on the concept of worshiping God; other regulations expand on the concept of holy time; and others give details on how people should treat their neighbors. They were all part of the same covenant.

The rituals and sacrifices in Leviticus do not apply to Christians today. Christians do not have to enforce the civil laws and punishments commanded in Exodus. But why? Why is it that Christians, who should obey God, do not observe these laws that were clearly given by God? To understand, let’s move forward in our study — from the covenant mediated by Moses to the covenant mediated by Jesus Christ.

Prayers for Healing

Prepare by Knowing Jesus

Dear God – the only source of healing and hope and the one fountain of peace and hope – look down in pity and mercy on Your many children who are facing adversity and afflicted by the miseries that this world system is imposing.

Provide for the needs for all those that are called by Your name, who are facing financial hardships and health problems. Enrich them with Your heavenly hope; nourish them with all Your goodness and bring each of them safely into their promised home ,

In Jesus name I pray,


“And we have this command from Him: the one who loves God must also love his brother.”

Prayer of Thankfulness For Health And Strength Loving Father,

I just want to thanks You for the wonderful way that You have kept me in such good health, for so many years, and protected me from so many troublesome diseases.

You have lifted me up when I have been down; supported me through times of weakness and You have also healed me, when I have succumbed to a bed of sickness.

Keep me I pray in good health and strength – let me run and not grow weary and may I be used as a comfort and support to those that are not so fortunate as I.


“Dear friend, I pray that you may prosper in every way and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.”

Dear Lord, I know that You are a God Who heals all manner of sickness and illness through the power of Your Holy Spirit. I ask that by His power You would send healing and wholeness to all who are afflicted at this time with illnesses and diseases.

Send comfort and strength at this time of difficulty – in Jesus’ precious name,


“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will exist no longer; grief, crying, and pain will exist no longer, because the previous things have passed away.”

Look down with compassion on our friend, who has been confined to a bed of sickness and is in such great physical pain. Send comfort and healing I pray and in Your gracious kindness please strengthen and heal, whatever the problem is, that has caused this illness in their body.

In Jesus name I pray,


“For He crushes but also binds up; He strikes, but His hands also heal.”

Serve through love

Prepare by Knowing Jesus

“Serve each other through love”. Galatians 5:13 GW

It is always the work of God’s enemy to clog up our lives by introducing love of self or love of the world, and it needs ruthless determination to remove the accumulated rubbish and re-dig the well in purity of devotion to Christ.

It may well be, though, that the hindrances arise from lack of love to our fellow believers. We must remember that the Holy Spirit can never have free course in us and through us if we harbor unloving thoughts concerning other of God’s children, let alone put those thoughts into actions.

He is the Spirit of fellowship, so that if we fail in that realm then we fail in the matter of love.It is so easy to allow unworthy considerations to quench brotherly love, to be clogged up with resentment or to be wrongly influenced by our susceptibilities or hurt feelings.

We have to be active in positive cultivation of fellowship. To some it is quite natural to be independent. For them deference to others represents a major difficulty. Sometimes they may deliberately ignore or despise others, but sometimes they just prefer to do it alone and never seriously think of inter-relatedness and inter-dependence.

The Word of God, however, is most explicit in ordering us to esteem one another, to submit to one another and to live and work together. T

he Holy Spirit demands that the people of God live according to a team order of things, that they should be governed by a family spirit. Anything which is of an isolated or detached nature, which fails to recognize and fully accept the family thought of God, is a check on Him.

By failing to observe fellowship we quench the Spirit. It is not only a matter of avoiding giving offence but of active pursuit of fellowship. Some may be wondering why there is so little up-springing from the inner well, when they are sitting back in a wrong kind of modesty, failing to bring in their own personal contribution to fellowship life and ministry.

Unkindness is not the only obstacle in this realm. Shyness and diffidence can equally rest like a stone on the flow of Life.

The only thing to do is to dig it up and move it away. Get in, get right in, and let yourself go! Do not always choose the back seat because you like to be left alone, but come forward in the Lord’s name and give the Holy Spirit a free course in your lives.

He is well able to check you if you become too self-assertive, but there is little He can do if your well is all stopped up with fears and inhibitions.

My Seed is a Champion: Prayer Points from Mother’s Summit by Funke Felix Adejumo

  1. Oh earth, I speak to you, begin to yield your increase to my seeds.
    Let everything I put on this earth germinate.
  2. My seed will not be a servant to their enemy.
    I will not beg my enemy for my seed.
  3. My seed will not bring me shame!
  4. Father let the good things of this earth locate my seed!
    My seed will not borrow or beg.
  5. My seed will be a palace pillar in the kingdom of God.
  6. No evil, stray bullet, sickness will touch my seed!
  7. Father make me a wonder.
  8. Father let it be difficult for the devil and people to explain me.
  9. Father whatever it takes for a woman to have honour respect and dignity, put in me.
  10. Father, clothe me!
    I shall not be naked in Jesus Name.
  11. Father my children shall not be wasted.
  12. My seed will not be a victim of evil substitution! They will not die another’s death.
  13. Father reward me for my sacrifices as a mother and a wife
  14. My children will be kind enough to take care of me!
    They will marry into good homes.
  15. I crush the skull of every Abimelech (Alakoba) plotting against me.
  16. My feet and that of my seed shall not step into trouble!
  17. While I am young, I will not become a widow!
    Also, my husband will not bury me!
  18. My seat shall not be vacant!
    No one will represent me on the day of joy of my seed.
  19. I shall not be a victim of anyone’s error.
  20. When it is sweet for me, it will not suddenly finish.
  21. God fight for me and for my children.
  22. I will see, reap and eat my harvest!
  23. Lord, the three things that accompanied my seed when he came into the world will not accompany him when he is going (blood –that is, assassination, accident, crying/tears and nakedness).
  24. My children shall not be terrified in life.
  25. I curse every devourer over my children’s academics, health, finance, work, business and marriage.
  26. Lord deliver my children from group afflictions and corporate embargos!
  27. I receive and declare championship academically and mentally, maritally and financially over my children.
  28. My seed shall not stumble in Jesus’ name.

 As a mother, pray this prayer with one hand on your chest and the other on your stomach.

  1. Every child that sucked these breasts and passed through my womb shall not be slaughtered by devil’s cohorts in Jesus’ name.
  2. I cover my children with the blood of Jesus.

They will always escape the traps of the enemies.

  1. I will not weep or bury any of my children.
  2. My children are my garment of honour, therefore they shall not be ripped off by the enemies.
  3. Blood of Jesus, avail and prevail over my children.

So shall it be In Jesus’ name. Amen.

From the Voice of the Prevailing Mother.


Kris Okotie, Sam Adeyemi, others guests on Season 1 of ‘Church Culture’, set to be launched on ChannelsTV

 By Ada Dike
A new television show focused on the mission of the Christian faith and the people, places and priorities that drive Christians in Nigeria and across Africa, ‘Church Culture’ is set to launch its first season on Saturday 8, July 2017 at 2:30pm on ChannelsTV.

Guests on the first season of the show include Sam Adeyemi, Kris Okotie, Ituah Ighodalo, Jumoke Adenowo, Tosin Martins, Obiwon Obiora, Toni Kan and Akah Nnani, amongst others.


The show is hosted by Funmbi Ogunbanwo and produced by Generation Y!, producers of Rubbin’ Minds, also on ChannelsTV and eXploring on ONTV. It is produced in conjunction with the church media company also called Church Culture.


The Senior Producer, ‘Church Culture’, ‘Seun Oluyemi, just as one of their cofounders had said, the church was the biggest, most well-resourced institution in Nigeria, outside of (or perhaps equal to, since it won’t be transparent about its numbers) business.

“With that much power, must come much responsibility. What this means is that, the church can and must pray for Nigeria, but the church must also work for Nigeria. Its revival of words must be matched with a revival of action,” he said.


“If faith is a key driver for our actions as a nation, then we must face that truth for what is and ask ourselves – now that we have this, what can we do with it? This show helps with that imperative, and our mission,” Oluyemi added.



A call, a gospel, and a task

Contributed by Dennis Davidson

In the preface to his commentary on Paul’s letter to the Romans, Martin Luther wrote: “This letter is truly the most important piece in the New Testament. It is purest Gospel. It is well worth a Christian’s while not only to memorize it word for word but also to occupy himself with it daily, as though it were the daily bread of the soul. It is impossible to read or to meditate on this letter too much or too well. The more one deals with it, the more precious it becomes and the better it tastes.”

The book of Romans is placed first in front of all the other letters of Paul because it is considered the most important. Not only is this his longest letter, it contains his longest greeting. Paul’s letter was to be received by a church which was situated in the greatest city in the greatest empire in the world. He was writing to a church who did not know him personally. Thus in his initial address in the letter he seeks to establish who he is and what he is about. He is God’s man and everything he is and does revolves around God (CIM).

The letter’s recipients will affirm who he is if they are those whom he addresses as; called of Jesus Christ, beloved of God, called Saints. What he is about is to bring men to obedience to the Good News through faith in Jesus Christ.

I. Set Apart By the Good News, 1:1.

II. The Meaning of the Good News ,1: 2-4.

III. The Reason for the Good News, 1: 5-7.

First, let’s look at verse one where Paul states that he is called by God and set apart for the Gospel. As is the custom in a scroll type letter the Apostle begins with a declaration of his name and office. It was his office of apostleship that gave him the right and responsibility to address every Christian every where with authority.

He announces that he is “Paul.” Paul is a Roman name. He is the only one of the biblical writers who uses his gentle name instead of his Hebrew name. Paul ( ), means little. His Hebrew name, Saul, of King Saul fame, means demanded (Acts 13:9).

He announces that he is “a bond-slave of Christ Jesus,” This word for slave ( ) is the most lowly humble term in the Greek language to denote a slave. It means one owned by another, one who has been purchased. It indicates a slave who will always be one.

Paul calls himself this kind of bond-slave of Jesus Christ (genitive of possession). He belongs to Jesus Christ. He even puts the designation that he is a slave of the King of kings ahead of his office of Apostleship.

Paul was born a slave of sin at his physical birth and became a bond slave of Christ through his regenerative second birth. The cords that bound him to his old master, Satan, were rent asunder by his taking Christ’s death on the cross for his own. And now Paul’s will, which was once dominated by Satan, is swallowed up in the cleansing will of Christ, and nothing will ever break that bond.

For a Roman citizen such as Paul, to choose to be a servant was unthinkable. Yet Paul chose to be completely dependent on and obedient to his beloved Master. What is you attitude toward Christ your Master? Our willingness to serve and obey Jesus enables us to be useful and usable servants to do work for Him, which is work that has eternal significance.

“Paul, a bond-slave of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle.” An apostle ( ) is one sent out on a commission, an official representative sent for a purpose [Moulton & Milligan]. Paul is designating himself as a divinely summoned ambassador. [His credentials were his miracles.]

He was called to assume that office. Paul was called in the sense that God summoned him to that position and placed him in it. The office conferred upon him responsibility and the authority to carry it out.

“Paul, a bond slave of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God.” Paul defines his apostleship by the words separate unto the Gospel of God. [Apo “out from” & hoizo – “to mark off by boundaries, to limit, separate, appoint area or service.”] This compound word means “to mark off from others with boundaries, to set apart and place within limits.”

The limits of his Apostleship were the “Gospel of God.” The word “gospel” is good news. The good news that Paul is set apart with is the good news which is of and from God. Paul was Christ’s chosen vessel set apart for God’s Good News.

Graffiti from the 1800s was recently discovered by workers renovating the WASHINGTON MONUMENT. The inscription reads: “Whoever is the human instrument under God in the conversion of one soul, erects a monument to his own memory more lofty and enduring than this.”

There is no greater glory than a single soul won for the Lord. And there is no greater example of missionary soulwinning than the Apostle Paul. A large portion of the New Testament is a

monument to his passion for the lost. He was an interesting mix of profound theologian and tent-revival evangelist. But no matter where he went, who he encountered, or what subject he tackled, he never lost his passion for the individual soul.

Today, we face many of the same issues Paul addressed in his letters – doctrinal hair-splitting, church conflict, Christian liberties. Yet in all of this, we must remain undeterred from the goal of evangelism. The greatest monument that could ever be constructed is the eternal monument of one converted soul.

[“To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ. – Ephesians 3:8]

Moses’ mission with Pharaoh

By Sharla Guenther

When Moses and his brother Aaron got to Egypt the Lord told them what to do. He said, “Go to Pharaoh and tell him to let the Israelites go. He will be very stubborn and it will take many signs and miracles before he will let you go; but everyone will know that I am God when he finally frees the Israelites.”

So they did what God asked and they went to see Pharaoh. In front of Pharaoh Aaron threw down his staff and it became a snake (just as God told Moses it would).

Pharaoh didn’t look surprised at all, he actually just smiled at Moses and Aaron. Without a word he snapped his fingers and a minute later three men walked in. Pharaoh whispered in one of the men’s ears, and he nodded and spoke quietly to the others.

All at the same time they threw the staffs they were carrying to the ground and they became snakes, just like Moses and Aaron’s. They turned and looked at each other with disappointment. They realized that these men were Pharaoh’s magicians.

Just as Moses was feeling defeated his snake swallowed up all of the other snakes. This made Moses smile, surely Pharaoh would let them go now. But Pharaoh didn’t seem to care, he shook his head and said, “Nice try, but the Israelites belong to me, and they work for Egypt I will not let them go.”

Moses left disappointed, but excited to talk to God about what they would do next. After all God told them that it wouldn’t be easy. So when God spoke next, they listened well, “Pharaoh’s heart is hard, he’s still not going to change his mind. Go see him tomorrow morning, he didn’t listen today but I will continue to show him that I am God.”

With their instructions from God, Moses and Aaron met Pharaoh the next morning. Aaron explained to Pharaoh, “Because you still won’t listen God is going to change all the water in Egypt into blood. The fish will die, the river will stink, and none of the Egyptians will be able to drink it.”

The Story of Moses and the PharaohPharaoh smiled and said, “Go ahead.” So Aaron did what the Lord told him and put his staff into the water and it turned to blood. Pharaoh seemed a little surprised but he summoned his magicians and they also turned the water into blood. With that, Pharaoh’s heart became hard, and he turned and walked back to his palace.

All the fish died, and the water smelled so bad, no matter where you were you could smell it. Can you imagine turning on your tap at home and having blood come out, what about having a bath, or even the water in your toilet. Of course the Egyptians didn’t have sinks and toilets back then, but they still used water to drink, to make food, and to clean with.

After a whole week of this Pharaoh still wouldn’t let the people go. But his magicians couldn’t turn the blood back into water either. The Lord instructed Aaron and Moses to go see Pharaoh once again and He told them, “Tell Pharaoh to let my people go. If he refuses to let them go, I will plague the whole country with frogs.”

They did as God asked and Pharaoh once again refused to let the people go. So Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt and the frogs came up and covered everything. They really were everywhere! In the stoves where they cooked, in their beds, and they even jumped on the people.

The magicians could also make frogs appear – but this would be the last time that their magic would work. After a day of this Pharaoh couldn’t take it anymore and he called for Moses and Aaron. (He probably didn’t get any sleep with frogs jumping all over him!)

He begged Moses, “Pray to the Lord to take the frogs away from me and my people, and I will let your people go.” So Moses prayed to the Lord, and all the frogs died. But when Pharaoh saw that all the frogs were dead, he was relieved and he hardened his heart and changed his mind.

There were many other plagues that followed: Gnats and flies, all the livestock got sick and died, the Egyptians were covered in sores, hail came down and killed all the crops, locusts came and ate all the grass and everything green, and then there was complete darkness. Nobody left their homes because they couldn’t even see where they were going.

With each of these plagues Pharaoh said he’d let the Israelites go if God put things back to normal, but then he kept changing his mind. You’d think he would’ve learned his lesson and let the Israelites go. God doesn’t give up.

You may have felt sorry for the Israelites during all these plagues, but God made sure they were not touched by them. Only the Pharaoh and ‘his people’ the Egyptians went through these terrible times. The Israelites lived a little ways away, and God kept them safe, and put a pretend wall around them so none of the plagues could come to them.

If you thought all the other plagues were bad, there was one last plague (the tenth plague) that was way worse than any of the others. The Lord told them, “This will be the last plague on Pharaoh and Egypt, after this they will let you go. Around midnight I will go throughout Egypt. Every firstborn son in Egypt will die, even the son of Pharaoh, and there will be great sadness.” Moses and Aaron warned Pharaoh, but he refused to listen.

The Lord had special instructions for Moses and Aaron, so that the Israelites would be sure to stay safe during this last plague. He told them, “The Israelites must kill their best sheep or goat. Then they are to take some of the blood and smear it on the sides and tops of the doors on their houses.

On that same night I will pass through Egypt like a ghost and take the life from every first born. If I see blood on the doorway that will be a sign for me to pass over the house and keep all who are inside safe.

This day will always be known as the Passover, because you were passed over and kept safe by God. You will continue to celebrate this day for many years.” (Some people still celebrate it today!) They were also to eat unleavened bread (bread that is flat, not fluffy like we eat it). This would always remind them of the hurry that they left Egypt in.

Now you have to remember Pharaoh could have stopped all this a long time ago. God gave him many opportunities to let the Israelites go, but he would not listen. Unfortunately God had to teach Pharaoh a lesson and He did what He said He would do.

After Pharaoh realized what happened in Egypt he called for Moses and Aaron just after midnight and he said, “Leave my people, you and all the Israelites! Go worship the Lord as you wanted, take all your animals and get out of here!” The Israelites gathered up gold and silver from the Egyptians who were glad to see them leave and they left with Moses.

You won’t believe what happened next! When Pharaoh heard that the Israelites had left he changed his mind- again! He decided to gather an army of more than 600 people and go after Moses, Aaron and all the Israelites.

So as the Israelites were on their way, they noticed in the distance that Pharaoh was coming after them. They started to get worried and questioned Moses why he would lead them out in the desert to die. Moses knew what to say, and he told them, “Do not be afraid, God has protected you before, He will protect you again.”

When the Israelites reached the Red Sea they were trapped with the Sea in front of them and Pharaoh behind them. But God told Moses to reach out his staff into the water, and when he did an amazing thing happened. The water split into two! The water lifted itself and made huge walls of water (they couldn’t even see over it, it was higher than a house). They would walk on dry ground, which was actually the bottom the Sea.

Pharaoh’s army followed them into the Sea, even though some of the Egyptians were afraid, and knew God was with them. When the Israelites had finally made it through safe God told Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the water goes back to normal, and it will swallow up Pharaoh and his army.”

Moses did as God had told him and he reached his staff over the water. There was a loud crash as the water came back together, and covered the Egyptians.

That was the day the Lord saved the Israelites from the Egyptians. When the Israelites saw what God had done for them they trusted Him, and they knew that Moses would be a good leader for them as they traveled to the land flowing with milk and honey.

Ambode felicitates with RCCG world overseer, Adeboye, at 75

By Newsdesk

The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has showered encomium on General Overseer of Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Worldwide, Enoch Adeboye, as he clock 75 tomorrow.

In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Habib Aruna, the governor described him as a minister of God who has over years exhibited an unrivalled passion to expand work of God and humanity at large.

Ambode said aside fact that Adeboye has distinguished himself as one of most revered clerics in Nigeria’s Christendom, he is a father figure to millions of people across the world due to his virtues of honesty, peace, patience, contentment, humility and diligence.

According to him, Adeboye is no doubt a man of many parts. His simple life of transparency, openness, truth and grace make him one outstanding personality worthy of reference.

“He is indeed God’s precious gift to the nation and indeed mercies of God has kept him waxing stronger and aging with grace.

“For many of us who had privilege of being taught and nurtured by Pastor Adeboye, we were always motivated by the way he delivered Words in his unique and eloquent manner. Even at 75, he is still carrying on strong and spreading gospel of Christ at every given opportunity,” the governor said.

Ambode, while wishing him a happy 75th birthday, prayed Almighty God would grant the cleric long life and more strength to continue to be a role model to body of Christ.