The month of January was filled with life-changing experiences which brought about the renewal of our faith. God used His servant, Bishop Dr. S. I. Okelezoh to open the eyes of many believers by revealing His secrets in His messages:
Be Steadfast Abounding in God’s Word.
Earnestly Contend for the Faith.
The Marriage Mystery
Temptation Vis-a-vis Trials of Faith.
The beginning of the year is the period when you
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord”
1 Corinthians 15: 58.
If we are steadfast abounding in God’s word, He will take over our business and be steadfast abounding in our works. We are not only supposed to be steadfast in our spiritual life but also our marital life. When a man and a woman go into marriage, they are drawn together by love; they make vows and take oaths of commitment to each other. But when the wind of trials blows in the marriage, the husband and wife must be steadfast and unmovable to receive the joy of marriage. Marriage is about the work of the Lord. The husband and wife must always abound in it because God does not want drifting in marriage; He demands steadfastness.
“Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the
Ephesians 5: 22-26.
The word of God impacts wisdom and marital understanding which can remove the faults and weaknesses in a marriage. In a Godly relationship, you must be able to acknowledge your faults; it is strength and not weakness to accept a fault. A man who demands for deliverance and promises from God must be steadfast in earnestly contending for His faith.
“. . . it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints”
Believers are to contend for the faith because it is the key to our deliverance and promises in God. To contend for the faith means to fight for God’s kind of faith which is the particular kind of faith approved by God.
“Fight the good fight of faith . . .”
1 Timothy 6: 12.
A believer contends for the faith by boldly speaking and declaring the Word of God, and setting events in motion: making and working-out plans according to God’s Word and promises. Do not allow negative events to bind and situate you. Set and manage your events through the due-process of faith and work. Know the events that have been prophecied towards you, your life and destiny; then a believer can discern and detect events that are contrary to God’s Words. Such contrary events are set in motion by the devil which is the enemy and contender for our faith. The devil is the enemy and contender of the believer; he contends with the believer through temptations.
“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I
The temptation brought to a believer by the devil is meant to demote and not promote Godliness. The devil uses the things created by God (God’s creation)as his weapon of temptation. When temptations come, they are usually not labeled as temptation but as an enticing sinful promise. There is a reward for those who
“His lord said unto him, Well done,
Matthew 25: 23.
You can’t be a good and faithful servant to God except you render services to Him. The number one work of God is soul winning so all faithful servants are to present the souls they won unto Him. On the day of judgment, God will take account of the number of souls each individual won into His kingdom.