Praise ( confessions and declarations) l Bishop Dr Mike Okonkwo

From Amarylis: I Declare Jesus Christ Is Lord!

Amarylis: Confessions, Declarations and meditations are very important. The Words that comes from your mouth are your seeds. They are determining factors for your future.

I believe that Jesus Christ died for my sins. He rose again triumphant over death, grave and hell. He is sitting at the right hand of the Father God from where He will come to take me home. I am glad that I am saved, sanctified and filled with the Holy Ghost. While I am waiting for Him, I will live my life here to please Him.
The Lord is my Rock and my Fortress, and my Deliverer. He is my God and in Him do I trust. He is my buckler and the horn of my salvation and my high tower. I have called upon the Lord for He is worthy to be praised and He has saved me from my enemies (Psalms 18:1-3)
I rejoice in the Lord. For the Lord God is my strength and He will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and He will make me to walk upon my high places. (Habakkuk 3:18-19). When I walk through the waters, God is with me. When I walk through the rivers they shall not overflow me. When I walk through the fire, I shall not be burned neither shall the flame kindle upon me. (Isaiah 43:2)
Thanks be unto God who gives me the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. I have chosen to be steadfast, unmovable always abounding in the work of the Lord because I know that my labour is not in vain. (1 Cor 15:57-58)
I am a firm believer in the word of God; and I know that whatever the word cannot give me does not exist. And I do not need it. I stand boldly on the word of God and the word will produce in my life. Therefore, I am convinced beyond every shadow of doubt, that, every word of prophecy and every declaration that has been made over my life this year for good will come to pass. I live under an open heaven. I am an Overcomer (Jn 1:1-3; Heb. 1:3; Is. 44:24-26).
I am a follower of Christ; therefore I am committed to excellence in all I do. I am a diligent worker and I am dedicated to service in full understanding of God’s call upon my life. I achieve results because God prospers the works of my hands. (Job 37:23; Ps. 148:13; Ps. 150:2; Prov. 12:26).
I treat everyone that comes in contact with me with courtesy; I let the light of God shine through me because I am the extension of God to my world. Every day and in every way, I am getting better: spiritually, physically, financially, mentally, morally and in all my endeavours. (Prov. 4:18; Matt. 5:14; Jn 8:12; Jn 5:37; Jn 14:9; 1 Jn 4:17).
I am called for a purpose, I will fulfill purpose and I will arrive at God’s ordained destiny for my life. Nothing will cut me short. I will make a formidable impact in my world for the Kingdom.
Therefore I declare boldly that as I go about my assignment this week, favour will attend my ways. I attract favour anywhere I go.
It is my week of Abundance and Goodness
My week of Increase and overflow
My week of Opportunities and Achievements
My week of Restoration and Release
My week of Grace and Greater Glory
Evil shall bow before me; the wicked shall bow at my gate.
Everywhere I go this week, I carry the goodness of God
Because there is Power in the word of God

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SPIRITUAL EMPHASIS( Breaking Barrier Facing) by Mensa Otabil

From Amarylis : I Declare Jesus Christ Is Lord!

Amarylis : Read the Scriptures, personalise the prayer point and confess.
Whether you like it or not, the enemy that you can’t see will use people to put barriers for your advancement etc.

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SCRIPTURE: Exodus 14:21–22 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided. 22 So the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on the dry ground, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.

PRAYER POINTS:
1. Pray for a breakthrough from heaven this week; pray that as the Lord opened the Red Sea before Moses, so will He cause you to break through every barrier facing you; ask Him show Himself strong on your behalf

2. Ask the Lord to drive away every obstacle that stands between you and your Promised Land; ask Him to silence every flood that is lifted up against you; pray for total deliverance

2. Pray for divine access to the next level of your life; pray that doors that were wrongly closed to you will be open – doors of salvation; doors of healing; doors of abundance; doors of opportunity; doors of favour, be open in Jesus’ name!

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Crucify Your Flesh ! By Jesse Duplantis

From Amarylis: I Declare Jesus Christ Is Lord! He Is Lord Of All lords!

Amarylis: As you mature in Christ, you will start to crucify your flesh because you just Love Jesus.

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The flesh likes things to be easy and flow smoothly. And, sometimes, following God means going against the grain of what everybody else is doing. Your flesh will try to control you no matter if you’re saved for 2 weeks or 20 years. After all, it didn’t get saved when your spirit did. Your flesh will always want to do its own thing. That’s why those renewing-your-mind and crucify-yourself-with-Christ Scriptures are in the Bible. They’re there to teach you how to handle yourself, get control over your life, and help you succeed in being a person of purpose.

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Do You See Jesus in Your Clouds? By Oswald Chambers

From Amarylis : I Declare Jesus Christ Is Lord!

Amarylis : It was a huge problem that turned my eyes to The Word of God. I am so glad I responded to His calling ; ” Come to me and I will lighten your burden.”

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Behold, He is coming with clouds . . . —Revelation 1:7

In the Bible clouds are always associated with God. Clouds are the sorrows, sufferings, or providential circumstances, within or without our personal lives, which actually seem to contradict the sovereignty of God. Yet it is through these very clouds that the Spirit of God is teaching us how to walk by faith. If there were never any clouds in our lives, we would have no faith. “The clouds are the dust of His feet” (Nahum 1:3). They are a sign that God is there. What a revelation it is to know that sorrow, bereavement, and suffering are actually the clouds that come along with God! God cannot come near us without clouds— He does not come in clear-shining brightness.

It is not true to say that God wants to teach us something in our trials. Through every cloud He brings our way, He wants us to unlearn something. His purpose in using the cloud is to simplify our beliefs until our relationship with Him is exactly like that of a child— a relationship simply between God and our own souls, and where other people are but shadows. Until other people become shadows to us, clouds and darkness will be ours every once in a while. Is our relationship with God becoming more simple than it has ever been?

There is a connection between the strange providential circumstances allowed by God and what we know of Him, and we have to learn to interpret the mysteries of life in the light of our knowledge of God. Until we can come face to face with the deepest, darkest fact of life without damaging our view of God’s character, we do not yet know Him.

“. . . they were fearful as they entered the cloud” (Luke 9:34). Is there anyone except Jesus in your cloud? If so, it will only get darker until you get to the place where there is “no one anymore, but only Jesus . . .” (Mark 9:8 ; also see Mark 2:7).

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Feeling Trap? By Rick Renner

From Amarylis : I Declare Jesus Christ Is Lord! He Is Lord Of All lords.

Amarylis : I believe this article is very important to all of us. So read. We all got problems .

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Have you been feeling trapped inside a recurring challenge, habit, or problem in your life that keeps tripping you up and hindering your progress in God? If so, I want to give you this important truth to THINK ABOUT: How you LOOK at the problem will determine how quickly you get out of it.

If you enlarge that issue in your mind and glorify it like it’s some kind of unique, special ordeal that only you have endured, it’s going to take you longer to walk free of it. But the moment you look at that hindrance, whatever form it takes, and declare, “I’m not the first one to look this problem in the face, and I won’t be the last. Many people have conquered this, and I will be the next to do it!!!” – THAT is the moment when you position yourself to walk out of that trap once and for all. GOD IS FAITHFUL to make a way of escape for you (1 Cor. 10:13) — but you have to start thinking and believing right! — Rick Renner

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The Valley Experiences In Our Life By In Touch

From Amarylis : I Declare Jesus Christ Is Lord!

Amarylis: Base from my own experience, the one who did everything for me, the shaping of my character, everything inside in me it started when I came to know The Lord Jesus. If it is not knowing Him, I would not be abled to change myself because I was very hard headed and really stuck.

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Life Principle

We learn more in our valley experiences than on our mountaintops.

James 5:10

Adversity, anguish, trials, tribulations, and heartaches operate as lessons in the school of experience. They bring us to a place of new insight and understanding. They can alter our perceptions of the world, our views of God, and lead us to change our behaviors. The Lord, of course, is the ultimate Teacher. He is the One to whom we must look for the meaning of any lesson related to adversity.

God allows adversity for at least three reasons:

1. God uses adversity to get our attention.

The Lord uses a wide variety of methods to gain our attention when necessary—adversity is one of them. One of the best responses I know to adversity that strikes us suddenly (and yet obviously) with a God-intended message is to turn to Psalm 25:1–7 and make it our personal prayer:

To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, in You I trust, do not let me be ashamed; do not let my enemies exult over me. Indeed, none of those who wait for You will be ashamed; those who deal treacherously without cause will be ashamed. Make me know Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; for You I wait all the day. Remember, O Lord, Your compassion and Your lovingkindnesses, for they have been from of old. Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to Your lovingkindness remember me, for Your goodness’ sake, O Lord.

Don’t delay in responding to the Lord when He moves to get your attention. Respond quickly and humbly. Hear what He has to say to you.

2. Adversity leads to examination.

At times, God allows adversity to motivate us to self-examination. The winds of adversity blow away the surface issues and force us to cope with things on a deeper level. Nothing has the ability to drive us closer to God than tribulation. It removes the cloak of denial and reveals who we really are, as well as what we believe about God, His deity, and faithfulness.

We need to examine both our faith and our levels of discipline. Are we committed to standing firm in our trust in Christ, or are we blown off course by every ill wind that blows our way? Paul encouraged the Corinthians, “But a man must examine himself” (1 Cor. 11:28). In other words, “Take a straight forward look inside and discover what is driving you, motivating you, and enticing you.” If it is anything but God, then it is not right. He needs to be your motivating factor at every turn in life.

Those who have accepted Christ as Savior are the temples of the Holy Spirit, and He wants us to be clean and usable vessels. We have no reason to allow the rubbish of the world or our past failures to remain in the forefront of our lives. The Lord desires that we free ourselves of anything that might keep us in inner bondage, whether mentally, emotionally, psychologically, or spiritually. When we become complacent and accept the hurts of the past as a part of who we are, we have accepted the wrong view, the wrong definition, and the wrong game plan. We are new creations in Christ. There is never a point where we are separated from Him. He has sealed us with His Spirit. The old is gone; the new has come. And that newness of life is the very thing that gives us hope in hopeless times.

3. The effective lesson leads to change in behavior.

When we act like Christ, our true identity emerges. Teachers often prepare behavioral objectives for their classroom lectures. These objectives list in concrete and measurable form the behaviors that the teacher desires for a student to display as proof that the student has learned the lesson. The lessons that the Lord teaches us through adversity are ultimately for that very purpose: a change in behavior, including a change in the belief that prompted the behavior.

It isn’t enough that God desires to get our attention or that we take time to look truthfully at our lives. We must allow His Spirit to have free access to every area. We learn to watch, listen, and look for His guidance and direction. We can see a problem or feel a flush of anger and think: How should I respond? We may make the wrong choice, say the wrong word, or ignore what we know He is telling us to do. Unless we change our response and behavior, we will never benefit from adversity or grow as a result of it. God provides a challenge, and we have an opportunity to obey or disobey Him. The choice is ours, and the consequences that come belong to us, as well.

Jesus came to bear the burdens that plague our lives. He will help us carry our burdens to the cross and deal with them there, once and for all. He always has our best interests in mind. He alone knows that pain paves the path to complete spiritual healing and restoration.

If you are willing to allow God to surface the inner rubbish of your life, and if you are willing to change what needs to be changed, you will emerge from adversity closer to Christ, more mature as His child, and with far greater potential to reflect the love of God to the world around you.

Adapted from The Charles F. Stanley Life Principles Bible, © 2009.

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SPIRITUAL EMPHASIS ( Break Every Chain ) by Mensa Otabil

From Amarylis: I Declare Jesus Christ Is Lord!

Amarylis : Personalise this scriptures and confess it. Then personalise also the prayer point and confess it. You get victory by using your mouth, speak up to let the devil know who you are!

SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 60:1–3 Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. 2 For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the LORD will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you. 3 The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising.

PRAYER POINTS:
1. This is your season to arise. In name of Jesus break every chain that holds you down in low places; ask the Lord to lift you to your high places; thank God for His grace upon your life

2. This is your season to shine. In the name of Jesus command every dark cloud that has covered the light of God on your life to be removed; ask the Lord flood to your life with His light; thank God for His light upon your life

3. This is your season of glory. Ask the Lord to cover you with His glory; ask Him to crown your head with honour; ask Him to draw kings and resources to the brightness of your rising; thank God for His glory upon your life

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