WHAT COUNTS-by Rev A AKPAN

WHAT COUNTS

“My food, said Jesus is to do the will of him that sent me and to finish his work” John 4:34.

On a certain day, Jesus along with his disciples embarked on a journey to Galilee from Judea. They decided to pass through Samaria where he happened to meet a woman of Samaria origin. Tired from a distant journey of trekking, he sat down by the well presumably to refresh and take some rest before proceeding on the journey (4:3-6).

There he met with the Samaritan woman who came to fetch water. Jesus requested some water from her to drink, but the woman noticing that he was a Jew questioned why she should obliged him, seeing that Jews and Samaria had nothing in common. (Vs7-9).

Jesus took advantage of the opportunity and engaged her in a conversation that would lead to her Salvation (Vs 9-30). By this time his disciples had gone into town to buy some food, apparently having been hungry as a result of long, tedious trekking. On their return, to their amazement, their master was deep in conversation with this woman. When he was done talking with her and she left to announce that she had seen the Messiah, his disciples persuaded him to eat something. But Jesus said to them: ” I have food to eat that you know nothing about” (vs 32.)

At that, his disciples wondered amongst themselves if someone had brought him food while they were away. But He opened up and told them that his food is to do the will of him who sent him and to finish his work (vs. 32). That was what counts to him, not food, not personal gratification, nor interest, or ambition. But to do the will of his Father (serving God by any means and at whatever cost, busy winning the lost into God’s kingdom).

As followers of Jesus, this should be what counts to us. Nothing else should matter to us than getting involved in “the kingdom business ” Everything other thing should be secondary.

Revd. A. U Akpan is the President of Faith Activation Global Ministries, Lagos, Nigeria.

Faith Activation Global ministries is in divine partnership with the ministry of the word, led by Dr Ben Bassey.

You are a Victim of Your Fear.

Ministry Of the Word (MOW)

MOW-True Spirituality 

Improving Our Spiritual Understanding 
Theme: You are a Victim of Your Fear.

Memory Verse:

“For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me” (Job 3:25). 

Beloved

We bless God and the grace in the Word of God for knowledge and understanding.”Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord” (2Peter 1:2).
Due to ignorance, many Christians have become victims of diseases, accidents and varied adverse circumstances . This season, in Christ Jesus, the LORD wants to set you free, and restore you by improving your understanding.

The LORD says: “I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you” (Joel 2:25). To be fruitful in the kingdom, the LORD says you should avoid shallow water and learn to launch deep: “Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught” (Luke 5:4). 
Many children of God are victims of fear. According to our memory verse, what you fear most will eventually come upon you. Many people have developed cancer after a period of fear of having cancer, perhaps triggered by the fact that someone close to them or someone they know have cancer or died of cancer. It is the same for many other diseases and disorders. The truth is that God has not given us a spirit of fear:
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind ” (2Tim 1:7).
Fear is the exact opposite of faith which comes by hearing and soaking yourself with the word of God (Romans 10:17).
Fear often cause illness and prevent many true believers from taking the necessary steps required for their fruitfulness. Our Father himself is very much aware of this, hence He commands us to Fear Not (Gen 15:1), in up to 365 times in the bible. God is very much aware that we are victims of our fears. The only one the LORD wants us to fear, is Himself, which according to Him, is the beginning of knowledge and wisdom (Proverbs 1:7; Proverbs 9:10; Psalm 111:10). The truth is that you become what you fear most. You tend to focus your mind, heart and spirit on what you fear most. If you sufficiently fear cancer you will experience cancer; If you sufficiently fear failure you will experience failure; If you sufficiently fear God, you will experience God in Christ Jesus (2Cor 3:18).

 So brethren , what will you rather fear?
During the call of Joshua, God assured him: “There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee” (Josh 1:5). But when God saw Joshua’s fears, He commanded him: “Be strong and of a good courage”(Josh 1:6-7). Yet, Joshua was still fearful. Hence, God became rather angry with him, and you could notice some anger in the tone of God’s voice: “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest”(Josh 1:9).
 In the army of Gideon, I understand a mere announcement that if any one is fearful, he should stay back, led to 22,000 men out of 32, 000 dropping out: “Now therefore go to, proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, Whosoever is fearful and afraid, let him return and depart early from mount Gilead. And there returned of the people twenty and two thousand; and there remained ten thousand” (Judges 7:3).

Brethren, believe me, fear is real in spirituality warfare. However, we need not be afraid once we abide in him (John 15:7). We are not fighting on our own strength(Zech 4:6). God in Christ is our senior partner. He is our invisible miracle worker. Every Christian should see himself or herself as a co-builder, a co- labourer with God in Christ (1Cor 3:9).
 In true spirituality warfare, fear is real. If it were not so, God will not command us to ‘fear not’ 365 times in his instruction manual (the Bible). If you sufficiently fear God, other fears will fade away. In spiritual warfare, you need Esther’s mindset of ” if I perish I perish” (Esther 4:16), to fully claim your lost glory. 
Receive the grace to be sufficiently God fearing in Jesus name. Amen
To grow spiritually requires daily meditation with the word of God (Joshua 1:8) and seeking first the kingdom of God and its righteousness (Matthew 6:33). However, the first thing you must desire greatly is total spiritual freedom through the truth in the word of God ( John 8:32).
Prayer: There is someone reading this message, receive the grace to be sufficiently God fearing and to overcome every other fear in Jesus mighty name. Amen.
 

Yours in the Vineyard of Jesus Christ. Ben Bassey, Iyobosa, Esther & the beloved MOW family network.

 

Spiritual Health Counselling Helpline: +447404624293. 

Email: ministryofw@gmail.com;

Personal : benbassey@gmail.com
Bro Ben Bassey is a psychiatrist and a spiritual health counsellor who ministers to people regularly through the MOW and AHF. He is a true disciple, missionary, teacher and ambassador for JESUS CHRIST. He has a passion for the Word of God.
To further enrich yourself with spiritual health information, please visit: 
MOW web: http://www.ministryoftheword.org

AHF web: http://www.abasihealthfoundation.org
The Ministry of the Word is the spiritual arm of AHF and is in divine partnership with the Redeemed Christian Church of Church (RCCG), Mountain of Fire & Miracles (MFM ) & the Living Faith ( Winners Chapel). We encourage you to fellowship with any of their parishes, if you are looking for a spiritual place of worship.

All scriptures are taken from King James Version (KJV).

Practice Makes Perfect 

Ministry Of the Word (MOW)

MOW-True Spirituality 
Improving Our Spiritual Understanding
Theme: Practice Makes Perfect.
Memory Verse:

“And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect” (Genesis 17:1).
Beloved

We bless our perfect God and the grace of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. As per our memory verse, in Christ, God has called all His children to walk with Him in Perfection. This week the Lord is directing His children to focus on perfection, excellence and holiness. The LORD is reminding us that the blessings of Deuteronomy 28:1-14, is premised on perfect, complete obedience to His word.
In a broad sense, perfection is state of completion, flawlessness or excellence. To be perfect is to be pure, without blemish, mistake or error. Perfection does not come with ease. Only in Christ are we complete. Perfection can only come from the Holy Spirit and without Him, it’s impossible to be perfect. When the enemies of Daniel examined him, they could find no single blemish to accuse him with, because the spirit of excellence (the Holy Spirit) was in him (Daniel 6:3).
Our theme for this week says practice makes practice. The Lord is my witness how often I encourage my spiritual children to learn to write. They often find writing spiritual messages very challenging. Some of them appear ashamed to learn. Many of them could spend hours talking ( only God knows what they are talking about), instead of spending the time to learn to write spiritual messages that the Lord could use to bless others. It is well recognised in teaching methods that writing facilitates learning a lot more that listening without taking down note. Perfection does not just come; it comes through practice. There is a saying that if you don’t use it, you lose it! As anointed as Jesus was, the scripture enabled us to know that He Himself learned obedience through what He suffered:

“Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;

And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him” (Hebrews 5:8-9).

The challenges you go through should lead you to total obedience and perfection; so in the midst of challenges, remain focused on the Word and refuse to be distracted.
Jesus while on earth was both fully divine and human. No single blemish was found in Him. He says:”Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” ( Matthew 5:48); He says only the pure in heart shall see God (Matthew 5:8).

Jesus is God’s perfect gift to humanity, though many are ignorant of this truth. When a gift is from God, it must be perfect:

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (James 1:17).
Many Christians treat sins, mistakes and errors with levity. Remember the word of St James: “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all” ( James 2:10). What God expects from you is complete obedience.
What you do with the gift of God is entirely your choice. Thank God we are playing our role. Refuse to be ignorant. Henceforth, start to practice writing and sharing the word of God with others prayerfully. Though it might appear challenging initially, persist in it with consistency and as you write spiritual messages, I can assure you that with time, the Holy Spirit will take over.
Receive the grace to daily share the word of God with others in Jesus name. Ame
To grow spiritually requires daily meditation with the word of God (Joshua 1:8) and seeking first the kingdom of God and its righteousness (Matthew 6:33). However, the first thing you must desire greatly is total spiritual freedom through the truth in the word of God ( John 8:32).
Prayer: There is someone reading this message, receive the grace to practice sharing the word of God with others in Jesus mighty name. Amen.
 

Yours in the Vineyard of Jesus Christ. Ben Bassey, Iyobosa, Esther & the beloved MOW family network.

 

 

Spiritual Health Counselling Helpline: +447404624293. 

Email: ministryofw@gmail.com;

Personal : benbassey@gmail.com

 
Bro Ben Bassey is a psychiatrist and a spiritual health counsellor who ministers to people regularly through the MOW and AHF. He is a true disciple, teacher, evangelist, missionary, and ambassador for JESUS CHRIST. He has a passion for the Word of God.
To further enrich yourself with spiritual health information, please visit: 
MOW web: http://www.ministryoftheword.org

AHF web: http://www.abasihealthfoundation.org

The Ministry of the Word is the spiritual arm of AHF and is in divine partnership with the Redeemed Christian Church of Church (RCCG), Mountain of Fire & Miracles (MFM ) & the Living Faith ( Winners Chapel). We encourage you to fellowship with any of their parishes, if you are looking for a spiritual place of worship.

All scriptures are taken from King James Version (KJV).