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Sunday, June 05, 2011

ENJOY YOUR LIFE

When your alarm clock goes off in the morning do you wish you could just stay in bed? Do your struggles and responsibilities weigh you down with frustration, boredom or hopeless? If these sentiments describe the way you feel about life, then you are not enjoying the fullness of life that Christ offers. He is not only our saviour but also our burden-bearer. God wants you to have a much better life – one that you enjoy! God will give you the ability to enjoy life, no matter what.
Here’s how you can enjoy your life
Notice God’s gifts and thank Him for them. Make it a daily practice to thank God for each new day when you wake up from bed.
Throughout the day, keep your mind on the good things in your life for which you’re grateful. Don’t forget to acknowledge basic blessings such as your ability to breathe, eat or smile.
Turn your worries into prayers. Whenever a worry enters your mind, find a promise of God that responds to it and turn it into prayer point. Know that worry can’t accomplish anything good, but faith in the LORD has great power, since nothing is impossible with God!
Be specific as you share your concern with God and trust Him to answer your prayers in the right way at the right time.
Look for fulfilment in the right place. Stop looking for true and lasting satisfaction in the wrong places, such as through your work, personal pleasure or accumulation of knowledge or material possessions. Realize that only God can provide the fulfilment you seek. Make a strong relationship with Him your top priority.
Prayer: Lord, I celebrate your goodness in my life and thank You for Your mercies! Amen!
Psalm 63:1-11.
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YOUR MAN LOVES………

1. WATCHING YOU WALK AROUND THE HOUSE NAKED OR DRESSED IN NOTHING BUT HIS SHIRT.

2. WHEN YOU GET ON TOP AND NIBBLE GENTLY ON HIS NIPPLES.

3. WHEN YOU CALL HIM YOUR BABY, AND TREAT HIM LIKE ONE.

4. WHEN YOU TREAT HIM LIKE A KING IN FRONT OF HIS FRIENDS.

5. WHEN YOU GO THAT EXTRA MILE AND COOK SOMETHING REALLY SPECIAL.

6. WHEN YOU DON’T BOTHER HIM FOR CASH ALL THE TIME.

7. WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND THAT HE NEEDS TO SOMETIMES GO OUT “WITH THE BOYS”.

8. WHEN YOU DON’T BITCH.

9. WHEN YOU ENJOY MAKING LOVE – AND TELL HIM ABOUT IT LATER ON.

10. OCCASIONAL FLATTERY.

11. YOU! YEP, YOUR MAN LOVES YOU!

FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS! DEVELOP YOUR GIFTS, TALENTS AND POLISH YOUR SKILLS.

Every youth has potentials for greatness. God always deposits special abilities in everyone. Some people can sing, others can write very well, some are good with computers, fins arts, accounting, fashion designing, catering, hospitality, science, arts, crafts, acting, trading, communications, public speaking, sports, hairdressing, make-up, interior decoration, etc.
Whatever gifts you have as a youth can be carefully developed and harnessed for greatness. Start today by taking little positive steps in the right direction. Don’t be idle. Don’t be a loafer. Don’t waste time with idle minds. Keep company with progressive people. Find a mentor who can give you good advice about your goals. Get busy! Do something now!
Perhaps your dreams have been in the cooler, for long, or they appear to have come to a standstill. Do not lose heart. Be encouraged and wait for God’s appointed time for your big break. However, you must be passionate enough about your dreams to consistently follow that burning desire to accomplish. You must have a positive focus and do all within your human ability to make things happen.

Saturday, June 04, 2011

GIVE YOUR DREAMS POSITIVE INTERPRETATIONS

In certain Christian circle, many believe that eating in your dream is ominous; they associate it with the activities of demons. But could there possibly be anything wrong with eating in your sleep? What’s the position of God’s Word on the subject?
Let’s begin by reviewing Isaiah 29:7-8: “And the multitude of all the nations that against Ariel…. Shall be as a dream of a night vision. It shall even be as when an hungry man dreameth, and, behold, he eateth; but he awaketh, and his soul is empty: or as when a thirsty man dreameth, and behold, he drinketh; but he awaketh, and, behold, he is faint, and his soul hath appetite…” If a man eats in his dream and still wakes up hungry, it means he really didn’t eat anything. This, therefore show there’s nothing to eating in your dream; it’s just the imagination of your spirit.
Satan thrives on the fear and ignorance of people. If you had a dream for example, and then you’re uncertain about the meaning, satan could launch an attack against your mind by suggesting negative interpretations to that dream. Fear might then creep in, which ultimately could pave way for demons to have a field day. So the problem isn’t with the dream; it has a lot more to do with accepting the negative interpretation of the dream brought to you by satan.
So you ought to be smart to always subject your dreams to the Word of God. Don’t accept the lie from satan that eating in your dream is ominous; if anything, it means prosperity! Throughout the Bible, there’s no place satan gave people food to eat in a dream; only God fed people in their dream, example is Peter (Acts 10:9-15).
If you found yourself eating in your dream, don’t be afraid. Wake up and begin to prophesy: “I was eating in my dream; therefore I shall always have food. I shall always have plenty!” Don’t wake up crying that someone has bewitched you in your dream, for you’re a new creation in Christ Jesus, and every food you eat is sanctified by the Word of God and prayer. Besides, no weapon fashioned against you shall prosper, be it in your dream or in real life. Amen!


CONFESSION
I’ve learnt today to always cream my dreams. I refuse to base the outcome of my life on the lies and suggestions of the enemies. Rather, I see myself in the greater light of God’s Word as the true Victor that I am. Hallelujah! Amen!

15 REASONS WHY A BOTTLE OF BEER IS BETTER THAN A WOMAN

1. A beer doesn’t get jealous when you grab another one.

2. When you go to a bar, you definitely know you can always pick up a bottle of beer.


3. A beer won’t get upset if you come home with another beer stink on your breath.

4. You don’t have to woo, toast, wine and dine a beer.


5. If you pour a beer right, you’ll always get a good head.

6. Hangovers always go away.


7. When you are finished with a beer, the bottle is still worth some coins.

8. You don’t have to wash a beer before it taste good.


9. A beer always goes down easy.

10. You can share a bottle of beer with your friends and relations.


11. Beer is always wet.

12. You always know you’re the first one to top a beer.


13. A frigid beer is a good beer.

14. You can have more than one beer and not feel guilty.


15. You can enjoy your favourite beer all year long.

EVERY LOVER NEEDS…………

1. A trusting heart.

2. An ear that is deaf to gossip.

3. A mind that forgives and forgets.

4. The ability to laugh.


5. Tears to cry during fights.

6. The ability to make up after fights.


7. Long weekends with him or her alone.

8. Crazy places to get it ON!


9. Old copies of your love letters to read when he is not around.

10. Emotional movies to watch together.


11. Patient and trustworthy friends to tell all the wonderful things your man or woman has done for you lately.

12. A phone to make long calls on.


13. A photo album to enshrine memories.

14. A lot of daydreams.


15. Lovely under wears.

16. The courage to let him go out with “The boys” occasionally.


17. Optimism.

18. Some “Crazy thoughts” to spice up your relationship once in a while.


19. Most importantly The Only Loving Heavenly Father, GOD! Who understands and meets all your heart desires.

Friday, June 03, 2011

FOLLOW THE HOLY SPIRIT

One of the things you must do throughout this year is to yield to the Holy Spirit and follow His guidance and counsel in all your dealings. No other personality in this life is worth following but the Holy Spirit. He’s the greatest friend and teacher you could ever know; He’s the One called alongside to go with you, and to be with you and in you! He’s the One who guides you into all truth and brings His Word to your remembrance.
Following the Holy Spirit means yielding yourself to Him through the Word of God. You cannot follow the Holy Spirit except you’re yielded to God’s Word; doing what He says. This will reflect the beauty of God in you and help you live a more excellent life. You’ll find yourself making the best decisions and the right choices always. You’ll do the right the first time, be at the right place at the right time, and live an inspiring life.
How important it is to be led by the Holy Spirit of God in all your affairs! No one but He can give you true counsel and guidance in life. So be sure to yield to Him with all your heart. Isaiah 30:21 says “And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.” Also, He said through the Psalm 32:8, “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with Mine eye.” This is the ministry of the Holy Spirit in your life, take advantage of it today and you’ll never lose your way.

CONFESSION
I yield myself to You precious Holy Spirit to be led, instructed and directed in all my dealings today, and throughout this year! And as I do this, my entire life is transformed form glory to glory, in Jesus Christ Mighty Name, Amen!

THE SPOTTED DOG AND THE BATHROOM SCALE (JOKES, HUMOUR)

THE SPOTTED DOG
The preschool children were playing outside when the fire truck went by with its siren screaming. Upon their return to the classroom, one student asked the teacher why the “Spotted Dog” was beside the driver. Being a good teacher, she turned it into a learning experience and asked the students for their ideas.
Several students thought it was for crowd control at the site of the fire.
“The dog keeps the spectators back so the firemen can do their jobs”. Others thought it was a continuation of a tradition which brought good luck to the firemen.
Finally, Johnny said: “When they get to the fire, that’s the way they find the fire plug!”


THE BATHROOM SCALE

Two five-year-olds were examining a bathroom scale.
“How does this thing work?” asked Peter.
“I’m not exactly sure”, said his friend.
“All I know is you stand on it and it makes you angry”.

Thursday, June 02, 2011

HAVE THE RIGHT PERCEPTION OF GOD

Your perception or revelation of God will determine the way you relate with Him and the kind of life you’ll live. Many have their perception of God tainted by religion, rather than the truth the Scriptures reveal to us about Him. I once visited a certain church and noticed a board on which some kids had attempted to answer the question “Who is God?” The question had been posed by their Sunday school teacher, and one of the kids, in his answer, wrote, “God is a terminator: He can destroy anything and anyone He wants to”
How unfortunate! That young mind already had the wrong opinion of God, from the impression given him by the older generation. Through the years, men have misrepresented God, and this has affected their relationship with Him. In their ignorance, many have attributed unpleasant and tragic incidents to God: They believe God ordained both good and evil. Thus, when for example someone passes on, they’ll say “The Lord gives, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the Name of the Lord!” What a wrong perception of God!
Some even think God took time to select certain people for wealth and some for poverty; some for sickness and others for good health. They believe whatever happens in their lives, good or bad is the will of God. They’ve misunderstood the nature of God, and perceived Him wrongly.
God is good and only does good things: “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). Let this be your perception of Him. The Bible lets us know that He is Love. His ultimate display of love was to save you while you were still a sinner (Romans 5:8). It was His deliberate choice to save you and He did it because of His love nature. He chose to give you all of Himself and everything that belonged to Him because He loves you. He loves you. This is the perception of Him that you ought to have.

PRAYER
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you for the revelation of your personality unveiled to me through your Word and by the Holy Spirit! I declare that I’m growing in the knowledge of who You are, and thus I’m fruitful and productive in all that I do through Your grace and peace that’s multiplied unto me. In Jesus Christ Name; Amen!
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Wednesday, June 01, 2011

AND TEN TEACHERS DIED!

Ten secondary school teachers are reported to have died of food poisoning, and several others hospitalised in Katsina.
Investigations by the News Agency of Nigeria showed that the incident occurred at the weekend at a workshop organised by the State Ministry of Education for some 650 teachers at Government Day Secondary School, Kofar Yan’daka, Katsina.
It was gathered that soon after taking their lunch, supplied by a popular corporate caterer on the fateful day, some of the teachers were vomiting and afflicted by diarrhoea, as a result of which they were rushed to the Federal Medical centre, Katsina and the Police Clinic for medication.
Ten of the affected teachers were said to have died as a result of the infection.
When contacted, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry of education, Alhaji Khalil Musa, said “I cannot comment on the issue now, because it has yet to be reported to the State Government. I don’t want to pre-empt the government on the issue.”
The State Police Public Relations Officer, Abubakar Ibrahim, who confirmed the incident, said only one teacher died, while 19 others were hospitalised.

www.punchontheweb.com

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

ANGER, PAIN, TEARS AS PEOPLE CONTINUE TO LOSE LIVES AND LIMBS ON DEPLORABLE ROADS.

Yesterday, the potholes and craters on the Mile Two – Apapa stretch of the expressway claimed two legs.
That was in addition to the litany of those who have been killed or maimed and cars and trucks damaged, no thanks to the same deplorable state of roads, arguably one of the busiest in the country.
Tears flowed freely yesterday, even from the men, among the throng of sympathisers looking on in horror at the severed legs of the commercial motorcyclist.
An eyewitness said the motorcyclist and his passenger were at the Berger Bus Stop when an approaching truck with Registration Number XT509JJJ loaded with two containers suddenly plunged into a huge pothole.
The passenger luckily jumped off to safety but the rider was unfortunately trapped, his two legs almost neatly severed in the accident.
No one could blame the truck driver who rolled on the ground calling for help as tears came streaming down his cheeks even as suggestions and even more suggestions came from among the crowd on how best to extricate the motorcycle rider from where he was trapped.
Though he had lost his two legs and much blood, he was still conscious.
www.ngrguardiannews.com

MEDITATION: YOUR RECIPE FOR SUCCESS

This Scripture is your recipe for success. The Amplified version says: “This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe (and ) do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely (and ) have good success.” Notice it didn’t say “God shall make your way prosperous,” but that “YOU shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely in the affairs of life and have good success.” But for this to happen, you must meditate on the Word.
This is what many haven’t learnt; the importance and power of meditation. The subject of your meditation should be consistent with the provisions of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Meditating on anything else that’s not consistent with the Gospel will not produce lasting results.
Meditating on God’s Word often, will make you deal wisely in the affairs of life. You’ll become circumspect and penetratingly perceptive; you’ll have extraordinary amplitude of comprehension. The wisdom of God will function in you so much that when you make decisions or take actions on anything, it will be just right. Learn to consciously meditate on the Scriptures. In Psalm 119:97, David said, “O how love I thy law! It is my meditation all the day.” No wonder he was so successful and dealt wisely as king over Israel.
As you think through, talk and shout God’s Word in meditation, you’re programming yourself for the upward and forward life, and your success will be apparent to all.
“This book of law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success” (Joshua 1:8)
CONFESSION
GOD’s Word is in my mouth and in my heart today, working in me and producing results in every area of my life. The Word of God has made me wise unto salvation, and the forces of success, prosperity and divine health are let loose in my life, in Jesus Christ Name, Amen!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

THE BIBLE – GOD’S SPECIAL GIFT TO US!

I always love to thank God for giving us the Bible. What a treasure; what a special gift from God to us! Many have questioned the veracity and authenticity of this all – important book through the years. If they only knew how powerful the Bible is and how it has helped to mould individuals and nations, they would have a re-think.
The Bible is the inspired Word of God. It’s the only book in the world that has born the words of Jesus Christ through the ages. Jesus said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away” (Matthew 24:35). So you can expect God’s Word as contained in the Bible to remain relevant today, and forever.
Paul, in his letter to Timothy, said “All scripture is given by inspiration of God…..” If you’re going to describe anything as Scripture, then it has to be God – inspired. The Bible is God – inspired. The testimonies from people all over the world, and through the ages give credence to this truth. Many miracles have been wrought and lives changed as a result of studying, meditating and using it. What a wonderful treasure!
The Bible is God’s special gift to us – to build us up and make us His Word. So if there’s anything in life you must possess, let it be copy of the Holy Bible. And not only should you own one, study it regularly and meditate on the Word of God contained therein.

PRAYER
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for giving us Your Word in the written pages of the Bible. I am so grateful Lord, for this wonderful treasure. As I study and meditate on it wholeheartedly today, I’m blessed by Your living Word, and my profiting is evident for all to see, in Jesus Christ Name. Amen!
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

HOW I MADE THREE SETS OF TWINS AT A STRETCH

Many couples are crying, trying, fasting, praying and running around to have at least a baby. But to some, it is child’s play. Ironically, some of these that have children at their beck and call feel the pinch and sometimes wish it wasn’t so for them especially when they come in multiples.
With seven children in three births, all coming in multiples, the Okosudo family in Lagos seem to be fagged out over child bearing. They are actually happy to have kids, but the number and the manner they come alarm them and make them cry for assistance.
The miracle came after the couple’s seven years of marriage. Mrs Okosudo’s first pregnancy in 2005 produced twins, Victory and Mary, while her second pregnancy in 2009 produced yet another twins,, Godspower and Godshand. The couple never expected what they have, but as nature may have it, they had no choice than to embrace the children.
The good news of the safe delivery of the triplet was tainted by the inability of the woman and her babies to leave the hospital due to her inability to pay hospital bills. Sad enough, as at the time of filing this report, Mr Okosudo was still running around to raise some money for that purpose. An additional burden is the stress in finding money to provide some items for the babies and food for their mother.
Mrs Okosudo expressed happiness over the special blessing of having children, even more than the number she expected. She also said that the major problem the family faces is to cater for the children. Since she and her husband cannot face the challenges alone she called for support from the public, government and individuals to give her family some support. “It is true that God has blessed us with these babies, but we are in trouble because there is no money, that is why we need support to meet the challenges.”
Her husband who hails from Uromi in Edo State told us what happened to his family was really unexpected and therefore surprising. He stated that he was very happy for the gift, but at the same time he feels, uncomfortable due to the problem of their upkeep. “I will not say I am not happy for what God has done for me, but the problem is that I do not have money to cater for the children. The little business I was doing collapsed. Now, I do not have any business or job, and no one to assist me, that is why I cannot pay the hospital bill or cater for my family”.
Okosudo was terrified when he was told that his wife had triplets because he said he made moves to stop another conception. “I was afraid when I heard that my wife had triplets, after having twins twice. To tell you the truth, we tried to terminate the pregnancy. We thought we succeeded after some sign not knowing that the pregnancy was intact.”
Aside his appeal for financial assistance, Okosudo called anyone that has any job opportunity to consider him for employment, so that he could help himself. “I am in need of job so that I can help myself, instead of depending on money from public donations to the family.”

www.sunnewsonline.com

BABY FACTORY. HOSPITAL HARVESTS 10 TRIPLETS, 22 TWINS, QUADRUPLETS, ALL THROUGH NATURAL BIRTH!

At the Federal Medical Centre Owerri, Imo State, the medics are in high spirits, as the parents, especially the mothers never had it so good and might probably not have it better.
It is like the angels are singing and the floodgates of baby factories in heaven opened to this capital city of Imo State. Owerri has every reason to celebrate increase this year in a very grand style.
Most parents who have always desired to have multiple births had their desires fulfilled. But what is not clear yet is what spurred the harvest of multiple births in the city. Is it in their water, the air, the flowers that adorn their streets or a peculiar diet known to Owerri only? Or is it just a larger stretch of coincidence that favoured parents here with so many babies in so short time?
Since January and early May, there has been harvest of multiple delivery wards of this medical establishment. The wards have been teeming with multiple births and the tempo of cries of new born babies that sound more like songs in the ears of the workers and parents has more than quadrupled. All the people could say for the baby bumper harvest is that “It is the Lord’s doing”.
In five months, there have been at least 78 multiple births that have passed through the labour wards. In March alone, there were about eight sets of triplets and 10 sets of twins. In April the hospital had 12 sets of twins delivered from 12 mothers.

VICTOR AMADI
www.sunnewsonline.com

ARMAGEDDON! HORROR IN IBADAN, NURSING MOTHER, 25 OTHERS, 27 VEHICLES BURNT IN FIRE INCIDENT.

It was an ugly sight at Aduloju community along Iwo – Road, Ojoo expressway in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital yesterday, as a nursing mother and 25 other people were burnt beyond recognition following a fatal motor accident involving a tanker fully loaded with petroleum product.
Also, at least 27 vehicles and equipment worth several millions of Naira were burnt during the ugly incident described by many as the worst in recent times in the state.
The inferno, which spread up to about 100 metres, also affected about eight buildings including a church around the area.
The unfortunate incident, occurred around 10:30am when the tanker driver, in an effort to avoid a collision with an 18 seater bus, ran into a pole beside the road, thereby pouring its content which eventually led to an eruption of serious inferno.
It was further gathered that all the 18 passengers as well as eight other people, who were roadside mechanics, were also burnt to death.
A nursing mother, who was said to be selling engine oil by the road, was among those who lost their lives, while trying to save her baby who was already trapped in the raging fire.
According to the eyewitness, several people, many of who were roadside mechanics were seriously injured and are receiving treatment in different hospitals across the state.

GBENGA ADESUYI
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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

WE ARE THIS CLOSE TO ENDING POLIO IN NIGERIA

Nigeria has reduced polio by 95%. But the crippling disease still threatens Nigeria children.
Several states have already reported polio this year.
The choice to forever end polio is clear.
Reach every child with polio vaccine during Immunization Plus Days’ and through routine immunization.
End polio now!
Immunization Plus Days are scheduled for May in Borno, Jigawa, Kano, Kebbi, Sokoto, Yobe, and Zamfara state.

THE WORSENING SCOURGE OF MALARIA

The recent revelation that as many as 300,000 children die in Nigeria annually from malaria-related illnesses is alarming. This should be regarded as a national health emergency and every effort should be made to tackle the scourge. Nigeria cannot claim to be making progress in healthcare delivery when so many children are dying from avoidable causes. Certainly, the picture would be worse when the rate of malaria-induced morbidity affecting adults is added.
That this is the grave fact despite the much-taunted anti malaria control programmes initiated by the Federal Government show that the programmes are not recording much success as expected. The national malaria programme should be reviewed and the new strategies on the best way to tackle the disease, properly defined. Efforts should be re-doubled in mitigating the debilitating effects of malaria. That way, the present unsavoury situation would be reversed.
The frightening revelation on malaria was made in Benin City, Edo state, on the occasion of this year’s World Malaria Day, held on April 25, 2011. According to an official of the Society for family Health, Mrs Magdelene Okolo ,statistics show that “ a child under five years of age dies every 30minutes in Nigeria from malaria-related diseases. This translates to about 300,000 deaths annually”. Mrs Okolo further revealed that, “63 percent of all hospital attendance in Nigeria and 70 percent of illnesses in five year old are due to malaria”. The Edo State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Victor Enoghama corroborated Mrs Okolo’s statement when he said, “there are over 110 million clinically diagnosed cases of malaria in Nigeria, out of which 300,000 children die”.
Certainly, this is no cheery news!
While we appreciate the fact that the federal government has a national malaria control strategy under its Roll Back Malaria programme, it is regrettable that the programme is not replicated at the states and local government levels. The result is that the masses of the people at the grassroots, especially in the rural areas are excluded. Most of the recorded deaths incidentally occurred at the grassroots level.
For the programme to be more effective, the states should have effective malaria control programmes. No amount of effort at the federal level can go far enough. Despite the endemic nature of malaria in Nigeria, government seems to have concentrated more on curative rather than preventive measures. For instance, except in a few states where the issue of environmental sanitation is taken seriously, the rest of the population lives under poor environmental conditions.
Poor housing conditions, amid filthy drains and dirty surroundings provide breeding grounds for the vector mosquitoes that spread malaria. There is no environmental fumigation programme anywhere in the country to kill mosquito larvae. How much would it cost to carry out a periodic fumigation exercise that would go a long way to eradicate mosquitoes and in turn malaria? To get a majority of the population out of potential danger, the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHS) should be made functional and effective; easy access to malaria drugs, which the subsidy is expected to enhance, should also be made possible. In general, the fight against malaria should receive more official attention than is currently the case.

www.ngrgusrdiannews.com

Friday, May 20, 2011

COMMUNICATION DEEPENS FELLOWSHIP!

Every relationship without communication suffers; be it relationship with your children, your spouse, your co-workers, or with God. Communication - good and frequent communication - helps or enhances relationships. If you have a relationship with someone you don't talk with, that relationship will suffer setbacks. No matter how proximate you may be to the person, without continually exchanging thoughts by talking to each other, your relationship won't grow.

This is the reason we're to constantly fellowship with the Lord through prayer. 2 Corinthians 13:14 says "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all." This is an indication of the kind of relationship we're to cultivate with the Holy Spirit; a communion; a sharing together. The Father and the Son are in heaven, but the Holy Spirit is here with us. Hence, He's the God we know and relate with in the earth today, and He lives in us, fostering this extraordinary communion with divinity.

There's no other way to develop an intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit, aside from communing with Him constantly in prayer, and through meditation on the Word. Consciously create time to talk to and with the Lord the same way you'll perhaps schedule to talk to a friend, colleague or loved one.

Remember, the Holy Spirit is a person with emotions, will and intellect; therefore relate to Him as such. The highest means of communication with Him is by speaking in tongues; and as you do, He'll make the presence of God real to you and the miraculous your constant experience.

PRAYER

Dear Holy Spirit, thank You for Your abiding presence that brings glory and beauty to my life. I'm constantly energized from within because You strengthen me with might in my inner man, even as I fellowship with You today. Thank You for Your glorious ministry in my life, in Jesus Christ's Name, Amen!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

GIVE NO PLACE TO SICKNESS IN YOUR BODY

As a child of God and a believer in Christ, your body is the temple of The Holy Spirit. But you're the custodians or caretaker of your body. Thus, you have the right to determine what happens to, and in, your physical body.

As the watchman over your body, it's your responsibility to give no place to sickness in your body, for you stand to give account to God for whatever you allow or disallow in your physical body. You're to permit in your body only those things that are consistent with the Word of God for your life. That means you're to give no place to sickness, disease or infirmity in your body!

Sickness cannot stay in your body if you don't allow it. Your body can only get sick when you endorse sickness, for until you endorse it, it's nothing but a mirage. No wonder the Bible says they that dwell in Zion shall not say "I am sick" (Isaiah 33:24). So as one who's born again refuse to be sick. Take charge and rule over your body with the Word of God; refuse to yield your body to sickness.

When you sense the symptons of sickness in your body, refuse to consider them for they're nothing but lying vanities. They only become real when you say they are, because what you say is what you get. This is what the Word of God teaches in Mark 11:23, "...he shall have whatsoever he saith." Therefore, never say "I have headaches," or "I have the flu," or "I've got migraines," or I have "diabetes"; never endorse sickness.

What? Know ye not your body is the temple of The Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? (1 Corinthians 6:19)

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, how gracious and loving you are to me. Thank you for making my body the temple of Your Holy Spirit. I'm continually strengthened with might in my inner man as the anointing of Your Spirit runs through every fibre of my being, making me sickness and disease-free, in Jesus' Name, Amen!

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

MAN DISPLAY BRAVERY, DRIVES BURNING LORRY FOR SIX KILOMETRES. CROWD DEFIES FIRE TO STEAL FISH.

The rare bravery displayed by a driver of Edewor Seafood Nigeria Limited, Mr Edosa Idahor, could be likened to incedible roles usually played by the British film character, James Bond, as Idahor drove a burning lorry for six kilometers.

The rear tyre of the lorry with registration number, EDO AK 341 UJE, burst while in motion and caught fire, but the Edo State born driver, in an attempt to salvage the vehicle from being razed completely, remained in it, trying all he could to detach its head from the container.

He drove on from Berger area of Ogun State, where the tyre burst and caught fire, until where he eventually stopped at Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministry area on Lagos- Ibadan Expressway, even against sympathisers' advice that he should save his life first.

Idahor, who sustained burns, to the amazement of bystanders and sympathisers, succeeded in detaching the head of the lorry from the burning container after about 40 minutes of battling the situation.

But the unnamed owner of the lorry-load of frozen fish was said to have passed out during the encounter to salvage the lorry and was rushed to an undisclosed hospital in Ibafo, Ogun State.

Mr Idahor said the fire started when the rear tyre burst and went into flames at Berger area of Ogun State.

He said he had to drive on because there were too many filling stations around the area where the tyre burst and that stopping the vehicle there could be very disastrous.

He said he had to drive on, even against the risk of losing his life, because he was worried about the amount of goods involved and the articulated vehicle.

He said the vehicle was coming from idumota area of Lagos State, and was heading for Warri, Delta State.

But as some sympathised with the driver and praised him for his bravery, others defied the fire to steal the fish cartons of inside the container.

As at the time leaving the scene by 4pm, the crowd was still busy stealing cartons of fish as policemen were yet to arrive. However, the men of the fire service from Ogun State were busy making frantic efforts to put out the fire on the container.

SIMON UTEBOR ( THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

YOUR LIFE IS NOT YOURS

Instances abound all over the world of people who, out of frustration, took their own live. Their reasons vary from being fed up with life and frustrated with society to outright self-defeat. It's true that no one takes his own life joyfully, but a closer look would reveal that no matter the justifications, such acts are not only the products of selfishness and self-centredness but also of ignorance of God's Word.

As Christians we need to realize that we don't own our lives, the Bible says we've been bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:20); we belong to Christ. None of us lives to himself, and none dies to himself. So, If you don't live to yourself, there'll be no reason to give up on life; there'll be no reason to be so self-centred as to contemplate suicide.

When the realization that God owns your life dawns on you, you'll become more concerned with what His purpose is for your life, and the desire to fulfill that purpose would be the staying force of your life. Take a cue from the Apostle Paul, even at a time he was convinced he had fulfilled God's purpose for his he said, "For what is life? To me, it is Christ. Death, then, will bring more.But if by continuing to live I can do more worthwhile work, then I am not sure which I should choose. I am pulled in two directions. I want very much to leave this life and be with Christ, which is a far better thing; but for your sake it is much more important that I remain alive. I am sure of this, and so I know that I will stay. I will stay on with you all, to add to your progress and joy in the faith" (Philippians 1:21-25). How inspiring! He chose to live to be of benefit to others.

Even if you think you've fulfilled God's purpose for your life, still choose the honourable way of being a blessing to others. To undertake suicide means that one has chosen to live to himself or herself; he or she has decided how long to live and when and how to die. This certainly isn't the way for a Christian; a Christian should, on no account, contemplate taking his own life, for your life is not yours

For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. For whether we live, we live unto The LORD; and whether we die, we die unto The LORD: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the LORD's (Romans 14:7-8)

PRAYER

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you fo making your Word available to me today; Your Word indeed is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path, guiding me in the path of life, to live for your glory, in JESUS CHRIST Name. Amen!!!

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Monday, May 16, 2011

FAITH MAKES THE DIFFERENCE

Some christians have asked "How do I receive answers to my prayers?" "I've prayed and yet nothing happed," they've complained. Some, in frustration, have given up on prayer completely. If only these folks understood the faith-principle, they wouldn't experience such frustrations.

God didn't say if you pray hard enough He'll answer you; rather, He says "whatever you desire when you pray, believe that you receive them and you shall have them"(Mark 11:24). That's what faith is all about. You must understand that your requests in prayer don't take God by surprise; He doesn't start considering whether or not to answer you at the time you're praying. Matthew 6:8 says ".....your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask Him".

If He Already knew what you wanted before you asked, it means He already had the answer prepared. So, what is needed to make the answer real to you is your faith. That's what makes the difference! In addition, in Luke 12:32, Jesus, assuring us of the Father's willingness, eagerness and readiness to answer our prayers said, "Fear not, little flock; for it your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." Therefore, if you asked for somthing and didn't get the answer when you wanted it, the problem wasn't with God answering your prayer, perhaps you didn't know to receive.

God already said when you ask, believe that you receive and you shall have. So, when you put up a request before God, receive what you're asking for by declaring, "Father I've asked for such-and-such, therefore I receive it now in the Name of Jesus."

Remember, you don't say "I receive it," so that you can have it, you receive it because you know and trust that it's yours Now! That's faith at work. Faith doesn't try to get something to happen; faith knows and accepts that it has happened and therefore confess and endorses it to be so NOW!

CONFESSION

I live and walk by faith and not by sight; I'm not moved by what I see, feel or hear; I'm moved only by the Word of God! I declare that my life is going forward and upward only and nothing is impossible unto me. Hallelujah! Amen!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

SHARE GOD'S LOVE

And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us (Romans 5:5)


The Bible tells us in 1 John 4:8 that "God is love"; His very nature is love, and you have His love-nature in you as one who's born again. That means all of God's love is in your spirit, so you can't have more of God's love than you already have today. According to our opening scripture; "....the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us" (Romans 5:5). The question then is what are you going to do with all of this love that's in your heart?

John 3:16 gives us an example of what to do with the love of God, it says, "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son...." God so loved us and reached out to us even at a time when we didn't know Him or care about Him! He sent Jesus to win us and reconcile us to Himself, not counting our sins against us. He did this for us in Christ Jesus.

And now the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:19 that God has committed to us the ministry of reconciliation. We have the responsibility of reconciling others to Him. We're to reach out to our world; to the hurting and the loveless that have no hope and give them the love of God that's in our hearts.

But to do this you need to be filled with the spirit; you actually can't share God's love except you're filled with the spirit. So if you haven't received the Holy Spirit, you can do so even now. Say this in faith: "Heavenly Father, in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I receive the Holy Spirit into my heart to live in me, to help me share your love to others, Amen!". The Holy Spirit is the One that energizes you to do the work of God and share His love with others.

PRAYERS

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your love that's in my heart; it's the same great love wherewith You've loved me! I make a difference in my world today as I touch everyone I meet with Your love. The world will see and acknowledge your love in my life to the glory and praise of Your Holy Name, in Christ Jesus's Name. Amen!
TRUE FRIENDS
A friend is one who is there to care. Therefore, it is necessary to be careful and cautious in choosing your friends. A real friend will tell you your flaws and follies in times of prosperity, hide your shortcomings for glaring eyes, and assist you wholehearted in times of adversity. A loyal friend is someone who stands up for you even when you are not there.

Unfortunately many so called friends are not real and worth having. Many of them are not trustworthy. But before you go on, Are you a true friend! Are you trustworthy? Pause and Think about it.