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  • Holy Life

    Can a person really be expected to live a holy life in this world? When God said, “Be ye holy, for I am holy,” did He really mean for us to take Him literally? Surely, He knows it is possible! ​I mean, consider what the average Joe has to face each day: television and advertising assault him with sensuality and materialism; contemporary music glorifies lifestyles that are anything but holy; the people he works with urge him to loosen up and go with the flow. On and on it goes. And it isn’t any better for the average Mary—she faces all the above and more. ​So, in the midst of all this, we’re supposed to act like angels? Now I’m not saying we don’t want to, after all, we are Christians and we certainly do want to make Heaven when this life ends. But we get kind of concerned when we read in the twelfth chapter of Hebrews that without holiness, “no man shall see the Lord”. So, what’s the answer? And just what is holiness? ​Let’s settle one issue right away. God means exactly what He says. Now before you throw your hands in the air and walk off in hopeless frustration, listen to this: God is not a tyrant; He is not commanding something that He knows is impossible for us to do, nor is He unaware of what you and I face in this wicked world. Yet He still requires the true Christian to be holy. ​So how do we reconcile our struggles with His requirements? First, let’s nail down the meaning of the word holy. The Webster’s Dictionary tells us that it means “… spiritually perfect or pure; untainted by evil or sin; sinless; saintly”. Whew! Sounds like a pretty tall order, doesn’t it? But let’s look at the Bible definition. We read in 2 Timothy 2:22 that we are to “Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart”. Notice the last two words—“pure heart”. Throughout Scripture, we find the theme of God desiring a pure heart repeated over and over. ​Remember when David’s brothers were paraded before the prophet Samuel? One fine specimen of manhood after another, yet God rejected them. Why? God told Samuel that “man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart”. Paul tells us that God sees all the thoughts and intents of our hearts. And we read in 2 Chronicles 16:9 that God is looking for that one who has a heart that is perfect toward Him. ​Do you see where we’re heading? God is more concerned with the condition of our hearts than He is with our outward actions. So does that mean we can do anything we want and it’s all right with God? No, it means that if we prayerfully and carefully maintain the pure heart that God gives us when He sanctifies us, our actions will be pure in God’s eyes. He looks for pure motives and an earnest sincere desire to please Him. So even when our actions seem to fall short of our ideals for holiness, remember that God is looking on the heart. ​If we have a desire to be holy planted in our hearts, we’ll avoid situations that might defile our hearts. How? For one thing, we need to say with the psalmist, “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes”. Be extremely selective in what you look at and what you read. Then do the same thing with your ears. Don’t purposely listen to the things that could lead you downward. And make sure you keep your thoughts in line with Philippians 4:8! ​Granted, there will always be things paraded before our eyes and forced into our ears that we have no control over. And Satan can flash thoughts across our minds. But we aren’t responsible for what we involuntarily face in life, only for how we respond to what we face. The Lord will give us strength if we are willing to turn to Him when we are in need. Did you catch the phrase if we are willing? Never underestimate the danger of a misdirected will. If we wilfully begin to lean towards something that is antagonistic to heart-holiness, we will frustrate God’s attempts to help us. ​Yes, God demands holiness, but rejoice—it’s attainable for all who desire it and are willing to diligently seek it!

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  • Mercy found me

    I thank God for the opportunity to be born and raised in a Christian home where our parents taught us the way of the Lord. However, in my late-teens, I felt my upbringing was strict and not interesting so, I sought to go the way of the world. At 17, I was on my way to the university and it was there that the devil really got hold of me; I mixed with the wrong crowd and it was a downward slope from there. I partied, smoked, took alcohol and sampled drugs. At some point I stopped coming home regularly for holidays. Despite all of that, I knew I had parents that were praying for me because on several occasions I was delivered from death while still in my sinful ways. The words of an old hymn says “sin will cost you than you want to pay”, sin did cost me my education. I was kicked out of the university in my final year after wasting my parent’s money and my time. I was not doing well academically and had joined a gang in the university. After that, I did not know what to do. I could not come back home to tell my parents what had happened at school. I ran away from home and I thought I could figure out life by myself but it did not take long before I realized I could not go too far without God. The mercy of God called out to me once more. This time, it was at a place far away from home and church. I remember whispering a prayer to God out of desperation saying if He could help me get my life together, I would give Him a chance and God was faithful. In a small room where I was by myself, I knelt down, and Heaven came down, and glory filled my soul because God wonderfully saved me. I would never forget the year 2009 because it was the year everything became new for me and my life has not been the same since then. God later sanctified me and filled me with His Spirit. God gave me another opportunity to go back to the university and within a short time, He saw me through. Almost immediately I finished my bachelor’s degree, God gave me an opportunity to go to the UK for my Master’s degree and over there, He not only saw me through my academics, He was with me. After my Master’s degree, God opened a way for me to move to Canada where I settled and over there, He provided for me a young Christian lady in this church as a wife and He has blessed us with two wonderful boys. wonderful boys. Oh how I just love the Lord! My desire now is to be in His service and to be around God’s children. I know one day I would see Him face to face and I would be able to praise Him evermore. I praise God for His mercies!

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REPORTS

  • 2022 International Youth Camp

    <h3>Introduction</h3> The 2022 International Youth Camp (IYC) with the theme, 'Let God' was held at Faith City and in over 48 hubs and clusters in Nigeria between the 27th and 30th of December 2022. Workers gathered at Faith City and in every Hub from 26th December 2022 to be the first partakers of God's blessings and finalize the implementation plans. The Workers' conference was privately streamed to respective locations. <h3>DAY 1 (27th, December 2022)</h3> Participants arrived across all the Hubs on Tuesday, Dec. 27th, to the Welcome Programme which started at 4:00 pm with songs of praise and testimonies from participants. Brother Isaac Adigun gave the opening charge at the welcome program urging the youths to let God intervene in all areas of their lives.The movie titled 'You are Reported'( our local content produced by Ibadan Region) premiered later that evening at 8 pm. Bro. Wole Ayeleso (one of the lead characters) introduced and stated the expectation from the movie which lasted for an hour and a half. At the close, another lead character, Brother Lanre Olayinka lead us in a prayer session. <br> <br> <h3> Day 2 (28th, December 2022)</h3> On the second day of the Camp, we had the Bible Study, where participants were distributed into various classes, and Brother Tolu Orija took the review session where He shared practical ways of giving God control. We had a Frank talk discussion on 'why we do what we do as a church' – bringing out worship, martial and social questions that distinguish us as a church. Sis. Bunmi Akinboade and Brother Tolu Orija engaged Brother Isaac Adigun in pre-submitted questions from young people across the country. Brother Gbenga Olukitibi preached in the Revival and Evangelistic later that evening - titled 'The Invisible Hand of Righteousness'. He emphasized the need for all to have a personal contract with God, a standby power that can do all things and is available at every life moment. An intense altar cal l fol lowed immediately where participants tarried and prayed through to various blessings <img src='/ydd-photos/52625979697_f02f2ced46_w.jpg' className='attachment-400x400 size-400x400 wp-post-image' alt='' /> <img src='/ydd-photos/52626493116_693a482087_w.jpg' className='attachment-400x400 size-400x400 wp-post-image' alt='' /> <h3>DAY 3 (29th, December 2022)</h3> T career session. Brother Jide Onanuga give an opening charge on the need to give God room to take charge of our careers and businesses. Brother Adebayo Enibukun shared insights on the 'Jobs of the Future'. Participants were distributed into various classes where industry-based facilitators shared knowledge on their respective careers, on the other hand, the teenagers were engaged in new career areas and qualities needed to excel. We had the inaugural business pitch challenge, where seven shortlisted business owners from a lot presented their business ideas to a panel of judges. This served as a way to teach the audience vital ideas they need to grow their business. Our serving corps members (AFCMF) also had their parade at an open field where they also met with Brother Isaac, who prayed and admonished them. <img src='/ydd-photos/52627681583_2c43946ced_w.jpg' className='attachment-400x400 size-400x400 wp-post-image' alt='' /> <br> Later in the evening, we had Ebenezer night which featured melodious songs from both the choir and renditions from members of the audience. Various groups and individuals were awarded, including the inaugural business pitch participants, indoor and outdoor games, and creativity awards. Afterwards, Brother Ben Solarin brought the closing challenge, charging the youths to get rid of the thing that does not glorify God going into the new year. An intense prayer session fol lowed the charge. Thereafter, Brother Abraham Popogbe gave us the closing benediction to end the night's event. Every day during the Camp, PUSH (Pray until something happens) – a rebranded morning prayer, and WAIT – a rebranded seekers' night, held across all our Hubs. These special prayer sessions were of great blessing, and God poured out His Spirit on us. <img src='/ydd-photos/52626507261_e7e81554c8_w.jpg' className='attachment-400x400 size-400x400 wp-post-image' alt='' /> <br> <br> <h3>DAY 4 (30th, December 2022)</h3> n Friday 30th, December 2022, all participants left for their various homes after the final PUSH session in the morning. The peak attendance at this year's camp across all 48 locations was 5,959 while the attendance at the Faith City hub was 3,321. <b>Below are the details of blessings recorded during the camp:</b> <table class="table"> <thead class="thead-light"> <tr> <th scope="col">S/N</th> <th scope="col">Blessings</th> <th scope="col">Faith City</th> <th scope="col">Other Hubs & Clusters</th> <th scope="col">Total</th> </tr> </thead> <tbody> <tr> <th scope="row">1</th> <td>Salvation</td> <td>223</td> <td>216</td> <td>449</td> </tr> <tr> <th scope="row">2</th> <td>Sanctification</td> <td>123</td> <td>76</td> <td>199</td> </tr> <tr> <th scope="row">3</th> <td>Holy-ghost baptism</td> <td>48</td> <td>39</td> <td>87</td> <tr> <th scope="row">4</th> <td>Healing</td> <td>381</td> <td>301</td> <td>682</td> </tr> <tr> <th scope="row">5</th> <td>Re-anointing</td> <td>352</td> <td>177</td> <td>529</td> </tr> <tr> <th scope="row">6</th> <td>Others</td> <td>635</td> <td>279</td> <td>914</td> </tr> </tbody> <tfoot class="thead-light"> <tr> <th scope="col">#</th> <th scope="col">Grand Total</th> <th scope="col">1,772</th> <th scope="col">1,088</th> <th scope="col">2,860</th> </tr> </tfoot> </table> <br> <table class="table table-sm"> <thead> <tr> <th scope="col">#</th> <th colspan="2" scope="col">Attendance</th> </tr> </thead> <tbody> <tr> <th scope="row">1</th> <td>Faith City</td> <td>3321</td> </tr> <tr> <th scope="row">2</th> <td>Other Hubs and Clusters</td> <td>5959</td> </tr> </tbody> </table>

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