Monday, 11 July 2016

Mrs Theresa May Set To Be Next UK Prime Minister

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Theresa May Set To Be Next UK Prime Minister

Theresa May will serve as the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom following the withdrawal of Andrea Leadsom from the Conservative Party leadership race..

This announcement from outgoing Prime Minister David Cameron comes four days into what would have been a nine-week leadership campaign between Secretary of Home Affairs, Theresa May, and Energy Minister, Andrea Leadsom had the latter not pulled out of the contest to become Conservative party Leader.

Speaking outside 10 Downing Street, Mr. Cameron expressed delight that Mrs. May will be Prime Minister of the UK, adding that she was “strong, competent and more than capable of taking on the role of Prime Minister.”

Mrs. Leadsom stated that she would have been “deeply honored” to do the job. Speaking on her decision to step out of the race, she said, "A nine-week leadership campaign at such a critical moment for our country is highly undesirable.”

In her recent interview with The Times, Mrs. Leadsom said that she has children “who are going to have children who will directly be a part of what happens next,” which meant that she has “a very real stake” in the future of Britain.

She received a lot of criticism for her comment, as many interpreted it as a slight against Mrs. May, who does not have children.

Mrs. Leadsom went on to apologize to Mrs. May, she told the Daily Telegraph. She explained, "I was pressed to say how my children had formed my views. I didn't want it to be used as an issue," she said.

According to the BBC, Mrs. Leadsom sent Mrs. May a text message apologizing and Mrs. May accepted her apology. Mrs. May’s aides added that she always believed Mrs. Leadsom had not meant to cause any offense.

Today, Mrs. Leadsom tweeted, “So grateful for all the support - I do believe my decision is in the best interests of the country and our economy & I wish Theresa success!”

Mrs. May will be the first female Prime Minister of the UK since Margaret Thatcher stepped down in 1990. The 59-year old has been Home Secretary since 2010 and has been repeatedly hailed by UK politicians including former London mayor Boris Johnson, who initially backed Mrs. Leadsom, but stated that Mrs. May would be an “excellent leader and Prime Minister.”

On Monday afternoon, Mrs. May delivered an acceptance speech at the House of Commons. She said, “I am honored and humbled to have been chosen by the Conservative Party to become its leader.”

Speaking on Andrea Leadsom’s decision to step down, she said, “I would like to pay tribute to the other candidates during the election campaign and I would like to pay tribute to Andrea Leadsom for the dignity that she has shown today.

“We are going to unite our country and, third, we need a strong, new positive vision for the future of our country, a vision of a country that works not for the privileged few but that works for everyone one of us.”

According to the Telegraph, Mr. Cameron will chair his last Cabinet meeting on Tuesday and will take his final Prime Minister's Questions at noon on Wednesday. He plans to tender his resignation before Wednesday. Mrs. May will begin her first day as Prime Minister this Thursday.

Source: SaharaReporters

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Music star Tiwa Savage wore this outfit designed by Deola Sagoe

Music star Tiwa Savage wore this outfit designed by Deola Sagoe

Music star Tiwa Savage wore this outfit designed by Deola Sagoe


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Read what happened to Boko Haram members in Lagos

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Boko Haram members nabbed in Lagos over the weekend

On weekend, six Boko Haram members were arrested in Lagos State by a civilian Joint Task Force.

The suspects’ identities matched those on the list of 100 most wanted terrorists released recently by the military. Five of the terrorists were identified as Ibrahim Ali, Abubakar Ahmed, Goigoi Kamsalem, Ibrahim Mohammed and Babagana Blam Ali.

The Head of the vigilante group, the Mai-Kanuribe of Lagos and the Seriki Hausawa of Ijora Kingdom, Alhaji Mustapha Mohammed said at a conference yesterday in Ijora that five of the suspects were picked up at different locations in Lagos on Friday.

Mr. Ibrahim and Mr. Babagana, who hail from Bama and Konduga local government areas respectively, were arrested at Isheri-Ojodu Berger. Mr. Kamsalem and Mr. Mohammed, both from Bana, and Mr. Ahmed of Baga council area were apprehended at a hideout in Victoria Island at their friend’s house.

They were found looking unkempt with signs of starvation. The sixth suspect, who goes by Adam, was arrested close to a church in Festac Town, where he was hiding in a 40-feet container inside the church.

According to the Guardian, speaking on Adam’s arrest, Mr. Mustapha stated, “Adam is one of the top most wanted Boko Haram members on the wanted list of the military. We got intelligence report that Adam was hiding inside an abandoned 40-feet container in church premises. It was the security man attached to the church that hid him inside the container.”

“When we arrived the church premises looking for him, the security man attached to the church was not around then. The container was locked from the outside with a padlock.

Further describing the arrest, he said, “The pastor of the church was embarrassed to see us, but by the time we explained our mission to him, he in company with others gave us the go ahead and by the time we broke open the padlock, Adam was hiding in the far corner of the container. As soon as the Pastor sighted the suspect, he started singing praises.”

Mr. Mustapha described the task force’s operations, he stated that his group had made several arrests that led to the Department of State Service (DSS), donating a patrol van to the group to enhance its operation. The group has “people back home” in Borno State who alert them when someone from their communities leaves Maiduguri.

“Once they arrive any community in Lagos, our members are always on ground to fish them out based on intelligence report and once they are arrested, we hand them over to security agencies for further investigation and prosecution,” he added.

Meanwhile in Borno State, at about 5:00PM on Friday, a fire exchange began between Boko Haram terrorists and Nigerian troops at the troops’ location at Rann, Kala Balge LGA of Borno State. The Nigerian troops were able to fight off the terrorists.

The Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sani Usman, disclosed that a total of 16 terrorists were killed and two were captured alive. He also stated that two soldiers were killed in action while three others sustained minor injuries.

The Boko Haram terrorists continue to kill and displace people in North Eastern Nigeria, rendering the region utterly unsafe. As Nigerian troops intensify their efforts against the insurgency, the recent arrests in Lagos point to the fact that the terrorists continue to expand their activities to other parts of Nigeria.

Romance: 5 Romantic Needs Of A Woman

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When asked to describe the purpose of romance, a woman will use words such as friendship, relationship, endearment, and tenderness. Given the same question, a man will answer with one of the shortest words in the English language—sex. For him, physical oneness and affirmation of his manhood equal romance.

Can two people with such different perspectives have their expectations met? Absolutely! But creating adventurous romance requires planning and enthusiastic effort. The relationship has to be a top priority. One reason so many marriage beds are frozen over or boring is that couples just don’t have time for romance and sex. Too many husbands and wives try to work sex in between the evening news and late night talk shows.
Let’s face it. Many of our activities and other important things get the best of our resources and energy. Jobs get our best. Children get our best. Church work gets our best. But are we saving any of our best for romance in marriage?

When we had children at home, Barbara and I worked hard to save some of our best for each other. Our children learned over the years that Mom and Dad often like to have quiet evenings alone. When the children were younger, we occasionally turned the kitchen into a famous big-time restaurant called the Rainey Rainbow Room and let each child order a special meal from a special menu. Barbara and I served as chef and waiter, and the kids had a great time learning a little bit about how to eat out.

Later in the evening, they knew they were to go to their rooms and stay there, not coming out for anything except bathroom runs. At 8 p.m., Barbara and I turned our bedroom into our own romantic cafe, complete with a small table, candles, and flowers (when I remembered to pick them up). There we would eat, talk, and relax. As we communicated, we were reminded of what attracted us to each other, and romance had an opportunity to ignite. We didn’t have to worry about a babysitter and didn’t have to leave the house to get away alone.

To make anything like this work, you must schedule it and then take the time to follow through. If I have learned anything in marriage, it is that romance, our relationship, and sex take time. And they deserve our best.

I have spent the better part of my marriage learning and adjusting the following summary of a woman’s romantic needs. The list was developed through much observation and conversation with Barbara and other women. I also have learned a great amount from the best book ever written on romance, passion, and sex—the Song of Songs in the Old Testament. Obviously, a woman has more than five romantic needs, but I consider these to be the top five:

Romantic Need #1: To be spiritually ministered to by her man
Are you surprised that something to do with candy and flowers isn’t number one? A woman wants a man eager to be her protector, someone who cares not just about her security and physical needs but also (and even more importantly) about her spirituality, the well-being of her very soul.

A husband can be a spiritual protector and advocate for his wife by praying with and for her daily, putting his arms around her, and saying, “I want to ask God to bless you. I want to take any needs you have in your life right now to the Lord. And I’m going to pray for you throughout this day.” A wise husband takes the lead in sharing Scripture and eagerly initiating conversation on spiritual issues.

A husband can contribute to his wife’s spiritual well-being by giving her some time to pursue her spiritual growth. For example, he might take care of the kids by himself for the evening while she attends a Bible study.
I suggest that every young husband who wants to better understand his wife and his job description should read The Christian Husband, a book by my friend and colleague Bob Lepine.

Romantic Need #2: To feel safe and secure with her husband
A woman needs to feel her husband’s covenantal commitment to stay married and to love her and accept her. Then she feels safe to give him the gift of who she is in the marriage relationship. The Shulammite woman, who was the object of Solomon’s passion, said, “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine” (Song 6:3). She obviously had a strong sense of contentment and security.

A wife needs to know that romantic intimacy is just between her and her husband, that he will not share any personal details with his friends. She should not feel pressured or fearful, experiencing the love that casts out all fear (1 John 4:18).

Romantic Need #3: To share intimate conversation
According to something I read recently, the typical couple spends only four minutes a day in meaningful conversation with each other. A lot of us husbands don’t realize that for our wives to consider us romantic, we first of all have to be a great friend and a conversationalist.

Grunts and one-word answers to questions just don’t cut it! Too many women don’t feel that their husbands really need them, and bare-bones conversation confirms their sense of low personal value. Many men who were accomplished at romantic, deep conversation during courtship seem to lose this talent later. You can rediscover the groove! Make a commitment to learn to make intimate conversation a priority with your wife. You need to talk and fill her in on the details of your life—not just facts, but feelings.

When a husband sincerely shows his desire for conversation and a deepening relationship—emotional intimacy—he will find that his wife is much more interested in sexual intimacy. Her dreams, hopes, desires, and disappointments then are not divorced from the marriage bed but are a part of it.

Romantic Need #4: To receive a tender touch and hear gentle words
Before marriage, two people in love can hardly keep their hands off each other because they find the touch of their beloved thrilling. What happens after the wedding? Some couples married for a while would find a firm handshake a wildly intimate encounter. This should not be the case in a marriage. There is great power in tender touch, even if it’s just a long, full-body hug or a lingering kiss. Or the touch may be a gentle caress of her face that has no motive to make sexual demands but communicates, “I love you, Sweetheart, and I care for you tenderly.”

Gentle words have similar power. I have made a partial list of some things that I think any husband could use in complimenting and praising his wife: charm; femininity; faithfulness to God, you, your children; hard work; beauty; personality; her love, including her receptivity and responsiveness to you as a man; her advice and counsel; character; desirability; friendship—and that’s just a start. What wife won’t respond to a husband who praises her regularly with gentle words for all these qualities?

Romantic Need #5: To be pursued and set apart by her man
A wife wants a husband who will sweep her off her feet, carry her away to the castle, and say, “Let’s spend time together.” Focused attention is like precious gold in a relationship.
One time Barbara and I had a little unresolved argument over a weekend. A couple of days later we went on our customary weekly date. We finally had the time and environment to fully discuss and resolve our differences. What it took was several hours away from phones, papers and bills, and the needs of our children. Your wife craves this focused attention from you.

A great lover
One of my favorite stories is of an interview with one of Hollywood's biggest male stars, a man known for his prowess with the opposite sex.  At one point he was asked, “What makes a great lover?”
“Two things,” he replied.  “First of all, it is
 a man who can satisfy one woman over a lifetime.  And it is a man who can be satisfied with one woman for a lifetime.”

That was a great answer!  To build a strong marriage where you and your wife are experiencing oneness, you must be committed to satisfying her physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.  I hope you both enjoy a lifetime of satisfaction!

Source: Naijamoment

The Reasons We Won't Allow Buhari To Export Crude Oil - Niger Delta Avengers

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Niger Delta Crisis

Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, weekend, said since President Muhammadu Buhari has decided to shun the demand for legitimate dialogue with militants and stakeholders on the Niger Delta question, it would continue to encumber all avenues by him to export crude oil from the region.

Avengers, in an exclusive interview with Vanguard, said that the struggle has entered a new phase with Buhari’s disposition of winning the battle and losing the war.

It also denied assumptions that ex-militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, recently nominated by Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND, as a member of its Aaron 2 Negotiating Team, was the sponsor of Avengers.

This came as another militant group, Niger Delta Revolutionary Crusaders, NDRC, declared that it was ready to fight government and the Saudi Arabia mercenaries it was allegedly engaging over the God-given resources of the Niger Delta people, while the Ijaw People Development Initiative, IPDI, insisted that the way out was to conduct a referendum for the people to decide their future.


Christians Accuses Buhari of Marginalization

Northern CAN flays FG for marginalising Christians

The group under the umbrella of Christians Association of Nigeria, CAN, in the 19 Northern states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, has accused the Federal Government of marginalization of Northern Christians in its appointments.

Chairman of the group, Rev. Yakubu Pam, urged President Muhammadu Buhari, to be fair in the sharing of political appointments in the country.

In a statement weekend in Jos, the group decried the exclusion of qualified Christians in the appointment into strategic positions by the Federal Government even with the numerous competent Christians from all states in the north.

According to Northern CAN, while there were allegations from the South that the appointment made so far were in favour of the north, facts on ground revealed that these appointments were lopsided in favour of Muslim core north to the detriment of northern Christian community.

Pam advocated for fairness and equity in the appointment of qualified Nigerians into positions of government, insisting that the appointments made so far in the last one year by President Buhari had generated concern among northern Christian community, with the appointment of security Chiefs as typical example.

It advised President Buhari to carry out a review of appointments so far to ensure that all sections of Nigeria were given a sense of belonging.

The group called on President Buhari to act as father of all and not allow the few elements around him to push him into taking actions that would not move the country forward.

Civil Group Asks EFCC To Investigate Chief Of Army Staff Buratai

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Dubai Properties: Group Asks EFCC To Investigate Chief Of Army Staff Buratai



Anti-graft coalition, the Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC), has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to imvestigate General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff, over alleged illegal diversion of Army funds to purchase two properties in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The call was made in a petition addressed to the EFCC. Signed by CSNAC's Chairman, Olanrewaju Suraj, the petition described Buratai's conduct as a violation of public service rules.

 "The Nigerian military, in times past, was known for diligence,  professionalism and high sense of discipline.

"However, it is quite unfortunate that in recent times, corruption has continued to wreak havoc on the once revered institution," said CSNAC.                  

The group observed that it is especially saddening that the corrupt practices directly impacted on the welfare of gallant officers. According to CSNAC, ‎if revelation is found to be true, "then the actions of the COAS is a great disservice, an act of sabotage against the Nigerian State and a violation of the law prohibiting a public officer from investing or participating in any other business safe for farming."

CSNAC also argued that a situation in which funds earmarked for the welfare of troops fighting to protect the country's territorial integrity and uphold internal security are diverted for personal use demands serious, immediate investigation and prosecution of anyone involved.

Drawing from a report published on 24 June by SaharaReporters, CSNAC said the medium exposed how Buratai and his two wives bought a Dubai property that was paid for in one transaction.

Quoting copiously from the report, CSNAC invited EFCC's attention to the fact that the purchase of the properties was funded by monies from a vehicle contract scam executed during Buratai's time as the Director of Procurement at the Army Headquarters.

The said contract, SaharaReporters reported, was awarded by the Nigerian Army for the supply of new vehicles and motorcycles for the use of troops involved in the anti-terrorism offensive in the northeastern part of the country.

Dallas shootings: Killer 'planned' larger attack' - Police

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The man who shot dead five police officers in Dallas and wounded seven more was planning an even larger attack, the city's police chief says.

Micah Johnson, 25, was angry with the recent killings of black men by police and wanted to kill white officers, police say.

Police chief David Brown said he was "convinced" Johnson had wider plans.

He told CNN that Johnson, a military veteran, appeared to have practised detonating explosives.

Mr Brown also said police were trying to find the significance of the letters "RB" that Johnson had written in his own blood, near where he was killed by a remote detonation by police.

Officers were also reading a journal found in Johnson's house that Mr Brown said was proving "hard to decipher".

Mr Brown also revealed that during two hours of negotiations last Thursday, the attacker taunted police.

"He just basically lied to us - playing games, laughing at us, singing, asking how many [police officers] did he get and that he wanted to kill some more and that there were bombs there."

"So there was no progress on the negotiation... I began to feel that it was only at a split second he would charge us and take out many more before we could kill him," Mr Brown added.

Bangladesh government to ban Islamic TV channel, Peace TV

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Bangladesh has said it intends to ban the Islamic television channel, Peace TV, in the wake of the deadly attack on a cafe in the capital, Dhaka.

The government's decision comes amid fears that hardline views on the channel could radicalise youth.

A preacher on the channel, Zakir Naik, denied allegations his words could have inspired the attackers.

Gunmen killed 22 people when they stormed the Holey Artisan bakery in Dhaka earlier this month.

Bangladesh's Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu said that "administrative steps" would be taken towards the banning of the channel.

"Peace TV is not consistent with Muslim society, the Quran, Sunnah, Hadith, Bangladesh's Constitution, our culture, customs and rituals," Mr Inu told online news outlet Bdnews24 hours after the cabinet committee on law and order decided to ban the channel.

The 24-hour TV channel, is broadcast from Dubai in English, Urdu and Bangla.
Mr Naik, 50, is the founder and president of the Mumbai-based Islamic Research Foundation, which owns Peace TV.

Mr Naik is the founder and president of Mumbai-based charity organisation Islamic Research Foundation


He was once banned from entering the UK for what was described as "unacceptable behaviour".
But he has denied an allegation that one of the gunmen in the cafe attack was inspired by his speeches, accusing Bangladeshi media of sensationalism.

"I spoke to Bangladeshi government people. They told me that they do not believe I inspired this Bangladeshi terrorists to do this act of killing innocent people," Mr Naik is quoted as saying in local media.

Woman jailed for slashing her boyfriend's face with blade

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Joylene Cunningham

A woman has been jailed after slashing her boyfriend's face from his mouth to his ear after she caught him kissing and cuddling another woman.

Joylene Cunningham used a blade to slash her boyfriend Sean Harman's face - resulting in him needing 18 stitches.

The 30-year-old Cunningham had told York Crown Court she thought the slash was caused from a ring or a glass he was holding - but when her ring was examined by Recorder of York, Judge Paul Batty QC, it was found to be blunt.

Cunningham was jailed for two and a half years.

Judge Batty told her: "The wound had been a deep laceration in places, running virtually from Mr Harman's mouth to his ear and causing a permanent scar."

Cunningham, of York, said that when she saw him with another girl they were kissing and cuddling.

She added: "I felt pretty upset - I just stormed over and hit him."

She said she punched him but denied having a blade in her hand, and said the wound must have been caused by a ring on her finger, or the glass he was holding.

Her former boyfriend Mr Harman defended his ex, saying he had been "winding her up" during the incident which happened in York one evening in June 2015.


Mr Harman told the court that he had wrongly believed she had been the one having an affair.

Speaking about his vengeful behaviour, he said: "I was disgusting - I was horrible. I was awful.

"I was angry with her - I thought she had been cheating on me in my own bed. I wanted revenge on her. I wanted her to be sent down."

Mr Harman had said he had been violent towards Cunningham previously.

He also said the defendant had hit him with her fist but the cut must have been caused by a ring on her finger or a glass he was holding.

But Judge Batty who examined the ring said it was not sharp and he did not believe the pair's claims.

Kevin Blount, mitigating, said: "She [Cunningham] has no previous conviction for violence, it had been an isolated incident, there was nothing to suggest pre-meditation and there was 'some degree of remorse."

Judge Batty said that in sentencing he gave Cunningham credit for a guilty plea to wounding with intent at an earlier hearing.

Source: mirror.co.uk

Seed of Destiny Devotional: Secrets of True Joy - Dr. Paul Enenche

Seed of Destiny Devotional written by Dr. Paul Enenche


Monday, 11 July 2016

Secrets of True July

SCRIPTURE: …neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength. – Nehemiah 8:10b

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: In order to be in good health, you must maintain your joy.

Living in the state of permanent joy, celebration and excitement is God’s Will for His children. Joy is an asset of non-quantifiable worth as far as spirituality is concerned (Galatians 5:22).

From the Scripture above, God admonishes us not to be sorrowful in life because His Joy is our strength. One primary target of the devil is attacking the joy of God’s people because he knows that your joy is literally your live wire. 

The Necessity of Joy

1. Joy is the fuel for supernatural strength 
Your joy is the fuel for stamina, energy, strength, resilience, indefatigability, indomitability and “unfightability”. Joy is needed for strength in order to withstand the battles of life (Proverbs 24:10)

2. Joy is the tonic for health 
It is clear from the scripture above that your joy is needed for a sound health (Proverbs 17:22). In order to be in good health, you must maintain your joy. Oppression rises on the platform of depression. This is why the enemy attacks your joy in order to attack your health, thereby, attacking your life.

The Joy of the Lord is your strength in Jesus’ Name.

Remember this: In order to be in good health, you must maintain your joy.

ASSIGNMENTS:
1. Never allow the enemy to determine your joy. Do everything you can to keep your joy intact.
2. Always confront your problems with your praise and thanksgiving.

PRAYER: O LORD, I ask for the grace to live in Your Joy always. Help me LORD, to praise You at all times in Jesus’ Name

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE: SECRETS OF TRUE JOY.

QUOTE: The size of your utterance determines the size of your destiny. Culled from ACCESS TO ALL POSSIBILITIES by Dr Paul Enenche

AMAZING FACT: The human eye can distinguish about ten million different colours.

TODAY IN HISTORY – 11/07/1850: Anne Armstrong was born. Under her leadership the Baptist Woman's Missionary Union was formed.

DAILY READING: 1 Chronicles 11:1-12:18, Acts 28:1-31, Psalm 9:1-12, Proverbs 19:1-3

Faith to Faith Devotional: Expect Results - Kenneth Copeland

From Faith to Faith Daily Devotional written by Kenneth Copeland 11 July 2016

Monday, 11 July 2016

Topic: Expect Results

Ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss. - James 4:2-3
Are all your needs met today? If not, why not?

According to the Word of God, it's either because you're not praying about them at all or because when you do pray, you're praying wrong.

What does it mean to pray wrong? In many cases it simply means to pray without expecting results. Many believers do that, you know. They use prayer as a kind of spiritual wishbone. They just play around with it. This probably won't do much good, they think, but who knows? It won't hurt to give it a try.

If that's been your attitude, then change it! Start getting serious about prayer. Stop praying just because it's proper. Stop praying just because you always pray at this point in the church service. And start praying to get results.

Start praying in the Name of Jesus, according to the Word of God, and expect to receive what you ask for every single time. Isn't that a little presumptuous? No, but it is bold, and you have a scriptural right to be bold.

According to the Word of God, you have a standing invitation from your heavenly Father to "come boldly unto the throne of grace, that [you] may obtain" (Hebrews 4:16). That word obtain is a word of certainty. The dictionary says it means "to get possession of."

So pray, expecting to get possession of what you need, not just once in a while, but every time! When prayers do go unanswered, don't just wander away saying, "I guess you never know what God's going to do." Tackle the problem with both hands! Go to God in prayer and in the Word and find out where you missed it and get the problem corrected.

When you go to God in accurate, Word of God-based, Spirit-inspired prayer, you do know what He's going to do. He's going to answer you. He's going to meet your need exactly as you asked Him. Start expecting Him to do it today.

Scripture Reading: 1 John 5:4-15

Daily Manna Devotional: Abiding Glory - Pastor W.F Kumuyi

Daily Manna Devotional 11 July 2016 written by Pastor W.F Kumuyi

Monday, 11 July 2016

Topic: Abiding Glory

Text: 2 Corinthians 3:7-18

Key Verse: But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. (2 Corinthians 3:18).
The hope of believers is eternal life. The Bible says, eyes have not seen and it has not entered into the imagination of anyone, what God has prepared for His people. All the beauties in this world will pale into insignificance when compared to the beauty and the bliss of eternal life. Christ, who is the Hope of glory, will bring along with Him this glory that shall never fade nor pass away.

It then means that whatever we see here at the moment, is just a mere shadow. They are not in any way to be compared with the splendour which the overcomers will enjoy endlessly. In our passage today, Paul contrasts his ministry of the new covenant with the ministry of the Old Testament covenant and law that was given to the nation of Israel on Mount Sinai. Since the sacrifices could not atone for sin, those who administered them laboured seemingly fruitlessly as they had no effect in producing justification for sin. The Old Testament law was however glorious because it accomplished the purpose for which it was given, that is, to bring man to Christ. When Moses received the law on Mount Sinai, he came down with a radiant face. However, after a period of time, the glory that was radiating from his face faded.

Paul used this event to illustrate the passing of the Old Testament law and covenant. The new covenant that is written on the hearts of men through the Mediator, Jesus Christ, is glorious and permanent. Believers in Christ have transcended the Old Testament law. We are at once able to perceive the glory of Jesus and by this, continually grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ. Our lives are being transformed into the image of Jesus by obedience to His will day by day. And we come to the fullness of His glory and revelation when we eventually see Him face-to-face.

Thought for the day: The yearning for greatness produces the internal revolution that will give birth to it.

Bible Reading in one Year: 2 Kings 24-25

Open Heavens Devotional: Help From Above - Pastor E.A Adeboye

Open Heavens 2016 Devotional, July 11

Monday, 11 July 2016

Topic: Help from Above

Memorise: My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. – Psalms 121:2
Read: Psalms 121:1-8 (KJV)

1 (A Song of degrees.) I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

2 My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.

3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.

4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.

6 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.

7 The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.

8 The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

Bible in One Year: Romans 13:7-16:27, Psalms 7

MESSAGE:

When there was a national calamity of famine in Samaria, a woman conspired with her friend to take turns to kill their children for food. After the other woman had helped her friend to eat her son, she refused to surrender her own son for food. The foolish woman cried to the king for help but the king’s reply is a food for thought in our devotional reading for today. The king said:

“…If the Lord do not help thee, whence shall I help thee? Out of the barn floor or out of the winepress?” - 2 Kings 6:27

The Psalmist was right when he said, in our memory verse, that his help comes from the Maker of Heaven and Earth. Genuine help can only come from above. The strength of man is bound to fail. The Almighty God is the present Help in the time of need; He is ever ready to send help to whoever solicits for it. He said:

“And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.” - Psalms 50:15

When five kings united against the Gibeonites because they made peace with the children of Israel, they cried unto Joshua who in turn cried unto God for help. The Lord sent help from above and the five kings perished by the hand of Joshua.

“And it came to pass, as they fled from before Israel, and were in the going down to Bethhoron, that the LORD cast down great stones from heaven upon them unto Azekah, and they died: they were more which died with hailstones than they whom the children of Israel slew with the sword.” - Joshua 10:11

Many people put their trust in mortal beings and always end up disappointed. The Bible discourages us from putting our trust in men (Jeremiah 17:5). Whereas, the same chapter says:

“Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.”

Many years ago, someone heard that I was building a house and volunteered to help in the supply of blocks since he was a block manufacturer and that I should pay at the convenient time. It was a mistake that I never made again. The moment this man realised that I was doing the roofing of the house he began to pester me for his money. I reminded him that he was the one who volunteered to help but he continued all the same to pester me for his money. I cried to God for help with a promise that I will never make such a mistake again. Beloved, I prophesy to your life, the help that will not expose you to ridicule will come your way this season in Jesus’ name. However, you must always put your trust in the Lord; you must not choose to have a “Plan B” in your relationship with the Present Help, the Almighty God. More importantly, you must surrender your life to Jesus Christ and abstain from all appearances of evil (1 Thessalonians 5:22).

Prayer Point: Father, please send me help from above today and don’t let me be put to shame in Jesus’ name.