Monday, 27 March 2017

Breaking: Former President Jonathan denies having any certificate scandal

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Breaking: Former President Jonathan denies having any certificate scandal

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has denied having any certificate scandal as reported recently in the heat of the same challenge rocking the political career of Senator Dino Melaye.


The Punch reports that Jonathan said his name was wrongfully mentioned among other leaders and politicians who have certificate issues.

Naij.com reports that in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday, March 27 by Jonathan’s media adviser, Mr Ikechukwu Eze, the former president dismissed the claim as lies.

According to the statement, Jonathan had never been linked to any doubt, scandal or controversy concerning his academic qualifications.

The statement which noted that the classmates of the former president in all the schools he attended are still alive, added: “We really don’t know where this is coming from, but we wish to remain unambiguous in our assertion that this is obvious falsehood, since the former president has never been linked to any doubt, scandal or controversy concerning his academic qualifications.

“We are not aware of any probe, allegation or litigation relating to his very well known academic qualifications.

“For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to restate that former President Jonathan’s educational records can easily be traced to St Michael’s Primary School, Oloibiri and Mater Dei High School, lmiringi where he obtained his first school leaving certificate and General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level respectively, as well as the University of Port Harcourt, where he received his Bachelor of Science, Master’s and Doctorate degrees.

“Luckily, many of former President Jonathan’s classmates from primary school through the university are still alive and are traceable.

“It is therefore obvious that there is no justification for this abstruse association, as there is nothing linking the former President to the story.”

Angry man's rant about woman breastfeeding in a pub on Mother's Day backfires spectacularly

Angry man's rant about woman breastfeeding in a pub on Mother's Day backfires SPECTACULARLY
A disgruntled punter's rant about a woman breastfeeding in a pub on Mother's Day spectacularly backfired when hundreds of mums came to her defence.

Sheldon Sparks went for a drink in his local boozer and was stunned to see a newborn having his lunch at his mum's breast.

He took to social media to vent his frustration and posted a long rant on the Facebook page BS3 Connect.

But the mothers in his neighbourhood were not best pleased - and they told him as much.

More than 300 comments of incredulity and outrage rained down on Mr Sparks within just a couple of hours – including many from irate men, too – before he deleted the post, the Bristol Post reports.

Breastfeeding
Mr Sparks’ original post, screen-shotted in disbelief by people outraged by his rant, did admit he may be "old fashioned" but still said he thought it was "a shame" that babies are so often taken to busy pubs.

“When is it acceptable to take a five-week old baby to one of the busiest pubs in North Street, then have two large glasses of wine, and then think it is appropriate to flop a breast out in the middle of a very busy pub and so say feed it,” wrote Mr Sparks.

“Unfortunately I really don’t think there would be much milk it would be receiving, more like 14 per cent Pinot Grigio,” he added, asking whether a park would be a better place for a young mum celebrating Mother’s Day.

“I may be old fashioned, but do new born babies really need to be introduced to pubs at such an early age.

"It’s such a shame that parents nowadays think that it’s acceptable to take babies and children to pubs…maybe unaware of local green spaces like South Street Playing Fields or Greville Smyth Park even exist.

“You never know if they ventured to one of those places they may at least be able to interact with other children, and parents with other children of a similar age, and maybe get a bit of fresh air, and actually (God forbid) interact with their own child, that they have brought into this world, instead of chucking it a pram (sic) and parading around the local pubs and cafes within the area,” he added.

The post went viral on a number of mums’ internet forums in Bristol.

The responses ranged from mockery to outrage.

“Who are you to determine what is acceptable?” wrote one angry parent.

“Taking a five week old to a playing field? Interacting with other children at five weeks old? What an idiot. Also, what has breastfeeding got to do with it?

“Is the woman not allowed a glass of wine or two on Mother’s Day? If she was drinking whilst feeding it wouldn’t have even affected her milk before the baby needs another feed. Judgemental tw*t who clearly needs to get a life."

Even after the original post was deleted, the debate continued, with people even going to the lengths of creating Sheldon breastfeeding memes, and starting new threads about the issue of breastfeeding in pubs.

Angry man's rant about woman breastfeeding in a pub on Mother's Day backfires SPECTACULARLY

Senator Dino Melaye graduated from Ahmadu Bello University, School confirms

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The Vice-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Ibrahim Garba, has confirmed that Dino Melaye, the senator representing Kogi State, graduated from the school.

Mr. Garba made the confirmation at an investigative hearing of the Senate Committee on Ethics and Privileges on Monday.

He said, “From records, Mr. Melaye, formerly known as Daniel Jonah Melaye graduated, graduated from ABU with Third Class BA Geography in 2000”.

At the hearing, Mr. Melaye said he later changed his name officially from “Daniel Jonah Melaye” to “Dino Melaye” and expressed readiness to tender an affidavit backing the change of name.

He tendered the admission letter he received from ABU, his acceptance of offer, statement of result and final year project before the probe committee.

When asked by Matthew Urhoghide, APC-Edo, for his original degree certificate, Mr. Melaye said he was yet to collect it.

Mr. Melaye said he served the compulsory one-year National Youth Service Corps programme at the police college in Kaduna State.

He tendered his NYSC discharge certificate which, according to Peter Nwaoboshi, PDP-Delta, showed Mr. Melaye served between 2000 and 2001.

Both Mr. Melaye and the ABU vice chancellor spoke under oath before the committee.
The Senate had last week tasked the committee chaired by Samuel Anyanwu, PDP-Imo, to investigate an allegation that Mr. Melaye, APC-Kogi, did not graduate from ABU as he claimed.

The Senate’s resolution followed a motion by former Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, who said the controversy over Mr. Melaye’s degree certificate, had made the Senate the subject of public ridicule.
After the ABU’s affirmation of Mr. Melaye as its alumnus, Mr. Ndume said he was satisfied with the outcome of the probe, and that he believed Mr. Melaye indeed graduated from the school.

“There is no big deal,” Mr. Ndume said, explaining that he only relied on what was published by the media.

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, is now before the committee which is also investigating an allegation that he imported a bullet-proof Range Rover Sports Utility Vehicle with fake Customs papers.

Michelle Fowler's secret affair with Preston is FINALLY uncovered

EastEnders spoiler: Michelle Fowler's secret affair with Preston is FINALLY uncovered - leaving her family shocked and ashamed


Michelle Fowler's secret affair with Preston is FINALLY uncovered
She's struggled to keep a lid on her illicit affair with Preston over the past months, with her seemingly crumbling under the strain of the secret.

But it looks as though Michelle Fowler's secret is set to be uncovered as their romance is revealed to all and sundry after an evening the in the Queen Vic goes wrong.

Monday's episode of EastEnders will tee-up a dramatic week for the recently returned resident and her American teenage toyboy, who have so far managed to keep their sexual relationship under wraps (sort of).

Having been discovered by Denis, and then subsequently blackmailed by Sharon's despicable little boy, Michelle looked ready to snap after she belted the trouble-making youngster.

And ramping up the pressure, her 17-year-old lover has now officially entered a relationship with her equally-troubled niece, Bex.

But, as the happy schoolgirl revels in the throes of her new relationship with the strapping American, everything goes south.

Michelle Fowler's secret affair with Preston is FINALLY uncovered
As Bex and Preston perform on-stage at the Queen Vic's '60s night the blue-touch paper is lit and Michelle's world comes crashing down around her.

In front of her aghast loved-ones, friends and neighbours, her secret is revealed - and the resident's of Albert Square are nothing but shocked.

As the dramatic events surrounding her romance with Preston unfold, the pair's actions have more consequences than simple public outrage.

The dramatic events lead to Michelle snapping and losing control in a big way – something she's already partially done.

And it would seem that her anger and shame set-up an event which has far-reaching and devastating consequences for several Walford stalwarts.

The disturbing YouTube videos that are tricking children

Photo of copied cartoon showing a boy and a sheep amid flames

Thousands of videos on YouTube look like versions of popular cartoons but contain disturbing and inappropriate content not suitable for children.

If you're not paying much attention, it might look like an ordinary video featuring Peppa Pig, the cheeky porcine star of her own animated series. But soon after pressing play on this particular YouTube clip, the plot turns dark. A dentist with a huge syringe appears. Peppa's teeth get pulled out.

Distressed crying can be heard on the soundtrack.

Parent and journalist Laura June almost immediately noticed something was not quite right as her three-year-old daughter was watching it.

"Peppa does a lot of screaming and crying and the dentist is just a bit sadistic and it's just way, way off what a three-year-old should watch," June says. She wrote about her experiences on the website The Outline.

"But the animation is like close enough to looking like Peppa - it's crude but it's close enough that my daughter was like 'This is Peppa Pig.'"

The disturbing YouTube videos that are tricking children

It's far from an isolated case - BBC Trending has found hundreds of similar videos of children's cartoon characters with inappropriate themes. In addition to Peppa Pig, there are similar videos featuring characters from the Disney movie Frozen, the Minions franchise, Doc McStuffins, Thomas the Tank Engine, and many more.

Some of the videos are parodies or have such over-the-top content that they're clearly meant for mature audiences. Others are unauthorised copies of authentic cartoons or use the characters in innocent ways - troubling to copyright lawyers perhaps, but not necessarily harmful to children.
However many, like the video Laura June's daughter saw, both contain disturbing content and can pass for the real cartoons, particularly when viewed by children. Watch video here >>>

Buhari has no certificate case hanging on his neck - Presidency

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Buhari has no certificate case hanging on his neck - Presidency
The Presidency on Sunday said President Muhammadu Buhari was not involved in any certificate scandal.

Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, made this statement available to journalists.

Shehu was reacting to a story published by SUNDAY PUNCH titled, “Prominent Nigerians with certificate scandals”

Apart from Buhari, former President Goodluck Jonathan, former Senate President, Evans Enwerem; former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Salisu Buhari; Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose; and a national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, were listed, among others, in the publication.

But Shehu said Buhari did not fit into the categorisation because he had no certificate scandals.

He, however, admitted that the issue of certificate was raised against the President, among other allegations, ahead of the 2015 presidential election, which he won.

The presidential spokesman said the issue of Buhari’s certificate was raised by those who wanted him disqualified from the presidential race.

He said the issue was, however, successfully dealt with before the election, saying the President had no certificate case hanging on his neck.

The statement read, “We wish to emphatically state that President Muhammadu Buhari does not fit into the categorisation of leaders with certificate scandals because he bears none that is on available records.

“In the course of the contest for the office of the President in 2015, a number of wild, untrue and malicious allegations were made against him in order to stop him from contesting the election.

“The issue of certificate was raised against him but the campaign successfully dealt with the allegations by providing evidence that not only was he qualified to run, he had a far higher academic qualification than is required by the constitution. As a result, he went on to run for the office and eventually won.

“Since the purpose of the challenge was primarily to stop him from being a candidate in that election, the challengers either voluntarily withdrew or abandoned the cases soon after he won and all of them were subsequently struck off by the courts.

“The President has no certificate case hanging on his neck.”

Come Out From Among Them - Dr. Paul Enenche

Come Out From Among Them - Today's Dunamis' Daily Devotional, March 27

You are reading Today's Dunamis' Daily Devotional written by Pastor Paul Enenche

Topic: Come Out From Among Them 

Monday March 27, 2017

Scripture: “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you” 2 Corinthians 6:17

Thought For The Day: There can be no distinction without separation; conformity is the reason for uniformity in calamity.

Our subject today is in the form of an instruction – ‘Come out from among them’. The question now is, come out from among whom to do what? It is to come out of the worldly system to live the life of righteousness.

The truth is, there can be no distinction without separation. To be like the rest is to die like the rest. Conformity is the reason for uniformity in calamity. Until your nature is different your future can never be different.

The tragedy today is that it is difficult to differentiate a believer from an unbeliever because of similarities in habits. They all tell lies, dress in the same seductive fashion, cheat in examinations, forge documents and give false declarations of age, etc.

Beloved, that the whole world is doing it does not make it right. The standards of God remain sure. The principles of God cannot be changed to suit the life of compromise of a believer.

For as long as you are not different from them, your destiny can never be different from theirs.

I prophesy on you the grace to stand for God in character even if you are standing alone in Jesus’ Name.

Remember this: There can be no distinction without separation; conformity is the reason for uniformity in calamity.

Assignments:

1. Ensure that you make the Word of God your standard not man.

2. Determine to be clearly different in character and conduct from the unbelievers

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE: THE ESSENCE OF CHRISTIANITY

Prayer: LORD, I ask for Your forgiveness in any area I have lived like the unbelievers in times past. I make demands on Your Grace, O LORD, to be clearly different from the world in Jesus’ Name.

Daily Reading: Deuteronomy 7:1 to 8:20, Luke 7:36 to 8:3, Psalm 69:1 to 18, Proverbs 12:1

Quote: To flow with the crowd is to be lost in the crowd. Culled from 30 SECRETS TO THE TOP by Dr Paul Enenche.

Today In History: 27/03/1884 - The first long-distance telephone call was made from Boston to New York.

Amazing Fact: Dogs have three eyelids, an upper lid, a lower lid and the third lid, called a nictitating membrane or “haw,” which helps keep the eye moist and protected.

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BILLY GRAHAM: The Greatest Act of Humility

Today's Billy Graham's Daily Devotional, March 27
Welcome to Today's Billy Graham's Daily Devotional

Topic: The Greatest Act of Humility

Today: Monday March 27, 2017

Key Verse:. . . he that shall humble himself shall be exalted. — Matthew 23:12

MESSAGE: 
In almost every instance in the Bible, as well as in life, pride is associated with failure, not success. We hear a great deal about the inferiority complex, but the superiority complex of pride is seldom spoken of. It was pride that caused the fall of Lucifer, and he became Satan, the devil. It was pride that led King Saul down to a shameful and untimely death. It was pride that caused Peter to deny his Lord.

The greatest act of humility in the history of the universe was when Jesus Christ stooped to die on the cross of Calvary. And before any man can get to heaven, he must kneel at the foot of the cross and acknowledge that he is a sinner, that he has broken the Ten Commandments of God, and that he needs the grace of God in Christ. No man can come proudly to the Savior.

Prayer for the day: Lord Jesus, You suffered such humiliation and pain for me on the cross. I ask You, humbly, to forgive my pride and errant ways that nailed You there.

Written by Billy Graham, Founder of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association(BGEA). BGEA exists to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ by every effective means and to equip the church and others to do the same.

Dino Melaye's school mate finally reveals the truth

Dino Melaye's school mate finally reveals the truth

Abdussobur Salaam, a schoolmate of the embattled Dino Melaye, at the Ahmadu Bello University, ABU, has described the travails of the senator as retribution for certain sins committed in the past.

Salaam‎ who now works at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), spoke against the backdrop of the certificate controversy in which the senator is currently embroiled.

Premium Times reports that Salaam, who spoke on a Penpushing social media platform, he said he studied political science at ABU at the same time Melaye was a student in the Department of Geography at the university.

“Permit me to make an intervention on the issue of Dino and ABU, having been admitted and ‘graduated’ from ABU same year as Dino. I use the word ‘graduated’, very guardedly and with caution.

“Permit me to say that as at the time we were admitted, Geography Department was under the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS). In our 200 level, the Faculty was split and Geography Department had issues of where to fit in. It was initially placed under Faculty of Arts and later shifted to Faculty of Sciences where it is presently domiciled. The narrative on his certificate could be correct," Salaam wrote.  Continue


Paris Club Fund: EFCC indicts Senate President and his aides in N19bn scam

The Punch reports that the report also indicted one Robert Mbonu of Melrose General Services Limited, a former Managing Director of Societe Generale Bank of Nigeria, the commercial bank owned by Saraki’s family.

According to the report, also under investigation is the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and the relationship manager to Saraki in Access Bank Kathleen Erhimu.

Also under probe are Saraki’s aides Obiora Amobi, Gbenga Makanjuola, Kolawole Shittu and Oladapo Idowu.

The report alleges that sometimes in December, Saraki introduced the ex-bank MD, Mbonu, to Erhimu where his aforementioned aides were also present.

After the meeting, N3.5bn was lodged in Melrose General Services Company account number 0005892453 domiciled in Access Bank from the Nigeria Governors Forum on December 14, 2016.

The report stated that two of Saraki’s aides, Obiora Amobi and Gbenga Makanjuola, were introduced to Access Bank as representatives of Melrose General Services Limited by Mbonu to enable them to make cash withdrawals from the account.

From this amount, Amobi and Makanjuola made cash withdrawals ranging from N5m to N10m.

“Based on the foregoing findings, it is clear that Robert Mbonu, the Managing Director of Melrose General Services Company and his company were used to help divert proceeds of unlawful activities under the guise of payment for contractual obligations with the Nigeria Governors Forum.

“Suffice to apprise that all payments received by Melrose General Services Company from the NGF have hitherto been diverted directly via cash withdrawals and indirectly through transfers by Gbenga Peter Makanjuola, Kolawole Shittu and Oladapo Joseph Idowu, who are principal aides to the Senate President.

“Furthermore, other payments from Melrose General Services Company have also been linked to companies that Dr. Bukola Saraki has interest in and carries out transactions with.

“This includes the sum of $183,000, which was transferred to Bhaska Devji Jewellers, Dubai, a company Dr. Bukola Saraki had repeatedly made payments to.

“Also, the sum of N200m was transferred to Wasp Networks Limited that subsequently transferred the sum of N170m to Xtract Energy Services Limited, a company that routinely made deposits into Dr. Saraki’s Access Bank US Dollar Domiciliary account,” the report read in part.

It then concluded that a prima facie case of conspiracy to retain the proceeds of unlawful activities and money laundering, contrary to sections 15(3) and 18(9) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2004, could be established against the aforementioned suspects.

Special adviser to Saraki on media and publicity Yusuph Olaniyonu said he would not react except he saw the report.

“Send the report to me and I will be able to read it and contact the necessary people. If I don’t see the report, I cannot react to it in abstract. Send me the report if you want our reaction,” he said.

EFCC spokesman Wilson Uwujaren confirmed that investigations were ongoing into the Paris Club scam but said he did not know the specifics of the probe.

“I can only confirm that there are investigations but I don’t have details,” he said.

It was recall that initially denied indicting Saraki, saying the matter was still under investigation.

In a statement released on Monday, February 13, the EFCC said not only was the story against Saraki and the governors untrue, also false were allegations that officials of the agency were trying to cover up the indictments.

Photos of Make-up artist who nearly died after being poisoned by hair dye

Make-up artist nearly DIED after being poisoned by hair dye which seeped into her blood
A woman claims she was left just minutes from death after being poisoned by her hair dye.

Gemma Williams, 24, contracted septicaemia after using a jet black hair dye.

Make-up and beauty artist Gemma first realised she had reacted to the £4.99 dye when she noticed red, puffy skin around her ears.

The dye had seeped into her blood following her bad reaction - which glued her eyes shut and burnt her skin.
Make-up artist nearly DIED after being poisoned by hair dye which seeped into her blood
But just a week later she was told by doctors at Manchester Royal Infirmary that she if she hadn't come back to hospital she would have died due to the poison in her system.

Gemma has vowed never to touch hair dye again - and is urging others to do patch tests before donning the dye.

Gemma, who is naturally mousy brown, said: "I just can't believe it - it's mad. I'm never touching hair dye again."
Make-up artist nearly DIED after being poisoned by hair dye which seeped into her blood
Miss Williams claimed that within 24 hours she had bubbly skin, red marks, burns around her ears and her eyes were almost glued shut.

She went to Manchester Royal Infirmary and was given steroids and antibiotics to treat the inflammation and rashes after initially putting the hair dye on January 20.
Make-up artist nearly DIED after being poisoned by hair dye which seeped into her blood

Syria rebels covers IS-held airbase near Raqqa

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A female Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighter stands with her weapon
BBC News revealed that capture of the military airport is the first major success for the rebel alliance since the US-led coalition airlifted its fighters to place them behind IS lines last week, the BBC's Arab affairs editor Sebastian Usher reports.

The Tabqa airbase was seized by IS militants in 2014 from the Syrian army. The jihadists then carried out one of their worst atrocities - a mass execution of captured soldiers.

Its capture by rebels was part of an offensive aimed at also taking control of the Taqba dam - the largest in Syria - as well as Tabqa town.

READ ALSO: Syria war: Damascus sees fierce clashes after rebel attack

Earlier, there was fears of serious flooding after IS warned that the Tabqa dam could collapse. However, the dam appears intact.

The US-led coalition denied the jihadists' claims that it had targeted the facility with airstrikes, leaving it dangerously vulnerable to failure.
Syrian Democratic Forces fighters walk among damaged buildings to the east of Raqqa
"The dam has not been structurally damaged to our knowledge and the coalition seeks to preserve the integrity of the dam as a vital resource to the people of Syria," a spokesperson told the BBC.

READ ALSO: United States says it killed 11 al-Qaeda operatives in Syria air strikes

On Sunday there had been conflicting reports about damage to the dam - about 40km (25 miles) upstream of the Raqqa on the Euphrates river - with civilians reportedly fleeing to higher ground.
Although IS media channels warned the dam could burst, the militant group later reportedly sent cars around Raqqa with loudspeakers, telling people it was intact and they had no need to evacuate.

Breaking: Russian opposition leader arrested

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Police officers detain anti-corruption campaigner and opposition figure Alexei Navalny during a rally in Moscow
Russia's main opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, has been arrested at an anti-corruption protest he organised in the capital, Moscow.

Thousands of people joined rallies nationwide, calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev over corruption allegations.

At least 500 other protesters were detained in the capital and across the country.
Most of the marches were organised without official permission.

TV pictures showed demonstrators chanting "Down with [Russian President Vladimir] Putin!", "Russia without Putin!" and "Putin is a thief!".

Alexei Navalny was detained as he arrived to join the rally in central Moscow. Protesters then tried to prevent a police van from taking him away.
Russian riot policemen detain a demonstrator during an opposition rally in central Moscow, Russia, 26 March 2017
In a tweet after his detention, he urged fellow protesters to continue with the demonstration.

"Guys, I'm fine. No need to fight to get me out. Walk along Tverskaya [Moscow main street]. Our topic of the day is the fight against corruption," he said (in Russian).

He later said police stormed the office of his foundation and detained its staff, who were broadcasting the protests live.

Demonstrations were also held in Saint Petersburg, Vladivostok, Novosibirsk, Tomsk and several other cities, where arrests had also been reported.

The US has condemned "the detention of hundreds of peaceful protesters throughout Russia".
"Detaining peaceful protesters, human rights observers, and journalists is an affront to core democratic values," acting State Department spokesman Mark Toner said.

He added that the US was "troubled" by Mr Navalny's arrest.

Breaking News: Several feared dead in Japan Avalanche

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Rescuers at the scene of the avalanche
Six Japanese high school students are feared dead, after they were caught in an avalanche at a ski resort.

The avalanche occurred on Monday morning at the Nasu Onsen family ski resort near the town of Nasu in the Tochigi prefecture.

READ ALSO: London schoolgirl who travelled to Syria to join IS 'feared dead'

The six people were found with no vital signs, and three others were missing, according to Japan's Kyodo news agency.

About 70 people including students and teachers from several schools are said to have been in the area at the time.
Map showing Nasu in Japan

Local media reports said they were taking mountain climbing lessons.

Rescue efforts are under way, with officials investigating whether more people are injured or missing.

Divine Acceptance - Pastor E.A Adeboye

Open Heavens Daily Devotional
Welcome to Open Heavens Daily Devotional written by Pastor E.A Adeboye

TODAY: Monday, 27th March 2017

TOPIC: Divine Acceptance

Memorise: And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer, and while they are yet speaking, I will hear. Isaiah 65:24

Read: Acts 10:30-44 (King James Version)

30 And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing,

31 And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God.

32 Send therefore to Joppa, and call hither Simon, whose surname is Peter; he is lodged in the house of one Simon a tanner by the sea side: who, when he cometh, shall speak unto thee.

33 Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well done that thou art come. Now therefore are we all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God

34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:

35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.

READ ALSO: Laden With Career Burdens? - Pastor E.A Adeboye

36 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)

37 That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;

38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

39 And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree:

40 Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly;

41 Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.

42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.

43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.

44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.

Bible in one year: Exodus 31-32, Jeremiah 2:33-3:10, Hymn: Sing hymn 15

READ ALSO: Are You Growing? - Pastor E.A Adeboye

MESSAGE:
“And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.”
Isaiah 65:24

The above scripture contains a very profound promise from God to His people. The Lord manifested His commitment to fulfilling this promise in today’s Bible reading. Acts 10:44 says,

“While Peter yet spake those words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.”

Before Peter finished his sermon, he had not even made any altar call or said any prayer when God poured out His Spirit, and the fire fell on all those hearing his voice. The answer to Cornelius’ prayer came while Peter was still speaking, in consonance with the promise of God in Isaiah 65:24. Do you know that the devil still delays prayers? This is why it is very important for us to be baptized in the Holy Spirit; this helps to expedite answers to our prayers (Romans 8:26). When you pray with your understanding or in a language the devil understands, he can take steps to hinder the answer to that prayer. In Daniel 10:1-14, when Daniel decided to set himself apart to seek God’s face in fasting and prayer, God immediately dispatched an angel to bring him the answer to his request that very day. However, the devil equally sent a principality to block the way of this angel for 21 days, until reinforcement was sent to help him. If you pray in the Spirit, the devil will be thrown into confusion, and he won’t know when the answer to prayer is coming; neither will he know the angel brining it. In that way, the answer to your prayer is not hindered.

READ ALSO: It May Not Make Sense - Pastor E.A Adeboye

In addition to answering the prayer of Cornelius, God also accepted his offerings. There is nothing as painful as offering something to God and He refuses to accept it. When Cain’s offering was rejected, he was so devastated that he murdered his younger brother (Genesis 4:3-5). On the other hand, when Solomon’s offering was accepted, he received a divine visitation (2nd Chronicles 1:6-12). Let me share what I normally do during offering time with you. When the minister says we should lift up our offering to God and pray, l asks God to send down His fire and take up the offering to Himself. So before I drop the offering in the basket, it is already gone. The cheque may be in the basket, but the actual offering has been taken by fire to Heaven. I pray that from today, God will accept all your offerings and sacrifices to Him!

Prayer Point
Father, I offer myself as a living sacrifice to You. Accept me and release Your holy fire on me. Fulfil Your promise by expediting the answer to my prayers and cause my joy to be full.