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Introduction: The ruin of the Church because of lack of power. For the Church to be formidable again we must have power. To regain our spiritual ascendancy, we need power. Power means spiritual energy, it means anointing and empowerment to do the work of God. It is spiritual unction. When the Church had power, there were testimonies. Mark 16:20, Heb. 2:4 confirm that signs and wonder followed the Church because of power. Our churches are too cold for lack of power. Power is not eloquence, or logic or argument, but utterance. in essence we will have much success in the Christian work as we have power. no more, no less. Nothing can stand against the power of God. Spiritual power is accessible and sustainable if we desire it. That is God's promise and His provision. If power is so important, what are the paths to power?

1. There must be a dis-satisfaction with my present level or situation. Phil. 3:12-14 says we must forget past failures.

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 Jesus commanded us to go and evangelize the world. He instructs us to be our brothers' keeper and to seek and save lost souls. In Luke 10, Jesus told three parables to emphasize the importance of seeking after lost souls - the parable of the lost sheep, the parable of the lost coin and the parable of the lost son. - In Matthew 28:18, The Bible says "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. There are at least two things we can learn about being our brother's keeper.            
1. It is a command: From this scripture, it is clear that being our brothers' keeper is a command that we must obey. In II Corinthians 5:20, the Bible says we ambassadors for Christ and that we should reconcile the world back unto Him. As followers of Christ, we all have the ministry of reconciliation. Jesus promises us His presence whenever and wherever we go in search of lost souls.
 

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We serve a God that never Fails. His blessings are new every morning and He also expects us to bring our praise to Him everyday. He is the God of yesterday, today, and forever. He is not a respecter of persons. He can never change. Psalm 34:1-2 says “I will bless The Lord at all times and His praise shall continually be in my mouth, my soul shall make her boast in The Lord”. God wants us to change from singing songs of defeat, grumbling and lamentation into singing songs of joy, songs of praise, songs of victory, songs of deliverance and songs of adoration.         
1. Singing An New Song: We should sing a new song unto The Lord. There are many references in the Bible showing us that we should sing a new song unto The Lord. Ps. 33:3 says “Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy”. Ps. 40:3 says “He puts a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God; many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD”. Ps. 96:1 says “Sing to the LORD, a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth”. Ps. 98:1 says “Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him”. Ps. 144:9 says “I will sing a new song to you, O God; on the ten-stringed lyre I will make music to you”. Ps. 149:1 says “Praise the LORD. Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise in the assembly of the saints”. Isa 42:10 says “Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise from the ends of the earth”. We must learn to sing a new song in every situation.                

 

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Mother's Day is the occasion when we celebrate all mothers in our lives. Mothers have many roles and we want to celebrate their virtues by using the Acronym: M-O-T-H-E-R. We pray for all mothers that you will remain joyful all the days of your life and you shall eat the labor of your hands. You shall be mightily rewarded for your good work upon your family and you shall forever be celebrated.          
M – Mentor:  A mentor is an experienced and trusted adviser. One of the major roles of mothers is advising their children. Hannah the mother of Samuel mentored his son. After Samuel was born, he went to live in the house of Eli the priest. The two sons of Eli were corrupt in their ways but because Samuel had received good mentoring from his mother, the sons of Eli could not influence him to join in their bad behavior (I Samuel 2: 12 – 20)               

 

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This message is a continuation of the series “Destined for Greatness” and I want to use this occasion of the ninth anniversary celebration of JHES to emphasize again that as God's children, we are destined for greatness. Under this topic, we have discussed the dimensions of greatness, and the price of greatness. We have talked about the price Jesus paid and the price we must pay. We have talked about the price of holiness and the price of separation, now I want us to talk about another price we must pay which is: Sowing the seeds of greatness.             
A seed is a flowering plant's unit of reproduction. A seed can also refer to the offspring, progeny or descendants of a person. It can also refer to a financial sacrifice, or the labor of our hands, or our time. Anything we give away to others or to God is a seed. A seed has many characteristics. In the natural, there are certain conditions for growth of a seed. I. It must be viable, that is, capable of developing into another such plant. II. It requires a good soil to grow. III. It requires water. III. It requires moisture. IV. It requires the right temperature. In the spiritual realm, our seeds of greatness must have the right conditions to grow. In Matt. 13, Jesus told the parable of the sower. Only the seed that fell on fertile ground produced an increase.

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Transformation is a thorough or dramatic change in form or appearance. The bible made us understand that the Spirit of God moved over the face of the water and God said let there be light and there was light. God spoke into the earth, what he expects from it. It simply means that God is expecting us to live according to His master plan. Many a time we find ourselves in situations and condition that do not define God’s Plan for our lives. So what do we do then? We need to rely on a God who always has the best in store for us. Certain things in life cannot be solved by Power of Might but only by the Spirit of God, Zech. 4:6. God want to transform your weakness to strength. God want to use the castaway and make them the Masterpiece. I therefore present to you a God who has the power of transformation.

Why Must I be transformed? A. God commands it: The simple answer to this question is to say that God commanded it. Transformation is needed in our ever day life. Romans 12:2,”And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God”

B. You need to be the best of you: The challenges, trials, weakness, and temptation you go through in life needed to be abated so you can begin to enjoy the abundant life God has promised you. So you need a new mind for the new thing that God want to do. C. It makes you enjoy new things .Isaiah 43:18:

EXAMPLES OF Transformation in the Bible

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Easter Sunday commemorates the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ from the dead. It is the climax of the events of the final days of Jesus' coming to the world. Three days earlier on Good Friday, He was betrayed, arrested, tortured and crucified on the cross of Calvary. On Easter morning, He rose from the dead as He has promised. Of what importance is the empty tomb? A tomb is where we bury the dead. Our Lord Jesus was buried in the tomb but thank God today His tomb is empty. The resurrection of Jesus from the dead and the empty tomb means different things to different people.
1. What it meant to Mary: In John 20: 1 - 18, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb very early in order to anoint the dead body of Jesus. When she got to the tomb, she found it was empty. Mary became confused and perplexed. She sought for answer from Peter and John but none came. She stood weeping at the tomb of Jesus and then suddenly, Jesus appeared to her and revealed Himself. In an instant the weeping of Mary was turned into joy and her hopelessness into hope. Even now because of the empty tomb, God is turning every weeping into joy and every hopelessness into hope.

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One of the first instructions God gave to the woman is to be a help mate. In Gen. 2:18, 21-23, God's word says "And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man”. It is clear from this scripture that God's primary assignment for the woman is to be a help mate. The word of God also says in Proverbs 14:1 that "Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands". From this scripture we understand that it is the will of God for every woman to be a Home Builder. 

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: Previously we have said that although God has destined us for greatness, it comes at a cost. Jesus already paid the price to make us great, but we also must pay some of the price in order to attain the greatness that our God has destined for us. The first price we must pay is the price of holiness and we used the example of Joseph. The second price we must pay is as follows:

2. The Price of Separation: A. The example of Abraham: Another price we must pay is the price of separation. There are many things we must separate ourselves from in order to attain greatness. Abraham's parents originate from Ur of the Chaldeans, an idol-worshipping nation. In order for Abraham to attain God's destiny of greatness, he was called out of his home country to go into Canaan, the land of promise. Because of his obedience, God said to Abraham in Gen. 12:2-3 "And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed". Abraham's act of obedience about separation resulted in God's blessing. When we separate ourselves from our past and everything that may represent an idol, we will attract the covenant blessing of God upon our lives. When Abraham left his family to go into the Promised Land, he took Lot with him. The presence of Lot in Abraham's life prevented the fullness of God's blessing upon his life. He had to separate himself from Lot in order to possess his inheritance. There may be things in our lives that represent Lot and until we separate ourselves from them, we may not experience the greatness that God has destined for us.

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 The Scriptures say in Psalm 54: 10 that “For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee”. This passage reassures us that our God is a covenant-keeping God. It is true that life confronts us with many different challenges at every stage. We must however constantly remember this promise and many more others that He has given to us in His word. As we walk with God daily, we might be tempted to think that God has forgotten about us because His promises are being delayed.

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