A PRAYER OF SURRENDER

Philippians 2:13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for [His] good pleasure.

Lord, we thank You for the work You are doing in us. You are the one who initiated it and You will finish it.

Thank You for working and transforming us daily to be like Your son Jesus.

Our ultimate goal as we continue to seek You, is to be conformed to the very image of Your son in speech, thought and imagination; that our actions and character may be like Yours. (Romans 8:29)

Psalms 37:23 The steps of a [good] man are ordered by the LORD.

Daddy, we know it is not for a mortal man to direct his steps, this is why we come in Your presence daily by prayer, submitting and surrendering all our faculties to You, so that You continue to direct us where You want us to function from.

Psalms 25:9(KJV) The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.

Lord, we yield to the working of Your Spirit now more than ever before because we are men plagued with infirmities.

Teach us how to yield to the working of Your Spirit within us, for it is through this fellowship that we are supplied with fresh grace to live the God-kind life.

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Father, we seek divine intervention because we have no might in our strength.

We know that Your strength, enablement, power, grace and mercy give us the edge over our enemies and the flesh.

Lord, keep helping us sustain a posture of surrender so that we may be vessels qualified for the transforming grace that will bring our families, workplaces and nations back to You. Amen.

STAY BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVORED, WE LOVE YOU.

PASTOR BEN OCHOLA.

THE PRESENCE OF GOD-OUR DISTINGUISHING FACTOR

The presence of God is the greatest treasure that anyone can come to realise. A man/woman who always wins is the one who senses the move of Spirit and taps into it.

Genesis 15:1 After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.”

When God created man, He put him in Eden. The difference between Eden and the rest of the earth is that there was a concentration of God’s presence in Eden that was not found anywhere else.

God is omnipresent, but the Presence of God referenced is the measure that provides provision, protection, and guidance to our lives.

Jesus said;
He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” John 14:21

Jesus meant that when we love Him, He will make Himself known which He does by His presence. How we handle God’s presence determines the degree God makes Himself known.

Ephesians 2:12 that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.

One of the covenants of the promise that God gave Abraham was to be his shield and exceedingly great reward.

God rewarding us with Himself is one of the blessings of Abraham that comes upon us in Christ Jesus but we must be sensitive to His presence. Otherwise, we shall live in the omnipresence of God like everyone else.

Genesis 3
When man sinned, God pronounced judgment over him, and he was driven out of the Garden of Eden.

What was special about Eden was the presence of God: the judgements pronounced over man by God would manifest if man still had the presence.

Exodus 33:15-16 Then he said to Him, “If Your Presence does not go [with us,] do not bring us up from here. For how then will it be known that Your people and I have found grace in Your sight, except You go with us? So we shall be separate, Your people and I, from all the people who [are] upon the face of the earth.”

Moses had seen riches, miracles, signs and wonders in Egypt but understood that the presence of God was the distinguishing factor in the promised land of Canaan.

Exodus 33:14 And He said, “My Presence will go [with you,] and I will give you rest.”

The difference between us and non-believers is the Presence of God: We can have all the material possessions but true satisfaction is found in God’s presence. That is why we must be desperate for God’s presence.

Genesis 1:26
What makes man special and unique from other creatures is that he can host God; he is the only creature made in the image of God.

Therefore, man draws help from God because he hosts Him; the more we get saturated with  His presence, the more grace is administered in our lives to do great things.

The Presence of God preserved and protected the Israelites: they never lacked anything for forty years. God meets every single need we have as a result of His presence. Exodus 13:21

1Kings 19:8
The food from the Presence of God sustained Elijah for forty days and forty nights. Whatever comes from the Presence of God cannot leave you ordinary. Strive for a place in God where He makes Himself known to you.

Exodus 33:20-21 But He said, “You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live.” And the LORD said, “Here is a PLACE by Me, and you shall stand on the rock.

God is infinite and there is too much in Him. However, there is a place by Him we can see Him. May God take us to that place!

STAY BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVORED, WE LOVE YOU.

PASTOR BEN OCHOLA.

THE RICHES OF GOD’S GRACE, MERCY, AND LOVE

Ephesians 1:1-23

Ephesians 1:4 tells us to live our lives Holy and blameless before God in love.

This is only possible if we live our lives before God with a constant consciousness that He is hearing, watching, and seeing us.

God’s forgiveness and redemption flow from His grace. That is why, it pleasured Him to adopt us as His sons

So, we are now His property purchased by His blood and sealed with the Holy Spirit who is also our guarantee.

Ephesians 2:1-9

God loves us so much that even when we were dead in our trespasses and sins, in the richness of His mercy He reached out and redeemed us.

That is why it is important for each one of us to understand the mercies and goodness of God as it will help us walk away from pride. We contributed nothing to our salvation as we are saved by His grace. Ephesians 2:5

God loves you and He is not yet done with you, He will perfect that which concerns you because He is at work in you.

His love towards us has two ingredients, that is Mercy and grace. He releases them when He wants to show His love.

He loves us so much that He gave us the best when He gave us Jesus, and when He gave us the Holy Spirit, He gave us everything.

If God gave us Jesus Christ, what more can’t He give you? Anything you ask from God is below Jesus. Romans 8:32.

STAY BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVORED, WE LOVE YOU.

PASTOR BEN OCHOLA.

IT IS DONE

Our God not only hears but also answers our prayers. This gives us the confidence to keep appreciating, honouring and celebrating Him when we pray.

Psalms 92:4 For You, LORD, have made me glad through Your work; I will triumph in the works of Your hands.

The Precious One of Israel makes us glad every time we genuinely cry to Him; this is exactly what He has done for us this season.

“God [is] not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? Numbers 23:19

God never goes against His word, the moment He says it, it’s done. Remember; our believing, confidence, boldness and faith is in nothing else but in His finished work of the cross.

The Lord has declared a new season for us. Do you believe it?

In Isaiah 53:1 He asks; Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?

Everyone who believes God’s report sees the manifestation of His hand. Do you believe in the report of the Lord? God has and will never have a record of failure. If He has done it before, He will do it again.

Just as He asked Jeremiah, ” What do you see?” Jeremiah answered Him, “I see a branch of an almond tree.”(Jeremiah 1:11)

An almond is the first tree to blossom after winter, declaring that a new season has begun. What do you see? Do you believe it?

Don’t pay attention to the noise of the enemy, keep your eyes on what the Master has done or is doing. If you can see it, then it is done.

Keep holding onto the Word. Let His Word be your imagination, reasoning, confession and meditation.

STAY BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVORED, WE LOVE YOU.

PASTOR BEN OCHOLA.

A CRY FOR THE SUPPLY OF MORE GRACE

James 4:6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: [” God resists the proud,] [But gives grace to the humble.”]

Our Heavenly Father,

We ask You to help us stay and live in a place where we are constantly receiving an uninterrupted supply of Your grace.

Lord, there is nothing of us that is hidden from You, that is why we cry for more grace and mercy.

As Your Word says in Romans 5:20, “where sin abounded, grace abounded much more”, We are a generation that needs this abounding grace.

We humble ourselves and place a deeper demand on You for such a deeper measure of Your grace and mercy.

Let there be a liberal supply over this house and every heart that is surrendered.

As it is written; ” The people who survived the sword Found grace in the wilderness.” Jeremiah 31:2, may we find more grace to carry us and do what you purposed us to do.

Lord, We bring Your Word to You, You said it; “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser, He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. John 15:1 and 6.

We know that without the supply from You our Vine, we can do nothing. That is why we cry for a release of more grace and mercy within You Lord that will help us walk in the calling we have received from You.

Help us walk in there so that we may represent you well and steward all the dimensions of graces You have granted us.

STAY BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVORED, WE LOVE YOU.

PASTOR BEN OCHOLA.

YIELDING TO THE HELP OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.

John 16:12-13 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth;…

Our greatest help comes to us when we yield to the Holy Spirit. He is our helper and every kind of help that we need is in Him.

In Genesis 1:26-28, God created man and blessed him and out of that blessing came five assignments: fruitfulness, multiplication, filling the earth, subduing it and having dominion. Every believer is expected to manifest these five dimensions of the blessing but it is only possible when we yield to the Holy Spirit.

The help of the Holy Spirit is best seen when we are conscious of our disability. That is why the scripture says;

Likewise the Spirit also HELPS IN OUR WEAKNESSES. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought,… Romans 8:26

Though it focuses on prayer, prayer is just one of the many weaknesses that we have as human beings.

God loves us so much that He came to live inside us in the person of the Holy Spirit but for us to enjoy His help, we need to be conscious of our inabilities and weaknesses and entirely depend on Him.

In 2 Corinthians 12:8-10, Apostle Paul was aware of His weaknesses and inadequacies and they pushed him to receive the help of God.

John 5:19
Jesus admitted that He was helpless without the Father; He lived for thirty years as the carpenter’s son but when He was baptized and the Holy Spirit came upon Him, He was led by the Holy Spirit from that day henceforth. Luke 4:1

You can’t be led unless you accept and yield yourself to the person leading you. Wherever the Holy Spirit leads you is the best place to be.

We all have natural advantages but as believers, we don’t use them by default; it is only with the permission of the Holy Spirit. Remember, it is not by power nor by might but by the Holy Spirit.

John 2
Jesus had been invited like any other normal guest at the wedding. Help was available but it was until they realized that they needed it that they were able to tap into it.

In Genesis 3:21, God was able to dress Adam and Eve with tunics instead of leaves because they admitted they were naked.

The help of God only comes to us when we are conscious of our limitations and admit that we need His help.

Further study
Zechariah 4:6
Philippians 3:7-8

STAY BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVORED, WE LOVE YOU.

PASTOR BEN OCHOLA.