Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Wishing you all the joy of the season and may the coming year bring with it bountiful blessings to you and all your loved ones.
May Christ, the reason for the season, grant you all Peace, Joy, Good Health and every thing else you desire throughout the coming year and beyond.
Have a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Edu- Aid

Sometime in 2005, Pastor Poju Oyemade received an inspired thought to establish a first-class educational project targeting public primary schools. This inspired thought later crystallized into Edu-Aid, which represents Covenant Christian Centre’s social response to the falling standards in the quality of education and learning environment available in Nigerian public primary schools today.

In this initial phase, Edu-Aid is designed as a community-based educational project targeted at addressing the identified education-related needs in public primary schools in our local community.

“To facilitate access to quality primary level education in a conducive learning environment for as many children as possible”

Adopting a two-pronged approach, Edu-Aid seeks to:

Give children enrolled in public primary schools an excellent start in education.

Develop and equip children with the skills, knowledge, qualities and character traits required to make a positive difference in their generation.. Pastor Poju Oyemade

Sunday, November 29, 2009

The tongue asset - mastering the negative cycles in your life and flowing into the positive (part 2).

The tongue is one of the greatest assets given to man by God. It gives him the ability to determine events. It allows him to 'manipulate' his environment. Death and life proverbs says, are in the power of the tongue and they that love (make use of) it shall eat of its fruit thereof.(Prov. 18:21). One translation says, "... those that make it a friend shall eat of its fruit"

There are a few people that have recognised tongue as an asset. Kenneth Hagin once said mighty few Christians realise that our words dominate us. It's the power given by God to man in order for him to be able to programme events into his life. Jesus taught exactly that. Mark 11:23 says 'he shall have whatsoever he saith'. He said a man of faith must practise his faith by the use of words. A person who understands how to get results and whose faith is result oriented, makes his words work for him. One translation says "those who have who have made the tongue their friend, are eating of its fruit thereof." The science behind the cycles of life positive or negative is the power of the spoken word.

Whatever seasons God has planned for your future begins with a glimpse of its possibility in your own heart. You have the responsibility to capture the essence of it by the words you are speaking today. Stop hoping and waiting for it to happen start saying it today. Express the feelings, the understanding, the emotions of what you see ahead of you in faith with words or it would go out of the range of your vision and you would be left without enthusiasm for the future. Never forget every failure in life once had a powerful glimpse of emerging events or the possibilities of the future in his heart but let it slip by not capturing the essence of it in words.

Negative cycles begin with a voice of accusation and positive ones begin with powerful affirmations. The adversary knowing that the tongue can produce a cycle of death initiates a word of accusation as a spark counting on it to spread. If you are ever confronted with accusations take nothing for granted. Enter into a season of prayer asking God to specifically reverse the effect of words spoken by men over your life. Learn also not to withdraw or to isolate yourself. Give during these times and maintain powerful affirmations about yourself and your situation everyday when you are alone. Keep using words against the situation and in favour of your future until you come into a position of rest about your future, where the past no longer haunts you and the present situations no longer intimidate you. It is at such times that we learn the art of programming the events of our lives.

Bill Gates referring to the power of cycles unconsciously attributed the negative or positive cycles companies go through to the words that are spoken. He said large established companies that one day had hundreds of millions of dollars in sales and lots of satisfied customers had disappeared in a short time and new companies such as apple, Compaq, Lotus, Oracle, Sun, and Microsoft appeared to go from nothing to a billion dollars in revenue in a flash. These were driven by what he termed positive spirals while the failure of others by negative spirals. The powerful companies that enter into these negative spirals, he attributes, begin this way I quote, "they loose market share or deliver one bad product, the TALK BECOMES 'why do you work there', 'why do you invest in that company', I don't think you should buy from them'.... the press and analyst smell blood and begin inside stories about who's quarrelling and who's responsible for mismanagement customers begin to question...." The spiral begins and down goes the organization. Personal lives, families could fall into this same pattern and remain in the valley of death. Multitudes are there discouraged and disillusioned about their future not knowing they can master that negative cycle and come out on top.. Pastor Poju Oyemade

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The tongue asset - mastering the negative cycles in your life and flowing into the positive (part 1).

It was Shakespeare that said 'there is a tide in the affairs of man if taken at the flood leads to fortune; omitted, and all of life's voyage is in shallowness and misery'. I guess for any mind keen on making the greatest impact on life, this would probably be the biggest fear or the greatest asset. Understanding this principle well and further, having its interpretation engraved in your heart as a law by your words would give the necessary edge.

Solomon put it this way after looking at all the experiences and that of others he concluded “the race is not been won by the swiftest neither is the battle won by the strongest but those who succeed I can only attribute to what I term time and chance.” There is this 'mysterious' element in all human endeavours that looks like one person was lucky while the other was just unlucky. This 'luck', negative or positive, forms part of what we have referred to as negative or positive cycles. If you get into a positive cycle all things just appear to be working out and well everyone wants to associate with you, get into a negative one and you will understand loss and probably betrayal.

There is that tide that some ride on while others who might be more qualified i.e. stronger for the battle or swifter for the race, miss out of. Every generation of humanity has thrown up its own leaders and its own losers in every field; its own success stories and its own failures. There is always that conscious minority that determines the direction and the destiny of the collective. They are the head and not the tail of their generation. These people ought to be the covenant children of God but unfortunately they are not.

Three things have denied us of this: 1. Religion 2. Ignorance of relevant laws 3. Greed It all begins with a consciousness. Seeing the need to be on top, to occupy and to be in-charge. There must be no sense of guilt or a false religious air of humility in relation to your desire in becoming part of that conscious minority who have determined to rule and determine the direction of the 'rest'. It was John D Rockefeller who said that he had looked at life and seen what great help he could be if he had money and so his conscience permitted him to make money, and then to make more and more. He said, “it was my right. My conscience told me it was my right. Everything was clear between me and the Lord.' If the righteous are in authority the people will rejoice proverbs says, the reason for so much gloom is that the wrong people are in control.

The starting point is this; you would only have as much or be who your conscience permits you to be. There is a divine law which could be said to sound like this, God's mercy would always produce for man what he needs, desires or aspires to be, where his moral judgement or sense of justice is not called to question by his conscience.. Pastor Poju Oyemade

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Dare To Get Your Feet Wet

The external difference between the generations of Jews led by Moses, and that of Joshua, was that the Joshua generation entered into their promises while the Moses generation died in the process. However, we know their experiences were a product of the state of their hearts. Thoughts beyond the range of their consciousness shaped the experiences in their lives. This still holds true today. The state of the heart will eventually govern the events of the life. Outward forms of life are moulds of the inner thoughts.

One generation lived in the experience of fear amidst God’s presence; the other lived with the experience of faith in their hearts amidst the challenges. One needed God to move externally before they moved; the other provoked the visitations of God by daring to get their feet wet.

One waited for God to part the red sea before they stepped in, the other knew they had to step into the waters rejoicing in their hearts before God, for the sea to part. The Law is straight forward. “Provided your heart (internal part of you) enjoys the spiritual experience of seeing the Jordan part (seeing the vision fulfilled) while your feet (external part of you) still feels the experience of being flooded by the waters of the Jordan, the spiritual will impose its dominion over the natural”.

It is when your heart experiences the waters of the Jordan through the information it gets from the feet that it gets depressed and failure occurs. Let your heart rise above your present experiences and your experiences will be forced to rise to the level of your heart. It is what the heart experiences that ultimately determines the direction and the pace of the development of your life.

One of the ways you raise your consciousness above your present experiences and transform your mind is through singing. Singing directly impacts your heart for through it you create spiritual experiences in your soul. Sing your future as though it were your present experience in thanksgiving unto God, and your heart will rise above your present experiences taking the shape of the inner image God has placed in you. Have a great week... Pastor Poju Oyemade

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Information is what reduces uncertainty.

For any given task the more information you have the more certain would be the outcome of the events. Nothing must be attempted without information on the subject. Take nothing for granted; all are born ignorant on every subject of life. The informed are the studious. Increase your probability of success to the point of certainty by surrounding yourself with books, tapes and with people that are informed.

Every great achievement is a product of a great plan born in the mind of an informed person. If it is on marriage, read. Raising up children, read. Compare notes and exchange ideas through communication. Whatever it is, consciously pray to God for information that would produce a programme of action and then read. Erase all doubt through precise knowledge and then enter into action with boldness. Fortune they say favours the bold. Resist mental laziness i.e. the idea that reading is unnecessary labour.

Information that gives you a programme of action is power. Leave nothing to chance. God is a God of solutions through information. Job said Oh that I was in the days past.... when the candle of the Lord was upon my head and by His light I walked through darkness'. Are you facing challenges today? You can walk out victorious if you give value to information realizing you were born ignorant and you grew presuming you knew. God is not a God of uncertainty and chance; that is religion. God is a God of information and programme.

Are you making confessions today about set goals? Pray to Him for the necessary information that would give you the right programme of action to succeed.. Pastor Poju Oyemade

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Principles of the Quantum Leap

1) Focus.
2) Change your goal into a target when this is achieved your internal resources are unconsciously working 24hrs to find how to make it happen.
3) Suspend disbelief.
4) Rely on unseen forces and pursue your dreams.
5) Learn from your mistakes, you will make some.
6) Build allies understand the power of right relationships and seek them out.
7) Open your gifts (unknown potential).
8) Make your move before you are ready.
9) Do it your way: every action must not be controlled by external forces. You must have a witness within before you act.
10) Recycle the best ideas on earth.


Focus is magical. The things that give great results are always very few. The secret is finding those things that are really powerful and truly pivotal. Those things that make the difference between success and failure, and doing those things only. Care about those things. Care about nothing else. Do those things. Do nothing else, to the extent that you can focus your work and life on the areas where the payback factor is huge.
The principle holds true regardless of the task or challenges at hand. The first step is to figure out the few vital things in any task most things that are done don’t matter, but a few things matter a great deal. If you are given a task, only a few things stand a chance of producing extraordinary results, so focus on those things. The next step is to cut out everything else. We always seem to be short on resources i.e. time, money, etc. we are not, we are just not focused.
Next time you have an important assignment or objective, work out a way to crack it and stop doing anything else. By abandoning the low pay-off efforts, and unrelated activities, you free up precious time you can use to do much more of the things that really matter.. Pastor Poju Oyemade

Friday, September 4, 2009

The Quantum Leap

The quantum leap is a term taken from the vocabulary of modern or quantum physics, it describes a phenomenon observed in matter. This leap occurs when a particle of matter makes an explosive jump. It moves out of its circulating orbit in an unpredictable way and moves into a higher orbit. A particle undergoes this process when it moves from one place to another without covering the usual steps or levels. This explosive jump is without any apparent effort on the part of the particle. It’s as though it received a fresh burst of energy from external forces that caused it to make that jump. The quantum leap is also a scientific term for breakthrough. This phenomenon is the principle behind breakthroughs in science that gave rise to computers, lasers, etc.

You can jump into a higher orbit of achievement and improve the level of your performance and rate of achievement. It means you go far beyond the next logical step. It is the concept behind stunning advances. It is about multiplying productivity rather than just increasing it. We all know and have seen people who make that jump in their careers, business, ministry etc. It seems that it happens by chance, but nothing happens that way. What are the principles behind such a leap? If we make compromises and study, we will glean some things. What are the core conditions that must be fulfilled before you can experience a quantum leap?

Change as a Strategy instead of a self-imposed Trap

The moves you make in leveraging your effectiveness in an exponential way are not common place ideas. Unconventional success calls for unconventional methods. They are not difficult but are rare. We are creatures of habit and social creatures we go with the flow and rely on behaviour that has worked best in the past. Once we do something and take an approach that worked in the past we become attached to it. We don’t let go of that habit pattern. We remain with this approach until there is some overdependence on the strategy and tactics involved. Once we get into a social circle, we stay within that orbit, whether it is positive or negative for we are social creatures. You rely on these structures until your performance flattens out and sags, then you start trying harder, putting in more work. The law of diminishing return sets in, the harder you try the less the returns you get from the effort you put in. Faith in the familiar sets the trap of the familiar.

To make the leap, you have to break out of the rut. Overcome your addiction to your old methodology. The quantum leap strategy is based on uncommon sense. People try harder at what they do and know to get a breakthrough. The quantum leap is something you have been keeping from happening and not so much what you struggle to make happen. It is a fresh perspective, a deft move, something different.

Arrested Development and the Trap

A lot of people instead of making the quantum leap when the time comes, they actually arrest their development. Arrested development occurs when you stay with what worked in the past, even when the environment demands a change. People get bitter when the pattern changes. You can arrest the development of an animal by caging it in its youth. When you get offended, you refuse to participate further because it wasn’t played on your terms and your development gets arrested.

We need to understand that adversity brings this energy. The outburst of pace and advancement can come from challenging situations where the patterns have changed. Adversity, should be seen as energy bottled up, begging to be directed for breakthrough results.

To make the quantum leap, you need to start seeing the world differently so that other possibilities that exist can materialise. The principles behind the quantum leap are equations for stunning advancement and fulfillment of dreams.. Pastor Poju Oyemade

Monday, August 31, 2009

Acquiring Revelation from God

How do you get to the point where you are able to capture revelation from God about any given situation? In practical terms, the Bible says, ‘now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place (2Cor 2:14). God causes us to triumph in Christ Jesus, and then He makes manifest through us the savour of His knowledge. What this means is that in any situation, God causes us to first celebrate the victory of Jesus Christ i.e. in all situations we are victorious. Jesus Christ has overcome, therefore we should stand still, for the solution is here and is accessible. So we need to first stand still and rejoice in the victory of Jesus.

And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things (Ps 45:s4). This means a man that begins to offer up praise is setting himself up for revelation from God. So, in any circumstance where you find yourself, the first thing to do is that you need to celebrate the victory of Jesus. The second thing you need to understand, is that He will make manifest the savour of His knowledge by you, in every place and that particular challenge as well. There is also a certain knowledge that He wants to impart in that given situation that is actually going to cause the manifestation of victory. The translation of that victory from the spiritual realm to the natural in your life depends on the knowledge you have acquired. It is that knowledge you need to come in contact with in your life concerning any situation in order for change to come... Pastor Poju Oyemade

Monday, August 17, 2009

Your words as a breach in the spirit

Words can cause a gap in the spirit realm when they are not consistent with what you want to happen in your life. When this is the situation, even prayer cannot make these things happen. Although the resources are available in the unseen realm to make it manifest, the breach caused through your words will not enlist angelic assistance. Spoken words are the ladder that connect heaven and earth. When the gap is bridged angelic activity occurs.

You must understand the power of your words in order to do things the right way. Furthermore, you must also ensure that you do not have any idols that have replaced God in your life. One of the ways to do this is to ensure that it is ONLY God that knows the intimate details of your life. When you worship and praise Him and you will see His salvation in every aspect. (Matthew 18:19)

Joshua 1:8 clearly states, ‘this book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. (KJV) According to the passage above, success is a result of doing everything that concerns an issue i.e. not part but all. For instance, failure occurs in an examination because the individual did not know the answer to the questions posed. So, you must know the answer to the questions that life asks of you at every point in time.

2 Corinthians 2:14 states, ‘Now thanks be unto God which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of His knowledge by us in every place (KJV). It is the knowledge given to us that makes us victorious. In Colossians 1:9 Paul asked that God fill the Colossians with the exact and precise knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding. One of the ways we attain this knowledge is by keeping the Word on our lips so that we meditate on it, know it and then do it.. Pastor Poju Oyemade

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Understanding the Kingdom and Operating in it.

Jesus explained that without understanding the parable of the seed (Matthew 13:3-8), it would not be possible to understand how to operate in God’s kingdom. The seed of the kingdom of God is the Word of God. Thus, the start of God’s work in anyone’s life, begins with His Word. In any situation that you find yourself you must locate the relevant Word for it and sow it inside your heart. If one does not understand this process, the individual will look for the external manifestation rather than understand the internal process that has begun once the seed has been planted.

It is the Word sown that produces thirty, forty, sixty and a hundred fold. (Matthew 13: 18-23). Unfortunately, because people do not understand the procedure, they try and get the results that they have not planted the Word for through prayer. This is rather like a farmer trying to harvest what he did not plant! Simply put if you do not plant anything in your heart you cannot harvest any results outwardly.

Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness and receive with meekness the engrafted Word which is able to save your soul (James 1:21)(KJV). It is the Word that produces results time and time again. So mightily grew the Word of God and it prevailed. (Acts 19:20). Once you receive the revelation, through prayer you must keep the Word constantly before you i.e., the Word inside the heart and on the lips produces the results God ordained for each and every situation, producing signs and wonders every single time... Pastor Poju Oyemade

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Essence in Exchange for Results

To be able to get tangible results in life you must start the process by stirring up your spirit. (2 timothy 1:6-7) Once the spirit is stirred up you then continue by meditation. You read the Word, confess it and think upon what you have read. This is the process of meditation and you are effectively giving the right substance in exchange for the result you desire.

During this period God begins to unveil what has been deposited through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. Through confession of the Word access is granted to these mysteries. Thus, meditation and confession of the Word causes a revelation for the situation (i.e. Rhema) and the necessary steps to take unfold.

It is not about begging God, but rather about appropriating what has been done in Christ. The bible says in 2Corinthians 5:18 …and all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation. You must remember that it is your confession that determines your personal experience with God. So when a situation emerges in your life it is the words that have been spoken (consistently) prior to the time of prayer that determines the outcome.

When you personalise the gospel, you become an example to others and the covenant is made flesh in your life. If you do not try to bypass this process you will always produce lasting results that will stand the test of time... Pastor Poju Oyemade

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Power of Choice

When the Israelites had to go to war with Amalek, Moses demonstrated the importance that making the right choice(s) had to play in the scheme of things and Moses said unto Joshua, choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand (Exodus 17:9). If the right warriors had not been chosen for the battle, it would have been lost. Declaring the Word then would have been a lost cause since the conditions for victory had not been fully satisfied. Like the saying, a bad workman blames his tools if the wrong workmen (i.e. soldiers) had been chosen to go into battle, there would have been no victory.

You must understand that the power to choose is yours and you have to use it in your life. You must exercise this power not only through decisions (but also through the various choices you make), because there’s a difference between deciding to do something and choosing to do that same thing. People make decisions based on influence (i.e. environment, people, feelings etc whilst choices are made from the gut or instinct). So Moses instructed Joshua to choose men that he was comfortable with rather than those he ‘thought’ fit or was pressurised to pick.

For instance, there may be certain people you should not be closely associated with but as a result of various things this is not the case. In spiritual matters if you relate closely with the wrong people, the right things will not happen to you (e.g. people that are quick to praise you but whose hearts are not with you). When you are involved with these types of associations you will discover that the Word will not work the way it ought to in your life. God’s promise in the book of Isaiah is, ‘thy destroyers and they that made thee waste shall go forth of thee,’ (Isaiah 49:17) This becomes the reality when you choose (from instinct) rather than make decisions (based on people and circumstances)... Pastor Poju Oyemade

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The Faith of Abraham.

And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised that righteousness might be imputed unto them also: and the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised. (Romans 4:11-12)

We will look deeper into two phrases from the foregoing scripture. The first is, ‘he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of faith.’ This means that there is a particular type of faith. The second phrase is, ‘the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised.’ This second phrase speaks about the steps of this faith this means there are definite steps to be taken where this faith is concerned.

This scripture speaks about the type of faith that Abraham expressed before God. Therefore, we refer to the steps of the faith that Abraham took whilst he was still uncircumcised. Furthermore, circumcision is referred to as the seal of the righteousness of Abraham’s faith. We can see that God is being specific where the faith of Abraham is concerned, in terms of the faith that Abraham had and the steps that this faith requires.

It is thus inferred, with reference to this type of faith that there can be other types of faith apart from the faith of Abraham. People can walk in steps that are not the steps of the faith of our father Abraham.

It is important at this point in time as things unfold on the earth for people to be sure about their roots and to understand the faith of Abraham. The essence of our faith and the root of that faith is our covenant with God. It is essential to emphasise this because there are a lot of ideologies developing on the earth. We need to understand the root of our covenant with God and also understand the faith of our father Abraham because our faith is built upon the promises of God.

For instance when you say you believe God for something or you believe someone for something, it means the person must have told you something that made you believe. What this means is that you cannot say you believe anything, unless you have been told about it.

The Bible says, ‘Abraham was persuaded that God was able to perform that which He had promised. (Romans 4:21) For Abraham to believe God means God told him something that became the basis of his (Abraham) faith. As a result Abraham was fully persuaded that God was able to perform what He had promised. This was about the promise that God had given to him in particular and for him to understand that God had the ability to fulfil His promise.

We need to understand that there was a foundation for Abraham’s interaction with God and also recognise what God was communicating when He established this covenant with Abraham. It was this covenant that the scripture says was ratified, sealed or signed in Christ.

This covenant was four hundred and thirty years, before the law (Galatians 3:17). This means that the law cannot annul the content of that particular covenant. Concerning this covenant the scriptures says: now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, and to seeds, as of many but as of one, and to thy seed, which is Christ (Galatians 3:16).

But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises (Hebrews 8:6). The seed of that particular covenant with Abraham is Christ as a result Jesus is now the mediator of the covenant between God and Abraham along with its promises.
The Bible says if we are Christ’s then are we Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise.

Thus, in order to function in this covenant you must identify totally with the body of Christ as one and keep the unity of the Spirit... Pastor Poju Oyemade

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Seek God first

Abraham’s break through started from his point of need (i.e. he had no child) and so he went to God about that particular issue. In our walk with God, circumstances around us will create pocket of needs within our lives and God wants to use those things as a starting point.

The bible says blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth (Matthew 5:5). Meek people are people that depend on God for instructions on any given thing. Moses got to the point where he was the meekest man on the surface of the earth. This is to show that he was not someone that behaved like he knew it all. These are people that said to God I do not know how to go in or out like Solomon said in 1kings 3:7. These people had to get instructions from God for them to go ahead and do what they had to. Thus, the starting point for them was that they went to God in prayer concerning the issues they were facing.

Therefore, wherever you are, whatever the issue you are facing the starting point is that you go up to God and tell Him the matter you are facing. You have started the process of walking in Abraham’s faith by going to God first in prayer. When you do not talk to God about issues it means you have rejected his lordship. You say there is a crisis, but instead of talking to God you talk to the government or people. That is the mistake people make whenever they are confronted with a particular issue. Abraham went to God first, thereby showing us that it all starts out by you seeking God first. The Bible says that whoever cometh without faith has probably come not to please God. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him (Heb 11:6). Therefore when you have a situation on hand you have to understand that you must tell God about it first before letting anyone know about it.

For example if you have a church with a small congregation. Do not go out to talk to people about it, instead talk to God to give you instructions on what to do to have a larger congregation. If you are having issues with your spouse, do not talk to him/her instead talk to God for proper direction on what to do and from the Abrahamic covenant He tells you what to do.

Do not rush in making your decisions, always go to God first. People pray without them getting any promise from God, then they wait to see what God will do on the outside. They are getting it all wrong because that is not the faith or step of the Abrahamic faith. Abraham didn’t pray and check the environment or Sarah’s womb, this because that is not how it works... Pastor Poju Oyemade

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Authority in the Word

The power of God is inside His word, this means without Him was not anything made that was made (John1:3). He was there in the beginning and He came to us in the flesh. We beheld His glory and He is now releasing grace and truth to us.

When you start praying, the answer does not come when things change on the outside, but when the revelation comes inside you. There is a peace that enters you and you are amazed at the power of revelation because it wipes out every doubt.

Once you enter into the Holiest of all and revelation unfolds, you do not have to go back because revelation has been granted. The Bible says Christ is the high priest of good things to come (Hebrews 9:11).

Those good things are the promises of God because He is the mediator of the new covenant established on better promises (Hebrews 9:15). No matter the situation because Christ is your high priest, a good thing will come out of it. There is a promise from heaven that will quicken dead things in that circumstance.

Before you run around, get that revelation on the inside and then the next thing is to start calling those things that be not as though it were. This means once you have heard from heaven you must hold the thought captive.

Say the words into your life as though it is an existing reality. Do not talk like it is going to happen, talk because it has already happened. This is because in the spirit realm there is no time, it has either happened or it will never happen.

We need to understand the difference between the existence and manifestation of the thoughts we have. The law about manifestation is that after you have heard heaven on the matter it is settled.

There is no matter that God cannot talk to you about. Once you get the promise on that particular matter the next thing is that you must start calling those things that be not as though they already were..Pastor Poju Oyemade

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The Depth and Benefit of the Abrahamic Covenant

For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him. (2Chronicles 16:9a) God has certain things that He wants to do, but what He wants to do is conditional i.e. they are based on the promises that He has made.

God says He will keep the promises because of His covenant. Thus the basis of the Abrahamic faith is on a definite promise and the starting point of our faith walk is the finished work of Jesus. If Jesus did not die and was not raised on the third day, then our faith is of no use.

Paul said if in this life we only have this hope then of all men we are most miserable. (1 Corinthians 15:19) This means there is an extension of these promises into life after death.

The depth of this covenant goes beyond just having a good life on earth even if it is about the best life ever lived. If that is all it is about, he said we are of all men miserable. In essence there is a large portion, in fact a very substantive portion of the covenant in the life that we are going to live after we leave this physical body.

When people get into the Abrahamic covenant and become conscious of it, the reason for making certain decisions become clearer. Sometimes it could be because of the repercussions that reach through eternity.

As a result of this people will decide to conduct their affairs in a particular way behaving like strangers and pilgrims on the earth because of the hope that they have before them (Hebrews 11:13b). So there is a depth that is attached to this than just the laws of success. Observing principles and laws is good, but it must be solidly based on understanding the Gospel and knowing that this is where ones faith is grounded... Pastor Poju Oyemade

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The Power of Imagination and Sowing

Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, so shall thy seed be (Romans 4:18). There are two important principles in this verse. One is the seed principle the second is believing despite circumstantial evidence.

The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but they are mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds and casting down imaginations…(2Corthians 10:4-5). God said there is nothing they have imagined to do that will be restrained from them. (Gen 11:6) This means there is no restraining force on the earth to stop a man who has imagined, unless God personally intervenes to stop that person. This means the person in their imagination has seen themselves doing those things. When Satan wants to stop a person, he also works with the imagination of the person.

Every single person (whether you realise t or not), has an image about them-self right now that is determining the events in their life. Imaging confers boundaries and you have to change the image you have if it is the wrong one. It takes warfare to cast that old image down and to replace it. That is where the warfare really is. Once you change the image, God said so shall thy seed be. This means He gives you the opportunity to sow seed on the earth so that the image inside you can be translated to a physical form.

And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain: But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body (1Corth 15:37-38).The scripture is saying when you sow a seed you do not sow the body. When he told Abraham to look at the stars in the heaven, those stars are the product(s) of the seed(s) that are sown. God will show you the seed to sow. Once you get that image on the inside an opportunity is created for it to be realised in your life, this opportunity is for you to sow. There are things that come your way in response to that image that gives you the opportunity to sow. When you sow a seed God goes to work to give it a body. God gives it a body as it has pleased Him and the creation of that body is a function of praise. So when you sow the seed it goes to sleep. The sounding of the trumpet is praise. When you start praising and you have sown the necessary seed, it starts changing things out there in the natural. God gives you an opportunity to see every step and this is a covenant of God that can never fail..Pastor Poju Oyemade

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Unity of Minds

The unity principle is the basis for all great achievements and the foundational stone for major important issues in all human progress. Whether it is individual progress or collective progress it provides the key to the attainment of great power. Unity is defined as an alliance of two or more hearts blended in a spirit of perfect harmony co-operating for the attainment of a definite purpose.

The key to its power may be found in the word harmony. Without that element, collective effort may be co-operation but it will lack the power which harmony provides and because of this it will be called co-ordination of efforts.

This means that when people are trying to accomplish something together it does not mean that in their hearts that they are in harmony with one another. There are people trying to do things with their hands but inside their heart they are not in harmony with one another.

This means they are not speaking the same language on that issue. But the key to real corporation building and enterprise development is that the people must be in harmony. They may not have any money, but in their heart they are one with one another and are saying the same thing.

With every specific choice that you make a limiting factor leaves your life and a greater expression of God enters your life until you have in your inner circle only the people that you choose to be there. Therefore, start making definite choices in your life because you need to make them. If your inner alignment does not go with it let it go but be true to who you really are...Pastor Poju Oyemade

Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Faith of Araham versus Self-Reliance

We need to understand that there is something known as the faith of Abraham.(Romans 4:13-19) It is not self belief, it is not self confidence, it is not fronting and it is not mind over matter.

In His covenant with Abraham God made a basic promise and through this same covenant He restored to humanity what Adam had lost. In this covenant one of the things He restored to humanity was that once more we got the world back as our inheritance. When God created man, He created us in His likeness after His image and gave dominion of the earth over to man. He said, ‘ let them have..’,(Genesis 1:28) which means God has given us dominion over all things, over everything that moves on the earth man had dominion over it.

The most fundamental question that is asked now in order to attack the faith of God is, ‘if God is all powerful and loving why does He allow the world to be in its current state?’ What we need to understand is that it is not God that permits things to be this way but man.

This is because God gave dominion back to man. God is not in control of everything that goes on in the earth. It is explained further in the following verse of Scripture, ‘if my people that are called by my name will humble themselves and pray. Then I (God) will come in and heal their land.’ (2Chron 7:14).

When God gave us dominion it came with a clause (law) i.e. you will eat of the tree of life but you will not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. A lot of people today unknowingly partake from the tree of good and evil through unconscious actions.

They say that based on the knowledge that they have they can decide and know what is good, bad or evil for them. Essentially they are stating that through the knowledge they have acquired it has now made them independent of God i.e. independent of praying to God, talking to Him, and dealing with Him on a daily basis. With this they sometimes create their own system and live by their creation.

Unfortunately, the day you eat of that fruit you die and your nakedness will eventually be revealed.

At no point in our lives must we think that we have sufficient knowledge to live independent of God. In the faith of Abraham there is absolutely nothing like that, we discuss everything with God and hear what He intends to do concerning those issues..Pastor Poju Oyemade

Thursday, May 21, 2009

One Step at a Time

When we have needs and we take them up to God, we must ask Him what He has on His mind about this particular need. Based on our with Him covenant that He tells us exactly what He wants us to do in that particular situation. He directs us on the certain steps He wants us to walk in and what His intention is manifested in our lives.

This faith walk is much more than acquiring knowledge and thinking that the knowledge is enough therefore you do not need God. The faith of Abraham is based on certain steps. It is based on our relationship with God and our discussions with Him. What this means is that if we walk in this faith then the promise of having the world as our possession and having dominion over all things will materialise in our lives. This also means the global perspective about our lives will be established. We must understand that it is not through the law but through the righteousness of faith.

The first thing about this faith is that it quickeneth the dead. (Romans 4:17a) Secondly, that it calleth those things that be not as though they were. (Romans 4:17b) Thirdly, that against all hope it believes in hope that he will become the father of many nations according to a promise was given to him, ‘so shall thy seed be’. (Romans 4:18) The fourth thing about the Abrahamic faith was that it was not weakened despite the circumstances (Romans 4:9). What this literarily means is that when he looked at his body which was a hundred years old, he held on to his confession and did not stagger at the promise of God through unbelief, but he strengthened himself in faith giving glory to God. The last thing was that he was fully persuaded that it was not him that was going to do anything about it but God. Abraham knew that God was able to do everything that He had promised without any human involvement. The Patriarch understood that without tampering with the circumstances and having done everything stipulated by God that it would happen. Thus, haven taken these actions I am not going to do anything on the outside, because God is able (by Himself and without my assistance) to perform and to produce in my environment what He has promised.

The faith of Abraham means that you should walk in the steps of that faith that God has shown and taught you, knowing that God will manifest those things by Himself without your interference in anyway. We commence this journey with God’s promise to inherit the earth (Genesis 1:28) but He will take you one step after another to enter into it’s fullness... Pastor Poju Oyemade

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Role of Desire in your Faith Walk

The Bible tells us that faith is the substance of that thing that you hope for (Hebrews 11:1), but the entire journey starts with desire because desire is a very powerful thing. We find Jesus Christ saying, whatsoever things you desire (Mark 11:24), this means this is what takes you in it is the desire inside you that you begin with.

You do not start out with how much (or little) your resources are, you do not cut the dream to fit the resources around you. You do not look at the probabilities. We found out that those principles work and even when we are unaware that they are they were working.

Do not forget that these principles work, keep confessing the Word because it works, when it seems as if it’s not working, continue. So cut your desire according to the dream that you have, not according to your resources. If you cut it then you might bring yourself to a place of probability, where hearing and sight has failed.

The starting point of the application of faith might seem like you’re whistling in the wind i.e. what you are reaching for is so far-fetched that it’s seemingly impossible.

If God came to you and told you that it is what is on the inside of you i.e. what you really want to come to pass that will the only clause is it must be heartfelt because it is the heartfelt feeling prayer of a praying man that makes much power available. (James 5:16) It is the emotion there that gives life to every principle that you are going to practice the passion that is in your soul is actually the vitality that you need. In everything you do somebody else will also do it and get results.

Thus, in everything that you do the first thing must be passion it is very important because the Bible says that it is the anchor to your soul. What this means is that even though you are not taught any principle, that ‘thing’ is still pulling your soul. Even though you are told to dream and focus on something else, it is there pulling you to concentrate on it. The ‘thing’ is trying to get your attention it is an anchor to your soul. It is sure and it is steadfast inside you...Pastor Poju Oyemade

What faith is and how to get it

Faith is the substance of things hoped for. It is priceless it cannot be compared to silver or gold. For everything we have seen in the material universe (all forms and organisation of life) actually came out of this spiritual substance called faith. Heb 11 vs. 1 says it is the substance of the things that you hope for and the evidence of things that you do not see.

And we understand this that through faith, the world was framed by the Word of God. One translation says that faith is the assurance that what you fondly desire is finally yours. This means that when faith enters your heart, something dawns in your consciousness that guarantees your desires. There is a substance inside that gives you that information it imparts the necessary knowledge to you.

Faith is the substance that brings about the materialisation of your desires. This substance was what Paul saw in the crippled man at Lystra (Acts 14:8-10). Prior to this time, there was nothing the crippled man had in himself to actually cause him to walk. However, when he heard Paul preach, the substance was imparted to him. The Bible says that Paul perceived that he had received the substance to be made whole. Paul told him to rise up and walk and the substance infused the crippled legs. So, in the pursuit of the manifestation of our expectations, the emphasis should be on faith and how to obtain it.

Romans 10:17 explains the method of obtaining this substance . . . faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. The ‘Word’ in this verse refers to the Rhema of God i.e. the spoken word from God to you at a specific time for a specific situation. So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. So, it tells us this is how faith actually comes. That these folks heard and that what happened is that they heard a Rhema out of the mouth of God. Many people could have been listening but certain individuals’ inner ears were opened up and they actually picked what God was saying in particular about their situation and so they received that Rhema from God.

This is the reason why the disciples told people that whatsoever He (i.e. Jesus) tells them to do, that they should ensure they carry it out. In these modern times it is what the Spirit of God in you tells you to that you must do.

With that said, it must be re-iterated that faith cannot be born when a man does not have hope or a desire, because faith is the substance of things that you actually hope for. This means that a man first of all has a desire then faith comes to substantiate that hope. So first of all there has to be a hope and that hope is the desire that is within your spirit. Sometimes, you have to pray to find out the desire that is in your spirit as against what you think, based on external influences. So take time to pray to purify your thoughts.

Take time to pray to actually clear up those things that are within you and let the light begin to shine. The Bible speaks about Moses that it entered His heart, it was not something that arose out of jealousy or peer pressure. It was something that was in his spirit, you will discover that there are things that are lodged inside your spirit that you did not have a clue about when you set this process into motion... Pastor Poju Oyemade

Birthing Your Dream

In order to deliver that dream on the inside in its time, without having to violate the process you must first follow your inner compass rather than your clock. Various tests will come from every angle before the dream is delivered. Some of these tests include the test of time, test of friends etc. All these are tests of your patience and the dream inside you.

The angel told Mary, that the Holy Spirit would come upon her and the power of God would over shadow her and then a holy child would be born (Luke 1:31). The sign to the shepherds of the Christ was that the child would be found in swaddling cloths in a manager. (Luke 2:12) The disciples on the other hand were told to tarry until they were endued with power from on high (Acts 1:4-5) during this period they were to stay together offering prayers and supplications, rejoicing and giving God praise.

What you do in the time of patience is to take the thought that you have received from God and start rejoicing and praising Him. Then you start offering prayers over it saying it has been fulfilled as you thank and praise Him for its fulfilment. During this process that has just been described you are also looking for a sign. The reason you are on the look out for a sign is because once you start praying, there is usually an out pouring of the Spirit. Without your knowledge the Spirit will produce a sign i.e. you are going to find a baby. That massive dream or project will come into the earth as a baby and there will be no room in established mainstream order for it.

Therefore if you are going into the inn to find room for it you will not find it. It will be born in a manger, wrapped in swaddling clothes.
Assuming you are confessing a particular figure for 2009 that God will bless you with, just watch out for the baby that will be born outside the inn. Start looking for that sign and the minute you find the project on the earth, the kind of opportunity that does not look like a big, massive main stream idea, the type that does not take you into the courts of established business or make you behave and have that front then you will eventually find it. It says what you are to do is to start working with what you have and start nourishing it.

So what you need to do is to follow peace with all men without having any resentment inside your heart regardless of what happens. It also says follow holiness because that is how you are going to see God. Go to God in the place of prayer, decide not to destroy or violate yourself. Therefore when it is born the purpose of that thing will be clearly defined on the inside of you and you stay with that and follow it.

There will always be tests for the preparation of the blessing. Do not go with the clock, but with that compass. There is something you need to know about the compass on the inside. It might look like a slow start, but when you have passed the test you will make geometric progression i.e. it will be in leaps and bounds and the grounds you cover will not be reversed. If you follow the compass it will never be reversed, the grounds you have taken are forever... Pastor Poju Oyemade

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Patience and Individuality

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us. (Heb 12:1). One important thing that can be seen from this scripture is that when you exercise faith you get into the gear of patience. What you are doing in effect is that as an individual you are running the race that is set before you. You are not running in a race that is set before others or the race that other people are running. Instead you are running your own race. A patient person runs his/her own race. Through patience he has found his track, stayed on it and is running his race. The real test is whether you are going to follow through on the race that is set before you as an individual or if you are going to get involved in other things because of the pressure and distractions of seemingly lucrative opportunities that violate your conscience. The primary point in this issue of patience is that you must possess your own soul.

If at any point in time you start falling short in that race, two things will happen. The first is that the root of bitterness and resentment will spring up inside you because of what is happening in your environment. Many times resentment and bitterness develop from the fact that people compare themselves with others (i.e. the way they are treated etc) and if they think it falls short in any way they develop a sense of resentment. What we must understand is that in our individual walk with God that He will bring the challenges and situations that we require into our lives. God in His faithfulness will allow us to experience them so that our weakness (es) can be converted. God will give us the grace and opportunity to overcome them.

For this thing I besought the Lord thrice that it might depart from me (2Corth12:8 KJV). In this scripture we find Paul asking God to remove a certain challenge from his life. In answer God had this to say,’ my grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.’ (2Cor12: 9). When Paul heard this reply from God he started rejoicing realising that it is in those areas of weakness that God’s glory rests and manifests more. (2Cor 12:9b-10) Those are the places that are going to become the strongest areas in your life as an individual, if you allow the entire process to work out in your life (i.e. let patience have her perfect work in you).

If a person starts a business and is struggling, he needs to understand the grace of God. When other people are moving ahead and growing fast if he takes pleasure in that current state and allows God to work, he will discover that the temporary set back and weakness that he has been exposed to will become the area through which the strength of God will be perfected in his life. This means that if the person goes through what they are supposed to and learn the lessons then the weakness will be removed and the strength, not just natural strength, but the strength of God will be made manifest.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The Still Small Voice

Text: Acts 12:1-15.
When you pray right about a particular thing you will hear the result before you see the actual manifestation. Remember Jesus said, ‘I will knock, who ever opens the door, I will come in and sup with him (Rev 3:20). What this means is that you will definitely hear a voice. When you respond to that voice by opening the door of your heart, you have walked in obedience in answer to prayer. The Bible tells us not to harden our hearts when we hear the still small voice. Do not look on the outside for results or answers, instead focus on what is going on within because this is where Jesus always begins His work.

He said, go forth, and stand upon the mount before the lord. And, behold, the lord passed by… (1King 19:9) this means that the answer to your problem is passing by in physical manifestation. This is part of the lesson God is teaching some of us. You can start a business a massive investor comes by and shakes the bank, and then you say the Lord has come, but God may not be behind it. That is why you can be talented and gifted but it takes experience to get certain things done. If you do not have experience there are some things you can not learn and as a result, you can not do them. That is why you have to learn in order to have experience, so that as things come your way, you learn. Do not get angry before the lesson is over. You can be gifted or talented but you still need experience. Don’t get angry instead learn.

According to 1 Kings 9:19 God was not found in the wind or earth quake but in the still small voice. In Acts 12:13-14 after Peter had been delivered, he stood at the gate and Rhoda heard the still small voice. The Bible exhorts that in the day of temptation that we should not harden our heart (Psalm 95:8). You will get to a place of temptation where it looks like nothing is working. At such a time the Bible tells us to come and bow before the Lord because it is at this point in time that revelation starts getting unfolded. You will start hearing the still small voice instructing you to make certain adjustments telling you this is the way to go, walk in it. (Isaiah 30:21) When you hear that small voice, even when people say you are illogical at what you are doing, you will constantly affirm that it is so because now you have something(one) within, giving you instructions.

The Word of God that you are confessing is transformed into the voice of God inside your heart. One step after another the still small voice instructs you in the way to go. It tells you what you should change and you must be sensitive enough to hear the voice and make the necessary adjustments. You must hearken to that voice because it will make you a steward forever.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Instinct and You

The real key to success is following that compass inside you. It is not about anything that anyone tells you on the outside that produces success. A lot of people are stuck in life because the system that tells them what to do and where to go has not been awakened as a result they look on the outside and copy what others are doing. If you happen to have a GPS system in your car and have already put in your destination it would be foolish to take any other route other than obeying the instructions of the GPS system. All you have to do is to listen to what that system is saying to you and then follow the instructions. The issue is to listen to the voice that is speaking within and follow the specific instruction for that particular situation. It may mean that He might tell you to get closer to one person, whilst He asks you to withdraw from another all this is dependent on the individual.

If you have not reached that point in your life where you have discovered the compass then one can say you are living your life based on external trends and formulas. The chastisement of God according to the Bible is to withdraw you from your own purpose and to put the plan and purpose of God inside your heart for a particular purpose/thing.

So once you start making the confession and warfare seems to break out on the out side, the key is to run the race that is set before you. You must find your true north and follow it. Like the shepherds that saw the morning star and decided to follow it it led them to the place where Christ was born. As an individual you need to learn to follow that true north. If you want to get out of the position of stagnancy you have got to be making your confessions, exercising patience (i.e. consistency) with a deep sense of expectation. The minute you connect and decide to live this way (i.e. to hearken to the voice of the Spirit) He starts speaking to you.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Learning for Growth

One of the speakers at the October Platform, Mr. ‘Demola Aladekomo made a very powerful statement i.e. ‘Start small, but grow fast.’ For him to say that, he knows that you can grow either fast or slow. He also knows the difference between people that grow fast and slow. In the wild it is not the strongest animal that survives, but the one that adapts to change the most. In line with this the person that starts small and grows fast, adapts to change. An individual who understands that his current smallness is because he does not know how to be big (not vice-versa) will learn and grow through the practise of what he learns.

This individual has understood that growth means fast-track learning and also implies that changes are going to be made. One thing about learning is that once there is new information that you need to learn, your spirit tries to communicate it to your mind. If your mind does not pick it or you are not listening you will start experiencing disturbances in your environment. Sometimes even your physical being, your muscle start getting tense. You may even find it difficult to sleep because the Bible says the spirit of a man sustains its body (Prov18:14). What happens is that it brings all these signals into your body and communicates certain information into your spirit, trying to tell you something about change that you only have to listen to in order to make the necessary adjustment.

That is why it is only the meek that can inherit the earth (Matt 5:5). There are changes that have to be made. This means the way in which you are doing things is not right it is time to adjust. This is the law of change. Once you learn (i.e. make the needed changes) the path of growth is assured and you will discover that the environment itself will seemingly propel you on the path to success..Pastor Poju Oyemade

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Talk Right and be Rewarded

Any man that does not talk right, cannot pray right. Don’t bother praying if your words are wrong it is a waste of your time. That is why it is called the prayer of faith. Jesus said whosoever shall say to this mountain…(he shall have) whether in or out of prayer whatsoever he is saying (Mark11:23). God will never do anything through you without your faith. So if you want to involve yourself with God then your words must be right so that in the day of judgement - every idle word that you have spoken will not be used against you (Matt12:36). If you will consistently say it, you will find the seed that will get you there. You must protect, grow and develop your seed. Every successful man on earth has a seed that they grew from, but there has to be a life long commitment to that seed through your confession (daily conversations).

We know that the word is choked by what you say consistently i.e. things you desire of the seed. You need to spend more time talking to God. Start declaring those things and your heart will focus on them. Don’t let your environment deceive you. Don’t go around visiting, stay in one place and build your seed. If you build and focus on your seed you will stand out. When you are chasing other things, what it amounts to is simple disobedience. When God is involved with you there is one central relationship that is required to take you to your destiny, not many. One central relationship and connection that will propel you Joseph did not get to the throne by knowing many people. It is the seed that God gives you that should be the confession your lips. Put God’s Word on your lips.