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31 DAYS TO BUILD A BETTER SPOUSE

Accessing the power of prayer to build up your spouse

Day 1: My heart (Isaiah 64:8)
Day 2: Salvation (Romans 6:23)
Day 3: Strength (Philippians 4:13)
Day 4: Choices (1 Corinthians 10:31)
Day 5: Integrity (Proverbs 20:7)
Day 6: Relationships (Hebrews 10:24-25)
Day 7: Priorities (Matthew 22:37b)
Day 8: Attitude (Philippians 2:5-7)
Day 9: Emotions (2 Corinthians 10:5b)
Day 10: Spiritual Growth (Philippians 3:14)
Day 11: Mind (Romans 12:2)
Day 12: Work (Colossians 3:23)
Day 13: Obedience (James 1:22)
Day 14: Future (Proverbs 16:9)
Day 15: Self-Discipline (2 Timothy 1:7)
Day 16: Humility (1 Peter 5:5)
Day 17: Mission-mindedness (Psalm 96:3)
Day 18: Purity (1 Peter 1:14-16)
Day 19: Courage (Philippians 1:20)
Day 20: Joy (Habakkuk 3:18)
Day 21: Generosity (2 Corinthians 9:7)
Day 22: Love for God (Luke 10:27)
Day 23: Love for Others (Mark 12:31a)
Day 24: Respect (1 Timothy 3:2)
Day 25: Faithfulness (Proverbs 3:3)
Day 26: Mercy (Luke 6:36)
Day 27: Desire for the Word (Psalm 1:1-2)
Day 28: Security in Christ (Philippians 3:8-9)
Day 29: LIFE (Colossians 4:5)
Day 30: Peace (Philippians 4:6-7)
Day 31: Prayerfulness (Hebrews 4:16)

WALKING WITH GOD

GENESIS 5:24 “And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him”

Who was Enoch?

There are two men in the Bible named Enoch. The first one was the first son of Cain, the son of Adam, who murdered his brother Abel. We are not told anymore about this first Enoch, except that his father built a city and named it after him. Of course the story of Cain himself characterises one important trait of the human race – anger. The importance of this trait in all humans is dealt with soon after Adam and Eve had been evicted from the Garden of Eden, having acquired the knowledge of good and evil. When Cain’s offering to God was judged inferior to his brother’s he became angry, and his anger led to him becoming, perhaps, the first murderer in the Bible. By highlighting this trait of anger in us helped to define that particular flawed human behaviour ever since. This Enoch, the son of Cain, and his descendants must represent the disturbing trait of human behaviour as we know of today - anger. The moral lesson is that, anger can lead to murder. If Cain had known how to walk with God, as his brother, he would have known how to please God as his brother had managed to do. Unfortunate to the human race, it was Cain who lived to have descendants with this curse of ‘anger’ in us. Abel, the good brother, did not have the chance to live and leave behind descendants who would know, not only how to walk with God, but also how to please Him. The second Enoch that is mentioned in the Bible comes after what seemed to be a fresh start of what Adam’s line of descendants was going to be. We are told in Genesis 4:25, that, ‘Adam and Eve had another son. She said, “God has given me a son to replace Abel, whom Cain killed.” So she named him Seth.’ At this stage in the Genesis story, it seemed the case that, Cain and his descendants were not important to the direction God wanted His children to go, because, we are quickly moved to the next chapter, which re-defines the descendants of Adam. This time, Abel the murdered, childless son of his, is not mentioned and neither is Cain, his assassin son. Genesis 5 begins, ‘ This is the list of the descendants of Adam ...... When Adam was 130 years old, he had a son, who was like him, and he named him Seth.It seemed God intended to plant a new human being with the seed that would demonstrate how to walk with God. Genesis 5:24states, ‘ Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.’

The first Enoch, the son of Cain, carried the trait of anger and the tendency to murder as his father before him.

The second Enoch, the great, great, great, great grandson of Adam, became the first person in the Bible to have been bestowed with the accolade of walking in fellowship with God. His significance was so important, that, he stands with Elijah as the only two people in the Bible to have been taken up and their bodies never seen again.

Even though our Enoch is mentioned in only three verses in the book of Genesis, his importance to all believers of God earned him a mention in the Hall of Fame in the Bible 

in Hebrews 11:“By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, and was not found, because God had taken him; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God.”(Hebrews 11:5). His example is what our question seeks answer to: Enoch walked with God; how do we walk with God? Obviously we are told in Genesis that Enoch walked with God, which means, he had a personal relationship with God. In our own lives, we walk on this earth with different thoughts and aspirations; we have all kinds of things that occupy our minds. Some of these things could be heavy enough to weigh us down when no solution seem to appear on the horizon. Some may be so pleasant that a smile can appear on our faces without any effort to do so. In the normal chores of life, it is easy to walk with earthily matters in mind than Godly matters.  Remember, you cannot have a relationship with someone you do not know. You can have a personal relationship with God by accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour and submitting your will to Him. The example we can know from Enoch was that, because he had a personal relationship with God, he was able to know what God wanted. Enoch knew the voice of God and responded to God when dealing with issues of life. If your child knew you enough and what you wanted him to do at all times, he will do what you want and you will be pleased with him as he, the child, in turn will be pleased with himself for being obedient to you. 

Enoch had a relationship with God as a child has with a parent; Enoch knew what God wanted just as a child knows what a parent wants. What the parent wants from a child can even become so obvious that a parent may not have to voice it out, and the child does it anyway. ‘Yes, that was another aspect of Enoch’s relationship with God. He knew the voice of God and he responded to it accordingly. What we need is this kind of faith Enoch had with God. As Apostle Paul said to the Christians in Romans 10:17, ’ Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.’ In Hebrews 11:5, we read this, ‘ By faith, Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God”.The next verse says, “But without FAITH it is impossible to please the Lord”.It is our action of faith in response to that which God asks of us that pleases Him. It is our obedience to what God says to us personally that pleases Him. Faith is what we need to walk with God. We need to trust God and believe in Him. Faith is the evidence of things not seen and the substance of things hope for. We do not need to see God before we believe He exists. We have to take Him at His word. Enoch did not have it easy with the people of his time BUT his faith in God kept him going. In the Letter to Jude, Chapter 1:14 –15, we read Enoch’s warning to God’s children in the world: ‘ Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgement on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.’ Enoch was the first human being to function in the prophetic ministry. His prophetic ministry enabled him to see the heart of humanity throughout the ages, in both old and new testaments times, of the degenerate state that takes over when we do not have a PERSONAL walk with God. We hear about Enoch’s relationship with God which gave God so much pleasure, that God took him away, before death could befall him. Do we walk in this life, occupied by the challenges facing us, that for long moments we fail to acknowledge God? Or, maybe, we only remember God when we are overwhelmed by events that are out of our control. Are we comfortable to create an atmosphere in our lives which enables us to enjoy God’s presence in every moment of our lives?  Enoch’s walk with God was based upon Holy Spirit principles by listening to the voice of God, being obedient to His word, having faith in God and prophesying. One must serve God with a loyal heart and a willing mind. Enoch means ‘dedicated’ and his life demonstrated the meaning. He walked with such dedication to God. ARE WE TOTALLY DEDICATED TO GOD? 

Are we totally committed to hearing His voice so that we can know for sure what He really desires of us and from us? Life is all about pleasing God and not pleasing ourselves. A religious system, or a host of churchy programmes and traditions. Walking with God is an attitude of a heart of love to God that demonstrates itself in the doing of that which God wants more than anything else. It is one’s prerogative to walk with God. The good news is that, the Holy Spirit is there to help us in our walk with God. May you be led by the Holy Spirit. Do you believe you can walk with God? Then act in faith. Faith is acting on your belief. Faith is believing something when common sense tells you not to. The key to your Walk with God is your Faith in Him. It is your decision, responsibility and obedience to walk with God. The right and privilege to walk with God belong to us. God has given us a conscience that is the sense to distinguish right from wrong. God has given us our Will but He will hold us accountable for our actions. Enoch walked with God consistently for 300 years in faith and pleased the Lord. Our walk with God must be consistent and persistent.

by Pastor Eddie Annan

ENOCH WALKED WITH GOD: SO HOW DO WE WALK WITH GOD?

1. Who was Enoch? 

(a)There are two men in the Bible named Enoch. The first one was the first son of Cain, the son of Adam, who murdered his brother Abel. We are not told any more about this first Enoch except that his father built a city and named it after him. Of course the story of Cain himself characterises one important trait of the human race –anger. The importance of this trait in all humans is dealt with soon after Adam and Eve had been evicted from the Garden of Eden, having acquired the knowledge of good and evil. When Cain’ s offering to God was judged inferior to his brother’ s he became angry, and his anger led to him becoming, perhaps, the first murderer in the Bible. By highlighting this trait of anger in us helped to define that particular flawed human behaviour ever since. This Enoch, the son of Cain, and his descendants must represent the disturbing trait of human behaviour as we know of today - anger. The moral lesson is that, anger can lead to murder. If Cain had known how to walk with God, as his brother, he would have known how to please God as his brother had managed to do. Unfortunate to the human race, it was Cain who lived to have descendants with this curse of ‘ anger’  in us. Abel, the good brother, did not have the chance to live and leave behind descendants who would know, not only how to walk with God, but also how to please Him.

(b) The second Enoch that is mentioned in the Bible comes after what seemed to be a fresh start of what Adam’ s line of descendants was going to be. We are told in Genesis 4:25, that, ‘ Adam and Eve had another son. She said, “God has given me a son to replace Abel, whom Cain killed.” So she named him Seth.’  At this stage in the Genesis story, it seemed the case that, Cain and his descendants were not important to the direction God wanted His children to go, because, we are quickly moved to the next chapter, which re-defines the descendants of Adam. This time, Abel the murdered, childless son of his, is not mentioned and neither is Cain, his assassin son. Genesis 5 begins, ‘ This is the list of the descendants of Adam ...... When Adam was 130 years old, he had a son, who was like him, and he named him Seth. It seemed God intended to plant a new human being with the seed that would demonstrate how to walk with God. Genesis 5:24 states, ‘ Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.’ The first Enoch, the son of Cain, carried the trait of anger and the tendency to murder as his father before him. The second Enoch, the great, great, great, great grandson of Adam, became the first person in the Bible to have been bestowed with the accolade of walking in fellowship with God. His significance was so important, that, he stands with Elijah as the only two people in the Bible to have been taken up and their bodies never seen again.  Even though our Enoch is mentioned in only three verses in the book of Genesis, his importance to all believers of God earned him a mention in the Hall of Fame in the Bible. His example is what our question seeks answer to: Enoch walked with God; how do we walk with God?

2. How did Enoch walk with God; how do we learn from him?

(a) Obviously we are told in Genesis that Enoch walked with God, which means, he had a personal relationship with God. In our own lives, we walk on this earth with different thoughts and aspirations; we have all kinds of things that occupy our minds. Some of these things could be heavy enough to weigh us down when no solution seem to appear on the horizon. Some may be so pleasant that a smile can appear on our faces without any effort to do so. In the normal chores of life, it is easy to walk with earthily matters in mind than Godly matters.  In other words, we constantly forget to apply God’ s presence in our lives and to involve Him in our thinking processes. The example we can know from Enoch was that, because he had a personal relationship with God, he was able to know what God wanted. Enoch knew the voice of God and responded to God when dealing with problems in his own life. If your child knew you enough and what you wanted him to do at all times, he will do what you want and you will be pleased with him as he, the child, in turn will be pleased with himself. ‘ Good boy! Good girl’  is best appreciated when the child is very young. As the child grows older, the impact of praising a child with the same phrase, ’ What a good girl’ , begins to fade away. The joy of a genuine praise which is responded with a genuine smile from a child is always a moment of experiencing the visible presence of God in our midst. It is a pity that we lose such sacred moments when growing old gradually robs a parent and a child of such joy. It is only a word said, but you cannot buy it. The mother says it with genuine smile, emphasising how proud she is to see her little child perform a simple task that signifies maturing. The child replies with such angelic smile to indicate appreciation of the endorsement. 

(b) Enoch had a relationship with God as a child has with a parent; Enoch knew what God wanted just as a child knows what a parent wants. What the parent wants from a child can even become so obvious that a parent may not have to voice it out, and the child does it any way. ‘ Yes, that was another aspect of Enoch’ s relationship with God. He knew the voice of God and he responded to it accordingly. What we need is this kind of faith Enoch had with God. As Apostle   Paul said to the Christians in Romans Chapter 10:17, ’ Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.’ 

(c)  Regarding the pleasure good relationship brings to a parent and a child, as mentioned before, we find a statement in the Letter to the Hebrews which confirms the joy that existed in Enoch’ s relationship with God. In Hebrews 11:5, we read this, ‘ By faith, Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God.’ The writer of the Letter to the Hebrews states that, before Enoch was taken away, he had confessed that God had been pleased with him Enoch. This indicates that he himself must have met God, conversed with God, and that God had told him Enoch, categorically that He, God, was pleased with him Enoch. It becomes clearer when we revisit the relationship between a mother and her child. After a few years of coming into this world, a child walks with her mother every day, hears all the good instructions from the only one she trusts and begins to do some of the good things she has been taught. Then one day, the mother enters the dining room from the kitchen, smiles and purrs, ‘ O! Darling, you have laid the table already. You are such a good girl. Come here, come and give me a hug.’  With joy, they run into each other’ s bosom.  Those magical moments like these offer us a glimpse of life as can be found in Heaven. Why would any parent not prefer such atmosphere to exist for his children in the world we live in today? Yet, this pleasure Enoch provided God was like the same pleasure a child gives to a parent. So pleased becomes the parent that she would want to be with her child always and proudly take him everywhere.

3. What can Enoch’ s ministry assures us about our own walking with God?

(a) It turns out that the author of Hebrews in the New Testament, quoted from a collection of Books attributed to Enoch. These Books were not included in the Old Testament, but they are held in high esteem in the Jewish community. These Books have been studied closely and accepted as true by both the Jewish and Christian Bible scholars.(b) Not least, on the part of us Christians, is the revelation in the Books of Enoch about resurrection, the Son of God, the Church, the forgiveness of sins and the hell that awaits sinners when the end times come. Everything about our faith as we practise as Christians is embedded in the archives of the Books of Enoch.(c) It is from these Books that the writer of the Hebrews quoted the testimony of Enoch talking to and hearing God saying He was pleased with him. In these Books, we also read another quotation from the New Testament. In the Letter to Jude, Chapter 1:14 – 15, we read Enoch’ s warning to God’ s children in the world: ‘ Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgement on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.’  Does this statement apply to anyone of us, or any one you know? We hear same instructions elsewhere in the Old as well as the New Testaments. But this prophecy was made too close to Adam himself. Remember, Enoch was seventh from Adam. In the Book of Genesis, we are only given a hint about Enoch’ s importance to our faith in the Christ God. He is singled out as an upright man who walked in fellowship with God. We hear about his relationship with God which gave God so much pleasure, that God took him away, before death could befall him.

4. Conclusion: (a) Do we walk in this life, occupied by the problems facing us, that for long moments we fail to bring God into our thinking processes? Or, maybe, we only remember God when we are overwhelmed by events that are out of our control.(b) Are we comfortable to create an atmosphere in our lives which enables us to enjoy God’ s presence in every moment of our lives? Moments before we say anything in anger, do we allow God to participate in the choice of words we choose? Are we prone to committing sinful acts before we remember God’ s presence? Are we full time Christians in Church, but rather a part time in all other times?(c) We may well need to know more about the eating of the flesh and drinking of the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, so that He might become part of our bodies; in whom our minds, hearts and mouths function only to the will of God.(d) As we endeavour to break down the bridges that connect us to the ungodly acts, Enoch reminds us of, I pray, that, we may never suffer to walk with God with all our soul, all our mind, all our might and all our heart. AMEN.

by Kwesi Brebu

HEALTH ARTICLE - MEASLES

Measles is a highly infectious viral illness of the respiratory system, immune system and skin caused specifically by a paramyxovirus of the genus Morbillivirus. Humans are the natural hosts of the virus; no other animal reservoirs are known to exist. To date, 21 strains of the measles virus have been identified.

Measles is an endemic disease, meaning it has been continually present in a community, and many people develop resistance. In populations not exposed to measles, exposure to the new disease can be devastating. Between roughly 1855 to 2005 measles has been estimated to have killed about 200 million people worldwide.

HOW IS IT SPREAD

Through coughing and sneezing, close personal contact or direct contact with infected nasal or throat secretions.  You can easily catch measles by breathing in the droplets excreted by an infected person or, if the droplets have settled on a surface, by touching the surface and then placing your hands near your nose or mouth. The measles virus can survive on surfaces for a few hours. When inside your body, the virus multiplies in the back of your throat and lungs before spreading throughout your body. Measles is one of the most highly communicable infectious diseases. Spending more than 15 minutes in direct contact with someone infected with measles is sufficient to transmit the virus.

SYMPTOMS

An asymptomatic incubation period occurs nine to twelve days from initial exposure. The earliest signs of measles infection include: high fever  runny nose cough red, watery eyes & sensitivity to light koplik spots (small red spots with bluish-white centers) inside the mouth. After several days, a rash appears usually on the face and upper neck. The rash spreads, eventually reaching the hands and feet and lasts 5-6 days before fading. A patient is infectious from 4 days before the onset of the rash to 4 days afterwards.

DIAGNOSIS 

The doctor will usually be able to diagnose measles from the combination of the symptoms, especially the characteristic rash and the small spots inside the mouth. However, a simple blood or saliva test is usually done to confirm the diagnosis. 

TREATMENT

There’s no specific treatment or antiviral therapy for uncomplicated measles. Most patients will recover with rest and supportive treatment i.e. hydration and antipyretics. The most common complications are ear infection, pneumonia, severe diarrhoea and related dehydration. Secondary bacterial infections should be treated with antibiotics 

PREVENTION 

As with any virus, good personal hygiene is important to help prevent the spread of the disease, including washing hands regularly, disposing of used tissues, and not sharing eating utensils and drinks. A patient with measles should avoid contact with unvaccinated young children, susceptible pregnant women and immunocompromised persons during the contagious period (specifically until 4 days after onset of rash). 

THE BEST PREVENTION HOWEVER IS VACCINATION (MMR).

by Mrs Patience Akuffo

GREATNESS CAN BE AFFECTED BY YOUR COMPANY AND ENVIRONMENT

The greatness of a Christian comes with time and patience. A lot of people try all sorts of means to achieve greatness and it is always fuelled by their insatiable desire for money. The main aim of becoming great should be to have an impact on generations and the generations yet unborn. Many have also heard of great people in society and wish to attain their achievement but lack the main force that drives one to the place of greatness-VISION. When there is a vision, there is a strong drive for greatness, where there is no vision people perish. Inherently, greatness is greatly affected by two core factors namely, Company and Environment.  

In John 1:41-42 Jesus cast His vision for Peter: “He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ. And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, a stone.”

Peter was not called Peter when he first met Jesus, he was called Simon. To be precise, he was called Simon Jona’s son. Peter the well-known apostle of Jesus had greatness in him but was greatly limited and affected by his company and his environment. His whole life was all about fishing and for all you know his vision was to be the greatest fisherman among his colleagues. He encountered Jesus who opened up a new chapter of his life to enlighten the greatness hidden within him. He was not only about his fishing job but God had a bigger vision for him that would propel him into greatness. Jesus, who was God on earth, knew what Peter (then Simon) could become and so he also gave him a name that reflected his potential. If he could fish very well, then more labourers are needed to catch fish of different types, in a similar way to the fish in the sea in to the kingdom of God. There are many times that we have visions ourselves but the words of people who carry God with them can expose us to the bigger side of the vision and also take us out of our myopic thinking boxes. Some may cast for us the vision intentionally or unintentionally but the most important thing is that you need to be in the right COMPANY and environment to be exposed to a bigger vision and in effect greatness. Just as Jesus spoke words to Peter to cast the bigger vision to him so do we have the potential to set or alert the course of another person unto greatness. Through you, those who have missed their path to greatness will come back on track. It looked like Jesus disrespected the parents of Peter by changing his name but he wanted to give him an idea of what God had for him so he can stop living as Simon but rather as Peter in order to unleash the greatness in him. When you are in an environment and in a company of people where you are comfortable you are not challenged or pushed to see something bigger than your current state and this can have a negative effect on your greatness.

Peter’s first encounter with Jesus was to open him up to the bigger vision for greatness. Peter changed his company and environment and started following Jesus as a disciple to hear more powerful words that will challenge him to make impact and unto greatness. Matthew 16:18-19 reads: “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

The above quoted scripture shows Peter having another encounter with the son of God and it is so obvious and clear that the first encounter was more than a change of name but rather a starting point to the above mentioned mandate to greatness. Most at times, when God wants to unfold His plans He does not show its entirety to the person. He reveals in stages as a result of the person’s availability and how the person pursues what God has entrusted to him. Peter knew God had a bigger vision and picture for him unto greatness but he actually did not know the depth and the details of it.   John 21:15-17 reads: “So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowestthat I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.”

Peter did not know that one day he will be the one that the heavens will show who the true identity of the son of God is. He did not know the first church was going to be handed over to him and he will be the first Bishop of the church. He did not know he will have access to the secret things of the kingdom by having keys to the kingdom. As he kept on following Jesus who had a clear cut vision and spoke the mind of God to people around him, Peter had the full picture when he remained in the right company and environment.

We can also make mention of Abraham the father of faith and the father of many nations who was also the friend of God. He also had his name changed by God from Abram to Abraham because of the bigger vision that God had for him unto greatness. Just as Peter was named Simon by his parents, Abraham was also named Abram by parents. The wife of Abraham was named Sarai whose name was also changed to Sarah. We realise the change in name was done to signify the certainty of their greatness and future. God was looking at a bigger picture of not just a married couple but also their descendants as well.

GENESIS 17:1-5 reads: “And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly. And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying, As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.

”GENESIS 12:1 reads: The LORD had said to Abram, "Go from your country, your people and your father's household to the land I will show you.”

God knew that where Abram was there was no way he would fall in line with His bigger vision for him. Abram and his wife Sarai were in Tera’s home a place where idolatry was a normal thing. Abram was in the wrong company and environment for God to work something out in his life. God had to command him to leave that company and environment so that he can unveil things to him better. God never showed him the bigger vision unto greatness till he moved to a new land. Abram in Tera’s home limited himself but on the new land he was shown a limitless vision of greatness that went beyond his nuclear family but to all his descendants. When you are in the wrong company and environment you are unable to see the right picture of what God has for you. This undoubtedly puts a limitation on your greatness. God moved Abram and changed his name and also moved Peter and changed his name. God renamed them not because He disrespected their parents but as a way of pointing them to a bigger vision and giving them specific directions that will lead them to greatness. Their names were a reflection of what could be and what would be, so they worked towards it by believing and trusting in God the giver of the vision. God spoke to Abram and redirected him to set him on their path to greatness.

To conclude, whose words do you listen to? What company do you find yourself in and which environment have you created for yourself? Are the people around you leading you to a bigger picture or is your environment killing your vision? It is said that what you see and hear often shapes who and what you become. On the other hand are those around you realising their potential and chasing after the picture God has given them or are your words keeping them stagnant and preventing them from being unable to think outside the box? To those in authority, how are your words redirecting your followers? Are you leading them to perish or are you giving them room to walk 

in their God giving visions. God is the best vision giver unto greatness; connect to Him and avoid wondering around, achieving little without fulfilment. On the path to greatness the above mentioned factors cannot be neglected.

Your God-given vision can be birthed and manifested into greatness when you: consciously position yourself in the right company, entertain the right environment and follow God closely carefully whilst obeying all His commands and adhering to His ways.

VISION + RIGHT COMPANY + RIGHT ENVIRONMENT = GREATNESS!!!!!

PRAYERS FOR MY GREATNESS

Psalms 105:23-24 NKJV: 

Israel also came into Egypt, And Jacob dwelt in the land of Ham. He increased His people greatly, And made them stronger than their enemies. 

Psalm 71:21: 

Increase thou my greatness, And turn again and comfort me.

1. Every confederacy of the enemies in my home with the enemies outside shall not stand in Jesus' name.  

2. All arrangement of the devil concerning my home shall not stand, neither shall it come to pass in Jesus' name.  

3. I destroy all efforts of the enemy to frustrate my ministry, in Jesus' name.  

4. I nullify every writing, agreement or covenant against my work, in Jesus' name.  

5. FATHER LORD, INCREASE MY GREATNESS AND COMFORT ME ON EVERY SIDE, IN JESUS' NAME. 

6. O Lord, as you delight in my prosperity, I pray that you bless me indeed in my Ministry. Let no household enemy be able to control my well-being in Jesus' name.  

7. Let all those who are against me without a cause in my ministry turn back and be brought to confusion, in Jesus' name.  

8. I close every door through which the enemies have been working against my ministry, in Jesus' name.  

9. No weapon of satan and his agents fashioned against me shall prosper in Jesus' name.  10. I open wide all doors leading to my blessings, victory and breakthroughs which the enemies have closed, in Jesus' name.  

11. Let the territorial spirit working against Faith Revival Assembly and in our neighbourhood be frustrated, bound and cast out, in Jesus' name.  

12. Let every power contrary to the power of God operating to suppress and influence people in the church be neutralised, in Jesus' name.  

13. I bind every spirit of frustration, defeat, delayed blessing and fear in the church, in Jesus' name.  

14. I banish every enemy of progress in the church, in Jesus name.  

15. O Lord reveal the secrets and expose all my enemies masquerading as my friends.

by Pastor Eddie Annan