First John 4:18 says, “…because fear has torment….” Way back home in South Africa, I knew this family that had daughters who would go to the river to fetch water for the general use of the family. They had this strong belief that water should not be brought into the house once it was dark because when you do, you inadvertently bring evil spirits into the house.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. —Genesis 1:1-3

Agatha Amata’s story of success as a nationally syndicated talk show host is a study in persistence, perseverance and God’s favour. In this revealing and thought provoking interview with Iboro Tonye-Edet and Toni Kan, she traces the path she has trodden and speaks of what she has learnt from trusting God and learning to give back.

Samuel replied, “Has the Lord as much pleasure in your burnt offerings and sacrifices as in your obedience? Obedience is far better than sacrifice. He is much more interested in your listening to him than in your offering the fat of rams to him.”
1 Samuel 15:22 [TLB]

Then Abram said, ‘Look, You have given me no offspring; indeed one born in my house is my heir!’ And behold, the word of the LORD came to him, saying, ‘This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir.’ –Genesis 15:3-4

When God asked him to get out of his country, his family and his father’s house, it was into the covenant of blessings. The Lord promised to make him a great nation and make his name great. Everyone who blessed him was to be blessed and everyone who cursed him was to be cursed. In him all the families of the earth were to be blessed.

I have been attending Thursday Showers since I joined the church sometime in 2000. Although I don’t usually come every Thursday, because of the nature of my job, I endeavour to come whenever there are holidays.

    The excitement could be felt in the atmosphere as congregants gathered in earnest expectation at the April anointing service which held on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at the main auditorium of The Fountain of Life Church. The presence of God could be felt from the praise worship session all through to the special worship ministration by the Grace Levite Worship team. Testimonies of God’s Divine intervention, recovery and healing in the lives of His children were shared.
 
     One particular testimony came from the Outreach Department of how God used the ministry to reach out to souls addicted to drugs for over 28 years. These people after giving their lives to Christ, were rehabilitated and established in self sustain businesses by the church.
In his sermon for the evening, Pastor Taiwo Odukoya reminded the church of the scripture for the year Rev 3:7-8 and the scripture for the month Luke 1:30, adding that Mary also experienced a Divine Encounter that changed her life forever. “When you know you have found favour with God, your attitude will change”, he said.  He reminded the church that everything in their lives is impacted by their attitude and their attitude is influenced by their conviction. In his words, “If your conviction is that the door is open, your attitude will reflect it,” noting further that a joyful person will show by his countenance that he is in sync with the Spirit of God because attitude speaks.
   
      Pastor Taiwo went on to speak about the widow of Zarephath as captured in 1Kings17:1-24. He described her meeting Elijah as a Divine Encounter. He drew the attention of the congregation to vs 14 where the word of God and promise birthed a conviction in her obedience to the ridiculous-looking demand of the prophet. The promise from God that the barrel would never run dry preceded her obedience and aided her conviction. Standing on the word of God, Pastor Taiwo said a believer can take huge leaps of faith and achieve remarkable results.
Speaking further, he explained that just like Mary and the widow, every believer must act in faith when the word of God comes to them. “Taking action is the attitude that reflects that we have received the word”, he said. He admonished everyone present to take action when they receive an instruction because in so doing, God will show up for them.
Pastor went on to remind the church as recorded in Psalm 34:19 though slated for a divine encounter, there will be afflictions, but God has promised to deliver us from them all. He made reference to the widow whose son (in verse 17) fell ill to the point of death, but God delivered him and renewed her faith.
         In closing, Pastor Taiwo declared that in this new month,  every dead thing would come alive and new dreams would be birthed and that there will be a turnaround for all that believes.

The first Discovery for Women Rally for the year 2017, held on Sunday 5th March, 2017. The gathering of over 2000 women kicked-off with an electrifying praise worship from the Grace Levites, this set the tone for the day. The session was  followed by testimonies of God’s faithfulness in the lives of His daughters. The testimonies varied from deliverance from death through road accident and child delivery, supernatural provision and victory over different kinds of delays.

The testimony you are about to read is a reminder that the enemy seeks only to steal, kill and destroy the life and joy God has given us but holding onto Jesus, our sure Word of prophecy will guarantee victory in the end.