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‘All That I Have Is Yours’

Luke 15:31
31… ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours.

After running a few errands for his parents, a little boy went to his father and said,“I know why you and mummy had me.”“Why?”asked his father.

“So that you guys would have someone to run errands for you!” exclaimed the boy.

Like the little boy, do you see God as a Father who demands obedience and service from you? Have you ever felt that unless you obey Him and keep all His commandments, you don’t have a right to be blessed by Him?

Jesus shared the story of the prodigal son to show how some of us call God “Father” and yet don’t know His heart. There are two sons in this parable. We know what happened to the prodigal son, but we can also learn something about the older son. This is what he said to his father when he discovered that his father had thrown a party to celebrate the return of his irresponsible, spendthrift brother: “Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends.” (Luke 15:29)

Now, this son believed that his father had brought him into the world to serve him. He saw his father as someone issuing commandments to him all the time. And he saw himself as someone who had to obey those commandments to enjoy his inheritance. But the truth is that the father had already given him his inheritance. (Luke 15:12) The father even reminded him lovingly: “Son… all that I have is yours.” And I am sure that inheritance included more than one goat!

Have you, like the older son, failed to understand your Father’s heart? Your heavenly Father already gave you a rich inheritance in Christ when you became His son. He wants you to know that you have received the Spirit of sonship. (Romans 8:15) So call out to Him, “Abba, Father!” and know how much He loves you. Because you are His heir, all that He has is yours to enjoy today and always!

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Your Gift Will Promote You By His Grace

Proverbs 17:8
8A present is a precious stone in the eyes of its possessor; wherever he turns, he prospers.

When we see something moldy, we throw it away. But when Alexander Fleming saw his culture dishes contaminated with mold, he discovered penicillin. You see, he had a gift which prospered him.

Joseph, a Hebrew slave in Egypt, had nothing except his gift of interpreting dreams. But look at what that gift did for him. It prospered him. He interpreted Pharaoh’s dream and became the most powerful man in Egypt after Pharaoh. (Genesis 41)

“But Emmanuel Stephen, what if I don’t have any gift?”

My friend, don’t let anyone tell you that you don’t have any gift. God has given each person a gift which can open doors of opportunities and bring in great blessings.

Maybe you are just not aware of that gift you have inside you, or perhaps it has profited you nothing thus far as you have not found out how best to use it. You need to take your gift and ask God for wisdom to cultivate it until it becomes such a powerful tool or “precious stone” that wherever you turn, you prosper.

This was the case with a church brother who was tremendously gifted in the creative arts. For a long time, he lacked the confidence and boldness to leave the security of his police job and step out on his own. But when he began to seek God’s wisdom for his situation, God gave him boldness to leave his job and go back to school to pursue the creative arts. In school, he prospered, becoming one of its top students and impressing the principal so much with his creative gift that he was offered a teaching position in the school even before he graduated.

Now, please don’t go and quit your job after reading this. What you should do is ask God for wisdom regarding your gift. For when the wisdom of God is added to your gift, that gift becomes “a precious stone in the eyes of its possessor; wherever he turns, he prospers”.

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God’s Goodness And Abundance Are Available For You

Psalm 65:11
11You crown the year with Your goodness, and Your paths drip with abundance.

The economic experts may have painted a gloomy picture for the year, but as far as God is concerned, He has crowned the year with His goodness and abundance! God’s supply and provision are never affected by world events, so good times or bad times, expect every month, every week and every day of this year to be surrounded by His goodness. Expect His abundance to meet your every need!

“But Emmanuel, I’ve not done much good in the past year, so how can I be confident that God will provide for me this year?”

My friend, God doesn’t bless you because of what you have done. He blesses you because of what Jesus has done. At the cross, Jesus bore all your sins and was punished to the full for every one of them, so that you can have His righteousness as a gift and be blessed with every one of God’s blessings (Ephesians 1:3).

Now, look at the word “abundance” in Psalm 65:11. It is the Hebrew word deshen, which means “fatness”. The idea here is abundant provision, blessings and even fertility. (So if you have been believing God for a child for many years, believe that this is the year you will conceive!) Now, the word deshen has another meaning—“ashes”. Ash is the final form of something that has been burnt. For example, the animal sacrifices to God in the Old Testament were burnt on the altar until they became ashes (Leviticus 4:12). So ashes here speak of the finished work of Jesus at the cross that has put away your sins.

My friend, because of Jesus’ finished work you can confidently believe and declare that the year is crowned with goodness and that God’s paths drip with God’s provision, blessings and good success for you every step of the way. If the devil tells you that God won’t bless you because of your sins, just tell him, “ASHES!” and point him to the cross of Jesus!

Beloved, you are blessed not because of your good works, good looks, qualifications or industry experience, but because of Jesus’ finished work. He alone has qualified you to receive God’s goodness and abundance every day for the rest of your life!

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Are You Joint Heirs With Christ Jesus?

Romans 8:16–17
16The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17and if children, then heirs — heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ…

As long as you are born again, you are no longer a “slave”, but a son of the Most High God. And God does not just call you His son. He also calls you “an heir” through Christ. (Galatians 4:7) In fact, Romans 8:17 says that you are “joint heirs” with Christ.

As a joint heir with Christ Jesus, you inherit everything that He is. How precious Jesus is to the Father, is how precious you are to the Father. The way the Father loves Jesus, is the way the Father loves you!

How accepted are you by God today? Look at Jesus. That is how accepted you are! Christ is the measure of your acceptance. How favored are you by God? Look at Jesus, who is seated at the Father’s right hand. You enjoy that same favor today because whatever Christ enjoys, you enjoy!

As a joint heir with Christ Jesus, you also inherit all that He has obtained from the Father. How much Jesus has, is how much you have. How prosperous is the one who made all things, and who put the gold, silver and diamonds in the earth? So are you in this world! (1 John 4:17)

I used to read the Bible to find out how to be a successful and victorious Christian. But now, I read it to find out more about Jesus because I know that when I find Him, I find my every blessing in Him. (Ephesians 1:3, 2 Peter 1:3)

My friend, all that Jesus is in heaven today, you are in this world. All that belongs to Him belongs to you. That is why it is in your interest to know Him more, to see Him in all His glory and beauty. And because Jesus is so glorious, it will take you a lifetime to discover everything that He has done for you and has for you.

Beloved, you are an heir of the Most High God. You are a joint heir with Christ Jesus. So find out all the blessings that your rich inheritance includes and start walking in them today!

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This Is Your Life Under The New Covenant

Hebrews 8:10
10… I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts…

What laws was God referring to when He said, “I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts”? He was certainly not referring to the Ten Commandments, known as the laws of the old covenant, since He said that He found fault with that covenant and declared it obsolete. (Hebrews 8:7–9, 13)

The laws that God puts in our minds and writes on our hearts refer to the royal law of love (Matthew 22:37–40), the perfect law of liberty (James 1:25) and the law of faith. (Romans 3:27) These are the laws of the new covenant.

You live according to the laws of the new covenant when you are conscious of how much God loves you. And the more you are conscious of His love for you, the more your heart is filled with love. When that happens, you will love God and the people around you supernaturally and effortlessly. That is God writing on your heart the royal law of love — that we love because He first loved us. (1 John 4:19)

Secondly, when you know that you are perfectly accepted by God because of Jesus’ sacrifice, you can have the courage and liberty as a child of God to come boldly into the presence of your heavenly Father. And in His presence, He is able to write on your heart new desires. You will find yourself wanting to do the right thing at the right time. You will live life victoriously from the inside out. This is the perfect law of liberty operating in your life.

Thirdly, when you sense what God is writing on your heart and putting in your mind, and as your faith is activated causing you to trust Him and His love for you, He calls it obeying the law of faith. When that happens, whatever you believe, you receive!

My friend, God has made it easy — and you will find that it is exciting — to live life under the new covenant!

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What is the inner man?

The “inner man,” “inner self,” or “inner being” in passages such as Romans 7:222 Corinthians 4:16, and Ephesians 3:16, and common parlance, is a reference to the spiritual or personal aspect of a person. We think of the “outer man” as our body or outward appearance or behavior, whereas the inner man is associated with things like our mind, heart, soul, and spirit. 

Our bodies are the physical vessels through which we experience life. Our inner person is often expressed through our bodies, and the things we experience through our physical senses impact our inner man. Those who believe in Jesus Christ have the indwelling Holy Spirit, for whom our bodies function as a temple (1 Corinthians 6:19–20). Christians are called to offer our bodies to God as living sacrifices (Romans 12:1–2). However, it is largely in the inner man that we commune with God and from which we relate with others. It is in our inner person that we experience things like love, peace, hope, and joy. 

Though we might be able to hide our inner person from the world, we cannot hide it from God. He knows all and sees all, even into our hearts (1 Samuel 16:7). This is a comfort to us because we know God sees and cares about our deepest hurts. He knows our personality quirks, our deepest longings, our greatest joys, our musings, our fears, and the like. If we are in Jesus Christ, then God is our Father and we know He views us with kindness and compassion. We can trust Him with the secret things of our inner person. 

We also know that God sees the sin that is so often present in our inner man. The Bible clearly states that God is not only concerned with the person we show to the world (our behavior), but that His judgment extends even to the hidden motives of our hearts (Romans 2:16). This is demonstrated in Jesus’ rebuke of the leading Jewish religious people of His day, the Pharisees. The Pharisees had an external or outward righteousness. They followed the law of God to the letter. They tithed even down to their spices (Matthew 23:23–24). However, inwardly they were proud, self-righteous, and spiritually dead (Matthew 23:27–28). Jesus’ standard of righteousness extended beyond outward conformity to God’s law to the inner attitudes of the heart (Matthew 5:21–48). God commands holiness and perfection not only in our outward acts and performance; He demands holy and pure motives from our inner persons, our hearts (1 Peter 1:16). 

This creates a bit of a conundrum since no one, not one of us, is holy as God is holy (Romans 3:10–11). None of us have perfectly pure motives to please God in all we think, feel, and do. Our hearts are sinful by nature and by practice. We need spiritual heart transplants. Thankfully, this is exactly what God had in mind and exactly what He does for His children (Ezekiel 11:19–20). The theological term for this spiritual heart transplant is regeneration. It is pictured also in Nicodemus’ interaction with Jesus Christ. Jesus told Nicodemus that he must be born again (John 3). This assumes the spiritual deadness of mankind and the need for a new spiritual nature and heart (Ephesians 2:1–10). Men and women need nothing short of a spiritual birth (John 3:3), and this is what the Spirit of God provides through Jesus Christ (John 3:7–8). 

When we receive God’s forgiveness, which is offered to everyone freely who will believe through putting faith in the life and death of Jesus Christ and receiving Him as our Lord and Savior (John 3:16–18), the Holy Spirit comes in to live within us giving us a new heart and new nature (Ephesians 1:13–14). We become children of God (John 1:12) and are declared to be righteous in a judicial sense (this is referred to as “justification“). However, we still retain the sinful tendencies of our inner man. The actual process of transformation (referred to as “sanctification“) is progressive. It is in our inner person that God’s transforming work of sanctification occurs (Philippians 2:12–13).

The Spirit of God is responsible for us as Christians being referred to as new creations (2 Corinthians 5:17). These new natures do battle against our old sinful natures or “old man” (or “flesh”) that remains in us (Galatians 5:17–24; Ephesians 4:17–32). This new inner nature desires to live for and please God not only through outward behavior but by keeping in step with the Spirit in all ways. The Holy Spirit within us gives us the will and strength to resist sin and grow in righteousness. He inclines our hearts toward the things of God and helps us better understand God’s love and grow in obedience to God. The ultimate goal of our new natures is to be conformed completely to the image of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:29). One day, when we are with Christ, our inner man will be completely transformed. Sin will no longer be an issue and we will experience unhindered fellowship with Him.

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My Friend,What Do You See?

Mark 11:24
Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them

A blind lady was led to a great healing evangelist for prayer. After he had prayed for her, he asked her, “Now, tell me what you see.” She opened her eyes only to be told, “Close your eyes. Tell me what you see.” She opened her eyes again only to be told, “I didn’t say to open your eyes. I asked you what you saw. Close your eyes! Now, tell me what you see.”

This went on for a while, until the lady realised that the evangelist was asking her what she saw on the inside. Did she see herself seeing? When she understood that, she said, “I see myself with sight.” Then, the evangelist told her, “Now, slowly open your eyes.” That moment, she opened her eyes to perfect vision!

When you prayed just now, what did you see inside you? Were you praying for someone’s healing, but seeing that person in a coffin? Were you praying for a financial breakthrough, but seeing the banks pursuing you till you were bankrupt?

You see, you don’t get what you pray for. You get what you believe you receive when you pray. Jesus said, “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”

Beloved, “whatever things” covers your every need. And believing that you receive them comes before having them. Jesus once told a centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” The centurion’s servant was healed that same hour. (Matthew 8:13) The centurion believed that he received his miracle even before he saw it in the natural.

So when you pray, what do you really believe and see on the inside?

“Well, Brother Emmanuel, I really can’t see it.”

Then don’t pray yet. Change your vision on the inside first. Start seeing yourself with the answer. See yourself healed. See yourself living in the bigger house that you need. See yourself enjoying more than enough. When you can see it and believe it, then pray in faith, and you will have whatever you ask for!

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PRESS RELEASE

Emmanuel is an outstanding Psalmist, Songwriter and Worship Leader and Business Consultant.

Presently based in the United Kingdom.

He graduated with a Masters Degree in Project Management From Salford Business School Manchester United Kingdom,

And he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Ambrose Alli University Nigeria.

As a young child growing up at the Assemblies of God Church Lagos Nigeria where he was born, he Started singing specials numbers in churches since the age of 7.

His anointed voice and courageous charisma on stage, has caught the attention and interest of many local and international churches. His style and genre of music, plus Passionate vocal rendition, has made him the flavour of many around the world.

Emmanuel is indeed a great gift to the body of Christ,

He currently runs a digital Marketing organisation called “1stopecom” whose primary goal is to make christian brands visible online.

He is married to Dr. Christiana and they are blessed with 4 wonderful children.

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ARE YOU PRAYING FOR YOUR CHILDREN?

Goodmorning Family🤗😍
The focus of our prayers today shall be our children.🙏🏽

Bible verse
“Behold, I and the children whom the Lord hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the Lord of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭8:18‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Prayers 🗣🔥🗣🔥🗣🔥
✅Let’s make holy declarations over our children in Jesus name.🙏🏽

Prayers 🗣🔥🗣🔥🗣🔥
✅Let’s Consecrate, sanctify and covenant our selves and our household unto the Lord
For an uncommon move of God even in this last days in Jesus name.🙏🏽

Bible verse
“For the Lord God will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭50:7‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Prayers 🗣🔥🗣🔥🗣🔥
✅May our children receive a marvellous help from God. And may they never be ashamed, in Jesus name.🙏🏽

Bible Verse
“But the Lord is with me as a mighty terrible one: therefore my persecutors shall stumble, and they shall not prevail: they shall be greatly ashamed; for they shall not prosper: their everlasting confusion shall never be forgotten.”
‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭20:11‬ ‭KJV‬‬

prayers 🗣🔥🗣🔥🗣🔥
✅Let’s pray that the Lord will be as a mighty terrible one to destroy every works of darkness in the lives of our children and their spouses in Jesus name.🙏🏽

“There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭19:21‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Prayers🗣🔥🗣🔥🗣🔥
✅Lets pray that as they grow older,
Let only the counsel of the Lord prevail in their lives even in the midst of many major decisions in the name of Jesus.🙏🏽

“indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed like the stars of the heavens and like the sand on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of their enemies [by conquering them].”
‭‭Genesis‬ ‭22:17‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Prayers 🗣🔥🗣🔥🗣🔥
✅Let’s pray that the HolySpirit
will lead our children and guild them into winning every battles of their lives and families. Taking cities and territories for God from glory to glory in the name of Jesus.🙏🏽


✅Holy Spirit Pray for Us🗣🔥🗣🔥🛡⚔️🙏🏽🙌🏽🔥😇

Father We Thank You For Answers in Jesus Name.

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Practice Compassion With Action

Luke 7:13

When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.”

My friend, there is no trial, difficulty or challenge we face today that our Lord Jesus cannot identify with. The moment we experience a trial, right there and then, because He “was in all points tempted as we are” (Hebrews 4:15), He feels it too and is able to sympathize with our weaknesses.

Jesus’ compassion for you is the same compassion He felt for the widow at Nain when He saw the dead body of her only son being carried out of the city gate to be buried. (Luke 7:11–15) It must have been terrible for her to experience the death of her only son after having already experienced the death of her husband. What a horrible thought to be left all alone in the world with no means of support! When Jesus saw her, He was moved with compassion and said to her, “Do not weep.”

Now, some religious leaders might also be moved to approach her, but only to say, “Look sister, something is terribly wrong. Your husband died. Now, your only son has died. You must find out what is wrong. You better ask God what sin you have committed and repent. Or perhaps there is a curse in your life that needs to be broken.”

Isn’t it beautiful that Jesus did not extend more confusion or condemnation toward her? He only extended His compassion to her, telling her, “Don’t weep.” This same Jesus will also come to you when you are most distraught and say, “Don’t cry.”

And Jesus’ sympathy does not stop at “Oh, you poor thing! I am so sorry about what has happened to you.” No, His sympathy will move Him to give you the miracle you need in your life. That is why He raised the widow’s son back to life!

Beloved, rest in the truth that He who is seated at the Father’s right hand today understands what you are going through and sympathizes with your weaknesses. The compassion of Jesus toward you causes Him to breathe life into your dead situation and turn it around for your good!