End of Year Digest

Dear Friend,

It is with gratitude and great joy that we send the latest Wisdom Digest to you. We are grateful to God for having kept us throughout 2023. This past October, we celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary. We thank God for His goodness and mercies in our lives and how God has used our union to bless, inspire, and encourage many others across the world. To God be all the glory!
The ministry that God has used us to birth has been an instrument for discipling the nations: teaching, exhorting, and inspiring others to become all that God planned them to be. Testimonies abound from around the world as to how many have been blessed, healed, and inspired. As we celebrate God’s faithfulness and grace that has enabled us, we also appreciate those that God has called alongside us.

In this edition, we are excited to share with you the release of our brand-new devotional book, Wisdom 365! It is a project that has been long coming. We hope that as this year comes to a close, you will enjoy this devotional as a daily companion in the new year: unlock the great blessings that come with spending time with God! Contact our UK office via email to place your order: What a great Christmas gift it will be!

We look forward to a victorious new year! This magazine has a selection of messages to bless you as you prepare to enter the new year. Take full advantage of these wonderful products as advertised. Get ready for a great year coming. 2024 is our year of restoration of all the enemy has stolen from us. Let us go for the great things God has in store for us as we prepare to enter into the new year.

We love and appreciate all those who have been involved with this ministry since its inception and those who have joined us along the journey. We pray God’s blessings on you and your families in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour.

Merry Christmas and a joy-filled new year!

Jesus is Lord
Rev. Kola and Rev. Mrs. Funke Ewuosho
For FOWM worldwide

Read WISDOM Digest magazine here.

WISDOM 365 is here!

To be the best or get the best out of any subject in life, we need to understand that there are usually different aspects to the subject matter. We all know we need to read our bibles and pray everyday if we want to grow to become all that God wants us to become. After getting born again through accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, in line with Romans chapter 10, we need to deepen our relationship with God by His Word and by His Spirit. This is one reason to read the bible and pray daily.

Devotional reading and praying should happen daily. To get a good understanding of the bible, there are various aspects to the grasping of the content of the bible. These include devotional reading, studying and the general reading of the bible; the same way prayer has different aspects like intercession, supplication as well as giving of thanks, to name a few aspects of prayer.
This book on devotional reading, helps you to draw closer to God as you internalise the principles, instructions and admonitions from God’s Word. You will not only draw closer to Him but your internal conditioning will be affected too. You will learn to maintain your joy in whatever situation you face; your attitude will move from complaining to being grateful – just to mention a few benefits from cultivating a habit of devotional reading of the bible and praying. Growing up into the fullness of Christ is a lengthy process and it involves daily devotion, as we start our day with prayer and reading the scriptures and fellowship with the Lord by His Spirit who lives in us. Welcome to the process of enjoying your walk with God and growing up into Christ, enjoying the fullness of His grace and experiencing victory in many areas of your life. Enjoy God, your Heavenly Father.
 Rev. Kola Ewuosho

“Read your Bible, pray everyday, if you want to grow”; was the instructional song we sang regularly back in the old ‘CU’ (Christian Union) days. You never left your room, without having your morning devotion! However, over the years, the discipline and habit of ‘morning devotion’ became lost on many believers. This is attributable to a number of factors, and just to mention a few- a, some believers began to find it boring and irrelevant, because it became a mere religious exercise that had lost its meaning and power; b, life became more fast-paced and a lot of believers became caught up in the rat-race, making morning devotion of less priority. The Bible says the love of the world chokes the love of the Father in us (1 John 2:15); and c, Believers have become less communal and accountable in their lifestyle; and have become more independent and individualistic. For instance, back in the day; you would be asked about what you read in your morning devotion or (and) what God said to you! I remember the song, “God has something to say (to you); listen, listen, pay close attention, for God has something to say.”
However, I believe it’s time believers returned to the habit of having morning devotion time; for its various benefits, to mention a few: a, it grows you spiritually; b, it enhances your walk with God; c, it widens and deepens your knowledge of the scriptures (you would agree with me that the majority of ‘modern’ Christians have a very limited knowledge of the Bible!); d, it gives you the wisdom needed for daily living, and; e, it helps you develop a disciplined lifestyle.
We hope this all-year round Morning Devotional Book will encourage and aid you in achieving this goal. No one could ever and should never grow out of the simple, old, established and proven discipline of Morning Devotion.

A warm welcome to WISDOM 365!
Rev. Funke Ewuosho

WISDOM 365 devotional place your order here.

Pleading Your Case by Rev. Funke Ewuosho

[Excerpt taken from the message]

Base Text: “Present your case,” says the Lord. “Bring forth your strong reasons,” says the King of Jacob.’’ Isaiah 41:21(NKJV)

In this chapter God says, present your case. There might be doubts about whether we can plead with God, but the truth is, we are granted permission to do so. In fact, God Himself affirms this truth.

The book of Isaiah, chapter 43:26(NKJV), says “Put Me in remembrance; Let us contend together; State your case, that you may be acquitted.”  God urges us to put Him in remembrance and engage in a dialogue. Although some may ask the question whether God forgets, the truth is that God never forgets. However, He instructs us to remind Him of His promises.  While the original context may involve negative circumstances, let’s focus on the underlying principles. It is essential to grasp that God challenges us to bring our concerns before Him, emphasising the importance of communication and seeking His deliverance.

How to plead your case with God 

The purpose of presenting the following examples is to illustrate the precedents found in the Bible, which can assist you in pleading your own case with God. Observe the pattern and precedent in these examples, for God does not show favouritism.

In Genesis 18:20-26, we encounter a passage concerning Abraham. The Lord declared that the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah was significant, and their sin was exceedingly grave. In verse 21, God expressed His intention to investigate the allegations against Sodom and Gomorrah and determine if they were indeed as severe as the outcry suggested. He stated, “I will go down now and see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry against it that has come to me. And if not, I will know.” In verse 22, the men turned their attention towards Sodom, while Abraham remained standing before the Lord. Can someone acknowledge that Abraham stood before the Lord?  One important aspect to learn about pleading your case with God is that you have right-standing before Him. The Bible instructs us to come boldly to the throne of grace to obtain mercy. Abraham stood before the Lord with righteousness, without any sense of shame, guilt, or inferiority. Praise the Lord, for God has granted you a right standing with Him! Abraham approached and asked, “Would you also destroy the righteous with the wicked?” In verse 24, he presented his case, suggesting that if there were fifty righteous individuals in the city, God should spare it. He continued to advocate, saying, “Far be it from you to do such a thing as this, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous should be as the wicked. Far be it from you!” Take note of his words. He questioned, “Shall not the judge of all the earth do right?” In response, the Lord assured Abraham that if fifty righteous people were found in Sodom, He would spare the entire place for their sake, due to Abraham’s intercession. Abraham emphasised the righteousness of the Judge of all the earth and questioned whether He would destroy the wicked alongside the righteous.

Now, let’s consider the account of David and the census he conducted, which displeased God, as described in 2 Samuel 24:15-17. You may already be familiar with this story. God’s displeasure stemmed from David’s census-taking. The Lord sent a plague upon Israel from the morning until the appointed time, covering the region from Dan to Beersheba. God had given David three options through the prophet, and David chose to fall into the hands of God because of His mercy. As a result, the angel of destruction began its work. The plague caused the death of 70,000 men across the land, from Dan to Beersheba. However, when the angel stretched out his hand to destroy Jerusalem, the Lord relented from further destruction. In the Book of Joel, it is written, “Let the ministers weep, let the people cry out. Perhaps God will relent.”  Remember when God instructed Jonah to go to Nineveh and declare its impending destruction? The king of Nineveh humbled himself, came down from his throne, and sought God’s mercy. And what happened? God relented. You see, you have the knowledge of how to plead your case with God. Even when God declares a judgment, there is room for His mercy and compassion. 

David demonstrated this when he pleaded with God during this particular incident. When the angel stretched out his hand to destroy Jerusalem, the Lord relented from further destruction. The Lord spoke to the angel who was carrying out the destruction, and some may ask, “Does God relent? Is He a merciful God?” The answer is yes, He does relent. He is a merciful God. 

Some may think, “Well, if God has declared that I will suffer for three days, I should just accept it.” But no, you see, just like Eli, when he received a message from God, he said, “He is the Lord. Let Him do as He pleases,” instead of pleading for God’s mercy. But let me tell you something: where I come from, if you know how to beg, you wont be on your knees too long. If you know how to say, “I’m sorry,” sincerely and genuinely, not just a simple “sorry,” and if you further express, “I apologise. I regret my actions. What can I do to make it right?”  you will realise that the full course of the consequence doesn’t have to play out. If you know how to apologize and plead your case, God will relent, and the devil’s mouth will be shut. You can remind him, “Didn’t God say this? Didn’t God declare that?” And God will respond to the devil, “Hey, are you deaf? Didn’t you hear? My child has repented.”

How to plead your case against the devil 

And when it comes to pleading your case, where Satan is concerned, The Bible explicitly states that Satan is the accuser of the brethren. He assumes the role of accusing the brethren. Frequently, he accuses individuals without their awareness of what he holds against them. One significant aspect that Satan consistently exploits is people’s sins. In a way, Satan acts as a bad bailiff—although not a reliable one. Some of you may not be familiar with the role of bailiffs. Bailiffs act based on court judgments. When the judge pronounces a ruling, such as instructing you to forfeit your assets due to outstanding debts, bailiffs enforce it accordingly.

There are numerous accusations that the enemy holds against people. You may be unaware of what the enemy is utilising against you. Thankfully, we have the blood of Jesus.  You can pray and declare, “Whatever you are using against me, I don’t know, but I command the blood of Jesus against it.” Why is the blood so effective? It’s because through the blood, you obtain forgiveness of sins and redemption. In case you need to swiftly confront the devil, simply declare, “Satan, I apply the blood of justice against you.” According to 1 John 1:9, the Bible says that “if you confess your sins, God is faithful and just to forgive you”. Pay attention to the word “just.” Do you want to know why the Bible says that God is faithful and just? It pertains to the role of justice in God’s forgiveness of your sins. He has placed your sins upon Jesus, so it would be unjust on His part, having transferred your sins to Jesus, to make you bear the punishment for them.

Please contact us on office to purchase your copy of this powerful series, “Pleading Your Case.”


Tributes To Rev Funke Ewuosho

My dearest Mum, 

I always begin the story of our relationship from my earliest memories of you. I was new in church. You wore a dress suit that day and after service, were rebuking the women for not doing what was right. I felt drawn immediately to you because of your righteous stance, your being on the side of God. To see someone so TOTALLY sold out to God, to express it with such conviction, to be so loyal to God as to not compromise! That was a first for me. This was during my Youth Service year (1998/99), about 24 years ago.  

But today I want to start from the real beginning. Why? Because upon reflection, I realise that our story began long before we met. As I was about to round up my final year at ABU Zaria, I stood on the scripture, “He places the solitary in homes’ and began to pray for God to place me in a home during my youth service. I was posted to Kano, but before I left, one of the Pastors in the church I attended as a student told me about Rev. Dad and strongly recommended that I find him. I didn’t look for him when I got to Kano at first, but during an NCCF fellowship meeting, he came and ministered, and I felt drawn to his ministry. Then I remembered that he had been recommended to me, so I took a bike the next opportunity I had and came to Word of faith for the first time. I loved the worship, the Word, and felt at ‘home’ here.  And then the story I recounted above of my earliest memories of you happened, and I fell in love. I was so drawn to you! I wasn’t an easy young woman to Pastor.

For much of our relationship, especially in the early days, I pretty much did the things you advised against, and landed in trouble. But that is when I encountered your gracious loving kindness. I expected rejection, I found grace! I encountered a mother. I came home. Home is a place where people who are unable to care for themselves live and are cared for, a place of solace, a familiar territory, a place of belonging, a place where I am loved and protected, a place where something is placed or stored, a finished and final position. You have been that place where some things began and were finished, in me; where they were created in my life. Where my destiny was nurtured. I have been so impacted by your love and ministry, even my job and my extended family has been affected by your ministry! 

 Over the years I have come to realize that you and I were predestined! You are an answer to prayers! I know for a FACT that my life would have been far better than it is today if I had listened to you more than I had done through the years. 

 So, today as you turn 60, my faithful, loving, considerate, kindhearted, generous, loyal mother, mentor, pastor, intercessor, fellow believer, big sister, and friend, I publicly acknowledge what God has done! You are a personal gift to me from the loving generous God. I asked for a home, and He gave it! Our relationship is a work of grace. I don’t deserve to have been consistently parented and mentored by a Christian of your caliber, but here we are 24 years later! Thank you for being such an incredible example of Christ, you really remind me of Him, a true reminder of He who seeks and saves the lost; He who calls His disciples friends; He who is among us as one who ministers; He who loves with no holds barred! I realised recently that the feeling of familiarity I have around you is because you look so much like Him, it is uncanny! May the Lord God under whose wings you have come to find solace reward your faithfulness and labor of love! May you see the reward of your labor and may your soul be glad! May the Lord grant you 60 more years in health and in strength in Jesus’ Name! Happy birthday my dearest mum!!!

And to the God who places the solitary in homes I say:  Praise God from whom all blessing flow!  Praise Him all creatures here below! 

Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts!  Praise Father! Son! And Holy Ghost!!! 


To My Dearest and Wonderful Pastor Funke, 

Happy 60th Diamond Jubilee Birthday to you!  I thank God for the honour and opportunity to celebrate your 50th, your 55th, and this year your 60th birthday with you and for you. I pray many happy returns.  

You are so amazing, I just love to listen to you and be around you; you are so talented, you manage all the areas of your life so well; you are so anointed, you teach us the Word of God with great understanding and revelation; you are so diligent and sacrificial, come rain and shine; you are so loving and wonderful, you can relate with everybody and love everybody.  

Thank you for being my role model in loving God, in serving God, and in many areas of my life. Thank you for teaching me how to be secure in God, to trust in God; thank you for helping me grow in my knowledge of God; and thank you for praying for and blessing me. 

I love you and pray God will continue to take you from glory to glory, bless you with every spiritual blessing, and His grace, peace, might, strength, goodness and love will follow you all the days of your life. May you will dwell in the house of the Lord forever and ever in Jesus’ Name. 

Loads of Love, 

Your Julie-Julie  

I turned up in Kano about 30 years ago. A very enthusiastic Christian ready to take on the world and to serve under my favourite ministers, Revs. Kola and Funke Ewuosho. I really thought service was a bed of roses (literarily). Pastor Wole had introduced us to their materials in Bauchi, and I was very excited at the prospect of working with them. Due to a number of events, I ended up living with them and a peculiar journey started. For me it was very hard, and sometimes I thought “oh well, she (Rev. Mother as fondly called) just doesn’t like me”. She took me through the grill and would just not give up. Sometimes I felt like “why does she not just leave me alone”. I thought ministry was all about being called and going for it, I realised that character is especially important. As my journey with her continued, one day I realised that God could not use me the way I was. I was sensitive, full of hurt, felt abandoned and somewhat spoilt, lacking the character and resilience needed to live, not to talk of ministry. I remember one day I heard Rev. Mother praying intensely, I wondered why she could not pray for me like that. The next minute, while still praying, she burst out of her room laid hands on me and continued praying. I have never forgotten. She is compassionate, loving and will pray for you with the tenacity of a bulldog, not giving up. I knew at times she must have been aghast as to what to do with me. I thank God she never gave up on me. When I left, I didn’t know it then, but I was a totally different person, and it was evident in my interaction with people and life that I was completely different. There are lots of lessons from her life that have influenced me today, and I still quote the things she said years ago today when interacting with people. Meeting her years later, she is still consistent in ministry, it is truly amazing. I am honoured to call her mum. She is very busy but always has time to chat once in a while, and her chats are always impartations. I thank God for her strength, tenacity, love, consistency and most of all, her love for God. My journey with Rev. Mother is a long story which is hard to compress, but one thing is for sure, and like Rev. said years ago: God brings people your way to establish covenant relationships for a reason. These reasons will always be understood in the future. I love you Rev. Mum, and forever grateful that you did not give up on me. Thank you!! 

Maria (or Deola) 

Happy Birthday Mama 

 To a wonderful Mama on this 60th  milestone congratulation, I rejoice with you. May the Lord continue to bless you and increase you abundantly. Wishing you the very best of years.  

 Thanking God for your life, impact, and grace shown to me and all who come close.  I appreciate the grace. When I first met you I didn’t know many years later I would be taught even the smallest details of how to pack for a trip, how to earn leadership not by control but through love, and how to be a strong and not wishy-washy woman of God. I learned not to let emotions override principles, I learned that ambition is not the same as seeking the Lord out of a pure heart.  I have received gifts in jewelry, and clothes and so many times you are always opening your hand and heart to me. One of your words rings deep in my heart “My actions may be wrong, but my heart must be right” The passion you give to the Word and the people of God has also encouraged me to seek out the Lord. I did not just learn the Word but how to live life to the fullest 

Thank you, Mama. May the lord continue to strengthen you with more and more grace and greater anointing. I love and appreciate you Mama. 


Kemi Ogunfunmi, MPA 

A Tribute for Rev mum 

Wholesome, worded, warrior 

That’s my mum 

Teacher, tactful, trustworthy  

That’s my mum 

Beautiful, fierce 

That’s my mum 

Thank you for your commitment and your exceptional ability to dispense words of power and wisdom. it has led many of us to cherish intellectual capacity, knowledge and personal development. 

Thank you for showing us how to be modern day Deborahs, Esthers, Hannahs and annas, influencing our spheres and propagating the gospel, roaring day in day out, staying in our positions as gatekeepers. 

Thank you for the balance you show us in ministry, not neglecting any aspect of life, you are not only good at combining outfits (lol 😀) but awesome at combining spiritual principles to bring forth possibilities. 

A Global Icon,  An institution, A voice that amplifies the voice of others, A generational blessing, A trailblazer & pathfinder, An Enigma, A Fearless Lioness,  That’s my mum! 

A Mother of nations , A Mother in Zion 

A General in God’s Army 

A true worshipper of Jehovah,  

My Mother & Mentor of life & destiny 

Happpy glorious 60th birthday  

Thank you for being A Great GIFT to this generation, the world and most especially to me! 

May God continue to keep you & bless you with greater grace, fresh oil & renewed strength Ma! 

May He keep you relevant in His Kingdom till the end IJN 

Happy birthday mum 

Pastor Doris Familusi 

The 7 Pillars of Wisdom by Rev.Kola Ewuosho

 Our decisions and habits are influenced by the knowledge and wisdom we possess. Knowledge and wisdom provide us with information and insights that can guide our decision-making process. They help us understand the potential consequences of our actions and enable us to make more informed choices. Developing good habits is often linked to having the right knowledge and understanding the principles that lead to positive behaviours. 

Hence, lacking the appropriate knowledge prevents the formation of beneficial habits. Consequently, without cultivating the right habits, the path you tread upon will fail to lead you to the destiny God has intended for you.

To begin with, it is important to grasp the existence of two distinct origins of wisdom. One source stems from hell, while the other originates from heaven. It is crucial to comprehend the workings of the adversary. He has been dispatched from the spiritual realm to this earthly domain.

Consequently, he exerts influence over the lives of all individuals through the manifestations of carnal desires. This serves as his point of entry. If each one of us would possess a deep understanding of the biblical teachings regarding our identity in Christ and actively cultivate personal growth, we would refrain from yielding to the desires of the flesh. The flesh, by its very nature, always tends to create space for the adversary.  One of the inclinations of the flesh is to foster a sense of independence from God. Recognizing this aspect is crucial, as it can significantly propel us forward to relying on God’s wisdom.

Throughout the book of Proverbs, wisdom is presented as a guiding principle for a fruitful and righteous life. It is associated with qualities such as knowledge, understanding, discernment, and the fear of the Lord. Proverbs 1:7 states, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” This verse emphasises that a reverential attitude toward God is foundational to acquiring wisdom.

According to Proverbs 9:1, “Wisdom has built her house, she has hewn out her seven pillars.” This scripture implies that there are seven pillars of wisdom, and those pillars need to be understood so that we can build the wisdom of God into our lives. 

Through my study of the Book of Proverbs, I have come to uncover seven essential elements that form the bedrock of wisdom. These pillars encompass: the fear of the Lord, knowledge, understandingprudence, counsel or correctioninstruction, and discretion.

Now, let us examine a practical illustration of wisdom, found in 1 Kings 3:9-14: “Therefore, give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” The speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. Then God said to him: “Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked long life for yourself, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice,  behold, I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you.  And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings all your days. So, if you walk in My ways, to keep My statutes and My commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.”

Do you perceive the remarkable advantages that Solomon experienced by seeking wisdom? What was Solomon’s heartfelt desire? It was to bring pleasure to God. As he ascended to the throne following his father, he earnestly prayed, “God, grant me discernment and the capability to justly govern your people.” His plea was a request for wisdom.

As most of you are aware, Solomon is the author of the Book of Proverbs. It is evident that God truly bestowed wisdom upon him. This serves as a valuable lesson for us to grasp. By requesting wisdom, Solomon not only received it, but he was also granted wealth, long life, and numerous other blessings.

In conclusion, it is crucial to recognize that wisdom serves as a key that unlocks the door to various blessings and abundance in your life. 

We encourage you to obtain your copy of this powerful sermon series titled “7 Pillars of Wisdom”- by Rev. Kola Ewuosho by contacting us: 


Definition: Happiness is used in the context of mental or emotional states, including positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. It is also used in the context of life satisfaction, flourishing and well-being. It’s important and needful for you to be happy.  Know that God also wants you to be Happy.    “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32).

BLESSED (HAPPY, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable)  Psalms 1:1a AMP (Jas. 1:12a AMP)

  1. Know God for yourself- cultivate a personal relationship with God. Happiness starts with knowing the Lord.

1a. Be secure in God; and in your Relationship with HIM! You’re a new creation. Your sins and past are forgiven and no more held against you. 2 Corinthians 5:17-19.

You’re accepted in the Beloved; and adopted into God’s family! Ephesians 1:5-6

You’ve been made the righteousness of God in Christ. 2 Cor. 5:21.

There’s therefore now no condemnation unto you, because you are in Christ. Rom. 8:1

You’re blessed with every spiritual blessings in Christ and chosen by God in Christ before the foundation of the world. Eph. 1:3-4

  1. b. Have the right Focus-

Jesus had the right focus- Hebrews 12:1-3

NOTE Verse 3- For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.

Focusing on the right things gives your strength! Therefore-

Focus on the Gain, and not on the Pain

Focus on the Joy, and not on the Cross

Focus on the Glory, and not on the Shame

Focus on the Positive, and not the Negative

Focus on the Outcome, and not the Process

Focus on the Lord, not on People.

  1. c. Have the right Priorities- The right focus usually leads to the right priorities.

No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. 2 Tim. 2:4

Your priority is to be pleasing to the Father-

that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;

Colossians 1:10 | NKJV

Jesus was pleasing to the Father- Matt 3:17c.

Don’t try to please people; you won’t succeed anyway, because people differ in their ideas, opinions, pictures, etc of what you should be!Get your priorities right, so you don’t become a loser; and people like to associate with success at the end of the day-Pro. 19:4 NIV.

“When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.” (Proverbs 16:7).

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:33.

We encourage you to purchase sermon series on Happiness by contacting us :

The Overcomer’s Lifestyle Pt.2 – Rev. Funke Ewuosho


9. Being Focused

“Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Heb. 12:1c-2).

There are many things around you calling for your attention, but you must remain focused on your course or else you won’t finish what you started! In the parable of the sower, the seeds that fell among the thorns represented those who allowed the cares of this world among other things, to choke the Word, so THEY became unfruitful! (Matt. 13:22).

Abraham was able to become the father of many nations, because he focused on God’s promises and not on his body or Sarah’s. (Rom. 4:18c-21). The Psalmist said, “I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” (Psalm16:8 NIV).

10. Thanksgiving and Praise

“Seven times a day I praise You, Because of Your righteous judgments”. (Psalm 119:164).

The Bible says we should give thanks in all things and not just in good things. “Thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 MSG). This brings the mind the story of Paul and Silas in prison; they were in the most painful and uncomfortable situation yet they prayed and sang praises.  And “suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.”

(Acts 16:22-26). God inhabits and reigns in our praises (Psalm 22:3). It seemed Jehoshaphat understood this when he appointed singers ahead of the army; and as they began to sing and give praise God caused their enemies to turn against themselves and they were defeated. (2 Chron. 20:21-23).

11. Being Spirit-led and Spirit-controlled

“But I say, walk and live [habitually] in the [Holy] Spirit [responsive to and controlled and guided by the Spirit];” (Gal.5:16 AMP).

The desires or dictates of the Spirit are just the opposite of those of the carnal nature; and if we live only to satisfy our own sinful nature we will reap decay, deterioration, destruction and death in different areas of our lives. (Gal. 6:8)

Daily we are faced with decisions to either yield to the Spirit of God who lives in us or to our flesh; the more we yield to the leadings and prompting of the Spirit, the more we mature spiritually! (Rom. 8:14). This explains why many Christians, though having been long saved, have remained spiritual babes. Paul told the Corinthians, “Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ.” 1 Cor.3:1 NIV).

The Spirit of God will always lead us in line with God’s Word- not contrary to or away from it! He is the Spirit of Truth, and He will always guide us accordingly. He is also teaches us and helps us to do what the Word says.

12. Warfare

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith,” (1 Peter 5:8-9a). The devil is already on the loose but we must learn to stop him and hinder his operations in our own lives. He has been likened to a roaring lion. In addition to his strategy of sending fear into the heart of its prey, is also the surprise element to his attacks! Jesus told His disciples to watch and pray, so that they may not fall into temptation “without knowing it” because of the weakness of the flesh. (Mark 14:38 MSG).

The lifestyle of warfare is characterised by watchfulness and prayerfulness. In the parable of the Wheat and Tares Jesus said that while men slept, the enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. (Matt. 13:24-25). Herod had killed the apostle James, and then took Peter to also kill him; Peter was therefore kept in prison, “but fervent prayer for him was persistently made to God by the church.” Their prayers made the difference in Peter’s case, as he was miraculously released from the prison!

We mustn’t leave to chance or to the devil; we are admonished to pray without ceasing, and to watch in prayers. (Eph. 6:18;1 Thessalonians 5:17).

13. Joy and Rejoicing

“Be happy [in your faith] and rejoice and be glad-hearted continually (always);” (1 Thessalonians 5:16 AMP). The MSG Bible says, “Be cheerful no matter what”. Jesus told His disciples to rejoice even when unjustly persecuted and falsely accused! (Matt. 5:11-12). And they did exactly that, after they were beaten for preaching in the name of Jesus they left, “rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name.” (Acts 5:41c).

The secret to maintaining one’s joy- no matter what is to always recall the words of the Lord in the face of the challenges and circumstances. “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” (John 15:11).

The enemy attacks our joy, because he knows that if he can’t steal our joy, he can’t keep our goods! He knows he can’t keep us sick, poor or down for long. The Amalekites raided David and his men, they went away with all their families and properties; but they were able to recover all; because David decided to encourage himself in the Lord His God.

The joy of the Lord is our strength (Neh. 8:10c). Jesus for the joy set before Him, endured the cross, despising the shame.

The devil also attacks our joy, because he knows that joy is a component of the Kingdom of God (Rom.14:17); and he will not be able to prevail against us, if we would maintain the joy of the Lord not matter what. The Kingdom of God rules over all (Psa.103:19); so one way to stay on top of your challenges and circumstances is to learn to maintain His joy in your life. Avoid murmuring and complaining, rather rejoice and be cheerful no matter what! I always say, ‘I have NOTHING to complain about, but EVERYTHING to be thankful about!’

14. Giving and Doing Good

“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.” (Gal. 6:9-10).

This isn’t what we do when we feel like, but what we commit to- whether it’s convenient or not! In the story of ‘The Good Samaritan’, the Priest and the Levite walked past the dying man; probably because it wasn’t a convenient time for them to stop and attend to him. That was an opportunity for them right there to do good; but they didn’t take it! The Bible says,

“Let brotherly love continue. Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.” (Heb. 13:1-2).

We don’t do good to only to those we like or to those who can pay us back. Jesus said we wouldn’t be acting different to the unbelievers if we did that, and there will be no reward from God for that. (Matt. 5:43-48). We should do good as long as it’s within our power to do it, and be prompt about it! (Prov. 3:27-28).

The Bible gives us the ‘rules’ for giving in 2 Corinthians 9:6-7: a, give bountifully not sparingly; b, give willingly not reluctantly or under pressure; and c, give cheerfully. Ananias must have come under the pressure to give like others but he didn’t have it in his heart to give everything so he decided to lie that he gave all the proceeds from the sale of his land. And Peter said to him, “The property was yours to sell or not sell, as you wished. And after selling it, the money was also yours to give away. How could you do a thing like this? You weren’t lying to us but to God!” (Acts 5:4 NLT).

15. Diligence and Hard Work

Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before unknown men. (Prov. 22:29).

Being diligent is more than being hard working; but also being careful, putting in a lot of effort, paying attention to details, being persistent and persevering, and being determined to accomplish something. A diligent worker doesn’t t just bang away at the job; they earnestly try to do everything right!

The word comes from the Latin ‘diligere’, which means “to value highly, take delight in”.

Joseph was a classic example of a diligent person; and he literally ended up standing before a king- king Pharaoh! “Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt.” (Gen. 41:46a).

Joseph was diligent when his father sent him to go check on his brothers in Shechem. When he didn’t find them there, he kept lookout for them until he found them in Dothan. (Gen. 37:12-17).

Joseph was diligent as a slave in Potiphar’s house and was successful in all he did; and when his master saw that, he promoted Joseph to be overseer of his house and put him in charge of everything he had! (Gen.39:2-6). He was unjustly thrown in prison when Potiphar’s wife lied against him; but that didn’t break his spirit- Joseph remained diligent. Again in prison, he was put in charge of the prison and all the other prisoners! (Gen. 39:19-23). “Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave.” (Prov. 12:24 NLT). The life of Joseph also shows us the connection between diligence and favour; because he was diligent in his duties, God always gave him favour with his masters.

The Bible says, “A capable, intelligent, and virtuous woman- who is he who can find her? She is far more precious than jewels and her value is far above rubies or pearls.” (Prov. 31:10 AMP). No one can stop you or keep you down, nor can anyone take the credit for what you do, if you remain diligent in what you do. The Bible says God isn’t unjust to forget your labour of love. Remain diligent and keep working hard; it’s only going to be a matter of time and you shall be celebrated. “Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.” (Prov.31:31 NIV).

16. Never Giving Up

“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” (Luke 18:1 NIV).

Winners don’t quit, and quitters don’t win! Remember, Christ has already won the victory for you on the cross, and He is at the right hand of the Father interceding for you. You have the Helper- the Holy Spirit with you and in you and you have angels- ministering spirits, sent to serve you. You’re also surrounded by a cloud of witnesses cheering you on as you run the race set before you. You have the Word of God and you have the company of believers! The Syrophoenician woman didn’t give up; Blind Bartimaeus cried out louder when he was told to keep quiet; the woman with the issue of blood pressed through the crowd to touch the hem of His gown; Jairus believed, even after he was told her daughter was dead; and the friends of the paralytic didn’t give up when there was no room to come in through the door to where Jesus was. The list of the ‘crowd of witnesses’ is endless; so don’t ever give up!

God bless you

Rev. Funke Ewuosho

The Overcomer’s Lifestyle Pt.1 – Rev. Funke Ewuosho

The first thing to establish in your heart and mind is that you are already an overcomer- you aren’t trying to be one, and you shouldn’t be trying to be one! We are told, “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1 John 5:4-5). Also, we belong to God; and the One who lives in us (i.e. Christ) is greater, mightier and stronger, than he (i.e. satan) who is in the world. (1 John 4:4). Jesus said we should be of good cheer- take courage, be confident, certain, and undaunted, because He has overcome and conquered the world for us; i.e. He has deprived it of power to harm us! (John.16:33). Satan is called the ‘god of this world’, but we are no more under his grip or control because we are now in Christ Jesus! “We know that we are held firm by God; it’s only the people of the world who continue in the grip of the Evil One.” (1 John 5:19c MSG). The Father has delivered us from the power of darkness and translated us into the Kingdom of His Son, Jesus Christ; and we have redemption and forgiveness of sins, through His blood. (Col.1:13-14). We’ve overcome the devil by the blood of the Lamb- Jesus Christ (Rev.12:11a); and are meant to reign in life through Him! (Rom.5:17). It’s therefore the time to “ARISE from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you–rise to a new life! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you!” (Isaiah60:1 AMP)

Lifestyle can be defined as ‘the way in which a person lives’; i.e. your way or manner of life, rather than what you do every now and then, or short term. For instance, you could decide to have a healthy lifestyle; or just get into a short-term slimming program to look good for an upcoming event! Your lifestyle is also typically a reflection of your attitudes, values, or world view.

In this article, we shall be looking at some characteristics of an overcomer’s lifestyle.

  1. Faith

Faith is the victory that has already overcome the world; so the lifestyle of faith is a must for every overcomer! Faith isn’t a ‘panic button’ you suddenly press, when you’re in danger or distress. It’s meant to be a lifestyle- “The just shall live by faith” (Rom. 1:17c). Hence, the apostle Paul said, “The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God,” (Gal. 2:20b NIV). Someone said, faith isn’t faith until it affects your daily walk, speech, and how true; “For we walk by faith [we regulate our lives and conduct ourselves by our conviction or belief.” (2 Cor. 5:7 AMP)!

Living by Faith, is living by your conviction and belief in what God says; rather than by what you see, hear, feel or perceive by your natural senses. “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” (Heb. 11:1 NIV). For instance, Abraham didn’t consider the deadness of his body or of Sarah’s womb. Rather, he considered God’s promise to him- hoping against (natural) hope; and indeed became the father of many nations.

It’s however, not enough to have faith in your heart. It must also be released- a. through your words; the spirit of faith is speaking what one believes. (2 Cor. 4:13). The woman with the issue of blood, “kept saying, If I only touch His garments, I shall be restored to health.” (Mark 5:28 AMP). Jesus taught His disciples to speak to mountains; and said they shall have what they say, if they believe.

And b, through actions: Jesus ‘saw’ the faith of the four friends, who broke through the roof of the building to bring their paralysed friend to be healed. (Mark 2:2-5).

  1. Living by the Word of God

‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” (Matt. 4:4c)

The Bible is not a religious Book; it contains the Word of God. God’s thoughts, will, plans, purposes, ways, etc are revealed in His Word. God’s thoughts and ways are different to ours and also higher than ours. (Isaiah. 55:8-9).

God’s Word is also a manual for living our lives here on earth. Living by His Word is patterning our lives thereafter and making it the final authority in our lives- by asking ourselves, “what does the Word say?”, and doing it despite our feelings, opinions, convenience, etc. For instance, during the Temptation, Jesus repeatedly replied to the devil, “it is written…”.  Living by the Word is having a ‘Word of God-Orientation’: always asking ourselves- ‘is this in line with the Word?’ It is judging our thoughts, words, actions, attitudes and behaviour by the Word. It’s also about judging our experiences by the Word. Someone said, any vision, dream, experience, opinion, belief-system, etc, that is not in line with the Word, should be disregarded! We must, however, also beware not to embrace the letter of the Word, but the spirit of it; because the letter kills! Remember, the devil also said to Jesus, “For it is written” (Matt. 4:6b).

  1. Fellowship with God

The Bible says “our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ”. (1 John 1:3c). We must cultivate a lifestyle of fellowship with God through three major means: worship, prayers and the Word.

  1. Prayers: fellowshipping with God in prayers is communing with Him. Many Christians only pray when they have challenges- even then, as a last resort! The Church in the Book of Acts continued steadfastly in prayers and they observed ‘hours of prayer’.

There are different kinds of prayers but we need to bring back the emphasis on daily devotional prayers. Also, I would recommend using the ‘Lord’s Prayer’ as a pattern, in the light of our New Testament reality. I’ve found it very comprehensive; it covers all vital areas including: worship, provision, forgiveness and protection (Matt. 6:9-13).

2.   Worship (which by implication, is also a type of prayer!). It’s also important to mention that- a, there are different dimensions of worship; b, worship must be in spirit and in truth (John. 4:24); and c, it’s done in faith (Heb. 11:6).

iii. The Word. Jesus said man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes out of the mouth of God. We must therefore attend to God’s Word, by meditating in it ‘day and night’. By so doing: a. we prosper in all our ways (Josh. 1:8; Psalm.1:1-3); b. “they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh” (Prov. 4:22); we draw so much spiritual strength (1 John 2:14b).

“But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint” (Isa. 40:31).

Another aspect of fellowship we must have as a lifestyle is fellowship with other believers, just like the early church! There has never been a time as needful to heed the exhortation- “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of His return is drawing near”. (Heb. 10:24-25 NLT).

  1. Being Care-free, Anxiety-Free and Worry-free

“Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.” (1 Peter 5:7 AMP).

The Bible gives us a simple recipe for peace; it’s been anxious about nothing, but praying about everything- with thanksgiving (Philippians 4:6-7). Someone said, thanksgiving is the highest form of prayer! I believe it’s also because it’s a demonstration of our faith that God has heard us, and that we shall have what we’ve asked for in prayer; like when Jesus gave thanks at Lazarus’ tomb.

Casting our cares on the Lord is an act and stance of faith that God will take care of things; and we enter into God’s rest concerning the matter (Heb. 4:3a). In that state, we’re no longer worried or anxious about, or afraid of, anything or any circumstance. Imagine Peter in prison, the night before Herod was to bring him to trial, between two soldiers, bound with two chains and sentries stood guard at the entrance; yet sleeping! (Acts 12:6).

It is a state of peace. Peace is- a. a shield that protects our heart and mind (Philippians4:7); b. a force that stills the raging storm (Mark 4:39); and c. a weapon against the enemy (Rom. 16:20). Peace is that powerful, because it’s a component of God’s Kingdom! (Rom. 14:17).

God always brings a message of cheer, no matter how terrible a situation is. Jesus said,

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33). If we would, therefore, pay attention to His words rather than to what’s going on in the world, we would maintain our peace. “Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, But a good word makes it glad.” (Prov. 12:25).

  1. Guarding your Thoughts.

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” (Philippians 4:8 NLT). The mind can be a great battlefield; the enemy is constantly throwing thoughts like darts, at our mind. He wants us to accept those things so he can make them a reality in our lives; you eventually become what you think! In his discourse about our warfare, Paul talked about strongholds, arguments and high things that exalt themselves against the knowledge of God, and bringing every thought into captivity (2 Cor. 10:4-5); and they’re all notably in the realm of the mind!

You must constantly challenge your thoughts- where are they coming from? Will they produce something positive or negative if acted upon? Are they in line with God’s Word? Etc. Naaman was so close to his miracle but was going to walk away from it, after coming all the way from his home because of his thinking! He said, “I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy. (2 Kings 5:11c NIV)

Your thinking can make or mar you; it can be your uplifting or downfall in life; it can make you rich or poor; it can keep you alive or kill you. So choose your thoughts carefully.

  1. Keeping your Tongue from Speaking Evil and Negativity

For “He who would love life And see good days, Let him refrain his tongue from evil, And his lips from speaking deceit” (1 Peter 3:10).

Remember, the ten spies were reported to have brought an evil report when they brought a report of doubt, fear and unbelief. The report totally contradicted what God had said!

God said He will do to them just as they have spoken- they all died in the wilderness, except Joshua and Caleb. (Num. 14:28-30). Truly, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.” (Prov. 18:21).

  1. Walking in Love

Faith works (i.e. is activated, energized and expressed) through love. (Galatians 5:6c AMP).

Jesus said, “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.” (Mark 11:25-26).

Offence can hinder the prayer of agreement between believers from working. (Matt. 18:15-19). Husbands are told to treat their wives right, so their prayers may not be hindered! (1 Peter 3:7). Offence can hinder our gifts from being acceptable by God. (Matthew 5:23-24). One wonders if that had anything to do with why God rejected Cain and his offering?

Love’s characteristics are spelt out in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. Love is depicted as a debt; “Owe nothing to anyone– except for your obligation to love one another. If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s law. Love does no wrong to others, so love fulfills the requirements of God’s law.”(Rom. 13:8,10 NLT). This is very much in line with Jesus’ parable of the unforgiving servant in Matthew 18.

  1. Guarding Your Heart

“Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.” (Prov. 4:23)

Note that it is primarily our responsibility to keep our heart, and the ensuing verses seem to instruct us as to how to.

“Avoid all perverse talk; stay away from corrupt speech. Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path. Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.” (NLT). These verses also highlight what seem to be the ‘gates’ to the heart, namely, i. the mouth gate; ii. the ear gate; iii. the eye gate; and iv. your feet!

We encourage you to purchase this sermon series by contacting us :

Goal Setting by Rev. Funke Ewuosho

[Message taken from the 2023 Cross over Service]

First of all, I want you to write down the things that you are looking forward to. They can be things   God spoke to you. It does not have to be that God appeared to you or that you heard a voice. If you did, that is nice but remember that anything you heard, must corroborate with the Word. 

The Bible talks about things that our eyes havenot seen, that our ears have not heard, the things that God has in store for us. Write down those things: for example “I want to be financially independent or debt free”, “I want to have a healthier body” things that have to do with your purpose.

Habakkuk 2:2 “Then the LORD answered me and said: “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it”

We must set specific goals to accomplish those things which are ahead of us, or else they will remain in the realm of intentions, wishes, desires and aspirations.

From spiritual to whatever else, identify them, then set goals that are focused on what you need to do to accomplish them. 

There is also a need to develop an action plan to motivate and guide you towards your goal. Like the saying, ‘’if you fail to plan, you are planning to fail’’. How do you intend to get those things done? what is the path you plan to take to where you are going? 

I wrote these steps in my article in the latest Wisdom Digest Magazine on “Reaching Forward To the Things That Are Ahead of Us.” Please use this link to access this article:


V. For ability:

“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” (James 1:22).

Jesus asked, “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46). In Matthew 21, He also told a parable of a man who asked each of his two sons to go and work in his vineyard. He said the one who said “Yes” ended up not going, but the one who initially said “I will not” eventually went. Jesus then asked; “Which of the two did the will of his father?” And they said to Him, “The first.” (Matthew 21:28-31a).

The bottom line therefore, is the DOING, not just the saying or hearing. It is the doer (and not the forgetful hearer), that will be blessed in what he does (James 1:25). The difference between the wise and foolish builders, was also in the doing; they both came to Jesus and heard Him (Luke 6:46-49).

Many reasons could be attributed to not doing, even what we know we should be doing; but they most likely will come down to one thing- the lack of strength! Doing requires inner strength- “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13).

Like it’s been said, if wishes were horses, beggars would ride! When Jesus took 3 of His disciples to the garden of Gethsemane to watch with Him, He always found them sleeping; and He said to them, “The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matthew 26:37-41). You must therefore realise that, it isn’t enough to desire or be willing to do (e.g. the right thing); you also need the strength to do it- “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.” (Philippians 2:13 NLT).

Vi. For strength of character:

It’s been said, If you don’t stand for anything, you will fall for everything! Someone said your character is who you are or what you do, when nobody is watching you; it’s not about trying to make an impression on people. Strength of character can be defined simply as, “the amount of strength one has towards negative actions or deeds. Taking the moral high road with the strength to stand up for your beliefs and do what is right, regardless of how it may make you look or what money it may cost you. High moral fiber and the courage of your convictions held strongly.” (Urban Dictionary).

The Bible records stories of people who demonstrated great strength of character, at different times:

Moses refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, he rather chose to identify with the suffering of the people of God; “esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt.” (Hebrews 11:24-26)

Joseph refused to sleep with his master’s wife, despite her persistent appeal; he said to her, “How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” (Genesis 39:9).

Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego refused to serve the gods of king Nebuchadnezzar or to worship the gold image he had set up. When threatened to be thrown into the fiery furnace; they still refused to bow (Daniel 3:13-18)!

Daniel remained consistent, even at the risk of his own life! When he knew that the decree has been made; “he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.” (Daniel 6:6-10).

Having a strength of character is doing what is right, even when it isn’t popular, convenient; and that takes an inner strength! The Bible says those who will worship in God’s sanctuary and enter His presence are “Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right, speaking the truth from sincere hearts…and keep their promises even when it hurts.” (Psalm 15:2,4c NLT)

Having been challenged by Mordecai to do something about the impending doom of her people, rather than remain silent in the ‘safety’ of the palace; Esther replied, And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!” (Esther 4:16c).

It’s encouraging to, however, note that each of these stories had a happy ending! About Moses: “This Moses whom they rejected, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and a judge?’ is the one God sent to be a ruler and a deliverer.” (Acts 7:35a). Joseph went on to become the prime minister of Egypt- a position second to only the king’s and higher than his former master’s, Potiphar. We know that not only did the 3 Hebrews not burn when thrown into the fire; but were rather promoted afterwards. Daniel told the king, “My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, so that they have not hurt me,” (Daniel 6:22a). He was also promoted by the king afterwards.

vii. To resist the devil effectively:

“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7). The Amplified Bible says, “stand firm against him;” and that would require an inner strength. To resist means, to “withstand the action or effect of.” It also means, to hold out against, to combat, to counter, to be unyielding, etc.

We are dealing with an enemy who sometimes will not go without putting up a fight. In the parable of the widow and the unjust judge, the Bible says he refused to grant her request (or ignored her) for a while; “but finally he said to himself, ‘I don’t fear God or care about people, but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!’” (Luke 18:4c-5 NLT).

We are also dealing with an enemy who is relentless, who would always look for another opportunity to be back. At the end of the temptation, the Bible says, “The Devil retreated temporarily, lying in wait for another opportunity.” (Luke 4:13c MSG).

The enemy we’re dealing with has schemes, wiles, and strategies; and we must be strong enough to stand against them all!

You must, however, realise that you can’t take on the devil in your human strength, no matter how mentally or physically strong you are. There’s a limit to how far a strong will or sheer determination can take you, when it comes to dealing with sins, wrong habits, sicknesses, diseases, and the devil himself. Therefore we are told, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:10-11).

Don’t succumb to the enemy, put up a massive resistance; don’t watch him mess you up. Our adversary, the devil, goes around like a roaring lion, seeking whom to devour; but we’re told to “Resist him, steadfast in the faith,” (1 Peter 5:8-9a).

The enemy likes to throw up situations and attacks- to frustrate, disrupt and destabilise us and ultimately to stop us. Jesus said, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.” (John 10:10a). We mustn’t be powerless or weak against his onslaught. We mustn’t allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by his attacks, like king Hezekiah was, when he received the message of threats from king Sennacherib of Assyria. In panic, he said (in his message to the prophet Isaiah); “Today is a day of trouble, insults, and disgrace. It is like when a child is ready to be born, but the mother has no strength to deliver the baby.” (Isaiah 37:1-7 NLT). It is interesting to contrast the words of king Hezekiah with the words of king David- “The Lord is my light and my salvation– so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? When evil people come to devour me, when my enemies and foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid. Even if I am attacked, I will remain confident (Psalms 27:1-3 NLT). May we not lack strength in the day of trouble or adversity!

viii. To move ‘mountains’:

Jesus said, “whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.” (Mark 11:23c). A mountain could be anything standing in your way- to block you; or standing between you and something- to hinder you; or an oppression of the enemy (like a prolonged sickness or disease); or a difficult or seemingly impossible situation!

A mountain represents something humanly impossible to accomplish; therefore in Zechariah 4:6-7, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, ’Says the Lord of hosts. ‘Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone With shouts of “Grace, grace to it!”’ ”Here, the Bible contrasts human strength and the strength of the Holy Spirit (He is the Spirit of might- Isaiah 11:2). Jesus said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.” (Mark 10:27c NLT).

There are ‘mountains’ in our lives, that can only be moved by the might of the Holy Spirit within us. For instance, the Bible says; the Spirit helps in our weaknesses. “For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” (Romans 8:26). And that is of great help because He makes intercession for us saints, according to the will of God!

How then do we develop inner strength?

  1. By Waiting on God

“He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength;” (Isaiah 40:29-31a).

The psalmist said, “Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!” (Psalms 27:14). To wait on God is to spend time to fellowship with Him and to seek Him- in His Word, in worship, in prayers and fasting.

Waiting on God gives you inner strength; because when you wait on God:

2 .You hear from Him.

When Jehoshaphat was under attack, he and all Judah came to seek the Lord and to ask for His help. They prayed and fasted a whole day; and as they stood before the Lord, He spoke to them, through a Levite- “Thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” (2 Chronicles 20:15c). Those words gave them the strength to go out against their enemies!

Also, in the Church at Antioch, while some prophets and teachers (including Saul, i.e.Paul) “were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” (Acts 13:2 NIV).

One of the reasons why believers are weak, is because they’re not hearing from God. Jesus said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:4c). This implies that, just as the body needs physical food for strength; man’s spirit also needs to hear from God to be strong and stay alive! Remember, you are a spirit, you have a soul (mind, will, emotions); and you live in a body! The real you is your spirit; Paul said, “But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection,” (1 Corinthians 9:27a). Your body is only your earthly house (2 Corinthians 5:1), to help you function on earth.

3. You get to know Him.

Inner strength comes from knowing God- “but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.” (Daniel 11:32c).

God reveals Himself to those who seek Him.

When you seek Him, He won’t turn His back on you; He said, “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. “ (Jeremiah 29:13).

4. You develop your faith in God.

People of faith are strong- “By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age,” (Hebrews 11:11a).

Those who spend time with God, are usually strong in faith. You can’t develop faith in the one you don’t know: and you can’t know the one you don’t spend time with! Paul said, “for I know whom I have believed” (2 Timothy 1:12).

Also, faith comes by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17); but you need to wait on God to hear from Him- “I will climb up to my watchtower and stand at my guard post. There I will wait to see what the Lord says.” (Habakkuk 2:1b). So you see how one is connected to the other; and you can’t have one without the other.

God bless you.