Meeting Notes from Large Group Gatherings

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12/11/2016 (Sun) Ransoms by Bishop Alan Bassette
12/18/2016 (Sun) Maturing Disciples by Benjamin D. Arazu
12/21/2016 (Wed) Knowing Who We Are and Who Christ Is by Benjamin D. Arazu
12/25/2016 (Sun) Having a Plan by Wayne Engram and follow up by Benjamin D. Arazu
12/28/2016 (Wed) Study the Word Daily by Brother Benjamin D. Arazu
12/28/2016 (Wed) How Do I Go About a 21 Day Fast? A conversation between pastor and brother
01/01/2017 (Sun) Three Things We Need to Do in 2017 by Benjamin D. Arazu
01/08/2017 (Sun) Who Is Christ? By Pastor Andrew Traub
01/15/2017 (Sun) Things About Grace by Benjamin D. Arazu
01/15/2017 (Sun) Be Knowledgeable in the Word of God and Avoid False Doctrine by Martin Parker with follow up by Benjamin Arazu
01/18/2017 (Wed) Importance of Understanding by Benjamin D. Arazu
01/22/2017 (Sun) Importance of Holy Communion by Benjamin D. Arazu
01/22/2017 (Sun) Importance of Learning by Benjamin D. Arazu
01/25/2017 (Wed) The Identity of Believers by Benjamin D. Arazu
01/29/2017 (Sun) How to Avoid Panicking by Benjamin D. Arazu
02/01/2017 (Wed) The Danger of Religion by Benjamin D. Arazu
02/08/2017 (Wed) The Love of God by Benjamin D. Arazu
02/12/2017 (Sun) Keep the Fire Burning by Wayne Engram with followup by Benjamin D. Arazu
02/15/2017 (Wed) Faithlessness and Discouragement by Bishop Alan Bassette
02/19/2017 (Sun) Bless the Lord by Wayne Engram with followup by Benjamin D. Arazu
02/26/2017 (Sun) The Great Commission by Benjamin D. Arazu
02/26/2017 (Sun) Children's Time: The Blood of Christ by Martin Parker
03/05/2017 (Sun) How to Follow the spirit of God by Benjamin D. Arazu
03/12/2017 (Sun) Knowing the Love of Christ by Benjamin D. Arazu
03/19/2017 (Sun) Walking in God's Love by Benjamin D. Arazu
03/26/2017 (Sun) It is Finished! by Brother Wayne Engram
04/02/2017 (Sun) When did the old covenant end and the new covenant begin? By Benjamin D. Arazu
04/05/2017 (Wed) The Law Written on Our Hearts is not the Ten Commandments by Benjamin D. Arazu
04/09/2017 (Sun) What is the Law Written on Our Hearts? By Benjamin D. Arazu
04/16/2017 (Sun) The Resurrection is a Person, Not a One Day Event by Benjamin D. Arazu
04/23/2017 (Sun) Audio Recording on YouTube entitled 'Activating Prophecy' by Benjamin D. Arazu
04/23/2017 (Sun) The Man in Christ is Fully Forgiven by Brother Wayne Engram
04/30/2017 (Sun) The Man in Christ is a New Man by Martin Parker based on inspiration from Benjamin Arazu
05/07/2017 (Sun) What is Life? By Benjamin D. Arazu
05/14/2017 (Sun) Biblical Definition of Life (continued) by Benjamin D. Arazu
05/14/2017 (Sun) Who is a mother? By Vivian Mommy" Arazu"
05/24/2017 (Wed) "Spirit of Faith" Notes and YouTube Video by Benjamin D. Arazu
05/28/2017 (Sun) Revival is Coming by 3 Guest Presenters
06/04/2017 (Sun) The Spirit of Faith (continued) - The Law of Faith (Notes and YouTube Video) by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/07/2017 (Wed) Spirit of Faith - Prayer in Faith (Notes and YouTube Video) by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/11/2017 (Sun) Spirit of Faith - Prayer in Faith Part 2 (Notes and YouTube Video) by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/14/2017 (Wed) Supernatural Manifestations by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/18/2017 (Sun) (Blessings of) Seeking the Face of God by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/21/2017 (Wed) Spirit of Faith - Releasing Faith Through Prayer by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/25/2017 (Sun) Culture of a Strong Church, a Culture of Prayer by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/28/2017 (Wed) How to Ask Things in Prayer by Benjamin D. Arazu
07/02/2017 (Sun) Worship is an Important Part of Prayer; Pray in Two Dimensions. by Wayne Engram with followup by Benjamin D. Arazu
07/12/2017 (Wed) Two Dimensions to Prayer (cont) by Benjamin D. Arazu
07/16/2017 (Sun) Two Dimensions of Prayer Review and Essence of Godly Knowledge by Benjamin D. Arazu
07/23/2017 (Sun) Believers are taught to know and not to become by Benjamin D. Arazu
07/26/2017 (Wed) Essence of Godly Knowledge by Benjamin D. Arazu
07/30/2017 (Sun) Essence of Godly Knowledge (continued) by Benjamin D. Arazu
03/11/2018 (Sun) Know Your Nature by Benjamin Arazu
03/18/2018 (Sun) Spiritual Growth by Benjamin D. Arazu
04/01/2018 (Sun) Benefits of Resurrection by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/03/2018 (Sun) Righteousness - an ingredient to Spiritual Growth by Vivienna Arazu
07/01/2018 (Sun) Leading of the Spirit by Benjamin D. Arazu
09/16/2018 (Sun) Spiritual Warfare: Importance of Meditation by Benjamin D. Arazu
03/03/2019 (Sun) The Importance of Faithfulness by Bishop Alan Bassette

Date: 06/04/2017

Presenter: Benjamin D. Arazu

Title: The Spirit of Faith (continued) - The Law of Faith (Notes and YouTube Video)

Notes:

A believer does not lack faith. If you are a believer in Christ, you don't have a problem with faith (2 Corinthians 4:13). Always commend your faith in Christ. The problem a believer has is how to make use of their faith.

Philemon 1:6 is part of a letter to Philemon written by Paul. The way you express your faith, even in the midst of trials and oppression, (the way you share your faith) may become effective only if you know what you have in Christ. The way you react to the things in life will determine how well you make use of your faith.

Today we are talking about the law of faith.

As a believer, since I don't have a faith problem, I need to understand what I have through faith. I need to understand the principles of God.

The law referred to in 1 Samuel 19:7-11 is not the ten commandments, rather the principles of God. The principles of God are perfect. The Word of God (put down in the Bible) is emphasizing the principles of God,

First we need to know that principles are permanent and that they do not change from place to place or from year to year. In math, 1+1=2 is a principle that holds true in Nigeria today as it did in India last year, as it did in the United States two hundred years ago. Irrespective of where you are, principles work. The law of gravity is another principle we understand; it holds true wherever you go. God has a principle that is right no matter where you are; if you follow them, they will work for you.

There is a principle that guides faith and until you apply it your faith will not work for you (Romans 3:27). As long as you follow the principles your faith will work for you.

One principle (for faith to work for you) is that there must be a strong belief in your heart. Whenever your mouth speaks differently than your heart you will be able to accomplish nothing.

Mark 11:20-23 talks about having faith in God. Whosoever shall have faith, regardless of location (it doesn't say people in Israel or Jerusalem), can move mountains - if there is no doubt in their heart. The law of faith is available for everyone. The words must come from your heart. You shouldn't speak that which doesn't come from the heart. You must have confidence in what you are saying. Your desires (that which consumes you - that which you need - those necessary things) will be possible if you believe.

Romans 4:20 is talking about Abraham. He believed the promise of God. He had no disbelief. Because he was strong in faith, he was giving glory to God even before he received the promises. You will be blessed if you are strong in faith.

Abraham was fully persuaded that he would receive the promises God made (Romans 4:21). The law of faith works. Believing in your heart will enable your faith to work. Things will work for you. You will be taken care of.

The law of faith is not limited to one man (Romans 4:23). It is also given to us if we believe Jesus was risen from the dead (Romans 4:24). You should live your life in line with the law of faith. Your challenges will be overcome through the law of faith.

Rahab (Hebrews 11:31) believed [in] God and was able to overcome his judgement. She believed the Word of God and immediately God saved her. She believed!

Ephesians 6:16 says "above all" (when you see this in the bible you know it is summarizing) by the shield of faith all (not some or a few) of your troubles, ailments, worries, will be overcome.

Hebrews 11:33 tells us you can be righteous by faith. A believer that operates on this principle should not be afraid.

In 1 Samuel 17:23, 32 we see the spirit of faith functioning in the life of David. All of David's people were frightened because of the Giant. Do not entertain the voice of the enemy. Have faith and you will be able to overcome. Take authority over the forces of darkness, over sickness, over troubles. "I will go and fight!" Don't allow the enemy to be the one speaking.

Defeat your enemies in the name of the Lord (1 Samuel 17:45-46). By the name of Jesus you will overcome. Speak with confidence. Tell your mountains, your enemies, that this day you are taking your joy back! That you are taking your family back! When you see the greatness of God, your troubles will seem small. David spoke with boldness. Don not be afraid to speak with boldness! Follow your faith and speak your heart with boldness. Tell the devil to shut up in the name of Jesus!

You must overcome the power of darkness so the enemy knows there is God in you!

Turn your battles over to God through faith (1 Samuel 17:47). Turn it to God! Ask God to fight your battles in the name of Jesus! Throw your problems to the Lord. A believer shouldn't accept defeat. The challenges will come, but you will be able to overcome them!

Do not confess faith and not act on it. Act on your faith (1 Samuel 17:48-49). Tell your mountains to move. Believe in your heart that you can do it. Believe that you have already conquered your enemy, your troubles, you ailments.

The same thing that the enemy is using against you, you will be able to use to obtain victory (1 Samuel 17:50). If your weakness is anger, then have joy in the Lord and dance instead. Show your enemies you are not afraid because you have faith! You have God! You have Jesus Christ!



Date: 06/07/2017

Presenter: Benjamin D. Arazu

Title: Spirit of Faith - Prayer in Faith (Notes and YouTube Video)

Notes:

Luke 18:1 tells us that we should always pray and don't faint. Prayer is very important in the life of a believer. If you don't pray, you won't be productive. Victory comes through prayer. Your spiritual life is very important and prayer is an important part of it. Through prayer the supernatural is released. Victory comes through prayer. If we are going to be victorious as a child of God, prayer is one of those things we need in our life.

Ephesians 6:18 starts "Praying always" - not sometimes or once in awhile - he said "praying always" - it should be an attitude. It should be intentional. It should not be something you do just when you want to do it. Prayer is vital in your life! Supplication is not something that you do one time. It is endless. You give your time and energy and everything about you to it.

Discussing the place of supplication in prayer.

James 5:14-16 talks about effectual fervent prayer. He wasn't talking about a brief prayer. You must be into it and give it your all. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effectual. If a righteous man gives himself to prayer, he can take hold of his destiny. Take hold of your destiny!

Lets talk about Acts 12:1-11 for a little bit. If you are not careful you will think that the prayer discussed here was a brief two (2) minute prayer. But we need to look at verse 3 where it discusses the feast of Passover which would last seven (7) days. That means that for seven (7) days the church was praying without ceasing.

We will come back to Acts 12 but lets look at Exodus 12:15. "Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread;" this is showing us that the Passover feast lasted seven (7) days.

Back to Acts 12:3 - for seven (7) days they lock themselves in their houses and pray. They refused to give up until there was a miracle. Why is it after only a few minutes of prayer you give up? Pray without ceasing! Always with supplication.

If you can pray, then the enemy will not take advantage of you. In prayer you receive your victory. In prayer you receive deliverance from the works of darkness. This is the reason the devil doesn't want you to pray.

Verse 6 - The angel was released when the seven (7) days were over. They were asking God for seven (7) days for Peter to be released. "In the name of Jesus releases Peter!" must have been heard over and over again. I have good news for you. If you can go before God, on your knees in supplication, then your mountains will move! I believe that mountains must move!

Verse 7 - The reason we aren't seeing the supernatural manifestations is because nobody wants to wait at the place of prayer. I want to challenge you tonight to increase your prayer time. If you typically spend five (5) minutes in prayer, increase it to forty (40) minutes petitioning God! With this type of prayer you are petitioning God for change. Petitioning God for a miracle.

Verse 10 - A heartfelt prayer releases the supernatural. It takes fervent prayer. "God I need to work things out!" Supplication delivers us from the hands of the wicked. If you want to be delivered from the hands of the wicked then its not a two (2) minute prayer.

If you want to overcome the expectations of the enemy then you must give yourself to prayer. Sometimes the devil will tell you that you are spending too much time in prayer. You need to tell the devil to shut up! Tell him that you want to see the miraculous power of God.

Lets talk about 1 Samuel 1 for a bit now.

1 Samuel 1:1-5 discusses Hannah and every year she goes back to the temple and prays for change in her womb. The problem today is that we give up when we don't see a miracle within three (3) days of prayer.

Verses 9-10 says she had "bitterness of soul" meaning she was discontented, she was angry because her womb was shut up. What did she do? Give up and cry? NO! She prayed. Not a two (2) minute prayer, rather she spent time in her prayers.

Verse 11 - Anytime you are at this level, making a petition before the lord, it is your soul speaking. You are pouring out your heart. If you don't go to a place of prayer you will not be able to conquer your afflictions. Hannah continued to pray. We need to bring ourselves to prayer.

Verse 12 - she continued praying.

Verse 13 - She was pouring out her heart to God. Maybe it sounded something like "God I need a change! I can't take it any longer!" (does this sound familiar?) Pray with supplication like Hannah. Say "I am going to fast and pray until I see my deliverance! I am not giving up!"

Verse 14-15 - She was a woman of sorrowful spirit. She realized she needed a change. Do you need a change? If you find you are in a place of sorrow, you need to give yourself over to prayer. Your faith won't work if you don't pray. Confession is a waste of time without fervent prayer.

How much time do you give in prayers? How much time? Go before God in supplication. Increase your prayer time. Pray fervently.

Don't be lazy in things of the spirit! Your future will be at stake. You will receive grace through prayer! We need to pray as a church! We need to pray as a community! We need to pray!



Date: 06/11/2017

Presenter: Benjamin D. Arazu

Title: Spirit of Faith - Prayer in Faith Part 2 (Notes and YouTube Video)

Notes:

Review of Prayer in Faith (see Wednesday's discussion)

As believers we need to understand how to pray. We are not going to live an effective and productive life until we learn to pray. You will live an ordinary life without prayer. With prayer you will live a supernatural life.

Wednesday we went deep into discussion on Acts 12. Let's do a little review.

If you aren't careful when you read this chapter you will think that the prayer (see Acts 12:1-5) was a short 5 minute prayer, but it lasted the 7 days of the Passover feast.

Verses 6-7 - Why didn't the angel show up on the first day of prayer? We don't know, but we do know these people engaged themselves in prayer until the angel did show up.

Switching to the story in Acts 4:23-34 (Read 1-22 for the background to our discussion). In this story the people didn't complain about their troubles. Instead they lifted their voices to God. They presented their case before the Lord. You will not be effective until you can learn to pray. Because they gave themselves to prayer they were filled with the Holy Ghost. If you want to see the power of the holy spirit, you need to get yourself into prayer. This section of the bible is trying to show us how important and powerful prayer is in your life. If you want the enemy out of your life, then you need to pray. It is at the place of prayer that you generate great power. It is at the alter of prayer where you generate great power and get grace poured out upon you. Greater is He who is in me. Use prayer to get the devil out of your life!

You will live a supernatural life if you give yourself to prayer.

The place of prayer in our faith....

Let's switch to Daniel 2 in which the king, Nebuchadnezzar, had dreams he needed interpreted.

In Daniel 2:1-2 he called forth his magicians, astrologers, and sorcerers to interpret his dreams. These are all people who have demonic forces in their lives. People who pray have more authority than those with a demonic spirit.

Verses 3-7 - This is like a drama. The king had dreams and wanted his demonic forces to interpret it. The devil does not have access to these things unless God allows it to be so.

Verses 8-10 - The king knew there was no man who could reveal the dreams to him.

Verses 11-15 - Daniel didn't know what was going on.

Verse 16 - Anyone who prays has boldness to face challenges.

Lets look at Daniel 6:10 briefly to learn about Daniel. Daniel was a praying man who stood before God's presence. Any one in prayer can conquer their destiny and have boldness to overcome anything. Daniel was a man of prayer. Not just "Father we give you praise, thank you. Amen." Daniel was daily in prayer, in-depth prayer. We are talking about giving yourself over to prayer. Praying with supplication. Every day Daniel prayed, both on good days and on bad days. He was kneeling three times a day and praying. Daniel was not panicking when they told him he was going to the lions den because he knew the authority of God. He prayed. The reason we are afraid today is because we don't pray earnestly and fervently.

It has been said that God doesn't do anything until men pray. Prayer changes things. Show me a man who prays and I will show you a man with boldness.

Now lets get back to Daniel 2:16. Daniel wanted the king to give him time. Everybody who prays can see the invisible. Daniel knew if he prayed, he could interpret the dreams.

Verse 17 - Daniel's house was a house of prayer. Miracles happened in his home. The people who frequent your life will determine how effective your spiritual life is.

Verse 18 - Bring your desires before God. Tell Him what you hope to see, what you hope to accomplish, what you want revealed from Him. Petition God through supplication. Go before God and ask for freedom and deliverance.

Verse 19 - Why didn't God reveal the secret to Daniel before praying? Was it because God didn't love him? God loved him and Daniel loved God. But love alone will not allow secrets to be revealed.

Verse 20 - Thank God for everything he gives you. Don't give up praying until you see your freedom come. Be passionate to see your deliverance come.

Isaiah 38:1 is from God - that Hezekiah shall die and not live. God explains things beyond our imagination. Hezekiah refused to accept this death sentence and he prayed (Isaiah 38:2). He cried out and sought God with all his heart. The bible is trying to show us the power of prayer. Things can change through prayer. Victory will come in the name of Jesus.

We have to use what we have done in the kingdom to go before the Lord and give our petitions (Isaiah 38:3-5). God sees your tears. Pray from the heart and don't be afraid to cry. Engage yourself in prayer. This is a man who was supposed die.

When you pray there is a supply of the spirit of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:19). Through prayer you will gain your salvation.

How do we ask? (Ephesians 3:20) Through prayers. When we pray there is a supply of Christ which will allow you to overcome your troubles. Do not let your doubt cripple your prayer life. Believe God. Believe that your troubles will be overcome.

Forgive. (Mark 11:25) One thing that destroys your faith and prayer is unforgiveness. Do not hold grudges. Let go or your prayers will not be answered. Jesus is not concerned with what the other person did. He is concerned with how you handle it.

Ask from your heart. Forgive those who have trespassed against you. Set yourself free. Forgive. Pray.



Date: 06/14/2017

Presenter: Benjamin D. Arazu

Title: Supernatural Manifestations

Notes:

We continue our talks on the Spirit of Faith.

As a child of God we should be able to make use of what we have. What we have is faith. For our faith to be productive we must put it to work through prayer. One way we express our faith is through prayer.

When we pray in faith we open ourselves to supernatural manifestations.

The secret seen in Jeremiah 33:3 is that there are a lot of things that happen when we pray with faith. God reveals things to us that we otherwise would not see. If we don't call on God in prayer we won't experience great things. God will show you great and mighty things that you didn't know before.

When we pray in faith a lot of things are revealed to us (2 Kings 6:15-16).When we talk to the Lord, mysteries are revealed to us.Here we read about the enemy invading the city and a servant who woke up early and saw the armies around them and called out to his master. He needed understanding. In Verse 17 Elisha prayed to have the servants eyes opened. Mysteries are revealed to us when we pray. We're not talking about two minutes of prayer, but pouring out your heart.

If you pray you will understand that your life will not be locked up in darkness (Daniel 2:16). There is a boldness that comes as a result of your praying life. If you can kneel before God, you can stand before anyone.

Desire mercies concerning the secrets to be unveiled (Daniel 2:17-18). Prayer unveils the secrets of life. As you pray in faith supernatural things happen around you (Daniel 2:19). A lot of things will be revealed to you if you pray with supplication. Prayer releases angelic manifestations.

Angels are made to serve us. Peter was in a physical prison (Acts 12:5) but your prison may be caused by sickness, lack of finances, or your troubles. The prayers of the saints release supernatural manifestations (Acts 12:7) that can help release you from your bondage. This only happens when you give your time to God in prayer. The house of God should be a house of prayer. The reason many people are still chained is because they have not come to a place of prayer. "I believe God for miracles!" (say it with me)

See Daniel 6:10-11. Daniel knew there was a problem but he was not afraid because he knew he had prayer and the power it releases. Daniel was a man of prayer (Daniel 6:22). He knew prayer changed circumstances. Supplication means petitioning God with an intense desire. Angelic manifestations will come through prayer with supplication.

When we cry out to God, He will hear us (Numbers 20:16). A prayer of faith will release an angel.

Ask ourselves, why in Exodus 2:23 didn't God help them before this trial? Because they didn't cry out. Crying out is the bibles way of telling us it was with heartfelt prayers. The prayer they cried out in chapter 2 caused an angelic manifestation (Exodus 3:1-2). Your cries to God will release angels to help you.

The desert in the time of Genesis 21:14-17 was a very dry place. In these verses Hagar wept - that means she cried out in heartfelt prayer. God will hear the voice of even small babes when they cry out to him. Our prayers release divine help when we pray from our hearts.

Our prayers of faith will release deliverance to us, or to the people we pray for. Deliverance is released when we pray (Philippians 1:19). There is another thing that happens when we pray. The Spirit of God enables us.

The prayer of faith breaks spiritual shackles.

When we look at Acts 16:25 we see the faithful weren't just sleeping in times of hardship instead they were singing praises unto God late at night. Through prayers of faith chains are broken (Acts 16:36). These can be chains of sickness, financial chains, even physical chains. Victory over bondage comes through heartfelt prayer.

"God I thank you for the healing! God I thank you for deliverance!" Shout out your praise of thanksgiving unto the Lord our God.

Many supernatural things happen through prayers. Prayer enables your spiritual Growth. An example is seen in 1 Corinthians 14:13 where the interpretation of tongues is another level of spiritual growth.

The reason people complain is because they don't pray. Ephesians 6:18 says to pray always with supplication. If you want supernatural manifestations in your life give yourself over to heartfelt prayers.



Date: 06/18/2017

Presenter: Benjamin D. Arazu

Title: (Blessings of) Seeking the Face of God

Notes:

In seeking the face of God, one thing you need to know is that God won't force you to seek his face. For you to seek the face of God it has to be intentional. It has to be something you deliberately set out to do. It has to be something you desire to do,

When Moses set up the tabernacle, he set it up outside of the camp (Exodus 33:7). He did this because if anyone wanted to seek the Lord they must make a conscious effort to do so. It must be intentional, something that comes from the mind, a deliberate decision. Everybody who wanted to seek the Lord had to leave their house and seek intentionally.

We live in a generation that wants everything. But there's only one thing we need to make us successful. God will never force you to do that which is right. It must be your conscious decision. For you to enjoy the blessings that come from seeking the Lord, you must first have a desire to seek him. The house of the Lord referred to in Psalms 27:4 is God's presence. "Seek you first the kingdom." The first step you must take is that there needs to be a burning desire to seek God, a burning desire to be in God's presence.

The reason we find it hard to live for Him is that our mind is not made up to seek Him.

When you are focused on seeking God, on seeking his glory, you will be victorious in all things. "Show me your glory dear Lord! Show me your presence because then everything will come dear Lord!" The reason these guys in Psalms 24:1-6 were righteous was because they sought God's face. When you see "Selah" in the bible it means "think on this." The reason we cannot live for God is because our mind is not made up. How can a child of God live in this generation? By always seeking His face.

One of the blessings that comes to everyone who seeks after God is that His glory, His presence, will go with them (Exodus 33:14).

Why should God's presence go before us? In times of trouble He will hide us in His shelter (Psalms 27:5). Because you are in the presence of God, in times of trouble He will protect you. This does not mean that troubles will not come. It means you will be able to overcome them when they do come.

The glory of God will protect you when people speak against you, when they try to harm you with words (Psalms 31:20).

In times of trouble, God will put the songs of victory in your mouth (Psalms 32:7). If you have God's glory everything else is taken care of. This does not mean troubles won't come, but you will be victorious because God's presence will be there.

The Lord will be your refuge in times of trouble (Psalms 9:9). He will take care of you, protect you, guide you. Seek God and He will make provisions for you. The Lord will not forsake those that seek Him (Psalms 9:10).

When you are confused and don't know what to do (perplexed), God will guide you. The Holy Ghost will guide you (2 Corinthians 4:7-9).

Don't trust yourself, trust in God. You cannot learn to experience God until you give yourself to the Word.

The next thing that happens when you seek the face of God is that He will give you rest (Exodus 33:14). Rest doesn't mean you won't have to go to school anymore and can sleep all day. That would be laziness in disguise. It means that the enemy will not dictate to you anymore. You will overcome the things the enemy throws at you. You will brush them off. Rest - He was talking about authority - not sleeping.

What was the rest we see in 2 Chronicles 20:29-30? The glory of God upon him caused the enemy to be frightened. Again in Deuteronomy 12:9-10 God promised rest. The land was not vacant. There were people already in the land. For them to dwell there they would have to force the enemy out. Now look at Joshua 11:23. What did they do? They took the whole land. God gave them rest.

Always - not sometimes or even frequently, but always - have triumph in Christ (2 Corinthians 2:14) There is nothing that comes against you that you don't have authority to overcome. If you are in Christ, the enemy will perceive that the glory of God is upon you.

When people see bad things occurring to you they may falsely accuse you (Acts 28:1-6). They will change their mind when they see the victory you have in Christ. There is nothing the enemy can do to you when you have the presence of God in your life.

The blessings you will have when you seek God will be uncountable. Your requests will all be taken care of by God.

Exodus 33:17 is a continuation of the conversation when he was seeking the face of God. God knows you personally. He knows where you live. He knows where your heart is. Anyone who seeks God's face, everything they seek before the Lord will be granted to them.

The challenge we are putting before you today is to seek God's face.



Date: 06/21/2017

Presenter: Benjamin D. Arazu

Title: Spirit of Faith - Releasing Faith Through Prayer

Notes:

Have faith in God. You can not learn to exercise your faith until you pray. You don't need to complain about your mountain (your troubles, illnesses, etc.). Don't complain - pray! In Mark 11:22-23, Jesus was trying to tell us how to make use of our faith through prayer. Don't doubt your prayer. Our faith can only be exercised through prayer.

Pray always (Ephesians 6:18). Our faith can only be exercised through prayer. Pray with supplication. When we pray we will begin to see supernatural manifestations.

Men (means all people) ought always to pray (Luke 18:1). Why does the bible emphasize so much on prayer? It is through prayer that God changes things. You cannot exercise your faith until you learn to pray.

In Luke 18:2-5 Jesus is telling us that in times of trouble you must not give up. If you give up, you cannot win the battle. It is only through prayer that you can win the battle.

Constantly praying (Luke 18:6-7). Do not give up even when your solution does not seem forthcoming. Keep on praying. In Luke 18:8, Jesus was saying that the only way to express your faith is through prayer. Nothing will happen if you don't pray. Prayer releases the Spirit of Jesus.

Deliverance (Philippians 1:19). Paul was in prison and asking the people of the church to pray for him. When we pray, there will be deliverance and supply of the Spirit of Christ. What does that mean? As you pray, you are releasing the supernatural; you are releasing the hands of Christ to aid you.

At midnight Paul and Silas prayed (Acts 16:25). These guys were in prison and they were in trouble. They were not complaining because they knew that if they prayed then God would get them out of prison. No one panics when they pray sincerely. You can't panic and pray at the same time.

Prayer releases deliverance and the supply of the Spirit of Christ. In Acts 16:26 they prayed and were delivered. When we pray, God releases supernatural assistance.

Let's delve into 2 Chronicles 20 for a minute.

Our prayers release the supernatural The enemy came against Jehoshaphat in battle (2 Chronicles 20:1). Your battle may be financial trouble or sickness but God will help you if you pray. Our God won't fail you if you pray. Jehoshaphat knew the only thing he could do was to pray. He had great enemies coming against him (2 Chronicles 20:2-3). He prayed with confidence. He knew there was power and might through God (2 Chronicles 20:4-6).

When you cry out in God's presence, He releases help (2 Chronicles 20:7-9). Jehoshaphat was praying, talking to the Lord. He told God about his troubles and what he needed help with (2 Chronicles 20:10-11).

Everyone prayed, women and children included (2 Chronicles 20:13). They all went before the Lord asking for help. Teach your children to pray or they will look elsewhere for help.

Because they prayed, God gave the people direction (2 Chronicles 20:14-16). When you pray, God gives you direction. If you want direction then you need to learn to pray. Sing your praises to God and dance before your troubles (2 Chronicles 20:20-21). Thank God for what he has done and for what he is going to do. Tell the enemy "In the name of Jesus Christ, I rebuke you!" Pray for a miracle. Praise God.

When you praise the Lord and sing in His presence, He will release His might to fight for you (2 Chronicles 20:22). You will not lose your battle when you pray from your heart. You will overcome all things that the enemy throws against you.

In Isaiah 38:1-5, Hezekiah was sick unto death but wouldn't accept that as the final answer. When you pray, you can turn your circumstances around. Destiny can be changed through prayer. No matter how difficult your challenge, you can beat it through prayer. Hezekiah wept before the Lord. This was a prayer from his heart. Sometimes we believe what the doctor says. Don't believe in the doctors, believe in God! You need to believe in your prayers. Pry from the heart and don't be afraid to weep. Don't listen to the lies of the devil. When you pray, your future is released.

There are a lot of things you don't know! The only way to have these things revealed to you is to call out to God (Jeremiah 33:3). It is the glory of God to hide things (Proverbs 25:2). There are a lot of things unknown to us until we pray. When you cry out to God about it they will be revealed to you.

If you pray, God will show you great and mighty things (Jeremiah 33:3). Things you otherwise couldn't comprehend with your mind. Miracles can happen through prayer.

If you don't already pray we urge you to pray; pray from the heart. If you only pray for a few minutes a day then we urge you to increase that. Spend time talking to God, in good times as well as bad.



Date: 06/25/2017

Presenter: Benjamin D. Arazu

Title: Culture of a Strong Church, a Culture of Prayer

Notes:

Last week we talked about blessings that come from seeking the face of God. We discussed that the heroes of faith were able to change their destiny by seeking the face of God. You are the one who must deliberately make up your mind to seek God. One way we seek God is through prayer.

Today we are going to discuss the culture of a strong church. We are not talking about the physical building, rather we are talking about the people. Be with us as we cover this topic over the next couple of weeks.

First, what is culture? It is a way of thinking, or behaving, in a place. Most of us are familiar with the culture of the place we work. Your own personal culture can be eliminated when you enter into the kingdom of God.

Let's start this topic with the culture of prayer.

In Jeremiah 35:1-3 the culture was so strong that the Rechabites refused to drink wine even when tempted. We see in Jeremiah 35:18 that, because they obeyed the culture of their father, they were rewarded by God.

Whenever you have a problem you should pray (Isaiah 56:7). Prayer is supposed to be a way of life. It is a way of communicating with God. It is a way to get God to reveal secrets to you. A house of God should be a house of prayer. It shouldn't be that you pray just when you have a need, but at all times (Ephesians 6:18-19)

We should note here that your body is a house of God.

In Matthew 21:10-13 the temple had become a place of merchants. The temple is supposed to be a place of worship, a place of prayer, a place for God to reside. It is not supposed to be a den of thieves but this is what it had become. It shouldn't be a place for the money changers. It should be a place of communication with God. You were created to pray. Your body was created to praise God, to worship God, to pray to God. That means a child of God shouldn't have a problem praying.

When you live according to God's Word, things will go your way (1 Corinthians 3:16). You are meant to pray. You are meant to call upon God. Prayer should be your life (1 Corinthians 3:17). God's house should be a house of prayer. God will begin to speak through you when you pray.

People ought always to pray (Luke 18:1). We should be people in prayer. When you have a culture of prayer, God will reveal things to you.

The church should be a place of prayer (Acts 1:14). In prayer and supplication. The mother of Jesus was among those people who prayed. There is no chapter in Acts where you won't see people praying.

Acts 2:42 says they continue in prayer - constantly, diligently. God has called us to pray. If you can believe God, if you can pray, miracles will happen.

The characteristics of a strong church is a praying life (Acts 4:31). Greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world. Greatness is in us when we pray.

Acts 4:32 says they were of one heart and one soul. If we are a praying church, God will bring us together in one thought, into fellowship, to love one another. Pray together. Be a praying church. Be on fire for God.

We see in Acts 3:1 that miracles to place because the people set up their minds that they were going to praise God.

Make time for prayer. We often have time for leisure activities but don't make time for our spiritual enhancement. The people, as seen in Daniel 6:10, made time for prayer. Daniel had a specific time to pray. You make time to brush your teeth. You make time to do your laundry. You make time to watch television. You need to make time to pray. We're not talking about "Thank you God, Amen" but heartfelt devotion. It's amazing we have time for doctor appointments, we even schedule them using apps on our phones, but we can't schedule time to pray. If we are going to be a strong church, we have to have a culture of prayer. Prayer is not just a means to go into the presence of God. You are already in God's presence.

Acts 6:4 says we will give ourselves sometimes to prayers? No! Continually to prayer. Once a week? No! Continually to prayer.

If you really want to help someone, like the poor, teach them to pray. Preach the gospel to them.

If you want to be spiritually empowered, you need to give yourself to fasting and prayer (Acts 13:2-3). Our prayers bring forth the supernatural. God will speak to you when you pray. Direction is given to you when you pray. A Christian shouldn't be confused. If you are confused about directions in life then you aren't spending enough time in prayer. God will give you direction.

Prayer is the life of the church. Paul was arrested and not eating or drinking (Acts 9:9). You may misconstrue this and think that the reason he wasn't eating or drinking was because he was depressed. Not so! He was praying! For three days he was not eating or drinking - he was praying. For three days he was praying!

When you are a man or women of prayer you cannot be deceived by any seductive spirit (Acts 16:16-18). If you can pray, you can't be deceived because your spiritual eyes are open. God is going to open your eyes. A praying man or woman has authority over demonic spirits.

Ephesians 6:18-19 says praying sometimes? No! praying always! Knock out the idea that the only people who pray are people in trouble. That is misinformation from the enemy. Pray always. Pray in good times as well as bad. Paul understood the mindset of God. We should be a house of prayer. We should be a praying home. Paul was trying to tell the people the importance of prayer. The more you pray the more that the mysteries of the gospel will be revealed to you.

Make the culture in our church one of prayer. Make the culture in your home be one of prayer. Teach your children to pray.



Date: 06/28/2017

Presenter: Benjamin D. Arazu

Title: How to Ask Things in Prayer

Notes:

Recently, we have been discussing that the only way to exercise your faith is through prayer. But how do you go about asking things in prayer?

The first thing we need to understand is the nature of God. The nature of God is that he answers prayers.

If you lack wisdom, ask of the giving God (James 1:5). The nature of God is to give. If we are going to pray productively, we must know that we serve a giving God. He can give to unbelievers just as well as Christians. One thing we have to have in mind when we pray is that God is a giving God. Don't allow anything to remove that from your mind. He gives to all men liberally. He is not a partial God.

Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you (Matthew 5:43-44). Even the heathens love those who love them. Love your enemies (Matthew 5:45-46). The nature of God is that He reaches out to the unbelievers for He is a giving God. Reach out and greet a stranger for even the heathens greet those who greet them (Matthew 5:47).

In Genesis 4:9-15, God was giving Cain an opportunity. Cain was worried some one was going to kill him and he brought it before God. So God put a mark on him to prevent anyone from killing him because God is a giving God and gives us what we ask for.

How can I ask things in prayer?

The word mountain, in Mark 11:23-24, is referring to challenges and hardships that come against you. Remove doubt from your heart. Whatever needs of life you have that you ask of God in prayer will be granted. In prayer, you are the one who determines what you need. God knows your needs, but you are the one who determines the need. You must bring your requests before God in prayer. When you pray, believe you will receive them and have a true desire, and you will receive them.

You are the one who determines your needs (Matthew 6:8). God already knows you have a need but you must bring your need before Him. Be specific in prayer. Don't tell God "you know my needs," rather specify them.

Just to be clear, God knows you have needs but you are the one who determines what needs are to be addressed (Mark 10:46-52). Jesus knew the beggar was blind but he wanted the man to specify his needs. We must let God know our needs.

In Matthew 6:31-32, Jesus was explaining that there is a difference between worrying (being anxious) and asking for things needed. You cannot be anxious of money and still believe in Christ. Don't panic when you ask God for something (Matthew 6:24-26). Don't be anxious. You just need to ask for those things you need. You cannot work by faith and worry also (Matthew 6:27-30). Our God is a giving God. Don't be anxious. Don't worry. Petition your needs before God.

Things. What things? Things could mean health, financial empowerment, clothes, food, shelter, transportation such as a car, etc.

Be careful for nothing (Philippians 4:6). In other words, do not fret or have anxiety about anything. You cannot worry and pray at the same time. In every circumstance you find yourself, bring your need of things before God. Do not worry. Worrying about things will destroy your faith. When you are anxious about something it will make you question your beliefs.

Ask God and He will give liberally without finding fault in you or your request (James 1:5). God will not find a fault in giving you your desires. God is not a dictator nor is he an unjust judge.

Anytime you are worried about your request it will bring you to a place of double mindedness. The problem isn't the giving God. The problem is the recipient. You need to request and believe in God. Our God is a giving God (James 1:6-7).

In prayer there is nothing wrong with repeating what you ask of the Lord. What Jesus was saying in Matthew 6:7 is that there was no faith in what they were asking for. There was talking without thinking. In prayer you ask something thoughtfully, asking from the heart. Jesus was referring to the vain repetitions like the heathens used in their prays "Oh God help me! Help me oh God! Oh God help me! Help me Oh God" for 30 minutes; this is not prayer - it is vain repetition. Think about your request. Ask thoughtfully and from the heart.

Ephesians 1:16 says "cease not" - this is what you are asking everyday. This is different than vain repetition. Jesus was talking about repeating your request. He was talking about thinking about what you are asking for.

Heathens used vain repetition to call on their deities (1 Kings 18:26-28). Our God is not on vacation and doesn't need to be awakened by repeatedly calling on Him. He is ready to answer your prayers. Aren't you glad you have Jesus to answer your prayers? You don't need to cut yourself to get an answer!

Lastly, have a reason for your prayers (1 Kings 18:36-39). Be specific before the Lord. Tell Him what you need. Don't be afraid to ask and don't doubt that you will receive answers to your request.