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Seeking First the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness

“But seek first the kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to as well.” – Matthew. 6:33

Unlike Abraham Maslow’s theory of the hierarchy of needs, which places physical needs at the bottom of the triangle and self-actualization at the top, as Christians, we must place our need for God at the apex of the triangle, and the triangle must then be reversed so that our need for God becomes our most basic needs. All other requirements will be addressed later if this basic need is fulfilled.

The accomplishment of God’s will on Earth is hence the kingdom of God. Only by obeying God’s commandments as Christians can we fulfill God’s will on earth. God lives in us in this manner. “And when he was demanded o the Pharisees when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, the kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! Or, lo there! for behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” -Luke. 17:20-21

It’s critical to remember that, as Christians, we must first seek God’s kingdom, not just when we are in trouble but because life is meaningless without God. The exceeding righteousness that comes from placing our trust in Him and emulating Him, Jesus makes clear, is required for the kingdom. When we perform religious devotions and obligations, our motives must be pure.

Furthermore, the Bible is dedicated to recounting the wonderful story of Jesus and how His followers can seek and find fulfillment in Him. The first and most important way we can seek the Lord is to read the Bible. Here are two other practical methods in which we can seek the Lord.

  • We must admit and repent of the other.

We are to worship only one God, according to the Bible. The command to cast off idols is repeated from beginning to end. If there is something in our lives that we value more than Christ, that item has become a lord and an idol, preventing us from finding satisfaction in the King.

  • Submit all our emotions and worries to the Lord.

We must not only repent of the sin that so easily arises in our hearts, but we must also bring our emotions to the Lord daily. We must make God the King of our emotions to seek first the kingdom of God.

Finally, it is expected of us as Christians to seek God’s kingship first in every matter and moment of our lives. We don’t need to be concerned about anything if we believe in our heavenly Father’s kingship.

One thing I have desired of the Lord, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord, And to inquire in His temple – Psalms 27:4 

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What is Confession?

“He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.” – Proverbs. 28:13

All Christians strive to live their lives by the teachings of Jesus Christ. He calls us to imitate God, practice righteousness, and live a life that pleases Him. As humans, we stray, fall short, and succumb to sinful temptations. Christ introduced the mystery of confession to combat this sickness of the soul. As the sole creator of this world and the ultimate judge, we must show our regret to God through confessions whenever we disobey His commandments, just as we do when we hurt our family and friends. God is a forgiving God, therefore when we call on Him, He is always ready to listen.

What is Confession?

Confession, therefore, is the public or private acknowledgment of sinfulness, which is regarded as necessary to receive divine pardon. It is a way for us to encounter God in all His glory on our planet. When we sin, we end up alienating ourselves from God, our fellow humans, and our genuine selves, which damages our relationship with Him.

As a result, we should confess our transgressions to God whenever we sin, because He despises sin, which separates us from Him and leads to death as stated in Romans.6:23,

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 6:23

How can we confess our Sins to God?

Here are some guidelines for confessing our sins.

  • Invest time in God’s presence.

To begin with, we should spend time with God and in His Word regularly. The Lord can make us aware of specific sins while we fellowship with Him in prayer. We do not have to examine ourselves or worry about whether we have made a mistake. God is light, and when we spend time with Him, He reveals our sins. We may see what we need to confess right away when He shines. We will become more sensitive to the Lord’s light shining on us as we allow Him to shine on us. This is one of the reasons why having daily time with the Lord is a good idea.

  • Confess everything the Lord puts His light on.

Whatever the Lord Jesus shines on us, we should confess it. We may believe that some things do not matter, that they are insignificant, but if we let what we think are little transgressions accumulate, we will find it is all too easy to let even a major transgression go unconfessed and suffer the repercussions in our relationship with the Lord.

  • Take considerable time in the presence of the Lord for extended lengths of time.

We can spend long periods with the Lord particularly to be under His glory, in addition to our daily time with Him. We can spend an additional thirty minutes or an hour with the Lord once a week to give Him more opportunity to reveal our hearts. We’ll have more time to respond to His instructions, revelations and to confess more profoundly and finely as well. We can start these moments by praying or singing a hymn to the Lord using Bible scriptures. Then we might simply beg the Lord to shine on us and confess whatever He shines upon us. By devoting extended periods to fellowship with the Lord, we not only restore our fellowship with the Lord but also strengthen it.

As Christians, we are expected to live righteous lives so that we may enjoy eternal life in Christ Jesus. As a result, living a moral life entails confessing our sins when necessary.

Remember, the bible promises to set us free when we confess.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness – 1 John 1:9

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How to Build your Relationship with God

“Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.  And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart” – Jeremiah 29:12-13 NKJV

The Bible identifies God as the universe’s All-Powerful Creator. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are three divine persons who make up the LORD. He is Holy, loving, and perfect, as well as completely trustworthy and safe. He is the only One who can save us, so you must cultivate a faithful relationship with Him in order to avoid straying from His Word, and to receive eternal redemption also.

A relationship with God is not a one-time occurrence in which you only talk to Him when you are in trouble. When it comes to building your connection with God, constant communication is crucial. Here are a few ways on how you can remain in touch with God and develop a deeper connection with Him.

Prayer is a great way to communicate with Him daily.

There are numerous ways to interact with people, and there is also a method for communicating with God. His is done through prayer. God wants to hear from you, and He is always willing to listen. Talk to Him as to a friend because prayer is simply talking to God. It is also worth noting that you can talk to God at any time and from any location.

Serve others

As strange as it may seem, one of the best ways to show your love for God is to serve others. Remember that God is a loving Heavenly Father who is grateful when you offer His love.

“Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ – Matthew 25:37-40 NKJV

Become acquainted with the Bible by studying it.

Another approach to communicating with God and strengthening your relationship with Him is by making His Word your daily bread. Study the scriptures to learn more, consider what the verse(s) means, and pray for more discernment of God’s will for your life through His Word.  Increased understanding of the Word often leads to a deeper connection with God because you get to know Him more. He is the Word.

Remember, the world is simply a fleeting phase that lasts for a short time. You must stick to the Word of God  and abide by it to live a life worthy in His eyes, as you wait to abide with Him for all eternity.

 

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Overcoming Addiction as a Christian

“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s” – 1 Corinthians 6: 19- 20 NKJV

Addiction impacts toddlers and teenagers, young people and elderly men and women alike and affects people of all ethnicities, demographics, and socioeconomic backgrounds. It varies from person to person since some people battle with addiction more than others. While addictive behaviors share similar neurological and psychological processes and produce pleasurable feelings and sensations, persons attempting to cure an addiction frequently replace such behaviors with other alternatives that may not be healthy.

Addiction, therefore, is a relationship between a person and an object, substance, or activity. The object or activity becomes increasingly important as the addiction progresses, whereas formerly important activities become less important. In the end, addiction is about a complex conflict between acting on an urge and resisting it. The condition has existed since the dawn of time, and society has been trying to develop various remedies for it for nearly as long. As one might expect, some of the previous methods of addiction treatment were less than pleasant, making it even more fortunate that we now live in a society where compassionate care is available. While we do not know everything about how it was treated in the past, there are enough accounts of treatment procedures from the last 300 years to give us a good idea.

It is also worth noting that the recovery process only works if the individual battling addiction acknowledges the problem and the challenge that comes with it.

According to the transtheoretical model of behavior change, any change requires a process that begins with pre-contemplation and progresses to contemplation. You may be in denial about the impacts of your battle with addiction in the early stages of treatment. You may experience feelings of doubt as you become more conscious of the issues you’re dealing with, even as you become more aware of your need to conquer your addiction. However, once you have decided to change, you may start planning your next steps.  The length of time it takes to recover varies from person to person based on the severity of the addiction, and it requires a certain amount of consistency to get the desired result, therefore addiction is not a hopeless situation.

Recognizing and accepting the warning symptoms of addiction can be frightening, especially as a Christian living in a society where many are ostracized for the same.  Starting to seek addiction treatment is a far more difficult task, however, it is important to mention that there is nothing wrong with seeking help from addiction as a Christian.

Seeking counseling and therapy is one approach to get started with the process as outpatient or inpatient programs are both available. These programs also help you develop and strengthen (healthy) life skills, as well as provide structure and support for long-term recovery.

Here are some of the approaches or ways you might come across:

  • Behavioral therapy.

This comprises dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and motivational interviewing (MI), which are often done one-on-one. They are designed to change people’s behavior, emotions, and attitudes. They assist you in taking responsibility for your recovery and abstinence. Through this therapy, you can also improve family and close relationship communications and dynamics.

  • Group psychotherapy.

This method, which is facilitated by at least one therapist, creates a space for you to relate to other patients who are dealing with similar problems. This allows you or a loved one to share knowledge and assist other patients. You can use this to create healthy and loving relationships.

  • Support groups.

These provide a secure place in which to discuss personal challenges and addiction issues.  After finishing therapy, these organizations provide support and follow-up care. However, they cannot be utilized in place of a strategic, well-planned treatment.

  • Prayer

Above all, it is important to maintain and continuously work on your relationship with God as a Christian. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 admonishes us that we should care for our body as it is the temple of God. This means avoiding, at all costs, anything that destroys our ability to connect with God. Prayer is one way we can ensure we walk in alignment with God’s purpose for our lives. It is important to constantly study His Word too. You can read more about How to Understand the Word of God Better

No Christian is perfect. Every Christian is battling with something. One of those things could be addiction, and if that is the case, feel loved, feel heard. Explore some of these tips and we hope you recover soon.

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How to Understand the Word of God Better

“Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation.” 1 Peter 2:2

1 Peter 2:2 serves to remind us that just as every little child needs milk to grow, every believer should crave spiritual milk to grow in the faith. Believers are encouraged to make the Word of God a priority and must live by it thereby. Furthermore, when believers do this, the Word becomes a lamp unto their feet and a light for their path (Psalms 119:105). How can believers, therefore, better understand God’s Word and reap its blessings and promise of guidance?

By having an intimate relationship with God through His Word. As John 1:1 puts it:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” – John 1:1

While introducing God as the Word, John’s first verse establishes numerous essential truths, including the Word’s existence from the beginning of creation and the Word’s presence with God, as well as God Himself being the very Word. This means that when we connect with the Word of God, we are connecting with God Himself. This sets a beautiful opportunity to interact with God daily. There are various steps believers can take in their daily lives to ensure they are interacting with God, and building an intimate relationship with Him through His Word. Such include:

1. True repentance

“…but what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. – Romans 10:8-11 NKJV

 It is critical to profess true repentance because the Bible repeatedly states that sin leads to death and destruction. There are consequences to going against God’s design on how believers should live and obey Him, and destruction completely separates believers from Him and leaves them in disharmony with Him. True repentance allows believers to live in harmony with God and acknowledge His sovereignty in their lives. Additionally, it is only through true repentance that believers can receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit which will lead them into all truth and guide them in the way that they should go, and how they should interact with God’s Word. 

2. Having dedicated study time.

The Bible is a spiritual textbook that necessitates time spent studying it. Believers should make bible study regimens just as they make study regimens for academic endeavors. This helps edify the soul and ensures that the believer meditates on the Word day and night. 

3. Spending time in prayer 

Each believer needs to spend time in prayer before reading the Word of God, asking the Holy Spirit to lead them into all truth as promised in John 16:13. Furthermore, prayer brings to acknowledgment the fact that scripture is inspired by God Himself. “For the prophecy did not come by the will of man in old-time, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” – 2 Peter 1:21

4. Being diligent. 

Believers must be diligent in their study of the Bible. The same diligence practiced in areas of work, education, and daily activities must be applied in greater measure when studying the Word of God. Diligent study and dedication to God’s Word is one way a believer can learn about God’s will for their lives. 

5. Practicing the Word. 

“Anyone who listens to the Word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.” – James 1:23-25

James 1:23-25 explains why we should not only be hearers of the Word, but also doers, for it is through practicing the Word that we become like God.  

Each Believer should, therefore, first accept Christ as their personal Savior, pray before reading His Word, endeavor to be diligent in Bible study and finally, practice what the Word of God says. Through this, believers can understand God’s Word better, increase in faith and find true joy in fellowship with God. 

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Finding Completeness in the Absence of Children | Nosisa’s Story

“Women can be complete without children” – Nosisa Doe

Women deserve to be recognized for their significant contributions to society, great victories, and unrivaled bravery. Despite gender disparities in many fields, women continue to flourish and succeed. As a result, women must be encouraged, motivated, and inspired to keep fighting, rather than being ostracized due to a lack of biological children.

Nosisa is an example of a woman blessed with a child at God’s own time, and an excellent role model for aspiring mothers because she kept loyal to her faith and never gave up on God despite her prolonged waiting period. She believed that God’s timing was always optimal, and therefore, she let go and let God.

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) affects 6 to 12 percent of women of reproductive age worldwide. According to research, successful therapy resulting in pregnancy is more likely to occur in the first three to four months of treatment. Several women have shared their tales of childbirth after being diagnosed with the condition, making each birth and conception story a unique one.

Nosisa’s was one very unique story; a tale that every aspiring mother battling with PCOS needs to read. Nosisa, a Zimbabwean, migrated to Ghana at the age of thirty-one after being diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome in her twenties and been informed by three different doctors in three different countries that she would be unable to bear children. She also recounted her difficult time growing up as she never felt good enough. This phase further intensified her feelings, prompting her to doubt her husband’s affirmation of her occasionally.

Before moving to Ghana, Nosisa had a dream where she saw children in a white car; children who belonged to her. However, it remained a dream. She sobbed and questioned God several times following the dream, asking why she could not have children like Hannah in the Bible. Nosisa recalls being stigmatized on several occasions, by various society members asking “Why don’t you try In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)”, or “has your husband explored other options?.”

Such remarks only intensified Nosisa’s displeasure, making her question whether she did something wrong. She felt incomplete. However, this did not shake her faith in God. She grew more vocal with God, citing Isaiah 1:18:

“Come now, let us settle the matter, says the Lord. Even though your sins are as scarlet, they will be as white as snow, and even if they are red as crimson, they will be as wool” – Isaiah 1:18

These words consoled Nosisa during her difficult moments and kept her faith alive. She recognized that no matter what she thought she had done wrong, God was willing to forgive her. As a result, she made positive declarations throughout those trying moments which edified her spiritually and affirmed Christ’s love for her, childless or not.

Aside from consoling herself, she also took the initiative to advise young women in similar situations not to blame themselves for their inability to bear children, teaching them that women can be whole without children and that God does all things perfectly at His own time.

“Have faith and surround yourself with people who proclaim life rather than death,” she would encourage other women.

Her family played a major role in helping her grow past her pain and demonstrated that “family is everything” by being there for her during her most trying period.

“My husband, mother, and mother-in-law were all very supportive. I recall a time when my mother-in-law kept me away from those who made it seem like my husband made a mistake by marrying me” she says.

Nosisa finally gave birth to her first child, a girl, in 2014 at the age of 34, and her second child, a boy, two years later at the age of 36, which she believes was God’s plan. This testimony reaffirmed her faith in God’s will for man, which she described as “perfect” and “perfectly timed.” Interestingly, the children Nosisa gave birth to looked exactly like the children she had seen in her dreams right before moving to Ghana.

Do not tell people how deep the valley they are in is. Tell them how beautiful it is to be on the tallest mountain.” Nosisa Doe

Nosisa’s words set out to encourage aspiring mothers and women battling with PCOS, that there is hope especially when faith is anchored on God.

Are you a young woman who is battling with or has battled with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)? What is your story? Let us know in the comment section.

ARCHBISHOP NICHOLAS DUNCAN-WILLIAMS CELEBRATING 45 YEARS IN MINISTRY, AND 65TH BIRTHDAY HONORING THE VISIONARY, CELEBRATING THE VISION

Dominion Television wishes to thank all those from around the world who joined us in paying tribute to our Founder, Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams on the occasion of his anniversary marking 45 years in ministry and his 65th birthday. From remote villages and State Houses across Africa, expressions of appreciation for the Archbishop poured in. We were truly blessed by the presence and tributes from global ministers and marketplace leaders during the 14-15th May 2022 program themed “Celebrating the Visionary-Honoring the Vision.” 

Central to the celebration was recognition of the Archbishop’s pioneering contributions as the Father of the Charismatic Movement in Ghana and other African countries. From Ghana to global reach, his ministry and prayer summits have impacted and transformed countless lives to the glory of God.  

Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams is the spiritual Father and coach to many leaders including Heads of State and many public servants; he has authored more than 30 books. Affectionately known as “Papa” and “the Apostle of Strategic Prayer,” the Archbishop’s footprints reverberate. His philanthropy includes scholarships, water, shelter for vulnerable people, and rehabilitation support for those suffering from addictions. His Compassion in Action non-profit organization supports orphans and widows; providing spiritual and physical nourishment for them. 

This milestone moment for Archbishop Nicholas Duncan Williams was celebrated in three historic events: a black-tie tribute dinner; a Sunday Founder’s Day service at Action Chapel International in Ghana; and a ‘Highest Praise’ concert thanking God for His many blessings. The Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams started ministry 45 years ago on college campuses in Ghana and used this occasion to officially launch his new ministry movement – Next-Gen – “Back to the Campuses” – a youth leadership development initiative that is being established on college campuses and secondary schools across Ghana with a primary focus on ministry, the market place, and public service.  

“It is within our power, reach, and responsibility to impact this generation – birthing, equipping, and discipling a new community of Christ-like leaders of tomorrow possessing both the spirit of God and academic excellence. This is indeed among the greatest contributions we can make to our country and humanity for legacy and posterity” opined Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams to his birthday and anniversary guests. 

“45 years ago, God planted a deep desire in my heart to respond to the urgent cries, calls, and needs of Ghana’s youth. My spirit ached for this community as revelations unfolded about their suffering and significance in God’s plans and purposes for our country. I responded with a resounding “Amen” and my ministry was born on the campuses of Ghana’s colleges and universities.” – N. Duncan-Williams.

Several dignitaries were present at the various events including His Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo, Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Her Excellency the Vice President of Liberia, Jewell Howard-Taylor, and a VIP Delegation representing former President John Mahama, who was out of the country. Members of the Ambassadorial Corps were also in attendance with High Commissioners and Ambassadors representing Columbia, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Israel, the USA, South Africa; Kenya, Nigeria, and Suriname. 

The Archbishop also received deeply moving tributes from ministry leaders such as Bishop TD Jakes, Apostle Chuck Pierce; Joshua Selman Nimmak, Bishop Noel Jones; Bishop Adam McNatt, and Action Chapel International’s own College of Bishops. Especially moving was the oral history and tribute from Apostle Daniel Kwame Saforo; the 97-year-old last living founder of the Pentecostal Movement in Ghana. The concert hosts MOG and Akesse Brempong were exceptional as were the dinner MCs Michelle Attoh and Nathaniel Attoh.

The Archbishop remains one of Ghana’s most iconic figures who continues to transform communities within his country of birth and beyond. We thank God for his life and continued strength and success.

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