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SPIRIT BOOSTER

By: Kwaku Peprah Adjei

Theme: The Conqueror’s Mentality

Text: Matthew 16:26

What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?

MESSAGE

You can be successful in so many endeavours in this world, but there is one thing that you need someone’s help to conquer. That is sin, with its wages being death. We had all sinned and fell short of the glory of God.

Death has no hold for those who are in Christ: He has destroyed death and holds the key to Hades. He can, therefore, give unto anyone who comes unto Him eternal life. God loves us so much that He wanted us to escape the condemnation that we brought upon ourselves through disobedience. So, He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins. Therefore, whoever believes in Him would not perish but have an everlasting life.

Beloved in the Lord, I cannot end this series on the conqueror’s mentality without stating that the conqueror always thinks about where he would be in the case he dies in the flesh. Is there any hope for me after my death? he asks himself often. You can gain everything in this world, but without Jesus, it is a waste. I end this series by entreating you to accept Jesus as your Lord and personal saviour if you have not (kindly follow the prayer below) and find a Bible-believing church to fellowship with. Work out your salvation with fear and trembling if you have already accepted Jesus.

Prayer

Thank you, Father, for sending your Son Jesus to come and die for me, a sinner. Jesus, I believe that you came to die for my sins and I accept you as my Lord and personal saviour. Thank you for qualifying me to be part of your family. Amen.

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SPIRIT BOOSTER

By: Kwaku Peprah Adjei

Theme: Define it

Text: John 14:13-14

And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you [a]ask anything in My name, I will do it.

MESSAGE

At times, the logical solution to your circumstances is to accept them, no matter how adversely they affect you. It gives a wider audience to define your current situation based on the way they perceive them or want you to accept them.

You own the choices you make; irrespective of who influenced the decision. Situations don’t change just because we wish they did; but because we took steps to handle them. Revealing what ought to be, we speak into our situations. This is what God expects of us as the only creation in His image and after His likeness. Come to think of it, why was it necessary for Jesus to tell us as a matter of truth that whatsoever we shall ask the father in HIS NAME, he shall give unto us. The name was given to Him by God, and at the mention of the name Jesus, every knee must bow, whether on the Earth or the heaven above. The name Jesus received defined his character and place. It was sufficient to use His name to petition the father.

A traumatic lifestyle change in lifestyle brings with it a new description. How do you describe yourself? How do you want others to describe you? Just define yourself to be defined by others.

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SPIRIT BOOSTER

Theme: Define it

Text: Joel 3:10

Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears. Let the weakling say, “I am strong!”

MESSAGE

The Earth and everything in it were created with words. The creative power of words predates man’s existence. The words of our testimony were important to overcome the enemy together with the blood of the lamb. Words carry power.

Names are not just combination of words like we have been discussing. It carries the character of the person who is defined by it. It prophetically ushers the person into an atmosphere created by it. Throwing more light on the opening scripture and continuing from where we left off on Monday, the weaklings were encouraged to say they were strong. A simple question the mind will ask is: are you not weak? Yes, the body feels the pains, the situation seems hopeless, there seem to be great adversaries. In the pain and agony, God encouraged them to say that I am strong. Just say that I am strong? The definition of faith is meaningful when you learn to define your situation based on what God has said and not on what you see. He has said that we can confidently say what He has said (Hebrews 13:5-6)

Beloved, the situation you find yourself in is as a result of the definition you have given to it. Everything that exists was created by words. If you don’t like what you are seeing, redefine it. Keep speaking the WORD and you will see the changes.

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SPIRIT BOOSTER

By: Kwaku Peprah Adjei

Theme: Define it

Text: Joel 3: 10

Beat your plowshares into swords
    and your pruning hooks into spears.
Let the weakling say,
    “I am strong!”

MESSAGE

It is your choice to redefine curses through positive confessions in prayer and accepting the blessings by consistently using that definition. Everything is or becomes what it is named.

I have an explanation to give last week before taking the detour. Why does it say that let the weakling say I am strong in Joel 3:10? I found this point in a Jewish article I read and I want to share it with you. The article states that if a person is critically ill, the Jewish law suggests a powerful last resort: change the name of the individual to alter the decree. Adding the name Chaim, Hebrew for “life” is one well-known example (Source: http://www.aish.com/jw/s/Judaism–the-Power-of-Names.html ). Subsequently, they have a death rate of 5 per 1000 persons; significantly lower than the US, Canada and European countries. (Source: https://www.health.gov.il/English/News_and_Events/Spokespersons_Messages/Pages/07062017_3.aspx, https://www.indexmundi.com/g/g.aspx?c=is&v=26) .

I would like you to do an exercise beginning today. Please spend some few minutes to define your week. Declare what you want your week to be and see how the week turns out to be. Practise this constantly and I’m sure that your life will not be the same.

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SPIRIT BOOSTER

By: Kwaku Peprah Adjei

Theme: Define it.

Text: Genesis 32:28

And He said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but [a]Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.”

MESSAGE

Believe me or not, words have creative power. By the use of words, you can either live or die. If words were not powerful, then God should have used another means of separating the people than giving them different tongues.

I find today’s passage very interesting and is an eye-opener. It reveals the influence of a man’s definition of the individual he defines. Jacob was meeting his brother the next day who was approaching with 400 men. Possibly frightened, he sent his family and property to the other side of the river and stays for the night, after he had already sent emissaries with gifts to Esau to pacify him of any anger from the past.  Upon spending the night alone, he had to wrestle with a man. When the day was breaking, the man realised he could not defeat Jacob, he touched his hip. Jacob requested blessings form the man, and he changed his name to Israel. Three chapters later, God speaks to Jacob at Bethel and now renames him as Israel, the name given by the man (Genesis 35:9-10). Not arguing theologically who the man was, he still wrestled with a man, probably in flesh (even though other theologians have different concepts about this narration).

You just don’t keep quiet on the definition people give to you. Curses are people definition they want to give to your future, just as blessings are too. So, no weapon that is formed against you shall prosper, but take note of the next sentence; every tongue that rises up against you, you shall condemn (Isaiah 54:17). It’s your choice to define anything that happens to you: by redefining the curses through positive confessions in prayer and accepting the blessing by consistently using that definition.

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SPIRIT BOOSTER

By: Kwaku Peprah Adjei

Theme: Define it

Text: Mark 11:12-25

Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it… In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots.  Peter remembered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!”

MESSAGE

Let me use this booster to answer a friend’s question which may be yours too. She asked, how long does it take for me to see what I have defined? I hope you have asked yourself that same question too? Then permit to take a little detour and I will get back to our discussion.

We have come to meet the definition of some science terminologies and words which predates our birth. They were accepted because it was owned either by the author of the research paper in the publication or in a dictionary. As such, there is a consistency in regaining the true meaning of the word. Your situation may not change with immediate effect when you start defining them. However, the more you are consistent in your definition, the more you have that sense of ownership. Jesus spoke to the tree and it did not die instantly. The disciple noticed it was dead the next day as they passed by. On another occasion, he spoke to the wind and it calmed down instantly. Even though you don’t see what you are confessing, be consistent; for it will surely yield results.

What you call forth is what you own. Persistency in your definition seals the ownership to what you have called. You don’t give a name to your child this minute and change it the next and expect the world to call your child by the former. Consistency counts.

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SPIRIT BOOSTER

By: Kwaku Peprah Adjei

Theme: Define it.

Text: Genesis 17: 6

No longer will you be called Abram[b]; your name will be Abraham,[c] for I have made you a father of many nations.

MESSAGE

Permit me to make a little addition to Abraham and Sarah’s example. If you want to change who you are, you need to change the way people identify you.

To change the situation around you, you need to give it a new identification.

Your title defines who you are. The president is given His/Her Excellency as a title; apostle, reverend, Bishop, Pastor and the likes are given to the men of the clergy; Otumfuo is a title given to the Asante king and the list continues. When the name of a person is mentioned, it gives an indication of who the person is. For Abram and Sarai to be eternally acknowledged as the father and mother of many nations respectively, God gave them a new identification. The identification explained to everyone who they were. That is why God is not the God of Abram, but rather the God of Abraham.

There is a saying that walls have ears. If the wind could recognise the voice of Jesus and calm down, if Jesus could say that mountains could be displaced if we speak to it, then I believe your situation can be changed by what you say it should be. I am not necessarily saying that the situation has ears, but I can confidently say that your situation will respond to your definition of it. Define it then!!!

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SPIRIT BOOSTER

By: Kwaku Peprah Adjei

Theme: Define it

Text: Genesis 17:5

 No longer will you be called Abram[b]; your name will be Abraham,[c] for I have made you a father of many nations.

MESSAGE

Last week we ended by stating that things really are what they are called. They are what they are because of what they were/are named. We have learnt so far that God was the first to name things. Whatever He named came into being. We also learnt that names represent our identity not because it serves as a convenient way to distinguish us from others, but because it defines us.  Let me take this discussion to another level.

A change of identity needs a change of identification. When God, in the fullness of time, was bringing into fulfilment his promise to Abram, He called him Abraham to signify the new position he was being shifted to. His wife Sarah, also received a change of name. Their new dimension needed a new way of identification. Their names reflected who they were going to be. If you want to change who you are, you need to change the way people identify you.

To change the situation around you, you need to give it a new identification. Forget about the hypocrisy and the guilt game. You are only changing your situation prophetically. Think about this scripture as we delve deeper tomorrow: “Beat your ploughshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears. Let the weakling say, “I am strong!”” (Joel 3:10). The situation becomes what you say it should be and not just what you wish it was.

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