JULY 2018 REVIVAL WEEK – POWER COMMUNION SERVICE – 25TH JULY 2018
ANCHOR SCRIPTURE(S): 2 TIMOTHY 3:1-5
MESSAGE TOPIC: HINDRANCES TO THE LIFESTYLE OF DEDICATION TO GOD
By: Dr. Paul Enenche
SERVICE OBJECTIVE: Understanding the things that hinder our dedication to God
THINGS TO NOTE:
1. Dedication to God is such a valuable and profitable quality that must be defended and protected at all cost
2. Dedication to God is such a danger and threat to the enemy so he tries hard to frustrate the virtue of dedication
3. Dedication to God is a quality or virtue that does not just happen, it is made to happen (Phil. 3:10-14)
HINDRANCES TO THE LIFESTYLE OF DEDICATION TO GOD:
1. Disappeared first love (Rev. 2:1-5; Rev. 3:14-16)
WHAT IS A DISAPPEARED FIRST LOVE?
1a. A state of lukewarmness
1b. A state of non-total commitment (Exo. 10:24)
1c. A life of ease and complacence (Amos 6:1; Ps. 84:7-8; Prov. 4:18)
WHAT CAN MAKE FIRST LOVE DISAPPEAR?
Influence from the attitude and lifestyle of older but fireless Christians
i. Never let a mortal human being limit your passion for God
ii. Never let your attitude towards God destroy the dedication of another person
Protect your first love!
2. Unequal yoking (ungodly associations) (2Cor. 6:14-18; 7:1; 1Kings 3:3; 11:1-8; 1Cor. 15:33; 2Sam. 13:1-32)
Your relationship will either change you for good or mar you
Make up your mind that anybody not going your direction does not qualify for your association.
HOW DOES UNEQUAL YOKING AFFECT DEDICATION?
2a. Your association interferes with your conviction
2b. Association influences action, consciously or unconsciously
2c. Company determines mind-set; association affects discretion
2d. Company determines lifestyle
Love liberally but relate selectively
Never apologize for doing the right thing
Unequal yoking can happen in normal everyday relationships, in business relationships, in marriage etc.
Beware who you marry; they may introduce you to strange altars! (1Kings 11:1-8)
Anybody who does not possess your character does not qualify for your company
Be careful who you give your ears and heart to!
3. Enemy confrontations and distractions (Job 2:9-10; 13:15; 42:10-17; Matt. 11:2-6)
HOW DOES ENEMY CONFRONTATION AFFECT DEDICATION?
3a. It causes the saints to be offended with God
3b. It causes the saints to slow down their commitment
3c. It causes the saints to see God as the source of their problems
3d. It weakens the motivation and enthusiasm to serve God
Depression is the foundation of destruction; anytime you agree to be depressed because you feel offended in God; you have signed up for destruction
Every time the devil wants you to reduce your commitment, that is the time to increase it because it is your commitment that will guarantee your fulfilment
The very thing the devil doesn’t want you to do is the very thing that will guarantee your turn around from captivity; refuse to give up on God and you shall go up in life
Confidence in God is a rewardable journey; you cannot trust God in vain (Heb. 10:35-39)
Patience is remaining firm despite pressure; drawing back equals destruction (Heb. 10:36-39)
Father, I refuse the trap of offence, I refuse to be confronted unto lukewarmness in Jesus’ Name! I refuse to be associated with the ungodly, I refuse unequal yoking oh Lord, in Jesus’ Name.
Father, help me never to lose my first love; return me back to my first love, in Jesus’ Name.
Father, thank You for Your Word to us tonight. To You be all the glory Lord
Father, in the Name of Jesus, thank You for the diverse answers You have given to our prayers since this 7-day prayer and fasting season began – Ps. 118:23.
Father, in the Name of Jesus, let the evil imaginations of the Fulani Jihadists in Nigeria return upon their own heads, their sponsors and coverings, whosoever they may be, so that peace can be restored to Nigeria – Psa. 7:16
Father, in the Name of Jesus, destroy the sources of funding and supplies of these Fulani Jihadists, thereby establishing lasting peace in Nigeria – Isa. 31:1-5.
Father, in the Name of Jesus, cause these Fulani Jihadists to hear the noise of Your chariots of fire and flee away from their hiding places, thereby granting lasting peace to the nation – 2 Kgs 7:3-7
Father, in the Name of Jesus, set confusion in the camps of these Fulani Jihadists and let them begin to attack themselves, until they become extinct, so that the peace of Nigeria can be restored – 2 Chr. 20:20-24
Father, in the Name of Jesus, we decree the liberty of all our new converts from all forms of spells, enchantments and generational curses, so they can abide in Your Church (Dunamis) for life – Num. 23:23.
Father, by the Blood of Jesus, we decree vengeance upon all the gods of the land resisting the continuous growth of Your Church (Dunamis) thereby leading to supernatural multiplication of membership in this prophetic season – Ex. 12:12.
Father, in the Name of Jesus, gather unprecedented and abiding multitudes into our Testimonies & Thanksgiving Service this coming Sunday, and grant every worshipper their desired testimonies by the Word – Isa.9:8
– Communion of first love; fresh fire and passion for God is released; anyone’s prayer life, worship life, giving life and intimacy for God that is dead is resurrected
– whatever be that daily bread you are trusting God for is released!
– The healing you are looking for is released, that financial breakthrough is also released!
– Every trace of shame and ignominy is disappearing from your life in Jesus’ Name!