GOD GAVE THE INCREASE

“I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that plants any thing, neither he that waters; but God that gives the increase. Now he that plants and he that waters are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are laborers together with God” (1Cor 3:6-9)

The service was very good. We prayed against evil spirits of religion, sickness, armed robbery, depression, poverty and fear. The praise was wonderful. Have you seen children worshipping God in Spirit and in Truth? We are blessed to have children like Lolade, Ibukun and Yemogho, little girls who love Jesus with all their hearts, ministering in songs and prayers. Of course, the Holy Spirit responded and came down on us all. Then the message followed:

The church at Corinth was gifted but worldly. The brethren quarreled, got jealous on one another and divided the Body. These are the marks of carnal baby Christians. The cure for such a spiritual sickness is to become mature believers. God saves us and ‘hire’ us as laborers for Him and with Him. If you are saved by Christ and refuse to work for Him, you shall remain immature spiritually. You will be jealous on others, on their blessings and you shall quarrel every day. But if you chose to obey God’s call for service, He will reward you. The greater the labour the greater the reward. The more you are faithful to God, giving Him all the glory, the greater shall be your reward.

There are different forms of ministry and each is rewarded by God. Men can preach and men can encourage with the strength of God. But no man can make you fruitful. Only God gives the ‘increase’. The meaning of increase is to make ‘better’ . Only God can make the seed grow into a tree. Give thanks to God for your increase. God has blessed you, your family and business! Continue to serve Him to the end! May God make your life ‘better’! In Jesus name, amen!

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