Do you know that Jesus really and truly loves you? It was His love for you that made Him to take the painful way of the cross. So that by dying and shedding His own holy and precious blood on the cross, you would be reconciled to God your Father and obtain forgiveness for your sins and be saved. (Colossians 1:19-23; 2:13-15)

What a love! What a true love!


Please, give your life to Jesus today and experience a newness of life. You will be a different person. According to 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”

Your old life with its condemnation and punishment has truly passed away. While your sanctified new life, set apart for godly purposes has begun with its enviable testimonies as soon as you receive Jesus as your personal Lord and Saviour.

For practical guide on how to give your life to Jesus, kindly click this link Soul Winner News Letter

I have prayed for you. Watch out for God’s miracles in your life, business and family as you give your life to Jesus today. Shalom!



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By Romanus O. Obiekosi 

“I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have destroyed it, but I found none. So I will pour out my wrath on them and consume them with my fiery anger, bringing down on their own heads all they have done, declares the Sovereign Lord”. Ezekiel 22:30-31.

From the above Biblical text, it is clear that God is waiting for someone to lift up their voices in prayer concerning a situation so that He (God) can step in and intervene.

Someone might ask, “must we pray to God before God
will intervene in our situations?” and I would boldly answer YES!

God asks us to pray to Him. Matthew 5:44; 7:7-8;  2Chronicles 7:14;  Job 42:8; Jesus taught us to pray Matthew 6:9.

Jesus prayed.  Matthew 26:26; John 17:20

Praying to God is an act of obedience, acknowledgment of His Sovereignty, Lordship and belief of His existence and demonstration of faith in His ability to do all things. There are so many other reasons why we must pray to God.

Stand for Others

When the Israelites provoked God in the wilderness when they made a golden cafe and worshiped it, God was angry with and was ready to wipe them off the face of the earth and create a new nation through Moses. But Moses stood in the gap on their behalf and pleaded with the Lord, and sought His favour, and the Lord relented. (Exodus 32:1-14)

Mary the mother of Jesus stood on behalf of the wedding celebrants at Cana who almost got disgraced at the climax of the event when they ran out of wine. Ordinarily, Jesus would have remained mute on the situation at hand, with the crucial reason that His divine timing for miracle working hasn’t  come yet. But because of the fact that God does not ignore he/she that stands in the gap interceding for the needs of others, right then, He performed His very first miracle. (John 2:1-11).

Do you know that God through the intercession of Abraham would have spared Sodom and Gomorrah if He had found five (5) persons who were righteous in those cities?  God took time and exercised patience to listen to Abraham because He longs to meet intercessors. But, none was found righteous among them. (Genesis 18:20-33)

I have been opportuned to preach this topic in two separate gathering of believers. And as a Nigerian, I made bold to tell them that the reason Nigeria is still existing as a nation today is because many intercessors are standing in the gap crying on behalf of the helpless poor masses.

It is also applicable to other nations of the world were there are high degree of profanity and sacrilegious activities being executed on daily basis. When there is a man to pray, there’s already the Might Merciful  God to answer.

I have come to discover that there are much problems among families where there is no single individual person who stands in the gap on behalf of other members of the family praying down the mercy and favour of God compared to a family where there are intercessors. The difference is always clear.
Whenever there’s someone to cry out for others, God will always be ready to turn things around.

There are things God will never do unless someone cries out to Him. Dorcas wouldn’t have regained her life if her beneficiaries did not stand on her behalf and fetched Apostle Peter who revived her. (Acts 9:32-43)

It is a big error for a family not to have at least one intercessor.

Think about your family.
Is there an intercessor in your family? You can take up this challenge today, and see what a drastic change it will usher in your life and family.

I’m writing base on personal experience. I am my family’s intercessor. We are enjoying abundant providence of God today. May that be your testimony also as you rise  to this challenge today in Jesus Name. Amen
May God’s grace see you through.

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By Emily Jones for CBN

A 150-year-old church in Wakefield, Mass. erupted into flames Tuesday during a lightning storm. While most of the church was destroyed, one thing survived the inferno – a large painting of Jesus.

Parishioners were meeting at The First Baptist Church of Wakefield Tuesday when a fire was reported at about 7 p.m.

Firefighters and community members battled the blaze for three hours. Wakefield Fire Chief Michael Sullivan says the church, which has a 180-foot-spire, is completely destroyed.

However, people were shocked when they saw a first responder emerge from the burned-out church with a perfectly preserved painting of Jesus.

According to the Boston Globe, neither fire, smoke, nor water destroyed the picture.

“What a beautiful reminder that the Lord we serve is alive and active,” the church wrote in a Facebook post.

Some church members see it as a miraculous sign from God.

“The building had been ravaged by the fire, so it’s amazing that anything on the inside made it out intact. At a time when our church community was experiencing a lot of grief, I think God was sending us a reminder that we should keep our eyes on Jesus, who is still alive and active. The building may be gone, but our church is still here, and the God we serve is definitely still here,” Maria Kakolowski a church member told CBN News.

The Globe reports that the painting will be given to a former pastor.

Kakolowski said the church is taking the recovery process “one step at a time.”

The First Baptist Church has set up a GoFundMe page to help the aftermath and recovery.

The church also posted a statement on its website expressing complete faith in God.

“We know that we serve a God who specializes in restoring brokenness and who can bring beauty even from ashes,” the statement reads. “So we move into the future with trust, hope, and gratitude.”

Righteousness, Peace, Joy in the Holy Ghost-Ron Kenoly


By Lindy Lowry in Stories of Persecution (Open Doors USA)

We are reporting difficult news today about kidnapped Nigerian Christian schoolgirl Leah Sharibu—one month after a faction of Boko Haram, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), surfaced a video of an execution of a kidnapped aid worker and issued a one-month deadline to the Nigerian government, threatening to kill Leah and two other kidnapped aid workers abducted during a March 2018 raid on a military facility in Rann.

One month to the day of their recent deadline, ISWAP militants have released a video of the second execution of one of the two remaining kidnapped aid workers, 24-year-old midwife Hauwa Leman. They also threatened to keep Leah Sharibu and the third aid worker, Alice Ngaddah, as “slaves for life.”


In a short clip seen by a special correspondent of Nigerian newspaper The Cable, a spokesperson for the Islamic extremist group said:

“We have kept our word exactly as we said, by killing Hauwa Leman, who is working with the International Committee of the Red Cross.

“Saifura and Hauwa were killed because they are considered as Murtads (apostates) by the group because they were once Muslims that have abandoned their Islam, the moment they chose to work with the Red Cross, and for us, there is no difference between Red Cross and UNICEF.

“If we see them, we will kill the apostates among them, men or women, and choose to kill or keep the infidels as slaves, men or women.”


In the same statement issued today, militants threatened to keep Leah Sharibu and the third aid worker, Alice Ngaddah, as “our slaves, ”The Cable reported.

“From today, Sharibu and Ngaddah are now our slaves. Based on our doctrines, it is now lawful for us to do whatever we want to do with them.”

Both Leah and Alice are Christians. Alice is a mother of two who works with UNICEF. Leah was one of 110 girls kidnapped from the Government Girls’ Science and Technical College in Dapchi on February 19, 2018. While her Muslim classmates were released through back-channel efforts, Leah was kept captive because she refused to renounce her faith in Christ.

Since then, her parents and Christian groups across Nigeria and the world have pleaded for Leah’s return. A week before the deadline, her mother, Rebecca Sharibu, held a press conference expressing her anguish and begging the government to “bring Leah back.”

“As we are approaching October 15, on Monday, I am pleading with the federal government, and the president, to hear my plea and the plea of Leah’s dad to secure the release of our daughter,” Rebecca said.

Watch footage from Rebecca Sharibu’s recent press conference:

On Sunday, 24 hours before ISWAP’s deadline, the International Committee of the Red Cross urged the group to free the women:

“We urge you: spare and release these women. They are a midwife, a nurse, and a student. Like all those abducted, they are not part of any fight,” said Patricia Danzi, director of ICRC Operations in Africa. “They are daughters and sisters, one is a mother — women with their futures ahead of them, children to raise, and families to return to.”

Nigerian Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, described the killing as “dastardly, inhuman and ungodly,” saying “nothing can justify the shedding of the blood of innocent people …

“We are deeply pained by this killing, just like we were by the recent killing of Saifura Ahmed, the first aid worker. However, we will keep the negotiations open and continue to work to free the innocent women who remain in the custody of their abductors.”

In recent months, ISWAP has issued a number of messages aimed at putting pressure on Nigerian authorities to pay ransoms for the release of Leah and the kidnapped aid workers, without success.


Pray for God’s protection over Leah physically, mentally and spiritually. We pray that not a hair on this young girl’s head would be touched or harmed. Ask God to reveal to her a vision of His army of warrior angels as they surround her.

Pray for the other hostages with Leah, especially Alice Loksha Ngaddah. God, we ask for her protection and that these two believers would find comfort and courage in each other, praying together.

Pray for strength–that Leah and Alice would be reminded of Your promise to never leave or forsake them. We pray for Your words to flow through their minds.

Pray for peace. We pray for calmness of spirit that only God can provide. Ask God to give Leah, Alice and their families enduring patience, to place peace that passes all our understanding in their hearts and as others see that peace, many will come to know Christ.

Pray for a bold witness. Ask God to be Leah’s and Alice’s light in this darkness and make their lives living testimonies. May their witness be so profound to their captors’ eyes, ears and hearts that they would be opened to the truth.

Pray for comfort. Ask God to be tangibly close to Leah, Alice and their families–that His presence would give them peace, comfort, strength, faith, and even joy as they set their eyes on Him.

Pray for rescue. Pray that God would open closed doors to bring Leah, Alice and the rest of the captives home. Ask God to work a miracle so divine that it would astound her captors and lead many of them to Him. We ask that their captors’ eyes might be open to the heavenly realm and the myriad of angels surrounding them.

Pray for the families of the executed midwives. Ask God to comfort them and provide for them in ways they could never imagine.

Pray for the Nigerian government and President Buhari–that they will be convicted to work diligently and do all they can to release all hostages. Pray that the international community will not remain silent on this, but will assist the government to fulfill their responsibilities towards these citizens.

In Your Son’s name, we pray and ask for these things… #RememberLeah

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! (Ephesians 3: 20-21)

Leave your prayers for Leah and her family at our Leah Sharibu Prayer Wall where hundreds of believers have shared their hearts and words, interceding and groaning for her return. 


Govt shuts down over 8,000 churches
The government’s new regulations are seriously threatening the Christian community.

Rwanda shuts down over 8,000 churches after new laws (churchleaders)
Rwanda’s government shuts down over 8,000 churches, following new laws.
Earlier this year, the Rwanda Governance Board issued new regulations for the religious community. These included basic requirements in terms of “safety, hygiene, infrastructure, and legality.”

So far, not less than 8, 000 churches have been closed. According to a report by Rwanda’s KT Press, the number of closed churches is going to get higher.

“On checking which churches were included, we learned that all churches are suffering the same fate and that even churches considered luxurious for local standards have had to close,” an anonymous local analyst told World Watch Monitor.

Concerning the enforcement of these laws, the anonymous source said, “in one village the church was closed while a wedding was ongoing. The couple and all the guests were simply told to leave the church during the service, and the church was closed.”

The analyst continued, “Another church was stopped from having services and other meetings (such as home groups) in a school hall as an alternative after all the churches in that parish had been closed. The church had timber instead of a metal door and window frames, and was told the roof also needed to be elevated ‘just a little.'”

Reportedly, these laws have not been approved officially but this has not stopped authorities from imposing the regulations on churches, who are expected to make the required changes within the given time frame of 15 days.

“It seems that the local authorities in the different districts initially had some freedom about the degree to which they could enforce the new requirements,” the local analyst also said. “However, it now seems that those who were more lenient have been rebuked and have become stricter. In one district authorities banned all meetings of a closed church, and congregants are not even allowed to meet in home groups.”

Sainte-Famille Church in Kigali (Flickr/Adam Jones/CC)
Everything you need to know about the new laws
Here are some of the new requirements:

Toilets being a certain distance from the church entrance. In one instance local authorities entered the church halfway through the service and ordered the people to leave because the church would be closed. This church has fulfilled 80% of the requirements and was not aware of this new requirement.
Congregations have been told they also need to install a certain kind of canvas ceiling, even though that material carries a considerable fire hazard.
One church was told it needed to change its roof and rebuild one of the brick walls. This will be hard for them to do as they have already been forced to make loans and depend on the goodwill of businessmen to meet the initial requirements.
Church access roads, as well as church compounds, need to be paved.
The inside walls and ceilings in the church must be plastered and painted. Exposed brick is not allowed anymore.
All churches must have lightning-conductors.
All pastors now need to have a theological degree. This was already communicated as a requirement, but now the degree needs to be from an accredited institute.
Another new law states that only institutions that also teach science and technology can teach theology, meaning that few of the many (often highly regarded) theological institutions or Bible schools are regarded as valid.

Explaining the need for these regulations, Prof. Anastase Shyaka - Chief Executive Officer of Rwanda Governance Board said, “In fact, we discovered that the number of churches were bigger than the number of villages in the country.”

President Kagame has said that he is surprised by the large number of churches in the country, adding that Rwandans do not have the means to sustain these churches (Andrew Gombert-Pool/Getty Image)
According to him, “The number itself is not a problem but in some buildings, three or four different denominations would hold prayer services at the same time, resulting in unbearable levels of noise and unsafe environment for occupants.”

He also responded to critics who say the government is either pushing secularism or targetting certain religious denomination.

“All prayer houses including Catholic, Adventists, Muslims and born-again Churches had issues. They were all assessed and those found not meeting standards were closed down,” Prof. Shyaka told KT Radio.


(From Christian Encourager Magazine )  

The will power of man is the strength he has as a human being. Whatsoever conquers the will power conquers the man. on the other hand, anything that cannot conquer a man’s will power cannot dominate nor rule over him.

A man’s will power is the enabling force endowed him by God to dominate his environment. You cannot rule over your environment, if your will power is not strong. You need strong will to rule.

So God created man in His own image…. And God blessed them and said unto them, be fruitful and multiply. and replenish the earth and subdue it… Genesis 1:27-28

It is impossible for a man to dominate his environment and live in total victory if his will power is weakened. To dominate and conquer, one’s has to be strong. Every trouble that will attempt to dominate a man will first work on his will power, either to steal or weaken it. No sickness or problems of life can kill or destroy your life, until you give up your will to live. Therefore, whatever cannot overpower your will, cannot overpower you.

The Scriptures say:
The thief cometh not, but for to steal and to kill and to destroy; I am come that you might have life and have it abundantly John 10:10

Satan steals before he kills and destroys. Every negative pressure exerted on a man is targeted at him losing his power of resistance.

My dear reader, no matter the pressure or pain exerted on you by any situation or person, if you do not surrender your will power, you will triumph at the end. It is not about how big the problem or challenge may look; rather it is all about the strength of your will power. Therefore, we can say if your will power to live or survive is strong, you will win of problems of life, but if your will to live is weak or even gone, then you will lose to the problems of life.

Every difficult situation or satanic manipulations you encounter today are programmed to force you to accept defeat.

And when the tempter came to him, he said if thou be the Son of God command that these stones be made bread… Matthew 4:3-6

Satan tempted Jesus in diverse ways. The sole object of his temptations was to lure Jesus away and manipulate him to surrender his will power. But Jesus realizing his tricks countered him with the word of God.

If you stand out and refuse to accept the will of the devil concerning you or your family, his plan will not materialize in your life. This was the reason satan could not conquer or have control over Jesus. Jesus refused to surrender his will power to the devil. He chose to uphold the will of God. He vehemently rejected all that the devil had to offer. And the end product was that God’s perfect will was done in his life. Inner weakness is a sign of a weakened will, while inner strength is a proof of a strong will.


Listen, Jesus refused to give in to the devil attacks and tricks and the devil could not conquer him, rather he conquered the devil. It doesn’t matter what you have passed through, or are passing through or are passing through in life, one fact you must not forget is that, if your will to make it is strong and you are willing to stand your ground, resisting the devil to the end, you will conquer your situation.

Satan could not dominate Adam and Eve until they surrendered their will power to him. The temptation imposed on Adam and Eve by the devil is much the same with the one he set before Christ. Satan made several suggestions on both occasion, but he never forced either of them to succumb, because he had no power over their will.

The devil said to Adam:
“Yea, hath God saith ye shall not eat of every tree of this garden?. Genesis 3:1b

The action of Eve in the above Bible quotation was a product of the conversation she had with the devil previously. As a result of her giving consideration to the satanic suggestions, Eve’s will power was weakened, and as result, she could longer exercise control over her actions.

Whatever happens around you, the satanic movement and activities are actually targeted at what is inside you. So refuse to give in. Satan made Eve to feel and see the wrong thing. The outcome was that Eve willingly submitted her will to the devil. Satan did not impose the forbidden fruit on her, she willingly partook of it.
Today, a lot people are willingly surrendering their will powers to the devil through the nature of their desire or acceptance of their problem as a means to their death. Such people usually blame their predicaments on satan and his cohort. But the truth is that, no power can conquer or rule over you until you surrender your will power to it. We can therefore conclude that if one’s will is intact, one’s strength will remain strong. This means that strength can be sustained by keeping the will power intact.

Satan had to rely on this conversation with Eve to know the truth about God’s instructions to her and her husband at Eden. What you know that another does not know is what gives you advantage over him. Until you open to the devil the content of your heart, he has no control over it. It is to this end that the Scripture enjoins us to resist the devil. You need to understand the need to resist the devil and keep him away from your heart.
Do not give the devil any room for suggestion and arguments or any type of conversation. He should be simply resisted and forced to flee. When a man makes room for the devil’s suggestion, he risks being lured away from what he knows.
The reaction of satan when Eve opened up to him was to fire his destructive bullet immediately against her. Genesis 3:6.

Delilah could not cut the hair of Samson until she convinced him to surrender his will power. She manipulated him to expose the secret of his power to her (Judges 16:6 KJV).
So Delilah said to Samson, tell me the secret of your strength and how you can be tied and subdued (Judges 16:6 CBV).

One of the messages exposed in this translation is that when one’s will is intact, one’s strength will remain strong. This means that strength can be sustained by keeping the will intact. Until Samson told Delilah the secret of his power, he remained in control of the Philistines. He remained undefeated in battle. But the day Samson willingly  exposed the secret of his strength; he lost his immunity to defeat. Your will power is your strength. Your ability to rule over your circumstances depends on your will power. The powers from hell may be fighting had to frustrate you, but you can overcome them if you refuse to surrender your will power.


Samson lost his hair, his strength and his dominion over the Philistine. They in return ridiculed and made mockery of his God. Yet that was not the end of Samson, he refused to die until he had seen the restoration of his power. You may also have found yourself in a position of mockery, owning to your circumstances, you may have surrendered your will power to the devil like Samson did, but then do not kill yourself yet. The good news for you is that you can bounce back. You can reclaim your lost glory.

My dear reader.  Samson did not die a ridicule; he died a warrior. Samson willingly surrendered his strength to the devil.  so also he willingly recovered it. He had to fight had to regain his lost strength.
I do not know what you are passing through presently. I don’t know those desires of yours that have not materialized, but there is one thing I know very well, if your will power to overcome is strong, you will not die in your problems. It is possible to turn your circumstances around for the better. God bless you.

By Evang. Gibson C. Eze

Gibson C. Eze is a Preacher of the gospel, an Evangelist and Author with a special anointing of God upon his life. He is the CEO of Gibchim Nigeria Limited, he also the President of Gibchim Mentorship Institute and Publisher of the fast spreading Newsletter called the “Christendom.” 

He is in constant demand for conference, Retreats, conventions and Crusades within and outside the country.

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