OVERCOMING TEMPTATIONS (10): LIVE IN FORGIVENESS

I was teaching a class a while back. When we touched on the subject of forgiveness and why it was important, a young man took a deep sigh and shared his journey: His father was not the perfect role model. He was a pain to his family. He would get drunk and act in strange ways. The son said he […]

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OVERCOMING TEMPTATIONS (9): DEAL WITH GREED

There was a time when I needed to travel. It was for an official matter. The office had released money for the trip. I was meant to use it to fuel the car. That morning, as much as I tried, I could it locate my driver’s license. By the time I saw it, it was too late for a trip. […]

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OVERCOMING TEMPTATIONS (8): VOICE OF CAUTION AND CORRECTION 

Things went really bad in a particular home. The woman of the house decided to pack out. The man of the house reached out to their teacher and pastor. When the pastor called, the wife said to him, “Sir, I cannot believe he called you. Anytime I mentioned that I would tell you about his actions, he would always respond […]

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OVERCOMING TEMPTATIONS 7- FEAR THE LORD

A minister of the gospel fell into sin and was sentenced to some years of  imprisonment. Out of love and concern, even though a lot of people abandoned him, another minister went to visit him in prison.  While they had some time to chat, the minister asked: “At what point did you stop loving God that made you fall into this […]

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OVERCOMING TEMPTATION 6: RUN AWAY FROM FRIENDS WHO EXCUSE SIN

A young man narrated once how he had a friend who earned significantly less than him but would always invite him to the bar. His friend would order drinks and bring girls. This young man would be the one to pay the bills. There were times he would have no business spending the night at a hotel but he would […]

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OVERCOMING TEMPTATION (5): HAVE NO CONFIDENCE IN THE FLESH 

There was an episode about eleven years ago. We were preparing for a major meeting. After a young man volunteered to drop off some of the stewards who worked till late that evening, it was just a young man, a young lady, and myself that were left in the church.  The young man approached me and said, “Good night, sir.” […]

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OVERCOMING TEMPTATIONS (4): SPEAK! DO NOT STAY SILENT

When I told him that, “When next lustful thoughts cross your mind, simply say ‘No! I will not do that in Jesus name’”. He was shocked and asked, “Is that all?” I said ‘Yes, that is all.’ I then recommended a teaching on the Lordship of Christ since he asked for more *(You can download it at www.ngcc.church/messages)* Some days […]

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OVERCOMING TEMPTATIONS (3): KNOW WHAT IS WRITTEN

Back in the day, we watched quite some traditional movies. In those days, it was always a clash between good forces and evil forces. There is always a final battle between the two parties (if you know ‘Abija’ and ‘Fadeyi Oloro’ in Yoruba movies, you will understand this) That final battle was a battle of words in incantations and declarations. […]

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OVERCOMING TEMPTATIONS 2: OBEY THE PROMPT OF THE SPIRIT

As a young unmarried man, I was visiting a neighbour some years ago. As we talked, her boyfriend called. It turned out to be a heated conversation. It was an uncomfortable one. Just as she dropped the call, she looked and said, “If not for your presence here, I would have smashed this phone”. She then burst into tears. As […]

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OVERCOMING TEMPTATIONS (1): YOUR DESIRE IS THE TRAP

As a young child, I loved festive seasons, but it came with many temptations. Mummy would fry chicken. We usually call it ‘chicken peri-peri.’ It was always tasty. The chicken always seems to be calling my name. I do my best not to answer, but I always just return to the fridge to check it out and look at it.  […]

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