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The GREAT EXCHANGE For SERVICE – Intercessory Prayer Part 1* –  *_Who To Pray For, What to Pray For and How to Pray For

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*The GREAT EXCHANGE For SERVICE – Intercessory Prayer Part 1* –  *_Who To Pray For, What to Pray For and How to Pray For._*

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*1 Timothy 2:1-2 New International Version (NIV)*
_Instructions on Worship_
2 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

*Romans 12:1-2. New International Version (NIV)*
_A Living Sacrifice_

12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

*Romans 8:34-39 The Message (MSG)*
31-33 So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture:

*Introduction*

*Acceptable Service*  _unto the Lord is birthed in prayer, sustained in prayer and completed in prayer for the services to be acceptable sacrifice unto the Lord because effective prayer is prayer that engaging the Father in conversation and the mind of God is prayed and deployed in acceptable service that brings down God’s will and kingdom agenda in our sphere(place, people or think)._

Our services as *kingdom agent* is usually towards people (friends and for) just like Abraham was called to be a father of *MANY NATIONS and a BLESSING* to nations not just to himself but to all nations,  *Joseph* was used by God to deliver human race from famine that would have obliterated humanity,  Moses was sent to deliver the children of Israel from slavery and usher them into the promised land and Jesus came to deliver mankind from the darkness.
*Prayer of intercession* is a critical part of service and we must all be ready and willing to prevail in prayer to birth, sustain and complete the service.

*While we ordinarily first bring our own needs to God in prayer, and then think of what belongs to God and His interests, the Master reverses the order.  First,  Thy  name,  Thy  kingdom,  Thy  will; then, give us,  forgive  us, lead  us,  deliver us. Worship  of the Father must be first, must be all.*

  The sooner I learn to forget myself in the *desire* that HE may be glorified, the richer will the blessing be that prayer will bring to myself and others I am interceding for.  No one ever loses by what he sacrifices for the Father. This must influence all our prayer.*

There are two sorts of prayer:  *personal and intercessory.*  The latter ordinarily occupies the lesser part of our time and energy.  This must not be.

We have done too much of personal prayer,  we want to to focus on selfless prayer in this series of the GREAT exchange for SERVICE. At the end of these series,  you will begin to hear God, you will begin to see things,  you will begin to love where you has difficult to and you will begin to see answers to prayers because you praying in the pattern of heaven.

So who do we pray for, how do we pray and what d we pray for as priest in God’s kingdom?

*WHO?*
We can break these into 5 Who(s). As follows:

List of *people, places or things* to pray in the place of intercession

*1) Who has recently stop being a believer, or backsliden or stop believing?*

*2) Who can you have coffee or tea or go to eat with or easily engage with who has an issue or does not know God?*

*3) Who is it that could be difficult to be a believer?*

*4) Who is our immediate Neigbour who do not believe?*

*5) Who share your interest, who are  your connectors , people that are easy to connect with that do not know God or have an issue requiring God’s intervene?*

*WHAT?*

As a priest,  I will present them to God asking for God’s name to be hallowed , God’s Kingdom To manifest,  God’s will To be done in their lives.

*HOW?*
I must Know and realise deep down that I am first and foremost a priest in God’s kingdom. In doing so,  God gives life so I must bless not curse. I am not a disciple of satan. Let God take care of the cursing part. Jesus said I should bless even my enemies.

*1 Peter 2:4-10*

4 Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious,
5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a *holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.*
6 Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, “Behold, I lay in Zion A chief cornerstone, elect, precious, And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.”
7 Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, “The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone,”
8 and “A stone of stumbling And a rock of offense.” They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed.
9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.

So How do I present these?

*Facing God,*  I present the WHO and I thank God for that WHO present the situation as it is.  Asking that is name,  kingdom and will be done.  If the person is sick,  I bring the scripture relevant into focus and agree with that scripture. I then thank God and get into listening mode to see what God will say to me concerning the people.  He might give me more content for the person,  the place or the thing.

*Facing the person, place or thing and bringing into focus.*  I then begin to speak God’s desire for His name,  kingdom and will in that person,  place or thing. Any additional revelation the Lord gives,  me,  I add to it.  I go like this.  ” Who so,  so and so,  I call forth the name , the kingdom and the will upon your life.  I declare that you are healed,  restored and made who. ” etc depending on circumstances.  I don’t stop until the Lord says stop or a new content is provided.
We can do this for not just a person but a country,  a nation,  a home a place or thing.

*Author Spotlight : Andrew Murray*

*Andrew Murray (9 May 1828 – 18 January 1917) was a South African writer, teacher and Christian pastor. Murray considered missions to be “the chief end of the church”*

Andrew Murray was the second child of Andrew Murray Sr. (1794–1866), a Dutch Reformed Church missionary sent from Scotland to South Africa. He was born in Graaff Reinet, South Africa. His mother, Maria Susanna Stegmann, was of French Huguenot and German Lutheran descent.

Murray was sent to Aberdeen in Scotland for his initial education, together with his elder brother, John. Both remained there until they obtained their master’s degrees in 1845. From there, they both went to the University of Utrecht where they studied theology. The two brothers became members of Het Réveil, a religious revival movement opposed to the rationalism which was in vogue in the Netherlands at that time. Both brothers were ordained by the Hague Committee of the Dutch Reformed Church on 9 May 1848 and returned to the Cape.

Murray married Emma Rutherford in Cape Town, South Africa, on 2 July 1856. They had eight children together (four boys and four girls).

Murray pastored churches in Bloemfontein, Worcester, Cape Town and Wellington, all in South Africa. He was a champion of the South African Revival of 1860.

*In 1889, he was one of the founders of the South African General Mission (SAGM), along with Martha Osborn and Spencer Walton. After Martha Osborn married George Howe, they formed the South East Africa General Mission (SEAGM) in 1891. SAGM and SEAGM merged in 1894. Because its ministry had spread into other African countries, the mission’s name was changed to Africa Evangelical Fellowship (AEF) in 1965. AEF joined with Serving In Mission (SIM) in 1998 and continues to this day.*

Through his writings, Murray was also a key “Inner Life” or “Higher Life” or Keswick leader, and his theology of faith healing and belief in the continuation of the apostolic gifts made him a significant forerunner of the Pentecostal movement.

In 1894, Murray was visited by John McNeill and Rev. J Gelson Gregson, the ex-British Army Chaplain and Keswick convention speaker

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The Great Exchange for Services – Life is for learning and learning for life – Spotlight on Watchman Nee and Witness Lee

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Title – The Great Exchange for Services – Life is for learning and learning for life – Spotlight on Watchman Nee and Witness Lee

Date – Sunday, 19thof August 2018

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Day #40 of 40

Basic Scriptures: Daniel 12:3 -Those who are wisewill shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.

John 21:25 – Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.

Author Spotlight: Who Is Watchman Nee?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction.

In the last couple of months, we have laid the foundation for “the great exchange for service” so that you can begin to explore and make yourself available for selfless service for the expansion of the kingdom of God here on earth. In the coming months, we shall be bringing to you those who have done exploits in the kingdom. Books were written and some are available on http://shop.otakada.org, on http://www.otakada.organd other sources to help you build on your own with the help of those who have gone ahead of you and me.

I have never seen a doctor that has stopped reading that is effective or a nurse, a preacher, evangelist, prophet, an architect or a teacher. Even Jesus read from the books about His call. How then can we become effective in our race in the kingdom without giving ourselves to study? I encourage you to prayerfully investigate the areas of calling, look for books written by God’s messengers who have traveled that route and see how you will begin to be effective in the area of your call. Today, we are looking at Watchman NEE who touched China with selfless service for the kingdom.

Do you want to grow, then begin reading books on the Greats of bible and the messengers like Watchman Nee, Witness Lee, Billy Graham, Robert Liardon, Joyce Meyer, T.D – Jakes, Lambert Okafor of Holy Ghost School and a host of others who have touched lives. They are not perfect, only God is. But they have something written that we will do well to learn for effectiveness in the place of our calling. You have a call and I have one.

What would you want to be remembered for? What would you exchange your life for? Pray about it, find it, read on it and start doing it. That is your exchange for service.

The backdrop to Watchman Nee’s testimony

There are over 115million Christians in China today and are more  as most are underground. Christianity first reached China in the 7th century AD, brought by Nestorian Eastern Syriac believers. Roman Catholic missionaries arrived in the 13th century and in the early 1300s there was even briefly a Franciscan archbishop in Peking.  but did not take root until it was reintroduced in the 16th century by Jesuit missionaries. Today, it comprises CatholicsProtestantsEvangelicals and a small number of Orthodox Christians.

Starting in the early 1800s, God put a calling into the hearts of many Western Christians to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to China again. Through much sacrifice, these missionaries gave themselves to preach the gospel in a place where it hadn’t gone before. As a result, slowly but surely, people who had previously never heard the name of Jesus were brought to Christ the Savior.

Then in 1900 during the violence and upheaval of the Boxer Rebellion, Chinese believers were persecuted and martyred. Many missionaries were also killed. In the aftermath of such sacrifice and loss, Christians in the West persevered in their burden for China and continued to offer up fervent prayers for its people.

In the 1920s, the Lord answered these prayers and began to call young people to Himself in China. The gospel reached the educated circles, and many college students were brought to Christ. One hundred years of missionary work and sacrifice, followed by years of desperate prayer, had paved the way for the Lord to raise up a whole generation of young Chinese Christians. It was from among that generation that the Lord called Watchman Nee.

Watchman Nee’s salvation

Watchman Nee was born into a Christian home in China, but he hadn’t received Christ as his Savior. As an educated young man, he considered Christian preaching to be the lowest occupation on earth. He was very intelligent, very capable, and had big plans for his future.

In 1920, when he was 17 years old, Watchman Nee attended his parents’ church where a well-known evangelist came to preach the gospel. Many in the congregation believed in the Lord and were saved right then. But Watchman Nee was not, for though he was moved by the gospel, he also realized that if he received Christ as his Savior, that meant he would also receive Christ as his Lord and serve Him for the rest of his life.

For a young man with such capacity and such dreams as Nee, this realization created great inner turmoil. Not long after hearing the gospel preached that day, however, Nee was alone in his room and recognized that he had no peace. Troubled, he was unable to sleep, so he knelt down to pray. One after another, his sins came before him. He saw that he was a sinner. He also saw a wounded Savior on the cross, with open arms waiting to receive him.

Overwhelmed by such love, Nee wept. He confessed his sinfulness to the Lord and immediately felt the burden of sin lifted. For the first time in his life he felt real peace and joy. His immediate and willing response was to consecrate himself to the Lord for His service for the rest of his life.

Watchman Nee’s testimony

After his salvation, Watchman Nee immediately sought to know the Lord Jesus in the Word of God and through classic Christian books and the spiritual writings of other believers. He read voraciously and, blessed with a keen mind, was able to remember what he read. In a short time, he himself began to write on matters of the Christian life in magazines, tracts, and books. He also translated important Christian works from English into Chinese for others to benefit from.

In addition to carrying out his ministry through writing and publishing, Nee also gave spoken messages in various places in China. In 1938 he gave messages in Europe that eventually were published as The Normal Christian Life.

Nee was manifested as a particular gift from God to the Body of Christ, ministering from the Word in a country that had long been deprived of not only the basic truths in the Bible, but also the deeper truths revealed in God’s Word. Through his ministry, the Lord raised up hundreds of believers and churches in China. Not only so, countless other believers have received light and spiritual nourishment from God’s Word through Nee’s written ministry. Even now, the writings of Watchman Nee continue to have great impact on Christians all over the world.

Nee was arrested by the Chinese government for his faith in 1952. He remained imprisoned for 20 years, steadfast in his faith until his death in a labor camp in 1972. In 2009, the United States Congress recognized Neefor his devotion to his faith and his contributions to Christianity worldwide.

After Nee’s death, a guard found these words he’d written on a piece of paper in his room:

“Christ is the Son of God who died for the redemption of sinners and resurrected after three days. This is the greatest truth in the universe. I die because of my belief in Christ.”

STATE OF THE CHURCH IN CHINA AND THE NEED FOR PRAYER FOR CHINA

If Karl Marx is to be believed and religion is the “opiate of the masses,” then China is waging a new opium war. Threatened by the rapid, uncontrolled growth of Christianity, the Communist Party is gearing up for a sweeping crackdown.

Although China is officially an atheist nation, Protestant Christianity is thriving. According to some estimates, there are as many as 115 million Protestants in China, and it is one of the fastest growing demographics in the country. One analyst predicts that by 2030, China will have more than 247 million Christians, including Catholics, making it the world’s largest congregation.

But much to the authoritarian government’s chagrin, the overwhelming majority of this booming cohort of Chinese Christians are meeting in underground churches. Only state-sanctioned religious organizations are allowed to operate in China, and official churches are closely watched.

In recent years, many state-sanctioned churches have been forced to install surveillance cameras, and preachers, selected by the government, are monitored to ensure that their sermons do not broach taboo topics.

“They want the pastor to preach in a Communist way. They want to train people to practice in a Communist way,” said an underground church leader, who spoke anonymously to the Telegraph.

The preacher explained that state churches often avoid potentially subversive portions of the Bible. For instance, the Old Testament book that tells the story of Daniel, who is exiled and refuses to worship the king as he is ordered and instead worships God, is “very dangerous.”

Preachers have also been pressured to show their loyalty to the Communist Party and have taken to praising President Xi Jinping and incorporating party propaganda into their sermons.

It is these heavy-handed tactics that have made many Chinese Christians turn to underground churches. According to Yang Fenggang, a professor of sociology at Purdue University, of China’s estimated 93 to 115 million Christians, less than 30 million attend official churches.

This disparity has caught the attention of state officials, and earlier this month new regulations aimed at curbing non-state sanctioned houses of worship were passed.

The new law has taken effect in February 2, 2018 and is imposing heavy fines on organizers of unofficial religious events and prohibit them from carrying out basic functions like receiving donations, providing religious information online, or teaching children.

Wang Zuoan, head of the State Administration for Religious Affairs, explained that the new law was necessary because “the foreign use of religion to infiltrate [China] intensifies by the day and religious extremist thought is spreading in some areas.”

 

CONCLUSION – There is no success without a successor. Next week, we shall be introducing Witness Lee who took over from where Watchman Nee ended. Watchman Nee mentored Witness Lee. Do you have anyone one you are mentoring at the moment or you think you are not qualified? I beg to disagree. You have something to offer as long as it brings glory to God. Remember, Life is for learning and the learning is for life from books, people, self and of-course from the spirit of the living God.

What would you want to be remembered for? What would you exchange your life for? Pray about it, find it and start doing it. That is your exchange for service.

Have a BLESSED week!

Monday Ogwuojo Ogbe e-discipleship team at otakada.org

 

 

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Brethren, in the series on “the great exchange for service,” this last topic crown it all. The question of our BEING and our DOING. What comes first? Who we are or What we do? The correct answer to this question will aid our acceleration and speed to maturity as our rubber hits the road of our Christian race, this is where God defines whose are His and whose are of the devil and eventually our aboard in eternity.

In addressing proper positioning for service with the question of being and doing, We will explore ten (10) scriptures to give clarity. We will talk a bit on doctrine, importance of personal study, and self-examination or testing with the help of the Holy Spirit to look ourselves at the mirror and have the Holy Spirit play back to us our true self so that we can yield to His transforming power in our lives. We will also look the maturing process and how it ties into service. On self-confrontation or self-examination, I did this some time ago and was shocked at the rubbish I was still carrying which has helped me to yield to the slow and steady transforming work of the Holy Spirit. There are 202 images or vices to look at. Take your time!

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*The Great Exchange for Service* :- *_I must Cut Myself Loose of every weight_*

We mentioned in our earlier writings that when we ask God to use us, He takes us through a process of preparation in His on school with the help of the Holy Spirit so that when we are deployed to the place of assignment, we will be relevant and ready to be effect agents of transformation in the hands of the master for good works.

Let’s explore a few scriptures to help put things in proper order :

*Hebrew 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.*

Another scripture reads in

*Philippians 3:12-14 New Living Translation (NLT)*
_Pressing toward the Goal_
_12 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it,[a] but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us._

And

_John 14:26 when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative–that is, the Holy Spirit–he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you._

The Holy Spirit is going to be the teacher, the examiner, the adviser, the reminder and when it really gets though, He takes on the role of a the comforter.

90% of the work of preparation for Service will be within us, the Mrs flesh and 10% will be outside us. Outside us means outside the church. In the marketplace, the no go areas where we classify sinner zones. That was exactly what Jesus did and that is where our effectiveness will be evident. The church is the sharpening ground so we can go back out and show forth the praise of the one who has recruited us into the service. We must be willing to take risk in launching out. It is while we are on the way that the Holy Spirit takes over.

To help with initiating and beginning this personal training to address the 90% within, several books have been written but this one stands out in the way the material is organised and results and testimonies it delivers. We will recommend a set of books that have helped me and so many others in a laying proper foundation at our own pace and time with the grace and help of the Holy Spirit.

To begin, hit the link below to review the materials in e-book format on otakada.Org written by LaFAMCALL end time ministries or get it elsewere as it is widely available.

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Shalom!

Monday Ogwuojo Ogbe – e-Discipleship otakada.Org