January 2018  Edition

HAPPY NEW YEAR.....

Dear Beloved,

Welcome to the first Newsletter of this great year 2018. We bless God for bringing us into this new year. There is such an excitement of great things to happen this year. We have a great Father who is sitting on the throne in heaven, and He is in a good mood. He created a world that He loves, and He knows what to do about everything. There are certain things He has committed to each ones charge so it's a good idea to be faithful to do that.

He also wants us all to be devoted to praying through what He places on our hearts. Prayer is the key, that unlocks everything. We all need to pray.

May the Lord bring mighty acceleration and breakthrough in all areas of our lives. Amen.

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We would like you to diarize the dates for our 2018 Kingdom Conference on the flyer. We will be celebrating the 5th (fifth) anniversary of Lapis Lazuli Ministries and the work the Lord set us up to do.

We urge you to be like the friends of the paralytic man who did everything in their power to see him get before the Lord and get healed (Mark 2 v 2-10). 

Please invite and pray in all your contacts from far and wide. The Lord promises to do abundantly more than we have ever seen.

The conference is free, but bringing guest speakers, ministry teams, venues etc, costs a lot of money. Please get in touch with our office or send us an email if you would like to know how you can help us. 

If you have been blessed in any way by these  Kingdom Conferences, and would like to join us as we seek to bless so many more, please  click here to donate. Thank you.

Registration portal will open by Monday, 5th of February, 2018.

Believe and don't doubt; Ask and don't assume, . . . 


I love January because it provides a great opportunity to make all things new. Some people make new year resolutions that may involve lifestyle changes. You sometimes find gyms fill up beginning of the year, as people resolve to loose weight and live healthy. Some may choose to build their Spirit man up, so may join their churches on fasts to start the year.

Whatever the case, one area that Father God highlighted as important to look into and address as the year begins, is our ability to obey Him, so He can perform exploits through us. This is greatly affected by unbelief, lack of faith and love. I will concentrate on unbelief this month.

Unbelief affects so many areas of our walk with the Lord. It is an area that normally goes unnoticed by others so we are under little or no pressure to address it. If one is being all religious, and hypocritical, no one knows there are heart issues that hinders our walk with the Lord and our ability to be obedient. It would be helpful if there was a machine that measured unbelief in our hearts. I am sure that if we could read the level on a meter, we would be more encouraged to do something about it. 


Our behaviour is driven by our belief system. Why we do what we do is affected by what we really belief. Where there is unbelief, faith is affected. Hebrews 11v 6 tells us that without faith, it is impossible to please God. It is our faith that connects us with the grace that Jesus Christ has made available. Grace is explained as God's riches at Christ's expense. To appropriate the riches of our Father God for ourselves, we need to have faith in Father God.

Jesus said (Matthew 21v22 )and( Mark 11v 24) that whatever we ask in prayer, believe that we have received it, and it will be ours. In other words, what we belief, determines our ability to appropriate what we are desiring. Is it possible that we have been unable to appropriate much that should come to us due to unbelief?

John 11v 4- 6 describes Jesus's reaction to the message about His friend, Lazarus. We need to remember here, that Jesus said this disease was not unto death. He also said that He only did what His Father asked Him to do (John 5 v19) so Jesus must have spoken to His Father about it. What Father God said informed His behaviour, so He didn't rush to His friend's side, like you and I may have done. He waited 2 days longer. By the time Jesus got there, Lazarus had been in the tomb for 4 days. Jesus's love and belief in His Father's ability made the miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead possible. 



Jesus said we should believe He was in the Father, or we should believe because of the works He does (John 14v 11-12). When Jesus was in Capernaum, and was asked how to do the works of God, He said God requires that they believe in the One He has sent (John 6, v 28). When we entertain unbelief in our hearts, we are saying to Father God that we don't really trust His decisions, or judgement. We are saying, I don't really trust you, as I have so many doubts about your ways, so I can't obey you fully. In other words, the doubts or lies that Satan introduces inside us, stifle our ability to believe fully, and give opportunity for us to disobey what Father God is asking of us.

Jesus was so relieved in John 16 v 30 and 31 when His disciples finally understand that He was sent by God and believed. Our ability to fully believe, propels us into extravagant love and obedience that we are called to walk in. We are supposed to be those who bring heaven's realities down to earth.

The enemy always wants to attack our belief system, and tell us lies, and half truths. This has been going on since the Garden of Eden, where Satan deceived Eve. If Eve had believed God and not doubted His intentions, we would all not be where we are ! When you aren't really sure what you think Father God is saying, ask Him, rather than assume. Also go to Him to address any doubts, so you don't stay in the place of unbelief. Go to Him with a sheet of paper and ask, and write down what He says. Notice that it's about what Father God said rather than how He says He will do it. A lot of times, we hold back because we don't see the whole picture, or understand how it will happen, but that in itself is unbelief.



Unbelief also affects our ability to walk in the passion and purposes of Father God. It dampens intimacy, and hinders our ability to know Jesus Christ as the Messiah who God sent. It also distorts our understanding of the Holy Spirit as our Helper.

It is important that we don't stay comfortable with unbelief in our hearts. We ought to regularly go to Father God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit to ask about our belief system. We require the truth about the God Head in our inner man. The truth sets us free (John 8 v 32 ). We want to be free to love, obey and enjoy God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.


ACTIVITY / PRAYER.



The best way to find out what we really believe is to ask any member of the God Head, for example Jesus during your quiet time.

...Jesus, what lie am I believing about you. You will be amazed at what you hear from Jesus. You can then go unto asking where the lie came from, and who you have to forgive for believing that lie. Then renounce the lie and then ask Jesus to tell you the truth.

May the Lord bless you.


Mina x

Announcement
Invitation to the next Bethel Sozo DVD viewing sessions. (February/March, 2018).

Bethel Sozo Network Nigeria invites you to join other participants at the next Bethel Sozo DVD viewing sessions scheduled to hold on the following dates:

Thursday 15th of February,

Thursday 22nd of February,

Thursday 1st of March,

Thursday 8th of March,

Thursday 15th of March,

Thursday 22nd of March and

Thursday 29th of March, 2018.

Venue: Bethel Sozo Network Nigeria Office, 3rd Floor, Maku House, 109 Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.

Time: 11:00am to 1:00pm each day.

These Bethel Sozo DVDs will teach you about the tools used in Bethel Sozo and how by following the Holy Spirit's leading, wounds and lies that we have believed over the years, can be replaced with Truth from the Lord. This brings freedom as written in the word. (John 8v 32).

These Sozo DVDs will be shown for free over a seven week period at the centre. The idea is for you to commit to watching a video once a week for 7 weeks. At these sessions, Participants come together to have a deeper understanding about inner healing and how to improve their connections with the God Head. They will be given the opportunity to watch the Bethel Sozo training DVDs and read the Bethel Sozo Training Manual at our resource centre stated above.

Kindly confirm your attendance by sending a mail to info@bethelsozonetworknigeria.org as soon as possible as we have limited spaces.


God Bless,


Dr. (Mrs.) Mina Bajomo,

Sub-Director, Bethel Sozo Network Nigeria.



May the Lord continue to uphold and preserve us all.

God's blessings,



Femi and Mina Bajomo


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  • We give thanks to God for bringing us all into a new year. We know that He can preserve us right through in His love and protection.
     
  • To pray for love and unity in the Body of Christ, that our Church leaders will speak with one voice.
  • We pray for our National leaders to rule the nation with godly wisdom and humility.
  • All arrangements for the Kingdom Empowerment conference to be covered with Papas favour and blessings. For angels to announce this conference all over Africa and draw people in.
  • For the return of all the remaining Chibok girls.
Intercessors Wanted
 

If you would like to join the Intercessors group, do get in touch by email to info@lapislazuliministries.org.

 

Bible Passage
John 11: 1 - 6; 38 - 44

1. Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. 

2. It was that Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.

3. Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, "Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick."

4. When Jesus heard that, He said, "This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it."

5. Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.

6. So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was.

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38. Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it.

39. Jesus said, "Take away the stone."
Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, "Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days."

40. Jesus said to her, "Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?"

41. Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying.[a] And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, "Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.

42. And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me."

43. Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come forth!"

44. And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Loose him, and let him go."

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