February 2019  Edition

Dear Beloved,

Welcome to our February Newsletter. It's so good to be in touch with you again. It's been a most important and exciting election month. It's been so wonderful to see people rise up in prayer and fasting for our nation. It's also been great to see people go out to perform their civic duties. We have a God that is all knowing, and we can trust completely for His will to be done. We hope our bible passage for this month encourages you.

We have our usual features this month. This month, I felt the Lord wants us to enter into the secret place, to look up and to worship Him wholeheartedly. There is no greater way to show Him we trust Him completely, than to be lost in worship of our great and mighty God, knowing that He can handle everything.

Our feature article ...."In His Presence", is about thoughts on worship. Father God would like to encourage us to assess our heart of worship and enter further into His Heart. So much more will be achieved there.

We also have our new and interesting feature of a life transformed. We started this last month. It's always so amazing to read about how Father God is changing lives, because these go on to change other lives.

Enjoy the rest of the newsletter, and we love to hear from you.



Sharing Some Thoughts On Worship . . .

What comes to your mind when you think about worship? 

WHAT IS WORSHIP?

Worship is much more than attending a church service. Worship is more than just songs. Worship is more than an emotion and so much more than an experience. 
Really, everyone worships something. The question is, what are we worshipping? Some worship themselves; s ome worship TV, celebrities, money and other things of the earth.   But our Lord, has designed us to find our full expression in Him.

Worship is therefore connecting heart to heart with our Creator. Worship is walking in relationship with our King. It is our expression in response to His worth. It involves giving 
ourselves wholeheartedly to The One who loves us the most,  our Maker, our Creator, and our Heavenly King. Placing Him at the centre of our lives. 

I decided to go back in scripture to look at Worship. Man was created in a context of worship and walked in perfect fellowship with God. However sin entered the world through the temptation in the garden of Eden and man's relationship with God needed rebuilding (Genesis 3:1-24). God had to progressively bring us back into relationship. Man could not and can not do this on his own. 



For man's worship to be accepted, sin has to be dealt with. God is the initiator of worship. God provided the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ, to atone for the sin of man. God ensures we worship in a way He can accept. We know the story of Cain and Abel who both worshipped God.  However, Abel's sacrifice was accepted, and Cain's sacrifice was not (Genesis 4:4-7). This account outlines for us that faith and right heart attitude amongst others, are needed when we come in worship to our Lord. 

heart of obedience is also important when we come before the Lord in worship. We see this in the story of Abraham, offering up his son, Isaac on the altar (Genesis 22:1-18). There can be no true worship without obedience. The more costly the obedience, the more an act of worship it is.

WHY DOES THE LORD WANT US TO WORSHIP HIM? 

John 4:4-40 gives an account of a woman Jesus met by the well in Samaria. It's a very interesting account as she was the first person Jesus revealed Himself to as the Messiah. She asked Jesus about the right location for worship, and Jesus told her that worship was not about location. Rather it was about engaging with the Spirit of God. He said that Father God is looking for true worshippers. He went on to say God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in Spirit and in truth.

The impact encountering Jesus had on this woman was so profound that she left her water jug, and went to the town to call others to come to be impacted by Him. She found her full expression in Jesus, and now knew the One to worship. As we draw nearer still in worship, we will not only be impacted, but will draw others nearer to be impacted. 



To worship in Spirit and truth refers to worship from an open, honest heart with sincerity and transparency. True worship really is loving God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength (Mark 12:30). True worship involves us learning to put our trust in Christ for salvation, and in the Holy Spirit to empower and direct us daily. The Holy Spirit will then help us to grow in faith as we learn to be totally surrendered to God our Father. 

You become like the one you worship. So God's greatest desire for us is that we become more and more like His Son, Jesus Christ. Our hearts become transformed, the longer we spend in His Presence in worship.  

Worship is also very important for the Spiritual environment it creates, where warfare, healing, etc are carried out. We see examples in the Bible where worshippers were sent first into battle and the army came after them. 



As we together uncover once again, the great importance of our worship of our Most High God, in Spirit and in truth, we pray that this will pave the way into eternity, where our worship will finally be made perfect.


Mina x





PRAYER: Lord, You alone are worthy of pure worship, and of our total surrender and sacrifice. Thank You for opening the way for us to know You and to become true worshippers of Yours. Thank You Jesus for dying on the Cross for us. Holy Spirit, help us to keep You at the centre of our hearts so we can engage with You in worship in profound ways that will bring you pleasure, in Jesus' Name, Amen.

Announcement

Healing Workshop! Healing Workshop!! Healing Workshop!!!



Lapis Lazuli Ministries will be hosting another Healing Workshop on Monday 18th of March, Monday 25th of March, Monday 1st of April, Saturday 6th of April and Monday 8th of April, 2019 at the Education Hub, 1st Floor, East Wing, Lagos City Hall, Catholic Mission Street, Lagos Island, Lagos from 6:00pm to 8:30pm each day.

One of the purposes of the Healing Workshop is to learn a more intentional approach to contending in the area of physical healing. There seems to be an increase in the enemies' attacks on our physical bodies.

If you would like to learn about enforcing the authority and power that Jesus died for us all to walk in, please register for this Healing Workshop by calling 07034371401/ 09063901916 or send a mail to support@lapislazuliministries.org or info@lapislazuliministries.org. To cover the cost for this healing workshop N3,500 (Three Thousand Five Hundred Naira) will be charged. This includes your healing manual. Kindly prioritize it and invite your friends and church members.

Please put the dates in your diary and share the information with your family, friends and contacts to enable them also attend. It will be a refreshing and inspiring time together.

Testimonies...lives transformed...
In this edition, we have a testimony from Pastor Monday Edoziem whose life was transformed at the 2018 Kingdom Empowerment Conference in Lagos, Nigeria.

"Before the 2018 Kingdom Empowerment Conference I had questions about what God's plan was for me in terms of Career and Ministry. Underneath the doubt was a terrible case of low self-esteem, which I was completely oblivious of. I met with one of the international ministry team members who prayed with me but not without first addressing the low self-esteem problem by lifting up my chin with a finger. Instantly I felt the doubt, fear and low self-esteem issues fizzle away and my eyes opening to the great plans that God has in store for me.

Today, both my career and ministry are growing in leaps and bounds to the glory of God. The 2018 Kingdom Empowerment Conference was my first encounter with the Lapis Lazuli Ministries and today I consider myself a part of this beautiful family of God."



May the Lord continue to uphold and preserve us all.

God's blessings,



Femi and Mina Bajomo



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1. Thanking God for the start of the elections, for INEC  and for Father God's ability to bring the elections to a conclusive end.

2. Praying for safety, peace and unity in our nation.

3.  Praying for love to flow through the Body of Christ.

4. Praying  for the mighty success of the Kingdom Conference to be held in both Abuja and Lagos in August 2019.

5. Praying for the safe release of Leah, and all other girls held in captivity.


Calling Intercessors

 
We would like to ask Intercessors who have attended our kingdom conferences and would like to meet in your states to pray for the Nation and for Lapis, to please do so.

Please send contact details of your group to us - info@lapislazuliministries.org OR 07034371401.
 
Bible Passage
Psalm 25:12-13

12. Who is the man who reverently fears and worships the Lord.? Him shall He teach in the way that He should choose.

13. He Himself shall dwell at ease, and his offspring shall inherit the land.

In other words, paraphrasing........we can be at ease today if we fear God, worship Him and follow His plan, rather than try to force our agenda. God loves us and has great plans for us. Surrendering to His plan will bring us great ease.

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