Attacks on policemen: Matters arising

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Written by the Editorial Board of The Guardian Newspaper

When a team set up by the Inspector-General of Police rose in defence of the honour of some slain police officers who were ambushed and gunned down by a notorious robber and kidnapper Endurance Ominisan, alias ‘Mighty,’ the outpouring of emotions was huge and the nation’s outrage at the dastardly act was understandable.

Along with others, the scoundrel had terrorised the Ikorodu area of Lagos State. During one of such encounters they killed four policemen and an Army captain. Obviously, the armed robbers were better equipped. The hoodlums usually have access to more sophisticated arms and ammunition. This is tragic.

Strangely, this is not new in Nigeria. There had been cases of hoodlums who went out of their way to eliminate policemen. Scoundrels Lawrence Nomayanokpon alias ‘Anini’ in the old Bendel State and ‘Shina Rambo’ in Lagos exemplified this affront. Sadly, there have been cases of policemen who fell to the deadly bullets of robbers and kidnappers in the course of their duty. Doubly so as a reflection of the poor state of welfare in the Nigeria Police, a miserable sum of N100,000 is approved for the family for burial. Often the families have to wait for a year or more for the promised assistance. A cursory check of statistics of fallen policemen would show that too many widows of fallen soldiers are unhappy with the employers of their late husbands.

The Nigeria policemen over the years have become victims of official neglect. Apart from the poor pay, the basic infrastructure to combat the increasing wave of crimes is lacking. Crime prevention and detection which are fundamental to policing have been seriously challenged. A typical police station is a study in neglect, starvation and absence of standard practice. Complainants are often asked to provide basic things. The policemen complain about lack of funds to run their offices. Sometimes, DPOs send their men to check points to raise money from vehicle drivers, including commercial motorcycle and tricycle riders. The morale and self-esteem of the average policeman are low. They are not loved or liked by the public. The Nigeria Police slogan ‘The Police is your Friend’ is treated with derision. More often than not, policemen often complicate simple matters because they can be easily compromised. Their ruthlessness when harassing commercial drivers for the notoriously familiar bribe is near legendary. Indeed, their often-used expression ‘Wetin you carry’ as a prelude to asking for and receiving gratification has entered the unofficial national lexicon.

Yet the Nigeria Police has not always been a reprobate organisation. Time was in the checkered history of the country when the Nigeria Police Force (NPF, now NP) was known for its efficiency and commitment. The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the ‘E Branch’ are cases in point. When deployed outside the country, men of the Nigeria Police, till date, have often distinguished themselves as worthy ambassadors of the Nigerian State. Yet at home, they sometimes carry out their duties without regards for decency, honesty and the ethics of their profession. How could a Divisional Police Officer (DPO), for example, ask complainants to purchase writing materials for the station? How could a DPO ask complainants to provide fuel for their official vehicle so that his men may go and investigate a complaint or arrest an accused?

The truth is that Nigeria needs the Nigeria Police. The question that must be answered is: what type of police does the country need? Can the current unitary structure of the Nigeria Police serve the needs of the Nigerian State? The answer is a resounding No! The country needs proper policing. It needs a police service that is people-friendly and close to the grassroots. If Nigeria must run a true federal system of government, it needs state police in the constituent parts of the federation. In other words, Nigeria must create a federalised force. The police structure currently in operation cannot enforce the laws of the land. An Inspector-General sitting in Abuja cannot efficiently supervise policing in the entire 36 states of the federation. This is anomalous to the letter and spirit of a federal system of government which is the guiding principle of the Nigerian Constitution.


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Righteousness Through Christ

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Author: Emode Victor

A Promise For You From Bible Promises:

Topic: Righteousness Through Christ [26/04/2017]

And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: Philippians 3:9. Read: Isa 64:5-7

Please note, when you say it’s not possible, that particular thing remains impossible to you. Because all things are possible to them that believe in the God of possibilities. Many do not believe any can be perfect and righteous as Jesus said in Matt 5:48 because they don’t understand how it works. The righteousness of a man the Bible says is like a filthy rag. This is not the righteousness we are talking about. No. Not the righteousness that comes from the law.

The righteousness and perfection Jesus talked about is the one through Faith in Him. man is too filthy for God to behold, but when you surrender your life to Jesus Christ, His righteousness envelops you before God to behold. God can no longer see you as you are, but sees you through Jesus’s righteousness. You are righteous through faith in Christ Jesus, not because of your work, no. You are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus only when you have faith on the finished work of Jesus on the cross of Calvary.

#BiblePromisesThought

* I am Holy, righteous in Christ Jesus who has called me into glory and virtue.


David Abioye's Daily Devotional April 26, 2017 – Knowing What You Ought To Know

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Topic: Knowing What You Ought To Know [Wednesday April 26, 2017]

That which I see not teach Thou me… – Job 34:32

The purpose of knowledge is improvement and perfection.

It is those who think they know enough that pride themselves.

Those who actually know usually seek to know more.

There is what you know and there is what you ought to know. 1 Corinthians 8:1, 2

What you ought to know that you are yet to know is what makes you incomplete.

Jesus said to the rich man, “If you’ll be perfect, one more thing remains.”

Job acknowledged, “That which I know not, teach Thou me.”

Paul cried out, “That I may know Him!” Philippians 3:10.

One would wonder, “What more does Paul want to know, having known so much?” Yet he cried to know more.

God responds only to panting, hungry hearts.

Are you panting after God?

What you know is already stale, if you don’t seek to know more, what you know now will lead to your stalement.


Joyce Meyer's daily devotional April 26 2017 – My Beloved Son (and Daughter)

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Topic: My Beloved Son (and Daughter) [Wednesday April 26, 2017]

And all of us…are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another…. — 2 Corinthians 3:18

We all make mistakes every day of our lives. But if we love God and want to do what is right, He keeps working with us and loving us into wholeness. We don’t have to feel rejected in the meantime. God sees the end from the beginning. He knows where we are now and is fully aware of every one of our faults, but He also knows where we can be if He keeps loving us and encouraging us to go forward. God changes us from one degree of glory to another, according to 2 Corinthians 3:18, but He also keeps loving, accepting, and approving of us while we are making the journey.

The Scripture tells us that a voice came from heaven two different times and said, This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Why was this necessary? I believe that Jesus needed to hear these words, and I believe we need to hear the same expression of love and affirmation. Knowing that God is on our side gives us confidence. Jesus received God’s encouragement, and we need to do the same. Don’t concentrate on everything that is wrong with you. That will distract you from proper fellowship with God. Thank God for your strengths and turn your weaknesses over to Him.

When God finished all of His creation, including man, He looked at it and said, “It is good!” God intends to work in and through you, so relax and believe that God approves of you!

Love Yourself Today: Say out loud, “I am God’s beloved child. He approves of me and will finish the good work He started!”


Open Heavens 26 April 2017: Wednesday daily devotional by Pastor E. A. Adeboye – Responsibilities of God’s Children I

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Topic: Responsibilities of God’s Children I [Wednesday 26, April 2017]

Memorise: As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: – 1 Peter 2:2

Read: 1 John 3:1-3 (KJV)

1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

Bible in One Year: Number 20-21, Jeremiah 21:1-10

MESSAGE:

All those who have accepted the Lordship of Jesus Christ over their life are children of God, by the grace of adoption through Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:5). As children of God, while God has some responsibilities to make a success of our walk of faith in this world, we also have some responsibilities we have to bear in this regard. Peter, in today’s memory verse, points out that one of our responsibilities as children of God is to desire things that are beneficial to our spiritual growth. When some new converts become children of God, due to zeal without knowledge, they begin to nurse some good desires which are inappropriate or unhealthy for sustaining their victory in the Christian race. For example, some converts after giving their lives to Christ immediately begin to desire the office of a pastor, evangelist or Christian minister of any sort. Although these are good desires, they are inappropriate and ill-timed. The first responsibility of a believer when he or she becomes a child of God is to desire the sincere milk of the word so that he or she can grow to maturity through it. It is after this that he or she can think of rendering service to the Kingdom work. Physically speaking, when a little baby desires to eat bread, yam, or rice, such desires could kill him or her. In the same vein, when a newborn believer desires to be a pastor or an evangelist overnight, he or she would not last long. This is the mistake some Christian organisations make when they make converts out of Muslims and traditionalists and immediately turn them into tools of evangelism. The resultant effect is that such converts, without having depth in the word of God, would begin to see themselves as evangelists. Based on my experience and observations, more often than not, such converts don’t last. For this season, children being born into God’s family must take time to study the word of God and become well grounded in it.

In our Bible reading today, we see another responsibility of children of God, which is that they must keep themselves pure (1 John 3:3). After being cleansed and purified by the Blood of Jesus, children of God have the responsibility of not going back to their old vomit or staining their garment of righteousness with the filth of this world (Ephesians 5:26-27). Practically, you achieve this by measuring your action against the standard of God’s word. Anything that is contrary to the word of God is filth that must be avoided. This is the more reason why all children of God need to be grounded in the word first before anything else.

Action Point: Make sure you read, study and apply the word of God to your day-to-day living as a child of God, and you will grow in faith.

Open Heavens Daily Devotional guide was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical church in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries.

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Kenneth Copeland’s daily devotional April 26, 2017 – Press On in Patience

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Topic: Press On in Patience [Wednesday April 26, 2017]

…Be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. – Hebrews 6:12

You’ve been walking by faith. You’ve been believing God to meet your need. But what do you do when the results seem slow in coming and you are tempted to give up?

Be patient!

There is not much said about patience these days. But, when it comes to receiving from God, it is just as important as faith.

It will make the difference between success and failure for you.

Patience undergirds and sustains faith until the result is manifest. After you have meditated on the promises of God and have them in your spirit, patience will encourage you to hold steady. Patience is power. It has the courage to refuse the lie of Satan that says the Word is not working for you. It knows that God’s Word has never failed. Patience will not draw back in fear but will press forward in faith until you have the answer.

When the results of your faith seem slow in coming, don’t give up! Continue to put the Word first, with patience, and you will surely receive the promise of God!

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 10:32-39

This message was written by Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, the leader of the Kenneth Copeland Ministries (www.KCM.org) that specializes in teaching principles of bible faith – prayer, healing, salvation and other biblical topics.


DCLM Daily Manna April 26, 2017 by Pastor Kumuyi – Spiritual Adultery

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Topic: Spiritual Adultery [Wednesday April 26, 2017]

Text: 2 Kings 17:1-8

Key Verse: “For so it was, that the children of Israel had sinned against the LORD their God, which had brought them up out of the land of Egypt, from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and had feared other gods” (2 Kings 17:7).

A little boy, when his mother was out, got a chair and climbed up to a shelf in the closet to see if there was anything pleasant to eat. He saw a small white paper parcel. When he opened it, it was filled with white powder. The boy tasted and found it sweet; he took some more and put it up again. He soon became sick.

When he complained to his mother, she asked what he had eaten. He disclosed that he had tasted “some of the sweet sugar in the closet”. “Oh, my son, it is poison; it will kill you!” she exclaimed. The boy was taken to hospital to save his life. The boy never forgot the lesson thereafter, that what is sweet may be poison afterall. So it is with sin. Something we like much may be wrong; and if it’s wrong, it is sin. This is what happened to Israel during the reign of Hoshea, when he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord. King Hoshea and his people decided to forsake the Lord who brought them out of bondage and serve other gods, walking in the statutes of the heathen whom the Lord cast out from before the children of Israel.

Israel paid dearly for this as God forsook them and they were carried away into captivity. In the Old Testament dispensation, Israel was referred to as the wife of God. “For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel…” (Isaiah 54:5). Hence, anytime the children of Israel went back from following the Lord, it was compared to the treachery of a wife against her husband. So, the relationship between God and His people is compared to marriage. This is exactly the same picture we have in the New Testament concerning Christ and His Bride, the Church. When Christians withdraw their love from the Lord at any moment and gives same to the world, it is regarded as spiritual adultery. The world in this instance means the evil system of the world as controlled by the devil. As a Christian, being friendly with the world is unequal yoke.

It is like bringing light and darkness together; linking righteousness with unrighteousness and bringing God and Satan into fellowship. It is deadly. Worldliness is spiritual adultery which will result in eternal death – eternal separation from God.

Thought for the day: The world and its dainties are mere mirage, yet deadly.

Bible Reading in one Year: 1 Corinthians 1-4

DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.


Our Daily Bread Devotional, April 26, 2017 – Someone to Touch

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Topic: Someone to Touch [Wednesday April 26, 2017]

Read: Luke 5:12–16, Bible in a Year: 2 Samuel 23–24; Luke 19:1–27

Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. Luke 5:13

Commuters on a Canadian Metro train witnessed a heart-moving conclusion to a tense moment. They watched as a 70-year old woman gently reached out and offered her hand to a young man whose loud voice and disturbing words were scaring other passengers. The lady’s kindness calmed the man who sank to the floor of the train with tears in his eyes. He said, “Thanks, Grandma,” stood up, and walked away. The woman later admitted to being afraid. But she said, “I’m a mother and he needed someone to touch.” While better judgment might have given her reason to keep her distance, she took a risk of love.

Jesus understands such compassion. He didn’t side with the fears of unnerved onlookers when a desperate man, full of leprosy, showed up begging to be healed. Neither was He helpless as other religious leaders were—men who could only have condemned the man for bringing his leprosy into the village (Lev. 13:45–46). Instead, Jesus reached out to someone who probably hadn’t been touched by anyone for years, and healed him.

Thankfully, for that man and for us, Jesus came to offer what no law could ever offer—the touch of His hand and heart.

Prayer: Father in heaven, please help us to see ourselves and one another in that desperate man—and in the merciful eyes of Your Son who reached out and touched him.

No one is too troubled or unclean to be touched by Jesus.

Insight:

The healing of this leper would have had great significance to the people. Leprosy was a major problem in first-century Israel, with clear processes outlined for diagnosis and response to the disease (Lev. 13:38–39). It would be reasonable to ask: Why did the person go to the priest instead of going to a doctor? To the people of Israel, leprosy was not simply a fatal physical illness. Leprosy was seen as divine judgment for sin—a physical disease with spiritual roots. Since the cause of the disease was considered spiritual, the priest diagnosed the illness and, if the person was stricken with leprosy, prescribed the appropriate verdict: Isolation from family, home, community, and the corporate religious life of the nation. Not only did the Rabbi from Nazareth cleanse the man of his disease, but also by touching him He welcomed him back into the community.

Jesus still welcomes outcasts today. Whom can you welcome in today?

This message was written By Mart DeHaan [Our Daily Bread Ministries.]


Dunamis’ Daily Devotional April 26, 2017 by Pastor Paul Enenche – Do Not Waste Your Life

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Topic: Do Not Waste Your Life [Wednesday April 26, 2017]

Scripture: A wise youth makes hay while the sun shines, but what a shame to see a lad who sleeps away his hour of opportunity. – Proverbs 10:5 (TLB).

Thought For The Day: A waste of time is a waste of life.

Time is an essential and irreplaceable unit of life. The loss of time is an irrecoverable loss. Unfortunately, it has been confirmed that the easiest thing to waste in life is time. While some people waste money, resources and opportunities, others waste time. Time is the stuff life is made of. Therefore, to waste time is to waste life and a waste of life is a waste of destiny.

Now, what do you do in life to ensure that your life is not wasted?

1. Ensure that there is always a vision in front of you – a daily, weekly or monthly objective.

2. Back your vision with planning. Planning is equal to strategic thinking. People stink when they do not think.

3. Have a time schedule for all you need to do. Many people have plans but they do not have schedules; so their plans never see the light of day. You do not expect something to happen, if it is not scheduled. Without a timeline, there can be no headline. Your vision is useless and planning is a waste of time if a schedule is not included.

Beloved, it is a tragedy to waste your time. Avoid the spell of time wastage by ensuring that there is always a vision in front of you, back up your vision with planning and have a time schedule for all your activities.

Remember this: A waste of time is a waste of life.

Assignment(S):

1. Always endeavour to have a vision before you.

2. Prayerfully make plans and put those plans to action.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE:  WHAT IT TAKES TO AVOID THE TRAGEDY OF A WASTED LIFE.

Prayer: LORD, I shall not waste my life. I receive strength to go into action in order to fulfil destiny, in Jesus’ Name.

Daily Reading: Judges 6:1 to 40, Luke 22:54 to 23:12, Psalm 95:1 to 96:13, Proverbs 14:5 to 6.

Quote: It is wisdom to find out what you are looking for in life; what God wants to do with your life. Culled from 21 FOOLISH THINGS PEOPLE DO by Dr Paul Enenche.

Amazing Fact: Cockroaches can live 9 days without their heads before they starve to death.

Today In History: 26/04/1905 – Norway gained independence from Sweden.

Dunamis International Gospel Centre (DIGC), is a powerfully anointed church, headquartered at Abuja, Nigeria, with Dr Paul and Dr Becky Enenche, as the Senior Pastors. It is a power-packed arena where God’s Presence, Principles and Power are at work for the salvation, healing and restoration of human destinies and dignities.


Winning Wisdom: Your Word, Your Life

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Author: Ese Ehimare Dave

Topic: Your Word, Your Life [Wednesday, 26th April 2017]

For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. Matthew 12:37

One of the things that we’ve come to understand about God, is that His word is more than His bond. God’s word is Him personified. You cannot divorce God from His word. This is a very important part of God, Who reverences His word above His name, because His word is Him (John 1:1).

Truth is, just like God’s word is Him personified, so also are our words. Your word is you. And it is very important that we live our words. As people of God, we preach to others and expect them to live by the guidelines our sermons outline for them, because we know it’s the best way to live. It is also expected of us, as the husbandman that labours in the word, to be the first partaker of the fruits of our words (2 Timothy 2:6). That is, it is expected we live our lives according to these godly and righteous guidelines we tell people to do first. This is very important, because our words – preachings – if not live out by us, will condemn us before men and God.

Scriptures says in Romans 2:24 that “the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you.” Christianity is being mock by non-Christians because some folks who preach don’t live by what they preach. They do mostly the opposite of what they dish out on the pulpit. But this must not be named among us (Ephesians 5:3). Truth is, the ability to live by the words we preach has been given to us. We can live by the word. Let our words be our lives. Let people read us like epistles and live their lives based on what they see through our actions. Our words are our lives.

Keep winning daily.

Prayer:

Dear Father, I trust in Your grace, which is able to build me up and make me live by the words I preach. My life is a full representation of my words. What I ask people to do, I do first, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.


Billy Graham’s daily devotional April 26, 2017 – The Miracle of Life

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Topic: The Miracle of Life [Wednesday April 26, 2017]

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. — Psalm 19:1–3

There is a language in nature that speaks of the existence of God. It is the language of order, beauty, perfection, and intelligence. Some time ago a scientist told me that when he gave serious thought to the majestic order of the universe and its obedience to unchanging law, he could not help but believe in God. He had become aware that God was speaking through nature.

God speaks in the certainty and regularity of the seasons; in the precision of the movements of the sun, the moon, and the stars; in the regular coming of night and day; in the balance between man’s consumption of life-giving oxygen and its production by the plant life of the earth; and even in the cry of a newborn child with its ever-new dimension of the miracle of life.

Prayer for the day: The beauty of this day will be a constant reminder of the magnificence of You, God.

Written by Billy Graham, Founder of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association(BGEA). BGEA exists to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ by every effective means and to equip the church and others to do the same.


7 Types of Lies People Tell

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It might be surprising but definitely interesting to know that lies actually have classifications and not all lies are the same; there are indeed different kinds of lies. Jumia Travel and Jumia Mobile Week share 7 different kinds of lies people tell.

White Lies

This is often believed as the least serious kind of lie. These type of lies are told to avoid burdening an individual with the weight of the truth. An example is showing appreciation for an undesirable gift. These lies are indeed quite harmless but the problem is over time the white liar loses credibility and is dismissed as an insincere person.

The Bold-Faced Lie

These lies are common with children, but when an adult does it, it’s just plain annoying. In a bold-faced lie, the liar says something everyone knows is false but stands by it as the truth (regardless of how obvious the lie is). People tend to be resentful of bold-faced lies because of how belittling of time and intelligence it is.

Exaggerated Lies

Here the truth is usually mixed with untruth to make the liar look impressive to others. The funny part is the exaggerator will sometimes weave truth and lies in a way that confuses even themselves. Unfortunately, at some point the exaggerator begins to believe these lies that no one else might even believe. It’s truly tragic.

Deceptive Lies

This might seem like tautology but it isn’t. A deceptive lie is one where the deceiver creates a false impression with truth, either by not telling all the facts or recounting the facts in a misleading way. It’s quite impressive actually and unfortunately people tend to believe these lies. These lies are subtle, yet powerful, hurtful and even deadly.

Compulsive Lies

These lies are either caused by low self-esteem or the need for attention. Compulsive liars tell lies even when telling the truth will be easier and better; what matters most to them is the attention the lies will give them. It’s quite ridiculous and at the same time extremely tragic. Compulsive liars typically find it difficult to stop lying as it is more of an addiction for them.

Lies of Fabrication

This involves presenting something you are not sure of, as the truth. Gossip blogs are fond of this. These lies are very hurtful and damaging, they typically lead to rumours that put others in danger or damage the reputation of others. Gossips and rumour mongers are the people typically associated with these lies.

Duplicitous Lies

These lies are typical of people who break spoken promises and commitments. Duplicitous liars typically hide their true feelings and intentions behind false actions and words. These liars cause great damage to others. Unfortunately, they are quite difficult to identify until they’ve disappointed. One way to protect yourself is to try to speak to people who have previously known the person to know if the person is generally associated with broken promises and commitments, so you can be careful.

By Damilola Ojo
PR Associate Jumia Travel
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Obabori Wins Courier Personality award

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From Left: Red Star Express Plc’s Marketing and Corporate Affairs Manager, Olufemi Oluwole and Human Resources Coordinator, Oritsetimeyin Grage, Plc with the Courier Personality of the year award won by the company’s Group Managing Director at the 9 th edition of the ‘Beacon ofInformation and Communication Technology’ award, recently in Lagos.

Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Red Star Express Plc, Sola Obabori has been named the Courier Personality of the year at the 9th edition of the ‘Beacon of Information and Communication Technology’ award organized by foremost ICT Weekly news publication, CommunicationWeek.

According to organizers, the award is “merit-centric and designed to reward individuals and firms that have help make life better for Nigerians” in terms of service offerings and performance.

Obabori was chosen for the award because of his exceptional leadership in spearheading new frontiers in the Courier and logistics industry.  An astute management professional with long and outstanding Sales and Marketing career with an accounting and finance background, he has consolidated the Red Star Express Group as the leading brand in the Courier industry in the country.

Red Star Express under the leadership of Obabori has invested in new infrastructures to further actualize the objectives of the company in providing world class one-stop logistics solutions to both private and corporate clients.

The company holds the franchise of two great brands in Nigeria. It is a licensee of FedEx, the world biggest air cargo logistics solution provider and TNT, with Europe’s largest land connection.


Joel and Victoria Osteen’s daily devotional April 25, 2017 – Close the Door on Fear

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Today’s Scripture: “Do not give the Devil an opportunity to work.”(Ephesians 4:27, ISV)

Topic: Close the Door on Fear [Tuesday April 25, 2017]

So many people today are living with less than God’s best because they’ve allowed fear to creep in and take root in their lives. Fear is the greatest weapon the enemy uses to try to hold us back. Fear is not from God. Scripture tells us that fear brings torment. It’s designed to paralyze us and keep us from God’s blessings.

The good news is that God is greater than fear. His power in you is greater than any power that comes against you. But in order to walk in His power, you have to close the door on the enemy. See, the enemy can’t have access to your life unless you open a door and give him access. That’s why we have to be careful about what we watch, what we listen to, what we read, and what we say. When we open ourselves to fear, we give the enemy opportunity.

If you’ve allowed fear to steal from you in any area of life, today you can be free—you can be finished with fear. Conquering the enemy starts by making the choice to close the door on fear, and instead, meditate on God’s promises. We overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony! Let His truth sink down into your heart. Declare it out of your mouth. Let Him set you free and lead you into victory as you close the door on fear!

A Prayer for Today: “Father God, I come to You today declaring that I am finished with fear. Thank You for giving me power, love and a sound mind. I choose to stand on Your promises. Fill me with Your peace and joy today as I move forward in victory with You in Jesus’ name. Amen.”


Niger Delta, maginalisation and marginal oil fields

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Written by the Editorial Board of The Guardian Newspaper

The report the other day that the Federal Government plans to defuse tension in the oil-rich but volatile Niger Delta area by awarding indigenes of the region marginal oil fields, is not just intriguing, it leaves a sour taste in the mouth as it represents another tokenism to which the marginalised region has been historically treated.

According to the strategic peace and conflict resolution plan, the deal is said to be in line with the government’s larger objective of reducing major incidents of restiveness by about 90 per cent by next year. Over the years, there have been agitations over oil resource ownership, which have become intense with reports backed with data that about 90 per cent of deep-water viable oil blocks and marginal oil fields are in the hands of elements from parts of the country other than the oil bearing area.

If the plan comes through, the ownership structure of the nation’s petroleum assets will begin to change hands and subsequently the restive host region, which has for decades suffered economic deprivation and environmental degradation on account of these resources, will be part of the ownership structure. Besides, the security of the assets will be guaranteed, in this connection.

This is the new gospel of peace building in the volatile region, according to the Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, who disclosed the deal recently in Lagos at the Oil and Gas Trade Group Roundtable organised by the Nigeria-British Chamber of Commerce (NBCC). According to the minister, the plan is part of the larger “stability incentive scheme” under “a harmonised holistic development plan for the Niger Delta.”

On the big plan, Kachikwu said: “This will include creating stability incentive schemes – jobs, investments, contracting opportunities for the zone, and the use of marginal fields’ allocations to state governments and indigenes to help reduce tension and get buy-in without excluding the rest of the country.” The minister also promised that government would sustain institutional engagements with stakeholders in the Niger Delta region to nip agitations in the bud, while promising greater transparency in the industry’s operations.

Despite these sweet promises, Nigerians are concerned about the sustainability and viability of government’s efforts to sustain peace process in the area. What is more, while the gesture to include indigenes in the allocation of marginal oil fields seems desirable, how far can such allocations go in this age when the oil industry is facing various strains and stresses in the international market? This gesture, therefore, is mere tokenism when it is considered that it is only the power elite in the region that may be the beneficiaries of the new deal. The same big men in the area have been advocating this sharing formula instead of pursuing a strategic development agenda that will make the Niger Delta region a reference point in the development of critical infrastructure as in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital built from scratch since 1976 with revenue from the Niger Delta area. There are, indeed, no reasons to trust the power elite from the area, as they have been the major drivers of the ad-hoc development plans from OMPADEC through the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to the Ministry of the Niger Delta Affairs. All of these interventionist establishments have not made much difference in the area.

Unfortunately, at this time when the bait of marginal oil fields is being dangled before Niger Delta’s elite, the future of the oil sector is uncertain as inherent challenges are mounting with volatile prices and disappearing markets. Besides, alternatives to petroleum are being developed and some old buyers (importers) of the products such as the United States have become exporters.

Government can aim for peace in the Niger Delta region, but it should not seek to achieve that without dispensing justice. Without justice and equity for the area, the peace process will not endure.

In the main, the emphasis being placed on oil blocks by the government should be seen for what it is: a blackmail against the Niger Delta people.

Sixteen demands were presented to the President when the area’s elders met the president a few months ago. Some of the major demands included the community’s involvement in oil management, relocation of corporate and operational headquarters of multinational oil companies to Niger Delta, fiscal federalism, among others.

The demand for oil blocks was just a subsidiary. The basis for the subsidiary demand is that over the years when the military was in power, leaders used their discretional powers to award so many oil blocks to certain people while the Niger Delta people who own the oil did not have the same privilege.

The weightier matter of governance is how to dream big for the Niger Delta and all of Nigeria beyond oil resource appropriation, allocation and sharing unjustly by the central government in a warped federal system. Even as posterity or indeed history reserves a harsh verdict for past leaders of Niger Delta extraction who have wasted unlimited opportunities to improve the lot of the people, there should be a realistic and big agenda for the Niger Delta. Above all, political leaders from the area and those who desire peace in Nigeria should also note that the most pragmatic solution that all Nigerians will benefit from is a recourse to (fiscal) federalism that will make regional development plans easier within the context of resource and land ownership in a proper federation.
Nigeria is a member of the Forum of Federation with its headquarters in Canada. But what is practised in Nigeria today is still too far from federalism. It is over-centralisation. And that is why a leader can sit down in Abuja and allocate oil blocks to privileged citizens at his own whim and caprice.

Even if most of the oil blocks are allocated to Niger Delta, that will not bring peace and justice to Nigeria. Only federalism in its purest form can.


He Is At Your Back

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Author: Emode Victor

A Promise For You From Bible Promises:

Topic: He Is At Your Back [25/04/2017]

But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. Matthew 24:13. Lk 9:62

Your christianity is not complete until you end in heaven with Jesus Christ. It will be a total waste of time when you profess to be a child of God and at the end, you miss heaven. This shall not be your portion in Jesus name. Beloved, whatsoever you must risk to see Jesus is worth it. Don’t miss heaven for mundane things, that would be termed as foolishness. Don’t miss heaven for the passing pleasure when heavenly pleasure is endless with Christ. Every child of God should make this resolution that, “NO Retreat No surrender until I see Jesus in glory”. Whatsoever wants to take Jesus and heaven away from you must be endured. Earthly possessions caused Lot’s wife her life because she looked back. Gen 19:26. Demas (Paul’s co-worker) missed it because of his love for the world. 2 Tim 4:10

You must not look back because that is where the devil is. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan. Lk 4:8. Let it be forward ever with Jesus and backward never to Satan. Among all covering mentioned in Ephesians 6:10-17, no covering for the back. Be strong in the Lord and don’t look back.

#BiblePromisesPrayer

* Father, release upon me the sustaining grace not to look backward but go forward till I see you in glory in Jesus name


David Abioye's Daily Devotional April 25, 2017 – Who Am I

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Topic: Who Am I [Tuesday April 25, 2017]

The greatest sources of crisis and conflict in life is identity based.

Knowing who you are as ordained by God is what rescues you from every form of identity crisis.

That you are not something does not mean you are nothing.

Everyone is somebody and no one is a nobody.

No one is everything, so no one should be allowed to make you feel that you are nothing.

People get into games of comparison, competition, envy and strife simply because they are yet to know who they are.

Knowledge of who you are is what enhances your worth and gives you sense of value; it defines your glory.

I am yet to find who to envy because I’m not like any other person I’ve ever met.

Save yourself from the identity crisis by identifying and appreciating whom and what God has made you to be.

Don’t pride yourself but celebrate who you are.

Make yourself of no repute, yet, maintain your self esteem.

Never be proud, but don’t damage your ego.

You are valuable and distinct.


Joyce Meyer's daily devotional April 25 2017 – God Answers the Prayers of the Righteous

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Topic: God Answers the Prayers of the Righteous [Tuesday April 25, 2017]

…The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working]. — James 5:16

When people struggle in their prayer lives, they often think it is because they are unholy and unrighteous so they try to behave better, hoping that then their prayers will be answered.

The truth is that if we are born again, we are righteous. We may not do everything right; but we are 100 percent righteous through Christ. Second Corinthians 5:21 tells us He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (NKJV).

There is a difference between righteousness and “right” behavior. Righteousness describes our standing—our position or condition before God—because of the blood of Jesus. We cannot make ourselves righteous; only the blood of Jesus makes us righteous, as if we had never sinned at all. God views us as righteous even though we still make mistakes. Because He sees us as righteous, we have a God-given right to pray and expect God to hear and answer us.

Always do the best you can to behave properly and do it because you love God, but remember that He hears and answers your prayers because He is good, not because you are.

God’s word for you today: You have been made righteous by the grace of God.


Having a Confident Expectation of Good – Joseph Prince

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Joseph Prince Full – Having a Confident Expectation of Good. Listen and be Blessed

Open Heavens 25 April 2017: Tuesday daily devotional by Pastor E. A. Adeboye – God Is Not Interested In This

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Topic: God Is Not Interested In This [Tuesday 25, April 2017]

Memorise: For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. – John 3:17

Read: Ezekiel 33:14-16 (KJV)

14 Again, when I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; if he turn from his sin, and do that which is lawful and right;

15 If the wicked restore the pledge, give again that he had robbed, walk in the statutes of life, without committing iniquity; he shall surely live, he shall not die.

16 None of his sins that he hath committed shall be mentioned unto him: he hath done that which is lawful and right; he shall surely live.

Bible in One Year: Number 18-19, Jeremiah 20:7-18

MESSAGE:

Expectedly, you may be wondering what God is not interested in. God is not interested in the death of a sinner (2 Peter 3:9). Many sinners don’t even know that God has no delight in condemning them. It is therefore necessary that those who know this truth should make it known to them.

14 Again, when I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; if he turn from his sin, and do that which is lawful and right; 15 If the wicked restore the pledge, give again that he had robbed, walk in the statutes of life, without committing iniquity; he shall surely live, he shall not die.”Ezekiel 33:14-15

It is clear from the above Scripture that God is not interested in the death of any sinner, but desires that the sinner repents and turns away from his or her wicked ways. It is amazing that God Almighty promised that none of the sins committed by a converted sinner will be remembered any more. God is always wanting to restore fellowship with His human creation back to what it was in the beginning, if only they would appreciate His love for them. Jesus Christ in John 15:13 said:

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

If indeed we are the friends of Jesus, we then must do whatever He commands us to do (John 15:14). Are you a friend of Jesus or willing to be one? If you are willing to be a friend of Jesus, you must accept Him today, because tomorrow may be too late. The Bible says:

“For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. – 2 Corinthians 6:2

For believers who would always pray that sinners should “fall down and die”, I will like to admonish you to stop wasting your time, because if the fellow you are praying against is candidate for salvation in the future, your prayers may be an exercise in futility. This is why the Lord God said vengeance is His (Romans 12:19). May God fill our hearts with the compassion of Christ, so that we can be more concerned about the salvation of sinners rather than their death.

Prayer Point: Father, fill my heart with the compassion of Jesus, so that I would care for sinners even as You do.

Open Heavens Daily Devotional guide was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical church in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries.

iOpenHeavens is the electronic version of the Hard Copy. The Open Heavens devotional application is available across all mobile platforms and operating systems: iOS, Android, Blackberry, Nokia, Windows Mobile and PC.


DCLM Daily Manna April 25, 2017 by Pastor Kumuyi – Acceptable Offering

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Topic: Acceptable Offering [Tuesday April 25, 2017]

Text: Leviticus 22:17-25

Key Verse: “But whatsoever hath a blemish, that shall ye not offer: for it shall not be acceptable for you” (Leviticus 22:20).

The earliest record in the Scripture about the act of offering to God was the offerings made by Cain and Abel in the book of Genesis. This ended in an acceptable offering of Abel and the rejection of Cain’s. Abel offered an acceptable offering instead of Cain because he offered according to the word of God, as desired by God – no blemish; best of his flock, “firstlings of his flock”.

In our text, God called Israel unto a life of separation and in our text, instructed on how to offer oblation for all vows and freewill offerings. The house of Israel or stranger in Israel is to offer at his own will a male without blemish, of the beeves, of the sheep, or of the goat. “But whatsoever hath a blemish, that shall ye not offer: for it shall not be acceptable for you.” No animal that is blind or broken or maimed or having a wen or scurvy or scabbed or anything that is superfluous or lacking in his part, bruised or crushed would be accepted by God.

For the believer to offer acceptably, it must meet the standard and requirements of God. It must be without blemish, offered according to God’s word, as desired by Him. Having given-up the sinful life through faith in the death of Christ and set apart for God’s use, a saint of God must spend his time with God and for His Service without complaining. He must also use his talents for the expansion of God’s kingdom by serving as a worker in the church without seeking remunerations, while gratefully presenting his treasures, that is, resources and valuables for the things of God. All these offerings must be given without blemish so that they would be acceptable by God.

Thought for the day: Unblemished service and sacrifice are an aroma of sweet smell to God.

Bible Reading in one Year: Judges 18-21

DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.


Rekindling The Fire Of Love In Your Marriage! (4) by Pastor Faith Oyedepo

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Author: Pastor Faith Oyedepo

Topic: Rekindling The Fire Of Love In Your Marriage! (4)

Dear Reader,

You are welcome to another exciting time in the presence of the Lord. Love, like I said last week, is the key factor that sustains a Christian marriage. But could it still be, considering the fact that the hot romance in your relationship is fading away, and it’s becoming a concern to you?

That is why, this week, it is necessary for me to share with you the basic idea that will help you to rekindle that “fire of love” in your marriage. That is what I call Good and Healthy Romance!

A healthy romance between a husband and wife makes for a healthy marriage relationship. Romance is a great facilitator of a successful marriage. When marriage stops being romantic, it starts to suffer devastation. The moment you stop desiring your spouse, you are already falling apart from each other. At that point, there is the need for a rekindling. Unfortunately, however, this is where many Christians run into problems.

Paul speaking in the Book of 1 Corinthians 7:3-5 says: Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife. Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.

From the above verses of the Bible, “rendering due benevolence” means to give one another the benefit of marriage, which is your body. God placed in man a sexual desire, which should only be satisfied in marriage. That way, the desire will not be destructive.

But the big question is: why have so many couples denied themselves of this truth? This is where, I believe, some Christians have opened the door to trouble in their marriages.  The man is not available for his wife, so she looks somewhere else. The wife is not available for the man, so he goes somewhere else, because the burning must be satisfied.

The Bible says you mustn’t allow your abstinence go beyond a time. Nobody fasts for one year.  Even Jesus, the Messiah of the world, only fasted 40 days.  The significance of this is that you are not permitted, under whatever reason, to separate from each other for more than 40 days maximum, lest satan tempts you.

To tell your wife today, “I am waiting on the Lord”, tomorrow, “I am waiting on the Lord”, next week, “I am waiting on the Lord.” When you finish ‘waiting’, you may not find her there again. That is why most crises in marriages, today, develop out of sexual tension.

Romance in marriage is one of the areas you must intelligibly manage, because it reinforces the marriage covenant. Take time out with your spouse to go for a dinner date or a picnic in a secluded area away from home. Catch some fun with each other occasionally, like going to the beach or watching programmes of choice alone together. Create time for each other to reminisce happy moments; this will help to spice up a lukewarm marriage.

Having the fear of God resident will also help you spice up your marriage with good romance, instead of finding satisfaction outside the marriage. You can operate in the fear of God cheaply, if you have accepted Christ as your Lord and personal Saviour. Peradventure you haven’t, please say this prayer: “Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me of my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood. Deliver me from sin and satan to serve the living God. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.”

If you prayed this simple prayer, you are now a child of God. He loves you and will never leave you. Read your Bible daily, obey God’s Word and seek Christian fellowship(John 14:21).

Congratulations! You are now born again! All-round rest and peace are guaranteed you, in Jesus’ Name. Call or write, and share your testimonies with me through contact@faithoyedepo.org; OR 07026385437 and 08141320204.

For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building A Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).


Kenneth Copeland’s daily devotional April 25, 2017 – It's Beginning to Rain

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Topic: It’s Beginning to Rain [Tuesday April 25, 2017]

Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month. – Joel 2:23

There’s a spiritual flood coming. God has promised it. He’s promised us an outpouring of Holy Spirit power that will bring in the greatest harvest of souls any of us have ever seen.

As believers, we’ve been reading about it in the Word and hearing about it from the pulpit for years. We’ve been staring toward heaven so long, waiting for it to come, that we’ve gotten cricks in our spiritual necks. We’ve had this mental image of God pouring down His Spirit from some sort of big heavenly pitcher above us.

But you know what? We’ve been looking in the wrong direction!

The pitchers God is going to use to pour out His power are right here on earth. Jesus explained it this way. “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38).

The end-time flood we’ve all been expecting is going to be composed of living waters that will pour forth from believers. The Holy Spirit within us will be the source of all the signs and wonders and miracles the prophets foretold. And when we begin to fervently pray the prayer of intercession, the flood of that power will begin to flow.

Zechariah 10:1 says, “Ask ye of the Lord rain in the time of the latter rain; so the Lord shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field.”

Our prayers, our intercession, are what will release the great outpouring of God’s Spirit. As we begin to join together and cry out to God, the rivers of living water within each one of us will join together and become a flood of spiritual power in the earth.

So, ask, pray for a Holy Ghost gully-washer. Intercede for the outpouring. Make this mighty flood of spiritual power a priority in your prayer life.

Glory to God, it’s already beginning to rain!

Scripture Reading: Joel 2:23-32

This message was written by Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, the leader of the Kenneth Copeland Ministries (www.KCM.org) that specializes in teaching principles of bible faith – prayer, healing, salvation and other biblical topics.


Winning Wisdom: God Wants To Tell You

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Author: Ese Ehimare Dave

Topic: God Wants To Tell You [Tuesday, 25th April 2017]

But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets. 1 Corinthians 2:10

While we respect and cherish men of God who God speaks to about us, it is very pertinent for us to know that God would actually love to tell or show you directly the things He usually tell or show these men of God. Most folks feel that they don’t have the ability to hear from God. Well, beloved, as long as you have the life of God, you have the ability to hear God speak to you and show you wondrous things about yourself. The truth is, God would rather tell you things about you than tell someone else. But, you see, we are the ones creating the chasm between us and God that makes it difficult for us to hear God.

One of the criteria for us to hear from God is for us to communicate with Him and be totally committed to our relationship with Him. He has prepared some nice stuffs for those who love Him (1 Corinthians 2:9), but if those who love Him stay away from His Spirit and not strengthen their relationship with Him, they won’t be able to see, hear and understand the things God have prepared for them. So they can’t access the beautiful things prepared by God for them.

God wants to reveal these amazing things to them, not through any other means, but through His Spirit. Now don’t get me wrong. There are somethings God would rather reveal to someone else. He does all things according to the counsel of His will, to His glory. But He would still want to tell you bulk of the information He wants to pass to you. But we need to draw close to Him through the Holy Spirit that is in us. Fellowship with God’s Spirit. Be fully committed to Him. Spend time talking with Him. And be set for the deep secrets He will reveal to you.

Keep winning daily.

Prayer:

Dear Lord, I am making a commitment to you, to not only love you wholeheartedly, but to also spend time in fellowship with You. I trust You to reveal unto me, all that you would want me to know in my walk with and work for You, in Jesus’s Name. Amen.


6 Things To Consider Before Renting An Apartment For The First Time

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When you become a part of the private rented sector for the first time, there are a number of things you have to consider to ensure you are not cheated and that you’re in a secure and safe tenancy. Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency, shares 6 things you as a first time renter should consider before renting an apartment.

Tenancy Contracts

Though they tend to be long, confusing and full of legal jargon, it is important to avoid the temptation of just skipping to the end and signing it without reading. A tenancy contract is a legally binding document that mandates your landlord to do certain things that you definitely should be aware of to avoid being taken by a rude surprise.

Upfront Costs

It’s easy for first-time renters to forget that aside monthly or yearly rent, there are also upfront costs of renting an apartment and you’ll almost always have to complete the payment of the costs before you can move into the apartment. You should prepare and plan ahead for these costs to avoid a rude shock in this area.

Long Term Costs

Aside monthly or yearly rent, there are other utility payments like electricity, water etc. that you have to consider. You need to be sure if certain utilities are covered by your rent and provided for or if you will have to either source for them or pay for them.

Take a Meter Reading Before Signing on the Dotted Line

Landlords are fond of passing on previous electricity bills to new and unsuspecting tenants. Ensure you are not a victim of this by taking a meter reading of the electricity meter when you come to inspect the house. You can also request to see evidence that electricity bills have been paid to date and there are no outstanding bills left for you to shoulder. Please ensure you do this to avoid being charged by PHCN for electricity previous tenants used.

Safety and Appearance of the Neighbourhood

Many first-time renters often get carried away with the excitement of renting their first apartment and forget to assess the safety of the neighbourhood their renting the apartment in. Please ensure you do not make this mistake. Landlords will hardly be truthful or sincere about the safety of the neighbourhood of their apartments, so you have to ask around and make necessary enquiries. You can talk to one or two people who live and work around the area to get information about what the area is really like.

Accessibility

Try to get an apartment that has an easy or relatively easy access to public transportation, provision stores, medical facilities or anything else you consider important to your living situation. This will help make life in the apartment easier for you.

By Damilola Ojo
PR Associate Jumia Travel
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Our Daily Bread Devotional, April 25, 2017 – Don’t Give Up

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Topic: Don’t Give Up [Tuesday April 25, 2017]

Read: Galatians 6:1–10, Bible in a Year: 2 Samuel 21–22; Luke 18:24–43

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

Bob Foster, my mentor and friend for more than fifty years, never gave up on me. His unchanging friendship and encouragement, even during my darkest times, helped carry me through.

We often find ourselves determined to reach out and help someone we know who is in great need. But when we fail to see improvement right away, our resolve can weaken and we may eventually give up. We discover that what we hoped would be an immediate change has become an ongoing process.

The apostle Paul urges us to be patient in helping one another through the stumbles and struggles of life. When he writes, “Carry each other’s burdens” and so “fulfill the law of Christ” (Gal. 6:2), he is comparing our task to the work, time, and waiting it takes for a farmer to see a harvest.

How long should we keep praying and reaching out to those we love? “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up”  (v. 9). How many times should we reach out? “As we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (v. 10).

The Lord encourages us today to trust Him, to remain faithful to others, to keep on praying, and to not give up!

Prayer: Father in heaven, we ask for hope and perseverance to continue reaching out to others.

In prayer we call on God “who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.” Ephesians 3:20

Insight:

We may be hesitant about allowing ourselves to start feeling the pain of those around us. So did Paul lead us into more than we can handle when he urged us to reach out to the needs of others? (Gal. 6:9). Let’s put his words in context. In the previous chapter he wrote extensively about the importance of living with a sense of liberty (5:1). He didn’t see love as a matter of duty and bondage; rather, life in the Spirit is a life of care and concern for others, enabled by the Spirit.

So are we having cold feet about the implications of being warmhearted? If so, maybe we need to accept those natural fears. But in the freedom of the Spirit we can learn to act out of our own heart rather than out of duty; we can act out of the grace God generously gives us to care for others (6:4–5).

This message was written By David C. McCasland [Our Daily Bread Ministries.]


Dunamis’ Daily Devotional April 25, 2017 by Pastor Paul Enenche – Secrets of Divine Encounter

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Topic: Secrets of Divine Encounter [Tuesday April 25, 2017]

Scripture: And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod. And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it. Exodus 4:2-3.

Thought For The Day: God cannot do great things in the life of a person who is full of his own abilities.

One of the secrets of impactful existence is Divine encounter. Divine encounter makes a person’s life to count. Without Divine encounter in a person’s life, it is difficult for him/her to become great in life. Divine encounter counters every work of the enemy in a person’s life.

Now, what are the keys to experiencing Divine encounter?

1. Willingness to surrender personal strength or ability.

God cannot do great things in the life of a person who is full of his/her own abilities. The angel of the LORD touched Jacob’s thigh (hamstring muscle) which is one of the most powerful muscles in the body and weakened him. When God saw his willingness to surrender his personal strength, God gave him an encounter.

2. Willingness to surrender personal steps and strategies.

Moses tried at first to deliver the children of Israel by using physical energy but he failed until he encountered God and God gave him a change of strategy.

Beloved, if you are going to encounter God, you must allow Heaven to give you strategies and steps. If you are ready for God to change your approaches and steps, then you are ready for Divine Encounter.

Remember this: God cannot do great things in the life of a person who is full of his/her own abilities.

Assignment(s):

1. Go through the study again.

2. Surrender your strength, skills, qualification, etc. and allow God to have His way in your life.

FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE: THE POWER OF DIVINE ENCOUNTER

Prayer: LORD, I surrender my strength and abilities to You. I depend solely on Your strength and strategy, in Jesus’ Name.

Daily Reading: Judges 4:1 to 5:31, Luke 22:35 to 53, Psalm 94:1 to 23, Proverbs 14:3 to 4.

Amazing Fact: An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.

Today In History: 25/04/1867 – Tokyo was opened for foreign trade.

Quote: Your degree of yieldedness determines your degree of usefulness in the Hands of God. Culled from THOU ART MY BATTLE AXE by Dr Paul Enenche.

Dunamis International Gospel Centre (DIGC), is a powerfully anointed church, headquartered at Abuja, Nigeria, with Dr Paul and Dr Becky Enenche, as the Senior Pastors. It is a power-packed arena where God’s Presence, Principles and Power are at work for the salvation, healing and restoration of human destinies and dignities.


Billy Graham’s daily devotional April 25, 2017 – Joy in Sharing

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Topic: Joy in Sharing [Tuesday April 25, 2017]

We . . . offer our sacrifice of praise to God by telling others of the glory of his name. — Hebrews 13:15 (TLB)

Jesus knew that one of the real tests of our yieldedness to God is our willingness to share with others. If we have no mercy toward others, that is one proof that we have never experienced God’s mercy. Emerson must have been reading the gauge of human mercy when he said, “What you are speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.” Satan does not care how much you theorize about Christianity, or how much you profess to know Christ. What he opposes vigorously is the way you live Christ.

Some time ago a lady wrote and said, “I am 65 years old. My children are all married, my husband is dead, and I am one of the loneliest people in all the world.” It was suggested to her that she find a way of sharing her religious faith and her material goods with those around her. She wrote a few weeks later and said, “I am the happiest woman in town. I have found a new joy and happiness in sharing with others.” That’s exactly what Jesus promised!

Prayer for the day: There is no greater joy, Father, than sharing Your love. Help me to convey this in all my dealings with others.

Written by Billy Graham, Founder of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association(BGEA). BGEA exists to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ by every effective means and to equip the church and others to do the same.


David Abioye's Daily Devotional April 24, 2017 – Power Of Appreciation

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Topic: Power Of Appreciation [Monday April 24, 2017]

Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted… – John 6:11

Nothing depreciates in the face of appreciation.

Favour and additions answer to praise (Acts 2:47)

Appreciation always yield multiplication –John.6:11.

A grateful heart is the guarantee for a fruitful life.

Never you ask, “What is this?” if you don’t want it to remain as it is.

”What is this?” was the question the children of Israel asked that led to their not having change of menu.

Murmuring leads to stagnation and emptiness.

At the root of appreciation is contentment.

Contentment destroys murmuring.

Lifting God up is what lifts you up from lack and want. John.12:32.

Failure to appreciate God is a robber of destiny.

Truly, appreciation of God leads to appreciation of destiny.


Joyce Meyer's daily devotional April 24 2017 – The Written Word

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Topic: The Written Word [Monday April 24, 2017]

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. — Psalm 119:105

The Bible is written as a personal letter to you. God speaks to you, ministers to your needs, and directs you in the way you should go in His written Word. He tells you what you should do and how you should live.

It is a mistake to think we can hear clearly from God without spending time in the Word. Knowing the written Word protects you from deception. Listening for God’s voice without being dedicated to spending time in the Word on a regular basis opens you up to hearing voices that are not from God. There may be times when God speaks something to you that is outside a specific chapter and verse of the Bible, but it will always be in agreement with His Word.

Tonight, spend time reading a portion of God’s personal letter to you and allow Him to speak to your heart. God’s Word is one of the most precious gifts we have. Treasure it.


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