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SUNDAY SERMON: The Sacrifices God Will Not Accept

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By Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu

As we remain indoors in compliance with government’s directives to combat the covid-19 pandemic, the need for sacrifice remains a compelling issue but not all sacrifices are pleasing to God.

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In 1 Samuel 15:22, “And Samuel said hath the Lord a great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifice as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold to obey is better than sacrifice and to hearken than the fat of rams.”

Obedience to God’s word and instruction is better than sacrifice in defiance of God’s word. As you attempt to please God in well doing and other sacrifices, you must be conscious of His word and the need to abide by them.

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We are told in Proverbs 15:8, “The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord but the prayer of the upright is his delight”.

Intercession and supplication is certainly a sacrifice that pleases God but He looks at the heart and not at the outward appearance. If you don’t forgive, keep malice and harbour evil thoughts against your neighbour, your sacrifice cannot be acceptable.

What you offer can bring acceptance or rejection. God is not a beggar and your sacrifice must show respect and reverence.

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In Malachi 1:8, the word of God says, “And if you offer the blind for sacrifice is it not evil? And if you offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? Offer it now unto thy Governor, will he be pleased with thee or accept thy person saith the Lord of hosts”. Let us therefore be careful about what we give as sacrifice to God or even those in need.

Who you are to God will determine the acceptance or rejection of your sacrifice. What is your relationship with God? Does He know you and consider you as His own?

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In 1 Corinthians 10:20, God spoke “But I say, that the things which the gentiles sacrificed, they sacrificed to devils and not to God and I would not that we should have fellowship with devils”.

Who are the gentiles today? Those who have not accepted Jesus as their personal Lord and Saviour. As you make sacrifices therefore, consider and evaluate your relationship with God.

We cannot continue in sin and expect God to accept our sacrifices. Hebrews 10:26 says “For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins”.

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We pray therefore that our sacrifices will not be rejected by God but rather this month, mercy, restoration and favour shall be our portion in Jesus mighty name Amen.

Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu is the APICP (CSR) RCCG SOUL WINNERS ASSEMBLY EDO PROVINCE 2, Benin City.

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2nd House Prize Winner Emerges In Festival Of Joy Promo Draw In Port Harcourt

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Foremost mobile network operator, Globacom, on Thursday held a draw to select the winner of a second three-bedroom house prize in Port Harcourt in furtherance of its Festival of Joy loyalty reward promo.

In a press statement issued by the company after the Port Harcourt draw, Globacom encouraged subscribers who desire to win prizes in the promo to dial *611# and keep recharging (voice and data during the promo period) to qualify for the draw.

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The winning number was drawn by an elderly Glo subscriber, Mr. Ogbomade Sampson Joe, who was present at the Gloworld to transact business. It was witnessed by several Glo subscribers, the media as well as Mr. Koko Finny, the representative of the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC) in Port Harcourt.

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The lucky Glo subscriber who emerged winner in the draw will receive the house prize at a presentation ceremony billed for Friday, December 9, 2022.

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Three lucky Glo subscribers had previously become landlords in Ibadan, Abuja and Port Harcourt courtesy of Glo Festival of Joy promo which has on offer, 20 houses, 24 brand new cars, 100 generators, 200 sewing machines and 1,000 rechargeable fans.

 

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Abducted Ondo Monarch Regains Freedom

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The monarch of Oso Ajowa Akoko in in Akoko North-West Local Government Area of Ondo State, Oba Clement Jimoh, who was kidnapped, has regained freedom.

The traditional ruler, who was abducted in his palace, was set free by the bandits after he had spent seven days in their den.

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According to a family source, the monarch was freed on Wednesday evening and he had been taken to the hospital where he was receiving treatment.

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Kabiyesi regained freedom yesterday (Wednesday) evening but he has been taken to the hospital for treatment,” the source stated.

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Withdrawal Limits: Senate Raises Concerns, To Debate New CBN

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A file photo of the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, during plenary at the upper chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

A file photo of the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, during plenary at the upper chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

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The Senate has raised concerns about the latest Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) policy on cash withdrawals.

Senate Minority Leader Phillip Aduda in a point of order during plenary on Wednesday called the attention of his colleagues to the new policy and demanded for caution as it will affect many Nigerians, especially small business owners.

In his response, Senate President Ahmad Lawan cautions the CBN not to approach the policy by jumping into it at once as many Nigerians will be affected.

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He further noted that there is a need to engage the CBN in discussions to get more details of the policy and he directs the committee on banking to discuss this matter during the screening of the CBN Deputy Governors expected to hold before next week.

The Senate has set next Tuesday to debate the new CBN policy.

Under the new withdrawal policy, the CBN restricted the maximum cash withdrawal over the counter (OTC) by individuals and corporate organisations per week to N100,000 and N500,000 respectively.

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The CBN stated, however, that withdrawals above the thresholds would attract processing fees of 5 per cent and 10 per cent respectively for individuals and corporate entities going forward.

In addition, third-party cheques above N50,000 shall not be eligible for OTC payment while extant limits of N10 million on clearing cheques still remain.

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The new withdrawal regime further pegged the maximum cash withdrawal per week via Automated teller Machine (ATM) at N100,000 subject to a maximum of N20,000 cash withdrawal per day.

 

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