Together we shall publish the good news of Jesus Christ to all people all over the world.
Bishop Godwin & Evangelist Kouassi Sopie Genevieve Osagiede.
The Great Commission Ministries International, Inc. Ivory Coast Charter  

 
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From: Bishop Osagiede Godwin Osabuohien (sabuohien godwino) in the IVORY COAST: 

YOU ARE NO LONGER FOREIGHNERS OR ALIENS, BUT YOU NOW BELONG TO THE GREAT FAMILY OF GOD’S PEOPLE!

Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household.  - Ephesians 2:19
 
Nearly each of us has felt it. And although we try not to think about it, many of us can’t forget it.  Perhaps you felt it when the captain for a kickball team picked you last.  Perhaps you felt it when your grades were lower than everyone else’s.  Perhaps you felt it when your clothes weren’t as nice as others’ or your physical appearance did not fit the standard for what others considered “good-looking.” It is that catch in your throat and that wave of unease that washes over your body. It’s the terrible feeling that says within you, “I don’t belong.”
 
And let’s be candid.  That feeling does not simply haunt the playgrounds and schooldays of your past.  There can still be awful moments or periods of your life when you find yourself among a group of people and that sad, familiar voice speaks again within you; the voice that says, “I don’t belong.”
 
But in Jesus, you do belong.  Apart from Christ, we are all foreigners and aliens, as God’s Word says. We could win all the popularity contests we want, but apart from Christ we have no meaningful relationship with others and we have no meaningful relationship with God.   But connected with Jesus, everything changes. The blood He shed on the cross not only washes your every sin away; it also binds you to Him and binds you to your brothers and sisters in God’s family.
 
Now, do we always feel that closeness? Do we always feel that bond? No, we don’t. As long as we are still in this fallen world, our Christian brothers and sisters are bound to let us down, we are bound to let them down, and our flawed emotions will often fail to perceive the close, intimate bond we have with Christ and with each other.   But make no mistake. You belong. You belong to us. We belong to you. And by faith we all belong to God through the precious blood of his Son.
 
Are there still times when you feel left out and alone? That simply means you’re like the rest of us. Just remember the blessing you possess in Jesus Christ: You belong.
 
Prayer:
Lord Jesus, because of your blood I belong. I belong to my Christian family and I belong to you. At those times when I feel left out, overcome my emotions with the certainty of your Word. Amen.
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Message produced by
Bishop Osagiede Godwin Osabuohien
The Great Commission Ministries International,Inc Ivory Coast Charter
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From: Bishop Osagiede Godwin Osabuohien (sabuohien godwino) in IVORY COAST: 

WETHER IT IS GOOD OR BAD NEWS, BE COURAGIOUS ENOUGH TO PREACH THE MESSAGE GOD GAVE YOU, WITHOUT FEAR!

Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent a message to Jeroboam king of Israel : “Amos is raising a conspiracy against you in the very heart of Israel . The land cannot bear all his words. For this is what Amos is saying: “ ‘Jeroboam will die by the sword, and Israel will surely go into exile, away from their native land.’ ” Then Amaziah said to Amos, “Get out, you seer! Go back to the land of Judah . Earn your bread there and do your prophesying there. Don’t prophesy anymore at Bethel , because this is the king’s sanctuary and the temple of the kingdom.” Amos answered Amaziah, “I was neither a prophet nor a prophet’s son, but I was a shepherd, and I also took care of sycamore-fig trees. But the LORD took me from tending the flock and said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel .’ - Amos 7:10-15
No one likes to be the bearer of bad news.  Yet sometimes we find ourselves placed in that situation, and there’s nothing we can do about it.  Amos found himself in that position.  He was to bring a message of God’s judgment on the people of Israel .  He was to tell them that Israel would be conquered because the people rejected God.  As he proclaimed this message of bad news, he discovered that the people didn’t like it.  Amaziah, who served as the most important priest in Bethel, didn’t like the message either.  He wanted Amos to stop proclaiming this bad news and to return to his own people.  Yet Amos did not stop.  Instead he simply pointed out that he must proclaim what the Lord says.
Oftentimes we find ourselves in the same shoes as Amaziah and Amos.  We hear a message from the Lord that tells us not to lie or cheat, gossip about others or live immoral lives; for if we do, we will be condemned.  And when we proclaim that message, we are told to be quiet, or to tell someone else, or worse.  It is at those times we must say, “I cannot stop, for this is what the Lord says.”
Even so, the message of the Lord does not remain only bad news.  He also proclaims the good news that he has saved us from our sin.  He points us to Jesus.  And in that news we hear a message that surpasses any bad news we could possibly hear.  We hear how he has rescued us from our condemnation through Jesus.  What greater message can there be for us to share?
Prayer: 
Dear Jesus, boldly allow us to go and proclaim your message of grace. 
Amen.
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Message produced by
Bishop Osagiede Godwin Osabuohien
The Great Commision Ministries International Inc, Ivory Coast Charter
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From: Bishop Osagiede Godwin (sabuohien godwino) in IVORY COAST: 
 

THE PRAYER LIFE OF JESUS CHRIST & HIS EVANGELICAL MINISTRIES TO ALL PEOPLE!

Jesus left there and went along the Sea of Galilee . Then He went up on a mountainside and sat down. Great crowds came to Him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at His feet; and He healed them. The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel. - Matthew 15:29-31
 
And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. Mark 1:35.
 
Jesus sought seclusion for a little while for an opportunity to rest and, more importantly, to connect with his heavenly Father in prayer.  Finding a quiet location for prayer is something He teaches us to do as well, “When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen” (Matthew 6:6).  Going to a secluded place for prayer can help our concentration and minimize interruption.  Take time each day to insulate yourself from the “noise” of life and spend quiet time with God in prayer.
 
However, the popularity of Jesus didn’t allow him to be alone for long.  Many people came to Jesus, and they were carrying and assisting their relatives and friends who were handicapped and sick.  For three days one physically distraught person after another was placed in front of Jesus.  And in compassion for those sufferers, he healed every one of them.  This was proof to those people, and to us as we read this account, that Jesus is the Messiah, the Savior that God promised to send into the world.  God’s word through Isaiah the prophet was fulfilled in Jesus: “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you. Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy…” (Isaiah 35:4-6).
 
Jesus’ purpose for coming was much more than helping people physically.  He came to heal our wounds of guilt and restore our health with God.  As the Apostle Peter wrote, “He himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by His wounds you have been healed” (1 Peter 2:24). 
 
Praise God who sent Jesus to be the healer of your sinful heart and the Savior of your eternal soul.
 
Prayer : One there is for whom I’m living,
Whom I love most tenderly;
Unto Jesus I am giving
What in love he gave to me.
Jesus’ blood hides all my guilt –
Lord, oh, lead me as thou wilt.
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Message produced by
Bishop Osagiede Godwin
The Great Commission Ministries International, Inc Ivory Coast Charter
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From: Bishop Osagiede Godwin (sabuohien godwino) in the IVORY COAST: 

THE FAITH OF THE CANAANITE WOMAN ON JESUS CHRIST!

Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon . A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is suffering terribly from demon-possession." - Matthew 15:21-22
The reputation of Jesus as a miracle worker spread far and wide.  The miracles were performed to point to the fact that He was the promised Messiah, God's chosen one to rescue the world from the power of the devil and the curse of sin. 
A Canaanite woman came to him.  She was a descendant of the original inhabitants of the land of Palestine .  Though not a Jew, she knew about Jesus and had faith in him as the “Lord, the Son of David.” She believed Jesus was the Messiah. At the same time, her faith was attacked by the devil in a direct and frightening way: her little daughter was inhabited by a demon. We're not told what specific effect this had the girl, but from other cases of demon-possession recorded in the Gospels, we know that evil spirits brought great affliction to the bodies and minds of the people they possessed.
How would you respond to this?  Would you go online to learn all you could about demons and demon possession? Would you buy the latest self-help book on self-esteem and try to get rid of the demon with good feelings? Would you search for professional help? The woman went right to Jesus. She prayed to Him in person -- we pray to Him in spirit, but we know that His ears hear us just as surely as if we had seen Him walking down the street outside our own house.
Go to Jesus in prayer when problems come. He is listening. And he always answers.
 
Prayer (
Psalm 140:6):

O LORD, I say to you, "You are my God."
Hear, O LORD, my cry for mercy 
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Message produced by
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The Great Commission Ministries International, Inc Ivory Coast Charter
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From: Bishop Osagiede Godwin (sabuohien godwino) in the IVORY COAST: 

CONSIDER THIS BEFORE QUESTIONING GOD

Then the LORD answered Job out of the storm. He said: "Who is this that darkens my counsel with words without knowledge? Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me. "Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation? Tell me, if you understand Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone—while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?  Who shut up the sea behind doors when it burst forth from the womb, when I made the clouds its garment and wrapped it in thick darkness, when I fixed limits for it and set its doors and bars in place, when I said, 'This far you may come and no farther; here is where your proud waves halt'?" - Job 38:1-11
 
Have you ever been tempted to question God, to accuse God, to challenge God?  Job did.  Throughout the latter chapters of the book of Job, we hear challenging questions and statements made against God.  In chapter 38, God responds.
 
God’s rhetorical questions put all things back into perspective.  By His own wisdom and power He laid the foundations of the earth and set the borders for the seas.  You and I were not around when God created the world.  Dare we question and challenge his ways? 
 
Certainly there are times when things don’t go very well for us.  Challenging or blaming God, as if he did something wrong, is not the answer.  Realizing that we live in a sin-filled world, surrounded by sinful people and betrayed by our own sinful nature is the place to start.  Repentance followed by trusting in Jesus as our Saviour from sin is the way to go.  This path puts all things into perspective. 
 
Too often we get caught up in our own little world.  We make this life comfy and cozy.  We appease our wants and desires, even though they offer no spiritual benefit.  Often times these even distract us from hearing and following God’s will.  Should we be surprised if God disciplines us, corrects us, trains us in the way we truly need to be going? 
Instead of questioning and challenging God, let us thank God for his faithfulness in sending Jesus who has earned forgiveness of sins by his death for us.  Remembering this truth puts all things in perspective.  Amidst sickness, job loss, divorce, depression, we can unquestionably trust that God’s loving will for us is sure and certain in Jesus our Saviour. Amen.
 
Prayer:
I leave all things to God's direction; He loves me both in wealth and woe.
His will is good, sure his affection; His tender love is true, I know.
My fortress and my rock is he; What pleases God, that pleases me. 
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The Great Commission Ministries International, Inc Ivory Coast Charter

 

From: Bishop Osagiede Godwin (godwinosabuohien@yahoo.fr ) in the IVORY COAST:

 

                 JESUS  CARES!

A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.  Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion.  The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” - Mark 4:37-38
 
The disciples were terrified.  There was only one thought on their minds – survival.  In desperation they woke Jesus, and reprimanded him for his lack of care.  In their minds they felt they had every right to do so.  The storm was furious.  The winds were thwarting their efforts.  The waves were driving them deeper into the water.   All seemed lost, and Jesus was sleeping through it all.  Only one thought crossed their minds, and eventually their lips, “Don’t you care?!”
 
Because I am cut from the same cloth as the disciples, it is easy for me to come to the same conclusion.  Maybe it is the wind of adversity.  Maybe it is the waves of uncertainty.  Maybe it is the endless succession of unresolved problems.  Maybe it is the storm of sickness.  In any event, it is easy to give into fear and conclude that Jesus doesn’t care. 
 
Is this an accurate assessment?  Am I relying on facts, or have my fears driven me to the brink of despair?  
There are two facts I need to understand.  One is recorded by Peter.  “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials” (1 Peter 1:6).  I can’t escape the reality that I will have to face problems.  Unfortunately, my sinful flesh is not capable of handling these situations.  I may try.  I may struggle.  I may even give it all I have, but I will fail.  This leads me to the second fact: Jesus does care.  Regardless of the challenge or difficulty I have to endure, He is there for me.  He comforts me.  He strengthens me.  He encourages me.  He even provides the perfect solution.  Throughout everything He does, He says, “Stop being afraid”
 
I can take these words to heart because he gives me every reason to trust him.  Not only has he endured every challenge and problem I will have to endure (Hebrews 4:15), he has also gone to great lengths to show me that he does care.  His birth, his life, his agony, his death, his resurrection, even his return to glory in heaven, all proclaim not only his care but also his uncompromised love for me.  Nothing will ever separate me from that love (Romans 8:38-39), or diminish his unfailing care for me (1 Peter 5:7).
 
As I travel through this life, I will be met by all kinds of situations.  Some will be minor set backs.  Others will seek to plunge me into doubt and despair.  Regardless of the challenges I face, I am never alone.  Jesus is always there, and Jesus cares.
 
Prayer:
Jesus, Savior, pilot me, over life’s tempestuous sea;
Unknown waves before me roll, hiding rock and treacherous shoal.
Chart and compass come from thee:  Jesus, Savior, pilot me.
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Bishop Osagiede Godwin

The Great Commission Ministries International, Inc Ivory Coast Charter

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From: Bishop Osagiede Godwin (sabuohien godwino) in the IVORY COAST: 


               
WHEN WEAKNESS IS GOOD!

"To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. "-
 
“That’s so weak!”  If you’ve had that shouted your way, you know it usually isn’t a compliment.  Weakness normally is not a trait that gets much praise. 
 
God doesn’t give spiritual weakness any praise, either.  Being weak to do what God wants leads to falling into sin.  Does your spiritual weakness show itself by hating or lusting?  Stealing or hurting others?  Gossiping or cursing?  That is sin.  And God hates that kind of weakness.  Earlier in this letter, Paul had written: “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”  Christ died for the sins of all.  Because we were weak and sinned, Jesus was strong and took the full punishment for all of our sins in our place.  God is gracious and strong.
 
In this section, God talked about a different kind of weakness, a physical weakness that God allowed to come into Paul’s life.  We are not told exactly what it was, just that it was severe enough that Paul pleaded with the Lord three times to take it away.  God’s answer: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 
When Paul suffered from this physical weakness, in whom did he need to put his trust and hope?  Who was his strength?  Not himself!  No, God was Paul’s strength and hope.  God’s power carried Paul through thick and thin.  At no time was this more evident than when he suffered from this weakness.  Then God’s grace and strength was all the more apparent (and that’s what Paul and others needed to see – GOD’s grace and strength.)
 
When God allows hardship or troubles or “weakness” into your life, remember that when you are weak, He is strong.  Trust and rest in His strength and grace.  God is giving you a clear opportunity to look away from your own strength to place your trust in His power and grace.
 
Prayer: 
Lord God, you work all things according to your love and wisdom.  Spare me from hardship and heartache.  And, when You allow them into my life, use them to draw me closer to You and increase my trust in Your power and grace.  Amen.
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Message produced by
Bishop Osagiede Godwin
The Great Commission Ministries International, Inc Ivory Coast Charter