From Bondage to Freedom (Numbers 33:38) by Pastor Favour Onoja

FROM BONDAGE TO FREEDOM (NUMBERS 33:38)

 

Introduction
Bondage is the state of being bound usually against your will. It’s when someone is bound by a particular habit or character. Bondages are like little, little foxes that destroy the vine if they are not checked.

Bondage can hinder you from serving God effectively and becoming all that God has purposed for you. Beware of bondages. It is a weakness that must be expose and dealt with so that your work with God shall not be destroyed like Samson (1Samuel 16:1-25).

TYPES OF BONDAGES:

1. Fornication And Adultery.
The sin of fornication and adultery has bedeviled our generation today. These has led to so many homes being destroyed (1Corinthians 5:1-2; 6:15-20).

2. Fear.
Fear is false evidence appearing real. It is a torment that can paralyze and cripple your abilities and initiatives. It hinders you from taking a step of faith. Fear also hinders you from operating in love (Job 3:25; Matthew 8:26).

3. Greed And Covetousness.
This is when you are never satisfied with what you have and want to collect what belongs to others (1Timothy 6:10; Matthew 26:15).

4. Worry And Anxiety.
It is a state of being anxious or troubled about actual or potential problems. Worrying is a sin, so be anxious for nothing (Philippians 4:6-8; Luke 21:34)

5. Addiction.
This limits and contradict moral beliefs. It also destroys good health. Examples can be seen in taking of hard drugs, illicit sex, masturbation, social media, etc. It can lead to the waste of lives.

6. Materialism.
This is the attitude of someone who attaches a lot of importance to riches and wants to possess a lot of material things (1Timothy 6:9; Matthew 16:26).

7. Pornography.
This is the depiction of sexual behaviors in books, pictures, statues, films and other media that is intended to arouse and sexually satisfy the viewers (1Corinthians 6:9, 13, 18-20; 2Timothy 2:22; Colossians 3:5; Galatians 5:19-21; Job 31:1; Proverbs 7:21-27).

THE WAY TO FREEDOM FROM BONDAGES:

1. Knowledge.
The first step to your freedom is knowing who you are in Christ Jesus. 2Corinthians 5:17 says “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature, old things are passed away, behold all things are become new”.
Therefore, if you are in Christ, you cannot be bound by any inhibiting forces of darkness. Also Proverbs 11:19b states that “but through knowledge shall the just be delivered” John 8:32 says “you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free”

2. Walking In The Spirit.
Walking in the spirit is something that cannot be brought about by our own volition but is something only the Holy Spirit can give. Galatians 5:22-23 talks about the fruits of the Spirit. Fruits in the life of the believer is something only the Holy Spirit can give.

3. Declaration.
A closed mouth is a closed destiny. You can enforce your freedom through the declaration of the Word of God through your mouth (Isaiah 43:26).

4. Stand In Your Authority.
Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage (Galatians 5:1).

5. Service.
Service to God is a platform through which your liberty can be established. The reason for their freedom primarily from bondage in Egypt is to serve God (Exodus 4:23).
In the place of service, your character and weakness are exposed, molded and handled.

6. Prophetic Decrees.
The ministry of the prophets are veritable tools and instruments for your liberty and freedom from every bondage and oppression (Hosea 12:13).

7. Prayer And Fasting.
This kind goeth not but by prayer and fasting (Matthew 17:21). Prayer and fasting energizes your spirit to deal with the works of the flesh and it’s desires.

8. The Word Of God.
The Word is a deliverance tool. It purges, purifies and cleanse you from every form of defilement, dirt and guilt.
Therefore, arm yourself with the Word of God (Psalm 119:9; Proverbs 3:1-4; 7:1-5).

9. Counseling.
This is a way of seeking spiritual or professional guidance in solving personal/psychological problem. Victory can be achieved by this means (Proverbs 11:14; 15:22).

10. Fellowship.
It is a place of communion/ renewal of strength. Church is a service centre where you are serviced, ministered to, refreshed and transformed. Therefore, do not neglect the fellowship of the brethren. It is where you are loved and valued despite your infirmities (weakness)- Hebrews 10:25; Psalm 84:7; Obadiah 1:17.

If you are bound by any of these bondages and you want to give your life to Jesus Christ, kindly pray this prayer with me:

Lord Jesus, I come before you today to surrender my life completely to you. I have lived a self-centered life that is far separated from God. I have had priorities that are not eternity-centred. I have always lived in rebellion, disobedience and sin up till now.

Lord, I am sorry for the way that I have lived and I ask for your forgiveness and mercy. Lord, please cleanse my sins by your Blood and take your place in my life. Fill my heart Lord with the right desires and priorities. Give me the grace to live in righteousness and represent you well to my world.
Help me escape the tragedy of eternity in hell. Help me to make Heaven at the end of my journey on earth.

Thank you Lord for hearing and answering me in Jesus Name, I pray. Amen.

If you pray this prayer, kindly reach me through these platforms:

PASTOR FAVOUR ONOJA

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Nigeria, Germany to sign agreement for return of Benin bronzes in Berlin

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An agreement between the governments of Germany and Nigeria on the return of the Benin artefacts in German museums to Nigeria will be signed today in Berlin.

The historic signing of the ‘Joint Declaration on the Return of the Benin Bronzes and Bilateral Museum Cooperation between Germany and Nigeria’ is the culmination of years of agitation for the return of the cultural goods – famous Benin bronze heads and other artefacts – that were pillaged from the royal palace of the Oba of Benin in 1897 during a punitive expedition of the British Army.

The Nigerian delegation to the event, holding at the Federal Foreign Office, includes Information and Culture Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Zubairu Dada, Nigeria’s Ambassador to Germany, Alhaji Yusuf Tuggar, and Professor Abba Tijani Isa, Director General of the Nigeria Commission for Museums and Monuments. The German government will be represented, among others, by Minister for Foreign Affairs, Annalena Baerbock, and Minister of State for Culture and the Media, Claudia Roth.

After Germany announced that it would return its collection of the world-famous artefacts early last year, a Nigerian delegation, led by Alhaji Lai Mohammed, visited Berlin in July to conduct negotiations with their German counterparts. Other members of the high-powered delegation from Nigeria were Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, Professor Isa, and the Benin Crown Prince, HRH Prince Ezelekhae Ewuare.

It was at the meeting of the Nigerian delegation with German officials that a firm commitment was made by Berlin on the return of the artefacts.

In October, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Nigeria and Germany in Abuja on the repatriation of the about 1,130 pieces of artefact.

“The German Government and the German people have taken a bold step by agreeing to voluntarily, without too much coercion on the part of Nigeria, to return these artefacts. Because what the return of the artefacts will do is that it’s going to really cement further relationship between Nigeria and Germany. Culture today has become one of the effective tools for soft diplomacy,” Culture Minister Mohammed said at the event, at which a visiting German delegation, led by the Director General for Culture and Communication of the German Federal Foreign Office, Dr Andreas Gorgen, participated.

In his remarks, Gorgen said the release of the artefacts was part of a cultural policy that would contribute to healing the wound inflicted by the looting of the artefacts from Nigeria and to establishing new relationship between Germany and Nigeria.

In a related development, the Berlin-based Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation has announced that it would return artefacts taken from three African nations during the German colonial era.

The Foundation, which manages the city’s various museums, said on Monday it had begun negotiations to return the artefacts to Namibia, Tanzania and Cameroon.

Among the artefacts is a goddess statue, known as Ngonnso’, which will be returned to the kingdom of Nso’ in northwestern Cameroon.

“Bring Back Ngonnso,” a civil society initiative, has been campaigning for the statue’s return for years, as the Nso people say they have suffered numerous calamities since the statue was stolen. “The Ngonnso’ has a central role for the Nso’, as she is considered a mother deity,” the foundation said in a statement

Felix Agiwegbemi Ayole ‘Big Felix’ laid to rest in Warri, Delta State

By Favour Nnabugwu

 

 

The burial of late Mr Felix Agiwegbemi Ayole a.k.a. Big Felix who died on May 1, 2022 and was laid to rest on June 24, 2022 at the age of 65 years in Iffie Tsekiri Warri, Delta State

CAPTIONS 

R – Mr Eyituoyomi Felix Ayole, the first son of late Mr Ayole, wife of the deceased, Mrs Rosemary Ayole; daughter, Miss Orighonisan Rosemary Ayole and Miss Rune Oghoghome, a niece to the wife and a daughter to Mr Ayole during the ceremony at Anglican Church Egbokodo, Warri, Delta State today

The late Mr Felix Ayole at the Anglican Church Egbokodo, Warri before he was buried.

This was at St Andrew Anglican Church at the Songs of Service at Okere Road in Warri, Delta State

Hoodlums attack Lagos Governor’s Press Crew bus In Tinubu’s Convoy, Two Injured

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The bus conveying press crew covering Lagos State Governor’s Office on Sunday was heavily attacked by thugs between Ebute-Ero and Adeniji, Iga-Iduganran axis on Lagos Island, leaving no fewer than two journalists wounded with others sustaining various scars on their bodies.

The press crew bus which was in the convoy of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, was attacked by the thugs who threw heavy stones repeatedly as it joined other vehicles conveying dignitaries, including Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje; and others, who had just left the palace of Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwanu Akiolu.

Tinubu, who arrived at Lagos Airport at around 3:40 pm, to the waiting hands of an enthusiastic crowd of party loyalists and supporters, had immediately headed to the palace of Oba Akiolu on a courtesy call.

The press crew bus was heavily attacked by the hoodlums, as it drove with high speed to escape while journalists had to lie low in it for many to escape being injured, but still few others still had bruises.

However, a Western Post correspondent, Adeola Ogunrinde and Omatseye Atsenuwa of Smooth 98.1FM got wounded, while Adedoja Salam of TVC went into shock due to the heavy bombardment of stones and bricks thrown at the press crew bus, leaving the windscreen and nearly all the side screens were broken.

Ogunrinde got wounded in the face, while Atsenuwa had his arm hit directly by one of the heavy stones thrown at the press crew bus.

Nigeria woman in California returned $36,000 found in Sofa to owner

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Vicky Umodu, a Nigerian woman who lives in San Bernardino California has shown an exemplary display of honesty after she returned (36,000) N14.9m she found in a sofa.

The honest Nigerian woman was said to have moved into a new home in California and was checking on Craigslists for new furniture to buy.

How it happened

The honest Nigerian woman was said to have moved into a new home in California and was checking on Craigslists for new furniture to buy.

She found out that there is a family who wants to give out furniture belonging to a late relative.

She picked up the chairs and had them delivered to her new home. When the chairs arrived, she was checking them out when she found a huge sum stashed in one of them.

Umodu said:

“I just moved in, and I don’t have anything in my house. I was so excited, so we picked it up and brought it in.

‘I was just telling my son, “Come, come, come!” I was screaming, “This is money! I need to call the guy!”’

She returns the money

They made contacts with the kind family that gave them the chairs and had the money returned. She said:

‘God has been kind to me and my children. They’re all alive and well. I have three beautiful grandchildren, so what can I ever ask from God?’

After returning the money, she got the sum of N900,000 in return for her honesty.

When Umodu spotted a Craigslist post advertising free furniture, she said, she felt as though she’d won a jackpot.

Then she learned that she’d actually taken home a jackpot.

It was May 18, and she and her son, Oly Umodu, 29, had collected the free furniture and moved the pieces into their living room. Vicky Umodu said she felt something unusual as she was placing the upholstered cushion on an oversize, cream-colored armchair.

The money stucked in envelopes

 

The seat cushion seemed off.
She thought perhaps there was a heating pad inside, so she unzipped the cushion, stuck her hand in and felt around.

“It wasn’t a heating pad, but I could feel there was a bunch of paper,” she said. “When I pulled it out, I was shocked.”

“I was happy to help Vicky and put the furniture and other items to good use,” he said. “When she called me about the Craigslist ad, she told me she had nothing and needed everything that I was posting.”

“My heart went out to her, but you also wonder if somebody is going to turn around and sell everything for a profit,” he said.

When he drove to Umodu’s house and saw there was nothing inside except the furniture she’d picked up at his uncle’s house, it was a validation of her honesty, he said.

“I was appreciative that they truly needed everything they’d taken,” he added.

By Favour Nnabugwu

 

A Nigerian-born Irish politician, Rotimi Adebari, who was a former Mayor of Portlaoise, Ireland, is among 50 prominent people, whose panel decorates train stations, in Ireland.

This was revealed in a publication by Turtle Bunbury, an Irish author, historian, podcaster, publisher and public speaker
Bunbury partnered Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail to produce 50 history panels installed across train stations in Ireland with each panel telling a brief history of past events and people connected with each vicinity.

Bunbury partnered Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail to produce 50 history panels installed across train stations in Ireland with each panel telling a brief history of past events and people connected with each vicinity.
Good job Turtle Bunbury Histories and Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail with the Past Tracks initiative

“I remain appreciative to the people of Portlaoise for making the history of electing me into Portlaoise Town Council in 2004, and to my colleagues in the council, for pushing the boundaries and elected me the Mayor of the town in 2007, I say; go raibh maith agat!!!

Adebari was elected as the first black mayor in Ireland in 2007. He was born 1964 in Okeodan, Ogun State, and studied economics at the University of Benin
He is a convert from Islam to Christianity, he fled Nigeria in 2000, and made a claim for asylum on the grounds of religious persecution.

His application was rejected because of a lack of evidence that he had personally suffered persecution, but he gained residency because his third child, another boy, was born in Ireland.

Adebari and his family settled in County Laois. Adebari completed his master’s degree in intercultural studies at Dublin City University and set up a firm called Optimum Point Consultancy

 

Why Prince Joseph kpokpogiri’s house was demolished – FHA, FCDA

By Favour Nnabugwu
The Federal Housing Authority FHA and the Federal Capital Development Authority FCDA have explained the reason behind demolition of the house belonging to Prince Joseph Kpokpogiri in Guzabe said it was an obstruction to the Abuja-Keffi bypass
The Executive Secretary of the Federal Capital Development Authority, Engr. Shehu Hadi who was in the team that visited the site, said the road alignment had been done long ago and FHA was duly notified.
Hadi noted that the road alignment which the demolished building obstructed, was designed to serve as an important bypass to Abuja-Keffi axis.
He added that any plan to realign the road because of the building would be difficult and not fair judgment to those that it would affect, considering that the demolished building was not in existence earlier when the plan started
This was the house before demolition
Officials of the FHA led by its Managing Director, Gbenga Ashafa who had visited the site of the building three days ago,  in company of some  top Management team of FCDA admitted that the plot of land originally belonged to FHA,  but denied that proper building plan was approved before the mansion was erected.
FHA affirmed that notices to stop work were served at different stages and time of the work, but Kpokpogiri refused to comply.
Also speaking, the Director, Department of Development Control, Muktar Galadima said the mansion, located in the highbrow District of Guzape, Abuja, was unapproved, and could not be allowed to over ride public interest.
Galadima noted that the Mansion sitting on a rock in the fast developing district, was an obstruction to a major road network connecting the popular Apo bridge to many parts of the city.
According to him, “FHA was duly allocated the Area in the district to carry out its Mass Housing programme.”
He however clarified that when the road network of the district was officially realigned, FHA was promptly notified that some plots of lands within its area had been affected.
Galadima added that FHA was ordered not to allow any further development on the affected plots as replacement plots would be given to them.
He also denied lack of inter-agency collaboration between FCT Administration and FHA, stating that all necessary communications were properly documented.
“There is adequate inter-agency Corporation, the Federal Housing Authority FHA approached the Federal Capital Territory Administration FCTA for allocation and they were given global approval and were asked to make sure that whatever they do aligns with the approval.
“The plot in question was part of what was in the allocation, but because of the importance of the road, we wrote to FHA, notifying it that a number of their plots had been affected by the realignment of the road, and that we were going to give them replacement plots.
“We told them that no development should be allowed on the plots, and this was around 2019. We came for site visit and had given them noticed. We even marked the building for demolition, but the owner cleaned it off”, Galadima said.
Kpokpogiri, the estrange lover of Mollywood Diva, Tonto Dike, claimed that the decision to pull down his mansion worth over N700m was an act of oppression.
He alleged that his house was demolished because he refused to sell it to some “powerful” but unnamed individuals who had begged him to sell the property to them, vowing to fight fervently to get justice.
A Nigerian Man, Jude Ihezie killed in Vietnam

By Favour Nnabugwu

 

 

A 39 year old Nigerian businessman an Igbo by origin identified as Jude Chigbo Ihezie, has been gruesomely murdered by unknown assailants in Hanoi, Vietnam

The businessman, who had lived in Vietnam for over 10 years and was married to a Vietnamese woman, was reportedly beaten and stabbed in the chest in his apartment on May 4, 2022.

Ihezie was a renowned businessman who had resided in Vietnam for over ten years and operated multiple businesses, including the export of various locally made Vietnamese products to Africa, according to reports.

Jude Ihezie was married to a woman from Vietnam and was survived by two children.

The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Vietnam, while confirming Ihezie’s death in a statement, revealed the father-of-two died on his way to the hospital.

“It is with great sadness that the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to VietNam, His Excellency, Mr. Adamu Hassan Mamani, inform you of the gruesome murder of a Nigerian, Mr Jude Chigbo Ihezie of Obowo Village, in Imo State in the morning of Wednesday 4th May, 2022 at an apartment in Ve Linh Village, Phn Linh Commune, Soc Son, Hanoi.

The Nigerian Embassy in Vietnam is mourning, and has confirmed and condemned Ihezie’s gruesome murder.

The Nigerian Ambassador to Vietnam, His Excellency Adamu Hassan Mamani said investigations were on, and every effort would be made to get to the root of the tragic situation.

Announcing Ihezie’s death on behalf of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Vietnam, Ambassador Mamani said:

6,460 cases of Gender Base Violence cases reported so far – Women Affairs Minister

By Favour Nnabugwu
Out of the total number of 6,460 Gender Base Violence, GBV, cases reported in the country, only 33 perpetuators have been convicted in Lagos, Abuja and other states, according to the Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen,
Tallen in Abuja yesterday, spoke to the Media on “one-more-case- too-many of GBV”, following the case of Osinachi and the most recent case in Jos, Plateau State, involving Husband, Samuel Mathew, who butchered his wife, Mercy Samuel.
According to her, “Let me give you the validated data for just five states: Lagos, Ebonyi, Adamawa, Sokoto, Cross River and FCT, we have 5010 reported cases. Fatal cases 160; closed cases 231; open cases 963; convicted cases out of the 5,100 is 16. The most recent data are: reported cases 6,460, fatal cases 229, closed cases 295; open cases 1443; convicted cases 33.
Among other things, she pointed out that she would ensure that psychiatric tests are made compulsory as part of marriage requirements in the country.
She, however, bemoaned the slow implementation of Violence Against persons prohibition, VAPP, Act in the state, urging the Federal Government, likewise the state governments to put in place standards that allow for expeditious investigation and judgement on instruments of domestic violence, GBV, including cases involving sexual harassment.
She said: “We can refer to it as a step first, as the first step to ensure that we begin doing this to our aim. I will initiate a conversation with the Honourable Minister of Interior to ensure that psychiatric test cases are made compulsory as part of Marriage Requirements in the country.
“The cabinet is made of the society and everyone calls from a family. Mothers are the bedrock of the family and custodians of family’s traditions. We must play a part as more and more than our male children to become able to become better adults who can take on marital responsibilities without feeling insecure.
“We must put an end to the culture of reinforcing male dominance in our society. Our society must move with the realities of the time. We can no longer tolerate wickedness, greed envy, and malicious acts under the guise of culture.
“In this regard, I want to appeal to all leaders in our society to be more sensitive with the way they execute their activities and utilise the powers bestowed on them. The mindset and formation of our young ones request support from the entire society, from teachers, to doctors, to health care providers, to fathers, mothers, leaders, community leaders, older siblings and other relations.
“I am happy to know that Yobe state, has joined the league of states that had assented to the child’s right up at the violence against persons prohibition act. This brings the total number of states that have passed the child’s rights act 27, and the VAPP act to 34. This is a good signal that we are unanimously committed to. But our problem I repeat again is the implementation of these laws.
“Even as we speak another woman is being violated and we do it has been disposed of all her life investment offers have been thrown out without hope for a better tomorrow. I am reaching out to governors and commissioners of women affairs of all the affected states to give the much needed attention to these cases.
“Our traditional and religious institutions must help us in this mission. The woman groups in the society have a big role to play. In all of this, we must remain focused and resolute to ensure that perpetrators will face the full word of the law that governs our dear country.”
She urged the Media to intensify advocacy against GBV while taking the needed precautions in their reportage.
“I want to appeal to the media to continue to spotlight and carry the messages to the wider society. More advocacy needs to be done. The naming and shaming of victims under the VAPP Act should be made public; no rapist wants to be seen. If we expose those rapists, we will be able to address and reduce the number of these cases that are coming in, day in and day. out,” she said.
The minister said further that president Mohammadu Buhari, state governors and other concerned ministers have displayed genuine interest and are ready to deploy all needed resources to fight the menace.
“President Mohammadu Buhari is committed to seeing that we end gender bed violence in the state. His open participation at the town hall during the spotlight, was a clear indication of his commitment to end GBV.
“The 36 state governors, I held a meeting with them and all of them declared zero tolerance and state of emergency to GBV, on 10th June, 2020.  But, what are we seeing in all the states: so many states have domesticated the VAPP Act and the child right act, only two left , but the is not on the laws but the implementation is my greatest concern because the numbers are on the increase.
“If we implement these laws, it will serve  as a deterrent. They are just too many for us to keep quiet. The 9th National Assembly is equally committed to this course. The Senate president, the speaker have shown zero tolerance and they made open statements to this. But, we want to see perpetrators of these cases being punished to serve as a deterrent.  So, many cases are left unanswered; young children, young girls”, she said.

 

Nigerian Man dies from 21st floor in Malaysia

By Favour Nnabugwu

 

A 27-year-old Nigerian man identified as Victory has died after he allegedly jumped from 21st floor of his condominium in Malaysia.

It was gathered that the incident happened at Mutiara ville (21st floor. Block F2) in Cyberjaya on Tuesday afternoon, April 19, 2022.

The reasons for his action are unknown, however, police are currently investigating the incident. The deceased hailled from Agbor in Delta State.

Meanwhile, family members including one Prophetess Peach Joshua, claimed that Victory was pushed off the building