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GATES OF PRAISE MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL

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Gates of Praise Ministries Intenational is a ministry that focuses on worshipping The Creator through prayer and praise and also on counseling abandoned and abused women in the fold of Christ.

The ministry started in 1988 in a very humble way and now has grown into an international ministry to the glory of God.

 

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Our programs include;
1)Saturdays from 2-4pm:Praise and Worship at established locations.
2) The HOLY FEASTS/The Calendar of God for humanity.
3) The Gates Of Praise Choral Group,Headquarters at Ile-Ife, Nigeria.


 

 

I AM saved and sealed by the Holy Spirit unto the day of redemption. Eph. 4:30
I AM a new creature in Christ. II Corinthians. 5:17
I AM of the house of God, I AM a citizen of the Kingdom of God. Ephesians 3:19
I AM washed, sanctified and justified by the Spirit of our God. I Corinthians 6:11
I AM an heir of the Father and I AM joint heir with the Son. Romans 4:16
I AM delivered from the power of darkness Colossians 1:13
I AM redeemed from the curse of the law. Galatians 3:13
I AM wholly surrendered to the Holy Spirit, I AM free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:2
I AM predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things after the counsel of his own will. Ephesians 1:11
I AM a purchased possession unto the praise of his glory. Ephesians 1: 14
I AM blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ. Ephesians 1:3
I AM guided by the still small voice within. I King 19 12
I AM awake to the Christ within me the hope of glory. Colossians 1:27
I AM a co-creator of a world of love, joy and abundance. Ephesians 2:10
I AM awake to my interconnectedness to all living things in the universe. Galatians 13: 28
I AM awake to the truth of who I am, a healthy, whole, perfect emanation of God. Acts 17: 28.
I AM complete in him who is the head of all principality and power. Colossians 2:10.

 

THE FEAST OF WEEKLY SABBATH
This was ordained at Creation, re-established as the Forth Commandment and confirmed again before the Israelites entered the Promised Land. (Genesis 2:1-3; Exodus 20: 8-11; Leviticus 23: 1-3)
It is a weekly love Feast with the LORD who has shared His wisdom with us to help us cope better in this world. The blessings of observing the Sabbath are numerous. Most important of all the blessings is the fact that the Sabbath is a sign that we are His children, it is a means of sanctification and it is a seal for eternal life. (Exodus 31:13; Ezekiel 20:12; Revelation7:3-4)

 

THE FEAST OF PASSOVER
This is a Feast to celebrate Israel’s original redemption from slavery in Egypt. (12: 1-14, Leviticus 23:6-8)
This Feast is to be celebrated as believers’ deliverance from the powers of darkness by the power in the blood of the Lamb. (Hebrews 9:12,22)

 

THE FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD
This is an extension of the Feast of Passover when the children of Israel had to leave Egypt in a hurry. They carried the unleavened dough with them. Unleavened bread does not go bad quickly. (Exodus 12:15-20)
The key scripture for believers to observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread is the warning that the Savior gave saying “Take head and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees” ( Matthew 16 6
This is a warning against false doctrines. We are to celebrate the New Covenant for seven days making sure to remove from our hearts anything that competes with the pure knowledge of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God. It is written “Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump as ye are unleavened…..” ( I Corinthians 5.7)
The Savior made yet another reference to leaven when he said “The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven (yeast) which a woman took and hid till the whole was leavened.” ( Matthew 13:33) Here the Savior is referring to a little faith as a mustard seed which can move mountains.
In summary, the Feast of Unleavened Bread is to help us flee false doctrines while we increase our faith in all things that pertain to God and righteousness.

 

THE FEAST OF FIRST FRUITS
This is an agricultural Feast that comes up on the third day after Passover and is an offering of the first barley from the farm. This is a show of faith and gratitude to the Lord of the Harvest. It reaffirms God’s claim to all first born male as belonging to God. It also underscores the payment of Tithes as the first fruit of every month. (Leviticus 23: 9-14)
Under the New Covenant, we are to celebrate and give thanks that our Savior is the First Fruit from the dead. He rose for our justification after spoiling powers and principalities to become our High Priest. (I Corinthians 15:20-22)

 

THE FEAST OF WEEKS/ PENTICOST (SHAVUOT)
This Feast comes up seven weeks/fifty days after the Feast of Passover. In Hebrew, Shavuot means “weeks” while Pentecost means “fifty”. It was on this day that the Law of Moses was given. (Leviticus 23:15-16) The children of Israel celebrate this Feast as the first day of the Nation of Israel.
This is a Feast with a deep meaning for all believers, the Holy Spirit was poured out on the disciples fifty days after our Savior’s resurrection as they were waiting as instructed in the Upper Room. Peter preached a sermon that saved three thousand people that day. The day is considered as the beginning of the Church Era. (Acts 2: 1-4)

 

THE FEAST OF TRUMPETS/ ROSH HASHANNAH
Rosh HaShannah means Head of the Year in Hebrew. It is a call for help from the our “ Out of the depths have I cried to Thee, O LORD My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning…” ( Psalm 130:1,6). It occurs in the seventh month of the year which is the Roman month of September. (Leviticus 23: 23-25) In Israel the trumpet/ shofar is blasted as a call to war. When they blast the trumpet/shofar on this day, God interprets it to mean “Rise up O LORD, may Your enemies be scattered. May your foes flee before you.” (Numbers 10:35)
Under the New Covenant, we are to celebrate this day as a day of calling out for divine help because the day of Judgement is approaching. He is coming with the blast of the Trumpet and He will gather His children to Him. This is rehearsal for the great day of His coming. “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” (I Corinthians15: 52) What a joy to be counted as one of those who will be raised up to meet the Lord. This calls for celebration as we rehearse for that day.
There is a command to give to the poor during this Feast. ( Leviticus 23:22)
(It is to be noted that the ten days between the Feast of Trumpets and the Feast of Atonement are days of awe when each individual is to be in silence and reflection.)

 

THE DAY OF ATONEMENT/ YOM KIPPUR
This is the most solemn of all the Feasts. It is the day that the Levite Priest enters the Holy of Holies to present the blood of an animal for his own sins and the sins of the whole of Israel. It is a day observed with fasting and confession of sins. (Leviticus 23: 27-29)
What a joy to be in Christ “…..we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have the atonement.” (Romans 5.11.) There is no doubt of the fact that the sacrifice at Calvary took away the sins of the world and broke down the wall of partition between us and our Creator, making us joint heirs of the Kingdom with Christ our Savior. But as Paul said “Shall we remain in sin that grace may abound? (Romans 6.1). Have we not committed many hideous sins after the blood of Jesus was shed for the remission of our sins? This is the day to call upon God to wash away the sins that beset us with the blood of Jesus. The scriptures tell us emphatically “There remaineth no more sacrifice for sins” ( Hebrews 10: 26b). Only the blood of Jesus can wash away our daily sins in this perverted world of sin. But first we ought to remember to thank the Most High God for the efficiency and efficacy of the blood of Jesus.

 

THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES
This is the last of the Feasts ordained by God for His children on earth. It is to last for seven joyful days. ( Leviticus 23:34-36) The Feast commemorates the 40 years when the children of Israel were without homes in the wilderness and were living in temporary shelters. It is a celebration of the mystery of how they were fed, and sheltered in the wilderness by the God of all supplies.
We as believers are to celebrate this feast as a hopeful expectation of the time when God will tabernacle with us on this earth. Shall we not rejoice that “ the dwelling of God is with man and He will live with them forever”( Revelation 21:3)

 

CONCLUSION
These Holy Feasts were ordained as Statues to be observed forever through out all generations by all in the Commonwealth of the Kingdom of Light “Beside the Sabbaths of the LORD and beside your gifts, and beside all your vows and beside all your free will offerings which ye give unto the LORD” (Leviticus 23: 38)
It is written “Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham” (Galatians 3:7). It is also written “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with the Saints and of the household of God. And are built upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the Chief Corner Stone.” (Ephesians 2: 19-20). This Scripture sums it up “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3: 28)
Please be aware that the blessings for observing these Statutes are clearly outlined in Leviticus 26.1-13. Also note that the consequences of not keeping these Statutes are written in Leviticus 26.14-39. While on earth, Jesus and his disciples observed these Feasts. (Luke 4:16; Acts 17:2). Jesus said he came to fulfil the Laws. (Matthew 5.19). The choice is absolutely yours. Shalom!