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Riches Don’t Determine Blessing : Joel Duncan-Williams

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Joel Duncan-Williams, founder of Firm Foundation Ministries and the son of internationally acclaimed Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams was the recent guest on the weekly Instagram Live Sessions with Nana Adwoa Sarkodie.

In the hour-long interview, the young prophet revealed that having money doesn’t mean you’re blessed. “Riches don’t determine to bless. The Bible says The Lord maketh rich and addeth no sorrow. You’re blessed from the time you entered this world. I knew Hushpuppi personally and his situation is unfortunate but is he in a blessed position right now?” he quizzed.

“Having life, eating, moving, seeing means you’re blessed. The blessing is not in a piece of paper. The piece of paper can always locate other people but not everyone is blessed and you can’t buy a blessing. If it’s on you” he emphasized.

He also explained that God sometimes delays financial blessings because he wants us to be good stewards of our money. “Not everybody can handle financial blessing. And that’s why God increases you as your revelation increases. If He should give you 2 million dollars today, you’ll only spend it on cars, but God will let you wait for 2 to 3 years to understand that cars are a depreciating asset so you can spend your money on something more profitable” he said.

The topic of discussion was “Dealing with Pressures in Society”. According to Prophet Joel, if society is pressuring us, then our stand in Christ is not strong enough. He referenced Romans 8:29 which says “We are predestined to be conformed to the image of Christ” and Matthew 5:13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.”

Adding that “We are supposed to be the taste of society. Society shouldn’t dictate our taste to us. We rather should give society a taste of who we are. When we conform to the pressure of society, we are telling God that we don’t deserve to be blessed”.

He also declared that anybody who calls themselves a Christian but cannot stand for Christ is a hypocrite. “Society can’t pressure me into becoming something I’m not because society didn’t make me. It is God who has blessed me and made me what I am so I will never be ashamed of praising God and calling on His name even when I find myself in a 7-star restaurant or in any situation where people frown on being loud for Christ.”

He quickly noted that God is not looking for perfection, He is looking for progression. “God understands we are human and the flesh is real. He doesn’t expect us to become saints overnight, but He expects growth” he added.

Responding to a question about death to the flesh. Prophet Joel explained that we can’t die of the flesh because we are flesh but we can subdue the flesh by having our faith in God, by taking it a day at a time, and not allowing what used to hold us anymore.

He surprisingly revealed his own predicament saying “I used to have a problem with masturbation. But I had to believe God and had to keep praying and it moved from three times daily, to once a week, to once a month, to never. You’ve got to build yourself in God, it doesn’t come overnight but you’ll get there. What keeps me anointed is that I’m not perfect, if I were perfect, I wouldn’t need the anointing”.

In another response to a question about marriage pressures, the budding prophet said “The Lord makes all things beautiful in His time. Just because society thinks you should get married now doesn’t mean you should be married now. Age has nothing to do with getting married. God doesn’t show up when you want Him to but He shows up right on time”.

Finally, Prophet Joel Duncan-Williams encouraged us to endure our sufferings and take it as a lesson from God to build us into becoming better and not to view it as a punishment. “People have betrayed me so much and back-stabbed me and it broke me, and pushed me into the ground, and it isolated me, but guess what; in my isolation, God located me. God doesn’t deliver you from your friends, He delivers you from your enemies. You’ve got to let some people be enemies so that God can set a table for you in their presence and they will personally declare that it is only God who has blessed you this way.”

You can re-watch the full interview via Nana Adwoa Sarkodie on Instagram or Youtube.

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Man City Sign Ruben Dias As Otamendi Joins Benfica

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Benfica announced the sale of Ruben Dias to Manchester City while confirming a deal for Nicolas Otamendi on Sunday.
Manchester City have signed centre-back Ruben Dias from Benfica in a transfer worth an initial £62million (€68m) with Nicolas Otamendi heading the opposite way in a separate deal.

Portugal international Dias, 23, has been a regular for Primeira Liga side Benfica since emerging through the academy ahead of the 2017-18 campaign.

Dias has been linked with a number of big-name clubs around Europe, including Manchester United, but rivals City have now reached an agreement with Benfica.

The Portuguese side confirmed the news on their official website on Sunday, shortly before announcing a €15m (£13.67m) deal is in place for Otamendi, who must now undergo a medical.

City will pay an additional €3.6m (£2.1m) in add-ons for Dias should he trigger various performance-related clauses.

Dias captained Benfica in Saturday’s victory over Moreirense and hugged his team-mates and sporting director Rui Costa as he left the field at full-time.

“It was a special moment [with Costa] and I think everyone already knows why,” Dias said after the game. “Obviously, people leave their mark on you, and the club also.

“Without a doubt, it was very special for me. I am very happy. It was very important to consecrate this game with a goal, it was very special for me.”

Dias’ arrival ends City manager Pep Guardiola’s search for a right-sided centre-back, 16 months after long-serving Vincent Kompany departed the Etihad Stadium for Anderlecht.

Otamendi – who played for Benfica’s Portuguese rivals Porto between 2010 and 2014 – spent five years with City and started 31 games in all competitions last term.

The 32-year-old won two Premier League titles, four EFL Cup trophies, two Community Shields and the FA Cup during his time in Manchester, having arrived from Valencia in 2015.

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Manchester United Submit Final £90m ‘Take-It-Or-Leave-It’ Offer For Jadon Sancho

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Manchester United will reportedly make one final offer to Borussia Dortmund for Jadon Sancho, a player they have pursued all summer but made no progress in talks.

So far, their only signing of the transfer window has been the £40m addition of Donny van de Beek, who scored on his Premier League debut last weekend.

Jadon Sancho has been Man United’s top target all summer but with less than two weeks before the transfer window shuts he’s still with the German club.

Dortmund imposed an August 10 deadline for Manchester United to strike a deal with them but none of that materialized and the Bundesliga club have made several statements insisting he would not be sold this summer.

Earlier this week, sporting director Sebastian Kehl asserted that the England international would not be going anywhere but a new report saysMan United will test Dortmund’s resolve, though, with a final ‘take-it-or-leave-it’ bid.

According to the Mirror UK, Man United will reportedly offer £75million up front with a further £15million in add-ons while United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward will also tell Dortmund there will be no negotiating over the fee or structure of the deal.

Dortmund’s asking price is said to be around the £108m mark but the Red Devils continue to be optimistic of getting a deal done before the October 18 deadline.

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Togo’s Prime Minister And His Government Resign

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Togo’s Prime Minister Komi Selom Klassou and his government have resigned in a political reshuffle delayed by the Coronavirus pandemic.

The resignation came after President Faure Gnassingbe won his re-election in March, extending his 15-year-old rule and a family dynasty that began when his father took power in a 1967 coup.

Komi Selom Klassou has served as prime minister since 2015. Commenting on the resignation of the prime minister, Gnassingbe congratulated Klassou and his team for their “economic, political and social efforts and the encouraging results despite the health crisis around the world.”

The presidency did not say when a new prime minister would be appointed.

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