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Citadel of Diamonds
announces its first ever
Cultural Sunday

This event promises to be a great, uniting, empowering and educating gathering. Young people shall be gathering to talk, share, educate and enlighten other like-minded people. This meeting shall discuss the various tribes and tongues in Nigeria, and their cultures as it relates to food, marriage, proverbs, dressing, greeting, etc.

Never miss this for anything. Start your plans to attend early enough….


Cultural Sunday

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All Christians fight the daily battle against temptations. No man or woman is exempted from this fight. It is one of the battles we must fight and win every day in the war against the arc-enemy (satan). It is of little importance whether you are a pastor or usher in church, you must fight your own battle. Nobody is above being tempted. Some preachers/teachers misleadingly tell their congregations otherwise. No matter your level or years in the Christian Faith, you must war against temptations. In Matthew’s rendition of the Gospel, he tells us that Jesus Himself was “led” up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. So, if Jesus faced it, we all sure will.

According to the Oxford Pocket English Dictionary, temptation is an incitement to do what is wrong or forbidden.

The truth is that temptations should not seem strange to the believer. In fact, here in the Kingdom, if you stay without temptations, you are not a Christian! This is because, for one, our model (Jesus Christ) was tempted; and if we (as Christians) are Christ-like, we should expect temptings. Temptation, therefore, is not sin. Yielding to it, however, is.

By now, you already know (either by personal experience or by gained knowledge) that fighting—and winning—each of these battles is not easy. Some people win these battles daily. Others are not consistent with the wins. However, and saddening so, much more are still struggling for a single win.

There is a lot of gain in overcoming temptations. Here are just a few of them:
1. It reveals God’s Grace and Mercy that abounds towards you (1Cor. 10:13).
2. It is a pointer to an incoming blessing and prize (James 1:12).
3. It grows your faith—and since we are talking battle here, it increases your rank—thereby qualifying you for greater prizes after greater battles (Lk. 16:10).
4. It gives you the qualification to help and encourage others in their own times of temptings.
5. Etc

The Bible gives three war strategies. These I want to call the WPS Formula. Unlike in the battles fought with guns and grenades, you use these strategies on yourself instead of the enemy:

Peter warns that the believer must be “vigilant” should he overcome in this battle (1Peter 5:8). How do you watch? By folding your arms and praying for grace? No. You watch deliberately. Most Christians wrongly pray the prayer for grace. God does not do this for you. He gives you the strength, yes, but He allows you do this yourself. It is crazy to walk wilfully into places, people, and events that promote sin. Do not do it! Do not play with sin; it is as dangerous as a snake. You must deliberately make the decision to leave that dirty job, desist from visiting that member of the opposite sex at odd hours, or end that sinful relationship with a friend. The place of watching is a place of deliberate decisions. God did not make Joseph disappear when he stood before Potiphar’s wife; Joseph had to run with his legs (Gen. 39:12)! Daniel decided himself. Nobody pushed him to request for vegetables instead of the king’s meat, neither did anybody take him to the chief of the eunuchs; he went himself (Dan. 1:8). Until you make deliberate decisions to “flee these things” (1Tim 6:11-12), you will continue to lose these battles.

“Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Jesus said this to His disciples in Mt. 26:41. Prayer empowers your spirit. It keeps you ‘willing’ always. An evangelist at my home church back in Northern Nigeria once told something. I tried it out, and was pleased that it worked. He advised me to pray, immediately I noticed a tempting thought in my head. He said prayers could kill these thoughts before they grew into actions. He was right! Scriptures say every knee bows at the Name of Jesus (Phil. 2:10). Prayer shows your inability to help yourself. It puts you at the mercy of God. Understand that we fight not against humans, but against spiritual forces. You need a mighty hand at work in you, if you must win. You need somebody bigger. You need God—so you need prayers. Moreover, He has said, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” (Jer. 33:3)

The Psalmist wrote, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”(Ps. 119:11). God’s word empowers you for the battle. These powerful guidelines keep you informed of what the enemy’s tactics are, and how you can overcome them. Even Jesus used what was written [in scriptures] against the devil. In chapter number four of Matthew’s account of the Gospel, He (Jesus) always said, “It is written”. Hear the rendition of Ps. 119:165 from the Amplified Bible: “Great peace have they who love Your law; nothing shall offend them or make them stumble.” The Scriptures have life in them (Jn. 6:63). Feed on God’s word, if you need your spirit to come alive. The mind is the centre of any man. To change a man, you have to change his mind first. And, concerning the mind, hear Paul: “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 2:5). Your study gives you the tips for overcoming this battle (2Tim. 2:15). You must learn new strategies often. You need to renew your mind (Rom. 12:2; Eph. 4:23) via the word of God. Take out time everyday deliberately to study the word of God.

God is your strength. To win in this series of battles, you will definitely need Him. I pray for you, to receive the enablement to commit to these three things, in JESUS MIGHTY NAME! Amen.

See you at the place called ‘THERE’.

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When I was eighteen, there was a fire outbreak at what I used to call my home. We were sound asleep: my mum, my dad, my sister, and me. Then the fire alarm went off. I heard it at first, but I thought that it was just in my head. However, it began to sound louder and louder. Just then, I heard my name ringing in my ears.

“Lisa! Lisa! Wake up, Lisa!” I heard repeatedly. I wished it were just a dream, because I was so tired. “Lisa!” I heard again. This time, I woke up, but my vision was still blurry. I saw my dad in an orange glow, hovering right next to my bed. Two things came to mind. It was either I was dreaming, or I was dying (because, to state the obvious, humans do not glow!). “Lisa, there has been a fire outbreak!” Those words…

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For So Long?

Hey there!

This is Uncle P, from Citadel Of Diamonds. I know some of you have wondered, “Where has he been all th while?” Well, I have been very busy these past months. I am sorry I haven’t been around to keep you guys abreast of all that has been happening around COD. It is my fault, and I really apologise for that.

However, I am here now. I promise to make it up to you guys. Don’t ask me how. Just know I will. (It is a suprise.)

What has been happening?

  • Fatima ‘Nene’ Clement was delivered of a bouncing baby girl last month. Mother and child are both sound. Guess what?! The baby’s name is Melody.
  • We started a new study series titled, “BEARING FRUITS“. We look at the book of John chapter 15, covering verses one through eight.
  • We had ourselves a SISTERS SUNDAY and a BROTHERS SUNDAY. Both of which was very wonderful.

What else will be happening?

Well, expect more from us now. Secondly, we have our annual worship meeting (Eucharisteo) coming up this year. I sure will keep you posted about that one. Plus more.

Till the next time we see (which is quite soon), remain YOU!

Yesterday, God showed us His goodness, as Fatima (Nene) got her Fiance, James introduced.

This event was slated for 3PM, and saw many folks (friends and neighbours) turning up to celebrate with our own (Nene).

We thought it nice to give you a taste of what we saw, when we represented COD at the event… So, this pic is for you.

Congrats to our very own Fati. We wish her all the best in marriage.

Bible Study



Bible Study

THEME FOR THE MONTH: The Place of Prayer
TODAY’S TOPIC: The Need for Prayer
KEY TEXT: Matt. 7:7-11
KEY VERSE: Matt. 7:11
“If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?”

We thank God who saw us through the Prayer Conference last week. It was indeed a season of lessons. We thank Him for his presence and promises. We pray that the lessons that sprang up from that meeting be indelible in our lives in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Today, however, and in the coming weeks, we shall be covering our focus for the just concluded Prayer Conference. Most of the things discussed that were not finished, and the things which should have been discussed are what we will consider during the course of this lesson.

Welcome to a new theme, “The Place of Prayer”. We entreat all to be very focused during the period of this study. We believe that God is set to build the prayer life of anyone. However, whom God chooses will be determined by who chose God.


1. WHAT IS PRAYER? (Matt. 7:11)
According to the scripture above, prayer, simply put, is asking from God. Nevertheless, on a wider term, one could view prayer as communicating with God. Better still, you can see it as relating with God. Now, from the words used in this definition (relate, communicate, ask, and to add, converse), we see that prayer involves two parties. While one party is at the receiving end, the other gives. Prayer is NOT a one-way communication channel. If you only talk to God about requests, then you are in the lowest level of prayer. You know you have started growing in prayers when you notice that you are now “praying always with all prayer and supplication” (Eph. 6:18). You have started growth is prayer, when you have begun to pray “night and day” (Luke 2:37). Night and day does not just mean the time of the day. It mean in good times and in bad times.
Read also: Col. 4:2; 1Thess. 5:17; 2Tim. 1:3

2. WHY PRAY? (1Thess. 5:17)
There is always a reason for every action done. If you must pray, if all Christians must, why must they? Listed below are some of the reasons why we must pray as Christians:

  • Prayer is a command we must obey (1Thess. 5:17; Col.4:2; 1Peter 4:7)
  • Prayer prepares us for the end (Luke 21:36)
  • Prayer commands boldness and power (Mk. 1:34-35; Acts 4:31)
  • Prayer facilitates spiritual growth (Jer. 33:3)
  • Prayer shields against evil (1Cor. 7:5)
  • Prayer is our only channel to talk to, report to or discuss with God (Phil. 4:6)
  • Prayer is the believer’s medicine (James 5:15), etc
  • ScriptureQuote:
    “To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.”
    —Martin Luther

    1Tim. 5:5; 1Thess. 3:10; James 5:16

    Supposing you lost something valuable at home, narrate all the steps you would take to recover it.


    1. Thank God for His word
    2. Seek the Mercy of God for today
    3. Father, gift me with a heart of prayer
    4. Father help me grow in the place of prayer
    5. Let the grace of God keep COD and Codites nationwide
    6. Rebuke every agenda of the devil against Codites or their families this week
    7. Bless your week


  • We thank God for the presence in the Prayer Conference that was concluded last weekend. Let us keep the lessons and the fire afresh in our spirits.
  • Continue to pray for all Codites.
  • Our Cultural Sunday comes up on the 31st of July, 2016. Preparations have started already. Most of us would receive alerts for one thing or the other during this time. Stay connected.
  • Other announcements would be wired via the Whatsapp Portal


    Bible Study

    THEME FOR THE MONTH: His Divine Presence (2)
    TODAY’S TOPIC: Finding His Presence
    KEY TEXT: Jer. 29:12-13
    KEY VERSE: Jer. 29:13
    “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”

    Now, we have been talking about presence for so long a time. However, what do we understand by the word ‘find’?

    To find someone or something means to see them or learn where they are. It means knowing the location of that one or that thing. To find something, however, one must seek it first. You find nothing, if you look for nothing. Searching is what delivers finding. Today, we shall look at how we can get Divine Presence. Since we cannot get it without searching for it, we tend to look at the ways we can effectively search for it.


    1. CALL UPON HIM (Jer. 29:12)
    To call someone is to say out their name or attributes loudly to them, in order to attract their attention. Whenever you call someone, you want his or her attention. One way to get Divine Presence is to call or attract the attention of God. Read Lk. 18:35-42. Many people seek divine help, yet they have not asked for it. It will be funny to need directions or answers, and not ask questions. Read Jer. 33:3. Scriptures say everyone who asks, receives (Matt 7:8). Grow in you the habit of inquiring via the place of prayer. This will not only boost your prayer life, it will also grant you hidden secrets or answers. When you call out to God, however, make sure that you do so from a clean heart. Be sincere in your need for His presence
    Read also: Isa. 65:24; Ps. 145:18; Rom. 10:12-13

    2. SEARCH FOR HIM (Jer. 29:13)
    Anything you really search for is something that you really need. God’s Presence does not appear to all. People set out their hearts to search it out. This too, one MUST do with a sincere heart (Deut. 4:29). Bountiful benefits await the seekers (Ps. 34:10; Prov. 28:25). There is a place where Divine Presence resides. Not all know that place. You need focus if you must arrive there. You must avoid distractions. If you have ever lost ₦200 or ₦500, you will notice that the search for it began immediately. During your search, you would have seen stones, pebbles, papers, pen, cloths, books, etc. However, the search eventually continued until you saw you money. Why was this so? The money was what you were looking for, not anything else. If you really need Divine Presence, you will search for it. Now, during this search, you could find some answers, blessings, miracles, disappointments and discouragements from men on the way. Nonetheless, that is not what you seek. You must press on, till you will IT! You can only press on, when your heart is sincere.

    How do you search for Divine presence?
    1. PRAY and PRAY and PRAY
    3. Trust in God’s Strength alone (Prov. 3:5)
    4. Wait for the answer, even if it tarries a little
    5. Strive to DO whatever His word tells you to do
    6. Ask Him always and allow Him make the decisions (Prov. 3:6)
    7. Avoid distractions that may come from men or little achievements
    8. Keep your heart and mind clean from contamination; clear all grievances

    Read also: Deut. 4:29-31; Isa. 31:1; Hos. 10:12; Ps. 1:1-3; Joel 2:12

    While very few people would risk everything (even their lives) to get gold, others just love gold.
    —Matthew 13:44

    Ps. 91:15; Isa. 55:6-7; Luke 11:9-10

    Supposing you lost something valuable at home, narrate all the steps you would take to recover it.


    1. Thank God for His word
    2. Seek the Mercy of God for today
    3. Ask God to grant you the rugged courage and discipline to seek and find His Presence.
    4. Pray for the leadership of COD
    5. Pray for Codites who are currently being examined academically. Pray also for those who begin their examinations next month.
    6. Commit the plans and preparations for the Prayer Conference next week before God. Ask for direction and covering.
    7. Bless your week.


  • Our prayer conference was supposed to hold last weekend, coming to a close today, being Sunday. However, this has been shifted to the coming weekend, being Friday, 3rd to Sunday 5th June, 2016.
  • Venue for our Prayer Conference this weekend will be communicated to us latest Wednesday, via COD Whatsapp Group and the Facebook Page.


    Bible Study

    THEME FOR THE MONTH: His Divine Presence
    TODAY’S TOPIC: His Caring Presence
    KEY TEXT: Jer. 29:11-14
    KEY VERSE: Jer. 29:11
    “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

    One of the reasons why devoted Christians greatly enjoy their walk with God is because they see God as Father. Many people only see God as a supreme being. Some funny other only see Him as a Judge. If you want to go far in your Christian walk with God, you must begin to see Him as a Father. Today, we are going to focus on the caring roles of a Dad (or rather, the caring roles of God as a Father). We will not be talking about Provision, Protection, or Guidance, since we already talked about that. These are also caring roles of a dad, although.

    Enjoy the lesson!

    Okay, discipline sounds too harsh; maybe we should use “correct” instead. Now, most Christians do not like this part of God—the part that corrects. Any dad, who disciplines his child, loves that child. How do we know? Read Heb. 12:5-11, 2Sam. 7:14 and Rev. 3:19. Many people have died in their sins. However, God chose to correct you instead. Now, which would you prefer, to die or to be corrected?

    What are the benefits of discipline you ask…?

    • It is a proof that you are son of God. Carefully read Rom. 1:21-32. From that portion of scripture, you see that God has allowed some other to roam about in their sins. These ones are not sons, but bastards. God does not correct them, and so they are vulnerable to dirty sins and their consequences. Dear brethren, if God punishes you for sin, it is because he loves you and wants you to change.
    • God also wants you to grow. This is one of the reasons why He corrects. Correction gives birth to maturity. Let us look into Heb. 12:10-11. Correction it is that makes you more sensible. Correction shines a man. Confirm this truth from Prov. 13:18; 29:15 & 17. Correction can leave a lasting impression on a child. In Scriptures, God corrected Jonah (Jonah 1:17; 2:1 & 10). He also corrected David (2Sam. 12:13-14), and many others.

    Correction is a lot of the wise and matured!

    Prov. 15:10; Prov. 17:10; Prov. 3:11; Prov. 22:15; Prov. 13:24

    Imagine you are a parent and have a child affected by the cancer virus on the right thigh. Your doctor tells you that the only solution is to get the leg amputated, or the child would die. What would you do?

    1. Thank God for His word
    2. Ask that God’s mercy be shown to you
    3. Ask God to treat you as His child, correcting and growing you
    4. Pray for all members of COD nationwide
    5. Bless your week.

    ** Last week, Sunday 10th April was supposed to be our Social Sunday. This shall now hold on Sunday, 22nd May 2016. This is to enable further orientations and preparations for the event.



    Bible Study

    THEME FOR THE MONTH: His Divine Presence
    TODAY’S TOPIC: His Preserving Presence
    KEY TEXT: Dan. 3:1-30
    KEY VERSE: Gen. 39:2a
    “And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man”

    The last time, we were looking at the presence of God that could lead. We know that the very presence of Yahweh offers so many benefits. One of such is protection. Jehovah keeps His own. Not one of those who trust in Him shall ever be moved.

    Enjoy the lesson!

    Many people run to men for protection. In schools and the society, young males join dirty cliques (sometimes, even cults) for the dual aims of recognition and protection. Scripture have called as foolish, any attempt to seek covering from mortals. Our safety, as Christians, is of the Lord. Read Isaiah 31:1-3. Consider the cry of Nebuchadnezzar, “I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God” (Dan. 3:25). He noticed four persons in the fire. Because God was with the Hebrew boys, even Nebuchadnezzar observed that the boys had “no hurt”. Check out the story of Daniel in Dan. 6:22. An angel had to come into the den to shut the mouth of lions. Christians must see the God in them as safety. Read Ps. 91:1.


      1. Acts 28:3-5
      2. Ps. 91:11-13
      3. Ps. 37:24
      4. Ps. 34:7
      5. Prov. 21:31
      6. Ps. 3:3
      7. Ps. 144:10
      8. Ps. 33:16-18

    ScriptureQuote: If God cannot help you, then you can never be helped!

    Isa. 30:1-7; Isa. 36:6; Ps. 146:3-5

    Explain, in your own understanding and with other scriptural references, God’s promise of safety as contained in Ps. 91:1. This is to be done in your I.E Notebook.

    1. Thank God for His word
    2. Ask that God’s mercy be shown to you
    3. Ask God to take your trust off any help that man can offer
    4. Seek God’s Grace to enable you trust Him for complete covering throughout this year and beyond
    5. Pray that the Preserving Presence of Yahweh be the covering of you and yours
    6. Pray against every carnal attachment that threatens to steal God’s Presence from you
    7. Pray for God’s direction on all COD Plans and Projects in 2016
    8. Pray for all April-born
    9. Bless your week

    Next week Sunday 10th April was supposed to be our Social Sunday. This shall now hold on Sunday, 22nd May 2016. This is to enable further orientations and preparations for the event.



    Bible Study

    THEME FOR THE MONTH: His Divine Presence
    TODAY’S TOPIC: Accessing His Presence (2)
    KEY TEXT: Gen. 39:1-23
    KEY VERSE: Gen. 39:2a
    “And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man”

    Accepting God and Loving Him are two sure steps to access His Divine Presence. However, we have not completed the lists of things we must do or steps we must take. Today, we look at two other points: Guarding your Heart and Chasing after God. These two things will not only grant you access to the Presence of God, but will also sustain your presence before God.


    In the book of Proverbs (4:23), Scriptures say that the issues of one’s life flow from the heart. This how you keep your sacredness before God. God is no respecter of persons. Your holiness matters more to Him than your many years of Christian service.


    You must be very careful not to ruin your faith. Read Mark 14:38. You must watch out against sinful friends, demonic thoughts, lustful desires and selfish interests. The grace is released, but this watching is done by you alone. You must be very deliberate about your Christian life.
    Read also: Deut. 4:9; Mark 7:21-23.


    People who really enjoy the fully of God are those who truly chase after Him. If God becomes your desire every day and night, then you will be His friend/partner every now and then. These people, who have God in front of them always, are known as GOD-CHASERS! In 1Tim. 6:11, Paul told Timothy the things after which he must follow. In Prov. 18:17, God was clear when He spoke, “…those that seek me early shall find me”. David cried out to God, “I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land” (Ps. 143:6).
    Read also: Ps. 63:1-2; Ps. 42:1-2.

    Prov. 22:5; Heb. 12:15; Matt. 6:33; Deut. 4:29-31

    Everyone should come next Sunday with their I.E notebook.

    1. Thank God for His word
    2. Thank God sincerely for the privilege of His Presence
    3. Confess any known and unknown sin to God now. Ask Him to forgive you and show you His mercy
    4. Ask for grace to access and remain in God’s presence always
    5. Pray as led for all schooling Codites
    6. Bless your week



    Bible Study

    THEME FOR THE MONTH: His Divine Presence
    TODAY’S TOPIC: Accessing His Presence
    KEY TEXT: Gen. 39:1-23
    KEY VERSE: Gen. 39:2a
    “And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man”

    Over the weeks, we have looked into the goodies attached to being with God. Those are the very little we can behold. However, there is much more. “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” — 1Cor. 2:9. The bounties that follow the presence are numerous to mention, and overwhelming to understand.

    Today, however, we look at ways we can get this Presence. No result just comes; results are provoked. How do we provoke the release of Divine Presence?

    Many young people deliberately shut the door of their hearts to Christ. This is because they think being a Christian is boring. They are attracted to all the fun-promising things of life. However, Christianity does not stop fun; it only channels it rightly. Wouldn’t you enjoy getting first-hand secrets about your life and that of others from God Himself? How do you like to be guaranteed 100% protection? All you need to do is open up and let God. Christianity is NOT a call to suffering; it is a call to sonship. God really wants to care for you. However, He cannot. Why? Because family benefits are only enjoyed by family members. To enjoy the benefits we have seen, you must be a family member (Jn. 1:12). You should… You have to be saved. And if you want to, right now is the time (2Cor. 6:2).

    Pray the prayer of salvation now before you continue studying. Ask God to forgive you of your sins. Ask Jesus to come into your life and take total control. Ask Him to be your personal Saviour and Lord.

    Read also: Prov.14:12; Jn. 3:14-18; Jn. 3:36; Heb. 7:25

    2. LOVE GOD
    You would do almost for the sake of love. Unfortunately, however, young people have decided to love the wrong things. That is why you see them going the extra mile just to get the satisfaction they think they deserve. On the other hand, anyone who loves God will always want to follow Him, be with Him, and please Him. Your love for God will make you:

    • a. Listen to Him and obey Him always. You would not want to disobey God, if you love Him. You would always want to hear His voice. You would listen to everything He says and do them. One way to listen to God is by reading His word (The Bible) daily.
      – Jn. 14:23; Josh. 1:8; Ps. 1:2, 119:11
    • b. Talk to Him always. If you love God, you will always want to talk to Him. You would share with Him your pains and success stories. You would seek advice, direction and support from Him whenever you are confused. You would pray.
      – Jer. 33:3; Jer. 29:12; Lk. 11:9-10; Ps. 145:18

    Isa. 45:22; Heb. 11:6; Jn. 14:6; Jer. 33:3; Acts 2:21; Isa. 65:24

    Everyone should come next Sunday with their I.E notebook.

    1. Thank God for His word
    2. Thank God sincerely for the privilege of His Presence
    3. Confess any known and unknown sin to God now. Ask Him to forgive you and show you His mercy
    4. Ask for grace to remain in God’s presence always.
    5. Bless your week.