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Life Changing Prayer

It is time to really change important destiny-issues in life and your right to do so is sanctioned by God.

There are some examples that forms the bases of this action and I want us to consider them.

1 Chron.4:9 – 10, “Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez [Painful], because she said that his birth was painful. Jabez prayed to the God of Israel, “Please bless me and give me more territory. May your power be with me and free me from evil so that I will not be in pain.” God gave him what he prayed for” (GW)

Jabez made up his mind that enough was enough of the troubles brought upon him by his name. Frustration made the mother call him a bad name. Responsibility made him seek for a change and God honoured his desire for a change.

Would God honour your desire and prayer for change?

Matt. 7:7 – 11, says he will.

The scriptures says, “Ask, and you will receive. Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened for you.  Everyone who asks will receive. The one who searches will find, and for the one who knocks, the door will be opened. “If your child asks you for bread, would any of you give him a stone? Or if your child asks for a fish, would you give him a snake? Even though you’re evil, you know how to give good gifts to your children. So how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him?” Matt. 7:7-11, (GW)

In 1 Sam. 1:9-18, Hannah made up her mind that she had had enough of being a bed-fellow with bareness. She decided that there must be an end to her shame. She must have thought, let me give it another push and see what God will do. God changed her situation. The scriptures says,

“One day, after Hannah had something to eat and drink in Shiloh, she got up. (The priest Eli was sitting on a chair by the door of the Lord’s temple.) Though she was resentful, she prayed to the Lord while she cried. She made this vow, “Lord of Armies, if you will look at my misery, remember me, and give me a boy, then I will give him to you for as long as he lives. A razor will never be used on his head.” While Hannah was praying a long time in front of the Lord, Eli was watching her mouth. She was praying silently. Her voice couldn’t be heard; only her lips were moving. Eli thought she was drunk.

“How long are you going to stay drunk?” Eli asked her. “Get rid of your wine.”

Hannah responded, “No sir. I’m not drunk. I’m depressed. I’m pouring out my heart to the Lord. Don’t take me to be a good-for-nothing woman. I was praying like this because I’ve been troubled and tormented.”

Eli replied, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant your request.”

“May you continue to be kind to me,” she said. Then the woman went her way and ate. She was no longer sad.  Early in the morning Elkanah and his family got up and worshiped in front of the Lord. Then they returned home to Ramah. Elkanah made love to his wife Hannah, and the Lord remembered her. Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel [God Hears], because she said, “I asked the Lord for him.” 1 Sam.1:9-18. (GW)

Will God change yours? Don’t assume he would not. Give it another push.

James 5:13- 18 says he will. The scriptures says,

“If any of you are having trouble, pray. If you are happy, sing psalms. If you are sick, call for the church leaders. Have them pray for you and anoint you with olive oil in the name of the Lord. (Prayers offered in faith will save those who are sick, and the Lord will cure them.) If you have sinned, you will be forgiven. So admit your sins to each other, and pray for each other so that you will be healed. Prayers offered by those who have God’s approval are effective. Elijah was human like us. Yet, when he prayed that it wouldn’t rain, no rain fell on the ground for three-and-a-half years. Then he prayed again. It rained, and the ground produced crops.” James 5:13-18. (GW)

Why not give it a go and pray again!

Rebecca was not content with the struggles she was going through during her pregnancy. She went to God in prayer to find out what was happing.

God heard her and told he what was happening.

What are you going through? Are you confused and frustrated about the situations around and would want to know what the years ahead has for you? Go to God with it.

Matt. 7. 8, says those who search shall find.

If you believe you will see the glory of God. John11: 40. “Jesus said to her, “Didn’t I tell you that if you believe, you would see God’s glory?” (GW).

Join me and lets pray.

The prayer focus is primarily YOU.

Many people from all over the world are joining in this prayer.

  • You are to pray for yourself – life-changing prayer. Pray fervently.
  • Pray for where you live.
  • Pray your friends (Job 42:10) “After Job prayed for his friends, the Lord restored Job’s prosperity and gave him twice as much as he had before.” Job 42:10 (GW).
  • Pray for someone who is praying at this time with us. Sow a seed of prayer.

I am joining in prayer of agreement with all who joins this prayer time for God to change their lives.

  •  Prayer days. 31st 2015 – 31st January 2016. (or Anytime you find this article)
  • You can join at the hour 23. There is not special about this time, just a time you might have rested from work and refreshed to pray.
  • You can equally choose a good time for you.
  • You can pray for 30 minutes or for as long as you wish using the Bible quotes about to pray.
  • Ask some friends to join – they should pray for themselves.

God bless you and give you a glorious change in Jesus name.

Reference:

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Panacea for peace

Caution: This message is capable of changing someone’s life for good!

You are very unique and special; whether you realise, acknowledge, accept or reject this truth is entirely another thing. You are who you are by the working of factors and forces known and unknown; some were as a result of birth, experiences, education or lack of it, environment – positive or negative, relationships and many others. Whatever your social or economic standing; influence or achievement, you are unique; you don’t have any other person exactly like you.

There are other people that are very unique all around you and just like you, they were made by certain factors and forces; some are known and many are unknown. They have become who they are and are important to the community either as positive or negative occupants who must not be ignored.

God is very important and very unique. He is important in the world and in lives of people, whether they acknowledge it or not. There are many who love and cherish him, in response to his love. There are many who acknowledge him as great, though not specially attached to him. There are people who ridicule God and all he stands for; here are some examples;

“Furious with rage, Nebuchadnezzar summoned Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. So these men were brought before the king, and Nebuchadnezzar said to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the image of gold I have set up? Now when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, if you are ready to fall down and worship the image I made, very good. But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?”  Daniel 3:13-15 (NIV) Emphasis mine.

“Elisha replied, “Hear the word of the Lord. This is what the Lord says: About this time tomorrow, a seah of the finest flour will sell for a shekel and two seahs of barley for a shekel at the gate of Samaria.”

The officer on whose arm the king was leaning said to the man of God, “Look, even if the Lord should open the floodgates of the heavens, could this happen?”

“You will see it with your own eyes,” answered Elisha, “but you will not eat any of it!” 2 Kings 7:1-2 (NIV) Emphasis mine.

God ignores many of the affront and disrespect from people and let everyone live as they wanted.

However there can be instances where people step out of their realm and jurisdiction to zones exclusive to God and other people to challenge their uniqueness. I will like to say concerning God, that sometimes, humans stepped into the “God zone”, in a public challenge because of their own influence powers, education, influence or many other things they can boast of.

It results in conflict. If you continue to read the reference scripture above, in the Bible, you will see the outcome. In the two instances it ended in shame for Nebuchadnezzar and death for the other fellow. The actors in both cases exerted their powers and understanding and the outcomes is a big lesson for all.

It is important that we appreciate our uniqueness in harmony with that of other people. We do this by respect, understanding and at worst tolerance.

We will do well to live and do our businesses while allowing others the right to do theirs.

When there are conflicts, it is important to resolve them and move on. In most cases being overbearing in matters relating to other people’s right of worship, existence, relationships among others is never something to do; it never pays off. Nebuchadnezzar found out in a very humiliating way.

There are people who are ingenious and have done unique things along their lives’ journey; it is only good to acknowledge them and move on. Their lives have been a blessing just like yours has been especially if you have lived productively.

It is important to respect and honour God. There are many things we might never get to know and there are things about God, though simple, but will remain mysteries to many.

Disrespecting people who love and serve God is just like stepping into and trampling on other people’s uniqueness and rights. You don’t want that happening to you, so why do it to others.

We all develop and grow; what looks so unattainable at a time might well be within reach within someone’s life time, so never give up on yourself.

Reference:

Bible Quote: http://www.biblegateway.com

“For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts, blessed in the man who trusts in You!” Psalm 84:11-12 (NKJV)

You can see and experience the goodness of God in your life and circumstances. The glory of God speaks of his goodness, favour and salvation. You can experience healing for your body, grace for everyday life and victory in life’s battles.

You can experience the glory of God by faith. You should believe in him as the scriptures say “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently see Him” Heb. 11:6 (NKJV)

Jesus told Martha in John 11:40, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God” (NKJV). This happened at the tomb of Lazarus, Martha’s dead brother, when Jesus went to raise him from the dead. Martha had argued that Lazarus must have passed a point where any miracle could happen in his life “Martha, the sister of him that was dead, said “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days” John 11:39 (NKJV)

In the natural realm you cannot find fault Martha’s argument but God can overrule the laws of nature to help you.

There are people who believe that their lives’ situations and circumstances will be different if Jesus is with them physical or if God would come down to them. Well, I might as well let you know that there were people who saw and touched him but did not get anything out of it. There were people who followed him everywhere just to find fault with his teaching; they did not get anything. There were disciples who argued with him before he did some miracles. They lived in natural realm – unbelief. Thomas was one of such; he was an Apostle!

“Then Jesus said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. And I am gland for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe. Nevertheless let us go to him” Then Thomas, who is called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with Him” John 11:14-16 (NKJV).

There were many leaders who did not believe, like Nicodemus who came to Jesus to discuss with him. Many leaders in our present time don’t believe, though they lead Churches and Fellowships.

“There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews; this man came to Jesus by night …. Jesus answered and said to him “Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things? If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?” John 3:1-2, 9-10, 12

There are some things you need to know and do:

You may struggle with having faith and with believing in God. There is nothing wrong with that. It is the battle of faith and you must overcome the resistance. You must believe.

You need to find out who God is by studying the Bible.

You need to be in fellowship with believing Christians to help you along your faith journey.

You must care about yourself enough to pray and ask God to help you.

You must continue to trust God despite contrary evidences and pressures of life.

Well, the first step before all the above, is to accept Jesus as you Lord and saviour.

“If you believe, you will see the glory of God”, Jesus said.

God will do it! Pray

Prayer is not a suggestion, it is God’s ordained way to meet the needs of his people. Christians are to continue in this way no matter contrary suggestions from the devil and other sources.

“Is any among you afflicted? Let him pray. Is any merry? Let him sing psalms.

Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him. Anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:

And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him” James 5:13-15 (KJV)

Pressures of life can drive people to doubt the presence and the power of God; that is not new, it has been from the beginning. Believers believe God and live in confidence and trust in God’s power and love.

The scripture says in Heb. 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” Heb. 11:6 (KJV)

  • Whatever challenge you are going through now, commit it to God in prayer and trust him to help you. That is what God wants you to do.
  • Praise God as you wait for his intervention in that matter.
  • Be sensitive to his leading, in case he wants you to take any action.
  • Be willing to obey him.
  • Some answers to prayer may not need your contribution. Just allow God to do it.
  • Be aware that the devil and his agents may come with fear and doubt. Don’t yield to them.
  • You can pray about anything and you can pray anywhere and at anytime.

God delights in helping you. Psalm 35:27.

God bless you.

And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.” Gen. 32:28 (KJV)

Your life is up to you and what you want out of life. We all need people, some permanent, and others temporal. The only permanent relationship is your decision.

It might surprise you to know that you choose whether to have a relationship with God or not, That is the ultimate decision you can ever make; God presents you with opportunity to enter into a relationship with him but he never compels you to do it. You are the master of your destiny.

The scripture says, “He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 2:11-13 (KJV)

Jacob was sent out from his father’s house to prevent a big trouble between him and Esau, his twin brother, over family rights. His grandfather Abraham was very rich and passed on the inheritance to Isaac his father. Isaac was so rich that his neighbours envied him. God favoured Jacob and blessed him. He was chosen by election not works.

The Scripture says, in Rom. 9: 9 – 16, “For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sarah shall have a son.

And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac;

(For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)

It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger.

As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.

What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.

For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.

So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.” (KJV)

On his way to his exile, Jacob had an encounter and God blessed him specially. The events that followed never portrayed him as blessed. He actually suffered humiliation in the house of his uncle Laban for the next twenty years.

Jacob started a family that he doesn’t know where they would end up. He could only dreamt of the fame of his father. The more he told his story the more Laban plotted his downfall and humiliation.

Laban knew that there was something about Jacob that brings success and the only way he thought he could keep him was to so impoverish him, so that he cannot afford to travel back to his home.

He tormented him mentally so that he couldn’t think of any good thing. Laban masterfully crowded Jacob with women and created family chaos that drained his power, strength and focus. He constantly changed the terms of the relationship with Jacob and set unachievable targets. It was the humiliation of a prince! God had to intervene to set him free. Evils do not last forever.

“And the Lord said unto Jacob, Return unto the land of thy fathers, and to thy kindred; and I will be with thee.” Gen.31:3 (KJV)

You might be like Jacob, Struggling against the odds to fulfil your destiny. You might have ran into things that want to choke God’s purpose out of you and you are barely hanging on a lifeline. Your frustration might be so big that you constantly sigh and groan.

You need to wake up like Jacob did. You are not going to breakthrough by avoiding a necessary conflict to bail yourself out of your quagmire. Your struggle might be against anyone but your destiny is the only heritage that you can count on for the future. Esau dropped out of God’s will because of nonchalant attitude to the things of God. He cherished porridge more that his heritage and the promise God made to Abraham.

It was never the responsibility of Laban to believe in the future of Jacob; all he cared for was himself and his family first. Whatever story that Jacob has could as well be a fairy-tale and a daydream. You are the manager of your relationships and your visions.

The word of God says, “Then Jacob got angry and started an argument with Laban. “What have I done?” he demanded. “What’s my crime that would cause you to come pursue me so violently?

Now that you’ve searched all my belongings, what did you find that belongs to your house? Set it here in front of our relatives and we’ll let them judge between us!

Meanwhile, these past 20 years that I’ve been with you, your sheep and goats never had miscarriages, I never once ate any of the rams from your flock, and whatever was torn by beasts, I never bothered to bring to you. Instead, I bore the losses myself. Even so, you demanded that I provide restitution for anything that was stolen, whether during the day or the night.

As it was, I was attacked by drought during the day and by cold at night. I never got any decent rest. I’ve lived in your house these 20 years – serving fourteen years for your two daughters and another six years for your flocks.

During all that time you changed my wages ten times. If the God of my father-the God of Abraham, the God whom Isaac feared-had not been with me, you would have sent me away empty handed. But God saw my misery and how hard I’ve worked with my own hands-and he rebuked you last night.”” Gen. 31:36-42 (NIV)

Are you a prince in shame and drudgery? You must break-free. You must go after your destiny. You must fulfil the call of God upon your life. It is your responsibility and you are the one that will give account of your life.

There may be people who feel that God created you to serve them and help them in their mission. It is only you that can determine that. Whatever you choose, for as long as you are happy with it, that okay.

You must pray to discover God’s will for your life. What is it that stirs up and you want to do something about it. What are the challenges you feel you have the solutions to? What are the things you enjoy doing?

You need to study the word of God and let the Spirit of God give you revelations as to what the Lord wants you to do.

You might have a calling to meet the need of others. You might be keen on helping the needy and weak. Are you happy to help?

Humiliation is not humility. Stupidity and foolishness are not the same as be pious and devotion. Serving God in humility might make some people to take advantage of you and cause you pain and shame but God normally shows up at an appointed time to prove to all that you are his. He did it in the life of Jacob, Moses and the early disciples.

Sometime people love staying in their comfort zones which might clearly be against the will of God.

The scripture says in Exodus 14:10-1, “And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the Lord.

And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt?

Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.

And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.

The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.

And the Lord said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:” (KJV)

To many Israelites who left Egypt during the Exodus, it would have been better to remain in slavery, but that was not God’s plan. They had no respect to the will of God and complained and murmured. They paid for their wrong attitude.

May the Lord help you in your journey through life to fulfil his counsel and purpose for your life. Amen.

Reference

Bible quote: http://www.biblegateway.com

Graceful Voice

Without faith it is impossible to please God. Those who come to God must believe that he exists. And they must believe that he rewards those who look to him.” Heb.11:6 (NIVR)

Abraham trusted God, and when God told him to leave home and go far away to another land that he promised to give him, Abraham obeyed. Away he went, not even knowing where he was going. And even when he reached God’s promised land, he lived in tents like a mere visitor as did Isaac and Jacob, to whom God gave the same promise. Abraham did this because he was confidently waiting for God to bring him to that strong heavenly city whose designer and builder is God.

Sarah, too, had faith, and because of this she was able to become a mother in spite of her old age, for she realized that God…

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Sometimes we are challenged by increase of wickedness and oppression. We get caught up in situations that are awful and seemingly insurmountable; many people despair for life and mourn at such times. These situations come in various forms and I am not going to single out some of them here. At such times the wicked and oppressors feel on top of the world, brandishing venom, hatred and are eager to show how much evil influence they can wield. It is not new.

The scripture says in Daniel 3:19-27 “Then Nebuchadnezzar was full of fury, and the expression on his face changed toward Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. He spoke and commanded that they heat the furnace seven times more than it was usually heated. And he commanded certain mighty men of valor who were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, and cast them into the burning fiery furnace. Then these men were bound in their coats, their trousers, their turbans, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Therefore, because the king’s command was urgent, and the furnace exceedingly hot, the flame of the fire killed those men who took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished; and he rose in haste and spoke, saying to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?” They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.” “Look!” he answered, “I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.” Then Nebuchadnezzar went near the mouth of the burning fiery furnace and spoke, saying, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, servants of the Most High God, come out, and come here.” Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego came from the midst of the fire. And the satraps, administrators, governors, and the king’s counselors gathered together, and they saw these men on whose bodies the fire had no power; the hair of their head was not singed nor were their garments affected, and the smell of fire was not on them.”

King Nebuchadnezzar was very angry at the thought of the defiance of his order about removing freedom of worship. He commanded increase of punishment to the three Hebrew children. The king deployed his mighty men of valour to deal with harmless and unarmed men; while the public watched with excitement at the humiliation that these men would soon be put into. The atmosphere must have been tensed and charged with dreadful fright. It was a time no person wished to be an Israelite. It had been escalated to a fight of the gods against men, king against the commoners and king Nebuchadnezzar against God.

The scripture says in I Sam. 17:42-47, “And when the Philistine looked about and saw David, he disdained him; for he was only a youth, ruddy and good-looking. So the Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. And the Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!” Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.”

The above scripture was another occasion that wickedness and oppression increased against the army of Israel, who were ill-equipped to fight the Philistines and their champion, Goliath of Gath. It was a spectacle watching an untrained boy going against the odds. Neither his people nor the enemy gave him a chance. The only thing he had was his sling and the only person he counted on for support was God. Once again it was the battle of the God of Israel against the gods of the Philistines. It was like David embarked on a suicide mission. You can only imagine the vexation of Goliath and he was determine to deal with this insult and afterwards deal with those who sent him.

Evils don’t last for ever, no matter how long it takes. All over the world wickedness is being multiplied and ruthlessness is just the heading of the next News bulletin, on radio and television. The Newspapers are painted all over with pictures of violence and crime.

When evil and wickedness increases their end is at hand.

Instead of the three Hebrew children suffering agonising shame and humiliation, King Nebuchadnezzar did. Instead of David reeling in pain and blood, Goliath of Gath did. Instead of you suffering humiliating, defeat and shame, your enemies will. This pattern cannot fail for those who put their trust in God.

The scripture says in Isaiah 59:18-19 “According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompence. So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him”

Whatever you might be going through, it might seem as if the odds are against you; your faith in God might be under fire and the power of those that hate you might be overwhelming and it might look like you have no chance or support of any kind; the Lord God Almighty is there for you. Those who trust him are never put to shame. It is human to feel agitated and bothered but keep believing, the wicked shall not rule over you; wickedness will surely be overthrown. The mighty men of Nebuchadnezzar were destroyed in his fire and the Philistines lost their champion in his plot; this pattern will not fail also.

Jesus faced the greatest vile the devil could muster, he faced the greatest humiliation the devil had at the cross; the enemy did not know the “game plan”, the blood for redemption was to be released in that fashion to account for everyone who will believe. When it was all over, the prince of wickedness found out the truth. He lost. He is still working wickedness but it won’t change the victory Jesus won. You have that victory available to you if you believe and keep believing.

Ref.

Bible Quote. http://www.biblegateway.com

Prayer and Faith in God

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