Archive | October 2013

THE SPIRIT AND THE MINISTRY

Bible In One Year-Day 304 (Thursday, October 31, 2013)

Commentary: Isaiah61-63. We need to clearly understand the difference between the gift of the Spirit and A Ministry. A man could receive a gift but not a ministry. However, no one receives a ministry without receiving a gift. As soon as person becomes born again and receives the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, such receives a gift, i.e. a peculiar means of manifestation of the Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 12:7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.”

You don’t have to work for the gift before you are given; it is a gift, not a reward. You work for reward, i.e. there is a sacrifice to give before you could be rewarded unlike a gift which is just given without sweat. As for ministry, you must sacrifice in one way or the other. Ministry starts with a deep revelation and it is matured through unusual form of SUFFERING.

Romans 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”

2 Corinthians 1:5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.”

2 Corinthians 1:7 And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.”

This suffering is to build the revelation which was received into you; i.e. it becomes your life through suffering (experience which involves some form of denials). A Ministry is an assignment, work or project. The perfect use of your gift could qualify you for Ministry. You need to learn how to use your gift. Many times Christian brethren go on fasting to receive Ministry; this is not really right. It is the Holy Spirit that suggests the fasting for Ministry because He has the work. He introduces the ministry to you and suggests where to meet Him in fasting and prayer. Moses never prayed or fasted before he was called by God but was called to the mountain in fasting after the assignment was given. Apostle Paul never fasted or prayed before being called and given the gift. The fasting we do will only increase the grace of the gift, it does not give Ministry but for the work of the Ministry. You don’t need to fast before you receive Ministry; you could fast after the Holy Spirit has given you into Ministry and it is not you that will suggest the number of days to fast; the Holy Spirit does that. To break the bands of wickedness, you can decide on the number of days to fast, but this is not so for ministry. For ministry, you must be separated or consecrated and led by the Spirit. Jesus’ ministry was described in Isa61, He was led into it by the Spirit and fulfilled in Luke4.

Luke 4:1 And Jesus being full of the Holy Spirit returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,”

For the mere fact that you have a gift does not mean you have to start a church. The church is given by God, Ministry by the Lord and gift by the Holy Spirit. However, all is by the leading of Holy Spirit. If a church is started because one is endowed with gifts, without the instruction of the Holy Spirit, such church cannot stand the test of time; there is no grace for such there. When Paul was called, He received gifts. This gift qualified him for apostleship. He was a prophet and a teacher by gift, but an Apostle by commission.

Acts 13:2-4 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. … So they, being sent forth by the Holy Spirit, departed to Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.

Therefore, you receive a gift when you become born again and filled with the Holy Spirit. But Ministry is received by revelation of the Lord. this revelation must, however, engraved in you or must become the blood that flows in your blood stream; this is the suffering aspect of it. Note that this suffering is better described as consecration. Consecration in this sense is not to work for God but for God to work in you and through you. Therefore, we don’t get consecrated to work for God but for God to work in us. The Spirit gives gift; He reveals Jesus to you and commissions you for Ministry. Paul had this experience.

Acts 22:14-15 And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth. For thou shalt be his witness to all men of what thou hast seen and heard.”

Everything that is of God can and must only be done by the leading of the Holy Spirit and not zeal, knowledge or works of the flesh. You may be manifesting in an awesome gift, it is not a yardstick to start a ministry, i.e. a church, without the leading of the Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 12:3-7 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Spirit. Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.”

Let us seek for the old path where we could find rest. Let us listen to the trumpet’s sound, wherewith we could escape the calamity to come. Our reading for today is Isaiah64-66. Keep the fire of burning and alive.

Supo Abayode

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Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries

Delaware, USA

THE TRAP OF WOE

Bible In One Year-Day 303 (Wednesday, October 30, 2013)

Commentary: Isaiah57-60. Whatever God allows in the life of the righteous, though it seems unfavorable to man, it is to his favor as far as eternity is concerned. The security of God over the righteous is unimaginable. It could be in any form. Most of the time, when we lose somebody that walks righteously, we question ourselves “why must this person die despite all his devotion to the things of God?” The truth is that the death could be a way of God’s security against satanic harvest.

Isaiah 57:1-2 The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come. He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness.”

Death is not a woe to the righteous; it becomes a woe if the righteous loses heaven; this is the agenda of the devil. Everything the devil is doing is to set a trap of woe for the righteous. The devil uses diverse means to lure the righteous to turn from his righteousness. This was the first trick of the devil in the Garden of Eden. Once the righteous turns from the righteous way, he partakes in the judgment of the Garden, DEATH.

Ezekiel 33:18 When the righteous turneth from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, he shall even die thereby.”

This trap of woe is what ushers a man into darkness. It breaks the relationship between God and man. It makes man to be far even though He is near. It makes the voice of the person become an abomination to God; there are some voices that God does not want to hear. The trap of woe defiles our hand and makes them unacceptable to God. The trap of woe is very detrimental to our peace and we need to flee at its appearance.

Isaiah 59:1-3 Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.”

Death in this wise could be an escape from the trap of eternal woe. The scripture supports the destruction of the body for the salvation of the soul.

1 Corinthians 5:5 To deliver such an one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.”

Satan has the power to destroy the flesh, only God could destroy the soul. Beloved, let us recognize the trap of woe and avoid it. To many, the Facebook has become the trap of woe. To some, their mouth is their trap of woe. To some, it is their sexual organs. The trap of woe of some is their work; where they practice fraud or even idolized it. Whatever we practice as the works of the flesh is the trap of woe.

Galatians 5:19-21 “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these;Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envying, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. “

Let us seek for the old path where we could find rest. Let us listen to the trumpet’s sound, wherewith we could escape the calamity to come. Our reading for today is Isaiah61-63. Keep the fire of burning and alive.

Supo Abayode

+1-302-230-6792

Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries

Delaware, USA

PLEASURE OF THE LORD

Bible In One Year-Day 302 (Tuesday, October 29, 2013)

Commentary: Isaiah53-56. The most accurate prophecy given concerning Christ before He walked here on earth is that in chapter53. Jesus fulfilled every sentence in this chapter. The beauty of it is that since He fulfilled the verses, nothing can wrong the truth in it any longer. There are two things we need to look into in this chapter; God’s pleasure and Christ’s willingness. These two clauses can be found in two verses of the chapter; verses10 & 12. Verse 10 makes us to understand that;

  1. It pleased the Lord to bruise Him
  2. It please the Lord to subject Him to pain
  3. It pleased the Lord to make His soul a sin offering
  4. The pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand

This means that it was God who gave Jesus out as a sin offering and not that He sinned to deserve the death of the cross. Verse9 says “He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth.” This was the clarity of His innocence.

Verse 12, on the other hand made us to realize that;

  1. Christ willingly poured out His soul unto death.
  2. He released Himself to be regarded as a transgressor
  3. He carried the sin of the world, even though He knew no sin
  4. Yet, He interceded for the people while dying.

This reflects Christ’s willingness to sacrifice Himself for the freedom of man.

This is the expectation of God with respect to the Christians. He wanted our cooperation with Him to accomplish His redemption plan. Jesus had paid the price and made everything available for it, all He wanted is our willingness to cooperate with Him. This willingness is most desirable in forsaking sin and embracing His righteousness. It is also desirable in sacrificing our lives for others. It is desirable for us to be selfless and be poured out in unconditional love towards others just as Christ interceded for the people.

Isaiah 53:4-6 “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

Our cooperation is what perfects the pleasure of the Lord.

Let us seek for the old path where we could find rest. Let us listen to the trumpet’s sound, wherewith we could escape the calamity to come. Our reading for today is Isaiah57-60. Keep the fire of burning and alive.

Supo Abayode

+1-302-230-6792

Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries

Delaware, USA

YOU ARE GOD’S THOUGHT

Bible In One Year-Day 301 (Monday, October 28, 2013)

Commentary: Isaiah 49-52. The greatest thing that can happen to a man is to know purpose. The greatest discovery is to find the course of life. The greatest breakthrough is to discover God’s thought. And the most satisfying position is to be established as a glory for the Lord.

Isaiah 49:5 “… yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and my God shall be my strength.”

No one escaped into this world without an assignment and no one was given the grace to exist without being formed into the shape (spiritually) that depicts and reflects purpose. Also, virtues that will make that purpose be are always embedded into everyone that manifests into this world.

Isaiah 49:2 And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me;”

God has sent us into the world for a purpose, i.e. with a divine errand. And when you come with a divine errand, you are a servant of God for as long as you continue in the assignment and remain the spiritual object He has made you. The man who invented a motor vehicle had a thought. This thought is what manifests as a vehicle. For as long as we have the vehicle as a vehicle, it remains the inventor’s glory. The glory is abandoned or removed if it is changed to a boat; it has become another person’s thought and the glory shifts. In this view, for as long as a man continues in God’s purpose and remain as God’s thought, he is glorious in His eyes and He will continue to strengthen and maintain such person.

The making of God’s thought into man is His glory. He wants people to see His work in and through man so that He can be glorified. If man now decides to abandon God’s thought for another, he loses the glory because God’s thought has been removed.

Isaiah 49:3 And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified.”

God cannot be happy for His thought to be given to another. There is nothing created that can suggest a better thought than that of God.

Isaiah 55:8-9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

God’s thought is a package, though hidden at the beginning; it becomes glaringly clearer as it matures. It is unseen at the beginning, but becomes clearly seen and realized at the end. Only Him knows the fullness of His thought and only Him plans the course for it.

Jeremiah 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.”

The reason people lose God’s glory is because they have shifted away from God’s thought and opted for another course.

Beloved, you are God’s thought and you can only be glorious in His eyes and be strengthened only if you remain in the center of His thought. This is the reason for Christ’s manifestation in this world; to destroy Satan’s thought and restore man to the original.

John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

1 John 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the demon; for the demon sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the demon.”

Let us seek for the old path where we could find rest. Let us listen to the trumpet’s sound, wherewith we could escape the calamity to come. Our reading for today is Isaiah53-56. Keep the fire of burning and alive.

Supo Abayode

+1-302-230-6792

Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries

Delaware, USA

 

THE WINNING ANOINTING

Bible In One Year-Day 300 (Sunday, October 27, 2013).

Commentary: Isaiah45-48. Before the Apostles could go out, Jesus warned them to wait and receive the anointing for the work. If they had not hearkened to Christ’s suggestion, their outreach would have been a disaster because the forces out there were insurmountable by any ordinary person.

Luke 24:49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.”

Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses to me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and to the uttermost part of the earth.”

Without this empowerment, they would have been consumed by the powers that were. There is always the need for this empowerment before embarking on any spiritual work; otherwise, one would be exposing himself or herself to destructive danger.

These evil powers are not dead, beloved, but are still in vogue. As it was in the time of the Apostles, so it is now and just as they receive the winning anointing, you need to tarry to receive the winning anointing before you can plunge out for the work of the Master. This winning anointing does a great deal in the life of the genuinely called. It worked in the life of Cyrus, the anointed, as highlighted in the reading of Isaiah45:1-3;

Isaiah 45:1-3 Thus saith the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut; I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron: And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.”

Each time there is a special assignment, God anoints for that. In this instance of Isaiah45, God wanted to change power from the hand of the Babylonian king as He was working towards the fulfillment of His word for the returning of the Israelites to their land. Remember that it was God who empowered the Babylonian king to hold them captive and so it would require God’s higher level of anointing to release the captives. When the Babylonian king was empowered, the scripture did not say “anointed”; rather, it used the word “carried”. We may wonder why this is so. The truth is that (as the Holy Spirit has given me revelation of this portion), the security of God is sure upon His own people. No one could capture them if God did not allow or release them. This was what happened. God released them; He never needed to anoint the king of Babylon. However, if He had to send anybody to confront the powers of darkness, He will anoint the person for that work. God had to anoint King Cyrus, a foreigner, to disarm the king of Babylon. King Cyrus was the person who eventually released the Israelites to go back and rebuild the temple. He anointed Moses to disarm Pharaoh because the leprosy in Moses’ hand couldn’t allow him to do it. He anointed Jehu to confront Jezebel. To confront the spiritual powers of darkness, you need the winning anointing. This winning anointing does the following;

  1. Does not discriminate; anybody can be used.
  2. It goes before you; that is, it creates a path and footprint for you to follow.
  3. It destroys the existing leprosy in your life.
  4. It weakens the loins of powerful kings.
  5. It subdues nations; this means wherever the sole of your feet steps on, you possess it.
  6. It opens doors of opportunities; no one can shut them because God opened it. Peter enjoyed this grace in the prison.
  7. It establishes the footprints of God as your map.
  8. Crookedness is corrected and you have a straight course to follow.
  9. The insurmountable gates (powers) are blown off.

10. Road blocks are removed.

11. The enemies are dispossessed of their treasures and you become richer.

12. The undiscovered wealth becomes exposed to you.

13. It inscribes or engraves your name on the testimonies along the way.

Before the Apostles plunged out, the winning anoint had perfected their paths. To be a success in you divine assignment, you need the winning anointing. The winning anointing leads while you follow. If one loses focus of the leading of the winning anointing, the person becomes a ‘regret’ to the Lord just like Saul. The anointing looked back but did not find Saul, the anointed. Zeal and knowledge are not the winning anointing. The winning anointing is an experience. Moses had it, Jehu had it, the Apostles had it, you must have it.

Let us seek for the old path where we could find rest. Let us listen to the trumpet’s sound, wherewith we could escape the calamity to come. Our reading for today is Isaiah49-52. Keep the fire of burning and alive.

Supo Abayode

+1-302-230-6792

Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries

Delaware, USA

UNFORGETTABLE JOURNEY TO DAMASCUS

Bible In One Year-Day 299 (Saturday, October 26, 2013) GOD’S SERVANT

Commentary: Isaiah41-44. The calling of the Lord is in His righteousness and not in our righteousness. It is as He delights and not as the weight of our zeal. His assignment is according to His will and not of our will. The execution is by His Spirit and not in our ability. He makes us fit for the job He has for any of us. Whatever is of the Lord must be done by His Spirit; anything else will amount to nothing. No man on earth can do His work pleasingly and rightly without the help and the strength from His Spirit. If God calls you for an assignment, He rests the Spirit of that assignment on you.

Isaiah 42:1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold (strengthened); mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put My Spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.”

We can only know God’s servant by the fruit of His Spirit. The working of the Holy Spirit through us is what pleases God and not the work of righteousness of our flesh. To do good or to do evil, if it is of the flesh, it is not pleasing to God. However, to receive the Spirit of God to do ‘good’ but refusing to do it will be counted as sin before the Lord; this is rebellion. A servant of God will allow the Spirit of God to work through Him or Her; otherwise such will be called a rebellious servant. The term ‘servant’ could be used as a general term. But the presence of the spirit in that servant suggests whose servant he or she is. That spirit is expected to carry the likeness of the owner of that assignment to fulfill the assignment. That is, the spirit knows what the goal is and is prompting the recipient towards accomplishing the goal.

In the scripture above, the choosing of a person for a work in God’s vineyard is as a result of God’s delight; this is favor. When God fills such with His Spirit, this is grace. And by this grace such a person’s work is no more ordinary but divine and whoever fights against Him is fighting God. This was the message of Gamaliel in the book of Acts.

Acts 5:38-39 And now I say to you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.”

Many works look like that of God, but they aren’t but men’s’ wisdom; they don’t last even though they pull the crowd. The preaching could be full of wisdom, the teaching could be loaded with knowledge, but once it is not genuinely of the Spirit of God, it will not give life and will not last the test of time. Dr. Gamaliel in the Book of Acts (chapter5) made us to understand that there were many works that look godly and pulled the crowd, but never lasted.

Acts 5:36-37 For before these days rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered, and brought to nought. After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the taxing, and drew away much people after him: he also perished; and all, even as many as obeyed him, were dispersed.”

If the work is of God, people may succeed in killing the man, but cannot succeed in killing the project or assignment; as a matter of fact, it will ignite the fire (Spirit) of continuity in people just as Jesus said.

John 12:24 Verily, verily, I say to you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.”

The gospel grew after the death of Jesus. It further exploded as the Apostles were being killed one after the other; none of them died well, but their works lived after them. These are genuine servants of God.

What spirit are you using to work? If deception is found in your work, definitely, God is not in it but the father of liars, Satan.

John 8:34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say to you, Whoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.”

The Servant referred to in Isa42:1 received the Spirit to carry out justice on the gentiles. By what follows in that passage, he could not be discouraged but persistently press forward until the assignment is accomplished. Servants with the Spirit of God don’t please the world because they don’t have that spirit. It is not for Him to announce Himself in public or advertise His work; rather, His work cannot keep silent but will announce Him. As much as the rulers tried to kill the work of Jesus, it grew prevailingly, even in the hands of the Apostles.

Acts 19:20 So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.”

Perhaps you have been known for notoriety or for other bad things, all you need is God’s delight and your story shall change. Perhaps you have been known for somebody to avoid and nobody wants to identify with you because of your past, all you need is the unforgettable ‘journey to Damascus’ (Acts9). Saul of Tarsus engaged on that journey and His life never remained the same. At the border of Damascus, Jesus was waiting for him with a life changing package. The light that broke the back bone of darkness in his life ushered him into the city of Damascus. He had no sight but was full of light (a life different from what he used to have had entered into him). Hitherto, the zeal in him was without light and life and that was why he was killing innocent people about. But after this glorious encounter, his zeal received light and life and he began to minister life to the dying soul. By this, he was able to fulfill Isa42:1. This is the light you need and darkness will never have a place to stay in your life anymore. Paul was able to fulfill it because he followed Jesus. If you follow Jesus genuinely with your heart, you will fulfill all that Jesus fulfilled.

John 8:12 Then spoke Jesus again to them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”

Without the Spirit of God, a person gets tired, frustrated and disappointed. One cannot be contented in doing the work of God without His Spirit. Such gets easily offended while doing God’s work. He seeks for the praise and approval of men. It is not difficult for such to quit the race.

Let us seek for the old path where we could find rest. Let us listen to the trumpet’s sound, wherewith we could escape the calamity to come. Our reading for today is Isaiah45-48. Keep the fire of burning and alive.

Supo Abayode

+1-302-230-6792

Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries

Delaware, USA

GOD, THE DEFENSE OF THE RIGHTEOUS

Bible In One Year-Day 298 (Friday, October 25, 2013)

Commentary: Isaiah37-40. King Hezekiah went through two difficult times; the threat of Sennacherib, king of Assyria, and the message of death from the Lord. He showed His mightiness to Sennacherib because of his blasphemy.

Isaiah 37:36-38 Then the angel of the LORD went forth, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred and fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses. So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh. And it came to pass, as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons smote him with the sword; and they escaped into the land of Armenia: and Esarhaddon his son reigned in his stead.”

On the other hand, He showed His faithfulness to Hezekiah as a God that does not despise the prayer of a righteous heart.

Isaiah 38:2-5 Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the LORD, And said, Remember now, O LORD, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore. Then came the word of the LORD to Isaiah, saying, Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years.”

The trials of the righteous are not the same as that of the wicked though it looks alike. That of the righteous always ends well but that of the wicked ends in destruction.

Proverbs 24:16 For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.”

God is watching over men and He knows those who are His.

Let us seek for the old path where we could find rest. Let us listen to the trumpet’s sound, wherewith we could escape the calamity to come. Our reading for today is Isaiah41-44. Keep the fire of burning and alive.

Supo Abayode

+1-302-230-6792

Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries

Delaware, USA