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Loose Him And Let Him Go! by Pastor (Mrs) Anthonia Obafaiye

Loose Him And Let Him Go! by Pastor (Mrs) Anthonia Obafaiye

The Theme of the month of April 2017 is Amazing Ascension as spoken by God through His Prophet and I perceive in my spirit that God is setting someone here free in Jesus name. The Bible says in the BK of John 8: 36 that whosoever the Son of man sets free is free indeed.

The Bible yet again says in the Book of Isaiah 49: 24- 25 that even the lawful captives, The Lord sets free, so in other words there is nothing too difficult for our God who sits in heaven and does as He pleases to do. With Him all things are possible.

The month of April is the 4th month of the year, on the fourth day of creation, the physical universe was completed. I believe the number 4 is derived from its place in creation because the physical universe was established and set in motion on the 4th day of the creation week.

4 is a number of completions and I decree that The Good Lord will perfect and complete all that concerns you in Jesus name.

The Bible makes us to understand that on the 3rd day after Jesus death, (on a Sunday like this) over 2000 years ago, that Jesus the Son of The Most High God rose from the dead and He is alive And reigns forever more. He is the Resurrection and Life and the Bible says whomsoever believes in Him will have life and have it in abundance.

Our main Bible passage will be taken from the Book of John 11: 1- 46

The Bible makes us to understand that there was a family that our Lord Jesus loved so much Mary (The Bk of Matt. 26: 7-13) this was the lady with the alabaster of expensive ointment that anointed Jesus with this ointment and wiped our Lord’s feet with her tears and hair) and Jesus Himself testified that wherever the gospel is preached that she will be remembered for this thing she did and this was the first woman to also see Jesus after he had resurrected, Martha and Lazarus.

It came to pass that Lazarus one day, fell sick and a message was sent unto Jesus by his sisters that the one He loved was sick and when Jesus heard this he said ‘This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.

So Brethren when we find ourselves in some situations that we begin to wonder, Oh whom have I offended, why am I passing through this, ah this is too much for me to bear, has it ever occurred to us that maybe God wants to glorify Himself through that situation.

The Bible yet again made us to understand that Jesus abode two days in the same place where he was, sometimes we desire that The Lord should answer us now, not knowing that God’s time is the best and that He makes everything beautiful in His own time.

And when Jesus got to Bethany He found out that Lazarus had been in the grave for four days.

Humanly speaking all hope was lost for Lazarus, he would have been stinking, rigor Morris would have set in (stiffening of the muscles & joints of a body few hours after date, usually lasting from one to four days) His sisters had accepted their fate, for them they thought the battle was over, they had believed in their hearts that they will see their Brother on the Resurrection morning. But divinely speaking the battle had just begun because it is not yet over until God says it is over. Jesus is our only Hope of Glory, with Him all things are possible, He is the Resurrection and Life, He is the Rock that can never fail. When He says Yes no one can say No. When He opens the Door no one can shut.

The Bible says in the Bk of Hebrews 4: 15

For we have not an High Priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

The Bible says that when Jesus saw Mary, Martha and Jews weeping He was moved with compassion and He also wept and groaned in the spirit and was troubled and He asked where they had laid him and they took Him to Lazarus’s grave.

And the Bible makes us to believe that when death met with the one that created it, death bowed to his creator.

I prophesy to someone here that whatsoever seems dead in your life or is about to die in your life receives the life of Jesus now in Jesus name. I decree that whatsoever situation that seems hopeless in your life, so much so that people around you have written you off and have begun to say where is the God that you serve, will receives the life of Jesus today in Jesus name. I have come to announce to someone here today that Jesus is your only Hope of Glory and he died so that ye might have life and have it in abundance, He became poor so that ye might be rich, He paid the price that no one else could pay over you and I.

The Bible says that Jesus cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth and he that was dead came forth bound hand and foot with grave clothes and his face was bound with a napkin. Jesus said unto them, “Loose him and let him go”!.

How do you explain this miracle, a man dead and buried for four days (The Bible says his sister Martha said Lord by this time he stinketh), he was bound hand and foot, yet he came forth alive. Our God is a glorious God, He is a miracle Worker, there is no searching to His understanding indeed.

Brethren the Bible makes us to understand in the BK of Ezekiel 37: 1- 14 that Prophet Ezekiel was taken in the spirit by God Almighty to the Valley of dry bones and after a demonstration of God’s power the dry bones became an exceeding Great Army after God breathed the Breath of life over them.

May our Father in heaven breathe over you and I His goodness, mercy and favour afresh in Jesus name.

Prayers:

Father as you rose from the dead on the 3rd Day; may everything that is dead or about to die in my life rise to the life in you in Jesus name.

Father whatsoever that seems to be harassing me, Father harass them in Jesus name. You said in your word that you will contend with those that contend with me. You said on my behalf you will arise and fight for me and my enemies will be scattered. Father arise and favour me in this season and beyond in Jesus name.

The sermon, Loose Him And Let Him Go! by Pastor (Mrs) Anthonia Obafaiye, was delivered on April 23, 2017

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The Amazing Stories of Jesus Christ, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

The Amazing Stories of Jesus Christ, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

Amazing Birth

Isaiah 7: 14 “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel”.

Mt. 1:23 “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us”.

Amazing Life

Mt. 8:7 “But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!”

Mark 1:22 “And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes”.

Amazing Death

Luke 23: 34 “Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots”,

Mt. 27: 54 “Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God”.

Amazing Resurrection

John 2: 19 “Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up”.

Luke 24: 5-7 Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’”

Amazing Ascension

John 14: 2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

Acts 1: 9-11 Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, 11 who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”

Several factors have tried to undermine the amazing story of Jesus overtime. For example:

Established Authorities

Emergence of World Religions

Spiritual Powers

Magicians

Modernization

Etc

The documented record of Jewish Leaders

Mt. 28: 11-15 Now while they were going, behold, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all the things that had happened. 12 When they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, 13 saying, “Tell them, ‘His disciples came at night and stole Him away while we slept.’ 14 And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will appease him and make you secure.” 15 So they took the money and did as they were instructed; and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.

The Roman/Persian Authorities

The first documented case of imperially supervised persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire begins with Nero (37–68).

The emergence of Islam

Islam – a religion claimed to have been received from archangel Gabriel in Arabic in 610AD, this has led billions of Muslims away from the way of salvation initiated by God, 600 years before.

It is an Arabic version of how to reach the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, copied from Moses and Torah revelations from God. Islam placed emphasis on Works rather than Grace brought by Jesus Christ. Acknowledge Jesus as Prophet, and nothing more and claimed that Jesus fainted on the cross and later woke up as against dyeing and resurrecting.

The distractions of the Catholic Church

Marian devotion in Christianity is directed to the person of Mary, mother of Jesus consisting of external pious practices expressed by the believer.

Such devotional prayers or acts may be accompanied by specific requests for Mary’s intercession with God. There are many Marian devotions, ranging from multi-day prayers such as novenas, the celebration of Canonical coronations granted by the Pope, the veneration of icons in Eastern Christianity, and pious acts which do not involve prayers, such as the wearing of scapulars or maintaining a Mary garden.

The confusions of New Age Religions

Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons (I Tim. 4:1 ).

Church of Latter Day Saints

Church of Scientology

Grail Message

Quakers

Eckankar

Jehovah Witness; Etc.

Modernization & Enlightenment

Empirical knowledge has concluded that some of the amazing stories of Jesus are impossible, and therefore can’t simply be true.

(Virgin birth; Walk on water; Feeding thousands; etc; cannot be proven scientifically.)

A lesson from Easter

Just like Christ, we are born, we live, we die and we are to be raised again.

Some live as if there is no end. ‘Where are those that lived yesterday’?

Others live as if nothing happens after they are gone. “As it is appointed unto men once to die, after that is judgement”.

The only 2 exceptions to the rule yet

Enoch (Gen. 5: 21-24)

Elijah (2 Kings 2: 11)

But their own eventual death and resurrection will come (Rev. 11: 3-12)First Death

2 types of Death

Breathing stopped; body cremated or buried.

Must be observed by all (except those at tail end of Millennial).

Second Death

Soul and spirit of a being thrown into Lake of fire.

Must be observed by unbelievers and backslidden believer.

2 types of Resurrection

First Resurrection

Saints who had died.

Raised to Judgement Seat of Christ.

For rewards.

Second Resurrection

Sinners who had died.

Raised to the Great White Throne Judgement of God.

For eternal punishment

Which one are you working towards?

First Death or the addition of the Second Death?

First Resurrection or Second Resurrection?

What to do now

Make a decision today about it.

Make a deliberate effort to work towards it.

Continue to pray regarding it.

God’s grace will see you through.Father, let the Power that raised Jesus from the death help me live an amazing life; death and resurrection in Jesus name.

The Amazing Stories of Jesus Christ, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye was delivered on Easter Sunday April 16, 2017

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May God Upgrade Your Life In An Amazing Way, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

May God Upgrade Your Life In An Amazing Way, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

What is upgrade?

– Raise something to a higher standard. (Class).

– Increase the capacity of something by adding or replacing some components. (Memory)

– Give a person a more important job than what they were doing before. (Supervisor)

– Removing something from a critical state to a better condition. (A patient)

– Making a new version or improved model of a thing. (Mobile Phone).

– An upward inclination or slope uphill. (Graphs)

– To raise the importance, value or the esteem of something. (Airport).

In this part of the world, we certainly understand the concept of upgrade very well. We do house upgrade, cars, equipment, phones and even software.

Some of us have mobile phone contracts that we upgrade like every two years. So we actually know when we are due for an upgrade.

However, there are certain upgrades that beat one’s imagination and preparedness that blows your mind away and as such become amazing types.

For example, in one of my journeys to a Conference in London, I had made my hotel reservation for a double room, only to get there to find out that I have been upgraded to a king size for free. It was a surprise for me, as I didn’t pay for such. Not only the room, but all the treatment fit for a king.

– In this year 2017, may God blow your mind away. May God surprise you for good.

On another occasion, a friend from Nigeria was shock to see me in London as that must have been an amazing upgrade to see me in UK based on what he knew about me.

We were roommates in the university in 1992. They always talked of London…

When he saw me in London in 1999, he couldn’t believe it.

– May your life surprise those who had known you before.

– In 7 years from now, may those who had known you before open their mouth in disbelief.

King David is one of the people in the bible that enjoyed amazing upgrade. David was the last of 8 sons of Jesse. With that kind of position in the family, he was to be the errand boy. However, not too long, God promoted him before his 7 brothers, so that he became a regular visitor to the king’s palace and the king’s armour bearer.

He later became the captain over his elder brothers, some member of his clan and about 400 people (I Sam. 22:1-2).

– This year 2017, I see God upgrading some of us to captain of hundreds and commander of companies. If want to belong to that category, shout a bigger amen.

– There is someone here, in your father’s house; you will no longer be relegated. In your clan, you will be highly esteemed. In your locality, you will become an honourable fellow.

There is a saying which says, “Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown”. David went through tough time in order to become the king of Israel, but the tough times didn’t last forever.

The greatest enemy to his coronation was King Saul, who was killed with the Philistines.

I decree that every Saul that is not allowing you to reach your Divine potential will meet its downfall today in Jesus name.

To them, it will be how are the mighty fallen, while to you it will be how are the lowly upgraded in Jesus name.

– unfortunate for Saul, he was destroyed on Mount Gilboa, this is Mount Zion, every power chasing you from your throne will be destroyed right now in Jesus name.

After Saul’s death, David inquired of The Lord whether he should go into any city of Judah, God said yes. David further inquire which of the cities should he go to and God said Hebron. It was while he was staying in Hebron that the men of Judah came to him and anointed him king of Judah (2 Sam. 2:1-4). What an amazing upgrade!

2 Samuel 2:1-4

And it came to pass after this, that David enquired of the Lord, saying, Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah? And the Lord said unto him, Go up. And David said, Whither shall I go up? And he said, Unto Hebron. So David went up thither, and his two wives also, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail Nabal’s wife the Carmelite. And his men that were with him did David bring up, every man with his household: and they dwelt in the cities of Hebron. And the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah. And they told David, saying, That the men of Jabeshgilead were they that buried Saul.

From leading about 600 men to several thousands of men.

From leading people who were distressed and debtors; to leading the notable tribe of Judah.

From an ordinary leader to an anointed king.

– There is someone here; God will upgrade your life from leading to reigning.

Many benefits accorded to a ruler than leader. People don’t challenge the ruler anyhow.

– You have been leading before; you will start reigning from now.

– God actually upgrade David’s life from living in caves to the palace. There is someone here, where you are now is a glorified cave, God says where He is taking you to is a palace. May you get there in Jesus name.

For the next 6 years or so, the house of Saul and the house of David engaged in different battles. Though Israel was more than Judah, God systematically weakened the house of Saul overtime and strengthened the house of David.

Eventually, all the elders of 11 tribes of Israel came to David in Hebron and asked him to rule over them (2 Sam. 5:1-3). Another amazing upgrade!

2 Samuel 5:1-3

Then came all the tribes of Israel to David unto Hebron, and spake, saying, Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh. Also in time past, when Saul was king over us, thou wast he that leddest out and broughtest in Israel: and the Lord said to thee, Thou shalt feed my people Israel, and thou shalt be a captain over Israel. So all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron; and King David made a league with them in Hebron before the Lord: and they anointed David king over Israel.

– May Jehovah weaken every opposition to your elevation in Jesus name.

– There is someone here; God will use those you have never thought of to effect your next upgrade.

– To another person, you have fought continuously to get to where you are, God says you are now entering into your season of rest.

Joseph’s life also follows a pattern of upgrade. He was hated by his brothers who had planned to kill him; they later sold him into slavery, which was in a way, an upgrade to his life. Sentence of death change to sentence of slavery!

– If you are here and people or spirits have conspired to waste your life; they have failed. You will always escape their snares in Jesus name.

When Joseph got to Egypt, instead of been a slave to just anybody, he became a slave to Potiphar who was the commander of the king’s guards.

Even when he was thrown into jail, his jail masters were not anybody, but principal officers to the king.

When Joseph was to come out of prison, it was to stand before Pharaoh as an adviser. And from an adviser to the king, he was upgraded to the Prime Minister of Egypt.

– May God that progressed the value to Joseph do so for you in Jesus name.

– May the curve of your life proceeds upwards and terminates at the top in Jesus name.

– Your yesterday shall not be better than today. As sweet as your today will be, may it not be sweeter than your tomorrow.

– May the sequential pattern of your life attest to the power of God.

Talking about a life that enjoyed upgrade, one must mention Mephibosheth. When Saul and his sons were killed in battle, the nurse of Mephibosheth (Saul’s grandson) was escaping with him on a horse and the boy fell, so that he became lame on both feet.

He then started to hide in a downtown location and living in squalor. As time went on, David remembered his vow to Jonathan his friend, and sought to be a blessing to anyone remaining in the house of Saul. Then the name of a Mephibosheth came up.

David brought him into his palace; made him one of the princes; apportioned a prince daily ration to him; and asked him to seat on his table. What an amazing upgrade!

– There is someone here; God will put you into a standard several times higher than where you are now.

– Another person, God says you were a prince before, He says, I will turn you into one again.

Criteria for amazing upgrade

  1. Be devoted to God – David was in the field. Personal intimacy with Him, commitment to His service. – Kneel before God, so that you will not kneel before men.

  2. Be faithful in small things. David was faithful with sheep, 600 men, Judah, and then Israel.

  3. Be patient. David was patient, though also anointed, and did not haste the transition. Killed the person that says fastrack Saul’s death.

  4. Always ask God for your next move. David asked God even after Saul had died where to go. If he had gone to another location, the men of Judah may not have come to him.

  5. Persevere in trial or waiting. David went through a lot, but waited.

  6. Be sensitive to time and seasons. For as long as Saul was on the throne, David was hiding, but when he heard that he’s dead, he sensed a new season has come.

Prayers

Father, let the life I live bring glory and honour to you.

Father, make me a living testament of your goodness.

The sermon, May God Upgrade Your Life In An Amazing Way, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye, was delivered on April 9th 2017

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Praise: An Instrument For Amazing Ascension, by Pastor Joshua Obaro

Praise: An Instrument For Amazing Ascension, by Pastor Joshua Obaro

Bible Text: Psalm 31:21 – “Blessed be the Lord for He has showed me the marvelous kindness when I was in a city of siege”.

Say to yourself “I will rise”. It is our month of ascension. Amazing ascension is the one that causes enemies to weep. Can you imagine a man waking up as a gate man but before the end of the day he got an amazing lifting. Mordecai slept as a gateman but slept as a great man. He never thought of it, he never prayed for it he was never qualified for it but he was spotted for an amazing ascension by the Most High God.

In December 2016, a woman lost her job, in the midst of the crises the landlord was planning to evict her but her cousins who came from Europe during the crises decided to buy her the house. She would have been eternally grateful for her rent to be sorted out but our God is Jehovah overdo. When God wants to step into your case, he will do beyond your request.

3John:2 depicts that “God wants you to prosper spiritually, maritally, financially even as your soul prospers”. So the Lord in his attempt to bless you said in 1Peter 2:2 “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation…”. Many only desire the word of God to know and not to grow.

Psalm 35:27 -”Let them say continually the Lord be magnified that takes pleasure in the prosperity of his servants”. Job 36:11 “If they obey and serve him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity
and their years in contentment”. God’s plan for every child of God is to rise. The Lord wants you to rise Zac 3:1, but the devil doesn’t want you to rise. Satan is always out to stand in your way to ensure you don’t rise. To ensure that you do not rise beyond your present situation.

There is power in what we confess. Say to you again “I will rise”. What your mouth don’t declare you cannot experience mistakenly. So always confess good things. “Don’t be ignorant of the devices of the devil lest he takes advantage of you- 2 Cor. 2:11.

The devil applies a lot of tools to ensure people don’t rise. One of the tools the devil uses is ancestral causes. Isaiah 14:21 “Prepare slaughter for his children for the iniquity of their fathers; that they do not rise, nor possess the land, nor fill the face of the world with cities”.

Every ancestral voice that says you will not rise; the fire of god will silence them in Jesus. One of the tricks the devil uses is stinginess. A liberal soul is what will be made fat. You don’t give because you don’t have; you give so you can have. Some peoples’ hand is filled with super glue; whatever enters their hands does not come out. Another tool is discouragement; you need to tell the devil my condition is not my conclusion. Another one is sickness. Lastly, is ingratitude. Never say what is this, else things will not happen. The only reason why men are grounded is because they take God for granted. Let your voice be a voice of thanksgiving.

Jer. 30:19 “And out of them shall precede thanksgiving and the voice of them that make merry: and I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small”

2017 you will make merry. Thanksgiving is ascribing glory to God for where you are. You might not be where you want to be but you are not where you used to be. Please don’t ever think you are where you because of your strength. Wherever you are today is somebody’s prayer point. Do you know, while you are thinking oh am in the UK, I do not have a job, somebody else is thinking “oh Lord if I am in the UK maybe my life will be okay”.

Appreciate God for where you are taking cognizance that you didn’t get there by your power. So many people applied but they were refused. Paul said, 1 Cor. 15:10 – “I am what I am because of the grace of God”. I have seen a chartered accountant become scattered accountant. God wants to tell you not to be proud. Give glory to your God, where you are is by his mercies.

James 1:17 – “Every perfect gift belongs to God and comes from God”.

When should I thank God?

When things are good forget not his benefits, when things are bad, thank him still. There are seasons in life, Habakkuk 3:17

“17 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls:  Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. …” thank him when things are bad. Psalm 66:12 “Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.

Once I met a man whose car was stolen and he was dancing on the road. When asked why he was dancing, he declared that he is dancing because they took his car not his life; he is glad that he possessed something someone could steal. Lastly, he said he is thanking God that he is not the thief. In a bad situation do you find reasons to thank God?

Thank God for your situation, you are complaining they are talking about you, they don’t talk about nonentities they talk about celebrities. Be glad you are been talked about, find reasons to thank God always.

Lastly, learn to thank God in anticipation. In anticipation for perfection. Psalm 31:8 “And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: thou hast set my feet in a large room”.

How do you thank God?

Thank God from your heart Psalm 57:7

Thank God with a sacrifice Psalm 116:12 “

Praise is God’s power raising someone from the miry clay. David said, Psalm 116:12 and 17 “what I shall render unto the Lord for his benefits unto me? I will offer to God the sacrifice of thanksgiving”. There is nothing too much to offer to God.

What happens when we thank God?

Your destiny is preserved – Malachi 2:1-2

2 Timothy 3:1- when you are not thankful, your tank cannot be full.

Multiplication of blessings – Psalm 67: 5-7

Divine lifting- David said, “God is the lifter of my soul”. David praised God 7 times daily and prayed without season, no wonder his voice was heard from the bush.( Psalm 119:164, Psalm 55:17).

The only way to move from Bush Residential Area (BRA) to Government Reserved Area (GRA) is through praise.

You will enjoy divine bargain and deliverance. Paul and Silas prayed and got deliverance

You will enjoy divine presence of God. Psalm 22:3, Psalm 91:1. You can’t be seated with the most high and be the most low.

Give God your best praise. Not all praises are acceptable to God. The only one that can lift you is God but you need to give your life to the Lord most high, be acquainted with him so your praises will not be in vain and you can experience all the benefits associated to worshiping Jehovah. Praise the Lord – Halleluiah!!!!

The sermon, Praise: An Instrument For Amazing Ascension, by Pastor Joshua Obaro, was delivered on April 2, 2017