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The Son of God Who Became The Son of Man, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

The Son of God Who Became The Son of Man, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

After the disobedience of Adam Eve in the Garden of Eden; God promised and proclaimed that the Seed of the Woman will later do justice to the serpent – the Devil that deceived the first Man and Woman to commit sin (Gen 3:15).
Genesis 3:15 – And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

Later on, several men of God prophesied about the coming of the Son of Man who will be the Messiah of the world, especially of the Jewish race. Prominent of them are Moses, David, Isaiah, Micah and Daniel.

In Daniel 7: 13-14, Daniel prophesy that he saw the Son on Man, who has access and a very close relationship with the Almighty, which he referred to as the Ancient of Days.
Such that Daniel was even able to see beyond the first coming of the Son of Man – the Messiah, but also into His second coming.

Daniel 7:13-14 – I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him:his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

According to the scriptures, this prophecy tallied with the assignment of Jesus Christ, who will later come to reign on earth for a thousand years with great power, authority and peace.

There are many instances in the bible where Jesus was referred to as the Son of Man; and where He referred to Himself as the Son of Man.
The phrase ‘Son of Man’ in the Jewish understanding refers to Messiah whom God will send to deliver His people. So when Jesus spoke about Himself as the Son of Man; the Jewish people understood what He meant, even though the didn’t receive Him as such.

Jesus was and is that Son of God that became the Son of Man.

In the bible, God called Prophet Ezekiel the ‘Son of Man’ many times, obviously because he was born of man or by man. A son of man is unarguably a man.

However, it goes forward to mean that Jesus though a Son of God, the only begotten of the Father, and the firstborn among the resurrected saints, became a human being by coming in flesh.

John 1:1- In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:14 – And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Interestingly, we too were first created as sons and daughters of God; but later became sons and daughters of man.

Genesis 5:1-3 – This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.
And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth:

For us to regain our position as sons and daughters of God; it was necessary for the first born of God to lay down His life and die; so that through His death and resurrection, we can be reconciled back to God as His sons and daughters.

Galatians 3:26 – For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

Jesus was explaining to Nicodemus – the Pharisee, that for one to make it to heaven, there is only one way to follow – what Jesus called being ‘Born Again’. Jesus declared that having come from heaven, as the Son of God that became the Son of Man, He alone was in the best position to show man the way to heaven and God.

John 3:13And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.

We have put today aside to sing special carols to appreciate the Son of God who left His unimaginable throne in heaven to become the Son of Man on earth for you and I. The only way, we can give Him the fulfilment of what He has done is to declare by way of confessional statement that Jesus the Messiah came in flesh; that the price of death He paid is for us; and that we are expecting His return.

How many believed this?
How many will like to say this confessional statement with me today?

Almighty Father, I acknowledge that your son Jesus Christ to came to this world in flesh. I humbly confess and repent of my sins (both committed and/or inherited). I ask that you please forgive me and write my name in the book of life.
Let your Spirit help me to wait righteously for your Son’s return or my coming home.
Let me see you in glory.

Thank you Father, for saving my soul, in Jesus name.

Congratulations & Merry Christmas in advance!

The sermon, The Son of God Who Became The Son of Man, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye, was delivered on December 10, 2017 on the occasion of 2017 Christmas Carol.

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Thanksgiving – The Provoker of Timely/Miracle Delivery, by Pastor Sam Adekoya

Thanksgiving – The Provoker of Timely/Miracle Delivery, by Pastor Sam Adekoya

Bible Text: Psalm 67:5-7

Thanksgiving is a combination of 2 words. Thanks and giving. Psalm 67: 5-7 states – “5, Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You. 6, then the earth shall yield her increase; God, our own God, shall bless us. 7, God shall bless us, and all the ends of the earth shall fear Him”.

In this verse, we discover there is a precondition for the earth to yield its increase. Thanksgiving is the mother of getting blessed– it is a giver to God that gets.  I have discovered in few years of ministry that a thanksgiving that is properly done is equivalent to 7 days mountain climbing of prayers. Praise is the catalyst of God’s anointing; anointing increases with praise.

Giving Praise to God should not be a day thing but a lifestyle because thanksgiving is a door –opener. It is a provoker of the invisible presence of God.  You don’t  need anything  in life  more than  the presence of  God, which was  what  Moses  requested for in Exodus 33:15 -16

“Then he said to Him, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here. 16 For how then will it be known that your people and I have found grace in your sight, except you go with us? So we shall be separate, your people and I, from all the people who are upon the face of the earth.”

It is necessary that we praise God always and thank him every day of and then God will do wonders in our lives. This is evident in Acts 16: 25 -26

“25; But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 26; suddenly there was a great earthquake so that the foundations of the prison were shaken, and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed”.

When you release praise and thanksgiving God comes by himself to manifest in your life.  The Bible says that Paul and Silas prayed in the night. Time elements is not a barrier to praising God, you can praise him at night and during the day. You may be in your midnight but still, Praise God and let the heavens move and break you free from all form of bondage.

Let God hear your Praise. Gentility is not stupidity; thanksgiving is not something you do quietly but audibly. When you thank God, something happens suddenly.  The “Yorubas” (a tribe in Nigeria- West Africa) have a way by which they praise God. They eulogize Him. They call him names such “ALAGBADAINA “(i.e. the one whose clothes is an emblem of fire) “ABETILUKARA BI AJERE” ( i.e the one who hears everything and has ears all over Him like that of a basket). When you eulogize God, the earth shakes because the earth is His footstool; thus; He stands and moves in all His glory.

Note that; every problem in life has a foundation.  By praising God, you shake the foundation of your problems and give a leeway to uprooting these problems from their roots. I pray for you today, whatever foundation that is fuelling your problems; it breaks and destroys from the roots in Jesus name.  Whatever is holding you down; you break free in Jesus name.

A yoke is broken any time you praise God; praising him every day, therefore, breaks you free from every form of yoke.

Psalm 67: 6-7 emphasizes God’s blessing upon His people when they praise Him. Let your mouth be full of thanksgiving.  With thanksgiving, even nature will bow to you. Joshua and the Children of Israel praised God to attain victory (Joshua 6). If they were supposed to invest in machine guns, which will cost so much but they employed kingdom principles which saved them time and cost.

When you praise God, you don’t waste bullets, learn to praise him always.

Joshua 6: 14-20, states how Joshua and the people marched around the city for 7 days and shouted for Victory on the seventh day. While they were marching round for the wall of Jericho to fall down flat, some people were laughing but never knew what they were up to. I pray for you today, your critics will become your cheerleader in Jesus name. Your critics will watch your victory manifest and hear your victory song in Jesus name.

Kingdom principles are not necessarily logical when you key off with men, you key unto God. Acts 16:25 emphasizes our need to open our mouths in praises. As long as you can open your mouth in praise to God, you can break free.

Judges 7:19 “ So Gideon and the hundred men who were with him came to the outpost of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, just as they had posted the watch; and they blew the trumpets and broke the pitchers that were in their hands”.

Blow your trumpet. Many at times we are our own enemy, enemies can be ignorance, the weakness you permit. As children of God, look unto God and do not rely on yourself.

2Chronicles 20:21-23- “21, and when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying:

“Praise the Lord, For His mercy endures forever.”22, Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated. 23, For the people of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir to utterly kill and destroy them. And when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another”.

The Scenario in 2 Chronicles 20  can be imagines when 5 countries such as Germany, UK, Russia, France and America decide to fight against Togo ( i.e. a country in Africa).

Judah is a small nation amongst all the countries ready to wage war against them but God told Jehoshaphat to raise a choir.  All Jehoshaphat had to do was raise a choir in praise to God and it was a done deal of Victory.If you are here and you can sing, join the choir start practising now, there is no evangelism unit in Heaven, there is neither fellowship group nor a prayer team but there is a choir.

Isaiah 43:21- “This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise”.

A lifted you pays God more than a frustrated you.

However, you need two wings to fly; for your breakthrough you need to be able to thank God and at the same time give to God.  I pray for you that you will begin to fly in life in Jesus name.  Thanks plus giving sums up the word “Thanksgiving”.  There are various things you can give; the first thing to give is yourself.  Give God you; appreciate him in your world. Who is God to you? Understanding who God is to you would help you praise Him more.

He is your saviour, He is your provider, and He is your protector.

Some people go the gym to get fit to be able to fight battles and agile but when they are sleeping what can they do? There are people who face problems during sleep but God is a “Protector”; He watches over us always. Please release yourself in praise to Him. Also, learn to give financially to the work of the kingdom.

Matthew 6:21 – “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”

Let your mouth praise Him, Let your pocket praise him. Appreciate him for what he has done from January till now. God is ever faithful, gracious and merciful. Give Him thanks always and get the breakthrough you have been waiting for.

Your Praise is a prerequisite to your timely delivery; give it wholeheartedly and without delay.

Praise God, Halleluyah.

The sermon, Thanksgiving – The Provoker of Timely Delivery/Miracle Delivery, by Pastor Sam Adekoya, the Rector, PTSD, Nigeria, was delivered on December 3, 2017.

 

 

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May The God of Victory Fight For You, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

May The God of Victory Fight For You, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

There are many deities people have worshipped from generations past unto our time. I have divided these into four types:

  • Objects of nature considered as spectacular by man (sun, moon, stars, rivers, etc.);

  • Animals considered by man as powerful (elephant, lion, dragon, cobra, crocodile, anaconda, etc.);

  • Individuals considered by man as superhumans (Egyptian Pharaohs, Japanese emperors, Chinese emperors, Roman emperors, Dalai Lama, Mary – mother of Jesus, etc.);

  • And spirit beings who are rulers in the heavenlies (Apollo, Poseidon, Zeus, Angel Michael, etc.).

Though there are uncountable deities known as gods or goddesses; there is only one God that can truly answer the name ‘The God of victory’, this is the Lord God Almighty; the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth; the Lord of hosts; and the God of the spirits of all flesh.

Nothing and no one can engage in battle with the Almighty. As a matter of fact, non dare stands before Him to confront Him.

God has never lost and can never lose a battle; no one is a match for Him. Sometimes when we consider words and opposite, we talk about good and evil, straightaway we think of God as the originator of good and Devil as the originator of evil, which is true; but a mistake that might come from that is to think that God and Satan operates at the same level of opposing ends. It is not so.

God is the Creator, Satan is a creature. Not even the only creature.

God operates in a higher realm than Satan. The tangent at which God operates is way higher than that of Lucifer. It’s incomparable.

According to the Bible, the greatest opposition to God’s authority in all history were just two; staged by Lucifer himself. One was in heaven and the other on the earth.

In Isaiah 14:12-14, Satan staged a coup in heaven to overthrow God and make his throne to be above that of God, he however failed. The most interesting part of the event was that God did not physically get involved in the fight, it was Archangel Michael that dealt with the uprising.

Isaiah 14:12-14How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Revelation 12:7-9 – And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

In Gen. 3: 1-15, after Satan saw that God was having a good time with Adam and Eve, he devised a plan to put separation between God and what He loved. Satan instigated Man to sin and there was a separation between God and Man. God, however, promised that the battle was not over, that the Seed of the same Eve will be used to bring victory.

Genesis 3:15 – And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

Satan knew he had more power than man, so he would have thought there is no way his victory over man and the separation between man and God could be overturned.

But it so happened that Jesus surprisingly came in the flesh and dealt with Satan through His death and resurrection, and so ushers in victory for Man.

Colossians 2:9-10 – For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

Colossians 2:14-15 – Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; and having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

So our God is by far more powerful beyond any imagination and even understanding.

Once upon a time, in I Sam. 5:1-5, the Philistines captured the Ark of the Covenant and hid it in the Temple of their god – Dagon. They were amazed at what they found in the morning. Dagon fell from its stand and laid face down before the Ark.

They helped Dagon up again and put it back on its stand. The following day, they found out that Dagon had not only fallen face down before the Ark; but his head and hands were cut off. Meanwhile, the Ark was just a symbol of God’s presence; one can only imagine if God Himself was involved physically to fight.

Our God cannot fall like Dagon; He cannot be helped to stand up; He cannot be put in His place by man; His head and arms cannot break. He is, however, a God that can do all these and more to other gods. May He fight for you.

One thing about the Almighty God is that He specialises in defending His own. He is not like other gods that forsook their worshippers at their greatest time of need:

In I Kings 18:22-40, on Mount Carmel, the worshippers of Baal agreed to Elijah’s context as they knew their god could produce fire; but on that day though, Baal disappointed them and they lost their lives. It’s either that God shut Baal’s mouth so he could not spit out fire, or Baal saw the Consuming Fire Himself coming and so Baal ran away.

May God shut and silenced the mouth of any Baal wanting to spit fire on you in Jesus name.

May they run away at the coming of your God.

In 2 Kings 3:24-27, the King of Moab was deserted by his god – Chemosh. Even when he had to offer his first son as a sacrifice to provoked Chemosh to grant him victory against the Israelites/Judah/Edomite, he still lost.

The God of victory comes to His children rescue, even at times when they made mistakes. Abram made an error as he stayed in Gerar. He said Sarai was a sister of his and so the king took Sarai to become his wife. God had to warn Abimelech in a dream to return Sarai to Abram with lots of gifts (Gen. 20:1-18).

God defended Moses from attacks from his siblings and leaders under him. Mariam and Aaron were silenced by God; Korah and his accomplices were swallowed up alive.

God defended Joshua during his tenure as the leader of the people. No individual, group or nation was able to withstand him.

God defended Hannah from Penninah and her in-laws. She became the mother of the next High Priest in the land.

God defended Jehoshaphat as three countries came to fight against Judah. The countries helped to eliminate themselves.

The God of victory that defended these people will defend you. He will fight your battles.

He will silence your enemies. He will shut their mouth forever.

No one will be able to withstand you.

Every confederacy against you shall be scattered. They shall not be able to re-group again in Jesus name.

May your presence terrorise your foes. May you enjoy victory over every opposing person; opposing spirits and opposing situations in Jesus name.

There are different sources of attacks from which a man can suffer: from God obviously (proud or disobedience to Him) – king Saul; from Satan (as trials of faith) – Job; from humans (as persecutions and test of endurance) – Joseph; and from self (carelessness) – Samson.

There is the need to examine oneself to know where an attack is coming from and as such deal with it appropriately.

The only Person that can rescue from any of these attacks is God Almighty.

There are also different kinds of wars:

Conventional warfare – the people of Canaan under Jabin versus the people of Israel under Deborah. Guerrilla warfare – the king of Syria lying in wait for the king of Israel, exposed by Elisha. Diabolical warfare – the rods of magician and rod of Aaron turning to a serpent.

Again, in all of these, it is the Almighty God that can save them all. If people are attacking you openly, in an ambush or with diabolical means, may the Almighty God deliver you.

One thing I have noticed is that every battle is given a name.

Operation desert storm; Operation Liberty; Battle of Somme; Battle of Hastings (1066).

Is there a particular named battle you are fighting now? May the God of victory deliver you.

Are you fighting poverty? 2 Kings 4: 1-7 won. The same God will deliver you.

Are you fighting bareness and fruitlessness? I Sam 1:2-6. May God of Hannah deliver you in Jesus name.

Are fighting family name extinction? Ruth 4: 5-15, May your name live on till Christ comes.

Are you fighting oppression and hatred? Mordecai was hated by Haman, but Mordecai saw his end.

May you see the end of the Haman against your life.

Are you fighting jealousy and envy? Daniel overcame them all in Babylon and Persia.

May those who are envying you be your stepping stone to greatness?

Are you fighting illness and diseases? Woman of the issue of blood received the victory. You will receive your own.

Are you fighting persecution? Joseph fought this from his older siblings. Because he used to bring their bad reports to their father (Gen 37:2).

Jehovah will grant you victory.

Are you fighting removal? Isaac fought removal in Gerar, but God granted him Rehoboth within Canaan (Gen. 26:16-22).

Many of you came to Leeds by personal or family decision. For my family, it wasn’t so. Our coming to Leeds from London was to be a punishment. God, however, granted us amnesty and has shown us great grace by making room for us.

May God make room for you and make you fruitful in this land.

Are you fighting any matrimonial war? Leah was fighting for her husband love, but Jacob loved Rachel. God, however, grant Leah victory, 8 sons and tribe of Judah.

The toughest battles every man/woman will fight are three: death, grave and hell. Jesus as the Son of Man had to fight the three of them and won.

One day, you and I will be confronted with these battles. But thanks be to God who had given us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 15:55-57 – O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Prayers

  1. Father, make me an overcomer in life.

  2. Father, do not allow anything to claim victory over my life except you.

  3. Father, in the battle that I face today, and in the battle that I will face tomorrow, let me be victorious.

  4. Father, make me an object of victory even unto others.

The sermon, May The God of Victory Fight For You, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye, was delivered on November 26th 2017.

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Love, A Segment of the Fruit of The Spirit, by Brother Adefarati Oloruntoba

Love, A Segment of the Fruit of The Spirit, by Brother Adefarati Oloruntoba

Text: 1 Cor 13:13

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love (NIV).

The word Love is a cliché in our contemporary world; it has been panel-beat and reduced to mere quotes, slangs, and name. Man’s definition of love remains shallow, defective and ineffectual which accounts for why consistent and unconditional love among people remains a mirage regardless of the huge investment of time and labour. The more we talk about it, the less of it we experience because love is supernatural and it takes the supernatural to operate in absolute love. Love was not manufactured by man, meaning you can’t assume authority over.

We clamour for love because it’s the spring of unity, joy and life but look for it incorrectly, Love is not emotion phantoms and it’s beyond affection. The best way to learn or understand Love is to borrow the definition from the manufacturer’s perspective.

Facts about Love:

  • God is love; God does not have love but he himself is Love. He is the ultimate love 1John 4:7-8 and whatever he does is an expression of his love.

  • You will always struggle to show true love until God’s love distils in your heart (1John 4:16) because humanity is coded to love only things that face the direction of his interest. Hence, it is natural to hate. Jesus was hated (Isaiah 53:2-3), it was normal for people to chant crucify him because the humanity residing in them was lending his voice.

  • You cannot actually value love until you drink from the cup of hostility, hatred gives us another definition of love

  • Jesus demonstrated how to find and live in love. He channelled his focus on God, John 5:19 -20, He did not only acknowledge that God loves him but also made a pious commitment to pleasing God always; prioritize Gods above other things. This is why it was easier for him to love people because God is living in him.

  • Love is God’s language and emphasis in every generation. If that is not your hallmark too, then something is wrong with your Christianity. Deut. 6:5, Matt 22:37,

  • God’s reward system is based on love; he recognises his love and advertises it to people. Mat 3:17, Mat 17:5 (NLT)

  • Love is the seal of sonship: Luke 6:35

  • Love is the platform for transacting with God, it’s the currency of heaven

  • Love is the ultimate need of man

  • Love is the new testament commandment Mark 12:28-31,

  • Love is the debt you owe everyman you come across and the recipe for an acceptable service to God. Rom 13:8, 1John 4:7-11, Lk 6:27, 1Pet4:8

  • Love reflects your closeness to eternity; the kingdom of God Mark 12:31-33, 1John 4:18-19

  • God requires you coordinate your love towards him before you can synthesize unconditional love toward fellow man,

  • Love reveals the direction of your life. The true test of your love is your pursuits, check your greatest appetite, your love lurks around it. God’s love made people (Abraham, Lots, Stephen, etc.) set aside their personal principles, ambitions and dreams in order to please God. Love goalpost of every believer is 1 Cor 13:4-8

Love gives; it’s sacrificial. God (Love) has given his best, Jesus did likewise, men of like passion also gave their all as an expression of love; Paul, Peter, Reinhard Bonnke, among others. The more you love God, the easier it will be to love people genuinely and unconditionally Rom 12:9-21, Eph 4:1-6

Now is your turn, what would you give to God and what would you give your generation before you step out from time into eternity.

The sermon, Love, A Segment of the Fruit of The Spirit, by Brother Adefarati Oloruntoba, was delivered on 19th November 2017 at the Special New Workers/Talent Audition Service.