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The Overflowing Greatness, by Pastor Ekundayo Aruwajoye

The Overflowing Greatness, by Pastor Ekundayo Aruwajoye

Text: Psalm 23: 1-5

Greatness is one thing everybody prays for i.e. to attain greatness in every area of one’s life.  If you want to be great in life you need to study the life of great people to know what makes them great.

If you want to know the overflow, then study King David.  He had some characteristics which I want us to look at:

He was a worshipper – Psalm 34:1 says I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

Psalm 103:1-3 says Bless the Lord O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name, bless the Lord O my soul and forget not all His benefits. Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases?

He was a witness – Psalm 89-1 says. I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever with my mouth will I make known your faithfulness to all generations.  

He was a lover of the house of the Lord. Any time the door is open he will be there. Psalm 27:4 says One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek that I may dwell in the house of the Lord, all the days of my life.

He was an addicted student of the word of God. Psalm 119-18 says Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from your law. Verse 97 & 98 says,   Oh, how I love your law it is my meditation all the day. You through your commandments make me wiser than my enemies, for they are ever with me.

He was a builder for God. He wanted to build for God and God said no that his son will do it instead of him, but he went ahead to purchase all the materials that will be used. 1 Chro 28: 2 & 6; 29: 2-5.

He was a builder of people. When he was in the cave of Adullam. 1 Sam. 22: 1 & 2 people who were distressed, rejected ran to him and he built them into great army.

David was committed to do the will of God 100% not halfway.                                .

 

Prayers

Father, please have mercy on me, my family and the church

Father, let my river of greatness begin to flow from now on in Jesus name.

Father, let the remaining part of this year be filled with pleasant surprises.

Father, let my encounter with you this season be a life changing one in Jesus name.

Father, arise and scatter the enemies of my greatness in Jesus name.

Father, let my life of God’s dream manifest.

The sermon, The Overflowing Greatness, by Pastor Ekundayo Aruwajoye of RCCG Nigeria, was delivered on June 11, 2017

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Be Delivered, Rise and Move, by Rev Omolehin

Be Delivered, Rise and Move, by Rev Omolehin

Bible Text: Matthew 21:1-9

As you read this message today I forecast a family deliverance by the grace of God. In the Bible text above, Jesus made a visit to Jerusalem again. Although, he had been trekking to this place but on this occasion he decided to take a ride on a donkey and his colt. He asked his disciples to get him the donkey that the scriptures may be fulfilled: Matthew 21:4-5 – This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:  “Say to Daughter Zion,     ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey,     and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”

The time had come for this donkey and her colt to be delivered, to be used by God. For they had been tied up in a village close to where Jesus was. They are made available for Christa usage for it had been prophesied by the prophet Isaiah long before Jesus arrival.

Today, the Lord is willing to help and use people but they are not free. Some people have been tied, are in bondage, walking but require to be on a ride, some people are lonely but they are public figures. God is willing to deliver you; God is willing to make a difference in your life. God is willing to lift you up.

There are cities and there are cities, may God bring you into the city; for the donkeys had to leave the village, the secret place to be in the city and glorified with Christ. For example in Lagos popularly known as one of the big cities in Nigeria, there are people living the under the bridge and there are people living in the prim and proper; like Lekki and Banana Island Lagos.

Lots of people are in bondage without even knowing it. Anytime people enter into the bondage they take their family along. For example Adam and Eve; Jacob and his entire family.

So also salvation is a family package; the story of Noah testifies to this, so also is that of Lot and his family. Whenever God wants to save a man, the plan is to save him and his family. When Jesus spoke to Zacchaeus , he said today “salvation has come to your  house” (Luke 19:1-6).

Note that, the enemy does not only care about your soul; he wants to tie your whole family. What is happening today in which one person in the family is in bondage and the other members don’t care requires deliverance. God wants the whole house saved. We should look after each other.

The reason why God wants everyone free can be exemplified in a case when you give a child freedom and still keep the mother in prison, both parties will still be crying because the deliverance is not complete until they are both free, and vice versa.

God has need of you. There are certain things Angels will not do for you because God needs you to do. The Bible says “ye are my witness” (Isaiah 43:10-12). God wants to move you to the next level but there are certain things you need to do. One of which is reaching the unreachable.

The thing about deliverance is that, when you lose someone from bondage, you don’t leave them there, they should move. You don’t get loose and stay around. For example, when you say you are not drinking again, what are you still doing in the pub? There are certain friends you shouldn’t keep again.

Deliverance is not the ultimate; it is a means not an end. Deliverance is not just for fun and testimony but for you to use your comparative advantage to preach the gospel and preach the gospel. When the Lord begins to use you, you will no longer be lonely. God will use you for your family; use you and your family (Zechariah 9:9).

Your deliverance had been prophesied before you were born. God has put it down and underlined it in capital letters that you and your house belongs to Him.

The Lord has something to say to the women because when they move, they move with their children. Men can come to church alone but women move with the family, with generations. Over 100 years ago, something that is about to happen in your life had been prophesied and it is coming to pass that you are free indeed.

When God uses you, you are fulfilling prophesy. Hence, you will leave the village, you move from stationary to dynamics.

A son was resumed in a University in Nigeria. On resumption, he joined the fellowship but at the end of the session he failed. The head of the fellowship went to meet a professor and asked for help that this brother had failed and advised to withdraw, that if he leaves there will be no one to help  play again. However, the Prof. said there was nothing he could do about it, the result had already been sent to the Senate Council.

The fellowship organized a concert for end of session, people advised that this pianist shouldn’t go and play that he had been asked to withdraw, “you better leave quietly” they said. However, this brother went for the concert and played wonderfully. At the concert, the Professor came and was amazed at how the brother was playing.  He left the concert in haste and could not even finish the concert. At the Senate which was the Monday after the concert; the Professor made a strong case before the VC that it would be shameful for the world to hear of the number of students in their Department who has been asked to withdraw.  It was decided that 10 marks should be added to the marks of all the students and after that every other person that still failed should be sent home (Knowing fully well that this Brother needed 10 marks to scale through). That is how this brother was delivered and saved from shame. He was still sleeping when people knocked on his door to deliver the good news.

Henceforth, I pray for you that you will sing songs of deliverance and dance gracefully; for your set time to be delivered is now. Praise the Lord!!!!

The sermon, Be Delivered, Rise and Move, by Rev Omolehin, General Overseer, Word Assembly Ministries, on June 4, 2017

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Soaring On The Wings Of Grace, by Revd. Jonathan Adeboye

Soaring On The Wings Of Grace, by Revd. Jonathan Adeboye

Bible Text: Esther 2:15-17, Isaiah 40:28-31

This month God will set you up, God will lift you up because you will obtain grace like Esther in Jesus name, Amen.

Isaiah 40:28-31

28 Hast thou not known? Hast thou not heard that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? There is no searching of his understanding.

29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.

30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:

31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

In this month of May the theme is Grace to soar higher but the topic in context I soaring on the wings of grace.

There are several thing grace can do for you. The best thing that grace can do is the salvation of the soul. If you obtain grace in every other parts of life but lose your soul, you have nothing. So it’s important that your soul is saved.

How many of you believe that the level you are at the moment is the best you can ever be? If you believe there are better levels, I pray that you get there in Jesus name but you can only get there by grace. For every member listening or reading this you will experience a lifting courtesy of the Grace of God. In this month, grace will work for you.

The first word is Soar. To soar means to ascend to a level higher than the usual. Whatever your past experiences or the experiences of your family line, I decree upon your life this month you will soar beyond it.

To soar also means moving to greater heights with little apparently efforts. There are many who make efforts and fail. There are many who make great efforts and succeed but with grace; little efforts and you exceed.

For example, a brother was making efforts to achieve a something but was reaching a dead end. After speaking with a man of God, he understood that because there was none like that in his family, he needed grace. There was a spiritual sealing that needed to be broken. I pray for you today, that whatever ancestral curse of spiritual sealing hindering achievements in your life it is broken in Jesus name.

Grace is from the Greek word “Charis”. Grace is the medium through God relates to mankind. The difference between grace in old and New Testament is the measure. In Old Testament there was limited grace but after Jesus came, grace was released unto us in full measure. Thus in the New Testament we received abundance of grace.

The power of Grace

What is grace capable of doing? God delights that we prosper. Psalm 35:27

27 Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant”.

God has pleasure in the prosperity of everyone not just one person but everyone. That is, when one of his servants is not prospering God is not comfortable.

  1. Genesis 6:7-8. Noah found grace as a result escaped the destruction that befell the people of his generation. The grace of God is contagious. Noah obtained grace and saved 7other people. If it is the head of the family that obtained grace, it spreads, if it is the mother it spreads. I pray you find grace.
  2. Genesis 15:16-19 also told us about how Lot experienced grace and was saved from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.
  3. Another man is Joseph. Genesis 34 Joseph experienced grace in the land of Egypt. He went as a slave but because of the grace of God upon his life he became a prime minister. Whatever you are doing now, whether it is a menial job. The grace of God will work for you.
  4. Exodus 27:37. The Lord God gave the people grace such that as the children of Israel were leaving Egypt, whatever they asked they received.
  5. Another example is Esther. Esther was a slave girl; she was an orphan but she found favour in the sight of the King and was honoured by the King as a result of grace.

Esther 2:15-17

5 Now when the turn of Esther, the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her for his daughter, was come to go in unto the king, she required nothing but what Hegai the king’s chamberlain, the keeper of the women, appointed. And Esther obtained favour in the sight of all them that looked upon her.

16 So Esther was taken unto king Ahasuerus into his house royal in the tenth month, which is the month Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign.

17 And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained grace and favour in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen instead of Vashti”.

I pray for you as you journey through this year, as you soar on the wings of grace, you will be preferred over and above others in Jesus name.

What are the conditions for Soaring on the wings of Grace?

  1. There must be an ongoing relationship with the Elshaddai. Exodus 12:36. The Lord God gave his people, people who have a relationship with him.
  2. There must be godly living. Psalm 84:11. “For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly”
  3. Isaiah 40: 30-31. Learn to wait upon the Lord. Where other people get tired, that will be your starting point in Jesus name.
  4. Humility. Job 22:29 29 When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up; and he shall save the humble person. James 4:6 “for he giveth more grace to the humble and resist the proud.
  5. Obedience and service .Job 36 :11 “ if they obey and serve me , they shall spend their days in prosperity …”

If you want grace to work for you, you need to prayerfully decide what you want to do for God. Offer yourself for service, as long as you want prosper and be elevated make up your mind to service.

Ecc. 9:11- “ I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all”. Thank God for people who work really hard but don’t need to go through all the hassle people of the world go through before you make it in life. I pray for the grace of God upon your life, that you will experience maximum results with minimal efforts in Jesus name. Amen.

The sermon, Soaring On The Wings Of Grace, by Revd. Jonathan Adeboye, the founder, Total Missions Global Ministries, Nigeria,  was delivered on May 7, 2017
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Unimaginable Progress, by Apostle I.D Lawon

Unimaginable Progress, by Apostle A.D Lawon

Bible Text: Mark 10:46

In that text 8 problems were highlighted but the passage ended with the name of blind Bartimaeus who experienced unimaginable progress.

Vs. 46 …  “And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging”.

From the understanding of the context; Jericho is a deaf and dumb city where nothing goes out and nothing comes in. Some people are at Jericho today, if you have been stagnant, at a plateau where it seems nothing is working for you, you seem not to be making progress, this day you will find the Lord and break free. Jericho was the city the children of Israel got to and the Lord told them to march round the wall to break free. So as you read this and activate the power of God, your barriers will come down in Jesus name.

Vs. 47 “…And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me”.

Faith comes by hearing. Blind Bartimaeus experienced faith because he heard about Jesus. There needs to be continuous hearing. Bartimaeus cried “Jesus, thou son of David have mercy on me”, Vs. 48 many asked him to be quiet but he was persistent. They wanted to hinder what he had to achieve, he had a purpose in life and he knew he wanted his eyes to be open. Don’t be tired of hearing, when you are tired of hearing, faith will no longer come.

Many have a project, working on an assignment, have an objective but because they have been shut out, they stopped. No, Bartimaeus was different; he kept on calling on Jesus because he knew what he wanted. Every lame spirit in your life that is trying to impede your progress you are freed from such bondage in Jesus name. A lot of people think they are running but yet they are crawling. May your eyes be opened to see the wonderful things set aside for you in Jesus name.

And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee. And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus. And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.

When Jesus heard blind Bartimaeus, Jesus stood still. For your cry today Jesus will stand still. So many people stood in the presence of God, Jesus was in the presence of the multitudes.  But only Bartimaeus made Jesus stand still, only him had a request that made Jesus stand still..  The message at this juncture is that, some people come to church without desire, they just come and go.  Church is like religion to some people, they just come and go but they do not know how to possess their inheritance.

When Jesus called him, the man threw away anything that could hinder him.

When Jesus met with the man he asked him what you want. Not that he doesn’t know he is blind but Jesus still asked. Some people do not know what they want, they do not know why they come to church, may be you just come to worship, you just come because your parents come , you come because your friend invited you. Still what do you want?  When you lack purpose and you come to the opportune time, you may not be able to seize it.  That was what happened to Solomon, he asked for wisdom and the opportune time came and he manifested the power of God by solving the problem.

When God asked Bartimaeus, He didn’t ask for coins, he asked for the unimaginable. May God give you the grace to dream big because that is the limitation of so many people. Activate the violent faith to take old of your inheritance.

God gave me formula for unimaginable progress. Connect to the power source because when man is promising 10% he is promising 3000%. The unimaginable is that which no one can imagine. People will say it is a lie.  Bartimaeus replied “that I may receive my sight” Jesus said “..go your way for you faith has made you whole”.

How do you know you are making progress?

  1. To go forward is to make progress but there are many types of making progress
    1. You may want to go forward but you are not going forward
    2. You may go forward but it has been arrested
    3. You can go forward but it is marginal
    4. You can go forward in an unimaginable manner

So in our journey in life, in our journey in church, in our journey within the family we need unimaginable progress. However, God is the one that makes a difference in the way we make progress.

God is the one that give unimaginable progress but how?

  1. By prophetic insight. That was happened to Bartimaeus, he was brought out of the pack. He was among the multitude but God set him apart. The Bible says “he was by the road side begging, God can bring you from the pit to highest realm of life. Blind Bartimaeus was by the road side and he got the prophetic insight
  2. You have faith planning: Not a normal plan. Bartimaeus heard, he had heard what Jesus had been doing, so he shouted. When you have no plans, what do you want God to bless? You should have a goal, God can restore all that you have lost and he said He will restore
  3. Appointed times: Take advantage of appointed times. Blind Bartimaeus heard and seize upon his time. Seize opportunities and activate appointed times
  4. Violent faith: Bartimaeus had violent faith. Has he cried and shouted “Jesus thou son of David have mercy upon me” they asked him to shut up but he refused. With violent faith, you do not go with the norm; you act abnormal in an extraordinary way. With violent faith, your gaze is upon the Lord to receive an answer. Know what you are looking for and do not be intimidated by the oppressor. I pray that you would not be double minded in Jesus name. Bartimaeus was not double minded
  5. Capitalize on your present assets. In our modern day thinking, capitalize on your present resources. When Bartimaeus said “Jesus thou son of David …” he was capitalizing on what he knew. He knew David was the one that used a stone to kill Goliath. He understood the power behind the actions and he wanted a part in it. So Bartimaeus activated this power by shouting “Jesus thou son of David, have mercy on me…”. God is asking you today what you have. Is that you can sing, you can dance, you can serve people, you can sweep the church floor, you do visitations, you can preach the gospel, you can pray for people? Capitalize on it and see how God will lift you up. A testimony and an unimaginable progress happened to me when I wanted for a visitation some years back. I had a brother who was a full time evangelist but on that day , he was not at the service .After church service we went to his house to find out what was happened. On reaching no one had seen him but they thought he must be inside the house. My driver forced the door open and on getting inside, he was faced down with his hands folded to his chest. My driver and I called his name but he didn’t answer. He seemed lifeless. So we started praying, after praying, the Lord laid it upon my spirit to stretch his hands and when I did; he opened his eyes. I had never seen a miracle like that. Afterwards we took him to the hospital. Bartimaeus capitalize on the fact that he had no money, that no one will shut him down, that the way he used to beg for money he would beg heaven for his breakthrough.
  6. In Luke 11, There are 2 types of prayers that the Jesus talked about from Vs. 1-5 is the “our father ……” from Vs. 6 the Lord talked about a man who was travelling and lodged with his friend who had no food. His friend had to go bang on neighbors’ door to beg for food. In Luke 18, the Lord talked about praying for mercy. It is pleading a case in court. There are times you go to God and you are begging, because something went wrong in your bloodline. Plead your case before God and ask for mercy. You may not be the one that committed the offence but you need mercy to be set free.
  7. A visitation may be what you need to experience the manifestation of the power of God. . Capitalize on what you have; your unimaginable gift will come from what God has given you to do. What you have may be kindness but one day you will break through.
  8. So what do you have today that you can capitalize on to give you unimaginable progress?
  9. Plot your pursuit. Not the way they do it in the world but you read the parable of the sower and plot your pursuit. It says a man went to sow, some fell on good ground, some on thorns …, some yielded 30 folds, some 100 folds. The 30 folds mean 30 times not 30%. So plot your pursuit on this message in Mark 4 and Matthew 13Some people don’t know what they want, you give them prayer request sheet and they write “God bless me “bless you in what? Be specific.
  10. Be consistent and insistent on what God has given you to and what you want God to do for you. For example
  11. You evaluate all that you have done in the past and forecast how you want God to bless you.
  12. The key is consistency and longevity – Jeremiah 17:7&8 – Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit”.

The Bible says picture your life like a tree planted by the streams of water. When you are planted, you are going nowhere; it means no doubt, you are insistent. To be planted by the rivers of water implies you are connected to the source of power 24/7. You do not loose power or source of growth. For example, when I just started my church, there were churches growing all around me but there was no progress. I read about John Wesley that he prayed every day from 4am-8am. I started doing that and I did for 9years. Suddenly my graft turned and I gained unimaginable progress, it is what the mathematicians called exponential growth.

Always activate the turn of events at the end of every month. Wait upon God so that he can teach you the secret things and very month you can experience unimaginable progress. May you experience unimaginable progress this year in Jesus name, Amen.

The sermon, Unimaginable Progress, by Apostle I.D Lawon, President Full Stature Missions Ministries, Nigeria, was delivered on April 30, 2017.