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Sir, I Have No Man, by Pastor Bioye Segun

Bible Text: John 5:1-9

“1 After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2 Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. 3 In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. 4 For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. 5 And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? 7 The impotent man answered him, Sir; I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. 8 Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. 9 And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the Sabbath.”

The Bible text is a very interesting story with lots of lessons to learn. 2 picture messages come to mind from verse 1 to 2:

  1. There was a feast; merrying and partying. A festival which Jesus went for

  2. On the other hand in the same Jerusalem, there was a pool where people with pain travailed, it harboured sickness, diseases and a lot of misery. The same town but at different locations.

This picture message reminds me of heaven and hell. Heaven where people merry and hell where there is anguish. Multitudes are going to hell every day but selected few make it into heaven. The Bible says “…many are called, few are chosen” (Matt. 22:14). I pray you will be among the chosen few that will make it to heaven in Jesus name.

This man by the pool of Bethesda spent 38yrs of his life wasting away but with God, on our side, it would take less than 38 days for you and I to come out of pain.

Verse 3 can be used to describe the church. The church is made up of imperfect people with all kinds of ailment. We all come to church waiting for the move of the Spirit but all we need to do is to create the right atmosphere. This man in question has been by the pool waiting for somebody to help him but no one could until Jesus came. Jesus asked in verse 7; “Do you want to be made whole? He replied Sir I have no man. Some people are looking up to a man. Men at their very best are still men. Only God and His word stay true.

Psalm 119:8-9… “I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to thy word.”

The bible also says in Isaiah 31:1…

“Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the Lord!..”

Who are you looking up to? Where does your help come from? Your help should come from God. If you are in the same school of thought as this man; who thinks his help comes from man, I want you to know God is the only helper that is guaranteed. Even your man of God cannot help except the grace is given to him by God.

Man may want to help, they can have good intentions but can suddenly go bankrupt, man can die, and man can be sacked. Man is limited in so many ways. However, there are people we should be praying for, “Helpers of destiny” and you are one to somebody else. Helpers of destiny are people orchestrated by God to do you good.

A story was told about a Pastor who suddenly died. It happened that an elderly woman came to visit who never knew he had died, she began to wail so much after she was informed that people wondered, People got to know afterwards that the Pastor that died use to give this woman money for upkeep every month and she came to collect money this fateful day when she heard the news that the man had died, she put her hope in man.

It has also been observed that some have godfathers but know that you have God the father. Jeremiah 33:3. “Call to me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’

You can say that “I have God” but have you done something lately that will make him move in your life. Provoke God’s blessings. – Why not challenge God.

Many years ago there was a story about a man who did not qualify for a National Insurance (NI) number but insisted to have one, so he fasted for some few days and applied to get his NI number. On this fateful day; he was on the queue as it was about to get to him, the woman that was serving and had served every other person stood up for a break and was replaced by a man who for some miraculous reason did not ask for his credentials and gave him the NI number.

What can our God not do? Why do you look to man, why not look to God? The man with the issue of blood had no one but had to look up to God. The 4 lepers had no one to speak up for them but they had to take the difficult situation. Zacchaeus was too short to climb a Sycamore tree. What are you doing? God is saying take that step of faith, stop wasting time. Don’t just sit there. Do something about your situation. Don’t say there is no job in the North East, so I will just sit here. In the midst of joblessness, some people are still finding jobs. One thing I have noticed about Christians, we are not doing enough of the right thing. For example; if we put a small quantity of sugar in tea; it would not taste sweet but put enough sugar and you will be able to taste the sweetness.

I want to challenge someone today, memorize a scripture a day and see what God will do. There is someone here what you have been waiting for, for a long time has not come because you look unto man. In the end times, apostasy will fall in.

Even when you go through storms; do not use your words to describe your situation but use your words to change your world. Do not help the enemy to defeat you. Thank God for the mercy of God that avails for us- this helped the man by the pool. Jesus is asking you today “will thou be made whole?”

Again the man by the pool was afraid of change and did not envisage the liberty that has been shown to him when Jesus asked: “will thou be made whole?” Change is sometimes difficult and we often cling to what paralyses us and the problem that may paralyze. Do not hide your problem from who would help. It is not where you are located but what you carry for your problem shall pass.

After the man was healed, he suddenly realized he could do a lot of things. Sometimes men may have to disqualify you from God to qualify you. Grace was made available to him to cover his 38 years.

Important points to note:

  • Jesus asked but the man did not know that the solution he needed was staring him in the face. No matter how heavy the rain falls, only the thirsty will drink. Only the hungry will smell the aroma of the bread from far away. Equip yourself with the word and gain foresight.

  • Adversity causes some people to break/become record breakers, be a record breaker.

  • To be healed is one thing, to be in perfect health is another, to be of God healing power and be a channel for healing to others is another thing.

  • Elevate your faith. The man was trying to stretch his faith, no one believed him. Maybe no one has ever affirmed you but God affirms you. Affirmation is a good antidote to discouragement. People may not see your labour of love. They have not encouraged you but Jesus encourages you today.

God is saying to you today …

“Son/daughter I know what I have invested in you, I have confidence in you, your future will never be like your past. I was with Joshua, I am with you too. You are capable of subduing mountains, arise and shine…”

Years ago, the Spirit led me to write a note and put in my daughter’s lunch box… “I love you, I believe in you” she never forgot it. She even said during her break one of her friends said, “I wish my father was like that”.

Affirmation goes a long way to encourage a child. Affirm your spouse. It could stop someone from committing suicide.

Your boy that seem wayward; encourage him, tell him you love him despite his waywardness. Jesus affirmed the man by the pool “Behold that have been made whole, sin no more” (John 5:14).

There is somebody here, Jesus has seen your struggles, your pains, your anguish, and God says “it’s your turn”. Ezekiel 36:9 – “For,” behold, I am for you, and I will turn to you, and you will be cultivated and sown”

Your situation might have played you for years but it will not end like that. Have faith in the Only God who is able to make every impossibility possible. Glory be to God. Halleluiah.

The sermon, Sir, I Have No Man, by Pastor Bioye Segun, Regional Pastor, RCCG Northern Ireland and North East England, was delivered on April 22, 2018.

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God Is Not A Man That He Should Lie, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

Song – Jesus the Son of God; I believe in You, I believe in You

Prayer – Father, more than ever before, please demonstrate to me and to the whole world that You are my God.

Today’s message is a word of re-assurance for somebody. God asked me to tell you that He is not a man and so He cannot lie. There is/are promises that you were sure that it was God that gave them to you at a point in time, but you are not sure anymore.

 

God asks me to tell you that He did not lie, and He couldn’t lie. That He meant what He said. That it shall come to pass.

Numbers 23:19 – God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

This was a prophetic statement Balaam said to Balaak when Balaak became perplexed that Balaam kept blessing the children of Israel rather than cursing them as he was invited to do.

The first answer that God made to Balaam regarding his request, never changed. Though Balaam was thinking that God might change His mind. He never did.

– Someone here, you are operating under a particular curse. In the name of Jesus, that curse is hereby broken.

Numbers 22:12 – And God said unto Balaam, Thou shalt not go with them; thou shalt not curse the people: for they are blessed.

None of the efforts of Balaak and that of Balaam was able to change the fact that Israel is blessed and cannot be cursed: three attempts to curse Israel; three locations to curse them from, nothing worked!

– Every plan of the enemy to thwart the plan of God for your life shall fail in Jesus name.

A similar statement was made by Prophet Samuel to King Saul of Israel.

1 Samuel 15:29 – And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.

Saul disobeyed God with the assignment to Amalek. Samuel told him that as he had rejected to carry out the promise of God; God also had been rejected by him as the king of Israel.

Saul would have thought it was a joke or mere words, who could dethrone him? But Samuel made him to understand that the Strength of Israel cannot lie as He is not a man.  Even when Saul conducted a show-off sacrifice, God did not change His mind.

– May God not repent of any of His good promises to you in Jesus name.

May God de-throne every power aiming negatively at your destiny in Jesus name.

 

What is a lie?

A false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive.

God cannot make a false statement either deliberately or non-deliberately with the intent to deceive. He simply cannot do so.

 

Why do men lie?

  1. Not to be punished. (Peter at the arrest of Jesus).
  2. To get whatever they want. (Jacob)
  3. To create a false impression of themselves. (Ananias & Saphira)

 

Why do men repent/change their word/mind?

  1. They never thought it through in the first instance. Do me a favour…
  2. They no longer have the ability.
  3. They are not willing any longer.
  4. To make a mockery of another fellow.

 

Why won’t God lie?

  1. Because of His holiness (Psalm 89:35)
  2. Because He is ever faithful (Heb. 10:23).
  3. Because He doesn’t need to be afraid of anyone. All powerful. Jer. 32:17).
  4. He doesn’t need to manipulate anyone to have His way. All sovereign. (Rom. 9:19-22).
  5. He doesn’t need to impress anyone. Only wise God. (Isaiah 55:8-9)
  6. Nothing takes Him by surprise. (Isaiah 46:10)

 

The word “Yes” is very powerful to the life of man. It is an answer that is highly desired in life. When applying for job or school, when commencing a relationship, when in sickness. We all hope to hear the word “Yes”. However, it is not always so.

Politicians, affianced, Employers, Medical Consultants, Spouses, Parents, Children, Friends, etc., do let us down by not saying Yes, or having said Yes before, they later changed to No.

Such that some people do not bother to believe in God’s promises because they have experienced broken promises from menfolk again and again. But God is not a man, that He should lie.

It is said that there are 7,457 promises of God in the Bible. They are all Yes in Christ. God is, however, looking for people who are expectant of those promises and will say Amen.

 

The nature of the Father’s promise

  1. It cannot return to Him void – Isaiah 55:11
  2. It cannot be broken – John 10:35
  3. It is very sure – 2 Peter 1:19
  4. Some promises are conditional – 2 Cor 7:1
  5. Some are unconditional – Gen. 8:22
  6. Some are for this life – Lk. 18:28
  7. Some are for the life to come – John 14:1-2; Titus 1:2.
  8. We must demonstrate faith in order to receive the promises – Mt. 17:20
  9. Patience is needed on our part to receive these promises – Heb. 10:36.

 

People who said Amen to the Father’s promise

  1. Abraham – Gen. 12:1-3; 21:1-3.
  2. Moses – Ex. 4:20.
  3. Joshua – Joshua 1: 1-2.
  4. Gideon – Judges 6: 11-14.
  5. Jeremiah – Jer. 1: 4-10.
  6. Paul & Barnabas – Acts 13: 1-3.

 

People who said No to the Father’s promise

  1. The 10 spies and the congregation of Israel – Num. 14:1-4
  2. The sons of Eli – I Sam. 2:12

‘Yes’ is a Greek word and ‘Amen’ is a Hebrew word. Which means God’s promises are for anyone who believes.  Jews or Gentiles alike.

Paul the apostle had to draw the ears of the Corinthians church not to treat God as a man and by so doing lose out on the promises of God for them.

2 Corinthians 1:15-20 – And in this confidence I was minded to come unto you before, that ye might have a second benefit; And to pass by you into Macedonia, and to come again out of Macedonia unto you, and of you to be brought on my way toward Judaea. When I therefore was thus minded, did I use lightness? or the things that I purpose, do I purpose according to the flesh, that with me there should be yea yea, and nay nay? But as God is true, our word toward you was not yea and nay. For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, was not yea and nay, but in him was yea. For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.

Paul was scheduled to pay a visit to the brethren in Corinth, but something happened that he could not embark on that trip. He later gathered that the people were not happy, and were contemplating that he was not a serious-minded person, or he was someone who does not keep promises.

So that the people will not begin to suspect the gospel message and eventually be sceptical about Jesus Christ as a Saviour; Paul had to write them a letter to say that he is not that kind of a person. That as a man, it is possible that one may want to do something and later couldn’t, due to unforeseen circumstance. But God is not like that, as He is not a man.

He said the promises of God, once spoken as Yes, it cannot change to No. It will be Yes permanently.

What has/have God promised you? He is not a man. He cannot lie. If you believe Him and walk upright before Him, it shall come to pass.

 

Prayers

Father, remove every doubt and unbelief regarding Your promises from me.

Father, increase my faith.

Father, help me to believe You.

Father, let the blood of Jesus deal with anything that might want to jeopardise Your promises upon my life.

The sermon, God Is Not A Man That He Should Lie, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye, was delivered on April 15, 2018.

 

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It Shall Be As The Lord Has Commanded, by Deacon Razak Obadina

Text: Acts 27: 9-27

The year has been declared as the year of Apostolic grace and Apostolic power. As a foreword from the pastorate regarding the theme and I quotes “Apostolic means something that is pertaining to either an apostle or the apostle of Christ, their time, their faith, their peculiar spirit and practice”. For us to experience and be established in these promises we need to believe and run with it daily this year because 2nd Chronicles 20:20b stated that we should believe in the Lord our God, and we shall be established, we should also believe in His prophets and we shall prosper.

In January of this year it was revealed to us as the month of the remaking of destiny, in February we were told to prepare for great drought. In March, divine help was made available for us. And now we are in April we are to expect the father’s blessings.

The Apostle possesses the key seven-fold ministry apart from our Lord Jesus and were also the original disciples called by Christ himself.

Now, grace simply means enjoying what you did not deserve; something you did not work for that was handed over to you.

  1. We were saved by grace according to Ephesians 2 vs 8-9
  2. We were enriched by the grace of Christ 2nd Corinthians 8 vs 9
  3. Grace allows us to enter into our blessing/place of rest
  4. Grace make us great and  raises us up
  5. Grace enables us to do what ordinarily we can’t do.

Examples of those who enjoy the grace of God are

  1. Solomon, a beloved of the lord 2nd Samuel 12 vs 24-25
  2. Jesus an epitome of the grace of God 2nd Corinthians 8 vs 9
  3. Paul 1st Timothy 1 vs 12-16
  4. The Apostles had great grace upon them. Acts 4 vs 33b

Power is simply ability or an enablement to do a work. Powers are in categories due to their different effects in “building up” or in terms of destruction. For example, the firepower of a shotgun is lower than that of a machine gun which is lower than that of a military tank and that of a missile. The Holy Spirit is known as the enabler. The Holy Spirit empowers the apostle to enable them to fulfil their destiny/calling in Acts chapter 2. Even Jesus needed to be empowered by God to fulfil his calling (Acts 10 vs 38). For David to defeat Goliath the champion of the Philistines, he had to be anointed by the prophet of God through Prophet Samuel (1st Samuel 16 vs 13).

The declaration is a sure word/promise of what God is going to do for us as revealed through his prophet (Amos 3 vs 7). Who is making such declarations?

God himself is making these declarations.

Who is God?

  1. The owner of heaven and all that is on the earth (Psalms 146 vs 5-6, Psalm 24 vs 1)
  2. God called those things which be not as though they were (Romans 4 vs 17b)
  3. He does as He pleases (Psalms 115 vs 3)
  4. When God speaks it is done (Numbers 23 vs 19)
  5. Power belongs to God (Psalms 62 vs 11)
  6. He answers prayers (Psalms 65 vs 2)
  7. God is good (Psalms 34 vs 8)
  8. Nothing is too difficult for God (Luke 1 vs 37)

To key into His declaration for this year we need to do the following:

  1. We need to believe in His declaration knowing that He will bring to pass. Mark 9 vs 23. We also need to add to our faith diligent (James 2 vs 26b, Proverbs 22 vs 29).
  2. Keep asking in prayer until our joy is full (John 16 vs 24). Bringing down the presence of God in praise and worship (Psalm 22 vs 3)
  3. We need to be courageous to confront issues that come our way daily with the help of the lord
  4. Holiness should be our lifestyle for us to see the lord and His goodness. Hebrew 12 vs 14
  5. Get prepare for the second coming of our Lord as there is a crown of righteousness waiting for us.

The sermon, It Shall Be As The Lord Has Commanded, by Deacon Razak Obadina, was delivered on April 8th, 2018.

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The Resurrection And Life, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

John 11:19-26 – And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother. Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him:but Mary sat still in the house. Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee. Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life:he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

Jesus Christ has many names. One of His spectacular names is “The resurrection and the life”. Many people are today called Jesus, Emmanuel, Christos, etc. No one can, however, be called “The resurrection and the life”.

I can even say that among the Trinity Almighty; it is only Jesus can can bear that name, though God the Father and God the Holy Ghost played a great part in Jesus actualisation of that name. No wonder the bible says “God has given Him a name that is higher than every other name, that at the name of Jesus every knee must bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord”.

This is because God cannot die. For Jesus to earn that name; He had to first become a man to die and rose again by the power of the Holy Ghost. It is only in Christ Jesus also that one can have life; as all men are born dead in sin.

Based on what Jesus answered Martha, Jesus did not even need to pray to the Father to effect resurrection. He could just command it.

John 11:41-42

Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always:but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.

Jesus does not need to wait for a distant time in the future to do what He can do today. Those who need a resurrection from Jesus today must believe they can receive.

Why is Jesus the resurrection and not a resurrection?

1. Jesus is the only One that resurrected and never died again.

Revelation 1:18

I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

Romans 6:9

Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.

Romans 14:9

For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.

Revelation 2:8

And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;

There are many founders of religion who are worshipped as gods. They all died and never rose again. Some tried to fake their resurrection, but were not seen physically afterwards.

1. Bab, Babism was buried at Mt. Carmel in Haifa, Israel (31 yrs).

2. Bahaullah, Baha’i Faith was buried in Acre, Israel (74 yrs).

3. Buddha, Buddhism was cremated in Kushinaga, India (80 yrs).

4. May Baker Eddy, Christian Science, buried in Mt. Auburn, Massachusetts (89 year).

5. Confucius, Confucianism buried in Qufu, China (70 years).

6. Mohammed, Islam buried at Mosque of the prophet in Medina, Saudi Arabia (62 years).

7. Mirza Ahmad, Ahmadiyya buried in Qadian, Punjab in India (73 years).

8. Moses, Judaism was buried by God in Mt. Nebo, Jordan (120 years).

9. Joseph Smith, Mormonism was buried in Nauvoo, Illinois, USA (38 years).

10. L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology cremated and ashes scattered in Pacific Ocean (74 years).

11. Guru Nanak, Sikhism ‘departed’ Katapur, Pakistan. (70 years).

12. Jesus Christ, Christianity was buried in Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem but rose again on 3rd day, witnessed by more than 500 people. (33 years).

2. One the hardest thing for a religious leader to do is a funeral service. Jesus never had to attend or conduct one. The ones He was invited to became resurrection service (Lazarus; Jairus daughter).

3. Jesus is the source of all resurrections, or He is the Person that permitted it, for reasons best known to Him. But whenever He withdraws life; nothing anyone can do.

What can Jesus resurrect?

Dead body (Lazarus, widow of Nain son, Jairus daughter).

Heath (Woman of the issue of blood).

Sight/vision (Man born blind).

Joy (wedding at Cana in Galilee).

Callings (devil sought to sift Peter, but prayed for)

What is dead in your life that needs resurrecting? For Mary & Martha it was Lazarus. Yours will come alive in Jesus name.

No hope is lost when you have Jesus. His presence guarantees everything.

I read about an incident that happened on 28/05/1914.

A ship known as Express of Ireland hit another ship and it began to sink.

There was not enough life jackets on board.

130 Salvation Army Christians were on board. 109 of them drowned.

Many of them removed their life jackets and gave it to those who were not born again.

“I can die better than you”. They had hope in Whom is called “The resurrection and life”. Do you?

Why is Jesus the life?

– He is the Author and Giver of life (Natural, Spiritual and Eternal).

Jesus is more than a Giver of life, He Himself is life.

John 14:6

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

John 1:3

All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

– To Him, death is mere sleeping.

– No expiry date with Him: He was and is and is to come. Always be.

Revelation 1:4

John to the seven churches which are in Asia:Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;

Revelation 1:8

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

Revelation 4:8

And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within:and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.

What can Jesus give life to?

The soul of man – dead in sin (John 3:16)

Calling/destiny – apostles

Hope and aspirations –

Relationships

Martha believed that Jesus can give life to Lazarus, but in a distant future. The day of the resurrection of the dead.

Mary, on the other hand, was put off that Jesus decided not to come to their rescue when they needed Him the most. She became withdrawn and was questioning Jesus motive.

Do you believe Jesus can be of help to you now? Or you have given up.

Do you fall into the category of those who are questioning Jesus motive?

What you need to believe is that He can do all things.

May the resurrection and the life demonstrate His name in you in Jesus name.

Altar call

Prayers

Father, let every precious gift you have given me that had died resurrect again.

Father, make my destiny to enjoy the power of Your resurrection.

Father grant me a newness of life daily.

Father, let the evidence of Your new life be seen in me.

The sermon, The Resurrection And Life, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye, was delivered on Easter Sunday April 1, 2018.