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Joy, A Segment of the Fruit of The Spirit, by Sister Patricia OBAWOLE

Joy, A Segment of the Fruit of The Spirit, by Sister Patricia OBAWOLE

Introduction

The word ‘joy’ is defined as, “the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires or, a state of happiness”. However, as we are not children of the world, a more apt definition can be found in the Bible. Today we will look at the biblical understanding of ‘joy’.

Worldly Joy is Temporary

The joy that the world offers is a pale imitation of the true Joy only God can give us. The joy that unsaved people experience is a temporary joy (Happiness actually). It comes and goes depending on the situation that person is in at the time. If things are going well, there is an excitement and they call Joy. When things are difficult, there is automatically nothing to rejoice for. In the book of Job, one of Job’s friends utters some insightful words: “the exulting of the wicked is short, and the joy of the godless but for a moment?” (Job 20:5). There can be no true joy outside God.

Joy Is a Gift from God

The Joy we are considering today is a segment of the fruit of the Holy Spirit, who resides in the heart of the believer, Galatians 5:22-23 says “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Since God is the author of all these good things, when one becomes a Christian, and is united to God through faith in Christ Jesus, the Holy Spirit imparts these qualities to the believer. Joy is also an integral part of the Kingdom of God and will exist wherever believers are present, “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17). Every believer has Joy.

Circumstances Should Not Take Away Our Joy

In the book of 2Corinthians 6:10, Paul says that Christians can even be “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing”. This means that even when we are in the midst of a situation that “legitimately” brings us sorrow, our inner joy is never taken away. The very core of our being can still rejoice in the fact that we are forgiven children of God who enjoy an intimate relationship with the Creator of the universe. Our joy is strengthened when we remember that, no matter what the circumstances, God is with us and He is above all.

*We see this in the writings of several New Testament authors:

James 1:2-3 says “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness”.

Philippians 2:17-18 says “Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. Likewise, you also should be glad and rejoice with me”

The apostle Peter encourages us with, “…rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed” I Peter 4:13.

As I round up, one of the things that can steal our Joy is Sin. Godly joy is a wonderful thing; it is a supernatural gift from God to every believer. However, one warning must be issued. Sin can steal our joy. It is difficult to experience the joy of our relationship with God when we have done something that damages that relationship. Joy is a gift of the Holy Spirit; when we grieve the Holy Spirit by our sin, we interfere with the flow of joy (among other things) from God. If we find that we are experiencing joy less and less, we may need to re-evaluate our relationship and our knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Finally, Christians Should ‘Rejoice Always

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines ‘rejoice’ in this way, ‘to feel joy or great delight’. There are several passages in the New Testament where Paul instructs us to ‘rejoice’. These passages carry a sense of urgency or command as if Paul were saying that a Christian is to be full of joy and he is urging believers to make sure that their relationships with God and others are relationships that produce joy (Philippians 3:1 and Philippians 4:4).

Most people know the shortest verse in the Bible (John 11:35 “Jesus wept”). However, the second shortest is just as important. This can be found in 1 Thessalonians 5:16 and it tell us to “Rejoice always.” Followed by “pray without ceasing, and give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you”. This joy, prayer, and thanksgiving should characterize the life of a Christian. It is God’s will for the believer. This is how God wants us to live. “Rejoicing always” does not mean that we are to paste a fake smile on our faces no matter what is going on in our lives or the lives of those we love. It means that we are to remain steadfast in our knowledge that God is our strength and comfort, no matter what circumstances we find ourselves.

May we all experience supernatural Joy in Jesus name.

Thank you for listening.

The sermon, Joy, A Segment of the Fruit of The Spirit, by Sister Patricia OBAWOLE, was delivered on 19th November 2017 at the Special New Workers/Talents Audition Service. 

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Peace – A Segment of the Fruit of The Spirit, by Brother Arinze Ngonadi

If you are asked to close your eyes and think deeply about something or someone that brings you peace, a lot of people might go to their significant others, their children, a place or even food. As much as these things do bring peace, they all have one thing in common. That is that they are all temporary. The peace derived from these things is momentary and fleeting. True peace, everlasting peace comes from Jesus. This period we are in is the dispensation of grace and because God cannot behold sin, when we sin, what God sees is Jesus interceding for us. With Jesus in our lives, everything changes. For example, when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey everything about that donkey changed and now because of that one donkey, previously thought to be for the poor and less privileged, every wasted donkey everywhere are celebrated even till today. Why? It’s because that donkey had Jesus. Peace has four main types:

– False peace
– Inner peace
– Peace of God
– Peace with man

Peace is simply a gift from God that stems from obedience and faith.
In the Old Testament, peace referred to relationships between people, nations, and God with men while in the New Testament Jesus came and changed how we define peace. Peace in the New Testament refers to rest and security.

Today, we still use peace as a form of greeting. Regardless of race or gender, peace is universal. This is why when Jesus was leaving he said to his disciples that he leaves them his peace and they are to share that with others.

The most important thing to know is that peace is not external. That conviction has to come from within. With this, your mind, body, soul, and spirit will be at rest in trying times.

In the book of Psalm, Chapter 91 verse 7, David believed that no matter how many fell on his side, he knew nothing could harm him because God was with him. In Psalm 23, he believed that even though he walks to the valley of the shadow of death, nothing again could harm him. Why? Because God was with him and this gave him peace.

Today it is important to find peace as that is what God commands us to do but carefully. Today, peace can be used manipulatively and create a false sense of security. It is important to discern what is what and seek the peace that comes from God.

In conclusion, Romans chapter 8 verse 6 says that letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death but a mind controlled by the spirit leads to life and peace. I pray that the peace of God be with you and all your loved ones, in your place of work and every aspect of your life. Always remember, much like that donkey, when Jesus is with you, you will be celebrated.

The sermon, Peace – A Segment of the Fruit of The Spirit, by Brother Arinze Ngonadi, was delivered on 19th November 2017 at the Special New Workers/Talent Service.

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May God Multiply His Grace And Peace Upon You, by Pastor (Mrs) Anthonia Obafaiye

May God Multiply His Grace And Peace Upon You, by Pastor (Mrs) Anthonia Obafaiye

The month of November 2017 has been declared a month of Grace and Peace multiplied by God Almighty through The Angel of His Church as inspired by the Holy Spirit.

The meaning of grace: The meaning of the word grace (Chen in Hebrew and Charis in Greek) as used in the Scriptures, literally means ‘favour’ to bend or stoop in kindness to another as a superior to an inferior. 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’.
God’s grace has been termed ‘unmerited favour’ but it is more than an attitude of favour or mercy, that’s why the Bible makes us to understand in Ephesians 2:7-9 ‘For by grace are we saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God. Not by works, lest any man should boast’.

King David was a very good example of someone that enjoyed the grace of God abundantly.
Of the goodness and faithfulness of God over his life, the scenario that stands out for me was when Prophet Samuel was sent to his Father’s (Jesse) house to anoint a New King over Israel in 1 Samuel 16:1-13 (Eliab, Abinadab, Shammah, and the remaining 4 Sons were rejected)
May we not be rejected in Jesus name. May our heads not reject the grace of God in Jesus name.
May heaven remember you on your day of showing (coronation, promotion) in Jesus Mighty name.

The meaning of the word Peace: The Hebrew word for peace is shalom which means soundness in health & well-being. Absence of war, (peace from enemies) peace is not the absence of challenges, that’s why the Bible says in Philippians 4:7 ‘And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus’.
Isaiah 26:3 ‘You will keep in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusteth in thee’.
The Psalmist said in Psalm 16:8 ‘I have set the Lord always before me, because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved’.
Micah 7:8 ‘Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy, when I fall, I shall arise, when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me’.

A very good example of someone who enjoyed the peace and rest of God was King Solomon the son of King David. 1 Chronicles: 22:9 ‘Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of rest, and I will give him rest from all his enemies round about, for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days’.

1 Kings 5:4 Solomon speaking here: ‘But now the Lord my God hath given me rest on every side, so that there is neither adversary nor evil occurrent’.

King David his Father was a man of war, but King Solomon did not fight a single war during his reign over Israel, he enjoyed the peace and rest of God. No wonder he was the one God chose to build a temple for Him. God did not allow his Father to build His temple because he said his hands were soiled with blood.

The word multiply means ‘To increase or cause to increase greatly in number or quantity’.

Brethren in this month of November and beyond God want to increase us in His grace and peace,
Isn’t it just what we need right now, a bath in God’s grace and peace?
He wants for us to begin to walk in another realm of his Glory as touching His grace and peace, and so shall it be in Jesus name.
God’s grace and peace is available to you and me. The more we know God, the more familiar we are with His promises, the more our thinking is shaped and saturated by the words of our Lord Jesus, and the more grace and peace will be multiplied to us.
The word of God contains the source of the grace and peace we need. Jesus intends for his words to abide in us, because they are words of life (spirit and life).
Apostle Peter in 2 Peter 1:2 said ‘Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord’.
The verb behind ‘be multiplied’ is used twelve times in the New Testament and always means ‘increase’ move from lesser to greater. There are at least seven important implications in these words (prayer) of Apostle Peter for our lives:

1) God is the only source of Grace and peace and it is to be experienced: If we stand in the unshakeable grace of God (Romans 5:2) and if we are reconciled to God in unchangeable peace (Romans 5:1) then what is multiplied to us is an increased and deepened experience of grace and peace.

2) Grace and peace vary in measure in our lives: Grace and peace are not static; they go up and down in our lives. Hour by hour, day by day, our enjoyment of grace and peace changes. It ebbs and flows. We need to own it and seek continually to receive, new measures for new moments.

3) There is always more grace and peace to be enjoyed: We always need more grace, more peace. Every day, we need new measures of grace and peace for new moments. In this life we will never be able to say, ‘I have arrived’ I have all the grace and peace I can use. That’s why Apostle Paul said in Philippians 3:10 ‘That I may know you’. Philippians 3:12. The Christian life is not static. It is a life of movement, of moving forward not drawing back. Day by day we are growing in grace and peace in Jesus name.

4) Grace and peace are multiplied by God: Grace and peace does not just happen, it comes from God. God gives grace to the humble (1 Peter 5:5). Peace is the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5::22).

5) Grace and Peace are multiplied by God through human means: God responds to humility with more grace. Humility is a condition of receiving this grace. Of course, humility itself is the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:23). But the fact that ‘God is at work in you and I to do His good pleasure’ (Philippians 2:13) does not lessen our responsibility to ‘to work out our own salvation’ (Philippians 2:12).

6) Grace and peace can be multiplied through prayer
The unique thing about a spoken blessing is that is bi-directional. It is addressed to both Man and God. When we say, ‘The Lord bless you and keep you’ (Numbers 6:24), we are asking the Lord to bless you (prayer is a 2 way traffic: we talk to God and we pause to listen to what He has to say to us). So it is with Peter’s words, ‘May Grace and peace be multiplied (by God) to you. God is being addressed and the church is also being addressed (blessed).
These words are not spoken in vain, Peter speaks them because he believes they matter, and he believes God answers prayers and we believe that He will multiply His Grace and peace over us in Jesus Mighty name.

7) Another means of multiplied Grace and peace is through our study of the word of God

It is interesting that Paul begins every letter with some form of ‘Grace be to you’ and ends every letter with some form of ‘Grace be with you. To you at the beginning and with you at the end.
My understanding of this statement is that, at the beginning of reading and studying the word of God, the Grace and peace of God will come to us and at the end we see ourselves leaving having had an encounter with the Living word of God, we become hearers and doers of the word of God and as we relate with people around us we are able to add value to their lives by impacting unto them what we have learnt in the place of studying to show ourselves approved to God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly diving the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15)

Conclusion:
God always has more Grace and more peace for us to experience. He has appointed that we experience it, ‘in the knowledge of God and of Jesus Christ’. He has inspired Scriptures to bring us this multiplied Grace and peace. Therefore, to experience these overflowing increases of Grace and peace in our lives, we need to give ourselves to the Law of Liberty which is spirit and life and as we listen and obey God’s word, let us also give ourselves to prayer, for prayer is the Master key that can open doors of solutions to challenges of life and Divine opportunities to us

The sermon, May God Multiply His Grace And Peace Upon You, by Pastor (Mrs) Anthonia OBAFAIYE, was delivered on November 12, 2017

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Grace Unto You, Be Multiplied, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

Grace Unto You, Be Multiplied, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

What is grace?
Unsolicited Divine help and assistance (The shunem woman).
May God grant you help you have not solicited for.
Unmerited favour (King Solomon). May favours you do not merit come to you.
Heavenly currency that is needed to enjoy the good things of life (Joseph). May God grant you the grace to enjoy the good things of life.
What makes the race of life to be easy (Esther). May grace make your race to be easy.

What to note about grace
If you remain within your grace, space and room will be made for you (Isaac, in Gen. 26: 1-12). It was true that Abraham went to Egypt; every other person might be going; but remain in your grace.

It is possible to group people together as classmates, but it is grace that will distinguish them. Daniel and his friends were grouped with wise men, astrologers, magicians, etc.
In Dan 2: 46-48, the king later figured out that they were men of multiple grace (Dan 1: 17).
You may have been grouped together as colleagues, grace will however distinguish you.

Those who oppose a grace, always end up as slaves to that grace. The ten brothers of Joseph were in strong opposition to his grace of dreams; they later became servants to him because he interpreted a dream. Are people opposed to the grace of God over your life? They will bow to that grace.

The bible tells us that it is by the grace of God we are saved.
Ephesian 2: 8-9 – It is however interesting to know that within that grace of salvation, there are other grace hidden in it, that a believer needs to unravel and enjoy.
I Peter 5: 10 – Are there any particular grace you desire? God has hidden it in Christ Jesus. May you obtain it in Jesus name.

God is full of grace. It depends on the one you want.
There is a grace for divine health. There are people who have not used Panadol for 30-40 years. Not that using Panadol is sinful, but it denotes that one has a special grace in that area.
3 John 2
May the grace to live a divinely healthy life be your portion in Jesus name. You will not be up today and down tomorrow.

There is a grace for riches. A believer can enjoy that grace.
2 Cor 8:9
It may be that you are somehow poor today, may the grace to be rich rest on you. Definition of poverty (not paid for six months and it affect your normal expenditure, then you are still poor). May God move you far from that benchmark.

There is a grace for fruitfulness
Gen 13:16; Gen 13:2
You may be few today. You will however be greatly enlarged.

There is a grace to be an overcomer in life. So that whatever life throws at you, you will still overcome.
For many years Hannah sob in pain, one day she became the mother of the High Priest.
You will not go under. You will overcome at last. You will laugh the last laugh.

There is grace to be favoured by time and chance.
Eccl. 9:11
The Philistines were at war with Israel, they set the battles in array against each other for 40 days, no one crossed the frontline, just because David had to appear on the scene to take the opportunity of time and chance.
May the grace of God prepare you for the time and chance that will announce your destiny.

Jesus is the Son of God; but while He was on the earth, He also needed grace to succeed with His assignment.
Luke 2: 40; 52
If Jesus needed grace, then we will need it much more.
Thank God we enjoy the grace of growing in age and stature; but how about other grace as well?
Jesus did not only grow in age and stature, He waxed strong in spirit; He was filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him. No wonder He finished well.
May you wax strong in the spirit.
May you be filled with wisdom.
May the grace of God rest upon you.
May you also increase in favour.

If a man lacks many things in life and yet have grace and peace, he lacked nothing.
Grace will do all things for him; peace will help him to enjoy what grace has provided.
May grace worked for you.
May God send grace on errand for you.
May you enjoy peace as well.

You are here, you are questioning the handiwork of God upon your life; God says hold unto Him and see. He said He will transform your life in an amazing way.

It was the grace of God that singled out the house of Jesse as God was looking for a replacement for King Saul.
Jesse and his household were sanctified by grace.
They were invited to the sacrifice by grace.
However, it was grace multiplied that chose David as the next king. Even though, David was not at home; he was not informed about the sacrifice; he was not even sanctified and the holy oil was poured on him.

If you are needed somewhere and you are not there yet, neither have you been invited, may grace transport you there.
If you have been forgotten for a position of honour, may grace make mention of you.
May grace put aside your lack of preparedness and anoint you all the same.

It was grace that David showed to the house of Saul because of Jonathan’s sake that rescued Mephibosheth from Lodebar (dry place), from the house of Micha (wicked).
That grace multiplied by not only bringing him to palace; but a lame man sat at the king’s table, adopted as David’s son, given a daily ration of a prince, received back all the estates of king Saul, and inherited 36 servants!
May grace multiplied bring you to your own palace.
May you dine with kings.
May you enjoy daily ration for a prince or princess.
May estates that have been seized from your ancestors be given back to you.
May people serve you.

Factors that can aid grace been multiplied.
Though grace in itself is unmerited favour, there are certain things the scripture say we can do to align ourselves for more grace.
Be humble
James 4:6
Pray for it
Ex. 33:12-13 (show me way, distinguish us, show me thy glory)
Seek deeper knowledge of God and Christ
2 Peter 1:2
Have passion for the things of God
2 Kings 2:15
Make the best use of your talents
Mt. 25: 28-29

Prayers
Ephe 4:7
Father, let the grace given to me increase in measure
Father, let special grace distinguish me in life
Father, ley my life become more graceful
Father, do not allow me to experience disgrace

The sermon, Grace Unto You, Be Multiplied, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye, was delivered on the 5th of November 2017.