Come Forth and Be Counted, by Brother Timothy Obafaiye

Praise The Lord! I’d specially like to welcome you once again to this marvellous exhibition God has allowed his children to display today.

As you will recollect from previous events on the agenda, the theme of the day is ‘The Manifestation of the Children of God’.

Before I go into short exhortation, shall we pray.

Everlasting Father, King of Kings, Rock of Ages. We worship you we praise your name

Lord thank you for keeping us thus far in the year 2018.

We pray that you will continue to uphold and strengthen us.

Lord let this message have meaning and speak through me to bless your people,

Have your way in this place.

Thank you, Holy Ghost. Be Glorified. In Jesus name, we’ve prayed. Amen

Text: Romans 8:19 – For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

From this short scripture, I have managed to draw out that as a Church we need to allow the Holy Spirit to work through each and every one of us individually. The supreme task of the family of God as a body is the evangelism of the word of God. Many times several of us are discouraged due to the severity of the sin that this generation of the world has been plunged into. However nor must we forget that the Church is the most powerful force on earth as we are spearheaded by the one who indeed created this planet.

So Brethren it’s up to you and me to come forth as ambassadors of Christ and embody the values that our Lord and Saviour taught us through his word. For those who are in sin do not gander after us but await our arrival to manifest unto them so they shall receive salvation.

In the bible, there are many examples of The Manifestation of God’s Children.

King Saul is an example of one who was manifested by the grace of God.

In 1 Samuel 9:1-27, after the people of Israel had been yearning for a King as they had become weary of being ruled by Judges, God sent prophet Samuel to anoint Saul to be King of Israel. The people’s eager expectation came to a halt as they had received what they wanted and in turn, God manifest his son.

Saul came forth and answered the call of God and was certainly counted, being blessed with the title of The first King of Israel. Even though Saul’s end was nothing like his beginning we can still draw positives from the man he was and learn from his mistakes. In order for our manifestation to be even greater than that of his.

I pray your ending will never be like that of Saul’s in Jesus name.

Samuel became a Kingmaker in Israel despite his lower echelon.

In 1 Samuel 1:10-17, Hannah prayed to God in anticipation for a Son but God, in fact, blessed her with a high priest. If Hannah never came forward to be counted then Israel would have never witnessed the manifestation of God in the life of Samuel. With the faith and determination, Hannah possessed God had no other choice but to visit her that day.

I pray God will not ignore our prayers in Jesus name.

Another example would be Joseph the Son of Jacob, he was the eleventh out of the twelve children his father had but in fact the favourite of his father. Although things looked bleak for him as his own brothers sold him into slavery. God had already aligned his destiny. In Genesis 41:37-44, we were made to understand that in the land of Egypt Jacob was second only to Pharaoh in terms of power in the country. Joseph had to go through the tribulations including going to prison but his faith in God never withered and when it was time for him to come forward and interpret Pharaoh’s dream God manifested in his life. This goes to show even if most of us are foreigners in this land God can still use us mightily for his work.

I pray God will fulfil your destiny in this land In Jesus Name.

In conclusion, how can we see manifestation in our lives?

  • We must accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and personal Saviour. Acts 9:3-6 (Saul of Tarsus accepted Jesus and became Paul, one who was manifested greatly by God) 3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: 4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? 5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. 6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.


  • Answer the call of God/ Come forth and make ourselves available for Gods work Genesis 12:1-5( Abraham answered Gods call and went from being childless to the father of many nations) 1 Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: 2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing 3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. 4 So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran. 5 And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan, they came.


  • Maintain your passion for Gods work

1 Samuel 2:27-35 ( Eli’s household began to lose focus on Gods work and his sons even began discrediting the temple of God which inevitably ended in peril for the whole family as they were then replaced by Samuel)

I pray God will never replace us in Jesus name.

Shall we rise as we pray?


Father give me the grace to be used as a vessel to manifest your good works.

And So Heavenly Father help us to come forward to be used as a vessel in your hand. Count us Oh Lord. Let us be able to manifest your name

And never depart from us. We Eternally thank you, Lord. In Jesus name, I’ve prayed. Amen

A sermon delivered by Brother Timothy Obafaiye on February 18, 2018, on the occasion of Special Teens and Children Service.


The Warning Of Perilous Times (2 Tim 3:1)

A. Remember, you are reading a Pastoral Epistle of inspired ministerial advice from Paul to Timothy.

  1. The apostle of the Gentiles was teaching Timothy how to guide and rule the church (I Tim 3:15).
  2. Timothy was to take this information and spread it further by ministerial succession (II Tim 2:2).
  3. Paul followed his warning and exhortation to Timothy with news he was dying (II Tim 4:6-7).
  4. Paul needed to exhort Timothy to continue in the things Jesus had given Paul (II Timothy 3:14).
  5. Paul’s inspired words are superior to any seminary, council, creed, or pope (II Timothy 3:16-17).
  6. Any conference using Bill Hybels or Rick Warren is not only inferior, but counterproductive!

B. Though the “last days” may extend from Christ to the end of the world (Acts 2:17; Heb 1:2), Paul used that term and “perilous times” here to describe a time yet coming by virtue of the future tense; Timothy was not yet in it, so we may rightfully look for a fulfilment in history, even our generation!

C. If the blessed God described these future times as perilous, we should carefully heed the warning.

  1. Very dangerous; full of risk; hazardous; very harmful; dreadful; frightening; threatening; terrible; greatly to be avoided. (OED).
  2. It is of the greatest importance for us to properly identify what constitutes a real threat to saints.
  3. There are threats more dangerous than persecution and martyrdom, which instead purified saints!
  4. If we neglect this plain prophecy and warning, we will not be a church that pleases Jesus Christ.
  5. Christians respond immediately and aggressively to health or wealth perils, what about spiritual?

D. Man has ideas of what would be perilous times, but we must compare them soberly to God’s idea.

  1. Satan’s deceptions distract and divert Christians to get them to fight windmills instead of error.
  2. There is no warning here about famine, recession, war, disease, pollution, global warming, etc.
  3. There is no warning of cults, idolatry, witchcraft, murder, adultery, pornography, bestiality, etc.
  4. There is no warning here against the UN, the CFR, the USSR, UNICEF, CIA, BSA, NEA, etc.
  5. Satan uses the above threats to distract and discredit Christians and cause them to deny God.
  • Communism and Y2K showed that many saints are distracted and diverted from the real war.
  • Such fears distract saints by causing them to be vigilant and active in the wrong battle.
  • Such fears discredit saints by showing the world that they do not recognize real dangers.
  • Such fears deny God by apparently forgetting He is in total charge of international politics.
  • The only fear a child of God should have is fear of God, Who can cast into hell (Lu 12:4-5).
  • Our spiritual battle, not against flesh and blood, is the only battle (Eph 6:10-18; I Peter 2:11).
  • Satan has political preachers who make fighting international conspiracies their main gospel.

E. Perilous times were a future threat – they shall come – which introduces us to their precise identity.

  1. The pagans of Timothy’s day already had the symptoms that follow. Paul saw something worse.
  2. All generations have had these sinful proclivities in natural men, so there is a much greater evil.
  3. The warning of future perilous times, defined as moral decline, cannot be mere worldly excess.
  4. The warning is against carnal Christianity, not the general sinfulness of the unbelieving world.
  5. Since these sins have always been, the warning must be Christianity allowing and living them.
  6. This is a prophetic warning of a deceitful and seductive, degenerate and dangerous Christianity.
  7. They would have a “form of godliness,” implying they are professing and practicing Christians.
  8. They would love pleasures more than God, implying they were not just worldly, godless pagans.
  9. They would creep into houses and lead captive silly women, yet they are not wicked kidnappers.
  10. They would promote much learning to these silly women, but there would be no truth learned.
  11. As long as there were martyrs for the truth, you did not have to worry about such Christianity.
  12. This situation would degenerate with evil seducers and deceivers deceiving and being deceived.
  13. It includes the general rejection of preaching sound doctrine for the entertaining fables of men.
  14. By comparing “perilous times shall come” (3:1) and “the time will come” (4:3), we must say that if this is not a prophecy of this very generation, what other generation could it possibly be?
  15. Paul told Timothy to turn from these men, which requires them to be a false brand of Christians, for Timothy did not need to be exhorted to turn away from pagan worldlings (II Thess 3:1-2).
  16. This passage, from 3:1 to 4:5, describes the rise of a compromising and effeminate Christianity.
  17. This passage, from 3:1 to 4:5, perfectly describes the Christianity of our times and its remedy.
  18. With all the love and fancy for Bible prophecy, why is there no zealous response to these words?

F. Paul has given a similar warning in two other places that manifestly pertains to Roman Catholicism.

  1. He told the Thessalonians of a falling away [from truth] before the man of sin (II Thess 2:1-12).
  2. He told Timothy of men departing from the faith to Catholic fasting and celibacy (I Tim 4:1-6).
  3. There is no doubt that in one way the passage before us applies to the false Christianity of Rome.
  4. However, by scrutiny of the passage, we can see the further degeneration to today’s Christianity.

G. In light of this threatening prophecy, saints must exhort one another often (Heb 3:12-13; 10:23-25).

I. The Christianity about to be described is unacceptable to the holy God of heaven (Heb 12:28-29).

J. The perils listed by the Spirit should be the criteria for self-examination of families and churches.

K. The perils are for Christians … they are not general perils for mankind, the world, etc., etc


Thanksgiving, by Pastor Peter Yakubu

Thanksgiving, by Pastor Peter Yakubu

Bible Text: Luke 17:11-19

What is Thanksgiving? Why will I give thanks and if I refuse to give thanks what will happen? The Bible text is a very familiar story about the ten lepers. They cried that Jesus should have mercy on them. After being cleansed only one of them came back to give thanks and Jesus wondered why out of 10 only one came back to glorify God but the other 9 was found wanting.

The virus of leprosy eats up the bones; some of them do not have fingers anymore. Suddenly these lepers felt healed in their body, they knew the difference. What happened was they didn’t feel the pain anymore after Jesus said they should go and show themselves to the Priest. Jesus was waiting for them to come back and show gratitude but for only one.

Nobody has a right to life if you don’t need healing to life; show gratitude if you find yourself still alive. We are in a world where people keep asking questions “If God is good why are there killings and sufferings in other countries?” if people understand God very well, they would know God is not responsible for killings and sufferings. He is a God of order unlike before the fall when He enters the Garden anytime, but the fall of a man shut Him out of this world. He rules the world through man and if man refuse to submit; He wouldn’t force. That is why He said although we are in this world we are not of this world, he has access through us now.

Learn to say thank you. Hebrews 11:6 “…..without faith it is impossible to please God”. Thanksgiving is an act of faith. Out of the 10 Lepers, only a man came to say thank you and Jesus said “your faith has made you whole…” (Luke 17:16-19). The other people went with half fingers and half toes although without pain but the only man with gratitude was made whole.

If anyone gives you something, be grateful, show gratitude. I heard there is this man “Formula 1 champion- Schumacher” he fell ill about 4years ago and was in coma, they spent over 1 billion naira (when converted to naira) to keep him alive. All the money he has ever earned has been spent on this illness. In Nigeria, it’s about 5000 naira to pay for oxygen per hour. You are sitting amongst the audience and you do not have to pay for the air you breathe, show gratitude.

At one time as a Bachelor, I was living at the church house. There were apartments set aside for people in need. So we were about 30, with singles and families with kids. So this Brother came forward to render some help, got 2 bed house paid for 2years rent in order to help one of the families. So I took the keys, hoping that the man will be dancing for joy. After giving him the keys and told him we had paid for 2 years, he came back and said “…after 2years who will pay”. The man lacked faith and gratitude. A man without gratitude is a man without faith. Without faith it’s impossible to please God. If someone does something for you and you say thank you and he says don’t mention, please mention it. If you don’t, the person won’t like it.

Try it, someone gives you something and you collect and leave without showing some form of gratitude. It is important that we give thanks.

Note that, tithes and offering is also a way of giving thanks to God. If you have a problem with giving tithes and you are a Christian; you are ungrateful. Firstly, the whole package is not yours; God has given it to you. Giving your tithes and offering is a show of gratitude and display of faith that the Lord God Almighty will continue to less the lot.

Continue to show gratitude henceforth and see how your life would take a different turn for the best. Praise the Lord!!!!! Halleluyah.

The sermon, Thanksgiving, by Pastor Peter Yakubu, of Prevailing Life Ministries, Lagos was delivered on February 4, 2018.


Victory Over Self, by Pastor (Mrs) Ekundayo Aruwajoye

Text: Proverbs 16:32

“He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit that he who takes the city.”

Overcoming self is very crucial than taking the city.

A believer has 3 important enemies:

Death – Jesus Christ our Lord and saviour has settled the case of death. 1 Cor 15: 51-57 in verse 54 the last part of it says death is swallowed up in victory. Verse 57 says Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through Jesus Christ.

Devil – 1 Pet. 5: 8 & 9 Be sober, be vigilant because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.   The devil is walking around seeking whom to devour but the eyes of the Lord is going to and fro to save us. 2 Chro 16-9 .The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth to show himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to him.

Verse 9 of 1 Pet 5 says we should resist him – the devil steadfastly in the faith.

Self – Romans 8:31 says What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us who can be against us?

The devil cannot James 4:7 says Therefore submit to God, Resist the devil and he will flee away from you.

Demons cannot Mk: 16 – 17 says and this signs shall follow them that believe, in the name they shall cast out demons they shall speak with new tongues.

So the devil, the demons cannot be against you except you if you allow them. Who is the enemy to overcome or to fear?   It is SELF.   The first and the biggest victory any believer must pray for is the victory over self. Proverbs 25:28 says Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city without walls. Example  Cain – Genesis 4:1-14.

  1. Cain – had some issues with self, he was stingy, jealous, envious and full of anger.
  2. Esau – Gen25:29-34.   Esau was unable to control his appetite for food so he sold his birthright for food.
  3. Samson – Judges 16:1-end. Samson had no control over self when it comes to women issues and because of this, he messed up his destiny. He died with his enemies.

7   Reasons why I know that I can have victory over self.

If you are truly born again then you are a child of God. John 1: 11-12 then, if you are a child of God, the seed of God duel in you. 1 John3:8-9. No matter how hungry is a cat is, it will never eat grass because there is something in it that says in the cat generation they don’t eat grass.

Jesus overcame and I will overcome. Jesus was tempted but He never sinned – Heb. 4:15

You will not be tempted more than what you can bear and in temptation, there is always a way of escape. 1 Cor 10:13.

The power of God shall keep you.  Psalm 121: 4-5.

The Holy Spirit will help us. We need help in various ways Zechariah 4:6. Most importantly He will help us to pray according to the will of God Rm 8:26.

Because God loves us. John 3-16; Rm 8:37.


Father, thank you for saving me.

Lord Jesus, just as you overcame let me overcome.

Father, by your power, keep me Holy and pure until the end.

Father, because of your love for me always make me more than a conqueror.

Lord Jesus, you prayed for peter please pray for me.

The sermon, Victory Over Self, by Pastor (Mrs) Ekundayo Aruwajoye, was delivered on January 28, 2018.