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Thrust A Bit Further, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

Thrust A Bit Further, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

Many years ago, in elementary Physics, I leant about what is called ‘Gravitational Force’; which simply put, is ‘the force of attraction by which terrestrial bodies tends to fall toward the earth centre’. In layman terms, it means is ‘whatever goes up, must come down’. But I have always wondered why aeroplanes as big as they are can go up and remain there.
I later realised that even though the force of gravity does occur on aeroplanes as well, its own dynamics it’s somehow different.
There are four powers or forces operating on an aeroplane that is in motion: Gravity; Drag; Thrust and Lift. Gravity/Weight tries to keep the aeroplane on the ground; Drag tries to keep it from moving forward; Thrust tries to move it forward; while Lift tries to keep it off the ground.

So that when an aeroplane is engaged in gear moving, Drag will immediately set in; as the winds blowing in opposite direction are pulling it back. This is followed by the force of Gravity; which make sure that the plane remains on the ground because of its weight and the winds blowing over its wings.
For the aeroplane to fulfil it’s calling of flying therefore, it will need to increase Thrust, which is aided by rotating propellers or rotating fans that remove frontal air resisting the plane from moving forward quickly.

For the aeroplane to take off from ground, the Thrust must be greater than Drag; and the Lift must be greater than Gravity (this is achieved by the special design of its wings so that the winds passing under the wings are greater than the ones passing above them); thereby making the aeroplane to become airborne.
To remain level in the air, the Thrust must be equal to Drag; and the Lift must be equal to Gravity/Weight. So that critical to the mechanics of an aeroplane is the Power of Thrust and Lift. For Lift to happen even; Thrust is very critical.

You are in a way like an aeroplane that must fly. No Drag will pull you back. No Gravity will press you down. You will gain Thrust. You will be lifted in Jesus name.

As a church, individuals and families, God has helped us to progress thus far; His message to us today is that for us to be lifted higher, we will need to thrust a bit further.
There is a critical moment when the nose of the aeroplane is supposed to tilt upward. If it doesn’t increase Thrust at that stage, it will go pass the runway.

Luke 5:1-10 – And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret, And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus ‘knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men.

Lake Gennesaret could be likened to the world we live. Some people have come to catch fishes; some have come to buy fishes. Others have come to teach; while some have come to learn. Sadly, some other people have come to watch what others do.
In life, you will not be an onlooker. You will catch fishes, you will eat and you will sell. You will learn and you will also teach. You will not be a look man or a look woman in life.

Peter had come to catch fish: for his family to eat and possibly to sell. He had good experience in the trade; he had acquired skills; he had the necessary resources. But he was not operating at a prosperous level (subsistence farming). That particular day at work was actually bad. He caught nothing.
You have been getting bye day by day, but things are not looking good at the moment. Your present condition shall not last long. In the name of Jesus, you will enter into the realm of abundance; the realm of surplus; the realm of the overflow in Jesus name.

The bible didn’t tell us the topic or the theme of Jesus teaching on that day; however, two statements that Jesus said to Peter were recorded, which are great lessons for us today:

– Jesus prayed him to thrust out a little bit from the land. He said so because of the pressure from the people.
Someone is here; the Spirit of God says I should tell you that the pressure for that land is mounting. Thrust a bit further from the land.
There is usually an assurance from the ‘land’. Under normal circumstance, whatever you give to the land, it will return, but the lake does not seem to offer such assurance. Yet the resources in the water are more and greater than those on the land. Thrust a bit further from the land.
If Peter had kept the boat by the shore that day, people would still have pressed on Jesus, the boat could have been damaged, and the lives of people could have been lost. That would have been the end of Jonas Sons & Co.,

– The second sentence of Jesus for Peter to “Launch out into the deep, and let down your net for a draught”.
For Jesus to say this, Peter must have been fishing in shallow waters, this could be due to his training, it could be because of the season of the year, it could be due to the type of the boat he was using. It might also be because of personal fear.
Against all skill, experience and knowledge, Peter let down the net as Jesus has said and he caught multitudes of fishes.
Someone here, you are presently operating at the ‘sea shore level’, move a bit further from the shore.

There is the level at which knowledge we have gained in life can help us. There is also the place of experience in life. To succeed beyond this level, one would need absolute faith and total dependence of God.
Someone is here; there is a ‘lake full of fishes’ waiting for you. No one shall be able to compete with you. Those who are presently competing with you will soon come to receive rations from you.

I thought of why was Peter not able to catch any fish throughout the night before. The answers that came to my thought were these:
– It’s either that there were many fishermen at the shallow waters, chasing the fishes away.
– The fishes in the shallow water could simply have become extinct.
– It could be that the fishes have got used to the routine of the fishermen. (Come out at day & hide at night).
– It could just be that Jesus wanted to teach Peter a lifelong lesson.

There is someone here; the ‘deep’ is awaiting you. Leave the ‘land and shore’ for little boys, go for the deep. The deep is an untapped territory, virgin land, full of fishes, but only few will take the risk and the initiative.
You may need to change what you are going now or do the same thing with a different touch, in order to experience the miracle of ‘this is too much’.

Someone here, I hear the Spirit of God says, take that new step and I will surprise you.
Your result will be shocking to even you. May the blessing of multiplication come upon you. When you see your huge harvest, may your testimony be “Father, what have I done to deserve this”?

The bible tells us that the blessings of Abraham passed unto Jacob when Isaac blessed him, but he later ran away from Esau – his brother. To be in the full covenant of Abraham, he had to return to Canaan, but his brother had vowed to kill him 20 years earlier, so he didn’t know what to expect.

With all the family and riches God gave him; he decided to risk going back home. But when he heard that his brother was coming to meet him; he was terrified. He got to a critical point in his life that he had to either go back or move forward. He decided to thrust a bit further. (Gen. 32:9-12).
He prayed to God, so God sent an angel to reassure him, but the mere presence of an angel didn’t satisfy him. Jacob pressed the angel to pronounce blessing on him. After the angel did; Jacob was encouraged and he went forward (Gen. 32:24-31).

For every matter of life there is a critical point of transformation. For water to turn to gas or ice, a critical point must be reached; for rocks to turn to liquid; for wood to turn to coal; etc.
Also for a destiny to turn from ordinary to extraordinary; there must be a critical point. E.g. Elisha the son of Shaphat was when he cried out ‘my father, my father, the chariot of Israel and the horsemen thereof’.

I perceive in my spirit that today marks the critical point in the life of someone here. The power to become extraordinary is coming upon you now. An extraordinary life now begins for you.

To get there to that extraordinary life, you will need a sustained motion; continuous progress and perpetual thrust. Unless you continue, you cannot get there (Elisha refused to stay or go back). He kept telling Elijah, ‘As The Lord lives and that soul live and as thy soul live, I will not leave thee’.

Do something new. Re-invent what you are doing now. Find better ways of doing the same thing. Explore new opportunities. Commit your ways into God’s hands. And see your destiny rise.

May your progress shock you. May those around you stand in awe of you. May people praise your God. Trust a bit further.

Prayers
Father, do not allow my destiny to drag.
Father, do not allow my life to be too weighty to progress.
Father, enable me to thrust forward in life.
Father, let my life enjoy Divine lifting.

The sermon, Thrust A Bit Further, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye, was delivered on September 3, 2017.

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Nothing Shall Be Able To Withstand You, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

Nothing Shall Be Able To Withstand You, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

Text: Joshua 1:1-6 – Now after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord it came to pass, that the Lord spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses servant, saying, Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast. There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.

It is hard for any mortal to be able to step into Moses shoes.
There are 3 levels of ‘servants of God’ – those that call themselves, people call, God calls.
Moses had an impressive and intimidating track record. God called him His servant.
A man that was able to lead over 2 million people, including women, children and the elderlies through the desert over a 40 year period?
The thought of how one will feed such people? Give them drink? Clothing? Shelter from the elements? Cater for their health? Deal with any obstacles that may arise, is scary.
Especially as God called them ‘stiff necked people’?
How can one compare himself to Moses who converse with God as friends and not as Creator vs creature?
If such a man with this incredible record yet had great difficulty with the people, what will someone lesser than him will face?
These are few of the things that would be going on in Joshua’s mind.

So for over 30 days, the Israelites mourned for Moses after they’ve searched for him and couldn’t find him.
Except that God had to speak to Joshua personally, he wouldn’t have seen himself as a candidate to continue with Moses legacy. The words and the promises of God to Joshua gave him the impetus to accept the assignment and the courage needed to carry it out.

Amongst all the words God spoke to Joshua, one sentence stood out for me is.
Joshua 1:5 – There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail the, nor forsake thee.

As I read this verse again and again, I came to a conclusion that if this is the only word that God gave to me for the whole of my life, it’s enough. Four huge promises are embedded in the sentence.
This morning, God asked me to tell His church: “Nothing shall be able to withstand you”.

The word ‘withstand’ means, ‘to stand or hold out against; to resist or oppose, especially successfully. It could also mean, ‘to stop or obstruct the course of something’.
Nothing shall be able to stand against you.
Nothing shall be able to hold out against you.
Nothing shall resist or oppose you successfully.
Nothing shall stop or obstruct your course of movement in life.

When God says ‘nothing’, it could mean one or a combination of these four entities: spirits, persons, situations or circumstances.
– Spirits. They can cause hindrance for a believer.
In Daniel 10:12-13, the Prince of Persia tried to withstand the prayer of Daniel for freedom. It failed. Angel Michael was sent to deal with the spirit, so Angel Gabriel could assure Daniel.
You are in a long fasting regarding something, you have prayed, but you are still confused. God says He has answered. Freedom is coming!
In I Thes. 2:18, Satan himself tried to hinder the gospel work through Paul in Thessalonica. Satan failed. Paul was able to send Timothy to go and strengthen the work.
Every spirit assigned to withstand you shall fail. Whether they are thrones, dominions, powers, principalities, rulers of darkness or wicked spirits in the heavens, they have failed in Jesus name.

– Person(s). Physical enemies can cause hindrances to a believer’s advancement.
The bible tells us how Sanballat, Tobias, the Arabians, the Ashdodites and the Ammonites became objects of hindrance to Nehemiah as he was building the walls and gates of Jerusalem. The people however failed. The whole project was completed in 52 days!
Every physical enemy or group of enemies blocking your path of progress shall be handcuffed, silenced and disgraced by God.
That project you are working on shall be completed.
That business deal shall be signed and executed.
That baby will be born.
That child shall come to his/her senses.
That relationship will blossom again.
Your enemies will be put to shame in Jesus name.

– Situations. There are certain situations that a believer is born into that can affect his/her moving forward.
The children of Israel had been slaves for quite a long time in Egypt, they could not envisage moving forward any longer. The Egyptians were able to withstand them for years. The generation of Moses was born into slavery. That was all they knew. The thought of freedom would have been alien to them.
But one day, they walked free.
You are here, you have been born into a particular negative situation, you are walking free from that situation right now in Jesus name.
May God make a way of escape for you.
May God hearken to your cry and deliver you in Jesus name.

– Circumstance. In life, one’s situation can either change for positive or negative. Things that were not there before can suddenly happen. When it’s negative, it can make one’s advancement to be hindered.
Paul was going to Rome according to God’s word. Tempest and shipwreck tried to stop him; those first failed. After swimming to the shore of Miletus, he was gathering sticks to make fire to warm himself, when a poisonous viper bite him. Everyone that saw it thought the end has come for Paul, yet the viper failed. Paul got to Rome as God has said.

No matter how bad the circumstance that has risen against you; you will reach your destination. You will stand before the Caesars of your time. Not as a prisoner, but as God’s ambassador.

For Joshua to be very confident to lead the Israelites, God said He would be with him as He was with Moses. The question then is, how was God with Moses?

– God used Moses to do great signs and wonders, such as had never been before. So that people looked at Moses as an extraordinary being.
Deuteronomy 34:10-12 – And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, In all the signs and the wonders, which the Lord sent him to do in the land of Egypt to Pharaoh, and to all his servants, and to all his land, And in all that mighty hand, and in all the great terror which Moses shewed in the sight of all Israel.
God later wrought signs and wonders through Joshua as well: Jordan, Jericho, Ai, Valley of Aijalon, etc. May God wrought signs and wonders for you and through you in Jesus name.

– God always defended Moses. Against the mutiny of his elder brother and elder sister; against the coup planned by Korah, Datham, Abiram and 250 princes. Moses did not have to defend himself.
God later defended Joshua from the Gibeonites. Joshua was commanded by God to chase all the inhabitants of Canaan, but the Gibeonites tricked him. Rather than breaking his oath of peace to the Gibeonites and so bring a curse upon Israel, the Gibeonites were turned into their servants (Joshua 9:3-27).
If anyone had tricked you into something to your disadvantage, may God turn such people into hewers of wood for you and fetchers of waters for you in Jesus name.
They thought they were smarter than you, but they will become your servants.

– Moses was never stranded. Be it well before something is needed or at the last minute, there was always a way out. The same was with Joshua. He was never stranded. The city of Ai that proved a bit difficult was later subdued with funny objects.
In all your moves and undertakings, you will not be stranded.
You will not be cornered up.
You will not be pressed against the wall.

– Moses enjoyed a very close relationship with God. They spoke to each other. Joshua was able to enjoy the same privilege.
May you hear from God. May God hear from you. May that frequency not be cut off.

– The dealings of God with Moses were vivid to all.
Exodus 19:19
And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice.
Joshua 4:14
On that day the Lord magnified Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they feared him, as they feared Moses, all the days of his life.
May God demonstrate to all mankind that He is definitely with you. May Jehovah magnify you in the sight of all.

– God showed great mercies and compassion to Moses. When he died, Lucifer thought he could take Moses to Hell because of his error at the Waters of Meribah. But God did not allow it (Jude 1:9).
God also showed great mercies on Joshua. He was asked to chase out all the inhabitants of Canaan and divide the land for the Israelites, but at his death, he had not completed this assignment, in a way, he wasted that anointing (Jos. 13:1-5).
You are here, the Accuser of brethren constantly reminds you of a past error of yours. God says He has had mercy on you. He says, ‘Go and sin no more’.
You will not live a life of regret in Jesus name.

– Moses strength and vigour never failed. He was very agile.
Deuteronomy 34:7
And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.
The same goes for Joshua.
Joshua 24:29
And it came to pass after these things, that Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died, being an hundred and ten years old.
You are still young and you are always tired! May the anointing to reach 110 years come upon you. Your strength shall not fail.
Power that is stronger than stress, might that defy fainting, may God bestow upon you.
You will not run out of energy in Jesus name.

– God made Moses a god over his enemies.
Exodus 7:1 – And the Lord said unto Moses, See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet.
Same was for Joshua.
Joshua 12:24 – The king of Tirzah, one: all the kings thirty and one.
May God make you a god to your enemies. Those you used to be afraid of, may they now be fearful of you. May your enemies bow and do obeisance to you.

What must you do to see the result of this promise?
– Abide in the righteousness of Christ.
– Believe the promise is for you.
– Speak the promise upon yourself.
– Act out your believe. Put your belief and word into action.
Joshua 5:13-14 – And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the Lord am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant?

Angels size differ from ours, yet Joshua was able to confront him, because he was in right standing with God; he believed the promise of God; and he was acting on that belief.
Nothing shall be able to withstand you in Jesus name.

Prayers
Isaiah 54:14-17 – In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.
Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake.
Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.
No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.

The sermon, Nothing Shall Be Able To Withstand You, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye was delivered on August 27, 2017.

 

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Unhindered Advancement, by Brother Tobilola Akintokun

Unhindered Advancement, by Brother Tobilola Akintokun

Our theme for the month of August 2017 is Unhindered Advancement. It is unhindered advancement… because it is unhindered….
Hosea 4 vs 1 and vs 6 – Hear the word of the Lord, you children of Israel, For the Lord has a [legal] case with the inhabitants of the land, Because there is no faithfulness [no steadfast love, no dependability] or loyalty or kindness Or knowledge of God [from personal experience with Him] in the land.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge [of My law, where I reveal My will]. Because you [the priestly nation] have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you from being My priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I will also forget your children.
This afternoon, by the grace of God, we want to explore our perspective of what Jesus did for us…what we believe as believers…
Heb 13 vs 8
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Jesus does not need extra power to sort anything out…everything that needs sorted was sorted.
John 1 vs 16-17 16 For out of His fullness [the superabundance of His grace and truth] we have all received grace upon grace [spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing, favor upon favour, and gift heaped upon gift]. 17 For the Law was given through Moses, but grace [the unearned, undeserved favour of God] and truth came through Jesus Christ.
John 8 vs 32
32 And you will know the truth [regarding salvation], and the truth will set you free [from the penalty of sin].”
John 8 vs 36 36 So if the Son makes you free, then you are unquestionably free.
I want to encourage us….don’t waste time, don’t waste church; Know the truth.

Truth 1…. for Group 1 (Why be born again?)
“God loves you and has a great plan for your life.” John 3:16-18 – 16 “For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] [a]only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Saviour] shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge and condemn the world [that is, to initiate the final judgment of the world], but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 Whoever believes and has decided to trust in Him [as personal Saviour and Lord] is not judged [for this one, there is no judgment, no rejection, no condemnation]; but the one who does not believe [and has decided to reject Him as personal Saviour and Lord] is judged already [that one has been convicted and sentenced], because [b]he has not believed and trusted in the name of the [One and] only begotten Son of God [the One who is truly unique, the only One of His kind, the One who alone can save him].

Why did Jesus come to the world? John 10:10 gives us the reason that Jesus came to the world; –10 The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].
God created us to have fellowship with Him. However, Man brought sin into the world, and as a result is separated from God.
God introduced the Law and this introduction made humanity aware of what sin is…i.e. God created a standard. This standard was more of God than criteria for Man… The law demonstrated how far we are to God in holiness and righteousness!
As we are contaminated by sin and we are therefore separated from God, it means we can’t fellowship with God. No Fellowship with God means no clarity of life purpose…..

If you don’t believe in Jesus, you cannot know God’s great plan for your life….i.e. you will struggle to have clarity about your life (here and after life on earth) ” Romans 3:23 states, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 6:23 adds, “The wages of sin is death.”
“Jesus Christ is God’s only provision for our sin. Through Jesus Christ, we can have our sins forgiven and restore a right relationship with God.” Romans 5:8 shares, “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
1 Corinthians 15 vs 3-4
For I passed on to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to [that which] the Scriptures [foretold], 4 and that He was buried, and that He was [bodily] raised on the third day according to [that which] the Scriptures [foretold],
(John 14:6). 6 Jesus said to him, “[a]I am the [only] Way [to God] and the [real] Truth and the [real] Life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.
“We must place our faith in Jesus Christ as Saviour to receive the gift of salvation and know God’s wonderful plan for our lives.”
In John 1:12 we read, 12 But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the right [the authority, the privilege] to become children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name—
What do I need to be saved…? Acts 16:31 teaches, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” Salvation comes through grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone (Ephesians 2:8-9). 8 For it is by grace [God’s remarkable compassion and favour drawing you to Christ] that you have been saved [actually delivered from judgment and given eternal life] through faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [not through your own effort], but it is the [undeserved, gracious] gift of God; 9 not as a result of [your] works [nor your attempts to keep the Law], so that no one will [be able to] boast or take credit in any way [for his salvation].
Are you willing to place your faith in Jesus Christ as your Saviour and receive this free gift of eternal life? If so, do it now.
Only Jesus can save you. Only Jesus can save you. “Almighty God, I realize I am a sinner separated from you. I can never reach heaven by my own good deeds. But you have made provision for my sin. Right now, I place my faith in Jesus Christ as God’s Son who died for my sins and rose from the dead to give me eternal life. Please forgive me of my sins and help me to live for you. Thank you for accepting me and giving me eternal life.”

Group 2 Assurance of Salvation
You are either a believer or you are not a believer…. (FACT) unfortunately, there is usually a 3rd category the “unsure” most of the time this is a result of what you hear ….
Yes, faith without works is dead. It is very important for you to know this… Works does not justify you, it does not make you righteous but it is an evidence of what and who you…Believe
John 10 vs 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.
Jesus saved you and Satan took you back? The word of God says this is not possible.
Romans 8 1-3 Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2For in Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life has set you free from the law of sin and death. 3For what the Law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful man, as an offering for sin. He thus condemned sin in the flesh…
John 10 vs 27- 29 My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me. 28I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father who has given them to Me is greater than all. No one can snatch them out of My Father’s hand
Hebrews 2:14 – Therefore, since the children have flesh and blood, He too shared in their humanity, so that by His death He might destroy him who holds the power of death, that is, the devil,
Hebrews 2:17 – So He had to be made like His brothers in every way, that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, in order to make atonement for the sins of the people.
Please know this……All angles were covered for your salvation!! God planned it without leaving room for doubt.
2 Corinthians 5:21 – God made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.
Romans 10 vs 5-10 – 5 For Moses writes that the man who practices the righteousness which is based on law [with all its intricate demands] shall live by it. 6 But the righteousness based on faith [which produces a right relationship with Him] says the following: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into Heaven?’ that is, to bring Christ down; 7 or, ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’ that is, to bring Christ up from the dead [as if we had to be saved by our own efforts, doing the impossible].” 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”—that is, the word [the message, the basis] of faith which we preach— 9 because if you acknowledge and confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord [recognizing His power, authority, and majesty as God], and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart a person believes [in Christ as Saviour] resulting in his justification [that is, being made righteous—being freed of the guilt of sin and made acceptable to God]; and with the mouth he acknowledges and confesses [his faith openly], resulting in and confirming [his] salvation.
If you are not sure of your salvation and have been having doubts I pray today that from today Jesus remove you from the “unsure” camp to the camp of the saints in Jesus name!!!

Group 3 – Believers
Now in this Knowledge …. You should know that you have an unhindered advancement because your advancement is unhindered….
… Your advancement is unhindered …go, go, go.
My advancement is unhindered …. say it….and keep confessing it and I pray, that ability comes alive in you today in Jesus name!!
Again please think about this, If something can’t hinder Jesus, how can it hinder you?
Yes, you are not Jesus but….
If you are in Jesus you absolutely need to know the truth about being in Jesus … you need to know the truth about everything that comes in the package as well as eternal life… so that the life here is full/ abundant/ effective. Fruit bearing…… and you also have your name written in the book of life.
Remember, if challenges of life cannot drown Jesus it cannot drown you…
John 8 vs 36 – So if the Son makes you free, then you are unquestionably free.
John 1 vs 15-17 15 John testified [repeatedly] about Him and [e]has cried out [testifying officially for the record, with validity and relevance], “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me [f]has a higher rank than I and has priority over me, for He existed before me.’” 16 For out of His fullness [the superabundance of His grace and truth] we have all received grace upon grace [spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing, favour upon favour, and gift heaped upon gift]. 17 For the Law was given through Moses, but grace [the unearned, undeserved favour of God] and truth came through Jesus Christ.

Salvation plus – an all-inclusive package
…. The same faith that you received salvation by is the same faith that unlocks the truth….
Being saved is a bigger miracle than raising the dead because Salvation leads to eternal life and is salvation from eternal death.
So, …. The same faith that you received salvation by is the same faith that unlocks the truth about anything else you are facing that seems to want to pretend that they are bigger than they actually are….
Do you believe that you are in Jesus, do you believe in Jesus as Lord and saviour?
Don’t let this year go without knowing the truth about all that Jesus has already offered you at the same time he died for your sin(s).
Remember, If I am in Jesus I need to know the truth about being in Jesus …
If challenges of life cannot drown Jesus it cannot drown me…
It is impossible for circumstances to overcome Jesus, so if I am in Jesus my life reflects the finished work of Christ which makes it impossible for circumstances to overcome me.
As a believer, you should be sharing this truth too….Hebrews 5:12Amplified Bible (AMP)
12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers [because of the time you have had to learn these truths], you actually need someone to teach you again the elementary principles of God’s word [from the beginning], and you have come to be continually in need of milk, not solid food.
An example of what is in the package is unhindered advancement…
1 john 5 vs 13-15 13 I have written these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life. 14And this is the confidence that we have before Him: If we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we already possess what we have asked of Him.
Don’t want us to waste time, don’t want us to waste church; Know the truth.
Philippians 2 vs 12-13 12 So then, my dear ones, just as you have always obeyed [my instructions with enthusiasm], not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence, continue to work out your salvation [that is, cultivate it, bring it to full effect, actively pursue spiritual maturity] with awe-inspired fear and trembling [using serious caution and critical self-evaluation to avoid anything that might offend God or discredit the name of Christ]. 13 For it is [not your strength, but it is] [c]God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work [that is, strengthening, energizing, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfill your purpose] for His good pleasure.
Philippians 3 vs 8-12 – 8 But more than that, I count everything as loss compared to the priceless privilege and supreme advantage of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord [and of growing more deeply and thoroughly acquainted with Him—a joy unequalled]. For His sake I have lost everything, and I consider it all garbage, so that I may gain Christ, 9 and may be found in Him [believing and relying on Him], not having any righteousness of my own derived from [my obedience to] the Law and its rituals, but [possessing] that [genuine righteousness] which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 And this, so that I may know Him [experientially, becoming more thoroughly acquainted with Him, understanding the remarkable wonders of His Person more completely] and [in that same way experience] the power of His resurrection [which overflows and is active in believers],
and [that I may share] the fellowship of His sufferings, by being continually conformed [inwardly into His likeness even] to His death [dying as He did]; 11 [d]so that I may attain to the resurrection [that will raise me] from the dead.
12 Not that I have already obtained it [this goal of being Christlike] or have already been made perfect, but I actively press on [e]so that I may take hold of that [perfection] for which Christ Jesus took hold of me and made me His own.

Prayer: is in Ephesians 1 vs 17 and 18 because we need it, when we have it, everything else will be in perspective….
17 and asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in your knowledge of Him.
18 I ask that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened,

The sermon, Unhindered Advancement, by Brother Tobilola Akintokun, was delivered on August 20, 2017.

 

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Your Set Time To Be Favoured Has Come, by Pastor (Mrs) Anthonia Obafaiye

Your Set Time To Be Favoured Has Come, by Pastor (Mrs) Anthonia Obafaiye

Text: Psalm 102:13 – ‘Thou shalt arise and have mercy upon Zion, for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.’
The month of August 2017 has been declared a month of Unhindered Advancement by God Almighty through His prophet as inspired by the Holy Spirit.
The Wikipedia Dictionary defines the word Unhindered as ‘not obstructed, not slowed or blocked or interfered with’.
The word Advancement is defined as ‘the process of promoting a cause or plan; a development or improvement, progress, growth, improvement, advance, expansion, extension, making a headway, etc.’
Isaiah 54: 2-3 says ‘Enlarge the place of thy tent and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations, spare not, lengthen thy cords and strengthen thy stakes’.

Brethren, God Almighty is saying to someone here today that He will arise and show mercy to you, for your set time to be favoured has come.
The set time for you to move forward, for enlargement, for promotion, for unhindered advancement has come in Jesus in Jesus mighty name.
Psalm 30:5 says ‘weeping might endure in the night but joy comes in the morning’. Your time to rejoice has come in Jesus name.
Psalm 23:5-6 says ‘Thou prepareth a table before me in the presence of mine enemies, thou anointed my head with oil, my cup runneth over. Surely goodness & mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever’.
He says he will make you to advance unhindered and there is nothing anyone or the enemy can do about it because He is in charge, who can battle with The Lord of Hosts, no one, He is the matchless God, if He be for us who can be against us, No one.

Brethren God is not a man that He should lie neither is He the son of man that He should repent, when He says a thing, He does it, when he speaks a thing, he makes it good.
He is saying to someone here today, you have stayed long on this mountain move forward, I am with you, do not be afraid, launch out and I will give you unhindered advancement. (Deuteronomy 1:6)
Brethren the spirt of Kadesh Barnea is a spirit that makes a man or woman go around in circles, it is the spirit that caused the children of Israel to walk around in the wilderness for 40 years, a journey that was supposed to take them 40 days, but because they refused to move forward by obeying God’s simple instructions, they walked around the wilderness aimlessly until they all dropped dead in the wilderness. It was only their children (Joshua, Caleb and their descendants) who were the ones that advanced into the promised land because Joshua and Caleb believed in Jehovah and obeyed his instructions to moved forward and Jehovah grant them advancement into the promised land unhindered, victoriously and triumphantly.
The spirit of Kadesh Barnea is the spirit of almost getting there but never getting there, it is not our portion in Jesus name.

Brethren, please come with me to the Book of Genesis 26:1-13 emphasis on verses 12-13.
Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundred fold and the Lord blessed him. And the man waxed great and went forward and grew until he became very (exceedingly) great.
Brethren the Bible says in Job 5:22, that at destruction and famine we will laugh.
Job 22:29 ‘When men are cast down then thou shalt say, there is lifting up and he shall save the humble person’.
The weather or seasons do not answer to us or to our situations or circumstances but they answer to the word of God, because God is the Creator of everything seen and unseen.

God advanced Isaac unhindered because he took heed to the instructions and commandments of God, the Bible says he waxed great and went forward and he grew (from glory to glory, unhindered advancement) until he became exceedingly great, so much so, that a whole nation began to envy one man (Genesis 26:16).
May men envy you by reason of what Jehovah will do in your life.
May they come to the light of Jehovah in your life.
May they seek to know and serve Jehovah because of His Glory upon your lives in Jesus name.

Our second example is Joseph the 11th son of Jacob. Please we can read up his account from the Book of Genesis Chapters 38-44. As Bible scholars we must study to show ourselves approved, a workman that need not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

His story is a very interesting story, an account of how faithfulness in the things of God pays.
His Father Jacob loved him, I believe because he was a son bore to him in his old age by his favourite wife Rachel, he was a son that listened to and obeyed instruction and so Jacob made him a coat of many colours and this caused his Brothers to dis-like him, as if this was not enough he began to tell them the dreams he had regarding how his brothers were bowing to him and this infuriated them and one day they planned to kill him but for the mercies of God, because God had a Divine purpose for his life, He was destined for greatness, he was raised by God to go ahead to preserve lives including that of his family.

He was eventually sold into slavery to a man called Potiphar, an Officer of Pharaoh, Captain of the Guard, an Egyptian; he bought Joseph from the hands of the Ishmaelite’s.
The Bible says in Genesis 39:2-3 ‘- And the Lord was with Joseph and he was a prosperous man. (A slave a prosperous man) and his Master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all that he did to prosper in his hand, his Master made him the overseer of his whole household.
But one day Potiphar’s wife cast her eyes on Joseph, she made evil advances to him which he rejected and fled from, but the woman accused Joseph of taking advantage of her and he was thrown into prison by his master.
The Bible says Joseph was put in the section of the prison where the King’s prisoners were bound, and God showed him mercy and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison and he put him in charge.

Brethren, one day God Himself arose for the sake of Joseph for his set time to be greatly favoured had come, the day of his showing, pay day as it were and God caused Pharaoh to have a dream that troubled him and all the magicians, soothsayers and astrologers in the land of Egypt could not interpret the dream.
Suddenly the King’s Butler who used to be in the same prison with Joseph remembered that he and the King’s Baker had a dream and Joseph interpreted the dreams and it came to pass as Joseph foretold it.
Pharaoh summoned for Joseph and by the wisdom of God he interpreted the dream of Pharaoh and this lead to his promotion and unhindered advancement.

Suddenly the man that was sentenced to death for no just cause, eventually sold into slavery, became an illegal immigrant, sent to prison for a crime he did not commit, became a Prime Minister in a foreign land, Pharaoh said to him only on this throne, am I greater, no one lifts a finger in Egypt except you command it.

Brethren it is only Jehovah the God of heaven and earth that can give a man un-hindered advancement. In 1 Samuel 2:7-8 ‘The Lord maketh poor and maketh rich, he bringeth low and lifteth up. He raiseth up the poor out of the dust and lifteth up the beggar from the dung hill, to put them among princes and to make them inherit the throne of glory, for the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s and he hath set the world upon them’.

What can stop us from having unhindered advancement?
1. Sin (Potiphar’s Bed)
2. Disobedience
3. The spirit of lukewarm-ness (He is God let him do as He pleases, a place of being in-different, the word of God does not move us or touch us anymore)
4. Doubt/unbelief, a double standard man/woman cannot receive anything from the Lord. Our faith in God must be up-wavering.

Everlasting Father’s Assembly, may the Lord give you of the dew of heaven and the fatness of the earth and plenty of corn and wine.
May He cause people to serve you, may He curse everyone that curses you and bless everyone that blesses you in Jesus Mighty name.

Prayer
My Father, My Father by your grace and mercy I will advance un-hindered, I will move forward, I will make progress in you from Glory to Glory in you in Jesus name.

The sermon, Your Set Time To Be Favoured Has Come, by Pastor (Mrs) Anthonia Obafaiye, was delivered on August 13, 2017