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The Faith That Makes Whole, by Pastor (Mrs) Anthonia Obafaiye

The Faith That Makes Whole, by Pastor (Mrs) Anthonia Obafaiye

Text: Matthew 15:22-28

Here we find an account of a very remarkable woman I must say, some Bible versions referred to her as the Greek woman, the Syrophoenician woman, or a woman from Canaan. She was not a Hebrew woman but she was a gentile, she had heard about Jesus, the Son of the Most High God, the Son of David, the Saviour, the Deliverer, the Great Healer, the Help of the Helpless, the Lord of Host, the Solution Carrier, the Burden Bearer, The Alpha & the Omega, the Beginning & the End, the Everlasting Father, the One that has never lost a battle before. Brethren that same Jesus is here today in our midst and He has come to bless us in Jesus name.

I know she knew the Lord because when she got to where Jesus and His disciples were, she cried out to the Lord, she called Him by His name, O Lord, thou Son of David, have mercy upon me for my daughter is grievously vexed with the devil. (Romans 10:17).

Hebrew 11:6 makes us to understand that without faith it is impossible to please God, for whomsoever cometh to Him, must believe that He is and He is the rewarder of those who diligently seek him.

I have come to announce to someone here today that just like every product in shops has a shelf life & expiring date every problem has an expiring date, the Bible says in Proverbs 23:18 ‘surely there is an end to everything and the expectations of the righteous shall not be cut off’.

All your expectations of the Lord will not be cut off in Jesus name.

Luke 1:45 says: ‘And blessed is she that believed, for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord’. Expectation is the mother of manifestation.

Today we will be considering the characteristics of this woman’s faith, in other word’s what moved Jesus to recognise that this woman had a great faith.

The Bible makes us to understand that if we have faith as small as a mustard seed, mountains before us will move (Matthew 17:20).

  • She knew the Lord Jesus; even though she was not a Hebrew woman (a born-again Christian as it were in our present day) she also believed He could make her daughter whole. The story of Rehab, she said to Joshua & the spies, ‘the fear of your God has fallen upon us, because we have heard how He dealt with your enemies the Egyptians, how He drown them in the Red Sea, we know He has given you this city, but please promise me that you will spare I and my household because I have showed you kindness’) Joshua 2:9-14

  • She went to the right person, she sought help from the Creator Himself (the manufacturers manual) the solution carrier, the help of the helpless.

  • She went straight to the point of the reason why she sought Jesus. She did not beat about the bush, or tell long stories. She was in the right place at the right time. The Bible says that Jesus departed into the coasts of Tyre & Sidon, just maybe he came because of that woman, and maybe he is passing by the Land of mercy because of someone here today.

  • She was persistent in her asking, she was not put off, even when Jesus referred to her as a dog. Even when Jesus told her that her time had not come yet, she was still persistent, her faith was able to move Jesus to go into time and He fast forwarded the time, so her daughter would be made whole.

  • Her faith was mixed with praise & worship. Psalm 100: 4 ‘Enter into his gates with thanking signing and His courts with praise, be thankful unto him and bless His name.

Brethren, I don’t know what you might be going through, but I bring a word to encourage you today, please don’t give up on your dreams, don’t give up on that child, or marriage, business, or course work, help is on the way for you, the Good Lord is sending help to you from Zion, He has seen your tears, He has had your prayers, he has accepted your burnt offerings concerning these issues you are going through. He will roll away your reproach amongst men in Jesus name.

That’s what the love of a Mother can do, it does not matter how far, or how difficult the journey is, a Mother would go to the end of the earth just to make sure that her children are ok.

May our faith in God bring wholeness to every area of your lives in Jesus name.

Prayers

Prayers: Father in the name of Jesus strengthen my faith in you.

Father the grace to be thankful at all times, make available to me.

Father let every area of my life receive your wholeness.

The sermon, The Faith That Makes Whole, by Pastor (Mrs) Anthonia Obafaiye was delivered on the occasion of Mother’s Day 2017 on March 26th, 2017.

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Newness of Life, by Sister Believe Ohioma

Newness of Life, by Sister Believe Ohioma

Bible text: Romans 6:4-6 – For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism.  And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the father, now we also may live new lives.  Since we have been united with him in his death, we also be raised to life as he was.  We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives.  We are no longer slaves to sin.

Introduction: For one to experience a newness of life, it means there must have been an old life one was living in.  Newness of life means we should be dead to sin.  If we are dead to sin, we are therefore not supposed to live in sin any longer.  Newness of life means that we are no longer slaves to sin.

Case Study: Life of Paul

*Reason to have the newness of life 

# Christ died for us to have this newness of life as was shown in the main passage for the message.  As Christ was raised from the dead, we now also may live new lives.

# We are to walk in this newness of life because it is our choice to partner with God.  Being God’s partner is the best relationship anyone can ever have whereby we have the advantage of sanctification and end goal of eternal life

Romans 6:22 – But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God.  Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life.

*How to experience this newness of life

# We have to die to sin (Romans 6:11) and be buried just like Christ was and we can do this through baptism.  Until you are dead to this sin, you can’t expect to walk in the newness of life. Even after dying to sin in Christ, it is Christ that lives this new life in us and through us

Galatians 2:20 – I am crucified in Christ nevertheless I live yet not I but Christ lives in me..

# We need to have an encounter with God.  Like Paul did on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:1-31). This encounter transforms one from a sinner to a saint.

Having a true encounter is key.  No need to shout it out cause everything about you shows this

2 Corinthians 5:17 – If a man be in Christ He is a new creature old things are passed behold all things are new.

When you have this encounter, you know who you are having the encounter with just like Saul/Paul did.

Acts 9:5 – When Jesus asked him Saul why are you persecuting me and Saul replied “who art thou LORD”?  He didn’t need to be told who the Lord is.

*Living/walking in the newness of life

# We have to be in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17

# It requires a walk. Not to be stagnant but be in motion.  Walk in faith and dominion.  And we are to live as people of light (Ephesians 5:8).

# Get understanding of this new life.

Proverbs 4:7 KJV – Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom and with all they getting get understanding.

Until you truly understand this new life, you will never fully walk in it.

# Avoid unbelief.  Don’t doubt that you are actually walking in this new life.

# Get good association/avoid bad association.

(Evil Communication corrupts good manners 1 Corinthians 15:18.

# Avoid distractions/pray for grace to manage certain distractions: sin, school, business, work, busy schedule (Psalm 119:15 we are to meditate on God’s precepts and fix our eyes on his ways). Phillipians 4:8.

# We have to set our eyes on things above and put to death our earthly desires.  Colossians 3:1-17.  Things like sexual immorality, uncleanliness, passion, evil desire, greed, wrath, anger, malice, blasphemy and filthy language. Nail our passions and sinful desires to the cross (Galatians 5:24)

# Resolve to live and work and breath in this newness of life. (Philippians 2:12 work out our salvation with fear and trembling). Not forgetting the power and the essence of the Holy Spirit.

Conclusion: There is no better way to walk in life than to walk in this newness of life because it brings about a transformation in our lives and it is essential for us as we sojourn through this earth on our journey to eternal life with Christ.

The sermon, Newness of Life, by Sister Believe Ohioma was delivered at the Special Youth Service on March 19, 2017.

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Is Obedience Better Than Sacrifice? by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

Is Obedience Better Than Sacrifice? by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

Text: I Samuel 15: 22 – And Samuel said, “Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams

Introduction

The sentence in the biblical text above was spoken by Prophet Samuel to King Saul.

Though Samuel told Saul that God wanted him to utterly destroy all that the Amalekites had, but Saul spared the fat rams and fat oxen. It was God Himself that instituted the ordinance of sacrifice from the Garden of Eden as a way of worship to Him, and for atonement of sin; which He later issued as a command to Moses. So can God resist the sweet odours coming from fat sacrifices? Was Samuel right?

What is obedience?

  • Compliance with an order, request, or law or submission to another’s authority. (Oxford)

  • Doing, or willing to do, what you have been told to do by someone in authority. (Cambridge)

Who should I obey?

  • God

Deut. 11:1 (RSV) – You shall therefore love the LORD your God, and keep his charge, his statutes, his ordinances, and his commandments always

  • Biological Parents

Colossians 3: 20 (KJV) – Children, obey [your] parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.

  • Spiritual Leaders

Hebrew 13: 17 (NLT) – Obey your spiritual leaders, and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls, and they are accountable to God.

  • Elders

I Peter 5:5 (KJV) – Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

  • Rulers

Romans 13: 1 (GWT) – Every person should obey the government in power. No government would exist if it hadn’t been established by God. The governments which exist have been put in place by God.

  • Your own husband

Ephes. 5: 22 (GWT) – Wives, place yourselves under your husbands’ authority as you have placed yourselves under the Lord’s authority.

Why should I obey them?

  • God – For blessings (Example Abraham)

Deut. 28: 1-2 (ERV) – Now, if you will be careful to obey the Lord your God and follow all his commands that I tell you today, the Lord your God will put you high above all the nations on earth. 2 If you will obey the Lord your God, all these blessings will come to you and be yours:

  • Biological Parents – For long life and to please God (Example Isaac)

Exodus 20:12 (KJV) – Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

  • Spiritual Leaders – For prosperity and success (Example Widow in 2 Kgs 4:1-7).

2 Chro. 20: 20 (KJV) – And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper

  • Elders – To avoid errors (Example Rehoboam)

I Kgs. 12: 14 (KJV) – And spoke to them after the counsel of the young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy, and I will add to your yoke: my father also chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.

  • Rulers – To avoid punishment (Example Obed-Edom)

Rom 13: 2 (ESV) – Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment

  • Husband – To win him for Christ and to obey God (Example Elizabeth)

I Peter 3:1 (KJV) – Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;

What is sacrifice?

  • The offering of animal, plant, or human life or of some material possession to a deity, as in propitiation or homage.

  • The surrender or destruction of something prized or desirable for the sake of something considered as having a higher or more pressing claim.

Types of sacrifice

  • Old Testament – Meal offering; Peace offering; Burnt offering ; Sin offering ; Trespass offering ; Tithes ; Duties.

  • New Testament – First fruit offering; Thanksgiving offering; Vows ; Love offering ; Praise & Worship; Tithes; Duties.

Why is obedience better than sacrifice?

  • While sacrifice seeks to appease God and make one acceptable; obedience already achieves these purposes (Mt. 21: 28-32) – parable of two sons.

  • While sacrifices are meant to re-enact the intermittent breaks in relationship with God; obedience guarantees a continuous intimacy with Him.

Benefits of Obedience – Abraham

  • Become a friend of God

  • Become holy as God

  • Earthly blessings

  • Eternal rest

Why do men prefer sacrifice than obedience?

  • They think it will make up for their personal in-adequacies

  • They may think they are doing God a favour

  • It gives a hypocritical impression that such people are godly

2 sacrifices God will not refuse

  • A broken and a contrite heart (Genuine repentance).

Psalms 51: 16-17

For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart —
These, O God, You will not despise

  • Body presented as a living sacrifice (Life of holiness).

Rom 12: 1 – I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 

The sermon, Is Obedience Better Than Sacrifice? by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye, was delivered on March 12, 2017

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Your Level Will Change For Better This Year, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

Your Level Will Change For Better This Year, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

Level is this wise is to mean a position on a scale of amount, quantity, extent, strength, measure or quality. Almost everything in life has a scale for measurement. Weight, height, depth, width, even air, fire, noise, etc. has a scale to measure them.

The life of man can be put on various scales of measurement too. Whether the scale is standard or subjective is another thing, but there are scales we try to fit any life into.

On such scales, we all occupy different levels, which could be as a result of time, our prevailing circumstances, our background, our past efforts, favours we receive, etc.

This morning, I speak the word of prophecy into the life of someone here today, that your level will change for better this year.

Basically, three things can happen to someone’s level on any given scale:

Below the scale which I called abnormal;

Around and about the scale which I called normal;

Or above the scale which I called supernormal.

For example, someone that wants to win a gold medal in 100m Men in Olympics. If his personal best record is 12sec, it’s abnormal, because it’s below the winning scale. If his personal best is 10sec it’s normal. But if it’s personal best is 9sec, that supernormal (exceeding, beyond normal, exceptional).

– There is someone here; God will promote you to the level of supernormal in this year.

Most of us just live normal lives, while there is nothing wrong with that, I want to let us know that there is a higher level we can still get to.

There’s a higher level than where you are now.

One of my best verses in the bible is Mt. 5:16, Jesus told the disciples that their light must so shine and not just simply shine. The emphasis was on so, which means they must exceptionally shine.

Matthew 5:16

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

– Again I pray for you, may your level be raised for better in this year 2017.

At a point in the lives of the children of Israel, they became slaves in the land of Egypt. The Egyptians made them to serve in pain and hardship. They were made to do tasks that are very difficult and the Egyptians made sure they complied.

It got to a point where God could not watch this anymore, so He sent Moses to let them know their level was about to change from slaves to freeborn.

Exodus 3:7-8

And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.

At this time, the Israelites’ level was abnormal: afflicted, task bearers, full of sorrows. God however change their level to supernormal. He made them to have:

– A good land

– Large land (overcrowded Goshen) from 70 people, after 430 years, they were 2 million.

– land flowing with milk and honey

– The heritage of six nations given to one nation.

– There is someone listening to me, I hear that your ‘Goshen’ is now overcrowded. It has served you well in the past, now a better level awaits you. God will grant you a better, larger and sweeter inheritance in Jesus name.

Did God take the Israelites to the Promised Land as He promised? Yes He did. He will take you to yours as well in Jesus name.

In I Chro. 4: 1-30; the bible began to list the genealogy of Judah. Those who gave birth to who in Judah. But when it got to verses 9-10, the bible took a paused to give an account of a man whom God changed his level for better.

Jabez was born alongside these many non-achievers which was normal for his time, worse than that though, the name given to him by his mother was interpreted as ‘sorrow’, which would have made life very abnormal for him.

From that lowest ebb, Jabez cried to God, and Jehovah changed his level to supernormal, as he became more honourable than the men of his time.

1 Chronicles 4:9-10

And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow. And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.

– There is someone here; God will make you to be more honourable than your brethren. Your level will go higher than those that have gone ahead of you.

May God will bless you indeed.

He will enlarge your coast.

Jehovah’s hand will be with you not against you.

God will keep you from evil.

No evil will grieve you.

The bible tells us that Joseph was the favourite child of Jacob – their father. He was enjoying special favours from home. His brothers however conspired against him and his level in life got worse and worse.

One fateful day though, God transformed Joseph’s level from abnormal to supernormal. Just like today is the day God will transform the life of someone here from abnormal or normal to supernormal in Jesus name.

Genesis 41:9-14

Then spake the chief butler unto Pharaoh, saying, I do remember my faults this day: Pharaoh was wroth with his servants, and put me in ward in the captain of the guard’s house, both me and the chief baker: And we dreamed a dream in one night, I and he; we dreamed each man according to the interpretation of his dream. And there was there with us a young man, an Hebrew, servant to the captain of the guard; and we told him, and he interpreted to us our dreams; to each man according to his dream he did interpret. And it came to pass, as he interpreted to us, so it was; me he restored unto mine office, and him he hanged. Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon: and he shaved himself, and changed his raiment, and came in unto Pharaoh.

Some of the things that disqualified Joseph to stand before the king as an adviser were mentioned by the Butler in the above passage: He was a young man. He was a Hebrew. He was a servant to the captain of the guard and he was in prison.

Guess what, the king was so trouble that he bye-passed them all.

– There is someone listening to me, God will put aside your age, your nationality and your present social class and make you to be appointed unto an unimaginable level this year.

– There is another person, you will be at the centre of a hasty decision by your superiors, but it will end well for you.

The bible makes us to know that Elisha was called to prophet hood service towards the end of Elijah’s ministry. He probably served Elijah diligently for about three years. Not long of a service compared to sons of prophet who were either born into it or have served from their childhood.

At the final moment when Elijah would be taken away by God, Elisha realised it was a defining moment for his destiny, so he was determined to receive double of the grace of God upon Elijah.

And so it happened that Elisha received the double portion of the anointing of God upon Elijah’s life, so that with just three years of service as a servant of Elijah, he became the Father of all prophets in Israel and Father to the kings around him.

2 Kings 2:12-15

And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces. He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan; And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the Lord God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over. And when the sons of the prophets which were to view at Jericho saw him, they said, The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha. And they came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him.

– There is someone here, in comparison to your contemporaries, your year of service is smaller, God is however prepared to promote you above the rest of them.

Those who had been doing what you have just started will come and bow to you.

God asked me to say to someone ‘I will make you a father to leaders of your time’.

Time will not permit me to talk about Esther, who entered the competition to become King Ahasuerus’ wife. Within a year, her level rose from just a little foreign girl in Persia to that of the Queen Royal.

The same thing happened for her uncle as well. From working as a gatekeeper at the king’s palace, within 24 hours, Mordecai became the most powerful official in the whole of Persia.

– In this year 2017, may your level change for better in Jesus name.

Hindrances to higher level

1. Sin (murmur)

Num. 14:26-45

2. Unbelief

Num. 13: 31-33

3. Fear

Num. 14: 1-4

4. Laziness/Complacency/Procrastination

Prov 26:13; 22:13

Requirements for higher level (Elisha as a case study)

1. You must desire it

2 Kings 2: 9

2. Be determined

2 Kings 2: 2,4,6,8

3. Be dedicated to the cause

2 Kings 2:10-12

4. Pray for it

2 Kings 2: 13-15.

How many here desire a higher level in life? Are you determined to see it happen? Be dedicated to the cause and pray for it. May it happen for you in Jesus name.

Prayers

  1. Father, I have stayed at this level for so long, move me higher.

  2. Father, in this year 2017, let my situation get better.

  3. Father, amongst your supernormal beings, count me to be one of them.

The sermon Your Level Will Change For Better This Year, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye was delivered on March 5, 2017.