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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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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

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Loose Him And Let Him Go! by Pastor (Mrs) Anthonia Obafaiye

Loose Him And Let Him Go! by Pastor (Mrs) Anthonia Obafaiye

The Theme of the month of April 2017 is Amazing Ascension as spoken by God through His Prophet and I perceive in my spirit that God is setting someone here free in Jesus name. The Bible says in the BK of John 8: 36 that whosoever the Son of man sets free is free indeed.

The Bible yet again says in the Book of Isaiah 49: 24- 25 that even the lawful captives, The Lord sets free, so in other words there is nothing too difficult for our God who sits in heaven and does as He pleases to do. With Him all things are possible.

The month of April is the 4th month of the year, on the fourth day of creation, the physical universe was completed. I believe the number 4 is derived from its place in creation because the physical universe was established and set in motion on the 4th day of the creation week.

4 is a number of completions and I decree that The Good Lord will perfect and complete all that concerns you in Jesus name.

The Bible makes us to understand that on the 3rd day after Jesus death, (on a Sunday like this) over 2000 years ago, that Jesus the Son of The Most High God rose from the dead and He is alive And reigns forever more. He is the Resurrection and Life and the Bible says whomsoever believes in Him will have life and have it in abundance.

Our main Bible passage will be taken from the Book of John 11: 1- 46

The Bible makes us to understand that there was a family that our Lord Jesus loved so much Mary (The Bk of Matt. 26: 7-13) this was the lady with the alabaster of expensive ointment that anointed Jesus with this ointment and wiped our Lord’s feet with her tears and hair) and Jesus Himself testified that wherever the gospel is preached that she will be remembered for this thing she did and this was the first woman to also see Jesus after he had resurrected, Martha and Lazarus.

It came to pass that Lazarus one day, fell sick and a message was sent unto Jesus by his sisters that the one He loved was sick and when Jesus heard this he said ‘This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.

So Brethren when we find ourselves in some situations that we begin to wonder, Oh whom have I offended, why am I passing through this, ah this is too much for me to bear, has it ever occurred to us that maybe God wants to glorify Himself through that situation.

The Bible yet again made us to understand that Jesus abode two days in the same place where he was, sometimes we desire that The Lord should answer us now, not knowing that God’s time is the best and that He makes everything beautiful in His own time.

And when Jesus got to Bethany He found out that Lazarus had been in the grave for four days.

Humanly speaking all hope was lost for Lazarus, he would have been stinking, rigor Morris would have set in (stiffening of the muscles & joints of a body few hours after date, usually lasting from one to four days) His sisters had accepted their fate, for them they thought the battle was over, they had believed in their hearts that they will see their Brother on the Resurrection morning. But divinely speaking the battle had just begun because it is not yet over until God says it is over. Jesus is our only Hope of Glory, with Him all things are possible, He is the Resurrection and Life, He is the Rock that can never fail. When He says Yes no one can say No. When He opens the Door no one can shut.

The Bible says in the Bk of Hebrews 4: 15

For we have not an High Priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

The Bible says that when Jesus saw Mary, Martha and Jews weeping He was moved with compassion and He also wept and groaned in the spirit and was troubled and He asked where they had laid him and they took Him to Lazarus’s grave.

And the Bible makes us to believe that when death met with the one that created it, death bowed to his creator.

I prophesy to someone here that whatsoever seems dead in your life or is about to die in your life receives the life of Jesus now in Jesus name. I decree that whatsoever situation that seems hopeless in your life, so much so that people around you have written you off and have begun to say where is the God that you serve, will receives the life of Jesus today in Jesus name. I have come to announce to someone here today that Jesus is your only Hope of Glory and he died so that ye might have life and have it in abundance, He became poor so that ye might be rich, He paid the price that no one else could pay over you and I.

The Bible says that Jesus cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth and he that was dead came forth bound hand and foot with grave clothes and his face was bound with a napkin. Jesus said unto them, “Loose him and let him go”!.

How do you explain this miracle, a man dead and buried for four days (The Bible says his sister Martha said Lord by this time he stinketh), he was bound hand and foot, yet he came forth alive. Our God is a glorious God, He is a miracle Worker, there is no searching to His understanding indeed.

Brethren the Bible makes us to understand in the BK of Ezekiel 37: 1- 14 that Prophet Ezekiel was taken in the spirit by God Almighty to the Valley of dry bones and after a demonstration of God’s power the dry bones became an exceeding Great Army after God breathed the Breath of life over them.

May our Father in heaven breathe over you and I His goodness, mercy and favour afresh in Jesus name.

Prayers:

Father as you rose from the dead on the 3rd Day; may everything that is dead or about to die in my life rise to the life in you in Jesus name.

Father whatsoever that seems to be harassing me, Father harass them in Jesus name. You said in your word that you will contend with those that contend with me. You said on my behalf you will arise and fight for me and my enemies will be scattered. Father arise and favour me in this season and beyond in Jesus name.

The sermon, Loose Him And Let Him Go! by Pastor (Mrs) Anthonia Obafaiye, was delivered on April 23, 2017

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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.