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May Jehovah Surprise You For Good, by Pastor (Mrs) Anthonia Obafaiye

May Jehovah Surprise You For Good, by Pastor (Mrs) Anthonia Obafaiye

The month of January 2017 has been declared a month of Surprise Motion by God Almighty through His Prophet as inspired by the Holy Spirit.

The Wikipedia Dictionary defined Surprise as ‘an unexpected or astonishing event’. Some other words we could use in the place of surprise are: astonish, amaze, startle, flabbergast, stop someone in their tracks (surprise motion) stupefying, leave open-mouthed, take someone’s breath away.

Brethren our God is a God of surprises. His surprise would be in the positive or negative, as we are going to find out from the message He has for us today. But My prayer for us is that Jehovah will surprise us for good in Jesus name.

I can’t say in what form God’s surprises will come for us, but one thing I know for sure with my little walk with Him, is that God is never late, He is always on time. If you do think He is late, it is because He wants to come big.

I will share a testimony with you, on the 1st of January 2017 God decided to surprise a Medical Doctor and his wife and He visited them for good and blessed them with 5 children (3 girls & 2 boys) after they had been married for 10 years, so for every 2 years of their waiting he blessed them with a child, isn’t our God, a God of Awesome wonders.

Jehovah will visit someone here for a good in Jesus name, He will surprise you beyond your imagination, dreams and what you have ever asked Him to give you in Jesus name.

Brethren come with me to the Book of Exodus 14:1-31

This is a story we are familiar with, a very interesting story I must say, a demonstration of the power of Jehovah The Man of War, Jehovah El Gibbor (The Mighty God) Jehovah Elyon (The Most High God) The match-less God, the God that no one can contend with, the God that has never lost any battle and will never lose any battle. He is your God and my God, He is our Maker, He is watching over us, He will surprise you for good in Jesus name. He will not put you to shame in Jesus name. On the Mount of Carmel in 1 Kings 18: 16-45 He did not put Elijah to shame before Baal & his prophets , so He will show up for you in Jesus name.

The children of Israel were making their way from Egypt to the Promised land (a land flowing with milk & honey) God had just delivered them from the hands of their Captors (The Egyptians) and they were making melody and rejoicing to their God and suddenly they looked up and they saw the mighty Red Sea and they looked behind them and they saw the Egyptians chasing after them with a fury. They began to panic, they began to curse Moses, why didn’t you just leave us to continue to serve these people, is it because there are no graves in Egypt, is that why you have brought us here to die in this wilderness.

Moses answered them ‘Fear ye not, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will show to you today, for the Egyptians whom ye have seen today, ye shall see them again no more for ever.

The Lord is saying to someone here today, the enemies after you that you see today, ye shall see them no more in Jesus name.

The Bible says in the Isaiah 49:24-25 ‘ Shall the prey be taken from the mighty or the lawful captive delivered?

But thus saith the Lord, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee and I will save your children.’

In others words God is saying even if it was your fault that you became a captive of a captor, He says he will deliver you in Jesus name.

Brethren Moses continued by saying to the Israelites in Exodus 14:14 ‘The Lord shall fight for you and ye shall hold your peace.’

God instructed Moses to lift up his rod and stretch his hand over the sea and divide it and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.

Brethren God surprised the children of Israel on that day like He had never done before, He fulfilled every promise He made to them on that day, He delivered them from the hands of their Captors (The Egyptians) they held their peace whilst the Lord fought for them and their enemies the Egyptians they did not see anymore because Jehovah The Man of War drown them all in Red Sea.

God used the Red Sea as an escape route for them (that’s the positive side of the surprise)

God used the Red Sea as a death trap for the Egyptians (that’s the negative side of the surprise)

The Bible says it is of the mercies of The Lord that we are not consumed. Often times we go past a particular path maybe driving, on being driven in a car or bus or even walking through a path and then just few minutes after you have gone past the path a terrible accident happens and people lose their lives, we are not better than them, it is just because of the mercies of the Lord, that is why you and I are not consumed.

Brethren there is no greater surprise that can be compared to the one you receive when you find yourself between the devil and the Red Sea, you look up, you look down, you look all around you but help is not coming and suddenly when you think all hope is lost, Jehovah The Man of War shows up for you and your deliverance comes. There is no sweeter feeling compared to this.

No wonder The Sweet Psalmist of Israel (David the Son of Jesse) said in Psalm 121:1-2 ‘I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help comes from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.’

Brethren vain is the help of man, the arm of flesh will always fail, if man helps you it is because God instructed him to do so. May our trust and focus always be on God, for He is the only one that cannot fail.

The children of Israel were crying to a mere man like them, Moses could not do anything of his own accord, He had to cry unto God in prayer and God answered him.

Brethren in the Book of Luke 11:12-32, we find an account of a man that had 2 sons and one day the younger son came to him and said Father give me the portion of my inheritance. His Father obliged him and he packed up and left home. He went to a far country and wasted his inheritance on riotous living. He began to live in penury and when he remembered that no servant in his Father’s house was living the way he was, he came to his senses and he said, ‘I will arise and go to my Father, and I will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son, make me as one of thy hired servants.’

The bible recorded that before he decided to come home, the Father had been going out every day trying to see if he could sight him coming back home. So the day he set off for home, his father was watching out for him, when he saw him, he had compassion on him and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him, the Bible said whilst he was reciting his speech to his Father, he commanded for the best robe to be put on him, a ring on his hand and shoes on his feet. His Father accepted him as his Son and not a servant, what a pleasant surprise it was for The Prodigal Son.

The second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ will be a pleasant surprise for some and it will not be Pleasant for some, as Believers, even though we know He is coming back, the surprise is that we don’t know when(the exact time) He will be coming back.

May His coming not be like a thief in the night for us.

May He find us waiting, watching and praying in Jesus name.

Prayer:

Father, Almighty Father, the grace to please you like never before in this New year grant unto me in Jesus name.

My Father, My Father, please when you are calling on others do not pass me by in Jesus name

Father, let the Surprise you will bless me with shock my enemies in Jesus name.

Father the anointing & grace to make un-imaginable progress in this year 2017 pour upon my head in Jesus name.

The sermon May Jehovah Surprise You For Good, by Pastor (Mrs) Anthonia Obafaiye, was delivered on January 22, 2017

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You Will Recover All Without Fail, by Pastor (Mrs) Anthonia Obafaiye

You Will Recover All Without Fail, by Pastor (Mrs) Anthonia Obafaiye

Text: 1 Sam. 30: 1-20

The month of August 2016 has been declared a month of ‘Staggering Accomplishment’ by God Almighty through His Prophet as inspired by the Holy Spirit.

The Wikipedia Dictionary defines Staggering: as a state of astonishment, amazement, surprise, flabbergasted, leave open- mouthed, or take someone’s breath away.

Accomplishment on the other hand is defined as something that has been achieved successfully.

There is someone here, you have been enjoying trickles of God’s mercy and goodness, but just like an arrow or catapult is launched, you are just about to be shot into another realm of God’s glory, you are about to experience the wonders and awesomeness of God like you have never done before. The staggering accomplishment God is about to give you, is going to leave you flabbergasted, it is going to amaze you beyond your dreams, imagination or what you have ever asked of God.

I can hear an abundance of rain, may it shower on us with the blessings of God in Jesus name.

Brethren God is not a man that He should lie, neither is He the son of man that he should repent, if He has said it He will do it, if He has spoken it, He will make it good in Jesus name. God is the only one that can give staggering accomplishments, vain is the help of man.

The Bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 3:6 ‘Paul planted, Apollos watered, but it is God that give the the increase.’

Brethren if we cast our minds to 1Sam. 15: 1- 3 it is the Amalekites that God instructed King Saul to utterly destroy because of what they did to his people (the children of Israel) when they were making their way through the wilderness to the Promised Land. If we remember very well Saul disobeyed God because he did not fully carry out the instructions of God, it was the same people that tormented David and his men in this Bible passage. Brethren the Goliath we fail to eliminate might come back to torment us, so we need to be careful in our dealings with God, we must act in total obedience to the word and the commands of God.

So when David and his Mighty men came back and found out that the Amalekites had raided, struck and burnt Ziklag a place they had made home and carried away their families alive and everything they owned, they did the first thing that every other person would do in the flesh, they wept until they had no more strength to weep.

There is someone here this morning and the Lord God Almighty says I should tell you that your days of weeping in the secret are over. The Bible says in the Bk of Psa. 30:5 that weeping might endure in the night but Joy comes in the morning time.

The Almighty says I should announce to you that your joy has come in Jesus name.

But Brethren I believe that after the weeping session that actually did not yield any results rather than that the mighty men of David began to conspire to stone him because their souls were bitterly grieved for their lost family members.

Something came over David and he encouraged and strengthen himself in the Lord his God, David must have remembered the goodness of the Lord from time past, how God had delivered him severally from the Lion, the Bear, Goliath of Gath and several other enemies including Saul who he was running from at that moment, the Bible says in Isa 59:19 that when the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him on our behalf. The Spirit of David the Man of War woke up, and he said to Abiatha the Priest Ahimelech’s son bring me the ephod, let me inquire of the Lord the solution to this problem, weeping is not the solution to this problem.

Brethren whose counsels will you believe? Who do we consult when we run into troubled waters? The Bible says the arm of flesh will always fail but those that put their trust in The Lord shall not be put to shame, and I declare that as you put your Trust in God you shall not be put to shame in Jesus name.

Brethren there is something I want us to understand in this life no matter how popular or how much you might think that people love or like you do not put your trust or rely on them totally, because the Bible made us to understand that the mighty men of David loved him, they were loyal to him, they were ready to sacrifice their lives for their General, if we cast our minds to 2 Sam. 23: 15 – 17 these same men risked their lives and broke through the host of the Philistines army and drew water from the wells of Bethlehem because their General desired water from that well because he was in exile running away from Saul but yet on the day that he needed their encouragement they wanted his head.

There is a song that goes like this I will call upon the Lord who is worthy to be praised, so shall I be saved by my enemies.

The Bible recorded in verse 8 that the Lord answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all”.

And The Lord is saying to someone here today Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all, not some, not a few but all in Jesus name. Every wasted years, time, gift, talent, resource is being restored by The Lord today in Jesus name. The Lord is granting someone Divine Speed this morning to pursue, to overtake and to recover all without fail in Jesus name.

Brethren there is something I want to point out to you in verse 11, the Bible recorded that the enemy made a mistake that caused David and his mighty men to have victory. The enemy abandoned a weak servant that was too weak to continue the journey with them and that was the servant that gave David and his men the vital information as to what way the enemy went and they were able to pursue. Brethren in this season of Staggering Accomplishments your enemies will make a mistake that will cause you to be elevated and promoted in Jesus name. Maybe someone did not hear me the first time. I prophesy that your enemies will make a mistake that will cause you to out-run, over-take and recover all you have lost or he has stolen from you in Jesus name.

Brethren, Queen Esther in the Bk of Esther 2: 1- 17 Esther came into the scene because Queen Vashati made a mistake of her life ( If she had known what was about to happen she would have honoured her husband). Esther was a slave in a foreign land and God granted her favour and she was graced to be the Queen of the land.

In the Bk of Gen. 50:20 Joseph’s brethren meant it for evil but The Lord turned it around for good for Joseph and he became the Prime Minister in a foreign land to preserve lives including his brothers’ lives. (A slave and an illegal immigrant).

It is only Jehovah the God of heaven and earth that can cause a prisoner to sleep and wake up as a Prime Minister. He made a Home Secretary to sleep and woke up as a Prime Minister; the Bible makes us to understand in Psalm 75:6-7 that promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge; he put teeth down one, and setteth up another.

Prayers

Ruth 1: 19 – 21

So they two went until they came to Bethlehem. And it came to pass, when they were come to Bethlehem, that all the city was moved about them, and they said, Is this Naomi?

 And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me.

21 I went out full and the Lord hath brought me home again empty: why then call ye me Naomi, seeing the Lord hath testified against me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me?

Father, do not allow my sojourn in the United Kingdom to be in vain in Jesus name.

Father I will not leave this land empty in Jesus name.

Father, Almighty Father whatever I have lost out of my ignorance and carelessness, Father give me the strength to pursue, to overtake, to recover all without fail in Jesus name.

Joel 2: 25- 27

And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.

 And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed.

 And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel and that I am the Lord your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed.

Daddy, my Father in heaven restore to me every wasted years, time , resource, talent, gift, intellect, divine health, joy, strength, spiritual authority, confidence in Jesus name. Father restore, You are a God of restoration, a God of second chance, Father restore in Jesus name.

The sermon You Will Recover All Without Fail, by Pastor (Mrs) Anthonia Obafaiye, was delivered on Augst 14, 2016

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May The God of Heaven Remember All Your Offerings, by Pastor Anthonia Obafaiye

Deed is an action that is performed intentionally or consciously e.g. ‘doing good deeds’

Reward is a thing given in recognition of service, effort or achievement.

Honour is to have high respect, to hold in great esteem

Revelations 22:12 ‘And behold, I come quickly and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

My prayer for us is that God will find every of our deeds good and acceptable in Jesus name.

Hebrews 11: 6 says, ‘But without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he/she that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarded of them that diligently seek him.

Brethren our 1st duty is to God Almighty, Our Creator, Our Saviour, Our Deliverer, Our Provider, Our Healer our everything, without Him, you and I are nothing and we can do absolutely nothing.

The Bible says in Matthew 22:37-38 ‘Jesus said unto Him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with thy soul and with all thy mind’.

Brethren our first Deed of Honour is to our God:

In the Book of Genesis 4:3-5 The Bible tells a very interesting and sad story of two Brothers Cain & Abel born of the same Father & Mother (Adam & Eve), so this tells us they came from the same background, it means they must have been taught the ways of Jehovah The God of heaven & earth. I want to believe they knew what God expected of them.

The Bible tells us from the book of Genesis 4:3-5 that in the process of time (when Cain & Abel had come of age) they brought an offering unto the Lord, Cain a tiller of the ground brought of the fruit of the ground, an offering unto the Lord. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof.

In other words Cain brought what he taught he had (even though that was not what God required of him). He must have thought to himself, He (God) has to accept it, after all that is what I have. The Bible says as a man thinketh in his heart so he is (Proverbs 23:7 Cain had a wrong attitude).

But his Brother Abel brought to God his very best (the first fruits of all that God had blessed him with and he also presented it with the whole of his heart and with gladness too) He gave God what He required of him.

If we remember vividly from the story of their parents (Adam & Eve) in Genesis 3 when they disobeyed God and fell short of His glory, God had to kill a sheep, (the Bible says in Hebrews 9:22 that without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin) and then God used the skin of the animal to cover their nakedness. I believe their parents must have lectured them on this but Cain refused to learn, he came across as being very proud, pompous, hot headed, because when he saw that his Brothers offering had been accepted, his countenance fell and he became wrath(angry), so much so that God saw it and warned him, He asked him, why are you angry, if you did well, will I not have accepted you, you need to be very careful sin is at your door, don’t let it rule over you. God was offering him a second chance to amend his ways but because he was so full of himself he took the long rope of God’s mercy for granted, sin eventually became his Master when he allowed his anger & rage move him to take his own Brother’s life.

The Bible makes us to understand from Genesis 4:4b-5a that God had respect unto Abel and his offering, but unto Cain and to his offering He had not respect.

Brethren our God is a God that does not take Bribe (Deuteronomy 10:17 ‘For the Lord our God is the God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes, the New International version)

Brethren before we can come to Him to offer anything, we must first offer ourselves as a living sacrifice, He needs to know us and call us His own.

You cannot rob God of His tithe and say to yourself, He will understand, I will give Him a wholesome offering, that will make up.

Brethren it does not work that way, we need to seek and serve Him diligently by obeying Him totally not partially.

The Bible again brings to our attention the story of a great woman, who lived in a city called Shunem in the Book of 2Kings 4:8-36 we will not be reading for time.

Some people called her The Shunammite woman, the Bible said she watched Prophet Elisha from afar, coming and going as he went about God’s business and she perceived in her spirit that this man was a holy man of God and she pleaded with her husband, Please My husband let us set for this man of God, a bed, a table, a stool and a candlestick, so that anytime he comes to town for God’s business, he will have a comfortable place to stay and her husband agreed with her.

And the Bible says and it fell on a day, a day of remembrance, some people might call it pay day.

For someone here today under the sound of my voice, I declare to you today that your day of remembrance has come, God Almighty will remember you for good today in the name of Jesus.

So because this woman allowed the ark of God to rest in her house, a challenge the she had long forgotten, a challenge that she felt had no solution was re-visited and God Almighty remembered her for good and it did not stop there, later on when the devil reared his ugly head in an attempt to steal, to kill and to destroy, God Almighty yet again remembered her good deed of honour by delivering her son from the clutches of death.

The Bible says in Proverbs 10:22 ‘The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich and added no sorrow to it.

Matthew 10:41 says ‘He that receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophets reward.

In the Book of Acts 9: 36:41

The Bible introduced us to a woman called Tabitha (which by interpretation was called Dorcas) she was a woman who was full of good works and alms deeds which she did.

The Bible makes us to understand that her good works and alms deeds was not done in vain, because on the day her good works were to speak for her, it did not keep silent, her good works moved God to raise her back to life.

Galatians 6:10 says ‘As we therefore have opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto those who are of the household of faith’.

Galatians 6:7-9 ‘Do not be deceived, God cannot be mocked, a man reaps whatever he sows.

Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction, whoever sows to please the Spirt, from the Spirit will reap eternal life’. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up’.

Brethren God cannot be mocked indeed, as long as the earth remaineth seed time and harvest time will not cease, life is about sowing and reaping, the harvest we reap is dependent on what we sow. If we sow good seeds, we will definitely reap a good harvest.

Most times the seeds we sow, we might not be the ones to reap, but our children and generation unborn will be the ones to reap of the harvest we have sowed.

Gehazi in the Book of 2 Kings 5 sowed greediness and selfishness and he reaped leprosy for himself and his generation (even the ones yet unborn) this will not be our portion in Jesus name.

He was supposed to follow in the footsteps of his Master Elisha by seeking to inherit the anointing upon his Master. His Master died without bequeathing the anointing of God upon his life to a faithful servant. His bones in a grave raised a dead man back to life.

Our Father in heaven is reminding us in this season that para-adventure we have been doing Deeds of Honour and we feel He has forgotten our deeds of honour, He says He will remember us for good, He will visit us with His Divine Favour and reward us in Jesus name.

He is also encouraging someone here today that if you have not been engaging in Deeds of Honour, today is your day of salvation, you can start today and He will definitely reward you in Jesus name.

Prayers

Father answer me in the day of my trouble; send me help from your sanctuary in Jesus name.

Father may your name defend and protect me and my household in Jesus name.

Father remember me and have respect upon me and upon my offering in Jesus name.

Father as I delight myself in you grant me my hearts desires and make all my plans succeed in Jesus name.

The sermon, May The God of Heaven Remember All Your Offerings, by Pastor Anthonia Obafaiye, was delivered on April 3rd, 2016

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May The Lord Find Us Useful, by Pastor (Mrs) Anthonia Obafaiye

May The Lord Find Us Useful, by Pastor (Mrs) Anthonia Obafaiye

The theme of the month of March is ‘Justified to be Gloried’, which ties in so well with theme of our Women’s Conference ‘Behold Thine Handmaid’ and the topic of our Sunday School ‘Are you Available?’ The Spirit of God is one indeed. The Bible says in Psalm 62:11 ‘Once has God spoken, twice have we heard that all power belong to God’.

Brethren God does not need to repeat Himself but when He does it is because He loves us dearly and He does not want us to miss it. I pray that whatever He has chosen to do in this season, He will not do it without us in Jesus name.

Luke 1: 26:38 – The story of Mary the Mother of Jesus is a very familiar story to us, the Bible makes us to understand that The Angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David.

Angel Gabriel greeted her with this salutation ‘Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou among women’. Even the salutation troubled Mary and the Angel said to her, ‘Fear not, for thou hast found favour with God…’. Someone here today is going to find favour with God in Jesus name.

Brethren, I want to believe that Mary was not the only virgin in the land as at that time, but there was something about her, she made herself available for a very challenging task, to carry a child without knowing a man, conceived of The Holy Spirit and becoming pregnant outside wedlock, if anyone at that time was caught pregnant outside wedlock they were stoned to death.

But Mary said to the Angel Gabriel ‘Behold the Handmaid of the Lord, be it unto me according to thy word.’ She made herself available regardless of the consequence because she knew she was just a vessel that the Lord had chosen to use. May Our Father in heaven find us useful always in Jesus name.

Mary knew that when God gave you a vision He makes provision for the vision. She knew that with men it is impossible but with God all things are possible. She knew that with her faith and trust in God, she will please God and God will reward her.

Brethren God is always looking for a man or woman he can use for His exploits, a vessel that will make themselves available. Ezekiel 22:30 says ‘ And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none.’

Hannah the Mother of Prophet Samuel prayed a prayer that pleased the Lord in 1 Samuel 1:10-11 when she asked Jehovah The God of Israel for a male child and she vowed to give him back to The Lord, it was not the eloquence of her speech that pleased God but the fact that she made herself available to be used as a channel for a High Priest that God wanted to use to replace Eli and his sons to be born. Hannah prayed according to the perfect will of God and The God of Israel granted her petition.

Someone here today will pray according to the perfect will of God, and The God of Israel will answer your prayer in Jesus name.

In Joshua Chapter 2 Rehab and the whole of her family were saved from the destruction of the city of Jericho because she made herself available to be used of God to hide His sons Joshua, Caleb & the other spies, when they were sent to spy the land, she defied the orders of her King and went ahead to hide the spies because she had heard about the Greatness of Jehovah the Man of War, The God of Israel, the One that has never lost any battle, the God that can save & deliver even from the lawful captor and she decided to make herself available to be used of Him, regardless of the consequence. She believed in a God that she had never known or seen. The Bible says blessed are those who believed without seeing.

Rehab was a prostitute but I don’t think we can call her that anymore seeing that she was mentioned in the Hall of Faith (Fame) in Hebrews 11:31

May Our Father in heaven deliver you and yours from every destruction of the enemy in Jesus name.

The question will then be will I make myself available, will I be able to say Lord here I am use me Lord, let your will done on earth as it is in heaven.