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Faith That Is Not Common, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

The term “Christian” was first coined up in Antioch meaning “Christ-like” (Acts 11:25-26). In the present day, the term is commonly and loosely used. It now refers to a section of a society that is born into a religious sect, or have a particular religious orientation and not necessarily someone that practice the ethics of that religion.

There is, therefore, a difference or demarcation from those who are nominal Christians and practising Christians. One important criterion that can be used to differentiate both is the faith test.

True Christians believe in the life, teachings and deeds of Jesus Christ as Son of God and Saviour of the sinner.  There are however Christians today who do not believe that Jesus is the Son of God; and that He came to save the lost.

There are those who do not believe part or whole of His teachings. There are also those who believe that such teachings are no longer relevant in our days. There are those who believe that some or whole of Jesus deeds must have been made up, that they must simply be untrue or blown out of proportion.

There is another category of people who believe His teachings and deeds but lacked the power to live such lives.

2 Timothy 3:5 – Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

The word of God, however, instructs and challenges us to be men and women of faith and not just nominal Christians.

Jude 1:3 – Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

Faith is not just believing that God exists; as the devil and demons also believe this (James 2:19). Our faith should go beyond God can do a thing; but that God will do that thing.

Again, the time we now live is particularly more challenging for practical Christianity; as science and society are trying to undermine the fundamental features of trust and hope in God.

Science disproves the existence of God.

Society discourages the reliance on God.

There is a shocking question that Jesus asked His disciples before He left 2,000 years ago, it still worries me today.

Luke 18:8 – I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

There were people who had lived before us who we can emulate their faith. They were able to receive good report through faith. Some of them even from Jesus Christ.

Kinds of faith that is not common and we can emulate

  1. Great faith

For the three years that Jesus disciples walked with Him, he always referred to them as men of little faith. Surprisingly though, He did refer to someone as a man of great faith.

How did this man merit this accolade?

Luke 7:1-10 – Now when he had ended all his sayings in the audience of the people, he entered into Capernaum. And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die. And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant. And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this: For the loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue. Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself:for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof: Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee:but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed. For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick.

– He was very compassionate to people who were not his race.

– He loved the Lord God of Israel.

– He spent his resources/treasures for the temple of the Almighty God. Where your treasure is, there your heart…

– He was very humble. Sent the Jews, not his boys, despite his position, wealth and power.

– He saw himself not worthy to get close to Jesus. Not to make Jesus become unclean.

– His confidence and trust in Jesus authority is shocking! Say the word..,

Are these attributes we can boast of? How compassionate are we, especially to our host race?

How much do we love God? Peter, do you love me more than this?

How much do we spend towards God’s temple? What is your contribution? Only one person…

How humble are we? To know a humble person, give them a little power, money or position. If they remained the way they were, then they are humble.

Who is higher in worth? You or Jesus. Is Jesus riding on your popularity or you are riding on His?

What is the level of your confidence and trust in Jesus?

All these will define who you are in the faith.

  1. Unwavering faith

Romans 4:18-22 – Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.

Though Abraham made certain mistakes in his walk with God from the beginning (Left with relations, Lied, Hagar, Let Ismael live, Not this Eliezer).

But when God said at this time of life Isaac would be born, Abraham believed and did not doubt at all.

– There is someone here, God says I should tell you to set your record straight. That your problem has been that you are drawn in between two opinions. If Baal is a god, then serve him, but if God is God, He wants your all.

Mk 5:21-43

Jairus sent for Jesus to heal his daughter. On the way going, Jesus was caught up in the Woman of Issue of blood.  People came from home to tell Jairus not to bother Jesus anymore. Jesus, however, told him, “Don’t be afraid, only believe”. Jairus didn’t waver, his daughter came back to life.

– There is something precious in your hands now that seems like a baby. Possibly an actual baby. That your baby is coming back to life.

– Don’t spread the news around though till that thing has come alive.

Help me tell the person beside you “Don’t be afraid, only believe”.

  1. Result Oriented Faith

Mt. 15:21-28

Syrophoenician Woman. Her daughter was demon possessed. It’s not something you want to announce around, but she came. The woman was not put off by the insult from the people or from Jesus. There are certain things one cannot get by right/qualification but can receive by grace. She was focused on the expected end. She got what she wanted.

– There is something you are hiding, but you know you need help with. Take it to the Lord. Put your faith to work. God will not fail you.

– You are you have been told that you do not qualify for something. The God of all grace will grant you favour in Jesus name.

  1. Pragmatic/Practical Faith

– Faith without works is dead – James 2:14-27. Engage in good deeds: towards God, church, outside.

– Care for strangers and the needy – Mt. 25:35. Food, drink, shelter, visit – For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

– Care for the widows and orphans – James 1:27 – Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

– Bridle of one’s tongue – James 1:26 – If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.

One cannot claim that they are a man or woman of faith if these practical virtues are not evident in their lives.

Which one are you doing now? Which one are you left with?

Your faith will appreciate if you are able to do them.

May God commend your faith.

  1. Prophethood Faith

For every child of God, there is a prophet that God has assigned to speak over them. Believing the word of that prophet will grant them favours and vice versa.

King Saul did not take the word of Prophet Samuel seriously, he lost his throne.

Amos 3:7 – Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.

2 Chronicles 20:20 – 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.

If Kings Jehoshaphat didn’t not take the word of that prophet serious, they would have been meat for the three nations that came to attack them.

Not that he didn’t say believe the king. But the prophet.

– Widow of Zarephath (1 Kings 17:8-16).

– Shunammite woman (2 Kings 4:8-17).

– Widow of the son of the prophet (2 Kings 4:1-7).

If you have been taken the word of your prophet seriously. You will surely profit thereby.

– I am re-building you. I am making a new version of you.

  1. Martyrdom Faith

A lot of people will denounce their faith in the face of death. As believers, however, we must be ready to die for the truth. Jesus is the truth. Often that death does not happen. Even if it does, a faith that is not common would have been demonstrated.

– Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego (Our God is able to save, but if He chose) Dan. 3:17-18

– Daniel (when the decree has been signed) Dan. 6:10

– Paul (why are you breaking my heart, I’m ready not to only be bound, but to …) Acts 21:13

– Esther (if I perish, I perish). Esther 4:16

– David (I Sam. 17:32 – And David said to Saul, Let no man’s heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine)

– Leah Sharibu (14 years old, huge life ahead of her…).

I prophesy to your life, you will not die a commoner. You are a saint now, you will be a saint forever.

What kind of man/woman do you really want to be?

A man/woman of common faith?

A man/woman of a faith that is not common.

The choice is yours.

Go and ask God now.

Prayers

Father, help me to demonstrate great faith.

Father, help me to stagger in faith.

Father, help me to exhibit a result oriented faith.

Father, help me to show forth a pragmatic faith.

Father help me to faith in the prophet you have placed over me.

Father, help me to die for the truth.

Father, let my kind of faith be rare.

The sermon, Faith That Is Not Common, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye, was delivered on July 1, 2028.

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God Of My Youth, Forget Me Not In My Old Age, Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

God Of My Youth, Forget Me Not In My Old Age, Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

The life of all mammals and plants have a beginning and end. In between these two points is a middle position where all organism reach a peak or plateau and from there they begin to experience a decline.

The bible put the old age of man at 70-80 years. After which the bible says life may become more challenging (Psalms 90:10). With that figure in mind, it means that life climax or peak is about 35-40 years, after which the law of diminishing returns do set in.

Little wonder we start growing grey hairs at 35 and above. The good news, however, is that our God can stem or override any law. May you not experience diminishing returns at 40, 50, 60, 70 in Jesus name. Your strength shall not decline. At 70, may you still be strong.

Jesus said “It is finished” before He gave up His spirit. Meaning there is nothing more He wanted to do.
You will not exit this world before your Divine time.
You will complete your assignment before you release your spirit.

The glory of the youth is their strength, because of this, it is possible for youths to think they can help themselves and not require the help and assistance of anyone, including God. But as life progresses, a time comes when the youth later realise that he now needs help.

David became the king of Judah at 30 years and the king of Israel at 37 years (2 Sam. 5:5); and finally died at 70 years (2 Sam. 5:4). The bible says he died at a ripe old age.
1 Chronicles 29:26-28 – Thus David the son of Jesse reigned over all Israel. And the time that he reigned over Israel was forty years; seven years reigned he in Hebron, and thirty and three years reigned he in Jerusalem. And he died in a good old age, full of days, riches, and honour: and Solomon his son reigned in his stead.

He had nothing else to do.
He completed his assignment.
He fulfilled his purpose for living.
He was able to see the continuation of his legacy in Solomon.
– May you live to a good old age.
May you be full of days. Full of riches. Full of honour. May the seed from your loin/womb later reign in your stead.

In I Kings 1:1-4, prior to David’s death, the bible recorded that he started feeling funny, he was always feeling cold. So his servants got him a young girl to keep him warm, but David knew that it wasn’t the help of a man he needed, but the help of God. So David had to pray.

Psalms 71:17-18 – O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works. Now also when I am old and gray-headed, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to everyone that is to come.

The God that helped him at possibly 15 to kill lion and bear.
The God that helped him to kill Goliath at 17.
The God that defended him from King Saul until he was 30.
The God that defended him from General Abner and Ishibosheth, the son of Saul until he was 37.
That same God should not forsake him. God didn’t. His life ended peacefully.

God has helped us to cross over different hurdles in our early years, we can still trust in Him in our older years and till our final days.

It is important to know that David was able to enjoy the help of God because he obeyed God from his youth. Big lessons for our youth.
Romans 12:1-2 – I beseech you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

For us to enjoy God till our hairs all go grey, we must obey God in our younger years. We must be ready to learn from Him.

Proverbs 14:12 – There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

Proverbs 19:21 – There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.

David must have been taught of God to have succeeded in life. This is evident in his wisdom, forgiveness, repentance, devotion, writings, etc.

We too must offer ourselves to be taught of God in order to finish well and not only just start well.
God taught David through:
– His word (Psalm 119:9-11). A young man keeps his way pure…
– His prophets (Samuel, Nathan, Gad)
– His Spirit (I Sam. 30:1-8).
– Life challenges (Saul, Absalom, Ahitophel, Joab, Shemei, Jonathan).

What have you learnt from God?
Who have you learned from His prophets?
What have you learned from God’s word?
In what way have you received God’s instructions.
What lessons have remained with you?
Are you profiting from your past and present life experiences?

David said that God has taught him from his youth, meaning that he did not stop to learn. We must not grow physically and spiritually to where we are no longer learning. When one stops learning, they start diminishing.

Apostle Paul with all his knowledge of Christ was still yearning to know more (Phil. 3:10-11). How much of God do you know? Are you satisfied with all you know? Do you truly seek to know more?

David enjoyed the help of God in his old age because he used his mouth and his life to declare the wondrous works of God. David took every opportunity to show forth the glory of God. E.g. killing Goliath of Gath.

Whatever we do in life, our main assignment must be to declare the wondrous works of God. When God sees that, He will be more willing to help us till old age.

We must, however, be able to distinguish the wondrous works of God from the promotional works of men. In what way are you using your life to show forth the praise of God? This is the time for you to do so.

May God not forsake you in your old age.
Of what importance is a life that was enjoyed the help of God in the youth but in old age?
Lot‘s end did not go well.
Judah messed up is old age.
King Solomon didn’t do well either.
King Asa made a mess of his old age.
May your old age be fine. May all ends well for you.

Though David was in his old age, yet he wanted God to still use him to show forth His strength to the present generation and His power to future generations. No wonder we are reading about David today.
Are you passionate about what God can do in your life?

What lion have you killed to glorify God?
What Goliath have you slain?
That must have been yesterday.
What are you doing for the present generation to see?
What are you doing for the future generations to see?
This is the time to do it. Your hairs will soon turn grey.
May God help us till the end in Jesus name.

Prayers
Psalms 71:17-18 O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works. Now also when I am old and gray-headed, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to everyone that is to come.

– Father, teach me throughout my lifetime.
– Father, help me to declare your wondrous works.
– Father, do not forsake me throughout my days.
– Father, help me to show thy strength to my generation and your power to generations to come.

The sermon, God Of My Youth, Forget Me Not In My Old Age, Pastor Samuel Obafaiye, was delivered on June 24, 2018, on the occasion of Special Elders’ Service

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Prove Your Own Self, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

Text: 2 Corinthians 13:5-6

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates.

There is a practice that I have seen in this country, especially with the Council. That at least once a year, an appraisal of one’s work is conducted. It was somehow shocking to me the first time I had to experience it as I was given the opportunity to first score myself before my manager would later review and assessed my scoring. Supposing my score was not objective, it would have been shameful going through it with my manager.

Also, the athletes who compete in championships and Olympics have to subject themselves unto rigorous self-trials before their competition. That is why you see that for some athletes, PB is written in front of their time.

Tests and examinations are phenomena that are familiar to all of us. They are ways of checking what we have learnt and mastered over a period of time. Academically, I know that some students do not like tests and examination; however, there is no way we can demonstrate that we have understood and mastered a taught process, except we are examined somehow.

Fact of life, we can’t live without tests and examinations. As a matter of fact, God is the Originator of test and He will be the Terminator of it. Tests commenced from the Garden of Eden, and it will possibly end at Armageddon.

Sources of tests

From God e.g. Abraham (Gen. 22: 1-2).

From Satan e.g. David (I Chronicles 21:1-4).

From People: (spouse, family, brethren, friends, establishments, society, etc.) e.g. Joshua by the Gibeonites (Jos. 9:3-15).

From Self: e.g. Apostle Paul (I Cor. 9:27; Rom. 8:38-39); Job (Job 23:10-13).

Areas to administer tests

Your salvation (Mt. 7:21; Phil. 2:12).

Your disposition towards the word of God (I Thes. 2:13; Mt. 13:1-9, 18-23).

Your character (Mt. 7:15-18).

Your extent of sacrifice and faithfulness (John 21: 15-17; James 2: 26; Mt. 24:11-13).

Your purpose in life (John 18:37).

As believers, I see it that a crucial examination we must constantly go through is self-examination. This will ensure that we are not caught unaware or unguarded by other tests, and we don’t receive condemnation and punishment.

I Cor. 11:28-33).

There is a danger of falling into grave error if one doesn’t examine himself often.

David fell into serious error – (2 Sam. 11:2-4; 12:1-14).

The five foolish virgins fell into grave error –   (Mt. 25:1-13).

Jesus taught His disciples to practise self-examination

Matthew 7:1-5 –Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged:and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

Matthew 7:12 – Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them:for this is the law and the prophets.

Matthew 5:20 – For I say unto you, that except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Method of self-examination

Ask God to reveal yourself to you (Psalm 139:23-24). Psalms 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Align your life and ways with the word of God (James 1:22-25). Doer of the word…, check against life and amend.

Do a scale of preference for your life and consider your priorities (Lk. 6:38 seek ye first; Luke 12:33-34). Lay up treasures, for where your treasure is, there your heart will be.

Compare and contrast your way of life before you confess the lordship of Jesus Christ with what you are now (2 Cor. 5:17).

Zacchaeus was a sinner. But when Jesus met him and he received salvation, the first thing he did was self-examination even Christ has not asked him yet (Lk. 19:1-10).

If we want to be sincere with ourselves, there must be areas of our lives that we might need to make amends after careful and thorough self-examination. It is my prayer that we will not deceive ourselves.

Can a man/woman deceive himself/herself? Yes. Samson was a good example. All his escapade with Delilah was a self-deceit.

Delilah was doing all what he said would let his power leave and also called his enemies on him. Yet he eventually told her his secret. He still thought he could shake himself as aforetime. How possible? He has already failed his examination.

How is your current faith? As a child, as a wife, mother, husband, father, as a child of God and a follower of Christ. Will you say you are more fervent in faith than last year for example? Or have you left your first love? Will you prove yourself? Or are you prepared to deceive yourself? Talk to God right now.

Prayers

Hebrew 4:1 – Let us, therefore, fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.

– Father, let me not come short of your promised rest.

– Father, let me do what it will take me to enjoy your promised rest.

Hebrews 4:9 – There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.

– Father, let me be a partaker of that rest that remains for God’s people.

Hebrews 4:11 – Let us labour, therefore, to enter into that rest, lest any man falls after the same example of unbelief.

– Father, let me not be a victim of unbelief or partial faith.

The sermon, Prove Your Own Self, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye, was delivered on June 17th, 2018 on the occasion of the Father’s Day.

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Power From On High, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

There are many things that we contend with as believers: Satan, world order, those who hate and despitefully use us, our flesh, wicked spirits, etc.

One of the most sought-after thing/substance on earth is power. To the extent that even in heaven, where order prevails, the quest for power had become an issue before. Whether at an individual, group, state or national level. We all want power. We all need power.

So how can we rightly obtain power? From God obviously.

What is Power?

Power is an English logical construct that refers to a variety of ideas relating to ability; capacity; authority; might and strength.

The objective of this discourse is for us to know how to live a victorious and not a defeated Christian life, despite the above challenges. We must, however:

  • Hunger and thirst for the power of God;
  • Cherish and place value on this power in our lives;
  • Deploy and put to use the power made available to us.

Luke 24:49 – And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

Mt. 10:16  – Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

Sources of power

  • God (Heaven; On high; Above)
  • Satan (Hell; Below; Beneath)
  • People (Around)
  • Self (Within)

Sources of power – God

Mk 16:16-18 – And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Acts 10:38 – How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

Sources of power – Satan

– He was the Anointed cherub (Isaiah 14: 12-17).

– Used by The witch of Endor (I Sam. 28: 3-19).

Lucifer was able to withstand Angel Gabriel for 21 days (Dan. 10: 1-13).

To understand the power that Satan has, consider the power of one angel – 2 Kings 19:20-35.

Sources of power – People

Saul’s unlawful sacrifice because he relied on the power of the people to protect him (I Sam. 13: 5-14).Saul’s partial obedience, again because he did not want to offend people (I Sam. 15: 10-21, 30).

Some know how to harness the power of the people and thrive in it. Usually, it is that same power that brings them down.

Sources of power – Self

Goliath of Gath (I Sam. 17: 4-11)

The rich fool (Luke 12: 16-21)

Kinds/Spheres of power

Political (Legislature/Executive)

Economical (Global lenders)

Monarchical (Decrees)

Religious (Revere as  a god)

Academic (Bad example – Charles Darwin)

Civil (Police, Enforcement Officers, Judge; Examiners; etc.)

Divine Power further explained

  1. Power is an inherent characteristic of God (I Peter 5: 11).
  2. God delegated this power unto Man at creation (Gen. 1:26-28).
  3. Satan hijacked that power when Man fell in the Garden of Eden (Rom. 6:16).
  4. Jesus as God incarnate exercised Divine power when He came (John 5:26-27; Lk. 4:18-19, 36).
  5. Jesus, in turn, delegated this Divine power to those who believe in Him (Lk. 10:19).
  6. Divine power does manifest in two forms. E.g. Jesus was given:

Exousia – Authority (Mt. 28:18)

Dunamis – Supernatural Ability (Acts 10:38).

For us as believers: (Mk. 16: 16-18; Acts 1:8).

However, Satan still parades himself as if he has power over the believer when he doesn’t.

He seeks to instil fear in us, so as to steal, kill or destroy.

The Believers’ Arsenals

The name of Jesus (Phil. 2:10-11)

The blood of Jesus (Rev 12:11)

The word of God (Mt. 4:4,7,10).

Invoke the Fire of the Holy Spirit (Heb. 12:29; Num. 11:1; 2 Kgs 1: 9-10).

Condition of usage

Ephesian 6:10-18 tells us that we must:

  • Gird our loins with truth;
  • Wear breastplate of righteousness;
  • Put on the shoe of the gospel of peace;
  • Carry the shield of faith ;
  • Wear the helmet of salvation;
  • Hold the sword of Spirit;
  • Praying always with all prayer in the Spirit;
  • Interceding for other saints;
  • Stand firm, therefore.

Can the Divine power work for every believer?

Yes. Though the power is available to every believer; sadly it may not work for everyone. Especially:

  • Those still living in sin. For example, 7 Sons of High Priest (Acts 19:11-17).
  • Those not genuinely born again. E.g Simon the sorcerer (Acts 8: 9-24).
  • The doubtful. The apostles (Mk. 11:21-23).
  • The ignorant. The disciples (John 6: 48-69).
  • The prayerless and non-faster. The apostles (Mt. 17: 14-21).

Biblical examples of those who were endued with power from on high we can emulate

  1. Elijah (James 5: 17-18).
  2. Joshua (Joshua 10:12-14)
  3. Peter (Acts 3: 1-10).
  4. Paul (Acts 13: 4-12).
  5. Contemporary examples: Pastor Adeboye; Rev. Kumuyi; Rev. Madugba; Rev. Lawon; etc.

Caution: I John 4:1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

Prayers

Father, demonstrate Your power over me and in me.

Father, demonstrate Your power through me and by me.

Father, help me to use the power You have invested in me.

Father, help me to be a true representative of Your Spirit on earth.

The sermon, Power From On High, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye, was delivered on June 10, 2018