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The Sun From On High Shall Rise On You Afresh, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

The Sun From On High Shall Rise On You Afresh, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

According to National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA), nothing is more important to us on Earth than the sun. Without the sun’s heat and warmth, the Earth would be a lifeless ball of ice-coated rock.

The sun warms our seas and oceans; it stirs our atmosphere; it generates our weather patterns; it gives energy to the growing plants that provide the food and the oxygen for life on Earth. No wonder in many countries and cultures from primitive time and until now, many worship the sun.

Many of us come from where the sun is prevalent and therefore we do not appreciate the significance of the sun. But for those who dwell above the Tropics of Cancer and below the Tropics of Capricorn, they will appreciate the sun the more; especially those in the Arctic and Antarctica, where they hardly see the sun in any given year. They always rejoice when the sun shows up.

I will wish we have more sunlight in the UK yearly. That will make my living here more comfortable. Such is the power of the sun. I had had the mind that when we become citizens in the UK, we will migrate to somewhere warm (Florida). As much as I love the UK, I don’t like the climate.

But God has a way of ordering the steps of His children. God made sure that we sow in this land. Thank God, for He has also prospered the seed.

As powerful as the natural sun might be, there is another Sun that is more powerful. He is called the Sun of righteousness. May He rise upon you afresh today in Jesus name.

Malachi 4:2 – But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.

Whenever I see a baby of deer and lamb jumped around when they are in the open field. I used to wonder why. Now I know that it is because the Sun of righteousness has arisen upon them.

May the Sun of righteousness arise on you with healing in its wing. May you go forth and skipped like the calves from the stall.

– Someone here, you have thought this is your benchmark, but the Sun of righteousness will fire you up again. You will not only walk forward, you will jump forward in Jesus name.

– Someone here, the Spirit of God asked me to tell you that this is your morning. I’m not sure how old you are now, but your morning has just begun.

The natural sun can hurt those who mess about with it. It can’t be domesticated like other celestial bodies. So also is the supernatural Sun. But for God’s children, the radiation from heaven upon us is just right.

Psalms 84:11 – For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

May God shield you from harm. May God bestows His glory upon you. May the glory of God radiates all over you. May no good thing be withheld from you.

Luke 1:78-79 – Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring (rising sun) from on high hath visited us, To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.

By the mercies of God, may the Sunrise from on high visit you.

May all forms of darkness around you disappear.

Any shadow of death haunting anymore to fissile away in Jesus name.

May Jehovah guide your feet in the way of peace.

After sojourning in Syria for over 20 years, God told Jacob to return to Canaan (Gen. 35:1). He was however still frightened of his brother – Esau. On his way home, he sent messengers to his brother, and to his shock and terror, he was told that Esau was coming to meet him with 400 men!

Jacob had to share his servants and belongings into groups and also is family and divided them to worship Esau, while he was coming at the very rear. Overnight, he had an encounter with God who changed his name; and as he was walking out of Penuel, his destiny was changed from a supplanter to triumph with God (Gen.32:22-31.

It happened that when Esau that was coming with 400 men to fight his brother saw him, instead, he came down from his ride, ran to meet him; embrace him; fell on his neck; kissed him; and wept over him.

– You are here, you are terrified of a certain host that has come against you. Instead of the hosts attacking you, their disposition to you will change. They shall run to welcome you; embrace you; fall on your neck; kiss you and weep for their intent.

May your enemies beg to make peace with you.

Joseph was born into splendour and opulence. Jacob his father was blessed mightily of God. However, his brothers hated him, because he was the favourite of his father. He was to be killed but was later sold into slavery

While in slavery, it was like the sun of his life had set. How could he ever get his freedom again? Who will pay the price over his head? Will he ever step unto Canaan soil again? Will he ever enjoy the love of his father again? Will he meet his mother alive again? These were disturbing questions he would be asking himself.

13 years later though, the Sun of righteousness shone on him anew. He was released from dungeon and straightaway became the second most powerful man in Egypt.

– There is someone here, God is taking you to a higher level of splendour and opulence. May you get there.

– To someone, God says your years of captivity and servitude are over. God will take you to such a high pedestal you will never have imagined.

– God is wiping off the shame of your youth now. The reproach of your early years shall be forgotten.

God asked Moses to assemble the children of Israel at the foot of Mt. Sinai, where He would give them instructions, and he should come up the mountain to meet Him. Moses was there for 40 days and 40 nights, after which God gave him 2 stones containing the Ten Commandment.

But when Moses got to camp, he met the children of Israel worshipping an idol and he became really angry. He broke the 2 tablets he just received from God. 40 days gone with the wind.

God later asked Moses to hew 2 stones like before and bring it to the mount again. Moses was again there for another 40 days and 40 nights. This time, when he returned, his face was shining to the extent that no one could look directly at his face, for the Sun of righteousness has risen upon him.

– There is someone here, having confessed and forsaken your sins before God, the devil is still tormenting you with the guilt. I am asked to tell you that your iniquity had been pardon. Your error is forgiven. Your mistake has been taken away. Go and sin no more. God, however, wants you to draw closer to him. So that your face can start shining in an amazing way.

In Judges 11:1-11, the Bible tells us about a man who was born into an honourable family, his father was an important figure in Israel and his clan reputable. It was like the sun had risen on him early in life. Unfortunately, when his father died, the other children of his father sent him packing. He began to live in caves and strongholds.

Not too long, the Sun of righteousness rose upon his life again. He became the leader of the whole of Israel.

– You are here, you have been pushed aside, I am asked to tell you that those who pushed you aside will soon see you in their front.

– Those who thought you are not qualified to lead their tiny group will soon find out that you are to lead a far larger group which they would still be among.

– There is someone listening to me, I am asked to tell you that you are coming out of caves. Strongholds are no longer your abode. You are marching to the palace.

– You are here, for the greater part of your life, you have experience hatred. You will start experiencing love from now.

The condition for enjoying the Sun of righteousness.

As the name of the Sun implies, one has to be righteous to enjoy the Sun’s benefits.

Then how can one become righteous?

God must have conferred the grace of righteousness upon the person for two reasons:

– By believing in His person; and

– By obeying His words

Genesis 15:4-6 – And, behold, the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir. And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness.

Romans 4:3 – For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.

Galatians 3:6-7 – Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.

Prayers

Father, let my enjoyment of You increase greatly.

Father, move me to a higher level of glory in You.

Father, let Your countenance upon me increase.

Father, let my life reveal Your glory to the whole world.

Father, don’t let me be a local champion, turn me into a global showpiece of Yours.

The sermon, The Sun From On High Shall Rise On You Afresh, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye, was delivered on September 2, 2018.

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I Am The Lord, I Change Not, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

Text: Malachi 3:6 For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

Background: A message from God to the Israelites which could have served as a reminder; as an assurance or as a warning to them.

The book of Malachi was written about 100 years after the Israelites came back from the 70 years captivity/exile in Babylon.

It happened that the years the Jews spent in exile from their land had made them forget some of the instructions and ordinances that were given to them by God; and so when they returned to Canaan 70 years later, the generation that came back had stopped obeying some of God’s instructions.

Psalm 137 (they were weeping, not praying, not reading the Torah, not fellowship).

As stated in Malachi, two of such ordinances are Tithes and Offerings. God asked Malachi to draw the attention of the Israelites to such areas. That though they might have experienced changes in life over time as a result of their years in exile and generational successions; but He as a God doesn’t change. He is the same before they went into exile; while they were in exile; and when they had returned from exile, and they should obey and reverence Him as such.

Though the message today is not based on Tithes and Offering in particular, just as God sent to the Israelites thousands of years ago, it is a message to remind someone that God is Lord and has not change; for another, it is to assure that God is Lord and has not change; and to another person, it is to warn that God is Lord and has not change.

There are several entities that are either revered as lord or call themselves lord. There is however only one who is called “The Lord”. It is that Lord that has sent me to you today.

– There is a testimony shared by Pastor Agu at a leadership meeting that came to my mind in explaining this. During one of their outreach at a prison in the UK. A notorious inmate called ‘lord’ gave his life to Christ and started going to chapel, so every inmate starts to go, for those who stayed behind, his boys goes after them and say, ‘my lord says you must go to the chapel to meet the Lord’. There may be many ‘my lords’, but there is only one ‘the Lord’.

That Lord has sent me to you. It may be a reminder; an assurance or a warning. I pray you to figure out which one.

Nothing in life is permanent. A child is born today and everyone is happy, in not too distant future, the child has become aged and has passed on and so we mourn. All things are subject to change. Even Satan is not an exemption (he was in heaven, he now roams the firmament, later in the bottomless pit, finally in the lake of fire).  It is only God that doesn’t change. He remains the same (Heb. 13:8).

As a reminder

– In Joshua 1:1-2, God instructed Joshua to lead the children of Israel to the Promised Land after the death of Moses. But because of the difficult nature of the assignment (Moses was like a little god before them; Moses had the rod of God; Jordan, not a small river; more than 2 million people; what he has seen the people did to Moses), God had to remind him again and again that He is the Lord and that he should not be afraid.

Joshua 1:1-2 – Now after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord it came to pass, that the Lord spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses ‘minister, saying, Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all these people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel.

Joshua 1:6,7,9

– There is someone here, you are afraid of an assignment, there is an obstacle like the river Jordan that you must cross, it’s like the crossing is not just you, but involves the lives of others too. Maybe you have looked at yourself and you have concluded that there is no chance you can cross over, I am asked to remind you that God is Lord and He has not changed. He will help you to cross over.

You have even said that it would have been better if it’s just you. God says I should tell you all of you are crossing over.

In John 11: 1-46, we read that Jesus allowed Lazarus to die from his sickness so that the glory of God might be seen. Jesus had taught Lazarus sisters that He is the resurrection and the life; despite this teachings, Mary and Martha thought if Jesus had come when Lazarus was still sick, there was hope, but now that he was dead, all hope had gone.

In John 11:20-37, Jesus, however, had to remind them that He was not only the Lord over sickness but over death also.

John 11: 39-40 – Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days. Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?

– There is someone here, you are just coming to Jesus just like Mary and Martha came to welcome Him; but not necessarily because you think He can solve your problem. I’m asked to tell you to keep reading Jer. 32:27 until you understand the sentence.

Jeremiah 32:27 – Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?

In Luke 24: 13-35, after the resurrection of Jesus, He appeared to 2 disciples walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus. They were troubled that Jesus who they thought was their messiah had been killed, and His body was missing.

Jesus had to remind them of the Holy Scriptures how it had been written that all these had to happen for mankind to be saved. Their eyes soon opened and they believed.

– There is someone listening to me now, there is something that you felt has come as a blessing to you, but you are not sure of that anymore.

I’m asked to remind you:

That though you may have suffered many persecutions because of it, but be of good cheer, because you will overcome;

That weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning;

That they sow in tears bearing precious seeds shall surely come back rejoicing;

That it is not the beginning of a thing that matters, but the end of it;

And that the glory of the later is always greater than the former.

As an assurance

In Gen. 12:1-3, God asked Abram to proceed on a journey to the Promised Land and that He would make him the father of many nations, at this time he was 75 years old and had no child.

Years down the line, he became discouraged, God had to assure him that it will not be his chief servant that would inherit him.

Genesis 15:2-6 – And Abram said, Lord God, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus? And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir. And, behold, the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir. And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. And he believed in the Lord, and he counted it to him for righteousness.

Again, years down the line, God had to assure him that it is not Ishmael he had in error that will be his heir.

Genesis 17:15-22 – And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be. And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her. Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is a hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear? And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee! And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him. And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation. But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year. And he left off talking with him, and God went up from Abraham.

– God asked me to assure someone here that He has not forgotten you. It may appear so to you, but He has not.

– Someone here, you are concerned of time. That time is going. You always think that if only you are still a particular age, things would have been better. For you, in particular, God says He will still time. Time will not go for you.

To another person, He says He will exceed your Ishmael. You thought the coming of ‘Ishmael’ was the blessing you have been waiting for, but no. God said that the blessing of Ishmael will be exceeded.

As Jacob was running away from home because of the fear of Esau, a lot of negative thoughts would be going through his mind: all that his father had will be seized by Esau, his father’s funeral in his absence, will he ever meet his mother again? Will he ever return to Canaan?

But in Gen. 28:10-15, God assured him that he would bring him back and that he would be prosperous.

Genesis 28:10-15 – And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran. And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep. And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. And, behold, the Lord stood above it, and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.

– There is someone here, just like Jacob you went out empty. God says you will come back in full.

To another person, He says you may be using stone as a pillow now, but very soon you will be using the finest of cotton.

As a warning

When Moses was preparing to die, he gave the children of Israel words of warning from God. That a time will come when they have settled into Canaan properly, that they must not forget God.

Deuteronomy 31:16-22 – And the Lord said unto Moses, Behold, thou shalt sleep with thy fathers; and these people will rise up, and go a whoring after the gods of the strangers of the land, whither they go to be among them, and will forsake me, and break my covenant which I have made with them. Then my anger shall be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide my face from them, and they shall be devoured, and many evils and troubles shall befall them; so that they will say in that day, Are not these evils come upon us, because our God is not among us? And I will surely hide my face in that day for all the evils which they shall have wrought, in that they are turned unto other gods. Now, therefore, write ye this song for you, and teach it the children of Israel: put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for me against the children of Israel. For when I shall have brought them into the land which I sware unto their fathers, that floweth with milk and honey; and they shall have eaten and filled themselves, and waxen fat; then will they turn unto other gods, and serve them, and provoke me, and break my covenant. And it shall come to pass, when many evils and troubles are befallen them, that this song shall testify against them as a witness; for it shall not be forgotten out of the mouths of their seed: for I know their imagination which they go about, even now, before I have brought them into the land which I sware. Moses, therefore, wrote this song the same day, and taught it the children of Israel.

– This is my song to you, even though I’m not about to die. God is saying many of us have eaten in the UK and become satisfied and are prospering, therefore have turned to serve other gods, especially Mammon (god of material wealth, anything that promises you more money, greed, an undue pursuit of gain) in the place of God.

He asks me to warn such people to repent.

There are many among us who were fervent as students or on work permits, but as soon as they become permanent resident or citizens, God is out of their picture.

There are some who were single and were fervent for the Lord, but as soon as they become married, God is out of the way.

There were those who were trusting God for the fruit of the womb, but as soon as they have a child, the baby becomes their god.

There are those that were fervent when they had no gainful employment, but as soon as they got a good job, God is the last thing on their mind. Talk less of tithing.

God says I should tell you, He is the Lord, He changes not.

In Revelation chapter 2 and 3, God wrote letters to the 7 churches in Asia. 2 of the churches received commendation (Smyrna & Philadelphia) while the other 5 received warnings.

Theologians have said that the characteristics of the 7 churches represent the dichotomy of the kind of Christians we have today; and the kind of churches that exist.

Which may imply that for every 7 Christians or 7 churches, 2 may be sound, and 5 may not. The question is, which group do you belong?

The 5 warnings to be viewed as individual persons.

– The Ephesian church was told that they had left their first love and should do first works.

– The Pergamos church was told that they were upholding the corrupt teaching of Balaam and that of Nicolatans (mislead into idolatry, fornication). Your teachers are on the internet. They were asked to repent.

– The church at Thyatira was said to have tolerated Jezebel who was misleading people. That her followers will be killed if they do not repent. Do you have a Jezebel deceiving you?

– The church in Sardis was said to have a reputation that they were alive but they were dead. They were asked to wake up and strengthen what remained which were about to die, for their deeds are not perfect before God.

– The church in Laodicea was told that because they were not hot nor cold, but lukewarm, they would be vomited out by God, except they repent.

In Mal. 1:6-11, God brought the attention of the Jewish priests to the bad offerings they were accepting from the people and were sacrificing such to Him. They were warned to desist from such to avoid punishment.

Malachi 1:6-11 – A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the Lord of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name? Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the Lord is contemptible. And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil?

and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? Offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? Saith the Lord of hosts. And now, I pray you, beseech God that he will be gracious unto us: this hath been by your means: will he regard your persons? saith the Lord of hosts. Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nought? neither do ye kindle fire on mine altar for nought.

I have no pleasure in you, saith the Lord of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand. For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the Lord of hosts.

3 areas of warning

– Our personal relationship with God (prayer, word, meditation, fellowship with others).

– Our service to God (what duty are you doing for Him? In which way are you working for Him? What assignment do you perform for God?)

– Our giving to God/or to the things of God (do you pay your tithes? Are you a cheerful giver? What financial support do you give to God’s work?). God can’t be mocked.

The word has gone forth. Is it a reminder to you? Is it an assurance? Is it a warning? Is it a bit of each? Let’s go to God in prayer.

Prayer of mercy

– As a reminder – Pardon my memory loss.

– As an assurance – Pardon my unbelief and doubt.

– As a warning – Pardon my disobedience

Final prayers

Father, demonstrate your power in me

Father, demonstrate your power through me

Father, show the whole world with my life that you are the I am that I am.

The sermon, I Am The Lord, I Change Not, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye, was delivered on August 26, 2018. 

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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