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Grace Unto You, Be Multiplied, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

Grace Unto You, Be Multiplied, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

What is grace?
Unsolicited Divine help and assistance (The shunem woman).
May God grant you help you have not solicited for.
Unmerited favour (King Solomon). May favours you do not merit come to you.
Heavenly currency that is needed to enjoy the good things of life (Joseph). May God grant you the grace to enjoy the good things of life.
What makes the race of life to be easy (Esther). May grace make your race to be easy.

What to note about grace
If you remain within your grace, space and room will be made for you (Isaac, in Gen. 26: 1-12). It was true that Abraham went to Egypt; every other person might be going; but remain in your grace.

It is possible to group people together as classmates, but it is grace that will distinguish them. Daniel and his friends were grouped with wise men, astrologers, magicians, etc.
In Dan 2: 46-48, the king later figured out that they were men of multiple grace (Dan 1: 17).
You may have been grouped together as colleagues, grace will however distinguish you.

Those who oppose a grace, always end up as slaves to that grace. The ten brothers of Joseph were in strong opposition to his grace of dreams; they later became servants to him because he interpreted a dream. Are people opposed to the grace of God over your life? They will bow to that grace.

The bible tells us that it is by the grace of God we are saved.
Ephesian 2: 8-9 – It is however interesting to know that within that grace of salvation, there are other grace hidden in it, that a believer needs to unravel and enjoy.
I Peter 5: 10 – Are there any particular grace you desire? God has hidden it in Christ Jesus. May you obtain it in Jesus name.

God is full of grace. It depends on the one you want.
There is a grace for divine health. There are people who have not used Panadol for 30-40 years. Not that using Panadol is sinful, but it denotes that one has a special grace in that area.
3 John 2
May the grace to live a divinely healthy life be your portion in Jesus name. You will not be up today and down tomorrow.

There is a grace for riches. A believer can enjoy that grace.
2 Cor 8:9
It may be that you are somehow poor today, may the grace to be rich rest on you. Definition of poverty (not paid for six months and it affect your normal expenditure, then you are still poor). May God move you far from that benchmark.

There is a grace for fruitfulness
Gen 13:16; Gen 13:2
You may be few today. You will however be greatly enlarged.

There is a grace to be an overcomer in life. So that whatever life throws at you, you will still overcome.
For many years Hannah sob in pain, one day she became the mother of the High Priest.
You will not go under. You will overcome at last. You will laugh the last laugh.

There is grace to be favoured by time and chance.
Eccl. 9:11
The Philistines were at war with Israel, they set the battles in array against each other for 40 days, no one crossed the frontline, just because David had to appear on the scene to take the opportunity of time and chance.
May the grace of God prepare you for the time and chance that will announce your destiny.

Jesus is the Son of God; but while He was on the earth, He also needed grace to succeed with His assignment.
Luke 2: 40; 52
If Jesus needed grace, then we will need it much more.
Thank God we enjoy the grace of growing in age and stature; but how about other grace as well?
Jesus did not only grow in age and stature, He waxed strong in spirit; He was filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him. No wonder He finished well.
May you wax strong in the spirit.
May you be filled with wisdom.
May the grace of God rest upon you.
May you also increase in favour.

If a man lacks many things in life and yet have grace and peace, he lacked nothing.
Grace will do all things for him; peace will help him to enjoy what grace has provided.
May grace worked for you.
May God send grace on errand for you.
May you enjoy peace as well.

You are here, you are questioning the handiwork of God upon your life; God says hold unto Him and see. He said He will transform your life in an amazing way.

It was the grace of God that singled out the house of Jesse as God was looking for a replacement for King Saul.
Jesse and his household were sanctified by grace.
They were invited to the sacrifice by grace.
However, it was grace multiplied that chose David as the next king. Even though, David was not at home; he was not informed about the sacrifice; he was not even sanctified and the holy oil was poured on him.

If you are needed somewhere and you are not there yet, neither have you been invited, may grace transport you there.
If you have been forgotten for a position of honour, may grace make mention of you.
May grace put aside your lack of preparedness and anoint you all the same.

It was grace that David showed to the house of Saul because of Jonathan’s sake that rescued Mephibosheth from Lodebar (dry place), from the house of Micha (wicked).
That grace multiplied by not only bringing him to palace; but a lame man sat at the king’s table, adopted as David’s son, given a daily ration of a prince, received back all the estates of king Saul, and inherited 36 servants!
May grace multiplied bring you to your own palace.
May you dine with kings.
May you enjoy daily ration for a prince or princess.
May estates that have been seized from your ancestors be given back to you.
May people serve you.

Factors that can aid grace been multiplied.
Though grace in itself is unmerited favour, there are certain things the scripture say we can do to align ourselves for more grace.
Be humble
James 4:6
Pray for it
Ex. 33:12-13 (show me way, distinguish us, show me thy glory)
Seek deeper knowledge of God and Christ
2 Peter 1:2
Have passion for the things of God
2 Kings 2:15
Make the best use of your talents
Mt. 25: 28-29

Prayers
Ephe 4:7
Father, let the grace given to me increase in measure
Father, let special grace distinguish me in life
Father, ley my life become more graceful
Father, do not allow me to experience disgrace

The sermon, Grace Unto You, Be Multiplied, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye, was delivered on the 5th of November 2017.

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As Far As Your Eyes Can See, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

As Far As Your Eyes Can See, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

There are two types of eye and equally, there are two types of sights.
There is a physical eye, so also is the spiritual eye.
In the same vein, there is physical sight and there is a spiritual sight.
As crucial as physical eye and sight are in the life of an individual; the absence of spiritual eye and sight can render the total vision of that individual useless. Lack of vision can destroy.
Proverbs 29:18 – Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

There are graduated levels in eyesight both in the physical and spiritual sense.
We go to the optician to check the level of our physical eyesight so that if it’s not in line with what can be classified as normal, our eyesight can be enhanced or improved.
So also are there levels of spiritual eyesight. It is possible for one spiritual eyesight to be abnormal, normal and supernormal.

In I Kings 18: 41-46, three spiritual eyesight were enumerated: Ahab that was spiritually insensitive, he couldn’t sense that heavy rain was about to start, instead he was eating and drinking; Elijah’s servant was able to discern that the little cloud he saw could be significant to the much awaited rain; Elijah however knew that the little cloud his servant saw was a sign of abundant rainfall about to start.

In physical sense, the farther a person can see, the more advantage they have over other around them (e.g. in armed conflict, we were taught that in order to stay alive, one must be able to see their enemy first). In driving test, the first thing the instructor asks is for you to read something a bit far away. It is to check your physical sight. If you don’t pass that, he will discontinue the test.

So also the farther a person can see in the spirit, the greater the advantage they have over others around them (e.g. Peter walked on water).
Matthew 14:29 – And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.

No wonder it was the shadow of Peter that was performing miracles because he could see far.
Acts 5:15-16 – Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them. There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.

Gideon 300 men were chosen because they had the advantage of seeing the enemy first in comparison to their 9,700 colleagues.
Judges 7:5-7 – So he brought down the people unto the water: and the Lord said unto Gideon, Every one that lappeth of the water with his tongue, as a dog lappeth, him shalt thou set by himself; likewise every one that boweth down upon his knees to drink. And the number of them that lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, were three hundred men: but all the rest of the people bowed down upon their knees to drink water. And the Lord said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into thine hand: and let all the other people go every man unto his place.

Again, their spiritual eyesight was greater. Having been given trumpet, flashlight and pitchers to go and fight an armed and seasoned host of the Midianites and they agreed. Their reward must be a lot when the battle was over compared to the other 31,700.

From childhood, Joseph began to see far into his future. He saw that a time will come when his eleven brothers will bow to him; he also saw that his parents would in the future accord him unusual respect and honour.
At 17 years of age, it appeared that the vision would be impossible to happen. Joseph was by that time sold by his older siblings into slavery; he was bought by the Ishmaelite and taken to Egypt. He was in-turn sold to Potiphar – Pharaoh’s Chief Security Officer.
As if that was not enough, Joseph was later thrown into the dungeon for a crime he didn’t commit. Under such circumstance, if a man cannot see far, he will certainly lose hope and can even commit suicide. Joseph however persevered and hoped in The Lord his God, as he was expectant that the vision he saw will still happen.
At age 30, his dreamt vision eventually materialised. He was made the Prime Minister in Egypt; such that only Pharaoh was higher than him!
Genesis 41:39-40 — And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art: Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou.
This happened because he had a glimpse of what God intended to do with his destiny. Otherwise, he could have fallen, especially for the scheme of Potiphar’s wife along the line.

– May God open your eyes to see what lies ahead of your destiny.
If one is able to see ahead, your disposition to life will be different. How can I do this and sinned against God…
May what you see inspire hope and patience in you.
May every persecutor of your vision later come to bow to you.
Joseph’s dreams of over 13 years eventually came to pass; may your vision and dream not fade out like smoke.

In I Sam. 17:1-51, Saul led the children of Israel to war against the Philistines. By this time, King Saul had lost spiritual vision. He was no more hearing from God. He was under the influence of Satan. Himself and the several thousands of people with him were dreadful of one man – Goliath of Gath, so that for 40 days, Goliath tormented the camp of Israel and none could challenge him.
David appeared on the war front by chance. He, however, was a man of great vision. He could see the opportunity the death of Goliath could bring to him. He could see the manner of death Goliath would die, even while he was still bragging. So it wasn’t a surprise to him, unlike everyone else when Goliath fell.
1 Samuel 17:43-47 – And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field. Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord ‘s, and he will give you into our hands.

In life, we all face different kinds of Goliath at different times. The Goliath that one could not see it’s end while it’s still boasting, may eventually see one’s end.
The farthest King Saul could see the whole of Israel before Goliath was that they would eventually become slaves. May you not become a slave to your enemy.
How far can you see yourself against what you are facing? Will you be a victor or a victim? A captor or a captive? The overcome or the overcomer? May the anointing that sees the end of Goliath come upon you.

At a later time, David was chased out of town by King Saul because David posed a threat to Saul’s dynasty. David and his men kept hiding from one cave to another; from one stronghold to another. They were living on occasional raids on villages and travelling merchants.
A day came when David sent some of his men to go and ask for meat from a livestock farmer called Nabal, whom they have been watchful of his animals.
Nabal being a hard-hearted man insulted David and gave David’s men nothing. David was very angry and planned to kill every male in Nabal’s compound, when Nabal’s wife got to know what had happened and quickly intervened (I Sam. 25:1-41).
1 Samuel 25:10-11 – And Nabal answered David’s servants, and said, Who is David? and who is the son of Jesse? there be many servants nowadays that break away every man from his master. Shall I then take my bread, and my water, and my flesh that I have killed for my shearers, and give it unto men, whom I know not whence they be?

Though David was poor and destitute at the time; Abigail could see far ahead that he was a ruler to be and so honoured him accordingly. She even said when David would eventually ascend the throne, he should please remember her. Shocking!
1 Samuel 25:23-31 – And when Abigail saw David, she hasted, and lighted off the ass, and fell before David on her face, and bowed herself to the ground, And fell at his feet, and said, Upon me, my lord, upon me let this iniquity be: and let thine handmaid, I pray thee, speak in thine audience, and hear the words of thine handmaid. Let not my lord, I pray thee, regard this man of Belial, even Nabal: for as his name is, so is he; Nabal is his name, and folly is with him: but I thine handmaid saw not the young men of my lord, whom thou didst send. Now therefore, my lord, as the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, seeing the Lord hath withholden thee from coming to shed blood, and from avenging thyself with thine own hand, now let thine enemies, and they that seek evil to my lord, be as Nabal. And now this blessing which thine handmaid hath brought unto my lord, let it even be given unto the young men that follow my lord. I pray thee, forgive the trespass of thine handmaid: for the Lord will certainly make my lord a sure house; because my lord fighteth the battles of the Lord, and evil hath not been found in thee all thy days. Yet a man is risen to pursue thee, and to seek thy soul: but the soul of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of life with the Lord thy God; and the souls of thine enemies, them shall he sling out, as out of the middle of a sling. And it shall come to pass, when the Lord shall have done to my lord according to all the good that he hath spoken concerning thee, and shall have appointed thee ruler over Israel; That this shall be no grief unto thee, nor offence of heart unto my lord, either that thou hast shed blood causeless, or that my lord hath avenged himself: but when the Lord shall have dealt well with my lord, then remember thine handmaid.

14 times Abigail called David my lord in her plea. Meanwhile, she might be older. It was impossible for David to resist her person and her entreaty. So it happened that about a week’s time, Nabal died suddenly and straightaway Abigail became married to David. So she became one of the senior queens in the palace when David became the king of Judah & Israel.

There is an error I have seen in my days because people could not see far into their relationships, they have treated their potential wife or husbands as ordinary friends. Such that a time comes when they would later think they should have actually be married to that person.

If there is someone here that has made such an error and is still single, may God grant you another chance. If you are a lady, may your eyes be opened to see your own David. If you are a man, may you recognise your own Abigail.

You are here, a woman of marriageable age, a man has proposed to marry you. Your answer was that you will think about it. It is good you are thinking on it, ask God to open your eyes regarding him; if he is your king or not. Don’t just judge him because he looks like a destitute today.

In Hebrew 12:1-2, the bible tells us that Jesus agreed and endured the death on the cross because He could see beyond the agony and shame that would come with it.
Hebrews 12:2 – Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Some of the joy set before Christ were:
He knew that instead of Him being the only Son of His Father, through His death and eventual resurrection, God will have many more children;
The saints will be able to live a victorious life over Satan;
No one can approach the Father, except through Him (Phil. 2: 9-10).
Can you see the joy set before you after that cross?
If you can’t, you will only murmur and grumble. Then you would have lost your throne.
But if you endured the time of your cross, you will reign with joy, as Jesus is right now.

Some years ago, I joined the Nigerian Army. I was enlisted on 04 January 1988. The training was tough and unbearable. It was not easy to turn a civilian into a combatant soldier in six months. A key reason while many of us finished the training was that right from the onset, we knew our proposed passing out parade day (POP). So we knew that the training was not a cross to be carried indefinitely.
It was on the programme, 08 July 1988.
We started counting weeks, and later then days.
Eventually the day came, what a day of great joy.
Our toughest instructors all came to rejoice with us.
May you ‘Passing Out Parade’ day meet you still waiting.

In Gen. 13:14-18, Lot departed from Abraham. It must have been a difficult time for Abraham to see Lot go; this is the person that he had come to take as a child. God, however, appeared to him at this time and renewed and increased His earlier promises to him.
To us, the departing Lot can represent excess baggage, worldliness, distractions, etc. if we want to see far, we must be willing to separate ourselves from anyone or anything that is blocking our vision.

In order for one to see far, two things are necessary: one would need to lift up their eyes, and their vision must be sharp. Both Lot and Abram lifted up their eyes, but there was a difference in the sharpness of their vision. Lot saw the plains of Sodom watered and green, Abram saw the whole of Canaan, though dry where he was, he knew that God could not fail him. No wonder they had two different results.
Lot put his trust in nature and ready provision, but Abram put his trust in God of the supernatural.

The principal reason Abram was holding unto Lot was because he seemed to him as a child; God, however, promised him that his children will be uncountable. So that Lot cannot be compared to what is coming.
You may have lost your Lot; God will give you your Isaac that will yield multitude.

God asked Abram to take a walk through the length and breadth of his inheritance. This is to increase the desire of Abram and inspire his hope and faith in God. At 75, Abram crossed the desert to be here; possibly now in his nineties, God was asking him to conduct a tour of the land. It must be rigorous for a ninety-year-old to do. But he did it all the same.

It was not just sightseeing; it was a prophetic ownership surveillance of the land Abram was doing. As a result of his obedience, he found the plains of Mamre in Hebron.

Mamre – fatness
Hebron – fellowship
If Abram had not surveyed the land, he would not have discovered Mamre.
He knew that if he continued in fellowship with God, he will experience fatness, though he was surrounded by physical desert.
He then built an altar to have fellowship with God.
May God lead you to your Mamre. May you get to your Hebron.
When you get there, don’t forget your sacrifice unto God.

Prayer
Haggai 2:8
The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord of hosts.
– Father, make me to enjoy all that belongs to you.

Proverbs 13:22
A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.
– Father, help me to leave a good legacy for my children’s children.

Proverbs 20:21
An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning, but the end thereof shall not be blessed.
– Father, help me to patiently wait for my Divine inheritance.

Psalms 37:29
The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein forever.
– Father, make me to inherit the earth forever.

Proverbs 17:2
A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren.
– Father, let not my inheritance be passed to another because of my mistake.

2 Kings 6:17
And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
– Father, open my eyes to see what you have prepared for me.

The sermon, As Far As Your Eyes Can See, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye, was delivered on October 29, 2017.

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May God Bless You Beyond Any Known Measure, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

In my meditation, I came to the conclusion that everything in life occurs in levels and/or have a way they are measured. Whether they are tangible or intangible objects; whether they are aquatic, terrestrial or celestial objects or phenomena; there are levels or degree at which things occur.

One of the things that fascinate me in my elementary Geography is the unit of measurement of certain things like: line of equal atmospheric pressure (isobar); rainfall (isohyet); cloudiness (isoneph); sunshine (Isohel); temperature (isotherm); wind (isotach); etc. It was interesting to me that these phenomena can be measured.

As intangible as the concept of faith may seem to us, it can be measured.
Romans 12:3 – measure of faith
For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

Mt. 17:20 – faith as a grain
And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

Mt 15:28 – great faith
Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

Mt 8:26 – little faith
And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

Luke 17:5 – increasing faith
And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.
Even when Jesus wasn’t talking about faith; the disciples realised that to be able to forgive the same person several times in one day, they needed help to grow in faith.

Interestingly also, blessing occurs in levels. Either by what was pronounced and/or how it was said.
– Example of what was said.
In Gen. 27:1-5, Isaac asked his firstborn (Esau) to go and prepare venison for him, so he could bless him before he died.
Before this time (Gen. 25:31-32), Esau had sold his seniority (his birthright) to Jacob, his younger brother. So technically, the blessing of the firstborn (Uncommon inheritance) does not belong to Esau. Somehow, Rebekah overheard Isaac and told Jacob her favourite child what to do in order to obtain the blessing. God was not happy with Esau because he didn’t cherish the special inheritance accorded to him (Roman 9:10-13).

Eventually the specific blessing Isaac was reserving for Esau was collected by Jacob. Even though Isaac still blessed Esau, but all the parties involved knew that one blessing was greater from the other.
Genesis 27:27-29
And he came near, and kissed him: and he smelled the smell of his raiment, and blessed him, and said, See, the smell of my son is as the smell of a field which the Lord hath blessed: Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine: Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: be lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother’s sons bow down to thee: cursed be every one that curseth thee, and blessed be he that blesseth thee.

May your life be like a field which The Lord has blessed.
May God give you the dew of heaven and the fatness of earth.
May you enjoy abundance of corn and wine.
People shall serve you. Nations shall bow to you.
You shall be lord over your brethren. May your siblings bow to you.
Everyone that curses you shall be cursed instead.
Those that bless you shall be blessed.

– Example of how the blessing was done.
It is believed in Israel and in biblical narrative that if an anointed servant of God blesses one by placing his/her right hand on the person’s head, the blessing received will be greater than if the same person put his/her left hand on the same individual.

In Gen. 48:8-20, Joseph presented his two sons before his father (Jacob), who could not see properly. The senior (Manasseh) was strategically placed on Jacob right hand, and Ephraim the junior to Jacob’s left. But when Jacob would bless them, he crossed his hands, putting his right hand on Ephraim and his left hand on Manasseh.
Genesis 48:18-20
And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn; put thy right hand upon his head. And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations. And he blessed them that day, saying, In thee shall Israel bless, saying, God make thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh: and he set Ephraim before Manasseh.
May your seed become multitude of nation. May your name be used as a blessing for others.

The bible reveals to us the position of where Jesus is seated in relation to that of His father. The bible makes us to know that Jesus is seated at the right hand of God.
Acts 2:32-33 – Peter sermon
Acts 7:55 – Stephen submission
Luke 22:69 – Jesus own word
Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God.
I Peter 3:22 – Peter repeated
Psalm 110:1 – David prophesy
Mark 16:19 – Mark was inspired to repeat.
May you enjoy the dividend of the blessing of Jesus sitting at the right hand of God.

Why is Jesus sitting at God’s right hand? The bible tells us the significance of God’s right.
Exodus 15:6
Thy right hand, O Lord, is become glorious in power: thy right hand, O Lord, hath dashed in pieces the enemy.
Psalms 89:13
Thou hast a mighty arm: strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand.
Psalms 118:16
The right hand of the Lord is exalted: the right hand of the Lord doeth valiantly.

I have tried to establish the biblical truth that blessing occurs in levels.
Where I’m going in essence is that God will bless you beyond any known measure.

1 Corinthians 2:9
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

May you begin to enjoy such specially prepared blessings from now.
May unusual blessings become yours.
May this is too much kind of blessing come into your life? Like Peter – go away from me…
May people testify that your own blessing is just too different and that they have never seen it or heard it like your type before.
May the proportion of your blessing; the timing and the impact go beyond the prediction and imagination of men. May it leave people’s mouth open ajar.

Abraham was someone his blessing went beyond measure. He left home at 75 years with few belongings and no child.
In a space of 25 years, God had blessed him to the level at which he had two sons; thousands of livestock and over 400 servants. At 140 years when he sent his chief servant to fetch a wife for Isaac, his kinsmen were so astonished to hear that he then had a grown up son and to see the huge gift he sent just to get a bride for his son.
Rebekah that hasn’t met Abraham’s family before too could not resist the urge to go with the servant. She knew that there must be much more from where the gifts had come from.

May the testimony about you propel others to believe in the living God.
When people hear your story, may they want to hear more because of how sweet it will sound to their ears.
May your destiny experience a giant leap forward.
May where you are now be dwarfed by where you will be by this time next year.
Your next year must dwarf your today.

Right from when God began to use men to do exploits, the bible tells us that the hand of God will just come upon them, and the people were able to do the uncommon.
People like Jonathan, David, Samson, Jephthah, Elijah, all did wonders when the hand of God came upon them. It was during Elisha’s time, that we hear of double portion of anointing. It was an unusual inheritance.
In 2 Kings 2: 10-14, Elijah told Elisha that he has asked a hard thing, but if he should see him when he’s been taken away, it would be possible.
So it happened that God bless Elisha with such an anointing that was beyond his predecessors. So that even in death, Elisha’s carcass was still performing miracles!

There is someone here, you are trying to measure up to your predecessor, God says that is not your benchmark. You are going higher than that.
May God demonstrate His new move through you.

Elisha started the school of prophethood at the lowest level. While some started as sons of prophets, he being a child of a farmer, started as a servant of prophet. He was a laughing stock in the eyes of the biological sons of prophet.
In 3 years though, the difference was clear. Elisha graduated into being the master of all the prophets in the land and in the region (2 Kings 2:15).
2 Kings 2:15
And when the sons of the prophets which were to view at Jericho saw him, they said, The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha. And they came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him.

There is someone here; God says He will make you a lord to your kind.
In 3 years from now, those that were highly placed than you shall come to call you ‘my master, my master’.
There will be a positive shift in the spiritual realm for you.
The mantle of uncommon inheritance will be placed in your hands.
Those who have gone ahead of you will come to bow to you.
Those who are mocking you now will come and ask you how you did it.
May the Spirit of God upon Elijah rest upon you.

Joseph was the 11th son of his father. Going by his position, he didn’t stand a good chance to Jacob’s estate. So that when he was relaying his dreams to his brothers, it wasn’t just an insult, it was unthinkable.
God however blessed him beyond any known measure.

There’s someone here, God says realistically your position doesn’t seem good, but He says, “I’m putting that aside, and I will fast track you”.
Another person is here, God says you are been looked at as an ordinary stone, what such people do not know yet is that you are a cornerstone. He says, I’m about to reveal that to them now.
To another person, God is saying that your time in the pit is over. Your years of slavery are gone. Your dungeon experience has elapsed. From now on, it shall be seasons of elevation for you; season of freedom; season of celebration and that of enjoyment in Jesus name.

Prayers
Ephesians 1:3 – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
– Father, let all my spiritual blessings in heavenly places be made manifest in the physical.

Revelation 1:6 – And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
– Father, let my inheritance as a king and priest be vivid to all.

John 8:36 – If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
– Father, let my life be an evidence of someone you have make free indeed.

Romans 8:17 – And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint- heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
– Father, let my suffering for you result in glorification with your Son.

The sermon, May God Bless You Beyond Any Known Measure, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye, was delivered on October 1, 2017

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Our Doctrinal Beliefs (Part 1)

Our Doctrinal Beliefs (Part 1)

Emanates from the Latin word doctrina:
• A codification of beliefs or a body of teachings or instructions; taught principles or positions held; or a body of teachings in a branch of knowledge or belief system.
• Oxford English Dictionary: A belief or set of beliefs held and taught by a Church, political party, or other group.

Types of doctrine
• a) Biblical doctrines 2 Jn 1:9; Jn 7:17
• b) Doctrines of devils 1 Tim 4:1
• c) Doctrines of men Mark 7:7;
• d) Church doctrines Acts 2:42;

• {A} Biblical doctrines
• Jn. 7:16-17 “Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself”.
• 2 Jn 1:9 “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son”.
• Examples: prayer requests; Salvation in the name of Jesus.

• {B} Doctrine of devils
• 1 Tim 4: 1
• Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
• Example: baptism of the dead, purgatory, etc

• {C} Doctrine of men
• Mark 7:7 “He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men”.
• Example: Only circumcised men are born again, sinful to eat without washing hands, etc.

• {D} Church doctrine
• Acts 15:29 “That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.”.
• Examples: Registered members requirements, Priests not to marry, etc
• Usually stem from:
• Founders’ background, Basis for the establishment of the church, Founder(s) understanding of scriptures, Founders practices (good or evil), Desire to conform to changing cultures.

Some biblical doctrines highlighted below
• The Bible
• The Godhead
• Salvation
• The Devil
• About Man
• Repentance
• New Birth & Justification
• Sanctification & Holiness

• 1. The Holy Bible
• We believe that the Holy Bible: both Old & New Testaments are written by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
• 2 Tim. 3: 16-17 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works”.

2. The Godhead
• We believe the Godhead consists of three Persons (God the Father; God the Son & God the Holy Spirit) who is One Triune God.
• Mt. 28: 19 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:”
• I John 5: 7 “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one”.
• Mk. 12:29 “And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:”

3. Salvation only in Jesus name
• We believe that Jesus Christ is God the Son, who came in flesh to save the world from sin (John 1:1-14).
• Acts 4: 10,12 “Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved”.

4. The Devil
• We believe that the Devil exists. He seeks the downfall of every man, especially believers. He brought sickness & death.
• He governs over a well organised army of demons.
• Rev. 12: 7-9 “And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, 8 but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them[a] in heaven any longer. 9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him”.

5. About Man
• God formed man with the dust of ground; breathed into his nostril the breath of life; and man became a living soul (Gen. 2:7). So that man comprises of Body, Spirit & Soul. Man is God’s ambassador on Earth.
• Lk. 23: 46 “Then Jesus called out in a loud voice, “Father, into Your hands I commit My Spirit.” And when He had said this, He breathed His last.”
• Lk. 12: 20 “But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?”

6. Repentance unto God
• We are all born as sinners. The wages of sin is death. To live eternally therefore, one will need to repent.
• Rom. 3: 23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
• I John 1: 9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”.

7. New Birth & Justification
• After confession and repentance of our sins unto God in Jesus name; we become new creatures/born again (2 Cor. 5:17).
• God then declares us justified/righteous by His grace as if we have never sinned.
• Rom. 5: 1 “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:”

8. Sanctification & Holiness
• Sanctification is the second work of grace by which the root of sin/Adamic nature is completely removed.
• Holiness is living a life that abstain from all appearance of evil and worldliness.
• John 17:15-17 “…Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth”.
• Heb. 12:14 “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.”

Prayers points
• Father, help me to keep your doctrine.
• Father, let me not give heed to doctrine of Satan.
• Father, let my focus not be on doctrine of men.
• Father, grant me the willingness and passion to obey my church doctrine that are not contradictory to your word.
• Father, help me that none of your doctrine condemn me in the end.

The sermon, Our Doctrinal Beliefs (Part 1), was delivered by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye on September 10, 2017