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You Shall Be Above Only, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

 

You Shall Be Above Only, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

Text: Deut 28:13 – And the Lord shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the Lord thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:

The Head is the uppermost part of the body of any creature and the tail is the lowermost part. In essence, God was and has promised the Children of Israel that they will be above His other creations and not beneath; that they will have dominion over others and that they will not be subjects unto others; and they will enjoy great honours and be held in high esteem.

The phrase ‘you shall be the head and not the tail’ is an familiar expression in the east, indicating the possession of independent power, great dignity and acknowledged for excellence.

God was therefore promising the Israelites that they will be superior to other nations in honour and dignity; and not be below them or equal to them.

Throughout the history of the Children of Israel, whenever they listened and obeyed God (especially with their leaders), God always make sure that they were the most superior power in their region and not been subjugated by anyone.

For example Joshua 23:1 – And it came to pass a long time after that the Lord had given rest unto Israel from all their enemies round about, that Joshua waxed old and stricken in age.

That happened because

Joshua 24:31 – And Israel served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that overlived Joshua, and which had known all the works of the Lord, that he had done for Israel.

– May God give you rest from all your enemies in Jesus name.

The Philistines troubled Israel greatly under King Saul, mainly because of his disobedience to God. But under King David, the Israelites became the dominant power again in the region and that continued under King Solomon because of God’s covenant with David.

During the last days of David, he told his son the secret of his power and authority.

I Kings 2:1-4 – Now the days of David drew nigh that he should die; and he charged Solomon his son, saying, I go the way of all the earth:be thou strong therefore, and shew thyself a man; And keep the charge of the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself: That the Lord may continue his word which he spake concerning me, saying, If thy children take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail thee (said he) a man on the throne of Israel.

We all refer to David as a man of war, yes David fought many wars to extend the Jewish Kingdom, but David himself knew that it wasn’t his power that gave him the victory in battle, but the help of the Almighty God.

Psalms 20:7-8 – Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God. They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright.

– Any chariot that has risen against you shall be thrown down in Jesus name.

– May God extend your influence to its widest extent yet in this 2017 in Jesus name.

It was God that promoted King Hezekiah above King Sennacherib, who used to be the superpower in the region. Sennacherib was a terrible king, he would normally destroy any city he conquered and turned them into rubble or dunghill.

He had great Army and huge Calvary.

God however humiliated him before Hezekiah. Sennacherib men could not fire a shot of arrow into Judah; the Assyrian lost 189,000 in one night as an angel went through their camp; Sennacherib also lost his life because he staged a war against the people of God (2 Chro. 32:1-23).

2 Chronicles 32:22-23 – Thus the Lord saved Hezekiah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib the king of Assyria, and from the hand of all other, and guided them on every side. And many brought gifts unto the Lord to Jerusalem, and presents to Hezekiah king of Judah:so that he was magnified in the sight of all nations from thenceforth.

– Every mighty man or mighty woman intimidating you shall be cut down.

– May God deliver you from the hand the Sennacherib against your destiny.

– May God deliver you from other powers and principalities against you also.

– May God guide you on every side.

– May people freely give to God and to you because of what God will use you to do.

– May God magnified you in the sight of all nations.

– There is someone listening to me right now, you have been trying to appease a power to no avail. God says you will soar above that power.

– To another person, a power has been boasting about your downfall, Jehovah says they can’t do anything.

– That Sennacherib may appear to be more powerful that you before, the tide has changed now. You are now the ‘head’. You are no longer a ‘tail’ compared to them.

King Jehoshaphat was one of best, most pious and prosperous kings of Judah. He was a zealous follower of God’s commandment. During his time, the Philistines and other Arabian kingdoms paid tributes to Judah!

The nations around Judah were fearful of them, especially after God delivered them from the hands of three kings who teamed-up to destroy Judah.

All these happened because God had earmarked Judah to become the head in the region.

– May your headship be evident and not contestable.

– May your contemporaries and opposers pay you tribute.

– Any and all gang up against you shall be diffused by God.

– You shall be above only in Jesus name.

In today’s Israel, though they are not more than 13 million, all the Arabian nations around them respect them greatly and many are afraid of them. Talk about science and technology; defence; communication; etc, Israel is well respected worldwide.

– In your clan, locality, region, you shall not be a walkover in Jesus name.

– May God bestow on you a huge respect and honour in your sphere of domain in Jesus name.

You shall above only and not beneath.

Whenever the word ‘above’ is used, it usually connotes ‘beyond the norm or beyond usual status quo’. I tried to figure out if the word could be used in a bad sense, I’m yet to discover one.

You shall be above only.

In instances where houses were built on different floors, I have noticed that the Landlord or the Caretaker is usually on the topmost floor. The question I asked myself is why, especially as it’s easier to move in and out on the ground floor.

The reason is simple. The owner must be above, the tenant must be below.

It will be an anomaly for the tenants movement in the flat upstairs to be disturbing the landlord beneath.

– From today, may God remove you from the beneath of life.

– May the beneath syndrome become alien to you.

God made Joseph the head and not the tail. Though he was 11th of 12 children, yet he was the head. He was the one that gives the accurate reports to their father whenever they go out; he was the head in Portiphar’s house; he was the head in the prison; he eventually became the head in Egypt.

– I am not sure of where life has placed you at the moment, God will however make you the head in your lifetime in Jesus name.

The bible says Daniel was preferred above other presidents, princes and because an excellent spirit was found in him.

During the reign of Babylonian kings of Nebuchadnezzar and Belteshasha, Daniel was the head of government.

During the reign of Persian kings of Darius and Cyrus, Daniel was also the head of government. God systematically advanced Daniel to the front.

– May you be preferred above your equals.

– May God grant you an excellent spirit.

– May government and authorities want to have you on their board.

– At your recommendation, may people become lifted and even demoted.

What are the attributes of the head? So you can know what to become.

1. Head is the place of reasoning. Decision are made in the head and by the head. My experience as a regular soldier. I must go back to school. One of the greatest thinker of our time.

Elisha when the people of Jericho came to him (water is bitter, land is barren).

2. Head determines the direction of movement or animals and even vehicles (except train that switches heads).

Moses directed the Israelites to move forward towards the Red Sea.

3. Head is always the location of vital senses: sight, smell and hearing.

Elisha could see in Israel what the Syrian were plotting in Damascus.

4. Head is commonly used for personal identification, without the head, it will require further rigorous effort to determine who an individual is.

5. Head is one of the most delicate part of any body. That is why the enemy attacks the head at every level: head in anatomy; head of home; head of church; head of society; etc.

– Your ‘head’ shall not become a prey to the enemy in Jesus name.

– Your head shall not be tampered with in Jesus name.

What must I do to become the head?

  1. Hearken & Obey God’s command (Jos 1:8; Deut 28: 13)

  2. Be diligent (Prov )

  3. Ask God for a peculiar gift (make room for him ( )

  4. Don’t be in a hurry (Eccl 3:1)

Prayers

Father, make me to be above only.

Father, remove me from the beneath of life.

The sermon, You Shall Be Above Only, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye, was delivered on May 14th, 2017.

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The Amazing Stories of Jesus Christ, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

The Amazing Stories of Jesus Christ, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

Amazing Birth

Isaiah 7: 14 “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel”.

Mt. 1:23 “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us”.

Amazing Life

Mt. 8:7 “But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!”

Mark 1:22 “And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes”.

Amazing Death

Luke 23: 34 “Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots”,

Mt. 27: 54 “Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God”.

Amazing Resurrection

John 2: 19 “Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up”.

Luke 24: 5-7 Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’”

Amazing Ascension

John 14: 2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

Acts 1: 9-11 Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, 11 who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”

Several factors have tried to undermine the amazing story of Jesus overtime. For example:

Established Authorities

Emergence of World Religions

Spiritual Powers

Magicians

Modernization

Etc

The documented record of Jewish Leaders

Mt. 28: 11-15 Now while they were going, behold, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all the things that had happened. 12 When they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, 13 saying, “Tell them, ‘His disciples came at night and stole Him away while we slept.’ 14 And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will appease him and make you secure.” 15 So they took the money and did as they were instructed; and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.

The Roman/Persian Authorities

The first documented case of imperially supervised persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire begins with Nero (37–68).

The emergence of Islam

Islam – a religion claimed to have been received from archangel Gabriel in Arabic in 610AD, this has led billions of Muslims away from the way of salvation initiated by God, 600 years before.

It is an Arabic version of how to reach the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, copied from Moses and Torah revelations from God. Islam placed emphasis on Works rather than Grace brought by Jesus Christ. Acknowledge Jesus as Prophet, and nothing more and claimed that Jesus fainted on the cross and later woke up as against dyeing and resurrecting.

The distractions of the Catholic Church

Marian devotion in Christianity is directed to the person of Mary, mother of Jesus consisting of external pious practices expressed by the believer.

Such devotional prayers or acts may be accompanied by specific requests for Mary’s intercession with God. There are many Marian devotions, ranging from multi-day prayers such as novenas, the celebration of Canonical coronations granted by the Pope, the veneration of icons in Eastern Christianity, and pious acts which do not involve prayers, such as the wearing of scapulars or maintaining a Mary garden.

The confusions of New Age Religions

Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons (I Tim. 4:1 ).

Church of Latter Day Saints

Church of Scientology

Grail Message

Quakers

Eckankar

Jehovah Witness; Etc.

Modernization & Enlightenment

Empirical knowledge has concluded that some of the amazing stories of Jesus are impossible, and therefore can’t simply be true.

(Virgin birth; Walk on water; Feeding thousands; etc; cannot be proven scientifically.)

A lesson from Easter

Just like Christ, we are born, we live, we die and we are to be raised again.

Some live as if there is no end. ‘Where are those that lived yesterday’?

Others live as if nothing happens after they are gone. “As it is appointed unto men once to die, after that is judgement”.

The only 2 exceptions to the rule yet

Enoch (Gen. 5: 21-24)

Elijah (2 Kings 2: 11)

But their own eventual death and resurrection will come (Rev. 11: 3-12)First Death

2 types of Death

Breathing stopped; body cremated or buried.

Must be observed by all (except those at tail end of Millennial).

Second Death

Soul and spirit of a being thrown into Lake of fire.

Must be observed by unbelievers and backslidden believer.

2 types of Resurrection

First Resurrection

Saints who had died.

Raised to Judgement Seat of Christ.

For rewards.

Second Resurrection

Sinners who had died.

Raised to the Great White Throne Judgement of God.

For eternal punishment

Which one are you working towards?

First Death or the addition of the Second Death?

First Resurrection or Second Resurrection?

What to do now

Make a decision today about it.

Make a deliberate effort to work towards it.

Continue to pray regarding it.

God’s grace will see you through.Father, let the Power that raised Jesus from the death help me live an amazing life; death and resurrection in Jesus name.

The Amazing Stories of Jesus Christ, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye was delivered on Easter Sunday April 16, 2017

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May God Upgrade Your Life In An Amazing Way, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

May God Upgrade Your Life In An Amazing Way, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

What is upgrade?

– Raise something to a higher standard. (Class).

– Increase the capacity of something by adding or replacing some components. (Memory)

– Give a person a more important job than what they were doing before. (Supervisor)

– Removing something from a critical state to a better condition. (A patient)

– Making a new version or improved model of a thing. (Mobile Phone).

– An upward inclination or slope uphill. (Graphs)

– To raise the importance, value or the esteem of something. (Airport).

In this part of the world, we certainly understand the concept of upgrade very well. We do house upgrade, cars, equipment, phones and even software.

Some of us have mobile phone contracts that we upgrade like every two years. So we actually know when we are due for an upgrade.

However, there are certain upgrades that beat one’s imagination and preparedness that blows your mind away and as such become amazing types.

For example, in one of my journeys to a Conference in London, I had made my hotel reservation for a double room, only to get there to find out that I have been upgraded to a king size for free. It was a surprise for me, as I didn’t pay for such. Not only the room, but all the treatment fit for a king.

– In this year 2017, may God blow your mind away. May God surprise you for good.

On another occasion, a friend from Nigeria was shock to see me in London as that must have been an amazing upgrade to see me in UK based on what he knew about me.

We were roommates in the university in 1992. They always talked of London…

When he saw me in London in 1999, he couldn’t believe it.

– May your life surprise those who had known you before.

– In 7 years from now, may those who had known you before open their mouth in disbelief.

King David is one of the people in the bible that enjoyed amazing upgrade. David was the last of 8 sons of Jesse. With that kind of position in the family, he was to be the errand boy. However, not too long, God promoted him before his 7 brothers, so that he became a regular visitor to the king’s palace and the king’s armour bearer.

He later became the captain over his elder brothers, some member of his clan and about 400 people (I Sam. 22:1-2).

– This year 2017, I see God upgrading some of us to captain of hundreds and commander of companies. If want to belong to that category, shout a bigger amen.

– There is someone here, in your father’s house; you will no longer be relegated. In your clan, you will be highly esteemed. In your locality, you will become an honourable fellow.

There is a saying which says, “Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown”. David went through tough time in order to become the king of Israel, but the tough times didn’t last forever.

The greatest enemy to his coronation was King Saul, who was killed with the Philistines.

I decree that every Saul that is not allowing you to reach your Divine potential will meet its downfall today in Jesus name.

To them, it will be how are the mighty fallen, while to you it will be how are the lowly upgraded in Jesus name.

– unfortunate for Saul, he was destroyed on Mount Gilboa, this is Mount Zion, every power chasing you from your throne will be destroyed right now in Jesus name.

After Saul’s death, David inquired of The Lord whether he should go into any city of Judah, God said yes. David further inquire which of the cities should he go to and God said Hebron. It was while he was staying in Hebron that the men of Judah came to him and anointed him king of Judah (2 Sam. 2:1-4). What an amazing upgrade!

2 Samuel 2:1-4

And it came to pass after this, that David enquired of the Lord, saying, Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah? And the Lord said unto him, Go up. And David said, Whither shall I go up? And he said, Unto Hebron. So David went up thither, and his two wives also, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail Nabal’s wife the Carmelite. And his men that were with him did David bring up, every man with his household: and they dwelt in the cities of Hebron. And the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah. And they told David, saying, That the men of Jabeshgilead were they that buried Saul.

From leading about 600 men to several thousands of men.

From leading people who were distressed and debtors; to leading the notable tribe of Judah.

From an ordinary leader to an anointed king.

– There is someone here; God will upgrade your life from leading to reigning.

Many benefits accorded to a ruler than leader. People don’t challenge the ruler anyhow.

– You have been leading before; you will start reigning from now.

– God actually upgrade David’s life from living in caves to the palace. There is someone here, where you are now is a glorified cave, God says where He is taking you to is a palace. May you get there in Jesus name.

For the next 6 years or so, the house of Saul and the house of David engaged in different battles. Though Israel was more than Judah, God systematically weakened the house of Saul overtime and strengthened the house of David.

Eventually, all the elders of 11 tribes of Israel came to David in Hebron and asked him to rule over them (2 Sam. 5:1-3). Another amazing upgrade!

2 Samuel 5:1-3

Then came all the tribes of Israel to David unto Hebron, and spake, saying, Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh. Also in time past, when Saul was king over us, thou wast he that leddest out and broughtest in Israel: and the Lord said to thee, Thou shalt feed my people Israel, and thou shalt be a captain over Israel. So all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron; and King David made a league with them in Hebron before the Lord: and they anointed David king over Israel.

– May Jehovah weaken every opposition to your elevation in Jesus name.

– There is someone here; God will use those you have never thought of to effect your next upgrade.

– To another person, you have fought continuously to get to where you are, God says you are now entering into your season of rest.

Joseph’s life also follows a pattern of upgrade. He was hated by his brothers who had planned to kill him; they later sold him into slavery, which was in a way, an upgrade to his life. Sentence of death change to sentence of slavery!

– If you are here and people or spirits have conspired to waste your life; they have failed. You will always escape their snares in Jesus name.

When Joseph got to Egypt, instead of been a slave to just anybody, he became a slave to Potiphar who was the commander of the king’s guards.

Even when he was thrown into jail, his jail masters were not anybody, but principal officers to the king.

When Joseph was to come out of prison, it was to stand before Pharaoh as an adviser. And from an adviser to the king, he was upgraded to the Prime Minister of Egypt.

– May God that progressed the value to Joseph do so for you in Jesus name.

– May the curve of your life proceeds upwards and terminates at the top in Jesus name.

– Your yesterday shall not be better than today. As sweet as your today will be, may it not be sweeter than your tomorrow.

– May the sequential pattern of your life attest to the power of God.

Talking about a life that enjoyed upgrade, one must mention Mephibosheth. When Saul and his sons were killed in battle, the nurse of Mephibosheth (Saul’s grandson) was escaping with him on a horse and the boy fell, so that he became lame on both feet.

He then started to hide in a downtown location and living in squalor. As time went on, David remembered his vow to Jonathan his friend, and sought to be a blessing to anyone remaining in the house of Saul. Then the name of a Mephibosheth came up.

David brought him into his palace; made him one of the princes; apportioned a prince daily ration to him; and asked him to seat on his table. What an amazing upgrade!

– There is someone here; God will put you into a standard several times higher than where you are now.

– Another person, God says you were a prince before, He says, I will turn you into one again.

Criteria for amazing upgrade

  1. Be devoted to God – David was in the field. Personal intimacy with Him, commitment to His service. – Kneel before God, so that you will not kneel before men.

  2. Be faithful in small things. David was faithful with sheep, 600 men, Judah, and then Israel.

  3. Be patient. David was patient, though also anointed, and did not haste the transition. Killed the person that says fastrack Saul’s death.

  4. Always ask God for your next move. David asked God even after Saul had died where to go. If he had gone to another location, the men of Judah may not have come to him.

  5. Persevere in trial or waiting. David went through a lot, but waited.

  6. Be sensitive to time and seasons. For as long as Saul was on the throne, David was hiding, but when he heard that he’s dead, he sensed a new season has come.

Prayers

Father, let the life I live bring glory and honour to you.

Father, make me a living testament of your goodness.

The sermon, May God Upgrade Your Life In An Amazing Way, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye, was delivered on April 9th 2017

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Is Obedience Better Than Sacrifice? by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

Is Obedience Better Than Sacrifice? by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

Text: I Samuel 15: 22 – And Samuel said, “Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams

Introduction

The sentence in the biblical text above was spoken by Prophet Samuel to King Saul.

Though Samuel told Saul that God wanted him to utterly destroy all that the Amalekites had, but Saul spared the fat rams and fat oxen. It was God Himself that instituted the ordinance of sacrifice from the Garden of Eden as a way of worship to Him, and for atonement of sin; which He later issued as a command to Moses. So can God resist the sweet odours coming from fat sacrifices? Was Samuel right?

What is obedience?

  • Compliance with an order, request, or law or submission to another’s authority. (Oxford)

  • Doing, or willing to do, what you have been told to do by someone in authority. (Cambridge)

Who should I obey?

  • God

Deut. 11:1 (RSV) – You shall therefore love the LORD your God, and keep his charge, his statutes, his ordinances, and his commandments always

  • Biological Parents

Colossians 3: 20 (KJV) – Children, obey [your] parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.

  • Spiritual Leaders

Hebrew 13: 17 (NLT) – Obey your spiritual leaders, and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls, and they are accountable to God.

  • Elders

I Peter 5:5 (KJV) – Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

  • Rulers

Romans 13: 1 (GWT) – Every person should obey the government in power. No government would exist if it hadn’t been established by God. The governments which exist have been put in place by God.

  • Your own husband

Ephes. 5: 22 (GWT) – Wives, place yourselves under your husbands’ authority as you have placed yourselves under the Lord’s authority.

Why should I obey them?

  • God – For blessings (Example Abraham)

Deut. 28: 1-2 (ERV) – Now, if you will be careful to obey the Lord your God and follow all his commands that I tell you today, the Lord your God will put you high above all the nations on earth. 2 If you will obey the Lord your God, all these blessings will come to you and be yours:

  • Biological Parents – For long life and to please God (Example Isaac)

Exodus 20:12 (KJV) – Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

  • Spiritual Leaders – For prosperity and success (Example Widow in 2 Kgs 4:1-7).

2 Chro. 20: 20 (KJV) – 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

  • Elders – To avoid errors (Example Rehoboam)

I Kgs. 12: 14 (KJV) – And spoke to them after the counsel of the young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy, and I will add to your yoke: my father also chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.

  • Rulers – To avoid punishment (Example Obed-Edom)

Rom 13: 2 (ESV) – Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment

  • Husband – To win him for Christ and to obey God (Example Elizabeth)

I Peter 3:1 (KJV) – Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;

What is sacrifice?

  • The offering of animal, plant, or human life or of some material possession to a deity, as in propitiation or homage.

  • The surrender or destruction of something prized or desirable for the sake of something considered as having a higher or more pressing claim.

Types of sacrifice

  • Old Testament – Meal offering; Peace offering; Burnt offering ; Sin offering ; Trespass offering ; Tithes ; Duties.

  • New Testament – First fruit offering; Thanksgiving offering; Vows ; Love offering ; Praise & Worship; Tithes; Duties.

Why is obedience better than sacrifice?

  • While sacrifice seeks to appease God and make one acceptable; obedience already achieves these purposes (Mt. 21: 28-32) – parable of two sons.

  • While sacrifices are meant to re-enact the intermittent breaks in relationship with God; obedience guarantees a continuous intimacy with Him.

Benefits of Obedience – Abraham

  • Become a friend of God

  • Become holy as God

  • Earthly blessings

  • Eternal rest

Why do men prefer sacrifice than obedience?

  • They think it will make up for their personal in-adequacies

  • They may think they are doing God a favour

  • It gives a hypocritical impression that such people are godly

2 sacrifices God will not refuse

  • A broken and a contrite heart (Genuine repentance).

Psalms 51: 16-17

For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart —
These, O God, You will not despise

  • Body presented as a living sacrifice (Life of holiness).

Rom 12: 1 – I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 

The sermon, Is Obedience Better Than Sacrifice? by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye, was delivered on March 12, 2017