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And When They Began Singing And Praising The Lord … Text: 2 Chro 20:1-25, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

The battle was with the ‘unthinkable’ to Judah.

Moab (Cousin); Ammon (Cousin); Mt. Seir or Edom (Brother), all relations to the tribes of Judah and Benjamin.

You are fighting an unusual and unthinkable battle, you will not lose in Jesus name.

A report has reached you of collaborative efforts against you; God will scatter them on your behalf.

Engedi was about 36 miles from Jerusalem. The war was very close and Judah was too small and not even prepared.

A certain ‘war’ has closed in on you; you will escape it in Jesus name.

We are all gathered here to seek help from God. None of us shall be put to shame. You will not experience captivity.

Four evils or disasters that can trouble a man mentioned by Jehoshaphat that God had promised their ancestors to save them from:

  • Sword, attack, war.
  • Judgement, flood.
  • Pestilence, disease, sickness, plague.
  • Famine, hunger, poverty.

You will not suffer from any of them.

You will be victorious over all of them in Jesus name.

There is someone here, something massive is coming at you and you don’t know what to do. As you are praising God now, I hear that your victory is sure and certain in Jesus name.

As we progress in praising God, it may be that God will speak to you, write it down and relay the message afterwards.

God says I should tell someone, ‘Be not afraid and be not dismayed’.

These are 2 negative things that can make a man to lose easily in any battle:

  • Fear; and

You will not be a candidate of any.

As they were about to enter the desert advancing towards the enemy, so that the people would not scatter when they hear the noise of war; Jehoshaphat charged them again saying, ‘Believe and trust in God and you will be established and be made secure. Believe His prophet and you will succeed and prosper’.

I will not be there with you as you go into the week tomorrow. You may probably hear the ‘noise’ from the enemy’; the word I leave with you today is ‘Believe and trust in God; Believe His prophet also and you will not lose in any battle of life.

God sent ambushment to the enemy. (In Army – ambush is to lie in wait and attack unexpectedly). How could that be? The three groups were advancing to Judah together. It’s either that God made a flanking attack by the Edomites to go wrong or some angels were sent to lay the ambush by God.

Whichever one might have happened, may God sent ambushment to the hosts advancing against you in Jesus name.

There is someone here, your present challenge will give birth to your wealth. The enemy has desired to surprise you negatively; you will, however, be surprised positively in Jesus name.

I don’t know what are those ‘Moab, Ammon and Edom’ that have come against you. As you begin to sing and to praise God now, may God send ambushment against those things in Jesus name.

Song:

Glory be to God in the highest, Amen! x 2

For His mercy endureth forever, Amen! x 2

 

Prophetic words as we began singing and praising the Lord:

Through Deaconess Caroline, the Lord said:

“Remember the children of Judah, when they began to praise and worship, I set an ambush against their attackers. These were not strangers who came to attack them, but relatives. I will defend you as I have defended them”.

Through Bro Geoffrey, the Lord said:

“Rise ye up, take your journey, and pass over the river Arnon: behold, I have given into thine hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land: begin to possess it, and contend with him in battle. This day will I begin to put the dread of thee and the fear of thee upon the nations that are under the whole heaven, who shall hear report of thee, and shall tremble, and be in anguish because of thee (Dt. 2: 24-25)”.

Through Pastor Samuel, the Lord said:

“I will triumph Myself in your case”.

“You thought I was not with you before; I will show you clearly now that I am”.

“It was My decision to favour you and I will not change that”.

The sermon, And When They Began Singing And Praising The Lord … Text: 2 Chro 20:1-25, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye, was delivered on March 18, 2018, at the Special High Praise Service.

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You Will Not Return Empty, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

Psalm 126:1-6 – When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The Lord hath done great things for them. The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad. Turn again our captivity, O Lord, as the streams in the south. They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

The remnants of Israel were shocked. The returnees were shocked. The heathen and onlookers were also shocked, that their God had done great things for them. May you be shocked by what God will do for you. May those who see you be amazed as well in Jesus name.

This was the experience of Israelites having spent 70 years in exile. The king of their captive country made a decree for them to return and not to return empty. Even provision for rebuilding their nation was made by the foreign king.

Ezra 1:1-11 –Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying, Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The Lord God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Who is there among you of all his people? his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build the house of the Lord God of Israel, (he is the God,) which is in Jerusalem. And whosoever remaineth in any place where he sojourneth, let the men of his place help him with silver, and with gold, and with goods, and with beasts, beside the freewill offering for the house of God that is in Jerusalem.

Then rose up the chief of the fathers of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests, and the Levites, with all them whose spirit God had raised, to go up to build the house of the Lord which is in Jerusalem. And all they that were about them strengthened their hands with vessels of silver, with gold, with goods, and with beasts, and with precious things, beside all that was willingly offered.

Also Cyrus the king brought forth the vessels of the house of the Lord, which Nebuchadnezzar had brought forth out of Jerusalem, and had put them in the house of his gods; Even those did Cyrus king of Persia bring forth by the hand of Mithredath the treasurer, and numbered them unto Sheshbazzar, the prince of Judah. And this is the number of them: thirty chargers of gold, a thousand chargers of silver, nine and twenty knives, Thirty basons of gold, silver basons of a second sort four hundred and ten, and other vessels a thousand. All the vessels of gold and of silver were five thousand and four hundred. All these did Sheshbazzar bring up with them of the captivity that were brought up from Babylon unto Jerusalem.

I have come to know that in life it is possible to fake a smile, but it’s almost impossible to fake laughter.  May you truly laugh throughout this year in Jesus name. Also, many can mutter melodies; few do sing songs of joy. You will among those who sing for joy.

In Luke 5: 1-10, Peter went fishing with his brother to feed their families. Their main dish in Israel been bread and fish/meat, with lots of children in each family to feed. On that night they caught nothing.

They were washing their nets to go back home empty when Jesus stepped into their case. A few hours later, their boat and that of John and James Zebedee boat were sinking with great draught.

– You may have toiled for a long time with little or no result; you will however not return empty. Whatever ‘return’ may mean to you, it shall not be empty.

– There is someone here, you have considered calling off a pursuit for lack of result. Jesus is stepping into your case now.

– Another fellow, you are facing challenges regarding what you will feed your household with; may God shock you with abundant supplies and overwhelming blessings.

In Gen. 32:10, the Bible makes us know that Jacob left Canaan with the clothes on his back and a staff in his hand. He sojourned in Syria with Laban for about 20 years. Laban wanted Jacob to serve him indefinitely or return home empty with 2 wives and eleven children to feed.

God, however, did not allow both negative circumstances to happen.

Jacob returned home shortly after with huge possessions orchestrated by God miraculously.

– God asked me to tell someone here that the best clothe you came with will be your cheapest clothe very soon. I’m sure Jacob did not wear that particular clothe back home 20 years later. You too will give the one you came with away.

– There is someone here; some people have collected all that should belong to you. You will yet be greater than them.

– To another person, you came to this land by the cheapest possible means; I prophesy that you will soon be riding on ‘horses’ and ‘camels’ of our time.

The children of Israel served the Egyptians for several years in torment and hardship. Life was very unbearable for them. Finally, God raised Moses to tell Pharaoh to let His people go to worship Him, which he refused. Later Pharaoh agreed that they could go, but go empty (Exodus 10:24-26). God however intervened, when they eventually left, they went out with great riches (Exodus 12:35-36).

– I pray for you, your sweat will not be in vain.

Every torment you have been through will turn now to pleasure.

Your years of oppression are now turned to years of promotion.

May you spoil all your enemies in Jesus name.

David and his men went to look for what their families to eat, by the time they came back, the Amalekites had taken their families and their belongings away (I Sam. 30:1-19). They wept like babies and then sought to kill David.

God, however, helped David so that with 400 tired men, they didn’t only recover their families and belongings; they even brought back spoils of war from the Amalekites.

– There is someone here; the enemy is trying to put his finger in your household. The Lord God that helped David will help you.

Your family will be fully recovered.

Your belongings will be fully recovered.

You will recover all without fail.

Time will not permit me to speak much about Job and Naomi.

For Job, he suffered for righteousness sake. He lost everything he had and owned. He was to return to his Maker empty, but God didn’t allow it.

He was later blessed with 7 sons and 3 daughters; with great wealth (Job 42:10).

– You are here, you have lost things that are precious to you, God will give you double of such things back in return (except husband or wife), may their love for you increase though.

May people that thought you are cursed by God come to know that you a special favoured of the Lord.

For Naomi, she and her husband with their two sons went to sojourn in Moab when there was famine in Canaan. Their sons got married there, so their family became six people. Suddenly, they reduced to three, women only. So Naomi prepared to return home empty. God, however, touched the heart of Ruth to follow Naomi as a seed. From that one seed, Naomi became the grandmother of Obed. What a Messianic lineage was raised through her.  She actually didn’t return empty.

– May the ‘Ruths’ in your life cling to you.

The Elimelechs, Mahlon, Chilion and Orpha may have left you, but may your Ruth remain. I called your Boaz to come forth. May your Obed, Jesse, David and Solomon follow after you in Jesus name.

You may be here and be thinking “but I don’t have anywhere I am returning to”. I have been asked by God to tell you that news will soon circulate around that you are no longer as you were before.

Jacob thought Joseph had died. His 10 brothers thought he must be languishing as a slave somewhere. Thirteen years later, they found out that he had become a magnificent fellow in Egypt.

– May the news of your success travel far.

Abraham was 75 years when he left home, his wife about 65 years. They were known to be barren from home. When God called him, some might actually think he was running away from shame. About 65 years later, those people suddenly heard that Abraham and Sarah are now seriously rich and are looking for a wife for their son who was then 40 years of age.

– May the news of your fruitfulness and increase spread abroad, to even the place of your origin. Those that have written you off, may they marvel at what God will turn you into.

What must I do not to return empty?

  1. Be obedient to God. Peter obeyed Jesus.

Isaiah 1:19-20 – If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.

  1. Trust in the Lord. Job trusted in God. Charles Spurgeon says “you may not have seen God’s hands, but trust in His heart”.

Isaiah 25:9 – And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the Lord; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

  1. Sow sacrificial seed continuously. Peter sowed his boat and time.

Ecclesiastes 11:6 – In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good.

  1. Win souls. Paul won many souls.

1 Thessalonians 2:19-20 – For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? For ye are our glory and joy.

As I conclude, after giving our lives to Christ, God expects us to work for Him by telling others about the good news, such that one day is coming when we shall stand before the judgement seat of Christ to receive rewards of what each of us has done here on earth as a believer.

It is my prayer that when you and I stand before Jesus on that day, may we not appear empty in Jesus name.

Prayers

Father, in physical terms, let me not return empty.

Father, in spiritual terms, help me not to return empty.

The sermon, You Will Not Return Empty, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye, was delivered on February 25, 2018.

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Some Teachings of Jesus Christ, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

Some Teachings of Jesus Christ, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

About Himself

  • That He is the only way, the truth and the life. No one can come to the Father, except through Him.

  • That His assignment was to fulfil the Law and the sayings of the prophets and not to abolish them.

  • That the shedding of His blood is the only power that cleanses from all sins.

  • That whatever we ask in His name, His Father will do it for us.

  • That anyone that has seen Him has seen His Father.

  • That He will never leave those who believe in Him.

The Kingdom of God / The Kingdom of Heaven

  • This is the centre of Jesus teaching.

  • Like the earthly kingdom we know, there is an eternal kingdom on which God reigns.

  • That the kingdom is about to be introduced on earth soon, and repentance from sin is a requirement to be part of that kingdom.

  • That for those that have repented, the kingdom has begun within them already.

  • That three things are crucial to benefit from in that kingdom: understanding of God’s word; commitment to obey the word; and devotion to God alone.

  • That the time is fast approaching when God will separate those who belong to that kingdom from those that do not.

  • That it will be particularly difficult for rich men to enter the kingdom of God.

Love the Lord your God (Mt. 12:28-30)

  • This is the greatest commandment, it must be done with the whole of our heart, soul, mind, and strength.

  • That if we claim we love God, then we must obey Him.

  • That we must put our trust in God alone; and put Him first above everything else.

  • That we must show our commitment to God.

  • That we must be humble before God.

  • That we must make out time to communicate with God.

  • That we must not let money (mammon) become our greatest love, otherwise God will reject our love.

Love your neighbour as yourself (Mt. 12:31)

  • That the love we have for our neighbours is very crucial to our relationship with God.

  • That our love to our neighbours must be according to Christ loved us.

  • That it is by the love we have for one another that all men will know that we are His disciples.

  • That our neighbours are not just people we are related to; but anyone we come across in life.

  • That we must forgive those who sinned against us, just like God has forsaken us.

  • That if we do not forgive, God will not accept of us and will not receive from us.

  • That we must help the needy, the poor, the stranger, the imprisoned and the sick.

  • That we must do unto others, as we want others to do unto us.

  • That we must only examine ourselves and not try to judge others.

Giving

  • That all our giving must be prompted by love: love for God; or love for the recipient.

  • That the best-given offerings are those that were done sacrificially.

  • That our giving must be done not as a show-off.

  • That the measure with which we gave will determine the measure we will receive.

  • That tax and offerings to God are two different obligations, and we must fulfil both.

  • That we must always give a worthy offering to God.

  • That tithing must not be neglected or left undone (Mt. 23:23; Lk. 11:42).

Service to God

  • That it should be desired more than the necessary food we eat.

  • That we must not only start serving God but must finish our life with it.

  • That our service to God must be done with the whole of our being.

  • That if our service to God is done rightly, we will be rewarded here on earth and also be granted eternal life.

  • That our service must not be done as a show-off, as an eye service, for the recognition of men or just to please men.

  • That no one can serve two masters without failing. We must be prepared to serve Him alone or serve some other thing/person.

  • That service to God brings someone into honour (John 12: 26).

  • That we must go to the temple at service times and also use our gift to serve God in His temple.

Marriage

  • That marriage is an ordinance of God, and that once it has been joined, no one should put it apart.

  • That marriage is between a man and a woman.

  • That marriage should be for oneness, permanence

  • That sex before marriage is sinful (fornication).

  • That sex outside the marriage is sinful (adultery).

  • That divorce must be avoided, though it’s allowed on the ground of infidelity.

  • That care must be taken not to marry a divorcee.

Paradise & Hell / Eternal Life & Eternal Condemnation

  • That those who believe in Him will enjoy eternal life, but those who do not believe in Him will suffer eternal condemnation.

  • That Paradise is for those who obey God’s word while they live, and Hell is for those who do not obey God’s word.

  • That it is not possible to criss-cross in between the two eternal destinations.

  • That Paradise is a place of everlasting joy, while Hell is a place of everlasting torment.

  • That both destinations does not have respect for anyone nor discriminate against any person; but whatever one has done on earth will determine which one of the place they will go.

  • That especially what death or rapture meet with us will determine our eternal destination.

Prayer and Fasting

  • That we must pray to the Father in His name.

  • That our prayer to God must be daily.

  • That the prayer of agreement is very powerful.

  • That we must ask until our joy is full.

  • That our prayer must include: worship to God; eager to see His kingdom; request for daily provision; protection from evil; forgiveness of sin; deliverance from temptation; praises and majesty ascribed to Him; etc.

  • That prayer combined with fasting goes a long way to get difficult things done.

  • That we must embark on fasting, especially when we are to commence a task.

  • That our fasting should not be done to seek approval of men.

  • That we must not compare our spiritual state with another believer on these bases, for God sees beyond these.

His Second Coming

  • That He will come back again to establish His kingdom.

  • That those who believed in Him will reign with Him in that kingdom.

  • That there will be signs preceding His Second Coming (Fig tree buds; wars; earthquakes; etc).

  • That the gospel of Christ will be preached at the end of the world as a testimony then the end will come.

  • That we must watch and pray as this will happen unexpectedly.

  • That it will happen in a twinkle of an eye, which will not give room for instant repentance.

  • That becoming a ‘bride’ of Christ to be is not just sufficient, but we must be ready for the ‘wedding’ anytime

The sermon, Some Teachings of Jesus Christ, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye, was delivered on January 14, 2018.

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Destinies Do Speak, May Yours Not Keep Silent, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

Destinies Do Speak, May Yours Not Keep Silent, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

What is destiny? – Destiny can be defined as “The events that will necessarily happen to a particular thing or person in the future”.

How do I know my destiny?
Your destiny is what you are created for; what God intended for your life. What you were created for. The original plan of God for you; it is your divine purpose and assignment on earth. The way God sees you is your destiny.

For example, the destiny of Gideon was that he would be a mighty warrior and a great deliverer, but he was seeing himself as an insignificant fellow.
Judges 6:12 – And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him, and said unto him, The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valour.

Jeremiah was ordained to be a voice for God to nations.
Jeremiah 1:5 – Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

Ephesians 1:11 – In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

Ephesians 2:10 – For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

How do I know my destiny?
Our destiny usually manifest through our gifts. The kind of gift and talent God has bestowed on you will tell you what your destiny is or will be.

I Peter 4:10 – As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

Proverbs 18:16 – A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.

For example
Bazaleel, was destined to be great as he was gifted to be an anointed craftsman.
Exodus 31:1-5 – And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah: And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, To devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, And in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship.

Joseph was destined to be great as he was gifted to be an anointed dreamer and interpreter of dreams.
Genesis 41:15 – And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I have dreamed a dream, and there is none that can interpret it: and I have heard say of thee, that thou canst understand a dream to interpret it.

Jephthah was destined to be great as he was gifted to be an anointed warrior.
Judges 11:1 – Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty man of valour, and he was the son of an harlot: and Gilead begat Jephthah.

For most of us like Gideon, the way God ordained and see our destinies may not be how we are yet. Two things may be the case: the crucial time for us to manifest that destiny is yet to come; or something serious may have happened to our destiny along the line.

If it is that the time for your destiny to manifest has not come fully, may God help you to wait for it, it shall surely come in Jesus name.
If it is that something had happened along the line, may God restore you to His original plan and purpose for your life in Jesus name.

6 things that can happen to a destiny
1. Destiny can be diverted.
Genesis 31:1-3 – And he heard the words of Laban’s sons, saying, Jacob hath taken away all that was our father’s; and of that which was our father’s hath he gotten all this glory. And Jacob beheld the countenance of Laban, and, behold, it was not toward him as before. And the Lord said unto Jacob, Return unto the land of thy fathers, and to thy kindred; and I will be with thee.

Ecclesiastes 10:5-7 – There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, as an error which proceedeth from the ruler: Folly is set in great dignity, and the rich sit in low place. I have seen servants upon horses, and princes walking as servants upon the earth.

Esau destiny was diverted.
Eli destiny was diverted.
King Saul destiny was diverted.

I pray in the name of Jesus, your destiny will not be diverted. If there be anyone in this gathering, that their destiny has been diverted for any reason, I decree a return, restoration of your destiny in Jesus name.

2. Destiny can be silenced.
Moses destiny was silenced for 30 years.
Jehu’s destiny was silenced for many years (I Kings 19:15-17; 2 Kings 9:5-6).

Someone here, your destiny has remained dormant, may the power to become active come upon your destiny in Jesus name.

3. Destiny can be truncated or stopped altogether. It can be made to come to an end prematurely.
Samson destiny was brought to an end by Delilah.
Gehazi destiny was brought to an end by his own greed and covetousness.
Naboth destiny was brought to an end by sheer wickedness.

In the name of Jesus Christ the Son of God, your destiny shall not be truncated. It shall not be cut off in its prime.

4. Destiny can be messed up and molested.
Mt 13: 24-28 – the enemy sow tares in the wheat.
Jabez destiny was messed up big time. He was to be an honourable man, but was a pain and sorrow his destiny was full of.

In the name of Jesus Christ, may your destiny not become messed up, may no one molest your destiny.
May the cry of what is messing up with my life not come from your mouth.

5. Destiny can be empowered, assisted or aided to do well.
In Luke 22:31-34, Peter’s destiny was aided by Jesus.
David’s destiny was aided by Jonathan.

I pray for you, may God empowered your destiny to succeed.
May God send formidable helpers of destiny to you.
Your destiny will not lack support in Jesus name.

6. Destiny can be fulfilled and achieved.
In 2 Tim. 4:7, Paul declared that his destiny was fulfilled.
In John 19:30, Jesus said His destiny was completed successfully.
In I Sam. 12:1-15, Samuel said his destiny was blamelessly fulfilled.

In the name of Jesus, your destiny will be fulfilled.
May your destiny not attract shame and reproach in Jesus name.

6 ways to fulfil your destiny – Joseph as a case study
1. Try and identify your special gift – For Joseph it was dream.
2. Live a life of obedience: Joseph obeyed his father, obeyed God. Eph. 4:1
3. Be kind and well behave to people wherever you go – Brothers, Potiphar, Chief Jailor…
4. Make adequate use of your gift – Tell me I prayed thee your dreams…
5. Be patient, the voice to a destiny has a voice it must speak, wait for it – 13 years…
6. Trust only in God, God usually use helpers, but do not trust in any – Butler used

May your destiny speak and not be silenced in Jesus name.

Prayers
Father, remove every darkness shielding your plan and purpose for my life.
Father, whenever I want to make a mistake regarding my destiny, please direct me aright.
Father, destroy every power that is trying to re-program my destiny wrongly.
I command every enchantment against my destiny to be nullified in Jesus name.
Father, do not allow me to be removed from your divine agenda.
Father, repair every damage that may have been done to my destiny in Jesus name.
Father, let my life be restored to the original plan you have for me.
In the name of Jesus, I refuse to live below my Divine destiny.
I command every power of darkness that want to mess up with my destiny to be disoriented in Jesus name.
In the name of Jesus, I shall fulfil my destiny.

The sermon, Destinies Do Speak, May Yours Not Keep Silent, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye, was delivered on January 7, 2018.