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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

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Your Level Will Change For Better This Year, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

Your Level Will Change For Better This Year, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

Level is this wise is to mean a position on a scale of amount, quantity, extent, strength, measure or quality. Almost everything in life has a scale for measurement. Weight, height, depth, width, even air, fire, noise, etc. has a scale to measure them.

The life of man can be put on various scales of measurement too. Whether the scale is standard or subjective is another thing, but there are scales we try to fit any life into.

On such scales, we all occupy different levels, which could be as a result of time, our prevailing circumstances, our background, our past efforts, favours we receive, etc.

This morning, I speak the word of prophecy into the life of someone here today, that your level will change for better this year.

Basically, three things can happen to someone’s level on any given scale:

Below the scale which I called abnormal;

Around and about the scale which I called normal;

Or above the scale which I called supernormal.

For example, someone that wants to win a gold medal in 100m Men in Olympics. If his personal best record is 12sec, it’s abnormal, because it’s below the winning scale. If his personal best is 10sec it’s normal. But if it’s personal best is 9sec, that supernormal (exceeding, beyond normal, exceptional).

– There is someone here; God will promote you to the level of supernormal in this year.

Most of us just live normal lives, while there is nothing wrong with that, I want to let us know that there is a higher level we can still get to.

There’s a higher level than where you are now.

One of my best verses in the bible is Mt. 5:16, Jesus told the disciples that their light must so shine and not just simply shine. The emphasis was on so, which means they must exceptionally shine.

Matthew 5:16

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

– Again I pray for you, may your level be raised for better in this year 2017.

At a point in the lives of the children of Israel, they became slaves in the land of Egypt. The Egyptians made them to serve in pain and hardship. They were made to do tasks that are very difficult and the Egyptians made sure they complied.

It got to a point where God could not watch this anymore, so He sent Moses to let them know their level was about to change from slaves to freeborn.

Exodus 3:7-8

And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.

At this time, the Israelites’ level was abnormal: afflicted, task bearers, full of sorrows. God however change their level to supernormal. He made them to have:

– A good land

– Large land (overcrowded Goshen) from 70 people, after 430 years, they were 2 million.

– land flowing with milk and honey

– The heritage of six nations given to one nation.

– There is someone listening to me, I hear that your ‘Goshen’ is now overcrowded. It has served you well in the past, now a better level awaits you. God will grant you a better, larger and sweeter inheritance in Jesus name.

Did God take the Israelites to the Promised Land as He promised? Yes He did. He will take you to yours as well in Jesus name.

In I Chro. 4: 1-30; the bible began to list the genealogy of Judah. Those who gave birth to who in Judah. But when it got to verses 9-10, the bible took a paused to give an account of a man whom God changed his level for better.

Jabez was born alongside these many non-achievers which was normal for his time, worse than that though, the name given to him by his mother was interpreted as ‘sorrow’, which would have made life very abnormal for him.

From that lowest ebb, Jabez cried to God, and Jehovah changed his level to supernormal, as he became more honourable than the men of his time.

1 Chronicles 4:9-10

And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow. And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.

– There is someone here; God will make you to be more honourable than your brethren. Your level will go higher than those that have gone ahead of you.

May God will bless you indeed.

He will enlarge your coast.

Jehovah’s hand will be with you not against you.

God will keep you from evil.

No evil will grieve you.

The bible tells us that Joseph was the favourite child of Jacob – their father. He was enjoying special favours from home. His brothers however conspired against him and his level in life got worse and worse.

One fateful day though, God transformed Joseph’s level from abnormal to supernormal. Just like today is the day God will transform the life of someone here from abnormal or normal to supernormal in Jesus name.

Genesis 41:9-14

Then spake the chief butler unto Pharaoh, saying, I do remember my faults this day: Pharaoh was wroth with his servants, and put me in ward in the captain of the guard’s house, both me and the chief baker: And we dreamed a dream in one night, I and he; we dreamed each man according to the interpretation of his dream. And there was there with us a young man, an Hebrew, servant to the captain of the guard; and we told him, and he interpreted to us our dreams; to each man according to his dream he did interpret. And it came to pass, as he interpreted to us, so it was; me he restored unto mine office, and him he hanged. Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon: and he shaved himself, and changed his raiment, and came in unto Pharaoh.

Some of the things that disqualified Joseph to stand before the king as an adviser were mentioned by the Butler in the above passage: He was a young man. He was a Hebrew. He was a servant to the captain of the guard and he was in prison.

Guess what, the king was so trouble that he bye-passed them all.

– There is someone listening to me, God will put aside your age, your nationality and your present social class and make you to be appointed unto an unimaginable level this year.

– There is another person, you will be at the centre of a hasty decision by your superiors, but it will end well for you.

The bible makes us to know that Elisha was called to prophet hood service towards the end of Elijah’s ministry. He probably served Elijah diligently for about three years. Not long of a service compared to sons of prophet who were either born into it or have served from their childhood.

At the final moment when Elijah would be taken away by God, Elisha realised it was a defining moment for his destiny, so he was determined to receive double of the grace of God upon Elijah.

And so it happened that Elisha received the double portion of the anointing of God upon Elijah’s life, so that with just three years of service as a servant of Elijah, he became the Father of all prophets in Israel and Father to the kings around him.

2 Kings 2:12-15

And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces. He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan; And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the Lord God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over. 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, in comparison to your contemporaries, your year of service is smaller, God is however prepared to promote you above the rest of them.

Those who had been doing what you have just started will come and bow to you.

God asked me to say to someone ‘I will make you a father to leaders of your time’.

Time will not permit me to talk about Esther, who entered the competition to become King Ahasuerus’ wife. Within a year, her level rose from just a little foreign girl in Persia to that of the Queen Royal.

The same thing happened for her uncle as well. From working as a gatekeeper at the king’s palace, within 24 hours, Mordecai became the most powerful official in the whole of Persia.

– In this year 2017, may your level change for better in Jesus name.

Hindrances to higher level

1. Sin (murmur)

Num. 14:26-45

2. Unbelief

Num. 13: 31-33

3. Fear

Num. 14: 1-4

4. Laziness/Complacency/Procrastination

Prov 26:13; 22:13

Requirements for higher level (Elisha as a case study)

1. You must desire it

2 Kings 2: 9

2. Be determined

2 Kings 2: 2,4,6,8

3. Be dedicated to the cause

2 Kings 2:10-12

4. Pray for it

2 Kings 2: 13-15.

How many here desire a higher level in life? Are you determined to see it happen? Be dedicated to the cause and pray for it. May it happen for you in Jesus name.

Prayers

  1. Father, I have stayed at this level for so long, move me higher.

  2. Father, in this year 2017, let my situation get better.

  3. Father, amongst your supernormal beings, count me to be one of them.

The sermon Your Level Will Change For Better This Year, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye was delivered on March 5, 2017.

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You Will Never Faint In Life, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

You Will Never Faint In Life, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

What does faint means?

Feeling weak and dizzy and close to losing consciousness.

To lose consciousness for a short time because of temporarily insufficient supply of oxygen to the brain.

It is not good for one to faint. It can be humiliating and psychologically disturbing. Long after the fainting spell, one might be occupied with the thought that something is wrong with them physiologically, which may not be.

Fainting can also be humiliating because onlookers might perceive one to be a weakling, incapable and inferior to them, again that may not necessarily be the case.

Some might even take advantage of the victim by stealing their belongings.

While natural fainting is bad, supernatural fainting is worse. In natural fainting, one could just dust themselves up and get back on their feet, in supernatural one however, getting back on one’s feet may not be that easy. You may not even know the extent of what might have been subtracted from you.

We all face issues of life from different fronts: spiritual, emotional, financial, health, social, marital, academic, generational, work related, etc. While these issues are many and some of them induced by supernatural forces, our natural strength is limited.

It is in the attempt to grapple with all these issues that people’s strength disappoint them and they faint, and not just unbelievers, but believers also.

The scripture however tells us in Proverb 24:10 that:

If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.

Faint here means become feeble, lack stamina, falter, lose heart…

The hard news is that, for everyone, there will be a day called the ‘day of adversity’, the good news however is that the bible verse started with the word “If” and not “When”. Which suggest to me that you do not have to faint on such a day.

May God increase your strength in Jesus name.

You will not be feeble in the day you face adversity.

You will not lack stamina

You will not falter

You will not lose heart in Jesus name.

Scriptural examples of people who experienced fainting

In I Sam 30:1-31, the bible tells us how David’s 600 men came back to Ziklag and found out that their wives, children and belongings had been taken away by the Amalekite raiders and their tents set on fire.

At the instruction of God, David and his 600 men went after the Amalekites, until they got to the Brook of Besor where 200 of them became faint and unable to proceed further on the journey.

The 400 were able to continue on the offensive, defeated the Amalekites and brought back everything that was taken.

It took the good heart of David for the fainting 200 men to be given part of the spoils recovered from the Amalekites.

– One will normally require more energy to wade through a water body than walking on the sand. It may be that you are walking through ‘a river’ in the journey of your life. You require more energy now more than ever before, may God supply that strength to you right now.

– You have lost something crucial because of lack of stamina, may God grant you total recovery in Jesus name.

– It’s interesting to know that the same 200 men who could not go over the brook, later had strength to jubilate when their wives and children came back.

God will grant you a surprise gift that will take the fainting spell you have been experiencing away.

– Note that there is no way 400 men would have been able to overpower the Amalekites that came, if not for the anointing of Holy Ghost. May God anoint you today with overcoming vigour and power in Jesus name.

In Gen 25: 29-33, the bible tells us of a man that almost experienced a fainting attack; what happened to him next was devastating to his destiny.

Esau was the senior of the twin sons of Isaac and Rebekah. Esau was a hunter and Jacob was a sheep rearer. Esau went hunting one day, but by the time he came back, he was feeling fainting. He came back in time to see his younger brother had finished preparing a meal. Sadly, he sold his birthright to his younger brother because of the fainting feeling he was having.

– Have you come back from an expedition that has sapped your energy? May God renew your strength supernaturally in Jesus name.

– May you not hunt to the extent that you become famished and faint in life in Jesus name.

– May God bless you with the required provision that will sustain your needs in Jesus name.

– You will not lose your birthright and blessing for the fear of anything in Jesus name.

– In the quest not to faint, you will not incur the anger of God.

– You will not earn a bad name as you seek to feed.

Samson had a fiancée amongst the Philistines. It came to a time that he went to go and take her to be his bride, he found out that she had been given out to his Best Man instead. Samson was angry and he set the cornfields of the Philistines on fire.

The Philistines later set the lady and her father on fire for the grief they’ve brought upon everyone, but this made Samson even more angry, that he killed many of the Philistines and went back to Judah.

The Philistines came upon Judah in battles, so Judah begged Samson to let them hand him over into the hands of the Philistines, which he agreed. But as the Philistines were taking him away, they shouted against him to make him faint, the power of God then came upon him and he slayed a thousand men with a jawbone of a donkey.

After the battle, he became very thirsty and felt fainting, he cried to God, and God supplied water for him supernaturally from the hollow of the jawbone.

Judges 15:17-19

And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking, that he cast away the jawbone out of his hand, and called that place Ramathlehi.

And he was sore athirst, and called on the Lord, and said, Thou hast given this great deliverance into the hand of thy servant: and now shall I die for thirst, and fall into the hand of the uncircumcised? But God clave an hollow place that was in the jaw, and there came water thereout; and when he had drunk, his spirit came again, and he revived: wherefore he called the name thereof Enhakkore, which is in Lehi unto this day.

– Something or someone is roaring at you to make you faint, may God silence the voice of that object in Jesus name.

– You fought a battle in your dream and woke up tired and your throat very dried. The Fountain of Life will grant you victory quench your thirst forever.

Paul and Barnabas got to Lystra and healed a cripple from birth, the people wanted to make sacrifice unto them as gods, which they stopped.

But some Jews came from Antioch and Icomium who persuaded the people to stone Paul and drew him out of the city to be eaten by birds. God revived him and he departed the city the following day.

Acts 14:19-20

And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and, having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead. Howbeit, as the disciples stood round about him, he rose up, and came into the city: and the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe.

– You have done something good, but you have been repaid in an evil way, God will come to your rescue.

– You have become unconscious from the ‘stones’ (actions/words/writings) of wicked people. God will restore your consciousness in a miraculous manner and make you to stand on your feet again.

– Those who are supposed to assist you in one way or the other are the very ones that have organised your fainting experience, God will disgrace them.

Causes of natural fainting

Naturally fainting can be caused by any of the following:

1. Insufficient supply of oxygen to the brain.

2. Imbalance diet.

3. Overworked.

4. Hot and dry environment.

5. Long period of inactivity (standing/sitting rigidly for a long while).

6. Fast breathing from anxiety, panic, worry or anger esp. where there is a case of high blood pressure.

If you have any tendency to faint naturally, may God heal you in Jesus name.

Causes of fainting of heart:

1. Feeding on wrong or inadequate spiritual food (Num. 14:1-4).

3. Good deed that went wrong (Gal. 6:9).

4. Expectations that lingers too long (Prov. 13:12).

4. Sense of acute loneliness (I Kings 19: 9-10).

5. Fatigue and exhaustion (Judges 15:18-19).

6. Sickness – not just food (I Sam. 30:11-13).

7. Thinking about a difficult task ahead (Mt. 26:36-38).

Cures for fainting of heart

1. Proper supernatural diet (I Peter 2:2). Elijah fed; Samson watered supernaturally.

2. Consistent prayers (Luke 18:1; Mt. 26:38-42).

3. Assistance from friendly forces (I Sam. 30:21; Luke 22:43).

4. Anointing of the Holy Spirit (John 20:19-22).

Prayers

Almighty Father, do not allow me to faint in life.

In my quest to make a living, Father let me not faint.

In my dealing with mankind, Father let me not faint.

In my confrontation with demons, Father let me not faint.

In my relationship with You, Father please let me not faint.

The sermon, You Will Never Faint In Life, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye was delivered on Februray 26th, 2017