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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Our Doctrinal Beliefs (Part 1)

Our Doctrinal Beliefs (Part 1)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Thrust A Bit Further, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

Thrust A Bit Further, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

Many years ago, in elementary Physics, I leant about what is called ‘Gravitational Force’; which simply put, is ‘the force of attraction by which terrestrial bodies tends to fall toward the earth centre’. In layman terms, it means is ‘whatever goes up, must come down’. But I have always wondered why aeroplanes as big as they are can go up and remain there.
I later realised that even though the force of gravity does occur on aeroplanes as well, its own dynamics it’s somehow different.
There are four powers or forces operating on an aeroplane that is in motion: Gravity; Drag; Thrust and Lift. Gravity/Weight tries to keep the aeroplane on the ground; Drag tries to keep it from moving forward; Thrust tries to move it forward; while Lift tries to keep it off the ground.

So that when an aeroplane is engaged in gear moving, Drag will immediately set in; as the winds blowing in opposite direction are pulling it back. This is followed by the force of Gravity; which make sure that the plane remains on the ground because of its weight and the winds blowing over its wings.
For the aeroplane to fulfil it’s calling of flying therefore, it will need to increase Thrust, which is aided by rotating propellers or rotating fans that remove frontal air resisting the plane from moving forward quickly.

For the aeroplane to take off from ground, the Thrust must be greater than Drag; and the Lift must be greater than Gravity (this is achieved by the special design of its wings so that the winds passing under the wings are greater than the ones passing above them); thereby making the aeroplane to become airborne.
To remain level in the air, the Thrust must be equal to Drag; and the Lift must be equal to Gravity/Weight. So that critical to the mechanics of an aeroplane is the Power of Thrust and Lift. For Lift to happen even; Thrust is very critical.

You are in a way like an aeroplane that must fly. No Drag will pull you back. No Gravity will press you down. You will gain Thrust. You will be lifted in Jesus name.

As a church, individuals and families, God has helped us to progress thus far; His message to us today is that for us to be lifted higher, we will need to thrust a bit further.
There is a critical moment when the nose of the aeroplane is supposed to tilt upward. If it doesn’t increase Thrust at that stage, it will go pass the runway.

Luke 5:1-10 – And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret, And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus ‘knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men.

Lake Gennesaret could be likened to the world we live. Some people have come to catch fishes; some have come to buy fishes. Others have come to teach; while some have come to learn. Sadly, some other people have come to watch what others do.
In life, you will not be an onlooker. You will catch fishes, you will eat and you will sell. You will learn and you will also teach. You will not be a look man or a look woman in life.

Peter had come to catch fish: for his family to eat and possibly to sell. He had good experience in the trade; he had acquired skills; he had the necessary resources. But he was not operating at a prosperous level (subsistence farming). That particular day at work was actually bad. He caught nothing.
You have been getting bye day by day, but things are not looking good at the moment. Your present condition shall not last long. In the name of Jesus, you will enter into the realm of abundance; the realm of surplus; the realm of the overflow in Jesus name.

The bible didn’t tell us the topic or the theme of Jesus teaching on that day; however, two statements that Jesus said to Peter were recorded, which are great lessons for us today:

– Jesus prayed him to thrust out a little bit from the land. He said so because of the pressure from the people.
Someone is here; the Spirit of God says I should tell you that the pressure for that land is mounting. Thrust a bit further from the land.
There is usually an assurance from the ‘land’. Under normal circumstance, whatever you give to the land, it will return, but the lake does not seem to offer such assurance. Yet the resources in the water are more and greater than those on the land. Thrust a bit further from the land.
If Peter had kept the boat by the shore that day, people would still have pressed on Jesus, the boat could have been damaged, and the lives of people could have been lost. That would have been the end of Jonas Sons & Co.,

– The second sentence of Jesus for Peter to “Launch out into the deep, and let down your net for a draught”.
For Jesus to say this, Peter must have been fishing in shallow waters, this could be due to his training, it could be because of the season of the year, it could be due to the type of the boat he was using. It might also be because of personal fear.
Against all skill, experience and knowledge, Peter let down the net as Jesus has said and he caught multitudes of fishes.
Someone here, you are presently operating at the ‘sea shore level’, move a bit further from the shore.

There is the level at which knowledge we have gained in life can help us. There is also the place of experience in life. To succeed beyond this level, one would need absolute faith and total dependence of God.
Someone is here; there is a ‘lake full of fishes’ waiting for you. No one shall be able to compete with you. Those who are presently competing with you will soon come to receive rations from you.

I thought of why was Peter not able to catch any fish throughout the night before. The answers that came to my thought were these:
– It’s either that there were many fishermen at the shallow waters, chasing the fishes away.
– The fishes in the shallow water could simply have become extinct.
– It could be that the fishes have got used to the routine of the fishermen. (Come out at day & hide at night).
– It could just be that Jesus wanted to teach Peter a lifelong lesson.

There is someone here; the ‘deep’ is awaiting you. Leave the ‘land and shore’ for little boys, go for the deep. The deep is an untapped territory, virgin land, full of fishes, but only few will take the risk and the initiative.
You may need to change what you are going now or do the same thing with a different touch, in order to experience the miracle of ‘this is too much’.

Someone here, I hear the Spirit of God says, take that new step and I will surprise you.
Your result will be shocking to even you. May the blessing of multiplication come upon you. When you see your huge harvest, may your testimony be “Father, what have I done to deserve this”?

The bible tells us that the blessings of Abraham passed unto Jacob when Isaac blessed him, but he later ran away from Esau – his brother. To be in the full covenant of Abraham, he had to return to Canaan, but his brother had vowed to kill him 20 years earlier, so he didn’t know what to expect.

With all the family and riches God gave him; he decided to risk going back home. But when he heard that his brother was coming to meet him; he was terrified. He got to a critical point in his life that he had to either go back or move forward. He decided to thrust a bit further. (Gen. 32:9-12).
He prayed to God, so God sent an angel to reassure him, but the mere presence of an angel didn’t satisfy him. Jacob pressed the angel to pronounce blessing on him. After the angel did; Jacob was encouraged and he went forward (Gen. 32:24-31).

For every matter of life there is a critical point of transformation. For water to turn to gas or ice, a critical point must be reached; for rocks to turn to liquid; for wood to turn to coal; etc.
Also for a destiny to turn from ordinary to extraordinary; there must be a critical point. E.g. Elisha the son of Shaphat was when he cried out ‘my father, my father, the chariot of Israel and the horsemen thereof’.

I perceive in my spirit that today marks the critical point in the life of someone here. The power to become extraordinary is coming upon you now. An extraordinary life now begins for you.

To get there to that extraordinary life, you will need a sustained motion; continuous progress and perpetual thrust. Unless you continue, you cannot get there (Elisha refused to stay or go back). He kept telling Elijah, ‘As The Lord lives and that soul live and as thy soul live, I will not leave thee’.

Do something new. Re-invent what you are doing now. Find better ways of doing the same thing. Explore new opportunities. Commit your ways into God’s hands. And see your destiny rise.

May your progress shock you. May those around you stand in awe of you. May people praise your God. Trust a bit further.

Prayers
Father, do not allow my destiny to drag.
Father, do not allow my life to be too weighty to progress.
Father, enable me to thrust forward in life.
Father, let my life enjoy Divine lifting.

The sermon, Thrust A Bit Further, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye, was delivered on September 3, 2017.

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Nothing Shall Be Able To Withstand You, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

Nothing Shall Be Able To Withstand You, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

Text: Joshua 1:1-6 – Now after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord it came to pass, that the Lord spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses servant, saying, Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast. There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.

It is hard for any mortal to be able to step into Moses shoes.
There are 3 levels of ‘servants of God’ – those that call themselves, people call, God calls.
Moses had an impressive and intimidating track record. God called him His servant.
A man that was able to lead over 2 million people, including women, children and the elderlies through the desert over a 40 year period?
The thought of how one will feed such people? Give them drink? Clothing? Shelter from the elements? Cater for their health? Deal with any obstacles that may arise, is scary.
Especially as God called them ‘stiff necked people’?
How can one compare himself to Moses who converse with God as friends and not as Creator vs creature?
If such a man with this incredible record yet had great difficulty with the people, what will someone lesser than him will face?
These are few of the things that would be going on in Joshua’s mind.

So for over 30 days, the Israelites mourned for Moses after they’ve searched for him and couldn’t find him.
Except that God had to speak to Joshua personally, he wouldn’t have seen himself as a candidate to continue with Moses legacy. The words and the promises of God to Joshua gave him the impetus to accept the assignment and the courage needed to carry it out.

Amongst all the words God spoke to Joshua, one sentence stood out for me is.
Joshua 1:5 – There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail the, nor forsake thee.

As I read this verse again and again, I came to a conclusion that if this is the only word that God gave to me for the whole of my life, it’s enough. Four huge promises are embedded in the sentence.
This morning, God asked me to tell His church: “Nothing shall be able to withstand you”.

The word ‘withstand’ means, ‘to stand or hold out against; to resist or oppose, especially successfully. It could also mean, ‘to stop or obstruct the course of something’.
Nothing shall be able to stand against you.
Nothing shall be able to hold out against you.
Nothing shall resist or oppose you successfully.
Nothing shall stop or obstruct your course of movement in life.

When God says ‘nothing’, it could mean one or a combination of these four entities: spirits, persons, situations or circumstances.
– Spirits. They can cause hindrance for a believer.
In Daniel 10:12-13, the Prince of Persia tried to withstand the prayer of Daniel for freedom. It failed. Angel Michael was sent to deal with the spirit, so Angel Gabriel could assure Daniel.
You are in a long fasting regarding something, you have prayed, but you are still confused. God says He has answered. Freedom is coming!
In I Thes. 2:18, Satan himself tried to hinder the gospel work through Paul in Thessalonica. Satan failed. Paul was able to send Timothy to go and strengthen the work.
Every spirit assigned to withstand you shall fail. Whether they are thrones, dominions, powers, principalities, rulers of darkness or wicked spirits in the heavens, they have failed in Jesus name.

– Person(s). Physical enemies can cause hindrances to a believer’s advancement.
The bible tells us how Sanballat, Tobias, the Arabians, the Ashdodites and the Ammonites became objects of hindrance to Nehemiah as he was building the walls and gates of Jerusalem. The people however failed. The whole project was completed in 52 days!
Every physical enemy or group of enemies blocking your path of progress shall be handcuffed, silenced and disgraced by God.
That project you are working on shall be completed.
That business deal shall be signed and executed.
That baby will be born.
That child shall come to his/her senses.
That relationship will blossom again.
Your enemies will be put to shame in Jesus name.

– Situations. There are certain situations that a believer is born into that can affect his/her moving forward.
The children of Israel had been slaves for quite a long time in Egypt, they could not envisage moving forward any longer. The Egyptians were able to withstand them for years. The generation of Moses was born into slavery. That was all they knew. The thought of freedom would have been alien to them.
But one day, they walked free.
You are here, you have been born into a particular negative situation, you are walking free from that situation right now in Jesus name.
May God make a way of escape for you.
May God hearken to your cry and deliver you in Jesus name.

– Circumstance. In life, one’s situation can either change for positive or negative. Things that were not there before can suddenly happen. When it’s negative, it can make one’s advancement to be hindered.
Paul was going to Rome according to God’s word. Tempest and shipwreck tried to stop him; those first failed. After swimming to the shore of Miletus, he was gathering sticks to make fire to warm himself, when a poisonous viper bite him. Everyone that saw it thought the end has come for Paul, yet the viper failed. Paul got to Rome as God has said.

No matter how bad the circumstance that has risen against you; you will reach your destination. You will stand before the Caesars of your time. Not as a prisoner, but as God’s ambassador.

For Joshua to be very confident to lead the Israelites, God said He would be with him as He was with Moses. The question then is, how was God with Moses?

– God used Moses to do great signs and wonders, such as had never been before. So that people looked at Moses as an extraordinary being.
Deuteronomy 34:10-12 – And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, In all the signs and the wonders, which the Lord sent him to do in the land of Egypt to Pharaoh, and to all his servants, and to all his land, And in all that mighty hand, and in all the great terror which Moses shewed in the sight of all Israel.
God later wrought signs and wonders through Joshua as well: Jordan, Jericho, Ai, Valley of Aijalon, etc. May God wrought signs and wonders for you and through you in Jesus name.

– God always defended Moses. Against the mutiny of his elder brother and elder sister; against the coup planned by Korah, Datham, Abiram and 250 princes. Moses did not have to defend himself.
God later defended Joshua from the Gibeonites. Joshua was commanded by God to chase all the inhabitants of Canaan, but the Gibeonites tricked him. Rather than breaking his oath of peace to the Gibeonites and so bring a curse upon Israel, the Gibeonites were turned into their servants (Joshua 9:3-27).
If anyone had tricked you into something to your disadvantage, may God turn such people into hewers of wood for you and fetchers of waters for you in Jesus name.
They thought they were smarter than you, but they will become your servants.

– Moses was never stranded. Be it well before something is needed or at the last minute, there was always a way out. The same was with Joshua. He was never stranded. The city of Ai that proved a bit difficult was later subdued with funny objects.
In all your moves and undertakings, you will not be stranded.
You will not be cornered up.
You will not be pressed against the wall.

– Moses enjoyed a very close relationship with God. They spoke to each other. Joshua was able to enjoy the same privilege.
May you hear from God. May God hear from you. May that frequency not be cut off.

– The dealings of God with Moses were vivid to all.
Exodus 19:19
And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice.
Joshua 4:14
On that day the Lord magnified Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they feared him, as they feared Moses, all the days of his life.
May God demonstrate to all mankind that He is definitely with you. May Jehovah magnify you in the sight of all.

– God showed great mercies and compassion to Moses. When he died, Lucifer thought he could take Moses to Hell because of his error at the Waters of Meribah. But God did not allow it (Jude 1:9).
God also showed great mercies on Joshua. He was asked to chase out all the inhabitants of Canaan and divide the land for the Israelites, but at his death, he had not completed this assignment, in a way, he wasted that anointing (Jos. 13:1-5).
You are here, the Accuser of brethren constantly reminds you of a past error of yours. God says He has had mercy on you. He says, ‘Go and sin no more’.
You will not live a life of regret in Jesus name.

– Moses strength and vigour never failed. He was very agile.
Deuteronomy 34:7
And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.
The same goes for Joshua.
Joshua 24:29
And it came to pass after these things, that Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died, being an hundred and ten years old.
You are still young and you are always tired! May the anointing to reach 110 years come upon you. Your strength shall not fail.
Power that is stronger than stress, might that defy fainting, may God bestow upon you.
You will not run out of energy in Jesus name.

– God made Moses a god over his enemies.
Exodus 7:1 – And the Lord said unto Moses, See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet.
Same was for Joshua.
Joshua 12:24 – The king of Tirzah, one: all the kings thirty and one.
May God make you a god to your enemies. Those you used to be afraid of, may they now be fearful of you. May your enemies bow and do obeisance to you.

What must you do to see the result of this promise?
– Abide in the righteousness of Christ.
– Believe the promise is for you.
– Speak the promise upon yourself.
– Act out your believe. Put your belief and word into action.
Joshua 5:13-14 – And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the Lord am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant?

Angels size differ from ours, yet Joshua was able to confront him, because he was in right standing with God; he believed the promise of God; and he was acting on that belief.
Nothing shall be able to withstand you in Jesus name.

Prayers
Isaiah 54:14-17 – In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.
Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake.
Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.
No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.

The sermon, Nothing Shall Be Able To Withstand You, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye was delivered on August 27, 2017.