The Son of God Who Became The Son of Man, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

The Son of God Who Became The Son of Man, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

After the disobedience of Adam Eve in the Garden of Eden; God promised and proclaimed that the Seed of the Woman will later do justice to the serpent – the Devil that deceived the first Man and Woman to commit sin (Gen 3:15).
Genesis 3:15 – And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

Later on, several men of God prophesied about the coming of the Son of Man who will be the Messiah of the world, especially of the Jewish race. Prominent of them are Moses, David, Isaiah, Micah and Daniel.

In Daniel 7: 13-14, Daniel prophesy that he saw the Son on Man, who has access and a very close relationship with the Almighty, which he referred to as the Ancient of Days.
Such that Daniel was even able to see beyond the first coming of the Son of Man – the Messiah, but also into His second coming.

Daniel 7:13-14 – I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him:his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

According to the scriptures, this prophecy tallied with the assignment of Jesus Christ, who will later come to reign on earth for a thousand years with great power, authority and peace.

There are many instances in the bible where Jesus was referred to as the Son of Man; and where He referred to Himself as the Son of Man.
The phrase ‘Son of Man’ in the Jewish understanding refers to Messiah whom God will send to deliver His people. So when Jesus spoke about Himself as the Son of Man; the Jewish people understood what He meant, even though the didn’t receive Him as such.

Jesus was and is that Son of God that became the Son of Man.

In the bible, God called Prophet Ezekiel the ‘Son of Man’ many times, obviously because he was born of man or by man. A son of man is unarguably a man.

However, it goes forward to mean that Jesus though a Son of God, the only begotten of the Father, and the firstborn among the resurrected saints, became a human being by coming in flesh.

John 1:1- In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:14 – And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Interestingly, we too were first created as sons and daughters of God; but later became sons and daughters of man.

Genesis 5:1-3 – This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.
And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth:

For us to regain our position as sons and daughters of God; it was necessary for the first born of God to lay down His life and die; so that through His death and resurrection, we can be reconciled back to God as His sons and daughters.

Galatians 3:26 – For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

Jesus was explaining to Nicodemus – the Pharisee, that for one to make it to heaven, there is only one way to follow – what Jesus called being ‘Born Again’. Jesus declared that having come from heaven, as the Son of God that became the Son of Man, He alone was in the best position to show man the way to heaven and God.

John 3:13And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.

We have put today aside to sing special carols to appreciate the Son of God who left His unimaginable throne in heaven to become the Son of Man on earth for you and I. The only way, we can give Him the fulfilment of what He has done is to declare by way of confessional statement that Jesus the Messiah came in flesh; that the price of death He paid is for us; and that we are expecting His return.

How many believed this?
How many will like to say this confessional statement with me today?

Almighty Father, I acknowledge that your son Jesus Christ to came to this world in flesh. I humbly confess and repent of my sins (both committed and/or inherited). I ask that you please forgive me and write my name in the book of life.
Let your Spirit help me to wait righteously for your Son’s return or my coming home.
Let me see you in glory.

Thank you Father, for saving my soul, in Jesus name.

Congratulations & Merry Christmas in advance!

The sermon, The Son of God Who Became The Son of Man, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye, was delivered on December 10, 2017 on the occasion of 2017 Christmas Carol.


May The God of Victory Fight For You, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

May The God of Victory Fight For You, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

There are many deities people have worshipped from generations past unto our time. I have divided these into four types:

  • Objects of nature considered as spectacular by man (sun, moon, stars, rivers, etc.);

  • Animals considered by man as powerful (elephant, lion, dragon, cobra, crocodile, anaconda, etc.);

  • Individuals considered by man as superhumans (Egyptian Pharaohs, Japanese emperors, Chinese emperors, Roman emperors, Dalai Lama, Mary – mother of Jesus, etc.);

  • And spirit beings who are rulers in the heavenlies (Apollo, Poseidon, Zeus, Angel Michael, etc.).

Though there are uncountable deities known as gods or goddesses; there is only one God that can truly answer the name ‘The God of victory’, this is the Lord God Almighty; the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth; the Lord of hosts; and the God of the spirits of all flesh.

Nothing and no one can engage in battle with the Almighty. As a matter of fact, non dare stands before Him to confront Him.

God has never lost and can never lose a battle; no one is a match for Him. Sometimes when we consider words and opposite, we talk about good and evil, straightaway we think of God as the originator of good and Devil as the originator of evil, which is true; but a mistake that might come from that is to think that God and Satan operates at the same level of opposing ends. It is not so.

God is the Creator, Satan is a creature. Not even the only creature.

God operates in a higher realm than Satan. The tangent at which God operates is way higher than that of Lucifer. It’s incomparable.

According to the Bible, the greatest opposition to God’s authority in all history were just two; staged by Lucifer himself. One was in heaven and the other on the earth.

In Isaiah 14:12-14, Satan staged a coup in heaven to overthrow God and make his throne to be above that of God, he however failed. The most interesting part of the event was that God did not physically get involved in the fight, it was Archangel Michael that dealt with the uprising.

Isaiah 14:12-14How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Revelation 12:7-9 – And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

In Gen. 3: 1-15, after Satan saw that God was having a good time with Adam and Eve, he devised a plan to put separation between God and what He loved. Satan instigated Man to sin and there was a separation between God and Man. God, however, promised that the battle was not over, that the Seed of the same Eve will be used to bring victory.

Genesis 3:15 – And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

Satan knew he had more power than man, so he would have thought there is no way his victory over man and the separation between man and God could be overturned.

But it so happened that Jesus surprisingly came in the flesh and dealt with Satan through His death and resurrection, and so ushers in victory for Man.

Colossians 2:9-10 – For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

Colossians 2:14-15 – Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; and having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

So our God is by far more powerful beyond any imagination and even understanding.

Once upon a time, in I Sam. 5:1-5, the Philistines captured the Ark of the Covenant and hid it in the Temple of their god – Dagon. They were amazed at what they found in the morning. Dagon fell from its stand and laid face down before the Ark.

They helped Dagon up again and put it back on its stand. The following day, they found out that Dagon had not only fallen face down before the Ark; but his head and hands were cut off. Meanwhile, the Ark was just a symbol of God’s presence; one can only imagine if God Himself was involved physically to fight.

Our God cannot fall like Dagon; He cannot be helped to stand up; He cannot be put in His place by man; His head and arms cannot break. He is, however, a God that can do all these and more to other gods. May He fight for you.

One thing about the Almighty God is that He specialises in defending His own. He is not like other gods that forsook their worshippers at their greatest time of need:

In I Kings 18:22-40, on Mount Carmel, the worshippers of Baal agreed to Elijah’s context as they knew their god could produce fire; but on that day though, Baal disappointed them and they lost their lives. It’s either that God shut Baal’s mouth so he could not spit out fire, or Baal saw the Consuming Fire Himself coming and so Baal ran away.

May God shut and silenced the mouth of any Baal wanting to spit fire on you in Jesus name.

May they run away at the coming of your God.

In 2 Kings 3:24-27, the King of Moab was deserted by his god – Chemosh. Even when he had to offer his first son as a sacrifice to provoked Chemosh to grant him victory against the Israelites/Judah/Edomite, he still lost.

The God of victory comes to His children rescue, even at times when they made mistakes. Abram made an error as he stayed in Gerar. He said Sarai was a sister of his and so the king took Sarai to become his wife. God had to warn Abimelech in a dream to return Sarai to Abram with lots of gifts (Gen. 20:1-18).

God defended Moses from attacks from his siblings and leaders under him. Mariam and Aaron were silenced by God; Korah and his accomplices were swallowed up alive.

God defended Joshua during his tenure as the leader of the people. No individual, group or nation was able to withstand him.

God defended Hannah from Penninah and her in-laws. She became the mother of the next High Priest in the land.

God defended Jehoshaphat as three countries came to fight against Judah. The countries helped to eliminate themselves.

The God of victory that defended these people will defend you. He will fight your battles.

He will silence your enemies. He will shut their mouth forever.

No one will be able to withstand you.

Every confederacy against you shall be scattered. They shall not be able to re-group again in Jesus name.

May your presence terrorise your foes. May you enjoy victory over every opposing person; opposing spirits and opposing situations in Jesus name.

There are different sources of attacks from which a man can suffer: from God obviously (proud or disobedience to Him) – king Saul; from Satan (as trials of faith) – Job; from humans (as persecutions and test of endurance) – Joseph; and from self (carelessness) – Samson.

There is the need to examine oneself to know where an attack is coming from and as such deal with it appropriately.

The only Person that can rescue from any of these attacks is God Almighty.

There are also different kinds of wars:

Conventional warfare – the people of Canaan under Jabin versus the people of Israel under Deborah. Guerrilla warfare – the king of Syria lying in wait for the king of Israel, exposed by Elisha. Diabolical warfare – the rods of magician and rod of Aaron turning to a serpent.

Again, in all of these, it is the Almighty God that can save them all. If people are attacking you openly, in an ambush or with diabolical means, may the Almighty God deliver you.

One thing I have noticed is that every battle is given a name.

Operation desert storm; Operation Liberty; Battle of Somme; Battle of Hastings (1066).

Is there a particular named battle you are fighting now? May the God of victory deliver you.

Are you fighting poverty? 2 Kings 4: 1-7 won. The same God will deliver you.

Are you fighting bareness and fruitlessness? I Sam 1:2-6. May God of Hannah deliver you in Jesus name.

Are fighting family name extinction? Ruth 4: 5-15, May your name live on till Christ comes.

Are you fighting oppression and hatred? Mordecai was hated by Haman, but Mordecai saw his end.

May you see the end of the Haman against your life.

Are you fighting jealousy and envy? Daniel overcame them all in Babylon and Persia.

May those who are envying you be your stepping stone to greatness?

Are you fighting illness and diseases? Woman of the issue of blood received the victory. You will receive your own.

Are you fighting persecution? Joseph fought this from his older siblings. Because he used to bring their bad reports to their father (Gen 37:2).

Jehovah will grant you victory.

Are you fighting removal? Isaac fought removal in Gerar, but God granted him Rehoboth within Canaan (Gen. 26:16-22).

Many of you came to Leeds by personal or family decision. For my family, it wasn’t so. Our coming to Leeds from London was to be a punishment. God, however, granted us amnesty and has shown us great grace by making room for us.

May God make room for you and make you fruitful in this land.

Are you fighting any matrimonial war? Leah was fighting for her husband love, but Jacob loved Rachel. God, however, grant Leah victory, 8 sons and tribe of Judah.

The toughest battles every man/woman will fight are three: death, grave and hell. Jesus as the Son of Man had to fight the three of them and won.

One day, you and I will be confronted with these battles. But thanks be to God who had given us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 15:55-57 – O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.


  1. Father, make me an overcomer in life.

  2. Father, do not allow anything to claim victory over my life except you.

  3. Father, in the battle that I face today, and in the battle that I will face tomorrow, let me be victorious.

  4. Father, make me an object of victory even unto others.

The sermon, May The God of Victory Fight For You, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye, was delivered on November 26th 2017.


Grace Unto You, Be Multiplied, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

Grace Unto You, Be Multiplied, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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