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Unhindered Advancement, by Brother Tobilola Akintokun

Unhindered Advancement, by Brother Tobilola Akintokun

Our theme for the month of August 2017 is Unhindered Advancement. It is unhindered advancement… because it is unhindered….
Hosea 4 vs 1 and vs 6 – Hear the word of the Lord, you children of Israel, For the Lord has a [legal] case with the inhabitants of the land, Because there is no faithfulness [no steadfast love, no dependability] or loyalty or kindness Or knowledge of God [from personal experience with Him] in the land.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge [of My law, where I reveal My will]. Because you [the priestly nation] have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you from being My priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I will also forget your children.
This afternoon, by the grace of God, we want to explore our perspective of what Jesus did for us…what we believe as believers…
Heb 13 vs 8
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Jesus does not need extra power to sort anything out…everything that needs sorted was sorted.
John 1 vs 16-17 16 For out of His fullness [the superabundance of His grace and truth] we have all received grace upon grace [spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing, favor upon favour, and gift heaped upon gift]. 17 For the Law was given through Moses, but grace [the unearned, undeserved favour of God] and truth came through Jesus Christ.
John 8 vs 32
32 And you will know the truth [regarding salvation], and the truth will set you free [from the penalty of sin].”
John 8 vs 36 36 So if the Son makes you free, then you are unquestionably free.
I want to encourage us….don’t waste time, don’t waste church; Know the truth.

Truth 1…. for Group 1 (Why be born again?)
“God loves you and has a great plan for your life.” John 3:16-18 – 16 “For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] [a]only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Saviour] shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge and condemn the world [that is, to initiate the final judgment of the world], but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 Whoever believes and has decided to trust in Him [as personal Saviour and Lord] is not judged [for this one, there is no judgment, no rejection, no condemnation]; but the one who does not believe [and has decided to reject Him as personal Saviour and Lord] is judged already [that one has been convicted and sentenced], because [b]he has not believed and trusted in the name of the [One and] only begotten Son of God [the One who is truly unique, the only One of His kind, the One who alone can save him].

Why did Jesus come to the world? John 10:10 gives us the reason that Jesus came to the world; –10 The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].
God created us to have fellowship with Him. However, Man brought sin into the world, and as a result is separated from God.
God introduced the Law and this introduction made humanity aware of what sin is…i.e. God created a standard. This standard was more of God than criteria for Man… The law demonstrated how far we are to God in holiness and righteousness!
As we are contaminated by sin and we are therefore separated from God, it means we can’t fellowship with God. No Fellowship with God means no clarity of life purpose…..

If you don’t believe in Jesus, you cannot know God’s great plan for your life….i.e. you will struggle to have clarity about your life (here and after life on earth) ” Romans 3:23 states, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 6:23 adds, “The wages of sin is death.”
“Jesus Christ is God’s only provision for our sin. Through Jesus Christ, we can have our sins forgiven and restore a right relationship with God.” Romans 5:8 shares, “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
1 Corinthians 15 vs 3-4
For I passed on to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to [that which] the Scriptures [foretold], 4 and that He was buried, and that He was [bodily] raised on the third day according to [that which] the Scriptures [foretold],
(John 14:6). 6 Jesus said to him, “[a]I am the [only] Way [to God] and the [real] Truth and the [real] Life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.
“We must place our faith in Jesus Christ as Saviour to receive the gift of salvation and know God’s wonderful plan for our lives.”
In John 1:12 we read, 12 But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the right [the authority, the privilege] to become children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name—
What do I need to be saved…? Acts 16:31 teaches, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” Salvation comes through grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone (Ephesians 2:8-9). 8 For it is by grace [God’s remarkable compassion and favour drawing you to Christ] that you have been saved [actually delivered from judgment and given eternal life] through faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [not through your own effort], but it is the [undeserved, gracious] gift of God; 9 not as a result of [your] works [nor your attempts to keep the Law], so that no one will [be able to] boast or take credit in any way [for his salvation].
Are you willing to place your faith in Jesus Christ as your Saviour and receive this free gift of eternal life? If so, do it now.
Only Jesus can save you. Only Jesus can save you. “Almighty God, I realize I am a sinner separated from you. I can never reach heaven by my own good deeds. But you have made provision for my sin. Right now, I place my faith in Jesus Christ as God’s Son who died for my sins and rose from the dead to give me eternal life. Please forgive me of my sins and help me to live for you. Thank you for accepting me and giving me eternal life.”

Group 2 Assurance of Salvation
You are either a believer or you are not a believer…. (FACT) unfortunately, there is usually a 3rd category the “unsure” most of the time this is a result of what you hear ….
Yes, faith without works is dead. It is very important for you to know this… Works does not justify you, it does not make you righteous but it is an evidence of what and who you…Believe
John 10 vs 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.
Jesus saved you and Satan took you back? The word of God says this is not possible.
Romans 8 1-3 Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2For in Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life has set you free from the law of sin and death. 3For what the Law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful man, as an offering for sin. He thus condemned sin in the flesh…
John 10 vs 27- 29 My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me. 28I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father who has given them to Me is greater than all. No one can snatch them out of My Father’s hand
Hebrews 2:14 – Therefore, since the children have flesh and blood, He too shared in their humanity, so that by His death He might destroy him who holds the power of death, that is, the devil,
Hebrews 2:17 – So He had to be made like His brothers in every way, that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, in order to make atonement for the sins of the people.
Please know this……All angles were covered for your salvation!! God planned it without leaving room for doubt.
2 Corinthians 5:21 – God made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.
Romans 10 vs 5-10 – 5 For Moses writes that the man who practices the righteousness which is based on law [with all its intricate demands] shall live by it. 6 But the righteousness based on faith [which produces a right relationship with Him] says the following: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into Heaven?’ that is, to bring Christ down; 7 or, ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’ that is, to bring Christ up from the dead [as if we had to be saved by our own efforts, doing the impossible].” 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”—that is, the word [the message, the basis] of faith which we preach— 9 because if you acknowledge and confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord [recognizing His power, authority, and majesty as God], and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart a person believes [in Christ as Saviour] resulting in his justification [that is, being made righteous—being freed of the guilt of sin and made acceptable to God]; and with the mouth he acknowledges and confesses [his faith openly], resulting in and confirming [his] salvation.
If you are not sure of your salvation and have been having doubts I pray today that from today Jesus remove you from the “unsure” camp to the camp of the saints in Jesus name!!!

Group 3 – Believers
Now in this Knowledge …. You should know that you have an unhindered advancement because your advancement is unhindered….
… Your advancement is unhindered …go, go, go.
My advancement is unhindered …. say it….and keep confessing it and I pray, that ability comes alive in you today in Jesus name!!
Again please think about this, If something can’t hinder Jesus, how can it hinder you?
Yes, you are not Jesus but….
If you are in Jesus you absolutely need to know the truth about being in Jesus … you need to know the truth about everything that comes in the package as well as eternal life… so that the life here is full/ abundant/ effective. Fruit bearing…… and you also have your name written in the book of life.
Remember, if challenges of life cannot drown Jesus it cannot drown you…
John 8 vs 36 – So if the Son makes you free, then you are unquestionably free.
John 1 vs 15-17 15 John testified [repeatedly] about Him and [e]has cried out [testifying officially for the record, with validity and relevance], “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me [f]has a higher rank than I and has priority over me, for He existed before me.’” 16 For out of His fullness [the superabundance of His grace and truth] we have all received grace upon grace [spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing, favour upon favour, and gift heaped upon gift]. 17 For the Law was given through Moses, but grace [the unearned, undeserved favour of God] and truth came through Jesus Christ.

Salvation plus – an all-inclusive package
…. The same faith that you received salvation by is the same faith that unlocks the truth….
Being saved is a bigger miracle than raising the dead because Salvation leads to eternal life and is salvation from eternal death.
So, …. The same faith that you received salvation by is the same faith that unlocks the truth about anything else you are facing that seems to want to pretend that they are bigger than they actually are….
Do you believe that you are in Jesus, do you believe in Jesus as Lord and saviour?
Don’t let this year go without knowing the truth about all that Jesus has already offered you at the same time he died for your sin(s).
Remember, If I am in Jesus I need to know the truth about being in Jesus …
If challenges of life cannot drown Jesus it cannot drown me…
It is impossible for circumstances to overcome Jesus, so if I am in Jesus my life reflects the finished work of Christ which makes it impossible for circumstances to overcome me.
As a believer, you should be sharing this truth too….Hebrews 5:12Amplified Bible (AMP)
12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers [because of the time you have had to learn these truths], you actually need someone to teach you again the elementary principles of God’s word [from the beginning], and you have come to be continually in need of milk, not solid food.
An example of what is in the package is unhindered advancement…
1 john 5 vs 13-15 13 I have written these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life. 14And this is the confidence that we have before Him: If we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we already possess what we have asked of Him.
Don’t want us to waste time, don’t want us to waste church; Know the truth.
Philippians 2 vs 12-13 12 So then, my dear ones, just as you have always obeyed [my instructions with enthusiasm], not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence, continue to work out your salvation [that is, cultivate it, bring it to full effect, actively pursue spiritual maturity] with awe-inspired fear and trembling [using serious caution and critical self-evaluation to avoid anything that might offend God or discredit the name of Christ]. 13 For it is [not your strength, but it is] [c]God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work [that is, strengthening, energizing, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfill your purpose] for His good pleasure.
Philippians 3 vs 8-12 – 8 But more than that, I count everything as loss compared to the priceless privilege and supreme advantage of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord [and of growing more deeply and thoroughly acquainted with Him—a joy unequalled]. For His sake I have lost everything, and I consider it all garbage, so that I may gain Christ, 9 and may be found in Him [believing and relying on Him], not having any righteousness of my own derived from [my obedience to] the Law and its rituals, but [possessing] that [genuine righteousness] which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 And this, so that I may know Him [experientially, becoming more thoroughly acquainted with Him, understanding the remarkable wonders of His Person more completely] and [in that same way experience] the power of His resurrection [which overflows and is active in believers],
and [that I may share] the fellowship of His sufferings, by being continually conformed [inwardly into His likeness even] to His death [dying as He did]; 11 [d]so that I may attain to the resurrection [that will raise me] from the dead.
12 Not that I have already obtained it [this goal of being Christlike] or have already been made perfect, but I actively press on [e]so that I may take hold of that [perfection] for which Christ Jesus took hold of me and made me His own.

Prayer: is in Ephesians 1 vs 17 and 18 because we need it, when we have it, everything else will be in perspective….
17 and asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in your knowledge of Him.
18 I ask that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened,

The sermon, Unhindered Advancement, by Brother Tobilola Akintokun, was delivered on August 20, 2017.

 

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Kill The Voice of Fear, by Elder Mo Babajide-Alabi

Kill The Voice of Fear, by Elder Mo Babajide-Alabi

I have heard this said many times, that age is just numbers. This may be true to some extent, but age prepares you also for more than what any education can give you, I have come to realise that with old age comes more responsibilities. With Eldership come more responsibilities that will most times take you out of your comfort zone into territories you have never charted before. We, as  elders are peacemakers, prayer warriors, teachers, leaders by example, and we are decision makers. May God continue to make us responsible elders in our times in Jesus name.

Peter speaking in 1 Peters 5: 1-4 admonished us – “To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed: Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve;  not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.”

So standing before you this morning is in line with carrying out one of the responsibilities of being an elder.

We all listen to voices every second of our lives. Some of the voices we hear are soft; some are loud, sultry, and sometimes brash. We hear voices of people we know, and those of complete strangers. In our sub consciousness, we identify people by their voices. So voices do play important roles in our lives.  Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 14:10 says – There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification. Lots of voices and sounds are seeking to get our attention. Not that this is wrong.  But what we hear or chose not to hear is critical to our successful existence on earth.

So we must get it right and allow only those voices which affect us for good. We must allow only those voices that can impact our salvation.  I will briefly run through the four main voices that we come across every day. I have mentioned two earlier on. But at the end of it all, it is important that we are able to discern the true voice of God.

The first voice that is perhaps the most obvious is our own voice. Apart from our speaking voice, we also talk to ourselves inside our heads; we see images and pictures inside our heads. And we also have the voice of the flesh, which demonstrates our emotions, feelings and desires, and so on. There is also the voice of imagination, where we visualise our thought process. We have to be careful of this voice if we are heavenly bound – Romans 8:6 says – For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Some of the choices we make in life are determined by the inner voices. They goad us rightly or wrongly.

The second type of voice is that of other people – such as pastors, parents, friends, colleagues, neighbours etc. Sometimes people say things which are true and good, and sometimes people say things which are just the opposite. We need the help of the Holy Spirit to be able to distinguish the real from the fake. We have to be very careful of the voices we hear from other people.

The third type of voice is that of the devil. May the voice of the devil be suppressed in our lives in Jesus name. May we never hear from the devil in Jesus name. The devil has crafty ways of speaking. The portrayal of the devil in the movies is so wrong that some of us are beginning to think he is ugly, always in red suit and with a black face. No. The devil is as subtle as you can ever get. He plays on our emotions and throws thoughts into our minds to tempt our faith. He can also use the voice of other people to get on us. But with the help of the Holy Spirit we are able to overcome this. Ephesians 6:16 says Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

The fourth and final type of voice which is the most important is the voice of God. It is the most subtle voice you can ever hear. And because it is subtle and not brash, we may miss it in the daily commotion that is called life. It is the most important voice you need to hear because it speaks the mind of God. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come –John 16:13.

The title of this message is Kill the Voice of Fear. That means there is a voice that feeds on our fears. Most times this voice originates from our own inner voice, from other people and from the devil. The only voice that is strong enough to suppress fear is the Voice of God.

I have heard people define Fear as False Evidence Appearing Real.  There is no definition as apt as this. Fear is cruel. It tries to tell us we’re not man enough, that we cannot possibly do certain things, that even an attempt is foolish. It places limitations on us. It taunts us by saying that we just don’t have what it takes. We don’t have enough time, skill, resources, or heart. Fear hurls rocks of self-doubt, whispering messages of danger, negativity, and shame. Fear is manipulative, using old baggage to send us on a trip to nowhere. Fear wants to prevent us from living an epic life and keep us from aiming high and breaking free.

Fear is the opposite of faith. As Christians, faith is the most lethal weapon that we have to fight fear. We can rewrite our destinies with faith. From today onwards, fear will have no place in our lives in the name of Jesus.

Let us get it. Fear is not a psychological state. It is a spirit that brings out our pasts instead of showing us our glorious futures. It is a spirit that shows us our mistakes and not our strengths. The scriptures state this in 2 Tim 1:7 – For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. This scripture clearly states that fear is a spirit, but it is not given unto us. Because what God had gifted us are power, love and sound mind. The truth is that if we are apprehensive, we can be sure it is not from God but it’s because our focus is on ourselves and our own human resources rather than on the Lord and His fully sufficient resources.

No matter how dedicated, no matter how holy we are or how many times we pray in a day, once we give room to fear, we are done for.  We can relate to the story of Job. Job created the way for Satan by his fear. Every time we are afraid, we open the door for the devil to come. People are victims of what they fear. You are not married, yet you fear childbirth. You are employed, but everyday your thoughts revolve around getting sacked. Job fell because of fear. The scriptures recorded Job as saying in Job 3:25 – “For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me”. May we never open the door to the devil in our lives in Jesus name.

I read somewhere the other day that the words Fear Not, Be Not Afraid can be found  in the bible in 365 places. That means we can chose to reassure ourselves by each, every day of the year. After today may you never be afraid again in Jesus name.

Faith is the antidote for fear.  And by extension, faith can be extinct if we do not use it. As long as you walk by sight, fear will remain. 2 Corinthians 5:7 says “For we walk by faith, not by sight”. Because we are born again, we are saved. We are redeemed from the torture of fear. These assurances are all stated in the scriptures. Romans 8:15 says “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.”

Joshua 1:9 says “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”

Isaiah 43:1 says “But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.”

Going further, Psalms 23:4 says “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”

Psalm 27:1 says “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”

Despite the assurances of these scriptures, we still fall short in our faith. Fear gives us excuses. In the past, anytime I am afraid of speaking on occasions like this, I have various excuses. The most popular is “I am a writer, not a speaker”. I kept repeating this at every opportunity. Then one day I gave a 15 minutes speech and spent 8 minutes to explain why I was going to fail, because I am writer and not a speaker. After this, I got told off by my wife and children, that I had only embarrassed myself explaining my failure rather than address the subject. This is what fear does to us.

Les Brown say – “Most people go through life quietly and safely tiptoeing to an early grave.  We’ve been holding back, we have ideas that we don’t act on, things that we want to do, we’re afraid to take chances.  A lot of people say no to things and they don’t even know what they’re saying no to!  Don’t allow fear to keep you in the corner.”

Some of us have gone far too long that we are not only afraid of the circumstances, but we are also afraid of the solutions to the circumstances. Fear makes us stay at the same point because we are familiar with our situation and we fear to explore. I know this might sound cruel, but it brings the situation to reality. Some of the victims of the Grenfell Towers probably would have survived if they had not been afraid of the solution than the circumstances. For some of them, jumping out of the building at whatever floor was the only solution. But the fear of the solution and the acceptance of the circumstances could have led to the death of some of them. This is the handiwork of the devil.

In conclusion, how can we overcome fear? I am happy to say, it is as simple as ABC. It is adequate knowledge of God’s word. Proverbs 24: 5 says “a wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.” John 8:32 – And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Daniel 11:32 – And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.

You cannot have God and be terrorised. Whatever you are going through right now is temporal and subject to change with adequate knowledge of the God whom you serve. 2 Peter 1:3 says – According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.

Be of good cheer. What is making you afraid is what is making people who have adequate knowledge laugh. So why worry yourself.

PRAYER POINTS

I bind the spirit of fear in my life, in the name of Jesus Christ.

I break every evil covenant that has brought fear into my life, in the name of Jesus.

All negative doors that the spirit of fear has opened in the past, be closed now, in the name of Jesus.

In the name of Jesus, I refuse to fear, because God has not given me the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind

The sermon, Kill The Voice of Fear, by Elder Mo Babajide-Alabi, was delivered on June 25, 2017 at the Elders Special Service.

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The Name of Jesus, by Brother Seyi Popoola

The Name Jesus, by Brother Seyi Popoola

TEXTS: ISAIAH 9: 6-7, Matthew 1:21

INTRODUCTION
The name Jesus is the same as Saviour. It is derived from the verb signifying to save. The Name Jesus is related to the Hebrew form of “Yehoshua”, which is the same as Joshua (the leader of the Jews into Canaan). In two places in the New Testament the name Jesus was used where it meant Joshua.
In Acts 7:45 (Stephen reciting the story of their forefathers).
“Which also our fathers that came after brought in with Jesus into the possession of the Gentiles, whom God drave out before the face of our fathers, unto the days of David”.
“For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day” Hebrews 4:8′
THE MAN JESUS: “THE BEGINNING AND THE END”
There has never been a time when He was not nor will there ever be a time when He will not be – The Name stands before, beyond and after all others. In the beginning was the Name (John 1:1), at the end will be the Name (Revelations 1:8, 22:3).
In the present all things depend upon the Name! Psalm 72:17 – His name shall endure forever!
“His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed”

THE NAME OF JESUS: “OUR SAVIOUR”
The Name of Jesus is the name of our saviour
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” Act 4:12

THERE IS NO OTHER NAME GIVEN TO MEN TO SAVE HIM FROM HIS WAYS, ONLY THE NAME OF JESUS IS MORE THAN SUFFICIENT TO RID MAN OF HIS WAYS.
Without this wonderful name, You and I will still be filled with our ways, we will be hopeless and wretched, but it is through the sacrifice of the cross, the shame, humility, the stripes (Isaiah 53:4-5) the death and the resurrection of Jesus (Matthew 27:33-37) we are empowered to live a victorious life, in peace and in hope in his unfailing nature. (Romans 5:1&5).

THE NAMES JESUS: “OUR ONLY ACCESS TO GOD”
It is only through this name Jesus that we have directly access to the throne of grace, because He is our only mediator (1 John 2:1-2) pleading on our behalf. Therefore, everyone of us may appear BOLDLY unto the throne of grace and ask for help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16). The Name of Jesus is the only name, in heaven and on earth, whereby we may approach the Father and fellowship with the Trinity.

THE NAME OF JESUS: “EFFECTIVE IN PRAYER AND SERVICE”
The Name of Jesus is powerfully and authoritatively equipped to be effective in prayer and service.
• If we remember the lame man at the gate called beautiful? Whom Peter and John when they went up at the ninth hour to pray, healed through the name of Jesus.
“Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk”. [Act 3:6] • In our personal life’s, the Name of Jesus is readily available and accessible to use when we enter in to prayer. Jesus Himself promised in
“And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son” ‘John 14:13’

IN CLOSING:
WE MUST UNDERSTAND AND EXERCISE THE POWER AND AUTHORITY THAT WE HAVE IN THAT NAME. (Proverbs 4:7)

9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” Philippians 2:9-11.

PLEASE NOTE
WE MUST REMEMBER TO VALUE THIS WONDERFUL NAME IN ORDER FOR IT TO BE EFFECTIVE FOR US, AND THAT WE MAY BEAR ENDURING FRUITS THROUGH THIS POWERFUL NAME.
• In our conducts or actions, in our conversations with believers and unbelievers alike and in our thoughts.

CONCLUDE: “THE NAME JESUS
He is our Saviour, our redeemer, our master, our guide and our peace. He is our joy, our comfort, and our hope. He is our Lord, He is the ruler of our life’s. We serve Him because His bond is Love, His burden is light, and His goal for us is abundant life. We should follow Him because He is the wisdom of the wise, the power of the powerful, the ruler of rulers, the leader of leaders, the king of kings and the sovereign Lord, of all that was and is and is to come. Fellowship with Jesus is the greatest relationship a man could cultivate.
AMEN

The sermon, The Name Jesus, by Brother Seyi Popoola, was delivered on May 21, 2017 on the occassion of the Special Youth Service

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Praise: An Instrument For Amazing Ascension, by Pastor Joshua Obaro

Praise: An Instrument For Amazing Ascension, by Pastor Joshua Obaro

Bible Text: Psalm 31:21 – “Blessed be the Lord for He has showed me the marvelous kindness when I was in a city of siege”.

Say to yourself “I will rise”. It is our month of ascension. Amazing ascension is the one that causes enemies to weep. Can you imagine a man waking up as a gate man but before the end of the day he got an amazing lifting. Mordecai slept as a gateman but slept as a great man. He never thought of it, he never prayed for it he was never qualified for it but he was spotted for an amazing ascension by the Most High God.

In December 2016, a woman lost her job, in the midst of the crises the landlord was planning to evict her but her cousins who came from Europe during the crises decided to buy her the house. She would have been eternally grateful for her rent to be sorted out but our God is Jehovah overdo. When God wants to step into your case, he will do beyond your request.

3John:2 depicts that “God wants you to prosper spiritually, maritally, financially even as your soul prospers”. So the Lord in his attempt to bless you said in 1Peter 2:2 “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation…”. Many only desire the word of God to know and not to grow.

Psalm 35:27 -”Let them say continually the Lord be magnified that takes pleasure in the prosperity of his servants”. Job 36:11 “If they obey and serve him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity
and their years in contentment”. God’s plan for every child of God is to rise. The Lord wants you to rise Zac 3:1, but the devil doesn’t want you to rise. Satan is always out to stand in your way to ensure you don’t rise. To ensure that you do not rise beyond your present situation.

There is power in what we confess. Say to you again “I will rise”. What your mouth don’t declare you cannot experience mistakenly. So always confess good things. “Don’t be ignorant of the devices of the devil lest he takes advantage of you- 2 Cor. 2:11.

The devil applies a lot of tools to ensure people don’t rise. One of the tools the devil uses is ancestral causes. Isaiah 14:21 “Prepare slaughter for his children for the iniquity of their fathers; that they do not rise, nor possess the land, nor fill the face of the world with cities”.

Every ancestral voice that says you will not rise; the fire of god will silence them in Jesus. One of the tricks the devil uses is stinginess. A liberal soul is what will be made fat. You don’t give because you don’t have; you give so you can have. Some peoples’ hand is filled with super glue; whatever enters their hands does not come out. Another tool is discouragement; you need to tell the devil my condition is not my conclusion. Another one is sickness. Lastly, is ingratitude. Never say what is this, else things will not happen. The only reason why men are grounded is because they take God for granted. Let your voice be a voice of thanksgiving.

Jer. 30:19 “And out of them shall precede thanksgiving and the voice of them that make merry: and I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small”

2017 you will make merry. Thanksgiving is ascribing glory to God for where you are. You might not be where you want to be but you are not where you used to be. Please don’t ever think you are where you because of your strength. Wherever you are today is somebody’s prayer point. Do you know, while you are thinking oh am in the UK, I do not have a job, somebody else is thinking “oh Lord if I am in the UK maybe my life will be okay”.

Appreciate God for where you are taking cognizance that you didn’t get there by your power. So many people applied but they were refused. Paul said, 1 Cor. 15:10 – “I am what I am because of the grace of God”. I have seen a chartered accountant become scattered accountant. God wants to tell you not to be proud. Give glory to your God, where you are is by his mercies.

James 1:17 – “Every perfect gift belongs to God and comes from God”.

When should I thank God?

When things are good forget not his benefits, when things are bad, thank him still. There are seasons in life, Habakkuk 3:17

“17 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls:  Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. …” thank him when things are bad. Psalm 66:12 “Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.

Once I met a man whose car was stolen and he was dancing on the road. When asked why he was dancing, he declared that he is dancing because they took his car not his life; he is glad that he possessed something someone could steal. Lastly, he said he is thanking God that he is not the thief. In a bad situation do you find reasons to thank God?

Thank God for your situation, you are complaining they are talking about you, they don’t talk about nonentities they talk about celebrities. Be glad you are been talked about, find reasons to thank God always.

Lastly, learn to thank God in anticipation. In anticipation for perfection. Psalm 31:8 “And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: thou hast set my feet in a large room”.

How do you thank God?

Thank God from your heart Psalm 57:7

Thank God with a sacrifice Psalm 116:12 “

Praise is God’s power raising someone from the miry clay. David said, Psalm 116:12 and 17 “what I shall render unto the Lord for his benefits unto me? I will offer to God the sacrifice of thanksgiving”. There is nothing too much to offer to God.

What happens when we thank God?

Your destiny is preserved – Malachi 2:1-2

2 Timothy 3:1- when you are not thankful, your tank cannot be full.

Multiplication of blessings – Psalm 67: 5-7

Divine lifting- David said, “God is the lifter of my soul”. David praised God 7 times daily and prayed without season, no wonder his voice was heard from the bush.( Psalm 119:164, Psalm 55:17).

The only way to move from Bush Residential Area (BRA) to Government Reserved Area (GRA) is through praise.

You will enjoy divine bargain and deliverance. Paul and Silas prayed and got deliverance

You will enjoy divine presence of God. Psalm 22:3, Psalm 91:1. You can’t be seated with the most high and be the most low.

Give God your best praise. Not all praises are acceptable to God. The only one that can lift you is God but you need to give your life to the Lord most high, be acquainted with him so your praises will not be in vain and you can experience all the benefits associated to worshiping Jehovah. Praise the Lord – Halleluiah!!!!

The sermon, Praise: An Instrument For Amazing Ascension, by Pastor Joshua Obaro, was delivered on April 2, 2017