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Walking In The Spirit, by Brother Omoniyi Akinpelumi

Main Bible Text: Galatians 5: 22-26

When we got born again, a measure of the Holy Spirit was given to us. This is the earnest of God’s inheritance for us as seen in Ephesians 1:13-14. The New English Translation [NET] bible version refers to this measure of the spirit as the “down payment” or ostensibly can be said to be an “initial deposit”.

However, God’s agenda for us that as we obey and walk faithfully with him, more of his spirit would be given to us until we are “full” of the spirit. This can be observed naturally in the lives of newborn babies, who through feeding and exercise, grow from strength to strength till they attain manhood/womanhood.

As seen in Romans 8: 28-29, God’s ultimate purpose for everyone on earth is for us to conform to the perfect image of Christ. Hence, there lies a journey from new birth to becoming Christ-like, which can only be achieved by walking in the Spirit.

Furthermore, it is clear in 3 John 1:1-2 that God wants us to prosper in the natural (financially and health-wise) even as we prosper in our soul. To prosper in our soul is to walk circumspectly as wise (Ephesians 5:15), obeying every of God’s instructions. These are evident in the lives of Abraham and Enoch who walked with God (Genesis 5:22-24, Hebrews 11:8).

How to walk in the spirit?

The excellent way to walk in the spirit is to walk in love. This entails

  1. Walking in love towards God (Luke 10:27)
  2. Walking in love towards our neighbours (Mark 12:31)

Forgiveness:

God wants us to forgive each other and let go of offences when our neighbour offends us as explained in Mattew 6:15 so that we can live in peace and harmony with each other in order to grow well spiritually.

Obedience:

Abraham walk with God was out of love which was manifested in obedience to God’s instructions. Abraham loved God that he was ready to sacrifice his only son on Mount Moriah. Hence, God credited him with righteousness and called him his friend. This buttresses the fact that Abraham walked faithfully before the sight of God.

Practical steps in aiding our walking in the spirit

  1. Meditating on the Word of God

In Psalms 119: 58, David said that what kept him in his walk with God was the Word of God that he has meditated and hid in his heart. Also, Psalms 119: 105 states that the Word is like a lamp to our feet and light to our path. This shows that by reading and obeying the word of God, God is able to guide us and direct our steps alright so we can walk circumspectly faithfully before him.

  1. Having an understanding heart

In Ephesians 1: 17-18, Paul prayed for the Christians in Ephesus that their eyes of understanding would be enlightened in the knowledge of God, so they can know and fulfil their purpose in Christ.

It is also imperative to note that King Solomon didn’t ask for wisdom nor riches nor the heads of his enemies but for an understanding heart to be able to discern/judge between good and evil so he can walk worthily in the sight of God as his father walked as seen in 1Kings 3: 3-9.

The sermon, Walking In The Spirit, by Brother Omoniyi Akinpelumi, was delivered on July 15, 2018, on the occasion of the Special Youth Service.

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Imitators of God – Eph 5:1-2 by Sister Charity Ohia

To imitate someone means to have someone as a role model. It also is synonymous with mimicking someone.  As children of God, He expects us to mimic Him in all His ways.

It may seem impossible to mimic a being as perfect as God, so He sent His son Jesus to lead us on the path to follow. Jesus is the ultimate example of how God expects our lives to be.  Hebrews 4:15-16 tells that we do not have a high priest who does not sympathise with our weakness but was at all points tempted yet He did not sin. God knows that we are humans and mimicking Him isn’t something that can be in human power.

The bible also encourages us in Philippians 3:3-4, that we (believers) are the true circumcision. Firstly, the word circumcision has to do with the cutting away of flesh.

We cannot be true imitators of God when we walk in the flesh because God is a spirit and the flesh and the spirit are in enmity according to the bible. Secondly, Phil 3:3-4 also encourages us not to any confidence in the flesh. This is because the flesh will always fail. The Bible says woe to the man who puts his trust in another man.  As imitators of God, we must only focus on God and Jesus. We do not come to church for any man, therefore, do not let any man distract you from your worship to God.

2 Corinthians 3:18 also informs that being an imitator of God is a continuous process because we are transformed (to God’s image) from glory to glory. So as Christians we should strive for more in Christ. We never get comfortable in our current level with God. Truth is, in God, there is always the next level.

The ultimate goal of imitating God is to be like Him because He is our father and we have been adopted in His royal family and we must strive to live in a way that will please and uphold His family name. we are also the light of the world so must let our lights shine that all men will our good works and give glory to our father in the heaven

One example of imitating Christ is learning to forgive those who offend us just as God has forgiven us our sins.

Jesus while on earth, studied and knew the word for himself. We cannot imitate a God that we do not know and there is no other way to know God except through His word. The bible says that we must study to show ourselves approved. We have to search the scriptures and get to know the mind of God as individuals.  Jesus defeated the devil with the word of God. We need the word of God to be overcomers on earth.

Jesus was humble did not have a defeated mindset. The bible says ‘LET this mind which was in Christ Jesus be in you’. Jesus did not judge anyone and so we must not.

The sermon, Imitators of God – Eph 5:1-2 by Sister Charity Ohia, was delivered on May 20, 2018, on the occasion of the Special Youth Service.

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It Shall Be As The Lord Has Commanded, by Deacon Razak Obadina

Text: Acts 27: 9-27

The year has been declared as the year of Apostolic grace and Apostolic power. As a foreword from the pastorate regarding the theme and I quotes “Apostolic means something that is pertaining to either an apostle or the apostle of Christ, their time, their faith, their peculiar spirit and practice”. For us to experience and be established in these promises we need to believe and run with it daily this year because 2nd Chronicles 20:20b stated that we should believe in the Lord our God, and we shall be established, we should also believe in His prophets and we shall prosper.

In January of this year it was revealed to us as the month of the remaking of destiny, in February we were told to prepare for great drought. In March, divine help was made available for us. And now we are in April we are to expect the father’s blessings.

The Apostle possesses the key seven-fold ministry apart from our Lord Jesus and were also the original disciples called by Christ himself.

Now, grace simply means enjoying what you did not deserve; something you did not work for that was handed over to you.

  1. We were saved by grace according to Ephesians 2 vs 8-9
  2. We were enriched by the grace of Christ 2nd Corinthians 8 vs 9
  3. Grace allows us to enter into our blessing/place of rest
  4. Grace make us great and  raises us up
  5. Grace enables us to do what ordinarily we can’t do.

Examples of those who enjoy the grace of God are

  1. Solomon, a beloved of the lord 2nd Samuel 12 vs 24-25
  2. Jesus an epitome of the grace of God 2nd Corinthians 8 vs 9
  3. Paul 1st Timothy 1 vs 12-16
  4. The Apostles had great grace upon them. Acts 4 vs 33b

Power is simply ability or an enablement to do a work. Powers are in categories due to their different effects in “building up” or in terms of destruction. For example, the firepower of a shotgun is lower than that of a machine gun which is lower than that of a military tank and that of a missile. The Holy Spirit is known as the enabler. The Holy Spirit empowers the apostle to enable them to fulfil their destiny/calling in Acts chapter 2. Even Jesus needed to be empowered by God to fulfil his calling (Acts 10 vs 38). For David to defeat Goliath the champion of the Philistines, he had to be anointed by the prophet of God through Prophet Samuel (1st Samuel 16 vs 13).

The declaration is a sure word/promise of what God is going to do for us as revealed through his prophet (Amos 3 vs 7). Who is making such declarations?

God himself is making these declarations.

Who is God?

  1. The owner of heaven and all that is on the earth (Psalms 146 vs 5-6, Psalm 24 vs 1)
  2. God called those things which be not as though they were (Romans 4 vs 17b)
  3. He does as He pleases (Psalms 115 vs 3)
  4. When God speaks it is done (Numbers 23 vs 19)
  5. Power belongs to God (Psalms 62 vs 11)
  6. He answers prayers (Psalms 65 vs 2)
  7. God is good (Psalms 34 vs 8)
  8. Nothing is too difficult for God (Luke 1 vs 37)

To key into His declaration for this year we need to do the following:

  1. We need to believe in His declaration knowing that He will bring to pass. Mark 9 vs 23. We also need to add to our faith diligent (James 2 vs 26b, Proverbs 22 vs 29).
  2. Keep asking in prayer until our joy is full (John 16 vs 24). Bringing down the presence of God in praise and worship (Psalm 22 vs 3)
  3. We need to be courageous to confront issues that come our way daily with the help of the lord
  4. Holiness should be our lifestyle for us to see the lord and His goodness. Hebrew 12 vs 14
  5. Get prepare for the second coming of our Lord as there is a crown of righteousness waiting for us.

The sermon, It Shall Be As The Lord Has Commanded, by Deacon Razak Obadina, was delivered on April 8th, 2018.

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You Are Important, by Minister Funke Bakare

Happy Mother’s Day to every woman in the house; we love and appreciate our women/mothers. Thanks to God Almighty and to our daddies for making us mothers. What a great privilege to witness another mother’s day celebration in the land of the living. Many did last year, they are no more. May we witness many more IJMN (Amen).

The Lord has considered you worthy to be a woman first, then a mother, worthy to be entrusted with a life. For our mothers in waiting, you will hear the cry of a baby in your home soon. Yours will not be an exception IJN.

Many discount themselves from the great task, saying, it is too tasking, or they cannot be bothered. Motherhood is not a joke, especially in this country.

Bringing up a child, (never mind two, three or four), demands a lot from you and your partner/husband.

I remember my son attending an interview for a retail job when he was 18; he was asked: “What is the most precious thing that has been entrusted to you?” – He said my mum sometimes asks me to look after my sister- she trusts me enough to do that.

They were looking for money related answer, but, you know what? – He got the job because they considered him responsible if his mother could entrust him with her child.

You are Beautiful, fearfully and wonderfully made.

No one could be you; there is no two of me, no two of you. You are unique and God is interested in every detail about you.

Mark 7 V32: “And they bring unto him one that was deaf and had an impediment in his speech, and they beseech him to put his hand upon him.”

V33: “And he took him aside from the multitude and put his fingers into his ears, and he spits, and touched his tongue;”

V34. “And looking up to heaven, he sighed, and saith unto him, Ephphatha, that is, “Be opened.” And looking up to heaven—ever acknowledging His Father, the author and finisher of our/his faith, even while the healing was seen to flow from Himself

V35: “And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain.” We all know that in the real world it takes months if not years of therapy by speech and language therapist to help someone with a speech impediment. This was an instantaneous miracle.

One of the things that have steadied my faith in Christ was – as a new convert He used me to heal a mild illness- a lady with flu, small as it looked, increased my faith a great deal, that the Lord could use me, a new convert.

You are important. What troubles you? What are your limitations, what are your disabilities? Look unto heaven, to the author and finisher of your faith

Someone says: A mother is a small portion of God’s love in action. She looks with her heart & feels with her eyes. A mother is a bank where her children deposit all their worries & hurt. A mother is a cement that keeps her family together & her love lasts a lifetime. You can have everything in life but you only get one mother

You are absolutely wonderful.

The Bible instructs us to Honour our Mothers and Fathers Exodus 20:12

That our days may be long in the land that the Lord our God has given us.

Deuteronomy 5:16.

Proverbs 14:1 14 The wisest of women builds her house, but the folly with her own hands tears it down. May we not with our own hands tear down our homes. May we be builders, not destroyers IJMN. (Amen).

Prayer

Lord make me a profitable mother/ daughter, an extraordinary woman, an award-winning wife/mother, a celebrated mother.

Prayer for our children

My children shall be united – not like Cain and Abel Gen 27:21, Gen21:9 or

Adonijah versus Solomon

My children will blossom: they will bloom, bud, succeed, prosper, germinate, wax strong, develop, grow, multiply, be on top

Every phase of my children’s lives, I cover with the blood of Jesus.

When my mates are harvesting (celebrating their children’s wedding, graduation). I shall not be mourning.

Father, please fight for my children.

The sermon, You Are Important, by Minister Funke Bakare, was delivered on March 11, 2018, on the occasion of 2018 Mother’s Day.