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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.

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Come Forth and Be Counted, by Brother Timothy Obafaiye

Praise The Lord! I’d specially like to welcome you once again to this marvellous exhibition God has allowed his children to display today.

As you will recollect from previous events on the agenda, the theme of the day is ‘The Manifestation of the Children of God’.

Before I go into short exhortation, shall we pray.

Everlasting Father, King of Kings, Rock of Ages. We worship you we praise your name

Lord thank you for keeping us thus far in the year 2018.

We pray that you will continue to uphold and strengthen us.

Lord let this message have meaning and speak through me to bless your people,

Have your way in this place.

Thank you, Holy Ghost. Be Glorified. In Jesus name, we’ve prayed. Amen

Text: Romans 8:19 – For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

From this short scripture, I have managed to draw out that as a Church we need to allow the Holy Spirit to work through each and every one of us individually. The supreme task of the family of God as a body is the evangelism of the word of God. Many times several of us are discouraged due to the severity of the sin that this generation of the world has been plunged into. However nor must we forget that the Church is the most powerful force on earth as we are spearheaded by the one who indeed created this planet.

So Brethren it’s up to you and me to come forth as ambassadors of Christ and embody the values that our Lord and Saviour taught us through his word. For those who are in sin do not gander after us but await our arrival to manifest unto them so they shall receive salvation.

In the bible, there are many examples of The Manifestation of God’s Children.

King Saul is an example of one who was manifested by the grace of God.

In 1 Samuel 9:1-27, after the people of Israel had been yearning for a King as they had become weary of being ruled by Judges, God sent prophet Samuel to anoint Saul to be King of Israel. The people’s eager expectation came to a halt as they had received what they wanted and in turn, God manifest his son.

Saul came forth and answered the call of God and was certainly counted, being blessed with the title of The first King of Israel. Even though Saul’s end was nothing like his beginning we can still draw positives from the man he was and learn from his mistakes. In order for our manifestation to be even greater than that of his.

I pray your ending will never be like that of Saul’s in Jesus name.

Samuel became a Kingmaker in Israel despite his lower echelon.

In 1 Samuel 1:10-17, Hannah prayed to God in anticipation for a Son but God, in fact, blessed her with a high priest. If Hannah never came forward to be counted then Israel would have never witnessed the manifestation of God in the life of Samuel. With the faith and determination, Hannah possessed God had no other choice but to visit her that day.

I pray God will not ignore our prayers in Jesus name.

Another example would be Joseph the Son of Jacob, he was the eleventh out of the twelve children his father had but in fact the favourite of his father. Although things looked bleak for him as his own brothers sold him into slavery. God had already aligned his destiny. In Genesis 41:37-44, we were made to understand that in the land of Egypt Jacob was second only to Pharaoh in terms of power in the country. Joseph had to go through the tribulations including going to prison but his faith in God never withered and when it was time for him to come forward and interpret Pharaoh’s dream God manifested in his life. This goes to show even if most of us are foreigners in this land God can still use us mightily for his work.

I pray God will fulfil your destiny in this land In Jesus Name.

In conclusion, how can we see manifestation in our lives?

  • We must accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and personal Saviour. Acts 9:3-6 (Saul of Tarsus accepted Jesus and became Paul, one who was manifested greatly by God) 3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: 4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? 5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. 6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.

 

  • Answer the call of God/ Come forth and make ourselves available for Gods work Genesis 12:1-5( Abraham answered Gods call and went from being childless to the father of many nations) 1 Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: 2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing 3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. 4 So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran. 5 And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan, they came.

 

  • Maintain your passion for Gods work

1 Samuel 2:27-35 ( Eli’s household began to lose focus on Gods work and his sons even began discrediting the temple of God which inevitably ended in peril for the whole family as they were then replaced by Samuel)

I pray God will never replace us in Jesus name.

Shall we rise as we pray?

Prayer

Father give me the grace to be used as a vessel to manifest your good works.

And So Heavenly Father help us to come forward to be used as a vessel in your hand. Count us Oh Lord. Let us be able to manifest your name

And never depart from us. We Eternally thank you, Lord. In Jesus name, I’ve prayed. Amen

A sermon delivered by Brother Timothy Obafaiye on February 18, 2018, on the occasion of Special Teens and Children Service.