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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.

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The Remaking of Destinies, by Brother Abiodun Aremu Oliyide

The Remaking of Destinies, by Brother Abiodun Aremu Oliyide

INTRODUCTION: Colossian 1:28, 27, 26.

God is willing to make known the riches of the glory of the mystery which had been hidden from the foundation of the world. The mystery is Christ in you, which is the hope of glory. This is being made know to the world by preaching so that every man may be presented perfect in Christ Jesus. Col.1:28

Christ is being made known by preaching of the word of faith (Rom.10:8), it is also called the word of Reconciliation (2Cor.5:19), the word of Truth in Eph.1:13, the word of Righteousness in Heb.5:13, the word of Life in 1Jn1:1. He is actually the Word of God as written in Jonh1.1, in the beginning, was the Word, logos in Greek means reason, idea, essence, bro Ahimah calls logos the agenda of God. As we look at the remaking of destinies this morning we will look at the Agenda of God, the word of God, the word of faith, the word of promise, the word of reconciliation, which is the word of faith which we preach Rom.10:8

TEXT: Ezekiel 37:1:11

This is a very popular story when God took the prophet in the spirit into the valley of dry bones. Ezekiel confirmed that the bones were very dry. The people had died for ages and their remains had already decayed. This is a hopeless situation dry bones are only useful for archaeology research. Verse 11 of Ezekiel 37 actually made us to understand that the bones were symbolic of the house of Israel (Then he said unto me, Son of Man these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold they say our bones are dried and our hope is lost; we are cut off for our parts.). That vision was referring to the house of Israel and by extension whole of Humanity as a result of Adam’s sin. Adam became very dead (separated from the life of God) the moment he ate of the tree God commanded him not to eat (Gen.2:16-17). The glorious destiny and the future God had for Man became truncated. Mankind became separated from God. Rom.5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.

The State of Fallen Man:

The state of fallen man was like that of the dried boned, Man was without life although they were still living in the flesh, some of them got new mortgages, new jobs, got married, celebrated birthdays, went for holidays, but they were all dead Matt24:38 (For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage). Eph.2:1, you who were dead in trespasses and sins. Man began to walk according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air who currently works in the children of disobedience. Isa.59:9-11. Man began to grope for the wall like the blind, as if he has no eyes. Man began to stumble at noonday as in the night, and concluded in verse 11 that: “we are in desolate places as dead men”. The destiny of man was tampered with, man became destined for destruction by the transgression of Adam Rom.6:23, Rom.3:23.

What then is the way Forward for Man?

Rom.5:6-8. For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly verse 8: But God commends his love towards us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Man has to be saved from destruction Eph.1:7, Col.1:14 i.e be. brought back to life by believing in the finished work of Christ. This is salvation; man has to be begotten again from the dead. Man can only do what dead men do, i.e. to receive life from God. Just like the bones in Ezekiel 37, they were very dead; dead bones cannot do anything for themselves, they could only receive life.

Ezekiel37:11 Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts. 12: Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. 13 And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, 14: And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD.

NOTE: If can will be saved, man can only be saved by God Himself. Hence only God can restore the destiny of man and that he has done in Christ Jesus by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour (Titus 3:6-7).

Conclusion

The Gospel of Christ restores the future of a man

Believing in Christ Jesus redeems a man from destruction. Jn.3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Salvation restores us back to the image of God; which is the image of Christ Col.1:15, Col.2:9.

The destiny of man is to conform to the image of Christ Jesus. Rom.8.29. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate (Proorizo in Greek) to be conformed to the image of his Son.

God wants all men saved from destruction; He does not want any man to die without receiving Jesus. 1Tim.2:4

Finally: 2Pet.3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

The sermon, The Remaking of Destinies, by Brother Abiodun Aremu Oliyide, was delivered on January 21, 2018 on the occasion of the Special Youth Service.

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Jesus, Our Jubilee, by Deaconess Caroline Ndlovu

Jesus, Our Jubilee, by Deaconess Caroline Ndlovu

I hope we are all aware that God is still speaking today. God has told us certain fundamental truths in his word. One is that we will HE will never leave us nor forsake (Hebrews 13:5). We sing songs to testify of this. Another advocate who will never leave you is the Holy Spirit (John 14:10).

When I say that God is still speaking today, I am referring to the monthly themes that God gives us through the shepherd of the house. This year has been themed a year of unimaginable progress. In the book of Ephesians, we know that God is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we can think or even imagine. But that is qualified further by the statement: according to the power that is at work in you (us).

God can use prophecies to deliver these messages to us. On the other hand, God has told us that he leads his children by the inward witness. He does not say that He will send angels to give you every direction, every day. Angels are, however, there on assignment to protect us- as stated in Psalms 91. We know they step in at particularly significant and important instances to deliver messages.

God can also make provision for His children by giving them specific instructions to observe certain seasons and events. We can see this type of instruction in Leviticus 25:1-13. In verse 10, God instructed the children of Israel to observe the year of Jubilee. Looking closer at the given instruction reveals the depth of its importance. The year of Jubilee was to be celebrated on the 50th year (after 7 lots of 7 years). God uses 7s as the number of perfection. In Leviticus 25:8 we see reference to 7 sabbath years and in the book of Revelation: seven churches (1:4), seven spirits (3:1), seven golden lampstands (1:12-13), seven stars (1:16), seven seals (5:1), seven horns (5:6), seven angels (5:2), seven trumpets (8:6) and seven plagues (15:1). There are no coincidences with God, so the insistence of observing the year of Jubilee (that comes after 7 lots of 7 years) shows its significance.

However important this year was for the children of Israel, they still soon forgot about the instruction altogether.

The year stayed unrecognized until a young man of 30 years stood up to read from the book of Isiah (chapter 61) to proclaim the year of liberty to captives and the opening of the prison to them that are in bondage. He also proclaimed recovery of sight to the blind. In this way, Jesus began his ministry in the year of Jubilee and His first act of ministry was to remind the children of Israel of the power and significance of the instruction they were given. Ultimately, He was also proclaiming that He is our Jubilee.

Once again, the children of Israel did not remember to celebrate the year of Jubilee. During this period of 2000 years (70 AD to 1917), Jerusalem was under the feet of Gentiles. In 1917, General Allenby, a British army commander walked into Jerusalem with his horse beside him. He made a call for all the European based Jewish population to come back, but most of them did not head the call. In hindsight, this was a provision of protection that God was making to grant His chosen people an escape from impending danger (the Holocaust). God’s intention was to deliver them in a timely manner- before they even knew they would need deliverance.

By 1967, notably another Jubilee year, Israel was surrounded on all sides by their enemies. They were outnumbered to a ratio of 1-100 for their army artillery. Yet after 6 days, they won the war and for the first time in 2000 years, they took east Jerusalem where the temple mount is located. Again, an extraordinary provision was made.

Finally, now we enter 2017, another Jubilee year. We have recently heard an announcement that an otherwise unpopular politician has declared Jerusalem as the rightful capital of Israel- a move that scholars are saying is the fulfilment of an end time prophecy.
From these examples, we can see that God’s favour abounds in the year of Jubilee. This is not to say that there will not be any trouble. At times when you are hemmed in on all sides, that is when God shows up with his timely delivery. The victory of the six-day war has no parallel in war history apart from the war on Jericho when the walls of Jericho fell down. The children of Israel marched around the city of Jericho, for 6 days, and on the seventh day, God gave them victory (Joshua 6:1-5).

Maybe some of you are hemmed in by sickness or by family situations but God has provided you with a provision. He has provided you with a timely delivery.

What are the keys to having Jesus as your Jubilee?
1. Rest. When you quiet yourself in the spiritual sense, you allow God to do a timely delivery. He said “be anxious for nothing but in prayer and supplication, let your requests be made known to Me…” and through this, we will gain “the peace of God that passes all understanding”. Have faith in God. Faith is an important ingredient in our walk with God. Jesus commended 2 people as having great faith- the centurion and the Syrophoenician women. These two people had one thing in common, they both kept their eyes on Jesus and believed with all their being that He was able to deliver them. This kind of faith is vital if a believer is to master rest. To rest in His promises is to trust that He is able and he is willing to move in your situation.

2. Proclamation of the Lord’s death. As we saw in the account of Jericho, the blowing of the Ram’s horn is significant in experiencing Jubilee. The Ram’s horn signifies the proclamation of the Lord’s death which is also the preaching of the Gospel. Listening to messages that remind you of the finished work of Christ reinforce this gospel. Galatians 3 speaks of this and uses a continuous tense to show that the hearing of this word must be continuous.

3. Flow with the Spirit. The word Jubilee comes from the Greek word Jubal or Youvel which refers to the playing of music. But the root of this Greek word means “to flow”. When we flow with the Spirit of God we will not be led astray. The Spirit can lead through a variety of ways and one of them is through the word. By falling in love with the reading of the word we allow God’s peace to envelope us and the Spirit to minister to us. The Holy Spirit will continually reveal the reality of Jesus as our Jubilee and remind to look to Him always for our timely delivery.

The sermon, Jesus Our Jubilee, by Deaconess Caroline Ndlovu was delivered on December 17, 2017.

 

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Love, A Segment of the Fruit of The Spirit, by Brother Adefarati Oloruntoba

Love, A Segment of the Fruit of The Spirit, by Brother Adefarati Oloruntoba

Text: 1 Cor 13:13

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love (NIV).

The word Love is a cliché in our contemporary world; it has been panel-beat and reduced to mere quotes, slangs, and name. Man’s definition of love remains shallow, defective and ineffectual which accounts for why consistent and unconditional love among people remains a mirage regardless of the huge investment of time and labour. The more we talk about it, the less of it we experience because love is supernatural and it takes the supernatural to operate in absolute love. Love was not manufactured by man, meaning you can’t assume authority over.

We clamour for love because it’s the spring of unity, joy and life but look for it incorrectly, Love is not emotion phantoms and it’s beyond affection. The best way to learn or understand Love is to borrow the definition from the manufacturer’s perspective.

Facts about Love:

  • God is love; God does not have love but he himself is Love. He is the ultimate love 1John 4:7-8 and whatever he does is an expression of his love.

  • You will always struggle to show true love until God’s love distils in your heart (1John 4:16) because humanity is coded to love only things that face the direction of his interest. Hence, it is natural to hate. Jesus was hated (Isaiah 53:2-3), it was normal for people to chant crucify him because the humanity residing in them was lending his voice.

  • You cannot actually value love until you drink from the cup of hostility, hatred gives us another definition of love

  • Jesus demonstrated how to find and live in love. He channelled his focus on God, John 5:19 -20, He did not only acknowledge that God loves him but also made a pious commitment to pleasing God always; prioritize Gods above other things. This is why it was easier for him to love people because God is living in him.

  • Love is God’s language and emphasis in every generation. If that is not your hallmark too, then something is wrong with your Christianity. Deut. 6:5, Matt 22:37,

  • God’s reward system is based on love; he recognises his love and advertises it to people. Mat 3:17, Mat 17:5 (NLT)

  • Love is the seal of sonship: Luke 6:35

  • Love is the platform for transacting with God, it’s the currency of heaven

  • Love is the ultimate need of man

  • Love is the new testament commandment Mark 12:28-31,

  • Love is the debt you owe everyman you come across and the recipe for an acceptable service to God. Rom 13:8, 1John 4:7-11, Lk 6:27, 1Pet4:8

  • Love reflects your closeness to eternity; the kingdom of God Mark 12:31-33, 1John 4:18-19

  • God requires you coordinate your love towards him before you can synthesize unconditional love toward fellow man,

  • Love reveals the direction of your life. The true test of your love is your pursuits, check your greatest appetite, your love lurks around it. God’s love made people (Abraham, Lots, Stephen, etc.) set aside their personal principles, ambitions and dreams in order to please God. Love goalpost of every believer is 1 Cor 13:4-8

Love gives; it’s sacrificial. God (Love) has given his best, Jesus did likewise, men of like passion also gave their all as an expression of love; Paul, Peter, Reinhard Bonnke, among others. The more you love God, the easier it will be to love people genuinely and unconditionally Rom 12:9-21, Eph 4:1-6

Now is your turn, what would you give to God and what would you give your generation before you step out from time into eternity.

The sermon, Love, A Segment of the Fruit of The Spirit, by Brother Adefarati Oloruntoba, was delivered on 19th November 2017 at the Special New Workers/Talent Audition Service.