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?


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.