Time Up! by Pastor Akinkunmi Thomas

Time up could mean, Enough is enough, Red card to the enemy, I can’t continue like this or with this unpleasantness.
Exodus 3:7-10
Exodus3:7 And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;
Exodus3:8 And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.
Exodus3:9 Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them.
Exodus3:10 Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.
Exodus5:1 And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness.
Exodus10:1 And the LORD said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh: for I have hardened his heart, and the heart of his servants, that I might shew these my signs before him:
Exodus10:2 And that thou mayest tell in the ears of thy son, and of thy son’s son, what things I have wrought in Egypt, and my signs which I have done among them; that ye may know how that I am the LORD.
Exodus10:3 And Moses and Aaron came in unto Pharaoh, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, How long wilt thou refuse to humble thyself before me? let my people go, that they may serve me.
Exodus 10:4. Else, if thou refuse to let my people go, behold, to morrow will I bring the locusts into thy coast:

Deut. 1:1-8.
Deut.1:1 These be the words which Moses spake unto all Israel on this side Jordan in the wilderness, in the plain over against the Red sea, between Paran, and Tophel, and Laban, and Hazeroth, and Dizahab.
Deut.1:2 (There are eleven days’ journey from Horeb by the way of mount Seir unto Kadeshbarnea.)
Deut.1:3 And it came to pass in the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first day of the month, that Moses spake unto the children of Israel, according unto all that the LORD had given him in commandment unto them;
Deut.1:4 After he had slain Sihon the king of the Amorites, which dwelt in Heshbon, and Og the king of Bashan, which dwelt at Astaroth in Edrei:
Deut.1:5 On this side Jordan, in the land of Moab, began Moses to declare this law, saying,
Deut.1:6 The LORD our God spake unto us in Horeb, saying, Ye have dwelt long enough in this mount:
Deut.1:7 Turn you, and take your journey, and go to the mount of the Amorites, and unto all the places nigh thereunto, in the plain, in the hills, and in the vale, and in the south, and by the sea side, to the land of the Canaanites, and unto Lebanon, unto the great river, the river Euphrates.
Deut.1:8 Behold, I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give unto them and to their seed after them.
Any faith that puts all the responsibilities on God is an irresponsible faith that will be fruitless.
Deut. 30:19.
God’s promises are great, unstoppable but it’s our responsibility to enforce what God has promised.
God has promised to take them to Canaan but they’ve got to make up their minds to face all the challenges on the way to Canaan..

1. Turn v7. Until you turn it can’t be your turn to shine and overcome.
Until you turn you remain stagnant.
To turns means taking conscious and calculated steps that will move you to the next level.
To be bold enough to make that move and take that step.
Tell my children to go forward.
Until you go forward your life won’t go forward. Exodus 14:15.
Stop that pity party and liberate yourself from stagnation. It’s not a time to cry but a time of positive moves and steps.
Jesus said to Peter launch out into the deep and let down your net for a draught.Luke 5:4
Jn. 2:1-10. At the marriage in Cana of Galilee He said fill thewaterpots with water and draw it and bear unto the governor of the feast and they had a better wine.
Jer. 3:14 Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion:
Jer. 25:5 They said, Turn ye again now every one from his evil way, and from the evil of your doings, and dwell in the land that the LORD hath given unto you and to your fathers for ever and ever:
Lam. 3:40 Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD.
Zech. 1:3 Therefore say thou unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Turn ye unto me, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will turn unto you, saith the LORD of hosts.
Zech. 1:4 Be ye not as your fathers, unto whom the former prophets have cried, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Turn ye now from your evil ways, and from your evil doings: but they did not hear, nor hearken unto me, saith the LORD

2. Take your journeyv7. Exercise your faith to do the unimaginable.
Don’t be moved by what you lack, nor by what you hear, neither by what you see.
Peter walked on water.
Moses and Aaron risked their lives by continuously going to a wicked king and made demands of their freedom.
Don’t allow fear to stifle your destiny, never live in fear if you desire to be great

3. Get ready for more challengesv7 and go to the mount of the Amorites, and unto all the places nigh thereunto, in the plain, in the hills, and in the vale, and in the south, and by the sea side, to the land of the Canaanites, and unto Lebanon, unto the great river, the river Euphrates.

Expect more mountains to overcome, more hills to climb, more valleys to exalt.
Never think that to possess your possession will be cheap and easy.
4. Confront your challenge. Never complain about Whatever you permit because whatever you permit grows.
God said to Moses I am sending you to confront Pharaoh and demand for your freedom.
Life will not give you what you deserve but what you demand.

Matthew 18:18-19(AMP)
18 I assure you and most solemnly say to you, whatever you bind [forbid, declare to be improper and unlawful] on earth [a]shall have [already] been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose [permit, declare lawful] on earth [b]shall have [already] been loosed in heaven.

19 “Again I say to you, that if two [c]believers on earth agree [that is, are of one mind, in harmony] about anything that they ask [within the will of God], it will be done for them by My Father in heaven

5. Visualise your desire v8 Behold, I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land.
What you can’t see you won’t handle. You can’t see the wind that’s why you can’t handle it.
What you perceive in your mind,control and dominate your thoughts.
Your vision is the platform that determines your achievements.

When you see victory you become victorious.

When you see poverty you become poor.

When you see barreness you become barren.

Guard your heart with all diligence out it are the issues of life.

Pro.4:23-27 (AMP)
23. Watch over your heart with all diligence,For from it flow the springs of life.
24. Put away from you a deceitful (lying, misleading) mouth,
And put devious lips far from you.
25. Let your eyes look directly ahead [toward the path of moral courage]
And let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you [toward the path of integrity].
26. Consider well and watch carefully the path of your feet,
And all your ways will be steadfast and sure.
27. Do not turn away to the right nor to the left [where evil may lurk];Turn your foot from [the path of] evil.

The sermon, Time Up! by Pastor Akinkunmi Thomas, was delivered on November 12, 2017.

May God Reward You Greatly, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

May God Reward You Greatly, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye

It is a sweet thing to be rewarded. There is a good feeling that comes with when one is rewarded for a good deed. It means that one’s effort is acknowledged, and there is a greater tendency that such a fellow would want to repeat the same feat again or even better.

One of my special rewards I can easily remember was sometimes in 1990/1991. I was then in the Army, we had a new Battalion Commander that love sport. So my Battalion got registered for a football league in the State. 30 best footballers in our Battalion were selected to play soccer only, which I happened to be one of them; as such we were exempted from every other military duty in order to concentrate on the league. What a great reward it was for me. All the hardships of Army life was set aside for that year for us!
We really enjoyed ourselves.
– May God reward you with an easy life.
May you enjoy peace of mind.
May life become a pleasure for you in Jesus name.

Life will somehow become uninteresting without the concept of reward. Many will lack the motivation or enthusiasm to aspire and achieve without it. That is why in every facet of life, there is usually a reward for people that distinguished themselves.

At times, reward could be a word of commendation, a certificate given, a gift, a price amount, a set record, an honour bestowed, etc. Whatever it is, it is to say well done to the fellow, encouraged them to do more, and challenge others to emulate them.

Interestingly, God started the concept/doctrine of reward and it will also end with Him.
While Adam and Eve were obedient to God, they enjoyed the rewards of fellowship with God, but when they disobeyed, they were thrown out.

Abel used the firstfruits and the best of his animals to sacrifice to God, he was rewarded with acceptance. But because Cain used just any proceeds of his farm, his own offering was rejected.
Genesis 4:3-5 – And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
– God rewarded Abel with recognition and respect. For Cain, it was the opposite.
May all your offerings earn the recognition and respect of God.

In Hebrews 11:6, that bible teaches us that God wants us to demonstrate our faith in Him so as to please Him, believing that He exists, and that He does reward those who seek Him diligently.
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
– God is not a force. He is a person, a being. The same way we deal with people who exist and we seek their commendation and reward, the same must be seen of God, and guess what? He will surely reward.
May God reward your seeking of Him in Jesus name.

The people of Bible times are familiar with the word ‘reward’. So God declared to Abram in Genesis 15:1
After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.

Amongst all things that are given as reward by Man, to be given another human being is out of the question. Only God can offer such as a reward. However, God is making a statement here that human mind cannot comprehend.
How can God offered Himself as a reward to a mortal?
What sort of reward can God become to a human being?
How will it show that God has become someone’s reward? All these are too deep to understand.

The easier question will be why would God promised to be a reward to Abram?

1. In Gen. 13:18, There ensued quarrels between the herdsmen of Abram and Lot. Abram told his nephew Lot that they need to separate to avoid clashes. So he asked Lot to choose which portion of Canaan to dwell. Lot chose the watered plains of Jordan towards Sodom. Abram had to go to the opposite direction, which were the rocky patches of Canaan. As a man, one will be fearful of what the family will eat and what the herds will graze. At this time Abram might have up to 500 servants. 318 servants who could fight not too long from then…
– Have you been rendered disadvantaged? God will be your exceeding great reward. His livestock didn’t die. He was at all times richer than Lot.
God will not let you suffer. That patch that has been given to you will become fertile.

2. In Gen. 14:1-24, There came a time that certain kings came and raided Sodom and Gomorrah where Lot lived. The raiders went with the occupants of the city and everything in it, Lot and his family too was taken.

Abram and 318 of his trained servants pursued these kings, rescued the king and the citizens of Sodom and Gomorrah, together with Lot and his family. He returned all that belong to the people of Sodom and only took the spoil the four kings got from raiding other lands.

Abram did not want the king of Sodom and Gomorrah to take the glory of God upon his life; he did not succumb to the enticement and temptation regarding the spoils, especially as he was the one that retrieved them back.
Genesis 14:21-23 – And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself. And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the Lord, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth, That I will not take from a thread even to a shoe latchet, and that I will not take any thing that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich:

God saw how Abram cherished Him, then He assured him that He will be his exceeding great reward.

Many years ago, my father was appointed as a Vehicle Inspection Officer in Ibadan City.
It was an appointment that could make one rich very quickly. He was to conduct routine checks on commercial vehicles on the roads of Ibadan, and maintenance service checks on Civil Service vehicles. This he did without any compromise. Though he was never rich financially till he died, yet he was very rich towards God and honoured among men. God never forsook him nor allowed us to beg for bread.

– Are certain ‘Sodom’ gifts been flaunted at you to tempt you? Hold unto God. He will be your exceeding great reward. Whatever you gave up for the excellency of God, shall be given to you in exceeding measure.

3. As Abram was coming back from the war with the kings, he met Someone on the way called Melchisedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High. Abram recognised that this Person was greater than himself, and so gave Him the tenth of all he had. At this time, there was no law on tithing; this action of Abram must have again triggered the exceeding greatness of God upon his life.

Offering is easy, tithe can be hard. It can be tempting for a believer to eat his/her tithe. Tithe must not be missed. It comes with a promise to prove God for overwhelming blessings if obeyed; it also comes with a curse if disobeyed.

Are you afraid of paying your tithe? I can assure you that if you pay all and not some in good faith, God will grant you exceeding great rewards. I am not asking you to prove me; God said you should prove Him now and see for yourself.

4. All the while, Abram was living in Canaan as a stranger. He had no portion of his own. Even when his wife died, he had to beg the people to sell a small portion to him to bury Sarah (Gen. 23:1-2). It must have been a tough time for someone that must have been established in Mesopotamia. God however told him that all the land will belong to him and his seed.

May be you are squatting, renting, leasing, or on mortgage. That is not your final stop. God will give you total ownership of His heritage.
Are you disappointed because people never rewarded you adequately? God shall be your exceeding great reward. No one can pay your worth, only God can.

What do people do to their special rewards? They make special showcase for them. They cherish them and jealously guide them.
Watch Olympics, those medals are precious. I saw Djokovic crying as he lost his place to proceed in the tournament recently, it is not for money, it is the fame and honour that comes with the gold medal.
May your reward be of gold value.

In I Cor. 9:24-25, Many athletes compete in a race but one obtains the first prize.
1 Corinthians 9:24-25 – Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
– May God grant you the power and the grace to run and obtain a worthy prize in Jesus name.

God is not unrighteous to forget those that needed reward. Man may forget, God will not.
Hebrews 6:10
For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
– May God reward your work.
May He reward your labour of love in Jesus name.

God reward is all round. Spiritual and physical.
Matthew 19:27-29 – Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
– May your reward of eternal life be sure.
May God reward you with houses and lands hundred times more. May God bless you with all that you need, with wife, with husband, with children and with great relationships.
May He bless you with gold and silver in abundance.

There is nothing compared to eternal reward which God only gives.
1 Corinthians 15:19 – If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
Your life shall not end in misery in Jesus name.

So the message I bring to you from God today is to continue in doing good. Do not be weary. Your reward will surely come.
Galatians 6:9 – And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
– May God grant you a hundred fold of all the good deeds you have done.
May your heart not faint in doing good.

Jesus Himself encourages the believers not to relent in doing good as promised to reward everyone when He comes back.
Revelation 22:12
And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
– May your work on earth earn you a glorious reward in Jesus name.

In Psychology and even in practical life, we are thought that reward has its opposite, which is punishment. So that for every behaviour, action or deed, there is either a reward or a punishment.
– It is my prayer that in life you will not be punished.
Man will not punish you.
The hosts of hell will not punish you.
God Almighty will not punish you.
The cosmic system will not punish you in Jesus name.

God saw certain virtue in Abram that He wanted to reward him for. Abram was humble and patient – which he showed with Lot;
He was forgiven, sacrificial and not greedy – which he showed by rescuing Lot and not taking what belongs to the Canaanite kings;
He acknowledged the supremacy and faithfulness of God upon his life – which he showed by paying a tenth of the spoil he collected from the four kings that raided Canaan and surrounding lands;
He had great faith in God – by leaving the comfort of Mesopotamia and going to where God asked him to go.
– Let us emulate and imbibe these virtues and God will reward us in greater dimensions in Jesus name.

Almighty Father, demonstrate to the whole world that you are mine and that I am Yours.

The sermon, May God Reward You Greatly, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye, RCCG Everlasting Father’s Assembly, Leeds, was delivered on August 21, 2016.

The God That Overturns, by Pastor Ejovi Edafioghor

Text: Ezekiel 21:27
To overturn means to turn something over or upside down. It could also mean to reverse or cancel something previously decided or ordered.
The God we serve is infinite in power such that He can overturn negative events and difficult situations in favour of those who put their trust in Him. It does not matter the height of the challenge, the depth of despair, the width of the adversity or the length of the trial, our God is able to overturn it for your good. And so, I decree into your life that the Almighty God will arise in His power and overturn any unpleasant situation you are facing in Jesus name.
The God that overturns is also the extraordinary strategist. The scripture records that “and we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). This means there must be some togetherness of events and situations (good and bad) to bring forth your season of testimony. That is why I know that no matter the intensity of the situation you are passing through, the Almighty God will turn it around for your gain. Perhaps, the Israelites (Exodus 14:23-30) even encountered a worse situation than you are facing. But, remember that just when the enemy thought it was over for them, the Almighty God stepped in and overturned the situation in favour of the Israelites. The same God that showed up for the Israelites will show up and favour you today in Jesus name.
The God that overturns is also a professional in setting trap for the enemy. While the Israelites walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea, the Almighty God used it to trap the enemy. The frozen walls of the sea suddenly melted and Pharaoh, his chariots, and the horsemen all drowned (Exodus 14:28). I decree into your life that not only will God overturn events and difficult situations to your favour; He will also destroy the enemy in Jesus name.
Hold on and don’t quit!

The sermon, The God That Overturns, was delivered by Pastor Ejovi Edafioghor on August 16th, 2015

Stand! You are Not Alone! by Minister Tinkuma Ejovi

Stand! You are Not Alone! by Minister Tinkuma Ejovi
Text- Psalm 46: 1-11
The psalmist says life can be tough at times. Trouble and travail do come and bad things do happen to the righteous just as they happen to the unrighteous. Life is full of ups and downs, there are crosses to bear, and whether you like it or not the reality is that at some point in the journey of life, you will get to deal with something hard. It could be some stuff in your job, some stuff in your marriage, in your finances, your health, in your studies, if it’s not your parents, it might be your children, it’s going to be one thing or the other, that’s just life. But the good news is that you are not alone, God is with you in all of these so stand! Jesus speaking in John 16: 33, He says“in the world ye will have tribulation;but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world”. You’ve got to stand; not because you are anything supper but because the one you are connected to is supper; He is the Solid Rock, the Unmovable God, the Unshakeable God, the All Powerful God, the Lord of Host and much more.
Listen, the fact that difficult times come and you feel pressure on every side, and sometimes you even feel like the whole world is coming down on you doesn’t mean that you should throw in the towel, it doesn’t mean you should give up. You have to stand because God is with you and He will help you (Psalm 46:5; 1 Cor 10:13). If you stand, God will stand for you, but if you don’t, you prevent heaven from coming to your defense. I know it is not easy, I know you feel like crying, I know you feel like you want to give up, but the devil is a liar: Stand! You are not alone! (Isaiah 43:2).
Sometimes when certain things happen to us, our usual response is; God why? Why me? But do you know your faith cannot be tested at your comfort zone. Faith is proven in trouble, faith is proven in the fiery furnace of affliction, faith is proven in the fire. I am telling you this so that when situations come you will stand. Job said“though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him” (Job 13:15a). Job, according to historians was the wealthiest man of many generations. He had different livestock(cattle, sheep, lambs, oxen, asses etc), he had crops, he had houses, he had money, he had reputation, he was famous, he had friends, he had children and he had a beautiful wife. He had everything going well for him, but suddenly the tide turned negatively on Job. And Job was probably wondering “Why Me?” But what he didn’t realize was that it was a trial of his faith. And so Satan dealt severely with Job; he killed all of Job’s family except his wife, as if that wasn’t bad enough he destroyed all his crops, killed all his livestock, burnt down his real estate, destroyed his reputation, his relationship with his friends and all of that. The situation got so bad that even Job’s wife asked him to curse God and die. But Job refused to curse God; he said “for I know that my redeemer lives” (Job 19:25). He further said “If a man die, shall he live again? All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come” (Job 14:14). And the bible says in Job 42:12a “and the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning”. The power of Job was that in the midst of his circumstance, he maintained his relationship with God. Job still had a place where he heard from God. He remained connected to God despite the circumstance.
One problem with most of us is that we don’t stay connected.I know some situations can be tough but stand! Paul speaking in Romans 8:35says “But who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? He did not say what? And in Romans 8:37, the bible says “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us”. All you need to find is an anchor in something stronger than your troubles, and that anchor is the Lord of Host, He is Adonai, He is the Mighty fortress that we call our God, He is the Ebenezer, He is the Solid Rock, the Strong Tower, He is Jesus and at the mention of that name every knee bows (Phil 2:10).
Another problem with most of us is that when trouble comes, all we can see is the trouble. Sometimes, we even go an extra mile to magnify the trouble, then fear sets in and drowns our faith in God. Our text says there is a river which brings joy to the city of God (the child of God), God is in the midst of her and so she shall not be moved. But most times we concentrate on the problem and we don’t see Him, we don’t see that He is there with us, the ever present help in time of need. And if we are a little sensible, sometimes we make Him the last resort. This reminds me of Mark 4: 35-41 when the disciples were confronted with a strong wind in the sea that almost wrecked their ship. They got so afraid and did all they could but only remembered that Jesus was in the ship with them when they felt all hope was lost. The bible says “And He (Jesus) arose and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And He said unto them, why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith?” (Mark 4:40).
Let’s take one more passage in the scripture and see what God is saying to us – 1 Samuel 17.
For forty days the Philistines challenged and threatened the children of Israel. The bible says in I Sam 17:11“When Saul and all Israel heard the sayings of Goliath, they were dismayed and greatly afraid”. They focused on their situation rather than their God, and so they became sore afraid. They forgot they have the presence of the Most High God, they could not even consider all the signs and the wonders they had seen God do in their midst. They forgot the scriptures that says if God be for us who can be against us? They forgot they are the beloved of the Lord, they forgot the words of the Lord, that says fear not! All they could see was the situation before them. But before long someone named David came, I don’t know how long you’ve been in that situation, but I have a good news for you in the house today, weep not, fear not, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah has prevailed. He showed up for the Israelites, He will show up for you, but you need to stand.
Some lessons we can learn from this passage are as follows:
1) David placed his God above the challenge. He said “who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he could defy the armies of the living God?” (I Sam 17:26). In other words, he was saying who is this unholy Philistine that disregards and threatens the army whose Commander in Chief is the Living God?
2) This was the first time the people heard words that encouraged them. I Sam 17:31 says “And when the words were heard which David spoke, they rehearsed them before Saul and he sent for him”. These words brought hope and relief to the people. That is why I know that the things you hear in the midst of trouble matter a lot.
3) I Sam 17:33 “And Saul said to David, thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him for thou art but a youth and he a man of war from his youth”. However, David narrated how God had delivered him in the past (I Sam 17:34-37) and these testimonies enhanced His courage and faith in God. Recalling your past testimonies can help strengthen your faith in the midst of trials.
4) David could not go to fight with Saul’s armour because he had not tested it. The question is do you accept and do all that people suggest to you in difficult times? Do you measure those suggestion with the word of God? What do you do when the suggestions are not in line with the word of God? David refused to go with what he had not proven.
5) And after David took off Saul’s armour, the bible says “David took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook and put them in a shepherd’s bag which he had, and his sling was in his hands and he drew nigh to the Philistine” (I Sam 17:40). A staff is a rod or stick meant for walking, striking or guiding. The word of God is our staff, the psalmist says “though I walk through the valley of shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me, thy rod and thy staff they comfort me” (Ps 23:4). How much of God’s word do you have in your heart? I encourage you to study the word of God daily, because when the storms of life confront you, the Word will help you. How much of God do you know? Remember “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Eph 6:12).
6) And when the Philistine looked about and saw David, he disdained him for he was but a youth (I Sam 17: 42). The Philistine did not consider who was behind David and he eventually lost the battle because God was with David. You too will win! Because you are not alone! God is with you – EMMANUEL.
In conclusion, no matter the trials of life, just stay connected and never leave the presence of God. If they can’t knock Him down, they won’t be able to knock you down.

Stand! You are Not Alone! by Minister Tinkuma Ejovi was delivered on April 19th 2015

Fulfilling the plan of God, Pastor Aderemi ADELUGBA

Fulfilling the plan of God, Pastor Aderemi ADELUGBA
Brethren, in this month of revisiting foundations and destiny, it is my prayer that things would begin to work for you in Jesus name. When you revisit your foundation, you are taking the opportunity to work on forgotten promises, and challenge those things that have tied your destiny down. By the grace of God, your long held promises would be released to you in Jesus name, and it shall be well with you – Isaiah 3:10 – “Say to the righteous that it shall be well with them, For they shall eat the fruit of their doings
In order to become the person God wants you to be, you need Him. Acts 17:28 – For in Him we live, and move, and have our being.
In Joshua 1:1-7, After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ minister,2 Moses My servant is dead. So now arise [take his place], go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land which I am giving to them, the Israelites.3 Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses. 4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast. 5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
Hebrew 12:1 explains that there is a race set before us, and we must run the race with focus, with patience, with the grace of God, and when we do that we would be able to achieve greater fulfilment in Jesus name.
In the case of Joshua, the Lord knew him, and ordained him to become a great leader. But the scripture made us to see that Joshua rose to the position of importance in the land. He became a force to reckon with, and stepped into success by the power of God. Whatever the story of your life and the circumstances of your birth, the Lord will turn it around for success in Jesus name. Despite his background, Joshua’s life was filled with remarkable achievement and great success. This gives me an assurance that your life will be marked with unlimited achievement, and regardless of how the story of your beginning has been, you will become a celebrity in Jesus name.
Brethren, there are some things that made the life of Joshua to get transformed. When you begin to do what he did, your life will become transformed too, and you will step into your success in Jesus name.
To make you step into your success in the area of business: In Luke 5: 1–7, we read about how Simon was engaged in the wrong business. He was a trained fisherman; he was so knowledgeable in his trade, and, truly, he had some superficial success. After that, he got to a stage where he almost declares himself bankrupt, but the Lord located him in his struggle. He was already packing his nets and looking to find another trade, when he met with the Lord. After this, he caught fishes like never before. The Lord will locate you in every struggle today in Jesus name.
To give you fulfilment in all of your endeavours: There are times in our life when we become so overwhelm by what the situation is thrown at us, but guess what, it is not of him that willeth or of him that runneth,
To make you step into your success in the area of faith: In Isaiah 54:14 – Isaiah 54 14 In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.
To proeper in that journey, not for you to die in the journey: In Genesis 11:31 -32: And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son’s son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram’s wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there. 32 And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years: and Terah died in Haran. Terah started a journey; he had big plans and aspirations. His initial plan was to go from Ur of the Chaldees, and go to the land of Canaan. He took all his family members with him. But guess what? Terah got to Haran and stopped there. Terah’s destination was Canaan, but the bible states, and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there, and he died there.
Success in the area of wealth: In Deuteronomy 8:18:“But thou shall remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.” There are things you do now, jobs you do and business you do, that you don’t really like. But by the power of the most high, your situation will change.
For you to achieve greatest success and accomplishment in life; you must be prepared to do the following the following:
He who must achieve greater success must learn to TRUST IN THE LORD and have an unwavering loyalty to Him Ps 37:3 – Delight thyself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of thine heart. David was anointed the king by Samuel 1 Samuel 16:13. Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers.
You must begin to commit yourself unto him: How much faith have you demonstrated in the area of your life? Think of Hannah, she cried to the Lord in faith, and the Lord answered her request.
He who must achieve greater success must STOP DOUBTING. In 2 King 4:8-17 regarding the barren woman.
Have strength and courageous – God told Joshua that he needed to be courageous, to be able to deliver the new assignment that was given to him after the death of Moses. He embraced it, and with all courage, he became successful, and the Lord was with him. The Lord will continue to be with you in Jesus name. Without courage, it would be impossible to accomplish those things that the Lord has spoken concerning issues.

Sermon preached by Pastor Aderemi Adelugba, RCCG Winners Assembly, Grand Praire, Alberta,Canada on October 19th, 2014

May God Show You Kindness

By Pastor (Mrs) Anthonia OBAFAIYE, —-
The theme of the month of is God’s kindness.
I looked up the meaning of kindness and I came up with some very interesting words, it means “being considerate, a helpful act, being friendly, showing pure love, gentleness, sweetness, being generous and hospitable”.
According to Galatians 5:22, Kindness is a fruit of the Spirit, so kindness is a nature and essence of God.
Psalm 100:5 tells us that The Lord is good, and His mercy (the New American Standard Bible says His loving kindness) endures forever, it has no end because God is God and He cannot deny Himself.
Psalm 117:2 (NASB) says For His loving kindness is great towards us.

Our salvation is the very first gesture of kindness we received from God. John 3:16 & Romans 5:8 God loved us even whilst we were yet sinners and sent His son to die for us. The Bible in Jeremiah 31:3 refers to this love as an Everlasting love (it has no end and never changes with situations; it is not a fair weather love). It is not the kind of love we get because we deserve, or merit it or are worthy of, but because God decided to count us or qualify us worthy through the righteousness of His son our Lord Jesus. That is why the Bible says not by works lest any man should boast, but solely by the grace of God.

It is also interesting to know that salvation is a call, a call we answer not because we choose to but because the Spirit of God drew us near unto God. John 15:16 ‘Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you. So in other words I did not choose God but he chooses me by drawing me closer to Himself with His Kindness.

The Bible says many are called but few are chosen, may we always be amongst the chosen of God at all times in Jesus name. I say May God always show you kindness in Jesus name.

Our first example of someone God showed kindness is found in the Bk of John 5:1-15
The man by the Pool of Bethesda, the Bible makes us to understand that he had an infirmity for 38 years and all that time he had been close to his miracle but he never received or tasted it because no one showed him kindness and he could not help himself either. For a certain season an angel troubled the waters and whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he/she had.

But a day came like never before, the bible says on this particular day Jesus went up to Jerusalem and as he was going he passed through this pool, just like He has come today to show kindness to someone in a Jesus name.

You know the Bible says in a Psalm 102:13 ‘Thou shalt arise and have mercy (show kindness) upon Zion, for the time to favour her, yea the set time, is come’.
May The Lord show kindness to you in Jesus name.
The Bible says Jesus went to no one else but this man, tell your neighbour Jesus has come for me today, because he saw him lie (helpless) and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he asked him, ‘do you want to get well’ (Good News Translation).

Brethren as usual just like some of us would normally do, he began to tell stories, a simple question that required a simple yes or no answer, but thank God for His loving kindness because it over-looked the stories and the lack of faith (maybe the man had become like this because of his long standing challenge, you know some certain situations in our lives can make us begin to speak certain languages) The Lord will help us in Jesus name. Jesus over-looked what the man said and said to him, Rise, take up thy bed and walk, and immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed and walked and on the same day was the Sabbath.

May The Lord show you kindness, may He single you out of the crowd and favour you in a Jesus name.

Our second example will be taken from the Bk of Luke 13:11-13

The Bible makes us to understand that Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath day, just like today, today is our Sabbath and we are all sat here in His presence.
May The Lord show us kindness today, may He not pass us by today, may we not leave here the way we came today in a Jesus name.

Brethren while our Lord Jesus was teaching, He lifted up His eyes and Behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity 18 years, and bowed together, and in no wise lift up herself, so she could not look up to see neither could she see the sun. When Jesus saw her, he called her to him and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. He laid His hands on her and immediately she was made straight and glorified God.

Brethren there are lessons to learn from these examples from the Bible:

1) We need to pray for mercy at all times, the grace to heed God’s call at all times, the bible says many are called but few are chosen. Brethren God is Lord to all but Father to a few (the ones that accept Him as Father). He says in His word in 2 Corinthians 6:17-18 ‘Wherefore come out from among them, and touch not the unclean thing and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith The Lord Almighty.

2) In the Book of Ecclesiastes 9:11 (NLT)
I have observed something else under the sun. The fastest runner does not always win the race and the strongest warrior does not always win the battle. The wise sometimes go hungry and the skilful are not necessarily wealthy. And the educated don’t always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being in the right place at the right time.

Brethren I will encourage and admonish us to pray for the grace to be in the right place at the right time always, no matter our situation or challenge, never let whatever challenge you have, cause you to become angry at God, who will help you any way, the Bible says the arm of flesh will fail us, it says yet again ‘ I will lift up my eyes to the holy hills, where will my help come from, my help comes from God, the maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1

The impotent man and the woman with the infirmity were not discouraged by their situations, not to be where they were supposed to be, the right place at the right time. They received their blessings and kindness from God on the Sabbath day where Jesus was. Whatever happens to you in life never leave the presence of God, it always ends in disaster, it will not be our portion in Jesus name.

What am I trying to say here, in life the way you have positioned yourself matters if you want God to show you kindness, David was at the backside of the desert, at his duty post when kindness came calling for him. All his brothers and his Father were at home, they even forgot him but heaven did not forget him. Prophet Samuel when he found out that Papa Jesse still had one son left, he told him you better send for him and be quick because we will not sit down until he comes. On day of your kindness heaven will remember you in Jesus name.

3) The Kindness (favour & mercy) of a God totally transforms our lives. There is something about the kindness of a God, it wipes away years of sorrow, struggling, tears, pain, shame, failure, agony, disappointment, it restores totally. We have countless examples from the Bible and real life testimonies from our present days of God’s loving kindness.

God is indeed good and His mercies (His loving kindness) endure forever. He said in His word that His loving kindness He will not take away from us.
May The Lord show you kindness in Jesus name.

Sermon delivered by Pastor (Mrs) Anthonia OBAFAIYE on August 24th, 2014