Category: SERMONS

Once God Speaks, It Is Settled, by Pastor Victor Olobaniyi

TEXT: Numbers 23 VS 19.
God is not a talkative, He usually speaks once and that settles it, Psalms 62 vs 11.

In the creation of the whole world, He speaks once, e.g He said let there be light and there was light, He did not have to say it twice. Gen 1 vs 3.
In Gen 17 vs 1 – 4, God told Abraham, that He will make him the father of many nations, that sounds a little challenging to believe, but since it is God that has spoken, then considered it done anyway.

In Gen18 vs 1 – 2, Sarah laughed at what the stranger said about her conceiving and been the mother of many nations as it were. Read More

I Just Believe The Word of God, by Minister Yomi Sanusi

This year is moving fast, and already three weeks of it are already in the past. As is customary people would have set accomplishments for the year and the changes they intend to make to various aspects of life. On reflection some may discover these changes, intended accomplishments and ensuing plans reveal that: many simply live to work, whilst others work to live, some neither work nor live properly whilst there is a group that recognise they live primarily to commune with God and worship Him. Everything else comes after!

Whatever groups people find themselves in there is a piece of exhortation to take note of in our reflections, and allow to guide our thinking and life.‘Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.’ – Psalm 127.1. Read More

The Christian Must Walk Alone, by Brother Lanre Oginni

The Christian Must Walk Alone, by Brother Lanre Oginni

Psalm 69:7-8 : Because for Your sake I have borne reproach; Dishonor has covered my face. I have become estranged from my brothers And an alien to my mother’s sons.
THE NARROW ROAD IS OFTEN A SOLITARY ONE
ARE YOU WALKING IN CHRIST OR WALKING IN THE WORLD?
The road for the true believer is many times a lonely one.  The hard road to the cross is one that is seldom congested or busy.  The narrow road is most often a solitary way which the popular crowd is unwilling to tread.
What does the world want?
The world wants an easier message
Matthew 7:13-14“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.“
And often the world gets what it wants, and that is why you see Christians who can’t be differentiated from harlots in dressing
Christian music with heavy worldly undertones
Christian messages designed particularly not to annoy the sensibilities of the world
Why does it have to be narrow
Lets read what paul says: Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The Iife i live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
it is a requirement that children of God must live by faith and not by sight, but most have chosen the way of logic.
Galatians 5:24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
So we can see from these passages that the Christian must live by faith, endure hardships(James 1:2–3, 12; 1 Peter 1:6), and live a life separate from the world (James 1:27; Romans 12:1–2
When faced with the choice between a narrow, bumpy road and a wide, paved highway, most of us choose the easier road. Human nature gravitates toward comfort and pleasure. When faced with the reality of denying themselves to follow Jesus, most people turn away

How narrow is the way
Again, Abraham had Sarah and Lot, as well as many servants and herdmen, but who can read his story and the apostolic comment upon it without sensing instantly that he was a man “whose soul was alike a star and dwelt apart”? As far as we know not one word did God ever speak to him in the company of men.Face down he communed with his God gen 17:3, and the innate dignity of the man forbade that he assume this posture in the presence of others.
Moses also was a man apart. While yet attached to the court of Pharaoh he took long walks alone, and during one of these walks while far removed from the crowds he saw an Egyptian and a Hebrew fighting and came to the rescue of his countryman exodus 2:12. After the resultant break with Egypt he dwelt in almost complete seclusion in the desert. There while he watched his sheep alone the wonder of the burning bush appeared to him Exodus 3:1-3, and later on the peak of Sinai he crouched alone to gaze in fascinated awe at the Presence, partly hidden, partly disclosed, within the cloud and fire.

The Christian desire for loneliness
The man who has passed on into the divine Presence in actual inner experience will not find many who understand him. A certain amount of social fellowship will, of course, be his as he mingles with religious persons in the regular activities of the church, but true spiritual fellowship will be hard to find. But he should not expect things to be otherwise. After all, he is a stranger and a pilgrim, and the journey he takes is not on his feet but in his heart. He walks with God in the garden of his own soul and who but God can walk there with him? He is of another spirit from the multitudes that tread the courts of the Lord’s house. He has seen that of which they have only heard, and he walks among them somewhat as Zacharias walked after his return from the altar when the people whispered, “He has seen a vision

Characteristics of the lonely Christian
One that the lonely man of whom we speak is not a haughty man
nor is he the holier-than-thou, austere saint so bitterly satirized in popular literature
the lonely saint is not the withdrawn man who hardens himself against human suffering and spends his days contemplating the heavens. His loneliness makes him sympathetic to the approach of the broken-hearted and the fallen and the sin-bruised. Because he is detached from the world he is all the more able to help it.
The Christian today
The weakness of so many modern Christians is that they feel too much at home in the world. In their effort to achieve restful “adjustment” to unregenerate society they have lost their pilgrim character and become an essential part of the very moral order against which they are sent to protest. The world recognizes them and accepts them for what they are. And this is the saddest thing that can be said about them. They are not lonely, but neither are they saints.
Final words
A Christian must protect his relationship with God, even if loneliness is the price to pay. Not all homes have the solid foundation for spiritual growth, some homes have destroyed the saints who walked most parts of his life in the lord.
Ask for examples
Finally, Christ even warned that one might be a hindrance to this relationship making the Christian loneliness even deeper
Matthew 16:23-24

The sermon, The Christian Must Walk Alone, by Brother Lanre Oginni, was delivered on November 26, 2017.

Time Up, And Time For God To Be My Salvation, by Brother Yomi Sanusi

Time Up, And Time For God To Be My Salvation, by Brother Yomi Sanusi

When in Exodus 5.1 God decided the suffering and exploitation of his chosen people had to come to an end, Moses and Aaron were sent to call time-up on Pharaoh. God was direct and precise in ordering “Let my people go”. God was interested in recommencing the relationship He had with Abraham, Isaac and Israel. He wanted them to celebrate the freedom he was about to give them by ‘hold a feast to me in the wilderness’.

This month God has promised and pronounced ‘time-up’ on everything- force, entity, situation, pronouncement, decision, groups- that contradict his intention to set us at full liberty, so we can enjoy Jehovah I am that I am, the way He intends. God is not interested in changing or altering His word or promises toward us.

We have great reassurance in the promise that not only do we belong exclusively to God, He has promised to be with us regardless of what we go through, reassuring us that nothing will by any means overcome us. In fact, we have the reassurance of the presence of the King of Kings himself. Isaiah 43.1-4. In effect, we have the word and confidence of God that He will stop at nothing to keep His word. He will act for us and do whatever it takes to ensure we are in a place of worship, peace and celebration.

There we can meet him in everyday life, in triumphant celebration not of our own piety, but of the work of His own mercy, grace, power and judgement. It is time up for the enemies of God in our situations, a time of worship, salvation and feasting for us the seed of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. God’s mighty acts of wonder on the powerful enemy of his own are deliberate, effective, irreversible, and will not fail to achieve the salvation of his people. ‘That they might observe his statutes, and keep his laws’ Psalm 105.26-45.

When these beneficiaries of God’s wonderful miracles, multiple gracious mercies and the tender love and protection of God failed to recognise God’s kindness, and when they provoked His anger: God still managed to eventually remember His word and unchangeable commitment and show them mercy, for the sake of Christ Jesus. The sacrifice of Jesus was still valid even when the errors were idol worshipping or even sacrifice of their own children to devils. God still remembered His covenant and had mercy on His people. Psalm 106. 7-12, and verses 45 – 48.

God had decided and declared ‘time-up’ on every error, oversight, imperfection and iniquity, judgement, suffering and consequences not sanctioned by Him. Following repentance, we are called- right now- to the place of salvation, victory, and worship in His presence.

In conclusion, I invite us to pray and take advantage of God’s own decision and provision. Exodus 15.2: “The Lord is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him” I surrender to you my God. Man of war, act for me. Become my salvation. It is time. Let us declare in knowledge that, as in Exodus 15.3 “The Lord is a man of war: the Lord is his name”. It is time up for every negativity. God is become our salvation. It is time to exalt and declare him, and enjoy the presence of the man of war, who will stop at nothing to act on our behalf. Amen.

The sermon, Time Up, And Time For God To Be My Salvation, by Brother Yomi Sanusi, was delivered on 19th November 2107.

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..

HOW TO TELL THE ENEMY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH/TIME UP.
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.

Any Reason For Doubt?, by Pastor Victor Olobaniyi

Any Reason For Doubt?, by Pastor Victor Olobaniyi

TEXT : Numbers 23 vs 19, Jeremiah 29 vs 11.
The bible says once has He spoken, twice have I heard that power belongs to God.

As we all know that God is not a talkative, He normally speaks once, If He has any reason to repeat Himself, then that is grace.

Many a times He even overlook our doubts, and still do what He promised to do, because He is a faithful God, and cannot be false to Himself.

Considering some of the patriarchs in the bible, they doubted God in some case, but still yet God did that which He promised them.

Abraham was promised by God that He will make him fathers of many nations in Gen 17 vs 1 – 8, but he doubted through the comment he made in Gen 17 vs 17-18, he went as far as given God a second alternative, referring Him to Ishmael.

Sarah also, God confirm His promise to her in Gen 18 vs 10, she doubted God in Gen 18 vs 12 – 15.

The doubt of both husband and wife is enough reason for God to say let it be according to your statement , but God still fulfil His promise in spite of their unbelief.

My prayer is that despite our unbelief the good Lord will bring to pass all the promises concerning us from now on in Jesus name.

Elijah was another great person in the bible , that God was so merciful unto, God gave him victory on mount carmel over the prophet of Baal in 1 Kings 18, not far from that victory, he was telling God to kill him,and that he was not better than his fathers, just because Jezebel treating to kill him.1 King 19 vs 4.

Peter (Simon’s) was another person, that doubted what Jesus said initially, but by the mercy of God he eventually obeyed and reaped the benefit of that act in Luke 5 vs 4 – 5.

In the mighty name of Jesus, I pray that our thought and statement of doubt will not stop what God has promised to do in our lives from now on in Jesus name.
The Lord has promised us many things, for this year,my prayer is that we shall not miss out on any in Jesus mighty name.

Let’s keep up the work in which the faithful Lord has called us and it shall be well us by His grace

May the good Lord have mercy upon us and make His promises good unto us in Jesus name.

See you fulfilling God promises in your life in Jesus name.

Shalom!

The sermon, Any Reason For Doubt?, by Pastor Victor Olobaniyi, was delivered on October 29, 2017.