Category: SERMONS

Do you know whose child you are?

by Doctor Abayomi Sanusi –
I thank God for the opportunity to share with you these words, mere reminders of the scriptural precepts you are already familiar with.
Who is He to the world?
God, the father, maker of heaven and earth is described in various philosophical ways that reflect how people of our current society perceive, or fail to perceive Him.
To some He is a terrifying, fearsome and unapproachable phenomenon. To others He is just a figment of imagination, and cunning construct to fill a void in human understanding and experience. Others claim He is exactly that void: an unexplainable emptiness and a vague existence. A vast number have resolved to simply ignore God altogether!
Who is He to the Christian?
Christians however have a different experience and response to the question of who their God is. Responses to describe Him range from father, saviour, deliverer, lover, sanctifier, healer and friend. And many more. These are indeed biblical as are the description of God as the Christian’s ‘alpha and omega’ (Rev 22.13), and everything they could ever wished Him to be. (Rev 21.2-4). God is all these and even more to the Christian, such that the emotional and spiritual interaction they share manifests powerfully in every aspect of the Christian’s physical life. (John 3.6,15) (Eph 5.25-26) (Mat 5.16)
Why it matters?
The bible tells us we are His children (Mat 5.45). God’s mission, influence and interactions with us makes it such that individuals and societies can only either act on God’s behalf, or fight against Him. As there is the clear battle-line between good and evil, you personally can either be on God’s side or fight against Him. (Gal 5.16-18) (James 4.4).
As children come to naturally resemble their parents through active emulation and the inevitable process of growing in physical stature, Christians ought to become more like Jesus. As obedient children pleasantly drawn to their parent, God out father draws us closer, and shapes every aspect of us to the plan He intended for each Christian. We often overlook the fact that although quiet and potent, this task of Christian transformation is backed by the highest and most potent power available or imaginable.
Salvation and Peace is achieved after believing in God and giving one’s life to Him. Continuous fellowship with Him follows. The natural result is a peaceful and victorious life. The Christian then continues to desire for God and do His will. The assurance of a victorious and rewarding afterlife keeps this salvation joyful, and our sojourn on earth worthwhile. Phil 4.7, John 8.42, Rev 22.13-14
So, do you really know?
It is important to know who your father is. This knowledge is important not only for the acknowledgement of identity and a sense of purpose, but also for the verification of where a person is currently positioned in the overall context of the purpose of their life. As a young teenager the meticulous and almost obsessively detailed record of the physical genealogy of Christ Jesus in Matthew 1 v 1-3 used to perplex me. However the historical significance is of important relevance (v 17-18) and has spiritual implications. Your personal spiritual landmarks are of equally important significance! It is vital in the journey of becoming even more like Jesus.
Consider your current relationship with God with that of Jesus when he declared publicly that He knew the Father hears Him (John 11.41). And the realisation by the lost son who remembered his father’s kindness and wealth (Luke 15.17,18,21).
I pray you will dedicate your life to Him and begin to enjoy God’s Salvation and Peace anew, and with that Most Potent of Powers prepare for that peaceful and victorious afterlife, by becoming more like your father.
So do you know whose child you really are? If so, are you enjoying the benefits of being their child?
Excerpts of a sermon deliverd by Dr. Abayomi Sanusi on 7th April, 2013 at the RCCG Everlasting Father’s Arena, York

Think on these things…

By Dr. Yomi Sanusi –
Welcome to September 2013, the season of renewal. I thank God for the opportunity to share these words, which will hopefully challenge me to follow God more closely.

Background

God has deliberately created us to be dynamic beings. In fact He gave us free will, and told us to be productive (Genesis 1.27-28). I am persuaded that we humans were not created to be stagnant, idle or bored. We are all endowed with various abilities, gifts and talents we may not even know existed. It is our duty to discover them, and put them to the best use we can.

Dynamism, productivity and increase require the condition of toil. But we must toil intelligently, correctly and with guidance from God himself.

What would Jesus have you do?

A few years ago a young woman from New Orleans became depressed after her friend died. That loss brought things into perspective for her, and helped her think about her own life. She ended up carrying out a social experiment, putting an outside wall of an abandoned house to good use. She provided writing materials and invited people to complete the sentence ‘Before I die I want to……..”. That project became so successful it has been repeated at least 300 hundred times in no fewer than 50 different countries around the world.

Think about that question yourself. What if the question was changed to ‘before I die I want to…., and be remembered by by it when I’m gone”. How different would your response be? Now think about how the Lord Jesus would have answered that question! He in fact answered it with everything he did, and is remembered for it!! Now answer this question: Before you die what would Jesus have you do, even if you’ll never be remembered by it?

Whatsoever……think on these things!

Regardless of where you are now and what you have achieved in the past, we have an obligation to press ahead and improve ourselves in every aspect of our beings. Including spiritually. In the first chapter of Colossians, the deeper meaning and urgency to incessant prayers and the knowledge of God in Christian life is highlighted. Colossians 1.9-10 (Colloquially speaking: We pray you will know God’s mind, and thus please Him, leading to you knowing Him even more). In other words, at a higher level of understanding we have to come to a realisation that it is all about God!

Our ambitions would be laughable and our strivings futile were they not in line with His desires for us. Some of the responses to the ‘Before I die I want to……..” questions were petty, silly and in cases sad! God knows us best, knows the talents He has deposited in us. He would stop at nothing to to see us achieve the fulfilment of our potential. But He will not routinely force us against our will. Our will needs to mature to become aligned with His. Phillipians 4.6-8. (think on these things)

In the parable of the talents (Matthew 25.14-15 ), the master gave talents to every man according to his several ability. Every servant had some ability, and received a measure of talent. It was left to them to obey God’s unction on their lives and be productive. We can seek to be productive individually as well as collectively (1 Cor 3.6-9)

Exhortation

Do you know your talents and abilities? Are you doing something to find out what they are? Are you using any of your abilities for the benefit of others and to further the Kingdom of God? What is the motivation behind what you do? What is the motivation behind what you do not do? What would you like to do before Jesus comes back? Before you die what would Jesus have you do, even if you’ll never be thanked or recognised for it ? Colosians 1.9-10 Phillipians 4.6-8.

 

How will you get refreshed from the heat?

By Dr. Abayomi Sanusi
(John 4.14)
I thank God for the opportunity to share with you these words, mere reminders of the scriptural precepts you are already familiar with. Recently in this country there has been warm weather, temperatures sometimes rising to uncomfortably high figures. Many have had to seek refuge in shade after exposure. People have had to ʻget activeʼ at preventing some of the stress that high temperatures bring: heat exhaustion, dehydration, burns, and so on. Water has been important in these series of activities. Even without excessive heat we get thirsty, and need to get refreshed in our hearts, minds and bodies.
In the journey of life the Christian also feels the heat. Our constant activities that help us remain focussed include physical, mental, emotional and spiritual exercise that leave us needing refreshment. Activities like praying, worship, meditation, watching, waiting, fasting, going the extra-mile for people just because of Christ. Spiritual heat can be produced from these activities as well as from battling against every appearance of the devil and his evil devices. Spiritual heat can produce discomfort, stress and sometimes pain. With certain conditions met, we have our refreshment, solace and comfort in the Lord.(Psalm 1.2-3).
How will you get refreshed?
The various solutions that the systems of this world offer may temporarily tackle problems. They are often a temporary fix to an enduring problem. God offers a permanent solution, giving himself as a guarantor and our insurance policy.
The woman of Samaria had traveled some distance from the city by foot alone in the heat of the day to Jacobʼs well, carrying a water pot and necessary tools to fetch some water. She had practical, relationship, physical, emotional and spiritual issues that nobody had addressed before. She must have been feeling not only physical heat, but a spiritual one
too.
She encountered Christ Jesus at the well. He demonstrated that he knew her, her situation, her several problems, and cared for her enough to help her. Jesus offered her the opportunity to receive direction, instruction, peace and purpose in her life when he challenged her in verse 10. (If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water). I believe that encounter changed her understanding, life, and situation permanently. Have you ever wondered how busy the city might have been when she arrived to declare incredible things about a certain Jew she met at Jacons well? It would be interesting to know what was in vogue, what the gossips were, and what social challenges needed tackling all those years ago!
As our society gets distracted by the temporary issues of the season (heatwaves, holidays, fires, crime, politics, the established customs and traditions which do not honour God, and so on) let us see these as reminders to refocus on the things that really matter. In case you are feeling the heat, how do you plan to get refreshed? Rather than getting distracted, what deeper things is God trying to tell us today?
Here are some thoughts to help us focus:
1) We will get weary from time to time in the journey of life. In fact there will be issues to tackle, problems to solve, and we will need constant vigilance to ensure we do not drift away from our spiritual goal. Eccl 3.1-8
2) Jesus knows about each and every problem we may have, including those we are not even aware of. He is the one to associate with. He is the one to hand out with when the going gets tough and hot.
3) Jesus himself is the solution, answer and cure we need. There is sufficient demonstration by signs, wonders, power in the historical account of what he has done in the past and the testimony of saints today.
4) John 4:14. But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
5) He wants a relationship with you. He wants to start afresh. He wants to give you relief, refreshment, relaxation. He wants to give you living water, so you will never become exhausted, overheated, or lose our spiritual vitality.
6) Matthew 26.41, Be sober and vigilant 1 Peter 5.8, Ephesians 6.10-18, Psalm 1.1-3,
7) Psalm 46. 1-11, verse 4 and 10. Be still and know that He is God
In summary we have to focus on what the word of God tells us about each and every situation. We must not be distracted by what is popular or what is in the news. Be they good, fair, bad, harmless or hard to put in a category. Our approach should be determined by what Godʼs thoughts are regarding them. I pray that as we tackle those things needing our attention, we will continue to enjoy the refreshment that comes from God alone and remain in His will regardless of what goes on around.

Jehovah Shammah will show up for me in Jesus name

By Minister Aderemi Adelugba –

Text: Daniel 3: 1-30
One of the names of the Lord is known as Jehovah Shammah, meaning “Jehovah is there”. He is ever present in our affairs. Jehovah Shammah is not an ordinary name, it represents God’s divine presence and safety, and His appearance brings joy. It is the name that showed up for Moses, which made him to sail through with safety. The Hebrew boys, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were also delivered from being roasted in the burning furnace. The book of Proverb 18:10 – The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runneth into it and is safe. It is the name that answers for every situation. It answered for Paul and Silas when they were locked up, and the Holy Spirit descended and unlocks the prison miraculously. When Jehovah Shammah appears in your problem, the problem will submit in Jesus name.

Matthew 18:20 say: For where two or three people are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

The month of August is the month that Jehovah’s would manifest His presence in our life. You need to step back and let God’s presence take over. Enough of all your physical effort; step back and allow Him to step in the boat, and you will never sink again in Jesus name. If you think you have failed too many times, when God’s presence falls, failure will be replaced by success in Jesus name.

For you to fulfil divine purpose in life, you need the presence of God to go with you always. In Exodus 33:13-15, Moses demanded the presence of God in his entire journey; he recognised that if the presence of God followed him, He would be able to do exploit.

Exodus 33:13-15 – Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people.14 And he said, my presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.

Isaiah 43:1-7 – But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. 2 When thou passes through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. 3 For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee…………….

The text today is from the book of Daniel 3:1-30, Nebuchadnezzar reacts in anger to how the three Hebrew boys responded when they were asked to bow down to Nebuchadnezzar’s fabricated image. He decided that, they be destroyed in the burning furnace. He orders them bound up and cast into a furnace heated some seven times hotter than it was normally. The fire was so hot that it slays the men who toss them into the fire. But you will not be burnt even if the fire is one million times heated up in Jesus name.

Born again believer should have a different standard of living from the world around him: For the presence of Jehovah to be with you, your life must be so distinguished from the life of any ordinary man. The life the Hebrew boys lived was a great example of how the righteous people should live. They stood for God, not for a mere man.

For God to stand up for you, you stop sitting down concerning the work of God committed to your hands. The Hebrew boys recognised there was job to be done, and that in upholding the faith they have in the Lord, they could touch lives. They were working and spreading the good news even in that difficult terrain. They got the reward for the labour of love, and were not burnt even in the burning furnace.

In Daniel 3: 25, God showed up for the Hebrew boys: When God shows up in the situation that appears to be heated, the heat would become snowflakes. The boys were just feeling cold even when the King and his cohorts thought the flame would kill them. King Nebuchadnezzar recognised the fourth loose man in the fire; this simply means the Lord manifested His divine presence. God opened his eyes to see another person, and he says he looks like God. God will stand and show up for you in Jesus name.

Testimony will abound in Jesus name: The whole world will be able to see what the Lord is doing in your life and they will testify to the Lord’s goodness. Daniel 3:28; King Nebuchadnezzar testified to recognising another man with the boys. This is the absolute presence of God. He testified to seeing Jehovah Shammah having a fellowship even in the fiery burning furnace. Because of this, instead of inflicting other sorts of punishment on the boys, He gave a decree that nobody should speak against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. Two decrees made in one day by one king. The best decree overruled his initial decree. The Lord will change the laws of this nation because of your faithfulness in Jesus name.

Prayer points:

O Lord, I surrender myself, take the front seat and decorate me in Jesus name.

O Lord, as many as are planning evil against me, let your presence fall in Jesus name.

Purge yourself and have rest on all sides

Purge yourself and have rest on all sides, by Dr Aderemi Adelugba

Text: 2 Chronicles 14: 1-7; 15: 1-15

The month of February has been declared the month of Divine Cleansing by God Almighty through His prophet. The simple meaning of cleansing is purging. Purging away of all uncleanliness is required before you can have rest on all sides. Un-cleanliness means iniquity, sins and filthiness. If all these are not purged, it would result in complication and unpleasant situations like afflictions, lack of peace, failure, lack, unproductiveness, joblessness, sickness and many more. Therefore, it is absolutely important to acknowledge our transgressions and recognise that, only the King of kings can purge and wash us clean. We have to turn away from all crookedness, wickedness and ask the Lord for a clean and pure heart.

Isaiah 55:7: “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the Lord, And He will have mercy on him; And to our God, for He will abundantly pardon”.

Repentance and restoration are two fundamental experiences a man must undergo before he can be separated for the Lord’s use. Without these, they would not enjoy God’s rest. Sin is not to be covered up. If you cover up your sins, God can come down with heavy hands. But when you call upon Him, He will purge and restore you for favour (Psalm 32:3-5). May the Lord cleanse all our iniquities and make His spirit to dwell in us in Jesus name.

The Israelites were God’s own people. He had compassion over them and, they were highly favoured. He even called them His son (Hosea 11:1). But unfortunately, they continued to disappoint God who had planned their repentance. They were engrossed in sins and uncleanliness. Still, God was so keen to bring them back to righteousness. For their joy to be full, and for them to have rest on all sides, they needed to get rid of all the strange gods (2 Chronicles 14:3). God on numerous occasions raised up Judges, Priests, Prophets and Kings. King Asa of Judah was one of them.

In 2 Chronicles 14:1-7, King Asa inherited a nation full of greed, idolatry, anarchy and all forms of sins and uncleanliness. Asa’s first responsibility was to purge the land of all sins. King Asa led a powerful revival that lead to cleansing and restoration of the people. The focus of this sermon was to reiterate that a child of God must purge himself or herself before they can have peace and rest. The scripture says in Asa’s days as king, the land was quiet for 10 years. I don’t know what stronghold or turmoil you are experiencing, but now there shall be peace in Jesus name.

Peace and prosperity: These can only happen when people put God first, and walk away from all uncleanliness. Asa did just that, he destroyed all alters of Baal and high places. God would not abandon His people, if they can turn away from all uncleanliness and turn to Him. He would invite and cause them to enjoy peace.

God reacts to our actions: Asa acted, and God honoured Himself in the life of His people.

2 Chronicle 14:5 “Also he took away out of all the cities of Judah the high places and the images: and the kingdom was quiet before him”.

If you choose to get rid of your filthiness and sins, the Lord is sincere, just and faithful at all times to help and respond to your willingness. He is our constant help in trouble. For a long time, Israel was in the hand of Jeroboam and, the misbehaviour of Rehoboam after the death of Solomon. They paid dearly and were ruled over by godless kings. But when King Asa came, divine turn around came for them. Every atrocities or mistakes you have made in your life that has caused you problems, the King of kings will cleanse and restore you back in Jesus name.

For you to have rest on all sides, you must seek Him wholeheartedly: The Lord destroyed the Ethiopians and restored His people (2 Chronicles 14:11-14). To seek God wholeheartedly would mean to ignore sins and remain cleansed. In this month the Lord will give you rest all around in Jesus name.

In 2 Chronicles 15:15. And all Judah rejoiced at the oath: for they had sworn with all their heart, and sought him with their whole desire; and he was found of them: and the Lord gave them rest round about”.

Humility is required, if you must remain purged: The Prodigal son returned to his father in humility – Luke 15:11-22. We saw how the prodigal son landed himself in a deep mess. He spent all his inheritance lavishly, drinking and living in sin with boys without future. But one day, after he had hit the bottom of his failure, feeding with swine and dwelling in poverty, he discovered the need to be cleansed and return in humility. Luke 15:18 “He said, I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, Father I have sinned against heaven and before you”…The Lord will grant you the courage to arise and be purged. He will receive you and grant you rest on all sides in Jesus name.

You must meet Him daily in fellowship, praises and thanksgivings: In Luke 19:1-10, the bible showed us how the man Zaccheus encountered the Lord Jesus Christ. This unpopular wealthy short tax collector was hated by his fellow Jews as a terrible sinner. He might have been hearing about the powerful miracles the Lord Jesus had been doing, and he desired to know Him. For Zaccheus to be purged, he needed to meet the Lord. The Lord is waiting for you. Desire Him and He will dine with you. Following the encounter, Zaccheus enjoyed the salvation of the Lord with his household Luke 19: 9-10. The god of money in his life was dethroned, and the saving Lord was enthroned in His life. Therefore, you are also a candidate of heaven.

God can purge and heal every sickness: Only the Lord of heaven can purge us of all infirmities. Not a king or prince of this world. He can undo what the earthily doctors have declared concerning your health. God spoke his word through Elisha into Naaman’s leprosy that, he should go and wash in Jordan seven times. Following this, Naaman’s flesh became like that of a little child (2 Kings 5:1-19).

I don’t know what your sins have been, how much you have wrongfully received from people, what the doctors have spoken concerning your health. The Lord is inviting you back to himself and He will perform wonderful miracles in your life and, you will have rest on all sides in Jesus name Amen.

“Be courageous”

By Dr. Abayomi Sanusi
I thank God for the opportunity to share with you these words, mere reminders of the scriptural precepts you are already familiar with.
Called to be courageous
We are called to be courageous. To be strong and persevere despite unfavourable situation in our relationships, life, career, and in everything this world might hurl at us. Practically it means to continue bravely when threat, pain, danger, fear, and unfavourable circumstances work against you to stop you. To be courageous is to have the guts, or nerves, or a stubborn persistence and the fortitude to do what is right, and continue to the
end.
Being courageous drives you toward your destiny and Godʼs expected end for you. (Jeremiah 29:11- For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end)
There are promises attached to being courageous in response to Godʼs commands, and in the things that pertain to His kingdom. Joshua 1.6-9. He never lets down those who obey Him, and persevere courageously in
doing His will.
Instances of courage in action!
(1) A familyʼs courage had perpetual consequences for their nation. In direct disobedience to Pharaoh Mosesʼ family did not cast him into the water when he turned out to be a male child. There is good reason to believe others might have done
(Ex1.11,13,14). Mosesʼ mother and sister took a risk by watching what happened to Moses and setting themselves up as unrelated carers willing to assist Pharaohʼs daughter to look after her Hebrew son. They were not only paid to look after their own baby, but also allowed to be an exception to the established rule (Ex 2.1-10).
The consequences of their courage meant that the future liberator of their people was exposed to the knowledge and worship of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; the history of his people till Joseph, and their prevailing hardship. He also had the privilege of being a child within the household of Pharaoh – a prince of Egypt.
(2) A peopleʼs courage and prayers to God changed their destiny! The afflicted children of Israel sensed an opportunity for political change and prayed to God. God sprung into action by preparing Moses for the task of leading them to freedom. (Ex.2-23-25, Ex.3.6-8)
(3) A man called Moses. His entire life was an illustration of how to be courageous. (Ex. 2.11-12,17,22). He became a criminal and a fugitive, wanted for murder. He became a friend of God. He spoke almost face to face with God! His people were not only liberated, but had innumerable opportunity to witness Godʼs greatness, faithfulness and power.
Courage by proxy (The Hebrew Midwives Ex1.15-21, Pharaohʼs daughter, The Hebrew striver Ex2.13-14)
Will you be courageous and remain so?
Have you been courageous? Will you be courageous? Will you remain courageous? They heard the word of God, the law of the land and internalised them. They reacted by applying their life experiences and their knowledge of Godʼs word to each situation. They had an opportunity to change their mind, and give it all up, but persisted in the face of
even that adversity.
What area of your life requires courage: family, relationships, financial, career, education, employment, planning for something? Have you noticed that courage tends to spread in families and close communities? Your courage could be the start of the transformation of someoneʼs life and destiny.
Find the word of God that deals with the area of concern and be courageous in applying Godʼs word. God knows the issues you are dealing with and wants to give you a favourable outcome. His thoughts toward you are those of love and compassion.
Be courageous not only in this month, but perpetually. He will give you an expected
successful end.