Category: SERMONS

Pass Me Not Gentle Saviour

By Pastor (Mrs) Anthonia OBAFAIYE
The Theme of the month of September is Season of Renewal as spoken by God through His Prophet.

The Bk of Isa 43:19 says ‘Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth, shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.
When God says He will do a new thing believe it because He will do it, He is not a man that He should lie, He has declared this month a season of renewal, believe it and it shall surely come to pass in Jesus name.

The Bible says in the Bk of Acts 1:17 ‘ And he said unto them, it is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his power.
NCV says, ‘The Father is the only One who has the authority to decide dates and times, these things are not for you to know.
It is not in our power to know the dates and the times that God has set in place but for us to believe that it will come to pass and expect and wait patiently for the promises to come to pass in our lives because we know that God can’t fail and will never fail in Jesus name.

In the Bk of Hab. 2:3 it says ‘For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie, though it tarry, wait for it, because It will surely come, it will not tarry.
Has The Lord promised you something, write it down, make it plain, remind yourself of the promises everyday, expect it to happen, wait patiently for it, watching and praying and when it does happen it is always beautiful to the Glory of God.
My prayer for someone here today is that as you delight yourself in The Lord, He will grant you your heart’s desire according to His will in Jesus name.
I decree, may The Lord not pass you by in this season of renewal in Jesus name.

Text: Mark 10:46-52

We always say Blind Bartimaeus, but he is not blind anymore to the Glory of God.
I would like us to examine the sequence of events in this Bible verses that we have just read that led Bartimaeus to his miracle on this day, the things he did that caused The Good Lord not to pass him by on the day his season of renewal came knocking at the door of his faith.

Brethren there is always a day like no other day in the life of everyone.
In the Bk of Jos. 10:12 the Bible said when the day was coming to an end Joshua was still fighting against The Amelikites, the war was not yet over, Joshua spoke to the sun, thou sun stand still in Gibeon and thou moon in the valley of Ajalon, and the Bible recorded that the sun and the moon obeyed and that there was no day like that day before or after it that The Lord hearkened unto the voice of man.

1) verse 46 ( The Bible recorded that Our Lord Jesus and His disciples went out of Jericho (they were passing by)
The Bible says in Ecc. 3:1 ‘To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.

It was recorded in heaven that Jesus would be passing by Jericho on that particular day and time, and some body called Bartimeaus was going to be favoured.
Just like it has been recorded in heaven that you and I will be in church today and as Jesus is passing by we will be favoured in Jesus Mighty name.
Brethren may we not be in the wrong place at the wrong time, rather at the right place at the right time.
May we not be told Ah! You have just missed Him, if you were here a minute earlier, you would have met Him here. It will not be our portion in Jesus name.

2) verse 47 ( And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth) not just anyone but The Son of God Himself, The Great Healer.

The Bible says in the Bk of 1 Chron. 12:32 NCV ‘ There were 200 leaders from Issachar, they knew what Israel should do, and they knew the right time to do it.
KJV (they had the understanding of the times)
Blind Bartimeaus was able to discern the season like the sons of Issachar, he was blind but his hearing was sound for he was able to hear that Jesus the son of David was passing by, therefore his season of renewal had come, his set time to be favoured had come and he was determined that nothing was going to make him lose out.
My prayer for us is that we will not lose out on any of God’s promises and blessings for us in Jesus name.

3) verse 47b (He began to cry out and say, Jesus, thou Son of David have mercy on me).

Brethren before change can come we need to lift our voices and cry out to The One that can cause change to happen in our lives, do not keep quiet, the Bible says in Matt. 7:7 ask and ye shall receive. Yet it says in John 15:24 until now you have not asked anything in my name, it says ask and you will receive so that your joy might be full.
They say a closed mouth is a closed destiny.

4) verse 48 (And many charged him that he should hold his peace, but he cried the more a great deal. Thou Son of David, have mercy on me).
Brethren we must not look or listen to distractions around us when our season of change and renewal comes.
Remember Elisha in the Bk of 2Kings 2 when his master Elijah was going to be taken to heaven by God, the sons of the prophet and even his master tried to distract and dissuade him from receiving his desire, a double portion of the spirit of God upon his master but he made up his mind not to give in to any distraction and in the end because he was focused and he persevered, he received his desire, and the same son’s of the prophets that tried to dissuade him came to bow to him when they perceived that the spirit of God upon his master Elijah was now resting on him.
In the case of Bartimeaus it was the same people that tried to silence him, were the same people that said to him ‘Be of good comfort, rise, he called thee.’

5) verse 50 (And he, casting away his garment, rose and came to Jesus’).

The Bible says in Heb. 12:1 (‘Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witness. Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin, which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us’).
For Bartimeaus that garment he cast away represented something in his life, it was like a hindrance, an obstacle in his way of receiving his miracle and he was determined that he was not going to allow the weight hinder him of his breakthrough.
Jesus might never pass his way again and that might have meant he might have died blind.

Everyone of us here knows that weight and the sin that easily besets us.
For some people it is food, phone, clothes, sleep, laziness, being careless, bad company (evil associations), procrastination, gossip, Brethren the list is endless.

6) Be specific, say exactly what you want The Lord to do for you,

Remember the man with an infirmity for 38yrs. at the pool of Bethesda in John 5:1-5 he began to tell stories when Jesus asked him, do you want to be made whole. Thank God for the mercies of God because Our Lord Jesus overlooked his lack of faith and healed him on that day.
Blind Bartimeaus went straight to the point in verse 51 when Jesus asked him what can I do for you, he said ‘Lord, that I might receive my sight’. He asked in the name of Jesus and his joy was made full.

May our Father in heaven help us all in Jesus name.
May He not pass us by in Jess name.
May another not take our place on the day of our honour because we are nowhere to be found in Jesus name.
May our ministering angels not take our blessings back because we are not found occupying our duty post in the place where God wants us to be in Jesus name.

* Sermon delivered by Pastor (Mrs) Anthonia OBAFAIYE at RCCG Everlasting Father’s Arena, York on September 29th, 2013.

The living and steadfast God is the keeper of my life

By Dr. Aderemi Adelugba –
Text:- Daniel 6:26

In Psalm 121:1, the Psalmist declared his total dependence and trust on the living and steadfast God. He composed the song and, his fellow brethren sang along to praise God. They reflected on the Lord’s goodness throughout the journey of their live, especially, how they walked over the dry ground in the middle of the sea – Exodus 14:21-22. Also, the way the Lord won all their battles for them. The conclusion was that, the Lord we serve is an unfailing God. I pray the Lord will not be asleep concerning your case in Jesus name.

The scripture says, I will lift up my eyes unto the hill, from whence cometh my help? You must know the God you serve, before you can cry out to Him in the days of trouble. If you don’t have a relationship with God, you are basically wasting your time. Because situations of life may well confront you, and ask where is your God? You will be able to tell them you are serving a living God, who neither sleeps nor slumbers.

When issues of life comes, the presence of the Lord will be with you, like He did for Moses in Exodus 33:11-16, And God answered Moses and He showed him His presence. The Lord said my presence shall go with thee and I will give thee rest. God is not slack concerning your situation and, He will not fall asleep in Jesus name. All He demands from you is faithfulness, and your life would enjoy His mercies. God is the maker of heaven and earth, and He has all the help in his hands. Your maker knows your future. He created you and, He knows the end of the matter from the beginning. Therefore, nothing shall be difficult for him to do. In Exodus 33:17, the Lord said unto Moses, I will do this thing that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name. For the Lord to answer your prayer, you need to have a relationship with Him. The three Hebrew children knew their God, and they boldly said unto Nebuchadnezzar, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king (Daniel 3:17).

The Lord will not allow any form of evil to overpower you in Jesus name. The Psalmist says, He would not let your feet slips when you walk. The Lord sustained the widow who was carrying loads of debt on her shoulder, He provided for her need, and her debt was miraculously paid off, and on top of that, she remained a blessing (2 King 4:1-7). Whenever you are looking for a helper, God will raise many for you in Jesus name. In Psalm 121: 5-7, the Psalmist says, the Lord is the keeper of our souls and shields us from all evils. The Lord is able to take evil away from you. He will take disgrace away from you and, He will set you free when the enemies gang up against you in Jesus name. Mordecai was marked for evil by Haman. He had already built gallows in preparation for Mordecai’s death (Esther 5:14), but the Lord who is the keeper of souls, and the one who shields us from evil, changed the game. Then the gallows Haman built for Mordecai was used for his own death. So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had made for Modecai, then was the king’s wrath pacified (Esther 7:10). You will win over your adversaries in Jesus name. As many as are planning evil for you, the Lord will arise and win your battles in Jesus name. Do not be afraid, the Lord who won the battle for David, is able to fight and win your battles in Jesus name.

In Daniel 6:1-22, Daniel was described as a man with an excellent spirit of God. He was preferred over presidents and princes. Despite his position, he was faced with an enormous risk of being consumed by lions, but guess what? God did not fall asleep concerning his case. The Lord wanted his life to be an example unto others. In Daniel 6: 1-24, we saw how the Lord made the lions to fall asleep when he was in the den with them. Even King Dairus was amazed of what was to become of Daniel, but the Lord whom we serve, never fails. He is able to keep watch on you, even when you are unaware that the enemies are all over you. The Lord kept watch over Daniel, and, he returned to the surface unscathed. I pray you will not be overwhelmed by trouble in Jesus name.

For God to be alert concerning your situations, you must know the Lord you serve and take note of the following points.

Acknowledge God even when you are at the top: Daniel acknowledged God always, even when he was in a position of authority and responsibilities. It is by the grace of God that you are where you are today. Thousands of people would have been appointed over you, but God loved and showed you favour. Daniel was not part of the royal family, yet he was made the head of King Darius’s government. He headed a council of 120 princes with responsibilities, yet he found time to acknowledge God.

Daniel was full of God’s excellent spirit and power: Anyone who would want God to keep watch upon him or her must possess the power and spirit of God. The power would speak for you in the days of trouble. Even the other princes recognised the power in His life, and they said, we shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God – Daniel 6:5. People around you must be able to testify to God’s power in your life.

Daniel was a prayer warrior: Daniel continued to pray even when the king of the land was asleep. Your success and the height of your promotion can make your enemies gets jealous. Therefore, get on your knees and communicate with the Lord, so that, when you are in bed sleeping and snoring, He would be guarding and watching over you – Daniel 6:10.

Dairus lost sleep: When God is awake concerning your case, the people in charge of your case will not be able to sleep. King Dairus lost sleep over Daniel’s case, simply because, he remembered how much power Daniel possessed. His memory concerning the experience of Nebuchadnezzar and his son taught him how to respond to the carrier of God’s power. He did not want any repercussion. Hence, he kept a vigil wondering what was going on in the lion’s den. I pray that the judge over your case will favour you, and, they will not be able to sleep until they have favoured you in Jesus name.

Prayer Points

O Lord, every power struggling to re-program my life, drive them out in Jesus name.

O Lord, uproot every tares the enemies has sowed into my life while asleep in Jesus name.

Ask Me Not Where I have Been, But Ask Me Where I Am Going

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.

It’s that time of the year. The year is nearing the end. There have been life transforming events. For countries there have been challenges and problems. For individuals the importance of being part of a community, or a family is greatly emphasised. The society continues to aggressively pursue the now familiar liberal and anti-God agenda. Some things however remain constant and unchanging.

The knowledge that God cares about His children, and will never leave or forsake us is invaluable and comforting (Psalm 37.25). There is the reassurance that it is well with us, not because of the provisions of society, but by the command, decision and grace of God. That reassurance cannot be paid for with physical possessions (Matt, 6.33). The advantage we have in realising that the maker of the universe, our father, is ever with us and has empowered us to continue the work of Christ Jesus is empowering.

It is a time of the year that weariness may set in. The dreariness of physical toil and mundane repetitive activities that creep upon people near the middle of tasks and projects are no respecter of us people of faith. In achieving our personal goals, spiritual, education and professional achievement, and other aspects of life we need revitalisation. We need to redefine and reassess out position.

“Whatever it takes to make it, I?m going all the way. I may be down sometimes, but I won?t be down always” goes the upbeat chorus from a song I liked years back. One of the verses of the song starts “Ask me not where I?ve been but ask me where I?m going…” It?s time to reassess and ask yourself where you?re going. Not only that question alone though. We also need to reassess why you?re going there, what you intend to do there, and who?s going with you! In the journey of your life are you a passenger, the driver or pilot, the co-driver or co-pilot? What kind of vehicle are you travelling in. Are you prepared to go all the way to get to your destination?

Example from a mistake in Israel!

After installing Saul as king as compelled by the people but guided by God, frail, grey and elderly Samuel assembled an entire nation and was very uncompromising in his approach. He established some facts including what Israel?s sin was. In conclusion he established that for His Name?s sake, the Lord will not forsake His people. 1Samuel 12.17-25

Somewhere along and in the dreary middle of the history of the nation of Israel and Judah, imperfect decisions were made. Despite rejecting God as their king, God continued to work with, guide, bless and protect Israel. They went on to produce wonderful and historic rulers including David and Solomon. God turned their error around and incorporated it into His perfect plan. My prayer is that God will arrest your errors, imperfections, weariness; and turn every wrong decision around to favour you and achieve His plan for your life. Not only this year but in perpetuity.

Where are you going, What are your errors, and who will you turn to ?

So as we near the dreary middle of a so far eventful year, let us as children of God reassess our journey, and establish some facts. An imperfect start is not an excuse for failure. A faulty interim is not a damnation verdict. There is no situation my God cannot turn around. The bible is full of humans making mistakes, and getting corrections and achieving a desirable result. I have personally fallen short of several of my personal expectations so far this year, yet God remains merciful to me. It is not difficult to guess which new year resolutions have turned to disappointment for many! Have you been scorned, victimised, hurt, discriminated against? Have you disappointed yourself? God is merciful and no less powerful than before! David was a broken and contrite man in Psalm 51 after committing murder, adultery, hypocrisy and blasphemy. He asked God to cleanse him and give him a new heart. Verse 10. It is an appropriate exhortation for us today. Whilst we address those things that are due to our own inadequacies, let us rely on God for His mercies.

May God be your sun and shield….

By Dr. Abayomi Sanusi –
For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.-Psalm 84.11
Background
As winter again slowly approaches, and the heat of the sun feels scarcely adequate to keep us warm let us be reminded of some enduring and heart warming facts regarding our christian faith.
The sun is a powerful symbol and effective sustainer of life. It is a source of energy and warmth, providing nourishment, light and affecting every aspect of our being.
[In testament to the influential nature of the sun; spare a thought in remembrance of the first appearance of spring, the cheer and various celebrations that unfailingly erupt. Spring  itself is akin to movement, vitality, development and life]
Let’s hypothetically imagine what the earth would be in 2014 without the sun: a dark, cold place that would gradually run out of drinkable water, edible food, plant, laughter, and recreation. It would slowly turn into a place of misery, hardship, fear and darkness. A place devoid of life as God intended it.
The Lord God is a metaphorical sun?
The sun represents warmth, provision, care, love, continuity, the goodness of God upon His creatures. No wonder the earth was shapeless, empty and dark until God lovingly created light, and reassured that it was good! (Genesis 1.1-4)
To the Christian today the symbol of the sun should remind us of at least four essential aspect of life in the modern world today, that people knowingly or unknowingly have to contend with.
These are Physical Comfort, Financial Security, Emotional Reassurance, and Spiritual Settlement
What the scriptures specifically say… As children of God we have an ‘unfair’ advantage with regard to enjoying the full benefit of
God’s work; deriving the full extent of His grace, glory, provision and companionship.
Psalm 84.11.
Like King David we can have full confidence in God’s promises and physical abilities. We can declare like him in Psalm 27.1: The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD [is] the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? The benefit of being
in His presence, of answers to our prayers and of following His lead physically protects us from sundry danger, suffering and peril.
Our physical safety shall manifest spiritually, and the collective and individual promises in our lives shall be fulfilled.[Contemplate on Isaiah 60.1-2]
Isaiah 60.19: The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory. We will prosper spiritually and this will manifest in the physical, although like
the world never fully understood Jesus they may not completely grasp the reason, logic or understanding of our triumphs. John 1.4-5 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
As we love Him with our entire hearts, minds, soul and worship him in reverence we become emotionally attached to God. As a bride or wife’s affection is perpetually to her  husband our love and reverence for Him will grow. We will benefit from reverencing His
holy name. Malachi 4.2: But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness  arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. He will be our strength, shield and fortress:
Psalm 3.3- But thou, O LORD, [art] a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head
Psalm 119.114- Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.
Finally when we make it to the new Jerusalem, Jesus himself physically symbolising the  sacrifice he aid will be our light and brightness.  Let God be your sun and shield. For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing
will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.-Psalm 84.11
Regardless of the phase of life you are going through, your current physical location, or your status according to the standards of men; decide to make our Everlasting Father, your sun and shield.
Physical comfort may sometimes feel inadequate. For various reasons financial matters  and may fluctuate. We have confidence according to His promises. Our God will ensure that no good thing is withheld from us. We have to continue to walk uprightly (as Jesus would physically conduct himself in this society today). The reassurance is emotional and spiritual satisfaction that regardless of everything the future holds it is already well with us forevermore. The first step is yielding fully to God, and giving the entirety of your life to  Him.

What Kind of Gratitude Do You Show God?

By Dr. Abayomi Sanusi –
A gratitude, or ‘Thank you’ is an expression in response to the perceived benefit of an act, situation or event. It is rampant in society; can be a subtle indicator or strong evidence of the state of relationships, but does not always express the same thing. Each time gratitude is expressed there is a narrative behind that expression. There is a reason or a purpose. Before asking you how and why you say ‘Thank You’ to God I want to explain the seven plus one different kinds of gratitude I have come across in meditation. The different types of thanks:
The Seven Plus One different types of ‘Thank You’
The Encouragement ‘Thank You’
This type of gratitude is an advance or belated expression of inducement, persuasion or encouragement. The sort of encouragement to perhaps nudge a person to voluntarily fill out a questionnaire or form to help somebody else, or stop at the red traffic light to avoid mishaps. It can also be a form of inducement to refrain from something potentially undesirable thus indirectly benefiting others. A polite ‘Thank you for not smoking’ can be an example.
The Contractual ‘Thank You’
The contractual ‘Thank You’ is an expression of mutual agreement or understanding. An expression of satisfaction between parties similar to the contentment of an employee who just got paid for work done. It is the satisfaction of discovering you just received exactly what was promised by the retailer you handed your hard earned money over to; and there was no horse-meat in your beef lasagne. The terms of a deal have been adhered to, and all parties are satisfied. The contractual ‘Thank you’ is not mandatory, but there is understandable relief, perhaps contentment involved.
The Politeness ‘Thank You’
The sort of gratitude shown by a glad person when they receive something they deserve. Gratitude shown for recognition, or acknowledgement of hard work or achievement. A winner of an Oscar of Bafta award may say something like ‘This would not have been possible without my fans, director, friends and family. I thank you for your support’ .
The award, recognition or success is the result of that individual’s actions. They have earned it. Depending on the individual the politeness ‘Thank You’ might not necessarily acknowledge the effort of God, but puts the deserving individual in the spotlight.
The Unsolicited Favour ‘Thank You’
This is a straightforward expression of gratitude for a help, a favour, or a good act not asked for, expected or demanded. The unsolicited favour may or may not be deserved but it had not been requested, and there may elicit a feeling of surprise and sense of relief. Examples can be varied: someone opening the door, holding the elevator, unexpectedly paying a bill, getting you out of trouble, and so on. The gratitude is warm, genuine, and well deserved. Most people, I suspect, have a recollection of an unsolicited act of kindness they have had to be grateful for.
The Solicited Favour ‘Thank You’
Gratitude following the fulfilment of a requested favour is deserved and heart warming relief. It is an expression of satisfaction, an uplifting answer to an incessant pleading or fervent prayer. It is often a reinforcement of fraternity between well acquainted persons. It may turn an acquaintance into friendship, and a mere friendship into something yet deeper. Anyone who has declared a testimony after answers to their prayer have an idea of the feeling that goes with this kind of gratitude, influenced by the gravity of their testimony.
The Negative ‘Thank You’
The negative ‘Thank You’ can be very easy to recognise. The intention may not be to express a feeling of grateful appreciation of approval or contentment. It is an ironical gratitude, and is a wonderful indicator of the quality of a relationship. Examples may be nuanced in various clever ways but the following are good illustrations: “Thank you for your application but I am sorry to inform you that…..” or “Thank you for not interrupting……” or “Thank you for not messing it up……” or “Something bad has happened thanks to this person…. ”
The Danger-Terror ‘Thank You’
This is another kind of negative gratitude, where the person expressing the thanks expresses their ‘Thank You’ in fear, terror and difficulty. There is nothing polite, encouraging or hopeful, and they are not grateful, pleased or satisfied. The sayer of thanks feel they have to express gratitude to avert future suffering from the person terrifying them. It is a hostage situation ‘Thank You’ . I pray you will never experience or have to say such.
The ‘YOU Did It’ ‘Thank You’
There is a certain expression of a deeply heartfelt gratitude that is not just an expression of happiness or joy, but also a celebration of an individual’s spiritual surrender in recognition of their vulnerability to the person they are grateful to. It is often said in response to a miracle performed, an impossibility made possible, recognition of salvation, sanctification or sundry gentle acts of awe and wonder. This kind of gratitude is a mark of a deepening relationship between a person and their creator. It is pleasing to God, and is an act of worship. It comes from a certain level of knowledge or realisation. Until personally experienced, it is extremely easy to confuse this class of gratitude with those of unsolicited favours, solicited favours, and even the gratitude of politeness favours.
The Exhortation
How much do you thank God? Why do you really thank God? What is the purpose of your thanks given to God? Do you try to persuade Him to do something for you? What kind of gratitude do you show?
In 2 Samuel 22 the background to his overwhelming sense of happiness and joy was set, and David poetically demonstrated the politeness, solicited and unsolicited kinds of gratitude. In verse 50 he states “ Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O lord, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name”. The role and effort of God was duly acknowledged in each feat of awe described, and in each case all the glory was duly given to God. But this still fell short of the ‘YOU did it’ kind of gratitude. In verses 21 and 22, we clearly see why!
Psalm 100 comes close to the kind of knowledge and realisation that elicits and backs up the ‘YOU Did it Gratitude’. Verse 3- Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. The role of the beneficiary is initially passive; a spiritual enlightenment that triggers the thanksgiving.
Jesus demonstrated the ‘You Did it’ kind of thank you most purposefully. In John 6.11- Jesus took a few loaves and fish, gave thanks and distributed them such that fed a great multitude. He did not ask for a miracle, He just went about to do what He does normally. Jesus had a level of revelation beyond his disciples, and in calm fashion tried to open their minds up to understanding God more (John 16.25-27). In John 11.41-42 Jesus demonstrated a level of relationship with God. He subsequently became wanted for more persecution, prosecution and death. (John 11.53)
Although we know Him to be deliberate, careful, sober and very prayerful; as recorded in the scriptures, Jesus Christ giving thanks before an act of miracle is not a common occurrence. The thanksgiving was not a condition for the performance of the miracles. The miracles themselves, following the saying of the ‘YOU did it’ gratitude, propelled Jesus to the next phase in his purpose, destiny and fulfilment. He soon afterward tasted of extreme suffering, physical death and re-unification with His father.
This level of gratitude is exclusive of encouragement, persuasion, and inducement; has nothing to do with agreements or contracts, politeness, or even the soliciting or free giving of miracles. It is more like an overwhelming sense of fellowship expressed upon a revelation of an aspect of God’s person you previously never had a clue about! (Matthew 17.6-7 Acts 9.5-6)
Is ‘Thanksgiving’ what you do normally? Do you realise the kind of gratitude you show God? Psalm 103.13-14, 22, 1-2; Phillipians 4.6-8
Conclusion
I pray that God will open your eyes and mine; with an interaction deep enough to bring us to a place where you and I individually already know He always hears and does what we ask of ( What a disposition!). Alas!, saying an ‘Amen’ to that prayer is hardly trivial; but requires the sort of dedication, surrender and persistence in God nobody ever recovers from. What sort of gratitude do you express to God?
What Kind of Gratitude Do You Show God, by Dr. Abayomi Sanusi as delivered at the RCCG Everlasting Father’s Arena, York on Sunday 17th March, 2013

Your Light Will Shine

BY DR. ADEREMI ADELUGBA –

Today is Palm Sunday by the grace of God. It is important to reflect and learn from the event that took place during the last week of Jesus earthly ministry. The ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ was full of miracles, healing and power. Several people, who never had the opportunity of meeting with Him prior to that time, were blessed to have taken part in His triumphant entry into Jerusalem. The light of our Lord Jesus Christ continued to shine, even as the people planned to kill Him. Public recognition and outpouring of love for the King of kings was without measure as He entered into Jerusalem. It was necessary for the Lord Jehovah to show His face to His critics at this moment in time, so that the purpose of God would be fulfilled. He stepped out with amazing power and boldness, following the miracle of bringing Lazarus back from dead (John 11: 31-43). If there is anyway, the enemy has hidden your face, and caused you to remain there, you will come out with boldness, and the light of God will shine in your life in Jesus name.
The main text of this Palm Sunday is to share with you, how the light of God shone in the life of our Lord Jesus Christ, even at the point of Him being crucified (John 12:12-19). The scripture declares in Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. There is difference between light and darkness. When darkness is removed from your life, there would be a replacement with light, this light is the power of God, and will shine upon you in Jesus name. You will not experience darkness in Jesus name.
Palm trees and red carpet party: John 12: 12-13, shows how many people went out to celebrate the light of God in the life of Jesus Christ, when they heard that He was coming to Jerusalem. The people of the land accepted Him and celebrated Him. They took palm trees and organised a red carpet reception for the Lord. The Lord will cause all those who are planning a coup against you to accept and honour you in Jesus name. They will sing your praise, and, you will be called champion in Jesus name. In Judges 11:1-11, Jephthah was completely rejected, disowned and expelled from the city of his birth. The scripture recorded that in the fullness of time, the same family members and community who expelled him, went back to look for him, so that he could fight and win war for them. Jephthah was made their champion and leader. The light of God that was gone from his life shone again. The Lord will make you the leader of your community in Jesus name and the light of God will shine in your life in Jesus name.
God will fulfil His prophesy in your life: John 12:14-16, shows fulfilment of prophesy which was declared by Prophet Zachariah (Zach 9:9-10). The Lord God rode on the horse and entered into the city with power and authority. Every prophecy spoken into your future for progress, achievement and success will begin to come to light in Jesus name. The Lord will arise and have mercy on you. David was a man who was greatly honoured. He became king, despite all oppositions, and, the light of God was upon his life. In I Chronicles 17:16-27, David called to remembrance the promise of God, and, the Lord of heaven honoured and fulfil His words in Him. You will be greatly honoured in Jesus name.
Light can shine through testimonies: The light of God can shine in your life when God answer your prayers, and, put testimony in your mouth. The light shone in the life of Jesus when people saw the miracles he wrought.
In Matthew 21:11, “and the multitude said, this is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee”.
When the multitude saw the miracle of how the dead Lazarus was brought back to life, they did not need special anointing to declare that, the Lord is the King of all kings. They recognised the power of God, they received Him and they testified that He is Jesus the Lord of Lords, and, they magnified Him. I pray for you that, your families and friends will hear the testimonies of God concerning you and, they will serve your God in Jesus name.
The light of God was shinning in Apostle Paul’s life. In Act 19:1-20, Apostle Paul went about doing the great work of God. He was teaching, baptising, instructing, healing and building champions. He healed a lot of sick people by the grace of God. People who were afflicted used Paul’s handkerchiefs and aprons and received healings. This is the light of God. However, some vagabonds and exorcists wanted to try the power, they thought it was a mere joke. They tried to heal people possessed with demons by their own effort for profit making. They gathered together people with evil spirits, and attempted to drive the spirit out from them. The difference between light and darkness is not in your ability, it is in the power of almighty. The evil spirit recognised the difference between the light of God in Paul’s life, and, the darkness that existed in those exorcists. They spoke out, defended themselves and, cleaved unto them.
Acts 19: 15-16 15 and the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? 16 And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.
Conclusion: The power in the life of our Lord Jesus Christ represents light. That was the reason why the light cannot be quenched. Everywhere He went, darkness bowed for Him. When He triumphantly entered Jerusalem, the people bowed and darkness disappeared. Therefore, let your light begin to shine before men today and forever, that people would hear your testimonies and good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Excerpts of a sermon delivered by Dr. Aderemi Adelugba at the RCCG Everlasting Father’s Arena, York on 24th of March, 2013