Category: SERMONS

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
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
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.

Courageous men would conquer nations

By Minister Aderemi Adelugba –
Text: Numbers 13: 1-33
Joshua 1:1-6 – 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. Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.
The Bible lists several men who were the kind of men God would want us to follow as examples for our life. Men like Moses, Joshua, David, Elijah, Elisha, Job, Daniel and Paul demonstrated great faith and courage. They had the boldness of the Lord. Although, they experienced problems, they conquered in various ways in life. I pray we would be like them in Jesus name. If you must conquer nations like these men, you have a part to play in the game.
Courage is required if you must enter into a sea when you have never swum before. Courage and understanding would encourage you of how to come out if you get into a difficulty. The word of the Lord to the people in Joshua 1:1-6 was clear. Whether you are a man or a woman, for you to conquer nations, courage is required. You have been faithful and the Lord has shown you kindness. Now you need to play your part, start adding courage to your faith and you will conquer nations in Jesus name.
Moses as a leader went from being timid to becoming a bold man of God. He was known as a great leader. He was greatly used by God to deliver His people from bondage. He led his people to begin a journey into Canaan. God gave him the Ten Commandments on the Mount Sinai etc. These attributes depicts a man who was so timid and had no courage previously. But when the power of the Lord came upon him, he began to deliver nations from bondage and slavery. God wants to use you to do something greater, but you must be courageous and be strong. The scripture says in Daniel 11:32 – They that know their God will be strong and they will do exploits.
Courageous men will stand and confront situations that do not honour God: Joshua was such a perfect example of a strong man; he stood before men and women even at the age of 110. He summoned the leaders of Israel to Shechem for a farewell address. He charged them to obey the Lord who had fought for them and given them the inheritance. He warned them of the danger of apostasy, saying, “Choose you this day whom you will serve….”
Grasshopper courage will be defeated: In Numbers 13: 1-33, we saw how men with grasshopper mentality lost the battle to conquer nations. For you to be able to conquer nations you must be a man who will stand for God, you must be prepared to answer questions and, respond to issues with faith. When Moses sent the twelve spies to see the land of Canaan, the assignment from Moses appear daunting and complex, but one of the questions they were tasked to answer was in Numbers 13: 18: And see the land, what are it; and the people that dwelleth therein, whether they be strong or weak, few or many? Ten of the spies felt defeated by what they saw. Caleb and Joshua declared victory by the grace of God. They were not moved by what they saw; they believed the report of the Lord. The others exhibited fear and felt like grasshoppers before giants. God will remove every grasshopper mentality in your life in Jesus name.
A man who must overcome must be prepared to explore: Moses charged the twelve spies to go all out; he encouraged them to be courageous. It is impossible to become an achiever, if you do not have courage and you are lazy. Proverbs 12:24-25 – The hand of the diligent will rule, but
the lazy man will be put to forced labour. The ten men truly explored, but they lost courage along the line. You will not lose courage in Jesus name.
A strong man knows how to recognise opportunities: David recognised an opportunity to destroy Goliath by faith. He visualised victory, while others were thinking he was a giant. The spies ascended by the south, and on their way up, there saw opportunities and excellent views everywhere, even when they cut down the grapes, they were unaware of the beauty of the land God was giving to them. They just could not see with the eyes of faith. They could not see how productive the grape fruits they caught were.
Jephathah was another man, at the time of his expulsion from his father’s house; he did not know how he would end up. But he went out of the city with courage. He was determined he would not return to his people as a failure. He took up boldness to re-package himself, and did not see his rejection as an excuse. When the time was right, the scripture says in Judges 11:6-8- And they said to Jephthah, Come, and be our captain, that we may fight with the children of Ammon. And Jephthah said to the elders of Gilead, Did not you hate me, and expel me out of my father’s house? and why are you come to me now when you are in distress? And the people and princes of Gilead said one to another, What man is he that will begin to fight against the children of Ammon? he shall be head over all the inhabitants of Gilead. That was the time for Jephthah to shine. He took the opportunity and courage to negotiate his return to the top. You will recover from every losses, and you will come back to conquer nations in Jesus name.
Prayer points:
O Lord, remove every grasshopper mentality from my life in Jesus name.
O lord, grant me heavenly courage to confront any problems that I may be faced with in Jesus name.
Excerpts of a sermon by Minister Aderemi Adelugba, at the RCCG Everlasting Father’s Arena, York on Father’s Day, June 16th 2013.

God will preserve you for His glory

—–By Pastor Aderemi Adelugba,
Text: Genesis 37: 1-36
The bible says in Psalm 121:3-4, “He will not allow your foot to slip; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep”.
We should trust in the living God, for He alone is able to protect and preserve. His mercy endures forever. He cares for us day and night. Even when you are sleeping, He is watching over you. Psalm 4:8 says, “In peace will He lay me down and sleep; for you, Jehovah, alone make me dwell in safety”. I pray the Lord will not sleep over your case in Jesus name.
Today’s text is taken from Genesis 37: 1-36. It is the story of Joseph and his brothers. God preserved the life of Joseph, even when the whole world thought it was over for him.
Joseph was a son born to his father in his old age. Of all his father’s sons, He was highly favoured, but his brothers hated him. I pray that all those people who hate you would be subdued in Jesus name.
Joseph was exposed to problem right from his youth. His father made him various coats with beautiful colours showing his special love for him – What more can a father offer his son. You will be preferred above your contemporaries in Jesus name.
In verse 5, Joseph shared his dream with his family, which prompted his brothers to hate him more, and they plotted to kill his dream. There are enemies and evil people around you waiting for you to share your plan so they can thwart it. The Lord will preserve your dream from being thwarted in Jesus name. Your dream will not be aborted in Jesus name.
Preserved from slavery to glory – In verse 7-9, Joseph’s brother felt insulted to the extent that they envied him. The envy and rage lead to him being sold for a token of twenty shekels of silver. But God is able to preserve the soul of the righteous person. Psalm 86:2 ‘Preserve my soul; for I am holy: O thou my God, save thy servant that trusteth in thee’. Joseph put his trust in the Lord, and rather than dwelling in slavery and poverty, the Lord preserved and promoted him. 1 Timothy 4:10 ‘For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe’. You may be going through a situation which is not your own fault; God is in your situation and, He will preserve your life in Jesus name.
Delay is not a denial – Joseph’s brothers could only delay the fulfilment of his dream, but they had no power to stop God from completing what He was going to do in his life. In Genesis 41:37-46, Joseph became second in command to Pharaoh. The Lord is interested in your progress. He is not interested in those who are able to kill the body but not the soul. Your dreams shall not be aborted in Jesus name.
It can only be God – Psalms 127:1, Except the Lord keep the city, the watchmen would watch in vain. Thieves may enter and they would do away with all the valuables. But when God is in charge, all city keepers and watchmen would stand back and leave the gates opened, and no evil will be able to penetrate. Joseph’s was an example of God’s protection. When God took charge, the king sent for him to be released and, he was freed unto glory. Genesis 28: 15, Behold I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you. So shall it be for you in Jesus name.
God is able to fulfill His plans – He can turn situations around. He can preserve you when the whole world thinks it is finished for you. Jabez was a man born to his mother in pain and, she named him sorrow. But, he cried unto the Lord and his situation was changed. Let us always look to God’s for His help. In all the affairs and business of our families, we must depend upon Him to preserve our life.
Be rest assured that the Lord can preserve you. Joseph went to jail, he returned, and got crowned a leader in a foreign land. So what else do you think God cannot do for you? Nothing is impossible for God to do. So do not worry about your future – Only put your trust in Him and you will experience His power in Jesus name. Matthew 7:25-34
Prayer Points
O Lord, preserve my life and bless me in Jesus name.
Every attack against my life is defeated in Jesus name.