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Press ahead whilst the sun is shining

By Dr. Abayomi Sanusi,

INTRODUCTION
We all know the advice and concept of making hay while the sun shines; of taking advantage of prevailing favourable conditions, and preparing for the future. Wise counsel from the preacher prompt us to ..(Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them. Ecclesiastes 12:1). This
is not only wise and advisable, but also essential to prayerfully planning for the future.

However things do not always go according to plan. In life people, even believers of Christ, can get stuck because of unfavourable events that happened in the past. Hurt, betrayal, disappointment, failure, errors, poor judgement, and various kinds of baggage, can conspire to stop a believer from their divine appointment. Those errors can even be deliberate, unfortunate, and unforgivable. Even in those situations the word of God continues to be valid and true. The word of God remains true and valid even in today’s society- heavy laden with blame, finger-pointing, and conflict.

For the believer God’s plan is unequivocal regarding past regrets. We must forge forward and press ahead in knowledge of His gracious provisions for us. Wonderful and emboldening declarations read unequivocally in Isaiah 43:18-19: 18 Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. 19 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.

Why press on?
The following premises provide reassurance to the believer: Nothing in the past has ever been a surprise to God. Nothing in the future is a surprise to God. The promises of God remain true regardless of what the past was, or future will be. Consequently children of God, people who depend on Him should understand these facts; and therefore move ahead, forward, upward (in obedience to God’s word). It is an appointed fact that you will arrive at the favourable expected end. It is only reasonable that Christian press on in the knowledge that God is working with, and through us in each and every situation.

So when current affairs, global events, rumours of war, pestilences and destruction happen, as God’s children we must press ahead.

Example from history, pressing on…
Historically even in the midst of captivity, and when His people were in difficulty and suffering (regardless of whether they had been at fault, or suffered through no fault of their own) God had a word of peace and encouragement for His people. Just as then, today there is a lot of politics, clever doctrines, confusing creeds and brilliant philosophy all around us. We are encouraged that God will honour His word and promises in our lives. Our job is to focus on the word of God and press ahead whilst the sun is shining.

Exhortation
(5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have:for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. Hebrews 13:5-6).

(For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Let not your prophets and your diviners, that be in the midst of you, deceive you, neither hearken to your dreams which ye cause to be dreamed. 9 For they prophesy falsely unto you in my name:I have not sent them, saith the Lord. 10 For thus saith the Lord, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place. 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. Jeremiah 29:8-11)

The source of our confidence (God’s promises….the words that came from His mouth)
17 For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the Lord; because they called thee an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after (Jeremiah 30:17) I will rescue. I will have mercy. (verse 18). I will multiply you and glorify you (verse 19). I will punish those that oppress you (verse 20). I will deal angrily with the wicked, unholy and enemies of God (verses 23-24)

(verse 21b & 22) : I will cause him to draw near, and he shall approach unto me: for who is this that engaged his heart to approach unto me? saith the Lord. 22 And ye shall be my people, and I will be your God (Jeremiah 30:21-22)

Conclusion! 18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. (Matthew 28:18-20)

7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh  findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him (Matthew 7:7-11)

17 Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee (Jeremiah 32:17)

14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. 15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. 18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; 19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; 21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God (Ephesians 5:14-21).

If we individually and personally hold on to His promises as commanded in the word of God, obeying His word by performance of His commandments; then we stand a chance of remaining focussed on God’s plan for us and eventually reaching the best and desirable end.However for now we must press ahead whilst the sun is shining.

Sermon delivered by Dr. Abayomi Sanusi on July 13th, 2014.

You Are Programmed For Victory

By Pastor Aderemi Adelugba –

Brethren, God has programmed your life the same way a computer is programmed. He has loaded your life with software for victory. He has granted you victory in all areas of life. You may not understand it, but your mind is renewed and conditioned for greatness in Jesus name. Now the question is whether you are prepared to activate the programmes the Lord has installed into your life.
The meaning of programme is to comprehensively install a process that can change a particular formulation to an executable activity. The reason for programming is to ensure a set of instruction will perform a specific task when activated. In other word, if the programme is not activated, the task will not run. Likewise, if Christians fail to recognise the fact that they are a finished product, they will continue to work and operate in mediocrity and defeat. I pray that you will live to fulfill the plan of God in Jesus name. Jeremiah 29:11 say, for I know the thoughts that I think towards you, the thought of peace, and not of evil and that to give you an expected end.
God has already crowned and installed you with every blessing. All you have to do is to go ahead and activate the programmes of God for your life. Start acting out His anointing upon your life. He wants you to walk in your victory, healing, wealth and joy. You need to begin to speak like a blessed man and woman. You are a package of blessing, and not a failure.
The scripture says in Ephesians 1:3 – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ. This scripture is not just talking of what God can do, it is a declaration and appreciation of what the Lord has already done. Paul recognised all the possible obstacles that God had removed from us. You have received everything in the spiritual, so start acting it out. He did not put failure or evil in your way. He planted joy and favour instead. He granted you goodness and mercies. God had already done all these things, and all your battles have been won in the heavenly places.
The scripture also states in 3 John 1:2 – Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. It is a declaration. He knew the end of the matter from the beginning. Therefore, your prosperity and health is not negotiable. Some of us did not know we would be in here today, but God programmed it even before the start of ages. For example, a little over ten years ago, as I sat down in my living room listening to the news, the Sky News reported that some part of the city of York was badly flooded. Then, I was concerned about what the inhabitants of the city were experiencing. Many years after this occurrence, God worked it out that; we would need to move to York. It was in the programme of God for us to move to the same city I wondered about. You may not be too sure of the reason why you are in this city today, but God says, you are here for a purpose, and, He will programme you for success and victory in this land, and so shall it be in Jesus name.
The scripture also says in 1 Corinthians 2:9-10: But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for hem that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
The scripture teaches us to be rest assured that we have been endowed with everything we require to succeed in life. If you have been successful in so many areas of life, be rest assured that the best is yet to come. This month of October, your outdated programme will be updated in Jesus name. From today onward, you will never be the same again in Jesus name. Your life will listen to the command of God’s programme in Jesus name.
Jesus stated that you are what you believe, therefore, if you believe that God has worked out your turn around, and He has said to you that you are more than a conqueror, what exactly are you wondering about? He has programmed you, equipped you and renewed you like an eagle. You will never be defeated in Jesus name.
God’s desire for you is that, you become aware of all the power and programme of God. God said, let the weak says, I am strong, let the poor says, I am rich and I am well able. Begin to programme that into your life. Brethren, you are who God says you are. If your bank account says you are poor, begin to declare that you are wealthy in Jesus name, and the one who has programmed you, and, giveth the power to make wealth would surprise you in Jesus name. If you have problem with your health, you need to start declaring that I am healed and whole in Jesus name.
For God’s programme to be activated in your life, you must be sensitive and be ready to stand for God. For example, it is possible for the gates to be shut without realising it. It is possible to have the feeling that you have come to the bus stop of life. You are not alone. God is with you at all times. It happened to the Israelites. In Joshua 6:1 – ‘Now Jericho was straitly shut up because of the children of Israel; none went out; and none came in. But when you hearken to God, the walls of Jericho will fall flat for you, and, you will be able to possess your possession in Jesus name.
There might have been some issues of life threatening your future; the Lord will remove all obstacles in Jesus name. An obstacle for defeat was put in the way of the Israelites through the sin of Achan, because he took an accursed thing. Initially, it appeared as if the Israelites would lose the battle, but when the revealing power of the Lord came upon them, they destroyed Ai. I pray that whatever that may be clouding your eyes, which is making it impossible for the programme of God to be activated in your life, will be removed today in Jesus name.
God is able to turn defeat into victory – (Joshua 7: 1-3). Victory is a term synonymous to success. Everyone wants victory in life, an athlete desire to become champion and break records, but God has to have his hands in their programme. Things don’t just happen by accident. Esther became a queen just because God had already written it into her destiny.
Delay is not a denial: The fact that the Israelite withdrawn from the battle front when the solders from Ai struck them does not mean they lost confidence. It was an opportunity for them to get back to God, so they could be re-built and re-programmed. Likewise, Christians go through rough patches, and it would seem as if we would never be able to come out at the other end, God is in control. Remember, you are a God finished product, and His products can never be faulty or disappointed. You will come out of every issues of life in good time in Jesus name.
In the book of 2 Kings 18:1, Hezekiah, the king of Judah removed the high places and broke all images and groves. The scripture stated that he trusted in the Lord God of Israel that after him, there was no one like him. … And the Lord was with him; and he prospered whithersoever he went forth: and he rebelled against the king of Assyria, and served him not……Basically, Hezekiah rebelled against Sennacherib, and Sennacherib continued to push and oppress him. But when God was ready, He turned the tide around and 180,000 of Sennacherib soldiers were struck to dead by the angel of the Lord, and, Senacherib himself was killed by his own sons. I declare that every hand of oppression against you and your family shall bow to the programme of God in your life, and you will be victorious in Jesus name.
God is able to activate the dormant programme in your life: It may well be that the programme of God is dormant in your life, then you will need to pray, and God will re-activate it. When the oppression was too much for Hezekiah, he had to pray, and God heard him. The scripture states in 2 King 19:7 – Behold, I will send a blast upon him, and he shall hear a rumour, and shall return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land… May be you are thinking to yourself, how will God deliver me today? How will I come out of all these problems? God is sending a blast to the camp of your enemies now, and you will be victorious in Jesus name.
Naaman was a warrior who struggled with leprosy, and when God was ready to deliver him out of the battle of sickness, He activated His healing programme in his life. You case is not impossible in the hand of the Lord (2 King 5). The scripture states, Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake – Isaiah 54:15.
Brethren, get ready to update the programmes of heaven for your life. Go back to the source if you feel your programme is expired or dormant. The Lord will bless your life in Jesus name.

Sermon delivered on October 6th, 2013.