THE SEAL OF GOD

Sunday service
Pastor Gbenga Ogunnaike
DESTINATION IN VIEW PT. 4
Sin separated man from the ultimate destination- the KINGDOM of God. The devil keeps deceiving man that this place of our sojourn is our end…but it is not. We are pilgrims here; we should always look to where we are going and not to this little place of a stopover…
Everything points to the fact that the times predicted in the Bible are beginning to happen….Ask yourself a question:
Are you prepared for that destination?
Have I acted in such a way that when I get to that my destination I will be rewarded?
Have I set up a mansion for myself there?
Text: Rev 7:1-3
7 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.
2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,
3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.

THE SEAL OF GOD:
From the scriptures we find that a seal is upon us believers. This seal sets the true believers apart. The signs of the end times include everything which is happening now; the wars, rumors of wars, false teachings…but no matter what is happening now do not be moved if you are a true believer.
A seal is a symbol of authority, or it is a confirmation or guarantee that a thing is original or that it belongs to a person.

What are the Benefits of the seal of God:

Psalm 37
37 Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.
2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.
3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
4 Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.
7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.
9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.
10 For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.
11 But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
12 The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.
13 The LORD shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.
14 The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation.
15 Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.
16 A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.
17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the LORD upholdeth the righteous.
18 The LORD knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.
19 They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.
20 But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.
21 The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.
22 For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off.
23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.
25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
26 He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.
27 Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore.
28 For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.
29 The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein forever.
30 The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.
31 The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.
32 The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him.
33 The LORD will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged.
34 Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.
35 I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree.
36 Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.
37 Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.
38 But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off.
39 But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble.
40 And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.

1. Guarantees security:
The seal of God guarantees security, despite what may be happening around you, it keeps you secure.
2. It gives deliverance:
Exodus 12:13
The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live; and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.
The sign of the blood on the door posts of the children of Israel. When the Egyptians were weeping, the Children of God were jubilating.
3. It protects and Preserves us from the wrath of God:
The seal protects the children of God and preserve them from the wrath of God. When the wrath of God comes upon the evil doers
2 Timothy 2:19
19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
4. It guarantees ownership:
We belong to God, so His seal is upon us…as Christians to carry that His seal, we must separate ourselves from everything that is impure, every source of iniquity…that is why as children who seek to make it to that Kingdom, we must depart from every form of iniquity.. Even those behaviors that the world sees as being normal. Those behaviors that the world has accepted to be a person’s right, a freedom to live as you desire. Such behaviors which are not biblical, only lead to hell.
Ephesians 4:30:
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
5. The seal guarantees that we will make it to the end.
God is not delighted in the death of a sinner.
What will qualify one to have this Seal?
a. You must accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and personal Savior, you must be born again. You must acknowledge this not in secret, you must live a lifestyle that portrays this decision: in your dressing, lifestyle, speech, behaviour to people around. Do not play with your salvation, it is a personal race..You alone are accountable…

b. Obedience to God’s Word: Revelations 22:
Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
Total obedience to the Word.
c. Strive for Perfection daily:
The race is not going to be easy daily but strive for it daily

Acts 1:8
8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
d. Tell people about Jesus:

Do not preach, tell them about Jesus,
How will God seal men?
Ephesians 1:13
13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

Prayer Points:
Father, help me to get that seal that guarantees Your ownership in my life.
Holy Spirit, help me to do the will of God and His seal will remain on me.

Destination In View ( pt. 2)

Sunday Service.

Pastor Gbenga Ogunnaike

Destination in View (pt 2)

Current happenings read in conjunction with the bible points conclusively to the fact that the end is HERE…The choice to accept Jesus as your Lord, is no longer something to be procrastinated about…the choice to become born again is not something to be toyed with.. This is the time to make the decision to give your life to Jesus……….DESTINATION IN VIEW. What destination do you have in view? Heaven or hell??????
THE KINGDOM OF GOD
Text:
Revelation 21:9-27
9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.
10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;
12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:
13 On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.
14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
15 And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.
16 And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.
17 And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.
18 And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.
19 And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;
20 The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.
21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.
22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.
25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.
26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.
27 And there shall in no wise enter into it anything that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

There shall nothing that is defiled enter into that KINGDOM.
Can you confidently claim to be undefiled?

The kingdom of God is the assurance of the believer, entering into that kingdom is the motivation that keeps us believers holding on.

In John 3:3:
3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

John the Baptist preached the message of the kingdom, even till the Messiah came, He also kept preaching about the kingdom…

To illustrate the importance of everyone making the kingdom, we see the emphasis laid on it,in the teachings of our Lord Jesus as seen in the Parables He taught with. He spoke to us in the Parables- using daily activities of men: marriages, business dealings, master servant relationship, the 10 virgins (the wise and foolish). He spoke in these parables to help us understand with real life examples, messages we can relate to and its importance therefore.
The kingdom being the final destination of man, Jesus wants ALL BELIEVERS to be present there, not to lose out .Despite all the parables, the messages, the word preached men still follow the will of the devil.
What should we expect?

The Kingdom is for the prepared:
Those prepared, people who have accepted Jesus as their Lord and personal savior,who walk in His Word. While the first-coming of Jesus was for everyone, but this second coming is JUST FOR THE PREPARED… people who have given their lives to serving God in spirit and in truth. People who spent their life working in line with His will and His word.
In this Kingdom, there is no sickness, no wiles, selfishness, hatred, no uncleanliness of any sort; no sorrow…this kingdom is a place of HOLINESS.

This kingdom is adorned with precious stones-
Ornaments which are priceless, adorn this kingdom’s roads, roads are paved with gold- that look like
transparent glass. .

21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.

The finest country in this world doesn’t have gold paved streets….why would one want to miss out on such a place?
The security of this kingdom is so safe that the constant worry of securing ourselves is non- existent. The wealth displayed in the Kingdom is such that the worries of our present life would seem like a dream.

There shall be no night there:
There shall be no night in that kingdom…

23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
He is the light of that kingdom.

There is no temple or church in that Kingdom, no divisions of religion or sects..

22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.

We shall all sing His praises daily in this kingdom, no need to worry about food to eat, clothes to wear, promotions, the ONLY JOB WE WILL HAVE THERE IS PRAISING HIM…

Before we go to that kingdom, we must still live our lives here, with the hope of making that kingdom…

Jesus is coming…are you prepared to make that kingdom? Make the necessary changes, if you need to re-dedicate your life do so. No one knows the time, the hour, the day, week, month or even year………Do not be deceived by the passing pleasures of this life…there is no purgatory where you can make restitution, there is no repentance after death…make the decision NOW..Please, Jesus is calling you now, repent, make amends, re-dedicate your life. Make a spiritual evaluation of your life-style, can you be qualified to make heaven now? If you are not sure, please say the sinner’s prayer.

Sinner’s prayer
Lord Jesus, come into my heart. I am a sinner, forgive all my sins. Have mercy on me, and save me by grace, I believe that Jesus is my Lord and savior. Today I receive grace to live above sin, to live for Jesus. Today as I have laid my hand on the plow, I will not look back.

Prayer points:
Father, in your mercy, count me worth to reign with you.
Father, open my eyes to see my mansion that Christ has gone to prepare for me in heaven.
Father my aspirations and desires in life will not rob me of the kingdom. That thing I desire will not rob me of making the kingdom of God.

DESTINATION IN VIEW

Pastor Gbenga Ogunnaike
Sunday service

Text: John 14:1-6

14 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Destination in view (Pt. 1)
The Destination of believers.

Many Christians have forgotten that as believers that we are just pilgrims, we have not gotten to our bustop, and so we should not rest. So many do not even think of our destination, we have gotten so comfortable in our ‘here and now’ and forgotten our final destination.

In John 14:1-6 Jesus tells us that there is indeed a final destination for us Christians and we should not rest our oars.

Salvation: John 3:16-17

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

The above text gives us a definition of salvation, whosoever believe in Him, will be saved.
Definition:
Salvation is the act of delivering from sin or saving form evil.
Or a state of being saved form sin or harm.

Where we are going is eternity, and what qualifies a man is salvation. It is because we have sinned that God sent his son to come and die for us.

Matthew 1:21
21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
She shall bring forth a son to be called Jesus, and he shall save his people from their sins.

The purpose of His coming was to save us. Salvation is not based on our being moral-accepting that we are sinners is.
The devil introduced sin to take man away from the eternal plans of God for man, to have life, but God still sent his Son to restore man to His original plans.

When we sin, we grieve the heart of God, because we are going back to the negative path.

Luke 15:7:
7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

If we do not sin, there would not have been a need to send Jesus to die for us. Sin makes us the enemies of God, and the friend of the devil. The signs around us constantly corroborate the signs of the end times and therefore the need to put ourselves aright with God. We need to wake up and know that this world has nothing in store for us. We are just pilgrims…..

Friendship with sin and the world is enmity with God.

James 4:4 says:
4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
While Romans 3:23 says:
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

When you sin, you come short of the glory of God; sin robs a man off the glory of God.

Our final destination is not a place for sinners, there is no place of restitution- no purgatory, and you must make your choice now, here on earth!!The choice to live in righteousness is one that MUST be exemplified in your lifestyle.

The journey of eternity does not end here on earth; it is a time without end, eternal life is for believers, while eternal damnation is for unbelievers, that is why Jesus said I ask you choose LIFE…

Today choose life!!!!! Do not miss the beauty of eternity.
Jesus has gone ahead to prepare a place- remember – I n my father’s House there a many mansions, that where I am there you will be also!!!!

He said if this were not so…he would not tell us it was!!He doesn’t lie.
KEEP THAT DESTINATION IN VIEW….HEAVEN. Eternity is our final destination in Jesus name.

The ticket you need is:
a. Faith in the name of Jesus.
b. Righteousness in the name of Jesus and
c. Grace in the name of Jesus

1 John 3:5-10 says:

5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.
6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.
7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.

Jesus died for our sins, to give us the gift of eternal life.

John1: 12 says:
But to all who did receive Him, He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name,

It is to him that believeth, that He gave the power to be called the sons of God. Can you be called a son of God?

Have you given your life to Jesus?

Are you prepared for the trumpet?

Are you ready?

Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

Act 4: 12
There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.”

It is only in the name of Jesus you can be saved!!He alone saves. No man can save.

Leviticus 17:11
for the life of the body is in its blood. I have given you the blood on the altar to purify you, making you right with the LORD. It is the blood, given in exchange for a life, that makes purification possible.

The power of the shedding of the blood He shed on the cross for us. In the Old Testament, we see a culture of killing animals and their blood used to wash away the sins of the sinner, today His coming and dying on the cross took away the need to constantly kill rams, lamps in the aim of washing away our sins. He died to give us eternal life.

The distractions of the world- our dreams, our passion to make it, sometimes drowns out what should be our lives’ purpose- returning back to our Savior…today, make a conscious decision to restore your relationship with God, to get to that DESTINATION-HEAVEN.

Prayer Points:
Father draw me close to you.
Father, I have started well, help me to finish strong.
Father, whatsoever that will want to take salvation away from me, Lord take such things away from me: I will not lose my salvation.

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Principles of Christian Marriage: MARRIAGE VOWS PT3

Pastor Gbenga Ogunnaike

 
Prayer Points
Father in this eighth month, let me be a partaker of the blessings of this eighth month.
Holy Spirit do that which only you can do in my life, bring to pass Your will for my life.
Every vow that I have made that I have not been able to pay, forgive me Father, have mercy on me and give me the grace to restitute.

 

PRINCIPLES OF CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE: MARRIAGE VOWS

Text: Deuteronomy 23:21-23

21“When you make a vow to the LORD your God, you shall not delay to pay it, for it would be sin in you, and the LORD your God will surely require it of you.
22“However, if you refrain from vowing, it would not be sin in you.
23“You shall be careful to perform what goes out from your lips, just as you have voluntarily vowed to the LORD your God, what you have promised.
When we make a vow unto God; ensure you fulfill it….because He will require it ohhh! The exact wordings of a wedding vow differ,depending on individual tastes or the discretion of the parties….did a little research online to get some samples and so we can understand the gravity of what a couple decide to go into ‘blindly’ with just “love” pushing them!!
Sample a:
In the name of Jesus, I ___ take you, ___, to be my (husband/wife), to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, for as long as we both shall live. This is my solemn vow.
Sample b:
I take you ___, to be my (husband/wife), loving you now and as you grow and develop into all that God intends. I will love you when we are together and when we are apart; when our lives are at peace and when they are in turmoil; when I am proud of you and when I am disappointed in you; in times of rest and in times of work. I will honor your goals and dreams and help you to fulfill them. From the depth of my being, I will seek to be open and honest with you. I say these things believing that God is in the midst of them all.
From both above samples, it is clear that the marriage ceremony is made binding by the marriage vow said (by BOTH PARTIES-MAN AND WOMAN) before the altar of God and the congregation.
DEFINITION:
A vow is a solemn pledge or promise to do something..or to behave in a certain manner.
Some have said that the marriage vow is not biblical and as such is of no consequence… Some have modified it, some have said that Jesus Christ warned us not to swear.
Matthew 5:33-37
Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but fulfill to the Lord the vows you have made.’
But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne;
or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King.
And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black.
All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No'; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.

While Numbers 30:2 says:
When a man makes a vow to the LORD or takes an oath to obligate himself by a pledge, he must not break his word but must do everything he said.
Many people do not understand the implications of the wordings of the marriage vow, some have misused the wedding vows, to suit their selfish desires…Some are getting married because their friends are getting married and so rush,some are getting married to meet a target they set…
A marriage is a union of two individuals from different backgrounds, life experiences and as such those principles that probably worked for our parents or elder ones can never work for every one… there is no general rule to every marriage. Some have blindly and even sturbbornly held on to the practices of their parents, clung to their parents, siblings to the detriment of their own unions. While some have from the first day of their getting married decided that they always have the option of opting out of the marriage if they feel the slightest form of discomfort….ehhn na I have to be happy…..Happiness has been used as another meaning for greed and selfishness.
Matthew 12:34
O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks- When a person has decided in his mind that despite what may be happening in my marriage,it MUST work…therefore what he has made up his mind about will manifest in the physical-the marriage.
When making your marriage vows make sure that you understand the implications of making such a vow…if you do not understand please do not make it at all.
a. Any vow you make before God is established and binding:
But before this can be so certain things have to be in place.
i. Parental consent:
WHO GIVES THIS LADY? Before the ceremony proper, when minister asks who gives the woman….This question is not asked as part of the marriage feast carnival (as part of our Naija style most people prefer to wait at the reception venue…….abi wait for the RSVP-rice and stew very plenty, why bother with the whole magana of church ohh jare………).
The question is one that raises one very important question: have the parents of the bride to be given their consent? Not conditional consent, or consent given so the child will not bring shame to the family name ohhhh!!!
When a man has decided he wants to marry a lady, after a period of courtship, in Nigerian tradition, he and his family-not his pals ohhhh- MUST go and ask for the bride’s hand in marriage…..The family of the girl must know whom their daughter is getting married to!!!!! It is not NORMAL OR RIGHT to impregnate a woman you have not asked, sought and gotten the consent of her parents!!!!You are stealing….ji gbe omo olomo, nwa guy e lube kwa nwanyi ohhhhhh..ga kwuo ugwo isi that babe!!!mbok….(sorry that is as far as I can go)
Numbers 30:3-5
3 If a woman also vow a vow unto the LORD, and bind herself by a bond, being in her father’s house in her youth;
4 And her father hear her vow, and her bond wherewith she hath bound her soul, and her father shall hold his peace at her; then all her vows shall stand, and every bond wherewith she hath bound her soul shall stand.
5 But if her father disallow her in the day that he heareth; not any of her vows, or of her bonds wherewith she hath bound her soul, shall stand: and the LORD shall forgive her, because her father disallowed her.

While single, the father of the lady, has authority over her, and once she gets married (to a man who sought and got the consent of her father for her hand, to marry her) her husband has authority over her: and so following from the text above a father can break any marriage his daughter goes into without his consent. The parents of the lady MUST give their consent, it is biblical and the father has the authority to cancel such a union.
ii. The vow itself-(whether it is read or the parties read it) must be affirmed by the parties.
The man will read the vow first, affirming the vow- assenting to it. The practice in orthodox churches is that both parties READ the VOW THEMSELVES….where you would be expected to have attended the marriage classes where you studied those vows, understand them and their implications…bearing in mind that there is no high way out if you get dissatisfied.

While in Pentecostal churches, the officiating pastor may read and the parties assent- saying I DO. Or some may read, the important prerequisite is that BOTH PARTIES ASSENT their understanding and acceptance of the vows they are taking… that it is not for richer for stay, for tired of him/her for leave!!!!
iii. There must be a token/ symbol to represent the commitment to each other:
In Africa, we give the wife’s family a dowry. This represents a gift to the bride’s family from the bridegroom’s own family(the man can not go unescorted ALONE to marry……).
While in Christendom, we use the bible or a ring-as a sign of commitment between the parties. In the Redeemed Christian Church, we use the Bible as our token, this symbolizes a token of commitment, binding the two as one.
The ring on the other hand is a symbol of wholeness or completeness, where the ring has neither beginning nor end…as the marriage between the parties should be- till death do them part.. The parties are both committing to an unending love, symbolizing fidelity, commitment.
iv. Prayers said by everyone(the congregation) who witnesses the joining-marriage vow:
All these people at the ceremony are asked to prayer; this is the ministers asking them as WITNESSES to pray for the new couple. They have witnessed this joining. And the minister will quote Matthew 19:5-6
What God has joined let no man put asunder.
v.The Minister will bless the couple .
The above 6 steps is what binds the couple…
Proverbs 23:23 says:
Buy truth, and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding.
Do not follow the trend, or scornful advice- the grass is always greener on the other side… but follow the scriptures.
Even in marriage, do not hold unto the grudges, grouses, preach the message of forgiveness towards each other.
Everyday bear it at the back of your mind that it is for better or worse, and you have no option or any plan B, but to keep the MARRIAGE VOWS we make before God so before you make the vow, think very well…
Keep your vows.

PRINCIPLES OF CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE PT 2

Sunday Service

Pastor Gbenga Ogunnaike

PRINCIPLES OF CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE: pt 2

DIVORCE                                        

Text:

Matthew 19:3-9

The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?

And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,

And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?

Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?

He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.

And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.

In every marriage challenges are normal, as are conflicts.. but how we handle these is what matter.

We have allowed the world to rule us as Christians.. and therefore have allowed what the world accepts as been normal to also rule us.

We are no longer under the law, as Jesus came and we therefore are under the dispensation of grace, and we must walk with the understanding that, as different individuals, joined we should walk in love and forgiveness, giving allowances for each other’s imperfections.

What God has joined together let no man put asunder- Matthew 19:6

Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

 

This above text states clearly that NO POWER, MAN should put asunder what GOD HAS JOINED TOGETHER.

What is divorce?

It is the legal dissolution of a marriage by the govt of a land. This has become so because of the wickedness of the heart of man and if these individuals are not separated they may even kill the other.

Gen 6:5-6

And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

The Bible gives the allowance for divorce based on a condition, which is sexual immorality….

The consequences of divorce affects the family, the children, the couple.

When a couple is grounded in the Word, then alone will such joining last. The bible supports the joining of believers alone, to help the institution of marriage last.

The law permits divorce, but the Love of Jesus preaches forgiveness.

The process of acquiring a divorce in the courts takes a period, it is not instant, the courts go through a process to see if the parties can be reconciled, before granting the couple the certificate of divorce.

Malachi 2:16 says:
“For the Lord God of Israel says
That He hates divorce,
For it covers one’s garment with violence,”
Says the Lord of hosts.
“Therefore take heed to your spirit,
That you do not deal treacherously.”

 

Lev 3: God hates adultery.

1 Corinthians 7:6-13

But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment.

For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that.

I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, it is good for them if they abide even as I.

But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.

10 And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband:

11 But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.

12 But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away.

13 And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him.

 

In reality, circumstances when divorce may be a better option: when one of the parties has left the faith and gone into cultism…. The parties may separate but remain single and keep praying for God to touch the heart of the other.

Marriage is an institution of give and take; it is not one of touch and go as we please. We give up to easily on our marriages, on our spouse.

Basic knowledge to prevent divorce:

  1. Marriage is worth the investment:

It is a good venture and is worth all the work you are putting to it.

  1. You need to work on your marriage for it to be worth the investment:

You need to work hard at your marriage, to reap the benefits.

  1. Choosing your marriage partner is the most important human decision you will ever make.

Do not choose anyhow.

Never choose on what you see today….

  1. Know that most fights you have as a couple are over things that do not matter.

Things that could be ignored. Marriage should never have a plan B.

  1. Know that most arguments can be resolved when both parties are more concerned with being in a relationship than being right.

When arguments turn into a feud, malice festers..by being right.

  1. Sex is essential to a marriage relationship 1 Cor7:9

The marriage bed should never be turned into a place of feuds, sexual depravity or depriving each other.

  1. Let courtship experience be practiced in your marriage.

Take time to treat each other, hold hands while you stroll out together ALONE.

Take one another out.

Have conversations, talk to each other about each other.

Leave your daily lives

  1. Know that your children are awesome, but they also stress your marriage:

It requires a lot of work to still look good after child birth.

Take care of yourself even within your tight schedules.

Do not stop your lives because of your marriage or your children.

Do not end your career for children or marriage.

Do not become frustrated, improve yourselves.

Prepare for your marriage during the time of your courtship, better a broken courtship than a broken marriage.

  1. Never go to bed angry:

Resolve every issue in your marriage before you go to bed, never build a mind filled with malice against each other. Do not look to be right.

  1. Make Jesus the center of your lives:

Let Jesus have the final say in your home, let the scriptures direct your home.

 

PRINCIPLES OF CHRISTIAN MARRIAGES PT 1

SUNDAY SERVICE

PASTOR GBENGA OGUNNAIKE

Father, every Christian marriage going through storms, Father intercede this morning.

Father, in the name of Jesus, reign in our homes forever.

PRINCIPLES OF CHRISTIAN MARRIAGES: Pt1

MARRIAGE                                        

Text: Genesis 2: 15-25

15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.

 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden,

 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone;  I will make him a helper fit for him.”

 19 Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature that was its name. 

20 

The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of     the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him.

 21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 

22 

And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man.

 23 Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”

24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 

25 

And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.

 

It is not good that the man be alone…out of the ground-dust He formed everything and brought to Adam…but Eve.. He caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and He covered with flesh, and brought to Adam who said..THIS AT LAST IS BONE OF MY BONE- not my sparring partner….

Marriage is God’s idea for fellowship, companionship- partnership ( a Help meet), procreation between A MAN and A WOMAN.

God realized that Adam was lonely as He saw that all the animals He had created were in pairs, and decided to make a partner out of Adam for Him

The foundation for any good marriage, is a relationship…many have decided to ignore the essence of having a good relationship and jumped straight into the semblance of what looks like marriage.

For marriage to be successful, you must have a relationship- a good one, because you both need to be a friend- a confidant, a companion, a partner to achieve your dreams.

Good relationship must come before sex.

God introduced Adam to Eve in Genesis 3, but there was no consummation-sex of their relationship till Genesis 4, he took time to know her, to understand her.

Definition of Marriage:

It is a formal union of a man and a woman as husband and wife. It is a union of 2 people which is seen as 1 in the sight of God.

Matthew 19:4-6 says:

And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’

 and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?

 So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”

 

He which made them;made them, man and woman and they twain shall be 1.. in the sight of God the couple become 1 and cease to be 2.

In taking the decision to marry, it is a decision that you need facts, research, and both parties need to take time to know more about each other. Traditionally, in most African homes, before any couple comes together, the families research each other; ask questions about each other’s background.

But today as modern people, we look at the surface, what we can gain from the other to get married…physical attributes, financial. God’s plan for marriage is that both people stay together till death do them part and therefore no one can put them asunder.

Know the person you are getting married to: when a person has decided to take the next step, you need to search, research, ask questions, ask more questions, find out, and pray harder. It is not a time to flaunt or flit about. Know the person very well, likes, dislikes…

Proverbs says that it is better to never make a vow than to have and fail on it.

A sample of marriage vows-

I,(Man)take (Woman), as my wedded partner, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part.

I,(Woman), take (Man),as my wedded partner, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part.

 

These marital vows are vows taken in the house of GOD, Before God……………………………………….  Friend and families….

To say” I am married”- Gen 2:24 says :

24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 

 

While Matthew 19:5-

And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?

.. the man has to LEAVE his father and mother- the old FOUNDATION and cleave to his wife- to build a new FOUNDATION.

The woman is not asked to leave her father as she does not have the authority to have or build the foundation. Neither does the Bible say the man should pack his load and meet his wife….

When a man builds his marriage on the old foundation- his parents, he creates cracks which eventually lead to a cave in of his marriage.

Some ladies are also not ready to leave their families, her parents, her mother…Sharing her marital issues with her mother, sisters…

You- woman are a partner to your husband, you are to be a covering to him, you must leave and cleave to Him.

Marriage is for matured minds, it has little to do with age, but more to do with maturity. Age is not a determinant of maturity or how mature a person is. A younger person may have a more mature outlook to life.

Maturity is a sum total of how a person speaks, thinks, behaves towards others.

When a man returns to his home to implement, the ‘advice of outsiders’-be they friends, parents, older siblings he is not mature.

When a woman turns her home into a battle field- she is not mature.

A lot of people- men and women prepare for the wedding day but never for the marriage.

A person who is not mature looks at the physical attributes: these attributes are ephemeral and will fade after child bearing, ageing, sickness…

Physical attributes will never tell you the type of person an individual is..

  1. It will never tell you the person’s temperament,
  2. if such a person is responsible,
  3. Is frugal.

Matthew 19:6

Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

Marriage is a life time contract, it is not one you where you have the option of pulling out, rescind, default and therefore leave.

Marriage is not a short cut out of poverty; it is not a get rich quick establishment. Have the right motives in getting married.

You must have a source of income before getting married, do not become a liability…do not become a chair potato wife. Be a help meet, a helper, not a nag mate, a spend thrift mate or babe mate wife..Ladies help your husband.

SEX IN MARRIAGE

1 Corinthians 7:1

Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.

Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.

Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.

The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife.

Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.

 

Sex is for marriage- for the couple- a married man and a married woman.

No party has the right to deny the other of sex.

Sex before marriage is fornication- a sin and is evil in the sight of God.

Sex with other person asides your marital partner is adultery and is evil.

Sex has destroyed many lives in the bible we see: David, Solomon, and Samson who all lost their way because of sex.

Sex is a mutual relation between HUSBAND AND WIFE….

Prayer Points

Lord help my marriage.

I and my spouse will live together and no strange woman or man will separate us.

We will live to fulfill our days and our destinies.

(As a single person)

Lord I will not marry another person’s partner- husband or wife.

Lord provide my source to make my marriage heaven on earth.

VICTORY THROUGH FAITH

Pastor Gbenga Ogunnaike

VICTORY THROUGH FAITH

Text: Mark 4:35-41

35 And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side.

36 And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships.

37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.

38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?

39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?     

41 And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?

 

Faith is not religion- while religion is a show or practice while Faith is a lifestyle.

To some faith, looks like fanaticism, acting illogically….

Faith is speaking to your reality that which is not physical.

THE TOOL OF FAITH

The tool of faith that as believers we ought to work with is surrendering all, and acting foolishly within the will of God.

David walked within the complete will of God when he challenged a man whom, even his elder brothers- men trained in warfare- were scared of..

The 3 Hebrew boys acted in the complete will of God when they refused to bow to the golden image, even while facing the threat of been thrown into a fiery furnace.

Daniel walked in the complete will of God, he had faith that God would come through for him.

Faith works with God’s own time table..the fact that a man professes to have faith is not an automatic ticket for whatever he claims to have faith about to materialize immediately…

Faith makes the difference.

When a man is too realistic, when he only act on what he can see, what can be explained by logic, mathematically, by science; faith cannot work for such an individual.

As believers we need to act in faith.

We need to act foolishly within the complete will of God

Prayer Points:

Father increase my faith.

ALL MEN ARE BLESSED

DIGGING DEEP

Pastor Gbenga Ogunnaike

BLESSINGS: ALL MEN ARE BLESSED

INTRODUCTION:                        

God created us- men to flourish in EVERY AREA of our lives: His promises are that we be like the tree planted by the side of the waters. Like the tree, He planted us close to our resources- blessings.

A man that is planted by God, is one planted close to His resources.

Definition of Blessings:

For the purpose of this Bible study, we will use these definitions:

  1. Being planted in the midst of your resources.
  2. A situation when you can access your resources at exactly the time of your need.

When you are planted in the midst of your resources and therefore do not need or have to beg, because like the tree in Psalm 1 you are planted inside of your source and this is akin with the Command given to man at creation in Genesis to “ GO YE AND BE FRUITFUL, MULTIPLY”.

TEXT:

Deuteronomy 28:1-13

1 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lordthy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:

And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God.

Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.

Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.

Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.

Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.

The Lord shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.

The Lord shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

The Lord shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy God, and walk in his ways.

10 And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the Lord; and they shall be afraid of thee.

11 And the Lord shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers to give thee.

12 The Lord shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.

13 And the Lord shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the Lord thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them

 

The above text lists the blessings God promises to anyone who will obey and keep His commands in full with no short cuts or modifications.

In life as individuals, we should always be able to say- I AM BLESSED…no matter what the prevailing circumstances around us are telling us.

No man created by God was created without a purpose: in the book of Jeremiah 1:5

I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb

we read the account where God told Jeremiah that BEFORE I CREATED YOU,I KNEW YOU. He made man to glorify His name. The fact that things are difficult today is not a determinant of what your tomorrow will be, you are created to manifest the blessings of God, these blessings He made available at creation.

You are blessed beyond those challenges you are facing.

In Deuteronomy 28:1-13 God promised us a lot of things, and these promises are the foundation of His blessings to us. We were not created paupers or to be in lack.

At creation we find out that He created EVERYTHING before man- then gave man dominion over all that had been created. So man had resources available at his creation, he did not have to scour or struggle, so also as believers and children of God we need not struggle, He has provided for us.

God created man to be a solution finder or provider.

The fact that a man is blessed the requirement that he must work is there. You can never fold your hand and profess you are blessed. You must work for that blessing to manifest- you must have a source that He will breathe upon and the blessings will come forth.

As Beings created in His image and likeness, you also can create: the propensity to create is instilled in every individual the ability to create- make, think up ideas, create solutions.. Every individual at birth is given same number of days…individual backgrounds may differ, individual choices may be affected by choices parents make, but after a certain time YOU alone can decide to use the lemons or grapes you are served to make either lemonade or wine….so make your choice right.

The blessings of God for every man at times elude some people- reason being that so many tend to be impatient, we look for short cuts, get rich quick schemes…as it looks to us that God seems to be dawdling….Remember the text of Habakkuk 2:3

‘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’

The vision is for an appointed time, even when it looks as if it may never occur, know that it will surely come… So if you have some vision or have an idea..it will not automatically come to being…even a baby needs days, weeks, months, years even to grow into a full grown individual……….Talk more of an idea that will evolve into some money making venture…it needs time(plus plenty of hard work) to grow and become that which you have dreamed of.

Know that because that dream has not materialized does not mean God has forgotten you. He has something in store for you. Because He created you in a unique way, you therefore need to apply the right principles to activate the blessings in store for you. He will never break His principles.

You have an advantage over everything He created, as you also can re- create…The mirror we use is made of sand- heated, put through a refining process……and today every home, individual has a mirror, whether as a looking one or as an accessory necessary to drive a car!

In Deuteronomy 28, he says He will bless ALL that you do, if you OBEY ALL He commands…so to access the blessings in store- we must obey His Word/commands, be patient- trusting Him to be faithful.

What deters us Christians from enjoying His blessings most times is disobedience, we chose and decide which laws, commands we will obey, we modify His word to suit our selfish purposes. We sing ‘Abraham’s blessings are mine’… but we refuse to be as obedient as Abraham was………to qualify for Abraham’s blessings get ready to be as obedient as he was…to the point of giving up all he had, was familiar with (he left his father’s land to a land where God promised to show him), going to sacrifice a child he had waited 30 years from the time of the promise to the time of said child’s birth …….

What has God called you to do? How have you modified obeying? When you are not patient to wait to hear from God, or disobey His will and His Word- you farm in another’s land..and you will never reap anything from it.

The blessings of God on an individual outlives the person.. So obedience to God should never be premised on what people around would say, how it would look… remember Noah and the building of the ark..people around probably called him mad or funny……

The first King of Israel- Saul lost his throne and sanity because of disobedience, we see this in 1 Samuel 15: 22.. Samuel took God’s response back to Saul that obedience is better than sacrifice, or fatted calves.

While Isaac enjoyed the blessings of God, he reaped a thousand fold from a land where there was famine….. God blessed his obedience.

Prayer Points

Father take me to my own land, I do not want to farm on another man’s land, I do not want to do another man’s business.

Lord let Your mercy speak for me today and let Your name be glorified

Prosper me ohh Lord, Help me to wait on You alone, let me not work in vain, let me shine in all I do.

Take me to the place You have prepared for me.

 

LAZY BELIEVERS CANNOT OPERATE BY FAITH

Sunday service
Pastor Gbenga Ogunnaike
Victory through Faith
Lazy believers cannot operate by faith
James 2:18-26:
18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?
26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

Yea, a man may say thou hast faith and I have works, show me thy faith
Faith without works is dead….
People who exhibited works in the bible, they did not just profess their faith and sit back waiting for God to complete it…. Remember Abraham and how he waited for Isaac for 25 years after the promise to manifest? Or Rahab- the harlot?
In order to operate in faith you need to take steps, (spiritual steps) you cannot be stationary and expect God to act on your behalf- or better still come down and make all the moves you ought to. Your faith must be mixed with some acts or works.
In Matthew 15:27-29 we find the account of the woman whose daughter was possessed with demons, whom the disciples sent away, but Jesus helped her when she had showed that she did indeed have faith. She was determined, she showed her faith by works…she didn’t sit at home and say since she had faith her daughter’s healing would be sure…
Matthew 15:25-28
25 Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!”
26 But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.”
27 And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.”
28 Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

Jesus said to her in verse 28 “great is thy faith woman” and from that day her daughter was made whole.
As believers we tend to deceive ourselves, that since we have faith we do not need to do anything in the form of works.
When you operate by faith, you are focused to your target, unwavering in your belief.
The account of the woman with the issue of blood for 28 years, found in Luke 8:43-48
43 And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any,
44 Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched.
45 And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?
46 And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.
47 And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately.
48 And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.
We read of a woman focused on getting her healing, she made up her mind, believing that just a touch of the hem of the garment of Jesus she would be made whole. She did not look at the prevailing situations- the press of the crowd who would be milling around Him also. Jesus felt power (virtue, anointing) leave Him….. And He said to her- ‘your faith has, made you whole.’
James 2:20
But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?
John 8:1- devil was called a liar and the father of all liars.
The tactics of the devil is to lie and many believers have given in to these lies.
The Lies of the devil about Faith:
i. You do not need to pray too much or aggressively as your faith is sufficient:
In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
16 Rejoice always,
17 pray without ceasing,
18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Prayers can never be too much. Prayers are like seeds and they grow and germinate at different times, working for us at different seasons. Prayers are not discretionary.
1 Chronicles 4:9
Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother named him Jabez saying, “Because I bore him with pain.”
10Now Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that You would bless me indeed and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from harm that it may not pain me!” And God granted him what he requested.…
We read the story of Jabez…he prayed through, having acknowledged that God was his source, he operated by faith, he prayed till something happened- God changed his name for good.
1 Thessalonians- pray without season and ceasing.
The story of Hannah in 1 Samuel 1:
1 Now there was a certain man of Ramathaimzophim, of mount Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephrathite:
2 And he had two wives; the name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah: and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.
3 And this man went up out of his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice unto the LORD of hosts in Shiloh. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of the LORD, were there.
4 And when the time was that Elkanah offered, he gave to Peninnah his wife, and to all her sons and her daughters, portions:
5 But unto Hannah he gave a worthy portion; for he loved Hannah: but the LORD had shut up her womb.
6 And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the LORD had shut up her womb.
7 And as he did so year by year, when she went up to the house of the LORD, so she provoked her; therefore she wept, and did not eat.
8 Then said Elkanah her husband to her, Hannah, why weepest thou? and why eatest thou not? and why is thy heart grieved? am not I better to thee than ten sons?
9 So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a post of the temple of the LORD.
10 And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore.
11 And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.
12 And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli marked her mouth.
13 Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken.
14 And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee.
15 And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the LORD.
16 Count not thine handmaid for a daughter of Belial: for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken hitherto.
17 Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him.
18 And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad.
19 And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the LORD, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah: and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the LORDremembered her.
20 Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the LORD.
21 And the man Elkanah, and all his house, went up to offer unto the LORD the yearly sacrifice, and his vow.
22 But Hannah went not up; for she said unto her husband, I will not go up until the child be weaned, and then I will bring him, that he may appear before the LORD, and there abide for ever.
23 And Elkanah her husband said unto her, Do what seemeth thee good; tarry until thou have weaned him; only the LORD establish his word. So the woman abode, and gave her son suck until she weaned him.
24 And when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, with three bullocks, and one ephah of flour, and a bottle of wine, and brought him unto the house of the LORD in Shiloh: and the child was young.
25 And they slew a bullock, and brought the child to Eli.
26 And she said, Oh my lord, as thy soul liveth, my lord, I am the woman that stood by thee here, praying unto the LORD.
27 For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of him:
28 Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the LORD. And he worshipped the LORD there.

The woman and the unjust judge..she kept disturbing the judge till he answered her. Luke 18:1-8.
The Parable of the Unjust Judge
18 And he told them a parable to show that they must always pray and not be discouraged,
2 saying, “There was a certain judge in a certain town who did not fear God and did not respect people.
3 And there was a widow in that town, and she kept coming to him, saying, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary!’
4 And he was not willing for a time, but after these things he said to himself, ‘Even if I do not fear God or respect people,
5 yet because this widow is causing trouble for me, I will grant her justice, so that she does not wear me down in the end by her[a] coming back!’”
6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unrighteous judge is saying!
7 And will not God surely see to it that justice is done[b] to his chosen ones who cry out to him day and night, and will he delay toward them?
8 I tell you that he will see to it that justice is done[c] for them soon! Nevertheless, when[d] the Son of Man comes, then will he find faith on earth?”

ii. You do not need to add fasting to your prayers:
By fasting, you deprive yourself of food, pleasures added with prayers and you will break through. Do not be religious as you can never operate by faith. Even unbelievers acknowledge the power of fasting…the recognize it and use it..
Fasting is very powerful, it opens the eyes of your spirit man. Jesus says this in Matthew 17:20-21 about fasting.

20 So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief;[a] for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.
21 However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”[b]
Faith as a grain of the mustard seed…especially v 21:
However, this kind does not go out by PRAYERS AND FASTING…….
He acknowledges that some circumstances, with faith will go, some will go with a combination of faith and prayers, then some will only go by faith, prayers and the FASTING. And this is the author and finisher of our faith talking…..
Fasting is biblical, it is not an injunction from the pastors or men of God…There is POWER in fasting.

iii. You do not need any servant of God, you can do it alone:

The world tends to deceive people by telling you that there are fake men of God, yes this is true but there are also genuine men of God.. and you need to join your faith with theirs to achieve, to break through.
God uses men to speak and help, sometimes a man’s help will come only through a certain person…The woman who was childless and Elisha prayed for her.
Faith works with other enablements: prayers, fasting, using men of God
In 1 Samuel 9:6, we read of the account of Saul while searching for his father’s donkeys.
Namaan- got his healing through the little maid in his household

iv. You do not need to go to church, or attend church programmes.

You cannot compare physical attendance to special viewing- watching T.V etc.
These are the lies of the devil.
Mark 2:1-5- the sick man who was brought to Jesus.
Many deceive themselves, with their erroneous beliefs, propaganda, thoughts…All in all LAZY.

v. You do not have a any part to play, God will do it :

God can never appear to man, some mighty epiphany of God- remember the still small voice in 1 Kings19:11-13 He came in, while Elijah expected He would be awesome in His appearance. Those operating in faith, listen to God, they are sensitive in their spirit, they have a close relationship with God, such that they hear Him, they listen and obey His instructions. God will give an instruction, then you will play your part, by obeying and then alone will your breakthrough come.
vi. You do not need to accept any information or instructions.

People are given instructions, and refuse to obey or take the instructions….even Jesus whilst the devil tempted Him, rebuked him, when the devil said He should jump from the pinnacle- when we do not obey simple instructions from God we act in pride.
Faith is not pride, it is not tempting God Jesus rebuked the devil that he should not tempt God. Acting foolishly, taking unwise risks with your life, claiming to have faith is not faith.

Prayer points:
Father increase my faith.
Give me evidence of my faith.

VICTORY THROUGH FAITH: FEAR NOT

Sunday Service

Pastor Gbenga Ogunnaike

Decree to yourself: This year this season, my path will shine brighter

Victory Through Faith : Fear Not

Matthew 14:22-27

22 And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away.

23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.

24 But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.

25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.

26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.

27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.

 

2 Timothy 1:7:

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

I John4: 18:

18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

 

In the bible there are 365 places we find, God telling us to FEAR NOT, one for each day. Every human being at one time or the other encounters fear of one form or the other.

You cannot be victorious in life, unless you have victory over fear. Fear has limited people such that it has stagnated them to such a point that they can neither go forward nor retrace their steps.

Fear defined for the purpose of this message to mean lies of the enemy magnified.

Challenges are common to man. It does not define a man rather, his reaction defines him.

Esther was victorious because she did not allow fear to hold her down. Her background would have been her greatest challenge, her uncle (as an orphan) guided her, told her what to do.She did not start asking questions, looking for loop holes…she obeyed and was therefore victorious.

The story of the 3 Hebrew boys was another story of a fearless lot, they said to the king that if God would not save them, they still would not bow.

Fear makes a lot of us compromise just to avoid problems, the 3 Hebrew boys were not afraid, they conquered fear by faith in God.

To get to where you need to be, you need to conquer your fear. You may fail in an assignment, but you are not a failure. Do not be afraid of that assignment, or test…Do not look at the current trials, it may be God pushing you out of your comfort zone to where you a=should be.

Do not be jealous of the unbelievers who seem to be victorious.

Make an attempt, even when it seems the odds are all against you. When you are afraid you fail even before attempting.

When the devil sells the lies of fear, refuse to buy every negative word not documented in the Bible concerning you, refuse to believe the lies of the enemy concerning your life.

The way God speaks to your life, so also does the enemy speak

Exodus 14:10-13-

10 And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the Lord.

11 And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt?

12 Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.

13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of theLord, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.

The story of the Israelites at the crossing of the Red sea. The comments they made, were such that were so contrary in the light of all He had already shown them and done for them.

As a believer, those comments we make about ourselves, despite all He has already done negate His word, His promises to us… When we are faced with challenges, we should be telling the challenge Whom our God is.

The Lord has not given us the spirit of fear, He has given us the spirit of POWER- DUNAMIS…the power to excel, to prosper.

Fear will make one to make the wrong decisions, whether in your career, martially, financially..The consequences of decisions made in fear, will never make such a person fulfilled. Such decisions made in fear are made with the wrong motives.

Fear will make a person to tell lies: remember Abraham and his lie that Sarah was his sister, to Abimelech..

Fear kills ambition; it makes a man think and talk like a failure.

In Genesis 3:10, God visited Adam, after Adam had disobeyed God…Fear will make you think and talk the way you should not. Adam, whom God had dined and conversed with, talking in fear…Fear reduces your productivity.

Fear cages destiny(ies), and makes many unfulfilled. It brings torment, discouragement, it brings envy, and fear is evil. Whenever you feel afraid, refuse it and say no.

I Samuel – the story of Goliath…His aura emboldened him to such a level that even the king was afraid of him. As such men trained in the ways of war fare were afraid, but little David came and challenged, confronted and was victorious over Goliath.

The only solution to fear is FAITH, it- faith is God’s report against the lies of the devil.

John 19:38:

 

38 And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus.

Some of Jesus’ disciples were afraid to come out and declare themselves as such: Joseph of Arimathaea who collected Jesus’ body SECRETLY……

Reject fear today.

The only good fear is the FEAR OF GOD.

Prayer Points

Lord give me power over fear..

Every fear limiting me, Lord take it away in Jesus name.

I receive grace to overcome fear.