Digging deep

THE 10 COMMANDMENTS

Brother Micheal

 

Text: Exodus 20:1-11

20 And God spake all these words, saying,

I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:

10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:

11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which theLord thy God giveth thee.

13 Thou shalt not kill.

14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.

15 Thou shalt not steal.

16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.

What are commandments?

We have paraphrased the commandments so we understand it…none of that do thou…..These were God’s commands as a code to guide the Israelites.

  • The first command in verses 2-6 says : You shall have no other gods before Me.

                                                                                 You shall not make idols.

 This is stated very clearly- NO other god…..what have I turned into a god, what has taken the place of the Most High in my life? Money, finances, the opposite sex, material pursuits, lust for position and or power?

Nor shall you be involved in idol worship of any form..A god that need to be carried around, fought for, fed…..

 

  • Verse 7: You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.

This is one we almost always fall victims to…our speech, how we have placed God on the same pedestal we place ourselves or people we ’admire’. We have taken His holy name in vain in our utterances- songs, banter with our friends…..

 

  • Verse 8-11: Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
  • Verse 12: Honor your father and your mother.

Honor thy father and thy mother, this is the only commandment with a reward. Honor them that your days be long.

  • Verse 13: You shall not murder.

Thou shall not kill. What will make a person kill another? Is there really any justification for murder/ killing another person? Luke 6: 27-38

  • Verse 14: You shall not commit adultery.

Thou shall not commit adultery, even in your thoughts….

  • Verse 15: You shall not steal.

Thou shall not steal. There is a relativity between covetousness and the sin of adultery, stealing. A lack of self control in an individual, greed creates an enabling environment for adultery, stealing. If a person doesn’t have a covetous nature, he wouldn’t engage in the acts described in vs. 14 and 15.

Matthew 5: 21-32

 21 Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:

22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;

24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

25 Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.

26 Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.

27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:

28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

31 It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:

32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.

  • Verse 16: You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Thou shall not tell lies against your neighbor, claiming to have witnessed what you never saw or heard. Telling lies is a character of a false witness.

  • Verse 17: You shall not covert your neighbor’s things.

Thou shall not covet they neighbor’s goods.

In parting Galatians 5:16 tells us:

16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

DIVINE FAVOR

 

Sunday service

Pastor Gbenga Ogunnaike

Declare to yourself:  I am the Best.

Genesis 39:1-6:

 Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. Potiphar, an Egyptian who was one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him there.

The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did, Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned. From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the Lord blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of theLord was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field. So Potiphar left everything he had in Joseph’s care; with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate.

Divine Favor:

Divine means God, it is supernatural.

Favor is not natural, it is supernatural… a person enjoying something he does not merit. Favor is not normal.. it is divine. And this was what happened to Joseph, a young man sold into slavery but was put as the head of his master’s household. Joseph was favored by God, and everywhere he went, God favored him. Favor separates a man, making the most unlikely person, the most unqualified qualified.

You cannot contend with a person whom God has favored…..The story of Joseph is an example of a foreign boy, sold as a slave- he was first made head of the home of his master, in prison he was put in charge of all his fellow prisoners; in charge of the inmates…

When a man is favored even when people grumble about such a person, because of the gift of favor on his life, they can still do nothing.

Favor is divine..and God is the only one who bestows favor on anyone. When He Puts this favor on a person, people can do nothing to or about such a person.

God made the heavens and the earth, and the celestial controls what happens in the terrestrial..So whatever God has pronounced concerning a person eg: favor controls such a person’s physical relationship with other human beings!!!

The battle is not to the strong, nor the race to the swift, but time and chance happens to them all, this chance is favor.

What is Favor?

  1. Favor is the excessive kindness, unfair partiality; it doesn’t count if such a person isn’t qualified. God’s choice to favor a person is not determined by any quality.

Unfair partiality is also called preferential treatment. What other people are cautioned for, such a favored person is excused for.

Unmerited favor sometimes scares the beneficiaries…but it was not recorded anywhere that the favor bestowed on Joseph made him scared ever…when you find out you may have been favored, never be afraid; go with God, carry God with you in your daily activities.

Favor is the God factor in the life of an individual…everywhere Joseph went it was said that they saw this God factor. Favor distinguishes a person from his peers, elevates him above his peers.

  1. It is God making His will known to an individual and ensuring that this His will comes to pass.

When God decides to favor a person, the enemies may want to limit or divert His purpose..but He makes sure that the favor must be manifested.

  1. Favor is God putting a person in a place of envy and jealousy.

When a person is blessed, people must be jealous of such a person, as a nonentity is never regarded.

  1. Favor is God commanding men and women to show kindness to a person.

We human beings are innately self-centered.

  1. Favor is God making a person, a blessing distributor.

The favored do not get what they alone will use; rather they get what they will also give to others. Favor gives gifts that one person alone cannot finish, they are channels of blessings. Joseph was so favored that, even in the midst of a famine he replaced the money his brothers paid for the food they bought, back into their bags.

One favored person can change a generation’s story. Joseph brought his whole generation out of famine and lack to a land of milk and honey.

  1. Favor can be likened to a man and his shadow:

Joseph in Potiphar’s household caused his master to be blessed, in the prison Joseph remained favored and  blessed, and even in the palace was blessed. You cannot separate a favored person from the blessing on his life, no matter where he finds himself! And so like a man’s shadow cannot be separated from him, wherever he goes his favor follows him..God began to multiply Potiphar because of the presence of a favored Joseph in his household.

When the enemy sees the mark of favor on a person, he seeks to destroy this gift of favor. What saved Joseph even in the midst of the mirage of problems he faced (not minding the mark of favor on him) was the fact that he remained righteous, in spite of the temptations from Potiphar’s wife to commit adultery/ fornication , he remained righteous and fled from sin.

To be or to remain favored, flee from sin and all forms of unrighteousness.

Prayer Points

Father put the mark of favor on me.

Lord help me to flee from that which will take your favor away from my life.

 

Vision PT, 4

Pastor Gbenga Ogunnike

HOW CAN I RUN WITH MY VISION?

Text: Habakkuk 2:1-3

I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.

And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.

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.

 

To achieve your vision:

  1. Write your vision down: document it.

When you write down your vision- like a budget- it keeps you on track: it gives you an edge, it helps you re-access your success, or failures and allows you make necessary corrections. Writing it down keeps your vision fresh in your mind; it helps you know exactly what you planned to do, like an architect’s model. A vision written down is a target.

  1. Act on your vision daily:

Do something daily to contribute to your vision, Proverbs 22:29

If you are diligent to your vision, you will achieve it- diligence is required to achieve a vision, as is sacrifice and dedication.

  1. Psalm 37:5- Pray about your vision daily:

Talk to God daily about your vision, commit it to Him daily. Whilst praying also act on the vision. While prayer makes the unseen force of favor work for you, you also need to do the necessary work to achieve it.

  1. Be determined not to be discouraged:

Determination to do good things is not always as thorough as that used in doing evil. Do not be moved by whatever challenges that you may face, they refine you and not kill you- making you into that person you should become. Challenges/ failure are opportunities given to a person to act better. Failure in a venture, business, and examination is not a definition of a person, rather it is an event and your reaction to it determines its final outcome.

Determination is the force that you use in showing your challenges whom you are.

The 3 Hebrew boys were determined to obey only God.

  1. Associate with people of like achievements, as you aim:

People who have achieved what you dream to achieve, people who have been where you seek to go- a mentor. Learn from a person who has mastered and achieved. Never be to proud to humble yourself to learn.

Avoid dream and vision killers; Also do not kill your dreams yourself!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VISION PT.3

Pastor Gbenga Ogunnaike

Digging Deep

Benefits of Having a Clear Vision.

Text: Proverbs 29:18

Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

Habakkuk 2:1-3

I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.

And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.

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.

 

People with vision have patience…Are you patient while waiting?

Benefits:

  1. Direction:

When a man has vision, it acts as a compass for his life- a source of direction…Such a man does not walk aimlessly about. He has a certain road map, laid out to direct him in his affairs. Habakkuk: 2:1-3:

I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.

And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.

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.

 

  1. Success is sure:

When a man has a vision for his life, he is motivated to keep at his vision till the end.

  1. You will sit with Kings and not mere men:

When a person has vision, he is committed to seeing the end of his vision; he does not look for short cuts to success.

  1. When a man has a vision and works at fulfilling that vision, is committed to his vision and does not give up on his vision, he is respected and God will honor such a person.
  2. Such a person will have the joy of satisfaction of having fulfilled his dreams. This type of satisfaction cannot be bought with money.
  3. Such a person becomes a mentor to others around, as people begin to look up to him- knowing that this is a person who does not give up on his dreams, and therefore want to be like him.

When a person lacks vision, he acts clueless, never knowing what to do, when to act, or when to even talk! But a man who has a vision, such a person becomes an enviable person, whether among his peers, his society. As individuals, we need to set the right vision for ourselves and our children.

The difference between a man doing well and one who is struggling is VISION. Vision makes the difference in everything you do.

Vision gives you an edge over others.

  1. Life becomes very interesting when a man has vision, as he has something to look forward to everyday. Such a person is never bored. Keep yourself busy always, be a blessing to people around you. Never be idle.
  2. When a person has a vision the hours of the day begin to seem too small to achieve the things planned for the day.

Note that a Christian with a vision is a prayerful Christian.

VISION Pt 2.

Pastor Gbenga Ogunnaike

Digging Deep

DANGERS OF LACK OF VISION
a. Such a person will perish
i. Such a person will live his life helping other people achieve their own dreams
ii. Such a man talks down on themselves.
iii. Such a person lacks passion for what he does.
iv. Such a person only looks at the negative circumstances around him and never at the positive or good things.
v. Such people are constantly impatient where ever they find themselves and in whatever they do- whether in their jobs, business, vocation and are always in search of some get rich quick scheme.
vi. Such people give up on themselves and on others(even on God) easily.
vii. Such people see suicide as an option.
viii. Such people never see opportunities, even when they are presented with such opportunities.
ix. Such people never make good use of information available to them, they never make any attempts or take risks.
x. They speak ill of themselves.
xi. They constant make excuses for their procrastination and lack of drive.
xii. They live a life filled with regrets.

Vision Pt. 1

Pastor Gbenga Ogunnaike
Text:
Digging Deep

Definition:
Vision is given different definitions, examples include:
vision
ˈvɪʒ(ə)n/
noun
1. 1.
The faculty or state of being able to see.
synonyms: eyesight, sight, power of sight, faculty of sight, ability to see, power of seeing
, powers of observation, observation, perception, visual perception
2. 2.
The ability to think about or plan the future with imagination or wisdom.
synonyms:imagination, creativity, creative power, inventiveness, innovation,inspiration, intuition, perceptiveness, perception, breadth of view,foresight, insight, farsightedness, prescience, discernment,awareness, penetration, shrewdness, sharpness, cleverness
Verb: rare

Vision can also be said to be direction, knowing how to go about one’s life, business, relationship…A person without a vision lives from day to day, he makes the motions of living a directionless life.
Such a person joins the crowd, follows people without any conviction….
Such a person fails at everything he does because, there is no passion for whatever venture he is going into.
Such a person does not pray as he does not understand the efficacy of prayer….
Such a person gives up easily….
Do you have a vision for your life?
Wisdom is the ability to discern inner qualities and relationships; hence, obtaining true knowledge, understanding, and sound judgment.
Paul says: “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (Eph. 5:15-17).
So to have vision, you need to walk in the will of God, vision as a Christian does not come from your wisdom, rather it comes from a deeper understanding of the will and word of God( having surrendered your life to Him).
Does your vision walk according to His word and His thoughts for you? Remember that “Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.” As seen in Proverbs 4:7.
Get the wisdom of God…Get the vision of God…Do not walk in your human’s understanding.

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.