A MASTER KEY TO OVERCOME TROUBLES

Pastor Harrison

Text: Proverbs 18:21

Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit. 

Be careful what you profess over yourself and over your life that it does not come back to haunt you.

A MASTER KEY TO OVERCOME TROUBLES

Proverbs 11:8

The righteous is delivered from trouble, And it comes to the wicked instead.

Proverbs 12:13

A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.

What is Problem?

Is a source of difficulty, or an even t that causes distress or pain..or something that causes discomfort or troubles

Sources of Trouble?

Job 5:7

Yet man is born unto trouble

  • The day of a man’s birth can bring problem

Icabod- 1 Samuel 4:21:

And she named the child Ichabod, saying, “The glory has departed from Israel!” because the ark of God had been captured and because of her father-in-law and her husband.

A pronouncement made at the time of the birth

Jabez- because I bore him in trouble..

Psalm 9:13

13 Have mercy on me, O Lord!
Consider my trouble from those who hate me,
You who lift me up from the gates of death,

  • Hatred can be a source of trouble.

Esther 3:2-5 the example of Haaman and Mordecai

  • Prophesy: 2 Timothy 3:1

In the last days perilous times shall come.

1 Kings 17:1

  • Our mouth Proverbs 6:2, how do you use your mouth? What do you speak to yourself or about yourself?

What is the master key we can use to tap into our victory? It is thanksgiving

People who have used the weapon of THANKSGIVING

2nd Chronicles 20:1- end The story of Jehoshaphat

Jesus used the weapon of thanksgiving to do the extraordinary. Matthew 14- the story of the feeding of the 5000

Matthew 8:1-3

The story of the lepers..And the man who came back to give thanks.

Mark 5:1-15 the demon possessed man

A Demon-Possessed Man Healed

Then they came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gadarenes.[a]

 And when He had come out of the boat, immediately there met Him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,

 who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no one could bind him,[b] not even with chains,

 because he had often been bound with shackles and chains. And the chains had been pulled apart by him, and the shackles broken in pieces; neither could anyone tame him.

 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains and in the tombs, crying out and cutting himself with stones.

When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped Him.

 And he cried out with a loud voice and said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God that You do not torment me.”

For He said to him, “Come out of the man, unclean spirit!”

 Then He asked him, “What is your name?”

And he answered, saying, “My name is Legion; for we are many.”

 10 Also he begged Him earnestly that He would not send them out of the country.

11 Now a large herd of swine was feeding there near the mountains.

 12 So all the demons begged Him, saying, “Send us to the swine, that we may enter them.” 

13 And at once Jesus[c] gave them permission. Then the unclean spirits went out and entered the swine (there were about two thousand); and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and drowned in the sea.

14 So those who fed the swine fled, and they told it in the city and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that had happened.

 15 Then they came to Jesus, and saw the one who had been demon-possessed and had the legion, sitting and clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid.

EFFECTS OF THANKSGIVING

  1. 2 Chronicles 20:25

It gives God the ability to convert the wealth of the Gentiles to become that of the children of God.

  1. It gives us the privilege to have abundance the 12 left over baskets
  2. It gives freedom from the power of darkness: the mad man was made whole.
  3. Acts 16:25-30- the praises and worship of Paul and Silas in the prison. Their praises made God to arise, He shook the foundations of the prison house which was an earthquake, broke the chains that held them bound also.

John3:30

He must increase, but I must decrease

To  have Christ in you is the greatest victory..

Prayer point:

Father in the name of Jesus, let Your praises never cease in my mouth..Lord help me.

MY HELPER IS HERE

Sunday Service

Pastor Williams

Every spirit of condemnation that wants to hinder my worshiping God, be destroyed in the name of Jesus.

Text: John 14:10-17

10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.

 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves.

 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 

13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit                                                                                                         

15 “If you love me, keep my commands.

 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 

17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[a] in you.

 

Who is this helper?

He is the Holy Spirit;

  • The Holy Spirit is the third person in the Trinity.
  • He is our dependable Helper.
  • He is our sanctifier.
  • He teaches us how to pray
  • Helps us to pray aright
  • He dwells in and goes with a man everywhere.

1 John 4:4 Greater is He that is in you than that which is in the world…the Holy Spirit in you is greater than any man who is helping you. He is a sure help in the day of trouble..He doesn’t give excuses or even reasons why He cannot help you.

Simeon waited for the consolation of Israel; at the birth of Jesus he said he has seen this consolation in his lifetime.

The woman with the issue of blood saw her Helper in Jesus and she received her healing after so many years of running helter skelter.

Blind Bartemeous got his healing when he acknowledged he had met his Helper.

He is our raboni: John 20:16

“Mary!” Jesus said. She turned to him and cried out, “Rabboni!” ( which is Hebrew for “Teacher”).

 “But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. Matthew 23:8

Raboni- TEACHER, Rabbi means teacher while Raboni is the teacher of Teachers…Jesus spent His time teaching even the teachers.

The Holy Spirit will teach you ALL THINGS… concerning every area of your life.

He is our Practical guide:

Go to the lost seed of Israel

He will direct your steps; He will order your plans. He will lead you through all you do, so long you invite Him in, so long you lay your plans before Him.

What is the evidence of the helper being in me?

Acts 2- the descent of the Holy Spirit on the disciples-

The first evidence is the gift of Speaking in tongues

Acts 19:6

When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues[a] and prophesied.

When you speak in tongues, you energize the Holy Spirit

Isaiah 28:11

11 Very well then, with foreign lips and strange tongues
    God will speak to this people,

How do I enable the manifestation of the Holy Spirit in my life:

  • Prayers, fasting, waiting patiently on Him.
  • When you carry the Holy Spirit, you will manifest all His features.

Do you have the Helper in you?

MAXIMIZING GOD GIVEN OPPORTUNITIES Pt. 3

19th October

Sunday service

Pastor Gbenga Ogunnaike

MAXIMIZING GOD GIVEN OPPORTUNITIES PT.3

Father do not let me come here in vain today.

Text: Mark 10: 46-52

Blind Bartimaeus Receives His Sight

46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. 

47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”                           

So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.”

 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.

51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.

The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”

52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.’

 

Many people were following Jesus, He was even on his way out…a blind man who had heard so much about this great teacher who went about doing good, healing, restoring lives….When he heard the bustling of people he probably asked what was going on, and was told that it was that Jesus- the great teacher who was passing by…Bartimeous cried out, he shouted, despite people trying to shut him up…he kept crying out- thou Son of David, HELP ME!!!!! And Jesus stopped, asked him what he wanted.

The irritating thing was people asked him to keep quiet, not to disturb, but the more they tried to shut him up the more he kept shouting……..A favorable time came in the life of Bartimeous to get his sight….if he had kept quiet- he would have remained blind forever. Have you allowed people around to keep you shut in a bad situation, have you allowed depression to tell you that there is no solution  to your problem?

A favorable time that can change the story of a person is opportunity!

How Can I maximize the opportunities?

  • Recognize the opportunities- Bartimeous recognized the chance to get his sight. Anything that looks close to what you desire, is an opportunity, take it…
  • Know what you want and take it when it comes…if not you will wait in vain.
  • You must take action: you cannot maximize opportunity by refusing to do what is needful or by sitting in a place saying I have faith in God… Opportunity most times requires little effort, but in other instances it requires more effort. Never listen to distractions….take action, act, never sit down and accept it as your fate. Bartimeous did not sit down in a place and wait for Jesus to come and meet him and heal him. He did not look at his limitations, so also do not look at your limitations; rather begin to work on those limitations to get better. Your background/history is not as important as your future…Do not allow your background stop you from maximizing your potentials or the opportunities before you.
  • Do not disqualify yourself from the opportunities available: never assume that you are not on the right path. Never assume; walk with facts.
  • You must be determined and focused: Bartimeous was determined not to allow this once in a lifetime opportunity to have his sight restored pass him by. He was determined…….Give all your energy to ensure that you benefit from God given opportunities…Put all your effort to achieve your dreams, to benefit from the opportunities before you.
  • You must be positive about yourself: then alone will you speak right things about yourself, your situation. Speak right things of yourself

Maximizing God Given Opportunities Pt 2

Sunday Service

Pastor Gbenga Ogunnaike

MAXIMIZING GOD GIVEN OPPORTUNITIES Pt.2

Text: Mark 10: 46-52

Blind Bartimaeus Receives His Sight

46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. 

47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”                           

So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.”

 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.

51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.

The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”

52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

Bartimeous was healed and ceased to be blind- his situation changed but people tend to hold on to his past.

From being known as a blind man, he maximized the opportunity to get back his sight and indeed got back his sight.

Declare to yourself: Lord, help me not to allow opportunities pass me by, in Jesus name.

Opportunities come in different ways, at times it may be subtle or sometimes in a aloud manner. Sometimes an opportunity may not come packaged in the way we expect it to look-big; extravagant and so people tend not to recognize it. This can be seen from the account of Naaman’s healing because he listened to his maid servant..had he refused or even shut her up…he would have remained a leper all his life, despite his wealth.

Any opportunity that is contrary to the Word of God is not god given, because god given opportunities never takes advantage of another’s ignorance.

How can we recognize God given Opportunities?

  • You must recognize it for what it is
  • Know what you want: So you will not wait in vain. Be tenacious; be exact about what you want.
  • Know what you want to do so you won’t accept what looks like an option or solution.

MAXIMIZING GOD GIVEN OPPORTUNITIES. Pt. 1

Sunday service

Pastor Gbenga Ogunnaike

This month I will praise God.

This month I will Praise God like never before.

This month I will testify.

This month I will sing a new song

This month I will laugh

It is my season to celebrate and rejoice.

Text: Mark 10: 46-52

Blind Bartimaeus Receives His Sight

46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”

So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.

51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.

The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”

52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

Bartimeous maximized the opportunity that was before him- the presence of Jesus who would heal him. That which the people who were sighted could not see, the blind man saw and used the opportunities; may we not be blind in the midst of opportunities.

What does it mean to have opportunities? Are you maximizing the opportunities presented to you daily?

Opportunity is a favorable time, situation of doing a thing.

Opportunities are not common, they happen occasionally. It happens or comes in different ways, most times it looks very small..Don’t despise the days of the small beginning.

Zechariah 60:22:

Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.”

Opportunities happen when you least expect it, even when you have lost hope. Many are looking for opportunities.

When preparation meets opportunity, people call it LUCK…..

Some people do not recognize opportunity…There are

  1. God given: which will add to you and not allow you take advantage of others and
  2. devil given opportunities: which will justify a person’s using and or taking advantage of a person

. While god given opportunities changes your situation…….Opportunities comes to us every time, but some do not even recognize it when it comes to them.

Anything that will add to you is an opportunity, whilst anything that will not add to you is cheap and of no value. Many are sleeping in the midst of opportunities, note that every good thing starts small, then begins to grow, remember to look beyond today, where you currently find yourself.

God doesn’t give money instead He gives you opportunities, to meet people.

Never look at the limitations to the opportunities He gives you.

Prayer Points:

Where I will go that I will hear the news that will change my destiny, let me go there this week.

I will make best use of all opportunities that come my way.

FAVOR

Pastor Gbenga Ogunnaike

Text: Romans 9: 9-16

For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sarah shall have a son.

10 And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac;

11 (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)

12 It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger.

13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.

14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.

15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.

16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy”

FAVOR

What can favor do in the life of a person?

  • Favor distinguishes a person.
  • It will make the elder serve the younger- Joseph and his older brothers.
  • Favor can do strange things which may seem unfair or partial to people around.

Bitterness/ envy occur when a person who is not favored looks at one who is favored; but to become favored of God, align yourself to that person who is favored. A person’s feelings of envy or bitterness towards one who is favored will not change whom God has decided to favor. Favor chose David to be king in place of his elder brothers. When God decided to favor a person, even if he is not present, they will search or wait for you to arrive before anything can be done. When Samuel got to Jesse’s house, and he was presented with the most ‘qualified’ of his sons, whom even Samuel felt would be the ideal choice for a king, God told him that these were not His choice that there was someone…they all waited for David to be summoned from the bush…he had not even been considered for the position……A person doesn’t need to be pleased or happy with God’s choice of whom to favor,such a person should just not contest it, because it is God’s at work.

WHAT CAN FAVOR DO?

  • Favor can bring connection and influence. Imagine the orphan girl, Esther who later became a Queen in a foreign land, she was also influential with the king’s decisions.
  • Favor can restore to a person his lost destiny: the Israelites at the time of their exodus from Egypt were told by God to borrow from the Egyptians, this they did and were given everything they requested for. Exodus 3:21
  • Favor brings restoration
  • Favor will make life meaningful: people will just begin to love you and do things for you…even people you do not know.
  • Favor will make you a voice in your generation: a lot of people come to this earth and are never reckoned with, while on the other hand people propound theories, invent things, establish their dreams…these people are people whom others respect their opinion. Favor will make a person’s opinion relevant to his family, amongst his peers.
  • You will have honor in the midst of your adversaries.

There will always be contentions about people who have been favored by God, but it takes only a humble person to accept favor as the will of God at work and to accept this His will.

Judges 6- Gideon was told by God on how to choose the men that would form his army, but there was murmuring about this. Let God fight His own battles

Nehemiah whilst embarking on rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem, was also faced with contentions from Samballat and Tobiah, who didn’t feel he was sent by God and sought to discourage him. But Nehemiah continued and succeeded in building the wall. A person who is favored doesn’t have or cultivate a negative view about himself, his destiny or his future. He doesn’t speak negative things about himself either. Such a person never listen to ill talk or the voice of “YOU CANNOT DO IT”, rather he listens always to the voice of God.

  • Favor will give a person recognition and promotion: it is only with godly favor that a person can stand the test of time and circumstances. It was because Joseph was divinely favored that he was finally recognized despite all that came his way.
  • Favor will make your requests granted.
  • Favor will give you the privilege to see and hear from God: Jacob was favored of God and heard from Him, he even slept and saw angels ascending and descending fo=rom heaven.

Prayer Points:

Lord make me a voice in my generation, I will not be an echo.

 

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.