MARCH 2013 THEME: TRANSLATED UNTO LIFE
FROM THE PULPIT
I Will Change Your Garment
- By Pastor Samuel Obafaiye
HE way we dress says a lot about us. If one dresses responsibly, people will take the person as a responsible fellow (even though at times, such might not be the case). The worst scenario would actually be that a responsible fellow that dresses anyhow. People will misjudged the person and labeled them
negatively. You wonder why people who go to interviews wear suits and even ties. Some of them will confess that they've not done so in ages. It is because they want to look smart, responsible, formal, serious minded, etc. They may get the job and never wear it again; but they would have created the impression that they meant business to people that matters. Garments we wear can make or mar destinies. In 2 Chro. 18:1-34, the way Jehoshaphat dressed would have destroyed him. The king of Isreal was corny. He asked Jehoshaphat to dress as a king to war and that he would disguise himself as a commoner. Unfortunately, the king of Syria had ordered his men to go after the person that dressed as a king and leave his subjects alone. It was the mercy of God that saved Jehoshaphat on the day. I pray for you that your 'garment' will not put your life at risk in Jesus name. If people have arraigned you with ‘clothes’ of death and destruction, I command the angels of God to remove such garments from you in Jesus name. May your dressing not attract the arrows of the wicked to you in Jesus name. In 2 Sam. 17: 38-40, king Saul tried to persuade David to wear his armour to fight Goliath. After trying it out, David refused to wear the heavy garments, claiming he was not used to wearing such. He went with his own garments and won the battle. Do not let anyone put on garment that could not save them on you. Saul's garment could not save him... The value of a cloth is not determined by it's weight, but by it's use. The value of David's apparel was the head of Goliath. May God put valuable clothes and garments on you in Jesus name. The good thing about garments is that they can be put on and off at will. They are not stuck with us for life as our skin. The High Priests in Isreal had special clothes accorded to them by God. (Ex. 28:2 And thou shalt make holy garments for Aaron thy brother for glory and for beauty.) May God put garment of beauty and honour on you. The High Priest were not allowed to wear this garment anyhow and anywhere or around anybody. This is to make them holy (Lev. 16:23-24; Eze. 42:14; 44:19). In the course of the ministration of High Priest Joshua however, something terrible happened. He was wearing his holy garment in the Holy of Holies to minister to God, unfortunately his garment was 'filthy'. The sin of the people had contaminated him and rendered him not fit to minister. The Devil was physically present to accuse him so that the nation of Isreal would be rejected and punish by God. But thank God, Divine intervention occurred. The Root of Jesse defended him. Zechariah 3:1-5 And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him. 2 And the Lord said unto Satan, The Lord rebuke thee, O Satan; even the Lord that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire? 3 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel. 4 And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment. 5 And I said, Let them set a fair mitre upon his head. So they set a fair mitre upon his head, and clothed him with garments. And the angel of the Lord stood by. May God intervene for you today. May God clothe you with change of garment. May God put a holy cap that can't be removed on your head in Jesus name. May God's mercy upon your life prevail over His judgement. In Esther 2:23, we read that Mordecai was one of the gatekeepers at the palace in Shushan. It was a glorified security job. He could not see the king. He had to send palace messengers to his niece - Esther. For Modecai, the cleansing of God entered the palace, and suddenly from a security guard, Mordecai became the next ruler to the king! I have this vision that some of us here will become MP very soon. God can even elevate one of us to become the Prime Minister of Britain. All it takes is Divine cleansing and elevation. It was Divine cleansing that moved Esther up in life. Hannah said God can set one down and lift up another. May God elevate you in life to where you have never imagined in Jesus name. May God promote you to a secured higher role in Jesus name. You are a low income earner, God will raise you to 5 times your present salary very soon. May God set a table for you in front of your enemies. May your enemies not be able to touch you or your banquet in Jesus name. May God use those who are hunting for your life to decorate you with your new garment like Mordecai in Jesus name. Three types of garment a man can wear GARMENT OF FILTH:- We are born with this except Adam and Eve (Ps. 51:5). Even Jesus, because He was carried in the womb by Mary, had to underwent the baptism of repentance with John the baptist. GARMENT OF SELF RIGHTEOUSNESS:- Those who tried to be good in by thier own making. Adam and Eve tried it, but it's useless (Gen. 3:7). What a shame! May you not be put to shame. GARMENT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS:- Given by God at salvation. Was granted to Adam and Eve by God (Gen. 3:21). The question is, which one are you wearing today? Which one do you want rapture to meet you with? Prayers Eccl. 9:8 Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment. Almighty Father, help me to keep my garment clean always. Almighty Father, let my life make you smile. Almighty Father, let my life reflect your glory and beauty.
RANSLATE can be defined as a change from one form, function, or state to another. Merriam-Webster dictionary define life in the literal sense as “the quality that distinguishes a functional being from a dead body” and in a spiritual sense as a “spiritual existence that transcends physical death”. Jesus went further to say that He is Resurrection and Life, that those that believe in Him, though if they die, yet they shall live and those that are alive and believe in Him will not die (John 11: 25-26). All those who believe in Christ have been translated from death unto life; from the kingdom of darkness unto the kingdom of light; from slavery unto sonship and from condemnation unto justification (Col. 1:13; 2 Pet. 2:9). A lot of Christian however still lives their lives as ‘slaves’ because of their inadequate knowledge of who they really are (Gal. 4:1). The bible tells us of a man called Mephibosheth who was subjugated by his grandfather’s servant – Ziba. It took the intervention of David to restore him (2 Sam. 9:1-11). In this month of March which coincides with the commemoration of the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ (Easter), Christ wants us to rise to our fullness in Him and obtain our inheritance already purchased by His blood. . . By Pastor Samuel Obafaiye
THE RCCG (EVERLASTING FATHER’S ASSEMBLY) 2013 PROPHECY. THEME: OUR YEAR OF GOD’S REST Isaiah 65: 21-24, Isaiah 14:1-4
WAS meditating recently to find out from God what will be our theme for 2013. There were certain challenges I saw in 2012 that I was asking God to completely eradicate in the next. God answered and said, "All covenanted ministries (whether individual or church) will hit major storm in their 3rd year. If the ministry escapes that by grace, a greater storm will come against it in its 6th year. If the ministry equally escapes the double storm, it will then qualify for the blessings of the 7th year”. For us in Everlasting Father's Assembly, there were storms that we went through at three years. To the glory of God, we escape them all. Also at six years, thank God for all the astounding accomplishments that we have enjoyed, we also escaped double storms. Glory be to God! So I asked God, since we have escaped the sixth year, what is the blessing of the seventh year? He took me back to the creation of the world. He said, ‘What did the bible says I did on the seventh day’? And I said that You rested from Your labours. So, God said "2013 is your year of My rest". Note that it is the God's rest, not our kind of rest. The bible says that God does not sleep nor slumber (Ps. 121:4). So it's not a rest of sleep. Neither is it of folding of hands. It is a rest from excessive labours and entering into excessive favours. The seventh day was a time when God stopped creating on this earth, but switched to watching over what He has created. In 2013, God will help us to look after what He has created for us and through us. We will supervise and oversee machinery that will run itself. Every system that God has helped us to create will begin to work for us. Grace will supersede haste. There was a time when the Israelites were fighting Canaan, the Israelites were outnumbered. So God began to use constellations to fight for them (Judges 5:20). God will assign hosts of heaven to work for us in 2013 . By Pastor Samuel Obafaiye
THE RCCG (WORLDWIDE) 2013 PROPHECY THEME: YEAR OF SIGNS AND WONDERS FOR INDIVIDUALS: 1. No matter the darkness around you, your star will shine brighter. 2. God says, He will speak peace to your storms 3. Certain individuals have been stagnated for sometimes, the reasons for your stagnation will become known, will be addressed and will be eliminated, therefore progress will follow. 4. In many senses of the word, this year will be of completeness. FOR NIGERIA: 1. The prayers of some of you minimized death of prominent Nigerians last year, don’t stop praying. 2. Before the middle of the year, many will say hope rising. 3. Learn from disasters of 2012 and take precaution soonest to avert bigger ones.. INTERNATIONAL: 1. The Lord says prominent world leaders need a lot prayers so as not to die in office. 2. Prominent Church leaders need prayers against planned scandals. 3. Weather conditions may get worse, much worst, unless prayers are intensified. 4. We should expect a major breakthrough in medicine this year. 5. Nations who pass unholy laws will have a taste of divine fury. By Pastor Enoch Adeboye (Gen. Overseer RCCG Worldwide)
CONGREGATIONAL HYMN THE GREAT PHYSICIAN The great Physician now is near, The sympathizing Jesus; He speaks the drooping heart to cheer, Oh! hear the voice of Jesus. Sweetest note in seraph song, Sweetest Name on mortal tongue; Sweetest carol ever sung, Jesus, blessèd Jesus. Your many sins are all forgiv’n, Oh! hear the voice of Jesus; Go on your way in peace to Heav’n, And wear a crown with Jesus. All glory to the dying Lamb! I now believe in Jesus; I love the blessèd Savior’s Name, I love the Name of Jesus. The children, too, both great and small, Who love the Name of Jesus, May now accept the gracious call To work and live for Jesus. Come, brethren, help me sing His praise, Oh, praise the Name of Jesus; Oh, sisters, all your voices raise, Oh, bless the Name of Jesus.
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FROM THE PULPIT
Only Jehovah Can Cleanse
- By Pastor (Mrs) Anthonia Obafaiye
HE month of February 2013 has been declared a month of Divine Cleansing by God Almighty through His Prophet as inspired by The Holy Spirit.
The month of February is a month of fasting in the R.C.C.G worldwide every year, and God is saying to someone here this morning I will wipe every tear from your eyes, I will turn around every issue that is bordering or giving you concern in your life around for good in Jesus name, He says you will testify in Jesus name. The word cleanse means to remove dirt or filth from, to remove guilt from and when it is Divine Cleansing it means it is done by The Lord Himself. It is only Jehovah The God of heaven and earth that can cleanse a man and no one can cleanse like he does, The Bible says in the the Bk of Isaiah 1:18 'Come now, and let us reason together saith The Lord, though your sins be as scarlet they shall be as snow, though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. In the Bk of 2Kings 5: 1-27, The Bible makes us to understand that Naaman the Syrian General (Captain of the host of the King of Syria, a great man with his master and honourable, a mighty man in valour, loved by his master but he was a Leper, but Brethren when he met with Jehovah Rapha The Great Healer (The God of Elisha) his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child (baby's skin) and he was clean in verse 14 ( I want to believe that the River Jordan (physically) he dipped himself seven times was the pool of the blood of the lamb of God spiritually. Naaman became a new man after that day. The lame man in Acts 3: 1-11 was sat at the beautiful gate outside the Temple of God, he was sat at the gate called beautiful but his life was not beautiful in anyway, Brethren because of his infirmity he could not go into the temple to praise and worship God, but he chose to be dropped outside the beautiful gate, the Bible says he was dropped off at the gate daily, he was never missing from the gate and Brethren at the appointed day he was not at the wrong place at the wrong time but rather he was at the right place at the right time the Bible says in the BK of Eccl. 9:11 NLT ' I have observed something else under the sun the fastest runner does not always win the race and the strongest warrior does not win the battle. The wise sometimes go hungry and the skilful are not necessarily wealthy. And those who are educated don't always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance by being in the right place at the right time. At the appointed time and day this lame man from birth met with destiny helpers (Peter & John) sent by God the re-writer of Destiny and he was not only cleansed but he was made whole and he began to do what he had longed and desired to do for a very long time, dancing and praising God in the temple of God. God is taking someone here this morning from lame-ness to greatness. Our main Bible passage will be taken from the Bk of Mk 5: 25-34. We all are very familiar with this story, The woman with the issue of blood but she does not have that issue anymore and I pray for someone here paraventure you have an issue in your life The Lord says I will bring an end to it in Jesus name. He says in His word that He is The Lord God of all flesh, is there anything too hard for me to do. And Brethren I can tell you for a truth that in my little walk with God there is nothing, absolutely nothing too hard for Him to do. This sick anonymous woman that has become a legend today that we are reading about must have been emancipated after a haemorrhage lasting 12 yrs., which had rendered her legally un clean (according to the Hebrew Custom) According to Lev. 12: 1-8, 15: 19-30 the woman was un clean, to be ceremonially unclean was not sin but it made her unpure she must have been barred from relationship with her husband, fellowship with God' s people, worship of God, until she was clean." Because she was unclean she was isolated in the same way sin separates us from God, Christ's blood is our only hope for cleansing from impurity of sin. What she had endured at the hands of medical men of the time is left to imagination because the Bible said she had suffered a great deal. She had spent all that she had and was nothing better but rather grew worse, the Doctors had collected all her money in the other words not only was she physically drained but she was financially & emotionally drained and yet she had no solution to her problem. I want to also believe that at this stage she had no husband and no child because in her state she cannot hold a pregnancy. And then suddenly something spectacular happened, she heard about a man called Jesus, a man she heard had performed many awesome wonderful miracles and signs, and something in her jumped, a kind of strength she had never experienced came upon her and she must have said to herself this is my last chance and hope. Despite all what she was going through and the state at which she was, it did not deter her faith, she said to herself if only I could come close enough to touch the hem of his garment I shall be made whole. There is a great difference between being healed and being made whole, to be made whole is to be healed and made complete in every area of one's life. So not only did this woman believe that she was going to be healed but she also believed that Jesus was going to restore all she had lost the wasted resources, years, time, relationship (husband must have left, her friends must have abandoned her) Our Lord Jesus himself confirmed what she believed by saying to her in verse 34 (daughter thy faith hath made thee whole go in peace and be whole of thy plague (the NLT) says your suffering is over. The Lord is saying to some here the storm of your life is over, he says it is over in Jesus mighty name. We can go on and on about instances in the Bible where The Lord God Almighty cleansed people from there different issues. The whole of the Book of Mk 5 lists so many e.g's and we have confidence in The Lord just like the woman with the issue of blood that there is nothing too hard for Jehovah to do and no one can cleanse like He does, if only we can trust and believe in Him. I would like us to examine. 3 things that Naaman, the lame man and the woman with the issue of blood had in common that helped them receive their cleansing: Faith: Humility: The woman with the issue of blood must have crawled on the ground to get to Jesus's garment, remember she said the hem of his garment and not the top of his garment, it must have been humiliating for her but she endured it and she was saved in the end. Naaman dipped himself seven times into the River Jordan at first he did not obey; he was allowing the spirit of pride to deceive him of his miracle, thank God for his faithful servants. The lame man was dropped off daily at the beautiful gate of the temple of God. Even in his condition he did not see it as humiliating. The three people were at the right place at the right time and they received their miracle. Excerpts of a sermon delivered by Pastor (Mrs) Anthonia Obafaiye at RCCG Everlasting Father’s Arena, York on 24th February, 2013
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Pastors Samuel & Anthonia OBAFAIYE
3RD MARCH 2013
MAIN SERVICE MINISTERING REV. ALEXANDRA FARANPOJO
2013 Our Year Of Rest Isaiah 65: 21-24, Isaiah 14:1-4
Translated Unto Life MARCH 2013 THEME
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