I will not leave you nor forsake you A
child that pass through a dark place on the way home every night and always afraid. Four adults tried to help him overcome his fears: - The first gave him incense to wade off the ghosts each night; - The second erected a lamp post at the darkest point of the place; - The third told him that it is sinful to be afraid, and that he should be brave; - The fourth told him that he understood how it feels to be afraid and that he would walk with him every night. Which person’s advice will he cherish the most? I supposed the fourth person that offered to walk with him each night. Joshua was in similar situation. Moses their leader was dead and so it looked like the journey to the largest portion of the Promised Land has to be abandoned. Two and half tribes have got their portion, what will happen to the remaining tribes? Aaron was already dead, Mariam had died, Moses just went up to Mt Nebo and never came back. Worst of all, he didn't leave his rod behind! What is now going to happen? What a sense of fear would be upon the people. The Israelites were fearful that was why the journey of 40 days became 40 years, to the extent that out of everyone that was 40 years above (over 600,000), only 2 were now alive! Joshua and Caleb with all the children that set out from Egypt were looking at the Promised Land across River Jordan. What an anticipation, apprehension and confusion that will characterised their minds! What their fathers could achieve with all their spiritual piety, how can they? God saw the state they were in and the challenge Joshua was facing. God decided to charge him up with words of promise that He will always be with him as he leads the Israelites into the Promised Land (Joshua 1:1-7).
JULY 2013 THEME:
Rest By Still Waters
- By Pastor Samuel OBAFAIYE
There is nothing assuring and re-assuring like a super-power walking with you. The State of Israel is only 5 million people. There are more than 50 million enemies around them. Israel is very privilege though, as they enjoy the supernaturally backing of God. After it dawned on Joshua that God was 100% behind him, he became extremely bold to undertake deadly missions. How could a man approach what seem as a spiritual warrior if not that he knew a higher Spirit was with him (Joshua 5:13). It is the same reason why King David was able to boast in Psalm 23. There was a supernatural Shepherd looking after him. The timeline of a man was shown as a footprint. He found out that when things were rosy for him, there were four footprints walking side by side. This he found out that God was walking by him. Suddenly he discovered that when things were very rough for him, there were only two footprints. This made him sad, as he thought God had abandoned him when he needed God the most. God however made him to understand that, at such times, He was carrying him and that the two footprints were of Him and not of his. Note that God did not tell Joshua that he would not face difficulties. But that no challenge will match him in his lifetime. He therefore enjoyed victory all his life, because God never forsook him. The apostles of Christ were always hiding behind Him when He was on Earth as a Son of Man. They enjoyed immunity from every attack physically, spiritually, materially and financially. When Jesus was going away though, panic sets in. How would they survive? They were not even used to fasting. Who will give them food and clothing? Where will they stay? Who will save them from the Pharisees? How about powers of darkness? Will Satan ever fall like lightning again? Jesus however had comforting words to tell them. He promised to be with them till the very end (Matthew 28:19-20).
Excerpts of a sermon delivered by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye on June 30th, 2013. TO READ THE FULL VERSION, PLEASE VISIT http://rccgleeds.org.uk/news/sermons
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 EST can be defined as peace, ease or refreshment resulting from sleep or the cessation certain challenges I saw in 2012 that I was asking God to completely eradicate in the next. of an activity. It can also be described as relief or freedom from disquiet or disturbance; God answered and said, "All covenanted ministries (whether individual or church) will hit major or as a mental or emotional tranquillity. storm in their 3rd year. If the ministry escapes that by grace, a greater storm will come against it in Still water can be a lake or a low gradient gently flowing river. They are easy to approach and its 6th year. If the ministry equally escapes the double storm, it will then qualify for the blessings easy to drink from by sheep. They are usually warm and therefore appealing to drink. Turbulent of the 7th year”. water on the other hand is scary, challenging and dangerous. The sheep will be afraid to drink For us in Everlasting Father's Assembly, there were storms that we went through at three years. because of the surging noise; the water might enter the nose of the sheep instead; and the current might sweep the feet of the sheep away. It is To the glory of God, we escape them all. Also at six years, THE RCCG (WORLDWIDE) 2013 PROPHECY the responsibility of a good shepherd to seek thank God for all the astounding accomplishments that a still water where his flock can drink. we have enjoyed, we also escaped double storms. Glory God promised the Israelites that He was be to God! FOR INDIVIDUALS: taking them to the Promised Land as He had So I asked God, since we have escaped the sixth year, 1. No matter the darkness around you, your star will shine what is the blessing of the seventh year? He took me back covenanted with Abraham. Forty years they brighter. roamed in the wilderness because of their to the creation of the world. He said, ‘What did the bible 2. God says, He will speak peace to your storms sins, and after which God fulfilled His says I did on the seventh day’? And I said that You rested promise. God used hornets (stinging insects, 3. Certain individuals have been stagnated for sometimes, the from Your labours. large wasps and bees) to chase the original reasons for your stagnation will become known, will be addressed So, God said "2013 is your year of My rest". Note that it is inhabitants of Canaan away, then the and will be eliminated, therefore progress will follow. the God's rest, not our kind of rest. The bible says that God Israelites moved into their lands; cities; vine 4. In many senses of the word, this year will be of completeness. does not sleep nor slumber (Ps. 121:4). So it's not a rest of yards and olive yards (Joshua 24:11-13). So FOR NIGERIA: sleep. Neither is it of folding of hands. It is a rest from that throughout the reign of Joshua, the 1. The prayers of some of you minimized death of prominent Nigerians last year, excessive labours and entering into excessive favours. Israelites dwelt in peace as no nation was able The seventh day was a time when God stopped creating don’t stop praying. to disturb them. on this earth, but switched to watching over what He has 2. Before the middle of the year, many will say hope rising. In this month of July, God will make us to lie created. In 2013, God will help us to look after what He down beside ‘still waters’; He will bring us 3. Learn from disasters of 2012 and take precaution soonest to avert bigger ones.. has created for us and through us. We will supervise and INTERNATIONAL: into His covenanted blessings for our 7th oversee machinery that will run itself. Every system that year. He will use ‘hornets’ to chase out 1. The Lord says prominent world leaders need a lot prayers so as not to die in office. God has helped us to create will begin to work for us. 2. Prominent Church leaders need prayers against planned scandals. occupiers of our Divine heritage. He will also Grace will supersede haste. make us to dwell in peace and calmness to the 3. Weather conditions may get worse, much worst, unless prayers are intensified. There was a time when the Israelites were fighting extent that no ‘nation’ will be able to disturb 4. We should expect a major breakthrough in medicine this year. Canaan, the Israelites were outnumbered. So God began us. May the zeal of the Lord of hosts watch 5. Nations who pass unholy laws will have a taste of divine fury. to use constellations to fight for them (Judges 5:20). God over these promises to fulfil them in Jesus will assign hosts of heaven to work for us in 2013 By Pastor Enoch Adeboye name. By Pastor Samuel Obafaiye (Gen. Overseer RCCG Worldwide)
CONGREGATIONAL HYMN STANDING ON THE PROMISE OF CHRIST
Standing on the promises of Christ my King, Through eternal ages let His praises ring, Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing, Standing on the promises of God. Refrain Standing, standing, Standing on the promises of God my Saviour; Standing, standing, I’m standing on the promises of God. Standing on the promises that cannot fail, When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail, By the living Word of God I shall prevail, Standing on the promises of God. Standing on the promises I now can see Perfect, present cleansing in the blood for me; Standing in the liberty where Christ makes free, Standing on the promises of God. Standing on the promises of Christ the Lord, Bound to Him eternally by love’s strong cord, Overcoming daily with the Spirit’s sword, Standing on the promises of God. Standing on the promises I cannot fall, Listening every moment to the Spirit’s call Resting in my Saviour as my all in all, Standing on the promises of God.
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HE theme of the month of June is Strong and Courageous as spoken by God through His Prophet and I perceive in my spirit that God is saying to someone here today 'Fear not for I will strengthen you, for I will never leave nor forsake thee'. Brethren I took the liberty to look up the meaning of the words strong and courageous. Strong means having the power to move heavy objects or perform other physically demanding tasks like Samson. But no one is stronger than our God, the one that sits in heaven and doeth as He pleases. The word courageous means having courage, to be valiant and to be brave. It also means the quality of the mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger and pain. Brethren of our own accord we can do absolutely nothing but I rejoice at the word of God in the Bk of Phillip. 4:13 which says 'I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me'. True strength and courage only comes from God, we can only have the strength and courage of God if we know Him and most importantly if He knows you and I. (2 Tim. 2:19) The Bk of Isa 40: 28-31 makes us to understand that it is only in the place of waiting upon The Lord that our strength and courage can be renewed by God. It is in the place of praise & worship to God ( for The Lord seekers those who will worship Him in spirit and in truth), a place of prayer, a place of reading, studying, memorising and meditating on the word of God, that we can draw nearer & closer to Him, and He likewise draws nearer & closer to us. Above all when we begin to put into practice His words that we have hid in our hearts then the more we will become like Him in everything He stands for. Our main Bible reading will be taken from the Bk of 2 Kings 4: 17-37 Brethren this is an interesting story I must say, very inspiring and encouraging. We can draw so many life changing lessons from it. Brethren this is a woman that I do not know how long she had been waiting for a child, because the Bible did not tell us how long she had been waiting but it made us to understand in verse 14 of 2 Kings 4 that her husband was old. Then one day because this woman and her husband provoked God's blessings by taking care of a Prophet of God (Elisha), he did not ask or command it, he just went about doing God's business, but un-knowingly to Elisha this Shunammite woman was observing him as he came and went and perceived in her spirit that he was a holy man of God, and she took permission and consent from her husband and they made room for him in their home. So anytime Elisha was in town he had a place to retire and rest. The Bible says in Matt. 10:41 whomsoever gives a Prophet a cup of water shall receive a Prophet's reward, whomsoever watereth shall be watered also. This barren woman became a mother of a son after so many years of waiting. But Brethren we all know that the devil is a bad devil, the bible says in 1Peter 5:8 he walketh about like a roaring lion seeking whom he will devour, but my prayer is that he will not cast his eyes on us or find us to devour in Jesus mighty name. The Bible makes us to understand that when this child was grown, when it was almost time for him to begin to reward the labour of his parents care over his life , in his prime, the devil struck and he fell ill and died on his mother's knees. This woman had the kind of strength and courage that can only come from God, the grace of God was indeed sufficient for her, she did not tell her husband, she took their son and laid him on the bed of the man of God and shut the door upon him, and went after the man of God. She just took permission from her husband for the release of one of the young men and one donkey for her trip to go after the man of God. Brethren the woman of Shunammite ran back to the source of her blessing, she knew that when she gets to where Elisha was she will make a connection with his God. Brethren what do we do when things begin to fall apart in our lives( trials of faith), do we begin to murmur, do we turn our backs at God, do we begin to go our own way, do we begin to put our trust in man rather in God. READ THE FULL VERSION http://rccgleeds.org.uk/news/sermons
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