Partakers of New Covenant
HAT IS A COVENANT? Covenants can be defined as agreements between two individuals, or groups of individuals; between a king or leader and his people; or between God and individuals or groups of individuals. It can also be an agreement between satanic powers and individuals or groups of individuals. Covenants can be conditional or unconditional. Conditional covenants are forfeited if one party violates or defaults on his part of the agreement. Unconditional covenants are arrangements in which the default of one party does not negate the ultimate fulfilment of the covenant. Life is all about covenants. Either voluntarily or involuntarily. Joining a club, signing an employment contract, becoming a citizen of a state, oath of public office, getting married, etc. Whether you know the significance or not is another thing, but there is no ignorance in covenants. You are either justified by it or condemned, e.g. Garden of Eden: eat freely of all but don't eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. In life, there are always two sides to covenants, each side is anchored to a supernatural power. It's either: prone to life or to death; open or secret; fear/trepidation or calm/rest, liable to add (abundantly) or liable to subtract (steal), etc. Knowingly or unknowingly, all men are in a form of covenant. Covenants are so tricky that not only you can enact it, but it can be enacted on your behalf. E.g Abraham for his descendants circumcision (Gen 17:1-14). Moses almost lost a son because of it (Ex.4:24-26). There are also what I call hierarchy of covenants: promise leave your fathers house; oath - swear by my self, do solemnly
JUNE 2013 THEME:
Strong & Courageous
- By Pastor Samuel OBAFAIYE
swear; tokens (ring/bride price) - Noah's rainbow; treaties (document); blood. When we say new covenant, it means there must be old one. Before we talk of new covenant, let's consider the old covenant. OLD COVENANT When Adam and Eve fell, God had to initiate the old covenant by killing a lamb and shedding it's blood for their lives. A covenant was therefore birthed, that whenever Man sinned, blood of an animal must be shed to atone for their wrong doing. Following from Abel, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, etc, the sacrifice of animals for peace offering continued till Jesus came. When the ten commandments came, violation of any of the law would mean that the blood of an animal must be shed every time a transgression was done. Why the new covenant? The new covenant came into force because the old was not enough to completely cleanse the sin of Mankind. It was just sufficient to cover or suppress our sins. So that the soul of old covenant saints were still being tormented in hell by Satan till Christ's death and resurrection 1 Peter 3:18-19 - 18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: 19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; The trouble of making sacrifice every time when an offence is committed. It drains the resources and does not guarantee that the person will still not re-offend. What is the new covenant? It is the shedding of the blood of Jesus, the only begotten Son of God for the atonement of the sin of those that would believe in Him. The blood of sinless Jesus made us pure and righteous before God and guarantees our eternity in heaven. n. READ THE FULL VERSION OF THIS SERMON AT - http://rccgleeds.org.uk/news/sermons Excerpts of a sermon delivered by Pastor Samuel OBAFAIYE on 24th March, 2013.
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 UR God is very strong and there is none stronger than Him. Jesus declared in Mathew certain challenges I saw in 2012 that I was asking God to completely eradicate in the next. 28:18 that all powers in Heaven and Earth had been given to Him by His Father. God answered and said, "All covenanted ministries (whether individual or church) will hit major Whenever Jesus sees His disciples displaying such power to His glory, He is filled with storm in their 3rd year. If the ministry escapes that by grace, a greater storm will come against it in joy and accomplishment (Lk. 11:19). its 6th year. If the ministry equally escapes the double storm, it will then qualify for the blessings The bravery and strength of man is disappointing and useless (Isaiah 40:30). God however of the 7th year”. expects that we take courage in what He had done; what He is doing; and what He has promised For us in Everlasting Father's Assembly, there were storms that we went through at three years. to do. The anointing of God upon a life can do great To the glory of God, we escape them all. Also at six years, THE RCCG (WORLDWIDE) 2013 PROPHECY exploits; however, of great importance is the thank God for all the astounding accomplishments that courage one ought to show in God that we have enjoyed, we also escaped double storms. Glory bestows the anointing. God commanded be to God! FOR INDIVIDUALS: Moses to lay hands on Joshua by way of 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 transferring anointing upon his life (Num. brighter. 27:18-20). After Moses departure, God to the creation of the world. He said, ‘What did the bible 2. God says, He will speak peace to your storms repeatedly had to charge Joshua that what is says I did on the seventh day’? And I said that You rested left for him to do is to be strong and 3. Certain individuals have been stagnated for sometimes, the from Your labours. courageous (Jos. 1:6,7,9,18). reasons for your stagnation will become known, will be addressed So, God said "2013 is your year of My rest". Note that it is The twelve disciples of Jesus were anointed and will be eliminated, therefore progress will follow. the God's rest, not our kind of rest. The bible says that God while they were with Him. As Jesus walked 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 on the Sea one day, they thought it was a FOR NIGERIA: sleep. Neither is it of folding of hands. It is a rest from ghost. Jesus assured them that it was Him. He 1. The prayers of some of you minimized death of prominent Nigerians last year, excessive labours and entering into excessive favours. asked them to take courage and later to come The seventh day was a time when God stopped creating don’t stop praying. to Him on water. Peter exercised that courage on this earth, but switched to watching over what He has 2. Before the middle of the year, many will say hope rising. a bit and walked on water! As the courage created. In 2013, God will help us to look after what He disappeared, he began to sink (Mt. 14:25-31). 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: God has impressed it upon my spirit to charge oversee machinery that will run itself. Every system that us this month that He had invested so great 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. power and anointing upon our lives, only if Grace will supersede haste. we would be strong and courageous in Him, 3. Weather conditions may get worse, much worst, unless prayers are intensified. There was a time when the Israelites were fighting we will as much ‘walk on water’ i.e. achieve 4. We should expect a major breakthrough in medicine this year. Canaan, the Israelites were outnumbered. So God began the impossible. May God fulfil this in us this 5. Nations who pass unholy laws will have a taste of divine fury. to use constellations to fight for them (Judges 5:20). God month and beyond in Jesus name. will assign hosts of heaven to work for us in 2013 By Pastor Enoch Adeboye Pastor Samuel Obafaiye By Pastor Samuel Obafaiye (Gen. Overseer RCCG Worldwide)
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“Be Courageous” I
- By Dr. Abayomi SANUSI
thank God for the opportunity to share with you these words, mere reminders of the scriptural precepts you are already familiar with.
Called to be courageous We are called to be courageous. To be strong and persevere despite unfavourable situation in our relationships, life, career, and in everything this world might hurl at us. Practically it means to continue bravely when threat, pain, danger, fear, and unfavourable circumstances work against you to stop you. To be courageous is to have the guts, or nerves, or a stubborn persistence and the fortitude to do what is right, and continue to the end. Being courageous drives you toward your destiny and Godʼs expected end for you. (Jeremiah 29:11- For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end) There are promises attached to being courageous in response to Godʼs commands, and in the things that pertain to His kingdom. Joshua 1.6-9. He never lets down those who obey Him, and persevere courageously in doing His will. Instances of courage in action! (1) A familyʼs courage had perpetual consequences for their nation. In direct disobedience to Pharaoh Mosesʼ family did not cast him into the water when he turned out to be a male child. There is good reason to believe others might have done (Ex1.11,13,14). Mosesʼ mother and sister took a risk by watching what happened to Moses and setting themselves up as unrelated carers willing to assist Pharaohʼs daughter to look after her Hebrew son. They were not only paid to look after their own baby, but also allowed to be an exception to the established rule (Ex 2.1-10). The consequences of their courage meant that the future liberator of their people was exposed to the knowledge and worship of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; the history of his people till Joseph, and their prevailing hardship. He also had the privilege of being a child within the household of Pharaoh - a prince of Egypt. (2) A peopleʼs courage and prayers to God changed their destiny! The afflicted children of Israel sensed an opportunity for political change and prayed to God. God sprung into action by preparing Moses for the task of leading them to freedom. (Ex.2-23-25, Ex.3.6-8) (3)A man called Moses. His entire life was an illustration of how to be courageous. (Ex. 2.11-12,17,22). He became a criminal and a fugitive, wanted for murder. He became a friend of God. He spoke almost face to face with God! His people were not only liberated, but had innumerable opportunity to witness Godʼs greatness, faithfulness and power. Courage by proxy (The Hebrew Midwives Ex1.15-21, Pharaohʼs daughter, The Hebrew striver Ex2.13-14) Will you be courageous and remain so? Have you been courageous? Will you be courageous? Will you remain courageous? They heard the word of God, the law of the land and internalised them. They reacted by applying their life experiences and their knowledge of Godʼs word to each situation. They had an opportunity to change their mind, and give it all up, but persisted in the face of even that adversity. What area of your life requires courage: family, relationships, financial, career, education, employment, planning for something? Have you noticed that courage tends to spread in families and close communities? Your courage could be the start of the transformation of someoneʼs life and destiny. Find the word of God that deals with the area of concern and be courageous in applying Godʼs word. God knows the issues you are dealing with and wants to give you a favourable outcome. His thoughts toward you are those of love and compassion. Be courageous not only in this month, but perpetually. He will give you an expected successful end. READ THE FULL VERSION http://rccgleeds.org.uk/news/sermons
Excerpts of a sermon delivered by Dr. Abayomi SANUSI on 23rd June 2013 at RCCG Everlasting Father’s Arena, York.
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