FROM THE PULPIT
Entering Into Agreement With God
By Pastor Samuel OBAFAIYE
N agreement is a negotiated and typically legally binding arrangement between parties as to a course of action. Our life and living is filled with several agreements. In life, we all are products of agreements: those we made and those that were made on our behalf. Whoever and whatever you are now is a product of agreements that you have made before now. In essence, agreements we make in life can make us or mar us. We therefore need to be careful regarding agreements we make. Generally there are three levels of agreement we can enter: Man to man - This could be business, marriage, security, friendship. Man may try to keep his words, but for many reasons, he can still disappoint. The arm of flesh does fail. Man to Devil - This could be business, friendship, security, material, popularity, riches. The problem with Satan is that he cuts the life of his partners when they most need it. Luke 22:3: Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. Man to God- This is the only agreement that can never fail. God is not debtor. He owes no one. Mark 10:29-30 – And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life. Deuteronomy 20:4 – For the Lord your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you. From creation, God has always seeks to be in agreement with man. After He made Adam and Eve, God told them that as long as they keep His instruction of not eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they will be blessed. Unfortunately, man broke the agreement and curse was placed upon mankind. Since then, God seeks after individuals and groups that will enter into agreement with Him, so He can pronounce His blessings upon them. In Luke 5: 1-11, Jesus was intending to teach the people about the kingdom. The crowd were however pressing hard on Him. He was by the sea, which poses health risk, as everyone wanted to be close to Him. He wisely thought of entering a boat, move a bit away from the shore and to teach from there, which will be safer. The challenge was that Jesus had no boat and therefore sought for partnership with someone that had. Peter offered to partner with Christ, and the result was an overwhelming harvest. From disappointment, misery, despair and failure, Peter enjoyed abundant catch of fishes. Peter was a mastered fisherman, yet a failure on the day. Are you facing disappointment in what you know well enough? Something you already mastered is posing a challenge to you. Why not find a way of entering an agreement with God. Make an offer to God that He cannot resist. In I Sam. 1: 1-11, Hannah for several years was hoping she would have a child for her husband. The matter became worse as her co-wife was always mocking and intimidate her. One day as they went to Shiloh on their yearly prayer visit, Hannah did something she had not done before, she made a vow. She entered into an agreement with God, that if she is blessed by God with a child, she will in turn give the child back to God all the days of his life. Only for people to just know that Hannah bore a child. Unknown to Hannah, God was already looking for a replacement for Prophet Eli, as his two sons had tarnished the honour of the priest of the Almighty. God immediately gave Hannah the boy named Samuel who soon became the High Priest. Following that, Hannah was blessed with five other children (1 Sam. 2:21). Are you in lack of something you ought to have? Are you been mocked because of a particular issue or deficiency? May be you have prayed and prayed and nothing has happened? It could be that God is expecting you to make a vow you will pay unto Him. Excerpts of a message delivered by Pastor Samuel OBAFAIYE on May 11th 2014. To r e a d / d o w n l o a d o r s h a r e f u l l v e r s i o n please visit – http://rccgleeds.org.uk/entering-into-agreement-with-god/
OH JESUS, I HAVE PROMISED O Jesus, I have promised to serve Thee to the end; Be Thou forever near me, my Master and my Friend; I shall not fear the battle if Thou art by my side, Nor wander from the pathway if Thou wilt be my Guide. O let me feel Thee near me! The world is ever near; I see the sights that dazzle, the tempting sounds I hear; My foes are ever near me, around me and within; But Jesus, draw Thou nearer, and shield my soul from sin. O let me hear Thee speaking in accents clear and still, Above the storms of passion, the murmurs of self will. O speak to reassure me, to hasten or control; O speak, and make me listen, Thou Guardian of my soul. O Jesus, Thou hast promised to all who follow Thee That where Thou art in glory there shall Thy servant be. And Jesus, I have promised to serve Thee to the end; O give me grace to follow, my Master and my Friend WRITE FOR RCCG EFA ANNIVERSARY MAGAZINE The Editorial Board calls for submission of articles, photographs, poems, cartoons, etc for inclusion in the forthcoming anniversary magazine. Its an opportunity to showcase your works. However, use of work is at the discretion of the Editorial Board.
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RCCG EFA MAY THEME - AMAZING COVENANTS
MAZING can be defined as something that causes great surprise or wonders or rather astonishing. While covenant is an agreement, usually formal between two or more persons to do or not do something specified. It could also mean the conditional promises made to humanity by God, as revealed in the scriptures. In life, one can receive promises, pledges, vows, covenants and oaths. Divine promises are Yea and Amen! Once they are settled in heaven, they must manifest on earth. But if the other party is not faithful in obedience, God can alter His promises (I Sam. 2:30). The height of God's word however is an oath which is usually after a covenant. Once God made an oath, He can't just alter it, He is bound by His words. For a new beginning to commence in the life of Abraham, God made a promise to him (Gen. 12:1-3); at a later stage, God entered into a covenant with him (Gen. 17:7-21); not long afterwards God made an oath with Abraham (Gen. 22:16, Heb. 6:13-14). It was an amazing covenant to a person like us today! A man of 99 years and a woman of 90 years entering into such a covenant that runs through their generation and is still in operation today even after about 4,000 years! In this fifth month of the year, which symbolises grace, God wants to enter into everlasting covenants with some of us. We are to obey God to the extent that He will be propelled to enact such amazing covenants with us and for Him to ignite those amazing covenants He has made with us before. May God help us to provoke an everlasting testament of overflowing blessings, enlargement, expansion, flourishing and abundant life with Him this season in Jesus name. Pastor Samuel Obafaiye
THE RCCG (EVERLASTING FATHER’S ASSEMBLY) 2014 PROPHECY. THEME: OUR YEAR OF NEW BEGINNING Exodus 12:2
s 2013 was running to an end. I began to ask God what He will do for us in the year 2014. Few weeks ago, God impressed it on my heart that He is making us to enter into an era of New Beginnings. He said, He will fulfil our time in the year 2014. Our time will be 8 years in 2014, 8 been a number of new beginning. God said, ‘Though I have taken you to a time of completion at 7 years, yet I’m ready to start work on you afresh’. In Gen. 1:1-4, prior to the beginning, God made the heaven and the earth. God reside in heaven, but the earth was without form and void, and also dark. At a later stage, God decided He wanted to make a new beginning with the earth and He began with light and other things, until He could confirm that the earth was equally good. God recently told me that what He intends for Everlasting Father’s Assembly to become is not yet revealed.’I am about to begin anew with you’, He said. ‘I will take you back to Genesis i.e Creation and re-make you’. He said, He will make us into a more impressive form, shape and brilliance.’I will also introduce a new kind of light into you to make your difference from before very obvious’. He said. Do you know that Manufacturers remake their products mainly for two reasons? (1) They identified a fault or error in the system after usage. (2) They just desire to make something nicer; more current or a newer model. God said regarding Everlasting Father’s Assembly, He will repair every faults within our system in 2014. He has also desire to make us into something more glorious. When we started in 2006, we were like something without form and shape, it looks like few people joking. Thank God for then and glory be to God for now. Today, God says, ‘I will start you again in your 8th year’. He said, He will take us back to the things we enjoyed in our first start and then make us to experience even more. God then gave me our anchor scripture as: Exodus 12:2 -This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. The daylight of 1st January shall be the beginning of months and years to us; it shall also be the first month of 2014. Everything that has happened to us before now are just occurrences before our real beginning. He said your enjoyment up till now is just like a test drive. You will now begin to move about confidently and comfortably. Hear again the promise from God to us for 2014. Revelation 21:5-6 -And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. By Pastor Samuel Obafaiye
RCCG WORLDWIDE 2014 PROPHECY
Year of OVERFLOW BLESSINGS
General – INDIVIDUALS 1. God says that a divine promise of more than a decade ago will begin to find fulfilment. 2. God Says that someone can expect a prominent divine visitation that will radically alter the cause of his or her life. 3. Daddy says that someone will have the first taste of real dominion. 4. The Lord said that there will be quite a few narrow escapes from tragedies. NIGERIA 1. The Lord says that the future of Nigeria will be determined this year, not in 2015 as some think. 2015 will be mere formalities. 2. The equations at the beginning of this year will be different from the equations at the end of the year, therefore don’t jump into conclusions. INTERNATIONAL 1. There will be more major breakthroughs in Medicine and Science. 2. God wants us to pray against noisy highly destructive storms. 3. God asked us to pray against monumental fire outbreaks. By Pastor Enoch Adeboye (Gen. Overseer RCCG Worldwide)
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Setting Up Factors in Divine Establishment PART 2By Pastor Aderemi ADELUGBA
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CONTINUED FROM LAST WEEK PETER 5:10: But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, establish, strengthen, and settles you. Grace is a requirement for setting-up. In 1 Peter 5:10 above, Peter gave a mathematical equation, with consideration for “Grace” as a major factor. He gave four excellent outcomes, despite the issue of “suffering”. The outcomes were: 1. Perfection 2. Establishment 3. Strength 4. Settlement Therefore, no matter what you may be planning to do, or set to achieve, it can only be possible by the GRACE of the God. Like we discussed last week, things like business plan, finance, and strategies e.t.c. can only be possible by the grace of God. Grace is God's unmerited favour. It is the kindness received from God that we don't deserve. GRACE means God’s Riches at Christ Expense. Grace represents the attitude and manner in which God provides for our salvation and supplies all our needs. Psalm 102:13 - But thou, O LORD, shall endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations. Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come. How can the grace of God set you up? Eccl 9:11: 11 I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all. Basically, the time and chance here is the grace of God. In the case of Joseph, his brother could perceive and feel where God was taking him, and they tried to kill his destiny. But because God has granted him a sure end, he still got to where God wanted him to be in life. 1)TIME – “IN THE PROCESS OF TIME”, THERE SHALL BE MANIFESTATION – Peter states 1 Peter 5:10 “Having suffered a while”. Whatever God has done, he would perfect it in his own time. Therefore, regardless of the afflictions, or stripes or joblessness or rejection, you will fulfill destiny by the grace of God. In Judge 11:2 – Jephthah was thrown out of his father’s house, because they did We PRAY not want him to partake in the for the SAFE return of the inheritance.
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Excerpts of message delivered by Pastor Aderemi ADELUGBA on #BringBackOurGirls May 11th 2014. To read/ download/share full version of this message please visit http://rccgefayork.org.uk/setting-up-factors-in-divine-establishment-part-2/ RCCG EVERLASTING FATHER’S ASSEMBLY , LEEDS’ ACTIVITIES WEEKLY ACTIVITIES
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