FROM THE PULPIT
You Shall Overcome At Last
By Pastor Samuel OBAFAIYE
HERE is no victory without a battle. You can't be a champion without first been a contender. Those who want to be victorious in life must be ready to engage in warfare. There are usually many aspects to a battle or a war, but at the summation of all the snippets of the engagements, a winner always emerges. It is possible that you are faced with contending issues right now, God says, "you shall overcome at last". In NOEC primary textbook many years ago, there is a cartoon I can't forget. A boy was coming happily, unknown to him; two boys talking were holding a rope at both sides, letting the rope dropped on the floor, so no one will notice. As soon as the boy got in line with them, they brought the rope up, so that he fell. The boy then began to cry, while the other two were laughing. Unknowingly to the trio, an elderly person saw the episode, grabbed the two laughing boys by their ears, and started pulling them along. They soon began to cry, while the initial crying boy began to laugh as he goes on his way. It may be that you have lost your balance a little in whatever way; you will regain your stand again. This time, you shall be immovable in Jesus name. In Ecclesiastes 7:8, we are told that the end of a thing is better than the beginning. It is great to be part of the beginning of something, but the greater joy is been part of its completion. Laying the foundation of a house is joyous. Furnishing it at the end is more joyous. But between foundation and furnishing are different stages. Patience is required. Every foundation you have laid, you will see the completion in Jesus name. In I Cor. 9:24, Apostle Paul was telling the Corinthians to run the race of life well so that they might obtain a prize. Some years ago, while in training in the Army, we used to do 25km race every Saturday. My Company was Charlie of about 375 recruits. To escape punishment, one needs to be in the first 200 that came back. Somehow, I was always coming above 200, so I would be among those been punished, even though I would have completed the race. What a vain. You will not run through this life in vain. You will obtain a crown of life in Jesus name. Our God is very great. His greatness is not just because He is the beginning, but because He is the ending as well. The first does not matter as the last; neither is the Alpha as important as the Omega. His kingdom shall have no end. In 1987, Carl Lewis set the world record for 100 metres at 9:83s. Today, Usain Bolt has improved on that record as the fastest man with 9:58s. Carl Lewis is now 52 years, he can't come back to surpass Bolt record. His record has been overshadowed forever. People might have gone before you. The power that propelled Elijah on foot to overtake Ahab on chariot will work for you. For an overtaking to take place, either of two things may happen or jointly happened: 1. Vehicle in front drop in speed 2. Vehicle behind increase in speed. Whichever way God wants, you will overcome at last. Many Christians begin to doubt the presence or love of God when faced with certain difficulty: Because we have Jesus does not mean that we will not be hit by storms. Jesus Himself had attacks from storms (Mk. 4:35-41). Excerpts of a message delivered by Pastor Samuel OBAFAIYE. on April 27th 2014. To read/download or share full version please visit – http://rccgleeds.org.uk/you-shallovercome-at-last/
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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)
FROM RCCG EFA YORK
Contending With Forces Against Your Being Lifted Up By Pastor Sunday OLOYEDE
NTRODUCTION. To be lifted up means to be in position of influence, advantage (by reason of height), authority, dominion and to be elevated. Jesus operates in this exalted position and the will of God is also for every believer to co-occupy this same exalted position with Jesus according to Eph 2:6 …. seated with Him in heavenly places far above principalities and power. For Jesus to be high and lifted up, He contended with some forces. In this message, we shall be examining these forces and learn how He overcame them as follows: 1. SATAN: The first force or person Jesus had to contend it was Satan. Reading through the bible, we discover that Satan launched major attacks on Jesus during two principal phases of His life: The first one was his attempt (through King Herod) to kill him at birth when he discovered He was going to be a shining star (Matt 2: 1618 ); and the second phase of attack was when Jesus went to the wilderness to fast and pray having ‘discovered his purpose in life’ (Matt 4:1-11). It will interest you to know that Satan didn’t bother much about Jesus when he was working as a carpenter up till age 30. The truth is that Satan doesn’t bother much with failures or mediocre in life. Satan only feels threatened and launches attack on someone when he discovers your future is bright or the day you discover and start to fulfil your purpose in life. I am happy to announce to you that Satan failed in his first phase of attack on you because he couldn’t kill you at birth. If you are experiencing serious attacks from Satan now, it probably may be because you have recently discovered your purpose in life and Satan wants to derail you. He will not succeed in Jesus name. HOW DID JESUS OVERCOME SATAN? (A) By living a life of holiness (John 14:30, Rom 6: 1; Heb 12:14) (B.) By using the scriptures (refer to Matt 4:1-11) (C.) Not being ignorant of the devices of Satan as he tries to outwit you (2 Cor 2: 11). The principal way is to repent from committing sins, restitute your ways and live a holy life (Is 55:7). Can you honestly declare as Jesus did that ‘the prince of this world has found nothing in my hands?’ 2. ENVIRONMENT: The second force is being mindful of your environment. As a wise man said, your location determines your allocation in life’ There are so many people who are not fulfilling their purpose in life due to wrong location. If you trace the life of Jesus, you will notice that he was mindful of where he lived, otherwise He would have died untimely. He was born in Bethlehem, his parents moved him to Egypt so that he wasn’t killed, he came back to live in Nazareth, most of his ministrations were in Capernaum and He only visited Jerusalem occasionally when necessary to avoid being killed. When it was time for him to die, he set his face go to Jerusalem and this was very significant (because that’s where Prophets die- Luke 13: 33). I need to inform you that there are specific locations under heavens where you are destined to experience maximum fulfilment of your potentials. If you are outside these divine locations, your success will be limited because it will mainly be by your personal abilities and the mercy of God. There are examples of people in the bible whose location affected their destinies: Excerpts of message delivered by Pastor Sunday Oloyede on April 27th 2014. To read/ download/share full version please visit : http://rccgefayork.org.uk/contending-with-forces-against-your-being-lifted-up/ RCCG EVERLASTING FATHER’S ASSEMBLY , LEEDS’ ACTIVITIES WEEKLY ACTIVITIES
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We collectively want to congratulate our brothers and sisters on their birthday celebrations, which occurred in April 2014. Some of them are: Bro Babajide Alabi, Sis Folake Aribo; Sis Teejay Gbemre; Elder Beatrice Ijaodola; Elder Dupe Gbeleyi; Sis Osayamen Ojo; Elder Nike Ola; Sis Uche Nzei; Sis Filomena Tavarez; Sis Temitope Ajimuwe; Sis Gloria Grillo; Sis Abiodun Musa; Sis Yetunde Bode; Sis Oyinkan Dahunsi; Sis Anu Phillips; Sis Ngozi Ofuani; Elder Jacob Odaodu; Bro Tomi Akintolu; Bro Timi Shiyanbade; Rev Pelumi ; Bro Deji Fowode; Bro Leye Ajayi; Master Dugam Njobuenwu and Master Stephen Adeleye. May God be gracious to you all; bless you and make His face to shine upon you all in Jesus name. Are you in need of Assistance or Support? Talk to Welfare Coordinator - Minister Adebisi Olobaniyi Like Us on Facebook /RCCGEFA
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