NOVEMBER 2013 THEME:
Overwhelming Joy Text: Psalm 30:5
- By Pastor Bioye Segun
EEPING may endure for a night but joy cometh in the morning. Problems may persist till the close of day but joy begins a new day. When we say something is overwhelming we mean when something engulfs you, when joy floods your heart? Have you noticed that there are some people when they laugh it makes you laugh too? It's as if they should laugh so you too can laugh because you find it therapeutic. Bible says in Prov 17:22 A merry heart does good like medicine but a broken spirit dries the bones. Another version says Being cheerful keeps you healthy. It is slow death to be gloomy all the time. But when some people laugh you can easily see that it is plastic, artificial. It does not come from the heart because it is empty of joy. Joy goes deeper than happiness. You are happy only when a good event occurs eg you buy a car, clothes etc but joy from the heart is long lasting that even when things are not going well for you you still have that inner joy that keeps you going right through that unpleasant experience. David said in Ps 51:8 Make me to hear Joy and gladness....When last did you hear joy, goodness, good news? Your time has come to rejoice. For somebody here good news is coming your way soon. The widow of Nain in Luke 7:11-15 once knew joy because the day she got married was a day of joy for her and also the day she had her son too was overwhelming joy for her. She had everything going for her until the spirit of death visited and snatched her husband. Immediately her joy turned to sorrow and as if that was not enough her only son and only hope equally died. In this instance man can only sympathise and encourage but as they were going to bury the son the great restorer came calling and restored her joy. I don't know whether you have been going from one sad event to another or whether you have encountered sorrow and have not been able to come out of it? or you have been terribly disappointed or jilted? Today I pronounce that trend of sorrow and bad news and disappointments has come to an end in your life IJN. Every Link you have with sorrow is hereby destroyed by the blood of Jesus From this moment you will begin to encounter joy. You will begin to move from one joyful even to another. The Almighty restorer will restore your stolen joy because He wants your joy to be full. David also cried to God in Ps 51:12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation. There is joy in being saved you know. There is joy in serving God. There is joy in soul winning you know. Brethren it's a new day. A new day is another opportunity to rejoice because the struggles of yesterday is gone with yesterday, there is a new hope with a new dawn that I can still make it. Joy comes in the morning. This is a new day. It is the morning after the night before. The joy after the sorrow and pain of yesterday. Thank God the night does not last always. This is the reason why it is not good to worry. I sense in my spirit that there is someone here who is always worrying. Now I ask you if joy is coming tomorrow why waste time worrying today? because somehow by the following morning that thing that is causing you to worry will be taken away by the owner of joy IJN. Now morning is also called daybreak, that word, daybreak is significant. How? Because the day has to break in on the night because night wants to linger on, the pain of yesterday wants to stay on, the disappointments wants to linger on, that sickness, terminal or not does not want to leave, just as it took 12 yrs for the issue of blood to leave that woman, depression wants to remain, poverty wants to dwell in us etc all these are symptoms brought in through the works of darkness because darkness still wants to rule but day suddenly breaks in on the night unannounced. E.xcerpts of a sermon delivered by Pastor Bioye Segun, Zonal and Senior Pastor at RCCG Majesty Court, London on November 10th, 2013. To read/download the full version, please visit http://rccgleeds.org.uk/overwhelmingjoy/
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ESOUNDING as related to this theme will be defined as ‘clear and emphatic; enormous; unmistakable huge; massive; very great; tremendous; terrific; colossal; total’. While joy could be define as ‘the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation’. In life we experience variations of joy. While some are small and could be hidden, resounding joys are however huge and vivid. God promised Abraham and Sarah that they would become father and mother of nations, but they were childless at 75 years and 65 years respectively. At a later time in their lives, a child called Ishmael came along in disobedience, instead of this development to be a joyous one; it was bitterness and sadness it brought (Gen. 16: 1-7; 21: 9-14). At age 100 and 90, they both had the Promised Child, it was a time of resounding joy for them. Abraham called all the neighbouring settlements and made a great feast. It was an elation that couldn’t be mistaken or hidden (Gen. 21:1-8). In this month of November, God has promised us in Everlasting Father’s Assembly a time of tremendous and unmistakable joy and delight. We will be filled with great elation; and things that are exceptional good will come our way in Jesus name. 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
RCCG WORLDWIDE 2013 PROPHECY
THE RCCG (WORLDWIDE) 2013 PROPHECY
Year of Signs & 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)
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Your Joy Cannot Be Taken By Dr. Abayomi Sanusi From You
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Please drop in the PRAYER BOX in the PRAYER GAIN, welcome to November 2013, our Month of Resounding Joy. There is REQUESTS reception or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. an old spiritual that triumphantly declares ‘This joy that I have, the world didn’t give it to me and cannot take it away’. There is deep spiritual understanding behind that affirmation. Please note that MARRIAGE COUNSELLING is Joy is better experienced than explained, and can be difficult to translate. It is an SINGLES’ available for those in courtships; as well as for outwardly expressed feeling of pleasure and delight. Many English language HERALD those that have the leading to initiate a lifelong dictionaries refer to a joy in the light of its derivation from a Latin based French word relationship. Ask the Pastor for guidance. that refers back to the act of rejoicing! Several languages display similar weaknesses in adequately representing joy. Perhaps for this reason there are usually several JOIN THE If you are willing to serve within the Church in any closely related yet different and unique words to describe joy. I conclude from WORKERS’ capacity or you know how to play any musical observing the literal meaning of these words that joy must be a combination of three CADRE things: Peace of mind, Calmness of spirit, and Contentment of soul. instrument, please see the Pastor. Being spiritual beings resident in a physical world, it is extremely easy and convenient to confuse happiness for joy. So much so that in today’s English language we just lazily Packaged to equip believers for service unto WORKERS’ IN fail to distinguish often use the expression “Joy and Happiness”. They are profoundly TRAINING God and the edification of the body of Christ. different. Watching your favourite football team win a world cup, deriving a desired SESSIONS Please see the Pastor to register. achievement, or similar things also give pleasure and delight but have no impact on peace of mind, calmness of spirit or contentment of soul. We manage to shed ‘tears of CHURCH WEEKLY ACTIVITIES joy’, and not of happiness! Jesus spoke to his disciples of things about to happen to him: His death, resurrection, CELEBRATION SERVICE and the consequences for His followers. He stressed that He shall no longer need to WITH SUNDAY SCHOOL: 10:15 - 13:00PM speak to them in parables, but openly. He declared that ‘your joy no man taketh HOUSE FELLOWSHIP 5:30PM - 6:30pm from you’. John 16.19-24 We need to understand that regardless of what happens in this earth to us as Christians, nothing can take our joy away. DIGGING DEEP - 6:30pm - 8:30PM Here are examples of joyful situations. The bible describes a kind of peace that passes all understanding, the peace of God, INVITATION TO BANQUET which is able to keep the christian’s heart and mind. This can only be achieved (2nd & 4th Sat) 3:00PM through Jesus Christ. In fact Paul described the saints at Philippi as his ‘joy and crown’, DRAMA MEETING - 5PM encouraging them to stand fast in the Lord. That calmness of spirit and contentment CHOIR MEETING - 4.30PM (Every Saturday) in knowing the interest, work and power of God in the saints’ lives is characteristic of SINGLES’ MEETING (1st & 3rd Sat.) - 3PM joy. Phil 4.1,6-7. We get a glimpse of joy in Jesus’s parable of the lost sheep, and the description of CHURCH MONTHLY ACTIVITIES rejoicing that happens in heaven when a soul is saved. There is no material Celebration of Life Service: 1st Sunday of the month quantification of the joy and rejoicing experienced from seeing an offspring doing Anointing Service:- Last Sundays of the month well in life. Another example is the rejoicing when a miracle is performed, an Holy Communion:- Last Wednesday of the month achievement is realized, the grace and mercy of God have been displayed, or the emergence of another Christian testimony. Women Fellowship - 3rd Saturday - 1.00PM Joy has some unique characteristics. Men Fellowship - Last Friday - Bimonthly - 6.30PM Joy can be lost! The source of true joy is our Lord even when this is not very obvious to NIGHT VIGIL some people (Eccl 2.26a) & James 1.17. It is possible to rejoice wrongly, incorrectly and FIRST Friday of the month (10PM - 1AM) sinfully. James 4.13-17. Joy can be temporary Job 20.4-5. Throughout the ages VENUE:innumerable people have used diverse ways to seek happiness to try and achieve LAND OF MERCY, 15-17 WALTER STREET, LEEDS joy. But true joy is spiritual, inseparable from God’s vision for your future. John 3.17-19. Achievement of this true joy and rejoicing requires spiritual understanding. Christians are at the very core of the constant struggle between God and the powers of darkness. And there is no excuse for ignorance. 1Pet 4.12-14 My prayer is that your joy shall be full. You will shed tears of joy. May God satisfy you We collectively want to congratulate our brothers and with Peace of mind, Calmness of spirit, and Contentment of soul. There will never be sisters on their birthday celebrations, which occurred in a shortage of joy in your life and family! God will rebuke and eliminate every threat September. to your joy. What are the consequences of knowing these things? Some of them are: Bro Samuel Dahunsi; Sis Olajumoke People of understanding rejoice in the things of God! (1 Thess 2.19) Arowosola; Bro Adeola Olanrewaju; Bro Abiola It is imperatively a command that we rejoice in the Lord always. How can you rejoice Shedrack; Sis Ease Mabiala; Sis Esther Ezukanma; Min in something or someone you never talk to, read about or fellowship with? Phil 4.4, Victor Olajubu; Sis Modupe Ajiboye; Sis Funmilola Ogunyinka; Bro Daniel Psalm 33. Without the necessary spiritual understanding there can be no true or Makwa; Sis Grace Lekwauwa; Bro Olatundu Adebayo; Bro Ademola Paseda; lasting joy.
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