Pastor Tayo Kujore @ Sunday first service
Time is always fixed and cannot be changed. But in-between time are seasons which are not fixed but rotates. And when you know your seasons, your journey in life would be meaningful and purposeful. Purpose without vision is like a journey without destination. Pastor Tayo Bayo-Kujore said this at the first service of August 25 Family Sunday while admonishing the congregation on identifying their seasons.
Speaking from Isaiah 45:1 and Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, he said there are two doors in the process of life and whether men like it or not, these two doors are compulsory for their entry into and exit from life. “It is a process everyone must go through. It is personal,” he said.
He further said that the seasons in-between the entry and exit of life include; the season of self-recognition (Jeremiah 1:5); God-recognition moment; religion (Joshua 24:14-15); and character (Luke 6:43-44). “First is the door which is the entry, then the seasons in-between and finally, the exit. What you do between these times would determine how you live,” he stated.
He enjoined believers to rise and take their place and stop living by doctrines but by the word as well as not to abuse the liberty they have in Christ.
“PLANTED TO FLOURISH’’
Pastor Femi Megbope @Sunday second service
Pastor Femi Megbope at the second service of the August 25 Family Sunday said that God’s ultimate desire is for the world to be attracted to the believers’ lives when they flourish thereby glorifying and giving their lives to Him. But the believers need to go through the process of moving from being planted to flourishing. This, he said, would be determined by God. “God knows the best place for you to flourish. So allow Him to locate you and move you,” he said.
According to him, just as the growth of the Palm tree depends on the quality of seed, the planting location and the care provided, the growth of a believer that would attract people’s lives to God is dependent on abiding in God and His word. This, he said, is the natural habitat for the flourishing for God’s children.
Speaking from Psalm 92: 12 – 15, Pastor Femi noted that believers would be strong, fruitful, significant and successful even in the face of disasters if they abide in God’s presence just as the Palm tree and the Cedar tree are not affected by famine or natural disasters but remain strong and fruitful. “You would avoid some calamities if you trust and allow God to move you to the right place for you to flourish. It is therefore important for you to know when God is moving you so you can flourish,” he said.
He therefore encouraged that every Christian should allow God care for them in the way only He can and to be prepared to break any attachment that will break every form of limitations.
“LET GOD FIGHT FOR YOU”
Pastor Kemi Odukoya @ Thursday Showers
While admonishing the worshippers at the August 22 Thursday showers on how to allow God fight their battles, Pastor Kemi Odukoya said that contrary to the natural instinct to attack when one is being or about to be besieged by the enemy, believers who are truly walking in God’s will are supposed to live by the supernatural where it becomes easy for them to respond positively in the midst of negative stimuli as advised in Matthew 5:38.
According to her, the enemy would always come to believers at their lowest point. This, she said, doesn’t necessarily have to do with any offense from them but just their determination to live for God. It is at such times, Pastor Kemi noted, that believers should wait and listen to God’s instructions before taking any step just like King Jehoshaphat did in (2 Chronicles 20:2-23); King David in (1 Samuel 30: 1- 18) and Joseph in (Genesis 37:2- 23; and 42:6-15).
Pastor Kemi further stated that conscious renewing of the minds with the word of God would help the believer trust God to fight for them and obeying His instructions in the face of oppositions. According to her, this would make them become that spiritual person who would live by the supernatural whenever the enemy attacks and also gives them the patience to handle negative situations. “You need to get to the point of guarding your heart so much that you would be responding positively to negative stimuli,” she said.
She then urged them to always trust God who is a Man of war and great in battle to fight their battles for them. In her words, “If that God is your God, you don’t need to fight by your own power. His ways are better than yours and when you do things His ways, it would always end in victory just like it happened for Jehoshaphat, David and Joseph.”
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