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WHAT IS LOVE? -1

Pastor Jimmy Odukoya @ Sunday service

Speaking on what love is, Pastor Jimmy Odukoya, at the February 4 Sunday service, explained to the congregation that love is an enduring attribute of God’s nature and not just a feeling. According to him, love is a noun; asserting that love is God.

Recalling his late mother’s words, pastor Jimmy Odukoya said “Love is not a feeling you feel when you feel a feeling that has never been felt before. Love is God! God is love. God is the source and the originator of love. Love comes from God. That means any love that does not involve God in it is counterfeit. You cannot give what you don’t have. You cannot give love unless you have God (love).”

Reading from 1 John 4:7, the Senior Pastor stated that the balanced equation of love involves God and the two individuals involved; noting that it is impossible to love without first having God in one. “You cannot love people – your children, neighbour, and your spouse—if you don’t have love (God),” he said.

Citing Genesis 1:1; 3:6; 1 John 4:16-19; and 1 Corinthians 13:4-8; Pastor Jimmy connected love to light, asserting that true love produces vision, information, and direction. He said, “The first thing love (God) produced was light. If it is love, it must produce light; and if it is light, it must produce vision, information, and direction.”

Relating this to marital relationships, the clergy noted that any relationship devoid of God’s light and love would also be devoid of direction, meaning, and purpose. Pastor J further told his listeners, especially the singles, that they have been created for a purpose, and finding that purpose and walking in it would define other things they do.

He said, “Singles, the most important decision you can ever make in life after giving your life to Christ is the decision of the person you choose to marry. There is a vision God has for your life. If you do not know the vision God has for your life, you have no business getting married. If your relationship lacks direction, it will lack light. If it lacks light, it will lack love. And if it lacks love, it lacks God.”

He, therefore, encouraged the congregation to see themselves through the lens of love; urging them to seek information, make decisions, and embrace a vision for their lives. The service concluded with a call to prioritize God’s love as the guiding force in all relationships.

Earlier in the service, Pastor Tolu Odukoya encouraged the congregation from Mark 11:23-24 not to be weary while waiting but to trust God to come through for them; adding that God’s answers would surely come and would be a transition to a new level.

“When God makes you wait, He is building character in you, He is teaching you something. The waiting period is a place of grooming, it’s a place of growth because when He answers you, it’s a new level. So, don’t be weary in waiting. Waiting on your Father, He has something amazing for you. All you need is patience,” she said.

The full messages are available on the Church’s YouTube Channel, Fountain TV, and Jimmy Odukoya YouTube Channel. The audio messages can be accessed on SoundCloud, Google Podcast, Spotify, and Apple Podcast. The messages are also available on CDs and DVDs at The Fountain of Life Church Digital Media Store.

 

 

WHAT DO YOU HAVE?

Pastor Bisoye Okwoli @ Thursday Showers

Pastor Bisoye Okwoli, while ministering to the worshippers at the February 1 Thursday showers, stated that signs and wonders are supposed to follow the believer, not the other way around. She added that a believer who is too obsessed with his or her lack is poor and would always chase signs and wonders instead of becoming the sign that would make the world wonder.

“You chase things that are supposed to chase you, and this is spiritual confusion because the instruction of God is for both signs and wonders to chase you. If your bank account is a determinant of your wealth, you are a poor person,” she said.

She continued, “Do you know why we keep chasing them? Because we do not know who we are and what we have. It is those who know who they are that can do exploits. When you know who you are, it is easier for all these things to be added unto you.”

The clergy quoted Acts 3:1-6, Luke 15, and Genesis 1 to illustrate that the physical realm is not the ultimate reality and that God has the power to transform any situation no matter how complex it is. She further noted that some blessings are prolonged because believers have not developed enough stamina to handle such blessings.

She, therefore, urged them to trust God and stop leaning on their understanding because it would fail them. “God is more interested in who you become than in what you get. The purpose for signs and wonders is for you to be a conduit and not a container,” she urged.

The full messages are available on the Church’s YouTube Channel, Fountain TV, and Jimmy Odukoya YouTube Channel. The audio messages can be accessed on SoundCloud, Google Podcast, Spotify, and Apple Podcast. The messages are also available on CDs and DVDs at The Fountain of Life Church Digital Media Store.

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