Broken to be Blessed

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Preached by Pastor Kunle Oladebo

Genesis 32:22-28 

  1. Introduction
    • To the world, brokenness is bad 
    • To the Word, brokenness is desirable
      • Isaiah 42:3 (KJV) – “A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth”
        • broken and bruised, God does not throw away broken and bruised people.  He wants to mend and bless the broken
      • “It is doubtful whether God can bless a man greatly until He has hurt him deeply “- A.W. Tozer
    • God does not mostly use the blessed but the broken
  2. The Broken Brethren 
    • Abraham (Waited 25 years for child of promise)
    • Jacob wrestled all night till his hip was broken, then Jacob can become Israel (origin of the nation of Israel)
    • David (Shepherd boy who faced Goliath ran away from Saul in his broken moment.  This began his journey to become King
    • Fearing Job to become the Blessed Job – became blessed with double
    • Peter, the fisherman, to raise Peter the fisher of men (Luke 22:62 – Peter wept bitterly when he denied Jesus)
    • Saul of Tarsus was the greatest persecutor and had to be broken to become Apostle Paul
    • Jesus at the Garden if Gethsemane – God said to Jesus “You have to pay the price”
    • Next person is you
  3. To shed off the “Adamic” nature  
    • 1 Corinthians 15:45 (KJV) – “And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.”
    • hinderance to holiness, righteousness
  4. To bring you to a malleable state 
    • Too adamant to adapt
    • Too cultural to change; cannot be broken to produce the best God wants you to be
    • Jeremiah 32:33 (NLT) – “My people have turned their backs on me and have refused to return. Even though I diligently taught them, they would not receive instruction or obey.”
    • Receive instruction but lack teachable spirits
    • Be clay in the hands of the Potter. “Those who are ready to be broken will turn out to be the masterpiece of the Potter.” – PKO
  5. To  bring you to the understanding that God is in control 
    • Believing achievements are by your power
    • Hebrews 5:8-9 (CEV) – “Jesus is God’s own Son, but still he had to suffer before he could learn what it really means to obey God. Suffering made Jesus perfect, and now he can save forever all who obey him.”
    • Not selective obedience – believe the Scripture totally, not selectively 
    • Not my will but Your will
    • Being too full of yourself, God may leave you alone – A child avoiding rebuke shall be destroyed without remedy (Proverbs 29:1)
    • It takes brokenness to submit and surrender
  6. To live the rest of your life acknowledging His power and grace is sustaining you
    • Paul – God’s grace is sufficient.  His strength is made perfect.
    • God is not looking for orators (best communicator) as the world wants
    • He looks for people dependable on Him (humble)
    • Those that are broken are ready to surrender their will to His will”. -PKO
      • He will bless them abundantly 
  7. To prevent emotion from ruling the affairs of your life
    • Untamed emotion can ruin your life
    • To be forewarned is yo be fore armed.
    • Don’t stay offended.  It takes brokenness to overlook an offense
    • 1 Corinthians 9:27 – “But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.”
    • When emotion takes you to the far left, brokenness moves you to the side of Christ
    • A life ruled by emotion will be ruined by emotion.  Brokenness prevents your emotion from taking an upper hand over your reaction. “ – PKO

Embracing Fatherhood – June 21, 2020

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Preached by Pastor Kunle Oladebo

1 Corinthians 4:14 – 17

Embracing Fatherhood

Daystar Chapel, Fort McMurray

June 21, 2020.

Pastor Kunle Oladebo

1 Corinthians 4:14 – 17 

  1. Introduction 
    • Fathers assume responsibility for their children 
    • Fathers should do things that the children should imitate “Fatherhood by example” 
    • Everyone needs a father
    • The best fatherhood is patterned on divine fatherhood
    • “A child is not likely to find a father in God, unless he finds something of God in his father” – Glenn Wheeler
    • Level of success can depend on fatherhood
  2. Types of Fathers 
    • žBiological Father
    • žAdopted Father 
    • žFamily Father
    • Community Father
    • Spiritual Father
    • Heavenly Father
  3. Biological Father 
    • A responsible father fulfills his role
    • žFatherhood means “alive and available” (MIA – Missing in action)
    • Provoke your father’s blessings
    • “meet my need with your meat and I will meet your future with my blessing” – PKO
  4. Adopted Father 
    • Esther 2:7 (CEB) “Mordecai had been a father to Hadassah (that is, Esther), though she was really his cousin, because she had neither father nor mother…”
    • žWilliam Jefferson Blythe II became William Jefferson Clinton
  5. Family Father 
    • Head of the family as father of the house. 
    • ž1 Peter 3:6 (AMP) “just as Sarah obeyed Abraham [following him and having regard for him as head of their house], calling him lord. And you have become her daughters if you do what is right without being frightened by any fear [that is, being respectful toward your husband but not giving in to intimidation, nor allowing yourself to be led into sin, nor to be harmed].”
    • Point 3
  6. Community Father 
    • ž“It takes a village to raise a child”
    • Community elders are mentors & peace makers 
    • Lamentations 5:14 (CJB) “The old men have deserted the city gate, the young men have given up their music.” 
  7. Spiritual Father 
    • žEphesians 6:1 (AMPC) “Children, obey your parents in the Lord [as His representatives], for this is just and right” 
    • 2 Kings 2:12 “And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof…”
  8. Becoming like Your Heavenly Father 
    • Availability
    • Integrity
    • Sacrifice 

4D’s of Greatness – June 14, 2020

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Preached by Pastor Lucky Braimoh

Philippians 3:7 – 14 

  1. Every Journey in Life Consists of 4 D’s 
    • Decision:  Making up the mind
    • Distance:  How far to go on a journey
    • Direction:  The way or route to take on a journey
    • Destination:  The ultimate end point
  2. In His Journey to Greatness 
    • Decision:  Apostle Paul re-shaped his priorities (vs. 7 – 8)
    • Direction:  Apostle Paul made clear the path he was taking (vs. 9 – 10)
    • Distance:  Apostle Paul exhibited humility and self-awareness in acknowledging what was before him (vs. 11 – 13)
    • Destination:  Apostle Paul had the end in mind (vs. 14)
  3. Jesus’ Journeys 
    • Road to Emmaus
    • Road to Jericho
    • Road to Damascus
    • Journey to the Cross
  4. Hannah – Case Study # 1
    • Hannah was married, but God shut Hannah’s womb (1 Samuel 1:5)
    • Hannah was being provoked, scorned and shamed 
    • Hannah was focused and made a vow to God and prayed for one child
    • Hannah finished strong.  Her latter glory included the transformation from a barren woman to a Prophet’s Mom + 3 sons and 3 daughters (2 Samuel 2: 21)
  5. Woman With the Issue of Blood – Case Study #2
    • She suffered at the hands of her supposed helpers (John 9:26)
    • She invested herself and substance, all to no avail (John 9:26)
    • She purposed in her heart to touch Jesus then was made whole (John 9:27 – 29)
    • Her latter glory was significantly much better than her former
  6. The Man Born Blind – Case Study # 3
    • The same people who called him a beggar and blind, testified of his latter glory (John 9:8 – 10)
    • The blind man advertised Jesus in his journey to greatness (John 9:27)
    • The blind man became a teacher of the Word – teaching teachers John 9:29 – 33)
    • The blind man glorified God (John 9:25 – 30)
  7. Conclusion 
    • The End in Mind (2 Timothy 4: 6 – 8):  For God’s name to be glorified.  It is about what Jesus says.  Will you take to Jesus what He expects of you?
    • This is your day, don’t waste your day!
    • If you don’t know your course, which greatness are you aspiring to get?” – PLB
    • Make a decision to focus on Him who has called you
    • Envision the destination you will arrive at
    • Visualize  the distance : Travel on the road called righteousness and faith.  Finish your course.  Everyone has a course.  Each person’s course is different.  Know your course. 

FINISH WELL!

Journey to Greatness (2) – June 7, 2020

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Preached by Pastor Kunle Oladebo

2 Kings 2:1 – 15 

  1. Introduction 
    • Every step you take in life counts.  Don’t just take any step; take that step with purpose
    • The direction you are going matters; if you are going in the wrong the direction ,(does not matter pace or speed), you will end up in the wrong destination.  Choose direction by faith, not sight.  Especially things that matter (marriage, career, relocation)
    • Be careful of your association because your association matters. 
      • Books you read
      • Shows you watch
      • People you follow on Social Media
  2. Emulate Elijah 
    • Determination:  essential part of success;  Strength that carries you through despite obstacles.  It keeps you from quitting.
    • Discouragement:   path to greatness is lined with discouragement.  Hold on to your vision.  Destiny destroyer and undermines ability.  Be careful whom you are listening to in life
    • Distancing – do not keep a distance with your destiny helper; close the gap but don’t tailgate.
  3. Distancing – don’t keep your distance from your Creator
    • Elisha never distanced from Elijah 
      • They had constant conversation
      • They walked together
    • Peter denied Jesus because of the gap (Peter was afar off). Isaiah 55:6 “Seek the Lord while He may be found,
      Call upon Him while He is near.” (NKJV)
    • Blind Bartimeaus did not keep a distance.  He called out to Jesus.  If he had been afar off, Jesus may not have heard him.
    • Don’t keep your distance because of delay of expectation. 
  4. Distraction – avoid distractions in life 
    • Many things distract us in life 
      • Marriage
      • Social Media
      • Greed 
      • Activities
      • Pleasures of life
    • When a sheep stops hearing from the Shepherd, that sheep will go astray.
    • Losing sight of your captain, you ship will go in the wrong direction
    • Distraction sways you away from your destiny. 1 John 2:15 “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” (NKJV)
    • Distraction will prevent you from getting to your grace
    • Take responsibility for your own life.  1 Corinthians 7:35 – “And this I say for your own profit, not that I may put a leash on you, but for what is proper, and that you may serve the Lord without distraction.” (NKJV)
  5. Dissatisfaction:  Be dissatisfied with a life of mediocrity.  “Dissatisfaction is the mother of progress.  Satisfaction is the enemy of progress.” – PKO
      • Anytime God is dissatisfied with humanity, He intervenes by creating or destroying (to start over)
      • Exceptional person takes responsibility and is dissatisfied with the situation
        • Genesis 6:6 – “And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.” (NKJV)
        • Judges 2:18 – “And when the Lord raised up judges for them, the Lord was with the judge and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge; for the Lord was moved to pity by their groaning because of those who oppressed them and harassed them.” (NKJV)
        • 1 Samuel 5:11 – “So they sent and gathered together all the lords of the Philistines, and said, “Send away the ark of the God of Israel, and let it go back to its own place, so that it does not kill us and our people.” For there was a deadly destruction throughout all the city; the hand of God was very heavy there.” (NKJV)
      • Why be satisfied with mediocre when there is great?
        • Prayer life
        • Career  

When you are dissatisfied with your spiritual life, then you can be like Enoch who walked with God.  Ask God,He will increase you.

Why Sit We Here Until We Die? – May 31, 2020

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Preached by Pastor Kunle Oladebo

2 Kings 7: 3 – 9 

  1. Introduction 
      • Story of Desperation (You feel detached from others due to the COVID-19 crises)
      • Story of Discovery
      • Story of Duty (Neglect because of what you have gone through or what you are going through)
    • Every one has the desire to go to heaven, but no one wants to die.  The only way you can get to heaven is through death, unless you are around for the Rapture
    • All they could see was death – resign to fate or rise to faith
    • Challenge the status quo – family situations, life of trouble, job loss, 
    • God puts us through trials and tribulations because He wants to 
      • promotes us through trials, tribulations – prove that did you really trust him. 
      • Protect us
      • Look for opportunities in the problem; 
      • “Problems are the price of progress” – Charles Kettering 
      • “These trials, tribulations and temptations are there to push you to the position of your testimony.” – PKO. Discover something to transform your life /home.  Move ahead into you miracle.  It is when you move that God will move.
  2. Steps for Recovery 
    • Face reality of your life– Correct evaluation of your life; put the right value on your life so you can live a life of purpose
      • When you cannot really estimate your worth, the world will underestimate you.
    • Understand the situation:  when you don’t understand, your comments and contribution may be inappropriate 
      • Helps you in devising the next steps
      • Do a thorough assessment of the current situation.  “Query your current state to give a reason to desire a better state and have a better understanding of your situation.” – PKO
      • Understand your situation and benchmark it with your goal
    • Factor in the Risk – there is nothing that does not have risk
      • The higher the risk, the greater the gain
      • No risk, no reward
      • Staying at the same spot is a sign of complacency.  There are always better days ahead!
      • Too much comfort will only lead to complacency
      • Lepers took the risk; time and chances happen to them all
        • Took steps of boldness
        • They marched forward instead of turning back
        • Starving or sword (Lepers chose the sword)
        • Examples of people who took high risks but lived: Esther, Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego, Daniel, Paul (2 Corinthians 11)
    • Follow through the action
      • Faith without works is dead
      • Analysis takes you nowhere.  Take the action.
      • For the lepers, doing nothing meant death and starvation
      • Analysis with action means no progress
      • There is opportunity and abundance waiting for you on the other side; Cross over all the obstacles