Soaring Through Vision – September 13, 2020

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Preached by Pastor Kunle Oladebo

Habakuk 2:1 – 3 (NJKV) ‘I will stand my watch And set myself on the rampart, And watch to see what He will say to me, And what I will answer when I am corrected. Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry.’

    1. Introduction
      • Visions tarry but should not be lost. They will come at an appointed time
      • Every mission requires a vision (Abraham’s mission did not start until God gave him a vision).  God is a visionary.  As children of God we need to have vision.  Jesus came with God’s vision and led with vision.  He taught the disciples the challenges they would face with the vision.
      • Every  vision is for an appointed time
        • Many times we want to run ahead of our vision (Joseph waiter after his dream)
        • David waited when he was told he would be king 
        • Jesus waited about 30 years
      • Building the capacity to soar through vision
        • Internet progressed to 5G
        • Write it down 
        • It’s a process( it takes time)
      • The 360 degrees sights for vision
        • Fortune 500 worked towards it.  It did not start on day 1.
    2. Eyesight 
      • The natural ability to see – take conceptual ideas to concrete ideas
      • See something and come up with something better from what you have seen
      • When you see something you need to be inspired: Queen of Sheba cane to see Solomon’s wealth and kingdom and was inspired 
      • John 1:39 – disciples followed Jesus Christ.  He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where He was staying, and remained with Him that day (now it was about the tenth hour).’  They stayed with him from that time forward.
      • Nathaniel believed when he saw
      • Power in eyesight that helps you to your vision
    3. Hindsight 
      • Hindsight is look life through the rear view mirror 
      • Philippians 1:12 (CEB) – ‘Brothers and sisters, I want you to know that the things that have happened to me have actually advanced the gospel.’
      • Opportunity to learn from past experience; use lessons learned to build a better future
      • Opportunity for correction; learning from your mistakes
      • See the providence of God at work
      • Prophecy is at its best at hindsight (John 12:16) – ‘His disciples did not understand these things at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written about Him and that they had done these things to Him.’
      • ‘Hindsight is a beautiful thing.  Past is for the memory; the present is for the mind.’  – Ben Galley
    4. Foresight 
      • Foresight is Anticipating the future 
      • Planning ahead before it happens 
      • Jethro was a man of foresight and advised Moses to delegate Exodus 18
      • Esau thought of now, not about tomorrow 
      • Trick: turn hindsight to foresight 
      • ‘Always plan no matter how improbable it is.  The bill for hindsight is much more expensive than the receipt of foresight.’ – Johnnie Dest Jr.
      • Microsoft vs. Blackberry 
    5. Insight 
      • Insight is looking inward to reflect great output 
      • People with analytical minds
      • Daniel  5:14 – ‘I have heard of you, that the [a]Spirit of God is in you, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom are found in you.’
    6. Oversight 
      • Adequate execution of vision requires oversight
      • Wrong oversight will destroy all  the work you have put in place
      • Genesis 41:40 (ERV) – ‘I will put you in charge of my country, and the people will obey all your commands. I will be the only one more powerful than you.”’
      • Joseph interpreting Pharaoh’s dream; Pharaoh put Joseph in charge 
      • Mission and vision can fail without the right oversight

Understanding Vision – September 6, 2020

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Preached by Pastor Kunle Oladebo

Proverbs 29:18 (KJV): Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

Isaiah 32:8 (AMP): But the noble man conceives noble and magnificent things; And he stands by what is noble and magnificent.

  1. Vision Is
    • Seeing the invisible and making it visible 
      • accurate vision of what God is saying about you
      • Every invention is a product of a vision
    • Revelation or inspiration gearing towards the future
      • Better tomorrow.  If they cannot envision a better tomorrow, they quit along the way.
    • Ability to picture the future the future (how will your tomorrow be?)
      • If you want to feature in the future you have to have vision and run by it.” – PKO
    • The trademark of leaders and tools of world changers
      • Run with it; don’t only talk about it
      • Many tines we are man in a mission not man with a vision; he needs to have something in mind
      • (fighting for tomorrow) – street fighters instead of world changers
      • Genesis 13:14 – Lot and Abraham ‘And the Lord said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward:’
  2. Some Key Points about Vision
    • Gives pain a purpose 
      • Run with it to realize it
      • Without vision, people take the easy way out
      • Peter – fisher of men vs. a fisherman
    • Requires sacrifice
      • Give up things to pursue your vision
      • Matthew 19:27 – 29 (KJV) ‘Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.’
    • Requires faith
      • If you yourself cannot believe in your vision, no one will believe in you / your vision 
    • Requires determination 
      • Friends who cut the roof Mark 2:1 – 12 (faith)
      • 1 Samuel 30:6 – David encouraged himself : ‘And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.’
    • Requires self motivation 
      • Often anchor our limitation on situation.  It is usually imagination. You need to have the right imagination.  Any time there is a will there is a way.  
      • Willpower depends on your imagination not your limitation nor your situation. 
    • Vision stimulates passion
      • Passion takes you where ordinarily you may never get to

Breaking Societal Barriers – August 30, 2020

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Preached by Pastor Kunle Oladebo

John 17:14 – 16 

  1. Introduction 
    • We are epistles.  What are people reading?  There is a reason and purpose why God put you here.  God never wastes resources.  Are you fulfilling that purpose?
    • Christians becoming worldly to fit in 
      • Are you supporting God’s mission?  
      • Have strong reasons not strong excuses when God asks why He should bless you.  
      • Christians are becoming more worldly than becoming Christ-like
    • The human biases and choices creating preferential treatment 
      • God wants us to be fair in all our dealings
      • Colossians 4:1 ‘Masters, [on your part] deal with your slaves justly and fairly, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.‘. (Masters’ dealings with slaves)
    • The ongoing battle of superiority
      • Live together in unity
    • The compromise of values to blend with the world
      • Refusing to stand tall for God (mysogny)
      • Sanctify them with your word John 17:17 – ‘ Sanctify them in the truth [set them apart for Your purposes, make them holy]; Your word is truth.‘ 
      • Christ’s opinions were not popular 
  2. Preferential Barrier 
    • Preferences turn to barriers when they become partiality
    • Perverts justice
    • Romans 2:11 (AMP) – ‘For God shows no partiality [no arbitrary favoritism; with Him one person is not more important than another].’
    • When people get used to preferential treatment equal treatment feels like discrimination.“ – Thomas Sowell
    • Makes you draw conclusions before you hear the facts (Proverbs 18:13) – ‘He who answers before he hears [the facts]— It is folly and shame to him.’
    • Operate in fairness!
  3. Communication Barrier 
    • Language, physical, attitude, perception, etc.
    • Ephesians 4:15 (AMP) – ‘But speaking the truth in love [in all things—both our speech and our lives expressing His truth], let us grow up in all things into Him [following His example] who is the Head—Christ.’  Speak the truth in love. 
    • “Communication should be with compassion not with compulsion” – PKO
    • Improve the ability to communicate in the spirit of love
  4. Cultural Barrier 
    • Culture becomes a barrier when we refuse to respect the culture of others
    • Revelations 7:9 (AMP) “After these things I looked, and this is what I saw: a vast multitude which no one could count, [gathered] from every nation and from all the tribes and peoples and languages [of the earth], standing before the throne and before the Lamb (Christ), dressed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands;”
    • Culture – Nation – Diversity – Tradition – Belief – Ethnicity – People
    • Ask when you don’t understand 
    • God put you where He wants you to come from.
    • ‘To break cultural barrier celebrate / embrace culture without borders’
    • Different doesn’t mean deficient
  5. Racial Barrier 
    • No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion.  People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love.” – Nelson Mandela 
    • Romans 3:29-30 (NLT) – ‘After all, is God the God of the Jews only? Isn’t he also the God of the Gentiles? Of course he is. 30 There is only one God, and he makes people right with himself only by faith, whether they are Jews or Gentiles.
    • God does not care what nationality we are.  There is only one God.
    • “Until we get to a point that we do not have an adjective to qualify a nationality, we are not going to break the racial barrier completely.” – PKO
    • This is our job as Christians – to break down barriers.  In 1953 Billy Graham asked that a demarcation be removed at a crusade in Tennessee. He took the barricade down himself told the usher that “If you put the barricade back up again, you will go ahead with the revival without me because I will be on my way out.”
    • How are we dealing with racial barriers?
  6. Jesus broke 3 barriers
    • John 4:7-38; Mark 7:24 – 30 – Jesus meets the Samaritan woman
      • Racial – Jew vs. Samaritan 
      • Gender – Prophet to woman (John 4:27)
      • Social – morality 
    • We should be reforming  lives instead of demeaning lives
    • Don’t lower dignity of people because of race

There Shall Be Holiness – July 26, 2020

Pastor Foluso Oladebo

Obadiah 1:17 – ‘ But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions.’

  1. Introduction
    • Holiness is one of the attributes of God
    • 1 Peter 1:16 – Because it is written, You will be holy; for I am holy
    • Isaiah 43:15 – I am the LORD, your Holy One, the creator of Israel Your King.
    • In His dwelling place there shall be holiness
    • 1 Peter 2:6 – For in Scripture it says:  “See, I lay in Zion, a chose and precious cornerstone, and the one who trust in Him will never be put to shame.”
  2. You are the Temple of God  
    • 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 (ESV) – ‘Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.’
    • We have to be careful how we live and how we behave in the house of God and what we say
    • Isaiah 59: 1-2 – ‘Behold, the Lord‘s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.’
  3. Are You Committed?
    • Galatians 5:19-21 (CEV) – ‘People’s desires make them give in to immoral ways, filthy thoughts, and shameful deeds. 20 They worship idols, practice witchcraft, hate others, and are hard to get along with. People become jealous, angry, and selfish. They not only argue and cause trouble, but they are 21 envious. They get drunk, carry on at wild parties, and do other evil things as well. I told you before, and I am telling you again: No one who does these things will share in the blessings of God’s kingdom.
    • Don’t allow yourself to be robbed of your possessions
    • Present a living holy body to God
  4. We Are Falling Through Different Ways 
    • Adultery and fornication
    • In-fighting among brethren
    • Gossip
    • Manipulation
    • 1 Thessalonians 4:6 (NIV) – ‘and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister. The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before.’
    • Don’t let going to Church be ritualistic. Come to church with right intentions (1 Thessalonians 4:7) – ‘For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.’
  5. Let Those Who are Called by the Name of the Lord Depart from Iniquity
    • 2 Corinthians 7:1 (NIV) – ‘ Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.’
    • Be intentional 
    • Romans 6:13 (ERV) – ‘Don’t offer the parts of your body to serve sin. Don’t use your bodies to do evil, but offer yourselves to God, as people who have died and now live. Offer the parts of your body to God to be used for doing good.’
    • Discerning spirit – Hebrews 5:14(NKJV) – ‘But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of  use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.’
    • Sacrificial life

Conclusion

As members  of the Church we are the seed of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and the members of the Abrahamic covenant.  The task of turning candidacy into reality is up to us.  Let us wrestle for our blessings that we are promised as we continue to worship in the temple of the Lord

Covenant Keeping God – July 5, 2020

Preached by Pastor Kunle Oladebo

Deuteronomy 7:9 – 12

  1. Introduction
    • Covenant is a solemn agreement and binding promise of far-reaching importance
    • Divine covenant is based on love
      • Expression of love from God to His beloved
        • Between two unequal partners
      • God has been in this ‘covenant’ business for a very long time
        • Adamic
        • Noahic
        • Abrahamic
        • Davidic
        • Messaic
        • Covenant between David and Jonathan
    • The non-fulfillment of the covenant is dependent on man
      • Based on a constant God and a variable man
      • Psalm 89:34 (KJV) – “I will not violate my covenant
            or alter what my lips have uttered.”
      • Non fulfillment is not dependent on God, but man, since man’s variableness may not be meeting the condition for man to benefit from the covenant
    • It takes covenant to thrive amidst adversity
      • When things are not going as you expected – REMEMBER God is able.
      • Jews are operating under the Abrahamic covenant — they thrive in ALL areas and rule despite all their afflictions
        • Mark Zuckerberg
        • Larry Page
        • Steven Cohen
        • Michael Bloomberg
      • WE are Jews by second-birth and we also can benefit from the Covenant
  2. The Covenants
    • Covenant of Life
      • Long life and achievements (fruitful in the land)
      • As you are running the race of life, you are running it to benefit humanity, to benefit your generation
      • Take covenant of life not to fear death
      • Break the yoke of untimely death
    • Covenant of Peace
      • “Peace cannot be kept by force.  It can only be achieved by understanding.” Albert Einstein
      • Your understanding will make you outstanding.” – PKO
      • Peace is a gift from above.  It is a blessing from the Lord.
      • You only get peace from the Prince of Peace.
      • Psalm 29:11 (KJV) – “The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.”
      • Be passionate for the Lord
      • Phinehas, son of Aaron, was zealous for the Lord.  God gave Him the covenant of peace because he was zealous for the Lord.  Numbers 25:11- 12 (KJV)  “Wherefore say, Behold, I give unto him my covenant of peace:”
    • Covenant of Healing and Health
    • Covenant of Wealth and Prosperity
      • Your part is total obedience – Isaiah 1:19 (KJV) ” If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:
      • Deuteronomy 29:9 (KJV) – “Keep therefore the words of this covenant, and do them, that ye may prosper in all that ye do.”
      • Deuteronomy 13:9 – 10 (KJV) – “And the Lord thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good: for the Lord will again rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers: 10 If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if thou turn unto the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul.”
    • Covenant of Protection

You are a child of covenant.  Live and stand on the covenants, and your life shall be a huge success.

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