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

The Ultimate Turnaround – May 23, 2020

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Preached by Deaconess EB

2 Chronicles 20:1 – 9; 14 – 22
1. Introduction
* Jehoshaphat was afraid initially.  It is okay to be terrified but what do you do next.
* He cried unto God
* He sang and praised God
* The battle is not yours, it belongs to the Lord

2. Highlights
* King Jehoshaphat’s praise and prayer led to an ultimate turnaround
* The king exercised faith amidst crises
* Trusting God through prayer and faith can lead to turnaround

3. Turnaround
* Old way
* New way

4. Case studies
* Jehoshaphat’s victory over his enemy: 2 Chronicles 20:1 – 22 – reminded God that He has done it before and He can do it for you
* Joseph, from a prisoner to a prime minister: Genesis 41:41 – 43
* The man with leprosy: Mark 1:40-44 (He is here to meet your needs and lift you up); Psalm 20 – He will send you help and meet you at your point of need
* Blind Bartimaeus: Mark 10: 46 – 55. Cry for help. Do not settle for where you are
* Valley of dry boneshopeless situations can be revived Ezekiel 37:10
* The woman with the issue of bloodcome to God’s house with expectations Mark 5:25 – 34

5. 5 Steps to Great Turnaround
* Violent Faith: creates a platform for divine attention which leads to supernatural turnaround. Every situation is reversible through faith. Get a book and write it down. Do not share with faith killers.  Go back and note when God has done it!
* Aggressive Prayers: Prayer is a divine prescription for every human affliction or unpleasant situation (makes the devil uncomfortable)
* High Praise: High praise is a covenant platform for supernatural turn around
* Engage the Scriptures: Find scripture references that promise the miracle you are believing God for and obey the instructions therein
* Obedience: obedience is the ultimate hallmark of a believer. The evidence of our belief is in our obedience to the injunctions and instructions of God, our Father.

6. Conclusion
* God is going to loose anything that has been holding you down or holding you back
* Every time you pray and praise God, it is giving God an opportunity to get us ready for our ultimate turnaround.

 

Are you ready to confuse the enemy? Are you ready for a complete turnaround? Are you ready to get back what the enemy stole from you?

Spiritual Mother in Lockdown Time – May 10, 2020

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Preached by PFO

Exodus 2:1 – 10 

1. Introduction 

    • The King wanted to curtail multiplication of Jewish population
    • He put a decree to kill all firstborn males, then all sons
    • Jochebed was pregnant at a time where baby boys were being killed
    • Jochabed, acted in faith, and built an ark made of bulrushes, coated in tar
    • An ark – in Noah’s time an ark saved the human race; Jochebed’s faith in building her “ark” resulted in the deliverance of the Israelites.
    • Jochebed had to release him into the world (Pharaoh’s palace).  She had trained Moses in her faith in God, and he would ultimately become a deliverer.
    • Our children are the deliverers of our time and the future.  They are are here and born for a purpose.  No child is a mistake.
    • How are we nurturing our children during this lockdown time?
      • Some will deliver the church
      • Some will deliver the family
      • Some will deliver a nation
      • Our children will deliver wherever their level of influence is.

2. Mothers of Faith 

    • How many of us have taught our children the ancient landmarks of culture, church legacy, etc.?
    • The world is teaching our children so many other things:
      • Selfishness
      • Murder
      • Alternate lifestyles
      • No cultural values or respect for anyone (Honor for parents)
    • We need to teach our children, or they will have no way of learning our values.  Proverbs 22:28 – Remove not the ancient landmarks. ‘Do not remove the ancient landmark Which your fathers have set.’ (NKJV)
    • Where is the world going?  Certain things are NOT okay.

3. Nurture the Deliverer – Romans 10:14 ‘How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?’ (NKJV)

    • Educate
    • Inform
    • Engage 
    • We allow the teachers to dictate what our children should be
    • We now have the opportunity to teach our ‘deliverers’

4. Examples in Scripture 

    • Jochebed saw a purpose greater than your own treasure.  She saw a deliverer in Moses.
    • Hannah saw they needed a prophet and a judge.  She asked for a male child.
    • “God is giving you an opportunity to do the needful.  Embrace it now.  The time may not come again!” – PFO
    • Violence and immorality rule the world system today.  Teach our children what they need to know!  Have you made an impact yet, instead of complaining?
    • Bible stories are good, but teach them the Rhema and the Logos!
    • 1 Timothy 5:18

5. Practical Actions

    • Let’s go back and build morals and standards in them
    • Teach them the culture of heaven
    • Pray
      • Jochebed withdrew to a solitary place to pray, and left Miriam to watch the baby.
      • Elijah went to pray during the famine, and sent the servant to go and check if rain was coming.
    • Jochebed devoted her time to teaching and nourishing the child
      • How come Moses grew up in the palace, but had so much compassion for the Jews? He was taught!
      • Teach them to be better people on the face of the earth, to deliver us from this perverseness
      • Do what you need to do.  Quit complaining about Justin Trudeau and Donald Trump.  Let go!

6. Jochebed Let Go

    • She saw a purpose greater than herself
    • What she had released into the spirit man of the boy, nothing could take it away.  A child will find his roots!” – PFO  This same is true for you.
    • The world will not change unless we embrace a different concept
      • Let the children know that God is in control
      • It is not about condemning the world but letting them know God’s truth
    • The life of Moses testified of Jochebed’s work and legacy

Are your children’s lives a testimony of your work and legacy?  Let God’s power come upon you and overshadow you. 

And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. (Luke 1:35 – NKJV)

Rejoicing for Turnaround – May 2, 2020

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Preached by PKO

Psalm 126:1 – 3

  1. Turnaround for  All
    • Captivity means restriction of freedom
    • May will be a month of divine freedom
    • Exchange lockdown for freedom
    • God is the only one that can do things beyond our expectation
    • With God, all things are possible
    • Where the limitation of man ends, God shows His unlimited power. 
      • Jeremiah 32:27 (NIV) – “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?
      • Job 42:2 (NKJV) – “I know that You can do everything, and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You.”
    • Community Captivity – pray for turnaround
      • Global turnaround
      • National turnaround
      • Local turnaround – Psalm 122:6 (NKJV) – Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you.”
      • Personal turnaround
        • God is setting the stage for your turnaround
        • God has you in His plan.  He has never forgotten about you.  Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV) – “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” God will give you an expected end.
        • It is during the period of unusual is when God will do the unusual things.” PKO
        • Be ready for your miracle!  It shall be well for you in the mighty name of Jesus.
  2. God is The God of Turnaround
    • God will turn around your disposition – spirit, emotion, mental, mood, outlook.
      • Proverbs 30:11 (NIV) – You turned my wailing into dancing;”
      • Isaiah 51:22 – You will come with singing unto Zion
      • The joy of the Lord will be your strength in this season
    • God will turn around your situation  – whatever is causing you pain
      • God will turn your pain into your gain
      • Problems may be weighing you down – hopeless and helpless
      • See by faith, not sight.  God is turning things around in the spiritual.  “When God starts turning things in the spiritual, we will begin to see the manifestation in the physical.”PKO
      • Even though you are helpless with man, you will get help from God.
      • Psalm 147:11 “The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him, In those who hope in His mercy” 
      • The father of compassion shall move into action concerning your situation.”PKO
    • God will turn around your position  – you are quick to say negative things about your current situation
      • When there is life, there is hope
      • God of turnaround is ready to reposition you
      • You are at the bottom of the pile, God will re-shuffle the pile for your sake and you shall be at the top of the pile. PKO
      • It is because God loves you that He changes your position
      • 1 Chronicles 4:9 & 10 – Story of Jabez
      • God will reward your hard work.  Proverbs 14:23 (NIV) – All hard work brings a profit,
      • God will take somebody from minimum to maximum; from nobody to somebody (1 Samuel 9 is the story of Saul)
      • God did not only reposition David, but gave him a kingdom (City of David)
      • 1 Samuel 2:8 (NKJV) “He raises the poor from the dust And lifts the beggar from the ash heap, To set them among princes And make them inherit the throne of glory…” – You will inherit the throne of glory.  It is not about where you are coming from, it is about where God is taking you.PKO.  God will position you on the winning side.
    • God will turn around your story
      • You story is so bad, you are ashamed to tell it
      • Even though you have lost small victories, God will give great victories
      • Simon Peter was a failed fisherman 
        • He preached one sermon and 3,000 gave their lives (Acts 2:41), he preached another sermon and 5,000 gave their lives (Acts 4:4) and His shadow was healing the sick (Acts 5:15)
      • Malachi 3:12 (NKJV) “And all nations will call you blessed, For you will be a delightful land,” Says the Lord of hosts.
  3. Conclusion 
    • You need to have the right attitude for your turnaround.  “Your attitude affects your perception of your blessing.  Your perception has an implication on your blessing.” – PKO 
      • Grateful people are always cheerful.  
      • Complaining people always complain
      • Numbers 14:24 (NLT) “But my servant Caleb has a different attitude than the others have. He has remained loyal to me, so I will bring him into the land he explored. His descendants will possess their full share of that land.“ 
    • You need to cry out for your turnaround. Jabez cried out and his coast was enlarged.  Blind Bartimaeus cried out for his healing.
    • You need to celebrate your turnaround.  Psalm 14:7 (NLT)  Jacob will shout with joy, and Israel will rejoice.

Take the Word of God and run with it!!

Psalm 27:4 – 6

One thing I have desired of the Lord,
That will I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord
All the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord,
And to inquire in His temple.
For in the time of trouble
He shall hide me in His pavilion;
In the secret place of His tabernacle
He shall hide me;
He shall set me high upon a rock.

And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me;
Therefore I will offer sacrifices of  joy in His tabernacle;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.