Exhortation

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  1. By Revd. Obafemi Omisade, Deputy General Overseer

    “And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all” (Acts 4:33, NKJV).

    Grace is unmerited favour. Our text says great grace was upon the apostles, which implies a multiplied and extra-ordinary dimension of favour. This enabled them to witness for the Lord in great power. This month, I believe for great grace and favour upon us to witness for the Lord with miracles, signs and wonders following.

    John 1:16 AMP says, “For out of His fullness [the superabundance of His grace and truth] we have all received grace upon grace [spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing, favor upon favor, and gift heaped upon gift].” I believe for all our spiritual, physical, emotional, material and financial needs to be met super-abundantly.

  2. By Revd. Obafemi Omisade, Deputy General Overseer

    “But they are your people, your inheritance that you brought out by your great power and your outstretched arm” (Deuteronomy 9:29, NIV).

    God is omnipotent. He is all powerful and can do anything and all things. He however does only what will further His purposes. 

    God created man for His own pleasure - Revelation 4:11 KJV. The devil sought to thwart His plan by causing Adam and Eve to sin. God much later chose Abraham and his descendants, in order to keep His purpose alive. He allowed Israel to go into captivity in Egypt in order to keep them alive during a worldwide famine. When Pharaoh refused to let them go at the time God had predetermined, He nonetheless brought them out with a show of His power and outstretched arm in many awesome miracles and wonders. Colossians 1:12-14 is an expression of this deliverance from bondage and darkness to freedom and light for born again Christians now. 

  3. By Revd.Obafemi Omisade, Deputy General Overseer

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    “For the LORD will not forsake His people, for His great name’s sake, because it has pleased the LORD to make you His people” (1 Samuel 12:22 NKJV).

    God is jealous for his name, cares about it, and minds what people think of him. The devil knows this and tries to defame and discredit God all the time. He ascribes all major disasters to “Acts of God,” and make people believe God wants them sick and poor. Our text says for the sake of God’s great name, he will not forsake his people, and it has pleased him to make believers his people. Proverbs 18:10 says, “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.”

    The Covenant names of God in the Old Testament reveal his nature, character and heart; towards his chosen people:

    • Jehovah El Shaddai - God our Supplier
    • Jehovah-Nissi - God my Banner
    • Jehovah-Tsidkenu - God my Righteousness
    • Jehovah-Rapha - God my Healer
    • Jehovah-Jireh - God my Provider

  4. By Revd. Obafemi Omisade, Deputy General Overseer

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    “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV).

    Salvation is a gift and a miracle. It goes against the universal law of seedtime and harvest in Gen 8:22, and works on grace (getting what you don’t deserve). Humanity deserved eternal damnation, but in Jesus, God gave us eternal life.

    Salvation is defined as material and temporal deliverance from danger and apprehension. It includes preservation, pardon, restoration, healing, wholeness and soundness. Hebrews 2:3 says we should not ignore this great salvation, and Hebrews 7:25 says God is able to save completely. So whatever situation you are going through will have a solution this year in Jesus name. 

    The greatest gift can only be from the greatest giver, and as children of God, we all have the nature of this great giver.