Exhortation

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  1. Rev'd Dele Amusan

    “Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless, at Your word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking” (Luke 5:3-6).

    Simon Peter was an experienced fisherman who had toiled all night without success. Therefore, when the Lord asked him to launch out into the deep, his initial reaction was to justify why there was no need to do so. I don’t think it will work but in obedience to your word, I will lower the nets again. He obeyed and caught a large haul of fish in the place where he had previously caught nothing. Outstanding results come from our simple obedience to the word of the Master. The word can come from different sources. It could be from the pulpit, during your personal, family devotion or other sources. Acting on the word puts you on a higher pedestal than your counterparts. When we do what God wants us to do at the time, He wants us to do it, there is an anointing on it. If we delay it becomes harder.

  2. By Revd. Obafemi Omisade, Deputy General Overseer

    “Great are your purposes and mighty are your deeds. Your eyes are open to the ways of all mankind; you reward each person according to their conduct and as their deeds deserve” (Jeremiah 32:19, NIV).

    God has great purposes and plans for creation, especially for mankind. 

    Ephesians 2:10 NIV says, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Jeremiah 29:11 says his plan is to prosper us, give us hope and a future.

    According to Psalms 33:11, these plans stand firm forever and are unchanging.

  3. By Revd. Obafemi Omisade, Deputy General Overseer

    “Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires” (2 Peter 1:4 NIV).

    The promises of God in the Bible are what delivers us from evil desires and depravity on account of captivity and bondage to the devil. They then impart to us God’s holy nature which enables us to walk godly. These promises in God’s word are his bond. They are the terms of the covenant He has with man in the blood of Jesus. 

    The Bible states expressly that he cannot break these promises. Isaiah 55:10-11 (NIV) says, “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” Jeremiah 1:12 (AMP) also says, “Then the LORD said to me, “You have seen well, for I am [actively] watching over My word to fulfil it.”

  4. By Revd. Obafemi Omisade, Deputy General Overseer

    “We went through fire and flood, but you brought us to a place of great abundance” (Psalms 66:12, NLT)

    God’s plan for His children is abundant life, i.e. abundance in every area of life. We should be enjoying abundance spiritually, physically, materially, and financially. Jesus said in John 10:10 NKJV, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” 3 John 1:2 (NKJV) says, “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.”

    Every triumph is preceded by a trial, and every testimony by a test. All the fire and flood you have gone through, or are going through, have prepared or are preparing you for the great abundance God has in store for you. Psalms 65:11 (NKJV) says, "God crowns the year with His goodness, and His paths drip with abundance.” So this year will surely end for you in abundance in Jesus name.