Exhortation

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  1. By Rev. Obafemi Omisade, Deputy General Overseer

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     “For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, He cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over Him. The death He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life He lives, He lives to God” (Romans 6:9-10 NIV).

    Humanity was hell bound before Jesus came. By his death and resurrection, He defeated satan who had the power of death, and opened the gate of eternal life with God in heaven to those who believe. Verse 11 of our text says, “In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” The Apostle Paul in Philippians 3:10 says we can become like Him in His death, and attain to the resurrection from the dead.

    1 Peter 3:18 says, “He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. Galatians 5:16 says if we live by the Spirit, we will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. In other words, when we are born again, we are to die to our flesh and will be truly alive, living godly.

  2. By Rev. Obafemi Omisade, Deputy General Overseer

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    “You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” I Peter 2:5 NKJV

    Derek Prince, the great Bible teacher highlighted from 1 John 1:7, that the blood of Jesus only works in the light and in fellowship. He cited the example of David’s victory over Goliath in 1 Samuel 17:40, who chose his sling stones that have been smoothened by the operation of water that was flowing continuously over them, and by jostling against each other, from the stream in the valley. Believers according to 1 Peter 2:5 are living stones. We are cleansed with the washing of water by the word according to Ephesians 5:26, and are smoothened by continually jostling one another in fellowship. When the Lord Jesus wants stones that He can use, he goes to the stream in the valley of humility and chooses those that are smoothened through washing by the water of the word and jostling with others in fellowship. These are those qualified to enlist in the army of God. 

  3. By Rev. Obafemi Omisade - Deputy General Overseer

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    “And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” - Romans 5:5 NIV

    This is our year of all things possible, according to Jeremiah 32:26-27, so I pray that in 2018, you will not be put to shame in whatever you are believing for in Jesus name. Our text says hope does not put us to shame. If you are born again, Ephesians 2:11-13 says you have this Bible hope, you should therefore not entertain hopelessness in any situation.

    Philippians 1:20 says, Hope is earnest expectation, i.e. happy anticipation of good; eager longing, strained expectancy, watching with an outstretched head...Bible hope is not a wish, but intense expectation that what God has said will come to pass. It is developed by staying in the word of God until your neck stretches out, just like children expecting their grandparents. A good example is the crippled beggar in Acts 3:5 who gave heed to Peter and John, expecting to receive something from them.

    Paul says in 1 Corinthians 13:13, “And now abide Faith, Hope, Love, these three...” They are the three primary spiritual forces on which the kingdom of God operates, and they work together. Only living things abide, so hope is living and it grows when fed on the word of God.