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RELEASED ON 20/JULY/2019
WHERE IS YOUR INTEGRITY?
The bible says;
"Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways".
According to the late British writer; C S Lewis;
"integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is watching".
In a nutshell, integrity is a concept of *consistency* of actions,methods principles,values, expectations and outcomes. It can be regarded as the opposite of hypocrisy.
Apostle Paul while writing about the significance of love said:
"If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing".
1 Cor 13:2.
In the same vein, permit me to say to you that;
"If I have all the riches of this world, possess wisdom like King Solomon, being respected and connected like the President of America but yet I do not have integrity; I am nothing!"
integrity is what we do,what we say and what we say we will do.
In the month of June 2019, I was approached in my professional capacity as a Lawyer by someone very close to me.
The integrity of the company of that close family member was at stake. His company was expected to supply some equipment to an institution in the Country and the contract papers stipulates that a particular brand must be supplied and it must be sourced from the manufacturer. However, having approached the manufacturer, they insisted, they only sell through their recognized agents and they
recommended a particular company.
To cut the long story short, the said agent supplied the equipment but decided to include a substandard one which is not a product of the said manufacturer as part of the consignment.
When the agent was confronted of his dubious and criminal act he initially denied the knowledge of such.
Hence, I wrote him a weighty letter just like Apostle Paul ( 2 Corinthians 10: 9&10) in which I highlighted the criminality in what his company did and the attendant consequences of such. I also made him realize the necessity of him putting right what was illegally done within a short time in order to avoid unnecessary embarrassment of criminal proceedings.
In the course of writing the letter, the Holy Spirit brought to my memory the proverbial saying of King Solomon;
"A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold".
Children of God, the situation is so bad now that many people including believers do not see anything wrong in engaging in dubious acts.
There are not so much difference between what believers do and what is obtainable out there now. Many Christians have compromised their faith and integrity for the love of money and fame.
When you talk about business and you mention God, some will say; " This one na money matter leave God out of it!" I pray for you, may God have mercy on you and that the presence of God shall not leave you for a second in Jesus name.
When your action does not correspond with your words then you lack integrity.
How many of us leaders of this generation can say like Prophet Samuel;
"Here I am; testify against me before the LORD and before his anointed. Whose ox have I taken? Or whose donkey have I taken? Or whom have I defrauded? Whom have I oppressed? Or from whose hand have I taken a bribe to blind my eyes with it? Testify against me and I will restore it to you.”
1 Samuel 12:3
Consistency is the litmus test to determine who truly has integrity. I don't envy politicians especially in our dear Nation, many respected people that ventured into politics have had their reputation tainted in the process.
It will take only God and perhaps great resolve for anyone to hold a political position in Nigeria and still maintain his or her integrity.
In most cases, their story is always like;
"When you are in Rome you start behaving like Romans"
Apparently, our integrity is very important to God,that informs why God boasted about Job;
“Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil? He still holds fast his integrity, although you incited me against him to destroy him without reason.”
Integrity is about choosing your thoughts and actions based on values rather than personal gain.
King David said;
"Vindicate me, O Lord, for I have walked in my integrity, and I have trusted in the Lord without wavering".
We are expected to stand out wherever we find ourselves; whether in the work place, schools, politics, business or in the Church.
Our Lord Jesus also emphasized the need for integrity when He praised Nathaniel who later became a disciple. Jesus said to him;
"Now here is a genuine son of Israel; a man of complete integrity.”
It is quite scandalous to hear about corruption or lack of integrity in regards to the Judiciary, Judges and Lawyers undermining the administration of justice.
When you sell an inferior product for the price of an original, you convert property of Government to your personal use or you divert money collected for a particular thing into another project even within the Church it shows you lack integrity.
Jesus likened us to salt of the world;
"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot".
A man that has integrity does not talk about it, the reflection and expression of his words in what he does will earn him the integrity tag.
Hence, it is very important that one should make effort to align your words with your actions, no matter how trivial the issue is; your words must match your actions.
People of integrity do not hide their opinions, they do not manipulate others through deception and deceit. They are usually very consistent in what they do.
I am always very circumspect of songs like; "everything na double double oo". How can everything be double,are you a magician? . What did you do to make it double?
Brethren, "there is dignity in labour." The bible says the Lord will bless the work of your hands.
Looking for freebies will make one to lose respect. It is often disturbing for me hearing people give testimonies or a preacher saying; "you will receive a big alert of money that you do not work for and is not intentionally meant for you but will be transferred into your account".
Hear me, if you by any chance receive such funds and you decide to keep quiet about it saying "Na my luck" please be informed that it is criminal!
First of all, it signifies lack of integrity on your part and secondly, you are liable to be prosecuted and if found guilty you could be imprisoned for between 7-14 years for keeping quiet or spending money that is not yours despite the fact that it was sent to your account. See section 15 of MLPA Act (2011)
Never allow your feelings or relationship with another person to compromise your integrity and make you to be easily swayed.
How and what you do to be rich might not matter to the world or the Church these days; but our God is not mocked.Your achievements and successes in life have no credibility if your integrity was compromised in the process of attaining those achievements.
If people like Job, Nathaniel, Noah can live with integrity despite the evil and corruption that characterized their generations, it is achievable for us too.
The fact that many people are stealing Government funds and are getting away with it is not an excuse for a believer to join them.
Don't be like Job's wife who said: “Do you still hold fast your integrity?
Brothers and Sisters, we must maintain our integrity in every of our dealings, for the world is looking at us.
"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven".
"Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us".
PRAYER; may your character portrays high level of integrity than your words in the name of Jesus.
Meanwhile, the Company that supplied the inferior product has remedied the wrong by apologizing and has delivered the original product that was paid for. Bravo!
I sign off with the words of a late American businessman & philanthropist; W. Clement Stone who said;
"Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity".
By the Grace of God, you and I can do all these things and set good examples for others to emulate.
Bro Olaniyi Cole
RELEASED ON 16/JULY/2019
IT DOESN'T MATTER ANYMORE!
Our Lord Jesus Christ said;
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear". Luke 12:22.
I was just reminiscing about life generally and I discovered that certain things that were very paramount to our lives at some stage have suddenly become irrelevant that they do not matter anymore.
I attended a burial service of a man of God lately and I was very glad I did!
Again, I saw wisdom in the word of God that says;
"It's better to go to a funeral than to attend a feast; funerals remind us that we all must die".
While at the funeral, I learnt more about what should take priority in our lives. I was opportuned to hear about six people spoke concerning the life of the deceased. Although, it is very common in funerals that people only say good stuffs about the dead, however one thing stood out in what everyone said that day;
That the deceased was a fearless man, who doesn't mince words about what and how he feels about issues of life.
He related with people without fear or favour. He was brave, outspoken and very direct in approach.He would look at you in the face and say things the way he feels.
What I didn't hear anyone talked about was his bank accounts, numbers of cars he had, the landed properties, number of houses he built for himself, apart from the Church we were told he built for God in his village.
Many of us often chase after money, fame, possessions and things that does not matter to God or humanity.
Growing up, I must confess I had a fun filled early years in the company of my brothers back then.
Stuffs like rolling used motor tyres with two sticks, going to the river to swim and catch tiny fishes were part of our usual play time activities at the early stage of life. It was fun Indeed!
Playing football, attending Disco/ Birthday parties and going to amusement parks characterized my teenage years while at the Secondary School.
Obviously, most of those things have naturally fizzled out as one age and progress in life.
Having received the call of God, certain things we also give way, for the bible says;
"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God". Romans 12:2.
Although' the popular saying;
"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" applies. However, one has to prioritize the work of God above all others and avoid unnecessary distractions from people's opinions about what you do.
My loyalty is first and foremost to my God. I make sure all I do have credence in the word of God, knowing that I will give account of my stewardship one day. Acts 5:29.
The disciples of Jesus were initially naive and laid back. Even after Jesus left, they were still hiding for fear of being killed, but a time came when all the fears of persecution and shame didn't matter to them anymore.
The same Simon Peter that denounced our Lord Jesus Christ three times for the fear of being killed suddenly started exhibiting unprecedented boldness in spreading the Gospel.
In reality, it was not an empty boldness; the disciples actually had an encounter with the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2) which changed the narratives of their Ministry.
When they were asked about what authority( power) and what name they were able to heal the impotent man by the Beautiful Gate, ( Acts 3) the bible says;
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them;
"Let me clearly state to all of you and to all the people of Israel that he was healed by the powerful name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the man you crucified but whom God raised from the dead". Acts 4:10.
By the Grace of God, I have come to a phase in the work of God where I refused to be intimidated, the God that sent me has consistently assured me that he will announce me to the world when the time comes. Numbers 27:18.
Although at a point, I nearly caved in to hatred, persecution and trials within the Church, the fear exhibited by family members was like a clog in the wheel of progress for the work of God. The situation was close to the depression that Elijah experienced after destroying the prophets of baal and Jezebel sent a threat message to him. 1kings 18&19.
I felt very lonely and forsaken at some point, but God showed up again; Halleluyah! He reassured me that He has not abandoned me.
All Glory belongs to our God who does not renege on His promises for us.
Trials, threat and persecution have now become a way of life, they do not matter to me anymore! I say it boldly to whoever cares to listen;
"I am not doing all of these for attention or approval neither am I doing it for financial gains" I have been sent by the Owner (Jesus) of the work.
It won't be long and all of these things will totally unfold and the journey will then make sense to everyone of us.
The bible says that when the people of Israel saw the boldness of Peter and John they took knowledge of them that they had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13.
Children of God, hatred, persecution and trials cannot stop a man on a mission for God. The Holy Spirit is already at work in the life of such person just as He did with the disciples.
It reminds me of that song by Pastor Wale Adenuga and David Baroni.
"Your foes will one day bow before Your throne
And on that day they will declare You as King
It does not matter what they say or do now as for me I will praise You Lord..
In the midst of all the confrontation against Peter and John, the bible mentioned a man called Gamaliel; a doctor of the law who said:
"Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail.But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God."
Acts 5: 38&39.
I have spoken again.....
"He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the Churches."
Brethren, I don't know about you but for me; all the cares of this world do not impress me or matter anymore, what has taken the centre stage of my life is my connection with this Jesus and His work before me.
When Jesus went to the house of Martha who had a sister called Mary something happened there.
Martha, according to the story became so busy preparing food for the visit, while her sister sat at the feet of Jesus.
Then Martha felt abandoned in the kitchen that she went to Jesus and complained;
"Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!" Luke 10 40.
Jesus responded with one of the amazing responses;
"Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things,There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Invariably, what should take priority in the life of a believer is our relationship with Jesus. But it appears we have often put the "cart before the horse".
That explains why Jesus said;
"But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you".
If you are yet to give your life to Jesus and prioritize Him by doing what matters most, the time is now. Accept Him before it will be too late.
Remember, "after all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it".
1 Timothy 6:7.
In conclusion, I beseech you all to;
"flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart".
2 Timothy 2:22.
Prayer: The Lord Almighty will grant us the Grace to prioritize Him in everything that we do in the name of Jesus.
Cherish a relationship with Jesus and pursue it vigorously with holiness.
When you get connected with Him please do not let go just like Simon Peter said to Jesus;
“Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life",
JESUS IS LORD.
Bro Olaniyi Cole
RELEASED ON 13/JULY/2019
JESUS HATES HYPOCRISY!
Our Lord Jesus Christ said:
“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?
Hypocrisy can be defined as blatant failure to follow one's own expressed moral rules and principles. It is a lifestyle filled with so much pretence..
How did I know Jesus hates hypocrisy?
The bible says;
"Whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin". James 4:17.
Hypocrisy is knowing the truth but choosing to say otherwise! After Cain killed Abel God asked him about the whereabouts of his brother, he replied;
"I don't know "am I my brother's keeper ". Genesis 4:9.
He evaded the truth!
The book of *Matthew chapter 23* was dedicated for the teaching of Jesus about hypocrisy of the Scribes and the Pharisees. Jesus rebuked them for their lip service.
A popular Politician from Kaduna State, made a statement while alleging the Government of hypocrisy (paraphrased);
" Insecticide is being used on certain set of people while deodorants is used on some other people that commit similar offences"
As Christians, we are expected to live above board. Truth must be spoken at all times irrespective of our affiliations or positions.
It is pure hypocrisy when we pick and choose what matter we lend our voices on.
When a woman alleged that a Pastor raped her twenty years ago many people rise up to lend support for her. They wanted justice to be done at all cost.
Meanwhile, another person alleged that a Pastor assaulted him. The same set of people that castigated the
alleged act against the woman started preaching mercy, unforgiveness and bitterness.How can you rationalize your support for someone you have never met in your life but you chose to discontenance the claim of someone you have known for many years.
There is no other word to describe it, it is called hypocrisy.
The popular saying is;
"What is good for the goose is good for the gander".
The word; "sorry" is meant for everyone
but arrogance and pride really sucks!
Sometimes we forget that the same blood that runs in the veins of a pastor runs in the veins of a celebrity and also in the vein of the perceived ordinary man and woman.
The word of God is very clear; "Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy".
A woman who held a biased impression about me for many years saw me few years ago after about ten years and said to me; "Niyi, I am sorry.. forgive me!
Today, I hold her in high esteem for her penitence and sincerity.
There is no big deal in anyone owing up to the wrong done. Just as Jesus taught us to reconcile with our accusers; Luke 12:58
I was in a meeting lately and as usual the minutes of the last meeting was read, however with a glaring omission of an important issue I raised which was discussed in the previous meeting.
The chairperson of the meeting asked if anybody has an objection to the minutes read before we proceed to adopt it.
I deliberately waited for few seconds and when it was obvious no one was going to raise any objection I interjected and asked the people seated if anybody could confirm that I raised a particular issue in the last meeting.The seemingly youngest person among us quickly said; "Yes I remember" thereafter, there was a sudden silence and I had to be turning around to look into the eyes of those people that spoke when the issue was raised, surprising; many could not look straight again. Eventually, someone seated beside me finally said: "I remember". That was after I gave him a close look.
At that point,I asked that we proceed having remembered the words of God as spoken by Apostle Paul;
"..In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established".
2 Corinthians 13:1
Children of God, I have seen high level of hypocrisy, cover ups have become a normal lifestyle and evil manipulating spirit have caged many away from the truth. It is very worrisome.
All of these are the major bane that have brought embarrassment to the Body of Christ in Nigeria lately.
The truth is bitter as they say, but for children of God, it must be told.
Hypocrisy is not of God. I prefer the enemy that will look at one in the face and say;
"Watch your back" than the hypocrite that will smile at you yet his heart is full of hatred and envy.
Despite the uncertainty of where the truth lies there is always a witness,an accuser who is so powerful to convict anybody, but unfortunately does not have a voice. It is called conscience . You can smile or keep a bold face, inside of you lies the real position of things.
One of the world's greatest Philosophers of all times, Plato said;
"No one is more hated than he who speaks the truth".
I believe him totally for our Lord Jesus also said;
"You will be hated by all for my name’s sake".
When you say the truth these days, even in the house of God, you will be labelled as one that judges others. Then the assailant or the culprit will start seeking people's sympathy by acting like the victim when they are confronted with their abusive behaviour. It is so pathetic!
Yet, we are fond of telling our children;
"Say the truth and let the devil be ashamed". It is pure hypocrisy.
Many of us say what we do not practice, just like the Pharisees and Scribes.
Our Lord Jesus demonstrated to us the importance of allowing people to defend or fight for themselves when allegations are made against them. Jesus berated Simon Peter for using sword against one of the soldiers sent to arrest him.
Please allow every accused person to defend himself. Meanwhile, the allegation is against the fellow accused of offence and not the Church of God!
In Law, when an issue like this arises against a company, there will be a need to lift the veil of incorporation.
A pastor is not above the law of a nation, neither does he enjoys immunity against the law of God.
If the court of law cannot unravel the truth about every allegation made, remember our God is "the Revealer of secrets"
The bible says;
"Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account".
The Yoruba people will say;
"Asegbe Kan osi, ase pamo lowa".
Meaning; actions may be covered up, but cannot be carried out with impunity, it will be unveiled sooner or later.
Meanwhile, a man of God should be like a role model who practice what he preaches.
There has to be some level of consistency in the way you do things.
You cannot preach; ''In quietness and in confidence shall be you strength.." Isaiah 30:15, yet you find it difficult to bridle your tongue and the next time it is "woe to the destroyer.." Isaiah 33:1
Remember you have people looking up to you, don't mislead them.
That's why Apostle Paul wrote;
"Avoid pointless discussions. People who pay attention to these pointless discussions will become more ungodly
2 Timothy 2:16.
A believer should not allow his lips and his life to preach two different messages.
"No one who practices deceit shall dwell in My house; no one who utters lies shall continue before My Eyes".
Children of God are expected to be very careful about who we open up to. Avoid gossips who tell you what others say behind you. However, you should be bothered about why other people feel comfortable telling that person stuffs about you. If you are the observant type, you will know that the person is also an hypocrite.
My Brothers and Sisters of the household of faith;
"If we say we have fellowship with Him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth"
1 John 1:6
It is imperative that we stand only with the Truth(Jesus) at all times. We are children of light and the world is looking up to us for direction.
1 Peter 2:9
I say to you, "Put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander".
Finally, if you love God and desire to see some level of sanity and that the sanctity of the Church to be restored please pray these two prayers with me.
First and foremost, Father; your words say "you stripped the rulers and authorities of their power and made a public spectacle (Shame) of them.." Colossians 2:15.
In the same manner, any Pastor who has or is using the position to abuse others without any form of remorse should the exposed and disgraced in the name of Jesus.
Secondly, anybody whether "celebrity or ordinary" making spurious (false) allegations against a Pastor with an attempt to blackmail or bring him down should face the attendant consequences in Jesus name.
So shall it be, in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
JESUS IS TRUTH
Bro Olaniyi Cole
RELEASED ON 09/JULY/2019
SALVATION IS FREE!!!
The bible says:
"For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast".
Brethren, I have been having a close study of the Ministry of our Lord Jesus and that of the Disciples with the aim of treading carefully and doing the work of God in accordance with the Scriptures.
Some of the things being done in our Churches today are merely practises and precedents that do not have legitimacy in the word of God.
The bible makes us to understand that salvation is free and that our lord Jesus Christ paid the full price of Salvation with His precious blood on the cross of Calvary;
"God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us".
Growing up as a boy, I was inspired hence I made up my mind early enough to get a University degree as a result of the kind of honour and attention shown to my Uncle whenever he comes home from the University of Ibadan back then.
After all; the famous Yoruba adage says:
"The horse behind looks at the one in front for direction".
Similarly, I have
applied the same principle in my journey of the work of God. I draw my strength and inspiration from my Lord Jesus Christ and Apostle Paul who was the least but committed disciple of Jesus.
The insatiable passion for souls and dedication of men of God like the late Billy Graham and that of our very own Pastor E A Adeboye have been helpful and worth emulating indeed.
However, a famous Yoruba adage says;
"The death that is killing one's mates or contemporaries is a strong warning to one".
Meaning the kind of issues that are causing your mates to fall are strong indications that you need to be very careful too!
My conclusion about work of God as a result of issues affecting younger generation of men of God in recent times is; "know yourself and your God!
Only God knows who is on His side. 2 Timothy 2:19.
One needs to be praying regularly for pastors in order for them to live what they preach.
Not many Church leaders today can genuinely say as Apostle Paul said;
"Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ".
1 Corinthians 11:1.
With all due respect to Church leaders in our country today, I strongly believe that materialism of the present church has taken away the core values and contentment lifestyle the Disciples of old lived.
I went for a four-day Prayer programme in a "popular Church" in Abuja about six years ago.
I had missed the first two days and on the third day, I decided to fast as I had been praying with huge expectation of having an encounter with God. I was hoping that, perhaps the man of God would mention my case.
I was Indeed very expectant!
However, by the time I got to the Church, the place was already filled up and I couldn't get space in the main Church but got a seat directly under the canopy outside the Church.
Then I heard an announcement that brought down the excitement and the expectation that had filled my heart while worshiping God during the praise and worship session.
The announcer said specifically that the service of that day was only meant for those people who have come with Seed of Five Hundred Thousand Naira for healing, breakthrough prayers and Impactation for blessing etc.
Children of God, like few others, I left the venue when the announcement was being repeated.I went home disappointed but with a resolve in my heart to follow this Jesus directly without going after anybody to access Him.
After all, our Lord Jesus did not put any condition to seeing Him. He said;
“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest".
The story of Apostle Paul as recorded in Acts 9, that of Prophet Jeremiah in Jeremiah 1 and the famous story of Jabez (1 Chronicles 4:9&10) are just few cases that have proven that you can contact the power of God or access this God directly.
If the paralytic man that was let down from the roof top by his friends (Luke 5:17-26) had lived in this era, perhaps he would have died without getting healed for no one who have given him any attention or show any form of compassion to his plight.
God gave us our Lord Jesus Christ freely as a symbol of Salvation for everyone who believes in Him to be saved.
In the same vein, the power to heal the sick, power to set free and do the work of God are equally granted to us by God free of charge.
The bible says;
"Jesus called his twelve disciples together and gave them authority to cast out evil spirits and to heal every kind of disease and illness".
Apparently, money cannot buy the power of God. Jesus did not trade the power He received from God the Father (Acts 10:38) .
He gave the Disciples the same power without asking for a dime;
"Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give"
A man called Simon offered the disciples money in exchange of the Power of the Holy Spirit. Acts 8:17 .
but Simon Peter rebuked him;
"May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money!"
It is important for everyone doing the work of God to follow Apostle Paul's laid down instruction.
"But godliness with contentment is great gain".
An extensive meditation of what Apostle Paul wrote down in 1 Timothy 6: 1-21. will be very handy for anyone planning to excel in the work of God.
If there are boxes to be ticked, in order to be sure that we have not deviated from the teachings of the bible then we must digest the above scriptures and allow them to shape our ways of life, especially in doing the work of God.
My major concern in the work of God is usually towards the parishioners. Many of whom are very gullible. They do not make up time to study the word of God, like the berean Christians ( Acts 17) who received the word with all readiness of mind and searched the scriptures daily.
Most Christians of this generation only rely on:
"My Pastor said, my Pastor said"
My experience so far in doing the work of God has placed obligation on me to share the Scriptures with many people out there that are still under the evil manipulation of some wolves behind the pulpit.
Again, the words of our Lord Jesus to the woman of Samaria in John 4 are very applicable here;
"The time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem.
The practise of going from one Church to another and engaging in spiritual prostitution (Going from one Church to cult or shrines) in search of quick answer or solution should be totally avoided.
I tell you for a certainty; "No one can receive anything unless it has been given to him from heaven".
All true men of God derive their power from God and no one has the power of His own.
Consequently, you too can contact this power directly from God without having to go to any man to lay hand on your head which is the engine room of your destiny.
I can share my personal experience with you on that. Be very mindful of who you allow to touch your head.
My painful experience with a pastor who hit my head maliciously under the guise of anointing people's heads has taught me a great lesson.
Although,the fellow later faced the consequences as I reported him to my God that sent me on errands and I cried before my Maker for vengeance.
Soon after, the Defender of the defenseless dealt with him. The man is carrying a big scar about on that hand up till now.
As the Lord lives before whom I stand, their evil deeds will continue to hunt them in the name of Jesus.
Anyone place in position of authority should not take undue advantage of such position to abuse or mistreat others.
Brethren, there is no other solution elsewhere other than the name of JESUS.
"Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved."
If you are yet to give your life for Jesus, do so now before it is too late.
Finally, "beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world".
1 John 4:1.
Prayer : Father expose and disgrace every agent of darkness operating in the Church of God, irrespective of their positions in Jesus name. .
Meanwhile, salvation is still very free, for our God has not changed.
JESUS IS LORD
Bro Olaniyi Cole
RELEASED ON 04/JULY/2019
FOLLOW YOUR PASSION!
Our Lord Jesus Christ said:
"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also".
Few days ago, I attended a meeting of Ministers in the vineyard of God and in the course of the meeting someone was expressing her displeasure about issues in the department she works in the Church.
The person stated she has not been able to optimize her potentials in the department, hence she was soliciting for approval to go to a department in which she has stronger interest.
Suddenly, the Holy Spirit spoke to me: " Where her passion lies is important" Then I interrupted the meeting almost immediately to convey the message, though in a very subtle way.
Passion can be defined as a feeling of intense zeal or a compelling desire of someone to do something.
Passion is like a catalyst or oxygen to the soul.It comes with Joy and it materializes into action.
When you find yourself doing what you have passion for, the work becomes easier especially when you have knowledge of that thing.1 Timothy 3:1-13.
Apostle Paul wrote concerning the Israelites;
"For I bear them witness that they have zeal for God, but not according to knowledge".
You will not need to be cajoled or coerced to doing things that you have passion for. It will naturally becomes part and parcel of you.
Brethren, if you are not happy where you are working, there is no point in doing it for you are not likely to add value or impact the place nor the people in anyway.
The late English novelist: E M Foster said:
"One person with passion is better than forty people who are merely interested".
The practise and manner in which some Churches ordain people with or without Call of God is disturbing! Perhaps that informs the reasons behind the high rate of scandals and atrocities linked with some "men and women of God" lately.
Ideally, Pastoral work is not for everybody!
If you do not have a genuine Call of God upon your life and you have been ordained a Pastor, you *may* be labouring in vain, notwithstanding the oil poured on your head and the perceived success in Ministry. Matthew 7:21-23.
God said to Moses;
“Take Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay your hand on him".
The pouring of anointing oil only affirms the original Call of God. God told Elijah to anoint Elisha who God has set aside for the role. (1kings 19:16) God also told Samuel to anoint David; a Man after God's heart (Passionate about God and His work) .1 Sam 16:1
I also enjoin every parent who insist that their children must do what they want to please refrain from the practise. Every child has a destiny to fulfil and parents are merely to guide them to locate their purpose in order to fulfill destiny.
It is worth knowing that Bill Gates, the billionaire founder of Microsoft gained admission into the prestigious Harvard University in 1973 to study Law, having been influenced by his father who was a Lawyer.
However after two years at the university,Bill Gates dropped out and followed his passion for Software and in April 1975 Bill Gates founded Microsoft, the rest is history today.
However, his story does not in anyway undermine the importance of a university degree. In 2007, Bill Gates was awarded an honorary degree in the same university (Havard) and while making acceptance remark he said;
"Although I dropped out of college and got lucky pursuing a career in software, getting a degree is a much surer path to success".
As for me, I can do all things through Christ Jesus who is my Treasure. By His Grace, I have become so very committed and increasingly passionate about the work of God;
"I long, yes, I faint with longing to enter the courts of the LORD. With my whole being, body and soul, I will shout joyfully to the living God".
Creating time for what you have passion for will not be difficult in anyway, with time it will become a daily routine for you.
following your passion is the key to unlocking your destiny. if you are not getting any sort of fulfilment in what you are doing, then it might be necessary for you to look inward to identify where your passion lies.
King David said to God at some point;
"Passion for your house has consumed me, and the insults of those who insult you have fallen on me". Psalm 69:9.
Passion gives you the motivation to keep trying even after you must have failed time and time again.
Nehemiah heard the news of the condition of the Jews; the broken walls and gates of Jerusalem that were destroyed by fire.
Nehemiah had a burning passion inside of him to rebuild the walls and the gates of Jerusalem, however he was confronted with serious opposition. Nevertheless, he prevailed because God saw the genuineness of his motive.
Nehemiah 1,2,3 &4
According to the American Pastor; TD Jakes;
"If you can't figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose".
Jesus was twelve years old, when his parents came to a festival, according to the custom and after the festival was over, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, unknown to Joseph and Mary.
Consequently, a panic search for triggered for Jesus as the parents had to returned to Jerusalem. Eventually after three days He was found at the temple.
When they told Jesus how they have been searching for him for three days Jesus responded;
“But why did you need to search?” he asked. “Didn’t you know that I must be in my Father’s house?”
In other words, even as a boy, our Lord Jesus had already developed a strong passion for the work of God.
How about you and I, do we prioritize the work of God?
"As the deer pants for the water brooks, So my soul pants for You, O God".
In conclusion, the bible says;
"But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness...,"
If there is anything you must have passion for in this life, it has to be soul winning!
All the riches of this world with titles and positions will all perish at the end, but the only thing that has eternal value and consequences is souls winning.
That's why our Churches should concentrate more in ensuring that the congregants are born again and not just Church attendees.
Be a passionate soul winner and you can be sure the Host of heaven will be rejoicing over your life.
Luke 15:7 .
My prayer is that God should destroy every blockage; whether physical or spiritual to the path and advancement of my destiny and that of everyone reading this message in the name of Jesus.
Bro Olaniyi Cole
RELEASED ON 30/JUNE/2019
THE TRUTH WILL EMERGE!
Children of God, in the midst of all these hullabaloo trending now, the word of God stands out;
"You shall not spread a false report. You shall not join hands with a wicked man to be a malicious witness".
When a deed was allegedly committed between two people without any witness, I honestly do not understand the rationale behind all these; "# IstandbyP.. & # IstandbyB..." They appear very evil to me!
This is not a matter of "an injustice to one is an injustice to all" for no one witnessed the alleged evil.
The bible says;
"The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Where lies the truth in all of these?
Unfortunately, we live in a country where our politicians are never reliable, the Judiciary has been tainted and the Church has failed.
However, the Psalmist said;
"Would not God discover this? For He knows the secrets of the heart"
It is most unfortunate that the Church of God and the name of our Holy God are being dragged into evil stuffs.
I don't care who the fellow is, anyone using the name of God and His Church as a shield to perpetuate evil is gradually awaiting the wrath of God.
Although, I do not forclose the option of seeking justice through the court of law perhaps anything credible might emerge from it.
One thing is common to this kind of stories in this country; very soon it will fizzle out without anything coming out of it despite the initial outrage generated.
My own grouse is that, stories of one evil or the other against men behind the pulpit are becoming very rampant in our Nation and they are casting aspersions to the Body of Christ in general.
They all give credence to the discussion that; all is not well with the Church of God as it is in Nigeria at the moment.
There is need for every true child of God to condemn any unholy act. Although, not by taking sides, but rather to distance oneself from all of these evil trending.
"Abstain from every form of evil".
I Thessalonians 5:22
Obviously, this is not what our Lord Jesus envisaged when He instituted His Church.
However, the truth cannot be suppressed for long, you may hide it for a while but it will pop up again!
In the midst of every controversy lies the Truth!
JESUS is the Truth.
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me".
Jesus Christ is the answer. He went further;
"For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light".
Enough is Enough, when a matter is becoming very repetitive against the men behind the pulpit, it is an indication that the Church has failed.
Our God does not fail. Yield your life to Jesus today.
He is about to reform and rescue His Church. He is going to unveil, expose and disgrace those people using His name and His Church to perpetuate their evil deeds.
Hear the warning;
“I called you so often, but you wouldn’t come. I reached out to you, but you paid no attention.You ignored my advice and rejected the correction I offered.So I will laugh when you are in trouble! I will mock you when disaster overtakes you".
For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil in the name of Jesus.
It won't be long!
Bro Olaniyi Cole
RELEASED ON 29/JUNE/2019
REJOICE WITH ME!
The bible records that our Lord Jesus Christ sent out the seventy two disciples to evangelize;
"The seventy-two returned with joy and said, "Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name."
Surprisingly, Jesus responded to them;
"Do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven."
Brothers and Sisters, with joy in my heart and by inspiration of the Holy Spirit I write you this message.
Rejoicing is something that comes from within.
I don't know about you, the joy of being connected with This Jesus is overwhelming;I am loving it!
Relying on the account of the above Scripture as regards the disciples, their joy sprang up as a result of the manifest effect of the name of Jesus.
Personally, I can relate with them so much.. Knowing Jesus or being connected to Jesus brings Joy without borders.
After my unforgettable and remarkable encounter with my Lord Jesus Christ which lunched me into the work of God, I can say it boldly anywhere that knowing Jesus takes one to cloud nine of rejoicing.
My joy is not predicated upon any particular breakthrough or landmark achievement of any sort. Rather my joy is derived firstly from the uncontrollable joy of salvation which is still flowing inside of me.
Secondly, being privileged to be running errands for Jesus gladens my heart so much. I feel absolutely fulfilled whenever Jesus puts His words in me to share to the world at large.
Above all, I derive so much Joy in proclaiming the name of Jesus everywhere I find myself and also in creating the awareness of His Second Coming;
"I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ.."
I have never been happier in my entire life!
That's why I say to Jesus; "You have given me greater joy than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine". Psalm 4:7.
Glory be to God Almighty for His unfailing love towards me and my family. "The Joy of the Lord is my strength".Nehemiah 8:10.
There are many instances of people who experienced absolute joy for knowing Jesus.
When Mary the mother of our Lord Jesus came to full realization of the Glory of God in her womb, she said;
"My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour".
Luke 1 :46&47.
The wise men saw the star of Jesus and the bible says;
"They rejoiced exceedingly with great joy".
The joy of salvation is one thing, then the joy that comes after an encounter with Jesus is something else.
I pray for you; may you have an encounter with This Jesus!
The story of the woman by Jacob's Well is very instructive about *the contagious effect of knowing Jesus. John 4 .
The bible says after Jesus revealed Himself to the woman, she left her waterpot and ran into the City telling all men;
"Come see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?"
It is important to note that joy is different from Happiness; which is usually triggered as a result of an external factor or thing, but Joy is like a fountain of water springing up from the inside.
The bible says;
"A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones".
Kind David was referred to as a man after God's heart. He loved God and he was always willing to proclaim it.
"I rejoiced when they said unto me: 'Let us go unto the house of the LORD."
He understood the adverse effect of not being in the presence of God. Hence when he sinned he cried to God and said;
"Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit".
It does not matter what tribulation, trials, persecution you are going through now, I am sure it cannot be compared to what Jesus and the disciples went through for you and I.
The bible says;
"Rejoice as you share in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may also rejoice with great joy when His Glory is revealed".
1 Peter 4:13.
Even in the face of persecution against Paul and Barnabas, when the Jews expelled them out their coast, the bible says;
"The disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Ghost".
In like manner, I enjoin you all to; "Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice".
If you are yet to give your life to Jesus, I wish to announce to you that you are missing a lot.
Money cannot buy the Joy that comes from being connected to Jesus. Please come taste This Jesus and you won't want to let go again.
Meanwhile, let me chip in a word of caution ;giving your life to Jesus does not grant you immunity from affliction, trials and challenges of life. However, it serves like an insurance or assurance that the Lord will deliver you. Psalm 34:19
That's why Jesus said:
"In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world".
The question is how can one be rejoicing in the midst of adversity?
The bible says in Habakkuk 3:17;
"Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive may fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls". Meaning, even when nothing seems to be working again, I mean: when it appears things have fallen apart;
"Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Saviour".
For some of us we have gotten to the point of no return. Come rain come shine,it has to be Jesus all the way!
I have decided to follow Jesus x3
No turning back x2.
In conclusion, If you are a soul winner you can be sure your name has been written in heaven just like Jesus told his disciples. I therefore beseech you in the name of the Lord to continue in that stride;
"Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Rejoicing in hope, being patient in tribulation, being constant in prayer,
The Joy of the Lord shall continue to be our strength. Sorrow shall be far from you and I & every member of our families in Jesus Mighty name. .
JESUS IS LORD
Bro Olaniyi Cole.
RELEASED ON 25/JUNE/2019
IT'S NOT BY TITLE BUT SERVICE!
The bible says;
"For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for His name in serving the saints, as you still do".
One major bane or undoing of this generation is the obvious lackadaisical attitude to service. Many people like the titles, money and of course the privileges attached to the position they occupy, but very few people are interested in rendering the requisite service expected of them.
We often blame the public sector for low productivity and lack of commitment while in reality, there isn't much difference between what you get in public institutions and what you see in the private sector in recent times.
Consequently, the Church of God has not been left out either. I went to a suburb in Abuja to see a brother recently and I was surprised at the alarming number of Churches in that neighbourhood.
I counted about ten different Churches in a street not longer than sixty meters and I began to ask myself whether the high number of Churches is an indication of wide spread of Gospel, then the Holy Spirit spoke;" No, it is just the reality of an unending greed for title, position and money among the people"
Everybody wants to be in charge but very few are interested in service. Majority in the Body of Christ today love the appellation, the titles, positions and the privileges in the Church so much just like the Scribes and the Pharisees.
However,they rearly have time for service yet they have not deemed it fit to relinquish the titles and positions they received as a result of their connection to the Church of God.
An ancient Yoruba adage says;
"If the trap refuses to catch the rat, then the bait should be returned to the owner"..
Meaning: Since you are not functioning in accordance with the duties expected of that office, title and position, you do not have any moral justification to hold on to the appellation. Simple relinquish it!
The work of God is not about titles and wearing suits & ties or putting on big hat, it is simply about service and availability for work, I mean doing good works. Read the story of Tabitha in Acts 9: 36-42 and Abigail in 1 Samuel 25.
"God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another".
1 Peter 4:10.
Your ordination in the Church is not for showmanship, but essentially for service .
That's why Jesus said;
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed".
Titles and positions are not bad but they come with huge expectations & responsibilities.
Brethren, if you are not willing to take up responsibilities attached to your title and position in the Church of God, it is better not to be part of it than to get the title and yet refuse to function.
"Dear brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers in the Church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly".
Growing up in the ancient city of Ibadan, one of the favourite music that endeared me to the work of God is a Yoruba song by Evangelist; Funmi Aragbaiye which is translated to mean;
The Kingdom of God is at hand, people should repent; for the Judge of the world (Jesus) is coming back to ask you how you lived your life?
Are you a Pastor? your primary duties are Praying for the Church, feeding the sheep" (John 21:15-17) ; with the word of God, ensuring people under you have repented and have giving their lives to Jesus, anchoring their baptism by immersion; which is a necessity for every new convert,
just like John The Baptist did in awaiting the first coming of Jesus.
Pastors are also responsible for preparing souls for the Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
"The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task.Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,
1 Tim 3:1-2.
When you fail in these primary assignments, you cannot use your commitment in other areas to cover up.
It is very disgraceful how some men of God have suddenly turned to building Contractors, Fund raising experts, while the parishioners are scattered and being starved of the undiluted word of God.
"Just as shepherds watch over their sheep, you must watch over everyone God has placed in your care. Do it willingly in order to please God and not simply because you think you must. Let it be something you want to do, instead of something you do merely to make money".
1 Peter 5:2.
Are you a Minister of the Gospel, Deacon and Deaconess; your service in the Body of Christ is very important to God. 1 Timothy 3:1-16.
Your title is of no value whatsoever to God. Leadership is not about position or titles. It's rather about service and leading by example. colossians 3:23
Cornelius was not part of the Church hierarchy yet he was serving humanity to the extent that his deeds attracted the attention of God. Acts 10
An Angel spoke to him in a vision;
"Your prayers and gifts to the poor have ascended as a memorial offering before God". Acts 10:4
When Simon Peter heard his testimony he said;
"Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons. In every nation He accepts those who fear Him and do what is right".
Consistency is very important in our service to God and humanity. Many believers blow hot for some time and go quiet later.
"No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God." Luke 9:62.
Many people have given their lives to Jesus years back and yet there are no obvious manifestation of the fruit of the Holy Spirit in them.
Apostle Peter said;
"Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation".
I Peter 2:2
The question is are you growing in your salvation and in your service to God and Humanity?
In conclusion, be the leader that people will follow voluntarily as a result of your commitment to service whether with or without title.
"Therefore, my beloved Brothers and Sisters be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain".
1 Cor 15:58
The Church needs urgent reformation, if you love God and His work spread this message!
Bro Olaniyi Cole
RELEASED ON 22/JUNE/2019
START WHERE YOU ARE!
The word of the Lord came to me;
"Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin.."
Similarly, the famous Chinese proverb says:
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”
Everyone likes the finished product, but not many want to go through the process required to have the finish product.
Without doubt, every big thing we see in life has a small beginning. After all, we all went through infancy to teenage years until we became adults. In the same vein, the journey to stardom is never an instant one, rather it takes gradual processes.
"Rome was not built in a day".
Short cuts, often have grave repercussions in life. What short cuts means is that you skip some stages or levels that you were meant to take.
Our Lord Jesus Christ told us about the parable of the talents.
Of a significant reference for this message is the servant the master gave one talent;
"But the servant who had received the one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground, and hid his master’s money.
When the master returned he commended the two servants he gave five and two talents, for they both invested their talents and they have increased them by five and two talents respectively.
However, the servant with the one talent was rebuked by the master;
"You wicked and slothful servant!
What is very instructive about the parable is that, Jesus spent more time talking about the servant that was given a single talent more than He did for the others put together.
It further gives credence to the expectation of God concerning us. God wants us to start small, then grow and increase with time.
The bible says;
"Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase. ,
I don't know who this message is meant for, but I am highly convinced in my Spirit that this message will inspire someone to greatness.
The disciples began gathering together; praying and studying the word at the upper room.
Gradually, the upper room could not contain them anymore.The bible has it recorded that when Simon Peter preached their first message after the Impactation of the Holy Spirit at the upper room on the day of Pentecost;
"Those who embraced his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to the believers that day"
Soon after, the number grew again to about five thousand men.
What a supernatural progression!I claim that for myself in Jesus name..
It does not matter how many people are ahead of you now. Seniority is not a criterion before our God. See 1 Sam16 , Judges 6. Gen 37-50, 1 Sam 2:8, 1 Cor 1:27.
Meanwhile, as you progress in your chosen vocation or dream, be mindful of two sets of people you will definitely encounter.
The first set of people that you will be confronted with are the doubters or the sceptics.They are people who usually exercise fear or pessimism about your dream.
They just wouldn't see that dream metamorphosing into something great. They are very myopic. It is as far as their eyes can see!
Although such people meant good for you, but perhaps out of their care or concerns for your safety, they will do and say things that might make you to lose confidence in fulfilling your potentials.
Usually, they are your close relatives & friends. David; a teenager wanted to fight Goliath but was confronted by his eldest brother; Eliab.
"But when David’s eldest brother; Eliab, heard David talking to the men, he was angry. “What are you doing around here anyway?” he demanded. “What about those few sheep you’re supposed to be taking care of? I know about your pride and deceit. You just want to see the battle!”
1 Samuel 17:28.
Thank God David was adamant. He fought Goliath, the rest is history today.
1 Samuel :17
About two decades ago, a relatively unknown young man in his forties surprisingly made known his intention to become the executive Governor of his State. He happened to be someone close to one of my siblings.
To many of his contemporaries, they saw his ambition as a "tall order" that can never see the light of the day.
However,this man defied all odds and he became the Executive Governor of his state not once but twice thereafter.
"Anything can happen when God is involved".
The second set of people you should be wary of are the real dream killers; oppositions and haters.
I mean people like Herod, king Saul, Haman, Sanballat,Tobiah, Geshem, the old prophet mentioned in the book of 1 Kings 13 and their likes.
This set of people have one agenda;
"The thief comes only in order to steal, kill, and destroy.."
You will not need the Spirit of discernment to know they are very dangerous. They are agents of the devil.
They wont have any issue with you so far you are not doing anything spectacular. Their true colour and hatred will be triggered when you started manifesting your potentials for greatness.They
don't want anyone to rise beyond them, hence they will do everything to kill! Be warned..
However, you will have to be strong and courageous.
Boldness in the Lord has to be your way of life. Just like Peter and John Acts 4: 13. You cannot withstand these ones without being connected to Jesus.
They could be very relentless in their bid to kill dreams and destinies, but they never end well..
Should you know anybody like that: pray for him/her and caution him very very well if possible!
They are in your neighbourhood. offices, schools business environment, religious circles and very common in the Church.
PRAYER: In the name of the One (Jesus) that called me, anyone with an agenda to kill your destiny will end up like king Saul in Jesus name. .
In conclusion, the bible says;
"The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also complete it".
I pray for you again, if there is anything that you set your mind to do that is holy and legitimate ( incorruptible) go for it and you will receive the backing of the Almighty God in Jesus name. .
However, the one that expects the backing of an Holy God must also strive to be holy and be obedient.
The "young man of God" in I kings 13 died as a result of disobedience.
Stay away from sin, obey God rather men. Acts 5;29 and you will see your dreams and destiny coming to fruition.
I am confident of this; that He who began a good work in you and I, will bring it to completion in Jesus name. .
Bro Olaniyi Cole
RELEASED ON 18/JUNE/2019
JESUS:THE GRACE OF GOD!
"For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people".
One of the most popular words in the Christendom today is Grace.
Many of us cannot go through a day without mentioning the word: Grace. We have come to the realization that on our own we can do nothing!
Meanwhile, who or what is this Grace?
After my last message (The Sky is Wide Enough), I beg your pardon; I meant to say after the last message Jesus used me to prepare, I decided to respond to some of the feedback I had received from people who were blessed and felt inspired by the word of God.
Then,I read through the content of the picture released, which says;
"The sky is wide enough and I am confident that by the Grace of God I will excel in the name of Jesus"
Then, God giggled at me! I inquired in my Spirit man and God said; it is tautology: this is an expression or phrase that says the same thing twice.
Then, I became very curious. As I was trying to unravel the repetition in the sentence or where I used one word twice, my Lord Jesus said; " ' Am I not the Grace of God!"
Soon after, the Spirit of God directed me to the the memory verse which say;
"For the Grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people".
Meaning,Jesus had appeared to make salvation available to all people.
Children of God, at that point I said to myself; "what do I know besides the stuffs that Jesus brings to my attention"? All Glory belongs to this Jesus. I take a bow once again!
Apostle Paul said;
"But by the Grace of God, I am what I am, and His Grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the Grace of God that is with me".
The book of Acts of Apostles gives us clear records of how Apostle Paul became a disciple of Jesus ,as a result of his encounter with our Lord Jesus on the way to Damascus. Acts 9:1-31
In other words, Apostle Paul recognized the fact that the presence of Jesus in him was what enabled him to accomplish all that he did though he was hard working.
Apparently, the word Grace in some bible verses was used to refer to our Lord Jesus while in some other cases Grace is used as the manifest power or enablement that makes one to be able to do things that your natural knowledge and strength wouldn't have offered you.
In most cases, if you remove the word Grace and substitute it with Jesus the sentence would still have delivered the intended revelation.
Many people today including believers are fond of making empty promises and planning their itinerary without including the phrase;
"By the Grace of God or by God's Grace"
You will hear people say stuffs like; "I will be in Dubai for vacation next week, from there to Texas then stop by in Dublin, there after I will see my family in Manchester then return to Nigeria".
Forgetting that some people made plans for an hour journey but they never lived to see the next hour there after.
When you leave "The Grace of God" out of your plan; you are simply saying you will be fine without Jesus!
The Disciples were in a boat and there was a turbulent wind, but Jesus Christ was sleeping in the same boat at that point in time.
Nonetheless, they knew they needed Jesus,so they woke him up.
For me; it shows that the Disciples recognized that Jesus is the Prince of peace and they needed him to stabilize the boat at that particular moment.
Jesus rebuked the wind; "Peace be still" Immediately, the wind behaved itself and was calm.
I remembered the Testimony of my Father in the Lord: Pastor E. A Adeboye. How he was on an aircraft some years back and there was turbulence that the plane began to shake and the Pilot informed them of the bad weather condition.
Then fear came upon most people as they began to fidget. He went further; that the fellow next to him lost appetite all of a sudden.
However, Pastor Adeboye said he did not panic a bit, that he ate his food and also helped the fellow next to him to eat all his food too. He said though the man was looking at him somehow, but he was confident that the plane would not crash because he had committed the journey to God's hand and more importantly he knew the Grace of God (Jesus) goes everywhere with Him and that He as assured him of safety.
True to his assertion, the aircraft landed without any issue.
Jesus Christ is the Gift of God (John 3:16) to mankind in order to redeem us and save us from eternal damnation.
In another passage, Apostle Paul says;
"For by Grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast".
Meaning, we do not have any power of our own except that deposited in us by Jesus.
It is often said that we now live in the dispensation of Grace, which was made possible by our Lord Jesus;
"For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace".
Bible students know that the word: law is often connected to Moses who brought the Ten commandments from God, while the word: Grace, is by our Lord Jesus Christ.;
"For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ"
However, Grace should not be taken for granted. The popular saying is that; "you give honour to whom honour is due"
How can you make plans without including the One that will enable you to actualize them.
Little wonder, Apostle Paul wrote;
"But he said to me; “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness...”
2 Corinthians 12:9.
When you fail to acknowledge the significance of the presence of God upon your life, it goes to show that you have opened up access for the devil to attack.
Brethren, never let down your guard.
"Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour".
1 Peter 5:8.
In conclusion, "I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the Ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God (Jesus).
In other words, I am nothing.I mean; I am a nobody without Jesus, but with Jesus: The Grace of God, I can do all things.
PRAYER : I will accomplish all things I set my heart to do through Christ Jesus who gives me strength.Phil 4:13.
JESUS IS LORD.
Bro Olaniyi Cole.
RELEASED ON 15/JUNE/2019
THE SKY IS WIDE ENOUGH!
The bible says;
"Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves".
On the 11th of June 2019, while I was brushing my teeth in the morning, the Lord spoke to me clearly;
"The sky is wide enough!"
As I was ruminating on the significance of that sentence,the Spirit of God flashes this
"The sky is wide enough for all birds to fly without their wings touching".
In a bid to reconcile God's words and the popular saying in order to make a sense of what God was trying to tell me;
God brought to my remembrance how I came back home on vacation and I visited Abuja in the year 2009. Then my elder brother took me to a bakery that was producing the most sought after bread at that time.
God went further and asked me; how many of such bakeries have you patronized since that time?," Then, I began to recollect one after the other.
Soon after, the Lord said to me; "if many more bakeries have emerged after the first bakery you patronized, with some producing better bread, yet without clashing with one another; why can't members of My Body (The Church) serve according to the gifts that I have bestowed on each person without having any cause for conflict?
Then I remembered what Apostle Paul wrote;
"Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness".
God gives out these gifts as He pleases and nobody can say, these are the criteria that He uses;
"All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and He distributes them to each one, just as He determines".
1 Cor 12:11
The question then is; why do we have so much division, hatred and strife within & among believers now?
The Spirit of God said to me specifically; ENVY is the bane of the Church now, unlike the days of the early Church.
Brothers and Sisters of the Gospel; I searched the Scripture and I discovered there was no record of envy, jealousy or hatred among the disciples, they all complemented one another for the common goal of spreading the Gospel of Jesus.
The present Church should emulate the disciples in our relationship with one another. Truly, the sky is wide enough for everyone of us to pick his or her space in line with the gifts of God upon you and excel without rancor in the work of the Ministry.
Although, some agents of darkness have penetrated the Church of God and they must be exposed and flushed out! Eph 5:11 .
Until the emergence of Paul, Simon Peter and all of the other disciples restricted their preaching to the Jews only.;
The bible says;
Meanwhile, the believers who had been scattered during the persecution after Stephen’s death traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch of Syria. They preached the word of God, but only to Jews." Acts 11:19.
However, The Game Changer of the disciples"; Paul, came on the scene and changed the narratives. Paul made a radical departure from the conservative style of the disciples, by extending the preaching of the Gospel to the Gentiles.
Paul actually acted on the words of
"This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel".
Whenever anyone appears to have deviated from the Truth; which is the bible, such person can be corrected or rebuked in order to protect the sanctity of the Church;
"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness".
1 Tim 3:16.
Every individual in the Church today should purge him/herself of any traces of envy, hatred and jealousy.
It reminds me of the Yoruba adage my Late Mother used to tell me;
"Adiye gagara koni fe je ki akuko o ko!
Meaning, the big chicken does not want the smaller one to crow".
The bible says;
"If you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.
Brethren, take a pause, reflect on these ☝bible verses and see why those issues have lingered on in your Church.
Our God is no respecter of persons. Acts 10: 34 He can decide to use a new or younger person more than the older ones just as He did with Apostle Paul. Jesus said:
"But many who are first will be last, and the last first".
The story of Eli and Samuel is also very instructive for the Christian leaders in this generation to emulate.
Eli was still the Priest when God had started speaking to Samuel. Eli, despite his position and age humbled himself before Samuel;
"What did the LORD tell you?" Eli asked. "Don't keep anything from me. God will punish you severely if you don't tell me everything he said."
1 Sam 3:17.
Envy actually matures to death if it is not dealt with on time! Hear what the Spirit of God says again; "Do not allow envy to take root in your heart any longer"!
I Peter 2:1
It's not about your years of experience in doing something, when God is ready to use another person, He does so without hindrance.
After all, just like the famous Hausa saying; "Sarki goma, Zamani goma". meaning "Ten Kings, Ten epochs!".
"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms.
If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen".
1 Peter 4:10&12.
I pray for you: The sky is wide enough; whatever business, career or job you are doing will yield for you and you will excel in that field in the name of Jesus.
However, your connection with our Lord Jesus is pivotal to your success. The bible says: "What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?"
Allow Jesus to take the driving seat in your life.
Bro Olaniyi Cole.
RELEASED ON 11/JUNE/2019
YOU ARE DESTINED FOR GREATNESS!
God said to Abram;
"Go out from your land, your relatives, and your father's house to the land that I will show you. And I will make you a great nation and I will bless you and make your name great so that you can be a blessing".
I have been thinking lately about what makes people great and what makes great people to be different from their contemporaries!
Suddenly, I remembered what Angel Gabriel told Zachariah concerning the birth of John the Baptist:
"For he will be great before the Lord. And he shall never drink wine and strong drink, and he will be full of the Holy Spirit even from his mother's womb".
In other words, some people are actually born great!
Little wonder, William Shakespeare wrote:
"Some are born great, others achieve greatness".
Growing up, many of us have class mates in large numbers that some of them stood out tall in academic prowess.
However, looking at the reality of this life, greatness is not necessarily dependent on one's intelligence or brilliance. In the course of this journey of life, you will at some point hear of a relatively unknown person that has achieved greatness of some sort.
In fact, I remember while I was at the greatest University of Ibadan, studying Law. There came a time when the probability or the prospect of graduating with the best achievable Grade was beckoning at us, my room mate, would console himself with these words;
"After all, Gani Fawehinmi graduated ( Late Lawyer and Human Right Activist)with third class and he is so great today, I cannot kill my self".
Meaning, if he cannot make Second Class Upper, which was our target then, Second Class Lower division wouldn't be a bad grade after all!.
Greatness is not about being born with silver spoon or being born into a royal family, People like Pastor E. A Adeboye, Chief MKO Abiola were born very poor, yet they achieve Greatness. M K O Abiola's legacy and achievements hava been constitutionally recognised by the declaration of every June 12 as Democracy Day in Nigeria.
Children of God, greatness is different from being successful in what you do.
Many people are successful, but very few are great.
The bible makes us to understand that God had destined some of us for greatness, right from the womb. Just like He did concerning John the Baptist.
Consequently, when God is involve in your matter no Jupiter or legion of haters can stop it.
"For the LORD Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him? His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back?"
It brings to my memory the popular Yoruba song;
Eru Olorun ba mi
Eru Jesu ba mi o
Ohun t'O ba ti pi'nu lokan Re
Ko s'eda t'o le da duro.
Interpreted to mean;
I am fearful of God, for whatever He has set His mind to do, nobody can stop Him.
In view of the above notion of predestination, it becomes worrisome when some ignorant folks sometimes try to attack or stop a man or people on a mission set by God.
King Herod, heard about the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ and he thought he could stop the manifestation of the greatness of the King of kings;
but he died soon after. Matthew 2:19&20
PRAYER In the name of the One (Jesus) that called me, anyone who is determined to stop the manifestation of what God has purposed for you and I will receive the wrath of God in Jesus name..
King Saul also tried to kill David at all cost out of envy,but he died in the process causing the death of his three children: Jonathan, Abinadab, and Malchishua.
The bible recorded concerning David;
"This is what the LORD says: 'If you can break My covenant with the day and My covenant with the night, so that day and night no longer come at their appointed time then also my covenant with David My servant may be broken, so that he shall not have a son to reign on his throne.. ".
In other words, greatness is orchestrated by God and any mini god or man that can prevent our God from bringing to pass what He has purposed has not be born.
However, for one to achieve greatness, you will have to come out from the crowd and stand out from others for the right reasons.
Abraham did not attain the greatness until he parted ways with his fathers house and Lot in obedience to the instructions of God to him as recorded in Genesis 12:1&2.
When, Joseph was put in the prison for an offence he did not commit, he was there with all sorts of people. Genesis chapter 38-40.
Unfortunately, greatness is not written on our faces, no one could have imagined that Joseph being in the midst of criminals was going to become a Prime Minister some day.
The word of God does not fail. We need to hold on to the word of God in the journey of life. The Psalmist wrote.
"Remember your promise to me; it is my only hope.This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life".
I reckoned that, during the course of those horrible two years Joseph spent in the prison, he would have encouraged himself with the assurances of the Dream he had twice, knowing that the prison was just a phase in his path to glory and greatness.
Nelson Mandela spent twenty seven years in prison with some other activist like himself. However; he became the first black President of South Africa and perhaps the greatest blackman ever after being released.
From all indications, a great person does not belong to the camp of mediocres either. It is just a matter of circumstance that makes an Eagle to be put together in a cage with other kinds of birds. In a process of time; the Eagle will sour higher and the difference will be clear to everyone!
PRAYER I don't know where the enemy thought they have kept your destiny, it does not matter how long or what they did to curtail your advancement, you are coming out of that limitation,debt, sickness, bondage and you will fulfil your destiny in Jesus name..
One day, just like Joseph woke up with the news that he was needed in the Palace (Genesis 41:14), some of us will wake up to the fulfilment of the spoken words of God concerning the Divine designation and greatness God as purposed. Only time will tell!
However, a person born to be great does not toy with disobedience or sin of any kind.
How did I know?
Samson was born great, (Judges 13: 3-5) but he disobeyed God and his greatness was curtailed. Judges 16.
PRAYER ; Father, whatever I will do that will affect the manifestation of the greatness you have ordained for me , do not allow me to come near such in Jesus name.
In conclusion, our Lord Jesus remains the Greatest of all. To be great and be able to sustain your greatness,you need to be connected with Him.
Tomorrow might be too late accept Jesus now!
JESUS IS LORD
Bro Olaniyi Cole.
RELEASED ON 08/JUNE/2019
LOVE IS CRUCIAL!
Apostle Paul wrote:
"If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.If I had the gift of prophecy and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing".
1 Cor 13:1-3.
Brethren, If there is any word on the planet earth that transcends beyond race, religion, tribe and social status; it is Love.
According to the dictionary, Love encompasses a range of emotions, behaviour and beliefs associated with strong feelings of affection, protectiveness, warmth and respect for another person.
Relying on the above definition of love,one can easily infer that love is not only about what you feel towards another but also about what you do for another person"
The bible says;
"But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us".
Interestingly, Apostle John popularly referred to as John the Beloved(the disciple that Jesus loved) wrote more about love. In one of his writings he said;
"Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth".
I John 3:18.
The essence of this message is to make us to re- examine ourselves if Indeed we are living the word of God concerning love for one another.
While Jesus was teaching, one of the Pharisees asked him a question;
"Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
John the Beloved buttressed the words of Jesus when he wrote;
If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen".
1 John 4:20.
As à legal Practitioner, there is what we call; "Duty of Care" in the Law of Tort. It is the responsibility or the legal obligation on a person to ensure any of his acts or omissions is not likely to cause harm to others.
Similarly, believers are expected to have a "duty of care" for one another to the extent that we should be our brother's keeper.
The bible says;
"Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another".
1 John 4:11.
Jesus Christ further upped the ante when He said;
"But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For He gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and He sends rain on the just and the unjust alike".
It goes to show that love does not discriminate!
Jesus healed on a Sabbath day against the law, then the Scribes and the Pharisees challenged Him on appropriateness of performing healing on the Sabbath.
“Which one of you who has a sheep, if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not take hold of it and lift it out?
The hypocrisy and foolishness of the religious leaders of the era when of our Lord Jesus Christ was on earth are not any different to what is prevalent now in the Christendom.
Self-seeking, self centredness and insensitivity to the plight of the poor are some of the bane of the present generation.
Our Lord Jesus had compassion with everybody, whether rich or poor. He even showed emotions when the occasion demanded it.
When Jesus got to the house of Mary and Matha to see Lazarus, the bible says:
"Jesus wept" (John 11:35.)
Why would you a child of God and disciple of our Lord Jesus Christ not exhibit emotions or have compassion when the circumstance calls for it.
The bible says;
"Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep".
Genuine Christians are not the ones that go to church regularly, neither are they the ones that are over zealous in the house of God nor the ones that sit behind the pulpit; rather they are the ones that practice what the bible teaches us.
Interestingly, love is number one among the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Galatians 5:22&23.
The bible says;
"Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other".
We inherited the name Christians today as a result of the lifestyle of the early Church, led by the Disciples of Jesus who exhibited love among everyone.
Acts 2: 45&46
However, can we say the same concerning us; the believers of this generation?
The late Indian Activist; Mahatma Gandhi answered the above question when he said;
"I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ".
Children of God, where did we go wrong?
"Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends"
1 Cor 13: 14-
Are we living together in love?
Although, Jesus is the benchmark of Christianity and He is our Standard, but many people out there do not know this Jesus,they only know You and I that are zealous about the work of God.
That's why Jesus said:
"Let your light so shine before men that they will see your good works and glorify your Father who is in Heaven".
The disturbing increase in cases of untimely death, depression and
suicide in the Christendom in recent times is an indication of lack of love and care amongst us.
The Psalmist wrote;
"I look for someone to come and help me, but no one gives me a passing thought! No one will help me; no one cares a bit what happens to me"
All some people need is who to share their burden with,for words of encouragement and counselling.
The bible says;
"If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person?
1 John 3:17.
This is food for thought that we should all ponder on and examine our ways. Are we Christ like, do we have love of God dwelling in us ?
In conclusion, I beseech you above all things that you.
"Keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins".
1 Peter 4:8.
PRAYER; Father, fill our hearts with over flowing power of your love that we may love you and love our neighbours the way you love us in Jesus Mighty name.
Spread the Good News;
JESUS LOVES YOU
RELEASED ON 04/JUNE/2019
THE REALITY OF HEAVEN & HELL!
While teaching the believers of old on the significance of living righteously, Apostle Paul wrote;
"God will repay each person according to what they have done. To those who by perseverance in doing good seek glory, honor, and immortality, He will give eternal life.(Heaven)but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury(Hell).
Few days ago, I was just reminiscing about how God has transformed my life in the last decade.
In the course of the reflection,my mind switched to the initial philosophy I once held about life. Many years back , my viewpoint about religion and life generally was more of a liberal approach.
One could liken my lifestyle then to that of Cornelius recorded in the book of Acts 10. I believed a good life was mainly about being God fearing, respectful, nice to everyone and doing good deeds. Acts 10:2.
As, I was appreciating God for the way he picked me up while I was wandering and remoulded my life for His own purpose, I began to remember some of my favourite songs about life back then. Suddenly a song by Ebenezer Obey came to my memory. The song says:
A lowo ma jaye eyin lemo
Awon to laye lana da won ti ku won ti lo...
Meaning, if you are rich and you refuse to enjoy your life, it is your loss, those people that enjoyed life years back are dead and gone!
Right there, the Holy Spirit brought to my attention the anomaly in that song.
God said to me;
Can you observe the omission in the lyrics of that song you just sang?
Then, I sang the song again and this time around the Holy Spirit revealed to me that the song did not give us specifics about the destination of those people that enjoyed their life and died after.
The song just says;
"They have died and gone! Gone to where?♀
Then I began to laugh, as I was eulogising the awesomeness of the Great Revealer and the Greatest Teacher of all: The Holy Spirit.
Children of God, there is no cause for debate over this matter; Heaven and Hell are real!
"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life".
Without doubt, the Christian race is not a smooth jolly race by any means.
There is a consistent battle, I mean spiritual battle against believers by the devil and his agents to quench the fervency and the fire of God on Born Again Christians, in order to populace the kingdom of darkness.
"Be on your guard and stay awake. Your enemy, the devil, is like a roaring lion, sneaking around to find someone to attack.But you must resist the devil and stay strong in your faith. You know that all over the world the Lord's followers are suffering just as you are. ".
1 Peter 5:8&9
Unfortunately and ignorantly as well, many of these agents of darkness have proliferated into the Church of God as Pastors and Ministers of the Gospel.
Don't be fooled by their mentioning of the name Jesus and shouting on top of their voices, singing and jumping all in the name of Jesus.
After all, Jesus said;
"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven".
So what is the will of God?
God said ;
"I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked person should turn from his way and live. Repent, repent of your evil ways! Why will you die, house of Israel?'
Repentance is the will of God for every mankind.
God expects the Church to preach repentance and evangelise more.
Any Church that only gathers people together once in a year; celebrating Global Evangelism Day has failed God!
If Pastors and Ministers of God in this generation can prioritize evangelism and follow up; creating more time in reaching out to lost souls, the situation would have been better for the Church of God.
"The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few".
When my Lord Jesus Christ instituted the Church, he sent them out to
evangelise with the aim of winning Souls for God.
Our Churches need to rise up to the main task before us which is how to prepare souls for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, by feeding them with the word of God and not comedy and "nights of a thousand laugh" in the sanctuary of God.
I beseech you all, in the name of Jesus to either replicate or transfer the seriousness and the aggressiveness you put in when raising funds for the Church into evangelising and chasing after lost souls.
My Lord Jesus Christ said:
"What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the pasture and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it?"
In other words, as members of the Church and individuals,we need to go after people that have left our Churches to either bring them back or to ensure they are still serving God where they are.
Jesus concluded the teaching by saying;
"In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!"
Your repentance is far more important to God, whether as individuals, Church or even as a Nation.
That's why God said;
"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land'.
2 Chron 7:14.
Children of God, Heaven and Hell are real, however; the choice is yours to take.
"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through".
Come to think of it, Ebenezer Obey that sang that song more than forty decades ago have realised that there is Heaven and Hell after death.
He has since given his life to Jesus and has turned to an Evangelist; calling people to accept Christ.
Is our God not great!
If you are still living with the fallacious impression that; it is a free world and that you can enjoy your life anyhow then die after; you need to change your mindset before it's too late.
If you find yourself reading this, please take a moment to pause and ask yourself;
Where do I go after death?
I have come to inform you that your own Rapture has come once you are dead. There is no second chance again after death.
Is either you end up in Heaven with Jesus or you end up in great torment in Hell fire with the devil.
I enjoin you to make up your mind, repent now and ask for the grace to live holy before God; working out your salvation with fear and trembling.
Tomorrow might be too late. Jesus could come at any moment and death which does not respect age and status can also come without notice!
"examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves.."
2 Cor 13:5.
Obviously, many people have wandered away from the Truth; whether knowingly or unknowingly. Make effort to get them back!
"As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry".
2 Timothy 4:5.
PRAYER: Father, everything that could be an obstruction to my path to heaven, please uproot it in Jesus name. .
Don't keep this message to yourself, you will be pulling people away from the road to perdition if you share this message.
JESUS IS COMING BACK SOON!
Bro Olaniyi Cole