ADIEU REINHARD BONNKE April 19, 1940 – December 7, 2019
MOST RECENT MESSAGES
RELEASED ON 10/ DECEMBER/2019
BEING AN EVANGELIST: TRIBUTE TO REINHARD BONNKE
An evangelist is someone who proclaims the Good News. In other words, an Evangelist is a preacher of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ saddled with the motive or intention of winning Souls for God.
The bible gives us understanding of what a life of an Evangelist is through a brief insight into the life of Philip; a man who was very committed to spreading the Gospel of Jesus during the early Church.Acts 8:5-40
Interestingly, our Lord Jesus is the one who makes Evangelist;
"He (Jesus) personally gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers,"
However, the work of an Evangelist is that of every minister of God, because the work of the ministry is mainly about preaching the Good News.
In the book of Luke 4:42 the bible says about the crowd who searched everywhere for Jesus and when they finally found Him, they begged Him not to leave them, but Jesus told them;
“I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well, because that is why I was sent.”
In like manner, when Jesus was going to ascend to heaven He gave us a clear-cut command;
"Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature".
This assignment (command)is for everyone of us doing the work of God in one capacity or the other.
The question is; are we truly preaching the Gospel?
At this juncture, permit me to pay tribute to the late Reinhard Bonnke;the great Evangelist who died on 7th of December 2019, at the age if 79.
I took recognition of him very early in my young age during the late 70ties and 80ties with his crusade posters all over the city of Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. He was the very first white man that I recognized doing the work of God.
Reinhard Bonnke had exceptional burning passion for the spread of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and He impacted Africa and the whole world at large for Christ through his ministry ; Christ For All Nations.
He was quoted as saying; "It is a tragedy when the church saves money instead of saving Souls. We MUST spend to save!
Since the news of his death was made known, many people have been paying tributes to this man simply because of the dedicated life he lived by winning Souls for Christ Jesus.
"How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation, the news that the God of Israel reigns!
My sincere and deepest condolences to his family, members of his ministry and the Body of Christ across the world.
He lived for the Gospel and I have strong convictions that he is not just being celebrated on earth alone, the Host of heaven are celebrating him for a life well spent on earth.
He has left a good legacy just like the late Billy Graham did.
Apparently, God has a way of raising up passionate and dedicated ministers for the spread of the Gospel from one generation to another. Now that Billy Graham and Reinhard Bonnke have gone;
The creation waits in eager expectation for the manifestation of you and I in preaching the true Gospel of Jesus to the whole world.
Are you willing to step into the big shoes left behind by Reinhard Bonnke?
As for me; Here I am Lord send me!
A Church or any minister of God that does every other thing except for evangelism is lost.
Therefore,If you have not been committed to the core work of the ministry which is Soul winning; this is a wake up call for you and for some of us that have been doing it in our little bits, this is the time to up our game for Jesus.
I beseech you with the words of Apostle Paul to Timothy;
"As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry".
2 Timothy 4:5.
My prayer is that our labour for the work of God will be highly rewarded by God both in this planet earth and in heaven in Jesus Mighty name.
Bro Olaniyi Cole
RELEASED ON 6/ DECEMBER/2019
CONNECT WITH JESUS
Our Lord Jesus Christ said;
"Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me".
As a believer, you need to prioritize your personal relationship with God.
When Jesus made the above statement (Revelation 3:20) He was not talking about the physical door of a house or that of a church building, rather He meant the door of your heart.
Brethren, one of the most popular terms among believers in the 80ties and 90ties is "Quiet Time". which is time to meditate on the word of God and pray alone.
I remember how Ministers of God used to emphasize on the importance of having regular quiet time then.
Unfortunately, the term seems to have been relegated to the back burner lately.
However, God is still seeking after such people who thirst for time alone with Him.
God relates with us as individuals and not as a people or as a Church. That's why He said;
'I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.'
Don't let anyone deceive you. It's a personal or an individual race.
The bible says;
"Jesus would often go to some places where He could be alone and pray".
Apostle Paul also reiterates the importance of personal relationship with Jesus when he said;
"That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death".
In order to know God and be able to walk with Him, you will need to develop a personal relationship with Him. Although, being a member of a Church founded on the word of God is important for your Spiritually growth, the time you spend on your own with God is far more important.
God reveals Himself more to individuals that spend time with Him.
Moses was always spending time with God alone, that's why the bible says;
"He (God) made known His ways to Moses, His deeds to the people of Israel:
However, one thing that hinders a personal relationship with God is sin .
"Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither His ear heavy, that it cannot hear:But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, that He will not hear".
Father, grant me the grace to live above sin so I can develop a continuous personal relationship with you in Jesus name.
Bro Olaniyi Cole
RELEASED ON 3/ DECEMBER/2019
TABLES WILL TURN!
Brethren, Have you not read in the Scriptures:"The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes'?
The phrase; 'turn the tables' is often used when the weaker position subsequently becomes the dominant one.
It means a Turnaround. a situation which puts you in a completely different and respectable position over someone who previously was in an higher position over you.
When the tables turn, it indicates a complete change in status, circumstances and situation.
Interestingly, one of the names of our God is 'unchangeable Changer'.
That's why the bible says;
"The LORD makes poor and makes rich; He brings low and He exalts.He raises up the poor from the dust; He lifts the needy from the ash heap to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honor.."
1 Samuel 2:7&8.
I beseech you brethren, do not despise or look down on anyone in this life.No condition is permanent, for God can turn tables around for anyone as it pleases Him.
The bible makes us to understand that God is no respecter of persons.
Your titles and positions are nothing before God. He specializes in transforming, equipping and turning tables around for the humble who seeks Him.Acts 10:34 & 35.
As it is written: "What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived" are the things God has prepared for those who love Him"
1 Corinthians 2:9
Mordecai was a Jew who served as gateman at king Ahasuerus'
palace. He was harshly despised by Haman who was the chief of staff of the king at that time.
One day, God decided to give king Ahasuerus a sleepless night in order to bring to his remembrance the unrewarded good deed of Mordecai. Esther 6
Eventually, the tables turned and Mordecai was promoted above Haman.
So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai.
That same God that turned tables for the good of Hannah, David, Jephthah, Joseph and Mordecai is still on the throne now.
Hold on to Jesus and live a life that brings glory to God.
Soon and very soon; a great turnaround will happen to you and I. The tables will turn for our good in Jesus name.
Bro Olaniyi Cole
RELEASED ON 29 / NOVEMBER/2019
The bible says;
"Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you".
1 Thessalonians 5:18.
Being grateful or thankful is a necessary virtue for everyone to have. Our Lord Jesus Christ demonstrated the importance of being thankful in the account of His encounter with the ten lepers.
Jesus healed ten lepers on His way to Jerusalem and only one of them came back to thank Him. Then He asked;
"Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?
An ancient Yoruba adage says;
A person that is shown kindness and he or she refuses to say thank you is likened to an armed robber who carted away with ones goods.
In other words, the feeling that one gets from any act of ingratitude can be very painful indeed!
Without doubt, many of us are guilty of taking God for granted by are attitude and ingratitude.
Some people only reckon with testimonies of breakthrough; promotion, new house, new car and tangible stuffs to thank God for.
On the other hand, some people only turn to God for what they want.
However, the bible says;
"do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God".
should be far more than your requests before God.
Brethren, permit me to salute the forefathers of the United States of America, who deemed it fit to dedicate a day (forth Thursday of November) as a National holiday just to thank God.
In the same vein, let us all cultivate the habit of thanking God on a regular basis, not only for what He has done, but more importantly for who He is to us.
Thank God for what He has not done for you in anticipation of the fulfilment of His promises for us.
Be thankful for the gift of life, good health, thank God for healing both physically and emotionally, for the miracle of sleeping and waking up,I thank God for accidents that He averted, for
His provisions over my life and family, more so, for victory without having to fight!
In fact,I thank God for those enemies of progress that rose up against you and I like Sanballat & Tobiah( Nehemiah 4) for God only allowed them in order to wake up the giant in us.
Those things we call disappointments are worth thanking God for. If only God can permit us to see what could have happened to us in that failed business & relationship, lost opportunities, delay in marriage etc, we will appreciate Him more.
Be thankful for what you have and stop complaining about the things you do not have.
Let us not be like 'them' who although knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
What you are not thanking God for are prayer requests for many other people which have be taking them from churches to the mountain for many years now.
"Enter His gates with Thanksgiving and His courts with praise! Give thanks to Him; bless His name!"
May the Almighty God accept our thanks and worship in Jesus Mighty name.
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Bro Olaniyi Cole
RELEASED ON 26 / NOVEMBER/2019
INSURE YOUR LIFE!
The reality of physical death to all mankind is never in doubt. To this end, many people take the issue of life insurance very serious.
However, life insurance only benefits the beneficiaries or dependants (children and spouse of the insured person after his or her death. It does not in anyway protect or redeem the insured.
Therefore, I present to you an "insurance policy" that will benefit you by granting you eternal life in heaven.
Our Lord Jesus Christ is the great Redeemer who gives the real life insurance. That's why He said;
"I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die" John 11:25-26.
As a believer, our
hope of eternal life is predicated upon the unfailing words of Jesus Christ captured in the book of John 3:16&17;
"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. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him."
In other words,
If you desire to spend your eternity in heaven,you will have to insure your life by accepting Jesus as your personal Lord and Saviour.
On the other hand, whoever fails to accept Jesus is doomed to end up in the lake of fire eternally.
Brothers and Sisters,the good news about this insurance policy that I present to you through my Lord Jesus Christ is that it is free of charge!
There are no hidden charges anywhere to be paid for accepting Jesus. He does not even spend money, for He owns everything!
Neither do I charge any fee for my services either. I am just a chosen vessel whose primary responsibility is to proclaim the name of Jesus.
When you take this life insurance policy in Jesus,you can be sure you will be covered from all evil. For the bible says;
"No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their vindication is from Me," declares the LORD.
I beseech you therefore if you are yet to accept Jesus that you forsake your sins, live a righteous life and continue to follow Him to the very end.
For every insurance policy, there are terms and conditions that apply. Likewise, if you have given your life to Jesus, you cannot be living in sins and expect mercy and grace to abound.
Romans 6 :1.
Make up your mind today on where you wish to spend your eternity.
Prayer: Father, whatever will make me and everyone reading this message to miss eternal life in heaven, please take it away from us in Jesus name.
Bro Olaniyi Cole
RELEASED ON 22 / NOVEMBER/2019
ALL WILL BE WELL
Children of God, our Lord Jesus is awesome. The bible says;
"for in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him".
He is our Creator that knows everything about
everyone of us too well.
"Different strokes for different folks".
Just as our faces are different, so are our prayer points and areas of concern in this life differs.
The prayer points of some people are non issues to others. I mean those things that come so ease for some people to the extent that they take such for granted are what many other people are declaring prayer and fasting over.
When I was very young I used to think that the very rich people are free of worries and sorrows of life, for on the outward: everything seems very perfect with them.
Soon after my teenage years, the fallacious impression I once had about the rich people changed when the famous soup opera(drama) ; "the rich also cry" came out.
Then, I realized that nobody in this life is free of worries, just that you do not know what other people go through.
An old adage says;
"All lizards are crawling but no one knows the one with stomach ache".
Many people go through issues in this life that they do not even share with their friends and family members.
The bible further makes me to understand that even when our Lord Jesus Christ came to this world, He was also troubled in Spirit.
In other words, no one in this life has immunity over trials and challenges of life: the rich, the poor, young and the old all have different concerns.
For some, it is financial issues, while some are confronted with health issues, pain, marital or family challenges, stagnation, delay in marriage or child bearing, disappointment, failure at the edge of breakthrough and many more.
The good news is that we serve a God that knows everything we are going through even before we open our mouth to pray, He knows our thoughts and prayer points.
The Psalmist said about this God;
"You have searched me, LORD, and You know me.You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do.You know what I am going to say even before I say it, LORD".
In the same vein,
our Lord Jesus Christ knows about what you and I are going through right now. That was why He said;
"I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
He alone has solutions and ways of escape to every problem of life that confronts us.
Apostle Paul wrote;
"Every test that you have experienced is the kind that normally comes to people. But God keeps his promise, and He will not allow you to be tested beyond your power to remain firm; at the time you are put to the test, He will give you the strength to endure it, and so provide you with a way out".
1 Corinthians 10:13.
Irrespective of what you are going through right now, God is saying to you; all will be well!
Hold on to this Jesus and do not be discouraged.
"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you in Jesus name". Isaiah 43:2.
Brothers and Sisters, I say to you again; all will be well and you will be the next to testify in Jesus name.
Bro Olaniyi Cole
RELEASED ON 19 / NOVEMBER/2019
MOVE ON TO NEW HEIGHTS
Apostle Paul wrote;
"Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead".
The fear of the unknown has kept many people in one spot for a long time, while complacency has also set in for many other people to the extent that they seem to be so comfortable with the level of progress they have made in life.
Although, the future and what it may bring can be scary and very uncertain.
However, being a child of God, you do not have to allow the uncertainty of the future limit your reach in life.
For God said;
"I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you".
I woke up in the early hours of the 18th of November 2019 and the Spirit of God directed me to Deuteronomy 1:6 which says;
*"The LORD our God said to us in Horeb, ‘You have stayed long enough at this mountain".
God was telling the Israelites at that time of the necessity to move forward in their journey to the promise Land.
As I was pondering on the significance of that bible verse, the Spirit of God directed me to I Kings 19 where Elijah, who had just been fed by an Angel with cake and water, went on a journey of forty days and forty night which took him to mount Horeb just as the Israelites did.
Then the bible says concerning Elijah;
"there he went into a cave and spent the night. And the word of the LORD came to him: "What are you doing here, Elijah?"
1 Kings 19:9.
After reading this,I knew it was not a coincidence that Horeb appeared again. Immediately, I was taken over by the curiosity of what Horeb stands for. Then I discovered Horeb means;
dryness, heat, drought, waste; desolation; desert; barren; solitude etc.
Children of God relying on the above bible passages, one can deduce that in our journey of life we might get to "Horeb' just like the Israelites and Elijah did. It's a place where things might be dry or time of famine, loneliness, not producing the desired results etc.
However,judging by the words of God to the Israelites and to Elijah, nothing significant happens in Horeb.It is like a phase or passage in the journey of life. We are not expected to remain where we are not fulfilling the will of God.
God wants us to be brave and take risk knowing that He will be there for us as we proceed in our journey of life.
In other words, you do not need to have everything well figured out ahead of you, all you need to do is to take the next step knowing you have the backing of God.
As someone rightly put;
"Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don't belong".
Brethren, It is better to walk away from anything that no longer serves you, grows you or something that rather that bringing joy to you is making you sorrowful.
The Spirit of God is asking you and I today;
"What are you doing here"?
There are better days and greater things ahead of you and I to accomplish. Therefore, keep moving on.
The popular Hymn says;
I’m pressing on the upward way,
New heights I’m gaining every day;
Still praying as I onward bound,
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.
Nobody remains in Horeb and expect to make progress and advance in life. Therefore, as for me;
"I press on toward the goal for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus".
Brethren, it is time to move higher in your carrier, business and more importantly in your relationship with God. You have remained on the same level of service and commitment to the work of God for too long.
Come up higher!
The Lord will take you higher and bless the work of your hands in Jesus name.
Bro Olaniyi Cole
RELEASED ON 15 / NOVEMBER/2019
TRAIN YOUR CHILD!
One of the most popular bible verses is;
"Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it".
The above bible verse has somewhat become part of our regular daily words.
However, many of us; I mean parents in this generation have not really demonstrated much commitment to the obligation of training our children.
Recently, I read a rather unfortunate news of a young boy who was suspended from the university after he was alleged to have touched a female student inappropriately. Subsequently, the boy killed his own mother.
May the Almighty God comfort and support the affected family in Jesus name.
Brethren, since that incident, I just couldn't get my mind off parenting issues. That sad occurrence and other reprehensible acts of children in recent times triggered this message.
If you ask me, I am 'old school' when it comes to raising up children. I often value and always appreciative of the way our parents dedicated time training and praying for us.
Although, if not for the mercy and compassion of God, many of us could have turned out to be something else!
However, the critical roles some of our strict / firm parents, especially mothers played over our lives cannot be over emphasized.
May God bless every disciplinarian mother out there.
To this end, I am laying much emphasis on: training which seems to be missing out of parenting in our own generation.
Permit me to use the words of Moses in admonishing you concerning your obligations towards the children.
"These words I am commanding you today are to be upon your hearts. Teach them to your children. Repeat them when you are at home and when you are away, when you are resting and when you are working".
Lack of proper training of the children is the bane of this generation.
Prayer alone cannot bring up responsible children! Ask people like Eli and Samuel in the bible. They were prayerful men of God but they fell short in training their children and they both failed as fathers.
1 Samuel chapters 2 & 8.
The advent of mobile phones and social media platforms have further added to issues of parenting in this generation.
The bible says;
"The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother".
I remember those eye contacts of instructions and rebuke we used to get from our parents without them having to open their mouth. If you give such to children of this generation they won't understand it.
'You cannot put something on nothing!'. we are not training our children enough.
A popular Yoruba saying says;
"the child that you refused to train will end up selling (house) what you have dedicated your time doing"
Parenting is not about buying good things for the children, neither is it only about giving them good education. It is more about training them in the way they should live in this life.
Realistically,our children need our presences more than our presents.
Therefore, parents should be prayerful and watchful over the children. We need to train our children and guide them continuously with the word of God.
The bible instruct us to;
"bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord".
Meanwhile,if you find yourself reading this and you are not yet a parent; I pray for you that;
The Lord will join you together with the bone of your bones, bless you with your own children and that you will be joyful being a parent in Jesus name.
The bottom line of this message is that It is much easier and wiser to train and build up children in the way of the Lord than to repair broken or spoilt grown ups.
I pray we will not bury any of our children and our
children will not turn out like Eli's sons in Jesus name .
JESUS IS LORD
Bro Olaniyi Cole
RELEASED ON 12 / NOVEMBER/2019
SHINE FOR JESUS!
Our Lord Jesus Christ said;
"you are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden".
Without any iota of doubt, some of us are in this world for some specific Kingdom assignments;
"for we are God’s workmanship,(masterpiece) created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance as our way of life".
Unfortunately, many are yet to discover their calling!
In other words, many people have remained hidden for too long, to the extent that the gifts of God upon their lives are yet to be put to use, while some are yet to maximize the potentials they possess: hence their gifts have remained dormant.
Brethren, it is important for you to know what your calling is: I mean what you are mandated to accomplish on earth so as to work in that direction in order to fulfill destiny.
Someone rightly said;
"when surrounded by darkness your only duty is to shine".
It's imperative for children of God to shine
for Jesus by manifesting those gifts of God upon their lives:
"for the creation waits with eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed".
On the other hand, many people are using their God given gifts and talents for the devil both knowingly and unknowingly. Please, don't be enticed by their fame and wealth!
Your shine will only be meaningful when you are using it to glorify the name of Jesus and leading others to God.
That's why Jesus Christ said;
"then the righteous will shine forth like the sun in the Kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear".
I therefore beseech you to be a shining star for Jesus in this present perverted world;
"let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven".
Arise children of God and begin to shine for the king of Glory: this is our primary responsibility on this planet earth.
I leave you with this word of God;
"then the wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness will shine like the stars forever and ever"
Bro Olaniyi Cole
RELEASED ON 8 / NOVEMBER/2019
CALLED TO SHARE
Few days ago, I stumbled upon an article written in connection to the hike in the price of rice in Nigeria as a result of the recent border closure.
While reading the write up, the comment of someone got my attention ;
The fellow said, he is not bothered by the high price because the bag of rice he bought more than 1 year ago is not going to finish any sooner. .
Children of God,
life becomes meaningful when one shares and make impact on others. We are called to share what we have;
"Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God".
There is so much greed and self centredness in the world today. That's why our Lord Jesus Christ said;
"Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions."
The hallmark of Christianity is about sharing with one another especially with the poor, as heralded in the teachings of the Disciples.
"All who believed were together, and had all things in common,They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need".
Acts 2:44& 45
The bottom line of the teachings of Jesus Christ is on loving God and love to one another. Mark 12:30&31.
He went further to teach that; whatever anyone does to people who are in need is done to Him
Matthew 25: 35-40
Many of us claim to love God but do not share.It is very surprising that people of the other religion share more than Christians do.
Let us take clue from the teachings of Apostle Paul who said;
"Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others.
1 Timothy 6:17 &18.
Apparently,when you share things with others as Christians you are literally sharing Jesus!
"Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous works among all the peoples"!
Make it a point of duty to share with as many people as possible, that is what we are called to do.
"As you share the faith you have in common with others, I pray that you may come to have a complete knowledge of every blessing we have in Christ."
However Jesus said; "When you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing".
In other words, when you help someone, you do not need to blow the trumpet. Please leave the camera out of it!
The God that sees what you do in the hidden will reward you openly in Jesus name.
Bro Olaniyi Cole
RELEASED ON 5 / NOVEMBER/2019
POWER FOR SPEED
"The days are going to come, declares the LORD, when the one who plows will catch up to the one who harvests, and the one who stomps on grapes will catch up to the one who plants. New wine will drip from the mountains and flow from all the hills".
To catch up with someone is an indication that the person has left you behind. In order to catch up, one will have to go on a speed faster than the usual.
Some people are in the habit of using successes or achievements of other people to point out the perceived slow rate of progress of another person.
The reality of life is that each individual's path or journey of life is unique.
Unfortunately, the urge to be rich quickly has made many young people to join evil gangs doing "Yahoo Yahoo" business and other illicit activities.
While the quest for power; both Spiritual and Political have made many (young and old) to patronize evil associations and secret cults.
Whereas, the bible says;
"The power of the LORD came on Elijah; he fastened his clothes tight around his waist and ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel".
1 Kings 18:46.
In other words, the power of God upon Elijah enabled him to out run Ahab who had gone ahead of him.
Brethren, obedience to the word of God is a prerequisite to receiving speed;
Concerning Jonah, the first time the word came to him, he disobeyed God. Jonah 1:1-3.
Fortunately,the bible says;
"God has spoken once.I have heard it twice: "Power belongs to God"
Simply put, God has a way of instilling His words to us through dreams, Scriptures,words of prophecy etc.
"Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time"
"This time Jonah obeyed the LORD’s command and went to Nineveh, a city so large that it took three days to see it all.On the first day of his walk, Jonah set out into the city.."
Jonah 3: 3&4
What should have taken Jonah 3 days took him only 1day.
I have good news for someone today; if only you can hearken and act (obey) on the word of God,you will begin to experience divine speed for accomplishment
“Things are going to happen so fast your head will swim. You won’t be able to keep up. Everywhere you look, blessings! God will make everything right for you in Jesus name. Shalom.
Bro Olaniyi Cole
RELEASED ON 1 / NOVEMBER/2019
PREACH THE WORD!
Apostle Paul wrote in one of his letters;
"Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching"
2 Timothy 4:2.
Biblically, "word" refers to the content of the bible (scriptures) as well as the person of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In the book of John, Jesus was introduced to us as the Word;
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God". John 1:1.
On the other hand, Jesus himself said to the people;
"You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me!"
The focal point of the work of God is about preaching the word of God and in doing so, we are meant to preach about Jesus.
"Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation".
There is nothing wrong with believers having their own opinion or sharing their life experiences to preach, however such preaching must be substantiated by the word of God.
"You see, we don’t go around preaching about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord".
2 Corinthians 4:5
Therefore, to everyone who is involved in the work of God in one way or the other; Preach the Word!
I also use this medium to beseech everyone who is in the habit of looking for 'prophets' to tell them their life history;
"We have a more sure word of prophecy; to which you do well that you take heed, as unto a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts".
2 Peter 1:19
The Bible is the only reliable word of prophecy. It is not a record of man's views, ideas, opinions or perspectives, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit and the compendium of their words produced the bible. 2 Peter 1:20&21.
To this end,If you are in a Church where they seldom make reference to the word of God you are most likely in a cult, shrine or theatre house without knowing it.
“Therefore come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord.”
2 Corinthians 6:17
May the power in the word of God continue to make expression in our lives in Jesus name.
Bro Olaniyi Cole
RELEASED ON 29 / OCTOBER/2019
CONFESSION IS REQUIRED!
The bible says;
"The one who conceals his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them will find mercy".
According to Mahatma Gandhi;
"Confession of errors is like a broom which sweeps away the dirt and leaves the surface brighter and clearer. I feel stronger for confession".
Confession can be defined as an act of honesty and courage to admit that one has done something wrong. It involves opening up to a sin or crime committed.
Biblically, God demands that we confess our sins, that's why John the Beloved wrote;
"If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness".
1 John 1:8&9.
In other words, confession is a prerequisite to obtaining mercy and forgiveness of sins from God.
Relying on the above bible passages alone, one could be tempted to conclude that confession is only to God, for sins are against God just like Joseph said;
"How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?"
However, the bible went further in the book of James 5:16;
"Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another that you may be healed.."
Children of God, the above bible verse captures the crux or the essence of this message;
Many people are hurting, I mean very hurting as a result of wrongs and sins committed against them by another person or persons.
From personal experience, it could be very painful for a victim who was intentionally hurt to cope when the fellow who inflicted the wrong is still flaunting around or denying any wrongdoing to the public.
It is like "adding salt to a wound or add insult to injury!" both scenarios could be very painful indeed.
Hence, in order for a proper healing process both on the wrong doer and the victim, it is essential that the person who commits the offence finds courage to open up, confess and admit the wrongdoing in a bit to aid any sort of reconciliation.
The brothers of Joseph did wicked things against Joseph which were only known to Joseph and the brothers alone.
However, after the death of their father; it became apparent to them that Joseph might want to avenge the evil deeds perpetuated against him.
The brothers subsequently sent a messenger to beg Joseph for forgiveness as they confessed their sins.
Confession is good for the soul; on the part of the offender it will be like a burden being lifted, while the victim no matter how badly hurt, will feel relieved and finds it easier to forgive and move on.
I therefore beseech everyone out there who has done anything bad to another to take a bold step of repentance by praying, then reaching out to those they have hurt to confess their sins; for this is the will of God concerning you.
The Psalmist said:
"I confess my iniquity; I am sorry for my sin".Psalm 38:18
However it is important to seek the counsel of elders or mature believers on how to go about the confession.
"Wisdom is profitable to direct"
bible also says;
"Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed what they had done".
In other words, everyone who genuinely wants to follow Jesus must confess and forsakes his or her evil ways.
I pray that, may God comforts and strengthens everyone who is hurting as a result of any evil or wrong done to them in Jesus name.
Bro Olaniyi Cole
RELEASED ON 25 / OCTOBER/2019
YOUR TURNAROUND WILL COME!
And God said;
"In the end I will turn things around for the people..".
Zephaniah 3:9, the Message translation.
A turnaround can be defined as an abrupt or unexpected change, especially one that results in a more favourable situation.
Children of God, it does not matter how long that situation has persisted. When the God of Turnaround steps in, every impossibility becomes possible.
Our Lord Jesus Christ is the one that turns things around. He is the Game Changer!
If you are the type that loves football like I do, you must have witnessed matches where a team does everything but was unable to score any goal, then the coach brings in a fresh player and that player changes the narratives of the match and scores a goal.
That explains the significance of the impact of my Lord Jesus Christ upon my life. I was in a limbo then He stepped in and turnaround my life.Halleluyah!!
This same Jesus met the impotent man by the Pool of Bethseda, who had been in that situation for thirty eight years and gave him an instant turnaround.
Similarly, the crippled man by the Beautiful gate only heard the name of Jesus from Simon Peter and he got his complete turnaround as he began to walk. The people that knew him before were marveled. He suddenly became the talk of the town.
I don't know what your own case is, it could be sickness, barrenness, failed marriage, lack of progress, trials, financial struggle, lack of direction,
loneliness, limitations, whatever it is; this too will pass in Jesus name.
When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy.."
Brethren, there is nothing too hard that will not be softened by God.Everything in life is ephemeral;
"Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning".
The thief that was crucified with Jesus on the cross was at the verge of an eternal damnation until he got his own turnaround as his verdict was changed from Hell fire to Paradise.
You too can also experience a turnaround if you accept Jesus into your life today.
God will turnaround every unpleasant situation in your life and your testimony will become a reference point for many in Jesus name.
Bro Olaniyi Cole
RELEASED ON 22 / OCTOBER/2019
BEWARE OF WOLVES
Without any iota of doubt, we are living in the end time and the bible makes us to understand that certain things will precede the Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Apostle Paul warned us of such occurrences when he said;
"I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them."
Acts 20:29 & 30.
Children of God, wolves; (agents of the devil) are already among us in some of our Churches and many of us are not even aware of them.
Therefore, I say to you be on the alert!
Ordinarily,wolves look very much like a dog but they are actually predators, who are out to steal from you, kill and destroy.John 10:10
The unfortunate thing is that wolves are not outsiders, they are within the Church of God. In fact most of them are now 'prophets', 'apostles', 'pastors' of many churches of this generation.
How did I know? Jesus said.
"Beware of false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves".
Jesus used the phrase "wolves in sheep's clothing" to describe people playing a role contrary to their real mission or motive.
The wolves in the Church manipulate and oppress their followers so much that they create fear that you cannot challenge or oppose anything they say or do. Although they know the Scriptures but they usually pick and choose those verses that allow them to trive in their manipulation. They often use bible verses like;
"Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm".
1 Chronicles 16:22, to build a shield of protection around themselves.
Wolves are very cunning and deceitful in the way they operate. If you are a fearless sheep that speaks the truth, they will mark you out as a rebel.
Children of God, wolves are in our Churches, I warn you again. .
"Therefore keep and observe all things they might tell you, but do not do according to their works, for they preach and do not act".
They preach salvation and soul winning but they are never interested in your spiritual growth. Evangelism is not their ministry they do not create time for it.
They say to you; "God said" and when things happen contrary to their words, they will twist it again. They are very inconsistent in their ways.
Watch out for them, they are only interested in your financial upliftment,what you do for a living does not matter to them so far you drop your seed, tithe and offering.
They are in the work of God for financial gain or the reward that comes with the title or position they occupy.
"They profess to know God, but they deny Him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work".
Brethren, do not be cut unawares, there are wolves in your midst. If you are very observant you will identify them.
I leave you with the words of our Lord Jesus on how to relate with wolves;
“Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves".
I pray that the Almighty God will protect and keep you safe from every wolf where you are in Jesus name.
Bro Olaniyi Cole
RELEASED ON 18 / OCTOBER/2019
POINT OF NO RETURN!
Our Lord Jesus Christ said;
“No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”
The point of no return can be defined as a point where one must continue on one's current course of action or belief because turning back will be very dangerous and costly.
This message is for some of us that have given our lives to Jesus.
Obviously, following Jesus is not a "Bed of Roses". It comes with challenges, trials, doubts, tribulations, persecution and many more.
That's why Jesus said;
"But the one who perseveres to the end will be saved".
When Jesus called many of His disciples, they all left everything and followed Him. However, when the going got tougher along the line the bible says;
"From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed Him".
Similarly, Jesus foretold what will happen to His followers when the end is near.
"Many will give up their faith at that time; they will betray one another and hate one another".
Jesus went further to say;
"Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold".
Without doubt, sin has taken over the world and the love of many have gone very cold Indeed!
Regrettably, many Christians are falling out of faith, commitment to the course of the Gospel has been on the decrease.
Brothers and Sisters, Jesus is asking you and I today "Do you want to leave too?” John 6:67
Perhaps we should answer Him like Simon Peter who said;
"Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life".
Everyone of us should strive to get to that point of no return when going back from Jesus will be impossible.
Apparently, there is no other safe place to go to; it is either Jesus or nothing!
I pray that the Lord Almighty draws us nearer to Himself to the extent that we will not be able to go away from Him in Jesus name.
Bro Olaniyi Cole
RELEASED ON 15 / OCTOBER/2019
The bible says;
"Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days".
Patience can be defined as the the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, problems or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious.
Apparently, Patience entails waiting, unfortunately most people do not like to wait.
We often crave for instant gratification and quick fix solution but in reality most good things take time before they materialize.
God is interested in blessing us but He takes His time to build our capacity to face trials and challenges of life.
Incidentally, patience is one of the fruit of the Holy Spirit, (Galatians 5:22) which we are meant to exhibit as believers in everything that we do.
The bible says;
"Teach the older men to exercise self-control, to be worthy of respect, and to live wisely. They must have sound faith and be filled with love and patience".
That reminds me of the popular Yoruba saying that says; (Translated) "An adult that has patience has everything".
Aristotle, the Greek Philosopher also said;
"Patience is bitter but its fruit is sweet".
To be able to enjoy the produce of patience, one must have endured the bitter pill that precedes the sweetness.
The bible says we should
"Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer".
Do you require healing, a new job, a marriage partner, victory in battle, fruit of the womb, promotion, breakthrough, etc? be patient!
"If we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience".
King Saul who would have reigned as King of Isreal for many years lost the throne because he lacked patience.
Samuel had told king Saul he was coming to him in seven days, but on the seventh day when Saul did not see Samuel he took matters into his own hands and Samuel said to him;
*But now your kingdom will not endure; the LORD has sought out a man after His own heart and appointed him ruler of his people, because you have not kept the LORD's command."
1 Samuel 13:13.
Consequently, the impatience of King Saul opened door of fame and crown to an unknown boy in David.
"But now your kingdom must end, for the LORD has sought out a man after his own heart. The LORD has already appointed him to be the leader of his people, because you have not kept the LORD’s command.”
1 Samuel 13:14.
Ironically, David who was anointed as king to succeed Saul had to exercise much restraints and patience in his journey to becoming the successor of king Saul.
Our God cannot be rushed. He requires our steadfastness in prayer, to be hardworking in what we do and to be consistent in our service to Him.
"The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance".
2 Peter 3:9.
Therefore children of God, I enjoin you to;
"Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Psalm 37:7.
God deals with us individually, our paths to destiny are not the same. What takes someone one year to achieve can take another five years. Where my own strength lies can be another person's weak point. Therefore we should also be patient with ourselves, just as Apostle Paul said;
"And we urge you brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all".
I Thess 5:14.
In order to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, bearing fruit in every good work; I pray and ask God to strengthen you and I by His glorious might with all the power that we need to patiently endure everything in Jesus name.
In conclusion, be patient until the coming of the Lord Jesus. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.
Bro Olaniyi Cole
RELEASED ON 11 / OCTOBER/2019
MAKE UP YOUR MIND!
Children of God, permit me to use the words of Joshua to the Israelites, as I say to you;
"Choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
Many people are still dilly dallying on whether to accept Jesus or not, while some who claimed to have accepted Jesus are seeking power and solution in evil places.
The truth of the whole matter is that; all Power and authority belongs to Jesus.
"There is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus".
1 Timothy 2:5.
Make up your mind now and let it be said of you that; "In Christ Alone I Stand!" You cannot serve God with one leg in and one leg out.
Brethren, the Second Coming of Jesus Christ is closer than ever before.The signs are everywhere.
However, If He tarries; death is inevitable for all. Although,for us; believers and those who died in the Lord is a time to sleep.
1 Thess 4:13&14
Unfortunately, death has no regard for age, position,status,
title or even anointing.
The reality of death is that, when it comes, there will be no other chance to make amends or repent.
The question is; are you ready for Jesus? if He comes now do you recon you will make it with Jesus?
"Let the wicked forsake his way And the unrighteous man his thoughts; And let him return to the LORD, And He will have compassion on him, And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon".
Time is running out for everyone to repent now before judgement.
"For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
Brothers and Sisters,I beseech you all to; "Honor Christ and let Him be the Lord of your life. Always be ready to give an answer when someone asks you about your hope".
1 Peter 3:15.
When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound and time shall be no more,then the roll is called up yonder; may you and I be there in Jesus name.
Bro Olaniyi Cole
RELEASED ON 8 / OCTOBER/2019
JOY TO THE WORLD!
The Psalmist wrote concerning God;
"You have given me greater joy than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine".
Children of God, with all humility but great is my confidence that I say to you that I am overflowing with the Joy of knowing Jesus!
Every parent will attest to the fact that there is this joy that comes with having a baby. It is perhaps the most incredible feeling for every mother and father.
Whenever a child is born to a family, the birth of such child is usually heralded with obvious Joy in the family, which also extends to their relatives, friends as well as neighbours and other people that know the family in one way or the other.
However, a Child was born in a relatively unknown City and the fame of His birth spread so much that the Joy that came with His birth was beyond borders.
The bible has it recorded that when our Lord Jesus Christ was born, an Angel of God appeared to some shepherds and said to them;
“Do not be afraid, for behold, I proclaim to you great joy which will be to the entire universe,”
In other words, the Joy of Jesus
is simply; "Joy to the world!"
Although, Jesus was born in a manger within the city of Bethlehem of Judea, in Israel. His birth was accompanied with great Joy that affected and still making great impact in the whole world.
Unlike the Joy that comes with the birth of every other new child, the Joy that the birth of Jesus brought was not limited to the family, friends or tribe of Mary and Joseph.
The bible records about the wise Men who saw the star of Jesus and travelled from East in order to set their eyes on the wonderful Child and worship Him.
"When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy".
Apostle Peter said concerning Jesus;
"Though you have not seen Him, you love Him. Though you do not now see Him, you believe in Him and rejoice with Joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory"
1 Peter 2:8.
The joy that Jesus brought is not a temporal Joy it is everlasting.
Children of God, I have seen parents who once had joy over their children but along the line a time came when those children who were once source of joy to the parents turned to source of sorrow for them.
I pray for you and for myself that our joy over our children will never turn to sorrow in Jesus name. .
No one can explain this Joy. The Joy is not dependent on any material acquisition; it is not about having money or buying new car or new house, it is not about winning a big contract or getting promoted.
The Joy of knowing Jesus is an overwhelming and overflowing Joy.
The significance of this Joy is that it overflows to the extent that you will not have any other option but to share it with others.
The Samaritan woman who met Jesus at the Well was filled with this Joy that she couldn't keep her mouth shot again as she spread the fame of Jesus throughout the city.
John 4:4 -26
That explains why our Lord Jesus Christ said;
"I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!"
In the same vein, we are expected to share the Joy of Jesus to the world at large, just as He instructed us to do for Him.
Brethren, how well have you been sharing the Joy of Jesus? If you have not been involved in evangelism, perhaps you only know Hymns but you do not know Him.
If you know Him (Jesus),you will share Him. .
That's why Apostle Paul said;
"How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in Him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?"
when Jesus was about to ascend to heaven He told the disciples;
"So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you".
Brethren, without doubt there is absolute Joy in knowing Jesus here on earth, but from the words of Jesus the Joy in heaven is incomparable for there is no time of sorrow or pain in heaven. The Joy is perpetual. Nothing will take it away from you.
Brethren, I have no greater Joy than to hear that everyone of us is walking in the Truth.
I pray for you and for myself that may we make it to heaven at the end and partake of this everlasting Joy in Jesus mighty name.
JESUS REIGNS #SOULSforGOD
Bro Olaniyi Cole
RELEASED ON 4 / OCTOBER/2019
ALL THINGS WORK FOR YOUR GOOD!
Apostle Paul wrote;
"And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose".
In other words, everything that we encounter in life is for a good cause. That is inclusive of the failures, pain, trials, delay and challenges of life.
After all, we sometimes say every disappointment is a blessing in disguise.
However, many are times that we go through some unpleasant situations and we start asking questions on why God permitted such things to happen to us despite our dedication and obedience to the word of God.
There is a saying that : "there is no gain without pain." Our Lord Jesus Christ had to endure the pain and anguish of the cross, He also despised the shame of going through the humiliating treatment before ascending to heaven to be at the right side of the throne of God. Hebrews 12 2
That was why He said:
"Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me. Yet not as I will, but as You will.”
In a similar manner Joseph had a very difficult time throughout the journey of his life.His torrid experience is a classic example of "All things work for Good"
Joseph was the favourite son of his father: Jacob who loved Joseph more than all his other brothers.
Jacob made Joseph a coat of many colours which made his ten elder brothers to hate him. Thereafter Joseph had a dream which indicated that his parents and his brothers will bow down for him at some stage of their lives.
When he told his brothers about this dream, they hated him yet the more.
Genesis 37: 5
Then his case became that of "from frying pan into the fire"
His brothers plotted against him to kill him and he was dumped in a pit, later they sold him as a slave to the Midianites, all with the intention to kill his dream from manifesting.
However, God permitted all the
hardship upon Joseph in order to bring to pass a bigger purpose.
Joseph was subsequently taken to Egypt where Potiphar; an officer of Pharaoh bought him. Later the wife of Portiphar lied against him and he was unjustly put in the prison for an offence he did not commit,but God was with Joseph.
Truly, all these things worked together for the good of Joseph. The Butler of Pharaoh did something wrong and he found himself in the same prison where Joseph was kept. Soon after the Butler had a terrible dream and Joseph
interpreted his dream for him and told him he will be released in three days.
The Butler got his freedom three days after just as Joseph had said.
That incident must have given Joseph a glimmer of hope as he said to the butler;
"But when it goes well for you, please remember me and show me kindness by mentioning me to Pharaoh, that he might bring me out of this prison".
Children of God, man proposes, God disposes!
Now I know why God said;
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways"
No one can help God to make things happen unless God decides to use that person.
Unfortunately for Joseph *"Yet the Chief Butler did not remember Joseph, but forgot him".*
It took another two years after and then God made Pharaoh to have a dream that no one in the whole of Egypt could interpret. That incident opened the book of remembrance for Joseph and God made the Butler to remember Joseph.
Eventually, Joseph was released and he interpreted Pharaoh's dream; a fit that made him become the Prime Minister in Egypt.
Children of God, not even Joseph who have thought that all his ordeal are 'work in progress' to the fulfilment of his dream.
In order to link Joseph and his brothers together, God made a famine to happen in the land of Canaan where his family lived and God had already prepared the land of Egypt to have enough reserve on earth so that the dream of Joseph will be fully manifested.
Brethren, all things work only for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose.
Joseph truly exhibited his love for God when he refused the advances of Portiphar"s wife and said:
"How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?"
Joseph realised that all things worked together for him and that he was chosen by God for His purpose to preserve lives during the time of famine. That was why Joseph said to his brothers after he revealed himself to them;
"But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive".
Likewise all things will work for your good if you love God and you are
obedient to His words. Even when men plan evil against you, God will turn it around for your good just like He did for Joseph in Jesus name.
Apparently, everybody in life gets what they deserve. The bible says *"God makes things happen either to punish people or to show his unfailing love".
In other words,
the same way all things work for the good of those that love God, all things also work for the bad of those that perpetuate evil. Nothing happens by accident or by coincidence.
Children of God,
"The LORD has made everything for his own purposes, even the wicked for a day of disaster.
Sometimes you see people going through unpleasant experiences and you begin to feel sorry for them not knowing that they are only reaping the dividends of the evil they have perpetuated.
"Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows"
If you love God you will not indulge in evil plan towards another person.
What you plan or what you send out have a way of coming back to hunt you.
When an evil man shots an arrow against another it goes in the sky, but he has forgotten that God controls the wind and the wind will eventually blows it back to the sender.
Haman planned evil against Mordecai but he ended up reaping what he orchestrated.
Esther 5,6 &7.
Please find time to read the message: "Beware of the Accursed". which the Holy Spirit inspired me to prepare in order to sensitize believers about the danger of indulging on evil or having things to do with an accursed.
May you not partake of the evil meant for a wicked fellow in Jesus name.
If you are yet to give your life to Jesus, do so now before it will be too late.
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man (Ecc 12:13) and you will experience all things working together for your blessing,healing, favour, promotion and breakthrough in Jesus name. .
Bro Olaniyi Cole
RELEASED ON 1st/ OCTOBER/2019
PRAY FOR NIGERIA!
The bible says;
"Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance".
Children of God, as I was praying to God for inspiration of what message to share in the early hours of the 30th day of September 2019.
Suddenly, from no where, the great song of late Sunny Okosun; "Which Way Nigeria" came to my memory;
Which way Nigeria..
which way to go I love my fatherland which way to go
I want to know which way Nigeria is heading to
Many years after independence we still find it hard to start
how long shall we be patient still we reach the promise land lets save Nigeria so Nigeria wont die.
What a prophetic song!!! May the Soul of Sunny Okosun rest in peace. .
That song was released around 35 years ago, but as we mark 59th year of independence today being the 1st of October 2019, that song is still very relevant to our present predicament.
Without doubt and being totally free of sentiments, our Nation needs God's intervention. We are still battling with the same kinds of issues we have had since we got independence in 1960.
However, God said;
"If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land".
2 Chronicles 7:14.
God is calling on all believers in Nigeria to pray and seek Him on behalf of our dear Nation.
There is so much violence, corruption, fear and hatred in the country at the moment. We are contending with serious issues which are threatening to the very foundation of existence and unity.
In the face of all of these obvious security, political, religious and economic challenges, it’s important that we pray not only for the healing of our Nation, but it has become very imperative that we make it a duty also to pray for our President, Vice President and all those in position of authority.
"First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people,for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness".
1 Timothy 2:1&2.
This is God’s command to every believer all over the world. We are expected to continually pray for our Leaders.
Realistically,the problem of Nigeria is beyond religious, political and ethnic differences. We have had both Christian and Muslim Leaders at different times without any glaring improvement in governance. At the same time, we had both Northern and Southern leaders being at the helm of affairs at the different times, yet our issues have refused to go.
Brethren, Irrespective of the party in power or the tribe and religion of the leaders that we have, we have biblical and constitutional obligations to continually pray and support our leaders.
The bible says;
"The authorities that exist have been established by God".
In other words, we are expected to respect and have regard for everyone holding political positions in Nigeria.
"In every place of worship, I want men to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy.
1 Timothy 2:8.
On the part of our leaders, they should not forget that God is the ultimate Ruler of heaven and the earth.
The bible says;
"The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes".
The story of King
Nebuchadnezzar is a warning lesson for all leaders to acknowledge there is a God who is able to enthrone and dethrone earthly kings as He wishes.
That's why Daniel said;
"He changes times and seasons; He removes kings and sets up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding";
Going forward, even as we celebrate this important day of Independence in Nigeria, we need the presence of God and His manifest power to be displayed in our Nation.
I pray that God gives direction to our leaders and counsel them with His wisdom to rule wisely in Jesus name.
In anyway we have neglected God as a Nation or disobeyed Him, may God forgive us and cause His face to shine upon us in Jesus name.
The bible says;
"If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land".
Happy Independence Day to everyone reading, the peace of God that surpasses all understanding
will be upon Nigeria and we shall all enjoy the good of the land in Jesus name.
JESUS REIGNS #SOULSforGOD
Bro Olaniyi Cole
RELEASED ON 27 / SEPTEMBER/2019
GOD IN THE WIND!
Our Lord Jesus Christ said to the Disciples:
'And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you.He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive Him, because it isn’t looking for Him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know Him, because He lives with you now and later will be in you". John 14:16&17.
Jesus was referring to the Holy Spirit, who like God the Father and God the Son existed from the very beginning.
The Disciples were waiting for the Holy Spirit at the 'Upper Room in Jerusalem as instructed by Jesus, (Acts 1:4) then bible says;
"And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability".
Brethren, the Holy Spirit whom the Disciples were waiting for came upon them through the wind!
That explains the title of this message; God in the Wind.
Many bible verses attest to the notion that the wind is a symbol of the Holy Spirit.
Apparently, our Lord Jesus had earlier spoken about the correlation between the wind and the Holy Spirit when He said;
"The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Interestingly, one of the 'fruit' of the Holy Spirit is Peace, Galatians 5:22&23,
When Jesus was on a boat sleeping while the Disciples were terrified as a result of a violent wind,
the Disciples woke Him up and Jesus spoke to the wind saying;
“Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm".
Without doubt, the most recognizable attribute of the Holy Spirit is the wind.
The wind of God is very powerful. In fact, the greatest miracle ever recorded in the bible happened as a result of the effect of the wind;
The miracle of parting the Red Sea stood out amongst other miracles in the bible. God parted the Red Sea by the power of the Wind; the bible says;
"Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.
In another instance, God used the wind to stop the 'waters' which destroyed the earth during the time of Noah, Genesis 7: 10-24.
The bible says;
"But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the livestock that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided".
This Wind of God also gives life. In the book of Ezekiel, the bible recorded of how God took prophet Ezekiel to the valley of dry bones and ask him if those bones could live again and he replied ; "O Lord, thou knowest"
Eventually, the bible says God said to Ezekiel;
"Ezekiel, now say to the Wind, "The LORD God commands you to blow from every direction and to breathe life into these dead bodies, so they can live again."
Then Ezekiel said;
"So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army".
Prayer: I invoke the power of God in His Wind just like Prophet Ezekiel did and I pray that everything in your life that seems dead,be it; your marriage, health, business, finances, career, your relationship with God etc, receive life now in the name of Jesus.
As a young boy in the ancient city of Ibadan, I loved Christian songs so much and one of those songs that I was used to back then, which has never left my memory says;
"Oba to n dari afefe,
Wa dari ayo mi si bi ti mowa .
Meaning, the God that directs the wind, direct my blessing to where I am now.
Brethren, I use the lyrics of that song to pray for you and for myself that the Lord Almighty will cause the wind of favour, healing, breakthrough, victory, promotion to blow in our direction in the name of Jesus.
"This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land.
'I will shake all the nations; and they will come with the wealth of all nations, and I will fill this house with glory,' says the LORD of hosts".
I pray again, God will use the wind to shake the Nations, Governments, Institutions, offices, Churches, families, barriers etc to bring to pass His promises over our lives in Jesus name.
"Our God is in heaven; He does whatever pleases Him".
Psalm 115:3 .
Truly, when God wanted to speak to Elijah,the bible
"The LORD said, "Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by." Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind.."
1 Kings 19:11.
In other words, God caused the wind to blow before Elijah but He decided not to come in the wind. Our God cannot be boxed to a place. He is Spirit.
Ironically, when Elijah was going to be taken to heaven the bible says:
"Then Elijah went up into heaven in the whirlwind".
2 Kings 2:11.
God took Elijah to heaven in the wind.
Hear me children of God, there is God in the wind!
However, This same God that uses the wind positively to the advantage of His children also uses the wind to rend havoc.
The bible says concerning Jonah who disobeyed God;
"Then the LORD sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up.
The bible say the Lord sends both calamity and good.
Remarkably, in the business and legal world, whenever there is natural disaster like: hurricane and tsunami which are usually caused by the wind,we refer to it as ; "act of God".
That in itself is a general admission that God caused the wind to destroy.
Brethren, without any iota of doubt *God is in the wind!* Therefore in order for the wind to be favourable to you, you need to give your life to Jesus who has the power to control the wind.
I pray the wind of God blows peace and all good things of life towards us and our families in the name of Jesus.
Bro Olaniyi Cole
RELEASED ON 24 / SEPTEMBER/2019
THE BLOOD OF JESUS!
Simon Peter wrote;
"For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. It was the precious Blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God".
1 Peter 1:18&19.
Ordinarily, the life of every man depends on the sufficiency of blood in that person.If you drain blood from anybody or animal, there is no way that being can survive it.
That's why God said:
"For the life of the flesh is in the blood.....".
From the moment Adam and Eve disobeyed God
human race fell under the curse of sin and everyone given birth to thereafter came into this world in sin.
That's why the Psalmist said;
"Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me".
The major consequence of that sinful nature is that it separates us from God and alienates us from having a good relationship with God.
The bible says;
Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor His ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear".
It therefore became necessary for man to be restored back to the original relationship with God.
"Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully.
Apparently, in order to reconcile the relationship between God and Man, our sins needed to be blotted away. There was need for a cleanser or a purifier because;
"According to the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness".
However, the blood that will redeem mankind and make man have a proper relationship with God is not any kind of blood.
For the bible says;
"For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins".
Neither can the blood of any man suffice for redemption of mankind.
In fact, in the old testament whenever there was need for sacrifice, God usually requires an animal without blemish.
Leviticus 22:20, Exodus 12:5
Similarly, in order to redeem man there was need for someone who is without sin to be sacrificed.
Unfortunately, the bible says;
"For all have sinned.."
However, the bible also says we have a High Priest (Jesus) who was tempted in every way that we are, yet was without sin.
To that effect, Jesus remains the only viable candidate ever lived without sin, who is qualified to redeem mankind.
Notably, we have been bought with a Price...:"
1 Corinthians 6:20.
That Price was not an ordinary one. It is the Blood of Jesus.
The Blood of Jesus redeemed man and availed mankind of the lost fellowship with God;
"But now in Christ Jesus, you who were far away have been brought near by the Blood of Christ".
Interestingly, our Lord Jesus Christ had earlier attested to the significance of His Blood when He said;
"This is My Blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins".
Brethren, there is no greater sacrifice made on earth than the one did by Jesus on the cross of Calvary for our sins.
That reminds me of that pppular Hymn;
What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the Blood of Jesus;
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the Blood of Jesus.
Oh! precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know,
Nothing but the Blood of Jesus.
For my pardon, this I see,
Nothing but the Blood of Jesus;
For my cleansing this my plea,
Nothing but the Blood of Jesus...
"My friends, the blood of Jesus gives us courage to enter the most holy place".
In other words, the Blood of Jesus reunites us back to the presence of God.
Most people seek protection by pleading the blood of Jesus on everything that connects to them, however
in order for the Blood of Jesus to have meaningful impact in your life, you must have given your life to Jesus.
You cannot be on the other side and be pleading the Blood of Jesus.
"You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord's table and the table of demons".
1 Corinthians 10:21
Consequently, you are only permitted to partake of *Holy Communion* after you must have given your life to Jesus and you have confessed and repented of your sins.
Brethren, there is Power in the Blood of Jesus. Apart from the fact that the Blood is the symbol of redemption for mankind;
Ephesians 2:13, the bible also says;
"And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb.."
In other words, the Blood of Jesus guarantees victory, healing and more importantly, authority over the devil.
Although, this Blood was shed more than two thousand years ago, you can be sure the Blood of Jesus never looses its power.
Hence, we need to be invoking the Power in the Blood of Jesus into our lives regularly.
I pray for myself and for you that, by reason of the Blood of Jesus, any sickness,
disease, failure, stagnation, trial barrenness, bondage, affliction or anything that does not represent God in your life will give way in the name of Jesus.
Significantly, the bible makes us to understand that the blood has a voice. After Cain killed Abel, God said to Cain;
"What have you done? Listen! Your brother's blood cries out to me from the ground".
Fortunately for us, "the Blood of Jesus speaks better than the blood of Abel".
Therefore, brothers and sisters; since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the Blood of Jesus, let us do so with faith and with the knowledge of the victory Jesus had over the devil on the Cross.
I pray that,
wherever your name and my name is being mentioned for any evil purpose, the Blood of Jesus will speak for us and grant us victory over our enemies in the name of Jesus. .
When God instructed the Israelites to put blood on the door post of their houses, God said to them;
"When I see the blood, I will pass over you. No plague will fall on you to destroy you.." Exodus 12:13.
I pray again, by reason of the Blood of Jesus that flows inside of me and you, we are covered from evil in the name of Jesus.
Bro Olaniyi Cole
RELEASED ON 21 / SEPTEMBER/2019
REMAIN RELEVANT FOR GOD'S USE!
Apostle Paul wrote;
"But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work".
2 Tim 2: 20&21.
The world is changing, so are the people of the world. There is therefore huge temptation out there for many Christians to derail and compromise their faith in order to fit into the system of the world.
Unfortunately, the standard of God for us does not change at all. God expects that we do not conform to the societal norms that are against His words. Rather that we make ourselves ready and relevant in the kingdom of God.
There is a prayer known to the Yorubas that says;
"Another person will not take over your role".
I pray for you and for myself that, another person will not take over our roles to our spouses, children and particularly our roles before God in the name of Jesus.
Many people are out of job as a result of the increase in the use of technology. The work some people used to do have been taken over by computer, machine and robots.
Consequently, many people have been declared surplus to requirement and told their services are no longer required.
It therefore becomes very imperative for most people to seek more knowledge and improve themselves in order to remain relevant in the highly competitive labour industry.
The bible says;
"Let a wise person listen and increase learning, and let a discerning person obtain guidance".
In reality no one is irreplaceable or indispensable!
It is only God that does not have a substitute, there are millions of other people that can do what you are doing.
The popular Hausa sayings says : zakin goma, zamani goma, meaning; Ten kings and Ten epoch.
In the same vein, God has many options concerning your role.if you are being used by God in one way or the other, please consider it a great privilege for out of the billions in this world He chose you.
It is therefore important that you stay focus and always thirst after God in order to remain relevant for His use.
I have often heard some Ministers of God laying so much credence on the oil that was poured on their head during ordination as the catalyst to their relevance in doing the work of God.
That is totally an erroneous belief or impression.
Someone should remind such people that the same God who instructed Samuel to pour oil on Saul's head and ordain him as king also told Samuel to anoint David's head with oil in order to make David king over Saul, while Saul was still alive.
This God does as He pleases!
In other words, for every disobedient 'Saul' out there, please note that God has prepared a 'David' after His own heart to take over from you. 1 Samuel 15:28
Likewise, there are many'Esther' out there waiting for a "Vashti" to misbehave and take over her position.
Staying relevant for God's use is about being consistent with God, making personal sacrifices in the place of prayer, meditating on the word of God and living a life that pleases God.
Brethren, climbing a ladder to the top is not too much of a task, but staying longer on top of the ladder could be very tasking.
It does not matter how good you are or how many years you have used in doing what you do, you can be replaced at any time, particularly when you eer.
Without doubt, the secret of some people who gained prominence and remained relevant in what they do is not unconnected to obedience, purity and humility.
One man of God that I respected so much is the late American Evangelist; Billy Graham. He was very relevant in the spread of the Gospel of Jesus across the United States of America and he did so till he died.
I was particularly stunned when I read his biography where it was stated that:
"Billy Graham was a spiritual adviser to U.S. presidents, and he provided spiritual counsel for every president from Harry S. Truman (33rd) to Barack Obama (44th),"
Irrespective of the party that was in Government in the last four decades in the United States of America, every successive President of US was consulting Billy Graham for Spiritual guardiance, just like Daniel was being consulted by successive Kings in Babylon.
However,despite the fame and worldly connection, the late Billy Graham died upholding the undiluted Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Ironically, many other people have allowed the system and pleasures of this world to take priority over the things of God in their lives.
Apostle Paul wrote about Demas and said;
"Demas has deserted me because he loves the things of this life.."
2 Timothy 4:10.
In spite of the wide spread perversion in the world today, God is still looking for people like Elijah that will stand out in the midst of corrupt Prophets and be useful for God's glory alone.
Brethren, no matter what,your good works will speak for you!
I want you all to ponder on the legacy of Nelson Mandela and that of Robert Mugabe that died recently.
They both fought for their respective countries ( South Africa and Zimbabwe) to attain independence, but Mandela left power honourably
after ruling for a single term of five (5) years. He gained so much recognition and relevance across
the world for his contentment.
While Robert Mugabe held on to power for thirty (30) years as a result of greed, until he was pushed out by military coup in 2017.
In conclusion, being relevant on earth is very important, but being relevant in heaven should be the major priority for everyone.
That's why Jesus said;
"And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?"
PRAYER: Father, separate me from anything I will do on earth that will affect my relevance in heaven negatively in the name of Jesus.
Bro Olaniyi Cole
RELEASED ON 17 / SEPTEMBER/2019
The popular saying is "No man is an Island." Which means; nobody can survive without the help of others. Everybody needs the support and assistance of one person or the other.
A helper can be defined as a person who helps another person or group of persons in one way or the other.
After God created man, the bible says;
"It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him."
Consequently, God created woman (Eve) out of the ribs of the man (Adam) to be help mate for him.
If you have ever been stranded in life that you needed help desperately, you will know what it is about having someone to help.
The bible says concerning David:
"Now these are the men who came to David at Ziklag, while he could not move about freely because of Saul the son of Kish. And they were among the mighty men who helped him in war".
1 Chronicles 12:1
David needed help badly during the time Saul was after his life and he got help from those men mentioned in 1 Chronicles 12:3 and also from Jonathan.
There are some things you cannot do alone in life, you just have to get the help of others to accomplish them.
"Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one of them falls down, the other can help him up. But if someone is alone and falls, it's just too bad, because there is no one to help him.
Normally, we all tend to look up to rich people, persons in position of authority and influential persons in the society to help us.
The problem with such arrangement in most cases is that you could become like a remote control in the hands of the influential person, like what happens in the political class where some people known as godfathers rule the game. It is what they want that you must do once you climb the ladder or gets into position as a result of their assistance.
When you choose to do things your own way, you will get into trouble with them.
Your help can also come through friends, brothers, sisters or your spouse. However, in some cases there is a likelihood that at some stage they will begin to take glory for every achievement that comes your way.
In reality, all of these helpers have their limitations because they are human. That's why the bible says;
"....vain is the help of man"
Although, God also uses people around us to help us, but the difference is that when God is the one orchestrating your help, it will come without you having to do so much before your helper does the needful.
God has a way of mandating people, events and situations to favour us.
The story of Elijah and the widow of Zarephath is not ordinary. God prepared the woman to help Elijah.
God said unto Elijah:
"Get up, move to Zarephath in Sidon, and stay there. Look! I've commanded a widow to sustain you there."
1 King 17:9.
Consequently, the widow had no other option but to yield to all the demands of Elijah because She was constrained by the divine orders of God to help Elijah.
I covet that kind of help Lord! I pray for everyone reading this message that the help you did not seek or expect will locate you in the name of Jesus..
That kind of help is called help from above.
In most cases, God uses people you least expect. That's why in this life you should never look down on anybody.
It was a little maid that helped Naaman; the Captain of the army of Syria to be connected with Elisha who eventually told him to bath in river Jordan in order for Naaman to be cleansed of leprosy.
2 Kings 5:1-15
Hear me, that person who is under you today may end up being the one you will look up to later in life.
There is this popular saying that says; "God will not come down to help you, He will send someone to you".
That statement is a fallacy, for it undermines the power of God.
That brings us to the crux of this message. The Helper that I am writing about is not about God sending man to help, it is about God Himself coming down to help you.
How can that happen you may ask?
Sometime in April of 2018, my wife went to drop my children in a place to play with their friend. She parked just beside the road as the children alighted waiting for someone whom she had called to open the gate for them.
Brethren, after two or three minutes, she just decided to come out of the car to stand with the children by the gate.
Not up to a minute that she left the car, a reckless driver at top speed smashed the car from behind. The impart dragged the car like 15 meters from where it was parked and the car was badly damaged to the extent that it was compressed to almost half its size. The reckless driver sustained serious head injury in the process, that he was rushed to the hospital.
The question is who told my wife and children to leave the car before the accident happened?
That was not instinctive.
It was simply God the Holy Spirit at work!
My Helper is God the Holy Spirit who is the Third Person in the Trinity.
That incident made me appreciate the words of the
Psalmist in Psalm 121:1-8.
The first two verses of that Psalm says;
"I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth."
God is the only reliable Helper.
Apparently, when our Lord Jesus Christ was about to ascend to heaven He told the disciples;
"But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you".
Brethren,without the Holy Spirit we cannot do anything.
"'Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the LORD Almighty.
I attribute everything I am doing for God now to the help of the Holy Spirit.
Few years ago, I was one of those people that put their bibles under the pillow, I seldom open it, but I would take it on a Sunday to go to church.
However, there came an encounter with the Holy Spirit which changed the narratives of my life and I can say boldly that through the Grace of God, I am a living testament of the word of God that says;
"And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. Even on the male and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit".
Gradually, I began to wake up with bible verses on my lips. Revelations of the word of God started coming to me with ease and the bible which used to be a Sunday affair became my closest ally. Then, my life began to make clearer sense even to myself. Then Jesus told me my assignment in this world is mainly for the propagation of His word;
"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Brethren, I don't know about you, the Holy Spirit is intoxicating me and I am loving the experience.
Glory be to God the Holy Spirit!
;I have no power of my own ×2
Holy Spirit I look up to You help me, I have no power of my own.
Brothers and Sisters, being the Helper is just one of the many attributes of the Holy Spirit. He is the "Game Changer!". When He comes on you, things that seem impossible before will become possible.
King David knew the significance of having the Holy Spirit in him, that was why he said;
"Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me"
Without doubt, we now live in the dispensation of the Holy Spirit just as Jesus had promised.
"In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words;
If you are yet to give your life to Jesus, I beseech you to yield now in order to experience the power of the Holy Spirit.
Finally, I pray for myself and for everyone reading, that the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit will be with you all in the name of Jesus.
THE SPIRIT RULES!
Bro Olaniyi Cole
RELEASED ON 14 / SEPTEMBER/2019
THE GOOD NEWS
The Gospel as we normally say is a biblical word derived from a Greek term (euangelion) which means; “Good News.” The question is; what is this good news?
The bible makes us to understand that after Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, mankind was separated from God as sin took control of man.
Therefore, it became necessary to restore the damaged relationship between God and man so that man will not die in sin.
"For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord".
In other words, the Good News is the rescue mission of God to save mankind from eternal damnation.
The Good News is a message of redemption. That's why the bible says;
"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". John 3:16.
Jesus Christ is the Messiah(the Good News) that redeemed man back to his original relationship with God.
Our Lord Jesus introduced his mission when He started His earthly Ministry;
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are oppressed.” Luke 4:18.
However, this Good news cost Jesus shame, pain and the anguish of the cross as He paid the ultimate price with His blood.
"But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us".
As a young lad in the 70ties, when street evangelism was very much in vogue, some people usually come to our neighbourhood singing a song that endeared me to the work of God.
The song says;
"Igbala ofe lamu wa, ti Jesu fe eje re se. Meaning; we have brought free salvation to you which Jesus paid for with His blood. The song gave me the impression that salvation and the Gospel are free.
In fact some of us had the first contact with the bible by reason of the efforts of Gideons International known for distribution of free bibles to Schools, Prisons and Hospitals for many
decades and are still doing it till date.
The Good News of the love of God got to many of us without having to pay anything.
Apparently, when Jesus commissioned the Disciples, He gave them clear instructions;
"Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay".
Unfortunately, this same Good News handed to us freely through our Lord Jesus has gradually become highly commercialized.
Somehow, along the line, the spirit of Mammon took over many of our Pulpits as money became the deciding factor for people to receive the Good News.
If you have ever been under such ministration where huge amount of Naira and dollars were being called as prerequisites to getting special prayers and being anointed by the preacher, you will understand what I am talking about.
The Good News which Jesus brought to the poor ( Luke 4:18) gradually became totally out of the reach of the poor.
Thank God for the social media outcry from "certain people" which God permitted in order to shame and rebuke most of the pastors involved in the unGodly demand.
Brethren, God gave us salvation freely through our Lord Jesus without us having to pay anything, in turn Jesus expects us to preach Salvation freely without demanding any money from people to be saved.
Tithe and offerings are God's instructions but, God is more interested in the salvation of a sinner than his/her money!
Hear the word of God; if you have been involved in the work of God because of the money you are making through the profiteering of the Gospel of Jesus, you are doomed!
The bible says;
"For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.
1 Timothy 6:10.
I saw some Sunday School and House fellowship Manuals of a mega Church with specific low prices on them and yet they are being sold inside the Church above the price stated on it.
This is what I call: "Corruption in the Church". It is an abomination! What kind of message does that variation in the price portrays to our children or to an unbeliever who has just come to your Church?
The publisher that puts the price on the book did so to avoid those books being sold beyond the stated prices, so they can be affordable to all and sundry.
There is no reasonable explanation for selling anything in the house of God above the stated price.
If what is obtainable in the world is what the Church of God offers, then in what way will the world be interest in giving their lives to Jesus?
We are meant to spread the Good news but some of our deeds are hurting the Gospel. How can we then be the salt of the earth.
The Gospel of my Lord Jesus is not for sale! No one can pay the price.
Ordinarily, the business of the Church is *Soul winning,* however; since the Church has jumped into the arena of business, please let it be done with the fear of God and with much consideration for the lowly among us as our Lord Jesus Christ instructed.
I beseech everyone who has this Call on them truly not to join the bandwagon of prosperity Gospel which only enrich the Pastors involved, leaving many in abject poverty.
We are called to make the difference, just like Apostle Paul wrote;
"A lot of people try to get rich from preaching God's message. But we are God's sincere messengers, and by the power of Christ we speak our message with God as our witness".
2 Corinthians 2:17.
The Good News is about sharing Jesus and preaching the message of repentance in order that people might be saved.
Hear me very well, if the Gospel you preach is only about mercy, without repentance; you are preaching a false Gospel.
The bible says;
"The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now He commands all people everywhere to repent".
Salvation is free, allow people to have unhindered access to worship God. Stop putting unnecessary barrier and hindrances on people through levy and monetary demands in the Church of God.
"He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches".
Now, let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter.
Jesus has gone to prepare a place for us in heaven to live with Him in eternity.
"That same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen Him go into heaven."
Children of God, it gladens my heart to announce to you that the Good News is about the Coming of the Kingdom of God! Whether we like it or not Jesus is coming back soon, the question is ; how prepared are you?
When the seventy disciples of Jesus returned after sharing the Good News, they were rejoicing because the evil spirit obeyed the name of Jesus, but Jesus replied them;
"But don't be happy because evil spirits obey you. Be happy that your names are written in heaven!"
I pray for myself and everyone who derives pleasure and passion in spreading the good news of Jesus; that our names shall remain in the book of life and we will all make it to heaven in the name of Jesus
JESUS IS LORD!
Bro Olaniyi Cole
RELEASED ON 10 / SEPTEMBER/2019
THE GOD FACTOR!
The Psalmist wrote;
"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me".
I watched a playlet lately, which was about a new employee who was very desirous of getting promoted in her place of work. Then I noticed the manager of the company reiterating the same sentence over and over;
"Its not about what you know but rather about who you know"
Subsequently, the Holy Spirit prompted the word of God to me;
"Promotion comes neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.But God is the judge: He puts down one, and sets up another"
That experience inspired this message. The question is; who do you know?
In this part of the world, especially in our country of today,merit does not get the appropriate preference or priority anymore.
The labour industry ( both public and private) is more about who you know. We all have a saying in Nigeria; that says "Man knows Man", which is the practice of using the influence or the connection of another man or woman to get position, job and opportunities.
In reality this life is about who you know. However, there is a limitation on what flesh (a man or woman) can do for you.
Children of God, everyone of us needs what I call; "The God Factor" which simply means the involvement of God in what we do.
Moses and Aaron did according to the word of God while they were in Egypt to get the Israelites out and the bible says;
"Then the magicians said to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God.”
Invariably, the Magicians of Pharaoh knew that God was involved in the acts that manifested lice after Aaron struck the dust with his rod. This was because the Magicians could not replicate the manifestation of that particular act using their occult practices.
Apostle Paul also knew about this God factor as he said;
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me".
According to the bible, Goliath was a giant in stature. The bible used four verses to discribe his features and the armour he had.
1 Samuel 17:4-7
However, David who was a little teenager surprisingly expressed his willingness to fight Goliath.
David took up the challenge to fight Goliath not because of his prowess or experience but rather because of the God Factor in his life. That was why he said;
“You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied".
1 Samuel 17:45
The popular saying is; "A man with God is a majority". That is what the God factor does.
Do you have the God factor in you or your trust is on human flesh?
Brothers and Sisters, without doubt it is the God factor that makes the difference in our lives.
The same sickness that killed some people did not have any adverse effect in your own life; your own business is booming while many people are complaining of austerity, you did promotion exams and you passed, got promoted while other people that appear more intelligent than you failed the same exam,
it is the God factor.
Esther had this God factor, hence despite being a foreigner; who did not use make up or jewelry like other ladies on parade, yet she was preferred above others.
Esther 2: 15-17
The bible also recognized the God factor in the life of Daniel;
"Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm".
Moses, having witnessed the power of God in Egypt appreciated the God factor. That was why he said to God;
“If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here".
There came a time to choose a successor to replace Moses and take the Israelites into the promise land
#AndGodSaid to Moses;
*“Take Joshua son of Nun, who has the Spirit in him, and lay your hands on him".*
Invariably, Joshua had the God factor in him.
I don't know who this message is meant for, but I claim it for myself and my family; in the midst of a crowd, God will single us out for promotion in the name of Jesus.
This same God factor is what was behind the choice of David as the king of Isreal.
Remember, he was not even called to the gathering when Samuel requested that Jesse should assemble all his sons.
1 Samuel 17.
I pray for you and for myself, it does not matter where and who have ignored or rejected us, the God factor will single us out and we will be the preferred over others in Jesus name
"What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
Elijah; "a lone ranger" was able to shame and defeat four hundred and fifty prophets of baal as a result of the God factor.
I Kings 18
Apparently, when the King of Syria gathered host of armies, horses and chariots together and surrounded the house of Elisha, the servant of Elisha was terrified but Elisha was not perturbed as he said to the servant;
“Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
2 King 6:16.
Elisha had the God factor, hence he prayed to God to open the eyes of the servant;
"Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha".
Brethren, the God factor is a necessity for us.
Funny enough, even the devil knows about this God factor. How did I know? When God was boasting about Job to Satan (Job 1) the bible says Satan replied God;
"Have You not placed a hedge on every side around him and his household and all that he owns? You have blessed the work of his hands and his possessions have increased in the land".
Unfortunately, many of us still take this God factor for granted. Some people will say, my brilliance and intellect is what got me that position.
Who gives intellect and wisdom, if not God?
The bible says;
"For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding".
this God factor does not work for everyone, you can only enjoy it when you have a relationship with God.
By the grace of God whom I serve, I am enjoying this God factor; Jesus I know, who do you know?
The Psalmist said:
"The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?"
Have you given your life to Jesus? Surrender your life to Him now and start enjoying the God factor.
Bro Olaniyi Cole
RELEASED ON 06 / SEPTEMBER/2019
THERE ARE NO SHORTCUTS!
The bible says;
"Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before obscure men".
If there is anything that was once the core of our values in Nigeria; which shaped our thoughts, upbringing and was the bedrock of successes recorded by our forefathers, it is hardwork.
There are no secrets to great achievements and successes, it is the cumulation of day to day hardwork that amount to success.
Someone once said;
"If you do the work, you get rewarded; there are no shortcuts"
For some of us that schooled in the western part of Nigeria, the theme of our upbringing back then was embedded in a poem titled;
"Ise logun ise", meaning: work is the only antidote for poverty. That poem was like our second Anthem.
The first stanza of the poem says;
Mura si se, ore mi (Be very hardworking my friend)
Ise la fin deni giga (Hard work is the only key to success..)
In order words, to be relevant in the society back then, is either you go to school, learn a trade or train in any artisan work and you must be committed to it.
Brethren,our God places great value on hardwork. Apostle Paul wrote;
"The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share"
1 Timothy 2:6.
As someone righty said;
"there is no elevator to success you will have to take the staircase". In reality, nothing good comes easy, you will have to work for it.
"What you did not work for does not last!"
If you get to a position through back door or you cheated to attain an height,how to sustain or work effectively in that position will definitely be a challenge.
The bible says;
"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, where you go".
Children of God, success is no accident. It is the result of your hard work, perseverance, learning, studying hard and making sacrifices.
That's why the bible says;
"The hand of the diligent will rule, while the slothful will be put to forced labor".
Unfortunately, hard work is gradually fading out in our society today. Many people have developed lackadaisical attitude towards work, yet everyone wants successes and wants to be remunerated for doing nothing.
The popular slogan in this generation is "sharp sharp" ; which translates to doing things faster, but in reality it is about cutting corners or getting things done in a shoddy way to get result.
In contrast, the word of God says;
"Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it".
Some of our youths have been engaging in fraudulent activities through the internet; which is popularly known as "Yahoo Yahoo business.
Somehow that "business" has grown so much prominence around us to the extent that songs that tend to promote the business sell faster among the youths.
That explains how someone had the audacity to establish an institution of Learning and name the School; "Yahoo Yahoo Training School"; to train young men and women on how to defraud unsuspecting people and institutions all over the world.
How did we get to this state that our Nation is gaining popularity across the globe for the very wrong reasons?
some of the preaching emanating from our places of worship have not helped matters either.
We celebrate people in our society who give so much without bothering to know the source of their wealth.
Most Preachers of the Gospel in this generation have concentrated so much on sermons of giving and receiving, but hardwork cannot be taken out of the total equation.
The bible says;
"For God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believers, as you still do".
Apparently, hardwork cannot be substituted with prayers, tithe, offering or church attendance. Our
God does not condone indolence, neither does He honour mediocrity.
“My Father is working until now, and I am working.”
Majority of the people God used were active and hardworking people.
It was David's mastery in musical instruments that made him to appear in the palace of King Saul.
Moses was tending the sheep of his father in law; Jethro when God found him.
Elisha was also
plowing behind 12 pairs of oxen
when Elijah found him.
1 kings 19:19
Idleness does not attract God in anyway.That's why the bible says;
"As for you be strong and do not let your hands be slack; for your work shall be rewarded."
1 Chronicles 15:7
Show me a Church that is growing rapidly, you can be sure is a Church that is prayerful and create adequate time and work for soul winning.
More important is the adequate preparation and preaching of true messages to feed the flock, otherwise they will indulge in worldly activities or look for where the true word is being preached.
Apostle Paul in one of his many letters wrote;
"Greet those workers in the Lord, Tryphaena and Tryphosa. Greet the beloved Persis, who has worked hard in the Lord".
Brethren, the recent increase in social menace and vices in our society is a testament that our values have been eroded.
However, God is interested in what you do, your commitment and hard work.
The bible says;
"The LORD will open to you His good treasury, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hands".
The question is; are you diligent in the work you do?
There are no short cuts anywhere, ask people like Aliko Dangote and Femi Otedola, they will tell you their successes & achievements were not gotten overnight but overtime, through hardwork and persistence.
I therefore encourage you;
"Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord".
Brethren, of more significance is the fact that there are no shortcuts anywhere to making it to heaven.
Our Lord Jesus Christ said categorically;
“I am the way, the truth and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me"
Giving your life to Jesus is the only way for anyone to be accepted by God. Acts 10
If you have not given your life to Jesus, I beseech you to do so now.
In conclusion, our Lord Jesus Christ said;
"The gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few".
The race to heaven is not a sprint but more of a marathon; which requires perseverance and endurance. Remember, the one who endures to the end will be saved.
I pray that we will not run this race in vain, but we will all come to the full knowledge of Christ and make heaven at last in Jesus name.
Bro Olaniyi Cole
RELEASED ON 02 / SEPTEMBER/2019
YOU ARE EXEMPTED FROM EVIL!
"A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you".
While studying Law in the 90ties I was taught that;
"For every general rule, there is an exception"
The implication of this principle is that, a rule that is binding on everyone may have some circumstances in which it will not be applicable or persons that will be excused for obvious reasons.
Apparently, the Almighty God who is the creator of heaven and earth started this principle.
How did I know?
At a point in time after creation, when evil activities have increased so much among men and women of that generation, God said;
"I'm going to destroy every person on earth! I'll even wipe out animals, birds, and reptiles. I'm sorry I ever made them."
However, in the following verse the bible says;
"But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD".
Invariably, Noah though being in the midst of perverted people was an exemption to the general pronouncement made by God in regards to the intention to wipe out every person on earth.
Eventually; God exempted Noah, his family and all the animals that followed him into the Ark.
In a similar story, When God was going to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, the bible records that;
"Then the LORD said, "The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous".
because of the relationship that Abraham had with the Lord;
"Then the LORD said, "Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do?"
After God told Abraham of His mission in Sodom and Gomorrah, Abraham tried to persuade God not to destroy the place and Abraham said;
"Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked?
Brethren, what an interesting conversation that ensued between God and Abraham afterwards as
Abraham began to negotiate with God.
Remarkably, God granted Abraham audience and He was ready to do the bidding of Abraham provided there were handful righteous people in Sodom and Gomorrah.
Eventually, only Lot; Abraham's cousin and his family were rescued from Sodom and Gomorrah before God destroyed the city.
Children of God, our God is not a partial God, the bible says
"For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
1 Peter 3:12
The people God exempted from evil in the bible had a good relationship with God.
Interestingly,the same God that exempted Noah, Abraham, Lot and their families is still the God on the throne today.
Brethren, we live in a very cruel world today, what happened during the era of Noah,or in Sodom and Gomorrah are happening before our very eyes today.
In the same vein, I can tell you I have heard, read and seen some rather strange occurrences in the lives of people.
Medical science have proven that many of the life threatening sicknesses and diseases have genealogical history. especially with the tendency of being transmitted from mother to child.
You see children battling with the same sickness or life patterns their parents had.
I met someone why studying in the university who told me, no one has ever finished secondary school in his entire family of two generations.
This young man was determined and he broke that jinx as he became an exception to that limitation of life in his family, although he had to battle both financially and Spiritually.
Brethren, evil occurrences happen to some people as a result of a particular office they occupy or title conferred on them.
I have seen chain of similar accidents and misfortunes happening within a group of people in a rather suspicious manner. what a wicked world.
Whenever I come across questions that are very negative in nature while filling forms, I will simply put ; "Not applicable!"
I pray for you again; whatever killed other people untimely, will not locate you, where others failed, you will excel,
what make others to fall, will not be applicable to you in the name of Jesus. .
The good news is that you and I have become exceptions to all evil patterns by reason of our relationship with Jesus.
To this end, God is calling out on everyone under any kind of generational curse, stigma bondage or limitations of any sort to;
"Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you."
2 Corinthians 6:17.
In order to be exempted from evil, you will need to be on the Lord's side, living a life that glorifies God.
The bible says;
"The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe".
All you need to do is to give your life to Jesus who
wiped out the evil handwriting in ordinances against us on the cross.
However, being exempted does not mean one will not experience trials and challenges of life.
The three Hebrew men; Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were dedicated men of God so decided to be exception to the general rule of the king that says everyone must worship the Gold image of the king.
Subsequently, the three men were put into burning fiery furnace and again they became exception to the general notion that fire is meant to consume.
The people that threw them inside the fire, died in the process but Jesus showed up for the boys and the bible says;
"The men were not burned, their hair wasn't scorched, and their clothes didn't even smell like smoke".
Invariably, God confirmed His promises for His children on the Hebrew men;
"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you".
Brothers and Sisters, the choice is yours; to be exempted from evil and generational curses, you need to give your life to Jesus and start enjoying the rare privilege of exception. Your case will be different from others.
My prayer for everyone reading this message is that the Lord Almighty will make you an exemption to every evil,barrier, limitations or curses that is associated with your community, institution, family, place of work and any relationship you find yourself in the name of Jesus..
Bro Olaniyi Cole
RELEASED ON 30 /AUGUST/2019
AN OPEN DOOR!
I was asking God on what message to share with the people and the Spirit of God said; "The Door is Open".
The bible records the great exploits of Paul and Barnabas in spreading the Gospel of Jesus;
"When they arrived, they called the church together and told them everything that God had done with them and how he had opened a door so that gentiles would believe".
An open door is an indication that there was a closed door. An open door also signifies opportunities, it means; you now have access to what or a place that was not accessible before, it could also mean to be rescued or freed from prison and bondage.
Few weeks ago, I
was somewhere where I needed to get a document from someone, the fellow was not available, hence he instructed another person to get the document from a particular room and they began to struggle to get the door open.
They called someone on the phone to get tips on how to open that door but, all to no avail.
Then out of courtesy, I decided to help.I tried few styles it did not open, I just decided to push the door while I turned down the door handle, behold; the door opened.
That experience can be likened to how many of us have put in efforts over the years to get certain things, but could not get them.
It could be very frustrating when a door is shut before one.
I mean spiritual door.
The story of Hannah easily comes to mind when the issue of closed and opened door is being discussed.
The bible says concerning Hannah;
"The Lord had closed her womb".
1 Samuel 1:5.
That in itself was a closed door for Hannah, as far as having a child of her own was concerned at that time.
Hannah was not happy about it as she continued to pray and eventually God gave her Samuel. The birth of Samuel was indeed an open door for Hannah.
An open door could also mean avenue for opportunities;
Apostle Paul wrote;
"When I came to the city of Troas to preach the Good News of Christ, the Lord opened a door of opportunity for me".
2 Cor 2:12.
I remember in 2017, the federal Government of Nigeria shutdown the door of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja, for about six weeks in order to effect maintenance on the runway. The closure rendered access to the usually accessible place impossible during that time.
The good thing about the door I am preaching about is that it is not a door that can be controlled by any man or Government.
Our Lord Jesus Christ said to me;
"I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name".
Brethren,I rejoice in the Lord for this open door and I also congratulate everyone reading this message. Truly, no one can annul what God has pronounced.
Our God is the only Honourable Chief Justice of heaven and the earth. He is the most Supreme and He is ever sovereign in His ways.
Paul and Silas were put in the prison unjustly and God decided to open the doors of the prison to them.
The bible says;
"About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing praises to God, while the other prisoners listened. Suddenly a strong earthquake shook the jail to its foundations. The doors opened, and the chains fell from all the prisoners".
Apparently, to open physical doors one needs the right key. Although there is a key call: master key which can open most other doors, but in reality, it does not open all doors.
In the same vein spiritual doors also has a master key. However, unlike the normal master key for physical doors, the master key for spiritual doors is the most reliable. the bible refer to it as :The Key of David.
Although, the key bears the name of David, in actual fact the key does not belong to David; the book of Revelation made us to understand that the Key actually belongs to Jesus;
"The words of the Holy One, the true One, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens".
As indicated in the story of Paul and Silas, prayers and praises were made to God before the doors of the prison were forced open by the effect of an earthquake.
Consequently, in order to have access to this key from Jesus, one needs to pray very well.
I say it again, God has opened doors in your life and my life that no man can never shut.
When the door to the womb of Hannah opened, it opened perpetually. Hannah prayed to God for a son but God gave her six children all together.
1 Samuel 2:21
I don't know what other door you want God to open in your life; it could be a door of your womb like Hannah,door of employment, marital door, door to sound health,
deliverance door, financial door or perhaps that great and effectual door that God opened for me to spread the Gospel of Jesus, they will all be open to you in the name of Jesus.
Whenever, God opens a door for anyone, the enemies; your adversaries will want to challenge you and stand in the way.
Apostle Paul wrote;
"For a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries".
1 Corinthians 16:9.
I pray again, every opposition to the great work of God before me and every adversary to your open door will see the wrath of God in Jesus name.
In conclusion, Jesus said:
"I am the Door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture".
Connect your life with Jesus and have faith in Him that is the Door and also owns the key to every door of your life.
Bro Olaniyi Cole.
RELEASED ON 27/AUGUST/2019
KNOW WHO YOU ARE
Apostle Paul wrote:
"For He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will"
Children of God, one of the most challenging task in life is knowing who you are.
God created everyone of us with unique characteristics and purpose to fulfil on this planet earth, the truth of the matter is that we are not here by our own will.
"The LORD has made everything for His own purposes, even the wicked for a day of disaster".
The message of today is centred on knowing who you are, using certain biblical characters as case study.
Before you can make any meaningful impact and impression on your environment
and people around you, it is important that you discover who you are.
Someone once said;
"He who knows others is wise, but he who knows himself is enlightened.
Children of God, apart from our Lord Jesus Christ, John the Baptist remains the most iconic man that came to this world and did nothing else apart from what he was sent to do.
John the Baptist was born as a forerunner of our Lord Jesus.
His coming was prophesied by Isaiah as recorded in the book of Isaiah 40:3 and in a more remarkable manner, our Lord Jesus; whom John came to prepare the way for, spoke about the coming of John before John came;
“Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to His temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts".
True to the words of Jesus, Angel Gabriel appeared later to Zachariah: the Father of John and said;
"Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great before the Lord. And he must not drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother's womb. And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God, and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.”
The above statement clearly highlights the purpose of John the Baptist on earth.
Although, the bible did not give us detail
account of the formative years of John, but there are clear evidence that he lived according to his purpose as prophesied before his birth.
The fame of John spread all over Israel despite the fact that he was only preaching in the wilderness.
Then, the Jews decided to send Priests and Levites from Jerusalem to him and they ask him, “Who are you?”
They kept pestering John; are you Elijah?, he said No, Are you a Prophet? he said No, then they became very agitated and said; “Who are you? We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”
At that point, John the Baptist decided to open up:
He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.”
John obviously knew who he was and he carried out the purpose and assignment he was meant to do on earth.
Remarkably, John introduced Jesus to the world when he said;
"Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!"
What a wonderful task John did for mankind!
Children of God, many of us are only living our lives based on what we desire and not necessarily in accordance with the will of God concerning us.
While some of us are living our lives far below the Grace and potentials God has bestowed upon us.
How did I know this?
An Angel of God was sent to a man called Gideon at a time the Israelites needed to fight a war against the Midianites and the Angel said to Gideon;
"The Lord is with you, O Mighty man of valour"
The Angel went further and told Gideon to lead the army of Isreal to fight the Midianites. Gideon replied;
“How can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!”
Many of us are like Gideon who did not realise the great potentials that he had until God sent an Angel to encourage him.
Apparently, we are God's masterpiece, created to achieve great things for God's glory, but how many of us are aware of who we are like John the Baptist?
If you know who you are in Christ, what people say or do to you will not bother you.
Moses spent his teenage years in the palace because he was found on the stream by Pharaoh's daughter.
However, despite his upbringing in the palace and the good life he was enjoying, Moses knew he did not belong to the palace and that he was meant to rescue his people from slavery.
That informs his decision to avenge for an Israelite by killing an Egyptian in the process.
The question for everyone reading this message is; Do you know who you are?
The bible says;
"We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them".
If anybody asks me who I am, I will gladly stand up tall and look them in the face and say;
I am Born Again, I am a Christ Ambassador on earth; happy with the duty of proclaiming and spreading the Gospel of my Lord Jesus Christ to every part of the world.
I am that son of God that derives pleasure in leading millions to Jesus Christ and preparing them for His Second Coming.
I use this medium to urge everyone reading this message to live life with the knowledge of who you are in Christ Jesus.
A life without Jesus is a wasted life, more so is a life without discovering or fulfilling your purpose in Christ Jesus.
Irrespective of your vocation in life, as a believer and born again Christian you are referred to as;
"A chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light".
1 Peter 2:9.
Consequently, you are expected to proclaim the name of Jesus in everything that you do. You are a light that should not be hidden.
"The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few".
We are all expected to prioritize God above every other thing or person. Your lifestyle, the words of your mouth must portray who you are in Christ Jesus.
Jesus clarifies who we are in Him, when He said:
"I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
In essence, no branch of a tree can survive without the vine, it is from a branch that fruits emerge. Are you winning souls for God?
I pray you will fulfil your purpose, your years and be very relevant in the kingdom of God in Jesus name.
JESUS IS LORD!
Bro Olaniyi Cole.
RELEASED ON 24/AUGUST/2019
WHAT KIND OF FRIEND ARE YOU?
The bible says;
"A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity".
Children of God, I woke up few days ago and the Spirit of God kept resonating the word, "Gibeonites" in my heart and I was wondering what am I to do with this ancient people recorded in the Book of Joshua Chapter 9.
Then, the Holy Spirit said, many of us are surrounded by the Gibeonites; those who appear very nice and innocent, but in reality they are enemies in disguise.
The Gibeonites were deceptive and they beguiled the Israelites.
Children of God, the Israelites were deceived because they looked at the outward appearance of the Gibeonites and the bible says:
"The Israelites took some of their provisions, but did not ask counsel from the LORD".
Joshua subsequently entered into a covenant with them based on the falsehood.
In reality, many of us are like the Israelites in that instance, we are often swayed by the outward.
Many people have entered into all sorts of relationships out of the looks, position and possessions of their supposed friends, without consulting God.
Some friends appear overly pleasant but deep down in their heart, they do not want you to progress beyond them.
The Yoruba will say;
"Ara lamo a o monu": meaning, you can only be sure of the outward you do not know the intent inside.
The question is;
What kind of a friend are you?
The bible says;
"Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works".
However, in the month of May 2019 when I had just started sharing the Gospel of my Lord Jesus on Facebook, a supposed friend but really a pessimist, who probably does not want me to do the work of God in the manner I was sent by God, forwarded a message to me to spite me:
"Nobody is reading your messages.....".
I did not bother to respond to her message. Though, only 175 people liked my page on Facebook at that time.
However, I was not perturbed at all,I kept my focus and was very confident I have the backing of JESUS that called and commissioned me for His work.
By the grace of God, there are now more than 11,200 people following the same page and on a daily basis, I receive an average of about 100 people who sent in prayers, likes and words of encouragement.
"In this way the word of the Lord is spreading widely and growing in power".
Glory be to JESUS!!!
After all, Jesus said:
"A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his relatives and his own family.”
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The popular saying is:
A friend in need is a friend Indeed!
Ideally, the word friend signifies; loving, caring and committed person who have your interest and progress at heart. Someone who you share similar goals with.
After all,the bible says;
"Can two walk together except they agreed?"
A friend is one who you can confide in, who is able to look at you in the eyes and tell you when you are wrong. I mean supportive mate, who you can lean on; just like the lyrics of that popular song says;
"Lean on me, when you're not strong
And I'll be your friend I'll help you carry on".
Are you the type that desire the progress and prosperity of another person or you are a friend who is filled with envy and jealousy over others?
Many people do eye-service, they smile at you before your face, behind you they plot against you.
While some friends are sycophants; who are only there because of what they can gain or get from you.
The Yoruba people call them: "Igi da eye fo", meaning when the branch of the tree breaks, the bird flies away, they are fair weather friends.
If you ask anybody who has been in and out of power or high position, he will tell you much about sycophants.
Children of God, your friends should be the ones who will be around you when you achieve great heights, when celebrating one good thing or the other, at the same time your friend should be around you when yo go through trials and tribulations in life.
The bible talks about the three friends of Job;
"Now when Job's three friends heard of all this evil that had come upon him, they came each from his own place, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. They made an appointment together to come to show him sympathy and comfort him".
What I found very evil and appalling is when you have your colleagues at work or members of your place of worship that you laugh and talk regularly with, who you can refer to as friends, spending quality time sneaking to check your profile,posts and activities on social media platforms, yet will never for once leave congratulatory
message or words of encouragement as the situation may warrants.
For me, that is the height of hypocrisy or sign of a friend that does not have your good at heart. In a nutshell, they are the Gibeonites; deceptive in nature.
"Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep".
As for us in the Christian fold, we call ourselves Brothers and Sisters in the Lord, I ask you ; are you really my Brother or Sister?
You see your fellow Brother or Sister doing great stuff in their career, business or work of God, you did not deem it fit to encourage them or support them.
Instead, you recruit people to start hating the person and castigating the good works like Sanballat and Co. Nehemiah 4
You are very ignorant; If you recruit people to hate and frustrate another person's good works, can you recruit people to stop God from doing what He has purposed?
Apostle Paul wrote;
"Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves".
Children of God, everybody cannot be your friends, the fact that you laugh together or work together, does not automatically make such people your friends. Some of them are fake;
David wrote about fake friends;
"My enemies are not the ones who sneer and make fun. I could put up with that or even hide from them. But it was my closest friend, the one I trusted most.We took sweet counsel together, and walked to the house of God in company"
There will come a time in your life when you will realise who among your friends will be needful in the remaining journey of life, those who won't anymore, you will need to discern the deceptive people among them.
It is important to note that some people will cross your path in life, but they are not meant to play any part in the fulfilment of your destiny.
"If you are not adding value to my life, then leave me the way I am".
Elisha was meant to take over from Elijah as ordained by God;
"Anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from the town of Abel-meholah to replace you as my prophet"
1 Kings 19:16b
However, when the appointed time came,some friends called "sons of Prophets" were taunting Elisha, but he ignored them;
"And the sons of the prophets who were in Bethel came out to Elisha and said to him, “Do you know that today the LORD will take away your master from over you?” And he said, “Yes, I know it; keep quiet.”
2 Kings 2:3.
Brethen,God has a way of linking us with friends who are "helpers of destiny". 1 Samuel 9.
David found a true friend in Jonathan who was the Son of Saul the major enemy of David.
1 Samuel 18:1
The popular saying is : blood is ticker than water, however; Jonathan defied all odds and stood by his friend because it was obvious to him that envy and jealousy have eaten deep into his father towards David. Jonathan was very objective despite his affiliations.
Is it a problem to be a chosen one of God?
After the death of Saul and Jonathan,
"David asked: "Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan's sake?"
2 Samuel 9:1
David valued and appreciated the role Jonathan played at the most difficult moments of his life. David could have been killed by Saul but Jonathan shielded him.
1 Samuel 19.
I pray that God will locate you and I with the 'Jonathan', 'Samuel', 'Butler', 'Elijah', 'Moses' of our lives in the name of Jesus. .
Fake friends are like shadow, they follow you in the sun, but leave you in the dark.
If you stood aloof and afar off when trials and challenges of life came upon me, why should you be by my side when I am being celebrated?
"Even my close friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me".
Children of God, friends of this world may not support your dream, many of them will even abandon you when the going gets tough, but you can be sure Jesus will be by your side through it all.
"Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
In conclusion, I beseech you to form an ally with This JESUS and you can be sure, he will walk you through every step that you take in life.
Bro Olaniyi Cole.
RELEASED ON 21/AUGUST/2019
"No woman in your land will miscarry or be barren; I will fulfill the number of your days".
Children of God, the word of God has been tested and trusted (Psalm 12:6) over the years and it remains one of the most reliable weapons at our disposal.
According to the Psalmist, God honours His word above all of His names.Psalm 138:2
In the same vein,
the word of God says;
"Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.
However, it is important that you know and have a relationship with this God.
Consequently, I beseech you all particularly every expectant Mother and Father out there; that you connect with Jesus in order to invoke and claim the above words of God into your lives and believe same.
As the Lord lives, before whom I stand; it won't be long before you share your own testimony.
As for those of us that have been blessed already, our children who are heritage of the Lord; bundle of Joy will not turn to sorrow in the name of Jesus. .
Bro Olaniyi Cole
RELEASED ON 19/AUGUST/2019
BITTER PILL AWAITS THE WICKED!
"Tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds.Woe to the wicked! Disaster is upon them! They will be paid back for what their hands have done".
Literally, a wicked person is someone that is evil or one who deliberately harm other people.
Children of God, we live in a world full of evil and wickedness. I mean unimaginable evil.
Apostle Paul had warned us;
"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places".
Those spiritual wickedness in high places dwell in the heart of men and women. How did I know?
God said in the book of Jeremiah chapter 17:9;
The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked: who can know it?"
Obviously, our God does not condone evil. The bible makes us to understand that God hates evil deeds and wickedness;
"For you are not a God that has pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with you".
Without doubt, God is merciful. That's why God bears with the wicked, but not forever though!
Many people are taking the mercy of God for granted. To this end, wickedness is gradually finding legitimacy in our environment.
How does one explain a wicked fellow who perpetually manipulates and
perpetuates evil acts seeking and praying for mercy.
Thank God mercy belongs to God. The bible says;
"To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against him"
You can only give or order what you have access to. God requires that all sinners repent of their sins, hence repentance is a prerequisite to obtaining mercy.
Therefore, I beseech you not to engage in futile exercise by praying for mercy for an unrepentant wicked fellow.
"Be sure of this: The wicked will not go unpunished, but those who are righteous will go free".
Someone once said; "A good man has more hope in his death than a wicked man in life"
A bitter pill can be defined as an extreme vexation or humiliation
especially one constituting a punishment, retribution that is unavoidable expedient on someone that has done evil.
Hear me, the wickedness of the wicked shall turn to his destruction, for evil shall be his reward.
Yoruba people call the wicked people.
"Apa omo lekun jaye".
Meaning, someone that causes sorrow and pain to others,but wants to enjoy life.
What an Aberration!
“There is no peace,” says the Lord, “for the wicked.”
The phrase “the chicken has come home to roost” is an expression that implies that bad things a wicked person says or does will come back to hurt them.
Children of God;
"I have seen people plow fields of evil and plant wickedness like seed; now they harvest wickedness and evil".
The perpetrators of evil deeds will not go without punishment.
Pray this prayer for yourself and your family; any man or woman who points a finger at me or towards any member of my family for evil purpose, the remaining four fingers will heap that evil back to the fellow in Jesus name.
"Whoever digs a pit will fall into it; if someone rolls a stone, it will roll back on them" .
In the name of the One(Jesus) that called me;
"Ise buburu ota mi a dale won lori" Meaning;
every evil work of my enemy will heap on his head.
After all, we are meant to pray for our enemies.
There is no justification for anyone planning or perpetuating evil against another. In the same vein, it is equally wickedness for anyone to be in connivance with a wicked person to hurt another.
My grouse is particularly against those drumming support for and are pampering the wicked people and those who
have anything to do with kidnapping and ritual killings in Nigeria;
As the Lord lives before whom I stand, every conspirator or
anyone aiding and abetting a wicked person in scheming, plotting or devising evil acts towards others will not escape the bitter pill of their wickedness in the name of Jesus.
Apparently, wicked people have a way of supporting one another. That is their strength.
However, my bible says; "He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous, Both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD".
Unfortunately, wickedness is not written on the forehead.
A popular Yoruba adage says: "All lizards lie down with their stomach but no one can discern which one of them is having stomach ache"
Meaning, wicked people are not easily known. They could be someone that smiles at you the mostly,
colleagues, closest friends, neighbours, your co-worshippers or even family members.
Our Lord Jesus Christ said;
"Your worst enemies will be the members of your own family".
Matthew 10:36. see also Micah 7:6&7.
When David was told, “Ahithophel (his counsellor) was among the conspirators with Absalom
(his son), David prayed, “Lord, turn Ahithophel’s counsel into foolishness.”
1 Samuel 15:31
Eventually, Absalom died and Ahithophel committed suicide.
I pray again, every " Ahithophel" engaging in any evil plot with another person(s) against me and my family will hurt themselves in the name of Jesus.
However, God only fight for His children. If you are yet to give your life to Jesus ,perhaps you are the architect of evil against your life.
Open the door of your heart to Him now.
In conclusion, I beseech you not to lift a finger against perpetrators of evil or device any scheme to retaliate;
"For it is written: “Vengeance is Mine; I will repay, says the Lord.”
However, we all have a role to play, the choice is yours to make. You can either join bandwagon of people singing mercy for the wicked who refuses to repent or you speak out and pray.
2 Chronicles 7:14.
However, the greatest evil or injustice anyone can do is by failing to do anything about the wicked.
The legendary German Physicist, Albert Einstein once said: "The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it".
Consequently, I enjoin you to use the armour of God and be very consistent in aggressive prayers as stated in
against the wicked and be sure your hands are clean.
Remember; He who comes to God (equity) must come with clean hands"
If your hands are clean of evil;
"You will only look on with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked".
Bro Olaniyi Cole.
RELEASED ON 16/AUGUST/2019
ARE YOU IMPACTING LIVES?
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 it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach;if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully."
According to Kevin Kruse an American Professor:
"Life is about making an impact, not making an income.”
The question is: are you impacting lives?
Too often we underestimate the impact of a hug, a smile, a word of encouragement, a listening ear, an honest opinion, having people around us or hearing the word of God; all of which have the power to transform lives.
Many of us are fond of celebrating birthdays, wedding anniversary, number of years we have worked, including people celebrating the number of years in the work of Ministry etcetera.
Celebrating these landmark years of service, anniversaries are not bad, after all the bible says;
"So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom".
However, what is more important is the impact that we made in those years.
The earthly Ministry of Jesus only lasted for three and a half years, yet He made the greatest impact ever recorded by anyone on earth.
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down His life for His friends".
Children of God, your life has a purpose, your story is also important, your dreams count, your voice matters a lot, but more valuable is the impact that you make.
Many of the Priests, Scribes, Pharisees and Saducees that existed during the advent of our Lord Jesus Christ on earth were not known by name or the impact they made.
They were only referred to in the bible by reason of their antagonism to our Lord Jesus, His disciples and the spread of the Good News.
The bible says;
"They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works.They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work".
There were many women during the time of Jesus on earth but the bible made reference to Mary of Bethany
(John 11:2) the woman who had an Alabaster Box of ointment very precious and she decided to pour it on Jesus and many people thought she was wasteful, but Jesus said;
“Leave her alone. Why criticize her for doing such a good thing to me?
There after, Jesus released a prophecy;
"Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her."
The joy of that story for me is that I am privileged today for sharing the Gospel of Jesus and true to the words of my Lord Jesus in Mark 14:9. I am making reference to the woman with the Alabaster Box. Halleluyah!!!
Hear me children of God, everyone of us has the potentials of making positive impacts in our generation but everything depends on what we do with our lives.
One thing is sure, when you work in line with your purpose you will definitely impact lives. Simon Peter struggled as a fisherman but impacted lives as Fisher of men.
Many people have recently been ordained as Deacons, Deaconesses, Assistant Pastor, Pastors.
I seize this opportunity to congratulate you all. Although the ordination is merely a public recognition and proclamation of the essential Call of God one's life. The ordination itself does not confer any power on the person being ordained
Read about ordination of Saul and David;
1 Samuel 15:1 & 16:1.
When Apostle Paul was to be ordained, the bible says;
"While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them."
Ordination, however comes with obligation to serve, impacting lives and the society at large for the sake of the name of Jesus. See Acts 9:15&16.
Different strokes for different folks; the emergence of some people in your society, work place or church can have a tremendous impact on your life and the place to the extent that you can barely remember what life was like without them.
I had the privilege of being under a Pastor for two months in the year 2018 and I can tell you the man impacted so much into my life through his teachings of which many other people corroborated same.
Despite, the fact that this man occupies a very busy office in a Government institution he dedicated so much time to teaching both week days and on Sundays, very passionate and active about evangelism and Sunday School sessions.
I remembered his words during the very first briefing session he held with the workers, where he said his major priority is to ensure a Parish without a proper church building gets a befitting structure and he mobilised funds and men for that purpose.
To the Glory of God, that place is impacting lives today. I visited the Church earlier this year and I couldn't stop appreciating God for making use of the Pastor to expand the Gospel.
God can use anybody for His work, but availability is important to God. 2 Timothy 2:21
Are you desirous of sacrificing quality time for the work of God? Your impact will be evaluated after you must have left.
The king that ruled and the kingdom expanded his name will be remembered for long, in the same vein, the king who ruled and the kingdom became afflicted and scanty will not be forgotten either.
We are still referencing the good works of Mary of Bethany; Mary Magdalene, Tabitha, Cornelius, Timothy not because of their ordination, title or position they held, but simply because of the impact they made to the Gospel.
The choice is yours to take. Do you want to be remembered like the Scribes and Pharisees, who though were connected to the Church but only worked against Jesus and the disciples or do you desire to be referenced like Apostle Paul and Simon Peter; who laboured tirelessly, touching lives and expanded the Gospel?
Brothers and Sisters, the greatest impact you can make in this life is: leading other people to Jesus. Luke 15:7.
How committed have you been for this course,
are you winning souls for God?
"I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.."
The burden of spreading the Gospel rest on you and I(Born Again Christians).
I pray that may our works continue to make positive impacts in the kingdom of God in Jesus name.
Bro Olaniyi Cole
RELEASED ON 13/AUGUST/2019
BE YOUTHFUL FOR JESUS!
The bible says;
"Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, "I find no pleasure in them"
There has been a lot of clamour for the involvement of youth at the centre stage of affairs all over the world.
We have witnessed the emergence of youthful men and women on the biggest stages of world Politics in places like France, England and Canada.
Our dear Nation: Nigeria is not left out in the agitation for the eligibility of youths for major political offices.
To this end, a Bill called "Not Too Young To Run" was signed into law in 2018 by the President to give room for active participation of Nigerian youths in Politics.
Permit me to import that Bill into the work of God; as I push for #NotTooYoungToWorkForGod
Although it is not written anywhere in the bible, but the Scriptures made us to understand that God expect youths to work for Him.
The bible made reference to a young man called Timothy *( Acts 16:1&2)* who had strong passion for the work of God and God connected him to Apostle Paul who nurtured him and ordained him as an evangelist. Timothy served God committedly travelling around with Apostle Paul when he was twenty one years old, as they spread the Gospel to Asia.
A song writer wrote;
I wanna be forever young
Do you really want to live forever?
Children of God, the focus and aim of this message is to encourage young people for "greater works" as regards kingdom assignments.
The question is what are you doing with your youthfulness?
The Psalmist said;
"How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word".
There is no excuse for youths not to be actively involved in the things of God even in this generation.
"Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity".
1 Timothy 4:12.
The attitude of some youths to the things of God is questionable. You may get away with a lackadaisical attitude to other works but God is keeping records of your attitude and commitment to His work.
The bible says concerning the sons of Eli;
"Now the sons of Eli were scoundrels (rogues) who had no respect for the LORD"
1 Sam 2:12.
Growing up as a teenager, I lived around youths that had unhindered passion for the work of God.
However, the decadence and the love of money in our society today have so much eaten deep into the mind set of our youths.
Gone are the days when youths are ever willing to dedicate their time for the work of God unreservedly.
Today, most youths are not willing to work in the house of God without being remunerated.
How did we get to this level of moral decadence that has affected our attitudes, interest and dedication to the work of God.
The incessant increase in unemployment among youths in our country obviously contributes largely to the insistence of our young people demanding for money before committing themselves to the work of God.
Truth be told; the manner in which the Church of God is being run like a business enterprise, the flamboyant lifestyle and utterances of some of the men and women behind the pulpit have not helped matters either.
A situation where the Church gives preferential treatment to people who are financially endowed or where too much emphasis is being placed on prosperity preaching is not Scriptural.
" I will buy my own private jet", or " My next car is going to be the latest Range Rover" while preaching to a congregation of people who are struggling to get two square meal do not glorify God or edify the Body of Christ at all.
I have search the Scripture so much, I am yet to see where any of the Disciples boasted about their possessions or their affluence.
Such utterances and lifestyle can make young people to be unnecessary desperate to get wealth, thereby making them to lose focus on what matters about life.
Many young people are not even interested in doing anything for God, however the bible says;
"The creation eagerly waits with anticipation for God's sons to be revealed".
Where are the Samuel, David (1&2 Samuel ), Elisha ( I&2 Kings), Martha and Mary the sister of Lazarus ( John 11) of this generation?
I beseech all youths out there not to be enticed by money, title or privileges attached to the work of God, but they should be motivated out of their love for God.
"I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD.”
Although, it must be stressed that pastoral work is not for everyone, there are many departments in the church where you can develop and make use of the gift of God in you.
The whole essence of our being is to serve God and be useful for His Glory.
The bible says;
"You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
1 Peter 2:9
Jesus is counting on you to step up your dedication and be very committed to His work.
"Whatsoever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men".
However, for those that are already working for God, I enjoin you not to be arrogant or to be prideful to the extent that you start seeing yourselves as indispensable or irreplaceable.
When Elijah felt he was the only pure Prophet left in Israel, God replied him;
"I still have left in Israel seven thousand followers who have not bowed their knees to Baal or kissed the images of him."
1 Kings 19:18
Our Lord Jesus is also not short of dedicated youths to praise Him.
At the Triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, the bible says multitude of people were following Him shouting; "Hosanna, Blessed be the King that comes in the name of the Lord". Then the Pharisees asked Jesus to rebuke the followers but He replied them;
"I say to you that if these will be silent, the stones will cry out."
I pray for every youth, may you not be substituted by stones in the name of Jesus
Children of God, we are not going to be young forever. In reality, old age is catching up on everyone of us. nobody gets younger anyway!
It is therefore imperative that as a youth you make the best of your youthfulness.
The bible says:
"It is good for a man to bear the yoke while he is still young".
A time is beckoning on all of us when the strength and energy will not be there to work as before.
That's why Jesus said;
"We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work" John 9:4
In conclusion, I beseech all young people out there 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
Bro Olaniyi Cole
RELEASED ON 10/AUGUST/2019
BEWARE OF THE ACCURSED!
The Psalmist said concerning God;
"You rebuke the arrogant, who are accursed, those who stray from your commands".
First of all, permit me to use this medium to appreciate God for the success and Impactation of the ongoing 67th Convention of The Redeemed Christian Church of God.
I also wish to express my sincere appreciation to all those who received my invitation and connected in one way or the other to the Power pack programme. You will never experience a famine of the word of God in Jesus name .
On Tuesday the 6th of August 2019, I was praying in my living room and God said; Beware of the Accursed!
An accursed is someone that is operating under a curse or spell. A person doomed for a calamity or someone upon which a tragedy is looming.
Biblically, an accursed can be described as a person or thing that God is angry about, someone who has disobeyed God's instructions.
As I was pondering upon the word of God I received on that fateful day,
the Lord brought to my remembrance an event that happened during my teenage years,while I was
helping my late mother in her shop in Agbeni Market Ibadan.
She had a big haulage Lorry that she was using back then as a Distributor to transport her goods.
At a point in time she had no driver to drive the lorry and someone recommended a man who was one of the Area Boys in the Market. Soon after, the man started driving the Lorry but on a particular day he did not show up at home to take the Lorry.
When we got to the shop my mother sent someone to look for the man but the Driver insisted he has lost interest in driving the Lorry.
Consequently, the owner of the shop next to our shop; who recommended the driver, volunteered to go talk to him. When the man returned, he just shook his head and said;
"Efile, oloriburuku ni!". meaning; leave him, he is an accursed. It was obvious the man had made up his mind not to drive our Lorry again.
The bible says;
"You may make your plans, but God directs your actions".
Thank God, the matter was not pushed beyond necessary.
Brethren, every disappointment they say is a blessing in disguise.
About few hours later in the afternoon of that same day, the news of the sudden death of that driver filtered the whole market.
Apparently, he later went to drive someone's Lorry and he crashed it dying on the spot. .
Yours Sincerly, it was a mixed feeling of sorrow for the loss of life and thanksgiving on our own part.
Sometimes, we don't need to be too forceful about things we want in this life. That man could have died driving our own lorry that same day.
If only God can reveal how He diverts evil away from our path, we will appreciate Him more.
Being accursed is a reality. An
accursed person is like a time bomb; waiting to explode!
Although, there are no visible marks to identify an accursed, but it takes Spiritual alertness and the Spirit of discernment to know something is not just right with certain persons or certain occurrences.
When God sent Jonah to Nineveh, Jonah disobeyed God as he decided to flee to Tarshish.
"But the LORD sent a strong wind on the sea, and the storm was so violent that the ship was in danger of breaking up". Jonah 1:4.
The ship master later found Jonah sleeping on the boat.The bible says he woke him up and they cast a lot among the people in the boat and the lot fell on Jonah.
I pray for you as Yoruba people usually pray; you will not be in the same vehicle, boat or plane with an accursed in the name of Jesus. .
An accursed could be anybody, young and old. They are usually driven by the satanic spirit that works in "sons of disobedient" Ephesians 2:2. Anyone who have joined him/her self with the occult or witchcraft network, people engaging in ritual activities, it could be someone using diabolical power in the midst of children of God. It could be a spouse engaging in adulterous activities or persons engaging in homosexuality and lesbianism etc.
The best biblical description of an accursed can be seen in the story of the Israelites as captioned in the book of Joshua Chapter seven. That story gives us a clear indication that an accursed person can be in a church among the people of God.
The Israelites; who are God's favourite experienced an unprecedented defeat in the hands of the sodiers of Ai who killed thirty six Israelites.
The incident caused great confusion among the Israelites, that Joshua; the leader of Israel at that time had to intervene.
Joshua mourned and cried before God to inquire why God allowed such misfortune to happen to the Israelites and God answered;
"Israel hath sinned, and they have also transgressed my covenant which I commanded them: for they have even taken of the accursed thing, and have also stolen, and dissembled also, and they have put it even among their own stuff".
Brethren, when things happen in a way that is contrary to the usual, especially in an unfortunate manner, it calls for Spiritual search Light and thorough scrutiny.
The bible talks about the sons of Issachar;
"Men who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do..."
1 Chronicles 12:32.
Then God commanded Joshua to sanctify the people of Israel tribe by tribe in order to expose the person that has anything to do with the accursed things.
Eventually, the Spirit of God led Joshua to a man called Achan as he pleaded with him to confess;
Achan replied, “It is true! I have sinned against the LORD, the God of Israel".
He later narrated how he took some of the things God had commanded the Israelites not to take and hid them in the tent.
Then Joshua said to Achan;
"Why have you brought trouble on us? The LORD will now bring trouble on you...”
PRAYER : I don't know who the "Achan" is in your Church, office, family, village, city etc, causing trouble for innocent people, the Almighty God will trouble such person(s) in the name of Jesus .
Achan was eventually stoned to death and burned with all the accursed things he hid. Joshua 7:25b
As preachers of the true Gospel, we have an obligation to preach repentance on a consistent basis.
Every Achan needs to repent before God shows mercy.
I pray particularly for that "Church" that has been experiencing some abnormal occurrences in recent times that the Lord Almighty should expose every "accursed /Achan or group of Achans". among them.
Irrespective of the title or position of the person(s) involved, whoever has put his or her hand in an accursed thing causing trouble, trauma and bad name for innocent people and the Church of God, will continue to experience calamity in line with the word of God in Proverbs 1:26-28 in the name of Jesus. .
You have been warned enough.
My own bible says; "Affliction will not rise up a second time".
Nahum 1:9. However, when a matter has put the word of God to test, it calls for urgent attention & action. Enough is enough.It has become; one two many! My God will rescue this Church and the person(s) causing evil will experience the wrath of God in the name of Jesus.
Children of God, it is very important that we become very sensitive to the trail of occurrences in our midst and be very prayerful Indeed.
Just like the devil at the beginning suddenly started exhibiting arrogance and rebellion then he became an accursed in heaven that he was thrown out with his Angels
( Isaiah 14 12-15 Rev 12:7-9) so it is now even among believers. Some people who were once clean but over time have allowed greed, power and desperation to lead them to patronize the devil in one way or the other, have become "Achans" among us.
Brethren, I say this to you with a deep sense of responsibility placed on me as a watchman of the true Gospel of Jesus that;
"If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. Galatians 1:9.
I pray for everyone who is longing for a marriage partner or business associates that, you will not be joined with an accursed in Jesus name.
In the same vein, whoever patronizes the devil in search of fruit of the womb will end with an accursed child.
When one is joined with an accursed, it could be fatal and very frustrating, be warned.
Meanwhile, God is calling on every accursed or Achan, giving them an escape route from death and reproach;
"Come now, let us settle the matter," says the LORD. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool".
Jabez was an unfortunate accursed. Imagine what would have become of the family of Jabez.
I pray for every unfortunate accursed like Jabez
(1 Chronicles 4:9&10)
who became accursed by circumstances or as a result of sins of their parents that the mercy of God will speak for them in Jesus name.
Whoever became accursed as a result of curse placed by another man or woman still have hope because God is capable of removing any curse when we pray to Him, just like Jabez prayed and God changed the narratives about him.
Unfortunately, Achan had to die because He disobeyed God and not man. Who do you run to when God places a curse?
Therefore, let everyone yet to be connected to Jesus or those who have gone the way of Achan and Damas
(2 Timothy 4:10) to repent and return to God now before it is too late.This window of opportunity will not be available for long,act now!
Bro Olaniyi Cole
RELEASED ON 7/AUGUST/2019
GOD SPEAKS HEALING!
The world we live in today came into existence as a result of God's words
(And God Said..). In the same vein;
"God sent out His Word (Jesus) and He healed them, and delivered them from their destruction".
Jesus Christ also performed many healing by merely speaking the word.
A centurion who recognized the power of God's word said to Jesus; "Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed".
Eventually, Jesus spoke the word and the servant was healed same moment.
What He did before, He is capable of doing it again in our own lives.
This God is still speaking healing into the lives of His people even in this era. To this end, I invoke the power of God in His word into the lives of everyone reading this message that, you will be healed of any illness and diseases in the name of Jesus.
The Lord will take away from you all sickness, and none of the evil diseases of Egypt,will He inflict on you, but He will lay them on all your enemies in the name of Jesus.
Hear me, your healing is guaranteed because the Lord has spoken.
Bro Olaniyi Cole
RELEASED ON 5/AUGUST/2019
ACT ON WHAT GOD SAID!
"I thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers".
1 Thess 2:13.
It's one thing for God to speak, it takes faith & obedience from us to act on what God said.
Peter wanted to walk on water, but he needed Jesus to speak; “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” Matthew 14:28.
Some of us are like Peter; we desire to hear God speaks; however many are like Jonah who refused to act on what God said until God arrested him.
Peter acted on Jesus' words & he walked on water. Matthew 14: 29.
It is expedient that you act on God's words. James 1:22.
Like the Psalmist, If I were you; "I will hurry without delay, to obey God's commands".
As you act on God's word it will yield for you in the name of Jesus.
JESUS IS LORD!
Bro Olaniyi Cole
RELEASED ON 3/AUGUST/2019
THE SURE WORD OF GOD
The bible says;
"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light".
Children of God,
talk is cheap! Perhaps the easiest thing to do for many people is to talk.
However, very few people can actually walk the talk. Many people just make promises with little or no effort to actualise those words.
In fact, most politicians are known to be very good at dishing out empty words in their manifestos even when they know they lack the wherewithal to carry them out.
In contrast, the certainty of the word of God cannot be questioned! The word: sure signifies reliability, assurance or words without any iota of doubt. Those description can only be attributed to the word of God.
"So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it".
The moment God speaks, it is settled. "For no word from God will ever fail." Luke 1:37.
Meditating on the first three verses of the bible reveals a strong link or synergy between the spoken Word and the Spirit of God.
The spoken Word of God in verse three obviously had the backing of the Spirit of God as it produced the needed light immediately.
Medical science tells us that in order for a woman to be pregnant, sperm of a man needs to meet up and fertilise with an egg of a woman.
Anything besides this explanation cannot make any woman to be pregnant.
However, our Lord JESUS defied the natural law of conception.
God sent Angel Gabriel to a virgin woman called Mary to inform her of what God was about to do; using her as the carrier of the Lord of Glory. Then Angel Gabriel said;
"You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David,And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!”
Mary being a virgin doubted the word of God, as she said;
“But how can this happen? I am a virgin.”
The infallible nature of the word of God cannot be over emphasized.The response of Angel Gabriel further attests to the correlation between the Word and the Holy Spirit. Angel Gabriel said;
"The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you".
When God speaks you can be sure His words will come to pass because God has all the machinery to make things happen at His disposal it's just a matter of time before it manifest.
The bible makes us to understand that Jesus is the spoken Word of God that existed with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit from the beginning. John 1:1
"God created everything through Him, and nothing was created except through Him"
That explains the repetitive phrase : "And God Said" in the book of creation: Genesis Chapter 1.
The word of God being sure also means it cannot be prevented by any human effort or forces of darkness.
That's why I pity the wicked people who are in the habit of trying to kill or prevent children of God.
You will only be fighting God when you decide to fight anyone working under the instructions of the sure word of God.
God reiterates the certainty of His word when He said;
"Is not my word like fire, declares the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?"
Jeremiah 23: 29.
Hear me clearly, no man can stop the word of God upon my life and yours from being fulfilled.Whoever tries it will continue to experience the wrath of God and calamity in the name often Jesus.
It does not matter what God said, once He speaks it's done!The fig tree in Bethany is a testament to the sure word of God. Jesus cursed the fig tree and the bible says the tree dried up! Mark 11:12-24
The popular song by Kunle Meshida
That is why You are called Jehovah x2
What You say You will do
That is what You will do
That is why You are called Jehovah...
In other words, every word of God does has what it takes to bring it to pass. God's words are not empty words. They are always accompanied by the Holy Spirit and power of the Most High God
Children of God, it does not matter how long you have held on to a word of God without fulfilment, I have come to announce to you today that when God speaks you can be sure it will happen.
The bible says
"The LORD Almighty has sworn, "Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will happen".
Those words of God in the bible might seem ordinary to you but I tell you with a certainty that they carry the same power (Hewbrews 4:12)
as if they came directly from the mouth of God.
Apostle Peter having experienced the transfiguration with James and John as eyewitness to the unbelievable Glory of God in our Lord Jesus Christ wrote;
"We have also a more sure word of prophecy; to which you do well that you take heed, as unto a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts"
2 Peter: 1:19
Consequently, words of prophecy are also sure words because they are from God and are bound to come to pass. Just like the words of Angel Gabriel to Mary which has four "shall/will" in it( Luke 1:35) implying the certainty of those words coming to pass.
The Yoruba people calls God "Asoro Se"; The One that speaks and it comes to pass. What a powerful God we serve!
In conclusion, Jesus said;
"You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me!"
Jesus is dependable and reliable. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life, no man can access God without Jesus
He is the all in all, that gives direction and meaning to our lives.
However, the word of God can only be sure for those that have relationship with Jesus. If you are yet to surrender your life to Him, I enjoin you to do so now without any delay and you will start experiencing the efficacy of the word of God in your life.
May the power of God upon the word of God continue to make impact in every area of our lives in Jesus name. .
Bro Olaniyi Cole
RELEASED ON 30/JULY/2019
MY ALLEGIANCE IS TO JESUS!
Allegiance can be defined as faithfulness or commitment to a superior, to a cause or person.
In other words, your allegiance is your support for and loyalty to a particular group, belief or to a person highly placed.
When our Lord Jesus Christ came to this world, He met all sorts of rules, traditions and norms that the Scribes and the Pharisees of those days have used to enslaved the people.
Hence, the modus operandi of our Lord Jesus was totally different from that of the Pharisees and the Scribes who often questioned the rationale behind Jesus doing things differently.
When they challenged the authority of Jesus, He replied them;
“Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of His own accord, but only what He sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise".
Children of God, traditions,norms have so much blindfolded many Christians of this generation to the extent that many live in perpetual bondage.
Many are in serious siege and captivity unknowingly. Most believers of this generation have turned their Pastors to their gods.
They idolize men of God forgetting that we serve a jealous God who said;
"You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods.."
You will hear stuffs like;
"Papa said, Mama said" even when such things are repugnant to the word of God.
That's why there are increasing questionable deeds and allegations between some men behind the pulpit and members of their congregation.
When influential people express their opinions on political and economic issues the media will use such as headlines and the general public will start echoing the statement just because of the personality and the experience of the person involved.
However, spiritual matters or the work of God are totally different. You just have to align your words with the word of God.
The size of your congregation, age, status or experience does not matter to God, he can use anybody to convey His message.
As a twelve year old boy, Jesus "started sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. All who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers".
The disciples also asked Jesus numerous questions about what He did and said. It is not disrespectful when a believer walks to his or her Pastor to ask questions about why the Pastor did or say anything, so far the intent is for clarity sake.
The recent slogans of Pastors "can't do no wrong or that they do not owe anybody explanation for their actions and words are very evil and totally unscriptural"
Some ignorant folks will say stuffs like; "Every man of God must have a Spiritual Father that they are accountable to"
It is a fallacy to believe that certain people enjoy some privileges and immunity from the general commandments of God to mankind. The bible says every man to himself, that's why Apostle Paul wrote;
"But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor".
I have searched through the bible and I discovered that wonderful men of God like; John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah, Apostle Paul etc had no "Spiritual Father" they reported to.
God used them all mighty, yet they answered questions when asked concerning their work and their allegiance was totally to God.
That was why John the Baptist testified about Jesus and answered the
Levites and the Jews who questioned his background and pestered him to tell them who he was and who sent him.
Then, John said;
“I am the voice of One calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord as said by Prophet Esaias.”
Brethren, I always frown at the practise of people sharing videos and words of "big" men and women of God in order to justify a particular point of view even when such words do not have credence in the word of God.
I tell you, irrespective of the experience, age, connection of a man of God, if he says anything which does not align with the word of God you are not bound to follow it.
My own bible says;
"But test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good".
1 Thess 5:21.
Invariably, anything said which does not have validity in the word of God should be dispensed with.
That's why men of God should be very wary in associating themselves with Politicians of a particular party, in order not to give wrong impression to their followers who will tend to believe that whoever the Pastor supports is God's choice.
It is important that when men of God share their personal opinions about general issues they should make it clear enough in order not to allow the parishioners to be misled.
That's why Apostle Paul wrote:
"For we know in part and we prophesy in part"
1 Corint 13:9.
Everyone of us is prone to errors. After all Prophet Samuel, despite his pedigree could have anointed Eliab as King instead of David if not for the immediate intervention of God. 1 Samuel 16:6&7
Children of God, your allegiance should be to God,however you are to have regard & respect for constituted authority.
1 Peter 2:13-15
"I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken".
The Scribes and the Pharisees of those days were troubled by the audacity of Peter and the other disciples as the
"When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus".
Brethren, I read the passage again lately and I discovered that, the only people doing the work of God then were doctors of theology(Scribes) Pharisees, Saducees, Priests that had big titles and appellation, yet they lacked the most important prerequisite for the work;
"An encounter or relationship with Jesus"
Not minding your years of experience and the certificates of theology you must have acquired, when you lack the call of God in the work of Ministry, your work may not be recognized in heaven.
Peter and the other disciples had their allegiance rested in Jesus.
Although the Jews knew they were "unschooled & ordinary men", without theological certificates, yet they recognized the reality that they must have been connected to Jesus.
when the disciples were constrained from preaching in the name of Jesus;
"Peter and the apostles replied, “We must obey God rather than any human authority".
Brethren; I say to you with all sincerity of purpose that by the Grace of God; I do not seek my own will, but only the will of Him who sent me. John 5:30.
Few years ago, just after I had an unforgettable encounter with the Owner (Jesus) of the work and I started spreading the word of God on What's App platform, someone called me to ask if I had taken permission from a "Pastor"!
It was obvious the Spirit of God in me was making their demons so uncomfortable".
Then I replied:
"I only take instructions from Jesus who owns the work"
My allegiance is totally to God, although I was brought up to be very respectful to elders, hence I have regards to constituted authority and to true men of God.
However, my utmost praise and honour goes to the one (Jesus) that commissioned me for His work.
To this end, if you by any chance come across any message;I doubt if you will find any that God inspires me to prepare without referencing the word of God in it, please disregard it totally.
I was called to preach the Word of God (Jesus) and to make His name known to the whole world in readiness of His Second Coming.
No man can do This work in isolation of the word of God.
2 Timothy 4:2-5
In the same vein, I enjoin you all not to be captivated by the empty words of any man of God whether dead or alive that does not have the support of the Scripture.
For the bible says;
"See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ".
Please note that, if you attend any Church where you cannot ask the leadership questions about conduct, affairs or the doctrines of the Church and when you ask them questions you are labelled a rebellious person, then be informed you are in an evil society (secret cult) or an 'unhealthy Church'.
In addition to that, for all Church Leaders that have thrive in the practise of "obey without questioning or you only do as you are told" the clock is ticking on you; repent before it is too late.
Brothers and Sisters of the Gospel, everyone of us(including the Senior Pastors, Deacons and Deaconess, etc) shall one day give individual account of our stewardship to the Creator of heaven and the earth, hence our allegiance should be to Jesus who shall judge us all and reward us according to the works we have done.
Matthew 16: 27.
Therefore,let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: "Fear God and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man".
Brethren, I have spoken again, just as I have been sent;
"Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the Churches"
Bro Olaniyi Cole.
RELEASED ON 27/JULY/2019
A DESPERATE PRAYER
God spoke as recorded in the book of Psalms;
“Call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me."
A desperate prayer can be defined as a prayer offered to God when one is desirous of a turnaround or when one is in a distress.
Without doubt, a desperate and urgent situation will trigger a desperate prayer.When you
desire an immediate respite or relieve from a stubborn or apprehensive situation,you will open your mouth to pray;
"If I were you, I would turn to God and present my case to Him. He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted".
I watched a video of the last moments of passengers of a recent plane crash and I saw men and women praying desperate
prayers for safety.It was very terrifying. At that point the name of Jesus was in most people's lips.
The good thing about prayer is that we serve a living God that answers prayer.
If our God answers ordinary prayers, how much more
will He respond to our desperate prayers.
Someone once said: "When God is sought in desperation, He responds".
Imagine the kind of prayers that some of the children of Israel must have prayed when they were faced with the reality of an impending destruction; the Red Sea in their front and the host of Pharaoh behind them.
The bible says;
"As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up and saw the Egyptians marching after them, and they were terrified and cried out to the LORD".
The Psalmist said concerning the Israelites in their distress;
"Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and He delivered them from their distress".
It is important to highlight the fact that most desperate prayers always come with a vow or promise to do something for God after the prayer must have been answered.
The story of Hannah in the bible is an example of a desperate prayer for a desperate situation.
Hannah became a subject of a consistent ridicule in the hands of Peninnah because she was barren. Hannah was very sorrowful over her situation that she became very desperate and prayed to God in Shiloh.1 Samuel 1:2-10
On a particular year, when the reproach was becoming unbearable for Hannah, she became very desperate that;
"She made a vow, saying, "LORD Almighty, if you will only look on your servant's misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the LORD for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head."
1 Samuel 1:11.
A promise or vow made in the course of a desperate prayer is usually done out of desperation to have the respite needed not minding how one will fulfil the vow. However before God it's a covenant that must be kept.
Meanwhile, If you have ever made a vow to God concerning any prayer which God has answered
but you are yet to fulfil your vow, I urge you to honour or redeem your vow without any further delay, for the bible says;
"When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfill it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow.It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfill it".
May God have mercy on some of us for delaying to fulfil our vows in Jesus name.
Children of God, on the early hours of December 12, 1992,(my Birthday) I was compelled to make a desperate prayer of which I made a vow.
Although, I believe strongly in line with the Scripture that God has destined each of us for a purpose (Jeremiah 1:5) even before we are conceived in our mother's womb, however, there are events and situations in the course of your journey in life that will usher you into the fulfilment of that destiny.
On that fateful day, we were woken up by gun shots of armed assassins as they forcefully gained entrance into our house in Poly Road Ibadan.
To cut the long story short, everyone scrambled for safety and I was left with no other option but to hide under the bed
It remains the most terrifying moments of my life till date.While I was under the bed, two of the men came inside the room and I noticed one bending his legs to check under the bed I was hiding; I immediately closed my eyes in trepidation and for the fact that I did not want to have any eye contact with any of them.
Then, I offered the most desperate prayer I have ever prayed in my life:
"Lord if you will safe me from this; I will serve you"
After all, God promised to deliver us on the day of trouble when we call on Him.
After about six seconds, I was forced to open my eyes as I heard foot steps of the man coming closer to the bigger side of the bed as if he was coming to draw me out.
I was extremely terrified..Then he stood still for about five seconds and flipped over the mattress of the second bed in that room, scattered the wardrobe and he stormed out of the room saying to others; "there is no one here".
I was so sure the man saw me; *but God preserved my life.* Now I know why the bible says;
"He frustrated the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise".
What a God, we serve.
Hannah made a vow at Shiloh when she was desperate for a Male son saying; " I will give him to the LORD for all the days of his life".* I also made a vow on that that dreadful day out of desperation to avoid untimely death. I told God I will serve Him.
In the story of Hannah the bible says after she had weaned Samuel;she took him as a little boy to Shiloh in order to redeem her vow to God and she said;
"I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the LORD. For his whole life he will be given over to the LORD." And he worshiped the LORD there".
1 Samuel 1:27&28
Samuel served the lord all the days of his life.
As for me, as at the time I prayed the desperate prayer with a vow to serve the Lord, I had not even given my life to Jesus.
However, I can say with all sincerity of heart that, the incident led to my Salvation and by the Grace of God, I have been serving the Lord, since that time though off and on initially, but I have been growing in the Lord continually in the last decade.
I owe everything to Jesus who is still moulding and sharpening me for the great assignment He brought me into this world to accomplish for His name sake.
In the latter part of Psalm 50: 7 God says; "and you will honour Me"
Children of God,
I leave the appraisal to God and to you; His people who might have been blessed by what I do in the House of God and through His messages He has consistently put in me to share with you all over the world.
Despite the fact that some of us might have been praying over an issue for years without answers one thing is very certain in all of these, our God does answers prayers.
Your persistence in praying is very crucial. Despite delays in getting answers to our prayers, our God is still very faithful. He has promised to reward those that love Him and diligently serve Him. 1 Corinthians 2.9.
Mark my words, as the Lord lives before whom I stand, when the time of reward comes,it will be evident for all to see.
God does not renege from His promise over us, so far we do not derail from His precepts. The bible says God honours His words more than all His names. Psalm 138:2
I therefore, beseech you all not to relent in your commitment and dedication to the things of God. Make sure you are consistent and fervent in the place of prayer, for we do not have any other means to communicate with this great God apart from prayer.
Remember; "The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much".
However, there is only one name given to mankind by which we must pray, that is the name of Jesus.
If you are yet to yield your life to Jesus, do so now before it is too late.
In conclusion, I leave you with the promise of God for you and I in Psalm 91;
"He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him".
Prayer:May the Lord honour you and I according to our deeds towards His work and His people in the name of Jesus. .Heb 6:10
Bro Olaniyi Cole
RELEASED ON 23/JULY/2019
JESUS IS MY ONLY SOURCE
The Psalmist wrote;
"I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth."
Source can be defined as a place, person, or thing from which something originates or can be obtained.It is a body or process by which strength, energy, power or a particular component enters a system.
The question is:
"Where do you draw your power, strength and inspiration from or better put, what is your source?
An ancient Yoruba Adage says;
"A river that forgets its source will surely run dry".
When you make Jesus your source, you can be sure you will continually be filled, for He said;
“I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst".
Imagine yourself drawing water from the ocean, you can be sure of the availability of the water for the ocean can never run dry.
The bible records that God sent Elijah to go hide by the Brook Cherith which was before Jordan with the promise that the ravens shall feed him and he will be drinking from the Brook.
Elijah did according to the instructions of the Lord. He dwelt by the Brook and the ravens was feeding him with bread and flesh just as God had spoken about.
1 Kings 17:3-6
Then the bible says;
"But after a while the brook dried up, for there was no rainfall anywhere in the land".
1 Kings 17:7
I pray for you; your source of livelihood will not run dry in the name of Jesus..
Our God does not forsakes His own people, that's why the Psalmist said; “Great is the Lord, who delights in the welfare of his servant!”
Truly, He did not forget Elijah,
hence He told him after the Brook had dried up;
“Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. Behold, I have commanded a widow there to feed you.”
1 King 17:9.
Children of God, not everyone can boast of enjoying such wonderful Grace of provision that Elijah enjoyed.
Apparently, one of the names of the God we serve is; Jehovah Jireh, meaning God the provider. That's why Jesus said;
"Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all"
Brethren, I can testify to the fact that I have witnessed the faithfulness of this God time and time again.
One of the greatest attributes of God is that He is faithful to all His promises. To this end, the Psalmist wrote:
"I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread".
When your God is the Comptroller General of the heaven and earth, you are not permitted to lack.
Apostle Paul, while emphasizing the faithfulness of God to providing for our needs said:
"He who did not spare his own Son but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him graciously give us all things?"
Our Lord Jesus Christ said to the Samaria woman by Jacob's well;
"But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:14.
The good thing about having Jesus as one's source is that you do not have to pay for the provisions from God. It is free of charge.
That's why He said;
"If I were hungry I would not tell you, for the world is mine, and all that is in it.
Glory be to the God that owns the cattles upon a thousand hills.
He does not request for anything before He blesses us.
"To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment".
I pray for you again; "He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness in the name of Jesus".
2 Corinthians 9:10.
What a wonderful God we serve. He does not forgets His people.
The bible says;
"Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!"
It's not unusual to feel desolate sometimes but you can be sure God will show up just like He showed up for Elijah after the brook dried up and God instructed him to go to the woman of Zarephath for more provisions.
Brethren, "this is the confidence that we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His will He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of Him".
1 John 5:14&15.
We cannot do anything without this God, the bible encourages us not to lean on our own understanding but rather to allow God to be our everlasting source that cannot dry up.
"Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the LORD Almighty".
However, in order to enjoy continuous blessing; you need to be born again!.
Finally, our Lord Jesus Christ is still calling you;
“If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water."
I pray for you and for myself that "My God will supply all our needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus".
Bro Olaniyi Cole.
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