Be Still: Elijah’s Series: Decisions

The bible recorded eight times that Caleb was a man who whole heartedly followed God. The reason why Joshua and Caleb made it to the promise land was because of their decision: they were men of different spirit. Even with the age of Caleb, he claimed his promises not minding the giants in the land. There are 7,456 promises in the bible which are is meant for us if we whole heartedly follow God.

Elijah had his eyes fixed on Jehovah and mighty miracles happened but the moment he shifted his eyes to Jezebel he was afraid. God brought Elijah to Jezreel but he ran to Judah because of fear. The moment we take off our eyes from God and fix it on our problems we become afraid.

Elijah came to a point of “it is enough” and called on God to kill him but God responded by asking him what he was doing in Judah. The biggest fall in life happens after the biggest victory in our life.

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Preacher: Pastor Z. Trevor

Two Men Two Houses

A question to ponder: Are you building on a rock or on a sand?

The general overview of a pseudo-Christian and the characteristics of a true Christian were elaborated. A pseudo-Christian wants God’s blessing but does not want God. He doesn’t wants to serve God but always wants to be served by God. He never faces the full teaching of the gospel but rather picks and chooses what he believes of the word of God.

In contrast, a true Christian bemoans his failure and constantly seeks the face of God. He takes time to pray over the scripture and puts them into practice.

The faith to fruit foundation is a cycle consisting of 5 attributes

1. Faith

2. Believe

3. Love

4. Obey

5. Fruit.

After bearing the fruits which is the fruit of the spirit, it should lead you to greater faith and down to bearing greater fruits.

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Preacher: Pastor Neil Thomas

Who do you say I am?

So often we dwell in the notion that we know who God is but we are always wrong. There is an obvious disparity between been aware of God (perception) and truly knowing God. Knowing is insightful, it involves having a thorough understanding of who he is. The Sadducees were talking to Jesus about a woman having seven husbands but his reply ended with him tell him who God is as written in the book of Matt 22: 32. Prophet Isaiah also saw God after he has written five chapters because there was an image of king Uzziah before him.
Brother Emmanuel emphasized that Christianity is about personally knowing who Christ is. Jesus asked Peter who he is because he wants to know if he truly knows him not minding the fact that he has been his follower for quite some time (Matthew 16:15-17).
When you have an understanding of who God is, no matter how twisted or complicated your problems are, you know that it’s just a phase in your life. Before manifestation of God, there is an insight of who he is. Every turn around a man has is as a function an encounter. Who are you having an encounter with? Who do you say I am?

Sermon on the mount

Pastor Neil Thomas sermon was based on false teachings and how to distinguish between a Christian and a pseudo-Christian.
The fact that we aim for the narrow gate does not mean we shouldn’t be aware of the devices of the devil. The gospel is not just something we should listen to but something we should react to. The bible says that we should test all spirit to know that the spirit is from God 1 John 4:1. A passionate man does not mean that he is real.
The three warnings or danger of self deception are
1. Are we on the narrow gate or the wide gate? Matt 7:12
2. Beware of false prophets Matt 7:15, Matt 7:23
3. Seeking and desiring only the blessings that comes with Christianity. Matt 7:24-27
We should be aware of the subtlety of Satan.

Also, the difference between a foolish man and a wise man includes impatience, never listens to advice and never thinks through.
A good foundation is the quality of a wise man.
Conclusively, God is not involved in religion but in relationship with him and a good desire to know him more rather than just desiring only his blessings.

Be Still: Elijah’s Series : Procrastination

Often we procrastinate because we don’t want to make ourselves uncomfortable. 1 kings 19:1-10 details procrastination on the path of both prophet Elijah and Jezebel. Ungodly thoughts are also a form of procrastination as when they are not dealt with becomes sin.

Most Christians miss the disparity between conviction and conversion.
As a matter of fact, a conviction does not mean conversion. Conviction involves a bold declaration of acceptance of our savior Jesus Christ into our lives while conversion is a process of completely changing from our old ways. Conviction can me made in minutes all by confessing your sins and professing Jesus Christ as your savior but conviction takes a long time.

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The power of Holy communion

There is power in the blood of Jesus. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed (Isa 53:5).
Pastor Kevin shared the reasons why we should continually engage in taking holy communion which is to proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. He also stated that because we’ve been, bought through the precious blood of Jesus Christ, we are not permitted to be sick, broke or afflicted.

Patience is a virtue

As we are in the series of being still, Sister Feyi and Brother Tope explored the benefits and dangers of being patient. More detailed emphasis was placed on the life of Jacob that served Laban for 14 years because he loved Rachel and eventually married her after the long wait. Similarly, Rachel was barren for many years because she lost her patience and asked her husband to give her a child or she dies but later begat Joseph who was the most successful out of all the children of Jacob.

  • Patience: the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like.
  • An ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay. Waiting is a part of life and one of God’s tools for developing people.
    Patience is listed by Paul in Galatians 5:22-23 as among the fruit of the Spirit
  • What happens when you wait patiently on God?
  • You shall inherit the Land.
  • “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him, Those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the land.”(Psalms 37:7)
  • He shall renew your strength. Isaiah 40:31
  • We shall reap. Galatians 6:9
  • And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
  • It transforms your character. Ex. 2:14; Acts 7:30-36
  • the story of Moses delivering the Israelites from the Egyptians. It’s a grand story of God doing great miracles.
  • Moses had to wait in the desert for 40 years before God came to him. God used this time of waiting to transform his character. We know this because when he was a young man he was brash and impatient. In his impetuousness he killed a man and hid the body. When his sin was made public, he ran for his life and was exiled to the desert.
  • When he was given a second chance he opted to do it God’s way and in God’s time.
  • He gives you a new song to sing. Psalms 40 vs 1-3

I waited patiently for the Lord and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.

He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay,

And set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.

  • And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God:
  • What does Patience look like? The story of how Rachel cried to God for a child. (Gen. 30:1-2; 20-24)
  • And when Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and said unto Jacob, Give me children, or else I die.
  • And Jacob’s anger was kindled against Rachel: and he said, Am I in God’s stead, who hath withheld from thee the fruit of the womb?
  • 20 And Leah said, God hath endued me with a good dowry; now will my husband dwell with me, because I have born him six sons: and she called his name Zebulun.
  • 21 And afterwards she bare a daughter, and called her name Dinah.
  • 22 And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her, and opened her womb.
  • 23 And she conceived, and bare a son; and said, God hath taken away my reproach:
  • 24 And she called his name Joseph; and said, The Lord shall add to me another son.
  • It’s important to understand that while we’re waiting, having a negative, impatient attitude will not make God hurry.
  • Remember, the Children of Israel spent 40 years in the wilderness on what could have been an 11-day journey, mainly because of their attitude! When things were not going like they wanted, they began to murmur and complain and ultimately, they sinned against God, simply because they got impatient and stopped trusting Him.
  • Patience makes God to show up. The story of Paul and Silas Acts 16:24-26
  • In the Bible Paul and Silas knew about waiting, and they waited well. Acts 16tells the story of how they were attacked by a crowd, beaten and thrown in jail.
  • “But about midnight, as Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the [other] prisoners were listening to them, suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the very foundations of the prison were shaken; and at once all the doors were opened and everyone’s shackles were unfastened.” God answered them suddenly!
  • Wait expectantly for God to answer
  • Wait quietly — “I wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.” (Psalm 62:5 NLT)
  • Wait patiently — “Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act.” (Psalm 37:7 NLT)
  • Wait expectantly — “I wait expectantly, trusting God to help, for he has promised.” (Psalm 105:5 LB)
  • And this is so important: you must expect to hear from God. Expect for him to give you a dream, an insight; this is the faith factor where you wait expectantly.
  • Waiting on God is never a waste of time. In fact, it’s some of the best time you are ever going to invest in your life.
  • What to do while waiting
  • Patience comes with faith (2 Timothy 3:10; Hebrews 6:12)
  • Pray and Give Thanks
  • let the waiting prompt you to pray. “be patient in tribulation” is followed with the reminder to “be constant in prayer” (Romans 12:12).   1 Thessalonians 5:17: Pray without ceasing
  • Remember the Patience of God towards you. Remember his amazing grace and love that he has shown you in forgiving your sins. He is “patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).

Lack of Patience can cause us to miss our blessings. King Saul was told to WAIT.  He chooses not to and his kingdom was taken from him. 1 Samuel 10:8