PASTOR'S CORNER

 

CHILDREN, HONOUR THE LORD AND YOUR PARENTS ALWAYS

 

Greetings to all members and friends of Christ Apostolic Church Isale Ake, Abeokuta. Today is our children Harvest Thanksgiving Celebration we thank God for sparing our lives to see another glorious occasion. The theme for this year is Children, honour the Lord and your parents always this is a command with a promise according to the scriptures. This theme is one of the ten commandments as seen in Exodus 20:12 “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee” Ephesian 6:2 further emphasizes on the importance of the promise attached to the commandment “honour your father and mother which in the first commandment with a promise”.

 

 1.            Children are to Honour the Lord

 

The Lord is God, the maker of heaven and earth the creator of all things. He is to be loved cherished and served by the young and the old. Luke 4:8 says “It is written you shall worship the Lord your God and serve Him only”. People that loved God will be so honoured by Him, listen to His words in I Sam 2:30 “wherefore the Lord God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me for ever: but now the Lord saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed. So dear children of God, determined to honour God by serving and doing His will always this is life indeed (prov. 8:35-36)

 

 2.            Children are to Honour their Parents

 

Your parents are your biological father, mother and all other persons older than you and they are to be honoured always. Why must you honour and respect them, the reason being that they are there to guide, direct, advise, lead, pilot, monitor, teach, superintend and model you for your good.

 

In view of this you must regard, respect and honour such. Listen to them always as they echo the wordings of proverb 3:1-4 “My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandment, for length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee let not mercy and truth forsake thee; bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart; so shall thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man    

 

God bless you and happy celebration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONSEQUENCES OF FEAR

Text Matt 14:22-23

By definitions, fear is the feeling you get when you are worried that something unpleasant will happen.

Fear is not an action but an emotional reaction to an anticipated occurrence.

Fear may be physical reaction but its consequence is spiritual II Timothy 1:7 “for God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of Love and of a Sound Mind”.

Fear can be both good or bad it depends on what and whom you fear.

The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom Proverb 1: 7;

You are to serve the Lord with fear Psalm 2:11

The fear of devil or evil “Psalm 23:4”,

If I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. 

CATEGORIES OF FEAR

Fear of unknown e. g. fear of death, fear of accident, fear of barrenness, fear of evil occurrence.Job 1:15, Job offered burnt offering according to the number of his children; for Job said, it may be that my son have sinned and cursed God in their heart,

Consequences of unknown fear

Job 1:5-17 It opens one to enemy’s attack

vs16- It can steal from one’s finances

Job vs 18- From fruitfulness to barrenness (all children die in one day)]

Vs 20- It bring sadness and sorrow

Vs21- Losing focus about God power (God gave, God taken away)

Reason for Job incident :- Job 3:25

“For the things which I greatly feared is come upon me and that which I was afraid of is come unto me”

Fear of known Mat 14:30

(Environment and circumstances and current) fear of economy situation, fear on insecurity, fear of uncertainty.

Consequences of fear of known

Vs 30- Losing focus on the power of God at little challenges

Vs 30- Sinking into the problem water

Vs 30- Overstretching problem by crying to Jesus when he was very close

Vs 31- It reduces one faith to little, oh thou of little faith

The effects of fear on our Christian life

-It question our relationship with God

-It put doubt on our salvation

-It question God’s love, His ways and His provision to us

-It question our ability to live a Christian life

How to overcome fear

The fear of God will end all other fears, Matt10:28, fear not them which kill the body but are not able to kill the soul.

Seek for the presence of God in every situation Psalm 34:4 “I sought the Lord and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fear”

Develop a sound mind: for God hath not given us the spirit of fear but of power and of a sound mind.

                                                                                              BY BRO. SAMSON OLUTOKI

 

             LETTER TO THE SEVEN CHURCHES IN ASIA (1st  LETTER)

                “I was in the spirit on the Lord’s Day and I heard behind me a loud voice as of a trumpet saying I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last and, what you see, write in a book and sent it to the seven churches which are in Asia: To Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea” (Rev. 1:10-11).

                These seven assemblies are examples of the kind of the churches that exist throughout history. This means that all seven letters are warning to every church in every age. Vivid descriptions of the seven churches are as follows:

  1. Ephesus               -              The loveless church
  2. Smyrna                 -              The persecuted church
  3. Pergamos            -              The compromising church
  4. Thyatira                -              The corrupt church
  5. Sardis                    -              The dead church
  6. Philadelphia       -              The faithful Church
  7. 7.       Laodicea              -              The lukewarm church.

 

THE LOVELESS CHURCH (THE CHURCH OF EPHESUS)

The first letter is addressed to the church of Ephesus, Christ know and observed their state, though in heaven, yet He walkes in the midst of His churches on earth.

Rev. 2:1 ” To the angel of the church of Ephesus write these things says, He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lamp stands.

Angel of the church could be guardian angel in spiritual warfare or human leader.

That Christ held these churches in His hand shows that He was in control over the churches.

In Rev. 2:2-3 Christ commended the church at Ephesus for hard working, patient, endurance, intolerance of evil people. Christ keeps an account of every hour’s work his servants do for Him, and their labour shall not be in vain in the Lord.

Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love (Rev. 2:4)

In Eph 1:15-19 Apostle Paul had once commended the church of Ephesus for her love for God and for others but the church had fallen away from the first love.   

In Rev. 2:5, here Jesus warned them that if they refuse to repent He will come and remove the church’s lamp stand from its place, meaning the church will cease to be a church.

In Rev. 2:6-7 Jesus further commended the Ephesus church for hating the deeds of immoral Nicolaitans believes who had compromised their faith in order to enjoy some sinful practices of Ephesus society.

Conclusively, the reward for those who repented and obey the Lord is found in the promise of Jesus Christ that they will eat of the tree of life, this is the act of regaining the lost paradise. May the Lord restore our love for Him in Jesus name.    

                                                                                       Pastor E.O ogunyemi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           LETTER TO THE SEVEN CHURCHES IN ASIA (2ND  LETTER)

 

 THE PERSECUTED CHURCH (CHURCH AT SMYRNA) – Rev. 2:8-11

 

            “And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write, these things says the first and the last, who was dead and come to life (Rev. 2:8).

 

The description of Christ given to this small church on the verge of being snuffed out by persecution is that Christ is the first and the last, who died and is alive. Although this church was almost dead due to persecution, Christ was reminding them that He was sovereign and eternal. Irrespective of what they might be passing through He assured them that He is the one who died and came back to life again. Even if believers have to suffer to the point of death, Christ, who “rose from the dead” would raise them to eternal life with Him.

 

            “I know your works, tribulation and poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not; but are a synagogue of Satan” (Rev. 2:9

 

The church in Smyrna was suffering because of persecution. These believers faced material poverty even in the wealthy city in which they live due to sanctions against them. Christ immediately assured them that despite their poverty, they were rich – referring to their heavenly riches (James 2:5).

 

            “Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer, indeed the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days, be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life (Rev. 2:10)

 

Christ told the church at Smyrna not to be afraid of the persecution they were facing and that more was coming, yet they should remember that the Devil himself was behind these acts of persecution though using the use and Roman authorities. He went further to say that devil will throw some of them into prison and even some will be killed.  The persecution would continue for ten days – symbolizing that the persecution would be intense, having a definite beginning and a definite end.  God was in complete control. The church was challenged to remain faithful to Christ even when facing death and they would receive the crown of life.

 

            “He who has an ear, let him hear what the spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death” (Rev. 2:11).

 

Believers and unbelievers alike will experience physical death. The first death for those in Smyrna might well be martyrdom. But even then they would be victorious because they would not face the second death. All people (dead) will be resurrected, but believers (righteous) will be resurrected to eternal life with God, while unbelievers (wicked) to eternal damnation - second death i.e. eternal separation from God. (Mat. 10:28, Luk. 12:4, John 11: 25, Rev. 20:14-15).

                                                                                                              Pastor E.O. Ogunyemi

 

 

 

 

 

 

      LETTER TO THE SEVEN CHURCHES IN ASIA (3RD  LETTER)

 

                                  THE COMPROMISING CHURCH

(THE CHURCH OF PERGAMOS) Rev. 2: 12 – 17

Revelation 12:12

“ And to the angel of the church in pergamos write these things says He is who has the sharp two edged sword’.

The sharp two edged sword is the powerful  word of Christ mouth (Rev. 1:16)

Hebrew 4:12 says “ For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thought and intent of the heart”.

The word of God is powerful and is able to find you out as if your secret action has been revealed to the messenger of the word.  Refrain from waging war against the true spoke word of God (Rhema)

Revelation 2:13 “ I know your works and where you dwell, where Satan’s  throne is. And you hold fast to my name, and did not deny my faith even in the days in which Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells”.

Satan’s throne implies Satan authority and power were honour ed either openly or in effect. Antipas had aiready suffer martyrdom, thus receiving the promise “ crown of life”.

The place where you live, work, worship can influence you either positively or negatively. Negative can lead to one compromising. Howeve, despite the fact that your surroundings is hellish (devilish) and life threatening, you can deside to remain stedfast like the uncompromising seven thousand (7000) in 1KINGS 19:18.

Revelation 2:14 “ But I have a few things against you, because you their those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who fought Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality”.

The doctrine of Balaam is explain from its background in the old testament ( Num. 22:25; 31). Balak hire Balaam to turn the heart of Israel away from the Lord. Apparently, slimily seduction was taking place in the church of Pergamos , especially in regards to idols and sexual immorality ( Act 15:20).

Revelation 2:15 “ Thus you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolatians, which thing I hate”. The doctrine of Nicolatians, already seen in the church at Ephesus, was apparently similar to that of Balaam.

Revelation 2:16 “ Repent or else I will com to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth”. It means repent or distruction.

Revelation 2:17 “ He who has an ear, let him hear what the spirit say to the church. To him who overcome I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except  him who received it”. The person who overcomes by faith admist terrible circumstances will received hidden manna to eat. The hidden manna, white stone, and new name are all prospective rewards for faithfulness to God.

Remain bless and uncompromising - SHALLOM     

                                                                                          Pastor E.O.Ogunyemi

 

 

 

                 LETTER TO THE SEVEN CHURCHES IN ASIA (4TH  LETTER)

 

 

 

THE CORRUPT CHURCH

(CHURCH AT THYATIRA)

The Forth Church among the Seven Churches in Asia is the Church at Thyatira which is regarded as the Corrupt Church.

  1. In Rev. 2:18, unto Church at Thyatira Jesus described Himself as one having eyes like a flame and feet like fine brass virtually repeats of wording of Daniel 10:6.
  2. In Rev. 2:19, the Church at Thyatira was commended for her love, service, faith and patience that are greater than the beginning.
  3. In Rev. 2:20, the Church at Thyatira was criticized for tolerating cult of idolatry and immorality led by woman Jezebel. Whether Jezebel is an actual name or a nickname this woman’s wicked actions parallel Queen Jezebel’s in 1 King 16; 2 King 9.
  4. Rev. 2:21, shows clearly that there is an appointed time in which a person is given the grace of repentance, after the scheduled time, the door of Grace will be closed (Luke 13:6-9).
  5. In Rev. 2:22, we see that it takes two to tango and that our God is not a partial Judge (Compare with John 8:2-11). Consequence of impenitent (Unrepentant) souls is sick bed, where a believer involved in prolonged un-confessed sin may end up.
  6. Rev. 2:23,  reveals that the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord Rom. 6:23. Jesus is the one who searched the minds and hearts, the impartial judge who will give to each one according to His work.
  7. Rev. 2:24, here, the depths of Satan may be the secrets known by those initiated into the things of the devil. People that do not know the depths of Satan are fully concerned with quest to know the deep things of God “That I may know Him……… (Phil. 3:10).
  8. Rev. 2:25, ”But hold fast what you have till I come”. The importance of holding forth; Being steadfast, unshakable.
  9. Rev. 2:26-27, only those believers who are overcomers and who persevere in obedience to the end of life has the promise of being Coheirs with Christ. He will share the sovereignty with messianic partners who have proven their trustworthiness in this life by doing the will of God to the end. This is the exalted destiny which all believers should aspire.
  10. Rev. 2:28; “and I will give him the Morning Star”. The Morning Star is Christ Himself in Rev. 22:16. For the overcoming believer, Christ presence is the Light in the dark and difficult time before the dawn of the Son’s coming. Moreover, Morning Star refers to the faithful believers share in glory or splendor of Christ. Christ gives every faithful believer the privilege of being like Him in royal splendor, to various degrees (Daniel 12:3).
  11. Rev. 2:29: “He who has an ear let him hear what the Spirit says to the Churches”. To obey is better than Sacrifice.

Remain Blessed

Shalom.

                                                                             Pastor E.O. Ogunyemi

 

GOD WILL MAKE A WAY

OUR BELIEF!