Friday, December 09 2016
“I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”
II Timothy 4:1-5 NKJV
We live in the days the scriptures spoke about, when people cannot endure sound doctrines, when people desire to hear what they want to hear. This means that people no longer desire to know the truth, will not accept when they're wrong and will reject any correction. Many Pastors today cannot preach the truth because of personal gains and the fear of losing members. But the word encourages us to preach the truth of God's word in and out of season.
Wednesday, November 02 2016
Victory Centre Oxford is 10 years old, this can only be God because it came as a dream from God, birthed by the grace of God, sustained by the mighty hand God. So I want to start by first giving glory, honour, adoration to the king of kings and lord of lords, to Jesus our lord and to my best friend the Holy Spirit who has powered us with signs wonders and miracles.
The vision of Victory Centre Oxford (VCO) started by a voice which I believe to be our lords voice calling Oxford repeatedly in my sleep, I often woke up and wondered what Oxford meant and why it interrupted my sleep continuously, as this continued non-stop, I decided to seek counsel from my pastor (Pst Segun Doherty) for spiritual guidance on the issue. As I started explaining what I was experiencing, the wife whom we fondly refer to as Mummy Pastor interrupted with a surprise look in her face, explaining that God told them two years before to send someone to Oxford to start a church; you can imagine my thoughts at this point as I protested vehemently that there must be a mistake, Pastor was not having any of that as he quickly demanded that we go to Oxford the next day, again I protested that I cannot take excuse from work because of the sudden nature of his request. All in all we ended up making the trip to Oxford two days later, ironically I got a day off from a manager that I was sure will never approve such leave, he did not even question my motive. God was evidently at work.
Testing the waters:
We travelled to Oxford to explore the land like the 12 spies sent by Moses to spy the Promise land, except in this case we were just three of us, I went in the company of Pst and Pst(Mrs) Doherty. Without any contact or anyone to visit we stopped at the first Petrol station close to the town centre, Pastor reminded us that everywhere we set our feet will be ours as the bible says, we matched round the grounds of the petrol station symbolic of the land of Oxford as a whole, we concluded our prayers and returned home because we really didn't know anywhere.
We were to return to Oxford for evangelism on three occasions after that, soon afterwards we started receiving calls from a few people asking when the church will start.
Due to the enquiries we received about the church, we fixed a date for Sunday 28/2/2006 to open the doors to worshippers.
On that faithful day I was accompanied by the pastor and a pack of faithful members of the Luton church, we arrived to our pleasant surprise to meet a few people waiting to join us for worship, from that day the numbers continued to grow.
So far so good:
Numbers continue to increase from the first service to my great amazement, God showed favour, provided for our needs, paid our rents and VCO was born. Over the years so many students, workers, visitors, anointed ministers of the gospel has passed through our doors to be a blessing and to be blessed.
Over these ten years we have seen many testimonies, signs, wonders and miracles. We have seen the sick healed, the spiritually oppressed delivered, those waiting for the fruit of the womb received their blessings, on one occasion I went to pray for a man in hospital on a 48hrs death bed suffering fro cancer, he discharged himself the next morning and flew back to Nigeria, our God is awesome.
We have moved from two locations and now in our third location as the church continue to grow.
It has not been plain sailing, being a university town has meant high turnover with so many members having to relocate after their studies, other issues affecting Africans such as immigration restrictions has meant that the number of Africans coming to study in the U.K. Has been drastically reduced to trickles. However God has helped us marvellously in every situation.
During the period, we lost a baby so dear to our hearts, it was a painful test to the immediate family and the rest of the church. It was an experience I will never forget. The joy in all of it was the wonderful way God encouraged this family.
While we are thanking God for what He has done so far, we are believing God to move forward in many fronts that will help to grow the ministry. Firstly we need a building of our own, we really need Devine intervention and we know nothing is impossible with God.
We're looking forward to broadcasting in various types of media including television broadcast. We're looking forward to participating more in charitable programs and setting up outfits to help the poorest in our community.
We're looking forward to a greater and more relevant ministry in the years to come, trusting that the God that has brought us this far will take us to higher heights in Jesus name, amen.
Friday, October 28 2016
Did you say there is no God?
Thursday, October 20 2016
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
This verse of scripture always blesses me each time I read it, it tells me that;
1. A child of God can go through temptation as everyone else
2. The temptations are not perculiar
3. God is faithful even in your temptation, he is not a thief that will abardon you in you most difficult time of your life - John 10: 1-14
4. God only allows temptations you can handle to come to you, he will not allow any temptation beyond your ability.
5. He will provide a way of escape through the temptation
6. So that you can bear it.
It seems to me that that these temptations are ochestrated events ment to test us, try us and build us to make us strong in our faith.
You can draw comfort from the knowledge that God knows your ability and will not allow you to drown in your trials and through it will make a way of escape.
Whatever you are going through today, know for sure that you are not alone, God is with you.
Monday, October 17 2016
Any child of God with his or her ears to the heartbeat of God will know that we live in a time when we need to make haste. We need to make haste because Heaven is in a state of alert in readiness for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ, while the devil is consolodating his activities to take as many people as possible to his final destination of destruction in the lake of fire.
In these perilous times, the kingdom of darkness is working on the hearts of men to hold the truth in unrighteouisness. Truth has now become relative to a person's mindset, and so called human rights are now deemed to trump the laws of God. Acts that were once repulsive to people are now accepted in certain societies and powerful forces in these places have taken it upon themselves to intimidate other societies into accepting their evil standards. Because wickedness and iniquity are on the increase, the love of many Christians is waxing cold. We live in a time where people who are killing and persecuting the children of God think they are doing God a service. Right before our eyes, we are seeing the fulfilment of various end time prophesies by Daniel, Paul and our Lord Jesus Christ.
The crux of our focus in the year 2015, therefore, is to know what we are expected to do as children of God, and the manner of life we are to live in such times as this. This is summed up in Isaiah 37:24 which says
"And the remnant that is escaped of this house of Judah shall again take root downward, and bear fruit upward"
We are expected to examine the root of our salvation in Christ and grow this root deeper in Christ by fellowship. As our root grows deeper, we are expected to bear tangible, visible fruits for the world to see. The fruit of the Spirit and the fruit of salvation of lost souls are the heart cry of the Father today. Arise, for it is time to make haste to meet these demands.
Thursday, October 13 2016
The challenges of life ultimately come to test our faith in the true God. Many of us are not happy to trust Jesus most of the time, until situations start to get increasingly difficult. Are you faced with debts, sickness or poverty, praying and it seems there is no hope? I would like to encourage you as God encouraged Elijah; the journey is long and you need refreshments, so refresh yourself with these nuggets:
Thursday, October 06 2016
“And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, who stood afar off: and they lifted up their voices, saying, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go and show yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, with a loud voice glorifying God; and he fell upon his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, Were not the ten cleansed? but where are the nine? Were there none found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger? And he said unto him, Arise, and go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.”
Luke 17:12-19 ASV
Very often this scripture is referred to when we encounter ungrateful people as a way of encouraging ourselves that if this happened to Jesus, we should not expect so much gratitude from people.
It is clear that Jesus was not happy that only one healed leper returned to give thanks and Jesus prayed for the grateful leper to be made whole, implying that the other nine lepers may have been healed but we're not made whole, meaning that worse things could happen in future to the ungrateful nine that God will not be obliged to help them.
Types of ingratitude:
1. Those who simply don't know when to say thank you - strange as it may, but there are so many people that simply do not appreciate any form of kindness even if it has positively impacted their lives.
2. Those that can only appreciate very substantial gifts - God tests us with little things before big ones and if one cannot appreciate little gifts or little miracles, I doubt if greater miracles will come the way of such individuals
3. Those with a sense of entitlement to gifts and support from others - This is common in cultures where people expect so much from family members, friends and associates even though they shouldn't, it is like unwritten laws that must be adhered to or else offences will arise.
4. Those that are too proud or ashamed to accept or appreciate kindness, sadly there are so many people who are too ashamed to accept help or appreciate it and will prefer if they paid for it than show appreciation.
There may be more examples but suffice to say that these types of ingratitude are found amongst Christian believers, many believers block their blessings by failing to appreciate what they have received. No matter how insignificant the gifts or miracles are, they are very significant to God.
God commanded the children of Israel to take rocks from the bed of the Red Sea to show to generations of God's great deliverance from their adversaries, this is a form of perpetual testimony of God's goodness and awesomeness. God loves to be appreciated and love to see us appreciate one another.
We must not forget those that helped us on our way up or else we will meet them on our our way down and the reception may be completely different.
Wednesday, January 06 2016
“This is My commandment: that you love one another [just] as I have loved you. No one has greater love [no one has shown stronger affection] than to lay down (give up) his own life for his friends. You are My friends if you keep on doing the things which I command you to do. I do not call you servants (slaves) any longer, for the servant does not know what his master is doing (working out). But I have called you My friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from My Father. [I have revealed to you everything that I have learned from Him.] You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and I have appointed you [I have planted you], that you might go and bear fruit and keep on bearing, and that your fruit may be lasting [that it may remain, abide], so that whatever you ask the Father in My Name [as presenting all that I AM], He may give it to you. This is what I command you: that you love one another.”
John 15:12-17 AMP
The commandment we received from Jesus is to love one another and since it's a command, it follows that we must carry out the command to demonstrate our obedience to him. It also means that we have no choice in who we love, we cannot love our favourites like family members, friends and loved ones alone, we are to love our neighbours, mean bosses, difficult colleagues, those that hurt us and learn to forgive no matter what. Sometimes this seems like a hard pill to swallow especially when we've been hurt by people.
One of the major reasons we must learn to love no matter what is because it is a prerequisite to answers to prayers, verse 16 makes that apparent.
Secondly it helps us to bear fruits that lasts for ever, simply put this tough love can win a soul from destruction.
Ask for the grace of God to display this attribute of God that Jesus so desperately wants us to imbibe.
My prayer is that you will find this grace to operate in His love in Jesus name, amen.
Have a blessed week.
Sunday, November 29 2015
Test the Spirits
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. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error. When I first received God's calling to preach the Gospel, I sincerely wondered what difference I can make to the already overcrowded market of gospel ministers. However God made it clear to me that He wanted me to do His work and complained bitterly about His Pastors and referred me to Jeremiah 12:10-11. There are preachers everywhere but not all has the Spirit of God, many are in it for their stomach and therefore displays the spirit of anti-Christ. To discern the right Spirit, you need to see their works and you also need the Spirit of discernment. Verse 4 of the above scripture says that you have overcome because greater is he that is you than the devil and his cohorts in the world, so that greater Spirit in you will lead you, so that you cannot be misled or be afraid. Jesus by His indwelling Spirit in you will lead you to greater heights and greater accomplishments IJN. Remember also that the spirit of anti-Christ will give you all the excuses you need not to fellowship with others this Sunday morning, you must resist him with all your strength and God will help you. Heb 10:35 ? Heb 10:39 Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. For, "Yet a little while, and the coming one will come and will not delay; but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him." But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls. Enjoy your fellowship with Jesus today. Every blessings.