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The Secrets of success. Intention and Vision by Pastor Sam Adeyemi.

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The Secrets of success: Intention and Vision by Pastor Sam Adeyemi

Romans 8:28-30

Genesis 37:5-9

Success means to achieve your aim, turn out as expected or achieve your goals.  Success is impossible without clear intentions and specific goals. Attempting to succeed without having specific goals is like playing soccer without a goal post. Scoring a goal will be difficult and one never experiences the exhilaration and fulfilment that comes from achieving a definite target. The key word that defines success is fulfilment.

May GOD bless Nigeria, America and Israel and take care of us; May GOD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the LORD lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

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Good Success (Sermon Note)

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Good Success (Sermon Note)

 

 

 

 

Introduction:

 

 

 

 

Success is relative and measurable. Even as Christians, there is a lot that we can do ourselves to aid our success in many areas. This is why our focus in this teaching is to examine the role of ideas and the importance of setting goals in the attainment of success. May the LORD Himself teach us through His Holy Spirit in Jesus Christ Name, Amen!

Bible Passage: Genesis 11: 1-9 (Tower of Babel)

 

 

 

 

IDEA

  1. A plan for action, A design.
  2. A Visible representation of a conception.
  3. A formulated thought or opinion.
  4. It is all about image, conception, impression, mind’s eye, notion, picture, thought.

GOAL

  1. The terminal point of a race
  2. The end towards which efforts is directed, such as an AIM. Thus, in a football field, the goal is an area or object toward which players attempt to advance a ball to score points.
  3. It is all about aim, ambition, aspiration, dream, objective, purpose or target.
  1. A.    Success is an idea- 1 Corinthians 2:16
    1. A goal is an objective you want to achieve. A plan is a specific way of reaching that goal. Both goals and plans are IDEAS in your head.
    2. Everything you see around you in the world is an IDEA, and except where it is part of nature, it began as an idea in somebody’s mind. 1 Corinthians2:16, Christians have the mind of Christ.
    3. All tangible object began as goals, plans, or ideas in the minds of people.
    4. If your mind can see it, your hands can have it – Mark 9:23; Philippians 4:13

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. B.     Success begins by setting goals – Habakkuk 2:2
    1. Success is better attained when goals are set – Habakkuk 2:2
    2. Take it one step at a time – Isaiah 28:10
    3. Human beings started as an idea – Genesis 1:26. The idea of man thus was to replicate something in the IMAGE and likeness of God. The GOAL of making man is to have dominion on earth and all that is in it – Genesis 1:26-28.
    4. Faith as an idea, starts small (as mustard seed) with Salvation, later on it grows into Sanctification, Baptism in the Holy Spirit and then into power, for healing, to cast and conquer demons, for prosperity, etc, the ultimate goal being to make Heaven.
    5. Learn to start small and grow big, over time – Job 8:7; Ecclesiastes 7:8.
    6. Start with five goals and write them down. Pray over them – Proverbs 19:21.

 

 

  1. C.    Success involves determination – Genesis 11:1-9
    1. You can be what you determine – Genesis 11:3; Genesis 1:26; Genesis 11:6
    2. Determination can change even failure to success – 1 Chronicles 4:9-10
    3. Determination can keep you on the path of righteousness – Daniel 1:8
    4. Take stock of your abilities, your talents, inclinations, assets and strong points, which you can develop into something useful.
    5. Disciple your abilities for maximum usefulness – 1 Corinthians 9:27. Success demands foresight and industry, it responds to thoughts and care.
    6. Thorough preparation is imperative if we are to use our capabilities to the fullest – Luke 14:28-33.
    7. Have a definite sense of purpose. Don’t beat around copying people’s plan or allowing them to distract you – 2 Kings 2:1-22.
    8. Put your talents to work, because in using them, you develop them. Matthew 25:14-46
  1. Good success must be godly
    1. For success to be godly, motive must be right – 2 Chronicles 25:2.
    2. Good success must accord with the Will of God – Isaiah 14:12-16.
    3. For success to be good, it must be holistic – 3 John 2; Mark 8:36

Conclusion: The Ultimate success of a believer is through Jesus Christ – John 15:5B (for without me ye can do nothing).

Altar Call: You need to have Jesus to succeed!

May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

Our Love Will Be Tested

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Our Love Will Be Tested

 

 

 

 

 

Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 1 John 3:16

 

 

 

 

 

Read: Genesis 22:1-2

 

 

 

 

 

Not only is love expensive, it may also undergo a trial. If you don’t believe this, ask Abraham. At a time, Abraham was torn between his promised child Isaac and God. It became inevitable for God to test whether he still loved Him (Genesis 22:1-2). Whether you like it or not, your love for God will be tested. Usually it would be based on someone or something you really love. Isaac was about 15 years before the test. Abraham had become so fond of him to the point of Isaac being inseparable from him.

Your love may be tested on the fiery furnace or in the lion’s den. Since Jesus laid down His life for you, He expects nothing less from you to your brethren (1 John 3:16). It is either you love God to the extreme or you don’t.

To succeed in life could be quite expensive because of the requirement to study at night when others are sleeping, or study in the day while others are playing. One may even be called a bookworm and other names, yet that is a far cheaper price to pay than failure. If you fail, you will become a servant to your colleagues who succeeded. Every Christian may claim to be born again and on their way to Heaven, yet it is only the few who really love God that will make it on the last day. You can be part of the few!

 

 

 

 

 

ACTION POINT:

Every disciple of Jesus will be required to take the test of love. Ask for grace to scale through.

 

 

 

 

 

May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

Glorious Generation (Sermon Note)

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Glorious Generation (Sermon Note)

Introduction

Gory is part of the excellence of God. Thus, the chosen of God do normally reveal His glory in all areas of their lives. In this study, we shall examine the way God reveal His glory in the lives of His chosen ones, from one generation to another. May the Lord Himself teach us through His Holy Spirit in Jesus Name, Amen!

Bible Passage:            Genesis 12:1-3

Abraham

God deliberately chose Abraham to separate him from others and to bless him – Genesis 12:1. Abraham had no input in the divine choice – Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 5:8

Once Abraham accepted God’s invitation, God’s manifested upon him and his generations to follow. Abraham became the first recorded rich and wealthy man in the Bible – Genesis 13:2; 24:34-35; 14:14.

God has also made these riches available to us and our generation through Jesus Christ2 Corinthians 8:9; Job 36; 3 John 2; Psalms 37:25.

 

 

 

 

The glory of God upon Abraham did not allow him to be sick on any single occasion in all recorded history. That was possible because God was his great physician – Exodus 15:26; Psalms 105:37; Deuteronomy 7:15.

The promise of God was fulfilled in the life of Abraham – Genesis 17:19; Genesis 21:1-3.

 

 

 

 

God has glorious promises for us all – Jeremiah 29:11-13; Job 22:23-30.

 

 

 

 

Abraham ended well – Genesis 25-8. This is the lot of all chosen people of God – Job 5:26.

 

 

 

 

Isaac

He was a child of promise, specially chosen – Genesis 15:4; Genesis 17:19.

The glory of God manifested in the life of Isaac in all areas – Genesis 26:12-14 – the glory of God continued in the life of Isaac after Abraham.

Isaac ended well – Genesis 35:29.

 

 

 

 

 

The glory of God continued to Isaac’s generation and was extended to Jacob, his chosen son.

Jacob

Just as God picked Abraham from among many in the land of Ur, as He picked Isaac over his brother Ishmael, God chose Jacob over Esau – Genesis 25:23. Jacob became very great indeed.

We are now the glorious generations of Abraham, who are qualified to partake of his blessings and the promises of God to him. 1 Kings 8:56-58; Joshua 24:15; Numbers 23:19; Romans 4:20-21; Mark 9:23; Isaiah 3:10-11.

 

 

 

 

Conclusion: To be able to access the blessings of Abraham, you must be in Christ.

Altar Call:  you need to have Jesus to succeed!

May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

Worship is a heartfelt response that comes from an understanding of who God is, and what He’s done for us

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Worship is a heartfelt response that comes from an understanding of who God is, and what He’s done for us. 

Daddy I wish he could have heard me.

That’s what my daughter said to me after church Saturday night.

She was told that a famous singer and recording artist had been there.

She said, “If only I could have met him, he might have hooked me up with a recording deal.”

I laughed a little (on the inside) when I thought about the ramifications of this statement.

To think that at eight years old, my daughter thought she had already missed her big opportunity.

Our Big Opportunity

I think we’ve all felt this way at one time or another… especially when it comes to our worship.

Many times, we’re focused on the people around us.

We want them to hear us sing. We want them to see us dance and raise our hands.

But worship shouldn’t be a show for the people around us.

In reality, our audience is an audience of One.

Worship is our response.

Worship is a heartfelt response that comes from an understanding of who God is, and what He’s done for us.

Abraham had a full revelation of who God was, and he trusted Him completely.

Genesis 15:6 says that his trust in God was credited to him as righteousness.

In Genesis 22, Abraham’s trust is put to the test when God asks him to sacrifice his son Isaac on the altar.

While this might sound extreme today, Abraham’s response was one of complete and total trust in God.

He knew that it was all going to be okay.

In Genesis 22:5, Abraham said, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.

You see, he never doubted God’s goodness. He spoke in faith (or in trust), “We will come back.”

When Isaac (who was probably 11 years old at the time) asked, “Where is the lamb for the burnt offering,” Abraham answered in faith by saying, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering.” (Genesis 22:7-8)

Then, after Abraham had gone as far as to bind his son to the altar and raise his knife to complete the sacrifice, God intervened.

God said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.”

This story reveals Abraham’s complete and total trust in God, the result of which is his worship.

What do you worship?

The fact is that everyone worships something or someone.

Cardinals fans worship the team with their time, energy, and money.

At the game, you’ll jump up and down and cheer. You’ll spend hundreds of dollars on a soda and a hot dog. It’s worth it, right?

Worship means to show something’s worth.

The word “worship” is derived from two Old English words, “worth” and “ship.”

When we put these together, we see that “worth-ship” is the quality of having worth or of being worthy.

So when we worship, we are saying that God is worth it.

Of course, God can see our heart, so don’t mistake worship as just the songs we sing on Sunday mornings.

The Apostle Paul says that we should give all of our faculties (or talents) to God, for this is our act of worship. –Romans 12:1

Our life should be as a living sacrifice to glorify, extol, lift up, and praise His name.

Like Abraham, there will be times when our faith in God is tested by circumstances that just don’t make sense.

But if you know who God is, and if you know that His plans for you are good, then there’s only one way to respond to life’s trials… with a heart of worship.

As you go through your day today, focus on God’s goodness. Give Him the praise and know that whatever you’re facing, He will bring you through it.

Like Abraham, place all of your trust in your Saviour. Believe me, He is worth it!

May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

We exist for God alone

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We exist for God alone

We exist for God; He does not exist for us. God loves doing things for His people, but the reason we get up in the morning is to fulfil His purpose for our lives, not merely to ask Him to bless our purpose for our lives. God does not want to be our vending machine, where we put in a coin and He dispenses what we demand. Until we understand that we exist for Him, we will never know our purpose for being.

Purposelessness is everywhere. I would compare a purposeless existence with the life of a dog. Dogs bark a lot, and most of the time they are just making noise and not really telling you anything important. Purposeless people talk a lot just because they want to be heard. Dogs also like to run in circles. They move, but they’re not really going anywhere. When they finish running in circles, they are right back where they started. Purposeless people live like this, running around trying to find fulfilment in activities, only to find themselves not really moving toward anything.

Dogs also function on the level of the external. They like to be petted and rubbed, feeling good for the moment on the outside, but no real impact is felt on the inside. Purposeless people “put on the dog” by getting dressed up to look good and to make themselves feel better. If this describes your purposeless wanderings, God’s design and desire is to release you from that, but it must be on His terms.

Recommended Scripture Reading: (Genesis 1:27-28).

May God Almighty prosper Nigeria and Israel and defend us from all our enemies in Jesus Christ Name, Amen!

Cain and Abel

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CAIN AND
ABEL

Why did Cain
kill his brother?

When we read
the story of Cain and Abel (Genesis 4), we see the effects of sin in the world.

The first
sin was when Adam and Eve disobeyed God.

In this
story, we see the sins of jealousy and hatred leading to anger and murder.

Both Cain
and Abel presented gifts to God, but Abel’s gifts pleased God more than Cain’s.
So Cain was jealous of God’s favour. Eventually, Cain’s jealousy and anger led
him to kill his own brother.

Jealousy and
anger can cause people to do terrible things; even to the people they love.

Watch out
for those feelings and deal with them before they hurt you, too!

 

May Our God The Almighty prosper
Nigeria and Israel and defend us from all our enemies in Jesus Christ Name,
Amen!