Pastors Corner

Pastor’s Corner at Union Baptist Church Isale Ooye, Ejigbo Osun State Nigeria.

LIVING IN THE SPIRIT.

"If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit."-Gal. v: 25.

What is it to Live in the Spirit?

It is to be born of the Spirit. It is to have received a new spiritual life from above. "That which is born of the flesh is flesh, that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit. "Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God." "If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." We may have the brightest intellectual life, the most unblemished moral character, and the most amiable qualities of disposition, and yet without the new life of the Holy Spirit in our heart, we can no more enter Heaven than the lovely canary that sings in our window can become a member of our family, or the gentle lamb that our children play with can sit down at our table, and share our domestic fellowship and enjoyment. It belongs to a different world, and nothing but a new nature and human heart could bring it into fellowship with our human life. The most exalted intellect, and the
most attractive, natural disposition, reach no higher than the earthly. The Kingdom of Heaven consists of the family of God, those who have risen to an entirely different
sphere, and received a nature as much above the intellectual and the moral as God is above an angel.

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DOING THE WORK OF GOD FAITHFULLY!

You can move mountains by faith. You can heal the sick, preach the gospel and raise the dead. You can have continuous victories by faith. Strength lies in how much maturity you demonstrate in your life through the influence of God’s Word. Faith will make you a champion. When you study the Faith’s Hall of Fame in Hebrews Chapter 11, you will notice all the amazing works that were done by men and women who acted by faith. You can do the same when faced with a challenge or a need. God has given to everyone the measure of faith (Romans 12:3)
“Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had
promised. Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.
By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace. Women received their dead raised to life again: and
others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:” (Hebrews 11:11-12,31,35)
You can make a world of difference when you act
on God’s Word. Begin today by writing down your plans for
your place of worship. Know what you will do in the house of God this year. Know what you would like to accomplish in your Church, group meetings, home and at your place of work. Desire spiritual promotion! When you are busy with God’s work and His Word you will not have time for lesser things and because your mind is occupied with God, He will
make your life worth living. Desire spiritual gifts and spiritual results. He says, “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6).

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PEOPLE WHO AVOID FAILURE INEVITABLY AVOID SUCCESS

PEOPLE WHO AVOID FAILURE INEVITABLY AVOID SUCCESS

History tells us that while attempting to invent the incandescence light bulb, Thomas Edison, the world famous American Inventor, failed 10,000 times.

After 5,000 failed experiments, his laboratory attendant said to him; “Mr. Edison, we have failed 5,000 times, shouldn’t we stop?” Mr. Edison replied; “Son, we have not failed 5,000 times, we have only discovered 5,000 ways in which it cannot work. We are closer to the solution now than when we started.”

Success is the achievement of predetermined goals. But how do you respond when things do not go the way you planned? Do you feel discouraged and depressed? Does it make you want to quit? Everybody wants to succeed, no one wants to fail. However, our knowledge of success cannot be complete without knowing how to handle failure.

Successful people see failure as a stepping stone, not a stumbling block. They have the right attitude that failure will neither be fatal nor final. They refer to their failure as “learning experiences” or “temporary setbacks”.

On the other hand, unsuccessful people are usually those who are so afraid of failure and rejection that they spend their lives avoiding the risks that could result in failure. They do not realize that those who avoid failure inevitably avoid success.

Don’t be afraid to fail. Success will not come without you taking a risk.

Don’t let what you have done label you negatively. That you failed an interview, an examination or a sales pitch does not make you a failure. Who you are is different from what you have done.

Don’t say to yourself; “I am a failure” just because things did not work out right. If you do that, you have internalized your failure. If you allow failure to get into your heart, it will follow you everywhere.

A key thing to note is that failure is usually a sign that you need to change something. If things are not working, something is out of place.

Be willing to make adjustments prayerfully. Just a small change can result in an outstanding breakthrough.

Always remember that failure is not peculiar to you. Most successful people can write volumes on how not to succeed. They have tried many things that did not work. However, the world has not recognized them for the many ventures in which they failed. No. They have been recognized for the few areas in which they have achieved outstanding success.

Dear friend, as you travel on the road to success, you will have challenges. If you get knocked down, are you going to give up and stay down, wallowing in your defeat? Or are you going to get back on your feet as quickly as you can? You can use failure as a springboard to success.

Sam Adeyemi.

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THE HOLY ALPHABET

This is Beautiful…

Whoever came up with this one must have been filled with the Holy Spirit!

A lthough things are not perfect,
B ecause of trial or pain,
C ontinue in thanksgiving
D on’t even think of whom to blame
E ven when the times are hard,
F ierce winds are bound to blow,
G od is forever able
H old on to Jesus .
I magine life without His love,
J oy would cease to be,
K eep thanking Him for all the things
L ove imparts you to see.
M ove out of Complaining,
N o weapon that is known
O n earth can yield the power
P raise can do alone.
Q uit worrying about the future,
R edeem the time at hand,
S tart every day with prayer
T o ‘thank’ is God’s command.
U ntil we see Him coming,
V ictorious in the sky,
W e’ll run the race with gratitude,
X alting the Most High God.
Y es, there’ll be good times and yes some will be bad, but…
Z ion awaits in glory…where no one is ever sad!

Love and peace be with you forever, Amen.

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DON’T LOSE YOUR PASSION FOR GOD!

‘LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART.’ DEUTERONOMY 6:5 NIV

There’s an interesting sequence of events leading up to Peter’s denial of Christ. First, Jesus warned Peter that he was a target: ‘"Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren"’ (Luke 22:31-32). Next we read that when the authorities came to arrest Christ, Peter ‘followed afar off'(Luke 22:54). Notice, Peter had grown distant from Christ. Then the man who swore he’d die for Jesus denied Him. At that point the rooster crowed, Peter remember his promise to Jesus, and ‘went out, and wept bitterly'(Luke 22:55-62).
Observe how it works: a) You’re unprepared for the enemy’s attack when it comes
b) You allow work and family pressures to cause you to forget that your first commitment must always be to God
c) You end up spiritually defeated. You say, ‘That will never happen to me.’ That’s what Peter said! The reason ‘"Satan hath desired to have you",’ is because he knows that when you become passionate about God’s purposes, you are unstoppable. Indeed, the very desire that’s burning within you right now is the fuel that enables you to withstand his attacks.
There’s a reason the crucifixion has been referred to as ‘The passion.’ The Bible says of Christ: ‘Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God’s (Hebrews 12:2). Even as He was dying, Jesus was ministering to others. That’s passion! So the word for you today is, ‘Don’t lose your passion for God.’

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