By Eric Ikhilae

 

 

Why are we here today? What is the reason for this celebration? It is possible for people to celebrate without knowing the reason behind their celebration. For visionary, today is the day of celebration. We are celebrating the goodness of God in the life of the Ogunbayos. Church, please read Hebrews Chapter 6: 13 “For when God made promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no greater, He sware by Himself saying, surely I will bless you. I will multiply you. And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife”.

Pastor Cole with wife Ngozi... both died in the Dana plane crash

God also bound Himself with an oath so that those who received the promise could be perfectly sure that He would never change His mind. He guaranteed it with an oath so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie. We who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us for where this.. and steadfast anchor of the soul. A hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchiezedek.

Prayer: Thank you, Heavenly Father, for in the next few minutes, you will open our hearts of understanding to receive, Lord, that which you have ordained for us from the foundation of the earth. Blessed be your name forever, in Jesus’ mighty name.

Quickly look at the verse 19 of the read text. This confidence is like a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain of heaven into God’s inner sanctuary. The question is, what comes to mind? What do you perceive as the anchor of the soul in the text that we read? Verse 13 explains: “For when God made promise to Abraham since He had no one greater by whom to swear, He swore by Himself” and verse 17:  ”And when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise, to go beyond just making a promise, the unchangeable character of His purpose, He guaranteed it with an oath”.

Now, the scripture that we just read shows clearly to you that God is committed to blessing you because God says I will make a promise and in case the promise is not strong enough to keep you and to convince you, I will go further and back the promise with an oath. Verse 18: “So that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie We who have fled for refuge might have a strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us.” In other words, God knows that in this journey of life, you will face storm, adversities. I remember when I spoke with the Ogunbayos, he said their plan was that by the first five years, everything about child bearing should have been over but it didn’t happen like they thought and so for 15 years they, waited. So, God knows that there would be this period in your life and so God would orchestrate certain things that He would put in place to keep and preserve you while you are waiting for the manifestation of the promise. As I contemplated on this last week and the Spirit of Lord started to speak to me and the Lord said: “Son, why do you think in bringing out Israel out of Egypt, I went through elaborate deliverance process? Why did I have to orchestrate the elaborate deliverance to bring Israel out of Egypt? Why did I have to turn water to blood? Why did I have to command frogs to appear from everywhere? I killed the first born of Egypt.” The question I want you to answer is, did God not know that these nine plagues would not be enough to bring Israel out of Egypt? I say to you that God knew that the tenth plague was the death of the entire first born of Egypt. Did God not know that, that one plague was strong enough, that by killing all the first born in the land of Egypt, that Egypt would let Israel go? Of course, God knew.

Then the question is, why did God have to orchestrate that elaborate process? It was because God wanted to give Israel a backbone. God wanted to show Israel what He was capable of doing. It was not about the frogs and locusts, it was about the people knowing, seeing and perceiving the power of their God because God knew they would go into the desert; they would face adversities, wars and so God wanted them to recollect and know that I that was able to do these great things if you enter into the desert and you face situations and circumstances, I am able to deliver you. Can I hear somebody shout a loud amen?

What then is the use of an anchor? The anchor prevents a ship from drifting away due to the water current or the tide. If you don’t anchor a ship, when the current of the water comes and the tides come, the ship will be moved into the high sea and might eventually be destroyed. But if the anchor is put in place, the anchor also has iron cables and it is this iron cables that are thrown into the depth of the sea and the anchor holds unto the sea bed. The strength of the iron cable is important to ensure that the anchor stays in place. I come to prophesy to someone here all the days and the rest of your life, as you await the promise of God, I come to declare to you, you will hold steady, in the name of Jesus!

Quickly come with me as I round this off. Psalms78. I quickly read from verse 10: “They did not keep God’s covenant but refused to work according to His Laws, they forgot His works and the wonders that He had shown them.” Underline this: “They forgot His works and the wonders that He has shown them in the sight of their fathers, He performed wonders, in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan. For He divided the sea before them and led them through! The water stood up like walls beside them! In the daytime, He led them by a cloud, and at night by a pillar of fire. He split open the rocks in the wilderness to give them plenty of water, as from a gushing spring. He made streams pour from the rock, making the waters flow down like a river! Yet they kept on with their sin, rebelling against the Most High in the desert. They willfully tested God in their hearts, demanding the foods they craved. They even spoke against God himself, saying: ‘God can’t give us food in the desert. Yes, He can strike a rock so water gushes out, but He can’t give His people bread and meat. When the LORD heard them, he was angry. The fire of his wrath burned against Jacob. Yes, His anger rose against Israel, for they did not believe God or trust Him to care for them.”

Read this to verse 40. How often it goes on. They rebelled against Him in the wilderness and grieved Him in the desert. They tested God again and again. They provoked the Holy One of Israel. They did not remember His power. Everything that God did for them was an anchor for them. The miracle that God wrought in Egypt was an anchor for them to hang on so that when the storm of life came, they might have an anchor and say the God that did this for us, He will do another one for us.

So, I want to submit to you visioners, every visitor that is here, every miracle that has  happened is an anchor for you to hold steady. What we are witnessing today, the Ogunbayos celebrating the birth of three children at a go. It is an anchor for you. We have the Bakares in this house, 18 years of marriage and no child, but today, there is a song to testify. We have the Oyewoles in this house, they said there was no womb, that there was no way her belly would carry a child, but she is here today among you and one with two children. What do you think God is doing? It is an anchor for you and I.

Where is Bro and Sister Imoghene with about 10 to 14 years of marriage without a child, but today, they have a beautiful son? It is an anchor for us visioners. Somebody is not hearing what I am saying. Is Mary Jonas anywhere in this service? She was without a child for close to eight years but today, she is a mother of two beautiful twins. Why do you think God is doing all these things? Do you think God is trying to be frivolous? God is not going on an ego trip. He is giving somebody an anchor. Your case may still be there but the God of heaven will answer you. The Bible says that Israel saw all these things but still complained and wondered that can God still provide for them? A God that can kill a whole first born, can’t the God clothe you? God that can break the backbone of the strongest monarch of his time, how can that God not move in your behalf and shut the mouth of the adversaries?

Today, I want to announce to you that what we are celebrating today is not just a celebration, it is an anchor for your soul, that the God that did it for the Ogunbayos and the rest will do it for me. This God is not a man that He should lie, nor a son of man that He should repent. If He has said it, He will do it, if He has promised, He will bring it to pass so that His unchangeable nature will not be moved. Tell somebody by your side, ‘Hold steady, God will come for you; hold steady, your miracle is about to arrive’.

In the next few minutes, we are going to throw a dance party in this house. Don’t open your mouth saying, why has God abandoned you like the Israel did because when the Israel said it, God moved against them and began to break their bones. Don’t complain while the Ogunbayos and other are dancing. Lift up your hands and shout Halleluyah!

Every miracle is not God trying to be frivolous. Every time God performs a miracle, He is trying to give you an anchor- something that can hold you steady, that can keep you from shaking. Something you can look to and say God, if you did it for him or her, my case is not closed. Look at somebody and say,  ‘That your case is not hard’!

 

 

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