BY: VITALIS UGOH, Calabar
As for the Servant of God, Prophet Sunday Obi, the General Overseer of God’s Arena of Liberty outreach, “the early bird catches the worm” and so it will be when the Lord will come, He certainly will drop His blessings to those that came early and walk away.
These attitude of believers and christians are becoming worrisome as there is no end to it.
However, not looking perturbed but rather spiritually focussed, he began to prophesy to them that have come with different challenges and afflictions.
He said that many that are looking for employment will receive their letters of appointments as there will be testimony galore in next weeks’ service.
The theme of the week “I am a destiny child in Christ” looks too technical before the eyes of men, but in the eyes of God it is spiritually simple if only you will know the Word and obey the Word.
Ephesians 1:5-11 says “Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasures of his will. In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will”.
This explains that “God Himself predetermined a succession of events, situations and circumstances that would take place in every aspect of His creation, but more so, in the life of every believer. Destiny includes each one of us and what is meant for us at the end. It includes our posterity as heirs with God and joint heirs with Jesus and heirs of that destiny once it is fulfilled, or perhaps lost, if left unfulfilled”.
Presenting the Word, the daughter of Zion, Pastor Jacinta Innocent says as believers we have a role or part to play in shaping our destiny.
Reading from the Bible in Jer 29:11-12 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end”.
According to her, obedience to God is very important in whatever we do as Christians. You must abide and obey the principles of God. If Jesus did not pay the prize, we would not have been here today.
“A child of destiny must understand the battle of his or her identity. Until you know who you are, you will continue to suffer in pains. You have to engage in God’s warfare before you can overcome”.
She also quoted Ge 26:1 And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar and Ge 26:12 Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him to illustrate further “.
“The second issue about destiny is the battle of identity. Most believers walk in ignorance because before we were born the devil had known our destiny. We must also understand the importance of time and season in our lives. Accepting Christ is not the end of our sorrows. You must be prepared. Your marking time is not wasting time but at God’s appointed time it shall come”.
She admonished believers “to live a righteous and disciplined live at all times. Don’t deceive yourself because you have been delivered. At the appointed time, it shall come to pass. Give your life to Christ as your Lord and Savior. Everything is in the word of God. You must pay the prize. There shall be afflictions, but God will deliver you. His Name is greater than any other name. No problem is bigger than Jesus”.
According to her “believers have also failed because we live in sin. In the journey of destiny, you are alone. There is nothing like my mother, father or friends. You must believe in God. He can settle your needs at any time. Don’t compare your life with that of others. We all have different destines. Never doubt God. Keep trusting God as long as you work in his vineyard because that problem, sorrow or afflictions shall come to pass as He had promised”.
“While waiting for the Lord, keep Him in mind until your season comes to manifestation”.
She gave Bible verses for reference – Deut:28:1-9,Mark 9:23,Isa 55:11, Isa43:26, 1Cor. 2:9 and Habakkuk 2:3 respectively.
Angry in the spirit following what is happening in the country, Prophet Sunday Obi declared that all those involved in the looting of the nations’ treasury should die irrespective of who they are. There’s no more pity for them and their families.
He invited the angels of death to visit them wherever they are and wipe them completely off in the entire system.
Also he prayed against those sponsoring bloodsheds across the country adding “enough is enough” and time has come to end their generation. He prayed “today, as my hand touches the ground, so shall they be buried.
He described a destiny child as someone who is known, but today whether the devil likes it or not your destiny shall be reversed in Jesus Name Amen.
He told the of destiny children in the Bible as recorded in Ge 41:41-42 “And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt and Esther 2:14-17 “Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked”.
“Esther had a destiny and God favoured her. He released the grace of Esther among the congregation and prayed that our destiny should speak for us. We also prayed for invoking and returning of destines”.
Different prayer points were raised against those fighting our destines. Also prayers were offered for those seeking employment as he released the grace of God upon them.
As usual, there was healing, deliverance and aninoting at the service. Testimonies of the glory of God and His mercies were rendered by many.
The heart beat of the Outreach, the Arena Echo international choir was marvelous in their presentations throughout the service.