The General Overseer of The Gospel Faith Mission International, Pastor (Dr.) Elijah Oludele Abina has called on GOFAMINT members to always put their plans on paper in order to avoid distraction.
He made the call while unveiling a book containing his biography as written by Pastor Femi Omowunmi. Pastor Abina who explained that he had earlier conceived the idea of writing a book about himself, while explaining this, he eventually noted that the records that he has been keeping for the past 43 years (He started writing it on Monday, 19th October, 1979 around 3:15pm) was the one he handed over personally to Pastor Omowunmi and this records helped him (Pastor Omowunmi) in putting up the auto-biography.
The 157 paged book which contains the life history of the General Overseer, was appraised by GOFAMINT members and ministers from within and without the convention. Heritage Broadcasting Network however observed with keen interest as the book appraisal turned into a book launch. Investigations revealed that over two million naira (N2,000,000) was raised from the book presentation turned book launch.
Evangelist M.O. Salako
In the evening session of the fifth day of the on-going convention, the first preacher was the Assistant General Evangelist, Evangelist M.O. Salako. The well celebrated preacher preached on the topic: Make Jesus the First in Your Life and he used bible passages from the books of 2Cor.15:2, Matt.10:37-39 and Genesis 22:1-14.
The Evangelist admonished the congregation should make Christ the first priority in their life. He emphasised that Christ should be our main focus and that in following Christ, the totality of one’s life is required. In his message, he correlated the life of Isaac with that of Jesus.
He hammered on the life of Isaac who was a priority in the life of his parents was to be sacrificed as an offering to God in total submission and total obedience. He (Isaac) was led silently to the slaughter slab and he never struggled neither did he disobey; this also is similar to the situation of our Lord Jesus Christ. God gave us His all when He gave us His son Jesus Christ.
He ended his message with a charge urging the congregation to live a committed life to Christ.
Pastor (Dr.) E.O. Abina
It is important for all Christians who are heaven-bound and also want to enjoy serving God to acquaint themselves with the word of God and His promises. The air pilot cannot reach his destination without the help of the compass. So is the Christian who is making his/her journey to heaven. The word of God is not what a child of God should part with nor even in a day. As we need our daily food for physical strength, we need the word of God for our spiritual strength. The promises of God are the anchor of our soul. We must be familiar with them. They are not just in the Bible for fun. They have their purpose for us in our Christian life. May we be blessed through the study.
The Word of God And The Need Of It
The written and spoken word of God become necessary as a result of man’s rebellious act of disobedience to God which led to sin and consequently to his separation from God His creator. If Adam and Eve had kept their original relationship with God, we probably might not need the word of God documented to human beings and if there would be any need at all, it might not have been the form in which we have it today, in the sense that certain of its contents may not be needed. But because God wants to continue with man whom He made in His image and likeness, a book that contains His will and plans for man is necessary in order to sustain a continuous relationship with man.
The name or the word ‘Bible’ is derived from the Greek word ‘biblos’, which means ‘book’. The word of God in the Old Testament time was not in the compact form which we have it today. It was written in scrolls which should be carried, not as portable as we have it today. Both the Old and New Testaments were not written with chapters and verses as we have them today. People of God, filled with the Holy Spirit and wisdom arranged it in chapters and verses for easy reference and study. We owe them appreciation for the job well done. It took probably years to make it the present form. Bible, the word of God contains many treasures that people of God need to get acquainted with God, His will and His promises.
Some Names of God’s Word
The Bible has several names by which all refer to the same word of God. We may need to know some of them:
Ø It is called the Book of the Law. Joshua 1:8; Neh. 8:
This Book of the law shall not depart from your mouth but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then, you will make your way prosperous and then you will have good success
Ø In the Bible, the mind of the awesome God is revealed and if Joshua would incline his mind to it, he would succeed in the seemingly impossible task before him. We all need that.
Ø It is called The Holy Scriptures. John 5:39: “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me”. It is the Holy Scriptures because the Author is holy. The contents are also holy, those who study and adhere to its teachings will be holy as well. You need to study it to be holy too.
Ø It is called The Word of Life. Phil. 2:16: “..holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain”. It is the word of life because the life of God is in it and it has life transforming power for those who will study and obey it. You too can be one of them to experience its usefulness and value: “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit and they are life.
It’s Description (Ps. 19)
Psalm 19 has a good number of descriptions for the word of God:
Ø It describes it as ‘Perfect’ converting the soul. It converts the soul of sinners who will read it, digest it and apply it.
Ø It also describes it as ‘Pure’ enlightening the eyes. You cannot read the word of God and still remain in ignorance. It will open your eyes to the things that are good that you may differentiate between good and bad.
Ø It is Effectual (Isa. 55:10,11): “For as the rain comes down and the snow from heaven and do not return there but water the earth and make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower And bread to the eater, So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void but it shall accomplish what I please and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it”. This is the more reason why we should take the word of God more seriously. It should be noted that the word of God has both immediate and cumulative effects. Whatever the awesome God says, His word will do, it will certainly do it. God said to Jeremiah: “…I am ready to perform My word” (Jer. 1:12b). God will never let His word go without accomplishing His desired will. Take note of that. “God is not a man, that He should lie nor a son of man, that He should repent” (Num. 23:19a). He does what He says in His word.
- It is Enduring (I Pet 1:24,25): “…because All flesh is as grass and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers and its flower falls away but the word of the LORD endures forever.” The word had been written for some thousands of years now, yet, it still continues and will continue forever. The awesome God lives forever, His word lives forever and the people of God who are born again by the word will eventually live forever: “Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven” (Ps. 119:89).
Some Comparisons of the Word of God
The word of God is compared with some elements we see day to day in order for us to remember its usefulness for our spiritual life.
Ø Lamp (Ps 119:105): “Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path” You need a lamp to walk in the darkness, so also a child of God needs the word of God as a spiritual lamp that will enable him walk in this world of darkness without stumbling. There are many things in this world that can make Christians stumble but as long as we walk by the word, we will not stumble. It is a light to our path, that we might not miss the way of righteousness.
Ø Fire (Jer. 5:14): Therefore thus says the LORD God of hosts: “Because you speak this word, behold, I will make My words in your mouth fire and this people wood and it shall devour them”. In essence, the word of God works like fire, both to those who take it seriously and those who hold it with levity. To the former, it gives good result, to the latter, it gives a negative consequence because of their attitude to it. Unbelievers don’t want to listen to the word of God in that they will consider it as a curse to them when it hit their evil ways of life. For us believers, the word sometimes burns in our heart which of course, is a good sign. Like those two disciples on Emmaus road, who after the Lord Jesus spoke to them in one of His post-resurrection appearances said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” Next time you hear, read or study the word of God, do it with an open mind and you will see the result. When it burns in you, please do the right thing.
Ø Seed (Luke 8:11): “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God”. Because the word is seed, it has to be sown that is the reason why we should preach it. When we preach it, we sow it and when we sow it, it will germinate, grow and bring forth fruit. It cannot die, it is a living seed which will never die, it can be trampled but it will never die, it is the seed that cannot die. Sometimes, when we sow it we don’t see the immediate effect but that does not mean that it dies. It will someday germinate.
Ø Sword (Eph. 6:17): “And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God”. Actually, the word of God is like a sword that pierces the heart (Heb. 4:12). In fact, Heb. 4:12 says it is sharper than a “two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit and of joints and marrow and it is the discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart”. As a two-edged sword, it cuts both its speaker and the hearers, it is the discerner of man’s heart.
Ø Mirror (James 1:23-25): “For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does”. There are a lot of lessons for us to learn from this passage that is so familiar to us. It teaches that:
Ø We should not be a forgetful hearer of the word.
Ø We should not be hearers only and fail to be doer, we are to be doers of the word.
Ø If we are doers, we shall surely be blessed, it is the doers that will be blessed.
Ø As a mirror, we should carry it along with us wherever we go as some women go out with a small mirror in their bags in order to check their face and physical outlook to correct and remove anything that uglifies so as to maintain the beauty. This is a good practice, never travel a day from your home without taking the Bible, the word of God with you and read it as you travel. Use it also to witness as you travel.
Some of What the Word of God Can Do
Ø Healing (Ps. 107:20): “He sent His word and healed them and delivered them from their destructions”. The word of God is able to heal and has healed many people. It is written in the word of God that “He (Jesus) was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him and by His stripes we are healed”. Some believers have taken the advantage of this particular passage and were healed from their sicknesses. The Bible even confirms that: “…He (Jesus) Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses”. That means the sickness on your body had been carried by Jesus on the cross. You can by faith claim that what Jesus carried two thousand years ago should no longer have a place in your body now. In one of Paul’s missionary journeys, when he came to Lystra there was a man who was cripple from his mother’s womb, who had never walked, heard Paul preaching the word of God and Paul observed that the man had faith to be healed, Paul said with a loud voice, “Stand up straight on your feet!. And he leaped and walked” (compare Acts 14:8-10). The same thing can happen today if you have faith in the word for your healing.
Ø Liberty (John 8:32): “And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free” The word of God is truth and it is God’s agency of freedom. It makes us free from the bondage of sin and religious rituals which are not relevant to us Christians (compare Col. 2:20-23). Make sure you receive your freedom from the authority of the word of God. God’s word is truth (John 17:17).
Ø Faith (Rom. 10:17): “So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God”. The word of God is the agency that produces faith in the heart of a good hearer. Sometimes, we pray that God should increase or give us faith, I think the best thing for one to do when one wants to increase one’s faith is to give more time for the reading, studying and meditating on the word of God, if you continue like that , you will find that your faith will increase. You can try this and see the result. It is not so much a matter of prayer. Where you need prayer in this matter is when you read the word like the psalmist, you pray: “Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from your law” (Ps. 119:18). The word of God, the Bible, is our gold mine where we may dig like gold miners and discover many wondrous and precious treasures that money cannot buy.
Ø Wisdom (Ps. 19:7b): “The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple” You cannot be a student of the word of God and remain ignorant. The author is the source of all good wisdom. James wrote: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God who gives liberally and without reproach and it will be given to him” This is a good advice for you. Ask for God’s wisdom in your ministry, business, job, career, leadership position, education and so on. You can be sure to get results. In the apostle Paul’s writing to Timothy, he commended him (Timothy) thus: “…and from childhood, you have known the Holy Scriptures which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus”. We don’t read the word of God for the fun of it. The young Timothy gave himself to the study of the word of God that gave him the wisdom to be saved. No wonder that when Timothy inclined his heart to the teaching of the Holy Scriptures, he became a servant of God whom the apostle Paul rated as a young man of “like mind” who cared for the affairs of the people of God, the Church (Phil. 2:19-23). He become the bishop of the Church at Ephesus. Our youth may borrow a leaf from this.
Ø Illumination (Ps. 119:130): “The entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple”. God’s word sheds light into the heart of a serious reader and student of the word. It gives real illumination and offers meanings to its readers. It dispels the darkness in the heart and replaces it with divine illumination. If you need understanding, just consult the word of God and you will be satisfied, you will get what you need. Try it and see it.
Ø Joy (Jer. 15:16): “Your words were found and I ate them and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; For I am called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts”. The study and reading of the word of God should be the joy of every serious and heaven-bound Child of God. Whenever the hearing and study of the word of God becomes a burden to you, you need to check yourself, something is wrong with your spiritual life. The immediate solution to such situation is prayer and also the word coupled with your attendance at Church meetings. The word of God is not meant to make us sad. If at times it does, the outcome will be joy to the one who actually turns the right attitude to it. Check yourself, does hearing and reading the word of God bring joy or sorrow to my heart? Your sincere answer to the question will determine your next action to rectify or sustain the apparent condition.
- Regeneration (James 1:18): “Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of His creatures”. The word of God has the power of regeneration. No one can be born again without the word of God. The apostle Peter wrote: “having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever” (I Pet. 1:23). If you have not experienced being born again try the word of God, I assure you, you will see the difference.
What Should be the Believers Attitude to the Word of God?
Before we go into details of our attitude to the word of God, let us remind ourselves that our Statement of Purpose indicates GOFAMINT’s attitude to the word of God in that three times the phrase ‘word of God’ appears there thus: Preach the word of God, Teach the word of God, Live the word of God: Nothing could be clearer than this. Every child of God should develop the right attitude to the word of God in order to benefit from it and grow. The followings should be the believer’s attitude to the word of God:
Ø Delight In The Word (Ps. 119:16): “I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word”. Two things come out from this verse:
(a) to delight in the word of God: When a believer delights in the word of God, his studies and meditates in it day and night as in Ps. 1:2. And the result is that such believer “shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatsoever he does shall prosper”.
(b) not to forget: what you don’t forget, you remember and what you remember you do and doing it you are blessed (see James 1:25).
Ø Trembling (Isa. 66:2): “For all those things My hand has made and all those things exist,” Says the LORD. “But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit and who trembles at My word”. Believers should reverence God and the word of God as they reverence God Himself, perhaps one of the reasons why some believers are not blessed through the word is their negative attitude to the word. People who do not have respect for God’s word do not have respect for God Himself and they cannot prosper with that kind of attitude. The hearers of Peter’s sermon on the day of Pentecost and those that were blessed; were those who were cut to the heart (Acts 2:37a). Do not take the word of God lightly; the owner of the word is awesome.
Ø Search (Acts 17:11): “These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so”. We often refer to these Berean’s attitude to the word of God, the reference is not as important as to cultivate their attitude. Two things are good here in this verse:
(a) They received the word with all readiness, we should be ready to receive it and check whether it is being preached or taught from the word of God.
(b) We should make a personal research into the word after hearing it.
There are several false teachers in our contemporary world. You don’t have to dump your sermon note somewhere until another Sunday when you will pick it. No, you need to go through it during the week to verify the authenticity and accuracy of what you heard. That was what the Bearan’s did and why they were commended better than the Thessalonians who met the speakers with opposition and persecution.
Ø Learning (Rom. 15:4): “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope”. A true child of God should belong to a Bible-believing Church as GOFAMINT where he or she will learn the word, grow by it and become a blessing to himself and others. You need to give yourself to the studying and learning of the word, I Tim. 4:15: “Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all”.
What The Word Does in a Believers Life
We cannot exhaust all of these because of our limited space but these few can help us in our Christian life:
Ø Restraint (Ps. 119:11): “Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You!” It was the hidden word in the heart of Joseph that restricted him from having illicit sexual affair with Portiphar’s wife (Gen. 39:9). Remember this saying by somebody: “This Book (the Bible) will keep me from sin or sin will keep me away from the book (Bible)”. Take note of that. Don’t let the word go, hide it in your heart.
Ø Guide (Ps. 119:133): “Direct my steps by Your word and let no iniquity have dominion over me”. In every area of our life, we should allow the word of God to direct us, in our job, business, marriage, trade, studies and every area of life’s endeavors, the word of God can direct us, when we look keenly into it.
Ø Standard of Conduct (Titus 2:4,5): “…that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed”. Believer’s negative attitude to the word of God makes unbelievers blaspheme God and His word. Conversely, believer’s positive attitude to the word makes unbelievers glorify God. Whether young or old, we should allow the word of God to be the standard of our Christian life (read also verses 6-14). We can still go on and on but what we have now is enough to bless us and make us grow. The word of God is able to provide every good thing you want to become in life.
Some Moral Lessons From This Study
1. We should not part with the word of God, it is very precious for us as children of God.
2. We can only know the will of God through the study of His word (John 7:17).
3. God communicates with us through the word of God, the Bible.
4. People of God filled with the Holy Spirit took pains to arrange the word of God (without tampering with the contents) in Books, Chapters and Verses for easy reference and study as we have it today. We should appreciate them though they have gone to be with the Lord.
5. Both the written and spoken words of God are essentials to our growth and blessings.
6. The studying or learning of the word of God is not an option for every child of God who would grow and make heaven.
7. The word of God has different names by which it is identified in the Bible but it is the same word.
8. The word of God contains both immediate and cumulative effects in the life of a serious hearer.
9. Because the word of God is a seed, we should be serious to sow it on daily basis; it will soon germinate and bear fruit.
10. As our gold mine, the word of God contains every good thing we want to become in life; you only need to dig into it. The deeper you dig, the greater your blessings and discovery. But you need faith to get the good results.
11. Read the word of God to get real wisdom and understanding.
12. On the Day of Judgment, the word of God will stand in favor of its doers and against those who neglect or object to it and are not its doers (Rev. 20:12).
Write in few words, your personal comments on this study and what is new to you in all the explanations: …..……………………………………………………………………
On the fifth day of the convention, during the morning section, Pastor J. J. Udofah talked about a very important discovery titled ‘’you need faith to do the impossible’’. He started by discussing what faith really means, that according to Hebrews 11:1 faith is the substance of things hope for, the evidence of things not seen; in other words faith is been sure of what we hope for and been certain of what we have not seen. He later went further and explains why we need faith to do the impossible, that it quickens us as a believer for signs and wonders, it helps us to depend on God totally and it enables us to grow spiritually. When you depend of God totally, you will be save and sure and by the time you leave this convention, you won’t be running around looking for signs and wonders because you yourself will be carriers of signs and wonders.
Furthermore, he talked about the two types of faith
- The mental faith: this kind of faith is also known as the passive faith, people that has this kind of faith believe God can heal but never put it into practice, they know God can do signs and wonders but they never put it into practice, they know surely that serving God bring good rewards but they never surrender themselves to Christ, as a matter of fact, they are even preaching faith but never put it into practice.
- The active faith: people that has this kind of faith believe strongly that all what is written inside the bible is true, thereby searching for new things in the bible and implementing them, the man who has active faith is not afraid because he believes has every trial of faith will lead him to a higher level of faith.
Conclusively, he said even though some people has faith but still their faith doesn’t work for them, so he went ahead and highlighted some things that hinders Christians in faith: false doctrine, unbelief and doubt, fear and carnality. And he said our church will become solution centres if we have active faith because active faith parted the red sea, it break down the wall of Jericho and it helped David to kill goliath.
|God is to be praised for all He is for His people. The pagan gods can do nothing for their worshippers; they are being fed and carried by their worshippers. Our God is a living and powerful God who has more than enough to share to His own people. He is not selfish. He is generous, He is loving, He is merciful. He cares for His own more than any of our earthly parents could do no matter how rich and loving they are. His power is unlimited. Our study under the above topic will take us to some of these important things.|
The Uniqueness of The Awesome God: God is Omnipotent, Omnipresent and Omniscient.
God Is Omnipotent: That is God has all power, He is the only, all-powerful God. His acts in history show He is the only all-powerful God. All power belongs to Him. He is the Chief Executive of the whole heaven and earth. He cannot be conquered. He cannot be captured, He cannot be overthrown.
Ø The Psalmist’s testimony: God has spoken once, twice I have heard this, that power belongs to God (Ps 62:11). No human being has absolute power, only God has it. Because God has absolute power:
– He can do all He wishes to do, nobody can query Him.
– But He does not abuse the use of His power. When He removed Saul as King and replaced him with David, nobody could oppose Him.
– There is nothing too hard for Him. Jeremiah 32:17 says:
“Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You”. This was Jeremiah’s testimony about God’s omnipotence. He has power on all the creation. Every human power must submit to Him.
– God Himself testified to His Omnipotence: “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?”(Jer. 32:27). The answer is no, there is nothing good or hard that He cannot do.
– His Omnipotence effected Sarah’s child birth when it was passed the age of reproduction. At ninety, Sarah became the mother of Isaac.
– The power of the awesome and omnipotent God will turn our barren sisters to nursing mothers in Jesus name.
– Sarah exclaimed: “…God has made me laugh and all who hear will laugh with me” (Gen. 21:6).
– The sorrow of the barren among us will turn to laughter and joy in the power of the awesome and omnipotent God.
With God, nothing shall be impossible (Lk. 1:37). This was the angel Gabriel’s response to Virgin Mary when he brought the message of God’s favor to her, that as a virgin, she would conceive and bring forth God’s Son without sexual relationship with any man.
– The awesome and omnipotent God will do the impossible in your life in Jesus name.
– Your dry bone will come alive in Jesus name.
Some of us may want to ask, when did the Holy Spirit come to Mary to bring about the conception which the angel Gabriel announced (Lk. 1:35). Though, the Bible does not state when, this happened but we can assume that the thing happened immediately when Mary responded by faith and said: “…Behold the maidservant of the Lord, Let it be to me according to your word” (verse 38). Angel Gabriel said it, Mary believed it and that settled the whole thing. On the visit of Mary to Elizabeth, she (Elizabeth) being filled with the Holy Spirit said,: “Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfilment of those things which were told her from the Lord” (Luke 1:45).
Ø Whenever you believe the spoken or written word of God, your problems will be solved in Jesus name. We can still go on and on studying the acts of God’s omnipotence, only believe, “all things are possible for those who believe”.
God Is Omnipresent: He is present everywhere, anywhere, anytime. Unlike the pagan gods that remain where they are positioned, the awesome God is everywhere. He is not limited to a particular place.
When the Samaritan woman told Jesus that they were to worship in a particular mountain and the Jews said it was in Jerusalem alone that people should worship God. The Lord replied her that the time was coming when not on the mountain or Jerusalem alone that true worshippers should worship God (John 4:20-24). Because God is omnipresent:
Ø He is everywhere in the world, not in Jerusalem alone.
Ø We can pray to Him anywhere, Jonah prayed in the belly of a big fish.
Ø We can praise Him anywhere.
Ø There is no way we can escape from Him (Ps. 139:1-12).
From this passage, we have the understanding:
– That the presence of the awesome God is everywhere
– That there is no where we can go from His presence
– That if even we go to the sky or heaven, God is there
– That if we go deep into the earth God is there.
– If you go into the darkest place on earth, you will get Him there because both the darkness and the light are alike to Him – Wonderful
– No way of escape for a sinner and the liar. God is everywhere.
– Wherever we travel to God is there if it is not a place of sinful attraction where we cannot guarantee God’s protection and abiding presence.
God Is Omniscient: The awesome God is all-knowing God. Ps. 139:1-6:
O LORD, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue but behold, O LORD, You know it altogether. You have hedged me behind and before and laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it.
Every child of God should understand the God we serve. Unfortunately, some so-called children of God take Him with levity, thinking that God is like their forefathers’ fetish gods. Some believers are like Achan who thought all was well when (through covetousness) he took the accursed thing and hid it in his tent. But God who knows everything fetched him out, eventually he and his household paid dearly for the sin. The subject of God’s omniscience teaches us:
– That God knows everything including our thoughts (Compare Mark 2:5-12).
– That denial of any fact of a case does not free us from
– That we don’t have to tell lies in witnessing or confession
– That our acts and deeds cannot be concealed from Him.
– That God also knows the troubles we are passing through.
– That He is with us even in our times of trouble, “A present help in trouble” (Ps. 46:1).
– That denying His omniscience could put us in danger – that was what happened to Achan. The sin of the head of a family can destroy the whole family (see Joshua 7:18-26). Our God knows all things, fear Him. The awesome God is the only Being who is Omnipotent, Omnipresent and Omniscient. No one else among human, lords and pagan gods. He is God and Lord of all.
His Care And Concern For His Own People
The history of God’s care for human beings can be traced back to the time of the creation:
Ø God had created all that man would ever need before He created man in His own image and likeness as recorded in Gen. 1.
Ø After the creation of man and woman, He placed them in the garden of Eden, a place of bliss and pleasure in other words it was a paradise (Gen. 2:15,16)
Ø There was nothing that man lacked at the original creation.
- It also appeared that God used to visit man in the cool of the day (Gen. 3:8) All these show that God cares for human beings like no one else could do.
God’s Care And Concern On Israel The Chosen Nation
The care of the awesome God for His own people can be reflected in the history of Israel’s slavery in Egypt and their subsequent deliverance from the Egyptian captivity.
Israel’s Slavery Foretold (Gen. 15:13-16)
Then He said to Abram: “Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs and will serve them and they will afflict them four hundred years. And also the nation whom they serve I will judge; afterward, they shall come out with great possessions. Now as for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried at a good old age. But in the fourth generation, they shall return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.
From the passage above, there are certain things for us to learn:
Ø The awesome God is an all-knowing God as we previously learned.
Ø There is nothing that would happen to God’s people if he does not allow it.
Ø God is a good planner, in all of His works and actions.
Ø He will not tempt us more than we are able to bear (I Cor. 10:13).
Ø Our awesome God will make way of escape for us in all our problems (I Cor. 10:13).
Ø God normally gives grace of repentance to sinners but if they do not repent, He will judge them. Compare Gen 15:16b:
…for the wickedness of the Amorite nations living here now will not be ready for punishment until then” (TLB). “And they will fall by the edge of the sword and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled (Lk. 21:24).
Ø God determines when His own people will leave the world (Gen. 15:15).
Ø God knows when our problems shall be over.
The Deliverance Of Israel By The Awesome God (Exd. 3)
Abraham had died but God was still alive to fulfill His promise. He called Moses to deliver His people. Moses found himself unworthy but God promised to be with him. He encouraged Moses and backed him up. When Pharaoh was stubborn, God struck Egypt with ten plaques. God can go to any length when it is time for Him to fight for His own people. Our enemies are not a force for Him to be reckoned with. Let us see how the plaques happened one by one:
The Ten Plagues
Ø First Plague: Turning the waters in Egypt (including River Nile, I guess) into blood (Exd. 7:14-25). Pharaoh did not yield. His magicians’ performance encouraged him to harden his heart (verses 22,23).
Ø Second Plague: Frogs (Exd. 8:1-15). Frogs covered the whole land of Egypt. Pharaoh asked Moses to call to the Lord for him to remove the frogs, Moses did so, God heard but Pharaoh did not yield. He was a stubborn guy.
Ø Third Plague: Lice (Exd 8:16-19). Lice are very cruel, tiny insects in the hair and clothes. All these covered the land of Egypt as ordered by God through Moses. At this point, the magicians confessed to Pharaoh saying: “This is the finger of God” (verse 19). Yet, Pharaoh did not allow the people to go.
Ø Your enemies who trouble you will see the finger of God and be afraid of you in Jesus name.
Ø Fourth Plague: Flies (Exd. 8:20-32). Yet, Pharaoh would not allow the people to go finally he was proposing a comprise with Moses (verse 25) but Moses refused. So Pharaoh continued to harden his heart (verse 32).
Ø Fifth Plague: Disease On Beasts (Exd. 9:1-7). All the cattle of the Egyptians died but none of the cattle that belonged to Israel died (verses 6,7). Yet, the heart of Pharaoh was still hard, he would not allow the people to go.
Ø No destroyer shall destroy your possession in Jesus name.
Ø Sixth Plague: Boils On Men And Beasts (Exd. 9:8-12). The magicians could not stand before Moses because the boils were on the magicians also (verse 11). Yet, Pharaoh would not yield (verse 12).
Ø Seventh Plague: Hail (Exd. 9:13-35). Pharaoh told Moses to beg God for him. He said it is enough but he did not surrender (verses 27-28,35). Notice that there was no hail in Goshen where the children of Israel were (verse 26). Praise the Lord.
Ø Eight Plague: Locusts (Exd. 10:1-20). We all know that locusts are destructive insects. They can cause famine in a country if they shift their attention to a country. There were locusts in the whole land of Egypt. At this point, Pharaoh’s servants pleaded with Pharaoh to let the people go (verse 7). But Pharaoh still hardened his heart (verse 20).
Ø Ninth Plague: Darkness (Exd. 10:21-29). There was thick darkness throughout the land of Egypt for bad three days (verse 22,23). At this juncture, Pharaoh would allow Israel to go but they should leave their cattle behind (verse 24). Moses refused this comprise because they would use their cattle for sacrifice to the Lord (verse 26). Then, Pharaoh still hardened his heart (verse 27). We must learn a lesson from this.NOTICE: Verses 28,29 explain the exchange of words between Moses and Pharaoh. It was an unconscious prophecy, which came to pass at the end of the whole event.
Ø Tenth Plague: Death of Firstborn Announced (Exd. 11).
Death of Firstborn throughout Egypt (Exd. 12:29-33). There was great weeping and lamentation throughout the land of Egypt from the palace of Pharaoh to every house in Egypt. Then, Pharaoh forcibly released the people to go with all their cattle and children all of them. No firstborn died among the children of Israel.
Ø None of our family members will be involved in any calamity in Jesus mighty name.
Prophecy of Promise Fulfilled
God had told Abraham that by the time his descendants shall be released from the land of their captivity, they would leave with many possessions (Gen. 15:14). Now by the time they were leaving, it was with great possessions belonging to the Egyptians (Exd. 12:35,36).
Ø God’s good promise for your life shall materialize in Jesus name. Thus, the children of Israel left the land of Egypt. God fulfilled His promise. But Pharaoh was still obstinate. He planned to chase the Israelites. At the Red Sea, the children of Israel were afraid because Pharaoh and the Egyptians were chasing them and they were on this side of the Sea how would they cross now. The Red Sea was in front of them, Pharaoh and his army were coming behind. The Children of Israel were afraid but God was not, He was equal to the task. Moses called to the Lord and God encouraged Moses: “Moses said to the people, do not be afraid. Standstill and see the salvation of the LORD which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today you shall see again no more forever” (Exd. 14:13).
Ø You will not see your enemies that are coming behind you as from today in Jesus name. The LORD will fight for you in Jesus name.
Israel Crossed Over The Red Sea (Exd. 14:14-22)
The power of the awesome God dried the Red Sea and there was a super highway for Israel to pass and cross over.
Ø You will cross over your symbolic Red Sea in Jesus name.
The Egyptians followed Israel and perished in the Red Sea (Exd. 14:23-28). It was God Himself who fought the battle on behalf of His people. Pharaoh was tough but God was tougher, no one can withstand Him.
Israel Sang a Victory Song, Called the Song of Moses
Ø You will sing the song of victory over your battle in Jesus name. No human being could do what God did for the children of Israel. Having brought them out of Egypt and having crossed the Red Sea was just the beginning of the long journey, yet God did not leave them in their desert journey.
God’s Care For Israel In their Desert Journey
The children of Israel faced many challenges in their desert journey to the Promised Land but God was equal to the all challenges. We as Christians will also face challenges in our journey to the kingdom of heaven. We believe that God who undertook for the children of Israel will do the same thing for us, because we are His peculiar and special people in the world today according to 1 Pet. 2:9,10.
Let us itemize some of the challenges the children of Israel encountered in their desert journey as follow: Though the children of Israel appeared so ungrateful to God and Moses their leader yet, God was merciful to them but many of them died in the journey because of their unbelief and rebellion.
First challenge: Thirst (Exd. 15:22-27). At Marah, the water there was bitter but God through Moses sweetened the water and it was drinkable.
Ø God will turn your bitterness to sweetness in Jesus name
Ø Jehovah – Ropheka will heal your sickness in Jesus name.
Second Challenge: (Exd. 16) Hunger. In the wilderness of Sin, they complained of not having food. Moses cried to God and He fed them, they even had more than they needed.
Ø The awesome God will feed the hungry among us in Jesus name.
Third Challenge: Thirst Again (Exd. 17:1-7). At Massah, they were thirsty and God brought out water for them from the rock (verse 6).
God is able to meet our need anywhere any time, we only need to trust and obey Him.
Ø God will quench your thiCrst in Jesus name.
Another Challenge: Amalek waged war against Israel in Rephidim (Exd. 17:8-16). Through the power of God, Israel defeated Amalek who would not let Israel go to the Promised Land.
Ø God will defeat your symbolic Amalek in Jesus name.
In Exd. 17:11-13, What Joshua and Hur did here is a lesson for us on how we should be of help to our leaders in all their Church undertakings, considering that they are human being like us and we are all stakeholders. In short, with all the challenges, God took the children of Israel to the Promised Land according to His promise but many of the adults who left Egypt could not get to Promised Land because of their rebellion and unbelief, however, God took care of them throughout the forty years journey.
They ate Manna, the food which was prepared by no human being. They ate quails without setting any trap to catch them. God helped them to conquer all those who impeded their journey. They crossed the river Jordan, the walls of Jericho fell flat before them without using any human power. Balaam who was hired to curse them was blessing them instead: “Behold, I have received a command to bless; He has blessed and I cannot reverse it” (Num. 23:20). From all we have studied, it is clear that God cares and has concern for His own people.
Ø Any ancestral curse on you is turned to blessing in Jesus name.
God’s Care For Christians (Matt. 6:25-34)
In the passage above, the Lord Jesus taught against anxiety because we have a God who cares for us. If God should care for fowls in the air and the small ants on the ground, how much more human beings whom He made in His own image and likeness.
About God’s care for us:
Ø The Lord Jesus taught that we should not worry, worry only kills.
Ø We should pray to God as our Father in heaven (Matt. 6:9-13).
Ø By worry we cannot add three feet to our height.
Ø God feeds the fowls and ants they have no storage facilities, they don’t have refrigerator, yet God feeds them.
Ø The beautiful flowers we admire have no beauty boutique; they do not have manufacturing factories, yet they continue to shine and blossom.
Ø God knows that we need material things they are just additions not the real substance.
Ø What we should put first is the kingdom of God and His righteousness.
Ø Jesus taught that we are more valuable than many sparrows.
Ø He told us that our hairs are all numbered (Matt. 10:30).
Ø Our protection is guaranteed.
Ø We should make our requests known to God through prayer (Phil. 4:6,7).
Indeed, God has care and concern for us Christians, all we need to do is trust and obey Him. We should believe and trust that He is able to do what He promised he would do.
Some Lessons From This Study
1. From the study of the three ‘Omnis’, it is certain that our God has no equal.
2. Because our God has all power, there is nothing that He cannot do on our behalf.
3. We can be sure of God’s presence anywhere we are (if it is not a place to commit sin) so we are sure of His abiding presence.
4. We should not pretend to hide the truth of any matter because the God we serve knows all things.
5. Any hidden sin is an open sin before God, remember Achan (Joshua 7 and read Hebrews 4:13).
6. Because God is all powerful He does and can still do the impossible.
7. There is nothing that happens to us without the fore-knowledge of God.
8. God knows the challenges ahead of us and has already made adequate provision to meet the challenges.
9. God would not judge sinners when their sins are not yet ripe for His severe judgment (compare Gen. 15:16; Luke 21:24).
10. God who delivered Israel from Egyptian captivity is also ready to deliver His people from every kind of slavery.
11. As the children of Israel had challenges in their journey to the Promised Land, so also Christians will have challenges in our journey to heaven.
12. The first thing for us to put first in life is the kingdom of God; God will provide what we need (Matt. 6:32-34).
Write in few words your personal comments on this study and what is new to you in all the explanations: …………………………………….