Pastor Olabisi

Pastor Olabisi

Pastor Olabisi was a mother, Senior Pastor, Evangelist, Prophet,Teacher, Psalmist, Author, Writer, Publisher and a Housing Practitioner.

She set up Encouraged by God as a means of encouraging and strengthening the faith of Christians everywhere.

 

Lived and died in Christ, 06 October 2016, aged 49 years old.

19.03.2015

Every Way Of Man Is Right In His Own Eyes

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"Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord pondereth the hearts."


~Proverbs 21:2


Every man believes his or her chosen truth is in fact the absolute truth. But the truth of the matter is, if everything labeled as truthful in this world are indeed all truthful, then something must be terribly wrong somewhere. The truth liberates and lies binds. The truth saves and completely sets free the spirit man from every bondage of lies. The truth is a good guardian of conscience and soul. The heart can only be pure and genuinely loving if circumcised by the truth. A spirit being embedded in lies will be void of good conscience and, the natural man of such human being will be terribly hypocritical and anti goodness in reality sense. The truth is life. And lies, is death. The truth revealed in the flesh is Christ (John 14:6). The chief liar and spiritual father of lies is none other but Satan (John 8:44). 


The truth is absolute and it is not subjectively fleshy or carnal. The truth is not subject to determination by the religious, scientific, political and traditional beliefs objectives of man but by God who is the determiner of all matters in all realms and dominions.  No right minded human being will rather believe in lies instead of truth. Hence, every man in his own eyes believes his ideology of truth is in fact the wholesome truth. The question however is: What if your ideology of truth is in fact a complete lie? A person who is convinced his or her false idea of truth is the whole truth will certainly not be interested in the real truth. Indeed the number one hindrance a human being has in knowing and embracing Christ as truth is not at all ignorance. But the believe that he or she already have knowledge of the right ideological truth, which in his or her mind is the absolute truth. In order for an unbeliever of Christ to embrace Christ as truth, he or she must first admit that his or her false belief of truth is not actually the truth but a lie. And this is not something any human being can ordinarily do except by grace of God.  Christ as truth is resurrection and life itself. But unless by grace of God, a person realises that he or she is spiritually dead in sin and that Christ as resurrection and life itself is the only Messiah that can deliver from sin and death, he or she cannot see the need for surrendering his or her life to Christ (Acts 4:10-12). 


Christ as Messiah did not come to set up a world religion for man to observe. He came as resurrection and life itself to deliver man from the covenant of death the human race became bound by following the sin and death of the first man Adam (Genesis 3). The wages of sin is death and sin is transgression of God's law (Romans 6:23, 1 John 3:4). God's law is spiritual and fulfilment of it can only be as He has spiritually determined it. As predetermined by God, the only means of overcoming death, which is consequence of sin is  through an atonement sacrifice involving an unblemished lamb. It is only by such atonement sacrifice that death can pass us over and not harm or permanently destroy our souls (Exodus 12). Sin is like a spiritual cancer, which places the soul in danger of permanent death. And as predetermined by God's in His spiritual law of righteousness, without the shedding of blood of an unblemished lamb, sin will continue to grow and not go into remission (Hebrews 9:22-28). Christ as the unblemished Passover Lamb of God came from heaven to earth to be the propitiation for our sins (John 1:29, 1 Peter 1:19, 1 John 4:8-11). He finished the work of our salvation from death on the cross of Calvary as the Passover Lamb and He resurrected from death as the Resurrection and Life itself (John 11:25-26). The wages of sin remains death (Romans 6:23). But through Christ's perfect remission redemption sacrifice, our sin is in remission if we are in Christ who is the remission Lamb of God. And through Christ as resurrection and life itself, we are able to reconcile back to the Holy Spirit of God and avoid the second death, which is a permanent death (Romans 3:19-31, Revelation 20:12-15). 

This, in a nutshell is the Gospel. 


The Gospel is Good News because it is Good News of the absolute truth that through the unblemished atonement blood of Christ Jesus, mankind can be redeemed from sin and death and reconciled with the Holy Spirit of God.  This absolute Good News and truth is of course the one truth that the devil as a chief liar does not want any human being to know about let alone believe in. This truth is of course a spiritual fact of life and not carnal. This truth is not a myth. It is reality. This truth is not a religious idea of man. It is man's only means of coming out of the religious cobweb zone and entering into a sinless eternal life relationship with God. This truth does not sound right to the carnal minded man. But it is in fact righteousness itself. 


The ways of man, which seem right to man is of course entirely carnal and to be carnally minded is death for the soul (Romans 8:1-8). The carnal knowledge of man, which is orchestrated and inspired by the devil for the sake of keeping human souls bound in sin is nothing but poison for the soul. Indeed the carnal knowledge of man seems right in his own eyes because the carnally minded human being who in reality is outside of righteousness of God and blindfolded from seeing the truth by what he sees as knowledge is in fact a dead sprit man walking.  Death itself is a spirit and the spirit of death is Satan (Hebrews 2:14-18). The only way a soul can avoid permanent destruction by death, which is Satan is by submitting and surrendering all to life. Life is Jesus and only through Jesus can a soul overcome death and have eternal life of peace, rest and joy. 


Today, whether or not you agree or disagree you have a choice to make between eternal life and eternal death. Choose Christ as life itself today if you are yet to by inviting Him into your life to come and become your personal LORD and Saviour. He is as truth, the only means of avoiding permanent death in the eternal lake of fire. 


Christ as truth is returning to the world not to be slain on the cross as the Lamb. But to judge the world as the King of kings (Revelation 20:12-15). I pray that by grace of God you will make Christ your personal LORD and Saviour before it is too late and, that through His merciful grace you will become permanently saved and set free from every bondage of satanic lies. Amen.  


John 14:6


"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."


Revelation 1:18


"I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death."


John 8:32


"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."


Lies is none other but Satan who is not just a liar, but the father of lies. 


John 8:44


"Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it."





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06.03.2015

His Ways Are Not Our Ways

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Our faith walk and life process with God is not for us as human beings an easy run. But God knows that already. He knows that as flesh we are weak. He knows that our endurance level is extremely limited. He knows that we can easily become weary and tired. He knows that as natural human beings we often find His supernatural ways hard to articulate. He knows that it is not always easy for us to focus on Him in the midst of our battering storms. He knows all about our ways, nature and weaknesses because He is our God, Creator and Maker. He knows we cannot do anything by ourselves. This is why He came as Man in the Person of Christ to be with us as our Immanuel (Isaiah 7:14 -15 & 9:6-7, Matthew 1:22-23). -


-God as our Immanuel is not asking us to trust ourselves but to trust Him as our Maker. He is not asking us to focus on anything but on Christ who as His person revealed in the flesh is evidence of His love for us (John 3:16-17, Hebrews 12:1-3). He did not say we will not go through the fire, rivers, oceans of affiliations, raging seas, battering storms etc (Isaiah 43:1-2).  But, He promised to take us through it all and bring us out of it by His power and for His glory with our mind fully renewed and our faith in Him perfected for His glory. -


-Naturally, I must say it can be daunting trying to make logical sense as to why God allows us to go through everything we go through. It is indeed virtually impossible from a natural mindset perspective to try and make sense of how God as the Almighty can lay down His own life for us, suffer as Creator in the hands of His created for the sake of our salvation when He can simply in His utmost authority forgive us if He so wishes (1 John 3:16). It is difficult humanly speaking to begin rationalising God's ways because the supernatural ways of God are indeed not our ways (Isaiah 55:8-9). And I must admit that understanding God's supernatural ways, is not always an easy thing for me to do as a natural human being. However, the one thing I am wholeheartedly convince of and without a doubt have come to fully understand in my faith process walk with God, is that He loves me regardless of how heavily slain I end up becoming in any situation or circumstances He can possibly allow me to go through. -


-The evidence of God's love for me is not based on the visible things that I see or don't see with my natural eyes but entirely based on the fact that I can behold with my spiritual eyes His actual glorious Holy Spirit presence in my soul as the light of my soul. God demonstrated His perfect love for me by allowing Christ---His very own flesh and blood to die for the remission of my sins so I can be reconciled with His Holy Spirit. In Christ and by His grace of forgiveness of my sins, I have access to God's Holy Spirit (Romans 5:1-5). God's Holy Spirit presence in me as life and love itself is all the evidence that I need to remain consistently convinced in my soul without a shred of doubt that He loves me beyond my human articulations. And due to His presence in me, I am in comfort when discomforted, full of laughter in my soul when physically in tears, restful and peaceful when my physical mind is worried and joyous when naturally emotionally saddened. To the natural man who is yet to come to awakening of life in Christ let alone experience the perfect love of God, my conviction of God's love for me will be nothing but a great mystery. But those who are in spiritual awakening  will relate to my convictions and also attest to the effectual workings of God's grace in our every day lives. -


-God's grace is ever sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:8-10). And through His grace, we are daily empowered and enabled to carry on marching forward and reaching out to others even in the midst of our own daunting challenges. By His grace, we remain more than conquerors in all circumstances and situations (Romans 8:28-39). By His grace, all things are continually working together for the good of our souls. Indeed by His grace, problems ends up becoming the determiner of purpose and all tests ends up working out for us a life changing testimony to the glory of God. -


-God's ways although are mysterious, it is for all intent and purposes perfect. I am a witness of His perfect ways. I live not because of anything I was able to do on my own but because of everything He has already done through His Person -- Christ Jesus long before I was even conceived in my mother's womb (Romans 5:6-11). I live not by reason of any self-oriented ideology of man but because Christ the root and foundation of sound divine doctrine and everlasting author and finisher of my faith lives in me (Galatians 2:20-21).  


Our faith process walk with Christ is indeed a tough run but the eternal life rewards we have in Him makes it  all worthwhile (Romans 8:18). Therefore, my brethren, yield your entire members and components of existence; mind, body, spirit, soul, heart and your body to Christ. Don't misconstrue His process for your life as problems. Through process, purpose is defined and faith is perfected. Seek His face in all situations and circumstances. Walk and operate daily in Godly discernment and allow His process to have its way so that you can end up with an outcome of purpose that is in alignment with God's Will for your life. The LORD Jesus as Person of God revealed in the flesh understands you. He sees and knows the level you are at. And He is able to take you from where you are to where you are meant to be in Him. Remain focused on Christ and trust in His faithfulness. He is as King of kings and LORD of lords able to work it all out in your favour and for the utmost good of your soul.  Unto Him be all the glory, power and honour everlastingly.  Amen.


Isaiah 43:1-7

"But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel,


Fear not: for I have redeemed thee,

I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.  When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. 


For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee. 


Since thou wast precious in my sight,

thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life. 


Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west;  I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth; 


Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him."





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05.03.2015

The Excellency Of His Power

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All we need in order to remain steady in righteousness path in all situations and circumstances is God's power. God's presence in us is presence of power, dominion, authority, life, truth, love, peace and entire goodness. And when we are weak yet strong, we know for certain that it is the excellency of God's power operating in us that is making us unexplainably strong when we are as flesh weak (2 Corinthians 12:8-10).

The excellency of God's power never fails. It makes the imperfect to become perfect. It brings the dead back to life. It make the undeserving to become deserving by the excellency of His gracious power and love. The presence of God's power in us is all we need to be able do the ordinarily impossible by His extraordinary power (Philippians 4:13). God's power manifested in the flesh is Christ (1 Corinthians 1:18-21, Ephesians 1:16-23). And as long as Christ is present in us, weakness will always give way to His strength in our lives and; lies will give way to truth, love will prevail over hatred, light will prevail over darkness and His goodness and mercies will continually rest and abide with us in this fallen world of sin, to the utmost glory of Christ who is eternally the I AM manifested in the flesh.

2 Corinthians 4:6-10

"For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;

Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body."


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03.03.2015

Godly Approved Faith

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Faith in Godly sense is to believe and obey God's Word. God's entire Word of dominion and authority manifested in the flesh is Christ (John 1:1-14). God and His Word are the same therefore, Christ is God manifested in the flesh (John 1:1-14 & 10:30, 1 Timothy 3:16). God demonstrated His perfect love for mankind by giving us Christ as His authority Word of creation itself to be the propitiation for our sins so that through Christ, we can receive His forgiveness and be set free from the eternal damnation that is upon Satan who is the opposite of God's truthful written, spoken and living Word. 


God is love and God's entire law of righteousness is fulfilled through love (Matthew 22:38-40, Romans 13:10, 1 John 4:8-11). The evidence of God's love for mankind remains Christ Jesus (John 3:16-17). We fulfil God's entire law of righteousness in Christ (Matthew 5:17, Romans 10:1-4). And if we are truly in Christ, we will be in overflow of His Word and also full of love for His Word of truth.  No one can legitimately claim to love God and have faith in God yet hate His Word. Those who hate the Word of God are not of true faith. Those who are of genuine faith will always desire the Word of God and not only preach it, but will live and abide by it. 


The Word of God is spirit and life (John 6:63).  And those who are outside of God's Word revealed in flesh, which is Christ are in the opposite of life, which is death. The spirit of death itself is Satan and Satan as death itself is also the spirit of hatred (Hebrews 2:14-18). As spirit of hatred, Satan is after destroying the soul of man permanently (John 10:10). He deceives man in the world of flesh with all manner of lies to ensure that man remains dead in the realm of the spirit, which is the real realm. The spiritually dead man walking as mere flesh hates the Word but the spirit yearns for it because the Word is indeed our Daily Bread and salvation from death is only possible through the power and authority of the Word, which is Christ (John 6:32-41, Acts 4:10-12). Hatred for the true Word of God is evidence that the flesh is having its way and not the spirit. The only way we can please God is by walking in the spirit and not in the flesh. The flesh is stubbornly rebellious and self-centred.  And those that walk in the flesh can never please God let alone be of a genuine faith (Hebrews 11:6). 


In a nutshell, this is the Gospel Truth. Like it or not, it is the truth. And it is only through Christ as the only truth that any man can be set free from spiritual lies and from Satan who of course is father of lies,  (John 8:42-44 & 14:6). Outside of Christ, the soul is without light because Christ is also the light of the world (John 8:12). Those who are without Christ are in the opposite of light, which is darkness. To be in the dark and believe the darkness is light is the worst thing that can happen to a soul (Matthew 6:22-23). 


The spirit of darkness is also Satan. A dead soul that is in the dark will be mere flesh only and as mere flesh completely void of understanding of God's Word. The flesh is dust and the spirit man is the one that lives forever. The question however is where will the spirit man end up? A soul that is still outside of the Word when the spirit man leaves the world and fully return back to the spirit realm will end up in the opposite of the Word. And the opposite of the Word is permanent death. The only way to avoid permanent death is to live as a living soul in Christ here and now in this world and not just as mere flesh. This will only be possible through repentance from sins, accepting Christ as LORD and Saviour and crucifying of our flesh which as mere dust and by nature sinful is totally pro sin and anti God's righteousness, which is also Christ (Jeremiah 23:5-6). 


Let us therefore seek daily to walk in the spirit and not in the flesh (Galatians 5:13-26). 


Romans 8:5-8


"For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 


For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 


Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God."




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03.03.2015

Is God Your Father

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Is God Your Father? 


"After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name" (Matthew 6:9). 

 

The LORD's prayer is a module prayer given to us by Christ. And interestingly enough, the first sentence of that prayer starts with: Our Father, Which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. In this first sentence, we see that God as our holy Father is not earthly but heavenly. And the central purpose of Christ's first coming to earth who of course is not earthly but heavenly is to reconcile us to our heavenly Father and God: Creator of heaven and earth. 

 

In the spiritual sense, a person can only be a living angel, a son of God or dead spirit that is a slave to sin and death. Often times when a Christian tries to convince an unbeliever that God is his or her Father, the unbeliever not only sees such notion as the height of arrogance but also as nothing short of blasphemy! 

 

Although many are convinced that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is their God, when it comes to seeing God as Father, they adamantly reject such notion and insist they are merely slaves and never sons. To a genuine born again Christian, the idea of sonship is not a difficult idea to grasp at all but to an unbeliever who is convinced he or she is nothing but a slave, sonship and relationship with God is a complete mystery and baffling idea. 

 

The fact of the matter is, Christianity is not a religious observation ideology concept. It is a belief centred on relationship with God our heavenly Father and Creator who by His special grace has made it possible for us to be sons unto Him through Christ and as sons in Christ, in line to inherit His eternal life kingdom.  Through Christ the only begotten Son of God, we acquired the right to call God 'Our Father'. And this right is only active in Christ. 

 

It is therefore obvious to see why someone outside of Christ can only see his or herself as a slave only and not as a son of God. Sonship is not possible outside of Christ.  Therefore those that are outside of Christ and slaves to sin cannot claim a sonship right that they do not have. Sonship is what our relationship with God is about and slavery is all the devil is all about.  The transition from slavery to sonship will only occur when we believe the one thing the devil does not want any human being to believe, which is that Christ is in fact the only begotten Son of God. Only by this belief will a person have the right to see and call God his or her Father and be in line to inherit God's heavenly Estate for eternity. 

 

Slavery is a terrible thing and it is not God's intention for creating Man. And if you are reading this today and all you see or consider yourself to be is a slave, then the question is, is God your God? The true God created Man in the likeness of His own image to be His sons and a partaker of His dominion authority (Genesis 1:26-28, Romans 8:14-17). But the devil who also wanted to be a god and desired to be worshipped by man deceived man to fall into sin (Genesis 3). Sin catapulted Man from sonship to slavery. And in slavery of sin, it is impossible to see God as Father because in sin, man became void of knowledge of His sonship to God. 

 

Christ's soul purpose for His first coming is to restore us back to our rightful position and sonship identity with God. And by rejecting Christ you are in fact rejecting sonship and affirming yourself in slavery of sin. A slave does not have a right to anything and if all you see yourself to be is a slave then what you are in fact saying is that the true God is not your Father.

 

Every human being is a spirit being and every human being as a spirit being has a spiritual father. The question then is if God is not your spiritual Father then who is your spiritual father? The true answer to this question if you are not a believer of Christ according to Christ's own words will actually shock you!  


John 8:42-44


"Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. 


Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. 


Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. 


When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it."





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