(Matter Arising From The Pulpit With Pastor Nelson E. Iguobaro)
Why do people set goals and have expectations met and sometimes not met or cut short? Why do others have their hopes dashed in search for answers to the problems of life?
Since the ancient times, excuses have remained the reasons why most believers in Christ and non-believers alike, by default in one assignment or the other do not maximally fulfil their God-given potentials.
The Senior Pastor of Refiner’s Fire Ministry, Pastor Nelson E. Iguobaro, on Sunday, examined how to use the voice of reasoning and courage to change social norms and behaviour.
At the heart of the topic of his sermon titled: “What are you doing here (part 4)”, at the Isihor branch of the church, Ohehen Street, Off Benin-Lagos road, described “reasons and excuses” as tools and nails used by mankind for building a house of failure.
The Clergy said that reasons have also become an alibi “used by elected Nigerian leaders and politicians in government for not fulfilling her social contract with the Citizens”.
According to him, “the Nigerian government has never been short of reasons why basic amenities and other obligations have not been met”.
Iguobaro while setting a turning point in moment of truth, said these inadequacies have also become the song of consolation why some people find it difficult to worship God, go to church, or Evangelise which is ‘the Great Commission’.
He admonished members of the congregation to always rely on the voice of courage, solutions and possibilities during perilous times by not making room emotions to reign.
The Pentecostal pastor recalled how Prophet Elijah who commanded fire from heaven to consume 450 false prophets of Baal and Ashariths in the Bible, later became overwhelmed by death threat of Queen Jezebel, asked God to take his life because he felt he was alone in the struggle, and that there were no more righteous people in Israel whose faith have not been compromised by Baal aside from him; As recorded in the Bible book of I Kings Chapter 19, with particular references to verses 10, 14, and 18.
“Prophet Elijah was a man who could see a pin in a sea spiritually, but, emotions blinded his sight due to fear of the unknown”, he said, ” every emotional decision often leads to emotional disaster”.
The preacher revealed that God’s response to Prophet Elija’s request to convince God to justify why he does not deserve to live in the face of persecution,” that he (God) has reserved for himself 7,000 knees that have not bowed to worship Baal”, was indeed a ray of hope of the Lord’s faithfulness to his promise to his Children.
He also urged Christians irrespective of the denominations they belong or the faith they profess, not to misjudge their fellow Countrymen, adding that “many people have cut off the right people from their lives because of the wrong perception they have about others”.
Continuing, he said, “respect the uniqueness of other people and do not force them to be like you. God has a reason for variety in our character disposition
“If everybody was like Prophet Elijah who decreed fire on two separate troops of fifty with their captains when he said “if I be a man of God…”, then, the entire Israel could have possibly be set on fire and perhaps Fire Fighters could have been needed
Exalting the congregation further on the benefits of humility and the need for believers in Christ to shun ” Holier Than Thou Attitude towards Others as couched in Philippians Chapter 2 verse 3, which says, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves” (NIV) , Pastor Iguobaro, reminded members of the household of faith to guide against pride, and that God has bestowed on his Children different talents and gifts, according to the measure of their faith, clarifying that “there is no spiritual gift of the Holy ghost is superior or inferior to another”.
The Clergyman rounded off his sermon which held the congregation spellbound with the Golden rule that says, “Do to others the same thing you want others to do unto you, for this is the law and the Prophet”
(Matthew Chapter 12 verse 7) before the benediction was said.
Our Correspondent reports that Refiner’s Fire Women and the Choir thrilled the congregation with their sonorous voices during the service
Besides, some members of the church equally took turn to testify to the goodness of God during the service for safekeeping.
WHERE THERE IS NO COUNSEL, THE PEOPLE FAIL; BUT, IN THE MULTITUDE OF COUNSELLORS, THERE IS SAFETY.
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