FEBRUARY 2015     RADICAL FAITH     Fly On Eagles Wings       Forceful Faith    
  JANUARY 2015     UPGRADE     Spiritual Upgrade       Upgrade Your Life    
  DECEMBER 2014     He Came For You       Confident Faith    
  NOVEMBER 2014     MIRACLES     A Cry for Deliverance       Miracles of Thanksgiving    
  OCTOBER 2014     ENCOUNTERS WITH JESUS     Jesus The Deliverer       Jesus The Provider    
  SEPTEMBER 2014     I QUIT     I Quit Making Excuses       I Quit Complaining       I Quit Bad Habits       I Quit Things That Cripple Me    
Sermon Title: Radical Faith Series: Forceful Faith
Sermon Date: Sunday, February 8th, 2015

When something is radical it is extreme, far reaching, profound, and extensive.  Forceful faith is strong and powerful. There is a difference between saving faith and forceful faith Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not yourselves: and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.  You are saved by grace through faith.  Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to god must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. 

    The Three D’s of Forceful Faith:
  • Desperation -when you have no other choice but to seek God
  • Determination- what keeps you going and enables you to keep going to reach your goal
  • Dependency

Many times in life we are faced with desperate situations.  The key is to remember that your faith in God will help you through any situation. Whether you have lost your job, your health is failing, or a child is sick God will pull you through the desperate times in your life. Seek God through prayer.  Your faith is the key to success.  Desperate times will pass if you are sure that they will.  Your faith will guide and protect you. When you are desperate the only thing that will help you is hope. If our faith is focused on
God, we can accept what he gives joyfully, even if it is not what we thought we desired.
How determined are you to seek Gods manifest glory in your life? There are no excuses when you are seeking God. You must be determined and persistent Luke 5:18 And behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him.  You will see the fruit of your labor. Jesus will see your faith.  God has many rewards for you if you keep your faith strong and forceful. Take time out to pray and worship God.  It is important to give him the glory. 

    Do Not Forget To:
  • Tell God how wonderful he is
  • Thank him for your blessings
  • Pray
  • Sing and pray
  • For being your protector

Dependency is depending on God for all of the solutions to your problems and the source of life. In Daniel 3 16-27 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego showed extreme faith when faced with a life or death situation.  They prevailed with the help of God.  No obstacle is too great for God.  Even when it seems like there is no end to your suffering god will pull you through. When you first came to god you came through faith.  Faith believes in hope.   Now faith is the Hebrews 11: 32-34 And what shall I more say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae, of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions. Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.  
(Special thanks to Joyce Hebert, for providing this week's summary)

Sermon Title: Fly On Eagles Wings
Sermon Date: Sunday, February 1st, 2015

It is important that we all take our place on the eagles’ wings. You must strategically position yourself in a manner that allows you to enjoy the grace, favor, blessings, protection, provisions and all that heaven has to offer everyone.  God   Exodus19:4 Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings and brought you unto myself.  When you take your place on eagle’s wings several areas of your life will change:

  • You will tower over others
  • You will make rapid progress in life
  • You will have tremendous foresight
  • You will soar high in every storm of life
  • You will land on a rock
  • You will receive divine security and enough space to accept it
  • You will receive divine training
  • You will receive favor
  • Your life will continue in a wonderful manner
  • You will ride in all of the high places in life
  • You will have divine direction
  • You will have divine provisions

God is swift in his actions.  When you walk with God you will receive the life that he has planned for you.  Your life will be blessed abundantly.  People were not meant to live their lives in poverty.  There are no poor people on this earth.  The problem is that they have not figured out that walking with God is the way to obtain the riches of life. We were created in God’s image. The day that we were born we were destined for great things. Fulfill your destiny in life. When storms arise you will not run.  Your place on eagles’ wings will allow you to open up your wings and fly. 
Psalm 44:1-4 we have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us what work thou didst in their days in the times of old. How thou didst drive out the heathen with thy hand, and plantedst them; how thou didst afflict the people, and cast them out.  For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them; but thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance, because thou hadst favor.  Thou art my King, O God: command deliverances for Jacob.

    When God give you deliverance your life will change dramatically.  God is a first class god
  • People will try and figure out why you are moving forward
  • When people are frowning you will be smiling
  • When people complain you will be rejoicing
  • God will keep you and instruct you along the journey of life
  • Learn how God speaks
    How to secure your place on the eagles’ wings:
  • Make a covenant with God and be consistent
  • Yield yourself to eagle training
  • Give to God whatever belongs to him
  • Understand the practice of sowing
  • Get rid of every form of wickedness and sin in your life
  • Set in motion the power of service
You must live a life of obedience
(Special thanks to Joyce Hebert, for providing this week's summary)
Sermon Title: Upgrade Series Pt 2: Upgrade Your Life
Sermon Date: Sunday, January 11th, 2015

Upgrade your life from struggling to succeeding.  Don’t live an average life upgrade.  Do not default your life customize your life.  Upgrade the quality of your life it is time to quit struggling. Genesis 32:24-32 tells the story of Jacob.  Jacob was an embodiment of struggle even from his mother’s womb.  Everything was difficult and his future was uncertain. God upgraded Jacob’s life.

Good things come to people who wait, but better things come to those who go out and get them. If you do what you always did, you will get what you always got.
    Secrets for thriving in life: Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
  • Dream successful lives begin with a dream, you can become what you think
  • Decisive make decisions about where you want o be tomorrow
  • Discretion is needed to give you wisdom in all that you do
    Why do people fail? You must know what made you fail in order to succeed. Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.  Step out and do the impossible.
  • Lack of clear objectives and goals
  • Inadequate preparation
  • Lack of patience and courage to stick it out
  • Misdirection
  • Failure Mindset
    Life Upgrade Keys: Ecclesiastes 3:1 To every thing there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
  • Purpose -your values, talents, passions, and skills mold your purpose
  • Pursuit- have the ability to work for the things that you want to accomplish in life
  • Priority- everything cannot be done at the same time God, family, and work
  • Perseverance- do what needs to be done until you succeed
    Things that need to be done in order to upgrade your life:
  • Stop running from problems
  • Stop making excuses instead of decisions
  • Stop procrastinating
  • Do not wait on anyone you must fix it yourself
    My next steps:
  • Update your mind, be informed, challenge yourself               
  • Be positive don’t let negative energy choke you
  • Speak change into existence, declare what you want
  • Step out, take a leap, confront your fear
(Special thanks to Joyce Hebert, for providing this week's summary)
Sermon Title: Upgrade Series Pt 1: Spiritual Upgrade
Sermon Date: Sunday, January 4th, 2015

It is time to move to the next level of your life. In order to upgrade we must find a way to go from weak to strong with a spiritual upgrade. Deuteronomy 1: 6-7 The LORD our God spake unto us in Horeb, saying, Ye have dwelt long enough in this mount  a brand new you is coming. God must be a part of your solution. Everything begins with God he must be first Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.  People chase things not God. Chase God and you will find him.

  • If we get our order wrong, everything else will be out of order.
  • If we misplace our priorities, our blessings will be displaced.
  • When you stop chasing the wrong things, you give the right things a chance to catch you.
  • Upgrading is going up going higher getting better progress.  Upgrading is a complete transformation spiritually emotionally and financially. 

If you are determined to succeed it can work.  Anything is possible if you make up your mind that you desire something. Psalms 63:8 My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me. No matter what happens fight for your blessings never give up. You will be lifted up. In order to thrive in anything you must possess: desire, discipline, and determination. God should be a priority in your life.  There are two types of relationships that you can develop with God.  These two types of relationships are hand seeker and face seeker. Psalm 27:8 When thou sadist, seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.

Hand Seeker Face Seeker
Needs Based Prayer
Selfish Wisdom
Superficial Priority
What are you pursuing in life? What are you thirsty for?  Your spiritual relationship should be your main focus. God turns things around for you when you make a decree with God.  Everything will be upgraded once you walk with God.  Your worries will disappear.  Do not chase the wrong things slow down.  Seek Gods face not his hands.  Change your priorities. When you find peace you walk with confidence and you will speak with authority. The glory and the grace of God will lift you up in a positive manner. Commit to reading the Bible, attending weekly service, and improving your prayer life.

    The road to double portion
  • Gilgal: the body must be a place of purification empty yourself of the flesh
  • Behtel: the place of awakening of prayer
  • Jericho: the place of confrontation
  • Jordan: the place of importation or growth
    Four things that will allow you to grow
  • Faith- defines you and is your weapon in the fight
  • Fellowship- your devotion and obedience to God
  • Faithfulness- committed and faithful to your relationship with God
  • Fruitfulness- More of God through you a vessel to touch lives
    Instruments for growth
  • Passion- the word of God will deliver you.
  • Partners- find people who are growing with the Lord.
  • Power- the power of the holy spirit
    Obstacles that hinder us from upgrading
  • Unteachable spirit or pride be humble
  • Lack of thirst
  • Clutters of life
(Special thanks to Joyce Hebert, for providing this week's summary)

Sermon Title: Confident Faith
Sermon Date: Sunday, December 28th, 2014

Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: 

  • God is a finisher.
  • He will not take you on a journey and abandon you mid stream.
  • Confident faith is faith that can endure any storm in life.  
  • Anyone can believe when everything is going great but what happens when things fall apart?

Joshua 1:9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. 

  • The weak in faith cannot possess what God has for you.
  • A Christian without faith is a defeated Christian.
  • Those who lack confidence tend to lose.
  • The devil will try to plant doubt into your heart.
  • Confidence is the feeling or belief that you can rely on someone or something, a state of certainty. 

2 Timothy 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against the day.  When difficult times arise do you know who you believe in? There are many instances in the Bible when people faced adversaries that they believed would defeat them but God saw them through examples are:

  • David and Goliath: 1 Samuel 17:37 David said moreover, The LOED that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine.  And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.
  • Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego: Daniel 3:16-18 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O King.

Courage is not the absence of fear but the mastery of it. Confident faith along with prayer are very important.  When we pray we do not need to be loud or repeat ourselves because God hears us the first time. Your prayers will be answered.
Confidence in your prayers:

  • Eliminates doubt that your prayers will be answered and allows you to trust God. You have authority as a child of God.  Do not worry. There is no Plan B when you believe in God.
  • Empowers action in areas of your life that you would otherwise neglect. Your faith will arise.
  • Stimulates praise of God.

Confidence Faith and Life Crisis:

  • Eliminates Panic in your life. You will call on God immediately.
  • Removes worry and anxiety from your life and allows you to move forward.
  • Fear forget everything and run or face everything and rise which one do you choose.

Fears we must face

  • Fear of the unknown
  • Fear of man
  • Fear of failure

Confident Faith and Exploits:

  • Allows you the opportunity to take risks without second guessing yourself your star has to rise in order to shine Daniel 11:32

Confident Faith is needed in

  • Surviving hard times
  • Stepping out into the unknown
  • Confronting the storms
  • Receiving the promises

Audacious faith

  • Persistent, relentless, and determined in the face of challenges
  • Patience
  • Trust
  • Rest

How does confident faith come

  • Know God personally
  • Know the word and what is says about who you are
  • Practice your faith when you face challenges come they will make you stronger

Faith and patience go hand in hand. Many people disregard their faith because they are not patient.  Do not give up because God will deliver you from your situation.  God is bigger than any problem that you are facing.
(Special thanks to Joyce Hebert, for providing this week's summary)

Sermon Title: He Came For You
Sermon Date: December 25th, 2014

It is very important to remember that Christmas is about Jesus. There are many verses in the Bible that refer to the reason for the season. The Bible in its entirety from Genesis to Revelations is about Jesus Christ. There is a reason that God created man in his image. You do not have control over every aspect of your life. God has dominion over everything including you.
Genesis 1: 26
John 1:11-12

God has made plans for your life.

Dialogue in Heaven

  • Adam, Eve, and Sin
    Genesis 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
    God has given you rules to abide by and the consequences for breaking the rules. Adam did not listen to God and he suffered the consequences.
  • Noah
    Genesis 6
    When man thoroughly disappointed God he wiped the earth clean and started over. There was a covenant between God and Abraham. Abraham was a man of faith who was obedient even when asked to sacrifice his son. It is your duty to oblige your part in the covenant that god has with you. He will not fail.
  • Plan revealed
    John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son into the world, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.
    God shows how much he loves us by sacrificing his only son. Jesus was reborn through Joseph and Mary in a manger. There were no bells, whistles, or angels but he was indeed the son of God. God sends angels in different forms. Do not miss out on your blessings by judging others. Jesus was born in a manger because Mary was rejected at the Inn. The manger was cold, dark, and dingy just as our lives are sometimes. God has the power to pull you out of that dark place. He is your savior.
    Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

What kind of life are you living right now? If you think you have it all, you do not. There is another level. God has more in store for you. He wants you to live an abundant life.

    Create a BLT every day.
  • Believe in the word. John 6:47
  • Live the word. Psalm 37:4
  • Trust the word. 1 Peter 5:7
Do not lose hope. Rejoice in every situation that you face in life. Some will be good and other will be bad but God sees beyond your faults. You will overcome any obstacle in your path in the name of Jesus Christ.
(Special thanks to Joyce Hebert, for providing this week's summary)

Sermon Title: Miracles of Thanksgiving
Sermon Date: Sunday November 30th, 2014

It’s Not Always Happy People Who Are Thankful But Thankful People Who Are Happy
On Sunday, November 30, 2014, Pastor Bisi discussed being thankful.
He began by giving telling us about 4 categories of people. These people include those who are:

  • Grumblers
  • Ingrates
  • Grateful
  • Thanks livings (those who give thanks no matter what)
There are times when we find it difficult to be thankful and need provision (John 6:1-8). Pastor suggested that we:
  • Should not panic
  • Should keep our focus on the Lord
  • Should give thanks in all situations
When healing is needed (Luke 17:12-19) and things appear to be dead (John 11:41-43), we should:
  • Be obedient
  • Have faith
  • Give thanks
Our gratitude to God will surely make us:
  • Happier
  • Healthier
  • Better instead of bitter
  • Stronger
Remember to praise God through the storm! God bless and keep you this week!!
(Special thanks to Dr. Ndidi Adeyanju, for providing this week's summary)

Sermon Title: Encounter with Jesus: A Cry for Deliverance
Sermon Date: Sunday November 2nd, 2014

Jesus is our deliverer. The enemy will attempt to hold you in bondage but if you cry out to the Lord for deliverance he will help you. Whatever challenges you are facing in you life the Lord can help. Not all nice looking people are nice. Underneath our clothing and behind our smiles everyone is struggling with an addiction. Anything that suppresses or changes you direction in life is an addiction. The Lord will offer deliverance from and addiction or sinful habit. An addiction does not happen overnight. There are four phases to an addiction. First you like it, second you want it, third you need it and last you crave it. You do not want other people to be aware of your addictions because you are ashamed of them. Addictions control your emotions leading you to believe that you cannot live without the item that you are craving. The Lord can deliver you from:

  • Sexual addiction - A fantasy or ritual do that takes place in your mind that you wish to act out. Many people in society have no decency. Most advertisements are corrupted or filled with immorality. Demons of lust are busy. If you suffer with masturbation, viewing pornographic material, one night stands, or multiple partners the Lord can deliver you.
  • Drugs and Alcohol - A very demonic force that holds people down. Your life is lived through the bottle or the chemical dependant. People behave stupidly when they are intoxicated. The body becomes accustomed to the dosage and craves more. There is no end to the cycle of drug and alcohol addiction but the Lord will deliver you.
  • Pornography - A sad and dangerous addiction that can ruin your personality and destroy your personal relationships. The addiction causes you to lock yourself away from others and raise difficulty in your sex life due to your high standards of performance comparison. The Lord will deliver you.
  • Video games - Appear to be harmless and innocent but most of them are filled with demonic images, violence, blood and killing. Video games are filled with heroes with demonic names. The Lord will deliver you from wasting countless hours of your life playing video games.
  • Shopaholic - A need or want to spend money excessively without concern for your well-being. The Lord will deliver you from maxed out credit cards, layaway plans, and loans to support your addiction so shopping.

The enemy will set traps to deter you from the blessings that God has in store for you. The enemy will use snares in order to distract or delay your destiny. In an effort to protect yourself from temptations you must do three things.

  • Watch and pray
  • Do not be careless
  • Protect your weaknesses

It is important to shield your mind so that the devil cannot have access to your body. Be careful of the tools that the enemy will use to plot against you. Scams, setups, and greed are some of the examples of methods that the devil may use to conspire against you. There is victory in Jesus. The Holy Spirit will deliver you physically, emotionally, and physically and declare liberty and freedom from the forces that implant themselves in your life.
(Special thanks to Joyce Hebert, for providing this week's summary)

Sermon Title: Encounter with Jesus Pt. 3: Jesus The Provider
Sermon Date: Sunday October 26th, 2014

Jesus is the same today, yesterday, and forever more. He is our rock. Life is an extreme challenge because all of our needs are different. It is Jehovah who meets all of your needs in life. Poverty is not good for anyone. Anointing without money will frustrate you and cause annoyance. The Lord will deliver you in your time of need through supernatural provision. Take the time to think about a fisherman, a fish, and a coin. There are six factors that will help you in the time of need.

  1. Locate your allocation:
    In order to find vision you will need direction. God will instruct your path and you will find yourself in the right place, with the right person, at the right time with the right plan. Life is not meant to be trial and error. God wants to guide our lives
    Psalm 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
    Embrace divine direction. God can open your eyes to your provisions waiting for you. Physically your eyes can be open but you cannot see without divine insight.
  2. Cast a hook:
    Provisions are not just divine insight. Human participation is necessary. The first thing you must do is get rid of laziness
    Proverbs 10:4 He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand; but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.
    Fasting and praying will not help. Lack of motivation, too much pleasure, and large amounts of sleep are signs of laziness.
  3. Bait your hook:
    You must give in order to receive. When you give you learn to make sacrifices, discipline, and wisdom.
  4. You must follow instructions:
    Following and obeying instructions could mean the difference between life and death. Peter was faithful and he learned obedience, humility, patience, trust, and faith. Assumption is not instruction. Some things in life are not that hard we complicate them with our limited wisdom.
  5. You must release faith:
    There are enough resources in God’s bank. Faith will unlock the safe and allow you all of the abundance that God has in store for you
    Romans 10:11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
  6. Be a giver:
    You must release in order to receive. Release your tight grip. It is your responsibility to give to others. Release your offerings unto the poor. Wisdom will deliver you
    Proverbs 3: 9-10 Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: 10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst with new wine.

Take advantage of every opportunity that u have in life. Your destiny is important. The coin of life can be anywhere. Your blessing is located in a particular place. It is there not here. Follow instructions do not assume and you will succeed in life. If you want to prosper in life you must be obedient and read your Bible. There is no way around it and there are no shortcuts.
(Special thanks to Joyce Hebert, for providing this week's summary)

Encounters with Jesus Part III:
Jesus the Provider Pt. 1

Jesus the Provider Pt. 2
Sermon Title: Encounter with Jesus: Jesus, The Deliverer
Sermon Date: Thursday, October 19, 2014

Many people are saved but are not free. It is very important to understand that God is walking along side you through your trials and tribulations in life. Believers are saved. When problems arise pray and ask God for deliverance. The enemy will try to beat you down but God restores those who are oppressed

John 8:36 If the son therefore shall make you free you shall be free indeed.
Oppression is often compared to Miry Clay. The three reasons oppression can be compared to Miry Clay are:
  • You will often face problems that will swallow or consume you.
  • The more you struggle with the problem it sucks you in and is harder to solve.
  • Dangerous and causes a separation from God.

If you stray from God it will be easier for the devil to attack you. Separation from God is hell. When you are a child of God you are a threat to the devil and he will seek to destroy you. Walking with God means that you stand out. The afflictions in your life will change. It is your choice to either walk with God or against him. God unlike the enemy will punish you not destroy you

Matthew 14: 30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord save me.
You cannot rely on yourself because you are lacking the wisdom needed in order to overcome obstacles in your life. Dangerous situations will often arise and in order to repent and receive deliverance you must:
  • Cry out for mercy.
  • Repent to show that you are apologetic and have learned your lesson.
  • Surrender and stop struggling, let the Lord have his way with you.

Demons are intelligent and very real. It is imperative that you protect yourself from demonic oppression. Demonic oppression is around us at all times. It can come in the form of nightmares or walking with the spirit of Christ does not prohibit you from being oppressed but it does offer the benefit of not being possessed. The devil cannot stop Jesus but he can delay the miracles that God has for you. Carry the spirit of God with you at all times. The devil has the ability to oppress your destiny before you can manifest it or see it coming. You will self destruct. Before you realize it you will be slowly wasting away

Mark 4:7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.
You will not be dead but you will embrace the embodiment of evil and wander around not knowing your destiny. As believers we have eternal victory over demons and Satan. We can be delivered from evil influence in our lives by using the weapons that God has instilled in us.

God is our victory

Mark 5: 15 And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.
God has the power to change every aspect of your life. God will restore, relocate, and release an abundance of positive changes in your life if you allow it to happen. You must fight for your blessings. God will deliver you from sin through grace and salvation. The spirit of God will enable you to make the correct decisions regarding your life. God is faithful he will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted he will also provide a way out so that you can escape simultaneously with temptation.
(Special thanks to Joyce Hebert, for providing this week's summary)

Sermon Title: Jesus, the Provider
Sermon Date: Sunday October 12th, 2014

Pastor Bisi’s sermon on October 12, 2014 was based upon Matthew 17:24-27 and John 6: 1-6.
He began by reminding us that “nothing is too big for God to accomplish and nothing is too little for Him to use in accomplishing it.”
Pastor provided 6 factors essential for financial peace and provision.

  • First, we must locate our allocation. Locating our allocation is difficult without divine direction and insight. However, with this direction and insight, we will be in the right place, at the right time, with the right person and the right plan.
  • The next factor for financial peace and provision is casting a hook. Casting a hook entails eliminating procrastination and laziness.
  • After casting a hook, we have to bait our hook. To do that, we must sacrifice, practice discipline, and use wisdom.
  • The fourth step to financial freedom and provision is obeying and following instruction.
  • Releasing our faith is the fifth step. Finally, we must give. This includes paying our tithes, releasing our offering, and giving to the poor and needy.
May God help us in executing these factors in Jesus’ name. Amen.
(Special thanks to Ndidi Adeyanju, PhD, for providing this week's summary)

Sermon Title: I Quit Series Part 4: I Quit Things That Cripple Me by Pastor Bisi Tofade
Sermon Date: Sunday September 28, 2014

Being crippled can cause despair and hopelessness and are devastating to the soul. Many people are crippled spiritually, emotionally, and mentally.
Take the time to write down the things in your life that cripple you.
Some people are born crippled while others have crippled themselves through circumstances that arise in life.
If you were a product of someone else’s negligence then you are not to blame,

Acts 3:2 And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple;
However if you have not taken responsibility for your own faults and mistakes then you have concluded that your life cannot change.
When you are crippled you often have a lack financial capability, unfulfilled dreams and ambitions, lack of platform or opportunity, limitations in life, and lack of help.
There are four reasons why people remain crippled.
  • The first reason is fear. Sometimes fear is seen as a natural gift from God, but in reality it is a trick of the devil. Fear is your worst enemy. Fear not only steals your peace and joy, it robs you of your faith and confidence, brings stress and panic to your life, and also causes you to make wrong turns
    2 Timothy 1:7 For the Spirit god gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
  • Many people are not only afraid they are also concerned with other people’s opinion of them.
    When you worry about what other people think of you then you surrender your power to them. It causes insecurities within you and controls your behavior.
    Other people’s opinion of you is their problem not yours. Your only concern should be to please God.
    God’s power is exercised effortlessly and he has the ability to do whatever he wills.
  • Traditions are the third reason people remain crippled. Traditions are unwritten rules that can be broken.
    In some cases traditions place limitations on people
    Numbers 27 3-4 “Our father died in the wilderness. He was not among Korah’ followers, who banded together against the LORD, but he died for his own sin and left no sons. 4 Why should our father’s name disappear from his clan because he had no son? Give us property among our father’s relatives.”
  • The last cause of being crippled is our past. Many times the things we have left behind have a way of overlapping into the present.
    Our past should be a guide not a definition of who we are.
    No one is immune from making mistakes. The only mistake that a person can make is not learning from their mistakes.
    Do not be ashamed of your mistakes instead forgive yourself and release your regrets
    Philippians 3:13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.

Once you make the decision that you do not want to be crippled anymore you must admit three things.

  • The first thing you must admit is that failure is not final. There is always room for improvement. God is there to help guide you through the difficult times that occur in life.
  • The second thing to remember is that feeling guilty for your mistakes will only hinder you from moving forward. Do not carry guilt it will only slow you down and destroy your life.
  • The last and final thing to remember is that you will make mistakes. Making mistakes is inevitable but divine intervention can help you to cope with your mistakes and move on.
    In the race of life grace is essential. Grace can take you places that your power and ability cannot. God is the key to your destiny.
With God’s help you can overcome any obstacle in your way.
There is no mountain too high to climb with God on your side.
Take the necessary steps to rid yourself of handicaps in your life.
Get rid of being crippled and walk in faith and prayer through every situation.
(Special thanks to Joyce Hebert, for providing this week's summary)

Sermon Title: I Quit Series Part 3: I Quit Bad Habits
Sermon Date: Sunday September 21, 2014

Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
If there is something that you have asked God for that you have not received do not quit believing that you will obtain it.
Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

Man will break promises but God is not a man.
God has the solutions to your problems. Open your hands to receive the blessings that God has in store for you.
If we are honest with ourselves we will admit that we all have something negative that is controlling our lives that we should take a break from.
A habit can be destructive or innocent but it has the power to affect us physically, emotionally, or mentally. Whether the habit is work, jealousy, gossip, eating junk food, or picking our nose we all have a bad habit that should be omitted from our lives.
Many people struggle with bad habits because they are consistently done and take strength to overcome.
Romans 7:15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do but what I hate I do.

There are three reasons why habits are so powerful and dangerous:
  1. First, habits are slowly formed. Often a person is unaware that they are creating a habit. A Chinese proverb states that: “Habits are cobwebs at first; cables at last.”
    Over time habits become a part of you, powerful and intertwining making them very hard to break.
  2. Secondly, habits break your will. After repeating a habit many times the enemy will convince you that you are powerless against the habit.
    Bad habits are like comfortable beds, easy to get into but hard to get out of.
  3. Third, habits destroy your life. Over time a bad habit can cause a person to lose everything that they hold near and dear to them.
    A good person can have bad habits. Families have suffered, jobs have been lost and many marriages have split up due to bad habits.

We are not born with bad habits. A person’s background and environment can have an effect on the habits that they develop.
What we are exposed to as children by family or friends can destroy a person’s character.
Our excuses help form habits. Sometimes an emotional bind to a habit can cause a person to stay connected to their bad habits with no control.
It is imperative that we take responsibility for our sinful nature and ask for forgiveness to break the cycle.
Just as it took time and energy to develop bad habits it will take strength and courage to overcome them.
Some people are in denial and do not want to admit that they have bad habits. Once you admit that you have a problem then you can begin to move in a positive direction towards change. A big man apologizes when he is wrong therefore it is easier for people to forgive you.

    Take the time to write down the bad habits that plague your life and take the steps towards ridding yourself of them.
  1. Cursing
  2. Lying
  3. Overeating
  4. Oversleeping/Under sleeping
  5. Lateness
  6. Procrastination
  7. Endless internet surfing
  8. Buying on impulse/overspending
  9. Drinking, smoking
  10. Speeding
  11. Gossiping, backbiting, talkative
Sermon Title: I Quit Series Part 3: I Quit Bad Habits
Sermon Date: Sunday September 21, 2014

On Sunday, September 21 2014, Pastor Bisi Tofade preached a sermon titled “I Quit Bad Habits”.
The bible verses for the message were centered around Romans 6:14, 2 Peter 2:19 and Romans 7:15.
He began the sermon by telling us to take a moment to think about the bad habits we were struggling with in our personal lives. He explained that bad habits were powerful because they slowly bind us. He explained this by saying that sometimes, you do not always realize when these habits start and they begin as a cobweb, but eventually, they get so bad that they become as strong as cables.
He also mentioned that bad habits can break our will and also destroy our lives.
It is important to note that bad habits sometimes present themselves as “innocent” but over time, these habits destroy us. To explain how bad habits may destroy our lives, he said “the enemy (bad habit) you spare might be the enemy who kills you”. We were also told that bad habits are not restricted to bad people; good people could be bound by bad habits.
Our background and experiences, excuses or defending our actions and our sinful nature were some of the reasons provided for how bad habits develop. Sometimes, parents do things innocently without realizing that they are slowly destroying the lives of the children watching.
Some of the common habits that bind people include: cursing, lying, overeating, oversleeping, under sleeping, lateness, procrastination, addiction to social media, buying on impulse, drinking, smoking, speeding, gossiping, and being talkative.
We are able to free ourselves from the bondage of bad habits, even though our minds, sometimes, make us think we cannot.
It might take spiritual violence to break free from these bad habits.
Some steps provided to break these habits include:

  • Admitting you have a problem
  • Depending on the power of God to break the habits
  • Replacing bad habits with good ones
  • Finding support from others
  • Taking one day at a time and Deliverance
  • In hopes to quit bad habits; stop making excuses, put a plan in place and hold yourself accountable.

Sermon Title: I Quit Series Part 2: I Quit Complaining
Sermon Date: Sunday September 14, 2014

There are three types of people in the church: spectators, anticipators, and participators.
The spectators are in attendance to observe others, the anticipators are expecting real blessings without labor, and the participators are busy praising, dancing, planning and doing the necessary work so that they receive all of the blessings that God has in store for them.
Which one are you? Do you find yourself or the people that you know complaining about life?
Complaining displeases God

Numbers 11:1 And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and the LORD heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and consumed them in the uttermost parts of the camp.
Every situation can be turned around.
There are four reasons why people complain.
  • We often complain because as human beings we are very forgetful. We view our circumstances as a temporal thing.
    Psalm 103:2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.
  • The second reason that people complain are their frustrations.
  • Third, people compare their lives to others which is very dangerous because it causes them to notice the blessings of others and be blind to their own.
    When our lives are in turmoil we often forget to remember the blessings we have received.
    Everything about you is original. We all have something to value in our lives
    2 Corinthians 10:12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
  • The fourth and final reason that people complain is their lack of contentment of appreciation of what they have by coveting others.
    Complainers often bring a cloud to your otherwise sunny day.
    Some people are never satisfied leaving a feeling of always wanting more.
    Godliness along with contentment is a great gain.
    Do not allow worldly possessions to separate you from God
    Philippians 4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want’ for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. Only your soul will matter on judgment day
    Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
    You cannot live a positive life with a negative mind.

Complaining has huge consequences.
Complaining offends the heart of God, kills joy, and creates a habit of trying to force the hands of God.
There are four types of complainers.

  • First there is the whiner. The whiner wakes up in the morning, and goes to bed at night with a negative attitude
    Matthew 20:11 And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house.
  • Second is the martyr or the victim. This particular type of complainer is always the victim.
    They have daily pity parties and are convinced that they are under appreciated.
  • Third is the cynic, or the person who is convinced that nothing will ever change. In the mind of a cynic something will always be wrong in their lives.
  • The last type of complainer is the perfectionist. The perfectionist is on a quest to maintain order and wants everything to be perfect.
In order to stop complaining it is important that we forgive people and release the feelings that we keep bottled up inside.
If you would like to quit complaining first you must admit that complaining is a problem.
Once you admit that you have a problem with complaining it is imperative that you take action in finding a solution to your problem.
Be grateful and give thanks to God in all situations in life whether good or bad.
Look for God’s hands in your circumstances because there is victory in all situations.
Practice daily speaking positive instead of negative words.
People love positive words.
Stop grumbling and try being proactive.
Try to go one week without complaining and see how your life will begin to move in a positive direction spiritually, emotionally, and financially.
(Special thanks to Joyce Hebert, for providing this week's summary)

Sermon Title: I Quit Series Part 1: I Quit Making Excuses
Sermon Date: Sunday September 7, 2014

We have all heard or given our share of excuses.
Excuses are tools of incompetence built on monuments of nothingness.
People make excuses as to why they cannot achieve the task at hand. Excuses never produce results.
Many times we are often unaware that our excuses are hindering us from advancement because their presence is very hard to detect.
Excuses are generally referred to as reasons.
In order to summon the courage to face our failures and mistakes we must stop protecting ourselves through rationalization.
Excuses are well thought out lies that cause a person to behave in a certain manner.
People have been making excuses since the time of our forefathers

Genesis 3: 9-13 But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” 10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” 11 And he said who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” 12 The man said,”The woman you put here with me¬¬-she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” 13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me and I ate.”
Excuses do not excuse you from punishment. Very few people accept responsibility for their actions instead they get defenseless, always blame other people, and never admit their guilt
Proverbs 28: 13 Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
In order to move forward it is necessary to stop making excuses for failure and know in your heart that you are capable of doing what God says you can do.
A good way to say no to God when you are being challenged is an excuse. There are three types of excuses that people primarily use.
  • The first excuse is a lame excuse or an excuse that will not work.
  • The second type of excuse is a false excuse which is an excuse that you know not to be true.
  • The third and final type of excuse is the ridiculous excuse which is so out of the ordinary that no one will ever believe that it happened
Luke 14:16-20 16 Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a banquet and invited many guests. 17 At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’ 18”But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’ 19 Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’ 20 “Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’
Excuses prevent you from facing reality.
Do not put off change for another day. Excuses will delay your solution and cause you to procrastinate.
Not only will you lose valuable time you will be deceived into believing a lie.
Your behavior affects those around you. Behaviors are contagious.
It is possible to turn your life around and defeat your excuses.
Do not let your excuses keep you out of heaven.
There are three ways to begin your journey to an excuse free life.
  • First you must believe that you can do what God believes you can do.
    Do not subject yourself to mediocrity because God has given you the tools to be prosperous
    Exodus 4:12 Now go; and I, even I, will help you speak and will teach you what you are to say.”
  • Second you must trust God to do what you cannot do. He has the power to turn any negative circumstance into a positive situation.
  • Last but not least you must take responsibility and face the consequences that follow.
    Being truthful to you is difficult but necessary in order to move forward.
    Laziness will only hinder you from blossoming into the person that you are born to be.
    Phrases such as “I can’t,” ” I won’t,” “I might” or” I will do it tomorrow” will no longer be a part of your vocabulary.
You are your only competition.
The only person holding you back from achieving your goals and receiving the blessings that God has in store for you is you.
It is very easy to find comfort in making excuses. It takes true courage to stop making excuses and embrace change.
Take a vow to yourself today that you will no longer make excuses.
You will pursue and overtake through acceleration.
With the help of God you can achieve victory.
(Special thanks to Joyce Hebert, for providing this week's summary)