Excerpts of Pastor Idowu Iluyomade's Sermon at the February Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, February 4, 2018
Bible Text: Mark 5:25-34
As declared by the Lord, this is our year of Fulfilling Purpose IN Destiny, and over the weeks, we have established that Purpose is the goal and plan towards which your efforts are directed - your pursuit while destiny is the eternal purpose - the end to which you are appointed. Thus, destiny is the customized or bespoke life-calling that God has ordained for you. To fulfil your God-given destiny, there must be a handshake/alignment between your goals/plans towards which all your efforts are directed and God's eternal purpose for you.
We learnt from Esther (Esther 4:14) and the rich fool (Luke 12:13-21) that because there is a thin line between your goals and plans towards which your efforts are directed (purpose) and your destiny (the ultimate plan of God for your life), it is easy to miss the fulfilment of one’s destiny with dire consequences. Our prayer is that we will all fulfil purpose in destiny in Jesus Name.
Having established the importance of knowing your purpose and fulfilling destiny, the next question is: “how does one discover the ultimate plan for one’s life? We thank God that Jeremiah 29: 11 AMP has revealed that God has great thoughts and plans concerning us – which plans have been recorded in God’s book, even before we were born. Psalm 139:16 NLT says “You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.”
From the accounts in the Bible, it has been discovered that everyone that fulfilled purpose had a divine encounter or meeting with God or as orchestrated by God. Our case study is the woman with the issue of blood in Mark 5:25-34 who had a divine encounter with Jesus Christ.
1. She had expectations: For you to have divine encounter, you need to have an expectation of change of circumstance. Even though she was ceremoniously unclean, hemorrhaging every day, spent all her savings, yet without cure, the Bible says she kept saying to herself that if only I could touch the hem of His garments, I know I would receive my miracles. She was hopeful, focused and believed in her confession. She had faith and her expectations were met. However hopeless your situation might seem, have faith in God and expect God to meet you at the point of your need and it will be unto you according to your faith and expectation.
2. She acted on what she believed and confessed, by actually touching the hem of Jesus’ garment. Faith without works is dead. For you to have a divine encounter, you must act on your confession of faith.
3. She did not allow anything to stand in her way: she had heard of what God can do (Mark 3:10, Mark 6:56). She knew help could come from nowhere else except Jesus who could save to the uttermost (Acts 4:12 and Hebrews 7:25). She was resolute and pressed through the crowd, not allowing the fact that she was still bleeding, broke and unclean to dissuade her. To have divine encounter, don’t let your present circumstance stop you, be motivated by the big picture of the joy set before you (Hebrews 12:2), using it as a spring board to over-come every obstacle.
4. She took God at His word: She pulled down every contrary thought, doubt or imagination of failure and brought every negative thought into captivity (2 Corinthians 10:4-5). Mark 11:24 says when you pray, you must first believe that you’ve received the answer and then there will be physical manifestation. Her belief motivated her to act as if it is so because we have a God who in Romans 4:17 calls things that be not as though they are. She believed first and she saw. The just shall live by faith. For you to have a divine encounter, you must take God at His word.
This woman experienced divine encounter because she drew near to Jesus; sometimes, divine encounter can only be possible when you draw near to God and He will draw near to you (James 4:8). Draw near to God now by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and personal Saviour and say these prayers: “LORD Jesus, I come to you right now. I know I am a sinner, please forgive me my sins. With my mouth, I confess that Jesus Christ is the Lord and I believe that God the Father raised Him from the dead. I accept You as the LORD of my life. Change my heart from a heart of stone, give me a heart of flesh. Help me to obey You; fill me with Your Holy Spirit and write my name in the Book of life in Jesus Mighty Name I pray.
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