TRINITY HOUSEHOLD OF FAITH
2nd of April, 2023
Topic: God is Good!
Preacher: Reverend Ebenezer Olawuyi
Text: Psalms 22:3 – 5
Once again, I welcome you to this Miracle Service because God is going to give you your miracle this morning.
Firstly, I am going to tell you four things that I don’t want you to forget. There are four lessons to be learnt in the Devotional this morning.
- Don’t ever give up. Don’t give up in life.
- What you start, always work to finish: There are a lot of people who start but don’t finish. Many projects have been started but never finished. Some people are very good in starting, they are always excited about starting but you see, they don’t work to finish and it is all about the Spirit. You have to conquer that spirit of not finishing. It is a terrible spirit that doesn’t make a person to fulfill destiny. Whatever you start, finish! God is interested in the finishing.
- No matter how great your past has been, don’t ever think you have done your best: Always look forward to that which is ahead. Many times, I have met people who talk to me about what God is doing in Graceland and how God has brought us this far. The last program I went for, it was almost as if I was a god there and I told them, “You’ve not seen anything yet. Our best is not here yet, our best is still ahead of us.” I don’t want to get to a point that I begin to be complacent; I don’t want to feel great about the status quo but look ahead. Don’t ever! The moment you begin to look at those things and feel you have achieved so much, you won’t move forward.
- If you don’t exercise your brain, it will go into dormancy: If you don’t exercise your muscle, it becomes dangerous. The signpost says, “Keep Moving. No stopping.” You must keep working and pressing on in life. When they asked that Architect, Frank Lloyd-Wright, who had done so many great works, the one he regarded as the best, he could have said the one in Chicago, the 100-storey building, the high-rise in Chicago or the Whitehouse but without hesitation, he said, “The next one is my best”.
One day, that great man that achieved so much in Britain – a Prime Minister in Britain who led Britain during the World War. This man stood in one of the Old Students’ Association. They called him to make a speech, “Welcome with me Sir Winston Churchill.” Everybody kept on clapping, expecting a great speech but he got to the front and what he said? “Never Give Up. Never Ever Give Up. Thank you.” That’s the story of life, “Don’t give up!” God is never pleased with those who give up in life. Sing: I know that I can make it. I know that I can stand. No matter what may come my way, my life is in your hands. Say it confidently: “I will make it in the name of Jesus. I am not a dropout, I am not a failure. I will be what God wants me to be.”
I am not going to preach a sermon to you this morning but I want to charge you to praise God. This month is the month of the Mightiness of God and if you want to see the mightiness of God, you must learn to bring Him down into your life with praises. God loves praises. He loves when people exalt Him. I don’t know what you are facing right now. I don’t care what you are facing or what is hitting hard on you, I want to announce to you today that God is still good. Hallelujah.
The Bible says in Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Because He is good, He will never do anything that is bad. Even those things that seem bad, He is working behind the scene to bring goodness out of them. No wonder David says in Psalms 107, “Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He has broken the gates of bronze, And cut the bars of iron in two.” God is good. You know, the Devil doesn’t want you to say that God is good but you’ve got to say it in spite of all odds, “God is good.” Even with tears in your eyes, you’ve got to learn to say, “God is good.”
I told you a story about a king who has a servant and one day, he went with his servant to hunt. While he was hunting, a wild animal attacked him. His servant struggled to kill the wild animal but was not able to save the king from losing one of his fingers. The king was hurt. As usual, the servant would always tell the king that God is good and perfect and will never do anything wrong. When they returned, the king was furious but the servant told him that God is still good and will never do anything wrong. The master was enraged, saying, “What do you mean? God is good but allowed me to lose a finger?” He commanded that the servant be cast into prison and while going into the prison, the servant kept saying, “God is good. He is perfect and won’t do anything wrong.” The servant was in the prison for a long while and during one of the days, the king went hunting alone. While he was hunting, some kidnappers who were ritualists kidnapped him. They were about to sacrifice him on the altar of their god when suddenly they discovered that he had lost a finger. That was an abomination and they couldn’t sacrifice an incomplete being to their god. They left him alone and he went away. By the time he came back, he remembered what his servant always says that “God is good”. He commanded that the servant be released from prison. Then he said, “God is good indeed.” He would have been killed if he hadn’t lost his finger. He asked the servant why God allowed him to be sent into the prison if truly God is good and the servant told him that if that didn’t happen, he would have followed him into the forest and would have been killed instead because he was physically complete. I know God is working all things for my good.
When the brothers of Joseph hated him and brutally sold him to the house of Potiphar and the wife of Potiphar also did hers, Joseph was not bitter. I believe Joseph would have been saying, “I don’t know why I am here but I know God is good to me.” It came to pass one day, the king sent for Joseph. Joseph came before the king from the prison to the palace. He became a Prime Minister. Many years later, his brothers came to him and they were feeling bad. Then, he told them in Genesis 50:20, “But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.” They meant evil, but God turned it for good for Joseph.
Rise up and tell God that He is good. Worship and praise God. Let Him hear you and let it flow from your heart: “God, you are good. I may not understand but I know God is good.”
Call to Salvation
The goodness of God is so vast that in His goodness, He allowed His only Son, Jesus Christ, to die for your sins so that you can be saved. You too can receive the life of Jesus today. Say this prayer: “Lord, Jesus, I surrender my life to you. Please, wash me clean with your blood and write my name in the book of life. Thank you, Jesus for saving me.” Now, you are saved, continue in Christ!