The September 13 Thursday Showers took a different turn as shouts of joy rent the air after Pastor Taiwo Odukoya, who explained that God’s presence brings joy into the hearts of believers irrespective of circumstances or situations, told the worshippers to jump and give shouts of joy to God.

While taking his text from Luke 5:17-20, the clergyman noted that believers should not allow the crowd to hinder them from reaching out to Jesus just as the friends of the paralytic didn’t allow the crowd to stop them from taking their helpless friend to Jesus.

Pastor Taiwo, who is the Senior Pastor of The Fountain of Life Church, noted that reaching out to Jesus despite all odds requires faith.

This faith, he said, doesn’t necessarily mean one must touch Jesus or any man physically, but by applying the word of God.

“Faith can be seen. And your faith is not hinged on seeing a pastor, archbishop, or any apostle but on the word of God, which you read and believe. Jesus can see your faith and the moment faith is there, there will be a performance,” he added.

Pastor Taiwo called on the congregation not to joke with getting closer to Jesus. This, he said, can be done by dwelling on His Word.

“Don’t allow anything to distract or disturb your Christianity. Jesus is the reason you came to worship; let Him be the centre of your focus,” the preacher said. He added: “There is something unusual about Jesus in the life of a believer.”