In continuation of his message, which he started the previous Thursday, Pastor Taiwo Odukoya, the Senior Pastor of The Fountain of Life Church, TFOLC, Ilupeju, Lagos, has charged believers to keep the flame burning by stirring up the gift of God that is in them.

Addressing Fountaineers at the October 3 Sunday service, the man of God informed the congregation, whilst illustrating with 2 Timothy 2:1-7, that God has not given them the spirit of fear, but power, love, and a sound mind.

Pastor Taiwo declared: “God has not given us fear, sickness, defeat, disgrace, which are all the agents in the hand of the devil. Those are the things the devil uses against us. Fear is not real, but because we assumed it, it becomes real and destroys what is happening.”

‘Do Not Let Anything Defeat You’

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The Senior Pastor further noted that if believers do not discern and address the issue of fear in them, it would be a significant hindrance to achieving their purpose on earth.

Quoting 1 John 4:18, he said, “Fear and faith do not share the same mind. Therefore, there is a place for confrontation and when not to.

“Sometimes, it is our temperament that brings problems to us. Love always expects that you consider the other person first. Perfect love casts out fear because fear has torment. ”

He, therefore, challenged his listeners from John 15:19 to be confident of God’s gift of love, power, and sound mind to them.

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“The time has come to know what God is saying about you. Remind yourself every day that you have power, love, and a sound mind. Do not let anything defeat you. The same power God demonstrated when Jesus was raised from the dead is also available to you,” Pastor Taiwo added.