Pastor Gbenga Onabanjo of The Fountain of Life Church (TFOLC), Ilupeju, Lagos, has urged Fountaineers to diligently pursue and run the race of life, keeping the faith to the end, which was the lifestyle of the Senior Pastor of the church, Pastor Taiwo Odukoya, who has gone to be with the Lord.
Speaking while ministering at the August 20 Sunday first service, Pastor Gbenga Onabanjo, who referenced Acts 1, urged the congregation to remain united while praying and encouraging each other just as the apostles did in the upper room while waiting for the promise of the Father.
“When the Holy Spirit came upon the apostles, they were strengthened and fortified, and things started working out for their good such that they began to do great exploits. Their ability to do great exploits was also a result of all they had learnt while walking with Jesus”, he said.
Speaking on the theme of the year, ‘Our Year of the Holy Spirit’, which was declared by the Senior Pastor, Pastor Gbenga Onabanjo insisted that the theme was prophetic as he likened this to the fact that Jesus had said that if he did not go away, the Holy Spirit would not come.
“Though Pastor Taiwo may have gone to be with the Lord, the Holy Spirit will be the comforter, helper, advocate, intercessor, counsellor, and strengthener of everyone in the church.
“This is a new phase for The Fountain of Life Church, and with the Holy Spirit, we do all things as the Holy Spirit points you to the will of God.
“When you are in the will of God, the Holy Spirit becomes your shield, making you immune from the enemy’s attack. The Holy Spirit is the revealer of the will and Word of God, and if we pray according to God’s will, our prayers will be answered,” the cleric admonished.
The preacher, therefore, urged the congregation to gird their loins, focus on Jesus and the Word of God and be strong and courageous to take this commission to a new level.
He said, “There are many mountains to climb and territories to cover. Arise and shine as the glory of God will descend upon you. Now is not the time to sleep but rather the time to get fully involved in the work of God.
“Your attitude will determine your altitude, and when the going gets tough, the tough get going”.