Pastor Taiwo Odukoya at the September 8 Sunday service said that believers would not be able to run with the needed endurance for the achievement of their purpose except they lay aside every weight of distractions around them, stating that this can be achieved by focusing on Jesus, the author, and finisher of their faith. “He wouldn’t ask you to lay aside distractions if you didn’t have the capacity to. He never makes a demand where He has not invested. You have the capacity to do it,” he said.

Speaking from Hebrews 12:1-2 and Acts 20:22-24, he said that the joy of the Lord in a believer’s life would always help him or her face life’s circumstances and finish well, just like Jesus and Apostle Paul did. This joy, according to Pastor Taiwo, brings out the best in a believer to accomplish his or her assignment irrespective of challenges. “It is the knowledge of God and your assignment that determine your joy,” he said.

He, therefore, urged them to stop placing their hope in men but to always be filled with the joy of the Lord. “Joy is the quiet confidence that, ultimately, everything is going to be alright. It is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of your life. So, stop making people the thermostat of your life; focus on Jesus,” he enjoined.

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