Pastor Taiwo Odukoya has urged believers to not let the opinions of others dissuade them in their faith walk, citing the woman with the issue of blood who went all out to touch the hem of Jesus’s garment in spite of the ridicule she faced.
He said this at the March 11 Thursday showers while speaking on the need for believers to arise and take what belongs to them.
“Don’t let the crowd be an excuse,” he added. “You just do what you want to do based on the faith you have and let’s see whether God will not scale the crowd to pick you up.”
Speaking from Luke 5:17-29, Pastor Taiwo cited Zacchaeus, Bartimeus, and the woman with the issue of blood as examples of believers who believed in God’s power and were not deterred by the opinions of others in their pursuit of a touch from God.
“The crowd could have stopped the woman with the issue of blood; Zacchaeus and blind Bartimeus. The crowd is a bother but I know that the One that sees through the crowd sees you and your case is special to Him,” he said.”
The clergyman while reminding believers that they possess enormous power, told them to speak positively to any negative situation in their lives; noting that one of the devil’s tricks is to stop a believer’s breakthrough is to make them start thinking about issues.
“When the devil wants to stop you, he will make you start to reason. Sometimes, he brings so much trouble and he now tells you he is helping you to reason what that man is thinking. That’s why you need to watch what you say because powers lie in what you speak,” the preacher noted.
He, therefore, encouraged them to not let the crowd be an excuse in whatever circumstances they find themselves and that they should just do what they need to do based on the faith they have.
“It is time to stop the devil from using your circumstances to define you; in Christ Jesus, you are unstoppable,” he said.