The joy of witnessing a new year cannot be quantified, especially when God has been good to you.

This was the experience of members of The Fountain of Life Church, Ilupeju, Lagos, during the January 1 Sunday service, which was also the first Sunday service in the new year, 2023.

From the praise and worship to the prayer session, the delivery of the Promise for the Week from Hosea 14:5-6, which was shared by Pastor Ladipo Babatunde, and other activities of the day, it was apparent that Fountaineers were filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit.

In his sermon for the day, Pastor Taiwo Odukoya, while building on the message he started at the crossover service, said that the highest thing humans can give one is short-lived sympathy.

He further stated that believers should not remain despondent but arise and go to the Giver of life and light so they can shine.

Referencing Isaiah 60:1-3 and Ephesians 5:14, the clergyman noted that Christ is that Light that can lift anyone from death and give them life.

Pastor Taiwo, however, said that it takes arising to obtain the light. He maintained, “Don’t look for the light in men; they can’t sustain you. They will disappoint you in the long run. The best of men will disappoint you.”

Pastor Taiwo Odukoya further noted that God doesn’t take pleasure in His children trusting in other men for sustainability, noting that they will be disappointed.

“The world has no stability. So what are you still waiting for? Arise, shine. Stand up and stand right,” he stated.

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According to the cleric, every covenant child of God has the Spirit of God in him or her, making the light of God stream through them. Therefore, he urged his listeners never to be sorrowful of situations but to wake up and shine the light God has given to them.

Referencing Isaiah 60:1-3 and Ephesians 5:14, the clergyman noted that Christ is that Light that can lift anyone from death and give them life.

Pastor Taiwo, however, said that it takes arising to obtain the light. He maintained, “Don’t look for the light in men; they can’t sustain you. They will disappoint you in the long run. The best of men will disappoint you.”

Pastor Taiwo Odukoya further noted that God doesn’t take pleasure in His children trusting in other men for sustainability, noting that they will be disappointed.

“The world has no stability. So what are you still waiting for? Arise, shine. Stand up and stand right,” he stated.

According to the cleric, every covenant child of God has the Spirit of God in him or her, making the light of God stream through them. Therefore, he urged his listeners never to be sorrowful of situations but to wake up and shine the light God has given to them.