Economic crunch: Clergies restate God’s hope in New Year messages
By; Alex Uangbaoje, Kaduna.
The much awaited 2016 is finally here. Various governments world over are facing economic crunches with many damping the hope of their citizens by telling them that difficulties await them in 2016.
Nigeria is not an exception as various state and the federal governments has consistently told her citizens to braze up for hard times. Even prophets also prophesied doom for the nation.
But the word of God from some clergies in Nigeria shows that God will not abandon this blessed Nation. He said in the book of Job 22: 29 “when men are cast down, then thou shalt say, there is a lifting up; and he shall save the humble person”.
So no matter how bad the economy, there is hope for those who believes in the word of God. The psalmist said “thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my part.”
Several Nigerian Pastors gave their themes for the year 2016, this is believed to be the mind of God for the year to their congregation who gathered for various December 31st cross over services across the country.
Here we summarized a number of some Nigerian Churches and the themes for the year which give hope that God is still with Nigeria despite all the setbacks.
This year 2016 the messages are quite similar;
Reedemed Christian Church of God: Year of His Fullness.
The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor E. Adeboye has declared 2016 as “The Year of His Fullness” to the congregation. He said that there shall be prosperity in the year for some of the people and they will receive help from where they do not expect.
Latter Rain Assembly: Higher Grounds and Greater Heights.
Pastor Tunde Bakare of the Latter Rain Assembly has said 2016 is the year of “Higher Grounds and Greater Heights”, he prophesied that many will be blessed and testimonies will abound. He said the declaration of the lips of the people will be; “see what the Lord has done”.
Christ Embassy: Year of Spreading.
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, President of Believers Love World aka Christ Embassy Church said to his Congregation that 2016 is the “Year of Spreading”. He said that the people will spread in 3 dimensions; Spreading in the ministry vision, growth and dominion of the word, Unstoppable increase in all directions. He told them that they cannot be stopped that they will take over cities and industries and break forth with ease. He quoted Genesis 28:14 praying that they will be spread abroad.
Daystar Christian Center: Year of Taking Territories effortlessly.
Senior Pastor of the Daystar Christian Center, Pastor Sam Adeyemi declared 2016 as the year of taking territories effortlessly; He urged his congregation to step out with faith as the territories are theirs already. He said “Faith is acting as if it is so, when it seems not to be so, for it to be so, because it is so” with scriptural reference from Genesis 12: 1-3.
COZA: He makes all things new.
Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) said 2016 is the year where “He (God) makes all things new”, he prophesied that the people will prosper like never before. He also prayed for the safety of the congregation saying “Throughout 2016, you will be defended, watched over and preserved. Nothing shall be any means hurt you.”
DUNAMIS: Breaking Forth on all Sides.
Pastor Dr. Paul Eneche said to the Dunamis faithfuls that 2016 is their year of “Breaking Forth on all sides”, he said that the people should go and manifest God in all things they do. He said it is a year of rest with scripture reference from Isaiah 54:3.
Other Church themes for 2016 include the following;
KICC (Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo): Year of Good News.
The Shepherd’s House Assembly, Rev. Joshua Talena: My year of Doube Impact.
Living Faith Bishop David Oyedepo: From Glory to Glory.
Harvesters International Christian Centre , Pastor Bolaji Idowu: Year of the Shift.