Biazo: Oppressors won’t give you freedom unless you take it by force — Pastor Jaiyebo

Inspired words from Pastor Tunde Jaiyebo during his ministration on Thursday, October 5, 2023. PHOTO: CHARIS MEDIA

The Senior Pastor of Charis Family International Church has admonished the populace, most especially his Christian audience, to spiritually take whatever belongs to them from their oppressors whom he said won’t freely release it to them.

Pastor Jaiyebo, the presiding vicar at Charis Family International Church, said this while ministering at the opening session of “Biazo 2023,” with the theme, “Stand: Ephesians 6:13,” at his ministry’s headquarters’ auditorium, Cultural Centre Road, Mokola, Ibadan.

At the four-day programme which began on Thursday, October 5, 2023, Pastor Jaiyebo said, “Life is tough. There is always a time of difficulties, but when it comes and you don’t have what it takes to stand, you fall,” as he defines “Biazo” to mean “taking it by force.”

Quoting from Ephesians 6:13, “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand,” the cleric said, “Not standing will make you a victim of the devil.,” noting that with 1 John 5:4, “It is the will of God to stand,” but saying, “When you are not standing, you are not fulfilling the will of God. You can not fulfill destiny not standing.”

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According to him, “Life is cruel and harsh and the consequence is that many people are not living their dreams. The economy is bad, people are desperate, and they want to leave their country for another where things seem better,” still, he said that as a Christian, the faith factor is very important.

This, according to him is because as he said, a Christian must live his dream, declaring that “If you are not living your dream, then, there is a big problem you have to resolve.”

“The oppressors won’t give it to you easily, you have to take it by force. We need God. The arm of flesh won’t work. It doesn’t just come by having a desire, it comes by taking it by force. By strength, shall no man prevail, 1 Samuel 2:9. The oppressor won’t ever grant you freedom unless you take it by force, Psalm 18:29. You break a bow of steel because God teaches your hand to war, 2 Samuel 22:35.

“To stand means you keep going. The battle is toughest when the victory is nearest. The greater the battle, the greater the victory. Most men give up at the stroke of their miracle. Standing is a function of understanding.

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“If a crisis is not resolved it is because you don’t understand the resolution. Where you have a crisis is a function of a lack of understanding. What you stand on will determine your confidence. What is under you that you are standing on determines your confidence. For every new level, there is a new devil.

“Understanding is better before praying, Proverbs 4:7. If things can’t straighten up in any area of your life it is a lack of understanding, Proverbs 28:2. Something under you that you are standing on is understanding, Ephesians 1:17-20,” Pastor Jaiyebo said.

The minister explaining the essence of faith in difficult situations said, “Faith has two meanings. The first is a body of beliefs,” like saying “God is infallible,” but which he noted as what doesn’t get life going.

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Secondly, he said there is faith that brings God’s power to bear in a Christian life. “You can maintain standards but your life may have nothing to show if you are only operating on one leg of faith. There are two things responsible for adversities in life — you need to have an understanding and know the applications.

“What is the purpose of your body of beliefs? There are two factors we need to understand: One is the season we are in which defines your mode of operations. Not understanding seasons makes many Christians embarrassed. We need to know the season we are in now. We know from  2 Timothy 3:1, that there will be perilous times characterised by great stress and trouble. That means you get prepared for this season.

If you have an understanding, it is for you to prepare for it. We are in a season of adversity. That is why life is tough and rough. Also, life is tough and rough because of the operation of the devil over what goes on around us. The season is characterised by deprivation,” Pastor Jaiyebo said.

He charged that for Christians who didn’t fulfil their purpose after departing this world, “When get to heaven, you will be asked why you didn’t fulfil your purpose. But while still living, he encouraged his audience that “There is a way out,” referring to 1 Corinthians 10:13, which states, “The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.”

Pastor Jaiyebo said, “No matter what you are going through, as a child of God, you can handle it. There is a way out. We can’t be stuck, Psalm 34:19. Your dream is too critical to be abandoned. It is time to begin to see something that men can see, Proverbs 24:16

He said many have their understanding dimmed, 2 Corinthians 4:4, but to change the tide, he charged that to stand, knowing the value of standing must be understood, while everyone should be able to answer the question of: “Why must I stand?”

Another thing he said would help people stand is to do away with begging and help me mentality, warming that, “If you are the one in need of help all the time, you can’t help anybody.” Rather, he charged that, “Be the helper and not the one they help every time.”

“Many people have wishes and do not desire to stand. If your desire is not that strong, you don’t have a desire. Pursuit is a proof of desire,” Pastor Jaiyebo said.