In time like this we must all seek God's Kingdom, says Prophet Abiara at 2021 Jesus Festival

Prophet Samuel K. Abiara

By 'Gbenga Bankole

The former General Evangelist of Christ Apostolic Church Nigeria and Overseas, Prophet Samuel K. Abiara has urged people to seek God's Kingdom, particularly in time like this when there is uncertainty and crisis across the globe. 

He noted that in the kingdom of God there is no crisis,Boko Haram, killing, kidnapping, raping etc.

"I want to encourage people to come to God and repent from their sins because sins kill. There is nobody that sin can never kill. They must not worry about their challenges. There is nobody without challenges, but those who accept Lord Jesus Christ will overcome their challenges. Jesus Christ is interested in hopeless cases," he stated.

Prophet Abiara said this while delivering his address on Monday December 6, 2021 at the 2021 Jesus Festival. The programme which holds at CAC Agbala-Itura headquarters in Ibadan had a large turnout as people gathered for another week of divine encounter.

Speaking on the situation of the country, the Cleric called on Nigerians in the diaspora to get set to come back home and be part of the good things God would do.

The 79-year old prophet and former General Evangelist of the CAC  expressed confidence that Nigeria would overcome its present challenges.

He said, “I want to assure all Nigerians that all will be well. The present crisis we are facing is a phase. It will become history and we all will have cause to rejoice. I can assure you that the future will be okay”

Prophet Abiara said there is no country that does not have challenges. “Who would have believed 9/11 would happen in the US. From time to time nations go through crises. Ours may be man-made crises but then it's a phase. I believe we will overcome this phase and move to a better and higher ground.”

He urged Nigerians to put their mind at rest and put their hope in God for a better country. “That is the way to start building a better country. We must first hope in God, put our trust in him. Then we must collectively work hard to bring an end to the issues that are setting us back. We have no other country but this country. We can’t afford to rubbish it all the time,” he said.

The renowned Prophet said many have often accused him of being too patriotic and patronising of the government. “Some people even think the government gives me money. But I don’t go near their money. I have never applied for a grant from the government even for my foundation. I just believe we need to be positive about our country and work for its progress,” he said

He urged Nigerians not to listen to prophets of doom who don’t see good things about Nigeria. He assured that “Nigeria will be great again.”

Prophet Abiara also called on the government to listen to the cries of the masses. 

“That we hope for a good country does not give room for the government to do as they like. Government must listen to the people who elected them into office. They can’t afford to ignore the cries of the people. The youth population is a critical segment of the country. Government must give priority to them and hear them out. God can raise a young person to lead as in the future. So government must not take them for granted.”

On the Jesus festival, Abiara said when God gave him the vision 39 years ago, it was primarily to create a platform where people from all tribes and denominations will come to honour and celebrate Jesus. 

“The festival is a festival of Jesus. We believe coming together to praise the name of Jesus will bring healing and progress to Nigeria. Yearly we gather and invite people from all walks of life to celebrate Jesus with us.”

The festival in time past had been graced by the late Archbishop Benson Idahosa, Rev Benny Hinn and a host of top church leaders. 

This time, Bishop Wale Oke, Pastor Mathew Ashimolowo, Rev Esther Ajayi and Rev Funke Adejumo are expected to be at the event to preach.

Also expected at the event are the President of the Christ Apostolic Church, Pastor Samuel O.Oladele and the General Evangelist of the church, Prophet Hezekiah O. Oladeji and Prophet Funso Akande.

An array of gospel artists including Evangelist Tope Alabi, Bisi Alawiye, Psalmos, Yetunde Are and Elijah Akintunde are expected to minister in songs at the event. Woli Deborah of Ephphatah In’t Music Ministry and Evang. Dorcas Awolumate are also expected at the weekend-long event.

The Chairman of the Planing Committee of the programme, Pastor Isaac Abiara commended Prophet Abiara for the opportunity to serve as the Chairman of the Planing Committee. 

He appreciated everyone for the sacrifice to be around and specially thanked some ministers across the globe for their presence.

Speaking on the theme of the programme, Pastor Abiara said;"the kingdom of God is about God establishing His kingdom on peoples hearts. It is our job to preach the gospel on earth. We must separate ourselves for God's use. See your time here as a time of spiritual renewal and your life will be transformed in Jesus name."

Pastor Abiara also remembered her late mother,late Evangelist (Mrs) Christianah Abiara who he said started the work with Prophet Abiara, noting that she left a legacy of love.

The programme continues today and will end on Sunday December 12, 2021 with thanksgiving service.

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