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Be Courageous-Pastor Taiwo admonishes women at Discovery for Women rally

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The mid-year Discovery for Women rally took place on Sunday June 7 with the theme Courageous. The rally was attended by women from all walks of life to the effect that the new auditorium of The Fountain of Life Church was filled with power from the praise and worship sessions, testimonies, and special ministration from the guest artiste, Frank Edwards.

Pastor Nomthi Odukoya opened the evening with a story about how in 1994 she found herself in a new, dark place and then began to run. In her words, “suddenly, about five dogs began to run after me and I remembered how I suddenly stopped, following a conversation with my friends about not running away from dogs”. The morale of this story was that the dogs stopped chasing after her when she summoned courage to suddenly stop. She encouraged the congregation of women that after the rally, the word of God will be like fire in their mouths and every problem will roll away.

The President of Discovery of Women, Pastor Taiwo Odukoya began his ministration from Hebrews 3:4; 4:1-16. He explained that “If there is a need for diligence, then we need to labour to enter into our rest”. Defining courage as a state of confidence, boldness, resolution, fearlessness, Pastor Taiwo explained that this particular virtue is the mother of all other virtues. Boldness is required to take certain steps and without it, life cannot be lived to its fullest. He explained further that it takes courage to love, to forgive, to fear God, to be faithful, to be compassionate.

The man of God examined different women who acted with courage and whose actions have affected many generations. Taking the story of Esther, he explained that she was sold into slavery, following the details of her uncle’s instructions, and with one act of courage was able to save the Jews. Rahab’s action, he continued, was borne out of sheer courage. She identified and hid God’s people. He added that the story of Deborah also provided leadership when all hopes were lost, emphasizing that every time a woman decides to step out in courage, something positive happens.

Drawing from practical- real world examples, Pastor Taiwo gave several examples of women that have affected their generations in Rwanda, Liberia and other African countries; explaining that life is not lived if the Bible is not applied to our lives. “For a child of God every word and every action is important, ”he added.

Pastor Taiwo explained that without courage, we cannot live life because there are things that will scare us, emphasizing that God did not promise us a hitch free life. Therefore, we need courage to overcome many issues of life. He said that when we hit the low, our first reaction is fear, despair and that is why life will be miserable without courage. In his words, “Storms are normal to life but the power to stay through is courage. When things happen, if we anchor everything on fear, there will be mishaps”.

Also, in order for our abilities to be further developed, he said God would give us things that would toughen us. He will never stop shaping our comfort and shifting us to the courage zone, He always wants one degree better than our abilities explaining that this is why we don’t get taller after a while but we continue to get wiser.

Further encouraging the women, he said that acting in courage is always towards a cause. “When God wants to move you forward, if you can do it yourself, then it is no more God. To an extent, you may but it won’t last,” he said.

In closing, Pastor Taiwo encouraged women not to be anything but take the next set of steps to their places of calling. His words: “Don’t be afraid, involve God and He will help you because the first steps are very critical. When God can’t find men, he turns to women, or children or animals.”

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