The Senior Pastor, City of Refuge Ministries International, Bishop Oscar Ossai, has urged Nigerians to take advantage of the Easter season to renew their steadfastness in God and overcome the current challenges facing the country.
In his Easter message at the Church Headquarters in Lagos, the man of God emphasized that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the ultimate fulfillment of God’s agenda for humanity and free man from the clutches of evil.
He said, “God’s intention is to bring freedom to mankind and set him free from the shackles of slavery, fear and intimidation.”
Bishop Ossai explained that the victory of Christians is tied to the proclamations of Jesus Christ.
“In the book of Luke 4:18, Jesus proclaimed: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free.”
The Senior Pastor of the church charged Christians to dominate the earth and be in control of their destinies, adding that only liberated souls can dominate their environment.
He said that “the season of Easter is a reassurance from God that the Church shall take its rightful place.”
The Bishop lamented that it was not God’s plan for Nigerians to be agitated, suffer, and be killed or even to be poor.
He, therefore, admonished Christians to rejoice in the celebration of Easter, because the resurrection of Jesus Christ brings hope, joy, victory and power.
He urged Nigerians to put their trust in God, who raised Jesus from the dead, to raise them from the ashes of poverty, pain and misery, to a new height of victory.
Bishop Ossai also exhorted Nigeria’s political leaders to exercise their political powers with the fear of God, saying, “it’s an abomination for leaders to do evil, because righteousness establishes a throne; therefore, Nigeria political leaders must pursue righteousness.”