Pastor Isaac V. Olori, International Director, GEWC visited the Rivers State College of Arts and Science (RIVCAS) on 24th June 2016.
It was like a trip down memory lane as the College was his last place of employment before his appointment as the International Director of Greater Evangelism World Crusade. The School held a 3-day Corporate Prayer and Fasting meeting tagged: God of All Possibilities with Pastor Isaac Olori as the Guest Speaker. The latter appreciated the Rector and Management of the college for the invitation. He expressed his excitement about what God is doing and affirmed that the School remains his constituency.
The College of Arts and Science had been operating as a Polytechnic but had not yet been given it's proper status officially, hence the call for prayers. Speaking on the topic: God of all Possibilities (Matthew 16:19), Pastor Isaac Olori described prayer as one of the greatest resources a person can find on earth. In his words, “Prayer moves the spiritual and the physical. As a man learns how to pray and pray aright, he comes to realize that prayer is a tool to make possibilities happen.”
He explained further the story of Saul in 1 Samuel 9. Referring to the College, he said, “It seems your name was lost, you have been operating as a polytechnic but not answering the name. I want to declare to you today that, that missing ass is found. The story of this College from this day onward will change. The justice of prayer that we will release in this meeting will not only give you the name you are looking for, but will put the desire of the Government upon this place. Those infrastructural developments and so many other things you are looking for you will begin to see."
Referring to Esther, who fasted and prayed to achieve deliverance for Israel and also Elijah, who prayed and controlled rain in Israel (James 5:16 - 18), he iterated that when you give yourself truly to prayers, you will receive answers, stressing that there is a spiritual "dynamite" that is released when a righteous man prays because the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
Pastor Isaac Olori admonished everyone that their lives should change as well because the purpose of the solemn assembly was also for repentance. Praying for them he said, "I pray that God will not only change this College to a Polytechnic but you too will be lifted. By the reason of the prayers that have been made here these three days, those principalities, powers and dominions that are contending will bow in the Name of Jesus Christ and as I join my faith with yours, the impossible will become possible."
God answered these prayers as Rivers State College of Arts and Science (RIVCAS) was officially declared a Polytechnic on Monday, 4 July 2016. It is now known as The Port Harcourt Polytechnic (PortPoly or Port Harcourt Poly).
The International Director, Pastor Isaac Olori in his usual manner, paid an unscheduled visit to Olanada Church, Port Harcourt on the 17th of July, 2016, together with his wife, Pastor Mrs. Blessing Olori.
In his brief speech, he challenged the Church to always come with at least one soul to church every Sunday. He reminded them of the calamity in the world and the need to go out for souls because people die every day without knowing if they were going to heaven or hell.
Pastor Isaac Olori stressed that the happenings in the world should push us to reach out to people. He further gave a brief exhortation from Isaiah 40:27-31, excerpts of which are below:
27 Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the Lord, and my judgment is passed over from my God?
28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
We are in a time of global emergency and no nation is free from calamity. It is not a time to complain but a time to awake and put on our strength. As iniquity abounds, so also grace abounds. This is the time to reach out to souls because whatever calamity that is being faced now, cannot be compared to the calamity when they face hell.
“For they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength…”. God gives power to the faint, He increases strength and so we should all turn to Him, the place of our strength. It is a time to pray and call upon the name of the Lord. The pressures you face today are aimed at wearing you out spiritually and most of us are worn out already but if you wait upon the Lord, your strength shall be renewed. When you wait upon the Lord, you will mount up on wings like eagles that means He gives you "wings" to go above your situation.
This is not a time to faint but you will only survive the situation if you wait upon the Lord. It is a time to pray and begin to let your light shine around you! Renew your strength, so you can use the situation as an instrument for evangelism.
Finally, this is a time of global calamity, the devil is a hurry to harvest souls for hell and we Christians should also be in a hurry to harvest souls for heaven.