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The General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Pastor William Folorunsho Kumuyi has said that what matters in life is the fulfilment of God’s purpose for every individual, and not the number of years spent on earth.

“It is not the number of years but the appointment of God” that matters, he said yesterday at a Sunday service in the Deeper Life Bible Church International Headquarters in Gbagada, Lagos.

L-R: General Superintendent of Deeper Life Bible Church, Pastor William Kumuyi, Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Emmanuel Udom and Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu during the 80th birthday thanksgiving and worship service of Pastor Kumuyi at the church headquarters in Gbagada, Lagos, Sunday, June 6, 2021.

Kumuyi, who noted that people are usually interested in how long a person lives, said emphasis should rather be on whether or not such an individual lived in line with the plan of God.

Pastor Kumuyi was speaking in his sermon entitled “Our Glowing Privileges from Glory to Glory.”

During the service attended by the Governors of Lagos and Akwa Ibom states, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Elder Udom Gabriel Emmanuel, respectively, Pastor Kumuyi challenged all to strive to live out the purpose of God for their lives.

Taking his text from the Book of Psalms 90 and 91, the cleric said although it was the promise of God to grant long life to every creature, it was also God’s prerogative to determine the end of every one of his saints.

He, therefore, urged believers to serve God and humanity, irrespective of their age, while they still have the opportunity.

He further said: “Moses started ministry at the age of 80 years and went on to 120 years. It was not only him; think of Caleb, beyond the age of 85 he was still strong and he said, give me this mountain. Think about Joshua; when he was quite an age, nearing 100 years, he said there was still much land to be conquered. Think about John the Beloved, at the age of 95 or 96, he was still given the revelation to go and reveal to the nations.

“That is why we do not question that so and so died at 57 or at 72; that’s the appointed time. Yet, the promise of a fulfilled life is for everyone in Jesus name.”

Pastor Kumuyi emphasised that believers had the privilege of living a beautiful and radiating life despite present challenges.

L-R: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, General Superintendent of Deeper Life Bible Church, Pastor William Kumuyi and his wife, Esther during the 80th birthday thanksgiving and worship service of Pastor Kumuyi at the church headquarters in Gbagada, Lagos, Sunday, June 6, 2021.

He urged saints to continue to abide under the shadow of the Almighty, noting that there is absolute security in the shelter of the Almighty God.

He stressed the need for a transparent life in Christ which, he noted, guarantees divine protection and preservation.

The cleric, however, warned against presumptuous sin, saying such lifestyle and indulgences do not guarantee divine protection but detract from the original promise for man, noting that “if you are incorruptible, you will be a wonder. God will be a strong refuge. He will keep you from evil.”

The visiting governors, who listened keenly as the General Superintendent preached, expressed the optimism that Nigeria would come out of her prevailing challenges.

In their individual remarks, the governors appreciated Pastor Kumuyi and all members of the church for the opportunity given them to worship with the church.

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