75 PER CENT OF THE BIBLE IS MADE UP OF INSTRUCTIONS, SO WE HAVE 25 PER CENT AS PRINCIPLES
IF YOU DON’T FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS THAT MAKE YOUR CONFESSION QUALIFY FOR CONFIRMATION, YOU’RE WASTING YOUR TIME.
ALL BREAKTHROUGH STORIES IN SCRIPTURE HAVE THEIR ROOTS IN FAITH.
THE GREATEST HEADACHE OF THE POWERS OF DARKNESS IS THE GROWTH OF THE CHURCH.
THE GREATEST ENEMY OF CHURCH GROWTH IS SATAN HIMSELF
– Bishop David Oyedepo at Church Growth Conference, 2022. Evening Session, Day Two.
Praise the Lord!
🎼You’re the mighty God, the great I am, Hallelujah🎼
This shall be to every one of us, a month of transfiguration in the name of Jesus. 75 per cent of the Bible is made up of instructions, so we have 25 per cent as principles and the charismatic love the principles, we love the principles. It doesn’t take much to confess anything you desire.
If you don’t follow the instructions that make your confession qualify for confirmation, you’re wasting your time.
Those who don’t love instruction won’t love the Bible.
Because every page you look at Thou shall…. what is the matter, thou shall? If thou shall, amen. Why?
All scriptures are given by the inspiration of God and are profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:16).
So, you join reproof, instruction and correction, they are not the same. So, three out of the four factors that make the Book are instructions. “NO” correction. “WHAT” reproof. “NOW WAKE UP” instructions. You don’t like that you won’t like the Book, because everywhere you look at there is instructions and what is the purpose, that the man of God may be perfect… (2nd Timothy 3:17) thoroughly furnished, openly enviable, empowered unto all good works.
So, when you get in there (the Bible) you’re in the factory, the mission is to get you and me thoroughly furnished if you’re interested.
You ignore instructions, confession equals zero. Amen! May each one’s love for this Book be rekindled.
Thank you Jesus!
Help us tonight, to see what you’re showing us in the name of Jesus Christ. Give the lord a big hand of praise and be seated.
TOPIC: ENGAGING THE POWER OF FAITH FOR BREAKTHROUGHS IN CHURCH GROWTH
All breakthrough stories in scripture have their roots in faith. The listing of all the heroes in scriptures (They are called the Heroes of Faith by Bible scholars). They all emerged out of the crucible of faith and I’ll show you why in a moment.
Everything works by faith in the Kingdom. By faith Abraham… By faith Sarah…. By faith Noah….By Faith Gideon (Hebrews 11:7) Every breakthrough story is a product of faith at work, every breakthrough story in scripture is a product of faith at work, it’s an asset of inestimable value and we will continue to be under attack till Jesus comes. So, we have to know what to do to keep our faith alive.
We have to know what to do to keep our faith alive. The word only works by faith, Blessed is she that believeth, for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her (Luke 2:45) My mouth has spoken it. Isaiah 34:16. So, every word here is God’s prophetic agenda unveiled to his people. That means you just live in a dry land without faith, every promise of God is delivered by faith, every statement of scripture is made manifest by faith.
Everything that works in the Kingdom works by faith. Everything, not most things. We are in the highly prophetic days of the Church, he laid out all his end time agenda in this Book (The Bible).
But without faith, they will not show the light of the day in our lives, not that he will shut down the agenda, the agenda will work for those who believe. So, faith is key to taking your place in God’s end time agenda.
He unveiled some stuff there and said if you will not believe it, surely you will not be established. So, whatever God says it’s only established as we believe. We don’t believe it will never be established, that is how powerful faith is. My prayer today is that we will give the attention required in building strength to our faith, so it can stand the test of time and fulfil God’s agenda for individuals’ life in ministry in the name of Jesus.
We are in the days of vision. Habakkuk 2:2,4. Joel 2:28. In the last days young men shall see visions, but they will only see it come through by their faith. Any vision will dry up and will collapse without faith.
There is no skill or energy that can defile an agenda but faith, that provokes the Hand of God to make good his promise, can I hear your amen. Abel offered the more excellent offering unto the Lord. Hebrews 11:4-5. But without faith it’s impossible to please God, whatever is not of faith is a sin and the end product of sin is death. So, offering without faith does not answer.
Abraham laid Isaac on the altar knowing that God is able to raise him back from the dead and so the voice answered from Heaven. Everything that works in the Kingdom works by faith. We have said to pray, prayer requires faith for answers, you don’t believe, answers won’t come. Everything, that is anything of significance, answers to faith. In fact, four times he said “the Just shall live by faith” Habakkuk 2:4. Romans 1:17. Galatians 3:11. Hebrews 10:38. So, it’s all faith. Anything outstanding anywhere, you find in any place in any ministry, is a product of faith. It’s getting God on the scene. It’s God’s move to manifest himself.
We know that the greatest headache of the powers of darkness is the growth of the Church.
Because the Church is the light of the world, so he will do anything to stop the Church from growing, the stronger the Church the more feeble the forces of darkness. So, he comes against it, they call it the gates of hell, blinding the eyes of men that they may not see the benefits of the gospel, hindering the Church of Christ from advancing.
So, Church growth is not just anything, Church growth is warfare, it doesn’t thrive just in principles, Church growth thrives essentially in warfare.
You don’t know how to engage in the fight the Church won’t grow.
The greatest enemy of Church growth is Satan himself. 2nd Corinthians 4:4. 1st Thessalonians 2:18. Paul was ever on a mission but there was a hindrance, he stopped by the way. When Israel was fast becoming a Nation by reason of, all hell broke loose, you remember the story, all hell broke loose, that is how the devil is still yelling when the Church is advancing. What can we do? Can we stop him? They hold meetings every day. Isaiah 54:15. So, there is a gathering going on in the invisible to stop that Church from growing, get the pastor distracted, push him off on the road.
If we don’t know about his warfare, most of the time we just fall cheap for it. Church growth is warfare, Satan is personally concerned when the Church of Christ is growing. But if Satan is the problem, if his forces are the problem, then the strength of faith is the answer. Common say the strength of faith, don’t say faith but strength of faith. Romans 4: 18-20.
Be strong in faith, weak faith can’t stand this, he said be strong in faith, little faith can’t calm the storm, it takes a strong faith. If you faint on the day of battle, it’s because your strength is small. Proverbs 24:10. When we call faith, People just think faith is faith, faith is not just faith, faith is in degrees. We have little faith; we have great faith and we have a very great faith and then we have the Spirit of Faith.
Faith is in degrees; no weak faith can stand this battle. So, let’s build strength to our faith. Let’s build strength to our faith against the day of battle, it’s so vital, it’s so important.
Above all, take the strength of faith and you quench all the fiery darts of the devil. Ephesians 6:16. Strong faith equals trust; it describes the word trust. Even though he slays me, I will yet trust him. Job: 23:15. The fire had no power on them because they trusted in their God, there was no smell of fire on them, they were operating by the strength of faith, which we call trust. Daniel 3:28. Psalm 125: 1-3. You get to the realm of strong faith, you’re up to the task any day any time anywhere. Please, go and invest in building strength to your faith, it will eliminate your sweat