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  • Pastor E.A. Adeboye on GOING HIGHER PART 37, RCCG Online Sunday Service.
    🎶 We give glory to the Lord, He reigns. We give glory to the Lord He reigns. He reigns, He reigns, He reigns. We give glory to the Lord He reigns. Hallelujah! 🎶Adoration to the Lord, Adoration to the Lord He reigns. He reigns, He reigns, He reigns.
    Father once again we want to bless your holy name. Thank you for thus far you have helped us. Thank you because we know you are able to keep on helping us. Father accept our thanks in Jesus name. As we continue with your word we ask that all your promises concerning us will be fulfilled this day in particular.
    We will continue with our study on GOING HIGHER and we will now move on to Part 37. We will still be taking our text from 1 Kings 18:41. There is so much to learn from that one verse. As we go higher, we dig deeper.
    The first time Elijah heard about rain from God is 1 Kings 18:1, He told Elijah to go show himself to Ahab and He will send rain, so I began to wonder what is all the drama between verses 1 to 41. There has been quite a lot of drama from verse 1-41. First, Elijah went to a prophet and said “Go and tell Ahab that I want to see him”, the prophet said you want to kill me? Before I go and come back the spirit of God will take you somewhere else.

He said no, I am going to show myself. That fellow went to the king and the king came and there was a confrontation. The King asked Elijah “are thou the one that troubleth Israel?” Elijah said I am not the one troubling Israel, it’s you and your father’s house. I thought after that confrontation the rain would fall.

But Elijah took over and began to command the king to go and bring all of Israel to Mount Carmel, let them come and meet me. That is not included in what God asked you to do. He just said Go show yourself to Ahab.

The King obeyed and the whole of Israel gathered and then there was a drama on Mount Carmel, Elijah stood on one side and the whole of Israel plus 450 prophets of Baal stood on the other side, he said let’s have a competition. That’s not in verse 1. God didn’t say go and have a competition so what is happening here?

There was a drama, the prophets of Baal prepared their own bullock, cutting themselves with knives and Elijah was mocking them. Then Elijah prepared the altar of the Lord, prepared his own offering and told the people to dig a trench around it and fill it with water.

He prayed and fire fell, God didn’t say I will send fire. He said I will send rain. Then, Elijah said bring all the prophets of Baal and kill all of them. It takes quite a while to kill four hundred and fifty people.

There must have been quite a lot of blood flowing that day. Why all this drama? That is the kind of question you ask when you read a story because there are a lot of lessons to be learnt there; hidden treasures.

One of the treasures is this: GOD DOESN’T SHOW YOU THE WHOLE PICTURE AT ONCE.

Never will God show you the full picture at once.

Isaiah 28:10-13. God shows you a little at a time. Psalms 37:23-24. Steps!

You know how small the steps of a man can be? You want to travel a thousand miles a step at a time, why? If a man makes a mistake in one step, it is easier to correct it and retrace your step. In Genesis 17:1, God was speaking to Abraham and He said “I am Jehovah Elshaddai, walk before me and be thou perfect”, not jump – walk.

If God had told me the day I became born again that I would become a pastor, I would have backslid that day. If He had told me at that time when I was still a worker that I would become General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, I would have said “Thank you since forward is not possible. I can go back to where I am coming from”.

God does not show you the whole picture at once, so don’t ever try to outrun God, a step at a time. There is a difference from Exodus 17:1-6 when the people needed water and God told Moses, “go and strike the rock” and in Numbers 20:1-13 when God told Moses “speak to the rock”. Step 2 is different from Step 1.

The Bible made it clear in 1 Corinthians 13:9-10 “we know in part, and we prophesy in part until the perfect one comes”. That is why I always smile when I hear some prophets, thank God I am not a prophet, I am a pastor but maybe when I become a prophet I will understand.

They will pray for 30 minutes and prophecy for one hour and I just wonder if it is the same God I am serving, because my God is not a talkative. No! Just a little bit at a time.

Jesus is the one who knows it all, the one who has seen it all. Beware of prophets who are always prophesying non-stop. But Daddy you are always prophesying during the Holy Ghost Service, my Father said this, my father said this. Do you know how many hours of praying and fasting preceded those little bits?

Do we prophecy from beginning to the end? God will talk when it is time. When I tell my driver “we are going to Lagos” he asks where exactly, I say we are going to visit so and so. That’s all he needs to know. He takes me to where I am going and stays in the car to wait for me and when I get back the next instruction comes to him. That is the way God speaks, just a little at a time.

In 1 Samuel 16:1-13, God said to Samuel, “stop sweeping for King Saul, I have rejected him, I have chosen a new king. He is living in the house of a man called Jesse in the town of Bethlehem, fill your horn with oil and go”. “Yes Lord”. When Samuel arrived he should have asked when Jesse presented seven big boys. The first question he should have asked is “are these all your children”. No he took over from there, he thought he knew more than God.

He saw the first boy and he said this one looks like a king and God said I didn’t tell you that. Then the second one, then the third one, then the fourth one. The great prophet took seven steps that day and fell down seven times but God picked him up again. At the end of the seven, he said wait a minute, I heard God clearly he said the man who will be king is here. Then he asked “are these all?”.

When God is speaking to you because I have prayed that God will open your ears and I am sure He heard me when I prayed that prayer weeks ago, when He begins to talk to you, be satisfied with a little now and then a little at a later time. Please when God asks you to wait, do so. When He has guided you to a particular spot and He hasn’t spoken yet, concerning what next step to take, wait.

Consider 1 Samuel 13:1-14, the man of God told King Saul “wait for me, I will be here in seven days time”. But this king saw the army surrounding him and said “Where is this Samuel self, He hasn’t come. I think I better offer His sacrifice”.

He didn’t ask you to offer sacrifice to Him, you are a king. He has given the assignment to a prophet. The Bible says as soon as he finished, if he had waited. Brethren, one of the biggest lessons you must learn when you are dealing with God is to be patient. God may be delayed but He will arrive.

As a matter of fact, if we study Mark Chapter 5 from verse 21 to 43, you will find out that God at times can be delayed. Jesus was going to the house of Jarius to go and heal his daughter, a woman stole a miracle on the way and that delayed the Lord and it delayed Him and the message came to Jarius that the daughter was dead.

God may be delayed but a delay from God doesn’t mean denial. Another big lesson you should learn from this verse is that between God’s promise and manifestation there could be a time gap.

Genesis 8:20-22 spoke about seedtime and harvest, Bible scholars said it should be ‘seed, time and harvest’.

There must be a time from when you sow and when you reap. It is not the day you plant your yam that you harvest, it would have to take some time to die, some time to germinate and some time to grow.

Once God has spoken it is done. (Numbers 23:19, Psalm 119:89). It’s like you want to go abroad, you live in Lagos and you have a visa, you have a passport and you buy your ticket, as soon as you get your ticket you can phone your relatives in London. I will see you on such and such a day but between now and the time you see them, there is still a process. Once God has promised, there may be a delay but there will be a manifestation.
1 Samuel 9-20

Hannah was praying and the man of God saw her weeping and praying and the man of God said “Alright Lady, the Lord grant you your request” and it was settled but do you know that Elkannah still had some job to do. Husband had to do his job, the baby still had to develop in the womb. There is still a process of delivery and not everybody who went into the delivery room will come out alive.

Genesis 12:1-3
God blessed Abraham that through his seed the nations of the earth shall be blessed, when God said it, it was settled but so many things happened in between.

There was a lot that happened between the pronouncement of the promise and it’s fulfillment. There was famine, there was Abraham and Sarah going to Egypt, there was still the Egyptian King trying to take the wife away before God intervened. Genesis 18:12-14, God now says it is no longer a promise, now I decree that in nine months time Sarah will have a child but a lot still happened in between. God didn’t tell Abraham all that. He doesn’t show you the whole picture.

Genesis 21:1-7.
Consider Joshua Chapter 1 from verse 1 to 8, God said to Joshua “Hey you are taking over the land, divide the land for my people. Everywhere the sole of your feet shall step, I have given unto you”.

There was still Joshua Chapter 2 where River Jordan must be crossed, there was still the Walls of Jericho that must fall. In Joshua 7 when Achan stepped into the story, the man that God said would never run before the enemy, ran before Ai. Until finally Joshua Chapter 12 when Joshua began to say oh glory be to God, we defeated this king, we defeated that king.

Consider my friend Elisha, in 1 Kings 19:15-21 the moment the mantle of Elijah fell on Elisha, the fate of Elisha was sealed. He knew without being told that he was going to take over from Elijah. That is why he slew the oxen that he was working with. He knew he wasn’t coming back to farming. Years passed before finally we came to 2 Kings 2:1-15, when God speaks it is already done but there may be a delay.

It is also true for a nation, in Genesis 15:12-14 God spoke to Abraham that his descendants will be sojourners in a strange land but that nation that is going to torment them, I am going to deal with the nation and your children will come out with great wealth.

Genesis 15 and that didn’t come to pass until Exodus 12. In between the promise, Isaac was born, Jacob was born, there was a struggle between Jacob and Esau and somehow Joseph was born, there was a struggle between Joseph and his brothers and he ended up in prison before he became Prime Minister and the famine came. Several years passed but then when Exodus 12 came we found the children of Israel leaving Egypt loaded down with wealth.

Habakkuk 2:3 says when God gives you a vision, when God gives you a promise, wait for it. Even if it tarries, wait for it because God is going to work his purpose through the delay. So I am saying to those of you who are children of God, have you received the prophecy from God and you are yet to see the fulfillment, instead you are seeing drama here and there. I want to assure you that God is working his purpose behind the scene.

You will testify. When God makes you a promise, the only one who can make sure that the promise doesn’t come to pass is you. You are the only one who can cause him to change his mind. 1 Samuel 2:30.

The only way God can change His mind concerning your life is if you go back into sin. If you are a backslider, please return to the author of salvation. Whatever He promised He will fulfill.

If you are not saved yet, wherever you are now your head and cry to Him from wherever you are and He will hear you.

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