FROM THE DAYS WHEN OUR CHURCH INCOME WAS 18,600 NAIRA IN A YEAR, WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN BROUGHT FORWARD.
GOD’S WORD ONLY TRANSFORMS WHEN YOU TAKE IT RAW AND SWALLOW IT ALL
WE GOT OUR RESCUE FROM LOOKING FOR FINANCIAL AID FROM HIS WORD.
JUST HAVE GOD’S CORRECT NUMBER. YOU DON’T NEED TO GO THROUGH EUROPE, NORTH/ SOUTH AMERICA, ASIA, CHINA, MALAYSIA.
THE SAME LORD IS RICH UNTO ALL.
THE DEVIL AND ALL HIS DEMONS DEPLOYED TO NIGERIA FROM HELL, WANT ME TO BE POOR IN NIGERIA, BUT THE COVENANT CANNOT BE BROKEN.
WE NEED A COVENANT MENTALITY IN OUR WALK WITH GOD.
YOUR ESCAPE STARTS WITH GENUINE SALVATION WITH PROOFS.
IN THOSE DAYS, YOU COULD LEAVE MONEY WITH A CHRISTIAN AND GO TO SLEEP.
NOW, SALVATION HAS BEEN WATERED DOWN.
NOW, A CHRISTIAN CANNOT BE TRUSTED, EVEN AMONG PASTORS, FOUNDERS, BISHOPS, ARCHBISHOPS, BECAUSE IT HAS DO WITH THE FOUNDATION OF BEING GENUINELY BORN AGAIN AND REMAINING SO.
-Bishop David Oyedepo at 1st Service, Faith Tabernacle
HOW DO WE ACCESS THE WONDERS IN THE WORD?
- Be committed to a lifestyle of prayer and fasting to access outbreak of light in your area of concern.
Outbreak of light! We have all kinds of testimonies in childbearing through the book, ‘You shall not be Barren.’ We have catalogue of testimonies of supernatural financial breakthroughs through the book, ‘Breaking Financial Hardship.’ And then uncountable testimonies on the book of ‘The Supernatural.’ Somebody was in our Service in those days and then the Word came forth. They had been owing him in one particular state for a long time. They sent for him on Monday, “your cheque is ready, come and take it”, after years of, ‘they won’t pay because he won’t give them something.’ They sent for him. The Angel came and said, “shut up, you devils.”
Engage in prayers and fasting, in search of light in your area of concern. That is how our breakthrough in Church growth came to be. Okay, young folks, 4 of us will be in a fast and find out why this Church is not growing. 4 heavyweight instructions came that are still working today – March 24, 1984. What if we didn’t set time apart to find out, we will still be struggling in the midst of darkness.
Set time apart to seek access to light. You know why? The god of this world has blinded them, lest the light – 2 Corinthians 4:4
Because no darkness can stand light. Light is forever more than a conqueror over darkness. As light appears, darkness disappears!! And that light shines in darkness and darkness can do nothing about it.
Isaiah 58:6,8 – Fasting and prayer is for outbreak of light
“Lord, I see poverty everywhere. Show me the secret of Kingdom prosperity”: 3 days fasting. Mark 12:20-22
Light came, boom, “my prosperity is not a promise, so it does not answer to prayer.”
How long will you be a crying baby?
“Now, it does not have respect for fasting. My prosperity is a covenant.
Until your part is played, I am not committed”: so you can sit here and say, “I have been in this Church for all these years.” It doesn’t matter. You don’t do what He says….I knew that 1982 and I knew where I was when I knew it. I knew what I was worth, if I was worth anything, but I have found light and I saw my worth. I saw my worth through that light.
If anything is missing, you need light to find it. You can’t find anything missing in darkness, you need light.
We light the candle through fasting. You have a candle! Yes, but you need to put light on it. We light our candle through fasting. You can’t find what is missing in the midst of darkness. We need light to find anything missing that we are interested in finding. Then outbreak of light comes through fasting and prayers among others. Satan is afraid of you accessing light that will really expose his weakness – 2 Corinthians 4:4.
- We must respond promptly to every encounter with the light.
October 4, 1981, I had an encounter with light from Deuteronomy chapter 15 verse 6.
“Thou shall lend to many, but thou shall not borrow” – Deuteronomy 15:6
I said: Why Lord? Because a borrower is servant to the lender – Proverbs 22:7
Light broke out, it was a fast, a 5-day fast. I was just asking God for details of what I will require as I pursue this mandate. Imagine if we were a borrowing Church! Haah, we would have borrowed ourselves out.
The banks will be at all the entrances. They will be fighting over who collects the offering on this side and who collects the other one. God delivered me and this Mission from any temptation of borrowing before we had a need to borrow, by light.
You cannot serve two masters, He said, you have to choose one and despise the other – Matthew 6:24
I said, “I despise the borrower. I choose my Saviour, He is also my Provider.”
We have never borrowed: 40 years have come and gone.
When I am going to Heaven, I will write it down as a covenant for the future leaders of this Commission: whosoever borrows will come under a curse. If He brought us to where we are without borrowing, then you must have been possessed by something. Don’t try God.
Light! So I made a covenant same day, that is where I am going to: Never to borrow. If it means doing without food for weeks, never to beg. I have not lacked food nor drink, neither has the Ministry gone red once. That we went red and there was no brought forward. There is always a brought forward. Always!! From the days of 18,600 Naira a year, there was always a brought forward.
When the Lord stirs the water, whosoever first steps in, not whosoever steps; not whosoever drags in: whosoever FIRST steps in – John 5:4
You first step in: all this, “I will think about it.” That is why it is not done. You strike when your iron is hot.
Can I tell you where we got rescue from looking anywhere else, for any financial aid?
Romans 10:12 – Just have His correct number, you don’t need to go through Europe or America, South or North or Asia, China or Malaysia. Just have God’s correct number, dial it, He will pick it. The same Lord over all is rich unto all that call Him.
-Your story has changed.
Don’t toy with encounters with revelation. Jump in. You want the best of it, jump in.
Every form of dragging is evidence of doubt. Double mindedness – James 1:7
If you believe it is a Word from the Lord and it is from this Book: Jump in, it guarantees a future.
You should know that this is a very relaxed Ministry. How many know that? Have you ever been under pressure here?
“Stand up! Move! Run! Where are you? Come here!”: It is not necessary. Light is sweet.
Say with me, “Light is sweet” – Ecclesiastes 11:7
Light is sweet, it is the sweetest pudding of the Kingdom. Light is sweet!
COVENANT DAY OF ESCAPE
The first question is escape from what?
Escape from the wickedness of the devil and his agents that line up our paths as serpents and scorpions, with their diabolical powers day and night – Luke 10:19
Escape from the traps of the wicked.
Very important, every human being needs God’s escape lifeline or he becomes a victim of life.
One first escape is from the kingdom of darkness – Hebrews 2:3
What is salvation? It is our translation from the kingdom of darkness to the Kingdom of light – Colossians 1:13. The kingdom of darkness runs a constitution that is summarized as, “I have come to kill, steal and destroy” – John 10:10. So you are in this kingdom, expect this.
Jesus came by the Blood – Colossians 1:13-14
That’s where our fundamental escape comes from. Until we escape from the kingdom of darkness, we remain under their constitution, struggling for survival, day and night.
A young man met me this week, he said, “Sir, please pray for me.”
I said: What happened?
He said: My parents are still alive. They keep burying their sons time and again. We just buried one now.
Somebody testified here, he said, “Is it only burial they do in your family? They don’t do celebration there? Every time, ‘I am going home.’ What for? We are burying somebody.” So he asked him, “Is it only burial they do in your family?”
-The wickedness of the wicked must come to an end.
-Today in your life and in your family, the wickedness of the wicked must come to an end.
Now listen to this, right now the word Salvation has been watered down.
“Are you born again?”
Response: I am born again
But there is no fruit of repentance, anywhere around him. No. That salvation is not real. If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature, old things have passed away, behold all things have become new – 2 Corinthians 5:17
In those days, you leave money with a believer, you can go to sleep. But now with your 2 eyes opened, you are not even safe.
In those days, you fall into sin, you go and report yourself: Please help me oooo, ‘Mo ti daran.’ Please help me.
Now: What is that? They say, “somebody stole.” You say, “How much? 2,000! Is that why they are shouting? What is in 2,000?”
They say, “somebody died.” Response: And so what? He has to bail himself out.
And among Christians Sir, among Pastors, among Founders, among Bishops, among Archbishops: all kinds. Because this thing is all about foundation. Are you saved? Do you have fruits of repentance to authenticate your salvation?
You still remain in the kingdom of darkness, suffering under the wicked constitution of the king of that kingdom – the devil. The word devil means the evil one: that is just the short cut to devil. The evil one, he does evil only. Evil only. You don’t have to continue under that kingdom when you have a free opportunity to get out of it into the kingdom of light.
Our escape begins with valid salvation, authentic salvation, salvation with proofs. Very important.
-You are escaping today.
-Anyone yet to escape by salvation, today is declared your day of salvation.
To escape and stay free:
- Number 1 key: Be Born Again and remain so.
- Keep walking in the light of the Word. Just like darkness cannot resist the authority of light, your escape is established by walking in the light.
Our captivity is by the powers of darkness and when light breaks forth, prison doors are shattered.
Light is a door-opener in every prison house. Light broke the siege of darkness and Paul and Silas came out in grand styles.
Keep walking in the light of scriptures and then you stay free.
-Today is your day of escape, you will not be re-captured.
Please remember, we are children of light, we should walk as children of light and darkness will clear the way for us.
Everyone that is not born again is darkness and has no power over darkness. Darkness cannot overcome darkness.
“Ye are the light of the world” – That is God’s verdict, for us who are saved. Now walk as children of light and darkness will be kept at bay. Walk as children of light!
- You must stay in love with God – 1 John 4:16-18
You dwell in love, you dwell in God. As our love for God continues to grow, we begin to carry His presence more and more. Because no gate can be shut against God, as we remain in love, we remain in command of every gate of hell, because we carry God’s presence – Psalm 24:7-10.
When we are in love with God, we carry His presence naturally.
That is why we know all things work together for good to them that love God, because of His presence – Romans 8:28.
If God be for us, who can be against us? – Romans 8:31
So to escape, you need salvation with proofs.
To stay free, you need to walk in the light. Whatever God says, you are just walking in it. You are just walking in the revelation of the Word on every issue of life and then you stay free from it.
If the devil wants anybody to be poor in this country, all the devils and demons in hell that are deployed to Nigeria, they want me to be poor. But except you can break the covenant of the day and of the night and there should not be night and day in their season, then also my covenant with my servant be broken – Jeremiah 33:20-21
Every child of God walking in the light is in covenant with God, anything that can’t stop the day and the night exchanging position can’t stop God’s blessings on their lives. Cannot stop it!
We need a covenant mentality in our walk with God.
-It is the dawning of a new day for you.
- You must keep your faith alive, by constantly feeding on the Word.
For faith comes and grows by hearing and understanding the Word of God – Romans 10:17
We have that graphically illustrated in Acts chapter 8 when Philip met the Ethiopian eunuch – Acts 8:30-38
The more of the truth we understand, the stronger our faith comes alive. It is not about reading, it is about understanding.
All the students that fail in school, it is not that they didn’t read, they just didn’t understand.
I read Kenneth Copeland’s book 4 times and I said, “God show me.” That means, I had not seen it. Then light broke out. Keep feeding on the Word to keep your faith alive that will keep your captors at bay – Ephesians 6:16.
Keep your faith growing, keep your faith alive. Faith feeds on the Word, just like when you are not fed with physical food, you grow weaker and weaker and weaker, until you quench if you don’t stop it.
In the same way, you must keep your faith alive, by feeding your faith with quality Word menu. Read faith books to grow your faith!! I read virtually all the books that Hagin ever wrote and I am still referencing them time and again.
There is no future for an idle man: don’t sit down and say, “I know it will happen someday.” Nothing will happen.
Can you imagine somebody saying, “I know I will be a Pilot someday?” In the name of Jesus, I am Papa’s son.” They say, “Go to Flying School.” Never! Flying school for what? Didn’t you see Isaiah chapter 60 verse 8, “who are these that fly as the cloud?”
Now I have never seen the key of an aircraft, if it has key. “That is the key”, talk less of how to open it. I have never seen the key once, that “this is the key.” I have never held one, nor seen with my eyes: don’t let me see it so I won’t kill myself.
If you pack a chopper in my house and there is a need to move fast, I can’t move fast, I can only drive. I can’t move fast. The Pilot is not there, I can’t move fast. These things have procedures.
-You won’t miss your steps.
We must keep our faith growing, to keep our faith working and keep the devil at bay.
Whatever overcomes the world, he overcomes by faith, no short cut.
- Finally, we must keep serving God and the interest of His Kingdom as a way of life – Daniel 3: 26, 28; Daniel 6: 20-21.
When you serve God, He is committed to setting you free and keeping you free – Isaiah 49:26.