IF WHAT YOU ARE CLAIMING TO BE GOD PUTS YOU IN FEAR AND DOUBT RATHER THAN FAITH; THEN SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH WHAT YOU’RE CLAIMING TO HAVE HEARD.
WHEN I HEARD ABOUT MINISTRY AND GOD SAID; “WHAT I HAVE BEEN TELLING YOU ABOUT, THE TIME HAS COME.” I DIDN’T CARE FOR MY SURVIVAL.
I CAME INTO ABUJA, LIVED IN ONE ROOM WITH FIVE OTHER PEOPLE FOR THIRTEEN MONTHS. I WASN’T AFRAID OF THE FUTURE. I DIDN’T HAVE A PLAN B. I DIDN’T THINK OF THE ALTERNATIVE BECAUSE FAITH WAS MAXIMAL AND EVERY devil KNOWS TODAY, THAT GOD SPOKE AT THAT TIME.
NEVER STRUGGLE TO FEEL GOOD ABOUT WHAT YOU HAVE NO PEACE. NEVER STRUGGLE TO FEEL RIGHT CONCERNING ANY ISSUE YOU LOST YOUR PEACE; DON’T FORCE YOURSELF.
ANYTHING YOU WANT TO FORCE YOURSELF TO DO, CHECK IT; SOMETHING MAYBE WRONG.
DON’T BE MOVED BY WHAT YOU ARE SEEING AROUND YOU; CONFIRM WITH THE PEACE YOU HAVE IN YOUR HEART.
GOD CANNOT BE SO INTERESTED IN YOUR LIFE THAT HE WILL BE TELLING SOMEBODY SOMETHING ABOUT YOU THAT YOU DON’T FEEL PEACE ABOUT IT.
DON’T STRUGGLE FOR ANY PARTICULAR CHANNEL OF DIRECTION. LET GOD SPEAK TO YOU AS HE WILLS. THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO HAVE ENTERED THE HANDS OF THE devil BECAUSE THEY WANT GOD TO SPEAK TO THEM IN ONE PARTICULAR WAY AND BY ALL MEANS.
-Pastor Paul Enenche at Dunamis International Gospel Centre on ‘CHANNELS OF DIVINE DIRECTION’
Dunamis International Gospel Centre.
Combined Service, Glory Dome.
I’ll like to welcome everyone here this morning in the name of Jesus Christ. I want to give El-Shaddai, Adonai; the worship, the honour for how much He has helped us in the month of January; this is the last Sunday of the month, tomorrow is the very last day of the month. He has helped us so much in the schedule of divine direction and today we are going to look at the climax of the subject of divine direction. Everything we have been saying has been pointing to what we are about to say today.
For somebody, this might be one of the most important lessons you will learn all your life and this is titled:
“CHANNELS OF DIVINE DIRECTION”.
Psalm 29:3-4, Psalm 85:8
Our objective this morning is:
1). To understand the different ways that God speaks or gives us directions.
2). To find out how to know whether what we heard is from God or not.
God speaks once and again or over and over but man is not perceiving it; he is not hearing and it is a challenge.
Hosea 12:10 – there are multiple ways in which God communicates.
Matthew 4:4 – God is always having things that proceed out of His mouth.
WHAT ARE THE WAYS IN WHICH GOD SPEAKS?
1). Through the Word of God – Bible (Psalm 29:3-4, Ephesians 5:26, 1 Samuel 3:21). It means that, the voice of God is within the verse of scripture. Also, He causes particular verses to standout to you; to address some issues at occasion.
God’s servant, Bishop David Oyedepo was in Ilorin around the year 1982 -1983 and he was wondering whether to relocate to Kaduna or not and according to what he said, “Lord, what are You saying, what do I do?” Then he said, he carried the Bible and the Bible literally opened spontaneously to Acts 22:10 “arise, go to Damascus” and the Damascus; then he knew the meaning immediately because Damascus was the City of persecution in the Bible days and the North then was the center, still the center of persecution of the Christian Gospel till tomorrow and he got up on the spot and he went to his wife and said, “God has spoken to me, we are going to Kaduna.” That is, out of the scripture, the Voice came.
When we were about to go to Taraba State, Jalingo for crusade, there were three things that were going to hinder our going;
a). Terrorism was very drastic in the North-East.
b). New restrictions came out, coro wise, that large gatherings shouldn’t hold.
c). As the crusade drew near, we realized that it fell exactly on the religious holiday of the people in North. Now, we have never done a crusade that clashed with such a holiday before because we don’t want to look like we are confrontational in any way in a religious sensitive country.
So, one day to the crusade, my wife said that are we preparing for the crusade? I said, “I’m not sure whether we are going because of what they are saying; restrictions in the air, terrorism in that side and then a holiday of the other religion and the crusade is on the same day.”
While I was in that process; “Lord, what are You saying and the scriptures moved, bam! Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be thou lifted, you everlasting doors and let the King of glory come in.” I don’t know how I arrived at that scripture, just at that moment (Psalm 24:1-10). Lord, what are You saying? He said, “I am the Owner of the earth and I can go anywhere when I want” – out of that scripture, the earth is the Lord. “What are You saying Lord?”
He said; “I am waiting for you there.” It collided with Isaiah 45:1-2. “I am the Owner of the earth; I can go anywhere I want per time” – that Voice was inside that verse. “I am waiting for you there! I am the Lord of hosts. I am there with my armies.” I told my wife and said, “God has spoken to me, we are going there for sure.” She said, “Wow! Is that right?” I said, we have gone and every trace of uncertainty; any little trace of agitation dried up.
When we landed at the airport, the driver who took us, it was only terrorism stories he was telling us. I said, why are people driving like this, cars were packed by the road side?
He said, “it is because of the terrorism in this area.” He said when they see a convoy of cars coming like this, they will pack aside. We met another high-ranking officer of the land; the same. They were happy about our coming, that in fact the last time they terrorists came, they overwhelmed the soldiers but God said, “I am waiting for you there.”
Not one knockout was heard. They said, the officials of the land told us that for the last ten years, this is the safest meeting they have had. Why?
God spoke and we moved and as for gathering of crowds, they were not sure whether they have seen a crowd as this and we decreed on Friday, the very last night of the crusade against the terrorists that they should begin to waste themselves. Less than one week later, on Wednesday of the following week, they killed the head of one of the major terrorists group in this Country.
The other terrorists group came against him; till tomorrow, he is buried forever.
That is when God speaks.
People think that it is only when you see vision that God has spoken. By the time we are through this morning, every one of you; your ears, eyes and hearts shall open!
2). Through inner peace; peace of heart or mind. God uses inward peace to confirm whether a certain decision is right or wrong; the presence of peace, the absence of peace as a confirmation (Psalm 85:8). The Voice of the Lord carries peace; direction from God carries peace (Philippians 4:6-7).
a). The presence of peace – Green light
b). The absence of peace – Red light
c). I am not sure – Yellow light.
There are decisions you want to make, your peace is massive.
That is, go ahead (Green light). There is another one, you lost peace completely, that is; don’t make any move. There is a third realm where you can say, peace is there and you cannot say, peace is not there. You are not sure what you feel (that is the yellow light) – Yellow light means wait; wait until you know what you feel, until you can tell what you are sensing.
Another way to say it is, decisions you are not comfortable with. Something inside you is not right. You are trying to make a move; business, martial move – something inside you is not right and then you hold on.
One day I came home for holidays as a medical student and I met someone prophesying, I’ve told this story many times. The moment I heard this person and sighted this person, every peace disappeared. I was troubled uncomfortably. Everybody was hailing this person as a mighty man of God. I said, no!
This is not God. In a short while, it was confirmed.
I was meant to travel for an occasion that was family related and I had zero peace, coupled with the fact that, that circumstance did not allow; peace was zero. Everything was set, flight movement was ready and I said, this trip, I won’t make it. The outcome of it was that, I thank God, I didn’t make it because the event that played out; if I was present, it would be disastrous.
My wife and I are always traveling together all the time. One journey, I told her; “you are not going for this journey.” She said, en hen? I said, “yes, you will not travel with me for this one.” She said, “okay Sir” and she waited at home. On the journey, I was telling her the story of the journey, we are yet to get to the destination. She said, “thank you for stopping me.” For days, she will not be able to recover from the impact of that journey. I didn’t hear anything; I just felt and knew she shouldn’t go on that journey.
Never struggle to feel good about what you have no peace. Never struggle to feel right concerning any issue you lost your peace; don’t force yourself.
That was how Saul lost the kingdom and missed out on the will of God (1 Samuel 13:12). Anything you want to force yourself to do, check it; something maybe wrong. Don’t force yourself to go on a journey, don’t force yourself to do this or do that.
Paul the Apostle was moving at one time ministering and there was a woman prophesying in Acts 16; these are the servants of the Most High God that bring to us the Word of salvation. What she was saying, nothing was wrong with it. The content of the prophecy was right but Paul lost his peace. Every time he heard the word, peace died (Acts 26:18).
One woman told me how that her husband kept forcing her to go to a particular “church”. She said, as she entered, miracles seem to be happening but can’t feel a trace of God’s presence and also, peace is zero.
So she told the husband, “please Sir, have mercy on me. If you want, you can be going. I can’t go to this kind of place.” It was confirmed to the man later that that was not a place to go.
Don’t be moved by what you are seeing around you; confirm with the peace you have in your heart. Somebody told me sometime while we were still younger men, we were not married yet, he has found who to marry and then he came and prophesy somebody for me. He was pitying me that I have not found somebody to marry and the person he prophesied to me was one of the most spiritual persons that was around; spiritual in every sense but the moment I heard that, I was grieved inside; “What suggestion is this?” Nothing was wrong with that person but that was not the person for me and God confirmed it.
So, you use inward peace; the presence of peace or the absence of peace to confirm the direction you are having.
3). Through the inward witness. This is called the witness of the Spirit; it is inner knowing. The peace is an emotion, but this is more like information (inside information). Inner knowing – you didn’t hear or see anything, you just know something, they way you know your name (Romans 8:16).
When you give your life to Christ, you didn’t need anybody to prophesy to you. Something inside you knows that you belong to God. At times, it flows with inner joy (1 John 2:20). This is a major way which our Master Jesus operated, it is also a major way in which the word of knowledge operates (Mark 5:30 Matthew 9:1-4, Mark 12:15. Luke 11:16-17).
Before I ever saw or heard anything, this was a very, very way in which I got a lot of direction, guidance and revelation – knowing. Most godly women and godly wives have this knowing and perception. They will suddenly tell their husbands; “this man is not a good friend. You are the one calling him your best friend.” How do you know? “I don’t know?” Did you see something? “No!”
At the end of the day, it is proved because of that inward knowing.
One day, a man who is of white colour came to me. Before he opened his mouth to say one word, I knew he was about to tell a lie and then the next form of leading came. I knew; then, I heard “he is about to tell a lie.” So, I began to wait for the action to play and he played the action. I could have been deceived because of who he was but I had an inward knowing. One day, a fake bishop came to me, sent me a text first that he came to Nigeria, he’s stranded and stocked somewhere in Benue State.
I linked him up with our pastor in Benue State; he wants me to help me and I asked him to come. He came to my office with his air force officer friend and daughter and they all came to my office.
The moment I sighted him; “fake, fake, fake” I knew on the spot. So I said; oh, this is your friend, this is your daughter. Long story makes short, by the time the Holy Ghost finished decoding him, it was a girl that he abducted from the family house in Anambra State. When the girl’s mother said he should bring back the girl, he charged them to pay him.
The so-called air force officer friend was an imposter with an air force ID card. I asked the girl and said, “this man said he is your father.” She said, “no Sir! Where are you from? She said, “he took me from my house in Anambra State. Sir, please free me from his hand.”
How many times have we suffered massive loses because we didn’t see things? This is knowing, it comes with perception and feelings. I was speaking to a man who came to my office and suddenly I knew he had an affliction and the Lord gave me a sign in my body where the sickness was in his body. So, l held that part of the body, cast it out. He was free on the spot and the sign disappeared.
- I prophesy to somebody here today, in the name that is above every name, Jesus Christ the resurrected Lord, out of the Word,; God shall begin to speak to you and you shall hear!
- Through the inner peace, God shall begin to speak to you and you shall hear!
- Through the inward witness, God shall speak to you and you shall hear!
I kept seeing one young man and when I saw his sister, I knew this person should be the wife of this person. I didn’t talk to any of them. So, the man came one day and said, “Sir, I have found who to marry.” I said, who is she? He said, “so and so person” I said, you are right. If you have said another person, I would have told you.
- You will not miss it!
One day, I was preaching a message and I was reading a Bible Verse; “though weeping may endure through the night, joy commeth in the morning ” – your joy is coming and a young man came to church, trusting God for who to marry and let us say, a Joy has been hanging around him and he came to me at the end of the service, “Sir I have found who to marry? He said Joy”. I said, how do you know? He said, “it was inside your message. You mentioned her in your message.”
4). Through the inward voice. The inward voice is what you might call the inaudible inner voice.
It is a voice sounding from inside you; like inside your heart or mind. At times it is like the interruption of thought (Acts 10:19, Acts 8:9, Acts 13:2).
The other day, I was driving at the Lord’s Garden here and I saw a woman in the night, crying and then she came close; What is wrong with you? She said, “I’m trusting the Lord for my child” Your child has autism? “Yes Sir, how do you know?” – That was knowing. But in this voice, this was how I married my wife, the inner voice; the voice began to sound as I pray and God began to give me different aspects of her life and this happened for about seven days.
By the time all the pieces came together, “O, is this the person?” This is somebody I was trusting God to give a good husband to. I knew she was a fire brand and I’m trusting the Lord, praying in agreement with her. At that time, there was somebody also hanging around.
So, this is how the inward voice function.
That was how I also stepped into ministry; “Lord, I am at a junction of my life, am I to proceed further in medical practice or to go to UK or to go to the Middle East where there was an opening; what am I to do? So, I checked out for three days. My wife was with our young baby and I left her at home, went to the mountain and then I was praying. On the second day of the prayer, in the night, the Voice said; “what I have been telling you about, the ministry, the assignment; the time for it has come.” When? “Now!” Where? “Abuja!”
Where I grew up, everybody had their own vision; “my vision is to do this or that” and I didn’t have, so I went before God and said; “Lord, what is my vision?” Then I heard the Voice; “let my own vision become your own vision.” Yes Sir, what is Your vision? He said, “my vision is to reconnect human beings back to Me; to restore their destinies where they left in the garden, how they missed road and left Me, I want to pull them back and I am giving you the tool of the Word and the power to rescue them.”
In this realm of hearing, enquiries are very important. God is talking most of the time so that you can ask questions and if you ask and you are not hearing anything, don’t be in a hurry; just be patient with God.
- I prophesy to someone here today, whatever God is saying to you, you shall begin to hear clearly!
Most times the inner peace, inner witness and inward voice can walk together and many times they also stand alone.
5). Through the outer or outward voice. This is the voice that is literally audible to the outer ear. At times, you will turn and wonder whether the person who spoke is near you. This is when divine direction gets physical (1 Samuel 3:4-10, John 12:27-29, Acts 9:4-7).
This is not as frequent as the other modes that God uses to speak to people but it is there. The reason is very simple; when you hear something audible and you hear it all the time, it is very frightening (it could be). You know in the village when somebody hears his name, they will say, death is calling the person.
I’ve had times when I’m moving on the altar and I heard somebody by side and I looked around to find where the person is and I realized that, it was not physical. One day, I was praying and I asked God for more fire. My body began to burn literally in fire and lay down in the living room there crying; ‘fire.’ My wife ran out, she couldn’t help me.
She went to the fridge and brought iced cold water, poured on my chest. Since then, I haven’t asked for that kind of fire again. So, before you ask for things, just be careful. One day I stepped into my office and opened the door to step in. Before I could lock it, somebody locked it.
There are times, God wants to let you know that; “I am around, angels are around.”
6). Through visions and revelations (Joel 2:28-29). In visions and revelations, I’ll like to deal with some categories:
a). Dreams. These are visionary experiences during sleep.
b). Trance. This is the situation of being half asleep and half awake. At times it is also defined as where the physical senses are suspended.
You are not aware of the environment and then you see things (Sleep-awake junction).
c). Visions; visions could be still or motion. That is, you just saw something like a photograph or like a movie and the motion picture could be simple or full colour.
Vision has three categories:
i). Ordinary vision, which is the one that you close your eyes in the day. You are not sleeping; you are seeing something.
ii). Night vision. The night vision at times could be confused with dreams but the difference is that, in the dream, you are fully asleep; night vision, it is vision you are seeing in the night. You are awake but seeing things at night. At times it could be mixed.
The revelation of the Lord’s Garden, where the Lord showed me in the night, the landmark for the location of this site happened by that mixture of a dream/night vision. Seeing the vision of an angel, when some people rushed at me and they were about to attack me and suddenly I saw a man stood and he lifted one hand and before you knew it, everybody was on the floor and I looked at him and said; “Who are you?” He said, “I am the angel sent to fight your battles.” It was like the mixture of a night vision and a dream.
- Tonight, God will show you something that will change your life and story!
Job 33:15, Daniel 2:19, Daniel 7:1-2, Acts 16:9, Acts 18:9).
iii). Open vision is where you are not sleeping; neither are your eyes closed and you are seeing. That is, it is seeing into the spirit realm with the open eye. You are seeing things that others are not seeing with your eyes open (Numbers 24:16, Numbers 22:22-23, Acts 9:3-8).
One day, I saw a lady entered a car and sat on the steering and began to drive and as she was driving, it was a man that I saw sitting on the chair driving and I said, wait a minute; what is happening? “I see a man sitting on your driver’s seat driving.” She said, no! I was the one who drove. I said, alright, there is a masculine spirit, the spirit is camouflaging you. She said, many people said I behave like a man; I function like a man. I said, alright, that agenda is arrested right now! That was seen with eye – physical; several others are like that.
- When it is necessary for you to see such things, God will make it happen!
Please note the following things:
1). No channel of direction is superior to another. I didn’t have to see a vision before I went to Taraba, God spoke to me from the Word and it was forceful enough to take us there. Don’t think until you saw a vision, you haven’t heard God.
2). Don’t struggle for any particular channel of direction. Let God speak to you as He wills. “Others are seeing vision, I must see vision.”
There are people who have entered the hands of the devil because they want God to speak to them in one particular way by all means.
3). Prove all things by the Word (1 Thessalonians 5:21). Anything you are seeing or hearing or experiencing that does not line up with the Word of God, reject it. You have to cross check what you are hearing; is this in line with the will and character of God?
4.) Don’t be discouraged if you missed a step; keep learning. If for any reason you thought you heard God and it was not God, just realize you are still a human being, don’t be discouraged; keep learning.
5). External prophecies must conform to personal convictions and directions. That is somebody said, God told them something about you, that thing must conform with the Word of God and your own convictions.
It doesn’t matter who is saying it to you, if a person say something to you and it makes you to lose your peace, discard what they are saying. God cannot be so interested in your life that He will be telling somebody something about you that you don’t feel peace about it.
One day, a woman went to the market, going to buy goods with big money and a prophet met her and said, God said you shouldn’t do that business. “What business should I do?” Hold on. The money was returned and she squandered the money and got stranded for years until God showed up.
Anything anybody claimed they hear from God for you, if you lost your peace, let it go. If it is not in line with Word, let it go (Romans 8:14). It is very destructive if they are saying things to you that God is not saying to you.
HOW DO YOU PROVE THAT WHAT YOU ARE HEARING IS OF GOD?
Four tests, direction and revelation must pass these four tests:
1). The Word test (Isaiah 8:20).
2). The peace test; the Lord will speak peace. The vision, dream, revelation, hearing came with peace. If your peace is scattered, it must be queried. I am not talking of situations where maybe God says you should carry out a sacrifice and your flesh is reacting because it appears too big for you (Psalm 85:8).
There are times, God may ask you to carry out some steps that your physical flesh may react and say, is it possible? That’s different; this one, peace is zero. Then, you know something is wrong.
3). The joy test (Jeremiah 15:16). Whenever you find His word that comes with His voice, there is joy and rejoicing. There is a joy hearing God.
4). The faith test (Romans 10:17). The faith to go to that crusade in the North East dominated every devil. The moment I heard God said, I can enter anywhere, the whole earth is His. If what you are claiming to be God puts you in fear and doubt rather than faith; when I heard about ministry and God said, what I have been telling you about, the time has come. I didn’t care for my survival. I came into Abuja, lived in one room with four or five other people for thirteen months. I wasn’t afraid of the future. I didn’t have a plan B.
I didn’t think of the alternative because faith was maximal and every devil knows, today that God spoke at that time. If it does not line up with the Word, you can’t trace the peace and joy, it doesn’t explode your boldness and your faith; then something is wrong with what you claim to have heard.
Today is vengeance day;
- Any man and any woman who does not want you to let you go, today is their terminal date!
There are people who toy with God’s people and they think they can go away with it. Personally, my life and destiny are very dangerous; it is like coming against a naked wire. If it doesn’t happen immediately, it happens urgently. I was not a pastor yet; I was a university student but on fire for God. Somebody said, “who do you think you are, do you think you are the only one who can preach?” I didn’t pray one prayer, five weeks later, that person reported to eternity.
- The same judgmental fire, apostolic and prophetic mantle of fire is coming upon the adversaries of your life and your destiny and our Nation; they shall not go free!
- In the name of Jesus, any man or woman who needs to go for this Nation to rest and for your life and family to rest, I declare; they are going today!
2 Thessalonians 1:6.
- I announce today, every troubler of our Nation, city and your family; they are receiving multiplied troubles right now!
- I announce today, every unrepentant troubler of your soul, our lives, city and nation, I decree; they shall be cut off!
- Under 24 hours, you shall hear of vengeance. Under 72 hours, you shall hear another one. Under seven days, it shall be completed!
- I prophesy your harvest will look for you from the North, South, East and West in Jesus precious name.
- On this 21st day of the fast, I decree and announce to you, the Lord bless you!
The Lord keep you. The Lord cause His face to shine upon you. The Lord be gracious unto you. The Lord lift up His countenance upon you. The Lord give you peace!
- Before you return back this evening, you will be returning with diverse testimonies!
- Go forth and bring forth!
- Every affliction dies right now!
- What my Father in Heaven has not planted in your body, they are uprooted right now!
So shall it be!