IN OUR EARLY DAYS IN MINISTRY, A SENIOR COLLEAGUE OF MINE, BOTH IN CALLING AND GRACE TOLD ME THAT GOD SHOWED HIM THE BUILDING TO PLANT A CHURCH.
I SAID, “IF GOD TELLS YOU, MOVE FAST. HE WILL TELL SOMEBODY ELSE NOW.” HOWEVER, SOMEBODY ELSE TOOK IT. THE STORY IS LONG.
IF WE CAN ONLY SEE HOW MUCH WE HAVE LOST THROUGH BELATED RESPONSE OF FAITH, WE WILL WAKE UP AND HIT OUR OWN HEAD, “WAKE UP.”
THE RACE IS KICKING OFF AND IT BEGINS WITH FASTING AND PRAYERS. IF YOU GIVE IT A CASUAL APPROACH, YOU WILL HAVE THE SAME CASUAL OUTCOME.
DON’T STOP AT PRAYER ANSWERING GOD, SWITCH OVER TO QUESTION ANSWERING GOD; TO PATHWAY SHOWING GOD.
KNOWLEDGE PUFFS UP. DON’T BE TRAPPED BY THE LITTLE YOU KNOW.
THERE IS NOTHING WE WILL EVER KNOW THAT WILL COMPARE WITH WHAT GOD SHOWS!
THE LITTLE I KNEW ABOUT BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION, THERE WAS NO WAY TO HAVE BUILT THE FAITH TABERNACLE IN ONE YEAR.
BUT BY WHAT HE SHOWED, HE DID IT.
– Bishop David Oyedepo at CHoP
The English man says, “opportunity once lost can never be regained.”
Well, my little understanding of this is that yesterday is gone and it is gone forever. It is not coming back again, the 5th of January 2022 (is gone) forever. You can’t rewind: you say, “No, today is not 6th, I rewind to 3rd (January).” It will be having a great fun.
-May this annual prayer and fasting of 2022 result in a massive change of story in everyone’s life.
What enhances our maturity race are the encounters we have with God, encounters that we have with God. God told me that it is worth more than 100 volume of books.
One genuine encounter with God is worth much more than a lifetime of labour and efforts.
-May the encounter that will establish your feet on the more than conqueror’s platform come your way this time.
-No one will miss the encounter package for him or her by God in heaven, in this season of prayer and fasting.
Prayers: Ask God for grace to be a full partaker of the encounters packaged by God for you in this awesome season of launching into the fullness of more than a conqueror.
Lord, help me encounter you in tangible manner this time. Take all the praise, take all the glory.
Speak to me this morning. Ask Him, “speak to me this morning, I want to hear from You.” In Jesus precious name we have prayed.
Thank You Lord. Let no one return without light from You this morning, in Jesus precious name.
EVERY PROPHETIC WORD DELIVERS BY FAITH.
That is our line of thought this week in the Covenant Hour of Prayer. That means faith is key to actualizing any divine agenda.
Luke 1:45 – blessed is she that believeth, there shall be a delivery of that which was told her from the Lord.
Faith is validated by corresponding action – James 2:18
God came down and warned Noah about the impending flood and asked him to build an ark.
Hebrews 11:7 -Noah being warned of God, MOVED
Now listen, it is not just making a move, but making a timely move. (It’s) a timely move that counts.
Abraham believed God but he made moves to validate his faith.
“So Abraham departed” – Genesis 12:4
“Circumcise all the male born”: so as soon as God finished speaking with him, he started.
“Bring up your son for a sacrifice, your only son Isaac, whom you love” – Genesis 22:2
He rose up early in the morning and went ahead.
It is not just about making moves, it is about making timely moves. Some many are making belated moves that only lead to frustration and lack of grace to take delivery.
“Immediately I arose and conferred not with flesh and blood” – Galatians 1:16
It is timely moves that validate faith.
Whatever God can do, faith can make happen and this faith is not just, ‘I am believing God’, even satan himself believes and shivers. Faith is engaging with what God says that you claim to believe by your corresponding action.
Mark 10:27, Isaiah 53:1
Proven faith will bring God’s hand to bear and it is an ever-performing hand. Ever performing hand.
Unwavering faith will always bring God’s hand to bear and God’s hand is up to anything He says to deliver it. It takes faith to see the prophetic Word sent your way this year to come to pass and that faith is all about prompt response to every Word you claim to believe and it is validated by your corresponding action, otherwise it is fake, you have nothing to show, that is the meaning.
“Show me your faith without your works and I will show you my faith by my works” – James 2:18
That is how the caucus of Christ came to be: Peter, James and John. You can’t make the most of any divine agenda without your prompt response of faith, you can’t. Prompt response of faith.
“…Immediately” – You can’t make the most of any divine agenda, any prophetic timeline without our prompt response.
Every time the prophetic water is stirred: dive or you miss it. Dive into it or it is over. This is very important; this is not about, “I am believing, I am considering”; He doesn’t wait for nobody.
In our early days in Ministry, a senior colleague of mine, senior to me in calling, senior to me in grace: we were together one day and he said, “the Lord told me that, that building is where the Church we are going to plant will be.”
I said, “If God tells you, move fast. He will tell somebody else now.” And somebody else took it. The story is long.
If we can only see how much we have lost through belated response of faith, we will wake up and hit our own head, “wake up.”
Now the race is kicking off, I mean it begins with fasting with prayers. If you give it a casual approach, you will have the same casual outcome and nothing is happening, nothing is changing.
You will just come to check on us on Sundays whether we are still alive or not.
“I believe we are all enjoying the fasting time”
Response: Amen, Yes. You are fasting for some of us.
-Your crown, another one will not take it.
Now I want you to be aware that God has reserved a crown for you, for the year. Hold fast to what He says, lest another man takes your crown.
Don’t stop at Prayer Answering God, switch over to Question Answering God; to Pathway Showing God.
“What shall I do to inherit the Kingdom? What shall I do to inherit my redemptive heritage? What shall I do to come out of this situation finally?”
You ask in the course of prayer and then there is an outbreak of light that shows the way. Let’s maximize this season. There is nothing we know that will compare with what God shows. There is nothing anybody among us knows that will compare with what God shows.
By the little I knew about Church growth and principles and all that, this is no place (Canaanland, Ota) for Church Sir. At least then. This was no place.
This road was one single road, one lane road. From Sango, it was free ride. No hold up, no nothing and then it was leading nowhere.
You can’t say you are going somewhere, you branch here. You can’t branch there.
You have to come there on a mission.
By the little things I knew and I had been studying Church growth and we had been having results to prove. By the little things I knew, this was not a place, but what He showed, “this is the place.” There is nothing we will ever know that will compare with what God shows!
-This time, God will show you amazing wonders.
The little I knew about building and all that, construction, there is no way to build that Church in one year. But by what He showed, He did. Don’t be trapped by the little you know – 1 Corinthians 8:2
“I have done all I need to do, yet the situation is still the same”: No you have done all you know to do. All you know. All you will know, all I will know till we go to Heaven will never compare with what He shows.
-God will show you the way forward.
You know knowledge puffs up.
“I know that. I mean I know that. I read the Book of Luke 1921. I know that. In fact, what he preached now was what I heard 1928.”
-God will show you the way upward.
Thank You Jesus. Every divine agenda will only deliver by faith.
“How shall we work the works of God?” The work of God is to believe!! – John 6:26-28
“How shall this thing be?” Believe. How do I prove it? Take steps, timely steps. Make moves, timely moves, then it is delivered.
Prayers: Receive grace to make the most of this forthcoming prayers and fasting season.
Remember all that we will ever know till the end of time will never compare with what God shows. We are very limited in insight, so that God can remain God.
Lord, grant me grace to make the most of this season. Help me to be adequately prepared for this season. Help me to line up with the things that You want to show me in the course of this prayers and fasting.
Ask God never to give it a casual approach, as anyone of us may have done in the past. Everything turned for that family, they gave themselves over to it and God came down in response to their cries.
He is showing you the way to go, in Jesus precious name.
Be reminded again that we have our Annual Leadership Empowerment Summit and it is holding down here (Canaanland, Ota). Arrangements are ongoing to ensure transportation is organized by the various Areas and Zones for all the workers.
It is starting at 7 am, a global platform. So it is a global meeting, please all Pastors, all Zonal Ministers, Cell Ministers, Assistant Cell Ministers, Service Unit Leaders, Ordained Workers should come in, in honour of Jesus and for the lifting of their heads in the course of the year 2022. It shall be an awesome time.
CHoP is an acronym for Covenant Hour of Prayer.