HOW A WIDOW WITH 4 CHILDREN WENT FROM TREKKING SEVERAL KILOMETERS FROM AGEGE TO WINNERS CHAPEL IYANA IPAJA FOR CHURCH SERVICES TO OWNING A SHIP
BISHOP OYEDEPO’S RESPONSE TO HER INVITATION: “CARS, I HAVE DEDICATED. HOUSES, I HAVE DEDICATED. SHIP, I HAVE NEVER DEDICATED. I AM COMING MYSELF”
GOD’S WAY IS NOT THE ONLY WAY TO BE GREAT OR BE RICH. IT IS THE ONLY LASTING, ABIDING AND PEACEFUL WAY
GOD WILL BLESS YOU WHEN HE KNOWS THAT YOU ARE KINGDOM CONSCIOUS.
GOD IS LOOKING FOR EARTHLY HUMAN BANKS FOR HEAVEN’S RESOURCES
GOD DOES NOT HAVE DOUBLE STANDARDS; HE HAS MULTIPLE STANDARDS WE ALL DO NOT LOVE HIM AT THE SAME LEVEL THE MORE YOU SERVE HIM, THE MORE YOU SHINE
YOU MUST HAVE SOMETHING THAT YOU DO IN HIS HOUSE.
THE BEST WAY TO INSURE YOUR LIFE IS TO FIND A PLACE OF SERVICE IN HIS HOUSE.
ARE YOU INSURED?
-Pastor Temi Areo on “The Secret to Shining”
Just Us Girls Conference with the theme ‘Revived.’
Day Three, Evening Session.
Glory to Jesus. Thank you for welcoming me. I want you to celebrate Jesus. Celebrate Jesus for me. Do it louder and you must be happier.
Take your seat for a minute.
You know, me and my darling friend, we were talking about Mama and Papa. We went on and on talking about them. We talked about their largeness of heart, the heart of a father, the heart of a mother.
You know I was just wondering if they were human beings. Pastor Deola kept saying, “It is just that they are Christians” Mama, thank you for shining that light. Papa thank you for doing all that you do. Thank you so much Mama and Papa for this wonderful privilege.
My husband, my Pastor, my baby, my lover, thank you so much. Thank you for seeing the potential in me.
Thank you for cheering me on. Thank you for loving me this much.
I am going to be taking us a little deeper in the word today. I am going to be talking about The Secret to Shining.
You know I discovered something with God, he never starts you out knowing all. He will tell you some and as you continue to grow with him, he will keep telling you more. I will start you out tonight and as you continue to walk with him, he will keep telling you more.
Don’t expect to hear very complicated and complex things because if it is too complex then it is not God.
The scripture says, “His commandments are not grievous” If God is asking you to do something, he has empowered you to do it. People will cry in hell because it was so simple to receive salvation. God is not making it complex, just believe in your heart and confess with your mouth.
If you are ever going to shine, the things you do in secret is your making in public. What the devil will tempt you to do is to deceive you that there are so many people not practicing the principles of God but are doing well.
Let me tell you, God’s way is not the only way to be great. God’s way is not the only way to be rich. It is the truth. But it is the lasting, abiding and peaceful way to get those things. The Bible says, “The blessings of the Lord maketh rich and adds no sorrow to it” There is the one that makes rich that adds a lot of sorrow to it. Without God, you can have all the wealth but no guarantee of peace, joy and most importantly, the life after. God’s way makes your blessings trans-generational.
It might not be the only way but it is the best way.
When the devil comes tempting you, tell him, “I have a better deal” The devil’s deal is not a good deal.
Everybody that you see shining, there is a secret behind it. That you see Mama come on stage and she is just on fire and you want to be like her.
Everybody has what they do in secret. God rewards what you do in secret. There are things that you do that put you on stage.
- Engaging in godly daily routines. This is so powerful. Consistency is key with God. Leviticus 6:12-13. There is something the Priest must do in this scripture for the fire to keep burning. For you to have your fire burning, there is something you must do.
There are rituals that cannot be broken. Every altar must be serviced. If it is not serviced, it will lose it potency and power. You must do it every day, when you feel like and when you don’t feel like.
The devil deceives us with feelings. Feelings has nothing to with serving God. You must have heard the saying, “Follow your heart” You don’t follow your heart; you lead your heart. You don’t act the way you feel. Your feelings will catch up with actions that are real.
That I don’t feel like going to Church does not mean I should stay at home. Your feelings should not control your walk with God. The people that shine don’t always feel like. You don’t have to feel like to do it. You just have to do what you have to do. It is okay to be mechanical about these things.
The routines you will go through will start as desire. You will desire to walk the path to shine. Your desire will move you to discipline. Anybody can be great if you can pay the price. When you move from discipline, you will land in delight. There are things you must do every day.
Eliminate excuses. The painful thing about excuses is that each time you give excuse, there is somebody else who has the same excuses but is doing that thing.
You don’t want to come to church because it is raining?
Under the same rain, some people will still be there and the service will hold despite the rain.
Prayer is a routine you must have. I was having a meeting in church and a lady asked me the secret of long prayers. I simply told her that it is simple, “After one hour, I always feel like leaving but I stay there” Mechanical! I was talking to my husband one day that I believe in the spirit of prayer taking one over but it doesn’t happen all the time.
I have learnt to pray with my wristwatch. I give myself time atimes. If I decide to be there for three hours, even if I feel dry, I still tarry.
In the place of prayer, I partner with God’s word.
You don’t break this routine for anything.
A smart phone is the phone you are using for the Kingdom. What makes your phone smart is that it is making you become a better Christian.
You can set your reminders and alarms to help you stay to the prayer routine.
Studying Your Bible is another very important routine. You know there is a song that says, “Read your Bible pray every day if you want to grow” That is why I said these things are very simple. If you want to grow or shine, read your Bible and pray.
Having time to fast is another routine. Fasting has not gone out of vogue. You hear people say you don’t fast in the finished works of Christ. Don’t let people use nonsense to fool your Some people have decided that they are not going far and they are looking for people to join them. You are not fasting to move God. It is you that fasting helps to be more alive in God.
You can hear God better. What is life if you can’t hear God? God knows where the opportunities are. If you can hear God, then you are made.
Another routine is going to Church regularly. All these things that come to tell you that you can grow on your own, that you can be with God by yourself is dangerous.
The spirit of backsliding is around the corner when you begin to say it is all about you and your God.
That you don’t need church is a dangerous route to go. It says you should not neglect the gathering of believers. You can’t be perfected without a ministry gift.
The five fold ministry is for the perfection of his body. Please, you don’t go to a church because it is close to your house. How many of you will buy food from a place close to your house even if the food is bad? Then you have a church like this and you say it is far. An anointed church, a praying church. Where discipleship is going on obviously. God didn’t design any Christian to survive without the local assembly.
There are people God has anointed to give sense to your personal studies of the scripture. That is what God raised the local assembly for. Let people call you names that you like church too much. When they behind to see your rising, they will know you were not serving Him in vain.
My friends while in school once made me feel so bad for serving God. They called me names like church girl They asked me if I had life after church.
Years down the line, I looked at the purpose I am living and I am glad they called me those names.
- Service and Kingdom Advancement Activities. You must have heard it said that service is the way to greatness but I don’t believe it. Service is greatness. Jesus said whoever would be the master, let him serve.
This is God’s way. If you are too big to serve then you are too small to shine. People will look at your life and see that it pays to serve God. God doesn’t use men, he makes men. You can’t serve God and live a pitiful life. Truly people will see that God is the maker of your life. You will be proud of being on God’s side. (Zechariah 10:3-5 MSG) Those that think you are wasting your time will no longer discourage you or draw you back.
The more you serve in God’s house, the more you shine. Everybody ought to be serving. You must find something to do in God’s house. In your home, do you belong to any workforce before participating in the chores. Why do you then claim not be in the workforce when it comes to church activities. Everybody ought to be in the workforce.
You must be doing something no matter how busy you are. I remember something that happenend in my church in Ibadan before I got married. There was this lady that was very punctual and consistent in her work in the church. One day, she had an accident on her way to church. Everybody died in the accident except her. She was just found in a nearby bush, she didn’t know how she got there. It was my Pastor’s comment that shocked me the most when he heard of her accident, he said, “She cannot die now, who will sweep the church?” Are you useful? Indispensable? Do you have Kingdom Insurance upon your life? Are you useful for God? Can we bring your usefulness up before God in the time of crisis? Are you relevant to God’s agenda?
God has multiple standards. He does not have double standard. I got a revelation from God. The Lord told me that there are some things I have done because I love you. But there are some things that you can only press into and be able to handle just because you love God. It is not the same standard.
We are not all committed to God at the same level. God is more obligated to do some things more for some people than for some people.
Kenneth Hagin once interceded for his son’s life and God heard him. God told him that if he had not obeyed his instruction for field ministry, the boy would have died. There are people God steps in for. Leave all these things of God doesn’t have special children.
He attends to them first because he is a righteous God. One way to insure yourself is to make sure you are serving in his house. If you love somebody, you will make sure the person’s things do not go wrong.
David gave everything for God despite God not allowing him to build his temple, he gathered everything needed to build the temple. The things you do willingly prove your love for God.
God will bless you when he knows that you are kingdom conscious. God is looking for earthly banks for heaven’s resources. my early days, I fed heavily on Hagin’s book. If you partner with God with your finances, you will be rich.
When I was in school, there was a guy that was just having unusual testimonies. One day I asked what he does differently that marks him out for favour.
I discovered his parents were sold out missionaries. Some of you will be doing things now that your generations to come will enjoy.
Tell your neighbor for me, “Please insure your future”
There was the story of a widow that I heard.
She has four children and she will take her children with her and walk from Agege to Ipaja, Winners at Raji Oba. How was the woman known? It was when she was sharing her testimony of how she used to do the walking with her children.
She then requested for the dedication of her ship. Bishop said, “Car, I have dedicated. ,houses I have dedicated. Ship, I have never dedicated, I am coming myself”
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