IT WAS PASSION FOR GOD THAT BROUGHT US TO CANAANLAND AND OPENED UP THE DESTINY OF OUR MINISTRY.
I WILL RATHER SINK WITH GOD THAN SHINE WITHOUT HIM
-Bishop David Oyedepo at CHoP
Shall we lift up our two hands to heaven and magnify the Lord this morning for answered prayers, thank Him for hearing you this morning if you believe He heard you. Thank you for hearing me this morning, receive all the glory and praise in Jesus name we pray.
Now lift up your two hands to heaven and say “Jesus I want to hear from you this morning”. One word from God can spark a massive turnaround in a man’s life. I want to hear from you today Jesus, Speak to me Jesus, let your voice come through to me. Do a new thing in my life today, in Jesus precious name we have prayed.
Lord Jesus we are here again at your feet, let no one return without a Word from you. Let your Word stir up our spirit to keep engaging in our walk with you, in Jesus name we have prayed, Amen.
Someone came to me years ago and said he was hearing voices in his house, I said that is because you are too quiet, nature abhors vacuum. There must be noise in the atmosphere, start giving God praise and you won’t hear any voices again. Anything you truly believe, continue to loudly declare.
Now, engaging the Lord of the harvest for supernatural church growth. Maybe you heard that second testimony to humble us, The Lord said to that woman “go to Winners that is your place of worship”. That is the Lord not a man, we are only beneficiaries of His move. The Lord is willing to move us forward if we are interested, otherwise he has a way of doing it by Himself. He told somebody else “Go to where the light is shining and darkness can’t come near”. He said where? and the Lord said “Go to Winners”.
The Lord of the Harvest is the master mobilizer, So when we engage him in our stewardship we begin to see better results than ever. Praise God!
One of the manifestation of the Spirit of the Lord, the Lord of the Harvest is that it empowers believers with passion for God and the interest of his Kingdom.
That is a requirement for rewardable stewardship. For you shall reap it in due season if you faint not. Passion keeps you going like a roller coaster. No downtime.
Passion is engendered by the spirit of burning (Isaiah 4: 4&5). The spirit of burning is like a fire shut up in my bones and I could not forbear (Jeremiah 20:9). The Spirit of burning is like a fire shut up in your bones that keeps you bouncing for Jesus without any ill feeling. Super self encouragement, super zealousness.
Yes, we have knowledge of scripture that some people are zealous for God without knowledge (Romans 10:2). If you become zealous for God according to knowledge you become the envy of your world. When your zealousness is according to the revelation of truth, then you are on the highway to an enviable destiny.
Every believer needs to be empowered with passion to make the most of their adventure with the kingdom.
Can I tell you what brought us here? Passion. I would rather sink with God than shine without Him. He said this is the place so I am going. See how passion opened up the destiny of this ministry. It takes passion to move.
Ever believer requires the Spirit of burning to make the most of their adventure in the kingdom. Passion makes you impervious to insults and criticism, you can’t feel how others feel when they are insulted. They tell you if God is so good why is your life like this, you say Jesus you are the one they are talking to. You develop thick skin against the shame and reproach of people.
Passion for God and the interest of his Kingdom will empower anyone to scale strange heights in the journey of life.
Let’s look at Paul the Apostle for a while, in 1 Corinthians 9:17-22. That is the power of zeal.
- Be empowered with fresh power for God and the interest of His kingdom from today. Praying kingdom advancement prayer will be like breathing for you. Reaching out to see souls saved will be like eating for you. No commandment of God would be an inconvenience on your soul ever again.
To see more on Paul, lets look at Romans 8:35-39. That is a very vivid description of the power of passion. For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain (Galatians 2:20). See Paul up till today he is still speaking to the world. Every time you say Jesus said, the next thing is Paul said. That is the message of the New Testament. There is no full gospel church in the world that would preach a complete message without Paul said. Passion gave him his place in time and eternity.
Now, he showed us how it came in Acts 26:22 “Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, ….” Having obtained help of God means having been empowered and He ended up saying “I have fought the good fight, I have kept the faith, I have finished my course, all that is left is the crown of glory which the righteous Judge shall bestow upon me”. When we are empowered with passion, the end result is enviable destiny speaking in time, speaking in posterity and speaking in eternity.
Nothing can stop passion from motion.
- You are going forward. No one here shall ever be stranded, Let me hear your amen.
- The Holy Ghost empowers us with supernatural boldness in reaching out to the lost thereby, leading them to Christ.
They were filled with the Holy Ghost and they spoke the Word of God with boldness and great grace was upon them all (Acts 4:29-33) and the result was amazing breakthroughs in bringing multitude to the kingdom. That is because what ever is declared boldly God confirms openly. Say it with me “Whatever is declared boldly, God confirms openly”.
In Acts 14:3 “Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands”. What ever is declared boldly, God confirms openly.
The Holy Ghost empowers believers to stand as bold as a rock in declaring the truth of the gospel at all times.
That is your portion today so when you are going out say “Lord endue me with boldness, Oh Lord endure me afresh with the Spirit of boldness. Oh Lord cloth me afresh with the spirit of burning, let nothing discourage me. I must return with my harvest”.
Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
You faint you miss it, you don’t faint you get it. It is passion that keeps you in motion.
Lift up your two hands and ask for passion that will keep you in motion like a roller coaster and in pursuit of the advancement of God’s kingdom.
Thank you Jesus for answering our prayers.