WHEN GOD TOLD ME TO GO TO THE CITY OF DAMASCUS (KADUNA), I TOLD MY WIFE, GOD HAS SPOKEN AND WE SHOULD EXPECT PERSECUTION THERE.
WHEN THE ISLAMIC UPRISING STARTED THERE, I KNEW IT WAS COMING. I WAS PREPARED FOR IT AND I SHOWED THEM.
THERE WERE NO VIDEOS IN THOSE DAYS BUT I SHOWED THEM.
WHEN YOU OVER RATE YOURSELF, YOU WON’T MAKE PROGRESS.
SOME MAY SAY “MY LOVE FOR GOD IS 100 PERCENT”: NO, IT CAN’T BE 100 PER CENT. YOU WON’T BE LIKE YOU ARE IF YOUR LOVE FOR GOD IS 100 PERCENT.
WHEN WE ARE IN PERFECT LOVE FOR GOD, WE WILL BE IN PERFECT HATRED FOR EVIL.
THE MORE YOU GROW YOUR LOVE FOR GOD, THE MORE HATRED YOU HAVE FOR EVIL, EVIL DOERS AND EVIL PERPETRATORS.
HOW DARE YOU SAY IT IS NORMAL TO STEAL? DON’T YOU KNOW THE CURSE OF THE LORD IS IN THE HOUSE OF THE THIEF.
DON’T ENGAGE IN ANY BATTLE ON YOUR OWN. IT IS NOT SAFE.
LET GOD BE THE ONE THAT FIGHTS FOR YOU AND THEN YOU WILL BE MORE THAN A CONQUEROR INDEED.
-Bishop David Oyedepo, 1st Service, Faith Tabernacle.
Prophetic Entrance Service
Go your way and pay for it.
Go His way and enjoy His backing.
It is God’s backing that makes frontliners in the race of life.
You will not become a backbencher.
- Be committed to a lifetime or a lifestyle of delightsome obedience
More than conquerors are ever men of prompt, delightsome and tireless obedience. Every commandment of scriptures is to secure our glorious future. Be committed to a lifestyle of prompt, delightsome and tireless obedience this year, more than ever before in your life.
Delightsome: “Go” – Yes, Lord.
“Stop” – Yes, Lord.
“This is what to do” – Yes, Lord.
“This is where to go” – Yes, Lord.
Don’t just be going everywhere, it doesn’t make any meaning.
There are many wandering stars. They are stars but they have wandered away from their place, they are just going like atoms, anywhere.
“It is happening in Canada”: Let’s go.
“It is happening in Russia”: Let’s go.
“It is happening in Congo”: Let’s go.
They just keep going anywhere. Someone here went to China, went to South Africa, returned empty. He was just going until he found direction in God.
-No one will become a wandering star. You will not be a wandering star.
-You will not lose your place.
-You will not wander away from God’s instructions.
Now watch, “arise, get down to Damascus, the city of persecution” and I told my wife, God has just spoken; “Arise, get down to Damascus” and He told me what is waiting for us there: the city of persecution.
So it is not news. When Islamic uprising rose, I knew it was coming.
I was prepared for it.
Sir, I showed them, I was prepared for it. There were no videos in those days but I showed them. I knew and after God began to decorate the Ministry, “Arise, get down to Lagos.”
Haba, very harsh.
He (God) knows:
- I hated Lagos. That hassle, the struggle. You want to board a bus, you will jump. You want to come down, you jump. You fall down, they laugh. What kind of life is this?
We parked in a place one day and they gave us a ticket. The ticket showed, ‘you are parking at your own risk’, after we had paid. What kind of place is this?
Yet with utmost delight, same day, somebody was dispatched to come to Lagos. Same day.
“Now, this is the place. I know you hate it, but this is the place and don’t have no Church in town” – Yes Sir.
See the Church He built. Can you build this one in the city?
If you buy anything from anybody by force, they can keep raining curses: “They have used money to throw us away.”
God is not a nuisance, He is an orderly God, an excellent God, a decent God. What He wants to do cannot be accommodated there (Lagos), move here (Ota), I will enlarge your coast.
No appeal, just instruction.
God doesn’t appeal. He instructs you: you like, take it. You don’t like it, go away.
-May this lifestyle of prompt, delightsome and tireless obedience become your portion from now.
For to obey is better than sacrifice.
No prayer or fasting can replace obedience – 1 Samuel 15:22
“You are building 5,000 Churches this year”: Yes Sir
And I said, “Now, let’s settle down, work towards the establishment of these Churches.”
“You are building 10,000 Churches this year”: Yes Sir
You mean ‘Coro’ was still raging, that noisome pestilence and you are going to build 10,000 Churches: Yes Sir.
You want to see God manifest in your life: Be obedient. He will manifest Himself to you. Obedience is the master covenant facilitator of Heaven’s manifestation. You want to see God manifest Himself in your life, just be delightsomely obedient
“I will manifest Myself to him” – John 14:21
-You will experience diverse manifestation of heaven in your life this year.
These folks will not bow to any graven image and so the fiery furnace could not consume them.
Obedience will make you more than a conqueror any day, any time.
Daniel will not bow to any other graven image, so the lions could not eat him up. God that they obeyed, went before them into the fiery furnace, into the den of lions.
Abraham is still reigning by his lifestyle of prompt, delightsome and tireless obedience. From chapter 12 of Genesis to chapter 22, he was just the same.
“Get thee out of thy country”: and so he departed. Prompt. Genesis 12:1, 4
“Circumcise all the male born in your house” – Genesis 17:10.
As soon as God left, he started – Genesis 17:22-23. Prompt.
“Sacrifice your only begotten son” – Genesis 22:2
He rose up early in the morning. He heard it in the night, rose up early in the morning, cancelled all engagements – Genesis 22:3
Abraham was stricken in age and God had blessed him in all things – Genesis 24:1
And today, we are the blessed children of Abraham – Galatians 3:29
What we are seeing here is part of the manifestation of the blessings of Abraham on our lives.
You go your way: you pay for it.
You go His way: He backs you up.
Go your way and pay for it; go His way and enjoy His backing. What makes frontliners is the backing of God. It is God’s backing that makes frontliners in the race of life.
-You will not become a backbencher.
So shall it be.
Paul got a point, he said, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” – Philippians 4:13
Faith. Strong faith puts you above all impossibilities.
3.Be committed to engaging the prayer of enquiries whenever confronted with battles.
You want to be more than a conqueror, don’t fight anyhow.
The example of David.
“Shall I pursue after this troop? Shall I overtake them?” – 1 Samuel 30:8
“Shall I recover all they have carried away?”
1 Samuel 30:6-9
And David recovered all – 1 Samuel 30:17-19
There was nothing left.
Be committed to making prayers of enquiries whenever you are confronted.
“Why is this Church not growing?” –
“This is what to do, to grow the Church. This is what is behind the Church not growing and this is what to do, to make it grow.”
Be committed to making prayers of enquiries.
When death came to capture our daughter, “Jesus, there must be a way out. Where is the way out?”
Be committed to making prayers of enquiries whenever you are confronted with battles.
2 Samuel 5:18-20; 24-26
Be committed to praying prayers of enquiries whenever you are confronted in battle. Don’t sit down somewhere. Don’t start looking for one person behind it, the devil is behind all our troubles. That woman you are talking about, it is the devil that is working through her. You clear that woman, it doesn’t the trouble is cleared. The one working the trouble goes to another woman or another man. That one was in front of your house, this one will behind your house.
Make prayers of enquiries, He will show you the way to go and you will win the battle in grand style.
That is what makes more than a conqueror.
Lord Jeus, what are you saying, “This is a far away forest. It is not close to anybody. You can’t be going somewhere and you say, you want to branch there. There is nowhere you can branch here.”
“This is the place.”
You don’t ask, you won’t receive.
…Hello brethren, let’s go. This is not the place, this can’t be the place. How do you know? You didn’t ask and so you lose your place in destiny without asking.
Some just feel one thing and they sell all that they have to travel out. They sell all that they have to travel out and within moments they are stripped naked, because they went on their own.
Don’t engage in any battle on your own.
It is not safe. Let God be the One that fights for you and then you will be more than a conqueror indeed.
Prayer of enquiry is vital. A number of us are confronted with a few things around our lives and we have not asked for the way out, so we remain at the same spot.
“Lord, I am waiting for You” – You are wasting your life. You don’t know what you are asking, you don’t need to wait for Me. I already finished this thing before you were born.
So ask for the way out.
-You are winning every battle that comes against you from today in grand styles.
That is what it takes to operate in the realm of more than a conqueror: Engage in prayers of enquiries and He will show the way out.
4.Be committed to growing your love for God.
1 John 4:16
Not God with him, not God for him, but God in him.
As you grow your faith, as we grow our love, Christ will dwell in our hearts by faith. As we grow in our love for God, our divine nature content continues to be enhanced and enhanced and enhanced, until we are filled with all the fulness of God, which is the epitome of more than a conqueror because God rules forever – Ephesians 3:19, Psalm 66:7
He rules by His power forever. Now you are filled with all His fulness, then you are more than a conqueror forever. Let’s work at growing our love for God and not keep assuming our love for God.
Let’s work at growing our love for God and we will be getting filled stage by stage, until we are filled with all the fulness of God.
Maybe I am 10 per cent divine nature content. As I keep growing my love, He moves me to 25 (per cent), then to 30 (per cent), then to 40 (per cent) and I hope to arrive at 100 per cent.
Let’s grow our love, don’t just leave it dormant.
-Demonstrate your love for God with every given opportunity and what eyes have not seen, nor ears heard shall become the order of the day in your life.
If you love Me, keep My commandment. Grow your love and you grow your obedience. It all ties together.
Paul said, “I am not perfect but one thing I do, forgetting about all things that are behind, I press forward” – Philippians 3:13-14
When you over rate yourself, you won’t make progress.
“My love is 100 per cent”: No, it can’t be 100 per cent. You won’t be like you are, I won’t be like I am if we are 100 per cent.
Let’s grow our love and let’s keep growing it, as we grow our faith with an open heart.
When we are in perfect love for God, we will be in perfect hatred for evil.
You know what David, the Lover said, “Do I not hate them that hate You, I hate them with perfect hatred” – Psalm 139:22
The only qualification of David was he was a man after God’s own heart – 1 Samuel 13:14
The more you grow your love, the more hatred you have for evil, evil doers and evil perpetrators.
“This man stole money.” You say, “How much? It is just 1 million, it is a normal thing.”
What is normal in stealing? What is normal? When you know it attracts a curse, you say it is normal? The curse of the Lord is in the house of the thief – Zechariah 5:4
How dare you say it is normal?
When you are truly in love with God and your love is growing, you will keep hating more and more anything evil around your life.
-You are going places.
Thank You Jesus.
🎶🎶 There is none like You. No one else can touch my life like You do, I have searched through all eternity Lord, I’ve found there is none like You. 🎶🎶
Thank You Jesus.
Finally, as we close this morning:
- Be committed to a lifestyle of thanksgiving and praise which engraces believers to secure God’s presence in their lives.
God only dwells in the midst of praising people. He only dwells in the life of a thankful and praiseful believer. The reason for murmuring and complaining is irrelevant. We cannot secure His presence without being ever grateful, ever thankful, ever praiseful. It is impossible.
“I will bless the Lord at all times. His praise shall continually be in my mouth” – Psalm 34:1
“Though I pass through the valley of death, I shall fear no evil” – Psalm 23:4
To be thankful is to be ‘God’s presence-full’.
John 8:29 – I do ALWAYS the things that please Him.
Let’s be ever thankful, let’s be ever grateful, our More than Conqueror’s status shall be in full scale manifestation.
Look at what God’s presence did for them when they left Egypt. The sea saw them, it fled; Jordan was driven back – Psalm 114:4
Barriers clear off at His presence. His presence clears off barriers on our path.
-Nothing will succeed to resist your progress this year.
Be thankful. Be grateful. Let it become your new lifestyle and you will operate as more than a conqueror.
Give God thanks.
Prayers: Now, you know what to do, thank Him for grace to do it. You know what to do, to realise your birthright of more than a conqueror, ask God for grace to do it.
Thank You Lord for showing me what to do, to actualize my birthright of more than a conqueror. Now I receive grace of you to do it and that consistently, in the name of Jesus Christ.