HOW GOD GAVE MY FRIEND WHO GRADUATED WITH A PASS, AN INSPIRATION THAT BY THE TIME I WAS STRUGGLING TO PAY MY HOUSE RENT AS A PHD HOLDER, HE HAD 2 GIANT BUILDINGS AS A TEACHER.
-Pastor E. A. Adeboye at RCCG 69th Annual Convention Tagged ‘A New Wave of Glory’
(Day 5, Evening Session)
- Against all odds, irrespective of all enemies against you, you will excel.
- Don’t abandon that project. It is going to turn out bigger and better than you think.
- I made the heavens and the earth out of nothing, your children are on the way.
- Tonight is the eve of the eve of your greatness.
The Lord asked me to address two specific cases tonight. So I want to go to those ones, like I said, I am sensing in my spirit that He might ask me to stop soon. So let me take those two quickly. If He allows it, we continue.
He wants me to talk those who feel that Destiny has not been kind to them.
For example: Genesis 48:8-20
-The Lord asked me to tell someone: You will never again be referred to as an ex-champion.
You know what that means: For the rest of your life, you will be a reigning champion.
Joseph brought his 2 sons to his father – Manasseh and Ephraim. He placed Manasseh where the right hand of the Father will land and put Ephraim, the second born where the left hand will land, because the father couldn’t see very well. But the father crossed his hands, placed the right hand on the head of the younger and the left hand on the head of the elder.
Joseph said, “Daddy, No. This is the first born, this is the second born.”
The father said, “I know. I know what I am doing. This one is just going to be greater than this one.”
What is the offence of Manasseh? He had never done anything wrong.
The Lord asked me to talk about this particular case, because some of you must have been wondering, “in what ways are so and so better than I? How come he is succeeding so well?”
We all know that our God is in the Heavens, He does as He pleases. He says I will be merciful to whom I will be merciful. I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. Then you can’t challenge Him. Occasionally when you grumble, somebody would tell you, “don’t you know fingers are not supposed to be equal?”
“I know fingers are not supposed to be equal, why am I not the bigger finger?”
The Lord asked me to tell you that it is the end that matters.
The Bible was talking about 144,000 that were sealed and He took them 12 from each tribe. When you read that passage, the first thing you will discover is that Ephraim was no longer there. The second thing you will discover is that they mentioned the name of Manasseh before they mentioned the name of Joseph. Initially, it looked as if God didn’t favour Manasseh, but at the end, he became greater than his father.
-I have good news for someone tonight, those of you who think, ‘how come God has dealt like this with me’, He asked me to tell you specifically tonight, Your End will be Better than Your Beginning.
He asked me to tell you a little story, you know I have not been telling stories tonight because it is a prophetic night.
When we were in the University in the 1960s, before many of you were born. There was a group of us who are very close and you know young boys, we teased ourselves. We looked at the way we were performing, so we always said, “Who is most likely to succeed? Who is the least likely to be very successful?”
There was one of us, almost every year, he would fail a paper, so he would have to come back to do re-sit. Finally, he left with a degree, the kind we call, ‘let my people go’, I am sure you know what I am talking about. You have First Class, Second Class Upper, up to Third Class.
The people who are not in any class, those are the ones we used to call, ‘let my people go. Just give me something, let me go.’
So, our friend left with ‘let my people go.’ People like me who went to do second degree, third degree, he was quietly teaching with his ‘let my people go.’
Then something happened. I had to do go and do some work in the town where he was staying and I stayed with him and his mother died. So I was staying with him, “my friend, burial ceremony!” I said, “I had 5 pounds in my Savings in Lagos” and that was true, that was all I had with my PhD. I said, “I would withdraw and bring it to you.”
He laughed, he called me by my nickname, I won’t tell you so you don’t begin to.
He said: you are always kind. Let me tell you the truth, my problem is not money, it is how to spend it.
Why? God gave him an inspiration.
By the time I was getting PhD, he was using the inspiration God gave him. He had built 2 giant buildings when I was still struggling to pay my rent.
-The Lord asked me to tell someone, I will inspire you.
-One day, somebody is going to stand on this altar, first of all, before telling us his story or her story, he or she will say, “Daddy, I have a request, I want permission that your budget for the next year: Congress, Convention, Pastors salaries; I will pay.”
He or she will refer to tonight and say, “God gave me an inspiration.”
There is a second special case that God asked me to talk about.
-Daddy says, I should tell someone, don’t abandon that project. It is going to turn out bigger and better than you think.
The Lord wants me to direct special attention to someone who lost prominence because of his own or her own weakness. He wants me to discuss with you briefly about a fellow called Esau.
You know the story of Esau, so I don’t need to go into it. He was the one who sold his birthright just for a plate of food. I spoke about him yesterday. So God is not tolerating not having control over your stomach.
But things came down hard on him, the day he was to be blessed, the mother plotted against him. The father was careless, put the blessing on the younger fellow. When he cried to the father, “don’t you have a blessing left?”
The blessing that the father pronounced on him was almost a curse: You shall serve your brother – came out of the mouth of his father.
But somewhere along the line, God decided to show him mercy and turned the tide for him.
So that by the time we got Genesis chapter 32 from verse 3 to 7, when the one who got the blessing was coming and he sent to the one who got a mixture of blessing and curse; they told the man who got the blessing, your brother is coming with a bodyguard of 400 men, the brother trembled.
I think I have talked about this before, the first time a President came to the Holy Ghost Congress here, at that time, there was no building, it was just open field. He came with 250 bodyguards.
Esau had a bodyguard of 400. When he met the brother the following day, and the brother gave him presents to see if he could use that to buy favour. He said to the brother, “keep your own, I have enough.”
-The Lord specifically asked me to tell someone, the fellow will know himself or herself, “you messed up, that is why you are where you are.” But He asked me to tell you, because of this Convention, He has forgiven you and very soon, very soon, you will say, “I have more than enough.”
Praise God, at least I have covered those ones and He hasn’t asked me to stop yet.
That gives me an opportunity to talk about A New Wave of Glory in the Spiritual. The example I will use is the example of Peter.
You know he was a spokesman; he will talk first and think later. Even when the Lord said you are all going to be offended in Me. He said, “Me, don’t you know if I am to die with You, I am ready.”
Then he hit the ground hard, until God restored him. Then he began to grow from glory to glory.
He preached a sermon; 3000 people were saved. He preached the second sermon, 5000. Another sermon, multitudes. He started by healing, by touching, he went on and on. His shadow began to heal. He was raising the dead.
-There is a Minister of God here tonight, listen to me, my Daddy asked me to tell you, Your Ministry will go from glory to glory.
There is more to say but Daddy says I should wind up.
-He asked me to tell somebody, He said, “your marriage became troubled when the Doctor said you have zero sperm count.” He asked me to tell you, I made the heavens and the earth out of nothing, your children are on the way.
Thank You Daddy, I want to say Amen to this one and it will surprise you that I am saying Amen to it.
-He asked me to tell someone, stop doubting Me. I still do the impossible.
-Daddy says I should tell someone, against all odds, irrespective of all enemies against you, you will excel.
I want to close, but there is one very interesting thing God asked me to share. When we were young, we looked forward to Christmas, I still do, I think many people do. We begin to count the days to Christmas:
December 25, Christmas day.
December 24, Christmas Eve
December 23: the eve of the eve of Christmas day.
-The Lord asked me to tell somebody, tonight is the eve of the eve of your greatness.
HOW DO I BECOME A PARTAKER OF A NEW WAVE OF GLORY?
Very, very simple, just one thing: Refuse to annoy God. That’s all.
Because He is the One who can move you from one spot to another. Promotion comes from Him.
He lifts one up, brings down another. Wisdom belongs to Him. Breakthrough belongs to Him.
Joseph was able to reach his goal simply because in Genesis chapter 39 verses 1 to 9, when that agent of the devil said come and lie with me, Joseph said, “how can I do this thing and sin against my God?”
You want to be a partaker of the new wave of glory? Make up your mind, I will never offend God again.
My children know me, I am talking of my biological children, when it is time to ask for something special, Daddy has only one prayer, “God, don’t let me offend you.” Because I know when I don’t offend Him, the whole world can be against me, they will be steppingstone to glory. But if God is against you, who can be for you?
Take a decision tonight, that you will never offend God again. That when nobody is around to see what you are doing, Remember, God is watching!
He is the Creator of waves of glory. The Bible calls Him Father of Glory. The Bible calls Him the King of glory. The Bible calls Him the God of glory. Glory belongs to Him. If He is your Friend, you’ve got it made. If He is your enemy, you are done for.
- Praise God that you are able to participate in this year’s Convention.
- Father, please restore my withered hand. In any area of my life where my hand has been withered, restore my withered hand.
- Father, please restore my sight, restore my vision.
- Father, please let all my dreams be fulfilled.
- Father, please inspire me tonight.
- Father, let me have a share in the new wave of glory.
- Personal Request.