NEVER MISTAKE OPPORTUNITY FOR DESTINY, THEY ARE NOT THE SAME.
I HAD ALL THE OPPORTUNITY IN THE WORLD TO LIVE OUTSIDE THIS COUNTRY FOREVER, NOT GOING AROUND AND LOOKING FOR PAPER. BUT THAT’S NOT WHERE HE SENT ME.
-Bishop David Oyedepo at Church of God Mission International, MEGACON tagged ‘FOCUS ON CHRIST TO DISCOVER AND FULFILL DESTINY’
- When you lose God’s backing, you become empty.
- Only spiritual people can access Divine purpose.
- It is not enough to be born again, it is important to be spiritual.
The theme of this Convention is;
FOCUS ON CHRIST TO DISCOVER AND FULFILL DESTINY.
As we all know, the purpose of a product is determined in the factory, not in the market. The shoe you are wearing may cost ten times the price of a tie but it can’t do the job of a tie.
The ring on your finger may cost a hundred times more than the cost of your pair of shoes but you can’t wear it.
Before I formed thee in the womb, I knew thee. I ordained thee and I set you to be a prophet (Jeremiah 1:5) and He said, I am the Lord, I change not. What I say to one, I say to all. So before you we were born, He knew us and He separated us to a particular purpose in life.
Paul said in Galatians 1:15, God who separated me from my mother’s womb, my God. So we saw it in Jeremiah, we saw it in Galatians and Romans 9:10-13, the children yet unborn, God already made His choice; Jacob have I loved, Esau have I hated. I have the right to make my choice.
When you are saved, you are accepted as the beloved, so you are the one that God loves. Salvation alludes you as the beloved of the Lord, so you don’t have any excuse.
God holds our destiny in His hand, we have a job to go find out what it is. Our job is to go find out what it is.
There is a way that seemeth right onto a man but the end thereof is the way of death. What you want to do is one, what God wants to do is another.
Lord, what would You have me to do? Where would You have me to go?
How would You want me to go about it?
I will stand upon my watch and set me upon the tower and I will watch to see what He will say to me and what I will answer when I am reproved and the Lord said, write the vision. Write it, make it clear enough and then pursue it.
Our honour therefore; our honour, dignity, future and fulfilment is in the discovery of God’s purpose for our lives.
Jeremiah 29:11 (RSV), I came across that Scripture in 1977 and the Lord said to me, your future is not in your plan but in my plan. You want to secure a future, go for my plan, look out for my plan, seek out my plan. I am privileged to be in ministry today, not by my choice; that is not my choice.
Yes I love Jesus, I have been preaching in Crusades since 1976 with a passion for God but I didn’t imagine I will be in ministry, I didn’t think of it. It wasn’t part of my thought. But He thought me earlier, your future is in my plan not in your plan. So when He unveiled this plan, I went after it because I know my future is in His plan.
It is important for us to know that. Most of us are swimming against the tide because you don’t know the plan and purpose of God. We are living our lives to chance and living your life to chance, you don’t have a chance. You will be going from pillar to post, you will not know where you are going. Without a vision, the discovery of purpose; the people perish. There are stripped off honour, dignity, they become empty.
Never mistake opportunity for destiny, they are not the same. I had all the opportunity in the world to live outside this Country forever, not going around and looking for paper. But that’s not where He sent me and by abiding in the place He sent you, He backs you up. When you lose God’s backing, you become empty.
There is no extraordinary person anywhere, it is the backing of the extraordinary God that makes an ordinary man looks extraordinary. Don’t miss His backing; you don’t have a future if you do.
Settle down and ask, young people, I’m very particular about you; settle down to locate God’s plan for your life – it will be celebration all the way.
- I pray that none of you will undertake an adventure in frustration.
Settle down and find out, what God has in store for you and you will be glad you did. This is why destiny is essentially a product of vision and revelation. You know what God wants you to do, you know how He wants you to do it. You have enough light to know which step to take and what way to go and then you have a great destiny.
Thank You Jesus.
Now here is the problem; only spiritual people can access divine purpose. A natural man receive not the things of the Spirit of God because they are foolishness to him, neither can he know them because they are spiritually discovered (1 Corinthians 2:14).
It is not enough to be born again, it is important to be spiritual. No wonder the Bible says to be spiritually minded is life and peace, to be carnally minded is death (Romans 8:6).
The secret of the Lord is only with them that fear Him and He will show them His covenant (Psalm 25:14). I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day and I heard a great voice; you have to be a man and woman of the Spirit to access God’s plan for your life.
It is all laid out in Scriptures, it comes through the voice and if you are not a man of the Spirit, you can’t access the voice of the Spirit. You cannot access the voice of the Spirit with being a man and a woman of the Spirit, you cannot.
You cannot access the plan of God laid in the Scripture except you are a spiritual man, you cannot access it. I have seen people who claimed to have read the Bible two, three times but there is no reflection.
What He shows you is what transformed you, not what you read. It is important for anyone who desires to access the plan of God for his life and it comes in stages, one phase after another. We must be spiritual to gain access and we must not deceive ourselves.
Experience in the faith is not equal to spirituality. How long one has been saved, is not equal to spirituality. Positions in the kingdom is not equal to spirituality. Being born again and baptized in the Holy Ghost like the Corinthian Church is not equal to spirituality.
Spirituality is key to gaining access to God’s plan and purpose for our lives and it comes in stages and it is for life.
The reason why we must remain spiritual; otherwise great things will just pass-by us without notice.
When we discover His purpose per time, He makes all things to keep working together for our good. Somebody once asked me, how do you get things done so cheaply in the ministry, I said, we do nothing except it is commanded.
So you must listen to what God is commanding per time for you to secure His backing, that put Him in the line to get the job done. God’s plan is always according to His capacity, so you can’t run it, you can’t deliver it by yourself.
- May each one of us never miss God’s purpose for our time in our lives in the name of Jesus Christ.
We must focus on Christ, the living Word to discover God’s purpose for our lives.
If your eye be single, you whole body will be full of light. The Lord once said to me from Psalm 34:5 back in 1983; My son, you have two eyes; can you make one to look up and one to down? I tried it, it didn’t work. He said, any time you are looking onto man, never claim to be looking onto Me but if you fix your eyes on Me, you will never be ashamed.
We need to focus on Jesus to discover Heaven’s plan and purpose for our lives and as they behold Him as in a glass (2 Corinthians 3:18) the glory of the Lord, they are changed to the same image from glory to glory. God never leads backward. He always leads forward.
Young people, you say God said you should go to America, go to Europe. If they don’t give you visa, it is not God who told you. Stay back Sir.
You go through corner, corner; you will corner your destiny. You don’t need it. God can’t say go and the devil say go back. No, no devil can stop you when God is sending you somewhere. Let’s talk plain games. One of our young people, 19-year old could not even afford money for JAMB (Joint Admission and Matriculation Board), the family could not afford to pay money to collect JAMB form and now, he went about soul winning and the Lord said to him, go to American Embassy and ask if they have any programme for people like you.
How will you enter? Anyway, he found where the place was and he went, got to the gate. Anything here? I came here to find out if they have any programme here for people like me who want to school in America.
They said, please come in. Please come, nobody took him there Sir. He got there, they asked him a few questions. Well just wait a minute.
They checked some schools in America and said, yes, we can get a program for you. He left for America on scholarship Sir. Nobody could stop him.
It was God’s purpose, God’s plan unveiled. He went there and entered with dignity.
- You won’t struggle to make things work anymore!
- No one here will be stranded any more in life!
This place was not like this at the beginning but it kept on been beautified day in, day out as God begins to open new chapters, one chapter after another.
We need to be men and women of the Spirit, to remain on key with divine purpose.
We were having a great time in Kaduna and then suddenly God came to me and said, arise! Get down to Lagos, raise me a people. I was in the bathroom.
It is important to be spiritual. He can come across to you at any point in time. Arise, get down to Lagos, to go and start all over again. We already gathered about 3,000 out there and then we came down, 234 people. God said, arise, come down to Lagos.
Like joke, like play, kept going, kept going. In 5 years, we have reached 50,000 by His grace because purpose for that moment was discovered.
- You won’t miss God anymore.
- No life here will be stagnated again. In your business, you will never be stagnated again. In your career, you will never be stagnated again, in the name of Jesus Christ.
No one can can discover purpose in darkness. He that walks in darkness does not know where he goes, so he stumbles on everything. We saw a situation in Exodus 10:21-23, there was a great darkness in the land of Egypt – darkness that could be felt. No one move from his seat, they were all in one place, you can’t see another man.
They sat in one place because they were in darkness. Friends, until you are born again, you are not in God’s agenda, neither can you discover it. But at new birth, we are translated from the kingdom of darkness to the Kingdom of His own dear son.
So it is salvation that entitles us access to discover purpose. Until we are saved, we sit down at the same point. If we try to move, we stumble on everything, every step in regret. Therefore, you must be born again and remain so, to be able to walk in the centre of God’s purpose for your life.
I know my sheep and my sheep hear my voice and they follow me. Until one becomes one of His sheep, you can’t know His voice (John 10:4-5). So new birth is not an emblem, it is becoming a child of light (1 Thessalonians 5:5), we are a children of light.
Ephesians 5:8, we are children of light and not of darkness. So when you are born again, you become a child of light and you are able to now walk in the light of God for your life.
God never holds our past against us. The times of ignorance, God has overlooked. Anybody can return at any time and He will restore him (Ezekiel 18:22-24). There is no written off case with God. But until you return, you cannot be restored.
Let’s stop mixing up issues. Christianity is not a religion, it’s a reality. If it doesn’t show, it is not there. If nothing has become new, then that thing is not real. But like I said, the goodnews is: the former things, the time of ignorance, God has overlooked (Acts 17:30). It is never late to be right. The thief on the right hand side, made it to the Paradise.
Somebody here is turning back to Jesus because your future lies in His plan and you can’t access His plan except you are first born again and become a spiritual man, a spiritual woman who can hear the voice of God.
Can I tell you how real the voice of God is?
I was 22 when I contacted this light from the materials of T.L Osborn. First time I knew that the Spirit of God is not just speaking in tongues but He is a person who guides into all truth, who does not speak of Himself, whatever He hears from the Father, that He speaks. The light was so heavy, I read that book in one sitting, no standing up. You love God, you will find Him.
Now, I went out to check on my friends to share that truth with them and I couldn’t find them where they were living and I said; Holy Spirit, since you are a person, I don’t want to ask anybody in this town where they are. Direct me Yourself.
I heard Him say, ‘Go forward’. What! So real, no guess work. I got to a Tee- Junction, Holy Ghost, where do I go from here. ‘Make a left’ what! I got to another Tee-junction, how do I go from here? ‘Make a left’, what! Now, cut the long story short, He led me to where they were direct, without any human aid, without asking anybody in the town. God still speaks today.
- May every spiritual deafness be healed in this service right now.
Lack of access to the voice of God will get any destiny grounded. You can’t hear the voice of the Shepherd, you walk into the mouth of a lion.
- From this Convention, your life shall be continually guided. You will never miss out on God’s purpose anymore in your life.
Allow God to have His way and you will keep celebrating all the days of your life in the name of Jesus Christ.
All things will keep working for our good when we are walking in the centre of God’s purpose for our lives. That will never change, it’s always there.
- My prayer again today is that, no one here will miss out of God’s purpose for their lives.
Jeremiah 33:3, Proverbs 3:5-6
You want a smooth sailing in life, find God’s purpose, pursue after it. I will tell you this; I vowed growing up, never to live in Lagos. The hustle, I hate it. You want to jump from a bus, the bus is moving. You want to catch it, it is going.
This is not the life I want to live. I have said it publicly before and then suddenly, ‘arise, get down to Lagos’. At times, you hate where your destiny is by the manipulation of the devil. But settle down, give God room to direct your steps and you will find your way there in the name of Jesus Christ.
The goodnews today is, Heaven’s plan for you guarantees a future. It is not something to be afraid of, it is something to embrace. Walking in His plan will bring you to a very colourful future if you allow Him to take you.
Can I close with there few remarks in this session; I got saved by divine grace at the age of 15. Now, at 16, I discovered without anybody teaching me from my Bible, that I have been redeemed as a priest and a king to reign on the earth.
I don’t know how I found it but I can I tell you how much it helped my life?
Anytime I was going out as a teenager, I would look around; will a king go out like this? No, go and change.
As young as I was, I just located God’s agenda for the redeemed and I began to live it out. I will not shout because kings don’t shout. Amen.
I will not engage in a wrestling, kings don’t wrestle. I will not appear carelessly anywhere, kings don’t appear careless. At the age of 16, He began to unveil the purpose of redemption to me. So a child can know it. Allow your children to be in children’s church Sir. Encourage them to be there.
I was shouting in a meeting last night and I said, I pity people who have lost their sense of responsibility and sending children to go for primary school abroad.
Okay, what are you doing here?
There is no way any school will give your children home training, they can only give them school training. Any child that lacks home training will pay for it in future and not only him, the parent will pay for it.
- May you not be found nursing adult children, carrying 40-year old baby on your lap. That is parental failure because you left your job undone, you will pay for it.
Someone came to me from Ibadan and brought a son that was completely off. I said now, who was his guardian when he was abroad. She said, I made a mistake.
I said, I can’t pray for you until you repent. Ask God to forgive you of your irresponsibility, your carelessness. She was carrying. Here is a boy who doesn’t even know whether he is still in school or not, he is just completely lost, battered by drugs.
Our children were speaking in tongues in year one secondary school, cleanly. They read all the books I wrote one by one and ran seminar on it. If you don’t wake up today, you will cry tomorrow. Young parents, please caution.
What money do you have, can it buy destiny?
Not only the children will cry, you will cry. 2 Timothy 3:15 …and from a child thou hast known the Holy scriptures…
I read in my Bible, Lamentations 3:27 at the age of 16, it is good for a young man that he bears his yoke in his youth. I bought my first pair of shoes in secondary school, year three. I did labour, I came from an averagely well to do family.
I had blisters in my hands and I felt like a man. I wore the shoe to school and I was telling my friends when they showed me what their parents bought for them, I bought the shoe for myself, it was like a car to me.
My grandmother can buy that, my mother can buy, my father can buy but I chose to because I found it when I was 16.
Now that time, I was two years after 18, I was already demonstrating what I got from the Scripture.
- My prayer is that, every of your children will be greater than you. But you will live to make great investment in them.
Our office was the Church, our home was the Church in Kaduna.
The only toilet the Church was using was in the house. But no child ever played around the altar, when they look at my eyes, they know, flee.
They can read my finger nails. Not one issue from any of them. You don’t sow good seed today, reaping bad fruit tomorrow. Please watch over those children.
This age is fast losing our heroes.
In 1975, I read from Lamentation 3:37, my taste for heaven’s instructions came alive. I was just 21.
At 20, I found out, don’t attempt to get riches in a crooked way (Jeremiah 17:10-11). I was 20, a friend of mine came to visit me and I said David, his name too was David, I said wait. Don’t touch anything that is not yours or you will be cutting down on your lifespan. He said, hahaha. Bro David, how did you get this.
I said, come and see. Nobody was keeping money with me then but I didn’t know God was preparing me. I have never tampered with one dime of God’s money since He puts me in charge of His work. I can’t dare it Sir, I won’t dare it.
I rather go hungry than to touch it.
That is the season of preparation. We must invest in making it happen. I don’t care the school you send a child to, without Christ been formed in him, you don’t have any story to tell.
- Somebody’s story is changing.
I had a grandmother, that I was privileged to stay with. She is so spiritual. What’s in your pocket, if you have anything in your pocket, she doesn’t ask everyday.
What’s in your pocket, bring your pocket out. Who gave you? What do you do before he gave you. Do you know his house, I will follow you there.
Home training has no substitute.
We have a university here, you know how many problem we have with students for lack of home training, everywhere, lack of home training.
Please take responsibility and help to secure the glorious destiny of this children. You have a duty, you have a job to do and His grace will help you.
- No one here will be a failed parent.
You won’t have failed grandchildren, you will not have failed great grandchildren in the name of Jesus Christ.