NEXT TO SALVATION, REVELATION IS OUR GREATEST ASSET IN THE FAITH.
PEOPLE THAT ARE ALWAYS MURMURING CANT ACCESS REVELATION
IT IS BY STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF THE ONES BEFORE YOU THAT YOU SEE BRIGHTER.
IT WAS THROUGH THE MINISTRY OF OSWALD J. SMITH THROUGH THE BOOK “THE MAN GOD USES” THAT I CAUGHT THE LIGHT ON MATTHEW 6:33.
IT WAS THROUGH THE BOOK “THE PURPOSE OF PENTECOST” BY T. L OSBORN MY SPIRITUAL EARS WERE OPENED.
YOU NEED TO BE CONNECTED TO WHERE GOD HAS MOVED HIS CHURCH IN ORDER TO ACCESS WHERE HE WANTS TO MOVE THEM NEXT.
THERE IS SO MUCH ABOUT GOD THAT ONLY THOSE WHO DO NOT KNOW HIM CLAIM TO KNOW ENOUGH OF HIM.
THOSE WHO KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT HIM KNOWS THAT THEY KNOW NOTHING ABOUT HIM AS THEY OUGHT TO KNOW.
YOU CAN LIMIT YOUR ACCESS TO REVELATION BY DOING NOTHING ABOUT WHAT HE SHOWS YOU.
JUST FOLLOW THE FIRST INSTRUCTION AND HE WILL GIVE YOU THE NEXT.
NO MATTER HOW HARD YOU PRAY, IF YOU ARE NOT A GIVER, YOU CANNOT PROSPER.
-Bishop David Oyedepo at the Foursquare Gospel Church 66th Annual Convention themed ‘GREAT AND MIGHTY THINGS’
Day 4, Morning Session.
5. Through a lifestyle of joy and rejoicing:
You can access the path of life only in His presence and without joy there is no access. Psalm 60:1-2, Isaiah 12:3. It takes joy and rejoicing to access His Presence.
So people that are always murmuring and complaining can’t access revelation. You can’t be murmuring against somebody who will tell you His secrets. Every murmuring is against God. ‘See what You are doing with my life, see me, see where my colleagues are. Only this car, this car all my life’. Is it God’s fault who gave you a car? Where you born with a car? Now, between your car and your two legs which one will you choose? If God comes down and say, ‘between this car and your legs. You even need legs to drive the car.
‘God has not done anything for me and you are still breathing? Who sustains your breath?
So, let’s stop murmuring, it stops our access to light and without light you are just down on the ground.
No one here will remain down. Depression is not your portion. If you just look back to see the Hand of God upon your life, you will jump and shout. Everything is working; your kidney is going, your heart is working, your livers are working, you don’t need injection to go to the toilet.
My God, you said nothing is working. Now, between what you want that you say it is not working and all that is working, which one will you choose? ‘Lord, let all things that are working stop. And let this one that I need come. Where will you receive it?
You can’t possess a thing when you are dead. Let’s stop murmuring and complaining against God, it robs us of the best of gift in life because next to salvation, revelation is our greatest asset in the faith.
We are saved not to perish. So, we just need revelation to stay alive. So, whatever will rob us of access, we should lay it aside. Somebody story is changing. You are that one let me hear your loudest Amen. You believe your case will never be the same in your life let me hear your loudest Amen.
6. Through the ministry of teaching priest: men and women sent as anointed teachers of the word in their respective areas.
2 Chronicles 15:3.
They don’t recognize the teaching priest in their midst, they know enough by themselves, nobody else can have inputs in their lives.
I was speaking somewhere, addressing the new generation syndrome. Every new generation syndrome stems out of the old. Every new tree is a seed from the old. Every new born baby came out of old parents.
There is no way to disconnect the new from the old. Or is there anybody here older than his parents? It is by standing on the shoulders of the one before you that you see brighter.
No, no. Any disconnection by the new from the old will frustrate the new because it is not permitted to exist.
It was through the ministry of Oswald J. Smith through the book “The man God uses”, that I caught the light on Matthew 6:33 which is a live wire on my life today. Every little child in our church knows that Scripture, Matthew 6:33. It just got me drunk, got me intoxicated through the book “The man God uses”.
Through the book of “the purpose of Pentecost,” my Spiritual ears were opened. I now saw the Holy Ghost as a person, who speaks, who guides, who directs. It changed my entire life.
My ears were opened for the first time to hear the voice of the Spirit in a town that led me to where those fellows were without any human aid. ‘Spirit of God, if truly You lead and guide, lead me to where they are. And I heard Him say, go forward. What? I got to a T- junction, where do I go to from here? ‘Turn to your right’. What? And He led me step by step, by heavenly GPS to where those fellows were, life. I got it from the ministry of T.L Osborn.
And then faith without pressure, I learnt it at the feet of Hagin. It possessed me. Something will be happening today that may be different from what Kenneth Hagin did, but it is a built up from what he did. In fact, when the Lord told me to start publishing I said what will I write? Hagin has written everything and I meant it. But today everywhere Hagin’s books got to by the grace of God, I think we got there.
I have books published in different languages of the world without our hand In them. That includes Indonesia, it includes China. Don’t disconnect from the old, you won’t have a place in space. You need to be connected to where God has moved His Church to in order to access where He wants to move them next. There must be a connection otherwise there will be frustration. Awesome God. I bless God for those great people.
It was Yonggi Cho that taught me about Church growth. I had a powerful revelation but I need a practical laboratory experience so I went after him since 1985. He went to be with the Lord this year but I was following as hard as I can and then some fellows came from that Church onetime and said, ‘this is exactly like our church. I said, you are not wrong, we took a bearing from it. I have never seen a church of that magnitude in my life. So reading was enough motivation for me. Find out how it is working? and God began to show me bit by bit how it works. It is not wisdom to find out what is working somewhere and you want it to work with you, find out from there. They won’t say they got the result, they will say you got the result. Amen?
We knew nothing about cell ministry except through this man, Yonggi Cho and to the glory of God, we planted eighty per cent above our Network of cells as a church across Nigeria this year alone. I bought 400 copies of those books, “building successful home cells” for our Pastors 2010. We added more than ten thousand cells to our cell and this year alone we added twenty-one thousand.
Can you disconnect from the past and experience the new? So wake up and let’s together move in the light of Scriptures through which Giants of the end time shall be raised in the Name of Jesus Christ.
In Academics, the quality of your paper is determined by the quality of your references. Not just write some junks or you see it as an idea, but if you want your papers to have weight then draw from weighty men who have made some outstanding marks in that field. Not just somebody on the street, not newspaper quotes,real references, professional references. And that is why the life of any Believer who has no worthy references around his life , cannot weigh much. The good news is, you are going places. Between now and the next convention, everyone in this church is cruising on a new level. You are cruising on a new altitude.
This Church is moving into a new realm. Every member of this church is moving into a new realm. No more shall anyone be grounded.
There is so much about God that only those who do not know Him claim to know enough of Him. Those who know anything about Him knows that they know nothing yet as they ought to know. Somebody story is changing.
I started building my Christian library since I was twenty. I hosted CNN onetime and they asked, ‘what do you do with your time? I said, I read and I think. I love finding out more and more. What I am doing right now, I have been in three days in preparation. I have never gone casual leave anywhere in my life because I am talking to destinies of people, I can’t afford to make careless statements. I pray that each one of us will take learning as a serious task.
Let me conclude by taking us through proofs of true revelation.
WHAT ARE THE PROOFS OF TRUE REVELATION?
Revelation can be define as being able to see what God is saying. Ethiopian Eunuch was reading but couldn’t see . And revelation is the platform for the stirring up of our faith because no one ever doubts what he can see even if you are Thomas.
Okay, I am wearing black, is that true? Why? No, are you sure you looking well? Black suit and black tie. Are you convinced? How? Come on give the Lord a big hand.
You hardly can dash the feet of anyone who can see what God is saying. The Apostles said we cannot but speak those things we have heard and seen. And so when Philip came, he opened his understanding and he said,’ oh, here is water. Can’t I be baptized here?
1. Every true revelation stirs joy and rejoicing. Psalm 119:162, Jeremiah 15:16.
2. Every true revelation stirs up prompt action: How? Jeremiah 20:9.
When revelation comes, it becomes fire in your bones and you can’t hold it. You just must move. Revelation stirs prompt action.
I caught a word 1981. I was waiting on the Lord for 5 days for instructions. More reason I need to know about the assignment. And then He opened my eyes to Deuteronomy 15:6. Sir, I entered into a covenant that day never to borrow, that is forty years ago. Forty years after I have not been tempted to borrow. He said, ‘when you borrow, you are making Me feel I am too slow for you or I don’t know your level.
I never knew what God was going to be giving us in future, I would have being dead by debt. I freed myself by prompt vow. I can’t tell you the details of what I wrote but I vowed never to borrow and He helped me.
God, no one can handle my life better than You. It may look funny but that set me free. Everyone under any weight of debt, the Lord will clear it for you and you will never need to enter it anymore.
3. Every genuine revelation is accompanied with the Spirit of faith: Ezekiel 2:2.
When revelation dawns, the Spirit of faith is stirred up in us to pursue without looking back.
One of my senior fellows in the faith said to me, ‘ David, you are going to full time ministry? I said, yes sir. ‘How much savings do you have? I said none and if I have anything I will finish it before I go because He said, carry no pulse or script and greet no man on the way and go not from house to house. I just found it and I believed it and received it . Awesome God!
He was genuinely concerned because of the state of the Church of Christ at that time. There was no honorarium, nobody knows what honorarium means. There were no Prophet offerings because they were no Prophets. We were having a nice time, you go to preach and then they say thank you and you give whatever you have to anybody that might have a need there. That was our lifestyle. But I caught it in the word, I asked the Lord. I told you prayer of inquiry. Lord, You are asking me to go, who pays me? Then He showed me, ‘He appointed seventy others also. You are in my employment, and He said go not from house to house, greet no man on the way, lobby around no man’s resources, I am your Employer. That was my pay-cheque, official letter of employment. Everything settled in one day. The Spirit of faith comes alive where revelation dwells. Can I hear your Amen? Something is breaking loose in your life. God never lies
4. Every true revelation is often validated by the Voice of God behind His Word: I caught Matthew 6:33 as a revelation from Oswald J. Smith but I heard the Voice of God saying, ‘seek ye first my kingdom and all these things that others are dying to get shall be added to you. My God. That intoxicated me because behind every statement of scripture is the Voice of God. Isaiah 34:16. And can I tell you what the Voice of the Lord does? It is not easy to doubt. You can’t hear from God and doubt Him. More often than not, every revelation is accompanied by the Voice of God to consolidate our faith, to keep our faith on the Rock.
But light has no value except you choose and you are committed to walking in it. You can’t put touch light in your pocket going through darkness and expect it to light in your pocket.
You walk by the light to enjoy the value of light. The light you don’t walk in adds no value to us. Let’s get ready we are in the days of great things, no one here shall be left behind.
My heart blesses everyone in this service this morning and I pray that each one here will see brighter than any of us. As you embrace the teachings you have received, He will show you more.
Without doing anything about what He taught you last don’t expect Him to teach you the next. You can limit your access to revelation by doing nothing about what He shows you. It’s one instruction complied with another that leads to the next.
Do you remember how God told me to go to Kaduna? and we got to Kaduna. He sent us there oh, we enjoyed so much favor from Heaven and then arise and get down to Lagos. I hated Lagos by every standard, I don’t like the rush, rush life and God knows I didn’t like it. I couldn’t hold it, we moved. Now the worst temptation, ‘go to the forest’, my God. We saw some levels of breakthroughs in Lagos. We followed Him. And until we followed Him to the forest before our lives began to shine round the world. Just follow the first instruction and He will give you the next.
Don’t toil with revelation else you shut the door against yourself.
No matter how hard you pray, if you are not a giver, you cannot prosper. No matter how anybody prays, with his prayer team and fasting company, there is no short cut under Heaven. If you are not a giver, you cannot prosper. God told me that,’ until your part is played, I am not committed’, I heard from God. So, I began to play my part, little by little. Start from here, position yourself on those things we have discussed and revelation will keep flowing. You will never lack access anymore.
When our last daughter was dying, the doctor confirmed that every system had broken down, I went to the office, I saw them carrying my daughter to the hospital. I went to the office and had a good time of exaltation with the brethren, the staff and then went to my office and shut the door with a huge smile on my face. Jesus, I know there must be a way out, under ten minutes four striking lights from Heaven came. That ended it, the light was so strong, I said go and read these over her. Her body was strong and back to life.
Joy and rejoicing may make you look like a fool but it is your easiest access to light. I didn’t groan, oh God, you know I am serving You. Lord Jesus, there must be a way out. He said, son, hold it. And then first light, second light, third light, fourth light. I didn’t go to the hospital. I just sent, I said read it over her. Please rejoice. Get off the companies of joy breakers.
‘How are you today? How is town, you know how rough things are?
I have never seen life like this in my life. Nothing is working in this country. Abi, is anything working?
He wants you to join him. When they call me, ‘oh,good day sir, how are things? I said great.
My wife was dying over a year, nobody had room to come and greet me.
Joy unspeakable, full of glory. I decree that you won’t block access to light to yourself. Shall we rise to our feet. Give the Lord a big clap of hand.