IF YOU WANT TO GROW YOU MUST CHANGE ENVIRONMENT.
ENVIRONMENT INFLUENCES ACHIEVEMENT AND COMPANY AFFECTS DESTINY
THE MAN (PASTOR DAVID IBIYEOMIE) WE ARE CELEBRATING TODAY DECIDED TO LEAVE WHERE HE WAS, TO WHERE BISHOP OYEDEPO WAS AND THERE WAS A CHANGE IN HIS MENTALITY AND TODAY THE EVIDENCE OF HIS GROWTH IS CLEAR.
IT’S NOT WHAT YOU TAKE THAT BLESSES YOU, IT’S WHAT YOU GIVE. THE PERSON WE ARE CELEBRATING TODAY IS A GIVER TO THE CORE AND THAT IS WHY HE IS SO BLESSED.
WHEN YOU BECOME TOO BIG TO LEARN, IT BECOMES EASY FOR YOU TO FAIL.
THE MAN WE ARE CELEBRATING IS VERY TEACHABLE, CORRECTABLE AND LEVEL HEADED. AS I AM TALKING HE IS WRITING WHEREAS I LEARNT ALL THESE THINGS FROM HIM.
- Pastor Abiye Daniel David on “Qualifying the Unqualified” at Pastor David Ibiyeomie’s Birthday Celebration Service
Hallelujah! Shall we rise to our feet?
Lord, we ask that you touch our lives through your word and let your word change every life under the influence of this service in the name of Jesus. Fill our lives with joy. Bless us and lift us.
With a big hand for the Lord, please get seated. Amen!
I have the awesome privilege to be the one at this great meeting of the celebration of the 59th Birthday anniversary of the Great Man of God David Ibiyeomie. It is my prayer that as you have come to celebrate, celebration will not cease in your habitation in Jesus’ name.
I will like to thank Papa for this privilege and also want to thank Mama and the team of Pastors. God will bless you all.
The Celebrant went to Washington DC some time ago, and he was taken from the line where he was as a foreigner to the citizens’ line with a Green Passport. That is strange. God will do a strange thing in your life!
- In the queue of greatness, God will interrupt the sequence for you to move from the backside to the forefront in the name of Jesus.
We will be looking at the subject “Qualifying the Unqualified” This means the selection and the election of the things that are weak, foolish and despised to daze the things that are mighty according to the standards of the world.
The whole message will be taken from half a verse of the scripture, from the genealogy of Jesus Christ. Matthew 1:1-5. Now, what is Rahab looking for in that verse of scripture?
That is the question. Rahab has no business there. First, she was not an Israelite, she has no business in the covenant. Yet, her name was mentioned in that place. She was seemingly unqualified to be there. The funniest of all is that that was the only scripture in the whole of the Bible where harlot was not attached to her name because Jesus was involved.
When Jesus is involved in your life, all past bad name tags are erased. Seven times age name was mentioned in the scripture. Mentioned in Joshua 2, 6, Hebrews 11 and James 2. All of the instances had harlot except for Matthew 1. When it came to Jesus, the word harlot was not mentioned. When God sees you as unqualified and wants to use you, he will take the bad name tag off your life and will place a new one so that you can become a celebrity. The name Rahab means broad, large space and fullness.
Those who depend on God may be disqualified by men but will experience God’s fullness. A time. came in the Celebrant’s life that he was tagged a failure, mediocre. Names we’re called him.
But today, can you comfortably reckon with him as a failure? No! This is because when he identified with Christ, the name tag was taken away. Today you are seeing a celebrity before us. God will make you a celebrity.
Now, you have to be careful because there are people who celebrate once and do not celebrate again.
The worst thing that can happen to you is to be a success momentarily and be a failure eternally.
How To Become Qualified
- Choose a new name tag in Christ and change your lifestyle.
Rahab left Jericho and got married into a prominent family, this is one scripture where she is no longer called a prostitute. Rahab changed her name tag and her lifestyle and came into the family of Christ.
You must do something consciously to change your name tag.
If they say you are thief, don’t steal unless you prove them correct. If they say you are a failure, succeed and you keep them quiet eternally. Any man that wants to succeed in this world must take steps towards success.
Wishing success without doing anything towards success will make you a failure eternally. God’s servant was told he was a failure and he said he was not a failure. Declaring the promise is not enough, he had to do something to come out of failure and that is why you are here today.
- Agree to change your environment immediately.
Rahab consciously left a cursed place called Jericho to a blessed place called Isreal. If where you are is not changing you, change where you are. Environment affects achievement.
No matter how talented a fisherman you are, you can never catch a fish in the swimming pool. It will never work, the reason been that, that is not where you will find fishes even though it’s water. Not every person should be around you. If you plant banana in Sokoto, you will not have maximum yield. If you plant rice in Rivers State, you will not have maximum yield.
Environmental effects achievements. If you take a fingerling shark and put it in an aquarium, it will not grow more that 6 inches. If you take that same shark and put it in an ocean, the real length will come out, the reason been that it’s environment is a limiter to it’s growth. If you want to grow you must change environment.
The man we are celebrating today decided to leave where he was, to where Bishop Oyedepo was and there was a change in his mentality, change in his operations. Today you see the evidence of his growth. If you remain where the people are small, you will be small. Pray as hard as you can, there is a limitation in the atmosphere, because the people are small. You can’t go beyond.
Everybody must understand this that if you train with the fastest sprinters in the world, you suddenly adopt their style and you become faster than others, if you train with the slowest sprinters in the world, you also get that kind of result. Environment affects achievement.
- I pray God will give you understanding in Jesus name
Environment influences achievement and company affects destiny. Continuous contact affects behaviour. If I take a pin and begin to rub it on a magnet, after some time the behaviour of the magnet will rub off on the pin and it will be like the magnet. Once you keep rubbing yourself with people who are going nowhere, then I can assure you that your destination is nowhere.
If the vehicle you want to enter to get to America is a bus, the destination is obvious – nowhere. To flow with an Anti-Christ is to lose all the virtues of Christ in you. Once you flow with someone who does not believe in greatness, everything that is great in you will leave. Rahab believed that the people she was with, the people of Jericho can not give her what she needs so she switched camp from Jericho to Israel.
- May you experience an encounter that will change your lifetime for ever in the name of Jesus Christ.
Association is the womb of transformation, who are you associating with? Anybody whose lifestyle you don’t admire don’t come close. No association will leave you neutral. I once lived with somebody who sits down to rub cream, as men we stand to rub cream but it didn’t take me long I started sitting down to rub cream. The celebrant said he was in school and the training his parents gave to him was to wear singlet before wearing his shirt and he was in school with one of his colleagues that is late and that one does not wear singlet before wearing shirt and before long he too stopped wearing singlet before wearing shirt. In life there is nobody that will leave you neutral, there is something you must learn from the person either good or bad.
Anybody whose lifestyle you don’t admire, don’t come close to unless you will learn something that will stick with you for a lifetime. Most of the habits that people are battling with, you learnt it from somebody so if you don’t like the person’s lifestyle don’t come close.
- Be a person of kind works.
Rahab was a person of grace, naturally not qualified to be in the genealogy of Christ but she became qualified by kind works.
Be nice to people if you want to rise in life. Your niceness will determine your bigness. Life will never become stable until you become charitable.
To eat alone is to die alone. There are people who has never given anyone anything, their joy is to collect from people but they never release to period. The person we are celebrating today is a giver to the core and that is why he is blessed. A lot of people don’t understand that people giving to you does not bless you. What you give is what is recorded for you by God (Acts 20:35).
If you are not willing to train anyone then you have no future in this world, you are of all men most miserable. Don’t train your children alone, that’s a low life. Be the bread the world will eat and be the water the world will drink.
Learn to give to people. Give things to people so God can bring more. The more you hoard the more you go down. Everybody who wants to be great must be kind to people. Rahab hid spies she did not know and then her destiny changed. She was sensitive to know that this wpeolel are the people of God.
Many of us are suffering because our parents didn’t give to anybody. Nobody wants to come to our aid because our parents were very stingy, it was like a family spirit. If your parents were like that, don’t be like that. Your spiritual parents are not like that, emulate them.
- Stay Humble in Heart
Rahab’s house was built on the wall. She was been looked upon by all eyes. When God lifts you to a point where you become the centre of attraction you have to be very careful, pride will reduce you to nothing. Remember that same wall that made her a celebrity soon collapsed.
If you are proud after some time your rising will drop. When you take off from an aircraft even 50 storey building becomes small. It’s not small oh, it’s your eyes that is seeing it to be small but when you come down you see the reality.
That God has lifted you does not mean that the people that grew up with you are riffraffs. I have consciously seen the celebrant, even men of God that he doesn’t agree with, you see him give them respect. He is level-headed.
That God has lifted you does not mean that you forget where you are coming from. They say “no matter how a masquerade dances at the village square, it does not mean that it will forget that it will go back to where they dressed it to end the dance”. No matter how God has lifted you, people that are with you and are ahead of you, you must know them. Humble yourself.
The man we are talking about is teachable, he is correctable, he is approachable. As I am talking he is writing, whereas all this things we learnt from him. His anointing is a trillion times higher than our own but he is still writing. When you are too big to learn, it becomes easy to fail.
Pride will make you become snobbish and you will become a rubbish at the end of the end of the day.
Never get to a point where your lifting gets into your head and knocks it off before you know what is happening, your neck will also follow it. Never get to the point where God is no longer God in your life because of little achievement. God hates pride more than any other sin because it was the first sin that He ever saw. There is a sin unto death that nobody can deliver you from it, it is sin of pride. There is a sickness God cannot cure it is called sanctimonious “pompousity.”