NOBODY CELEBRATES HOW WELL THEY CAN ASK, WHAT THEY CELEBRATE IS HOW WELL THEY ARE ANSWERED.
MAN CAN PRAY BUT ONLY GOD CAN ANSWER. IT IS NOT EXPERTISE IN ASKING THAT GUARANTEES ANSWERS.
THERE IS A POSTURE YOU PUT YOURSELF WITH GOD THAT GOD BEGINS TO RESPOND NOT JUST TO YOUR PRAYERS BUT ALSO YOUR THOUGHTS WITH SPEED.
WHEN A MAN’S HEART BEGINS TO BEAT AFTER GOD, GOD’S HAND BEGINS TO GO AFTER THAT MAN.
FROM TODAY, THE HAND OF THE LORD THAT CARRIES THE ANSWER TO EVERY QUESTION, EVERY DESIRE OF YOUR HEART SHALL BEGIN TO GO AFTER YOU.
-Pastor David Oyedepo Jr at CHoP
*When a man commits to serving God, the conclusion can never be shame.
*However, there is nothing that will attract mockery to a life like an incomplete servant: one who began serving, but did not continue.
*If you can press on to the end, the glory will be revealed.
Our Father, we have come this morning to give praise and to give glory unto You. We celebrate You Lord for the answers that You have given to all our prayers. We thank You Lord for Your testimonies of Your mighty hand at work in our midst. Now our eyes are upon You this morning, asking that You will speak to us, by Your Word today, let everyone of our lives be changed. We give You all the praise and we give You all the glory, in Jesus precious name we have prayed.
Our line of exhortations for this week has been:
SERVING GOD IS ESSENTIALLY FOR OUR BENEFIT
We have come to recognize that our stewardship to God is never to the advantage of God but rather to the benefit of man. The Word of God makes it very clear to us, that is why serving God is a choice, it’s never by force – Joshua 24:15.
God never forces man, but rather gives a choice to man – Deuteronomy 30:19
Very clearly, God has given man the power of choice.
Serving God is not by force, serving God is ultimately a choice but it is the choice of the wise. Why?
Because our service to God is to our benefit, we must come to recognize that it is essentially to our benefit. We have been looking at some of the benefits that accrue to us as we serve God and this morning, we are going to look at 2 of these benefits very quickly.
- Serving God guarantees express answers to prayers
Jesus said, He has chosen you and chosen me and given us an opportunity to go forth and bring forth fruit and that our fruit should remain. When we fulfill this agenda, when we fulfill this desire of His heart, He said, whatsoever we ask the Father in His name will be given unto us. That means our commitment to stewardship in advancing the Kingdom of God gives us access to express answers on the altar of prayer.
Please hear this and hear it very well this morning, it is not expertise in asking that guarantees answers. It is your access on the altar of prayer that guarantees answers. You see, even in the natural, no man ever goes about his ability to ask when he gets a response, what he simply does is to appreciate the favour done unto him by the response given unto him. We must come to understand that the altar of prayer is the not dependent on our expertise of asking. Nobody celebrates how well they can ask, what they celebrate is how well they are answered and one thing you must understand is that man can pray but only God can answer. It is the position that you and I put ourselves in relation with God that determines our access to answers on the altar of prayer.
Jesus said, “He that sent Me is with Me”, but it didn’t come cheap, it came by particular responsibility: “I do always the thing that please Him.” In other words, it is positioning ourselves to please God or to fulfill the will of God, the pleasure of God that gives us access to God’s response.
That is why it is so important in our walk with God to continue to ensure that we are serving His purpose. As we do so, we position ourselves as priorities on His list.
When a man begins to seek after God, when a man’s heart begins to pant after God, he no longer needs to struggle for heaven’s response.
-I pray for everyone of us from this day onwards, as our hearts begin to pant after at a new level after God, I see the response of heaven coming speeding in our direction, in the name of Jesus Christ.
God’s Servant has shared the testimony of how a number of years ago, something happened: he simply thought in his heart about a particular desire, he had not prayed about it. Suddenly, what he thought about came to him and he asked the Lord, “Lord, won’t you even wait for someone to ask before you answer?” He said, the Lord told him, “there is a company of people that before they ask, I will answer and while they are yet speaking I will say, here I am” – Isaiah 65:24
In other words, there is a posture you put yourself with God that God begins to respond to you with speed. There are things that you even think, that He responds to. Have you not heard the Word of God makes it clear to us in Ephesians chapter 3 verse 20?
There are things that you even think, God will respond to speedily, just by your posture of stewardship.
When a man’s heart begins to beat after God, God’s hand begins to go after that man.
-For somebody here this morning, the hand of the Lord that carries the answer to every question of life will begin to go after you.
Psalm 145:16 – Inside the hand of God is the answer to every desire of man and every time man’s heart goes after God, God’s hand goes after that man.
-From today, the hand of the Lord that carries the answer to every question, every desire of your heart shall begin to go after you.
- Serving God turns our shame to glory.
Let’s begin this morning by understanding that God specializes in rolling away the reproach of men.
What is it that positions us to see reproach rolled away?
Proverbs 11:30, Proverbs 3:35
The heritage of the wise is glory and where glory is present, shame is absent. In other words, when a man begins to go after souls serving God, such an individual becomes a candidate for the glory of God.
When the glory comes, the shame goes.
-For somebody, I see the shame, the reproach, the mockery being rolled away in the name of Jesus.
When a man or woman begins serving God in turning many to righteousness, they are classified as the wise and the wise in scriptures inherit glory and the glory that comes upon the wise makes them stars forever and ever – Proverbs 3:35, Daniel 12:3
I will like you to understand for your star to shine in the Kingdom, you must become committed to serving God.
His exaltation came as a result of His subjection to stewardship. He (Jesus) took on the responsibility of serving God even to the point of death, wherefore God highly exalted Him. There is no shame that cannot be converted to glory when a man becomes dedicated to serving God.
Jesus gave us of a picture of this more accurately concerning Himself. You can’t end in shame when the path of stewardship is your pathway. When a man commits to serving God, the conclusion can never be shame. They make mock him at the beginning, but God will make him at the end. When God makes, no man can mock.
-For somebody here, as you subject yourself to serving God, I see the mockery of life being exchanged for glory.
That is why if there is a grace to covet, it is the grace to be consistent in stewardship. There is nothing that will attract mockery than an incomplete building. In the same vein, there is nothing that will attract mockery to a life like an incomplete servant: one who began serving, but did not continue. If you can press on to the end, the glory will be revealed.
-For somebody here, as grace comes upon your life to press to the end, the glory of the Lord upon your life shall be revealed.
1 Corinthians 15:58
Prayers: Lord, I receive grace for consistency in serving you, consistency in advancing your cause on the altar of prayer, in the harvest field, I receive that grace.
Let your grace come afresh upon my life, to be consistent, serving you day and night on the altar of prayer; serving you day and night on the harvest field, serving you day and night in the pursuit of the loss; in the establishment of the converts. Lord, I receive grace never to be tired and never to be weary. Never to give up, never to be discouraged. Lord, by Your Help, to keep continuing in my stewardship of You, I receive that grace. Connect with that grace this morning.
Thank You mighty God. Blessed be Your holy name, in Jesus precious name, we have prayed.
You have asked for grace this morning, that grace shall be made manifest in your life.
-Your stewardship tempo will never go down.
-Your fire in the pursuit of God will keep burning hotter in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. So shall it be in Jesus precious name.
It is done.
This morning, let’s be reminded again, we have our Midweek Service this evening. We are gathered across all of our various zones at 6 pm. It will be a glorious time in God’s presence. We are waiting upon the Lord and then gather together: it will be a time of encounters in Jesus precious name.
SPEAK TO THE DAY
Make your declaration concerning the day. You shall decree a thing, God will establish it, therefore make your declarations. Speak forth and do it in faith!!!
Father, thank You, in Jesus precious name we have prayed.
-This day is declared blessed.
-For you, it will be a day of testimonies.
-As you wait upon the Lord today, it will be a day of encounters.
-God will surely visit you. In the name of Jesus Christ. So shall it be, in Jesus precious name.