SERVING GOD IS ESSENTIALLY TO OUR BENEFIT – Bishop Oyedepo’

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A TIME COMES WHEN CONNECTIONS DON’T WORK, WON’T WORK AT ALL.
WHERE NO CONNECTION WORKS, SERVING GOD DOES.

THERE WAS A CLOSE MISSIONARY WE WERE TRYING TO FOLLOW THROUGH ON OUR ENTRY TO AFRICA.
HOWEVER, HE WAS DOING AS IF HE HAD THE KEY TO AFRICA.

I SAID, “LEAVE HIM. GOD TOLD ME THAT THE HARVEST OF AFRICA IS OVER RIPE.”
WE DIDN’T NEED HIM. WE INVADED THOSE NATIONS, HE NOW NEEDED US.

PEOPLE THINK GOD IS TRYING TO USE THEM, SO HE CAN REMAIN GOD.
THEY THINK THE PASTOR IS TRYING TO DRIVE THEM SO HE CAN REMAIN ONE BIG PASTOR FROM ONE STRANGE CORNER.

THERE ARE MANY THINGS THAT MONEY CANNOT BUY.

MONEY CAN’T RESCUE FROM DEATH, BUT SERVING GOD DOES THAT FOR FREE.

– Bishop David Oyedepo at CHoP

All the glory must be to the Lord, for He is worthy of our praise. No man on earth should give glory to himself, all the glory must be to the Lord.

The best any servant of God can do is to make declarations, it is God who confers confirmation.

The best we can to do is to pray over people, it is God that answers the prayers.
The best we can do is to teach people, it is God that grants people understanding.
Everything that happens in the Kingdom is God at work. All the things happening to us in this Commission and to the lives of people here, it is all by the raw hand of God. So He is worthy of all the praise, worthy of all the adoration, worthy of all the glory.

Prayers: Thank Him again for His manifest presence in our midst, in healings, in deliverances, in directions, in illumination, in turnaround testimonies. Thank Him again from the depth of your heart, that is the God we serve. He is a story changer God. Thank Him, He is the only one that can save, no man can save an ant. Jesus is the Saviour, the Holy Ghost is the Convictor and He is the Converter.

Give the glory to God for all the testimonies we are hearing in this Church. They are the raw hand of God at work, in the precious name of Jesus Christ.
Father, thank You. Speak to us again this morning and confirm Your Word in our midst again, in Jesus precious name.

Serving God is not to God’s benefits because He remains the I AM THAT I AM, whether we worship Him or not, He is the I AM THAT I AM – Exodus 3:14.

Ever constant.

We can’t add value to God, we can’t erode value from Him. That is why every commandment of scriptures is absolutely to our benefit, not to God’s benefit. He has nowhere to accommodate any benefit.
In Him we all live and move and have our being. He is the eternal constant God.
Serving God is a choice and not a gift nor a calling
Joshua 24:15, 1 Kings 18:21
But it is not just serving God that works please, but serving Him as a priority. Serving God is not just what works, but serving God as a priority.
Seek ye first the advancement, the enlargement, the expansion of the Kingdom of God and all these things that others are dying to get shall be added to you – Matthew 6:33
“Make for Me first and I will take care of the rest”, that is what Elijah told the widow of Zarephath and she was feeding fat for three and a half years, under heaven’s supplies.
First!!!

This week, our exhortation line is captioned:
SERVING GOD IS ESSENTIALLY TO OUR BENEFIT.

You can’t know that something is to your benefit and still need encouragement to engage.
You know why you go to work every day? It is to your benefit.
You know why you go to your shop every day? It is to your benefit.

It is not to the benefit of the shop or the buyers. It is primarily to your benefit.
You know why you carry your children to school every day? It is to your benefit, so they don’t become liabilities tomorrow.
You know why students go to class every day? It is to their benefit. They can’t call your father a failure because you failed in school. Your father has already passed his own test.

You can’t know something to be to your benefit and be dragging in your engagement. People are yet to see it Sir, they are yet to see this thing. They think God is trying to use them, so He can remain God. They think the Pastor is trying to drive them so he can remain one big Pastor from one strange corner.
Everything about your obedience is absolutely to your benefit. Absolutely, ‘forever-ly’!
It is absolutely and ‘forever-ly’ to your benefit. You can’t see that and be dragging and be procrastinating, “I am going to do it someday, sometime; I know I will do it, but I am not ready right now, I am so busy.”
You do it: He is God
You don’t do it: He is God
You insult Him: He is God
You praise Him: It is your cup of tea
Nothing moves, nothing changes God’s status. Same size.
Same height: the Most High.
Same largeness: He fills all in all. There is nothing more to fill. Everything about our obedience is absolutely to our benefit.

Exodus 23:25-26
“The number of thy days I will fulfil”: It is not in the hand of the devil, I am responsible. No devil can cut your life short when I am in charge. “I am in Charge!”
You can’t understand that in truth and in deed and not be running until they say, “it is enough.” You will be running all your life.
People can’t see it. They think it is a cajole of the Commission to expand.
There was someone we were trying to follow through on our entry to Africa. He happens to be a Missionary and close to us, he was now doing as if he had the key to Africa. I said, “leave him. God told me that the harvest of Africa is over ripe.” We didn’t need him Sir. We invaded those nations, he now needed us.
There is nobody’s resistance that can stop God from delivering His agenda.
They say, “If you have any contact”
Response: Haah, God forbid. I won’t surrender any contact.
We don’t need your contact to invade any nation. When God says, “Go”, we are gone.
Please, see this as your benefit.
It is not me who wrote the Bible, I wasn’t there when He sent His Word. It is to your benefit. You are not serving Him to your disadvantage, you are serving Him to your advantage.
I have not had one cause of regret 46 years of running with Matthew 6:33 as my breath. I live with it, I sleep with it and I am not down on any count. By His grace.
You better embrace this ohhh. It is absolutely, not essentially to your benefit. Absolutely to your benefit, absolutely to my benefit.

If they obey and serve Him, they shall spend their days in prosperity – Job 36:11
What are people looking for? A life of meaning, a life of impact.
“And their years in pleasures”
What are they looking for? To be free from the pressures of life.
And He said that is available if they obey and serve Him. To be free from the pressures of life, everything working on every side. No pressure at home, no pressure at work, no pressure in your finance: everybody is looking for it.
No pressure of sickness and disease: everybody is looking for it.
So how can you know that, that thing is real and not run? You didn’t know. You have not understood.
He said, “they know not, neither will they understand. We have a better way of doing it. we are in a software age.”
You have been using software, nothing is soft. Why don’t you change the approach?
You are engaging software and getting harder by the day; why don’t you change the approach?
Absolutely to your benefit and my benefit.

Psalm 34:10
A time comes when connections don’t work. Connections won’t work at all.
“I know Federal Minister, I know Local Government Minister, I know M.D, I know CEO”
A time comes when nothing called connection works.
“Young lions suffer want”: Lion, king of the forest. Connection didn’t work.
“But they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing”: The Word, ‘seek’, out there means serve.
Where no connection works, serving God does.

People who do know their God, with zero connection, they shall be strong and they shall do exploits – Daniel 11:32

As we close, two points to note:
1. Serving God guarantees supernatural breakthroughs:
Peter gave his boat out to serve Jesus, stood there with Him and after that, “cast down your nets into the deep for a draught” and then fishes rushed into that place, broad daylight against the law of fishing. But God spoke, “nevertheless at thy Word, which carries the return of my stewardship, I will let down the net” – Luke 5:5
The net began to break and they called people, “please come and help us, this blessing is too much” – Luke 5:7
And the two boats began to sink.
There is breakthrough power in serving God.
Isaiah 45:1
When you connect to serving God, breakthrough becomes your way of life.
“I have found David my servant”: And he became a hero as a teenager – Psalm 89:20
Supernatural breakthrough always attends to those who choose to serve God and the interest of His Kingdom.

2. Serving God guarantees the meeting of all our needs including those things that money cannot buy.
Money can buy treatment, it can’t buy health. Money can build houses, it can’t buy sleep.
Skill can you give you some level of breakthroughs, but it doesn’t guarantee rest.
Many things that money cannot buy. Money can’t buy peace. Many are highly placed people, highly “successful” and so peaceless, so restless: gasping for breath almost every day.
These things are for free as we serve God.
Money can’t buy children. People have done 5 IVFs, nothing happened. They came to Jesus and without any stress, He delivered to them the number they wanted.
Money can’t rescue from death, but serving God does that for free.
Please embrace the truth and the biblical fact that serving God is essentially to your benefit.

I heard Him say to me, “seek ye first the Kingdom of God and all these things that others are dying to get, they shall be added to you” – Matthew 6:33
‘E mi lo so gbe fun o Omo’ (I am the One that said that child). You want a life that is meaningful, impactful, restful, “seek ye first and I guarantee you all these other things that people are dying to get, I will be adding them to you.”

Prayers: Lord, help me to see this clearly, clearly enough to make it my new lifestyle. Help me to see serving You clearly enough and absolutely to my benefit, so I won’t need encouragement anymore, neither can I be discouraged anymore.
Lord, help me to see this, that the answer to all human needs and to every believer’s need is in serving you out of a pure heart. So help me Jesus, not to give up, not to cave in, but to stay on.
In Jesus precious name we have prayed.
Genesis 13:15
Now your eyes are opened, it will never go blind again. You will be serving from one realm of glory to another, all the days of your life. You won’t run away with a change of story. You will be on to keep experiencing more and more change of story. That shall be your experience.

SPEAK TO THE WEEK
Commit the week unto the Lord and take command of the week. Your prayer altar will grow cold. Your passion for souls will not die. Your commitment to serving God and the interest of His Kingdom will keep burning high, higher by the day.
Take hold of the week: It is our Operation Andrew Week. Take hold of it. Take command over it, in Jesus precious name we have prayed.

We have the fliers for the week: Covenant Day of Marital Breakthroughs.
-My prayer is that every home shall find lasting rest.
-My prayer is that every challenged marital destiny shall be recovered.
He is coming to be in our midst again, He has always been there and He will sort out all cases.
-All cases of marital challenge shall be sorted out.
-All spells of marital delay shall be over.
-Every generational curse connected to the marital destiny of God’s people shall come to an end.
Prayers: Ask the breath of the Holy Ghost upon these fliers, that He turns each of these fliers into spiritual magnet, bringing people to Jesus who will give them rest, bring the people to Jesus who will liberate them, bringing people to Jesus who will set them free. Opening new chapters to their lives.

Pray that prayer, pray it in the Spirit. Holy Ghost, take over, let your breath of life be upon each of these fliers and all of our tracts going out this time, to the glory and praise of your name in Jesus precious name.

-The week is declared blessed.
-It is your week of testimonies.
-The barriers are out. Your breakthrough is finally here.
-It is a week of joy and rejoicing.
-There shall be no distractions.
-You are breaking forth on every side.
-Your spiritual life is on fire, the fire will burn hotter by the day.
-Your zeal for God will never die. It will be on the increase, in the name of Jesus.
Please join me in giving God thanks. Give Him thanks, celebrate Him and magnify Him.
Nobody returns empty on Sunday. On Wednesday, you are bringing somebody in.

#BishopDavidOyedepo
#CHoP14Mar22
#MoreThanAConqueror

CHoP is an acronym for Covenant Hour of Prayer.

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