STOP MAKING NOISE BEFORE THE GATE, THANKSGIVING IS YOUR SPIRITUAL I.D CARD TO GET TO GOD’S PRESENCE.
-Bishop David Oyedepo at CHoP
* You can go for 100 days of prayers and fasting without any sound from heaven because you are not thankful.
*Thanksgiving is sweet, it brings you to the gates of heaven.
*Thanksgiving is a mystery that keeps things growing including the Church.
*Whatever you don’t thank God for will start going down.
* No Church grows without a thanksgiving people.
* No Church grows without a thanksgiving Pastor.
* No Cell grows without a thanksgiving Cell Minister.
* No Zone will grow with a complaining Zonal Pastor
In Psalm chapter 48 verse 9, “we have thought of their lovingkindness O God, in the midst of thy temple. According to thy name, O God, so is thy praise unto the ends of the earth: thy right hand is full of righteousness.” (Psalm chant).
Verse 14 says, “For this God is our God, forever and ever: He will be our God from now even unto the end.”
We see proofs every day and only fools doubt proofs. That my daughter said, “she gave thanks massively after the end of every Cell (meeting)” (documented testimony).
Whether He brought two: thank You for bringing multitudes.
He brought one: thank You for bringing multitudes.
Massively and then the Cells began to grow. I think she said, to 40 adults and 10 children. My God.
Testimonies are instructions, they are prophetic instructions. You want it: do it.
Thanksgiving is the mystery behind access to our high places in life. The heart of gratitude.
You are not faking it, you are not pretending it, you are just in it.
Although the fig trees may not blossom, everything looks stagnant.
There may not be fruits in the vine, but I will rejoice and be glad in Him, I will rejoice and be glad; then the Lord will make your feet like hinds feet and get you up upon your high places (Habakkuk 3:17-19). What a mystery!
Prayer: receive grace for tireless thanksgiving as your new lifestyle.
Cell (WSF) replicated 5 times. You have been at the same spot for too long, in one area or the other in your life, now grace to make thanksgiving your new addiction, your new lifestyle: receive that grace this morning. In Jesus precious name we have given thanks.
Jesus, speak to me as a person, let your Word show me the next step to take. Let your Word grant me access to the next phase of my life. Thank You Lord. You open our ears morning by morning to hear: open my ears to hear you this morning to the glory and praise of your name. In Jesus precious name we have prayed.
Thank You Father for another day. You brought us in here, it’s a day You have made, we shall rejoice and be glad in it. Thank You Lord, take all the praise in Jesus precious name. Amen.
THANKSGIVING IS A MUST TO KEEP THE CHURCH GROWING.
Well, why don’t we say it this way, ‘Thanksgiving is a must to keep anything growing including your person, your walk with God, your business, your career.’ Thanksgiving is a must.
“Let the people praise thee O God; then shall the earth yield her increase and God shall bless us. God shall bless us and all the ends of the earth shall fear him” (Psalm 67:5-7).
When things are on: give Him thanks.
When they appear to be off: give Him thanks. Praise God and then the earth will begin to produce and give its increase: the blessing of God will start manifesting.
“Let the people praise thee O God and let all the people praise thee”: they should better know the meaning. They should better know why they are doing it. It impacts on every area of life. Genuine thanksgivers never lack testimonies. They don’t cry for it, it rolls in one after the other.
-No one’s life under the sound of my voice today will lack testimonies again.
Among others, thanksgiving is a must to keep the anointing fresh and the Church growing.
Psalm 92:1-2, 14-15
Thanksgiving is a mystery that keeps things growing including the Church.
Jeremiah 30:19 – I will be growing them in number and growing them in status.
Jeremiah 30:22 – Their nobles shall begin to emerge. Their governors, captains of industry will start emerging. Praise God.
Jeremiah 30:20, “Their children shall be as aforetime”: they will carry the same unction and driving at the same pace.
That’s how powerful thanksgiving is!
-May this become your new Kingdom addiction!!
I have never folded my hand in my life that this Church is not growing: who told you? It’s growing, you couldn’t see the growth because you are short sighted. It’s growing, I tell you. Amen.
I have never wondered at offering in my life. I won’t even ask you so how will I wonder! There is nothing to wonder about. I already asked you to give that man 10 Naira, I didn’t ask you how much did you have?
“Well, how much did you get yesterday?”
Response: 10 Naira, the one we gave to that man.
“Oh praise the Lord. Amen.” My God.
Thanksgivers never run on empty tank. Anything you give thanks to God for keeps multiplying, keeps increasing, keeps growing.
“I thank You Lord for my health”: He says, “What! Pain, what are you doing there: Get off. Can’t you hear him thanking Me.”
“I thank You for this job. I know how many people have no job on this earth today. You gave me this job of 15 Naira a month. I bless Your name”: He (God) says, “See how He is thanking Me. Okay, let me give him a 6-digit job.” Overnight, triggered by thanksgiving that is intense and purposeful.
One of my sons here said, when we first came to Canaan and everybody sat down scattered. I said, ‘all of you come to Faith Arm. All of you come to Faith arm.’ So all the other two arms were empty.
I said, ‘wait a minute, we will soon start 2 services. He said, ‘his heart cut.’ He is a soldier, it is the heart of a soldier, when the heart of a soldier cuts, then where will the civilian be?
Amen. I had no shaking in me. God never leads backwards, He leads forward. It may not appear so now, but that’s where He is taking you. So you give thanks for knowing where He is taking you.
Then one day came, we counted 15,000 people outside, the Tabernacle. I said, “now we start 2 services.” Praise God. Amen.
All those empty seats, I saw them filled. He (God) never lies!
Now, conclusion: no Church grows without a thanksgiving people.
No Church grows without a thanksgiving Pastor. No Cell grows without a thanksgiving Cell Minister. No Zone will grow with a complaining Zonal Pastor and no Province/District will increase or grow without a thanksgiving District Pastor.
“How many were you in your Zone last week”: 54
“What were you the previous week, so what’s wrong with you?” Nothing is wrong with him. Lord, thank You that they came. That is what it is. Whatever you don’t thank God for will start going down, will start going down.
Life: you can illustrate it with this simple thing. You throw a stone up, wherever it stops going up, it starts coming down.
You are never at the same spot. You are either going up or coming down.
-No one will come down here again.
-Nothing will go down in your life again.
Just get into it, get sold out to it, keep giving God thanks at all times: in all things and for all things! (Ephesians 5:20, 1 Thessalonians 5:18).
God at work is what keeps the Church growing (John 6:44). No Church sees increases, additions, talk less of multiplication without the hand of God at work and how do we get that hand?
Let the people praise thee O God, then shall the earth yield her increase (Psalm 67:6), Not until then, then shall the earth yield her increase and God shall bless us and all the ends of the earth shall fear him (Psalm 67:7).
That business: now begin to celebrate God for giving you any business at all. Who are you? “I thank You. You gave this business to me and it’s being a platform for feeding my family. I celebrate You Jesus; then all your runaway clients start coming back. They start coming back, by invoking the hand of God through thanksgiving.
Remember. “without Me, you can do nothing” (John 15:5). Without the hand of God, no Church experiences growth and among others, thanksgiving is one of the spiritual forces that invoke the hand of God.
“And the Lord added to the Church daily such as to be saved” – Acts 2:47
God only inhabits the praises of His people, now you are first thankful before you can be praiseful (Psalm 22:3). Church Gist. If you are not thankful, your praise is not acceptable to God, it will be a grumbling praise, a murmuring praise, it is a noise in the ears of God.
So you are first thankful: let us enter into His gates with thanksgiving, then into His courts with praise (Psalm 100:4). Let’s be thankful unto Him and bless His name; then we are up in His presence, we invoke the stretching forth of His hand. Can I hear your Amen!
There is no point singing when you are not thankful, you are just creating spiritual noise and you know noise is always unwanted. When you find some children crying, “what is happening there? Why the whole noise?” Noise is a nuisance, but when you are grateful, your praise becomes a sweet smelling savour to God; that invokes His presence and triggers the stretching forth of His hand and things begin to change.
-That will be your experience from henceforth.
Thank You Jesus. Well, it’s important for us to dance this morning, don’t you think so? Do you agree? Are you ready? Now my online friends all around the world, you will stand up and dance. In case you are in bed, you don’t dance in bed, you stand up to dance. Amen. Praise God.
Thanksgiving is sweet. You can go for 100 days of prayers and fasting without any sound from heaven, because you are not even at the gates.
You can imagine somebody talking to me from Canaan gate to here: Papa, I came from Zugeru, you must see me today.
I didn’t even hear, so I leave here, I just drive home and he is still talking at that gate.
“Papa, Papa, you should know me. I met you 1929.”
You can be recounting: There is no one like Papa in the entire world. Ahhh, my God. Papa, Hmmmn. You are calling Him by every name, He didn’t hear You, you are still before the gate.
So 100 days there, will it make a change?
🎼 E ba mi Jesu ga ooo, Oba nla Oba to ga (Join me in lifting Jesus up, Great God): they will just open the gate to you.
It’s not that, “where is your I.D card?” You don’t need I.D card, that (thanksgiving) is your I.D card.
🎼 Oba nla Oba to ga, Edumare Oba to ga (Great God, Mighty God)
🎼 Fi ijo re gbe Jesu ga, Oba nla (Lift Jesus up in your dance, Great God).
They will just do like this (demonstrates salute) to you at the gate, you enter.
Then you come to this other gate here, that leads to the Tabernacle, you lift up your 2 hands, “unto the Lord be the glory great…”
Response: Open Sir
You are on your way to the altar: straight, that is how it works. So stop making noise there before the gate, it won’t work.
Glory to God. Let’s sing His praise this morning, let’s celebrate Him for a few minutes and then we open a new door of favour upon our lives. Let’s dance unto Him, let’s celebrate Him. Thank You Jesus.
CHoP is an acronym for Covenant Hour of Prayer.