THIS IS NOT A CHURCH OF RICH PEOPLE. IT’S A CHURCH THAT MAKES POOR PEOPLE RICH.
IT’S NOT THE CHURCH OF THE MIGHTY. IT’S THE CHURCH OF THE WEAK THAT GOD MAKES MIGHTY.
SERVING GOD IS NO RELIGIOUS HOBBY. SERVING GOD IS NOT BEING A CLUB MEMBER.
SERVING GOD IS A BIG-TIME BUSINESS.
WE DIDN’T MAKE IT BUSINESS, WE MET IT AS BUSINESS.
WE ARE PART OF THE PROFIT OF THAT BUSINESS.
IF HE HAS NOT MADE ME SMARTER THAN MY ENEMIES, I WOULD HAVE GIVEN UP, BUT I GOT FAR SMARTER THAN THEM BY LIGHT.
I KNOW WHERE I WAS, I KNOW WHERE HE HAS BROUGHT ME TO: I AM A SLAVE FOR LIFE.
WHAT IS SOMEBODY LIKE ME DOING IN THE WORLD? I WOULD HAVE DIED LONGEST TIME.
– Bishop David Oyedepo at CHoP
Heavenly Father, thank You for light that comes our way again and again. Be glorified. Let Your Word come through again this morning, even as we have prayed, in Jesus name.
Serving God is no mere religious activity or hobby. Serving God is a big-time business. We didn’t make it so, we met it so, the Author of our faith defined it so. The Apostles saw it so.
Not that they have turned it into business, we met it as business. We are part of that profit, the profit of that business. That business brought you and me into business.
Jesus said to Joseph and Mary, “Don’t you know I must be about My Father’s business?” – Luke 2:49
Apostle Paul said, “be not slothful in business but fervent in spirit; serving the Lord” – Romans 12:11
We didn’t make it business Sir, we met it as business. We are part of the profit of that business.
Serving God led somebody to somebody that brought us to Jesus.
The one who led me to Christ came all the way from America, to be a missionary here in one jungle. So by her service to God, she brought me into Christ. Sweet Mummy!
So it’s being business, we met it as business. We didn’t turn it to business, we didn’t make it business. Many don’t see it as business, so they are not making no profit, it’s adding no value to them.
Serving God is no religious activity, serving God is no religious hobby. Serving God is not being a club member.
Serving God is a big-time business.
Thou shall serve and He shall bless – Exodus 23:25
These are going to be the rewards for serving Him. Serving God is business and those rewards are unmatchable.
Bless your bread and your water: That is all over town. That is in the market place.
Take sickness out of your body: That is not in the market. They manage your sickness, when it is not manageable, they throw you out of the job.
You shall not cast your young nor be barren in the land: That is not in the market place, it is only in serving God.
The number of your days I will fulfill: You can’t get that for money. It is not in the market place to buy.
Serving God is no activity, it’s no hobby.
Serving God is Kingdom, big-time business.
Serving God will turn giants out of any ordinary person.
“Have you considered my servant Job, there is none like him on the earth” – Job 1:8
He was on top in his field. He became the greatest of all men in the east, the civilized world of those days, through serving – Job 1:3
The only credential of Job in this world is he serves God, he hates evil, he fears the Lord, so his service is profitable.
Serving God is a big-time business.
I saw the amazing profiting in it as far back as 1976, by grace. It’s God who has shown us light, you can’t find light by yourself. He shows it to people, the secret things belong to God, the things He reveals are the only ones we can tap into – Deuteronomy 29:29
It is all of grace but many have put the light He shows them under the bushel so it is not adding value to them.
Your torch light in your pocket can’t show you light. You will still be stumbling even though the torch light is lightened but inside your pocket. It adds no value until you bring it out, you see all the stones, all the woods and you don’t stumble anymore.
Serving God: big-time business, adding unmatchable values to people’s lives.
He said Matthew 6:33 is the jackpot, you heard the testimony now (documented testimony). Everything turned.
5 million Naira spent on a child and yet the sickness will not go: Jesus said, “I remove it. You are serving Me. I remove that from you, my friend. That is not part of your package.”
Knees: that was going for operation. “No, you don’t need that my son, I need to keep you fit. What you are doing suits Me.”
Serving God is big-time business. Don’t mind anybody, “they’ve turned it to business.”
We met it as business, we are part of the profit of that business.
You saw how many people got saved in Church yesterday.
We are part of that business.
We had 500 plus from our Outreach base that came into Church last Sunday, yesterday.
It’s business. Harvesting souls into Church for their change of story. It’s business.
If He has not made me smarter than my enemies, I would have given up, but I got far smarter than them by light. This thing suits me and it suits God, so I am enjoying it and quite a number in this Church are swimming along that frequency. They are just having nice time. You may sit down on the same seat but you are not operating at the same frequency. You have seen the same light but you have not walked the same way.
Is there anybody who doesn’t know Matthew 6:33 here, without opening the Bible? Seek ye first the Kingdom of God.
Ask any baby, any child in the Children’s Church! But how many are actually doing that?
Explanation upon explanation. Explanation every day.
“I just bought two taxis. I need to see how the drivers get on them.”
“I just bought a house”: As if he bought (it). God gave you the money to buy the house, you are now using the house to harass God.
-That will not be you.
It’s a big year of opportunities, don’t toy with it.
It is not a Church of rich people, it’s a Church that makes poor people rich. That’s a world of difference.
It is not the Church of the great and mighty; it is a Church of weaklings, He makes greatness out of weaklings here, that no flesh will glory in His presence.
Every soul has equal value with God. You know where you are before you came here. Those who came rich, most of the time, they get too big in their sight, in their walk with God. They become like God’s uncle.
I know where I was, I know where He has brought me to: My God, I am a slave for life.
What is somebody like me doing in the world? I would have died longest time.
We are not reaching out to the rich ooo, the big…He told me, He showed me people who were crying, who were wailing, who were battered, who were beaten: they are the ones we are sent to Sir. The preaching of liberation is to capture them.
Not “I don’t feel like I have time. You see, God should just wait a bit. A lot of board meetings, including Sundays. We prepare for, you know as a CEO, we prepare for these things on Sundays. So I have not actually been in the Church for the past 9 Sundays”: Congratulations!
There are those that are jumping after God, they are big-time, more big-time CEOs than you: it is where your heart is that matters.
This short man is not a poor man ooo.
He was a poor man made rich.
I know those who came to this Church by ‘Molue’ who are now multi-billionaires.
We are not hunting for those in towers Sir, we are hunting for them on the streets.
I have a 100 number of testimonies selected of folks that were brought from under the bridge that Jesus turned.
It is not in case you have little coins in your pocket. He brought you out from death. You were just about to die when He found you. You didn’t know how poor you were.
The poorest man is the dead. No matter what he had, they give you only 6 feet, put him in one box, wooden box and they won’t put money there like they used to do in those days because robbers are standing by when you are burying him. They will steal both the body and the box.
Jesus came to save you. He is not asking you to come and save Him.
He said, “What house are you going to build for Me that you are harassing Me? All these things, My hands have made but unto this man will I look, one that is poor and contrite in spirit, who trembles at My Word” – Isaiah 66:1-3
By divine privilege I can talk to all levels of people today. By Jesus, the Changer of story, I can speak to all levels of humans on this planet earth. That is not where He found me, He found me as boy ridden by tuberculosis. He saved my soul and rescued my body from destruction. You can’t make me forget that.
Please wake up.
We don’t have timbers and calibers here, we have children of the Most High God who see themselves as so and are running after their God with all zeal and zest. Thank God you are one of them.
The blessing that comes from our serving Him is sorrow free. His blessing maketh rich and adds no sorrow – Proverbs 10;22
-You will never hear anything that makes a man sorrowful throughout this year and all the days of your life, by just plunging yourself into serving God with all delight.
Now quickly for the 3 minutes we have:
SPIRITUAL STEWARDSHIP PAYS THE MOST.
That is our line of thought for the week.
Say with me, “Spiritual stewardship pays the most.” That is without prejudice to all other kinds of stewardship because He said, “in all labour there is profit” – Proverbs 14:23
Being an Usher has profit; being a security man, in the security group, being a pastor in pastoral team, if you are pastoring, if you are doing the job, has some little returns.
But spiritual stewardship, that you register for, you enlist into, you are engaging with, is far above all other kinds of stewardship.
Don’t misunderstand me. You can be a Founder and not be a steward. You can be a Visioner from Heaven, that is genuine, but you are not a servant. God does not pay leaders, He pays labourers.
The labourer is worthy of his hire – Luke 10:7
He that bears fruit, I will keep fit, so he can bear more fruit – John 15:2
Soul winning is a spiritual gold mine. Why? The worth of one soul saved is more than all the wealth of the world put together. What a gold mine Sir.
Soul winning is a gold mine that many believers may never discover till they are gone. It’s a gold mine. Value souls saved, they are most valuable to God. There is joy pandemonium, there is celebration in Heaven when one soul repents – Luke 15:7
Joy in heaven, eruption of joy.
That is how valuable a saved soul is. It has the cost of the blood of Jesus, so it must be valuable to God. It’s at the cost of the blood of Jesus. The Church which He purchased with His own blood – Acts 20:28
It is at the cost of the blood of His Son, so it is ever valuable to Him and every believer is provided access to that gold mine
“You have not chosen Me. I have chosen you, I have ordained you…” – John 15:16
We all have access. You don’t need allocation from government, you have access to that gold mine for free.
“Go, keep mining. It’s for free.”
Soul winning is gold mining. What is it?
You just win favour with God Sir. You win favour. Auto favour!
Somebody was serving God and the board that wants to sack him: God sacked the board, put a new board; He said, “you are the best staff. They were envious of you, that was the reason they wanted to sack you. So I sacked them for you.” He sacked people for you, so you can go your way.
He said, “I will give people for you and men for thy ransom” – Isaiah 43:4
You want to kill My son: I will kill you. The son that serves Me. Nonsense! You want to kill My son that serves Me? I will kill you and then enthrone him.
Your life is so secured serving God.
2 Corinthians 5:17-20
He is an ambassador for Christ, so he enjoys Kingdom immunity and that applies to him all over the world, wherever he is. Everyone that is born again has that ministry from Heaven. That goes to further validate John chapter 15 verse 16.
We have a ministry of reconciling the dying world back to God. When we make that a priority for living, both on the altar of prayer and in reaching out to them in love and with undying passion, we are in that business.
Every child of God is called to this soul winning task which is gold mining in disguise.
I have been mining on that gold mine since 1976 and the gold is still selling Sir. The gold sells without stress.
It will take long time for gold to lose value.
We are in a mining business that never loses value. These are stories of life that applies to everybody who cares.
The Holy Ghost empowers us to be effective witnesses for Christ. So we are empowered, “hey, see the one who changed my story”: that is a witness.
You come to a witness box in a court, you are telling them what you know about the issue. You know something about Jesus.
He empowers you to declare boldly, confidently and unashamedly: that is the ministry of the Holy Ghost and all unashamedly.
But remember your reward is only guaranteed by results obtained not by efforts made.
No one comes to Church this coming Sunday empty handed.
If you are part of those common people who believes everything that God says, let me hear your loudest Amen.
If you are part of those unashamed people who believe that all souls have equal value with God, let me hear your loudest Amen.
Ours is not a Church of rich people, it’s a Church that makes poor people rich.
It’s not the Church of the mighty, it’s the Church of the weak that God makes mighty.
It’s not a Church that is seeking for fame and acclaim, it is a Church on fire for God, in pursuit of the great commission. It’s a world of difference.
He is decorating His Church because the Church is in line with His will and that’s how every member of this Church who chooses to get on key with Jesus will be openly and enviably decorated this year.
Prayers: This is not part of my activity, this is my business. This is not one of the ways to while away my time. It’s my business for living. My business. Thank You for showing me light, blessed be Your name.
-The week is declared your week.
-A week of no distraction.
-A week of no concerns.
-A week of testimonies: testimonies of breakthroughs, testimonies of progress. That is your portion.
The tracts are all available, please do justice to them by openly marketing Jesus and telling them what He is doing in this Church and asking them to be here for ‘Open Doors’ next Sunday and no door shall be shut against you.
Give God thanks. Give Him thanks from the inside of you. Give Him glory and praise.
There is none like your God. He is a story changer, ever on duty.
CHoP is an acronym for Covenant Hour of Prayer.