TODAY IS THE 16TH CONVOCATION OF COVENANT UNIVERSITY AND EVERYTHING IS WORKING AT COVENANT. YOU ARE A PART OF THIS, EVERYTHING CONCERNING YOUR LIFE, BUSINESS, FAMILY WILL KEEP WORKING.
THERE IS NO LAW ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, NOT EVEN COVID-19 LAW THAT SAYS YOU CAN’T PRAY. EVEN WHEN YOU PUT MASK, YOU WILL JUST BE PRAYING INSIDE THE MASK.
IF YOU CAN’T GO OUT FOR EVANGELISM, CAN’T YOU PRAY? DON’T DECEIVE YOURSELF. WHERE YOUR HEART IS, THERE YOUR TREASURE IS ALSO.
IT IS THE ‘STAY ON’ FAITH THAT WORKS NOT ‘HIT AND RUN’ FAITH. IF YOU ARE CONSISTENTLY INVOLVED, YOU WON’T HAVE TO BEG FOR IT, IT FLOWS NATURALLY.
I SIGNED UP FOR A FRUIT BEARING LIFE IN 1976. I AM STILL VERY YOUNG IN IT BUT IT IS WORKING.
-Bishop David Oyedepo at CHoP
Heavenly Father, thank You for another day in Your presence. Thank You for waking us up this morning. Thank You for your grace over our lives since the week began. Receive our thanks in Jesus name. Now everyone gathered to You early in the morning to hear, now we are gathered this morning, let Your voice sound in the direction of everyone. Open new chapters to our lives by Your Word, in Jesus precious name.
EVERYONE IS ABSOLUTELY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE OUTCOME OF HIS LIFE.
Someone has said, “you are not a failure until you look out for who to blame for it. You are not a failure until you start looking for who to blame for it.” Everyone is absolutely responsible for the outcome of his life. Bartimaeus took responsibility and got his sight back – Mark 10:49
The man born blind took responsibility, with that harsh commandment – John 9:7
“Go down to the pool called Siloam and wash”: Never seeing, “How do I know which one is Siloam?” Go and find out. “How will I get there?” Over to you. Everyone is absolutely responsible for the outcome of his life, his circumstances notwithstanding.
No one will have a tenable excuse for rejecting Christ at the gate of heaven: “If not for my friends, I would have accepted Christ long time.”
Response: Thank you for your explanation, go the other way.
“If not for my wicked father, mother, my God, I would (have) been a believer.”
No reason is tenable for disobedience in the sight of God, everybody, everyone is absolutely responsible, not mostly, not partly, totally responsible for the outcome of his life. You can’t be free until you know the truth about what sets free.
You shall know the truth, if you want to be free and it shall set you free – John 8:32
This morning, we want to look at this aspect of it:
WE ARE CALLED TO BRING FORTH FRUITS AS INDIVIDUALS
Every branch has a fruit bearing responsibility to keep fit in the race of life.
Every branch has a fruit bearing responsibility to keep fit in the adventure of life,
Every branch that bears fruits, He keeps fit that he may bring forth more fruits.
Every branch that beareth not fruits, He takes away, why occupy the ground for nothing?
Every branch, not every group, not every team but every branch.
So backsliding is the natural sequence of a non (fruit) bearing life, it happens before you know it. It happens before you become aware of it.
Fruit bearing believers stay on, active, agile, blazing the frontiers of the Kingdom. I have watched some of these old people that are active for God how buoyant their latter end was.
T.L Osborne dedicated his last book October of the previous year that he went home in February.
Fruit bearing keeps us fit. The man Billy Graham never lost relevance once. A fruit bearing hero. Fruit bearing keeps believers fit for life. You know the wonder of it? Fruit bearing guarantees a good old age – Psalm 92:14
They shall bring forth fruit even in old age because He kept them fit as they commit to a fruit bearing lifestyle. So it is our insurance for longevity. An undying passion for a fruit bearing life.
Salvation is a proof of our grace of election. It is not that we are smart, that is why we are saved, it is because we are chosen – Romans 8:29-30
We are vessels of mercy: Thank God for it, but we must endeavour not to abuse it. We must treasure it and take responsibility for it to keep adding value to us.
Chosen, ordained to bring forth fruits and ensure that our fruits abide. So fruit bearing is part and parcel of our salvation. It is not a Church doctrine. A commitment to a fruit bearing lifestyle is simply expressing our value for our grace of election.
John 15:16 – “…whatsoever you ask the Father in My name, He will give it to you.” So it brings you into favour with God. Fruit bearing brings us into favour with God.
There was a time I asked the Lord, “won’t you be patient for someone to pray before you answer?” He said, “there is a company of people before they call, I will answer, while they are yet speaking, I will perform” – Isaiah 65:24
I believe that belongs to fruit bearing folks. That is the portion of fruit bearing believers – Isaiah 65:24
Whatever you ask, whether in your thoughts or words, anything you demand, it shall be done for you. That is one of the wonders that accompanies a fruit bearing and fruit ingathering lifestyle: bring forth fruits and ensure your fruits abide. That belongs to us.
Interestingly every child has a ministry of reconciliation in Christ. So it is not a gift that others have and others don’t have. Here is the verdict.
2 Corinthians 5:17-20
Any man, not any group, not any team. Every child of God is redeemed an ambassador for Christ, representing the interest of the Kingdom on the earth. God’s foremost interest on the earth is the redemption of the soul of man. So any ambassador of Christ is out on the same mission, promoting the same mission, engaging the same mission.
And what happens? A faithful ambassador is ordained for healthy living – Proverbs 13:17
The health condition of any ambassador of any nation is the absolute responsibility of the Nation he represents.
When you become an established ambassador for Christ, your health condition is heaven’s absolute responsibility, so it is not God using you, it is God connecting you to the blessings that He has in store for you.
Longevity, favour, health: what are you looking for?
I said the other time that His ways are higher than our ways, so you can’t use your little intellect and my little intellect to find out how it works. Only obedience can connect you with the reality of what God says.
Ecclesiastes 11:5 – We can’t know it, it is higher than us.
The only way to taste of it: Obey. Whatever He tells you to do: Do it and then you will see the wonders of His Word come alive in your life. I signed up for a fruit bearing life 1976, I am still very young in it but it is working.
Matthew 6:33 – I have all these things in my hand but seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. You know where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Somebody may be tight in the kind of job that he does, but he is not as tight not to have time to eat. So if he has time to eat, he must have time to pray. There is no law anywhere in the world, not even COVID-19 law that says you can’t pray. No. Even when you put mask, you will just be praying inside the mask.
And prayer is allowed anywhere: so in the toilet, on the plane, in the car, wherever. On the way to work, on the way from work. Even while you are at work, there is no law that you can’t pray, “Thank You Jesus.”
They say, “What are you doing?”
Response: I am praying.
Response: That is why. I am praying, that is why.
It is where your heart is. You are not able to go out and you are not able to go up at the same time. Don’t deceive yourself. Where your heart is, there your treasure is also.
I know that is where my treasure is, my heart is there. I can’t access all those things without this one in place.
-May you receive grace to maintain a heart for God in your journey.
Remember no one can go to work on behalf of another. Only the labourer is worthy of his pay. You can’t appear at work tomorrow and say, “I just came on behalf of my wife.”
They say, “As what?”
Response: As Director of Finance
“Ahhh, when were you employed?”
Response: The day you employed my wife, you employed me.
They will call Police for you. That we have one major problem here.
Why? A man is here to confuse here. So you sit down there, you are a Chemist and your wife is an Accountant: Yes anything?
Only the labourer is worthy of his hire. You are not involved, the things I listed are not your lot. You are involved, you won’t have to beg for it, it flows naturally.
Remember, He that reapeth receiveth wages: He, not they.
John 4: 26 – only He that reapeth receives wages as He gathers fruits unto eternal life.
-It is your turn to connect and to stay connected.
Prayers: Receive grace to embrace your fruit bearing task in redemption!! And sustain it.
God never lies, only your obedience can prove that in your life. God never lies, but only my consistency in obedience can prove that in my life. God never lies, God has no ‘uncles’
May everyone hearing me today receive grace to prove this truth in their lives this coming Sunday, by holding someone in your hand and bringing him to the Lord, in the name of Jesus.
O come and taste and you will know that the Lord is good -Psalm 34:8
There is no shame to them that trust in Him, only your obedience can prove the validity of scriptures. Only my obedience can prove the validity of the truth. So step out in obedience of faith and be a fruit bearing believer and remain a fruit bearing believer.
“You know I have been doing this thing since 2015”: You are a JJC. 2015 to what? “There is nothing in it.” Before your eyes, you can see things turning for people who have remained consistent. This on and off thing won’t help you, it hasn’t helped anybody. Stay on. It is stay on faith that works, not the hit and run.
Romans 4:20 – 25 unbroken years, no staggering. It is the stay on faith that works, not the hit and run faith.
Go in peace.
-May this new chapter produce results in your life, in the name of Jesus Christ.
Give the Lord a big clap because today is the 16th Convocation of Covenant University. Come on, give the Lord praise. Awesome God, glorious God. Amen.
-In the same way, everything that pertains to you will keep working.
How many believe that everything is working at Covenant (University)
-Everything concerning your life, business, family will keep working.
Why? Because we belong to the same household of God, we have a common heritage in Christ, just to take same responsibility and it will keep working.
-You will never suffer a setback again in your endeavours.
-You are a part of this, it must show in your life, it must show in your family, it must show with your children.
Give God thanks.