UNDERSTANDING THE POWER OF THANKSGIVING – Bishop Oyedepo at Covenant Hour of Prayer

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THE ARK IS GOD’S MORE ACCEPTABLE WILL FOR US BUT IT IS NOT THE PERFECT YET.
I TOLD OUR PASTORS THAT ANYONE WHO EVER SAYS ‘WE BUILT FAITH TABERNACLE’, GOD WILL KILL HIM!
THE ONGOING 100,000 SEAT SANCTUARY WAS NOT IN OUR PROPHETIC AGENDA. IT IS GOD RESPONDING TO OUR THANKSGIVING WITH HIS MORE ACCEPTABLE WILL.
IF GOD HAD MOVED US AS A COMMISSION TO THIS PHASE 50 YEARS AGO, THE WEIGHT OF THE BLESSING WOULD HAVE KILLED US.
I GAVE GOD THANKS FOR MY FANTASTIC VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE WHILE SOMEONE WAS FORBIDDING THAT TYPE OF CAR.
GOD MOVED ME FROM A FANTASTIC BEETLE TO A FLIGHT.
THAT IS THE TROUBLE HIT AND RUN CHRISTIANS HAVE: THEY WANT IT ALL IN ONE DAY.
GOD’S AGENDA IS DELIVERED TO US LITTLE BY LITTLE.
-Bishop David Oyedepo at CHoP
*Only those who celebrate God for 1 are qualified to see 2.
*Those who celebrate Him for 4 are the ones who can see 10.
*If you won’t celebrate Him for 10, it will reduce back to 5.
*You murmur the more, it comes down to 2.
*“O God, what is all this nonsense?” To 1.
To thy self, be true. When it is time to pray, you pray. When it is time to give God thanks, give Him thanks. It’s time to listen, personally hearken. Time to demonstrate your faith by your obedience: engage practically, proactively as you are the only one involved. Refuse to be an enemy of your own destiny.
Deuteronomy 28:1 – Your tomorrow is in your hand, determined by your obedience to His Word.
To thy self, be true: be genuine, be sincere. He deals with us as individuals, we warm ourselves in fellowship but we run the race one by one. No one here shall be left behind. This one-by-one mentality is key to a glorious destiny. This individuality mentality is key to securing eternity with God.
-No one here will miss it.
-You won’t drop off this revival platform.
-You will be a frontline beneficiary of it, in the name of Jesus Christ.
Heavenly Father, thank You again this morning for who You are and what You are doing in our midst. Receive our thanks in the name of Jesus. Speak to us again this morning in Jesus name.
When I say, “give Him a big hand”, give Him a big hand.

UNDERSTANDING THE POWER OF THANKSGIVING

That’s the exhortation line for the week. I have no doubt, God has been speaking to us amazing things since this week began. Please note that we serve the God of perfection – Psalm 138:8
But God’s hand on our lives delivers phase by phase.

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One phase at a time.
Romans 12:2 – We saw the process of perfection. “Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind” and this transformation goes through the good, the acceptable and then the perfect will of God, so it happens stage by stage. The good, the acceptable and then the perfect. So it goes to confirm the truth of God giving us the promised land little by little – Exodus 23:30

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It is yours, but you are going to possess it little by little.
Why? Deuteronomy 7:22. Little by little: to develop your capacity, to command dominion over the beasts of the field. Little by little and by little and by little. That the blessing may not consume you, so it comes little by little and by little. You can imagine if God made a mistake of bringing us to this phase some 50 years ago, He would have lost all of us. The weight of the blessing would have killed us, so He gives to us little by little.

Your son has all the biblical right, traditional right, cultural right to your car but he won’t get the key at 4 years old. He is your son, it is his inheritance. If you die, they’ll will it to him but he won’t ride it now. Little by little. They will beat him first in the Primary School, kick him properly in Secondary School. He is developing capacity, because even now, his leg cannot reach where you need to press, his eyes cannot see the front, he will just be running from gate to gate, from house to house.

How do we now move from one stage to another? I am sure you are hearing, you are very quiet. That is the trouble that hit and run Christians have. They want it all in one day. My friend, that is not God. An heir remains a servant while he is a child until the time appointed of the father then he can ascend the throne – Galatians 4:1-3

Now, our access to climbing up that ladder is thanksgiving. You give Him thanks for the good, you access the acceptable realm. You give Him adequate thanks for the acceptable realm, then He moves you to the perfect realm. We saw that illustrated by the one leper that returned.

Luke 17:17
“Were there not 10 cleansed?” The good hand of God was upon them. The itching underneath their skin had ceased, but their fingers were still like this. The contours on their faces were still there.

“There is none that returned to give glory except this Samaritan, now go, you are made whole” – Luke 17:16,18

Luke 17:16-19. “Thy faith has made thee whole” – You have moved into perfection. Adequate thanks, loud thanks, open thanks. You have heard me say that severally, “every good thing here is Jesus, any bad thing you see is me. There is nothing happening on this ground that will not be happening if I were not here. Why?

The One doing it is in the midst of His people.” You don’t give adequate thanks, you won’t change level. When God completed Faith Tabernacle, I told our Pastors here, “anyone that goes round this building and say we built it, God will kill him.”

We had no capacity, we don’t have the technical know-how, we don’t have the speed in our hands. He supplied the resources, He gave the speed, He delivered the project, how dare you think we did it? We didn’t.

Because He received adequate thanks, He moved us.

First Service, Second Service. “Okay, come, now these boys. Now, I will build me a 100,000-seat sanctuary.” It’s not in our prophetic agenda, it is God saying, “I have received adequate thanks for the acceptable, let me move you forward to the more acceptable, it is not the perfect yet.” That is how God moves.

If you don’t give thanks for your profit of 100 Naira a day as a bread seller, you won’t sell tomorrow. But if you give Him adequate thanks today, He will move you to 300 Naira tomorrow. 300 to 900; 900 to 1000; 1000 to 2000. You are moving on.

If you don’t thank God for clearing the pain in your head, remaining the one in your hand, the pain in your head will return.
You don’t thank Him for reducing your medication from 6 a day to 2 a day, you go back to 8. He delivers His agenda little by little.

My wife could not tell what the attendance of the Church was when our Church began in Kaduna because of the joy, I mean intoxicating joy I always return with. Not pretence. Joy.
Why? “No one can come to Me except My Father draws him” – John 6:44

So drawing one extra today, “O seun, O seun Baba.” I will be driving back to Kwara (State), 610 kilometres. 🎶 🎶O seun Baba (Thank You Father) 🎶 🎶, for drawing one person. Dancing that time was not easy as we are doing now. Our own Palm Sunday is every day, every time, they finished all the branches of trees in our premises. I mean, running round, not just dancing, running round the Church building, praising God.
Under the batcher: praising God.
‘Yeye’ (unserious) people: praising God.
You don’t give God adequate thanks for where you are, you are not set for the next.
That is God’s agenda for us.
James 1:17
Every good and every perfect gift, good first and perfect next. You are not set for the perfect until you celebrate Him for the good. You are never set for the perfect until you celebrate Him for the good.
“Did I hear Brother David that God gave you a car?”
Response: Oh Yes, He gave me a fantastic car.
“Am I sure? I heard it was Volkswagen Beetle”
Response: Oh Yes.
“Volkswagen Beetle” (demonstrates clicking of the fingers indicating ‘God forbid’)
Come on say, “fantastic”
From a fantastic beetle to a flight.

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Hmmnn, you don’t give God thanks for where you are, you are not a candidate for the next phase.
-Somebody’s story has just changed!!!
You have to develop thanksgiving capacity: 🎶O Lord, we praise You. I exalt Your name. 🎶
You know what I call high temperature praise? How many got it yesterday?
As wax melts before fire, so let the wicked melt at thy presence – Psalm 68:2
So His presence melts the enemy like wax.
Psalm 68:1-2
The presence of God provoked by praise melts the wicked like wax
Give the Lord a big hand of praise everybody. Amen, Hallelujah.
Only those who celebrate God for one are qualified to see two.
Those who celebrate Him for 4 are the ones who can see 10.
If you won’t celebrate Him for 10, it will reduce back to 5.
You murmur the more, it comes down to 2.
“O God, what is all this nonsense?” To 1.
God’s response: Now that I am nonsense and you are full sense, carry on by yourself.
Praise team, are you awake? Let’s do some 3,4 minutes dance this morning, it is good to open up the day with dance. We are in our dancing month, we are in our celebration month. Sing your song and sing it very fast please. If you are truly awake, sing your song and sing it very fast.
I don’t know whether you are thanking God or not: 🎶I am saying Thank You, Jesus Thank You 🎶

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