VERY GENUINE DISCIPLE OF CHRIST IS ORDAINED TO BE A SIGN COMMANDER. IT IS NOT EXCLUSIVE TO THE APOSTLES ONLY.
-Pastor David Oyedepo at CHoP
*The Holy Spirit is behind the demonstration of signs and wonders.
*You can’t secure signs and wonders for the harvest and not enjoy signs and wonders in your life.
*The Holy Spirit is behind supernatural wisdom.
*You will never come to a point where you don’t know what to do, because the wisdom of God is available for you.
Father, in the name of Jesus we have come before You today to give glory unto You and to appreciate Your faithfulness. Thank You Lord for the testimonies we have heard, they are your doings and they are marvellous in our eyes. For the answers to our prayers this morning, we say Thank You. Now our eyes are upon You this morning, speak to us again, let Your Word transform each one of us and impart us with grace. Thank You for it, Lord, in Jesus precious name we have prayed.
Our line of exhortation for this week has been:
ENGAGING THE LORD OF THE HARVEST FOR SUPERNATURAL CHURCH GROWTH
We have come to discover from God’s Word that the Lord of the Harvest is the Holy Spirit and we see this exemplified by His arrival on the day of Pentecost and His operation all through the Acts of the Apostles. The Word of God tells us He came on the day of Pentecost and as a result of that 3,000 souls were added instantly to the Church of Christ (Acts 2:41). We begin to see all through the Book of the Acts of the Apostles, as the Holy Ghost continued to operate and manifest, we saw the Church erupting from level to level, from glory to glory and from strength to strength.
We discover from God’s Word that the Lord of the harvest is the Holy Ghost. It is impossible to see the harvest without the operation of the Holy Spirit. We have been looking at some of His operations and manifestations that causes Him to empower us to be instruments in His hands particularly as it concerns the harvest.
Let’s not forget in Isaiah chapter 41 verse 15, the Word of God says, “I will make you a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: thou shalt thresh the mountains and beat them small, and shalt make the hills as chaff.” God makes it clear in His Word that He is intent on making each one of us into instruments of harvest.
How does He do this? He does this by the operation of the Holy Spirit? In other words, He equips with the Holy Spirit in order to carry out the harvest.
That is why Jesus said in Acts chapter 1 verse 8: Tarry in Jerusalem until you are endued with power and that power comes when the Holy Ghost comes upon you; as a result of that you become witnesses, you become instruments, you become harvesters on my behalf.
So the Lord of the Harvest is the One that equips, enables and engraces us to be effective instruments of harvest in the hand of the Lord (Luke 24:49).
But we are going to examine this morning further how He does this. We will look at two very pungent things that the Holy Spirit does that enables us to see the harvest.
- The Holy Spirit empowers the saints to flow in supernatural wisdom thereby harvesting multitudes into the Kingdom. The Holy Spirit empowers the saints to flow in supernatural wisdom, thereby harvesting multitudes into the Kingdom.
According to God’s Word, a fundamental requirement for effectiveness in soul winning is wisdom.
What is the role of the Holy Spirit when it comes to wisdom?
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of wisdom. We see this reiterated in the Book of Isaiah 11 verse 2. According to God’s Word, the Holy Spirit operates as the Spirit of wisdom and it is wisdom that is required for effectiveness in soul winning.
It is wisdom that is required to see souls won, it is wisdom that is required to see territories taken, so the wisdom of God is a non-negotiable factor when it comes to effectiveness in our soul winning endeavours.
Remember God’s Word declares in the book of Deuteronomy 2 verse 36: There was not one city too strong for us, the Lord delivered all into our hands.
How does He do it? Is it by strength, is it by ability? No, it is by wisdom.
Wisdom is a vital tool. There is no one that cannot be accessed when wisdom is present. The wisdom of God is what enables any individual to become an effective tool of harvest in the hand of the Lord. Where there are barriers to be broken, what is required is wisdom. That is all that is required and the Holy Spirit is the One that enables us with wisdom.
God’s servant shared his testimony, how at the age of 19, he went to a village where he was taking a teaching relief job. He said when he got there, he discovered there was not one Church there. All the people were given over to Islam and he began to ask the Lord what to do and God gave Him wisdom. Simply go and meet them and tell the students that the teacher wants to come and visit you and pray with you in your house. And teachers were very important. That was the wisdom access, instead of struggling with the people, there was a wisdom way to enter.
Having gotten there, how do I preach to them? They will be arguing if we are having discussions: so preach to them in prayers. As he began to pray for them, with that wisdom key, began to lead them into salvation and within 40 days, a Church was raised.
Why? There was a wisdom key available.
Wisdom is better than strength. Wisdom is better than weapons of war. Wisdom is the ultimate advantage in taking any territory for Christ. It is important for us to understand that this wisdom key cannot be over emphasized and that wisdom is provided for us by the operation of the Spirit of God.
Supernatural wisdom is not the product of intellectual ability. Supernatural wisdom is the product of divine endowment and that comes by the manifestation of the Spirit of God. When the Spirit of wisdom rests upon you, impossible feats are delivered effortlessly.
-I see the Spirit of Wisdom coming afresh upon each one in the name of Jesus Christ.
- The Holy Spirit provokes supernatural Church growth through signs and wonders.
Signs and wonders are part of God’s instruments for convicting the hearts of men.
Acts 8:5 – very simple statement, but what brought the attention of the entire Samaria to Philip.
Acts 8:6 – the people with one accord gave heed, gave attention to the things that Philip spake. They were both hearing and seeing the things that Philip did. It begins to tell us the manifestations in verse 7
Acts 8:7-8. The receptiveness was amplified because God’s name was magnified through signs and wonders.
When signs and wonders begin to take place, arguments are paralyzed. No man argues with proofs. Only fools doubt proofs and it is the Holy Ghost that empowers for the manifestation of the signs and wonders.
That is why we see this prayer in the Book of Acts chapter 4 verses 29 to 33.
The power of God began to manifest and how was it manifesting? In signs and wonders.
By (Acts) chapter 5 verse 14, we are told concerning the Church, “and believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes of them, both of men and women.”
What brought about this mass invasion? Acts 5:12
Signs and wonders provoked the invasion of multitudes. The good news is this signs and wonders are not the preserve of the Apostles, they are actually the instruments of the disciples. Every genuine disciple of Christ is ordained to be a sign commander
Mark 16:17 – these signs shall follow them that believe. Why is it that it is following them? because they are going for Him. Following Him means you are not static. Those who are on the go are the ones in command of signs.
Mark 16:20 – they went everywhere preaching.
The Holy Spirit empowers us for the manifestation of signs and wonders.
Acts 9: 34-35
Clearly from God’s word, signs and wonders are instruments for the harvest and it is the Holy Spirit that empowers us for it.
Please take note of this, this morning, the Holy Spirit is behind supernatural wisdom and the Holy Spirit is behind the demonstration of signs and wonders.
The good news is this, you cannot be an instrument for Him and not be a first partaker of what He offers. In other words, you can’t secure wisdom for the harvest and not have wisdom for your life.
You can’t secure signs and wonders for the harvest and not enjoy signs and wonders in your life, because the labourer must be the first partaker of the fruit (2 Timothy 2:6).
Therefore, it is important for us to understand that as we get on the go for Christ and we engage the personality of the Holy Spirit, you and I can expect to begin to see His manifestations in our own personal lives that you will never come to a point where you don’t know what to do, because the wisdom of God is available for you. That you will never come to a point where there is any roadblock because the signs and wonders ministry of the Holy Spirit is available for you. That will become your experience from today in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Prayers: Lord of the harvest, enable me with Your wisdom for effectiveness in the harvest. Also enable me for signs and wonders for effectiveness in the harvest.
Lift your voice and pray. The multi-dimensional ministry of the Holy Spirit must find practical expression in your life but you must make demand for it. It is one thing for it to be available, it is another thing for it to be demonstrable in your life. Make demand for it.
Holy Spirit, I call on you right now. Manifest in me through wisdom. Let your wisdom begin to manifest in me. Manifest in me through signs and wonders. No more ordinary existence, everywhere I go, commanding signs, converting hearts in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Lord I receive it now.
Give glory to God. In Jesus precious name we have prayed.
You have asked Him for Him, right now, it shall become your portion from today. From this day, the wisdom of God that makes for effectiveness on the harvest field shall become your portion. The signs and wonders ministry of the Holy Spirit will be effortlessly demonstrated through you. As a result of that, multitudes will come to Christ through you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Remember as that takes place, your own life will become a wonder.
-Your own life will become a wonder. So shall it be in Jesus precious name.
Please be reminded our week of spiritual emphasis begins today: we are before the Lord for 3 days, waiting upon the Lord and as we do so, we shall His hand in a mighty way in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Let’s ensure all of our converts are drafted into our Midweek Centre locations across our zones today. God is set to visit us. It will be an encounter, the order we have never had before.
God does new things every day and He is set to do another one today. ensure you are present and ensure that all your converts are there. The Lord will bless you as you do in Jesus name.
Our fliers and tracts are available: Lord, breathe on these, make them instruments of harvest. Everyone material goes out as a sickle of harvest and returns with a mighty harvest. In the name of Jesus Christ, we send this forth as paper missionaries, returning with a mighty harvest in Jesus precious name we have prayed.
Father we send these forth and we declare that everyone of these materials returns with a bountiful harvest. In Jesus precious name.
It is done
SPEAK TO THE DAY
The day is here, brand-new day. Another opportunity to see the hand of God in various departments of our lives, to see His help in all of our Kingdom advancement endeavours.
Therefore, speak to the day and make your declarations concerning the day. Speak to it right now. Thank You Lord Jesus.
-This day is declared blessed.
-For you, it is a day of testimonies.
-God’s favour follows you today in the name of the Lord Jesus.
So shall it be, in Jesus precious name.