GOD TOLD ME, “STAY WITH THIS THING THAT DOESN’T LOOK LIKE ANYTHING.” I DIDN’T APPLY FOR IT BUT THE DEVIL WANTED TO TRAP ME BY IT.
YOUNG PEOPLE: BE HUMBLE. YOU ARE TOO MUCH IN YOUR OWN EYES, THAT IS WHY YOU ARE GOING NOWHERE, YOU ARE AT THE SAME SPOT.
Bishop David Oyedepo at CHoP
*Stop exaggerating that nothing is working in Nigeria.
*Maybe somebody has packed his luggage now, on his way to Germany, without hearing from the Lord and you are hearing this Morning, “thou shall not go down to Egypt”
*If God wants you anywhere, He will provide a dignified access for you. Not jumping on motorbikes to attempt to cross the Atlantic.
- Don’t follow the vogue, follow the vision of God for your life.
*Let God be your Planter, don’t plant yourself wherever you see.
Lord Jesus, we are here at your feet, speak to us this morning. Let Your Word locate each one of us here today and by Your Word move us forward again. Take all the praise, in Jesus precious name.
OBEDIENCE: GATEWAY TO CHANGE OF LEVELS
God hates to find us at the same spot. “You have gone round this mountain long enough”, this is not my plan for you – Deuteronomy 2:3. You are designed for continuous progress, redemption is your gateway to a life of continuous progress for the path of the justified is as a shining light that shines more and more unto the perfect day – Proverbs 4:18. The justified, the redeemed of the Lord are ordained for continuous progress. Every normal parent wants their children to experience continuous progress. When your child is repeating a school, you are affected, you are offended, you wonder why. In the same vein, God wants you and I to enjoy continuous progress as a lifestyle. That comes through to us first by revelation, knowing what God says, knowing what we must do to actualize it and going ahead to doing it.
2 Corinthians 3:18
Being able to see what God is saying is one, doing it is what effects the changes. What you know will never you, what I know will never change me, what we know will never change us but what we do with what we know. It is obedience that gives value to revelation and it is that obedience that effects the changes that revelation offers. Church Gist. It is not enough to know what God is saying, it is important to do what God says to do, to experience the reality of what He is saying.
The Lord instructed Isaac, “thou shall not go down to Egypt” – Genesis 26:2
It is the main traffic today: “Go not down to Egypt.” Everybody is heading for China, they are all heading for Canada, they are all heading for Europe.
“Go not down to Egypt, abide in this land and I will ensure you possess all of it and all that you see around it” – Isaac said, “Yes Sir.”
Isaac sowed in that land and received in the same year a hundredfold in spite of the famine -Genesis 26:12. Obedience brought him into realms of supernatural abundance.
The man waxed great in the midst of dryness and went forward, where everybody is stagnated and grew when everything is dying until he became very great – Genesis 26:13
Dwelling in a land of pity, the philistines envied him – Genesis 26:14
Staying where God says to stay, the world powers envied him. That is the power of obedience.
A number of young people are here today: Thou shall not go down to Egypt. Don’t follow the vogue, follow the vision of God for your life.
“Thou shall not go down to Egypt”: Don’t get trapped in the desert, trying to cross over to Europe.
Thou shall not go down to Egypt: If God wants you anywhere, He will provide a dignified access for you. Not jumping on motorbikes to attempt to cross the Atlantic.
Thou shall not go down to Egypt, dwell in the land that I show thee and there watch out how I will decorate your life.
Don’t live your life to yourself, it is a risk.
“For they thirsted not when He led them through the deserts. He brought forth water for them out of the rocks” – Isaiah 48:21
“Thou shall not go down to Egypt, dwell in the place I said you should” – Genesis 26:2
Isaac sowed in that land and we saw what happened – Genesis 26:12
When you are where God plants you, seeds of righteousness that He may be glorified, when you allow God to plant you, you step into realms of glory – Isaiah 61:3
There are some trees we met here in Canaanland when we came, they are still there. Church Gist. There are those we planted, when the wind blows, they are the first ones to fall. The ones that God planted are still here. There are trees that are 200 years old, there was one I am told was 800 years old, planted by the Lord. When you allow God to be your Planter, you don’t plant yourself wherever you think you should go, you allow God to plant you, you will endure in glory, in colour. Nobody was watering them, God who planted them was watering them and they are there. The ones we planted and watered, wind comes and just roots them off from wherever. That is how temporal your own planting can be, but when you allow God to plant you, it is always a glorious experience.
Those that be planted in the house of God, they shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age – Psalm 92:13-14
When God plants, it endures, it lasts and it radiates glory. Let God be your Planter, don’t plant yourself wherever you see. Hallelujah.
Obedience of faith will empower any believer to scale unusual heights.
“I can of My own self do nothing” – That is what Jesus said, “as I hear so I judge” – John 5:30. I just follow His instructions. I just obey Him in what He commands.
Philippians 2:9-11; we saw how high He (Jesus) got to.
Philippians 2:5-11. Let this mind be in you, the mind of obedience
“Made himself of no reputation” – Philippians 2:7
Young people: I know my reputation, I know my skills, I know my capacity. You have a lot of language you use, only you know your capacity, we don’t know, there is no effect. You are too much in your own eyes, that is why you are going nowhere, you are at the same spot.
“He made Himself of no reputation, took upon himself the form of a servant…He humbled Himself unto death”; everybody needs that – Philippians 2:8
He was obedient unto death, even the death of the cross: Obedience to the full and to the end
Therefore, God has highly exalted Him -Philippians 2:9-10
Unmatchable heights, incomparable heights. Thank You Jesus. Through obedience to the full. I call it unadjusted obedience. You know Saul adjusted the instructions, He said, “destroy all the Amalekites.”
Saul: Yes, we did but we don’t destroy kings in war. In case God you don’t know the thing, these are all in international diplomacy. We don’t.
Don’t adjust His instructions, stop adjusting it. (You) don’t adjust exam questions and expect to pass: that this is the question you have asked; I don’t understand it. Let me ask the question that I can answer. You now re-write the question and you expect them to mark it. They check your question (answer), it does not line up with the answers scheme, so zero, zero, zero and they call Police to arrest because you shouldn’t re-write that exam.
Unadjusted obedience, unreserved obedience, obedience to the end and obedience to the full, timely obedience: maybe somebody has packed his luggage now, on his way to Germany, without hearing from the Lord and you are hearing this Morning, “thou shall not go down to Egypt”
Response: I will go, no matter what.
Timely obedience before you start biting your 10 fingers.
God said to Abraham, “Depart, get thee out of thy country” and so Abraham departed – Genesis 12:1,
He said to Abraham, “take your only son, Isaac and offer him for a burnt sacrifice” and Abraham rose up early in the morning – Genesis 22:1-3
Now yesterday made it 31 (30) years when the Lord visited me in Deuteronomy chapter 5 verses 32 and 33. Awesome. I was in Toronto, Canada.
13th September 1991. Here is what God says, “You shall observe to do therefore as the Lord your God hath commanded you: you shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left” – Deuteronomy 5:32
Why? Deuteronomy 5:33
“That you may live”: don’t kill yourself.
“That you may live”: don’t go to where He has not sent you.
What a visitation, I had just been invited to be on one board of one international company that needed some Nigerian input and somebody introduced them that I was in town. Church Gist. The Spirit of God left me, then the Lord visited me with this Word in the night. I have not done one business in my life since 40 years plus that I came into Ministry. I am blessed, I am prosperous.
“You shall not go down to Egypt”: stay with this thing that doesn’t look like anything, I didn’t apply for it but the devil wanted to trap me by it, Jesus set me free.
“You shall not turn aside to the right or to the left, that you may live”: How many want to live here? Nobody wants to die.
“and that it may be well with you” – Obedience is what guarantees you living.
Disobedience can kill, it has killed many. It can afflict people, it is afflicting too many.
31 years ago, I was warned never to turn to the right side or the left: unadjusted, unamended, unreserved, timely obedience, sweeter than honey.
He brought us to this dungeon, this forest that seemed to have no future, no GPS, no direction: This is the place and so we came. Absolute faith in the One who gave the commandment, see the beauty, see the colour, see the global impact from a forest.
“Thou shall not go down to Egypt”:
“Nothing is working in Nigeria”: Is a lie! If nothing is working, look at here, look at your businesses. They are working.
“Nigeria is not safe”: You have been here all along, are you still unsafe? You came out early in the morning to show how unsafe it is. You are going back to your home, going back to your workplace.
“It is not safe, everybody is dying”: Don’t exaggerate, you better obey God or you run into trouble and it will be your cup of tea.
“Thou shall not go down to Egypt”: he said to me, “Arise, get down to Lagos” and I shut down my mind, my spirit, my being to Kaduna. I was in Kaduna last December 1999 on a Sunday morning. 1999, it is no longer my place of duty. He has redeployed me, he has sacked me from there and I agreed with Him even though I spent my energy, my sweat, I almost died in a fast.
He (God) said, “Now, arise and get down to Lagos. Raise Me a people”
My Response: Thank You Lord
Obedience pays the most.
Prayers: Receive grace to walk in delightsome obedience, uncoerced obedience, obedience with utmost delight. Receive that grace. Everybody, receive it. Grace to walk in delightsome obedience to the commandments of the Lord, to you as an individual, to you in your private studies, devotions, instructions from the Lord.
In Jesus precious name we have prayed.
We have been on a journey this month on ‘Godliness is Profitable unto All Things.’
God is showing you things that are out of order in your life: WAKE UP, SHAKE THEM OFF.
SHAKE THEM OFF BEFORE THEY THROW YOU OVERBOARD.
SHAKE THEM OFF: That woman opened the door in that parable of scriptures but it was late.
“Open to me, my beloved”: No, I have put off my dress, I have washed my feet, I can’t roughen that anymore.
He said, “open, my head is filled with dew.”
She said, “your head can be filled with dew, that is your problem.”
Then finally when she saw him put his finger through the hole…then went for ceremony, you know, perfume and all that stuff and came out but the beloved was gone.
Hey, who has seen my beloved with me? The watchmen caught her, took her veil off and beat her up, beat nonsense out of her life because of belated response.
Every time God stirs the water, step in or you stand to lose the blessing that the stirring has brought. Whatever God has shown you till now as a risk to your life and eternity, SHAKE IT OFF THROUGH TRUE REPENTANCE. Church Gist. You can always have a brand-new beginning.
All the…one by one, you will appear before God, not group by group. One by one Sir.
-My prayer is that you will not miss this glory wave that is ordained to secure your present and eternity.
Godliness is key to realizing your glorious destiny and to securing eternity. There is no short cut Sir. He that doeth righteousness is righteous and it takes obedience to operate in that realm – 1 John 3:7
-It is your turn for a change of story.
In Jesus precious name.
The Youth Alive Convention kicks off today. It’s not about excellence in your studies but excellence in life.
-May every participant return with a seal of excellent living, excellent breakthroughs, excellent spiritual lifestyle, excellent health, amazing impact.
-May every session bring glory and colour and release impartation on God’s people and open up many destinies.
In the name of Jesus. So shall it be.