Jide Oladimeji

REVIVAL! REVIVAL!! REVIVAL!!!

Psalms 85:6 Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?

Now, we need heaven sent revival for our country to be what she was created to be. To have peace, joy, prosperity and economic recovery, we need revival.

Let us remind ourselves that God is the God of order. Before there can be revival, in our country there must be revival in our churches.

Remember, there is no construction without destruction first. Today in the church, majority of those called Shepherds, Men of God, Women of God, Overseers, Bishops, and so on are lions, tigers, vipers, foxes or bears that are devouring the sheep and not tending them. Some of them are working for their stomach, some are agents of marine powers, occult, or demonic powers.

  1. A leader that can pregnates some members of the church, is this person a shepherd?
  2. A leader that can do human or any other sacrifice, is he a shepherd?
  3. A leader that can steal Gods money, is he a shepherd?

Philippians 3:19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)

You know many of them that are parading themselves as men or women of God but their actions show that they do not belong to Christ.

We must pray that God will remove all of them from their denominations and replace them with genuine children of the living God. Only then can we see revival taking place in the house of God.

Therefore, pray out all these usurpers so that the fire of revival will fall.

Revival fire must come to consume all the selfishness, love of money, love of positions earthly mindedness and other things.

We need revival today more than ever before.

  • Pray for revival
  • Pray for heaven-sent revival
  • Pray for the revival fire to kindle now.

 

THE OVERRULING POWER

Exodus 1:22 And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive.

  • The very time when Pharaoh ordered sons to be killed was when Moses was born.
  • The boys were to be thrown into the water and Moses was saved by the side of a water body.
  • The Pharaoh who made the law to kill all sons of the Israelites was the one that trained and educated Moses

 

Points to note

  • The decrees of the enemies shall not work against you but for you in Jesus’ name.
  • The enemies who say that you will not live shall sponsor you in Jesus’ name.
  • The care, concern and favour your generations had not received shall be yours in Jesus’ name.
  • Moses’ mother took care of Moses with great sponsor from the daughter of Pharaoh. You parents shall be highly rewarded over you in Jesus’ name.
  • No Israelite had ever lived in the palace but Moses. The blessing that others had not received shall be yours in Jesus’ name.

 

BECOMING AN AUGUST PERSONALITY

Days, weeks, months, and years pass but it is what we put in it that remains. July this year has passed forever and ever but for some of us, it did not pass without notice, there are things to show for it.

au·gust adj. 1. Inspiring awe or admiration; majestic’ 2. Venerable for reasons of age or high rank

AUGUST’, a. L. Grand; magnificent; majestic; impressing awe; inspiring reverence.

 

Now is August.

  • You have to agree with yourself that – ‘this is my time
  • You must become an August personality and receive August blessings

 

WHO IS AN AUGUST PERSONALITY?

2 Samuel 7:9 And I was with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off all thine enemies out of thy sight, and have made thee a great name, like unto the name of the great men that are in the earth.

Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Gideon, Deborah, Rehab the Harlot, Jephthah, David, Peter, Paul, Mary the mother of Jesus and Mary Magdalene.

These were men and women who came from obscurity to become AUGUST PERSONALITIES.

 

WHAT CAN BE CALLED AN AUGUST BLESSING?

  1. An unexpected blessing
  2. An expected blessing that is beyond expectations
  3. Solutions that are supposed to take years becoming days
  4. Solutions to chronic, incurable and perennial problems
  5. A blessing from unexpected source

 

EXAMPLES OF THOSE WHO RECEIVED AUGUST BLESSINGS

  1. Joseph – from the prison to the throne
  2. Gideon – a fearful man who became a captain to marshal the army- Judges 6: 11 – 16
  3. David – a humble king given eternal covenant – 2Samuel 7: 1 – 19
  4. The widow woman of Zarephath 1Kings 17: 8 – 16
  5. The widow woman – 2Kings 4: 1 – 7
  6. The Shunammite woman 2Kings 4: 8 – 17
  7. The widow of Nain Luke 7: 11- 15
  8. Peter Luke 5: 1 – 8

 

WHAT HELPED SOME OF THEM?

  1. Come to Christ Matt. 11: 28 – 30
  2. Remained committed to the Lord in the face of all odds
  3. Grace
  4. Decided to build a house for the Lord
  5. Gave even her last 1Kings 17: 8 – 16
  1. Cried to the man of God and ventured out 2Kings 4: 1 – 7
  1. Built an apartment for the man of God  2Kings 4: 8 – 17
  2. He gave out his canoe without charge for preaching the gospel Luke 5: 1 – 8

 

FAITH IS A POWERFUL INSTRUMENT.

Telescope is an instrument that aids in the observation of remote (very far away) objects by collecting electromagnetic radiation (such as visible light).

A Microscope – is an optical instrument used for viewing very small objects, such as mineral samples or animal or plant cells, typically magnified several hundred times.

A Faithiscope – is an optical instrument used for viewing seemly invisible objects. It also has the power to see situations and circumstances.

  1. What telescope or microscope cannot see, faithiscope will see.
  2. It sees beyond the physical and scientific things.
  3. Faithiscope sees the invisible
  4. Faithiscope sees what others may not be able to see.
  • Moses saw what the others could not see when they were at the Red Sea.
  • Israelites moving forward when the Red Sea had not being parted into two.
  • Joshua and Caleb saw what other spies could not see.
  1. Faithiscope makes you to take steps that can be called strange.
  • Peter obeying Jesus to throw the net at a time that you are not likely to get fish.
  • The disciples agreed to feed the thousands with the lunch of a boy.
  • The lepers going to the High Priest even when they had not seen their healing.
  1. Faithiscope makes you to determine to do what others called suicidal or foolishness.
  • Jonathan and his armor bearer going to challenge the Philistines
  • David fighting Goliath without weapon of war, without armour or experience.
  1. Faithiscope makes you to suffer now and enjoy latter.
  • Joseph could have slept with madam Potiphar and end years of slavery but suffered and later became the governor of Egypt.
  • David could have killed Saul on several occasions but he waited for God and it paid off for him.
  • John suffered untold hardship for his faith to the point that he was banished to the Island of Patmos where God gave him the book of Revelation.

 

Heb 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good report. 3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

2 Corinthians 5:7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight 🙂

  1. Faith is still the answer to every questions of your heart.
  2. Faith is still the answer to the turbulent things that are bombarding us day in day out.
  3. Faith makes you to see God
  4. Faith makes you to see that sin is a hindrance to your seeing God and had been paid for on the cross of Calvary.
  5. Faith makes you to see that the simple way of coming to God is to confess your sins and accept forgiveness in the name of Jesus.
  6. Faith makes you to see that givers never lack, that the more you give, the more you receive.
  7. Faith makes you to see that a fruitful life is the only life that is spent for God and for the benefits of others.
  8. Faith makes you to see that to really enjoy life, you must lose it in Christ.

 

HINDRANCES TO SERVING THE LORD

The call is always out that we are born to serve the Lord but very few people are actually serving Him. Why is it like that? We shall consider some reasons why many people are not serving the Lord.

  1. Lack of salvation experience
  2. Lack of proper knowledge of God
  3. Lack of knowledge about the end of sinners
  4. Lack of knowledge about the reward of those who serve
  5. Lack of relevant experiences
  6. Lack of knowledge of relevant Bible passages
  7. Lack of transparent Christian living
  8. Lack of knowledge about the end of those who refuse to serve the Lord

Matthew 4: 19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

Matthew 11: 28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

Matthew 15: 14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

2 Peter 3: 9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Ezekiel 18: 23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?

Romans 6: 23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Isa 3:11; Ezek 18:4; 1Cor 6:9-10; Gal 6:7-8; Rev 21:8

Daniel 12: 3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

Exodus 23: 25 And ye shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.

1 Corinthians 15: 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

Luke 12: 47 And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. 48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

Serving The Lord

Exodus 23:25(KJV) And ye shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.

Deuteronomy 10:12  And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,

Deuteronomy 11:13  And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the LORD your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul,

Matthew 25:15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.

The duties men are called to perform are suited to their situations, and the talents they receive from God.

God is the ALMIGHTY, ALL-KNOWING; also known as OMNISCIENCE. He is the ALL-WISE GOD.

God created us differently, hence the popular saying; “fingers are not equal

If we go through the bible we would clearly see through the catalogue of men and women used by God that that they were never duplicated.

Joshua was trained by Moses yet they were never the same. Joshua was a warrior but Moses never went to battlefield, yet one time Joshua was on the battlefield, it was the support of Moses that gave the victory. Moses could not had been able to give the total support without the help of Hur and Aaron who though subordinate to him in gifts and calling, still had to give their support for the victory on the battlefield. Moses was a great scholar as mentioned in the book of Acts;

Act 7:22 And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds.

Moses wrote more books than any other prophets in the Old Testament.

As we look at the leaders, kings and prophets of old, we see that they serve the Lord to the fullness that was demanded by God on them but they did not copy themselves.

The ministry of Elijah and Elisha were not the same.

Coming to the New Testament, we see Peter and Paul as beacons and shining lights but their ministries were not the same.  Peter was uneducated and Paul was highly educated, even to the highest level of that time.

God used them to achieve His goals for their lives but never the same.

Today, in a ministry, we think that if God must use us, we must be like our leaders, the G.Os, the G.S, the Overseers, the Presidents and the Papas.

Lets’ use this common illustration below:

WATER AND ITS OUTLETS

When we connect water into the house from the water tank, the water comes though some taps, in the kitchen and bathrooms and water enters into the cistern of the toilet and also comes out of showers. In this modern time, we have different types of showers which has different ways of letting out water. We also use the water inside the washing machines, fish ponds, swimming pools and also to water the gardens.

In the garden, we have the sprinklers that give water in different ways. What shall we say about the watering cans?

Looking at all these, water is given out to solve different problems and challenges in the best way the instruments or implements can direct the water.

In Application:

The spring of water that supplies the tank is God. The water tank is the Bible and the taps and the outlets are you and I.

You will only work by the level of your knowledge and who you are matters a lot.

What makes you who you are?

Your temperament, upbringing, family background, trainings, vacations, tribes, exposures and other areas of live.

In these areas, we will never be the same. Yet, the scripture must be the same.

The people we are ministering to are also not the same.

  1. Poor widows do not reason as rich widows.
  2. The educated do not reason as the illiterates or semi-illiterates.
  3. Engineers do not reason as the accountants.
  4. Teachers do not reason as secretaries
  5. Farmers do not reason as the tradesmen.
  6. Politicians do not reason as office workers.

Yet, the same word of God must be given to all these groups of people without dilution. How do we do it?

God is the Great Architect

  • The assignment of Moses was not the same as that of Joshua
  • The assignment of David was not the same as that of Solomon.
  • The assignment of Peter was not the same as that of Paul

Yet, they all fulfilled their ministries.

God will give you the assignment that He knows you can do and He will release all the support of heaven to back you up.

If you want to face your own assignment, the one you gave yourself, God will not back you up and frustrations will set in.

If you want to serve like your leader you will not succeed like him because you are not him and he is not you.

Be yourself, know yourself and use all available resources at your disposal and God will carry you through.

You are better than me in some areas and I am better than you in some areas. God will use us according to how we are.

Remember that polluted taps, spoilt taps will be changed.  If you are polluted or faulty, God will replace you with a better one who will achieve success in the same work you are doing.

Be saved and keep being saved.

Be clean in thoughts and actions.

Resemble your Lord and Master in every area of life.

Keep the Word pure in understanding and presentations

Ezra 7:10 For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.

As you stand for God, He will stand for you!

 

 

BREAKING DOWN YOUR JERICHO WALL

Joshua 6: 1 – 16, 20 – 21(KJV)

God had given the whole land to the children of Israel but Jericho was right in front and the wall was a terrible barrier. Jericho wall was a very serious hindrance on the way of the children of Israel. To posses the land, Jericho must be captured but to capture Jericho, the wall was impregnable. As at that time, there was no military weapon that could blast or bring the wall down as we have today. There were no jet bombers that could fly over the wall and take possession of the city.

As we see this case, we see ourselves in it because there are some “Jericho walls” in our lives that are hindering and delaying the blessings of God or hindering possessing our inheritance. What are we to do? our Jericho walls must come down and we must possess our inheritance.

THE JERICHO WALLS AROUND US Joshua 6: 1; Exodus 14: 9 – 10

For the children of Israel, the wall could not allow them to lay hands on their inheritance. What can your own be? Can it be …

1.     Sicknesses 2.     Constant failure
3.     Demonic oppression 4.     Habits
5.     Temperamental weaknesses 6.     Some physical hindrances
7.     Curses or idolatry 8.     Sin

God who brought their Jericho wall down will bring yours down today in Jesus’ name.

HOW TO HANDLE THE WALL Joshua 6: 12 – 16, 20; Exodus 14: 13, 14; 2Chronicles 20: 14 – 17

  1. There is the need to receive instructions Joshua 6: 3 – 5
  2. There must be a going round Joshua 6: 3 – 5 (preparation)
  3. There must be a silent period Joshua 6: 3, 4 (Patience)
  4. There is the time to shout Joshua 6: 4, 4 (Participation)
  5. Obedience is the key word.

We must cooperate with the God of battle if He is to fight our battles for us. If we use God’s method, we will have God’s answers

Faith produces obedience – see God, not problems or enemies

CELEBRATING VICTORY Joshua 6: 20, 21; 2Chronicles 20: 27, 28; 1Samuel 17: 51 – 54; 18: 6

We want to see the walls come down. We want to see all the enemies defeated. We want to see that our inheritance is in our hands. As they depended on the God of battle, who brought their Jericho wall down, we too must depend on Him and our Jericho walls will be down in Jesus’ name.

Are You A Missionary Or A Mercenary?

Think about how many sick people you have killed, in the name of keeping the “church’s standard”.

Think about how many dead church members that have been buried because of church’s policies. God is recording all these against you. The blood of all these people will be demanded from you.

Are we standing on the holiness of the church or the holiness of God?

Any holiness void of love, kindness and care is wickedness and the wicked shall suffer in the hand of the merciful God who is also a God of judgment.

You are meant to be your brother’s keepers and to assist as many as possible to make heaven.

The church we are going to must not hinder us from doing the good that is expected of us especially to them of the household of faith. No good deed however small,  will God overlook so, check yourself, be an obedient servant of God and do the right things.

 

Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. Matthew 10:8

I pray that God will grant you grace and boldness to stand for Him whatever the cost may be in Jesus’ name.

 

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