I LOVE GOD MORE THAN I LOVE MY WIFE AND SHE KNOWS – Bishop Oyedepo



I LOVE GOD MORE THAN I LOVE MY WIFE AND SHE KNOWS.

I LOVE GOD MORE THAN I LOVE OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN.

I LOVE JESUS MORE THAN I LOVE ME. I WILL GLADLY DIE FOR HIM SMILING.

YOU MAY READ ALL THE LITTLE BOOKS I HAVE WRITTEN AND LISTEN TO ALL THE TAPES OUT THERE, IF YOU HAVE NOT DISCOVERED MY HEART FOR GOD YOU HAVE NOT DISCOVERED MY STORY.

WHAT HAPPENS TO HIS KINGDOM MATTERS WHILE I LIVE MATTERS MUCH MORE TO ME FOR ETERNITY THAN WHAT HAPPENS TO ME.

Bishop David Oyedepo at SHILOH 2022 || COVENANT HIGHWAYS|| Day 4 Hour of Visitation || Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland || Part C

3. Financial Stewardship
It is a platform for the rise of financial giants in the Body of Christ. Promoting the kingdom with our finances changes people’s stories in the kingdom. Deliberating so, intentionally so. Haggai 1:3-4. It is one other hidden platform we don’t know that opens the heaven over our lives just like tithing does. Haggai 1:6-10. Financial stewardship is key to the rise of financial fortune.

It is key to it. If tithing opens the heaven and kingdom promotion investments open the heavens, then you have double open heavens. Double open heaven. 

My family’s fortune just turned after being led to sponsor transportation for all worshippers to Church for a year. Multi-million resulting in multi-billions. The things we have seen, heard and our hands have handled are the things we make known to you, please grab them. Start from where you are. God is not a burden to His children. He is not in need. I said we are led to, God didn’t need it. We were led to. Everybody has a place in Kingdom stewardship.

Now the question is, why is my stewardship not working? Why is my kingdom stewardship not speaking? Why am I not seeing the effect of it?

1. Your service must be born from the heart not eyeservice as men-pleasers.
Ephesians 6:6. It mustn’t be for a show.

2. Our service must be love motivated. Our love for God must be the driver of our stewardship. 1 Corinthians 13:3. This is my own extremism. I love this God more than I love my wife and she knows. I love this God more than I love our children and grandchildren. What a wicked man. I love this Jesus more than I love me. I will gladly die for Him smiling. You may read all the little books I have written and listen to all the tapes out there, if you have not discovered my heart for God you have not discovered my story.

My story springs out of my heartbeat for God. I love you, Jesus. I never had the opportunity or the experience of a honeymoon. I love you, Jesus. Not that I was married before and I had the experience. No! I love you, Jesus. Where are you going? Where they call me. What will they do for you there? Nothing. I am looking for what Jesus will do for them.

Is honeymoon wrong? No! It is my priority. Jesus! Jesus! Jesus!

In the morning, afternoon and night. Let your stewardship be love motivated not position motivated. Not “If I serve Him, He will change my story”. If He didn’t change anything in me, I won’t be doing less than I am doing now. I have told you before.

Let your service be love motivated not reward-driven. He knows what to do with you and me.

Let it be love motivated. No lover of this God ever gets grinded. Every true lover of God is a high flier in life. 1 Corinthians 2:9.

2. We must serve Him sacrificially.
Go beyond the normal call for duty as He enables you.
Go beyond it as He engraces you. Luke 12:49-50.

There is no star without a scar and the scar of every star is sacrifice. You never find a star wrestler without a mark somewhere but he has the belt at last. Psalm 126:1. Sacrifice is a turnaround platform for God’s people.

3. Serve God with goodwill for others.
With goodwill doing service.
Ephesians 6:7. Don’t wish other people down, wish them up. Don’t wish a calamity befalls somebody, wish them favour. Goodwill, only those who give it have it. Ephesians 6:7-8. 

My wife once said to me “you spend more time with these Covenant University students than you spend with our children”. You are investing in the lives of other people’s children, He keeps investing in your children. He is a covenant-keeping God. Goodwill!

So it doesn’t work on your terms or my terms. Stewardship works on His terms. The good news is as we are serving, let’s do it willingly. If I do this willingly there is a reward, there is no reward for unwilling service. 1 Corinthians 9:27. Hebrews 12:28. Let’s serve Him with humility. Pride goes before destruction.

Proverbs 16:18. Let’s serve Him joyfully, when joy withers the harvest is perished (Joel 1:12). Do it joyfully. He loves a cheerful giver. Do it joyfully. Let joy be oozing out of you at all times.

4. Do it unashamedly.

The reason why many can’t witness is that they think their status is beyond witnessing. What status?

You don’t have friends that come to you for counsel, come to you for help. You can’t share Jesus with them. Romans 1:16 If you can’t serve Him openly, He can’t reward you openly. Do it unashamedly. Jesus made himself of no reputation before he can put upon himself the form of a servant. Philippians 2:7. He disregarded His status as Messiah. Left all his glory in heaven, he put it aside. What glory do you have? You need to see my team, you will be wondering what I am doing with them.

These are young folks but I can’t run this without them.

Some of them are just going to University now, some have just finished one level or another. He made Himself of no reputation to serve effectively. Wake up! Our driver is on our team. If he drives roughly we won’t get where we are going. So he is part of the team. When you are going to the market, don’t wear your suit.

They will think you want to catch them. Wear what they wear. 1 Corinthians 9:22. Don’t be blowing grammar when you know they don’t understand you. Speak broken English if that is what they know. Speak Igbo, Hausa or Yoruba to them. You don’t have to be literate to go to heaven. He died for the whole world. Literate and illiterate. Unashamedly. People are ashamed of God. How will He not be ashamed of you?

5. Do it tirelessly.
1 Corinthians 15:58.
Keep sowing the seed, the harvest is on the way coming. The seed of ‘they must be saved’ in 1973 helped by grace to still be where I am standing today by His grace. You can’t take that away from me.

I am believing God for an expansion of the platform that will see like 100,000 people brought to the Lord across the city by a revealed strategy. I have been asking God for that and He has been answering me now. Wake up! That city is yours. That territory is yours.

The big side of it all is serving God as a seed not giving a seed. Serving God as a seed. Psalm 32:30. Serving God as a seed impacts on one coming generation.

Serving God as a seed impacts on our generations after us. There are some trees that are 200 years old. Serving God as a seed like Jesus did impacts on generations after us. Philippians 1:21.

That is a dead man talking. 1 Corinthians 15:31. Up till now, Paul said, Paul said. After Jesus said, Paul said otherwise you are not in the gospel. Jesus paid the price, Paul unveiled the price he paid.

He was a dead man. He served God as a seed not for show. Colossians 3:3. Serving God as a seed is what impacts on generations after us.

This is epitome of what stewardship offers. John 12:24-25. Let him follow this process. This is the process behind generational impact.

Serving God as a seed is the mystery behind the ultimate impact of stewardship. What happens to His kingdom matters while I live matters much more to me for eternity than what happens to me. Hebrews 13:7.

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