THERE ARE MURDERERS WEARING POLICE UNIFORM YET YOU SURVIVED. YOU ARE A SURVIVOR!
YOU SURVIVED EBOLA! YOU SURVIVED CORO! YOU SURVIVED KIDNAPPERS AND BANDITS!
YOU SURVIVED 2020, 2021, 2022! YOU SHOULD BE CELEBRATED.
NEXT TO THE BIBLE, YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO THE ELDERS – THEY ARE VERY DEEP IN WISDOM
– Pastor E. A. Adeboye at Redeemed Christian Church of God January Thanksgiving Service || January 1st 2023
Let someone shout hallelujah!
I discovered something while I was preparing for the New Year. Something that we’ve not been doing that we should be doing from now on. That is: we have not been celebrating. Many at times you wait for people to celebrate you and they don’t show up.
I discovered that scripturally speaking, it is good to celebrate yourself. You know when we were in the primary school, when you do something very good, the teacher will say, “clap for yourself.” Go ahead and clap for yourself.
I know it will sound strange to you; initially, it was to me too until I can see from the scriptures that we need to celebrate even if we have to celebrate ourselves.
So, you’re going to be helping yourself this morning by visiting 2 or 3 people and telling them to celebrate you. Tell them, “celebrate me, I am a survivor.”
The elders have a saying and I am telling you, next to the Bibles the next people you should be listening to are the elders – they’re very deep in wisdom.
They said (you know that lizard with red head?) The red-headed lizard jumped down from an Iroko tree. When it landed, it nodded its head 3 times. The elders say what he was saying is: “I tried; if nobody is praising me I will praise myself.”
Now, when you say you’re a survivor, let your neighbor know, “Ebola came, I survived; Coro came, I survived; kidnappers are out there, I survived; bandits are out there, I survived; there are murderers wearing police uniform, I survived.
Go ahead and tell 2 or 3 people, “I am a survivor; celebrate me mehn! I survived 2020, 2021, 2022!”
Now, it may sound strange to you: why should I celebrate myself? When you go through the book called Genesis 1, then you notice you have a lesson to learn from God.
When he finished the work of the first day, because there was nobody around to celebrate him, he looked at everything he had done on the first day and said, “this is good. There’s nobody to say it to me so I say it to myself.”
The second day, “this is good.” Down to the fifth day, “this is good.” The 6th day He said may be I better create somebody who probably will be celebrating me later on.
When he finished man he said, “now this is very good.” Then he took a whole day off to celebrate. Clap for yourself mehn! You are a survivor!