WE HAVE ‘CHURCH OF satan’ IN SOME PLACES. THEY ARE NOT IN NIGERIA, NIGERIANS HATE satan.
SOME PEOPLE IN THE WORLD DON’T KNOW THE DIFFERENCE, THEY STILL GO THERE.
GOD IS STILL GOD IN HEAVEN AND HE IS MANIFESTING HIMSELF ON THE EARTH IN THE LIVES OF THOSE WHO BELIEVE HIM. WE ARE PRIVILEGED TO BE PART OF THEM. GOD IS MOVING IN OUR LIVES.
I WAS STILL RIDING MY VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE, I WON’T LOVE GOD ANY LESS. I WON’T BE ANY LESS EXCITED THAN I AM. GOD KNOWS, THE devil KNOWS AND I KNOW.
THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE SPEAKING IN TONGUES TODAY IF THEY SAY DENY JESUS, THEY WILL DO IT WITH CANDOUR.
– Bishop David Oyedepo on ENGAGING THE POWER OF PASSION IN STEWARDSHIP 5 at Midweek Communion Service Youth Chapel, Canaanland 14th June, 2023 || Part B
“You pray to any other God you will be eaten up by lions.” Daniel 6:10. Daniel said, “No adjustment.”
Singing – “The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob …” They say “We caught him praying.” He said “Yes, that is why I opened my window. I wasn’t praying in secret. I used to open my window and I still opened it.” He was praying to the God of Abraham. The lions said, “We can’t eat him, He is already eaten up by God.” That is passion for you.
All this chocolate Christianity is not what we are talking about. Genuine passion for God not for things, not for position, not for possession. Genuine passion for God. I once told you that if I was still riding my Volkswagen Beetle, I won’t love God any less. I won’t be any less excited than I am.
God knows, the devil knows and I know. All these ‘if you give me butter I will serve you, if you don’t give me bread I won’t serve you. If you don’t give me Ovaltine and Bournvita, I won’t serve you.’ You know the exciting thing? Whether you and I serve Him or not, He is God.
If you put a church as ‘Antichrist Church’ He is still God. We have in some places not in Nigeria ‘Church of Satan’. Nigerians hate Satan.
There are some people in the world who don’t know the difference between these things, they say Church of Satan, you are going there. But He is still God in heaven and He is manifesting Himself on the earth in the lives of those who believe Him. We are privileged to be part of them. God is moving in our lives, He is giving us the peace and joy that the world does not have and cannot offer. Decorating our lives the way no strength or skill can do.
So you can’t be passionate and be motionless. Every truly passionate believer is in motion towards God and the interests of His kingdom. Passion is the covenant key to maximizing the blessedness of a revival. It keeps you in motion. I mentioned this before but it is important for me to re-echo it, in stewardship passion is stronger than unction. Let me share the story of my mother in the Lord, the woman who led me to Christ.
A missionary to Nigeria. She came to Nigeria at 26 in 1967. Not long after she came the Civil War was threatening so the American Government asked all Americans to leave Nigeria. She said what will I say to God, that I could not deliver His assignment? Woman, not a man.
She belongs to the Evangelical Order where speaking in tongues, baptism in the Holy Ghost was not the emphasis.
It was just being born again and walking in the light of the Word of God. Passion kept my little mother here till she was past 80. Her sons and daughters decorated her till the end of her life. She never got married. One of her little boys that got saved was with her in her dying moments as a medical doctor in America. He was a missionary, he stood there and would tell us with pride ‘She died in my hand’.
One time my wife and I were moved to buy her a brand new car at her retirement age. She said, “ I never could imagine that a car would come to me from Africa”. They delivered it brand new to her doorstep. If you don’t pay they won’t deliver it. Her life was beautified. Her passion gave her a place. Beautiful woman, I wept when she passed last year at 92.
Passion is stronger than unction, there are many people speaking in tongues today if they say deny Jesus “Jesus I deny you”. They will say it with candour. There is nothing in their life that is different from the world around them. Passion.
I was in that village in 1973, I wasn’t baptized in the Holy Ghost.
I got baptized in the Holy Ghost in 1975. I said ‘Jesus I mustn’t leave this place the way I met it’. Somebody say passion! It is stronger than callings, stronger than unction, I didn’t have any calling. I had no intention to be a pastor in my life.
I was on an opportune relief teaching job because some women went on maternity leave and some classes were empty. I overheard them saying so and I said I am available. That was it. Passion wouldn’t let me rest.
The first prayer I prayed in the hut, I never lived in a hut in my life, was ‘Jesus see that I never leave this place the way I met it.
Your name must be planted here.’ Why? There was no church, living or dying. There was no single church in that village but there were mosques here and there. Jesus sent me there based on the passion burning in my heart.
You have the Holy Ghost, you have the Bible, you have heard what we never heard. So if you share the same passion for God the way He gave us the privilege to share, you get the same result. Passion is stronger than unction, passion is stronger than calling. Passion is far stronger than titles. I am a founder, founding what?
Passion will make any ordinary believer a wonder to his world. You must catch that fire now and it will secure your future in grand style. You can’t destroy a genuine lover because he is filled with all the fullness of God so you have to destroy God to destroy Him. Grow in love, your divine nature content is enhanced. Maybe my own is 25 per cent now, as I keep growing in love it will come to 30.
The higher your divine nature content, the more unkillable you become. Can fire destroy divinity? No! He is the consuming fire so when fire comes He consumes the fire.
He doesn’t carry weapons, He destroys with the sword of His mouth and the breath of His nostrils. So you can be carrying weapons all around as long as He is breathing, He is destroying. When He opens His mouth, the sword comes out.