HOW WE PRACTICALLY SET OUR OWN EXAMINATION IN GEOGRAPHY BACK IN ILESHA GRAMMAR SCHOOL
TO BE BLESSED BY GOD YOU MUST PAY ATTENTION TO HIS DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS
THERE ARE CONDITIONS THAT MUST BE SATISFIED BEFORE YOU WILL LIVE THE REST OF YOUR LIFE IN DIVINE HEALTH
– Pastor E. A. Adeboye on “FOR WHOM THE HEAVENS OPEN (Part 19)” RCCG Online Sunday Service 25th June, 2023 || Part A
We continue with our series, we get to part 19 of the story of Joshua as an example of one of the people for whom the Heavens opened. May I add that in the mighty name of Jesus Christ, the Heaven will continually open to you. Our text will be Joshua 6:2-5.
It’s a passage that is full of lessons, we will cover many of them as God will allow. For example verse 2: they haven’t started fighting and they said you have won the victory. But then he went on to begin to say, this is how we are going to win this battle – verse 3-4.
I feel impressed to talk to you about the God of details. To be blessed by God you must pay attention to his detailed instructions. Last Sunday we spoke about how to survive in the city that is besieged – if you are in, you must be totally in, don’t go out.
Don’t go back into the world, never dream of backsliding. Now we find that if you are going to stay totally in and win every battle, you must pay attention to your God who is a God of details. When you read the Bible, pay attention to every word.
For example we always quote Exodus 15:26 and we rejoice because it is true but please read Exodus 15:26 and see the conditions that must be satisfied before you will live the rest of your life never sick again.
When you are to sign a contract, your lawyer will advise you, “Read the fine prints. Check what are the conditions.” For example Exodus 15:26:
1. Diligently hearken. It didn’t say, diligently hear; but diligently hearken. Hearken means you listen as if your very life depends on it. In case there are some of you listening to me for the first time and you’ve never heard me define hearken for you before, I will quickly tell you, “I told those of you who have heard it before that when I was at Ilesha grammar school we had a tutor of Geography that whenever examination is near, he will call us together and ask us to ask him questions on what he had taught us.
The older students have told us what to do whenever that occasion occurs: Ask him questions; he will explain everything in detail and tomorrow when you get to the examination hall, it is the questions you asked him yesterday that he is going to ask you in the exam.
So we practically set our own examination in Geography in those days. When he is answering our questions on the day that we are asking him questions, we didn’t just listen – we hearken. We took note of everything he is saying because we know that’s coming out tomorrow.”
So if you hearken in the day that you are asking questions and he says he is revising with you, you can never fail the following day.
‘Hearken’ is not merely listening. When he is teaching us in the classroom in the normal school days, we hear; we didn’t hearken. We wait till the day of revision then we hearken.
Exodus 15:26 says you must hearken diligently. That is, with all your attention, with all your strength.
2. Do that which is right. You’re not hearkening to him, you’re not doing what is right and you’re saying, “The Lord that healeth me.” No! Read the fine prints.