IF THEY REMOVE CHRIST FROM MY LIFE WHAT REMAINS? NOTHING!
WE ARE NOT IN A LAWLESS KINGDOM, WE HAVE THE LAW OF CHRIST.
SO WHEN YOU HEAR THAT WHATEVER YOU DO DOES NOT MATTER, THAT IS THE GRAVE.
IN THE KINGDOM OF LIFE WHAT YOU DO MATTERS TO YOUR WELL-BEING IN THAT KINGDOM.
TO LIVE A LAWLESS LIFE IS TO BE IN THE GRAVE. ANYBODY WHO HATES LAW HATES LIFE
THE WORD IS THE LAW. WHATEVER THE WORD SAYS IS WRONG IS WRONG AND WHATEVER THE WORD SAYS IS RIGHT IS RIGHT
– Bishop David Oyedepo on ENGAGING THE POWER OF PASSION IN STEWARDSHIP 6 at Midweek Communion Service Youth Chapel, Canaanland 21st June 2023 || Part B
Now listen, we have a law of Christ. We are not in a lawless Kingdom, we have the law of Christ. They call it the ‘law of the Spirit of life in Christ’ it sets man free from the law of sin and death.
So there are two laws. You come out of one, you step into the other. If you leave this country today and find yourself in the U.K., you have left from under the law in Nigeria to find yourself in the law of the U.K.
There is nowhere on earth that you won’t find yourself under the law. So anybody teaching you that there is no law… To live a lawless life is to be in the grave. When you are in the grave, you are not under any law. You can’t be arrested, you can’t be imprisoned, you are already in prison. So anybody who hates law hates life. There is the law of sin and death, which is not good that no man can survive under it.
There is the law of the Spirit of life in Christ. Romans 8:2. So when you hear that whatever you do does not matter, that is the grave. In the kingdom of life what you do matters to your well-being in that kingdom.
We drive here on the left and they drive in the U.K. on the right. If you carry the law here to that place they will arrest you before you move far. So we are perpetually under law. That should ring a bell. The words he has spoken to you are spirit and life. The law of the Spirit of life is the law of the Word.
Whatever the Word says is wrong is wrong. Whatever the Word says is right is right. He said ‘I became all things to all men that I might win some”. Every passionate believer is an ever self-motivated individual in stewardship. They always make themselves of no reputation. They take upon themselves the form of a servant after the order of Christ. Philippians 2:5-9. Please put your reputation aside. You can’t succeed in stewardship with reputation-headedness. He came all the way from heaven, left all His glory and came here to ascend to the highest of highest.
Passion is what fuels our consistency and steadfastness in stewardship.
Our consistency and steadfastness in stewardship are fuelled by passion. All those disciples that scattered when Christ was going through that agony. If you check the scriptures very well, in Luke 9 they were given power and authority over all devils but there was no passion to match, they fled. In Matthew 10, they were given power to heal all manner of sicknesses and diseases. Luke 10:1.
They fled. Peter the passionate stayed on. You say he denied Christ, okay, where are the others? They weren’t available to deny Christ. They disappeared. May each one’s undying love for God come alive. Paul said, “By the help of God I continue to this day”. Yes, we need help but you need the passion that will be helped. Passion must be there to demand for the help. You have the passion, help to keep it alive. Acts 26:22.
As I said before, passion is not a gift but a decision stirred by one’s unreserved love for God and the interests of His kingdom. A decision!
We heard the man, Elijah, saying ‘I have been very jealous for the Lord God of Hosts’. 1 Kings 19:10,14. You can’t be passionate and not know and you can’t be passionate without the people around you knowing. You can’t cope with where they are, you can’t cope with what they stand for.
You are driven by something that they are not aware of. I have been very passionate. You watch where the passionate Elijah ended. He enjoyed the first rapture.
A spacecraft from heaven came and took him yonder.
Passion entitles you to an unlimited destiny in Christ. Passion with knowledge, passion driven by revelation will take off the limits of any believer’s destiny.
What is passion? Two quick descriptions or definitions.
1. Passion is a product of one’s compassion for the well-being of others as we saw in Nehemiah.
When he heard the affliction of those who were left of captivity in Jerusalem, he broke down and for weeks was in prayer and fasting. He was living in the comfort of the palace but had a passion for the well-being of others. That is one of the evidence of genuine passion.
It expresses itself in one’s compassion for the well-being of others. If you truly want others to be saved, you will be driven towards making that happen. You will be committed and dedicated to seeing that happen. If they remove Christ from your life and my life what remains? You can check what remains.