"Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee."
The end-time Church is a Church of power! It is a ruling and reigning Church.
Friends, you have never seen the kind of power that is about to be displayed in the Church! The enemies of God will be brought under His footstool, and until this is done, Christ will not come.
The Word of God says, "...through the greatness of thy power...", not thy teachings, not thy sermons or religious obligations.
Friends, we might have seen power, but God is now talking about the greatness of His power!
Christianity without power is a frustrated religion!
No matter how religious you are, Pharaoh won’t let you go without a demonstration of God’s power. Your grammar, your education or your money makes no difference.
The kingdom of God is not in words, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of POWER!
It is impossible to triumph without power! The word triumph here simply means a walkover, where your opponent becomes afraid to even enter the ring with you. You become too much for the enemy.
This takes power!
It is very important to know that the Church that will be raptured will be one that is enthroned in power. Not a theoretical Church, but a dominating one, ruling and reigning in the fullness of the power that has been handed over to it.
Hear what Joel says:
"Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand;
A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains; a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations.
A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them."
The world should get ready for a great people, the kind that has not been seen before! A great army, that will spread upon the mountains and take charge!
They will not be aware of what is going on on the earth, rather they shall be gloriously distinguished.
"The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run.
Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array."
Friends, every enemy of yours shall suffer devastation before your presence!
"Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness.
They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks."
If you are a part of this end-time army, you are reckoned with as a mighty man. It is time to stop thinking low of yourself, you are in the end-time army.
"Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded.
They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief."
Your days of being wounded are over! From this hour no more injuries on your life, soul, body or Family; because you are in this end-time army of great power.
"Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the Lord will do great things."
Friends, we are in for great things!
Let’s come out of religion and step into power and authority!
It’s time to walk into your liberty! It’s time to get into your Canaan! Your land flowing with milk and honey is waiting for you.
Get set for encounters with power! Get set for freedom from every form of captivity, through the instrumentality of power.
When God’s power is in place, you’re in charge. When His power is at work in you, you keep reigning!
You are born of power, you can’t afford to die a weakling!
Your future is not certain without His power.
In this book, you are going to have an unforgettable encounter with power.
You are a creature of power, you have to become conscious of power in your walk with God.
Friends, it’s time to walk in power! We are in the greatest outbreak of power in the body of Christ.
The Day Of His Power
"The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.
The Lord shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.
Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth."
In God’s agenda, there is a day called the day of His power—a day when the Church will be reigning and ruling in the midst of her enemies, a time when mortal men will walk like spirits, when men will become spiritual squad missiles on every street, devastating the enemy’s camp!
Friends, that day is here! It is not coming, it has come! You must locate yourself in it.
The agenda of God’s power will be in place before Jesus comes. Power to make His people take charge of affairs! Power that will result in the lifting of His people!
We are in the hay days of power in the Church!
Christianity must not be mistaken for a religion at all! It’s a manifestation of the supernatural.
The kingdom of God is not a kingdom of theology, it’s a kingdom of power! (1 Cor. 4:20).
Friends, guess what is happening?
God is happening!
It’s the power era of the Church! We are out to show the world that we’ve got the answer.
The whole earth is waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God. God has an agenda to make His people take charge of the entire earth.
The day of God’s power is already in session. The enemies of God are now surrendering their arms:
"Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee."
There is a display of power going on right now. Momentum has been gathering from far and near, and it is about to explode!
The Church is taking her rightful position. Christianity now holds absolute attraction! Everybody who is identified with it will become an enviable personality. People of God will no longer be ashamed of anything called the gospel. The highest honour will be to be a Christian.
May your place not be lost in the day of His power!
ALL HIS ENEMIES MUST SUBMIT
Until all the enemies of God surrender their arms, He that will come will not come.
God is fully set for a power outpouring, and this will hasten the coming of the Lord. Jesus will remain seated until His Church takes charge.
I am very persuaded that in my days, native doctors will completely run out of business. Witchcraft will become a thing of shame, and the Ogboni cult will begin to stink!
I am persuaded that until the power of God begins to explode in us, we will not be ready to welcome the King back home.
Friends, the saints of God who have accepted the responsibility of pressing on are entering into God’s power in various degrees. God no longer deals with the crowd, He now deals with individuals.
Luke 16:16 says:
"The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it."
The gates are now open. Every man must begin to press. You have a duty to press into your portion.
Friends, Christianity has no taste without power!
THINGS ARE HAPPENING!
"But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions."
When you see things happening of their own accord, you just know that we are in the days of power.
It is very clear that we are already in the day of God’s power. Testimonies abound, that point to the fact that the Church has entered into the power age.
We keep hearing testimonies, we see it all around us, and many of us have handled it. It is the demonstration of God’s glory!
Friends, things are happening!
There was a meeting I attended, and there came in a man who had only one testis. As soon as this man stepped into the hall, the missing testis was replaced!
Also, one day in our then headquarter church in the North, while the service was on, an Airforce officer brought his friend to church, and decided to stay on to see what was going on. The Holy Ghost got hold of him, and by the time he came back to his senses, he was speaking in tongues! This gentleman was a staunch Muslim!
On getting home, he just burst out again into tongues, and before his wife knew it, she too joined him in speaking in tongues.
This is what power is all about!
In another service also, there was a man who had a withered hand (from an accident at work). While the service was on, an invisible guest walked up to him, grabbed his hand and there and then, the withered hand straightened out, full of life!
In yet another service, there was a woman who had fire burn scars all over her. In the course of the service, somebody walked up to her and said to her, "Embrace me." As she rose to embrace this mysterious guest, all the scars vanished!
Friends, we are not looking for the day of God’s power, it has come! We are face to face with the day of His power. It’s therefore time to take charge!
How shall we rule in the midst of our enemies? It is through the greatness of His power at work in us.
Your enemies will not submit because you wear good dresses, but because the greatness of His power is manifesting through your life.
Darkness has no respect for position, status or possessions. It is time to believe God for a release of His power in your life.
Paul the apostle said in 1 Thessalonians 1:5:
"For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; and ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake."
We’re seeing it already in our days. Jesus said:
"And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues."
A Bible school student from our Owerri (East of Nigeria) campus, arrived home to discover that his uncle had just died.
The first thing he said was, "Can I see him?" He went in and saw the man, whose nostrils had already been stuffed with cotton wool. Immediately, he sent all the mourners out of the room. First, he anointed the dead man. No response! Next, he struck him with his mantle (The consecrated handkerchief) seven times, saying, "The God of Bishop David Oyedepo bring you back to life" And the dead man jerked back to life!
We have heard several other testimonies of the dead being brought back to life, including other manifestations of the reality of God’s power in the Church. Here are some of them:
"HE...CAME BACK TO LIFE!"
"On getting home last Thursday from the Communion service, my mother told me to drive her to her friend’s house, whose husband had just died.
I took my anointing oil along with me.
When we got to the house, the woman’s first daughter came in from Abuja. And immediately she came in, she fainted on seeing her mother. Her mother also fainted!
Immediately, people, including my mum, untied their wrappers and began to use it to fan the two of them. I told my mother that there was no need for all that, that we should hand over everything to Christ.
My mother said, ‘This your Christ, when will you finish from it?’ I was not very strong in the faith, but I believed God will do everything and perfect it.
Something then ministered to me to bring out my bottle of anointing oil. I obeyed and poured a little into the lid of the bottle and poured it into the woman’s nose. Immediately I did that, she began to scream, ‘Pepper, Pepper’. I told her it was no pepper, but the anointing oil, the power of God. I did the same thing to her daughter, who also responded the same way her mother did.
When she got up, she said, ‘But what will we do to daddy?’ I said, ‘Where is daddy?’ Her mother told us that the man suffered from cancer, asthma, and diabetes and that the doctor said he was dead. I said, ‘He is not dead. He’s only sleeping. That’s what we were told in church.’
On getting to the hospital, we met a muslim doctor who said, ‘I’m fasting. Go to wherever you want to go. If you want to go there and wake him up, go and wake him up. We’ve packed him for you.’ I said, ‘You’ve not packed anybody, he’s only sleeping!’
I went in to the dead man and said, ‘There shall be no loss in the Mighty name of Jesus.’
Both the daughter and mother started crying again. So, I sent the mother out of the room.
My mother said, ‘Tosin, you’ve started again.’ I said ‘Yes, I’ve started again, God is in control now!’
The man’s daughter and I began to pray. And after about 10 minutes of prayer, the Holy Spirit told me to pour some of the anointing oil on my palm and rub the man’s whole body with it.
After this, we continued praying, but with my heart I was asking the Spirit for what next to be done. The Holy Spirit again ministered to me to apply some anointing oil on my palm and place my palm on the dead man’s nose. I obeyed, and in less than 10 minutes later, he sneezed thrice, and came back to life! Right now, the muslim doctor is here in church, to give his life to Christ!"
DEAD WOMAN NOW LIVES!
"Last week, my neighbour shouted through out the night. And at about five o’clock in the morning, my driver came to take the bus, to go to work. My neighbours just gripped him and said he should take the woman to the hospital. He then ran back to tell me that a corpse had been put in my bus, that they want him to take it to the hospital.
I immediately jumped up from the bed and by the time I got outside and saw the woman in the bus, I said, ‘I’m a child of God. My bus should not carry a dead body.’
So, I ran back into the house and took my anointing oil and mantle. I told them to open her mouth and I poured in almost the whole content of the bottle into her month. She swallowed it! I also anointed her eyes. I tied the mantle around her neck and immediately, she took a deep breath.
I then told God to revive her. She immediately opened her eyes and began to ask for her husband. I told my driver not to bother to take them to the hospital anymore, and I prayed for her. Here is the woman today."
Eke, J. (Mrs)
THE GOD OF ELIJAH AT WORK!
"Two Sundays ago, after the second service, I was assigned to be on duty outside the main sanctuary.
Two children walked into the church compound crying. They said they needed somebody to follow them home, that something had happened to their father. I asked some of my classmates in the Full–time Bible school to go with them, but they said they didn’t want to go. I then had to go with them.
On the way to their house, I began to ask the Holy Spirit for what was to be done, as I didn’t know what to do when I got there.
I was equipped with my mantle and anointing oil.
When I got to the house, I saw a crowd of people, crying. I was told the man had died even before they sent the children to the church. I said, ‘Wow! is this what I’ve come for?’ I said in my mind that if I had known the true situation, I would have taken somebody along with me.
The professional mourners were already doing their jobs, crying!
I said ‘Praise the Lord!’ Nobody answered me.
I said, ‘Everybody clear off. God has come.’ They all cleared off and opened the door. They said, ‘That is the man. Go inside.’
I went in to the man. I used my mantle, till it tore into pieces. Nothing happened!
I used the anointing oil, no way! A whole bottle of the anointing oil finished, yet no result. I said, ‘God, what do I do!’ I remembered the blood. I also applied the blood. Still no result.
It was like the ceiling should open and I should disappear from there!
I then sat down and said, ‘Holy Spirit, my faith has finished. What do I do now?’
He said, ‘Remember Elijah and the son of the woman of Zarephath? If only you can do what he did. Just lie flat on the man and he will come back to life.’
I looked up and down. I went ahead to remove my jacket and said, ‘Now is the time God. I want to prove that I’m called by you.’
So, I laid flat on the man the first time and his body became warm. I did so the second time and by the third time, I cried and said, ‘Tabitha, come on, rise up,’ and the man came back to life!"
Audu, H. (Miss)
Friends, from now, when you step into a city, every force of darkness must shiver. Why? Because we are in the day of God’s power!
The day of God’s power has come. Thus, salvation has become cheap. People have seen the futility of following the devil and all his dirty evil works.
Many are trooping into the kingdom of God, without any cajoling! Why? We are in the day of God’s power!
It is time to say to failure, "Go!" and it goes; to say to abundance, "Come!", and it comes. It takes power to do this.
Friends, if you will come on this frequency of power, the world will respect you!
The world has never seen the days we are in before! God has loaded it with amazing wonders!
In these days we are in, as time goes on, we will stop hearing anything about the devil in the Church. Because God is pouring out His power into the Church, He is giving the Church what it takes to rule in the midst of her enemies.
The day of His power is here!
Let’s step into power! Let’s come out of religion! Let’s step into authority! It’s our birthright.
God’spower is mighty!
God’s power is superior to every other power!
"We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, what work thou didst in their days, in the times of old.
How thou didst drive out the heathen with thy hand, and plantedst them; how thou didst afflict the people, and cast them out.
For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance, because thou hadst a favour unto them."
Tell the Lord to show you His right hand. His hand and arm will provoke favour on your behalf and bring you into your liberty.
Enemies don’t submit through the greatness of tears! Your liberty is a function of the degree of His power at work in your life.
It is not through the greatness of your religion, theology or doctrines either, but through the greatness of His power. It’s time to crave for His power.
"O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee; my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary,"
Nobody sees His power without a crave for it. We have been blindfolded by religion—everybody keeps waiting for the day God will do something. Yet, 2,000 years ago He said, "It is finished!"
Jesus will not come until the Church is in charge. And we are the generation He will meet.
Heaven is His throne and the earth He has given to the sons of men (Psalm 115:16).
Friends, we are in the hour of power, the kind the world has never seen. You must be a part of it. You can’t afford to be a spectator.
We are living in dangerous days. But victory is sure, as you take hold of the rod of power.
You are born of power, you can’t afford to die a weakling!
POWER FOR WHAT?
"But ye shall receive power..."
"Behold, I give unto you power..."
"But as many as received him, to them gave he power..."
"For the Lord hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation.
This is my rest for ever: here will I dwell..."
Zion is a most unique human gathering!
No other can compare with it! No cult in the entire universe can be compared to it!
No power can compare with the mystery that is loaded in Zion!
In these days of God’s power, there is a purpose for which God is releasing His power upon Zion—the Church of Jesus Christ.
"At the end of every seven years thou shalt make a release...It is called the Lord’s release."
The seventh year is a year of release, and there can be no release without power. Power is the instrument of release.
When it was time for Moses to embark on a release mission to Egypt, power was the only instrument he needed.
"And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice; for they will say, The Lord hath not appeared unto thee.
And the Lord said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod. And he said, Cast it on the ground.
And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it. And the Lord said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail.
And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand."
It is signs that bring about a release. There can be no release without power.
Also in Leviticus 25:4, God promises:
"...the seventh year shall be a sabbath of rest unto the land..."
It is a year that we shall eat of things that grow on their own. The seventh year therefore represents rest, release and freedom from captivity, and this comes through the instrument of power.
"And I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not by a mighty hand.
And I will stretch out my hand, and smite Egypt with all my wonders which I will do in the midst thereof: and after that he will let you go."
God was telling Moses, "No matter your ability, Pharaoh won’t let you go. But I will stretch forth my hand and smite Egypt with wonders."
Friends, all you need is to secure the hand of God upon your life and every Pharaoh and his army will be drowned in the Red Sea!
Watch out! This time around, we are going on a wild demonstration against the powers that be. We are going to show the devil and all his cohorts that a new government is in place!
We are going to deal with this generation of vipers! There will be signs upon signs, till every Pharaoh is drowned in the Red Sea!
The instrument of release placed in the hand of Moses was power. It is time to secure this instrument.
Once it is placed in your hand, every devil will look at you from afar!
In 1977, one cool Easter evening, a friend and I were sitting down together on the grass, having a nice time with the Lord, when one good-looking young man came near us.
As he got to where we were, he screamed, "What have I got to do with you? Have you come to destroy us before the time?" And immediately he finished speaking, he fled into the bush!
We never said a word to him. We were just deep in the spirit. Obviously, the evil force in that young man couldn’t pass by without noticing that there was a higher force around.
I have repeatedly declared, "The witch that will look at me in the face is not yet born! The occultic man that will ever dare me is not alive anywhere!"
"But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the Lord..."
I know it! Nobody who is guessing will shout the way I do.
"And thou shalt take this rod in thine hand, wherewith thou shalt do signs."
This generation will know that we are not playing. Power is the principal requirement for total release.
The time to set you free has come and no devil can do anything about it!
"For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God...
Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God."
The manifestation of the Spirit is our only authentic identity. Jesus said:
"These signs shall follow them that believe..."
Friends, it’s time to sit up like power-hungry people! This is your finest hour to tap unto the things that make things happen!
Your destiny cannot be secure without the hand of God upon it. Acts 10:38 tells us:
"How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him."
Your future is not certain without God’s power at work in you.
When Moses went in his own might to fight for Israel, he became a fugitive (Ex. 2:11-15). Every mission not backed-up by power ends up in frustration. It is only power that can make you enter into the realm of manifestation.
"And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The Lord hath not appeared unto thee.
And the Lord said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod.
And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it.
And the Lord said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand:
That they may believe that the Lord God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee.
And the Lord said furthermore unto him, Put now thine hand into thy bosom. And he put his hand into his bosom: and when he took it out, behold his hand was leprous as snow.
And he said, Put thine hand into thy bosom again. And he put his hand into his bosom again; and plucked it out of his bosom, and, behold, it was turned again as his other flesh.
And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign.
And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe also these two signs, neither hearken unto thy voice, that thou shalt take of the water of the river, and pour it upon the dry land; and the water which thou takest out of the river shall become blood upon the dry land."
A Kenyan top official, who for many years was a Rosicrucian, encountered God through a life-changing experience with our books. And everything he ever had to do with the Rosicrucian order became a thing of the past. This man is today one of the most zealous followers of this ministry.
Power pass power!
Jesus said in Luke 10:19 that the power He is giving you is above every other power that could be called power.
Here is a testimony given by a woman in one of our churches recently:
"On the day the Bishop was laying hands on us, when he was to lay hands on me, I wiped his face with my mantle and then wiped my face with it.
Last Sunday, after the service, I went to visit an in-law who was ill. I didn’t know the bus-stop to alight, but I was sure I would find the place. It was at Ijegun.
When I alighted from the bus, I saw a ‘To-let’ and ‘Daycare’ sign and immediately remembered that one of my younger ones needed a house. I then decided to go and find out about the house.
A man came to me and took me round the house, and told me how much the rooms were going for. When he was to shake my hands, he couldn’t touch me. I noticed a shock-like feeling on my body, like an electric shock. He then pointed to a place, telling me that that was where the caretaker, whom I had to see, was.
Immediately I entered the room he described to me, the door snapped shut!
When I looked round the four-corners of the room, I saw dug holes, filled with blood! I also saw statues, a basin, knives and all sorts of killing tools! I wondered at what I was seeing.
One of the four men dressed in shorts, ready to kill people, said to me, ‘Do you know where your are?’ I said, ‘I don’t know where I am.’ He said, ‘You won’t see the world again. This is your last.’ I said, ‘This is not the end for me. I’m a child of Jesus.’
The man said, ‘What nonsense is this woman saying? I don’t think you know where you are?’ I said, ‘I know where I am. The power of God is with me. I’m a child of Jesus. The death I would have died, Jesus has died in my stead.’
I was with my two daughters; one strapped to my back and the other holding on to my hand. The door was firmly shut behind us and the killers couldn’t come close to us, neither could we go close to them. We all stood at the same spot.
I began to shout, ‘The blood of Jesus, The blood of Jesus.’ The baby strapped to my back joined me in shouting ‘Amen,’ and the other one was shouting, ‘Jesus! Jesus!’
Later, I said, ‘The God of our father David Oyedepo, I’m in difficulty now. If indeed you revealed your power to Bishop Oyedepo, reveal the same power to me now.’
As soon as I said that, I remembered that the Bishop had said we should always go about with our anointing oil.
I brought it out from my bag, along with my mantle, (the same one I had wiped the Bishop’s face with).
I poured some of the anointing oil on my palm, anointed my head and the children’s heads with it and poured some on the door and in the room. My daughter shouted ‘Holy Ghost fire!’ and immediately fire began to burn in front of us, and smoke filled the whole place!
The people couldn’t come to us, we also couldn’t go to them!
The leader of the group said, ‘What strange beings are these that you brought? These ones can’t be used. Open the door for them to go out.’ But the man to open the door said he couldn’t come near us to open the door, because of the burning fire.
I then began to wave the mantle in the air and I threw the remaining oil, together with the bottle, at the door. My daughter again screamed, ‘Holy Ghost fire!’ and the door opened suddenly! And we came out of the room!"
Friends, this power is real! It works!
Occultic forces will lose their market! When the sons of God enter their true realm, the world of darkness will become so cheap to handle.
The whole of creation is waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God.
The hour has come for the sons of men to be converted from serving idols to serving the living God, as the sons of God take their positions in the world of the spirit.
From this time forth, everywhere you find yourself, you will be identified with power from on high! Your manifestation will be undeniable!
THE POWER SOURCES
There are various sources of power ordained of God, for you to anchor your life on. When you do, you will become unbeatable in the conflicts of life.
You are born in power, you cannot afford to die the death of a weakling. The omnipotent God is your Father, you can’t be a symbol of weakness on the earth.
In the next ten chapters, I am going to show you the various sources through which you can contact the power of God.
THE POWER OF THE NEW BIRTH
Power is only available to those who are born of God. Your power connection is traceable to the new birth.
In John 1:12, the Bible says:
"But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name."
You enter into God’s kingdom with a power gift package.
Until you receive Jesus as the Son of God, you don’t have access to the power of God.
You are a child of power. Power is the foundation of your new life in Christ Jesus. Another translation of John 1:12 says God gave them power to manifest as sons of God.
New birth is an initiation into the realm of power. Just as people are initiated into a cult, the new birth initiates you into another world—the world of power.
The day you receive Jesus, you become initiated into the realm of covenant power. It is the day natural life gives way to eternal life. Everything about you becomes new!
Your citizenship changes—you are no more earthly, but now heavenly. You are guarded and surrounded by heavenly immunities, as you walk in earthly places.
You need to know this! Many don’t seem to know. That is why they’re suffering the things they’re suffering. Salvation is not an escape route to heaven, it is a seal of dominion on the earth.
Jesus said to us in Acts 1:8:
"But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth."
And Colossians 1:13 tells us that God has translated us from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of His own dear son.
At new birth, something is fired into you, that changes your status.
New birth is a spiritual initiation into the realm of covenant power!
Romans 11:29 tells us that the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. Whether you know that God gave you power or not, doesn’t change the fact that He did. The power is there! But until you discover it, you can’t benefit from it.
Christ is the wisdom and power of God (1 Cor. 1:24). If Christ dwells in you, then the power of God is resident on your inside.
It is a covenant position that guarantees triumph. Everyone challenged by Goliath in 1 Samuel 17, was a covenant child, but only David knew he was in the covenant. All those men in the army of Israel were probably armed with sophisticated weapons, but they had no insight to their covenant position.
But David came with just a sling and five smooth stones, but his understanding gave him his position.
He had elder brothers who were obviously stronger and taller than he was, but David had an insight they didn’t have. Hosea 4:6 says:
"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge."
Those fellows were all sons of Abraham. Yet they were taunted, threatened and held spell-bound by Goliath!
"And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together...And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath...And he stood and cried unto the armies of Israel...I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together. When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid."
1 Samuel 17:2-11
None could step forward!
But David came with a unique insight. I release this unique insight unto you right now.
"Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield, but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.
This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcasses of the host of Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel."
1 Samuel 17:45-46
Once you are saved, you become a power-loaded personality!
Salvation brings you from the realm of weakness into the realm of power.
"And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus."
To sit together here refers to enthronement. New birth confers on you power to ascend the throne.
"And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power."
It takes power to ascend your throne. Paul the apostle had a very unique insight into the realm of power.
Friends, something is inside you! May you see it today!
It’s time to see that you are seated far above, not near below. This is what Christianity is all about.
Psalm 82:5-7 laments:
"They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.
I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.
But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes."
Because you are now born again, you are seated far above all powers, names and dominion – Ogboni, Eckankar, Freemason, Witchcraft – every name! Whatever carries a name, you are above it. You are above spells, enchantments and poison!
"Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob, neither is there any divination against Israel."
Friends, if you do not have this insight, you will be like David’s elder brothers.
It is time to bring down every Goliath that is harassing your Family, business, position, etc.
It is time to stop sitting down and allowing the enemy to harass you. Go and harass him!
It is time to take giant steps into the world of power!
New birth is not fun! It is no religion. Rather, it represents a change of status, placing you far above all principalities, power and dominion. Far above every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in the demonic world. Whatever carries a name, you’re above it.
If you’re saved, you’re a power-loaded personality. If Christ is there, power is there.
By new birth, you’re connected by covenant to the original source of power. It is a privileged position.
It’s time to take giant steps into the realm of power.
Salvation in Christ is your only way out of destruction.
It is time to be sure you’re no longer an inhabitant of the earth, but an inhabitant of heavenly places. An understanding of your position will help to enhance your triumph. You need to know where you belong.
It is time to understand that you must operate from the heavenly places. Satan is not permitted to prevail in this realm. So, by destiny, all heavenly citizens are more than conquerors!
Dwelling anywhere in the earthly places is dangerous:
"Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time."
Friends, you can’t afford to be ignorant anymore! You can’t afford to be lazy, this is the hour of power!
THE POWER OF THE WORD
"It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life."
John 6: 63
The Word of God is the authentic source of power.
The Spirit here represents power. There is one faith, one God, one baptism and one Spirit. When the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jesus, power came upon him (Luke 4:18).
God’s Word is His Spirit in written form, and when it is absorbed into your spirit, you encounter power.
Psalm 107:20 tells us:
"He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions."
There is enough power in the Word to heal.
"And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them."
God’s power is present in His Word. God’s Word is the carrier of His power.
Jeremiah 23:29 says:
"Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?"
God’s Word is a hammer that will break every hardship in your life into pieces.
A very good illustration of the power in the Word is seen in John 1:1:
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."
If the Word was God, it therefore goes without saying that the Word is omnipotent, as God is All-powerful, and undefeatable!
The Word then became light, the light shone in darkness and darkness could not handle it!
Paul boldly declared in Romans 1:16:
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek."
The gospel carries power!
The Word of God is the Holy Ghost in written form.
"For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one."
1 John 5:7
When you see the Word, you see the Holy Ghost, because they are one. Jesus said, "Whosoever has seen me has seen the Father" (John 8:19)
When you see the Word, you’re beholding the Holy Ghost, in written form. All you need do is to open your heart for the Comforter to come in. When He comes in, He turns you on.
The Word of God is the Holy Ghost on paper. Who told you He can’t dwell anywhere? He was the quickening Spirit inside Elisha’s bones. That was why when the dead man landed in the grave of Elisha, he came back to life! (2 Kings 13:21). So don’t be surprised to hear that He lives inside the pages of the Bible.
The time has come for your value of the Word to change.
A lady was reading one of our books titled Keys to Answered Prayer, in a bus. As she was reading, the Holy Ghost fell on her and she exploded in tongues publicly, right there in the bus! The Holy Ghost inside those pages leapt at her!
Many years ago, Satan attempted to make himself noticed, by recounting to me all the evils he had wrought in my extended Family. For example, sometime ago, one of my relations went to the bathroom to have a bath, and as he leaned on the wall, he was electrocuted!
As Satan was playing mind games with me, suddenly the quickening power of God on my inside was stirred up, and I heard a voice, "There is no power but of God."
As the Spirit of God flooded my soul, I became dangerously rude to the devil! I said to him, "Shut up! I’m in charge here! There is no power but of God."
Nothing is more authentic than what comes directly from the source. If, when anointed men speak something enters into you, how much more when the Most High speaks!
Many have encountered power through the spoken Word in diverse forms–T.V., Audio/Video tapes, etc. People have experienced a baptism of the fresh oil through these means.
God’s power is present in His Word, to act for Him bodily.
Access to the Word
Until you’re born again, you have no access to the Word. And access to the Word is access to power. His Word carries His power.
Unto the children of God only is it given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God. Unto others, they are in parables.
Until you’re born again you don’t have access to the Word. You will hear, but you will not understand.
Remember the story of the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8. He was reading Isaiah 53, but couldn’t understand a thing from it, until Philip came on the scene.
Revelation is not possible without salvation. Until you are saved you don’t have access to the mysteries of the kingdom of God. Inside these mysteries lie your triumph.
Every scripture carries power. All you need is to gain access into them. Once you do, they become your own inheritance.
You Need a Heart
The cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches won’t let the Word of God have an impact on one’s life. Most of what one reads goes no further than the wayside. The birds of the air come along and eat them up!
Many have been taking notes upon notes in church for the past five years! Yet, they’ve never gone over them once! Many have bought tapes, but have never bothered to listen to them!
You need a heart that is fully set for an encounter, to get anything from the Word of God.
My strongest source of strength is the Bible. Every encounter I have had in life can be traced to what drops into my spirit from the Bible.
You have such a bright future, don’t let the devil drive you away from your destiny.
"And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:
That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them."
Thank God you are saved! It is a privilege to be able to gain access into the mystery of the power in the Word of God. Whatever Jesus has given you is an inheritance, and that inheritance will be delivered to you through insights and revelations from the Word of God.
"...I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified."
Your inheritance is in the Word. It is the only place you can locate it.
IT’S BY THE BLOOD
"And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.
And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.
And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints."
Until the Book is opened, weeping continues! It is the Lamb that was slain that opened the Book with His blood. Revelation flows ceaselessly when you approach the Book with the blood.
"And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all;
Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant;
And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly.
Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God.
But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people;
The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing:
Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience."
Only the high priest went into the holiest of all, once every year, not without blood (indicating that the way to the inner room of God was not yet open).
After this came the supreme high priest— Jesus Christ the Son of God, and with His blood, He provided a way in for us all forever.
Without the blood you can’t have access to the holiest of all, where the ark and the golden pot with manna inside are. This is where the rod of Aaron that budded is also.
If you want to secure a good understanding of the covenant, you need to gain access into the holiest of all, and you can only get there by the blood.
There are some revelations that come to you, so much gets into you that you feel as if you are actually eating food! No wonder Jesus told His disciples in John 4:32, that He had food to eat that they didn’t know anything about.
Once you gain access into the holiest of all, you will never scratch to eat again. This is because manna in the golden pot represents unending supplies.
Friends, I got there, I saw the golden pot, and have eaten manna from it!
Your access into the mysteries in the Word is not by intellectualism. It is by the blood of the Lamb. No man was worthy to take the Book. It could only be opened by the blood.
You have been going around in the outer court for long enough. You can’t afford to stay there any longer. It’s time to gain access into the holiest of all—a place where even the lifeless will survive. The rod of Aaron, a dry rod, budded in the holiest of all!
The most hopeless–looking state you may be going through will begin to bud when you gain access into the holiest of all.
End-time battles will be fought by the operation of the manifold wisdom of God. The Church has been programmed to operate manifold insights. We must gain open access into the holiest of all, to be part of this glorious army.
It’s time to look at your Bible and tell yourself that you will gain access into the mysteries therein, by the blood of Jesus. Command the seals around it to be removed, because unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God.
Friends, it’s time for you and I to flow continuously in power!
THE POWER OF HEARTFELT PRAYER
"O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;
To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.
Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee."
Jeremiah 29:13 also says:
"And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart."
You need to seek for power with the whole of your heart. David said, "My soul thirsteth for thee and my flesh longeth for thee..." This is a desire that comes from within.
There was a man called Elijah. Every time he prayed, power was released. What kind of prayer did he pray?
James 5:17 tells us:
"Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months."
It is time to tune in to this frequency. It takes a heart–communication with God for you to encounter power. Elijah prayed earnestly, not loudly!
The Amplified Bible in James 5:16 calls it, "The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man" which "makes tremendous power available" and is "dynamic in its working."
Power is released when you talk to God from your heart.
So many people make so much noise while praying, but their heart is not in it. The woman with the issue of blood said in her heart, "If I may but touch but his clothes, I shall be whole." (Mark 5:28). And as she went ahead and touched Him, she encountered power!
Jesus said, "Somebody touched me, power has gone forth from my body."
It’s time to ask yourself, "What is my heart craving for now?" God will only answer what comes from within.
The day Hannah went to Shiloh, the high priest misunderstood what she was doing. Hannah then said, "I am a woman of a sorrowful heart who is pouring her heart out to God" (I Sam. 1:15). This is what touches heaven. It is the only way you can connect with the power from on high.
The son of the widow of Zarephath died. All Elijah said was, "O Lord my God, I pray thee, let this child's soul come into him again" (1 Kg. 17: 18 - 21). This was a heart-to-heaven communication. You too can get connected now, and your heavens will open and release to you the rain you desire. You have shouted enough! Heart-to-heaven communication in faith is what you need. Proverbs 4:23 says:
"Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life".
It is time for a heart-connection with heaven for a release of power. The time has come for God to hear your voice. Ask the Lord to cause you to see the reality of His power as recorded in His Word. Tell Him you want to experience this power in your everyday life.
The anointing of the Holy Spirit cannot come your way without prayer. Rain will only respond to effectual fervent prayer. This is the only switch that will turn the rain on—the kind of prayer that comes from the heart, not the head.
A thirst that is genuine, established and acknowledged by the Lord, will open you up for the rain.
Zechariah 10:1 says, "Ask of the Lord rain in the time of the latter rain..."
We need the power of God today. It is the answer to all the harassments of the devil (Luke 10:19).
The anointing will only respond to effectual fervent prayers, the kind Elijah prayed on Mount Carmel. This will tame the devil and make every lion around you look like a dog.
You don’t get power by wishing, you get it by praying. Not modern day prayer, but divinely approved ones. The kind you stay on at until the answer comes.
No one picks power by the roadside. Every one that operates in the realm of power today went all-out for it.
Many years ago, I went up to a mountain to pray. The first thing that welcomed me when I got there was a viper, which landed from a tree. I said within me, "Lord I thank you, for this is an indication that this is your garden, because in the garden of Eden, the serpent was present." Rain came and there was nowhere to hide out there on the mountain top. The sun came next, and I was right under its scorching heat!
It was only on the third day that I was released to go home, and the Lord said to me, "Henceforth, I have touched your tongue with a coal of fire. Whatever you declare from now, you will see it." That was the day my tongue was anointed!
Friends, you have to make a move! If you want to taste the sweetness of Christianity, then go all out for the power!
God did not mark you out to be a prayer project. You are a priest and a king, meant to reign on the earth. You were created to present the petitions of others to God, not to become a matter of concern to others, one to be constantly presented to God.
It’s time for a change! You must react to your situation! I am excited about Jesus! Power has given Him undeniable expression in my life!
The gift of power will not come until you stir it up. There’s a power deposit inside you, but it takes prayer to cause it to be released. Prayer is the stirring instrument that causes the release of power.
This is why Jesus always separated Himself a great while before dawn, to seek the face of His Father. He was busy stirring up the gift of God in Him.
Friends, until you begin to seek God’s face in prayer, you won’t have access to manifestation.
If no one reminds you, remind yourself that the gifts of God in you need to be stirred up or you might die without having used it.
Many are, however, loaded, but cannot see the deposits of that virtue in them. They are still sick, battered, beaten and frustrated, while the answer they need is right on their inside.
Until Zion travails, she will not bring forth. (Isaiah 66:7-8). If you don’t want to travail, then you won’t have a child.
Proverbs 18:16 says:
"A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men."
The degree to which the power of God manifests in your life determines the place where God will put you.
The power of God holds your destiny, go and stir it up!
The moment the Church "went to bed", the gift also went to sleep. So God said in Ephesians 5:14:
"Awake thou that sleepest and arise from the dead and Christ shall give thee light."
And in Isaiah 52:1 He also said:
"Awake, awake, put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city..."
You have the gift of power and you have a duty to stir it up. The only way to activate it is to get into prayers. Not once in a while prayers, but consistent prayers.
If Jesus prayed always, then you have no choice. If the Son of God, born of the Holy Ghost, prayed without ceasing, you don’t have an excuse.
It is time to seek the Lord and enforce the release of His power.
After the Lord called me into ministry, for the following twenty-six months, I was praying and seeking His face; warfare prayers, tearing down and building up. I’m glad to let you know that till date, I’ve never needed to borrow, nor lacked what to eat!
Friends, heaven is open! Let’s seek an entrance!
Prayer is the only way to have a genuine taste of the Christian faith. Tell yourself, "It’s time to wake up! A sleeping state is a dead state!"
When you stand in prayer, you stand in vision. Habakkuk 2:1 says:
"I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved."
Vision means divine plan. We all need to walk in divine plan. When you see the word ‘watch’, it also means prayer, in the original text. Habakkuk is saying here, "I will stand in prayer and pray, to see what the Lord will say to me."
God’s Word says in Jeremiah 33:3:
"Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not."
We can’t afford to walk by sight anymore. We must walk by faith, and to walk by faith, we must have a vision. To have a vision, we must pray.
When you begin to respond in prayer to every challenge of life, you’re on your way to the top.
Jesus prayed all night to select His twelve disciples! The people around you cannot be selected by interviews, they must be selected in prayer.
"And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.
And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears."
You have the Spirit that makes men of quick understanding right inside you, you don’t have the right to be dull! The gift that God has given you is to put you on top. You are too smart to fail!
Businessmen, you need more insight than paperwork, and this will come through the Holy Spirit, as you stand in prayers.
We must not get carried away with the funfair of the charismatic movement. It is the ‘spiritfair’ we need—the exercise of the spiritman in prayers.
The profession you’re in today is not as important as your connection with God. The only thing that can’t fail is Jesus. Until you’re grounded and established in Him, the struggle continues.
A time came when the apostles were downcast—they had been beaten and assaulted. So they went back to their own company to report. As they reported the matter, the immediate response was prayer, not discussion!
"And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness."
The rain fell!
Acts 4:33 goes on to say:
"And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all."
Friends, it is time to pray the same kind of earth–shaking prayer they prayed.
Prayer is a spiritual adventure, we need the help of the Spirit to excel in it. You can’t excel in prayer through the energy of the flesh. That was why Jesus said to His disciples in Matthew 26:41:
"...the Spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."
We need a reinforcement for the flesh to engage in effectual prayer. Romans 8:26 says:
"Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered."
There is a force that helps our weaknesses, so we can effectively engage in prayer. Receive that Spirit right now, in Jesus name!
It is the Spirit that quickens your mortal body to approach God in sincerity and truth.
I release the Spirit of grace and supplication upon you right now! It will carry you along until your answers come and make you stand in prayer so as to reflect the glory of God.
When Jesus prayed, He was transfigured. That is, He was changed! We need that kind of unction.
When Elijah prayed, he knew the rain must come, and he refused to stand up from his posture of prayer, until it came (1 Kings 18:41-46).
Friends, we need a transfigurating unction in prayer! The type that changes the countenance of a man.
The Church has been sent to help the world. The entire world is waiting for us. This is why God is revealing to us now the things we need to know to accomplish this task.
God has not given you the spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind (2 Tim. 1:7). Receive the grace to stir up that gift right now!
Friends, there is a connection that reflects! Nothing works on its own, everything is made to work by some force. So, put the right force to work.
THE POWER OF THE NAME OF JESUS
"The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe."
The name of Jesus is another power source that is unbeatable in the conflicts of life. This is a name that reigns wherever the sun shines and at the mention of it, every knee bows – things on earth, things underneath the earth, and things in heaven!
By divine providence, every tongue agrees to the Lordship of that name also.
It is this same name that Peter called upon and the cripple at the Beautiful gate rose up. Peter said:
"Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk."
At the mention of that name, there was an explosion of power, and a man crippled from birth, rose up and began to leap and jump!
The name of Jesus is a strong tower—an institution of power. Once you invoke that name in faith, a strong tower is erected round about you.
The name of Jesus is not a title, it is a possession. Peter said, "Such as I have", not "Such as I had."
You need to be possessed with that name. You must know you have it.
When all the people saw the lame man healed, they ran together towards him, Peter and John. When Peter saw this, he said to them:
"Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?
The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his son Jesus; whom ye delivered up and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go.
But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you;
And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.
And his name, through faith in his name, hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all."
"And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power, or by what name, have you done this?"
The name of Jesus gets things done. It is not a religious accolade.
After that miracle, the name of Jesus took over the city! It got the rulers troubled:
"Saying, What shall we do to these men"
From now on, the name of Jesus will take over in your own life too!
The name of Jesus became a strong tower in Jerusalem. Councils began to meet on the name.
At any power meeting you attend, you will discover that the greatest word you hear is the name of Jesus. This name has inbuilt power!
In Mark 16:17: Jesus said:
"And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues."
All that believe have the right to use that name.
"And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word.
By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus."
The name of Jesus is a reservoir of signs and wonders. Once it is invoked in faith, signs and wonders are unleashed.
In Exodus, God said He will smite Egypt with wonders. There cannot be any release without wonders.
"Because of the savour of thy good ointments thy name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love thee."
Songs of Solomon 1:3
When the name of Jesus is invoked in faith, anointing goes forth—just like when you spray a room with insecticide. This name is poisonous to every work of the devil, the wicked just have to bow to the power it carries.
There are situations in which you find yourself, where you cannot easily carry the Bible or any book, to encounter the Word of God; where there is no time to pray, and no one around to lay hands on you, nor a chance for you to carry a bottle of oil or your mantle. Yet you need liberty, you need freedom.
In such situations, you need to remember that you carry a name that is loaded with the unction required for your rescue—the emergency escape route—the name of Jesus! With that name, every Goliath will come down!
There is an anointing in that name that destroys yokes, divides the flames of fire and silences death! That is why the Bible says:
"At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
Every time you are confronted with a challenge and you look at it with the eye of faith, and from the depth of your heart you release that name in faith, that opposition must bow!
The name of Jesus answers to challenges and brings every opposition down.
THE POWER OF THE BLOOD
The blood of Jesus represents our stronghold in the covenant. When your understanding of the blood becomes deep, you become unstoppable and unmolestable.
"Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.
And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the heathen; and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth.
As for thee also, by the blood of thy covenant I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water.
Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope; even today do I declare that I will render double unto thee;
When I have bent Judah for me, filled the bow with Ephraim, and raised up thy sons, O Zion, against thy sons, O Greece, and made thee as the sword of a mighty man."
The blood of the covenant is the sword of a mighty man. When you take cover in the blood, because the life of the flesh is in the blood, the Lord shall be seen over you.
"...his arrows shall go forth as the lightning: and the Lord God shall blow the trumpet, and shall go with whirlwinds of the south.
The Lord of hosts shall defend them; and they shall devour, and subdue with sling stones; and they shall drink, and make a noise as through wine; and they shall be filled like bowls, and as the corners of the altar."
The blood of the covenant exempts you from molestations, shame and reproach.
There is something in the blood! It wraps you up with power!
"...and they shall devour, and subdue with sling stones; and they shall drink, and make a noise as through wine; and they shall be filled like bowls, and as the corners of the altar.
And the Lord their God shall save them in that day as the flock of his people: for they shall be as the stones of a crown, lifted up as an ensign upon his land.
For how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty! corn shall make the young men cheerful, and new wine the maids."
This is the powerful mystery behind the blood.
The blood is not a theological assertion, nor is it a church doctrine. It is the covenant stronghold of the saints.
The devil’s last card is death. And death can’t cross the bloodline!
Friends, it’s time to come under the canopy of the blood.
Every occultic sect has blood connections. But whatever is from above is above all. No man born of a woman can be compared to Christ in any form.
If there is any blood covenant that initiates people into any occultic sect, there is none that can be compared to the one that connects us to heaven.
As long as you are under this blood cover, you remain inpenetrable and inaccessible, because the God of the blood will be seen over you, and His arrows shall go forth as lighting on your behalf.
Theologians tell us that the blood is just to cleanse our sins. But I can see someone riding on a colt in the scriptures, and the blood He shed is referred to as the blood of our covenant! I can also see the efficacy of this blood. It’s time to walk in it!
See your covering and dignity in it, for you are wrapped up in the blood of Jesus.
When the blood came, it delivered to men power, wisdom, strength, honour, riches, glory and blessings. (Rev. 5:9-12).
Jesus came to take all power from the devil and give it back to us. All this represents dominion.
Shame has come to an end in your life! Whatever is contrary to honour, glory, wisdom, or strength, has ended, in Jesus name!
Triumph is impossible without the blood. Who is he that overcometh the world? The one that will put witches to shame and humiliate the Ogboni cult?
It is he that will believe that Jesus is the Son of God—the One that made the Word and the blood available to you.
Your faith in the Word and in the blood, makes you an overcomer that cannot be stopped.
From now on, begin to use this blood for triumph in the conflicts of life.
In heavenly places, the blood is a missile. It will always hit the target. Once it is invoked in faith, "The blood of Jesus!", by any heavenly citizen, it just must work. This is God’s plan for heavenly citizens. Satan is not permitted to prevail in this realm (Rev. 12:8). So by destiny, all heavenly citizens are more than conquerors!
THE POWER OF TESTIMONIES
"And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death."
The blood and testimonies are your instruments for triumph. The blood of Jesus still answers to the challenges of life today.
The time has come for you to manifest the glory of God. Stop talking about trials, talk testimonies! Isaiah 8:20 says:
"To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them."
There is so much power in testimonies. They eradicate trials.
Locate relevant testimonies, wrap them up in blood missiles, and begin to shoot them at your targets!
David shot testimony arrows at Goliath and collected his head! (1 Sam. 17:37) The time has come for you to collect the head of all your Goliaths.
In heaven, there are two powerful weapons people use: the blood and testimonies. These are two overcoming forces that causes the saints to be more than conquerors on the earth.
Every time heavenly citizens invoke the blood, God’s presence is released. Once you begin to invoke the blood, the arrows of God go into operation, and you become an ensign in the land.
As a heavenly citizen, as long as you have the blood in your right hand, and testimonies in the left, no devil can prevail against you.
Watch it though! If you are not genuinely born again, the blood of Jesus will backfire against you!
Religion only leads to devastation and destruction! But Christianity holds a destiny of sweatless triumph!
You must dwell in the heavenly places and become an ambassador for Christ – a city set on a hill that cannot be hid.
Friends, we are amongst the most armed saints in the world! Some of these mysteries are not known by kings and princes. But God in His infinite mercy, has handed them over to us.
Because of this, we have been privileged to see many dead come back to life, many homes restored, and shattered lives re-moulded.
Heavenly citizens fight with the blood and shoot arrows of testimonies.
With the blood and testimonies, you’re on your way to the top. Once these two forces are in place, no devil can prevail against you.
Friends, you’re fully armed! So go forward!
THE GIVING POWER
There is a force that enables you to manifest in a new realm.
"But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day."
There is power to get wealth. It is a product of the giving power!
Jesus told us in John 10:17:
"Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again."
Friends, power to lay down is what provokes power to receive!
But there is yet the power that enables you to lay things down. It is the giving power!
It is the secret behind the power to get wealth.
Until the power to lay things down begins to work in your life, the power to receive will not go into motion.
There is nothing called rain in the atmosphere. The moisture that evaporates from the earth is what forms rain.
The reason you have a lot of rainfall along the coast is because there is a continuous evaporation from the sea. Once moisture gets to a particular height, it condenses, and as soon as the atmosphere can no longer hold it, it falls down as rain. Rainfall is a product of evaporation.
If nothing goes up from you, don’t expect anything to come down to you. When the power to lay down comes, you no longer feel the pinch of sacrifice. This is the force behind plenty.
"Therefore, as ye abound in everything, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also."
2 Corinthians 8:7
"Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia;
How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their librality.
For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves;
Praying us with much entreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints.
And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their ownselves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.
Insomuch that we desired Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also finish in you the same grace also.
For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich."
2 Corinthians 8:1-6, 9
Friends, there is a grace available to each and everyone of us, that makes laying down what we have cheap and sweatless. This was the grace upon the Macedonian Church. It provides an open access into the realm of glorious riches for you.
Even in the midst of trials, this grace could not be subdued in them.
Somebody once asked me, "Between the time you give and the time you receive, what do you do?" I replied, "This is the first time I will ever give that a thought!"
Ecclesiastes 11:3 says:
"If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth..."
Once your cloud is full, your rain will fall. No devil can stop it!
Some Christians never get to experience their rainfall until their journey on earth is over. Why? The power to lay down is not at work in their lives. Giving power always preceeds receiving power.
He that gives sparingly, will receive sparingly. And he that gives bountifully will receive bountifully (2 Cor. 9:6). This is heaven’s commandment.
Givers are winners and rulers!
Once you’re a giver, God prunes you, so you can bear more fruit and do away with all the parasites called fever, headache, etc.
"Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit."
God cuts off every trouble that disturbs and makes life uncomfortable for people, so that they can bear more fruit.
You will never come across a Christian who enjoys plenty, that doesn’t have plenty of power to lay down.
Moisture does not need to be prayed for before it becomes rain. As long as it is enough, it condenses and comes down as rain.
David gave with all his might and experienced a deluge of rain.
Solomon gave a thousand burnt offerings and the heavens opened for him.
Abraham gave and gave, until he gave to one man that had no descendant Melchizedek, the Jesus of the Old Testament.
God gave and gave, until He gave His only Son.
So many in ministry are looking for power to receive, but they have not yet received power to lay down. They go from North pole to South pole,—they even canvass for preaching engagements, literarily begging to be invited to preach.
Friends, remember that it is the blessing of the Lord that maketh rich, and that by strength shall no man prevail.
There are some fellows today, who once they lay their hands on some big money, begin to negotiate their tithe.
Until Solomon built the house of the Lord, he couldn’t build his own house.
If you do what God has commanded you to do, you will stop going around in circles.
From now on, with joy and gladness, you will be more than willing to give to God and the suffering world, in Jesus precious name!
THE GOSPEL POWER
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek."
One of the most hidden sources of power is the gospel!
"But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth."
Everyone that is baptised in the Holy Ghost has been ordained a preacher. You don’t have to be a pastor or an evangelist.
Until you become a proclaimer of the gospel, you have not yet arrived in the power realm. You are initiated into this realm when you are baptised in the Holy Ghost, but you walk in its inherent power by proclaiming the gospel.
Once you become a carrier of the gospel, you become a mysterious explosive among men!
Friends, you have come to the brink of your supernatural harvest. While you are busy harvesting souls for Christ, you are building yourself up in the realm of power.
Once you’re baptised in the Holy Ghost, God expects you to be a solution provider. From that moment, you become licensed to bring people out of hell into heaven.
This is part of the whole armour of God.
Ephesians 6:15 says:
"And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace."
Everyone that will tread upon serpents and scorpions must be a carrier of the gospel. As a born-again Christian, it is your duty to tell somebody else about your God.
"And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world."
These are the days of the sons of God. For every seemingly simple question anyone asks you, give him a gospel answer. Everyone you give a lift, give also the gospel. Every relation you are writing, write him or her the gospel!
Enter into a covenant with God that no week will pass by without somebody being pulled out of hell by your hands.
Someone is complaining he has a headache, call him and tell him, "Jesus can heal you right now."
Next, ask him, "Do you want to be healed?" There is nobody in trouble who is not looking for a solution.
Friends, the gospel is power! Market it with all confidence!
Hebrews 4:12 tells us:
"For the word of God is quick, and powerful..."
Proclaiming God’s Word is the cheapest way to power!
Stop roaming about frustrated! If you’re not a proclaimer of the gospel, nobody will know you’re alive.
The gospel is the power of God that initiates you into the ultimate realm of power.
It’s time to get on the streets and tell the whole world we’ve got the answer!
The gospel is a priceless commodity. Go and sell it!
The world is suffering and dying, don’t keep all the food to yourself and watch her starve to death! It’s time to present the gospel to all and sundry. It is the answer to the needs of mankind.
To everyone that won’t bother to do things God’s way, the earth will burn like an oven! (Mal. 4:1). You have a responsibility to teach such a person the way out of financial predicament. For example, share testimonies with him, and he will follow you to your God!
Economies are dying! Systems are decaying! But God is alive! Teach them the way out.
Friends, it’s time to stand out and tell the world we are not in a cult, but in the light, so we can impart life to them.
In the day of God’s power, His people shall be willing. This is the power era of the Church. It is time to enter into the ark of power, by proclaiming the gospel.
Proclaiming the gospel is the cheapest way to walk in power. God is always ready to back up His Word.
"...open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it. But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me."
They were too civilized!
Once you are not ashamed of God, He will not be ashamed of you. Jesus said so in Mark 8:34-38:
"And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.
For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words, in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels."
I lived my early years in the ministry in the north of Nigeria, preaching this gospel of power. I was never humiliated by any devil once! Nobody ever attempted to cast a stone at me.
Friends, the gospel dignifies life!
I told the muslims who dared, openly, that if anything touched our church, I was going to pull down all mosques by the words of my mouth!
It’s time to open your mouth and build up your power level, by proclaiming the gospel.
When your neighbour is suffering, he should be able to find a solution to his needs from you.
Luke 5:17 says concerning Jesus:
"...as he was teaching...the power of the Lord was present to heal them."
In October 1983, I had to go and see a boy, who had been suffering from sickle cell anaemia. I prepared seven powerful scriptures to take along with me. And as I got there, I dished them out. And the boy was healed of that plague!
The time has come for us to walk in the realm of power, to such a level that when we walk into any hospital, the sick will begin to rise up from their beds of their own accord!
A lot of Christians think they can acquire power by crying. No! Ephesians 6:15 has told us, "And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace"
When you go about proclaiming the gospel, you find yourself walking about with supernatural shoes on, with which you tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, without any hurt (Luke. 10:19)!
Gospel proclaimers are always heavily protected. They are also heavily defended, because they have supernatural shoes on.
Friends, the power is in your feet!
You can’t walk in power until you walk about proclaiming the gospel.
The world around us is wallowing in problems, only divine instructions will bring about divine deliverances.
When you come across people who complain about the economy, tell them, "We are free from financial embarrassment in our church."
When they ask you "How?" Tell them what Malachi 3:10-12 says. Go on and tell them, "Only the Church will smile in these end-times."
When they ask you what to do, show them Isaiah 2:2. Let them know that no matter how much the wicked struggles, the era of the Church has come! Then you can go ahead and lead such a person to Christ.
Friends, the world is suffering! But we carry the answers.
It is a privilege to carry food to the hungry, to bring light to those who are seated in darkness, while we enjoy divine immunity and security in God!
There is no other answer to man’s questions anywhere else. You have the best of God’s goods at your disposal, go and sell them as a sure marketer.
Outside the gospel, humanity has no hope! We have the answer, and the world is full of questions! It’s time to dish out solutions.
The hour has come for you to be glorified. You can’t continue to sit down like men who don’t have the answer. The time has come for you to go and tell the whole world you’ve got the answer.
The whole creature is groaning and waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God. We are those sons! Our hour of manifestation is here!
The moment you’re able to grasp this truth, you will make use of the opportunities that come your way daily, to preach the gospel.
Everybody is wondering what tomorrow has in stock. It’s up to us to show them what the future holds. It’s time to proclaim the gospel and walk in power!
As you go about declaring testimonies and proclaiming the gospel, you are shattering the kingdom of darkness!
THE POWER OF THE TONGUE
"Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof."
There is power built into your tongue. According to the scriptures above, your tongue can kill you, bring you down or destroy the works of your hands. The Lord once spoke to me saying, "Warn my people against self-inflicted curses!"
Beware of self inflicted curses!
Many Christians are under plagues today by their own making. There are many ministries today whose destinies have been thrown to the dogs, as a result of the kind of things their ministers say. Such ministers climb the pulpit and all they do is tear down another ministry. Consequently, and gradually, they begin to go down, and they descend until nobody recognises them anymore!
Beware of self-inflicted curses!
The day of God’s power is a day of great caution. In the day of God’s power, there will be so much triumph, while there will equally be so many casualties. We need to be cautious.
Many destinies have been ruined through the wrong use of the tongue.
Beware, the tongue is a killer and an instant destroyer. Don’t let your tongue inflict plagues on your life.
Miriam’s leprosy was a curse from God. It was self-inflicted, because her mouth "leaked"!
Noah’s son, Ham, saw his father’s nakedness and told it to his brethren. His father looked at him and said, "A servant of servants shall you be." (Noah repeated this twice. Genesis 9:20-27)
May your tongue speak life henceforth!
In the day of God’s power, we will experience mighty victories, but many shall end up as victims, due to their carelessness and lack of understanding.
Friends, it’s time to walk straight as we enter into the day of His power.
Anywhere you see God raising the dead, it means He is also killing the living. The day of His power is also characterised by the day of vengeance!
We are in the day of God’s power, I pray that your portion in it shall not go to any other man.
May you be on the winning side forever!
THE DOUBLE BARREL POWER!
Your tongue has power built into it.
The gospel on the other hand is the power of God unto salvation.
So, once you begin to speak God’s Word, you are releasing double power!
Your tongue has been designed to emit power.
It carries inbuilt power. So when you preach the gospel, you become a double-barrel power personality!
When you put the gospel on your tongue, the power of God mixes with the power of the tongue, and you become an explosive among men!
Closed–mouthed Christians are losers!
If you’re ashamed of the gospel, you’ll become trash on the earth.
Friends, the gospel is power! It’s impossible to walk in power without being a proclaimer of the gospel.
If you’re not a proclaimer of the truth, nobody will know you are alive!
Wherever the gospel is proclaimed, God is standing by to confirm His Word.
We are in the power era of the Church, proclaiming the gospel is the cheapest way to walk in power.
Close–mouthed Christians will remain eternal victims!
It’s time to make full use of the power of God available to us. Stand up, and make the devil know he doesn’t have a hold on those lives.
This is how to walk in power!
As you go about proclaiming the gospel, you’re building up your power level.
Friends, the power era is a proclamation era. The Bible says the disciples went and preached everywhere and God was working with them, confirming the Word with signs following.
What were they doing? They were simply speaking.
You won’t become acclaimed until you proclaim the Word. Proclaimers of the gospel become acclaimed personalities.
Acts 14:3 says:
"Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands."
These disciples were speaking boldly.
You are a power bomb! Once you open yourself up, power will explode inside you. All you need to do is let go of every shame. Those who reproach you today will join in singing your praise tomorrow. It is automatic!
Proclaiming the gospel makes you a man to be feared. God has nothing to confirm until man declares something. Isaiah 44:26 says:
"That confirmeth the word of his servant, and performeth the counsel of his messengers."
The cheapest way to walk in power is to be a consistent, energetic, non-relenting proclaimer of the gospel. Let it become your daily language and your lifestyle. God has nothing to work on (on your behalf) until you make declarations in faith.
Whatsoever you say is what will work for you.
You need to mind what you say. But as you say the gospel, you release double-barrel power, as the power in the tongue mixes with the power in the gospel.
THE BENEFITS OF PREACHING THE GOSPEL
Signs By Your Hands
"And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues."
Once you are on the go, the name of Jesus will begin to produce results for you. Your duty is just to go out and preach, God is the Lord of the harvest.
Signs follow people, they don’t just drop on them. And until you are on the go, you won’t see them.
Signs and sigh are two words that may sound similar. As you go through your journey in life, you will either see signs or you will find yourself sighing.
The psalmist said, "Lift up your heads..." (Ps. 24:7). As long as you continue to look downwards, you remain on the floor.
It is time to look to the fields, for they are white and ready for harvest (John 4:35).
Everybody is looking for a way of escape. It is indeed a great privilege that you have already escaped. As you go forth, you become a miracle worker.
An average citizen in any country now has so many things to complain about. But for us, this is our greatest hour of opportunity.
Jesus didn’t experience the first miracle in His ministry while sitting in His house. No! He was on the move, and He manifested His glory in Cana of Galilee.
One of the greatest benefits you enjoy therefore, as you go around lifting people out of their problems, is the manifestation of signs by your hands.
"And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following."
When people tell you, "Nothing is working!" Tell them, "Things are working for me. They are working for God’s people. We have come to the Church age, and all the proud will pay for their pride. We are in dangerous days for the sinners, but glorious days for the saints."
As you go about saying such things, you are simply provoking heaven to respond to you. God will step in and tell you, "Yes my son, you are talking right, and I am right here on the spot to confirm my Word."
In one of the banks in town, a member of the staff passed out. Everybody was running helter skelter, but one of our church members stood up, grabbed her bottle of anointing oil, anointed the woman and commanded her to come back to life. And immediately, she responded and regained consciousness, asking to know what had happened to her.
Another member’s house was on fire. He and his Family did all they could to put out the fire. Nothing worked! Finally, this man took the anointing oil and splashed it into the flames. And instantly, the fire that consumes fire took control, and the situation returned to normal!
The Word of God is a consuming fire! Signs always follow those who preach the Word.
There is always a Word solution to every human crisis. From this moment on, may you become a solution–provider in Jesus name! Wherever you turn from now on, human beings will stop weeping!
It is time to go out and teach the world all things. Teach them the mystery of feet-washing, the mystery behind the anointing oil, the mystery of giving, and what the holy communion really stands for. Don’t be ashamed to teach them, they’re looking for answers to their questions.
If your life is void of signs and wonders, it is because you are not on the move, proclaiming the gospel.
We are in the day of God’s power. Even if you don’t seem to remember anything else, share your own testimonies. Let others know it is great to be saved.
The hour has come for you to manifest God’s glory. Until you make a move, signs will not begin to follow you. Signs are for men on motion. If you’re not on the move, you won’t see them. You can’t sit at a place and expect signs to follow you.
Start teaching, preaching and giving people gospel solutions to their afflictions, and signs will just keep following you.
You won’t become a miracle worker until you become a gospel preacher.
You Enjoy God's Presence
"And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following."
When you become a carrier of the gospel, a seal of God is placed upon your life. His presence is compelled to follow you, and if God be for you, who can be against you?
"And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost:
Teaching them to observe all thing whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world."
Here we see the blessing that comes with sharing the gospel. Romans 8:31 tells us, "If God be for us, who can be against us?"
God is with the preacher of the gospel always.
What happens when God is with you?
Obstacles give way to miracles. Psalm 114 recounts:
"When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language;
Judah was his sanctuary, and Israel his dominion.
The sea saw it, and fled: Jordan was driven back.
The mountains skipped like rams, and the little hills like lambs.
What ailed thee, O thou sea, that thou fleddest? thou Jordan, that thou wast driven back?"
When God is with you, obstacles give way to you. You tread upon serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
If you are not a gospel bearer, you are running a risk. One great thing sharing the gospel does for you is that it guarantees God’s presence. Once you become a gospel bearer, you become a God–carrier.
You can’t enjoy the fullness of God’s blessings without carrying the gospel. God’s presence is more than enough to keep you afloat. Not just His presence, but His presence working with signs following.
Every time you speak God’s Word, He’s on the spot to watch over it and see that signs follow.
Friends, it’s time to go about fully armed. Bearing the gospel is spiritual armoury.
You are either gospelling or gossiping.
God’s presence is not automatic. It only follows those who carry the gospel.
The time has come for you to desire an encounter with God. Tell yourself you will never waste any opportunity that comes your way to preach the gospel again. Such opportunities should make you glad.
It is a great privilege, and a manifestation of God’s wisdom, to preach the gospel.
Remember that in the presence of God is fullness of joy and at His right hand are pleasures for evermore (Psalm 16:11).
The time has come for all your pains to give way to pleasures, your sorrows to give way to fullness of joy. All these will come your way as you carry the gospel to a dying world.
Preaching the gospel guarantees God’s presence anytime, anyday!
Israel’s triumph was a proof of God’s presence. They saw signs in Egypt, but to cross over the Red Sea, they needed His presence. Once the sea saw the presence of God with them, it fled! (Ps. 114:3).
From now on, as you carry His presence, the earth will tremble before you, and no force in hell will be able to stop your destiny from being fulfilled!
You Earn Wages
"...he that reapeth receiveth wages..."
Many of us have been giving to receive. There is another way we can earn wages. It is by proclaiming the gospel. As you rescue a soul from death, you will receive your wages from heaven. The Bible says:
"What shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul?"
To God, one soul has more value than all the resources of the world put together. The value of a job is what determines how much you pay the one who does it.
Let’s go out and tell the world that Jesus makes the difference in any life, that He’s the reason we are smiling!
As people tell you all manner of trials they are going through, you must in turn tell them all manner of truth. They need to know, to be able to escape.
Everyone that comes to you, complaining about what is going on in his life, is looking for an answer. Present him with one. Tell him about testimonies all around. Tell him Jesus is the reason you’re smiling, and His blood is the secret of your liberty. As you do so, you are rescuing a soul from death and increasing your heavenly account.
It Guarantees Protection And Defence
"And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness, as the stars for ever and ever."
It is wisdom to proclaim the gospel and see others plucked out of the fire, rescued from death and brought out of the dungeon.
It is not only wisdom to proclaim the gospel and lead many to Christ, by providing answers to the questions of suffering humanity. More than that, it guarantees you heaven’s protection and defence.
The gospel is goodnews. So everyone that goes about proclaiming it is doing a good thing.
1 Peter 3:13 asks, "And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?"
Proclaiming the gospel guarantees your protection. When you make it a habit to proclaim God’s Word, you will be able to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. (Luke 10:19).
If you make it a lifestyle to get others out of trouble, you will never be in trouble yourself. If you rescue others from death, you will not die!
Remember the story of Mordecai and Haman in the book of Esther? There was a plot to kill king Ahasuerus, but Mordecai was aware and leaked the plot.
When Haman, through envy and bitterness, had concluded his plan to kill Mordecai, it was suddenly remembered that a man was responsible for keeping the king alive.
That same night, the God of seed-time and harvest came on the scene, and Mordecai was delivered! Haman was hung on the same gallows he had prepared for Mordecai!
We serve a God of seed-time and harvest. If you are the reason for the joy of somebody else, you will never become a victim of sorrow. If you’re responsible for somebody’s feeding, you’ll never become a beggar on the earth.
Matthew 6:33 says:
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."
What is the kingdom of God in this context? It is simply people coming to Christ. Every part you play in drawing people into the kingdom is an investment that will bring you out of affliction.
You Enjoy Sound Health
"Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit."
Another major benefit of preaching the gospel is that you enjoy sound health. Once you are a proclaimer of the truth, you are entitled to automatic divine health.
The man of God Kenneth E. Hagin, said that for 63 years he has never had as much as a headache! And he is now over 80 years old, and is still able to conduct preaching meetings of three services a day!
Every proclaimer of the gospel automatically lives a healthy life. "He that beareth fruit I will prune." God is simply saying here, "I will make you healthy, so you can bear more fruit."
Lester Sumrall said, "I am 83 years old and perfectly healthy. I use no medication of any sort."
You can’t be a part of the solution to men’s problems and remain a problem yourself.
Let’s stop looking at the dying world, but rescue them from destruction. It’s time to pull people out of the paws of the lion.
I used to be sickly as a young lad. I was no better than a weakling. But today, I am as strong as a lion! Even when I don’t feel like working, I just find myself doing something. It is a privilege to be a workman for Jesus. Everyday we see somebody healed, delivered and pulled out of hell.
God has assured you that as long as you are part of people’s freedom, He will never watch you remain in any form of bondage.
THE HOLY GHOST POWER
"But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you..."
This is what it takes to reign. That was why Jesus said to His disciples:
"...but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high."
And in Acts chapter 2, power came down in the form of the Holy Ghost:
"And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them
And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance."
When you receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost, you receive a baptism of power. You are thus born into power, and baptised into power. There is no reason therefore for you to live a defeated life.
When you enter into the power region, you become a power-packed creature. You are backed up from heaven with the power of God. This power is not just an emblem, it is an instrument of triumph. (Luke 10:19). You can’t have triumph without power. NO!
IT IS IN LEVELS
The power of God manifests in various degrees in people’s lives. Some are just saved and enjoying the well level. Others are filled with the Holy Ghost and are at the river level. While yet others are pressing into the anointing of the Holy Ghost and are enjoying the rain of the Holy Ghost.
When you get born again, you operate from a spiritual dimension that could be likened to a well of water.
Jesus told the Samaritan woman in John 4:14:
"But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life."
The water here represents the Holy Spirit. In John 7:38-39, Jesus, speaking on the day of the feast said:
"He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)"
Jesus was speaking here of the baptism in the Holy Ghost.
At salvation, the Holy Spirit is in you at a well of water level.
At baptism, it graduates to a river level. You cannot compare a river to a well. A river can generate hydroelectricity, provide you with an irrigation system, and you can also fish in it.
A well can’t produce all these for you. It is highly subject to climatic conditions. If the condition gets too harsh, the water dries up!
But whatever condition that will dry up all the water in a river, will make life almost impossible in such an environment.
When a man or woman is not filled with the Holy Ghost he or she lacks the resistance required to ward off all attacks of the enemy.
But the river level is not the end. God’s Word gives us an understanding of yet another dimension of power, likened to rain.
"Ask ye of the Lord rain in the time of the latter rain; so the Lord shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field."
In Acts 4, the apostles were praying, and the Bible records that where they were praying shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost.
This is not the river dimension of power, it is the rain! The only way to fill up a river is by a rainfall.
We can therefore see the Holy Ghost clearly in three dimensions:
· The well of water level (at salvation)
· The river level (at Holy Ghost baptism)
· The rain level (which is what we also refer to as the anointing).
Even if you are not baptised in the Holy Spirit and you attend an anointing service, you will find yourself feeling refreshed. You must not mistake this for the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
When rain falls, both the well and the river are equally replenished, but a well will never become a river because rain fell.
In hydroelectricity supply, you will find out that when the water level is low, the power supply is also reduced and power is therefore rationed.
The amount of water in your river determines the amount of power you will generate as a believer. You must understand that these things don’t just happen, they are made to happen.
For you to enter into the well water level of power, you need to consciously repent and be born again. This is what will establish your well of water.
For you to be baptised in the Holy Spirit, you need to believe. Prayer won’t do it.
Jesus said: "He that believeth on me, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water." (John 7:38)
This is the reason Cornelius’ Family didn’t have time to pray before the Holy Ghost fell upon them. As they heard the Word, they believed it and were instantly baptised (Acts 10:44-45).
As for the rain level, which is the anointing of the Holy Spirit, you cannot enter into it without prayer.
Many might be telling themselves, "What next? We are baptised in the Holy Ghost, we are full of power!"
We have seen that power is in degrees. The more you grow in it, the more authority you are able to exercise. I am telling you this so you will increase in your thirst, which is the major requirement for its release. There has to be a genuine thirst on your inside for power.
The evangelicals will tell you, "Once you are born again, there is no need to be baptised in the Holy Ghost. No one can say Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Ghost."
This is talking about a measure of the Spirit of God, and a very dangerous one that won’t guarantee you triumph anywhere! It will only enlist you in the book of life.
In Acts 2, the apostles were baptised in the Holy Ghost, yet when they were faced with a challenge in Acts 4, they still needed to pray, and the Bible records that they were then filled with the Holy Ghost! (Acts 4:31).
What were they filled with the first time? It was with the Holy Ghost! But in Acts 4, they received another measure of the Holy Ghost.
There are many of us, who feel that because we are filled with the Holy Ghost and speak in tongues, that we have reached our peaks.
When you receive the Holy Ghost baptism, you are only initiated into the school of the Spirit, where lessons for growth in the spirit realm begins!
Ezekiel 47:3-5 says:
"And when the man that had the line in his hand went forth eastward, he measured a thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the waters were to the ankles.
Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through the waters; the waters were to the knees, Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through; the waters were to the loins.
Afterward he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not pass over: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over."
Jesus promised that He was going to His Father and that when He gets there, He will send the Holy Ghost to us.
Who is seated at the right hand of the Father? Jesus. And Ezekiel 47 tells us that the water flows from the right side of the throne.
This is a picture of the outpouring of the anointing of the Holy Spirit in the end-time Church.
Jesus is still sending the Holy Spirit as He promised and we can walk into this outpouring in various measures.
If the Holy Ghost does not come, your fullness will never be realised. Let Him have His way, and the Lord will give showers of rain.
The world is about to witness the greatest of all moves, and our principal instrument for manifestation is the Holy Ghost at work.
The time has come for the Spirit of life to so dwell in the Church that we will live under His intoxicating influence. We will do many things that will make people wonder, "What are they doing?" But results will always be there to confound people.
After the Holy Ghost descended upon Jesus, the eyes of all men were fixed on Him. The same Holy Ghost is available for you, and from today, the eyes of men will be fixed on you. They will recognise your new power, new enthronement, and new status!
THE DAY OF VENGEANCE
"The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound.
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified."
This is the ministry of the Spirit of the Lord. Jesus stopped at proclaiming the acceptable year of the Lord, while the Church begins with the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all that mourn.
The time has come for every tough area of your life to be comforted. The day of vengeance has come. Whatever has worked against you hitherto, heavens will work against them now! No force in hell will succeed in molesting you anymore.
We are right in the centre of the day of vengeance of our God. Many innocent people have been afflicted diversely by the wickedness of the devil. But when the Comforter came, He brought with Him the day of vengeance of our God.
"He will comfort all that mourn."
That means there are certain people that will not be comforted until vengeance is wrought.
The day of vengeance of our God is here. Everything working against your comfort is cursed right now! Whatever is out to keep you mourning is cursed now!
God said, "By my Spirit I will appoint to you the things that make for life and godliness." No more disappointments for you. God will appoint beauty unto you for ashes.
From now on your home is beautiful, your business is beautiful, your career and everything else you will ever do will be beautiful. God has appointed beauty to you and disappointed ashes!
I want you to receive the words in Ezekiel 2:2 that says, "and the spirit entered into me when he spake unto me, and set me upon my feet..." Heavens will fight whatever has been holding you captive right now in Jesus name.
"The oil of joy for mourning..."
From now on, you will enjoy joy unlimited. Right inside your heart, you will experience joy unlimited. Every moment of the day, you will have a reason to be joyful.
"The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness."
Some people think depression is just a psychological state. No! It is a spirit. Right now, the spirit of heaviness is cursed in your life!
"To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.
And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations."
Friends, from now on, you shall be called by a new name. You shall no longer break down, rather you shall start building.
"And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.
But ye shall be named the Priests of the Lord: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves.
For your shame ye shall have double; and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them.
For I the Lord love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them."
Expect the day of vengeance to come, expect all that mourn to be comforted. Whatever is against you, from now on God is against it! For He said in Isaiah 49:25, "...for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children."
For every shame you suffered in the past, you shall have double restoration!
Vengeance is one of the prominent ministries of the Holy Ghost this end-time. The day of vengeance of our God has begun.
Remember the first time Jesus and His disciples were to pass through Samaria, and the people won’t receive Jesus. James and John said, "Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them...?" Jesus rebuked them, saying:
"For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them" (Luke 9:51-56). He was at that time only out proclaiming the acceptable year of the Lord. The latter rain was coming to usher in the day of vengeance of the Lord.
Ananias and Sapphira lied. If it were Jesus they had lied to, He wouldn’t have killed them. Peter told them they had lied against the Holy Ghost, whose number one job is the day of vengeance. And they dropped dead! (Acts 5:1-11).
Now, if God will not take it lightly with people in the sanctuary, where then would the enemy stand?
We are right in the day of vengeance of our God. None of your enemies will survive. No gathering against you shall prosper, because you are in the end-time anointing, whose primary ministry is the day of vengeance of our God.
No one man or woman will mourn in the Church, because the wicked will be silenced by vengeance.
God is out for something! There is a change in the atmosphere! The Church of Jesus is coming of age, and the kingdom of darkness is crashing down!
When a superior power comes on the scene, the fake must give way.
Whatsoever makes you mourn, whatever force of hell is against your welfare, shall be destroyed. No more hardship! No more heartaches in your life, because of the anointing of the Holy Ghost. God is out to beautify you, your work, your home, your ministry, your children, your spiritual life, etc, by this anointing. This anointing is able to destroy anything that tampers with your beauty in Christ.
It is the oil of joy that takes the place of mourning, that destroys every sorrow of heart, every depression, and everything that makes you bow down.
Many people are innocently in captivity, the devil won’t let them go. You don’t appeal to the devil. God tried that with Pharaoh, but it didn’t work. Until the Lord smote all the first-born in the land of Egypt, beginning with the first-born of Pharaoh!
Only then did Pharaoh call for Moses and Aaron and say to them, "Rise up, and get you forth from among my people...and go..." (Exodus 12:29-31).
In the end, the fathers also submitted themselves to be killed. As they pursued after the children of Israel, the Red Sea swallowed them up. (Exodus 14:27).
Jesus said, "...I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." (John 10:10).
Anything short of the abundant life, it is the enemy at work. But thank God the Bible tells us we are in the day of vengeance.
Whatever won’t let you realise the purpose for which Jesus died, will die for you! That enemy will die for you! That force will give way to you!
We are in the great days of confrontation, but vengeance is speaking in our favour. As you begin to place divine curses on oppositions, you will begin to experience some strange liberties in your life.
The anointing of the Holy Ghost is the key to overcoming the end-time conflicts, by invoking vengeance upon your oppositions.
The day of vengeance of our God has come! Whatever has worked against you, heaven is out to work against them now.
Luke 4:18 stopped at proclaiming the acceptable year of the Lord. But on the day of pentecost, the book was reopened, and it opened with the day of vengeance.
The day of vengeance of our God is here, let the wicked be warned! We are indeed in the day of vengeance of our God, by the Spirit of the Lord.
Beauty will be appointed unto you and ashes will be disappointed. Whatever is holding you down, heavens is out to fight. Your heart will be flooded with joy, and the spirit of heaviness will be cursed for life, giving you a new name. No more breaking down. You will be built-up, as you receive double for every shame you suffered in the past.
THE POWER OF IMPARTATION
In 1987, I was watching a video programme dwelling on a message from Isaiah 53:1:
"Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?"
My heart and eyes were glued to the programme. As I watched and listened to that crusade message, the power of God was hitting me so hard that I was in tears, there alone in my house! I went to bed in that state, and there was such a quickening in me.
I rose up early, went to the living room, and cried out, "God, show me the secret!" And in the midst of this experience, I heard a man walk in and put His hand on my back, and some waves went through my spine. I exploded in tears.
The following Sunday, as I stood up to preach in church and I said, "Let’s welcome ourselves with this scripture...", and we opened to Psalm 110, before I could finish reading it, the power of God came down! There was no further preaching. There were all manner of healings!
All manner! And that gave rise to "Pentecost Flames", which was the stirring, devil–destroying invasion of Kaduna State (North of Nigeria).
Friends, the earlier you get exposed to this power, the better. There is power in Word encounter! Until you are a Word–lover you don’t experience power. The genuine source of power is the Word.
Acts 10:44 records that, "While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word."
If you are into prayers for power and you also embrace the Word for the power, you’ll never run dry.
In 1 Timothy 4:14, the Bible says,
As words are spoken, there is an impartation that takes place. As prophetic utterances are made, there is an impartation that takes place.
In Ezekiel 2:2, prophet Ezekiel said,
"And the spirit entered into me when he spake unto me..."
As you hear anointed words, don’t only expect to get insight, expect to encounter impartation also.
In 1986, I was in a meeting in Tulsa, where Rev. Kenneth E. Hagin was ministering under the anointing of the Holy Spirit. I sat down somewhere afar off, and while he was speaking, I saw his face transfigured (I don’t know how many people saw that), and there and then, I had an encounter. My heart exploded, and I began to sob openly. The Spirit entered into me and changed the entire course of my ministry!
Before then, I used to preach jumping all over the place and sweating. But that day, the Spirit entered into me, and the serenity of Kenneth Hagin’s style of ministration was imparted to me instantly!
When you present your heart as a tablet, you don’t only receive insight, but you also receive an impartation that will enable the insight to produce.
Every letter in the Book is gathered by the Spirit. (Isaiah 34:16). So every time the Word is coming forth, the Spirit is going forth as well, seeking entrance into people. The power is going forth, seeking entrance into people.
Genesis to Revelation was gathered by His Spirit. 2 Peter 1:20-21 also says that:
"...no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation...but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost."
So when the Word is being spoken, you are not just encountering insights, you are also encountering the impartation of the Spirit that gathered it.
Don’t make light anymore the time you spend listening to anointed teachers and preachers of the Word. As you listen and hear, don’t only expect to receive insight, expect and prepare your heart to encounter the power of God as well.
Nothing is more authentic than that which comes direct from source.
"...for my mouth it had commanded, and his spirit it hath gathered them."
Many have encountered power through the spoken Word in many forms–audio and video tapes, television, radio, etc. People have encountered the baptism of fresh oil as they listened to the spoken Word.
Once I was watching Archbishop Benson Idahosa on a video tape and for the first time in my life, an unseen guest walked up to me. His footsteps were audible to me. And as he put his hands on my back, something went through me. That was when the anointing for miracles was released upon me. Ever since then, I see disease as fake and I see the ones who sympathize with it as ignorant. I see that you can be well if it is your desire to be well.
In 1979, I heard an audio message preached by A. A. Allen (about ten years before he went to be with the Lord), in which he spoke some powerful things that have become one of the pillars of my insights in God today. The message was titled "The Lord killeth and He maketh alive!"
All the feminine nature in me died! My heart received an innoculation of confidence and boldness! I could dare a lion without any shaking in my heart. The Lord killeth and He maketh alive! He causes to live and He makes to die! He raises up and He pulls down!
If you’re on God’s side, you are on the safe side.
Now, A. A. Allen had gone to be with the Lord when I heard that message, but that message became my greatest treasure. I guarded it jealously.
Friend, if you limit your life to religious flairs, you will pay for it!
Everybody is conversant with the prayer dimension of seeking the power of God, but this is another dimension that makes it very outstanding and very glorious. It is not just prayer. It goes beyond prayer.
In Luke 5:17, the Bible tells us concerning Jesus:
"And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that...the power of the Lord was present to heal them."
Paul said in Romans 1:16
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God..."
And in Luke 24:49, Jesus told His disciples "...but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high."
He was talking about the release of the Spirit of God, the anointing of the Holy Ghost.
When you are exposed to anointed teachings, you contact power. The more exposed you are to anointed words in seminars, conventions or services, the more access you have to the power of God.
One can thus understand what Peter was saying in Acts 6:2-4
"...It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables...But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word."
These two operations—prayers and ministry of the Word will keep us fresh and powerful for exploits.
Anointed books are divine expositions of the Book, which help to break it down, for your life to be cheaply intoxicated, bringing you under the influence of light.
In 1979, I read a book about Smith Wigglesworth—The Apostle of Faith. Through that book, I encountered a very powerful insight, which enlarged my spiritman with a violent anger against the devil!
As I read the testimony of how Smith Wigglesworth treated the devil (when he saw him on a rocking chair in his living room), the Spirit entered me and I saw the nothingness of the devil!
A lady was in a bus, and was reading one of my books—Keys to Answered Prayer. As she read, the Holy Ghost fell upon her and right there in the public bus, she was blasting away in tongues, uncontrollably!
The Holy Ghost inside that book leapt out and all upon her.
That is the power of God in paper form!
In 1974, I read a book titled Like a Mighty Wind, by Merl and Lona Tari. That gave me an appetite for the miraculous. My stomach would no longer be satisfied with ordinary Christianity.
I saw God in the wilderness of Indonesia. I saw men acting in the acts of the apostles! I stored that book up on my inside as I read it over and over again! I kept saying to myself: "This is true Christianity! This is the one Jesus brought", (not the type I was in then. That was the one men brought by their own creed).
Anytime you’re reading an anointed book, open your heart, and whatever is missing in your life will be supplied.
At one of our Business Fellowship meetings, a brother gave a testimony of his baptism in the Holy Ghost. As he was reading the book Anointing for Breakthrough, he got to page 54 where I said, "Right now, I command that flow to you. Receive the Holy Ghost and be endued with power from on high, with the evidence of speaking in tongues, in Jesus name!" As he said "Amen!" he burst out into tongues right there! He was gloriously baptised in the Holy Ghost.
Where you are is a function of what you discover. To go beyond where you are now, you must make more discoveries, you must make new discoveries. That’s all it takes.
CONTACT WITH THE ANOINTED
Contact with the anointed, anytime, and when you have a sense of value for it, transmits power to you automatically.
"And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom; for Moses had laid his hands upon him..."
The laying-on of the hands of the anointed servant of God, Moses, released that power on Joshua.
In 2 Timothy 1:6, Paul admonished Timothy:
"...stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands."
The Holy Ghost is the gift of God. Acts 2:38 says, "...and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." He is the gift of love, power and a sound mind.
Your sense of value when you come in contact with the anointed of God, determines the flow of virtue to you. Because the people from the place where Jesus grew up saw Him just as the son of Joseph the carpenter, nothing went out from Him to them (Mark 6:1-6).
But the woman with the issue of blood knew Him as the Messiah, healer and deliverer. So she made up her mind for her miracle. She had the correct sense of value. When she touched the hem of His garment, Jesus knew that virtue had gone out of Him.
I was in a place in the United States of America and I was told that Kenneth Copeland had once slept in the same room. I looked up to heaven and said, "God, you know how much I love Copeland’s ministry, how much I appreciate your hand upon his life, how much he has affected our world for you, how much he has proved the devil wrong in demonstrating that you bless those you have called. Lord as I go to sleep on this bed tonight, let what works in Copeland begin to work in me."
This contact turned my financial status, because I had the correct sense to recognise my superior. God has lifted him and I was taking advantage of an opportunity, to climb upon his shoulders.
As I slept that night, I saw a vision. In that vision, I saw an amputated hand, and from the stump came out worms! It had rejected all treatment!
But right in that same vision, I said, "In the name of Jesus!" and before my eyes, a brand new hand grew out! And in that same vision, God spoke to me saying, "I have brought you into the creative realm of your ministry." That was a few years ago, and God has stayed true to His Word.
Friends, just a handshake with the anointed of God can change your stagnant life.
A look into the eyes of the anointed can mean the beginning of a new era in your life entirely, depending on your sense of value.
Just like Copeland has no problem with means, I have no problem with means at all! I don’t sell anything, I’m not in any business at all in this world. I’m just simply trading the covenant, and with open eyes, looking for where the higher anointing is, to tap into it from time to time.
An encounter with the anointed turns you on. A handshake with the anointed is able to destroy that disease in your body. Walking around where he walks is enough to turn you on.
Friends, let’s imbibe a new sense of value!
Timothy’s greatness came by the laying-on of the hands of Paul.
Whether the anointed person is a man or woman is irrelevant, for there’s neither male nor female, Jew nor Greek (Rom. 10:12). It was a woman that led me to Christ. It was a woman that taught me the way into abundance, through her book.
So, I don’t care who it is, as long as I sense the power of God on the person, I just open my heart to receive.
In 1973, one of my converts wrote me a letter, in which he quoted Isaiah 54:17.—"No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from me, saith the Lord." It fired into my spirit. This scripture became my possession till date.
Friends, any encounter with the anointed means a lot to your destiny. Let’s go for it. Let’s create inside us, a new sense of value, God is doing something in our days.
In the Acts of the Apostles, even the shadow of Peter was healing the sick. Aprons and handkerchiefs were taken from Paul’s body to heal the sick and deliver the oppressed, devils were cast out.
There is something about the end-time mantle ministry. It is the ministry of encounter with the anointing. Any direction of it works and produces results. As you come in contact with anointed men and women, open your heart. Isaac Newton said, "If I’ve seen any further, it’s by standing on the shoulders of those who have gone before me."
Pride is a destroyer! There is no self-made man. Every man of worth is a man of references. Your papers are usually not acknowledged (for employment, contracts, or whatever) until you have adequate references.
Don’t strive to be self-made, otherwise you will be self-destroyed!
Embrace the anointed of God from afar. Desire the hand of God upon them and very soon you see the same anointing they carry flowing through to you.
The entire ministry of Elisha is a product of Elijah’s ministry. And he was never ashamed of it. When he came face to face with Jordan in 2 Kings 2:13-14, he said, "Where is the Lord God of Elijah?"
Anyone you are ashamed of cannot be a source of power for you. But any vessel you genuinely embrace, if he is anointed of God, the anointing upon him flows access to you.
Remember, what went into Timothy was not the gift of Paul, it was the gift of God, transmitted via the hands of Paul. It is the power of God, not the power of Paul.
So whether you encounter the anointing by the Word or whether you get the release by prayer or whether it is through contact with the anointed or by laying-on of hands, it is the same power of God. They all release the fresh anointing. They stir up the gift of God inside you.
Every anointed vessel is a reservoir of power, where everyone goes to draw according to his thirst. It therefore matters how you appreciate contact with the anointed. It matters!
"The children of Ephraim, being armed, and carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle."
We are in the day of God’s power. God has made arms available for us and we have a covenant responsibility to use them, if we must overcome.
The horse is for battle, but victory is of the Lord. Ours is to prepare and ride on our horses, and God is committed to give us the victory.
God has revealed diverse mysteries to us, which are divine arms, designed to give us supernatural victories in the conflicts of life.
The testimonies we hear stem from using what we have.
Everybody carries arms, but not everybody makes use of them.
God is arming His Church. We are privileged to be in the forefront, as so many things are being unfolded to us that are not common.
You are fully armed, get up and go. This is manifestation hour. It is time to dare the devil and see him surrender to you.
THE ANOINTING OIL
The mystery of the anointing oil is another blessing we have seen produce such terrific, mind-blowing results!
James 5:14-15 says:
"Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he hath committed sins, they shall be forgiven him."
It says "the Lord shall raise him up". Not the oil; the Lord! The Lord who authored the oil, will respond to your obedience to raise the dead, destroy cancer, AIDS, etc. It is not the oil, it is the Lord. He does the raising up.
The anointing oil is not a chemical product. It is the Spirit of God mysteriously put in a bottle, which is mysteriously designed to communicate the power of God bodily. It is the power of God in your hand, in the person of the Holy Spirit, to humiliate Satan. It is the power of God placed in a tangible form in the hand of man, to make an open show of the devil.
It is God's wisdom for man's rescue! It is the might of God. No gate can close against it. Every gate lifts up at its appearance.
It is what it takes to be absolutely free. It destroys all discomforts of life. It is God's standard against every invasion of the enemy.
It is a carrier of mysterious virtue!
In Exodus 30:23-31, God introduced the mystery of the anointing oil, giving Moses the details of how it was to be mixed.
In 1 Samuel 16:13, we see that it is the Spirit of God.
"Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward."
David was anointed with oil, but what came upon him was not oil, it was the Spirit of the Lord.
So the anointing oil is a medium by which the Holy Spirit, the power of God, is invoked to intervene on behalf of man. When the oil is applied, the Holy Spirit goes into manifestation.
The anointing oil is God's standard in your hands, to put the enemy where he belongs—far from you, out of your life, your home and your affairs (Isaiah 59:19).
No devil in hell has a resistance against the authority loaded in the anointing oil!
"And they went out, and preached that men should repent. And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them."
It's happening right in our own days! We have testimonies to show for it.
The anointing oil is able to end all frustrations in your life. When it touches the barren, she becomes abundantly fruitful. When it touches anyone chained by the devil, the person becomes automatically free.
There is no sickness or disease of any kind that can escape the power of the anointing oil.
Thank God we have access to what it takes! So let your faith swallow it!
Discover the mystery of the anointing oil. It will put you over always! Get acquainted with this mystery. Money cannot buy what it will produce for you!
Diverse testimonies abound and keep increasing by the day, of the wonders of the wisdom of God in the anointing oil. You cannot afford to remain ignorant.
The Church of Jesus Christ must begin to appropriate the significance and uses of this divine instrument of power, to see the finger of God move supernaturally in the affairs of men.
Look beyond that common chemical called ‘olive oil’, into the mystery that it carries. It carries mysterious virtues. It is the power of God.
The Holy Ghost is meant to make men comfortable, eradicate hardship and erase affliction. It is not just enough to carry the anointing oil all around, you must put it to work! From now on, as you handle this instrument of glory, every discomfort in your life shall become history.
Many have lost grip of what the anointing oil really stands for. It is not just oil, there is a person packaged inside it, in a mystery.
"Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire."
The Holy Ghost has a broom in his hands and he will thoroughly garnish his floor. He will gather together all the chaff in your life and thoroughly burn them up with unquenchable fire. That bottle in your hand is not ordinary liquid, it is fire! In other words, its content is highly dangerous. What natural explanation can you give that will justify it’s catching fire when poured on the ground? The person inside the oil came alive! Who can shot an arrow at fire and get results? What kind of knife can you use to cut fire? Can any gun kill it?
Whatever is inherent in the person of the Holy Ghost can be found inside the bottle. If only you know what it carries, it becomes easy to walk in faith. Friends, we have come to the age of mysteries. Don’t miss your way!
Everything below must surrender to it. Whatsoever is from above is above all! No force beneath can withstand the oil. The anointing oil is irresistible, all powerful, ever conquering and ever winning.
"But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost parts of the earth."
I blessed a bottle of oil for a cousin of mine in 1991, and he kept it in his wardrobe. His business was about to hit the rocks, when suddenly he remembered the oil. He went straight to his wardrobe, picked it up and anointed all his sign posts with it. Immediately, business picked up for him! The Holy Ghost is THE comforter, not A comforter.
There is no situation he cannot handle. Every hardship in life answers to his authority.
"And thou shalt anoint the tabernacle of the congregation therewith, and the ark of the testimony, And the table and all his vessels and the candlestick and his vessels and the altar of incense, And the altar of burnt offering with all his vessels, and the laver and his foot.
And thou shalt sanctify them, that they may be most holy: whatsoever toucheth them shall be holy. And thou shalt anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may minister unto me in the priest’s office.
And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, This shall be an holy anointing oil unto me throughout your generations."
We are not just supposed to anoint people, we can also anoint things. The children of Israel anointed their tabernacle, the laver, their offerings etc.
God has given us a rod. We can’t afford to sit down and watch magicians molest us. By the end of the first round of conflicts with Moses, the Egyptian became rodless. If Moses had not cast down his rod would it have become a serpent? Stop carrying a bottle of anointing oil all about for fun! Use it!
Moses never parted with his rod. It was the only defence he had. When you sense evil around you, stand to your feet and pour oil on the ground. Speak to the situation and let it know you are in charge. Let it know power from on high has taken over.
"And behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high."
Anyday you are on your way out and you’ve left your oil at home, go back! Somebody might need your help on the way, and you will be able to manifest your glory.
The man Smith Wigglesworth was a man of one book and one bottle: the Bible and the oil. He died at the age of 87 and never needed to use any form of medicine. Friends, it works! John 3:31 says:
"He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all."
Why should you continue to keep power in your house and suffer. You have the Comforter at your disposal, why must you die in discomfort? There will always be a performance of the things which the mouth of the Lord has spoken.
A Family stopped by to see me in our church premises on their way to London. They were going to visit a son who was paralysed. Despite all the specialist hospitals they could have relied on, they still came along with a bottle of the blood (for sprinkling) and a can of the anointing oil. That is what they needed for the hour, they had given up hope on the doctors. The power from heaven is above all powers on the earth.
It will be recalled that at the time of Elijah's departure, Elisha took up the mantle of Elijah that fell from him. When he got to the bank of Jordan, he stood by it, took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him and smote the waters and said:
"Where is the Lord God of Elijah?
And the waters parted and Elisha went over! (2 Kings 2:12-14).
Any material that has come in contact with the anointed of God, carries with it the unction for manifestation. Such material is what is referred to as the mantle in our context.
God's presence is proved by signs and wonders. The Bible says the disciples went forth and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the Word with signs following (Mark 16:20).
Hebrews 2:4 also tells us, "God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?"
Every time you see signs and wonders, just know that God is present.
Now let me show you God's wisdom at work. Mark 5:30 tells the story of the woman with the issue of blood. When she touched Jesus, He said; "someone touched me, because virtue has gone out of me."
In Acts 19:11-12,
"And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: so that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them."
It wasn't Paul that wrought the special miracles, it was God. The virtue did not come out from Paul, it came out from God.
The virtue that operates in the mantle (the handkerchief from the man of God), is the virtue of God. This is why I never feel anything leave my body when all those miracles take place by the mantle.
One day I was walking through the congregation to the pulpit and a man who had had a spinal injury for seventeen years touched my (flowing gown) and immediately heard a cracking sound in his lumbar region, and that was it! He was instantly healed! And for the first time in 17 years, he didn't need his lumbar jacket anymore.
It was the power of God that healed him—God's virtue, not mine, because nothing left my body. But when the woman with the issue of blood touched the hem of Jesus' garment and received her healing, virtue went out of Jesus, and He felt it.
The virtue in the mantle is from God, the virtue carrier. All we need to do is provoke Him with our obedience, then His virtue goes into action, not the prophet's virtue.
Elisha said, "Where is the Lord God of Elijah?" And the virtue of God went into action, not Elijah's virtue (Elijah was already gone, 2 Kings 2:13-14).
Whatever God can handle, his virtue can handle.
"And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul..."
Those miracles were wrought without any special effort of Paul's or the people. The handkerchiefs they brought from Paul were enough to check out the diseases and the evil spirits, but it was God working. The people took notice and acknowledged Paul as a man that had the hand of God upon him. So when he could not come to where the problem was, they knew they could take anything from him to the problem, and it would be gone.
Friends, God has not changed. He is still working by the hands of men today. Men sent for the deliverance of mankind—for the liberty of the captives, the opening of eyes of the blind, the raising of the dead—and for the blessing of the people. Men who carry transferable unction.
In 1989, a brother's wife ran mad in another town, which was some distance away. He came and told me, and since I couldn't go that far with him, I took my handkerchief, spoke some powerful words into it, and gave it to him, saying, "Get down to Ekpoma. The power working inside me is going with you now. Get there, wipe her face with this handkerchief and the madness will be gone!"
He went believing, and later testified that as soon as the mad woman saw the handkerchief, she ran to grab it, but he held her and wiped her face with it. The madness vanished instantly! That same month, she became pregnant! She later had her baby and nursed the baby all by herself. Till today, she's doing fine in the Lord.
Friends, the mantle of a prophet of God in your hands will work wonders! God gave me this mantle ministry for the liberation of mankind. We have countless number of testimonies as evidence.
It is a ministry of transmission of unction. As I speak forth the anointing for special miracles and casting out of devils to go into the handkerchief (even as Jesus spoke to the figtree and it heard), wherever it appears, the works of the devil is destroyed!
It is a mantle for exploits. It is the end-time prophetic mystery in the hand of the carrier, for amazing results, signs and wonders! It is a carrier of divine energy and heavenly virtue. It always produces signs!
There is tangible power in the Blood of Jesus! It is God’s last card. It is the believer’s stronghold!
"As for thee also, by the blood of thy covenant I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water. Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even today do I declare that I will render double unto thee."
We have our stronghold in the blood, against every corruption that is in the world.
The blood of Jesus is the divine provision for man’s freedom from every form of satanic corruption. It is what it takes to silence the opposition. It is the ultimate for our victory.
"And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb..."
God has nothing extra to offer after the blood. When the blood came on the scene in Exodus chapter 12, Pharaoh gave up. The blood is God’s last card.
The blood of Jesus is a singular devastating weapon against Satan. He hasn’t got an answer to it and never will.
The blood is to be applied against the wicked plans of the enemy. If the enemy is out day and night against you, then you should be out day and night too, with your armoury—The Blood of Jesus.
Every time you plead the blood of Jesus, you have turned on a switch in heaven. The blood begins to speak, "Passover". By the blood of Jesus, every evil passes over you.
BLOOD OF SPRINKLING
In Hebrews 12:24, God showed us that in mount Zion, the city of refuge, we have access to the blood of sprinkling that speaks for us.
The blood of sprinkling provides a covering for us against the wickedness of Satan. Every time God’s people appear in Zion, angels are present, whose only job is to sprinkle the blood of the Lamb, that speaks every good thing for the believer.
That blood speaks healing, peace, protection, and every good. It is impenetrable by the avenger of blood.
In Zion there is a continuous sprinkling of the blood, twenty-four hours of the day, so that whenever a child of God appears there, whether alone or with others, he gets sprinkled with the precious blood of the Lamb.
The blood will silence the devil anytime, anyday, anywhere!
When the devil comes to you with depression or any form of oppression, just blast the atmosphere with the blood. Declare vehemently, "The Blood of Jesus is against you, Satan!"
The Blood of Jesus is the seal of our victory in every conflict of life. The Blood of Jesus is God’s last card, and every devil automatically bows to it!
So, when it is Satan, friends, put on the blood!
(For more insight, get author’s book: The Blood Triumph).
"I am the living bread which came down from heaven: If any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?
Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.
Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.
For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.
As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me."
We renew our eternal life policy every time we come to the communion table. It is the Zoe, the very life of God that we contact in the communion, so that whatever flows in Jesus (the vine) begins to flow in you (the branch).
When you take the communion—the flesh and the blood of Jesus—eternal life swallows up human life, which is susceptible to demonic oppressions. Jesus said:
"For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed."
There is no drink, capsule or medicine that can be compared to the flesh and blood of Jesus. The communion is a supreme capsule and a supreme injection, that cannot be compared to any other. I don't care who your Family or specialist doctor is, Jesus said, "for my flesh is meat indeed and my blood is drink indeed."
In the garden of Eden, God gave Adam and Eve all kinds of shrubs and herbs. For what purpose? For food (Genesis 1:29). He never intended for these plants to be a healing device.
If only men would eat what God intends for them to eat, they will not experience sickness and disease. When God created man, He never made provisions for his healing. No! He only gave man what to eat.
It was after man was corrupted and dethroned that Satan's wicked rule and oppression began. So God now had to send His only begotten Son with another type of food—which is to make us not to ever need drugs of any kind.
What is that food? "My flesh is meat indeed and my blood is drink indeed." If you partake of the communion with this understanding, you will never need to take any drug for the remaining days of your life!
Friends, it is time to convince yourself that this is the ultimate drug as far as soundness of mind is concerned.
The breaking of bread—the communion table—is the best hospital to transfer your case to. It is the highest theatre, the office of the Greatest Specialist—Jesus Himself! The Great Physician! The Balm of Gilead!
The communion is God's ultimate prescription!
Because the apostles continued in the breaking of bread daily, sickness was not the order of the day for them.
"And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart."
Don't esteem the communion table lightly, everything you will ever require can be found in it. It will make you live like Jesus here on earth. Jesus becomes the one who works out all things for you. You operate in His class:
"As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me."
Receive these sayings in faith, and you will see how faithful the Word of God is!
God said He will satisfy your mouth with good things, and Jesus said:
"I am that bread of life...that cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die."
Nothing compares in value with the nutritious value of the flesh of Jesus! You become spiritually indestructible! Sickness will no longer be mentioned around you, forever.
By the communion, you are no longer for humiliation or molestation. Jesus said as often as you observe this ordinance, you remember Him:
"For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus, the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat; this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come."
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
The communion takes care of everything that weakens you and mocks your redemptive testimony.
The children of Israel ate manna in the wilderness and as they went from nation to nation, from one people to the other, God suffered no man to manhandle them. He cursed kings for their sakes, saying "Touch not mine anointed and do my prophets no harm" (Psalm 105:13-15).
The communion makes it impossible for any devil to harm you!
Would Jesus suffer that kind of thing you're suffering? If your answer is no, as you take the communion, say an angry eternal ‘no!’ to whatever you are going through right now, and it will never reoccur in your life again!
The communion infuses God's kind of life into your blood stream, your bones, marrows, mind and spirit-man. Whatever is contrary to life inside your system is instantly destroyed!
It's a mystery! It is an end-time wisdom of God! It is for the saints! It is for the Church of Jesus Christ!
The mystery of feet-washing is among other things God’s wisdom for establishing dominion. What was lost in the first Adam, the second Adam brought back.
"Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God;
He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.
After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.
Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet?
Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.
Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me."
By this mysterious exercise, Jesus was restoring to the new generation of the human race (the new creation), the dominion that was lost in the first Adam.
As your feet are dipped into the water, you step into the plan of God, through the mysteries of His wisdom, and you walk into the realm of dominion.
If all things given to Jesus are handed over to you, tell me what devil will be able to challenge your life!
Jesus washed His disciples’ feet so that they too could enter the realm where the Father had put Him.
It’s time to bring out your faith violently, now that your understanding is open. You must realise that Jesus couldn’t have been joking. Something was being transferred to His disciples. You can stretch out your faith on the mystery of feet-washing and what it carries, believing that whatever it was Jesus passed on to His disciples, will be passed across to you too.
Evidently, dominion was passed onto the disciples through this mystery of divine transference, such that when Jesus left, they represented Him, spirit, soul and body. Everything bowed to them.
From now on, as you observe this ordinance, every evil will bow before you.
"Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me."
Whatever part in Christ that you are yet to experience can be delivered unto you through the feet-washing mystery. You certainly need unbeatable intelligence, for example, in the things of God, and to run the affairs of this life.
Jesus had such amazing wisdom that sounded in heaven and answered on the earth too! The same Jesus told us, "The works that I do you shall do and greater works ye shall do."(John 14:12).
Did Jesus ever have a headache or a stomach problem? Did He ever fight His disciples?
Friends, there’s a part you have in Christ that Satan is out to keep you away from. As you violently dip your feet inside the water to be washed, that part will be delivered unto you. Proclaim violently,
"That missing part is now delivered unto me!"
Once Jesus stepped into that turbulent boat in Mark 6:45-51, there was great calm. Whatever could not threaten the life of Jesus, from today will no longer be able to threaten yours!
"If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.
For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.
If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them."
There is happiness for you as you embrace the wisdom of God in feet-washing. Joy unspeakable, that will never end, will spark off in your life.
The wisdom of feet-washing offers you the singular opportunity of stepping into all things delivered to Christ. Don’t allow your confidence to be dampened by any devil.
For anyone called barren who steps into the water, you enter into dominion over barrenness. For anyone carrying any satanic spell, as your feet are washed, you will crush the devil under your feet. Sicknesses dissolve, fear vanishes and shakings stop, as your feet are dipped into the water.
Feet-washing is simply the wisdom of God in a mystery. What do people stand to gain from it? It is their mysterious inheritance. And what is this inheritance all about? Mysterious dominion for mysterious triumphs!
It is time to resume our rightful positions in redemption.
YOU ARE IN CHARGE!
"Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down..."
When the Lord delivered this commission to me, He said, "The hour has come, to liberate the world from all oppressions of the devil, and I am sending you to undertake this task." Ever since He spoke these words to me, I have seen the kingdom of darkness suffer untold devastations and humiliations, as I stood by this commission. I have been sent to humiliate and frustrate the government of Satan. Until you render Satan powerless, you cannot possess your possessions.
This is where the journey into power begins.
Mark 3:27 says:
"No man can enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house."
The first step to triumph in conflicts with the forces of darkness, is to see the weakness of the opposition.
I have discovered so much of Satan’s weakness, that he is no longer a concern to me.
No man can enter into his inheritance except he first renders the opposition powerless. As long as you have a grasshopper mentality, you will keep hopping about in life!
By the efficacy of calvary, the death and resurrection of Jesus, there is nothing more left in Satan. By the authority of scriptures and the intergrity of the Word of God, the death and resurrection of Jesus marked the final end of the devil’s reign.
Everytime any truth of scripture penetrates into your heart, it illuminates your personality. Anywhere you stand, the forces of hell will know that you know what you are doing.
Until you render Satan helpless, you cannot possess your possessions. So many things are being done to celebrate Satan in the Church of Jesus. But I’m glad to let you know that the voice is now sounding to tell you he is worthless! His throne has been destroyed, and he has no more legal hold on your destiny.
"Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God..."
Friends, there’s no power but of God! Anything called power outside of God is fake!
"God hath spoken once; twice have I heard; this that power belongeth unto God."
And in Matthew 28:18-19, Jesus said:
"All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore and teach all nations..."
Jesus is saying here, "Let the world know that absolute power is reserved in me. Let them know I am the only holder of power in heaven and on earth." There is therefore nothing called power left in the hands of the devil. There is no power left in any witch, wizard or Ogboni cult! So what does the devil have left?
1 Peter 5:8-9 tells us:
"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world."
There is indeed an adversary. His name is called the Devil, and he goes about seeking whom he may devour. He is not a lion! He is just as a roaring lion. He is nothing but a trickster! Ever since he came down to the earth, his major trade has been subtility.
POWER CHANGED HANDS
When Jesus rose from the dead, power changed hands. All power in heaven and earth was handed over to Jesus.
There is no more power left in the devil. He is full of tricks. But the light of the gospel will always expose him.
"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand."
"Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked."
It is time for you to stand strong on what the truth of God has revealed concerning Satan, and you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the devil.
Satan has nothing left but tricks, and only the truth can expose these. Only light can expose darkness!
Devils are not permitted to be out on the streets. They have been reserved in everlasting chains, until the great day of judgment. Tell them that they don’t belong here. When a prisoner escapes and you catch him, you just put him back in prison.
When Jesus rose from the dead, all demonic forces were held hostage and tied down right inside hell.
Satan and all his forces that rebelled against God, have been reserved in everlasting chains under darkness, until the judgment of that great day (Jude vs 6). They have no legal right to be out here on the streets.
It is clearly evident that Satan is judged. He has been pushed out of business! Satan has no power to harass you! You are of God! You are a child of light! The time has come for you to hear the sound of defeat in the camp of the enemy. Everything that rises up against you from today shall fall for your sake!
Two thousand years ago, evil was eternally judged. The personalities behind evil were given eternal imprisonment.
Satan is no longer your problem!
You can handle him!
When a case is between you and him, the judgement is sealed. You have been declared the winner.
You are light, he is darkness. In every conflict between light and darkness, light naturally, automatically, unquestionably, is the winner!
Friends, tears can’t give you victory over darkness, hatred or love, won’t give it to you either. Once you carry light, darkness must respect you. Even if everybody loves you and you don’t have light, darkness will still dominate you.
If you must walk in power over the forces of evil, the principal requirment is light. It is time to stand strong on the Word and quench all the fiery darts of the devil.
Satan can’t stop your destiny, he can’t stop your fountain from flowing, nor your life from flourishing. All you need is to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
"Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins."
God is not going to deliver you, He has already delivered you!
The power of darkness mentioned here is nothing but deception.
"And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him."
The devil has nothing but deception, and understanding is what shatters it. When light comes darkness gives way.
God has delivered you from the power of darkness, which is deception— for unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God.
Darkness can’t handle you anymore. You now have unlimited access to light. It is time to make use of this, to frustrate the kingdom of darkness.
Once you are born again you are translated from the earthly places to the heavenly places.
"But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus"
You have been taken from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light. Old things are now passed away, and all things have become new. Your citizenship has changed. You were once earthly, but you are now a citizen of heaven.
Where you are seated now is above all principalities, power, might, dominion and every name that is named, not only in this world, but in that which is to come. Friends, you are in charge!
Satan must take orders from you. You have been placed far above him, he must obey you. You now have the final say on every issue of life. What you say is final.
Satan has no ability to prevail in heaven where you are seated, his will has no power to come to pass. He prevailed not, neither was there place found for him anymore in heaven. (Rev. 12:7-12)
Legally, there is no more place found for the devil where you live. You are in heavenly places, while he is in hell, reserved in everlasting chains under darkness. He has no place in your Family, ministry and spiritual life.
Friends, live in heavenly places! The earthly places are too dangerous to reside in for now. Escape for your dear life!
The resurrected Lord has imparted His power upon the Church and the time has come for us to tap into this virtue. Power changed hands when Jesus went to the grave – He took over so we can be in charge today.
Satan is no longer in charge. Once upon a time he was, until the greatest regret of all history for him, when he laid hands on the Son of God. He thought he crucified Him, not knowing he finished himself! (1 Cor. 2:8)
Thank God that this error was committed and your liberty was sealed. The keys of hell and death are no longer in the hands of the devil. He no longer has power. Jesus has delivered all this power to His Church. Today, the Church by destiny is in charge on the earth.
Since you are a member of the Church, you are in charge here. Satan cannot Lord it over you anymore. Now you are free from sickness, sorrow, poverty and failure. Your liberty has been delivered to you. You are free forever!
It is one thing to be in charge, and another to know that you are. Everyman that has ever done exploits for God was aware that he was in charge. When I talk to sickness or the devil, I talk to them as the one in charge. I am so conscious of it that it has become my lifestyle.
"That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death."
Anyday, anytime, anywhere, resurrection power is always in charge!
"I am the resurrection and the life."
What He used at the grave of Lazarus was resurrection power.
Jesus was a lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Before Adam was created, the Lamb of God had been slain. Jesus was the resurrected Messiah, the Lamb of God slain before the foundation of the world. This is why He was innocent, though in the flesh. It is absolutely impossible to be free from error while in the flesh.
From childhood to adulthood, Jesus did not need forgiveness. He knew no sin. He was a spiritually resurrected personality.
So much has been said about the anointing, but men need to understand the power that is inherent in the resurrection.
Resurrection power is supreme!
This was where Satan met his waterloo!
Friends, it is time to be conscious of the power in you. This is why Romans 8:11 says that if the Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead is in you, it shall quicken your mortal bodies.
Sin shall have no more dominion over you. (Rom. 6:14). It takes a resurrected body to be free from pollution and corruption.
Jesus engaged the resurrection power to bring Lazarus out of the grave after he had been there, stinking, for four days! Resurrection power will bring you out of every physical, social or financial grave. Whatever area of your life had been declared dead and stinking, the resurrection power will renew it for you now!
Jesus took charge and put us in charge. Therefore we must not disappoint Him.
"Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?
For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet"
1 Corinthians 15:12, 25
The power mentioned here is coming from the reality of resurrection. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. We are going to toy with it until Jesus comes.
Isaiah 11:9 says:
"They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea."
The Church is getting to a level of power that nothing shall hurt on all her holy mountains. It will then be impossible to see a Christian fail in any thing he does.
Two thousand years ago, power was delivered to the Church. Everytime the resurrection power is embraced, manifestations become unstoppable and irresistible.
"And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all."
Great power was made available unto the disciples, as they declared the power of resurrection, and great accomplishments, great releases, were delivered unto them.
Resurrection power is power in reality! It will handle any seemingly hopeless case, and give you justice.
Lazarus was dead and stinking! Resurrection power brought him forth. (John 11). The time of your coming forth has come. Everybody may have been looking at you as one that is smelling, but now the time for them to shout your hosanna has come.
"For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him."
1 Corinthians 15:27
Only God is above the resurrection power. Any devil can be tormented, any sickness can be humiliated, every story of failure can be re-written!
Friends, you can see clearly now that you are in charge!
Everytime a man says, "Lord Jesus save me!", resurrection power is deposited in him. All he then needs to do is to become conscious of this fact by knowledge, get into it by faith, and operate it as a warrior. Then the gates of hell shall be lifted up.
Psalm 24:7-8 says:
"Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle."
Everytime you carry the resurrection power, closed doors and gates are opened unto you. From now on, no door is permitted to remain closed against you anymore!
When Jesus took the power, He took the position of a warrior, He was not a beggar.
Today that same power is on your inside.
"But as many as received him, to them gave he power..."
No gate is permitted to be shut against you anymore! Whatever area of your life that does not prove that you are a son of God, I command such to bow to you today in Jesus name! From now on, you will be identified as one of the humiliators of sickness, disease and death!
The resurrection power is still the same today, no matter what men say!
We are in the era of power, when the enemies of God must surrender. As we begin to manifest the greatness of His power, every kind of abuse against redemption must bow.
The devil is no longer in charge, the Church is!
Jesus said in Matthew 16:18:
"...I will build my hurch; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."
What God is simply saying here is, "I will let loose my power, the gates of hell will be lifted up as my Church advances. My Church will become a forcefully advancing Church, unstoppable and irresistible!"
I don’t play with sickness, we are not friends. I don’t sympathize with failure or poverty, I react against them as a fighter ready to conquer.
You can’t afford to be afflicted, and allow the power of liberty to lie fallow on your inside. Receive strength in the name of Jesus! From now on, you’re a shining star! You will no longer stink!
The resurrection power will quicken your mortal body (Rom. 8:11), to give life to the dead parts. It will make your life blossom, and cause your business to come alive, while others are closing down.
This same power will also make your spirit alive to God, and your body dead to sin.
You belong to the group of people who walk in liberty and have abundance, by reason of the resurrection.
It is time to shout against failure, sickness and frustrations. You are in charge! Satan’s activities over your destiny are cursed eternally! The blood of Jesus is over your life, Family, spiritual life, your children, the works of your hands, your ministry, in Jesus precious name!
All men shall see the resurrection power at work in your life. Whatever is dying around you, as you touch it, it shall live!
Nothing will die in your hand anymore! because when the resurrection power came into physical force, Jesus said, "I live for evermore."
Whatever you touch shall live!
Wherever you are, death will be disgraced!
Whatever was stinking around you, shall become a thing of glory, in the name of Jesus!
"When thou goest out to battle against thine enemies, and seest horses, and chariots, and a people more than thou, be not afraid of them: for the Lord thy God is with thee, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
And it shall be, when ye are come nigh unto the battle, that the priest shall approach and speak unto the people.
And shall say unto them, Hear, O Israel, ye approach this day unto battle against your enemies: let not your hearts faint, fear not, and do not tremble, neither be ye terrified because of them;
For the Lord your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you."
Fear deflates power!
God goes to fight with you against your enemies, to save you, not to experiment with you.
Friends, I bring you this heaven–sent assurance that the verdict of the battle has been given in your favour. The victory has been decided.
"And the officers shall speak unto the people, saying, What man is there that hath built a new house, and hath not dedicated it? let him go and return to his house, lest he die in the battle, and another man dedicate it.
And what man is he that hath planted a vineyard, and hath not yet eaten of it? let him also go and return unto his house, lest he die in battle, and another man eat of it.
And what man is there that hath betrothed a wife, and hath not taken her? let him go and return unto his house, lest he die in the battle, and another man take her.
And the officers shall speak further unto the people, and they shall say, What man is there that is fearful and faint hearted? let him go and return unto his house, lest his brethren’s heart faint as well as his heart."
The things listed here are the things that led to the last statement, "fearful and faint–hearted." Such people tell themselves. "What if...?", Who knows...?", Who can tell...?".
Fear is a snare!
It brings men into bondage!
Until you overcome it, you will not become an overcomer. It is a principal hurdle you must overcome before you can become a winner in life.
When you see horses all around you, and chariots, and the people are perhaps greater in number than you are, God says, "Be not afraid, for I am with thee."
Shortly before He left this earth, Jesus said:
"Lo, I am with you alway, even to the end of the world."
Paul said in Romans 8:31, "If God be for us, who can be against us?" And the Psalmist said, "Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil: for thou art with me" (Psalm 23:4).
God is saying to you today, "Stand up and face your challenges. I am going to fight for you and save you."
Fear will bring defeat your way anyday. A fearful man is likely to affect other people around him.
The time has come for God to give you an anointing for battle, that will make you unmovable as mount Zion.
"They that trust in the Lord shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever.
As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about his people from henceforth even for ever.
For the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous; lest the righteous put forth their hands unto iniquity."
You must be able to say like Paul, "But none of these things move me." When a man receives such a new heart, the Bible says he will be surrounded with mountains.
God knows certain things are going to be targeted at you to disturb you, but He says, "Be as immovable as mount Zion."
All you need is to be steadfast. "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free." (Gal. 5:1). God is committed to ensure that no rod of the wicked rests upon you and your belongings.
The fearful have no future in any battle. So rise up to the challenge around you.
We are fighting a battle that has already been won, and the Captain of hosts, the Lord, the Man of war, is He that fights for us!
If you refuse to bow, you will not burn. It is only when you bow that you burn. You need to carry the consciousness that the Lord your God is with you always.
In every Canaan appointed for you, the devil has appointed giants to scare you away from it. You and I are creatures of destiny. You have a Canaan. Any giant that attempts to stand in your way, heaven will rise up to destroy him.
A heartless believer is destined to lose!
It is time to show the world that you are a man!
Don’t let anybody stop you from reaching your Canaan!
Without a heart you cannot make a mark!
In warfare, every fearful person is disqualified. God is arming His Church, and we are privileged to be in the forefront, fully armed. So many things are being unfolded to us that are not common.
You are fully armed! Get on the road! This is your manifestation hour. It’s time to dare the devil. He will surrender to you.
Unparallelled confidence makes a conqueror. The inner strength of conquerors is unbeatable. Their heart is ever–triumphing.
Friends, you must become power–conscious. If not, the wicked forces on this earth won’t let you live! There cannot be any triumph without a display of power.
When God comes in His power, He is a consuming fire. Every devil bows to the fire of God. It burns away every chaff in your life, and every stubble on your way.
The time has come for every closed door in your life to open. Every barrier in your life henceforth, will be changed into a wonder!
"For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith."
It is time to tell the mountains on your way to get lost. They are not part of your inheritance. Business frustrations and failure are not part of your inheritance.
The power to disarm your enemy is in your hand. No Pharaoh can torment you!
No devil can torture you anymore!
Friends, your obstacles have become miracles! Your barriers have been turned to wonders!
The power of God has completed the job, and your testimonies have been delivered to you!
Just as Pharaoh was helpless before Moses, so every opposition has become helpless before you!
From now on, at your appearance, every closed gate shall be lifted up! Every Red Sea shall give way! Every mountain shall skip like rams at your appearance, and every valley shall be filled!
The time for you to wallow in signs and wonders has come. Your eyes shall be as flames of fire, and your hair shall be as white as snow! Your feet shall be as brass formed in a furnace! You shall be impossible to handle by any opposition! The ground under your feet shall bring forth bountifully from now on!
All that see you shall know that you are called by the name of the Lord!
The time has come for everything that makes you hide your face in the society and in the neighbourhood to be swallowed up!
Your slavery has come to an end. In Jesus precious name!
3 POWERFUL COMBINATIONS DID IT!
"I’m a senior nursing sister. Yesterday, I had to rush out of the anointing service at about 9 o’clock in the morning, because I was supposed to resume at 8 o’clock. And by the time I got to the office, I was so disorganised; as the senior nursing sister, I’m supposed to get things ready.
There was a woman in labour and she had been in labour since the night before. But because I was late to work that day, I was not able to enter the labour room. But later in the afternoon, when I was with the Medical Director, one of the doctors came in to say, ‘Sir, I have a very difficult labour. That woman is likely to go for a Caesarean Section. She had her first baby like that as well.’
The woman had what we call CPD (Chephalo Pelvic Disproportion) and the baby looked big and so could not come out. Ideally, for someone who had had a baby before, the rate of contraction and dilation should be faster. But as at 12 noon yesterday morning, she was still four centimeters. The doctors were worried and went to take her blood, and took it to the lab to check her haemoglobin level, that is, she was being prepared for an operation.
I was downstairs monitoring the antenatal patients when I heard a voice say, ‘Leave whatever you are doing and go to the labour room’. I was almost disobeying the voice, because a nurse was already assigned to her. But the voice insisted and I obeyed.
When I got to the labour room and saw the woman, I discovered that she was a fellow Winner. I asked, ‘What happened to you?’ She said, ‘I’ve been in labour since.’ I said, ‘What did you do? Where is your anointing oil?’ She said it was in her bag outside, I asked, ‘How can you leave your anointing oil in the bag outside?’
I went outside to collect it. I then applied it on her abdomen and on the passage through which the baby will come. I said, ‘The Bishop said no knife shall cut our bodies again. So, since you’re a Winner, although you had your first baby by C.S., this one is going to come out through normal birth.’
She said, ‘Fellow Winner, I have the blood of sprinkling in my bag outside.’ I went and collected it. The Spirit of the Lord instructed me to sprinkle the labour room with the blood and I obeyed. The Spirit of the Lord said I shouldn’t pray, so I started singing praises.
The first song that came to my mind was the Yoruba song that says we have a Father as a defence. I gave her a capful of the blood of Jesus and struck her with my mantle seven times, calling on the Lord God of Bishop Oyedepo. I said, ‘Lord, this is 2.30pm, I’m going to close from work at 3.30pm and I want this baby out. I must see this baby before I leave for home’. And to God be the glory, when it was exactly five minutes to three, the woman put to bed.
But when the baby came out, it was limp. As medical people, they wanted to rush oxygen and so on, but I told them to leave the baby alone. I again got hold of the blood of Jesus and sprinkled it on the baby, and for someone that had refused to cry, he cried as if someone just gave him a wack on the back!"
Ajayi, M.D. (Mrs.)
‘MY SONS TESTES WERE SWOLLEN’
"Before the end of 1994, I noticed that one of my son’s testes was swollen. I called my wife to see it. Immediately, we went to the clinic. The doctor’s verdict was that it will have to be corrected by surgery.
My heart almost failed, because I had thought it was a mere infection. We found out that such surgery was going to cost us about 20,000 naira. When we got home, my wife told me that if we agree to that surgery, it will be the greatest mistake we will ever make. She suggested that we look unto God to perform the healing. I believed her and agreed with her.
We prayed and laid hands on my son and continued to confess our healing covenant with God. Yet, there was no change, rather the swelling increased.
It was then that the Lord spoke to me to go and look for a book on divine healing. I went to a Christian bookshop and to the glory of God, I came across this book, Keys to Divine Health, written by Dr. David Oyedepo.
I told myself I wasn’t going anywhere, ‘I’m taking two days off to read this book.’ The first day, I read it, and read it again. The second day, I told God that all I needed was just one key, to deal with the situation.
To the glory of God, the Lord led me to pages 23-26. I sat down and read it, and I discovered that my problem was Satan, the tormentor. Satan was tormenting my son. So I called in my son and told him to lie down.
Then I said, ‘Satan, I command you, come on appear before me right now!’ Then I asked him, ‘When this body was created in 1991, were you part of the creation?’ He said, ‘No’. I asked him again, ‘When this body was created, was it created in your own image?’ He answered that it was created in the image of God. Then I further asked him, ‘Was it created with this sickness?’ He said no!
So I commanded him, ‘Satan, now take your thing and get out of this house, in Jesus name!’ Then I turned to the condition (the swollen testes), and said, ‘Look, I have dealth with your commander- in-chief. Now, I curse you, wherever your root is located, wither from your root and die!’ And within one week, his testes became normal. That was the end of it! Praise the LIVING GOD!"
MANTLE IN A BAG PRODUCES HEAT!
"On Tuesday morning, I was outside Awoyokun Street, offloading somethings from my car. Suddenly, four men came to me, one with a gun, and asked me for the key of the car. I told him it was in the car.
They went into the car and as they were about to drive off I asked for my clutch bag. They didn’t answer me. The reason I asked for it was because my Mantle is always in the clutch bag. But they drove off!
So, I turned and reported to God, I said, ‘Almighty Father, your power is in the clutch bag in that car. Energise it now and let the heat that is produced in the car be so much that they have to stop the car and run out!’
I took a taxi and went back home to Ikeja. This was 7 o’clock in the morning. By 9 o’clock, my security man from Ilupeju came to me and said, ‘I have seen the car!’ I asked him ‘Where did you see the car?’
The car was abandoned four blocks away, on the same Awoyokun Street!"
Rhodes, O. V.
"THE DEVIL HAD TO FLEE!"
"On Sunday after the first service, I went to a friend’s house. I had invited her to church and after the service, she said we should go to her house, so we can come back together in the evening.
While asleep there, I dreamt and in that dream, I was struck in the face. When I woke up, my face was swollen, like that of a boxer. I left the house and ran to the church. I applied the anointing oil, but the face was still swollen.
Yesterday in church, while people were struggling to get seats, I appealed to them to allow me sit directly in front of the Bishop. I had proposed in my heart that if the satan that struck me in the dream can stand the Bishop, then my face will remain as it was, but if it cannot stand him, then I will be healed. You can see my face now. I kept gazing at the Bishop as he was preaching and to God be the glory, the devil had to flee!"
"THE SNAKE STRUCK ME ON MY BACK!"
"Last November, my children told me that they had found a church nearby where they would like to be worshipping, and they attended the November Breakthrough Seminar. I had earlier told them that which ever church they were to attend, they must not add anything to the preaching of Jesus Christ there, otherwise I won’t allow them to attend anymore.
But my wife and children came back that Saturday night with bottles of the anointing oil. As they came in, they said, ‘the Bishop has commanded that we anoint the whole house,’ and they began anointing the whole place. Before I knew it, they had slashed the oil upon my head!
As this happened, I wondered what to do to them. I then decided to stop them from going to that church. As I got up to go and meet my wife in the room, to give her my verdict, something told me to wait and observe that my backache, which was the reason why I couldn’t drive my Family to our former church for some time, was no longer there. I stopped in my track, sat down, stood up, threw a sheet of paper on the floor, bent down and picked it up! All these were feats I couldn’t perform for a long time without any pain! I was completely healed! So, I couldn’t carry out my threat to stop them from worshipping here.
The following week, I got back home at night to discover that my wife had anointed all my clothes. She said the Holy Spirit told her to anoint all of them. I kept quiet.
The following day, I wore one of those anointed clothes and went to my shop. In the afternoon, I decided to go to my building site. After sometime, I went to ease myself behind the house. I didn’t know there was a snake in the unfinished house behind me. As I was easing myself, a snake struck on my back! I took a stick and killed the snake. When I told those on the site with me that I was bitten by a snake, they looked at the spot where I was bitten and said they couldn’t see any snake bite there. I believe it was because of the anointed clothes I had on. They told me that they had been trying to kill the snake all the while.
I then told myself, ‘This place that I’ve not even started worshipping and all these healings and deliverances have happened, I’d better join them there!’ So that’s how I began to worship here."
"I had this attack of hernia, the pain started right from below my tummy. There was a day we were working at the workshop and the pain came, resulting in my having a very swollen scrotum, as big as a balloon! I was rushed to the hospital and I was told I had to undergo an operation, which will cost about 10,000 naira. I said, ‘God, I don’t have anybody, I don’t have 10,000 naira either.’ I then decided to put everything into God’s hands.
Some brothers from this church came visiting my workshop. They anointed us and gave us the communion to drink. I wondered what it had to do with my healing. That night, I was very sad, I cried to God and said, ‘I don’t want this thing in my body.’ Whenever I’m walking along the street, people will be staring at me, because of my swollen scrotum.
In my sleep that night, I had a dream. In the dream, I saw myself naked, with my two hands on my private part. I also saw a well in front of me, and a small white cup by it. I heard a voice behind me telling me to take the cup and draw water from the well and drink.
I obeyed, but when I wanted to draw the water, I saw that it was red, that it was blood! I said I wasn’t going to drink it, that it was blood and not water.
The voice kept urging me to drink and I kept refusing. Then suddenly, very big hand, which I cannot fully describe, came from nowhere, took the cup and dipped it into the well. There was a palm tree near-by. The hand took the cup to the tree and poured the blood down the tree from the top, and as it was pouring the blood, the bark of the tree started peeling off. The voice for the last time told me to go and drink, saying that so shall my sickness fall off as the bark of the palm tree.
I quickly took the cup and drank from the well. After drinking the blood, I immediately began to feel some excitement inside me right from my sleep. When I woke up, as I was wondering what sort of dream I had had, I touched my body and it felt light. On feeling my scrotum, I discovered that the swelling had vanished! And to God be the glory, till today, I’ve not had any pain from there. I thank God that I have many eye witnesses here, who saw the swelling when I was carrying it about. But now, I did not go for any operation and I’m healed."
"On the first Sunday in September, I bought the ‘September My Month of Signs & Wonders’ poster. I pasted it on the wall in my sitting room, along with other posters of soccer celebrities which had always been there. I glued the poster to the wall.
After the first week in September, I didn’t see any sign. The second and the third week came and went past, still no sign! By the fourth week, after the Sunday service, I got home and said, ‘This thing must not be for fun.’ Throughout that night, I held a night vigil, I sang praises till three in the morning and nothing happened to the poster on the wall and I went to sleep.
When I woke up in the morning, I saw the poster on the floor, all eaten-up at the edges! I didn’t know what ate it up. I picked it up and put it in my bag, with the determination to know what ate it up one day.
I started worshipping here in August and I’ve been seeing people waving the mantle. I said, ‘This is handkerchief, what do I need it for? I just come here to pray to God. I don’t need it.’ After Thursday’s ministration, the Bishop said we should come with our mantles the following day. Yesterday, I bought one, for the first time. He ministered to it, and I took it home.
On getting home, I brought out the September poster that had been eaten up, and waving the mantle before it, I said, ‘This is the mantle, you and this poster are both from the same church. Look at what they have done to you brother (the poster). Fight back. Because the scripture says no weapon that is fashioned against you this mantle shall prosper. The Bible also says that even the Red Sea could not withstand Moses’ rod, neither could River Jordan resist Elijah’s mantle. Therefore, mantle, redeem the image of your brother (the poster), without which I will not believe in you again.’
I then waved the mantle round the whole flat and went to sleep. In the morning when I woke up, I found five dead rabbits on the floor! I packed them all out and burnt them with kerosine and swept off the ashes.
I left the mantle in my visitor’s room and could not enter in there to retrieve it out of fear! I remembered I needed to bring that mantle to the service today, so at about two in the morning, I went into the room to retrieve it. My hands were shaking when I went for it. I said, ‘Lord, I spoke to this mantle yesterday, I must touch it. Then I took it and put it in my pocket. I thank God that all the demons in my house have been totally destroyed."