THE RED SEA, BONDAGE & FREEDOM 1st of October, 1999

Let somebody shout Alleluia! (Alleluia!) If you love Nigeria shout Alleluia! (Alleluia!) There is someone here tonight who will surely see next year. (Amen!) If you are the one shout Alleluia! (Alleluia!) I am sure there is someone here tonight who will see the Golden Age of Nigeria. (Amen!) A time is coming in Nigeria when there’ll be no more armed robbers. (Amen!) How many of you believe you will see that day? If you are going to see that day, shout Alleluia! (Alleluia!) There is someone here tonight without any doubt who will never see his enemies again. (Amen!) Now if you are that one shout Alleluia! (Alleluia!)

Let’s worship our God, the One who has made Nigeria a miracle. Let’s worship him…. Holy, holy, holy, holy is the Lord…. Let’s just go ahead and worship the Almighty God, let’s bless Him, let’s magnify His holy Name, He’s worthy to be praised, He’s worthy to be adored, let’s magnify His holy Name! Blessed be Your Holy Name! Thank You Father! You are worthy to be praised! You are worthy to be adored! You are worthy to be magnified! We praise You! We praise You! You are worthy to be praised! You are worthy to be magnified! You are worthy to be adored! There is no one like You! Take all glory Father! Take all adoration! Thank You Jesus! Thank You Lord! Baba, baba, baba, baba, ese o baba, a wa dupe baba….

The Lord said there is someone here tonight, your miracles which have been delayed for years shall be given to you tonight! (Amen!)

The Lord is healing someone with backache right now. The Lord is healing someone of kidney problem right now. Thank You Father! Thank You Father! The Lord is correcting the sight of someone right now. Someone came here tonight nose bleeding that had been there for seven years. The Lord has stopped it now. There is none holy as the Lord, there is none beside Him, neither is there anyone like our God, there is none holy as the Lord……

The Lord is healing someone of hernia right now. The Lord said there’s someone here tonight, you’ve lost hope that you can ever become anything in Nigeria. The Lord said He will surprise you this month. (Amen!) Ese baba, awa dupe o, ese baba, awa ……

The Lord said there is someone here, your enemies are so close you could feel their breathing on your back. The Lord asked me to tell you, He is also breathing down their back (Amen!) Angels are singing, you are worthy O Lord….Go ahead, worship Him! You are worthy Lord! You are worthy Lord! You are worthy Lord! You are worthy Lord! You are worthy Lord!… Thank You Lord!

I want you to quietly get up and sit down. We don’t know the direction the Holy Spirit is leading now but the Lord says that He is going to give someone an anniversary present today. (Amen!) He said, if only we can just worship Him with complete abandon, He will show Himself mighty in our midst tonight. You are worthy Lord! You are worthy Lord! You are worthy Lord! You are worthy Lord! You are worthy Lord!…

Thank You Lord! Blessed be Your Name Lord! Thank You Jesus! Now the Lord says, He’s going to heal 7000 people tonight. (Amen!) Now listen to me brethren….the healing wind of God is already blowing and this is what I want you to do: When He says He’s going to heal 7000 people He didn’t say, at the end of the service. He means, now. Thank You Father! Therefore as we continue to worship Him now you begin to check your bodies and when you check and you find that you are one that had been healed, then quietly come forward towards the altar. The world is going to see tonight that we are serving the living God. (Amen!) You are worthy Lord! You are worthy Lord! You are worthy Lord! …Angels are singing “You are worthy, O Lord! You are worthy O Lord”…Magnify the Lord with me, Let us praise His Name together……Thank You Lord! Thank You Lord! Let’s go ahead, let’s keep on worshipping Him. You are high and lifted up there is no one like you, Alle, Alle, Alle. Alleluia….Jehovah, you are the most high, you are the most high God…..

The Lord says that the healing stream that has started here tonight will flow throughout Nigeria.

Father, we just want to bless you. What a wonderful way to start. We know that tonight will be wonderful. (Amen!) We know that from tonight onward it will be wonderful for Nigeria. (Amen!) Glory be to Your Holy Name! (Alleluia!) Now these your children that have received these unexpected miracles, let the miracles last forever. (Amen!) And we use them as a point of contact for the rest of those who are here who might still be sick. Before this night is out Father, heal everybody! (Amen!) Heal Nigeria (Amen!) And let your Name be glorified. The Lord said those of you who have been healed, just you alone, shout Alleluia! (Alleluia!) Now those who are sure that before they leave here tonight they too will have a testimony, let them shout Alleluia! (Alleluia!) In Jesus mighty Name it shall be so. Congratulations… you can just dance back to your seats. Oluwa mi mo wa dupe, Oluwa mi mo wa dupe…..

Well what a wonderful way to start. I’m sure you know that tonight we have a special Holy Ghost Service for Nigeria. God decided to start us off healing some 7000 people. Glory be to God!.

Exodus 14 verses 13-18 and then 27-28. Thank You Father!

The Lord said there is someone in the congregation who is weeping. The Lord asked me to tell you, wipe off your tears, there’s no need any more to cry. (Amen!)

Ex 14:14-18 (KJV)

And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace. And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward: But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea. And I, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them: and I will get me honour upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gotten me honour upon Pharaoh, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen.

verse 27:

And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them.

One day the Almighty God looked into the family of a man who is an idol worshipper and picked a young man who was 75 years old. He said unto him, “Abraham!” He said, “Lord, I’m here!” I want you to get out of your father’s house, get out of your kindred and go to a land I will show you. Then I will bless you, I will make you great, I will make your name great. I will make you a blessing. Any one who blesses you I will bless. Anyone who curses you , I will curse. And through you the whole earth will be blessed. At that time Abraham was barren and the wife was 65 years old but he believed with God all things are possible. But then year after year nothing happened, the wife instead of getting pregnant, got older. So one day God said, “Abraham!” He said, “Yes, Lord?” “Can you count the stars in the sky?” “No Lord.” “So shall your children be.” Abraham laughed. “God, when you said that to me 25 years ago, I believed you. Now I’m almost a hundred., my wife is almost 90. Let’s stop this joke.” The Bible said he laughed so much that he fell on his face! God said, ”Abraham? You are laughing at me. I am the Almighty. There is nothing I cannot do. I would have killed you today but if I kill you my promise would not be fulfilled. What I will do is this: what I said I will do for you I will do. But these your children that you are going to have they will go into slavery and serve a strange nation for four hundred years. That will teach you to laugh at me!”

You know the rest of the story. Isaac came. Put of Isaac came Jacob. Out of Jacob came the twelve fathers. Joseph went to Egypt. Jacob and the sons followed him. They had some brief period of enjoyment and then another king arose that did not know Joseph and the 400 years of hardship began. But God said, they will serve a foreign nation for four hundred years but the day they finally left Egypt according to Exodus 12:41 they had served Egypt for 430 years. Now why extra 30? That’s one important point I want us to think about tonight..

Because even though the time God said they would be free had come they didn’t cry to God for freedom. They didn’t seek God the way they should seek Him. They were still able to tolerate the suffering. Nigeria had been independent since 1960. Maybe by then all our problems should have been over. But we are still .. the problem was still manageable until about 2 years ago. Then those who didn’t even know God began to cry to God. God said in Deuteronomy 4:29 He said you will find me if you seek me with all your heart. There is someone here today who will seek God with all his or her heart and you will see God. I’ve told you before, as long as you are not tired of suffering God is not going to do anything! If you can still tolerate the sickness; if you still don’t mind one injection here or there, if you don’t mind a little bit of pain, your prayer will not be the prayer of the desperate. And until you are tired of suffering – when you know that no,no, no, I can’t continue, then you will cry to God the way He should be cried to and that day He will answer.

After 30 extra years, Israel cried to God: “O God this is enough!” And God heard their cry. God will hear your cry tonight (Amen!) God will hear the cry of Nigeria tonight!. Bondage is bitter. If you don’t believe that ask the children of Israel when they were under Egypt. they wake up early, they sleep late. They work like nobody’s business. If they try to stretch their back the horsewhip will land. And they work this hard, there’s nothing to show for it. The Bible says in Deuteronomy 28:33 it says, it is a curse to work for others to eat. All of you who are working for others to eat, that curse will be broken in your life tonight. (Amen!) They were in bondage, so they were working like elephants and eating like rats.

But there are other forms of bondage. One could be rich and sick. That’s a terrible bondage too. Some people have no food to eat. Now some people have the food but they have no stomach to eat it in to. I’ve told you of a friend of mine – he’s dead now – when he died, at the time of his death. He had over 260 million dollars in Australia, that’s not to count that of Switzerland, America and Britain, no I’m talking of the farthest you can go! But he couldn’t eat chicken. His major food is milk, just drinking milk like a baby. I didn’t have a million kobo but I can break the bone of any chicken! So to be rich and sick is bondage.

These people in Egypt they were in bondage they didn’t even know what their future is going to be like. Two years ago none of us knew exactly what is in store for Nigeria except that God keeps telling us, “Don’t worry, tomorrow will be all right! Don’t worry, tomorrow will be all right!” Their children had no future! Until recently to tell the truth there doesn’t seem to be a future for our children. But now we can boldly say. ..I was young, now I am old, I have not seen the righteous forsaken nor his children begging bread!

When we talk about Nigeria brethren – I’m talking to you as a Pastor, I’m not a politician. I will never be a politician because that’s not my calling. There are those who are called to be politicians. We will pray for them. God will anoint them and He will use them but I am called to be a Pastor and I know that the issue of Nigeria is not the issue of North versus South, it has nothing to do with Muslims versus Christians. No, no,no the problem of Nigeria is the devil versus God’s plan for Nigeria. Because God has a mighty plan for Nigeria. Somebody said it years ago….he said, if you look at the map of Africa, it is like a revolver and if you look where Nigeria is, that is where the trigger of the gun is.,. Nigeria is the trigger of Africa and when that trigger is pulled what is going to come out of that gun is a revival that is going to go round the whole world. Look at Africa very well – Nigeria is at the trigger. South Africa is where the gun is going to explode. So you know why the devil has faced these two nations for so long, trying to hold us under.

When our Universities are being closed down it is not the North or South alone. When armed robbers begin to evade they won’t know who is who. When you look at our streets and you see highly educated prostitutes you know where they come from. You see the devil is determined that the name of Nigeria will stink all over the world. But he’s wasting his time. I said it to some of my colleagues, some of my friends – those people who lift up my hands in the ministry. I said I can guarantee you one thing, while I am still alive, not when I am dead – a time is coming, you will land in a nation abroad, they will notice that you are a Nigerian, they will bow. (Amen!) That is going to happen before I die (Amen!) and the journey to that is what we call Lekki ’98 and you will see greater things to come.

Bondage is bitter! Brethren, many of us had been in bondage for a long time! But the time for freedom has come. Freedom is sweet but there is no freedom without prosperity.

In Exodus 12 verses 35 & 36 the Bible says when the children of Israel were about to leave Egypt, God gave them favour. Tell your neighbour God will give you favour! God gave them favour with the Egyptians, that they were able to take a lot of money away from Egyptians. All the work they had been doing for 430 years they were paid for it in one day! If you are poor, don’t let anybody deceive you, you are in bondage. That’s why I’ve told you again and again, this year, I refuse to be poor. I don’t know why God is constantly reminding me and He’s compelling me to speak on prosperity. I can only guess that He wants to prosper some people. (Amen!) There is nothing glorious in poverty. God made sure that when He took His children out, He took them out with plenty of money and I have a very strong suspicion that money is about to change hands (Amen!) That all those that got my Father’s money illegally, some how, somehow, somehow that money is going to change hands (Amen!) Are you going to get part of it? All right if you are going to get part of it shout Alleluia! (Alleluia!)

There is no freedom without health. that is why the Bible says in Psalm 105:37 it said when God brought the children of Israel out of Egypt there is no feeble one among them. Every sickness they had they left behind them in Egypt. That is why I am prophesying to you tonight, any sickness that you brought here you won’t take away in Jesus’ Name! (Amen!)

Now there is no freedom without joy. Any one who is in sorrow, you cannot say that one is free. I think the elders say that if there is no joy in the home, it doesn’t matter what is happening in the town it will be like bush! The Bible says in Psalm 105 verse 43, it says when God brought His children out of Egypt, He brought them out with joy and with gladness. When you go from here tonight it will be with joy and gladness in Jesus’ Name! (Amen!)

That tells us something straight away. That independence is not freedom. When Nigeria became independent that does not necessarily mean that we became free. Independence simply means ‘I will govern myself.’ And if you go through the scriptures you will see a lot of independent people who were full of problems.

The prodigal son for example. He said to his father, “I don’t want to be under your authority any more. Give me my own portion. I want to be independent.” You know the rest of the story. .You read it in Luke 15. He wanted to be independent. Very soon he was wearing rags. Very soon he was trying to eat the food that pigs were eating. And when you read Mark 5:1-4 You see the mad man of Gadar there – he was an independent man. The Bible says, nobody could bind him. You bind him with iron, he would tear it away. He was independent but he wasn’t free. And when you read 1 Samuel 16:1, 14 the Bible tells us about King Saul. He didn’t want to be under the authority of God. God would give an order and he would do hi s own and God finally said, “All right, all, right! You want independence? Go ahead.” But you see the moment you say you don’t want to be under God , you will have to be under something. The moment God withdrew from him, the Bible said, an evil spirit took over. When the Prodigal says, ’I don’t want to be under my father.’ he soon finds himself who was rearing pigs and would not even pay him for working. If you read Hosea 4:17, the Bible says, there’s a young man there called Ephraim, he didn’t want the control of God, so God said, ‘Ephraim has joined himself to idols, leave him alone. He wanted to be independent, let him be independent.’ But by Hosea 5:9 God said, ‘Ephraim shall be desolate.’

Brethren, true freedom is in Christ alone. If you think you are free and you are not under Jesus Christ you are deceiving yourself. The Bible says you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free. And Jesus Christ said, I am the Way, the Truth and the Life so if you want to be free, you have to know me – the Truth. And the Bible says in John 8:36, it says, if the Son shall set you free you shall be free indeed. You suddenly discover that the moment you surrender to Jesus, not only will you be free, He will make sure that your freedom is complete because His freedom will include the prosperity that will make your freedom worthwhile. The Bible says, the blessings of the Lord, it maketh rich, without adding sorrows. The moment you surrender to Him, His stripes will be available for your healing. And according to Nehemiah 8:10, it said, the joy of the Lord is your strength. That’s why Jesus Christ said in Matthew 11:28-30, it said, Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy-laden and I will give you rest. If you want true freedom, you will find it in Christ alone.

Now it is important to note that no oppressor will let his victims go willingly. Nigeria needs to know that. And you as an individual, you need to know that . The elders have a saying: the palm kernel is not going to release its seed gently. When Moses went to Pharaoh and said: “Thus says the Lord – let my people go!” That they may serve me!” He said, “Who is the Lord? Why should I let Israel go?” In Daniel 3: 14 & 15 Nebuchadnezzar said, “And who is that God that will deliver you out of my hand?” But you see when God has killed the first born of Pharaoh and shown Nebuchadnezzar that there is somebody who is the King of Kings, it was then easy for the captives to be set free. There is only one language the devil understands and that is the language of violence. Thank God that we are where we are today. If we are going to retain our freedom we have to deal with the devil. Our enemies are not human beings. Oh, we know the devil had used some people but let’s fight the battle where it belongs. We are the ones with the power to heal this nation Oh no, no, no, I’m not saying that we are God. I’m saying that we know how to reach that God to get healings for our nations.

The Bible says, the weapons of our warfare are not carnal. The problem of Nigeria cannot be solved with guns. If it can be solved with guns, it would have been solved long ago. The problem of Nigeria cannot be solved with protests. That’s not the solution. The solution is on our knees because God said, “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and turn from their wicked ways.” He said, “I will hear from heaven and I will heal their land.” I know for sure, a time is coming, when the whole of Nigeria will be like Redemption Camp. (Amen!) When you can go and walk about at night any time. You can keep your doors open if you want to. That time is coming very soon. (Amen!) But we need to work. We need to know that at the slightest opportunity the oppressor will want to bring back the victim into captivity. You need to note that one.

Because Pharaoh had just said to the children of Israel, “You can go.” They’ve gone for about three days, then he woke up one day and said, “Wait a minute! What have we done? We’ve let these people go? Why?” I’m sure many of you who are really intelligent you will know what I’m saying. So Pharaoh gathered his host together and said, “We must go and get them back! After all they are trekking. We have horses and chariots. Let’s go and get them!” The oppressor will not let the victim go willingly. When by one miracle or another the victim has escaped, the oppressor will want to go and bring back that victim into captivity. That’s why the Bible keeps saying, “Watch and pray.” Nigeria, watch and pray.

The beauty of it however is this: If the oppressor tries to bring you back into captivity, you can always cry to the One who delivered you initially. When Israel looked back and they saw the hosts of Israel coming, the Bible said, they were sore afraid and they cried to God. The Almighty God said in Psalm 50:15 He said, “Call on me in the day of trouble and I will deliver you.” The Bible says in Isaiah 59:19, it says, “When the enemy comes in like a flood, the spirit of the Lord will raise up a standard against him.” Brethren, don’t let us stop praying. We are free now, we don’t want to lose our freedom. And if we don’t want to lose our freedom we must continue to watch and to pray.

Now when the children of Israel cried to God, they began to murmur against Moses.., “Moses, didn’t we tell you to leave us in Egypt.” Now they never said that, that’s a lie, they never said that, but whenever there is any little trouble the fellow people will complain against is the leader: “We told him: Eh, don’t you know him! He won’t listen to advice.” And they never gave any advice at all. If everything is going well…..”Oh! Glory be to God! “ If there’s any problem: “It’s our leader!” When it is good. God takes the credit. When it is bad, the leader gets the trouble! But it shouldn’t be so for us Christians. We should be wiser – Romans 13:1: It says that all the powers that be are ordained of God and John 3:27 it says no man can receive anything unless it be given to him from above. That’s why the Bible says we must constantly pray for those that are in authority. And that is why I want to use this opportunity to appeal to all Nigerians, you can play your politics whichever way you want. But I want to appeal – there are certain areas where we must all co-operate with our leaders.

Under no circumstance should we play politics with the minimum wage…at all. Because the Bible says if you do something that will make the common man hungry, the people will curse you. Proverbs 11:26. It said if you put food where the common man cannot reach it, the people will curse you. Minimum wage – there should be no politics in that. Let us make it as high as possible. We should not play politics with education because if we play politics with the education of our children we are asking for trouble tomorrow. The Bible says, if you correct your children, if you train your children, they will give you rest. Proverbs 29 verse 17 and also Proverbs 22:6 If we play politics with our education we are playing politics with our future. We should not play politics with health. I remember in Isaiah 38:18 God sent to Hezekiah, Hezekiah, put your house in order, you are going to die!” Hezekiah said, “O God, the grave cannot praise you. Death cannot celebrate you! If I die, the number of those praising you will be minus one!” That was a very good lawyer! Our elders have a saying: ‘Dead men cannot praise the king.’ We can’t play politics with health of the people. We can play politics with everything else. ... Play politics with who become ambassadors; play politics with who will be ministers; who will not be, but food for the people? Education for the children? Health for the populace? If we want our tomorrow to be all right we should not play politics with those.

Now God said to Moses, after the people cried and Moses fell on his face, he said, “God! Help! What are we going to do? Three days ago we were rejoicing that we were free, now the enemy is coming to take us back into captivity…what are we going to do?” God said to Moses, “Why are you crying unto me? Tell the children of Israel to move forward.” I believe God is saying to Nigeria today “Nigeria, Move forward” (Amen!) How many of you are ready to move forward? Let me hear you shout Alleluia! (Alleluia!) Now God didn’t stop there He said to Moses, “But you, raise up your hand across the sea and divide it. Then I will cause your enemy to pursue you and drown them.”

You see we don’t have all the time to dig all the digging deep that is in this story. And one of the things I don’t have time to look at in detail is simply this: whenever all your enemies are gathering together, if you are on the side of the Lord, you can be sure of one thing – God wants to give you total victory. So one of the prayers you should pray before this year runs out - because one of the prophecies at the beginning of this year is that the fate of certain people will be sealed this year – one of your prayers, either tonight, or some other time, is that ‘God wherever my enemies are, gather them together and deal with them once and for all so that when I enter the next millennium, I will enter completely free!’ Because when you read this story very well you will see that not a single one of the Egyptians escaped. So when you see your enemies gathering together, you shouldn’t be frightened , you should be rejoicing because God wants to do a complete work.

Another thing that I don’t have time to look at in detail is that when you see your enemy following you to church, you can know that God has already set a trap because, I mean, when Pharaoh followed Israel into the midst of the sea, he didn’t follow willingly. God said, ”I will harden his heart., so that he will follow, so that the water can swallow him up.” That’s why one of my advice for you for Festival ’99 , don’t invite your friends alone, your worst enemies, make sure they come. Tell them, you want to know the secret of my power, come, let me come and show you. If they say, I don’t have the money for transport.” “I will pay.” If he follows you, it’s either he will become a Christian before he goes back,, in which case he will become your brother, or else we shall see what we shall see.

But then let’s just quickly now, look at the rest of this story – very briefly. God said to Moses, tell the children of Israel to move forward.” That means the children of Israel have their role to play. If the sea is open and they refuse to go into it, there is nothing more God can do. And then He said to Moses, “You lift up your hand across the sea and open it.” Our leaders they have their own role to play. And when I’m talking of ‘our leaders’. I’m not talking of our leaders political alone. As a matter of fact, those who have the biggest role to play in the future of Nigeria are our spiritual leaders. Those with those anointed hands they must use those anointed hands to open the sea for us. If they don’t and they continue to use their mouth to try to pull down our political leaders and so on and so forth, God is going to call them into judgement. We all have our roles to play. God has His own role to play because the moment Moses lifted his hand across the sea , God caused the eastwind too begin to blow and it blew all night. And I’m sure you know the wind that was blowing that day was not an ordinary wind – it was the Holy Spirit. That’s why we have this Special Holy Ghost Night for Nigeria.

The wind is going to blow tonight. In fact it is already blowing. God has His role to play. He is the One who can do the impossible. I mean there was a time, nobody knew that Nigeria had any money. We were sitting on oil and we were going abroad to beg for money before we can prepare our budget. All of a sudden we discovered oil and like the Pastor who spoke before me said, for years we have been burning our gas. I’m sure the world must have been laughing at us but the devil didn’t want us to prosper. What could bring money! He said, “Burn it!” It is going to change because the Almighty God can do the impossible. He is the only one who can reduce our enemies to nothing. He’s the one who can make a way where there is no way because He is the way. He is the One who can bring water out of the rock. You know God can do it so that we can just discover one mineral at Redemption Camp so that we don’t need to take offering any more!

But then our leaders must lead by example. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 11:1 Be followers of me, as I am a follower of Christ. Leaders must lead by example...not only politically, I’m also talking spiritually. Somebody asked me: “How come the Pastors in the Redeemed Christian Church of God are so disciplined?” When I say ‘Sit down’ they sit down. “When I say, ’Stand up.’ they stand up. Go from Port Harcourt to Maiduguri ‘Yes, Sir.’ Because they know that by the time I ask them to fast for three days, I would have fasted seven. If we lead people by example they will follow. So the leaders must lead by example. They must remember that to lead is to serve. Jesus Christ said “I have come to minister to not to be ministered unto” Our leaders must maintain their link with God because without him we can do nothing.

And then we, the masses, must follow where our leaders are leading. Many a times when the leaders are leading in a particular direction that direction may involve sacrifices. Glory be to God! I was talking to my children some days ago. There are two ways you can do something - pay first enjoy later or enjoy first and pay later there is no way you can enjoy without paying so it’s either you pay first and enjoy later or enjoy first and pay later. You can face your book now, study very well and sit behind your car later. Or you can waste your youth and become gatekeeper for other young people who knew better when you are old. If our leaders say let us pay first and enjoy later let all of us say Amen!. And I hope all the youths are listening to me because there are many of you now who don’t even want to go to school anymore! You want to become traders, we want money quick, quick,quick. We want to begin by riding a Mercedes Benz. If you start your tree from the top you can only come down. The best way to climb is to climb from the bottom.

Let me close this first session with at least some beautiful news. You see, when the Lord told Moses, stretch your hand across the sea, open it up, and the wind began to blow, God said, ,”Ah, The night is falling, before the sea will be fully opened it’s going to be in the morning. In the meantime the enemy may come too close….” So He just became one mighty pillar of fire and He separated between the enemy and His own children. I want to assure you if you are on the side of the Lord, the enemy may come close, they will never reach you! (Amen!) . When the morning came and the sea had already been opened, the children of Israel had already gone a far distance and then the enemy began to pursue and they were pursuing them on horses and chariots and God began to remove the wheels of the chariots!

Number two. if you are on the side of the Lord, the enemy may pursue you they will never overtake you. (Amen!) And then when the children of Israel had concluded their journey across the Red Sea, and all the enemies were fully in, in the middle, God told Moses: ”Stretch your hand again. “ The hand that divided the sea was also the hand that closed the sea. The elders have a saying, the teeth that the dog uses in playing with his children is also what he uses to bite the thief. The protection power of God is also the same power that He uses to destroy enemies. If you are on the side of the Lord you are on the winning side there is no way you can lose that’s why I have so much peace. People have asked me again and again, particularly during the difficult days of Nigeria, ”How can you remain so calm?” I say because I know my Father has won the battle before we start fighting. The Bible says in Romans 8:31 : If God be for us who can be against us? In Romans 8:37 the Bible says we are more than conquerors In other words even before we go to battle we know we have won. In 1 John 4:4 It says, little children you have overcome them because greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.

Now I know more than quite a few others the plan of God for Nigeria. I know the plan of God for Nigeria is a fantastic plan. I know that a time is coming that when the 3rd weekend of December is around there will be no accommodation available in any hotel in Nigeria (Amen!) because people will be coming from all over the world to Nigeria because they will soon discover, they will know that God is a Nigerian. I said it... I know when I said it the first time it sounded impossible...I'm not saying we will reach there one day. Only God knows when exactly that will be but a day is coming when anybody dies anywhere in the world and he’s a young person, or somebody that the family loves so much, they are going to ask, “When is the next Holy Ghost Service in Nigeria?” And they will tell them: ”Only 3 months to go.” We won’t bury the fellow. We’ll take the fellow to Nigeria first (Amen!) They will bring them and the empty coffins will be left behind. (Amen!)

I know you will say that this man is a dreamer – he has come again. But there are some people who have been hearing my dreams and they are seeing my dreams come true because when we started the Holy Ghost Service the first attendance was less than 1000. I told them then, a day is coming when the Holy Ghost Service will be the talk of the town. They said Amen. Now, let me tell you now. Let me tell you ..I know: a time is coming and that one is not going to be so long to come when the first Friday of every month will be holiday in Nigeria. (Amen!) No, no, no,, it may not be officially declared…the thing is that you will just get to the office and you don’t see anybody. You won’t see the boss, you won’t see the servants. You will ask, “Where have they gone?” They will say, ”Are you here in Nigeria or are you from abroad?” How many have you believe that that’s going to happen soon. Let me hear you shout Alleluia! (Alleluia!)

What is God saying? God is saying that the future of Nigeria is wonderful but that we should not relax too soon. We are out of Egypt but we are not in Canaan land yet - we are to watch, we are to pray and that’s what we are going to do tonight but before we begin to do that if you are not yet in Christ you are on the losing side. Oh, He’s a wonderful God, probably that’s why He brought you here tonight so that He can show you His mercy. I was invited to Egypt some years ago to come and preach and I was asking my host Pastor. “How did you discuss the crossing of the Red Sea with the Egyptians?” He said, “Sir, whenever I get to that one I jump it!” Let me tell those of you who are not yet born again; that God that can smile can also frown. That God that can save can also kill. I am happy that I am on the right side of God. I am inviting you tonight to come and join the winning side. Stop resisting him. Come and surrender your life to Him.

Let me tell you one more thing – if you hear the call of God as I’m telling you tonight and something within you tells you :”sit down, don’t go, don’t you know who you are -Chief so-so-so, Doctor so-so-so, Professor so-so-so, Barrister so-so-so…. ” If you harden your heart, it can only mean one thing - God has decided to let you go your own way and any one God allows to go his own way is going to perdition. The Bible says, “Today if you will hear His voice harden not your heart.” You have only two minutes to get to the front. .If you want to surrender your life to Him, if you want to be on the winning side, come now, we will pray for you first before we begin to pray for Nigeria because your case is very, very serious .

So if you want to give your life to Jesus, come now, come quickly. The rest of us let’s stand, those of us who are already sure of our salvation. Thank God that you are saved. Thank God that you are on the winning side. Thank God that the enemy may come close but they will never reach you. Thank God that the enemy will pursue you but they will never overtake you. Thank God that you are more than a conqueror. If you are already born again open you r mouth and begin to thank God. Those of you who want to give your life to Jesus, come now, the Lord is waiting for you. Come very quickly now and as you come begin to call on the Almighty God and say, "Father, save my soul, have mercy on me, I want to surrender tonight, I don’t want to stay with the losing side. I want to be on the winning side.” Come , the Lord is calling you now, He want s to save your soul. He wants to be merciful to you. If you harden your heart, then it means only one thing, it means God has taken His hand off your case and that is a dangerous thing to happen. So come now. come to the Lord....Come and surrender your life to Him. Those of us who are already born again, let’s open our mouth now and thank Him, that song says, I’m rejoicing because my name has been written…….

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What happened in Lebanon would have been child’s play in Nigeria. But for the Almighty God we will not be here today. You know when two elephants fight it is the grass that suffers.... It is the Almighty God that did not allow elephants to fight over us. So I want you to stand on your feet and just thank God for Nigeria. Thank God for peace, for peace in our time. Let’s praise Him, let’s lift up our voices and say Father we thank You, we thank You for Nigeria, we thank You. We thank You for peace in our time. we thank You for keeping us one. You keep us one. Thank You for keeping us one.

Let us pray for the Government… all the ministers, all the Governors, all the Commissioners, all the Counsellors, all the Obas, all the Emirs, all our rulers. You see, there was a time when David, annoyed God and God decided to punish Israel. Several thousand people died in one day. Not a single one died in the palace. When our leaders make a mistake, we are the ones who pay for it. Let us call on God and say, “Please guide our leaders.” Open your mouth and pray! :Guide our President! Guide our ministers! Guide our Governors! Guide our Commissioners! Guide our Counsellors! Guide our Obas, our Emirs! Guide all of them! Don’t let them lead us astray. He said, but if we will humble ourselves, He promised that He will hear from heaven and He will heal our land. Brethren, like little children, let’s cry to God and say “Lord, heal our land!” Let’s cry to the Almighty : Heal our land! Heal our economy! Heal our educational system! Heal our security system! Heal our judiciary! Heal everything concerning Nigeria Lord! Heal our land!

Let God arise and His enemies be scattered, let God arise and His enemies be scattered….

Brethren, let’s call on the Almighty and say, Father, arise and scatter the enemies of Nigeria!” Arise O Lord! And scatter al the enemies of Nigeria! Arise O Lord and scatter all the enemies of Nigeria! Oh yes Lord arise!

Please I want you to pray with all your heart. Anything O Lord that will hinder the progress of Nigeria from now on - destroy it tonight! Let’s pray brethren…Anything , O Lord, that will hinder the progress of Nigeria from now on, destroy tonight, destroy tonight….

…for the great love which you have for Nigeria accept our thanks in Jesus’ Name. We commit our President into Your hands. Nobody can become President unless you say so. No one can receive except you give it to him from above. We commit our ministers into your hands. We believe you appointed them for this time. we commit our Governors into Your hands, all our Commissioners, all our Counsellors, all our Obas, all our Emirs, all our Chiefs, all our leaders whether in the material or in the spiritual. Father, guide them. (Amen!) Give them supernatural wisdom. (Amen!) Give them understanding. (Amen!) Let them lead us aright (Amen!) Father, put Your fear in them (Amen!) Let them constantly remember that You are the One who put them there and that you can take them away from there. (Amen!) Your word says that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, if they fear you, they will be wise. Father, let them fear you. (Amen!) Our Father and Our God protect them from evil. (Amen!) Don’t let any evil come near them at all. (Amen!) And Lord, please heal our land. (Amen!) Heal our land. (Amen!) Today O Lord, arise (Amen!) and every enemy of Nigeria scatter them in Jesus’ Name (Amen!) Anything that can turn us backward again, destroy tonight in Jesus’ Name! (Amen!) Let it be well with Nigeria (Amen!) and let Your Name be glorified. Your purpose for Nigeria, let it be fulfilled. Thank You Father! Glory be to Your Holy Name! In Jesus’ mighty Name we have prayed! (Amen!) Let somebody shout Alleluia! (Alleluia!) Let somebody shout Alleluia! (Alleluia!)

Glory be to God! Each time you study the story of the crossing of the Red Sea you discover that the story can be your story. There are some of the children by the Red Sea on that day who never knew what it was to be free. They were born into bondage, their father was born into bondage.; their grandfather was born into bondage, and there are many of us, the situation in which we find ourselves today is not something we caused ourselves…problems that have been there in the family for years.. hereditary diseases.. that this disease must be in you simply because you were born into this particular family. What of poverty? Then there are many brilliant brains who today will be professors who are labourers because there was nobody to pay the school fees. There are some of us today, certain forces that have been bothering the family are still bothering us. Some of us pray now, you must be ready for action, this is not the time to dose and I don’t need to beg you to pray now.. If you like be gentlemanly about it – don’t forget, the captor is not going to let the captive go willingly. So you are going to stand on your feet and you are going to decree in the mighty Name of Jesus’ “every other thing that is still holding me in bondage – disease, sickness, poverty, failure, curse upon the family, in the mighty Name of Jesus, leave me alone! I have suffered enough! In the mighty Name of Jesus, let go of me! Everything still holding mer in bondage, leave me alone! In the mighty Name of Jesus!”

I join my faith with all Your children, whatever may still be holding them in bondage –sickness, disease, poverty , failure, demons, I decree right now – let go in Jesus’ Name! (Amen!) let go in Jesus’ Name! (Amen!) let go in Jesus’ Name! (Amen!) Thank You Father! In Jesus’ mighty Name we have prayed! (Amen!) Amen! God bless you! Be seated!

These people were set free because they obeyed God. God said, if you put the blood of the lamb in your door post and death comes, it will pass you over. Everybody knows that that is a type of the blood of Jesus and that those who slept under such houses where the blood was put on the door posts you could say they are the same as people who are born again today. And then freedom came and they were on their journey to the Promised Land and all of a sudden enemies that they thought they had left behind started pursuing. “Some of us can relate to that story.

We were told, ‘the moment you are born again, your problems are over!’ but that had not been the experience of some of us. We gave our life to Jesus, we rejoiced, we danced, for some period of time there was peace, then all of a sudden the enemies we thought we had left behind began to rear their heads again. They started pursuing. Some of us have been running. Someone was talking to us, somewhere abroad and said… when her problem started, “Oh,” they said, “ The problem is in your family, it is in your compound.” So she ran away from the compound. The problem persisted. “Oh, it is in your father’s house.” So she married when she wasn’t even ready to marry. She got married when she wasn’t even ready, thinking that ,”Well, I’ve left my father’s family, I’m now in a new family.” It was like going from frying pan to fire. “Oh, you know the witches and wizards are in Nigeria. . If you get to the white man’s country., the cold there will not allow the witches to follow you!” So she got to the place, I won’t mention the name. found that the problem persisted. She said, “Pastor, I am tired of running, because I don’t know where else to run to.” Tonight there are some of us, certain forces that we thought we had left behind are still pursuing us and as I said, if you like, pray gently. If you like pray the only way that you should pray so that the devil will hear and know you mean business. You will say, “All the enemies, known and unknown that are pursuing me, according to the word of God, I will never see you again!” Now stand on your feet and let’s pray brethren! Every enemy, known and unknown, that are pursuing me, from today, I will never see you again, I will never see you again…..in the mighty Name of Jesus, every enemy, unknown and unknown, pursuing me – enough is enough, I will never see you again in the mighty Name of Jesus!

Father, You are the One who said, we should call upon You in the day of trouble. You said you would hear and you would deliver. I join my faith, with the faith of all your children and I say, “Lord, every enemy pursuing us, known and unknown, trying to take us back into captivity, trying to take us back into sin, every agent of the devil, every demonic influence, we decree O Lord, that in the mighty Name of Jesus we shall see them no more! (Amen!) Father, we are tired of running, where shall we run to? We are already in You. We have surrendered to you. All the enemies pursuing us, in the mighty Name of Jesus we shall see them no more! (Amen!) So shall it be! In Jesus mighty Name we have prayed (Amen!) Let somebody shout Alleluia! (Alleluia!) God bless you! You may be seated!

When you look at this story, you find that the children of Israel found themselves in a situation where they cannot go forward, they cannot go backward. The Red Sea is there, Pharaoh’s army behind. They don’t know how to swim and if you k know how to swim, swimming the sea is not an easy thing. So there is no possibility of going back at all because death, bondage, sorrow, is waiting behind. Like some of us, we can't go back to babalawo, that's already too late. I don't know of you but I know of myself. I mean how will it look if you see a Pastor saying “e ku le sir!” God forbid! I mean it is just impossible for some of us to go back. There’s nothing back there to go to and yet in front there’s a Red Sea. I thank God that on that day the sea parted. I don’t know what is your own Red Sea. I don’t know that which is standing between you and your Promised Land; I don’t know what is standing between you and the fulfillment of the promises of God for your life. Maybe you know it, maybe you don’t know it but tonight we are going to cry to God! We are going to say Red Sea part – I want to move forward! Let’s stand on our feet! Let’s cry unto the Lord!

Red Sea, whatever you are, whatever may be your name, part tonight !because I want to move forward!, I want to move forward!, I want to move forward!, I want to move forward! I want to move forward! I want to move forward! Oh, yes Lord. Red Sea you must part! We want to move forward, oh, yes, we want to enter into the Promised Land, we want to reach the Promises of God for our lives, we want to reach the level that the Almighty God planned for us to reach from the foundations of the world. !We want to reach our goals! So Red Sea, you must get out of the way! You must part! Part! The children of God are coming through! Red Sea you must part tonight! We want to move forward! We want to move forward tonight! Glory be to God! Thank You Lord! In Jesus’ mighty Name we pray! (Amen!) Father, there are many of Your children here, mighty promises had come from You for them, prophecies that they knew, that they knew are meant for them and You are not a liar Lord. Once You speak it is done, so there must be something standing between us and the fulfillment of those promises. Whatever may be our Red Sea, in the mighty Name of Jesus, part tonight in Jesus’ Name! (Amen!) We want to move forward, (Amen!) we want to make progress, (Amen!) we want to reach our goals, (Amen!) Every Red Sea part tonight in Jesus’ Name! (Amen!) Part tonight in Jesus’ Name! (Amen!) Part tonight in Jesus’ Name! (Amen!) Thank You my Father! Glory be to Your Name! In Jesus’ mighty Name we have prayed! (Amen!) Amen! Praise the Lord! (Alleluia!) God bless you! You may be seated!

The Red Sea opened, the children of Israel passed through on dry land. The enemies could have turned back and then go and regroup and replan and think of another way to manouevre round the Red Sea and attack again. But that day God did a complete job. He first of all made the enemies mad. Because otherwise when they saw the sea open they should have said, “ Eh-eh let us retreat.” But God said, “no, no, ah-ah go in now, go in!”

You see when you read the story of Daniel, you see the danger of leaving one of your enemies alive - when you see the various ways the enemy had plotted in the past to destroy Daniel. The King had a dream, forgot the dream, as a result of that he wanted to cut off the head of Daniel and all other wise men. God intervened. The King installed an idol. He said, “if you don’t bow down to my idol I throw you into the fiery furnace.” They located Shedrach, Meshach and Abednego, some how they didn’t find Daniel and then they finally said, “We know how to catch him now. He won’t take bribe. He won’t fornicate. He will not do anything like that. Let us ask Him not to pray.” Anything that will stop your mouth from praying, God will deal with it today! (Amen!) And then concluded the job once and for all after He brought Daniel out of the lion’s den. He asked the King to send for all those people who said, “Throw him in.” And he said when they are coming they must come with their wives and their children because if you spare the children of your enemies, when he grows he’s going to ask what death killed his father. The Bible says, God drowned the Egyptian army because His mercy endureth forever. His mercy endureth forever that is why He wiped out all the enemies of His children. So you are going to pray one prayer tonight….at least you cannot be more merciful than God! The Bible says His mercy is beyond the heavens. So you are going to pray a prayer tonight it will sound violent but it is a necessary prayer. Anyone who one day in future might bring me back into poverty, into sickness, into disease, into sorrow, into captivity, himself, his wife, his children, tonight, the Red Sea must swallow them! Let’s stand on our feet and pray!

Anyone, who in future, might use me, take me back into captivity, into sorrow into sickness, into disease, into poverty, himself, his wife, his children, every one of them wipe them out O Lord because Your mercy endureth forever O Lord! Anything, anything, anyone, any agent of the devil that may be used in the future to bring me back into captivity, Father let the Red Sea swallow tonight! Anyone of them O Lord! Thank You Father! In Jesus’ mighty Name we pray! (Amen!) My Father and my God I know that You are wiser than men, definitely you are more merciful than men so you know what You were doing on that day when You wiped out a whole army just to save Your people. Therefore tonight, concerning all these Your children here and all those who are precious to them, all those who may want to take them back into bondage., every one of them – drown them tonight in Jesus’ Name! (Amen!) My Father and my God, the victory of tonight let it be total in Jesus’ Name! (Amen!) let it be absolute in Jesus’ Name! (Amen!) let it be complete in Jesus’ Name! (Amen!) Thank You Father! In Jesus’ mighty Name we have prayed! (Amen!) Amen! Praise the Lord! Let’s be seated.

One or two points more quickly, before we round up. When the Red Sea closed, it is God’s way of saying to the children of Israel – “bye bye to jati-jati “ Oh, somewhere along the line the children of Israel still look back and they say, ‘Oh, we remember those days when we were in Egypt and we were eating fish and onions and what else, garlic..” They’ve forgotten the strokes of the cane of the taskmaster. they forgot rising early, sleeping late, working like an elephant and eating like an ant. There are some of us, “Oh, we remember those days, you’re brighter by far on a star… Oh, we remember those days, during Christmas, we used to conquer one girl after another. Oh, we remember those days, when we used to travel from London to Singapore just to go and drink wine..” They forgot the nightmares. They forgot when they will be having what they call their special celebration and somebody will be breaking their head with a bottle. They forgot when they had to tell one lie today to cover the lie of yesterday, another one tomorrow to cover the two of them. They forgot the time they want to leave the office to go home and they are afraid because they don’t know what the wife had discovered. They forgot lack of peace, they forgot they had no rest then. Brethren we need to pray a prayer tonight – every link that may still be linking me to the world, anything that can ever cause me to back slide; anything that could cause me to say ‘Once upon a time I used to be a Christian.’ Father destroy tonight! Let’s stand on our feet and pray brethren!

Anything that can still pull me back into the world, anything that can cause me to say, ‘Oh, I used to be a Christian, I used to be one of them, I used to sing with them, I used to shout with them…’, O Lord, anything that could cause me to backslide, my Father and my God destroy tonight! Destroy tonight! Destroy tonight! Anything in my life that the enemy may use as a joker card to pull me backward, Father, anything that could cause me to backslide, destroy tonight Glory be to Your Holy Name! Thank You my Father, Thank You Lord! In Jesus’ mighty Name we have prayed! (Amen!)

Father, victory is no victory if it is lost. That is why we are begging tonight. Anything that could cause us to backslide, anything that could cause us to say, ‘We used to be a Christian..’, whatever it is Lord, destroy it tonight in Jesus’ Name! (Amen!) Anything that the devil can use as a joker card saying, ”Oh, go on, go on, I know where to get him, whatever it is Lord , destroy tonight in Jesus’ Name! (Amen!) Thank You Father! Glory be to Your Holy Name! In Jesus’ mighty Name we have prayed! (Amen!) Amen! Praise the Lord! Let’s be seated. Only two more. Two only.

When the children of Israel were leaving Israel, the Bible said they spoilt the Egyptians, they took a lot of their money, prosperity came and believe me honestly for many of you here tonight, prosperity comet (Amen!) celebration cometh (Amen!) And there are many people who by now who must have discovered, that when you are extremely poor your enemies are few. If you have a second-hand bicycle, one trouser, one shirt, you wash it at night so that you can wear it in the morning, you don’t need a night guard, what is he going to protect? But when prosperity comes and 'S' class, 'E' class begin to fill your compound. You move from ‘face me, I face you’ to your own mansion (Amen!) Those people you used to borrow money from they won’t like you any more but they won’t show it. “Ah, you’ve got another car, congratulations.” But inside they are wishing either that you will have an accident or that something happens, you have a disease you have to sell all the cars before you can be healed… Just as the children of Israel were entering into prosperity before they could settle down and begin to enjoy, that’s when the enemy pursued. and then Moses said one thing and I’m going to say the same thing to you tonight, and you are going to pray about it yourself, he said, “The Lord will fight for you.” (Amen!) So you are going to pray tonight, Lord of Hosts, I’m not talking of tonight alone.....for the rest of my life, fight for me! “ Let’s stand on out feet, let’s call on the Almighty God!

Lord of Hosts, not only tonight, not only tonight, for the rest of my life, fight for me, fight for me! Let me see Your salvation! Fight for me, fight for me, fight for me, fight for me, fight for me, for the rest of my life!, You the defender of the defenseless, oh fight for me Lord!.....Glory be to Your Holy Name! Thank You Father! Thank You Father! In Jesus’ mighty Name we have prayed! (Amen!)

Father, You are the defense of the defenseless. Even if we have bodyguards, how many of them are we going to have and how many of them will stand when they see death? But then even the bodyguards can only fight enemies that we can see. They can’t fight those enemies that come through locked doors but Father You never sleep, (Amen!) You never slumber (Amen!) You can never die again (Amen!) Fight for us in Jesus’ Name! (Amen!) Not only today Father but for the rest of our lives Father, fight for us in Jesus’ Name! (Amen!). As we begin to prosper, as we begin to celebrate, like You said to David, You prepared a table before me in the presence of mine enemies....Father do the same for us in Jesus’ Name! (Amen!) Every one of Your children here and all those who are precious to them, from today my Father and my God fight for us (Amen!) fight for us! (Amen!) be our defense (Amen!) be our protection (Amen!) Oh, my Father and my God, day and night, fight for us (Amen!) Thank You my Father Glory be to Your Name! In Jesus’ mighty Name we have prayed! (Amen!) Praise the Lord! (Alleluia!) God bless you! You may be seated!

Only one more. How many of you believe that God has answered your prayers anyway?. How many of you believed that definitely something had happened tonight? Now let me hear you shout Alleluia! (Alleluia!)

When you pursue this story a little further…. I have jumped over several things but let’s just take one more point. When Israel looked back, they looked at the Red Sea bubbling with dead bodies, soldiers who some hours ago, were ready to capture and to kill, horses dead, floating, chariots overturned, the Bible says, Moses and all the children of Israel began to praise God. Let me read a bit of it to you....Exodus 15 ..let me read verses 1 and 3 and then 9 –11:

Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea. The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt him. The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name.

And then from verse 9:

The enemy said, I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my lust shall be satisfied upon them; I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them. Thou didst blow with thy wind, the sea covered them: they sank as lead in the mighty waters. Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?

Let somebody shout Alleluia! (Alleluia!) They sang, they praised Him, they told Him: “Who is like unto thee O Lord? Who is like unto thee O Lord…. They sang... .O se o baba, o se o baba… don’t worry you will have time to sing. But for how long did they praise Him ? Psalm 106 recorded the story for us. Let me read a bit of it to you. Psalm 106. Let ‘s just read from verse 7-15:

Our fathers understood not thy wonders in Egypt; they remembered not the multitude of thy mercies; but provoked him at the sea, even at the Red Sea. Nevertheless he saved them for his name's sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known. He rebuked the Red Sea also, and it was dried up: so he led them through the depths, as through the wilderness. And he saved them from the hand of him that hated them, and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy. And the waters covered their enemies: there was not one of them left. Then believed they his words; they sang his praise. They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel: But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert. And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul.

They sang, they praised Him but after some days they forgot. You are going to pray one more prayer tonight. God don’t let me ever forget Your goodness. Let’s stand up and pray that prayer.

Father, don’t let me ever forget Your goodness! My Lord and my Saviour don’t let me ever forget Your goodness! My Lord and my Saviour don’t let me ever forget Your goodness! Let me be grateful for the rest of my life! Let me be grateful for the rest of my life! Don’t let me ever forget Your goodness! Don’t let me ever forget Your mercies! Don’t let me ever forget Your great works! Don’t let me ever forget Your goodness and Your mercy and all that You’ve done in my life! Don’t let me ever forget! Thank You my Saviour! Don’t let me ever forget Your goodness, You mercy, Your greatness, Your great works! Blessed be Your Holy Name Lord! Thank You Lord! Glory be to Your Holy Name! In Jesus’ mighty Name we have prayed! (Amen!)

Father, I stand before You as Your representative to these people. Many of us in the past had forgotten Your goodness and Your mercies. When we say, Let us thank God!” We say, “What has He done?” We forgot all that You had done in the past. We forgot that You wake us up every morning; that any one You don’t wake up will not wake up. We forgot that it is not everybody who leaves home in the morning who will come back in the evening. We forget that not everybody who had a mouth can speak. O Lord, I beg on behalf of Your children today, every act of ungratefulness on our part, every act of ingratitude my Lord and my God, forgive in Jesus’ Name! (Amen!) Today Lord, we enter into a covenant with You for the rest of our lives we will praise You (Amen!) we will praise You (Amen!) we will praise You (Amen!) We will not forget Your good works! Thank You Father! Glory be to Your Name! In Jesus’ mighty Name we have prayed! (Amen!) Now let somebody shout a real big Alleluia! (Alleluia!)

All right now we are going to praise Him. We may be seated for a while but even as we are seated we will really sing. I’m sure you notice that this is the first time during Holy Ghost Service that it will rain. This is the first time ever and I am sure it is saying something. What do you think it is saying …if you believe that shout Alleluia! (Alleluia!) The ushers will help us. We want to thank God tonight. .We will thank Him with our song, we will dance even as we are seated and we will give God a thanksgiving offering the kind that we have never given before. And we will let God know that from tonight we will always thank Him.. If you agree with me say ‘Amen!’ All right, over to you band and then ushers please come round and take our thanksgiving offering. Everybody testify You are good….

The Lord asked me to tell you that the rain is not only talking about showers of blessing, He said, for you the heavens had opened...(Amen!) I want you to shake hands with two or three people and say, “Thank God I came!” “Thank God I came!” In the Name of Jesus, Alleluia , Amen, I will reach my goal, Alleluia, Amen….Amen!.

I think tonight is a night for the sisters (Amen!) Why? A third baby girl has been born and the mother is coming to the Holy Ghost Service for the first time! But I believe it is also a night for the boys, after all we are going to marry the girls. Let the boys shout Alleluia! (Alleluia!)

Father, thank You we are very grateful, accept our thanks in Jesus’ Name! (Amen!) Bless this offering O Lord (Amen!) Sanctify it and use it for Your glory and Lord for the rest of our life let us be able to thank You (Amen!) Thank You Father for we pray in Jesus’ mighty Name (Amen!) Amen! Let somebody shout Alleluia! (Alleluia!)

Praise the Lord! Praise the living Jesus! My name is sister Aletu I am here to give this testimony because I want to put the devil to shame. My husband is an Alhaji and I am a Christian and I have been trying to change him but no way. He has been sick for the past one year, since September last year but because God want to use him… I used to come here and say , Father , I don’t want my husband to die, heal him and let him believe that Jesus is the only way, He is the only person that can heal, He’s the only person who can save but he refused. , Instead he said, maybe he thinks that as I am going to this church he wants to do something…he said that Holy Ghost Night that you are going, you will not go. I prayed a violent prayer. I said, “My Father, if You are the one that I am serving truly, I want to go to this Holy Ghost Night, I leave everything to You. You can do whatever You like but I want to go to this Holy Ghost Night.” To God be the glory, on Monday my husband fell sick…not that I want him to sick oh....He fell sick and the sickness was so serious that I said, “God why now, why this again? It had been on since but I don’t want him to sick because as he is now this is his picture. If you see him now he is one quarter of this now. Now I said, in Ezekiel 37 that I should talk to prophesy to the bone. I said, “Lord, save my husband, give him flesh!” But on Wednesday he was rushed to the hospital in a state of coma. I started praying, I said, “God I don’t want this man to die! Let him believe that You are the only Person who can save, You are the only Person who can heal!” So when I got here on Thursday, I took the mantle they gave us,....I say, “Open your hand!” I command him and I command God. If it is a sin God will forgive me. He opened his hand and I put that mantle in his hand and I said ,” My Father and my God! Baba God! I am commanding You, this man must not die You must allow him to know You. You are the only Person that can heal Him!” To God be the glory when I got there yesterday, I was so happy! I said, “Eh!” He didn’t know that it’s because of God; that God wants to use him, that’s why he’s still living oh! But I want God to touch him to bring him back to Jesus. Praise the Lord! (Alleluia!)

Praise ye the Lord! I give this testimony to the glory of God.. My name is Michael Oluwasemoyin. Sometimes in December last year I dreamt that we were asked to come for blood test. As I stretched out my left hand for the doctor to take the blood, instead of looking for my vein he just stuck the needle at my wrist. Then in that dream I was annoyed with him, I said, “Are you qualified at all?” And I took my hand from him and I woke up. The following morning the wrist started paining me. I applied all sorts of things I could apply – medication. It would not go. I told my Pastor, he prayed. It would not go. I went to the Area, they prayed it would not go.. Then doctor friend said I should try this and try that, they gave me all sorts of medication, it refused to go. Then some times in March I came here, I came to the altar here, I prostrated, I said I would give testimony if the hand would heal, it would not go. Then tonight, on Friday night as our Father in the Lord said the Lord is healing 7000 people, I claimed it. And when he was still kneeling down, I knelt down with him and to God be the glory, after everything has finished and we were asked to go for recess, I just shook my hand, it has gone! So Praise the Lord! (Alleluia!)

Praise the Lord! I want to testify to the glory of the Lord. My name is Olutayo Temitope. 2 years ago I discovered that here is a lump in my breast. I couldn’t tell my mum because my mummy will be crying so since then I will be praying. I said, ”God, I don’t want this thing to install to cancer. “ So when the GO said that God is here to heal us tonight that we should be praising the Lord and worshipping then I started praising the Lord and worshipping the Lord……

Praise the Lord! (Alleluia!)

Pastor E. A. Adeboye
 
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