LAUNCHING OUT INTO THE DEEP 4th of September, 1999

(Special HGS for those trusting God for the fruit of the Womb and for fruitfulness in all spheres of life)

Thank You! Let somebody shout Alleluia! (Alleluia!) There is someone here tonight who will never weep again. (Amen!) Now if you are the one shout Alleluia! (Alleluia!) There is someone here tonight whose joy is going to overflow. (Amen!) Now if you are the one shout an overflowing Alleluia! (Alleluia!)

All right! Let’s worship the Almighty, the One who can do the impossible. There is none Holy as the Lord……Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord……Thank You Father! Let’s just go ahead and worship the Almighty God, let’s worship the faithful One, the Holy One, the powerful One, the glorious One, the One who can do all things Blessed be Your Holy Name O Lord! … Yes we want to worship You Lord, we want to bless Your Name we want to magnify Your Holy Name, oh, You are wonderful Lord! … Thank You Jesus! Thank You Lord! Thank You Lord! Thank You Lord! We bless Your Name Lord! We worship You, we adore You, we magnify Your Holy Name! Oh, glory, glory, glory, glory, glory, glory, glory, glory, glory, be to Your Holy Name Lord! You are worthy to be praised, You are worthy to be adored, You are worthy to be magnified, Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! You are worthy to be praised, You are worthy to be adored, You are worthy to be magnified! No-one like You Daddy! Oh, Blessed be Your Holy Name! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You Jesus! You are worthy Lord, You are worthy of our praise, worthy of our worship, worthy of our adoration! What a glorious God You are! What a mighty God You are! What a powerful God You are! Thank You Lord! Thank You Lord! Eyin lope ye… baba, baba, baba, baba, ese o baba….Thank You Father!

The Lord said there’s a woman here tonight; your mother-in-law said “Over my dead body will you have a child fore my son.” The Lord asked me to tell you. Prepare for her funeral! (Amen!) baba, baba, baba, baba, ese o baba…..

The Lord said there’s a woman here tonight; because of what I’m going to do in your life, more than ten thousand souls will be saved! (Amen!)

The Lord said there is somebody here tonight, because your sister died at childbirth, you were afraid to become pregnant. The Lord asked me to tell you: You did not come to the world the same day as your sister, your destiny is different, so get ready for your pregnancy. (Amen!)

My Father and my God, I know that this is going to be an extraordinary night and I just want to thank you in advance, but meanwhile O Lord, I just want to thank You for the last Convention. Thank You for the souls that were saved. Thank You for those that were healed. Thank You for the captives that you set free. Thank You for the fine weather. Thank You for safety. Thank You for joy. Thank You for victory. Thank You for provision. Thank You for answered prayers. Thank You for Jesus. Thank You for the Holy Ghost. Thank You for the Redeemed Christian Church of God. Glory be to Your Holy Name Lord! Tonight Father, do the impossible. Let our joy overflow. (Amen!) Surprise everyone of us. (Amen!) At the end of everything Lord, let Your Name be glorified again! (Amen!) Thank You Daddy! In Jesus’ mighty Name we have prayed! Amen! Let somebody shout Alleluia! (Alleluia!) Shake hands with one or two people and say, ”Welcome to miracles!” “Welcome to miracles!”

Luke 5… How many of you were blessed by the first sermon? If you were blessed let me hear you shout Alleluia! (Alleluia!) Omowale had preached half of my sermon! When he said Luke chapter something, I was afraid he was going to say Luke chapter 5! But then He ended the sermon with what I was going to end my first sermon with. That’s why I fell in love with him the first time I saw him because I saw that he has the right spirit in him. That’s why he’s welcome here any time! That’s why the wife and the elders are also welcome anytime. And that’s why I didn’t introduce him because he’s no longer a stranger. He is now part of the family.

Luke 5 let me read from verse 1 to 7:

1 And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret, 2 And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. 3 And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. 4 Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. 5 And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. 6 And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. 7 And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.

I’m sure you’ll be wondering what has this passage got to do with barren woman becoming fruitful. That was the first question I asked when God said that id the passage for today. If we are talking about financial breakthrough I can understand this passage, but then the barren becoming fruitful, Luke Chapter 5? It is good to be able to hear from God. And when you are talking to the one who wrote the Bible He can tell you what he wrote in the Bible. For the benefit of you who are coming for the first time, this Holy Ghost Service is a special one for those who want to become fruitful.

How did it happen to be? It was during the Convention as I was praying around on the Camp. “How many children do you want the barren to bring forth, next year Convention?" And I jumped for joy! 10,000! (Amen!) Now when I said that, I didn't know what was coming the following day. But by the following day, when we called on those who were barren before who had got their children, to come forward and we counted the number of children for the two conventions it was 5517! Oh! So I said ten thousand that I asked for is too small! “God! I’m asking for twenty thousand!” (Amen!) How many of you will say Amen with me! And then He said, “In that case call them together!” If He’s going to give 20,000 children, how will it be? At least my own should be one of the twenty. thousand. If He’s distributing 20,000 children, one way or the other, I know somebody will grab one! (Amen!) Now I know some people will get two! (Amen!) And I know there are some greedy people like me who will want three! (Amen!) I’m going to be very quick because I can already feel His presence and I will want to…

Almost everyone has his or her own area of barrenness. Some are barren financially, they work hard, but there is nothing to show for it. Some are barren academically. Oh, they can study like nobody’s business but on the day of examination they always forget everything they have learnt. Some are barren in soul-winnning. They witness to the whole world but they have nobody to show for their soul-winning. But tonight every form of barrenness will be dealt with by Jesus Christ (Amen!) And I want you to know that God loves the barren even though He hates barrenness.

In John 3:16 the Bible says that God so loved the world. If He loves the whole world, that means He loves me He loves you, He loves everybody! So don’t let the Devil tell you, God hates you that’s why you are barren. No God loves you! And because He loves you that’s why He’s asking for this special Holy Ghost Service - for your sake. I also know that God is attracted towards the barren because they give Him the opportunity to show His All-Sufficiency. When He was revealing His Name, Jehovah El-Shaddai, He revealed that Name to a man who was barren. Just like Omowale said, as the Yoruba names have meaning, the Names of God also have meaning. He said to Abraham in Genesis 17:1, He said, “I am Jehovah El-Shaddai, the God who is more than enough!” And He was talking to a barren man!

Because the barren are helpless, as it were, because nobody has the power to make children, God is easily touched by the barren. In Hebrews 4:15 He said, “Our God is touched by our feelings of infirmities.” You see when you are sufficient, when you have everything, many a time you don’t feel you need God. There’s plenty of money in the bank. In examination you are always coming first; before you slept with your wife, she had twins…So when we say, “God” - Who needs God? I mean. I know that somebody told one man here, “We saw you on television on Holy Ghost night! You? What’s your problem? What is chasing you that you have to go to Holy Ghost Service? What’s your problem?” They believe that it is only those who have problem who should move close to God. The beauty of it is that God wants anyone who will come close to Him to come.

And if there is any one who is in a problem, the barren surely are in a problem. And one of the reasons why God is attracted towards them is that when they pray, their prayers are sincere prayers. I'm talking of those of them who want to have children because some of them don't want to have children. But there are some who are here tonight who want to have children. So when they cry to God they cry from the bottom of their hearts. They don’t pray sophisticated prayers. They don’t pray educated prayers. They don’t talk about O Lord, my God! The One who reigns in Shekinah glory … eheh! They say, God help me! Don’t let me die without fruit! When they cry to God they cry from the bottom of their hearts. And God loves. those kind of prayers. He said in Psalm 50 verse 15, He said, “Call on me in the day of trouble and I will answer you!” God is going to answer somebody here tonight. (Amen!)

Now, these people who had been barren before, when they finally get their children, they appreciate children more. They take children as precious things. They understand that children can only come from God. They know the meaning of Psalm 127 verse 3: It says, “Children are an heritage of the Lord.” So they appreciate children.” But those who keep getting them like rabbits, they say… they don’t bother much! And because they appreciate children, they love them just as God loves them. You remember those days when they brought children to Jesus in Mark 10:13-16 There were some people who said, “Get these children away from here!” But Jesus said, “What? Let these children come unto me. Forbid them not.” ” Why? “For theirs is the Kingdom of God.” And He carried the babies in His hand and He blessed them. Somebody once asked me. “Why do you love children so much?” “Because, I’m like my Father in heaven.” Children are wonderful things! That’s why those of you who are trusting God for children, whether the Devil likes it pr not, I’m going to rejoice with you by this time next year! (Amen!)

Now these barren who become fruitful they appreciate the fact that with God nothing shall be impossible. because many of them have been told by doctors, it is impossible. some of them have been told by doctors, “Your womb is dead!” But then they know that God said once that He can raise children out of stones.So if they have told you that your womb is dead or they have told you husband that there is nothing in your man liquid, tell them God can raise children out of stones. God is going to surprise somebody here today. (Amen!) And so when they finally get their children, they know how to praise God. Those of you who were here during the Convention you must have seen one woman who had been barren for seventeen years. When she was praising God she nearly forgot where she was. Because it takes somebody that God has brought out of the miry clay, somebody who had waited patiently on the Lord for a long time to sing a new song to God. When you read Psalm 40:1- 3 it said, “I waited patiently on the Lord and He heard me. He brought me out of the miry clay, He put my feet on the rock to stay and then He put a new song in my mouth.” Somebody’s going to sing a new song tonight!

That’s why God is attracted to them. When we ask some people top praise God, they wonder what are we praising Him for? But the woman who’s been barren for 21 years, she knows. Like somebody said, “Anytime we say praise the Lord, and people are shouting ‘Alleluia’, my ‘Alleluia’ is different from your own. I know what I am shouting ’Alleluia’ for. Some of you are shouting it because there is nothing else to do. But if you are travelling in a car on the expressway and you are going at 110 KPH and then the two tires in front burst and then you somersaulted six times and you came out, your children came out, nobody has any scratch. If they say, “Praise the Lord!” Your Alleluia will be different. Let somebody shout Alleluia! (Alleluia!)

But then what has Luke 5, this story about Peter, what has it got to do with the barren becoming fruitful – plenty. As with fishing, just one throw is enough to produce fish. And yet, one can try all night and catch nothing. You understand very well! The husband can meet with the wife only once. Just one attempt can produce a set of twins and yet the poor man can labour all night and there’ll be no result. The Bible says in Psalm 127 from verse 1 to 3, it said, “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labour in vain that build it.” It went on to say that you will be wasting your time to stay up all night, if God is not there you will just be awake for nothing. That is why I am sure that things will be different for those who have been labouring in vain tonight in Jesus’ Name! (Amen!)

The fisherman could be an expert, his partner might be just wonderful but he still may not catch anything. The husband can even be a doctor; the wife could be a nurse. They can know everything about ovulation period. They could know all the details about productivity but the Bible says in 1 Corinthians 3; it says, “Paul may plant, Apollos may water, only God gives the increase.” When it comes to child-bearing. It is only God. Only who?

And then just as in this story of Peter, the moment God is involved, success becomes as easy as ABC. If God is involved, once God is in partnership with husband and wife producing children becomes as easy as ABC because Proverbs 10:22 it says it is the blessing of the Lord that maketh rich and addeth no sorrow. All of you who have been sorrowing, no more weeping in Jesus’ Name!

And according to this story of Peter we discover that it is possible to fail at night and succeed during the day. I’m sure you understand that one. Some of you now, as soon as you finish the Holy Ghost Service and you get home, don’t wait to the night! Fortunately tomorrow morning is Saturday so…. Many husbands will not go to work because many a time the enemy that is working against you is busy at night. Let’s surprise them, let’s change to day time! Let somebody shout Alleluia! (Alleluia!)

Oh, Thank You Daddy! You see when your appointed day comes it could be before breakfast. It could be between breakfast and lunch. It could be immediately after lunch. The Bible says in Psalm 118:24 “This is the day that the Lord has made. We shall rejoice and be glad in it.” There’s somebody here who is going to begin to rejoice from now on. (Amen!) So let me hear you shout Alleluia if you are the one. (Alleluia!)

Peter had a night of sorrow, a night of failure, a night of frustration. He would throw the net, pull it in, nothing, threw it again, pull it in, nothing, do it again and then the day came. Things changed. You see, you need to understand something about God. The day of God begins with evening, It is our own we start from the morning. In His own, He starts from evening. Genesis 1 verse 5 He said, “And the evening and the morning is the first day.” And that’s why God said in Psalm 30:5 “Weeping may endure for a night but joy cometh…” when? Tell your neighbour “Tomorrow morning – joy cometh!” Shout Alleluia! (Alleluia!)

Like in the case of Peter. If you will surrender your boat to Jesus, your womb, He will cause the fish to swim in the right direction (Amen!) because when Peter surrendered His boat God caused all the fish to swim in one direction only so that when it was time to harvest Peter just caught all of them. Ask the doctor he will tell you that when your husband has finished his assignment there are several fish that will begin to swim. They will be swimming towards your own seed. Now they will tell you, the doctors will tell you that if they don’t arrive on time they die. Some people, the fish instead of swimming –they will even begin to swim outside, Some fish will be swimming to the right, swimming to the left. He said, "Swim inside!" From tonight your fish will swim in the right direction. ‘Amen! Glory be to God! Alleluia!

There’s one little girl in the congregation who said, “What is he talking about?” You are too young to understand my dear. God told a fish to swim and swallow Jonah, He told a fish to swim and be the first one to be caught by the hook of Peter with money in its mouth. Tonight, from now on, the fish your husband is going to deposit will swim in the right direction. (Amen!)

Now, like the case of Peter. God told Peter to launch into the deep so He can [perform a miracle there. Now it takes God to perform a miracle in the deep because God himself is very deep. The Bible says in Isaiah 40 verse 28, He said, “There is no searching of His understanding.” Mmmh! God is deep!

Proverbs 30:15 & 16 also says that the womb of a woman is very deep. And then in Psalm 42 verse 7 the Bible says, ‘Deep calleth unto deep.’ So God who is deep is going to call unto the deep of your womb. (Amen!) and say, ‘Deep! Produce children!’ So shall it be for you in Jesus’ Name! (Amen!)

Now when Jesus told Peter to launch into the deep and throw your net to the right, Peter said, “Mmmh, that instruction doesn’t make sense. If I’m going to catch fish as a fisherman, the best time is the night. Number two; the best place is shallow water so I don’t understand this idea of launching into the deep in the daytime.” Whatever God asks you to do tonight – that is what you must do! You may not understand Him. If He asks you to jump, jump. If He says that is what is going to lead to your conception just jump. If He asks you to sit down and do nothing, then sit down and do nothing. Remember Romans 11:33, it says, ‘His ways are past finding out!’ You can’t understand Him He’s too deep! I mean, when He was beginning to explain Luke 5 to me like I’m explaining it to you now, all I could say was “God you are too wonderful!” And the mother of Jesus said, as I am saying to you tonight, “Whatsoever he asks you to do…what should you do? (Do it!)

Now, fortunately the rest of my sermon had been preached by Omowale. Like in the case of Peter, the one who had failed all night - the biggest fish ever caught, that sank two boats, came through a man who had failed all night! Go through the Bible, you will find that the best children came from barren wombs! Isaac, his name is ‘laughter’; somebody’s going to laugh from now on. Study your Bible very well, you will never find a single evil report concerning Isaac. Oh, Abraham, he had some faults, Jacob, he tried, Isaac, absolutely clean. Joseph, I’m not sure you know the meaning of his name. His name means God will increase me. He came from a barren woman. Joseph, beautiful reports; loved by the Father, loved by God, holy, clean, pure a national saviour. He came from a barren woman. Samuel, I’m not sure you know the meaning of his name… his name means. God heard me. Answered prayers. Won’t it be just wonderful to have a child that you will just call ‘answered prayers’? Great prophet, kingmaker. I mean when He says to a king, “Your kingdom is over.” That kingdom is over. How will you like to have a child that no president can become president without his permission? Oh, the man said, listen, the best political party is on my side. He said, oh, I’m telling you, unless I give you permission you won’t get there? Saul said, Oh, I am very famous with the people, I don’t want to annoy them that’s why I disobeyed you Samuel. Samuel said, Is that so? You are no more king. “Ahh!” he said, “you must be joking.” “ I’m telling you your kingdom is gone.” How would you like to have a son who will speak a word and God will say Amen? That boy came from a barren womb. What about John the Baptist? The Bible said tells us that Jesus Christ said, this is the greatest of all the Old Testament saints. Thank You Daddy! Daddy said, I should stop preaching Glory be to God! Tonight is tonight!

There is only one barren person who can go away barren tonight. That’s the only one who refuses to surrender his or her life to Jesus. Because Peter would not have been able to become what he became if he had not first of all surrendered his boat. Jesus Christ wants to enter into the boat of your life tonight but He won’t force you. But if you want to surrender your life to Him and say, “Lord, no more struggling, take over, become my Lord become my Saviour, I want to give my life to You.” Come now, let’s settle that one first and then we go to the next phase. So if you are here and you are not yet born again, and now you want to surrender your life to Jesus, come now. I don’t have time to waste because this is a glorious night. You are coming for salvation now, you want Jesus to save your soul, you want to begin to do the will of God from now, you want to begin to obey God from now, you want to say bye-bye to the devil from now, you want to put an end to the life of sin from now and you want Jesus to save your soul – come now, come now!

Now brethren the rest of us let’s begin to thank God, let’s begin to rejoice, even on behalf of these people who are coming now! Begin to praise God for them because they are coming for salvation and that salvation is going to lead to several other great things.

So come now, come! if you want to give your life to Jesus. Come now, the Lord is calling you! He wants to save your soul, He wants to be merciful unto you, come now, come from allover the place. This is the Hour of Salvation! Come and surrender your life to Him. He loves you that’s why He brought you here and He wants to save your soul, and as you come cry unto Him and say, Lord save my soul, have mercy on me Lord, have mercy on me Lord! I have come to surrender my life to you! Come, come, come now! Come and call on Him! And say, “Saviour of mankind, I come to you tonight, come and save my soul.” Call on Him from the bottom of your heart. Call on Him now! Say, “Lord save my soul tonight!” Come from all over the place. The Lord is calling you now. Thank You Father! In Jesus’ mighty Name we have prayed! (Amen!)

Father we want to bless your name because this is the day you had made. This going to be a great day of Salvation. Accept our thanks in Jesus’ Name! (Amen!) We thank you for all these your children who have come forward tonight. They say, “Yes, we are ready now to surrender to Jesus.” Father receive them in Jesus’ Name! (Amen!) Whatever sins they have committed up to today forgive them in Jesus’ Name! (Amen!) Your blood that cleanses from all sins let it cleanse them tonight in Jesus’ Name! (Amen!) Father, save their souls. (Amen!) Write their names in the Book of Life. (Amen!) And don’t let them ever back slide in Jesus’ Name! (Amen!) My Lord and my Saviour, this very night, let their miracles begin. (Amen!) From this moment, let their weeping end. (Amen!) And Father, in Your Kingdom, don’t let them be found wanting. (Amen!) In Jesus’ mighty Name we have prayed! (Amen!) Amen Praise the Lord! (Alleluia!)

Now I rejoice with you but we want to make sure that everything is done properly tonight because this is a special Holy Ghost Night, anyone who gets born again that night, I get their names, so that I can continue to pray special prayers for them. So I’m going to ask all of you to please turn in this direction. You will see two people waving some sticks up there. They will take you to the extreme end of this auditorium where some ministers are waiting to take down your names and your prayer requests and I promise you we will wait till you return before we continue. Now let’s begin to go and the rest of us let’s begin to rejoice as they go. Oh what a wonderful, wonderful day, day I will never forget…Heaven came down and glory filled my soul…I am rejoicing my name has been written, I am rejoicing for I am born again…. Let somebody shout Alleluia! (Alleluia!) I’m sure the counsellors are going to need the assistance of the deacons and deaconesses - please go there and help them. I’m sure you are more than happy to be a vessel unto honour in a night like this. So deacons and deaconesses please go quickly to the counselling centre so we can quickly get down their particulars because there is a lot that God wants to do tonight.

Now while we are waiting for our new brothers and sisters, I want you to think of all the areas of barrenness in your own life. It could be, like I said, financial barrenness, it could be academic. Maybe your problem is that you don’t even have anyone to marry. Or that you can’t seem to win any souls. Think of all the areas of barrenness in your life and begin to talk to God and say, “Tonight my weeping must end, my joy must come this morning that is coming. Every barrenness in my life must end!” Let’s begin to talk to the Lord now. Thank You Lord! Oh yes Lord let every form of barrenness in my life and in the lives of these your children, vanish tonight! Let our weeping end and let our joy begin to the glory of Your Name! Thank You Father! Thank You Lord! In Jesus’ mighty Name we have prayed! (Amen!) Father, I just want to thank you for this special night because lives will be changed tonight! (Amen!) Sorrow will become joy tonight. (Amen!) Failure will become success tonight. (Amen!) Defeat will become triumph tonight. (Amen!) Accept our thanks in Jesus’ Name! (Amen!) Every form of barrenness Father, destroy tonight in Jesus’ Name! (Amen!) Thank You because You are here. (Amen!) Thank You because Your power is here. Thank You because Your Word has gone out (Amen!) Glory be to Your Holy Name! (Alleluia!) In Jesus’ mighty Name we have prayed! (Amen!) Praise the Lord! (Amen!) Praise Jesus! (Amen!)

Now it is time to minister. Please remember what I said earlier on. Tonight we must be absolutely what? Obedient. During this first session only those who are trusting God for the fruit of the womb will be ministered to. During the second session we will minister to those who are trusting God for future partners as well as those who are trusting God for breakthroughs in one area of life or another. If we do it the way God said, we will all have testimonies. (Amen!) Now the ministering points will be four. I’ve asked the ushers to create one space at the extreme right there. I’m sure they have done so. If they have to clear the crowd a little, they have to do so; but create a little spot up there, all right. And the same with my extreme left, behind the altar and we will use even the front of the altar. Now those who are at the back of the altar, you’ll be ministered to behind the altar. Those of you directly in front of us, you’ll be ministered to in front here. Those of you to my right you’ll be ministered to at the extreme right. Those of you at my left, you’ll be ministered to at the extreme left.

Now how are we going to do it? Now sit down, don’t move yet, just remain seated. Please be totally obedient tonight. Sit down please tonight, thank you. Unless those of you who have no seat at all... If you have a seat go back to your seat now! God will bless you as you obey. How are we going to do it? They brought five loaves of fish and two fish to Jesus. He thanked God and broke it and gave to His disciples and His disciples gave to the people. As He was breaking it, it was multiplying in His hands. When it got to the hand of the disciples it multiplied again so we had double multiplication. What we are going to do tonight is that I am going to lay my hands on the hands of the ministers. The anointing will multiply as it goes into their hands and then in their hands it will multiply again. So that as they lay their hands on you, they are going to carry anointing that had been multiplied twice over to you. So I’m sure that there’ll be many twins next year. (Amen!) So remain seated until I’ve finished with the ministers after that then you can begin to go to your own section Thank You Father! We can have a worship song. Brethren…

Glory be to God! While I was sitting down there I was doing a little bit of wrestling with my Daddy. Daddy said, among those who are considered barren today that by this time next year, six of them will have triplets! (Amen!) I was trying to see if He can increase the number but He said six, that’s what He has in mind. That’s good enough! Glory be to God! How many of you will agree with me? just hold on with me in faith because I want at least 700 to have twins! Now which one are you going to have triplets or twins? I told you, you have to consider the pocket of your husband!

All glory be to God! This is a night you will never, never forget! You see because Daddy has been doing so many things apart from what you can see with your eyes. For example. There is a king here that the enemies have told you you will not last on your Father’s throne. God asked me to tell you that you will bury all of them. (Amen!) There’s another case, very interesting one, some people are plotting to get you out of your position in your place of work. God has said something like this before, He is saying it again – He said long after those who are plotting against you are gone, you will still be there! (Amen!)

All right. Well, when you begin to give testimonies of tonight you will see several other things which He has done! (Amen!) Next Holy Ghost Service is another special one because it is on October 1 so you know it’s going to be special for Nigeria, and since you are Nigeria it means it’s going to be special for you. I don’t know the details yet but Next Holy Ghost Service will be very, very special Glory be to God! I can only say this, that Nigeria has left Egypt never, never to return! (Amen!) As long as my Daddy is on His throne ad there are people like you and I to call on Him w will never go back to Egypt. However we are yet to reach Canaan land, that’s why I want you to come and invite all your friends for the next Holy Ghost Service because we are going to pray like we have never prayed before. Pharaoh is not happy. He want’s us back in Egypt! So if you will join hands with me then on October 1 1999 we can drown Pharaoh and all his hosts. Remember one of the promises of God at the beginning of this year is that the fate of certain nations will be sealed this year. Come next Holy Ghost Service let us seal the fate of Nigeria into a very good something.

And I am sure you are already preparing for the Holy Ghost Festival of December - December 16-18. You know I don’t boast and I can tell you as quietly as usual, it will be 3 days of heaven on earth. I can’t say more than that right now. Maybe as we get closer I will tell you more But begin to save your transport money now. If you are a car owner make sure you have deposited with your petrol dealer, the money for petrol to come. I am telling you. Lekki ’98 is going to be child’s play compared to what is coming. (Amen!) And we have moved the venue to here so that it can be closer to everybody else, closer to Ogun, closer to Oyo, closer to Osun, closer to Ekiti, closer to everybody! And we are already getting ready. If you wait till the morning light and you look in that direction you will see that we are clearing about 6 square km of land for that program! But please we still want to appeal to those of you who have very strong caterpillars - we need about thirty more. Then, workers please don’t forget you are having your meeting here this morning at 5 o’clock in preparation for the festival. Do I hear the workers shout Alleluia! (Alleluia!) Some of you workers will raise the dead for the first time in your life in December. (Amen!) Let’s pray.

Father, You are good, You have been extremely good. We will always bless Your Name. Even if we go now You have done enough but You say You still want to bless us more and we don’t mind at all. We want our cup to overflow. So let it be in Jesus’ Name! (Amen!) Thank You Father! In Jesus’ mighty Name we have prayed! Amen!

Luke 5 I will now read very quickly verses 8-11 and talk to you for five minutes and then we let God do what He wants to do more. Luke 5:8-11

8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. 9 For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken:

Tell your neighbour, I am going to become an amazement to my neighbours! Eh-eh, they didn’t hear you, say it again!

10 And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men. 11 And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him.

What is barrenness? Actually barrenness means fruitless efforts. That’s why I know that at least for some people here tonight, beginning from me, no more fruitless efforts in my life. (Amen!) But we need to learn, what must I do so that I don’t lose the victory I have got tonight? Those who will remain forever fruitful like

Simon Peter that the Lord said, You think you have got something? Now I am promoting you to something higher. Those who are going to get babies and it won’t be only one but they will now continue to have as many as they want. (Amen!) They have to understand that fruitful people, the barren that became fruitful have 3 distinct characteristics.

Number one they are worshippers. Abraham, study his life, he’s always building altars to God. Genesis 12:7 and 8, Genesis 13:4, Genesis 13:18 and on and on. You will always find Abraham building an altar so he can worship God. No wonder his children kept on increasing. How many children of Abraham are here tonight? Let me hear you shout Alleluia! (Alleluia!)

Study the rest of all these people who were barren who became fruitful, they are worshippers. It is from Hannah for example that we got the song – there is none holy as the Lord, there is none beside Him, neither is there anyone like our God, there is nine holy as the Lord... The first woman to sing that song is Hannah.

And the only person who died barren, in the Bible, is the one who criticized somebody who was worshipping God. The story is in 2 Samuel 6:20-23 David was worshipping God. He danced so much that his stomach came out of his flowing gown and the wife looked at him from the window and said, “king, look at you - dancing in the midst of ordinary people until your belly came out!” David said, “I’m dancing for the Almighty, the One who took the Kingdom from your father and gave it to me, the One who found a little shepherd boy and made him a King! He’s the One I’m dancing for! You have not seen anything! I’m going to dance more!” The Bible said, God looked down from heaven and said to that woman: “No child!”

You want to retain your victory? Be a worshipper! I’ve told you before, people have said to me, “You are General Overseer, behave like a General Overseer, sit down you know, look like a General Overseer! “ I said, “You will have to look for another General Overseer! “ This one, I’m going to dance, I’m going to rejoice, I’m going to worship Him!

Peter fell down at the feet of Jesus! He worshipped the Almighty! You want to retain your victory? Be a worshipper! If you are too proud to worship God, you are too proud to live and I want to assure you when you get to hell, you will dance. You want the kind of music they sing there? Oh, it’s a pity Fela has gone, he will tell you …haaa, heyeye, hohoho – that’s the song they sing in hell. I’m not going to be there. I am going to be worshipping Jesus Christ. How many worshippers are here tonight? Come on let me hear you shout Alleluia! (Alleluia!)

Number two those who would remain forever fruitful, they appreciate holiness and they hate sin. Peter said, “This kind of miracle should not be given to a sinner like me. God leave me alone, I’m a sinner, let me keep on suffering!” And Jesus said, “No, you have surrendered to me. From now ion live holy and you will keep on being fruitful!” Read Luke 1:5-7 the Bible said, concerning Zechariah and Elisabeth, it said the two of them were blameless. They were what? Blameless!

Oh, you want to have many children? You remember the story of that woman who said, “Well, they said, if I come to the convention and you pray for me I will have children and you prayed for me and nothing happened and I was going to pray again and God said, ask her, “How many boyfriends do you have beside the husband? And she said, “Only six.” Six only! If you want a child from the Holy One of Israel, it is you and your husband only. If you want to include some six boyfriends only, if you get any child that one will not be from my God it will be from the devil. If you want to retain your victory, you must be a worshipper you must live holy.

Number three. All those who would remain forever fruitful must be generous givers. Oh. Many of us don’t want to hear that but let me tell you the truth. Many people have lost their miracles because they are misers. Look at -; let’s go through some of them very quickly.

Abraham – the day God said that “okay, all the promises in your life will be fulfilled” was the day he entertained God. Hannah said to God, “God, give me a son and I will give him back to you!” I mean, we are talking of generosity! Read 1 Samuel when you get home – on the day Hannah was going to give thanksgiving for Samuel she went with 3 bullocks – not one! All that the Lord requires from her, if she doesn’t have money is one dove! But she said, “God! I asked for a son, you gave me the son, I’m going to give the son back to you but before I even give you the son, 3 bullocks.”

The trouble with many of us is that we are too tight-fisted! We don’t want to give to God and … some of you I’m sure if we ask you now you say, “Just wait now, Pastor, let God give me the son, I give him back to God!” If you can’t give God money, you can’t give God a son! Hannah said, to God: ”God, I know You need a prophet, I need a son. Give me a son and You’ve got Your prophet!”

Just learn to be generous brethren – and that applies in every sphere of life. Many of my friends who are Pastors have asked me: “Tell us your secret, tell us!” I’ve even seen some people who have said, “Tell us what you buried on the altar!” I even know a relative of mine who said he’s a Pastor. He said, “You know we are relatives – show me the way now!” And I showed him the way. 3 ways – I said not 1 – 3. Number 1 – I worship because I know that without Him I can do nothing. Number 2. If you cut me into one thousand pieces each one will be crying “Holiness!” Cut me into 1000 pieces! Each one will keep on crying: “Holiness!” Ask me to preach one thousand sermons. Let it be on divine healing, prosperity, deliverance, anything before that sermon is over, one way or the other, we will smuggle in holiness. Number 3, I have learnt that if I give, God will multiply me.

So that’s my advice to you tonight. How many of you want to be increased by God? Increased physically - have so many children. You know, tonight, I was just talking to Daddy as I sat down there. I said, “Daddy, you can see now, this auditorium is too small now, I mean there is nowhere for people to move.” He said, “But I already told you, very soon, a new auditorium, four times as big as this one...” How many of you want God to increase you? Physically, materially, spiritually, in all areas of life? Let me hear you shout Alleluia! (Alleluia!)

Now we are going to do two things together because of time. We will worship God, we will give our thanksgiving offering and as we finish that one we will listen to just three or four testimonies and then I will now tell you one or two things that God has told me and you’ll be on you way home. This time we really want – there was some beautiful singing coming from Raphael the other time. These Ekiti songs let’s have them. And by the way that brother has a cassette – you know I don’t advertise cassettes but if you listen to what he’s singing you will know what will be in the cassette. You will just be dancing in your seat and we will worship the Almighty God. Let’s practice giving, let’s begin to give from now. Let’s give Him a thanksgiving offering. Let us say to Him tonight, “Daddy, You have got somebody that You are going to increase!” Let the ushers spread all over the place because we are running out of time, so we have to do this one very, very fast! And you know that one of the people God is going to increase very soon are the ushers. If you believe that say Amen (Amen!). All right, let’s do that one quickly and let’s go on.

Let somebody shout Alleluia! (Alleluia!) Now before I bless the offering the following people should come quickly and share their testimonies in two-two minutes. The rest of you, the testimonies here are very big tonight but you can give them next time you’ll be very welcome to do so – we want to meet our deadline of 4.00 am. - Mrs. Adewako, J. M; Mrs. Bimbola Fashide and Japhet Takwa. Let’s hear from those three. Everyone here tonight is fantastic, I mean, several people that doctors told that they can never have a baby, they have their children now.... people who are healed of all kinds of ailments… somebody lost her father and found a father after prayer. Several people were healed tonight – one says he’s been healed of asthma, one is healed of heart attack; one is healed of what is the other one – all kinds! There’s someone here… we’ll hear this one but let’s wait till next month. So many of them. Let’s just listen to those three tonight.

Father, we are grateful. You are such a wonderful God. We bless Your Holy Name ands we promise You Lord, we will be worshippers, we will live holy and Lord, we will be generous givers. Let our miracles last forever. (Amen!) Bless the offerings of Your children and before the return next month let everyone be full of testimonies. (Amen!) Inn Jesus’ mighty Name we pray! Amen! (Amen!) Praise the Lord! (Alleluia!)

All right, very quickly we’ll listen to your testimonies and then we say whatever else God wants us to say and then we go.

Praise the Lord! (Alleluia!) I’m giving this testimony to praise the Almighty God and to put the devil to shame. June last year I went to London to go and visit my children. I was hearty and hale before I left Nigeria. When I got to London on the 1 of September I had some pinching in one of these my eyes, the right eye. I thought there was dust there or something, I tried to open the eye in water, I tried all I could, there was no help. On the 9th of September I woke up early in the morning to brush my teeth. I brushed my teeth, to rinse my mouth, I poured water in my mouth and the water ran to my body, I couldn’t hold, my mouth could not hold water again. This side of my face was paralyzed. I called my children, I told them, they said I was imagining it that there was nothing wrong with it. I said, “Okay!”

Some days later could see that I could not open the eye properly – I mean, I could not shut the eye – this eye was open there completely, if I slept in the night it will open, the other one will close, it will open, unless I pull the eyelid. We went to see the doctor, the doctor gave me some steroids. He asked me to take six tablets a day, that the thing would be all right. I took the medicine for 2 days, the third day I reduced it to 3 because I knew how I was feeling in my body. My daughter said I shouldn’t have reduced it. I said, I wanted to see the doctor. We went back to the doctor and when the doctor saw me, he tested me. My blood pressure had gone up sop high, my sugar had gone to 44 instead of 6½. The doctor was perplexed he tested my urine, the urine was brick red. He was saying, “Sorry, sorry!” He asked me to stop the steroids. (You have two minutes ma. Yes, sir) And by the special grace of God the doctor gave me some medicine. The doctor phoned me 3 times that night to check up whether I was in coma or not. But when I knew that the doctor had failed I cried to God.

This pamphlet in my hand, leaflet, was given to us for a seminar and the picture of our Daddy, Daddy Adeboye is there. So I went into my room, at 2.00 am. I aid God! In the mighty Name of Jesus! The Bible says where two or three are gathered together in Your Name, You will be there and grant them their request. Here I am alone in this room – but I am with my Daddy, Daddy Adeboye!” I said, I join my faith to his and that the Almighty God should heal me! By this time my mouth has turned to the left. I couldn’t talk well. I couldn’t eat well. I prayed that prayer and I told my doctor I was going home. He said I couldn’t go that he would observe me for one year! I refused, I said I was going home.

My daughter was crying, saying that people are sick in Nigeria and they are brought to London and now Mummy, you are sick in London and you are going home. I said, “Yes! I’m going to meet my God!” “Is there no God in London?” I said, “Yes, there is God in London but the Headquarters is in Nigeria!” When I entered into the plane I made a covenant with the Almighty God. I said, “Father, look at my mouth. This is the mouth I use to praise you and when I get home now people will be mocking me. They will be laughing at me but not at me, they will be laughing at you because you have made me in Your own image. By the time I get to Nigeria I want my mouth to be straight! “ I left London with crooked mouth but when we got to Murtala Mohammed I shouted “Alleluia!” I removed my shoes and I stood on the ground and I said, ”Father, remember Your covenant with me!” I’m now in Nigeria and I want my mouth to be straight! Those who are coming to meet me I don’t want them to see me with crooked mouth!”

By that time I’ve lost 4 kilos so when I got to Murtala Mohammed I prayed that prayer and I went to meet my child. My child was looking at me some how, she didn’t know what was happening but my mouth was no more crooked but I looked lean and that night when I prayed that prayer I wrote a letter to Daddy that he should intercede for me but unfortunately those people that I wrote on that day didn’t receive the letter until 5 months. So maybe Daddy didn’t even receive the letter but I thank God when I came back I went to the doctor here whom I was referred to and the doctor said he has nothing to give me, that my faith has healed me! Praise the Lord! (Thank you ma, time over! Let’s give the Lord a hand that’s a big testimony! Summarize it please. Yes sir!)

Praise the Lord! (Alleluia!) Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! (Alleluia!) Praise the living Jesus! My name is Mrs. Abimbola Fashida from Ondo State. I will like to speak in Yoruba. Praise the Lord! God bless you. .. She has given three testimonies together the first one was last year workers meeting she came here and the word of knowledge came out that a woman was around then who had had disagreement with her husband and she claimed it, And by the time she came back home there was reunion in the home. Secondly she came for this year’s Convention, the Almighty God healed her and her children and the recent one was what happened yesterday. She brought her sister here who had breast cancer and the Almighty God healed her Praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord! My name is Japhet Takwa resident in Lagos here but I come from Taraba State. I married my wife in 1991 and as we started living together we discovered that she could not take in and when we went to the doctor they started giving us reasons. We started going from one hospital to the other and 1995, there was a temptation that came to us. A sister in which we were friends went to her hometown, met her granny and she took in and she came back and said we should follow her to her granny,. We refused. Then the same year, 1995, somebody met us again and said the same thing. We refused it. Behold in 1997 my wife came here for the very first time. When she came here she came through invitation of a woman who was also trusting God for the fruit of the womb. And that year, it was during convention. When she came our GO called women who are trusting God for the fruit of the womb she came out with the rest of the women and just as he said today, some people will receive triplets and my wife believed it, she wrote it in her notes and a month after we received message from our home that there was a problem with our marriage; that there was a curse ancestral curse upon our marriage. Then we were praying with our parish pastors and they said we should pray concerning it and we prayed and broke the curse. Of course, January 1998, toward the end my wife took in and fellow brethren in the church were laughing saying perhaps she'’ carrying triplets we don'’ know! Behold, September 25th 1998 she gave birth to three baby boys! Praise the Lord! (Alleluia!) Praise the Lord!

That man is a very greedy man! – ah-ah! 3 boys! He couldn’t make it 3 boys and 1 girl! Let somebody shout Alleluia! (Alleluia!)

Now before the final blessing and you are on your way, please remember to pray for Liberia, the enemy is trying to raise his ugly head again but the enemy will fail. (Amen!) Don’t stop praying for our President, his success is our success. Pray for all our Governors, pray for all our Obas, pray for all our rulers, if it is well with them, it will be well with us.

Now those of you who are trusting God for children this is what my Daddy said: “Go home and sew the dress.” If the neighbours look at you as if you are crazy. Tell them we will know who is crazy very soon!

And then you are going to do something now. You will do it standing. And I want you to do it very well – I just want you to laugh! …. Glory be to God! Alleluia! Thus says the Lord; from now on that is how you will laugh at your enemies. (Amen!)

Father, we just want to bless Your Name! What a wonderful night! What a faithful God you are! Thank You for putting laughter in our mouths! Glory be to Your Holy Name Lord! I commit all Your children into Your hands. as they go, go with them. (Amen!) Every evil on the way we cancel now in Jesus’ Name! (Amen!) Let them reach home in peace. (Amen!) Let them find peace at home. From now on let them laugh at their enemies. (Amen!) By the time they return let them be full of testimonies. (Amen!) Let there be peace in Nigeria. (Amen!) Let there be peace in Liberia (Amen!) Let it be well with our President. (Amen!) Let it be well with all ministers. (Amen!) Let it be well with all our Governors. (Amen!) Let it be well with all Commissioners. (Amen!) Let it be well with all our Concillors. (Amen!) Let it be well with all our Obas. (Amen!) Let it be well with all our rulers. (Amen!) And Father, from tonight let our joy overflow (Amen!) Thank You Daddy Glory be to Your Holy Name! for we pray in Jesus’ mighty Name! (Amen!) Let somebody shout Alleluia! (Alleluia!) Tell your neighbour: “My blessing is greater than yours! If you believe that shout Alleluia! (Alleluia!)

God bless you let’s be seated. Let’s allow the ministers of God to go and then we can go home rejoicing. The Almighty God will go with you and I will see you on October 1st. Tell everybody you meet that it's going to be a very special day for Nigeria and for you.

Praise the Lord! Alleluia!

Pastor E. A. Adeboye
 
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