OPEN DOORS TO GREATNESS 7th of January, 2005
Thank You Father! Glory be to Your Holy Name! Thank You Almighty God! Thank You Lord! Thank You Lord! Glory be to Your Name forever Let somebody shout ‘Alleluia!’ (Alleluia!) Towards the end of last year there was a terrible tragedy somewhere in the Eastern part of the world and there was a story of a woman who was caught in the flood. She had two of her children with her, one on the right hand, one on the left and she was trying to swim with the two. When she discovered that she’s not going to make it with the two children, she decided to drop one of the two. Aren’t you glad that Jesus did not drop you last year? Aren’t you glad that He says I will never leave you, I will never forsake you.
Why don’t you just go ahead and say Thank You! Thank You that You did not drop me in the flood of life – that you did not drop me when the enemy wanted to swallow me up – Thank You! Thank You! Thank You Lord! Thank You that You did not drop me. O Father Thank You that Your arms are so powerful that You can sustain me through the flood. Thank You that You did not drop me. Thank You that You did not allow the flood of the world to sweep me away..... Thank You! Thank You! Almighty God Thank You that You did not allow the flood of the world to swallow me up! Thank You that You did not drop me! That You did not drop me! You did not drop me! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You Almighty God Thank You! Thank You King of Glory Thank You That You did not allow me to be forsaken. Thank You because Your arms are everlasting arms and the arms are still holding me – Oh Thank You! Thank You! Thank You Almighty God Thank You! I will praise You. I will adore You I will magnify Your Holy Name Thank You that You did not drop me. Thank You that You did not drop me. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You for Your sustaining power. O Thank You Lord! Thank You for Your mercy.
Thank You for Your faithfulness. Thank You for Your upholding power, Your sustaining power. Thank You Lord! Thank You Lord! Thank You Lord! Thank You Lord! I’m very grateful, my Father and my Lord. Thank You! I’m grateful! I’m grateful! Blessed be Your Name Lord! Thank You! Almighty God Thank You for upholding me. Thank You for standing by me. Oh Thank You Lord! Thank You Lord! Thank You forever my Father and my God! Glory be to Your Holy Name! Glory be to Your Holy Name! Glory be to Your Holy Name! Thank You Lord! Thank You Lord! Thank You Lord! Thank You Father! Glory be to God! Glory be to Your Holy Name! Glory be to Your Holy Name forever and ever, forever and ever! In Jesus mighty Name we worship! (Amen!)
For seven years Nebuchadnezzar was a madman but in those 7 years nobody occupied his throne. God preserved his throne. Soon as he came to his senses, soon as he began to give glory to God his throne was restored. God preserved you because He still has a purpose for your life. His plan for your life is still intact. Lift your voice to Him tonight and say Father, the purpose for which You preserved me – let it come to pass! Let it come to pass! Let it come to pass! Let it come to pass!. You preserved me for a purpose. There is a purpose for which You preserved my life. Let that purpose come to pass, let it come to pass this year! Let it come to pass rapidly! Father let it come to pass! You have a purpose for which You preserved my life. That I didn’t die last year; that I was not swallowed up by the flood last year – there is a purpose, there is a purpose! Let that purpose come to pass! Let the purpose come to pass! Fulfil that purpose. Almighty God fulfil that purpose for which You preserved my life. O Lord fulfil that purpose! Fulfil that purpose! King of Glory fulfil that purpose! Let the purpose for which You preserved my life come to pass! Let it come to pass! Rapidly! Quickly! Let it come to pass! O Lord Have mercy on me! Let the purpose for which You preserved me come to pass! Let the purpose come to pass! Almighty God let the purpose come to pass! let it come to pass! let it come to pass! Thank You Father! In Jesus mighty Name we have prayed! (Amen!)
The moment Nebuchadnezzar began to praise God, the moment he admitted that the Most High ruleth in the affairs of men. Not only was his throne restored to him, he said, excellent majesty was added unto me. Call on the Almighty God. This year excellent majesty, add it unto me O Lord! Add it unto me! Excellent majesty, add it to my life Lord! Add it to my life Lord! Restore to me my throne, restore to me my greatness and then add excellent majesty Lord! Add excellent majesty! O Lord this year, restore to me my throne. Restore to me my greatness and then add excellent majesty to my life! ….. Excellent majesty! Excellent majesty! …. Excellent majesty! …. In Jesus mighty Name we have prayed! (Amen!)
Nebuchadnezzar went on to say that all my people that had forsaken me came unto me, they came back. I want you to cry to God, this year Father, all those who have forsaken me, let them come back and serve me! Talk to the Almighty God! All those who have forsaken me, let them come back and serve me! All those who have been mocking me, All those who have deserted me..... Bring them back O Lord! Let them came and serve me! Let them come back and serve me! Let them come back and serve me! Let them return! Let them return to serve them! Let them come back to serve me! Bring them back! Bring them back O Lord! Let them come back and serve me! Oh Those who have forsaken me, those who have been mocking me, and those who have become enemies, let them become friends again. Let them return; let them return! Let them return! Let them return! …. Let them seek me out, seek me out! ….. Glory be to Your Holy Name! Let them return! Let them return! In Jesus mighty Name we have prayed! (Amen!)
In the Book of Job 42:10 the Bible said and God turned the captivity of Job when he prayed for his friends. You are going to pray for everybody here now. Say,Father, this year, turn our captivities! Go ahead! Talk to the Almighty God!! Our captivities O Lord, Turn them O Lord! Turn them O Lord! Turn our captivities O Lord! Everybody here today Lord! Every family represented here today Lord, turn their captivities! Turn their captivities! Turn their captivities! Turn their captivities! Almighty God turns our captivities! Turn our captivities! Turn our captivities! Turn our captivities! … Male, female, young old, everybody here turn our captivities! In Jesus mighty Name we have prayed! (Amen!)
The Almighty God said, that for some of His children this will be the year of Open Doors. Open your mouth and cry to God and say, Father, when You open no man can close. Keep the doors open for all of us! Talk to the Almighty God! Keep the door open for all of us! Keep the door open for all of us! When You open no man can shut! Keep the door open for all of us! Keep the door open for all of us! Almighty God Keep the door open for all of us! Keep the door open for all of us! This year of open doors …… Keep the door open Daddy! Keep the door open! In Jesus mighty Name we have prayed! (Amen!)
Open doors mean great opportunities. Let us cry to God, don’t let us miss any opportunity this year! Don’t let us miss any opportunity this year! Help us O Lord to maximise every opportunity this year! Help us Lord! ….. Thank You Lord! In Jesus mighty Name we have prayed! (Amen!)
Lift your voice to Him and say Father, let every one of us be a major source of blessing to the whole world. Beginning from now!. Let’s talk to the Almighty! Major source of blessings to the whole world! Every one of us Lord! ….. In Jesus mighty Name we have prayed! (Amen!)
Now you are going to pray for yourself and say, Father, use me to expand Your church this year! Go ahead! Talk to the Almighty God! Use me, use me to expand Your church this year. Use me to win souls! use me to expand Your church this year. Use me to win souls! use me to expand Your church this year! ….. Use me Lord! In Jesus mighty Name we have prayed! (Amen!)
And now you lift your voice to Him and you say, Father, every garment of suffering that you removed from my body last year, don’t let me ever wear them again! Go ahead! Talk to the Almighty God! Every garment of suffering! Every garment of sorrow! Every garment of failure! Every garment of disease! Every garment of reproach that You know You have already removed from me last year, don’t let me ever wear them again! Don’t let me ever wear them again! ! In Jesus mighty Name we have prayed! (Amen!)
Now go ahead talk to God and ask whatever you want from Him….. Glory be to God! Alleluia! Blessed be Your Holy Name! In Jesus mighty Name we have prayed! (Amen!)
You are worthy O Lord, You are worthy, You are worthy to be glorified, You are worthy my God, You are worthy …… You are worthy O Lord, You are worthy O Lord …. Let’s praise Him now, worship the King of Kings! the Lord of Lords! the I Am that I Am, the Ancient of Days, the Unchangeable Lord! Bless His Holy Name! …… Blessed be Your Holy Name Lord! Thank You Father! In Jesus mighty Name we have worshipped! (Amen!)
Thank You Daddy! The Lord said there’s someone here tonight, He said that this year in your family there will be unending testimonies. (Amen!)
Father, we bless Your Name, there’s no one like You. Before the mountains were brought forth, from everlasting to everlasting You are God, You are the King, You are the Lord , You are the door, You are the truth, You are the life, You are the Alpha, You are the Omega, You are the Wonderful One, You are the Great Counsellor, You are the mighty God, You are the Everlasting Father, You are the Prince of Peace, You are the Rock of Ages!, You are the Unchangeable Changer Glory be to Your Holy Name! Glory be to Your Holy Name! Thank You for last year, Thank You for this year, Thank You for years to come! Glory be to Your Holy Name! (Amen!)
Tonight Father, Take all the glory! Do marvellous things! Let Your name be glorified. At the end of everything let us be able to praise You again! (Amen!) In Jesus mighty Name we have prayed! (Amen!) Let somebody shout ‘Alleluia!’ (Alleluia!) another
Happy New Year to you all! It will be a glorious year for you in Jesus Name! (Amen!). Now that all of us are seated please there are some people without seats so don’t reserve any seat. So if you have reserved any seat and the fellow is not here by now, please let the ushers know where the empty seats are so they can fill them.
All the children born in January stand. Glory be to God! Father, I want to thank You for January children. Thank You for the children of a new beginning. Thank You for preserving their lives. Accept our thanks in Jesus Name! (Amen!) All these Your children standing now I commit into Your hands. Bless them (Amen!)! Prosper them! (Amen!) Promote them! (Amen!) Protect them! (Amen!) Give them a new beginning of joy! A new beginning of victory! A new beginning of success! Use them for Your glory! And Lord God Almighty! every day of this month, give them new testimonies. (Amen!) In Jesus mighty Name we have prayed! (Amen!) January children shout Alleluia!. God bless you! You may be seated!
1 Samuel 17:45-47 We want to talk about open doors to greatness. There is somebody here today who is going to be very great (Amen!) and the door to your greatness has been opened. If you don’t say ‘Amen!’ I won’t pray for you. (Amen!) And the door will remain open forever in Jesus Name! (Amen!)
1 Samuel 17:45-47
Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord's, and he will give you into our hands.
God will fight for somebody this year. (Amen!) All the Goliaths in your way will give way in Jesus Name! (Amen!) Your door to greatness has been opened in Jesus Name! (Amen!)
David had the master keys. He had the Master Key of prayer. He was a prayer warrior. In Psalm 34:1 he said I will bless the Lord at all times and His praise shall continually be in my mouth. That must be the statement of somebody who knows how to contact God. (Amen!) Somebody is going to bless the Lord all this year around. His praise shall never leave my mouth this year. In Psalm 34:6 the same Psalm 34:6 David said this poor man cried and the Lord heard. God is going to hear the prayer of somebody this year (Amen!)
David was a prayer warrior because he knew the source of his strength, he knew where help can come from, that is why he said in Psalm 121:1-2 he said, I will lift my eyes to the hills from whence cometh my help; my help cometh from the Lord who made heaven and earth. There is somebody here who is expecting help from God. That help will come this year. (Amen!) He had the first Master Key, the Master Key of prayer. And then he had the second Master Key, the key of faith. When you hear him speak in Psalm 27:1-6, you see somebody who is full of faith. He said, The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? David was a man of faith, not a man of fear. He said in Psalm 23:4, even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: so he had the Master Key of faith. There is somebody listening to me today because you got that Master Key during the Congress you will never know fear again. (Amen!)
David had the third Master Key of the Word of God. In Psalm 119:11 he said, Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. He loved the Word of God so much that he memorized it. He hid the Word of God in his heart so he had the Master Key of the Word of God.
Then he had the Master Key number four of the Name of Jesus. He had the Master Key of the name of the Lord. In our text today in 1 Samuel 17:45 he said, I come against thee in the name of the Lord! He knew how to use the Name of the Lord. Probably he understood that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow. And today in the life of somebody every Goliath is going to fall because of the Name of the Lord. Let me hear you say that name – Jesus! So he had the Master Key of holiness, the fifth Master Key, the unlimited Master Key, David had it. He said in Psalm 66:18, he said, If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me: So he was aware of the danger of sin. He knows the advantages of holiness. In fact he said in Psalm 119:9 , he said how shall a young man cleanse his way? He said by paying attention to Your word O Lord! So David had the Master Keys of prayer.
1 Samuel 16:11-13 we saw him being anointed as King. In fact he said in Psalm 23:5 He said, Thou anointest my head with oil, my cup runneth over. So we could almost say that David attended the last Holy Ghost Congress He had all the Master Keys and he got the anointing to go along with it, as a result of which, like all of us who came, he had a new beginning. Is there anybody here with a new beginning? Let me hear you shout ‘Alleluia!’ (Alleluia!) He had a new beginning because from 1 Samuel 16:14-23 we saw that suddenly, after the anointing, he was moved from being a shepherd boy. From the lonely life of a shepherd boy he became somebody dwelling in the palace. I know somebody here today your promotion will be rapid. (Amen!) The Almighty God will advertise you. Those who will get you to the throne they will come your way quickly. (Amen!)
And then came Goliath. How? In 1 Samuel 17:17-20, his father sent him on an errand – take food to your brothers at the warfront. It was while he was running an errand for his father that he came across Goliath and as we are going to discover later on, it was coming across Goliath that opened the door to his greatness and the door to your greatness, all the doors to your greatness are already opened now. (Amen!)
In Mark 16:15-20 we discover that signs and wonders only follow those who are on the move, those who are out obeying God, those who are out doing the work of their father. They are the ones who signs and wonders will follow. That is why I want to advise you this year, don’t sit down at home doing nothing. Go out, Witness. Win souls. Bring them to Christ. Constantly be on the move and you will suddenly discover that doors of opportunities will begin to open. Everywhere you turn this year, ways will open unto you in Jesus Name! (Amen!)
He was out obeying his father when all of a sudden he came face to face with Goliath. And you will need to note something here, something that has to do with God’s timing. If you read 1 Samuel 17: 22-23, you will discover that David arrived just in time to hear Goliath boasting. He did not arrive one hour late. He arrived just in time. God has a timetable for everything. He has a timetable for your life. I have good news for you. That time of open doors for you has come now. (Amen!) In Psalm 102:13 the Bible says, the time, the set time, to favour Zion has come. There is somebody here, the time, the set time to favour you has come. (Amen!) I didn’t say everybody. I said there is someone here, the time, the set time, the time that God planned, the time that God had destined to favour you has come. (Amen!)
Everything works according to the timetable of God. What God wants to happen this year could not have happened last year. There’s no way you can do it and what He wants to do this year cannot be postponed to next year. It is not possible. That is why I am so excited. God spoke to me at the end of last year that this year 2005 is the Year of Open Doors. Suddenly I realized that all my struggles will begin to produce results now. And not me alone. There is somebody else here, the year, the set year, when God will favour you is come! (Amen!) The year when every door you knock will be opened unto you that year has come. (Amen!) I’m not saying everybody. Just a few of us. This is our own year. (Amen!) I say this is our own year - whether the devil likes it or not. This is our year whether the enemies likes it or not. This is our year whether the mockers like it or not. Whether those who say that you are going to die barren like it or not, they will discover that this is your year. (Amen!) Those who said you can never move forward, that you can never reach the top, before the year is out, they will discover that this is your year! If you believe that Let me hear you shout ‘Alleluia!’ (Alleluia!)
So Goliath came, a giant, but he came as a giant opportunity disguised as a giant problem. The first time you see him, you will think – Ehh! What a problem, but at the end of the story – what a giant opportunity! I don’t know who I’m talking to but even before the end of this month, your giant opportunities will begin to come. (Amen!) they will be so big that it will be too difficult to miss them because the moment David saw Goliath and he saw his head, he said, with my sling, I can’t miss a head this big. Opportunities so big that you cannot miss them will begin to come your way from today. (Amen!)
Thank You Father! The Lord said there’s someone here, He said, you are about to enter into your season of total liberation. (Amen!) season of total liberation! I say ‘Amen!’’ to that one.
And when Goliath came he appeared as if he’s an obstacle to destiny because David has just been anointed king and Goliath wanted to take the kingdom from him. I have good news for you brethren. Whatever is of God shall be forever. The throne that God has planned for you, you will sit on that throne! (Amen!) The height that God has prepared for you in that name that is above every other name, you will reach there. (Amen!)
So Goliath came – a giant, pretending to be a giant problem but he was a giant opportunity too big to miss. It came as an obstacle to destiny but it was actually a door to destiny. All that was required was to get the door open. Fortunately for you, you already have the Master Key of faith – every giant that stands in your way this year – by faith and in the name of the Lord of Hosts, they will become doors to your destiny! (Amen!)
Take Redemption Camp where we are now. When we first came here this was the headquarters of armed robbers; this was the house of the biggest snakes anywhere around. The first snake we killed on this ground was 16 feet long. Which is more than 5 metres long, the size of a palm tree – that’s enough to drive anybody away. Bit we didn’t see it as a problem, we saw it as an opportunity; we saw the land where nobody will want to build so with faith in our God we knew that a city will come that will become the headquarters of the Almighty God and we are already beginning to see it. I have good news for somebody here - everything appearing to be a problem now in your life will become a major testimony! (Amen!)
When Moses got to the Red Sea in Exodus 14 it looked as if the journey to the Promised Land is over. But no - there had to be a Red Sea to swallow Pharaoh and his hosts. A little river cannot swallow an army. So the bigger your Red Sea the total will be your victory, the enemy you saw up till this day. In the Name that is above every other name you will never see them again! (Amen!)
So Goliath was merely a stepping-stone to greatness. Is there any problem in you r life right now, get ready for your testimony. Is it a big problem? Then get ready for a big testimony!! Is it impossibility? Then get ready for a testimony that will shake the world! Who is going to be the first to testify? Let me hear you shout ‘Alleluia!’ (Alleluia!)
Thank You Father! The Lord said there’s someone here, He said I should tell you there is light ahead of you. (Amen!)
When you read 1 Samuel 17:24-27 the Bible said, Israel fled from Goliath but David asked for reward. Some people were running away, David was saying what are you going to give to the person who kills this fool. I don’t know who I’m talking to but even before the middle of this year – rewards, rewards, will already be coming in to you. (Amen!)
Here David has not fought the battle but don’t forget he has the Master Key of faith and faith always sees beyond the battle. Faith is always looking into the future; its always looking at what happens after the victory is won. That is why Moses before he even heard from God, in Exodus 14:13-14, Moses, before he heard from God at all, using the Master Key of faith, has told the children of Israel, look at your enemies very well, he said the enemies you see today, you will never see them again! I am repeating the same thing today. In the Name that is above every other Name, the enemies of sickness, enemies of poverty, enemies of barrenness, enemies of failure, enemies of sorrow, enemies of demons, you will never see them again in Jesus Name! (Amen!)
David has not yet fought the battle but he was already telling Goliath in 1 Samuel 17:46 , he said this day I will cut off your head. He didn’t even have a sword in his hand. If you focus attention on what you have now, to some of you it will be difficult to believe that this is going to be the most glorious year of your life thus far.Don’t look at what you have, don’t look at the situation now, look at God. I can guarantee you your tomorrow is going to be all right. (Amen!)
I remember the testimony of one of my daughters. She said, at the beginning of one year the Word of knowledge came and said, there’s a woman here, before the end of the year you’ll be carrying asset of twins. She said everybody around her was saying, Amen, Amen. She said she didn’t join them. Why not? Because at that time there was even nobody to marry. When you are not yet even married how can you be talking of a set of twins? She didn’t answer at all, she said that one is for somebody else but the following day somebody came and said, thus saith the Lord, you are going to be my wife….. She said Get away from here. Ahh! But I’ve already told the Pastor! The Pastor had prayed. He’s the one who said I should go and tell you. Eh, well, if it is the Pastor you want to marry, go ahead… To cut a long story short, 3 months later they were married. Exactly on the 31st December a set of twins came! (Amen!) Before the end of this year there is somebody here your joy will be overflowing. (Amen!)
Faith looks beyond the present because faith sees what others cannot see. It hears what others cannot hear., In 1 Kings 18:41 Elijah said, I heard the sound of the abundance of rain when there was no cloud at all – no single cloud! There had been no rain for 3 years! But he heard the sound of the abundance of rain. I am not saying that I am Elijah. I’m not saying that I’m a prophet. I’m an ordinary Pastor but once in a while I hear from my Daddy and my Daddy said 2005 is the Year of Open Doors for me and for somebody else. If you are one of us let me hear you shout a big Alleluia (Alleluia!) In 2 Kings 7:1 Elisha said, by this time of tomorrow a measure of flower shall sell for a shekel. – In a time of famine when women were already eating their children for survival! A man of faith said, by this time of tomorrow, food will be so plenty, nobody will want to buy. It sounded impossible but it came to pass.
I’ve told you the story before. The first time that I went to Kenneth Hagin Camp meeting in America I saw 7,000 people in one convention. I’ve never seen anything like that before. Because at that time the whole of Redeemed Christian Church of God added together was less than 1,000. But on the way, in the plane, I shared with those who went with me, that one day, one day, our Pastors alone would be more than 17,000! They didn’t believe me. How can it be when the whole congregation is not up to one thousand? Who are the Pastors going to be pasturing? But 2004 we ordained more than 9,000. I don’t know who I’m talking to, no matter how small you are today; you are going to be very great. (Amen!)
One of my sons came to me about ten years ago. He said, Daddy why are you still tolerating me knowing I’m so bad? Even I myself know I am very bad and yet you still keep treating me as if I am the apple of your eye. I told him, my boy, it is not who you are now that is the apple of my eye, it is what you are going to become.And I am saying to somebody today, it is not who you are now, it is who you are going to become, I say with the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ that you are gong to be very great. (Amen!) I’m not talking to everybody but the one I’m talking to knows himself, knows herself. Let that fellow shout a really big Alleluia (Alleluia!)
In Genesis 22:7-8 Isaac asked a very good question, he said, Father, I can see the wood. I can see the fire. I can see the knife but where is the animal for the sacrifice? And the father answered without hesitation, not knowing how it can happen, he said God will provide! If the God of Abraham is still on his throne – and I know He is – I say to somebody here tonight God will provide. (Amen!) I say God will provide. I say it one more time – God will provide. (Amen!) He will provide what? You need a husband? He will provide. You need a wife? He will provide. You need a house? He will provide. You need a job? He will provide. You need healing? He will provide. You need a visa? He will provide…. Go ahead; give the Lord a big round of applause. Let God himself hear you. He will provide! I say He will provide! He will provide anointing! He will provide power! He will provide success! He will provide promotion! He will provide! He will provide! He will surely provide! Thank You Daddy! Thank You Lord!
Daddy says there’s someone here tonight, He said, don’t fear, darkness will surely let you go. (Amen!) Thank You Father!
Now David asked for reward. The Bible teaches that God has rewards for those who would be overcomers. He has crowns for overcomers – crown of righteousness; crown of life, the incorruptible crown, the crown of rejoicing, the crown of glory – these are 5 crowns laid up for overcomers. Go and do your Bible study and find their passages.
But there are other rewards for overcomers. He said they would eat of the tree of life. Revelation 2:7… He said they would not be hurt by the second death. Revelation 2:11 He said they will eat of the hidden manna. Revelation 2:17. But there is one I like among the rewards. Revelation 2:17 It said all those who overcome will get a white stone and on the white stone will be a new name written that is known by nobody else except the one who receives it and I know the implication of that. I have a feeling that this year God is going to give somebody a new name and the implication of a new name is tremendous.
Abram is the name that Abraham used to bear. He was Abram and he was barren, then he became Abraham and he became the father of nations. Sarai was barren and she became Sarah and became the mother of nations. Jacob was a 419 man, then he became Israel and a whole nation is still bearing his name! Whatever evil is associated with the name you are bearing, that name is going to be changed this year. (Amen!) You will get a new name this year. (Amen!) The interesting thing is that He said the new name will be private and I know what that means.
I will tell you a story. But before I tell you the story please know that it happened before I was born again. At that time I was still a sinner, pure and simple and I was teaching in a school, secondary school and there were girls there and there was one of the girls that I was eying and I was looking for a way of telling her. So one day as I was going round checking to see whether they were doing their mathematics correctly or not I wrote in a small piece of paper- I love you…. And you know the way people sit in a secondary school – two desks together, and I got to this girl, I pretended to be looking at the exercise book and I dropped the note. And she picked it up, opened it, read it and the girl sitting next, instead of facing her mathematics, looked her way and said, what is that? She closed it quickly and said, Nothing, nothing. Somebody is going to receive a note from Jesus Christ with a new name. I don’t know what He will write in your own but I have a rough idea of what He will write in my own. I know He will write in my own – Adeboye, I love you! Is anybody like that here today too? Let me hear you shout ‘Alleluia!’ (Alleluia!)
So, David was asking for reward…… Go back to the sheep! Who wants you here? Brother! The Bible says in Matthew 10:6, it says a man’s foes shall be of his own household. Every enemy in your household they shall be exposed this year. (Amen!) All those who say they are brother, they are sister, and they are your enemy, in this year of Open Doors the Almighty God will expose them all! (Amen!)
The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 11:26, it says beware of false brethren. Even in the church there are false brethren – ‘bro, bro, sis, sis’ and their like. Every false brother, every false sister trying to slow you down, God will expose them this year. … What do you want there? Who asked you to come here? This boy was already dreaming how he’s going to become a giant –killer and the brother came and wanted to silence him just as in Genesis 37:17-20, the brothers of Joseph saw him coming; Ah! Behold, the dreamer cometh! Come let us kill him, let us see what shall become of his dream. All those who want to destroy your dream, one day they will bow down before you. (Amen!) I say, one day they will bow down before you. (Amen!)
I don’t have time to tell you all of the stories I would have told you. I know the effort that brothers made to kill my dream. I refused to let my dream die. Your own dream will not die. (Amen!) It was an elder brother…
Thank You Father! The Lord said, the word ‘retarded’ will become foreign to your family. (Amen!)
Elder brother… I need to warn you brethren in this year of Open Doors, beware of elder brothers, experienced Christians, who have become so experienced that they have become lukewarm. They have become so experienced there is no need for them to shout Alleluia!! They’ve become so experienced they can’t dance for God anymore. They were not like that before. When they first became born-again they were on fire for God, but now they are experienced. They don’t dance when you dance. They don’t shout when you shout – that’s for small boys; that’s for beginners! Please remain beginners. Remain hot for God. They will tell you, that, ehh! How it used to be at the beginning. They told me that, they told me that 30 years ago – aehh, all this giri giri giri – you will soon cool down! But thank God I told them, in my own case, I’m going to get hotter. Is there anybody like that here today? In that case let me hear your Alleluia! (Alleluia!)
Don’t let any elder brother stand in your way. If they don’t want to go let them stay. The door is open. Everybody is free, If you want you can sit down. If you want you can run. If you want you can fly - I’m going to fly for Jesus Christ! (Amen!) So when it is time to praise God and you are praising God and somebody is looking at you - ignore them! Go on dancing for joy. That’s how David danced his way to greatness. Those who shout in church, keep on shouting. That’s how Bsrtimaeus shouted until he got his wish. When it is time to clap, use your hands, clap! Thank You Jesus!
I’ve told you the story before. In a gathering of big men, big men of God – thank God I’m a small boy. I went with my tambourine and we were praising God, the choir was doing a wonderful job. I was dancing and because I don’t want anybody to disturb me, I closed my eyes and I was dancing, praising my Lord, magnifying His Name! I didn’t know that one big man of God was standing, wanting to greet me because my eyes were closed. I was praising my God. When finally they stopped singing and I opened my eyes, he stood there and he was upset! He was upset! He said what’s wrong with you? You are a General Overseer, dancing like that! I told him, I’m sorry Sir, forgive me but I’m dancing for the One who made me General Overseer. And I’m going to keep on dancing until he makes me General Overseer of the whole world! Is there anybody here who will keep on dancing for Jesus!. Stand on your feet and just dance for Him for one minute! Dance for your King! Dance for the Almighty God! He doesn't mind! He doesn’t mind! Thank You Lord! Let me hear you shout ‘Alleluia!’ (Alleluia!) God bless you! You may be seated!
Thank You Father! In 1 Samuel 17:30 David ignored the elder brother and turned to another set of people. He said, By the way as I was saying, what is the reward for killing this fellow. Don’t mind that fellow, I know the problem here. He was there when the men of God came. They didn’t choose him for anointing. It’s me they chose that’s why he’s angry but there’s nothing he can do. My anointing cannot be washed away. God has chosen somebody here for greatness whether the elder brother likes it or not, whether elder sister likes it or not. The anointing of God upon your life is going to be forever. (Amen!) Don’t listen to the dream killers. Don’t listen! Live on! Focus on God! Don’t look at any man! Even if the Pastor doesn’t want to go, ignore him! Face your God!
I’ve told my children recently. I said God forbid bad thing, even if I, your father, say I’m no longer following Jesus and I know it will never happen, I say, you ignore me and go on because He’s the Way, there is no other way other than Jesus Christ! He’s the door to greatness. There is no other door! How many of you will follow Jesus to the end? Let me hear you say ‘Amen!’ loud and clear.
And then in 1 Samuel 17:31 David’s words were heard and the king sent for him. David’s words were heard. Some of you may not know why I’ve been telling you to say some beautiful things about yourself. It is because if you say it loud enough God will hear. If you keep on saying my tomorrow will be all right God will hear. If you keep saying I’m not going to dance small. God will hear. If you keep on saying I will reach my goal. God will hear. Maybe you want to say one or two things so God can hear. Say, My tomorrow will be all right! (Amen!) I say Shout it! (Amen!) Say, I m not going to die here, I refuse to die here! I will reach my goal! I will reach my goal! (Amen!)
I was still telling my children recently. I wasn’t even born-again then. I was just a nominal churchgoer, when my wife and I will be struggling with ponmo (cow skin)and I will be saying that one is too thick, let’s cut it into two. And I used to say, Don’t worry my dear. It’s not going to be like this forever. Don’t worry, Our tomorrow will be all right. I’d been saying it before I became born again. And today if I want to eat a cow I can eat the whole cow! All of you who are my children pursue your goals! The height that God has prepared for you , you will reach there! (Amen!)
Bartimaeus kept on crying, the people around asked him to shut up. He did not, he kept on shouting and Jesus was arrested by the cry of a beggar. If you seek God consistently enough, God will hear. And what will happen? The king sent for a shepherd boy. There is somebody here tonight the King of Kings will send for you (Amen!). I say the King of Kings will send for you! (Amen!)
Another thing. The days of darkness ended. Thank God my Father had already spoken tonight. He said darkness will let you go! darkness will let you go!
In Genesis 31:13-34 Joseph had been in prison thirteen years, he was supposed to die there when the king sent for him – every door that has been keeping you in prison shall be flung open this year in Jesus Name! (Amen!) Why? Because the King of Kings has come for you. The King of Kings is coming for somebody here. He’s coming for me and He’s coming for someone else. Let that fellow shout Alleluia (Alleluia!)
Thank You Father! The Lord said there’s someone here, He said, your oppressors shall taste oppression. (Amen!)
Samuel brought David before the king and a conversation ensued. You will see that one in 1 Samuel 17:32-37 It was David who began the conversation. He said king, you don’t let anybody‘s heart fail because of this riff-raff. I will smite him. The king looked at the small boy and said, You can’t do it. You are small. He is big. He’s been fighting wars since he was young. David said, I may be small but I’m well equipped. I’ve killed lions before. I’ve killed bears before. The God who delivered me from the lion, and the bear; the God who preserved through childhood, God will give me another testimony. (Amen!) So the King was compelled to say In that case, go and the Lord be with you!
It is time that you and the King of Kings had a chat. It’s time for you to tell Him what you believe in. It’s time that you will go before the Almighty God and you tell Him, I know that You are there for me and Your church. It’s time for you to say to the Almighty God, I know that my Redeemer liveth and that He can do all things because there is nothing impossible for You. It is time for you to tell God what you think, what you believe about Him!
I’ve told you the testimony before. The reason I’m sharing it is because of something I’m going to say later.
Thank You Father! The Lord said there’s someone here tonight; He said today you will join the club of the victors. (Amen!) Today your mouth will join the club of the victors. (Amen!)
We had 3 caesarean operations before we met the Lord because the doctors said, don’t worry yourself, there’s no way the baby can come naturally. So after three, we decided to stop. Then we became born again. Then one day Luke 1:37: for with God nothing shall be impossible. How many of you believe that your own will not be impossible with God? Say it out with your mouth.
Anyway so she became pregnant again the fourth time. So the doctor said he can’t handle it and I have a new doctor, Dr. Jesus. So I said, let the paediatricians handle it. And the time of delivery came and there had been all kinds of warning – tell that brother, don’t kill your wife. It is not possible; it cannot be done, the age of miracle is past…. We just sat down. I was too stupid to answer them. I believe in my God too much to answer them. Thank God the foolishness of God is wiser than the wisdom of men. So time of delivery came. The first day she laboured. Baby didn’t come. Second day, she laboured; the baby didn’t come. Third day, she laboured; the baby didn’t come. And I remember very well that third day. I drove from University of Lagos to Ebute-Metta, the maternity centre. I got there. They said nothing; it hadn’t come. So I got into my car and I was going to Surulere to go and bring her food. I got to Iddo terminal. I know the spot. I heard the devil say to me – he was physically present in my car – he said, Stupid fellow, you said you have PhD in Mathematics; you want to kill your wife. You will see what the family will do to you. When they both die we will then see what you will say. Thank God for the Holy Spirit. A holy anger rose up within me and I said, Listen carefully. It’s my one night tonight. It was Friday tonight. I will call the General Superintendent, to please allow me to preach on Sunday and the first thing I will say is that there is nothing that God cannot do! There is nothing that God cannot do! And as soon as I said that light, supernatural light, flooded my car. I knew Jesus came in. I’m telling every one of you here tonight, you will pass your test. I say, you will past your test. (Amen!)
And my children came to meet me. What about Mummy? and I said not yet, by the time I return tomorrow morning, I will bring you good news. Somehow I knew the child has come. I arrived back at Ebute-Metta. Within fifteen minutes of my coming back, the baby came. Your year of open doors, your year of progress has come. (Amen!) If you believe that say ‘Amen!’.
You need to tell God that you believe in Him; that there’s nothing He cannot do. Like Job said, Even though He slay me I will still trust. Even if He kills me I will still trust Him. You need to tell God like Shedrach and Meshach and Abednego that the God who we serve is able, able to deliver and if He does not we will still not bow to any other God. David said don’t let anybody - I have a God who is greater than any Goliath.
David did something beautiful - shared his testimony. You know one of the biggest problems we have as Christians is that we are not sharing our testimonies. We are not. When it’s testimony time we want to sit down and hear all the testimonies. What about you? You make it look as if God has not done anything for you. It’s unfair. If God has been doing something for you – tell the world! I never keep quiet about my testimony. I share them with other Pastors all over the world. ….. we’re managing, we’re managing! I’m not managing. God is working overtime taking care of me! They say, don’t say that! .. the Almighty God is on my side. Is there anybody here that the Almighty God is taking care of? Let me hear you shout ‘Alleluia!’ (Alleluia!)
Testimony is one weapon that the devil cannot resist. Revelation 12:11 It said, they overcame him by the Blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony. Testify! Your greatest weapon against the devil, your greatest weapon in evangelism - is testimony. It’s the best way you can win souls! Come and give your life to Jesus! … Testimony, it is what will cause others to follow you to your destiny. That is what will guarantee that your future prayers will be answered. Testify! Don’t be shy! Don’t be shy about what your God has done! After all before we were born again, you know how your friends got you to go and visit that baba lawo. I mean they come to me on Monday morning….. Your greatest weapon against the devil, your greatest weapon in evangelism - is testimony. Open your mouth. Testify
Thank You Father! I say Amen to this one! The Almighty God said, I will reduce the head of the one blocking your view. (Amen!)
The King said ‘Go!’ Let’s talk to that! “Go!” It means the door is open, the door to greatness, the door to victory. “Go!” that means, your way is clear! The way is clear for somebody here tonight! “Go!” The battle is won, even before you fight! Haw many heard it? The Lord be with you! If only God can be with you, what else do you want? That is all He told Moses when He sent him to Egypt. He said, Go and bring the children of Israel. Moses said, How can I? God said, I will go with you. The same thing He said to Joshua – As I was with Moses, so will I be with you., No man will be able to stand before you all the days of your life. There is somebody here tonight God will go with you. (Amen!)
And then because of time, I need to move on. Saul decided to put his armour on David. David tried it and he said, sorry I can’t go with this and he put the thing off. If you are going to walk in your open doors this year, you must put off Saul’s armour. If it were of any help to Saul, why didn’t he go and fight Goliath? The armour of Saul represents incomplete obedience. It represents inordinate hunger for fame. It represents stealing from God to do the work of God. God told him to kill all the animals. He said, I’m taking some of them so I can use them for offering. Just like some of you who say, well I know this is the tithe of God but I’m using the tithe of God to build the church. It represents dishonouring the anointing of God! It represents insincerity. Thinking that you are too wise, you can deceive God. That must end in your life, if you want to walk through your open doors to greatness.
Again David got a sling. He selected five smooth stones, five smooth stones. Why five? Because David was serving the All-Sufficient God. David didn’t know, but God knew that Goliath had four brothers. 2 Samuel 21:15-22 Goliath had 4 brothers so God made sure that David had 5 stones so after Goliath falls if any of his brothers decided to arrive, there is a stone waiting for them. All your enemies shall be taken care of this year!
Stones! Smooth stones! That can easily be sent on an errand. The stones stand for the Word of God. Psalm 107:20 He sent His Word and He healed them. He sent His stone and healed them and delivered them. The stone of God, the smooth stone of God is going to move on your behalf. It will move on your behalf here. (Amen!)
And then he took a sling with him. What can the sling represent? It represents the despised weapon of prayer. When people are praying, there are people who will look at you and say, somebody is dying and you are praying. You think prayer will solve it? It represents the fragile weapon of anointing – very fragile. This thing they call anointing what do you mean? Very fragile - but very powerful. It represents the incredible weapon of praise.
Ahh! Thank You Father! Let me hear somebody shout ‘Alleluia!’ (Alleluia!) The Lord is talking to someone here tonight, he said I should tell you that tonight you should sow a seed of laughter, a seed of laughter …. Listen, listen, listen, listen! Amen! Let’s get this right. Tonight you will make up your mind that you want to sow a seed and you will tell God that I’m sowing this seed for laughter. Ah-ah. Then He said, when you sow this seed, He will do 2 things. Number one He said He will replace the bitterness of your life with honey. (Amen!) Number two; He said He will make one of your children to become a constant source of laughter. (Amen!) That message is for one particular person.
Now David took a sling and that sling goes to tell you one thing – sharpen your skills. David knew how to use the sling He didn’t learn how to use it on the day of battle, You also know something, no matter what – maybe all you can do is pray. This year sharpen your prayer. maybe all you can do is praise God. This year sharpen your praise. maybe your gift from God is your gift of generosity. This year sharpen your skill!
Thank You Lord! Let’s stand on our feet. Alleluia!! Thank You Lord! Now listen to me carefully. Alleluia!. The Lord says, for a minute, combine all your problems into one and put them in front you. Just look at them with the spiritual eye as though they are just combined somewhere ahead. And then you are going to do something that may sound childish to you…… you are going to use your sling of faith and you are going to say in the name of Jesus, Goliath you are dead. Or you just sling, sling, sling…. Just go ahead! Go ahead! Go ahead! Just do it! It may sound childish to you! You are going to sing! You are going to sing! You are going to sing! Let me hear somebody shout ‘Alleluia!’ (Alleluia!). For two minutes, just praise God, because your Goliath is vanquished. Go ahead! Open your mouth! Thank the Almighty God! Thank the Almighty God! Thank the Almighty God! Bless His Holy Name! Bless His Holy Name! Thank Him! Thank Him! Thank Him! Thank You Jesus! Thank You Jesus! Thank You Lord! Thank You! Almighty God Thank You! Almighty God Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Thank You Lord! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! In Jesus mighty Name we have prayed! (Amen!) Alleluia! Alleluia! Thank You Lord!
The Lord asked me to tell you, He said the traffic light of your life has just turned to green. (Amen!) (Amen!) (Amen!)
Thank You Jesus! Thank You Lord! There is no need to preach anymore. Alleluia! Alleluia! If you are out there and you’ve not given you r life to Jesus you better come now, you better come now! Alleluia! If you are out there and you are not yet born again. Come! Come! I will count up to ten.. By ten if you are not here I know you don’t want to come.
This God is too powerful to be ignored. Surrender to Him! Come and give your life to Jesus. 1.. 2. Thank You Father! 3…… What a mighty God we serve, Alleluia!, what a mighty God we serve…….Those of you who are still on their way, hurry up. Those of us who are already in front close your eyes and cry to God. Say, Lord Jesus , I have come to You tonight to surrender completely. Save my soul. Forgive all my sins! Give me a brand new beginning. Be my Lord, be my Saviour and I will serve You! Go ahead! Call on the Almighty! And the rest of us let’s stretch our hands towards them and just pray for them; that the one who saved our souls will save their own souls also. Let’s pray for them! Let’s talk to the Almighty! In Jesus mighty Name we have prayed! (Amen!)
Father, Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for these Your children who have come forward. Thank You for Your promise that whosoever will come unto You, You will in no wise cast out. They have come now. Receive them in Jesus Name! (Amen!) Forgive them in Jesus Name! (Amen!) Save heir souls in Jesus Name! (Amen!) Cleanse them in Your Blood in Jesus Name! (Amen!) Write their names in the Book of Life in Jesus Name! (Amen!) From today, whenever they call on You, answer them in Jesus Name! (Amen!) Thank You! my Father! In Jesus mighty Name we have prayed! (Amen!) (Amen!) Praise the Lord! Alleluia!
I want to rejoice with those of you who have come forward tonight because from tomorrow by the grace of God, I will be praying for you and I know God will answer my prayers for you. So I need your name, your address and your principal prayer request. I can guarantee you in the mighty Name of Jesus, that very soon there will be testimony. (Amen!) So if you follow this brother who is waving a board, counsellors and Pastors are waiting for you to collect this information. So let’s begin to go. Give the Lord a big round of applause.
Even as we stand now first of all to thank God for what He has already promised, those who have testimonies can go to the back of the altar now to meet the pastors there. In the meantime, I want you to just praise Him. If you know what God has already done tonight you will praise Him for the rest of your life because believe it or not, your time has come! Your time has come! Go ahead praise the Almighty God, Bless His Holy Name! . Those who have testimony, go to the back of the altar now!
Let somebody shout ‘Alleluia!’ (Alleluia!) Alleluia! God bless you! I know you won’t mind but there is something very, very important that God wants me to do now which is why your coming tonight is going to change your life forever. David had the five Master Keys; he was anointed; he had a new beginning. He wasn’t going to allow any elder brother to kill his dream. He had the sling,; he had the five smooth stones but there was no sword in his hand. The Almighty God wants to give you a sword tonight. (Amen!)
I will tell you one little story which some of you already know. I’ve told you the story of a man who ran into very hard times. All the machines, which he was using for his trade, broke down. He owed his bank so much that when the friends see him coming they run. They don’t ask him to pay what he owes because they don’t want him to borrow money. There was no food in the house and the children were crying for food. The mother couldn’t bear it so she ran mental. He had no money to take her to the hospital so he went and kept her with one herbalist. Then we met and he told us his story and did something similar to what we are about tonight. We asked him to stretch forth his hands and we placed our own hands on his and prayed a simple prayer and asked him to go home and place his hands on his wife and his machines. So he went home, first he went straight to the herbalist, laid hands on his wife and the wife was healed immediately. He went to his machines that the mechanics have tried everything to repair and they wouldn’t work. He laid his hands on them and they all jumped back to work. (Amen!) Within six months the Lord has blessed him so much, he was able to buy a brand new car.
That’s the first story I want to tell you but there’s a second story. We had a congress in a certain town When we finished, God asked me to do something so I can transfer power to certain people. He made it clear to me – it doesn’t matter what I do, only those who believe will receive. So we formed a circle and I joined hands with the people and prayed the prayer God asked me to pray and the invisible current began to flow through the circle and when ever it got to anybody who believed we discovered that the fellow will just fall down from the circle. The current continued till it got to somebody who believed and the fellow will drop out. At a stage it got to 3 people who believed and they all fell at the same time. Others were standing looking. The current flowed and returned. It affected only those who believed.
So what God is about to do tonight will only affect those who believe. We will please stand. Stretch forth your two hands. I’m going to pray as the Lord asked me to pray and if you believe you will go home with a sword – any Goliath in your way, all you need to do is wave your hand. The invisible sword will just remove their heads. (Amen!) Thank You Father!
My Father and my God I want to bless Your Holy Name - Unchangeable, invisible, all-knowing, Almighty, the I AM that I AM. Thank You for this day of victory, this day of liberation, this day of a new beginning. As many as believe, with arms stretched out put a sword in their hands in Jesus Name! (Amen!) As many as believe that sword, the two-edged sword that nobody can withstand, give it to them in Jesus Name! (Amen!) That sword, my Father and my God, it can remove the head of any Goliath, Place in their hand in Jesus Name! (Amen!) Let it be used for Your glory. Let it be used for liberation. (Amen!) Let it be used for victory. (Amen!) Lord God Almighty! Remember these your children in the New Year. Let doors that have been closed be opened. From now on, my Father and my God, whenever Your children raise the sword, let the enemy vanish in Jesus Name! (Amen!) Thank You my Father, Thank You because it is done. In Jesus mighty, majestic, glorious, powerful, all-conquering name we have prayed! (Amen!)
Lift your hands to the Almighty God and just bless Him. Bless His Holy Name! Bless the Name of the Almighty God and say Father, Thank You for my sword. Thank You because you will go from here to conquer. (Amen!) I will go from here victorious. ….Thank You Father! Shout Alleluia! Shout the Alleluia! as if you really mean it! Alleluia!
It is well with me…… Let me hear you shout another big Alleluia! God bless you! You may be seated! You will testify. (Amen!) I say, you will testify. As the Lord lives, this year your testimonies will be in multiples. (Amen!) We now want to thank the Almighty God with what He has done for us tonight. As you get ready to do that seated, we can dance while seated…….
PRAISE THE LORD!
Pastor E. A. Adeboye