THE GREAT EXPECTATION 6th of November, 2014
Let’s lift our hand to the Most High God. Let’s give Him glory, let’s give Him honor, let’s give Him adoration, let’s lift His name high, there is no one like Him, he is the King of kings, the Lord of lords, the Ancient of days, bless His holy name.
Give Him glory, give Him honor, give him adoration, bless the King of kings, bless the Lord of lords, bless the Ancient of days, bless our Help in ages past, our Hope for years to come, bless the God of our expectations, bless the One who is the Hope of the hopeless, bless the One who is the help of the helpless, give Him glory, give Him honor.
Bless the One who can cure the incurable, bless the One who can set all captives free, bless the One who can quicken all dead wombs, bless the One who can change sorrow to joy.
Magnify His holy name, worship the Kings of king, worship the Lord of lords, worship the Iam that Iam, worship the Ancient of days; give Him glory, give Him honor, give Him adoration, He is worthy to be praised, He is worthy to be adored.
Bless Him; bless the One who has kept you from January till now, the One who will keep you till the end of the year and for several more years to come.
Bless His holy name. He is worthy, he is worthy, He is worthy to be praised, He is worthy to be adored, He is worthy to be magnified, praise His holy name, praise His holy name and praise His holy name.
Thank you my Father. Glory be to your holy name, thank you Ancient of days, you are worthy to be praised, you are worthy to be praised, thank you Father, thank you Lord.
Thank you Savior, thank you Healer, thank you Deliverer, thank you Provider, thank you the Fruitful Vine, thank you the Hope of the hopeless, the Help of the helpless, thank you the Great physician, thank you Lord of host, thank you Lord God Almighty, blessed be your holy name, Counsellor, Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, thank you Prince of peace.
Glory be to your holy name, thank you forever more, thank you Lord … in Jesus mighty name we worship.
Brethren, when Ebola visited Nigerian in August, we cried to God from this altar to chase it out and He did. I know there are some people claiming the victory, but you and I know, it is God.
Let’s lift our voices to Him and say Father, thank you for chasing Ebola out of Nigeria, thank you for answering prayers…. In Jesus mighty name we have prayed.
But there are still some of your children in Sierra Leone, Liberia, in Guinea where there are still in danger because of Ebola. Please lift your voice to the Almighty God and say Father; if only for your children's sake, destroy Ebola this month…..…. In Jesus mighty name we have prayed.
And then here at home in Nigeria, Boko haram has become a monster. Let’s cry to God and say Father, before the end of this month wipe out this organization called Boko Haram… …. In Jesus mighty name we have prayed.
Brethren, some of us are parents and we have daughters, those of us who are not parent, we have sisters, imagine the horror of the Chibok girls in the hands of these terrorists.
Lift your voice to the Almighty and say Father; the earth is yours and the fullness thereof, wherever this Chibok girls are, rescue them tonight, bring them back home Lord…..…. In Jesus mighty name we have prayed.
Lift your voice to Him and say Father, this is the last Holy Ghost service of this year, please reach out to me tonight……. In Jesus mighty name we have prayed.
I have a father, Almighty father, He is King of kings and Lord of lords
I have a father, halleluiah!
I have a father, Almighty father, He is King of kings and Lord of lords
I have a father, halleluiah!
I have a father, Almighty father, He is King of kings and Lord of lords
I have a father, halleluiah!
Almighty God, we bless your holy name, King of kings, Lord of lords, Almighty God all power belongs to you, you are the Hope of the hopeless, you are the Help of the helpless, you are the One who can cure the incurable, you are the One who can set the captives free, glory be to your holy name, accept our worship in Jesus name.
Thank you for chasing Ebola out of Nigeria. Thank you for chasing Ebola out of Nigeria, accept our thanks in Jesus name. Father, in all the nations where Ebola is still raging, we are asking that you will send down your fire, consume this demon in Jesus name, before the end of this month, consume Ebola in Jesus name.
Father fight for Nigeria, destroy this terror organization called Boko Haram, this very month, expose all their sponsors and destroy them also in Jesus name.
Don’t let Nigeria drown, come to our aid, help us oh Lord. As for the Chibok girls; my Father and my God you know where they are, rescue them tonight in Jesus name.
Lord, every one of us here tonight, we need your help, from the east, send help to us, from the west send help to us, from the north, send help to us, from the south, send help to us, from heaven above, send help us to us.
My Lord and my Savior, all our expectations, tonight, let them be fully met in Jesus name.
And all those who are listening to us by Radio and by Television and on the Internet, throughout the world, please Lord God Almighty, reach out to them in Jesus name, send help to them in Jesus name, send help to them also in Jesus name, meet their needs also in Jesus name, at the end of it all together all over the world, let us be able to glorify your name.
Thank you my Father and my God … In Jesus mighty name we have prayed.
Let someone shout hallelujah!
PRAYERS FOR THOSE BORN IN NOVEMEBER
Father, I want to commit into your hands, all your children born in the month of November; November is the eleventh month of the year, and eleven is ten plus one. I pray Lord God Almighty, that for this your children; your blessings will be more than sufficient, let their miracles be more than enough.
Let their testimonies be more than enough, let their joy be more than enough. Let their promotion be more than double and let their dedication to you, be more than enough, let all their expectation be met this month in Jesus name and let them serve you till the end in Jesus name.
Thank you my father and my God. In Jesus mighty name we have prayed.
Those born in November shout another halleluiah!
THE MESSAGE: THE GREAT EXPECTATION
If you look at that picture (The Holy Ghost service banner) you can see the woman with the issue of blood you see her reaching out to the garment of someone. Who is that someone? Jesus!
My text is taking from Mark 5 v 25 -34 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, and has suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, when she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind and touched his garment for she said, if I may touch but his clothes I shall be whole. And straight away the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague and Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press and said who touched my clothes? And his disciples said unto him, thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, who touched me? And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing. But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth. And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.
Everybody who came here today with one problem or the other, in the name that is above every other name, you will not go back with that problem.
Proverbs 24 v 13-14 if I summarized it; it says wisdom is like honey, because the wise shall be rewarded and his expectation shall not be cut off, he said my son, eat honey because it is good. Eat honey comb it is good for your taste, he said so will wisdom be to you when you find it, he said, because there will be a reward for you if you are wise and then your expectation shall not be cut off.
Wisdom comes from knowledge, wisdom is the correct application of knowledge. And if you want to be wise you study those who have gone before, study what they did so that they became what they became.
That is why we choose to study this woman with the issue of blood who was incurable, who has spent all she had.
Who was constantly draining, she was losing blood, losing strength, losing money, losing joy, losing hope, draining, she was like someone who is under a curse.
It doesn’t matter how hard she tried, instead of things getting better it got worse. One day this woman decided that enough is enough.
Is anybody here who would say I am tired of suffering?
How many of you will say enough is enough to suffering? And the Lord will surprise you tonight.
She decided to be full of expectation when she was leaving home. She said number one; if only I can contact the Great Physicians, not doctors now, the doctors have tried, they have failed, but if I can contact the Doctor of doctors, if I can contact Someone who will not refer my case to somebody else because there is nobody else to refer to, she said I know I will be made whole.
Somehow she knew there was Someone called the Great Physician according to Exodus 15 v 26 the Great Physician, the Lord that Healeth thee; she knew about Him.
She knew somehow that this Great Physician is the One who created me according to John 1 v 1-3 in the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God, the Word was God, the same was with God from the beginning.
And by Him all things were created and there was nothing created that was not created by Him.
Somehow she knew that, that Word is the One who became flesh and He is already walking among us, she knew He was the One, if I can just contact Him.
She probably have heard the testimony of what happened in Mark 3 v 1-5 when Jesus came into the synagogue and found a man with a withered hand, the hand was good once but it had withered, it has shivered up.
And Jesus has simply said to the man, “stretch forth your hand”, the man stretch forth his hand and was made whole.
She probably had heard the testimony, because there was a controversy about it; because Jesus healed that man on the Sabbath day, there are some people who did not want Jesus to heal on the Sabbath day, they kept talking about it so she probably heard.
I want you to know my brother and sister, there is Someone here tonight whose name is Jesus; He created you, if there is any part of your body that has withered, He will restored tonight.
And if there is a part that He cannot repaired, He will replace it tonight.
She came with tremendous expectation; if only I can come in contact with the Great Physician.
Some of you who are old among us, will remember the story of a woman who was sent home from the hospital because the doctor said there is nothing more we can do for you, go home.
Don’t waste your time anymore in the hospital. Just go home and spend some time with your children till you die, just go home and prepare.
The woman said to the children take me to the head quarter of the Redeemed Christian Church of God.
It was a week day, the children said “mama they have no program today, no service; no digging deep, no faith clinic, Nothing!”
The woman said “did I say anything about service?”
Mama, what we are saying is that “the pastor will not be there”.
“Did I say anything about a pastor? “I said take me to the church”,
they said “ok”.
She said “help me, take me close to one of the pillars, because I know if I can touch one of the pillar I will be made whole” and they helped mama to the pillar and mama touched the pillar and mama was healed instantly.
Because she came with expectation, if I can only make contact with the Great Physician, just through anything in the Church I know I will be made whole.
Are you ready to have the faith of a child tonight? If I ask you to do something childish will you do it? I want you to touch the floor and then touch your head, say I receive my healing.
If you believe that let me hear you shout halleluiah!
The woman left home saying if only I can make contact with the One who is the source of fullness of life, I know this my drainage will end.
Not only will my drainage end, He will fill me up again. Somehow she probably had heard where Jesus said in John 10 v 10 the thief is the one who has come to steal, kill and to destroy, but I have come that you may have life and have it more abundantly.
If I can contact Him I know, I am draining, I am loosing blood, I am loosing strength, I have lost all money, I am loosing hope but if I can touch the Source of all fullness I know He can command my drainage to stop. And fill me up again.
I know in the past He has taken very little and turned it to much.
I know in 2 Kings 4 v 1-7 that once upon a time there was a widow heavily in debt and the creditors were closing in to sell her sons, they wanted to reduce her to nothing, all she had then was a little bottle of oil and in the hand of all Source of all fullness that was enough.
Yes, I am draining, but I still have a little strength left and the word of God says, He gives strength to the weak, He said if those who will just wait upon Him, He will renew their strength. If I can just touch Him; I know He will put an end to my drainage.
I don’t know to whom I am talking but there is someone here who has been suffering drainage; physical drainage, financial drainage, drainage of joy, drainage of hope, in the Name that is above every other names because you came tonight, that drainage will end tonight in Jesus name.
I have told you before of a time when I went to preach somewhere in Lagos to a group of eminent personalities.
Before the service they said that I should wait in the living room of the one where they were holding the meeting. They were holding the meeting in a very beautiful background, when you get there you won’t even know you are in Nigeria.
And I was going to preach on: YOU NEED A MIRACLE, but when I got into the sitting room and I saw that where I was seated, there were five seating rooms in ascending order of splendor, I said I better change my sermon.
I said I better change my sermon to “OH THAT MAN WILL PRAISE THE LORD.
But the Lord spoke to me and said no! If anyone needs a miracle they need it here because there is just one boy in the home who was a drug addict, draining the resources of the family constantly, draining their joy, draining their finances, draining everything.
I thank my God that, that very day He intervened.
In the life of someone here today who is suffering from any form of drainage God will intervene in Jesus name.
In the Old Testament when a woman is having her normal circle, she is not supposed to even come to church until everything is dried up.
And here is this woman, her own was continuous, and when somebody is like that, it is regarded as a curse, it looks as if a curse must have fallen on her to get her into this kind of trouble.
So this woman left home with the expectation that if I can only contact the Supreme Judge of the universe; who rules by decree, who speaks and it is done, He can cancel my curse and replace it with a blessing.
Because in Genesis 18 v 25 the Almighty God is described as the Judge of the universe, the Judge of the whole earth.
In Psalm 33 v 8-9 it says when God speaks it is done, so this woman is saying if I can get to Him maybe He will pass His own judgment and cancel the judgment against me.
After all Numbers 23 v 19-20 the Almighty God has said in His word, He said when God blesses no man can reverse it.
I am praying for someone here tonight, if the source of your problem is a curse form whatever angle; from your father, from your mother, from your in-laws, from anybody. If the source of your problem is a curse, that curse will be destroy tonight.
You know there are problems that you yourself will know this is not ordinary.
I think I have told you the story before of a man who any time he is about to succeed something will happen and he will miss it.
And he thought it was natural until one day, they phoned him from Abuja, “congratulations, you have won the contract come and collect the papers”, he said “thank God breakthrough at last!” Ran to Ikeja boarded a plane.
While he was in the plane, the chairman called the fellow and said wait a minute, have we awarded such and such a contract?
Yes sir, we have awarded it to so and so.
No, no cancel it.
So he arrived in Abuja drove straight to the office rejoicing, he got there, the man who phoned him, said “sir see, it was awarded that I why I phoned you but it has been canceled”.
It was at that stage that he said ‘I think my case needs help’.
When he told us we said this is not an ordinary case there is a curse.
Anyone who is here tonight living under a curse; whether the curse is bringing you sickness, bringing you sorrow, or bringing you bareness or brining you poverty, the curse is destroyed in Jesus name.
The woman left home with great expectations that if only I can contact the Fountain of joy, He will end my sorrow, if I can contact the One who is the Fountain of joy, my sorrow will end, after all it is written in Psalm 16 V 11 it said in the presence of God there is the fullness of Joy, let me get to His presence.
After all It’s written in Psalm 2 v 1-4 that when heathens gathered together to destroy, there is Someone in the heavens who will laugh at them.
I decree tonight; all those who have been holding meetings as to how to make sure you remain in sorrow, God will laugh at them tonight.
The Lord asked me to tell someone here, He said, yes the doctors are right, what they said is correct, He said, but I will show them that I am still the Doctor of doctors.
The Lord said there is someone here tonight, He said the very people who blocked your way shall make a way for you.
This woman said if I can contact the Fountain of joy, He will uproot the mountains of sorrow in my life.
After all Psalm 90 v 1-2 made it clear that He has been our help in ages past, He will be our hope for years to come and before the mountains were brought forth He has been there.
He knew the foundation of my sorrow, if I can get to Him, He will uproot this sorrow from the very bottom.
I can tell you many, many stories you know them. But maybe you have forgotten one of my daughters who was sacked wrongly, dismissed from her place of work.
And she took the company to court because she did nothing wrong.
They just sacked her and because those who sacked her were powerful people, they kept on “seeing” the judge so that the case was constantly postponed.
And so, she was at home for seventeen years waiting for justice.
And then she came to one of the Holy Ghost service and God said
“There is someone who has a case in court next week and said this time judgment will be given in her favor”.
She jumped for joy.
The following week she was in court and this person said “we want to apply for adjournment” and the judge said “no way!”
No more adjournment.
I’m given my judgment right now; you sack this woman wrongly, you must pay her for the seventeen years, you must pay her for the seventeen years you kept her at home.
Because there is a God who can uproot mountains of sorrow. Every mountain in your life that is causing you sorrow, in the name that is above every other name, it shall be uprooted tonight.
This woman was helpless, I mean, if you are sick, what do you do? You go to the doctor, if one doctor cannot help he will refer you to another and then to another, and if you have money, you spend.
But she can’t cure herself, she has spent everything, she was now helpless. And she left home saying if I can contact the Help of the helpless, there is Someone who can help the helpless, if only I can get in contact with Him, I know He will help me.
Psalm 46 v 1-3 made it clear that there is Someone who is the ever present Help in the time of trouble.
After all, in Isiah 41 v 10- 13 I think that passage is for somebody here tonight. The Almighty God promised; He said I will hold your hands and I will say unto you, “fear not” unto you, fear not, for I will help you.
I thank God for the song rendered by the choir and I am sure we will hear that song again during the congress.
Based on Psalm 121 they sang it from beginning to the end.
David said “I will lift up my eyes unto the hill from whence comes my help, my help comes from the Lord who makes heaven and the earth.
When a man is down, if they have beaten you flat, physically you are down, financially you are down, in every other areas you are down, there is only one way to look up to, if they beat you to the ground, don’t worry yourself, lift up your eyes, there is Help up there and tonight that Help of the helpless is going to lift the hand of somebody and say ‘I will help you’.
Again, I remember another story, and I tell you all these stories because when you hear the one in the Bible and hear the one that is happening right now, some of the old ones here will remember: there was this young man who was the manager of a bank and have been having a running battle with somebody in the family, finally he became completely mad.
I mean he was so mad that he was breaking houses and he became mad in the middle of the night.
So when they saw him breaking into houses they thought he was a thief, they called the police.
They put handcuffs on his hands and feet and then realized he was mad not a thief.
They were taking him to Aro (Asylum in Nigeria) something within him said this is not a medical case, “take me to the Camp, I know if I can get to the Camp, God will set me free.”
So they brought him here, the Camp was very small then, I was there fortunately.
They said this is what this man said, that if his feet touches the ground he will be made whole.
I said “ok if that is what he said, it is ok, bring him down”.
They brought him down,
I said “remove the shackles”.
They said “no, no, no. You don’t know what we went through before we could arrest him”.
I said “this man said if my foot touches this ground I will be made whole, I will be set free”.
They said “sir, will you accept the responsibility?”
I said “I will”,
They removed the handcuff, they removed the shackles and the man was completely whole, absolutely whole!
Would you like to do something childish again and tap your feet to the ground and say, I will bury my problems here tonight! If you believe that let me hear you shout hallelujah!
This woman left home knowing that as far as human beings are concerned, her case was hopeless, but somehow she knew there is Someone who is the hope of the hopeless, if only I can contact Him.
I know my hope will begin to rise again.
Colossians 1 v 27 says Christ in you, the Hope of glory, this woman said wait a minute, my case is desperate, critical, but there was somebody called Lazarus in John 11 v 39-44 when Jesus said they should move the stone from the tomb of Lazarus, the sister said, “this is a hopeless case, by now he’s been dead for four days and he is already stinking.”
This One who is the hope of the hopeless, brought this man back to life.
I am not dead yet, my case is not as hopeless as that of Lazarus if I can get in contact with Him I know my hope will begin to rise again.
There are some of us, have been told by human beings, by scientist, by professor by those who know and who should know that there is no hope for us, I have come to tell you in the name that is above every other name that tonight, hope will spring up again in your heart.
Have I told you the story before? Of a woman who came from America to the Holy Ghost service in London, in London they called it Festival of life.
She has been barren all her life and she has stopped menstruating for years, suddenly the word came that “there is someone here in the crowd and God says I am removing 10 years from your life.”
She said “it must be me”
She turned to her sibling and said “don’t call me auntie anymore I am even younger than some of you now”.
They thought she was joking. A few minutes later the word of God came and said “there is someone here that you have lost hope of ever having a child, nine months from now you will have a baby boy”.
She said “I told you, God arranged this meeting for me”.
When she was sharing her testimony a year later, the baby boy was three months old.
There is somebody here tonight, they have told you there is no hope for you; my God will surprise you.
By the way I don’t know if you have heard the news, you remember that my pastor who was married for thirty three years and she has been waiting.
Until the word came, and said “there is someone in the crowd, the waiting is over.”
How many of you remember the case? Ok, after thirty three years, God gave them a baby girl.
But then there were some people who said ‘we are not sure, married for thirty three years; the wife was well over fifty, husband old’. ‘We don’t know whether they got this girl by adoption’, well, I have news for you now, God has added a boy to the family.
And God did this one in a very special way, he allowed the boy to arrive two weeks premature, so that people can come and visit the mother and the baby at the hospital so that they will know for sure this one is no joke at all.
I decree to someone here tonight, in all areas where they say no hope for you, you will testify.
When this woman was leaving home she was in the middle of a storm, very big storm, physical storm, financial storm, marital storm; because with the issue of blood who is going to marry her, talk less of having children.
But she said ‘if only I can contact the Prince of peace, He will still my storm’.
Isiah 9 v 6 tells us that Jesus is the Prince of peace and He has stilled storms before.
Mark 4 v 35-41 the Bible says that what manner of Man is this, that the wind and the sea obeyed Him and He hasn’t changed, He is still the Prince of peace.
According to Hebrews 13 v 8 Jesus the same yesterday, today and forever.
He has stilled storms before, He will still storms again.
The Lord said there is someone here tonight, He said every organ in your abdomen needs an overhaul, He said, I will do it for you.
Daddy says there is someone here tonight, it appears as if your blessing are already trickling in He said get ready they will soon be flooding in.
The Lord says there is a student here, He asked me to tell you that the present subject that is troubling you, you will soon become an authority on that subject.
The Lord said there is someone here He said very soon you will be rendering help to those who called you the helpless one.
Now, I talked about God stilling storms before and doing it again, I have told you story upon stories of storms because there are some of you who are probably here for the first time, some of you who are listening throughout the world for the first time. I will tell you the story again.
I told you the first real storm I got into, it was in our beloved Nigeria Airways of blessed memory.
I was travelling to London and when we got to Heathrow the captain announced that we had a little problem, that the landing gear refuse to come out.
Those of you who travel by air you know what that means.
I was travelling in first class because somebody brought the ticket for me.
There were a lot of big people in first class; I was looking at them and am sure they will be looking at me saying “what is this boy doing here?”
Once the captain made the announcement that day I discovered that rich people don’t want to die.
There was commotion every one of those people who has been behaving as if butter will not melt in their mouth, big men fear death!
It is amazing. There was a woman sitting behind me, who was saying oh God! And you know I was going to London to go and take care of my grandchildren. Nobody asked her?
And there was a man there, he had a golden walking stick and on top of the walking stick there were diamonds.
Since we left Ikeja, he has been pretending to go to the toilet just to show us the golden walking stick, but this time he really wanted to go to the toilet.
Because they have asked us to fasten our seat belt but he got up and was going to the toilet. The air hostess said, sit down, sir, he said “who said so?”
And I was afraid! I am telling you the truth, anointing or no anointing. Quickly I began to examine my life; is there anybody I offended, is there anybody I didn’t settle with because it looks as if we are on our way to heaven.
I mean, if the landing gear will not come out, it means we are going to crash land.
And then the captain added fuel to the fire, he said “ladies and gentlemen, don’t worry, you know the firemen in Heathrow are very efficient” fire! You mean we are going to catch fire?
Then God spoke to me, because I said, oh God, you didn’t tell me this is how it’s going to end, last night I was saying goodbye to my son.
He asked me to bring him a toy, I told him I will. You didn’t say this is how it is going to end? God spoke and said “you are not going to die”.
I prophesy to someone here tonight, you will not die.
He said I want to talk to you and I know as soon as you land, they won’t let us talk.
Don’t worry, I just want to talk to you. Then I realized, for another forty five minutes the plane was going round and round and I was enjoying myself talking to my Daddy because I made contact with the Prince of peace.
Somebody here will make contact with the Prince of peace.
And so because He had done it before, when another storm came, I was able to relax.
And I am saying this to somebody who is passing through a storm tonight, remember He stilled a storm for you before He will do it again.
So I will tell you one more story on that.
This time I was travelling I think it was British airways and we just left Nigeria, they just started serving us when the captain said “ladies and gentlemen, by the time we arrive at Heathrow there will be a storm but don’t worry we will manage to land”.
The moment he made the announcement the man sitting next to me froze.
But because He has stilled a storm for me before I wasn’t worried at all.
So I just went ahead and I eat my food, the man next to me didn’t eat his own.
Now this time around I was traveling economy and the food in the economy you know is always small.
So when I finished my food I looked in his direction, I said “sir, you are not eating?” he looked at me surprised! “You mean you heard?, you can speak English?, you heard what the captain said?
I said “yes”.
He thought I didn’t understand English and must have been looking at me out of the corner of his eye; Look at this fellow eating, he didn’t know what is coming.
So I said “you are not eating?” he said “no”, I said “can I?”
He said “go ahead” so I took his tray and I gave him my own.
I finished the food and I went to sleep.
When we got to Heathrow the captain came back and said ladies and gentlemen, the weather boys deceived us the storm that they said will be in England is actually in Scotland.
I looked at the man, he looked at me. It was too late for him to get back his food, I laughed and he laughed.
Glory be to God. But then I heard God speak and said “son, the weather boys were not wrong but because of you I diverted the storm”.
In the last Holy Ghost service of this year if there is any storm coming your way this year, it shall be diverted in Jesus name.
This woman left home with great expectation that if only I can contact the Author of faith, just in case my faith is too small, if only I can contact Jesus because according to Hebrews 12 v 2 He is the Author and Finisher of our faith, if I can contact Him after all, all He said in Mathew 17 v 20 is that if I can have faith like a muster seed I will be able to move mountains.
If my faith is not big enough, maybe like the man in Mark 9 v 23-24 who cried to Jesus, when Jesus said if only you can believe, all things are possible to those who believe, and the man said I believe but help thou my unbelief.
I believe, but I am not sure my faith is big enough, if it is not big enough, help it.
Some of us came here tonight because of what has happened to us in the past, because of some prayers we have prayed since January and we haven’t seen an answer yet.
Our faith is now beginning to shake, I have good news for you. The One who is the Author and Finisher of faith will help your unbelief.
The woman came expecting if I can contact this God, the sovereign One, the One who does as He pleases, maybe He will overrule my doubt because you need to put yourself in the shoe of this woman to understand, if I can touch the helm of His garment, I shall be made whole.
What if I touched the helm of his garment and nothing happens? What if I am not able to reach Him? What precedent will I say I am following?
But she remembered that in Genesis 18 v 9-14 when this Almighty God said to Sarah, you are going to have a son and Sarah laughed God ignored her doubt.
Yes, it is God who said the just shall live by faith.
He just decided that alright, I have decided to bless you even though you are laughing at me I will ignore it.
This same God in 2 King 4 v 8 -17 overruled the doubt of the woman of Shunem because when the man of God said to her, “you are going to have a baby boy” the woman said “man of God don’t deceive me, I don’t believe you”.
You know from time to time we get to a stage in our Christian walk and we don’t even know what to believe anymore, we have believed and nothing seems to be happening.
We have prayed we don’t seem to be getting results, we have attended Holy Ghost Services, we have attended Congresses, we have attended Conventions. We have heard the testimonies of others, but when will my own time come?
There is a God in heaven who can meet you at the level of your faith!
That Leper in Mathew 8 v 1-3 said I know you can do it, but I am not sure whether you will make you clean.
He said I will meet you at that level, He reached down and touched him.
When we were first born again as children in the faith, miracles were happening per second, but then as we grow older it seems things are not that easy anymore.
And we begin to wonder why, it has happened to everybody you are not the only one.
You will not be the first fellow to doubt.
The Almighty God told Abraham, Abraham is called the father of faith;
“Look at the star, can you count them?
“So shall your children be”
The Bible said he laughed so much he fell on his face, father of faith!
John the Baptist, when they threw him into prison and he was expecting Jesus to come and deliver him and Jesus didn’t come.
He sent two of his disciples to go and ask Him,
“Are you the One to come or do we expect another?, John the Baptist, the greatest of the Old Testament.
Jesus himself said there won’t be anyone born of a woman that will be greater than John the Baptist.
And he is the one who said “behold the Lamb of God who taketh the sins of the world”
And he’s the one who said
“The One who sent me said “On Whom you see the Holy Spirit descend on, like a dove, that is He” he said it.
But when trouble came, when the water reached to the neck, he said
“Are you the one to come or do we expect another?”
So if you have any doubt, if your faith is weak tonight, welcome to the club! Am sure you will say daddy G.O don’t tell us that you have ever had doubts before?
I tell you a story the fellow concerned is here, I was visiting our Church in Ilorin in my early days as General Overseer, just when I was about to leave they told me, (they came from the maternity center)
“Sir, we have a serious case”
What is the serious case?
There is a woman who has come to deliver and she has said that she had made a covenant that on the day of delivery she will die.
So I went there, woman,
She said, sir,
Is it true that you say on the day of delivery you will die?
She didn’t answer.
If you want to die why did you come to our maternity center?
She didn’t answer,
So I prayed for a safe delivery and I left.
Soon after I left, the baby came by then the midwife discovered there is another baby in the womb.
They waited throughout the day the second day, the baby didn’t come, throughout the next day, second baby didn’t come.
Woman, please, let’s take you to the hospital,
She said “no I am here I am not going anywhere”.
The third day the brethren in Ilorin came to meet me in Lagos;
Daddy the woman you prayed for, soon as you left, she delivered the first baby. But we have been expecting the second one, that one hasn’t come out till now.
The moment I heard that one and I heard that the woman is the one covenanted to die, my heart checked.
But as General Overseer I have to put up a strong face, ‘is that why you came? Who told you the God in Lagos is different from the one in Ilorin’. ‘Take a bottle of coke each and go back before you get back the second baby would have come’.
‘Yes, sir’ so they left.
As soon as they left I ran upstairs to my prayer room, I fell on my face and said, oh God this is the day of trouble, you said if I call on you in the day of trouble… I am a human being like yourself.
It was a Saturday I remembered it like yesterday. And suddenly God spoke to me and said
“I thought you told those people that before they got home, the problem would have been solved”.
I said “yes”
“So you didn’t believe what you said?”
I said “I believe; I believe after they have gone I will come and sort the matter out with You”.
And the Lord said if you believe, then go and eat.
I said You know tomorrow is Sunday, I am fasting, I am preparing.
He said “go and eat”
I eat, but up till today I don’t know if the food passes through my nose or mouth, I can’t tell.
But before they got home, not only has Kehinde come there were two babies still in the womb and they all came.
I am sure those children by now will be almost thirty years old.
Is your faith shaken? Are you in doubt? Because you came tonight the author and finisher of faith will reach out and help your unbelief in Jesus name.
The woman came with great expectation, thinking if only I can contact the merciful One so that if all else should fail, His mercy would come to my rescue.
The Lord says there is someone here He said very soon, very, very soon your testimony will be, all my enemies are gone.
The Lord said there is someone here tonight He said very soon, congrats, your Jesus did it at last.
Ephesian 2 v 4 says our God is rich in mercy, one of the wealth of the Almighty God is mercy and according to Lamentation 3 v 22-23 it is of the mercies of the Lord that we are not consumed.
That we are alive at all today is because of the mercy of the Lord. And if that mercy can keep us alive up till today then that mercy will see us through. Thank you my father and my God.
The Lord said there is someone here tonight, he said you should prepare for three major divine visitations.
It is the mercy of God that kept us till today that mercy will keep us till the end.
I tell you a story and then we will close. Some of us knows the story.
There was this old elderly man and a prophet saw him and said sir, “thus said the Lord you will die this year.”
What have I die done?
The prophet said not a matter of what you have done or not, the Lord is saying, “Put your house in order you will die this year.”
The prophet said no, you are dying this year.
Ok. So the man thought for a while and said “prophet help me talk to God to let me leave till December 31, after all December 31 is still part of this year”.
Ok, tell God, please allow him to leave to see December 31
So the prophet said “ok, I will pray”.
Came December 31 very early in the morning, the man got up and ran to the Church at Ebute Metta, he didn’t want a case of the bus having an accident.
He trekked all the way into the church, got there very early. Soon as he entered the Church, he said the death that will come and kill me in the house of God, I will wait and see.
He sat down there throughout the day until we came for the watch night service. When we said happy New Year, he said yes, I beat death.
I will see you in the New Year!
There is somebody here tonight, I will see you in the New Year, in the Name that is above every other name your appointment with death has been postponed.
Now in conclusion, this woman didn’t sit down at home, she moved, she made a move.
You know many people have lost their miracles because of laziness, the congress is coming now, I have told you and by the special grace of God you know I won’t lie to you, that the coming congress is going to be the best we have seen so far.
But do you know some people will sit down at home and they will say ‘we will watch it by television, we will watch it by the internet’.
I can understand those who are in Australia, I can understand those who are in Haiti, I can understand those who are in Papua New Guinea, I can understand those who are in Fiji, I can understand those who are in America, who for one reason or the other cannot come. I can understand,
But there are those who are within three hours driving distance;
‘We will watch it at home’ and there are miracles that when God says there is someone here he is talking about someone on the Redemption Camp.
You know the Bible says the lazy man went hunting and he caught some animals, but he’s too lazy to roast the animal.
Do you know that if Jesus were to come to the doorsteps of some people they will be too lazy to touch the helm of his garment?
I remember one Sunday after the congress I was at the Ebute Metta the National headquarter, and I said all those who were at the congress not raising your hand.
I was amazed! Why didn’t you come? ‘We were watching it on television’. It is my prayer that laziness will not rob you of your miracle.
And then some people will say I will come on Friday, I will be there on Friday, when the Almighty God in His infinite mercy decided to give you six days of heaven on earth and you say you want only one out of the six.
The woman moved; she was dying, she moved, she was draining she moved, she acted. That is one.
Two, the Bible says God knows the end from the beginning, before the woman left home God knew, nothing is hidden from God.
How come she got Her Miracle so easily?
Because God knew she would testify. Do you know the reason why many of us have not received more than one miracle since we were born again is because we didn’t testify?
The elders have a saying that when a child is grateful for what he’s done yesterday he will receive another.
There are many of us who have received a miracle from God, share your testimony.
Jesus knew this woman would come; she might tremble, she might be afraid, but she will come forward and say ‘see what God has done’.
We are expecting miracles from the Almighty God, we are expecting mighty breakthroughs but our mouth is sealed, we are not telling others what God has done for us, we are not advertising Jesus, we are not witnessing, that is what is hindering our miracles.
I remembered sometimes I went to hold a Holy Ghost Service, some of the town outside here and God told me how many people He will heal.
When I was in my prayer room, He said I will heal so many people tonight. When the time came for testimony I said those of you who have been healed Come.
And I saw a few people in front What is happening Daddy? Did I hear you wrong?
Then He dropped a word in my spirit, I said alright those of you that He has healed who refused to show it, I will tell Him to take His healing back.
Suddenly they began to rush forward.
Why do you want to hid the goodness of the Lord?
Why did you say you are a Christian and you cannot witness for Jesus Christ.
And then, in conclusion, there is power mighty in the Lord, we all know that, there is only one thing that can stand between you and contacting Him tonight, according to Isiah 59 v 1-2 He says the hand of the Lord is not shortened that He cannot save neither is His ear heavy that He cannot hear but your sin has separated between you and your God that He will not hear.
Anybody can touch God by faith.
We can’t see Him face to face, but without any doubt he is here, because he said in His word where two or three are gathered together in my name I will be there.
He is here! And like the woman with the issue of blood, all he is waiting for is for you to reach forth your hand and touch Him.
But if there is sin in your life, sin will stand as a barrier, but glory be to God, the Bible says the blood of Jesus cleanses from all sins, which means if you come to Him and you bow at His feet and you ask Him to save your souls and you ask Him to wash you clean with his blood.
He will do it.
He made a promise that whosoever will come unto me, I will no wise cast away, all you have to do is come and cry to Him for mercy and He will wash you clean in His blood.
He will wash you clean in His blood, He will save your soul and will be able to make contact with Him and your expectations shall not be cut off.
So if anybody wants to give his or her life to Jesus, even though you are going to Church, you know you are still living in sin, Come forward.
And if you are listening by Radio or listening by the Television or watching by Internet and you have not yet surrendered your life to Jesus and you want to do so, all you have to do is to go on your kneel and begin to cry unto God for mercy right now and He will save your soul.
And if you write to me, I am sure I will continue to pray for you so that you will remain standing.
For those of you in the front, begin to cry unto the Almighty God, ask Him to have mercy on you and save your soul.
Promise Him that you will serve Him for the rest of your life. And the rest of us, let’s stretch our hands towards these people that the Almighty God who save our soul will save their souls too, that He will have mercy on them.
….. In Jesus mighty name we have prayed.
Almighty God, I want to say thank you, thank you for your Word, thank you for these your children who have come forward to surrender their lives to you.
Father you promise that whosoever come unto you will no wise cast out, they have come to you now Father, please, receive them in Jesus name, forgive them in Jesus name, let your blood was away their sins in Jesus name.
Please save their souls, write their names in the Book of Life, please Lord from now on anytime they call on you please answer them like fire, don’t let them go back into the world, let them serve you till the end in Jesus mighty name we have prayed.
Those of you in front let me hear you shout hallelujah!
I am rejoicing with you tonight because from now on I will be praying for you.
And very soon you will be receiving miracles, some that you did not even ask for will come your way, then you know there must be somebody somewhere praying for you and that person will be me.
So I am going to need your name, your address and your prayer request. And I promise you I will be praying.
Even if you have doubt, even if your faith is shaken, maybe one of your prayer point is God help my unbelief, but if you pray with all your hearts tonight, I am sure the Almighty God will answer you.
PRAYER POINTS (1 hour duration)
1. Praise Him for His mercy that kept you alive till this moment.
2. Father, I promise you I will testify of any breakthrough that may come my way.
3. Father, if my faith is too small, please help my unbelief.
4. Father, please have mercy on me today and my family today.
5. Father, please hold my hand and help me.
6. Father, please uproot every mountain of sorrow in my life.
7. Father, put an end to every drainage in my life
8. Father, please don’t let my expectations be cut off
9. Father, another year is ending please remember me before it is too late.
10.Then ask for your own expectations.
Don’t be lazy reach out to Him in faith… in Jesus mighty name we have prayed.
The Almighty God will answer all your prayers, He will help your unbelief, He will be merciful unto you, every drainage in your life in your life shall be stopped tonight, every curse in your life shall be destroyed tonight, every curse shall be replaced with a blessing, every mountain of sorrow in your life shall be uprooted.
God will hold your hands tonight, He will help you. What has been considered impossible in your life shall become possible tonight, what is considered hopeless in your life shall be done tonight in Jesus name.
All your expectations shall be fulfilled tonight, you shall become a living testimony. He will answer your prayers, He will support you, He will surprise you. Before this year ends God will remember you.
So shall it be in Jesus mighty name we have prayed. Amen,
If you receive that shout halleluiah!
Pastor E. A. Adeboye