OVERFLOWING GREATNESS 3rd of October, 2014
Go ahead, lift your hands unto the Most High God and begin to bless His holy name.
Give Him glory, Give Him honor, give Him adoration. Bless the Kings of kings, bless the Lord of lords.
Bless 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, there is no one like Him, give Him glory, give Him Honor, worship Him, worship the Ancient of days.
Bless His holy name, bless His holy name, magnify the King of kings and the Lord of lords, worship the Ancient of days.
Let Him hear you praising Him, let Him hear you adoring Him, give Him glory, give Him honor, He is worthy to be praised.
Thank you Father, glory be to your holy name… In Jesus mighty name we have prayed.
I want you to lift your voice to him and say Father, in this last quarter of the year; do more for me than in the previous nine months…. In Jesus mighty name we have prayed.
Oh come and let us adore Him,
Oh come let us adore him 2ce
He is Christ, Christ the Lord
For Him alone is worthy
For Him alone is worthy 2ce
He is Christ, Christ the Lord
For Him alone is holy
For Him alone is holy
He is Christ, Christ the Lord 2ce
Ancient of days, the Father of all fathers, the original One, the Causeless Cause of all causes, the Unchangeable Changer, we bless your name.
Thank you for January, thank you for February, thank you for March, thank you for April, thank you for May, thank you for June, thank you for July, thank you for August, thank you for September, Lord thank you for October, accept our thanks in Jesus name.
Thank you for our youths, thank you for your fire in their lives, thank you for the power of the Lord upon them, thank you for their parents, thank you for their teachers, thank you for their pastors, please accept our thanks in Jesus name.
Father, like never before bless our youth, empower them, strengthen them, anoint them, protect them, promote them, fight their battles for them.
Make them victorious, make them undefeated champions and let your greatness in their lives overflow.
In Jesus mighty name we have prayed. Amen.
Let’s someone shout halleluiah!
Genesis 15 v 15-20 And when Joseph’s brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, Joseph will peradventure hate us, and will certainly requite us all the evil which we did unto him.
And they sent a messenger unto Joseph saying, Thy father did command before he died saying, so shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive , I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin: for they did unto thee evil: and now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him.
And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said, behold we be thy servants.
And Joseph said unto them, fear not; for am I in the place of God? But as for you, ye thought evil against me but God meant it unto good to bring to pass as it is this day, to save much people alive.
I want to talk on the fact that Greatness can be in degrees.
For example, like one of my sons mentioned; the Local government chairman is a great man in his Local government, the governor is a great man in his state, the president is a great man in his nation, but when presidents meet some presidents are more equal than others.
You may not believe this but we have The Redeemed Christian Church of God in all manners of countries, including a country where they have twenty (20) police men and five (5) prisoners.
And the prisoners are allowed to go home on weekends. That will tell you how big that prison must be, but the country has a president and the president is recognize by the united nation.
So greatness is in degrees!
Degrees number one will be those you considered insignificant or those who could be called NOTHING.
In I King 17 v 1 there was a man mentioned there called Elijah, the Bible says Elijah the Tishbite of the inhabitant of Gilead, they did not mention his father’s name.
Among the Jews for you to be mentioned and your father’s name omitted it’s a way of saying you are nothing.
However when the Almighty God takes nothing, He can change it to something.
He can pick somebody like Elijah who was considered as nothing and turn him to somebody who can call down fire from heaven.
When we talk about insignificant; I just tell you a story, I heard the story I don’t know whether it’s true or not.
A sister in search of a husband; prayed to God; God, just send me someone anyone, and she finished praying.
Not long after that a brother in the church came to her and said “thus said the Lord, you are the one I am going to marry”.
The sister said “Oh God, I said someone, not something” am sure that explains what am talking about.
But if there is anyone here today who could be regarded as something not someone, my Father will intervene on your behalf in Jesus name.
The next degree of greatness is what you could call NEXT TO NOTHING.
You are not absolutely nothing but they are not too far from next to nothing.
You see a good example in Mark 10 v 46 it tells us about Bartimeaus the beggar.
But they mentioned the name of his father; Bartimeaus the son of Timeaus.
He was a beggar, poor, wretched and blind, but at least he came from a home that is regarded as something.
So he was next to nothing, but of cause you know by the time the Almighty God finished with him, he became a center of attraction.
So, when you put something that is next to nothing to the hands of the Almighty God, He can make something out of nothing.
And if there is anyone here tonight that could be regarded as next to nothing, before the sun rises my Father will change you to something in Jesus name.
Category three is A LITTLE.
in 1 Samuel 9 v 21, we hear a man talking; his name is Saul, He said; I am a Benjamite of the smallest tribe in Israel and my family is the least of all families in Benjamin.
Everything about him is little; little family, in a little tribe, in a little nation.
But by the time the Almighty God has poured His oil on him, the one who was little became a king.
And I am prophesying to someone here today too, right now you might be little but before you die the world will hear about you.
Category four is GREAT.
In Genesis 24 v 34-35 someone was speaking and he said I am Abraham servant; and the Lord has blessed my master greatly.
Abraham was great but how did he become great?
Like one of my children said, greatness comes only from God.
It is by divine choice.
In Genesis 12 v 1-3 God just decided of all the families around in the land where Abraham was, He just said I choose this one; I am going to make this one great.
Psalm 115 v3 says our God is in the heaven, He does as He pleases. He can choose anyone and make Him great.
I have a feeling that He is already looking in this crowd for someone that he will chose.
Category five is VERY GREAT.
We see that example in Isaac.
one of my children mentioned earlier on Genesis 26 v 1 -13 He sowed in the time of famine and he became very great, but we can look at Isaac to discover the secret of his becoming very great and we will find out that is it rooted in Genesis 22 v 1-18 when God said to Abraham, I want you to go and sacrifice your son, your only son Isaac which thou loveth.
Isaac was a first fruit sacrifice.
He was a young man who was hundred percent submissive to his father.
He was a son who made even a greater sacrifice than his father, because when God told Abraham to go and sacrifice Isaac; it is easy to go and kill somebody else, it is more difficult if you are the one to be killed as a sacrifice.
Isaac made a greater sacrifice than his father and he became greater than his father.
One of my sons says you start where your father ends, beautiful definition!
However I hope you understand the full meaning of that; it means if the sacrifice of your father is great, your own sacrifice must be greater.
Glory be to God.
And I know a man that could be called very great at least from the perspective of financial blessings.
The mother was a great woman, she was the leader of the market women in a particular town.
But the boy happen to be the only son; built on the wealth of the mother and I mean he built, he worked hard, he wasn’t a spoilt brat, he did everything, he did much, much more than his mother did and he became so rich that by the time of his death in faraway Australia, he had at least 56million dollars in the bank there, not to talk of London or America.
I have told you about him before, he was the man who was driving in Yaba some time and his car tire was flat and while the driver was trying to change the tire, he went for a little stroll and then saw the branch of a bank and said I remember this branch, I kept some money here about ten years ago.
So he went in and said,
“I want to see the manager”
and they say “the manager is not in”
but the cashier said “can I help you?”
he said “I kept some money here ten years ago, I want to find out how much interest has accrued”,
the cashier said “sir, how long ago?”,
he said “ten years ago”,
and how much is the money?
He said “eight million pounds sterling”.
Now the man who can forget 8million million pounds sterling for ten years, I think you have a rough idea of what we are talking about.
I am here prophesying to someone, I am not saying you will forget your money, but I am prophesying to someone that a day will come in your life, if you withdraw your money from a branch of a bank, that branch will close down.
The Lord said there is someone here tonight, he said those who called you the backward one, will soon call you the foremost one.
Then the sixth one is EXCEEDINGLY GREAT
And we will see that example in the case of Jacob, Genesis 30 v 40 -43 the man became exceedingly great.
To become exceedingly great requires a special act of the covenant keeping God; because the way that Jacob became exceedingly great could be traced back to Genesis 28 v 10-22 when he was running away from home and had a dream, you remember the dream?
He slept, he saw a ladder going to heaven, angel ascending, descending, and God spoke to him and said I am the God of your father Abraham, not Isaac now, God of your father Abraham.
Abraham is the one I had a covenant with and because of that covenant I had with Abraham, I will make you exceedingly great.
What was it that God did?
God just gave him an idea, one single idea; if any animal is pregnant and you put this kind of wood before the animal, this is the kind of children the animal will produce.
That is the idea! And using that idea, Jacob became exceedingly great.
I can give you several examples of people who are exceedingly great.
Am happy my children said that greatness is not necessarily a function of material possession; you can have all the money in the world and be useless.
As they say where I came from; you can go to hell with your money, you are not the one feeding me, the one who is feeding you is the one who can begin to control.
But don’t let us deceive ourselves there is no greatness in poverty.
The messenger who says he is greater than the manager is deceiving himself, correct or not?
So there is this man who was just going on a stroll and he saw a factory and he asked his driver, I think he was driving around in his Rolls Royce and then he saw a factory.
And believe me honestly if somebody had a Rolls Royce he must be considered great in the sense of material now.
He said “what factory is that, that is so dirty?”
The driver said “that is the factory where they made Rolls Royce,
he said what?
The factory where they made my car is this dirty?”
He said “drive me there”.
So he went to the factory and said I want to see the owner of this factory.
They took him to the office of the big man.
So he said to the man, “I want to buy this factory”
The man said “either you are drunk or you are crazy, I mean because even the product from this factory, each one cost a fortune and you want to buy?”
The man said, “I am buying the entire business”.
The man told him, “who told you I need money, who told you I want to sell?
“Listen to me I will make you an offer you cannot refuse”.
Less than one hour later, the owner of factory has signed it off.
Power passes power,
Greatness passes greatness.
There is someone here tonight, when they talk about you, they will say your greatness is an exceeding one.
The final one is OVERFLOWINGLY GREAT;
And the good example for that is Joseph.
That is why I read Genesis 50 v 15-20, when God uses a single man to keep the whole world alive, that is overflowing greatness, you see because somebody said; Joseph made Egypt great, because Genesis 41 v 57
The Lord says there is someone here tonight, He said I promise you, I will not let you down.
You know occasionally you go to a meeting and you go to a meeting burdened, because you have a problem that only God can solve and you don’t even see how you can get out of the tight corner in which you find yourself.
And it has happened to me before several years ago; I had a big problem and I didn’t know how I will win the battle, it was a tough battle.
And so we were going to have a program in London and somebody was going to speak before I speak, and I just kept crying within me; Lord speak to me I want to hear from You.
And the man got up and was talking on something and all of a sudden he branched off and said that brethren, do you know that, the summary of the book of revelation is that at last we win.
And I know that is God is talking to me.
At last I win!
And God has spoken to me again tonight and He may have spoken to somebody else too.
But God is saying I promise you, I will not let you down.
Daddy says there is someone here tonight, He said I assure you, you will not stop rising.
Overflowing greatness can only come to you by the act of a God who gives visions and fulfill them.
And so I want to encourage the youth tonight, you remember we spoke yesterday and those of you who were not around maybe you try and get the tape of last night.
When God gives you a vision, if it’s a vision from God it is not likely to make sense.
It will be so big, it will not make human sense, but if it’s from God, it will come to pass.
So I am saying to all my children; particularly those of you with big dreams, don’t let the dreams die because they shall come to pass.
The conclusion that I have in my note had been mentioned by one of my children.
The greatest secret of overflowing greatness is Holiness.
And like I told you yesterday, God who is the ultimate Author of greatness is a holy God.
If you ask Him, Almighty God give us just one word by which you want to be known?
It is the word HOLY.
The angles keeps crying holy, holy, Lord God Almighty.
They have been crying it before the world began and they are still crying it right now.
In fact I have asked the questions before; Father can’t these angel sing another song?
He said that is the one I want to hear - Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty.
That is why I am appealing to every one of us believing God for the kind of greatness that will overflow, the greatness that will turn you to a blessing, not just to people in your local government but to people all over the world.
You must be holy, that is it.
We have held a whole congress on that topic before, we call it the MASTER KEY; it opens the door to every other things.
If only you are determined to be holy, and if you are determined to be holy, God will make it possible.
Because, Holiness is very easy.
Holiness as far as you are concern is simple, just obey God, that is all.
Obey Him in everything, when He ask you to sit down, sit down.
Stand up; stand up.
Follow up, do it.
Give your offering cheerfully; give it.
Pay your tithe; pay all.
Honor me with your first fruit, go ahead and do it.
Holiness simply means obedience.
That is why I have no problem with Holiness, I just obey my Commander in Chief and I have seen the results and I am telling you, you go into a life of holiness and very soon the world will know that the Almighty God can turn nothing to something.
He can take next to nothing; the lunch of a boy and turn it to something that can feed thousands with left over.
He can take little in a single night and promote that little to become a king.
And when he chooses you to be great, nobody can stop you.
Like one of my sons said, if your making is of God, no human being can break you.
Am believing God for every one of you who are here tonight and everyone who is younger that I am is a youth. So if you are younger than seventy two you are a youth but if you are older than seventy two then you are old.
But I am speaking to all the youth here tonight, in the Name that is above every other name, in the name of my God, the Lord Jesus Christ; you shall be over flowingly great.
Which is while if you are here tonight and you have not yet given your life to Jesus Christ, you have not started the journey to greatness, your sins must be gone before God can say alright now, let’s begin to move you to greatness.
So if you are here and you have not yet surrendered your life to Jesus Christ and you want to do so, so we can pray for the salvation of your soul and your greatness can begin.
Begin to come now and talk to the Almighty God; ask Him to please have mercy on you, save your soul, wash you clean in his blood and promise him from now on you will follow him, you will serve him and you will do His will all the days of your life.
The rest of us will you please stretch your hands towards these people and pray for them, ask that the One who save your soul will save their souls also.
Let’s pray for them that the Almighty God, the Ancient of days will be merciful to each and every one of them and wash them clean in His blood today.
Please intercede for them, that all their sins will be gone, that every sin that could stand between them and greatness, that the blood of Jesus will wash away even sin tonight.
Father Almighty we want to thank you, Ancient of days we give you all glory and honor for your word.
Please accept our thanks in Jesus name, we are committing, these your children that have come, to your hands; please receive them in Jesus name, save their souls in Jesus name, with the power that is in your blood my Father and my God, wash them clean in Jesus name.
Write their names in the book of life and I pray Lord God Almighty that they will serve you for the rest of their lives in Jesus name.
Thank you my Father and my Lord, in Jesus mighty name we have prayed.
I am rejoicing with you today and I want to promise you that from now on I will be praying for you, so I am going to need your name your address and your prayer request, I promise you that I will be praying for you.
1. Father, Please don’t let me be the enemy of my own greatness.
2. Father, every enemy of my greatness Lord, physical or spiritual demolish tonight
3. Father, myself my children, my grandchildren, let our greatness be known to the world.
In the Name that is above every other name, all your prayers shall be answered.
You will not be the enemies of your own greatness.
And every enemy of your greatness physical or spiritual, whether they are from your father’s house or from your mother’s house, from your husband house, from your wife’s house, every enemies of your greatness shall be destroyed tonight.
Your greatness shall be known all over the world and your children will be greater than you and their children will be greater than they.
From now on in every generation following you there shall be overflowing greatness.
So shall it be in Jesus Mighty Name we have prayed.
Let someone shout halleluiah!
Pastor E. A. Adeboye