JAN HGS: SWIMMING IN GLORY 4th of January, 2019

JANUARY HOLY GHOST SERVICE

THEME: SWIMMING IN GLORY

January 4th, 2019.

BY: PASTOR E.A ADEBOYE

Let us lift our hands to the most high God and begin to worship Him.

Let us magnify His holy name; let us worship Him.

Give Him glory; give Him honour for bringing you to the New Year.

Thank God for God.

Thank God for God the Father,

Thank God for God the Son,

Thank God for God the Holy Spirit.

Worship Him

Adore Him

Give Him glory, give Him honour; bless His holy name.

He is worthy, He is worthy, He is worthy to be praised.

Give Him glory, give Him honour, give Him adoration.

Thank You Father.

Glory be to Your holy name.

In Jesus mighty name we have worshipped.

Lift your voice to Him and say: Father, give me a new year present today.

Open your mouth and cry to the Almighty God.

Almighty God, the All Sufficient One, please, give me a new year present today. Thank You Father.

In Jesus mighty name we have prayed.

We give You all the glory

We give You honour

We give You all the glory

We give You honour.

Amen

 

We give You all the glory

We give You honour

We give You all the glory

We give You honour.

Jesus

 

We give You all the glory

We give You honour

We give You all the glory

We give You honour.

Almighty God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come, the Unchangeable Changer, the One who is always I AM, we worship You, please accept our thanks in Jesus’ name. Thank You for all You did for us last year, thank You for the ups and downs, thank You for the mountains, thank You for the valleys, Father accept our worship in Jesus’ name. In this new year my Father and my God, in the life of every one of us (those here and those listening to us all over the world) Father please do something new, do something great, do something mighty, do something glorious; at the end of everything let Your name be glorified.

In Jesus mighty name we have prayed.

Amen.

Let somebody shout hallelujah.

I want you to do a little bit of the carryover from the Congress;

So you will shake hands with about three people and introduced yourself to them: your Excellency, I am the Light of the world.

Your Excellency I am the salt of the earth;

Your Excellency I am the elect of God

Your Excellency I am an Ambassador of Christ.

Glory be to God.

God blessed you and you may please be seated.

Happy New Year to you all!

As usual we want to start the little part I am going to had in two parts:

One: I want to talk to those who have not yet surrender their life to Jesus and then we will come to the deeper session of it.

I want to ask you, what does happy New Year means to you?

To some people it means haa at long last I am going to become an adult, they won’t call children anymore; this year I am going to be an adult.

To some it means by the grace of God I will graduate this year.

To some it means my promotion is due this year.

To some it means whether the devil likes it or not I am getting married this year.

To some it means before this year end I will be coming forward with my children.

What does happy New Year mean to you?

There was a man, he was poor and then somebody told him if you swallow a particular kind of charm you will become very rich for seven years but after seven years you will die.

Oh, at least I will enjoy seven years!

They said he will have plenteous money and so he swallowed the charm.

So every time they said happy new, he said oh God another year is gone.

So what does happy new year mean to you?

It does not matter who you are, happy new year means one thing to all of us: we are a year closer to the end of our journey.

Whether you are young or you are old; each time they say happy new year remember you are a year closer to the end of your journey in life.

The moment a child is born, he begins the journey to the grave.

That is why they don’t say how young is your child?

What is the question they ask?

How old?

The baby has just been born but they are already talking about old age.

Whether we like it or not every one of us here this year will be a year older than we were last year – a journey; year closer to the end of our journey.

Either the journey will end by sleep which is Bible way of describing death or by rapture

1Corinthians 15 verse 51 to 53 says we will not all sleep but we will all be changed;

Some will die before Christ returns, some Christ we return and take also and whichever case the journey to the end of our life is a year closer.

Now, if your journey should come by sleep; if you should die; and I am not praying for anybody to die this year but it appointed unto man once to die;

We cannot dodge it, it is something we should face clearly, it is coming.

A day is coming according to 1Thessalonians chapter 4 verse 14 to 17, the Bible said the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout; the trumpet will sound and the died in Christ will rise first.

Those who sleep before the Lord returns, when the trumpet shall sound they will be the first to rise.

Now, in Daniel chapter 12 verse 2, the Bible says a day is coming that those who are sleeping in the dust of the earth shall awake.

In other words, those who had been buried will awake – some to everlasting life and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

I know some of you are already saying Daddy why are you discussing something so serious at the beginning of the New Year?

Let me tell you straight away: this is a serious year.

What kind of year is this?

This is not a year to joke with at all.

And I will be failing in my duty as your father if I don’t tell you this is a serious year.

My joy however as your father is that if you will hearken diligently to me your father as I take you through the scripture this year, by the time this year is ending you will be seating on the mountain top.

The Bible says when the trumpet had sound, those sleeping in the dust will arise – some to everlasting life and some to everlasting shame.

What makes the difference?

It is your choice.

In John chapter 3 from verse 16 to 19, the Bible says God so loved the world that He gave is only begotten son that whosoever believeth Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

But if you read it further down, He made it clear, those who will not accept Him will have everlasting condemnation.

The choice is yours

This is not a year you will say I will think about my salvation;

This is the year when you must decide of God urgently.

So if you are here and you have not yet given your life to Jesus, I am going to count from one to ten;

As they say in Yoruba land: pull your two ears and run forward to Jesus Christ so that He can save your souls, wash away your sins;

So if He should come this year, you will go into everlasting glory.

If you should die this year when the trumpet shall sound you will rise up into everlasting life

But if you reject Him, when the trumpet shall sound you will rise up into everlasting shame.

The choice is yours.

So if you want to give your life to Jesus Christ, I am counting now from one to ten and before I say ten run forward and come surrender your life to Jesus Christ.

I am counting now:

One, two, three,

The choice is between glory and shame – everlasting glory and everlasting shame – and you will decide for yourself by either surrendering your life to Jesus or rejecting Him.

Four, five, six,

Are you aware that Jesus is not begging you to clap for Him; He has Angels who can do the job; He is not begging you, if you want to do it, do it very well.

Seven, eight,

Today is the day of salvation, now is the accepted time.

Hurry up

Nine,

Amen.

Now, those of you who have already come and those of you who are already on the way cry to God now: please save my soul, forgive all my sins, accept me into the family and I will serve You for the rest of my life.

Go ahead cry unto Him.

Those of you on the way hurry up and cry to Him as you come: ask Him to save your soul, ask Him to become your Lord and your Saviour.

And the rest of us stretch your hands towards this people and intercede for them that the One who saved your soul will save their own souls also. Intercede for them. And those of you who are in front and those of you who are on the way hurry up; cry to God; ask Him to save your souls, ask Him to forgive your sins, ask Him to receive you into the fellowship of the family of God. Cry unto Him. He will save your soul and He will give you a brand new beginning.

Hurry up those of you on the way, I want to pray for salvation now and make sure you get here before I finished praying; just keep coming. Thank You Father.

In Jesus mighty name we have prayed.

Saviour we just want to say thank You. Thank You for Your word, thank You for these people who have come forward to surrender their lives to You, please receive them Jesus’ name; save their souls, let Your blood wash away their sins, please write their names in the Book of Life and from now on anytime them call on You answer them by fire; and anytime You return my Father and my God receive them to glory. Thank You Father.

In Jesus mighty name we have prayed.

Amen.

I want to rejoice with those of you who have come and those of you who are on the way, keep coming.

I want to promise you from now on I will be praying for you

And so the Counselors will give you a card to fill; fill the card very quickly, return it to them.

I need you name, your address and your prayer request.

I promise you I will be praying for you.

We will wait for you until you finish before we continue.

God bless you.

Thank You Lord

Now, open your Bibles Isaiah chapter 60, I will read from verse 1 to 3 (Isaiah chapter 60 verse 1 to 3):

Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.

For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.

And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.                       

Swimming in Glory!

Two words – Glory and Swimming

Now, swimming (I am sure you all know) means making progress inside water –

And I will take about that a little later on because God did not created man for water; when He created man, He created man for land;

He created sky for the birds and He created the rivers for fish.

So when you go to swim you have gone to an area that God did not initially create for you

But you can make progress in a realm that is not yours if you know what to do.

If I ask you now, how many of you can swim?

Raise your hand.

Very few hands

Why?

Swimming is for the fish.

I have told you this is a serious year and we are going to be talking serious things

Some of you don’t fully understand what swimming in glory is.

You will begin to understand tonight.

I will be brief tonight because we will need to pray; in fact I am sure by the time I asked you to pray by the grace of God you will even be begging me to get away so that you can pray.

What about Glory?

We have said that one before – Proverbs chapter 3 verse 35: Glory is the opposite of shame.

Everybody knows that.

But what is Glory?

Glory is intrinsically associated with light - Bright light; shinning light.

In Luke chapter 2 verse 9, the Bible says, the day Jesus Christ was born, it says lo, and the angel of the Lord came upon them and the glory of the Lord shone around them.

It is light that shines - …the glory of God shone!

In Psalm 24 verse 7 to 10, the Almighty God is called the King of glory.

And then in James chapter 1 verse 17, He is called the Father of light.

The reason they called Him King of glory is because He is Father of light – He is light.

In Ezekiel 43 verse 2, the Bible says the glory of the God of Israel came from the east…

What do you know east for?

That is where the sun rises.

…and He went on to say the earth shined with His glory.

The earth shined with is glory!

In Revelation chapter 21 verse 10 to 23, the Bible tells us that the heaven Jerusalem, the heavenly Jerusalem has the glory of God

So He does not need the sun or the moon to give it light – the glory of God did lighting it.

So, in the text we read, Isaiah chapter 60 verse 1- arise, shine, (why?) for thy light is come and glory of the Lord is rising upon thee.

Light and glory are the same thing.

Consequently, in Matthew chapter 5 verse 14 to 16, Jesus gave you a new name – one of the new names we considered last December - you are the Light of the world;

And He went on He said let your light shine.

The link between glory and light is just absolute and complete.

Now, light is useless unless it shines.

Matthew chapter 5 verse 15 says you are not supposed to hide light, you are to put it on candlestick where it will show light to the people.

I decree to someone here tonight, you will shine this year.

Well, by the time I tell you the meaning of shine maybe your amen would be that loud.

You see the opposite of light is darkness; so, to shine means to push back darkness by force.

Genesis chapter 1 verse 1 to 4: in the beginning God created the heaven and the earth; the earth was without form and void, etcetera, etcetera;

Darkness was upon the face of the deep then the Spirit of God moved and God said let there be light.

From the beginning the battle between light and darkness has been there.

In other words, shinning automatically means confrontation with darkness.

So ‘get ready to shine’ means ‘get ready to fight darkness’.

Are you ready to shine?

I cannot hear your voice.

Let me announced to you my beloveth children you have played church long enough, the battle line is drawn -

Light and darkness are going to collide.

How many of you are still light of the world raise your hand let me see?

Get ready to fight darkness;

It says in the text I read to you Isaiah chapter 60 verse 1 to 3 – when it says arise, shine, for your light is come and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee;

He said because there will be gross darkness and get ready to deal with gross darkness;

And He said when you do that then the Gentiles, the unbelievers, will come.

Many of us have been trying to win souls by mere talk; hmm hmm, they will come when they see how well you can deal with darkness.

Light has no use unless it shines

Nobody wants to switch on the light during day time but when darkness comes you will bring in light.

Consider David - in 1Samuel chapter 16 verse 11 to 13 - that young boy was brought from the field and they pour oil on his head and say hey you are now the king.

He was rejoicing.

But it was not long after that in 1Samuel 17 verse 34 to 37 when lions began to come and bear began to come and goliath began to appear;

And then when you read 1Samuel chapter 22 verse 1 to 2, when they saw the light of David shinning and he was in the cave of Adullam, everybody who needed help came to him

I say it one more time, you will shine this year.

Shinning means you are going to fight darkness.

You want to swim in glory!

Amen!

You will fight lions;

You will fight bears;

You will fights goliath.

But the beautiful thing is the fight you are going to fight is a good fight.

Why is it a good fight?

Because you have even won before you begin the fighting.

Let me hear somebody shout hallelujah.

In 2Timothy chapter 4 verse 7, Paul said, I have fought a good fight.

A good fight is the fight you win.

And I am looking at winners now.

I thought I will hear amen.

The fight is loaded in your favour.

Why?

Because light has never lost to darkness – never!

The Bible says in John chapter 1 verse 4 to 5, it was talking about Jesus Christ, in Him was life and the Life was the light of men and the light shines in darkness.

What is the result?

Darkness cannot overcome it.

Lift your hands to the Almighty God and say: from now on I will not run from the devil.

Say it as if you mean it.

You are going to fight and you are going to win.

Romans chapter 8 verse 35 to 39 made it clear you are already more than a conqueror; you are already more than a conqueror.

The only one condition to winning is that you must not turn your back to the enemy.

Never turn your back again to the enemy.

Luke chapter 9 verse 62, Jesus made it clear, anyone who laid is hand on the plow and look back is not fit for the kingdom.

Now, by the grace of God that I serve before the end of this year, one of your prayers will be God send the lions, send the bear, and wherever goliath is hiding bring him out.

One of my friends, an elder, somewhere here on the altar; when he was younger he was in Ilorin, when he wakes up in the morning, he prays: all those sick people that the Doctors say they cannot heal send them to me that I can pray for them because these people they need signs and wonders, send them to me.

That is the kind of Christian you are going to become.

Let me hear your amen.

Now, I am going to talk briefly now about swimming and then you will pray.

I am just laying foundation today; next month we will begin to get into deeper waters.

Thank You Father.

The Lord said there is someone here today, He said before the end of this year you will begin to show the signs of the genius.

Swimming means operating successfully in a realm that is not naturally yours.

I have explained: land is for man, sky for birds, rivers for the fish

But when you are swimmer, it means you can succeed in even a realm that not yours.

I give you an example: 1Samuel 17 verse 32 to 37, when David went to king Saul and said don’t let anybody be afraid of this giant I will go and fight him.

The king said little boy this is not your realm - I say you are a little boy, Goliath is a warrior, he has been a warrior from birth 

Warfare is the realm of goliath; you little boy you better go and hide under your mother covering cloth.

But David said, sorry sir, you don’t really know who you are talking to.

I am praying for someone here today, by the time you get home tonight you will be a different person.

I held a Holy Ghost rally in my native town several years ago and I spoke to them in my local language; I said as I stand before you I know what is going on in your mind.

Haa haa, is not this Dejare, the son of so and so?

We know his mother, his mother used to sell eko; we know his father

Is Dejare now a prophet!

I said to them, I say there is a saying among you elders, if you look at a corpse of yesterday with the same eyes of yesterday, there is something called Ebora, Ebora will deal with you.

By the time you get home tonight, in the Name that is above every other name, anybody who thinks it is the same fellow who came here, who went back home, is going to get into trouble.

Let me just tell you one or two story quickly, I will soon get out of your way because I know you want to pray.

You have heard it before.

We want to start a church in one of the towns here in Ogun State and they did not want anything called Christianity there.

So when we gather for the crusade they brought out masquerades; the masquerades came with their sticks and they were using their sticks to scatter the people;

Beating their drums loudly so that nobody can hear speak;

Those days there were no loud speakers;

And one little girl, one of my little children said haha I am a native of this place, I know the tradition; if a drum should break when the masquerade is dancing, the masquerade will not be alive the following year;

So, she went aside and said I command in the name of Jesus, drums break.

And one by one the drums began to break and the masquerades scattered.

In the mighty name of Jesus Christ, every drum of shame beating in your life shall break tonight.

I will tell you another story, some of you heard it before.

When I was a lecturer at the University of Lagos, I was living in Surulere and then I had some little little boys and girls following me around.

And one of them heard that the cult boys have decided that they want to burn down the book shop and at that time the book shop and the bank they were in the same building.

So, they met, those people who are my disciples;

They were saying what are we going to do now?

Oga has gone home; we do not even know his house so we can tell

And one of them said, we do not need to go and tell him

He taught us when there is trouble we should pray.

Let us pray.

So they gathered together and prayed.

And boys who wanted to burn down the book shop and something, they have already poured petrol and then some ogogoro too and so they decided to drink a little bit before night so they can do their job.

When they woke up it was already day light and then the young ones began to say to their leader what kind of leader are you; you fell at sleep on duty.

And the leader says what kind of followers are you, you did not wake me up and they began to fight.

All those who are plotting against your future, in the Name that is above every other name, they will be fighting themselves this year.

Thank You my Father.

Daddy asked me to tell someone, He said this year you will begin to see new openings.

I am talking about swimming now.

Okay

To swim involves skill.

If you just jump into the river and you do not know how to swim you will drown; so you need skill.

And to learn the skill of swimming, you need help.

In Zachariah 4 verse says it is not by power, not by might but by My Spirit saith the Lord of host.

If you get into the river and you want to swim it is not just squashing around you must know how to move your hand, how to move your feet; you have to synchronize everything.

But there is someone who is ready to teach you to swim and His name is Jesus.

Philippians 4 verse 13, I can do all things who strengthened me.

I can operate in realms that are not mine.

I have heard testimonies that make me jumped for joy

Ordinary member of the congregation being used by God to perform mighty miracles; operating in the realms well above their age

As the Lord lives, before the end of this year, when they say there is a crisis you won’t say send for the G.O, you will say bring the fellow, bring the fellow.; bring the dead; bring the blind; bring the deaf; bring the dumb; bring the lame.

So you are going to need Jesus like never before this year.

You are going to need Him like never before!

In 1Thessalonians chapter 5 verse 17 to 19, the Bible made it clear that you must pray without ceasing.

The Bible says you must not quench the spirit; this year is a year Holy Spirit you must move in the Holy Spirit.

This year is a year of fasting

Matthew 17 verse 14 to 21, Jesus Christ told His disciples there are some demons that can only move when you confront them with fasting and prayer.

2Corithians chapter 11 verse 27 says you fast often.

Several years ago, in the 1980s, I was lying down in front of my first office here, I have been fasting for more than thirty days and thirty night without food and so I was very weak and I was lying down on my mat;

And a friend came to visit me and he came he saw the first auditorium, the one by the express – 100meters by 50meters; he said what else do you want?

You already have the biggest auditorium in Africa and you are still fasting!

I laughed.

I say I have not started my journey.

I decree to somebody here today, in the Name that is above every other name, where you never thought you could reach, you will surpass it this year.

Is anybody here ready to swim?

I cannot hear you.

When you want to swim, the first thing you do is to change your dress.

If you have arrived at the river or maybe a lake or whatever you want to swim, the first thing is you take off your dress; you don’t swim with your suit on.

Hebrews 12 verse 1 says if you are going to be a successful swimmer you must lay aside every weight, and the sin which easily beset us.

You cannot swim with shoes on; you have to get rid of certain things if you want to swim.

Romans 13 verse 12 says you must put off all the works of darkness and put on the armour of light.

Ephesians chapter 4 verse 22 says you must put off the old corrupt man

You want to swim changes must come!

Colossians chapter 3 verse 8 to 9 says you must put off anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth;

You want to confront darkness; you want to cast out demons, all these immoral jokes must not even be heard from you again;

And then after you remove your jacket, remove your shirt, remove your shoes then you wear your swimming gear.

Ephesians chapter 4 from verse 24 to 25 says you put on the new man created in righteousness and true holiness, speaking the truth.

Ephesians 6:11 to 18 says you must put on the whole armour of God.

No more running from the enemy we are ready to face them because we are the light of the world and light shines in darkness and darkness cannot overcome it.

You know what?

Satan is the one on the losing end.

I will just tell you briefly

Jesus Christ said I will build my church.

Who will be built the church?

Is Jesus a liar?

Answer me

So if He said I will build something, will He do it?

He said I will build My church and the gate of hell shall not prevail.

Gates, if you ask the Bible scholars, those who know deep deep theology, stands for elders – the elders of hell

The witches, the wizard, the herbalist – they cannot prevail against the church, they can’t.

The trouble with you my beloveth children is that up till this moment all you have praying been for is Jesus give me food, Jesus give me cloth;

No, no, He wants warriors and you are going to be one of them - you are the light of the world.

I will tell you one more story and then I will let you go and pray.

During the go and fishing this year, I was in a particular town (I won’t mention the name of the town);

We wanted to start a church, we sent a small boy, little Deacon to go and start a church a there and the place where we find accommodation was next to house of a herbalist;

He did not know; he just came to town, saw a house, and rented the house.

And the herbalist soon discovered that those who were coming to him before were now going to this small boy.

What kind of non sense is this and so he decided I will deal with this boy.

So the boy went to church; locked his doors and windows;

But when he came back inside his one bedroom apartment was a hen sitting over eggs.

Those of you who are young you don’t know the meaning of that; the elder here they are already saying hey because they know what that means.

Where’s the hen come from?

Where are the eggs coming from?

Now, if you ask the elders they will tell you.

If you ever see anything like that you should run because if you bend down to pick up the hen your back will break.

But my son looked at the hen and the eggs and say haa thank You Lord for provision.

Let me hear somebody shout hallelujah.

Lord, you know I don’t have money to buy hen, I don’t have money to buy eggs and said hen welcome to my cooking pot.

Killed the hen, boiled the eggs

And the Babalawo was expecting the cry of pain, he was expecting the following morning they will carry a dead fellow out.

He saw the fellow the following morning and the boy greeted him: papa, good morning.

Babalawo surrendered his life to Jesus.

Power passes power.

How many of you are light of the world?

Rise on your feet and shout hallelujah.

These are your prayer points because it is time to pray:

Prayer point number one: I want you to praise the kind of glory with all your heart; praise the King of glory.

Prayer number two is a declaration and you are going to say: in the mighty name of Jesus I am the Light of the world, I will shine bright this year.

Prayer point number three: in the mighty name of Jesus I will destroy the hold of forces of darkness on my family this year.

Number four: in the mighty name of Jesus, every lion, every bear, every goliath, that come my way this year are dead.

Number five: in the mighty name of Jesus, I will reach the mountain top this year.

Number six: In the mighty name of Jesus my life will draw thousands away from the kingdom of Satan this year. When they see my life shinning, thousands will be drawn to the kingdom of Jesus Christ this year.

And number seven: is your own private point request.

I am going to give you thirty minutes to cry to the Almighty God because this is just the beginning of a new life for you - a life of victory, a life of glory, shinning, pushing back forces of darkness, becoming mighty warriors for the King of glory.

Yes, the altar is open and you have thirty minutes to cry to the Almighty God.

Pray to Him and declare I am going to shine; I am going to deal with forces of darkness; all those forces trying to block my way I will deal with them and they will know I am different now, no longer the fellow they used to know. In the mighty name of Jesus Christ, my light will shine and all forces of darkness must bow this year. Go ahead talk to the Lord.

Thank You Father. Thank You Jesus.

In Jesus mighty name we have prayed.

In the name of the King of glory, beginning from now you will shine; you will never run from witches again, you will never run from wizards again; if they come against you one way they will flee seven ways. Every yoke of darkness upon your family will be destroyed now. Every force trying to block your ways to joy shall be crushed. When unbelievers see miracle happening in your life, hundreds of thousands of them will flock into the kingdom. This year you will reach the top; you will be triumphant. So shall it be.

In Jesus mighty name we have prayed.

Amen.

Let someone shout hallelujah.

God bless you.

Pastor E. A. Adeboye
 
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