The general overseer of Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor E.A Adeboye has revealed during the special Sunday service held today, 26th of April, that he had never spent at home an Easter ever since he accepted Christ into his life but due to the ongoing lockdown, this year’s Easter is the first Easter he had at home since 1974.
Pastor E.A Adeboye who preached using the book of Acts chapter 1: 4-8 talked extensively on what power is, categories of power, why the power of God is needed and gave examples of some characters in the bible that experienced the intense power of God.
I thought that l would be the youngest Vice Chancellor in Africa, that was the goal but somewhere along the line, l gave my life to Christ in 1973 and before the end of that year l got baptized in the Holy Spirit and from 1974 till now, this is the only Easter l have spent at home. The moment the Holy Spirit came, something kept moving me in a direction that God originally planned for my life. I pray for someone here today, before this day is out, the power of the Holy Spirit will begin to propel you in the direction of your destiny in Jesus name
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-Pastor E.A Adeboye at RCCG Special Sunday Service
Text: Acts 1:4- 8
After the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, what next? We have heard of the crucifixion and resurrection, after the resurrection what next?
Ecclesiastes 7:8 tells us the end is better than the beginning, that is why when you dedicate your house, the joy will always be greater than the day you lay the foundation because it is one thing to set a goal and another thing to achieve it. It is one thing to know your destiny, it is another thing to fulfil it.
On the eve of His crucifixion, when the Lord was praying in John 17:4 He said l have finished the work you gave me. On the cross before he died in John 19:30 He said it is finished. In other words, mission accomplished.
Some weeks earlier He said something to His disciples in John 16:7, He said it is expedient for you that l go away because if l don’t go, the comforter will not come to you. In other words He was saying to them l have fulfilled my own destiny, and l need to help you fulfil yours.
I believe the message of today is for someone in particular, whoever that fellow is, l pray for you in the Mighty Name of Jesus you will fulfil your destiny.
After He rose from the dead, just before He was taken up to heaven, in our text He said to the disciples, you will receive power. The Holy Spirit will come on you, and He will give you power.
What is Power?
Power in the lay man’s language is simply the ability to do work, and do it easily, efficiently and at times, extraordinarily.
Suppose someone were to ride a bicycle from Lagos to Ibadan if he is strong and gets up very early, hopefully he will arrive Ibadan late in the evening and he would have sweated quit a bit. On the other hand if that man had a motorcycle he could get up in the morning and be in lbadan within two hours without sweat because there is power helping him along.
The power that you need to fulfil your destiny easily without sweat, l decree in the name of the Resurrected Christ, receive it today in Jesus name.
Categories of power:
Political Power: Ecclesiastes 8:4 says where the word of the king is, there is power. Meaning where the word of the president is, there is power.
Financial Power/ Material Power: Proverbs 10:15 the Bible says the rich man wealth is a strong city. Ecclesiastes 7:12 says money is a defence. The Africans have a proverb that says the rich man does as he pleases.
Spiritual Power: 2 Kings 4:8-17 the Bible tells us the story of a very wealthy woman, who was barren. She entertained a man of God until he said to her, nine months from now you will have a son. The Spiritual Power came into action and the woman got something money could not buy.
Counterfeit Power: everywhere you have something genuine, you also have a counterfeit. In Acts 8:9-24 the Bible talks of Simon, he was a sorcerer, he had used sorcery to bewitch the people around him. The people must have thought this is a very powerful man.
Power passes Power in Exodus 7:8-12, the Bible tells us that Moses stood before Pharaoh, threw his rod and it became a serpent. The magicians of Pharaoh threw down their rods too, and they because serpents. The serpent that came from the rod of Moses swallowed all the serpents of the magicians and then became just one rod in the hand of Moses.
The power of the most high will swallow all the counterfeit powers arraigned against you in Jesus name.
Matthew 28:18 it is written that all power in heaven and on earth belongs to Jesus Christ.
Why do you need to have the Power of the Holy Spirit?
So that you can fulfil destiny. Luke 5: 1-11 Jesus asked Peter to cast his net, he did and caught so many fishes, and was frightened and Jesus Christ told him, your destiny is to win souls. Three years passed and he didn’t win a single soul. In the day of Pentecost in Acts 2:1-41 the Holy Spirit came, Power descended. Peter preached a single sermon and won three thousand souls.
Apostle Paul in Galatians 1:15-16 said he has been separated from his mothers womb to preach the Gospel. In other words, his destiny was to preach the Gospel. When God finally said the time has come for you to fulfil your purpose, the first thing God did in Acts 9:10-20, He sent someone to lay hands on him so he could receive Power to do the work.
I thought that l would be the youngest Vice Chancellor in Africa, that was the goal but somewhere along the line, l gave my life to Christ in 1973 and before the end of that year l got baptized in the Holy Spirit and from 1974 till now, this is the only Easter l have spent at home. The moment the Holy Spirit came, something kept moving me in a direction that God originally planned for my life. I pray for someone here today, before this day is out, the power of the Holy Spirit will begin to propel you in the direction of your destiny in Jesus name.
The greater the Power, the easier it will be for you to reach your goal. For example, if you want to travel to Britain from Lagos l hope that by going in one way or the other by car, you will arrive there one day. But if you get in an aircraft from Lagos to London, within six and a half hours, you would have arrived.
Acts 3:1-11 the Power of God began to manifest His Power in the life of Peter. When he laid hands on a man born lay at the beautiful gate, and the lay man got up to walk.
The sermon Peter preached after that one according to Acts 4:4, led to the conversion of five thousand men. When the power came initially, he preached a sermon and won three thousand men. The power began to increase. In Acts 5:1-16, he performed so many miracles and even got to a stage where his shadow began to heal the sick and multitudes began to come into the kingdom of God. His destiny was fulfilled at an amazing pace.
At the beginning of the Holy Ghost service, when we come to Redemption Camp for Holy Ghost night in those days, we had six to seven thousand people, l will lay hands on everybody, then the crowd grew, it was becoming impossible for me to lay hands so l selected seven of the elders, prayed for them specially and they began to help, then the crowd kept growing to stage that by the grace of God today, we can’t talk about multitude. God has made the job easier. l don’t have to lay hands on anybody now, l don’t even have to touch handkerchief before they become anointed, because the Almighty God showed me that power can be transferred through conduction, convention and it can also be transmitted by radiation.
That is why today l can stand on the altar and wave my hands and hundreds of thousands handkerchief would be anointed and testimonies will follow.
I believe that the moment God wants you to begin to fulfil your destiny is now. What should l do? If you are already baptized with the Holy Spirit, you already have the power. I am talking about baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. Don’t mind those who mock you while you speak in tongues, because tongues is a ridiculous language. The Bible made it clear that when you speak in tongues, nobody understands you, even you don’t understand yourself. He says when you are speaking in tongues, you are going directly to God.
When you speak in tongues in the midst of those who don’t understand, they look at you and say what is wrong with this fellow, ignore what they may say. Keep on praying in the Holy Spirit. The end will justify the means.
If you already have the power use it because if you don’t use it you will lose it. When you buy batteries they write there somewhere lifespan and when you don’t use it, there won’t be power. You receive the power of the Holy Spirit and refuse to use it, the battery will run down.
Pray in tongues, let your spirit communicate with the Holy Spirit who is the originator of your destiny. Romans 8:26 made it clear that we don’t even know how to pray, but the Spirit can help our infirmities and He can pray for us with groaning’s that man can not utter.
Witness more, because He said you will receive power and begin to witness unto me.
Lay hands on the sick and see the power flow. You may say what if l lay hands on the sick and they don’t recover, who told you they won’t recover. When they recover, use the power so it can multiply.
More than ten years ago, there was an anniversary of the modern day Holy Ghost outpouring, we call it Azusa Conference in America, great men came from all over the world and only two of us were invited from Africa. One from South Africa and me. Thousands of people where there. Those of us who were to minister, they kept us in a green room and there was all manner of food and drinks. I was going to be the last speaker, l hid myself in a corner praying in the Holy Spirit. Finally the time came and the Holy Spirit took over and when l gave the alter call, even these great men gave their lives to Christ.
Last year l was in Uganda and a young man who was at the meeting came to me and said sir you ministered at Azusa more than ten years ago and I’m yet to recover from that message. He said you may not know it but the number of your tapes we sold was more than all the other tapes combined. What did l say that those great men had not heard before? It was the Holy Spirit, propelling the Word.
If you will apply this simple principle, you will suddenly see doors opening, you will start seeing yourself closer and closer to the fulfilment of your destiny.
What about those who have not received the power of the Holy Spirit, according to Acts 2:37-39 the Bible states it clearly what you are to do.
1- Repent that is saying surrender your life to Jesus Christ.
2- Be baptized that is by immersion. As soon as you surrender your life to Christ, Contact any RCCG pastor to be baptized.
3- Begin to use the power, join the work force and see the Almighty God moving you closer to your destiny.
Jesus Christ said to His disciples it is expedient for you that l go away because if l don’t go, Power won’t come. He said l have fulfilled my destiny l need to help you fulfil yours. He is sending me to you today, do everything you need to receive that power and you will fulfil destiny.
In the name that is above all other name, l pray for you today that the power to fulfil your destiny, be released onto you, that you will reach your goal and you will not leave this world regretting that you failed to reach that goal that God has set for you in Jesus name.
Source: Church Gist
Published By: Ifeoluwa ORISAKAHUNSI
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