Sermon And Prayer Points By Pastor E A Adeboye. RCCG January 2014 Holy Ghost Service. Theme: YOU WILL LAUGH LAST!
Why don’t you go ahead and lift your hand to the Almighty God and bless His holy name, for a brand new beginning, thank Him for life, thank Him that you are still here.
Thank Him that for all the efforts of the enemies over you last year, you are still here.
Give Him glory, give Him honour, give Him adoration, praise the King of kings, praise the Lord of lords. Worship Him, magnify Him; but for Him you won’t be here now; oh yes the enemy has failed.
Give Him glory, give Him honour, give Him adoration, bless Him.
Thank Him for His love, thank Him for His goodness, thank Him for His mercy, bless His holy name.
Thank Him for all He did last year; thank Him for the ups and downs; for the mountains and the valleys, thank Him for health, thank Him for strength, thank Him for provision.
Thank Him for food, thank Him for the air you breathe, thank Him for accommodation, thank Him for the clothe you wear, thank Him for protection, thank Him for securities, thank Him for journey mercies, thank Him for sleeping and waking up, thank Him for answered prayers.
Thank Him for prayers that are yet to be answered.
Thank Him for testimonies, thank Him for joy.
Give Him glory, give Him honour, Give Him adoration, He is worthy to be praised. Thank Him for your family; thank Him for your church.
Thank Him for the place of work, blessed His holy name.
Thank Him for Nigeria; at least we are still one.
Bless His holy name. Give Him glory, Give Him honour, give Him adoration.
He is worthy to be praised; He is worthy to be praised.
Thank Him for eyes that could see, ears that could hear, mouth that could speak, hands that can still move, legs that can still walk, bless His holy name.
He is worthy to be praised, thank Him for the salvation of your soul. Thank Him for the baptism in the Holy spirit, thank Him for sanctification, thank Him for upholding you, for defending you, for fighting your battles for you, thank Him for enemies known and unknown that He has kept in check.
Thank Him for preparing a table before you in the presence of your enemies, give Him glory, give Him honour, He is worthy to be praised.
Thank Him for all the Holy Ghost services in 2013, thank Him, especially for the last congress, bless His holy name; bless His holy name for a new beginning, a new year.
A year of overflow; overflowing with joy, overflowing with blessings, overflowing with laughter.
Bless His holy name, tell Him you love Him, tell Him you love and you want to love Him more.
Tell Him you want to know Him more, you want to serve Him better, give Him glory, give Him honour, He is worthy to be praised, He is worthy to be praised!…
In Jesus mighty name we worshipped.
Lift your voice to Him loud and clear and say Father, let my river of joy begin to flow now….
In Jesus mighty name we have prayed.
Lift your voice to Him and say Father, let me have a life changing encounter with you this very night…
In Jesus mighty name we have prayed.
Please join your hands together with your neighbour, pray with all your heart remembering the law of harvest.
Father, for this your child that am holding, let this year be a year of pleasant surprises…
In Jesus mighty name we have prayed.
Worthy, worthy is the lamb 2ce
That was slain.
Glory halleluiah, glory halleluiah, praises the Lord!
Worthy, worthy is the lamb 2ce
That was slain.
Glory halleluiah, glory halleluiah, praise the Lord!
Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the Ending, the God of last year and the God of this year, the God of the past, the God of the present, the God of the future, glory be to your holy name, Father glory be to your holy name.
Thank You for life, thank You for health, thank You for strength, thank You for provision, thank You for protection, thank You for security, thank You for joy, thank You for mountains, thank You for valleys.
Thank You for prayers already answered, thank You for prayers that will yet be answered accept our thanks in Jesus name.
Rock of Ages, Ancient of days, Unchangeable Changer, the One who Is the one who Was the one who is to come.
Our help in ages past, our hope for years to come, glory be to Your holy name, accept our worship in Jesus name.
Father, we thank You for the last Congress, thank You for the soul saved, thank You for the sick healed, thank You for the captives set free, thank You for testimonies, thank You for miracles, thank You for signs, thank You for wonders, please accept our thanks in Jesus name.
For all your children, my Father and my God beginning from this moment, let our rivers of joy begin to flow.
Let this year be a year of pleasant surprises, let it be a year of overflowing joy, let it be a year of overflowing blessings, let it be a year of overflowing miracles.
And tonight in a very special way, every one of us here and those listening by Radio, by Television, by the Internet; let there be a life changing encounter with you.
Please answer all our prayers and let your name be glorified.
Lord, have mercy on all of us, have mercy on our families, have mercy on Your church and please have mercy on Nigeria…
In Jesus mighty name we have prayed.
Let someone shout halleluiah!
PRAYER FOR THOSE BORN IN THE MONTH OF JANUARY
Father, we are committing Your children born in the very first of the year into Your hands, January is a the very, beginning so very for all these your children; let there be a beginning of joy, let there be a beginning of miracles, let there be a new beginning of signs and wonders, let there be a new beginning of promotion, let there be a new beginning of breakthroughs, pour fresh oil on all of them and let them serve you like never before, in Jesus mighty name we have prayed.
Happy new year to all of you, let me quickly to cease opportunity to thank all of you who sent us gift during the Christmas and new year season, next year you will be able to do more, because that means that next year you will still be alive and next year God would have prosper you the more and you will be able to do more. It is not possible for me to reply all of you, just know we receive your gifts with thanks, and we pray that God will bless you.
Next month if the Lord tarries; the Holy Ghost service theme will be;
PEACE LIKE A RIVER.
If I were you, I will not miss a single
Holy Ghost service this year, this is an extremely important year, I want to tell you the truth; I won’t be able to give you all the details, but the Lord made it clear to me that since I was born this is going to be the most significant year.
So that means it is going to be the most significant year going to seventy two years, if I were you I will handle this year very, very carefully.
That is why He is calling us in The Redeemed Christian church of God to a hundred (100) days fasting.
The last time we did that was eighteen years ago; we have not recovered from the effect yet.
So if He is calling us to do something we did last eighteen years ago, that will tell you this must be a very significant year.
He told me clearly that destinies of individuals, destinies of families and surely the destiny of Nigeria will be determined this year, whether positively or negatively it is up to you.
So I want you to make sure every time we gathered here that you don’t miss a single one, not for lack of crowd, I mean if you look around you will see this place is never empty.
Cross overnight of December, I was expecting just about a thousand or more people to come and usher the New Year in with me.
We had crowd that look like that of Holy Ghost service, so am not saying this because I want you to come am saying this because it is for your own good.
Tell your neighbour, “God is talking to you now” and tell that neighbour “you are going to laugh last”.
Now I promised some of my children a book last year, I said some of the forces pushing me, some of the things that have been keeping going for years.
I am going to put some of them down in a small booklet, probably because I was trained as an applied mathematician; each time I hear something, I want to see if there is a way we can improve in the saying or if there is something hidden that they are not telling us.
For example they say everything comes to him that waits, I don’t know if you’ve heard that saying before.
I added something to that; yes everything comes to him that waits except a gold medal. Seat down do nothing, keep waiting.
Let me tell you the truth, the only thing that will probably come to you will be a knock on the head.
So I put together some of these sayings, just about a hundred of them in a booklet, the book is out now. It is beautifully done, it is something you can read in twenty-four hours if you just pick it up and keep reading.
I will advise you don’t loan your friend because he won’t return it to you, so get your own. The title is: BE THE BEST.
One of the things I put down here is the Almighty God says love your neighbour as yourself and I add my own little addition to that; you be the best and then wish your neighbour the best.
Be number one first and then wish your neighbour the very best. Jesus Christ said if you have two coats, give one to your neighbour.
If you have just only one, what should you do?
Let me tell you the truth, if there are two of us and they have to choose one.
What do you think I will choose?
What will you choose?
Now the book goes for one thousand Naira, the ushers will make the book available to you soon.
MESSAGE: The theme for tonight is YOU SHALL LAUGH LAST.
Psalm 126 When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.
There are miracles that when you have them you will think you are dreaming.
You are going to get plenty of such miracles this year.
Then was our mouth filled with laughter, God will fill your mouth with laughter this year. And our tongue with singing.
Throughout this year you are going to sing praises to God.
Then said they among the heathen, the Lord hath done great things for them.
Even unbelievers will testify that God has been good to you this year.
The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad. Turn again our captivity, o Lord, as the streams in the south. They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weeping, bearing precious seed shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.
I want you to say loud and clear so that the Devil will hear you, “I SHALL LAUGH LAST“.
You see the reason I ask you to say that is because God said “as I hear in my ear, so will I do unto you”.
When we talk about laughter; laughter can be in forms and categories; there is the laughter of mockery, there is the laughter of joy, there is the laughter of the enemy, there is the laughter of a friend who is rejoicing with you, but probably the best laughter of all is the last laugh.
It doesn’t matter how long the enemies have been laughing at you, you will laugh last.
I’m going to be brief tonight because I want you to spend one solid hour in praise.
Because one of the things you will do this year like you have never done before is praying.
It is clear from the word of God that you must pray, before you decree and you must pray after you prophecy.
The Bible says Elijah was a man of like passion like ourselves, he prayed earnestly that it will not rain, and it didn’t rain for three and half years.
Then he prayed again; that it will rain, and it rained.
When Elijah stood before Ahab, he said “as the Lord God of Israel liveth before whom I stand, there will be no rain or dew all these years except at my word”, he was decreeing.
We only heard the decree, we didn’t know what went behind or before the decree, but James tells us that He had prayed earnestly before he decreed.
Then on Mount Camel he told the same Ahab; go, drink I have heard the sound of abundance of rain.
After he said that again he fell on his face and he prayed earnestly, he had already prophecy and yet he prayed.
I was sharing with my Senior Pastors I think last night or so; many of us here have heard prophecy coming from this altar that we knew and we knew this is for me, no doubt about it and yet we heard testimonies.
People said daddy said it, and this is the result.
And we said ah!
When daddy said that one I received it too, how come it hasn’t manifested in my life?
The difference is somebody heard it and prayed; another heard it and did nothing. Let me assure you of one thing, every prophecy you have claimed, they are still waiting, hanging, waiting for you to bring them down with prayers.
That is why I told those of you who came for Holy Communion service yesterday night, “your blessing shall be backdated”.
A man has been barren for more than thirty years, he asked God what shall I do, God said wait.
Then He came to one of the meeting and the word of God came that the waiting is over.
He said “Thank God”.
That month his wife became pregnant because he grabbed it.
Prophecy prayed about it and it became manifest.
Say it one more time; I shall laugh last!
“Will you pray about that?”
That is why I am really, really thanking God that you have at least a hundred days of fasting and prayer to do; when you are fasting, all of a sudden you are minding your own business and hunger came, what is the purpose of that hunger?
To remind you, you are supposed to be praying, that is the purpose of the hunger.
It will keep coming during the hundred days; you woke up in the morning, you go to work and suddenly around 11 o’clock your belly begins to grumble, what does that mean?
You have to pray.
And let me tell you one secret, as soon as the devil knows that anytime the hunger comes you will begin to pray, he will tell the hungers don’t come. I am telling you from experience.
So you are going to enjoy this hundred days so that when it is time for it to end, you will say I don’t want this thing to end.
Physically you are going to laugh last!
Let me give you an example in Mark 2 v 1 -12 Bible tells us of a man who was paralyzed from neck downwards and then his friends came one day and grabbed him and said they were going to take him to Jesus and like I told some of you during the Let’s go a fishing he must have begged his friends, please leave me alone, don’t expose my secret.
Nobody knows what I’m suffering but am suffering it in my room, when you take me out everybody will see me, so they took him out anyway.
I can imagine the ridicule that that man went through that day, when all of a sudden the crowd surrounding Jesus saw four people carrying a man, you see because paralysis made him heavy.
They saw four people carrying a man “ah Joe, we thought you travelled! And then they saw the people climbing the roof and they were laughing. What are they doing carrying a sick man to the roof?
Jesus is not on the roof.
They saw them breaking through the roof, they must have laughed more, what is wrong with these boys.
But when they saw the man, walking out of the house, carrying his own bed; then they realized he who laughs last laughs best.
I prophesy to somebody here today, you will laugh last.
Or consider John 9 v 1-7 it was the story of a man who was born blind; you could feel the mockery as they began to ask Jesus Christ, who sinned that this man was born blind; himself or the parent?
You know what they were saying, look at this sinner, the son of sinners; God is punishing him with blindness.
They were mocking him, but before the day was over, he opened his mouth and said whether Jesus was a sinner or not, I don’t know, but I know one thing, whereas I was blind but now I see.
Every one of you with any form of ailment in the name that is above every other name, you will laugh last.
Or consider Mark 10 v 46-52, remember when Bartimeaus was crying to Jesus for help, they told him to shut up.
“You blind beggar keep your mouth shut”.
Do you think God has a time for a beggar like you?
But it wasn’t long after that, that the Almighty Jesus said “go and bring Him”, those who were laughing then, their laughter ended.
They now came to him, we don’t know how it happened, but God is sending for you.
In the name that is above every other name, God is sending for someone here tonight.
And when they saw his eyes pop opened, when they saw the man they were asking to shut up become the centre of attraction, when they saw the glory of God manifesting in the life of somebody that they thought would never attract the attention of God, they realized, he who laugh last laughed best.
Some of you know the testimony of a sister who was dying at LUTH the husband came and the doctors told him,
“There is no way your wife could be alive tomorrow morning, it is too late now”
So he went to her, pretended to be a loving husband
“Sorry my darling, I will come and see you in the morning”.
Got out of the hospital and phoned his girlfriend and said come the stupid one is going to die tonight.
And they met in his house and they were having fun and because nobody was going to disturb them, they didn’t even bother to lock the bedroom door.
But after the husband left in the night, the Lord Jesus Christ decided to pay the wife a visit and said
“I am the Lord that heal thee, get up and go home”.
And she got up, when the nurse saw her, they thought she was dead and thought they saw the ghost so they moved out of the way.
She came home, the door wasn’t locked, and she opened the door and saw the husband and the girlfriend
“So you thought I was dead?
“I am alive and well”
There is somebody here tonight, you will laugh last; materially you will laugh last.
Consider the story in 2King 4 v 1-7 there was this widow of one of the son of the prophet heavily in debt, creditors came and said where is our money?
“Please I will get you the money”
The told her, “Well if you don’t get us the money by tomorrow, we will sell your children into bondage”.
They went away laughing; they thought they have gotten two slaves because they knew there was no way this woman could pay the debt.
But by the time they returned the following morning, because the Almighty God had already intervened, the widow looked at them and say how much do you say I owe you?
There is somebody here tonight, materially you will laugh last.
I wasn’t there in Luke 5 v 1-7 when Peter fished all night and caught nothing but am sure some of the colleagues will probably be saying to Peter,
“Peter, sorry, how are you going to face your mother in law now?
“Because there is nothing you are going to take home today”
But when all of a sudden Peter beckoned unto them; “my fish is overflowing, my blessings are more than I can carry come and join me in carrying some of it”.
They realized that he who laughs last, laughs best.
Before the end of this year, all those who think you are going to sink under the burden of debt, they will realize that he who laugh last laugh best.
Who is the one who is going to laugh last? Let me hear you shout halleluiah!
In 2Kings 7 v 1- when the man of God said within 24 hours things will change, the counselor of the king, the minister of finance said,
“How can this be, even if God were to open window in heaven can this thing be?”
The man of God said you will see it with your eye, but you won’t partake of it, by the end of the story, the prophecy of the man of God has come to pass.
The king’s counselor saw it, but he didn’t partake of it.
When the Almighty God decides to step into a situation He has a way of making you the one who will to laugh last.
I have told you the story before, one of my children in the United Kingdom, he was a taxi driver and so anytime I am visiting the London, He will come and take me to where I will stay.
On the way between the airport and where I would stay there is a workshop where they sell second hand Roll Royce and anytime we are passing by that place I will look in that direction and I will say one day, I will go in there and will drive out a Rolls Royce and my son will say amen.
You know the kind of amen, keep on deceiving yourself.
Then one day He drove me past that day, I said what I used to say, he said his amen and as we moved a little forward, I saw a shop where they were selling clothes and they put up a little sign, I said let’s branch here.
If the shirts are on sales I might be able to get a shirt and then I got in there and I looked at the shirt, 25 pounds, 30 pounds, I thought these people say there were on sales, so I told my son don’t mind these stupid people, I thought they were on sales.
As we were moving towards the taxing car, my son began to laugh, he just kept on laughing, now I knew why he was laughing; here is a man who wants to buy a Rolls Royce and he can’t buy a shirt for 35 pounds.
So I looked up to God, I said “Daddy, I hope you know he is not laughing at me alone?
I said he was laughing at both of us because you are my employer”.
And I forgot about it.
Months later, I was returning from American and I came to London to stop over and my son came as usual to pick me in his taxi.
And as he was about to put my luggage in his boot, another son of mine says “hey! Daddy you are welcome, this car is yours.
I know it is second hand but it is a Rolls Royce”.
I now looked at my son and I began to laugh.
There is somebody here tonight, in the name that is above every other name, you will laugh last.
You will laugh last martially!
The Lord said there is someone here tonight; he said your season of repeated failure ended last year.
The Lord said there is someone that is listening to me right now that very soon you are going to sing:
I never know he will answer me this way, I never know he will answer me this way.
I never know he will answer me this way, he will answer me this way, he answer me this way.
Thank you Jesus!
You will laugh last martially!
I thank God for the first speaker of tonight, because he brought out one of the point because in Genesis 16 v 1-4 when Sarah saw that she couldn’t produce a child, she handed over her bond woman, house, slave to Abraham, Abraham went into her and the woman became pregnant, the Bible says when she discovered she was pregnant, she began to despise Sarah.
But by the time we got to Genesis 21 v 1-7 Sarah said God has made me laugh.
Every one of you here trusting God for the fruit of the womb, before the end of this year God will make you laugh.
When you read the story of Hannah, 1Samuel 1 v 1 -6 the Bible tells us that because she was barren, her adversary, that is the word they used, tormented her sore, gave her hell in the house; called her the fruitless tree.
Said what are you doing in my husband’s house just eating our food not producing children?
But when the tide turn, when the Almighty God who can do all things, who can make somebody to laugh, the God who can turn tears to laughter when he intervened, the one they called barren ended up with six children one of them the greatest Prophet that Israel ever had.
Every one of you who have been under mockery, very, very soon you will laugh last.
Emotionally, you will laugh last.
You know when you read the story in Mark 5 v 35-42 you see what happened in the house of Jairus it tells you how many fake sympathizers had been in the world long ago, they are not new if you come across some of them.
Jarius had just lost his only daughter, theses people gathered together and they were wailing, they pretended as if they were told, they were shedding crocodile tears, but when Jesus came and said
“No, now get out of here, this child is not dead, she is only sleeping”.
The Bible said they laughed him to scorn, they switched from weeping to laughing within a second.
That means they were not sad to start with at all!
I am happy that Jesus chased them out of the house.
In the name that is among every other name, everyone that is saying he is sympathizing with you, God will get rid of them, he will replace them with those who will rejoice with you.
When the widow of Nain in Luke 7 v 11-17 was going to bury her only son and Jesus met her on the way; there were a lot of people there who pretended they were sympathizing with her, but if you listen closely, if it is possible for you to be there and hear what they were whispering among themselves.
I am sure they must have been saying
“Is she the only one in the town?
Why is it that tragedy upon tragedies are befalling her; first the husband died, now the only boy she had is dead.
“God must be punishing her for her sin”.
That is what they must have been saying, until Jesus got there and stopped the procession.
One of my children said the grave digger were waiting, they have already dug the grave.
The mourners were waiting to do the final morning at the graveyard, but the Almighty God disappointed them.
Every grave digger waiting for you shall be disappointed this year.
Anyone who thought he has succeeded in making you sad, by the time God turned the tide you will laugh last.
I think I have told you the story before, but for the benefit of those of you coming for the first time; the day my wife and I weddedwere, we got to the registry and found a girl that was gaily dressed, waiting for the bride groom.
She too was going to be married that day but the man didn’t come, the man ran away.
Promised this girl, fixed the date to meet at the registry, everything sets the girl dressed ready for marriage, husband didn’t come.
You can imagine the sorrow of that day. She nearly went crazy with sorrow, but somehow she survived.
Thank God you are a survivor too.
And after sometime she found a young military officer and married him, in the main time the boyfriend that jilted her also joined the army.
Years passed and the new husband became a military governor and they attached to the military governor an aid de-camp that was the former boyfriend of the first lady now.
And so anytime First Lady wants to travel, the aide de-camp had to open the door for her. I am sure she must have laughed and laughed.
There is somebody here today, you will laugh last!
The Lord says there is someone here tonight, He said very soon, everywhere you go there will be greeting you congratulations.
You will laugh last spiritually!
In Daniel 4 v 28- 37 we see the story of Nebuchadnezzar, he offended God and God made him a madman, he was naked for seven years, I’m sure during those seven years a lot of people must have mocked him.
During those seven years they would have looked at him and say look at the former king eating grass like a cow.
I’m sure some of them will probably stand by and say “hello your majesty”.
They thought he was finished, they thought he can never again become somebody, they thought he was going to die mad, but after seven years he repented, he lifted his head to the Almighty and said “there is no God like the Almighty”.
And God said “alright, I will turn the tide for you”.
And all of a sudden the “animal” became a man again and the Bible says his chiefs came, they got him, they washed him, they dressed him and they place him back on his throne.
I’m sure he must have looked at those who were saying “your majesty” when he was an animal and said now, ” I am your majesty indeed”.
Somebody is here today; the enemies thought you were finished, God will surprise the enemies.
One of the stories that have always intrigued me is found in Mark 1 v 23-27, it is the case of a man who had an unclean spirit in the synagogue.
He was in the Church, a demon was inhabiting him and I’m sure the demon must have been asking him from time to time; ‘you’ve come to church to do what?
“Where is your God?”
Until one day Jesus walked in and showed the demon that God is alive.
There is a possibility that there might be one or two people here tonight who are being tormented by one evil force or the other and the demon in you have been asking ‘where is your God?’ Tonight, God will prove Himself.
At least you remember the story of a woman in America, who had this demon in her that was talking with the voice of a man.
Poor woman; she had fasted, she had prayed, done everything she knew and the demon was there still talking like a man.
Then she came to one of our conventions and she was saying oh God, how I wished somebody could take me to go and see the G.O to pray for me.
And the demon said “don’t worry yourself”, nobody will take you to go and see the GO And then it was Holy Communion night and it just came out of my mouth; the holy communion is a poison to demons.
If you take Holy Communion and there is any demon in you, the demon is finished.
And the demons in her spoke to her and say:
“You better don’t take the Holy Communion”.
And the woman said glory be to God, your end has come. And before that night the demons disappeared.
Tonight God will show up in your life and you will laugh last spiritually.
Now you will laugh last even when you engage in spiritual warfare.
When you read Joshua 7 you will discover that after the victory at Jericho, Joshua sent a handful of men to go and attack the city of AI and the children of Israel were defeated, by the time you get to verse 12 Joshua was on his face on the ground, overwhelmed by shame, because defeat brings shame.
But the Almighty God spoke to him; that what happened, happened because of sin. Restitute and you will have victory again.
But the time we got to Joshua 8 there was not a single fellow left alive in the city of AI, then the man whose face was on the ground could now lift up his head high and laughed.
I don’t know how many wars you are fighting secretly, but before this night is over, those wars will be over also in Jesus name.
I can give you several examples, but I want to give you enough time to pray. Let me begin to round up by talking to you about overflowing laughter, because this is the year when your laughter will overflow.
The Lord says there I someone here tonight, he said the future, you have always desired, will begin to open up now.
The Lord says there is someone here tonight, He said the giant in you will begin to manifest this year.
In 2 Kings 2 v 1-15, the Bible tells us what happened when Elijah was about to go to heaven and everywhere he went the sons of the prophet came to Elisha and they said to him; “daddy’s son.
Everywhere he goes you go with him.
Do you know your daddy is going today?
“We will see what will become of you”.
And he kept on telling them I know, mind your own business, shut your mouth. And then Elijah was taken to heaven, and the mantle of Elijah dropped and Elisha grabbed it and went and smooth river Jordan like his father did and the river opened up into him.
The Bible said when the sons of the prophet saw it, who have been mocking him, when they saw what happened, they came and bow down to him and said the spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha.
The greatest laughter comes when your mockers become your servant. And in the name that is above every other name, the same spirit that the Almighty God has endowed me with will begin to manifest in the life of my children.
That is for my children alone! How many children of mine are here now? Let me hear your amen loud and clear.
When the Almighty God called me to the ministry a lot of people laughed and the greatest laughter came from my village; look at him, the only lecturer we have, we thought he was going to become somebody.
We knew something was wrong when he began to say ‘Amen, amen’. We knew something was wrong with him as soon as he began to say amen.
And they had reason to laugh because as a lecturer in the university as the acting head of the department in the university, I knew what my salary was.
My salary, then was more than the total income of The Redeemed Christian Church of God. You left that one to say amen, people should laugh.
But glory be to God, I am still laughing.
There is somebody here tonight, you will laugh last! 1.27
Now what is the secret of overflowing laughter?
It is there is the Psalm I read to you, it said when the Lord turned our captivity; we were like them that dreamed, then was our mouth filled with laughter and our tongue with singing and even the heathen says God has done great things for them.
Then it went down further to say they that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He said he that goeth forth weeping, carrying his precious seed with him shall surely return again.
This time, with singing, carrying his sheave with him.
The secret of overflowing laughter, the secret of laughing last is in the fact that even in sorrow you were sowing, even as you were going forth weeping, you carried precious seed with you.
It is when you sow that you can expect a harvest, don’t think am about to take an offering.
I’m teaching you a principle, because each time you hear of seed your mind goes to money.
Money is the smallest seed you can sow!
The man who laughed loudest; this Elisha in 1King 19 v 19-21 the moment Elijah called him, he sowed his life, he sowed his future, he sowed his ambition, everything he had he sold it to God.
The implement of his agriculture, he sowed it, his ambition of becoming the richest farmer in the land, he sowed it, his father he handed it over to God.
The one who took the offering said before the angel, that visited Abraham made their pronouncement, there were fed.
Abraham sowed, Hannah sowed prayer, she prayed so earnestly that the high priest noticed her, she sowed prayer.
The four boys who brought that boy who was paralyzed, they sowed time, energy, they sowed everything they could sow. theyput everything into it!
Blind Bartimeaus sowed prayer, he knew he had nothing, he was a beggar, he had no money to give Jesus, but he prayed so loudly God heard him, he sowed in tears. No wonder he reaped in joy.
When I became a Christian and FESTAC was coming in 1976 and I understood that schools will be on holiday, realizing how close I was to hell before Jesus saved my soul, I was hungry to see several souls saved.
So I said alright if schools are going to be on holidays, while FESTAC is going on, let me organize something that will bring all students together