RCCG Holy Ghost Service June 2015, Sermon And Prayer By Pastor E A Adeboye, DIVINE PARTNERSHIP
Pastor E A Adeboye
Brethren, the Almighty God have done great things for us in the past six months of this year, and we have come together tonight to praise His Holy Name.
I want you to lift your hands to the Almighty God and bless His Holy Name.
Give Him glory give Him honour give Him adoration, Praise Him for keeping you alive up till this moment.
Bless His Holy Name for everything He has done for you as an individual, for what He has done for you as a family, what He has done for you as a church and definitely for what He has done for us as a nation.
Bless His Holy name.
Give Him glory, give Him honour, give Him adoration.
He is worthy to be praised, He’s worthy to be adored, He’s worthy to be magnified, Praise the King of kings, praise the Lord of lords.
Worship Him, there is no one like Him, there is no one like Him
Thank Him for everything He has done for you.
Give Him glory, just give Him honour, magnify His Holy Name.
He’s worthy, He’s worthy to be praised, He’s worthy to be glorified. He’s worthy, He’s worthy, He’s worthy, bless His Holy Name, bless His Holy Name.
Thank You Father, glory be to Your Holy Name Lord, glory be to your Holy Name, thank You Jesus.
Tell Him if no one else will praise You Lord I will praise you, I will magnify Your Holy Name, I will lift You high, I will praise You, You are worthy to be praised, I will magnify Your Holy Name.
Thank You, thank You, thank You Lord, blessed be Your Holy Name, blessed be Your Holy Name.
Oh yes Lord, You are worthy, You’re worthy to be praised, You are worthy to be magnified.
Thank You for all You have done for us since the beginning of this year.
You have done marvellous things, you have done great things, You have done mighty things, we blessed Your Holy Name.
From the bottom of our heart we say thank You
Thank You, thank You Lord, thank You Ancient of days, thank You, thank You, thank You, thank You, thank You, blessed be Your Holy Name, blessed be Your Holy Name.
You are worthy to be praised,
You are worthy, You are worthy, You are worthy, You are worthy, You are worthy oh Lord.
Thank You my Saviour, thank You my King, blessed be Your Holy Name, thank You Saviour, thank You Lord, in Jesus mighty name we have worshiped.
Now lift your voice to Him and say Father, before the end of this month give me something to sing about.
Go ahead talk to the Almighty. Before the end of this month give me something great to sing about, something to shout about, something to rejoice about, something to dance about.
Put a new song in my mouth oh Lord, before the end of this month put a new song in my mouth – a new song of joy, a new song of victory, of blessings; put a new song in my mouth oh Lord to the glory of Your Holy Name.
Put a new song in my mouth, let the world hear about it and glorify Your Holy Name, put a brand new song in my mouth to the glory of Your Holy name, put a brand new song in my mouth my King, my Lord, my Saviour,
Put a brand new song in my mouth, put a brand new song in my mouth, thank You Jesus, thank You Almighty, thank You Saviour.
In Jesus mighty name we have prayed.
Worthy worthy is the Lamb
Worthy worthy is the Lamb
Worthy worthy is the Lamb
That was slain
Praise the Lord
The All Sufficient God, the Great physician, the Great Provider, the Everlasting Father, the King of peace, the One who speaks and it is done, the mountain Mover, the Promoter, the Unchangeable Changer, glory be to Your name.
Alpha and Omega, our Beginning our Ending, the One who is, the One who was, the One who is to come, the Almighty.
Glory be to Your Holy Name – please accept our worship in Jesus Name.
Tonight all Your children who are here gathered, and those who are listening to us all over the world, Father, am praying that before the end of this month we will have something to dance about, that we will have something to sing about, that we will have something to shout hallelujah about.
Whatever it is that is not allowing us to praise You fully, my Father and my God destroy it tonight.
Anything that is still not allowing our testimony to be full, destroy it tonight.
My Father and my God, thank You for peace in Nigeria, thank You for peace in Nigeria, thank You for peace in Nigeria, let the peace endure in Jesus Name.
And by the time this night is over, my Father and my God let everyone here sing a new song.
Thank You my Father and my God- in Jesus mighty name we have prayed.
Now let someone shout a big hallelujah.
Shake hand with one or two people and tell them ‘you will sing a new song before the end of this month’.
And then you may please be seated.
My own text is from Act 16:25-34.
“25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.
26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.
27 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.
28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.
29 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,
30 and brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
32 And they spake unto him the Word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.
33 And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.
34 And when he had bought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.”
The number one partner God is looking for is a WORSHIPPER.
In John 4:23-24, the Bible made it clear, that ‘God is Spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in Truth’.
For the fact that the Father seeketh such to worship Him: students seek for knowledge, business men seek for contracts, politicians seek for power and God seeks for worshippers.
The Almighty God, the All Sufficient God, the Maker of heaven and earth, is seeking for just one thing ‘WORSHIPPERS‘.
Just what one of my son said ‘He wants to expand His choir‘ here on earth, and whenever He finds a worshipper, He has found a partner and He responds in a mighty way.
In Psalm 108:1: David said ‘my heart is fixed within me, I will praise the Lord‘.
And then he went on to say in Psalm 34:1, he says ‘I will bless the Lord at all times, even in the bush looking after sheep’, and God said, ‘I will promote him and make him a king’.
If you will become a worshipper, the first thing He will do – He will visit you where you are, so that He can take you to where He wants you to be.
Paul and Silas were in prison, they were bound, they were being beaten, they were in pain, they were hungry, and they were expected to be killed the following day.
If it were some of the people that I know: they will be mourning, they will be complaining, they will be accusing God.
“God why have you done this to me? Don’t You know who I am?, I pay my tithes, I give my offering, I go to church on Sundays, I go to church during the week, everybody knows me and look at what is happening to me?”.
Not Paul and Silas.
At midnight, the Bible says ‘they began to sing’.
They began to praise the Almighty God.
The Almighty God sat down in heaven hearing from all over the world, people bombard Him with requests:
“God, do this for me, God, you must do this one, why are you so slow? God, why am I not yet married? God, why is this? God, why is that?
And then all of a sudden He heard two voices singing praises to Him.
Telling Him – You are wonderful, You are kind, You are faithful, there is no one like You, You are the Almighty, You are the All Sufficient God;
And the Almighty God said wait a minute where is that coming from?
And He located the point and said it is in a prison and said ‘I will go and visit these boys, I will pay them a visit’.
There is someone here tonight the Almighty God want to pay you a visit. If you are that one, make your hallelujah to be bigger than anyone else.
When you become His partner via worship, He will pay you a visit.
Some of you will remember the story of my children, who went to America on scholarship and when they got there, after first year, there was a change of Government.
The Government that gave them scholarship was overthrown; a new Government came that didn’t know them and scholarship was stopped.
In a given time, they had already given birth to set of twins and they ran out of money. And the children were hungry, everything was bad.
They had prayed and nothing happened, and the father could not tolerate the cry of the children, he picked his books to go to the library leaving the mother to cope;
And all of a sudden the mother remembers something I have said long time ago: ‘if you prayed and nothing happens, try praise ‘.
So she took her tambourine and began to sing and began to praise God;
She was hungry, the children were hungry, and there was no money anywhere but she kept on praising God,
All of a sudden there was a knock on the door.
There were group of brethren doing house-to-house preaching in the neighborhood.
They have been there since morning, they were tired, they want to go home but the leader said, just one more house.
And he came and knock the door of this couple, my daughter open the door.
The children saw a tall white man and they stopped crying for a moment, and the white man came and said have come to talk to you about Jesus Christ.
My daughter said, “Come in, come if you want to talk to me about Jesus we want to hear”.
And then after sometime my daughter said ‘I would have given you something to drink only there is nothing at all’.
And that man said, ‘what do mean that there is nothing at all, not even only a bottle of coke?’ ‘nothing at all’.
So, the man went and opened the fridge and saw that the fridge was empty;
What happen? My daughter told him.
He went outside, he went to the grocery, I mean to the grocery store and came back loaded with food, that was a Saturday, by the following Monday he got the husband a job.
And it wasn’t long after that, that they bought their first house;
By the last time I met them, they have already gotten two houses – because somebody was praising God: they got a divine visitation.
God is about to knock at the door of someone here tonight; if you are that one let Him hear your shout of hallelujah.
Paul and Silas were telling God, “Father, the reason we are not in church tonight is because somebody is keeping us in prison”
And God says “if you can’t come to church I will come to you“.
And when God arrived, the Bible tells us that, “the ground began to shake and suddenly all the yokes, all the bondage became destroyed”.
And by the time the Almighty God arises with His anointing – yokes’ become destroyed according to Isaiah 10:27.
Not only that,
All of a sudden, grounds begin to shake; all of a sudden yokes begin to be destroyed,
Just like the Jailer here became confused when he woke up, the enemies of the partners of the Almighty are bound to be confused.
In 2 Chronicle 20 if you read from verse 20 to 25 (2 Chronicle 20, you can read the whole story from verse 1 to 25).
It tells you the story of three kings that came against Jehoshaphat; they wanted to swallow him up and God said to Jehoshaphat through his prophet:
“All I want you to do to win this battle is praise me“.
“Just be My partner, join My choir, sing praises unto Me“.
The Bible says, as the people began to sing and to praise God, God confused the enemies and the enemies destroyed themselves.
I have a feeling within me that some people are fighting some battles too big for them, and God brought you here tonight because He wants to confuse your enemies.
He wants to turn the enemies against the each other, but God is waiting to hear your shout of hallelujah.
You see, each time you praise Him, particularly when you are facing some serious issue; your enemies begin to wander what does he knows that we don’t know.
How can he be rejoicing at a time like this, how can he praise God in what he’s going through.
And when they get confused, He gives you a gap.
And they say, “Be careful we don’t know what their God is planning“.
He had planned some things before in the past, because the devil is not as dump as you think.
As a matter of fact, the Bible says the devil is wise and the devil has a good memory of what happened when the children of Israel got to the red sea.
And all of a sudden, the red sea open and the children of Israel passed through on dry land, and the enemies followed and they were drown.
From that moment onward, the devil is always cautious when he sees the children of God doing something strange.
Because on that day, he just saw Moses lifting his hand against the red sea and then the red sea parted;
So, when of a sudden he sees you standing on your feet raising your hands to heaven and shouting hallelujah, he wanders what is God about to do again.
And so when you learn to praise Him, when you learn to worship Him, when you become His partner by joining His choir, here are the blessings that will follow.
Number One. You will get divine visitation,
Number Two. You will get yokes destroyed.
Number Three. The third thing you will get is prison doors become opened. Meaning obstruction to your progress will vanish instantly.
All you need to do is think of who Adam was before he sinned, because that will give you a rough idea who God created you to be.
Because many of us think that we have already make great progress but you haven’t seen anything yet.
When you look at Genesis 2:19-20, the Bible tells us that before sin came, Adam was a Professor of Zoo, a Professor of biology.
Every animal God created He brought to Adam and he named them without going to any university.
If you think of what Adam can do, if you think of the size of the Garden of Eden, if we were to believe the Bible scholars the Garden of Eden was about the size of Lagos State.
And God put one man there and say, take care of it.
For one man to be strong enough to take care of a farm as big as a State, that man must be strong.
So, Adam was highly intelligent, Adam was extremely strong, when sin came and sin imprisoned him: that wisdom, that ability, that strength, became imprisoned.
But if you will learn to worship the Almighty God, suddenly, the prison wall that the enemy has built round you will begin to collapse; everything that had been hindering your progress will begin to dissolve.
I know of one son of mine who started work as cleaner.
In fact, before he became a cleaner, he was a ‘ danfo -driver’
And then, he decided to do cleaning .
And today, when you look at where God has brought him, there’s nobody who can believe that this boy once suffered.
And I know God has not even reached the goal where He is taking that boy.
Now, wherever you are now, it is very small compared to where God is taking you.
And what is keeping you limited is an invisible wall of prison.
And if you will do what the children of Israel did, when they came across the wall of Jericho, in Joshua 6:20, all they did was, they worshiped God.
They gave Him a shout, that caused Him to say, “Let Me go and visit them“.
My prayer is that, the Almighty God will open your eye tonight so that you can see where God is taking you.
Because, where you are now, am sure some of you are satisfied, you think you are already great – congratulations!
But I remembered what God told me, and I have always told you, am not a Prophet, am a Pastor, but I hear from God once in a while.
And whenever He says something I know it is going to come to pass – whether anybody believes it or not.
He told me long ago, He said, “Son, I will make members of The Redeemed Christian Church of God, to give new definition of greatness’.
So, if you think you are great now, you don’t know what greatness is yet.
In the name that is above every other name you will reach that level of greatness.
When we built the first auditorium near the express way, it was 100 meters by 50 meters; it was the biggest auditorium in Africa at that time.
In fact, some of my children came to me, “Daddy, we don’t have problem anymore, all we need to do is build wall round it and we have the biggest church”;
Where are we that we are already building a wall round ourselves?
Two years later we had to expand.
A year we had to double,
A year later we had to increase.
And compared that thing with where we are now, and compare where we are to where we are going, we have not yet started.
Let me hear somebody shout hallelujah.
When you become His partner, when you join His choir, every limitation to your progress will be destroyed by your Senior Partner.
And then Number Four, you will become a testimony.
The Bible says when Paul and Silas were singing, the prisoners heard them.
And when the prisoners heard them singing, they must have taught –
“What’s wrong with these crazy boys?”
“They don’t know where they are?”
“Maybe they have not been told that tomorrow they are going to die”.
“How can they be singing?”
How can they be praising God at a time like this?
But when all of a sudden the ground began to shake, when all of a sudden their yokes were suddenly all destroyed, when all of a sudden their prison doors where flung open, “They said wait a minute! These people are different”.
I have good news for somebody here, before the end of this month some people will say, your God is Almighty.
One of my boys who preached, I think it was the first one, he said, you can’t be a witness to God unless you have experienced His miracles.
Thank You Almighty. The Lord said there is someone here tonight; He said, I will compel the Authority to review your case.
Daddy says, there is someone here, He said, not long ago that somebody told you that you will smell pepper, the Almighty asks me to tell you that he’s the one who will smell pepper.
Hallelujah. Daddy says there is someone here tonight that you will understand, He said you used to be at the very great height but things turned downwards, He asks me to tell you, you will soon be higher than your former height.
In Mark 5:1-20, God delivered that mad man of Gadarene.
And he came to Jesus after that and said, “I want to follow you wherever you are going”.
Jesus Christ said no, no, no, go back to your people.
They knew you, they knew you are a mad man, they knew you are so crazy – crazy people see you coming they run.
Now all of a sudden, they see you sober, normal, absolutely ok, if you tell them Jesus did it, they will believe you.
I am believing God for someone here today, your life will become a testimony.
When you become His partner, when you join His choir,
Then, Number Five, you will become a blessing to many.
Every prisoner in that prison that night, they benefited from miracle God worked out for Paul and Silas.
It was Paul and Silas that the Almighty God wanted to set free, but in setting them free, the yokes of other prisoners were destroyed.
The prison doors that were shut against them, the doors were forced open.
You can become a blessing to many.
In Luke 8:1-3, when the Almighty God set Mary Magdalene free, she became a blessing to God and a blessing to humanity.
The Bible said, ‘she minister to Jesus Christ of her substance’ – meaning what?
She was financing the ministry of Jesus Christ.
She was supplying for Jesus to be able to do the work and of course in the process Jesus was able to heal the sick, was able to cast out demons, He was able to do many things.
There is a lot of work to be done and God needs resources.
And people like me, I am a Pastor, and you can’t see me running after contracts at the same time, and yet we need to keep the finances to get the ministry going and to get the work done.
So, God in His own infinite wisdom raised up Treasurers who will be financing the work;
And I want to prophesy to someone here today very, very soon you will come to me and say daddy, just tell me the budget for a year.
Anyone who becomes His partner will not only be blessed, he will become a blessing.
Am sure you remember the story of one of my sons.
I have told you this story before, and probably all of you listening all over the world might not have heard it before.
He was sick, there was something in his PSA, the normal PSA is supposed to be – I think below five, zero to five were supposed to be normal.
By the time it is twenty, sometime they suspect that you might have cancer, by the time the thing is over two hundred then you begin to talk of terminal cancer;
By the time my son went to the hospital, they checked his PSA, it was reading four thousand plus.
So, the doctor could not believe he was still alive.
And in that hospital they have a room where they put hopeless cases, so they just put him there.
People who go into that room usually come out dead.
As God will have it, I was visiting that country at that time. I go to the airport I didn’t see my son among those who came to welcome me.
I asked of him they said He’s in the hospital, so I went there to pray for him – and this was one of the European countries, you don’t pray for anybody unless the fellow requested you to do so.
So, I only prayed for my son, because, if you pray for somebody else they could charge you for something else.
I prayed only for my s