The Overflow of God – A Great Global Christian Gathering.

overflow5All over the world, everything that can be shaken is being tossed up and down by strange storms and typhoons. Even all that we understand to be true is being tested and our hope in experience, reason and instincts appear to be under the deluge of a different flood … yet we can only trust in the Good Shepherd to lead us home. Who else do we have to keep us when everything seems to be failing?

Each day I read the headlines and ponder on articles and posts all over the globe and can only come to a conclusion … we must trust in God and God alone, even more than ever. It is not just that the flood of the enemy has of recent become so overwhelming in all its external and internal ramifications, but also that we are warring with an invented sophistry that denies Biblical simplicity and veracity. Our response is faulted not just because it is full or error and plays to the melody of darkness but because it is our response. God answers the flood of the enemy Himself … hence the theme “The Overflow” divinely selected for the annual Congress of The Redeemed Christian Church of God beginning today in Lagos, Nigeria. More people from all over the world, by the grace of God, will gather for a week of worship, teaching, healing and encouragement, than has ever been seen even as the congress is globally streamed.

Isa_59:19  So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.

The enemy has his own overflow seen in defiling corruptions, a new humanism, overwhelming worldliness and idolatry in the worship of men and their traditions and contraptions, satanic worship, greed and ambitions, spiritual attacks, satanic discouragement, witchcraft and irresistible seductions.… many that have been carried off by the flood of untruths cannot even discern that they are flowing in a forbidden river heading downhill.

But when the avowed and implacable enemy of Christ and his people, comes into the world, and into the church, “like” an impetuous flood, threatening to carry all, introducing his flood of greed, immorality and profaneness, as in the days of Noah and Lot, a flood of error and heresy of all sorts; and likewise floods of persecution and temptations …Christ and his Gospel, the standard – is lifted up in God’s all powerful Overflow bringing a divine arrest, repentance and restoration to many who believe – also causing the truth of the gospel and His blessings to run over to all nations as witnesses spread all over the earth.

I see the Spirit of the Lord responding Himself as He must, to rescue those who will humble themselves to trust in Him alone. Theology, debates, denominations and traditions of religious institutions have already failed so many even as in these end-times, the anti-Christ, the fake spirit that is almost but not Christ, has released a fresh array of deceptions. God answers with His standard – overflowing in his children to counter what the enemy thought was certain defeat. The Spirit of the Lord is about to put the foe and all his agents, in millions of lives, to flight.

Though we lament the progress of infidelity and impiety, we are assured that the cause of the Redeemer shall gain a complete victory even on this earth, and the saints will be more than conquerors when the Lord receives them to His glory in heaven. There shall be a torrential unstoppable overflow of truth, blessings, healings, salvation, anointing, power, strength, encouragement, joy, peace, divine corrections, repentance and restorations for all who come to Christ. As we are humbled, like His sheep, Christ promises to be our shepherd who – even in the presence of our enemies (internal and external) prepares a feast and fills our emptied cups till it runs over …affecting and changing us for good and all that are around us … even the nations.

The Congress, Dec. 9th- 14th 2013, now a six-day programme, with the maiden edition in 1998 has witnessed millions of worshippers gathered for sessions to celebrate Jesus. This year, the theme “The Overflow” celebrates Christ, the good shepherd who fills us with Himself, till our cup runs over.

I invite you to be part of the congress (for more information http://congress.rccg.org/). We all need more of Christ for the present and future times, to be the salt of the earth and light of the world as we were ordained by God to be. Pastor Adeboye, the Church Overseer reminds us that God wants us to live our lives experiencing His abundance and to the fullest of what He has ordained us to be … but this will only be with the help of His Spirit of truth. You will be blessed.

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Radical Obedience, Politics and Change

photo_1326622146325-1-0If change will be transformational, it will require some radical elements. Transformation is rarely known to occur in a default evolutionary process without a bold trigger.  Instead, it often requires bold confrontation of present matters and a clarity that only comes when long existing and thick veils are finally torn off by greater forces.

During the period of the reign of Jezebel and Ahab, one sees a national bondage under religio-political evil that outlived prophets and many kings and must have seemed absolutely unstoppable until God decreed “Enough!”.  God raises up the Prophet Elijah with great powers – but who feared Jezebel so much, such that even after God disgraced and Elijah killed her priests of Baal on Mount Carmel, Elijah still flees as she makes a threatening appearance. I Kings 18:40. 1 Kings 19:1-3.  God eventually commands a process to put an end to national oppression in I Kings 19:15-17. A process that  begins after the death of Ahab.

1Kings 19:15  And the LORD said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria: 1Ki 19:16  And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room.  1Ki 19:17  And it shall come to pass, that him that escapeth the sword of Hazael shall Jehu slay: and him that escapeth from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha slay.

Elijah is given simple instructions to anoint three persons – Hazael, as King of Syria; Jehu as King of Israel and Elisha to take over as prophet.  These are mission critical orders but the perhaps exhausted intimidated prophet finds them tough to swallow.  We can understand why Elijah may not want to meddle in the politics of another nation, Syria –  as this will be considered in bad taste, but to directly name and anoint a King in Syria when another still reigned … this will be considered the extreme of folly. But why does Elijah not anoint Jehu as King of Israel?  Perhaps he did not like him or did not want to get dragged in the murky political waters of those days.  The simplest of the instructions … the anointing of Elisha is also disobeyed.  Understandably, the older sons of the prophet who arrived many years earlier would have wondered why their leader needs to find another successor from nowhere and would have frowned at any attempt to be bypassed for a newcomer.  Poor Elijah, God is merciful and has his contingency plans foretold in verse 17. Elijah arranges a series of qualifying tests for Elisha, eventually passing his mantle and a double portion of his anointing …we are not told when Elisha is specifically anointed as instructed, nor is there evidence to suggest God ordered Elisha to be tested by Elijah.

Fear and disobedience does not stop the flow of a double portion even as these prophets continually met the needs of widows, raised the dead and did many mighty acts but Jezebel’s ministry of national oppression established by fear remained undisturbed. She mocks knowing that fearful prophets cannot stop her. But eventually Jezebel’s time is up.

Hazael, now King of Syria (2 Kings 9:15 ) attacks Joram, the son of Ahab at Ramah (2 Kings 8:28-29) but is only able to wound him leaving him sick in Jezreel after repeated onslaughts (perhaps the first outcome of Elijah’s disobedience) … Jehu is anointed not by Elisha but by Elisha’s assistant in a hasty ritual (2 Kings 9:30) …but that is enough to move God’s plan into high gear.  In 2 Kings 9 and 10 we read how Joram (Ahab’s son)  is killed by Jehu – what Hazael should have done earlier, Jezebel is also killed and then 70 other sons of Ahab …Jehu in subtleness, organizes a special Baal revival (2 Kings 10:18-19) to bring out all the Baal workers and slaughters them all.  But Jehu is still too ethically weak to do all God has purposed (2 Kings 10:31-32) and Israel comes again  under the oppression of the Kings of Syria. … until the dying Elisha counsels another half-obedient King Joash (2 Kings 13:14-25) and the Syrians are defeated but only thrice. Still 1 Kings 19:17 is fulfilled.

In summary, while God has commanded a total solution to end evil, the best of men are men of like passions … fearful and selectively obedient.  Ministering to the needs of the hurting and fallen people is a key part of that which the ever faithful God has ordained as Namaan – the Syrian and even Ahab are touched and repent for God is merciful (1 Kings 21:27)  – but still this is different from challenging the reign of a baalist satanic oppression under Jezebel …  a lady confident to show up victoriously whenever she wishes …until challenged by the anointed confrontation that says your time is up.

Let’s also call a spade a spade … staying out of national politics at a time like this is simply another manifestation of the fear  of the unknown and fear of men as God used His prophets in scripture to name even the leaders of Syrian Kings.  Jezebel eventually bows only to this bold anointing and the radical obedience of the man of God – Jehu who comes against evil to declare the word of God “Time up!”….

Perhaps you – reading this blog, are the Prophet who God has given a word to act on … be bold and declare it.  If God has sent you, He will surely back you up.  Come out of the closet.  Nations groan and liberation is delayed because of your fear and selective obedience.  Change tarries because of disobedience of God’s man – not the enemy.  Jezebel and Ahab must maintain the machinery of fear and intimidation to frighten off divine instruments of change from being what God has ordained …the Change.

Be at the crusade rally of RCCG Apapa Family Excel 2013  themed “ Be the Change” … at Tafawa Balewa square on Sunday June 2nd …7.30 am. ministering Pastor E.A. Adeboye.  Something tells me this is going to be different and nations will never be the same.  Come and be blessed. Be the Change. This time it’s about you. God has ordained a change. God bless you. Amen.

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