1 Cor. 2:6-7 – “6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: 7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:”
The kingdom of God is governed by mysteries that only true believers can access – Mak 4:11- “11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:”
But access to hidden mysteries is limited to true lovers of Christ with genuine interest in the affairs of His kingdom on earth like Paul the apostle-Rom. 8:35-39/Eph. 3:1-5
Rom 8:35-39 –“ 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. ”
We must recognise that the growth and expansion of the Church of Christ is the greatest headache of the devil -Mat. 16:18/2 Cor. 4:4/1 Thes. 2:18
Mat 16:18 – “18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
2 cor 4:4 – “4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”
But we have seemingly “intangible” weapons, which are mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds, just as the sling and the stones in the hand of David -1 Sam. 17:40-50/2 Cor. 10:3-6
1 sam. 17: 40- 50 – “40 And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine. 41 And the Philistine came on and drew near unto David; and the man that bare the shield went before him. 42 And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance. 43 And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field. 45 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.46 This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. 47 And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hands. 48 And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came, and drew nigh to meet David, that David hastened, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.49 And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth. 50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David.”
This is why we must have a spiritual understanding of the weapons to engage in Prayer to stir and sustain supernatural Church growth-Col. 1:9/Pro. 21:16
1. We Must Continue to Engage the Power of the Holy Ghost
✓ We must recognise that the Holy Ghost is the Lord of the Harvest of souls -Mat.
9:38/Jhn 16:7-8/Act. 2:1-6/37-41
Mat 9:38 – “ 38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth
labourers into his harvest.”
Act. 2:1-6/37-41- “ And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. 5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. 6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.”
✓ The Holy Spirit is the Mighty rushing wind that drafts multitudes into church – Num.
Num 11:31 – “ 31 And there went forth a wind from the LORD, and brought quails
from the sea, and let them fall by the camp, as it were a day's journey on this side, and as it were a day's journey on the other side, round about the camp, and as it were two cubits high upon the face of the earth.”
Acts2:1-6 – “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. 5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. 6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.””
✓ The Holy Spirit is the irresistible sound that compels the drafting of multitudes into church-Act. 2:6/Isa. 5:26
Acts 2:6 “ 6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and
were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.”
✓ We must continue to pray for the intervention of the Holy Ghost on our Harvest field
for supernatural harvest of souls both into the kingdom and this church-Mat. 9:38/Luk.
Mat 9:28 – “ 28 And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord.”
Luke 10: 2 –“ 2 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.”
2. We Must Continue to Engage the Ministry of Reaper Angels
✓ We need to recognise that there are reaper Angels -Mat. 13:30-31/36-39
Mat 13:30-31 – “ 30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn. 31 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: 36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. 37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; 38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one 39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.”
✓ Gods agenda in these last days is massive influx of souls into the kingdom – Isa. 2:1- 3/Mic. 4:1-2
Isa 2: 1-3 – “The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem 2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORDs house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. 3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. ”
Mic 4: 1-2 – “The word of the LORD that came to Micah the Morasthite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem. 2 Hear, all ye people; hearken, O earth, and all that therein is: and let the Lord GOD be witness against you, the LORD from his holy temple.”
✓ We must begin to demand the intervention of the reaper Angels across our harvest field in order to see supernatural Church growth sustained – Mat.26:53/Heb.1:14/Act.10:1-6/24/34-45
Mat 26:53- “ 53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?”
3. We Must Continue to Engage the Mystery of the Blood of Jesus
✓ The weapon of the Blood of Jesus appears so ordinary, yet carries tremendous power that rescues lost souls from the pit of hell – Zch. 9:9-12/Mat. 1:21/Mat. 26:28
Zec 9:9-12 “ 9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.
10 And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the heathen: and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth.
11 As for thee also, by the blood of thy covenant I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water.
12 Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even to day do I declare that I will render double unto thee;
✓ We must also understand that it was the Passover blood, that is, the Blood of Christ
in a picture, that gave birth to the Church in the Wilderness -Exo. 12:21-32/ 41-42/Act.
✓ We must continue to engage the power of the Blood of Jesus Christ for the rescue of
souls across our harvest field – Rev. 12:11
Rev. 12:11 – “ 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”
4. We Must Continue to Engage the Mystery of Strong Faith
✓ The weapon of Faith has capacity to subdue nations-Heb.11:33-34/Eph. 6:16
✓ God’s agenda of supernatural Church growth in this end-time requires strong faith to See it delivered. – Isa. 2:1-3/ Jhn. 6:28-29
✓ This is why we must continue to build our faith to match the demands of supernatural Church growth in these last days Jhn 6:28-29/ Rom. 10:14-17/ – Jud. 20
5. We Must Continue to Engage the Mystery of Prayer and Fasting
✓ We must recognize how powerful the combined forces of Faith, Prayer, and Fasting can be as it relates to supernatural church growth -Mat.17:19-21/Mat. 12:43-45/Act. 6:4/7
✓ Pastor of a church can stir and sustain supernatural church growth just by good preaching or teachings; what we preach or teach must be powered to be impactful Luk.
4:36/ Luk. 5:17/ Act. 2:14-37/41
✓ This is why we must continue to engage with prayer and fasting to keep the Church growing – Isa. 66:7-8/ Ezk. 36:37/ Act. 6:4/7
6. We Must Continue to Engage the Mystery of Thanksgiving
✓ Thanksgiving is a vital spiritual force behind supernatural church growth -Jer. 30:19-
Jer 30:19- “ 19 And out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of them that make merry: and I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small. 20 Their children also shall be as aforetime, and their congregation shall be established before me, and I willpunish all that oppress them. 21 And their nobles shall be of themselves, and their governor shall proceed from the midst of them; and I will cause him to draw near, and he shall approach unto me: for who is this that engaged his heart to approach unto me? saith the LORD.”
✓ Intense heart-rooted thanksgiving for growth will move any church from the realm of
multitudes to great multitudes – Psa. 67:5-7/Mat. 8:1/Luk. 12:1
Ps 67: 5-7- “ 5 Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. 6 Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us. 7 God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.”
In conclusion, all these seemingly ‘intangible’ weapons have proved to be the forces behind continuous and unending growth of any church.
Expect your next of spiritual authority to be made manifest among others as you engage.
Jesus is Lord!
David O. Oyedepo
Faith Tabernacle Canaanland Ota