Ministering: Bishop David Oyedepo
You are redeemed to be a blessing and not a burden. You are redeemed to be more than a conqueror (Ephesians 1:21). Your dignity and honour will be found in your appointed place, but if you step outside of your appointed place; you will miss it in life. Outside God’s appointed place, you are displaced because your place in God is your place of making. Outside your place in God, you get stranded.
“Everybody is going, let’s go” should not be your lifestyle as a young person. Stay in your place! Don’t jump from one job to another because of a little salary increment. There is a place to serve; don’t be guided by money!
We serve a God of order and place (2 Samuel 7:10).
We serve a God of appointed places:
1. There is a place to live (Isaiah 30:1-3).
2. There is a place to serve (Acts 22:19-21).
3. There is a place to worship (Deuteronomy 12:13-14).
Devastating Costs of Misdirection
1. Shame (Isaiah 30:1-30).
2. Evil occurrences (Isaiah 31:1-3).
3. No peace (Isaiah 59:8).
4. Robbed or cheated.
5. Snared in a hole.
6. Hid in prison houses.
7. Defenseless or vulnerable.
8. No one to deliver (no shepherd).
10. Self captivity.
11. Full of fear (Jeremiah 2:15).
12. Dethronement (Loss of royalty).
You can’t taste greatness until you walk in meekness. It takes meekness to access divine direction and receive divine correction. The cost of correction is cheaper than the cost of errors. The shame of errors is heavier than the shame of correction (Proverbs 16:12, Proverbs 14:12).
Wonders of Divine Direction
1. It secures supernatural restoration (1 Samuel 30:8, 18-20).
2. It secures supernatural supplies (Luke 22:35, Isaiah 48:21).
3. It secures a stress-free life (Psalms 25:12-13, Proverbs 3:16-17).
The cost of correction is cheaper than the cost of errors, and the shame of errors is heavier than the shame of correction (Proverbs 16:12, Proverbs 14:12).
Covenant Day of Long Life
– Death has lost its sting over the redeemed (1 Corinthians 15:53-57).
– The venom of death has lost its sting over us (Hebrews 2:15-16, Revelation 1:18).
– Fear is the bait of death. Death does not kill; it is the fear of death that kills.
– Good old age is our heritage in the Abrahamic covenant (Genesis 15:15; 25:8).
– Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law; untimely death is the curse of the law.
– Every provision of scriptures is as far as your eyes can see (Genesis 6:3, Deuteronomy 34:7).
Moses died at 120 years old because he saw the number “120”. David died at 70 years old because he saw the number “70.” Both were referred to as “a good old age.” 1 Chronicles 29:27-28.
Demands of the Covenant of Longevity
1. Be born again.
– God’s inheritance is only limited to the saved (Proverbs 13:22).
2. Stay in love with God (Psalms 91:16).
3. Remain committed to serving God and the interest of His Kingdom (Exodus 23:25-26).
– When you give to the poor, you are serving the Lord.
4. Build your faith against the fear of death (Mark 4:40, Matthew 8:26, Ephesians 6:16).
– Develop your faith capacity against the storm of death.
5. Be committed to a life of joy and rejoicing (Proverbs 17:22, Acts 14:19-20, Philipians 1:9)
– Murmuring and complaining kills.
6. Be committed to speaking words of life (Proverbs 18:21, Psalms 34:12-13, Ecclesiastes 5:6).
– Stop speaking death! Mind what you say by minding what you think.
7. Whenever you are challenged, take up the Name of Jesus against the spirit of death (Philipians 2:10-11, Isaiah 38:3).