GOING HIGHER (PART 25): PASTOR E.A ADEBOYE – SPECIAL RCCG ONLINE SUNDAY SERVICE, 18TH JULY, 2021

SPECIAL RCCG ONLINE SUNDAY SERVICE

TOPIC: GOING HIGHER – PART 25

MINISTERING: PASTOR E.A ADEBOYE

DATE: 18TH JULY, 2021

BIBLE TEXT: 1 KINGS 18: 22-24

Let’s Us Pray!

SONG

There is None Holy as the Lord (As thy Lord)
There is None beside Thee (Beside Thee)
Neither is there is any Rock like our God
There is None Holy as the Lord

… Repeat!

OPENING PRAYER

There is None like You – You are Greater than the Greatest, You are Higher than the Highest, You are Older than the Oldest, You are Wiser than the Wisest; Father, You are Stronger than the Strongest. There is No One like You – Please, accept our Worship in Jesus Name.

Today, in all our lives, Please Prove Yourself again.

In Jesus Mighty Name we have Prayed – Amen.

Praise the Lord – Hallelujah!

Well, wave your hands to one (1) or two ( 2) People and say: God Himself will bless you Mightily today – Amen.

Well, we are continuing with our Series on: “GOING HIGHER” as we move on to Part 25.

And our Bible Text today will be: 1 Kings 18: 22-24.

  1. Then said Elijah unto the People, I, even I only, remain a Prophet of the LORD; but Baal’s Prophets are four hundred and fifty men.
  2. Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in Pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under:
  3. And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the Name of the LORD: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the People answered and said, It is well spoken.

When I was Younger in the Lord, I used to think that when the Bible calls God: “The Lord of Host”; that it was talking about the Angels alone.

… That God is the Commander In Chief of the Angels.

But as I grew in the Lord, I discovered that No; He is the Commander In Chief of “All Armies” – Armies in Heaven, Armies on Earth, Armies Underneath the Earth.

  1. As a matter of fact; I discovered that God says that He has a Great Army made up of Insects (Joel 2: 25) – Locust, cankerworm, caterpillar, Palmerworm. They are all Part of His Great Army.

He said so when He was Promising to forgive and restore Israel – He said: I will restore to you the Years the cankerworm, the caterpillar and the Palmerworm had eaten. He said my Great Army that I sent among you.

  1. When you Study the Scriptures, you will discovered that:

I. God can fight with Frogs – Exodus 8: 1-13.

II. He can fight with Lice – Exodus 8: 16-19.

III. He can fight with Flies – Exodus 8: 20-31.

… Yes, He has Mighty Armies – Angels, Insects, Birds … name them!

  1. But the very Nature of God Himself is Fire.

So, if you are thinking of Putting a Sub Title to this Message, it is: “GOD AND FIRE”.

Because we heard Elijah saying here: The God that answereth by Fire, let Him be God!

You need to know and you need to let it sink deeply into you as you are Going Higher that: The very Nature of God is Fire!

Hebrews 12:29 says: Our God is a Consuming Fire.

… Don’t ever forget that!

The Closer you get to Him, the more you must realised that our God is a Consuming Fire – You need to get that deep into your heart so that you don’t get too casual with Him.

… Our God is not Father Christmas – Never forget that!

Oh, God is Love – Ha, we also know that as it is written. But never forget that when you are dealing with God, you are dealing with Fire!

In Acts 2: 1-4; on the Day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came; it came as a “Cloven Tongues of Fire”.

In Revelation 4:5; the Bible stated clearly – The seven (7) Lamps of Fire represents the seven (7) Spirits of God.

… Fire! Fire!! Fire!!!

In Exodus 3: 1-6; when Moses saw a bush burning and the bush was not consumed and he turned around to see; the Bible said: God spoke to him out of that Fire.

… He is a Fire – Discriminating Fire!

When He is dealing with His Children, He is one kind of Fire; when He is dealing with the enemies of His Children, He is another kind of Fire.

Daniel 3: 19-27 – The People who went to throw Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego into the fiery furnace were slain by Fire but His own Children, they were walking through the Fire, Strolling and having a conversation with the Forth (4) Man.

God is Invincible – His Own Fire is an “Invincible Fire” but He is Fire all the same!

Judges 15: 11-14 – When they brought Samson bound to the Philistines and the Philistines began to rejoice; the Bible says that the Holy Spirit came down Mightily on Samson. And the only thing that got burnt were the ropes that bound him.

… God is Fire – Discriminating Fire.

I’m Praying today that the Fire of God will come down and everything that is not of God in your Life will be consumed – Amen!

It is because His Nature is Fire; it is because He is a very, very Jealous of the fact that He is a Fire; that is why in Leviticus 10: 1-2 – When the sons of Aaron brought Strange Fire into the Temple; God killed them straightaway.

It is a Great Lesson, a Great Warning to those of us who may want to bring Strange Fires into the Church of the Living God – They are Playing with death!

  1. He made Fire for His Purpose – That is the Physical Fire that you see.

You know that He made all things – John 1: 1-3.

A. One of the Principal Reason that He made Fire is for Purification – Malachi 3:3.

… Those of you who wants to go High, Please Pay attention!

In Malachi 3:3; He says that He is going to Purify the sons of Levi. He will sit down as the Refiner and Purifier of Silver and Pass the sons Levi through Fire (Purify them).

Why? – Because when Gold is Passed through Fire, it becomes Purer Gold.

Job 23:10; Job said: When He tried me, I will come forth as Gold; when He has Passed me through Fire, I will come out as Pure as Gold.

1 Peter 1:7; the Bible tells us that your Faith must be tried by Fire.

I hope that I am not frightening anybody!

But you said last Sunday (Sunday 11th of July, 2021 – Part 24 of this Series) that you want to be “I” Only; you want to reach the Top.

DMC NOTES: We can get to access the Full Text of the Part 24 in the Series of Going Higher on this Link:

https://discoverymediacrew.com/Going-Higher-Part-24-Pastor-E-A-Adeboye

The Gold that the Almighty God has to use has to be the Purest kind of Gold!

… And Gold is Purified by Fire!

It will amaze you if you will now read with Understanding Exodus 12: 1-10.

When the Lord was telling Moses how to Prepare the Meal for the Passover – He said it must be roasted by Fire.

He said don’t boil it, roast it with Fire.

He said any bit of it that you could not finish that night, burn the rest by Fire.

… So, He created Fire for Purification – Particularly for those who are His Own!

B. But He also created Fire, sent down Fire occasionally to show His Approval; to show His Acceptance of Offering.

Judges 6: 11-22; He said to Gideon – Hey, you are a Mighty Man of Valour and I have an Assignment for you.

And that one said: Well, if that one is true, let me give you an Offering, let me Prepare some food for you – You know the rest of the Story.

They Prepared the food – He said Pour it on the Rock, he touched it with the Staff in his hands; then Fire came.

In 2 Chronicles 7:1; when Solomon finished Praying – That is after he built a beautiful house for God. And then Prepared an Offering for God in 2 Chronicles 5:13-14 and he Prayed, Dedicating the House of God.

God wanted him to know – Yes son, I have approved of what you have done, I accept your Offering. He sent down Fire.

… That is very important – Let that one settled in your Mind!

If you are going to be a Great Vessel unto God; you will Pass through Fire!

The difference between Steel and Iron is how long each one had stayed in the Fire!

And I remembered telling those of us who are Older that a General will not carry a sword to battle that has not been in the Fire for a long time because Fire must remove everything that is not one hundred Percent (100%) Pure from that sword.

He doesn’t want a sword that will break in the day of Trouble – You want a sword that will last.

But the Point I want to make – I want to go a little deeper for all of us who are determined to reach whatever Heights God can make available to Man is this:

In 1 Kings 18:1; when God spoke to Elijah – What He said is: “Go and show yourself to Ahab and I will send Rain”.

He didn’t say that I will send Fire – He said that I will send Rain.

So, how come now that Elijah was saying: God will send Fire?

… Because that was what he (Elijah) was saying – The God that answereth by Fire, let Him be God!

This is Introducing us to something called: “THE MINISTRY OF THE PROPHET”.

And I Prayed that the Holy Spirit Himself will circumcised your ears so that you will hear correctly and not jump to wrong conclusions – Amen!

There is a difference between Someone who can Prophesy and Someone who is a Prophet.

A Prophet (Real Prophet) chosen by God has a Ministry that is different from just anybody – They have a higher Intimacy with God, they hear the Inaudible, they hear what others don’t hear!

For Example:

I. Take Moses in Exodus 14: 15:18.

When the Army of Pharaoh was Pursuing the children of Israel; the children of Israel just saw Moses lifting up his hands against the Red Sea and the Red Sea Parted.

They did not hear when God said to Moses: Raise your hands against the Red Sea – Only Moses heard that one.

As a matter of fact, I’m sure that when he stood before the Red Sea and lifted up his hands and his rods against the Red Sea, the children of Israel will be wondering what is going on?

It will amaze you that there is no where else before then that God has told anybody that when you want to cross a Sea, raise your hands.

So, if you too get to the Lagoon and you say: Hey, Lagoon, can you see my hands – Part!

… Attempt it!

Maybe Somebody will rescue you before you have drunk gallons or litres of water.

II. In 2 Kings 2: 19-22 – When the People of Jericho came to Elisha and they said: Sir, we have a Problem – Our City is beautiful but the Ground is barren and there are lots of death here.

He said: Go and bring me Salt in a New Container.

And he took the Salt and applied it to the Source of the River and the Problem was solved.

Where did he learnt that from?

Has Elijah ever done anything like that before because he was brought up by Elijah?

Where is it written before in the Scriptures that if there is a curse upon a City, that all you need to do is to take Salt and throw it into the River and everything will be okay?

Where was it written before?

But he (Elisha) heard God saying: Son, this is the Solution.

III. When you read 2 Kings 4: 38-41; the Bible said that Elisha wanted to feed the sons of the Prophet and he asked someone to Prepare the food.

And someone went out and brought some Poisonous Herbs and added it to the food.

And when they tasted the food and found out that it was Poisonous; they cried unto Elisha: Sir, there is death in the Pot.

The Man of God did not Pray – He simply said: Bring me some Flowers.

They brought him some Flowers, he threw it into the Pot and the Poison disappeared.

Where did he learnt that from?

He didn’t learnt it – He heard, he heard the Inaudible.

IV. Not all Disciples have that kind of Intimacy with God.

I mean like we told you before in John 13: 21-26.

When Jesus Christ said that Somebody was going to betray Him and they beckoned to John to ask – The Bible said that John was leaning on the bosom of Jesus Christ.

What Jesus Christ said to him was not heard by the others – Jesus Christ whispered to him. I will take a Piece of bread, I am going to dip it in the stew, I am going to Put it into the mouth of the Traitor.

… Jesus Christ wasn’t shouting – It was discussions between two (2) friends.

It will interest you to know that the Bible says in Revelation 2:7 – He (Jesus Christ) said: He who has ear to hear, let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.

That means that not everybody has hearing ears.

The Bible says that when God wants to speak to His Prophets; He speaks in “Small Still Voice” – Others won’t hear!

Is it not therefore surprising that the Last Book of the Bible – The Book that contains details of things that will happened in the Last Days; has been reserved for only one Person (John the Beloveth in Revelation 1: 1-7).

When you get sufficiently close to God; God will begin to whisper things to you that if you announce it; People will not even believe you.

I could still remember the surprise on the faces of my People in that Holy Ghost Service (HGS) in June of a Particular Year (DMC NOTES: Year 1998).

When we came for the Holy Ghost Service (HGS) and I said to everybody: Hey, shake hands with one (1) or two (2) People and say “Happy New Year”.

“Happy New Year” in June? What does that mean? In June?

Fortunately, they trusted me enough to be able to say okay, if he say so – “Happy New Year”.

By the following Monday; we knew what God was talking about – The History of Nigeria has not been the same since then.

Now, there is one important Point here – If God ever takes you to that Level of Intimacy with Him; if you can begin to hear the Inaudible; you will begin very soon to do the Impossible – That is very important!

You can read 2 Samuel 6: 8-23 – You know the Story.

One King wanted to capture the King of Israel. And as he is holding his Meeting; Elisha will stay in his room and hear everything.

It wasn’t long after that, that the King said: Go and get him.

And a Whole Army cane and Elisha arrested them and led them to the Enemies Territory.

If you can begin to hear that “Still Small Voice” of God; soon you will begin to do the Impossible!

Let me close today by saying:

To really become a Prophet (True Prophet); you will need a Piece of Fire.

Isaiah 6: 1-8; Isaiah said that in that Year that King Uzziah died; I saw the Invincible – I saw the King of Kings, I saw Him lifted High, His Train filled the Temple. And then I take a look at myself and I saw how dirty I had been.

Oh, he has been Prophesying before then – He was the one who said: Say ye to the Righteous, it shall be well with him.

… He was Prophesying!

But after, he said: My lips are Unclean

You can be Prophesying with Unclean Lips!

But if you are going to be a “Real Prophet”; your Lips must be Clean!

… And it has to be cleansed by Fire!

It is only then that God said to him: Who shall I send? Who will go for me?

And he said: Ha, I am here Lord; send me!

When you considered how many Books, how many Chapters of Prophesies that Isaiah gave after that taste of Fire; you will appreciate and see the difference between a Ministry of a Prophet and someone who can just Prophesy!

So, the Message of today is only for those who really wants to go really, really deep – There is a God who can answer by Fire because He Himself is Fire. And your lips might need a little kiss of Fire!

But if this is for those who are already Children of God; what about those who are yet to be Children of God?

I said it earlier: The Fire of God discriminates between those who are His Own and those who are not His Own.

Those who went to throw Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego into the fire; fire burnt them. Whereas His Children walked out of the fire Purer than ever before.

As a matter of fact; they came out of the fire to be Promoted.

So, the Choice is yours!

Do you want the Fire of God to consume you or you want the Fire of God to Purify you?

The difference is between: Are you a Child of God or are you not?

And whether we like it or not; Fire is coming.

Whenever the Fire comes; it will Purify God’s Own People and consume those who are not His Own.

ALTAR CALL

So, if you want to escape the Fire of the Judgement of God; come to Him today – Surrender your Life right now.

And if you are near an Altar; rush to the Altar now.

If you are sitting down in your home; this is a moment when you must really, really make up your Mind – If the Fire of God falls, I want it to Purify me and not to consume me.

If you don’t want the Fire of God to consume you; cry to Jesus Christ for Salvation now and He will save your Soul.

Let Us Pray!

If you want to surrender your Life to God; Call on Him and say: Lord Jesus Christ, have Mercy on me, save my Soul, let Your Blood wash away my sins; I want to be a Member of Your Family so that when Your Fire falls, it will Purify me and not consume me.

And those of us who are already Children of the Living God, I hope you will be able to cry to God and say: Holy Ghost Fire fall on me as of the Day of Pentecost; Fire fall on me.

Let Us Pray!

PRAYER FOR SALVATION AND CLOSING PRAYER

My Father and my God, I want to bless Your Holy Name for Your Words again.

Thank You for all those who are surrendering their lives to You now.

Please receive them, save their Souls, let Your Blood wash away their sins. Please Lord receive them into the Family of God so that when the Fire of God falls, it will only Purify them and not consume them.

And for those who are already Your Children; like never before, let the Holy Ghost Fire fall on each and everyone of them so that they can be Purified, so that they can come forth as Gold.

In Jesus Mighty Name we have Prayed – Amen.

Praise the Lord – Hallelujah!

I want to rejoice with those of you who has given your Life to Jesus Christ today.

I want to assure you that by the Grace of God, I will keep on Praying for you.

So, I will love to hear from you – I will love to know your Name, your Address and your Prayer Request so that I can be Praying for you.

And I will advise you to seek out any Branch of The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) – They are all around. And tell the Pastor you have given your Life to Jesus Christ and you want to know what to do next.

GOD BLESS YOU – AMEN!!!

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