GOING HIGHER [PART 37]: PASTOR E.A. ADEBOYE – SPECIAL RCCG ONLINE SUNDAY SERVICE, 14TH NOVEMBER, 2021.
SPECIAL RCCG ONLINE SUNDAY SERVICE
TOPIC: GOING HIGHER – PART 37
MINISTERING: PASTOR E.A ADEBOYE
DATE: 14TH NOVEMBER, 2021
BIBLE TEXT: 1 KINGS 18:41
Let Us Pray!
We give Glory to the Lord He reigns
We give Glory to the Lord He reigns
He reigns, He reigns
We give Glory to the Lord He reigns
Father, once again we want to bless Your Holy Name; we want to Thank You that thus far You had helped us.
Thank You because we know that You are Sufficient enough to keep on helping us till the end; Father accept our Thanks in Jesus Name.
As we continue with Your Words; we ask that this day in Particular; all Your Promises concerning us will be fulfilled.
In Jesus Mighty Name we have Prayed – Amen.
Praise the Lord – Hallelujah!
Now, we will continue with our Study on: “GOING HIGHER” and we will now move on to Part 37.
And believe me, we will still be taking our Bible Text from 1 Kings 18:41.
You will say: But we have been on this Verse for weeks now – Yes, there is still so much to be learnt from that Verse and as we go Higher, we dig deeper!
1 Kings 18:41 – And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a Sound of Abundance of rain.
Note that the first thing that I saw here which I’m just about to show you is that: The first time that Elijah heard from God about rain is in 1 Kings 18:1.
That is when God said: Go, show thyself to Ahab and I will send Rain.
… That’s what God said!
All that God asked him to do was – “Go, show yourself to Ahab.
Just go there and say: Hello Ahab, here I am. I learnt that you have been looking for me and I will send Rain.
So, I began to wonder: What is all the Drama between Verse 1 and Verse 41 because there had been quite a lot of Drama from Verse 1 to Verse 41.
I mean that you know very well that:
Elijah saw another Prophet (Obadiah) and said: Go and tell Ahab that I want to see him.
And that one said: Hey, if I go, before I return, the Spirit of God will take you away somewhere.
Do you want to kill me?
And it said that, that fellow went, told the King, the King came and then there was that confrontation – Art thou that my Lord Elijah? (That is the Other Prophet (Obadiah) talking to Elijah).
And Elijah said to the King: I am not the one troubling Israel; it is you and your father’s house.
I thought that after the confrontation; Rain should fall but then Elijah took over and began to Command the King – Go and bring the whole of Israel to Mount Carmel; let them come and meet me.
Ha, Ha; that is not included in what God asked you to do – He just said: Go, show yourself to Ahab.
And the King obeyed and the whole of Israel gathered on Mount and then there was a Drama – Elijah stood on one side and said: Hey, all of you see, I’m the only one here; the rest of you the whole Nation Plus the four hundred and fifty (450) Prophets of Baal; let us have a Competition.
… That is not in Verse 1. But God didn’t say: Go and have a Competition on Mount Carmel!
So I said: What is going on here?
And then there was a Drama as the Prophet of Baal Prepared their own Bullocks and they were dancing and cutting themselves with knives and Elijah was mocking them.
And then Elijah Prepared the Altar of the Lord, Prepared his own Offerings and told the People to dig a trench round it, fill it with water et cetera et cetera.
What is going on here?
And then he Prayed and the Fire fell – God didn’t say I will send Fire; He said that I will send Rain.
And then Elijah said: Hey, get all the Prophets of Baal, bring them to Brook Kishon and I will kill them all.
It takes quite a while to kill four hundred and fifty (450) People – There must have been quite a lot of Blood flowing that day.
Why this Drama?
That is the kind of questions you ask when you read the Story because there are Lessons to be learnt there – Hidden Treasures.
- And one of such “Hidden Treasures” is this: God does not show you a Whole Picture at once.
… Never will God show you the whole Picture at once!
Isaiah 28: 10 and 13 says:
- For Precept must be upon Precept, Precept upon Precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little
- But the Word of the LORD was unto them Precept upon Precept, Precept upon Precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.
… He shows us a little at a time.
Psalms 37: 23-24 says that: The Steps of a Good Man are ordered by the Lord.
- The Steps of a Good Man are ordered by the LORD: and He delighteth in his way.
- Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with His Hands.
Steps! – Do you know how small the Steps of a Man can be?
You want to travel a thousand Miles; a Step at a time.
Why? – He said just in case he makes a mistake and fall in one step; it will be easy to correct the mistake. God can quickly put him back.
In Genesis 17:1; God was speaking to Abraham and He said: I am Jehovah El-Shaddai. Walk before me and be thou Perfect.
… Not jump but walk.
If God has told me that day I was Born Again that I will become a Pastor; I would have backslided that day Promptly.
If He had told me at that day when I was still a Worker that I will end up being the General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG); I would have say: Thank You very much – If forward is not Possible, then I will go back to where I’m coming from.
He does not show you the whole Picture at once!
So, don’t ever try to overrun God – A Step at a time!
There was a difference from:
I. Exodus 17: 1-6 – When the People needed water and God told Moses: Go and Strike the Rock.
II. And in Numbers 20: 1-13 – When they needed water again; God said: Go and Speak to the Rock.
The Second Scene (Scene 2) is different from the First Scene (Scene 1).
The Bible made it clear that in 1 Corinthians 13: 9-10 – We know in Parts and we Prophesy in Parts until the Perfect One is come.
That is why I always smile when I hear some Prophets will Pray for 30 Minutes and Prophesy for 1 Hour.
And I just wondered – Is it the same God that I’m serving because my God is not a Talkative.
… Now, just a little bit – A little bit at a time.
He said that for now, all you can do is: Thus saith the Lord. And you then say whatever little bit of what He has said and you keep your mouth shut.
… Wait until the Perfect One is come.
Who is the Perfect One?
The Lord Jesus Christ is the Word Himself – John 1:1 says: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
He is the Only who can say: Verily, Verily I say unto you.
In John 3:11; He said: Verily, Verily I say unto you.
… We speak what we know and testify what we have seen.
He is the One who knows it all.
Beware of Prophets who are always Prophesying Non Stop.
Oh but daddy, you also Prophesy maybe during the Holy Ghost Service (HGS) that – My Father said …
Do you know how many hours of Prayers and Fasting Preceding all those little, little bits? Do we Prophesy from the Beginning to the End?
A little bit now, a little bit then.
Some People will come to you and say: Ha, what has God said about me?
If He says something about you, I will tell you. If He doesn’t say anything, then He hasn’t say anything.
Does that mean that God is not going to talk? – No, He will talk when it is time!
When I tell my driver: Sir, we are going to Lagos – Yes sir!
Where to? – I am going to visit my friend so, so, so.
That’s all he needs to know at that moment.
And he takes me to where I am going and then he stays in the car and I go into my friend’s and we discuss whatever we want to discuss as long as we wanted and then I will come back.
And when I come back, the next Instructions comes to him – We are going home now or we are going to branch at so, so and so Place.
… It is a Word at a time – That is the way God speaks. Just a little at a time.
For Example in 1 Samuel 16: 1-13 – When God said to Samuel: Samuel (Yes Lord). Stop weeping for King Saul as I have rejected him (Yes Lord).
Now, I have chosen a New King; he is living in the house of a Man called Jesse (one of his sons) in the town called Bethlehem.
Fill your horn with Oil and go – Yes Lord!
When Samuel arrived, he should have asked when Jesse Presented seven (7) Big boys – The first question he should have asked should have been – Are these all your children.
No, he took over from there; he thought he knows more than God – He saw the first boy; Oh, this boy looks like King Saul, Oh this must be the one.
God said that I didn’t tell you that.
Then the Second (2nd) one, the Third (3rd) one – The Prophet took seven (7) Steps that day and fell down seven (7) times but God Picked him up again.
At the end of the Seventh (7th) time, he now said: Wait a minute; I think I heard God. I think He said that the Man who will be King is going to be here.
Before he now said: Are these all?
When God is speaking to you – Because I have Prayed that God will open your ears and I’m sure that He heard me when I Pray that Prayers some weeks ago.
When He begins to talk to you; be satisfied with a little now and then a little at a later time – One little bit now and another little bit next.
- And Please, when God asks you to wait; do so!
When He has guided you to a Particular Spot and He hasn’t spoken yet concerning what next step; Wait!
I mean consider 1 Samuel 13: 1-14 – A Man of God has told King Saul: Wait for me, I’m coming, I will be here in seven (7) days time.
But the King saw the Armies of the enemies surrounding him and he said where is this Samuel self, he hasn’t come. I think that I better offer the Sacrifice.
But did He asked you to be Offering Sacrifice to Him? – You are the King. He has given the Assignment to a Prophet.
And he (King Saul) said that I can’t wait any longer; let us Sacrifice something.
The Bible said that as soon as he finished making the Sacrifice, Samuel came – Only if he had waited.
Brethren, one of the Biggest Lesson that you must learn as you “Go Higher” is that: “Be Patient” when you are dealing with God!
God may be delayed but He will arrive!
As a matter of fact, if you will Study Mark 5: 21-48; you will find out that the Lord at times can be delayed.
Jesus Christ was going to the house of Jairus to go and heal his daughter.
A Woman stole a Miracle on the way.
That delayed the Lord – Delayed Him for so long that the Message came to Jairus that the daughter was dead.
The Lord said: Don’t bother yourself; I have chosen to come to your house.
And when the Resurrection and Life arrives, death will be chased out.
… God may be delayed but a delay from God does not mean denial!
- Now the Biggest Lesson therefore that you should learn from this Particular Verse is that: Between God’s Promise and Manifestations, there could be a “Time Gap”.
Genesis 8: 20-22 spoke about Seed Time and Harvest.
Bible Scholars said that it should be Seed Time and Harvest.
There must be a Time from when you sow and when you reap.
It is not the day you Plant your yam that it is going to become time to Harvest it – it will have to die in the soil, it will have to germinate, it will have to take some time to grow.
Once God has spoken, it is done – Numbers 23:19.
Psalms 119:89 says: Forever Oh Lord, thy Word is Settled.
I mean it’s like you want to go London and you live in Lagos Nigeria.
You have Passport, you have Visa and you bought your Ticket.
As soon as you get your Ticket, you can Phone your Relatives in London that I will see you on such and such a day.
But between I will see you on such and such a day; there is a Process – You still have to travel from your house to the Airport and God help you that you didn’t miss the Plane because of Traffic Jam.
You still have to get to the Airport and Check-In, you still have to go through Immigrations, you still have to Board the Plane.
And that you have boarded the Plane does not mean that the Plane is going to fly because when the Pilot check everything and just before take-off, if a Red Light shows in any of the Controls; you are not going anywhere.
But once you have gotten the Ticket; all being well, you will see your Man.
… Once God has Promised; there may be delay but there will be Manifestations.
Let us see some Examples:
I. 1 Samuel 1: 9-20 – When Hannah was Praying and the Man of God saw her weeping and Praying.
And the Man of God said: Alright lady, the Lord grant your Request.
From that moment onwards, the matter was settled.
But do you know that Elkanah still have some job to do?
The two (2) of them still have to go home; the husband still have to do the job of a husband; the baby still have to grow in the Womb.
There is a Process called Delivery and not everybody who went to the Maternity Center will come out alive.
II. Then consider another one in Genesis 12: 1-3.
God will bless Abraham and through his Seed, the whole Earth will be blessed.
Once God said that, it was Settled.
But remember that so many things still happened in-between the Promise of God and the Manifestations of His Promise.
A. There was still Genesis 12: 10-20 – There was still famine, there was still Abraham and Sarah going to Egypt, there was still the Egyptians King taking the wife away before God Intervened.
B. But because of time, we will jump to Genesis 18: 9-14 – God now said: Alright, it is no longer Promises, I now decreed that nine (9) Months from now, your wife will have a son.
C. But a lot of funny things still happened in-between if you read Genesis 20: 1-18 – There was still the situation when Abimelech still took over Sarah.
… God didn’t tell Abraham that!
He didn’t say that between now and the time Isaac will arrive; there is still one King that will take your wife and then I am going to Plague the King.
He doesn’t show you the whole Picture!
D. But finally, Genesis 21: 1-7 came – When finally Isaac arrived!
III. Consider Joshua 1: 1-8 – God said to Joshua: Hey, you are taking over the Land, you are dividing the Land to my People, everywhere the Sole of your feet shall touch, I have given unto you.
A. But there was still Joshua Chapter 2 – River Jordan must be crossed.
B. There is still Joshua Chapter 6 – The Wall of Jericho must still fall.
C. There is still Joshua Chapter 7 – When Achan stepped into the Story and the Man God said will never run from his enemies, ran before Ai.
D. Until finally in Joshua Chapter 12 – When Joshua now began to say: Oh, Glory be to God; we defeated this King, we defeated that.
IV. Or consider my friend Elisha.
A. In 1 Kings 19: 15-21 – The moment the Mantle of Elijah fell on Elisha; the fate of Elisha was sealed.
The Young Man knew it – He knew without being told that: I’m going to take over from this Man (Elijah).
That is why he slew the Oxen he was working with; that is why he used the Plough to Prepare the food – He knew that he wasn’t coming back to Farming.
B. But do you know that Years Passed – Not 1 Year or 2 Years; before we finally came to 2 Kings 2: 1-15.
When God speaks, it is already done.
But there may be a delay in its Manifestations.
V. The same is for an Individuals and it is the same for a Nation.
A. In Genesis 15: 12-14 – God spoke to Abraham: Your Descendants will be Sojourners in a Strange Land and they are going to be tormented.
But that Nation that is going to torment them; I am going to deal with the Nation.
And that your children will come out with Great Wealth – Genesis Chapter 15 but that didn’t come to Pass till Exodus Chapter 12.
In-between the Promise of God to Abraham – Oh, Isaac was born, Jacob was born, there is a Struggle between Jacob and Esau.
Somehow, Joseph was born, there was a misunderstanding between Joseph and his brothers, Joseph ended up first as a Slave to Portiphar and then the Prison before he ended up in the Palace.
All these were before Famine came – Remember the Seven (7) Years of Plenty Plus Seven (7) Years of Famine and then Jacob came to Egypt and Years Passed.
But then, when Exodus Chapter 12 came, we found the children leaving Egypt loaded down with Wealth.
What is the Lesson?
Habakkuk 2:3 says: When God gives you a Vision, when He gives us a Promise; wait for it. Even if it tarries, wait because God is going to work the Purpose out.
So, I’m saying to those of you who are Children of God – Have you received the Words of Prophesy from the Almighty God and you are yet to see the Manifestations?
Instead, you are seeing one Drama here, one Drama there – God is behind the Scene working His Purpose out.
And as the Lord God Almighty lives that I serve lives, you will testify – Amen.
When God makes us a Promise, the only one who can make sure that Promise will not come to Pass is You! – You are the only one who can cause Him to Change His Mind.
1 Samuel 2:30 – He said to Eli: I said indeed that you and your father’s house will Stand before me forever but now I say I Change my Mind.
The Only way God can Change His Mind concerning His Promise for you is if you go back into sin.
If you backslide, you refuse to repent and return to Him; He can Change His Mind.
Of course, if you are not even His Child, and you are claiming His Promises; you are just wasting your time – Miracles belongs to Children of God and not to anyone else.
So, if you are a Backslider, Please return to the Author of Salvation – Whatever He Promises, He will fulfill.
If you are not Born Again yet, run to Jesus Christ now – When He speaks, it is done. He is the Alpha and Omega; the Beginning and the Ending.
So, if you want to give your Life to Jesus Christ; Please bow your head wherever you may be or reading now on the Label of DMC – Cry unto Him and say: Lord, Please save my Soul, have Mercy on me and He will.
If you are a Backslider, come back to Him and say: Please Lord, restore me into Fellowship with you.
Thank You Father!
Let Us Pray.
PRAYER OF SALVATION AND CLOSING PRAYER
Ancient of Days, I just want to say Thank You.
I want to give You all Glory and Honour because I know Your Promises are Yea and Amen – Once You have Spoken, it is done.
Thank You Almighty God.
And I’m committing all those who are returning to You now – Every Backslider coming back to you today; Please take them back, restore them into Fellowship with You.
And all those who are coming to You for the First (1st) Time, Please receive them all, save their Souls and bring them into the Family of God so that they too can begin to enjoy the Miracles of Children of God.
Lord God Almighty, I Pray once again for everyone of Your Children; Please every delay between Your Promise and the Manifestations; Please remove today.
Let all Your Prophecies concerning us be fulfilled and give us the Patience to wait for You.
In Jesus Mighty Name we have Prayed – Amen.
Praise the Lord – Hallelujah!
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