GOING HIGHER – PART 72: PASTOR E.A ADEBOYE – SPECIAL RCCG ONLINE SUNDAY SERVICE, 18TH SEPTEMBER, 2022.

SPECIAL RCCG ONLINE SUNDAY SERVICE

TOPIC: GOING HIGHER – PART 72 (DON’T SELL YOUR BIRTHRIGHT)

MINISTERING: PASTOR E.A ADEBOYE

DATE: 18TH SEPTEMBER 2022

BIBLE TEXT: 1 KINGS 21: 16-24″

Let Us Pray!

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I have a God who never fails
I have a God who never fails
I have a God who never fails
Who never fails, Who never fails, Who never fails forever more

Amen Jesus never fails
Amen Jesus never fails
Amen Jesus never fails
Jesus never fails, Jesus never fails forever more.

I have a God Who answers Prayers
I have a God Who answers Prayers
I have a God Who answers Prayers
Who answer Prayers, Who answer Prayers forever more

Amen Jesus answers Prayers
Amen Jesus answers Prayers
Amen Jesus answers Prayers
Jesus answers Prayers, Jesus answers Prayers forever more.

OPENING PRAYER

Father Almighty, the Unchangeable Lord. The same Yesterday, the same Today, the same Forever. The same God on the Mountain, the same God in the Valley, we Worship You. Please accept our Thanks in Jesus Name.

It is a Joy to know that You are always around, that wherever we go, You are there with us – Just like our Shadow, we cannot be separated from You because You are even dwelling in us, giving us the Hope of Glory.

Please, accept our Worship in Jesus Name.

Today my Father and my God, in the lives of everyone of Your Children; Please Show Up again, do Marvellous Things in our lives and answer our Prayers by Fire.

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: Good Day, God bless you Mightily. And then you may Please be seated.

We will continue with our Series: “GOING HIGHER – PART 72”.

And today, we will be looking at 1 Kings 21: 16-24 – Again, I will encourage you to read the whole Chaper (1 Kings Chapter 21). It makes some very beautiful reading also.

1 Kings 21: 16-24

  1. And it came to pass, when Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, that Ahab rose up to go down to the Vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, to take Possession of it.
  2. And the Word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,
  3. Arise, go down to meet Ahab King of Israel, which is in Samaria: behold, he is in the Vineyard of Naboth, whither he is gone down to Possess it.
  4. And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the LORD, Hast thou killed, and also taken Possession? And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the LORD, In the Place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick thy blood, even thine.
  5. And Ahab said to Elijah, hast thou found me, O mine enemy? And he answered, I have found thee; because thou hast sold thyself to work evil in the sight of the LORD.
  6. Behold, I will bring evil upon thee, and will take away thy Posterity, and will cut off from Ahab him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel,
  7. And will make thine house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah, for the Provocation wherewith thou hast Provoked me to anger, and made Israel to sin.
  8. And of Jezebel also spake the LORD, saying, The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.
  9. Him that dieth of Ahab in the City the dogs shall eat; and him that dieth in the field shall the fowls of the air eat.

This is a very Sobering Chapter in the Bible. And the reason why we are reading it is not because Elijah was Part of the Story. It is a Great Lesson those of you who are going Higher must learn!

When a Man does not know how to say Thank You; there is No Level of evil that he cannot descend to!

In the Previous Chapter (1 Kings Chapter 20); we have just heard how God delivered a “Great Army” of the Syrians to the “Little Army” of Israel.

This same God just showed this same King Ahab how Mighty He can be on the Mountain as well as in the Valley.

The next thing that we heard was that the King, who never say Thank You at any moment to God was that he looked out of his Palace and saw a Vineyard belonging to Naboth – Very close to the Palace and he sent to Naboth and said that I want your Vineyard and I must have it all cost. If you want to sell, I will buy; if not, I will give you another one elsewhere.

And Naboth said: Your Majesty, this is my Inheritance. This Vineyard has been in my family for a long time; I cannot sell my Birthright.

Now, you would have thought that the King – That you are the King, you have all the money; go and Plant your own, you want a bigger one than this one you have the Resources.

Instead, he told the wife what is making him sad and the wife said: Leave it for me, you will get it Free.

And I Pray for all of you Men listening to me or reading on the Label of DMC – If you have an “Evil Woman” as a Wife; I Pray that the Almighty God will convert her today – Amen!

And so she arranged – Anyway Naboth died and Jezebel told the King: The Vineyard is for you now for Free.

And the King went down now saying: Yes, I got it from him. He won’t give me Freely, now it is mine. He has forgotten that God is in Heaven and He sees everything that is going on.

And so even as he was rejoicing – Ha, I got the Vineyard at Last, Elijah arrived with a Message from the Lord.

And the King looked and saw Elijah – Ha, my enemy, you located me here? Elijah said: Yes sir, I have located you. And this time, I have a Message for you: By the time God finishes with you; there will be Nothing left for you and of your Heritage forever.

This Chapter in the Bible could take us several Sundays but we will only select few Points there.

  1. We will want to make it clear to those of you who are really determined to go Higher in the Lord that you must never never sell your Birthright – Not even for any Price.

And when we are talking of Birthright here, we are not talking about Houses left behind by your Parents or Lands; we are talking of something much more serious.

But you know very well the Story in Genesis 25: 29-34 – When Esau sold his Birthright for a Plate of food. The Bible tells us that the Repercussion was grievous.

Hebrews 12: 16-17 – That when he wanted the Birthright back, when he wanted the Blessing that should have been his; he sought for it with “Great Crying” but he could not get it back.

If you are a Child of God, you have a Birthright that money could not buy!

Romans 8:17 says that if you are a Child of God, you are an Heir of God – Joint Heir with Jesus Christ; don’t sell your Salvation.

Salvation brings to you the Entire Wealth of the Most High God – Everything that God could give to His Begottrn Son (Jesus Christ) is available too to you! You are Joint Heir with Jesus Christ.

Don’t do anything at all that can cause you your Salvation; don’t be involved in any Transactions that can cause you your Salvation!

It doesn’t matter how rosy the Contract; it doesn’t matter the Gain that you could get from it; don’t sell your Salvation!

Matthew 16:26 says: What does it Profit a Man if he wins the whole world and loses his Soul? What are you going to give in Exchange for your Soul?

Remember Judas Iscariot, anytime that you are tempted to Compromise: – In Matthew 27: 3-5; the Bible told us that after he had collected thirty (30) Pieces of Silver so that he could betray the Lord Jesus Christ; he later on repented but it was “Too Late” and he never spent the money as he hanged himself.

It doesn’t matter the Wealth, the Riches, the Position, the Influence that you might be offered; if only you could just Compromise a little – Don’t agree!

Imagine the Story of Gehazi in 2 Kings 5: 20-27 – When he was dazzled by the Wealth of Naaman that he brought and his Master refused because what the Master was interested in was in the Salvation of the Samarithan (Naaman) and not his Wealth.

But Gehazi Compromised – He got the money and got Leprosy along with it.

But imagined what Gehazi lost – It was not just his Health:

I. Imagine what that boy could have become if he had remained Faithful till the end to the Course of the King of Kings?

II. Imagine what could have happened in 2 Kings 13: 14-21; if Elisha had said to Gehazi: I’m about to die but I still have Plenty of Anointing left even in my bones. What can I do for you before I am taken away from thee?

III. Imagine Gehazi asking for a “Double Portion” of the Spirit of Elisha?

IV. Imagine a Man having the “Double Portion” of a Man whose “Dead Bones” can raise the dead?

V. Imagine the Kind of Prophet that Gehazi could have been?

Instead, he ended up as “The Patron Saint of Lepers”!

Don’t sell your Salvation – There is no Price Big Enough that will be a compensation for your Salvation!

Man of God, Woman of God; Please take Note of that – It is very, very Crucial!

  1. Now, let us move on to the fact that Naboth died!

He refused to sell his Birthright and so as a result he was killed.

1 Corinthians 10:11 says: Everything that has happened before is to teach us a Lesson.

All the things that we read about in the Bible, they are examples to those of us upon whom the end of Age has come!

What Lesson(s) can we learn from Naboth?

Probably the Biggest Lesson of all is that – The Triumph of the evil one is Temporary!

Oh Yes, they killed him but we are reading about him Today! He refused to Compromise and he Paid a “Costly Price”.

Some of you may Pay a “Costly Price” for refusing to Compromise – And I know what I am talking about as I have examples.

I have an example of Someone who because he refused to Compromise when he was Promoted to the Post of an Accountant General of a very Big Organisation. And they told him that right now you are here; this is the way we Play the Game here. Every Month, you will be going home with so many Millions.

And he said:

I. How will I be able to spend the money? – If I buy a car with this kind of money; I will be riding in a “Moving Coffin”.

II. How will I be able to go to Church on Sunday and say that Jesus Christ is my Provider?

And so he e resigned!

The reason he came to us is that: Please Pray for me because I know that they will come after me to Prevent me from talking.

Well, Thank God that the Lord can still build a “Wall of Fire” around His own.

But even if you have to Pay the “Ultimate Price” – Remember that the Triumph of the Evil is Temporary!

In Genesis 1: 1-3; Darkness came first but finally when the Light Shone; Darkness has to give way.

In John 1:5; the Bible says that the Light Shines in Darkness and Darkness cannot overcame it.

In Genesis 37: 13-28 – When the brothers of Joseph saw him coming; they said let’s kill him and see what will become of his Dreams?

Well, they didn’t kill him but they sold him into Slavery – They thought we are rid of this Dreamer. This boy who said that he is going to rule over us, we will get rid of him Permanently.

Dream Killers may think that they have won but God is still on the Throne!

In Genesis 50: 15-21 – This same Dream Killers came and fall down before Joseph and said that we are your Servants.

But don’t forget that Joseph was able to reach the Top because he refused to Compromise!

Remember in the same Genesis 39: 1-end – When he was doing fine, when he has become Managing Director. And the wife of the Chairman or whatever you want to call Portiphar said: Compromise, lie with me – He refused!

And why did he refused? – I can’t do this and sin against God.

Child of God, I hope that you are listening – Don’t sell your Salvation!

Portiphar’s wife might thought that she had won because by the time she threw Joseph into the Prison, she thought that boy will never get out of the Prison.

You know that each time I read Genesis 41: 1-44 – When Joseph finally landed on the Throne and Pharaoh said that every knees must bow to Joseph.

Maybe its my own Imagination – But if I were Joseph, I believed that the first Place I will go to is the house of Portiphar and I will say that I want to see Madam so that she can bow to me.

If you don’t sell your Salvation; all those who thought that they have Triumph over you will come bowing down to you – Amen!

In Daniel 6: 1-17 – When all the enemies of Daniel got him thrown into the den of Lions and q big Stone was rolled across the mouth of the den so that there is no way he could escape. And they even got the King to sealed the Stone so that it cannot be moved by anybody.

They thought that they have won.

I am sure that they must have held a Party that Night – This boy thought that he was going to rule over us, now let him rule among the Lions.

But you know the rest of the Story – By the time we got to Daniel 6: 19-28; it was they who ended up feeding the Lion.

I will give you one more example and then we will Pray.

In Genesis 4: 1-10 – Cain thought that he has won when he killed Abel and hid his body. Nobody saw him.

How can you a “Small Boy” come and gain the Favour of God when myself your brother I’m rejected by God.

But then, God intervened. And then when God Pronounced his Judgement in Genesis 4: 11-15; we see Clearly: From the mouth of Cain himself that there is a Punishment worst than death.

He said that my Punishment is more than I can bear.

If you think that the Wicked Man has won. Maybe you should know what the Wicked Man is Passing through!

I will tell you a Story – Years ago, I went to visit Kirikiri Maximum Prison and I met one of the Prisoners there in our Ministrations.

He said: Pray for me, I have been on “Death Roll” for thirty three (33) Years. Pray that they will kill me so that at least I can go.

He said that every Night, they kill People – People to be killed are usually done between 2am to 4am. He said that every Night for thirty three (33) Years, I have been waiting to hear footsteps. Are they coming for me today?

He said that I don’t Sleep until it is 4am – After I have not heard any footstep by 4am, I know that they are not coming for me today.

I have been like that for thirty three (33) Years.

He said that even if they released me now, I won’t even recognise anywhere.

DMC NOTES: Kirikiri Maximum Security Prison is a prison west of Apapa, Lagos State, Nigeria. It is named after the rural Kirikiri community in which it is situated. A part of the Nigerian Correctional Service, its official capacity is 1,056. It was first established in 1955.

There is something worst than death – Don’t sell your Salvation! The Triumph of the enemy is not going to Last!

ALTAR CALL

Before we Pray, if you are not saved yet; then you don’t know what you are missing – Nothing as Precious as Salvation.

But if you want to have a taste of the Lord to see how Good He can be, you can bow your Head now and call on Him and ask Him to Please save your Soul. And I will Pray with you and you will taste the Lord and see how Good He can be.

So, if you like to surrender your Life to Jesus Christ; Please bow your Head wherever you are and call on Him. And say: This thing called Salvation, give it to me today. This thing that money cannot buy, make it available for me today and I will serve You for the rest of my Life.

Call on Him now.

In Jesus Mighty Name we have Prayed – Amen!

PRAYER FOR SALVATION AND CLOSING PRAYER

My Father and my God, Saviour of Mankind. I Thank You on behalf of all of us who are already saved. And I’m Thanking You on behalf of this People who has come asking for Salvation today.

Father, Please receive them, have Mercy on them, save their Souls too, let Your Blood wash away their sins, let them begin to know the Joy of Salvation and let them remain yours forever.

And Father, I’m Praying for all of us who are already Your Children, whatever may be the Temptation, Please Lord don’t let us loose our Salvation. Let us be Yours forever.

In Jesus Mighty Name we have Prayed – Amen!

Praise the Lord – Hallelujah!

I rejoice warmly with those of you who has given your Life to Jesus Christ; Please Contact me and I Promised you that I will be Praying for you.

And as soon as Possible, Contact any of The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Parish near you and tell the Pastor there that I sent you. And he will tell you what to do Next.

God Bless You – Praise the Lord (Hallelujah)!

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