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No Longer Two But One by Pastor Faith Oyedepo (Part 4)

No Longer Two But One (Part 4) By Pastor Faith Oyedepo

 

Topic: No Longer Two But One (Part 4)

Dear Reader,

It is wonderful to be able to share God’s Word with you once more in this column. So far, I have taught you the mystery of two becoming one, the mystery of ‘two people one life’, the concept of oneness, and today, I shall be sharing with you on the subject which I titled: Not good to be alone. Marriage is not a necessary evil; your perspectives of it make it what it is to you. God designed and programmed your marriage to work, but how you see it will determine whether it works for you or not. You must agree with God that when you enter into holy matrimony, you are stepping into a better way of life. Most couples lack this understanding; so, they groan about marriage, instead of enjoying its covenant benefits. You shall not fail, in Jesus’ name!

Pastor Faith Oyedepo

At the time of creation, the Lord God emphasized the need that mankind has for companionship. Man and woman are not created to live in isolation, but to live in relationship with each other. The Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.’ …Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man (Genesis 2:18/22).

To provide a suitable partner for the man, God created a woman from his rib, thereby highlighting the closeness of the relationship between the sexes, and providing a symbol of the one-flesh union that is created at marriage. Notice that it is God Himself who gave the woman Eve to Adam as if He is the father of the bride. The man was overjoyed with the woman, his God-given marriage partner. Adam recognized the closeness of the relationship to his new wife, and described her as …bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called woman, for she was taken out of man (Genesis 2:23). By referring to bone and flesh, Adam was showing that he understood that his wife was a part of him, that she was his flesh and blood, for she was taken out of him. Indeed, the true definition of a woman is one who is taken out of man. Adam then named her woman, signifying the role of the man as the head of the family. Later, after the fall, Adam named his wife Eve (Genesis 3:20), because she would become the mother of all the living.

Following the introduction of Eve to Adam, God laid down the principles that are to govern all future marriages. ‘For this reason, a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh’ (Genesis 2:24). The Scripture explains the reason for marriage: it is because of the fundamental unity between man and woman. God has created male and female to complement each other.

See this testimony:

“I had believed God for a wife because I was tired of loneliness. I was present at one of the Hosanna Nights, where Bishop David Oyedepo said we should write whatever represented a problem in our lives on a piece of paper and dance over it. I wrote that God should make me a husband before the end of that year. That night, I danced my way out of loneliness, and now I am married!” – Adeniyi, D.

The woman is created to be a suitable partner for the man; she is created from the body of the man and is of the same flesh and bone as the man. The joining together of male and female in marriage creates the fundamental unity of humanity. By joining together in sexual intercourse, the husband and wife create a new life which is the natural fruit of their marriage union. It is God’s will that children are born into the family created by the one-flesh marriage union. Husband and wife, through the fruitfulness of their marriage union, become father and mother to the children born as a result of their one flesh union. Both Jesus, in the gospels of Matthew and Mark, and the Apostle Paul, in Ephesians 5:25–33, referred to Genesis 2:24 to explain the mystery of the one flesh union created by marriage.

At the heart of marriage is the idea that a man leaves the family into which he was born and forms a new family with his wife. This point is of funda­mental importance and needs to be clearly understood. Marriage creates a new family as husband and wife leave the family of their parents and start a family home together. A man must let go of his parents, with the view to establishing his own home and family.

In order to cement this unity, the man leaves his father and mother so that he can give his full devotion to his wife. The husband and wife take their marriage vows in front of witnesses and make clear their intention to live together as a family for life. It is public knowledge that the man and woman are committed for life and are not available to others.

The word cleave is used in the older translations of the Bible and means to cling to or keep close to, implying loyalty and affection. Cleave suggests that marriage involves a partner­ship commitment to which the husband and wife must be loyal; the biblical concept suggests the idea of being super-glued together – bound inseparably by a commitment to a lifelong relationship.

The power to fulfill your marital responsibility only comes from God. If you desire this power, you need to surrender your life to Christ if you are not born again. This means accepting Jesus as the Lord and personal Saviour of your life. If you desire to surrender and be born again, say this simple prayer in faith: Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood. I accept You as my Lord and personal Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for delivering me from sin and satan to serve the living God and thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.

Overcoming Family Challenges (Part 2) by Pastor Faith Oyedepo

Overcoming Family Challenges (Part 1) by Pastor Faith Oyedepo

Differences in Male and Female (Part 3) by Pastor Faith Oyedepo

Laying A Solid Foundation For Your Children (Part 2) by Pastor Faith Oyedepo

Reviving Marital Relationship (Part 4) by Pastor Faith Oyedepo

Reviving Marital Relationship (Part 1) by Pastor Faith Oyedepo

Keys to Family Dominion (Part 3) by Pastor Faith Oyedepo

Keys To Family Dominion (Part 2) by Pastor Faith Oyedepo

Congratulations! If you prayed this simple prayer of faith with me, you are born again and now a child of God. He loves you and will never leave you. Read your Bible daily; obey God’s Word and seek Christian fellowship (John 14:21). With this, you are guaranteed all-round rest and peace in Jesus’ name! Call or write to share your testimonies with me through contact@faithoyedepo.org, 07026385437 or 08141320204.

For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building a Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).

Pastor Faith Oyedepo is the wife of Bishop David Oyedepo, the founder of the Living Faith Church Worldwide a.k.a. Winners’ Chapel, and Senior Pastor of Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, Nigeria.

Overcoming Family Challenges (Part 2) by Pastor Faith Oyedepo

Overcoming Family Challenges (Part 2) by Pastor Faith Oyedepo

Overcoming Family Challenges (Part 1) by Pastor Faith Oyedepo

Pastor Faith Oyedepo

Topic: Overcoming Family Challenges (Part 2)

Dear Reader,

I welcome you once again to this expository teaching on Family Life. I know that you are already successfully overcoming the challenges in your family by putting the remedies learnt in the last editions to proper use. However, this week, I shall be teaching on another challenge and its remedy.

The Bible says, And the LORD God planted a GARDEN eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed (Genesis 2:8). A garden stands for pleasure, abundance and fulfillment. Marriage and family is a type of garden, planted by God Himself for your pleasure, abundance and fulfillment. This garden, however, is not ordinary; the Word of God makes us understand that it is full of treasures which are valued objects. These valued objects have one way or the other been lost to improper handling of challenges in the family. But these treasures of peace, joy, fulfillment and satisfaction can be restored back to your family if only you can assume the responsibility of locating and handling the root cause of what destroyed it.

No matter how long you have been married and how rough the journey has been, you can still lay hold on God’s treasure in your family and give God a chance to use it to show forth His glory this end-time. And so shall it be in Jesus’ Name! The Bible says, He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed (Proverbs 13:20). A man doesn’t have to be foolish in himself to be destroyed. All he needs to do is walk with the foolish and soon, the folly of his friend rubs off on him and he is destroyed the same way a foolish man would. Walking with a foolish man is as bad as being foolish. It is clear from the above Scripture that the company a man keeps can either make or destroy him. The company you keep either makes or mars you, it doesn’t leave you the same. A wise man once said, ‘You will remain what you are today in five years’ time, except for the books you read and the company you keep’.

Another major cause of problems in some families today is:

Wrong Association

Family members keep the wrong company, receiving counsel from people that stir up trouble perpetually in their homes. I believe strongly in an adage that says, Show me your friend, and I will tell you who you are. It has a scriptural antecedent. Amos 3:3 says, Can two walk together, except they be agreed? Your friend is a reflection of you. A wrong association will affect you negatively. It will make you do things that you may ordinarily never do on your own. You must detach yourself from any child of Belial. Anyone that constantly provokes your spirit and gives you wrong counsel against your spouse or family’s wellbeing will destroy your family. The Bible in 1 Corinthians 15:33 says, Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. Evil association corrupts good manners.

The story of Amnon and his subtle friend Jonadab is a good example (2 Samuel 13:1-34). My husband believes that every wrong friend you keep is your enemy. Amnon paid for it with his life. After his death, Jonadab, the same ‘friend’ who gave him wrong counsel was the one who announced his death.

Remedy

The Bible says, Can two walk together, except they be agreed? (Amos 3:3) Agreement should be the basis for any association. Only agreeable people can relate profitably with one another. Also, separate yourself from wrong friends. Who is your wife’s friend? Who is your husband’s friend? Who are your children’s friends? You have no business associating with anyone that brings tension to your family. Stop that association before it stops you! Receive grace to dissociate yourself from evil company, in Jesus’ name.

Remember, Abraham had to separate from Lot before he could enter into the great things God had prepared for him. The Word of God says, Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left (Genesis 13:9).

There is a need to be selective in your association. Select your friends in wisdom, as friendship is not by force but by choice. Even Jesus warns us to beware of men (Matthew 10:17).

You need the grace to be able to cut off from every relationship posing a challenge to your family. This grace is only available to you if you embrace God by accepting Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. If you want to be born again, please pray this prayer with faith in your heart: Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood. I accept You as my Lord and personal Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for delivering me from sin and satan to serve the living God and thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.

Congratulations! If you prayed this simple prayer of faith with me, you are now born again and a child of God. He loves you and will never leave you. Read your Bible daily, obey God’s Word and seek Christian fellowship (John 14:21).

Overcoming Family Challenges (Part 1) by Pastor Faith Oyedepo

Overcoming Family Challenges (Part 1) by Pastor Faith Oyedepo

Pastor Faith Oyedepo

Topic: Overcoming Family Challenges (Part 1)

Dear Reader,

Peace and blessings to you! It is with joy unspeakable, full of glory, that I welcome you into the seventh month of the year. May it indeed be a month of perfection in your family life in Jesus name. All through this month, I shall be teaching on Overcoming Family Challenges. It is my prayer that at the end of these teachings, every issue of concern in your family life shall be turned to testimony.

There is no limit to the pleasures and blessings God can bring to all areas of your life; your family life inclusive. Success in your family life is God’s will for you but it does not come by chance, neither is it an accidental occurrence. It takes conscious, deliberate and calculated steps to enjoy successful family life.

Today, many are frustrated, unhappy, fed up because of several family challenges they are facing. As my husband would rightly say, it is scriptural to be challenged, but it is unscriptural to be defeated. If you are married and experiencing turbulence in your family life, all you need to do is apply the principles contained in God’s Word and the storm will cease. The Bible says in Joshua 1:8, This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

There are principles you must align with if you desire to overcome family challenges. Let me show you one of such principles.

Gratitude

Several homes today are experiencing dis-harmony, simply because they have not put the principle of gratitude to work in their homes. Remember I said success in your family life is a conscious and deliberate step. Some wives never appreciate their husband’s efforts, no matter what he does or how much he spends, it is just never enough. On the other hand, some husbands find it difficult to appreciate their wives’ inputs at home. No matter how much effort she puts into the smooth running of the home, he comes in from work and begins to find faults in all she has done, shouting and yelling at everybody. The woman soon becomes weary and feels she can never please him. Learn to say ‘Thank you’ for every little act of kindness, and see how exciting your marriage will become.

It is also necessary to appreciate the various inputs of those who live with you and lend a helping hand around the house. Even if you come home to discover that your house-help has done something wrong, don’t start yelling at her and calling her names. You can start by acknowledging the things she has done right, and then call her attention to the things not well done. When she does something well, learn to say Thank you. Never forget that good words are worth much more and cost little. You should also learn to say Thank you to your children when they do thank-worthy things. Remember, gratitude is what determines altitude.

To live a life of gratitude like Jesus, you need to accept Him as your Lord and personal Saviour by being born again. If you want to be born again, please pray this prayer with faith in your heart: Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood. I accept You as my Lord and personal Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for delivering me from sin and satan to serve the living God and thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.

Congratulations! If you prayed this simple prayer of faith with me, you are now born again and a child of God. He loves you and will never leave you. Read your Bible daily, obey God’s Word and seek Christian fellowship (John 14:21).

Sermons By Bishop David Oyedepo – The Supremacy of Divine Wisdom!

Topic: The Supremacy of Divine Wisdom!

Welcome to another impactful week. I hope you were blessed by last week teaching. Today, we shall focus on: The Supremacy of Divine Wisdom!

Previously – Exploring Divine Direction through Vision! By Bishop David Oyedepo

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According to scriptures, it is wisdom that gives value to every other force of life. For it is written: Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding (Proverbs 4:7). Thus, everything about us is dependent on wisdom. It is important to recognise that no matter how many things we have gotten, we must get understanding because that is what gives value to them. Moreover, every other kind of wisdom talks but it is only God’s wisdom that works! People speak big things but God’s wisdom gets big things done. For instance, while Peter was preaching in the house of Cornelius, the Holy Ghost fell on all that heard the Word. God’s wisdom does not only produce proofs, it establishes proofs. The Bible says: And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the LORD is his treasure

(Isaiah 33:6). This means that the wisdom of God stabilises destinies. Wisdom here connotes knowing the right way to go, the right steps to take and the right things to do. In John 6, Jesus was confronted with the challenge of feeding 5,000 people in the desert and the Bible records in verse 6 that He Himself knew what to do.

Furthermore, divine wisdom is knowing the scriptural way to go, the scriptural steps to take and the scriptural things to do at all times (Matthew 7:24). When we are operating by scriptural principles, we are supernaturally unbeatable and our victory becomes supernaturally established. This is because when we apply ourselves to these scriptural principles, we have committed God to step in. Furthermore, God’s wisdom is not expressed in mighty words but in mighty works. It is not the heaviness of our speech that shows we have wisdom but the heaviness of our proofs.

What are the Virtues of Divine Wisdom?

1. It Is From Above: This kind of wisdom is from above and according to scriptures, whatever is from above is above all (John 3:31). That implies that the wisdom from above is above all other types of wisdom and has proofs. In Genesis 41:39-40, Pharaoh said to Joseph: Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art: Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou. This is a proof that the wisdom from above is always above all. There was no comparing Joseph’s wisdom to another.

2. It Creates Solutions: Also, while all other kinds of wisdom strive to find answers to bugging questions, divine wisdom creates solutions. For instance, before creation, the earth was without form, dark, void and God’s wisdom came on the scene (Psalm 104:24; Proverbs 3:19). By this, a solution was created to the problem of darkness. This is because wisdom from above does not wait for solutions; it creates them. Undeniably, creation is the direct product of God’s wisdom in display. In other words, the episodes of Genesis 1:1-31 are about the tangibility of divine wisdom. We are not talking about common or intellectual sense; we are talking about divine wisdom that creates solutions to impossible situations. That is the wisdom that is available to us.

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3. It Distinguishes Men Supernaturally: According to scriptures, God gave the four Hebrew men wisdom, skill in all learning and wisdom and they were found 10 times better than their colleagues (Daniel 1:9/17). Also, the Bible records concerning Solomon: And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore (1 Kings 4:29). The lives of these Bible characters help us to appreciate the superiority of divine wisdom. Solomon was said to be wiser than all the wisdom banks of his day (1 Kings 4:30-31).

4. It Can Calm Storms: This wisdom can calm storms as if they never existed. It can restore the total dignity of man as God originally intends it. For instance, Jesus calmed the storm and people exclaimed …What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him (Matthew 8:27). Divine wisdom can calm the storms in our homes, businesses and careers. It is eternally superior to any other wisdom. Crisis in our homes and finances is not a proof of wisdom because divine wisdom calms the storm. Divine wisdom orders the step to take to live a peaceable and quiet life. So, anywhere we see storm, let’s endeavour to ask for wisdom.

5. Heavenly Wisdom Is Reasoning With God: It is important to know that heavenly wisdom helps us to generate earthly impact through reasoning. People look at us and wonder, ‘Is this a human being?’ Remember, it is reasoning with God that confers on us the virtues of divine wisdom. When we are at the crossroads of life, always say ‘Lord, this is not what Your Word says. There must be a way out. Lord, where is this way out?’ (Isaiah 1:18).

In summary, if we see anything contrary in our lives, it is not divine wisdom because that wisdom terminates shame, reproach, lack and want. It guarantees long life, riches and it does not allow pressures. It helps us to appreciate where we are and enjoy it; not trying to live above our means thereby being under pressure. That wisdom exhibits peace and it makes the impossible happen wherever it is found (Proverbs 4:7-10). It does not allow us to remain in the same position. The wisdom of God promotes and gives long life, glory, honour and grace. When we begin to operate and live our lives by scriptural principles, no devil can stop us from being in command because God will always back us up. However, this can only be possible if you are born again. Are you born again? If you are not, this is an opportunity to do so. Simply say the following prayer:

Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins. Cleanse me with Your precious Blood. Today, I accept You as my Lord and personal Saviour. Thank You Jesus for saving me! Now, I know I am born again! For further reading, please get my books: Walking in Wisdom, The Wisdom that Works and Winning Wisdom.

Sermons by Bishop Oyedepo

I invite you to fellowship with us at the Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, the covenant home of Winners. We have four services on Sundays, holding at 6:00 a.m., 7:50 a.m., 9:40 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. respectively. I know this teaching has blessed you. Write and share your testimony with me through: Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, P.M.B. 21688, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria, or call 01-4548070, 01-4548280, or E-mail: feedback@lfcww.org, Facebook: www.facebook.com/davidoyedepoministries/, Twitter: @DavidOyedepoMin.

Bishop David O. Oyedepo is a Nigerian Christian author, architect, preacher, and the founder and presiding bishop of the mega church, Living Faith Church Worldwide, also known as Winners’ Chapel.

Differences in Male and Female (Part 3) by Pastor Faith Oyedepo

Differences in Male and Female (Part 3) by Pastor Faith Oyedepo

Pastor Faith Oyedepo

Topic: Differences in Male and Female (Part 3)

Dear Reader,

You are welcome to another exciting moment in God’s presence! I started this teaching by explaining the differences between male and female. Today, I shall be teaching on ‘his needs’. Before marriage, most men already have in mind the kind of attributes they need in their wives. I don’t think any man will ever wish to marry a lazy and dirty woman for example. No man will wish to marry a wife that is disrespectful. Every man will always wish to marry a good wife.

He Needs a Respectful and submissive wife

Just what like oxygen is to a human being, respect from the wife is highly treasured by the husband. As a wife, you need to respect and reverence your husband in every way. Just like a human being cannot survive without oxygen, the same way a man, a husband in a home cannot survive without respect from his wife. If women have an understanding of this, you will learn to respect your husband. Receive a greater grace to begin to respect your husband. And as you begin to do so, you will enjoy greater harmony in your home.

In God’s divine order, submission from a wife to her husband is a necessary requirement for making marriage work. It is a commandment from God, the originator of marriage. From scripture, we understand that His commandments are not grievous. God’s Word says: Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the Saviour of the body. Therefore, as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. (Ephesians 5:22-24).

Submission means willingly putting oneself under the authority of another. God’s Word says: Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee (Genesis 3:16). When a woman purposes to willingly put herself under the control or authority of her husband, she is obeying God’s command and she cannot miss her reward (Proverbs 13:13).

As a submissive wife, your submission must come from your heart by your words, action and must be absolute, otherwise, your submission could be regarded as fake. A lot of women find it difficult to submit because the Word of God has not really gained entrance into their hearts. You may hear a message on submission and receive it with joy, but you need to let it sink into your heart. I want to let you know that until submission takes root in your heart, it does not last. You may submit for a little while but later revert to your former rebellious ways. Receive the Word, keep it and work at it with patience, until your fruits begin to show (Luke 8:15). God watches over the heart, so you must keep your heart with all diligence.

The state of your heart determines the words of your mouth; rebellious thoughts lead to rebellious acts. Therefore, submission must be in thought, word and action. One key you can employ to help your thought life is to watch what you spend your time reading and listening to, feed your eyes upon and of course, the company you keep.

You must be willing to separate from and sever all links with people and books that teach things that are contrary to those in the Holy Bible. Woman, think good about your husband. Wish him well in your thoughts, for that is where submission begins!

This testimony was shared by one of our sisters in one of our services:

“Some time in 1990, my husband lost his job and from then, our struggles started. Later, a sister in Christ gave me some money to start a business. Since then, I began to ignore the teachings of the Bishop and his wife on pride, and no longer respected my husband. I insulted him whenever he talked to me because I was the one fending for the family. He began to complain of the way I talked to him, saying that there was no sign to show that I was born again, that I now was behaving like one of the worldly women. Yesterday, I came for the International Women Convention, and there was a miming presentation on the use of the tongue. I learnt how to speak correctly to my husband, and regretted the indecent ways I had treated him in the past. On reaching home, I knelt down to greet him and he was surprised because I had not done that before. There and then, he believed that something good would come out of the convention. Formerly, whenever he wanted us to have our morning prayers, I would shun him and tell him to say his own prayers, that I would pray whenever it pleased me. But this morning, I was the one that woke him and the children up for prayers.” -Omotosho, O.

Do you want God to transform your marriage? Why not surrender your life to Christ so you can have all it takes to have a successful home. If you want to become a born again child of God, then say this prayer: Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood. I accept You as my Lord and personal Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for delivering me from sin and satan to serve the blissful God and thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.

Congratulations! If you prayed this simple prayer of faith with me, you are now born again and a child of God. He loves you and will never leave you. Read your Bible daily, obey God’s Word and seek Christian fellowship (John 14:21).

With this, you are guaranteed all-round rest and peace in Jesus’ Name! Call or write to share your testimonies with me through contact@faithoyedepo.org, 07026385437 OR 08141320204.

For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Blissful Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building a Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).

Pastor Faith Oyedepo is the wife of Bishop David Oyedepo, the founder of the Living Faith Church Worldwide a.k.a. Winners’ Chapel, and Senior Pastor of Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, Nigeria.

Exploring Divine Direction through Vision! By David Oyedepo

Exploring Divine Direction through Vision! By Bishop David Oyedepo

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Topic: Exploring Divine Direction through Vision!

WELCOME to the concluding part of this teaching. I hope you were blessed by last week teaching. Today, we shall focus on: Exploring Divine Direction Through Vision!

From scriptures, we discover that we owe ourselves the responsibility of ascertaining the genuineness of our vision before launching out in its pursuit. The question on our mind should be ‘how does one determine a genuine vision?’ Let us see what the prophet Habakkuk has to say: I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved. And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry (Habakkuk 2:1-3). One major characteristic of a genuine vision is that, it has its source in God. It is God’s revealed plan and has to be traceable to Him. Any vision that does not have its source in God leads to destruction. It might flourish for a while but certain destruction is inevitable. For instance, Absalom, the son of David, had a desire. He wanted so much to be king that he could not even wait for his father to die. His comportment and appearance gained the people’s approval. Being pushed on by his own selfish vision and the people’s, he declared himself king. His vision was not from God. For a while, it was sweet but sudden destruction caught up with him. Remember, every vision not from God leads to destruction. When our vision is of God, He will create a peaceful way out for us in His own time. Every God-given vision is characterised by peace. Vision and peace are covenant partners. Any vision we receive and rest is driven from us should be examined. Abraham was an addicted visionary. For twenty-five years, he held on to his vision –the promise of a son. He was at peace. The Bible records: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform (Romans 4:20-21). A vision which has God as its source has peace as its companion. God will always speak peace to His people (Psalm 85:8).

What, then, are the Characteristics of a Genuine Vision?

Confirms the Scope: Genuine visions are plain; they clearly state what to do, when to do it, where to do it and how to go about it. As it is written: And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it (Habakkuk 2:2). This is why great men of God today are identified with specific, clear callings. For one man of God, it is salvation, for another, it is faith and healing, yet for another, it is prosperity. God is not an author of confusion. When He calls us, He makes our calling plain.

Imparts Divine Zeal: A God-given vision always imparts a divine zeal into the beneficiary which drives him/her on to accomplishment. Zeal is that inward excitement that pushes us forward to accomplish our mission. For it is written: For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up… (Psalm 69:9).When the zeal of God consumes us, every other factor becomes subsidiary. God cannot call us to a task without giving us the zeal to perform it.

The Time Element: Vision from God always has a time element. Timing is very important in God’s programme. There is always the time to take off. John the Baptist was on a divine mission. It had been said of him, even before he was born, that he was going to prepare the way of the Lord. He knew it but he did not go about it immediately until he came to the fullness of age. He waited for God’s time. The Bible says: And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel (Luke 1:80). Jesus also knew of His mission but He waited for thirty years carrying out menial jobs before He finally launched out after receiving John’s baptism and the baptism in the Holy Ghost. The time God calls us to ministry is not necessarily the time for us to step out. Always get God’s appointed time and walk in it. If our vision must be accomplished, we must run and pursue it. Every calling of God culminates in glory but there is a demand to press (Philippians 3:14).

It Speaks Forth: A genuine vision speaks at the end. For it is written: For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry (Habakkuk 2:3). The source of any vision is made apparent for all to see at the end; it speaks louder than words. A vision is like a seed whose full dignity only emerges at the end. Thus, the source of a vision will not be a hidden secret after its execution. Surely, the vision will speak and not lie.

In conclusion, the prize for every high calling is a crown, which is enthronement. In other words, every genuine vision leads to enthronement. However, accessing God’s plan through heavenly vision cannot be possible until you are born again. Are you born again? If you are not, this is an opportunity to do so. Simply say the following prayer: Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins. Cleanse me with Your precious Blood. Today, I accept You as my Lord and personal Saviour. Thank You Jesus for saving me! Now, I know I am born again! For further reading, please get my books: Understanding Vision, Understanding Divine Direction, In Pursuit of Vision and The Breakthrough Power of Vision.

I invite you to fellowship with us at the Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, the covenant home of Winners. We have four services on Sundays, holding at 6:00 a.m., 7:50 a.m., 9:40 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. respectively. I know this teaching has blessed you. Write and share your testimony with me through: Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, P.M.B. 21688, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria or call 01-4548070, 01-4548280 or E-mail: feedback@lfcww.org, Facebook: www.facebook.com/davidoyedepoministries/, Twitter: @DavidOyedepoMin.

Bishop David O. Oyedepo is a Nigerian Christian author, architect, preacher, and the founder and presiding bishop of the mega church, Living Faith Church Worldwide, also known as Winners’ Chapel

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Laying A Solid Foundation For Your Children (Part 2) by Pastor Faith Oyedepo

Laying A Solid Foundation For Your Children (Part 2) by Pastor Faith Oyedepo

Topic: Laying A Solid Foundation For Your Children (Part 2)

Dear Reader,

You are welcome into God’s presence! Last week, I taught on laying a solid foundation for your children. This week, I want to teach on Love and Control as tools in bringing up children in the way of the Lord.

Pastor Faith Oyedepo

Love and Control work hand in hand as twin brothers. No child can do without love. A child you do not love, you cannot control and a child you have no control over, you cannot claim to love. Your children need your unconditional love. Some parents believe that you don’t show a child too much love or you spoil him. But it is the foundation for a successful training. The Word of God says: Charity suffers long, and is kind; charity envies not; charity braggs not itself, is not puffed up (I Corinthians 13:4).

What can spoil a child is love without control. Every child needs a combination of both to be a successful adult. Whatever a child ends up being in the society is a function of the training he receives at home, and part of that training is in the area of control. God has given human beings natural desires, but when those desires are not controlled, they lead to abuse. As parents, your responsibility is to ensure that your children learn to discipline their natural desires.

Control, also means the ability to apply disciplinary measures to correct misbehaviour. I have observed that women generally like to say when a child does something wrong, “Your father will soon come, just wait for him.” But if you cannot discipline him or her when his father is not at home, you are failing in your responsibility.

God’s Word says: Love is very patient and kind…. It is never glad about injustice, but rejoices whenever truth wins out (1 Corinthians 13:4,6). When administering the instruments of discipline, remember that love is patient and kind. If you have to beat your children at all, do not beat them till they are injured. Do not allow discipline to degenerate to child abuse. Always let your children know that you love them and that your reason for disciplining them is because of your love for them. It is important for you to know that children are very sensitive, so if your actions and words do not portray that you love them, they will doubt it even if you say it.

Therefore, it becomes mandatory that you do these two things: –

Develop a relationship of mutual trust with your children: Let them know you trust them by admitting your mistakes when necessary and asking for their forgiveness, if need be. Never be too proud to say, “I am sorry” to your children when you have made a mistake …Do not irritate and provoke your children to anger…. But rear them tenderly in the training and discipline and the counsel and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4). Encourage them to confide in you, just as you confide in them. Treat them as people and not as inferiors; this will help their self-image.

Always demonstrate your love: The Lord Jesus, who is our perfect example, demonstrated His love for the children when He rebuked His disciples for turning them back. He said: Let the children come to me ! Never send them away! For the kingdom of God belongs to men who have hearts as trusting as these little children’s. (Luke 18:16). Then he took the children into His arms and placed His hands on their heads and He blessed them (Mark 10:16).

This is an example of how to show love to your children. Take note of the following in the above scriptures: The Lord Jesus carried them and laid His hands on them. As a parent, learn to carry, hug and kiss your children. Touch your children, and let them touch you in return. The Lord Jesus is not an high priest that cannot be touched. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched… (Hebrews 4:15). Also He blessed them. Ensure that you compliment your children. Remember, your words are very powerful and your children will become what you say about them.

A wise man once said, “A torn jacket is soon mended; but hard words bruise the heart of a child.” This means that if your children tear their jackets, they can be mended; but if you abuse or speak hard words to them, you bruise their hearts and the “tear” in their hearts is much more difficult to amend than their torn jackets! So, be careful what you say to your children!

The ability to love and control your children can only come by identifying with God by confessing your sins and repenting of them and accepting Jesus as your Lord and personal Saviour. How do you come to Jesus? The Bible Says: If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation (Romans 10:9-10). It doesn’t take more than this to have perfect rest all around you. Make a wise decision today. Accept the Lord Jesus as your own personal Lord and Saviour. Make Him the Lord of your entire household and be at rest.

The Scripture above says you should confess with your mouth, and then believe what you have said in your heart. If you are not yet born again and you desire to do so right now, please pray this prayer with faith in your heart: Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood. I accept You as my Lord and personal Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for delivering me from sin and satan to serve the living God and thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.

Congratulations! If you prayed this simple prayer of faith with me, you are now born again and a child of God. He loves you and will never leave you. Read your Bible daily, obey God’s Word and seek Christian fellowship (John 14:21).

Reviving Marital Relationship (Part 4) by Pastor Faith Oyedepo

Reviving Marital Relationship (Part 4) by Pastor Faith Oyedepo

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Topic: Reviving Marital Relationship (Part 4)

Pastor Faith Oyedepo

Dear Reader,

I welcome you to the concluding part of this month’s teaching series. We began this series in the first week of the month where I taught on how to build a strong expectation for your home, type of intimacy, and last week I taught on how to enhance intimacy with your spouse. This week, in continuation of our teaching series, I will be sharing with you on Spices for A Sweet Relationship.

It will interest you to know that God instituted marriage and intended every house to be a sweet and peaceful home. Most Christians dream of a sweet home, a place where joy, peace, prosperity and fruitfulness abound. But they are not ready to pay the price it takes for their dreams to find fulfilment. God does not have a hand in anyone’s failed marriage because His thought for us are thoughts of good and not of evil. His desire is that we experience heaven on earth.

I would like you to know that a successful home is possible, but it does not happen by chance; you must work towards it if you desire it. You must take responsibility for the reviving of your marital relationship. If you want your marriage to fulfil God’s will, you had better start doing what you are supposed to do as a child of God. God has given you brain so that you can let Him rest. The following are simple truths you can apply practically to your relationship and your marriage and your home shall take a new turn.

Appreciate the good in your spouse and family members, and then the bad will depreciate – Whatever good thing and strong point you can see in the life of your spouse, let it be a source of happiness and inspiration to you. Praise God for this aspect of his/her life, and then every other area where he/she does not measure up to will begin to disappear in your eyes.

Celebrate your spouse – Remember that other people are secretly wishing this same man or woman is their husband or wife. Guard that which you have jealously. Magnify your spouse in the face of the devil.

Sow joy – Remember that it is what you sow that you reap. If you sow excitement into the atmosphere in your home, you will reap joyful family members. You will be happy yourself and your home shall be full of joy.

Adapt to your spouse – Like what your spouse likes. Know his/her tastes and flow along with him/her. You will feel free and flow.

Maintain body contact always – This does not necessarily mean sex. Hug each other. Give kisses. Give your spouse a pat of encouragement. Don’t be ashamed to hold your spouse, especially in public. Be free, not of necessity, but as a lifestyle.

Create God (not good) climate around your home – A God climate will eventually produce good climate. Fill your home with Christian music, Christian books, Inspirational materials, Postals, etc. Let everything around your home spell God.

Organise Feasts – Learn to celebrate important days and events. Make it a habit to remember birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, etc. Make big events out of ordinary days. Use these occasions to get excited and rejoice with your family members. You don’t have to call people. Gather your wife and children and just celebrate with whatever thing you have.

Be one – Do things with your spouse. Pray together and do things in common. Let your children see oneness in you. A house divided against itself cannot stand. Communicate and know your spouse to be able to vouch for him/her when not there. It makes you happy.

Give no place to the spirit of unforgiveness – During a lifetime together, you will naturally make mistakes and offend each other. No human being is perfect. God’s Word calls upon us to forgive: Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye (Colossians 3:13). If you don’t forgive, you will not be forgiven. If your wife or husband offends or goes wrong somehow, correct immediately in love and forgive.

Be Contented – Contentment brings satisfaction. If you are not contented, you cannot be happy. Be satisfied with your husband, your wife, your children, your finances, your life and environment. Praise God, and you will be happy.

The journey to putting order in your home and relationship begins with new birth. You get born again by confessing your sins and accepting Jesus as your Saviour and Lord. If you are ready to be born again, please say this prayer of faith with me: Dear Lord Jesus, I come to you today as a sinner. Forgive me my sins. I believe you died and rose on the third day for my sins. I accept you as my Lord and Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom in Jesus name. Amen. pastor Faith Oyedepo

Reviving Marital Relationship (Part 1) by Pastor Faith Oyedepo

Reviving Marital Relationship (Part 1) by Pastor Faith Oyedepo

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Topic: Reviving Marital Relationship (Part 1)

Dear Reader,

Happy New Month! I welcome you into another exciting moment in God’s presence, in Jesus’ precious name! This month, God will be releasing upon every reader an unusual grace to be the doer of everything you learn from this platform thereby making our homes heaven on earth. Reviving Marital Relationship is the topic we will be examining this month.

You may ask, But why reviving? You will agree with me that in many homes, the level of love between a couple few years after marriage is not usually at the same level it was few months after the wedding. In most families, it is always on the decrease. This week, I will be sharing with you the first step to reviving or renewing your marital relationship. One of the things that must be in place is your Expectation. The Word of God says: For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off (Proverbs 23:18).

Pastor Faith Oyedepo

Your expectations as a couple go a long way in seeing your home a blissful one. Every man sets a stage for his miracle. It is your expectation that gets fulfilled. One key factor for the miraculous is expectation. Do you totally believe in the covenant of hitch-free marriage? Then you need to desire in your heart to see it become a reality and I see that becoming your experience as a family, in Jesus name.

Your expectations which are the desires of your heart must also be in line with the words of your mouth. The Bible says: Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer (Psalm 19:14). This means that both the desire of your heart and the words of your month equals your expectation. Having doubt in your heart and confessing with your mouth or vice versa will not guarantee your expectations to be a reality. Both the words of your mouth and the desire of your heart must be faith-filled to see your expectations become a reality.

Forget about old things; they are old. God is set to do a new thing in your family this month that will make you live every day of your life thanking Him. God is set but you have to be set too. To be set, you must be determined to do some things, especially if a successful home is what you desire this year. Don’t ever give room for complaints or comparison …but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise (2 Cor. 10:12).

Working in the reality of your expectation, you have to begin to see beyond your present situation. Husband, can you see a turnaround in the character of your wife? Can you see an abundance of peace, joy and harmony in your home? Wife, what do you see? Do you see your husband turning from his sinful habits to pleasing God this year? Do you see his business going up and he begins to provide more for the family? Can you see serenity in your home? As far as you can see, it shall be given to you. It is only what you see that you can possess. Stop seeing the negative. Stop seeing your business going down because of general economic problems. Stop deducing reasons why you think your family will not work. Stop celebrating failure.

Believe God and let it be counted to you for righteousness. If God has said it, let it be settled in your heart and in your actions, that He will do it. Many years ago, I made up my mind to believe God’s Word in Proverbs 4:18 and I have never had cause to doubt it. No previous year has been better than the current for me and my family. In fact, my present position is the greatest I have ever been. God is ever faithful. Friends, see what is good and you shall always have it.

Don’t determine the happenings in your home this year by the environment. See into the plans of God for your life and family life, and assure yourself of the best of times ahead. Someone once came to me for counseling years back and had been having a very tough time in marriage. As she spoke, I discovered that the root cause of her problems was her wrong idea about marriage. She had expected grief and calamity; so, when the storms rose against her marriage, she began to say, ‘They told me it will be like this’. What you expect is what you will get. Like my husband, Bishop Oyedepo, would always say, ‘Expectation is the mother of manifestation’.

God has promised to grant your expectations. So, let your expectations be based on God’s Word, for it is higher than any evil experience or information you may have had or heard about marriage. If you are already married, there is still a chance to change all negative expectations. As a couple, discuss your positive expectations and I guarantee that things will work out more smoothly in your home.

As single young men and women, what do you expect in marriage? It is important you set your expectation before getting into marriage. Your expectations shall not be cut off! Before my husband and I got married, we made discoveries from God’s Word that made us expect a hitch-free marriage. Till today, those expectations have not been cut off. If you expect the best, it will be yours!

A right expectation begins with a relationship with God. This is by confessing your sins and accepting Jesus as your Saviour and Lord. If you are ready to be born again, please say this prayer of faith with me: Dear Lord Jesus, I come to You today as a sinner. I believe you died and rose on the third day for my sins. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom, in Jesus name. Amen.

Congratulations! If you prayed this simple prayer of faith with me, you are now born again and a child of God. He loves you and will never leave you. Read your Bible daily, obey God’s Word and seek Christian fellowship (John 14:21). With this, you are guaranteed all-round rest and peace in Jesus’ name! Call or write to share your testimonies with me through contact@faithoyedepo.org, 07026385437 OR 08141320204.

For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).

Pastor Faith Oyedepo is the wife of Bishop David Oyedepo, the founder of the Living Faith Church Worldwide a.k.a. Winners’ Chapel, and Senior Pastor of Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, Nigeria.

Keys to Family Dominion (Part 3) by Pastor Faith Oyedepo

Keys to Family Dominion (Part 3) by Pastor Faith Oyedepo

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Topic: Keys to Family Dominion (Part 3)

Dear Reader,

Last week, I showed you how unity among family members fosters family dominion.

This week, our teaching centers on Rest! God assures believers of a place of rest in Him. He says you have been battered and wounded enough; thus, come unto Me and obtain rest for your soul. The Bible says: There remaineth, therefore, a rest to the people of God (Hebrews 4:9). That is, you can enjoy rest in your family life, career, business, finances, and children because a family that is restful is one that can exercise dominion.

You may ask, “Where is this place of rest, how do I get there and what does it take to get there?” These are the things I want to bring across to you. I pray that your eyes of understanding will be enlightened and every form of unrest in your family life will be destroyed in Jesus’ name!

A state of rest is a state of ease and tranquility. Jesus said: Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest… (Matthew 11:28-30). Rest is obtainable, but only in Christ. You have been battered by the happenings all around you. Jesus says that come and I will give you rest! No matter the mountain or how big the burden has been, Jesus, the Burden Bearer, invites you.

Pastor Faith Oyedepo

2 Chronicles 15:15 says: And all Judah rejoiced at the oath: for they had sworn with all their heart, and sought him with their whole desire; and he was found of them: and the Lord gave them rest round about. When Jesus carries your burden, you can be rest assured that the case is settled forever. All He requires of you is to come to Him in faith because He can do all things and never fails. Whatever causes you heartache and makes you sigh and shed secret tears, see Jesus walking by your side and lifting those burdens off you to give you liberty.

It is Christ’s absolute desire to give you rest in life. He said: The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly (John 10:10). It is the devil that gives unrest; but Jesus, the Author of life says that if you come now to Him, He will give you rest.

As a family, you might have been experiencing failure, stress, and stagnation which have become a burden. For instance, you wake up every morning with no breakfast or lunch not in view; not because you are fasting, but because there is nothing to eat. All it takes is to come to Jesus, the Author of rest.

Some may be wondering who this Jesus really is; He is the Word of God made flesh and the water of life (Isaiah 55:1). Take refuge in the Word against all the odds of life and every form of unrest.

Are you bothered by your spouse’s ungodly actions or your child’s unruly behavior? All you have to do is to turn to the Word because there is no rest in any other place. True and absolute rest can only be found in the Word of God. Furthermore, genuine dominion only comes from a restful soul. It is in coming to Him that you have total rest. Come to Jesus today, dedicate your family to Him and hand over everything. He is able!

How do you come to Jesus? God’s Word says: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation (Romans 10:9-10).

It doesn’t take more than this to have perfect rest and all-round dominion in your family. If you want this rest, then you should say this prayer of faith: Dear Lord, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me of my sins. Cleanse me with Your precious Blood. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Now I know I am born again!

Congratulations, you are now born again! I believe that you will begin to experience the reality of the price that Jesus paid for you at Calvary. Please call or write, and share your testimonies with me through contact@faithoyedepo.org or 08141320204, 07026385437.

For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building A Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).

Pastor Faith Oyedepo is the wife of Bishop David Oyedepo, the founder of the Living Faith Church Worldwide a.k.a. Winners’ Chapel, and Senior Pastor of Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, Nigeria.