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RCCG 2023 MINISTERS’ CONFERENCE (DAY: 4 EVENING SESSION)
THEME: BEYOND EXPECTATIONS
MINISTERING: PASTOR E.A ADEBOYE
DATE: 6TH AUGUST 2023
BIBLE TEXT: PSALMS 24:3-5 AND 1 KINGS 18:41-END
Let me hear you shout hallelujah – Hallelujah!
We’ve been talking from Psalms 24:3-5; and we have talked about:
– Going Higher to the Mountain Top;
– Appreciating the fact that not everyone will be able to climb;
– And what will be the Conditions if you want to climb;
– We’ve looked at the Law of Priority as we climb the Mountain Top – Clean hands and a Pure Heart, having Integrity and avoiding Vanity.
I read on the internet that a man has Three Hundred (300) Cars: that is Madness!
That he also has Twenty eight (28) Jets. That is a Practical Example of Vanity – Having things today that would be gone tomorrow.
– And we went visiting certain Mountains:
I. The Mount of Transfiguration, where we learned some serious Lessons.
II. And then Last Night we visited Mount Horeb.
And tonight we want to visit: Mount Carmel!
1 Kings 18:41-end;
41 And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain.
42 So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees,
43 And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said, There is nothing. And he said, Go again seven times.
44 And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man’s hand. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab, Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down, that the rain stop thee not.
45 And it came to pass in the mean while, that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel.
46 And the hand of the LORD was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.
… It it either you are very fast (in writing) or you forget writing tonight; because I will be very fast. You can always get the Tape later or Preferably get to read the Full Sessions on the Label of DMC!
DMC NOTES: Good News – We are Pleased to announce that we have secured exclusively MP 3 Audios of all the Sessions (Morning, Afternoon and Evening) of this Year 2023 RCCG Ministers’ Conference separated into various Speakers on the Label of DMC. We will release all in our YouTube Channel after the Convention!
Anyone who is not Dead Spiritually, after these few days of Minister’s Conference (Solemn Assembly as it were) can tell you God is up to something – That this Year’s RCCG Annual Convention 2023 is going to be a “BEYOND EXPECTATIONS’ EXPERIENCE” indeed.
From the Passage – 1Kings 18:41-46; Elijah said, there is a Sound of what type of Rain? – Abundance of Rian!
While Ahab was eating, drinking and feasting, Elijah was Fasting and Praying; and there was a a Great Rain!
PRAYER: My Father and my God, I beg You – All the things that I cannot remember to discuss from this Passage, Please teach them by Yourself – Amen!
I want to talk to you briefly on: I HAVE SEEN THE FIRE, NOW I WANT THE RAIN.
On Mount Horeb, I have seen the Fire – I have Prayed down Fire but now, I want the Rain.”
Elijah Prayed and Heaven Opened, the Fire Fell but I want the Rain!
My Father and my God, your “Little Boy”, Adeboye (DMC FAMILY MEMBER) is saying, “I have seen the Fire, I want the Rain- Amen!
WHY DO I WANT THE RAIN TO FALL?
1. Because there is a Divine Promise:
In 1 Kings 18:1; God said to Elijah: Go, shew thyself unto Ahab; and I will send Rain upon the Earth.
That’s what God Promised in Ezekiel 34:26 – And I will make them and the Places round about my Hill a Blessing; and I will cause the Shower to come down in his Season; there shall be Showers of Blessing.
The Almighty God made a Promise to as many as will come to Mount Carmel that – There shall be Showers of Blessing.
And Numbers 23:19 says, God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man, that He should repent: hath He said, and shall he not do it? Or hath He spoken, and shall He not make it Good?
Psalms 119:89 also says, For ever, O LORD, thy Word is settled in Heaven.
I have been encouraging you to join me climb this Mountain, because He said, “All around my Hills, there shall be Showers of Blessing.” (Ezekiel 34:26)
In Acts l 3:19, He says, Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the Presence of the Lord;
The Bible makes it clear to all who would be converted that, “…the times of refreshing shall come from the Presence of the Lord;”
Many of us after this Conference, will need to say to the Lord – I need the Rain to fall in this and that areas of my Life.
The areas where I have lied, cheated, falsified records, made Promises I did not keep, lived hypocritically and deceitfully, manipulating others – Lord, I am sorry, I repent!
Things will Changed!
The Bible made it clear; as many as are going with The New Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG); there will be a Time of Refreshing.
2. I need the Rain because I don’t want my Anointing to dry up.
Because in 1 Kings 17:1, the Bible says, it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no Rain in the Land.
… Even the brook of a Prophet dried up.
I don’t want my Anointing to dry up.
3. I want the Rain because I need Seed to continue to be a Sower.
Isaiah says, For as the Rain cometh down, and the snow from Heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the Earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the Sower, and bread to the eater:
It is when the rain falls that there will be Seed for the Sower.
You know, why many of us are still Poor inspite of all we’ve learned and Preached is because we don’t Give.
I want the Rain to fall, so I will be a Giver and not just a receiver because the Giver’s hand is always on top!
Something happened yesterday – A couple visited us at home. We have been together since the days of small beginning and I have not seen seen them for a while.
When we began to talk he said: Daddy, sometimes ago you made a request that, “your children should spoil you.”
I remembered he said, we took your words seriously – They gave me a fat Cheque then. I mean, they “spoilt me and now they are blessed.
I don’t know about you, but I want the Rain so that I can be a Blessing – A Giver and not a Receiver.
You don’t know what you are missing when you don’t bless your Man of God!
When you see a Man of God, if you have to empty your Pocket to them, do so.
Arch Bishop Duncan William was Preaching one day and he said, now I am regretting – When Arch Bishop Benson Idahosa was alive, myself and Bishop David Oyedepo we used to go to him and he taught us about Giving to our Spiritual Leaders.
He said, some of us then used to take small envelopes to the Man of God; while Oyedepo would come with a big envelope.
Today I see Oyedepo where he is, and unfortunately, the father we all knew is gone!
By this time next Year (2024); your Giving will Greatly Increase because the Spirit of miserly will leave you to rest!
And if you don’t want it to leave gently, it will leave by Fire – Amen.
I am not hungry!
How many times do I eat in a year, any way?
I don’t need Clothes, shoes, food – I am boasting in the Lord. I have enough to wear and eat for the rest of my Life here on Earth.
But I say ‘Spoil me’, not because I need it but you do need it!
Some of you heard me, and did it. But you did it once and stopped!
When you sow in secret and continuously;, your Heavenly Father will Reward you openly.
I said to my son who visited; you were starting a School the last time we met, how is the school now? And he said Daddy, that must have been a long time, because now we own a University.
How far do you want to go with the Lord? And how high do you want to Climb?
4. I need Rain because I don’t want the Word of God in my mouth to return void.
Because God says, So shall my Word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I Please, and it shall Prosper in the thing whereto I sent it – Isaiah 55:11
I don’t want the Word of God in my mouth to return void – I need the Rain so when I say, “you are healed” you will be healed straightaway!
5. I need the Rain so that there will be no Famine in my Ministry.
Amos 4:7-8 says it can Rain in one Part of the City and not Rain in the other. While the Part it rained would have food, there will be Famine in the City where there was no Rain – Because, no Rain, no Food!
I need the Rain so there will be no Famine in my Ministry and I am not talking of Famine of Food, “but of hearing the Words of God.” (Amos 8:21-13).
Many Preachers today just keep on repeating old Sermons.
There was a time I could Preach the same Message twice, but not now!
Because even while I am here Preaching, it is already being heard by the People in America, Australia, Papau New Guinea, etc.
I cannot Preach the same Sermon twice – The Bible Text may be the same, but not the Message.
So I need the Rain so that I can keep on getting “Fresh Messages” from the Lord.
6. I need the Rain because I don’t want to die.
You see, Samson almost died of thirst after a Great Victory – Judges 15:14-19.
Thirst is a “Silent Killer”!
Samson had just defeated a thousand Soldiers and then he became thirsty – “O God, You have just given me Victory, yet I am dying due to thirst.” I need the rain!
I need the Almighty God to revive me afresh, because water is more Powerful than food.
In 1 Kings 17;8-16; when Elijah got to the Widow of Zarephath, the first thing he asked for was water, before he said, if you are bringing the water, don’t forget to bring me some food also.
Elijah drank the water; and had to wait for food – So I will need the Rain!
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7. I need the Rain because it is the Evidence that Revival is truly here.
In 1 Kings 18:36-40; the People had fallen on their faces because the Fire fell but the Land was still dry.
It took the Rain to confirm to them that the danger of God is over.
I need the Rain so that God will no longer be angry with me.
Thank God for Fire; but I need the Rain!
Thank God for the Tongues of Fire in the Upper Room on the day of Pentecost – Acts 2:1-4.
There is no doubt that God has visited His people. But the evidence that God has visited His People would be in the Revival that followed.
Thank God for Acts 2:1-5; but in Acts 2:41; Peter Preached a Sermon and won three thousand (3,000) Souls.
Thank God for the Fire. But I need the Rain!
8. I need the Rain so that there will be Miracles, Signs and Wonders.
In Acts 3:1-8; that’s where Peter touched the Lame man and he began to walk.
I don’t want us to come for this Conference and go without Power – I want us to go back and turn our Villages, Towns, Cities and Nations upside down with Miracles, Signs and Wonders for Christ.
When the Rain falls and there are Miracles; whenever we Preach Salvation of Souls would take Place.
Because in Acts 3:1-8, but after the Miracle of the Lame man at the Beautiful Gate, when Peter Preached in Acts 4:4, five thousand (5,000) Souls were saved.
Thank God for all our Programs, like – Beautiful Feet, Operation 2032. But without Miracles, Signs and Wonders, our efforts will not go far.
I have told you before of when we went to Netherlands years ago to start our Church there – As dead Spiritually as the Place is.
I am sure you know in Netherlands you can go to a Coffee Shop and buy Indian Hemp – It is Legal like buying a cup of tea.
And so, when we went to start The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Netherlands, Advertisements were made and so, many People came!
As Service was going on, a sick man was brought from the Hospital with all the gadgets. Choruses were still going on when they arrived.
Because he couldn’t wait, after some time when nothing happened; he said, take me back to the Hospital.
Just as they were taking him out, the Microphone was been handed over to me. Before they got to the door, I have not started Preaching at all. The Power of God hit him so hard, he jumped out of the bed!
And there was Pandemonium all over the Place – Making it impossible for me to Preach.
All I did was to make the Altar Call – Which was followed by a Great Harvest of Souls.
I decree in the Name that’s above every other name; the kind of Miracles that will make People run to serve Your God will begin in your Ministry from now on – Amen.
Are you Willing to Pay the Price for the Rain to Fall?
I. Elijah had to Fast when Ahab was feasting.
1 Kings 18:41-42 days: And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a Sound of Abundance of Rain. So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the Earth, and put his face between his knees,
… Ahab was eating and feasting when Elijah was Fasting.
This is a very Special Convention. Oh! There is enough food for everyone. God had provided; and He will yet Provide – Amen.
One of my children came bringing an envelope – “Daddy, this is for the Convention.” I looked at the envelope and I said, take your money, it’s too small.
To him, he brought a lot of money but his Region Promised to bring One Thousand (1,000) Cows for Convention.
I said, take your money, go and bring the One Thousand (1,000) Cows!
Because the Millions he brought would not be able to buy the cows.
In a way we can’t explain, God has been Providing for His Convention – And He will yet Provide (Amen).
However, this is not a Convention of feasting – Not if you are trusting God for the Rain to Fall.
In 2 Corinthians 11:27, Paul the Apostle said, In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, “in Fastings often,” in cold and nakedness.
This is a Convention of Fasting!
Remember what I told you – The Children of the Living God are not “For Show”; we are “For Gold”.
Let the others eat, drink, dress the way they like; we are different!
“If we begin to do like that Members will go” – Let them go!
Because if you try and to keep them with your Wisdom, they will still go – Only those kept by the Power of God would stay.
… Do I hear an Amen for that? Amen.
Please, Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ – 1 Corinthians 11:1
Some years ago, they were having the Centinary Anniversary of Modern Day Pentecostal in America, and I was selected as one of the Speakers.
And they have a Particular Room which they called, “Green Room” – It had different kinds of food. So they put me in the room.
Several other Preachers where there – Eating sandwich, hamburger, chicken wings, somebody’s else chicken.
And I went to sit in one corner of the room Praying because I was going to Preach that Night.
They came to me saying, are you not going to eat? I said, thank you very much, I am okay. I am not going to that Altar full of sandwich, hamburger and chicken wings.
When your Daddy finished ministering and gave the Altar Call; everybody came to the Altar.
Because I gave Altar Call for different Categories of People – Some came to be Baptised in the Holy Spirit.
Some used to be on Fire before but the Light was no more.
So everybody came! – It wasn’t me, it was the Holy Spirit.
Some of you go to the Altar just after you’ve finished eating a bowl of Pounded yam.
Say: God help me that from now on I will live for You and not for my stomach.
In The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), the Lord will make His Ministers “Flaming Fire” – Amen. (DMC NOTES: Hebrews 1:17).
For these three (3) days, I have been begging you to shout Hallelujah – Hallelujah!
1. I want you to decide that during this Convention, “I am going to hold unto God until I see a Sign coming out of the Ocean” – Even if it’s like the fist of a man that the Shower is coming!
2. I am going to Pray like Elijah until the Servant said Oga, “Behold, there ariseth a “Little Cloud” out of the sea, like a man’s hand” – 2 Kings 18:44
… And Elijah said, Thank You! That is what I have been waiting for.
Let me conclude:
The Almighty God made a Promise in Matthew 5:6 – Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after Righteousness: for they shall be filled.
I want to Pray, I want to Fast!
Someone queried me, “Daddy, you are more than eighty (80) years why are you are still Fasting?”
I haven’t reached the Top, leave me alone!
Even if I Fast, I will Preach sitting down – I am not going to let God go until I am filled.
But one more Point before we go – I am going to ask a Childish Question, “have you learnt anything these past four (4) days? Are you sure?
Because when you finish Praying tonight, your Offering should be a Thanksgiving.
He is the One doing the speaking these past days – Selecting what I should say and when.
So you should say “Thank You” to Him tonight.
But before you go to ask the Rain to Fall.
When you read Genesis 2:4-5 – I have heard a Great Man of God say about this Passage and I acknowledge what he also spoke.
That Passage says something very interesting about God;
That when God created the Earth, He didn’t send Rain immediately.
And he gave the reason; he said, because there was no man yet to handle the Outcome of the Rain. And when He created man, He sent the Rain.
He will send Rain to us today; But how much Rain He will send will be determined by your readiness to handle the Outcome.
In Matthew 25:14-30 is the Story of the Talents. He gave one give (5), gave another two (2), then gave one (1) to the Last Person according to their ability to manage the Talent.
You know, some of you Pray to be Pastor-In-Charge of Region – When you cannot even manage an Area successfully, you want to manage a Region.
He knows what you are capable of.
Because Matthew 25:23 says, he that is Faithful in little will become Master of much.
God knows some of you will be Proud and that is not needed – He knows not many drenched in the Power of God can still remain Humble.
Some Apostles who were here last, on a visit in 2011 – twelve years ago. Now seeing what God is doing said, and you are still Humble (laughs).
How can I be Proud?
I know how little I was before God chose me; and I am still little before Him.
A lot of people say, stop saying you are little; you are Great.
It takes being little for God to make you Great.
Before you ask the Rain to Fall tonight, maybe you will beg Him like I beg Him – Lord, I want the Rain, I want more Rain. I know my Capacity, it is limited, but you can enlarge my coast.
That Woman in John Chapter 4 came with a pot to fetch water, but after she encountered Christ, He offered her, “… a well of water springing up into Everlasting Life” – John 4:14
Father, Adeboye (The DMC Family Member) is Nobody, he (they) hasn’t got anything or Capacity. You are the Almighty God – The Potter and I am the clay; You can enlarge my Capacity.
Thank You for the Fire Lord; but this “Little Boy” wants the Rain!
Go ahead and Pray – Tell God what you want as He is listening to you.
There is already, the Sound of Abundance of Rain – Amen.
The Almighty God will Bless You – Amen.
… See you during the 2023 National Convention: BEYOND EXPECTATIONS.