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THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT MINISTRIES CONVENTION – THE 40TH HOLY GHOST ANNIVERSARY 2022 AT THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTRE, UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN, IBADAN OYO STATE
THEME: THE KING OF GLORY
MINISTERING: PASTOR E.A ADEBOYE (GENERAL OVERSEER WORLDWIDE, THE REDEEMED CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF GOD)
DATE: 4TH SEPTEMBER, 2022
BIBLE TEXT: PSALMS 24: 7-10
We give You all the Glory
We give You Honour
We give You all the Glory
We give You Honour
Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the Ending, the One who is, the One who was, the One who is to come, the Almighty; we Worship You.
Thank You for forty (40) Years of Your Faithfulness, Thank You for forty (40) Years of Your Mercy, Thank You for forty (40) Years of Salvation of Souls, of Healings, of Miracles, of Signs and Wonders. Father, Please accept our Thanks in Jesus Name.
Father today, our Request is that You will give everyone here an “Anniversary Miracle”. Please don’t let anyone leave here without a Miracle.
At the end of it all, Please take all the Glory. In Jesus Mighty Name we have Prayed – Amen!
Well, let Someone shout Hallelujah – Hallelujah!
Because my time is a bit short, I will want us to do one (1) or two (2) things very quickly.
SPECIAL PRAYERS FOR BISHOP WALE OKE AND FAMILY
First, we will love to Pray for the Set Man of God of this Ministry and his family. So, if you don’t Mind coming up – Our Lord Bishop, the First Lady and my Grandson; let them come very quickly.
You will Please join me – You will lift up your hands towards them and whatever you wished yourself, that is what I want you to wish them now.
If you want to keep on Succeeding, Please Pray that Prayer for them – Remember the Law of Harvest. Whatever you sow, that is what you will reap.
If you want them to keep on Prospering, then put that in your Prayer also.
If you want them to spend the rest of their lives in Joy; if that is what you want for yourself, then wish that for them also.
Thank You. In Jesus Mighty Name we have Prayed – Amen!
DADDY GO PRAYS
My Father and my God, I just want to say Thank You – Thank You for Your Faithfulness, Thank You what You have done in forty (40) years, Thank You keeping us alive to see this Day, Thank You because You are Constant: What You have done before, You can do again. So Father, accept our Thanks in Jesus Name.
Father, I am asking that You lay Your Mighty Hands on Your Children and anoint them like never before. Pour Fresh Oil on them. Do for them more than You have ever done before, Stand by them, Support them, Strengthen them, Protect them, Fight their Battles for them.
And Lord God Almighty, if You delay Your Coming, we Pray that even when we gather again in ten (10) years time; we will have Greater Testimonies, more Wonderful Stories to tell in Jesus Name.
And if You return before then; Lord I Pray that none of us will be missing in Your Kingdom.
As for all those who has come to Celebrate with us today; I’m Praying that Celebrations will never end in their lives.
In Jesus Mighty Name we have Prayed – Amen!
Praise the Lord – Hallelujah! Congratulations once again.
I want you to shake hands with your Neighbour and say: Neighbour, I love you but today my Miracle will be Bigger than yours. And then you may Please be seated.
I salute the Vice Chancellor (VC) of the University of Ibadan (DMC NOTES: Professor Kayode Adebowale) – I want to say Thank You sir for allowing us to use this Place for this Convention. God Bless You sir.
I salute all my Brothers and Sisters – I think that will cover everyone. And it will be well with all of you in Jesus Name (Amen).
And I bring Greetings from my wife. In answer to your Prayers, our Coast has been enlarged. And so occasionally, we had to send one Fellow to one side and one to the other side. But she is here with us in the Spirit.
I need to let you know thar I am extremely excited to be here today because my Prayer is that my children will be Greater than I.
And not too long ago, some People came to me that they wanted my opinion about something.
I said that if you want my opinion, go and ask Bishop Wale Oke because I am under his Authority. He is the President of PFN (DMC NOTES: Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria). Whatever he says, that is what I say. If I say anything, he can cancel it.
And one of them said: We thought he is your son and I say that my sons are becoming Greater than I.
All of you who call me “Daddy” in Spirit and in Truth; you will be Greater than I – Amen!
Psalms 24: 7-10:
7. Lift up your heads, O ye Gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of Glory shall come in.
8. Who is this King of Glory? The LORD Strong and Mighty, the LORD Mighty in battle.
9. Lift up your heads, O ye Gates; even lift them up, ye Everlasting Doors; and the King of Glory shall come in.
10. Who is this King of Glory? The LORD of Hosts, He is the King of Glory.
We will just do a little bit of definition of terms and then conclude – So, while you think that I’m introducing, I might be concluding. You know that I am a Mathematician.
1. WHO IS A KING?
A. Basically, a King is the one who rules by Decrees.
Ecclesiastes 8:4 says: Where the King’s Word is, there is Power.
That is why in Yorubaland, we call them “ALASE” – The one who just decrees. This is what I want done and that is it.
Just like the Almighty God did in Genesis 1:3 – Let there be Light and immediately, there was Light.
B. A King is Someone who will say this is what I want and Nobody can query him.
That is why again in Yorubaland, we call them “KABIYESI” (DMC NOTES: Meaning He who cannot be Questioned).
And the reason we have many of the Problems we have in our Country today is because they have tampered with the Powers of our Kings! – If we will restore the Dignity, the Glory, the Ability of our Kings, all will be well!
A King is the one who rules by Decrees; imagine Someone you can’t query: Whatever he says is Law – That is a King.
2. WHAT IS GLORY?
I don’t really have the time to do a lot of explanation about Glory.
I will just tell you that Glory is the opposite of Shame!
Proverbs 3:35 says that: The Wise shall inherit Glory but Shame shall be the Promotion of Fools.
3. WHO IS “THE KING OF GLORY”?
The King of Glory is the One who can decree Glory and thereby expels shame – That’s the King of Glory.
1 Samuel 2:8 tells us that there is a King who can raised the Poor out of the dust, raise the beggar from the dunghill and set him among Princess and make him inherit the Throne of Glory.
The King of Glory is the one who can say: Hey, Glory come in and Shame go out!
So, according to the Bible Text that we read in Psalms 24: 7-10; let the Bible answer for us who is the King of Glory?
A. The King of Glory is the Lord.
I. Who is the Lord? – The Lord is the Owner.
So, when you hear “Landlord”; you know that means the one who owns the Land on which the house is built.
So, the Lord is the One who owns the Earth and the Fullness thereof – Psalms 24:1.
The King of Glory is the One who says: Silver is Mine, Gold is Mine – Haggai 2:8. He is the Owner of Wealth.
II. The Lord is the Owner of Health.
In Exodus 15:26; He said that: I am the Lord that healeth thee. I am the One who decides who will be sick and who will not be sick.
III. The Lord is the One who owns Deliverance.
The Bible tells us in John 8:36 – It said that if the Son shake make you Free, you shall be Free indeed!
IV. The Lord is the One who controls Light and Life – John 1:4.
B. And then the Bible went on to say that the King of Glory is not just “The Lord” but He is a “Strong Lord”.
Isaiah 40: 29-31 tells us that He is the One who gives Strength to the Weak. He is the One who is so Strong that He never needed to sleep, never needed to Slumber because He is just Strong.
I. And because He is the “Strong Lord”; He is the One who controls Success because Strength is the Determinant of getting work done.
Philippians 4:13 says: I can do “All Things” through Christ that Strengthens me.
C. Who is the Lord? What kind of Lord is He? – He is a “Mighty One”.
How Mighty? – Almighty! He Owns all Might.
Psalms 91:1 says: He that dwelleth in the Secret Place of the Most High, shall abide under the Shadow of the Almighty.
How Mighty is this Mighty Lord?
Jeremiah 32:27 says: Behold I am the Lord, I am the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me to do?
He is the Mighty One that He can reverse the Irreversible!
Ezekiel 37: 1-10 – He said that He can cause dry bones to live again.
That is how Mighty He can is.
D. And then this Lord that is Strong and Mighty; is He a Civilian because there are “Mighty Civilians” or is He in the Military.
Oh, He tells us that He is Mighty in battle – He can fight.
Whether you believed it or not, Jesus Christ is not a Civilian – When He came, He came as a Lamb but don’t ever think that He is still a Lamb. He is now the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. And when the Lion roars, every animals will shake.
And I am Praying that the Lion will roar here today – Amen!
He is a Mighty Man in Battle – Exodus 15:3 says that: The Man of War is His Name. He loves to fight:
I. On the Land, He is the Number One (1) General.
You don’t believed me, read Numbers 16: 28-35.
You know if you ask any Soldier that you know; they will tell you that the biggest Problem of a General is what to do with the bodies of the enemies that he has slain. You don’t want to do the “Dirty Job” of burying your enemies and yet if they don’t bury them, they will rot and cause sickness among your Soldiers.
So, the dilemma of a General is: How do I handle this?
But this Particular General that we are talking about, He knows how to kill and bury at the same time.
You don’t believed me, read Numbers 16: 28-35 – He decided to show some People who defiled His Servant that He is the “Real General” on Land. He told the Ground – Open your mouth, swallow them and close up again so that we don’t have to deal with the corpses.
And I felt led to decree to Someone here or reading now on the Label of DMC that all the enemies that followed you here, that the Ground is going to swallow them – Amen!
II. At Sea, He is the Number One (1) Admiral.
If you read Exodus 15: 1-11; it tells us a little bit about Him.
How the enemies say that we will Pursue, we will Capture. But He just told the Sea to open its mouth – Let the children of Israel Pass and then close upon the enemies.
And again, He doesn’t have to worry Himself about burying the enemies – The Fish finished the job for Him.
You might be interested in the fact that He was the first One ever to create a Submarine.
You know that a Submarine is a Weapon of War that you live inside of it under the Sea so that the enemies won’t know that you are around.
If you don’t believed me that He created the First Submarine, ask Jonah!
Jonah will tell you that when he tried to disobey Him, He sent a Submarine to pick him from where he was to where God wants him to be – You will read that in Jonah Chapter 1.
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III. In the Air, there is no Air Marshall like Him – He was the first One to throw Bomb.
You don’t believed me, read Joshua 10: 1-11 – When Someone decided to fight against Joshua; the Bible said that God just decided to drop some Bombs on the enemies. So that at the end of the day, the Bible says that those who were killed by the Bombs that God threw were more than the one that Joshua killed with the Sword!
It reminds me of a little Testimony of a Man and his wife that came to the Church and after some time, we didn’t see the wife again in Church and so decided to do a Follow Up. And the woman said that since I started coming to your Church, I could no longer fly at night again.
I decree to you and those reading now on the Label of DMC that all the enemies that you are Sleeping with, that goes to attend Meetings at night; after today they will not be able to fly again – Amen! If they try to fly, my Father will bomb them – Amen!
So now: We know that the King of Glory is Lord. What kind of Lord – Strong One, Mighty One, not a Civilian but in the Military and knows how to handle war on the Land, by Sea and by Air.
E. But actually what is His Rank? Is He of the Rank of Brigadier General or Major General or what?
No, according to the Bible Text that we read, He is actually “The Commander-In-Chief” – The Bible calls Him: “The Lord of Host”.
When I first read that one as a Younger Christian (And I’m still Young); I thought that He is “The Controller of Angels” only.
But I have since learnt that He controls All the Hosts – The Hoat in Heaven, the Host on Earth, and the Host underneath the Earth.
I. He controls Angels – Daniel 6: 1-end is enough to Prove that.
They threw Daniel to the Den of Lions and an Angel came from the Lord and shut the mouth of the Lions until the Man of God was Pulled out of the way.
II. He also controls all Demonic Host.
How do I know? 1 Samuel 1614 – When God says bye bye to King Saul, the Bible says that an Evil Spirit from who? From the Lord came and trouble King Saul.
But sir, I thought that it is Satan that controls demons.
Well, if you read Job 1: 7-12; you will discovered that satan himself needs to get Permission from the “Real Command-In-Chief”.
No Witch or Wizard can touch you without getting Permission from the Lord of Host.
He is the Lord of Host! – He told satan: Right, you can go this far but you can’t go beyond this Line. There is a Red Line for you and so you can’t Pass that Stage.
III. And then, He is the Controller of all the Host on Land.
When Someone says that I am the one in Authority and then Someone says that who is your God that can deliver you out of my hands?
God will say: Alright, let’s show you. Go and eat grass for seven (7) years and then let us come back and let us ask who is the One in control.
… Don’t let anybody deceive you!
There was a Head of State that once ruled in this Country and says Nobody can question whatever he does. And then, we are asking God to Prove Himself.
Then Someone came to me and say: Sir, they have checked and discovered that the Plan of the Head of State is not going to come to Pass because there is Someone in a Place called Redemption Camp (Now Redemption City of God) who is Praying against the Plan.
So they told him that for your Plan to succeed, you have to eliminate that Fellow.
So that Fellow told me that: Daddy, I’m sorry to tell you this – They are coming for you!
And of course when I heard that, I was a bit uncomfortable and so I went out to Pray and my Daddy says: Don’t mind them; I will take care of the situation.
It happened on a Tuesday. The following Friday was supposed to be the Holy Ghost Service (HGS). He says that when you get to the Holy Ghost Service; just tell your children to say: “Happy New Year”. That was in June
So, we greeted ourselves “Happy New Year” on First Friday in the Month of June and by the Next Monday, we knew why we were greeting ourselves: “Happy New Year’.
Every Forces, no matter how Mighty that may want to tamper with your Destiny, the Lord of Host will deal with them – Amen!
He is the Lord of Host and Controls everything. That is why the Bible says that at the mention of His Name, every knees will bow – Of things in Heaven, things on Earth and things underneath the Earth.
F. So, what happens when He comes in?
Because the Bible Text says: Lift up your Head o ye Gates and be ye lift up ye Everlasting Door that the King of Glory may come in.
So, what is so important about the King of Glory coming in?
I. Simple; whenever the King of Glory comes in, Shame will go out!
I don’t need to tell you the definition of Shame – At least you know what and what can cause Shame.
One of the thing that causes Shame is Failure.
You have never seen a Student coming home and shouting Hallelujah if he fails his Exams – No!
So, when the King 8f Glory comes in, if you allow Him to come into your Life; Failure will come to an end. It has to because Failure causes Shame.
If He comes in, Poverty has to go out because whether you believe it or not; Poverty causes Shame.
If you don’t believed me, in Luke 5: 1-7 – Peter had fished All Night and caught nothing. He was a Failure!
And since we are on an Academic Ground, I can use the Academics as an Example – No Student will come rejoicing that I failed my Exams. If he Passes his Exams, we will hear shouts of Hallelujah.
Peter has failed, he worked All Night.
And I know because I have been in the Academics that there are Students who Study hard and yet fail their exams. I knew what is it to have Studied very hard and get into the Examination Hall and “Blank Out”.
In my 2nd Year at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka; in one of my Best Subjects, I got into the Examination Hall and there were eight (8) Questions, you are to answer five (5). I read the first one, I couldn’t make Head or Tail out of it; the Second, the Third; by now I began to sweat. The fourth, the fifth, the sixth, the seventh, the eighth – Even my Classmates used to come to me to explain this Particular Subject. And now, I can’t just couldn’t see a Single one that I could answer.
And I made up my Mind – Well, I will come back and do re-sit. That is what it means. But God loved me and so He kept me down.
The Hand of God will keep you down and Prevent you from taking a Wrong Decision – Amen.
After about fifteen (15) Minutes, I just sat down and everybody around me was writing furiously. And all of a sudden, I read the thing again – Ha, I know this one. This is So, So, So Theory; Ha, I know this one. This is Somebody, Somebody Equation.
In the little time that was left, I answered all the eight (8) Questions. And being a little bit rascal (I’m talking of something around 1964 or 1965) – I wrote at the Top: “Mark any 5”.
The King of Glory will step into your Life today and your Failure, your Shame will go out in Jesus Name – Amen!
II. When the King of Glory comes in, Victory comes in because defeat brings Shame.
You don’t believed that – Those of you who are Old enough remembered when Nigeria won the World Cup (DMC NOTES: When the Nigeria U-17 Team, the Golden Eaglet won the Mainden Edition of the U-17 World Cup as hosted by China in 1985).
When they came back, Oh Lord, they had a ride from the Airport in Ikeja (Lagos State) all the way to where the President used to live in Lagos – Everybody Singing and Rejoicing.
The Next Time, they went out and they lost; Nobody know when they came in because defeat brings Shame.
From today onwards, you won’t know defeat again – Amen!
John 5: 2-9; will tell you the Story of a Man who had been defeated again and again for thirty eight (38) years. Then the King of Glory came in and he never knew defeat again.
The Bible says in Colossians 1:27 – It says: When Christ is in you, there is Hope of Glory. No more Despair, no more Sorrow, no more Failure, no more Defeat.
The Conclusion is Simple: What happens if the King of Glory knocks at your Door and He says: Let me come in and you say No, you can’t come in.
Do you know that as Mighty as He is, He won’t force the door open.
If Jesus Christ comes to your door knocking – Let me come in, I’m the King of Glory, if I come in, I will drive away your Shame. You can say: Mind your own business.
As Mighty as He is, He won’t force open the door – He will just go away.
Why? – Because He knows that a Day is coming when you will knock at His Own Door and then He will say sorry, I don’t know you.
Oh, You came to University of Ibadan (UI) and I listened to the Sermon from one of Your Children (Pastor E.A Adeboye). Jesus Christ will say: But when I knocked the door then, do you open? I’m sorry I didn’t then.
Do you open? I’m sorry I didn’t then but now I’m ready.
He will say the time to be sorry is over.
Or what happens if He has been in and you chased Him out?
If the King of Glory used to dwell in you and you discovered that He doesn’t like sin, He is a Holy One, but you kept on sinning, doing your Will, you kept on quoting: Where sin abound, Grace will much more abound. And you forget that it is written that can we continue in sin and expect Grace to abound? That it is written clearly: God forbid!
And finally, when He can no longer take your sin, He says alright bye bye.
G. What happens when the King of Glory departs?
When Light goes out, Darkness goes in – It’s Automatic!
If anybody doesn’t want Glory, He will receive Shame – It is as Simple as that!
Ask all Mathematician or the People in Computer Science – They will tell you that the whole world operate on just two (2) Numbers: One (1) and Zero (0). One (1) is for “Light On”; Zero (0) is for “Light Off”. That is why you see the Computer blinking!
It is either you have Glory or you have Shame; its either you have Light or you have Darkness – The Choice is yours!
Some of you will remember the Story of a Brother called Brother Sam.
He was a Very Mighty Child of God of God. He wasn’t highly Educated, he couldn’t speak English but he was highly Annointed.
On one occasion, they invited him to come and Preach at a Teacher Training College – Well he said that I will go, when I get there; I will tell them that I can’t speak English and so they will Provide me with an Interpreter.
He got up, tried to open his mouth that I can’t speak English and “Beautiful English” began to flow. He didn’t even know what he was saying. For about one (1) hour, English was flowing.
All he knew was that after one (1) hour, a lot of People were rushing forward – Weeping to receive the Lord Jesus Christ and he Prayed for them in English.
But as soon as he finished that, he couldn’t speak English again.
As much as we know, he raised three (3) People from the dead.
But then, Pride came – Brother Sam, let us go for Bible Study? Who is going to teach? Oh, it’s Brother So and So. How many People has he raised from the dead?
Finally, God left him and Brother Sam ended up in a Lunatic Asylum.
If He comes in, He drives out Shame. You push Him out; Glory will go out and Shame will come in.
So, I’m going to appeal to those of you:
1. If He has been knocking at your door and you haven’t opened the door yet and you want to open now; I will count from one (1) to seven (7). Before I say seven (7); come and Stand before the Altar. We will join our Faith with yours and God will save your Soul.
2. If you know that you have backsided, if you know that you have gone back to sinning and you want to return to the Almighty God, you want the King of Glory to come back, come forward too. I will also count from one (1) to seven (7). And I’m counting now!
Those of you already infront – Cry to Him: Lord, I mean business, Please save my Soul, come into my Life, take over completely and I will serve You for the rest of my Life.
And the rest of us, let us stretch our hands towards our Brothers and Sisters infront and intercede for them. Pray that the One who save your Soul will save their own Souls also.
And Pray for all Backsliders who are coming back to the Lord – Ask that the Lord will receive them and Welcome them back into the Family of God.
Thank You Father. In Jesus Mighty Name we have Prayed – Amen!
PRAYER FOR SALVATION, RESTORATION AND CLOSING PRAYER
Saviour, I bless Your Holy Name. King of Glory, I give You Glory. I ask Lord that You will accept our Thanksgiving in Jesus Name.
I am committing this Your Children into Your Hands – Please, receive them; save their Souls; let Your Blood wash away their sins, write their names in the Book of Life and let them serve You for the rest of their lives.
And all those who are Backsliders; Please restore them, and don’t let them ever backslide again.
And those You know that are backsliding, that are still in the crowd; Lord God Almighty, in one way or the other; bring them back to Yourself.
I’m now Praying Lord God Almighty that the Prayer Your Children will Pray now, will be answered by Fire.
Thank You Almighty God. In Jesus Mighty Name we have Prayed – Amen!
Praise the Lord – Hallelujah!
Now, I rejoice with those of you who has come forward; the Counsellors will attend to you and the Pastors will tell you what to do after I have finished.
But before you go with the Counsellors; I want you to be Part of the Prayers we all want to Pray now.
How many of you believed that God will answer your Prayers today – Let’s Stand on our feet and shout a Big Hallelujah – Hallelujah!
I want you to cry to the Almighty God and I want you to Pray like Soldiers – And said: Father, on this Special Day, give me an “Anniversary Miracle”. King of Glory, put an end to my Shame!
Open your mouth and cry to the Almighty God!
Thank you so much for staying all through to read.