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Saved But Caged, by Pastor Bayo Adeyokunu

Bible Text: 1 Chron. 12: 21-22, 1 Kings 5:4, Gen. 8:1, 3-4
Prayer: The Lord will remember you this month. Every fountain of affliction, God will dry them up in Jesus name.

The story of Noah is a very interesting story. Gen. 6: 8 explains that Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. The world was full of sin and God decided to cleanse the world but Noah found grace. So God instructed Noah to build an Ark and put every animal, both, male and female, clean an unclean. Noah and his family also had the opportunity to be saved. While the world was full of the flood, Noah and his family were caged in the Ark for about 250 days. They were saved but caged. Imagine been locked up in a place for 250 days. They were saved from affliction and death but still caged.

There are people that have been saved, filled with the power of God, born again, spirit filled but are caged in one aspect or the other of their life. Some have PhDs but cannot get a good job, they are working in MacDonald’s. There are people who are living in this country and cannot work. They have been in the UK for many years but cannot seem to raise their head up high. I bring good news to you, you can find grace, and you can be saved and free.

The challenge is not many know they are caged. How can you know you are being caged?

1. Poverty: This is a distinct factor of been caged. Jesus was made poor that we may be rich (2 Corin. 8:9). As a Christian, you ought to live in abundance. In the Western world, this can even be tricky due to the availability of credit cards. Note; when you find yourself buying food with a credit card; such that you have no other means; it is like without the credit card you cannot survive, there is a problem, you are being caged.

2. When something that flourishes in your life begins to wither. The car you bought 10 years ago is now rickety but you cannot seem to change it and you keep going to the repair shop every week; you are being caged.

3. When nothing seems to work. Where others succeed, you try but fail.

4. Having disobedient children is a sign of been caged. Individuals can be caged, families can be caged. When you cannot give instructions to your children and they obey. There are families where all children are divorced, or they have one issue or the other, they lack peace and continuous success. It is a sign of being caged

5. When a person faces the “almost there” syndrome. Almost got married but never got married, almost got the job but never got the job, almost excellent but not good enough.

6. When a person lacks understanding of the word of God. When your Pastor preaches about tithes and offering, first fruits. You have been attending church since 1920 but still, you never give tithes. When a person has a strong and stony heart, the word doesn’t prosper the person; it is a sign of being caged.

7. When you constantly experience stagnancy and delay. Noah was saved but stagnant for 250 days. Consistent loss of jobs and delay in getting one are evidence of being caged. I pray for you today, God will bring you out of every bondage in Jesus name Amen.

8. Consistent perennial problems. Always having problems, no testimony for the past 1-3 years.

The above is evidence of being caged but one that is being caged can be delivered with the following signs and dos.

1. You must realize that you have been caged. Credit cards are designated for investments not for buying food to eat. Live within your means and wait on God of increase. You are on a 30 years old mortgage and you are not making reasonable effort to pay back on time. There is this general saying that the day a madman knows he is mad; that is the beginning of his cure. So, it is necessary to know that you have a problem. Do not live in denial.

2. You must be holy and love God. Prov. 8: 17-18 – “I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me. With me are riches and honour, enduring wealth and prosperity.” Everything you are looking for is in Christ. Those that seek God early will find Him. If you want to be free, love God passionately. Early in the morning worship him, praise him, and adore him not because of what He gives you. There was a man I used to know who was a multi-billionaire in dollars but the last 3 years of his life was lived in agony, pain, he couldn’t eat and even his money could not help him. He couldn’t even comprehend his surroundings. John 14: 21-23 & 24.

3. Be obedient to the word of God. The first test of your love for God is Obedience. When you truly Love God, you will keep his commandment.

4. Holiness is a key ingredient, it will pave way for you. The purity of heart. The master key to greatness, deliverance is holiness. The most destructive thing is Sin, not Stan, You have the power to say NO to sin. Psalm 107: 17 – “Some became fools through their rebellious ways and suffered affliction because of their iniquities”. Matthew 5:8- “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”

5. Resolve to be violent in prayers and for God. Matt. 11:12 – “From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence, and violent people have been raiding it”. Life will not yield anything good to you on a platter of gold, whether in secular life or within the church. The way life is designed, you have to work hard and smart. You must learn to fight in life (1 Timothy 6:12a). Fight the good fight of faith. When you are destined to be great, there will be resistant to the devil but as a far, as God lives, you shall fulfil a purpose.

An example was when Jacob was going back home after serving Laban for 15years (Gen 29). At some point he was alone, the road was weary and he had to fight an Angel to get what is duly his. Gen.32:24

6. You must put a demand on life by holiness and fervent prayers. At some point in time, God will not expect your Pastor to pray for you for everything. You need to pray for yourself, you need to fight in prayers by yourself. There are somethings God expect you to fight for.

7. You can also be delivered by the mercy of God. Rom. 9: 15 & 16. We need the mercy of God to be successful. I pray God will show you mercy always.
Ruth was shown mercy and became one of the great-grandmothers of Jesus. Also, Solomon was shown mercy 1 Sam 12: 24 & 25, born out of an adulterous murderous situation, he became king and there is no one that holds as much wisdom as he held as the king of Israel. Note that it doesn’t matter your circumstances, how you were born, you are being loved by the highest once you are saved.

8. Another way to be delivered from being caged is to have absolute faith in God. 1 John 5:4, Mark 9:23. You must believe the word of God that by His stripes you have been made whole. No matter what the doctors say, you must believe the word of God.

However, there are many types of cages: Cage of barrenness, singlehood, poverty and stagnancy

One of the many ways to get out of poverty is sowing. I remember when I used to farm back in the days, we usually keep the best of our yam for sowing the next season. The problem with some Christians is that they do not sow their best. 2 Corinthians 9: 6-8.

Sowing can bring all grace. Do something new and experience a new thing. If you study the story of the Shunammite woman, how she prepared a table for the prophet and when she suffered an affliction she had a seed to put her problems in (2Kings 4). When battles come do you have a seed that you can put your problems in?

Resolve today to sow obedience, holiness, and praise to God. Love God passionately, you can be saved and free.

You are freed from bondage as you do the word of God continually in Jesus name Amen.

The sermon, Saved But Caged, by Pastor Bayo Adeyokunu, RCCG Regional Pastor, USA and Senior Pastor RCCG Victory Temple, Bowie, Maryland, USA, was delivered on July 8, 2018, on the occasion of the 12th Anniversary Thanksgiving Service.

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Removing Hell’s Testimony Against Us, by Apostle Isaiah Lawon

Satan’s effort to connect our bloodlines to delays or deny our blessing before God’s throne!!

The Kinds of Prayer:

  1. Personal Prayers and Requests – Luke 11:1-4
  2. Intercessory Prayers (on behalf of others) – Luke 11:5-11
  3. Entering the courts of heaven in God’s Presence – Luke 18:1-8

Distinct realms connected to our blood lines that provide the devil with testimony or evidence against us. These are five:

  1. Rebellion.
  2. Trades,
  3. Covenants,
  4. Dedications
  5. Words.

 

  1. REBELLION

2 CHRON. 16:1-12

2 Chronicles 16:1-12.

We see this in the life of Asa, King of Judah. Asa served God and had good success. The success caused arrogance and pride to come into his life. Asa counted on other nations, rather than God to defend Israel. The prophet came to call Asa to repent and instead of repenting Asa punished the prophet. (2 Chronicles 16:10) Asa became sick. He did not seek the Lord. He continued in his rebellion until he died. Rebellion and stubbornness connect us to demonic things. If people in our bloodline walked in rebellion against the Lord, this gives the devil the legal right to afflict us. We must repent of anything or in anytime our ancestors walked in rebellion and sinned against God.

  1. TRADING

Trading is an activity in the spirit realm. It is possible to trade in god’s economy. It is possible to trade in the devil’s realm. Everything is a trade in the spirit world. The cross of Jesus was the greatest trade of all. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says for he made him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of god in him.

Jesus traded his life of righteousness for us. As a result of this trade we have salvation.

JESUS’ DIVINE TRADING

ENEMY’S AFFLICTIONS             PROVISIONS OF THE CROSS

  • DEATH • LIFE
  • SICKNESS • HEALTH
  • POVERTY • PROSPERITY
  • SIN • RIGHTEOUSNESS
  • SHAME • GLORY
  • CURSES • BLESSING
  • SEPARATION • RECONCILIATION

Luke 19:15 says: – 5 “And so it was that when he returned, having received the kingdom, he then commanded these servants, to whom he had given the money, to be called to him, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.

The servants were supposed to take the currency that had been given to them and to trade the currency to produce something greater.

Currency can be much more than money. We have been given time, gifts, energy, favour, anointing and many other valuable things. How we trade with these currencies determines what is produced and gained. We trade every day. In 2 Corinthians 12 verse 15 Paul speaks of spending himself. And I will very gladly spend and be spent for your souls; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I am loved.

Paul says he would trade himself away for their betterment. In the natural, we take money or gold and trade it for other things. Paul said he was taking spiritual currency and trading it for the benefit of others. Our actions, attitudes, sacrifices, and gifts are being acknowledged in the spirit realm.

  1. TRADING CREATES COVENANTS; IN ANY AND EVERY COVENANT MADE THERE IS A TRADE.

TRADES CREATE COVENANTS

In the marriage covenant, people trade rings and vows and promises. Once we have dealt with any trades used, we must also undo any covenants that have resulted from the trades.

Genesis 21:27 – 27 So Abraham took sheep and oxen and gave them to Abimelech, and the two of them made a covenant. The trade signified their entering into a covenant or agreement.

People in our ancestry may have made covenants with demons for protection so that they would prosper or have power. These covenants were made through sacrifice or trades. Many times they were made using the sacrifice or trading of blood. Sometimes even the blood of humans. Once the sacrifices or trades were made the demons claimed the people as their own according to what was dedicated to them when the trade was made. In this way, individuals, families, bloodlines, cities, nations and entire cultures were given over.

These covenants created in the spirit world remain active until someone annuls them. Whatever the devil owns will eventually be destroyed through sickness, disease, poverty and tragedy. This is why many people are sick today. Somewhere in their bloodline, demonic powers have been given the right to own them. These rights have to be revoked. When this happens, the demons lose the right to hold the people in sickness.

“Lord Jesus I come repenting of any trade I have made with the devil and any covenant that has resulted as a result. I repent and I ask for the blood of Jesus to annul this covenant. For any place where my ancestors or I have gotten into an agreement with demonic powers, I repent. Whether this came through sacrifice to demonic powers or activities of rebellion and sin, I repent. If I have not only made covenants with devils but also broken covenants with man, I repent. I repent of any time I have been a covenant breaker, dishonouring or abusing authority. Lord, I ask that your blood will now speak for me according to Hebrews 12:24. I ask that Your blood would testify before the courts of heaven to annul every covenant with the powers of darkness. Lord, I ask that Your court now set in place all that You did for me on the cross. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for securing my healing by Your atoning work.

I now receive the effects of the anointing of the Holy Spirit into my body. Holy Spirit, come now to heal and restore any diseased part of my being, I ask, Lord Jesus, that any sickness operating against me now be judged as illegal from Your cross. I ask the Holy Spirit to touch me and make me whole. I receive everything you died for me to have. Thank you so much.

  1. DEDICATIONS OR CONSECRATION

THE REALMS OF THE SPIRIT COMES TO DEMAND FOR WHAT IS CONSECRATED TO THEM.

Just because you have prayed a prayer of salvation it does not mean that the conflict is over. This is when it begins. Satan will begin to build a case against you. This is especially true if you accept Jesus as saviour and not as Lord. When we accept Jesus as saviour we want the benefits of who He is and what He does. When we make Him our Lord we are declaring His ownership over us. This can be a fundamental reason the devil is still claiming ownership over us as a result of some dedication in our history.

Lord Jesus, we declare that we and our bloodlines belong to You. Any and every dedication made to the devil of our family line we now ask to be annulled by the blood of Jesus. We repent of any and every place we were dedicated to satanic powers through sacrifice. We ask that these sacrifices be annulled and the dedication rendered ineffective.

Lord Jesus, we acknowledge Your Lordship. We agree with the testimony of God as Judge, the Holy Spirit and all of Heaven that You are Lord. We now come under Your Lordship and declare that we belong to You. We are no longer our own; we are bought with the price of Your blood and sacrifice.

We invite the power of the Holy Spirit to exercise the Lordship of Jesus in our lives. We agree that everything Your blood purchased we now possess by the Holy Spirit. Every area of our lives we now surrender to you.

We now declare that any and every right is given to the powers of darkness through dedications to own us is now revoked. We belong only to the Lord Jesus Christ. Any and all sicknesses, diseases and pains afflicting us because of this previous ownership is now revoked and removed.

  1. WORDS

When someone with authority over our life or someone with authority in the spirit realm speaks evil of us, it can set things in motion. The demonic forces can take these words and build a case against us in the spirit realm. These words can give the devil the legal right to work against us.

People who are in authority can be parents, employers, bosses, leaders, pastors, elders, husbands, and anyone who has a position that gives them authority. Their words can be used in the spirit realm to bless or to curse.

People who have authority have been granted influence in the spirit realm. Because of a gift, office, call and history with God, they carry authority in the spirit realm. These people must be extremely careful with their words.

In 2 Corinthians 10:8, Paul speaks of using his authority correctly: For even if I should boast somewhat more about our authority, which the Lord gave us[a] for edification and not for your destruction, I shall not be ashamed—

Paul knew that his words had the power to build up and tear down.

There are 4 steps to undo words working against us.

1.) We must repent for every time we have spoken critically of others. We should also ask that any damage the devil has found a right to do to another because of our words be undone.

2.) We should repent for any instance where what others have said about us could be true. Sometimes their words against us are based on reality. We must acknowledge this and repent. We should ask for the blood of Jesus to speak for us on our behalf.

3.) Ask for the words to be annulled so the devil has no legal right to use them. We can ask for the blood of Jesus to revoke and remove these words from record within the Courts of Heaven.

4.) Declare that only what is written in the books of Heaven about us can happen. (See Psalm 139:16)

Let us pray to undo words that may be working against you.

Lord Jesus, I come laying my life down before You. I lay my life down and present myself as a living sacrifice to You. I declare that I was made by You, through You and for You. I declare I belong to You. I bring every word in the spirit realm that has been spoken about me before You. Any and every word that the devil is using that has been spoken by people, those in authority over

I first repent for every place I have spoken evil of others. I ask Lord, to be forgiven because of Your blood that now speaks for me. I am sorry for all my negativity and words of destruction against others. I ask that these words would be annulled and that the devil be unable to use them to secure legal rights to harm others. I am sorry for all of this.

I also repent of anything that has been spoken of against me and anywhere there is truth in these things. Lord, please show me anywhere I am guilty of that which has been declared about me. I take responsibility for anywhere I am at fault or in sin. I ask that Your blood cleanse and forgive me and wash away any rights the devil might use. I now ask, Lord, that all words against me be annulled by the blood of Jesus.

I ask for the speaking blood to speak on my behalf and revoke and remove all words that the devil could be using to build a case against me. Let these words be removed from the record of Heaven. Let every voice against me now be silenced. Let them not be used anymore to build any case against me.

The sermon, Removing Hell’s Testimony Against Us, by Apostle Isaiah Lawon, President, Full Stature International Ministries, was delivered on June 3, 2018.

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The Baptism of Fresh Fire, by Rev Mossy Madugba

As a teacher and coach, you cannot graduate leaders without giving them books to read. You cannot be a leader without reading.

There are many Christian pieces of literature you can read but one important book is the one titled “Prayer Power”; people have tried political power, financial power, economic power; let them try “Prayer Power”.  It is a powerful weapon of a Christian.

For example, Australia once had a form of draught, all other powers could do nothing but a Christian entered the land and raised his voice and rain fell; the power of prayer (James 5:16).

James 4:3 – “…  When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures …”.

We do not get results because we pray amiss. Prayer power is still the ultimate power.

Other books you can read are:

  1. 4 levels of Spiritual warfare,
  2. Elders at the gate,
  3. ultimate leadership.

Isaiah 28:6 “…And a spirit of justice to him who sits in judgment and administers the law, and strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate.”

For Christians to hold gates and be able to turn battles the gate they need fresh fire.

Matt. 3:11 “I indeed baptize you [a]in (with) water [b]because of repentance [that is, because of your [c]changing your minds for the better, heartily amend your ways, with abhorrence of your past sins]. But He Who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy or fit to take off or carry; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire”

This description in Matthew 3 lays emphasis on 3 types of baptism.

The water, the Holy Spirit and fire; which Joshua said only Jesus can do. Only Jesus can baptise with fire. In this world, I do not think, a fireless, powerless and laidback Christian can take us far.  We need powerful and courageous Christians in the world of today.  For example, Ireland is casting votes on whether to legalize abortion or not. People in support of abortion are flying down to Ireland and doing a lot of campaigns but what are the Christians doing?  Recently, it was told that by the Nigerian government that the Christians are killing more Muslims. This actually shows the extent of Muslims propaganda. Other “faiths” are passionate about what they believe in but in the Christendom, believers are laidback.

For example, In America, satanism and witchcraft are studied in Universities. Many people who serve the devil are not holding back. The Church is lacking in passionate worship and serving God; there is a need for a fresh fire. It is so bad that some church members will even ask you what will you do for me if I join your church? There is an element in the church now that was not in the early church.  Christians need to tap into the anointing of fresh fire.

Matt. 16:18 “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock[a] I will build my church, and the gates of hell[b] shall not prevail against it …”

God is putting men at the gates

Psalm 127: 5b “…He will not be put to shame when he confronts his accusers at the city gates…”

Genesis 24:60 “…let your seed possess the gate of those which hate them…”

These verses explain God’s blessing to the children of Israel.  This prayer (i.e Genesis 24:60) was prayed for Rebecca.

Also, when God restored Job; It was at the gates. Places of authorities, power and influence are for Christians to move the kingdom forward and we all to be there.  In recent times; CNN is being used to transmit ridiculous news about Christianity because Christians are not at the gates. Try this with Muslims and houses will burn.

It would be a wonderful thing if Christians are at other gates influencing policies and decisions for the propagation of the kingdom. Christians should not just be found at the church gate and live all other gates for the devil. When Obama was President of America, he went around Africa instigating that they should support same-sex marriage. If they disagree, America will retrieve funds and started blackmailing the non-supporters; this is because he was at the gate.

During the election of America, people did not want Trump. Although, he is not Pentecostal he is a Christian. This man in one year has implemented policies than Obama did in 8 years.  A few days ago, America opened the first embassy in Jerusalem after the International Christian centre embassy.

We need more Christians at the gate.  This is possible. For example, the present Prime Minister of United Kingdom is the daughter of a Minister. Theresa May decided she will be a prime minister at 8; when her father explained to her that certain things cannot be influenced except you are at the gate. When Margaret Thatcher became PM, she got angry and at the slightest opportunity, she took it. The present German Chancellor Angela Merkel; is also a daughter of a Minister and she is the longest serving Chancellor.

Martin Luther King Jr. also made a decision to make a difference in the world and got inspired by the church. God is ready to give fresh fire.

Luke 12:49 “I have come to cast fire upon the earth, and how I wish that it were already kindled!…”

He didn’t come to start a religion but to baptise the world with fire. When you carry fire, you carry the manifestation. Exodus 19 depicts how God uses fire; He used it to protect the Children of Israel and also to show them the way.

Wherever God is, there must be fire. You need to wake up with fire to have a fulfilled day.  Some people have been disconnected like Eli that needed Samuel to hear from God. I tell you, be encouraged. Go back and visit Jordan where John baptises. Let’s go back to Mount Camel and pick up the fire. Please do not go powerless, fireless, wait until you are induced with power from on high.  So, every one of us will walk endued with power.

The Apostle was able to demonstrate the power of God having received the Pentecostal fire.

  1. Acts 3.. “Peter gave something more than money but healing…”
  2. Acts 5…” the shadow of the power he carried actually healed the sick…”
  3. Acts 19..” handkerchief from the pockets of apostles healed the sick..”

These are people who have gone ahead of us. We carry the same grace today; wait until you are endued with power from on high. When you are baptized in the Holy Ghost fire it takes you into the fullness of the spirit. You bring forth fruits when it is needed, word of knowledge and word of prophecy. Romans 8: notes that God understands better when you speak the language of the spirit.  With the Holy Spirit, you become too hot for evil spirits; your passion will be induced by fire.

I discover that there is passion in the heart of your pastor for revival to break out which facilitates prophecy fulfilment.

A well was dug in 1906 at Wales, hoping that this well can be dug in Leeds for a revival break out when Christians come together. As Christians, we must passionately seek a reconnection. Many of your relatives have not given their lives to Christ because they cannot see the manifestation of God’s power in you. I implore you today; now is the time to get fresh fire; seek the face of the Lord and be rejuvenated.

Prayer: May the Lord grant me the fresh fire to move the kingdom forward in Jesus name.

The sermon, The Baptism of Fresh Fire, by Rev Mossy Madugba, the international director, was delivered on May 27, 2018.

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Sustaining Greatness, by Pastor Akinkunmi Thomas

Saul became King as a result of public opinion and human desire to reject God’s rulership over them. God anointed Saul to be King over Israel but Saul chose to disobey and dishonour God and as a result, God rejected him to be King over His people and moreover, that his family will cease to rule over Israel.

King Saul lacked the character to sustain the promotion God bestowed on him. Nothing good last in the life of whoever lacks character.

Because God hates a vacuum, God found a better replacement in the house of Jesse. In the house of Jesse were 7 men, handsome and tall with their younger brother and they were paraded before Samuel and Samuel said God has rejected them because God does not look at the appearance of men but the heart.

It’s our heart that qualifies us for promotion. It’s our heart that determines how far we will go. Guard your heart with all diligence, out of it flows the issues of life. Proverbs 4:23.

WHAT DOES GOD LOOK FOR IN A MAN?

1 Samuel 16:1-14

God Knew What Samuel Or Others Did Not See. Eliab, Abinadab and Shammah were belittling and petite in their thoughts. In 2 Samuel 17: They mocked and derailed David. They were in the military and well built. David was keeping sheep. Moses thought the same about Aaron as a leader.

  1. David Possessed The Heart Of A Servant. Psalm 89:20 “I have found my servant David; I appointed him by pouring holy oil on him.” David – my servant. Servanthood is humility in practice.

To be a servant means to perform menial tasks.

To be a servant is to not care who gets the credit.

To be a servant you have just one goal: the success of your superior. 

Mark 9:35 “Anyone wanting to be the greatest must be the least – the servant of all!”

  1. David Possessed A Heart Of Integrity. Psalm 78:70 “He chose David his servant, from tending the sheep… he brought him to be the shepherd of his people. And David shepherded them with the integrity of heart.” Integrity is what you are when no one else is looking.

Proverbs 18:16 A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men. Your gift may bring you before great men, but it is a character that enables you to stay there.

Joseph’s gift brought him before pharaoh, but his character made him prime minister of Egypt. Greatness is not a one-time event:

David killed the giant and we think that was when he became great. No. Greatness is doing every little thing in a great way.

True greatness is not seen in the big things we do, but in the little things we do in a great way. 

A crown doesn’t make a man a king, it only identifies the king in the man.

  1. God Chose David Because He Was Ready (V.11-12). When Jesse and David’s brothers are brought in before Samuel, they are “sanctified,” v. 5 – their sins are dealt with and they are made ready for worship. When David is brought, there is no sanctification – he is ready nonetheless!

What you’re presently doing will determine if you are ready for the next level.

  1. God Chose David Because He Was Reliable (V.11). When God calls David, He finds him faithfully doing what he has been told to do – keeping sheep. He is doing a dirty, lonely job; but he does it because it is what he has been assigned to do. After he is anointed, he goes back to his flock, v. 19. Why? Because that is what he does! Even after he is called to Jerusalem to play for King Saul, v. 23, he returned to keep his father’s sheep, 17:15. Why? Because David is faithful.
  2. God Chooses Those Who Are Redeemed (v.13). When Samuel anointed David and perhaps whispered God’s plan in his ear; this was not David’s first encounter with God.

He had seen the power of God written in the heavens (Psalm 19).

He had witnessed God’s tender care for His people in his own relationship to his flocks (Psalm 23).

He might have walked onto the public stage in 1 Sam 16, but David had been walking with God for some time (1 Sam. 17). God calls & chooses His vessels from among His redeemed ones.

  1. David Respected The Covenant. Had True, Genuine Faith: 1 Samuel 17: For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God? Who can forget young David’s words to Saul as he prepared to go face Goliath, he said to Saul, ‘Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came out and took a lamb out the flock, I went out after it… And when it rose against me, I caught it by its beard and struck and killed it.’ ‘The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.’ Have that faith to meet Satan on his own ground today.
  2. David Had A Truly Grateful Heart: In Psalm 30 David said, ‘I will give thanks unto thee forever’. David was grateful to God for all He had done in His life. He never let it go to his head.
  3. David Had A Truthful Nature Of Repentance Whenever He Sinned & Was Confronted: When David sinned he admitted his sin to God. David knew what kind of person could walk with God – a person who walked uprightly and spoke the truth in his heart. Ps. 24:3-5.
  4. David Had A Transparent Life: Psalm 26:2 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts. David even prayed that God would examine his life. Would you and I be so quick to pray that God would examine our lives? But our lives already are anyway.
  5. David Was Also Cunning In Playing: He had a talent or an ability to play this instrument and he developed it. Develop your talents. Everyone has been given certain talents and abilities that others don’t have. Maybe it is woodworking or singing. Maybe it is writing or typing. Maybe it is painting or cleaning. Practice and use it for the glory of God!
  6. David Was Courageous And Brave. Don’t be scared to be available to God. God is looking for those who will be brave and courageous. 1 Sam. 17:32.
  7. David Was Prudent In Matters: He had good judgment and was ready to learn. There are some people God will never use because we know too much. God can’t teach a know-it-all, and He can’t effectively use one. Be ready to listen and learn and grow and change your mind.
  8. David Was A Comely Person: David was fine looking and took good care of himself. Now everyone has not been blessed with good looks, but everyone can take pride in his or her appearance. You can do the best you can with what you’ve got. Don’t be a slob. Be clean and act like you care about the body you’ve been given. Keep the little you have clean.
  9. David Possessed A Heart Of Dependence On God. I want you to notice the comparison of Saul’s heart to David’s.

Psalm 62:6-8 God alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honour depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.

  1. David Also Had A Heart Of Obedience For God. Psalm 40:8 “I take joy in doing your will, my God, for your law is written on my heart.”

Psalm 119:11 “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”

David’s desire was to be obedient. Unlike Saul who tried to whitewash his sin, David was crushed over his sins (Psalm 51).

  1. The Lord Was With David. He Was Anointed With The Holy Spirit. How did Saul’s servants know that God was with David?

Can people tell the Lord is with you? There was readiness in his heart for the Holy Spirit.

God is looking for some young David’s and Joshua’s to anoint with his Holy Spirit.

David was youngest of 8 = the number of new beginnings. God wants to do something fresh.

Let’s be like David and give God something to anoint. There are some lions and bears that need to be slain in this hour, and you are God’s choice for the job.

PRAYER POINTS

Thank God for where you are

Reject and refuse to be stagnant

Help me build a character that will ensure my greatness

The grace to serve diligently I receive.

The sermon, Sustaining Greatness, by Pastor Akinkunmi Thomas, Pastor RCCG Living Bread, Newcastle and Zonal Pastor, was delivered on May 13, 2018.