Sept 23, 2013 – Bishop David Oyedepo’s Messages: Securing Your High Places Part 1 & 2
Welcome to your regular column. Last week, I taught on some scriptural steps to double portion restoration. I showed you what happens, when God leads you. Also, I showed you how to access divine guidance.
This week, I will be teaching on Securing Your High Places. In this world of gross darkness, divine guidance is one of our greatest assets (Joel 2:2). When you miss God’s leadings, you run into crises. Don’t lean on your own understanding, because you have no access to the future. Only God knows the end from the beginning. In all your ways, acknowledge that God is the only One who knows tomorrow.
Today looks great, but will tomorrow also be great or greater? Only God knows. Your understanding is inadequate to guiding your steps into the future. No one knows tomorrow like God; you must acknowledge this consistently, for you to walk free from the crises of life.
Recognise that every child of God is a candidate for the high places of life. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid (Matthew 5:14). You are ordained for the top! You are redeemed to reign as a king on the earth.
There is a special price on your life. So, you are a special citizen on the earth. But you cannot be made until you are led. God’s leadings are the gateways to your makings. Until you allow Him to lead you, He cannot make you.
For instance, the Israelites knew no lack when God led them. They had plenty of peace, health, food, dignity, protection. Every good thing accompanied them as they were led by God (Isaiah 48:21).
Many times, God’s leadings may not agree with your thoughts, but they are the highways to your high places (Isaiah 55:8). When God leads, strange doors are opened.
What Makes His Leading?
•When God leads, He goes before the led (Isaiah 45:1-3): When God goes before you, all gates must lift up their heads. There is no global barrier against the man led by God. When God leads the way, you become unstoppable, unshakeable and immoveable.
•When God leads, He goes with the led (Matthew 28:20).
•When God leads, He works with the led (Mark 16:20; 1 Corinthians 3:9).
•He works through the led (John 14:10).
•When God leads, He works for the led (1 Thessalonians 5:24).
•When God leads, He protects the led (Exodus 23:20).
•When God leads, He renders the enemies of the led helpless.
How to be led by God?
• You must desire to be divinely guided (Proverbs 3:5-6): What you don’t desire, you don’t deserve. What enhances your desire is your understanding of the role of divine guidance in securing your glorious destiny in Christ.
• Meekness: This is one of the virtues that entitle our access to divine guidance (Psalm 25:9). It takes meekness to access divine guidance.
Benefits of Divine Guidance:
•Supernatural Empowerment (Judges 6:14): When God leads you on a particular mission, He supernaturally energizes you to deliver. You are awake intellectually, you are alive emotionally, and you are strong physically.
•Divine protection (Psalm 105:13-15): This is the entitlement of everyone led by the Lord (Exodus 23:20).
•Supernatural Insight (Isaiah 48:17): When God leads, He is committed to teaching the led how to be profitable.
•Supernatural breakthrough (Genesis 26:1-2, 12-14): This is one very outstanding benefits of divine guidance.
SECURING YOUR HIGH PLACES PART 2
In continuation of our subject matter, this week, I shall be looking at your fruitfulness, when God is the One leading you. The Word of God says: Thou shalt be blessed above all people: there shall not be male or female barren among you or among your cattle (Deuteronomy 7:14). This means, you shall be fat and flourishing; you shall be fruitful beyond bearing children. You will be scaling heights in businesses, careers and everything about you will be fruitful.
Recognize that every seed of Abraham is ordained for all-round fruitfulness. It is important to become knowledgeable of God’s will to flourish on all sides. You become defeated in life, when you lack the knowledge of His will concerning you.
God’s Word says: And they thirsted not when he led them through the deserts: he caused the waters to flow out of the rock for them: he clave the rock also, and the waters gushed out (Isaiah 48:21).When you subscribe to God’s leadings and instructions, you are on your way to greatness. Then, you will realize that there is nothing in any far country that compares with what is in your God. He has given to you everything you will ever need (Deuteronomy 32:9-14; 2 Peter 1:3).
HOW GOD LEADS US:
•Through Rhema: This is the voice of the Spirit. Any time you say,‘God said,’ it is the Spirit of God speaking to you on God’s behalf.Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you(John 16:13-14).
Every child of God has access to His voice, but your spiritual ears must be open to hear Him, because He is the voice of the Spirit.Therefore, you must become a man of the Spirit, to connect with it (Isaiah 42:18-24).
•Through the Voice behind the Word:God’s Word is God’s voice in print (Isaiah 34:16). Every Word of the scripture is as commanded and inspired by God. So, behind every statement of the scripture is God’s voice, which places you in command of every situation (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
•Through Heavenly Visions: The Lord guides you through heavenly pictures interpreted by Him. It takes a man of the Spirit, who lives and works by the Spirit to encounter visions from the Lord (Revelation 4:1).
Friend, the power to be led by God is available, if you are born again. You are born again by confessing your sins and accepting Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. If you are set for this new birth experience, please say this prayer: Lord Jesus, I am a sinner. I cannot help myself. Forgive me of my sins. Cleanse me with Your precious Blood. Deliver me from sin and satan, to serve the Living God. From today, I accept You as my Lord and personal Saviour. Thank You for saving me. Now I know I am born again!
I know this teaching has blessed you. Write and share your testimony with me through: Faith Tabernacle, Canaan Land, Ota, P.M.B. 21688, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria; or call 7747546-8; or E-mail: [email protected]
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