FROM THE PULPIT Regardless of My Situation, God Will Elevate Me Text: 2 Samuel 9:1-13 - By Dr. Remi Adelugba
HE plan of God is to move you from the level you are presently, and move you to the top. Regardless of what you might be experiencing or what your deficiencies may be, He is able to move you forward. Deut 28:13: The LORD will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the LORD your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom. What is Elevation? Elevation simply means moving from a lower level to a higher level. It also means repositioning, lifting up, increasing and promotion to the very top of your career, academics and spiritual level. Many people admire to be praised by man. They enjoy the gesture of people singing their praises. They prefer the approval of men rather than God’s divine elevation and promotion. Haman was exactly like that, he enjoyed it, when the gate keepers bowed down and reverenced him for no deserved reasons. He was surprised and felt belittled, when Mordecai failed to join the other gate keepers to praise him. He planned to kill him and destroy the whole Jews. But God’s divine elevation miraculously moved Mordecai above Haman. Regardless of your situation, whether you are employed or unemployed, a gatekeeper or not, God can move you forward and elevate you. He will lift you up to the highest level in Jesus name, Amen. Psalm 75:6-7 says "For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: He putteth down one, and setteth up another.” Many of God’s servants were chosen regardless of their background, mistakes, education and preparation. For example, David was chosen, and elevated from among his family, regardless of his position in the family. So, God is still in the same business of divinely elevating His people, and he can use anybody or anything for your elevation. The Lord can use people you do not know for your elevation: The Lord can use people around you for your elevation. He can use your enemy’s children for your promotion. The relationship between David and Jonathan (King Saul’s son), was God ordained. It was a perfect example of how God can use your enemy’s children to answer to you and bring about your elevation. (1 Sam. 18: 1.) Jonathan helped David escape from Saul, and employed him to show kindness to his family. This is an indication that, Jonathan recognised David as future king (1 Sam. 20:14-15). He foresaw God’s elevation and anointing coming David’s way. Rather than striving, he took the opportunity to associate with him and negotiate his own future. He quickly entered into a covenant concerning his family. After the death of Saul and his three children, David was installed the King in Israel. During the period of his reign, David remembered the covenant he had with Jonathan concerning his family. In 2 Sam. 9:1-13: we find an account of Jonathan’s son named Mephibosheth. His situation was so frustrating and unbearable, to the extent that he was more or less an outcast. Mephibosheth became subject of divine elevation: One day, Mephibosheth became the subject of divine elevation. Why? Because of the good deeds his father (Jonathan) showed David. David remembered the covenant and decided to look for any member of Saul’s family to repay the kindness. Somebody will remember the good deeds done by your parents, and they will come looking for you in Jesus name. Amen. Mephibosheth was five years old when news came that both his father and grandfather had been killed in a battle front (2 Sam 4:4). When the nurse taking care of him heard the news, she attempted to flee with him for fear of being killed. Unfortunately, she dropped him from the height, and became lame. He was hidden in the house of Makir son of Ammiel in Lo Debar, where he squatted and ate from remnants. One day, Mephibosheth heard a knock on the door which would change his life forever. You will hear a knock on your door for divine elevation in Jesus name, Amen. From that moment onward, Mephibosheth relocated to the King’s palace. A book of remembrance will be opened: “The king said, Is there not still someone of the house of Saul to whom I may show the [unfailing, unsought, unlimited] mercy and kindness of God? Ziba replied, Jonathan has yet a son who is lame in his feet. And the king said, where is he? Ziba replied, He is in the house of Makir son of Ammiel in Lo debar” 2 Sam. 9:3-5. Ziba was a servant, a thief, an armed robber seating and enjoying in the palace of his employer, while the grandson of his employer was languishing in poverty. Every Ziba in your life will be destroyed in Jesus name. Amen. Repositioning and relocation of destiny: In 2 Sam. 9:4-5, it was clear that divine elevation can go all out to fetch and reposition dead destiny. Somebody will carry out the instruction of the most high to bring about your elevation in Jesus name, Amen. Mephibosheth had no knowledge of the effort King David and his chiefs were making concerning his greatness. He was still depending on the food that was eaten from the floor. You will experience divine elevation effortlessly in Jesus name, Amen. He was fetched out of disgrace and shame and was relocated to the palace. What shall I do to receive my divine elevation? You must be born again: and trust the Lord for His mercy: Roman 9:15-16 “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” Understand that, God will not use parameters such as your knowledge, education, and your fluency in languages, except by His grace. Humility and perseverance: humility is required for an elevation to come, Prov. 22: 4: The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honour and life. Good deeds and prayer: The good deeds of you and your family coupled with prayer will open every closed door in Jesus name. Col. 3:23-24: whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. Conclusion: Regardless of Mephibosheth’s lameness, he encountered God’s divine elevation. He continued to eat at the King’s table. Every of his lost inheritances were returned unto him effortlessly. God will divinely elevate you today in Jesus name, Amen. Excerpts of a sermon delivered by Dr Remi Adelugba on November 18, 2012
NOVEMBER 2012 THEME: DIVINE ELEVATION
OD has a way of elevating His children. Before such people were born, He makes sure He had invested something into their destiny, so that at a point in their lifetime on earth, He then calls them; empowers them; justifies their calling and use them for His own glory. Later He then glorifies them (Rom. 8:30). In the bible, children of God like Jacob who at a time was a fugitive was elevated by God to become founder of the 12 tribes of Israel (Gen. 32:10); David was elevated from a shepherd boy to becoming the king of Israel (Psalm 78:70-71); Peter, Andrew, James and John from illiterate fishermen to global reformers who restored lost souls to Jehovah. From very low estates, these people were elevated by God that some were almost thought to be a god. Moses was a slave boy who became the deliverer of Israel from bondage and terror to Egypt. Paul and Barnabas were empowered to do creative miracles to the extent that the people of Lystra wanted to offer sacrifices to them as gods! The little errand boy Samuel was elevated by God to become the next High Priest and kingmaker in Israel. This month of November, God will begin to carry out His predestined plans of elevation in our lives as His children in Jesus name. He will equip and empowers us for the lifting that is coming; He will in plain terms justify our callings; and He personally will supervise the upliftment in Jesus name. By Pastor Samuel Obafaiye
THE RCCG (EVERLASTING FATHER’S ASSEMBLY) 2012 PROPHECY THEME: OUR YEAR OF ASTOUNDING ACCOMPLISHMENTS
STOUNDING is defined as bewildering or striking dumb with wonder; or so surprisingly impressive as to stun or overwhelm. While accomplishments could be defined as the act of carrying out or achieving; something achieved or successfully completed; gained skills or talent; attainment of social grace, style, and poise. After God ordered Elijah to anoint Elisha as his successor; Elisha left his lucrative mechanized farming and became a servant to Elijah. He would run errands for him and take care of his master. The time came when God was prepared to take Elijah away; Elisha’s contemporaries began to make mockery of him that he would soon be like them, but Elisha was determined not to remain as an ordinary son of a prophet; but as someone spectacular. So he demanded for the double portion of the anointing of God upon his master. The bible records that Elisha was able to fulfil the condition set by Elijah and so received the double portion of his master’s anointing! The sons of prophet that thought Elisha was already stranded at the other side of Jordan bowed before him and called him ‘Master’ after he parted the Jordan River and walked through it on dry ground! (2 Kings 2: 1-15). In the year 2012, the Spirit of God says He will make us to achieve feats that are astounding; gain talents and skills that are staggering; and enjoy attainments of social grace, style and poise that are startling! By Pastor Samuel Obafaiye
THE RCCG (WORLDWIDE) 2012 PROPHECY THEME: OUR YEAR OF NEW THINGS FOR INDIVIDUALS: 1. He said many considered to be absolutely barren will be fruitful. 2. He said family histories will be rewritten, including an end to premature death. 3. He said desperate prayers will get quick reply this year. 4. He said some will experience massive transfer of wealth from the wicked to the just. FOR NIGERIA: 1. God says He has surprises both for His own and for the enemies of the church. 2. He said before this year ends, it will be said of Nigeria; all is well that ends well. 3, He said we are to pray more for prominent Nigerians, so that those who see this year may see the next. INTERNATIONAL: 1. Daddy says there will be a lot of power transfer. 2. He said new phenomenon will startle scientists. 3. He said we are to pray against earth quakes of record magnitude, tsunamis of record proportion and massive hurricanes. if we pray they will be subdued. 4. The civil unrest that started last year, will begin to end this year. However, no matter what happens, 2012 is a Year of New Things. All is well. By Pastor Enoch Adeboye (Gen. Overseer RCCG Worldwide)
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Elevation - God’s Choice Text: I Sam 16:1-13
- By Deacon Bolaji Cole
HIS is a story of divine elevation, God sent Prophet Samuel to the house of Jesse on a divine elevation assignment but when he got there David was nowhere to be found, he was missing. The elevation was for him, not his brothers yet he was missing. May you not be missing on your day of elevation in Jesus Name. There are four things which can be learnt from this bible passage about what God does when He wants to elevate someone. God Provides a means or process for you to be elevated. In 1 Kgs 15, God gave King Saul an instruction through Samuel which he disobeyed and that was the process that started the elevation of David. King Saul was given a clear instruction that it was time to punish Amalek for what they did to the Israelites when they came out of Egypt, In Exodus 17 : 8 the Amalekites attacked the children of Israel and in the same Exodus 17 : 14 God told Moses to write a memorial in the book and recount in the hearing of Joshua that He will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under the earth. Now you might be wondering what did the Amalekites do that God said he would wipe them off the surface of the earth, when the Israelites came out of Egypt, the Amalekites attacked and killed the weak and the feeble that were behind Deut. 25: 17 - 19 and this angered God and He promised to exterminate Amalek and that was why he rejected Saul because he refused to carry out his instructions to the fullest. At that point Saul’s elevation expired with God and the process for David’s elevations began, my prayer for you is that your elevation will not expire with God in the name of Jesus. But I must warn that as many of us that God has elevated, we should realise that God will not hesitate to demote anyone that disobeys him. Saul became a casualty instead of the Amalekites as he was brought down from his exalted position as a king, may you not be brought down for the sins of others in the name of Jesus and if someone will have to be brought down may the person not be you in Jesus Name. (Ps 75: 7) Saul’s decision not to kill all the Amalekites put the nation of Israel at the risk of extermination in the book of Esther 3, Haman an Amalek who was a descendant of Agag plotted to wipe off all the Jews but for God, that is why it is important for us to obey God now and always because our obedience now has effects on our generations unborn. God remembers you when men forget you. David was forgotten by his father and brothers. Jesse made all his sons except David to parade in front of Samuel and did not remember David until he was asked if he had any other son. One would expect that he would have asked about the where about of David from the brothers before Samuel did, but he totally forgot, Jesse paraded all his sons except one. I declare unto you that on the day of your elevation, May God and man remember you in the name of Jesus. A man had 8 sons and on the day when God chose one of his sons to be made king, he forgot that he had 8 sons and paraded 7 sons. Now, let’s give Jesse the benefits of doubt that he was old and his memories might have failed him, what about the 7 brothers of David, could we say same about them, no. Not even one of them remembered David? To them, if it was not them it could not be David, David was a non-entity, David the small boy? They had written off that nothing good could come out of David. People may have written you of in your family or workplace, they may have thought that you will not amount to anything in life but because God lives, you shall be elevated, may God fight for you and give you victories in Jesus Name. David almost missed out on his day of celebration because for one reason or the other, his father and brothers chose to forget him but for God he would have missed out. You will not be found missing on your day of elevation and promotion in Jesus Name. God will suspend all natural laws to elevate you. Under normal circumstances in our present day, if anyone is going to be made a king in a family, it is usually the eldest son. But in the case of David all natural laws were suspended because God wanted to make him king. It is not how qualified you are but how God qualifies you and God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the call. I declare in the name of Jesus that all man made laws working against you shall be suspended in the name of Jesus and you shall be elevated. David was the youngest of all the sons of Jesse, yet God chose him to be king over Israel. You may be here and you are saying, if only I am this, if only I am that, if only my parents were wealthy etc. The good news for you is that God is not a respecter of man (Acts 10:34, Rms 2:11). He doesn’t care about your backgrounds when He wants to elevate. God is not subject to any natural laws because He is a supernatural God who does wonders. God will elevate you in the presence of your enemies and detractors. The brothers who thought David couldn’t be anointed as king and forgot about him were present when David was anointed. Psa 23 : 5 Thou prepares a table before me in the presence of my enemies, thou anointest my head with oil, my cup runneth over. Those that thought you will not amount to anything in life will present on your day of elevation in Jesus Name. WHAT CAN I DO TO BE ELEVATED? Apart from obeying God, living a holy life and praying. The other thing is to believe God and be expecting your elevation. Our believe system as Christians is important to being elevated by God. You need to believe the promises of God for your life, believe that it shall come to pass in your life. Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper. And blessed is she that believed, for there will be a performance of that which was told her from the Lord. Luke 1: 45. Unfortunately, most Christians do not believe enough that faithful is he that has promised that he would bring it to pass, we are too fearful and doubt God. God is unimpressed by unbelief. James 1:6 - 8. But let him ask in faith with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of sea driven and tossed by the wind For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord, he is a double minded man, unstable in all his ways. No one who is doubtful will receive anything from God. CONCLUSION Whom God chooses to elevate is his prerogative and he chooses those that love, honour and obey him. God chose to elevate David not because he was the most qualified or he was better than his 7 brothers that were rejected, in fact no one can tell the reasons why God did, but I want you to remember that it is only God that can elevate you and when it is time for you to be elevated, no one and nothing will be able to stop you, you shall surely be elevated in Jesus Name. For my Bible tells me in Psa 75: 6 that promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. It did not mention North, because north belongs to our God. David was chosen by God because of one thing and is found in the book of Rom 9: 15–16. . . Excerpts of a sermon delivered by Deacon Bolaji Cole at RCCG Everlasting Father’s Assembly, Leeds on November 18, 2012.
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SERVICE BULLETIN FOR 25TH NOVEMBER 2012
THEME OF THE MONTH: DIVINE ELEVATION
MINISTERING: PASTOR (MRS) ANTHONIA OBAFAIYE
MONTHLY ACTIVITIES Celebration of Life Service: 1st Sunday of the month Anointing Service:- Last Sundays of the month Holy Communion:- Last Wednesday of the month (Leeds) Women Fellowship - 3rd Saturday - 1.00PM Men Fellowship - Last Friday - Bimonthly - 6.30PM NIGHT VIGIL FIRST Friday of the month (10PM - 1AM) VENUE:LAND OF MERCY, 15-17 WALTER STREET, LEEDS
We collectively want to congratulate our brothers and sisters on their birthday celebrations, which occured last month. . Some of them are: Brother Robinson Amuzie; Brother Chris Asaba; Sister Ejila Makangu; Sister Tracy Becker; Master Timothy Obafaiye; Miss Morayo Banks-Alonge; Miss Alero Boyo; Miss Vanesa Sumah; Master Samuel Adelugba; Miss Somi Dirisu; Miss Ukuhor; Mr Tosanbami Ogholaja; Sister Oseyemi Oluwatuyi; Brother Samuel Dahunsi; Sister Rufinah Sumah; Brother Daniel Makwa; Mummy Funmilola Ogunyinka; Minister Victor Olajubu; Sister Modupe Ogunlewe and 6 Sister Janet Egunbambi. May God be gracious to you all; bless you and make His face to shine upon you all in Jesus name.
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