Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The Love of the Father

We will start by looking at 1John chapter 3 verse 1 to 3.

1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as He is.

3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as He is pure.

Basically, all human beings are in three categories.

Category one are those who are just creatures of God: in the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth - that is Genesis chapter 1 from verse 1 and go all the way down, God created everything.

John chapter 1 verse 1 to 3 tells us that: in the beginning was the word, the word was with God and the word was God. By the time we get to verse 3, by all things created - all things were made by Him; there was nothing made that was not made by him.

He made all things.
In Isaiah 45 verse 7, God said..., (and if you like go and read it from verse 6 where He there is no one else but Himself); ...and He said in verse 7, I form the light and I created darkness; He said, I make peace and I created evil. God created everything.

I am talking about human being in particular, in Isaiah 54 verse 16 to 17: He tells us that, He is even the One who makes the waster to destroy.
In other words, God made witches, He made the wizard; He made the devil, He made the demons; He made them all.

He made the herbalist, He made their herbs...

That was why He said concerning His children: no weapon formed against you shall prosper because those who are putting the weapons together, I made them and I can neutralize their efforts.

And then, you want to ask a question, how come God made good people, bad people?

He said something in Proverbs 16 verse 4: He said, He made the wicked for the day of evil.
The Lord has made all things for Himself - even the wicked for the days of evil.

In other words, if you see someone who is persistently doing evil; and at times, you are attempted to say, where is God?

God is on His throne. He said, He made the wicked for the day of evil. Some people must be available to be use as example that evil does not pay.

In Romans chapter 9 verse 17 for example, says He is the one who raised up Pharaoh; He knew Pharaoh was bad, He knew Pharaoh was evil but He kept on promoting him so that when I show My power in him, the world will pay attention; when I drown you, the whole world will hear about it and they will glorify my name.

So, if there is somebody that you know who is terribly evil and yet seem to be succeeding..., I wish you will read one of my tracts - I wrote one tract way back in the 1970s - called 'Ram for the slaughter'. If you see somebody who is evil and is making progress, is being reserved for the day of evil.

My prayer is that when the day of evil comes we will not be a partaker.

That is first category of people who are just creatures.

Out of this first comes the second category, a select few that God calls My servant.

In Joshua chapter 1 verse 1 to 2, He was talking to Joshua and He said, Moses my servant is dead...; they are those who are ordinary creatures, they are those who are servants.

Mathew 22 verse 14 tells us that this people are few - many are called but few were chosen.

From Job chapter 1 verse 7 to 12, you see one big problem of being in category two - being a servant of God: a servant of God could be rich, like Job was rich, he was a servant of God.

God said to Satan, have you consider my servant Job? He fears God Satan said, You prospered Him; You surrounded him with a fence; I cannot touch him; there is a edge round about him. Give me permission, let me deal with him and then he will tell You that You are not God - he will deny You. You know the rest of the story.

God said, no, I trust Job; he is a good servant. You want to test him? Test him, he won't fail.

The servant of God enjoys certain benefits but it is limited.

Then comes category three: the ones that the Almighty calls My children. Their own privileges are almost unlimited.

Like the section I read to you - 1 John chapter 3 if you read verses 1 and 2 there - you will discover that apart from several other things, apart from the fact that God allowed Job to be tested by Satan - gives Satan permission to attack him; God won't give permission to Satan to attack His sons just like he attacked a servant.

Someone, years ago came and he said, God sent him to go and prophecies to me - there was a word of prophecy God told him.

Okay, go ahead. Opened his mouth and said, God said, go and tell my 'servant' Adeboye...

I said, shut up. What do you mean? I said, God has not sent you to me. He said how do you know?

You have not even heard what I have to say. I said, my Father does not call me servant, He calls me son.

How many children of God are here tonight? Wave your hand and shout hallelujah.

The difference between a son and a servant is almost unimaginable and I will just give you a little bit of it.

In Exodus 33 verse 17 to 23, Moses begged God for one favour: he said, I want to see you.

You see me, You talk to me; I too want to see You. God said to him, Moses, if you see me, you will die.

But the text I read to you said: those of us who are God's children we will see Him.

How many of you believe you will see Jesus one of this day?

And so shall it be in Jesus' name.

In John 15 verse 1 to 2, the Bible says not only are we going to see Him, we have to be like Him because He is the Vine, we are the Branches. A branch of a vine looks exactly like the vine. We will be like Him.

Like Father, like son. I have never heard: like Father, like servant. We will be like Him.

And because He is the Vine and we are the Branches (I am talking about those of us who are children of God); because the same liquid that flows in the Vine, flows in the Branches.

I am confident that the moment you become truly born-again, the blood that flows in Jesus, flows in you.

I have said it before, I am saying it again: no witch dear suck the blood of a true child of God.
If the witch tries it, the witch will die because the same blood that is flowing in Jesus is flowing in us.

The elders here will remember what happen during our first convention on this camp ground.
Three witches came they said they wanted to take over the land before we arrive; they came.

One of the three ran mad. The second one became hunch back before she died. The third one confessed before she died.

I am decreeing today, every evil force that tries to interfere with all of you who are children of God, you will bury them.

You see, because the Bible says in 1John chapter 4 verse 17: He said, as He is, so are we this world. As Jesus is, so are we in this world.

I have told you before, if you hear that I die suddenly, don't believe anybody that say, witches killed him.

I died suddenly because I have covenant with my God: If I am going to backslide tomorrow, Father, take me away today - that is my covenant. So, if you suddenly hear that I am gone, you know why.

No Witch can tackle a true child of the living God. Not only are we going to see Him, not only are we going to become like Him, He even said that the work that He did, we shall do also - John 14 verse 12. He even went to say, greater work than these shall we do.

we thank God for mighty testimonies that we hear from time to time.

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