The Power Of Love In Pursuit Of Purpose – Pastor Chris
Continuing in his teaching on the Power and Pursuit of Purpose at the International Pastors and Partners Conference in Lagos, Nigeria on Friday November 16, 2018, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome singled out the Power of Love from the trio of the power resources, the power of faith and the power of love which forms the fulcrum of his teaching on Friday, he referenced from the Book of John 21:15-17 (KJV) “So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.”
Pastor Chris explained that the interesting thing about this dialogue was that Peter said I really like you, I care about you in response to Jesus question; do you love me…? Pastor made a second reference to the next verse (John 21:18 KJV) “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not.”
He alluded to a statement made earlier by Pastor Deola on the issue of a consummate Partner, who is a worker together with God. He described it as same purpose, same cause, and same vision, pointing out that there is no reason for anyone to be on earth than to demonstrate God’s glory and train for the spirit life. Pastor said that in the age to come, God will take us into the new realms. The training however, is from here and is very important. When it comes to your earthly resources, all God is asking from you is the wisdom to manage what He gives you, Pastor said.
What you will do with $10,000 if God gives it to you, he asked. “Can you multiply it and use it for God or will it be to your flesh and please the devil or will you lose it?”. It is a sin to lose what God blesses you with, he warned. Go to Pastor Chris Digital Library and listen to it. You should never lose what God gives you. It’s a gift of trust. Plant it in the kingdom of God, he added.
Continuing, Pastor said that Jesus cares about whether or not you love Him. He does care. Moving a step further in the teaching, Pastor went back to the Book of John 14:23 KJV, where he left off, “Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” He used that to point out that the “proof of your love for Jesus is keeping His words. Do you keep His words? That’s the proof of your love”.
“He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.”(John 14:24 KJV).
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.”(1 Corinthians 13:4-8 NIV) Love never fails. It doesn’t stop.
When you are clear about what you are doing. Why are you a partner? It can’t just be that it’s a nice thing. Why are you a partner? When He wins one, He makes that one a partner in what He does. Winning, building and sending… To win, to build and to send… That’s how it got to us.
When your purpose is clear… Why… Why did God create you? Have you discovered the answer? Why did you come to this world? Why are you leaving? Pastor wrote as a teenager that he was born to be the answer to the cry of many. His purpose was clear. I know what I’m leaving for.
I have a purpose. A definite purpose. When you’re a child of God, there’s a definite purpose for you. You’re an original. Nobody can ever be like you. Be Gods best for you. Anyone else is fake. I’m original. There are over six billion people on earth no duplicate fingerprints or voice chords. God can’t mix it up. How do millions of birds find their different babies? They don’t even clash in the air. Apply Gods word for yourself. You’re made from and by the word. The material for making you is the word of God. If you work in the light of His word, it’s impossible for you to fail.
I’m a success. I’m a success. Yes, I’m a success. When you realize that He reproduced you and a success, you will not be bordered about competition which is for the ignorant. Your only competition is outdoing your past. Otherwise, you’re not wise. “I’m a success. I’m heaping success upon success. I’m set on course that I must follow. I was born for the glory of God and I know it. I’m determined to bring Him glory”, he said.
“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.” 2 Corinthians 5:14-16 NIV.
I’m driven, compelled, motivated by His love. He died for all. We no longer live for ourselves. He died for me. The life I live now is for Him. I don’t know anybody after the flesh. It’s a spiritual life now. I’m a new man. I don’t look at the flesh now. When I look at you, it’s got to be for Jesus. If you’re not living for Jesus, you’re sunk.
“For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
2 Corinthians 5:14-17 KJV
He died for the whole world, not for Christians. What matters is the new creation. You’ve got to be fully committed. We receive lots of money. I wonder what goes through your mind when people come up this platform. We have millions of partners all across the world. How many can you invite, he asked?
“How many partners do we have for Healing School. We have sixteen million around the world. We have forty three million partners of Rhapsody of Realities. That’s something. When we talk of money, we’ve got a whole lot and it keeps getting greater and greater. We want more partners because until you commit your finances, you don’t truly believe. It’s important. You want to be a partner that makes a difference”.
Through the word of God, you have got to see it. It’s got nothing to do with your country or locality, but the application of His word in your resources. My God will supply all your need, he’s talking to them. For him, he’s independent of circumstances. When we say we’ll make this happen, we do it. Financial prosperity is not a miracle. There are miracles of financial prosperity. It’s a miracle to the needy. It’s same thing as miracle healing. Live in absolute dive healing. It’s not a miracle.
Don’t get excited about desire for miracle. It’s for babies. Come to a level where your supernatural miracle is normal, independent of circumstances. That’s where the church is going. The general understanding of the church will come to that. By the time Jesus comes, some will just be receiving salvation. We’re talking about the growth of the church.
Where you are not trying to be happy or unhappy on something…. It’s not a state. I don’t know I’m happy or unhappy, constant state of peace and joy. Day in and day out. I’m in that constant state because everything Christ has made us to be is real in the mind of God and calls us accordingly.
He called Abram Abraham. He was made the father of many nations. He was on natural course until he met God and set on a course. He knew he was from then and all the nations of the world was blessed through him. I’m Almighty God, walk before me and be perfect. The man’s life started from then.
Lord, I know who I am. I’m a success. Anybody can have a low self esteem. They may have reason for the things they’ve experienced or told… Now you’re born again and they’re still saying the same thing… When Pastor Chris says, I know who I am… Tell yourself, who am I! It’s the gospel of substitution, He took your place and gave you His. The life you received when you’re born again is not the same from your parents. Even with the same physical body, you have another life in you now. You don’t have two lives. This new life has taken over the previous one.
You can experiment on that. You’re not the same person. It’s more than change of behavior or belief, your nature has actually been changed. Your body is not you, it’s where you live. Start becoming heavenly minded. The word is now our guide. It’s our reality. I’ve got to live… When the guide is flying an airplane, he depends on his instrument…
You’re getting greater by the day, from glory to glory when you look at the word as your guide. When you’re disturbed, don’t be bordered or troubled by what somebody told you. Stop in your track,,, look at what He said. Hallelujah. I know who I am. Others may think you’re a braggadocio that is their problem, not mine. In partnership, every man gives according to their ability. Not financial but divine ability. Grow your faith and push to the next level. Don’t wait for what comes to you, it can’t be enough.
Don’t think for people are lucky. I’m not a lucky person, there are no good or bad. I’m the seed of Abraham. When I found out, I thought, my goodness. Wow… I knew what I needed to do was to grow up..“Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.” Galatians 4:1-2 KJV.
Nepios is a child mentally who can’t talk intelligently yet and is not different from a servant. All the wealth in Christ belongs to him. He talks according to his senses. He doesn’t care. He’s not trained yet. Though he’s lord of all, but can’t enjoy these things. He doesn’t know how to talk intelligently yet. He is trained until the time appointed of the father. When we were children, we were under bondage under the elements. That’s terrible.
“Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,”(Galatians 4:3-4 KJV). “I rise above the elements…. I rise above the elements of the weather. I refuse to continue under the elements. I’m growing so fast. The elements are under me”.
“When it comes to finances, we are not of them that pray for money. God is not a miracle worker, promise keeper, light in the darkness… Imbibe it in your spirit.
We are the miracle workers. God is seated, He’s in His sabbath. He’s reigning through us. All the promises have been kept in Christ. We are the results of His promise. We are the fulfillment of the promises. Understand who the Christian is. We are sharers of His throne. He’s given us everything. He can’t give us anything now. We are joint heirs with Christ. Jesus said that all things are mine! You’re a joint owner and heir with Christ. We are miracle workers.
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