BEWARE OF COVETOUSNESS WHICH IS IDOLATRY VOLUME 2
BEWARE OF COVETOUSNESS WHICH IS IDOLATRY VOLUME 2 PREACHED BY APOSTLE PETER ODOEMENA THE SON OF MAN THE JUDGE OF THE LIVING AND THE DEAD AT THE HOUSEHOLD OF GOD ONITSHA ON 28TH OCTOBER 2018
CONTEND EARNESTLY FOR THE FAITH THAT GIVES ETERNAL LIFE
How I wish somebody can get it there. That question, so that you can go home and read it. He said, “That which you have forfeited, your father, your mother, your business, you will get all of them four fold here, PLUS ETERNAL LIFE IN THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.”
Having gotten the common salvation, now it is your foundation, you now reach out to contend earnestly for that Faith that will give you eternal life.
If you stop at common salvation, you are likened to the people that came out from Egypt. God saved them from Egypt and after all, destroyed them. But the moment you contend and get that faith, you become indestructible. Your ticket is Okayed. That is your token and that is the true token. God’s own mark of ownership.
Have you seen now that Heaven has narrowed down? That only but a few will be saved. Only a few, handpicked minority will escape, young and old. It is not because you live here, hugging Daddy and Daddy hugging you also and you think you have it. you do not have it yet.
If I do not tell you the Truth, I hate you. But if I tell you the Truth and you refuse to obey, you hate yourself. I will show you a question.
Ezekiel 33:31 – 33 Living Bible. Verse 31 So they come as though they are sincere... Like we come here. They went to a man of God, God in their own day, the person God revealed He was using. They came as if they were sincere. They came, giving the impression that they were sincere.
“When you come before the presence of the LORD, come with all your heart” you will be singing and clapping. The young men will be hitting the pulpit, those who know how to dance will be shaking admirably.
The mothers will equally join in the dancing, even appreciating themselves with high- fives. It is not an Ijele masquerade outing. There is no problem. They are fine. Exercise of the body.
You must know the Truth and the Truth will set you free. The Kingdom of God is likened to a land filled with gold. A man that discovers it, sells whatever he has to get it.
Are you afraid? Are you afraid? This calmness. Anyway, when the mouth is guilty, the jaw drops.
I told you, be very calm when you come before the LORD. Do not talk anyhow. The angle you think God will judge you may be one million miles away from God’s requirements from you.
Bro Joe! I hope I am getting vindicated, for I made this statement. Good! THAT WHICH YOU THINK, IF YOU DO, YOU WILL DIE, GOD WILL JUST LOOK AT IT AND GO HIS WAY. Where you think His eyes are not, it does not really matter. After all that is the way every other person behaves. Am I the only one? That is where death resides.
The fly can never die in hot water. Only in cold water. When the water is hot and smoking, flies run away. But check the basin of cool water. That is where they are dying.
THIS FAITH IS A SILENT FAITH. A COOL WATER. IT IS NOT MAKING ANY NOISE ON THE STREET BECAUSE THIS IS THE HOME OF YAHWEH. THIS IS THE HOME OF YAHWEH. AND THAT IS WHY THE SON OF MAN IS THE MOST SILENT MINISTER OF THE WORD OF GOD. QUIET IN APPEARANCE, BUT VERY VIOLENT IN BATTLE. ALWAYS FAIR AND FIRM IN HIS DECISIONS.
Matthew 19:27–29 KJV. Verse 27 Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee;... Was Peter a human being? Was he married? Had he children? Had he mother in-law? Had he an occupation?
For he was a fisherman by occupation. He was not a loafer. And that, he had forsaken. They counted everything but loss, for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven.
Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? verse 28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, ...
Which translation is this? [Bro Ben Okezue answers: King James]. This is Roman Catholic King James. Original King James said, “Master! What shall be our reward?”
And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, that ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Verse 29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive in hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. KJV
Verse 27 Then Peter said to him, “We left everything to follow you. What will we get out of it?” verse 28 And Jesus replied, “When I, the Messiah, shall sit upon my glorious throne in the Kingdom, you my disciples shall certainly sit on twelve thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Verse 29 And anyone who gives up his home, brothers, sisters, father, mother, wife, children or property. Children or property! It said father, mother, wife, children or property. To show you, your mother, your father, your wife, your children, your property; they have no heavenly value. No eternal value. They end here. Temporary!
That is why whenever anybody dies, he is buried alone. Nobody had ever been buried with his property, with his wife, with children, with father or mother. Even if the only child in the family dies, parents are not buried with him. You think God has changed?
I AM HE THAT HAS BEEN ON EARTH SINCE THE WORLD BEGAN AND I WILL TELL YOU WHAT IT TAKES TO LIVE WITH YOU ETERNALLY. ANY MISTAKE? IF MY VOICE IS THE VOICE OF HE THAT APPEARED IN THE EAST AND THAT VOICE IS THE ONE THAT APPEARED IN THE WEST, WHO THEN AM I? WHO AM I?
THIS IS THE ONLY WAY I CAN BRING THE TWO TOGETHER. ONE MESSAGE, ONE SPIRIT, ONE BAPTISM, ONE BODY, ONE CHRIST. YOU ARE BEHAVING AS IF YOU HAVE ANOTHER ONE.
Verse 29 And anyone who gives up his home, brothers, sisters, father, mother, wife, children, or property, to follow me, shall receive a hundred times as much in return, and shall have eternal life. LB
And shall have eternal life. Have you seen it? If I say anything and I cannot back it up, do not believe Me. ALL THESE THING YOU WILL HAVE PLUS ETERNAL LIFE.
BUT WHEN YOU ARE NOT READY TO FORSAKE THESE THINGS FOR THE SAKE OF ETERNAL LIFE, AND YOU WANT TO ENTER ANYHOW, YOU ARE PREACHING ANOTHER MESSAGE.
YOU ARE LAYING ANOTHER FOUNDATION. YOU ARE CREATING ANOTHER WAY THAT IS NOT GOD’S WAY. IT IS YOUR OWN HUMAN PLAN FOR SALVATION TO WHICH GOD IS SAYING, NO!
I am coming to something. DO NOT EVER SHOUT AND SAY NO BECAUSE YOU ARE ALREADY POOR AND YOU HAVE NOTHING TO FORFEIT. THIS IS WHERE COST OF DISCIPLESHIP IS VERY HARSH. THIS IS BECAUSE, IF YOU AMASS WORLDLY WEALTH AND GRIP THEM, WHAT IT TOOK YOU TO AMASS THEM IS WHAT IT WILL TAKE YOU TO FORFEIT THEM.
From eating on the dining table to eating on the floor. You will then know that harmattan is a cold weather, for it must cost you something. That is why I say that eternal life is negotiable and I will show you Scriptures.
Don’t you see that Peter negotiated it, “We have abandoned all these things. Tell us, so that we may know which one is greater between what we shall profit and what we have forsaken.” They negotiated it. He [Jesus] now told Peter, “I am assuring you.”
The Psalmist said, “Reassure me of your promises once again.” After the negotiation, Peter said, “Thank you. That which we shall benefit is far greater than what we have forsaken.”
Saint Paul made it clear through the Holy Spirit, being Christ of the first church age, that the sufferings we are passing through this time are nothing to be compared to the glory that awaits us, if we can patiently, steadfastly match into the Kingdom of Heaven.
Eyes have not seen. Ears have not heard. Neither has it entered into the heart of men, what God has prepared for His people. And the devil saw that he has missed it and then turned round and shouted, “What else can I have but the Kingdom.”
For he sought a way to repent but it was too late. He now vowed a vow. That which I forfeited because of covetousness, no human being can get there.
He devised a plan to beautify the world with women, with men, with riches, with ornaments, with politics, with every kind of thing. If you escape this one, you will not escape the other. If you escape this, you jump into the other. The devil is prepared.
God now decided to come down. That is why the Bible said, “We are going to be redeemed as people that are snatched out from fire.” Rejoice if you are saved. It is like pulling someone out from a raging fire. Do you think it is easy to disarm a human being of the worldly affairs?
Common willful disobedience in the house is difficult to abandon, talkless disarming a human being? You see why God decided to come down to take for Himself, a people. And these must be those that have been patiently and eagerly waiting for Him [Hebrews 9:28], who were asking, “God, how long?” How long? [Psalms 13:1-2; 35:17; 74:10; Revelations 6:10] Amen.
Were you called? Yes! Were you chosen? No! He chose some for salvation. He chose some for eternal life. We will know the one you came for. The reason for which cause you came into the Bridal faith will determine how you will walk with God. That will also determine how you will worship God. That will also determine what God expects from you.
Do you plant plantain and expect to reap oranges? The amount of money with which a house wife purchases items from Ose market cannot be used for importation of goods. Amen. 2
COVETOUSNESS IS IDOLATRY
Nobody is laughing. It is like you are not happy with me. You might be saying, “If you had disclosed this from the beginning, I would have remained where I was.”
And I told you, “Follow Me. Towards the end, you shall know all things, for nothing shall be hidden from you.” It was towards the end that the Apostles came to him and said, “Master, how long will you keep us limping between two opinions. Tell us the truth and our hearts shall be settled.” Cast the lump of food forward and forget about what we are going to do with the spirits.
I have only approached covetousness. it remains two other forms of idolatry and they are traceable to us here. idolatry is idolatry. worshipping of idol is worshipping of idols. The worst form of idolatry remains this one that does not involve sacrifice of fowls. you do not take a goat there. you do not take any drinks there. it does not require any form of consultation or meeting.
An individual will be on his own and all for himself, doing it. Eating and drinking, vomiting and stooling, all for himself. COVETOUSNESS! IDOLATRY! The idol that is worshipped by one person. And that is covetousness. The worshipper alone eats. He alone vomits. He alone defecates. He is also the one that is sick of the consequences. Covetousness!
Does it allow somebody to sleep? Does it allow someone to have rest? Even during the harmattan, the victim is sweating. You pour cold water on him, it will seem as if it was hot water that was poured on him. Amen.
Verse 27 Then Peter answered Him, saying, Behold, we have left [our] all and have become Your disciples [sided with Your party and followed You]. What then shall we receive?
Verse 28 Jesus said to them, Truly I say to you, in the new age [the Messianic rebirth of the world], when the Son of Man shall sit down on the throne of His glory, you who have [become My disciples, sided with My party and] followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones and judge the twelve tribes of Israel.
Verse 29 And anyone and everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands for My name’s sake will receive many [even a hundred] times more and will inherit eternal life. AMP
Verse 27 Then Peter spoke up. “Look,” he said, “we have left everything and followed you. What will we have?” verse 28 Jesus said to them, “You can be sure that when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne in the New Age, then you twelve followers of mine will also sit on thrones, to rule the twelve tribes of Israel.
Verse 29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake, will receive a hundred times more and will be given eternal life. GNB
Your people came to you, Oh! Son of Man, pretending, behaving that they are sincere in their worship, but their hearts are filled with covetousness, which is idolatry. They came pretending to be children of the Most High God when they are children of Belial. They came with insincere hearts.
Ezekiel 33:31 – 33 31 So they come as though they are sincere and sit before you listening. They did what? Sit before you listening, But they have no intention of doing what I tell them to;
The Word of God is the discerner of the hearts. It is a double edged sword. It pierces the heart, divides it asunder and brings out the hidden things that are locked up in the hearts.
They came pretending. They came, giving the impression that whatever you tell them, they will do. They give the impression that they are desirous of eternal life, but the price, they are not ready to pay. For everything, there is a price to pay.
Abraham paid a price to convince God. And nobody had ever paid such a great price. Who has ever sacrificed his only son to God. Used his hand to slaughter and to roast.
And that is your father, whose children you are, if you possess his Faith by obeying God. He obeyed God. He trusted in God. He was working with God’s plan and not his own plan. He preferred obedience to making money. And God counted him faithful. Are you faithful?
They are sitting down listening to your Voice. Looking at their faces, they are giving you the impression that all that they are hearing from you, they will obey. They do not mean it. Do not ever take their silence to mean obedience. Na lie!
They are thinking within themselves how to pervert this Message. They are thinking on how they can circumvent it, for they are known for perversion. You can pervert everything, not Christ. Not His Word.
You cannot circumvent God’s plan. No man has ever attempted it with success. So, stop conceiving the plan. Instead pray that God will give you the spirit to obey, than to work against it because of things you met here. Things you acquired here. Things you will also abandon here.
If you believe that you will die one day if translation tarries, show by raising your hand. Ok. Thank God.
Verse 31: So they come as though they are sincere and sit before you listening. But they have no intention of doing what I tell them to; they talk very sweetly about loving the Lord,... They did what? They talk very sweetly about loving the Lord...
Bro Joe, take note o. This is because almost all our discussions will be contained in this Message. They talk very sweetly about loving the Lord. Even, they talk about their encounter with the LORD, starting from their childhood days as a sign that they love God and they love the things of God.
So, it never started today. I did not say you should stand up. I said you should pay attention. This is because nobody knows My discussion with you except you and I. Is it not true? Good!
I CAN NEVER LIE AGAINST THE TRUTH, BUT WHEN I WANT TO GIVE YOU A REPLY, I GIVE YOU FROM THE WORD. IF THE WRITTEN WORD DOES NOT CONVINCE YOU, MY SPOKEN WORD DOES NOT CONVINCE YOU, I WILL LEAVE YOU THERE BECAUSE I KNOW YOU HAVE CROSSED THE DIVIDE.
YOU ARE IN THE REGION OF THE LOST. ANYBODY THE WRITTEN WORD AND THE SPOKEN WORD CANNOT SALVAGE IS IN THE REGION OF THE LOST.
They talk very sweetly about loving the Lord but with their hearts they are loving their money. With their hearts, they are loving what? THEIR MONEY. With their hearts, they are loving what? THEIR MONEY.
AND THEY ARE LOVING THE ROOT OF ALL EVILS. Is it not for the sake of money that one kills his own brother? Is it not for the sake of money that a woman abandons her husband’s house and moves on? Some even kill their husband to take his car and other possessions. For the sake of money, a child kills both his father and mother. What lead to money rituals? Loving money!
They give the impression they love God. They come to the Synagogue of God like we are sitting down here, with insincere hearts, giving the impression that all the LORD will tell them, they will obey;
Giving the impression they love the LORD, My Daddy, My Daddy, My Daddy! Son of Man, my Lord! My lord and my God. Mighty father! Almighty God! I know you do not mean it because you love your money more than God. Your money is your God.
I know that all I have been telling you, you find all difficult to obey. You specialize in disobedience. You specialize in eye-service. Wayward worship. Street worship. Open air worship. Dancing before the Son of Man, O mma mma O mma mma. Clap your hand harder. The young men will be hitting the pulpit harder and harder.
You have seen that this matter is greater than mother, greater than father. It is greater than wife. It is greater than children. It is greater than property.
But the promise will come only if you will obey. That all that you forfeited, you will get all, hundred folds here and also get eternal life in the Kingdom of God.
And He that promised is worthy of our trust. He that made the promise is more than able to keep the promise. It is now left for you to consider it in your heart. If you consider it and He is not worthy of your trust, you can now choose for yourself the one to rely on or to put your trust in.
IT IS NOT EASY TO GO TO HELL. IT IS NOT EASY TO GO HEAVEN. A MAN STRUGGLES HIS WAY INTO HELL OR HEAVEN. ALL OF THEM MUST BE ENTERED INTO THROUGH STRUGGLE. YOU MUST REJECT THE TRUTH FOR YOU TO BELIEVE A LIE. THIS IS BECAUSE THE TWO CANNOT DWELL IN THE SAME HOUSE.
Any spirit a man yields himself to is the spirit that will bear rule over him, whether it be the Spirit of God or the prince of this evil world. Jesus saw it and said, “The King and ruler of this world is coming, but he has no part in me.”
If you are Christs’, the king and ruler of this world, don’t you know who he is? Don’t you know what he is using as instruments to pin the world down? Has he any part in you? The answer lieth upon you.
THE CLOUD IS HERE! WHEREVER TRUTH IS, CHRIST IS THERE.
They talk very sweetly about loving the Lord but with their hearts they are loving their money. Verse 32 You are very entertaining to them, like someone who sings lovely songs with a beautiful voice...
A man of God has become an entertainer with His sweet and melodious voice. “Whenever Daddy comes in with praises, everywhere will be shaking. Let us go today, It was wonderful today. We danced very well with Daddy leading in the praises. He was singing and we were dancing as well. We were happy today”. Is that eternal life? Is that the reason why we are here?
It will be better we go and hire the services of samba, kpọ kpọọ kpọ, Bongo! We will then invite the young man called Flavour, who is a musician at Enugu, so that he will come and help.
The young men will slot the ones in their handsets here. Then everybody including the mothers will dance the type they danced the day Ijeoma dedicated her baby. We will all be dancing and after dancing, we will all go to hell.
Have you seen what will ask you the question, “What shall it profit a man, if he will gain the whole world and lose his soul in eternal hell fire.” What shall it profit a human being if he profits the whole world and his soul will go down into hell?
We have no other discussion now. Concerning common salvation, it is a settled matter, but concerning eternal life, negotiation has now opened. The door is now open. If you know what brought you here, declare it, and God will tell you whether He will grant it or not. For by now, if I say I have not known your natures, it then means I am lying.
I have given you enough Messages that will help you pattern your life after godliness and this is harvest time. You are ripe for My selection. You are ripe for My selection and no mistake. So, whatever that brought you here, shall be made known to Me from now on.
They talk very sweetly about loving the Lord but with their hearts they are loving their money. Verse 32 You are very entertaining to them, like someone who sings lovely songs with a beautiful voice or plays well on an instrument. They hear what you say but don’t pay any attention to it! Verse 33 But when all these terrible things happen to them as they will then they will know a prophet has been among them.” LB
Verse 31: And they come to you as people come, and they sit before you as My people, and they hear the words you say, but they will not do them; for with their mouths they show much love, but their hearts go after and are set on their [idolatrous greed for] gain. Verse 32: Behold, you are to them as a very lovely [love] song of one who has a pleasant voice and can play well on an instrument, for they hear your words but do not do them. Verse 33: When this comes to pass for behold, it will come! then shall they know, understand, and realize that a prophet has been among them. AMP
Verse 31 So my people crowd in to hear what you have to say, but they don't do what you tell them to do. Loving words are on their lips, but they continue their greedy ways. Verse 32: To them you are nothing more than an entertainer singing love songs or playing a harp. They listen to all your words and don't obey a single one of them. Verse 33: But when all your words come true and they will come true then they will know that a prophet has been among them.” GNB
Saint Luke’s Gospel chapter 12 from 15 Living Bible. I AM THE RESURRECTED BODY. I AM HERE WITH YOU BECAUSE HE PROMISED TO BE WITH YOU ALWAYS, EVEN TILL THE END OF THE WORLD. HE SAID, “I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU COMFORTLESS. I WILL GO AWAY, I WILL COME BACK AND BE WITH YOU. A LITTLE WHILE, THE WORLD WILL NOT SEE ME BUT YOU WILL SEE ME. BECAUSE I LIVE, YE SHALL LIVE ALSO.”
I AM REVEALING MYSELF TO YOU AS MY ELECTS AND NOT TO THE WORLD. THIS IS THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH WHOM THE WORLD CANNOT RECEIVE FOR THEY DO NOT KNOW HIM. THEY DO NOT KNOW HIM. THE WORLD CANNOT RECEIVE IT.
If you preach this Message in the Grace of God church, that is the end of that movement. The G.S. will gun Me down. This Message is not for everybody. It is for the children of the Kingdom. UNTO YOU IS GIVEN TO UNDERSTAND, TO KNOW THE MYSTERY OF THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.
But to those outside our midst, it is a parable. Hearing they will hear without understanding; seeing they will see without perceiving, lest they will understand and their willful rejection of the truth be forgiven them.
Human beings are willfully rejecting this Truth. You cannot say that you do not know that it is the Truth. So when you reject this Truth, refuse to obey, you are doing it from now willfully. It goes to show how insincere you are by coming to Christ for eternal life.
Our song said, “Many are here following because they think it is new. Some are here because they know it is truth, but they cannot pay the price.” But we are paying the price, provided others have paid it. I paid the price. Do you know it?
God that has started to work in the light. I am ready to pay the price because others have paid it. Why is it that you cannot go through the passage others took? It is because you do not want to go through the passage. WHEN TRUTH IS REVEALED TO YOU AND WILLFULLY SAID NO, WHO WILL YOU BLAME? Amen.
Luke 12:15. Beware! Do what? Beware! If you watch from the day I started preaching that Message as a doctrine, while handling rebellion, I gave you a Message, a teaching titled BEWARE. From that day till now, all My teachings have been Beware! Beware! Beware! Including this one.
WARNING GOES BEFORE DESTRUCTION, FOR GOD WILL NOT DESTROY A MAN WITHOUT, FIRST OF ALL, WARNING HIM.
In the Police, when they are arraigning a culprit or a suspect before a court, the IPO [Investigating Police Officer] in charge or the prosecutor will tell the court, “My lord, we have cautioned him severally on similar offences and set him free, but now, this is what he has done.”
CAUTION! If you are driving on the road and you see an inscription on the board, CAUTION! what do you do? Beware! Be careful! Slow down! Be watchful! Danger lies ahead. IF THERE IS NO DANGER AHEAD, WARNING IS USELESS. THE HEIGHT A MAN HAS REACHED IN WORLDLINESS WILL DETERMINE THE EXTENT OF THE PRICE HE WILL PAY. Amen.
I want to see somebody who will go home today saying, “My heart was burning within me, even when the Word was coming to me directly in my heart.”
Song: “Show me Thy Way O’ LORD, that I may follow Thee. I will walk in Thy Truth for there is life in Thee. Show me Thy Way O’ LORD, that I may follow you. I will walk in Thy Truth for there is life in you. Show me your Way O’ LORD, that I may follow Thee. I will walk in Thy Truth for there is life in you”.
I know that I said it, “A DAY IS COMING AND NOW IS THAT DAY WHEN THE POOR SHALL BE HAPPIER THAN THE RICH.” I said it long long time ago that the riches of this world will hinder many from smelling eternal life.
And I said, “Towards the end, God will put smiles on your faces by giving you all material things that will make you feel comfortable, but be very careful the way you use them. Otherwise, they will constitute your greatest obstacle.”
Remember when God told you why He has refused to raise millionaires here. For He knows you and what you are made up of and what money will cause you to do.
Those that said it is impossible, from time to time, God will open a little door. They will touch it. Before you know it, there desires will change. They will be heading towards abyss because of misery pittance.
God just opened a way, just to try to see whether they now have the spirit of Christ to manage it. They failed. I hope I have not become your enemy by telling you this Truth.
Song: Do you believe the Son of Man? I believe. Do you love the Son of Man? I love Him. Do you believe the Son of Man? I believe. That’s why I am singing and praising the LORD.
Song: We are travelling on the right road. We are travelling on the right road. There is One Way to the City of God. We are travelling on the right road.
Song: This whole world can never hold me. Any moment I will be gone. I have made my consecration. And I have my wedding garment on. HE IS HERE WITH US. This whole world can never hold me. Any moment I will be gone. I have made my consecration, and I have my wedding garment on.
You see why the Son of Man has been encouraging you, “LIVE YOUR LIFE BETWEEN TWO EXTREMES. LEARN OF ME. LEARN OF ME.” If you feel you are the most desperate, carry. Take all! Before your eyes, I will be richer than you again. THERE IS NO FORM OF IDOLATRY IN THIS WORLD GREATER THAN COVETOUSNESS. It can lead to the death of an individual because of what he has seen in the world.
The riches of this world are worthless. Naira and kobo are all worthless. All contentions are worthless. But THE WORD OF GOD will stand till eternity. THE WORD OF JEHOVAH will stand till eternity.
If you dispossess Me of My wealth through greed, will you also dispossess me of the Word of God? Can you receive the Word of God through greed? Greed can never make you to get the Word of God. With greed, you can take away my money and everything I possess, but you can never take away the Word of God from Me with greed. Amen.
THE CHARACTERISTICS OF A COVETOUS FELLOW
A COVETOUS MAN IS NEVER HAPPY. HE HAS NO PEACE, FOR HE IS LIVING WITH THE DEVIL. HE IS READY TO KILL, IF HE TRIES AND COULD NOT SUCCEED. WHEN HE MAKES A PRAYER FOR GOD’S BLESSINGS, GOD DOES NOT ANSWER, FOR HE IS ALWAYS PRAYING THAT HE MAY EAT IT ALONE.
HE DOES NOT PRAY THAT GOD WILL BLESS OTHERS. HE PLACES HIMSELF FIRST. A COVETOUS MAN. HE GIVES THEM THE IMPRESSION THAT HE IS GENEROUS WHEN HE IS STINGY.
THIS IS BECAUSE HE VALUES MONEY MORE THAN LIFE. HE GIVES THE IMPRESSION THAT HE IS GOOD WHEN HE IS BAD. A COVETOUS MAN IS VERY EXPLOITATIVE. I AM TELLING YOU THE TRUTH. THAT IS WHY THE RICH EXPLOITS THE POOR.
Work for a rich man. Instead of paying you the wage for your labour, he will try to find faults, so that he will embezzle a poor man’s reward. If you go to the book of James, who persecutes the poor? Is it not the rich? Who imprisons them? Is it not the rich? Who denies them of their rights and privileges. The rich. [James 2:6–7] You see why it is very difficult for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
Jesus was asked the question: Will rich people enter the Kingdom? He said, “Well, I will answer by saying that it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to dream of the Kingdom of Heaven.” [Mark 10:23–26]. I am coming to something.
Luke 12:15 LB. Verse 15 Beware! Don’t always be wishing for what you don’t have. For real life and real living are not related to how rich we are.” Amen.
Real life, real living has nothing to do with what we have. Then what purpose does it serve? Just to boast. In spite of all the mansions in your estate, you have only but one room.
If you sleep on more than one bed before day break, you become a watchman. You did not sleep that night. One that will sleep for a while in one room and move again to sleep in another room, did he sleep? Watch night!
If you have one million rooms, your portion remains one room. When you die, you are bundled away from the room and another person takes over. If you have one million cars, any day you are travelling, you can only occupy one. You cannot be in one car and put your leg in another and command the driver to move on. Can it ever happen?
The idolatry in your heart sets your heart aflame whenever you are desperate to get that which you do not have, by all means. It is no more the case of God help me, but instead of not having this thing this year, let somebody die. Even if it means going mad, let me go mad.
You see the fellow going mad. Catching the wind, and coming out empty-handed.
Luke 12:15 AMP. Verse 15: And He said to them, Guard yourselves and keep free from all covetousness (the immoderate desire for wealth,... What? The inordinate desire for wealth and wealth creation.
And He said to them, Guard yourselves and keep free from all covetousness... Do what? Guard yourselves and keep yourself free from all sorts of idolatry. Covetousness is what? IDOLATRY. Idolatry in all forms. The meaning remains idolatry.
Be very careful. Be sure you keep yourself free from covetousness by your inordinate ambition to make or create wealth so that poverty will not be named along your lineage.
Who tells you that when you leave the scene, that those coming behind you can manage those things the way you managed. We know everything but we do know who succeeded Solomon.
Solomon with one thousand wives, over one million children, wealth above all, knowledge and wisdom above all; He said, “In spite of all these things, God never gave me a successor who will manage this. Of what use are all these things? I now declare, ‘It is vanity of all vanities.’” Ecclesiastes 1:14
Will a dead man know when the children sell all his property? Will he know? If I die today and my children sell my own property, will I know? Will I know who sold it? can I sue them to court.
Instead of your wealth to help establish your children, it will now cause them to kill themselves. The children will then share their money to lawyers in the contest for the contents of the dead man’s will. Amen.
TRUTH IS LIFE. TRUTH HAS DESCENDED. TRUTH IS IN OUR MIDST. GOD IS HERE. LIVE! IF YOU ARE NOT FEELING HIS INFLUENCE AROUND YOU, IT IS BECAUSE YOUR HEART HAS ALREADY HARDENED BY THE INIQUITY OF UNBELIEF.
It then means you have made up your resolved, “Let him keep on talking. Wherever I see myself I take.”
Today, we will know why everybody came here. The Door has been opened from now. If you know that thing which you want God to do for you and for which cause you are here, let God know about it.
Verse 15: And He said to them, Guard yourselves and keep free from all covetousness (the immoderate desire for wealth, the greedy longing to have more);...
The greedy longing. Greedy longing to have more. That is why Proverbs says, “If a man’s desire in life is to make money, he will never be satisfied all the days of his life.” [Ecclesiastes 5:10 LB]
Are you surprised as to why Obasanjo has refused to leave the political arena? He ruled as the head of state. He also ruled as president. He is still in government. Families that ruled Nigeria in the 60’s, their lineage is still ruling Nigeria. Hence Nigeria has become the property of few families. True or false?
And some are striving earnestly to be a part of that ruling family that will control the wealth of Nigeria. Everybody wants the governor to come from his own family and for that the whole community will stand by his side. We determine what happens. Nigeria belongs to us. Do you know who we are?
DO NOT WORRY. IF I DO NOT KNOW YOU NOW, I WILL KNOW YOU WHEN YOU WILL ENTER HELLFIRE. I MAY NOT KNOW YOU HERE, BUT AS LONG AS I AM THE GATE, I AM THE DOOR, WHETHER YOU ARE GOING TO HEAVEN OR HELL, I AM HOLDING THE KEYS. THAT IS WHERE I WILL KNOW YOU. I MUST KNOW YOU WHETHER YOU BELIEVE IT OR NOT, BECAUSE YOU MUST COME BEFORE ME.
We all must stand before the LORD. I must know you. you say you do not want to know who the Son of Man is. There is no problem. Whether you believe it or not, you must see Me. You must see Me.
Song: Just a little while, every eye shall see. Just a little while, every ear will hear. Just a little while, every mouth shall say, “Son of Man, LORD, how wonderful is your Name. LORD, how wonderful is your Name”
If the Kingdom of God is like this, if Paradise, Eternal Life is like this, who then will enter? I want everybody to experience the heat. It has not started. There is a type of heat I want. It is not the type that you can manage with the hand fan.
It is the type of heat that will prevent hunger and you will not even feel like urinating. Your appetite will snap. What will be coming before your eyes will be the vision of both Heaven and hell. This is because we have come to the end of all things. No other huddle. Amen.
The master met some people along the way. Wherever he meets people that were praising and adoring him, requesting one thing or the other, he will always pause, “What wills thou that I should do for you?” What do you want me to do for you?
One said, “Master, that I may walk.” Another, “Master, that I may receive My sight.” Another, “I have nobody that will help me to this river of Bethsaida, and I have been here.”
The Master then said, “Ok. Do not cry, take your mat. Go!” Yet another will say, “Master, they say leprosy has no cure.” The master will reply, “How many of you? Ten. Go, you are made whole. Go and present yourselves to the priest.” Was that not what they wanted?
Elijah said to Elisha, “If you will see me on the day I will be transformed, ask whatever you will. You get it instantly there” Blank cheque! What he [Elisha] asked for was double portion of Elijah’s anointing. He [Elijah] said to him, “Take it.”
This is where we are now. Seeing that salvation has been okayed, you have the right now to negotiate eternal life. You search your Bible. You pour over it. You buy different translations. You read from Genesis to Revelation searching for eternal life. You think eternal life is there. But you refuse to come to Me that I may give you eternal life. [John 5:39–40 AMP]
When you come asking for eternal life, I will give you the condition. Has it not become a negotiable matter. It is not picked on the street.
Everybody, according to William Branham, has the right to Fellowship with the Saints, but not everybody has the right to eternal life. It is for those God has found worthy, handpicked, selected, chosen for that purpose, for He knows who they are. God’s nature, your ticket. Amen.
If I have become a trouble you can no longer bear, well, praise God. HE CLOUD IS HERE. If you know the evidence of the Cloud, you do not need a prophet to tell you that you are under the Cloud as your fathers were under the Cloud.
And you are feeding from the Living Manna that came down from Heaven, for man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God. And whoever God sends, speaks the Word of God, for God is in Him without measure. For in Him dwelleth the fullness of the Godhead bodily.
Song: Oh how I love Him. Oh how I adore Thee. My Great, My Sunshine, My All and All. The Great Jehovah is now My Kinsman and all God’s fullness dwelleth in Him.
SOME WILL KNOW THE SON OF MAN TO THEIR CONDEMNATION. SOME WILL KNOW THE SON OF MAN TO THEIR JUSTIFICATION. You cannot ask God for rice and He gives you sand. Amen. You will soon make your request because I want to go down.
Verse 15: And He said to them, Guard yourselves and keep free from all covetousness (the immoderate desire for wealth, the greedy longing to have more); for a man’s life does not consist in and is not derived from possessing overflowing abundance or that which is over and above his needs.
Or that which is over and above his needs. He has acquired more than what he needs. Everywhere is littered with houses, cars, money, wives, children to the extent that he does not even know the house to live in.
My friend, do you need all these things? Are all these things useful to you or are you just trying to create more troubles for yourself? There is no type of character which somebody is manifesting of which God has not spoken concerning it before now.
Many have amassed more than they need, until what they have amassed have become their torment, attracting evil men around them. Attracting enemies around them. Things they do not need.
IF WE LIMIT OURSELVES TO OUR NEEDS, WE REDUCE THE LEVEL OF HATE, ENMITY, ENVY, JEALOUSY AND EVERY OTHER KIND OF EVIL, EVEN THE RISK OF HYPERTENSION, THE RISK OF QUARRELING. THE HIGHWAY TO DEATH IS FULL OF COMPETITION. Amen
ETERNAl LIFE IS NEGOTIABLE AND CONDITIONAL
ANY MAN THAT IS FOLLOWING THE WAYS OF THE WORLD IS FOLLOWING A COMPETITIVE WAY. YOU ARE COMPETING FOR WEALTH. YOU ARE COMPETING FOR DEATH. SUCH A PERSON WANTS TO RUN INTO THE GRAVE.
Brethren, does it contain Truth? Have you heard about people that ran into the grave simply because they have amassed more than they needed?
They have even amassed more than they want and they have become restive, living in fear always, because nobody leaves in fear more than one that has amassed wealth greater than what he needs. The stage is set. Flee from Idolatry which is covetousness.
When you get home, you cross-check these Scriptures to know whether The Son of Man wrote them down this morning. We are going to negotiate it now. We are going to negotiate it from now.
Gospel according Saint John chapter 3 from verse 1 through 8. Living Bible. Verse 1-2, After dark one night a Jewish religious leader named Nicodemus, ... Who? a Jewish religious leader... Good News Bible said, “A lawyer.” A Jewish leader. A lawyer came to Jesus by night
... a member of the sect of the Pharisees, came for an interview with Jesus. Came for what? Interview. Negotiation. “Sir”, he said. He humbled himself down. “Sir,” he said, “we all know that God has sent you to teach us. What? “we all know that God has sent you to teach us.
Do you all believe that God has sent The Son of Man to come and teach you? The Man on His right hand, He has strengthened, that you may worship God rightly. Without Me, you would not know who God is. How can you be saved when you do not know who God is? For he that will come to Him will first believe that He is and He exists.
Your miracles are proof enough of this.” What? Your miracles are proof enough of this.” Your miracles, signs and wonders bear eloquent witness convincing us that God really sent you for our salvation.
Verse 3 Jesus replied, “With all the earnestness I possess I tell you this: Unless you are born again, you can never get into the Kingdom of God.” Verse 4 “Born again!” exclaimed Nicodemus. “What do you mean? How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?”
Go to the Scriptures and give Me a lawyer that came to Him by night and said, “Master, what shall I do that I may get eternal life.” He [Jesus] said, “Are you not a lawyer in the land of the Jews? Have you not heard about the law that says, ‘Thou shall not kill; Thou shall not steal?’” The lawyer replied, “That I have obeyed from my childhood.”
Nicodemus came by night. He did not want to come by day. He did not want people to know that he was going to the Man. He [Nicodemus] secretly went to Him in the night to hold interview. If you do not come in the day, you will come by night.
The night is like the day before God. Whatever He [God] tells you in the night, the same He will tell you by day. So, whether you come in the day or by night, all are one. Even if you do not want anybody to know that you came, later, people will know
“Born again!” exclaimed Nicodemus. “What do you mean? How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb.... How can what? How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?”
Are you older than Nicodemus? Question. My friend this thing He is saying is important, but it would have been better that He tells it to little children. An old man like me? Will I go back to my mother’s womb again?
Verse 5 Jesus replied, “What I am telling you so earnestly is this: Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God.
And the water is what? THE WORD. The Spirit is what? THE WORD. God said in the Book of Ephesians, “Come that I may wash you with water by the Word.” [Ephesians 5:26] He said also to them, “The Word I speak to you, they are SPIRIT, they are LIFE.” [John 6:63] Except you are born of the water and of the Spirit.
Verse 6 Men can only reproduce human life, but the Holy Spirit gives new life from heaven; Yes sir! Verse 7 so don’t be surprised at my statement that you must be born again!
Gentlemen, you have not seen the Scripture? Read it there. Reading the Bible is not a Ministry. Quote where you are reading. Luke 10:25. Living Bible there, Bro David. Are you falling? I have told you, anytime you are coming to Onitsha, eat. If you do not eat, carry your food and eat on the way. Do not behave like the Son of Man. Anything can be My food. I say, “Anything can serve as food.” Once I have water, I am OK.
Read. No! What are you reading. Luke chapter 10. Look at this tall man. Tall without sense. Your covetous spirit is blinding you.
Luke 10:25 Living Bible. Verse 25 One day an expert on Moses’ laws... Who? ...an expert on Moses’ laws came to test Jesus’ orthodoxy by asking him this question:
Came to test Jesus orthodoxy by asking Him this orthodoxy. “Teacher, what does a man need to do to live forever in heaven?” That is eternal life. Negotiation! I love God from my childhood. I have been doing this and I have been doing that. What else will I do? Amen.
Even if you kill yourself, it is useless. Saint Paul said that even if you give up yourself to be set ablaze, if you do not understand what we are saying, it is useless nonsense. You died in vain. Amen.
Verse 26 Jesus replied, “What does Moses’ law say about it?” verse 27 “It says,” he replied, “that you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, andwith all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind. And you must love your neighbor just as much as you love yourself.”
Verse 28 “Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you shall live!” verse 29 The man wanted to justify his lack of love for some kinds of people, so he asked, “Which neighbors?” verse 30 Jesus replied with an illustration:
“A Jew going on a trip from Jerusalem to Jericho was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes and money, and beat him up and left him lying half dead beside the road.
Verse 31 “By chance a Jewish priest came along; and when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. Verse 32 A Jewish Temple-assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but then went on.
Verse 33 “But a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw him, he felt deep pity. Verse 33 “But a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw him, he felt deep pity. verse 34 Kneeling beside him the Samaritan soothed his wounds with medicine and bandaged them.
Then he put the man on his donkey and walked along beside him till they came to an inn, where he nursed him through the night. Verse 35 The next day he handed the innkeeper two twenty-dollar bills and told him to take care of the man.
‘If his bill runs higher than that,’ he said, ‘I’ll pay the difference the next time I am here.’ Verse 36 “Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the bandits’ victim?” verse 37 The man replied, “The one who showed him some pity.” Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.”
Matthew 19:16 – 20. KJV verse 16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? What good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?
Verse 17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
Verse 18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,
Verse 19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Verse 20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? KJV.
Luke 10:25. Living Bible Translation. 25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? No name was mentioned. Be careful about translations.
A certain lawyer came to Him, TEMPTING Him. That is the word. Tempting. The same way they came to Ezekiel, tempting him, pretending that all he will say, they will do. God said, “No. They are coming to ridicule you. You are a man with a melodious voice.” Let’s know the one he will tell us today.
This man, was he desiring eternal life? He was making a pretense, giving the impression that he wanted eternal life, when he did not want it. Am I getting the Message right?
He that holds eternal life received evidence from Heaven saying, “This is My well beloved Son in whom I am well pleased. Hear ye Him.” The mother said, “All He will command you to do, do it.”
Matthew 19:16 – 20. Living Bible. Verse 16 Someone came to Jesus with this question: “Good master, what must I do to have eternal life?” verse 17 “When you call me good you are calling me God,” Jesus replied, “for God alone is truly good.
But to answer your question, you can get to heaven if you keep the commandments.” Verse 18 “Which ones?” the man asked. And Jesus replied, “Don’t kill, don’t commit adultery, don’t steal, don’t lie, verse 19 honor your father and mother, and love your neighbor as yourself!” verse 20 “I’ve always obeyed every one of them,” the youth replied. “What else must I do?” verse 21 Jesus told him, “If you want to be perfect, go and sell everything you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me. Verse 22 But when the young man heard this, he went away sadly, for he was very rich. Verse 23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “It is almost impossible for a rich man to get into the Kingdom of Heaven. LB.
It is almost impossible for a rich man to get into the Kingdom of Heaven because the price he will pay will be too much. And the young man considered the price. It was beyond his capacity. What did he do? He walked away angrily. That place where he was heading to, is it the Paradise? Is it the eternal life?
Remember the trouble of the rich fool who amassed the whole wealth and said, “Let my heart now rejoice.” He forgot about God and God said, “Tonight, I require your life.”
Who then will be the possessor of your hard earned wealth? And your soul will be languishing in hell because you forsook God because of wealth. The Word of God had no meaning to you anymore because you pay more attention to making money than obeying the Word of God. Is eternal life negotiable? Yes or No? Any price to pay?
2 Timothy 3:1 – 3 Amplified version of the Bible. Verse 1 But understand this, that in the last days will come (set in) perilous times of great stress and trouble [hard to deal with and hard to bear].
Verse 2 For people will be lovers of self and [utterly] self-centered, lovers of money and aroused by an inordinate [greedy] desire for wealth,...
Inordinate, greedy desire for money, for wealth. Never contented with whatever he or she gets. Such a person will buy all the parcels of land in this town. This is the period of estate managers.
He has agents in Abuja. He has agents in Lagos. He has in Yauri, Sokoto, Zungeruwa, Zakibiam, Yola [Adamawa], everywhere. If it is possible, he will pay and collect Nigeria. Some will even use the names of their children yet unborn to purchase property.
Wherever a man’s wealth is, there his heart will be. Is this person a pilgrim? Is he a stranger? Is he desiring a better city than the world? Never. He is a liar. He is not even a Christian, talkless of being an Elect. He is not even a religious man. He is earthly. All his desires are earthly. He minds earthly things.
Idolatry: A stumbling block. The greatest obstacle to the Kingdom of Heaven. In the last days, these spirits will engulf people. They will be going to church.
2 Timothy 3:1 – 3 Living Bible Translation. Verse 1 You may as well know this too, Timothy, that in the last days it is going to be very difficult to be a Christian. Verse 2 For people will love only themselves and their money;... People will love only themselves and their money. Spirits of the last days.
they will be proud and boastful, sneering at God, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful to them, and thoroughly bad.
Verse 3 They will be hardheaded and never give in to others; they will be constant liars and troublemakers and will think nothing of immorality. They will be rough and cruel, and sneer at those who try to be good.
Verse 4 They will betray their friends; they will be hotheaded, puffed up with pride, and prefer good times to worshiping God.
They prefer good times to worshipping God. All their appointments will be on Sundays. Merriments, partying and surfeiting. Man die go. What one has eaten is the much he goes home with.
You may not say it with your mouth but your life, your character will tell us what is in you and your belief about life.
Verse 5 They will go to church,... They will do what? go to church,... They will see the whole thing like going to church. This is the era of going to church. This is the era of church-going. Arise! Let us go for fellowship. Let us go for meeting. Let us go for the gathering.
Verse 5 They will go to church, yes, but they won’t really believe anything they hear. They will not believe anything they hear. Church becomes a centre for interaction. Let us go and interact. A tourists’ centre. Whatever they will hear, like they have heard today, they will never believe one.
How can an unbeliever then ask of eternal life? How can God give eternal life to an unbeliever who knows the Truth but refused to obey? And is requesting for eternal life which is given to those that obey God.
While you are meditating on this, I want to ask this question: IF THE ALMIGHTY GOD, THE KING OF KINGS, LORD OF LORDS WHO HAS REVEALED HIMSELF IN DIVERSE WAYS TO US, TO THE POINT THAT WE HAVE NO MORE EXCUSE; IF HE WILL CALL IT ALL OVER NOW; IF HE WILL SAY NOW BECAUSE THIS IS THE AGE, THE ERA THAT WILL TERMINATE ABRUPTLY. NO OTHER NOTICE.
IF THIS TURNS OUT TO BE THE LAST MESSAGE YOU WILL HEAR FROM THE SON OF MAN EVEN NOW, WHERE WILL BE YOUR EVERLASTING PORTION? WHERE WILL YOU SPEND YOUR ETERNITY?
Thou my everlasting portion. More than friend or life to me. All along my pilgrim’s journey, Saviour let me walk with Thee. Grant it LORD. Close to Thee. Close to Thee. Close to Thee. Close to Thee. All along my pilgrim’s journey, Saviour let me walk with Thee.
Not for ease or worldly pleasures. Nor for fame my prayers shall be. Gladly will I toil and suffer, only let me walk with Thee. Grant it LORD. Close to Thee. Close to Thee. Close to Thee. Close to Thee. Gladly will I toil and suffer. Only let me walk with Thee.
Lead me through the veil of shadows. Bear me over life’s fitful sea. Then the Gate of Life Eternal, may I enter LORD with Thee. Thank you LORD. Close to Thee. Close to Thee. Close to Thee. Close to Thee. Then the Gate of Life Eternal, may I enter LORD with Thee.
Examine your heart, while I examine my own heart. Will you go with the Saints to the Kingdom? Examine your heart, while I examine my own heart. Will you go with the Saints to the Kingdom?
The Father’s Kingdom is a holy Kingdom. A sinner can never enter. The Father’s Kingdom is a beautiful Kingdom. A sinner can never enter. The Father’s Kingdom is a holy Kingdom. A sinner can never enter.
I invite Pastor Chizoba to the pulpit. Whatever he has to announce to you, he will announce. I have to apologize for over staying. I never knew I could stay more than 10 minutes. Forgive Me. bear with Me in My folly. Thank you very much. Amen.
PASTOR CHIZOBA UGWU
Amen. This is another level we have come to, if we are really and if we were really here from morning till now and we really got what God is saying. We have added another feather.
Nobody came into this world with anything. We all came empty handed. And the Scripture made us to understand that we are going empty handed.
If you watch, everybody is guilty of it from A to Z. But what creates the demarcation is that we have come to the presence of God and when He speaks, it is only those who came here trusting, believing, relying on Him, concluding that you know nothing and once he directs us, we follow. These are the people that this Teaching today will do good.
To the rest, they will look for facts or points. They will reason out issues they will use to counter it. but there is something our Message said. GOD IS THE PERFECT INTERPRETER OF HIS WORD: Pg. 27:47 HENCE, IT IS NOT WHAT YOU BELIEVE OR WHAT YOU DO NOT BELIEVE, BUT WHAT COUNTS IS BELIEVING THE TRUTH.
THERE IS NO HUMAN BEING THAT DOES NOT BELIEVE ONE THING OR THE OTHER, EVEN THE HEATHENS BELIEVE MANY THINGS. NOTE IT AGAIN, IT IS NOT WHAT YOU BELIEVE THAT COUNTS, BUT WHAT COUNTS IS BELIEVING THE TRUTH.
Brethren, what is the Truth. What have we been hearing here since morning.
The LORD: If you know where the falsehood is found say it.
Proverbs 22:11. Verse 11 He who values grace and truth is the king’s friend. He who values grace and truth is the Kings friend. We are here with the King. We are here with Grace.
The LORD: The Law came by Moses. Grace and Truth came through Christ. Grace and Truth is here.
If we do not value this Truth above every other thing, God is saying that there is no way for us. It is this spirit of covetousness, in short, that is the root of every evil. when you watch the couple that died in the church, that is why the Bible said we should not try to fight against nature.
The LORD: That is why people vow vows, but when they want to fulfill, they reduce what they vowed. That is why people do not give offering according to the Message, COVETOUSNESS WHICH IS IDOLATRY, THE WORSHIP OF IDOLS.
You cannot worship God with your life. You cannot worship God with your wealth. You cannot worship God with anything you have because you are worshipping idols. You are still worshipping idols. You do not even have love for God. You are still following your own plans and not the plans of God.
Amen. If you read that Scripture, Acts of the Apostle chapter 4 from verse 32 – 36. Living Bible. Verse 32 All the believers were of one heart and mind, and no one felt that what he owned was his own; everyone was sharing. Verse 33 And the apostles preached powerful sermons about the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and there was warm fellowship among all the believers,verse 34-35 and no poverty—for all who owned land or houses sold them and brought the money to the apostles to give to others in need. Verse 36 For instance, there was Joseph (the one the apostles nicknamed “Barnabas, the encourager.” He was of the tribe of Levi, from the island of Cyprus).Verse 37 He was one of those who sold a field he owned and brought the money to the apostles for distribution to those in need.
Acts 5:1 – 2 Living Bible. 1But there was a man named Ananias (with his wife Sapphira) who sold some property verse 2 and brought only part of the money, claiming it was the full price. (His wife had agreed to this deception.4:55:30
You see the problem? Ananias and Sapphira sold their property because that was the reigning thing. God said, “Any Truth He has revealed which you claim is too difficult for you to obey; that if any other person has obeyed it, that stands as a judgment and condemnation.
So, we read from the other place, we saw some people already obeying. And then the crime these people [the couple] committed was not that they did not give the whole money. No! They gave the impression that that was all and that it was the amount for which the land was sold.
Verse 3 But Peter said, “Ananias, Satan has filled your heart. When you claimed this was the full price, you were lying to the Holy Spirit.
Verse 4 The property was yours to sell or not, as you wished. The property was his to sell or not. He had the full option whether to sell the property or not to sell. Even after selling, whether to surrender the money or not were all his decision to take.
But giving the impression that that was the whole thing was what made him guilty before the Holy Spirit. And then watch the spirit of covetousness. He agreed with the wife, “Let us go and submit this one.” He packed the rest at home.
“Let us just submit this small one and then give the impression that that was all he sold.” A man marries his character. If the wife had said No, there would have been trouble in that house.
The LORD: Thank you! A man marries his character. No mistake in marriage. If you are marrying one that has another character, there must be quarreling in that house. There must be hot disputing for things can never augur well. One is opposed to the other. Do you know what I mean?
Governor Felix, being a Gentile, married Drusilla, a Jewess. [Acts 22:24]. The Jewess was desiring everything about God, brought Paul before the husband Felix, listened to the word of God and felt very happy. But the husband said, “Paul, I have heard what you said. Go for now. When I have a convenient season, I will invite you again.” Did he invite him again?
Can you imagine a Centurion, Naaman the Syrian [2 Kings 5] who hired the services of a Jewish maid? The Jewish maid became an instrument because the man humbled himself down, paid attention to the words of the maid servant, a little girl, who pointed a Centurion who knew not God to the Prophet of God in her own home town.
Having tried other hospitals, private and self said, “Go and try that one. Consider not his little stature. Consider not the distance. My master, it will cost you nothing. Saddle your ass to there, but obey whatever he will tell you. Whatever he will tell you will not be grievous. If you obey, I assure you my master, you will get perfect healing.”
The Centurion did not challenge it. He went with his house boys. When he wanted to doubt, his house helps reminded him that he had only dipped himself 5 times, not 7 as instructed. He went back, completed 7 times. Immediately, the body got cleansed. Amen.
WHY ARE YOU IN THIS FAITH?
Everybody give Me your ears. FIND OUT THE PURPOSE YOU ARE FULFILLING IN THIS MINISTRY VOLUME 2. Write it down. When you get home bring out your own copies immediately. Preached on 3rd November 2013. I will suggest you bring out Volumes 1 and 2. Page 25: 13 – 24. “13 “…I have told you that not all that come into this fellowship are children of God; and not everybody that you see in the Church came for eternal life.
Brethren put your hands together. If not for publication, you would have denied this. Nobody remembers this again. Do not behave like Korah, Dathan and Abiram, with the 250 notable elders of Israel who said, “We are all Jews. We are Israelis. All of us are children of God. We are holy. Why troubling us? Stop frightening us. Moses and Aaron! You are taking too much. Nobody is perishing. We are children of God.”
Pay attention! Not all Israelis are Israelis. Not all Jews are Jews. Not all that come here come for eternal life. All that followed Jesus the Christ, were they following for eternal life?
ONCE YOU GET THAT THING FOR WHICH YOU HAVE COME IN, YOU LEAVE. IF YOU REFUSE TO LEAVE, YOU KEEP ON MOVING. IN THE END THE TALK OF ETERNAL LIFE IS NOT FOR YOU. THE PROPHET WILLIAM BRANHAM SAID IT AND FORTIFIED IT THAT IT IS FOR SELECTED FEW.
“..I have told you that not all that come into this fellowship are children of God; and not everybody that you see in the Church came for eternal life. Nzubechi! Are you in the Fellowship? Is she there? Make a noise! I want to hear, “Yes sir!” OK. When you hear you name, respond.
“..I have told you that not all that come into this fellowship are children of God; and not everybody that you see in the Church came for eternal life. Hold it there.
You see why you should not be disturbed physically or spiritually because of any body’s attitude towards you, because he is Brother; she is Sister. For that reason, you feel disturbed. I hope I am making sense.
Do not ever allow the behaviour of anybody towards you or the way you see the person to affect the state of your heart negatively for you do not know the reason why the person came into this Faith.
Those that came for eternal life behave alike. They are ready to obey. But those that came for other things, their attitude to the Message depends on what they came for. The reason why anybody came into this faith will determine how the Word of God will come to him or her. The way you take the Word of God may be different from the way another person takes the Word of God.
I may see the Word of God as the Word that gives Eternal life, like the Apostles said, “To whom do we go to, seeing that you alone have the Word of eternal life. We are sure and certain.”
But others walked away after receiving miracles, signs, wonders, ate bread, ate fish, which was the reason why they came to him. Jesus knew them and said, “They are not coming to Me because of eternal life. They are coming to me because of what they will eat and drink and to heal them of their sicknesses and diseases.”
Go to the Message, IS IT A STRANGE THING IF PEOPLE LEAVE OR ABANDON THIS FAITH? There are many reasons people come to this Faith. Go to Great Sermon. IS IT A STRANGE THING? Do you continue to move after getting to your destination? Amen.
The Message that went forth last week said, “NO SECOND CHANCE” preached by Okey Nwankpa. I want you to go to it. That is section 2. NO SECOND CHANCE. You will know why you were told, “Let He that thinketh he standeth be careful.” All that Okey Nwankpa preached, he fulfilled all. He became a victim to all he warned against. Section 2. Read it. It is very short.
“…I have told you that not all that come into this fellowship are children of God; and not everybody that you see in the Church came for eternal life. Some came into this fellowship with another motive. Sure!
I am telling you God’s truth. And whatever you have come to fellowship for is what you are going to get...” Brethren, is there anything truer than the Truth? NOTHING CAN BE TRUER THAT THE TRUTH. WHAT YOU CAME FOR IS WHAT YOU WILL GET.
William Branham said, “Whatever you are looking for in the church is what you will get.” If you are looking for the devil, you will see the devil. You are looking for Christ, you will get Christ. You come for jubilation, it is there. Euphoria, it is there. You come for fault finding, many. BUT IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR CHRIST, ETERNAL LIFE, YOU WILL SEE IT. All of them are here.
You know, this is a Marriage. I would not talk much. A wedding is coming up where I will blow off the roof. A universal wedding that requires universal Message for universal application which nobody is adequate to handle but The Son of Man.
And that is the wedding of the exchange of swords, by our Brother Collins, the ASP [Assistant Superintendent of Police]. I have reads the text Messages from the IGP [Inspector-General of Police], from the Commissioners of Police nationwide. The Bestman is a Hausa man, a Police officer.
The wedding Gown and everything is Police ceremonial uniform. This is the first in the Bride. You will see many things. And the Message cuts across religious barriers. Muslims are there. Christians are there. Every kind of person. The whole Nigeria.
Who is adequate, if not the uniting point of the Moon and the Star. Who is adequate to come up with a blend of Messages unifying UAE. Am I making sense? JEWS, ARABS, GENTILES; IN ME THEY ARE ONE. THE POINT OF UNITY.
Where is the website report? Last Sunday, you saw what happened there. Leave it. This is for today. There is no week they are not coming there.
Elder were with Me and heard My encounter with the pastor of Assemblies of God, Asaba who was threatening hell upon a Brother. I gave him attention.
And when I started talking, he melted. He could not find his feet. He was full of apologies and regrets. He started blaming himself and his family because I dressed him down using simple language that could not offend him, but connotes the greatest insult. This is because he, first of all, insulted himself by introducing himself as a pastor of prostitutes.
While he was talking rubbish, I accused his daughter of house breaking and stealing. The man was shocked. I said, “May be she never told you that. I was lenient because she was poor. Otherwise, I would have made several claims which no court will dispute or annul, for I have verifiable evidences. All her conversations with Me and the Elders were recorded. So, her voice would have testified against her. All her actions recorded.”
The man said, “To that extent?” I said, “Yes sir! I am a very dreadful Spirit.” If he never called, I would not know he existed. Because he was fully loaded, with his own airtime, we spoke for 53 minutes. He said he loaded and that I could speak with him, even till day break. I said, “Thank you very much. Go ahead, I am all ears.”
Verse 14: “If you come into the fellowship for eternal life, surely you must get eternal life. Put your hands together, as many as are here for eternal life. The Scripture said, “Reassure me. Reassure my heart.” I own all My statements. I am still here. I said, “I am still here.” Look at Me there. Look at Me here. I AM THE DIVINE LEADER. Amen.
How I wish we could lay hands on that Message, SUPERLATIVE PURITANISM, for that was where I dished out many many things I am known for. Greater than Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran.
Verse 14: “…If you come into the fellowship for eternal life, surely you must get eternal life;… SO, ALL OF YOU THAT HAVE COME TO THE SON OF MAN FOR ETERNAL LIFE, BE REST ASSURED, ON ONE CONDITION: THAT YOU MUST OBEY ALL I WILL TELL YOU TO DO FOR ETERNAL LIFE, FOR NOBODY KNOWS THE CONDITIONS MORE THAN THE GIVER. IS IT NOT TRUE? I WILL STIPULATE IT.
When he stipulated it before a lawyer, and the lawyer angrily went away, he made the journey easier for Jesus and made the discussion to terminate so easily. He helped him. Whoever that kicks a frog, has helped its journey.
When you walk out, “Over my dead body”, you have lessened My burden. I said, “Once you enlist into this Faith, you are a burden to Me, for I am obligated to make sure you are saved, for I have signed My life in.”But if you walk out like those millions or thousands that walked out on Jesus remaining twelve, they made the journey easier, for it is easier to handle twelve than to handle multitudes he could not rely on.
Verse 14: “If you come into the fellowship for eternal life, surely you must get eternal life; and all that are necessary for eternal life, that you must do...” What? … all that are necessary for eternal life, that you must do” Rewind it
If you come into the fellowship for eternal life, surely you must get eternal life; and all that are necessary for eternal life, that you must do...” 2013, November.
Verse 15: YOU MUST MEET ALL THE CONDITIONS LAID DOWN FOR ETERNAL LIFE. Brethren, put your hands together. What is happening? The Spirit inspired Brother Ben Okezue to find out this Message now and he handed it over to Me to back up what we have been hearing. The Almighty God does not speak one thing outside and do another thing inside. Amen.
15YOU MUST MEET ALL THE CONDITIONS LAID DOWN FOR ETERNAL LIFE OR ELSE, YOU WILL BE DECLARED UNQUALIFIED. FOR A STUDENT TO BE ADMITTED IN THE UNIVERSITY, HE MUST MEET ALL THE CONDITIONS LAID DOWN FOR THE COURSE FOR WHICH HE IS GOING TO BE ADMITTED.
Verse 16 HEAVEN IS NOT AN OPEN PLACE,… Heaven is not an open place. Otherwise, the devil will be there. Is University meant for everybody? Ok.
Verse 16 HEAVEN IS NOT AN OPEN PLACE, IT IS NOT MAIN MARKET OR OSE OKWODU. FOR THE MISTAKE THAT WAS MADE FROM THE BEGINNING IS ABOUT TO BE CORRECTED. NOTHING PROFANE WILL SMELL ETERNAL LIFE. Nothing profane shall make it. NOTHING PROFANE WILL SMELL PARADISE.
Verse 17: “I am telling you God’s truth, because no commandment will be grievous provided it is from the mouth of Christ...” No commandment is grievous as long as it is coming from the mouth of Christ. Take My yoke. Take My burden. It is light.
But to the man who came; the young man, it was a big burden. He angrily walked away. Do you know that place you are headed for? Christ was just there watching him as he was descending, complaining murmuring and grumbling. Where was he going? He was heading to hell.
He thought he avoided Christ, but did he avoid him. He did not know that He [Jesus] was the Supreme Judge of the Living and the dead
Verse 17 “I am telling you God’s truth, because no commandment will be grievous provided it is from the mouth of Christ. 18Have you heard it? This message was preached in the year 2000. Please find this Message which was preached in the year 2000. SIXTEEN SECRETS OF RETAINING YOUR SANCTIFIED ESTATE.
Cast your mind back to the message we considered in volume one “ACTION IS FAITH EXPRESSED.” Are they not saying the same thing now? They are! Yet, they were not preached the same year and they were not preached by the same person.
That message you heard in the morning was initiated by Apostle Kelechi, not the Son of Man. I only rounded it up. “…I am telling you God’s truth, because no commandment will be grievous provided it is from the mouth of Christ; it shall be my righteousness if I shall obey it.” Amen.
It shall be my ticket to Paradise. You see why “God help Me to prefer obedience to making money. Grant that my heart will work according to your plan, not mine.”
It shall be what? It shall be my righteousness…, if I do what? If I obey it. 19 “…Why not go back to the message, “WHO KNOWS WHAT WILL BE MY RIGHTEOUSNESS?”
WHO KNOWS WHAT WILL BE MY RIGHTEOUSNESS. Another Message. 16 SECRETS OF RETAINING YOUR SANCTIFIED ESTATE. FIND OUT THE PURPOSE YOU ARE FULFILLING IN THIS MINISTRY. These are Messages you ought to go back to our libraries, bring them out, because there is a reason why they have come out. ACTION IS FAITH EXPRESSED. It was mentioned there.
Why are they necessary for the hour? This is the time you have to negotiate your own eternal life, not salvation. Salvation is now gone by. We are not talking about sanctification, a definite experience for every child of God is now behind. Brethren, let us lay aside all these things, baptism, this and that. Let us forge ahead. Seven steps to perfection. You must walk seven steps to perfection. Amen.
Some wear the T-shirt. Bro Ben come. On that day, God said, “You have no right to put it on if these virtues are not in you. Otherwise, you are a blasphemer and an impersonator. You are presenting a Message that is not in you to the world.”
For once somebody reads this behind, he will be watching your actions. He will be watching your utterances. God can never do anything for doing sake. There must be an eternal, hidden purpose. Amen.
Brethren, it is like the Cloud will remain here o. Why not command Me to go and have My seat? Even if I have My seat, as long as I am in the tabernacle, as long as I am still His tabernacle, He is still here. Amen.
You know, Pentecostals command God, “God I command. I command you.” You are commanding God. No problem. Somebody was calling the name of Jesus. I said, “Which Jesus.” In the name of Jesus, I command you. Which Jesus? Calling Jesus as if He is your mate. As if He is your neighbour in the yard. No respect. No reverence.
That is why God packed away from that name and then gave us a revered Name with warning, “It cannot be used anyhow.”
No! I never sent you there to go and start a new Message. Come down if you have no announcement to make.
Brethren everywhere, carry the Message home. We went to Bayelsa last week. We were warmly received with love. The traditional ruler with his cabinet received us. The entire community made up of the youths and the women, they received us. They were ready to obey, but there was a hindrance.
They conducted us round Bayelsa where our late Brother Markson should be interred. Unfortunately, down to his father’s house, everywhere is still flooded by water. And being a married man with children, they cannot throw the corpse into the sea.
If he was a bachelor, according to their tradition, overnight, they will wrap the corpse and throw it into the sea. But since he is married, the children will demand the grave of their father.
So, for that reason, both their date and our own date could not be adopted. So, we now postponed the burial of our late Brother indefinitely. They handed it over to us 100%, that any time the flood recedes, to the point where we can prepare a little grave, even if it is three feet, they will put us in the know. Then we will come and inter the body.
But the much we did, which we disclosed to them, confirmed by the wife with Bishop Isaac, which the traditional ruler also confirmed that he was told about our contributions, they felt very much happy.
So, nothing to fear, after all, we were not responsible for his death. There is no community where people do not die. And nobody will die today and God will put an end to death, but do not hurry into your grave, for there is nothing good in the grave.
You can never say Alleluia or Praise God in the grave. Neither will you shake My hand in the grave. Will you see My face? And there is only but one thing I like in the grave. You will not offend Me and I will not offend you. Thank you.
Pastor Chizoba, give Me just one minute. Brother Ojiakor, come closer. Please, give Me a little time. Anytime that is allotted to hearing the Word of God should not be regretted. It is putting you in remembrance as we see the day approaching. Is it not the reason why we are here?
WE ARE ALMOST THERE preached on 19th December, 2010. Pg. 66 vs. 22 - 24. We are almost there.
“There is nothing that is gotten in the world that will be there. Anybody that does not have the nature of Christ can never abide with Christ till the end. Permitting you to stay means causing more trouble.
All that will be there will be people with one nature, one type of life, one type of mind, one type of reasoning, one type of character” Alleluia! You can never see anything that will bring trouble there, for there will be total peace. No type of evil will be there.
Anybody God knows very well that will come over there to cause trouble can never be there. Thus, with your five senses, you cannot be there. Nobody will be there with their five senses.
What will be there is the sixth sense; nothing like five senses. Every natural human being operates with five senses, but a supernatural human being operates with the sixth sense and the sixth sense is faith.
Did not William Branham say it? If you are still operating with your five senses, you are human and anything that is human is a troublemaker. You will not be there. Forget about it. catching away of the Saints is Faith. Thank you!
Pay attention. YOU MUST KNOW YOUR POSITION IN THE SON OF MAN, preached on 22nd December, 2103. Pg. 29 vs. 10 – 15. Put down these Messages. When you get to your libraries, find out your copies.
You must make sure, strive earnestly, make sure that your calling and election in the Faith of The Son of Man standeth sure. He hammered it loud and clear that you never brought yourself into this Faith; that He is the One that brought you.
He said, “You cannot be in this Faith without Him sustaining you. He has said it times without number that He will save anybody He wants to save and if He does not want to save you, He said that you are wasting your time.” And this is pure truth.
He registered every truth as He registered in other previous Messages and even sealed His confession with an oath. THAT IS WHY WHEN YOU LOOK AT THIS FAITH, YOU THINK IT IS A SIMPLE FAITH. IT IS NOT AS SIMPLE AS YOU THINK. GRACE IS MORE DANGEROUS THAN LAW.
UNDER THE LAW YOU CAN SEE YOUR MISTAKE FROM THE WRITTEN WORD. BUT UNDER GRACE, IT IS ONLY THE SON OF MAN THAT WILL FAULT YOU. UNDER GRACE, SOMETHING IS WRONG BECAUSE GOD SAID IT IS WRONG. IT IS GOOD BECAUSE GOD SAID IT IS GOOD. NO OTHER REASON.
THAT IS WHY GRACE IS MORE DANGEROUS. THAT WHICH YOU THINK, IF YOU DO IT, YOU DIE MAY BE YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS IN THE SIGHT OF GOD. THAT WHICH YOU THINK, IF YOU DO IT, YOU WILL BE CONDEMNED, MAY BE WHAT GOD IS DESIRING FROM YOU. YOU SEE WHY IT IS VERY DELICATE? FOR NO HUMAN BEING CAN FAULT YOU UNDER GRACE EXCEPT GOD AND YOU WHO THAT GOD IS
NO HUMAN BEING CAN JUSTIFY YOU BUT GOD, FOR HE IS THE ONLY JUSTIFIER. NO HUMAN BEING CAN CONFIRM YOUR FAITH BUT GOD. THAT IS WHY, IN A CONGREGATION LIKE THIS, ONLY GOD KNOWS THOSE THAT BELONG TO HIM.
On this note, I say remain blessed brethren.