Believers’ Convention 2015
Day 4 – Morning Session.
Ministering: Reverend Ken Igbinedion
One thing I see is that for many years, God has been shut out from His house, but God is raising a church from within the church now. While the old remains, He raises the new.
The Lord knows how to expire the old that the new might inherit the promise like He did for Israel in the wilderness.
May we have faith that He that has started with us is faithful and will bring it to completion. May we not expire and end here. God is doing a new thing in our time and season, and our eyes are blessed to see it, our ears are blessed to hear it, and we are blessed to be participants.
“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; 3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; 4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they”.
By the time God was purging sin, we saw manifestations of the word of His power. We have not known the Word of His power, but we have known the power of His Word. There is a difference between the word of His power and the power emanating from His Word. We may not know the testimony until we know the Word of His power.
Many ministries have been built on the power of His word.Oftentimes, the hindrance for people to move into what God is saying is what God has said in the past especially when there are evidences to validate them.
The things that come from His hands are different from that which He custodes. The whole world was framed by the Word of His power. Most ministries today are corrective and repairing in nature, even though God’s word, in the beginning, was not used for that purpose.
How do you tell a man who has built a 100-thousand capacity building that God has moved from the position he stands. His “success” has become a veil to him and it is only God that can help such people.
Sometimes, seeing how God led those who have gone ahead of us will evoke awe in our hearts. Rev. Kayode Oyegoke comforted me when he said, “It takes so much humility for a father to tell you where he failed”. It takes a great measure of death to self for a man to tell you that what he preached yesterday was not accurate, and admit that a higher light has come for things to he way they ought to.
We must be careful about these things. Rev. Kayode Oyegoke said even in the Bible, God allowed the mistakes of men to be written down. They wrote the part where David committed adultery, whereas some men of God will never tell you where they missed it in following God. They, thus, project their images as those who never made mistakes.
These things are not our own, so, no man should glory in it. When we handle God’s things, we should do it with caution, fear and trembling. Give the Owner of this thing the praise because it is all about Him.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”.
God is the Word. The word is not only that which is spoken, it could also mean a secret; it is the nature of the Father. God is bigger than what we preach or think. It is in our own good and interest to know that there are things locked up in Him, and until His life appears, we do not appear; for Christ is our life “for ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God” (Col. 3:3).
The word of His power is the word of His kingdom. Where the word of the King is, there is power (Eccl. 8:4).
This power is not corrective in nature because God had it(power) before things went bad. There is something locked up in God. God reveals Himself to Himself and to His creation.
Satan thought he was smart, but God does not just have wisdom, He is wisdom.
God is secret, that is why Jesus said:“But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly” (Matt. 6:6).
God custodes secrets; some of which are the things He is unveiling to us. It took time to get the Word to become flesh. He Himself have not seen all the dimensions He has in Himself because the things created by His hands have not fully manifested Him. It is by His testimony that His things rule.
Some people have skills to make business work and certain areas of their lives could be shut down. If you trace it, some of them have made covenant. Even God deals with covenants even to the fourth generation (Exodus 20:4). Consider Israel and Abraham, for instance. God did not make covenant with Israel but with their father Abraham.
Some of us can step into waters we did not labour for because of the covenant someone else had made with God. All these show that a testimony is speaking.I once asked God the difference between “testimony” and “the word of God”.Sometimes, we quote the two words over and over again, yet, we do not understand because we are quoting the scriptures under a dispensation other than the one which gave it.
Testimony is more powerful than what is just spoken because blood is involved. We are speaking about God’s covenant and His oath and until the understanding of this testimony comes, you will not see its manifestation in your life.
God has finished it; though it does not appear so. Look around the world and the church, it does not look like God is reigning, yet, He does! Even when terrorists hit hard around, we only need sight to see, and ears to hear so we will understand why some things are the way they are.
“How shall we escape, if we neglect so great a salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;”
It was a reported speech confirmed to us by those who heard Him, but God is now speaking to us by His Son.
How come we read the book of the prophets and don’t hear the voice of the Son? If we must come into testimony, we must have ears to hear what the Son is saying from what has been said through the Prophets. The things the prophets are speaking is a testimony:the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy.
There was a breath, a spirit behind those prophecies. At the time of the prophets, there was not a Son in the order of God’s face; meaning no one could show the inner configuration of God, but God was speaking through His prophets and what He was speaking was testimony.
As powerful as Moses was, it was said concerning him that, “For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house.” (Heb. 3:3). The life and ministry of Moses was a projection of Christ that was to come after.
None of the prophet was a minister in himself; they only pointed to Christ. The things God swore are hidden in covenant, and God wants to see His testimony and covenant come to pass.
“That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.”
When sin dictates how you should live, then you know that sin is reigning. To reign is to show a path of life. A king is he who has power to generate his own life and course,and also cause men to walk in it. Many kings around us these days, which are democratically elected, are not really kings. Nowadays, state governors give staff of authority to the king. That kind of king cannot determine his life and generate power because the governor has greater power.
The Word of God to some is something to be quoted or recited. We need to know that before the Bible came, the word had been. Every religion in the world has a leader who hands down a book to his disciples; it is only in Christianity that the leader does not hand over a book. He came to fulfil what has been said before now. He handed over the Spirit of testimony when He was leaving.
Jesus is the truth, and the Spirit is the Spirit of truth. The word of God without the Spirit of the testimony will generate death.The letter can kill, Satan is a killer, and Ignorance also kills.
Inside this bible is a Spirit,and this Spirit makes known Secret things that belongs to God.
The secret things belong to God because He reigns and rules by secrets (Deut. 29:29). Before the world awakes to what He is doing, He would have raised an army for the final battle. The world only knew one Jesus, but now, there will many because He would have reproduced Himself in men.
No one can outwit God. Even those who position themselves against Him later find that they are mere tools in His hand. Pharaoh, for instance, did not know God raised him to stand in His way so that His might can be known (Romans 9:17).
Many know the word but the word has not been written in them. The root of the testimony is that God wants us to know first and foremost that He bears witness of Himself. They told Jesus: “You’re not true. How do you testify of Yourself?” He told them, “It’s My Father who is testifying of Me” (John 8:13-14), but they did not understand it.
We must be careful with the witnesses that God gives to the things being spoken. The witness is not the same as that which is being declared and borne witness to.Signs and wonders are not the real deal. They are only confirming something. It is thus a big mistake to now say that what God is using to confirm something is the real thing.
What is locked up in God is what He gave to prophets to speak and as they spoke, He came to bear witness to the fact that it was His work. God bore that witness with signs and wonders, various miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His will (Heb. 2:4).
We must be able to distinguish what He’s bearing witness to from the witnesses .
You know what,Something is locked up which will expire the devil. Have you ever thought, like I have, that since we have identified the problem, then let’s remove him (the Devil) outrightly. It’s because you don’t understand. Killing him is ignorance. The materials they used to make him are not ‘killable’. You don’t kill (the material). You expire it.I’m not talking about quoting scriptures! It’s a knowing! Those who loved not their lives unto death; they didn’t get there by quoting but by knowing. That knowing is the testimony. It’s different!
Many know the word but the word has not been confirmed in them. I’m not talking about quoting scriptures; I’m speaking about a knowing! “Those who loved not their lives unto death”(Rev. 12:11) didn’t get there by quoting, they got there by knowledge.What they knew was the testimony!
Many know the word but the word has not been written in them. “The things those who just quote scriptures use to bear witness are not the secret things of God”. The word of God is not for corrective purposes; it has Its own life. It exists in itself.
The word was what was used to create the world! The word can create its own atmosphere, its own environment and its own cosmos around you. You can live in the world of the word. This is where God is taking us to; a terrain beyond just quoting the written word; we need what that written word is testifying to.
John wrote the book of Revelation and So much is locked up there. The book of Revelation isn’t the book of 666 or the book of the anti-christ, neither is it the book of fear, or the book which will show you how the world will be, so you’ll escape to heaven. It’s a book of the revelation of Christ.
When Christ is being unveiled, certain elementary things are touched.What’s the last word in the book of Revelation? It’s ‘Amen’! So, Relax,Revelations is not a problem book. By the time they’ll finish unveiling this Christ, it will be Amen.
And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. 7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.”
This is what They want to get us into, that’s what the “Amen” in Rev. 22:21 is for.
“And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. 9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God. 10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy”.
John was in that isle of Patmos – not for morning devotion. He wasn’t looking for a quiet place to study, something took him there.The Word of God took John there!
“They that are led by the spirit of God are the sons of God”.
That leading isn’t that to go start a church. It’s a leading against what you want to do. It is against the way and course of this life.
Those who can understand and follow, are sons.Those who are sons are not so because they’ve arrived.A Son is He who has been led against his life, who has been led against corruption, against the corrupt thing, one who has understood leading.
The same Spirit which led Jesus to the water to be baptized John, also led him to the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
Note: ‘You can’t fight the enemy if you don’t know who the enemy is’.
That was his obedience. He learnt obedience by the things He suffered.Sometimes we say we hate this world but somewhere there, we live by it. When we end this convention, we still go to resume in our offices. When salaries don’t come in , we cry, yet we say we hate this world! We shout that Dollar has increased; yet we hate this world.
Get the point here: There’s something that fuels the system of the world. That thing isn’t outside; it’s in you.There is a part in us called flesh. Flesh is the engine that produces the world. You don’t like what they have produced but you carry the engine that produces what they have produced.
John didn’t know the level of testimony in the brethren till the angel told him. There was no communication, the apostles had all scattered with their disciples and the only medium of communication was testimony.
God wants to introduce all of us to something. He’s dealing with us individually! He has been dealing with us corporately but the testimony is for individuals! Those who are “Brethren” are those who have one thing in them- the Testimony of Jesus.
The obedience of Jesus was Him following the leadings of the Spirit: “He learned obedience by the things He suffered” (Heb. 5:7-9).
Sometimes, we say we hate this world but we still live by it. For instance, when we end this Convention, we still go and resume in our offices and when salaries do not come in, we cry and yet, we claim to hate this world! We get so concerned about the devaluation of the Naira currency against Dollar, yet we claim to hate this world.
Something fuels the world system, and that thing is not outside; it is in everyone. What is called the “world” is fuelled by something that is in you. There is a part in us called flesh which is the engine that produces the world. We then have a situation such that even though you do not like what they have produced, yet you carry the engine that produces what is being produced.
John didn’t go to the isle of Patmos to meditate, he was led there. He did not even know the level of testimony in the brethren till the angel told him. The testimony became the medium of communication in the days of the apostles.If we eat from the same plate, for instance, we will look alike. The reason we have denominations is because we have different plates and different meals being served. If we eat from different plates, we would be different. There are Christians in Lagos state that do not like what we are doing here.
The ‘written word’ is the basis for denomination, but the testimony is the basis for our unity. The apostles were men of the testimony; they had the manuscript within them.
“In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.”
This is the state of the present church and it is so because apostles of the testimony have not risen, but they will rise.
It is not every time that you put scripture together that it makes sense. You would not know how difficult this is till you try to preach revelation to a theologian. The letter killeth!
This testimony must be kept with a Fear which the Israelites did not have. The testimony is just a thin line running from Genesis to Revelation.The word of God brought John to Patmos. We must obey the word of His power. When you believe in Jesus, the word is put in you, but it needs to be grown. It is by the growth of this word that we will prevail. It is when life starts appearing that we will see testimony.
When you believe in Jesus they put the word in you but they need it to grow. It is by the growth of this word that we will prevail. Until this life appear we won’t appear. It is when life starts appearing that we will see testimony.
Bearing a Testimony is when one is called to the witness box and swears an oath. Children can’t come to witness box cos they can’t swear oath. It is one who has attained growth that can handle testimony.
I look behind me and I See the design of the convention. God bless the soul of the designer.The big round bread is the word of God. In the bread is cross, beside the cross we have marks that show the thorn that pierced for blood to come up. The cross is testimony. In those days when God gave the ark, inside were tablets, the rod of Aaron that budded and manna. And on top of the ark is the mercy seat. Some of them never saw it, they only heard of it. The ten commandments arenot testimony. Testimony is the bread.
(Heb 2:4).In the New Testament he bore witness with signs and wonders.In their own time he bore witness with bread and aaron’s rod that budded (resurrection) they covered it with mercy cos the eyes of children who can’t handle oath can’t see it. If they come without growth, they will die. These are secret things locked up in the box. Jesus said your fathers ate that bread and died but Jesus is the true bread. Eat of me.Jesus was saying God is about to grind me to powder and make another bread. It was not the commandments. God was trying to bring them to testimony.
A man came and walked into Jordan just like others, and he asked John to baptize him to fulfill all righteousness. As he came out of the water, heavens opened and God spoke “this is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased”.It was recorded that Mary kept all that was said about these things in her heart. “A sword shall go through your heart.” The sword is in the cross.It was the Father that bruised Jesus for our sake not the Roman empire.
Finally, God is saying to you: “If anyone won’t come and identify with the cross, he hasn’t identified with God”. You can’t say you love God without partaking in the cross.
All the apostles believed in ‘Christ the crucified’ and all He said has come to pass. As Christ rose up from the dead, a new life began on earth. The life is in us. The blood of Jesus has become that testimony -that we may live the life that will come for our sake. For anyone to have that testimony, he must take up his own cross, If you can’t take your cross, you’re not one with the testimony.You can’t organise the cross for yourself.
The Lord is saying: “As I take you through it, you come to an experience and at the end, the testimony would have been formed”. It’s not easy to take your cross but God will help you. For the sake of the Word; for the sake of life!
“And they overcame by the blood of the lamb and the word of their testimony”.
We pray it becomes our testimony. Amen! Let it become our testimony.