Believers’ Convention 2015
Day 5 – Evening Session (Thursday, 20th August, 2015)
Ministering: Kayode Oyegoke
I want us to see something from the churches that was mentioned in the book of Revelation.
Church at Ephesus- Revelation 2:2- “I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars…”
Church at Philadelphia- Revelation 3:12- “Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name”.
Church at Pergamos – Revelation 2:13, “I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth”.
The visitation of the Head of the church through the angel to the churches was to test the dimension of works they have gotten to, and to further help them advance into works which are greater than the ones they were found in.
We are called out of darkness for work, but there is this trial work that will prepare us for the real Work. All the seven churches are churches of works. It is not all churches that arrive at this stage of works. This is not a work of multiplying people in the churches. It is the work of names. It’s not english I’m talking about here, it is Spirit. What we are called to do is to do Names. There are two major names that we must do; the first name and the second name.
From “Revelation 2:13”, we saw that the church in Pergamos held His name until they got to where Satan’s seat was. When you know the relationship between name, works and faith, you won’t joke with faith. There were apostles before Paul, but none of them could bring the churches into the dimension of works that heaven demanded, because for you to do the work, you must have all the instrument of the work. And the instruments of the work are to attain the Names.
“But rise and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of those things which thou hast seen, and of those things in which I will appear unto thee; 17. Delivering thee from the people, and from the gentiles, unto whom now I send thee. 18. To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light and from the power of satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in Me”.
From the above scripture, this is what Jesus was saying to Paul: I will be appearing to you and you would become a minister of the appearance. By the time I would appear to you for the second time, you would have become a minister but I want to make you a minister of a higher order. In verse 17, He went on to say that it is in this appearing that He would deliver Paul. Paul had to be delivered from all his ties to culture- places he hailed from, because this things could hinder him from being a minister of the next level. For you to be a minister, you must be delivered, and it is God that can grant that deliverance.
Paul hereafter was given a commission to open the eyes of others. This is no more about giving your life to christ (new birth), it is about delivering the soul from darkness. Now you can see why Paul tarried with the people. He spent the nights preaching deliverance from darkness to his people. This is the real Bible school. The real Bible school is a deliverance school (being delivered from darkness).
To be delivered from Satan is to be delivered from self (your nature). The nature of the soul is troublesome. An anointed man can steal the church’s money and he is not demonised. It is a nature. It is a satanic hold, and those whom Satan holds don’t know that they are being held. The thing with satanic hold is that, it gives you rights. You can even quote scriptures to backup what you are doing.
To break the hold of Satan is to remove scales that have covered the people.‘Cast not holy things to dogs’ (Matthew 7:6). Holy things are for sighting. The dogs are “gentilic” beings that would always go back to its vomit. Gentiles trust the works of their hands. The most beautiful gentile is a refined dog .The church does not know that she is not an ordinary being. We look at the world and we feel outdated, this makes us want to copy the world. Satan had to do that to make the world attractive. Satan is busy dressing gentiles in order to pull the church into its “gentilic” ways. But God is raising the standard of the church, because our adorning is coming; robes of righteousness.
No gentile should move you. The reason why we are moved is because we are light weighted. When we see the outward weights that gentiles carry, we are moved. We need to be very weighty in the things of God. If what you do everyday is to teach prosperity, then you are teaching saints to compete with the Gentiles. The saints must learn christ.
We wear some things that we are not aware of. May God open our eyes. A time would come in our lives when Satan cannot use anybody AMEN!! Now, he can use anybody.Satan can use someone that is being made a son. You will need development to detect that he is the one. May God help us to detect our wrong doings. Jesus said “… for they know not what they do…” (Luke 23:34). Some people think they know what they are doing, but they don’t. The key to knowing is “THE OPENING THE EYES”, receiving forgiveness for sins can only be done when the eyes are open.
“And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth.”
Jesus had to come again to teach Paul that seeing Jesus is not all, but that he also needs to hear. I can see Jesus and not hear his words, that is just a vision. The way for deliverance is for me to hear what the Lord is saying, so that I can be delivered.
“Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip”.
Jesus spoke via the gifts for the spoken word. They are five in number: apostle, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers (Ephesians 4:11). The Holy Ghost can come upon you and you’ll prophesy, that is not what I am saying, that is just a realm. There is more authority when the fivefold ministry is operating. Those gifts Ephesians mentioned are the gifts of Christ, which are different from the manifestations of the Holy Ghost. The nine gifts primarily are the gifts of the Spirit. We all have a measure of the gifts of Christ. This means that we have little Christ, that is, we have Christ the apostle, Christ the prophet, Christ the teacher, Christ the evangelist and Christ the pastor. These gifts of Christ was given to the church.
When you are filled with the Holy Ghost and speak in tongues, it doesn’t mean that you have overcome Satan. For example, Ananias and Saphira were filled with the Holy Ghost, and Satan was still able to fill their heart. I am not talking about their spirits. The heart is the deepest part of the soul. The faith that is in the Son is the cleansing agent. There is a faith that is in Him. I cannot know His will except I hear the voice of His mouth.
Compare Colossians 1:9 and Ephesians 1:17 “the knowledge of His will” is the same with “the knowledge of Him”. You cannot know His will until your eyes are opened. My deliverance depends on what I am hearing. For me to be delivered from Satan, I must hear the word of His mouth, so that I can know His will. When I have the knowledge of His will, I would know His will. The knowledge of His will means knowing His will. I cannot know His will except I hear what He is saying. Knowing His will would open my eyes. When I know His will, I would be turned from darkness to light. Knowing His will is not just knowing His will for who to marry or what job to do, or even the kind of ministry to do. I understand that I can be an apostle and yet not know His will. He wants me to know His will because His will is a prerequisite to the opening of my eyes.
knowing His will is what takes care of sin. When I know His will, my sins would be forgiven. There is an amount of the will that I need to know for me to be cleansed from sins. When I say forgiven, it doesn’t mean that God hasn’t forgiven us our sins when we became born again, but my soul still has sin as a nature that I must be cleansed from, so it is only when I know ‘His will’ that I will be cleansed. The reasons why sins are still staying is because the person has not turned. The person needs to turn to receive forgiveness. For us to turn, our eyes need to be opened. The power of Satan is what is holding back many children of God from turning and receiving forgiveness. When we got born again, it was a deliverance from hell. The next level of deliverance is a deliverance from people, tribes and nations.
Substances of sin framed ways in us. It would take the turning of the man and the opening of the eyes- turning of the man from darkness to light to receive another tongue, another tribe, another nation (transformation into a new life). Tribes are in souls and that is what makes souls unique. To download deliverance, I need to know His will. The Will of the Lord custodes the deliverance from the nations. For every turning, there is a deliverance.
The power of Satan is sin, and the Sin is a life. The life that Satan teaches is how we should live. Satan is the teacher of a life. “Sin lieth at thy door” ( Genesis 4:7). I did not understand that scripture for a long time, “door” means heart. To use sin to reign, is to use sin to succeed. What made Cain not to offer well? What was he doing? Cain was already agreeing with sin’s presence in the presence of God. He was given another treatment called neighbour. Sin turned brotherhood to neighbourhood. The soul became weak and couldn’t accommodate brotherhood. The Jews are neighbours, not brothers. Jesus blood speaks something better than Abel’s. His blood speaks brotherhood. Those who have been bought by the lamb are brethren.
Cain was looking for expression outside the vicinity of the presence of Yahweh. God wanted to teach him faith. Abel was doing faith. Cain was doing sin. WHEN YOU DISOBEY FAITH, YOU DO SIN. Cain could not offer up his best offering because his life has been attached to things. He didn’t trust God because he did not believe in the path of the unseen. He could not trust his natural life into God’s hand.
Faith teaches us to submit our life to God. Cain couldn’t trust God with his life. Abel’s offering was accepted while Cain’s wasn’t. This was not because Cain’s offering did not include blood. Fruit was very important in the old order. It was fruit that killed Adam. It is fruit that can transfer immortality to mortality. Cain’s offering was rejected, while Abel’s was the best. Cain didn’t bring the best because those fruits were his life. He could not give God his best, because he was evil and couldn’t obey faith. Sin was in his heart. He didn’t regard God because he never thought that God could do anything for him. He named his city after his first born. Cain offered his excellent strength to sin. Who do you give your first born to? Sin is the culture of life that Satan has marked out. It is called unbelief; lack of trust in the Lord. Jesus is saying, the faith that is in Him will erode sin. The answer to sin is in His Faith. Sin will remain in the soul if the church doesn’t come to the knowledge of this.
As these sins were committed, darkness came upon men. The skin of an animal is one of the things they used for the veiling of ‘The Ark’. Skins are for veilings. Leaves are as a result of the eyes. When they sinned, they used leaves but God had clothed them with skin. For every darkness is a level of unbelief. The unbelieving life is a faithless life. Cain doubted God completely. He went against God’s alignment. Cain hated God. He was of the wicked one. The power of Satan is the power of sin. Nothing can handle it, unless the faith that is in God and that is of God. Sin is stronger than the faith of Adam, it is also stronger than the faith Adam had outside Eden. Sin constitutes city, and the city is in this world. Victory over sin is the faith that is in Him. If we refuse to live by the faith of the Son of God, sin reigns. Sin began to reign through Cain. It gave him access and Cain reigned in sin. Cain was interested in dominion and sin told him that he will show him how to arrive at dominion. Sin wants to show you as a Model to mankind. Nothing can get them except your illumination- when your brightness begins to shine.
The work of faith has not been seen by the world. It is not only Satan that has control of darkness, God controls darkness too. He surrounds Himself in darkness. When you build Christ, you terminate Satan. Satan hates words that builds Christ. We cannot stop sin unless we walk by faith. Satan’s power is sin. When Satan shows you life, he is showing you sin.
(Genesis 4:1-22) “You can’t read the Bible with your natural eye unless God opens your eyes. They do not boast of faith, because they do not have the heritage.The name of the Lord is faith. Calling upon Jesus’ name is living by His faith, living by His substance” (Genesis 5:1-20).
They lived before giving birth. When God wanted to train Abraham, He was remitting sin in Abraham when He told him to throw away the son of his flesh. In Genesis 5:18, Enoch could be translated because his father lived longer. You cannot compare Isaac to Ishmael. Abraham lived longer before giving birth to Isaac. “The just shall live by faith”. All of them prophesied because they were all of the prophetic. It is necessary that prophets are on the earth. “The meek shall inherit the earth”. The prophets are the meek.
Elizabeth wasn’t barren, God held her womb because they wanted a righteous man. The faith that they came into was to still continue despite their barrenness. It is carnal men that don’t continue with God when there is nothing to show for it. That is death. What John came to preach was salvation of the soul in a measure. Unbelief is sin, God is dealing with and killing the life we have adopted. God is training us to live by His life, the faith of Jesus purifies. It is that which will make the tribe of Levi clean. When you walk by faith, you walk by righteousness. When there is no righteousness, there is no faith. God will expire sin in us.
What we are doing tonight is the opening of eyes. I sense cleansing. Holds of sin being broken. Tonight, we no longer trust in lying vanities.
Tongues and Interpretation:
“It is the workings of God that has been set into motion to deliver us from the power that had kept us. It is the mercy of God to help us from things that has held us down. That hold has been broken.The power that tied you to earthly works has been broken. The work needs to be done. Your feet needs to be strengthened so you can come up hither to a place of hearing . Receive grace and mercy for the Father has set you on a path”.