Believers ‘ Convention 2015
Morning session (Day 5, Thursday 20th August 2015)
Ministering: Pastor Tayo Ladejo
We are living in the end of the age, and as a result, the wrath of the enemy is being unleashed. Humanity is being demolished in order to abort God’s programme, but God is never taken unawares.
God is ‘Jah’! He’s sovereign, and He’s the One we are responsible to. God is seeking for a faith-filled church, a people ready to yield to Him. God is raising overcomers in the church.
Overcomers are not necessarily people who have their physical needs and natural problems solved, having that doesn’t make you an overcomer.
Interestingly, there are provisions for our needs in the gospel – in our redemption. Jesus has paid the price for our physical benefits, and we must be thankful to Him. “Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” (Psalm 103:5). These redemptive rights are ours, but they don’t make us overcomers. They are not what we are living for; they don’t define our purpose.
The benefits of our redemption make us more than a conqueror. Christ Jesus is our conqueror, He fought the battle for our sake and He’s enthroned for us.
Christ is seated on high, and the Father enthroned Him after He conquered grave and death. The Father told Him to sit at His right hand while He makes His enemies His footstool. Jesus has entered rest, and He is expecting the church to take her place. The church that makes the enemy her footstool is the church that is an overcomer.
We have a mandate to fulfil, and we fulfil it as we attain our high calling, which is to conform to the image of Christ. When this is done, the earth will be a replica of Heaven. The new earth is coming forth from the Father’s belly, but the church must arise and prevail first.
Overcomers are those who wrestle and prevail against the enemy of the cross. The enemy of the cross isn’t poverty; that has been disarmed and conquered. It’s not satanic oppression; that’s children’s bread. The enemy of cross is self! The whole essence of our faith is to overcome the enemy of the cross. When we overcome the enemy of the cross, the end will come. God’s ageless agenda is to submerge the earth in His glory through the church.
The bible tells us to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all other things shall be added unto us (Matt. 6:33). The mention of ‘first’ shows it’s a matter of priority in the scale of preference. The priority of a church that will achieve that which will come under His will is that she must overcome self. The testimony of Jesus is the template of the Spirit being delivered to the church to overcome the enemy of the cross.
The testimony of Jesus is orchestrated by the 7 Spirits of God. There are some issues that must be emphasized by the church, it shouldn’t be “What the people want”, but “what Jehovah wants”. God is raising a people that will not be committed to meeting their needs as a priority, but their priority will be to His needs. When you’re like that, there’s no need of yours that won’t be met. This is the message pioneered by Paul. Peter and James endorsed it that that’s what Jesus taught them. The disciples were not teaching mundane things.
There’s a judgment coming on the earth, the Lord will effect a change in the church, and the message of the church will be changed from focusing on mundane things to His will. The Lord is purging His priests so that they’ll become carriers of His ark again. The Lord is saying to us on this platform, “Because you’ve been faithful, nations will come. To a people whose hearts are set on pilgrimage, nations will come. The Lord will open nations, the nations are coming, says the Spirit.
The Lord is bringing kings of the earth to come right here. The judgment of the Lord will come. Mammon will yet fail, it will fail systems and they’ll come to seek for the Lord in Zion. Wherever Zion emerges, the shining tower nations will come, just remain faithful.”
This morning, I saw the revelation of the dragon emitting fire against us. I saw in the spirit, the shield of the Spirit, and the dragon was unable to penetrate because the Lord is our shield and shelter. Don’t fear them that can kill the body, but cannot touch the soul. Another operation that I see is that of Judas that will subtly seduce and sweet-talk the brethren. The Lord says, “I am with you.” The weapon the Lord is giving us now is the love of the brethren.
All the revelations and Truth of the Kingdom must be converted to love, then, we will be overcomers that will bring deliverance to the nations. The testimony of Jesus is orchestrated by the 7 Spirits; this is the operation of the Holy Ghost in people who make God’s will their priority – those who are alive to His will. The 7 Spirits is only at work in those with broken hearts and contrite spirits. The essence of the 7 Spirits is to turn us to overcomers.
The testimony of Jesus is what will fortify us against the most ferocious onslaught of darkness coming from the dragon. It is the equipping of the church by God to realize, and to fulfill God’s ageless agenda in the earth. The testimony of Jesus is the working of the Spirit of God in us, and to build in us the capacity to attain the fullness of Him. It is at work in us for to attain stature, and to be sons on the earth.
“And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots”
Rod represents authority, and it is coming from the stem of Jesse. You can’t come into that authority if you are not growing in the body. You must be planted in a local church, regardless of how anointed you are. ‘Branch’ in Hebrew language is ‘nester’ which means ‘green’, or ‘maturity’. Maturity comes out of the roots. Spiritual authority and maturity go hand in hand, God does not release authority upon children. I don’t mean believers’ authority, I mean ‘His authority’.
“For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.”
The word “speaketh” means His primary allegiance is to the word of God. If you don’t give an attitude towards God’s word, you will not come into His fullness. The essence of the 7 Spirits is to bring the church up to sonship. Without the 7 Spirits, we can’t have the Spirit without measure. The Lord is releasing upon the church His fullness, and we must be committed to God’s word. The word of God is what makes for the equipping. When there’s maturity, fruitfulness, love, the attributes of love, then, authority comes. The Spirit of the Lord talks of the fullness of the Spirit.
The word “Rest” in John 3:34 was taken from the word ‘roach’ which means ‘to have solidity to carry weight, the weightiness of God’. How does it happen? How does solidity get built in us? It is by the 7 Spirits – the spirit of the Lord, the spirit of wisdom, of revelation, of understanding, of might, of knowledge, and of the fear of the Lord (Isa. 11:2). What God is doing is that He’s calling the sons unto maturity, and sonship is by the 7 Spirits of God; it’s what will get rid of the hold and influence of self from us. When we overcome the enemy of the cross, we become the testimony of Jesus.
The word ‘testimony’ is taken from the Greek word ‘Marturia’ which means witness, someone who sees and knows; someone who has been through the dealings of God. Such a person has clarity and conviction, and it comes by death – dying to self. The word ‘Maturia’ also means martyrs. Martyr is not someone who dies by accident, it is one who delivers his life for the course. The greatest demand of the Spirit is worship, not just from the perspective of the songs we sing alone. What makes worship powerful is that there’s a cry already. Without the word, there’s no worship; it doesn’t happen until the sign. God is bridging the gap between our walk and our words.
“In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.”
Isaiah was never going to see the glory of God if his eyes were not lifted. King Uzziah must die; Uzziah means strength, a type of strength. If our Uzziah, which is our self-strength, doesn’t die, we won’t see the Lord. The essence of the 7 Spirits is to make us see the Lord. If we will see the Lord, we’ll be carriers of His glory. Revelation is what opens the portal for the testimony of Jesus, and it can only be revealed when there’s a yearning in the heart. The revelation of Jesus comes only to His servants! Bond servants! We won’t be imparted by the Spirit of revelation except we are imparted by the Spirit of servanthood. Paul said, “For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles” (Eph. 3:1); we must become the Lord’s captives!
The purpose of the Spirit of revelation is to unveil and reveal the word of God. The word of God here isn’t scriptures: I’m not saying the Bible is not the word of God, I’m saying that while the Scriptures are stated, the word of God is revealed. The revelation of Jesus is to unveil the word to us, and the essence of the word revealed is to cause the image of the Father to be entrenched in us through the process of dying; the process of slaughtering the sin nature that is engraved in the human soul.
It actually means that we can’t become overcomers until the word tries and proves us. When this is done, we have the testimony of Jesus; that’s what God is entrusting into hands of the church. The operation of the dragon is intensifying attacks on the earth, and the first point of call is the church – the body of Christ, because the church is the salt of the earth and the light of the world. If the dragon can dim the light, then, it can wreck havoc on the earth. The whole essence of darkness is to raise sons of disobedience; sons of darkness on the earth, and we will see the dragon achieved that both in the church and in the nations.
One of the essence of the 7 Spirits of Christ is to make the church intensely prophetic. We have different expressions in the prophetic – utterance, inspiration, vision, foresight, hindsight, perception, gift of prophecy (revelation and utterance); there’s the spirit of prophecy, prophetic anointing, and the ministry of psalmists (which is a flow out of the prophetic); then Prophetic scribes, and then, the office of the prophet, which includes foretelling and forthtelling.
One expression of the Spirit of Christ is that prophetic nature. If Christ is being formed in us, we’ll be intensely prophetic in spite of our being prophetic in the Spirit. Christ being formed in us must be the emphasis, we can no longer live on milk! Don’t get me wrong, we are not done away with milk; we will always require milk. We will always need the elementary principles of the doctrine of Christ (repentance from dead works, faith toward God, doctrine of baptisms, laying on of hands, resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment – Heb. 6:1-2), but that is not what we should live on. God needs solidity in the church.
Another expression of the Spirit of Christ is discernment: “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1). The word ‘try’ is from the Greek word ‘dokimadzo’ which means to examine with the inner man. In these last days, there’ll be deceptions and camouflage. The word ‘false prophets’ is from the Greek word ‘pseudoprophetes’ which means ‘counterfeit prophets’. They are born again and have led many astray, and their message will even be ‘Jesus is Christ’. We can’t know them by their words or anointing, because they can have anointing and even predict wars in the nations. One operation of the depth of Satan is counterfeit.
If someone was to pay for a service rendered worth about ten million dollars, and the person pays in 101 dollar note, one must have been a stupor to collect the money because there is no 101 dollar note. But if there were original 101 dollar note, and one receives a counterfeit, that’s when you need discernment. It is discovered that people that handle money a lot know the counterfeit by just touching it. God wants us to activate the Spirit by the constant use of the word. As we learn the word, the Spirit of Christ through discernment is developed.
1 Chronicles 12:32
“And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment.”
David is a type of Christ, he was first anointed amidst his brethren. Some people have small anointing and they cut off from the brethren; it is dangerous to do so. David went through trials, he escaped to the cave of Adullam (1 Sam. 22:1); “Adullam” means trials. And he went to “ziklag” (1 Sam. 30:1), which is the place of expertise. But the sons of Issachar came and they understood times and season.
For us to be relevant in these times, we need to be as sons of Issachar; they bring direction, warning, and stability. They brought order and government, and they knew what Israel needed per time. Issachar is taken from two Greek words: “nasah” and “sakar”. Nasah has four meanings, one of which is “a forgiver – internal purity”. This is very important in the prophetic, the core thrust of the prophetic is not anointing or revelation; it is the mind of God.
The core of the prophetic is the mind of the Lord, another one that is equally important is character. When you see a prophetic person that is a lone ranger, living in offense, be careful. The more we forgive, the more we’re purged. When someone hurts us, it’s for our salvation; God wants to purge you the more.
Another meaning of “nasah” is the armor bearer. Some people don’t submit to authority anymore when they begin to receive revelations, it is self-deception. If we want to be effective prophetically, we must be armor bearers. “nasah” also means refined by fire. Trial comes with the prophetic. “Sakar” means reward, approval, or endorsement. For us to receive God’s endorsement, we must have gone through process. The reward of God is eternal life, it’s His glory.
The spirit of the age is being unleashed in the earth, and one thing its doing is to bring about imposition of darkness upon the church, it wants to defile our heart. The day of the Lord is a day of darkness, darkness unleashed.
“For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.”
Darkness is “kafar” in the Greek language. Gross darkness means darkness lowered from second heaven, and it is called “arafar” in Greek. The cloud of darkness being released is creating weariness and lethargy towards the things of God in the heart of men. Another subtle effect of that darkness is frivolity, indiscipline, handling things of eternal worth with levity. Another is offence: Many are offended in God and brethren. Offence wounds your spirit and defiles the grace of God in your life. When the enemy is stirring up offence, it’s to defer divine purpose.
Another is Hypocrisy, being heady, arrogance, high minded, incontinent, pretense, and affront against authority. Don’t ever defile the authority over you on no account. These things make the church timid, shallow, superficial, carnal, ordinary and as mere men. The consequences of these things in the church is that we will be unable to engage God’s purpose, and be disqualified as God’s witness – incapable of fulfilling the word, and hence, we will deny the Father of the ultimate pleasure of replicating His image. Nations will be denied the arising of saviors in the earth if these things are found in the church. The enemy wants to strip the earth off the awe of God, and the consciousness of the fear of God.
Concerning the recent legalization of homosexuality in America, Billy Graham once warned them. After the 9/11 attack, different people spoke, presidents like Bill Clinton, George Bush and many other important people, but when Billy Graham spoke, he was the only one the people stood up for, and gave him a standing ovation as a witness. He said, “What happened to America was not an accident, it was a judgment”. He said, “if God didn’t judge America, He will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah”. They did not listen to him, their declaration was made and their constitution was not grafted in God’s word, but this is a sign showing us that sons of disobedience are emerging in the earth. The day of the Lord will be as a thief in the night, but we must shine as light. In the day of the Lord, sons of darkness will arise.
In some states of America like Virginia, those in the education line will understand that we have Family Life Education and Health Education. Family Life Education is not compulsory, you can opt out your child because your ward would be taught sex education, how to use a condom and other things like that, but the Health Education is compulsory. Just recently, they not only made Family Life Education compulsory, they have also introduced gender identity which involves heterosexuality, homosexuality and transgender sexuality, and when schools were moving against it, the civil rights threatened to withdraw funding from the federal capacity.
The dragon is at work in nations and churches in order to raise sons of disobedience and darkness. Disobedience does not mean to disobey an instruction, it means to harden heart and to be in constant resistance against the will of God. We need a different church in the last days. If you don’t have the support of the Prince of peace, and the prince of the world is dealing with you, you’re on your own.
We must be set apart to be “carriers” of God. Carrier is from the word “crion”, meaning to rub off or smear. Christ means anointing to be consecrated. When the word comes, we are being consecrated. Faith is not the means to having our needs met; our needs will be met in faith, but that is not its purpose. Faith is the property of the Spirit for the formation of the Son in us. The evidence of our attainment unto sonship is love. We cannot claim we love the Father if we do not love the brethren. The purity of our love for God is compromised by our failure to love brethren. We love God by keeping His commandments. Commandments means installation, not something external. “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.” (1 John 5:3)
1 John 5:4
“For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.”
The installation of the commandment of God in us is by faith, and it is to install His commandments in our soul. It is faith to crush the world. ‘Overcometh’ is taken from “nikao”, which is the same as ‘victory’. The victory is first to prevail against the flesh, then succeed in the will of God, and then to inherit another age. If our soul is being saved, the commandment is being installed in us. We are prevailing against the sin nature, and flesh is being subdued, and we are living in the will. With this, we will inherit the age to come. Let’s receive grace to become the overcomer He has created us to be.
(Prophecy to United Kingdom)
Judgment is taking place in the nations, including United Kingdom, and it’s going to start. God is shaking the royal family. There will be commotions and conflict that will not be hidden, and the Lord will bring to light that which is hidden. A lot of disgrace and secrets will be unraveled. In the midst of that, God will restore. A new king will be accepted to restore values and commitment to religious faith, and God will open the door to the gospel again. From England, God will reclaim the throne, the government and then the nation. The gospel that will serve as the ensign of God is the Word of God; the testimony of Jesus. Men will seek for God again, and there will be hunger and yearning in the soul.
The economy of Ireland will be smashed, but the Lord will arise with mercy. The Lord is revisiting United Kingdom with the judgment of God. Africa will be the emissary to take the gospel to the ends of the earth. God will raise faithful witnesses from Africa to the end of the earth. Through what the Lord is doing, Kuwait will bow; Arab nations will bow and they will seek the face of Yahweh. The Lord will judge the spirit of the bondwoman, and their divination and sorcery will fail them. The Sun of righteousness is arising in the Arab nations, He is judging the rising and setting of the moon there.
There will be ministry of signs and wonders, the outbreak and demonstration of the Spirit. He is coming as fire to refine and burn to ashes. Kingdoms will run because the fire of the Lord is arising amidst His people like never before: There will be men and women slain, demonstration, so much laughter in the Spirit and cloud of glory in public meetings.
The testimony of the Son is being lifted with demonstrations, and signs and wonders. The Lord is saying, “In the past, I have endowed the spirit of mighty works on the fathers, but they merchandised it; but now, I am releasing the spirit, even in a greater dimension because I am raising faithful witnesses – overcomers who are dying daily”. The dead will come to live, blind will see, as the Lord restores His glory in the midst of His people.
Reverend Kayode Oyegoke Concluding:
Tongues and interpretation
Amidst you, I will cause a release of the manifestation of the Spirit. The gifts of tongues and interpretation will begin to manifest in a greater measure. Not only from ministers, it will flow even, even to the pews. Yea, gifts of the manifestations of Spirit will I increase. Weights will rest upon, there will be a release of gifts of prophecy, tongues, interpretation of tongues, word of wisdom, knowledge, discerning of spirit, healing, miracle, and of faith. My gift is resting upon you. The mantle is resting upon you, the weight is resting upon you. It is resting upon you, yea, it is resting upon you, the gifts of healing, the gifts of working of miracles, and it will increase and increase. The tide will increase as you give credence and attention to My word.
Tongues and Interpretation
Discerning in the spirit, crossing timelines. Certain operations withheld by papa for some time now are unleashed, certain operations that validate presence of Zion in your midst. Manifestation of Spirit, manifestation of life, manifestation of culture, manifestation of way of life; way of life of Zion is manifested. Manifestation in order of inheritance, callings, ordinations, and names. A nation is being built. What is being demonstrated is the civilization being unleashed because you have crossed timelines in the spirit.
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