Calvary greetings to everyone in Jesus Christ Mighty Name, Amen.
I want to teach on the message titled “God’s Promotion”, which I picked from the book of Psalms 61:2, “From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed : lead me to the rock that is higher than I”. What David meant in the above passage is that there is a hill that is higher than you and God now carries you to go and stand on top of the hill, it means that you are higher than the hill, so, God is telling you that He can do all things to give you more than your expectations, that is exactly what the Psalmist is telling us that God can promote men, God can raise you from low level to the highest pinnacle.
The question is, How do you get to such height? The answer is, When you serve God. He said in His word, “Serve me and I will bless you”. So many Christians don’t know that we need to serve God. Let me tell you something, take for example, yesterday’s date was 1st June 2021, most people are not aware that every First day of the month has a lot to do in their lives. First day of the month has a lot to tell in our lives.
How do you acknowledge God? David, the Psalmist admonished us to acknowledge God in all our ways, Don’t forget God, Don’t look down on God.
God must be acknowledged, Commit your life unto Him, that is what Psalms 37:5 says, “Commit thy ways unto the Lord, trust also in Him, and he shall bring it to pass”. That is the greatness we are talking about. God will bring it to pass. David, the Psalmist was the one who made the above statement, David, never went to College of Education Agbor, neither did he attended any University, he was not a Professor of Theology, but God picked him from the bush, removed him from his father’s office and gave him a new office and David became a famous person, he became a graduate because he was filled with the wisdom of God. David said “Commit your ways unto the Lord, trust also in Him, your desires will be met, God will lift you up, God will give you His goodness on earth, He will abolish your struggles and give you favour.
For God to lift you and put you on top of a rock that is higher than you is a mystery. How do you climb a hill that is higher than you? It means there is abundant blessings which God wants to give to you.
When you read the book of Psalms 36:8-11, says “They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house, and thou shall make them drink of the river of thy pleasures”.
God has river of joy, river of testimony and river of greatness, all these are pronounced.
Continuing, Verse 9, says “For with thee is the fountain of life : in thy light shall we see light”.
God is a Matches, you don’t relegate a matches, when you have a lamp it is the matches that will give the lantern a light, when you have gas it is the matches that will give the gas light (fire) that you will use in cooking.
God is our Life, God is the Light of a Man, when you acknowledge Him you don’t walk in darkness, you don’t walk in trouble. He knows the best way that you will follow and will not Collapse nor fall into the pit of Satan. He relegates all the problems before you, that is what the above passage is saying.
Verse 10, says “O continue thy loving kindness unto them that know thee, and thy righteousness to the upright in heart, all your thinking, all your thoughts and imagination, you allow God to rule you, to decide for you, to direct your step, so that you will not hit you leg on evil stone.
David, the Psalmist saw these things pronounced practically in his life, that is why he wrote them down for us to follow suit, believing that if God can do it for him, the same God can do it for me and can also do it for you. That is why he said ‘Acknowledge Him’, You must try and know God, Psalmist is saying unto them that knows Him, If you don’t know God you can’t get the blessings of God, He can’t give it to you.
The Man whom Bank releases loan to is the Man that operates an account with the bank, he must be a man who knows how to run his business effectively. The Bank will not just see you on the road and say come let me lend you money, it’s not possible.
Being in the Church is one step, but did you surrender your life c ompletely to Him to rule? Are you a Born Again Christian? Do you have the fear of God? Do you abstain from sin? Just as Job and Daniel? That is the bone of contention.
Christianity is not about I was born into a particular denomination or I was born in St. Stephen Trust Widows Home, No, Christianity is giving your life totally to God, which means that you have to allow God to rule you continually everyday, you seek your direction from God and also allow God to dictate for you.
God wants to dictate for man and not man dictating for himself, you will fail when you do so. That is what David, the Psalmist is saying, because God has a loving kindness to those who know Him and not to those who do not know God.
You must know God before you starts enjoying the security of God. If you don’t know Him you can’t enjoy such immunity from God. You must know who you voted for, you must know the party you belong to, most importantly you must know that God is the winning side of everything.
Let us see the book of Jeremiah 22:16, “He judged the cause of the poor and needy, then it was well with him : was not this to know me? Saith the Lord”.
Knowing the poor and the needy, that is when you know how to judge the cause of the poor, God said ‘Then it was well with him, was not this to know me? When you practice good thing towards your neighbour, towards the poor and the needy it means you know God, that is what the above passage is saying and that is why he said when you know God, you will start doing good in the life of your neighbour and not oppressing them, you will remove your hand from iniquity because you know God, that is what David the Psalmist is teaching us this morning.
Many people don’t know God, until we know Him before things will begin to work smoothly for us.
How do you become a child of God? To become a child of God is when you are doing good, not doing evil, that is how to know God, and that is why God said that those who know Him are the people that he blessed, not those who don’t know Him. When you want to know God you will endeavour to be like David the Psalmist. David, in his time knew God so much and worshipped God with all his might, that was why God prompted him, and took him to the pinnacle, that is where God lifted him to, it was at the pinnacle that God blessed him, that is where God kept him, to confirm what God said that He will release His loving kindness to those who believe in Him.
The Fountain of the water of life is God and when you submit totally to Him, God becomes your life. I want to illustrate further on this, let’s go to the book of Isaiah 60:9-12, so that the message of today will be meaningful in your life. Isaiah 60:9, says “Surely the isles shall wait for me : and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the Lord thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee”.
When you serve God diligently He will glorify you. He magnified Solomon, He magnified Joshua, before the Children of Israel. Why? Because they kept the ordinances of God, they kept God’s way. Hence, if you want to enjoy God, you must learn how to keep His Commandments so that you will enjoy His goodness. Continuing, Isaiah 60:10, says “And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their king’s shall minister unto thee : for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee”.
Verse 11, says “Therefore thy gates shall be open continually, they shall not be shut day or night, that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought”. The above passage is saying that when you serve God, that Fountain of water or that river of water means blessing, You will see that God will open the door of blessings for all of us, not struggle but to receive Favour from God.
I urge everyone to serve God. Isaiah 60:12, says “For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish : yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted”.
God gives power to a man, that is what God told the children of Israel, “If ye people believe in me and serve me, any nation that will not serve you will be wasted.
I have discovered that you can tap blessings from a genuine man of God. That is what the word of God is saying, So, I enjoin everyone to adhere to the above teaching and take God As their refuge, to take God as their source and to take God as their banker. Thank You.
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Prophet Joseph Igbodo, is the General Overseer of Divine Faith Evangelical Mission International, he is also the Proprietor of Job Orphanage Home and the Proprietor of St. Stephen Trust Widows Home, all in Agbor, Ika South Local Government Area Of Delta State.