By Bishop David Oyedepo
Divine visitation is what we call a revival. God manifesting himself in the midst of his people. But only those who engage with such visitation.
Jesus came to the city, somebody called Bartimaeus cried out from the colony of the blind and cried to Jesus. Many other blind people were mocking him, but Bartimaeus called out to Jesus and got His attention.
Divine visitation is of no value without engaging with it. Please understand, a revival has hit our shores in Africa, but you must engage with that move before it can impact on your life.
Every move of God is ordained to move those who engage with it, forward!
I said something by the Holy Ghost in the morning, you cannot light Canaan land with 100 bulbs. As the church of God expands and enlarges, darkness is being displaced. Every move of God moves the host nation forward. Nigeria is going forward.
I sighted an instance that has always motivated me. South Korea had 3% Christians in 1945 and was among the poorest nations. By 1985, there were 12 million Christians (25%) and it impacted the nation and it became the 13th most industrialized nation in the world.
Why not Nigeria, but there are Christians?
We are not enough!
Until salt is enough in the soup, you can’t feel the impact. The taste is flat because the salt is not enough. The salt must be adequate, and that is what the move of God does. It expands the church to advance the nation.
Things that must be done to secure and sustain
I heard the word from the Lord: I will live to see Nigeria listed among the world powers in my lifetime. I will be alive to see dramatic change in the level of the nation, from the platform of revival.
The ark is a symbol of the move of God.
1 Samuel 4:4 we saw the people send to Shiloh that they might bring forth the ark of the Lord. The ark was brought into the midst of the people, but they did not engage it.
I heard the Lord say, I the God of wonder double is visiting you. It is a sign of revival.
Tonight I like to position you as an ark bearer and to show you what comes along as benefits of an ark bearer.
Obededom engaged with the ark of God and in three months God blessed the house of Obededom.
The ark of God never rides on a cart, it rides on the shoulders of men. God instructed them to sanctify the Levites and the ark was brought back.
There is no software to securing and sustaining a revival. It places definite responsibilities on the shoulders of those that will partake in the blessings.
Everyone who wants to sign up and be enlisted in this kingdom promotion army either as sowers and reapers; as planters or as waterers: soul winners and prayer warriors.
He that reapeth receiveth wages that both he that soweth and reapeth shall be partakers.
Anna was 84 years old but was serving God continually with prayers and fasting. Every move of God has amazing blessings for everyone who signs up to be an ark bearer. This understanding positions everyone to be a bonafide beneficiary of the move of God.
Even here, people on the sick bed are praying kingdom advancement prayers and walking free from their affliction.
The ark of God is the ark of Glory. When the ark was captured, the glory departed. Therefore, every ark bearer keeps growing from glory to glory. The word says, the ark of God is the ark of testimonies. SO ark bearers don’t lack testimonies.
My prayer is that the year 2016 will be a year you will talking about for the rest of your life, because you will be galloping from glory to glory.
Those who mind the mockery of men never experience the glory of God.
The mockery usually precedes the glory. Don’t mind the mockers, they rob you of the glory. This ministry was a subject of mockery, but this ministry has redefined in the world. Sir, we never had a dime from those places, but we are among the wealthiest Christian institutions in the world.
When Covenant university started, they mocked us saying, “They think university is church.” Some of them have their children here now – who have either graduated or just coming in.
One woman was preaching the gospel and the sister called saying, “Why haven’t you got children?”
She said, “Jesus, you are the one they are mocking.”
The same month, she got pregnant.
The ultimate of every revival is the rise of giants in the church.
And out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of them that make merry: and I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small. Jeremiah 30:19
Shortly, the highest concentration of giants shall be from church people. God says, “I will glorify them and they shall not be small.”
Then he went on to say,
And their nobles shall be of themselves, and their governor shall proceed from the midst of them; and I will cause him to draw near, and he shall approach unto me: for who is this that engaged his heart to approach unto me? saith the LORD.
And they will be church addicts.
This was not the church in the 70s, relevance was non-existent. But now, as all night prayers have been ongoing, we are seeing giants produced in their numbers that will cause men and women to make strange impact in every area of the nation.
Their heart is engaged with the move of the spirit and so the giants in them emerges from their heart. High flyer rising from the church. We are in that era and it is the revival of the spirit that brings that to pass.
- Recognize that the ark of God is the ark of supernatural blessing. When you accommodate the ark of God in your heart, or house, or life, you have opened up your life for supernatural blessings.
The ark of God remained with the family of Obed-Edom in his house three months. And the Lord blessed the house of Obed-Edom and all that he had. – 1 Chron 13:14
Hear the word of the Lord, every 3 months of the coming year will be a major leap for you. As long as you accommodate this ark in your heart and life as your reason for living, every 3 months will be a major leap for you in the year 2016. [write it down]There are people hearing my voice tonight; kings of the earth will begin to envy the blessings of God on your life. Thank you Father.If you are a bonafide bearer of the ark, supernatural blessings abound in your life.For I will pour water on him who is thirsty,
And floods on the dry ground;
I will pour My Spirit on your descendants,
And My blessing on your offspring;
4 They will spring up among the grass
Like willows by the watercourses.’
I noticed something, since 1999 we have never had power outage in Canaan Land. The pipes have never run dry.As you pray for every service, praying for the lost to be saved, your heart is engaging with the advancement of the kingdom, supernatural blessings – the kind that eyes have not seen or heard shall attend you in the name of Jesus.
- The ark of God is the ark of testimonies.
In a revival, challenges are turned into testimonies.He stood, and measured the earth: he beheld, and drove asunder the nations; and the everlasting mountains were scattered, the perpetual hills did bow: his ways are everlasting. – Habakuk 3:6No one will suffer any form of resistance or opposition. The year 2016 will be a year of strange dimension of glorification.
Many people under the sound of my voice will be turned into living testimonials.When you bear the ark of the Lord and you are moving; you are moving from testimony to testimony.
Someone here had elephantiasis and a terrible boil on the nose, but she went out saying, “Jesus loves you. Jesus loves you.” She came back home and rested on her bed. First, the boil burst and the a live maggot came out. ANd the two fat legs dissolved.
Someone won 14 souls and was God told him, Go to bed, I want to operate on you. He went home and lay down. God visited him and a metal which was put into his hand was taken off, miraculously.
- The ark of God is the ark of financial fortune.
Therefore, any financial misfortune around anyone hearing my voice tonight, as you commit to be an ark bearer in truth and in deed, praying for your local church, praying for men and brethren to have their needs met supernaturally, every form of financial misfortune is turned to financial fortune.
Cry yet, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; My cities through prosperity shall yet be spread abroad; and the LORD shall yet comfort Zion, and shall yet choose Jerusalem. Zech 1:17God specializes in raising the poor out of the dung hill. Be part of this, spirit soul and body and watch what he does in your life. Every move of God is accompanied with waves of financial fortunes.
Everyone who will care to fear God with his little means will end up being listed among the financial giants. When God spoke those words to me, I had no bank account but I was super wealthy by revelation.An army of financial giants will rise in our churches, they will celebrate God with their resources because they recognize the source.
Pray: Lord engrace me with the power to be a committed ark bearer. Engrace me to remain an excited and tireless ark bearer.
For 34 years this ministry has not had a crisis. Nothing silences war and crisis like wisdom, and walking with God – the only wise God – entitles you to it.
You need to be tireless because you shall reap it ‘when you are due.’ There is need for grace to be a tireless ark bearer. Pray that prayer that God will make you an excited and tireless ark bearer.
God bless you!