President of the Living Faith Church (a.k.a Winners Chapel worldwide), Bishop David Olaniyi Oyedepo yesterday spoke on the efficacy of divine grace, saying it is what makes a person great, and not material possessions. The love of material things leads to corruption, he said.
Oyedepo said no one would ever be greater than the grace available to him, adding that every genuine worshipper of God always ends up "a celebrity."
The Bishop spoke in a sermon at the church’s week-long celebration to mark its 30th anniversary. The programme ends with a "liberation night" from 10pm today till 5:00am tomorrow. There will be two thanksgiving services on Sunday at 7am and 9.45 am.
Oyedepo attributed the height the church had attained to God’s "unmatchable grace". He described the past 30 years as those of "impact, ever-increasing growth, undeniable testimonies, begging-free adventure and absolute dependency on God who has never begged anybody."
Reading from Psalms 92: 1to3, 10 to15 on the need for gratitude for God’s blessings, Oyedepo said its benefits include supernatural strength (physically, emotionally and spiritually), access to divine presence where revelation flows, access to fresh anointing, victory over enemies, supernatural flourishing that culminate into fearful blessings, and access to supernatural lifting and fruitfulness that command results even at old age.
He added: "You don’t beg God for anything that will give him glory; when God is sure of all the glory, you’ve committed him to perform. Where you are today is by the grace of God.
"Acknowledge the grace, celebrate the source of the grace (God) and you are sure for more. Every time you complain, you complicate your case. Every complainer ends up a victim; it is gratitude that makes you a victor."
In a sermon yesterday titled: "Wonders of praise", the church’s Vice-President, Bishop David Abioye said a life of praise is a favoured life, adding: "God’s favour comes to see you only when you please God with your praise, (Psalm 64:30-31) and when God is pleased, he releases his pleasures and treasures."
He also noted that supernatural harvest answers to praise (Psalm 67:5-7), while qualitative praise results to great qualitative harvest, adding that revelation flows when praise is offered, as it is the key to physical and spiritual elevation.
Senior Pastor, Kingsway International Christian Centre, Mathew Ashimolowo, who was a guest minister, urged the worshippers to get set for a new phase of harvests
The London-based preacher said if God could prophetically empower an unbeliever called Cyrus 100 years before his birth and see to its fulfillment, God was more than disposed to committing his divine agenda into the able hands of faithful worshippers.
He urged believers to be alive to their God-given portion as only "a complete take-over" will guarantee the long awaited change in their finances, education and other needs.
The anniversary celebration was decentralised to give every Winners Chapel church the freedom to enjoy the season as they deem fit, unlike the previous ones where they all converged on Canaanland, the church’s headquarters in Ota, Ogun State.
There were musical and gospel artistes Asu Ekiye and Folake. Other clergymen in attendance were Bishop John Grace Daniel, Bishop John Osawumen, Pastor Sam Olubiyo, Apostle Mungare, Bishop Ebenezer Obey, among others.
An exhibition was earlier held at the Covenant University, Ota, showcasing an array of inventions by the Centre for Research and Development of the university, one of which is the E-election biometric system that can handle voter registration, accreditation, voting and compilation of election results.
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