I warmly welcome you to this edition of the program, Building on the ROCK with Pastor Murphy. This program is designed to empower you achieve your dreams in God through His Word. It is an honour to share the all powerful Word of God with you today. My name is Murphy Okpala. Today I will be discussing the topic: How Yielded Are You? but before we go on with the discussion let’s listen to this lovely song.
Artist: Chris Tomlin
Song Title: I Will Follow
Scripture: James 4:7-8
It’s exactly 8 days to #aBPC 4.0 starting next week Friday May 1st and I am full of expectation for all the wonderful things God has promised to do in this edition of the convention. I believe every participant of #aBPC 4.0 will receive grace for acceleration through the outpouring of God’s Spirit at the event. Just like the Spirit of God came upon Elijah the prophet and he outran the chariots of the king, so the Spirit of God will come upon every participant and grant them speed in the path of destiny. So I invite you to come partake of it.
The theme of #aBPC 4.0 is Taking Giant Strides. We will be unveiling the secrets of speed in God which will break you free from every form of stagnation in your life. The speakers at this event are Pastor Emmanuel Ogidiolu of Triumphant Christian Church and Pastor Murphy Okpala. Venue is TCC Tent, Akachukwu Springs, just at the foot of Trans Ekulu flyover after CBN Bus Stop Enugu-Onitsha Expressway. The Date is from May 1st to 3rd by 4pm daily and 9am on Sunday.
I look forward to welcoming you!
Your misconceptions about God… and Church
Just a few days ago, I stepped into an office to drop off the jingle for #aBPC 4.0 and a guy in the office asked what the Jingle was about, and they told Him it was for a church event. To this the guy responded by shaking his head saying “Church things”. The guy’s response interested me, so I asked him what about “Church things”, he responded to my question by saying, you know now! Unfortunately I did not know what he was talking about but from his reaction I guessed it was negative. But I can bet that whatever he meant was a misconception of what Church is really about.
I have seen that many people have misconceptions about God which limits them from experiencing the realities of God in their lives. The Church has a role to play in this but I believe the biggest responsible still falls on you if you are not experiencing the realities of God in your life.
Embrace God’s Graciousness & Mercy!
One thing that I have learnt through these years I have walk with God actively is that God is very merciful. Once a person is yielded to Him, in His sovereignty He leads the person in the right paths through coincidences without the person even being conscious of it. The person doesn’t really have to know much but once they are yielded to God they always find themselves in the right place at the right time. They experience the realities of Jesus in their lives. So the question is how yielded are you to God?
I can use myself as an example. I have had quite some setbacks in my life but because I have always endeavored to yield my all to God, I have noticed that I have never experienced any lost time in my life. Setbacks in my life have proved to be my propelling force to move faster than I would have ever gone if I never experienced them. This happened even when I had not gained the understanding of how to maximize setbacks. It happened simply because I was completely yielded to God.
Learning to Trust God
So what does it mean to be yielded to God? There are three words which describe being yielded. They are sincerity, dependence and submissiveness.
THE FIRST IS SINCERITY TO GOD. This simply means that you are a person that innately wants to please God. It does not mean that you please God always but in the depth of your heart, you find joy when you know that what you do pleases God. This means that you always aim to please God through your actions and if you realize that you have done something that does not please Him you regret it and repent from it.
Sincerity of heart towards God also means that when you know what is right you endeavor to do it. In 2 Corinthians 1:12 Apostle Paul stated that one of the things that gave him confidence in great trial is that he conducted his life in Godly sincerity. He learnt that acting in sincerity of heart in every situation gives God the opportunity to bring His deliverance to you. Sincerity of heart is evidence that you are yielded to God.
SECONDLY IS BEING DEPENDENT ON GOD ALONE. To be yielded to God simply means that you depend on God. David said in Psalm that all his expectations are on God. Everything that David wanted in his life he expected them to come from God alone.
I heard Bishop Oyedepo say something similar. He said that he came to the point in his life that whatever God cannot give him, let him never have it and wherever God cannot take him let him never go there forever. That is the mindset of total dependence on God. This was David’s driving force that caused him to seek God. It is what led him to say as the deer pants for the water so my soul longs after you. No wonder he was called a man after God’s heart. This will also be your mindset if you are totally yielded to God.
LASTLY IS SUBMISSION. The final word that describes being yielded to God is submission. I believe submission is a natural consequence of sincerity and dependency. In other words you cannot be submissive to God if you have not made up your mind to be sincere with Him and depend only on Him.
Most times the things God commands us to do don’t seem so favorable to us but if you are sincere and you depend on God you will submit and do it. Once you are a person that submits and does what pleases God, God takes responsibility of ensuring that He leads you in the right paths.
In conclusions being yielded to God unleashes the Grace of God upon your life. The degree to which you are yielded to God determines the degree of the realities of God and your Christian life you will experience. So I encourage you today to be completely yielded to God because the world is yet to see what God can do with a man that is completely yielded to Him.
BEFORE WE END OUR PROGRAM TODAY, I want to give you an opportunity to make Jesus Lord of your life. He wants to make Himself real to you if you will let Him. Say this simple prayer with me:
Jesus I know you are the son of God and you died for my sins. Today I give you my life, take me and change me. Be the Lord of my life. Thank you Lord, for I am now yours!
If you sincerely made that prayer from your heart, you are now a child of God and have started the journey of a fruitful life. Join a Bible believing Church that will help you grow in God. If you reside in Enugu city feel free to visit us at The Cornerstone Church, Trans-Ekulu, we will be glad to have you.
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