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: Acknowledging GOD! but before we go on with the discussion let’s listen to this lovely song.
Artist: Lara George
Song Title: Dansaki
Scripture: Psalm 145:10-11
Today I am so excited and grateful to God because we are celebrating our centennial edition i.e. the 100th episode of Building on the ROCK with Pastor Murphy or BotROCK as we fondly call it.
Wow! 100 episodes and still counting! I must say, it is the Lords doing and it is marvelous in our sights. Today I want to dedicate this edition to acknowledging God for his perfect faithfulness in keeping us on air for over 100 weeks. I believe as I acknowledge God for what He has done in BotROCK you will be inspired to expect His marvelous workings and His faithfulness in your own life.
One thing I have learnt about God over the years is that He is very big on acknowledgement.
In other words, God loves it when you acknowledge Him for what He has done in your life. In Isaiah 42:8 God said “I am the Lord; that is my name! I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols.” Whenever God does anything in your life no matter how small or great, He expects you to give Him the glory and praise. And most times it is better to do it like David who said I will tell of you mighty works in the congregation of your people. This is the key to seeing the continuous workings of God in every area of your life.
Learn to Praise God | Stop Complaining.
It is easy to focus on what is lacking in your life and keep complaining instead of identifying the things that God has already done and give Him praise. There is an Igbo adage that says when you praise a warrior for what he has done, he will do much more. In the same way I have come to understand that when I praise God from my heart for the little things He has done in my life, I’m paving the way for Him to do more and greater things. Today as we celebrate our 100 episode, I am praising and acknowledging God for specific things He has done to keep BotROCK with Pastor Murphy on air for 100 editions.
Acknowledging God for Inspiration & Utterance
In Psalm 16 David said I will bless the Lord who always gives me counsel. In the same way today I am blessing God for the counsel He provides weekly on the thoughts that I share on this program. One of my foremost desires and joy is the feedback I receive from listeners after every episode of BotROCK with Pastor Murphy. I receive calls and SMS from people I have never met telling me how the thoughts I shared weekly have answered questions in their hearts, comforted them or helped them make practical life decisions. There is no way I could ever have known who will be listening and the challenges they are going through. But God knows and in His perfect faithfulness he always inspires me to share what will be a blessing to people that listen weekly.
Job 32:8 says that there is a spirit in man and the inspiration of the Almighty gives him understanding. That has been my experience week after week for the past 100 weeks. The inspiration of what to say on each edition of the program and how to say it has both come from God and that is the sole reason we get the level of feedback we receive weekly. As I always say, it is the Lords doing and it is marvelous in my eyes.
Acknowledging God for Awesome Testimonies
Secondly I want to acknowledge God for all the healings and miracles that have happened throughout the 100 editions of the program. We have received testimonies of instant healings, marriages and breakthroughs from listeners.
Sometime back a young man was healed instantly from ulcer, another woman was healed from chronic headaches, amongst other testimonies we have received from people I have never met in my life. I must confess plainly that all these testimonies are not a result of how anointed I am or even how much time I spend in prayer, or that I am a Pastor. It is simply because I believe that Jesus is the great healer and he is eager to heal His people.
I remember when Peter and John healed the cripple man at the gate called beautiful. Peter said to the people; why are you guys looking at us like it is by our own power or Godliness that the cripple man was healed. He said that the healing was simply a result of faith in the name of Jesus. In the same way every miracle that has happened through BotROCK was the result of the faithfulness of Jesus and I’m so grateful for that.
Acknowledging God for Constant Provision
The final thing I must not fail to acknowledge God for is the extraordinary way He has provided every single thing that was required for the sustenance of the BotROCK over the past 100 weeks. We have never lacked anything that was required for the production and airing of the program. God in His perfect faithfulness ensured that we are never stranded in any thing we needed.
Again I say it is all the Lords doing and it is marvelous in my eyes.
One important point I want you to notice is that God is no respecter of person. He does not favour one person over the other. What God does is to create a level playing field for everyone to work in. Therefore every success we have experienced is also available to you. All you need to do is put your absolute trust in God and live in obedience to His Word and you will experience His loving kindness.
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Before I wrap up this 100th edition please permit me to thank everyone that has supported us for the past 100 editions. Foremost is my wife who is the brain behind the efficiency of BotROCK, the Cornerstone Church family, the team here in 92.5 Enugu’s Dream FM especially the marketing team and you my highly esteemed audience. Thank you for all your support, we are geared up for greater impact because with our God all things are possible!
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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