And as such as do wickedly against the covenant shall be corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong and do exploit.”
I believe that the greatest wonder of doing exploit is that there is only one thing to do; and what is that one thing? It is to know God.
People that do know their God shall be strong and shall do exploit. In order words to be able to do exploit, you must know God the Father, you must know God the Son, you must know God the Holy Spirit.
And I know that immediately I say that there will be some people who will say hold on; are there three Gods? No! Only one God but He magnifies Himself in three personalities.
How can that be? I give you an example of myself; to my children I’m Adeboye the father, to my mother I’m Adeboye the son, to my wife I’m Adeboye the husband.
I’m I three? No I’m only one, but the way I behave when I’m the father is different from when I’m the son. And I give you an example, if I have a beautiful crystal drinking glass. And my son is handling it and it falls on the ground and breaks. I will look at my son and say what is wrong with you? Don’t you know that cup is precious to me? Why are you so careless?
If the same cup falls down from the hand of my mother “mama, gently, I hope you are not hurt, sorry ma. The same cup! The same me!
But the way I react when I’m father, is different from the way I react when I’m son and I don’t need to tell you there are things I can do to my wife that I can never do to my mother.
So when God the father is manifesting according to the word of God, the earth trembles, hills melt, enemies scatter; when God decides to arise as God the Father. When He wants to manifest as God the Son, He comes as a Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world. He comes as the Fourth man in the fiery furnace, which quenches the power of fire. He comes as a gentle meek person.
He said come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.
When He manifests as the Holy Spirit; here comes the consuming fire, I mean all you need to do is find out what happened when they brought Samson bound to the enemies and the Holy Spirit came mightily upon him and the ropes that were binding him were burnt as if by fire.
So you need to know God in His various manifestations, God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. So for the few minutes I am going to encourage you if you want to do exploit know about God the Father.
There are many things about God the Father
I mean we can spend the whole week trying to study about God the Father. But you know one thing about Him, at least He is the One who made heaven and earth Genesis 1:1-3 and the One who said let there be light and there were light.
And because He is the One who created heaven and earth and everything that was in the earth and in the heavens, Genesis 1:1.
You need to know God the Father as the Possessor of heaven and earth.
He is the Possessor of all things and the Lord Jesus Christ referred to him in John 14:1; He said in my Father’s house there are many mansions.
This understanding of God as the Possessor of heaven and earth, the Owner of mansions in heaven became very useful to me several years ago when my father in the Lord, myself and four other people went to Tulsa Oklahoma for the first time.
We went to attend a conference in 1979 Kenneth Haggins camp meeting, we didn’t book any accommodation. We didn’t hear about the conference until very late and we wanted to go.
And people say how can you go to America you didn’t even have reservation? And something within me said ‘if God has gone to prepare me mansion in heaven surely he will provide me with accommodation when I get to America”.
We got to America; somebody met us at the airport. We began to phone all the hotels in Tulsa, beginning from Hotels that were about an hour distant or more from the program, and everyone were fully booked.
All of a sudden it occurred to me; why are you phoning hotels that where more than one hour away we don’t have means of transportation. So I said to the brother (I believe he will be listening to me on the internet right now) I said, look for the nearest hotel to the venue and phone them, tell them that we are missionary from Africa and we need a room.
He picked the phone, checked from the phonebook and found the nearest hotel and called them.
And that one said; who do you say you are? He said we are missionary from Africa, we need a room.
He said come over I will give you a room. I said tell him, we need more than one room, can we have two rooms?
He said where did you say you come from? We said we are missionaries from Africa. He said I will give you two rooms.
So we got to the hotel, now my father in the Lord was with me and I was wondering how many people are we going to put in the same room with this old man!
So I said are you really sure you can’t give us three rooms?
He looked up at me and said where did you say you came from? I said from Africa.
He said I will give you three rooms. My Father is the Possessor of heaven and earth.
And then you need to know God the Son
There are many things you need to know about God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, the great Physician, the One who has come to set the captives free, the One who came to destroy the works of the devil and so on.
But if you asked anybody who knows anything about Jesus Christ at all, to tell you one thing that is so crucial about the Lord Jesus Christ, he will call him the Savior. Matthew 1:21says you shall call His name Jesus for He shall save His people. In Luke 19:1-10 He ended up his conversation in the house of Zacheaus by saying for the Son of man has come to seek and save the lost.
In 1 John 1:7 the Bible made it clear that the blood of Jesus cleanses from all sins. In Act 4:12 the Bible says ‘for there is no other name given among men where we might be save other than the name of Jesus’.
Several years ago, I went to another nation in Africa and my host and I were just having a discussion and he was talking about a certain minister in government who was a very terrible man.
He said that the man was so terrible only God can tell how many people the man had killed. The man was so terrible that they gave him the name “Cobra”. When I heard that, suddenly I heard the Holy Spirit ministering to me and said, you must go and preach to him, so I turned to my neighbor and said ‘I need to go and preach to the ‘cobra’.
He looked at me and said maybe you don’t understand what I am saying. I said if he is as bad as you say he is, then he needs salvation.
And there is somebody that I know who can save him, his name is Jesus. To cut the long story short, my host finally said alright, I will take you to his house but I won’t go in with you. I will stay in the car and if I wait for one hour and you don’t come out, I will go.
I said that is good enough for me, after all if after one hour I don’t come out, you are free to go. If they asked you from Nigeria what happened, just say I didn’t arrive. I said phone him in advance, don’t tell him a pastor is coming, tell him a prophet (because if you say pastor, he won’t pay much attention).
Tell him a prophet is coming from Nigeria and he has a message for him. I got there; I entered and met the Cobra;
I said “sir, I have a message for you from the Lord”. He said “what is the message?”
I said “your days are numbered; your day of judgment is at hand. Your cup is about to overflow, but the Lord has sent me to tell you that in spite of all the evils you have done he still loved you”.
Less than fifteen minutes after I have started speaking the Cobra was on his knees asking: “What can I do to be saved?”
And then you need to know God the Holy Spirit.
There are many things to know about the Holy Spirit; He is the source of power, Acts 1:8 says ‘You shall receive power after the Holy Spirit is come upon you’.
He is a wonderful teacher. In John 14:26, the Lord Jesus Christ said He will teach you all things. He is a Revealer of the future. John 15:26 tells us he will show you things to come.
But the greatest thing you will know about the Holy Spirit is that He is the Comforter – John 14:26.
The Bible calls Him the Comforter. When you know the Comforter it becomes easy for you to comfort others and yourself according to 2 Corinthians 1:3-4.
I’m telling you brethren, the time you need to know God the Holy Spirit most is when you are in sorrow because many at times when we get into though situations, when we encounter tragedies there is very little anybody can do to help.
I remembered one occasion when I went to visit a family who had just suffered a great loss and I was moved to tears when I consider the sorrow they were going through.
Some people were saying you are the General Overseer, you are not supposed to cry. You came here to comfort others; you are not supposed to cry. I said leave me alone, Jesus cried. And if Jesus can cry I’m free to cry also.
And I will tell you a story because many at times when some members of the congregation had suffered a loss because we put on a bold face as General Overseer or pastor, they may not know we feel the pain; we suffer with them.
There was this young man, some of you have heard about him before, I call him Brother Moses, he was my student at the University of Lagos, when I was a lecturer there.
And he was an incurable soul winner that endeared him to me, we became so intimate that he was like my first born. Then all of a sudden he went on a youth service to the north and died there.
Now this boy was so close to God that within few days or month he spent there, all others Youth Corpers had fallen deeply in love with him.
So when he died all other Corpers said no! we won’t take this one from the Lord so they began to pray, he died at 10am by 2pm he came back to life, he came back to life and told the brethren, he said the Lord Jesus said I should go back and tell you that your noise is disturbing Him, that you are praying the wrong kind of prayer, you shouldn’t be praying for Moses to come from glory and join you here, you should be praying that you too will finish up in glory.
He delivered the message laid back on the bed and went back to heaven. They came and they told me; I only met him in the university. I don’t know his mother, I don’t know his father, I don’t know his house but for days I was weeping.
Oh when I come before the congregation; I will say praised the Lord, halleluiah! The Lord is good but the moment the service is over and I am alone I go back into crying and weeping.
The third day God spoke to me and say “son why are you crying?” I said, Daddy you know all things, you know why I am crying, I am crying because Moses died.
God said no! You are not crying because Mosses died, you are crying because he left you behind. I said that is true. The Lord said to me, son when you travel abroad to a place you have never been before, as you cross the gate border into the new place and you see somebody you had known before, there to welcome you. He said how do you feel? I said I feel so happy.
He said when you get to heaven, Jesus will be there to receive all of you but Moses will be there specially to receive you, that brought comfort to me like nobody else.
Let me tell you brethren, the Comforter explained to me that those who died, your relatives, your friends, at time your children that have died, they have not gone to your past, they have gone into your future.
If they died in the Lord, they are waiting for you at the gate of heavens. All you should do is to pray that you too will finish well, so that you will be able to see them again. You need to know the Comforter, God the Holy Spirit.
Now you cannot know God the Father, know God the Son, know God the Holy Spirit and want to continue in sin, it is not possible, because all of them are holy.
God the Father is called the Holy One of Israel; the angel told Mary that the Holy One who will be born through her shall be the Son of the Most High God. The Holy Spirit Himself carries the word holy wherever he goes.
No one can do exploit without knowing God. No one can know God and wants to continue in sin. That is why if you are here today and you have not given your life to Jesus Christ, before anything else, you need to come to Jesus and let His blood wash away your sins and give you a brand new beginning.
That is why if you are here and you claimed that you are born again and you are still living in sin; you are deceiving yourself because nobody can really be in Christ and continue in sin.
So if you are still living in sin, come back to Jesus and come and get the genuine salvation.
And I want those of you who already know God to know this thing; the Apostle Paul was already an apostle when he said, “that I may know Him”, no matter how much you know of Him, there is still a lot to know. Come to the savior; if he can save the Cobra, he can save you too.