30 Nov 2014 by Donna Uning CM –
During his recent visit to Kuching, Reverend Gbenga Kotila from Centre for Reality, Ibadan, Nigeria, held two seminars at Kingwood Inn here. The pastor started with reading from these verses.
“If a man dies, shall he live again?
All the days of my hard service I will wait,
Till my change comes.”
Psalm 40: 1-3,
“I waited patiently for the Lord;
And He inclined to me,
And heard my cry.
2 He also brought me up out of a horrible pit,
Out of the miry clay,
And set my feet upon a rock,
And established my steps.
3 He has put a new song in my mouth—
Praise to our God;
Many will see it and fear,
And will trust in the Lord.”
John 5: 1-12,
A Man Healed at the Pool of Bethesda
“My son, eat honey because it is good,
And the honeycomb which is sweet to your taste;
“Tonight, expectations will be fulfilled,” called Rev Gbenga in the first session on Waiting is Over. “Man is a creator of quest. In every man, there is a quest; a desire for different things; and desire for different longings,” he said telling God personally put it in man.
“What you don’t respect, you can’t desire. It is what you respect, you desire,” he continued. “I’m speaking about right desires; we are all created to have desires in different forms,” he said telling the devil uses desires for his own selfish interest or if he wants to destroy a man, he can stir wrong desires. “I’m talking about desires from the purest stance of God,” he said adding, “What He wants to achieve, He stirs desire and stirs a pursuit.” The proof of desire is pursuit. You don’t desire a thing truly and don’t pursue it.
“God is committed to make sure that whatever He set for your life finds fulfillment,” he said. The business of God is fulfillment. What is the essence of living when there is no fulfillment or attainment? Living becomes interesting when you have fulfillment.
“You’ve got prophesies, you’ve got dreams and you’ve got vision; the business of God is fulfillment,” he said. He wants those prophesies, dreams and visions to come to pass.
What is your dream that God has given to you? God is fully committed. In the Book of Genesis chapter 12, He called Abraham out and said ‘Get thee out of your father’s house unto a land I will show you.’ God said, ‘I will show you,’ and He showed Abraham.
“God does not say, ‘I will do’ and lack the capacity to do,” he said. When He says I will do, He will do it. When He speaks, He will do what He says He will do! He does not speak and says I can’t do. He does not just do, He will also make you do.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
In Genesis chapter 12, God told Abraham eight things.
One, He says, ‘I will show you,’ and He showed him.
Two, He said, ‘I will make of you a great nation,’ and made him a great nation.
Three, He says, ‘I will bless you,’ and He blessed him.
Four, He says, ‘I will make your name great,’ and made his name great.
Five, He says, ‘I will make you a blessing,’ and made him a blessing.
Six, He says, ‘I will bless them that bless you,’ and everybody that blessed Abraham or the seed of Abraham are blessed.
Seven, He says, ‘I will curse them that curse you,’ and anybody that curse the seed of Abraham or Abraham, He will curse. God will not curse them with a little curse.
Eight, He says, ‘In thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed,’ and everything God said will be fulfilled.
In the journey of Abraham, he had to wait on God. “Whenever God gives a promise, the devil stirs a problem,” he said. God allows the devil to stir the problem to check whether you believe the promise. For Abraham, there was no child. How shall these things be?
“Sometimes we want to work out His promise ourselves. But listen, it is not your business, it is His business,” he said, explaining the many times God told the pastor to just let God do His own business.
“The problem we have is this; in between the promise and the performance, which is the fulfillment, the devil always causes a problem. When the problem rises, God is always asking this question, ‘do you believe the promise?’” he asked telling, ‘And if you believe the promise, you must believe in Me.’
“ But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
“People don’t understand this – to get the promise, you must please God,” he said irrespective of your problem, seek God.
“Many will see it and fear, And will trust in the Lord.”
Trusting in the Lord is not what your emotions agree with because sometimes it is difficult to trust in the Lord. Sometimes the Lord says, wait. “Don’t ever try to perform His promise; He will perform His promise by Himself,” he said telling He will do more than you expected.
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.”
“He will do it! Not at your time, but at His time because He makes all things beautiful,” he continued. It doesn’t matter how ugly your situation is, when God undo it, He brings beauty out.
“To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”
“When the ashes disappear, the beauty comes. Any burning is irreversible, but God will still bring beauty in the irreversible. For man it is irreversible, but for Him it is reversible,” he said. It is impossible for God to lie. When He speaks, He will do what He says. “No matter the issue is, He will settle you,” he continued.
“When you don’t wait, you will cause problems for your promise,” he told, just like when Sarah sent Hagar to Abraham to bear him children. Eventually, Sarah got pregnant.
“He that promised does not slack. What He has promised, He will still do,” he said adding, “Sometimes God delays, but His delays are for a reason. His delay is not a denial; He delays it because something bigger is coming. When God shows up at a point of delay something bigger is coming!”
God said ‘I will bless Ishmael but my covenant is with Isaac.’ “What God promise you has a covenant,” he continued. Yet, Isaac has not showed up. We are waiting on God and not on man.
“Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.”
“Waiting teaches you patience,” he said. If we don’t have our mates questioning us, we have no problem. You don’t want them to ask. Rejoice! Let the desolate shout for joy. When you don’t have your miracle, sing!
“Prepare the table before the Lord! Praise Him because of who He is. Waiting suddenly becomes a past because there will be a manifestation. It will be fulfilled!” he said. His Word will not fall to the ground. His word will come to pass.
When you are waiting on the Lord, you don’t need much prayer. You need the Word; the Word can change everything. Jesus said, ‘virtue left me’ when the woman with the issue of blood touched Him. “There’s virtue when waiting is over,” he said.
A testimony is not perfect if you don’t testify. The ten men with the skin disease were healed. One came back, praising Jesus and was made whole. “What you have lost will be restored,” he said. At the Pool of Bethesda, the man was waiting with 38 years of sickness. He was telling his stories and Jesus said, “Do you want to get well?”
Psalm 126: 2-3,
“Then our mouth was filled with laughter, And our tongue with singing. Then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has done great things for us, And we are glad.”
“You are about to laugh. This is the season of laughter,” he said telling, Isaac means laughter. This is my season of answered prayer. Hallelujah!
2 Timothy 1:7,
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
Come to God in patience and faith. “We don’t know how to call the things we want but He called on things which were not as though they were,” he said. “The power of life and death is in the tongue. Let the weak say I am strong!” he called. Later, the pastor ministered to the church. Many came up with healing testimonies.
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