I COULD NOT CAST OUT THE TERRIBLE AFFLICTION OF SMALL POX OVER MY SISTER WITH MY BELLY FULL OF POUNDED YAM
YOU CAN’T BE OVERLOADED WITH POUNDED YAM EVERY TIME AND EXPECT THE devil TO TAKE YOU SERIOUS. YOUR LIFE MUST BECOME A LIFE OF FASTING AND PRAYER
THE HEAD CHIEF OF THE IMMEDIATE PAST ORIMOLUSI AND THE THEN LEADER OF ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE SECRET SOCIETY GAVE HIS LIFE TO CHRIST AFTER MY BOLD CHALLENGE
SUBMIT TO GOD ABSOLUTELY, RESIST THE devil AND HE WILL FLEE FROM YOU
YOU MUST BE WILLING TO LIVE A DISCIPLINED LIFE; YOU DON’T FACE THE devil UNLESS YOU ARE FULL OF THE SPIRIT
YOU CANNOT BECOME A TERROR TO THE devil EXCEPT YOU ARE BORN AGAIN
– Pastor E. A. Adeboye on BEYOND DELIVERANCE at RCCG Online Sunday Service 24th September 2023 Part C
What are the requirements for you to be a one man army for God, a terror to the devil?
James 4:7. Let your submission to God be total. You must be able to say like Jesus said in John 14:30, ‘The Prince of this world has come and hath nothing in me’. I am a Christian, a child of God, 100 per cent, nothing added. Submit like that to God, you will resist the devil, the devil will flee. I’m a small boy and if I’m a small boy now you can imagine how small I was some 40 years ago. You’ve heard the story!
About 40 years ago, the same Orimolusi of blessed memory invited me to Ijebu-Igbo for a Thanksgiving Service because some of his children had returned from abroad and he wanted to celebrate and I went. Just as the Service was about to begin, a lot of his Chiefs of those days came and they came in the regalia of their various cults.
The ushers saw them coming and they came to me and said: ‘Sir, are we going to allow these people into the Church?’ I said of course, put them in the front row where it will be easy for my God to reach them quickly and I changed my Sermon. I was going to preach on: ‘Oh, that man should praise the Lord.’ I changed my Sermon to: ‘What happened on Mount Carmel‘.
You know what happened on Mount Carmel. I rounded up the Sermon by saying: ‘Brethren, I came here with my wife and my son, in this particular car number so and so’, I said, ‘I give you a challenge – if you can make one of my tyres go flat I will serve your god. If you can’t do that, you must serve my God’. Then I made the altar call and the Head Chief who incidentally happened to be the leader of all the members of the secret society was the first to come forward.
He came and of course, when they saw the leader going, others followed. At the end of the Service, Orimolusi said to me, ‘E. A.’ I said, ‘Kabiyesi,’ (because we were close, you know, he called me E. A. that’s my initial.) ‘You saw my Chief Assistant, the highest man next to me coming forward when you made the altar call?’ I said, ‘Kabiyesi, I saw him’.
He said, ‘Maybe he didn’t understand what you said oo, maybe he thought you were asking for somebody who needs prayers for healing. Let’s follow him up.’ I said, ‘Good, let’s go.’
So we got to him and Kabiyesi said, ‘Did you know what you have just done?’ He said, ‘I do. Why?’ He said, ‘Ha! You see a small boy like this challenging all of us, who does not know there must be somebody behind him?’
– When you leave here, the Lord of Host will be behind you!
He said, it is the One behind him that I surrendered to. Submit to God absolutely and then you resist the devil and he will flee from you! That’s what the Bible says.
Then if you are to be a one man army for God, you must be ready for a life of self discipline. A life that you will keep yourself under perfect control. Matthew 17:14-21. You are my children so I can tell you the truth: your life must become a life of fasting and prayer.
You can’t be overloaded with pounded yam everytime and expect the devil to take you serious. You must learn to say “no” to the flesh from time to time. 1 Corinthians 9:25-27.
That’s why you find that the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the things we are noted for is fasting. From time to time I call you to fast.
Some of you of course obey, I don’t know about the rest. But in the name that is above every other name, as you follow my foot steps you will be greater than I!
I went home to my village in Ifewara several years ago. I was on holidays and when I am on holidays I don’t think of fasting. Holidays means you do what you don’t normally do – you rest, you eat. I went home, my home and they prepared me pounded yam – my favourite food with bush meat and combination Okro soup. As usual, I pray before I eat and God said clearly, “Son, don’t eat.” Ah ah, this is my home.
Nobody is going to poison me here. My people love me, my family loves me and I am not fasting today, I am on holidays. God said again, son, don’t eat. I am confessing to you: I said ehn, “this pounded yam ehn, I am going to eat this one.” So I ate. Ah ah, I am a human being like you now, pray that God will help me.
gI have just finished eating when a messenger came and said one of my elder sisters living not too far away had been struck from head to toe with small pox. Thank God small pox is forgotten now but in those days it was terrible disease. It can kill you, if it doesn’t kill you it will deform you.
I ran to where my sister was. When I saw her I was shaking. I heard God say, I told you not to eat yet. I ran into the back of the house, put my hand deep into my throat and vomitted the meal. You don’t cast out small pox with your belly full of pounded yam.
I apologized to God and then came back and dealt with small pox. Before the following morning my sister was completely whole again. You must be willing to live a disciplined life and of course, you don’t face the devil unless you are full of the Spirit. One of your prayers tonight is that God will fill you to overflowing with the Holy Spirit.
How can you become a terror to the devil if you are not born again? 1 John 3:8. You are committing sin? It said the devil is your owner and so how are you going to be commanding your owner to move? He will just slap you on the head. Acts 19:13-17. If your salvation is not genuine, I beg you to come and give your life to Jesus because very soon we are going to be praying and one of our prayers will be a prayer in agreement.
Those of us who are full of the Holy Spirit, true children of God, we are going to command every demon here to get out. Believe me honestly, they are going to obey. When the demons begin to fly out, if they find someone who has not been washed in the blood of the Lamb they will say, ah, no problem we are just exchanging houses.