The teaching series I have the privilege to share with us is gateways to the realm of new dawn and we’re looking at Part Two which focuses on the force of sacrifice. (Click here for Part One) And for my text I’ll read Psalm 126:1-6.
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Sacrifice is God-ordained gateway to realms of new dawn. There’s a difference between doors and gates. Offering may open doors to you but sacrifice will compel gates to open continually. There are things that will be too small for your door to contain. Isaiah 60:10-11. At Shiloh 2017 God will give you blessings that are bigger than your doors.
It is sacrifice that upgrades doors to gates. What determines sacrifice is the cost involved, not volume. It is the quality, not the quantity.
What is sacrifice?
1. Sacrifice is giving out or relinquishing something that is precious or most valuable to you. For example, Isaac was most precious to Abraham, having waited for him for several years. I heard God’s servant say humorously that if Sarah had known that Abraham would sacrifice Isaac she would have tiptoed in the night and cut Abraham’s head. Isaac was so precious! Sacrifice many times may be painful but its outcome is gainful.What determines sacrifice is the cost involved, not volume. It is the quality, not the quantity. -@DavidOyedepoMin #ANewDawn Click To Tweet
2. It is the parting away with your goods with weeping. Psalm 126:6
3. It is casting your bread as against sowing your seed. By simple instructions in our giving God allows us to eat the bread and sow the seed. (Isaiah 55:10) By general principle God expects us to eat our bread and sow our seed. But in Ecclesiastes 11:1 the Scripture says “Cast your bread”. That is sacrifice. When you decide to take your bread as it happened to the widow of Zarephath. (1Kings 17:12-15)
4. It is giving to a point of blood. Sacrifice may look like you are terminating a generation. When Abraham gave Isaac it was like terminating a generation. In Genesis 8:20-21 we understand how that Noah made a sacrifice to the Lord. Now, when God told him to put the animals in the ark they were to be male and female. But he took of each of these to sacrifice. I don’t know how God did it but you know that if you take away the male or female of any animal you have brought the animal into extinction because one without the other cannot conceive and reproduce. But through that sacrifice we know what happened. Sometimes when you make your sacrifice, it’s like this is the last thing I have. How will I make it? And God said I have the power to bring it back to you. We heard a testimony yesterday. Somebody was in debt and God asked him to bring a sacrifice of two million naira. Between 2016 and now too many things have happened. Now he has built a mansion, he has paid all his debts. Sacrifice may be tearful but the return of it is always fearful. God is going to give you a fearful blessing through your sacrifice at Shiloh this year.
New dawn benefits of the altar of sacrifice
1. The altar of sacrifice is the altar of reversal of curses. We see that in Noah’s sacrifice. (Genesis 8:20-21). By the force of sacrifice God will not allow any evil to strike in your house. He will not allow evil to strike in your business in the name of Jesus.
2. Enactment of the covenant. Sacrifice is the passage to the covenant (Psalm 50:5). You cannot enter into a covenant with God without sacrifice. It’s one thing to live in the realm of promises. It’s another thing to grow into the realm of the covenant. From Genesis 12 to Genesis 22 God was talking to Abraham about promises but in Chapter 22 when the blood of his son was going to be shed God started talking about covenant. Sacrifice upgrades you from the realm of promises to the realm of covenant. (Genesis 22:15-18) Returns on other givings is promise based but the returns on sacrifice is covenant based.
The covenant establishes partnership and equality of partners involved in terms of rights and privileges. When you’re in a covenant with God you and God are operating as partners. In the realm of the covenant you don’t look for things, things look for you. You don’t pray for things you just think what you need and it appears. You don’t get rich to buy you get blessed to get. (Deuteronomy 8:18). Abraham was getting things. All our patriarchs were getting things. (Deuteronomy 8:7-10) It is not by struggle. Permit me to submit with all humility, as it has happened to my father, I don’t buy things I just get. The way to it is the altar of sacrifice. Altar of sacrifice is the altar of preservation of posterity. Isaac and Jacob stepped into it. Till today Israel is enjoying the benefits.When you're in a covenant with God you and God are operating as partners. -@DavidOyedepoMin Click To Tweet
3. Termination of plague. It is the termination of plague on marriage, plague of barreness, plague in your work, plague over the land. We saw how David it in 2Samuel 24:24-25. Every sacrifice you give in Shiloh 2017 will bring an end to every plague in your life in Jesus’ name.
4. Supernatural turnaround. Through sacrifice you can terminate your struggles. Sacrifice is the prescribed way out of hardship. Do you want your struggle to stop? Make sacrifice. In Shiloh 2004 I had the privilege to sow the seed of a brand new car. Three months later God gave me something that could buy two of such. A few years after I had a car and I said, Lord I want to trade this car. God said, sow it as a seed. I never needed to buy another car up to this year. I just get by the covenant without begging or soliciting. The widow of Zarephath was struggling. God brought her out by sacrifice. She gave what she had and didn’t need to bother about what to eat again.
When to make sacrifice
1. When things are tight. (IKings 17:8-16)
2. When God instructs you to do so as it was with Abraham. It is to collect that thing which is dying or limited so that He can give you what is unlimited.
3. When you are delightsomely prompted to do so as it was with Solomon. (1Kings 3:3-6. 1Kings 4:34) Solomon did not have problems, things were not tight for him. He just sacrificed to God with delight.
How do I make my sacrifice acceptable?
1. Give yourself first to God. The giver is more important to God than the gift. (2Corinthians 8:5)
2. Give it with love for God. (1Kings 3:3)
3. Give willingly. Abraham demonstrated willingnesss. (Genesis 22:9-10)
4. Give worshipfully. (Genesis 22:5)
5. Give expectantly. (Genesis 22:7, Hebrews 11:17-19) Abraham said, “I and the lad will come back again.” Every time you are making a sacrifice see a picture of what will come out of it. You are not throwing away your seed. Cast your bread upon the waters and after many days it will come back to you. Sacrifice always comes back. (Ecclesiates 11:1). He that sows in tears will certainly return with singing bringing in the sheaves. (Psalm 126:6) At Shiloh 2017 your sacrifice will speak for you!
God never needs anything from anybody. Everybody needs something from God. Your sacrifice adds nothing to God it only adds to your life. Your sacrifice does not enlarge or promote God. It does nothing for God and everything for you. If you don’t get to that point you will feel burdened in responding to the kind of teachings you just got but it becomes a delight when you know that it only adds to you and adds nothing to God. And it adds nothing to the church. I have proven what I am telling you. Jesus Christ said, “If these ones keep quiet I will raise stones. Nothing can stop God from having His way. God will deliver His purpose on the earth with or without me. Be sensitive. Be prompt in your response to every revelation before the virtue in it goes off. Don’t harden your heart. (Hebrews 3:8) Sacrifice turns your captivities. The heavens will always respond to joyous sacrifice. It is personal and volitional, not coerced.Sacrifice may be tearful but the return of it is always fearful. Those who sow in tears will reap in joy. Psalm 126:5-6 -@DavidOyedepoMin Click To Tweet
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