I INITIALLY REJECTED BECOMING A PASTOR BECAUSE I DID NOT WANT POVERTY – Pastor E.A Adeboye

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Pastor E.A Adeboye



TRIBUTE TO RCCG FOUNDER:
Pa Josiah Akindayomi
-Pastor E. A. Adeboye on the 40th Special Thanksgiving Anniversary

Pastor E. A. Adeboye on the 40th Special Thanksgiving Anniversary
Pastor E. A. Adeboye on the 40th Special Thanksgiving Anniversary

If l am to give you a summary of what the journey has been like this past 40 years, l will be lying to you if l say the journey has been smooth because it has not been smooth, things have not been easy, there have been times of pain, agony, sorrow, betrayal but one thing kept us going strong and that is God gave us the ability to hear from him.


I am decreeing concerning everyone of you my children, from now on, you will be hearing from God


I want to thank God for my father in the Lord, Pa Josiah Akindayomi. I want to thank God that He heard from God, of all the people who were qualified to be the General Overseer, l was the least qualified.
I just came and after two years, he ordained me a pastor, when he said he will ordain me, my wife and l prayed and fasted for 14 days so that God will not allow it to happen because in those days, being a pastor is a sentence to poverty.

Pastor E.A Adeboye and pastor Akindayomi


I have seen poverty before, when l joined the church, my second hand car was the newest car in the Church and suddenly they want me to be a pastor, we prayed and fasted, thank God He didn’t answer the prayer.
When my father in the Lord told me l will be succeeding him, l told him no, it will not happen. I told him anyone He (God) chooses for you, l will support him but for me to leave my comfort to come to one room in Mushin, no, not me.


He insisted but l wrote him a letter, he could not read but could read the Bible. I told him in the letter to choose somebody else. He said l know what God told me, l know what you are saying, l won’t force you and l love you. I couldn’t forsake someone who loved me, Papa loved me.

Pa Josiah Akindayomi
Pa Josiah Akindayomi


He was a prayer warrior, He could hear from God and it is the covenant God gave him that we are operating now. Once the head is good, all is well with the body. We had a good head that had a covenant with God.
When people criticise the RCCG l don’t pay attention because what God has decreed will be established.

The more God loves you, the harder he gets with you.
When some people preach and say once you are born again, you will go to heaven and all that, you know l don’t know the Bible very much, I never went to Bible School, I don’t understand Greek or Hebrews, l don’t know all the deep deep messages so l listen to God.


Our first Camp ground called Oka in Ekpe, today it is the Camp ground for former area boys. We wanted to use the Camp Ground and we needed to build toilets for men and women.
A surveyor took the measurements, we told him what we wanted and he charged us. When we got to the place to build, instead of measuring in feet, he measured in meters that is three times what we bargained for. The Lord told me to correct him, l said no, l will correct a surveyor, if they didn’t teach him the difference between feet and meters let him do it.


The Lord kept quiet and this huge Hausa man said ‘mai gida’, l stretched my hand to say hello to him and he squeezed my hand, it was very painful and God said to me ‘l told you to correct the surveyor’.
I corrected the surveyor and l was grumbling, l said the punishment was too much for the offence. He said son, ‘l told you, you are special to me, l will not take nonsense from you’.


Those of you who think God loves you so you can do whatever you like, you are joking. If you are getting away from things free, check your salvation. The more He loves you, the harder he gets with you, the closer you get to him, the stricter He becomes. Moses led the Children of Israel for 40 years but that day he struck the rock, the Lord said that is it boy.


Pray for me that l will finish strong, pray for yourself that you will no longer be messing with God.
They will tell you the Bible did not say fear but reverence God, l don’t argue but from the little l know in English, the Word of God says you should work out your salvation with fear and trembling. It will be a mad fellow who will not fear the Consuming Fire.
The elders say ‘even a mad man recognises fire’.

God is love, l know, there are two sides of a coin, God is love and God is a consuming fire. Those that say let them enjoy themselves, grace will cover it all, l say okay if you are right, l will go to heaven but if you are wrong, God have mercy on you.
Our God is holy, don’t mess with Him.

After Lekki 98′ which was another beginning in our missions history, Lekki beach was crowded with people, people were saved.

Lekki98


I thanked Him for what He had done. Suddenly l heard His voice, He said ‘son, bend down, draw the figure of a man in the sand’, I did. He said ‘get up, wipe out that figure with your leg’ l did and He said ‘son if you ever forget who is in charge, just as you wiped out that drawing, l will wipe you out’.


So when people ask me how can you be humble considering all the achievements, do you think l want to be wiped out? He said if you humble yourself, l will lift you up, if you become proud l will resist you

God bless you !

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