By Bishop David Oyedepo
As Almighty as God is, if you do not obey what He says, He cannot do anything for you. For example, if you feel too big to repent, how will God save you? It is true that God is Omnipotent, but He will not permit Himself to save you, until you humble yourself before Him and repent.
Nobody scores any impressive marks in an examination that they have not prepared for. The same principle applies to prophetic utterances. Preparation is the key to their fulfilment. God’s Word says: “Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel” (Amos 4:12). God is Omnipotent, yet He does not come into your affairs until you are prepared for Him. Preparation is what moves God into action (Isaiah 62:10-12).
Last week, I showed you two keys for changing position this new year—the keys of obedience and preparation. This week, I will show you how to sustain prophetic blessings—The fear of the Lord and Humility.
The fear of the Lord: The fear of the Lord is the security measure for sustaining prophetic blessings. Look at Joseph, for instance. God showed him what the future held for him; but it was the fear of the Lord that secured that prophecy for him. It placed his dream in his hands. When Portiphar’s wife wanted to have her way with him, Joseph refused, because he had the fear of the Lord. He was securing his future.
Joseph said: “There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back anything from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” (Genesis 39:9). When he became the prime minister of Egypt, you will observe that he did not take revenge on Portiphar’s wife. As for his brothers, who masterminded his captivity, instead of seeking vengeance, he succoured them. Why? Joseph said: “… For I fear God” (Genesis 42:18).
In every phase of his life, that young man demonstrated the fear of God. Think about it! Since everything his master had was in his hands, including the horses, he could have run away. He had ample opportunity to run back to his father’s house with all the money.
But the fear of the Lord kept him where he should be until his word came (Psalm 105:17-21). I like you to consciously receive a fresh baptism of the Spirit of the Lord. It will help you to sustain prophetic blessings in your life. You have seen how Joseph faithfully kept all his master’s money, not one dime was missing. So, don’t be fraudulent, because that will only be undoing the prophecies in your life.
Humility: Humility is another vital key for sustaining prophetic blessings in your life. The Word of God says that God is against the proud, but He befriends or gives more grace to the humble (I Peter 5:5). There was a young king in Israel called Josiah, who began to reign at the age of eight.
By seeking the face of God, that little chap kept making things happen. When he heard the Word of God concerning what their fathers did to provoke the wrath of God, he broke down before the Lord, and rent his clothes. When God saw Josiah’s humility and the tenderness of his heart, He promised not to withdraw His hand from his life. God assured him that he would go down to his grave in peace.
It was humility that helped Josiah to maintain the hand of God upon his life (II Chronicles 34:1-33). God resists the proud, stops their progress and He gives more grace to the humble (James 4:6-7). It takes humility to keep enjoying the grace of God. Where humility stops, is where grace stops!