- Pastor E. A. Adeboye at RCCG Special Sunday Service. Going Higher (Part 17)

The child died 

1 Kings 17:17-24

Whenever you are going higher, sooner or later you will pass through fire. Everybody will pass through fire, Isaiah 43:2. If you are passing through fire, congratulations you will come out, if you haven't passed through fire, get ready because it is a matter of time. The beauty of it is that when you pass through the fire it will not burn you. What if you are already a Christian will you pass through fire? Yes, Jesus said in this world, you will pass through fire but, be of good cheer because Jesus overcame, you too will overcome. Anyone climbing, going higher must pass through fire, this passage should be an encouragement to those of you who are passing through fire, you will survive.

When the storm is over, the one who has been in the storm usually asks certain questions like is it over yet? Is it truly over?  how did I survive that? 

You can imagine the Children of Israel that had been terrorised by Goliath for 40 days in 1 Samuel 17:1-58. Then a day came and suddenly as the storm arouse it was over. I am sure when the soldiers woke up on the 41st day and didn't hear the roar of Goliath, they would have thought they were still sleeping. Whether the devil likes it or not, all the noise of the terrorists in Nigeria will cease very soon. Everyday when you open the papers, you will see that somebody or people have been kidnapped, that will end very soon. 

When the man of God suddenly heard the widow woman said when you were hungry I took you in and was feeding you, the King was looking for you I hid you, now look at what you have done in return? Elijah was on fire that day.  Elijah cried to God, laid on the boy three times and the boy came back to life. Do you know that, that was the first time someone died and came back to life in the hands of a man?

I have good news for those of you passing through fire, very soon you will testify. 

After the boy came back to life, Elijah was asking himself am I dreaming? 

Acts 12:5-11, when the Angel came to the prison Peter was and opened the doors the Bible said when Peter got out he said, am I dreaming?

I decree in the Name that is above every other name that a miracle that will make you think that you are dreaming may God give it to you today. 

When this miracle of the raising of the son of the widow of Zarephath happened,  I am sure Elijah for sometime will be saying did the child really die, did I raise the dead? There are many occasions where things will happen in your life and you will begin to wonder did it actually happen.

- Exodus 14:1-31 (the Children of Israel at the Red Sea)

- Daniel 3, (Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the fiery furnace)

- Daniel 6:1-28, (Daniel in the den of lions)

I have good news for all of you passing through difficult time, one day very soon you will look back and say God I can't understand how I passed through that but you will pass through. You will come out alive, unburnt, you will come out of rivers without being drowned. 

When you are going higher and you pass through fire, it is to purify you. God said evey son of Levi must be purified. You are not likely to reach your goal without passing through fire. Isaiah was a great prophet, he was the one who said in Isaiah 1:19, that if you are willing you will eat the good of the land. He was the one who said in Isaiah 3:10 say ye to the righteous that it shall be well with thee but it was in Isaiah 6, when he had seen God in all his splendor that he looked at himself and saw how dirty he was and he cried to God and God broke him and sent fire to his lips. Isaiah passed through fire before God said okay, you can now begin your journey to greatness. 

I have good news for those of you passing through fire you will soon come out and the beauty of it is that when you pass gold through fire it comes out better.

It was Job who said when he has tried me I will come forth as gold. Some people have treated christianity as just bread and butter. Nobody will make you an officer in the army without having been rigorously trained. The Almighty God who has brought you this far is not going to abandon you in the fire. As a matter of fact, those who have gone through fire always sing when they come out. Psalms 30:5

Exodus 15:1-5 when the Children of Israel crossed over to the other side they sang to praise God. 

1 Samuel 2:1-12, after Hannah had been through fire, she composed a song. 

All of you passing through fire very soon you will compose a song of praise and the whole world will hear it and sing with you. 

The only fellow who can pass through fire and be consumed is the one who passes through the fire alone, those who threw Shedrack Messach and Abednego into the fire were consumed by the fire.  If God is with you, you will come out of the fire better than you went in. When Shedrack Messach and Abednego came out of the fire they were promoted but those who didn't have the Lord with them were destroyed.

I want to appeal to those of you who are not sure of your salvation, fire is coming for you to be able to survive, you need the Lord for your sake, surrender your life to Jesus Christ now. If you think you are secured what about the fire of hell, sooner or later you will die with all your wealth and position. When the day of death comes it is only when you have Christ that He will be with you. I appeal to you to give your life to Jesus Christ now, ask Him to save your soul so that when the fire comes it will not burn you. Talk to the Almighty God, ask Him to have mercy on you and those of you who are backsliders come back to Him now. Those of you who are already saved please intercede for them and pray for yourself that if you are passing through fire God will bring you out safe on the other side. 

Those of you who are already children of God I am sure you will continue to go through life with confidence that even you have to pass through fire, that fire will lead to promotion and you will come out pure as gold.

God bless you all.





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