- Pastor E. A. Adeboye at RCCG Special Sunday  Service. Going Higher (Part 21)

1 Kings 18:17-18

God has spoken to Elijah and has told him go and show yourself to Ahab and I will send rain. He met Obadiah on the way and said go and tell Ahab that I want to see him. Obadiah said you want to kill me? The King has been looking for you all over the place and now you are telling me to go and tell him you are here and after I have gone you will disappear and the Spirit of God will take you away. Elijah said no, I must see Ahab today. Finally, Ahab came and the first thing he said is very educative, he said here comes 'the troubler of Israel'. 

One of the things you have to deal with as you grow spiritually is the issue of false accusations. Look at the idol worshipper accusing the servant of God of being the one troubling Israel. 

Exodus 14: 5-12, when the Children of Israel got to the Red Sea and saw Pharaoh and his army coming, they turned to Moses and said it is your fault, they even lied and said we told you to leave us in Egypt to continue to serve the Egyptians. They never said so.

1 Samuel 30:1-6, when David who had been leading his people into raiding all the enemies of Israel, when he led his people out of Ziklag and they returned and saw that the enemy had come and had destroyed Ziklag and taken their wives and children as slaves, every one of the men turned at David and said it is your fault, they even said they should kill him. 

This is the way of men, they did it to the Lord Jesus Christ in John 11:1-21, when Lazarus died and Jesus arrived at the scene, Martha said Lord if thou hast been here my brother would not have died, it is your fault, we sent for you and you didn't come on time that is why my brother is dead.

John 11:32, Mary said Lord, it is your fault if you had been here my brother would not have died. 

How do you deal with false accusations because by the grace of God you are going higher, get ready He is coming.

1. You need to know that the original source of false accusations is the devil. 

Revelation 12:9-11, told us that satan is the accuser of the brethren. Every false accusation has a source in satan. So what do you do? You may ignore the accusation and press on.

 1 Kings 17:17-24, the son of the widow of Zarephath fell sick and died, she turned on Elijah and said look at you, is this the way to repay me for what I have done for you? Elijah just picked the child and did the needful, he didn't argue. 

Proverbs 26:4 says don't answer a fool lest you also be like unto him. When a fool accuses you wrongly, the Bible says just ignore the fool. Remember I told you about the sayings of the elders, there are three kinds of lunacy in ascending order of terribleness. They say when you see a man walking naked in the streets, that is the lowest form of lunacy because the moment you see this fellow you know here comes a mad man and you will begin to take action. Mark 2:1-5, the madman of Gadara. 

A worst form of madness is the one who is mad and well dressed in my mother tongue they call them 'werey arson'

Acts 16:16-18, there was a girl who was even prophesying, she had the spirit of divination. There are a lot of mad people who are well dressed, they are very dangerous because unless you have the spirit of disarmament you may not know that they are mad and by the time you know they are mad they might have done a lot of havoc. 

The highest form of lunacy is those who pay special attention to those who are mad, those who want to watch them dancing. At times it pays to ignore false accusers and continue doing the work God has called you to do. 

 Proverbs 26:5, the Bible says you must answer a fool otherwise, he will be wise in his own conceit. Occasionally, you need to reply the false accuser. Just like Elijah did when Ahab accused him of being the one causing trouble in Israel, he replied him, he said it is not me but you and your father's house is responsible for the problems. 

Isaiah 54:17, the Bible says that any tongue that rises against you in judgment thou shall condemn.

Mark 11:23, the Bible tells us that when you find the mountain blocking your way, you speak to the mountain, command the mountain to move.

Acts 13:6-13, while Paul was preaching to the Governor, there was a sorcerer there that kept on interrupting saying don't mind them, they are after your money, Paul looked at him at told him you will be blind for a while because you are hindering the work of God, the Bible said immediately, he couldn't see, someone had to lead him out of the way after which the Governor who saw the miracle surrendered his life to Jesus Christ. 

May I use this opportunity to decree that any mountain blocking your way to success, everything trying to hinder you from reaching the goal that God has set for you be removed today.

It takes the Holy Spirit to let you know when you should keep quiet and when you should talk. Some cases will be so clear that you won't even have to say before you know what to do. 

Let's take a case study in Mark 4:35-41, the Disciples were in a boat, the Lord was sleeping and a storm came, when the Disciples woke the Lord up, they said don't you care that we perish? Meaning what kind of leader are you, You were sleeping at the time you are needed. He woke up, he didn't talk to the Disciples first, he dealt with the problem first then when everything was still He turned on them and said what kind of faith do you have?

James 4:7, the Bible made it clear, as long as you have surrendered your life to the Almighty God, you must resist the devil. The Bible says you must not just resist the devil, you must do it steadfastly, 1 Peter 5:8-9. 

Like the elders will say, the inability of someone to speak is the real reason some people keep suffering. As a child of the Almighty God, you must know when to open your mouth and rebuke the enemy. You must be determined to speak to those who might be saying where is your God?

Psalms 115:1-3, the Bible says if people say where is your God? Tell them my God is in the heavens and He is still doing as He pleases. 

I want to encourage you to speak to sickness, any sickness that is saying where is your God, you should give that sickness an answer today. 

For example, in Matthew 8:1-4, the Bible tells us that a leper came and fell at the feet of the Lord Jesus Christ and said I know you can make me clean if you are willing. The Bible said the Lord said yes I am willing, He touched him and the man went everywhere testifying. This man is saying to an incurable sickness you are saying where is my God, I will tell you my God is able to heal and you will hear my testimony soon. Are you facing a sickness that seems to be defying medicine and every form of treatment, I  encourage you today to speak to that sickness and tell it, sickness, your end will come soon and the world will hear my testimony. 

Maybe it is poverty that is asking you where is your God, you have been going to Church, you have been praying, very soon the landlord will chase you out of your house, speak out to poverty today, tell poverty my provider is still on His Throne and He will come through for me and I will laugh last. Learn to speak and see what God will do. 

2 Kings 4:1-7, you know the story of the widow of the Son of the prophet who was so in dept that the creditors said we will sell your children, she opened her mouth and cried to the great provider and by the time these people came back to collect the children, it was their money they collected. That woman never had to borrow again. Tell your creditors, tell those who are saying you are going to die in poverty, tell them it will be in their presence when you begin to show that the blessings of the Lord maketh rich and added no sorrow to it. 

Is it bondage, demonic oppression that is saying where is your God? Darkness in one form or the other saying you are not going to get free, tell them as long as my God is the Light of the World, I will be free, my relations will be free and you will be there to see me rejoicing. 

Mark 10:46-52, when Bartimaeus was crying to God for mercy, the crowd around said why are you wasting your time, God is not going to answer you but he used his mouth to collect his miracle. The very people who said God is not going to answer you became the vessels that brought him to Jesus Christ and they were all there when his eyes popped open.

Matthew 15:21-28, when the woman came and said I am not the one in bondage but my daughter, Lord help me and those people told her, you are just making noise for nothing, you are not going to get any help then she pressed on and at the end of the day she got her miracle. 

I am going to encourage you that wherever you are listening to me, everything in your life that you know is saying where is your God, open your mouth and rebuke them, spend quality time rebuking them. Do you know what, even before this day is out, you will be singing a new song. 

Isaiah 54:17, when the Lord said that every tongue that rises up against you in judgment thou shall condemn, he added a provision, He said this is the heritage of the servant of the Lord. Meaning the ability to rebuke those mocking you and asking where is your God is given only to those who are true children of God not to pretenders that is why if you are listening to me today and there are things mocking your life, making your life very unpleasant, check your salvation. If you are truly saved, condemn those things and they will leave you alone if you are not truly saved, you can't blame the devil for tormenting his own. If you have not given your life to Jesus may I allow you to do so, wherever you are, bow your head and cry to the Almighty God, ask Him to save your soul, ask Him to rescue you from all forces of darkness so that it may be known that God is still in the heavens doing as He pleases. 

God bless you and I am sure I will hear your testimony soon. Amen 





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