FOUR REASONS WHY PEOPLE DO NOT SUCCEED IN THEIR ENDEAVOURS


- Pastor E. A. Adeboye at RCCG Special August Thanksgiving Sunday on ‘No More Labour Loss'



* Thank God for every blessing you have received from Him. Thank Him for what He has done in the past and thank Him for what He will do in the future.

* Today we want to pray especially for everyone, everyone who is tired of working like an elephant and eating like an ant, everyone who is tired of failure, open your mouth and

say,  help me Lord!


This is the week of our convention tagged 'A New Wave Of Glory'


* Open your mouth and say, Lord, beginning from now, move me from glory to glory, during this convention, let us move from glory to glory. 


During the Convention, millions will be fed physically.

* Let us cry to the Almighty God and say in your own miraculous way, meet all our needs, send help to us Lord. 

* Ask for something special in this Month of August. 


Luke 5:1-11

No more labour loss

You will never fail again

Everything you have lost as a result of all the struggles will be restored 

Take  note of where you are today and where you will be at the end of the year, my God will surprise you.


When a man is not succeeding in what he is doing, from my study of the Scriptures I discovered that four things could be responsible. 

* This day will be a day that you will remember for the rest of your life.


1. Laziness: if you are not putting enough effort. Proverbs 6:6-11, says go and learn from the ants, the ants are always busy. The Bible says a little more sleep and a little more folding of the hands comes poverty, Proverbs 19:15, Proverbs 23:21

The doctors say we should sleep for eight hours a day, that is one-third of your life.

Solution:

Ephesians 5:14, says awake and God will give you light.

Proverbs 22:9, says sees thou a man diligent in his business, he will stand before Kings and not mere men. Diligent, not lazy.

Hebrews 11:6, says God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. You are sleeping eight hours a day and you want to reach the top, it is not possible.


Way back in 1957 when I was in secondary school there was a book entitled 'John Palmer Talks' it is full of words of wisdom. One of the things he wrote there is that 'the height that great men reach are kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companion slept were toiling upwards in the night'. Successful people are busy people, while you are sleeping, they are working. Are you lazy, wake up. 


2. Enemy action: John 10:10, the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy. You may be working hard and the enemy will come and steal. 

Judges 6:3-6, the Children of Israel were troubled by armies of the North, they will wait for them to plant and they will come and sweep it away.

I pray today that all the enemies within and without working against your success, in the Name that is above every other Name, they won't see the end of this month. 

Solution:

Psalms 18:1-3, I will call upon the Lord who is worthy to be praised, so shall I be saved from my enemy. 

He started with eulogizing God, I am praising you, save me from my enemies, make sure you praise Him.


A lot of people say when I come to preach I don't bind satan, I know a better way, when you are praising God, He will arise and fight your battles for you.

David said in Psalms 119:164, I will praise God seven times a day. The Bible tells us in Proverbs 6:30-31, if you catch a thief he is to restore what he has stolen seven times so David said I will praise God seven times, He will help me catch my thief and my thief will return seven-folds. You don't know the thief that is waging war, if you know the thief, don't joke with him. We don't joke with thieves, at times we don't know the thief and where he is hiding, what do you do? Psalms 139:7-9 says you cannot hide from God. 

You don't know where your trouble is coming from but God is everywhere and if there is anything the enemy has planted in your business, the fire of God will burn it today.


3. Divine Resistance: you might be working hard, nobody is taking from you but God Himself is resisting. If you are in this kind of situation you have a problem. 

Haggai 1:2-11, God said because people refused to complete His house, He said you are building yours and you leave mine, He said no problem, go and be making the money let us see how far it will go.


I have told you, those of us who are fairly old, you probably remember one thief here in Lagos around 1952, they call him 'Anikura', he was such a notorious thief, he will not ask you not to trade, he will make sure you don't take the gain home, he will attack you when you are coming back from work, take all your money and disappear. When you fail to build the house of God, He will let you make the money and then no return. 

Malachi 3:8-12 says it doesn't matter how much you make, if you don't pay your tithe, He will allow the devourer to come and begin to bite. Some people will say that is in the Old Testament. In 1 Peter 3:7, God says if you don't treat your wife right, your prayer will be hindered. You married this girl, you were struggling together and now success has come and suddenly, the girl doesn't know anything and you begin to treat her shabbily and God says no problem, He will give you a problem.

Solution:

* Seek first the Kingdom of God, Matthew 6:33. 

Some of us begin to succeed and we have no time for God anymore. 


Put God first. Listen to me carefully because God is going to prosper you, this day is a turning point in your life. Take note of where you are now so that when December comes you will look at where God has taken you. 

Honour Him with your first fruit, God is not hungry, if you bring something to God and He accepts it, He is honouring you. Without you, He can do what He wants to do.


If God takes your offering it is an honour to you.

Honour Him with your first fruit, don't rub him of your tithe. He promised in Joel 2:23-27, He said he has an army of worms that He uses to destroy but if you do your part, he will destroy the army working against you.

 If God has been resisting you from now, resistance is over.


4. When God is setting you up for a major breakthrough:

Luke 5:1-7, Peter fished all night, he caught nothing, he was not a lazy man He worked all night, no enemy attacked him, nobody stole his net, he hasn't offended God at all how do I  know? There were many ships there, God chose his own. Why the failure? God wanted him to be around when He will arrive because if he had caught fish he would have gone home before Jesus arrived. He couldn't go home because God set him up. Some of you came to church today because you heard that the theme is 'No More Labor Loss', some of you have been failing, you have been struggling, God wants you to come so He can catch you, so the two of you can become partners, He is setting you up for partnership. He is looking for people that He will partner with so mightily. God is setting some people up. 


2 Samuel 6:6-12, they were taking the Ark of the covenant into Jerusalem and all of a sudden, near the house Obed-Edom, there was an accident and somebody died. David said no, this Ark is powerful, let us put it in the house of Obed-Edom, of all the people it was Obed-Edom's house. The Ark got into his house and the man prospered so mightily within three months that the whole nation heard about it. I prophesy to someone here today, in the Name that is above every other name, very soon everyone in your nation will hear about you.


Why don't you surrender your life to Him? Peter gave Him his boat, he said come into my boat. He surrendered, how about opening up your house as a house fellowship center, how about allowing God to take over your entire life, surrender to Him and He will save your soul. Ask Him to have mercy on you, ask Him to save your soul, the rest of us, let us intercede for them that the Almighty God will save their souls and wash them clean with His blood. 


* Thank the Almighty God that you are able to hear this world

* Cry to God and say, Father, help me


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