Being Full Text of Pastor E. A. Adeboye’s Message at the Dedication of Love of Christ Generation Church C & S Cathedral, Victoria Island Lagos on Sunday 5, September 2021.
When I was younger, I am still young, I was only 79 years old. In those days, in the 1950s when we were in Grammar school, there was something that was common within us, aliases, nicknames or pet names. Your father decided to name you Ayo or Ade but you think that is not big enough and you want to add something to it to make it sound, so if your father says your name is Ade you will call yourself ‘Adesco’. There was a friend of mine whose name was Rufus Agunloye, he thought that was not good enough so he called himself ‘Arufi Agunlo’. I had a friend whose name was Emmanuel Morgan, but he calls himself ‘Emmanuelo Morgana’ but the one who seems to win among us was a boy whose name was Solomon Bamgbose, but he calls himself ‘Shokolokobangboshe’.
The truth of the matter is when you want Ade to do something special for you, you don’t call him Ade, you call him ‘Adesco’.
One day someone came to Jesus Christ and said some people call you teacher, some people call you the Lamb of God, your Father calls you Emmanuel, what would you like to be called? Tell us your aliases and He said, I Am the way, the Truth and the Life, John 14:6.
Three powerful names, each name has tremendous power behind it.
– THE WAY
He is the way out of problems, He is the way out of sickness because He made all things, John 1:1,3,14. Jesus was the One who made you, He became flesh and dwells among us.
In the past whenever someone was sick and they cried to God, God would turn to Jesus and say go and take care of the situation. Psalms 107:20 says He sent His Words and He healed them. When you are sick and there is nothing that can be done about the sickness, maybe the problem is due to old age. If you take the matter to Jesus, because He made you, He can supply you with spare parts because every manufacturer of anything always keeps spare parts.
John 9:1-7, there was a man who was born blind, in his own case, he was in a hurry to get to the world he didn’t wait for eyes and for forty years he was walking about in darkness until he met Jesus and Jesus spat on the ground, raised some mud and said this is how I created you originally, put the mud on his eyes, told him to go and wash and he washed and came back seeing. Jesus is the way out of sickness. I want to encourage somebody who is here today who wants to go home healed, to shout Jesus!
– He is the way into everything that is good. He is the way out of trouble.
He is the way into joy, John 16:24, He said hitherto you have asked me nothing, ask till your joy is filled. I want to prophesy to someone, I know this is a dangerous thing to do because you are in the presence of prophets and I am an ordinary pastor but I am sure they will pardon me today, from now on you won’t weep again.
Luke 7:11-15, the Bible tells us that a widow lost her only son and was going to bury that boy so you can be sure that widow was very sad but then she met the Way out of sorrow into joy on the way and Jesus said to her weep no more and within minutes the boy that was dead was brought back to life.
I am saying in the Name of that One who can change sorrow to joy that whatever it is that is causing you sorrow because you came today, shall be removed in Jesus name.
There are lots of people who are in bondage, Jesus Christ is the way into true freedom because the Bible says in John 8:32, you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free and in verse 36 He said and if the Son shall set you free you shall be free indeed.
Mark 5:2-20, talks about a man who had a legion of demons in him, hopelessly bound but he met Jesus Christ and worshiped Him and within minutes, all the demons were gone. I have good news for someone who came here today with all manners of bondages in the Name that is above all other names, you are going to be free.
If there is someone here today who wants Jesus to move him out of problems into solutions, that fellow should shout Jesus!
– He is also the way forward, when you find yourself in a situation that you don’t know what to do next, if only you can bring Jesus, suddenly you will begin to move again.
I know quite a few people who have been in Lagos for more than twenty years, they have been working like elephants and eating like rats and you say when you know that things are not moving why don’t you go back home? They will say you have gone for twenty years, what have you brought back? I am talking of Lagos because you live here but if you go abroad you will be amazed.
The other day we were talking about someone. He was a bank manager here then he decided to travel abroad, he got a green card and ended up becoming a night guard. They will say if the situation is like this, why don’t you go back home? He will say what will I tell them at home? At least the secret is covered here. When you find yourself down and you want to know the way forward, you bring in Jesus.
Acts 3:1-8, there was a man who was born lame, he had been sitting in front of the Temple for more than forty years and one day his day came, I believe the day of someone is coming today. When the man of God saw him there and he was begging for arms, the Man of God said I have nothing to give you but in the Name of Jesus rise up and walk and from that day onward he was walking and leaping and praising God.
Whenever you have to deal with God you will discover that God moves forward. When the children of Israel got to the Red Sea and the enemy was coming from behind, the Sea was in front and there was no way to turn to, God said to Moses tell the Children of Israel to move forward. If there is someone here today who believes that from now on, your progress will begin, let me hear you shout Jesus!
– He is the way upward: Psalms 75:6-7, promotion comes from God, not from anywhere but from God and the Bible tells us in 1 Samuel 2:8, that God can pick a beggar from the dunghill and begin to lift him up until he begins to sit with princes. God is the promoter but how do we know that the real promoter is Jesus Christ? He said in John 12:32, if I be lifted up, I will draw all men to myself. Jesus is always drawing people up. You want to go higher, He will draw you up if you let Him do so.
Some will say we know human beings who can promote, I have always told you, if it is a human being that promotes you, it is a human being that will bring you down. If I take my note now and lift it up, how high it can go is determined by how tall I am, if I want it to go very far I can go on my toes and after some time my toes will begin to pain me and I will go back down and the note will come down a little and after some time I want to rest my hand and sit down. If a human being is to promote you, they will also bring you down but when God promotes you because the Bible says His arms are everlasting arms and once He is promoting you He will be promoting you everlastingly.