One key thing I have learnt from this wonderful book (Understanding Divine Direction by Bishop David Oyedepo) which we have been discussing for the last two days (I strongly encourage you to read part I & II of this series, if you have not done so) is that there are benefits Of Divine Direction, which I would call the fruits of diligence in listening to God’s voice. Now, the benefits include the following:
You Enjoy Protection
He Backs You Up
You Experience Ease
You Render The Devil Helpless
1. You Enjoy Protection
The word of God says in Exodus 23:20,22-23 “Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared. But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries. For mine Angel shall go before thee, and bring thee in unto the Amorites, and the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites: and I will cut them off.”
That’s it – no enemy can stand before you. Hallelujah!
2. He Backs You Up
“Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:24
The secret of Jesus’ ministry was that He did nothing of Himself, but as He heard from God. And as a result, He could not be obstructed, His ministry made impact in the lives of men, even till today.
3. You Experience Ease
“His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth.” – Psalm 25:13
Listen to the testimony of Bishop Oyedepo here: “When God said to me in 1989, ‘Arise, get down to Lagos and raise Me a people’, I sent somebody to Lagos that same day. Two weeks later, all the property needed for the work there to start had been secured with all ease. We
got a place which had not been inhabited for seven years for church service and another property nearby, which had also not been lived in in the last five years for residential quarters! He went ahead of us and secured a place for us in good time. When our missionaries arrived Bangui, in the Central African Republic, they discovered that God had told a woman of their coming two days earlier. He told her, “Two missionaries are coming from Nigeria in two days’ time. Go and pick them up from the airport.” She told her husband to help her pick them up. God sent us to reap the harvest of Africa, so He went ahead of us, to ensure that our team was not stranded.”
4. You Render the Devil Helpless
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.” Psalm 23:1,5
Following God’s plan for your life renders the devil helpless over you. You become unbeatable, a man respected by hell. Why? Because God cannot send you on a mission and Satan hijacks you. He may attempt to, by causing uproar and confusion, so that you don’t have access to God’s voice; but once you refuse to be distracted, Satan cannot handle you. Remember that it is God’s will to lead you to where the pastures are green. He is committed to leading you to where your profiting lies (Isaiah. 48:17), but you must be a committed follower.
Say with me: I refuse to be distracted! I am a committed follower of Christ.
I’m sure you have been blessed by this series, watch out for Part 4!