AN EVERLASTING GOSPEL DELIVERED BY THE HOLY FATHER, THE SUPERNATURAL TEACHER AND SOLE SPIRITUAL HEAD OF THE UNIVERSE LEADER OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (WHQ) 34 AMBO ST CALABAR NIGERIA
"BEFORE HONOUR, IS HUMILITY"
1ST LESSON: JAMES 4 : 10
"Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up".
2ND LESSON: ST. LUKE 14 : 10
"But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up higher: then shall thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee".
GOLDEN TEXT PHILLIPIANS 2 : 8-9
"And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name".
Brethren, that is our lesson. That is what is mostly lacking amongst you. But the Father knows the different shortcomings in you and day after day, He is removing and demolishing them. If you were to humble yourself before the Lord, would you have quarreled before Me? Would you have fought before Me? Would you have murmured against any person before Me? Would you have argued before Me? All these unwholesome behaviour reveal you. If you should commit these offenses before Me, what happens behind Me? You struggle to sing songs and to offer prayers before Me. You scramble for positions before Me.
The Father has seen your shortcoming, that is why He has chosen this night to lay bare, these shortcomings before you. There is none of you in Brotherhood who is cool-headed and humble to the other person. Even if you speak to a very small child, he will warn you not to speak to him in that manner. A wife in the house does not accept to humble herself before the husband. Similarly, the husband does not submit himself to the wife. Even a stranger in the house will claim that the house belongs to his Father, Olumba Olumba Obu and as such he will break open your bedroom and search your boxes and wardrobes to remove whatever he likes. He will claim it is Obu's box if you dare ask him.
HUMILITY: THE FOUNDATION OF GREATNESS
The way and manner you speak one to the other, leaves much to be desired. It does not seem you have received any teachings from God. Wherever you go to, you want to sit in the forefront. Wherever you find yourself, you want to be known. Have you heard what the first lesson said? "Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up". One of the most important virtues in this Kingdom is humility, because it is said before honour is humility. If you were to be humble, you would not struggle for common bread. If you were to humble yourself, you would not live a reprobate life.
ANY POSITION A MAN OCCUPIES CALLS FOR HUMILITY
Today, the Father has taught us to be humble even while walking along the streets, or in our homes, or at functions and wherever else we may be. In the matrimonial home, the husband is yours, but do not seize the privilege to do anything you like. Everybody knows that the man is your carnal father and that the woman is your carnal mother but do not boast and exalt yourself because of this. Humble yourself. Everybody knows the Father gives the car you drive to you. Humble yourself to the ground. Whether God has made you a chief, your position calls for humility. If God has appointed you a governor, humble yourself to the point of prostrating. If God has ordained you a pastor, humble yourself to the ground. If the Father has made you a Leader's Representative or at whatever position you are kept, humble yourself in the sight of God always.
DO NOT PRAISE YOURSELF
If we can humble ourselves and not puffing up, God will lift us up. You know one spiritual chorus we have which says, "if you want to walk with me, humble yourself as a little child". Whether you are a choirmaster or choirmistress, whatever you are, you have to humble yourself. Even if you erected the Bethel building, the money you spent in building belongs to the Father, the Bethel is built by the Father, therefore, humble yourself. Allow others to praise you, do not praise yourself.
HE WAS EXALTED BECAUSE OF HUMILITY
Brethren, the most important thing in this Kingdom of God is humility. It is a promise that those who humble themselves, God will exalt them. Have you not heard what happened to our Lord Jesus Christ? It was because of humility that God gave Him a name, which is above every name. It was not because of raising the dead that God exalted His name. It was not because of preaching the word of God in every city that God exalted His name. It was not because He made the blind to see that God exalted His name. But it was because He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. His humility implies that when people slapped Him, He did not retaliate. When they made allegations against Him, He did not bandy words with them; and they jumped on Him, but He did not budge, to the extend that Pilate snapped at Him: "Upon all these allegations He says nothing to defend Himself". But He kept quiet. Even when Peter cut off the right ear of the servant of the high priest, He rebuked Peter. And said, "Put up thy sword into the sheath; for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword". He picked up the piece of ear and put it in its place. It was then that He told Peter, "Thinketh thou that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He shall presently give Me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be"? Can you see humility at work?
ALWAYS ALLOW THE WILL OF GOD TO PREVAIL
He was so humble to the point of prostrating on the ground to plead to the Father, saying, "Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from Me nevertheless not My will, but thine, be done". Can you observe humility? He has never resisted the will of God; but in your own case, you keep certain conditions before God. That if He does not heal you of your infirmities, you will not take Him for the true God, or that He should not allow your enemies to laugh at you and ask where is that your God? Do you not realize that these things amount to vainglory? You speak unseemly against God. You speak forcefully and without the fear of God.
CALL UPON THE FATHER WITH FEAR AND TREMBLING
Remember how that Pharisee prayed with arrogance, expressing how he paid tithe of one tenth of his earnings, fasted twice a week and not like unto the evil man, the Publican. Can you see pride and pomposity in him? But the Publican could not even lift up his eyes to the sky. He placed his hands on his chest and prayed God to be merciful to him a sinner. Can you realise absolute humility at work? But in your own case, you will forcefully shout on Olumba Olumba Obu to do one thing or the other for you. What does this show? You cannot shout on your carnal friend or brother in that manner. But Olumba Olumba Obu is the name you shout on at random and even use it as threats to people along the streets.
What are these things? They signify vainglory and strife. At certain times you come out here and pray for one hour. What does it mean? Is it not pomposity? Brethren, we should strive because the things we have less regards to, are highly esteemed before God. When you are beset with a little problem or sickness, you will seek to apply medication as means of help. Is that humility? Are you not after self-help ventures? Why do you not surrender yourself completely and let the sickness carry out its intention in you. Somebody comes to abuse and curse you, and you return fire for fire. Have you humbled yourself? Have you surrendered yourself unto God? When our Lord Jesus Christ was cursed and abused, did you hear His voice?
Brethren, let us humble ourselves. You are also witnesses to the fact that upon all the allegations and blackmail, you have not heard His statement of defence. Many of you struggle for the inclusion of Brotherhood's name in organised functions and ceremonies. Have you ever heard Me ask for such recognition? I do not want it in any way. Brethren, I do not intend to take you far, the first lesson will now be read:
1st Lesson: James 4: 10
"Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up".
Brethren, have you heard what is read unto you? You who promised not to agree with whatever somebody says, have you heard what is read unto you? Those of you who are arrogant, have you heard that? Those of you who try to help yourselves, have you heard that? Those of you who are self-conceited, have you heard it?
LET HUMILITY OVER-RIDE YOUR OTHER CONSIDERATIONS
It is not he, who saves himself that is saved but he who surrenders his life. If per chance somebody collects your belongings in an extortionate way, you hand it over to God. If you are cursed, abused or your character defamed, if you do not retort, the Father will repay you. I have taught you that even in your families, you should not bother about anything. Take the least position, as a very sinful person. Wherever you are invited, take the least seat. Do not seek for a place on the high table but chose the lowest.
Brethren, if we practise this gospel which tells us, "humble yourself in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up," we will see it work like magic. Put it to test and you will realise how you will be exalted. The reason behind buying glamorous dresses, living in imposing houses and seeking for position is that you may be recognized. Have you been recognized? All this time you have been quarreling, fighting and bringing out your eyes from your socket, are you not struggling for positions? Do you have these positions? If you should know that you are ever before God, in your house and everywhere, would you not have humbled yourself before Him?
ALLOW THE WILL OF GOD TO REIGN SUPREME
This promise is an eternal covenant. You have observed it even here in Brotherhood. Have you ever heard or witnessed us saying there should be rain or that there should be no rain? It is an insult. Have you ever heard us pray that somebody should not be sick or that God should not allow our enemies to ask where is that your God? Have you heard us say that a particular thing should happen and not the other? It amounts to vainglory, pomposity and arrogance. Have you ever heard us murmur against God or questioning why He should do one thing and not the other.
What is required of us by God is absolute humility. He will not fail to lift you up if, from this day, you humble yourself and become like a fool. Even in your pattern of life, the way you speak, speak with reverence to God, and give Him glory. When you are walking, march the ground as if it belongs to somebody, for it is not yours. Even though it belongs to your Father, you ought to walk carefully. Whatever you are engaged in, do not behave as if there is nobody, because there is somebody, When you are thinking, do not be so high-minded as if you are the only cock to crow. Always think little of a thing with the mind that God is in existence, and give Him glory. When you are speaking, say nothing unseemly. Speak with gentleness and lowliness of heart, knowing that God is in existence. When you exalt yourself, He will debase you.
ONLY GOD LIFTS YOU UP
There were events in the life of our Lord Jesus Christ that would have caused Him to speak and raise His voice, but can you notice how He behaved? In the midst of tribulation and death, He left everything with humility to the Father. Whether you are the first daughter or first son and the family tends to reject you, do not bother. Do not look for the position. If your right as the first son, or second son or first daughter or as a child has been denied you, do not question. Forget about it, do not seek for recognition; God will surely remember you. It is not the person who claims to be something before God, is recommended by God. Also it is not he, who exalts himself that is being lifted up by God, but he, who humbles himself, is lifted up by God. Even if you are before a little child and he commands you to stand still, obey with respect and God will lift you up. Even if a brother abuses you and calls you names, and questions your stand in Brotherhood, say peace to him and go your way quietly. God will lift you up.
NAME ABOVE ALL OTHER NAMES
A critical examination of what happened to our Lord Jesus Christ on the cross reveals His humble nature. They jeered at Him and asked, "If you are the Son of God, come down and save yourself". He said nothing but kept quiet. I do not think that there is any person in the world who can argue that what happened to our Lord Jesus Christ has ever happened to him. It is because of His humility, even unto death that God had highly exalted Him, and given Him a name, which is above all other name.
People had come and gone, but which of them has God exalted and given Him a name which is above every name? People preach the word of God, raise the dead, make the blind to see, the lame to walk and are generous to people, but God has not given any of them a name which is above every name. Elijah himself prayed to God that there should be no rain and for three years and six months there was no rain. Was that not vainglory or strife? After sometime he prayed that God should open the sky and God did, and there was rain. Have you been told that God gave him a name, which is above every name? Even our father Abraham, when he heard that Lot, his nephew, and his entire household were arrested by the army, he was not humbled. He rather gathered four hundred soldiers and marched to that city and liberated his nephew. Upon the shouts on our father Abraham, do you find God giving him a name above every name? It is on this basis that our Lord Jesus Christ did say, in My Father's house there are many mansions. God can give you good health, but does not lift your name up. He can give you children but He will not lift your name up. God can bestow eternal life on you, but he will not give you a name above every name. He has diversities of gifts but the greatest gift is for Him to lift your name up. To whom does this gift belong? It does not belong to millionaires. It does not belong to preachers. It does not belong to healers. It is meant for those who humble themselves to the point of prostrating. That is why it is said, "Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the Kingdom of God. When a person smites you, buffets you, spits on you, extorts your belongings, and you neither budge nor retort, you have the qualities of our Lord Jesus Christ. You are denied your rightful position, or whatever may be done to you, and you do not say anything, neither do you bother. These, are those whose names will be lifted up by Him. But whom amongst you will afford to sit down in his house and somebody marches in and holds people captives and beats them up without his rising up in defence? If you rise up to fight, it means you have failed colossally.
PATIENCE IN TRIBULATION
I know that many of you are sad about this gospel because when you hear people say that Brotherhood is Beelzebub, witchery, vampire, apparition, you are infuriated with such a person hoping that you are doing the work of God. The moment you do this, you have failed completely. Do you think that the Father is not the doer of all these things? He knows about them. They are meant to test us. It is said, "Blessed is he who endures temptation. I personally know that these are all tests. That is why I am what you find Me. Because from time to time, He makes known to us that there is going to be examination. That being the case, I have no problems at all. In your own case because you have neither seen nor known Him, that is why you react violently to what you hear. You are red when it is said that Brotherhood is Beelzebub and vampire. You will no longer go to the person's house because you will feel he has offended you. Do you seek after glory? Because it is said that Brotherhood is not one of the Christian churches, you rise in anger to defend. Is that not strife? I am not interested in whatever you call Me. Whether you call it apparition or anything; I have no business in it.
THE FATHER IS A MODEL OF HUMILITY
It is said when you see the dead man tears will begin to roll down your cheeks. Now you have seen the dead man, where are tears on your cheeks? I instruct you to forsake sin, neither to tell lies, nor to fornicate, but you still commit sins and yet I always turn round to beg you not to be exasperated and not to do those things anymore. I have the full right to expel you, or excommunicate you without any redress or anything flapping its wings.
Are you not surprised that when a person steals, he will demand to be taken to the Father, that the Father may offer him tea. And of a truth, when he is taken to the Father, the Father will give him tea. The action of the Father is a mark of humility. Somebody may stand here and fight and yet you do not find Me saying a word. This shows humility. I have surrendered any action to the Father. But a foolish person will taunt that he stands before the Father to do whatever he likes and no person can do anything to him.
TO THE WORLD, THE LEADER'S APPREARANCE IS INCOGNITO
Our Lord Jesus Christ had said, "I can of mine own self do nothing; as I hear, I judge: and My judgement is just, for I know that His commandment is eternal life". All that I do here are commensurate with the commandments found in this Kingdom of God. Have you ever found a person as great as this and yet He is neither known in the government, or in the church denominations, or in various homes. No person recognises His existence nor gives any regard to Him. A state governor would pay visit to this state and would call to see a paramount ruler or a chief. If any person visits this state, he will call at a necromancer, mermaid priest and others. Have you ever heard any person suggesting that a courtesy call should be paid to the Leader? Who is He? Who knows Him? Do you see us bother? There is no problem at all. When there is any occasion that requires the governor to attend any church services, he will attend the so-called established and orthodox churches. But for Brotherhood, they will say it is no church. Do you see us argue? I am not interested at all because such things are not important.
BROTHERHOOD IS THE CITY OF GOD
Candidly, throughout the entire world, this is the only place where God is found, where the word of God dwells. It is a very significant place and yet the world acknowledges it not. I am not worried about it. But in all monetary affairs, donations and contributions, Brotherhood will be remembered. In any other sphere of life, it will be argued that Brotherhood is no church, it may not even be mentioned. Do you notice us argue? If it were you, you would have argued. It was the instruction I received from the hands of the Father. I do not count these things as of any significance but I am simply using them as examples unto you. You should also learn of all that Brotherhood has done because they are the instructions of the Father. Even the type of works which is done generally and for the individuals in this Kingdom, who honours and reverences God? Have we ever worried about this? We have not, because these are so meant to be.
BCS CANNOT BE RECOGNISED CARNALLY
This instruction is for Me; it is for you and for the entire world. A great number of people feel that the Leader does not see, hear, or has conscience or could do anything whatever. This is erroneous. What happens is that we are following the instructions of the Father. There are certain places where the Father had been invited to their occasion but the people do not even take cognizance of the representatives of the Father. These representatives are not given any attention nor offered seats. Yet they will keep on drumming, dancing, drinking and doing many other things. During donations, the Father will be called. After the presentation of the donation, they will begin to shiver and ask whether the representatives will drink or eat? That will mark their departure. In many other places, when such representatives attend even in the church denominations of reverend gentlemen, they would not even take cognizance of them. But it does not matter. They were only concerned with what was said. "Give to him that asketh thee." They give and go their way. The second lesson will now be read. Listen attentively to what is going to be read unto you.
2nd Lesson: St. Luke 14: 10.
"But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, friend, go up higher; then shall thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee".
Who is the speaker? God Himself speaks. That is the pattern, which the children of God should lead. Many people should be present this night to listen to this gospel. When they go outside, they shout on Olumba Olumba Obu; that Brotherhood is God; that Brotherhood is above all; or seek for Brotherhood's share. Such persons who go about fomenting trouble should be here to hear this gospel. Pastors, Apostles, Evangelists and indeed all of you who are pompous and arrogant should come in here and listen to this gospel.
Immediately you are ordained a prophet, you will not allow any other person a chance. You will assume superintendency over everything. The moment you are ordained a Pastor, you will no longer want to hear what any other person says. Nobody, in your estimation is capable of advising you. You do not reckon on what others say. You are called Christ's Student without even knowing the meaning of a Christ's student. But you do not allow people to pass along the streets. You will claim superiority over every other person. The same thing applies to the Christ's Servants, the elders and others. Every person struggles for everything around, but have you heard what the portion says?
You have merely been invited here. You do not know the content of this Kingdom of God. You should sit on the ground with absolute humility. Even if you are consecrated an Elder or whatever position is assigned to you, sit on the ground. When the person who invited you appears to find you on the ground, he will call you up to a higher seat.
THE HIGHEST POSITION IS THE ONE OCCUPIED BY THE HUMBLEST PERSON
Do you think that Pastor is the highest position in this Kingdom? Would you think that Apostle is the highest in this Kingdom? Would you think that Elder is the highest in this Kingdom? Or would you think that it is the Christ's Student who is the highest? Or do you think that it is the virgin who is the highest? Which of these do you think is the highest position in this Kingdom of God? It is the position of a person who humbles himself to the point of prostrating on the ground. In whatever position God has placed you, do not count yourself as anything. You are made a Leader's Representative to look over all these things, do not give yourself authority over anything in that dormain. Wait till the owner comes and He will lift you up. In anything at all, wherever you wish to go, or are sent on delegation, take the lowest seat where the people meet.
BROTHERHOOD COMES TO SERVE
It is the advice I had given that Brotherhood is not out to seek for positions either in government circles, or church denomination, or in cities, or from any person for that matter. Brotherhood has come to serve God. This instruction is for all the children of God throughout all the four- corners of the world. If you are the first daughter, or first son, or the father, or whatever you may be, if you take the lowest seat, counting yourself as nothing, you will hear people calling on you to get up. Every person will want to lift you high. Even when somebody robs you of your right, and they struggle over it, they would start quarreling amongst themselves, and complain that the owner has not even said a thing about it, why do they scramble and fight? They will recognize you as the owner.
DO NOT SEEK YOUR OWN GLORY
Brethren, do you possess this wisdom? Do not struggle for anything with any person here on earth. Do not allow anything to worry you about any carnal thing, because it is God who exalts you and God also abases you. You are a child of God, and that is accepted. God is your Father, this is also true, but you have to humble yourself. Wherever you go to, do not put up yourself as the good and beloved child of God. Humble yourself to the lowest point. Do you remember when our Lord Jesus Christ asked Peter, saying, "Of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? Of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto Him, of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, "Then are the children free". Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them". He further told Peter, "Go thou to the sea, and cast a hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth; thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for Me and thee". Do not forget that He is God, He is the Son of God, and He is the Son of man. But because they did not know Him, even if they knew Him, observe how humble He was.
He neither encouraged nor fomented any trouble. He did not seek for His own glory as you are doing. It is said "He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory; but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true". Do you remember what happened when our Lord Jesus Christ walked around the sepulcher and met with the man who used to come out of the sepulcher, who was possessed by the evil spirit. When he told our Lord Jesus Christ, I know that you are the Son of the Living God, torment me not for my time is not yet up. So the devils besought Him, saying, "If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine". Our Lord Jesus Christ obeyed and did likewise. Can you notice humility? He was not opposing to it, nor did He torment or kill them. The devil possessed man opted to be driven into the swine. The herd of swine ran violently into the sea, and perished in the water. When they that kept the swine saw these things, they fled into the city and reported everything. The entire city came out and met our Lord Jesus Christ and besought Him that He should depart out of their coasts. He quietly went His way. He did not stop for a moment to ask what He did or to show that He was the Son of God and able to cause fire to consume them. Gently He left them without making any statement.
I AM NOT THE DOER
Can you not recognize the fact that He is the only truthful Teacher? God has noted all the things He has done and has found Him worthy to be a Leader. It was not only on the day He was crucified, but right from the time He came into the world, His life-pattern had been the same. Every work done in the world today is done by our Lord Jesus Christ, but have you ever found Him standing up to declare that He is doing the work and that the work is not done by Leader O.O. Obu but Himself. Right now many people are jealous that the glory which should have been given to the Christ is rather given to an ordinary human being and they ask who Olumba Olumba Obu is. They are very exasperated. The irony of it all is that the Lord Jesus Christ who is doing everything does not even worry about it. All the church denominations congregate and in their prayers report to the Lord Jesus Christ, that Satan is going to snatch all his followers, and that he should kill Olumba Olumba Obu. But our Lord Jesus Christ does not say anything. He is doing His work orderly. There is nothing the church denominations have not done to Me. You are aware of what they say whenever they come in here, and they say He is neither Jesus nor His brother, nor know where He comes from. "A man who suffers from Hernia does not complain of pains but the neighbour complains of sleeplessness because of his pain." I have told you that I am not the person doing the work but when you go out, you tell people that Olumba Olumba Obu is one thing or the other, but I continue to tell you that I am not the doer.
You have heard what is read to you, that when you are invited to a dinner, you should sit down in the lowest room. When the chief host comes, he will tell you to go higher, then will you have glory in the presence of all the guests who sit at meal with you.
DO NOT SEEK AFTER MAN'S GLORY
Do you not remember when our Lord Jesus Christ made bread for the people and they ate to their satisfaction? They at once said this is of a truth the prophet that should rule over them in the world and so conspired to make Him king by force. When our Lord Jesus Christ perceived that they would come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed from them and hid Himself. Why did He run away? Have you found an errand boy delivering his messages in parables? He did not seek after any glory from man but after the glory of God because the glories of the world are transitory and perishable. No man can ever glorify you. I am telling you this that you may know yourself so that whenever somebody will come to lift you up and you accept it and start to puff up, you have failed.
FLESH AND BLOOD CANNOT REVEAL CHRIST
Do you remember when our Lord Jesus Christ asked His disciples, "Whom say the people that I am"? They said John the Baptist, but some say Elijah and others say one of the old prophets. He turned and asked them, but whom do you say that I am? Peter answered and said thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God. Then our Lord Jesus Christ said: "Blessed are you, Simon Bar Jona; for flesh and blood had not revealed it unto you but My Father which is in Heaven". But at the end He charged them that they should tell no man that He was the Christ until the consummation. Why did He behave that way? If He had started telling people that He was the Christ, God would have abased Him.
THE CHRIST WAS EQUAL WITH GOD
When the people wanted to make Him a king, if He had accepted and allowed Himself to be enthroned, I tell you of a truth, God would have reduced Him into oblivion. Since He was God, He could not assume such a position because He knew that such carnal things are transitory and perishable. He was God, and He was the Son of God and equal with God, but did not think it robbery to be equal with God. But made Himself of no reputation and took upon Himself the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of man. That was why when a man battered Him on the face and asked who battered Him, but He did not budge at all. Even at your places of work the head of department says you will not be promoted, you should go to Olumba to give you promotion. If you are a tenant, the house owner will give you notice to pack from his house and go to Olumba Olumba Obu to give you a house because you accept that man is God. What can he do to Me? I know him; He cannot do any harm to me. Go and tell Him to give you a house. And in the midst of his rage, he would boast that he had disgraced a BCS man and he spoke unseemly against the Brotherhood Leader, because he cannot do him any harm. All such things are foolishness and nonsensical.
It is said blessed are you when men shall revile you and persecute you and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad for great is your reward in heaven. Do not allow anything to induce you to exalt yourself. Even if you are made the chairman of the occasion humble yourself, because you are not the chairman. Even while you are sitting on the ground, the owner comes to lift you so high, continue to humble yourself to the point of prostrating. Do not make any noise.
NO CONDITION IS PERMANENT
Remember, what He said to Pharaoh. He said for this reason did I lift you up, in order to show My power so that My name would be sung throughout the world. He exalts you high and He abases you to oblivion. If man were wise and intelligent whenever God or man lifts him up, he should maintain absolute humility. This is so because no condition is permanent. You have seen things for yourselves but you have no wisdom. But now, I have shown you the truth, which is in this Kingdom. Our downfall arises from the fact that when God lifts us high; we begin to puff up. But watch lest haply you fall into temptation. Upon all the shouts of the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when did He express such joy through orchestra? He sees all the evils we commit and all the good things we do, He is the doer of the work, but have you heard His voice? Some people argue that Christ is dead and He makes no statement. Some maintain that He is in the sky, others argue that He no longer exists, others says He has no power, but have you heard His voice, though He has heard all and has known all, He does not bandy words with any person.
ARGUMENT AGAINST THE DEITY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
This explains why people do believe that our Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of God. They ask why God so condescend to the extent of entering into the womb of a woman, and how a woman could deliver God, and that such child cannot be God. So they refuse to believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ. They also argue that if He were God, there was a guest -house where men of all station of life including lawyers, doctors, professors lodged but why should He condescend Himself to be born in the manger. This is, as it was, indicative of the absolute humility of our Lord Jesus Christ. When it was known at that time that our Lord Jesus Christ would be born. Herod, the king and the princes arranged and prepared their houses because they thought that the Christ would be born in their houses, but to their utmost dismay He was born to a mere carpenter who had nothing to eat, and to Mary, a simple virgin. These are some of the things, which made it conclusive that the ways of God always delude the wisdom of man. If we accept the advice of this day, and the way and manner in which it is revealed, indeed, you will be saved.
THE CHRIST DID NOT COME TO DESTROY - BUT TO SAVE
When our Lord Jesus Christ wanted to go to Jerusalem, He passed through a small Samaritan village. There, the people did not receive Him because He set His face as though He would go to Jerusalem. The disciples asked Him whether He would desire that they command the fire to come down from heaven to consume them even as Elijah did? But He rebuked them and said you do not know what manner of spirit you are of. For the Son of man did not come to destroy men's lives but to save and preserve them.
Brethren, Brotherhood has not come to puff up, or to be arrogant or to blow its trumpet, but to humble itself to the point of prostrating. And so brethren, I do not wish to take you further than this, the golden text will now be read.
Golden Text: Philippians 2: 8-9
"And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name".
Brethren, have you heard that which is read unto you? It is said before honour is humility. It was not for any other thing that His name was lifted up but for the reason of His humility. If our Lord Jesus Christ comes in as we are sitting down here, have you seen Him? He has always been working on earth but who has seen Him? Some people build storeys that when He comes He might live therein. Some others surrender a whole bank for Him for the reason of following Him, but have they seen Him? Yet He is here on earth.
IMPERSONATION OF THE CHRIST
There are about three persons in the United States of America who deceived others into believing that they are the 'Christ'. The Americans have spent their money rejoicing, and making other preparation because they erroneously believe that, Christ in His next advent would be born in America. Inspite of their heavy investments for this purpose, the people who impersonated the Christ died as fowls. Among the Chinese, several persons have claimed to be the Christ. In other places also others have staked similar claims. If somebody comes to lay a claim before you that he is the Christ, he is not, because our Lord Jesus Christ can never confess that He is the Christ. That would be tantamount to vain glory.
YOU ARE WHAT GOD MAKES YOU
When you humble yourself to the point of prostrating, God will exalt you high up. God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. Have you not realised His grace through humility? Have you ever found a man whose name has been exalted above all other names by God? Never you again seek after glory and vain honour for yourself. If somebody asks you, who you are, tell him that you do not know who you are. Whatever the Father desired that you should be, that is what you are, but you cannot be whatever you claim to be. Never you suggest anything to yourself. Never you claim anything as your own. Allow God always to fulfill His will in you. Whatever people may arrogate to you, have no regard for, because God knows that it is a test. Whatever the Father wants you to become, you will see it, you will not decide for yourself, but the Father will do His will.
WHO ARE YOU TO DICTATE TO GOD
We should thank God always for the glory He has revealed to us at this end of time. It is said He humbles Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him a name, which is above every name. Somebody is indebted to you, and you decide to teach him a lesson. Somebody curses you and you swear you will speak to him in the language he understands. Somebody makes an allegation against you, and you argue you will show him what you are. Have you heard what has been read to you? When you demand that the Father should speak so that something happens and to speak again so that nothing happens, have you heard that it implies vainglory? Allow whatever the Father wills, to come to manifestation. It is so because He owns us and wherever He keeps you should be all right with you. If we want Him to exalt our names then we should humble ourselves to the point of prostrating.
ONLY GOD DOES EVERYTHING
I sympathise with those who claim that they are the Christ, or God, or Jacob, or prophet or pastor. I am nothing at all. I do not even exist. Have I ever told you that I have power or that I can do anything? Even here in Brotherhood some persons claim they have power and they can heal the sick, and that they can do many other things. Have you ever seen a man like doctor, engineer or professor who does not arrogate certain powers to himself? In My own case I always tell you that I have no power, these words are not spoken by Me, I do not even exist, and I want nothing. It is bamboozling to hear that some people announce that all sick people should be taken to them for healing, because there is power in a particular Bethel. But I want to put it before you that I have no power, since I do not do anything; it is the Father who does everything. From where does that action or that pattern of life derive? Can you not realise from where it emanates?
WHOEVER SHALL BE GREAT MUST BE A SERVANT
The gospel of today has revealed to you what each of us should do, and this explains why we should all come into this Kingdom of God. It is said that if you want to walk with Me you have to humble yourself as a small child. It is also said whosoever wants to be a leader should enslave himself to others. Even as the Son of man did not come to be ministered unto but to minister and to give His life a ransom for many. He says whoever will be great among you should be your minister. Which, therefore do you think is the highest position in this Kingdom? It is that whosoever wants to be great he should be a servant, also whosoever is the greatest must be a servant. That is exactly what you find in Brotherhood. If you want to be the greatest and you start to minister unto others, but when you are appointed to that position, you start to puff up, you would be down graded and your corpse will not even be seen. This explains why some people here, when they are not yet ordained prophets, they accept all types of jobs menial and otherwise, but when they are ordained, they will feel so elated and will return to their houses to rest, and will not even attend prayers. Such persons do not know themselves. I cannot explain why spectacular things happen on Sunday nights and I want this gospel produced very urgently.
When you are called Obu's son, you will not allow people to pass along the street. Most especially if I invite you, you will become so elated, proud and pompous, and you will tell people not to come near you and whether they do not know that you are Obu's son? And others will begin to raise their eye- brows and question why the Leader should give preferential treatment to you. You will be a subject of jealousy by others who nurse grievances against you. That is why none of you here accepts to submit himself to others. If you want to pass through a certain place and somebody touches you in an attempt to tell you not to pass, you will push him back and ask him if he does not know that you are in the house of your Father. Brethren, such pattern of life is very pitiable. Even in other church denominations or bethels in which you are a member, you have to humble yourself as you are taught, do not count yourself as anything throughout your life. It is humility, which is the most important virtue in this Kingdom. When somebody curses and disgraces you, spits at you, or you are not considered when anything is shared, you are not given a place to sleep and your name is not even mentioned, do not budge at all, even if you are called names you have to endure and tolerate.
DO NOT SEEK TO DEFEND
Do not report to any person, or to react at all, do not take any other action, do not defend yourself, do not be exasperated because the Father knows, and it is for the reason of this humility that you will be exalted. Why you are confused and easily irritated, always exasperated, could not obey simple orders, and that you cannot forgive, is that not seeking self -glory? Whoever seeks the glory of God has no problem at all. Even if you go to a certain place where people call you thief, apparition and expel you, do not make a statement of defence that you are not a thief, but you have to walk quietly away.
Some people continue to inquire to know what is in Brotherhood? What is in Brotherhood is humility. The world says that the Leader is dead, that He is a cannibal, a murderer, a dracular; behold I am standing here, have I made any statement of defence? Have I refuted in the newspaper or through the Radio or Television or in any magazine? If I do that, it implies that I have exalted Myself.
So brethren, I do not wish to be tedious unto you. One stroke of the cane is sufficient unto the wise. Those who have ears let them hear. May God bless His Holy Words. Amen.
Thank you Good Father