Pastor Enoch Adeboye, General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, said yesterday that his mother stopped him from joining the military, urging Nigerians to appreciate and support the efforts of the military and other security agencies in combating insecurity across the country.
Pastor Adeboye made the remarks at the church’s monthly Thanksgiving Service and special prayers for security personnel, which were held at the church’s national headquarters, Throne of Grace Parish in Ebute-Meta, Lagos.
The program’s theme was “Vessels unto Honour.”
“I wanted to be a soldier,” he says, “but my mother wouldn’t let me.” And when I told her I wanted to join the army after graduation, she told me, “you are my only son, I am not asking you not to join the army, just wait till I die and you have buried me, then you may do anything you want.” It was back in the 1960s, and by the time she passed away in 1990, it was too late for me to join the army.
“But, I love the army.” Maybe I’ll give you the reasons why another time. Because I love the army, I watch every film, movie, and other media related to it. And I can tell you what changed the civilian into Iron Man. You see them in lovely clothes, and they seem great, and perhaps you might check from the day they enrolled till the day they arrived to the match in ceremonial dress. You will understand what hardness and endurance is.
“There are certain individuals in our country that are unappreciated, such as the army, paramilitary groups, and police.” We are meant to consistently commit them to God’s hands. The Almighty God will keep an eye on them and look after their families in the morning, afternoon, and night; God will support them, fight their battles, and make them more than conquerors all the time.”
“I thank God for all my brothers and sisters in the paramilitary, the police who are here, they are examples of vessels into honour and I hope you will stay vessels into honour for eternity,” Adeboye added, praying for the security personnel. I want you to know that if no one is praying for you, I am praying because I appreciate your value. I know what you stand for.”
In his sermon, pastor Adeboye stated, “In the army of God, there is no room for floppiness, you have to be sharp all the time, you want to be vessel of honour in the hands of God, you will love fasting more than you love food.” When you come to Jesus Christ, you begin a life of discipline and complete devotion to Him. Be constant both in and out of season. They put it another way: the cost of safety is constant vigilance. You must be alert at all times.
“Ask the cops and the military; they will tell you that wherever they are deployed, they were there at the time, at the pleasure of your commander.” The signal from above indicates that you are on the move. That is how vessels worthy of honor should be.
“One of the benefits of being vessels unto honor is that the master is always touching you.” When God touches you, you get power that only God can provide. Nobody understands why you suddenly gain strength. You regain your strength in such a way that it embarrasses people around you.
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