This was the message preached by the guest preacher, Pastor Greg Atiyota, on the day of the dedication of our new auditorium. He had a prophetic word from the Lord: “Father’s House Bible Church Warri, Nigeria is a House of Worship, a House of God’s glory and a Mission House!”
Father’s House is a House of God’s glory. Here in Father’s House, the worship in heaven shall be reflected on earth. God is looking for men, women and children who will understand, flow and join in the worship in Heaven. God is searching for worshippers who will worship Him in Spirit and in truth. God does not look for wealthy men, because all silver and all gold are His. God is looking for humble, holy, faithful and dedicated men. Most people come to church seeking for miracles, for wealth. But God is seeking to bless men with His presence. God is seeking for true worshippers, true lovers. They give God all the glory! This is their anthem:
“You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power;
For You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created.” (Rev 4:11)
The world was created by God to give glory to God. But the world became rebellious against God. The devil is the prince of this world. The whole world lies in his power. The devil is the author of confusion. He deceives men to worship him. Men worship other men or their money. Money is good. It took a lot of money to build this church. But you should never worship money. You can use money to buy a house but money cannot buy a home. Money can buy a bed but cannot buy sleep. Money can buy a woman but cannot buy a wife. There is much idolatry going on in many churches. They worship mammon thru empty religion. But there is a remnant that will worship God faithfully, in Spirit and in Truth. These are the true children of God. The Son of God, Jesus Christ, came to seek and save that which was lost. Jesus came to call sinners to repentance and to reconcile men back to their Creator. That is why we worship Jesus!
Father’s House is a Mission House. Men will come here to receive a greater vision. From here they shall go forth carrying the anointing to all the nations to give glory to God. The impact of Father’s House will be felt in many nations!
It is of utmost importance that men dedicate their gifts back to God. If not, the same blessings can kill. Once you dedicate your gift back to God, you are safe. Then He gives more grace. I hear God saying: ‘I want to bless you with the blessing that shall be dedicated to Me!’ It is not just the building that shall be dedicated. It is the builders and the ministers that need to be dedicated to God. When men humble themselves God’s grace come on them and blessings follow. When there is a casting down there shall be a lifting up.
This is a House of worship. God seeks for worshippers. When we praise God, we honor God. A humble heart and a right willing spirit will receive God’s revelation of the Savior Jesus Christ. “Whoever offers praise glorifies Me; and to him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God.” (Ps 50:23). When it comes to His glory, God is very militant. Jesus is the King of glory mighty in battle. God does not share His glory with anyone. The easiest way for any man to look for ‘God’s trouble’ is to touch His glory. If you see any proud man who is also a worshiper, that one is a son of Lucifer.
It is a dangerous thing to be proud in the presence of God. It is a terrible thing to use the things dedicated to God for unholy purposes. The Babylonian King, Belshazzar, used the holy vessels taken from the Temple in Jerusalem for drinking wine in a dinner party with his wives and concubines. The hand of God wrote judgment on the wall saying that his kingdom has ended. Daniel rebuked the king saying that he refused to humble himself before the Lord of Heaven who holds his breath in His hands. The wicked king mocked Jehovah God by using His dedicated vessels for unholy purposes. Belshazzar praised the gods of silver and gold and refused to give glory to God Almighty. His doom was sealed. The king died that night and his kingdom was divided (Daniel 5)
In the Book of Acts Chapter 5, there is another example of God’s judgment on those who refuse to honor Him. There is this couple, Ananias and Saphira. They lied to the Holy Spirit and they fell down dead. This is a danger that shall be manifested in these last days. For many, to be born again is just a spiritual fashion. In the world, you find fiction. But in the Holy Spirit you find truth. We are the sons of light! God has called us to praise and worship Him. It is a duty and a privilege! “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1Pet 2:9). Let’s praise the Lord!
Finally, this is the time to humble ourselves, to come back to God. Without the Cross there is no resurrection. Without the Cross there are no miracles! A great man of God, Jim Elliot, said long ago: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose”. Today, we are gathered to dedicate this beautiful House of God to God. But this is also the best time to humble ourselves. This is the best time to re-dedicate ourselves to God! May God have His way! Glory to God!