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Transcribed Text of October Holy Ghost Service – Overflowing Greatness by Pastor E.A Adeboye

Oct 20, 2014

Let’s someone shout halleluiah!
Genesis 15 v 15-20 And when Joseph’s
brethren saw that their father was dead, they
said, Joseph will peradventure hate us, and
will certainly requite us all the evil which we
did unto him.
And they sent a messenger unto Joseph
saying, Thy father did command before he
died saying, so shall ye say unto Joseph,
Forgive , I pray thee now, the trespass of thy
brethren, and their sin: for they did unto thee
evil: and now, we pray thee, forgive the
trespass of the servants of the God of thy
father. And Joseph wept when they spake
unto him.
And his brethren also went and fell down
before his face; and they said, behold we be
thy servants.
And Joseph said unto them, fear not; for am I
in the place of God? But as for you, ye
thought evil against me but God meant it
unto good to bring to pass as it is this day,
to save much people alive.
I want to talk on the fact that Greatness can
be in degrees.
For example, like one of my sons mentioned;
the Local government chairman is a great
man in his Local government, the governor is
a great man in his state, the president is a
great man in his nation, but when presidents
meet some presidents are more equal than
You may not believe this, but we have The
Redeemed Christian Church of God in all
manners of countries, including a country
where they have twenty (20) police men and
five (5) prisoners.
And the prisoners are allowed to go home on
weekends. That will tell you how big that
prison must be, but the country has a
president and the president is recognize by
the united nation.
So greatness is in degrees!
Degrees number one will be those you
considered insignificant or those who could
be called NOTHING.
In I King 17 v 1 there was a man mentioned
there called Elijah, the Bible says Elijah the
Tishbite of the inhabitant of Gilead, they did
not mention his father’s name.
Among the Jews for you to be mentioned and
your father’s name omitted it’s a way of
saying you are nothing.
However when the Almighty God takes
nothing, He can change it to something.
He can pick somebody like Elijah who was
considered as nothing and turn him to
somebody who can call down fire from
When we talk about insignificant; I just tell
you a story, I heard the story I don’t know
whether it’s true or not.
A sister in search of a husband; prayed to
God; God, just send me someone anyone,
and she finished praying.
Not long after that a brother in the church
came to her and said “thus said the Lord, you
are the one I am going to marry”.
The sister said “Oh God, I said someone, not
something” am sure that explains what am
talking about.
But if there is anyone here today who could
be regarded as something not someone, my
Father will intervene on your behalf in Jesus
The next degree of greatness is what you
could call NEXT TO NOTHING.
You are not absolutely nothing but they are
not too far from next to nothing.
You see a good example in Mark 10 v 46 it
tells us about Bartimeaus the beggar.
But they mentioned the name of his father;
Bartimeaus the son of Timeaus.
He was a beggar, poor, wretched and blind,
but at least he came from a home that is
regarded as something.
So he was next to nothing, but of cause you
know by the time the Almighty God finished
with him, he became a center of attraction.
So, when you put something that is next to
nothing to the hands of the Almighty God, He
can make something out of nothing.
And if there is anyone here tonight that
could be regarded as next to nothing, before
the sun rises my Father will change you to
something in Jesus name.
Category three is A LITTLE.
in 1 Samuel 9 v 21, we hear a man talking;
his name is Saul, He said; I am a Benjamite
of the smallest tribe in Israel and my family is
the least of all families in Benjamin.
Everything about him is little; little family, in
a little tribe, in a little nation.
But by the time the Almighty God has poured
His oil on him, the one who was little became
a king.
And I am prophesying to someone here
today too, right now you might be little but
before you die the world will hear about you.
Category four is GREAT.
In Genesis 24 v 34-35 someone was
speaking and he said I am Abraham servant;
and the Lord has blessed my master greatly.
Abraham was great but how did he become
Like one of my children said, greatness
comes only from God.
It is by divine choice.
In Genesis 12 v 1-3 God just decided of all
the families around in the land where
Abraham was, He just said I choose this one;
I am going to make this one great.
Psalm 115 v3 says our God is in the heaven,
He does as He pleases. He can choose
anyone and make Him great.
I have a feeling that He is already looking in
this crowd for someone that he will chose.
Category five is VERY GREAT.
We see that example in Isaac.
one of my children mentioned earlier on
Genesis 26 v 1 -13 He sowed in the time of
famine and he became very great, but we can
look at Isaac to discover the secret of his
becoming very great and we will find out that
is it rooted in Genesis 22 v 1-18 when God
said to Abraham, I want you to go and
sacrifice your son, your only son Isaac which
thou loveth.
Isaac was a first fruit sacrifice.
He was a young man who was hundred
percent submissive to his father.
He was a son who made even a greater
sacrifice than his father, because when God
told Abraham to go and sacrifice Isaac; it is
easy to go and kill somebody else, it is more
difficult if you are the one to be killed as a
Isaac made a greater sacrifice than his father
and he became greater than his father.
One of my sons says you start where your
father ends, beautiful definition!
However I hope you understand the full
meaning of that; it means if the sacrifice of
your father is great, your own sacrifice must
be greater.
Glory be to God.
And I know a man that could be called very
great at least from the perspective of financial
The mother was a great woman, she was the
leader of the market women in a particular
But the boy happened to be the only son;
built on the wealth of the mother and I mean
he built, he worked hard, he wasn’t a spoilt
brat, he did everything, he did much, much
more than his mother did and he became so
rich that by the time of his death in faraway
Australia, he had at least 56 million dollars in
the bank there, not to talk of London or
I have told you about him before, he was the
man who was driving in Yaba some time and
his car tire was flat and while the driver was
trying to change the tire, he went for a little
stroll and then saw the branch of a bank and
said I remember this branch, I kept some
money here about ten years ago.
So he went in and said,
“I want to see the manager”
and they say “the manager is not in”
but the cashier said “can I help you?”
he said “I kept some money here ten years
ago, I want to find out how much interest has
the cashier said “sir, how long ago?”,
he said “ten years ago”,
and how much is the money?
He said “eight million pounds sterling”.
Now the man who can forget 8million million
pounds sterling for ten years, I think you
have a rough idea of what we are talking
I am here prophesying to someone, I am not
saying you will forget your money, but I am
prophesying to someone that a day will
come in your life, if you withdraw your
money from a branch of a bank, that branch
will close down.
The Lord said there is someone here tonight,
he said those who called you the backward
one, will soon call you the foremost one.
Then the sixth one is EXCEEDINGLY GREAT
And we will see that example in the case of
Jacob, Genesis 30 v 40 -43 the man became
exceedingly great.
To become exceedingly great requires a
special act of the covenant keeping God;
because the way that Jacob became
exceedingly great could be traced back to
Genesis 28 v 10-22 when he was running
away from home and had a dream, you
remember the dream?
He slept, he saw a ladder going to heaven,
angel ascending, descending, and God spoke
to him and said I am the God of your father
Abraham, not Isaac now, God of your father
Abraham is the one I had a covenant with
and because of that covenant I had with
Abraham, I will make you exceedingly great.
What was it that God did?
God just gave him an idea, one single idea; if
any animal is pregnant and you put this kind
of wood before the animal, this is the kind of
children the animal will produce.
That is the idea! And using that idea, Jacob
became exceedingly great.
I can give you several examples of people
who are exceedingly great.
Am happy my children said that greatness is
not necessarily a function of material
possession; you can have all the money in
the world and be useless.
As they say where I came from; you can go
to hell with your money, you are not the one
feeding me, the one who is feeding you is the
one who can begin to control.
But don’t let us deceive ourselves there is no
greatness in poverty.
The messenger who says he is greater than
the manager is deceiving himself, correct or
So there is this man who was just going on a
stroll and he saw a factory and he asked his
driver, I think he was driving around in his
Rolls Royce and then he saw a factory.
And believe me honestly if somebody had a
Rolls Royce he must be considered great in
the sense of material now.
He said “what factory is that, that is so
The driver said “that is the factory where they
made Rolls Royce,
he said what?
The factory where they made my car is this
He said “drive me there”.
So he went to the factory and said I want to
see the owner of this factory.
They took him to the office of the big man.
So he said to the man, “I want to buy this
The man said “either you are drunk or you
are crazy, I mean because even the product
from this factory, each one cost a fortune and
you want to buy?”
The man said, “I am buying the entire
The man told him, “who told you I need
money, who told you I want to sell?
He said
“Listen to me I will make you an offer you
cannot refuse”.
Less than one hour later, the owner of factory
has signed it off.
Power passes power, Greatness passes
There is someone here tonight, when they
talk about you, they will say your greatness
is an exceeding one.
And the good example for that is Joseph.
That is why I read Genesis 50 v 15-20, when
God uses a single man to keep the whole
world alive, that is overflowing greatness, you
see because somebody said; Joseph made
Egypt great, because Genesis 41 v 57
The Lord says there is someone here tonight,
He said I promise you, I will not let you
You know occasionally you go to a meeting
and you go to a meeting burdened, because
you have a problem that only God can solve
and you don’t even see how you can get out
of the tight corner in which you find yourself.
And it has happened to me before several
years ago; I had a big problem and I didn’t
know how I will win the battle, it was a tough
And so we were going to have a program in
London and somebody was going to speak
before I speak, and I just kept crying within
me; Lord speak to me I want to hear from
And the man got up and was talking on
something and all of a sudden he branched
off and said that brethren, do you know that,
the summary of the book of revelation is that
at last we win.
And I know that is God is talking to me.
At last I win!
And God has spoken to me again tonight and
He may have spoken to somebody else too.
But God is saying I promise you, I will not let
you down.
Daddy says there is someone here tonight,
He said I assure you, you will not stop
Overflowing greatness can only come to you
by the act of a God who gives visions and
fulfill them.
And so I want to encourage the youth
tonight, you remember we spoke yesterday
and those of you who were not around maybe
you try and get the tape of last night.
When God gives you a vision, if it’s a vision
from God it is not likely to make sense.
It will be so big, it will not make human
sense, but if it’s from God, it will come to
So I am saying to all my children;
particularly those of you with big dreams,
don’t let the dreams die because they shall
come to pass.
The conclusion that I have in my note had
been mentioned by one of my children.
The greatest secret of overflowing greatness
is Holiness.
And like I told you yesterday, God who is the
ultimate Author of greatness is a holy God.
If you ask Him, Almighty God give us just one
word by which you want to be known?
It is the word HOLY.
The angles keeps crying holy, holy, Lord God
They have been crying it before the world
began and they are still crying it right now.
In fact I have asked the questions before;
Father can’t these angel sing another song?
He said that is the one I want to hear – Holy,
Holy Lord God Almighty.
That is why I am appealing to every one of us
believing God for the kind of greatness that
will overflow, the greatness that will turn you
to a blessing, not just to people in your local
government but to people all over the world.
You must be holy, that is it.
We have held a whole congress on that topic
before, we call it the MASTER KEY; it opens
the door to every other things.
If only you are determined to be holy, and if
you are determined to be holy, God will make
it possible.
Because, Holiness is very easy.
Holiness as far as you are concern is simple,
just obey God, that is all.
Obey Him in everything, when He ask you to
sit down, sit down.
Stand up; stand up.
Witness; witness.
Follow up, do it.
Give your offering cheerfully; give it.
Pay your tithe; pay all.
Honor me with your first fruit, go ahead and
do it.
Holiness simply means obedience.
That is why I have no problem with Holiness,
I just obey my Commander in Chief and I
have seen the results and I am telling you,
you go into a life of holiness and very soon
the world will know that the Almighty God
can turn nothing to something.
He can take next to nothing; the lunch of a
boy and turn it to something that can feed
thousands with left over.
He can take little in a single night and
promote that little to become a king.
And when he chooses you to be great,
nobody can stop you.
Like one of my sons said, if your making is of
God, no human being can break you.
Am believing God for every one of you who
are here tonight and everyone who is
younger that I am is a youth. So if you are
younger than seventy two you are a youth
but if you are older than seventy two then
you are old.
But I am speaking to all the youth here
tonight, in the Name that is above every
other name, in the name of my God, the Lord
Jesus Christ; you shall be over flowingly
Which is while if you are here tonight and
you have not yet given your life to Jesus
Christ, you have not started the journey to
greatness, your sins must be gone before
God can say alright now, let’s begin to move
you to greatness.
So if you are here and you have not yet
surrendered your life to Jesus Christ and you
want to do so, so we can pray for the
salvation of your soul and your greatness can
Begin to come now and talk to the Almighty
God; ask Him to please have mercy on you,
save your soul, wash you clean in his blood
and promise him from now on you will follow
him, you will serve him and you will do His
will all the days of your life.
The rest of us will you please stretch your
hands towards these people and pray for
them, ask that the One who save your soul
will save their souls also.
Let’s pray for them that the Almighty God, the
Ancient of days will be merciful to each and
every one of them and wash them clean in
His blood today.
Please intercede for them, that all their sins
will be gone, that every sin that could stand
between them and greatness, that the blood
of Jesus will wash away even sin tonight.
Father Almighty we want to thank you,
Ancient of days we give you all glory and
honor for your word.
Please accept our thanks in Jesus name, we
are committing, these your children that have
come, to your hands; please receive them in
Jesus name, save their souls in Jesus name,
with the power that is in your blood my
Father and my God, wash them clean in
Jesus name.
Write their names in the book of life and I
pray Lord God Almighty that they will serve
you for the rest of their lives in Jesus name.
Thank you my Father and my Lord, in Jesus
mighty name we have prayed.
I am rejoicing with you today and I want to
promise you that from now on I will be
praying for you, so I am going to need your
name your address and your prayer request, I
promise you that I will be praying for you.
1. 1. Father, Please don’t let me be the
enemy of my own greatness.
2. 2. Father, every enemy of my
greatness Lord, physical or spiritual
demolish tonight
3. 3. Father, myself my children, my
grandchildren, let our greatness be
known to the world.
In the Name that is above every other name,
all your prayers shall be answered.
You will not be the enemies of your own
And every enemy of your greatness physical
or spiritual, whether they are from your
father’s house or from your mother’s house,
from your husband house, from your wife’s
house, every enemies of your greatness shall
be destroyed tonight.
Your greatness shall be known all over the
world and your children will be greater than
you and their children will be greater than
From now on in every generation following
you there shall be overflowing greatness.
So shall it be in Jesus Mighty Name we have
Let someone shout halleluiah!

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