The Power of Divine Purity : Bishop Oyedepo
Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.
2 Timothy 2:19,21
2 Timothy 2:19,21
A condition must be fulfilled before you can work the miraculous. I call it another foundational stone for life in the miraculous. That pivotal factor is purity. Purity is the gateway to life in the miraculous. It will guarantee unending manifestations in your life and cause the power of God to flow unhindered through you.
Although signs and wonders are the heritage of all saints, the power to bring it about only flows through sanctified vessels. We see a clear picture of this in the time of Elisha. Gehazi his servant was destined to obtain a double portion of his anointing, but he lost it to sin.
When Gehazi was given the rod of his master to go and raise the Shunammite woman’s dead son in 2 Kings 4, the rod would not produce. The reason was not very clear then. But it became glaring later, when he pursued after Naaman for a talent of silver and two changes of garments. It was then that the corruption in the heart of Gehazi was revealed.
There will be no manifestation of signs and wonders until corruption in all its ramifications is dealt with. If the rod could not produce in Gehazi’s hands, then it will not produce in the corrupt hands of any believer either. And as I say often, until sin goes, signs will not flow. Sin, whether in the heart or in deed, is a major hindrance to the flow of signs and wonders. Jesus said:
He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
The phrase: “I will manifest myself to him” simply means, “I will bring him to the realm of the miraculous, to the realm of supernatural manifestations.” But it is on the condition that you keep His commandment of purity. If you, however, refuse to keep His commandment, you are automatically disqualified for supernatural manifestations.
Jesus for instance, could boldly declare, “Which of you convinceth me of sin?”(John 8:46) because He was a man of purity, a sanctified vessel. As a result, He enjoyed supernatural manifestations throughout His life here on earth.
Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad.
The place of purity in manifestations of signs and wonders cannot be overemphasized, because it controls the release of the power you require to do signs (Mark 16:15-18). Therefore if you are not a lover of purity, you can not be a candidate for God’s power.
The Virtues Of Purity
There are three powerful instruments, among others, which guarantee the flow of miracles; and all three are enhanced by purity. The first is:
And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:
There are mysteries in God’s kingdom: mysteries of abundance, divine health, success, etc. Understanding these mysteries is your heritage as a saint. Your access can, however, be blocked by sin; and instead of having insight into the mysteries, they remain in parables to you. You are then considered as being without, an outsider; and outsiders don’t have access to inside stories, only insiders do.
Revelation 22:15 sheds more light on those who are without.
For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
Those without are dogs. And who are dogs?
But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.
2 Peter 2:22
2 Peter 2:22
Dogs are those who return to their vomit. Try as you may, your dog cannot have access to certain information about you. For instance, your dog does not know your bank account number or how much you have in the bank. It is just not possible to confide such “inside stories” to your dog.
When you are a Christian who says, “Lord, I am sorry” today, but returns to the same sin on another occasion, God considers you a “dog” Christian! And as long as you remain a “dog”, you cannot gain access to the secrets in the Word of God, which is the power that controls the miraculous (Heb.1:3).
In Exodus 4:17, God said to Moses:
And thou shalt take this rod in thine hand, wherewith thou shalt do signs.
So, there is a rod with which you do signs; and according to Isaiah 11:1, that rod is Jesus Christ � who is also the Word of God. Therefore it is with the rod of the Word that signs are produced. For instance, there is a rod of divine healing, which when you lay hold of enables you to produce signs of healing without struggles.
The moment you get the rod of divine healing, you have compelled your miracle to come. But the rod cannot produce when there is sin in your life. Look at Jesus for instance. The miracles in His ministry could be attributed to the revelation He had from God. He said in John 5:19, 30:
…Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.
I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.
So the things He did were a function of the things He heard and saw. But He also had an outstanding testimony of purity. I believe that when a man lives in sin he is limited only to receiving information from the Word, he never gets to the point of receiving revelations. Righteousness is what paves the way for revelations from the Word of God. And until you have revelations, you cannot provoke revolutions in any area of your life.
Friend, information is no match for revelation. One is earthly, the other is heavenly; one is of the mind, while the other is of the Spirit. And we know that:
He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all.
Here is a collection of testimonies from various brethren who gave up on sin, received insight, and obtained their miracles.
Boils Burst, After Forgiveness
“When I heard of the Signs & Wonders Week, I was prepared for it. But when I came for the service on Monday, I was in heavy pains, with boils in about five places all over my body.
When the Bishop said it was only holiness that would bring us close to God, I prayed (because he asked us to pray for forgiveness), then I asked for healing. I went home in pains and could not come to church on Tuesday.
I anointed myself, particularly the spots where the boils were. And by Wednesday morning, the boils had burst and I’m now relieved, with all the pains gone!”
Spirit Of Immorality Destroyed
“For about 12 years, I was held captive by the spirit of immorality. I gave my life to Christ in 1994, and when I read Proverbs 7:13-14, I began to cry. But this Spirit still didn’t go.
I then made up my mind to wait on the Lord in the Word during the Signs & Wonders Week. And behold,I was totally healed from the spirit of immorality!
Also, I suffered from pile since 1990. It first came as haemorroids. I took all sorts of drugs and native herbs. It subsided, but resurfaced last year and my anus was sticking out, causing me to dry up gradually. But this week, I decided to wait on the Lord for my healing. And now, I’m totally healed!”
15 Years Marijuana Addict Delivered!
“I started worshipping here in July 1996. I was a marijuana addict for about 15 years. I got addicted while in secondary school. I’ve tried to stop the addiction on several occasions, because my whole Family was against it. In fact, this has hindered me from attaining my goals in life.
But when I started worshipping here, I took the anointing oil after praying, and that was the end of the 15 years bondage! And since then, good things began to manifest in my life.
I used to work in the bank before, but was relieved of my job. I later set up my own company, an agro allied and food processing equipment company.
Since I started worshipping here, things have started flourishing for me. I’ve been getting jobs worth 200,000 and one million naira. Also, I was recently given a free�lance marketing post in a newspaper house, which can fetch me about 50,000 naira monthly.”
It is impossible to talk about signs and wonders without making mention of the anointing as a potent force. But the anointing works only to the degree of consecration in an individual’s life.
And he spake also a parable unto them; No man putteth a piece of a new garment upon an old; if otherwise, then both the new maketh a rent, and the piece that was taken out of the new agreeth not with the old.
And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish.
But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved.
The reason why the old wine bottle breaks is because the new wine, being fresh, is still undergoing fermentation and so is still increasing in volume. But the old wine bottle has reached its elasticity limit. So, while the new wine in the old wine bottle keeps expanding, the wine bottle can expand no further, and so breaks; and both the bottle and wine are lost. That is why Jesus said that to preserve both wine and bottle, new wine must be put in a new wine bottle.
New wine represents the anointing of the Holy Spirit and the wine bottle is the saints.
Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.
For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
If God anoints a man beyond his level of consecration, it may lead to his destruction. And since God is not a murderer, He allows you to attain a certain level of consecration before He anoints you.
Take a minister of the gospel, for instance, who refuses to deal with the issue of sin in his life. He will soon begin to fake supernatural manifestations. When he lays hands on people and they are not healed, he tells them, “It has happened, just give thanks.” But there was no release of virtue, no anointing; because until a man is purified, he is not worthy of the new oil. I believe, and scriptures concur, that consecration enhances the flow of unction, while corruption of any form dams it.