By Wilson Adekumola
Special Assistant to the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God on Evangelism, Evangelist Johnson Kalejaiye has talked about his challenging upbringing disclosing that he once sold Fufu a by-product of cassava to survive as a young man.
He made the disclosure at the 9th anniversary of the Wealthy Place Parish of the RCCG located on 35, Kadiri Adebambo Street, Amikanle Via AIT, Lagos on that Saturday, July 21.
Kalejaiye who ministered in an open air crusade at the event on the theme “Divine Intervention” said, man cannot survive if there is no divine intervention in his life. He said, “We need divine intervention because we cannot do it alone. For the fact that someone starts very well does not mean he will end well. This is not time to grumble over your situation. The challenges of now are not meant to pull us down but to take us to the next level. The journey to testimony begins with problem. Stop crying out to that stubborn situation but cry out to the Lord Jesus Christ to invite divine intervention.”
While urging his listeners to embrace the good news of Jesus he said, “Your help is not from abroad it’s from above. You don’t need to go to U.K before you can be ok. You don’t need to go to France before you meet your fiancé. All you need is to cry out to God and there will be divine intervention, a help from above.”
He noted that a closed mouth is a closed destiny adding that “It is not about revenue it is about revelation. When God gives you revelation, revenue will come in. Provision is from God when you have vision. Vision without provision is equal to Television.”
Quoting the book of Matthew 11:28, He said “If you want the Lord to give you rest you must surrender and rededicate your life to Him.”
After his explosive sermon, the 62 year old regional evangelist of RCCG, made an altar call and within a twinkle of an eye the podium was flooded with hundreds of participants who had decided to surrender their lives to Jesus. It was an inspiring moment.
The senior pastor of the parish, Ayo Idowu, said, “We look at the fact that everyone needs God’s attention in one way or the other. When you talk about divine intervention you are definitely talking about God. We want more things to happen in this locality and we asked for divine intervention. The idea behind this crusade is this, sometime in 2009, I prayed about things that we make His glory shine on this church, making the church to be what God wants it to be, the spirit revealed that we should invite Pastor J.T Kalejaiye.
“Though we thought it could be difficult to get him but when it is time, God made it possible. As a matter of fact, the church has effected change in this community. This place was a bush before where the urchins and social miscreants resided to perpetrate evil. To God be the glory we are able to reduce that. The church has been a moral institution that impacts the community. I don’t know how long I am going to be here but from the foundation we have laid, I see the church growing bigger both physically and spiritually. I see the church expanding and propagating the gospel”, he disclosed.
The parish was established in July 19, 2009, it came out of RCCG, House of Prayer for All Nations, located at Mafoluku Oshodi-Lagos. The initial plan was to buy the land to resell and buy another one at Mafoluku but the vision of the church to plant churches in local area that are not physically close them prevailed.
The crusade organizing committee Chairman, Michael Adegboye, says having Pastors J.T. Kalejaiye as the guest minister is awesome. “When I told some of my friends the astute man of God would be the guest speaker he asked me how big is my church. Some people never believed until they saw him and they have confessed today that his message has totally transformed their lives. They have retraced their step back to Christ.”
The choir master, Oluwaseun Ogunniyi says. “I am happy to be part of this event. I fell like never before because I’m blessed with the message. My passion to follow Jesus has increased and no going back. I want to use the opportunity to express my concern about this church. I observed that the church is growing and we need more hands in terms of workers and instrumentalists. The key thing that gladdens my heart is that God has proved His presence here. From what I have seen today, I implore people not to be religious but be a true worshipper. Let them live their lives as Christ lived it.”