Secret of how Bishop Oyedepo dumped Kaduna ghost Church to build 50,400 capacity Church in Ota—Dr. Tobe Momah, MD

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Dr. Tobe Momah, MD, Author, S.I.T.

“And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha; thou art careful and troubled about many things”. (Luke 10:41)
In Luke 10:41, Jesus reprimanded Martha for being more concerned about her baking than the bread of life. Believers can become so busy working for the master that they forget they are His treasures—not the work.
Exodus 10:5 says “If ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people for all the earth is mine”
2nd Corinthians 4:7 says “believers have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God, and not of us”. You and I are called the apple of His eyes (Zachariah 2:8) and His peculiar treasure (Psalm 135:4)
The Spirit of Martha…
Dr. Tobe Momah, MD speaks against 'The Spirit of Martha'

The spirit of Martha is a spirit of governance and efficiency without intimacy with God that makes our spiritual journey listless and unsavory. This detachment from God’s presence makes early burn out and unfruitful living inevitable.
Still Waters…
The Psalmist said in Psalm 23:2 “God maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He leadeth me beside the still waters”. God is found more in the still places of life, than in the strife-filled or sweat producing arenas of human endeavor.
In 1st Kings 19:11-12, He was still in the still small voice and not the wind, earthquake of fire. It says “The Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord but the Lord was not in the wind and after the wind an earthquake but the Lord was not in the earthquake; And after the earthquake a fire but the Lord was not in the fire and after the fire a still and small voice”.
The GDA meets Dr. Tobe Momah during a recent visit to Abuja, Nigeria
Until we are still before God, we cannot still the avenger of our souls.  Psalm 8:2 says “Out of the mouth of babes and suckling that thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger”
The time believers spend with God should not be an afterthought at the end of the day, when they are exhausted, but the first thought and desire they have every morning. When Jesus chose his 12 disciples, “He ordained twelve that they should be with him”. (Mark 3:14). His priority was their presence not their performance.
Our priority should be to be with Him and not just work for Him. Our priority should be to make our life an offering pleasing unto him in worship and not in performing the three steps of a perfect worship service.
First Thing First (The Exodus of Israel)
Dr. Tobe Momah explaining more points to the GDA on how to serve God
When God brought Israel out of captivity, His first task was to make her sit down. He said, ‘shake thyself from the dust’…sit down, (and) loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion” (Isaiah 52:2). To the spirit of Martha, however, sitting to commune with God is a waste of time and energy. Rather than sit at the master’s feet, they would rather be busy working for God.
God wants intimacy not just involvements. A church that is willing to shake off the enemy sits at His feet and scatter themselves till God’s will is eventually clothed in glory. Isaiah 52:1 says “awake, awake, put on thy strength O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments O Jerusalem, the Holy city for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean”.
The Book; S.I.T.
Until we start sitting at His feet, we remain vulnerable to satanic self –help whims and caprices just as Martha did. The Church’s best days are ahead of her but first, she must stop the spirit of Martha and embrace the S.I.T. position epitomized by Mary.
A Tale of Two Church Buildings (The Bishop Oyedepo experience)
Dr. Tobe Momah, MD on dynamics of 'The Still Voice'
Bishop David Oyedepo is the Presiding Bishop of Living Faith Church Worldwide and pastors at the single largest church auditorium called Faith Tabernacle, Otta, near Lagos Nigeria. He recently celebrated his sixtieth birthday and when asked to recall any challenge he has faced as a minister, he poignantly recalled a building project the church undertook in the early 1980s, in Kaduna City, Nigeria.
He recalled that the church had bought some property in the Kaduna Reservation Area and every attempt to build on it was met with a failure. He was visiting the property one day when the Holy Spirit spoke to him and said “if you continue building this building, it will be the end of your ministry”. On hearing this, Bishop Oyedepo recalls immediately pulling out of that site and has not returned till date.
Kaduna-Lagos!
The Doctor & The GDA displays his books
On the other hand, God told him to relocate to Lagos, Nigeria in 1989 saying “Get down to Lagos and raise me a people”. David Oyedepo followed God’s leading, and in 1994, the word of the Lord came to him again saying “The harvest of Africa is now over-ripe, rush in and preserve it from decadence”. This prompted the African Gospel Invasion Program (A.G.I.P.), and a resultant explosion numerically in the Iyana-Ipaja, Lagos Church.
Ipaja-Otta!
Dr. Tobe Momah, MD, Living for Great Exploits in Christ Jesus
To accommodate the surging hundreds of thousands at their meetings, God directed David Oyedepo to Canaan Land in Otta, Nigeria where the ministry headquarter is currently domiciled on over 10,500 acres. Fifteen years later, that land accommodates a sprawling 50,400 capacity church building, a first rate private university called Covenant University, an international Bible school—Word of Faith Bible College International (WOFBI), a hundred bed hospital, banks, high schools and an elementary school. Other edifices on the ground include a bakery, water bottling plants and massive residential quarters that can house up to 15,000 families.
Back of The Book, S.I.T.
Bishop David Oyedepo listened to God and provided an oasis for his generation. If he had stubbornly kept pushing the ill-fated building project in Kaduna metropolis, that didn’t have God’s sanction, there may not be a global ministry that is celebrated today. He left the self-help project he wanted and followed the God-helped project God wanted. Through that decision, Living Faith Church has become a global force for good.
 (Excerpts from the Book “Stay In Tune” (S.I.T.) by Dr. Tobe Momah MD, FAAFP. Dr. Momah is a family physician working in Monroe, Louisiana where he currently serves as the Medical Director of the largest federally qualified Health Center in Louisiana. Prior to working in Monroe, he served as staff physician at the Louisiana State Penitentiary. He has more than 20 scientific publications and 14 books in print at present. Dr. Momah is the vision coordinator of Faith and Power Ministries with emphasis on missions, medicine and ministry. He lives with his wonderful wife, Rita, in West Monroe, Louisiana)

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