Prophet T.B. Joshua, under the leading of the Holy Spirit, mobilised huge human and material resources to the Caribbean nation of the Dominican Republic in late November 2017 for a two-day revival crusade for the entire nation as well as a one-day pastors’ conference for ministers of the Gospel. As would be expected, thousands trooped to the public revival not only from the Caribbean but also other parts of the world. Similarly, the pastors’ conference was a big opportunity to “kindle afresh the gift of God” in preachers of the Word. To the glory of God, thousands received healing, deliverance, breakthrough and salvation at the events.
At The Dominican Republic Pastors’ Conference 2017, Prophet T.B. Joshua gave a sermon titled ‘BE SPIRIT-FILLED’.
He took his reading from 1 Corinthians 2:4,10-11 as he strongly encouraged participants to commit to serving God in Spirit in order to see the Word work wonders in their lives. He advised them to engage with God’s Word in an attitude of reverence and obedience. He said, “To be rooted, grounded in the Word, we need to search the Word and stand in reverence of it…. As we stand in reverence, the Spirit will be released. As we obey the Word, the Spirit will be released.”
Prophet T.B. Joshua further said that reflecting on the Word of God through the Spirit is a sure way to encounter the invincible power of Jesus Christ. In his words: “The Word takes the place of the unseen Christ. Meditate on it – it’s a visit with Him. The more we meditate on what we read, the more the Spirit acts on it…. I mean, the more the Word dominates our heart, the more it influences our conduct and character.”
Reading from Mark 16:18, Prophet T.B. Joshua spoke about how the Word of God brings about healing, deliverance and salvation. He said: “It is the Word that has taught us the value of the name, the authority of the name and our legal right of using the name Jesus Christ. God’s Word has priority over His name. We are saved by the Word. We are saved by the Gospel, which teaches us that Christ died on the Cross for our sin and rose from the dead.”
Prophet T.B. Joshua therefore advised the ministers to treat the Bible strictly as the spiritual book that it is, not as a secular document inspired by mere human wisdom. He said: “It is possible to know the Word and be sound in doctrine and never be converted…. It is not theory of the Word, it is not history of the Word that builds one up spiritually; we are only made spiritual by living in the Word and by the Word living in us. It is not only committing the Word to memory, which is valuable, but it is letting the Word become an integral part of our being.”