General Overseer, Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye on Sunday celebrated his 40th year in the ministry alongside his wife at a Thanksgiving service with the theme: “Sunrise”

Adeboye relived how he objected to his selection to be a pastor by the founder of the church, the late Rev. Josiah Akindayomi 40 years ago.

He said he and his wife, Pastor Folu Adeboye, had to fast for 14 days for God to take away the mantle off him.

Adeboye who said there have been cases of betrayal in his 40 years as head of the church said the journey had been smooth because God has been the driver.

Adeboye, who appreciated his wife for being the pillar of support, said the journey had not been easy and smooth.

He recalled that there were pains, agony, sorrow and betrayals, saying: “What kept us going has been the privilege to hear from God directly. There is a need for people to develop the capacity to hear from God directly.

“At the time I became the G.O., there were several issues. We struggled to pay salaries of about 39 members of staff. As a lecturer at the University of Ilorin, I had a Toyota, which I sold at a point in time to be able to run the church.

“It was 39 parishes with 39 different issues to tackle. But today, we can look back and return all glory to God, who has sustained us thus far.”

“If I am to give you a summary of what the journey has been these last 40 years, I will be lying to you to say things have been smooth and easy. There have been times of pain, agony, sorrow and betrayal.

He told his members not to be afraid of anything in life.

“Why? Because my daddy said the Redeemed Christian Church of God is mine. I can take care of my own. I will take care of my own. God will take care of you,” he said.

Speaking on the theme, ‘Sunrise’ the man of God said “Sunrise is different from a new dawn. Sunrise means a new beginning of glory. For you first born, a new beginning of glory starts now in Jesus Name.

“Sunrise spells joy. In the Name that is above every other name, your joy begins now. I decree, the one who is my source will be your source in Jesus Name. I decree to those of you that are small now, in the Name of the One who sent me, you will be greater than you can think.lp

“Whatever has been causing you to worry, in the Name that is above every other name, it will end today. I decree for all of you my children, concerning all that you do in every facet of your life, you will go higher in Jesus Name.”

He charged his followers to love God the more, saying, “the more you love God, the more He corrects you. The closer you get to God, the stricter he becomes. Our God is holy. Don’t mess with Him.”