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Even as the current lockdown caused by the Corona virus global pandemic is being eased Pastor EA Adeboye the General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God has admonished his listeners and most especially members of his Church not to allow themselves to be mentally locked down after reopening the Church.

The governments of Lagos and Ogun States have decided to reopen Churches and mosques along side businesses within the hospitality industry as from Friday 19th June, 2020.

In a special message on Sunday the online media of the Church highly revered man of God in a proverbial message titled from Lockdown To Leaping Up Pastor Adeboye had bemoaned situation quoting the French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau that “Man is born free but everywhere he is chain”.

He explained there are situations in life that are worse than physical lockdown mentioning mental lockdown as well as physical and spiritual lockdown.

Spiritual lockdown, he said is the worst, adding that “The problem with mental lockdown is that a lot of terrible things will happen to the person so locked down, and the person will begin to regard the routine situation he finds himself as normal, as if that’s the best that could happen to him.”

He therefore warned the listeners to be aware of mental lockdown.

He said, “Beware of your mental enemies, those that could lock you down mentally so that after the lockdown you will be lifted up,” giving some Bible characters as examples.

The man of God said, “to be average is the enemy of being clever. Some people are satisfied with common sense but there are better situations.

Good enough is that the enemy of greatness. “If you accept good enough you cannot be great.

Continuing the cleric added that the greatest enemy of all is to think you are already great. You can be great but remain incomplete.

But the man of God was quick to show the way out by saying the journey up begins when you discover that what you think is good enough is not normal.

He charged the people not to think of good old days but of Better new days, and explained further that God reserved the best for the last and the moment you discover that you are on your way to the top.

“Abraham was great, Isaac was greater, Jacob was exceedingly great and Joseph was greatest of them all.

The man of God concluded by saying that people should pray if they needed to move up in life, saying, “The journey to the top starts from your kneels by telling God that you are not satisfied with where you are.

Earlier, Pastor Adeboye had commenced his message by commenting on the conditions spelt out by various governments especially in Lagos State that elderly and young people should not come to Church during the partial lifting of the lockdown for the Church.

He said, “As we will begin to enjoy the power of corporate prayer when the people of God will begin to come together, remember those of us who cannot gather with you like me and my wife and our grandchildren that very soon we will be able to join you.

“To those of you who are still at home I can still be able to reach out to you, and others can join us until they lockdown is finally lifted. With corporate prayers we believe we should be able to join you soon.

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