David (1Samuel 16:11):
“And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither.” Not only did age cover him, the wicked brothers covered him. They sent him to the farm to take care of sheep.
2.Moses (Exodus 2:3) “And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river's brink” When Moses was a child, as he was born, he was covered and put in a basket of Bulrushes. Bulrushes mean weeds and grasses. That is to say that some people reading this message were covered from their childhood. This covering affected Moses. In Exodus 3:1 “Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.” When God was looking for Moses, he found him at the back of the desert. Everything about him was behind, the back, reduced. I don't know who saw you as a threat and decided to tune you down. You are talking, but your voice is not heard. You are working, but the profit is not seen. Labouring, but no
3.Saul (1Samuel 10:22): “ Therefore they inquired of the LORD further, if the man should yet come thither. And the LORD answered, Behold, he hath hid himself among the stuff.” When they were looking for Saul to make him king, the Bible says he was found hiding in the dustbin. The question is, who put that man there? A tall handsome man; a soldier, a fighter, a Benjamite, a future king. Some of you, your certificates and children have been put inside the dustbin. God assured me that as I preach today, men and women will start shining. If the bushel is not removed, the candle will still be burning, but not shining. That is why you notice that you are working but no reward, laboring but no favour, you are good to people but they pay you with evil. Today, that bushel is removed in the name of Jesus.
Proverbs 20:27 “The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.” Proverbs 4:18 “But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.” It is tautology to say shining light, because light is supposed to shine. The Bible purposely used the word to describe that some people are light, but not allowed to shine. … that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. The perfect day is the morning. Psalm 30:5 “…weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” That is weeping may endure for a night, when the bushel is covered, but when the bushel is uncovered, joy comes in the morning.
FOUR THINGS TO DO TO UNCOVER THE BUSHEL
1.Faithfulness: Joseph was in the prison, bound, limited, reduced from shining. But he displayed holiness, faithfulness and loyalty. No matter how many years they have covered you child of God, if you show loyalty, holiness, faithfulness and diligence, the bushel shall be uncovered. They did all that they did to Joseph, but could not quench his shining.
2.Prayer: 1Chronicles 4:9 “And Jabez was more honorable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bore him with sorrow. Jabez took away the bushel by prayer.” Jabez prayed and God answered him. When you pray the heaven is opened. When you pray God will defend you. Prayer is the key to a miracle. Prayer is the road to God's house.
3.Favour: Samuel 9:5 “ Then king David sent, and fetched him out of the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, from Lo-debar.” Mephibosheth was favoured. The king, David sent and they took him out of Lodebar. Lodebar means abandoned territory. Some of you, life has abandoned you. But today, as the prophet of God, I declare that favour shall take you out of Lodebar. Do anything to get favour; sow seed, pray, be diligent to get favour. Favour is the opposite of labour. When you are favoured, you do not work like others. Favour is the salary paid by God that has no limitation. Favour means to be given what you do not deserve and to be taken to where others would have been.
4.Seed and Offering: Every time you want to get favour, sow a seed. Genesis 8:22 “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” I have seen favour through seed. Psalm 20:3 “Remember all thy offerings, and accept thy burnt sacrifice; Selah.” Live a life of giving and you shall be uncovered from the bushel.