Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Six Reasons why strife and bitterness should be avoided

Strife is defined as ‘the act or state of fighting or quarrelling, especially bitterly… discord” it is bickering, arguing, being involved in a heated disagreement, and it shows up as anger rises.

2 Timothy 2:24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,

Ephesians 4:31  Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

James 2:13 For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy; yet mercy triumphs over judgment. (At the Judgment Day, no mercy will be shown to the person who did not show mercy to others. Mercy triumphs over judgment.)

John 8:7.  So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.


  • Strife comes to steal from us and we must exercise disciple on how to handle it as fast as possible. We must control strife before it controls us
  • Strife is dangerous. Satan sends strife as a demonic force in order to bring us destruction. Satan uses strife to break relationships, families, fellowships, friends, marriages, company partnerships, etc
  • Ephesians 4:26  Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: When people hurt  or offend us, we become angry. It is not sin to feel anger, but we must not act out of anger in an ungodly way and therefore sin against God. We must not hold a grudge or become bitter, resentful, or un-forgiving.
  • A judgmental attitude is an open door for strife. The bible says that mercy triumphs over judgment. Being judgmental makes one to start spreading gossips from person to person causing disagreements and strife. Without harmony and unity, God’s blessings cannot be experienced. Before we judge others we should stop and think about ourselves, bearing in mind that we are also weak in some areas and are not also beyond reproach. Let the one among us who is without sin cast the first stone. God changes things through prayer and faith, not through judgment and gossip
  • Work hard to ensure that Satan does not break any of the relationship you might be having. Always be open and willing to sit down and talk with the other party. Strive to always live in harmony with everybody around you. Psalms 133 says that God will command a blessing on a house that lives in unity. The devils knows this scripture and that is why he works extremely hard to make sure people are divided. He works hard to bring strife between us to separate us because he knows that our strength and our blessings are in our unity
  • We MUST FORGIVE others, so that we can be forgiven by God. If we don’t forgive, then we should not expect to be forgiven. Forgiveness is letting go even if you think whoever hurt you did it intentionally. Un-forgiveness will make you not get any deliverance. Demons work on legalities and un-forgiveness is a legal hold that they have to stay in you. Remember that there are diseases caused by bitterness and un-forgiveness. The devil knows the joy and the benefits of forgiving and he works hard to make sure we do not forgive others. It is up to us to ENSURE THAT WE FORGIVE no matter what.

Are you in a strife with someone? Are you bitter about someone or something? Forgive and run to Jesus now, you need help and deliverance.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Biblical truths about Food

According to 1 Corinthians 10:31, we are supposed to eat and drink all for the glory of God. Looking deeper in our way of eating and how we perceive food in our society today, leaves a lot to be desired. People say that a hungry man is an angry man. Well, that is a worldly saying meant to satisfy the desires of the flesh, but a spiritual man is supposed to exercise control.

Philippians 3:17-19
17. Brethren, be ye imitators together of me, and mark them that so walk even as ye have us for an ensample.
18. For many walk, of whom I told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:
19. whose end is perdition, whose god is the belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.

Luke 21:34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares

1 Corinthians 6:13  Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.

Genesis 25:31-34

31.  And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright.
32.  And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?
33.  And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob.
34.  Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.

When we make the stomach and money our God, we worship the god of the stomach and the god of money, instead of the Almighty God who graciously gives us food and wealth. We are supposed to thank Him for the food. Many advertisements are usually targeted on the belly; food has continued to be made sweet in the last days.
Stress for good life and good food have pushed people to do things they ought not do. Drunkenness and smoking is on the increase. Although people are being warned of the medical implications, they still continue indulging. Tobacco and breweries companies all over the world continue to thrive and report high returns compared to other companies like never before. These companies will never go down unless people get delivered.
Food businesses will never go down because people have turned into overeaters and many of us eat the so called fast foods, which do more harm to our bodies than good.
People even fight over food. The reason for the evils in the world revolves around the belly. Civil wars, post-election skirmishes, country fighting against another, family members fighting against another, even fights in churches are all as a result of people trying to gain control, power and to guard their interests.
Overeating has been attributed to most diseases e.g. diabetes, obesity, heart disease, cancer, chronic constipation (clogging of disposal system), stokes, gallstones, high blood pressure, high cholesterol  etc. Obesity causes breathing problems, increased sweating and backache and low life expectancy; the list is endless. Stop overeating.

A man of God should be able to withstand hunger in order to give oneself to prayer and fasting, which should be done in a consistent manner. This calls for control and dedication in order to get spiritual nourishment during this time. Esau sold and despised his birthright for one day’s meal. If Esau could not withstand going without food for one day, then is is evident that he could not even fast for one day.

There are so many Esaus out there, who despise their spiritual birthright and sell it to the devil in exchange of seasonal indulgences and rewards. Most of these indulgences includes food. Jacob knew the blessings that came with a birthright and he knew what he was actually asking for. Christians should also know the blessings that come by being called sons of God, heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ, because if they don’t , Satan knows it and he is looking out to devour them of their birthright and the blessings attached to it.

Eating the Wrong Food

Isaiah 55:1 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

Do not eat food that does not satisfy because it is not helpful to the body. Food like chewing gum, marijuana don't help. Such foods only keeps one  chewing, and sleepless because sleep senses are inactive to keep one from being choked. Baby pacifiers spoils the child's growth because all senses are waiting for the child to swallow something because the child is chewing. It affects the senses

Daniel 1:8  But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.

Daniel 1:12  Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink.

Daniel decided to eat only pulse and water, because God had given him spiritual understanding of how the food we eat has spiritual implications in our lives as Christians. Daniel also understood that it was not godly to indulge in wine and so stayed away from the king’s wine. We should only eat wholesome food for we will have to account to every deed to God on judgement day. Is food your God or is God your food? If your God is your food, then you have to be more concerned about your spiritual food more that anything else. Eat only to get energy

I have personally experienced constipation when I eat a lot of meat. I now understand why Daniel opted for pulse and water; the reason was so that his system could be unblocked, cleansed and replenished of the necessary minerals. Water helps in digestion whereas meat hinders smooth digestion.

Eating at the Wrong Time

Ecclesiastes 10:16-17

16. Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy princes eat in the morning!
17. Happy art thou, O land, when thy king is the son of nobles, and thy princes eat in due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness!

According to Ecclesiastes, young  men are not supposed to be kings, kings should be mature who are able to control their eating. Eating in the morning is not good. Breakfast means breaking the fast and eating low calorie food in the morning gives the stomach room to break from all night fast. On the contrary, some believe that eating heavy breakfast is good, but biblically, it is not.

Eat at the right time and do not eat because of drunkenness and overeating, but because you need to replenish energy. For lunch, eat more food because you are active and so the metabolism rate is high. Eating a lot of food for dinner causes excess fat to accumulate on your belly and your back because when sleeping you are inactive. Many people who are spending a lot of money trying to lose weight should embrace the Word of God and practise the ways of the nobles. There are so many expensive products in the market claiming to flatten the belly for those who have big tummies but the only lasting solution is God’s way.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Prayer of Faith and Intercessory

Mathew 17:20-21
20. And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
21. Howbeit this kind goes not out but by prayer and fasting.

The devil does not want you to pray because he knows what prayer can do. So he will create oppositions when you start to pray.

Ask yourself today what propels you to start praying. Find out from the following groups, in which group you fall because you know yourself very well.

  • Are you one that only prays when there is a crisis or a problem?. We are supposed to pray always (even before a crisis) in order to avert a crisis.
  • Are you one that prays in order to just maintain yourself? If your prayers are always revolving around you,they are selfish prayers. These prayers go like... bless me, bless my children, bless my job, bless my business, bless my cows, bless my vegetables etc. This does not mean that you should not pray for yourself, but all it means is that your prayers should be balanced and well directed by the Holy Spirit. We know not what we should pray for, but the Holy Spirit teaches us.
  • Do you sometimes pray for others, standing in the gap for others? Intercession should not be done occasionally but continually
  • Do you continually travail in prayers for others in the Holy Spirits, crying, groaning in the spirit, standing in the gap for others?. Then you are an intercessor.

All of us need to graduate to being intercessors. This  will cause a revival and a revolution in the body of Christ today.

Qualities of an intercessor.

  • Forgiving and pure
  • A real intercessor is one committed before God and committed to pray
  • A real intercessor don't gossip/slander about people and at the same time pray for them. You can't talk bad about your national leaders and at the same time pray for them. You either pray and not talk or talk and not pray. This is so because a clean well cannot give clean water and salty water at the same time.
  • An intercessor prays using the WORD OF GOD in FAITH, declaring and prophesying  the Word of God aloud in prayer. Our prayers should be made in line with the word of God. When praying you should remind God of His promises. This kind of prayer is effective
  • An intercessor understands that NOT praying to God is a Sin to God
  • An intercessor don't pray God to be given faith, but prays in faith since everyone is given a measure of faith.
  • Sets times for seeking God
  • Learns to be be sensitive to the Holy Spirit
  • Stands in the gap by interceding for others
  • Truthful
  • Not quick –tempered
  • Zealous for God
  • Has faith (Word of faith)
  • Fully equipped by the Word of God
  • Fasting is not an option to any intercessor or any Christian but it is a necessity. Prayer without fasting is like throwing stones to the devil. The devil knows the power of fasting and so he works very hard to ensure that we don’t do it. Christians are  are powerless against demons without the power of God. When we fast and pray, God breaks bondages and sets the captives free. Jesus told His disciple that some demons can only be casted out by prayer and fasting
  • Makes up the hedge: An intercessor sees when destruction is coming because he/she is a watchman who stands watching. The intercessor intercedes for the people before God to avert a coming destruction.

Ezekiel 22:29-30
29. The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully.
30. And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.

Ezekiel 13:4-5
4. Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes in the deserts.
5. Ye have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the hedge for the house of Israel to stand in the battle in the day of the Lord.

Do you measure up to the above list?. If you are born again, you should know that God has called you into intercessory ministry. Sometimes we are mistaken to think that only pastors and ministers of God should intercede for others. All of us should intercede for each other.

The greatest Qualities of an Intercessor are love and worship

If you have desired God’s manifestation in you life – JUST BE BOLD. When you are in trouble, just WORSHIP GOD, look BEYOND your troubles, look at the LIGHT, look at God and your dreams will come to pass.

Determine to go back to work and labour more for the kingdom; even if people TALK ABOUT YOU, be encouraged because your work is appreciated by God. Be Intimate with God by spending time alone with God. During this time, prepare yourself to get revelations, have a pen, a notebook and a bible. This is because as God teaches you, you will be writing down what He is teaching you. Purpose to spend time silently before God and get intimate with him. Let him change you and mould you

God inhabits the praises of His people. When you worship and praise, you welcome the presence of God. You can worship God in your prayer closet and dance for Him even when alone to welcome His presence. This is not only done at the church. Remember charity begins at home. It should start at our personal time with God and then when we go to church, we worship Him as a group of worshipers. Praise and worship should be our daily lifestyle because in it you set a standard in the spiritual realm.

Worship will cost you – Genesis 22:2. And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou loves, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.

Worship is getting into the INNERCOURTS of God’s dwelling. When you go to God’s presence, no matter what Satan is trying to do, you will get instructions from God, you will get God’s presence, you will get your protection and God’s glory

When you are having a hard time in your work, don’t murmur, or complain, instead praise God and worship and you will see wonders happening.
It is important what you listen to because what you get in is what you get out (take care of programs you watch, and listen to). Your input determines your output.

Lastly, You cannot manage to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17  Pray without ceasing), if you are not propelled by love for the lost, for the hurting, for the homeless, for the prisoners, for the nation, for the family, for the church etc. the list is endless. All things will cease but love will never cease. If you LOVE, your prayers will NEVER CEASE.

1 Corinthians 13:8  Charity never fails: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Quitters Never Become Winners

Zacharia 9:11-12
11. As for thee also, by the blood of thy covenant I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water.
12. Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even today do I declare that I will render double unto thee ( I will restore to you double) ;

You must have the right attitude, the attitude should be; "I cannot be defeated and I will not quit." The devil really makes you give up on good things by bumping on you. It is easy to plan, but we have to decide to DO it. Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and aacceptable, and perfect, will of God

Hope is a positive attitude. Be a prisoner of hope. Your attitude also has to get saved, your mouth has to get saved. Your feelings have to get saved. Words are containers for power either positive or negative. You can either give God the right to work in your life or give the devil the right to work in your life. Don't ever let the devil capitalize on your attitude and therefore allow him carry out his work using the loophole created by your.

Hope is favorable expectation. Evil forboarding or premonition is having the mind that a bad thing is going to happen all the time. If you are a believer, you should not dread something bad is about to happen, but instead you should purpose to start thinking that good things will happen to you. Determine to have every single thing that Jesus died for us to have. Do you expect God to move in your life?

God is faithful because when we are in Him there is no loss. For any woes that we may face in the process of becoming the prisoners of hope, he then comes back in due season and repays us double. Be determined because God restores to His people. If He was able to restore to Job he can also restore to you.

I once lost KS. 9000. Severally I used to ask myself why it happened to me because I was and have been a faithful tither. Its like the devil was mocking me, but to make him mad, I didn't lose hope, but instead continued to tithe faithfully and hopefully. After about two years, God brought the man who had taken my money to me repenting. The man paid the money back in full and I saw the faithfulness of God.... hallelujah.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Knowing God

Daniel 11:32...... but the people who do know their God shall be strong and do exploits.

Ps 9:10 They that know thee name will put their trust in thee for thou Lord have not forsaken them that seek thee.

Ignorance is worst when it amount to ignorance of God and knowledge is best when it exercises it self upon. Every believer should understand that knowing God is the highest and best source of our strength. And the spiritual knowledge is the source of our strength.

  • God is our shield, protector, refuge in times of trouble
  • Provider in time of need
  • Healer when bed ridden
  • Peace in time of storm
  • wonderful councillor in time of confusion
  • alpha and omega - from day one to the last
  • He is all all
continue naming..........

Knowledge of knowing God will:
  • strengthen our faith
  • strengthen our source of hope and trust
  • increase our love toward Christ
  • suppliers us reasons for patience

Increase your knowledge in Knowing God by reading His word, seeking Him, meditate upon His goodness and He will reveal Himself to you.

At last we will become like the heroines and heroes in the Bible and happily say "l know whom I have believed and l am persuaded that He is able to keep that which l have committed unto Him.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Christian Legalism

Legalism means rules and regulations set up for church followers to strictly observe.

Legalism is a big problem in many churches, who make their own rules which are not there in the Word of God. Those who are under this bondage think that if they follow such rules they will inherit the kingdom of God by their efforts. We inherit the kingdom of God not observing any set of rules but by believing in Christ, dying to sin, crucifying our bodies and taking on the new transformation through the Spirit. The spirit of God helps us overcome sin.

As Christian we cannot be able to please God unless we subject ourselves to His will, which is the will of the Spirit of God. Therefore, when a Christian has subjected to the Holy Spirit he will be controlled by the Holy Spirit who will enable him live righteously  by doing  the will of the Holy spirit. 

Christians should be taught how to love God, so that the Spirit of God will help them overcome sin. Jesus died not for a religion but He died so that we can have an intimate relationship with Him. Jesus died so that the human race would no longer use set of rules of dos and don'ts, but to entirely depend on Him to overcome sin.

Legalists are usually critical, they are separatism; They are too high to be in a certain group. They are judgmental towards others.

Christians should be taught on how the love of God works. The bible says that our own righteousness is like filthy rugs before God. There is no way we can work hard to attain the righteousness that God requires of us and that is why He gave Jesus as solution for our deliverance.

Don’t be quick to tell people what is wrong with them, but give them time to be able to handle the truth as you speak it. Let the spirit of truth guide that person to all truth and transmit everything to the person from God. This is because if we tell people what is wrong with them, they may take it the wrong way or even hate salvation, but the moment we let truth enter their hearts, then they will be set free because the bible says that you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.

So, instead of using legalism as way to trying to justify ourselves before God or trying to judge others, let love be used as the only weapon to win people to Christ and even to help sustain Christians in Christ.

Legalism is dangerous because it traps the victim into a vicious cycle, whereas the victim thinks he is doing the right thing. Christians should vigilantly read the Word of God so that they are aware of what the word of God says about every situation.

John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
This verse shows that Christians should not allow themselves to be under slavery of the law because Jesus delivered us from the curse of the law. Instead, Christians should receive the grace and the truth that came though Jesus Christ under the new covenant. The only way Christians can obey God fully is by following the law of the Spirit of God and not the laws set by human beings

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Eight Secrets of How to Face Tribulations

  1. Praise God when in tribulations to welcome the Presence of God. When you welcome God, He comes carrying all your solutions. Acts 16 25 says, and at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. Acts 16:26, continues to say, and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed. The foundation of your problem will be shaken and you will get deliverance.
  2. Do not focus on your problem. Focus on God and God will focus on you
  3. Do not see how big your problem is, but instead see how big your God is.
  4. Draw God's attention first to yourself, then you can tell him about your problem
  5. Declare the promises of God concerning your situation aloud and in faith. Proverbs 18:21 says, death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof
  6. Believe: Having faith in God concerning your situation is a must. Faith provokes God into action. Hebrews 11:6 says, but without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
  7. Don't forget this verse in the bible; Jeremiah 1:12 says, then said Jehovah unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I watch over my word to perform it. This verse tells us that we have to see far and to see using our eyes of faith, because the farther that we see, the farther God will take us.
  8. Learn a lesson from your situation. We go though examination in learning institutions so that we are able to be promoted to a higher level when we pass. Similarly, When you are facing hard situations in life, it is a golden chance of being promoted to higher level spiritually if you preserver and overcome

Monday, March 15, 2010

How do I Position Myself for God's Blessings

Wickedness is real and oppression is real, but we have victory and will overcome the world even as we have faith.The word of faith will liberate you against the oppression of the devil. This liberation will make all your mockers agree that God has chosen to favour you, because whatever God has started He is able to perfect it.

Stand Still and Just believe
2 Chronicles 20:17
Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you.

Every time God wants to move in our lives, He expects us to be already positioned. We only need to take the correct position. We need not to fight but to set ourselves and stand still. When we are set, we need not fear because fear makes us vulnerable to demonic attacks. We should set ourselves and engage faith in God to see the supernatural.

Poverty is blindness
Poverty is blindness and when you are poor you can't see. If you could see what God says you should do and where God says you should be, then you would walk in abundance and not in lack. Open your spiritual eyes and start seeing who you really are in God. when you do that you will start walking in the abundance of God.

Position Yourself to Jesus to reflect His light.
The moon has no light of its own, the sun generates the heat, but the moon positions itself correctly to the sun to be able to reflect the light as a glorious moonlight. As we know, moonlight is always associated with beauty. We should be correctly positioned to Jesus to receive His light and then we reflect it to the world.

Fear God to be wealthy

Psalms 112:1-2
1. Praise ye the Lord. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord that delighteth greatly in his commandments.
2. His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.
3. Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.

Blessings begin with the fear of the Lord and delighting in God's law. Our children will also partake of those blessings and riches will abound. We need not run after riches ,but riches need run after us as we run after God, not caring about the riches.

Fear God to be Wise
Psalms 111:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

The bible says that in the last days people will move from place to place looking for wisdom. This quest for wisdom has not yet been satisfied up to now because it is only God who can fill that void in every human being. Those who fear God and delights (does) in his law shall be be wise, and have understanding. Daniel could understand all things than all the wise men in his times because he made God His teacher. God is the Scientist of scientists, Teacher of teachers, Lord of lords, Kings of kings etc

Fear God to be Preserved
Psalms 33:18-19
18. Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;
19. To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.

Psalms 37:18-19
18. The Lord knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.
19. They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.

Fear of the Lord guarantees you access to supernatural supplies, because God's eye is on you. Fear of the Lord keeps you alive in famine by feeding you. God also ensure He gives you an everlasting inheritance

Exercise Godliness
1 Timothy 4:8
For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.

You have to discipline yourself in godliness. If you have any bad habits that you are unable to break from, you have to discipline yourself to not be a slave to those habits by consistent practice of doing good. Remember Habits are only acquired/formed when you do one thing repetitively. So, train up yourself in godliness.

Feed your soul in order to prosper health wise
3 John 1:2
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

The quality of your spirituality is what determines the dimension of the prosperity you can enjoy – to the level that your soul prospers. Your spiritual prosperity is what determines your material well being. It is about having an intimacy with God, coming in line with God. For you to maximize your blessings you need to be desperate of more of God, have a desire to constantly please Him

Acquaint yourself with God

Job 22:21-27
21. Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee.
22. Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in thine heart.
23. If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles.
24. Then shalt thou lay up gold as dust, and the gold of Ophir as the stones of the brooks.
25. Yea, the Almighty shall be thy defence, and thou shalt have plenty of silver.
26. For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto God.
27. Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he shall hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy vows.
28. Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.

Your harvest is determined by your correct position with God. Get intimate with God. Acquaintance means to walk with God and Receive His law; it means to be in touch with what He carries.If you return to God with a quest for Him, you will maximize your harvest. This out rightly means that carnality majorly disqualifies us for kingdom prosperity. when we put away iniquity from the tabernacle we shall lay up gold as dust.

Where your are standing is what determines what becomes of you.It is not just the law, but you as a person is what determines the effect of the law of God in your life. Your acquaintance with God determines your prosperity.Your spiritual stability has a lot to do with your destiny in God’s agenda of prosperity in your life. God's harvest will answer to you to the level of your spiritual prosperity.

God shall be your defence means He will bless you, protect you and secure you from any hurt. People may hate you but they can’t hurt you because the blessings of the Lord makes rich and adds no sorrow to it. The bible say that God saw that Leah was hated and so He opened her womb. There are people who are rich, but don’t fear the Lord and so their riches give them more sorrows than happiness.

God knows us better - how we behave when we have money
God will not bless any man above his spiritual capacity because He knows that if He does, He will loose the man since he won’t be able to handle it and he will go astray. God knows us more than anyone else in the world and how we behave when we are blessed.

Every time God wants to bless you with more, He will first want to see how you behave with the blessings He gave you last. If you know something bad will happen to your own son you would not let it happen. Therefore, if God knows that many blessings will hurt/spoil you, He will not give you. He will only give you what you can handle. Whatever will destroy your destiny, He will not let it happen. Be mature spiritually and God will also treat you the same by giving you more harder responsibilities. Remember also that to whom much is given, also much is required.

Let God be your reason for living
Harvest is not in response to your giving, but in response to your living. Your lifestyle determines your placement with God. You are the greatest enemy of your life. The more you open up to God the greater your destiny becomes.

You must make quality acquaintance with God, quality intimacy with God and make the fear of God the guiding principle of our life. It is spirituality that qualifies any Christian for supernatural prosperity.

Job said that even if God slays him, he will still praise Him, even when his wife was telling him to curse God – God is my reason for living if he takes my breath blessed be His name if I can praise while he kills me I will. No matter what happens to a man of God the end is always brighter than the beginning. God gave Job a double restoration for the shame he suffered. Whatever shame you have suffered in the past God will give you a double restoration

Practice a lifestyle where, whatever pleases God turns you on. When pleasing God becomes your way of life, then everything about God excites you.

Know God, but not about God(Exodus 33:11-14 )
True spirituality is not a function of prayer and fasting. True spirituality is a desperation of more knowledge of God but not knowledge about God. Too many know about God (they only hear about Him), but very little know of Him. The more of God you know the more spiritual you become.

2 Corinthians 3:18
But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

God is a Spirit and the more we discover of Him, the more of his nature we reflect.
Exodus 33:14  And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.
Romans 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

If you don’t retain God in your knowledge you go carnal, doing things even not convenient for you to do, but you are doing them anyway. Knowledge of God is the answer to true spirituality. When you know Him you will be conformed to his image, as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Philippians 3:10
That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings

The more of God you know, the more like Him you become and the greater your access to all that He carries. Lay a sure foundation because if the foundation be faulty the righteous can do nothing.

Embrace the Word in order to embrace God Himself

1 Samuel 3:21
And the Lord appeared again in Shiloh: for the Lord revealed himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the Lord. 

We discover God in His written Word. Let no day pass without a true and sincere fellowship with Him in His word because we find God in the Word by eating His Word from the Lord’s table. If you have one hour in prayers use thirty minutes for the the word.

They are many prayer giants who are not spiritual at all, for example the Pharisees who just pray carnal prayers. Jesus said, I am the way the truth and the life. Jesus also said, sanctify them by thy word, thy word is the truth.

2 Peter 1:2-3
2. Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
3. According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

We invite His divine nature through the knowledge of Him, so that we can escape the corruption, the sufferings and the struggles that are in the world. The more of Him you know, the more His nature you invite and the more pleasures of heaven you will enjoy. When you acquit yourself with Him,

  • His law becomes effectual in your life
  • You lay up gold as dust
  • The Almighty becomes your defence and riches are in your house

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Seven ways to Live A Victorious Life

Give God first place in the morning

God is not pleased with second place let alone third place in our lives. Talk to God the first thing in the morning before you talk to anybody else or before you do anything. Give the first fruits of your day to God.

This is the same principle used when tithing to God. The first thing you do when you receive your salary is to set aside tithe/pay tithe, then you can use the rest. When Christians do this, God is honoured. The purpose of tithing is to teach us always to put God first in our lives (Deuteronomy: 14:23), which attracts blessings in our lives because God rebukes the devourer.

The first commandment entirely talks of us been able to give God the first priority in EVERYTHING in our lives.

God need our hearts first, then our sacrifices (Hebrews 13:15). This means we have to offer our lips, our thoughts, our words, our attitudes, our bodies, our hands, our feet for His use. God wants us to be as living sacrifice, full of zeal to serve and sacrifice to Him because the main reason God created us is that we may worship Him.

Psalms 22:3 says "But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel". This means that if we worship and praise God, He comes and inhabits with us. If you want the power and the presence of God, just worship Him.

Discipline yourselves to rise up early and pray

Mark 1:35 tells us that in the morning, Jesus used to rise up a great while before daybreak, he went out and departed in a solitary place and then prayed.For God to speak to us we need to rise up early like our saviour used to do and find a solitary place conducive to clear communication with God. Switch off any other line of communication and let God talk to you all alone in an intimate manner

Luke 22:39 tells us Jesus came out, and went, as his custom/habit was, unto the mount of Olives.

Proverbs 8:17 tells us that God loves them that love Him and those that seek Him early shall find Him.If we discipline ourselves to rise up early, the Word says that we will find God and must have a breakthrough in prayer. This consequently gives us a breakthrough the whole day.

Psalms 5:3 says, My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O lord, in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up

Exodus 24:4 tells that Moses rose up early in the morning, and build an alter under the hill, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel. Like Moses, let us learn to lay an alter and sacrifice to God early in the morning.

Jesus made it a habit of going up to the mountain to spend time with God. If you do something consistently for thirty days, it becomes a habit. If you are trying to break a bad habit, then you have to not do it repetitively and the bad habit will break. Likewise, to form a good habit such as prayer, you have to do it repetitively for a long time and then it will become part of you. Follow Jesus' example and form a habit of starting your day with prayer.This calls for a high level of discipline, and we are called to be the disciple of Jesus. The word disciple means someone disciplined in the teachings of Christ.

Joy and Peace

You can experience joy all day if you start your day by spending time with God, reading His word, meditating, declaring God's Word in your life and listening for His directions. The joy of the Lord is our strength and when we have it, it is contagious to those people around us.

Being busy and always on the run affects our spiritual lives because we cannot hear from God when we are not focused. Make confessions like, God's mercies and loving kindness are new every morning, this is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it e.t.c.

Spiritual warfare

The early hours of the morning exhorts serious spiritual influence upon human lives. This means that morning prayers should be compulsory and not an option because it shapes our day. With daily encounter with God, we grow up to be on fire today and tomorrow and so experience victory and dominion over the devil. Let not the race for material things rob you of the opportunity to capture the day

When wizards chant their religious prayers, counter-attack them with your prayers. We are all aware when wizards do their chanting and so should not be sleeping when we should be in battle. Don’t allow the workers of evil to chant their prayer without counter-attacking them. How can you contend with those who wake up at 5.00 am and chant demonic prayers when you wake up at 8.00am and say a heartless grace on your way to work? Being prayerless is risky at these end times we are in.

The mornings has ears and they do hear the voice of men and spirits.The word of God doesn't put any difference between living and non-living things. The forces of nature, which are seen, came into being because they heard the voice of God. The mornings can hear both negative and positive words and respond accordingly.

Wake up and confess positive things and good things about the day . Do not unconsciously collaborate with the workers of wickedness by confessing negatively because you will reap sorrow, tragedy and misery when you do. This is so because there is a lot of wicked spirits in the second heavens, which are ready to carry out wicked assignments when summoned by wicked agents as well as you when you confess things negatively. Exercise control by breaking the enchantments of Satanists. This will make your life too hot for the devil to handle. It would be impossible for wizards to operate when you are praying.

Make it a habit and eventually days, weeks, months and years will turn into a live of victory. Refuse to become a victim of circumstances so that God's purpose for your life will be fulfilled. Start to experience dominion by taking your prayers to a higher level.

Your authority (Job:38:12-15)

You have authority to live a life of victory and forbid the devil to torment you. Use the keys that God has given you to loose God's blessing upon your efforts and bind the evil works that come against the fruits of your labor today.

Your authority spans over entire work of creation (even animals, sun, moon etc). All things are under your control including spirits. God expects us to use that power to the maximum. If the devil realizes you don't know your rights he exploits it.

Command the morning in order to arrest the tide of wickedness. Seeing that the book of Job tells us to shake that wickedness from the earth, it shows that wickedness is entrenched in the heavenlies. If we fail to take action, wickedness will remain in place or overpower us as we sleep. Many lives have been lost, many homes and marriages wrecked, innumerable destinies cut short and accidents organized. Our ignorance will make evil to continue operating unabated.

Spiritual Hindrance in the 2nd Heaven (Daniel 10:12-13, 20)

Many people pray but do not have a testimony to show because when they pray, God sends the answer down from heaven, but a spiritual roadblock which exists in the second heaven hinders the answer from coming down. Ancestral spirits rise up as a formidable force to hinder angels of blessings from bringing miracles and breakthrough down to earthly recipients. When such a barricade is erected, blessings are hindered and miracles are delayed.

Instead of complaining about the delay, Christians should pray consistently like Daniel prayed without getting tired. We need to pray, push, push in prayer until we get a breakthrough because stubborn ancestral spirits are not willing to let go.We need to call the fire of God. The moment your prayers ascend unto heaven through the vehicle of the chariot of fire it will penetrate the toughest of resistant barriers.

Deep Knowledge of God's Word

Going deep in the scriptures determines between living and dying, enjoying victory or suffering defeat, living in abject poverty or enjoying wealth

Deep knowledge of God's Word moves your life forward by fire. It empowers you to posses your inheritance in God.

For you to prophesy the Word of God to your life in prayer, you need to know the Word of God and whatever you prophesy aloud with your mouth must come to pass because you do it in faith.

Do not fear the Storms of life as a Christian

Mark 4:35-41

Storms of life are always in our life and God is always aware of them. It does not mean that God does not care about us, but he expects us to raise our faith in Him for every storm that comes in our life. We are not supposed to expect God to remove the storm but to help us stand and go through the storm and not for the storm to carry us over.

Storms are catalyst of our faith. They help our faith grow from one level to another. Therefore, for us to grow we need to face problems so that we can learn to depend on God to take us through. That is when we are able to see the mighty power of God in action in our lives and that is when we are in a position of praise Him for every victory we get in this journey of faith.That is the reason why the bible says that it is impossible to please God without faith. We need to exercise our faith to build spiritual muscles just as we exercise our body to build our physical body muscles.

All that you have to remember is that when those storms of life comes, Jesus is always with you but He need us to tell Him, and depend on Him. we do not solve anything by fearing, because fear is the opposite of faith. We must believe that when we call on Jesus we get an answer

Love of Christ is Evident

People in the world give gifts, but I doubt if any of them would be willing to give any of their children to die for a sinful world. God shows his love not only by words but by his action, but giving HIS ONLY SON to die for us on the cross was the ultimate prize that God had to pay for our redemption

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

  • Downfall of man - After the fall of Adam we all became sinners by birth ( by default) and were separated from God by our sins. Being separated from God our Father was the worst blow a human being could ever get. Since God judges righteously, He had to look for a righteous way to bring back man to himself. Man has sinned and needed to pay the debt of his wrongdoings by death penalty.
  • Reconciliation back to God - Jesus was sent to do the work of reconciling fallen man back to God. Jesus died on the cross to pay for us the debt that we were supposed to pay by death. He did this by shedding his blood on the cross and then redeeming us from the prison we were. He already paid the debt and we need not continue being condemned to death by receiving Him as Lord and saviour
  • Receiving Christ - Receiving Christ and confessing Him as Lord and saviour is like receiving the gift that God gave us in the person of Jesus Christ. Rejecting Him is tantamount to signing our own death sentence and eternal damnation. Jesus came not to condemn us, but he came so that we may have life everlasting. Since God is loving He had to give us a way to go back to Him and have fellowship with Him
  • No Excuse - It is appointed for a man to die once and then after that to face judgement. Since God is a righteous judge, he will judge us righteously. Those who reject God's redemption plan will also be judged accordingly, because there will be no excuse at all for having rejected Christ the hope of glory. Remember that God's case has no appeal.