Sunday, 19 December 2010

The Love of Father God

“Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.” (1John 3: 1).

God is a God of love,
His nature is love.
He cannot but love and cannot operate outside love.
Everything God does is based on His love for us,

It was his love for us that made Jesus took on flesh and became one with humanity.
It was his love for us that made Jesus become sin and in our place died on the cross, went into the lowest part of the earth and paid in full the penalty for our transgression.
It was His love for us that drew us near to God and enabled us to believe and to accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour and by His love He made us sons of God.

Having a good understanding of God’s love and the extent which He went to demonstrate that love will strengthen our relationship with Him;
it will empower us to engage life with boldness, and to look to the future with assurance.

God’s love is eternal: by His eternal love, it means that He cannot but love and He can never stop loving.
We know that there was never a point at which He stopped loving anybody. So even while we were living our lives without any regard for Him, He continued to love us.
He had never stopped loving.

Also by His eternal love, it means that His love for us is unchanging and unconditional, that is to say, there is nothing we can do to make Him love us more and there is nothing we can do to stop Him loving us.
We cannot merit God’s love, and we cannot make Him stop loving us.
We must never think that by living right, by giving to the poor or by being involved in some charitable work or the work of the ministry, God will love us more.

The nature of the love of God is that even without all these things, He loves us all the same.
When we do all the right things, they are for our own benefit and not for God’s benefit.
Nothing we do can change God in any way, whether good or bad.
What we do can only affect us, they make us experience more of God’s love or they keep us further away from it.

There are two forces in operation in the world; the force of good and the force of evil.
The force of evil which is satanic is behind curses which results are sickness and all diseases, barrenness and miscarriages, poverty, insanity, misfortunes and the lack of ability to achieve any meaningful thing in life.
The force of good is behind blessing which is the function of the work of redemption.
In redemption we have victory over curses and all the devises of Satan.

Never forget that what happens to any man is always determined by these two forces however, it is the man’s own behaviour or choices that determine which of these forces can have control over his life.
You must come to understand that every behaviour or action of man and every choice that he makes has its consequences.

God will never curse any man; curses already exist, they are the by-product of disobedience.
They come automatically through disobedience.
Everything in life operates under a law.
There are two laws that govern our wellbeing: the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus and the law of sin and death.
The force of life flows naturally when we accept the love of God and obey God but death is let loose when we operate under the law of sin and death.

God does not have to curse anybody; our behaviour attracts either blessing or curses. Am I saying that God never does anything bad to anybody?
Yes, He never does anything bad to anybody because both good and evil or blessing and curses cannot come from God, (James 3: 10-12).

If you are a child of God, and you walk in disobedience, He will chastise you as a father would his children but he will not put a curse on you to teach you a lesson. As a father, would you put a heart attack on your child to teach him a lesson? Would you make him bankrupt to make him humble? Or would you cause your daughter to have miscarriage to teach her the need to learn to listen to you?
God will never put sickness on you, and will not kill your spouse or children to punish you.
He will not make you have a car crash, lose an eye or become paralyzed to discipline you.
These are all the works of evil and not of God, (James 1:16-17).

Through chastisement, God will convict you of sin, may take away your peace to bring you to repentance, and may expose your sin to bring you to godly sorrow, or even make your prayer to be hindered but will not put cancer on you.

Behold what manner of love the father has conferred on us, love so rich, love so selfless, love enduring, love undying, love never ever so displayed.

(excerp from my new book coming out soon - look out for it)

Musa

Monday, 6 September 2010

The More Excellent Way - Part 2

1Cointhians 13: 1 - 3, 13

There are three Greek words that have been translated as love, but they actually mean three different kinds of love, they are Eros, Phileo and Agape.

EROS

Eros is the kind of love that exists between man and wife, it is sexual in nature. What happens in a marriage relationship is that the man’s first of all sees the woman, gets attracted and desires to share his life with her because she is beautiful, well built, and looks sexy. On the other hand, the woman wants him too may be because he is tall, masculine, handsome, and looking like the real man, and like he can protect her. Eros or sexual attraction is okay, it is also a gift from God and is very necessary in making a good marriage but it is not the excellent way, it is not the God kind of love. I suggest that nobody should want to marry somebody if he or she does not feel sexually attracted to the person.

PHILEO

Phileo is the kind of love that exists in a family. It is the kind of love that exists between parents and children, between brethren, between the children and their uncles or aunties, and so on. Family members care for each other, and are willing to provide, support and protect each other because they are related, they are a family. It is the family connection that is the motivation. With Phileo, an outsider cannot enjoy what an insider can get. Phileo is good, it is good to have a special place in your heart for members of your family but phileo is not the excellent way.

AGAPE

This is the kind of love that originates from God. It is actually the nature of God. That was the kind of love that God demonstrated when he gave Jesus. John 3:16; that was the kind of love Jesus demonstrated when he gave his life for humanity. It is eternal and unconditional in nature. Agape is the kind of love God commanded us to show to one another.

“A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another” (John 13: 34)

Agape does not love somebody because there is a relationship that connects them together either sexual or biological. Agape loves without a string attached. Agape is never mindful of nationality, colour, status, behavioural flaws or short comings, and it is never self centred. It is the unconditional love, the more excellent way, the God kind of love. Jn. 3: 16; Rom. 5: 8.

The characteristics of agape

Agape has no deception (without dissimulation). Rom. 12: 9. In other words, it is not facial or faked. It comes from the heart. It is not the kind that smiles at you when you are there but says something else about you when you are gone. There is no hypocrisy in Agape.

Agape is pure 1Peter 1: 22. It never wishes anybody evil, it does not think evil of anybody and it is not selfish. For instance, Agape does not go into a relationship just for fun, for sex, or for wealth. It is pure. There is Eros in every marriage, but as Christians, Eros should not be the only factor in our relationships. In marriage there must be a combination of both Agape and Eros. I have heard people say about their spouses, that ‘I am only obeying God marrying this person, I really don’t particularly like or feel attracted to him or her. Don’t know what they think about God, but He never gives to anybody what he will not appreciate. He says us too not to cast our pearls to swine because they are not going to value it.

Agape is fervent 1Peter 1: 22. In other words, Agape loves with intensity, passionately, and dedicatedly. Agape can be persistent; it never gives up on people. Agape loves no matter what happens. Heb.13: 1; Prov. 17:17.Sometimes the people you love the most are the ones that will hurt you more and some may never even respond to your love. Some of them may even be blunt enough to tell you how disgusting they think you are, and that they don’t need you, and how they hate you and wish you were dead. But agape never gives up. It keeps on loving despite all because it is fervent (ardent).

Agape is fearless 1John. 4: 18. If you love somebody with agape, you will not live with him in fear, I mean you will not nurse the idea that one day he is going to hurt you. In Agape, You will never live with the person in fear because there is no fear in agape. In agape, you will not have the fear of losing him to somebody else because there is security in the agape love. You will not be afraid of what people will think about your relationship with him, so your commitment to each other will not be a secret.

Agape is selfless. 1Cor. 13: 4 - 6; Jn. 15: 13. It places others first, it seeks to protect the interest of others; it seeks to make others happy even at the expense of self. Agape makes sacrifices for others.

Agape does no ill to its neighbour. Romans 13: 10. For instance, (a) agape will not say or do anything that will harm or hurt another person; it will not destroy another man’s image or reputation. (b) Agape will not think evil of anyone and will not wish any one evil. (c) Agape will not defraud or take advantage of any one. (d) Agape will not stand in the way of another man’s success and will not fail to contribute what is in its power towards the success of another, it does not withhold a blessing due unto somebody. Agape does no ill to its neighbour.

Agape forgives. Proverbs 10: 12; 1Corinthians 13: 5. If your love for somebody is the God kind of love, you will find nothing too great to forgive him; you won’t hold grudges, malice, or bitterness against him no matter what he has done against you. Agape has the power to let go anything that is hurting, it has the power to behold an enemy and treat him with kindness.

Agape is a giver. John. 3:16; 1John. 3: 16 - 19, and it gives lavishly. Agape is extravagant in giving and it gives even to an enemy. Romans 12: 9; 20, 21. Actually agape treats no one as an enemy. It deals with an enemy as it would to a friend. Matthew. 5: 43 - 48; Ephesians. 6: 12; 1Peteter 5: 8.

Agape serves. Galatians 5: 13. It does not compete to be better than its neighbour; instead, it paves way for its neighbour to rise to success. John 15: 13. The servant spirit is about living your life for others and working to make other people comfortable and happy in life. Agape seeks to make its neighbour a better person; it does not strive to be better than its neighbour. We are called to be servants to all people; we all can be our best. Matthew 20: 20 - 25. To be a true servant, you must deal with the following. Firstly, you must get rid of self centeredness. Secondly you must get rid of your competitive attitude; I mean the one that will not mind pulling down another in order to rise. And thirdly, you’ve got to consider yourself of no reputation Philippians 2: 6, 7. E.g., your educational qualification, social status, family name or back ground must be sacrificed to Christ. You must be able to reach out to people irrespective of their background and no matter what you have achieved.

Agape is an intercessor. If you’ve got agape in your heart, it will not make you feel comfortable if your neighbour is not what you believe God wants him to be and you will want to stand in the gap to see him become.

The bible says in 2Corinthians 13: 5. To examine ourselves and see whether we are still in the faith. The yard stick for that examination is love. If love is not established in your heart, your relationship with the Lord is destroyed, and your faith is dead 1John 4: 7 - 12, 20, and 21. Without love, your prayers will be hindered. The very nature of God is love, so when you allow the love of God to feel your heart, you will be walking in the nature of God. When God says to be like me, or be followers of God as dear children, all He is saying is that you walk in love. Ephesians 5: 1, 2; 1John 4: 7, 8; Matthew 5: 46 - 48. As you walk in love, you act like God. If you walk in his nature, you will not walk in defeat, you will walk in victory. When you are walking in love, you are walk in freedom 1John 3: 14, 15. In the way of love, you cannot be overcome by satan, no demon can afflict you and no demon can prevail against you. Rom. 12: 20, 21. In love, you are covered in God’s fullness, and his eternal life works in you. So you can’t be destroyed the enemy. Ephesians 3: 17 - 19. And you can’t be under the bondage of fear because perfect love cast out fear.

Saturday, 28 August 2010

THE MORE EXCELLENT WAY (PART 1)

Text: 1Cointhians 13: 1 - 3, 13

The more excellent way is the way of love. Love is superior to the manifestations of supernatural powers. As fantastic as all the gifts of the spirit are, and we know that God desires for us to walk in them so we can be a blessing to people, however love is superior and more important than they are. We know that the devil can and does imitate the gifts; there are so much of spectacular manifestations out there in the world. Satan can perform them but he can’t walk in love because love is the very essence and nature of God. The Bible says God is love. The pillars that hold the church together and that connect the church to the Lord are faith, hope and love. Faith, hope and love are the core pillars of Christianity, anything that is done outside these will not stand. Faith, hope and love are very important in our relationship with the Lord and in our existence as a Church. However, of the three, the Bible says that love is the more excellent way. In other words, love is superior to faith and hope. Our faith and our hope are anchored by love. God wants our gifts and services to come out of love, love for him first and love for the people he has called us to minister to. The believer is called to be a blessing to all.

The great news is the fact that every born again person can and has the ability to love, for the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. He that cannot love knoweth not God for God is love. God desires that whatever we do should be motivated by love, love is to be the guide to the new creation. Whatever we do that is not born out of love will not receive God’s recognition or blessing. We must be people who love people irrespective of their background, colour, race, sexual orientation and religious affiliation. We are not called to only love the brethren but all human beings. We are not to treat any human being as enemy no matter what they do to us. Others may see us and even treat us as their enemies, but we are not to see them that way.

Ask yourself this questions: why do I do the things that I do, why am I involved with the people that I am involved with? People do things for various reasons, some of the reasons why people do certain things are:

1. So they can be seen to be involved also. (These seek recognition)
2. Some people do things To impress people, or make somebody happy. (These are men pleasers).
3. Some do what they do Because somebody else is doing the thing. (These are followers of people).
4. Some people are purely interested in the material or financial gain that they can get in the thing. (These people work for profit primarily, they are profit centred people).
5. Some people get involved in something because of the honour or prestige that is in the job. (These are position minded people).

Some people do the things they do because they love the Lord and For his love sake, some have left homes and families at his biding to a strange land, lived in tents, in caves and in huts, forsaking the pleasure of life. Some have sold their property, emptied their bank accounts and gave all they had to feed the poor, the widow, and the orphans. Others gave to the Lord to build for him a kingdom on the earth. Some in the face of death, rejected the offer of freedom in exchange for their lives and chose to die, and were beheaded, hanged or burnt alive because of their commitment to him. In their Love for the master they hold nothing back but gave all to make his kingdom great.

If you really love somebody, you find nothing too great to sacrifice for him. If you love God, nothing will be too great to give to him. The Bible says that whatever you do, do it as unto the Lord. (See Col. 3: 17, 23 – 25). If you want to do anything for God, and you want him to accept it, then love for him must be your motivation. Do not serve God because you want him to bless you, make your rich, have a husband or wife, make you get promoted at work, fight and kill your enemies and all that. He will definitely bless you when you serve him, but serve him primarily because of your love for him. Also, whatever you want to do for people, do it out of love and not for what you can gain out of it.


WATCH OUT FOR PART 2

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Hope Thou In God

“Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? Hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance”. (Psalms 42:5)

Hope is knowing that there is something out there for you and you are expecting it to happen. Hope is different from faith. Faith is holding firmly onto hope. Faith is the confidence that that which is hoped for will happen. Faith is the power that sustains hope when what is hoped for seems physically unlikely. Hope is the expectation for something in the future.

It is good to hope for something.
There is something more out there for you.
You are not finished yet.

Some people think that it is better not to be too hopeful about anything in life. They say that since there is no guarantee that what you are hoping for will come to pass, and that in order for you not to get hurt or disappointed in a thing in case it does not happen as you hoped for, that it is better to not hope for anything in life. They say, “Whatever will be, will be”. But you see, it costs more to live in hopelessness than in hope. Hopelessness will steal your self-worth; will steal your confidence, cause you not to dream and make you feel like a loser. Hopelessness will make your life a misery; a sad life.

Think about living without expectations in life. Think about living and not knowing your future will be bright. Think about getting into a relationship and not knowing what will become of it. Think about starting a course and thinking you might not finish well. Think about starting a business and thinking it will collapse. Think about setting out on a journey and not knowing whether you will get there. A life without hope is a life of misery.

Without hope, you do not have a future. Hope paints a picture of tomorrow. Hope makes you a fighter. Hope makes you look out for answers and solutions. It keeps you going. Hope keeps your spirit energetic. Hope makes you want to make all the sacrifices. the joy of living is in your hope for a great future.

HOPE THOU IN GOD

Monday, 26 April 2010

The Application of the Word

Joshua 1: 8
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success”

We all know that God does not want us to be failures but successful people. He wants us to be people of excellence not mediocrity. He wants us to be above and not beneath, the head and not the tail. He desires that as we walk with him and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, that we will be moving forward steadily and fulfilling his very purpose for our lives. God is not glorified when we are walking in defeat, when we are in lack and are under oppression and are failing in our assignment.

God gave us the Word that by it we can make our way to success. There are loads of anointed teachings and the revelation of the Word out there and we see that every now and then God is unveiling his divine counsel to us the saints, He is seeking for the blessing of the covenant to be seen in us but we see little of manifestation of the power of the Word in the saints. We see a lot of lack, mediocrity, broken relationships, and we see people being afflicted here and there, and it ought not to be so, that is not what the covenant says, it is an abnormality. God did not plan that for the new creation.

There is every grace in the Word of God, the Word has the power to transform your entire life and bring you to a place of great success but it is only in the application of the Word that the grace is released. You can never rise above your knowledge and level of your obedience to the Word of God. The value you put on the word will determine how much impact it will make in your life.

Acts 20: 32
“And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.”

You must note that because it is the will of God for you to be success in Life, God will from time to time speak to you on what to do or lead you in some way to bring you to a place of success. For the Bible says:

“Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go. 18O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea”. (Isaiah 48:17-18)

What God says to do may not make any sense to you, remember that the ways of God are not the ways of man, He does not operate within common sense but divine sense, however when you follow his instruction even when it does not make any sense to you, you will never fail, may experience challenges but you will definitely succeed where he leads you.

So as a believer, you must learn to be open to the Word and walk in it. You must learn to be open to the leading of the Holy Spirit and the instruction of God in whatever ways he will speak to you and be assured of the fact that God will never lead you to do anything to harm you. He says:

Jeremiah 29: 11
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end”.

The Word of God never fails; you cannot be walking in the light of it and fail. Believers fail only when they ignore the Word. If you obey the voice of God, you will not invest in a thing and not have dividend, you will not go on a journey and have an accident and die, you will not sow a seed and not have harvest. You may encounter challenges but you will eventually break through.

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

The Power of Expectation

Psalms 71: 14
“But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more”

Lamentations 3: 25-26
“The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. 26It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD”.

Expectation is when you are in anticipation for something to happen. It is good to hope for something. The opposite of expectation is despondency.

Your expectation defines the quality of your life; it defines what you will have in the future. When you expect nothing, nothing happens. When you expect to fail, you fail and become an underachiever.

It is good to have expectations but is even better to have positive expectations. Without a positive expectation in life, you live a sad life, you become depressed, you worry over nothing and you may even become suicidal. Positive expectation is what makes you feel alive, passionate and productive.

Faith is about expectations – if you are walking in faith, you’ve got to expect for something to happen. If you are acting on the word of God spoken into your life, you’ve got to expect something is going to happen. If you are sowing seed, you’ve got to expect the harvest. Faith makes a believer do something, I mean faith in God; the assurance of his integrity and in his ability and power to make good his word but it is the expectation of the believer that sustains what he has done. It is his expectation that creates the factory that manufactures the future or the harvest. The believer’s expectation releases the anointing to make something happen.

Romans 15: 13
“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost”

Through expectation:

1. You develop joy for living and are excited about tomorrow
2. You overcome fear
3. You are empowered to be a fighter, you are able to endure all things, and obstacles won’t deter you
4. You are able to pay the price; you know it will birth something. You don’t go all out for something unless you are sure something good can come out of it. Some of you don’t see the need to sow seed because you don’t understand the power of harvest.
5. Your present circumstances don’t suppress you
6. Your eyes are on the future, you walk with the future in mind

Renewing your expectations

Expectations can be delayed and when your expectations are delayed, you can become sick and may want to give up.

Proverbs 13: 12
“Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life”.

But you’ve got to learn to keep your hope alive and you can keep your hope alive by:

1. meditating in the word
2. recalling what God did for you in the past
3. learning to just praise in the midst of all
4. confessing what you are hoping for
5. continuing to sow a seed Faith towards it

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Understanding the Gates of Hell (Part 2)

Matthew 16:15-19 (KJV)
15 “He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? 16And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. 17And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. 18And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven”.

From my last note on this topic, I tried to show you that:

1. You are that church Jesus commits Himself to building; he took responsibility for building you up.
2. If Jesus is responsible for your life, the gates of hell shall not prevail against you.
3. Also remember that the word is the rock on which Jesus is going to build you, so as long as you are ordering your life and affairs in the light of the word; on what He says, the devil can’t stop you. The devil cannot overcome the word of God.
4. It is important to note that as a believer, you have the keys of the kingdom; you have access into the will of God for your life. You can bring the government of heaven into your situation.
5. Anytime you hear from God and you understand it, it is a key. When you act on it, you allow heaven to open for you.
6. Also it is important to note that as a believer, you are surrounded by a wall called salvation, by a wall of fire and by a host of Angels. The devil cannot access you except he can plant the gate of hell into that wall.

Now let’s look at some of the things that can create the crack and allow room for Satan the enemy to erect the gates of hell. The essence for this is so that you will deal with them and not let the devil capitalise on them and take advantage of you.

1. Disobedience to divine leadership

Disobedience creates a crack - by divine leadership, I mean what God is instructing you to do. You need to know what the word of God says about everything that concerns you; you need to develop the attitude of listening and obeying the voice of the Holy Spirit that lives inside you. God speaks to us through:
1. His word – The Bible
2. Through word of prophecy
3. Through visions and dreams
4. Through the sermons and teachings we receive via His ministers

You give room to the devil when you ignore or set aside God’s instruction to you and walk in disobedience. By setting aside, I meaning knowing the will of God concerning something and ignoring it and doing what pleases you instead.

The devil steps in any time you are walking in disobedience because that is his territory, that is the atmosphere he operates in and nobody defeats him in his own territory.

You are only able to withstand the devil when you are walking in obedience with God.

2 Corinthians 10: 4-6
“(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 6And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled”.

Actually disobedience equals to rebellion. Rebellion is equal to witchcraft. Witchcraft is about control, intimidation and manipulation. You allow the devil to be able to control, intimidate and manipulate your life, your affairs, even your destiny when you rebel against divine instruction.

You want to keep the devil out? Live in obedience with God and he – the devil - will never be able to stop you. He may try, but will never prevail. And remember, God will never lead you to do anything that will harm you.

Isaiah 48: 17
“Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go”

It may not really make sense, what He is saying to do, but if you can simply obey, you will put the devil where he belongs – under your feet.

2. Unforgiveness and bitterness
This falls under the law of harvest. We all know that God is a just God, and that He operates within His laws and principles. He has said whatever man sows, that shall he reap also. When you refuse to forgive somebody the wrong he has committed against you, God will not forgive you also.

Matthew 18: 23-35

If God won’t forgive you, he will be having something against you. If God has something against you, He will not bless you; he will not protect you and like what happened to that wicked servant in Matthew I8, God will release the unforgiving person to the tormentors.

The tormentors are demon spirits responsible for calamities. The tormentors can attack your health, can attack you in your mind and make you mentally ill, can cause depression, can attack your finances, and can even attack your relationship if they have the permission to do so. You cannot maximize your potentials; you cannot find full and genuine satisfaction in life if you are under the oppression of the tormentors and it’s your unforgiveness and bitterness that opens you up to them.

James 3:16
“For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work”.

Actually, the devil has right of access into your affairs whenever there is sin hanging on you and God cannot do anything about it until He is able to forgive you and God won’t forgive you if you can’t forgive your brother.

3. Marital problems
This concerns married couples. The Bible says that when we disregard or fail to deal with our spouses according to the covenant of marriage, our prayers will be hindered.
1Pet. 3: 1-7

According to 1 Peter 3, the disregard for marital values can make room for the devil to put up a gate of hell and block the flow of blessing into the marriage.

If you want to see God’s favour especially upon your marriage, then you’ve got to deal with your spouse according to the word. The man must love his wife and must be a responsible husband and father and must provide for his immediate house. If he does not do that, he denies the faith.

The woman must be submit to her husband in all things, show the virtue of meek and quiet spirit like Sarah the wife of Abraham who called her husband my lord.

You open your marriage, your family, and your business to the devil whenever you ignore or set aside Gods word regarding marriage and treat your spouse with lack of care, love or respect.

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Understanding the Gates of Hell (Part 1)

Matthew 16:18-19 (KJV)
“18And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven”.

Have you ever wondered what Jesus meant when he made that declaration in the passage above? I’d like to share with you my take from the passage.

The church

The Church means the body of believers; you and I make up the Church. So by building the church, Jesus is meaning he will build you and me.

The very day somebody becomes a member of the body, the Church, Jesus takes over the responsibility of building him up. He has a plan for every one of us and in relationship with him, he works out something and he brings us to that place he intended for us from the very beginning. A believer should conquer the fear of the future and not worry about what the outcome of his life would be. And it does not matter the challenges you are going to encounter in life; Satan may attack you, and sometimes may seem to be interrupting your life and you may feel like you are not making any progress but Jesus says as he builds you up, “the gates of hell shall not prevail against you” irrespective of them all. So cheer up in the face of the odd and all, your destiny is a guarantee in Christ Jesus, hell cannot stop it.

The rock

The rock, I believe in this instance, means the word, the word we hear and receive from God.

Mathew 7: 24-25
“24Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock”.

The word of God is the rock on which Jesus builds the Church. As a believer, it is important you know that the word is what will build and establish you. You can never set aside the word, live contrary to it and be victorious over Satan. As you walk in the light of the word, you are not only established, you are empowered above all the wiles of Satan also. You may experience the rain, the flood and the winds but they cannot stop your destiny.



Acts 20: 32
“32And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.”

As long as you are ordering your life, and your affairs in the light of the word, you are as it were being built upon the rock, and nothing Satan does can prosper against you.

The keys

The words keys mean the right of access. The keys of the kingdom means the right to access the Kingdom of Heaven, the authority to bring down the Kingdom of Heaven into a place, it also means Divine wisdom and insight to handle the affairs of this life, the ability to walk in the will of God.

So as a child of God and as a part of the Church, you can connect with the authority of the Kingdom of Heaven; you can bring heaven into your environment or situation.

The keys of the Kingdom of Heaven are given to the believer when he hears the Rhema word regarding any situation. You receive the key of the Kingdom of Heaven anytime you receive specific word or instruction from God. And anytime you act upon that word, you bring heaven or the will of God into the situation. And this is how the Church is meant to operate. Knowing exactly what God is saying regarding a thing and doing exactly what God says enforces his will there.

The gates

The word gate simply means an opening, a door, a gateway, or the entrance into a place. I suppose the gates of hell will therefore mean the opening or gateway that the forces of hell have created to enable them have access into people’s lives or affairs.

The gates also serve as barrier to keep unauthorised people out. Which means if the devil can raise a gate around your life, he can control who and what comes in and out of your life and will also be able to manipulate and interrupt your destiny.

To understand the mystery of the gates of hell, you will need to know that the believer has a wall around him; the wall of protection:
I. Wall of salvation around you for protection- Isaiah 60: 18.
II. Angels encamped around you- Ps. 34: 7 (Heb. 1: 14.).
III. Wall of fire-Zechariah 2: 5.

And the gate of praise is meant to be the access into your life. So anytime you praise, you open your life to God and the blessing.

Isaiah 60:18
“Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise”.
And Jesus is also meant to be the door or gate into your life.

John 10: 6-9
“Those who heard Jesus use this illustration didn’t understand what he meant, 7 so he explained it to them: “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who came before me were thieves and robbers. But the true sheep did not listen to them. 9 Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures”. (NLT)

Now, before the devil can have access into the believer’s affairs and spoil what God is doing, he will have to first of all crack the defences around him and put up gates of hell. Except the wall around you is broken, except the devil has got a loophole, he cannot attack you and prevail.

For the Bible says: “….and whosoever breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him”. Ecclesiastes 10: 8b.

Satan cannot have access into your affairs until you let him by breaking the edge.

If you are praying and are not getting result, it is possible that there is a gate of hell standing in the way of your prayer.

If things in your life continue to go wrong, if you continue to suffer loss, you start something and it continues to fail, it could be that Satan has an access into your affairs. May be he has put a gate so he can control what comes in.

Please note that I am not meaning that just a failure in a thing means there is a gate of hell into your life, we sometimes all fail in something and when we put more effort, we breakthrough. I am meaning when you feel like you are under a closed heaven and when you continue to experience a circle of failure or lose. I mean when things are just not walking despite all the effort, the prayers, the fasting and the seed of faith.

I will share with you in part two of this series how the gates of hell operate.

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Releasing God's power through forgiveness

Text: Ephes. 3: 20; Rom. 5:5.

The bible says that God can do exceeding abundantly above all that we can ask or think according to the power that worketh within us.
Ephesians 3: 20.

That power is the Holy Spirit because the bible says: ye shall receive power after that the Holy Spirit in come upon you.
Acts 1: 8.

That power is inside you because the presence of the Holy Spirit dwells within you. For the Bible says: know ye not that ye are the temple of God for the Holy Spirit dwells within you.
1Corinthians 3: 16.

The Holy Spirit that dwells within you can make anything possible but he is not moved by our worries, pains or needs. He is only moved by our faith. So to get the Holy Spirit to move on your behalf, you will have to exercise your faith.
1John 5: 4.

It is equally important that you know that your faith is empowered and made active only when you walk in love.
Galatians 5: 6.

The Holy Spirit is at liberty to operate only where there is love. The love of God is the Holy Spirit’s atmosphere for miracle.

Every child of God can experience miracle daily and walk in the supernatural because we’ve got love shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. As a matter of fact, you can not be born of God and don’t have the ability to love for the bible says that he who does not love is not born of God.
1John 4: 7-8

If you are truly saved, it means you have the Holy Spirit, and if you have the Holy Spirit, then you’ve got the ability to walk in love and if you can walk in love, you have the ability to release the power of God in every situation of your life.

Now, one fundamental thing about love is that it has the power to forgive.
Prov. 10: 12; 1Cor. 13:4-7.

What is forgiveness?
Forgiveness means to give mercy, kindness, compassion or pardon where there is need for judgement. It also means to exonerate somebody from blame or guilt for the wrong he actually committed.

The power to forgive is inherent in love. If you’ve got the love of God within you, you’ve got the power to forgive. In other words, you can provide mercy forehand and there is nothing you can not forgive. To a believer, forgiveness is a matter of choice. He can choose to forgive and can choose not to forgive. But that is not the case with an unbeliever because he has not got the Holy Spirit inside of him.

It is important that you realise that no body you are dealing with or are in a relationship with is perfect, which means, there is 99. 9% chances that they are going to do something wrong or offend you someday and you should expect it and make provision of mercy forefront. Does that mean you should be unsettled with your neighbour? No, the Bible says there is no fear in love, but perfect love cast out fear. 1Jn. 4:18, which means, if you are walking in love with somebody, you will not be anxious or be too careful with him for fear that you might get offended. No, in love you will not be afraid of been offended because you know that you are dealing an imperfect person, who can make mistakes and as such, you have made provision forefront for mercy.

Unforgiveness on the other hand means to deny somebody mercy and to hold him guilty for his wrong. That is not the nature of God, and it is not of love.

5 reasons why you must walk in forgiveness

1. Forgiveness falls under the law of harvest.
There are three cardinal laws in the New Testament:
i. the royal law Jn. 13: 34, 35,
ii. the golden rule Matt. 7: 12
iii. And the law of harvest Gal. 6: 7.

Because forgiveness falls within the law of harvest, if you do not forgive any body his offence, God will not forgive you also. Matt. 6: 14, 15.

2. When you forgive, you forgive for your own sake.
God himself forgives us our sins as the bible has said, for his own sake. Isaiah 43: 25. Why?
i. So that he can maintain relationship with us, he has a father heart and wants us to be his sons and if he cant forgives us, he will have to cut us off but he does not want to do that.
ii. He forgives so that he can have and enjoy eternal fellowship with us. That is one of the reasons why he made us ,
iii. He forgives so that he can bless us because it is in his nature to bless. If God can’t forgive you, he won’t bless. That is why Jesus said when you stand praying; forgive, if you have ought against any. Mk. 11: 24, 25. Unforgiveness hinders your blessings.

3. When you don’t forgive, God says you are wicked.
And will deal with you as with the wicked. Matt. 18: 23-33 How?
i. He is angry with the wicked every day. Ps. 7: 11.
ii. He says no peace unto the wicked. Isaiah 48: 22.

4. When you don’t forgive, God will release you to the tormentors.
Matt. 18:32-35.The tormentors are the demons of sickness, the devourer, misfortune est. Jam. 3: 16. Many people have born testimony how they have been afflicted for many years with various illnesses, but the moment that they forgave and let go of their bitterness, the illness which afflicted them left them instantly.

5. When you don’t forgive, God will not fight your battles for you.
When you are walking in unforgiveness with some body, you are denying that person mercy, and his blessing especially the blessing that is meant to flow through you. You are not going to bless the person you hold grudges or malice with are you? That way, you are working against him and that is called vengeance and you don’t have the right of vengeance.

There are three cardinal things about God that he guards jealously, and will never share with another man:
i. His Godhood. I am the Lord thy God ….thou shall have no other gods before me….for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God. Exodus. 20: 2- 5. I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. Isaiah 43: 10, 11.
ii. His glory. Thine O Lord is the glory. 1Chron.29: 11 ….and I will not give my glory unto another. Isaiah 48: 11.
iii. And his right of vengeance. Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Rom. 12: 18.

God can not tolerate you paying back evil for evil, that is exclusive his domain. You do not have the right to judge, and do not have the right in Christ to pay back evil for evil. That is why he says:

“Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good”. Rom. 12: 17- 21.

The bible also says to “bless them which persecute you; bless and curse not”. Rom. 12: 14.

If you want the Lord to withdraw from your fight, all you need to do is to step in the way and make the battle yours and you will see him withdraw. There are many ways you can step in the Lord’s way:
i. By withholding back somebody’s blessing.
ii. By standing in the way of somebody’s progress.
iii. By contributing or doing something that will lead to somebody’s down fall.
iv. By refusing to pray for somebody so he can be saved.
v. By pronouncing a curse on somebody.
vi. By rejoicing or celebrating somebody’s down fall. God said we must never rejoice when our enemy falls. Prov. 24: 17- 18.

In forgiveness, the bible says we should forgive one another as God for Christ sake has forgiven us. Ephes. 4: 31- 32.

God kind of forgiveness.


The carnal man would say; I have forgiven him but I can not forget what he did. Or you would some man say; because he did this and that before, and though I have actually forgiven him, and I am not going to do anything about it, I am going to be wise next time, watch him closely and not allow him take advantage of me next time. I am no body’s fool. That is how the carnal man understands forgiveness, but that is not the God kind of forgiveness. How God did forgive us?
i. He forgave all. Col. 2: 13.
ii. He did not only forgive all, he also blotted out every record and ordinance which was contrary us. Col. 2: 14.
iii. He declared us free from the consequences of our sins. In other words, he says that we are no longer guilty of the sins we committed and are therefore not answerable for them. Col. 1: 21, 22.
iv. He renewed his thoughts towards us. How?
i. By taking out of his mind the record of our sin. Isaiah 43: 24; Jer. 31: 34; Heb. 10: 17.
ii. By feeling his thoughts with only good things concerning us. Jer. 29: 11; 3Jn. 2.

Finally, I just want to say that if only we will obey God and forgive those who have wronged us as he for Christ sake had forgiven us, we will not lack any good, we will not walk in affliction, and he will bless everything that we put our hands on. Obedience to God’s word commands the blessing.

Monday, 11 January 2010

Encounter With God

It is in an encounter with God that we know Him deeper, that we encounter the supernatural and we experience transformation.

Jeremiah 29:12-14
“And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. 14And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive”.

The essence for this note is to encourage you to desire to encounter God and know him deeper.

When anybody encounters God, he will understand and experience the goodness and mercies of God, fear will vanish and sickness can’t have a place in his body. He will walk in favour; he will succeed where other people are failing.

It is God’s desire to reveal himself to us. He wants to demonstrate his greatness, his wonder, his majesty, his goodness and his power in you and through you. And that can happen when we truly encounter Him.

When a man truly encounters God, he becomes more aware of his presence like never before, the fear of God will come upon him and there will be genuine conversion. He will start to live a selfless life.

We can have an experience of God in many ways; through a miracle, through healing, through an atmosphere of worship e.t.c. But he wants us to encounter him and walk with him and not only experience his acts.

We can encounter God through our spirit. The believer must learn to walk in the spirit; it is in this kind of walk that we encounter God. The born again believer’s spirit is regenerated and brought into a level where he can encounter God. And it is through spiritual encounter that lives are changed.

We need to desire to encounter God more. If you look at Moses you will see that the experience of the acts of God did not satisfy him. The burning bush did not satisfy him, the demonstration of God’s might through plagues in Egypt and how God brought Israel out of captivity did not, Moses wanted more, he wanted to see God face to face and when God showed His glory to Moses and proclaimed the goodness of God, something about him changed. When we truly encounter God, believe me, something about us will change. One encounter changes lives, one encounter can take you to a higher level.

A lot of us have experienced the wonders of God, miracles, breakthroughs. In worship we may have experiences the warmth of God but there is more to experience.
My desire is that you will walk with God, encounter God and know him deeper and deeper. If you are born again, you are brought to that place where you can experience and know God. Through the born again experience, your spirit was regenerate, quickened and united with God. Through your spirit you connect with God. Flesh and blood cannot encounter God. We experience God through our Spirit.
The spirit

1. The spirit is the life giving part of man
James. 2: 26
“26For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also”.

2. The spirit is the connecting link between God and man.
Job 32: 8
“But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding”.

Romans 8: 16
“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God”

3. When the spirit is weak, it affects the other parts of man i.e., the soul and the body. And when the spirit leaves the body, the body dies.
James 2: 26
“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also”.

God’s original purpose is that the spirit should lead man, and not the soul, nor the body. Without the function of the spirit everything is dead. When a believer is not walking in the Spirit, when his spirit is not empowered, when he is not guided by the spirit or motivated by the spirit, everything is dead. The material man must now subject to the spirit man.

When the spirit in man connects with God, it receives illumination and understanding. When your spirit is weak and not in tune with God, you do not connect with God. The spirit is what connects you with the divine. The spirit is what connects us to the Spirit of God. When you are not in tune with God, you walk in the flesh.

The flesh operates in two realms:
1. The realm of the soul - soul ministers through the voice of reason
2. The realm of the body - body ministers through the voice of feeling

The spirit ministers supernaturally, it takes from the realm of the divine and it shows it to us. The way of the spirit may go against the voice of reason and feeling. The body may not feel like it, the senses may not feel like it, but it does not matter because in the spirit, you are walking in the divine, the supernatural and the extra-ordinary. When we walk that way, we start to see us with the Spirit of God showing forth our sonship, and manifesting the power of God. God is seeking to demonstrate His power, his majesty and His wisdom through us. Even the creatures can’t wait for our manifestation.

When you are walking in the Spirit, you are able to bring the flesh and all its desires to subjection.

Galatians 5: 16
“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh”
Galatians 5: 25
“If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit”

Only the spirit of man can hear God but it is the soul via the mind that interprets what God is saying, and it communicates it to the body.

If the mind is not renewed, it cannot rightly interpret what God is saying.
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 acceptable, and perfect, will of God”

The believer needs to pay more attention to his spirit and seek to nurture and develop it more than he does the other parts. Don’t just feed the body and develop your mind, seek to nurture the spirit also. Just as the physical man feeds on bread to survive, the spirit man needs to feed to be nurtured too. Many believers pay little attention to their spirit or do not even know that they need to something with it.

When we don’t develop our spirit, we understand little of spiritual things, we hardly can hear God or understand him when he speaks – little wonder, very few believers today really understand the voice of God. They are basically followers of men and can easily fall preys of lying spirits.

You hear a lot of my pastor said, my pastor said, and my pastor said among believers, and that is all they are holding unto and walking with. So what happens when the pastor gets it wrong and is misinterpreting the Bible? I understand, pastors are put in the church to feed the body and church folks should trust them to get it right, should believe in what they are teaching and submit to their authority. But we must understand that the pastor’s primary mandate is to help the believer to grow, mature and to understand God for himself and be able to receive from God for himself. Every believer owes to himself the need to cultivate and develop his spirit.

We must develop the spirit man to connect with the divine and to develop the spirit, we will need to feed it. When we do not feed the spirit, it becomes lean and weak. When the spirit is lean, an interruption occurs in its flow with God. In this state, the flesh gains more control and begin to lead man instead of the spirit as God intended. When the believer is in the flesh he cannot connect with God, because God is a spirit. The believer who is in the flesh cannot also walk by faith or in the supernatural.

The spirit is strengthened when it dwells in the place of prayer, when it feeds on the word, when it celebrates in praise and worship, and when in fellowship with the brethren.

The prayer that feeds the spirit is that one that communes with God and not the bless me, deliver me, help me type of prayer. And it is not the quick ten or fifteen minutes’ type. The minimum time will be an hour as we saw in the experience of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. The believer needs to learn to wait in the presence of God.

Also the study of the word that feeds the spirit is not reading the bible to memorise it, it is good to memorise the bible, that way you store the word in your mental faculty and are able to retrieve it when needed. Memorising the scripture is also good as it also helps to renew your mind. However, to feed the spirit man, you will need to learn to meditate on the word. Meditation is the process through which you deliver the word into your spirit. And you know that your spirit is fed when the light of the word starts to shine, when you’ve broken through the letters and have received the rhema, revelation knowledge – when God breathe the word in your spirit.

Every word that you have received will sometimes get attacked. Situations will arise to attack your knowledge of the word and if all you did was feed the mind through memorisation, you are going to start to doubt and walk in unbelief but if you have fed your spirit through meditation in the word and have received revelation knowledge, you are going to hang in there no matter what.

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Making Your Way Prosperous

In Victory Assembly 2010 has been declared as our year of Supernatural Release. I preached this message on the first Sunday of the year and gives insight and practical teaching on making your way prosperous. I pray that as you read it you will step into a new dimension of prosperity.

Making Your Way Prosperous

Joshua 1: 8
“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”

We must speak the word continually and meditate upon the word. As you speak and meditate on it, you will receive the ability to walk in the light of it and the power to do what the word says.

There is no doubt that God desires that we all experience prosperity.

Psalms 35: 27
“Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.”

Prosperity is not about having more money to pay the bills, get a bigger house and a bigger car; it is so that we can be a blessing to those around us, to help someone out of poverty, pay the hospital bills of someone, and to fund the kingdom work of God.

And prosperity is not only about money, it is also about our relationships, it is about our marriage, it is about our work, our studies, our business or investments, it is about our health too; for he desires for us to have a healthy life and live long so we can fulfil his purpose for our creation.

Prosperity is about achieving progress in the things you are involved in.

We cannot doubt the fact that God desires for us to prosper. We know he does; the bible is full of it and he has also made available for us the grace to achieve it. However, we have a role to play to achieve it. We are the ones to make our ways to prosperity. We determine the outcome of our lives and what results we get. Heaven is open to us.

I like to share with us four things that I believe can put us on the path to prosperity.

1. Having a covenant relationship with God

You must understand that God is a God of covenant. We come into covenant with him by accepting Jesus as our Lord and saviour. If you are born again, you are a covenant child of God.

Anybody who has not accepted Jesus as lord and is not born again has no covenant with God. Anybody who is not saved has no claim on God or the benefits of the kingdom. If you are not born again, you don’t have a right to the goodness of God.

True prosperity comes in covenant relationship with God.

Deuteronomy 8: 18
“But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.”

I understand that the grace of God has appeared to all.

Titus 2: 11
“11For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men”

But what that means is that God is merciful to all.

Matthew 5: 45
“That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust”.

So there are things that the good God does to both the unsaved and the saved like, like making sure you don’t sleep hungry, helping you take a journey and arrive safely, go to bed and wake up e.t.c. he does this in his capacity as the creator and merciful God.

But you must know that there are certain interventions of God that can happen to a man only as a result of his covenant relationship with him. Like God answering prayer, like God taking over and fighting your battles for you, like God supernaturally intervening for you in difficult times.

2. Give him the Honour and Glory due unto his name

We show that we honour God by our lifestyle. God is honoured when our lives show the fear of God. God feels despised when our lifestyle is not right with him and does not conform to His word.

Proverbs 14: 2
“He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the LORD: but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him”.

If you are not living right and are not showing regard for him in your lifestyle, how you can expect him to have any regard for you.

Psalm 128: 1-4
1Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways. 2For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. 3Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. 4Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD.

Psalm 115:13-14
“He will bless them that fear the LORD, both small and great. 14The LORD shall increase you more and more, you and your children”.

Also we show our regard for God and give him glory by our attitude to what he has blessed us with especially in the light of our relationship with him. Good things happen because God commands them. In the midst of open doors, when we are advancing, we should look up and say he did it, every time we give honour back to God for what he did, he feels glorified.

I. We must remember to acknowledge that every achievement and every increase that we come into are God’s gifts.

Deuteronomy 8: 10-19
“10When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless the LORD thy God for the good land which he hath given thee. 11Beware that thou forget not the LORD thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day: 12Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein; 13And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied; 14Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the LORD thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage; 15Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint; 16Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end; 17And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth. 18But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day”.

II. We must learn to bring to him offerings from the blessing.

1Chronicles 16: 28-19
“28Give unto the LORD, ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength. 29Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness”.

There are four fundamental ways we give God the glory through our offering:
a. Our gift of first fruits
b. Our tithes
c. And offering of thanksgiving
d. And pledge redemption

3. Make yourself useful or of service to God
Being of service to God attracts reward. You need to make yourself available to God. Don’t just be at a distance on the periphery of what is happening in your church. Don’t just come to God when things are hard. Make yourself available and useful to God. Let him use you and you will not be ashamed.

Hebrew 6: 10-12
“10For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. 11And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: 12That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises”.

Believe me, there is nothing that you will do for God’s sake that will be in vain. He will always reward you back. And a lot of times, answers to prayer come as a reward of service. As God the creator, there are things he does for everyone, but there are some desperate things which you are believing God for which won’t come if you are unfruitful.

John 15: 16
“16Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.”

Also, it is good Remember that it is not only about this life that we are to do certain things or subject ourselves to a particular lifestyle - the quality of your life in the hereafter (I mean life after dead)is going to be dependent on how much you have committed to God here on earth.

So no matter how busy you get you must create time to serve and be faithful and selfless. Don’t make yourself unprofitable.

Colossians 3: 23-24
”And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; 24Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ”.

Exodus 23: 25-26
“And ye shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee. 26There shall nothing cast their young, nor be barren, in thy land: the number of thy days I will fulfil”.
The Devil won’t kill your case if God has found you fruitful.

4. Sow your seed of faith
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”.

Seed time and harvest shall not cease, it is the principle of recreation and increase, an eternal order of life. Without the seed there can’t be harvest. The seed determines the future. When you give your seed the future is great.

The seed is so powerful that it can even affect your generation after you. What you sow today can impact on your entire generation tomorrow.

You sometimes walk into a blessing not because of what you have done yourself but because of what somebody who has gone ahead of you has done on your behalf.

John 4: 38
“38I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.”

so what you sow today can impact on your generation after you.

When he Holy Spirit, and not man, is stirring you up and challenging you to lay something down as a seed you better do it. I mean not man stirring you up, but the Holy Spirit. Look through the scriptures, every time God was going to lift a man to a higher level he challenged him to give a seed. Until something dies there is no increase.

John 12: 24
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

God is faithful, he will always put a seed in your hand but until your seed is planted and it dies, it abides alone.

If you want to come out of the ordinary, out of poverty or lack and out of debt, know that apart from all the financial wisdom and planning, you’ve got to be a giver.

Where to plant seed

a. To meet needs in the life of a brother

Galatians 6:9-10
“And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary. 10 So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all men, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith”.

b. To meet needs in the kingdom. Whenever there is a need in church, sow into it. Don’t complain whenever there is a call to give into a kingdom project, if you can’t afford it, keep quite. But always sow into it.

c. Sowing into kingdom things when you are facing a challenge or believing God for the next level, sow into.

d. You can sow a seed to connect with an anointing in a man of God’s life. If you seat under a man of God, and his ministry is a blessing to you, you can sow into his life to make room for his grace to work for you. E.g the woman of shunem and Elisha in 2Kings 4:8-17