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