Monday, May 26, 2008

From Hope to Faith

We should never allow the material world overshadow our spiritual faculties. Jesus, though easily touched by the feelings of our infirmities (Heb 4:15), admonished us to hold on to our spiritual realities through our confession, ‘For by thy words thou shall be justified, and by thy words thou shall be condemned.’ (Matt 12:37). We should hold on to these confessions regardless of the circumstances we are faced with. This is because they stem from the infallible truth of God’s Word.

Prayer is not a substitute for the law of confession. The two principles are separate and distinct although they are complimentary. The confessions you make before praying are the spiritual substance you carry with you into prayers. Just like Abraham and other founding fathers realised, these words take you from the realm of hope into the realm of faith. When they had no faith these giants of faith maintained their word of hope. They maintained their rejoicing and confessions of hope until it became a confession of faith.

For each of them, this process started out as a confession of hope. Even when they were calling those things that be not as they were, it was still literarily a confession of hope in the spirit. Their patience and consistency kept them at it until revelation dawned and their hope was substantiated. Spiritually, you cannot convert your hope to faith by simply changing the words you speak. It is not simply a play of words. These words must be infused with power. They must be substantiated before they can effect any change in your environment. This substance is imparted to them when revelation dawns in your soul concerning the subject matter.

The key to receiving this revelation is steadfastness i.e. consistency even when everything around you appears to be in chaos. It means concentrating on the promise until your concentration leads to perception. It does not mean slothfulness, but keenly following them who through faith and patience inherit the promises (Heb 6:12). When you enter the veil and begin to focus on the particular issue, light begins to flood your mind. If you maintain this focus, every detail of that dream will be imparted to you. The entrance of this strategic information will infuse your words with energy. Then, when you speak these power packed words, the circumstances in your environment will align themselves until your dream is actualized.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The Sacrifice of Faith

In order to enter into the fullness of destiny, we must obey kingdom laws that have been given to us. This principle is true regardless of the parties involved because God is a respecter of His Word…not people.

When God said that He was going to destroy the Israelites in the wilderness, Moses interceded on their behalf by saying, “Wherefore should the Egyptians speak, and say, For mischief did he bring them out, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth?

Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against thy people.” (Exo 32:12) Moses reminded God of His commitment in verse 13, “Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou sworest by thine own self, and saidst unto them, I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken of will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit it forever.

The Scriptures record that the Lord repented of the evil which He thought to do to Israel.God is committed to bringing people that obey Him into the destiny He has prepared for them. However, if He knocks on the door of your heart and you refuse to answer, He will move on to other willing hearts.

You must understand that God’s reputation is at stake if you do not heed, enlargement and deliverance will come from somewhere else. If you cannot be baptised with His baptism and go through the constraint for a while, someone else will pay the price. This individual will enter into the sufferings of Christ.

He will wake up at the appropriate time, make the necessary confessions, offer up sacrifices of praise and rejoice in the face of unfavourable circumstances.On the other hand, you may decide to make these needed sacrifices you will begin to experience answered prayers. Like Moses communed with God and God hearkened to him, you will also find your faith confessions materialising.

Things can happen in your environment that contradicts the oath of God over you but God is protecting those principles to work because we cannot break the government of God. It is not the will of God. So many people say it is the will of God for bad things to happen. What manifests is not necessarily the will of God.

Even though it looks as if the government of heaven and earth is backing these events it is because it is protecting the spiritual law that you have set into motion. Regardless of His emotional and personal views, heaven and earth’s constitutions cannot be disregarded because God is just. In this same vein, if all you do is make negative confessions, they will manifest regardless of God’s emotional and personal views.

Remember God has said,‘Say unto them, As truly as I live, saith the LORD, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you. (Num 14:28)

If you have used wrong words to set spiritual laws into motion, you must realise that you cannot change things overnight. You have to start working to reverse negative trends in your life. When you kneel in prayer, it is not God’s intention that comes to pass but what the person has been enacting with his words that will occur. He is committed to performing the consistent confessions you have been making.

When you pray, it is the measure of words that you have spoken in the midst of all the trials that adds substance to your hope. Therefore, find out your ultimate destination, then commit yourself to that fixed goal with your words.

When you are steadfast in the practice of this principle, God is committed to ensuring your desire is manifested.God’s disposition towards His children is for us to receive exceeding, abundantly, far above what we could ever ask or think.

Remember it is what He hears that God is committed to doing. It is the measure of words that you have spoken in the midst of the situations consistency in the difficult places of your life.

As you are patient and steadfast God is always faithful. (Heb 6:15) Whenever, we obey this law and sow the words of our desired future, the earth undoubtedly responds, by presenting us with the exact harvest due to us.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

The Processing of Faith

For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. (Heb 4:2) We must mix God’s Word with faith for the profiting to become evident in our lives. According to this verse of scripture, every believer has been endowed with faith and the Word of God. However, what makes the difference between productive and unproductive believers is the process of mixing (or not) the Word with faith. To lead fruitful lives Christians need to understand and use this principle.

The Scriptures were designed by God to produce specific and exact results.In this quest for productivity, the first thing you have to understand is that the inner eye of your heart needs to be opened. This understanding was what prompted Paul to pray for the Ephesians that God will impart the spirit of wisdom and revelation to them, ‘Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened that ye may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.’ (Eph 1:15-18).

Paul went on to ask that the eyes of their understanding might be enlightened i.e. the opening of the eyes of the heart to know the hope of God’s calling and that the individual experiences the resurrection power in his circumstances.According to Joshua 1:8, ‘This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth but thou shat 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, the key to observing and knowing what to do (per time) is meditation on the Word. It translates belief into faith.

It opens up the Scriptures to you until you begin to see the workings of God in your environment. This ability to recognise opportunities is very crucial, because God always brings genuine opportunities to our doorsteps the question on the other hand is every individual’s ability to recognise and seize them. This Personal Recognition System is developed through the process of meditation and is the key to your ability to see when these opportunities emerge.
It is very important that the eyes of your understanding stay enlightened because God always presents great opportunities in seed form.

The Scriptures say that the seed of great things are insignificant when compared with everything else in the environment The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof (Matt 13:31-32).

From the Desk of Pastor Poju