Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Jesus: The Authority in His Name

The genuine desires of a believer’s heart are Spirit-inspired… the spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly (Prov 20:2) and the authority of Jesus’ name is perfectly capable of producing the thoughts and desires that the Holy Spirit inspires… For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure (Phil 2:13)… For surely there is an end and thine expectation shall not be cut off (Prov 23:18)
When we truly understand that Jesus occupies the greatest position in the universe, we will stop acting in fear. We will stop underestimating the abilities and capabilities in His name. The reason people are not receiving the manifestation of their requests is because they underestimate God’s abilities and as a result are making requests that fall short of their true desires.

When an individual decides to hold fast to his ideals (i.e. the real desires of his heart), there are bound to be naysayers in his environment who will try to discourage him. They will advise him to be realistic. These individuals hide under the guise of offering reality checks, however, what they are essentially communicating is that you should settle for less than your ideals. On the other hand, God demands that you stay true to those ideals. He expects you to hold fast to them in prayer even when you might not necessarily find explicit models of those ideals in your environment. He expects you to respect the originality of your desire, to appreciate that everyone’s spirit-inspired desires are as peculiar to him as his fingerprints. Even when there are similarities in the type of desires, each man’s desire will possess a bent that is unique to him. This is due to the manifold wisdom of God. God expects every child of His to respect, appreciate, honour and stay true to the desires that He inspires in them.

When you do not respect and honour your individuality in Christ, you will begin to compare yourself to what already exists. Ultimately, you will stop believing that the desires in your heart can be realised and not bring those dreams to God in prayer. Consequently, this robs you of the quality of manifestation that can be achieved when we maximise the authority of the name of Jesus. Just like the crippled man at the gate called ‘Beautiful’ (Acts 3:2-5) you will begin to settle for the mundane things of this world at the expense of the seed of the kingdom sown deep in your heart. You will start communicating requests to God that contradict your true essence, things that are a shadow of the substance placed within you. On the other hand by staying true to your heart and the inspiration that God gives, you will not activate the first law of failure and miss out on the unlimited potential of the authority found in the name of Jesus.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

True Desires 2

A true desire is the starting point of every successful faith walk. The reason why many people fail to receive the manifestation to their answered prayers is mainly because they request for things that are less than the genuine desires of their hearts. In a bid to play safe, they actually hamper the operations of faith in their lives.

In the same way, the crippled man asked for silver and gold instead of healing because he had given up hope of ever walking. Jesus said in Jn 16: 23-24,26 ‘And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you:
However, in spite of this scriptural instruction, most of the requests made by believers are not made in the name of Jesus.

The concept of making requests in Jesus’ name means appropriating the quality of things that the authority of His name can provide. The requests that people make are far beneath the quality that the authority of Jesus’ name can provide. They are not made in the context of His name because they are beneath the operations of that name. For example, if an individual has the opportunity of receiving an offer from the president of his country to make any request in the president’s name and such a person requests for five thousand naira (N5,000), it will be evident that the individual lacks an understanding of the great resources that lie at the president’s disposal.

In fact, if the request comes from an individual who is supposed to know better, such a request could be deemed as insulting to the person and office of the president.This is because the kind of requests expected from such a person would have been things that only a president can access and make available to him. Any request that can be fulfilled by any other person will not be maximising the name and authority of that office.

In the same vein, when we offer up our prayers in the name of Jesus, God expects us to make requests that stem from the inspired longings of our hearts. He gets disappointed when we short-change ourselves and make mundane requests particularly when those requests stem out of the fear of getting disappointed.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008


And a certain man lame from his mothers womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. (Act 3:2-5). In reply to the man’s request, Peter and Paul stated that they had no money but they indicated that they possessed a substance of greater worth. With this substance they imparted healing to the man.

It is very crucial to note that the crippled man’s request was beneath his true desire. What he really desired was healing (Acts 3:7-9). However, life’s experiences had taught him to downplay his true desire in order to avoid constant disappointment. With these experiences, he had become bent into a state of ‘pragmatism and practical expectation this state is really a guise that forces one to let go of one’s heart-felt expectation.

In Mark 11: 13-14 20-24, Jesus said, ‘For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass he shall have whatsoever he saith. He then went on to explain the foundational principle for the actualisation of that Scripture… therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.’ Jesus stated that when the faith of God is used on the true desires of our heart (without wavering), we will have those things that we desire. This principle contradicts the mould that the crippled man in Acts 3 had been forced into a mould where individuals are forced to short-change their earnest heart desires under the guise of practicality. This mould dictates that individuals should ask for the things that they can obtain safely, things that do not necessarily require spiritual exercise to get.

In essence, the world’s view of practicality requires that we settle for the mundane and easily accessible things in life. However, Jesus said that the law of faith works with genuine heart desires. Jesus showed that the starting point of seeing manifestation in our lives is that believers ought to ask for things that they truly desire. The depth of these desires is only known to the individuals concerned. It has nothing to do with the sub-standard or accepted norm in their environment. These original desires are often found deep in the souls of these people and is the anchor to their souls. (Hebrews 6:19).-- Pastor Poju Oyemade

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Receiving and Manifestation

Mark 11:13-14, 20 says, ‘And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves for the time of figs was not yet. And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it. . . And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.’ When most believers observe that the circumstances in their lives and environment do not match up with their deep seated desires, they mistakenly conclude that the reason for this is unwillingness on God’s part to give these things to them. They believe that God is reluctant to answer their prayers. However, a deeper study of life and the Scriptures reveal that the problem has to do with receiving the manifestation of God’s answers to prayers.

Jesus made it clear in Luke 12:32 that it is the Father’s good pleasure to give us the kingdom. In the light of answered prayers He stated in Mark 11:24, ‘What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them’ and in Matt 7:78 … ask, and it shall be given you seek, and ye shall find knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth and he that seeketh findeth and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

In Jn 16:23-24, Jesus said ‘And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. As believers, we know that …God is not a man that he should lie neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? Or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? (Num 23:19). Therefore the reason why we do not see the manifestation of answers to our prayers is not because God does not want us to have them. ( Jn 16: 23-24: And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full (NKJV). Rather, it is because we do not understand the laws of manifestation or how to activate them.