30 August 2021

“He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, And light dwells with Him.”

Daniel 2:22 NKJV

How does God reveal deep and secret things?

To Whom does He reveal deep and secret things?

Revelation comes by prayer.

Revelation comes to those who pray.

In the New Testament, there are two men who had unmatched revelation – Paul and John. These were men of prayer. The apostle John’s revelation of Jesus on the isle of Patmos was a byproduct of prayer. The apostle Paul wrote half the New Testament. This too was a byproduct of prayer. We know the former assertion to be true because John said I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day. The latter assertion is true because Paul said I speak in tongues more than you all.

So prayer breeds revelation. When you pray, you receive revelation. Prayer doesn’t make God speak. Prayer makes man hear what God has spoken. We know this because Daniel interpreted what Nebuchadnezzar had already dreamt. God has already spoken through His Word. So prayer as a discipline is necessary in getting revelation of the Word. One of the benefits of being prayerful is understanding the Word of God.

What are deep things? What are secret things? Deep things are things that God has hidden. Secret things are things that man has hidden. In other words, deep things are spiritual things and secret things are natural things.

God gives revelation as pertains to spiritual as well as natural things. The deep thing in the context of this verse is the interpretation of the dream. The secret thing is the dream itself. It’s easy for believers to appreciate that God can give them revelation of the Word. But He can, does and will give revelation of the “natural” world. God will give you insights into your day to day life, your business, your marriage, your job, etc. So being prayerful helps you manifest genius in your life.

23 August 2021

“Luxury is not fitting for a fool, Much less for a servant to rule over princes.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭19:10‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
In the Christian world there is the doctrine that there is time between anointing and appointing. The time between anointing and appointing is due to the renewal of one’s mind. The quicker one can renew their mind, the quicker their appointing will be.

To be true to the New Covenant, you’re already anointed the day you received Christ. So what has been termed “anointing” is more accurately described as receiving a revelation of God’s plan for you. This revelation is usually through prophecy but it can also be through a dream or a vision (the interpretation of which are functions of the gift of prophecy) or through a word of knowledge. This revelation highlights one’s destiny.

There is said to be a time lag between this revelation of destiny and the manifestation of that destiny. For example, there is said to be a time lag between the prophecy that “David” shall be king and when “David” actually assumes the throne, if at all he does assume the throne. Put simply, it seems to take a while to get to the “promised land”.

What takes you to “the promised land” is not time but a renewal of the mind. The bridge between prophecy and fulfillment is mind renewal. If it seems like it’s taking long, it is because your mind has not yet been renewed.

What prophecies have you received? You must renew your mind for and in the fulfillment of these words. How? By meditating on God’s Word 24/7. So, the reason God’s promises in my life haven’t been fulfilled is because I haven’t meditated on them. Everyday, you must meditate on the promises of God. This will renew your mind and you will be transformed into who God told you you are. (Romans 12:2)

16 August 2021

“He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions.”

Psalms 107:20 NKJV

The them being talked about is people who had previously rejected God. In their rejecting of God, they lived a lifestyle that brought sickness to them. So their sickness was the fruit of sinful living. But somehow and some way they had repented.

Then God says He sent His Word to heal them. His Word delivered them from their destructions. That word destruction can also be curse. Sickness is a direct consequence of the curse. The blessing of God in Christ Jesus which is upon every believer is that they live in divine health.

So “they” were redeemed of the curse of sickness that was meant to destroy them because of how they previously lived. This tells me that their healing was by grace. They did not deserve to be healed, but they were healed because of the unmerited favor of God. Therefore, for example, you may have been promiscuous and contracted HIV, but God sent His Word to heal you of HIV. Understand that healing is by God’s grace. No one, not even the “best” among us can earn healing from God. It is all by His grace.

Now, from the quoted text, notice the phrase “He sent His Word”. We know from the first chapter of John’s gospel that Christ is the Word. So, Christ was sent to heal. When was He sent? 2000 years ago. So, healing was purchased on Calvary. Grace was availed 2000 years ago so that we may be healed today. Before we were even sick, Christ purchased our healing.

By His stripes 2000 years ago you were healed today (1 Peter 2:24). On Calvary, Christ’s body was given for our healing. Today, we are healed not because we deserve it but because He is gracious. So, because it is by grace, this healing is accessed by faith. Remember, faith takes what grace has provided.

By faith, you walk in the blessing. The blessing reverses the curse (sickness, poverty). So, to walk in divine healing, meditate on the blessing of God. You are already blessed (healed and prosperous), you are merely meditating on His Word to become aware of your position of blessing (healing, prosperity) in Christ.

10 August 2021

“Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood, And your fingers with iniquity; Your lips have spoken lies, Your tongue has muttered perversity. No one calls for justice, Nor does any plead for truth. They trust in empty words and speak lies; They conceive evil and bring forth iniquity.”

Isaiah 59:1-4 NKJV

We know from Romans 8 that nothing can separate us from the love of God. We also know that God does not impute our sins against us (Romans 4). Our sins were put on Christ. So for the New Testament believer, sin is not a problem. It was dealt with already. The challenge, for New Testament believers, is sin consciousness.

Sin consciousness will hinder God’s miracle working power. Sin consciousness will hinder answered prayer. Sin consciousness will make you believe that you are separated from God. Sin consciousness will make the voice of God hard to hear.

God is the same always (Hebrews 13:8). It isn’t that His voice is louder when you’re not sinning. It’s that sin consciousness dulls your hearing of His voice. In other words, sin consciousness hinders you from receiving. God has already given us all things in and at salvation (2 Peter 1:3). But receiving them is the challenge. The more sin conscious we are, the harder it is for us to walk in the righteousness of God.

But when we become Word conscious, we become receivers of all that God through Christ has already freely given us. The opposite of sin consciousness is Word consciousness. Word consciousness leads to a successful prayer life. The blessing manifests in those who are Word conscious. Those that are Word conscious live perpetually in communion and fellowship with God. His presence in their lives is real, tangible and undeniable.

Sin consciousness and Word consciousness are mindsets. When you are sin conscious, you look at the world through the prism of what you can or cannot do. You are more mindful of yourself than you are of Christ. But when you are Word conscious, you look at the world through the lens of what Christ has already done. You no longer see yourself but you see yourself in Christ. As a believer, you must move away from the former mindset to the latter.

You can go from sin consciousness to Word consciousness by meditating on God’s Word 24/7. Meditating on God’s Word helps you to receive all that God has given. When you meditate on God’s Word, you will cease to be sin conscious and become Word conscious and by so doing you will live a victorious supernatural life.

2 August 2021

“Therefore keep the words of this covenant, and do them, that you may prosper in all that you do.”

Deuteronomy 29:9 NKJV

In the old covenant, you had to keep the Word, do it and then you would prosper. However, in the New Covenant, you keep the Word and believe it because you are already prosperous. In the new covenant, you are already prosperous. You are already healed, etc. you just have to believe it.

In other words, to prosper, be healed, etc in the new covenant requires faith. You have to believe the Word. When you believe you manifest the prosperity that is already in you.

So you are already prosperous. Looking unto Jesus (the Word) renews your mind and you come into the manifestation of what God has already made you. In the old covenant, you had to work to prosper. In the new covenant, you are already prosperous so you work from prosperity. Whereas in the old covenant you had to work to prosper, in the new covenant, you have to believe to prosper.

It is important that you know this truth and even more so that you believe it. Your mind needs to be renewed to the truth that you are already prosperous. In the old covenant, you meditated on God’s Word in order to prosper. In the New, you are already prosperous, so you meditate on God’s Word to come into a consciousness of the prosperity which is already in you.

Meditating on God’s Word transforms you by renewing your mind. In the Old Covenant, you were finding out what you needed to do to prosper. In the New, you’re renewing your mind to the truth that you are already prosperous. You’re driving out the lies, failures and defeats by the Word of God. You’re being transformed into what God already made you to be – ie prosperous. The difference is subtle but it is significant.

In light of this Joshua 1:8 is not a New Covenant Scripture. To be applicable with the New Covenant mindset, Joshua 1:8 should be rendered: “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may BELIEVE all that is written in it. For WHEN YOU BELIEVE, YOU WILL TAKE THE PROSPERITY THAT IS IN YOU AND you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”

In conclusion, meditation in the Old Covenant was unto works that made you prosper. However, in the New Covenant, meditation is unto belief and transformation. In the Old Covenant you did prosperous things, but in the New Covenant, you are prosperity embodied. New Covenant believers are not trying to prosper, they are prosperity going somewhere to happen.

26 July 2021

The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord’s doing; It is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭118:22-24‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

The stone which the builders rejected is Christ. We know this because of John 1:11. The builders were the Jews. The rejection is giving Him to the Gentiles. He became the chief cornerstone when He resurrected. We know that He is the chief cornerstone because apart from Him we can do nothing (John 15:5) and in Him we live and move and have or being. (Acts 17:28).

The resurrection of Christ is the Lord’s doing and it is marvelous in our eyes. This day of resurrection is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. The psalms prophesied the resurrection of Christ hundreds of years before He came on the earth. Not only was the resurrection prophesied, but the church’s rejoicing at and because of the resurrection was prophesied too. This tells me that the resurrection of Christ is a big deal.

Why is the resurrection so important? Christ’s ministry would’ve all been in vain if He hadn’t resurrected. Not only would man not have been justified, but God Himself would’ve been disqualified if Christ hadn’t been resurrected. So, God gave the ultimate sacrifice in redeeming man. He gave His all. When you think about it, it’s amazing how great God’s love is that He gave His only begotten Son. That is the greatest gift that could ever be given. Think about that for a moment. God must really love us.

In order to redeem man, God gave the greatest Gift that could be given. So we rejoice in the resurrection. For it is the story of God’s love for mankind. He took man’s place. He redeemed man. So now man doesn’t have to die. Man simply has to believe and receive eternal life. God did it all. This is marvelous when you realize it. So we rejoice in the resurrection.

19 July 2021

12 July 2021

My covenant I will not break, Nor alter the word that has gone out of My lips.”

Psalms 89:34 NKJV

Notice that God said it is my covenant. Covenant is God’s idea. So since covenant is a God idea, we must find out God’s thoughts on covenant.

God said that He will not break His covenant. God was in covenant with Abraham, then with Isaac and also with Jacob. He later made a covenant with the nation of Israel. Remember though that this was God’s covenant. We know that God would not break his covenant with Abraham, however the same couldn’t be said of Abraham or Isaac or Jacob or the nation of Israel. If the covenant was to be broken, it would be broken by Abraham or by Isaac or by the nation of Israel.

Invariably and inevitably, man would break God’s covenant. The thing about covenant though is that it doesn’t matter who breaks it. For example, marriage is a covenant. (God hates divorce because divorce is a breaking of covenant). Now, imagine that a husband is faithful but his wife is not. Ultimately it doesn’t matter that the wife was not faithful. The end result is the same – divorce i.e. breaking of covenant.

Therefore, because man continually broke God’s covenant, God sent His own Son in the likeness of man so that He could come into covenant with Him. God came into covenant with Himself – the Father came into covenant with the Son. Why? Because God will not break His covenant. Both parties in the covenant are now God as such the covenant cannot be broken.

The church is not in covenant with God. God is in covenant with Himself and the church is a beneficiary of that covenant. This covenant is sure. It is eternal. And God is faithful in upholding the covenant.

6 July 2021

“Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you.”

Genesis 12:1 NKJV

Notice the word “had”. This implies that there was a time lag between what God told Abram to do and when he eventually did it. Contrast this to Genesis 22:3 when Abram (now called Abraham) obeys immediately. Years had passed. But it wasn’t just the passage of time, it was the growth of his faith. Put more accurately and in a New Testament context, Abraham had been perfected in the faith. He had grown. He had matured.

We do not know why it had initially taken him long to obey. We do not even know how long the time was. But we do know that he went from hesitant obedience to instant and immediate obedience. The question is how? He grew in the knowledge of God. I believe that it was never his intention to be a “faith giant“. He just desired to grow in the knowledge of God. And by so doing, he went from being double minded or doubting to walking in complete and utter trust in God.

The lesson for us in the twenty first century is that we must continue to grow in the knowledge of God. Many a time we realize our unbelief in a certain area or in general. Instead of focusing on “having faith”, we need to focus on Christ. You may have noticed that the more you focus on “I need to have more faith” the less faith you seem to have. The reason for that is not that your faith has diminished but rather that you have not focused on Christ.

Remember, the scripture says in Hebrews 12, looking unto Jesus, the author and the perfector (maturer) or your faith. In other words, for you to “grow” your faith, you simply must focus on Christ. If you never want to struggle with faith, if you want to always be increasing in the things of God, daily seek the knowledge of Him. I guarantee you that when you do so, based on the Word of God, you will not struggle with and in faith any more.

28 June 2021

And God said to Balaam, “You shall not go with them; you shall not curse the people, for they are blessed.” So Balaam rose in the morning and said to the princes of Balak, “Go back to your land, for the LORD has refused to give me permission to go with you.””
‭‭Numbers‬ ‭22:12-13‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Notice, Balaam was saying I want to go with you but God has refused. Balaam wanted to go but God didn’t want Balaam to go. In other words Balaam wanted what God didn’t want. Simply put Balaam was carnal. Remember the carnal mind is enmity with God. So Balaam was trying to do spiritual things with a carnal mind. Because he was carnal he kept entertaining the world.

Remember, friendship with the world, like carnality, is enmity with God. Put another way, friendship with the world is carnality. So Balaam was carnal. We see this in how his desires were contrary to the word of God. We see this in how he hung out with the world. We see this in how he sold his gift to the highest bidder.

You can be gifted and carnal. You can be gifted and worldly. But that is not God’s desire for you.

“And God came to Balaam at night and said to him, “If the men come to call you, rise and go with them; but only the word which I speak to you—that you shall do.” So Balaam rose in the morning, saddled his donkey, and went with the princes of Moab. Then God’s anger was aroused because he went, and the Angel of the LORD took His stand in the way as an adversary against him. And he was riding on his donkey, and his two servants were with him.”
‭‭Numbers‬ ‭22:20-22‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Now God was not unjust in being angry with Balaam. Why? He went against God’s Word because he was carnal. God said if they come to you, you can go. Instead Balaam wakes up and goes to them. He didn’t obey God. Put more correctly, Balaam couldn’t obey God.

The story of Balaam highlights how carnality will hinder you from rightly dividing scripture. Carnality will hinder you from clearly hearing the Word of God. Ultimately, carnality will hinder you from walking with God. If you are carnal, you will always walk contrary to God. If you are carnal, you will not be sensitive to the Word of the Lord or the leading of the Spirit. As long as you are carnal, you may desire to do the things of God but you will not be able.

So, what is the solution? How can one keep himself (or herself) from being carnal?

By practising Psalm 1:1-3. By living in Joshua 1:8. And by guarding your heart. Proverbs 4:23.

21 June 2021

Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.”
‭‭Genesis‬ ‭2:3‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

We know that Christ is our sabbath. This is Genesis 2. The fall only came in Genesis 3. So the sabbath here appears before the tree, the serpent and the fall. This tells me that Christ wasn’t God’s correction measure. Christ was there before it all. Salvation was there before the garden.

So, Christ came to deal with sin but that was not his main objective. He came that we may have life. Dealing with sin is a consequence of giving us life.

The challenge with the modern day church is that we are sin conscious. We ought instead to be Christ conscious. We ought instead to be Word conscious. Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. Our focus should be Jesus. When we do so, the struggle with sin will be ended. Focusing on Christ is essential in living a victorious life. Unless and until you focus on Christ, you will not live a victorious life.