12 April 2021

The kings who succeeded loved the Word. Those who failed despised it.

and tore the kingdom away from the house of David, and gave it to you; and yet you have not been as My servant David, who kept My commandments and who followed Me with all his heart, to do only what was right in My eyes; I Kings 14:8 NKJV.

First and foremost, David loved the Word. A man after God’s own heart is a man who loves the Word of God. It is not about being a worshipper. David’s worship was a byproduct of his love for the Word of God. In describing David, you will find all his positive attributes were actually fruit of loving the Word.

David was God’s preference over Saul because of his love for the Word. What made David’s kingdom a success was the Word. What made David fail when he did fail was because he had neglected the Word of God. As long as David loved the Word, he was successful. Furthermore, God promised that as long as your descendants love the Word of God, they would reign as kings.

Solomon lost it when he stopped loving the Word. Israel entered the promised land by the Word of God. It was the Word that caused them to flourish in the land. And when they neglected Him, they became victims and eventually were thrown out of the land.

So, the land of promise is only for those who love the Word. By the Word you enter. By the Word you prosper therein. David was the lowest of the low. By the Word, he became the greatest king in history, second only to Jesus. The same is not true of those who despise the Word.

In the old Testament those who love the Word of God are called servants. In the New Testament we are called sons. Sonship is manifest only in those who love the Word of God.

But his delight is in the law of the Lord , And in His law he meditates day and night.
Psalms 1:2 NKJV

We have often emphasised the need to meditate on God’s Word. While that is true, that is not where the emphasis should be. The emphasis should be on loving the Word. Notice the first part of the verse – He delights in the Word. When you delight in God’s Word, you meditate therein day and night. And when you love or delight in His Word, you spend time therein daily – not as a chore but as a privilege.

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9 April 2021

But when He was alone, those around Him with the twelve asked Him about the parable. Mark 4:10 NKJV.

This is why it is important to read the Word on your own in private. Revelation in its fulness doesn’t usually come in public gatherings. Revelation comes when it’s just you and God.

But without a parable He did not speak to them. And when they were alone, He explained all things to His disciples. Mark 4:34 NKJV.

The reason Jesus would marvel at the disciples lack of faith many a time is because they had spent time with Him alone. They should have had faith because of that.

If you too want to have faith, you must spend time alone with Jesus. Church is good. Corporate prayer and Bible study is necessary, but to live a life of faith requires one to daily spend time alone with God.

Remember, Christianity is a relationship not a religion. How are you going to say you are in a relationship with someone whom you never spend time with? Hypocrisy is when you attempt Christianity without relationship. The secret to faith is relationship. If you are in relationship and communion with Christ, faith is inevitable. And where faith resides, the supernatural abides.

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05 April 2021

David’s increase was not due to his ability but it was due to him spending tine with God. We know that He spent time with God because God was with him.

David became greater and greater, for the Lord, the God of hosts (armies), was with him.
2 Samuel 5:10 AMP

David’s secret was the same secret as Joseph and Daniel. He spent time with God.

This is a principle. Jesus outlined it in Matthew 6:6, 17-18. We catch glimpses of it in Jesus’ earthly ministry. The apostles give hints of it. Spend tine alone with God. When you see (in person or through a recorded testimony) someone doing great things for the kingdom know that the things you see outwardly are a harvest. There is a seed sown. That seed is abiding in Christ as He abides in you.

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.John 15:5 NKJ

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29 March

I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread.

Psalms 37:25 NKJV

The righteous are those who walk by faith. When faith people take a step over the edge, God will either catch them or will cause them to fly. Either way, he makes their path to be successful.

In other words, if you’re a faith person, God backs your word. He causes the words of a faith person never to fall to the ground. When a person of faith does something, it may not be it’s time, but God shifts time in order that it happens. Examples of the truth of this are the wedding at Cana and the Syrophenician woman. In both instances, it was not time for the particular miracles, yet faith superseded time and the miracles occurred.

That means that every resource is a servant of faith – including time. When you walk by faith, you step out of time and into eternity. When you walk by faith, dead things can come to life. It is by faith that you can redeem days. By faith you can agree concerning anything on earth and it will be done by our heavenly Father.

Jesus put it this way in Mark 9:23, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”

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26 March 2021

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
I John 2:15‭-‬17 NKJV

If you love the Word you will not love the world. Love the Word of God more than anything else. The Word defeats the world. Nay, the Word defeated the world. You cannot love the Word and be defeated by the world. You cannot love the Word and conform to the world.

Love God, love people, love yourself is not possible without a love for the Word. Christianity is easy when you love the Word. But it is hard, I daresay, it is impossible when you hate the Word of God.

The victorious Christian lives in the Word. Those who live in defeat hate the Word of God. You cannot live the life that God intends you to live if you hate the Word of God. The power of God is the Word of God. You can fast, pray, give, witness, etc. But if these things are not built or done from a foundation of the Word they will lead to frustration.

Religion dies when one starts to love the Word of God. Loving the Word is the start of hearing the voice of God. If you seem to be far or deaf to God’s voice, start by getting into the Word. You cannot hear the voice of God continually and consistently without the Word of God.

Victory over the evil one is by the Word of God. If you are a believer and the enemy is walking all over your life, the answer is the Word.

The Word cures depression. The Word breaks addictions.

With the Word, all things are possible. To extract greatest value from the Word, stop seeing the Word as a means to an end but rather as the source of life. Christianity without the Word is religion. Christianity with the Word is relationship. The Word is not a book. The Word is a person. The Word is Christ.

Loving the Word will take you into fulfillment of God’s Word. Fasting is easy when done in the Word. Prayer is effective when done in the Word. If you cannot see the answers to your prayers, perhaps the reason is a deficiency in the Word.

You cannot live in the Word of God and be constantly worried.

The Word of God is more than just a mental object of meditation. The Word is alive. The Word is a giver of life. You cannot live in the Word and be sick. The Word of God is more than healing. God’s Word is health.

Staying in the Word is not a mental exercise. Staying in the Word is connecting to and drawing on the power of God. Supernatural things occur when you stay in the Word. Staying in the Word is the foundation of miracles. Blessing manifests in those who stay in the Word of God.

Christianity ceases to be theoretical or a pie in the sky concept when you stay in the Word. Staying in the Word manifests (makes real and tangible) the power of God.

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22 March

Just at that time some people came who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate [the governor] had mixed with their sacrifices. Jesus replied to them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans because they have suffered in this way? I tell you, no; but unless you repent [change your old way of thinking, turn from your sinful ways and live changed lives], you will all likewise perish. Or do you assume that those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed were worse sinners than all the others who live in Jerusalem? I tell you, no; but unless you repent [change your old way of thinking, turn from your sinful ways and live changed lives], you will all likewise perish.”

Luke 13:1‭-‬5 AMP

Jesus came preaching a gospel of a renewed mind. He came saying change the way you think. He didn’t come preaching all the things we have reduced the gospel to – prosperity, deliverance, prophecy, etc. Those things are good and have a place when correctly applied but none of those things were the message of Jesus. Jesus came preaching repentance – a changed way of thinking. His message was change the way you think for the kingdom of heaven is here. That means if you don’t change the way you think you will not enter or experience the kingdom of heaven.

Look at the quoted text: Jesus said unless you repent ie change the way you think, you too will perish. This He spoke while commenting on those who had apparently perished. Notice, He said they didn’t perish because they were greater sinners than those of us who remain. Notice also He didn’t say why they perished. But He did say that the take away for us is that if we do not repent ie change our way of thinking then we too will perish.

Often when someone dies, we are quick to ascribe his/her demise to some spiritual reason or another. If we deemed them as sinners, then we say in no uncertain terms that they’ve reaped the fruit of sinful living. If they were saints by our own estimation we claim similarly that “the good die young” or that it was God’s time. Jesus, however, didn’t say that. I believe the reason for that is that it is of no real value to those of us who remain.

Jesus instead spoke and said the real lesson is that if you do not repent, you will be no better than the sinner who has perished. When someone dies, witch hunting is an exercise in futility, the take away for those of us who remain is that unless we repent ie change our way of thinking and start thinking in line with God’s Word, we too will die just as those who have died. When someone dies, the eternal perspective of their death is a reminder for us to repent.

Many have and will celebrate the life of someone who has died. Some will criticise. That all has a place in the family of man. However, the most important take away once everyone’s life starts moving forward again: REPENT!

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19 March 2021

having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever,
I Peter 1:23 NKJV

The word of God is incorruptible. That’s why even those who try to use it for selfish gain lose it. The word prevails past them.

If you are full of the Word you cannot be corrupted. Joseph and Daniel couldn’t be corrupted because they were full of the Word. The devil had nothing on Jesus because as a man He was full of the Word.

Samuel was full of the Word that is why his word never fell to the ground. Every word he prophesied came to pass. God backed him up because He was full of the word. If you are corrupt therefore you can prophesy a thing and it not come to pass. But when you get full of the Word you will get to a place where you by necessity have to be careful of what you say because everything you say happens. This is dominion.

Corruption takes away one’s dominion. When you are full of the Word, that Word is what you speak. And God watches over His Word to perform it. God performs His Word because if He doesn’t perform it, He then would be a liar. If God were to allow His Word to fall to the ground, the universe would fall apart. For it is the integrity of God’s Word that upholds the universe.

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5 March 2021

Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. Philippians 4:11‭-‬12 NKJV.

The verse that follows the quoted text is the famous “I can do all things through Christ” verse. That shows me that you have to learn before you can do all things through Christ.

All things in this context is poverty and abundance. Paul is saying whether I have much or I have little I have learned to be able to do whatever needs to be done. I do not let the external circumstances hinder me from doing what God has called me to do. My gift shines through always, not because of what I have but because of who I have. My faith is built solely on Christ.

I have learnt to trust Him in every situation and I have proved Him to be faithful. He will never leave me nor forsake me. I have known Him by revelation but my confidence in Him is because I have also known Him by experience. I have a testimony of Christ. So whatever needs to be done, whether resources are available or whether they are not, Christ Who is in me, will do it through me.

In conclusion, Paul is saying I have learnt to live by faith. That means living by faith is not automatic. You have to learn it. The life that you must live as a believer is a life of faith. (Romans 1:17) You have to un-learn living by everything else and learn to live by faith. Whether in lack or in abundance, are you living according and by the revelation of the Word of God?

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1 March 2021

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

Ezekiel 36:26 NKJV

Here Ezekiel was prophesying that in the new covenant, created within us by the new birth is a new ability to do that which pleases God. He was prophesying the new birth and the empowerment contained therein. As a New Testament believer, you are not trying to do good – you are goodness going somewhere to manifest. Not only have you received the life of God in you, you have been empowered to manifest that life. Because of the new birth, you do not struggle NOT to sin, you rather struggle TO SIN. And if this is not your testimony it’s because you are carnal.

Carnality starts with what one is taught. A lot of teachings promote carnality. But the Word of God teaches righteousness. Righteousness is not merely right standing with God. It is more than that. It is empowerment to do that which pleases God. Righteousness is empowerment to live victoriously. Sin is defeated. The believer must live conscious of this reality. It is possible to live a sin free life. You have God’s empowerment in you to enable you to be a practitioner of righteousness. He that is born of God does not sin. 1 John 3:9 teaches us that. If you are struggling with sin, you’re not grown and/or you are carnal.

Once you have grown you cannot shrink. However you can have spiritual atrophy. Spiritual atrophy is when you have not used your spiritual senses. Spiritual atrophy happens when you are carnal. Carnality occurs when you are not in fellowship with God. Fellowship with God must not be rare. Fellowship with God must be a daily occurrence.

In kingdom teaching most times we liken ourselves or compare ourselves to Adam. But the New Testament believer is on a higher plane than Adam. Adam visited with God but Christ lives in the New Testament believer. He never leaves us nor forsakes us. So, because He is in us and with us always, we must be mindful of Him always.

By being mindful always of Christ in us, we bring Scriptures like 1 Thessalonians 5:17 into practical application. Being mindful of Christ in us is important because you cannot live a defeated life if you are mindful of the Greater One in you. The Christian must live in perpetual victory. For he has been empowered to live a victorious life. Greater is He that is in the believer than he that is in the world.

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26 February 2021

Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed. And there was great joy in that city.
Acts 8:5‭-‬8 KJV

Philip came to Samaria and preached Christ unto them. The Lord confirmed Phillip’s preaching with signs following.

Perhaps the reason no miracles are occurring in your ministry is because you do not preach or teach Christ. The gospel is not miracles. Miracles are a consequence of the gospel. The gospel is the good news of Christ. Christ wants to confirm His Word but if that Word is not preached then what will He confirm?

There is a belief that miracles are outdated or that they are for the immature. There is not a Scripture that I have come across that supports this belief. What the Scripture does show is that miracles are a confirmation of the Word of God. Whenever the Word is preached, signs follow. As much as it is our responsibility to preach Christ, it is Christ’s responsibility to confirm His Word.

What occurred in Acts 8 is what has been termed “revival” in Charismatic circles. Here we see that revival came about because Christ was preached. They didn’t have to pray for revival. They just had to preach Christ. There were at least four revivals in the book of Acts and all four of them were a direct result of the preaching of Christ. That means that when we preach Christ, revival occurs. The preaching of Christ is inevitably accompanied by miracles, signs and wonders.

An endtime “revival” that sweeps across the earth has been foretold for decades. Many have prayed for it. While prayer is a necessity, the Biblical example shows us that after we have prayed, Christ must be preached.

Solus Christus!

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