Some people have the wrong idea that whenever they give an offering in Church, they are making a donation to support the Church. No, your offering isn’t a donation but an oblation; because you are designed to care for the needy.
Now caring for the needy, is an issue that is very dear to the heart of the Almighty God. For instance Deuteronomy 15:11 says; For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land. So according to the above scripture, God reveals His mindset to us concerning the poor. Because God is sovereign, it is needless to ask why there should be poor people in the land, and it is equally unwarranted to query Him as to why He did not put an end to poverty. The good thing is that God has made provision, for the needy in His infallible word. It is left for you to obey His commands, and be blessed in return. Because is an act of worship. It’s a testimony of your faith in the living God. When you give your offering to the needy, you are testifying to God from your spirit, to your own spirit, and to demons and devils of darkness, of your faith in the living God; there’s a spiritual connection that. So, when you give to the poor, the Lord marks it, because you are lending to Him, and He will repay you, because that poor man can’t pay you back. So, He blesses you for it.
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Therefore someone is in need when he or she lacks what matters for his or her existence, and we are commanded to meet such needs if we are in a position to do so. From our anchor scripture, you see that it was not just a situation, of the people not having money to buy food; but also that there was no food to buy. This shows that money can be of no use, when what you need is not available to buy. You should therefore learn that the needy are not just those who don’t have food, clothes or money; even rich people among us can be in serious need of things that money cannot buy, so you are designed to care for the needy.
No mortal man has the ability, to give answer to all the challenges of life. The only one who can solve, all problems of life is Jesus Christ. So, whether you have a crisis in the Church or on your job, at home or in the country where you live, you must be confident in the days of crisis.
Now, from our anchor scripture, Jesus was with His disciples in a boat out on the water; when they encountered a great storm. The disciples were very afraid but Jesus, on the other hand, was fast asleep. When the disciples woke Him up to see if He could help them, Jesus got up and simply spoke to the storm, Peace! Be still. And the seas were calm again. When difficult times come, you don’t have to be overwhelmed by the waves of worry or fear. Just as Jesus stood up and spoke to the storm, you have power in your words, too. As a believer, the Bible tells us that the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in you. That means, God’s miracle working power is on the inside of you. He has given you His authority to declare peace over your home, over your mind, and over your family. Therefore no doubt, life in a sense is like the sea. A characteristic of the sea is that storms of varying degrees arise, putting the lives of those sailing on it in jeopardy of being drowned. In Jesus name, the storms of life will not be able to drown you, your family and your business. While literal storms are natural phenomena, the storms of life are often generated and directed to an individual by enemies. Whether it is by enemies in the flesh or in the spirit realm, every situation that would constitute a storm in your life shall be disappointed in Jesus name.
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This is why I command, whatever storm you may be experiencing now to be calm in Jesus name. As you sail on the sea of life to fulfil your destiny, the devil and his allies are not happy because your success is also going to result in the blessing; and deliverance of others. So stop running helter skelter to dubious men all over the place; they will only compound your problems. Remember, no matter what storms may come against you, the Greater One lives on the inside of you, and He will empower you to live in victory; this is why you must be confident in the days of crisis.
To be a true success in life, you must understand the wonderful secrets of abundance. Abundance is not just having money, but having it to the point that you don’t experience lack anymore. I am talking about the wealth with a covenant root; just like Abraham’s wealth is still speaking in Israel till today.
For you to understand the secrets of abundance means walking in the Word; living out the Word, because the Word of God is the secret of God. The great men and women of faith we read about in the Bible, distinguished themselves by following God’s Word. For instance in Joshua 8:1-24; Joshua walked with God according to the instructions he received from the Lord, and recorded remarkable victories for the children of Israel. So you must be prepared to work hard if you want abundance. Nevertheless, it is quite a different thing to work hard, and another thing to experience abundance. Although God may grant you open doors to financial favour, it is your responsibility to work towards getting to the pinnacle of all round abundance. To achieve this, you will be required to do a great deal of hard work. Diligence in hard work is always rewarded. Farmers work hard to reap beautiful harvest. When farmers sow seeds, they begin to grow, but weeds also alongside the seeds sown. Therefore, besides nurturing the good seeds, you must also work hard to get rid of weeds. You are not only expected to work hard, but also to pray hard. Anyone who desires an encounter with the Almighty, which would yield the ultimate abundant blessing, must be ready to work and pray hard. Because no good parent will want to see their child suffer in lack, God blesses you to make you enjoy life; not to endure life.
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You need abundance to spread the gospel of Christ. The gospel cannot get to all parts of the world without prosperity. You cannot build the house of God in poverty. God wants to prosper you to have abundance so that you can spread the gospel. So you must learn to pray hard, and call upon God to give you increase. Lazy people cannot experience all round blessing. Those who are not prepared to work and pray hard; are not yet ready for any form of meaningful breakthrough. Therefore put God first in all your earnings as from today and you will experience; the wonderful secrets of abundance.
Standard life is a costly endeavor. There is a price, for maintaining a great standard life you see today. Many people are not interested in paying the price for standard life, but yet expect to see results, so maintaining the price of being a standard is very important.
Now according to Mathew 13:44-46, Again the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it. So every prize has a price. The level of dignity you command; is a function of the price you are willing to pay. Every great accomplishment, therefore is a product of a great price paid. Every global impact will, demand a global price. There is no short cut to greatness, and there are no short cuts to anywhere of great importance. The price of being a standard or trailblazer, is indeed very high. Self discipline will be required of you; if you desire to be a standard among your contemporaries. From our anchor scripture, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego are good examples of people who paid the price to be a standard. Although they were captives in a strange land, they stood up to be counted for their loyalty to the God of Israel, even though it came at a high price that required them to pass through King Nebuchadnezzar’s fiery furnace.
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One point to note from this story is that the king’s decree was not only directed at the Hebrew boys; it was for all officials in the realm of the king, including a number of other Jews. Only God knows how many of those other Jews allowed their faith to be compromised; in order to avert the King’s anger. I suppose they were many. In any case, the stand taken by the three Hebrew boys was the price they had to pay to become standards for the other Jews to follow. We must learn from Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego that to become a standard, we must first stand out. Therefore maintaining the price of being a standard is vital.
Your future is about you, and your results depend on you. You are the secret of your life; you are the secret of your secret. Expectation is right, but it much better if you are living a life of consistent change.
Now doing the same thing, in the same way will always give you same results. Change, is the only vital force in the school of success that engenders greatness. Change invite results and fertilize zeal. Change introduce originality, and sustain innovation. If you don’t change, you might end up in chain. Change set free from old life; and initiate into a new life of unlimited success. Therefore change does not take place by changing location, nationality or church; no, change takes place when you change. Nothing can ever change, until you change. Change is not moving to a new location; because an Alligator cannot change to a Crocodile no matter the change of location. So change, begins with you changing. Until there is a change on your inside, there cannot be a change around you. There has to be a change on your inside first; before you can effect changes around you. It is a changed man that changes the world. It is your change that can determine; the extent to which you can change others. There cannot be a change, until there is a change in your character; because character is the real you and the foundation for success. Now change fuel hope and bring rest to life. When there is Change, there is assurance. Change birth promise, promise provokes energy, energy attracts result. The end result of change is result.
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One change will affect other change, and no change will stagnate life. You cannot live today, the way you are lived yesterday. Change is the promise factor in the school of life. In simple terms, the kind of genuine change that leads to transformation is impossible without God. Human institution can successfully reform, rehabilitate, refine or even improve a person, but real conversion from sinner to saint cannot be achieved without divine intervention. For this reason, those who desire genuine change in all ramifications of life must come to God by accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of God into their lives. Are you one of those seeking real change; this is why living a life of consistent change is important for you.
The significant of light in the life of every creature is important. When ever, there is light every where will be bright; so let your light shine for all to see.
Therefore it is your approach to God, that determines your attitude and countenance. When you approach God with boldness, thankful for His grace and confident that He loves you and He is for you, you can’t help but be full of light. However, a legalistic, religious approach to God steals light. It does not nourish it; because any where there is darkness you will not be comfortable there. So as a child of God, you are to shine as light in the midst of darkness. He wants you to shine with blazing intensity. He wants men to see your good works and glorify your heavenly Father. For when the light refuses to shine, it gives room for darkness to reign. This is the reason why it is dangerous for children of God; to abandon politics in the hands of the children of disobedience. These children of disobedience will continue to vote for politicians, who are their spiritual kinsmen. Christians have no moral justification to complain of bad governance, if they refuse to shine as light in the political scenes of their country. The reason darkness did not overcome Jesus Christ was that, as the light of the world, he shone throughout his earthly ministry. From our anchor scripture, you understand that to shine in this world of darkness requires wisdom. It therefore follows that it is foolish to light your spiritual candle of salvation; and hide it under the table. Of course, it is only a matter of time before the light goes out.
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Again, we observe that the responsibility is yours to fan your zeal aglow. God is telling you what you can do. If you couldn’t be aglow and burning with the Spirit, He wouldn’t ask you to do it. He is telling you to do it because He has given you the power, the ability, to do it. If you are a student, beam the light of the glorious Gospel in the academic world. If you are a businessman, a policeman, a soldier, a politician, a fashion designer, a lawyer or an athlete, impact your world and change your environment. You are to be the light of the world, therefore let your light shine for all to see.
Being prosperous means a lot more than amassing wealth for yourself; rather, it involves being able to help others. The reason God has blessed you; is so you can serve Him and bless others, because great reward awaits you for your kindness.
Now if you are enjoying God’s love, you must be ready to give something in return to him as a demonstration of your love for Him. From our anchor scripture, this was demonstrated by the church at Philippi. Paul reported that they were the only ones; who stood with him during the period of his trial and need. After he left Macedonia, some churches used that as an excuse not to support him anymore, but not the brethren at Philippi. Even after he travelled to Thessalonica, they repeatedly sent provisions to meet his needs there. Therefore true prosperity is looking out for opportunities to be a blessing to others. It’s finding joy and excitement in helping and extending love to others. A truly prosperous person is of a benevolent spirit; he is quick to give, and derives joy in helping others become prosperous. In our society today, some people still hide under the cover of distance, to shy away from showing love through giving. They would say, you are far away and that is why it is difficult to send assistance to you. It makes no difference if you have; had unpleasant experiences in trying to help someone. Perhaps you have helped someone become successful who eventually turned against you; don’t become bitter. Keep up the good work, knowing that the Lord will reward your act of kindness. As challenging as it was then, the brethren in Philippi found a way around the difficulties and supported Paul.
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They became a major financial backbone, of the ministry of Paul. Paul declared that by virtue of their being so sacrificial in giving, he was full, having all his needs met. Just as you have needs, so does God have needs. If you can meet Gods needs, He will surely meet yours. The project of expanding, God’s kingdom on earth has needs. There is therefore a need to support anyone, or any cause that is dedicated to meeting these needs. Therefore remain the helper and the giver, for great reward awaits you for your kindness to someone in need today.
Refuse to condescend to the low level of being controlled by your senses. Esteem God’s word beyond everything the world can offer, this is why you have to control your appetite.
Now in His infinite wisdom, God designed the human body to require food and water for sustenance. Being the Maker of all things, He is conscious of the fact that He created us with the basic need for food and drink, and He promised to provide these for us. As a child of God, you therefore need not to allow the anxiety of what to eat or drink overwhelm your heart in any way. For instance a certain day in the Bible, Esau was hungry and wanted some food from his brother Jacob. When Jacob asked for the birthright in exchange, Esau’s reply showed that he had no regard for it, though it was sacred. Look, I am about to die. What good is the birthright to me. Esau said, he knew that the birthright had blessings, but that didn’t mean anything to him. He sold his birthright to Jacob for food; and didn’t consider the spiritual implication of his action. Because he did not control his appetite it cost him the inheritance, which his younger brother got in his place. So delicacies are expensive, mouth watering meal received for kings, rulers, wealthy individuals and their companions. They are so temping because they are specially packaged to make them irresistible, and they typically have a lovely aroma, sumptuous appearance and fantastic taste. Although delicacies or dainties are not in themselves evil, they are often associated with evil because Satan and his agents tend to use them as a bait to lure innocent souls into developing an unhealthy appetite for them.
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So to enjoy life and peace, you must have high esteem for spiritual things. Don’t end up like Esau did; have regard for spiritual things like Jacob. He was after the blessing, which is spiritual and greater. Therefore the story of Daniel and his companions; clearly shows that basic food and drink are sufficient, and not inferior to exotic delicacies and wine in providing the energy and nutrition that our bodies need to function effectively. The unhealthy appetite for delicacies and dainties has turned many Christians into sycophants and puppets, doing the bidding of wealthy and powerful leaders in order to keep up with certain levels of comfort; this why you have to control your appetite today.
The capacity of your learning will determine the standard of your living. If you don’t learn, you won’t earn. The quality of your learning; will determine your capability of your earning, therefore you must be a life long learner.
Now a wise man once said that, destiny is like stock exchange it changes per day, based on the value attached to it. So don’t be deceived, that you will still be in the same level with your classmates or peers in the future, because twenty children don’t play together for twenty years. By destiny, you are not rated the same with your peers. To raise your class in destiny, you must do something, that others are not doing though you sit in the same class. You need to go extra mile, to enhance your result if you must boost your destiny level. Learning is what build the reservoir; for continuity and ability to maximize potentials. Struggle and challenges will always, drop down at the might power of knowledge. Knowledge is the platform for unbeatable life; and it breeds assurance of the good future. If you know more about life, you will enjoy more in life. If you learn more about God, you will live a sweatless life. If you know more about your love, you will see much love unleash to you. If you learn more about finances, you will be on your way out of debt. If you learn the law of sowing and reaping, you will develop the heart for consistency and persistence to see results. There is nothing like destiny mates; because when you don’t make investment others are making in their lives, you will not get their kind of results.
The clothes you buy provide coverings for the body, but the knowledge you acquire provide covering for your destiny. So go for knowledge, rather than majoring on material things that will not last. The knowledge you acquire can buy clothes, cars, and houses for you in the future, but you have to prioritize your needs. Learners are open hearted; ever sensitive to research and know new things.
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Formal education will make you a living; but self education will make a fortune for you. Find out who have excelled in the area of your interest, and study to know how they began, the challenges they faced and the secret of their success; then equip yourself with the knowledge and improve on them so you can excel as well; this is why you must be a life long learner.
2 Peter 1:19
You must recognise that understanding is important to accessing our heritage in the Kingdom. Because the children of Israel experienced a new dawn when they left Egypt; in circumstances that only God could have made possible. If the Lord could give a new dawn to a nation of slaves, I know that it is a new dawn for you in this season in the name of Jesus.
The truth is, It is one thing to read or hear but an entirely a different thing to see; but only those who see possess their inheritance in God. For instance in Exodus 12:1-11, the Lord told Moses and Aaron that the month of their exodus from Egypt; would be the beginning of months to them. In other words, it would become the first month of a new year to them. To as many that are reading this article today, regardless of the fact that we are in September, this shall be the beginning of months to you; because you are entering into your new year this month. You cannot afford to wait till the last day of this year to receive that miracle you desire so much, because the Lord is able and willing to do it now. God has done it before and He will still do it again. It is important to understand, that every truth of Scripture; is valid for all times but applicable only to those who are interested. so you can determine the areas, where you need to do things differently and make improvements. I announce to you that everything around you will experience a new dawn, and so shall it be in Jesus name.
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After declaring a new dawn for the Israelites, God dealt with the enemies that held them bound, so much that their king called for Moses and Aaron in the middle of the night, begging them to lead the Israelites out of the land. These were the same people he had held in captivity for years. When the Lord brings you to a new dawn, even your neighbours may not easily recognise you, because your level would have changed drastically. Can you believe that Pharaoh even asked Moses to pray for him. I decree into your life this day, by the time the Lord accomplishes what He intends to do for you, your enemies will come begging for intercessory prayers, because it is a new dawn for you.