“… Your People shall be my people, and your God, my God (Ruth 1:16)”
Have you ever wondered why there are few people who have been standing out in making greats exploits for God’s kingdom? Why there are people like Enoch, Moses, Samuel, Elijah, Elisha, and many other patriarchs of faith who stand out of their generation for God, and did what many people didn’t do? Is it that God has favourites, such that He shows his ways and acts to some people and hides it from some?
Why are there not so many people like Benny Hinn, E.W. Kenyon, Kathryn Kulman, Late Bishop Idahosa (Nigeria), Bishop Oyedepo (Nigeria), and various many others? Is it that God is in short supply of resources to make many of such people? I say NO. Each man determines his place with God.
The Determinant of the level of a man in God is the man’s personal walk with God. God doesn’t have favourites, His arms are forever open unto every-man. In-fact one of the key things that salvation brought to us, was the opportunity of a personal walk (fellowship) with God.
“That at that time ye were not without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world (Eph. 2:12)”
“Jesus said to her, “Touch me not, for I am not yet ascended to my father, but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father and to my God and your God” (John 20:17) ”
It is important to notice this transition between (Eph. 2:12) and (John 20:17). We never had any relationship with God before, we couldn’t call him father. But God created that relationship by sending Jesus. So it is obvious God wants to commune (have fellowship) with man just as He did in the Garden of Eden. He wants to have us speak with Him. He wants us to walk with Him.
It is also important to note that God wants to deals with every man on earth individually. God relates with each one of us one-to-one. He deals with everyone, one to one as though he/she were the only person on the face of the earth. He deals with you personally, as though you were the only person in that hall, class, office. He desires fellowship with man, and not just fellowship but personal fellowship with each man.
“You only have I known of all the families of the earth: … (Amos 3:2)”
God was addressing Israel and He said, them only has he known on the earth, but obviously they were not the only nation on earth and in-fact God created all the others. Same is true of the way God deals with each one of us. God is ready to deal with us personally. Am not placing down the place of fellowship with other believers, but am trying to lay emphasis on the place of a personal walk with God. Our corporate fellowship is to help our personal walk with God. Each of our Church (fellowship) meetings is to sharpen our zeal and thirst for a personal walk with God. Corporate fellowship is a means to an end. God wants every believer to have a personal walk with God, this is evident in all of what God is doing for us.
At Pentecost, each Person spoke with tongues. The holy-spirit filled each one of them. Also, in scriptures we are made to know that the spirit bears witness with our spirit (individually). The spirit bears witness with your own very spirit not another person for you.
“Look to Abraham your Father, And to Sarah who bore you; for I called him alone, and blessed him and increased him (Isa. 51:2)”
Looking at each of the men who stood-out in their walk of faith, we notice they had a personal walk with God.
There is a clear difference between “Our God” and “my God”. The latter clearly depicts a personal walk with God. God wants every-one of us to have a father-Son relationship with Him. A father-Son relationship clearly carries a personal intonation.
Paul, was a man who opened the Church to great truths about the Kingdom. He did that because Paul (Himself) studied the scriptures. Enough of the kind of Christianity that lives alone by all that is being told Him. We need to sit down and have a personal relationship with our Heavenly father. The reason for the creation of man was because of the lonely heart cry of the Father. The creation of man, was a response to love. God wants us individually.
The bible is littered here and there with many scriptures showing that we have our different records with God.
“Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words (Dan. 10:12)”
Notice the use of the different personal pronouns. Daniel set his own heart to understand.
“… as I was among the captives by the River Chebar, that the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God (Eze. 1:1)”
“the word of the Lord came expressly to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the River Chebar; and the hand of the Lord was upon him there (Eze. 1:3)”
“And I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? (Acts 22:7)”
“So I answered, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ and He said to me, ‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting.’ (Acts 22:8)”
“And those who were with me indeed saw the light and were afraid, but they did not hear the voice of Him who spoke to me. (Acts 22:9)”
Notice also the scenario of Ezekiel and Paul. Both were amidst people (Ezekiel among the captives, Paul with other people) yet the heavens opened and singled them out and spoke to them and those around them didn’t hear. Walking and having fellowship with God is personal. It can’t be done for you. You must do it yourself. As Christians we must learn to start taking responsibility for our walk with God.
It takes understanding God personally and His covenant before we can enjoy all of what God has prepared for us. It is clear and evident that all the patriarchs of faith and the great men of exploits maintained a personal communion with God. In order to attain where they attained we must be ready for a personal walk with our Heavenly Father.
For Us to grow to maturity, we must learn to personally search the scriptures. Cultivate an habit of prayer. Doing all this, add up to having a personal fellowship with Jesus.
Christianity is principally a personal walk; right from salvation (you believe with your own heart), he leads you by your own spirit in you. Our fellowship with other believers is to help us achieve success in our personal walk with God. It is hard to walk in another man’s revelation of God, only if the man’s revelation, becomes a revelation to you. The church today has to learn this, we must know that we have the responsibility of having a personal communion with God.
As we make-up our minds to walk with God, I see God supplying us grace, in Jesus name (Amen)
Christ Reigns! We Win!
I Call You Blessed!
Written by Afolabi Samson
Now the (Jews) were better disposed and more noble than those in Thessalonica, for they were entirely ready and accepted and welcomed the message [concerning the attainment through Christ of eternal salvation in the Kingdom of God] with inclination of mind and eagerness, searching and examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. Acts 17:11 [AMP]
But the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and gladly listened to the message. They searched the scriptures day by day to check up on Paul and Silas’ statements to see if they were really so. Acts 17:11 [TLB]
Paul’s usual practice [culture, manner of life] is to maximize every time available at his disposal to minister Christ: preaching the Gospel. After he and his company had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they got to the synagogue of the Jews at Thessalonica, where he reasoned with them from scriptures about the death and resurrection of Jesus who is the Christ (Messiah).It is worthy of note that all Christians should inculcate this virtue (and command) in their pilgrimage.
This message of Paul permeated some Jews, a great multitude of the devout Greeks and a few chief women in Thessalonica, all of whom believed and consorted (cast their lot) with the Apostle.
But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy… Acts 17:5 (why?)
A fraction of the Jews who did not believe must have held firmly to a false report which went viral after Jesus’ death, that which denied His resurrection, claiming that the Disciples stole him away while the soldier slept. This saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day. Matt. 28:11-15. It must have been a thug of war for Paul, because he actually reasoned (argued) with them for three Sabbath days in their synagogue before he got the number that believed.
We must at this junction state that; Christ actually died, was buried and resurrected on the third day, which validated the teachings of Paul. Nothing can be done against the truth but for the truth (2Cor. 13:8). For death could not hold him captive (1Cor. 15:55-58). They also accused Paul and his company of treason, in that they claimed another King, Jesus, instead of Caesar (Acts 17:7). Whereas Paul must have stated that Jesus was a King, but His Kingdom is not of this world. (Acts 18:36)
This was not the case with the Jews at Berea. We therefore seek to understand the virtues possessed by the Jews at Berea which made them nobler.
These were nobler than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Therefore many of them believed: also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few. Acts 17:11-12
We can extract two important points attributed to their nobility:
- They received the word with readiness of mind
- Searched the scriptures daily whether those things were so.
The difference between a believer and a un-believer is that the first believes while the other does not. The one who believed must have accepted the truth preached because he/she was open-minded. The Jews at Thessalonica were not open-minded, they could not accept new (correct) idea because they held tightly and firmly to their old (wrong) beliefs. They did not give room for the glorious light of the gospel to flood their hearts in order for their darkness to be enlightened. Unknown to them that all were just a shadow of the real thing, which is Christ. Many of us have also fallen short of new terrains that the Holy Spirit would have launched us into, because we being myopic have decided to hold on firmly to the doctrines of men and the limitation around us. Many a times we have so acted like Peter, who first saidnot so my lord, for I have never done this before (anything unclean- of which God already made clean) Acts 11. Which unknown to him, God was clearly expounding the scope of salvation to him, stating that, it was not only for the Jews rather for every nations and tribes (gentiles).
Faith comes by hearing, hearing by the word of God. If we are not eager and zealous to receive, we will end up not getting Faith to act upon.
The Jews at Thessalonica had a zeal but not according to knowledge.
Brethren, my heart’s desire and Prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For them being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believes. Rom. 10:1-4
The words spoken by Paul did not produce salvation in them because it did not mix with faith in their heart. They had a stony heart (Ezekiel 11:19; 36:26). In that the message preached by Paul was unknown/unclear to them, they zealously raised an uproar in the city, thinking they are doing God a favour, by their action, but they were actually against the proliferation of God’s word. They fought vehemently against anything contrary (as it were) to the Jewish traditions handed over to them by their fathers. This was also the position of Paul before his encounter with Christ. Their zeal was wanting in knowledge.
On the other hand, the Jews at Berea received (embraced and accepted favourably) the word, the message of the death and resurrection of Jesus, with eagerness, much inclination and readiness (preparedness) of mind and there was a performance.
Now, therefore perform the doing of it: that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also of that which ye have. 2Cor. 8:11
This virtue expresses the reason why Isaiah said if ye are willing (desirous and ready) and obedient, ye shall eat the good (fatness) of the land. God works in us both to will and to do of His good pleasures. The predicament of the unbelieving Thessalonians was the hardness of their heart. Some folks have not received the engrafted word of God with meekness, openness and readiness of mind, some on the other hand had held tenaciously and firmly to the traditions of men, old wives fables and the rudiments of this world, all of which had robbed them of the finished works of Christ and the power thereof. Others have unknowingly retarded and consequently brought to halt the next phase (new things) that God wants to commit to their hands all because they were satisfied with what they have, as such are not hungry nor thirsty for more.
Dear reader, I implore you to be ready, eager and willing to explore and receive new levels of victory/grace from the WORD of God; for God is set (determined) to manifest in greater dimensions, the savour of His knowledge in every place by us. We are blessed with ministry gifts for this purpose.
While wanting to receive new things, the Apostles exhorted the church about the rising of many false teachers and prophets in the last day. They thus encouraged a test (to prove) every spirit/teaching/prophecy whether they be of God by the instrumentality of the Spirit and by the word of God. 1John 4:1; 2Pet. 2:1
Study to show thyself approved, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2Tim. 2:15
Another prominent virtue exhibited by the Jews at Berea, was their diligent search of the Scriptures to confirm what was said by Paul. A diligent search and study brings increased knowledge and empowers to do the content. Under the tutelage of the Spirit and by consistent search of the scripture with open-mindedness, the truth is communicated to us. We thus shed off the imperfect (shadowy) that the perfect might have free course.
All scripture is given by the inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. 2Tim. 3:16-17.
There is no perfect understanding gained from scripture outside the tutelage of the Spirit. This is because, he is the custodian of Truth. He glorifies Christ by revealing the intent of all purposes, events and prophecies in Scriptures, as they relate to Christ. This is made bare to the church by teachers and pastors.
Jesus said “Search the scriptures: for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me” John 5:39 (KJV)
You make search in the Holy writings, in the belief that through them you get eternal life; and it is those writings which give witness about me (BBE)
You examine the scriptures carefully because you suppose that in them you have eternal life. Yet they testify about me. (ISV)
The Jews at Berea carefully and diligently searched and x-rayed the messages of Paul in scripture daily to confirm whether they are in alignment: Little wonder he commended their Nobility.
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth: but thou shall meditate therein day and night, that thou may observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shall make thy way prosperous, and thou shall have good success. Josh. 1:8
Their Readiness of mind and confirmation by search from scriptures go hand-in-hand, they are complementary. We should inculcate these virtues in our day to day activity, this will makes us stand out.
Let your zeal be according to knowledge
Christ Reigns! We Win!
Love Always Win.
Written by Akintayo Damilola
“Until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ (Eph. 4:13 NIV)”
“Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming” (Eph. 4: 14 NIV)
God wants every Christian to grow in faith (grow in the knowledge of God). Well, that is the delight of every parent, to see their once little baby grow up and become a successful adult in whatever endeavor he/she might choose.
“Like newborn babies you should crave (thirst for, earnestly desire) the pure (unadulterated) spiritual milk, that by it you may be nurtured and grow unto [completed] salvation” 1 Peter 2:2 (AMP)
This article seeks to explain the correct mindset about God’s word we should have in our growth journey as Christians. The spirit of God is one and he reveals the truth of His word unto us per time. For the letter kills but the spirit gives life. For the word of God to profit us we must see from the vista of the Spirit and allow him teach us per time.
Three persons can read the same scripture and see three different things for a variety of reasons which includes but is not limited to the following; reading their selves into the creed (those who make personal and greedy interpretation of the bible), and seeing from the lens of God. No one making a private interpretation of the bible would grow in faith.
“Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation” (2 Pet. 1:20 KJV)
To grow in God and not fall into error, you must be willing to change your lens and see ONLY through the lens of the Spirit. However, is it possible to look through this lens and still not see completely? Yes. It doesn’t matter your present state, its ok if you don’t know all things NOW, but you MUST be willing to learn and do as you are taught of the Spirit. If you have this mind, then the Spirit shall indeed teach you more of Christ and bring your teachers your way. Apostle Paul had this to say to the Corinthian church and I believe God is saying same to the church today.
“Understand that we know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled. He went further to state that when we come into a higher level of truth, we should put away that which we once knew and embrace the truth saying when I was an infant at my mother’s breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant. When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good” 1 Cor. 13:10-11 (MSG)
What God expects from every believer is growth. To be able to continually grow as a believer, do not take a position wherein you are unwilling to yield to (obey and put to use) the truth of God’s word after it has been revealed to you. That you believe something today, doesn’t mean you will believe same tomorrow, as we fellowship with God we grow into a deeper level of truth, helping us come into completeness in God.
As you grow and have a better understanding of the scriptures you must not forget that there is someone who probably still sees from the perspective where you once saw things, be willing to teach the truth of God’s word to such without condemning, while you pray that the eyes of understanding of such is open to see clearly. We must learn to share our insights in the scriptures to other believers with humility of heart (Eph. 3:18).
It is possible that we encounter other believers who read the bible through God’s lens and still see from different perspectives (people interpret the word in different perspectives). In such cases, it is good the two parties are humble, hear each other out and search the scriptures to know the bible’s counsel about the topic (issue) being discussed. Do Not Argue. Sometimes one of the reasons why we argue our point and perspective whether right or wrong and try to make people see from our point of view is because we are so fixated on ourselves that we pay little attention to what the Spirit is saying and would rather show that we are knowledgeable, because knowledge puffs up (1 Cor. 8:1).
Do not take a position in your heart wherein you’re unwilling to yield to the truth of God’s word, or teach the truth in love. To receive God’s word, you need to throw all spoiled virtue and cancerous evil in the garbage. In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life, only his word is able to save your soul, receive it with meekness (James 1:21 MSG).
In conclusion, always put this to heart as we become complete in Christ (Matured in Christ), for we shall be complete in him and it shall not be long. But for right now, until that completeness comes, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly (expressed in our thirst for God’s word), love extravagantly (expressed in our humility to share our insights with fellow believers).
Love Always Win.
Written by Abraham Omotayo
“Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me (Psalm 42:7)”
In the Kingdom, many words and expressions carry very different meanings from what they are implied in the normal world. Such of those words, is the word “thirst”. From the natural standpoint, we know that when a man thirst and he gets water, he is satisfied, and therefore no longer thirsty. In the spiritual, kingdom thirst is not satisfied. Yes I mean Spiritual thirst is not satisfied, when it gets some it still calls for more. So as this thirst is satisfied, shortly after, a deeper thirst begins.
“The leech has two suckers that cry out, ‘More, more!’. There are three things that are never satisfied – no, four that never say, ‘Enough’: (Prov. 30:15) NLT”
“The grave, the barren womb, the thirsty desert, the blazing fire (Prov. 30:16) NLT”
“Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me (Psalm 42:7)”
From the scriptures above, we clearly see that true spiritual thirst is satisfied to only create a deeper spiritual thirst. “Deep calls unto deep”, is the definition of spiritual thirst. A knowledge of God revealed to us today, makes us want to know God the more tomorrow. That is why, you can’t claim to have a thirst for God, and not have a regular act of fellowship with Him. No man claims to have a genuine thirst, without having a strong desire for prayers and study of the scriptures. Spiritual thirst is not a one-time activity, it is a life. Men of thirst pursue God every second of their life with all their breath.
David, a very good example of a man with a thirst also says this.
“O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; (Psalms 63:1)”
“To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary (Psalms 63:2)”
David once again brings us back to our definition.
Notice what David said in Psalms 63:2, to see thy power and glory as I have seen thee. He had already seen God, yet he still wanted to see God. Spiritual thirst only proclaims for more. Another example is Moses, whom God said he spoke to face to face, and yet Moses still told God he still wanted to see his face the more. (Num. 12:8, Exo. 33:18).
Thirst opens every believer to deeper insights of God. Mysteries in the kingdom are not opened to people who do not have (show) a strong desire (respect) for such mysteries. The Mysteries of God are not delivered to careless people. And until you show that you will be careful and respect such mysteries of the kingdom, you may never be entitled to them.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls (Matthew 13:45)”
“Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you (Matthew 7:6)”
Many of the secrets which our fathers in the faith possessed, came through a strong hunger for such secrets. And today we are all enjoying the wonders of the kingdom. But some people paid the price, which was their thirst. In fact Jesus, emphatically told us that the price to pay to know more about the kingdom was our thirst. Your thirst is your ticket.
“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled (Matt. 5:6)”
Notice the use of the words “do hunger and thirst” which implies a continuous act. Not just a one day act. They desire continuously. They don’t stop. They being satisfied today, is the reason they come tomorrow. Their deep today calls for another deep tomorrow (Ps. 42:7). And so every day they keep coming, seeking to see through the secrets of the kingdom. To be sincere, our 10, 15 minutes daily devotion is not showing any act of seriousness. We can’t continue like that and expect to handle some big and deep truth of the kingdom.
This generation, always seek someone to teach them everything. Without them learning to search the scriptures themselves, and that is why we have remained at this point ever-since. We can’t continue to remain at the level we are. Our visa into the next level is our thirst.
“Call unto me and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not (Jer. 33:3)”
God doesn’t reveal secrets to people, if they don’t ask. Our asking will come out of our desire to know. Our thirst, is just like a drill in an oil field, it keeps digging until it reaches oil. Our thirst creates the will power to keep searching, seeking the things of the kingdom. King David was a man of such thirst, this was what he said in one of the psalms.
“As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God
“My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: When shall I come and appear before God (Psalm 42:2)”
“My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, where is thy God (Psalm 42:3)”
With all this David’s thirst, little wonder God loved him, and called him a man after His heart and even showed him a lot about the mystery of the coming messiah. Many of the patriarchs of old, Isaiah, Moses, Samuel, Enoch, Elisha and Paul, just to mention a few, were thirsty men. Aggressively seeking for God and wanting to know more of Him. This was clearly evident in their lives. They sought him through prayers and searching the scriptures (fellowship with the spirit). And that was why they were able to record the Bible. Can your thirst get anything for your generation? Or you just want to be spoon-fed every time?
Paul had this to say.
“That I may know Him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death (Phil 3:10)”
The bible calls us “priests and kings (Rev. 5:10)” in the kingdom. One thing worthy of note of priests is that they were SEEKERS. Always coming into the tabernacle to worship and to offer up sacrifices. They were seekers. Seeking God, so Israel could be forgiven and blessed. Now He has called us priests, are we not supposed to live worthy of our call?
“And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins (Heb. 10:11) ”
Note the word, “every”, “daily”, “ministering” and yet the bible says all that didn’t take away sins. Now we are in a better covenant, which the mysteries of the kingdom are given for us to know, but the truth remains that we may not handle this secrets if we don’t build a strong desire and crave for them.
Now, thank God for the dispensation of the new covenant. I Believe God is more than willing to see more sons arise to begin to thirst for the things that He says are rightfully ours. The holy-spirit works out this thirst in us. But we need to agree with His work in our lives.
“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure (Phil 2:13)”.
“Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen
So as the Holy-spirit prompts us for fellowship (which leads further to thirst), our agreement to the call opens up God’s thirst in us, hereby qualifying us for more of God. Know that we can always get as much of God, as we will pursue.
If you ever desire God the more in your life, develop a heart of thirst for him, create a passion to seek him continuously. Seek him with all your heart and shortly you will you see your soul being transformed, and yourself being a custodian of great truths that will liberate the world.
God being our Father desires we thirst for His presence, because as we know him the more, so we also get to know who we truly are. Ask Him to create a thirst for Him in you today. Develop a thirst for God and qualify for more of Him.
I Call You Blessed!
Written by Afolabi Samson
“Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? Isaiah 53:1”
Personally, I believe what you experience as regards your health i.e. either sickness or perfect health depends basically on the report you choose to believe. Either that of the world or that of the word.
Many people have not been able to enjoy all of God’s provision for their health basically because they choose to believe the medical reports that they have received as truth replaced by the word of truth itself.
The World’s report has been highly publicised in our world today, we keep hearing of the dangers of many health challenges and doctors keep branding new ones, without having solved the earlier ones. We keep hearing of millions dying by the day as a result of diseases and sicknesses. While I do not try to brand doctors as wicked people, I try to show us that God has an adequate plan for us to be in good health, if we will only believe Him. This article however, endeavours to amplify God’s say about our health.
Taking a closer look at God’s original intent for the earth, we will discover that God’s will was that the earth and its inhabitant should live a sickness and disease free life.
“Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day (Gen 1:31)”
Clearly from the above scripture, at creation God looked at the earth and saw that everything he had created was very good. One cannot argue that sicknesses and diseases were in this earth and such a Loving God still declared that it was very good. Man was born to rest, not to live life under the pressure of sickness and diseases. The atmosphere in Eden was an atmosphere so blessed, that even when man didn’t wear any clothes, his health did just well. Adam never had any high-blood pressure, no headache once, not to talk of migraine, Cancer was not known to him, he was a free man. His Body-temperature never went too high or neither too cold even without clothes. No Blood-Group or Blood-type knowledge, yet he was free from the menace of blood transfusion, or any related issue. He was a free man. The earth was without sickness. God never wanted any man sick neither does he delight in seeing any weak or feeble man in pains. In-fact, herbs and trees in which many of our drugs are made of today were not created for medicinal purposes but for food as seen below;
“And God said, ‘See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food (Gen 1:29)”
Notice God specifically saying, it shall be for food not drugs. So God never wanted man to fall sick in the first place so there wasn’t any need to plan for healing him. All God created with the earth was perfect health without sickness or weakness.
At the fall, man permitted the devil to take charge of the earth. And after that we notice a serious disorder from God’s original intent. Man started dying physically, a long-term result of him dying spiritually. We notice diseases take a toll on man and hereby terminating abruptly man’s life. So it is clear that the originator of sicknesses and diseases is the Devil (Man’s enemy also known as the thief). He stole man’s health.
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly (John 10:10)”
As true at the statement above is, the world rather has shied away from this truth and has kept on trying to explain other mentally acceptable reasons for the cause of sicknesses. But according to God’s report, the sole cause of Sicknesses is the Devil. So the next time, you feel a pain in your body, don’t think twice, remember it’s the devil that stole your health and rebuke him for it.
But actually the choice is yours, whose report you believe;
“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live. (Deut. 30:19)”
God never wants any man sick. Even at the fall, which was man’s fault He didn’t leave man to his own problem because man was helpless. Man couldn’t save him-self from the mess he had got into. And that is why for any man who has not accepted God’s salvation i.e. Jesus, such a man is helpless.
“And the Lord will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee; but will lay them upon all them that hate thee. (Deut. 7:15)”
All through the old-testament God proved him-self in many ways to be Man’s healer. Finally, to give a death-dealing blow to sicknesses, He sent Jesus. The Bible records that during His earth walk he healed the sick.
“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy-ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him (Acts 10:38)”
The bible calls healing the sick good, it therefore means being sick was bad. And God was displeased with man’s sickness. Finally, Jesus paid the ultimate price for man’s redemption and man’s debt to sin and sickness was fully and permanently paid at the cross. If you are paying another, it’s because of your ignorance.
“He his despised and rejected by men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief, And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him (Isaiah 53:3)”
“Surely He has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we esteem Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted (Isaiah 53:4)”
“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5)”
“Who his own self bare our sins in his body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed (1 pet 2:9)”
And by whose stripes we were healed. Notice the use of the word “were”. We were ever healed before we were sick. Jesus has restored back to the earth, God’s original purpose concerning man’s health. The only way to enjoy this now, is simply to accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour in your life. Jesus paid the price for all diseases that is ever was and will still be when he died at the cross. All we need do is to believe Him.
God doesn’t afflict or tempt any-one with sickness. He will never punish you for your sins by making you sick. He punished Jesus on the cross already for your sake. Punishing you again will mean He is not a Just God and God forbid! The Debt is Paid, The devil’s reign over your life is over.
At Resurrection, when Jesus was raised from the dead and we who believe was raised with him also, our bodies received new strength.
“It is sown in dis-honour, it is raised in glory, it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power (1 Cor. 15:43) NKJV”
“It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body and there is a spiritual body (1 Cor. 15:44) NKJV”
So as a believer, your body is a spiritual body. A no go area for sicknesses. Your body is a temple of God meant for God alone and not for sickness. God and sickness can’t co-exist in your body. Light and darkness can live together. Your knowledge of this, is where your solution lie.
Many Christians suffer diseases today because they are ignorant of God’s provision concerning their health or they simply are not persuaded of them. They rather prefer an explanation more appealing to their senses. They do not know that the best way to understand God and His ways is through faith. Faith brings understanding.
“By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible (Hebrews 11:3)”
We understand God by faith. Divine health is connected to by faith. You need to acknowledge God’s provision for your health. Believe what he says concerning your health and say what he says concerning your health. And take any other report contrary to this as false. God created you, so he knows you more than you know your-self and He says I didn’t create you to be sick, won’t you simply believe him and enjoy life like a free man?
If you are reading this, and you are sick already, accept Jesus as your lord and saviour, believe his report concerning your health, confess it, take a step of faith, and see God supplying you strength from your inner man and do what you couldn’t do before. Don’t try to do it, do it.
In the book of Acts 3: 1 -9, the story of the ugly man at the beautiful gate whom the holy-ghost healed through peter and John. You will notice Peter and John pulled up the man in the name of Jesus. He simply believed Jesus and peter and john made him do what he couldn’t do before. It was in doing that, that he got his healing.
Believe Jesus and his provision for your health and start doing what you couldn’t do before. Here-in lies your healing. So don’t try to do it, Just do it and you discover you are healed.
Take charge of your health today, activate God’s provision for your health and live life to the fullest.
Christ Reigns! We Win!
I CALL YOU BLESSED
Written by Afolabi Samson
…and thy God my God. (Ruth 1:16)
The above statement was the confession of a lady in the bible. I find this statement very insightful and key to walking with Jesus. As believers we must come to know that God’s attention is on ME. We must know that though God is the God of the Universe, containing billions of People, He is personally my God. He knows me personally and has a direct relationship with ME. He so knows me up to the extent that He says
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered (Matt. 10:30)
Wow! He even numbered the hairs of my head. What else? We must learn that the promises of the scriptures are written for ME.
Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours; (1 Cor. 3:21)
He says HE knows only you. God knows only ME. Haven’t you wondered why the bible (especially the Old Testament) talks so much about the children of Israel? One would be tempted to think there weren’t other people on the face of the earth or God wasn’t concerned about them. But truly He was. He was concerned about the World, through Israel. Through His focus on Israel, He was able to produce the Messiah to save the world. So like-wise He is concerned about the world through me. He knows if He has ME, He can through ME, have the World.
He is not just the God of Abraham, or the God of Elijah, He is MY God. He is the God of Samson.
Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. (Ps. 139:16)
Everyone who has a diary, writes things which are personal to them alone. The above verse tells us that God wrote the issues about US (ME) individually in his diary. Indeed, He may be the God of the Universe, He is personally my Lord. This understanding would help us know HE is always for us. We dwell continually in His presence. I must know the bible was written specifically to me. How blessed are we.
He doesn’t just want to be described by the name of your Pastor, or your General Overseer. He wants to be described as your God. God doesn’t want any-man to know him through another man. He wants to build a personal relationship with every man. Though God had always addressed the children of Israel through speaking to Moses, yet at some-point, he told Moses bring the people to meet me themselves, I want them to know me themselves and not just through you.
And the Lord said to Moses, Go to the people, and sanctify them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes, (Exodus 19:10)
And be ready against the third day: for on the third day the Lord will come down in the sight of all the people upon Mount Sinai. (Exodus 19:11)
The Psalmist said, God’s mind is full of me. He is deeply in Love with me. I didn’t work to get it, I earned it as a gift and I can’t do anything to keep it. He just loves me. He is MY God. He wants to hear ME speak. He is MY God. He always has time for ME. He is MY God. He is MINE. Jesus, the only begotten of the father, also confirmed this.
….I ascend unto my Father, and your father; and to my God and your God. (John 20:17)
Wow! What an interesting possession. I can scream it loud…He is MY God. As we continue in fellowship with the spirit we will grow in this revelation.
This was the agony of Jesus on the cross…
“And at the Ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? Which is being interpreted, MY GOD, MY GOD, why hast thou forsaken me? (Mark 15:34)” (emphasis mine)
Of all the pains at the cross, losing the sweetness of the possession of God was the most painful to Jesus. What a priceless possession! No wonder Jesus did all that he did during his earth walk for God was with Him.
My friend, today, God wants us to build a personal relationship with Him, He wants you to know He is yours. Walk in this revelation and enjoy all the sweetness of being connected to Heaven.
I CALL YOU BLESSED