12. August 2017 · Comments Off on DON’T GET OVERWHELMED BY THE SITUATION · Categories: Decision making, Depression, Faith, Fear, Jesus Christ, Trusting God, Vision, Wisdom

[looking away from all that will distract us and] focusing our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith [the first incentive for our belief and the One who brings our faith to maturity], who for the joy [of accomplishing the goal] set before Him endured the cross, disregarding the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God [revealing His deity, His authority, and the completion of His work] (Hebrews 12:2 AMP).

Beloved, there’s a song by Jenn Johnson titled ‘God I Look to You’ that has been in my spirit for days now with lyrics that say… God I look to You, I won’t be overwhelmed… Give me vision to see things like You do… God I look to You, You’re where my help comes from… Give me wisdom; You know just what to do.

One definition of overwhelmed is to bury or drown beneath a huge mass of something. Another definition is to defeat someone or something by using a lot of force. Beloved, that’s what the enemy is up to. He is trying to defeat you by bringing things that would overwhelm you and that’s why like our feature text says, we are to look away from all that will distract us and to focus our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of our faith.

This is similar to what happened to Peter as he stepped out of the boat to walk on water. Satan sent a huge storm to overwhelm him causing him to take his eyes off Jesus and as he succeeded in doing that, he started to drown him.

Beloved, the devil tries to overwhelm with situations all coming at you at the same time. He also releases a lot of doubt, anxiety, depression, fear, confusion etc just to cloud your judgment but like the song says, this is the time to say… God I look to You, I won’t be overwhelmed… Give me vision to see things like You do… God I look to You, You’re where my help comes from… Give me wisdom; You know just what to do

You need to ask the Lord for vision to help you see things the way He sees things. But not just vision, you need to also ask for wisdom. The Bible says… If any of you lacks wisdom [to guide him through a decision or circumstance], he is to ask of [our benevolent] God, who gives to everyone generously and without rebuke or blame, and it will be given to him. But he must ask [for wisdom] in faith, without doubting [God’s willingness to help], for the one who doubts is like a billowing surge of the sea that is blown about and tossed by the wind (James 1:5-6 AMP).

Beloved, the psalmist also says… I look up to the mountains— does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth! He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber (Psalm 121:1-3 NLT).

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22. July 2017 · Comments Off on DEFEND WHAT THE LORD HAS GIVEN YOU · Categories: God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Promise, Relationship, Revelation, Vision

When the baby was eight days old, they all came for the circumcision ceremony. They wanted to name him Zechariah, after his father. But Elizabeth said, “No! His name is John!” “What?” they exclaimed. “There is no one in all your family by that name.” So they used gestures to ask the baby’s father what he wanted to name him. He motioned for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s surprise he wrote, “His name is John.” (Luke 1:59-63 NLT)

Beloved, in preparation for a women’s conference coming up later on today, we have been meditating on the story of Zechariah and Elizabeth who were promised in their old age that they would have a child. Each day, we were given specific verses from this story to focus on and it’s really been a blessing. However, there was something that was sent out about our feature text that really caught my attention which was; “DO NOT ALLOW PEOPLE TO DICTATE YOUR GOD-GIVEN VISION”.

Beloved, we all know this story very well. Zechariah and Elizabeth who were childless all their lives until one day they had a special visitation from the Lord. We are told that… While Zechariah was in the sanctuary, an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the incense altar. Zechariah was shaken and overwhelmed with fear when he saw him. But the angel said, “Don’t be afraid, Zechariah! God has heard your prayer. Your wife, Elizabeth, will give you a son, and YOU ARE TO NAME HIM JOHN (Luke 1:11-13 NLT).

The angel of the Lord gave them specific instructions to name the child John but the people around them thought they knew better. Call him Zechariah, after his father, they said, but Elizabeth was bold and courageous enough to say “NO! HIS NAME IS JOHN!” That’s the name the Lord gave us. She had to stand her grounds and protect what the Lord had given her regardless of the people’s reasonable arguments and thank God, her husband was able to speak up for her.

Beloved, this is why we have been advised to make sure we know God for ourselves and stick to what He tells and shows us. We are never to allow people to contaminate our promise by calling it what it’s not. Don’t allow people to call it what they called your father because there is no one in all your family by the name you want to call it. In other words, don’t allow people to push you down the path of what your father did because that’s what’s familiar to them. Rather, you are to hold on to the specific vision the Lord gave you. Don’t modify it to fit people’s idea of what it should be like, and like we were told as we meditated on this Scripture; “make sure that it’s your voice that prophesies over it. Don’t wait for another person to speak over it because they may not have the same vision as you. Call it by its divine name, for Elizabeth, his name was ‘John’”.

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22. January 2017 · Comments Off on STILL A PASTOR IN PRISON · Categories: Contentment, God's Plan, Humility, Jesus Christ, Patience, Relationship, Vision

While they were in prison, Pharaoh’s cup-bearer and baker each had a dream one night, and each dream had its own meaning. When Joseph saw them the next morning, HE NOTICED THAT THEY BOTH LOOKED UPSET. “WHY DO YOU LOOK SO WORRIED TODAY?” he asked them (Genesis 40: 5-7 NLT)

Beloved, in a world where everyone wants a platform, many do not consider themselves as anything until given a platform and a microphone but our feature text introduces us to a man‎ who was functioning in his calling regardless of where he was. A pastor is one who cares for the needs of his sheep and this was what Joseph did… WHY DO YOU LOOK SO WORRIED TODAY, he asked.

In this story, we are told that… the Lord was with Joseph in the prison and showed him His faithful love. And the Lord made Joseph a favorite with the prison warden. Before long, the warden put Joseph in charge of all the other prisoners and over everything that happened in the prison. The warden had no more worries, because Joseph took care of everything. The Lord was with him and caused everything he did to succeed (Genesis 39:21-23 NLT)‎.

Beloved, before now, with the Lord’s hand on him, Joseph was serving successfully in Potiphar’s house (Genesis 39:2) until he was set up and found himself in prison but Joseph knew that Prison or Potiphar’s house, I am still who I am.‎

I remember reading a story of a pastor of a church who also owned a school where he taught‎. However, the thing was that his church congregation was quite small in comparison to the people that attended his school. So, someone then asked him how it feel to be successful at one and not at the other. “What do you mean?”, he asked. “Who told you I am not successful as a pastor? “The Lord called me to be a pastor of a church. He never once told me to how many people”. Beloved, that was his reply.

Beloved, Jesus said… “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven? And if you are not faithful with other people’s things, why should you be trusted with things of your own? (Luke 16:10-12 NLT). Joseph was successful wherever he was and when the Lord saw he was faithful with the few, He then promoted him.

Beloved, Apostle Paul told Timothy… Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching (2 Timothy 4:2 NLT). ‎What this means is that regardless of the situation, go to work. Wherever you perceive a need, you must try to meet that need. You don’t necessarily need a big platform. At any point in time, people in your sphere of influence are your congregation… Your family… your friends… your neighbours… your students… your work colleagues… etc.

This principle can be applied to whatever you do so go to work.

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08. January 2017 · Comments Off on WRITE THE VISION PLAINLY AND CLEARLY · Categories: Decision making, God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Vision

Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it (Habakkuk 2:2 NKJV).

Beloved, Adam and Eve got into trouble because they didn’t obey the Lord’s instruction and when we read the story, we find that no one wanted to take responsibility for their actions. Adam felt he got into trouble because of the woman the Lord gave Him. He told the Lord… “It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it.” (Genesis 3:12 NLT). However, when… the Lord God asked the woman, “What have you done?” “The serpent deceived me,” she replied. “That’s why I ate it.” (Genesis 3:13 NLT)

Beloved, they both played the blame game and as I read their story, I couldn’t help but ask whether Eve told it like she was told by Adam? We are told that… the serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?” “Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied. “It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’” (Genesis 3:1-3 NLT)

Beloved, what did God say to Adam (because he was the one given the instructions) and what did Adam say to Eve? This is where our feature text comes in. Beloved, leaders go to God to be given the vision for their families, businesses, ministries etc. and they are meant to capture and convey that vision clearly so that others can read, understand and run with it. The New Living Translation of our feature text says… Then the Lord said to me, “Write my answer plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry the correct message to others. The Message Translation says… Write it out in big block letters…

Beloved, any good leader would tell you that this is a very important step because you would be held accountable for the vision. We find that the Lord didn’t accept Adams excuse… And to the man he said, “Since you listened to your wife and ate from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat, the ground is cursed because of you. All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it (Genesis 3:17 NLT) and that’s why your vision must be plain. One of the things I learnt when I was working is to ask for feedback after every meeting so we know everybody is on the same page. We even take it a step further by sending an email to say this is what we discussed. That way you are sure that you were understood and can clarify if you need to do so.

Beloved, have you got a vision for the people you are leading? Is it written down? Is it clearly understood?

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12. June 2016 · Comments Off on WHAT ARE YOU BUILDING ON? · Categories: God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Power and Authority, Revelation, Vision

Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid ROCK. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock (Matthew 7:24-25 NLT).

Beloved, if there’s one phrase that I’ve always rebelled against, it is the phrase “THIS IS HOW IT IS USUALLY DONE” because I’m not one of those people that like to be put in a box. Anyway, our question today is “what are you building on? And this is a general question to our churches.

In our feature text, Jesus says a house that will withstand the stormy rain are those built on solid rock. Rock (Petra) here is the same with what Jesus was referring to when he asked His disciples… “who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “You are blessed, Simon… because MY FATHER IN HEAVEN HAS REVEALED THIS TO YOU. You did not learn this from any human being. Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘ROCK’), AND UPON THIS ROCK I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH, AND ALL THE POWERS OF HELL WILL NOT CONQUER IT (Matthew 16:15-18 NLT).

Now, we know that here, Jesus was referring to revelation so when we apply this to our feature text, Jesus is saying a wise man builds his house on fresh revelation of what the Father is saying and houses built on this rock would stand against the storms, stand against the powers or gates of hell. They would be given kingdom keys and authority (Matthew 16:19).

So, if houses built on solid rock are building on fresh revelation, the question is, what is a house built on sand built on? Well, sand is broken down rock over time and recently, I heard someone say that it represents old systems; what God said versus what God is saying. Sand represents broken revelation/information. Old wine skin, religion, traditions of men. So, what it is saying is that many have built their houses on the traditions which passed away a long time ago.

Those who are going to stand in these last days are those who build their house upon the present truth of the Scriptures (revelation). But those that would fall are houses built according to tradition; “this is how we’ve always done it”. The wind and challenges comes and they fall (Matthew 7:26-27). And they lose their buildings. And they lose their members because their traditions are making the God’s word of no effect in people’s lives (Mark 7:13).

I did a Master’s degree in APPLIED Theology which basically looks at church systems to see which ones are faithful to Scripture and which are just ‘traditions of men’ systems and you would be surprised. Beloved, are you built upon sand? Upon a “this is how we have always done it” system? Same predictable, routine? Or are you built upon SOLID ROCK?  Are you flexible enough to flow with what the Holy Spirit is saying to the church?

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08. February 2016 · Comments Off on THE LORD WILL GIVE YOU A STRATEGIC VISION‏ · Categories: Freedom, God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Revelation, Vision

“And at the mating season, I had a dream, and saw that the he-goats mating with the flock were streaked, speckled, and mottled. Then, in my dream, the Angel of God called to me and told me that I should mate the white female goats with streaked, speckled, and mottled male goats. ‘For I have seen all that Laban has done to you,’ the Angel said (Genesis 31:10-12 TLB).

As I was reading this text, I said “aha… this must have been how Jacob got his peculiar strategy to build his empire (Genesis 30:37-43)”. As I said this, I immediately remembered a time when I heard a prophetess prophesying along the lines of… “the Lord will begin to give you creative ideas, you see silhouettes, colour schemes etc. I remembered that and then the next week, as I was praying with my prayer partner‎, the Lord directed my attention to this verse again and we began to pray as led by the Holy Spirit.

So, Jacob was in a tight corner. He made a deal with Laban who deceived and took advantage of him for many years and there would have been no way out except for the Lord’s intervention. The Lord gave Jacob a vision in his dream and only He can give this kind of vision that defiled all human reasoning and I believe He is going to be doing the same for many in this season. You will begin to receive creative ideas… Cutting edge business ideas. You will see silhouettes, colour schemes… You will receive songs from heaven… whatever is needed. He is going to pour out a creative anointing to give you an edge in your workplace, business, market place etc. This will bail you out of your messy situation.

It may not make sense to others but many things that the Lord does doesn’t always make sense and it is important that you go to bed with a pen and paper close by because He may wake you up with ideas that if you don’t capture immediately, the devil might come and steal away. Apart from that, many times, we just can’t rely on our memory.

Beloved, Jacob was able to free himself out of the bondage he was in because of the vision the Lord gave him. For some of you reading this today, your bondage could be debt. It could be anything but the Lord is going to give you freedom by giving you ideas and you must be careful to write what He reveals to you…

Habakkuk said… I will stand at my guard post and station myself on the tower; and I will keep watch to see what He will say to me…. Then the Lord answered me and said, “Write the vision and engrave it plainly on [clay] tablets so that the one who reads it will run (Habakkuk 2:1-2 AMP).

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