The Secret of Rest


The secret of rest

Rest is the cardinal mark of faith. When Jesus told the fig tree to dried up, He did not stay there to watch if it would happen because of His confidence in the power of God, He left. It was His disciples who later saw that the decree that Jesus issued Has come to be (Mark.11:20).

There is a place of rest that you must have entered before God comes in. Your being fretted and despondent will not move God. In a doubled wrestling matches, a partner outside the ring must tap the hands of the one inside the ring before he comes inside, failure to do so is regarded as a foul play. So also, you will need to tap God’s hands for him to comes in.

Hannah cried and worried, she was fretted and heavied. But, when she came out of her worries and put a vow on her request, went home and worried no more, then God came in. The result – she got a baby. 1.Sam.1:10-20

It is the jet set age with so much jostling and bustling here and there, even Christians are caught up in the web. People are running helter skelter. A good Christian will always be composed because of his conscious of God’s presence.

During Jesus earthly ministry, there was no strain found in Him, He was always composed and calmed. Even when His disciples were ruled by the fear of the storm, He could afford to sleep because He was very conscious that God’s presence – though I don’t believe that Jesus was actually sleeping since He could see there troubles, but He was at comfort.

What can you do about it? What are you going to eat, drink, wear are always clamouring for your attention. Did you know that there are some Christians even when they are praying their minds will be racing from one issue to another: thinking of how to pay the school fees of the children who are about to resume in a week time, how to deal with a disrespectful house wise who doesn’t know how to respect her husband, etc – he has not prayed intelligent for a single item yet thereby rendering the whole process ineffective.

Don’t think that your much worries and cries  will ever move God. God has not called you to meditate on your problems, but he has called you to meditate on his word and obey them.

“This book of law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous and have good success.” Jos.1:8

If you wait for something spectacular to drop from heaven before you put His word to work, you will wait for ever.

Ceased from all fruitless labour and enter into a place of rest in our lord Jesus Christ.

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The mystery of honouring God


God honours those who honours Him

God honours those who honours Him. The principle of this kingdom is the principle of input and output, seed time and harvest time. Everyone gets what they sow.

“Wherefore the Lord God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me for ever: but now the Lord saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.” – 1 Samuel 2:30

God is telling us this evening that “give me honour and I will honour you back in return”, despise me and I will neglect you. Sow the seed of honour into the kingdom and you shall reap honour. Can you harvest a maize without planting a corn? That’s not possible.

“They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. [6] He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” – Psalm 126:5-6

How can I honour God in my daily living?

Someone might ask how can he/she honours God as a lifestyle?

1). Praise

Praise is a sure way to honour God. You’re only qualified to honour God when your breath is in place.

“Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord . Praise ye the Lord” – Psalm 150:6

In everything, not for every thing, praise the lord.

There are some companies of people that would not ask before they receive, these are people in the companies thanks givers. Any time you acknowledge God, He expands you.

“Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. [6] Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us. – Psalm. 67:5-6

It’s a matter of perspective, out of paralytic perspective. Many – though born-again Christian – have been bittered with God because they have made themselves prayer projects by placing all kinds of demands on God, switching from one prayer house to the other. It’s not as if i’m against asking but it’s so disgusting the way many Christians have expanded their problems, dishonored themselves all in the name of demands. Praise kills the prayer projects mentality.

Praise unleashes divine ideas. You can live a praise lifestyle and be stranded of ideas. When Jesus was here He always knew what yo to do.

“And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.” – Jn.6:6

When they needed to feed 5000 people, He gave thanks. Whenever there were confronted with seemingly impossible situation, He gave thanks, and the miraculous follows.

Praise lifestyle enhances fresh oil. There are many believers, even pastors, operating with stale oil. Fresh oil connotes fresh revelation. You can’t make things happen in life without revelation. Praise is one of the spiritual activities that engender the release of fresh oil. Understand this, manifestation is a product of revelation.

“But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.” – Psalm. 92:10

2). Obedience

Obedience is the hallmark of honouring God. Anytime you obey God, you set your foot on a pedestal of enthronement/honour.

If Jesus who was given the Holy Spirit beyond measure could not move an ant other than to honour His father then you and I have no choice than to follow the same principle.

“Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: [7] But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: [8] And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. [9] Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: [10] That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;” – Philippians 2:6-10 

Our journey to honour in life begins with obedience. Where your obedience stops is where your honour stops. Dedication equals decoration. Every commandment of God is meant for our profiting.

God has not commanded in order to grieve us, He has commanded us in order to expand us. God has not commanded us in order to punish us, He has commanded us in order to polish us.

“For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.” – 1Jn. 5:3

The word of God is 75% instructions and 25% doctrines.

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” – 2 Timothy 3:16

Honour God by being responsible. You better start carrying responsibility until it’s too late. It’s never too late. You will die as a liability until you start taking responsibility. Repent of all spiritual irresponsibility.

Be financially responsible by honouring God with your thite and offerings.

“But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.” – Deu.8:18

Be spiritually responsible by honouring God with Kingdom advancement prayer and soul winning endeavours.

3). Believe – lastly, honour God with you faith. You can’t move God without faith.

“But without faith it is impossible to please him : for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” – Heb.11:6

Honour God with your thoughts. God thinks, and He thinks positively.

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord , thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” – Jer.29:11

You are God’s offsprings – God’s sons and daughters. According to the law of the universe, every living thing duplicate itself into its offspring, a cow can’t give birth to a goat, a mango tree can’t produce a cashew fruit. It follows, the son of God is a god.

“I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.” – PS. 82:6

You too should think like a true son and daughter of your father.

Speak in line with what you believe. You are what you say.

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” Prov.18:21

In conclusion, don’t just be thrilled by this teaching, align your life according to its prescriptions, and your place of honour can never be farfetched.

Light Education -Highly Illuminated


Highly illuminated

It’s the quality of your light that determines the quality of your life. In other words, light quality equals life quality.

John 1:4 KJV
“In him was life; and the life was the light of men”.

There are no lucky men there lighted men. Your life cannot be beautiful than the quality of your light.

 Benefits of Light

1). It shatters darkness – darkness does not struggle with light. When light is emitted in full glow darkness has no choice than to bows out (darkness will be shattered) (1Jn.1:5).

1 John 1:5 KJV
“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.”

2). It facilitates speed – the brighter the light; the clearer the way. The clearer the way; the faster the journey. Darkness causes slow motion in life (Is.40:31).

Isaiah 40:31 KJV
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

In addition, darkness also creates confusion. It makes men to be living by law of accident. A shapeless life, a life without course.

3). Light fosters seeing and seeing establishes dominion. Note: Life does not answers to looking; It answers to seeing. Everyone suffering from shortsightedness is free today in the name of Jesus. Until you can see it don’t expect to have it (Gen.13:15). Whatsoever that you can see from Genesis to Revelation can be yours.

Genesis 13:15 KJV
“For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.”

A typography illustrating that the Just shall live by faith

How to Pursue Light

a). Identify those who are in the light with proofs.

b). Collect and study their materials (tapes or books).

c). Pray and believe God to open your eyes to see what they are seeing.

Wait a minute: Light is light. It doesn’t matter where you got it from. In most cases we get our light through the light of others. (PSM.36:9).

Psalm 36:9 KJV
“For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.”

d). Meditation – The nest you can get when you read the word of God is information (in maximum, this gives you intellectual excitement). However, when you hover upon the deep at creation (If you meditate on the word of God), information transforms into revelation and revelation graduates into illumination (information=revelation=illumination). Manifestation is a function of revelation (Manifestation  =(fn)revelation).

Joshua 1:8 KJV
“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”

Note: the predicament of men can best be understood when these are called blasphemies).

You’re not created to meditate on your problems, you’re created to meditate on the word of God.

e). Pursue light by entering/diving into the word of God. Many people talk about that entrance of the word of God but only few people have mentioned our entrance into the word of God.

Your being a walking bible who can reel off 100 memory verses per seconds is not a proofs of an authentic light’s presence in you. OBEDIENCE works like fire. It’s the key.

James 1:22, 25 KJV
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. [25] But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein , he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

Where your obedience stops is where your light stops and where your light stops is where your dominion stops.

FAITH IN LIGHT


Life cannot be beautiful than your faith.

C). Through the instrumentality of faith – Your faith level equals your miracle level. Hear this: you can’t have what the level of your faith can’t carry. This is why it’s our responsibility to build up our faith by being responsible to spiritual things.

Jude 1:20 KJV
“But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost. Engaging the HolyGhost in our prayer life is sure way to build our faith.”

Nothing moves God like our faith. The three Hebrew guys would rather die than to bow for other gods except the Mighty God they had known.

With that dogged determination in them they were rescued from the furnace of fire. They saw there God worth dying for and God was moved.
The devil who is our enemy is helpless with our faith, he has no choice than to race on his heels. Even death is bows out to faith.

Even the most hopeless situation can take a new shape with our faith at work. No situation can be as hopeless as the dry bone in Ez.37.

With faith you can walk  in the valley of shadow of death with no harm.
the valley of the shadow of death is the territory of the wicked. the wicked is the devil.

Why do I need light?

Those who are in light are the solution that the world needs today. We are in a period of gross darkness. Even statemen are confused. Helter skelter everyone runs.

By redemption we are center of attraction.

You can’t be lighted and be useless. (Biblical examples: Daniel and Joseph).

Light versus Darkness


Light versus darkness

Psalm 119:130 KJV
“The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.” 

Darkness does not struggle with light. Darkness is helpless with light. The Moment you switch on the light in your room what does darkness do? It disappears of course. When light comes in, darkness goes out.
1 John 1:5 KJV
“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.”

When light comes in darkness goes out.

Life is about the choices that we made. It’s an issue of choice and not chance.

It works if you can make the right choice. The ball in your court. There is freedom of Choice.

A choice between light and darkness, health and sickness, sweet and sweat, abundance and poverty.

Everyone is responsible for the outcome of his life. Don’t ever blame God, blame yourself; Hannah blamed God, her husband, and everyone..that could not move God.

Until light came in Samuel was not in view.

How can I walk in the light?

 

Follow God’s guidelines. It’s who and what you follows that determines who and what follows you. You don’t have to struggle to get things done. My word for you tonight is Obeyobey and obey

Following scriptural prescriptions is the hallmark of lighted men.

Hear this: there are no lucky men there are lighted men. Don’t mistake light for luck.

Please don’t envy me where you find me tomorrow. You can’t be committed today and not be decorated tomorrow (Phil.2:8-10)

John 14:21 KJV
“He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.”

Light versus Darkness


Darkness reigns until light prevails. The word of God is the light of men. It is the container that carries the God’s light.

John 1:1-5 KJV
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. [2] The same was in the beginning with God. [3] All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. [4] In him was life; and the life was the light of men. [5] And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.”

There are two governing bodies ruling the earth. God and devil, good and evil; light and darkness. You either belong to one body or the other. There is no middle way.

Matthew 6:24 KJV
“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”

Where you operates determines what comes out of you.
When you operates in the light you will be releasing blessings upon yourself and others. When you operates in the darkness you will be releasing curses and magics upon yourself and others.

From the evil pole of darkness, sickness, disease, poverty, frustration and failure emanated. From the good source of light; wealth, riches, success, health, strength and ideas are erected.

It’s the incoming of the word of God that sparks off the light. It’s the word that your receive, believe and obey that emits the light.

Trusting God 2


Trusting God in Godly living

We make our marks in life by trusting God. God specializes at lifting and building men but our trust in His ability to perform His promises is a prerequisite.

When faith graduated into trust every element of doubt is destroyed. Many of us want the blessings of Abraham but have the faith of Thomas. Life cannot be sweet than the level of our faith.

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. [6] But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. [7] For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. [8] A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” -JMS.1:5-8

What is trust?

Trust is a deep-seated conviction – this implies that you are not daunted by the situations or happenings around you, this means that  you’re listening to what the WORD is saying irrespective of what the WORLD is saying

 Some Biblical Instances of Trust

By trust, Abraham became the father of nations. Immortality swallowed up mortality in Abraham as he was ever ready to sacrifice his only long awaited son. He trusted God in His ability to deliver.

“And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together. [7] And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? [8] And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together. [9] And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood. [10] And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. [11] And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. [12] And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me. [13] And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.” – Gen.22:6-13

 

By trust, the three Hebrew boys were rescued. These boys said “O NEBUCHADNEZZAR – no title was involved – we are not careful to answer you in this matter.”  And God saw the dogged determination in them that they will not bow for the king’s golden image and His heart beat was like “I must rescue my children”. He delivered!

“Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. [17] If it be so , our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. [18] But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.” – Dan.3:16-18

What are the proofs of trust?

1). Godliness – your trust stops where your Godly living ends. The fear of God is the capital proof your trust in God.

“But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; [16] Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” – 1 Peter. 1:15-16

 

Godliness is the covenant key to greatness

“But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.” – Dan.1:8
“Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face, and worshipped Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an oblation and sweet odours unto him.” – Dan.2:46

 

Choose to be different. Your choice overrun sin. We are who we are and what we are by our choices. The aces are in our hands.

By choice, Daniel reigned. By choice, Joseph ruled.

It’s never too late to turn. Things start turning the day you turn.

2). Obedience – Faith is an element of trust. Trust and faith are inseparable. While faith requires work to works. Faith without work is dead. That is, faith without you taking responsibilities lacks its potency.

“Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. [18] Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.” – JMS.2:17-18
“But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” – JMS.2:20

 

Stop waiting, you’ve waited long enough. Enough is enough! It’s high time to act. Enter into the word of God by demonstrating its injunctions. It works! It works like fire!!

“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. [23] For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: [24] For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. [25] But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein , he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.” JMS.1:22-25

 

Wait a minute about this, unrepentant, undying and tireless obedience are the hallmarks of a winning believer. Obedience is the cardinal proof of trust.

Get this straight : put God first ( not yourself, not your spouse). Laziness is a satanic instrument. Subscribe into the obedience and all round flow of blessings will overtake you and your life will be become like a dream world.

“And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: [2] And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God. [3] Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.” Deu.28:1-3

 

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” – Matt.6:33
“When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.” – psm.126:1

 

In conclusion, it’s wisdom to make a U-turn when you’re heading to a road that leading to the wrong way. Live ready today; it might be too late to get ready. May open the eyes of your understanding.

May God open the eyes of your understanding to know how to trust him to the point of receiving rewards and blessings.